Valentine's Day Beauty | Products For Naturally Glowing Skin

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Valentine's Day. In the beauty world it marks another excuse to dress up pretty and experiment with our make-up. For me personally, when I think of Valentine's make-up I envision 'your skin but better' with lots of pink undertones and a glowing, dewy finish. In today's post I've rounded up my personal favourites for glowing skin with some drugstore budget friendly options too! 

The most important way of achieving a glowing finish to your makeup is the way you prep your base for application. My two current favourites to moisturise, hydrate and brighten the skin are MAC Strobe Cream, as it is a moisturiser it's the perfect base for those with dull, dry skin. MAC state the purpose of the product is to add glow and vitality to tired, stressed out skin and boy, it certainly does that. With green tea extract this product really helps to soothe and refresh the skin.
Secondly, Benefit That Gal primer adds the prettiest pinkish toned glow to the skin and as it's Valentine's day I'm seriously lusting after all things pink right now. With added vitamins; soothing raspberry and chamomile and additional light reflecting pigments this is the perfect primer for any Valentine's make-up look.

Moving onto foundation, Benefit Hello Flawless gives the skin a dewy, fresh finish with a medium coverage therefore even though it's a foundation it doesn't look or feel too heavy on the skin. If you'd still rather wear something a little lighter, the NARS pure radiant tinted moisturiser does exactly what it says on the tin; adds the most radiant glow to your skin whilst still leaving a fairly decent coverage for a "your skin but better" finish. If you're on a bit more of a budget, the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB is a great alternative. With 8 benefits in 1 which include, creating a natural glow and leaving the skin feeling hydrated all day. 


We're all dreaming of brighter under eyes, right?! Going on a date with eye bags down to my chin really isn't the look I'm going for; so here's a few of my favourite products to get the eyes looking awake and lifted. Firstly using the Smashbox hydrating under eye primerthis will keep our under eye concealer looking bright all night and as it's pink toned it naturally brightens the under eyes without the addition of a concealer; so you could wear alone if you wish. 
MAC Pro-Longwear has recently become my holy grail for the under eyes, with a medium coverage finish this conceals, brightens and lifts. What more could you possibly ask for? Although, it can crease quite quickly so I would recommend setting this in place with a powder ASAP! If you're on a budget however, the Collection Lasting Perfection isn't the blogger's favourite for no reason. When I first used this I was truly amazed with how similar it was to the pro-longwear. The doe foot applicator provides an easy application, simply glide over the cupids bow, bridge of nose and under eyes for a brighter finish to the face. 
For blemishes, NARS radiant creamy works wonders for hiding any pesky blemishes. With a doe foot applicator, once again this makes wonders for dabbing over any problem areas, blend and watch any redness seamlessly conceal away. 
If you're all about those brows, my holy grail for lifting and brightening those arches is hands down the NARS stick concealer. With a flat top applicator, it has never been easier to highlight those arches, for a smooth and crisp finish. For brows, it doesn't really matter which products you choose for this look. A gel may add a natural and more 'fluffy' finish whereas a wax and powder shall leave them looking more defined. The choice is completely up to you. 


Of course, it just wouldn't be a Valentine's beauty post without featuring the stunning Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. With its' beautiful, rose gold exterior this would certainly make for a perfect Valentine's gift for the lady in your life. Featuring an abundance of pale pinks to deep rustic, brown hues and an array of both mattes and shimmers you certainly won't be out of ideas of what looks you can create with this. All of the shadows feel uber velvety and glide onto the skin with ease but what primer you use can really make a difference. With its' pale pink undertones, NARS eye paint in 'Porto Venere' not only keeps my shadows on all day but further enhances the colour of the shadows too. 
Moving onto lashes, if you have been following me for a while now then you will know that Benefit Roller Lash is by far my holy grail mascara. It lengthens, it curls, it lifts and most importantly; it truly does last. I've tested many mascaras but my small lashes tend to droop rather quickly except with this beauty - I truly do swear by it!! If you're on a budget, Rimmel Wake Me Up is a great alternative, with added cucumber extract it helps to both condition, rejuvenate and lengthen those lashes.


Cheeks and Highlight
As it's Valentine's, I've decided to skip the bronzer and opt for a pretty pink blush instead. Using a cream option shall give my cheeks a more natural flush of colour and my two favourites include Benefit Lollitint and Bourjois 01. If you're looking for a pink that's on the brighter side, then Lollitint is the one for you. Simply dab 3 mini dots into the apples of your cheeks and blend quickly for a flush of pink that lasts all day. As this is a cheek stain it is designed to last and you may also apply this to your lips for a more natural, complimenting look. If you're feeling peachy keen to impress your man however, then you may opt for the Bourjois offering. Yep, you guessed it.. With peach undertones this truly does compliment all skin tones. According to Bourjois, the product is designed to give your skin a healthy, natural and fresh looking complexion that lasts all day. This would also make a great alternative to Benefit Majorette.  
To set all of that in place, NARS translucent powder in 'Crystal' is a light reflecting option which infused with photochromatic technology to diffuse light and adjust to new sources of light with ease throughout the day; leaving you looking like a glowing goddess. Additionally, this powder contains vitamin e extract, making it perfect for those with dry skin. For those of you looking for a dupe, Soap&Glory One Heck of a Blot truly does work wonders. This powder adds an extra layer of coverage without looking too 'cakey' or 'heavy' on the skin, additionally brightening and keeping your skin shine free all day. If you suffer from oily or combination skin, I highly recommend this. 


Moving onto highlight, I find that champagne tones compliment a pink toned base to give a more natural finish rather than a gold, shimmering option. For this, Benefit High Beam offers a pink iridescent glow which feels silky smooth when applied to the skin. As this is a liquid highlighter it further adds to the natural, dewy elements of the look. If you're on a budget, have no fear as Topshop Glow Cream in 'Polished' is definitely one of my all time favourites. This blends seamlessly into the skin, with its velvet like finish it adds a healthy, glowing look to the skin. 


If you're planning on blowing some kisses this weekend, you need your lips to be in tip top condition. Before applying any product to my lips, I always ensure to scrub away any nastiness with a Lush lip scrub. From their Valentine's range, 'The Kiss' tastes as sweet as candy and leaves my lips feeling super smooth. As it's Valentine's day, this make-up look has featured predominantly pink toned products and that doesn't stop with the lips. To line, MAC Naked Liner shall leave my lips looking fuller for when I apply MAC Creme D'Nude lipstick. As a cremesheen finish this feels super smooth on the lips and adds a subtle glossy finish too. As this is a pink toned nude, it compliments any pink toned, champagne highlighter perfectly; helping to further enhance the glow to my skin. 
My lipsticks also become such a funny shape - Do yours do this too? Haha!

And to finish, MAC Fix+ shall set my make-up in place for the rest of the day/night leaving me with a healthy, dewy finish. 


Wow! And so that was the complied list of my favourite natural looking, pink toned beauty products for all you ladies this Valentine's day. Or even guys, if you're wondering what to buy the beauty junkie lady in your life. 

If you haven't seen my Valentine's day oreo cheesecake cookie recipe then be sure to click here
Don't forget to be following my Instagram to see the make-up look I opt for this year on Valentine's day.  Until next time,

What are your plans for Valentine's day 2016?!
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