Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The Budget Valentine's Edit

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Valentine's beauty is repetitive, I'll admit. There's red, there's pink, and there's usually a lot of highlighter involved. But what can I say? It works. I like to have a fresh-faced look on Valentine's, with a neutral or pink-toned eye and a bold red or bright pink lip. I feel fierce, I feel feminine, and there's a reason 50's pin-ups favoured red lipsticks - it's sexy as hell.

I thought I'd add more of a challenge to myself this year and that instead of discussing my favourite lipstick picks for Valentine's and all that, instead I'd share with you some of my favourite affordable beauty buys that I think will work well for Valentine's. So yes, expect the clich├ęs. The day of romance was made for glowing skin and red lips!


If you're looking for a good budget lip liner that's good enough to wear alone as well as under a lipstick, then look no further than the affordable budget brand Essence. I own four shades of these lip liners, but it's Honey Berry, a deep pink shade, that I keep returning to. The pigmentation is fantastic and these pencils are long-wearing and beautiful. They have a more matte finish, but are creamy and not overly-drying. They're a beautiful product - just make sure to pop a sharpener in your bag if you're taking them on the go.


I actually used this in a Valentine's tutorial last year so this may not be new to some of you. This makes a really beautiful highlight for the inner corners, brow bone, and even works on the face. I pair this over the Barry M Strobe Cream in Frost Pink for a beautiful, frosty pink glow. The Barry M Strobe Cream certainly doesn't need this, but it does inject some boldness into an otherwise very paired back (but incredibly gorgeous) highlight. Alternatively, this is a very soft and sweet highlight for the inner corners of your eyes and the brow bones, adding some light and allowing an easier blend and softer edge to your other eyeshadows.

(I don't remember how much this was, I think it was around £2 something).


If this isn't everyone's favourite drugstore highlighter, y'all must be living under a rock. There are some seriously stunning drugstore highlights out right now and I own most of them, but I'll always come back to this one as it's one of the first highlights I ever bought when I finally latched onto the trend. Peach Lights is a stunning, head-turning multi-dimensional glow and subtle shimmer. It's one of those highlights that's best seen in person because a camera can't do it justice. Trust me, you need this beauty in your life. (Plus it'll go with your makeup no matter what eye and lip shades you wear!)


Who knew designer products could be so inexpensive? These Calvin Klein lipsticks are one of the first discoveries I made as a result of becoming a blogger and following other like-minded beauty bloggers (and back before I became obsessed with matte liquid lipsticks). At £1.99 these incredibly pigmented lipsticks feel a little bit like luxury. The packaging is simple and classic, plain black and rectangular shaped, and the bullet and the shade range are as average as ever. That said, they do feel lovely on and are pleasant and comfortable to apply and wear. Don't expect these to last through a heavy make-out sesh or even your fancy meal, but since they're comfortable enough to top-up, I don't consider their lasting power to be a huge issue. This rich, blue-toned red is bound to make you feel foxy AF.


I really enjoy the Collection Eyes Uncovered range, and this number is perfect for Valentine's. It's full of rosy and golden tones as well as a couple of plummy shades that can deepen your look out to something sultry and smoky. They're incredibly pigmented eyeshadows and apply really well, and the fallout isn't too bad either. This is like a smaller and more compact version of the The Maybelline Blushed Nudes palette, so if you're all about champagne highlights and rose golds, this wee gem was made for you.

I'll be working this Valentine's, so for me and Jack it'll probably be a belated date night when we're both off for his birthday. At the moment I'm thinking Sugarpill's Trinket paired with the Collection palette mentioned above, but it all depends on how I'm feeling! What will you be wearing this Valentine's?


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