Valentine

The Perfect Pout (Just in time for Valentine’s Day!)

Valentine

One of the girliest days of the year is just a week away, and whether you’ve penciled in a hot date, or a night out on the town with the girls, consider these your essentials for your prettiest pout yet.

Step 1: Exfoliate

Nothing ruins a gorgeous lip colour quite like dry, flaky skin beneath it.  Prep your lips by exfoliating them with a toothbrush, or with this Sugar Lip Polish by Fresh.  Made with real brown sugar, this polish tastes as good as it will make your lips feel.

Step 2: Moisturize

Aside from applying at bedtime, I like to swipe on some moisturizer at the beginning of my makeup routine, allowing it time to soak in.  I then wipe off any excess (or wear as-is depending on the day), and follow with other lip products.  This Creme de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm by Dior makes your lips feel incredible (and can we note the festive “rose” scent? So very Valentine’s Day).

Step 3: Prime

Once you’ve given your moisturizer some time to work its magic, prime lips using your foundation, or this Lip Insurance Lip Primer by Too Faced.  This not only helps prevent creasing and feathering, it also ensures your lipstick or lip gloss stays as true-to-colour as possible.

Step 4: Line

In the word of makeup, I don’t think lip liners receive nearly the credit that they deserve.  Yes, they prevent feathering and “bleeding” (essentially, looking like you coloured outside the lines), but they also make your lip colour last considerably longer.  If you’re looking for long-wear, carefully line your lips with a colour in the same family as the lipstick you’ll be using, then finish by colouring within the lines.  If you’re simply looking to prevent any unwanted shifting or creasing, try No Bleeding Lips-Secret Lip Liner by No Cosmetics.  This product is clear, so you don’t need to worry about matching it to your lip colour or gloss, and it also acts as a temporary filler for those who have deeper lines around the lips.

Step 5: Colour

Probably my favourite step of all, is applying the colour that finishes off the look.  For Valentine’s Day, my pick is Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick in Mistress.  A gorgeous pink with a satin finish, this lipstick offers full coverage and gently plumps lips as you wear.  Apply your lip colour, blot with a tissue, and finish with gloss if your heart desires (pun intended!).

“There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.” ~F. Scott Fitzgerald 

 

 

Spread the Love: A Valentine’s Day Wishlist!

Gifts To Love

No significant other? No problem!  Gone are the days when you needed to be in a relationship in order to celebrate, what I consider to be, the cutest day of the year.  More and more, people are choosing to nominate their best friend, family member, or co-worker as their “Valentine”.  I decided to put together a short list of items that I think would make great gifts for any of these people, or even fun purchases for yourself.  And hey, if you are in a relationship, keep in mind this link would make a great post on your significant other’s Facebook wall, or a nice addition to their email inbox (a subtle hint never hurt anyone, right?).

1. Stella and Dot Luxembourg Scarf-Wild Hearts

This scarf is a fun addition to any outfit year-round, yet it’s somehow especially cute when worn in the month of February (the leopard-like pattern is actually a series of hearts!).  The best thing about giving or receiving a scarf, is that it’s versatile: you can wear it a variety of ways.  Whether it be around your neck, tied to your purse, or over your shoulders, the possibilities are endless.

2. Fossil Georgia Three-Hand Leather Watch-Pink

Stylish, functional, and wearable: this watch has it all.  Oh, and did I mention it’s currently on sale on the Fossil website for $39.99?!  The band is made of sturdy leather, and the face/band size allow for layering with other bracelets.  Another thing I love about Fossil is the 11 year warranty on their watches, which means you’ll have this piece for many Valentine’s days to come.

3. Indigo Double Hearts Mug

In my opinion, mugs make one of the nicest gifts.  You can use them pretty much every single day, and they allow you to remember special moments, people, and events in your life.  This cute mug from Indigo is covered with hearts on the outside, but holds a cute message around the inner rim: “When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew”.  A tad cheesy for your liking, or too inappropriate to give to a friend?  No worries, try this one instead!  Another great perk? These mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe (because no one likes a gift that’s high-maintenance).

4. Pandora “Love Birds” Charm

Another great gift when celebrating special moments or events,  is a Pandora charm and/or bracelet.  This adorable Love Birds charm is made of sterling silver, and has a dangling heart with the word “love”.  If you or your Valentine don’t already own a bracelet (or if you/they prefer necklaces), keep in mind Pandora’s charms can be worn as pendants too.

5. Bath and Body Works “Twilight Woods” 3-Wick Candle

Candles not only fill the room with scent, they also create an ambiance that makes you say “ahhhh”; you can’t help but relax.  The problem with purchasing candles as gifts for other people however, is that you have to hope the scent you chose for them isn’t headache-inducing.  Say goodbye to the guesswork!  Twilight Woods is one of Bath and Body Works most popular and preferred fragrances.  It’s described on their website as “A hypnotic blend of apricot nectar, mimosa petals and Tuscan cypress inspired by the enticing warmth of woods at twilight.”  The 3 wicks ensure the candle burns evenly (so you get your money’s worth), and they have a burn time of 25-45 hours.

6. Swarovski USB Heart, Light Rose

Back in the day, there were mix-tapes and CD’s filled with cute songs.  These days, there are much smaller, cuter ways of sharing music, photos, and sweet-nothings.  This awesome pink heart pendant from Swarovski doubles as a USB drive.  Fill it with your own items, or pre-load it with fun mementos for the person you’re giving it to.  It comes in a variety of colours, is embellished with 54 crystals, and has a 4GB capacity.

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7. Too Faced- The Chocolate Bar Eye Pallete

Two ways to my heart are makeup and chocolate, and this pallet happens to combine both.  Formulated with real cocoa powder, these smooth, scented eye shadows (there are 16 of them) are a variety of textures and tones that are extremely wearable.  The shadows are packaged in a fun case that looks like a giant chocolate bar, and also includes a card with how-to’s for 3 chocolate-themed looks.  Chocolate without the calories…I’m in!

  There are all kinds of love in this world, but never the same love twice.          ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)