Valentines Beauty Essentials

I’ll let you in on a little secret – I haven’t worked on Valentines day for the past three years. Because I like to spend time with my O.H? Erm, not quite. Is it because I like to have an extra day of the weekend to sit in bed and watch the LFW goings on? Guilty. Regardless of my reasoning for said day off, it does give me a lot of extra time to get ready and play around with some valentines appropriate slap. Below is my run through of my favourites, whether you have a dinner date, a night in with the O.H, or your just a serious red lip lover…

BASE: When it comes to the combination of bases and boys, I like to take the French approach. Nothing too heavy with a healthy dose of glow. The Dior Glow Maximizer Light Boosting Primer is the best for adding some extra glow and looks amazing under the Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser. The Origins Plantscription concealer is the best for a no makeup look as it gives medium coverage without ever looking cakey.

EYES: I like to keep things simple, a little smokey and long lasting, that way no amount of face touching (ewww, gross) can mess things up. The Estee Lauder Stay On Shadow Paint in Chained and Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade (dark brown) are long lasting formulas that will ensure both brows and eyeshadow don’t move a muscle. However if you like to keep things on the smudgey side then the Avon Glimmerstick liners are my favourite for lined eyes that get better the longer they’re on and the smudgier they get.

NAILS:  We could get all traditional with reds like Butter London’s Come To Bed Red or Clinique’s Party Red, or we could go dark and vampy with Clinique’s Black Honey – yes, it is my favourite, but there’s something that’s still a little valentines appropriate with this one. What ever you’re up to – nails are always a fun one to play up.

LIPS: Red lips are the usually the go-to, but when it comes to a night in with the boy, MAC’s Patisserie Lipstick is the one when it comes to a “you lips but better” colour that will wear away evenly. If you’re planning anything that doesn’t involve getting too up-close and personal with another human being then matte red lips like Nars Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil and Revlon Colour Bust Matte Crayon in Standout are long lasting and are both amazing red shades.

And then we have what feels like it has been a life-long dilemma – fragrance. Too sweet and sickly or too woody and I might blow my poor boyfriends head off. I’ve been loving Escentric 01 as it’s much more subtle than Molecule 01, and isn’t as instantly recognisable. Giving a wonderful, natural scent without being too over powering (because we can all smell someone wearing molecule 01 a mile off).

So what are my valentines plans? It involves a certain boy and I, a few good movies and a KFC family bucket. Classy.


  1. Rachael McClenaghan
    14 Feb 2014 / 11:48 am

    Definitely have to try this Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – sounds great. Enjoy your night 🙂

    Rachael x
    All The Little Things x | Rachael McClenaghan

  2. Rachel Claire
    14 Feb 2014 / 12:15 pm

    I'm so interested to try the Molecule 01 scent, but i'm worried it will smell strange on me (especially if you're not supposed to be able to smell it yourself haha)! Your valentines plans sound perfect, the whole over the top malarky is silly 🙂 Lovely post as always,

    Rachel | Claireful

  3. Nina
    14 Feb 2014 / 12:19 pm

    Love the French approach to make up, all the girls over there look so flawless and effortless! Going to have to look at that MAC lipstick it looks gorgeous. My Valentine's Day is gonna be spent with the boy, Netflix and the M&S dine in meal. No big fuss for us I!
    Nina from little nomad

  4. Emily Allen
    14 Feb 2014 / 12:26 pm

    I want all of this now you have such good taste Suzie, I've gone really pink with my v day beauty this year wish I'd gone with red after reading this hehe, hey ho I can still change my lip colour :p


  5. Sara Chergui
    14 Feb 2014 / 12:32 pm

    Love this blog post !

  6. lolakate
    14 Feb 2014 / 1:40 pm

    I have never tried Avon but it looks like they have some lovely products xx

  7. Amber Hunter
    14 Feb 2014 / 1:42 pm

    I'm actually going over to a friend's house with a few others and we're planning on baking haha. So I'll definitely be keeping my makeup more on the minimal side though it might be tempting to throw on a red lip just for the heck of it!
    Lovely Notions

  8. sofia grigoriadou
    14 Feb 2014 / 1:47 pm


  9. Squares
    14 Feb 2014 / 2:18 pm

    I really want to try the Dior primer, especially after reading your review on it! I love glowing skin and, like you, winter zaps my complexion of all brightness! I'm really trying not to spend money this month, but I can see this slipping into an online basket sometime soon! xx

    Sarah | Squares – Bookworm and Beauty Enthusiast

  10. Lillian ParisianToBe
    14 Feb 2014 / 2:45 pm

    A French approach to makeup; now that's what I like to hear. I hope your V-Day is awesome! xo
    Lillian |

  11. Pippi
    14 Feb 2014 / 2:47 pm

    Really want to try Clinique Black Honey!

  12. Natalie MacDonald ♥
    14 Feb 2014 / 2:50 pm

    I am off today too! I really want to try the Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser, it sounds good! Thanks for sharing, I hope you have a good Valentine's day! xo

    Natalie | Shabby Chic and Tea♥

  13. Roshni K
    14 Feb 2014 / 3:33 pm

    Mac Patisserie sounds great, my boyfriend hates it when I wear red lips so I'm going to have to find something else to wear tonight.
    Have a lovely valentines <3

    Roshni’s Journey

  14. Chelsea Leigh
    14 Feb 2014 / 4:00 pm

    Gorgeous photos, definitely wish I had Nars Red Square for tonight!

  15. Nicola
    14 Feb 2014 / 4:12 pm

    So need to try the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade, and the Nars lip pencil looks perfect!

    Nicola xx

  16. Anonymous
    14 Feb 2014 / 4:14 pm

    Lovely ones, even KFC lol, hope u have a day filled with love, i wish you a happy valentines, a valentina from Chile…

  17. Madeleine S-B
    14 Feb 2014 / 4:48 pm

    Love Mac's Patisserie lipstick (: hope you're having a fab Valentines!

  18. Anonymous
    14 Feb 2014 / 5:11 pm

    My February favourite: This lovely little luxury blog written anonymously by a hilarious lady. If you like me love to indulge (beautiful places, gorgeous products, luxe gifts – everything) this is just my daily fix in one. Don’t know if you can tell but.. Big love!

  19. Maddy
    14 Feb 2014 / 5:14 pm

    I love the look of Patisserie, such a pretty colour! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  20. VP
    14 Feb 2014 / 5:21 pm

    Red lipstick is a must on this season full of love, and Mars is always an amazing option (my personal favorite is Russian Red). Can you believe I haven't tried any of Nars Lip Pencils yet? May I be forgiven!
    Happy Valentine's Day!

  21. Kathleen Pavey
    14 Feb 2014 / 5:25 pm

    Such a lovely post, hope you have a good evening with your KFC bucket haha!
    I put up a new post earlier sharing what I wore today 🙂

    Kathleen xxx

  22. Katie
    14 Feb 2014 / 6:05 pm

    These photos are gorgeous! Lovely post.

    Katie |

  23. Amy
    14 Feb 2014 / 6:52 pm

    Nice idea and lovely photos! xx

    Amy |

  24. Alyson
    14 Feb 2014 / 8:54 pm

    That sounds like such a romantic night in – my kind of date night! KFC always helps haha

    xx Alyson
    Beauty Vanity

  25. Amy Liddell
    14 Feb 2014 / 9:47 pm

    Ahhh I really want to try the NARS lip pencils!


    Salted Roses // Fashion & Beauty

  26. The Girls Next Door UK
    14 Feb 2014 / 10:03 pm

    MAC Patisserie is one of my favourites! x

  27. Fiona Bradley
    15 Feb 2014 / 12:04 am

    Mac Patisserie is going on the Feb wish list. You and ViviannaDoesMakeup will have me penniless……totally worth it 😉


  28. Simplybeautifulelegant
    15 Feb 2014 / 1:15 am

    great post!

  29. Celina
    15 Feb 2014 / 2:28 am

    The Butter London polish is so beautiful! I have yet to try one but I'm definitely interested.
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  30. Aerin Downs
    15 Feb 2014 / 8:10 am

    Im really looking to buy a nars lip pencil. I think they are so nice and such a nice easy product to use ! I love that Butter London polish btw! Great post :)!

    BerrieBlogs – Beauty Blog x

  31. Zazie Bibi
    15 Feb 2014 / 8:53 am

    Ooh Escentric sounds so lovely! x

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Fashion Blog

  32. Gladys Bovo
    15 Feb 2014 / 11:30 am

    The Dior Glow Maximizer Light Boosting Primer and the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil are so tempting! I want to try those!
    Gladys – – French beauty blog

  33. Tiff
    15 Feb 2014 / 2:40 pm

    I really love this selection!!!

  34. Biancarosa
    15 Feb 2014 / 6:58 pm

    I really want to try the Molecule 01 perfume, but the Escentric one sounds amazing also! Need to get my hands on these!

    Biancarosa // xoxo

  35. PWhiley94
    16 Feb 2014 / 5:51 pm

    i really want to try the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil it looks amazing! That sounds like a perfect valentines day to me. I spent my V day with the girls and cooked dinner together.


  36. Giana
    24 Feb 2014 / 8:31 pm

    Very interested in the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil! Also, that Butter London nail polish looks right up my alley. Molecule 01 perfume has been on my list for a while now… I might cave soon. Great post!
    Giana x

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