I felt it was time to do a makeup one and I wanted to do one for Valentine’s Day. I’ve always been a bit indifferent to dates like these, if very happy to get nice surprises (John surprised me once with a huge bouquet of flowers delivered to my work and I didn’t mind that at all!) but since we’ve been married I suddenly feel like marking it a bit more. Just something small. I am going to put together a picnic for us, and on Friday evening head down to a local park on top of a hill, with great views over the city. Let’s hope it’s not stinking hot, and we won’t think at all about the possibility of hungry mosquitoes getting their nom on as the sun goes down. No, it will be lovely! And short and sweet – the best way to enjoy the outdoors! Valentine’s Day is going to be pink for me this year. When it’s very hot, as it has been lately, I like my makeup much lighter. No powder to go chalky or cake-y, and not even any foundation feeling all thick and sticky and grimy on my skin, just moisturiser with sunscreen (I use SPF30) plus plenty of concealer to sort out my dark under eye bits and any small discolourations. I’m really not joking when I say plenty of concealer; I used four products for it for this! Yes, four. I’m often very tired at this time of year (most Melbourne people are too!) because it’s hard to sleep when it never cools down for days on end, and different kinds work for different things. So, this is my super simple, fresh and glowing makeup for a summery and romantic evening! Concealers
Revlon Age Defying concealer in 01 Light Pale – for entire under eye area (it’s nice and creamy without being too heavy)
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Bisque – use sparingly on those little dark sideways V shapes in the corners only
Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1 – for inner corner and just below lower lash line
YSL Touche Eclat – for discolouration touch ups around nose and temples Eyebrows
brush to, well, brush eyebrows straight up in the inner third
Essence Eyebrow Stylist Set, I think it’s called Light but the name rubbed off – used dry with an angled brush to fill in, mostly on the outer two thirds and then extending a little. I like to use a warmer light brown to add warmth to my brows, so they work well with my red hair. I'd love to find a lighter one, too... the search is on. Eyes
Essence Quatro Eye Shadow in 05 To Die For – palest colour all over lids, second palest on outer corner and around socket line. I am BUSTING to try one of Urban Decay's naked palettes, and will look for them when I'm in the UK... I wish we could buy them here!
Eyelash Curler – my lashes are staying curled longer each time but I would love a longer lasting curl! (I need to try a waterproof mascara for that)
Bourjois Fan-tastic Volume Mascara in black – upper and lower lashes Cheeks
Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Nymph
Bourjois Blush in 16 Rose Coup de Foudre – for a tiny shimmery lift, and sweep a little just above the socket line on the outer half of the eyes for added warmth Lips
Illamasqya Titivate (which is also available for viewing in tiny crumbs on the floorboards there, argh. I cleaned it off, it's ok!)
Lime Crime Velvetine in Pink Velvet Babycat wanted in! I also set my hair for the first time since I got it cut – in fact, the first time for ages – in foam rollers and used a different pattern. It made such fluffy, tight curls and I like the round shape at the end and the curve at the sides, but I want to experiment a bit with the very front sections. I'd put them in with a centre parting but changed my mind and parted on the side in the end, so the front section was unplanned! I'm torn between 1930s tight curls and short lengths, and the longer 1940s styles, at the moment. I actually really want to grow my hair, so I'll avoid the temptation to chop it all short!
I am rather chuffed to have a giveaway for you this week, too, thanks to Fresh Flowers. Fresh Flowers takes pride in using premium quality red roses that are delivered looking fresh and vibrant. The roses also come with luxury Moet & Chandon champagne and Lindt chocolate.
Now, Fresh Flowers are offering one of you the chance to win a Valentine’s Day Deluxe Delivery of Sweet 24 Kisses, worth $200, which will arrive to the address provided in time for Valentine’s Day. Nice! You can see the prize here.
Fresh Flowers also do last minute Valentine’s Day flower delivery. They accept orders up to 8pm Thursday 13th of February 2014, so you can get them in very last minute! Please check delivery is available to your suburb via the Fresh Flowers website prior to entering, as some rural areas are out of reach. (Also please note that the prize is not negotiable and can’t be redeemed for any other product or service.) Fresh Flowers red rose bouquets and boxes make fabulous Valentine’s Day gifts for loved ones, so fingers crossed you are in the right area! (Fresh Flowers is becoming a tongue twister for me now..! Now say it quickly 5 times etc)
For your chance to win a Valentine’s Day Deluxe Delivery of Sweet 24 Kisses, please just tell me: What is your favourite Valentine’s Day bouquet available from Fresh Flowers – you can see them here – and I want to know WHY you want to win this year! Get creative in your answer! Please also remember to put an email address in with your comment so I can contact you.
Important details: this giveaway is sponsored by Nuffnang/Fresh Flowers. Terms and conditions are here. Giveaway closes AEST midnight 10/2/2014.
Also very important: good luck!