My Easy Valentine’s Day Makeup Look

For those of you gals who have big V-day plans, I wanted to share a pretty makeup look that you can wear day or night to go on a date or out with your girl friends! You know I love a simple make up look, so of course I made this one really easy and simply for you. I also wanted to make it wearable but still feel like it’s a special occasion by adding a fun lip, although you can adjust the look to whatever makes you feel comfortable! Keep on reading to see how I put this look together!

Ever since I posted my Winter Makeup Look, I have been loving using my Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer for a glowy look. I love how it made my skin look! Next I use my Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation in 322 Warm Beige for foundation and My Too Faced Born This Way Concealer under my eyes in the shade Natural Beige. I use my hands to apply my foundation and concealer because I like the way it looks better, plus the clean up is easier. To set everything I use my Laura Mercier Translucent powder, my absolute favorite setting powder and the only one I’ll use!

For my bronzer, I always use the Too Faced Dark Chocolate Soleil bronzer to give my skin a little bit of a glow. For blush, I really love using the color Blushed Copper from Becca lately. It’s such a pretty bronze-y color and it’s got shimmer in it so I can even ski[ highlighter and still get a pretty glow.

For my eyebrows, I always use my Anastasia Brow Definer in Ebony and set them with a clear mascara. I like this to fill my brows in better than a thin pencil because I already have full brows, so they don’t need to be filled in very precisely.

For my eyelids, I went back and used my Morphe G35 palette that I love so much. As my base, I started off with the color Sandy because it’s just the perfect all over color. For my lid, I used the color Paradise which is a pretty shimmery, pinky, tan color. Then in my crease, I used a little bit of the color SPF and the color Deserted to finish off my look. I also did a thin-ish line along my top lashline using my Maybelline Line Stiletto eyeliner. Of course, for my lashes, I used my favorites: Diorshow Lash Primer, Diorshow Volume Mascara and my L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black.

To really finish everything up, I used my MAC Spice lip liner and an old Maybelline Matte lipstick in the color Toasted Truffle . I also sprayed my entire face with my Urban Decay All Nighter Setting spray. Since they changed the packaging, I feel like this product works so much better than it did before!

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Four Affordable Outfits to Wear on Valentine’s Day

Four Affordable Outfits to Wear on Valentine’s Day

This year I wanted to share some V-day outfits that are not necessarily all pink and red, but when I was putting them together, I realized that I wear pink too often to count it out this year. So if you wanted something that did not involve pink, red, purple this is probably not going to be the most helpful. Another thing to note is that I’m not really a dress kind of girl in the winter so these outfits all have pants because that’s what I would and probably will be wearing on Valentine’s Day this year. Now that all the disclaimers are done, keep on reading to see what I came up with for four affordable V-day outfits! Everything will be linked below as long as it’s available or I can find something similar!

Outfit #1

To start things off, I had to share this hot pink American Eagle sweater (similar) because it was on clearance when I got it and second, it’s such a pretty color to celebrate your love. I kept it simple by pairing it with a pair of dark wash Jamie Jeans from Topshop and these pretty patent red heels from Steve Madden. I love pairing pink and red together and I thought Valentine’s Day was a perfect fit for this outfit!

Sweater: American Eagle / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #2

I had originally planned to wear this outfit for my birthday, but with the snow I didn’t think it was the right fit for that day. However, I do think it’s a perfect fit for Valentine’s Day! As you know I love wearing cardigans as tops and I’ve shared this white cardigan from Target a million times on here already. I also shared these pink corduroy pants from Target and I love them too! I would recommend sizing down in these pants, because they run big. I normally wear a 4 or 6, and ended up getting a 2 in these. I’ve had these pinky purple heels for about a year and they are so comfortable that it really surprises me every time I wear them! They are from the brand Botkier and I got them at Nordstrom.

Sweater & Pants: Target / Shoes: Botkier

Outfit #3

This is my one outfit that does not include a pink, purple, or red item because I knew I had to include at least one. I got this pretty satin wrap top from Abercrombie (similar) a few months and I think it’s a perfect date night top. I decided to pair it with my tried and true black faux leather pants from BlankNYC (similar). I got these about 2 years ago and I love them because they are comfortable and they don’t fall down like most leather leggings! I paired them with my favorite suede mid calf boots (similar) because I love the way leather and suede look together.

Top: Abercrombie / Pants: BlankNYC / Shoes: Something Navy

Outfit #4

This last outfit is another more casual look for when you’re not doing something too fancy. I found this gorgeous jewel toned purple sweater at & Other Stories and knew I had to have it. It’s the most gorgeous color! I thought it would look so nice tucked into my black straight leg jeans from Topshop and this black belt I got from Target to define my waist a bit more. You know I’m really into my white Jeffrey Campbell ankle boots so I thought they would look so good with this outfit.

Sweater: & Other Stories / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

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