Last Minute V-Day Gifts

So I wasn’t going to do any more Valentine’s Day posts but things happen and now here I am writing about Valentine’s Day again. V-Day is literally in 2 days and not everyone is a great planner or savvy with gift ideas so I wanted to share a few of my last minute gift ideas because this is something I struggle with for every holiday and I don’t want to see you all struggle, you know. Don’t mind the run-on sentence, please. So if I were to get a last minute gift for someone, I’d probably pick one of these!

First, I’m going to start with some of my favorites ideas. I personally think experiences are such a great gift to give someone. It gives them something they can share with someone else and they can hold on to those memories forever (hopefully). The experience can be anything the person enjoys doing or something they’ve always wanted to do. You can purchase a gift certificate for an exercise class, such as yoga or spin which is really popular. You can also buy tickets to something that is a little more date specific (depending on where you look), such as a professional sports game or a cooking class. You can also be extravagant and do something like a helicopter ride or skydiving depending on how much you want to spend. The fun part about gifting an experience to someone is that they don’t have to do it right then! They have the option to do it whenever they want!

My second favorite gift idea is always going to be something homemade. It’s always nice to go to a store and find the perfect gift, but when I know that someone took the time to sit and make something for me, I know how special I am to that person. Not to be mushy either, but some homemade gifts are really cute and sweet too. I really love the “Open When…” letters. They are SO sweet and definitely thoughtful because you took the time to write all those words to help your partner. I also think you can never go wrong with food and everyone loves a homemade meal! Also putting together a little gift basket with all kinds of goodies is fun. Making it a themed basket is always a good idea and for Valentine’s Day, since the theme technically is love, you can do a basket of all the things you love about the person or things that they love. The point of a homemade gift is that it’s supposed to be very thoughtful, so the more thought you put in, the better!

My final suggestion is obviously just to go out to a store and buy something but I’m not talking jewelry or flowers or chocolate. Although those are wonderful gifts and I’m sure plenty of people love that stuff, I’m still a big advocate for thoughtful presents. If your Valentine loves books, get them a really great book that you think they would love. If they love photography, get them a cool Polaroid camera or sign them up for a photography class or a trip to a museum. If they really love chocolate, I mean you can get them some chocolate but if they love other things more than chocolate, maybe get them one of those things you know?

I hope you feel like this was helpful and if not, I hope you at least enjoyed reading it!

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Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas

It took me a really long time to feel inspired to do Valentine’s Day outfits honestly. I am not typically the kind of person who likes to celebrate Valentine’s Day so I never really get in the mood for it. However, this year, I wanted to really try and come up with some cute outfits for all kinds of Valentine’s Day celebrations. After I put together my make up look, I all of a sudden was really inspired so here’s what I came up with!

Outfit #1

For more formal V-day celebrations, I had to include a pretty red dress for you ladies who let your man or lady spoil you on V-day. Or for you ladies who just like to get dressed. This one’s for you! I actually got this dress for a holiday party, but I hate buying things and then never wearing them again so I thought I would repurpose this dress for V-day. Paired with black shoes and a black bag and some glittery jewelry, it’s a pretty and feminine look.

Dress: Revolve / Shoes: Steve Madden / Necklace: Something Navy / Earrings: Francesca’s

Outfit #2

For something less formal and a little bit more cozy, I wanted to do a sweater dress like this one. It’s still pretty and dressed up when paired with these stunning burgundy leather boots, but definitely more casual than a tight mini dress. I also am obsessed with headbands and I thought this was the perfect outfit to add on a cute headband.

Dress: Something Navy / Boots: Zara / Headband: Something Navy

Outfit #3

For this outfit, I went way more casual with a simple jeans and t-shirt look but paired it with some heels because I still wanted to be a little dressy. That’s just how I am. Jeans, heels and t-shirt is my favorite outfit. This bright pink trench coat is a perfect layering piece for this otherwise simple and not festive outfit.

Coat: Something Navy / Shirt: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #4

This is definitely my favorite outfit! I might even wear this for my V-day plans! I thought the pink sweater was just so cute and paired with a leather skirt, it’s a perfect combination of edgy and girly. The white flats really just take the outfit up another level without becoming overly sexy. The pink hoops is just me going over board on the feminine touches. Whatever.

Sweater: Mango / Skirt: BCBG MaxAzria / Shoes: Something Navy / Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit #5

This last outfit is for all my ladies who want to have a cozy night in with their man or lady or their friends, who cares! It’s comfy and cozy and cute all at the same time. I’m really into sweatpants and crop tops with cardigans or sweatshirts. Put on some makeup though and you look like you actually tried!

Cardigan: Urban Outfitters / Top: Forever 21 / Joggers: Aerie / Sneakers: Fila / Earrings: Target

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Valentine’s Day Make Up Look

Now that it’s February, I figured it was a good time to do some Valentine’s Day posts. I was also feeling really creative so I wanted to try something fun for my make up look this month. I have been really into bright pink eyeshadow and found this stunning palette from NYX so I knew I had to try use it for this post. Keep reading to see how I got my look from this very bare face!

I actually started using a new foundation on this day and wanted to give a little review of it while we’re here. I started with my Becca First Light Priming Filter underneath. I tried the Too Faced Born This Way foundation and concealer in the shade Warm Beige and Natural Beige, respectively. The foundation is really light actually and is definitely buildable which I’m not sure if I like. When I wear foundation, I want full coverage so I wish it was a little bit more of a fuller coverage from the start. The formula dried really soft which I did like and it lasts a few hours without needing a touch up. I tend to get oily but with this foundation it looked more dewy than oily which I did like.

After that I contoured with my Anastasia Beverly Hills cream contour palette, Laura Mercier Translucent Powder under my eyes and then a loose face powder all over my face. For bronzer, I used my Too Faced Dark Chocolate Soleil bronzer and blended it with my Becca Luminous Blush in Tigerlily. It’s a super bright shimmery orange that is so beautiful for medium to deep skin tones. For highlight, I used my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in 24K Gold which is the most beautiful yellow gold ever. For brows, I used my Anastasia Brow Definer in Ebony and set them with a clear mascara.

For my eye makeup, I used the NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette in the color Phoenix. It’s got all kinds of pretty reds, pinks, and yellows to make sunset inspired looks. I started off with a mustard yellow color all over my crease and brought it down a little bit onto my lid as a transition color. Then I went a little deeper into my crease with a pretty hot pink color. For my outer corner, I used an eggplant purple color and for my lid, I used a glittery rose gold pink color and blended that with the pink in my crease. I used my Maybelline Lash Stilleto Liquid Liner to create a small wing and followed up with my Diorshow Lash Primer and Volume Mascara and finally my L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black on top. For my lips, I pushed a peachy gloss by Too Faced. I set my whole face with my Urban Decay All Nighter spray and that’s it!

I hope you liked my sunset inspired Valentine’s day look! I can’t wait to experiment more with this pretty palette!

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