Valentine's Day sure has crept up on us quickly this year, I mean I am pretty sure it was Christmas just last week...
For the majority of the time in which I have being running this blog I have been single. It is nothing to cry about, in fact for most of that time it was a time of healing and getting to know myself once again. That being said, I have always managed to publish something on my little blog in regards to the occasion, even if I was just sharing the day with my cat.
Whether you are a fan of Valentine's Day or not, and perhaps just think that it is some corporate shenanigan put in place to make us spend our hard earned cash, I personally can't help but kind of relish in it. Maybe it is the soft romantic in me, who knows.
Of course having being surrounded by numerous Valentine's Day posts on social media and countless cuddly toys and chocolate hearts on the high street, I thought that naturally I would put my own spin on it. Therefore, whether you're single, in a new relationship or happily married ten years down the line, here's to a few things which will hopefully make your Valentine's special this year.
In my personal opinion less really is more when preparing for a date or, indeed an evening out with friends. Whilst I personally love a nice red lipstick I can't help feel that on Valentine's it can be a little cliche, that being said I would still be incredibly torn between my favourite red or a nice effortless pink nude. Therefore, in order to meet somewhere in the middle, I will happily opt for the NARS Audacious Lipstick in the shade Anna, which is simply beautiful in its own right and took me almost six months to track down, therefore it really does deserve a bit of time in the spotlight so to speak. The formula of these lipsticks in general is pretty darn good, they're super pigmented and easy to wear and do require little maintenance.
For the nails I like to opt for something understated most of the time, therefore Essie Vanity Fairest is a perfect choice. At least three coats will be needed however as it is a very subtle shade, therefore if you don't have the time or patience you may wish to opt for something which is more opaque. Personally I have never been one to massively rate Essie polishes in general, I do tend to think that they are overpriced, however their shade range is pretty impressive.
One of my most recent purchases (thank you Boxing Day sales) was the Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris fragrance. I had really liked this since it first launched last year, however at the time I really couldn't justify the purchase. It is a super light fragrance with notes of pear, patchouli and white musk making it in my opinion quite sweet, although it isn't sickly in the slightest. Generally speaking, I do tend to lean away from sweet scents, often reaching for more floral based fragrances however I was pleasantly surprised by this and naturally it remained on my mind long after I first tried it. It also goes without saying that visually it is a beautifully presented fragrance, which of course would make a beautiful gift for that special someone or yourself this Valentine's Day.
Of course pretty underwear is a given at any time of the year for making us feel good, let alone Valentine's Day. Just this week I managed to stumble across a couple of super pretty designs from Peacocks, which I will honest is not a place I think to try for clothes at all, let alone nice underwear. I will make a point of popping in next time I am in town just to see what they have in store; you just never know do you.
I hope that whatever you are up to this Valentine's Day that you have a lovely day, even if you are curled up on the sofa watching your favourite chick flick. After all, all of the above is all well and good but sometimes it is nice to get nice and cosy in your pyjamas with a glass of fizz.