With Valentines quickly approaching, take a minute before the events begin and make a party of the pre-party. Half the fun of going out is getting ready. Whether you’ve booked a dinner for two or a relaxing evening in watching Netflix this weekend, indulge in a little pre-game pampering with my favourite beauty products. 15 ways to sweeten your Valentines.
To Tom Ford, there is no more dramatic accessory than a perfect lip. It is the focus of the face and it has the power to define a woman's whole look. Each Lip Color is Tom Ford's modern ideal of an essential makeup shade. Rare and exotic ingredients including soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil create an ultra–creamy texture with an incredibly smooth application. Specially treated color pigments are blended to deliver pure color with just the right balance of luminosity.
Rouge Louboutin, a vibrant red nail colour by Christian Louboutin, is suited to every skin tone. The faceted bottle comes with a patented brush and double patented formula which delivers a highly glossy and chip resistant coverage on the nail. To differentiate the Rouge Louboutin, its cap was designed to stand the tallest. It is the same height as the Ballerina Ultima (20.5cm/8in), the highest heel Christian Louboutin ever designed.
This innovative eyeliner from Bobbi Brown offers the precision of liquid liner with the ease of a gel based formula. Offering long wearing, water-resistant colour that can be used to create subtle to dramatic looks. Long–Wear gel eyeliner was awarded ‘best beauty buy’ by InStyle magazine.
FOUNDATION - CHARLOTTE TILBURY.
Flawless, Poreless Long-Lasting Coverage with SPF15. Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Foundation is a miracle in a bottle that transforms skin for all ages, skin tones and skin types. The “hyper-intelligent” formula gives full-coverage yet feels completely weightless, with all the anti-ageing and protective benefits of a luxury skin cream. It conceals imperfections, glides on like a dream, and feels like a second skin. Whether your skin needs a bit of perfecting, or you struggle with acne, melasma or rosacea, this foundation offers flawless appeal.
EYES - ILLAMASQUA LASHES.
For after-dark drama at its most daring. Illamasqua False Eye Lashes are handmade and available in a range of styles and colours to create different impacts – from the stunning and dramatic to the romantic and sensual. Apply using the latex-free glue provided and combine with Illamasqua eye colours for eyes that hypnotise.
JO MALONE BATH OIL.
Lime Basil and Mandarin bath oil by Jo Malone London; gently fragrances and moisturises the skin. Fresh limes and zesty mandarins are undercut by peppery basil and aromatic white thyme in this alluring signature blend which has become a modern classic for men and women. Lush and softly foaming, this bath oil is pure relaxation.
EXFOLIATION - CHANEL
GOMMAGE MICROPERLÉ ÉCLAT reveals the natural radiance of the skin. It gently relaxes and exfoliates. Its invigorating and refreshing gel-cream texture awakens the complexion with its exfoliating particles. GOMMAGE MICROPERLÉ ÉCLAT refines the skin texture. The face is smoothed, silky and luminous. At the heart of the formula: an original blend of silky cultured pearl powder and round jojoba microbeads to gently remove dead cells. A radiance complex unites the energising powers of plant and marine extracts to stimulate microcirculation and reactivate cellular respiration. An orange blossom concentrate revives the radiance of the complexion. Dermatologist tested. Non-comedogenic.
SKIN - CHARLOTTE TILBURY.
Forget everything you think you know about clay masks. Part of Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Skincare range, Goddess Skin Clay Mask is blend with nourishing Almond Oil and Bio Nymph Peptide Complex, which improves skin elasticity, induces DNA repair and boosts synthesis of collagen whilst protecting it from degradation. Rosehip Oil regenerates and restores skin softness and elasticity as the Frangipani Flower Extract is soothing and purifying.
CONTOURING - TOM FORD.
From Tom Ford's point of view, the first step to beauty is understanding the architecture of your face and bringing balance and symmetry to your features. This duet of highlighting and shading creams is designed to make sculpting and contouring the face remarkably simple. The super–sheer, light shade can be used to draw light onto the skin to brighten and lift the face. The dark shade defines and contours bones while staying invisible to the
POWDER FINISH - CHARLOTTE TILBURY.
This is Charlotte Tilbury's powder revolution: a super luxe micro-fine powder with soft-focus nano particles that blur away lines and imperfections, for effortlessly flawless skin in a silk-cashmere touch-like you’ve never experienced before. When in front of the lens and under the spotlight, model skin requires constant re-touching to prevent your skin shining in the wrong areas. Traditional powders can look heavy and dull the skin, so I created Air-Brush Flawless Finish. This breathable, micro-fine powder technology gives you an immaculate complexion that acts like the most luxe, micro-fine cashmere veil on top of your skin for a bright, illuminating finish. No caking, dusting or sitting in lines.
EYES - NARS MASCARA.
Nars' vitamin-enriched Audacious mascara boosts volume and curl with every stroke for high-drama lashes that are bigger than ever. Every lash is coated with a velvety finish; no clumping, smudging or flaking.
CHEEKS CHANEL CREAM BLUSH.
With its luminous velvet finish, it sculpts and enhances a natural healthy glow by adding a touch of colour to the cheekbones. A silky second-skin texture for a light, powdery sensation under your fingers. Enriched with cotton and rose extracts, as well as beeswax for melt-away comfort.
Treat yourself to a touch of sparkle with this large glittery pouchfrom bespoke accessories-specialist, Lisa Bea. Instilled with a girlish charm with 'Love' cast across the front, this zip-fastened design is perfect for storing your cosmetics.
EYE PRIMER - YSL.
YSL’s 16-hour wear Couture Eye Primer illuminates and unifies your eyes. The long-lasting, non-greasy formula offers a powerful make-up base to amplify and intensify your look. Worn alone, the Couture Eye Primer offers a perfect, sophisticated nude eye look, with luminous and natural tones.
CHARLOTTE TILBURY'S SMOKEY EYE.
Cheat the classic, chic groomed-girl look with no effort. Enriched with a mix of fine opaque powders and specially-blended oils, The Classic eye powder pencil by Charlotte Tilbury gives you a soft, subtle, blendable line that is easy to control. The result is chic and timeless: Perfect for a natural daytime look or buildable at night for a sophisticated sexy smoky eye.