valentines day

Let's be honest a bouquet of flowers would make anyone happy. I love it when Sean rolls up with some pretty little Peonies but there's a few other, less traditional gifts I wouldn't turn my nose up at either. Guys take note...

Makeup - You know that new release we've been banging on about forever? Yep we want it. Chances are we're not actually hinting at you to buy it, we just like talking about it, but if you want to surprise us we wont say no.

An Adventure - Plan a day out but don't tell us where. It doesn't have to be romantic as long as its fun! Don't forget to tell us what to wear though, no-one wants to turn up in a cute outfit to go rock climbing! 

A New Dress - Or anything clothing really. This could be a bit hit or miss but either way were going to appreciate the effort. I love buying Sean new clothes and if he ever wanted to repay the favour now would be a perfect time to do it. Just stay well away from anything bodycon, I wont look like the girls in the adverts bab.

An Experience Day - You think Go Karting and Paint Balling is just for guys? Think again. I absolutely love driving around a track like a mad woman, it's the closest thing I can get to actually driving right now plus I probably wont kill anyone in the process. For girls who can drive there are always track days!

Anything Unicorn - I know I cant have an actual Unicorn but anything Unicorn related will do. I'll take THIS or THIS, I'll even settle for THESE. You can never go wrong with anything cute.

Blogger Related gifts - Dating a blogger? Treat her to some business cards or buy her an advertising package to get her site out there! If she doesn't own a domain name why not buy one? Just make sure its one she actually wants to use for quite a while!

Your Time - I love a good present but honestly I'd be just as content spending the day with you. Gifts are nice but nothing beats enjoying a day with the person you love. So shower us in gifts all you want but remember you're the best thing we could ask for!
And I'm going to end it on that soppy note!

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P.S. - Sean if you are reading this, I'm not hinting at presents I promise.

The Valentines Presents We Really Want

I have another Valentine's Day themed post for you all today and this time it's make up based! I'm one of the few people I know who like Valentine's day and I always try to do a couple of themed posts around this time of year! You might have already seen that this year me and Sean are heading down to the seaside for the day so I wanted to create a pretty little look that suited the holiday but wasn't too over the top. I wanted to use neutral colours and pinks as they are quite easy to wear and suit many skin tones. So lets talk about the products I used...

For my eyeshadow I used my new Gwen Stefani Urban Decay Pallet which I've fallen in love with. I use this pallet most days, opting for just one colour on my eyelids but for this look I wanted something a little more complex. I started at the inner corners of my eyes with the lightest shade; Bathwater, I then filled in the middle and outer edges of my eyelids with a peachy pink shade called Steady. As this is a day time look I didn't want to make my eyes too dark but I did want a bit more depth so I applied a small amount of the plum purple shade Punk to the very outer edges of my eyelids and blended it all together. 

I used this little Revlon Shadowlinks eyeshadow above the main section of eyeshadow to even out of skin tone and cover up and sneaky little veins that could still be seen. 

For my mascara I've used my all time favourite which is the Benefit Roller Lash. I've been using this mascara for the best part of a year now and I'm still in love with it. It's quite pricey but I've never used a mascara that lengthens my lashes like this so I will continue to fork out for it.

I decided to try out a different bronzer and highlighter today as my old Laura Paige one is starting to look a bit sorry for itself. I picked up the Collection BlushAndGlow pallet back in September at a beauty event and I haven't really used it all that much. I'm still undecided on if I like it or not.

I've given up on foundation lately, its way too heavy on my face and most days I don't really need the coverage. Instead I've been opting to use the Collection Cover Up before my powder and I have no complaints with it.

On my lips I have my old trusty Velvet Teddy Lipstick which I don't think I will ever get bored of. It goes with so many looks and can be worn day or night, plus is lasts forever on my lips. This one is looking a little worse for wear but luckily I have a brand new one in my cupboard ready and waiting to be used.

For my eyeliner I've chosen to use my favourite dirt cheap Miss Sporty Eyeliner. It's probably one of the cheaper things in my make up kit but it does the job just as well as some of the more expensive eyeliners you can buy.

I suffer with quite red skin and dark circles so I try to combat that with my little Essence sticks. I don't know if you can get these in the UK but I'm sure most other places in Europe sell them. I picked these up in Amsterdam back in August and I'm so so glad I did. The green eliminates redness and the pink helps with dark circles.

Lastly I used my MAC Powder Foundation to set everything. I've been using this for a couple of months now and its one of the best powders I've ever used, it even made last months Beauty Favourites!

What do you think of this look? Would you guys like to see more makeup looks?

Thanks for reading!


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Valentines Day : Make Up

Valentines day can be quite pricey; theres cards, presents, expensive meals, and don't forget having to fork out for a new outfit. But what about when you're on a tight budget? Everyone wants a really nice day with their partner but that can be tricky when money is tight. Well I've rounded up a few of my favourite super budget ways to spend this Valentines!

Go For a Walk - Over the last few weeks me and Sean have been going for walks with the dog in our local wood. It's really hilly and pretty and can be a bit of a workout but it's also super fun. It's so nice to be away from everything and everyone completely surrounded by trees and nature. I love my weekly walks with Sean and I wouldn't mind at all if he suggested we start our valentines day with one.

Visit a Museum - Starting to sound like an old lady here but ah well. I really enjoy museums and old houses; me and Sean are actually members of the National Trust which saves us a lot of money in the long run. There are loads of free or cheap museums all over the country so if you're into that kind of thing it could be a nice way to spend a few hours.

Have a Film Marathon - Why go out when you could spend all day snuggling up in your PJS watching your favourite series or films? There's loads of cute films I'd love to watch with Sean but we never have the time, this way we could watch them all in one go!

Cook Together - After you've finished that film marathon why not get all dressed up and make dinner with each other? I adore cooking with Sean, we have so much fun and we make a killer Spaghetti Bolognese!

Go For Coffee - I don't drink coffee but I would murder someone for a good hot chocolate or a refreshing ice tea at one of my favourite coffee shops. Sometimes its nice to grab a drink and just sit with each other for a while. It can be hard to make time to simply talk with each other about things so put away your phones, and enjoy just being together.

Botanical Gardens - Here in Birmingham we have a gorgeous Botanical Garden Centre and I know many other major cities do too. I've spent so many hours wandering around this huge place taking photos of tropical plants and birds. I can't vouch for the others but our Botanical Garden is pretty cheap to get in and if you take a picnic you can save even more money!

So those are my best budget ideas for this Valentines day! I guess you're all wondering what me and Sean are planning this year? Well we're on a little bit of a budget as we're trying to save to move out and we aren't planning on doing presents either this year. We've decided to head down to Western-Super-Mare for a day by the beach and in the arcade spending lots of 2ps!

I'd love to hear what you guys are up to this year, are you going for a romantic meal or is Valentines really not for you? 

Thanks for reading!


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