Tuesday 6 February 2018

Valentines Beauty Essentials | Vegan & Cruelty Free

With Valentines Day just around the corner I thought I would share with you some of the beauty essentials which help me to feel my best for a date night or a special occasion. I don't know about you but I just love an excuse to embrace seasonal changes with my makeup and beauty regime and Valentines Day provides us with the perfect excuse to bring ourselves back to life again with some bold splashes of red and pink. Nothing screams sexiness and sass more than luscious red lips and nails!

I discovered the Orly brand of nail polish at a Superdrug event last year and to be honest I haven't looked back since! Orly is a completely cruelty free brand and their 'Breathable' range is all 100% vegan friendly too. 

I've been using their breathable polishes for a good few months now and I have been so impressed by how amazing they are. They really help my nails to grow and feel healthy which makes such a refreshing change for a nail polish. The application is also a dream, it dries nice and quickly and has a gorgeous high shine finish. This 'Love My Nail' shade is just perfect for a Valentines look and really has some wow factor! 

On my lips lately I have been really loving the B. Matte Liquid Lipsticks from Superdrug. I'm quite surprised at myself as I never used to like matte lips but now I have realised and experienced the longevity and staying power of these beauties I have become a convert! 

I have two B. Matte Liquid Lipsticks in the shade Firestarter and Pinky Promise*. Pinky Promise is a really lovely nudey pink colour which I find is just perfect for day time wear and it just goes with everything. I also recently bought myself the Firestarter shade especially for Valentines Day as the bright red fiery shade really caught my eye and it goes perfectly with the above mentioned nail polish. 

These liquid lipsticks apply really well and dry quickly. As already mentioned I have been most impressed by their staying power and how they can last pretty much all day on my lips without me needing to reapply. I also think both of these shades would make an excellent day to nighttime look for Valentines Day. 

I think my eye makeup is always the most important part of my entire makeup look and it's probably the area I spend the most time on perfecting. I received this 'Witch Lash' mascara* by Medusa's Makeup in the recent Pip Box and as soon as I used it I just knew it was my new favourite go to mascara. 

I'm seriously so excited for this mascara! I haven't used a mascara in so long which I have instantly fallen in love with. It applies like a dream and the brush is just perfection. I really like how you can layer it up for a more dramatic effect or achieve a really pretty natural look on one coat. It doesn't clump, it doesn't leave any marks on my skin and it doesn't look like spiders legs. It's simply perfect! 

Another eye product which has been a long time favourite of mine now is the Kat Von D 'Tattoo Liner'. This is the best liquid eye liner I have ever used and I can't see anything else ever beating it! I personally feel that a good winged eyeliner look is just so pretty and it always manages to give me an extra boost of sassiness and confidence. 

If like me you love a winged eyeliner look then this is the liquid liner for you. It makes achieving a winged line so much easier than any other liquid liner I have used before and, even though it's not waterproof, it stays put all day long. 

Moving onto skincare, this e.l.f. Moisturising Sleeping Mask* is a real treat of a product which will leave your skin feeling super hydrated and fresh for the next morning. I really love overnight  facial treatments and this one has felt amazing to use. It fits in with my skincare routine nicely as I apply it when I go to bed and simply wash it off in the shower in the morning. I would say that it's more of a clear serum than a mask, but either way it does the job and I've  definitely noticed a change in my skin since using it. This is also the perfect product to help you to feel good for an upcoming date! 

I pretty much fell in love with Spacemasks last year and I cannot tell you how much of a treat these relaxing eye masks are. Once removed from their packet you place them over your eyes and hook them onto your ears so they stay in place and then they magically start to heat up. Who knew the feeling of heat on your eyes could feel so relaxing and enjoyable!? For someone like me whose brain comes alive around 11pm every night, and I really struggle to go off to sleep some nights, these are the dream product! I actually really look forward to using them and have to try to ration them out so I don't use them all up really quickly. They are just the ultimate in relaxation and if you want to ensure you get a good nights sleep before an important date then you must try one of these! 

The final touch for my beauty regime is always a spritz or two of my favourite perfume Stella by Stella McCartney. It's such a gorgeous fragrance which always attracts some compliments and I simply do not feel complete going out without it on. I'm so happy Stella McCartney is an advocate for cruelty free beauty and vegan fashion, and it's really nice to be able to enjoy a high end designer product like this. You can read Stella's ethical policies here.

I can assure you that all of these great products will be helping me to feel and look my absolute best on Valentines Day, and every other day of the year too! 

What are your own go to beauty products which help you to feel really good in yourself?  

* Some of the products featured in this post were sent to me for review purposes. 
All thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and completely my own. 



  1. I love the Orly nail polishes! Such good quality!


  2. I saw the Orly nail polishes the other day and wondered if they were vegan/cf so I’m glad to know they are! I’ll definitely pick one up next time.

    I need to try that mascara so badly, it looks and sounds perfect.

    I highly recommend the Barry M Matte Me liquid lipsticks, or their lip kits - they’re fantastic value and really great. I wanna try the b. Ones but they just don’t have any different shades to what I already have, so it kind of feels like a waste?

    The b. Duo liquid liner is my absolutely favourite at the moment - it’s my holy grail for sure!


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