(Lipstick-) bullet for my valentine

Susanne Norris brings us her better than a boyfriend beauty buys.

13th February 2017

As someone who is going to spend this Valentines alone (pass the tissues, woe is me) I must say I’ve been trying to distance myself from the hype surrounding Valentines. However, given pretty much every shop has had their Valentines gifts available since Boxing day this distancing has been a little bit harder than I imagined. But then, this wondrous idea struck me. If I was in a relationship, I’d be buying presents for a partner, yes? So this year, as a ‘thank you’ for being so amazing, I am going to buy presents for myself. Have I reached crazy cat lady territory? Probably. Do I care? Definitely not. So without further ado here’s a list of beauty products I would be thrilled to treat myself to; beauty products that are better than a Valentine.

Too Faced ‘Sweetheart Blush’, Debenhams, £24

At least I’m sticking to the Valentine’s theme. This gorgeous blush doesn’t let down the expectation we all have of Too Faced packaging, it comes in a beautiful heart shape. As for the blush colours themselves, there is one for most skin-tones. Try the lighter pinks in the ‘Something about Berry’ colour option of this blush for paler skin, whilst the corals in ‘Peach Beach’ work a wonder on darker skin. These will make you blush more than your crush ever could.

Lime Crime ‘Velvetine Liquid Lipsticks’, ASOS, £12

Lime Crime have done it again with these super glossy lipsticks. ASOS stock shades of pink, red and purple but if you’re feeling more adventurous log onto Beauty Bay for some popping orange, nude and even blue and green shades. The liquid lipstick is long-lasting and the colours are to die for. As for the packaging? Well it’s covered in pink and red roses of course. So, my question is, why have real roses when you can gaze at the beautiful packaging of a new lipstick?

Lush ‘Cupid Bath-Bomb’, Lush, £2.95

Why have all the stress of Valentine’s when you could have a relaxing bath instead? This bath-bomb is heart shaped and will turn the water pink, so makes your bath look super cute for all those aesthetic Instagram pictures you know you’re going to take. As there will be loads of Instagram pictures of couples taking baths together and drinking bottles of champagne your pink bath s guaranteed to look cuter. Plus, why share that bottle of champagne when you can drink it all yourself!

No7 ‘Velvet lash Mascara’, Boots, £13.50

Rule No.1 for seducing anyone ever, flutter your eyelashes. This amazing mascara offers volume and length, all whilst making your lashes look natural and soft, not clumpy. Apply a few layers of this and you’ll have lashes that will almost knock someone over when you give a little flutter. Moreover, the gold packaging serves as a constant reminder you are an absolute queen, and deserve to treat yourself as much as anyone else this Valentines.

Body Shop ‘British Rose Fresh Pluming Mask, Body Shop, £16

They say that love makes the skin glow. However, I find face-masks more reliable for this. A firm favourite is this one from Body Shop, which offers to help ‘skin that needs to be quenched and re-plumped with moisture to reveal its dewy glow’. I mean come on, who can say no to a ‘dewy glow’! Couple this with the fact it smells of roses and it becomes the perfect Valentines treat.

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