When I think of Valentine’s day, a picnic in spring comes to mind. It’s never been about gifts and girlfriends for me as I’ve always been without a partner (don’t feel sorry for me because it isn’t sad!), but I still make time to do something special. Whether it’s getting glam to feel like a bad b**ch, or putting money aside to get my hair done like it is this year. Regardless, I love any excuse to put on some themed makeup. The combination of green and pink is having a moment right now and I wanted to create a look inspired by this colour combo for the ultimate Valentines vibe.
Nyx Bare With Me Hydrating Jelly Primer & Multitasking Spray
I haven’t spoken about it on my blog, but I am on a no-buy when it comes to makeup this year in an attempt to use up some of my products. Unfortunately, I don’t enjoy these products from Nyx as they are both super drying and feel quite soapy on the skin. The hydrating jelly primer is supposed to be a dupe for the Huda Water Jelly Primer, and although I haven’t tried that, I was disappointed by the fact that this primer sucked all the moisture out of my skin. Therefore, it did the opposite of what it’s supposed to do and eliminated the chance of being a dupe for Huda’s formula. The texture is cool, but that only goes so far haha. The setting spray doesn’t make up for this and leaves my skin feeling similar. There doesn’t seem to be a high alcohol content in the ingredients, but it sure feels that way.
Colourpop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Tinted Moisturiser
Colourpop’s base product’s never really live up to my expectations. I am so conflicted about this product because people rave about it, and I feel left out for not being as obsessed. Because it is infused with hyaluronic acid, I expected a glass-like glow similar to that of the Nars radiant tinted moisturiser (an old fave of mine), but it just looks average. I also couldn’t help but notice that the first few times I used it, if I hadn’t prepped my skin with a rich moisturiser it stuck to my dry patches and settled into my pores. It’s just a weird formula and I can’t seem to figure it out, so any advice would be helpful!
Mco Beauty Brow Collection
I have been obsessed with the Mco Beauty range lately, as they are all over socials at the moment for their affordable range that is sold in Australian supermarkets. They have some insane hits, but like any other brand, some products miss the mark. Ever since I opened their Magic Brow tinted brow gel, I have been head over heels for the full effect it gives me, and it holds them in place all day long. I don’t know if it’s intentional, but they seem similar to Makeup Revolution when it comes to creating dupe products. This means they have plenty-a-brow product to choose from. I went for the micro-brow pencil and when I first opened it, it was smooth and pigmented, but I’ve found mine has dried out within a few weeks. And when it comes to a micro brow product, if it isn’t a creamy formula it just snaps off, and this is what I’ve been experiencing.
The other product I picked up was the brow tint pen, which is similar to a felt tip liner but for your brows. They don’t seem to have many shades in this range and unfortunately, this is a little too red for me to use on its own. In saying this, I’ve found that it layers on top of the brow pencil well and adds dimension without the red tone looking unnatural.
Limecrime Venus XL II Eyeshadow Palette
Now, I wouldn’t have bought this palette if I didn’t like the colour story, but DAMN do I adore it. Considering there are only 4 mattes and the rest are shimmer, it is shockingly versatile. I can create so many different looks as each shimmer has a different finish. I have had it for a few months, but I still get giddy when I use it and am excited to play with the duo-chrome colours. In this look, I used the metallic rosy pink ‘Eve’ all over the lid and buffed out the edges with ‘Bloom’. To deepen up the outer corner I used the rich auburn shade ‘West’ and then finished it off by placing the mint green pop of colour ‘Obscure’ in the inner corner.
I also used the shade ‘Stella’ as a face highlight as it is so smooth and pearly, and it performed great!
Elf Hydrating Camo Concealer
I’m in two minds about this concealer, and I wish that I wasn’t. When I first apply it, the coverage is incredible and the finish is so juicy and radiant. But I feel like this product doesn’t agree with any powders that I use overtop, and gets super crepey and patchy. As this is still new to my collection, take what I say with a grain of salt as I can’t be sure if it’s the concealer causing this issue. Has anyone else been experiencing this?
Fenty Pro Filt’r Loose Setting Powder
Australis Sweet Like Chocolate Bronzer & Strawberries ‘n’ Dreams Blush
If you’re looking for affordable cheek products, Australis is the way to go. As you can see, I am hitting pan on this bronzer and I plan on using this up because it will be so satisfying. They both have a soft pigment yet are incredibly buildable, so you can achieve a gentle flush of colour or you can build it up to be bright and beaming. 10/10.
Limecrime Freckle Pen
Tower 28 Lip Jelly in Coconut
Thank you for reading, I hope you all have a wonderful valentines day whether it’s being wined and dined by your special someone or watching harry potter with a friend on the couch!