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Valentines is this Thursday, and it would be remiss to ignore it. Even if you don’t have a special someone, you can reach for these buys well past the 14th.
Sweater – Markus Lupfer
Heels – Giuseppe Zanotti
Clutch – Lanvin
Ring – Solange Azagury-Partridge
Lipgloss – Nars
Nail Varnish – Dolce and Gabbana

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color in Arabesque

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I have previously written about my enthusiasm for Laura Mercier’s Spring 13 collection. I like pink, and it dominates the collection’s colour palette.

I have to admit, I love a good pink lip; but it is surprisingly hard to find: many are too frosted, too peach or brown, and some just don’t look right. Laura Mercier’s newest offering is pretty bang-on. It is a sheer pink-peach which applies smoothly and lasts for around 2 hours on me. It does feel slightly drying, but I combat this with a smear of Korres lip butter.

My one little gripe with this product is the packaging. The lipstick comes in a slick dark brown metal tube, the corners of mine have already lost colour after about 3 days, meaning my tube is looking a little battered already.

Despite this I can see the colour becoming one I reach for throughout the warmer months, when I need a lip-colour which looks natural but better!

Lipstick £18.50 www.selfridges.com

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm*

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I had seen a lot about the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm on other blogs, and the idea of a cleansing balm sounded like what I needed. With all the wintry weather my skin has become dry, and even more sensitive than usual – my regular foaming cleansers seemed a little too harsh to use on a daily basis.

This cleansing balm, however, is a dream. With a soft consistency and the most wonderful scent (courtesy of the moringa oils) this little pot cleansed my skin without stripping it, meaning it has quickly become a favourite. The formula is softer than other balms I have tried, meaning that it sinks into the skin easy and doesn’t leave any sort of film.

Not only this, but the face cloth which accompanied it was heavenly – linen on one side and fluffy on the other, I felt like I could give myself my own little spa treatment!

The cleansing balm is priced at £34.00 for 100ml and is available at EmmaHardie.com

Tom Ford Platinum Cream Color

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Tom Ford’s makeup range is nothing short of covetable. Sleek packaging and luxe products combine in each product, meaning that although pricey, his pieces are usually investments.

The eyeshadow, although called Platinum is more of a soft taupe. The colour is perfect for day, needing only the tiniest dab to transform eyes from tired to bright and ready. Be warned though, use only a fingertip; my first, rather overenthusiastic application resulted in a smeary mess from lids to brows.

The formula of the shadow is dreamy – a smooth, satiny mousse which dries without loosing its sheen. I do have to wear it over Laura Mercier’s eye base (a complete hero product of mine) or it seems to disappear in a few hours. With the base however, this shadow has survived workouts and shopping sessions in tact.

Due to the minimal amounts I use of this I have a feeling that it will be a go-to product for a while, a good thing, as I adore the colour. The one niggle I have with this product however is the lid. The high-end, luxury feel of the pot is kind of ruined by the fact that the TF on the lid is on a sticker applied to the lid, which I feel slightly cheapens the overall feel.  This is a tiny issue however, and the shadow has become one of my must haves!

Tom Ford Cream Color Eyeshadow is priced at £29 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Lady Shoes

I am a klutz at the best of times, and the new popularity of the kitten heel is making me so happy! Muted colours are juxtaposed with glitter and studs, or choose a neon bright to lift your day!

Beige with ankle strap – Valentino

Silve glitter – Jimmy Choo

Beige with glitter sole- Miu Miu

Orange – Christian Louboutin

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