Quick-Fast Valentine’s Day Look

I have a backlog of photos and products to write about, but I must be saving them for a rainy day or something, because instead of posting them I just keep taking new photos of things.  Yep.  Makes total sense.

Anyway, tonight I was feeling like throwing some kind of look together so I did a Valentine’s Day FOTD because well – it’s in two days and it just seemed appropriate.  It actually took only a handful of products, and isn’t anything to fancy, so could be easy to recreate if you feel so inclined.  I was going to do two looks – a romantic ‘date’ look for those of you spending the special day with that special someone – and then a badass smokin’ hot look for gals like me who are rockin’ it out single-style.  But I couldn’t get good photos no matter what I did tonight, so I gave up (but don’t worry, I have a fierce look to show you nonetheless, just maybe not Valentine’s Day themed).

Here’s the romantic look!

Romantic Valentine's Day look (2)

The ‘hairstyle’ I’m wearing here (haha, you’re probably like – ‘what hairstyle?’) is my signature ‘romantic’ style, in which I pin back the front pieces off my face.  That’s it.  Honestly guys, look at that hair, like WTF do you THINK I could actually do with it??  ~sigh~

Romantic Valentine's Day look (4)

To get a sweet glow, I put Burberry’s Fresh Glow luminizer on under my foundation (which I applied wet for a more sheer effect), added a touch of bronzer, and buffed in NARS Desire (a bright cool pink) on cheeks.

Romantic Valentine's Day look (5)

On lips, I’m wearing this neat product Taylor at My Lucite Dreams reviewed, called Vitality Lip Flush in Je Ne Sais Quoi by it Cosmetics.  It’s clear and then adapts to your skin to turn a lovely shade of pink – truly your lip color but better.  It feels great on and gives just the right amount of sheen.  I thought it was a good choice because there should be no real transfer if you happen to be…putting you lips on someone else *wink wink nudge nudge*  This is one of those random brands my aunt gives me here and there, that otherwise I would have never heard of before.

Romantic Valentine's Day look (3)

On eyes, I’m wearing Laura Mercier’s Suspense Duo, with the pale pinkish-beige all over the lid, and the deep burgundy brown in the crease and on the lower lash line.  Then I used Laura Mercier’s Black Violet Kohl Liner just on the very outer edges of my eyes, top and bottom, and finished with a good dose of a non-clumping mascara (this one is called Lash Fix by Dalton – another ‘random’ brand given to me by my aunt).

BAM.  Done!  It took me less than 10 minutes start to finish.  I always like kind of rosy tones when I’m trying to look sweet, fools ’em every time 😉

…speaking of rosy tones.  Last week I tried to wear pink shadow on my eyes, as a possible Valentine’s look.  Witness:

Pink Eyeshadow

Eeks!  This is NOT GOOD.  I don’t think pink is impossible for me to wear, just not this one (theBalm Down Boy, which is a blush OR eyeshadow), or this way.  I will keep trying!

Let’s finish up on a better note than that, OK?  This is a look I wore Sunday to work at Clinique.  Absolutely no Clinique products in sight (oops), but I figured if I had to work on a weekend, after a huge snowstorm, I was gonna do it up proper.  The tweet I posted that day was a sneak peek – I loved it with the fur-lined hood and the wintery vibe outside!  And, truth be told, I felt pretty kick-ass all day – I rarely wear color like this, and it felt so good!

Urban Decay Radium Blue Eyeshadow Look  (4) Urban Decay Radium Blue Eyeshadow Look  (2)

I mean seriously, look how smug I am in these photos.  I’m like “Yeah, that’s right.  Just TRY it.  Don’t mess with me.  UHH.”

Urban Decay Radium Blue Eyeshadow Look  (5)

The shade I was wearing was Urban Decay’s Radium, with a bit of Money in the crease to blend, and a little black liquid liner on top to define the eye.  The rest of the face was kept very neutral, with just a touch of bronzer and a matte nude lippie, blotted.  I want to wear this look every day.  This I can get away with it at work?????

So this post went from Valentine sweet to bitchin’ pretty quickly… essentially this was just an excuse to post a bunch of FOTD pics I’ve taken, hope you don’t mind 😉  If I had more time in the mornings, I take a boatload of more pics of my makeup looks, but alas – I am always running late.  I’ll keep trying though!

What makeup look makes you feel badass?  And what kind of look do you favor for Valentine’s Day?

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  1. #1 by My Lucite Dreams on February 12, 2013 - 10:03 pm

    Hi Latoya, thanks so much for the mention! I loooove the lip flush, it looks beautiful on you 🙂 both looks are very beautiful but that blue eye makeup on you! Omg! Also it’s so good to see your hair down, it gorgeous! Wtf else would you do with it? Haha

    • #2 by Latoya on February 13, 2013 - 7:46 am

      LOL!!! I guess that’s true Taylor haha. Thank you so much!! I wear my hair down almost everyday, but often when I’m doing ‘looks’ its on a day off when I’m not leaving the house, so up it goes. I’ll try to post more like this!!

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. #3 by BooBooNinja on February 12, 2013 - 10:24 pm

    You look positively radiant (especially your smile) in your pink eyeshadow look. You’re a babe!

    • #4 by Latoya on February 13, 2013 - 7:45 am

      Aw haha thanks so much!! I’m glad you like it – I thought it was a little harsh but maybe I’m being hard on myself >_<

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. #5 by girlywithdacurl on February 13, 2013 - 12:46 am

    You’re so beautiful! :}

    • #6 by Latoya on February 15, 2013 - 6:49 pm

      Oh gosh, thank you – geez, what a nice thing to say! *blushes*

  4. #7 by Leticia (@CosmAficionado) on February 13, 2013 - 1:57 am

    I love this! You look great, and I adore your hair. 🙂

    • #8 by Latoya on February 15, 2013 - 6:48 pm

      Aw, thanks Leticia! I’m so pleased you like it (both the makeup and the hair ;)!!

  5. #9 by M (crumbsncashmere) on February 13, 2013 - 11:18 am

    Great looks – I DO like the pink! I will probably go with a deep matte purple eye and glossy lips for the evening. Something a little vintage and sultry!

    • #10 by Latoya on February 13, 2013 - 11:45 am

      Ooh sounds lovely, Maura! I love that idea – vintage – nice! It’s great to hear you’re doing something a bit different than the usual pinks and reds 🙂

      Sent from my iPhone

  6. #11 by pinkpearline on February 13, 2013 - 12:46 pm

    Lovely !

  7. #13 by Liz (@Reductionista) on February 13, 2013 - 8:12 pm

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, I love the last look so much!!! Not much to say here – you look AWESOME! And so is your hair. Leave it down more often and just set it free & wild. 😀

    • #14 by Latoya on February 16, 2013 - 10:21 am

      Hahaha will do, Liz. I wish I could get it like it was in NZ – it was nearly tribal in its wildness and so fab. But I will be sure to show it down more often here! And yay for color on the eyes right?!?

      Sent from my iPhone

  8. #15 by Becca @ The Beauty Sample on February 13, 2013 - 9:07 pm

    Wow preeetty!! 😀 Je Ne Sais Quoi really looks SO different on you–very, very pretty! It really is MLBB. On me, it’s MUCH much brighter and more cool-toned. I wish it looked on me like it does on you! :/

    • #16 by Latoya on February 16, 2013 - 10:19 am

      I guess it would react differently to everyone, huh? Crazy! I bet you have a great MLBB already somewhere my dear – I don’t so this one fills that need. It is pretty, Becca! I bet even though it looks different it still looks great!

      Sent from my iPhone

  9. #17 by Larie on February 13, 2013 - 9:47 pm

    That blue is incredible on you! And your HAIR. I LOVE IT LIKE THAT. Although I have to say that I also think the pink look was lovely, so clearly you’re insane 😛

    And no transfer with Je Ne Sais Quoi? Vraiment? Impressive!!!

    • #18 by Latoya on February 16, 2013 - 10:16 am

      Really?!? Huh. Well maybe I need to try it again and just refine it a bit more so I’m satisfied. Thanks!! As for the blue – yea, I’m diggin’ it big time. And I guess I really need to rock my hair down more, point taken 🙂

      Sent from my iPhone

  10. #19 by Arianne/Glitter Geek (@TheGlitterGeek) on February 13, 2013 - 11:07 pm

    What! I like both looks on you! But I’m really REALLY a big fan of the blue eyeshadow. 🙂 I love your hair!

    • #20 by Latoya on February 16, 2013 - 10:14 am

      Thank you so much Arianne!!! I guess I don’t show it down much here *must change that*. I’m so happy you liked the blue – you always come up with fabulous looks, so I take that as a great compliment!!

      Sent from my iPhone

  11. #21 by BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS) on February 15, 2013 - 1:32 pm

    You look awesome in every one Toya! But that blue is STUNNING on you!

    • #22 by Latoya on February 16, 2013 - 10:12 am

      Thanks Tracy! I really loved it, I’m tempted to wear it every damn day hahaha

      Sent from my iPhone

  12. #23 by Sarah on February 15, 2013 - 5:46 pm

    Wow! That blue is beautiful and I really like the romantic look. Your hair is FANTASTIC and I am loving how beautiful and defined the curls are.

    • #24 by Latoya on February 16, 2013 - 10:10 am

      Aw thanks Sarah! I don’t remember what my hair looked like when we met last year – probably up b/c I was lazy lol. I’m glad you liked the looks too 🙂

      Sent from my iPhone

  13. #25 by Amy on February 17, 2013 - 7:31 pm

    Toya, you are SO STUNNING. Oy vey. The romantic VDay look is so pretty and feminine and just awesome, and the blue eyeshadow! Is so fierce!

    • #26 by Latoya on February 21, 2013 - 7:43 am

      Haha thanks Amy! FIERCE. I like it 🙂

      Sent from my iPhone

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