Next week is Valentine’s day. Yes, I know it can be a high pressure, saccharine day/weekend and if you are a mum, it may likely just be another day, with one more thing to think about. But if you do feel like making a special day or night of it, even just for yourself, go on, get yourself a sassy Lippy! Here are my top three Valentine Velvets for some Va Va Voom!

1. Matte Lipstick:  Absolution Cosmetics  I am IN LOVE with the Sweet + Safe Kiss range of Lipsticks from Absolution. My Favourites are No1 Bordeaux a dark sultry Deep Purple Red and No. 19 Rose Franc A Perfect Pink, with a good balance of blue.  This organic brand come in at a higher price point (about £24) but the payoff in colour and longevity are worth it I think.

Urban Decay Comfort Matte in Afterdark + Bittersweet are Creamy Matte formulations, at a reasonable £15.50

2. Lip Crayon: Burts bees have just come out with a range of Lipsticks which you can look at here but for a velvet finish The Matte Crayon is the best, and the colour lasts too. I love Napa Vineyard for a bright, true red and Redwood Forest for a more Brick Tone. Retailing for about £9, this is a great option in convenient packaging.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip is a classic lasting pencil (It’s in the name!) Try Infatuated Red for a classy dark tone, or 413 BLKR for a Bright Fuschia Pink. Or try Nudestix lip + Cheek Matte crayons in Stiletto or Raven from space NK, for about 24£ they serve as Lip and cheek colour in VERY convenient containers.

3. Matte Liquid lipsticks: Cruelty Free Brand Sleek Makeup have the Matte Me range, and are a bargain at about £5 each. I like Shabby Chic for a perfect Neutral Pink, or Vino Tinto for a really beautiful deep sexy burgundy.

Finally, my personal favourite is Hourglass Liquid Lipstick in Icon, but I also love Ballet, again, about £24, but they last long and a little goes a long way.