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Long Time No Speak...



Didn't really know what images to use for this post, so I thought I'd use my summer ball ones. Apologies if you've already seen them a million times before.



hey, so long time no speak.

A lot has changed for me in the past couple of months and in all honesty I'm feeling a little lost. Scrap that, I'm completely in the dark. I'm about to close the biggest chapter of my life and embark on adulthood. Like proper adulthood, no stabilisers, no safety net - just me and the big wide world. 

According to the thousands of Pinterest quotes, this fear is totally normal and happens to everyone in their 20's. So I just keep telling myself that there's more people out there feeling the same way as me, it's either that or there's one other lost person in their 20's with a lot of time on their hands and a knack for writing relatable quotes. 

I knew that university was going to be a massive learning curve but I think I underestimated how much. I hope one day I can look back on it and not wince at all the wasted time I spent on people instead of getting the most out of my degree for me. I'm sure if I did, I wouldn't be leaving completely doubting everything I've loved for the past 5 years. I'm not sure my hearts still in it. I hope in leaving the toxic environment, that the place I've called home has turned into, I can remind myself why I loved it and why I put so much blood, sweat and tears into musical theatre. 

I thought I did all my changing and growing into who I am at school and college. I thought I knew exactly who I was by the time I came to university, in reality I hadn't a clue. I still don't. Same goes for the people in my life. I'm writing this three weeks away from the end of the year and multiple people I thought I knew, I mean really thought I knew, have dropped the curtain and revealed the act they've been playing for the three years. It's soul destroying because you put so much time, energy, love into people and they played you for a fool. And the Oscar goes to...

So this is where I'm at. Not in the best place. I guess it's fitting as it's mental health awareness week and mines currently in the shitter. I know it's not all doom and gloom, I'm surrounded by the most supportive friends, I've got an amazing family and it's three weeks until I can close this book and open a new one. It's absolutely terrifying but exciting, I guess? At least that's what people keep telling me - 'You can be anything you want to be', 'you can achieve anything you want to achieve' 'you can do whatever you want to do'. All I really want to do is hop on a plane and sit in the sun until I've absorbed enough vitamin D to last a life time. I've already had too many regrets for one life time, it's time I stopped making more. 

I think I'm going to use this as the turning point. Get everything out of my system now and pick my sad ass off the floor and make myself proud. I need to find a little bit of the Liv that started university all that time ago, she was confident in herself and wouldn't take peoples shit. I'm glad she's now had some life experience, she might have been hurt.. a lot, but you can only learn. If you take anything from a bad situation, it's always the lesson you learnt. 

So here's to the next chapter. Enough of shallow beauty blogging - well I'm not stopping it entirely because I bloody love all things beauty still, I'm just going to put my heart and soul into deliciously-floral because it makes me happy and I have to promise myself to only do something if it makes me happy. I hope to god one day I look back at this and cringe at myself for letting everything get to me the way it has. I'll come back to this post in a year and update it. 

I can't wait to see what happens next.

Liv x
Deliciously-floral

p.s I wrote this after half a bottle of rosé, apologies for the spelling/grammar mistakes. Or at least I'm going to blame it on that anyway. 

A Luxury Manicure with Roxanne Campbell*




*gifted.

Over a year ago I posted about the Roxanne Campbell Winter Collection after receiving it as a PR gift and absolutely loved the shades and the formula. I was usually a BarryM quick dry gal so using these was a complete luxury.

Since then Roxanne has opened her own nail studio in collaboration with Rose and Wild Hair Concept and then invited me to come experience a luxury manicure from the award winning, celebrity nail care expert herself. Of course I leapt at the opportunity, not only was this my first EVER manicure but I loved the polishes so much I couldn't wait to meet the wonderful lady who created them. 




I had the loveliest experience. I'm not very confident around new people and I'm very shy when you first meet me, however Roxanne made me feel so welcome and relaxed, it was honestly like chatting to a friend. The whole experience was lovely; it started with a shape and clean up of the nail, followed by a fresh brown sugar scrub made by Roxanne herself, then the most divine hand massage - honestly, I don't think I've ever been so relaxed in my life and then the colour. I was torn between the Nude (Nude Tights) and the Coral (Off To Jamaica) but opted for the pop of colour, I'm always wearing nudes so I thought I'd switch it up and I'm so glad I did, it's a beautiful colour! Like a splash of summer in these rainy, dull winter days. 

Roxanne also very kindly let me take three shades home with me so I chose Nude Tights, Snow Fight and of course, Off To Jamaica (can we just take a moment to appreciate how cute the names are for her shades!)  I can't wait to give the other colours a go, keep an eye on my instagram for swatches!




Also I need to mention The Rose and Wild salon, based in Fulham, is absolute instagram goals. I am saving all these pictures to my interiors board on Pinterest right away. 




I now have the softest hands in existence and the prettiest nails, it was exactly the pick me up I needed after the last week and I am so grateful for Roxanne for inviting me along! For anyone interested I had the Ultimate Luxury Manicure!

Olivia x 





Current Netflix Picks | January 2019


I watch a lot of Netflix. Like a lot a lot. But I'm doing musical theatre and as part of my course we do acting and now acting for screen so it's basically research, or so I keep telling myself. So in-between binging my way through the box sets of Sex and the City on SkyGo, I'm working my way through Netflix and here are my top 5 picks at the moment.



I'm going to get this first one out of the way because everyone and their Mothers are raving about You. Of course part of me will never accept Dan from Gossip Girl as Joe (also known IRL as Penn Badgley), but the whole story is gripping right from the first episode. Based on the book by Caroline Kepnes, the story follows Joe and his obsession with a writer named Guinevere Beck and as the story unfolds, his dark past and twisted morals are revealed. I was slightly concerned that I fancied Joe from beginning to end but a quick check of twitter it's clear to see I'm not the only one. Some a little too much? go have a look at Badgley's twitter, he responses to fans of the show are absolutely hilarious.


The next thing is the brand new British comedy Sex Education. It's rare that I genuinely laugh out loud to tv programs but this did make me do exactly that. I did however watch Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang a week prior to starting this programme so watching Asa Butterfield go from an adorable kid to a teenage sex therapist is kinda weird but hey ho. Despite being a British comedy, it has a real American high-school vibe. Lockers in the hallway, varsity jackets and the way they act has a hint of that typical American forwardness. I'm definitely not complaining, whilst I love American tv shows nothing compares to British humour and this is the best of both worlds, in my opinion.




Big Mouth is next on my list. I only started watching it because someone at uni mentioned it and about a week later I had binge watched the entire first series. It's weird I'll admit, but it's jokes. It covers everything from periods, boners, pubes - in fact I probably learnt more from this programme than I did from my 3 sex ed lessons in year 7.  It mainly follows Nick and Andrew as they go through puberty along with the other kids in their grade. Look, I mean I know it's a cartoon but trust me, I made my boyfriend watch one episode and he was genuinely crying with laughter. so yeah. You da man Steve.

Besides watching programmes that make me laugh, I love a good crime documentary. I'd put off watching the Innocent Man for ages because I'd tried the other popular Netflix docs like The Staircase and Making a Murderer, but the episodes and the series themselves were too long. I got to episode 5 of each and found myself just using them to nap to - does anybody else do that? (on that note: Blue Planet is excellent to nap to). Anyway, I decided the other day to give it a go and I watched all 6 episodes in one sitting. What I liked about it was that it wasn't just one crime, it covers two similar and it uncovers all sorts of corruption in the criminal justice system in the state of Oklahoma (yes I'm stagey so you can bet your ass that I spelt that by singing the song, thank you. Yeow!). I bloody love a good crime doc and this one was short and sweet, but with enough content to keep me awake and interested.

Oh and my final pick is Dynasty. For Fallon Carrington's wardrobe alone. Thank you, that is all.
I think I may have mentioned this in my last picks but yeah, I'm watching series two so I felt it needed a mention because Fallon is serving LOOOOKS.

What are you binging on at the moment?

Liv x

Patterned Tights - they're back baby.

I feel like 2019 is the year that all the trends we used to wear as kids come back round again. Kind of makes me wish I never threw anything away, I could have saved myself so much money.

The brand Calzedonia seemed to work with every single blogger I follow on Instagram over the past month and I think it kick started the cute trend back from its 10 year hibernation. Of course being a student, there is no way in hell you'll catch me paying over £10 for a pair of patterned tights, so naturally I hit up the cheapest option - Primark. £3 a pair? much better. I'll only end up laddering them after one use anyway.

It's such a good way of updating your look without going out and buying a whole new outfit. I've had this LBD for over a year now and it just never seems to go out of style and pairing it with the heart print tights just gives it a completely fresh look - plus it keeps you mildly warm and you don't have to shave your legs, win win. 

I also love how these look with a denim skirt and a knitted jumper, all the cozy yet cute vibes. Not sure about anyone else but I always get sick to death of wearing jeans through winter. 

Do you think you'll give this trend a try?  OMG imagine if they bring back coloured tights, I definitely never EVER want to wear them again! 

Liv x

Primark Lipsticks - A MAC dupe?!







Primark Make up has upped it's game massively in 2018. Bringing out new collections, dupes and a whole host of affordable make up, in sleek packaging. Of course in most cases you get what you pay for, however there are a few products that have me pleasantly surprised.

I've spotted these MAC-esque lipsticks every time I've been in but never bothered to further inspect - until the other day when I finally decided to give them a swatch.

First thing to note is the smell, as soon as you open the cap the vanilla scent hits you like a big yellow school bus. Thankfully, I love the smell of vanilla and I see what they've tried to do here by mimicking the classic vanilla smell of the MAC ones, however I think they could have toned it down just a smidge.



On to the colour options - there are a million and one different shades of nude and I am all here for it along with the odd red and more pinky/purple options. There's definitely something for everyone. They also come in two finishes - Matte (£1.50 and Lustre £0.90), not quite sure why there is a 60p difference in price but hey ho both are an absolute bargain.


Bottom - Top - Limbo, Naked Flame, Shot Gun, Toast.

The Matte lipsticks really do remind me of the MAC matte lipsticks - think Ruby Woo, the colour pay off was incredible but boy was that shit drying. The Primark ones are no different, you can really feel them on the lips however, as someone who is used to wearing liquid lipsticks on the daily this isn't a problem for me. The colour pay off is incredible and all in all I'm happy with these! I picked up the shades 'Limbo - a bright coral' and 'Naked Flame - a nude pink'.

The Lustre lipsticks were a bit less exciting, the more hydrating formula meant the colour pay off was a lot sheerer. Although I did find that the shade 'Toast' is almost identical to MAC Velvet Teddy accept of course, it's in a less drying formula. A great option for every day if you just want a wash of colour and for £0.90, you can't really expect anything more. I also picked up the shade Shot Gun which is a slightly darker browny/nude, I like this if I'm feeling a bit more of a dramatic day time look. I'm definitely still not over the 90's brown lip trend.

Top - Velvet Teddy, Bottom - Toast


All in all, the Primark lipsticks did impress me. However, I don't think they're an exact dupe MAC as you certainly get what you're paying for. The colour options are nice and if you can cope with a liquid lipstick and the strong vanilla scent, it might be worth picking one up to try.

Liv x