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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

TREND | Hair Accessories

Me and my hair have such a love/hate relationship... ok mostly hate. But I had a bit of an epiphany - you know how if your make up is going shit you just throw on some glitter or add some lashes then all of a sudden you kinda pull it off? I feel that's what wearing clips does, like the distraction of some pretties resurrects the hair from the point of no return.

I've taken a lot of inspiration from Pinterest this time round. So many 90's style images, mixed with the fresh contemporary looks, it made the term 'fancy bobby pins' go straight to the top of my wish list. Those clips you wore in primary school? they're back baby. To keep things looking minimal and less 2k4 stick to black or tortoiseshell - Primark do a pack of both for literally £2.

I am also loving the knotted hair band trend, I have a stretchy one from eBay that literally covers my scalp, amazing for those greasy hair days - throw the hair up into a messy bun, pop this on et voila. I also picked a mustard yellow head band up from primark and I love how this looks with some loose waves - it's amazing how much it can make it look like you made an effort.

Last but not least we got the scrunchie. I adore the satin textures for more of a grown up look. They look best wrapped around a messy bun or this maroon one from Accessorize looks gorgeous on a low pony tail. A fresh, yet old, twist on the classic hair tie.

This trend is definitely something I can get on board with, the tiny detail makes all the difference and wont cost you an arm and a leg.

Shall I do a video on ways to wear? let me know!

Liv x


No make up look is complete without a swipe of mascara.

I am so fussy when it comes to what coats my lashes. It needs to be jet black, add volume and length and most importantly, last all day without imprinting on my eye lid. Is that too much to ask? surely not.

Benefit mascaras are usually a bit hit and miss. I love the finish I get with They're Real but the brush is a health hazard and it melts off so easily. Roller lash is also popular however, it just doesn't give my lashes enough ooomph. 

Then, as if the Benefit gods answered my prayers, Bad Gal Bang was launched. 

The brush is flexible and thin so it makes it:
1. easier to use without getting it all over your eyelids. Although, I must admit, I find that impossible. 
2. Less likely to blind you in the event of accidentally poking yourself in the eye. Also a common occurrence. 

OK, so lets talk formula. This is thick, jet black and coats every single lash. Everything my blonde lashes could want and more. It's slightly more wet than I usually prefer however, it makes it easier to build - which it does so well.

I should probably mention that I love a spidery lash. If it promises a 'natural' finish it can get in the bin.
This mascara does, very easily, verge into spider territory so if that's not your jam, step away from Bad Gal Bang.

That was brilliant, if I must say so myself.

Want to know the icing on the cake?

It. Lasts. All. Damn. Day!

No smudging, no budging. Yup, yes please, I'll take ten, thank you. 

If I had to force a con to this product, it would be that it's not waterproof and therefore doesn't hold a curl. So Benefit, if you're reading this, you know what to do. 

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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Last summer I think all I did was complain at how damaged my nails were. They were soft, peeling and generally not in the best of conditions. Unfortunately, this has never changed. My nails constantly peel and they have done for as long as I can remember.

I'd always wanted gel nails but I'd used my mums cheap home kit before and it just peeled off within the space of about 2 hours. It was the gel polish designed to not require a base/top coat, just two layers of gel, curing after each application. This style of gel polish just doesn't work for me, I need something stronger and harder, as my natural nails are so soft. This process really put me off going to pay for a manicure, just incase I received the same results.

In addition to all this, throughout summers gone, I was working around food and wasn't allowed anything on my nails but if you follow me on instagram, you'll know I recently got a new job that does allow it. Honestly, I could not be happier knowing I don't have to work around food! So I spotted the Sensationail Gel Kit on offer at ASDA and decided to treat myself.

The kit came with two shades (Pink Chiffon - a pastel pink nude and Rose Gold - a pink glitter), a top/base coat, primer, gel cleanser, lint free wipes, a nail buffer and cuticle pusher, as well as the UV Lamp. When I first read the instructions, it sounded like such a long winded process but it promised to last up to 14 days, so I figured it would be worth it.

Firstly you buff the nails and push back your cuticles. I don't know what it is about cuticle pushers but the whole process makes me feel funny. Then use the lint free wipes and cleansing gel to cleanse the nail bed. Next, you coat each nail with the primer and allow that to dry.
Then, when you're ready, apply a thin layer of base/top coat and cure it for 15 seconds (the lamp blinks so you don't have to time it yourself) then apply a thin layer of colour and cure it for 30 seconds (the lamp turns off at 30 seconds). Repeat the previous step and finish off with a thin layer of top coat, curing it for 15 seconds. To get rid of that sticky feeling, wipe the nail with the lint free wipe and the cleansing gel. et voila, you are done. Sounds like a faff but once you've got the hang of it, you can do it in 10 mins!

I have been so impressed with this kit, the colours last well on my nails. Usually regular nail polish chips within an hour of me wearing it, however the gel lasts a week+. The glitter shade is definitely more durable than the standard, apparently this is the case with all gel polishes. Some nail technicians recommend putting a coat of glitter over the top of nail colour to make them last longer.

My only issue with this kit is the gel cleanser and the primer. Both leak and after reading reviews on the sensationail website, it's a common occurrence. Surely if there's lots of complaints about something the brand would be actively finding ways to fix it? Also both bottles are so flimsy, they're easily knocked over. Again, another thing that's common from all the reviews. If you're clumsy, like me, you're going to end up spilling over half of the contents of each - be careful.

But all in all, it's been a winner for me. I've ordered three more shades and I'm trying a different brand of gel cleanser, something with a bottle that's not going to leak everywhere. I'll let you know what I think of it.

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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