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Life + Blog Update...





Lets just say coming back to university has been the biggest shock to the system since, well, birth.

I'm talking 8am till 8pm days rammed full of rehearsals and assessment classes. Of course, I wouldn't change it for the world and I bloody love my course,  but I definitely appreciate the weekend a lot more now than I ever have in my life. 

My mind is full of ballet and tap routines, audition routines, audition songs, monologues, duologues leaving little room for my beloved blog. However, I'm determined to keep this going as much as possible! My blog is my little escape and it's definitely not getting tossed aside, it's simply taking a back seat. My aim is at least one blogpost and one video a week, unless I find time or inspiration for more. 

My new schedule will be Saturdays for blog posts and I will continue posting videos on Sundays over on my youtube channel.

A massive thank you to everyone who follows and reads my posts and I can't wait to continue improving my content! Let me know if there's anything you'd like to see from me.

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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TRIED + TESTED | Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum*




The very lovely lot over at Skinkissed got into contact with me a couple of weeks ago, to see if I wanted to try their Vitamin C serum and of course I jumped at the opportunity. The serum is designed to hydrate with hyaluronic acid, reduce signs of aging with collagen and to brighten and reduce the appearence of acne scarring using Vitamin C. All of these things are what I look for in skincare products and I couldn't wait to see if this lived up to the buzz I had been seeing online.

Firstly, the packaging is simple yet practical - the pipet is very satisfying. The product itself has no nasty perfumes or fragrances so it wont irritate sensitive skins (although I'd always advice patch testing) although it does mean the product has a 'natural' scent which disappears once the product is massaged in. 

I apply three-four drops over my skin after cleansing before my make up and massage in using my finger tips. It absorbs super quick meaning you don't have to wait around before applying foundation.

After using this for a couple of weeks I have definitely noticed an improvement in my skin. It's plump and hydrated and I'm having fewer breakouts. Although I haven't noticed much in the way of fading acne scarring however I'm sure that's something that would be more visible with prolonged usage. 
I will continue to use it and check back in in a couple of months on my Insta Stories to see if it makes a difference. 

You can purchase the Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum on Amazon

I now have a discount code for you lovely lot! If you want 20% off your entire order at skinkissed.co by using the code 'lv_blackwell-20' !!


*this product was sent to me however all opinions are my own.

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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#FASHIONFRIDAYS | Pinterest Made Me Do It




I could spend hours and hours scrolling, pinning and getting an enormous amount of inspiration from Pinterest. Initially, I couldn't understand it so I left it for ages but I've come back to it this year and it's slowly become an obsession. 

I pin a lot of 'style' images for outfit ideas, I honestly thing it's entirely to blame for my addiction to buying clothes. Instead of lobbing everything onto the ever-growing board, I've started a seasonal style board - Autumnal Style

Without realising I've been pinning essentially the same image over and over, perhaps with different camis and different cardigans but it's the same combination. 

I always gravitate towards cardigans during autumn, they're great to throw on over the top of a summery outfit to give it a transitional feel. Plus they're cosy, comfy and all round fab. This god awful weather we've had this summer has made my craving for autumnal clothes come slightly early and so I picked up this £13 cardigan from Primark this week, in a size large for extra cosy-ness.




Camis are standard in most peoples wardrobe, I wanted something a little more summery/feminine with the lace to contrast the chunky knit. This was £3 in Primark - sorry everything in my wardrobe is suddenly primark, it appears my on and off love affair with it is well and truly on at the mo.

In a lot of the images the girls are wearing lots of jewellery but I've tried it with layered necklaces but the tangling of them all stresses me out, so I kept things simple with this delicate wishbone necklace from H&M.

My skinny jeans are Topshop Jamie Jeans, they're my all time favourite jeans. Super comfortable, high waisted and finish just above the ankle. I've had these for years! I definitely want to repurchase some without the rips in the knees though.




Pair this look with your favourite heeled boots and you've got a cute autumnal, every-day look. I think this would look perfect for uni/sixth form. 


Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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L'OREAL PARADISE EXTATIC MASCARA




I may have mentioned, in my June Favourites, that I had found my holy grail mascara, nothing else compared, I was never going to buy a different one again etc. etc. Well I was all about that until L'Oreal Launched a mascara in rose gold packaging and like the cliche blogger that I am, I needed to buy it. 

The Paradise Extatic mascara promises to give you voluminous lashes with a feather-soft feel. I love a thick spidery lash and always have done. I will never be one of these one-swipe-and-I'm-done sorts, I'm all about layering and layering. I love any mascara that can layer without being overly clumpy or go flakey throughout the day. Paradise Extatic ticks all the boxes with regards to layering and achieving a full lash look.



The brush is thicker, with soft bristles that coat the lashes well. I must say, the shape does make it slightly more difficult to coat the shorter lashes in the inner corner.




It's been compared to the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, however in my opinion, it's waaaay better. I loved the finish and formula of the BTS but it melted down my face and smudged every where. The L'oreal offering gives a very similar finish without the smudgy mess! It does still transfer to my upper lid, but in my 21 years of make up loving, oily skin, hooded eye life I'm still yet to find a mascara that doesn't. 

I can't wait for them to release a waterproof formula for this range, so I can have all the benefits of this full lash look but with a curl too!

Just as a heads up, I'd get this mascara whilst it's on an introductory price of £9.99 instead of £11.99 full price - which is very pricey for a drugstore mascara I must say.
 
Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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My Go-to Primers




Up until a couple of months ago, primers were not a regular feature in my make up routine. Now, I can't imagine doing my make up without them. I've been alternating between three depending on how my skin is feeling/looking and what I'm doing that day.

For days where I'm not doing anything exciting, so probably just staying in all day - I'll opt for the Primark Primer Water. It's alcohol free, oil free and silicone free so doesn't upset the skin, instead it just gives the complexion some extra hydration to make foundation glide on over the top. It's an absolute steal for £2 and has really impressed me. 

If my skin is looking a little sallow, dehydrated and in need of a drink asap then I reach for the Too Faced Hangover Primer. Infused with coconut water, this quenches thirsty skin and gives a light luminosity back into the complexion, leaving the skin plump and hydrated. This definitely extends the longevity of my foundation too, ideal for long days after too many late nights. 

I have recently posted about The Ordinary High-spreadability fluid primer and how much it has changed my mind about silicone based primers. I hate the texture still, that probably wont change, but  the finish is smooth, pore-less and flawless and I find it makes my foundation go further as theres a barrier between the skin and foundation, my skin doesn't just drink it up. What it does in term of priming can help me look past the slimy feel. 

I'm keen to try more, send your recommendations this way!

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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