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I don't know about anyone else but I am more than ready to dust off those winter blues and dive head first into spring.  I'm a summer baby through and through so as soon as the days start getting longer, the blossom starts to grow and the weather heats up, I get so excited for what's to come. I'm rounding up some ways you can hit refresh in preparation for spring.

First up is fragrances. I switch this up all year round and for spring I tend to opt for something fresher and more floral. florals for spring? groundbreaking. L'Occitane has a beautiful selection of fragrances but one that stands out for spring is the Cherry Blossom Eau De Toilette. Containing notes of Freesia, Cherry Blossom and bases of Amber and Musk that linger throughout the day. One of many beautiful fragrances that would be perfect to treat yourself to for spring. 

Of course, it wouldn't be a spring refresh without including some makeup.  Make Up Revolution are absolutely killing it at the minute with all their launches - affordable, high quality products, what is there not to love? I've recently picked up one of their re-vamped foil shadows and can confirm it's a product you need to add to your collection. It's the perfect balance of shimmer and shine and brightens up any look. 

You know what? I bloody love a good hat, this baker boy trend has been my favourite however, berets have recently made a comeback and this Topshop baby pink beauty is a great one to add to your collection just in time for spring. The colour alone screams Spring and is a quick and easy way to update your look. Plus it doubles as a savour for a bad hair day, throw on a hat and no one will know you haven't washed it in a week - me. 

And finally, I'd like to finish the Spring Refresh with a new nail polish. I love the Barry M Quick Dry nail paint in Freestyle, it's a stunning nude pink and do you wanna know the best part? it dries in minutes, perfect for the impatient folk - also me

What do you like to do to refresh yourself in time for spring?

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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things I've learnt from using no heat for a month

if you follow me on Instagram (shameless plug), you'll know at the beginning of February I vowed to not use heat on my hair for an entire month. Of course, I picked the shortest month in the year to do it because my willpower is non-existent. 

Let's start with the why. My hair has been bleached a few times in the past two years and I would say I use heat on my hair pretty much every single day and that's without any heat protectant. I know, you're probably gasping and questioning how there is even any hair left on my head. It's dry, brittle and breaking up more times than Chris and Olivia from Love Island. 

In all honesty, I hate my natural hair texture. It's curly, frizzy and naturally dry so I never leave it natural because it looks like I've been dragged through a hedge backwards... repeatedly. However, I guess you could say it's unique? apart from my mum and my older sister, I don't know anyone personally with my exact hair texture. Plus, it's easy to maintain. 

Ok, the first thing I learnt was how much time I saved on not doing my hair. I wash my hair the night before, leave it to dry, sleep, wake up looking like I've been electrocuted and then splash some water on it to tame the curls = done. Zero heat, zero brushing, zero effort - win win. To style, I've been wearing it half up, half down, it stops it from looking like it's taking over my face. All in all it means extra time in bed which is never a bad thing.

The second is sometimes you have to appreciate what you've got. I get a lot of compliments on my hair when I leave it natural and I think it's one of those things 'you always want what you can't have' like I dream about having naturally straight hair, whereas those blessed with naturally straight hair dream of having some kind of volume and curl without having to use heat.  As I said before, it sets me aside from others which comes in handy in the industry I want to go into. 

and finally, my hair has definitely benefited from no heat or styling in general really. It feels healthier, I've noticed less split ends and the breakage underneath my hair has grown considerably. In future, I aim to limit the amount of heat I use on it and appreciate the natural curl a little more often. 

SHOCK right? using no heat has been a blessing for my hair. Who knew?

However, if you have any recommendations for hair salvaging products/masks/treatments send them my way! 

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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My skin is the best it has EVER been. Ok so I'm still getting breakouts, especially when I'm stressed or when my diet goes to shit (I have very limited will power so that's very often) but as a whole, my skin is clearer and my confidence with it is at a all time high!

I think it's down to a number of things; age - I'd like to think I've finally grown out of my acne stage, Microneedling - something I tried in December and am now seeing results and finally a decent skincare routine - nothing fancy, just the basics.

Over the years I've learnt that the more natural the product is the less likely I am to break out from it. Which is why I've stripped my skincare routine back, keeping only the essentials.

To kick things off I always begin by removing my eye make up with the Nivea Double Effective Makeup Remover. I've been using this consistently for about 3 or 4 years, it's THE best eye make up remover. It doesn't irritate my eyes and makes light work of waterproof mascara - zero tugging needed. 

Then I move into cleanser, I've mentioned my love for the Liz Earl Hot Cloth Cleanser many times on my blog and I thankfully went back to it at the end of last year and am still continuing to use it now. It removes all my make up embedded in my skin without stripping it or leaving it feeling dry and tight. It doesn't contain heavy fragrance etc, it's simple and pleasant and does the bloody job. Which reminds me I need to re-purchase asap.

Next up I like to exfoliate using a chemical exfoliant. At the minute I'm testing the Glossier Solution, I'm actually really enjoying using it and have noticed a slight difference in the texture of my skin. I will report back in a month or so on my final thoughts but at the minute it's doing the job. I'm noticing more of a difference with it than I did with the Pixi Glow Tonic so I guess that's a plus.

I was very kindly sent the Botanics Nourishing Oil and it has since become my favourite product in my skincare routine. Firstly it smells like lemons from the lemon peel oil, which I love! Secondly, it hydrates my skin like nothing else, leaving it glowy af. I've been full of cold for the past three weeks and despite all the nose blowing I've not once had the dreaded flaking skin around my nose.

I've finally managed to add an eye cream to my routine, I'm nervous about anything that you put near your eyes because mine are so sensitive. However, I'm currently using the Botanics Hydrating eye cream and am loving it. It's just a standard eye cream, no bold anti-ageing, de-puffing, dark-circle removing claims, just does a lovely job at moisturising the eye area without being too heavy.

The last step in my routine is lip balm. I often switch between the Glossier Rose Balm Dot Com or my Plumping Lip Balm*, both of which are super hydrating and leave my lips soft come morning.

In terms of masks, I love a good sheet mask for added hydration or for breakouts or congested skin I love using the Epoch Marine Mud face Mask* (not pictured) as it literally pulls the crap from out your pores and you can actually see it working!

* I personally sell these products, if you would like to order them, drop me an email at deliciouslyfloral@outlook.com

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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#FASHIONFRIDAYS | Blush Pink + Faux Leather

With all things valentines being spewed across every shop, the excessive use of pink and red got me inspired to play with the colour a bit more. Throwback to a couple of years and the prospect of owning anything pink made me feel a little nauseated, flash forward to today and if I spot anything in pink it's mine.

There's something uber-feminine about wearing a blush pink shade. A touch of girly-ness that I would otherwise avoid like the plague, one look at my wardrobe and you'll notice a sea of neutrals or block colours and not lot of patterns or floral. But sometimes, just sometimes, I throw a touch of pink in for good measure. 

I picked up this oversized jumper recently from River Island, it was in the sale down from £42 to £17 - a total steal if you ask me. I love it's slouchy fit, large sleeves and roll neck detailing, I've paired it with some faux leather trousers from asos to take something quite 'biker-esque' to something a little softer. Plus the contrasting textures makes me very happy. An oversized jumper + faux leather trousers = the perfect winter outfit. Throw on a pair of court shoes and you've got an evening drinks/dinner outfit or add some vans for something more casual, either way, it's super easy to style.

I'm also very into wearing pink and red together. Years ago my mum drilled into me that pink and red should never, ever be worn together but as I've got older I've learnt to appreciate the impact of wearing the two shades at once. In this example I've opted for a red lip, the Powerlips from NuSkin are some of the best liquid lipsticks I've ever tried and I'm wearing the shade Ruler here. They don't launch until March however you can pre-order by dropping me an email - deliciouslyfloral@outlook.com and the first 10 pre-orders get theirs at the wholesale price! 

How do you feel about the red+pink trend? 
Not a fan? I've spotted the most incredible bag on Zara that will change your mind.

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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Now we all know my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is my ride or die and has been for years, it's £4.99 and does the job better than most of the high-end concealers I've tried. However, something new has launched and has completely changed the game. 

I am forever impressed with Make Up Revolution products, that's nothing new, but this Contour and Define Concealer is SOMETHING ELSE. 

Many have compared it to the £30 Tarte Face Shape concealer - I can never in my right mind warrant paying that for a concealer so I can't confirm or deny it's similarities. Although I can tell you that it has become an absolute staple in my routine.

Full coverage - check. Flawless, airbrushed finish - check. Long-lasting formula - check. 
All of this for £4, four flipping pounds. 

Honestly, believe the hype and even if you are sceptical, give it a whirl! For less than a fiver you might as well see the magic for yourself.

I have a three-step routine with mine. I start off with C5 to conceal blemishes, C3 to highlight under my eyes, bridge of the nose - the usual places and then I finish by contouring/warming the skin with C14. I absolutely love the finished look. 

My only bug bare? the shade range. Whilst it's extensive for a drugstore concealer, it could definitely be improved particularly on the deeper shades, so there's something for everyone! Oh, if only every brand could do this instead of adding them later as an afterthought.

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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