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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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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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If you'd have told me three years ago that I'd be wearing something other than super tight skinny jeans, I would have laughed in your face. They were my staple, my go-to and the only thing that didn't make me feel like a beached whale.

Flash forward three years, and to a time of better mental health, and I'm buying straight leg and even boyfriend fit jeans. Not only that, I'm actually liking them and opting to wear them over my beloved skinnies. 

This style are from primark and were an absolute steel at £13! I love that they're fitted at the top but maintain that width all the way down so they don't cling to my calf and ankles. However they're very flattering around the bum and waist whilst still being comfortable enough to wear for every day. 

I'm not usually a fan of Primark jeans, I used to be between sizes and they'd never quite look right but my recent weight loss has meant these size 8 ones fit like a dream. It's made both me and my purse v happy. 

I've styled them for more of a casual look in todays post, opting for a deep purple cami from New Look tucked in and my beautiful lilac vans - which I'm sure people are getting very sick of seeing on my Instagram. It's a look very much inspired by Lizzy Hadfield (ShotFromTheStreet) - I'm obsessed with her blog and youtube and her styling is just a dream.

 Did you catch last weeks #FashionFridays? - The Midi Dress

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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MY HAIR ROUTINE | My Signature Curls

I have two go-to hair looks - straight & curled. Then from there it's either having a good hair day and staying down or it's not co-operating and it's going straight up into a bun/ponytail. 

Here's a little background to my hair type - it's thick, curly, frizzy and dry, so all in all a complete pleasure to style.. not. Oh and I have a seriously sensitive scalp that cannot handle product build up.

I start by washing it, using Herbal Essences Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner, I have been using this combination for years! I love the smell and my hair always feels super soft afterwards.

Before I dry it I spritz on the OGX Coconut Water, this adds hydration and smells bloody beautiful! I then blow dry my hair as straight as possible, which of course is impossible but hey I try. Then if it's the night before I want to style, I run the straighteners over it to take away the frizz and fluffiness. If it's the morning I roughly do that then go straight in with my Tresemme curlers (these aren't my exact ones but they're similar) on the hottest setting, it's the only way my curls will hold.

When curling I have two different routes. For a more messy look I alternate the way I curl each section so one towards the face and one away. For a more sleek defined look I do it all one way - away from the face. 

To stop it from looking so polished I spray the 
Charles Worthington Volume&Bounce Texturising Spray, honestly this stuff smells amazing and does such an incredible shop of adding that lived in look without weighing the hair down.

To refresh the look the next day I run the curlers over any sections that have obviously dropped and then spritz in some of the COLAB Dry Shampoo - I love the Paradise fragrance, it smells like summer in a bottle.

For a treatment I sometimes coat my hair in coconut oil over night if I can be bothered, I definitely should do this more often but I'm seriously lazy when it comes to my hair. If there's also a lot of product build up or I have a bit of time to spare before I shower then I use the Lush Superbalm

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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