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Hello my lovelies, with summer right around the corner, I've recently picked up two new glow-getting products. Both dreamy highlighters bounce the light pretty much into space and are not to be under estimated.

The first being the Iconic illuminating drop and holy crap are these reflective. Mine is in the shade Original which is a stunning, warm champagne. The tiniest big goes such a long way and I can't imagine I'll be running out of this any time soon. The only downside is the price - it's £30 for the pot but I'd say it's worth every damn penny. So many brands have tried and failed to re-create it's luminosity that doesn't disappear when blended out. It also layers well underneath powder highlighters for that high impact finish. I love wearing this on my body, smothered across my shoulders and collar bones to make my Insta Glow tan really pop.

Then at the other end of the price spectrum we have the £2.50 Primark highlighter in the shade Brunch Club. Everything from the names to the packaging screams Kylie Jenner dupe because even hers looked tacky as hell. But looking past the excessively chunky cardboard packaging and at the actual highlighter, you'll be shook. This shade is a light gold shimmer that's beyond reflective. It does have tiny flecks of glitter but if you're using this then you're not really the sort that opts for subtlety when it comes to highlight. Layered on top of the Iconic drops I am seriously glowing to the gods. 

Pair it with a gorgeous summer tan and you've got a iconic glowy suns kissed look.
Not going on holiday this year? don't worry I've got just the tan for you

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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PROM / EVENT Make up

I love this time of year; proms, summer balls, weddings - they're all in full swing. 
you'll find I'm over dressed nine out of ten times I go out, so it's at event's when I'm in my element. 

This summer ball I donned a hot pink suit and I've honestly never loved an outfit so much in my life. I was warm, comfortable but it made one hell of a statement and I don't think I've ever received so many compliments on my outfit in my entire life. Personal fashion highlight right there. So much so, I'm outfit recycling for my nephews Christening - obviously swapping out the raunchy bodysuit for something a little more church-appropriate. 

The next exciting thing about these events is sorting my make up. I trial it weeks ahead because I bloody love it and I hate being rushed on the day. If I plan ahead I go straight into auto pilot, eliminating stress and time wasting indecisiveness. 

I've come up with three very different prom/event looks for my YouTube Channel

The first being a slightly different, colourful option for the more daring.

The second was such a classic. You can't go wrong with a red pout.

The final was my favourite and definitely more me. A warm, golden bronze look.

Which one was your favourite?

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A Touch Of Liquid Sparkle

Glitter takes a make up look from 0-100 in .5 seconds. 

Gone are the days of faffing about with loose glitter, having to douse the brush in setting spray only to have the glitter fall all over your face. The same glitter that lingers weeks after you use it. Or the glitter pressed into the pan that promises to stick around when in fact it doesn't, it crumbles off after 30 seconds.

Thanks to the launch of the Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid eye shadows, brands everywhere are popping up with their own versions. Promising to deliver the statement look of glitter with the ease and longevity of a liquid shadow.

I'll save you the dejavu of re-gurgitating my review of the stila shadows. If you missed it, I have a full review here - Stila Glitter and Glow.

I'm kicking things off with the most affordable option I've seen - the Collection Glam Crystals. The shade Aura is the only one in this range that has a similar dazzling finish to the Stila ones. It's a champagne gold, with gold reflects. This looks gorgeous pressed around the tear duct for an intense inner corner highlight. The only downside with it is that it can be quite patchy upon application, it doesn't glide on as nicely as others, then again you're only paying £3.99. 

Then, with a slight price increase, we have the Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights - £15. Instantly you'll notice how much smoother these are compared to the Stila, there's less glitter in the formula and less pigment over all. The shade RoseGold is almost identical to Kitten Karma albeit slightly warmer, perfect for blue/green eyes. 

Finally we have the Lime Crime Diamond Dew. I saw this unusual shade on Kasiebeauty.co.uk and was instantly drawn to it. It'd say it's a sparkly duo chrome, in some lights it pulls purple and in others more bronzey. I don't own anything like it. The packaging is also very unique however it's impractical, the handle is fiddly and hard to hold whilst applying. This is £16 a pound more expensive than Pixi but the formula I'd say is quite similar.

Here's some swatches...

Left to right - Aura, Vision, RoseGold, Kitten Karma & Sunset Cove

Who doesn't love glitter?

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It's been a minute. 
Uni is finished for the summer and I'm dead excited to all my attention to my very neglected blog. 

Kicking things off I wanted to discuss a topic that's been a problem for me for the past 8 or so months. I love being blonde, however the damage it has done is ridiculous. I am also a heat styling junkie, having naturally curly hair means I have to use twice the amount of heat to achieve a sleek style. In addition, my fellow naturally curly girls will know how dry and coarse our hair type is anyway so combine it with some damage and it looks and feels dead. 

I have been desperately trialling every hair mask I can get my hands on in a bid to rectify the damage.  These are the three affordable ones that have come out on top:

The Body Shop Truly Nourishing Hair Mask throws me straight back to the days of consuming my body weight in foamy bananas. If you're not big on banana scents this might not be the one for you. However it is very hydrating and leaves my hair soft and manageable, with a gorgeous light scent. Using 100% vegan ingredients including banana puree from Ecuador, this cruelty free product is one for everyone. 

Next up is the RENU hair mask and it's possibly my favourite out of the three. The first time I used it about a month ago I was blown away by the results. It tamed the frizz and smoothed my hair so well that it stayed straight for 3 days, even after I was caught in the rain! Since then I have used it weekly. It works by penetrating the hair shaft and tripling the strength of damaged hair. My hair feels stronger, smoother and less damaged immediately after use and continues to work long after the next couple of washes.

The third and final mask is more of a treatment. The Knight and Wilson PurePlex Revolutionary Hair Repair System  is the most complicated to use out of all three. Once you've got the hang of it, it's a lot easier but initially it felt like I was in the bathroom for about 7 hours. It contains Aminofix repair and protect bond reconstructing technology to help return damaged and bleached hair back to a healthy state. I LOVE the smell of this one too. My hair always feels like silk after using this which makes it worth the 4 step process, just make sure you grab snacks and your phone so you have something to do whilst you wait. 

I didn't notice how much healthier my hair was until I looked at my Summer Ball pictures. I honestly cannot get over how much it's grown, before I used any of these masks my hair was breaking off and just generally looking like a hot mess. I've finally tamed it WITHOUT breaking the bank. 

What are your haircare saviours?

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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March Round Up

Another month gone by and the end of my second year at uni is edging closer and closer. March has been all over the place, it's seen me feeling pretty low to feeling super high and thank god it's ending on a high. 

I attended a blog event early on in the month to my local Body Shop here at uni. It was a lovely evening of mingling and eyeing up products and I left with a huge sack of goodies (and a £15 Wagamamas gift voucher that I'm still yet to use). I have since been OBSESSED with the Pina Colada shower gel and the Banana hair mask - it leaves my hair feeling like silk!

On my course, there's three third year routes; Tour, Festival and Commission. It all kicks off with tour and this year they performed On The Town and oh my goodness has it made me even more hungry to get on to that route. I'm forever blown away by the talent on our course and despite being 'just a uni' the standards are up there with the vocational courses. I can't wait to see the rest of the third year shows now!

The third and final stand out moment of this month was the Social Media Olympics training in Leicester. If you follow me on Instagram you'll know I started my own journey in the beauty business way back in November. I've been a bit on and off with it all, worried about what people might think. But attending these events and meeting so many inspiring, like minded people has made me so passionate about it. This 'job' works perfectly around my extensive uni hours and gives me the freedom to do what I want with my weekends but still earn money.  The best part about it is that I love the products I sell. Every single one I have tried has impressed me so much. I must admit I was very sceptical in the beginning but have been completely converted! 

Products of the month

I wanted to include some products I've been loving in March too. Starting with the Botanics Nourishing Facial Oil, I apply this religiously morning and night. It is the best facial oil I have ever used, even better than my beloved rose hip oil! It hydrates so well and leaves your skin with a beautiful dewy glow. I will definitely be repurchasing. 

Next up is the Make Up Revolution Concealers, I've done a full review on my blog before but honestly they are game changers. The finish I get with theses is similar to those I'd pay more than triple the price for. If you're still yet to try them, what the bloody hell are you waiting for?

And finally, I can't go without mentioning my beloved Power Lips. They officially launched this month and I finally got my hands on some more shades. Persistence and Breadwinner to be specific. Both shades I adore and wear regularly for uni but Persistence has rapidly become my go-to shade and I get so many compliments when I'm wearing it. 

I hope you all had a wonderful March and here's to April!

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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