Skincare Routine

I've never been particularly very good at looking after my skin. I'm certain I have Dermatillomania (Compulsive skin picking), well I definitely tick all the boxes for it. I can't stop myself once I've started and before I know it I've ruined my skin. My constant skin picking contributes to acne which then starts off the vicious cycle all over again. However my current skincare routine is seriously helping counteract the damage done and my skins looking the best its been in a long while, so I thought I'd give you a run down of all the products I use.

My skin type is combination/oily and I cater my skincare routine around how my skin is acting at that particular time, but most of the time it stays the same.


I start by removing my eye make-up using my No.7 beautiful skin eye make-up remover, as it's the only one that doesn't make my eyes swell up. Then use the Clinique take the day off cleansing balm to remove the rest of my make-up on my face. This product is amazing at getting rid off all the make-up and all the dirt of my skin without stripping it of any moisture and leaves it feeling clean yet hydrated. I then follow this up with my Lush tea tree water to tone and to get rid of any final dirt left behind before applying my Body Shop Vitamin E overnight serum-in-oil to leave my skin feeling fresh and hydrated. As for my eyes, I use the Body Shop Aloe Eye Defence, I love this as it's does a good job at restoring moisture without aggravating my sensitive eyes.
If I have any blemishes I will apply my Teangi cream, this cream is actually magic. It's a cream containing tea tree and witch hazel, two products known for their spot clearing abilities but It's also good for burns, grazes, cuts and stings. It drastically reduces spot size over night and I now swear by it! I seriously cannot rave about this product enough!


I wash my face in the shower using the charcoal face wash by Biore and then use my Lush tea tree toner water again. I then apply my La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo mainly to my t-zone or where I get the most blemishes. I then apply my Body shop eye cream, then leave it about 10 minutes before applying my make-up to ensure it's all absorbed. 


Once/twice a week I'll apply the Soap and Glory self heating mask to my t-zone for a deep clean in the evening.

My skin is far from what most people would consider perfect, but it's not as half as bad as it used to be. I can only hope it gets better with age.

Liv xo


Here's for those who are in the midst of their exams right now. It's probably one of the most stressful and mentally and physically draining times of your life. Whether it's GCSE, AS or A Level, they're all equally as demanding. 
As much as we don't like them, we have no choice other than to take them. All we can do is ensure we are fully prepared to go in to the exam hall feeling confident. Starting with revision.

There are two types of people when it comes to revision, those who procrastinate to escape the stress and those who over work. Now i'm no expert, but something I've learnt this year about revision is how vital breaks are. Teachers and parents are constantly at us all 'you need to revise' 'any free time, revise' 'eat, sleep, breathe revision'. It can become a little very overwhelming. I can't stress how important it is to break it down into chunks to make it easier to digest. 

What works best for me is doing 10-15 minutes worth of revision and then take a 5-10 minute break. Breaks can be anything from checking twitter/instagram etc, to going for a walk or walking round my house. for me it's writing blog posts and taking pictures or singing. It stops me from panicking and giving up all together. Whats the point in trying to cram stuff in in one go and it go straight out your brain the as fast as it went in? 

You've probably heard it 120 times, but drinking water regularly is so important when it comes to exams and revision. You're brain works so much better when its hydrated. Try to avoid fizzy drinks and sugary drinks, combining them with stress makes your skin play up like crazy, trust me. (your skins the last thing you need to be worrying about). Don't forget to take a bottle of water into the exam with you as well!

It's also key to get into good sleeping habits. Going to bed early and getting a good nights sleep is essential to make sure you're refreshed, ready to take in information (if your revising) or ready to regurgitate information (exams). Stop revising an hour before you go to bed, allow yourself time to unwind. Take a bath, read a book, practice some relaxation techniques, anything that helps you sleep. Also having a hot chocolate (made with milk, not water) before bed can help you sleep apparently, i'm not sure of the exact science but it's something to do with the proteins in the milk.. blah blah. 

Last but not least, remember that exams are not the be all and end all of life. Results don't define who you are, plenty of people have made something of themselves who didn't have good qualifications. Of course that's not to say don't try your best, but remember if worse comes to worse there are always other options available. Also if you have got yourself into a bit of state, it's always best to talk to someone. Don't be afraid to talk to your teacher if you need help on work, might as well use them for all they're worth and take time to meet up with friends to let off steam in between revision. 

I wish i'd realised half of these things before now, could have saved myself from a lot of tears and stress. But just think of the stress free summer holiday you're going to get to enjoy as soon as it's all over. To be honest, the thought of summer is the only thing keeping me going right now. 

I hoped this helped. Remember to think positively and believe in yourself!

good luck! 

Liv xo 


What's In My Bag

I'm the type of person who buys a handbag once in a blue moon and uses it for everything until it falls apart. At the moment, i'm obsessed with this Primark bag that is almost identical to the zara office city bag, which I wanted for ages but I can't bring myself to spend loads on a handbag (yet I can spend loads on make-up, logic).
Prior to this post I had a little clear out and let me tell you it was not pretty. But with the spring clean done, I thought I'd share with you all the things I can't live without in my bag.

First is my purse, for obvious reasons really. It's from a Cath Kidston outlet factory store thingy (got it for a reduced price basically) and I don't think the design is available anymore. But it's so well made and with their 'wipe clean' oil cloth making it perfect for someone as messy as me.
Next is my diary. I'd love to tell you that it keeps me organised, but I'd be lying. I like to pretend I am by carrying this but I only really use the paper for chewing gum if there's no bin around and for writing wish lists if my phones died. I carry pens around with me for the same reason. 
I always carry round some sort of food and drink. At the moment I've got an obsession with peach and mango coconut water. Whilst plain coconut water is vile, this flavor is so delicious, hydrating and refreshing. As I was drinking something particularly healthy hopefully you can let me off for having some chocolate in there as my 'snack' ready for my next fix.
As far as gadgets go,  I carry round my phone and my iPod. My phone battery dies so quickly so I bring my iPod along with me so I can block out the sounds of screaming children, teachers etc. My phone case is from eBay.
I'm basically blind as a bat, so i'd be pretty useless without my glasses. If they're not on my face, they're in my bag along with my sunglasses (only in the summer). 

This little make-up bag comes with me everywhere and I never take anything out of it. It contains my favourite blotting powder by Soap and Glory, my Travelo which contains my favourite perfume (which might or might not be 1D), my retractable powder brush by Real Techniques, Collection lasting perfection concealer, Smints and my Compeed blister plasters because regular plasters just don't cut it. Ok, I lied, the only thing I change in this bag is the lip product as it all depends on what i'm wearing that day.

The last two things in my bag are a lip balm and my keys. 
Obviously when I use it for sixth form it contains books etc. as well as all this. Thankfully it has a shoulder strap for when it gets a bit much for my weedy arms.

I wonder how long it will stay this organised...

Liv xo

50 Shades Of Red

I love a good red lip, whether it's just a sheer swipe of tinted balm or a full on intense matte lipstick. However there's about 50,000 different shades and formulas on the market, making it hard to find 'the one'. So I've collated together all the ones I've tried, tested and loved and I though I'd share them all with you. 

Revlon Lip Butter- Tutti Fruitti is more of a orangey coral shade which is super wearable for those who want a slight pop of colour but aren't prepared to go all out MAC Ruby Woo style. It's very hydrating and is perfect for spring/summer.

NYX Buttergloss - Cherry Pie is true glossy red that can be sheered out or layered up. I always thought reds should always be matte, but this just has the perfect balance of pigmentation and gloss which makes it so wearable.

MAC Lipstick - See Sheer is a very muted red. This tends to be one I grab more for every day wear, it enhances my natural lip colour and adds a bit of life back into my face on those days when I feel like death warmed up.

Rimmel- In Love With Ginger is a bright orange toned red, the formula of Rimmel lipsticks are incredible and so affordable. If you've never tried one, definitely go try this one out. Although I'm not the biggest fan of the scent of them, which is the only downside.

MAC Lipstick- Ruby Woo is a true blue toned matte red. This is probably my favourite, it's so bright and long lasting and it's got the beautiful trademark vanilla scent that I'm obsessed with. Of course, due to it being so matte, it does tend to be a little drying but nothing a little lip balm can't fix. 

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet- Hot pepper is a slight orangey toned red. It's a liquid lipstick that dries down to a stain and is virtually weightless on the lips. These are so long lasting and I'm also obsessed with the other shades in this range.

I also added in the first picture a swatch of the Maybeline Baby Lips in the shade Cherry Me. This is by far the best shade in the Baby Lips range we have available in the UK and it smells amazing too. I'd say it's perfect for anyone who's not allowed to wear make-up to school but still wants a hint of something as well as the moisturisation of a lip balm. 

If I'm honest, this post has made me realised I don't own enough reds. Uh oh #FeelingSpendy
I hope this was helpful for anyone looking for their perfect red, or is just simply looking to try new ones out. 

Liv xo

MAC Patisserie

Up until recently, I always opted for either a full on bold lip or a swipe of tinted lip balm.  But I've always wanted that perfect go to lipstick that goes with everything. Something that's not too matte, not too glossy and practically fool proof and thanks to MAC, I think I've found it.

MAC Patisserie 

It's a lustre formula, so it sits somewhere in between a gloss and a matte lipstick, it's the perfect shade to enhance your natural lip colour and It's quick and easy to apply without the need for a lipliner or a mirror(!)...  It's completely faultless. 

If you're still on the hunt for the perfect your lips but better shade, then head on over to a MAC counter and swatch this for yourself. Plus if you have 6 empty MAC items/pots etc. You can swap them in for a free lipstick of your choice,which is even better! 

You can purchase it here - LINK 

Liv xo

OOTD- Party! (Make-up, Hair and Outfit)


(ps. Lets just ignore the shocking lighting, background and quality of these. It's the last time i'm ever allowing my sister to take my outfit pictures.)

Dress- Forever21 ($17.99). I purchased it way back in February when I was in New York. I figured this dress is quite different to what I'm used to, by that I mean it's very fitted, which meant going on a cake/treat ban a week prior to the party. No pain no gain, right?
Shoes- Matalan (£7.50). I wanted a pair like this from Zara for £30, but the day before I was going to get them, I came across these, what an absolute bargin! Couldn't say no really.
Clutch- TKmaxx, it's Fiorelli and perfect for carrying the essentials. 

As for jewellery, I kept things simple with some gold studs and a few gold coloured midi rings- Both from Primark.


 I went for minimal, bronzey make-up to prevent any clashing. I washed MAC Tan pigment over my lids and blended well, with lots of lashes! I then paired this with bronzed, glowy skin and a glossy nude lip. 

I also did a spot of fake tan, using Creightons Bronze ambition Glow'n'Go instant tan shimmer from Home Bargins. This is my favourite wash-off tan and a complete steal for the price (can't remember the actual price but it's less than £2). It's like a lotion, but it blends really nicely so I never look streaky. Plus it takes a couple of minutes to set, so any mistakes can be corrected without a fuss. Also, as the name suggests, there is a slight shimmer running through it, it works wonders on perfecting my slightly bruised limbs  #DancerProblems. 

As for nails, I am wearing Models Own in Thunder and Lightening on my toes and George Gel Pro nail polish in the shade Nude beige on my fingers. Wouldn't recommend either of these though. I had to put 4 layers of the Models Own one on to get the true colour pay off and the George one took forever to dry.


Seeing as the back was the main focus of this outfit, I wanted my hair up but definitely not slicked back, so I french plaited it round the left side of my head round into a side messy bun, just for a bit of pazaz.

Liv xo

The Lip Product Addict Tag

I just finished watching Amelia Liana's recent video on her new tag with Essiebutton called 'The Lip Product Addict Tag' and being an absolute lip product fanatic I figured this tag was practically screaming at me to do it, so enjoy!...

1. Favourite Balm/Treatment?
I own about 50 billion lip balms but my favourite has to be my EOS Balm. Not necessarily for the formula but more for how convenient it is to carry around with me. It smells gorgeous and it's also ridiculously satisfying applying it to your lips with it's unusual spherical shape, making it the one I always end up reaching for. 

2. Best Eye Catching Red?
MAC Ruby Woo wins hands down. I don't care how drying the formula is, the colour, the pigmentation and the lasting power of this beautiful product is simply amazing.

3. Best Luxury & Best drugstore?
The best luxury has to be my YLS Rouge Volupte shine, the colour is beautiful, the packaging is beautiful, the formula is beautiful... you know what, I could probably go on forever about how much I love them. I've written an entire blog post dedicated to them.  Read it here- link
The best drug store has to be Topshop (it counts as drugstore in my books). They have such a great colour selection with the best formulas available on the highstreet. They 're  luxurious without the luxury pricetag.

4. Best MAC Lipstick?
It's probably a tie between Rebel and Patisserie. I get so many compliments when wearing rebel, but I get more wear out of Patisserie as it's the one I reach for everyday. To be honest all MAC lipsticks in general are flipping beautiful.

5. The most disappointing?
The Revlon ColourBurst lacquer balm in Whimsmical Fantaisiste (115). It's the shade that's really let me down more than the formula. I bought this thinking it would be a glossy dupe for MAC rebel but its not even close. Its glittery, doesn't apply evenly and was just an all round waste of money. 

6. Liner- Yes or No?
At the moment no. I can't seem to get the hang of using a nude one to make my lips appear bigger, it just looks messy, but practice makes perfect, right? As for bold colours, I've found not wearing one doesn't make a difference as to when I do. I guess it just depends on the lip liner you use and how precise you are with application.

7. Best Gloss?
NYX Butter Glosses are heaven in a bottle. I have an entire review of them here- link 

9. Something extra?
The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets are amazing! They're a hybrid between a stain and a liquid lipstick so I'm not sure what category they would fall in, but they're virtually weightless on the lips and last all day! I also think it's essential to invest in a lip scrub, my favourite is the Lush Bubblegum Lip scrub. All lip products apply better to smooth hydrated lips and scrubs just remove any of the dead skin (ew) from chapped lips, revealing, what feels like, a new set of lips.

This is such a cute little tag, so I tag everyone!

Liv xo

The Secret To Curly Lashes

Nothing quite polishes a smudgy smokey, or neutral eye quite like a set of  luscious fluttery lashes. They are the single most important thing in my make-up routine. My deserted island pick would hands down be my mascara (after water, food etc. obviously.), which is why I spend so much time on the hunt for the perfect one. 

In my opinion, curled lashes beat long lashes, they just open you're eyes up and make you appear more awake. I'd picked up the Eyeko eye lash curlers free in Elle magazine last month, in hope that it could put me off  buying the Shu Uemura eye lash curlers for a little while longer. But like every other eye lash curler I've ever tried, nothing ever held a curl. 

However, I've realised where I'd being going wrong all my life, it wasn't the curlers I was using, it was my mascara. Vivianna, from, swears by using a waterproof mascara in order to hold a curl. So I whipped out my Cover Girl Lash Blast Waterproof mascara and tried it out for myself. I can safely say 8 hours later, my curl was still going strong, as if I'd just curled them. 

I've always been put off by waterproof mascaras because they're an absolute nightmare to remove, but I've also recently discovered the best eye make up remover ever (link), making it so much easier to achieve the perfect set of curled lashes without the hassle and tugging to remove it all at the end of the day. 

Whilst I still haven't found a waterproof mascara that is actually waterproof(!), I love the hold they give and the lasting power they have (when not in water) and I think this little duo will forever be my holy grail for perfectly curled lashes. 

Liv xo

My MAC eyeshadow collection

MAC eye shadows are by far the best I've ever tried. They're perfect to apply with their buttery like texture and immense pigmentation. Plus they have such a fantastic array of colours to choose from, making it almost impossible to walk past a counter and not swatch almost every different colour all the way up your arm. However being £12.50 a pop (£10 for the pan on it's own), they're not the cheapest eye shadows on the market. But like all high end products, you're paying for quality and the quality of these make it worth every last penny. 

Top-Bottom- All That Glitters, Samoa Silk, Texture, Woodwinked, Cranberry, Omega, Copperplate and Satin Taupe

All That Glitters- A shimmery champagne shade that is perfect as a wash over the lid for everyday wear, or pared with more intense browns, for a bronzey smokey eye.
Samoa Silk- A matte light orange, sounds scary but compliments blue eyes beautifully.
Texture- A shimmery copper shade, another shade that makes blue eyes pop. Perfect in the crease and outer corner when paired with All That Glitters.
Woodwinked- A brown with gold shimmer running through it, can give a glossy effect if packed onto the lid. It's a very popular shade and with good reason, it is stunning!
Cranberry- A warm shimmery berry shade. Perfect if you're looking to add a bit of colour into a smokey eye. It's a shade that pushes me to go out of my comfort zone without being 'in your face'.
Omega- A matte ashy grey. A multi-tasking shade as it can be used in the eyebrow, crease and as a contour shade.
Copperplate- A slightly blue toned grey. Doesn't look particularly eye catching in the pan, but does wonders for us blue eyed gals, especially if you want to make them pop but aren't a fan of the copper trend.
Satin taupe- Exactly as the name suggests, its a shimmery taupe shade. This is stunning for both day and evening wear. Taupe smokey eyes look flattering on so many skin tones, you can't go wrong with it.

The majority of these eye shadows are depotted. The palette can be purchased from MAC for £14 for the casing and £6.50 for the insert. This enables you to create your own palette full of colours that you'll actually use instead of wasting money on a pre-made palette that you'll probably only use 2 or 3 shades from.
Also, if you happen to know of anyone or you are going America any time soon, I would recommend getting it from there, as I only payed $10(!) for both the insert and the casing. Why there is such a crazy price difference, I'll never know, sort it out MAC.

You can purchase MAC eye shadows here - link
Debenhams often do '10% off' on all health and beauty (including MAC), so keep your eyes pealed to grab them at a reduced price!

Hopefully I will fill this palette by the end of the year. Any colour recommendations would be much appreciated! Leave me a comment below (or send me a tweet @Olivia_DF ) telling me some of your favourite shades and I'll be sure to check them out.

Liv xo