Top 5 Pink Lipsticks for summer






Move over reds, deep berries and nudes because summer is all about the pinks! Without realising, pink has suddenly taken over my life. I'm wearing it on my clothes, nails, cheeks and now it seems to be the only colour I'm wearing on my lips. So I thought why not share my top 5 with you.
These, however, are in no particular order. They all get the same amount of lovin'.






Creme Cup - MAC. Ah the infamous shade from MAC and with it being the first ever MAC lipstick I owned, it will always hold such a special place in my heart. It's a gorgeous baby pink nude shade and is so universal that it will suit most skin tones as well as most make-up looks. 

YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick - 1. Let's just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful the packaging is. I deserves a place on this list purely for the packing alone, however the colour inside is just as beautiful. It's a light pink with a formula that feels virtually weightless on the lips. So luxurious, perfect for those days were you need a pick me up.

Topshop - Beehive. This is the perfect 'your-lips-but-better' shade. Slightly darker than the natural pigmentation of my lips, its perfect for when you're on the go in the day time. The formula is similar to the satin finish by MAC. 

Rimmel by Kate Moss- 20. A vibrant blue toned pink that makes your teeth look so white! It's a tad bold for the day time for me, but is perfect paired with a simple winged liner in the evening. I love the Kate Moss lipsticks in both the red and the black packaging, they're some of the best lipsticks you can find on the highstreet.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet- Ole Flamingo. This is hands down the perfect summer lipstick. It's a hybrid between a liquid lipstick and a stain so it's long lasting and light weight as well as being the perfect warm pink shade that either looks incredible with a tan or makes you look tanned. That doesn't make any sense, I know, but trust me you'll know what I mean if you've tried it. 


Liv | Deliciously-Floral

June Favourites 2014

I have been excited for this favourites all month. There's been so many things that I've been loving right from the very beginning of June and I can't wait to share them all with you.

I thought I'd mix things up this week and start with non-beauty favourites (crazy, I know) first up is a TV series. If you've spoken to me at all this month, I will have mentioned this program at least once during conversation, it's the 6 part BBC series Happy Valley. Oh my god. It's the best TV program to come from the BBC in a long time (in my opinion), it was thoroughly gripping from start to finish and I may or may not have re-watched it at least 3 times. I would try and explain it to you but I don't want to ruin anything.  Sara Lancashire was bloody fantastic to watch along with the incredibly messed up role of Tommy Lee-Royce played by the rather attractive James Norton (it's totally ok to fancy him, just not his character). I'm very, very tempted to download the series so I can re-watch it to my hearts content. 




Other non-beauty favourites come from recent jewellery purchases. I am obsessed with gold and rose gold at the moment and I am equally obsessed with this rose gold watch from Avon which only cost me £10(!) , I'm also loving this gold necklace from Topshop, it has two chains with plain bars across each one. I haven't stopped wearing them. 








Back to what you're all here for, my beauty favourites. Of course my number 1 favourite goes to my beloved NARS sheer glow, another thing I have not shut up about this month. The coverage, the formula ah, it's just amazing! I have a full review of it here.

Next is a few Topshop make-up goodies. The first being the GlowStick - it does exactly what it says on the tin, it's a highlighter in stick form. It's kind of a cream to powder finish, very blendable and it leaves the most incredible dewy glow on the skin without leaving you resembling a disco ball. Next is a due chrome eye shadow from their new festival range in the shade 'Wax & Wayne'. (Don't be fooled by the swatches on the website, I think there might be an error on their and mixed up the shade with the gold version) Is it purple? Is it brown? who knows, it's just flipping beautiful. See a review and swatches here.

I've never tried anything from Eyeko before, but I'd heard so many good things about it so when glamour where giving their eyeliner away free with their magazine, I couldn't say no. I'd picked up the navy because I already own about 1 Billion black eyeliners, so I thought I'd try something different. This is like a permanent marker for your eyes, liquid liners have the tendency to melt down my face but this one doesn't move an inch, it doesn't melt, it just stays put. Hallelujah.  

The John Frieda over night repair deserves it's place in my June favourites because it works a treat. It's basically an over night conditioner that aims to re-hydrate your hair. I apply 5-10 pumps (I have a lot of hair) to the ends of my hair, plait it, sleep then rinse it out in the morning. It smells incredible and leaves my crispy, dry ends soft and hydrated. It doesn't leave an residue on the pillow and hasn't made me break out so it's a 10/10 from me!



Liv | Deliciously- Floral
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My Experience- Crest 3D WhiteStrips (Before & After)

It's amazing what a good set of pearly whites can do to your confidence. I used to be a coffee/tea addict with stained teeth and for ages I'd been trying every flipping whitening tooth paste under the sun to counteract the damage, but nothing ever worked. I remember the lads at school would call this one girl 'colgate' for her yellow teeth and I became self conscious and paranoid that that would be what people thought of me.

I'd heard a ton of good things about Crest 3D White Strips and have been desperate to try them out for ages. However, one of my biggest fears is the thought of my teeth falling out and I was very skeptical about the white strips causing lasting damage to the enamel and would make my already sensitive teeth 10x worse. But after watching a billion YouTubers and bloggers talk about their success with them, I bit the bullet and bought them.

I'll start with the cons as there isn't many of them. The first is the taste of the strips themselves. For the whole 30 minutes they are on my teeth I couldn't swallow because every time I did, I gagged. They were vile. But with my #NoPainNoGain motto, I pushed through it, it's worth it for good teeth right?
I haven't experienced any extra sensitivity and the only aching I had was about 6 hours after the first use and I haven't felt that since.

I was too excited to try them when they first arrived and forgot to take a picture of my teeth before, so I took it after the first lot which didn't really make much of a difference, but most reviews said the difference can usually be seen by the third usage- which it can. I have been so happy with the results, I now find every excuse I can to smile. I do miss my coffee so I'm compensating with iced coffee because I can drink it through a straw, but other than that I'm pretty darn chuffed. 


Top = Before, Bottom = after 10 day treatment (20 strips)

Apologies for the different lighting in the bottom picture, I couldn't seem to get it right.

I used them once a day for 30 minutes on the first 6 days and then got impatient and applied one set in the morning and one set in the evening for the remaining days. 

I would 100% recommend them to everyone!  Here's a link to the buyer I bought them from, they were very efficient and they were delivered to me within 2 days of purchasing! 

Liv | Deliciously-Floral 

DUPE: MAC Blue Brown Pigment


dupe shade- Bottom right of the palette


Top- Blue Brown Pigment Bottom- Wet'n'Wild dupe



Every high-end product has more than likely got a dupe in the drugstore, it's just a matter of hunting around to try and find it. On the other hand, I seemed to find this dupe without even trying. The Wet 'n' Wild Comfort Zone palette contains 8 colours, one of which is an exact match to MAC Blue Brown Pigment. Whilst in the UK the Blue Brown pigment is probably a million times more easier to find, those in the USA are able to find yourself a bargain.

As far as I am aware the palette costs just over $4 compared to MAC Pigments which cost £17, however if you've owned a MAC Pigment you'll know they last a flipping lifetime! Pigments are known for their intense pigmentation but it can sometimes result in a lot of fall out, so a product in pan form that's just as pigmented as well as containing 7 other beautiful colours is perfect for everyone.

If you happen to be taking a holiday to the USA or know someone who is, definitely add this to your list. You wont regret it, I promise!

Liv | Deliciously-Floral 

KIKO Glow Touch Lip & Cheeks Review and Swatches

On a recent trip to London, I made it my mission to pick up some items from KIKO. I've heard tons about this brand and I was keen try it out myself. Lets start with how amazing the store is itself. I went to the one in Oxford Street (step out of oxford circus underground, turn left then turn left again) and it felt so high end, I genuinely gasped when I saw how unbelievable affordable the products were. Everything was set out similarly to a MAC store as well as having cool lighting and music playing. I'm gutted I didn't pick up more things, however out of the things I did pick up there was one stand out product; the Glow Touch Lip & Cheek pot in the shade 100 Intuition Peach. 






Essentially it's a lipstick melted into pot form- if that makes any sense? It's creamy, hydrating and offers a good amount of pigmentation, perfect for use on both the lips and the cheeks, as advertised. The colour is so flattering and is perfect for every day use. 

I intend to make a few purchases from KIKO in the future, any recommendations are welcome.


Liv | Deliciously-Floral

My MAC Lipstick Collection

If I was only allowed to buy one brand of lipstick for the rest of my life, it would be MAC without a doubt. From all the formulas to chose from as well as all the colour options, it's impossible to go wrong. Even the sweet vanilla scent is incredible, I find it such a challenge to walk away from a MAC counter and not purchase anything. So here's my MAC Lipstick Collection...



left - right: Patisserie, Cream Cup, Pink Pearl Pop, Speed Dial, Party Parrot, See Sheer, Lady Danger,
Ruby Woo & Rebel



left - right: Patisserie, Cream Cup, Pink Pearl Pop, Speed Dial, Party Parrot, See Sheer, Lady Danger,
Ruby Woo & Rebel


left - right: Patisserie, Cream Cup, Pink Pearl Pop, Speed Dial, Party Parrot, See Sheer, Lady Danger,
Ruby Woo & Rebel
Liv | Deliciously-Floral


SS14 Make-Up Trends

I'm not the biggest follower of fashion trends, when watching fashion shows I'm more interested in the make-up being worn and this Spring/Summer 2014 is all about 3 key elements - pastels, orange and gorgeous dewy skin and I am obsessed!


Pastels




Now the prospect of wearing pastel blue eye-shadow can send most people in to a flashback to the 90's, however this season it's much more modern allowing you to access the trends without being too 'in your face'. A simple line of colour broken up by another line of black liner, tones it down making it more wearable. For this look I applied MAC Painterly paintpot all over my lid and up to my brow to cancel out any veins or discoloration. Then I went in with NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk and lined my upper lash line and winged it out slightly. Afterwards I applied a pastel eye shadow over the top- a lot of matte pastel shades lack pigmentation so putting it on top of a white liner increases the intensity. After that, I did a small thin line of black liner, winging it out underneath. I then applied my mascara et voila, a gorgeous pop of colour with minimal effort.
This can be done with many different colours, including orange which then accesses the orange trend if you're not a fan of wearing it on the lips.
Just make sure that the rest of the face is kept minimal to stop it from looking too OTT. 


Orange

(I promise this shade is much bolder and more orange in real life)

For this look I made sure my base was flawless but slightly bronzed and glowy. Opt for a matte cream bronzer (Bourjois Bronzing Primer) and a slight wash of cream highlighter (Topshop Glow Stick) and only powder down the t-zone. I only used two products on my eyes- MAC Painterly Paintpot and lashings of the Natural Collection Water guard mascara in Black. I think bold lip colours always look best when there matte, a good drugstore option is the Revlon Matte Balm in the shade Auacious.


Dewy Skin



if you were blessed with flawless skin then a tinted moisturiser or BB Cream is your best friend. But if you need a bit more coverage I would recommend the NARS Sheer Glow foundation (I have a review of it here). I applied the Garnier Miracle Skin cream to hydrate and give a luminous base before applying my foundation and then I went in with a concealer to hide my imperfections. I then applied a small amount of the Bourjois bronzing Primer and then dabbed the Kiko Glow Pot in the shade 100 Intuition Peach on to the apples of my cheeks. For highlighter I used the Topshop Glow cream highlighter in the shade Polished. I also used the Kiko Glow pot on my lips as well. As for brows, I just lightly filled them in and then applied a few coats of mascara to my lashes. It's key that cream products are used for this look, not only do they look more natural but its impossible to achieve the true dewy finish without looking cakey using powder products. 


If you tried any of these looks out, feel free to tweet me a picture @Olivia_DF I would love to see them!

Liv | Deliciously-Floral






Disappointing Products





I try not to be such a negative ninny, but when a product doesn't work for me it's hard not to. The amount of times I've gone out to buy a product after a rave review and been thoroughly disappointed. Whether it's the formula, colour or the fact it just doesn't do the job it's supposed to, it's all just a bit of a pain in the arse. 
First up is a foundation that's receiving lots of rave reviews at the moment; the Loreal True Match foundation. I found that it lasted about 30 seconds on the skin before moving around my face, I found it oxidised and worst of all, it clung to dry patches I didn't even know I had. Perhaps it's just my skin or I picked up a faulty one, either way i'm not a fan.

Another foundation I absolutely hated was the Rimmel Wake Me up. All I'm going to say is unless you love looking like you've been dipped in shimmer, avoid this foundation like the plague!

My next disappointment is quite a controversial one, the Rimmel Stay Matte powder. So many people use this and love it, but I have to say I don't think it's worth the hype. It kept shine at bay for the first 10 minutes and I've also noticed that unless you have a really light hand, or a duo fiber brush, this can leave your skin looking very powdery and cakey. attractive. There's plenty of better powders out there.

I don't usually have lots of disappointments from high end brands, as you tend to pay for the quality. However, there are a couple that I really regret buying. Mainly from one brand, Benefit. I have a bit of a love hate relationship with them, I love their Gimmie Brow and their boxed blushes but their tints are really nothing special. I own the mini versions of Cha Cha Tint and Posie Tint. No matter how many times I have tried, these are impossible to work with on the cheeks, if I dab it on with the brush then I'm left with dots on my face no matter how much I try and blend it away. They can also be used on the lips, but they're beyond drying! Thank god I didn't pay for the full sized versions. I'm also not a fan of their industrial strength concealer (Bo-ing!). It's advertised as being full coverage and, unless you plaster it on, it doesn't cover a thing. The collection lasting perfection is a fraction of the price yet 10x the quality. 

Ah micellar waters, the holy grail of all make-up removers, unless of course, you're like me and suffer with very sensitive skin and eyes. I'm only bitter about them because they do such a good job at removing make-up yet I can only use them if I want my eyes to swell up. 

For the price of the MUA Undressed and Undress me too palette, I wasn't expecting much quality wise, which is a good job and all really because they suck. If all the shades were shimmery, then it would be fine pigmentation wise. But the matte shades are an absolute nightmare to blend, have little to no pigmentation and the fall out is dreadful. I think you'd just be better saving up for something better. 

Ok, rant over.

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

The Perfect Foundation

I'm pretty sure I've spent the best part of 5 years trying to find the best foundation, everything was either to orange or to light, too sheer or too heavy, clung to dry patches or moved around my face. The list was endless. But up until about 2 weeks ago there was only one foundation on my list that I was desperate to try; Nars Sheer Glow foundation. This beauty has been raved about by everyone and their mother, so I was keen to see what the fuss was about.





Costing just under £30, it's definitely not the cheapest option (especially as it doesn't come with a pump, damn you Nars) but my oh my, it is worth every last penny. I was colour matched to the shade Mont Blanc (light 2) and I have to say it's pretty much spot on. But enough of that, lets get on to the best part about this foundation; the formula. The lady on the counter told me it was a light- medium coverage, but I definitely think its more on the medium- full coverage side. However, it's not the slightest bit heavy and instead of clinging to dry patches, it glides over them perfecting every inch of skin whilst doing so.

The weather at the moment is definitely more on the warmer side, the time when most people would be reaching for their tinted moisturisers and BB creams, instead I just take about a pea sized blob and distribute it out over my face and it still has amazing covering qualities but still feels light. Nothing I've ever used before compares to it and I don't think i'll ever find anything else I love as much.

Although it's recommended for those with normal-dry skin, I have combination/oily and it still works for me. It's not overly glowy that you end up looking like greasy mess, it's got the perfect amount of luminosity to really lift the skin and make you look more healthy.

I've also tried this on a night out and it has absolutely no flashback and photographs beautifully, perfect!

If you've been debating whether to get this, all i'm going to say is that it's worth the hype.

Liv | Deliciously-floral

London Haul

I took a few cheeky trips to London recently and found myself doing rather a lot of spending, which of course is inevitable when you're going to a city full of shops that either aren't available anywhere else or are a complete nightmare to get to. Here's a few things I picked up over the two day trips.


beauty


I only had one item on my wishlist that I aimed to pick up and that was my NARS Sheer Glow foundation and I definitely wasn't leaving without it. I purchased the shade Mont Blanc which I'd say is a perfect match for my skin tone. This holy grail foundation has been raved about by just about everyone and anyone and with good reason. As I said on my Instagram, it's 100% worth the hype!

I've always been a fan of Topshop make-up and their newest products are no exception. I had no intentions of purchasing anything from their range but after swatching both the Glow stick and the Wax and Wayne eye shadow, I knew I had to have them. I have nothing like either of these products in my collection and I have to say it was money well spent. I also have an entire post dedicated to the eye shadow here.

I'd heard so many good things about KIKO make-up, so when I discovered there was a store in Oxford Street I was all over it. I think I swatched just about everything on my hand (and all the way up my arm) but limited myself to only a few products. In the end I settled with a glossy lip pencil in the shade 610, which is a stunning baby pink shade. I'd never tried a glossy lip pencil before but for only a £1(!) I figured there was no harm in trying it out. I also purchased a Pencil lip gloss in the shade 07, another light pink shade but more on the nude side, this would look mega with a gun metal smokey eye. My final make-up product was a Glow Touch Lip & cheek pot in the shade 100 Intuition Peach. I watched Gabriella (Velvetgh0st) rave about these a while ago and after swatching it, it was straight in my basket. I haven't stopped wearing it since I bought it, wish I'd picked up more. 

My final beauty purchases were made in Selfridges. Selfridges beauty hall is my idea of heaven (minus the snobby women on certain counters), you can find just about every high end make-up, skincare and hair care brand in there as well as some American goodies and minis of all your favourite products. My first beauty item was an EOS lip balm. Now I must admit, they're not the most amazing lip balm on the planet hydration wise but for application they are the bomb! If you've tried one you know what i'm on about. Plus they're so cute and come in the nicest of scents, especially the lemon one. I also picked up two mini MAC pigments. Well my sister purchased Blue Brown and I purchased Rose but we've both decanted half so technically I have both it's just one is no longer in a MAC pot. I wished I'd picked up more from that range, trying stuff out in miniature size is so handy. My final purchase in Selfridges was an Allure magazine, one of the only places in the UK that sell it and that sucks because it's my favourite.

accessories



For some reason I also went a bit jewellery crazy. I picked up the floral ear cuff, turquoise earrings and the mint green necklace from Forever 21. The cat ear earrings are from H&M and the gold necklace is from Topshop. It's amazing what a bit of statement jewellery can do to an outfit.

I had such a lovely time in London, so much so that I've now got post London blues. I can definitely see myself living there one day, I have just got to teach myself this thing called 'will power' in the mean time.


Liv | Deliciously_Floral

Topshop Eye shadow- Wax & Wayne

For most people, the words 'glittery eye shadow' can only be associated with make-up mishaps and childhood play. However, Topshop have recently released their new festival collection of make-up which includes bright lipsticks, sequins and an eye shadow which I have completely fallen in love with.






The camera isn't doing it justice.

I knew I needed it as soon as I swatched it. It's a stunning duo chrome eye shadow that under some lights is a warm brown shade and in others it's a light purple that looks almost wet. The perfect product for those who want to step out of their 'neutral' comfort zone and add a pop of colour with minimal effort. The glitters aren't the slightest bit chunky and as long as I tap the excess off my brush, it's intensely pigmented and there isn't much fall out either.

If you happen to be wandering past a Topshop make-up counter, go and swatch this and if you can walk away without purchasing it, I applaud you.  I love this a lot, i'm so tempted to pick up a couple more just in case it's limited addition and will end when the collection does.

Get it here.

Liv xo | Deliciously-Floral


May Favourites 2014



Here we are again, it's the end of the month which can only mean another month worth of favourites. My first favourite comes from an amazing spot cream I've discovered from none other than the wonderful Home Bargins. Costing only £1.99, Teangi cream is a antiseptic cream with tea tree and witch hazel that aim to help repair the skin, perfect for spots. At the beginning of the month, my skin was terrible until I was recommended this and I now swear by it whenever I get a break out. 

Next up is my new favourite go-to lipstick. I've been reaching for MAC Patisserie almost every day since I got it, I have an entire blog post dedicated to it here.

Garnier have really been hitting the mark recently, their most recent release is no different. The Garnier Miracle Skin Cream is mainly advertised as an anti aging product, but don't let that put you off. It's a white cream that, when in contact with your skin, transforms to match your skin tone. I've been using this as a sheer base as it's a perfect slap on and go product. It offers a ton of hydration and leaves my skin glowy and luminous. Which leads me straight on to my next favourite, the Bourjois Bronzing Primer. I'm love how natural cream products look, especially this one. Faux tan in a pot that's practically impossible to mess up, what more could a girl want? To then compliment the bronze glow, I've been using this ELF all over colour stick in the shade Permisson. This was raved as a NARS multiple dupe when I bought it, whilst it doesn't live up to that description, it does an amazing job at adding a stunning glow to the skin.

After going to a party earlier on in the month, I've rediscovered my love for the Creightons Bronze ambitions Glow 'n' Go instant tan shimmer. It's the best wash off fake tan I've ever used and it's a complete bargin at being less than £2. No streaks and a pleasant scent (not the slightest bit biscuity), this will always be my go to instant tan.

Dr Bronners magic soap definitely deserves a place on my May favourites because it's just so damn good at cleaning make-up brushes. It leaves them absolutely spotless, smelling like peppermint yet leaves them soft and fluffy, almost restoring them to their original state.



Last month I featured a shoe favourite and completely by accident this month I have another. However instead of a pair of converse, I'm loving my black barely there heels from Matalan. They're surprisingly comfy and they will definitely get a ton of wear out of them. Want to know the best part? They're £9.50.

Part of me really doesn't want May to end, purely because June means one thing for me - exams. Bring on the 17th where my hell (also known as Sixth form) ends. I hope your June is much more fun filled than mine.

Liv xo | Deliciously-Floral



(I wanted to apologise for a number of things, the first being the lack of posts. I'm currently bogged down with revision so am only able to do one blog post maximum per week. I'm also sorry for the dreadful quality of these pictures, the camera I was using had given up on me so i'm having to use the 'family camera' which is dreadful, but it will do, don't even get me started on the shocking lighting. The weather is so dull and rainy that there is literally no good lighting in my house.)