September Favourites 2014

Autumn (or fall, depending on where you're from) is here at last! As cliche as it sounds, I genuinely cannot believe how fast September has gone, didn't seem thirty seconds ago that I was panicking about my first day at college and now I'm well and truly settled in. A lot of things have changed for me and one of the massive factors is the lack of free time I now have. By the time I'm home from college I'm either A. Too tired (or in too much pain) to even move or B. it's too dark to take pictures, which has meant my blog has taken a bit of a back seat in my life. Unfortunately this means I'm going to only be uploading when I can rather than sticking to a schedule and stressing because I can't keep up with it. Any ways, enough with the waffling, lets crack on with my favourites for the wonderful month of September.

I'm going to start with a few random bits and bobs and the first is my yoga mat. A massive part of my course is dance based so it's so important to keep flexible, but at the same time there are a ton of yoga routines on YouTube that really help with sore muscles. It's really comfy and just makes doing routines a lot easier.
Next are my River Island Boots. I've mentioned these a few times, there incredible comfortable and they just look amazing with everything I wear and I'm absolutely gutted I can't wear them till my shin splints have gone. You can see them here.
Another massive favourite is spotify. It costs me £4.99 a month which is amazing concidering the amount of music that is actually on there. The offline feature means I can still enjoy the music even with the unreliable bus wifi, It's so much cheaper than having to go out and buy all the albums I want at the moment and I don't have to go through itunes and sync albums to my laptop then my phone, then my ipod.. yawn.

Right, on to beauty favourites. Firstly is my Urban Decay Naked Palette, I know I featured this in my August Favourites but I have to give it another special mention in this months too. I've pretty much used it every day since I bought it so I can't not mention it again, it's just wonderful. 
I purchased the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in the shade blonde at the end of last month and much like the Naked Palette, I've used it every day since. I find the best way to apply it is with a Mac 266. I have a full review of it here, along with swatches.
An unexpected favourite comes from the Seventeen Gel Liner. I picked this up because it was cheap and I needed it for a look, to my surprise it's actually one of the best I've ever tried. It sets and doesn't budge at all - full review here
My final make-up favourite is definitely my Maybelline Colour Elixir in the shade Caramel Infused. It's a perfect every day nude that's non sticky and offers the perfect amount of pigmentation and hydration.

I've really been enjoying embracing my natural hair this month and I think a special shoutout goes to my Bumble and bumble thickening mousse for making my curls look fuller without the frizz. I have a review of it here.

I am actually obessed with the Dolly Mixtures Bubble Gum shower gel. It smells abso-flipping-lutely amazing, although it definitely doesn't taste as nice as it smells. The scent also hangs around so I occasionally get a waft of bubble gum through out the day - yum!

I hope everyone has had a fab september and an even better October, remember to keep your eye out for my Halloween make-up ideas coming soon!

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

The Best Drugstore Gel Liner

I have such a love/hate relationship with black liners. The ones that claim to be waterproof/long lasting, drip off my face within 30 seconds of application. Of course, it's different for everyone, but nothing ever seems to stick around despite the fact I love wearing it for the initial effect. 

I recently had been using the L'oreal super liner which is a liquid liner with a felt nip/pen type applicator. However, despite how easy it was to use, it would either transfer or melt so I needed to try something else. I've tried gel liners from the likes of Rimmel and Maybelline but neither worked for me, so on a recent trip to boots I picked up the Seventeen gel liner for £3.99. Much cheaper than the alternatives, this didn't claim to be long lasting/waterproof, I didn't really mind as I just needed it for one specific make-up look that involved smudgy smokey liner. 

To my surprise, this actually one of the best liners I've tried. It comes in a tiny round pot with a tiny brush, which I discarded of immediately as it was far too small to actually comfortably hold in your hand. The difference between this liner and the others is that once it's drawn on, it sets and doesn't budge! It doesn't claim to be waterproof, yet managed to stay put even after tears & sweat (TMI?). 

Although it's long lasting, it's not difficult to remove at the end of the day - one quick swipe of the No.7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make-up Remover and it's gone!

I know it's a bold statement, but it's definitely close to hitting holy grail status.

Liv | Deliciously-floral 

Going Nude

2014 has been the year where we've seen the return of lip gloss. I used to absolutely hate the stuff, every time I thought of gloss it reminded me of my childhood and the glosses with horrible scents that would leave that scratchy feeling in your throat. But brands have really revamped the formulas and created a new generation of gloss.

However I'm still not a fan of bold coloured glosses. They don't suit me in the slightest, but I am obsessed with glossy nudes, they have the power to really pull a look together. I've rounded up all my favourites to share with you.

 NYX Butter Gloss - Eclair.
This is an absolutely gorgeous baby pink shade, I'd say it's very similar to the shade of Mac Creme Cup. The formula is long lasting (for a gloss) and non-sticky. Plus it's tiny so perfect for popping into your handbag for on the go applications.

Mac Dazzle Glass - Baby Sparks
Again, this is a glossy light pink but it's got tiny little blue glitters running through it. I know it sounds strange, but they really help to make the teeth appear whiter as well as making your lips appear more plump and full. I save this one for nights out as the formula is rather thick and sticky which means it sticks around even after having drinks.

Tanya Burr - Afternoon Tea
A glossy your lips but better shade. There's no shimmer and is so pigmented that I love wearing this on it's own. As I've said before, the smell of these glosses is not my favourite, but I can look past this with the quality of the product itself.

Maybelline Colour Sensational Cream Gloss -  130 Exquisite Pink
A gorgeous shimmery nude shade. This is probably one of my absolute favourite as it's not even the slightest bit sticky and feels almost weightless on the lips. Plus the shimmers make my lips appear so full!

Maybelline Colour Elixirs - Caramel Infused & Petal Plush
Caramel infused is very similar to Afternoon Tea but a little more brown. This has absolutely no shimmer and is probably my go to every day gloss. Petal Plush is a light pink with tiny glitters running through it. This looks incredible paired with Mac Creme Cup as it's a little too light for my complexion on it's own.

Liv | Deliciously-floral

Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer

The Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer is exactly that - Kick Ass. This adorable compact set contains a peachy toned concealer for under the eyes, a slightly greeny toned concealer for redness and blemishes, a powder to set it all with, a mirror and a tiny little powder puff thingy.

It's literally everything you could want for a flawless complexion. I needed a concealer that I could keep in my bag for college because touch ups are almost essential after a sweaty (TMI?) dance class, but lugging around lots of make-up isn't practical when I have to also carry round all the different pairs of dance shoes I need for that day. 

This entire set costs only £10. To buy a 2 concealers and a powder individually would cost you way over £10, so this is quite a bargain really. Both concealers are very creamy and easy to blend and the powder is very similar to their One Heck Of A Blot powder - it's a colourless setting powder.

It fits in the palm of my hand and contains a mirror so is perfect for on the go as it doesn't take up too much space. The only down side is that there are two shades (light and medium) to choose from, so it's probably not going to work with all skin tones.

At the moment Soap and Glory products are on a buy one get one half price offer so make the most of it while you can!

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

Big Hair Don't Care

I've been really into embracing my natural hair recently and left on it's own it tends to be a big pile of frizzy-ness. I've made my way through a few products in my lifetime trying to tame it, however so many weighed my poor curls down or left them feeling crunchy. 

Seeing as I've branched out to high end make-up, I decided to give my hair a little loving too. Bumble and bumble are a well raved and loved hair care brand so on a recent trip into a boots I made a few purchases. 

The first being the Thickening Full Form Mousse, I went for the 'thickening' range as I prefer my curly hair being full of volume and thickness rather than limp as it's fairly damaged at the moment and in need of a good cut so it's not at it's best. This claims to 'lift, sculpt and hold full-bodied shapes' and all you need to do is look at the images of my hair to see that it has done exactly that. I applied it throughout my hair, root to tip, and then blow dried it using a diffuser.

I then also apply some of the Thickening hairspray to my roots before blow drying as well. I also use this after my hair is dry to hold my look in place. 

Together both of these products work so well at allowing my very tempremental curls to be as full as possible without the frizz - love it!!

Also I love that B&B offer minis of their products so you can try them before you splurge on the full sizes.

Liv | Deliciously-floral 

The Body Shop Tea Tree BB Cream

Although I love my trusty NARS Sheer Glow, I'll always be on the hunt for other brilliant face products.

My Musical Theatre course involves a lot of dance and Sheer Glow is a little much on the skin for exercise so I needed something much lighter. So I picked up the Body Shop Tea Tree BB Cream as they were having some sort of offer on taking it from £8 to about £5.40 and I absolutely love the Body Shop so I thought I would give it a go.

I picked up the lightest shade out of three colour choices, however it doesn't cater for those with deeper skin tones. It's very light weight with a good hydrating light coverage. It's nothing spectacular, then again I don't think I've found a BB cream that really does live up to all it's promises.

The thing I really don't like about it is that it has got a really, really strong scent of tea tree. Obviously I should have guessed that seeing as it's one of the main ingredients, but it's definitely not something I'm a fan of.  But it's good for those with acne, tea tree is known for it's anti bacterial properties. 

Over all it's good and it does the job as being a nice light coverage on days when I don't need something heavier, but I don't love it.

Any recommendations of tinted moisturisers/ BB creams are welcome!

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

DUPE! - Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

This dupe was discovered completely by accident. I had gone and bought the Soap and Glory Brow archery and then my sister decided she wanted one too. We didn't think to actually check the product before buying it and when we got home we realised, whilst it had the same name as the one I had bought, it was a different brow product completely. Of course when you give two different products from the same brand, in the same outer packaging and the same name people are ultimately going to end up picking up the wrong one, sort it out S&G.

The only thing that stopped me from going on a rant at Soap and Glory for giving it the same name as their other brilliant brow product  was the uncanny resemblance to my beloved Brow Wiz. One end homes a very precise spooley and the other a very fine nibbed ash blonde brow pencil,

The colour Blondeshell is exactly a spot on match to the Brow Wiz in the shade Ash Blonde the only differences are the brand and the price difference. The S&G Archery costs only £8 whilst the ABH Brow Wiz costs £15! The formula and lasting power is so similar also!

If you've been eyeing up the brow wiz, seriously take a trip to boots and pick up the S&G Archery pencil because it's pretty much exactly the same plus minus the hefty price tag and it's a lot easier to get hold of.

But Soap And Glory you really need to be a little more imaginative with the name!

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

OOTD- Saturday Stripes

Outfit Details- 
Top- New Look
Jamie Jeans - Topshop
Belt - Primark
Bag - Primark
Rings - Pandora & Accessorize
Watch - Avon
Boots - River Island 

I am absolutely in love with these jeans at the moment and when I pair them with these gorgeous River Island boots they scream Autumn & they make my legs look so long (Bonus!). As well as all that, they're both ridiculously comfortable, perfect for a day trailing round shops. 

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

A/W 14 Make-Up Trends

The best part about season changes is the new trends that come with them. We leave behind the pastel shades and really bronzed skin and welcome the more grungy edgy styles for A/W. 
I've spent quite a lot of time trailing through magazines and online sites to round up the clear trends for the coming season and by no means am I saying I'm a make-up artist, but these are my interpretations of the trends.

Look 1 - Graphic Liner & Blue

This look collaborates two major trends graphic liner and blue shades. Whether it's a sweep of blue liner as seen at Kenzo or full on glittery blue eye lids seen at Dior, the colour blue is a trend in itself. But combine it with the graphic liner trend and you've basically killed two birds with one stone. Fab.

Products used:
Eyeko Skinny liner - navy

Look 2 - Coloured smokey eyes

Shades of teal and purple have been gracing the A/W 14 catwalks and I am loving this trend. The models at Burberry wore a wash of soft purple across the lid, not only is it a new twist on a smokey eye, but it's much more softer and more wearable for those who fear heavy black smokey eyes. Paired with matte skin and gromed brows, this trend looks particulally incredible on blue and green eyes. That's not to say it doesn't look stunning on other eye colours too. Actually screw that that, if done right, this looks good on everyone!

Products used:
- Cranberry eye shadow - MAC
- Rimmel Scandal Eyes in Brown

Look 3- Glowy Skin

This is a step up from last seasons highlighted skin, for A/W it's described as being more 'ghoulish' and 'iridescent' -  basically highlighters and illuminators are your new bff. Take a highlighter to the tops of the cheekbones, brow bones and the inner corners of the eyes for a really ethereal look. This trend is very minimalistic, so just a swipe of mascara, groomed brows and a dusting of light pink blusher is all you need to pair with the glow. As for lips, slap on a good hydrating lip balm to compliment the highlighter.
Sticking with the 'kill two birds with one stone' theme, you can also pair this look with berry stained lips to access the berry lip trend that comes around almost every single A/W. 
Actually you can kill three birds with this look by adding some wispy or individual lashes to mimick the 60's doll like lashes seen at Rochas, or layer up some mascara for the 90's inspired spidery lashes seen at the Prada show.

Products Used -
- Eyelure Individual Lashes (medium & short)
- Topshop Glow Pot 
- Mac Rebel

Look 4 - Lived in liner.

Grunge is the first word that springs to mind with this trend. Smudgy and smokey, this is probably the easiest trend to do. Take a black eye liner, or brown if you're very fair skinned, run it along your upper and lower lashline, then blend it out using your finger, a brush with a little black/brown eyeshadow on it, or a cotton bud. The models at Tom Ford paired this grungy eye with matte skin and groomed brows. 

Products Used - 
-Rimmel Scandal Eyes - Brown
-Rimmel Scandal Eyes -  Black

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade Review & Swatches

(Damn that mascara on my lid!)

There's no doubt that the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade is probably one of the most talked about eye brow products on the market.
It's hyped by just about everyone who owns it, but at £15 a pop, it took a lot of persuading before I gave in to see what the fuss was about. Anastasia Beverly Hills is only available online for us unlucky bunnies who live in the UK, but it can be found in sephora for the countries lucky enough to have one. 

I bought mine from and with standard delivery it arrived within two days which is fab. Cult beauty basically only stock products and brands that are considered cult within the beauty community and I already owned the Brow Wiz, so I knew already I could trust the brand has high standards.

I purchased the shade blonde. The shade choices are what put me off for a long time, there is not a lot of blonde swatches online, so it was difficult to see its true colour. I have such fair eyebrows that any warm tones through them really show up and my hair is much more ashy toned, so not a good look. However the blonde shade is a ashy toned blonde, a spot on shade match!

It claims to be waterproof, sweat-proof and perfect for those with oily skin. The brow wiz unfortunately wears off my brows so quickly, so I was really looking for something that could last a long time! 
I trialed these claims out in many ways. To test it's longevity I applied it at night before I went to sleep (don't judge me, it's all in the name of beauty) it let me see how well it fared, not only lasting a good 12 hours but how it lasted against constant rubbing. Whilst the results when I woke up were not as perfect as when I applied, the product was still evident and I could have easily left the house with my brows looking the way they did.
Long lasting - Check
Good for oily skin - Check 

I also tested the sweat proof claims by applying it before I did a yoga and abs work out. 
Sweat-proof - Check

I wore it in the shower and it survived!
Waterproof- Check

 It's living up to the high expectations and for all of that I would quite happily pay £15 all over again.

It's taken me a good week or so to get the hang of applying it. I'd recommend using a dense angled brush to apply the product it's a lot easier to control and to get really clean, precise brows. It's so easy to over apply product, the more you apply the deeper the shade of blonde, a light hand and taking most of the product off on the back of your hand  is the key to making it work.

I absolutely love this product and I honestly think it's worth the hype!
You can purchase it here 

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Dry Shampoo.

I'm forever torn between hating dry shampoo and hating washing my hair too often. I've got fairly long thick hair that takes about 10 years to dry and well, I'm just lazy.

I used to use Batiste and I absolutely hated it. It left my hair gritty and feeling disgusting with some horrid scents to it. Ever since, I've been on the hunt for a good alternative with none of the vile grey powder and a lovely fresh scent to it. 

Thankfully the gods over at Herbal Essences listened and brought out a brand new range of dry shampoos. I bought this from Superdrug for £1.49 (bargain!) and I noticed they also did one for volumising with a citrus scent. The concept of 0% Colourant and Parabens won me over, as well as the fresh light scent of citrus and mint.

This is completely clear when sprayed onto the hair - no more grey gritty mess and it smells as if I've just washed it, not like I've poured cheap perfume over it!

Any dry shampoo haters out there, seriously give this ago and I promise it you'll be converted!

Liv | Deliciously-Floral