Essence Waterproof Gel Eye Pencils






I've been a little quiet on the blogging front recently so I just wanted to start off by saying that I have well and truly got my blogging mojo back and I cannot wait to share some of my recent finds.

I did a blog post on my first impressions of a few lip products from the brand Essence a while back (you can read it here) and I must say I was super impressed. It's a super affordable brand found at Wilkos and they literally have everything you could ever imagine and more, from full on nail art to ombre blushes- you name it and they probably do it.

On my recent browse I came across their waterproof gel pencil liners, expecting them to be not all that great, I swatched them on the back of my hand and was completely blown away. I tried the teal shade first and I was pleasantly surprised at the creaminess and the pigmentation of it, then when I went to blend it, to see whether it would just rub off, it didn't budge in the slightest! I needed a black eyeliner anyway so I picked up both the stunning teal and the jet black shade which didn't set me back too much considering they're only £2.50 each.

They last literally all day on the eye's without smudging or melting and even when I tight lined using it, it didn't transfer at all to the bottom lid! I would 100% recommend checking these out if you're on the hunt for an amazing affordable waterproof liner. 

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

MAC Haul




Note to self, don't use the Mac chat live to an artist option when you're #feelingspendy
Yup, I'm still obsessed with my brown/nude 90's lips and what better place to search for the perfect one than the likes of Mac. My nearest counter is almost an hour away (on a good day) so physically asking an opinion of an artist at the Mac counter and swatching the products wasn't an option.

I spoke to the lovely artist Lavinia who recommended me two of the three products. It's so easy to chat, all you have to do is fill in your name, email address and details on your hair, eyes and complexion and then you're put straight through to an artist to ask any question you wish about their products or recommendations. 

I firstly asked about the perfect Kylie Jenner lip for my complexion and was recommended Twig and I have to say it is perfect. It's a warm brown mauvey colour that is now my go to autumn shade.

I don't really own a lot of blushes from Mac but I love the ones I do have, so I queried about more of a sculpting blush - I'm not really a fan of really bright blush tones. The shade Harmony was suggested and so of course I had to purchase and again it was exactly what I was looking for, it's a perfect grey toned shade which doesn't look 'muddy' on the skin. If you're ever stuck or need suggestions when it comes to Mac products, seriously go check out the chat to an artist live because it's super helpful especially when you want that immediate response!

I also picked up Soar Lip liner, this shade has been buzzing round the blogs at the moment for apparently being one of the actual shades Kylie Jenner uses. By complete accident, it turns out both twig and soar together make a good combination, so a good purchase all round really.

any more recommendations on some more browny nude shades from Mac are welcome!

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

My Everyday Autumnal Make-up 2014








This look is probably less autumnal and more 90's grunge, never the less it's been my go to look at the moment and I have to say I'm quite enjoying straying away from the conventional.

Firstly I like to make-sure my base is flawless, which of course means I use my holy grail trio of Nars Sheer Glow, Collection Lasting Perfection Concelaer and my Bourjois Healthy Mix Powder.

My brows are probably the only thing that aren't particularly 90's because the thought of purposely having spaghetti thin eye brows makes me fell quite nauseous. Instead I just fill them in, enhancing their natural shape with the Soap and glory Brow Archery and then deepen up the colour using my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Blonde. Then to keep them in place I use the Rimmel Brow this way in Clear.

I then move onto my eyes, I wash the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Creamy Beige across my lid and blend it out. I then follow up with applying naked from the Urban Decay Naked Palette to set it into place. Then I apply a brown eye liner to my upper and lower lash line and then blend it out using a pencil brush. You could also use a cotton tip or just your finger to do this. Then I apply a  thin line of gel liner and then wing it out followed by couple of coats of mascara and that's the eyes complete.

I'm loving anything brown toned/mauvey on the lips and 'the one' from Make-up Revolution is a lipstick I've been reaching for loads, want to know the best part? it only costs £1!

Because the browns tend to make me appear slightly dead, I go back in with a bronzer to my skin and I swear by the contour shade in the Sleek Face Form palette and then apply The Natural Collections blush in the shade Peach Melba to my cheeks and I'm good to go.

Liv | Deliciously-floral 

Updated Skincare routine (Autumn 2014)




Just think how cheap and simple our skincare routines would be if the seasons didn't have such a massive impact on the way our skin works. Anyway, mine has changed recently and I've incorporated a few new products that I am obsessed with and need to share asap!


Evening routine



I start of my removing my eye make-up with a spot of Bioderma (Sensibio) and I do this by soaking a cotton pad and holding it over my eyes for a couple of seconds, then wiping away. For the first step in my cleansing routine I go in with the Body Shop Silky Chamomile Cleansing oil and then follow it up with the Bioderma (Sebium) to ensure everything is fully removed. I then go in with a face mist and at the moment I'm loving how refreshing the Body Shop Vitamin E facial mist is. My Body Shop Serum-in-oil is then patted into my skin, only to be followed my my holy grail La Roche Posay Efficlar Duo + over my chin, or any areas that have broken out.
To finish off my night time routine, I then apply some of the Body Shop Aloe Eye Defense eye cream and a swipe of lip balm.


Morning Routine 


It's super lazy but I really hate using water on my face after my shower. When I can be bothered I use my Silky Chamomile Cleansing oil but otherwise I just swipe some Bioderma Sebium over my skin and follow up with the Urban Decay Vitamin Infused Prep Spray. This is full of antioxidants to help reduce oil and minimise pores, it can also be used just before you apply your make-up or throughout the day for a quick skin pick me up. I then go in with my Cetaphil moisturiser, a perfect choice for those with sensitive skin, especially as a result of seasonal changes. Then, finally, I use my Aloe Eye Defense eye cream to de-puff and sooth the eye area ready for make-up application.

Extras



After days of dancing at college and not properly getting a chance to cleanse my skin there, I come home and do a 15 minute steam facial using one I purchased from Argos for £12.99. This is so good at opening the pores allowing you to cleanse away any dirt that's trapped straight away. My skin always looks so much clearer after using it! 

I also apply facial masks once or twice a week to help combat any breakouts as well as exfoliating with these Yes To Grapefruit brightening facial wipes.

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

Maybelline Colour Tattoos







*holds collection of Maybelline colour tattoos to the sky and starts singing lion king*
Cream eye shadows can be one of the most challenging things for drugstore brands to get right, some are too creamy and crease like a bitch and others are cream-to-powder finish and disappear quicker than you can say cream eye shadow, but one brand ladies (and gentlemen) has hit the nail on the head. Of course as you can tell from the title of this post, I'm talking about the Maybelline Colour Tattoos, those little glass pots of creamy, long lasting eye shadow goodness.

The formula is spot on and is very comparable to Mac Paint pots in the way that when they set, they're not moving, ever. You could run a marathon and it would still remain completely the way you applied it. The best part about these are that not only can they be used as a base for any shadows that are used over the top, but they also come in the most beautiful array of pigmented colours, so they look equally as beautiful worn on their own.

Not only is the product quality high end, but the packaging also makes it feel just as luxurious. They come packaged in little glass pots, so you can see the product through it, yet they only cost £4.99! 

The only down side is that up until now, the UK have been stuck with the same metallic shades for about a year, whereas the US have had Limited edition colours such as nudes and light shimmery shades which I personally think is so unfair.

My Collection



Beige-ing beauty (US only)
A beautiful light shimmery beige. There isn't as much pigment to this as the other colours, but the flecks of gold glitter look so pretty washed across the lid. I picked this up whilst in New York in February, I'm absolutely gutted I didn't get a chance to pick up some other shades from the range.

On and On Bronze
A cool toned metallic bronze. This colour is absolutely beautiful, I tend to wear this on it's own for work as it just adds a hint of something without being too smokey or in your face.




Creamy Beige
A matte light warm brown. Finally a nice matte, every day shade has been launched in the UK. These are the new Leather Effect shades and I believe the other shade is a matte lilac which I definitely need to get my hands on!




Pink Gold
As the name would suggest, it's a metallic pink with gold running through it. This colour is so fresh and pretty, it's the perfect girly pick me up colour.




Metallic Pomegranate
A metallic berry shade. The perfect autumnal shade, works beautifully paired with Mac Cranberry.



Light-in-purple
a light silvery blue, with purple running through it. This is a stunning duo chrome shade, I've not seen anything like this before from any other drugstore ranges, I've found it works best paired with purple toned smokey eyes.


Eternal Silver
Shimmery silver. This works amazing at bringing light to any smokey eye, placed in the inner corner to brighten, or placed in the centre.

 Liv | Deliciously-Floral


Bioderma Review



So everyone and their dog has probably heard of Bioderma and the cult status it has. Used by almost every make-up artist and beauty blogger out there, it's one of the best gentile, yet powerful, make-up removers out there. 

I've wanted to get my hands on some for ages, however my experience with micellar waters in the past has really put me off. Drugstore alternatives from the likes of Garnier and L'oreal have left me looking as if I'd rubbed acid over my eyes - not pretty.  However, after Lily Pebbles continually mentioning that Bioderma is way better than the cheaper brands I decided to head on over to Escentual.com and purchase the 100ml sizes to try out for £4.50 each.

I have quite oily skin so I also picked up the Sebium verson (in the green bottle) for my face and use the Sensibio one (red bottle) for eye make-up removal. 

I decided to test it's removal qualities at the same time as it's reaction qualities, because if it did have an effect I still wanted to be able to comment on it's power of removal. Firstly I just want to start of by saying this stuff works like magic. I applied a heavy bronzy smokey eye prior to the removal. I soaked a cotton wool pad and then held it over my eye for about 10 seconds, then wiped it away and pretty much all of the eye make-up, including mascara, was gone. No rubbing, scrubbing or faffing about this gets the job done in no time at all. Want to know the best part? I can continue using it because it didn't effect my eyes in the slightest woo! Another perk is that the packaging doesn't allow you to pour out too much product in one go, so nothing is wasted.

I've been using the green one as the final step in my cleansing routine, to ensure all of my make-up is removed. This also works like a dream at getting any last traces away as well as soothing and calming the skin. I'm not fully sure on the ingredients, but it smells a little like cucumber whereas the red one has no scent at all. I don't think you can use this one on the eyes either because on the instructions on the back it has no mention of eye make-up removal whereas the red one does. 

I will definitely be going back to purchase the full sizes of these once they are used up. They also work out to be much cheaper than my No.7 beautiful Skin Eye Make-up Remover which costs £8 for 100ml.

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

New In






When I'm in a bad mood, nothing cheers me up like a spot of retail therapy. The other week, nothing seemed to be going right for me so I wandered into town and picked up a few new beauty things. 

First up was the Rimmel Brow This Way Clear Brow Gel. I've never actually owned a clear brow gel and I find that Benefits Gimmie brow can be a little too much, so for £3.99 I decided to give it ago. I actually really like this, it doesn't leave your brows crispy like a clear mascara does, it just sets them in place whilst still leaving them brow like.

Then there was an offer on the Maybelline stand - buy one get one half price, so I picked up their new Colour Drama Lip Pencils in the shade Nude Perfection. It's a gorgeous warm nude/brown shade, perfect for a modern twist on the 90's trend, it's a matte finish but it's not too drying and lasts a good while on the lips. Plus it's super handy for traveling with it's sleek pencil like style. The other product I got was a new brow product. I've never seen anything like this before, it's the Maybelline Brow Satin, on one end it has a very fine nibbed crayon and the other is a sponge with a coloured powder on it. It's such a conveniant idea, this all in  one product is fabulous for on the go or traveling. I picked it up in medium brown as the swatch of the dark blonde appeared a little too warm toned for me, plus I'm trying to transition my brows to be a little darker for A/W. Stay tuned for a full review coming soon, with swatches.

There was also a repurchase of my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in the shade fair. I've gone through about 300 bottles of the stuff, it's by far the best drugstore concealer out there, but you probably already new that because almost everyone has tried it.

I've been in desperate need of a new face powder for ages so I took the advice from a
Anna from viviannadoesmakeup and picked up the Bourjois Healthy Balance powder in the shade 52. This not only mattifies the skin but it also adds a bit of coverage. It claims to keep the skin matte, which is quite a bold claim so I'll be sure to let you know once I've done a bit of testing.


In Waitrose they had an offer on the Yes To range, so I decided to try out the Yes To Grapefruit exfoliating wipes. Lilly Pebbles has gone on about these for a while, they are essentially facial wipes with brightening properties that I use in the morning if I'm either to lazy to cleanse or if my skin is rather dull. 

The final product I picked up was the Maybelline The Falsies Volume Express mascara. I was meant to pick up the waterproof version, but clearly failed miserably. I'm not too fussed though, I quite like the formula of this one although it definitely doesn't make my lashes look false.

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

Beauty Wishlist #1

I've never done one of these before, but seeing as I've got a wishlist the size of England I thought I'd share them with you.

Jo Malone - Woodsage and Sea Salt. I've been lusting after this scent since I first got a wiff of it a couple of weeks ago. It's a big change from my usual sweet scents, but there's just something so grown up about it. 

MAC Soar Lip liner. It's been said that this is the exact lip liner that Kylie Jenner uses, but it's sold out pretty much everywhere. I need this in my life so badly!

 Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Vanilla. This is another product almost impossible to get hold of in the Uk.  I'm sold on the rave reviews alone, why is there such a shortage of the one shade I need?!

Sephora Matte Lip Creams. Just take a look at Lily Pebbles wearing the red one in a couple of her videos, if that doesn't make you want to buy it immediately then I don't know what will. 

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Shot Boxed Blush Set. At £26.55 for six shades of blushes, that usually cost that individually, is absolutely amazing. I love it when brands bring their Christmas sets out, means you can trial lots of their products in minatures before going out and buying full priced versions. I already own the Dandelion blush and if all of the formulas are as good as that then I definitely need it.

Mac Mineralised Skin Finish natural - light plus. I'm in desperate need of a new setting powder and this one apparently leaves your skin still looking skin-like after application, with no sign of cakeyness in sight - sounds like a winner to me!

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush - Exposed. Oh things I would do to own a Tarte blush. This is the one product I feel guilty for not buying whilst in New York in February, damn it! It has an amazing amount of pigmentation and the lasting power is incredible.

Bumble and bumble invisible oil (travel set). Vivianna from ViviannaDoesMakeup has raved about this and being her usual enabler self, I now need it in my life. It contains a concoction of oils that leave your hair silky soft without weighing it down.

Muji Storage - 2 Drawers wide. Unfortunately my drawers aren't deep enough to fit my bigger products such as foundations. According to Muji though, these aren't going to be back in stock until November! 

What beauty products are you lusting after at the moment? 
Liv | Deliciously-floral