November Favourites 2014




It's that time of the month again where I share all the goodies I've been loving. Starting off with the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (see full post here), full coverage without the cake? This product ticks all the boxes for the perfect concealer and I cannot get enough!

I'm in a constant battle with my brows, but a new product in my collection has made me feel a little less stressed with them. The Eylure Brow Ink is a double ended brow felt liner product that allows you to easily mimic the look of actual brow hairs, sounds odd but it's super easy to use. 

I used to only use Marc Jacobs Dot for special occasions, but I recently decided to wear it for daily use and I've been obsessed. It's the perfect balance of fresh and floral and lasts for absolutely ages. 

Whilst I'll always love my beloved Nars Sheer Glow, it's not the most pratical for days of dancing at college, so instead I've been opting for a little lighter coverage from Mac Face and Body. It's super lightweight, moisturising and evens out skin tone. It's not very good in the concealing blemishes department but that's what my Radiant Creamy Concealer is for.

I seriously don't know how I've survived without Mac Harmony Blush, it's the most perfect every day contour shade that can be used subtly, with a light hand or built up for stronger definition. I've worn it every single day since I bought it. Another Mac item I've been loving this month is Mac Brick-O-la Lipstick, it's a red/browny shade that is a gorgeous 'every day red' (click here to see swatches)

I recently picked up the Origins face mask set whilst it was on offer in boots (and as far as I am aware, it's still on offer so go grab it whilst you can!) and I've fallen in love with the Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask but not for as it's intended. Instead I've been applying it to any break outs and leaving it on overnight and in the morning spot size and redness is dramatically reduced! 

My final favourite of the month is christmassy candles. It usually takes me a while to warm up to the fact Christmas is coming, but this year I'm slowly easing into it by buring some gorgeous candles. My favourite at the moment has to be the Yankee Candle (simply home range) in Christmas Treats, the smell makes my mouth water, it's a seriously yummy scent!

Liv | Deliciously-floral

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer




For me, concealing is the most important step in my make-up routine. It allows you to cover any confidence shattering imperfections without caking up your entire face. I've always relied on the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer and as much as I love it, I was finding that it was beginning to look very cakey and drying on the skin. 

I've had my eyes on the cult NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer for a long while, but found it very difficult to get hold of in the shade 'Vanilla', luckily I found it in stock on John Lewis and popped it straight into my basket without a second thought. Costing £22 for 6ml of product, it's definitely not the cheapest option out there, however I have to say it's worth every single penny.

It's full coverage but still creamy and feels completely weightless on the skin. It's also hydrating enough for underneath the eyes and I find it doesn't crease on me at all, even if I don't powder!

Worth the hype? I think so. 

Liv | Deliciously-floral


Christmas Party Make-up - Gunmetal Smokey Eye








Would recommend going over the lash band with some black liner, once the lash glue has dried.


I absolutely love this time of year regarding the make-up trends, basically it's just an excuse for me to whip out the glitter! The first look in my Christmas party series is a blue toned smokey eye. This is probably the most intense out of the looks I'm doing but it sure is pretty!

Starting off with the base, I used some trusty faves - NARS Sheer Glow, NARS radiant creamy concealer and Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder.

Moving on to brows, I wanted to perfect them but keep  them looking natural. I just used my Brow Archery from Soap and Glory and set them in place with Benefits Gimmie Brow. 

I've got an obsession with using sticky tabs to help achieve that precise line on my make-up recently, I purchased mine from Muji, but most stationary places sell them for super cheap (or you could use tape, just be sure to take most of the sticky off it on the back of your hand so it doesn't rip your face off ha). I then go in with a heavy duty primer like the Urban Decay Primer and apply Buck from the Naked Palette to my crease. When using cool toned shades like the gun metal greys, I want to make sure I've applied a colour that's warmer so I don't look dead. I then went in with Gun Metal across my lid and blended it out. I then followed this up with Creep (a black with blue glitter) to intensify the outer corner. 
Now for the main event, I applied Collections Glitter liner in the shade Hustle (blue toned glitter) to my inner corner. I love using glitter liners instead of loose glitter because there is no fall out and no mess. I then went in and applied essence pencil gel liner in black to my lash line, tight line and lower waterline and ran gun metal underneath my eyes, followed by buck to blend it out. Follow up with mascara and lashes - my favourite are the Tanya Burr Date Night Lashes. 

I used Mac Harmony Blush to contour, Sleek blush in flushed to add colour and Topshops Glow pot to highlight. For lips I applied a touch of Maybelline colour elixir in the shade petal plush.

Liv | Deliciously-floral
Instagram - Lv_Blackwell
Twitter - @Olivia_DF

'I'm all about that base'



I absolutely hate this song, but it felt quite fitting as a blog title.

Being 'blessed' with acne usually means my base is probably my most important step in my make-up routine. Covering the unsightly scars and blemishes is now second nature and I've been loving my little routine I've been opting for at the moment.

I start off with using my Garnier Miracle Skin cream as a primer, this is one of those products that comes out a white cream and then alters to your skin tone as you blend it in. It's a multi purpose base that evens out skin tone, hydrates and offers a lot of good skincare goodies. I then follow this up with the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation - I love the mousse texture that this has, it feels almost weightless on the skin but seriously packs a punch in the coverage department (clues in the name). It's also a combination of products that continue to look better as the day progresses. 

I then go to town with the concealer, my blemishes are usually bright red and no matter how full coverage the foundation I'll always need to follow up with a concealer. My all time favourite is definitely the Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer, it's perfect for under the eyes as well as blemishes and offers enough coverage without looking cakey or obvious. I waited a long time to get my hands on it and I have to say it was worth every single penny. 

To then set everything in place I use the best drugstore powder there is and that's the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder. This finely milled powder offers a final hit of coverage as well as setting my base and ensuring that it lasts all day even with my ridiculously oily skin at the moment. 

Liv | Deliciously-floral
Instagram - Lv_Blackwell
Twitter - @Olivia_DF

The Queen Of Lip Balms




Hi, I'm Olivia and I'm a lip balm hoarder.

I've probably own enough lip balm to supply my whole town, however I couldn't help but add another to my collection especially as it was on 1/3 off. #sorrydefinitetlynotsorry

If you haven't heard of the Nuxe Reve De Miel honey lip balm, then you probably crawl out of that rock you've been hiding under and get aboard this bandwagon because it's definitely one worth being on. Nuxe is a french pharmacy skincare brand and well, french skincare is the bomb.com. With the rave reviews floating round the blogger world, I was expecting big things and I must say I've not been disappointed. It's a thick honey coloured balm that smells of citrusy goodness (in a natural way, not an artificial way), it smells good enough to eat. A unique thing about this balm is that it has an almost matte texture, unlike most glossy balms, you can hardly tell you have anything on your lips - A fabulous option for any long haired gals.

The packaging is a slight issue, although it looks ascetically pleasing in it's luxurious glass pot, it's weight doesn't make it particularly handbag friendly, so it stays on my skincare shelf for use before bed and before make-up application. But this is possibly the most hydrating lip balm I have ever used and you really don't need a lot, so for £9.50 (!) you really do get your moneys worth.

If you're someone who tends to get really dry lips throughout the winter, I would say this is a great staple skincare product that I would 100% recommend investing in, your lips with thank you for it. 

You can purchase it from escentual.com and they've regularly got offers on, so if you're not prepared to pay the full price, keep your eyes pealed for future offers.

Liv | Deliciously-floral 
Instagram - Lv_Blackwell
Twitter - @Olivia_DF

DailyLook.com - “LBD from Day to Night challenge!”







  I was recently contacted by Dailylook.com to take part in their 'LBD Day to Night Challenge', where I picked a dress from their Little Black Dress range on their site and then used their handy 'Style Set' tool to lay out ways I could wear the dress.


I'm a massive fan of little black dresses, in fact pretty much all of the dresses in my wardrobe are black. They're so versatile; they can be styled in pretty much any way you want, all you need to do is switch up your accessories and bobs your uncle, you've got yourself a whole new outfit. 

As you can see from the style sets I've created, I like to keep it simple, with the pop of colour coming from one accessory. Sometimes it's through make-up - like a bold red lip, or in this case a handbag. I loved the little palm tree detail on this dress and so influenced the fresh colours I chose for the bags in both the day and night option.

To browse the rest of DailyLook's little black dress collection click (here) - there's definitely something there to suite everyone with a whole range of looks and styles.

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

Brown toned Lip Loving

L-R: Brick-O-La, Twig, Nude Perfection
Mac - Twig

Mac - Brick-O-La

Maybelline - Nude Perfection


I can't promise that this will be the last time I go on about how much I'm loving brown toned lipsticks at the moment, but I will try my hardest.

Anyway, seeing as I have waffled on about them for ages, I figured I should probably dedicate an entire blog post to some of my favourites. Starting off with Mac Twig and holy moly do I love this colour, It's slightly mauvey as well as being brown toned and just brings so much warmth to my complexion. I love pairing this with a berry toned blush for that really Autumnal hue.

My Best friend recently went to New York and kindly brought back me a gift of Mac Brick-o-la which I would say is Twig's more red toned cousin. Shout out to Kitty for having amazing taste in lipstick colours and for being just as obsessed with the brown lip life. Both Twig and Brick-o-la are both excellent options for those with paler skin tones, as more cool toned browns tend to make us look a tad dead, whereas the mauve and red tones really warm up your entire look. Kitty also has an amazing Instagram that you should definitely check out (here)

For more of a nude brown hue and a more affordable price, I would really recommend Maybelline Satin Pencil in Nude Perfection, these have such a gorgeous pigmented Matte finish and are so handy for on the go application. 

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

The Glow-Getters







As you can see, they're all pretty well loved.


I avoid highlighters like the plague in the summer, my oily skin combined with a shimmery highlighter only makes me look as if I've dunked my face in a chip fryer. However as soon as it gets cooler I've raid my stash in search for that perfect dewy glow to brighten up my complexion and make me feel 100x's more awake than I feel.

My favourite base for a 'lit from within' look is the Burberry Nude Radiance in the shade No.1. I sometimes mix this with my foundation to extra dew-fiy my face, but I mostly use it as a primer and I must say it does a fabulous job at acting as a magnet by holding onto my make-up for dear life. 

The next is unfortunately discontinued, but I couldn't not include it. The Mac Pearlmatte Face Powder in the shade In For A Treat was from Macs Baking Beauty collection and this particular highlight is the best subtle glow giver in my collection. It's a beautiful champagne shade that also contains that hint of pink, but the shimmer is almost undetectable on the skin (in more of a glow from within way). If you're lucky enough to find someone selling it, I would recommend grabbing it, If not just for how beautiful the product looks in the packaging.

Topshop are my favourite brand when it comes to highlighters. All the ones I have tried from there are absolutely amazing. The Glowstick highlighter is basically a stick containing a cream to powder formula that makes application a dream - you simply swipe on, blend and go. The Topshop Glow Pot is a little different, in that it can be a little messy when it comes to application, I wish it came in a tube that you had to squeeze out, never the less it is stunning. It's more of an iridescence on the skin rather than a shimmer and it catches the light perfectly. Both of these products last amazingly well on the skin also.

Liv | Deliciously-floral





October Favourites 2014




As I've mentioned in just about every post this Autumn, I'm favouring the trend of a brown toned lip and if you read my MAC Haul (Here) you would have seen that I picked up the shade Twig and it's safe to say it has been gracing my lips ever since. It's a satin finish so it just wears so nicely and feels quite hydrating. I love pairing this with Soar Lip liner, for a really precise edge, although I must say they're almost Identical in colour.

I purchased the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder earlier on in the month and I absolutely flipping love it. It's a finely milled powder that offers a hint of coverage, sets make-up and keeps shine away pretty much all day, what else could you ask for?

At last the gods at Maybelline have listened and brought out a range of Colour Tattoos in the Uk that aren't metallic. The shade Creamy Beige has been the only eye product I've used all month and because it stays in place all day, it makes a perfect product for my more dance oriented days at college. you can read my Maybelline Colour Tattoo full review and swatches (here).

Since I started blogging in March, the only eye make-up remover I'd ever loved was the No.7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make-up Remover as it was the only one that didn't make my eyes swell. For £8 per 100ml, I was desperate to find a cheaper alternative and when I finally got round to trying Bioderma I was completely shocked at how amazing it was at removing make-up yet still being super gentle on the eyes (see full review here). Although you can't pick up Bioderma at your local drugstore in the UK, you can get it on Escentual.com really easily and they always seem to have some sort of offer on.

Ok, I would just like to make a start by saying I'm hugely sorry for anyone that has been around me this month because chances are I've burst out into a song from Frozen every 30 seconds. Yes, I'm a year late with the whole Frozen bandwagon, but I finally got round to watching it and I am very much on board and obsessed. I just love the fact that it's not your conventional Disney happy ever after, plus the songs are so bloody catchy. If anyone fancies buying me an Elsa costume and an Olaf toy I would love you forever.

I've pretty much been incorporating Nutella into every meal of the day. On toast for breakfast, Nutella and go's for lunch and then strawberries dunked in Nutella for desert. The amount I've been consuming is definitely not healthy and I should probably be seeking medical advice but it's just so delicious!

And finally, what October Favourites would be complete without a special mention to my beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte. It's so frustrating that my nearest Starbucks is about 20 minutes, actually no it's probably a good thing, if it were any closer I'd be spending an unhealthy amount of time in there.

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

COLAB Dry Shampoo





Not too long ago I did a little rave about the new dry shampoo from herbal essences, I would like to give an update on this and say that unless you store these upright the product becomes almost completely unusable. Basically I'm pissed because I've wasted two full bottles through no warning or advice with regards to storage. Rant over.

The beautiful Ruth Crilly from www.AModelRecommends.com has launched her own line of dry shampoo and I'm just going to get straight to the point and tell you they are bloody fab.

I'm all for a dry shampoo that doesn't have any colour, I cannot stand batiste and that awful grey residue that no matter how many times you try and brush it out, you still end up finding grey bits through out the day. This dry shampoo doesn't contain any of that and doesn't have that vile gritty texture (that batiste is also guilty of having) it actually leaves you hair feeling freshly washed and smelling lovely. 

Each scent is named a different place from around the world, I had to pick up the New York one because it's definitely my favourite place in the whole world and this particular scent smells incredible, although it doesn't last all day which I'm not too fussed about as I don't really like it to interfere with the fragrances I'm already wearing.

The dry shampoos are available in both full sized cans as well as the mini ones, like I picked up, which is perfect for throwing in your handbag. I would completely recommend this if you've got long hair and you're like me and too lazy to wash it all the time or even if you're not too comfortable with dry shampoo through fear or the grey mess. Trust me this product is impossible to mess up with.

Great job Ruth, can't wait to try out the other scents.

Liv | Deliciously-Floral