2015 Resolutions

2014 year has been a whirl wind of ups and downs, but it's ended on such a high that I hope that 2015 is a year full of happiness and success for both myself and everyone around me.

As cliche as it is, a new year feels like a new beginning. A chance to try something new or to achieve a goal that you needed an excuse to start. I love new years resolutions, whether I actually go through with them is another thing, but it's nice to know that you have something to aim for in the new year.

Resolutions


  • To Start a YouTube Channel - This has long been a dream of mine, so I've been saving up to purchase a Mac Book, so that I can actually edit videos etc. Just need to pluck up the courage to actually start filming.
  • Eat Healthy - In previous years this one has always been 'to lose weight' but I couldn't be happier with myself and I don't want this year to be another year where I'm obsessing over the way I look. I need a good balanced diet to get me through the long days at college. I was going to try being vegetarian but I love bacon too much. 
  • Take Risks - This mainly applies to college, I want to push myself to be the best I can be and if that means I regularly make a fool out of myself, so be it.  
  • Spend More Time With Family-  admittedly I haven't seen my grandparents and Dad enough this year, so I'm going to make it my mission to spend more time with them, after all they're not around forever.
  • STOP PICKING MY SKIN- 2015 is going to be the year I kick a habit of a life time, from the first of january I will not pick, scratch, touch my skin (unless to apply skincare or make-up). I will also go back to taking my medication, I'm determined to have clear skin!
  • Be Happy - to keep as positive as I am now, throughout the whole of 2015.


What are your resolutions for 2015?
Liv | Deliciously-floral

Combat Dry Skin This Winter



Being exposed to the cold wind outside followed by the  the central heating inside can cause havoc to your skin. Usually I'm a sufferer of oily skin all year, but my skin has been so dry and flakey as of lately so I've been raiding my collection for all the hydration boosting products in a desperate attempt to combat it.

When my face is dry no foundation ever sits well and I'm never happy with how my make-up looks, this is usually the time I wack out the Origins Drink up Intensive over night mask. This deliciously fruity scented mask feels more like a super hydrating moisturiser, it doesn't have the typical thick mask like texture instead it just sinks in to the skin beautifully. Did I also mention that it smells amazing?!

I love body moisturisers but many are way to thick to use in the morning before dressing, instead I've been reaching for the Vaseline Spray and Go (in the Aloe scent). There's none of that digging your hand into heavy butter like creams, you simply spray the fine mist on to the limb of choice and rub in and it pretty much absorbs instantly - no waiting around before getting dressed. It offers an instant boost of hydration and smells super fresh, but not at all over powering and doesn't interfere with any fragrances you put on later. 

My hands had gotten to the point where they're bleeding because they're so dry, however my Soap and Glory hand maid is definitely working a treat to inject some hydration back into them. I must admit this product is slightly greasy so I wouldn't recommend it if you have to do a lot of writing in day to day life.

I've already done a full review of the Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm ((read it here)) but to sum it up, it's the best lip balm for thirsty skin and I can see results after the first use!

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

Tanya Burr False Lashes





Personally, I think it's amazing that vloggers/bloggers are launching their own products,  it's lovely too see their success grow from their first blog/vlog to now and it's even more satisfying to feel like you've been with them on their journey. 

The best part is that the products aren't some namby pamby merch that's had their name stamped all over it, they've been truely part of the entire process and work closely to ensure that the products are a representation of that person as well as being tailored specifically to the audience they attract. For example, beauty blogger Tanya Burr launched her own line of beauty products consisting of lip glosses, nail varnish and the most recent edition; eyelashes. 

Tanya's clearly taken on board everything she likes and dislikes about false eye lashes and created a range of,what I would describe as, the perfect false lash. I've previously purchased the Date Night lashes and I absolutely loved them but I was so eager to try them, the only images I have are ((here)) 

Superdrug had recently had an offer on most of her range, so obviously I had to try another pair. This time I went for the Everyday Flutter lashes, these are half strip so they look a little more natural than a full strip but still add that gorgeous full lashed look. They also come with a small pot of glue, that is probably the best lash glue I've tried. The only thing I find annoying with these lashes is that they're slightly too long for my eyes, just wish they were a little shit shorter. But that's not to say they wont look gorgeous on other eye shapes.

I can't wait to try out the rest of the range!

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

Christmas Sparkle


Top - Bottom:  Collection Glitter liner - Funk & Hustle, Topshop - Wax & Wayne, Mac Tan Pigment, Mac Rose pigment



As soon as Christmas rolls around out comes my stash of glittery & super shimmery shadows. I know for most people, the thought of wearing glitter can be quite intimidating so I've rounded up a few ways you can join in with the festive trend without going all out glitter ball.

Glitter Gel Liners - Collection 
This is probably the easiest way to wear glitter. Loose glitter can be a total nightmare, so encasing it into a long lasting gel means minimal mess and full control. Collection do an amazing selection of gorgeous glitter liners for under £3 each. 

Duo Chrome Glitter Shadows - Topshop Wax and Wayne
Pop this purple glitter eye shadow over the top of a smokey eye and you'll recieve a tonne of compliments at your Christmas party. In some light's it's brown and in others it's purple, it's perfect if you're not feeling full on glitter, something subtle and pretty is always a sure winner.

Loose Pigments - Mac
These are for complete glitter phobes. There so shimmery that they're half way to a glitter, but not quite. I am obsessed with Tan pigment from Mac and I love wearing it washed across the lid paired with some fluttery lashes. Rose pigment actually contains tiny gold glitters running through it but still looks subtly beautiful.

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

Christmas Party Make-up #2 - Metallic








Hi I'm Olivia and I'm a Pinterest addict.
I've probably spend a good few hours a day trailing through Pinterest, drooling over the editorial make-up images and using them as inspiration. This metallic trend in pariticular caught my eye and I've been dying to re-create it. I love the contrast of the inner corner paired with a neutral toned, yet metallic smokey eye.

Untill I find a foundation that I love more than Nars sheer glow, my base will always be the same regarding parties or special occasions. See my prevous post in my Christmas Party Make-up series (here) for full list of base products.

Brows are a same story, I swear by the Anastasia Dipbrow pomade in Blonde.

I started off by priming my eyes with the Urban Decay Primer potion, then applied maybelline colour tattoo in the shade On and On Bronze all over the lid and underneath the lower lashline.
I then mixed a bit of smog and half baked, dampened my brush with some setting spray and then packed that onto the lid, this helps to get that intense metallic finish I also used this on the lower lashline. I then went into the inner corner with half baked on its own, then applied a small line of the Essence turquoise Waterproof liner. I finished it off with a line of creep along the upper lashline and added some mascara.

I bronzed up my skin using the Body Shop Honey Bronzer and then contoured slightly with Mac Harmony blush.
For lips I patted in the YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick in the shade 1.

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer




Winter has always been a season of embracing natural paleness and rosey glows but unfortunately, without a good dose of bronzer, my natural complexion can leave me looking quite sickly. 

Most bronzers on the high street tend to come in only one or two shades - orangey matte or orangey shimmery, neither of which really compliment the palest of skin tones. Not too long ago the Body Shop launched their range of Honey Bronzers and answered the prayers of all fair skintones everywhere, offering a selection of shades suitable for just about everyone.

Embossed with a honeycomb pattern, the shade 02 (fair matte)  is a buildable yet natural looking bronzer. This obviously wouldn't suit those with naturally warmer skintones as it probably wouldn't be all that visable, but for my pale complexion it works wonders on adding an injection of life back into my skin. 

The packaging is sturdy yet sleek and has an almost holographic honeycomb pattern on the lid. It also comes with a mirror, perfect for traveling or on the go application!

What are your favourite Bronzers at the minute?

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

The Victoria's Secret Glow (for us pale folk)


Image Source - Pinterest




I knew I needed to invest in some decent fake tan the minute I saw the first batch of Victoria's Secret Fashion 2014 pictures. Although we can't all be blessed with their beauty, you can easily recreate their signature bronzed glow. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe they use St. Tropez products on the models, or they have in previous shows so it seemed to make sense to try them out.

I've had my eyes on the Express Tan from St. Tropez ever since it was released this summer, although I couldn't quite justify the £30 price tag. Boots were having an offer for a 1/3 off fake tan the other week and I managed to persuade myself into buying it - you know, the good ol' "get it as a Christmas gift to yourself" excuse.

What makes it different to other fake tans is that there's none of that sleeping in the tan and ruining bed sheets/PJs faf, instead you just pop it on for 1 to 3 hours (you're in control of the intensity of the tan you want) and then rinse with warm water, et voila you're done. It's a mousse formula that offers a tint when applied, making it easy to see if there's any areas you have missed or not blended well etc. It doesn't have that awful biscuty smell either, it's lightly fragranced but once you've rinced it off the scent pretty much disappears. I love how the minute I rinsed it off,  any areas I hadn't blended well, or had applied to much product had been washed away and I was left with an even natural looking glow!

To get the best results with this (and most fake tans) I would suggest exfoliating 24hrs prior to tanning, using a tanning mit when you apply the product and then make sure you moisturise every day to stop it from going patchy, I've been loving using the Vaseline Spray and Go in the Aloe scent, it literally dies in seconds and smells so fresh.

You can purchase St. Tropez Express Tan here

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

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