Making the Most of Natural Curls



At times, curly hair can seem like an absolute curse, it has a complete mind of it's own and is absolute nightmare to style when it's humid, windy, rainy - basically all the time. But it's not all doom and gloom, whilst slick sleek kim k styles are completely off the menu, styles that are described as 'textured',  'messy' or 'un-done' are perfect and lets face it, we are never lacking in the volume department. 

I've got a three step routine down that really makes the most of my curls whilst controlling the frizz. The main tip I have to share is don't brush your hair, ever. Brushing disrupts the shape of the curls, so if you want more definition, put the brush down!



I start by using my fingers to define my parting and then spray the Bumble and bumble Hairdressers Invisible oil Primer throughout my locks. The last product I use is the Boots Curl Creme, this stuff controls frizz like no other and really defines the curls, however I use this any time I want to take the frizz out of my hair and it can also be used on dry hair. 

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral




November Favourites | 2015





I cant even remember the last time I did a monthly favourites. You would have thought this list would be endless, but I've been pretty good when it comes to make-up purchasing - Basically all the money I used to have spare to spend on luxuries is now being pumped into my car in the form of petrol. So these products are either old favourites of have been purchased over the past couple of months, rather than in one go. 

My first favourite is the Pixi Glow Tonic, I picked this up at M&S and slotted it into my evening skincare routine. It ensures all traces of make up, dirt and dead skin are removed from the skin. It suggests using it both Am and Pm but I found that to be a little to harsh for my skin. I have also noticed a difference in the visibility of my acne scarring.

Another favourite comes from a brand called Essense, which you can buy from Wilkos stores in the UK. Their 'Make me Brow' is a dupe for benefits Gimme Brow, it's basically a brow gel with a tiny wand and has a formula that sets the brows but also contains fibres to add volume. I own both shades 01 Blondy Brows and 02 Browny Brows, at the moment I use 02 and then go in afterwards with a brow pencil to fill in any gaps. The other favourite is another benefit dupe, essence bright eyes is a pencil that you can use to highlight under the brow and the inner corner to brighten the eye area - a very similar product to Benefits High brow. I own the shades Pearly; a shimmery pink and Nude; a matte pinky white.

My sister very kindly returned from New York with goodies from Sephora last month, including the Sephora Pro-airbrush #55 which I've wanted for the longest time. This brush is super soft, giving a wonderfully airbrushed effect to the skin. I've been using this with my recently re-purchased Nars Sheer Glow, I thought I could live without it, clearly not. 

My final favourite is Twinings Ginger bread Green tea. You always hear how wonderful the effects are from drinking green tea, but I don't care how good something is for me if it tastes rancid I'm not drinking it. I spotted this ginger bread green tea in waitrose and I thought that hopefully the taste of ginger bread could over power the 'delicate taste' and I was right. Not only has it made green tea drinkable, I actually enjoy drinking it. 

My next favourites will be yearly favourites! Crazy right? time flies.

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

Cheryl Inspired Make up | Gun metal smoke



I was obsessed with the make-up Cheryl was wearing on Saturday night, it was a stunning gunmetal blue smokey eye and it really made me want to whip out the 2 blue shades from the Naked Palette.

The skin is the norm, double wear, lasting perfection concealer and one heck of a blot. 
My brows are also the same as usual - Essence make me brow and Soap and Glory archery pencil in the gaps. I'm loving this combination, my brows have never looked better (in my opinion ha)

I started off with the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Creme De Nude as a primer and set it with Urban Decay Foxy. For the warmth in the crease I used Buck, then went over the lid with gunmetal and applied the shade creep in the outer corner. Cheryl definitely went more smokey with hers, but she looks bloody beautiful no mater what you shove on her face, I on the other hand look like a mess with super dark smokey eyes. I then lined my lash line with Collection Extreme 24 hour Line and applied creep and gunmetal on the lower lash line. I wanted to add a bit more highlight so applied Urban Decays Venus in the inner corner and in the centre of the eye. 

I then applied mascara and some voluminious lashes.

I used the contour shade from the sleek face form palette, cheryl had a really warm contour and so I tried to recreate that, I then applied the highlight shade on the tops of the cheek bones. It didn't look as if she was wearing any blush in the pictures, so I skipped it. 

For lips, I lined them with Max factor Lip liner in Blush and went over top with Mac Hue. For gloss I used maybelline colour sensational cream gloss in exquisite pink. 


Liv | Deliciously-Floral.co.uk

Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick Dupe



it was completely by accident that I stumbled across this dupe, whilst deciding what to wear for my make-up the other night I swatched a few products on the back of my hand and noticed that I'd got two lines of exactly the same colour. 

I picked up the Kiko Long Lasting Stick cream shadow in the shade 05 because it was branded as a dupe for By Terry Ombre Black Star in Misty Rock, little did I know I already owned the exact same shade already.

I received the Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick in the shade Amethyst as a gift as part of the mini set that she launched last Christmas, But full sized price costs around £22.00, a huge difference to the £6.90 for the Kiko version.

Both formulas are super creamy and pigmented, they glide on the eye offering high impact shimmer in this beautiful taupe purple shade. However, I'd have to say in terms of longevity, the Laura Mercier offering is better, the Kiko one doesn't seem to set on my lids and moves around unless I set it with a shadow. 

If you're not prepaired to pay £20+ on a cream eye shadow, the Kiko is a great alternative.

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral


Burgundy Smoke




I wore this make-up recently to a fireworks night gathering and received a lot of compliments so I decided to blog it, as you do. I'm obsessed with anything warm and smokey when it comes to my make-up at this time of the year and the top I was wearing was a stunning shade of burgundy which instantly made me want to use every burgundy eye shadow in my collection. 

When using reds, the base has to be flawless. Any redness in the skin will be highlighted by the red in the shadow, so I slathered on a good layer of Estee lauder Double Wear and concealed blemishes and imperfections with the collection lasting perfection concealer. I set it all into place using soap and glory one heck of the blot.

Brows were groomed using Essence make me brow and Soap & Glory archery pencil to fill in any gaps. 

Now for the main event, the eyes. I will admit that the crisp line was made purely by using my trusty mini post it notes. I started off with Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate all over the lid and blended it out. For the crease, I used Mac Texture and then went in to deepen it up with Swiss Chocolate. The lid wasn't quite as red as I wanted, so I applied mac Cranberry over top. I used Urban Decay Crave in a 'v' shape on the outer corner for that elongated cat eye shape. For the glitter I packed on Topshops Shuffle the Cards over the inner half of the eye and the inner corner. 
For underneath the eye I applied cranberry, then crave on the outer corner to connect the top and bottom lashline, then shuffle the cards on the inner corner. 

I then applied a heap load of Maxfactor false lash effect mascara.

I contoured using maybelines mastersculpt, then went in with the warm brown shade from the sleek face form palette and applied the rose gold blush over top for some warmth. 
For the lips, I kept them neutral with mac Hue.


Liv | Deliciously-Floral.co.uk

Lash Primers - Worth the hype?



Marketed as the secret to getting the most out of your lashes; are lash primers really an essential in your beauty routine?
I have samples of both Estee Lauders Little Black Primer and the new Benefit They're Real Tinted primer and I've decided to put them to the test to see if they're actually worth the effort. 

Estee Lauder Little Black Primer is aimed to be use in 1 of 3 ways - 1. To tint the lashes a 'silky black' 2. To amplify the lashes giving them volume and lift underneath mascara 3. To apply over top of your favorite mascara for a waterproof topcoat.


LEFT: bare lashes RIGHT:Little Black Primer

LEFT: Just Mascara RIGHT: LBP & Mascara

There is a slight difference between the two, if you look really hard, you can see that the primer adds a little more curl and definition. This product costs £20 - for that amount of money I would expect to see some dramatic results. Worn on its own, it's actually a nice tint, especially to my extremely fair lashes however if I was buying it purely for that I'd go get my lashes tinted. Worth the hype? not really.

Benefit They're Real Tinted Primer is not actually available until 2016, however in this months issue of Elle they're giving away a sample size to try. It's a minky brown tint that, in a similar way to LBP, it can be used to tint the lashes on low key make up days or can be worn underneath mascara to amp up the lashes. lets see how this fairs...

LEFT: bare lashes RIGHT: Benefit They're Real Tinted Lash Primer

LEFT: just mascara RIGHT: They're Real Primer & Mascara

This formula is much more wet and thick compared to the LBP and so instantly makes my lashes look fuller. However, similar to the previous primer, the effect with mascara over the top is minimal, my lashes look fuller but only if you really examine them. There isn't currently a price for this product, but if it's anything like their other mascaras it will probably be around the £18-£20 mark. Worth the hype? again, no.
I'd say lash primers are a bit of a gimmick, their best purpose is to tint the lashes for no make-up make-up but are definitely not worth their hefty price tag. My advice would be to anyone wanting that false lash effect? buy some false lashes. Eylure do some amazing natural looking ones (My faves are the no.020's). 
Liv | Deliciously-Floral

Wearable Autumnal Make-up

 


Think autumn and you think berry lips and smokey eyes, unfortunately neither particularly wearable for everyday in work/school etc. situations. But that's not to say you can't channel autumn in your make-up entirely.
For this look I'm using the infamous Cranberry from Mac - A warm berry shimmer that screams autumn. Sounds impossible to pull off for everyday? it's surprisingly wearable. It's very pigmented so tapping the brush in the pan lightly and washing light layers over the lid allowed me to control the intensity. Another tip is to keep it to the top lid only, not only is this placement fresh-looking, it stops it looking too smokey or as if your eyes are irritated; then you would need liner, white liner and an inner corner highlight to counteract tha,t which would then go from wearable to night-out. 

Keep the skin fresh, but conceal any bags and blemishes; the red in the shadow will highlight any redness on the face. Additionally, this shadow can make you look zombie-esque, a touch of bronzer will do the trick to counteract that. 

Products Used:
- Nars Pro Radiant Tinted Moisturiser
- Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer 
- Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder
- Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer
- Mac Warm Soul Blush
- Mac Omega Shadow (Brows)
- Maybelline Colour Tattoo - Creme De Nude
- L'oreal Miss Manga Mascara
- Mac Patisserie Lipstick 

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

Painterly and Soft Ochre Paintpot Dupe




Top-Bottom: Creme de Nude, Creme de Rose, Painterly Paintpot

I'm always keeping my eye out for any new additions to my favourite drugstore cream shadows - the Maybelline colour tattoos. The latest being two new shades in their Creamy Matte collection; Creme De Nude and Creme De Rose.

Creme de nude is Maybelline's answer for mac Soft Ochre Paintpot. It's a matte yellow toned nude, perfect for cancelling out veins and discolouration on the lid before applying other shadows over top, as well as making other shadows appear more vibrant. I'd had soft ochre on my wishlist for ages, but this alternative has saved me a bucket load. 

Creme De Rose is an exact dupe for Mac Painterly Paintpot, at a fraction of the cost. This is more rosey toned, as the name would suggest, better suited to those with more pink undertones (if using it as a base). However this shows up a little too rosey on my yellow-toned skin, so I'm using it more as a shadow. 

Similarly to the other colours I've tried in the range, the formula is lovely and creamy, giving you time to blend before they set and last all day without creasing. 

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

FOTD | Autumnal Make-up







I have such a love/hate relationship with Autumn. I hate the cold weather, rain and the impending doom of Christmas, oppositely I love all thinks pumpkin lattes, berry lips and cozy clothing. Instead of wallowing in all things negative, I thought I'd share with you one of my favourite looks to wear for an autumnal evening out.

Foundation: Mac Face and Body (C1) mixed with Mac Studio Fix Fluid (NC15)
Concealer: Collection Lasting Perfection (Light)
Powder: Soap and Glory One Heck Of A Blot 

Blush: Natural Collection Blush (Peach Melba)
Highlight: Make-up Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter (Peach Lights)
Bronzer: Bourjous Chocolate Bronzer

Brows: Soap and Glory Archery (Love is Blonde)
Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion
Eye Shadow: Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise (Bette)
Laura Mercier Caviar Shadow Stick (Cocoa)
Mac Paint pot (Bare Study)
Mascara: L'oreal Miss Manga (waterproof, Black)

Lips: Rimmel Matte Lipstick (107)

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

Update & September Favourites | 2015



It genuinely feels like I haven't stopped since I went back to college at the beginning of the month. As it's my last year, the pressures seriously on to get all my uni stuff sorted, whilst still trying to keep up with work and ensuring I have everything I need for auditions. As a result, my blog has had to take a bit of a back seat, however now I'm settled back into a routine, regular posts should be appearing again.

Additionally, if you're wondering why Deliciously-Floral.co.uk posts are not appearing on your bloglovin' feed, I had a spur of the moment decision to change my blog name last month and as a result lost all my followers on bloglovin'. However after listening to family and friends, I've decided to change it back, unfortunately that means there are two deliciously-floral bloglovin' accounts, sorry for the confusion! You can follow me ((here)).

Anyway, back to what you probably came here for - September Favourites. 

L'oreal Miss Manga Waterproof Mascara
This gives serious volume length and separation, without any clumpiness. The best part is the formula is waterproof and therefore holds a curl like a dream without any smudging or flaking. Definitely one of the best mascaras I've tried in a long time. 

Benefit Dandelion Blush
I've had this in my collection for ages, but the bulky packaging always meant it was packed away at the back of a drawer. However I've been hooked on Lisa Potter-Dixon's YouTube channel and her use of Benefit products has not only given me a wishlist the length of Britain, but has also made me dig out and use anything of benefit I already own. This is such a gorgeous pale pink that really perks up the complexion. 

Collection Extreme 24hr Felt liner
I wont waffle on too much about this as I've just uploaded a full review, which you can read (here). Basically it is one of the most long wearing liquid liners I have ever tried. I love it so much I had to pick up both the brown and purple shade, so far I'm still just as impressed!

Zara LVII (The Limited Collection) Perfume
This smell reminds me exactly of another scent but I cannot place it, which is possibly the most fustrating thing ever. Anyway, it's described as having a floral/fruity scent that is quite intense. The best part about this is the lasting power, fragrances last about an hour on me tops but even after a day at college I can still smell this on my skin. 

Foam Muscle Roller
My muscles have taken an absolute beating since going back to college after 10 weeks of doing absolutely nothing #badmtstudent. This has been an absolute life safer, helping my muscles to recover quicker as well as relieving pain and increasing flexibility. 


Over sized cardigans
Seriously what is this weather. It's not cold enough for coats, not hot enough to go without. I purchased an oversized cardigan to combat the struggles and I legit haven't stopped wearing it, it's so cosy!


Liv | Deliciously-Floral

Eylure Pro-Brow Dybrow



I actually have eyebrows, who knew? 
I've been debating dying my brows for ages, as naturally they're pretty much invisible and filling them in in the morning is an absolute ball-ache especially when I sweat them off the minute I start a dance class. 

The Eylure Pro-Brow Dybrow was on offer in Superdrug recently so I thought, what's the worst that could happen?

Following both the instructions and this Pixiwoo tutorial, I combined the colour cream and the activator into a paste that doesn't run. Then using the mascara wand that comes with the kit, I applied it to the brow hairs like I would a brow gel, avoiding the skin underneath. I also applied Vaseline to the surrounding skin to ensure it didn't stain it. 

BEFORE

AFTER



After 2 minutes I wiped it off and repeated the process 3 times to get the desired colour. I couldn't believe how easy it was to do and now I actually have eyebrows even without make-up! The kit claims to last up to six weeks, but we shall see. Even if it doesn't last as long, it's super easy to top up
Be sure to complete a patch test before application, just in case of allergic reaction to the henna dye. 

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

Collection Extreme Felt Liner




I have such a love/hate relationship with liquid eye liner. Every single one I have tried in the past has either smudged, melted down my face or been an absolute nightmare to apply. Never did I think I would find a product, that lasted well and was easy to use, from the drugstore.

The collection Extreme Liner is a felt tip pen style product that contains a opaque black liquid, that is an absolute dream to apply. The tip isn't too sturdy, you get some movement meaning you can get different effects depending on the pressure you apply. 

The formula, I promise you, is bullet-proof. I have worn this to college on my dance heavy days and sweated like and absolute pig (lovely, right?) and this hasn't even budged a bit. I've also worn it on a recent shopping trip to Birmingham and repeatedly tried on tops/jumpers/dresses etc, and this didn't smudge at all. Once you apply it, it sets quickly and you can be sure that it will look just as good at the end of the day as it did when you applied it. 

This is an absolute dream of a product, costs under £5 and is super easy to get a hold of. I would 100% recommend, if like me, you struggle with getting liner to last. 

You can purchase Collection products at a lot of places, but I usually get mine from Boots - (Here)

Liv | Deliciously-Floral.co.uk

Natural make-up for hooded eyes













Prime the lids then apply Naked through the crease, the key is to apply it with your eyes open and take the placement slightly higher than your natural crease. Then to deepen it slightly, I focused Buck in my natural crease. To bring some light to the lid, I washed Sin over the entire mobile lid, then placed sin right in the centre to add even more highlight. I ran buck underneath the lower lashline. I decided to skip liner, but if you are an eyeliner addict you can add a thin line, the idea is to keep the lid as visible as possible! I then curled my lashes using the Shu Emura lash curlers and followed up with L'oreal Miss Manga mascara in the waterproof formula.

Liv | Deliciously-Floral.co.uk

Eyes to Mesmerise




I spend hours and hours binge watching Charlotte Tilbury's YouTube Videos, making lists as long as my arm of the products I want to try from her range. However, it's hellishly expensive so on a recent trip into Birmingham Selfridges, I limited myself to one thing and after much debating I went for the Eyes to Mesmerise cream shadow in the shade Bette - A warm coppery bronze.

The pot is so bloody luxurious, the glass base and the lid embossed with Charlotte's signature rose gold logo standout within my make-up collection. But of course, it's the product inside that is certainly drool-worthy. It's a weightless cream formula, packed with immense pigment and a metallic wet look finish.



The only thing I was dissapointed about was the longevity; within a couple of hours of wear it had collected in the crease. Concidering it cost £22 I was hoping it wouldn't need a primer underneath. The creasing was even worse once I had layered it up for an evening event for an intense finish. 

The colour and the finish is nothing like I've ever owned before and as long as I wear a primer underneath I can get the most beautiful eye shadow look suitable for both day and evening. Plus it makes my dark blue eyes stand out a treat and I'd imagine it would look just as beautiful on all eye colours. 

You can purchase Charlotte Tilbury products from Selfridges and Charlottetilbury.com, however I noticed on the John Lewis Instagram this week that they were doing a shoot with her, hopefully this means she's coming to JL - hello 25% off! 

Ladival Sun Care*



I was very kindly contacted by Natalia from Ladival to see if I wanted to trial their Sun Protection just in time for the 'sort of' good weather this weekend. What makes this suncare different is that it's the first mainstream brand to protect against harmful Infared-A Rays, as well as both UVA and UVB. 

If you're anything like me you're probably thinking 'what the bloody hell are Infared-A Rays?' well they are rays that emitted from the sun that penetrate much deeper than UVA and UVB and can cause both short term and long term skin damage. Having seen members of my family suffer with cancer, I'm keen to make sure I'm doing everything I can to ensure I'm protected. 

This is also suitable for sensitive skin as well as those who are suffering with eczema, I can safely say that I'd didn't aggravate mine at all. However it is advertised as being non-greasy but it definitely is, even hours after application it was still as greasy as it was when I first applied it. Although I can cope with the greasyness if it means I'm protected from sun damage.

It also has a very strong chemical scent when first applied and the instructions say not to rub it in however due to the pump application, it needs to be rubbed in otherwise you'd use an entire bottle in one session and for £19.99 a pop, that's not something you'd want to do.


For more information visit www.thinkIRD.com  

*This is a pr sample, however all opinions are my own*

Liv | Lv-Blackwell.com

Estee Lauder Double Wear





You know that time where I said my favourite foundation was Nars Sheer glow? yeah, I lied. I'd always imagined that Estee Lauders infamous Double Wear was super heavy and cakey but I soon discovered a light hand and a good colour match can make all the difference.

It's no joke when they say this is full coverage - a pea sized blob is enough to coat my entire face and conceal all my acne scars with ease. However the pump-less bottle (biggest pet hate ever) turns a pea sized blob into a swimming pool if you're not careful. 

The formula isn't the lightest I've ever tried, but it's not heavy either, I can wear this all day without feeling like I'm wearing a mask. Also I'm not kidding on the 'all day' because this stuff is truly long-wearing, as the name would suggest. I wore this too a wedding and my base stayed just as flawless from the minute I put it on to over 12 hours later. It's so long wearing that you have to use a creamy cleanser to remove it, simply rubbing a face wipe over it doesn't do the trick and can end up breaking you out. 

The shade 1N1 Ivory Nude is a perfect match for me and leaves my skin looking airbrushed, it makes a change to have compliments on my skin rather than feeling super self conscious over my acne and scarring. 

Love, love, love this stuff!

Olivia,
Deliciously-Floral.co.uk