Five Likes And A Loathe #3




If I had to sum up this week with one word it would be testing, this week has been rather stressful to say the least, which is why it's slightly late. Anyhow, it's done, I survived and throwing another weekly favourites your way.


Likes
1. Watermelon Slushie
In a state of experimentation, I concocted a healthy alternative to the sugary slushies that can easily be made at home. It consists of Ice, Watermelon and lemon juice. A great way to re-hydrate as well as satisfying those with a sweet tooth.

2. Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm
when I'm stressed I have the tendency to rip my lips to shreds. Thank goodness for this holy grail lip balm. It's like an over night repair mask for your lips, so I get to wake up with beautifully smooth lips before I subconsciously chew them throughout the day. Lovely.

3. Urban Decay Naked palette Brush
The duel ended eye shadow brush that's not only perfect for eye shadow, it also works wonders for nose contouring. I broke my nose as a kid, so I've never been too happy with the shape of it. I love using the flat side to carve out my shape and the fluffy side to blend it all out. Et voila, nose job without the commitment or the price - yas!

4. Marc Jacobs - Dot
I sort of went off this for a while, I found the sent to be a little over powering in comparison to my 1D perfume (don't judge, it smells gorgeous). But when I ran out of all other perfume. I went back to using this and I've fallen in love with it all over again. It's much more grown up, but still quite girly. Ps. can we just take a moment to admire the beautifully unique packaging? Ok, done move along.

5. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
This mascara is bloody amazing. Not only does it curl my lashes without the need for eyelash curlers, it makes my lashes look so full and long. Whilst it's not instantly volumising, the formula allows you to build up intensity and volume at your own pace. Definitely going to have to invest in the full size. Thank you Benefit for finally releasing a product that lives up to the hype.

Loathe
Driving tests.
They're crap, stressful, shitty and isn't an accurate representation of someones driving. Plus they're bloody expensive. That's all I'm going to say on the matter. 

How was your week?

Liv | Deliciously-floral







Exaggerate Full Colour Lipliner - East End Snob | Rimmel London



I've unfortunately been cursed with the gene that left me without a top lip when a smile. In comparison to my lower lip, the top lacks massively in the plump department and since Kylie Jenner happened, I've been keen to try lip  liners that can help with that fuller effect. 

A popular drugstore option is Rimmel Exaggerate Lip liner in East End Snob, also known as a dupe for the cult Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk. The colour is a beautiful matte pink, your lips but better shade. 

It's twist up packaging means no product is wasted through sharpening, love! And the shape of the liner itself is slightly slanted and so glides across the lips beautifully. However the formula really doesn't live up to the hype. It feels very sticky on the lips and I find it can give that prune lips effect.
Although the latter can be cured using a balm, but then it takes away from that matte finish I like.

Whilst everything else ticks the boxes, I can't get past the formula. I guess you can't have everything. Although I'm sure the stickiness would work wonderfully underneath a lipstick and would probably improve wear time massively, but it's a big no no on it's own. 

Liv | Deliciously-floral

Five Likes and A Loathe | #2

Ok, so I've successfully made it to week two. So far so good. If you missed the first installment in my 'five likes and a loathe' series, catch up here. It's essentially my weekly favourites, balanced out with something that's really got on my tits.




Five Likes

1. Bounce Energy Balls
These little balls of delight are packed full of nutrients and superfoods to give you that quick hit of energy and protein. Despite them appearing rather small, I'd say they've just made the conventional health bar a bit more interesting. My favourite is the cacao mint, literally tastes like mint chocolate minus the guilt. 

2. Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation
Last week I was all about the minimal base and shock horror, I've gone back to full coverage foundations. However, it's not because my skins bad, it's more to do with my obsession with flawless skin. This evens out skin tone like a dream and covers any acne scarring, yet stays put the whole day.

3. Urban Decay Primer Potion
I've been enjoying experimenting a bit more with my eye shadow this week. Obviously not the most practical thing as I spend most of the week in a sweaty dance studio, but this primer has some serious staying power. Creaseless make-up from dusk till dawn.

4. Mac harmony Blush
As I've mentioned in previous posts, I'm not really a blusher kinda gal. I find they extentuate the scaring on my cheeks. However, I love mac harmony blush. It's a neutral toned, almost brown blush that can be used for contouring but I tend to sweep it a little onto the apples of my cheeks to sculpt and add some life back to my complexion.

5. Superdrug Natural Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser
Because of the stupid packaging of the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser, I suddenly came to the end of it without any warning, rendering me cleanser-less. In a moment of panic I picked up this one from Superdrug and surprisingly enough, I'm really liking it. It cleanses the skin removing all make-up easily, smells lovely and leaves my complexion looking rather radiant. It's a ten from len.

Loathe
Garnier express 2-in-1 Make-up Remover
When I first purchased this, I thought it was amazing. I'd got fed up of paying £8 on the No.7 one, so when I found this cheaper alternative, I was over the moon. Well that was until this week, when suddenly my eyes decided to react to it. In a similar way to how I react to Micellar waters, my eyelid become very sore and basically split open so I would wake up with swollen eyelids by the morning.
Since swapping back to my No.7 one, they practically cleared up within a couple of days. Great, another one to add to the 'Allergic to' list.

Hope everyone has had a wonderful week!

Liv | Deliciously-floral

Brand Focus | Origins




It wasn't until I picked up the set of three face masks in a set for £25 from boots last Christmas, that I realised why there was such a hype surrounding Origins. Origins is a natural skincare brand which promises to use plant based ingredients that are proven to help the skin. 



The Masks
Drink-up Intensive
A super hydrating over night mask that smells incredible. I was a bit weary of it breaking me out, but it's a complete game changer when it comes to dehydrated skin. I opt for this, usually on a Saturday night, when I've had one too many roses, so that when I wake up on Sunday my skin doesn't show how hungover I'm feeling. 

Clear Improvement
A charcoal based mask that helps to draw out any impurites from the skin. When I first used it I thought it was awful, my skin did not look better, if anything it looked worse. But when talking to a sales assistant at a Origins counter, she mentioned that because it draws the dirt from deep within the pores, a couple of days later the skin may break out and I find that after the initial breakout, my skin looks much clearer. 

Out Of Trouble
Aims to rescue problem skin, helping to calm breakouts. Whilst this is perfect as a quick ten minute mask, I prefer to target certain areas of the skin and then leave it on over night as a spot treatment. When I wake up, spot size is dramatically reduced. 


Moisturiser
A Perfect World SPF25
A moisturiser with white tea that targets the prevention of Aging. Whilst wrinkles are not going to be a problem any time soon, it's never to early to prevent environmental damage to the skin. The SPF obviously protects against sun damage, but the ingredients help to prevent damage from polution etc. It's oil free and therefore doesn't disturb my make-up or break me out and it very  lightweight. The only annoying thing is the packaging. The tub is not only unhygienic, but I was clumsy enough to drop it without its lid on and ended up losing a good 1/4 of product to the carpet. Not happy, considering it's definitely not the cheapest of products.


The Spot Treatment
Super Spot Remover
I am guilty of believing the hype when it came to this product. The sales assistant told me she swore by it, admiting that if she came into work with a spot all she would do is apply the Super Spot Remover throughout the day and by the end of her shift the spot would have massively reduced in size. I promise you this product works like magic. Yes it's tiny and costs a bomb, but it has the power to reduce a spot to next to nothing over night and therefore is my holy grail.

What are your favourite products from Origins?

Liv | Deliciously-floral




My Make-up Storage




At long last I've reached a crucial moment in my life; i'm finally happy with my make-up storage. If you don't get it then there's no way you'll understand the sheer satisfaction of having all the products stored somewhat neatly and organised.








My favourite thing by far is my Muji storage. I have the three wide thin drawers on top and the two deeper drawers underneath. They don't quite stack perfectly on top of each other with is a total pet peave, but I try my best to ignore it. The bottom draw is for my favourite foundations, concealers and highlighters. essentially the products that are two thick for the thin drawers. The nest draw up contains all my favourite eye products (single eye shadows, pigments, cream shadows, liners, primers, brows and mascara). Then it's all my face products that can fit inside the smaller drawers, so thats powder, blush, bronzer and a few cream products.  Then the final two drawers are dedicated to lip products, the top is purely lipsticks and the drawer below is glosses and lipliners.



All my favourite palettes are slotted into this toast holder I got from the charity for something like 50p, love a bargain. Then my mirror is from No.7 but I believe they have a whole new shape and the new light is more daylight than mine. Basically it's 100x's better than mine so hopefully I will purchase the new improved one next time they go on sale.



My Brushes are then kept in these copper candle holders from The Range and the flower pot contains fake flowers from wilkos that I tend to use as props for pictures.



All of this sits on top of these drawers from Ikea (I don't know the exact name sorry!), the rest of my make-up, skincare and other bits and bobs can be found in the top drawer. The plastic storage holding the rest of my make-up is a knives and forks organiser from Ikea also. Then the two other plastic boxes are recycled take-away pots, just doing my bit to save the planet.
The jars contain lip balms and hand sanitisers. They did originally come in a pack of three, from ASDA, but I'm not too sure where the third went. Finally the fabric drawer divider is also from Ikea. 

Liv | Deliciously-Floral


Five Likes and A Loathe | #1

This is essentially my weekly roundup. I would love to write posts on what I've got up to in the week, but my weeks consist of college and sleep so on a scale of 1-10 of excitement, those posts would be a good 0 (unless you're obsessed with Musical Theatre). Instead, I've decided to compile a list of 5 things I've loved from the week, whether it be a product, playlist, food etc. But I'll also throw in there something I've not liked, because no matter how hard I try, I'll always be a negative ninny at heart. 

Likes 



1. Laura mercier Secret Camauflage Concealer
I've literally only been wearing this, plus powder, for day to day base make-up and I love it. It covers all my acne scarring without the need for me to suffocate the 'good' skin with full coverage foundations.
Full coverage + long lasting = My holy Grail. 

2. Almond, Date & Banana Smoothie
I recently purchased the DeliciouslyElla App, which includes a compiled collection of her plant based recipes (Read her blog here). Whilst I don't think I could ever fully commit to the vegan lifestyle, I think it's good to incorporate some healthy food here and there and I am absolutely obsessed with this smoothie. It genuinely tastes like a caramel milkshake, so I get to satisfy my sweet tooth without clogging my arteries, horay!

3. Indie Pop Playlist - Spotify
Really not feeling the music that seems to be taking over the charts at the moment, so I decided to browse spotify for another playlist that helps make my hour and fifteen minute bus journeys to and from college a little more bearable. That for me has been the indie pop playlist, a total contrast to my other favourite playlist titled 'musicals'. It just makes me feel so chilled and although I cant understand what most of them are singing about, but I'm sure it's something quirky and interesting.

4. Origins Super Spot Remover
Thank you for practically getting rid of the huge spot brewing on cheek over night, if I could, I would marry you. 

5. Tangle Teezer
Without this geneous product, there would have been no way in hell I was taming the mess that was my hair after the dance competition on Sunday. Back combing always seems like a good idea at the time, but dealing with the aftermath is a whole lot easier with a product that does all the work for you. 

Loathe 

 Drugstore don't
Nothing makes me feel more uncomfortable when browsing the likes of Boots and Superdrug than when I see people apply the drugstore testers to their face. Especially with products like mascara and lipstick. 
1. There are no mascara testers. You are using a product (that you have not payed for!) that is only going to end up being purchased by someone else who then has to encounter your eye germs. Sharing is most definitely not caring. 
2. most people swatch products on the back of their hands and well, to put things nicely; you don't know where their hands have been. If you then apply that lipstick directly to your lips, or that eye shadow to your eyes, you are potentially putting nasty germs into your system. Gross. 

I'm glad I got that off my chest. Hope you've had a lovely week!

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

All About That Base | Mac Studio Fix Fluid






Fun fact for you all, it's been a year since I bought my first Mac foundation. Yup, it's taken me a whole year to purchase another and I can't tell whether that's because my will power is through the roof or because I don't live close enough to a Mac counter to get colour matched - as much as I would love it to be the first, it's more likely to be the latter. 

Anywho, I bit the bullet and used a Mac voucher I received for Christmas to purchase the infamous Studio Fix Fluid. A product that promises to be medium coverage, long lasting with a natural matte finish. 

I'm just going to start with a winge and say the bottle is impractical, it's made of glass and weighs a tonne, you just know it's going to smash if you're unfortunate/clumsy enough to drop it. Plus it doesn't come with a pump and nothing pisses me off quite like spending over £20 on a foundation and having to fork out another £4.50 on a pump. Thank goodness the product itself it's bloody marvelous.

I was worried that it was going to be really heavy on the skin and whilst it's definitely not lightweight, it's still comfortable and breathable. It can be built up or sheered out depending on application, but one pump is all I need for my desired coverage (I use a Real Techniques Buffing Brush). Another massive bonus is that it is oil free so perfect for oily skin sufferers and I find that I don't really need to powder throughout the day after the initial powder application in the morning. With it having an SPF of 15, it's sort of a no go if you know you're going to be around flash photography but if you're not too fussed, this could make a perfect night out base, leaving a long lasting, flawless matte finish.


Before 

1 1/2 pump of studio fix

Concealer, powder, bronzer, blush etc

 With Flash
I wear the shade NC15. 
This is  a total contender for matching my love for the NARS Sheer glow foundation - bold statement ,I know, but I'll be sure to keep you posted.

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

Urban Decay Naked Basics - 3 Ways to Use








When I put the Urban Decay Naked Basics on my Christmas list, I thought I would only use it for natural eye make-up looks and enhancing more dramatic looks. But I'll tell you something, it's possibly the most versatile make-up product in my entire collection.

Obviously, It works beautifully as a neutral matte eye shadow palette. Much like all Urban Decay Eye shadows the shades are buttery, pigmented and an absolute dream to blend. I love using this when I want to add little something to my eyes without any fuss. The shades also make for an incredible Cara D matte brown smokey eye. 

This palette is also perfect for filling eyebrows, I use the shade Naked 2 mixed with a little bit of faint and then highlight my brow bone using the shade Venus. 

I've also been using it to contour and highlight the rest of my face. Naked 2 makes a perfect 'shadow' effect underneath my cheek bones.
I didn't think I could get as much use out of this little beauty as I have, can't believe I went so long without it.

Liv | Deliciously-Floral