Orange Lips | Maybelline Velvet Lip pencil






I have a feeling my make-up uniform for this summer will consist of bronzed glowy skin and a bold orangey-red lip. So, with plenty of time, I've set myself a challenge to find the perfect shade searching both the drug store and high-end make-up counters.

The first contender comes from the Maybelline Color Drama Velvet Lip Pencil in the shade 410 Fab Orange. This is the perfect balance of orange and red, making it a potential winner already. Costing only £4.99, it's super affordable! However, the only downside to these pencils is that you waste so much product when sharpening and these Maybelline ones aren't the biggest to begin with. 

The formula is matte without being uncomfortable or drying on the lips and they have some seriously good staying power, although their size makes them very portable for on the go touch ups if needed. No need for a separate lip liner either, if sharpened they have a really precise application. I'm not a fan of lip liners, because my lips are so odd and small I prefer having more of a blurred blended edge, rather than a crisp line. So I colour in my lips then blend it in using my fingers.

Super impressed with this first contender! I also have my sights set on Mac Morange and Nars Audacious Lipstick in Lana #feelingspendy.

Liv | Deliciously-floral

Five Likes and a Loathe | #5




I was doing so well, then when I was about to reach my 5th week in a row I accidentally forgot to post it. Hopefully we can look beyond my minor hick-up and continue to look back at the things I've loved this week..

Likes
1. I PASSED MY DRIVING TEST.
A couple of weeks ago driving tests were my loathe (that hasn't changed, they're still horrific and I stand by everything I said). When I went to re-book my test the earliest I could get it was july, JULY! Thankfully I managed to get a cancellation and on Tuesday I passed it! I love the freedom and independence driving gives you, I can't understand anyone who refuses to learn to drive, it's fab not having to rely on everyone else or bloody public transport for lifts. 

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
A recent re-purchase after BlowLTD were offering 15% off and free delivery. I don't know why I didn't repurchase as soon as I ran out from my last one, it's absolutely brilliant at creating natural yet full looking brows. The ultra fine nib allows me to add in hair like strokes, yet the super pigmented formula means it doesn't take long to build up colour. 

3. Acrylic Storage (TKmaxx & Muji)
If you follow me on Instagram then you'll see that I recently re-organised my make-up collection, because nothing is more satisfying than organising make-up in clear storage.

4. Supervet
I absolutely love this program, despite it leaving me in tears almost every episode, basically it starts off sad, with the ultimatum to put the pet to sleep or operate and watching people having to make that decision breaks my heart every time. It follows pets admitted to the genius that is Noel Fitzpatrick, with some life-threatening problems. Using his own inventions he is able to time and time again save animals that would otherwise be beyond saving. He eats, sleeps and breathes his veterinary practice and it's so wonderful to see such dedication and passion for saving animals.

5. Jo Malone Vanilla and Anise 
I smell bloody wonderful. No, seriously if you're around a Jo Malone counter go take a wiff of this!

Loathe
Products that don't come with a pump, but flipping well should!
Today marks the second time something that should have come with a pump, but doesn't, has fallen off my vanity and poured all over my carpet. Previously I've lost half a pot of my Origins moisturiser to my carpet and today I lost half of my No.7 Eye Make-up remover, not before splashing my freshly made up face on the way down. Obviously it's a money maker, especially from idiots like me who either end up using way too much or spill it and have to purchase a new one more frequently, but it's really, really annoying!

Hope you've had a wonderful week!
Liv | Deliciously-floral

Topshop Cream Blush | Pulse




It's no secret that I am a huge fan of Topshop make-up, I have a collection post here. However I didn't own any of their cream blushes, which get a lot of rave reviews. On a recent trip to Topshop I was instantly drawn to a blush I believe is from their Metallic range, in the shade Pulse. 

Pulse is a metallic cranberry shade that once swatched leaves a sheer soft sheen across the cheeks. This isn't a cream to powder formulation and so stays fresh on the skin. I can see why the cream blushes get so much love, they look so beautiful and natural on the skin. I was a little concerned that I'd end up looking somewhat alien with a metallic blush but they look so beautiful. Plus if  they're sheered out and placed on top of the cheek bones, they can be worn as a highlighter. 

The packaging is their classic white with black poker dots and it contains a mirror inside the lid. It's very sturdy but gets mucky so quickly.

Would definitely suggest getting your hands on this if still available!
Liv | Deliciously-Floral

Mac Paintpot | Bare Study





I'm definitely a cream shadow kinda gal. They're so simple and easy to use, slap, wam, bam, done.
One of the best ranges comes from Mac, their paintpots are so long wearing and work amazingly doubled up as an eyeshadow base. Having previously owned Mac Painterly, I knew that Bare Study wouldn't dissapoint.

I'm a sucker for a good shimmery champagne shade and Bare study is exactly that. It can be worn on it's own to bring light and shimmer to the lid, or worn underneath a shimmer shadow to really amp up the intensity. Their lasting powder is amazing, they never crease on me and I've got super oily lids. 

The product is housed in a glass pot (similar to Maybelline color tattoos) which makes it feel rather luxurious, however it's not the most portable.


Liv | Deliciously-Floral

L'oreal Paris L'ombre Pure Eyeshadow | Cafe Saint Germain





top - swatched once, bottom - swatched wet

I never usually buy single eye shadows, they usually get shoved into my storage and never used. I prefer palettes because all the shades I need are all together. Although Amelia Liana has raved on and on about the L'oreal Individual eye shadows, so I decided I'd pick one up.

The shade Cafe Saint Germain is a gorgeous soft shimmery taupe, leaning towards the more lilac side. When swatched, the formula is smooth and gorgeous, almost creamy in texture. However the pigmentation of this particular shade isn't all that great, you really have to pack repeatedly to get good colour pay off. 

However, lightly washed over the lid, it leaves a soft sheen of colour making it a great option for work or school. I've swatched a few other shades in store that seem to have a little more pigment too them, but as I said I don't really reach for individual shades and seeing as I wasn't totally wowed by this one, I don't think I'll be picking up any more. 

If you've tried these any of these shadows, what did you think?

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

March Beauty Favourites | 2015



As far as favourites go, January and February were not existent. I guess life got in the way, or perhaps I was consumed with binge watching Pretty Little Liars (best and worst thing to come into my life)  - you know what? it was probably the latter. 



Anyways, to kick things off, I have been obsessed with the Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Sepia Ink. I bought this in February and I've used it every day since. I've mentioned before that I struggle with gel liners and them melting down my face, however this doesn't budge one bit. It's a little pricey at £18, but it's worth every damn penny. Strong liner game is priceless. 




Next up is my beloved Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (see full review here). It's lightweight, yet medium coverage and has a gorgeous natural glowy finish - there really isn't anything to not like. Whilst the SPF30 makes it unsuitable for night time, It's now my holy grail day time base. 




Every single Bumble and bumble product I've tried, I've been seriously impressed with. The heat/UV primer is no exception. It gets straight to work on my naturally frizzy and curly hair, de-tangling and smoothing without weighing it down. Plus it smells amazing so works just as well as a hair perfume. 


Ok, so this will make it about 4 posts in a row where I've mentioned the L'Oreal Glam Bronze Eau De Soleil. It's suddenly become like an extra limb and I feel a little lost without it. My full review of it is here along with a tutorial of how I like to use it.

Nothing compliments a tan like warm, bronzey, golden eye shadow and the ultimate shade to use is Woodwinked by Mac. It has a gorgeous metallic/glossy effect when packed on the lid but also looks just as beautiful washed across the eye for a day time look. This has been my go-to look as of late (which will have a post all too itself coming up soon, make sure you're subscribed so you don't miss it!).

I'm also hunting down the ultimate bright orangey/red lipstick to wear with my bronzed look, recommendations are welcome!

Liv | Deliciously-Floral

Go-To Make-Up | Bronze & Coral




Nothing compliments bronze, glowy skin quite like golden shimmers and coral accents. Ever since I recieved the L'Oreal Glam Bronze Eau De Soleil (full review here) I've been obsessed with wearing this summer inspired make-up. 

Products - 

  • Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser - Findland
  • L'Oreal Glam Bronze Eau De Soleil
  • Laura Mercier Secret Camauflage - SC3
  • Sleek Brow Wax - Light 
  • Mac Paintpot - Bare Study
  • Mac Eye Shadow - Woodwinked
  • Bobbi Brown Gel Liner - Sepia Ink
  • Urban Decay - Venus 
  • Benefit Roller Lash
  • Revlon Photo Ready Blush - Coral Reef
  • Topshop Glow Pot
  • Revlon Lip Butter - Tutti Fruitti

Nails - Barry M - Satsuma

What's your go-to look at the moment?

Liv | Deliciously-Floral



Five Likes and a Loathe | #4


LIKES

Conveniently, as soon as I had finished Pretty Little Liars, Netflix uploaded Once Upon a Time and ever since then have been hooked. It's all our favourite fairy tale characters trapped by an evil witch in a world with no magic - ours. Will they ever escape the curse? Guess I'll just have to spend the rest of my Easter holidays binge watching to find out.

Ok, I have not been able to stop talking about this product since I got it. I have a full review, with a tutorial on how I use it here. Basically I love it and I will probably continue to love it for eternity. 

if reading that didn't get you drooling then we can't be friends. It's essentially a ginger nut biscuit minus the calories and the guilt (unless you eat the entire sharing bag in one sitting, of course). I also love the sweet coconut and vanilla flavour from this range, so unusual yet so delicious.

I ordered some Red Cherry lashes and I have to say I was really impressed with the whole process. They offer free 1st class delivery, with no minimum spend plus they regularly have discount codes on offer. Would definitely recommend it for when you want your next lash fix. 

As handy as 'notes' is on my iPad, I feel like I need more organisation. That's where this app comes in. It allows you to have different 'notebooks', for example I have one for DF, one for college etc. you can add picures, lists, files and even set it to email you reminders.

LOATHE

My Skin.
Well, actually me. I really hope one day I can resist the urge to pick my skin. I literally can't stop myself. I'm sat here writing this covered in spot cream, praying it with counteract the damage, knowing full well it's not even going to scratch the surface of the problem. Oh well, a girl can dream right?

Liv | Deliciously-floral

Summer in a Bottle | L'oreal Glam Bronze



I received an email a while back to enter in for full sized sample of the L'oreal Glam Bronze Eau De Soleil. I didn't think anything of it, considering luck isn't something that happens often in my life. Anyway, it appeared on my doorstep on the day I failed my driving test, silver linings ay? 

The best part of all is that I genuinely love it! It's a liquid bronzer with the same formula as the L'oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint foundation, with a lighter than water consistency and a satin, natural, skin-like finish. 

As far as I am aware, there is only one shade which is supposed to be universal. I just want to start by saying that it really isn't going to suit everyone. It's very warm and on those with cool, pinky undertones, this can appear rather orange. However, if you have warmer skin, this works wonders to warm the complexion up, giving that sun-kissed appearance. 

The packaging is also exactly the same as the Eau De Teint; a chic, weighted glass bottle. Not particularly travel friendly, but pretty luxurious from a drugstore brand. Also, application requires you to hold your finger over the top and tip it upside down - potentially messy & unhygienic, but understandably the formula of the product would not work with a pump. 

Before

Apply where the sun would natural hit, blend, blend, then blend some more.

Final Look
It can be mixed in with your favourite foundation to warm it up, to match your tan instead of forking out on a new foundation. It can be applied underneath foundation, or on top as a bronzer. As seen in the pictures, I dot it around the perimeters of my face and blend it in. 

Paired with my Nars Pure Radiant Tinted moisturizer, my skin has never looked so healthy. 

Liv | Deliciously-Floral