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 |

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 |

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