AUTUMN LIP PICKS





Ah finally, the sweet smell of PSL is filling the not-so-cold air. I can't wait for cold nights, Autumn leaves, hot chocolate and most importantly - berry lips! Shock, deep wine stained lips were a massive trend seen across the catwalks for A/W16 and like clean skin and bold brows, it's a trend that never seems to die and I'm totally OK with that. 

THE SATIN- MAC REBEL
a completely classic autumn shade. It's the perfect amount of berry that can be dabbed on for a stain like effect or amped up for a statement pout. It's not completely matte so glides comfortably over any uneven texture on the lips - perfect for dry winter skin.

THE MATTE - NARS AUDATIOUS LIPSTICK - OLIVIA
I bought this for obvious reasons, however it's absolutely perfect for A/W. It's slightly darker than you're classic red and this formula of lipstick is one of my favourites. Packed full of pigment with a lightweight, matte finish on the lips it's an absolute must have!

THE LIQUID - NYX MATTE LIP CREAM - COPPENHAGEN
Of course I had to include a liquid lipstick in this line up. This particular shade is definitely not transfer-proof but the colour is stunning and the formula is pretty long-wearing. One swipe and you have full colour pay-off with no streaking, all for only £5.50 what more could you want?

THE NUDE -MAC TWIG
I've opted to throw in something a little closer to the nude family. It requires less maintenance than the more vibrant berry shades however it still adds the perfect touch of colour. Want something more matte? Try Soar Lip Pencil - the two are identical in colour.

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral


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UPDATE: I'M OFF TO UNI!




I rarely let things get personal on my blog, I'm not really sure why, I've just never felt the need to delve into my personal life. However, finally, after taking two years more than I should have, I'm off to University and I just want to keep you updated just incase things start changing on DF. 

At 20 I'm finding the whole thing utterly terrifying, so I dread to think what my 18 year old friends are going through. If starting a new course with new people wasn't daunting enough, I'm actually going to have to look after myself - ha, this is going to be one interesting learning curve. 

For anyone curious as to why I'm going to uni at 20, I completed my A levels 2 years ago and in fact did really well. However my head was definitely not in the right place and after many melt downs about the whole thing, I decided to put off going to university and head to college instead. Having just turned 18 I was still able to get on a BTEC course without any fee's, so if you're completing your A levels but don't feel ready to ride the uni bus make the most out of the free education whilst you still can, it's a big commitment both mentally and financially so don't rush into it if you're not ready. 

After my auditions for uni, I realised there was no way in hell I'd have ever got onto the course I'm doing now during my A Levels. It's amazing how productive and inspired you are when you're doing a course you love and not 3 subjects that absolutely suck (and ignore any idiot that makes you feel stupid doing BTEC at the end of the day they can both get you into uni so the jokes on them when they're struggling and you're breezing through). 

In a way I don't feel so worried about the making friends bit because I found making friends at college really easy, but it doesn't make it any less scary - especially when you have to live with them ha! College has taught me to be a lot more patient with people and to think before I open my gob, so I will definitely be packing these skills first. Plus 3 of my friends are going to the same uni as me so if all falls apart I know I have people I can turn to. 

I am definitely going to miss my family, especially my Mum. After 20 years at home it's going to be tough to move away and not have my mum to come home to talk about about my day, chatting over Skype with some dodgy wifi connection doesn't exactly have the same effect. But it's about time I grew up and flew the nest, I'm sure it won't be long before I'm back begging for some decent home cooked grub!

I am excited though, I get to continue studying/training in my favourite thing ever - Musical theatre! And I honestly cannot wait to move into my flat and organise my shit - I bloody love organising! Just need to suck it up and dive in at the deep end, after all everyones in the same boat right? 

Anyway the reasoning behind this post was to warn you that things are going to be a bit hectic over the next couple of weeks for me and I will try and schedule posts etc, but I'm not going to have the same amount of free time I've had over the past 3 months. Things may be a bit here there and everywhere on both the blog and the YouTube, but make sure you're following me on Bloglovin so you don't miss a thing! 

Good luck to anyone else starting uni, here's to what people say are the best years of our lives! Also if you have or know any good uni related blog posts send them my way!!

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral



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MAKE UP FOR EVER ULTRA HD FOUNDATION




Theres 3 things that I look for in a foundation: 1. Coverage - it actually has to do something 2. Lasting power - I'm not spending money on something that lasts 30 seconds on the skin and 3. Finish - looking like an oil slick is not my cup of tea, on the other hand being a matte cakey mess isn't either. When I read the stupid amount of hype towards the Ultra HD foundation it went straight to the top of my wishlist and asked my sister to get me a voucher for Debenhams for my birthday so I could try it. 

The first thing I noticed was the coverage or the lack of, shall I say. I had it down as a bit more of a fuller coverage foundation, that promised to give a 'flawless finish' however for me it does very little in the way of covering. Of course we have to bear in mind I suffer with acne and I'm subconsciously looking for miracles but I couldn't help feeling a little disappointed. It's definitely sheer to medium and if I want any scaring or redness to be evened out I have to either go in with a couple more layers or rely on something with more coverage - e.g Vichy Dermablend. 

For application I've tried with both a damp beauty blender and a flat top kabuki and I much prefer the brush option, it allows me to get a bit more coverage. 

It does however, look virtually undetectable on the skin which of course is the most hyped thing about it. The Ultra HD part suggests it should be invisible even when using 4K cameras etc. keeping your skin looking like skin although I don't own a 4K camera so I can't vouch for that bit.  It doesn't contain SPF either making it a perfect night out/event base - as long as you have somewhat good skin...

The finish is definitely not matte but isn't dewy, it sits comfortably in a satin finish however a quick heads up to my fellow oily skinned gals, you're going to need to powder this throughout the day. Particularly down the T-Zone I found myself getting more and more glossy. I've only been testing this since mid-July so the summer heat may have had some contribution to the oily situation, I will give an update for the coming Autumn/Winter seasons. 

It doesn't cling to uneven skin texture, but throughout the day I do find it collecting around the usual places - nose, smile lines etc. So as long as I touch up with powder I'm good and I can improve the longevity. 

It's not a bad foundation by any means but it definitely didn't live up to my expectations. Although, I think the Ultra HD Stick might be more suitable to me, offering a medium to full coverage, something the liquid version definitely lacks. 

Have you tried the Ultra HD foundation? What are your thoughts?


Olivia | Deliciously-Floral


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ABODY AFFORDABLE BRUSH SET*






*this product was gifted to me to review,
however all opinions are my own*

I'm a brush hoarder and in my opinion, there is no such thing as owning too many brushes. Good job and all because I was very kindly sent this huge collection of brushes from a affordable brush brand called Abody. 

This set contains a whopping 32 brushes for a mere £7.49, I'm not going to lie to you and tell you they are of incredible quality that could rival zoeva because they're really not. However they are good and ideal as a gift for someone who's just getting into make-up and needs a starter set of brushes. It contains everything you could ever need; blush, foundation, highlight, powder, eye shadow and even eyeliner. 

They come in a huge black brush roll that is ideal for traveling and keeping everything organised. The brushes have sleek black design with super long handles that look very professional. 






There are 2 different types of brush in this set, the blush brushes are made with goat hair and the eye shadow ones are synthetic making them easy to clean and ideal for using with cream products. Plus with everyone getting into the huge trend of highlighters at the minute, this set comes with not one but 2 fan brushes, the bigger one being one of my favourite brushes from this set.

You can buy the set here - Abody 32pc Brush Set

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral



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BEAUTIFUL BROWS MADE EASY WITH BENEFIT




I mentioned in my KA-Brow post that I was intrigued by Benefit's Brow Collection from the minute it launched, particularly having my sights set on the Precisely, My Brow Pencil.

This pencil has a twist up mechanism meaning no wasted product through sharpening, which is always good with me. On one end you have the tiny nip of product and the other a spoolie, both cased in the stunning silver packaging that is seen throughout the collection. 

The size means you can easily replicate natural brow hairs, making this product a necessity for people with sparse brows or have obvious gaps as it fills them in with such ease. It's not amazingly pigmented, for some thats an absolute no go, but when it comes to brows I think less is definitely more and the lack of pigmentation here really helps to avoid going overboard with product. Of course if you wanted more pigment, you simply apply more pressure when applying the product. 



I prefer going in with a light hand with light, hairlike strokes, this way I achieve a fuller fluffier brow that looks natural yet defined. The colour match is also perfect, I use the shade 2 across the range - this is a perfect taupe shade, with a good balance of warm and cool tones. There's a shade for everyone in this collection and I love that if you know you're a say a 2 in one product, you know you'll definitely be a 2 across everything.

Yet again, Benefit continue to impress me. From the fun, quirky packaging to their excellent customer service, Benefit will always be a brand I go back to time and time again. 

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral


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READY, SET, BAKE!



In light of the wonderful Great British Bake off starting, it's turned my attention to a different type of baking - baking ma face! Something that perhaps doesn't smell quite as delicious but sure as hell involves a lot less drying up!

The art of baking is nothing new, particularly in the world of Drag Queens. In order for all their make-up to last throughout their performance they bake to set it all into place. You apply translucent  powder to the skin and I'm talking a lot of powder, then let it sit for 5-10 minutes before dusting it away. Essentially the powder forms a barrier and in turn causes the heat from the skin to set the concealer/foundation, then it doesn't budge!

This heat we've been experiencing has meant my skin is an oily sweaty mess, that make up just slips and slides around. So I've started setting my under eyes and underneath my contour by baking with the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder and have noticed a huge difference in the longevity of my make-up. It doesn't crease, the oil doesn't seep through and my make-up looks just as flawless as when I first applied it.

My favourite way to apply the Laura Mercier powder is to take a damp sponge, whether that be the Beauty Blender or the Real Techniques offering, dip it into the powder and bounce it into place. If I want to bake underneath my contour I take a wedge sponge for a bit more precision. 

Whilst my baking skills aren't all that fab, make-up baking is something I am fully on board with and cannot imagine not doing it- unless I want my make-up to slip and slide around my face of course.


Olivia | Deliciously-Floral


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