If you'd have told me this time last year that I'd be loving a lipgloss, I'd have laughed in your face. I have fond memories of wearing lipgloss over a lipstick when I was younger, I'd have a selection from the Avon kiddy bit and all of them made my throat itch but I wore them religiously none-the-less. 

I'm all about making my lips look bigger, especially my top lip which practically disappears when I smile. I over draw my lips on the daily people. As much as I love the idea of a plumping gloss, the last one I tried was intense af - Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Plucker I'm looking at you, I genuinely thought my lips were burning off!

Despite all that, the Dior Lip Maximizer had been in my wish lists on about 3 different websites for over a year. I'd seen a lot of bloggers rave about it and I thought a brand as luxurious as Dior had turned lipgloss from a childhood obsession into something much more sophisticated. 

The Dior gloss is a sheer, soft pink shade that promises to plump and hydrate with it's collagen-enriched formula. Everything down to the packaging is luxurious, the simplistic clear bottle with silver detailing stands out in my make up bag. I've been wearing this daily, the plumping sensation is not too overwhelming but still does the job and it's quite a thick formula so hangs around on the lips for a while. It can be worn on it's own or over the top of your favourite lipstick. 

It also doesn't have the horrid mint smell that a lot of plumping products do, it's more of a subtle vanilla that doesn't irritate my throat. 

I feel like as popular as liquid lipsticks still are, we're moving into a gloss era with lipstick toppers coming out here there and everywhere. This product is one you definitely need in your lives. 

It's £23.50 - a hefty price tag, but hey it's Dior. I managed to snag this using my Boots points that I had been saving up for a while.

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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Ok, so you know in my L'oreal Infallible total cover review I mentioned that I'd never wear a light coverage foundation again? yeah, I lied.

From a combination of watching Violette_fr  on YouTube and running out of the only foundation I brought home with me from University, I've resorted to more of a minimal approach to make up as of late. Oddly enough, I've been loving it. Not only does it take about 20 minutes off my make up routine, I actually feel more confident in my skin sans make up which is pretty incredible. 

It probably wont last, as soon as I'm reunited with my full collection no doubt I will go make up crazy but I thought I would document this rare moment in my make up history.

Starting with my base. I prep the skin using a new product to my skincare routine - Sukin Rose Hip Oil (I'm still testing but I will let you know how I fully feel about it soon) to hydrate my skin. Unlike Parisian make up artist Violette, I cannot go without foundation completely so give my skin a light layer of L'oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation, this lightly evens out the complexion with a dewy finish. 

I then apply Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer underneath my eyes, tip of my nose, round the nostrils and around my mouth, then blending it all out with a finger. The warmth of my fingers helps mesh the product with my skin, keeping with the really natural look I'm trying to achieve. 

I've recently discovered a new favourite from my collection and it's the 
KIKO Velvet Touch Creamy Stick Blush in the shade 01 - a beautiful rose gold. It's a velvety cream that I swipe over the apples of my cheeks and blend with my fingers. It not only gives you a natural looking flush, the gold shimmers capture the light beautifully. Keeping with the minimalist approach, I've also been swiping this shade across my lid and blending it out, tying it in with the cheek shades. As well as patting it into my lips. It really is a complete all rounder product, I'm kind of annoyed I left it in my drawers to collect dust for so long. 

Brows are of course Benefit. If I'm after something lighter I comb Gimme Brow through my brows and be done with it. If I want a touch more definition I add some hair like strokes with Ka Brow

For the finishing touches - Benefit they're real mascara, theBalm Mary Lou-Manizer applied with my fingers to all the highlighting points, a touch of H&M Immaculate Compact Foundation underneath my eyes and in the T-Zone and then a swipe of Dior Lip Maximizer across the lips.

And thats everything. Kind of looks like a lot when you write it down but it literally takes me 10 minutes max to do it!

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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Transitional trends can be expensive, sometimes you can simply switch up a look with a swipe of colour across your nails. I go back to Barry M nail polishes time after time because they're are affordable and come in some of the most beautiful colours with a mega high-shine finish. 

My nails are horrendous, I kid you not. They peel, they're softer than a pillow and my cuticles are dryer than the Sahara. I probably shouldn't be even attempting to apply polish onto them but in some bizzar twist of fate it actually helps stop them from breaking so easily. Although it does mean it chips within about a day of wearing any kind of polish - including gel which the paint just peels off, it's both highly irritating/strangely satisfying. This is the main reason why I don't splurge on more expensive brands because nothing lasts.

The formula is smooth and opaque with one swipe but I always apply two out of habit. I recently picked up the shades Peanut Butter - I mean how could I not with a name like that, Pink Lemonade - a friend at uni wears this a lot and has been on my wishlist for a while and Sky Blue - for that fresh pop of colour. 

I definitely stick to nudes, taupes and pinks on my nails but I adore blue and something about the sky blue shade has me dreaming of blue skies and longer days.

What are your favourite nail polish shades?

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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I had kinda hoped the metallic lip trend started and ended with the limited edition Kylie Jenner lip kits, however it appears as if it's around for the long haul. Some in the form of liquid lipsticks others in lip stick toppers (*rolls eyes* also known as a gloss) - even Chanel have their own take, so I need to suck it up and hop on board - or at least test the waters...

I own two products in my entire lip collection that are metallic, both of which have got little use in all honesty. The first being this adorable Lush lipstick in the shade Bubbly - described as a two tone coral an ideal summer shade and the other being Mac Viva Glam IV a rose with a gold running throughout. Both colours are absolutely beautiful - the lush one leaves a gorgeous stain on the lips when the product wears off and also doubles as a blush. 

Want to test the trend without committing to an actual metallic lipstick? grab a metallic pigment like Mac Tan and mix it with your favourite gloss for your very own lipstick topper gloss.

To keep the trend modern and chic, I've paired the shades with minimal make up, to allow the lip to do all the talking.

Are you a fan of the metallic lip trend?

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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