No make up look is complete without a swipe of mascara.

I am so fussy when it comes to what coats my lashes. It needs to be jet black, add volume and length and most importantly, last all day without imprinting on my eye lid. Is that too much to ask? surely not.

Benefit mascaras are usually a bit hit and miss. I love the finish I get with They're Real but the brush is a health hazard and it melts off so easily. Roller lash is also popular however, it just doesn't give my lashes enough ooomph. 

Then, as if the Benefit gods answered my prayers, Bad Gal Bang was launched. 

The brush is flexible and thin so it makes it:
1. easier to use without getting it all over your eyelids. Although, I must admit, I find that impossible. 
2. Less likely to blind you in the event of accidentally poking yourself in the eye. Also a common occurrence. 

OK, so lets talk formula. This is thick, jet black and coats every single lash. Everything my blonde lashes could want and more. It's slightly more wet than I usually prefer however, it makes it easier to build - which it does so well.

I should probably mention that I love a spidery lash. If it promises a 'natural' finish it can get in the bin.
This mascara does, very easily, verge into spider territory so if that's not your jam, step away from Bad Gal Bang.

That was brilliant, if I must say so myself.

Want to know the icing on the cake?

It. Lasts. All. Damn. Day!

No smudging, no budging. Yup, yes please, I'll take ten, thank you. 

If I had to force a con to this product, it would be that it's not waterproof and therefore doesn't hold a curl. So Benefit, if you're reading this, you know what to do. 

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Last summer I think all I did was complain at how damaged my nails were. They were soft, peeling and generally not in the best of conditions. Unfortunately, this has never changed. My nails constantly peel and they have done for as long as I can remember.

I'd always wanted gel nails but I'd used my mums cheap home kit before and it just peeled off within the space of about 2 hours. It was the gel polish designed to not require a base/top coat, just two layers of gel, curing after each application. This style of gel polish just doesn't work for me, I need something stronger and harder, as my natural nails are so soft. This process really put me off going to pay for a manicure, just incase I received the same results.

In addition to all this, throughout summers gone, I was working around food and wasn't allowed anything on my nails but if you follow me on instagram, you'll know I recently got a new job that does allow it. Honestly, I could not be happier knowing I don't have to work around food! So I spotted the Sensationail Gel Kit on offer at ASDA and decided to treat myself.

The kit came with two shades (Pink Chiffon - a pastel pink nude and Rose Gold - a pink glitter), a top/base coat, primer, gel cleanser, lint free wipes, a nail buffer and cuticle pusher, as well as the UV Lamp. When I first read the instructions, it sounded like such a long winded process but it promised to last up to 14 days, so I figured it would be worth it.

Firstly you buff the nails and push back your cuticles. I don't know what it is about cuticle pushers but the whole process makes me feel funny. Then use the lint free wipes and cleansing gel to cleanse the nail bed. Next, you coat each nail with the primer and allow that to dry.
Then, when you're ready, apply a thin layer of base/top coat and cure it for 15 seconds (the lamp blinks so you don't have to time it yourself) then apply a thin layer of colour and cure it for 30 seconds (the lamp turns off at 30 seconds). Repeat the previous step and finish off with a thin layer of top coat, curing it for 15 seconds. To get rid of that sticky feeling, wipe the nail with the lint free wipe and the cleansing gel. et voila, you are done. Sounds like a faff but once you've got the hang of it, you can do it in 10 mins!

I have been so impressed with this kit, the colours last well on my nails. Usually regular nail polish chips within an hour of me wearing it, however the gel lasts a week+. The glitter shade is definitely more durable than the standard, apparently this is the case with all gel polishes. Some nail technicians recommend putting a coat of glitter over the top of nail colour to make them last longer.

My only issue with this kit is the gel cleanser and the primer. Both leak and after reading reviews on the sensationail website, it's a common occurrence. Surely if there's lots of complaints about something the brand would be actively finding ways to fix it? Also both bottles are so flimsy, they're easily knocked over. Again, another thing that's common from all the reviews. If you're clumsy, like me, you're going to end up spilling over half of the contents of each - be careful.

But all in all, it's been a winner for me. I've ordered three more shades and I'm trying a different brand of gel cleanser, something with a bottle that's not going to leak everywhere. I'll let you know what I think of it.

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The Ultimate Palette For Blue Eyes

If you can look at this palette and hand on heart say it doesn't make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, then I think it's probably best we go our separate ways.

As soon as Kasie from, who I evidently mention a lot round these parts, (her blog & instagram are definitely up there as firm favourite) popped this on her instagram it jumped straight to the top of my wishlist. Then, just like the universe had answered my prayers, were offering 20% off palettes.

I've never tried anything from Huda Beauty before. I'd heard mixed reviews about her shadows and foundations, however I've heard nothing but praise for these adorable mini palettes. The latest release being this stunning, summer-perfect, Coral Obsessions palette - or as I'd like it to be renamed 'The Ultimate Palette For Blue Eyes'. Catchy, I know.

The palette is perfect for traveling, it's petite with a decent sized mirror. Also despite being small the pans size is generous, I must admit I was worried about spending £20 for a tiny weeny palette but it's perfect.

OK so lets talk colours. It has two duo chrome, intense shimmers - one slightly rosier and one more orange. The rest are matte. This is ideal for me, I use matte shades all the time and tend to pair them with one shimmer per look, so having an abundance of shimmers isn't really necessary. The mattes are similar to the ABH ones, they're high pigment and easy to blend but the HB have waay less kick-back in the pan, so I don't feel like I'm wasting product.

To improve it I'd say all it needs is a highlight shade but I can use my highlighter that I use on my face, so I can survive without.

These beautiful coral, warm tones are beyond flattering on blue eyes and compliment a tan beautifully. The ideal summer holiday palette. I can't rave about it enough if I'm honest and I'm forever getting compliments when I wear it. 

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Hello my lovelies, with summer right around the corner, I've recently picked up two new glow-getting products. Both dreamy highlighters bounce the light pretty much into space and are not to be under estimated.

The first being the Iconic illuminating drop and holy crap are these reflective. Mine is in the shade Original which is a stunning, warm champagne. The tiniest big goes such a long way and I can't imagine I'll be running out of this any time soon. The only downside is the price - it's £30 for the pot but I'd say it's worth every damn penny. So many brands have tried and failed to re-create it's luminosity that doesn't disappear when blended out. It also layers well underneath powder highlighters for that high impact finish. I love wearing this on my body, smothered across my shoulders and collar bones to make my Insta Glow tan really pop.

Then at the other end of the price spectrum we have the £2.50 Primark highlighter in the shade Brunch Club. Everything from the names to the packaging screams Kylie Jenner dupe because even hers looked tacky as hell. But looking past the excessively chunky cardboard packaging and at the actual highlighter, you'll be shook. This shade is a light gold shimmer that's beyond reflective. It does have tiny flecks of glitter but if you're using this then you're not really the sort that opts for subtlety when it comes to highlight. Layered on top of the Iconic drops I am seriously glowing to the gods. 

Pair it with a gorgeous summer tan and you've got a iconic glowy suns kissed look.
Not going on holiday this year? don't worry I've got just the tan for you

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PROM / EVENT Make up

I love this time of year; proms, summer balls, weddings - they're all in full swing. 
you'll find I'm over dressed nine out of ten times I go out, so it's at event's when I'm in my element. 

This summer ball I donned a hot pink suit and I've honestly never loved an outfit so much in my life. I was warm, comfortable but it made one hell of a statement and I don't think I've ever received so many compliments on my outfit in my entire life. Personal fashion highlight right there. So much so, I'm outfit recycling for my nephews Christening - obviously swapping out the raunchy bodysuit for something a little more church-appropriate. 

The next exciting thing about these events is sorting my make up. I trial it weeks ahead because I bloody love it and I hate being rushed on the day. If I plan ahead I go straight into auto pilot, eliminating stress and time wasting indecisiveness. 

I've come up with three very different prom/event looks for my YouTube Channel

The first being a slightly different, colourful option for the more daring.

The second was such a classic. You can't go wrong with a red pout.

The final was my favourite and definitely more me. A warm, golden bronze look.

Which one was your favourite?

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A Touch Of Liquid Sparkle

Glitter takes a make up look from 0-100 in .5 seconds. 

Gone are the days of faffing about with loose glitter, having to douse the brush in setting spray only to have the glitter fall all over your face. The same glitter that lingers weeks after you use it. Or the glitter pressed into the pan that promises to stick around when in fact it doesn't, it crumbles off after 30 seconds.

Thanks to the launch of the Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid eye shadows, brands everywhere are popping up with their own versions. Promising to deliver the statement look of glitter with the ease and longevity of a liquid shadow.

I'll save you the dejavu of re-gurgitating my review of the stila shadows. If you missed it, I have a full review here - Stila Glitter and Glow.

I'm kicking things off with the most affordable option I've seen - the Collection Glam Crystals. The shade Aura is the only one in this range that has a similar dazzling finish to the Stila ones. It's a champagne gold, with gold reflects. This looks gorgeous pressed around the tear duct for an intense inner corner highlight. The only downside with it is that it can be quite patchy upon application, it doesn't glide on as nicely as others, then again you're only paying £3.99. 

Then, with a slight price increase, we have the Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights - £15. Instantly you'll notice how much smoother these are compared to the Stila, there's less glitter in the formula and less pigment over all. The shade RoseGold is almost identical to Kitten Karma albeit slightly warmer, perfect for blue/green eyes. 

Finally we have the Lime Crime Diamond Dew. I saw this unusual shade on and was instantly drawn to it. It'd say it's a sparkly duo chrome, in some lights it pulls purple and in others more bronzey. I don't own anything like it. The packaging is also very unique however it's impractical, the handle is fiddly and hard to hold whilst applying. This is £16 a pound more expensive than Pixi but the formula I'd say is quite similar.

Here's some swatches...

Left to right - Aura, Vision, RoseGold, Kitten Karma & Sunset Cove

Who doesn't love glitter?

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It's been a minute. 
Uni is finished for the summer and I'm dead excited to all my attention to my very neglected blog. 

Kicking things off I wanted to discuss a topic that's been a problem for me for the past 8 or so months. I love being blonde, however the damage it has done is ridiculous. I am also a heat styling junkie, having naturally curly hair means I have to use twice the amount of heat to achieve a sleek style. In addition, my fellow naturally curly girls will know how dry and coarse our hair type is anyway so combine it with some damage and it looks and feels dead. 

I have been desperately trialling every hair mask I can get my hands on in a bid to rectify the damage.  These are the three affordable ones that have come out on top:

The Body Shop Truly Nourishing Hair Mask throws me straight back to the days of consuming my body weight in foamy bananas. If you're not big on banana scents this might not be the one for you. However it is very hydrating and leaves my hair soft and manageable, with a gorgeous light scent. Using 100% vegan ingredients including banana puree from Ecuador, this cruelty free product is one for everyone. 

Next up is the RENU hair mask and it's possibly my favourite out of the three. The first time I used it about a month ago I was blown away by the results. It tamed the frizz and smoothed my hair so well that it stayed straight for 3 days, even after I was caught in the rain! Since then I have used it weekly. It works by penetrating the hair shaft and tripling the strength of damaged hair. My hair feels stronger, smoother and less damaged immediately after use and continues to work long after the next couple of washes.

The third and final mask is more of a treatment. The Knight and Wilson PurePlex Revolutionary Hair Repair System  is the most complicated to use out of all three. Once you've got the hang of it, it's a lot easier but initially it felt like I was in the bathroom for about 7 hours. It contains Aminofix repair and protect bond reconstructing technology to help return damaged and bleached hair back to a healthy state. I LOVE the smell of this one too. My hair always feels like silk after using this which makes it worth the 4 step process, just make sure you grab snacks and your phone so you have something to do whilst you wait. 

I didn't notice how much healthier my hair was until I looked at my Summer Ball pictures. I honestly cannot get over how much it's grown, before I used any of these masks my hair was breaking off and just generally looking like a hot mess. I've finally tamed it WITHOUT breaking the bank. 

What are your haircare saviours?

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March Round Up

Another month gone by and the end of my second year at uni is edging closer and closer. March has been all over the place, it's seen me feeling pretty low to feeling super high and thank god it's ending on a high. 

I attended a blog event early on in the month to my local Body Shop here at uni. It was a lovely evening of mingling and eyeing up products and I left with a huge sack of goodies (and a £15 Wagamamas gift voucher that I'm still yet to use). I have since been OBSESSED with the Pina Colada shower gel and the Banana hair mask - it leaves my hair feeling like silk!

On my course, there's three third year routes; Tour, Festival and Commission. It all kicks off with tour and this year they performed On The Town and oh my goodness has it made me even more hungry to get on to that route. I'm forever blown away by the talent on our course and despite being 'just a uni' the standards are up there with the vocational courses. I can't wait to see the rest of the third year shows now!

The third and final stand out moment of this month was the Social Media Olympics training in Leicester. If you follow me on Instagram you'll know I started my own journey in the beauty business way back in November. I've been a bit on and off with it all, worried about what people might think. But attending these events and meeting so many inspiring, like minded people has made me so passionate about it. This 'job' works perfectly around my extensive uni hours and gives me the freedom to do what I want with my weekends but still earn money.  The best part about it is that I love the products I sell. Every single one I have tried has impressed me so much. I must admit I was very sceptical in the beginning but have been completely converted! 

Products of the month

I wanted to include some products I've been loving in March too. Starting with the Botanics Nourishing Facial Oil, I apply this religiously morning and night. It is the best facial oil I have ever used, even better than my beloved rose hip oil! It hydrates so well and leaves your skin with a beautiful dewy glow. I will definitely be repurchasing. 

Next up is the Make Up Revolution Concealers, I've done a full review on my blog before but honestly they are game changers. The finish I get with theses is similar to those I'd pay more than triple the price for. If you're still yet to try them, what the bloody hell are you waiting for?

And finally, I can't go without mentioning my beloved Power Lips. They officially launched this month and I finally got my hands on some more shades. Persistence and Breadwinner to be specific. Both shades I adore and wear regularly for uni but Persistence has rapidly become my go-to shade and I get so many compliments when I'm wearing it. 

I hope you all had a wonderful March and here's to April!

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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An Evening With The Body Shop, Chichester + Haul

Last Thursday, I was very kindly invited along to the Body Shop Blogger event in Chichester. The evening was an opportunity to discuss their favourite products, new launches and of course to promote their ending animal testing campaign. They have previously successfully campaigned to ban animal testing in the European union, but their aim now is to gain 8 million signatures to take the petition to the UN in the bid to stop animal testing full stop.

You can read all about their campaign on the body shop website.

The evening itself was lovely, there was an opportunity to chat to the helpful staff, learn all about their cruelty free vegetarian and vegan products and mingle with other local bloggers. oh and also Wagamamas were supplying the food so I was munching on vegan Wagas all night, which by the way is insane you should definitely take a look at their vegan/vegetarian menu  - the yaki soba is a personal fave.

I haven't stepped foot into a Body Shop for a while, I forgot how good their products are. A stand out for me has to be the Pina Colada range, honestly my mouth starts to water every time I smell it ahh. Even thinking about it makes me drool. At the event they were offering 30% off everything so I took full advantage.

First up were the Pina Colada shower gel and body butter, I have been using these every day since and as I mentioned before, I smell delicious. We were also gifted a body butter set containing 5 mini body butters so I handed some out to my housemates because there's only so many body butters one gal needs.

Then the staff at The Body Shop gave us some samples of their favourite products including the Camomile Cleansing balm which I have previously used and loved, the Tea Tree Sleeping mask and the Vitamin C Microdermabrasion scrub. I'm a sucker for a good sample and the little tubs the Body Shop use are weirdly satisfying.

I cannot wait to use the Banana Nourishing hair mask, it smells amazing! Like honestly, go into a store and give it a wiff. I apologise to your bank account in advance because there's no way you're walking out without it. I can't wait to see what hydrating wonders it does to my rather dry, damaged tresses.

The final product was the Oils of Life Intensly Revitalising Cleansing oil-in-gel. All I know is that it's one of their slightly more luxe ranges and rarely ever gets included in offers. This product is 100% vegan and contains Black Cumin oil, Rosehip oil (big big fan) and Camellia oil. It promises to cleanse the skin whilst giving you up to 72hrs of hydration. Sounds right up my street and I can't wait to give this a whirl. 

I am so grateful to have been invited along to the event because it re-ignited my love for The Body Shop. Everything from their cruelty free products to their beyond helpful staff, makes for an all round pleasurable shopping experience. 

Let me know if you want full reviews of any of the products featured in the comments below.

What's your favourite The Body Shop product?

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I don't know about anyone else but I am more than ready to dust off those winter blues and dive head first into spring.  I'm a summer baby through and through so as soon as the days start getting longer, the blossom starts to grow and the weather heats up, I get so excited for what's to come. I'm rounding up some ways you can hit refresh in preparation for spring.

First up is fragrances. I switch this up all year round and for spring I tend to opt for something fresher and more floral. florals for spring? groundbreaking. L'Occitane has a beautiful selection of fragrances but one that stands out for spring is the Cherry Blossom Eau De Toilette. Containing notes of Freesia, Cherry Blossom and bases of Amber and Musk that linger throughout the day. One of many beautiful fragrances that would be perfect to treat yourself to for spring. 

Of course, it wouldn't be a spring refresh without including some makeup.  Make Up Revolution are absolutely killing it at the minute with all their launches - affordable, high quality products, what is there not to love? I've recently picked up one of their re-vamped foil shadows and can confirm it's a product you need to add to your collection. It's the perfect balance of shimmer and shine and brightens up any look. 

You know what? I bloody love a good hat, this baker boy trend has been my favourite however, berets have recently made a comeback and this Topshop baby pink beauty is a great one to add to your collection just in time for spring. The colour alone screams Spring and is a quick and easy way to update your look. Plus it doubles as a savour for a bad hair day, throw on a hat and no one will know you haven't washed it in a week - me. 

And finally, I'd like to finish the Spring Refresh with a new nail polish. I love the Barry M Quick Dry nail paint in Freestyle, it's a stunning nude pink and do you wanna know the best part? it dries in minutes, perfect for the impatient folk - also me

What do you like to do to refresh yourself in time for spring?

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things I've learnt from using no heat for a month

if you follow me on Instagram (shameless plug), you'll know at the beginning of February I vowed to not use heat on my hair for an entire month. Of course, I picked the shortest month in the year to do it because my willpower is non-existent. 

Let's start with the why. My hair has been bleached a few times in the past two years and I would say I use heat on my hair pretty much every single day and that's without any heat protectant. I know, you're probably gasping and questioning how there is even any hair left on my head. It's dry, brittle and breaking up more times than Chris and Olivia from Love Island. 

In all honesty, I hate my natural hair texture. It's curly, frizzy and naturally dry so I never leave it natural because it looks like I've been dragged through a hedge backwards... repeatedly. However, I guess you could say it's unique? apart from my mum and my older sister, I don't know anyone personally with my exact hair texture. Plus, it's easy to maintain. 

Ok, the first thing I learnt was how much time I saved on not doing my hair. I wash my hair the night before, leave it to dry, sleep, wake up looking like I've been electrocuted and then splash some water on it to tame the curls = done. Zero heat, zero brushing, zero effort - win win. To style, I've been wearing it half up, half down, it stops it from looking like it's taking over my face. All in all it means extra time in bed which is never a bad thing.

The second is sometimes you have to appreciate what you've got. I get a lot of compliments on my hair when I leave it natural and I think it's one of those things 'you always want what you can't have' like I dream about having naturally straight hair, whereas those blessed with naturally straight hair dream of having some kind of volume and curl without having to use heat.  As I said before, it sets me aside from others which comes in handy in the industry I want to go into. 

and finally, my hair has definitely benefited from no heat or styling in general really. It feels healthier, I've noticed less split ends and the breakage underneath my hair has grown considerably. In future, I aim to limit the amount of heat I use on it and appreciate the natural curl a little more often. 

SHOCK right? using no heat has been a blessing for my hair. Who knew?

However, if you have any recommendations for hair salvaging products/masks/treatments send them my way! 

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