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?

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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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?

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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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! 

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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