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 Kasiebeauty.co.uk 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?

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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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?

Olivia | Deliciously-Floral

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