Florabundance: December 2009

30 December 2009

First NARS purchase & MAC 150 Brush

Hello everyone! Hope you are all enjoying this Crimbo-limbo time.. I have been soo lazy the last few days, loving it!

Despite this, I did manage to get a couple of shopping trips in, one which was to Cardiff. There is a new, huge shopping centre there and a brand new John Lewis.. which has both a NARs and a Laura Mercier counter, amongst others! YAY! Finally, Nars and Laura Mercier have come to Wales - about time eh!

Whilst I was in John Lewis, I thought it was about time I jumped on the bandwagon and picked up the Nars Orgasm blusher :)

Above - with flash. Below - without flash. It really is soo pretty, the perfect peachy pink! It has a tiny bit of shimmer to it, just enough to make you glow. I'd say the colour is kind of comparable to Benefit Coralista (which you all probably know has been my favourite blush for a while now!) Surprisingly, Nars Orgasm is actually cheaper - and personally, I feel it looks more expensive.

Another thing I picked up was the MAC 150 brush (amongst other things I will eventually blog about. I'm trying to be more thorough and in depth with my reviews and write ups)
I bought the 150 brush to apply my MAC Mineral Skin Finish Natural. Before the 150, I was using the MAC 134 which is actually more of a highlighter/bronzer brush. It is a big yet slim brush that is comparable to an oblong shape rather than a circle if that makes sense?
Shown also is a brand new MSF Natural in Medium because I have just hit pan on the one I'm using at the moment, so this will be ready for when I run out.

This may be my last post of 2009, so incase I don't get a chance to post tomorrow I just wanted to say thank you to all of my followers for taking the time to come here and read what I have to say.
2009 was the year I discovered beauty blogging and the whole beauty community online and through it I have met some lovely people. It did send my make-up obsession into overdrive, but it's not like I'm too bothered, hey?! I have learned so much and I've had a lot of fun.

See you in 2010,

Lydia xox

28 December 2009

Barry M Lipgloss

Hey everyone, just wanted to quickly blog about a UK drugstore lipgloss that I have been absolutely LOVING recently! It's the Barry M lipgloss in shade 4. A bubblegum pink with a tiny bit of shimmer to it.

Excuse my chipped nail - they need redoing!

What it looks like on the lips.. it comes out pretty opaque, this is just one swatch across both lips.

The best part? It smells of sweets! YUM :)

At around £4 each, these are well worth checking out!

Lydia xox

27 December 2009

Forgotten Products - FOTD

Hello everyone, this is going to a FOTD post with a bit of a twist. All the products used (except one because I needed an eye primer) were stuff that I had left at home whilst packing to go back to my university home during September. Now that I'm back at my parents home, I thought I'd see what I could come up with with these 'unloved' products and this is my result...

Eye make-up up close.. Primed lids with Benefit Birthday Suit Cream e/s, dampened MAC Solar Bits brushed across the entire lid, followed by a thin line of Boujour Felt Tip Eyelner.

Here's a photo of all the products used. 1) Primed skin with Neutrogena Oil Free moisturiser. 2) YSL Perfect Touch foundation applied to entire face 3) MAC Studio Fix Powder NC25 dusted over face, 4) MAC Mineral Blush in Gentle applied to apples of cheeks 5) eye make-up steps as described above 6) Benefits Benetint applied to lips 7) Body Shop's Yes Yes Yes lip butter on top to add moisture

This was fun to do, and it made me realise how good some products that I had ignored were actually usable. In particular, MAC's Mineral Blush in Gentle - why on earth did I dislike it before?!

Hope you're all good,

Blog soon..

Lydia xox

Hope.. Dream..

Hi everyone, hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Mine was lovely, and today I'm indulging in a lazy day because I am so worn out after all the family festivities!!

My auntie always buys me the best gifts EVER, and one of them this year was a cute little book called 'Hope! Dream!' which is full of inspiring quotes :) I thought I would share some of them with you, especially seeing as New Years is coming up and it might spur you on to make some resolutions!

'Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined.' Henry David Thoreau

'All our dreams can come true - if we have the courage to pursue them.' Walt Disney

'We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.' Oscar Wilde (a personal favourite quote of mine for quite some time!)

'Take time to dream -it is hitching your wagon to a star.
Take time to love - it is the privilege of the gods.
Take time to look around - it is too short a day to be closed in.
Take time to laugh - it is the music of the soul.' Old English Prayer

'The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.' Eleanor Roosevelt

Lydia xox

22 December 2009

Hair Challenge

Hey everyone! Hope you are all good and not over-working yourselves too much in the run up to Christmas! I have been working loads and I am so worn out.. thank the lord for a day off tomorrow! :)

Just thought I would do a quick blog post about Lee Stafford's 'Hair That Never Grows Past A Certain Length' hair treatment. I've seen lots of people blog about it, notably Jean most recently, which spurred me to pick a tub up and see if it really worked.

It is a hair treatment that you put on your hair in between the shampoo and conditioning part. So you shampoo, rinse, put the treatment in, leave for 5 minutes, rinse, condition, rinse. You are supposed to use this every time you wash your hair, untill you start to see results. Then you continue to use it, but limit usage to once a week to maintain steady hair growth.
Seems like a lot of time and money to spend, so if this doesn't work I will be disappointed!

I will start using this treatment on December 24th, and will take a photo of my hair that day. In a month, on January 24th, I will take another picture and post it on my blog so you can see what the results are!

Not sure if I will get a chance to post again before Christmas, so Merry Christmas to you all, just incase!!


Lydia xox

18 December 2009

Shoe Boot Love

Hello everyone, the weekend is almost upon us.. happy times!

Today I was rummaging through my wardrobe and found these beauties at the back! Forgot that I bought these in the sales last winter.. ooh look how pretty they are!

They are blue suede shoe boots from Faith, I think I had them for around £25 down from £65. What a steal :)

Today I paired these with black tights and a blue dress that is tight fit from the waist downwards, and floaty on top. I might post an OOTD if anyone is interested.

Have you found anything you'd forgot about lurking in the back of your cupboards recently?

It really makes me think.. crap I shop way too much! This year I'll try to take it easy in the post-Christmas sales!!

Lydia xox

17 December 2009

Lush Smitten Hand Cream

Hello lovelies, just wanted to share with you my absolute HG product this winter - Lush Smitten hand cream!

Normally I don't suffer from dry skin on my hands, no matter what I've been up to or how cold it is outside. This year it's an entirely different story. Maybe it's from years of neglecting my little paws? Or maybe it's a mix of the really cold weather along with the fact my hands are constantly being wet then dried whilst doing demos at work.
My skin feels tight on my hands and it's cracking between my fingers; well.. it was untill this little gem came into my life!

Smitten comes in a 100g tub, which I imagine is enough to last the entire season (a little goes a long way with this stuff), and it costs just under £6.
It smells gorgeous, just like almond icing. Therefore it's no surprise to learn it contains pure almond oil, extra virgin coconut oil and cocoa butter. This concoction makes for uber soft hands! I love it and I truly am 'smitten' with it! Geddit? :P

Which hand cream is saving your paws this winter?

Lydia xox

FTC - This product was bought with my own money. As a Lush employee this means I received staff discount, however I bought it out of my own free will and noone is paying me for this blog post. This is my own honest opinion.

16 December 2009

What Makes My Heart Happy: TAG

Hello everyone, sorry for the lack of posting yet again.
Thought I would do the really cute tag that Victoria recently did on her blog.

So here is my list..

1. Seeing my favourite band (Muse) live. Nothing beats that feeling. I guess I'm a bit of a fan girl, but damn am I proud! I've seen them seven times so far, and many more times to come...

2. Babies - I'm not at all broody but babies always make me smile and make me feel all fuzzy inside.

3. Smiling at strangers in the street. I always do it, well, aslong as I'm not feeling really tired or stressed out. I do it because it gives me warm fuzzy feelings, especially when they smile back. A smile costs nothing, remember :)

4. Walking on a crisp winters morning. I am definitely not a morning person, but I love those walks early in the morning when it feels all wintery and Christmassy. Puts me in a good mood for the rest of the day!

5. Cats and kittens. Particularly my own. Nothing is as soothing or calming as hearing a cats purr. I will always have a companion in the form of a cat, even if that means I end up being a crazy old cat lady!!

So that's my five. I tag anyone who fancies doing this :)

Lydia xox

2 December 2009

Sleek Graphite Palette - swatches and thoughts

Hello everyone. Thought it was about time I made a bigger effort to blog! I've had the Sleek Graphite Palette for a few weeks now and I'm incredibly impressed with it. It's the first Sleek palette I've bought and it will certainly not be the last.
Sorry for the photos all being taken on the webcam on my Macbook - it's just quicker, and the colours seemed to be photographing better on there.

As you can see the palette is a mix of greys, silvers, purples and darks. The colours are very well chosen - you can make a tonne of different looks with it! The reason I like it so much is because it's rare that you will use ALL the shadows in a palette - they don't always seem to fit well with each other.
These are the more paler colours. A fantastic white highlight, a pearly peachy colour and a more metallic silver.
Then there's the 3 more silvery metallic type colours. All similar but also all different.
These are the darkest 3 shadows. One matte black, one deep blue/purple metallic and one navy metallic. Gooorgeous!
And finally, the three more colourful colours. Bright purple, deep metallic purple, and a bluey-purple with some sparkles. Beeeeeautiful :)

As I imagine you have heard about all the Sleek palettes, they are amazingly pigmented. For around £5 GBP it is an utter bargain! Definitely pick one up if you can get your hands on it :)

Lydia xox

1 December 2009

EOTN with Sleek Graphite Palette

Hey everyone, here is the eye make-up I was sporting last night to a Christmas social with university.
All eyeshaows used are from the Sleek Graphite palette, which I am loving mucho at the moment!

First I applied the pearl colour (top row, 2nd from the left) all over the lid. I then brushed the medium purple (bottom row, first shadow on the right) on the outer 3/4 of the lid. I then went in with my MAC 239 brush and packed on the darker purple (bottom row, 2nd from the right) on the outer corner and blended it all with my MAC 217 brush.
Et voila, that was it!

I'm hoping to do a review on the Graphite palette soon because it is a fantastic palette.

Hope you're all doing good. Happy December! Yay!

Lydia xox