Florabundance: 2010

30 December 2010

What I'm Loving... Top Knots!

Hey everyone! Hope you are all well and had a great holiday, whatever you celebrate.

Recently I've been loving wearing a bun/top knot. I know it's become quite popular recently, and whilst I'm not brave enough to wear it out on the street - I do wear it nearly every day. When I get in from uni or wherever I've been, I like to get my hair off my face - so I just pile it up on top of my head and secure it with a thin hair band.

It's really simple, great for working out or chilling out.

I also wanted to say my new camera got here today and I couldn't be more pleased with it. Expect a Christmas post from me later on :-)

Lydia xox

27 December 2010

Christmas Limbo

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a magical Christmas and Santa was kind to you. Mine was just perfect.

I love Christmas time, especially these few days in between Christmas and New Years - I am in total Christmas limbo. Lots of lazy days, which brings me onto my topic of this blog post - HOW AMAZING ARE SNUGGIES?!

I got a pink snuggie off my mum for Christmas - something I'd wanted for ages but never thought to ask for. It was my favourite surprise present I think! I've been slouching around in it for 2 days now and love it so much.

I also have lots of DVD's left to work though - here is just a few of them!

And here is me and Alfie having snuggles, a regular occurrence but I took this one on Christmas eve :-)

I do plan on eventually doing a post on some of the things I got for Christmas. Unfortunately, my camera broke on Christmas morning. Perfect timing - NOT! Although I suppose at least I have Christmas money to buy a new one. It's just not something I was expecting to have to splash out on. Anyways - I'm getting a Pansonic Lumix, which I've been lusting after for a while. I suppose my camera breaking has just been a kick up the butt for me to actually buy it.

Enjoy your Christmas limbo lovelies,

Lydia xox

24 December 2010

My Christmas Eve Look

Hello everyone! Hope you are all having a fantastic Christmas Eve and are feeling festive :-)

I'm just about to leave the house to go and see my best friend and thought I'd do a little post for you all!

Hair curled with the curling tongs I blogged about in my last post! :-) they are amazing

Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation
Chanel loose powder in #20 Clair
Chanel Bronze Universal applied with Body Shop Kabuki
Benefit Coralista Blush

MAC Vanilla Pigment (all over lid)
MAC Silvering E/S (outer V)
MAC Brule E/S (highlight)
Bourjois Felt Tip Eyeliner
MaxFactor Masterpiece Max Mascara in black
Benefit Speed Brow

Haha here is my posing with my LookFantastic order that got delivered just as I was taking these photos! Very impressed with their delivery - I only ordered it on Wednesday night so for it to get here today - on Christmas Eve - is pretty damn good :-)

Hope you all have a great Christmas Eve and a very Merry Christmas to you all for tomorrow!

Lydia xox

21 December 2010

Snow Snaps!

Hey guys, thought I would share with you some of my snaps from the snow we've had in the UK recently :) thought some of my non-UK followers might appreciate them!

My back garden looking very snowy indeed

And the snow continues to fall...

A little posey snap of me. I braved the snow for a mere 5 minutes on Friday! Way too cold!

Alfie was definitely not feeling the snow. Haha love this photo of him - such a cutey :)

And here is the view from my living room window.. you can't even distinguish the road from the pavement!

Just a short but sweet post..

Lydia xox

20 December 2010

Big Curls and Pink Lips!

Hey everyone! Today is the first day I've managed to get out of the house since Thursday, because the snow has been so bad where I live. So to stop myself from going crazy, today I went shopping :-)

I bought a jumbo curling tong from Boots and Revlon's Colourburst lipstick in 030 Fuschia. I have just tried them both out - LOVED them so much - and I'm so excited so I'm blogging right away!

Here is how my curls turned out :-) the barrel is 32mm which makes it quite chunky compared to most curling tongs. I wanted a jumbo tong because my slim tongs were producing curls that were way too tight. I'm definitely NOT a ringlets kinda girl haha.

You can check out what tongs I bought here!

The tools used: Elnett hairspray and tongs! Simples!

And in all the photos I'm wearing the new Revlon lipstick. Absolutely love it - it's so moisturising and that perfect deep pink. Bright but not too bright.
There are plenty of hot pink lipsticks on the market though, so why is it so special? Well. Most dark lipsticks I wear (mostly high end - Chanel, Illamasqua) - they always end up smudged over my mouth after eating or drinking. Today I ate my dinner and downed a glass of water - looked in the mirror and the lipstick hadn't budged. In my books, this makes it a winner! Definitely one to wear out on a night out or to a meal :)

Anyway, that is all for now :-) hope you all had a good weekend.

Lydia xox

16 December 2010

Winter Ball 2010

Hi everyone! I had my university's winter ball on Monday night (or Snow Ball as they like to call it..) and thought I would show you what I wore.

These are just bad quality photos I took with Photobooth - sorry about that, I was running late!

Wearing OPI Let Me Entertain You nail polish from the Burlesque collection, sipping on a glass of Rose wine, and wearing:

MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC20
Chanel Poudre Universelle in 20 Clair
Benefit Coralista blush
Bourjous felt tip eyeliner
MaxFactor Masterpiece Mascara in Black
Eylure Girls Aloud lashes in Kimberly

Here's a crappy shot of my outfit... red dress was a bargain from New Look (£15!) and cardigan is from H&M (£9.99) - for some reason I look pretty huge in this photo but I promise you all I'm a size 12! Haha!

And finally here is a group shot of me and some of my housemates :) they all looked gorgeous!

Hope you like this,

Lydia xox

15 December 2010

Products I've Been Loving Recently

Hello everyone! I feel quite disappointed to realise that I haven't blogged since December 1st. I'm terrible. But today I finished university for Christmas break - which means lots of spare time to blog! Can't wait to head home tomorrow and spend lots of quality time with my kitty :)

Whilst I've been gone M.I.A. I have been using some new products and thought I would do a little top 3 of my favourites for you all.

First up is Neroli Jasmin Body Lotion from The Body Shop. I picked this up on a whim whilst at the till paying for my goodies - I didn't even smell it before I paid! Luckily, the lotion smells absolutely lush. Very floral but not overly girly or sweet. Just that perfect balance of floral. Sometimes I feel floral scented things can be a bit more suited to grans! Anyway, I can't get enough of this. Next time you're in The Body Shop be sure to give it a sniff :)

Next up - something I thought I would never be blogging about. It's Katy Perry's debut perfume, Purr. I picked this up in Debenhams on it's UK launch date, as coincidentally it was a 20% off day and I fancied a new scent. I'm not going to lie - it was the cute bottle that sucked me in! What can I say? I am a huge cat lover :) It cost me around £28 which is a fair price in my opinion. It's a lovely, fruity scent but it is also very light - meaning it doesn't linger on you all day long. I have been wearing it most week days, and I would recommend this for a cheap day scent. It's definitely not heavy enough for evening wear. Again, give this a sniff if you get the chance!

Finally, another product I never thought I'd blog about. It's L'Oreal Elnett Hairspray. My gran has used this hairspray since I can remember, and my mum has recently jumped on the bandwagon. I used to stick my nose up at it a little - Elnett was definitely not for me. But recently I saw it on offer in Boots and decided to give it a try. I mean, after all, the bottle was pink and that made it more appealing to me! Oh how superficial I am. Anyway, I'm very glad I picked it up because I do really like it. It's light and easy to brush out at the end of the day. I use it to create some volume on my roots by spraying it with my head upside down. Other times I spray it over freshly straightened hair then run my brush through my hair quickly - helps keep away static and holds my poker straight locks.

And that was my top 3 favourites of the moment :)

Hope you are all well,

Lydia xox

1 December 2010

Nails of The Day 01/12/10 Models Own

Hi everyone! Happy 1st of December :) this is my favourite month and I'm definitely in a fantastic mood today.

I have been really getting into Models Own nail polishes - the colour range is great and the polishes generally apply pretty well.

Today I have been wearing Models Own 'Nude Beige' - and I love it so much! It's very neutral, goes with any outfit and looks very soft and natural. Can't really describe why I love it so much - it just looks good.

Above: with the flash - but probably the only photo I could get which was a fairly true representation of how it looks in real life.

Below: the flash washes it out a bit too much here

Below: without the flash - not a good representation at all. It isn't this yellowy/brown in real life. Much nicer, much more nude.

What are you sporting on your nails today? And what's your favourite Models Own polish? I want to add to my collection :)

Lydia xox

29 November 2010

Christmas Gift Ideas 2010

Hi everyone! I thought I would do something a little different today and post one of my own articles. I write for my university's student newspaper every fortnight, and have my very own little beauty section in the fashion pages. This week I was given the task to come up with some beauty gift ideas for Christmas. Hope you like my post and a little insight into what I write about outside of blogging!

£25 and Under:

Urban Decay Shadow Box, £22.50 Debenhams

To celebrate Urban Decay’s tenth birthday, they have packed their 10 best selling eyeshadows into one magical palette. It is a very neutral, wearable palette that is sure to suit all you make-up needs. The slim, matte black case comes with a perfectly sized mirror and sponge-tip applicators. It also has a magnetic closure, ensuring it will stay closed in your handbag.

£20 and Under:

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss Gift Set, £19.50 Boots

Yes, it’s official, big pouting lips are possible without any injections. This is an ideal gift set for that friend we all have – the one which is constantly applying lip-gloss, day and night!

This Soap and Glory set contains three extreme lip plumping glosses, which contain scientifically proven plumping superfill microspheres that explode in volume of up to ten times when they come in contact with moisture. They're like tiny, dehydrated little sponges that expand when you put them onto your lips. As you apply the gloss, you can feel the magic happening as your lips tingle.

The glosses included are: Plum Juice gloss, Baby Doll gloss and Half Naked gloss. They are three very different, yet very universal, shades to suit all.

£15 and Under:

Bare Minerals Try.Believe.Love. Kit, £15 Debenhams

Bare Minerals is fast becoming the go-to make-up choice for millions of women of all ages, skin types and skin concerns. All of Bare Minerals make-up is 100% pure minerals, designed to give you complexion perfection without the harsh chemicals, such as preservatives. Some people claim this make-up is so good that you can sleep in it and still maintain perfect skin– but we wouldn’t recommend trying this!

This kit is an amazing starter kit for a friend or family member who has never dabbled with mineral make-up. Even better, you can choose from Light, Medium or Dark – perfect for everyone.

In this kit you get:

· 2 shades of Bare Minerals SPF15 Foundation – designed to easily allow you to find your perfect match.

· Bare Minerals Mineral Veil – the ultimate finishing powder to help you stay shine-free all day long.

· Bare Minerals Warmth All Over Face Colour – to give you a sunkissed glow.

· Bare Minerals Flawless Application Face Brush – designed specifically for buffing Bare Minerals products onto your skin.

£10 and Under:

OPI Ire Swiss Ables Collection Mini Set, £9.99 beautybay.com

OPI nail polishes are popular with nail salons, celebrities and beauty lovers alike. However, at nearly £10 a pop they are quite pricey. This fantastic mini set of for just £9.99 is an absolute bargain and perfect for a friend with expensive taste. The Swiss collection has a very Christmassy vibe, and this is reflected in the gift set. The set contains Colour So Hot It Berns (a vibrant red), Yodel Me On My Cell (shimmering blue) and Lucertainly Look Marvelous (shimmery pewter). On top of this, you will get RapiDry – their fast dry top coat.

£5 and Under:

The Body Shop Gift Cube, £5 The Body Shop

These little gift boxes are perfect for Secret Santa’s, work friends or extra stocking fillers. At £5, with £8 worth of product inside, they are a steal!

Inside you get a shower gel, body lotion and shower puff. My top pick is the very delicate and girly Japanese Cherry Blossom.

Other choices include: Strawberry, White Musk, Coconut, Mango or Moroccan Rose.

Hope you guys liked this,

Lydia xox

25 November 2010

Happy Thanksgiving - What I'm Thankful For

Hello everyone. Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and followers. I'm from the UK so we don't celebrate Thanksgiving here but I wish we did as I think we all need to have a day to give thanks and remember why we are so lucky.

Today I am thinking about how lucky I was to have spent my summer working in America. I am thinking about all my American friends that I was so lucky to meet. I miss them tonnes!

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for:

1. My mum - as I am getting older, I have come to realise how important my mum is to me. She's my best friend and parent all rolled in to one. Where would I be without her? I dread to think.

2. My health

3. My friends, and as of right now, more importantly the people I live with at university. Special friendships that have happened by chance.

4. The right to education

5. Travel. I am so thankful for how lucky I've been to see so many places in this world.

What are you guys thankful for?

Lydia xox

19 November 2010

Purchase of The Week 19/11/10

Hello everyone, just popping by for a short and sweet post. About a week or so ago I picked up this gorgeous, stripey top from H&M. It was a steal at just £7.99 !

It has gorgeous ruffly short sleeves, which makes it perfect for smart daywear or some relaxed evening-wear. I team mine with skinny jeans. It is also pretty long, nearly long enough to cover your bum - great for legging wearers!

I have really worn this top to death and I haven't even had it a fortnight yet. I love it when you find a great steal like this. It also comes in black so I'm tempted to pick that up too!

What has been your purchase of the week?

Lydia xox

12 November 2010

Purchase of The Week 2

Hello everyone! Recently I have been obsessed with shopping on eBay - I'd totally forgot how many bargains you could grab on there. Having received these heels from ebay today I thought it was quite fitting to do a 'purchase of the week' post.

These Topshop metallic platforms set me back just £4.99 on ebay! Crazy! About two years ago I bought the black version of these in my local Topshop for £65 - so to get them for a fiver on ebay is amazing. What makes this purchase even more amazing is that I wore my black version of the heels to death - I wore them on nearly every night out for a year and eventually they had to be binned. I never got over the loss of the shoes as they were so comfortable and I hadn't found a pair that were as comfy since.

Below: me wearing the heels - love the metallic look, a bit different to my black ones but still very neutral.

I already know I'm going to wear these babies to death! I am in love all over again :)

So that is my purchase of the week. I highly suggest you guys go take a peak on ebay and grab yourself a bargain ! There is nothing better than finding a bargain :) it has made my week.


11 November 2010

FOTD 11/11/10

Hello everyone! I have a little time to spare before going to uni right now so I thought I'd do you all a FOTD. Sorry the quality isn't very good - it is a Photobooth job!

MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC15 + NC20 Mixed
MAC MSF Natural in Medium to set the foundation
Benefit Coralista blush
Nars Laguna bronzer

MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara in Black

(and that's it! Today I felt like having a more natural eye and a brighter lip)

MAC 'Petals and Peacocks' lipstick (LE from Liberty of London collection)

This lipstick is my favourite! If I could wear it everyday I would - but seeing as it's LE I'm trying to save it :)

Lydia xox

8 November 2010

Lush Haul

Hello everyone! Last week I made a little trip to Lush to stock up on some bath stuff.
Thought I would show you my haul as there is a couple of new products I've tried and have some things to say about them :)

Fizz Banger ballistic (top left) £2.95
This was a bit boring at first, and smells nothing like it's promises of being a 'toffe apple banger' but it did smell great. It is more fresh and lemony in my opinion. It was perfect for a pick-me-up bath before I starting writing an essay one evening. It started fizzing slowly then suddenly just starting bombing around the bath, with a blue centre being revealed as it fizzed. What made me chuckle was it had two pieces of paper saying "Boom!" and "Bang!" just like the Blackberry Bath Bomb. Would recommend this but would probably not repurchase.

Mrs Whippy ballistic (top right) £2.50
This smells delicious! Just like vanilla ice cream in fact. It felt surprisingly moisturising considering it is a bath bomb, and this is a definite plus for me. I'd also say it was easy enough (but a bit crumbly) to cut in to 2 to make it last 2 baths instead of 1. I will definitely repurchase this!

Cinders ballistic (bottom left) £1.95
An oldie but a goodie! I loved it last Christmas and I love it this Christmas. It is a spicey, cinnamon scented ballistic that crackles like a fire. It is just lovely and I know I will be repurchasing this multiple times this winter. Got to love Cinders.

Candy Cane bubble bar (bottom right) £2.35
Another product that is an oldie but a goodie. As you can see in the photo, I had already snapped a third off to use in a bath. I just love this, it smells very similar to the famous Snow Fairy. It's just very sweet and girly. This is already a repurchase for me, so I cannot recommend it enough.

Something else I have been loving recently is the Glade candles. The red one smells amazing, it's very warming as it smells like cinnamon. A fantastic winter candle. These have been accompanying me with my Lush baths.

And finally, the last thing I want to talk about is the National Demolition in London this Wednesday. That's my ticket above. If your university is participating, I strongly urge you to pick up a ticket and tag along. It's going to be masses of students on the streets of London campaigning against the student cuts and rise in tuition fees.

Lydia xox

5 November 2010

My Halloween Look

Hello everyone! I know this is like 5 days late but I wanted to show you all what make-up I wore for Halloween. I was a boring old devil and instead of going for the classic red lip I decided to darken my eyes up a lot and have a nude lip.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation (1/4 NC15 mixed with 3/4 NC20)
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
Nars Orgasm blush
Benefit Speed Brow Brow Gel

MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study
MAC Greasepaint stick (Limited Edition)
Chanel Mystic Eyes Eyeshadow Quad - the silver colour is patted all over the lid
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Zero - top and bottom lashlines
MaxFactor Masterpiece Max Mascara in Black

YSL Rouge Pur lipstick in 148 Tea Rose

Et voila, that was my look. Not very scary at all but the full on dark eyes is not something I'd usually go for - and I loved it. Above is a cropped photo of me on actual Hallowen :) lots of fun.

Hope you guys have brilliant weekend - happy bonfire night! Stay safe!

Lydia xox

31 October 2010

What I've Been Loving This Week...

Hello everyone! Hope you have all had a good weekend and are enjoying the extra hour of sleep this morning :)

I feel like I don't have much to say on beauty products this week and have been much more interested in fashion and lifestyle blogs of late so I thought bugger it.. I will blog about whatever I want to blog about. So here is what I've been loving this week...

- This week I've renewed a love for Clinique Superbalanced Foundation.. wearing it in the above photo and it just makes my skin glow without making me look like an oily mess.

- Dailybooth. You can view or follow mine here! I find Dailybooth really inspiring - I love looking at other peoples make-up and clothes.

- Outnumbered on DVD. Outnumbered is quite possibly the most hilarious TV show I've watched in ages! If you haven't seen it then I suggest you do so.. the dvds are only around £6 on hmv.com

- Cosy cardigans. I feel like it's not quite cold enough for a big chunky coat yet - I'm a fast walker and big coats mean I get too hot too quickly. I find wooly cardigans are perfect for right now. I stay warm by layering clothes underneath them and covering up with a huge scarf.

What have you lovelies been loving this week?

Lydia xox

24 October 2010

Weekend In Photos

Hello everyone! Hope you've had a good weekend. A bit of a lazy idea for a post from me but here is a little bit of my weekend in photos :)

1. Me and Alfie had lots of snuggly, late lie-ins.

2. But Alfie definitely managed to grab a lot more snoozing than me! He is too cute- yes that is him sleeping with his head on my knee!

2. I painted my nails, a la Lorraine . I'm wearing OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender with Sephora by OPI It's Bouquet With Me on the glitter nail. Looks lovely in my opinion and is something I'll definitely be sporting again!

4. On Saturday I got my hair done. Only light blonde highlights this time as I felt my hair had started to become too dark with the beige and brown highlights mixed in.
(Arghhh cover your eyes, it's a no make-up photo!)

5. Et voila, me with my new hair - well, it's not really all that new but I am very happy that it looks a bit blonder than I've recently had it.

My weekend also involved X Factor watching, pizza eating and grandparent visiting. Now I'm back off to my house in Swansea ready to start another thrilling week of uni.

Blog soon people,

Lydia xox