Florabundance: June 2010

19 June 2010

Farewell.. for now!

Hello everyone, just wanted to make a blog post to let you all know I am leaving tomorrow morning to go work in Boston (USA) for the summer.

I very much doubt I will be blogging out there as I am working in a children's summer camp which is going to be a heck of a lot of work. I do get every other weekend off though which will be great - hopefully I can pop onto the internet then :) I will most likely be updating my Twitter now and then so feel free to follow me for some updates if you fancy :)

I hope you don't all forget about me. I promise I will be back! I am going to miss catching up on everyones blogs and YouTube every day for sure!

See you in September you gorgeous lot,

Lydia xox

18 June 2010

Cetaphil Cleanser and Moisturiser Review

Hello everyone, happy Friday to you all!

I have had such a manic week so apologies for being so slack with the blog yet again. Monday I travelled to London to get my US visa, Tuesday I had to wait in for the visa to arrive, Wednesday I went shopping in Cardiff for clothes, yesterday I did all the family visits and today I went in to my local town to buy toileteries. Now I'm just waiting on flight details before I jet off to Boston (USA) for the entire summer! Exciting!

Whilst I'm still here I am trying to make the most of blogging, so here is a review on Cetaphil.
I've been using this cleanser and moisturiser for over a month now so I definitely feel like these have had a good trial.

Price: £8 each from Victoriahealth.com (I bought these when they were on offer - buy the cleanser and get the moisturiser free, what a bargain!)

What I like: I love how gentle the cleanser is on my skin. I used to think using facial washes loaded with salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide were the key to fighting spots, but it turns out this very gentle face wash has done my skin the world of good. I use this twice a day, morning and evening, along with Cetaphil moisturiser.
The moisturiser is long lasting and great for rehydrating skin that is dry or subject to spot fighting products which dry the skin out. This moisturiser has proved to be an excellent make-up base - non greasy but hydrates the skin nicely in preparation for foundation.

What I didn't like: Whilst you only need a teeny tiny blob of moisturiser to cover your entire face, the cleanser goes down a lot more quickly. I've used half a bottle of the Cetaphil cleanser in a month, compared to just one quarter (if that) of the moisturiser. This is the only negative point because at £8 it is pretty expensive and would be expensive to keep up as a permanent skin regime. I would also say that the moisturiser may be a little too intense for someone with particularly oily skin. (Note: my skin type is combination, prone to spots on chin but not particularly oily)

Would I repurchase? : Yes, absolutely. Although at £8 each it isn't cheap, I definitely feel it is worth it. I am taking these products as my only skin care to the states with me, and hope to repurchase them both whilst I am out there.

If you are thinking of trying Cetaphil I think it is definitely worth a go. Have a look around sites that sell Cetaphil - you might be able to pick up some offers!

Lydia xox

12 June 2010

May Favourites

Hello everyone! I have been really slack on the blogging front recently, so apologies for my delayed monthly favourites.

About a week ago I found out I am going to be working in a childrens summer camp in Boston (USA) for summer so I am going to be absent from blogging for quite some time sadly. Hope you can bear with me!

Top 5 products for May were:

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer - by far the best concealer I've ever used. I did love Mac's Studio Fix, but the Bobbi Brown tops it for me because it doesn't cake at all. It glides on and doesn't cling to the dry parts of your spot. Love love love.

Fat Hair Hair Spray: I never used to use hairspray, but I picked this up after asking my friend how she got her hair so voluminous. It turns out this hairspray is her secret product. Lift the hair up, spray this hairspray on to the roots, rub and shake hair where it was sprayed and voila - an abundance of volume! Can't recommend this stuff enough. I have been using this mini sized bottle for weeks, but there is a large bottle available if you were wondering. You can get this at Superdrug for about £3.

Sleek Kajal Eyeliner in Black - I bought this after seeing a few bloggers mention it but didn't particularly have huge hopes. It pleasantly surprised me because it is the first eyeliner that actually appears as pure black on my waterline, and it actually stays for hours. I've been enjoying using this on my waterline and then thinly applying it to my lower lash line. It looks really smoky and sexy, awesome for nights out.

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Tone Refreshing Shampoo - I use this shampoo about once a week to keep my highlights looking fresh. It stops my hair looking so dull and it actually makes it shiny, which is hard to achieve on blonde locks. I never suffer from brassy tones, not even when my hair was white blonde all over, so I can't comment on what it does for that. But it is a purple shampoo, so I'm guessing it should do the trick!

Chanel Glossimer Lipglosses - no shade in particular, I am just totally loving Chanel Glossimers this month! I have 5 in total, all various shades of pink, and love them all. They are sticky, but not too sticky. Just about the perfect balance. The are often quite sheer, and infused with sparkles, which is great worn over a lipstick. My favourite is probably the shade Astral - looks hot pink in the tube, but applies quite sheer - looks awesome over hot pink lipstick.

So that is all this month, I always try to narrow it down to 5 favourites because otherwise I'd have a list the length of my arm!

Lydia xox