Florabundance: July 2011

31 July 2011

Monthly Faves: July 2011

Hello everyone! Wow, I can't believe how fast this summer is flying by. It's crazy!

I don't have many favourites to show you this month as I was on holiday for the first half of the month! As I was away I didn't really have much chance to buy new things or experiment with products as much as I usually do.

Here is what did stand out though:

1. Marc Jacobs Lola EDP: I bought this on the aeroplane on a whim, and I'm so glad because it is the perfect light and floral summer scent. It's not too heavy and generally just an easy scent to wear. Love it. Oh, and how cute is the bottle?!

2. Nails Inc Brook Street: I bought this after hearing on Twitter that Fearne Cotton chose it for her Nails Inc pedi! I love Fearne Cotton so of course I hotfooted it to my local Boots and picked it up. It is a gorgeous coral pink that is perfect for the toes in summer. It also applies pretty well for a Nails Inc polish - I don't really tend to like their formulation.

3. Chanel Mat Lumiere (shade 30): Now that it's summer, I tend to rely on Mat Lumiere to keep me from looking like a shiny horrible mess on any nights out that I go on. It is also great for days where I know I'm going to be out for a long period of time. No other foundation has the same staying power in my opinion!

4. Nars Roman Holiday Lipstick: I can't believe I didn't own this lipstick until a few weeks ago. It is just a gooooorgeous shade of pink and has a fab formulation. I find it very moisturising, and despite being sheer it is easily buildable. I have worn this almost every day for 2 weeks now - it definitely deserves its place in my favourites!

Roman Holiday on the lips:

Can't wait to read everyone else's favourites,

Lydia xox

25 July 2011

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Review

Hello! Today I'm writing a post that I'm super excited about.

I mentioned a few weeks ago I had bought the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser, and quite a lot of people commented asking for a review. I had only used it once before holiday and wasn't really convinced, so I took the TM away with me and just hoped for the best. I won't lie, I'm not usually a fan of foundations with low coverage, so I didn't have the highest hopes for this. I just thought it would get me by on holiday. However, after using it every night of my entire holiday I can safely say I LOVE it! On top of that, now that I am home I am still using it and loving it for day time make-up.

Below: my ultimate summer/holiday kit!
Secret Camouflage Concealer Palette in SC-2 and Tinted Moisturiser in Bisque.

Top - LM TM
Bottom - LM SC

The swatches look quite pale against my now tanned skin, but this wasn't a problem for me. Before I went away I bought a shade too dark (on purpose) so that it would match when I tanned. But despite this, it still blended and matched well at the start of my holiday when it was a shade too dark, and it still matched at the end of my holiday when it was a shade too light. A bit of bronzer sorted it out in no time!

A little photo of me from holiday, wearing the Tinted Moisturizer. As you can see (I hope!) it has great coverage considering it is a TM.


What I like about it: good coverage, reasonable staying power, lovely creamy consistency, blends well no matter what shade you are, looks natural, doesn't need to be set with powder, looks slightly dewy but not too shiny either. oh and it smells good!

What I don't like about it: despite being a 40ml bottle, it feels like I already used up a lot of it in just a 3 week period. I only applied it once a day for these 3 weeks, so I don't feel it would be good value for money (around £30 a bottle) if it were to run out soon.

Would I repurchase? definitely! it's pricey but worth it. I intend to repurchase a darker shade (Sand, for ref) in the near future.

I am a tinted moisturizer convert! Hurrah!

Hope this covered everything you wanted to know! If not, leave me a comment below :-)

Lydia xox

23 July 2011

Holiday Make-Up Bag

Hello everyone! Hope you're all having a great weekend.

Today I thought I'd show you what make-up I took on holiday with me. I took this huge Accessorize make-up bag shown below, but to be honest it wasn't all that full considering I went for 2 weeks!

What I took:

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation in B20 (what I wore before I got tanned)
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser in Bisque (LOVE! review coming...)
Nars Laguna Bronzer
Nars Penny Lane Cream Blush
Nars Deep Throat Blush
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers
MAC Eyebrow Gel
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy
Covergirl Lash Blast Waterproof in Black
MAC Lipstick Vegas Volt
MAC Lipstick Petals and Peacocks
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Monte Carlo

For my eyes, I took a full MAC palette, which can be seen below...

Despite taking 15 eyeshadows, I mainly just used Patina - oops! Next time I think I'll take an eyeshadow quad :)

What are your holiday make-up bag must haves?

Lydia xox

19 July 2011

I'm Home... and I've Graduated!

Hello everyone! Hope you are all well. I got home from Cuba on Saturday - had a really fab time. Two weeks of the scorching hot weather, the beach, the pool and all inclusive food and drink - heaven!
Yesterday I had my graduation ceremony - I graduated with a 2:1 Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations. I'm very proud!

Here's some snaps...

Celebrating me and my best friend's results in Cuba. All inclusive champagne - yes please!

Me in the stoopid cap and gown - most uncomfortable clothing ever!

Me and my friend Tamar just before the ceremony :-)

Is anyone else graduating this summer? Congrats, if so!

Lydia xox