Florabundance: December 2011

29 December 2011

Christmas 2011 Gifts

I hope you don't think I'm showing off by writing this post, but to be honest I absolutely love reading other peoples Christmas presents posts so I thought I would jump on the wagon and do my own.

This year I didn't ask for anything besides perfume and money, so that I could save the money to spend on my trip to America in March. I feel like I was totally spoilt with gifts and got so much more than I had thought I would!

Here is a peek at some of the stuff...

Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum 50ml

Miss Dior Cherie Eau de Parfum 100ml

Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie Tumbler

Lots of lovely Lush products to bump up my stash!

A gorgeous Cinderella Christmas tree ornament, given to me by a friend - I love her :)

A new Radley umbrella - perfect timing as my current one is on its last legs!

Bobbi Brown Make-Up Manual - something I have wanted for a long time!

A travel Babyliss hairdryer to take on my trip with me.

I also got a smoothie maker and lots of bath, body and hair gift sets but I didn't include them as I didn't think they'd be too interesting!

Lydia xox

21 December 2011

My 2011 Beauty Winners

A little bit early I know, but I have hardly any spare time over the next few weeks so better early than never at all I say!

Here are the products that have won my heart this year....


Foundation: Jemma Kidd Light As Air

Powder: Chanel Poudre Universelle

Concealer: MAC Moisture Cover

Eyeshadow: MAC Patina

Eyeliner: MAC Teddy

Mascara: Covergirl LashBlast

Blusher: Illamasqua Ambition

Bronzer: NARS Laguna

Highlight: Dior Amber Diamond

Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Chance

Lipgloss: MAC Dazzleglass Rags to Riches

Nail Polish: Orly Rage


Morning Cleanser: Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser

Evening Cleanser: Origins Clean Energy Oil

Toner: Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner

Moisturiser: Origins Dr Weil Mega Mushroom Soothing Face Cream


Shampoo: Aveda Brilliant

Conditioner: Joico K-Pak Intense Hydrator

Deep Conditioner: Kerastase Chroma Riche Treatment Masque

Leave-In Treatment: Moroccan Oil

Hairspray: Tresemme Firm Hold

Hot Tool: Babyliss Waving Wand

Have you done a 2011 beauty favourites post? Let me know if so! I love to read what products people highly rate.

Lydia xox

14 December 2011

Monday's Face... 11/12/11

On Monday I had a rare spare few minutes before leaving for work so I snapped a few photos to do a FOTD :) you know the drill, take about 20 photos and only 1 is ever deemed blog-worthy. Well here's the one I chose...

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Fresco
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose

MAC Sable - all over lid
MAC Black Tied - outer V
MAC Phloof! - inner corner
L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Luminzer Mascara (for Hazel Eyes)

17 Mirror Shine lipstick in Beehive

I love a good old FOTD post.

Lydia xox

11 December 2011

Top 3 Winter Perfumes

As I was tidying up my make-up and perfume storage this morning, I decided that a post on my top 3 perfumes for the winter months may be a very good idea indeed :) I love perfume and I am a bit of a collector, which means certain perfumes only get used at certain times of the year.

In winter I like heavier, more muskier and longer lasting scents. I love nothing more than picking up a scarf and smelling a perfume you wore days ago! That, is the essence of a fantastic perfume in my opinion :) the 3 I picked all posses that quality.

1. Diptyque Eau Duelle: this is the longest lasting perfume I've ever come across. It's a gorgeous spicy vanilla that manages to be woody and sweet all at the same time - a very complex and interesting scent indeed. It's perfect for this time of year! If you would like to read more about it then click here for my review.

2. Chanel Chance: this used to be my signature scent - well I guess it still is - and I have definitely gone through at least 10 bottles of the stuff over the years! Truly tried and tested you could say :) I don't know how to describe but it is definitely a heavy scent with outstanding staying power. In the last two years I have become a bit of a perfume junkie and so I no longer stay so loyal to Chance - it tends to just come out in Winter time now!

3. Vivienne Westwood Naughty Alice: I had this perfume as a gift last Christmas, and every time I spray it it takes me back to the that period of time. For me, it is the essence of Winter - a musky scent that smells very sensual and audacious, yet it is also floral. Another perfume that lingers all day.

What are some of your favourite winter perfumes?

Lydia xox

8 December 2011

L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Luminzer Mascara for Hazel Eyes

I have a new favourite mascara that I have recently discovered and I couldn't wait to share it with you all! I'm too excited :)

First I shall give you a bit of a back story...
Previously, I had been using and loving Covergirl's LashBlast for months on end but due to it not being available in the UK I started to try out some of our own drugstore mascara offerings. Old favourites Rimme Sexy Curves and L'Oreal Voluminous were just not cutting it for me so last week I decided to take the plunge and try out a new mascara - L'Oreal's Volume Million Lashes Luminzer Mascara. Now, the luminzer range has 3 offerings - one for blue eyes, one for green eyes and one for hazel eyes. I have brown eyes so this wasn't exactly ideal, but I know from experience that purple is really complimentary on brown eyes so I plumped for the Lumizer Hazel Eyes, because that is a plummy purple colour. I'm glad I took this risk because I am so in love with this mascara!


The brush...

How it looks on the lashes...

Above is a photo of my lashes with just one coating of product. As you can see, it really opens up the eye and defines each lash. You also cannot tell that the mascara has some colour to it, so if that has been putting you off trying this range then don't let it!
The reason I love it so much is because it does exactly what I want in a mascara - lifts, expands and separates.

Lifts.... I naturally have rather long lashes but they have no curl to them at all, making them look short and stumpy. This mascara really helps hold the curl created with my eyelash curlers, and shows off the length I have instead of them lying flat and looking pretty non-existent.
Expands... Again, the brush really helps to fan out my lashes and it also seems to give some volume at the base. It makes me look like I have tonnes more lashes than I really do - or at least what I thought I had!
Separates... The brush is plastic and has loads of little grooves in it, which is what I think makes it define the lashes so well. The design of the brush helps to grab each and every lash and then coat them individually! I'm not into clumpy mascara at all, so this works great for me, but if you are then you might be sorely disappointed here.

This mascara cost me around £11 from Superdrug and I would definitely recommend and repurchase. I give it 4 stars out of 5 :)

Lydia xox

3 December 2011

November 2011 Favourites

Yay for December! I can't believe how fast November flew. I started a new temporary job and I have been crazy busy, so I apologise for the serious lack of blogging - I couldn't miss out on a favourites post though :)

So here are the things that have been used and loved throughout the last month...

1. MAC MSF in Triple Fusion (LE) - this MSF has been sat in my make-up drawer for months untouched, but after getting it out one day on a whim I realised how gorgeous it really is. I think I've used it every day since! It is in three stripes - one pink, one pale bronze and one pale gold - and this makes for a gorgeous cheek colour. It is like a blush, bronzer and highlighter all in one. Bit of a time saver in the mornings, and I can see this sticking around in my every day make up for a long time to come. Such a shame it is limited edition, I'll be so sad when I hit pan!

2. Tresemme 24 Hour Body Mousse - I was sick to death of how limp and lifeless my hair had been looking, so I went to Boots on the hunt for a hair mousse. This is the first thing I saw and picked it up without really thinking twice - I'm such a hair mousse novice! I have definitely been loving this product though and I'm so pleased I pick it up. My hair curls a lot better when I've used this, and it also helps boost my root volume when I dry my hair upside down.

3. Sienna X Gradual Tan - this has become my new weekly self tanner recently. It smells very tropical, feels very moisturising and leaves me with an even, golden colour to the skin. I only like to look slightly sunkissed, so full on fake tan is not for me - I'm much better suited to a gradual tan, and this so far has been my favourite :)

4. Jemma Kidd Light As Air Foundation in 03 - I've used this foundation on and off since April, but since buying a better colour match for me (I was using 02 but now have 03) I have been using it religiously! It makes me skin look healthy and I have had lots of compliments whilst wearing it - ding ding!

5. OPI Quarter of a Cent-Cherry - this is my red nail polish of choice at the moment. It's a gorgeous, deep red so I feel very festive wearing it. I mostly love it because it's a darker red though - no berry tones here! I feel like it works with a lot more outfits for me. As for OPI as a brand, I only have good things to say. LOOOOVE!

6. Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Sensuelle - this line is described by Chanel as a 'luminous matte lip colour' and I actually think this is quite an accurate description. The lipstick feels velvety on the lips, appears matte to the eye but feels very moisturising indeed. The colour La Sensuelle is a beautiful dark red, it looks very classic and is an essential in my festive make up routine!

My favourite song of the month has to be an amazing cover/mash up from Glee....

It has been on repeat!

Lydia xox