Florabundance: January 2011

25 January 2011

Face and Outfit of The Day 25/01/11

Hello! Today I had a girls day out with two of my best friends, and they are coincidentally two of my housemates too :) we went to Nandos for food and then watched Black Swan at the cinema. Was a lovely day. I had a little time before we went out so I snapped some photos to blog about :)

Chanel Mat Lumiere foundation in #20 Clair
MAC Sunbasque blush

Plain old Vaseline!

MAC Brule e/s - highlight
MAC Ricepaper e/s - inner two thirds of the lid
MAC Sumptuous Olive e/s - outer corner and crease
Dior Diorshow Extase mascara in Black
BareMinerals Brow Gel

Topshop Batwing Blouse
H&M Black Vest (not seen)
H&M Bodycon Skirt
Accessorize 90 den tights
Very.co.uk heeled boots

Short but sweet post, hope you like

Lydia xox

24 January 2011

Lush Silky Underwear Review

Hello, hope Monday is treating everyone ok.

Today I'm going to review Lush's Silky Underwear. I picked this up just after Christmas, after hearing babyfashionalcoholic mention it in her Lush must haves video. Love her videos, I would recommend you all check her out :-)

This is yet another product review from me. I have noticed a lot of bloggers I follow, and a lot of bloggers who follow me, have strayed away from make-up posts recently. For me, this blog is still all about the make-up. I still enjoy and love make-up, I still get excited about it and my blog is of course a reflection of that. I hope you all still enjoy reading these posts.

Lush says:

"Iconic dusting powder for a body like silk. Silky Underwear is a very special dusting powder that has captured the imagination of our customers. Grated cocoa butter melts onto the skin for a silky sensation and the powder makes sure your body doesn't feel greasy."

Why I like it: That little paragraph totally sums up why I love this product. The cocoa butter ingredient is evident as soon as you twist the lock to pour some powder out. The scent hits you, and it smells gorgeous - a combination of cocoa butter and jasmine. As I pat it all over my skin, I feel moisturised but totally not greasy at all - because it's a powder, of course! This is so convenient for times when you are in a rush - you don't have to wait for your moisturiser to sink in, you are just good to go. Although I say that - most of the time I will use this dusting powder before bed. It just leaves me feeling so clean when I apply it after a bath, and then I wake up with skin so soft. I know you may be thinking - body powder? Isn't that like talc or baby powder - which only grannies and babies use?! Well yes.. I did have that ideology about dusting powders until I bought this. But honestly - this is NOTHING like talc/baby powder! It's a luxurious product and it's quite.... sexy! Having read many reviews before buying this, it would seem many men like this scent on their ladies! I can't say I have any first hand proof of this... yet! Haha. Also - many women claim that this dusting powder is fantastic for the summer months, apply to the areas you usually get sweaty and it will stop you getting so sticky, and adding a nice little scent too.

Price: £6.50 for 100g

Would I repurchase? Probably.. I enjoy using this, but it isn't a must-have for me. Not yet anyway.

Lydia xox

23 January 2011

Origins Starting Over Review

Hello and happy Sunday everyone!

These last few months has seen a huge love blossoming between me and Origins. I seriously can't get enough of their products, and have so many Origins products I want to blog about. Instead of doing another boring skin care routine post, I thought I'd do them individually.

So this review is about Origins 'Starting Over' Moisturiser - I use the oil free version, so can't vouch for the original but I would assume there isn't too many differences.

This face cream is pretty groundbreaking for me. I know you are meant to use a moisturiser every day and night, regardless of your skin type, but having oily skin meant that I would also refrain from using a moisturiser at night - thinking it would make my skin greasier and spottier. Most moisturisers I had used left me feeling too greasy at night. That was of course until this little pot of goodness came in to my life. I had asked for this as a Christmas present off my auntie, it set her back around £32 (the price has since gone up to £35) - which is steep, but had it not been a gift I still would have forked out for it myself. Having had such a good experience with Origins in the past, I was confident I would like the product. And thankfully I did!

Why I like it: it has a very light consistency which doesn't make my skin feel greasy, it sinks into my skin effortlessly within seconds and leaves my skin feeling comfortably hydrated. It provides a fantastic base for make-up. It hasn't caused me to break out in the whole month I have used it for - this includes 'time of the month', which is a miracle!

What I don't like about it: The price is an obvious downside, at £35 it is steep. However - if product works well for me, I don't mind paying that kind of price. Plus, this 50ml tub barely has a dent in it after being used twice a day every day for a month. See above for how much has been used up - it's hardly nothing! This is sure to last me a good few months.

Would I repurchase? Most definitely!

You can buy Origins Starting Over here

Lydia xox

17 January 2011

A Chanel FOTD

Hello everyone! Today's make-up choices turned out to be mostly Chanel, so I thought I would blog about it :) Chanel is probably my favourite brand for make-up, maybe not of all time, but it's my favourite of the moment.

I bought Chanel Mat Lumiere recently and I LOVE it! I am wearing it in the photo below, so I've taken this opportunity to rave about it.

Mat Lumiere is possibly the best foundation I have ever used - this is primarily because I don't need to set it with powder. I hate setting foundation with powder, but because I have oily/combination skin it is often a must for me. Mat Lumiere manages to mattify my face, but at the same time I think it looks glowy. When I wear this I can see that my cheekbones look highlighted, in a subtle way. The skin doesn't look greasy, it looks fresh.

Sorry about the messy hair - it had been a busy day and the weather wasn't exactly glorious.

Products used:
  • Chanel Mat Lumiere in 20 Clair
  • MAC Mineral Blush in Gentle
  • Chanel Eyeshadow Quad in Mystic Eyes - the light brown (bottom right) and dark brown (top left) were both used, with the pink (top right) being used as an inner eye highlight.
  • Chanel Eye Kohl in Clair - used for lower waterline
  • MaxFactor Masterpiece Max Mascara in Black
  • Bare Minerals Brow Gel
  • Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in 04 Imagination

So as you can see, I am loving Chanel right now. What's your favourite Chanel product? I would love to know - it may end up on my ever-growing wish list!

Lydia xox

10 January 2011

Small Blog Sale!

Hi everyone - I've been thinking of doing a blog sale for a while, I have a few things lying around that I never use and think they deserve a new home. Today I finally got around to photographing the stuff, so here is my blog sale!

1. Comment below with what you would like to buy. Please write your paypal email address in the comment so I can invoice you. First come, first serve.
2. Please pay within 24 hours, otherwise I will give it to the next person if there is someone else wishing to buy it.
3. Postage and packaging will be £1 for each item.
4. UK & Ireland only - not open to international buyers

OPI Mod About You £4 (Used Twice) SOLD

MAC Eyeshadow 'Purple Haze' £5 (Used Once) SOLD

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer 2010 Liquid Eyeshadows...

Shade 1 (paler colour) £3.50

Shade 2 (darker colour) £3.50

MAC Cleanse Off Oil £4.50 (roughly 70% remaining) SOLD

Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in 'Tattle Tale' £5 (swatched x3) SOLD

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer shade #2 £3.50 (Used 3x maximum but hard to tell how much product remains) SOLD

Benefit Stay Don't Stray Eye Primer £4 (Used twice) SOLD

Thanks for checking it out,

Lydia xox

9 January 2011

NOTD 09/01/11

Hello everyone! I'm not normally one to do a nails of the day post, but I just absolutely l-o-v-e love this colour and felt like doing a little post :-)

The nail polish is Nails Inc 'Jermyn Street'

This little baby was also a freebie with some magazine - think it was Glamour a few months back but I can't be 100% sure!
I love the Nails Inc freebies we got last year - there was quite a few, what with Diet Coke and magazines put together.
Nails Inc polishes tend to be amazing quality. My mum used to swear by them, but in the last year or so I've been buying her OPI so she's a convert to that now ha. But seriously - got to love Nails Inc. When I get a manicure I always go to the Nails Inc counter for it :)

And that is all my lovelies. Hope you are all having a relaxing Sunday :-) I know I am.

Lydia xox

7 January 2011

Moroccan Oil Review

Today I'm doing a long overdue post - my review on Moroccan Oil. I absolutely love this stuff and it has definitely been my standout product of 2010.

I know many people use this and love this, and I know many people haven't and are keen to hear about it or try it out themselves. So I hope you enjoy my review :-)

What Moroccan Oil says...

'Moroccanoil has unique quality of instant absorption into hair, creating an instant shine and long term conditioning without leaving residue.'

Direction for use...
For healthy looking, smooth and striking shiny hair, apply a small amount throughout damp hair, style as usual.

Before Moroccan Oil I used Chi Silk Infusion, which did a good job, but of course - curiosity got the better of me. At £29.95 a bottle, I did take some time deciding whether to purchase it or not. To me healthy hair is such a huge goal and I thought why not give it a try. Let's just say it is definitely worth the investment! Plus it does work out to quite good value. I bought this bottle in September, and so far have used about one quarter of the bottle. That's 4 months usage, and only 1/4 has gone. So if I calculate right, this bottle should last over a whole year before I need to repurchase. When you look at it that way it isn't so expensive after all :-)
At first I was skeptical of using an oil on my hair, incase it made my freshly washed hair greasy. Thankfully, it doesn't weight the hair down at all. My hair definitely feels more conditioned and healthier, but the fact that there is oil in your hair is totally undetectable.

I use a small amount, just slightly bigger than pea-sized, and work it into my damp hair from the mid-length to ends. I then use what's left on my palms to go on the top of my head - fringe and shorter layers. My hair instantly feels healthier and the scent is amazing. I can't stop sniffing my hair once it's on. The scent does fade when my hair has dried though, sadly.

Below: my hair after it's been dried, with Moroccan Oil used on it. Shiny!

Why I like this product: it makes my hair incredibly shiny, which is hard to come by for blonde hair. I also feel like it isn't a quick fix, to synthetically coat my hair and make it appear healthy. I feel like this product has truly made my hair healthier. This is considered a 'treatment' after all.

Would I repurchase: Absolutely! I couldn't be without it now that I have used it.

I bought Moroccan Oil from lookfantastic.com for £29.95

Lydia xox

6 January 2011

Belated Christmas Presents Post!

Hello all, hope you are well. I am currently battling with the flu - and so I am writing this post from the comfort of my own bed :)

I've been meaning to do a post on what I got for Christmas, in fact I even took these photos before NYE - I just never got around to posting it before I went away! I love reading these posts or watching videos on it after Christmas, so I thought I'd still post it anyway - it's just a little belated :)

Just to point out - I'm not posting ALL my presents because it would be ridiculous to show the all the pyjamas, underwear, socks, books, dvds etc I got. I'm sure it'd be boring - and a bit weird (showing off my pjs and underwear!). So this is just my standout presents, and the things I think you'd all like to see.

So here we go!

Michael Kors Rose Gold Chronographic Watch:

This wasn't gifted to me by anyone - I asked most family members to give me money as a present so that I could put it towards this watch in particular. I was originally planning on getting yellow gold but it was sold out - so I went for the rose gold instead. It's equally as pretty and I'm totally in love with it! My favourite Christmas present by far, even if it wasn't technically a present :P

I got it at House of Fraser for £199, they even took the links out for free for me so I have been proudly wearing it ever since I bought it. LOVE!

Vivienne Westwood Naughty Alice Perfume (eau de parfum 50ml):

My auntie bought me this perfume - she had asked me what I wanted before Christmas and I mentioned a couple I liked and hadn't bought. I'm so glad she picked Naughty Alice - it is gorgeous, I've worn it most days since Christmas day. It's a hard scent to describe - it's not very girly at all, and quite heavy. I never used to be one for girly scents - I always wore heavy ones like Chanel Chance, and this is sort of similar in that sense. Go have a sniff of it if you get the chance :)

Juicy Couture - Viva La Juicy

Viva La Juicy was a gift from my mum, and something I picked out myself when shopping with her before Christmas. I'd never tried it before and wanted something new - loved this at first sniff and had to have it! I've been a lot more adventurous with perfume these days. Before I'd only ever wear Chanel Chance or Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. It's nice to branch out a little :)

Origins VitaZing and Origins Starting Over Moisturiser:

My auntie bought me the Starting Over moisturiser, again after I had suggested it to her as a present idea. It has been on my wishlist for quite some time, and I am loving Origins so much at the moment. This is my day moisturiser for under foundation, and my night foundation too. It's very light (oil free) but still does the trick of making my skin feel hydrated. I think this was around £34 from Debenhams.

After Christmas I purchased the VitaZing moisturiser. Wow - this stuff is AMAZING! This evens skin tone out like no other, and I wear this on days where I want a more natural look - I just pop this on and there is no need for foundation. Bit of a miracle product for me. This costs £25 at Origins counters.

Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer and Silk Creme Foundation:

I had been intending to try these for quite some time - I had read countless reviews and this seemed like a great foundation for me. Silky and creamy - but oil free. Meaning a dewy finish but no grease. I picked these both up at a Laura Mercier counter after Christmas, again with my Christmas money. So far, so good - love them both.

MAC Blush in 'Sunbasque'

Nothing really to say here - nothing at MAC appealed to me so just picked up a new blush. Thought this would be perfect for spring and summer, with a tan.

Lots of Lush stuff:

Some bought by my mum, some bought by me. As you probably know I'm a huge Lush fan. Have nothing new to say here really :)

Large Yankee Candle Jar in 'Sparkling Snow':

My auntie picked this out for me - good gosh it's huge too! I usually buy the medium sized tumblers, as the jars are way overpriced - a medium tumbler has twice as much product as a small jar, but they're almost identical in price. But anyway, I was extremely happy to receive this on Christmas morning! I have been using it most evenings and it hasn't even made a dent in it - this will last me until next Christmas hehe.

So that is my Christmas presents post - I don't like to call it a haul, as that's not what it is really.

Hope you enjoyed this,

Lydia xox

p.s. all photos taken with my new, shiny Panasonic Lumix TZ8 camera. LOVE IT! My camera broke on Christmas day so I had to get the Panasonic Lumix out of my Christmas money - an unexpected purchase but I am thrilled with it. xox

4 January 2011

Look Back at 2010

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great NYE and a great start to 2011. I have returned home today after spending New Years with my housemate in her hometown. It was great - bit of a pub crawl and nice to have different scenery.

I thought it would be nice to do a look back on 2010 post as my first post of the year. This is very picture heavy though so I do apologise. Some months had more going on than others, so again - I apologise!

This post is a lot more personal than what I would normally post. However, it's just a one off -something for me to look back on in the future.

2010 was a fantastic year, particularly because of things such as going to America alone for a summer. On the other hand, 2010 was sad because I lost my childhood pet who really was my best friend. Either way, I'm embracing 2011 with hope for more good times and less bad times :-)

January 2010:
Back to university, back to the grind. Lots of nights out were had after the exams. Here's a photo of me at the 'back to school disco'. Classy.

Started to grow my hair out and fell in love with hair flowers. February was a very boring month - hardly any photos taken. I don't even have any February memories - shocking!

March 2010:
The second semester of my second year of uni was already ending. The beginning of March saw me spending a lot of time with my friends from home - here is a group shot from my friend Aimee's 21st.

March wasn't the happiest month. On my first day home of the Easter break, my cat Amy had to be put down. I don't think a day has passed where she hasn't crossed my mind. I had her since I was around 6 or 7, that's nearly two thirds of my life. She's so dearly missed.

March did bring one good thing though - it brought the most beautiful, loving kitten into our home. We couldn't cope not having a cat around the house, so we got a new furbaby. Here is a photo of my little Alfie :) he has grown tonnes now but he is still just as gorgeous and charming! My little man - he has definitely been one of the highlights of 2010 for me.

Varsity is always the highlight of my student year. It's the varsity between Swansea university and Cardiff university, and it's always a great day out. Followed by a very drunken night out, of course! This year Swansea won the rugby so it was cheers all round :-)

I seem to have taken very few photos in May. Must have been a quiet month, and I think I know why - dreaded exams!

When me and two of my housemates finished our exams we treated ourselves to giant fishbowl cocktails from TGI Friday's. Nom - look how yummy they look!

The end of term looms. Lots of stuff happened in June. But to kick it off was our university's annual Summer Ball. Florence and The Machine headlined - it was fantastic to say the least.

Below - group shot before Summer Ball, all but one of my housemates are here :)

June then saw me pack up my case and jet off to America for the summer. The most exciting and terrifying thing I've ever done.

I worked at a children's summer camp in Boston. Met some wonderful people and had a blast.
Here's a group shot of all the staff on our last day of camp :-) good memories.

Me and my friend Gina. One of the best camp friends I made - we bonded over beauty blogging and the YouTube beauty community - what a coincidence that was. Miss you Gina!

Summer also saw me take a couple of trips to New York. Being based in Boston meant it was only a 4 hour bus ride there - so why not make the most of it eh! I loved my time there. I could visit New York over and over, if I had the chance...

And to end my summer, I had a weeks vacation in the city of sin - VIVA LAS VEGAS!

It was the perfect end to a perfect summer.

Back to university for my final year *tear*. Freshers fortnight madness - two weeks of non stop partying.

Here's me with two housemates - and two of my best friends EVER. If university will give you anything, it's friends for life.

My auntie celebrated her 50th birthday. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at the start of summer, she is 100% fine now but at the time it was such a relief for me to see her on her birthday and see her looking so well. She even kept her hair as she used the cold cap - amazing.
Here is a group shot of my nearest and dearest :-) a big highlight of 2010 for me.

October was the month I became obsessed with Ebay. Here's my £4.99 bargain Topshop shoes. Love it.

And of course, October means Halloween!

November was very quiet indeed. I had a tonne of assignments to do and that meant very little blogging/nights out/photo snapping!

Ah, December.. the most wonderful month of the year.

Christmas tree went up on December 1st, looking all pretty :-)

The middle of December saw a crazy amount of snow.

It also saw our Winter Ball. Great night. Very sad it's our last one as students.

And finally - NYE. This photo was actually taken in Vegas in summer if you're wondering how I got so tanned haha! I just thought it was very NYE appropriate.

Et voila, that was my year in photos.

Hope it wasn't too long and boring for you all. I enjoyed making this post so that's all that matters eh!

Lydia xox