Florabundance: March 2011

31 March 2011

Dior Skin Forever Foundation Review

Hello everyone and a special hello to my new followers! I have noticed the numbers slowly creeping up all week, so thank you :-)

I have been itching to review this foundation since I very first tried it (I loved it straight away) but wanted to make sure I had tested it enough before doing so. So I stuck it out and waited two weeks. So yes, I bought this foundation two weeks ago, have used it every day since and I totally love it.

I would describe it as having a medium coverage with a matte finish, which is great for my combination oily skin. I love that I can wear this foundation on its own - there is totally no need to set it with powder. I have noticed that it is somewhat luminous and makes you look glowy from within, but it's definitely a matte foundation at the same time and it controls my oily t-zone. I have also found it to be one of the longest lasting foundations I've ever tried - lasting a good 10 hours yesterday when I attended my university's Varsity event in Cardiff (the next city to ours).

My desired way to apply this is with either my MAC or Benefit foundation brush. I'm not usually fond of foundation brush application, however this is the first foundation I have noticed that blends seamlessly with a foundation brush. Amazing! The foundation itself has a very light consistency but surprisingly dries with a generous medium coverage. It covers my blemishes well too so I don't often find the need to use concealer.

And finally, one of my favourite things about this foundation? It smells wonderful and fresh!

A photo of me wearing the foundation :-) ah I love it. Oh and I got matched as shade 020 (not sure of the exact name sorry, only the number!)

So if you are on the lookout for a new, long-lasting foundation I'd definitely recommend trying this out. I knew as soon as the Dior MUA applied it to my skin that I wanted to buy it. It felt lovely and made my skin look healthy. So I advise you to have it tried on you at a counter :-)

Lydia xox

26 March 2011

Saturday Haulin'

Hey everyone! I went shopping today with the girls and it was a very successful shopping trip indeed. With the Spring definitely showing signs it has arrived in the UK, I wanted to get a few new pieces of clothing. My wardrobe was looking far too dark and dreary for this Spring weather!

So here is what I bought :) it is very much a H&M orientated post by the way. Love a bit of H&M - not too cheap, not too expensive. I hate Primark, but sometimes I can't always splash the cash at Topshop or Zara and I find that H&M is a nice middle ground. Anyway... here goes..

This lovely floral top was £7.99 and it looks way better on the body than it does the hanger! It has bat wing sleeves and is oversized and floaty, but it becomes more fitted as it hits your hips. I love this style, my wardrobe is definitely dominated by loads of similar tops to this right now. I got this in size medium for reference.

I picked up this lovely long cardigan for just £14.99 - I can't quite describe the colour though. The photo is not showing it's true colour - it's more a pale camel colour I think? Anyway, I bought this because I only own black, grey and navy cardigans. All far too dark for the new season! I got this in a size 14 rather than my usual 12 as I like them to be quite baggy.

Finally, the last thing I picked up at H&M today was this floaty racer-back top, for £5.99. I bought this to wear under another top I have to wear to a university event on Wednesday, but thought it would be nice to wear over a bikini on holiday or paired with leggings for the day time. Nothing special, just something basic.

I actually bought this top from H&M about a week or so ago. I had to include it in this post because it is just so lovely! Love the colours - all very 'me'. It cost £19.99 and I have worn it loads already! I bagged the last size 12 and I have a feeling these have been flying off the racks.

Finally, I picked up this Tresemme ceramic round brush from Boots for £7. I want to reduce how often I use my GHD's so I picked this up in a bid to achieve a better blow dry. Haven't tried it yet but will keep you posted if it's a success :-)

Lastly, here's a DailyBooth photo from yesterday. All this lovely weather is making me want to crack out the Strawberry Brothers cider. Yummy! :-)

Have a good weekend guys,

Lydia xox

19 March 2011

Kerastase Resistance Strengthening Duo

Hello everyone! Bit of a late night post from me before bed. I had these photos on my computer ready to do a review so thought why the hell not eh :-)

I bought these products in early January from Lookfantastic.com - click here - and I have been using and loving them ever since.

In the duo you get Kerastase Bain de Force shampoo (250ml) and Kerastase Ciment Anti-Usure. I love both products so much, but really it is the Ciment Anti-Usure that I feel has done the most for the condition of my hair.

"The ultimate duo for weakened hair, the Kérastase Strengthening Duo combines Bain de Force and Ciment Anti-Usure, two best-selling products from the Resistance Force range. Your weak, fragile hair will be left full of body, vitality and improved strength."

Since January, I have used just one bottle of the shampoo which amazing. I am half way through my second bottle of the conditioner, which for me is great too. These are pricey but I feel if they will last this long then it makes up for it and makes them worth the money.

I don't have much to say about the shampoo except that it does its job and it does the job nicely. It smells great (quite fruity?) and cleans my hair well. It also makes it feel soft, as opposed to some shampoos that leave your hair quite rough until conditioner is applied. However, I don't feel this is a necessary must-have product like the conditioner, but I do like to have the matching shampoo to my desired conditioner :-)

The Ciment Anti-Usure on the other hand is a fantastic product. It is a leave in one-minute conditioner which you use just like any other conditioner - only you must leave it in for one minute rather than rinsing instantly. When I first applied this conditioner it didn't feel very special, but once I rinsed it out and the water hit my hair I could feel how silky it had made my hair. My hair is the softest I have ever felt it when I use this product. I seriously believe it has made my hair healthier too, not just a product to coat my hair and make it look healthy.

Above you can see the condition of my hair. This photo was taken about 3 weeks ago, and since then my hair has grown even more.

This haircare system will be with me for a long time I imagine. I have every intention to keep repurchasing, as I have seen such great results from them.

If you have weak, damaged or really dry hair then I would highly recommend these products. I have been on a journey with my hair for nearly two years now - going from very damaged and rather short bleached blonde hair - and along with Moroccan Oil these products are what have made the biggest improvement to my hair.

Cannot sing their praises enough.


17 March 2011

Face and Outfit of the Evening 16/03/11

Hello everyone! I went to the cinema last night to see Chalet Girls (purely for Ed Westwick perving - it was pretty good too!) and had a bit of time before we left so snapped some photos for the ol' blog :)

Revlon Photo Ready Foundation 003 Shell
Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick in Rose
Bare Minerals Eyebrow Gel
Urban Decay Half Baked Eyeshadow (Naked Palette)
Urban Decay Toasted Eyeshadow (Naked Palette)
MaxFactor Masterpiece Mascara
Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in 04 Imagination (my absolute fave!)

Top - Topshop
Watch - Michael Kors
Necklace - Lisa Taubes 42" Rose Gold Chain
Bodycon Skirt - H&M

Tadaaaa. Just a simple little outfit :) I live in my bodycon skirts, usually paired with a floaty top just like the one I'm wearing in these photos.


10 March 2011

Lisa Taubes 42" Rose Gold Necklace

Hey everyone! Hope you are all doing ok.

About two months ago I ordered the 42" Rose Gold necklace by Lisa Taubes from Lorraine at www.thecurrentcustom.com :-) I ordered it because I wore my silver version to death over the past year and wanted to mix it up a bit. Plus, it's nice to have something that matches my rose gold Michael Kors watch!

I thought I'd blog about it with some photos because according to my blogger.com stats, my previous Lisa Taubes post is my most viewed of all time. It seems a lot of people get to the post from Google, so hopefully this post will be just as useful for you guys :-)

Above is how I usually wear the necklace - I personally think it looks the best like this, doubled once.

Above - with the necklace worn long. I think it looks nice like this but it's quite a pain as it can get caught to stuff. It's so delicate, I wouldn't want to accidentally pull it and break it! Not that I think that it is in any way poor quality, but it is just so dainty.

Close up of the necklace in my hand, taken in natural light - a good representation of how the rose gold really looks, I would say.

Do you have any Lisa Taubes jewelry?

I highly recommend - such simple pieces than can be worn with everything!

Lydia xox

4 March 2011

February Favourites

Hello everyone! Bit of a late night post from me. I am definitely a night owl, so much more productive at night :-) and that's how I like it!

I haven't done a favourites post in a long time so I thought I would re-join that bandwagon. As always, I have picked my top 5 products of the month.

1. YSL Parisienne Eau de Parfum - I had this for Christmas (2009) and was a bit underwhelmed if I'm honest. I didn't find the staying power too great so I wore it on and off and then just retired it to the rest of my perfume stash. Flash foward January 2011 and I received a sample of this perfume and just totally fell in love with it so I whipped it out of my stash and have been using it very often ever since. This is a lovely scent - a bit like parma violets - and although it doesn't linger for too long it is PERFECT for spring. Just the right kind of 'heaviness' you'd like in a spring/summer perfume. Looovely.

2. Nails Inc 'Jermyn Steeet' Nail Polish - this polish was a freebie in a magazine quite a few months ago and it is possibly the best freebie I've ever had from a mag! Although Jermyn Street is similar to the many muddy grey polishes in my collection it just stands out. Its very creamy and applies like a dream. Plus, it is so neutral that is just goes with any and every outfit. I love it. I also find that Nails Inc have the longest staying power out of all the brands I use.

3. MAC 'Florabundance' Lipglass - well, as the blog name points out, you should already know how much of a fan I am of this lipglass from MAC. It is a wonderful peachy nude that just looks perfect for most every day looks. This is the only lipgloss I keep on my dressing table and as a result it has been well used for the month of February :)

4. Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation - not much to say except that I LOVE this foundation so much! I have been using it most days since January and it hasn't let me down yet. It applies like a dream and I think this is down to its cream formula. Perfect coverage without feeling too heavy. I urge you all to try this out! :-)

5. Maybelline Vollume Express One by One Mascara - have been wearing this mascara all month long. At first I found the large wand hard to use but now I have realised all I need is one or two simple coats and it leaves my lashes looking lengthened all day long. It is so quick and easy to use! Love this for when I am in a rush!

So there we have it. What are your monthly favourites?

Lydia xox