Florabundance: November 2011

20 November 2011

Current Skincare Routine

My skincare routine always seems to be getting tweaked here and there, but I have gotten myself in to a nice little consistent routine since mid August so I thought it was about time I put up a post about what products I'm using :)


1. Origins Checks and Balances - I love this cleanser and this is currently my third bottle of the stuff. I find it to be a little bit drying with every day use, so I just save this for days when my skin feels a bit on the oily side. It is a very thick cream that turns frothy with the water, and leaves my skin feeling super duper clean

2. Avene Gentle Cleaner - To be honest, I much prefer Cetaphil to this (but it is very comparible!) but because until recently Cetaphil was hard to find in the UK, I sometimes pick this up as an alternative. Basically a gentle cleanser - I use this most days, I don't believe in using harsh cleansers no matter how spotty my skin gets!

3. Origins Clean Energy Cleansing Oil - I use this every evening to remove my make up and I absolutely love it. My skin feels plump and comfortably hydrated. If you want to read more about this, check out my recent review here!


1. Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion - I use this as my night time toner, it's great at helping to keep the spots at bay and making sure my pores get a deeper clean (it contains salicylic acid).

2. Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner - this is my day time toner. It is very soothing and calms down any redness. It would be ideal for night time use too but I prefer to use the slightly harsher products at night and the gentler ones in the day - I find my make-up applies better that way.


1. Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion - god, I love this stuff! It's perfect for days when my skin is more on the oily side and it is also great to use during breakouts - it doesn't really add any excess oil or too much moisture in the skin. Plus, it's so gentle :)

2. Origins Dr Weil Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Cream - this has definitely taken top place as my all time favourite moisturiser. It is thick in consistency but soaks in to my skin almost instantly. My skin feels well hydrated but velvet to the touch. It is also soothing, meaning it helps with redness and sensitive skin.


1. Origins GinZing Eye Cream - I use this in the mornings before applying make-up. It helps brighten up the under eye area and feels very soothing. I have yet to find myself a night time eye cream, so any suggestions are very much welcomed!

2. Origins Super Spot Remover - this is my go to product for spots. You can read more about it in my review here!

And that's it. A lot of Origins products I know, but what can I say... they're my favourite skin care brand :)

Lydia xox

2 November 2011

October 2011 Favourites

I think this is the earliest in to a new month that I've managed to write a monthly favourites, as I was very eager to put this up. I think from now on, I will aim to put the post up on the actual last day of the month. Seems a lot more fitting that way!

On to what I have been loving throughout the month of October...

1. L'oreal Voluminous x5 Mascara - this is an oldie but a goodie! I have used this mascara in the past but then I started to shun it in favour of trying out new ones instead. After being disappointed by a MaxFactor (not sure of the name, purple packaging though?) mascara recently I decided to pick up Voluminous again for the bargainous price of £6 and I have been seriously impressed by how it makes my lashes look. When I use Voluminous, my lashes look fluttery and full - just what I want from a mascara.

2. Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant - oh my gosh, can you say HG product here?! I can't believe I have only recently discovered this product. Basically, it is an exfoliator that is applied like a face mask and then rinsed off - so no little scrubby bits like your usual exfoliators. I really prefer this type of exfoliation now that I have tried it, as I find an exfoliator that really scrubs at your skin can be too harsh and actually make my pores look worse. Not to mention that vigorous exfoliation can lead to broken capillaries! I use this product twice a week and it leaves my skin as soft as a baby's bum :)

3. MAC Select Moisture Cover Concealer NW20 - another product that I can't believe I have only just discovered. I really love this concealer as it does an excellent job of covering up spots and dark circles, yet it never feels or looks cakey. I used to more cream based concealers (such as Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, MAC Studio Fix concealer...), but lately I have found they can emphasise any spots that are dry and cake up under my eyes. What I love most is that my shade - NW20 - seems to blend perfectly in to whatever foundation I am using, whether it is lighter or darker.

4. He-Shi Day to Day Gradual Tanner - this product is PERFECT for this time of year. Now that my real tan from summer is gradually fading, I have been using He-Shi's gradual tanner once a week to subtly inject some colour back in to my skin. I feel I look much healthier with a tan, so it's nice to keep a little sunkissed glow. I imagine I will use this product all year round until summer again. What makes this product stand out amongst other gradual tanners is that the colour is perfect every time - no streaks here! It is also is the least offensive smelling tan I've ever used - bonus!

5. Too Faced Primed and Poreless Primer - when I look in the mirror I have noticed my pores around my nose have been becoming more prominent which kind of upset me. I decided to take action and since using the Too Faced primer I can definitely see a difference. It leaves my skin feeling like velvet and my foundation now goes on seemlessly without accentuating my pores at all. This is one of my first Too Faced products and I'm excited to explore more products from the brand :)

Finally, I will leave you with my favourite song from October: Florence and The Machine - Shake It Out from her gorgeous new album, Ceremonials.

Ceremonials came out on 28th October, and is currently available to download from Amazon for just £3.99 as it is their album of the week :)

I have had the pleasure of seeing Florence live a few times - most notably my university's summer ball last year - and I hope I can see her again in the near future!

Looking forward to everyone else's favourites,

Lydia xox