Florabundance: July 2013

13 July 2013

Warm Weather Essentials

Blogging two days in a row? God, I really have found my blogging mojo! 

I've not long come indoors after spending yet another lovely afternoon in the garden basking in this gorgeous weather we are having in the UK at the moment. I came inside and took a shower to cool down and then applied my favourite light body lotion - The Body Shop Coconut Milk Body Lotion. I really love this stuff, it is very thin in consistency and I would definitely describe it as a milk rather than a lotion. 

Why I love it? It sinks in strait away, feels adequately moisturising, smells absolutely gorgeous and leaves the skin with a lovely sheen. Perfect for warmer weather and balmy nights! 


It should be a given that my other essentials are sunscreen. I would much rather be a paley-face than burn to a crisp. Even in the UK I always wear SPF30. I used to wear lower and I could still get away with it now but I feel better knowing my skin is fully protected. 

My favourites are Piz Buin 1 Day Long SPF30 for the body and La Roche Posay Anthelios AC SPF30 for the face. 

The Piz Buin does what it says on the tin which is just brilliant and so convenient. 

The La Roche Posay is great both under make-up or alone but it does give a slight white cast. It is great for oily skin as it isn't greasy at all and it is very thin in consistency. It doesn't feel like I am wearing sunscreen at all really - would really recommend! 


Other essentials include ice cold water, a face mist and a good book! 

What about you guys? 

Lydia xox

12 July 2013

The Balm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer Review

Hello everyone! Long time no blog. I haven't really been in the mood to blog at all the past couple of months but for some reason today I just had the urge! I have snapped a few photos and planned a couple of posts so hopefully it won't be radio silence from me yet again after this post...

The product I want to talk about today is Mary-Lou Manizer from the Balm Cosmetics. Being a brand that isn't exactly well heard of in the UK, I was a little apprehensive to blindly order a product online but considering this only cost £15 from FeelUnique.com I figured it wasn't a huge waste of money if this turned out to be rubbish. 


As it turns out, this product isn't rubbish at all - it is absolutely fantastic! It is a gorgeous pale champagne toned highlighter that is incredibly pigmented. I am so so impressed! This has now replaced the Dior Amber Diamond highlighter in my daily routine - something I had used religiously for almost 2 years. That is quite a big feat in my opinion and speaks for itself about how great this product is. 


Below - a swatch from just one swipe. 


Below - how pigmented the powder is after one light touch. These photos totally speak for themselves hey!


I am so in love with this product, I cannot sing its praises enough. I strongly recommending trying it if you love a good ol' highlight like me. Some people might reserve something like this for a special occasion or a night out as it a little 'bam!' in your face but I personally love it and feel comfortable wearing it every day. I am always asked how I get my cheekbones to look so glowing - well this is how people! 

In regards to Dior Amber Diamond - yes I still love it but it creates the exact same results for me as the Mary-Lou Manizer so I will probably not repurchase it again as it is double the price! 

After a good experience with my first the Balm product I am now keen to try more - please let ,e know if you have any recommendations! 

Lydia xox