Florabundance: September 2014

30 September 2014

The Best Of: Cleansers

Well hello there! It's always good to find a bit of blogging inspiration. I was thinking to myself the other day (as I was tidying up my bathroom shelf) that over the past few years I've become such a huge skincare junkie. How did that happen? I love cleansers and simply couldn't limit myself to just one these days. There are so many different types that serve very different (yet essentially the same?!) purposes. 

Here's my current picks -

MAC Cleanse Off Oil - great for an all in one cleanse. This removes all makeup, even stubborn waterproof mascara. A total God send in a rush. I love this one for lazy evenings or traveling as I don't have to carry a separate eye makeup remover. Probably my most repurchased - this is highly recommended by me. 

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser - this is a nice, gentle and non-offensive cleanser. Not brilliant at removing makeup so I reserve this one for mornings, a quick shower face wash or at the end of a no makeup day. 

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm - my favourite of them all! Perfect for a truly deep clean, I massage this on a to either a clean face or a face full of makeup and then remove with a hot face cloth. It works brilliantly and feels like a total spa at home treat! A 100ml tub lasts me months too which makes the £34 pricetag a little less painful. 

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water - this is the next best thing to Bioderma in my eyes and it is a heck of a lot cheaper! I use this most mornings when in a rush or also on a late night to remove my makeup when I'm too tired to make it to the sink. Not ideal to cleanse with alone but it is better than nothing and does the job pretty damn well! 

What cleansers are the cream of the crop for you guys?

Would love to know. Second thoughts,  no I wouldn't - I'd only go and bleedin' buy them all! Hahaha. 

Lydia xox

17 September 2014

MAC Lady Danger

I headed to my local MAC counter a few weeks ago to return some empty products for their 'back to MAC' recycling scheme and ended up getting Lady Danger on a total whim. Truth be told, the lipstick stands at the MAC counters totally overwhelm me and I have to do my research online before purchasing! 

Luckily, my last minute choice of Lady Danger was a huge success and I am hooked on this gorgeous orange toned red. It is a matte formula which I usually hate but this is totally unlike any other matte lipstick I've tried. It doesn't settle in to any fine lines and doesn't dry my lips out - this is all I ask for in a matte lipstick! On top of this, the colour really fixes itself on to the lips and lasts all day. I had to use an oil based cleanser to get the remnants off one night - a true testiment to it's staying power!

Here's a photo of me wearing Lady Danger. As you can see it is super bright and not one for the shy! What impressed me the most is that it didn't make my teeth look yellow which most reds can do if they aren't blue based like this one which is orange based.

On the whole I'd definitely recommend Lady Danger, especially with the colder weather and festive season in the not so distant future! MAC lipsticks currently retail for £15.50. 

Lydia xox