Florabundance: February 2011

25 February 2011

Loving... Sheer Blouses

Hello everyone, happy Friday :-) I have come down with a cold and feel very achey so I am typing this from my bed. I meant to do this post ages ago - I actually bought these items over a week ago - but hey, better late than never eh!

I have really been in to sheer blouses and shirts recently. I adore all the ones from Topshop but can't justify spending ridiculous amounts on their sheer offerings when I can grab myself at good old New Look!

Last week I picked up these two beauties and thought I would show you them :-) I think people quite like it when I do clothing posts. Let me know if you do!

You can buy this one here!

I love this one. It is shorter at the front and long at the back. Looks great thrown on with a pair of skinny jeans, but I prefer to wear it with a bodycon skirt. I also have to wear a pale pink cami top with this because it is far too sheer to not!

This one is definitely my favourite of the two. I know you can slightly see my bra through this but I am pretty sure it's because I used the flash. I can get away with wearing this alone which is great. I just love the pale pastel blue colour. I definitely suit pastels better than brights, so this is my kind of thing for sure!

I especially like the zip detailing at the back. I also wear this shirt with my black bodycon skirt - I swear, I wear bodycon skirts probably 5 days out of 7. Love them!

Have you bought any blouses like this recently? I'd love to know where you buy yours :-)

Lydia xox

23 February 2011

Questionnaire : A Little About Me

Hello everyone, bit of a late night post from me - saw this little questionnaire on the lovely LC's blog and thought I would nab it. My blog isn't very personal; I like to talk about make-up and beauty products, but I don't really talk about myself or my life so I thought this may be interesting for some of you nosey people :-) I am totally a nosey person and love reading these so I don't judge!

1. What is your dream job?
I would love to be a beauty PR. I have had so many career aspirations over the years, but it is only now - as a final year PR student at university - that I feel like I know what career I would like to have. I kind of fell into PR - I had never studied PR or media before I came to uni. I did my A Levels in French, Spanish and Communication - I was then accepted to university for a degree in French. It didn't feel right so I decided to change courses to PR - purely as it was my aunties field of work and I liked the sound of it - and here I am now :-)

2. What is your favourite fragrance for Winter?
Chanel Chance. It used to be my all-year-round perfume, but now I tend to just leave it for winter as it is so heavy. I must have gone through about 10 bottles of this stuff.

3. How do you take your tea/coffee?
I am definitely a coffee person - dash of milk and two sugars please :-) unless of course the coffee is from Starbucks - then it is a skinny vanilla latte with no sugar.

4. What is your most important beauty secret?
I don't have any beauty secrets in the sense that everything I do I think most people do too. Something that I have learnt recently though is that you should moisturise every morning and evening - even if your skin is oily. I used to just moisturise in the morning, but since adding it to my evening routine my skin is in such better condition.

5. If you had an all expenses paid vacation, where would you go?
I would take my mum to Dubai because that's the one place she really wants to go, and then make a stop off in NYC on the way home - because again, she really wants to go there. I've had the pleasure of gracing NYC multiple times last summer and I wouldn't want to deprive my mum of the experience!

6. If a genie popped up in your lap right now and offered you three wishes, what would you ask for?
1. World peace
2. An end to animal cruelty
3. To see my grandad one last time because I have something I need to tell him - that I love him.

The first two are a bit ambitious, I know but worth a shot right?!

7. If you could only have breakfast, lunch, dinner or desert foods for the rest of your life, what would you pick?
Oooh tough choice! I'm tied between breakfast and dinner - but I'll go with dinner. My favourite meal of the day!

8. If you were Hello Kitty what colour hair bow would you wear?
I don't want to be predictable and say pink, but if I don't say pink then I'm lying. So pink!

9. What is your biggest makeup pet peeve?
When someone's foundation doesn't match their skin colour - ugh I hate nasty foundation lines.

10. If you could wear only one piece of jewellery for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A gold necklace. So easy to wear. I love rings but fiddle with them lot and then panic that I've lost them - so that wouldn't be a good idea. Plus, a necklace can really make an outfit.

11. What one talent do you wish you had?
I wish I could sing better. Nothing I love more than belting out a really soulful song - makes me feel happy inside. Would be made 100 times better if I actually sounded good whilst doing so.

12. Which product will you continue to purchase?
Beauty product? Hmm. Right now I would say MAC Studio Fix Foundation. I've always had at least one bottle of it in my collection for the past 5 years straight. It's not my favourite, and I don't even wear it that often any more, but it is the one foundation that never lets me down.

13. If you could look into the future, would you? And what would you like to know?
I wouldn't. I could die tomorrow, but I wouldn't want to know. I wouldn't change a thing.

14. Who is your biggest celebrity crush? Include a picture!
Jared Leto... such a beautiful man!

15. What made you start a blog?
I stumbled across Lollipop26 on YouTube in 2009 and it all went from there. From Laura's YouTube I found her blog, and then I found the beauty community - and started one up myself straight away. Have never looked back, it has been such a great addition to my life :-)

This isn't a tag as such but I really would love to see some of you guys repost this!

Hope I wasn't too boring for you all,

Lydia xox

22 February 2011

Lush Haul

Hello everyone! I did a little shop at Lush last week and have been meaning to post it for days because I am just so excited about everything I bought :-)

When I worked at Lush I bought stuff there on a weekly basis, sometimes more, and my collection was overflowing. Now when I do a haul it is really exciting for me because usually I haven't done it in about a month or often longer.

Most of the stuff I picked up this time was from the Valentines collection. I went in store after V-Day so was surprised at how much stuff were not sold out yet! Yay for me.

I bought:
  • Happy Blooming Bath Melt - the only thing I got which wasn't from the V-Day collection. I love this bath melt - particularly because it breaks in to 3 pieces. I also love the cherry scent! It is packed with ingredients that are good for the skin. It leaves my skin feeling so soft :-) always a massive bonus with Lush products in my opinion.
  • It's Raining Men Shower Gel (250g) - after hearing how gorgeous this honey-scented shower gel was, I just knew I had to have it. When I saw that Lush claims it is the same scent as Honey, I Washed the Kid It I was already sold on it. And it seriously smells so yummy - it really did not disappoint :-) I'm already worrying about what I will do when it runs out. I wish I had got the super huge bottle!
  • 2x Magic Mushroom Bubble Bar - I loved these so much last year that I knew I had to pick at least two of these babies up! The strawberry and vanilla scented bubble bars smell just like vanilla ice cream mixed with Yummy Yummy Yummy shower gel - which I love and am so sad they have discontinued!
  • Frog Prince Bath Ballistic - This smell didn't particularly tempt me but I just had to get it because I found the nose made out of cocoa butter really interesting. It definitely added a bit of moisture/oil to my tub when I used this, and it smelled quite fresh so I was a happy camper. The frog price piece of paper inside (photo below) really tickled me too :-)

Hope you enjoyed. Out of all the products, if you can get your hands on the It's Raining Men shower gel I highly recommend it :-)

Lydia xox

21 February 2011

Tory Burch Reva Ballet Flats + My Weekend

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a good weekend. Me and two of my housemates took a little trip to London and whilst I was there I took full advantage of having a Tory Burch store within reach. I took the plunge and bought the Reva Ballet Flats I have been lusting after for many months. Every time I saw how great they looked with all of Alexandra's outfits, my lust for them grew and grew. Well now they are finally mine and I couldn't be happier with my purchase :-)

I opted for the black with gold hardware. I got a US size 6 for my UK size 4 feet - just a little reference for any Brits reading this.

Today has been spent breaking these little beauties in as I wander around my house in my workout clothes - so stylish ha! I always throw my workout trousers on when I am staying indoors for the day - so comfy, but a bit more presentable than PJ's haha. It's safe to say these shoes were a dream to break in - they slightly rubbed the back of my left foot but that's about it. No blisters to report. Think I will stick to wearing them indoors for a few more days before I test-drive them outside though :-)

Just two little snaps from my trip:

On the tube.. heading god knows where.

The three of us at the O2 before Russell Howard came on stage. He was hilarious - highly recommend going to see him if you get the chance!

Lydia xox

12 February 2011

Purple Nails

Hello! I have been loving purple nails recently so thought I would share with you all what is my favourite right now.

I have a range of purples in my collection but the one I'm particularly loving right now is OPI The Color To Watch. I love it because it's very metallic and is a bright polish without looking too crazy. It is very sheer though - took 3 coats to look opaque.

I like to do the glitter accent nail with Sephora by OPI - It's Bouquet With Me, which I picked up when I was in America last summer. I always use that polish for the glitter nail when I am wearing purple polish - it just looks gorgeous :-)

With flash:

Without flash, in natural light:

Left - OPI The Color To Watch, Right - Sephora by OPI It's Bouquet With Me

What colour nail polish are you loving at the moment?

Whilst I am still on my purple kick, I will be painting my nails with OPI Pamplona Purple tonight :-)

Lydia xox

10 February 2011

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Mini Review and FOTD

Hello! This is a little face of the day post with some photos I took yesterday. So technically it is face of the.. yesterday, but hey I can pretend.

I mainly wanted to do this post because I realised how much I liked Double Wear Light and wanted to big it up a little - you always hear of peoples love for Double Wear but never its sister foundation Double Wear Light.

I use a sample pot of Double Wear and hated it - a heavy foundation that felt heavy. I like heavy foundations such as MAC Studio Fix Fluid so I was surprised to not like DL. However, it just felt too cakey and blergh. Not for me at all.

So I picked up Double Wear Light a few months back in a blog sale and I am very happy with it. I don't wear it religiously, and wouldn't necessarily say I plan to repurchase, but I do enjoy wearing it from time to time.

The foundation is lightweight on the skin but has pretty good coverage - I'd say medium? I didn't need to wear concealer with this so that says it all for coverage really.

I also didn't need to set it with powder and it lasted for about 5 hours on me before my forehead starting to get shiny. That was quite impressive for me and gains it a massive thumbs up.

Anyway, this is only a mini review with my thoughts on it.. so now onto my face of the day:
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation in shade 001
MAC Mineralize Blusher in 'Gentle'
Bare Minerals Eyebrow Gel
Chanel Eyeshadow Quad in 'Kaska Beige' - all shadows were used
Maybelline Volume Express One by One mascara in Black
Lips - au naturel! Maybe a slick of vaseline?

So yes - all in all I like this foundation. It is nothing outstanding but I enjoy having it in my collection. As I said, it hasn't been groundbreaking so I probably won't repurchase. But would I recommend? Yes - I have nothing bad to say about it.

Lydia xox

6 February 2011

Jimmy Choo Perfume - Love!

Yesterday I was browsing around Debenhams, shamelessly looking for something to buy so I could use the £10 worth of points I had racked up on my beauty card. The woman in the perfume section spritzed the new Jimmy Choo perfume on my wrist and I just KNEW I couldn't leave the store without buying it. It smells delicious!

I am absolutely useless at describing scents and have not much to say about this perfume apart from the fact it smells gorgeous. So I shall leave the description to the experts...

"Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum expresses an aura of strength and beauty. Glamorous in attitude, confident, intelligent and with a sense of fashion and fun, the fragrance is a modern Fruity Chypre with warm, rich, woody depths. It’s a fragrance inspired by modern women – strong, empowered, beautiful, seductive and alluring with a hidden and mysterious sense of confident sexuality."

So there we have it! Much better summed up than I could ever have done it. They have the description down to a t though - this is a very sexy smelling perfume, slightly fruity and very girly but not heavily sweet. Its quite sophisticated, but fun - if something can smell fun that is!

The Jimmy Choo fragrance only comes in eau de parfum which is right up my street. I love strong smelling scents. However - I am not 100% sold on the longevity of this scent. It has disappeared on me after a few hours. But that I can live with :-)

It comes in the sizes: 40ml, 60ml and 100ml. I opted for the 60ml, which set me back £49 in Debenhams - but with my points I only paid £39. Bargain. With the special beauty card offer on in store I also managed to rack up another 500 points - meaning another £5 reward at the end of this month. Ooh I do love a bit of Debenhams.

So not much else to say except go have a sniff of this perfume - I promise you, it is pretty special :-)

Lydia xox

4 February 2011

Origins GinZing Review

Hello everyone and happy Friday! TGIF, right?!

Today I am reviewing Origins GinZing - probably the first eye cream I have ever liked. I've been using this since September, so it's safe to say it's well tested :)

Origins say it is a refreshing eye cream to brighten and depuff - which is exactly what it does and why I love it. I can dab this onto my eye area and happily wander around make-up free. I don't go make-up free outside very often, but when I do I feel confident enough to do so - knowing that my eye area isn't so dark and sunk in - thanks to GinZing!

The ingredients include caffeine and panax ginseng (hence it's name!) so it's no wonder this little product does what it says on the tin. It's like coffee for your skin - it definitely wakes my eye area up!

As you can see above, the cream is a salmon pink colour. This photo was taken without the flash and as you can see - it is still quite light-reflective. I think this is because the cream itself has tiny freckles of sparkles in - which helps with the brightening properties. It isn't noticeable when applied, but I can see it on my fingertip before I dab it on.

Price: £20 for 15ml - which sounds a lot of money for the amount you're getting, but seriously this pot will last forever. The above photo shows just how much I've used since September. It's hardly anything. That's the great thing about Origins products, I've found - a little goes a long way, and so the pricey products seem a lot more worth the price tag when you think of how long they will last.

Why I like it: The product actually does what it claims too. I don't feel like I need to wear concealer when I'm wearing this - it does a great job of hiding my dark circles. It also sinks in quickly, so no greasy eye area. It is also going to last me a lifetime - so I feel like £20 was well spent.

What I don't like about it: When travelling, the cream splodges all about in the pot and sticks to the top of the tub. A bit of a messy pain, but hey I can live with that.

Would I repurchase? Definitely - although I doubt I will need to for a very long time!

If you are looking for an eye-brightening eye cream, I would say go for this. Or atleast ask for a sample - Origins are very generous about giving samples out.

Lydia xox