Florabundance: August 2011

31 August 2011

Miracle Product? Origins Super Spot Remover

Hello hello hello :-) I warn you now.. this is going to be a rather lengthy post!

I was gearing up to do a little collective post on all the new stuff I've bought recently but I've just decided to do this post one special product in particular instead. It definitely deserves a post of its own!

So to start off, here's some background info. The past few weeks I've had a bad outbreak of cystic spots on my chin and nothing would get rid of them, not even my trusty benzyl peroxide gel from my GP. I was beginning to lose hope when this little product came in to my life about a week and a half ago! I know it seems premature to review it but it really has done wonders for me and I am seriously questioning whether this is the miracle spot product I have been looking for my entire life!

The product in question is Origins Super Spot Remover, which set me back £12 for 10ml of product. Seems a little expensive for such a small amount but really it looks like it will last a while as you only need to use the tiniest amount of it. The main spot fighting ingredient is salicylic acid.

The first night I bought this I followed the Origins assistant's advice and layered a tiny blob of it on my entire chin (or in your case whichever area is affected by spots). I woke up the next morning and to my utter surprise the spots were seriously less inflamed, less red and less prominent. One had even disappeared completely to just a dry little flake of skin. This is the first time in a very long time a product had wowed me.

The following night, I applied this product again and low and behold, yes the next morning my spots had shrunk yet again. Fast forward three more days and my chin was clear!

So to say I am impressed with this product may be a little bit of an understatement. I genuinely believe it is worth the money and as far as I am concerned it is the reason my spots cleared up.

If you are at your wits end with a breakout and nothing seems to be doing the trick, I'd seriously advise checking this out. Origins are fantastic at giving samples out, so if you are a little skeptical then maybe ask for a small sample pot of it.

As with all of my reviews, here is a breakdown on my thoughts:
Would I recommend? Yes
Would I repurchase? Yes
Why I like it: Basically.. it cleared my spots when even a doctors prescribed product didn't work. It's also less drying than a benzyl peroxide treatment. In my opinion it also isn't too expensive considering it's a higher end skin care brand. Plastic bottle means it is light and easy to travel with.
What I don't like about it: NOTHING :-)

Now speaking of Origins, I just wanted to reinstate my love for Origins Starting Over (Oil Free) Face Cream. I went through two pots of this stuff in the last year, and when it ran out the last time I never repurchased it. The Bliss face cream I bought instead broke me out and instead of trying a different product yet again, I played it safe and went back to Starting Over. Boy is my skin thanking me for it!

Without a doubt, Origins Starting Over is my favourite face cream ever. It keeps my skin clearly and gives it just the right amount of moisture.

Oh Origins... I really do love you!

Lydia xox

19 August 2011

TAG: What's In My Shower

Hello everyone! Long time no blog, I am a terrible blogger right now I'm fully aware. I am always full of great blogging intention but never seem to get around to it.

A few days ago when I was taking a shower I came up with a little blog post idea. I remember that Elle Fowler (I'm sure you all know her - AllThatGlitters21 - say no more) started a tag video called "what's in my shower" and so I decided to turn it in to a blog post tag :-)

I'm quite a nosy person so would love to see what products everyone else has in their shower, so I thought I'd start this off...

St Ives Face Scrub: I have used this scrub for years! I keep this in my shower as I like to use it in the mornings to wake me up! I use it about 4 times a week, it's gentle enough to be used so frequently which is great :)

He-Shi Exfoliator: The most recent addition to my shower shelf, I love this stuff so much as it smells like strawberries, is of sugar consistency, and it isn't too abrasive on the skin!

Dove Silk Glow Shower Gel: I always pick this up when it's on offer (I usually can find it for a £1!) and I love how it feels on the skin. It's uber moisturising which means I can skip on using a moisturiser if I'm in a rush or feeling lazy. This will especially be great in winter when the skin on my legs tends to dry out!

Tresemme Naturals Shampoo and Conditioner: I won these massive bottles in a Twitter giveaway and they seem to be lasting me a lifetime! I do like them and will use them up over time, but they are nothing special - there's no wow factor for me. I am mainly keeping them in my shower so they will get used up :)

Redken 'All Soft' Heavy Cream: This is a brand spankin' new tub of deep conditioner. I've only used it twice so can't really say too much about it, but so far so good - I like it. Despite the name Heavy Cream, it doesn't weigh my hair down and leaves it feeling super healthy.

Unite Weekender Shampoo: This is my clarifying shampoo that I use once a week to get rid of build up! I love this stuff so much - it smells gorgeous and makes my hair feel squeaky clean. It also lasts a lifetime - I've had this bottle since April and have used it at least once a week since I got it - look how much is left!

And that's it! I do of course have many more shower products lurking in my bathroom, but this is what is on my shower shelf right now.

What do you guys have in your shower? Feel free to consider yourself tagged! :)

Lydia xox

12 August 2011

New Hair, Orange Nails and a FOTN

Hello everyone!

Last weekend I had my hair done, you know the drill - standard highlight root touch up as usual, but then I spontaneously decided to commit to a middle parting and get my layers cut to suit that style instead of suiting a side part like I usually have.

I am not 100% sold on whether I like it or not yet - it's certainly nice to have a change though. I thought I would post this FOTN from my best friends birthday a few nights ago and ask you all for your opinions on the hair? Don't be afraid to be honest if you don't like it :-)
Also this photo really shows how much of my natural colour has grown out underneath - I haven't had it dyed underneath for over 18 months now! Very pleased with that.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC20
Bobbio Brown Creamy Concealer in Sand
NARS Laguna Bronzer
Benefit Coralista Blush (only lightly on the apples)
Benefit High Beam

Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Sable Eyeshadow all over the lid
MAC Brule Eyshadow as highlight and used to soften crease
MAC Teddy Eye Kohl
Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara

Nars Roman Holiday Lipstick (LOVEEEE!)

On my nails I wore the super bright OPI Y'all Come Back Ya Hear? It's from the Texas collection :)

Lydia xox

2 August 2011

Loving... Diptyque Eau Duelle

Hello and happy Tuesday!

Today I'm blogging about the fragrance 'Eau Duelle' by Diptyque. You may have heard about this perfume from Tanya Burr , but I personally decided to purchase it after seeing Fearne Cotton say it was her current favourite. Yes, I am such a big Fearne fan girl, I know I know!

I ordered the 50ml bottle from Space NK for £48.

I bought this on a whim, without even smelling it in person (something I would never normally do by the way!), I just knew I liked the sound of it and it seemed like something I would love. Almost all of the reviews online desrcribed it as a strong, sweet, vanilla scent. Well let's just say, it's a lot more complex than that - at first I wasn't sure I even liked it!

As I am totally useless with describing scents, I will borrow the Space NK description to help you understand the scent a little better...

"A journey through shadows and light. Eau Duelle is a narrow escapade between gentleness and character. Vanilla with exhilarating spices are intertwined unleashing splendid blends. Combining top notes of pink peppercorn, juniper berry, cardamom and elemi with heart notes of frankincense, calamus and black ceylon tea and base notes of bourbon vanilla and vetiver."

So as the description shows, it is a very complex scent. To begin with, when it is first sprayed it smells heavy and spicy, with just a hint of vanilla. This is when I begin to feel a bit iffy about the perfume, thinking ooh this isn't really me. Then, as the perfume settles on your skin after about 10 minute, you can really start to smell the vanilla. It is sweet but not sugary sweet, and there is definitely still some spice present, but it is the vanilla that is most prominent. It definitely doesn't smell girly to me at all, despite how sweet it is.

This perfume only comes in eau de toilette, but it's safe to say this scent lingers ALL day long! A definite plus for me - I love perfumes that don't need reapplying. I can even smell this perfume on my clothes the next day.

At first I wasn't sure I'd ever grow to like this, but after 5 days I am officially hooked! I think this would be perfect for winter time too as it is so heavy. When I run out of this bottle I am sure to be buying the 100ml version, for just £20 more.

I am also tempted to try more of Diptyque's fragrances, but this will have to wait until I am in store - I won't be risking another blind online order!

Have you tried any of Diptyque's perfumes or candles? Would love to hear your thoughts!

Lydia xox