Florabundance: January 2012

28 January 2012

Saturdays Face

The sun is shining brightly this morning so I took the opportunity to seize some great natural lighting and snap a face of the day to blog about :-)

Please ignore my hair - it's day 3 hair and flat as a pancake at my roots haha! Not even Batiste could revive it.

Jemma Kidd Light As Air Foundation 02
Bare Minerals Bronzer in Warmth
Illamasqua Cream Blush in Dixie

MAC Teddy eye kohl smudged around the entire eye
MAC Sable eyeshadow blended over the top
MAC Brule on the brow bone
L'Oreal Million Lashes Luminizer Mascara for Hazel Eyes

MAC Speed Dial Lipstick

Top: H&M
Scarf: H&M

This weekend I will mainly be having a major sort through of my stuff. I made £70 on Ebay last week and this has given me huge encouragement to sell more!

Lydia xox

27 January 2012

Repurchase: Embryolisse

This week I reordered my current favourite moisturiser, Emrbyolisse.

You have probably heard a ridiculous amount of praise for this product already, so I shall save you the time and keep it short. It is a cult French skin care product that is dubbed one of the beauty industry's best kept secret. Although it's not so secret now, eh?! And for that I am glad. It's 24 hour moisture property means it leaves my skin comfortably hydrated all day long, and when I apply it at night I wake up with plump looking skin that screams "I've had 12 hours sleep!" I love it because despite having oily skin, in winter I need something heavier that won't break me out - and this is the perfect product for that.

I purchase Emrbyolisse from Guru Make-Up Emporium where 75ml will set you back around £16. Not too bad considering the size in my opinion!

Have you tried Emrbyolisse?

Lydia xox

21 January 2012

Illamasqua Splurge!

Yesterday was payday and I was a woman on a mission. I headed to Cardiff with Illamasqua products in mind...

I went to the counter with one particular product in mind - their Skin Base. I had been using a sample of SB06 over the last week but I wasn't 100% sure it was the right match. The lovely MUA (Charlotte I think her name was?) matched me as SB08 and I thought it looked like a better match. My thoughts so far (bearing in mind I used the sample for a week before buying this) is that it's a really nice medium-heavy coverage foundation that leaves a slight dewy look to the skin. The luminosity is not over the top or over powering - it is a really nice medium. I don't powder my skin with this - I like it to look like skin - which is exactly what Skin Base sets out to do.

Whilst the MUA had to make up the rest of my face anyway, I asked her to take her pick of a Cream Blusher that she thinks would suit me. She chose Dixie, a really bright coral-toned colour that looks very fresh when lightly applied. I was totally sold!

Finally, I bought their Brow Cake in Motto - the lightest shade. It is quite ashy, which suits my natural hair colour quite well. I'm not one to fill in my brows every day but I wanted this for nights out.

A special offer was running where if you bought 2 products or more you got a free nail polish of your choice. I opted for Snap, which is a metallic grey/silver. Have yet to try this yet, but I have a few Illamasqua nail polishes in my collection and none of them disappoint.

Did you splurge on pay day? Or are you planning to when it finally gets here?

Lydia xox

14 January 2012

Champneys Overnight Hand Therapy

The cold weather and constant central heating use has really left my hands feeling dry and flaky recently, but I found a product that has really helped and wanted to share it with you all!

Champneys Overnight Hand Therapy was gifted to me by a family member (my auntie, an avid Champneys Spa fan!) but I found out that it retails for £10 from Boots - although can very often be found on offer for £5 on both the official website and Boots itself.

Inside the box you get a 100ml tub of really rich hand cream, and a pack of two special gloves - similar to what you can buy at The Body Shop.

My Experience:
The cream is incredibly thick and smells very herbal - you definitely get a whiff of lavender, that's for sure! I don't really like lavender very much, but seeing as this is a night time treatment I can sort of tolerate it - plus it helps you get in to sleepy mode!
Despite being a really thick consistency, I found the cream to soak in very quickly and my hands were left fairly matte to the touch - not greasy at all. Whilst this is great - nobody likes slippery hands after applying hand cream - what I don't understand is how you are meant to use this as an overnight treatment. I put the gloves on but because the cream had absorbed within minutes, I didn't see the point in keeping them on overnight. Instead, I took the gloves offf - slathered another layer of cream on and went off to sleep. I woke up the next morning with plump skin on my hands that was baby-bottom soft to the touch.

What I like: absorbs quickly and leaves skin hydrated but not greasy.
What I don't like: the gloves are pretty much useless - think the product is marketed wrong.
Would I recommend? Yes, but not as an overnight treatment - this works well as just a handcream.
Would I repurchase? Yes - but only if it was on offer! £5 is reasonable - £10 is a bit much.

What is your winter hand saviour? I'd love to know,

Lydia xox

10 January 2012

Every Day Make-Up Routine

I have developed somewhat of a make-up routine lately and I thought I would gather all of my most-reached for products to do a post on it. It's quite a rarity for me to fall in to a routine with make-up so I wanted to grab the opportunity to blog about it! I mean, these products must be doing something right if I'm reaching for them every day, right?

So here are the contents of my make-up bag at the moment...

Foundation: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B30 - a nice lightweight foundation that has a fairly decent coverage in my opinion. I wore it today without any concealer and I do have a few blemishes, so I think that says a lot.

Concealer: MAC Moisture Cover NW20 - for the days when my skin needs extra help! I also use the under my eyes most days, as it is the only concealer lately that doesn't make my under eye area look dry.

Eyebrows: MAC Brow Gel in Clear - seriously running low on the stuff, I use it every day without fail to keep my eyebrows in place.

Blusher: Illamasqua 'Ambition' - I'm all about shimmery blushers at the moment!

Highlight: Dior Ambre Diamond - I use this on my cheekbones and down the centre of the nose. I also dab my MAC pencil brush in to the lighter section of this to apply to my inner corner of the eyes.

Eye Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion

Eyeshadow: MAC Sable or MAC All That Glitters - it's usually one of these two at the moment! A quick one eyeshadow look is something I am really loving lately.

Eyeliner: Collection 2000 Extreme Wear Felt Pen Liner

Eyelash Curler: Shu Uemura (as always!)

Mascara: L'Oreal Volume Million Lash Luminzer

Lips: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Chance or Dior Rouge Serum - both moisturising and easy to wear!

Do you have a make-up routine? Or do you change it up every day?

Lydia xox

8 January 2012

Post-Christmas Shopping

So after Christmas I decided to treat myself to a few little things with some of my Christmas money. The rest is in my savings account, I'm quite proud at how restrained I managed to be!

Here is what I bought...

1. Nars Super Orgasm Lipgloss - this is something that has been on my wish list for months, and as I have really been getting in to lipgloss again lately I thought I would go for it and treat myself! It's a really flattering, universal colour that I think would suit everyone. It's definitely a my-lips-but-better kind of shade, with added shimmer for good measure! See the photo below for how it looks on the lips.

2. Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser - I have run out of nearly all my cleansers, and none of them were particularly wowing me enough to want to repurchase, so I decided to try something new. I went with Purity because I had heard many great things about it and knew from reading endless reviews that it was a gentle cleanser that you can't really go wrong with. I love it because it's creamy, easy to lather (even with my Clarisonic) and totally non-irritating.

3. Moroccan Oil - this is a repurchase, as you may already know. My last bottle lasted me 15 months so I was more than happy to splash out the £30 for another bottle. I really feel like it has transformed my hair over the past year and it is a total staple for me now :) this time I made sure to order the one that came with a pump - much easier to dispense the right amount now!

4. Clarisonic Mia in Pink - something I have been itching to buy for a very long time, and I am SO happy I took the plunge! I just wish I hadn't waited so long now haha. My skin feels thoroughly cleaned with this and it leaves the texture of my skin feeling amazing. It's still early days though so I won't say too much on this.

As for sale shopping, I picked up a dress and a top and that's it! I really have restrained myself this year and I feel better for it. Proud, even :)

Did you make any post-Christmas purchases?

Lydia xox

4 January 2012

NYE 2011 Make-Up

I snapped a photo of my make-up before heading out on NYE so I thought I'd share what make up I decided to wear for the occasion :)

Estee Lauder Double Wear in Sand
MAC Moisture Cover Concealer NW20
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose
Dior Amber Diamond Highlighter

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in Illusoire (all over lid)
MAC Shadowy Lady (crease and outer V)
Urban Decay Virgin from Naked palette (brow bone highlight)
Collection 2000 Felt Tip Eyeliner
L'Oreal Million Lashes Luminzer Mascara
Ardell Demi Wispies Eyelashes

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Chance

Hope you all had a great NYE whatever you did :)

Lydia xox