Florabundance: March 2012

28 March 2012

March 2012 Favourites

Nothing particularly stood out to me in the month of March, so I found it very hard to choose these favourites. In the end, I just went with products I had consistently reached for - clearly they must be doing something right!

I chose these 4...

Bobbi Brown Corrector - I had previously tried the Creamy Concealer and hated it (too creamy and settled in to fine lines!) so I'll be admit that I didn't have high expectations. I have been pleasantly surprised as I absolutely love this stuff! I use it on it's own as my under eye concealer and it totally hides any dark circles. It's also not TOO creamy but creamy enough to be hydrating and not make my under eye look dry. I use the shade Light Bisque.

MAC Shy Girl Lipstick - this is probably my all time favourite lipstick now! Can't believe it took me so long to discover this. It's the perfect peachy nude, and as someone who finds it hard to wear a nude lip it really is a massive discovery for me. You can see more about Shy Girl in my blog post here.

La Roche Posay Effeclar Duo - absolutely love this products as it has seriously helped my crazy skin lately. It claims to unblock pores, and whilst I can't quite comment on that, it definitely has cleared up my terrible skin this month. I originally bought this as a spot treatment, but I now use this as my daily mosituriser as it's like a moisturising fluid in consistency - great base for make up.

Michael Kors Very Hollywood Perfume - I bought this 30ml EDP bottle for just £23 in Boots, what an absolutely bargain! I originally didn't like the scent about a year ago, but after smelling it in store I fell in love with it. Funny how your likes and dislikes can change, eh? It's a gorgeous, fresh smelling floral which I think screams spring/summer.

Also, just a little note to say that tomorrow I am flying to America for 5 weeks and I will be absent on my blog. I decided against scheduling posts, because I'm not sure if I'll consistently have internet access to read and reply to comments.

Hope you all have a great April, and I will be back soon!

Lydia xox

17 March 2012

Vitamin E Illuminating Face Cream

Just a little mini review from me this evening. Short and sweet!

For the past few weeks I have been using The Body Shop's Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream as my day time moisturiser, and I have to say I love it. I like my foundation to look a little dewy and this moisturiser gives me a little extra help in achieving that.

As you can see, it has a purple sort of luminescent tone to it and once blended in properly as you would with any other moisturiser it makes my skin look much more alive. Fear not, it doesn't make you look ridiculously shiny or shimmery like a disco ball - I could honestly go out without putting any make up on top of this. It's so natural it's unreal!

I find the hydration from this moisturiser to be moderate - not so great for extremely dry skinned people but should work fine for almost everyone else. I love the texture - it makes my skin feel so soft like velvet! The perfect base for make-up. It is also ideal to mix in with your foundation to sheer it out and add some luminosity.

At £10 for a 50ml tub I think it is a pretty decent price.

Lydia xox

13 March 2012

Summer Feet Preppin'

With sandal season fast approaching, I thought today I'd show you some of my favourite products for getting my feet in to tip top condition! To be honest, I use these products all year round and I'm slightly OCD about keeping my feet smooth. After lots of trial and errors with various products, my foot routine (LOL who thought I'd be blogging about foot routines?!) now consists of products solely from The Body Shop - I bloody love that brand!

First of all I use the 'No More Rough Stuff Pumice' which costs a mere £3 and is worth the world to me! I dampen it and use it on wet feet - I find it easier to use this in the bath as opposed to shower.

Then, once satisfied all the yucky dead skin is off, I slather on the Peppermint Pumice Foot Scrub. It is lovely and cooling on my feet - especially nice after a long day at work on my feet! At £7 a pot it isn't cheap, but it last so long as you only need the tiniest amount. It also helps that I often buy my products from The Body Shop when they run their AWESOME offers (40% off last time!)

Finally, once out of the bath I dry off my feet and slather on the Spa Wisdom Africa Honey and Beeswax butter. I like to put on a light pair of socks to lock in the moisture and let it soak in overnight. This hand and foot butter is absolutely gorgeous - love the smell, love the consistency and love the jar it comes in. This stuff is £10 a pot - pricey maybe - but again, you need the tiniest amount.

Et voila, foot routine complete. I do this about 3 times a week, sometimes more.

Have you tried any of these products? Or do you have any to recommend to me? I'd love to know.

Lydia xox

10 March 2012

Jemma Kidd Light As Air Review

This review has been a ridiculously long time coming! But alas, it is here at long last. I have been using the Jemma Kidd Light As Air foundation on and off for the past 11 months, so it is safe to say it has been tested well by yours truly ;)

For starters, I love how minimal and sleek the packaging is. It's so light, so great for taking it on the go if you need to touch up, and equally as great for traveling. Although the packaging does have one major gripe - this foundation is so thin in consistency that it leaks out all over the lid and becomes incredibly messy. Fear not though, as I have found standing the foundation upside down (cap facing up) eliminates this problem altogether! Hurrah!

Now on to the foundation itself. I have provided a little scary close-up of me wearing Light As Air above, however I must admit this foundation was hard to photograph in its true form. I find it looks much more radiant and flattering in real life. I guess you'll have to take my word for that, eh?!
The foundation, as I said before, is thin in consistency and feels very lightweight on the skin. I barely notice I'm wearing foundation when I have this on, which is a major plus point for me. Despite being lightweight, the foundation provides a surprising amount of coverage. Don't get me wrong, it is not full coverage - I'd say it's more of a medium - but it does hide most of my imperfections which is good enough for me.
As for staying power, this lasts a good 5-6 hours on me before my forehead starts to look a little oily. This may be off-putting to some, but I personally like the effect. I think that this foundation is one of those ones that looks better as the day goes on and as your foundation mixes with your natural oils - as gross as that may sound! When I get home from work I don't think "ew, oil slick!" when I look in the mirror, instead I think "oh I look so dewy!"

As for the shade range... I originally wore shade 01 Ultra Light when I first bought this. I used up nearly a whole bottle, but I couldn't help but feel it made me look too pale. I now wear shade 02 Light, which still matches me well but makes me look a little more alive haha. I have also previously worn shade 03 Light Medium in the summer.

Is this my favourite foundation ever? Quite possibly... but I'm too much of a foundation junkie to commit to that just yet!

You can buy Jemma Kidd Light As Air from here.

Lydia xox

9 March 2012

MAC Shy Girl

I had been lusting over MAC Shy Girl for months and months, but I never bought it because I wasn't sure if it would suit me or not - nude lips tend to make me look ill. Last weekend I had some empties to recycle with the back to MAC program, and I picked Shy Girl on a whim as my free lippy. I am so glad I did because it has now become an absolute make-up bag staple!

It's a gorgeous peachy toned nude that is pale without sucking all the life out of my face. The wonderful creamsheen formula also means it feels creamy and hydrating on the lips.

I think this may actually replace Creme Cup and become my all time favourite?! Big claims, I know..

What's your favourite MAC lipstick?

Lydia xox

4 March 2012

Shellac 'Fedora'

Just a quick little post from me - wanted to share my most recent Shellac with you.

This time I went for Fedora - a lovely dark. It's hard to see the true undertone of this shade - it just seems like a softer black to me. I chose it because I thought it wouldn't clash with any of my outfits that I have to wear to work. I also had all my nails filed down short, because I love how dark short nails look - less vampy than long dark nails and more easier for me to handle at work!

Top: Next
Leather Jacket: New Look
Watch: Michael Kors

On a side note: you can see my natural hair colour a lot in that photo. I kind of like it. Do you think I should try it out all over? Not sure if I'm brave enough...

Lydia xox

3 March 2012

17 Mirror Shine Belle Lipstick

It's not often I find a drugstore product that I fall in love with, so I thought it was extra important that I blog about this recent discovery.... 17's Mirror Shine lipstick in Belle.

The whole range of Mirror Shine lipsticks by 17 are gorgeous in general because they are super creamy, hydrating and glossy. Easy to keep in your bag and throw on without a mirror to hand.
But what I love most about Belle is that it is a my lips but better colour. It gives your lips just a smidge of pink to them and makes them look plump and healthy. A huge staple in my make-up bag - and cheap too! At £4.59 a pop from Boots, you really can't go wrong.

17 Mirror Shine Lipstick 'Belle'

How it looks on my lips..

Swatched on the hand..

Have you tried this line? If so, what other colours would you recommend to me?

Lydia xox

2 March 2012

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

After using an Aromatherapy Associates overnight mask and loving it, when it ran out earlier this month I decided to try out Origin's Drink Up Intensive Mask next. Origins are my absolute favourite skincare brand and I knew they wouldn't let me down - and I was right, I flippin' love this stuff!

Here's what Origins has to say about the product...

'Skin depends on water for its youthful functioning. But all day long, skin loses vital moisture. And the busier you are, the more it loses. This intense moisture replacement mask deeply quenches compromised moisture reserves and builds a reservoir for tomorrow. Japanese Seaweed repairs skin's barrier to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature aging.'

Origins recommend you use this mask twice a week at bedtime. However, my personal preference is to use this cream sparingly and use it every night as a night cream. It is working absolutely wonders for my normal-combination skin at the moment! Dry patches have totally gone and no new spots have erupted - this is all I ask for in a product! My skin is left plump and healthy looking in the morning. In the summer I think it may be too much for my skin however, but I think I would still use this as a less frequent treatment.
It is a thick, lovely smelling cream that would do wonders for people with dry skin or people suffering with dry patches in this cold weather. But even for me, as a person who has normal-oily skin a lot of the time, this is not too overpowering when used sparingly. A major plus for me is that it costs £20 for 100ml - maybe the norm price for a mask - but when used as a moisturiser, that is bargainous!

I would absolutely recommend this :-)

Lydia xox