Florabundance: September 2012

15 September 2012

MAC Springsheen Blusher

Today I wanted to share with you all my most recent blusher purchase, MAC Springsheen, which has quickly become one of my favourite blushers out of my collection. 

Springsheen has a 'sheertone shimmer' finish, and whilst I don't think it's very sheer I can definitely notice some shimmer. Don't panic though - it's not shimmer crazy, it just adds a gorgeous sheen to the cheeks. Very similar to Benefit Coralista in my mind.

As for the colour, MAC describes it as a "peach with pearl" - pretty fitting, however I would call it more of a pink coral with a golden sheen to it. Again, very reminiscent to Benefit Coralista. Both blushes give a nice, subtle every day glow which can be amped up for evening wear with a heavier handed application.

I find that it is incredibly pigmented but the sheertone formula stops it from looking too over the top (clown cheeks anyone? no thank you!) - see the one swipe swatch below. It also blends pretty well and manages to stay put all day long, even if my foundation starts to melt off a little.

I have been wearing Springsheen a lot lately and I would highly recommend it. It strikes me as the type of colour that would work well on all skintones. 

Springsheen is in the permanent MAC collection and retails for £17.50. You can purchase it here  from Debenhams where cosmetics are currently 10% off!

Lydia xox

12 September 2012

Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm

In the recent FeelUnique.com sale, I picked up a product I had been lusting after for a while - the Matrix Biolage Hydratherapie Conditioning Balm

A huge 500ml tub set me back around £13, although full price is usually £15.25 - still not bad for such a large tub I'm sure you'll agree!

The idea behind the conditioning balm is that it is a heavy-duty deep conditioner that you use like a hair masque.

Having used products from the Biolage line by Matrix before, on first use I instantly recognised the herbal scent which smells very fresh in my opinion. As the 'balm' in the name would suggest, this product is incredibly thick like a paste as opposed to the more runny consistency of most deep conditioning hair masques. You can hold this tub open upside down and nothing will drop down - it is pretty solid! As you can imagine, a hair masque this thick is incredibly nourishing and suitable for very weak and damaged hair.

Although my hair is in pretty good condition right now, I like to use a very small amount of this product as my daily conditioner. It really conditions the lengths of my hair and keeps my ends looking and feeling very healthy.

I am absolutely in love with this product and I can definitely say I would repurchase this when I eventually run out. I think it will work out to be very good value for money because it looks set to last so long. It also means I don't have to pop to Boots every few weeks to buy a new conditioner - win!

Lydia xox

9 September 2012

August 2012 Empties

This post is a little late I know, but I had gathered a ridiculous amount of empties in August and really wanted to share them with you all! I am so happy I can chuck these all in the recycling now - collecting empties really is a bit of an inconvenience but I love posting about them so hey!

My overflowing basket of empties....

And here's the contents....

  • Lush Snow Fairy
  • Soap and Glory Flake Away Scrub
  • Soap and Glory Righteous Butter
  • Jergens Natural Glow Gradual Tan
  • Dove Silk Glow Body Wash
  • Nivea Creme Soft Shower Gel
  • Aussie 3 Minute Miracle
  • Radox Spa Soothe Bubble Bath
  • Radox Relax Therapy Bubble Bath

As you can see I really have been ploughing my way through bath and body products lately - I just have so many and I am pleased to be getting through them. 

am currently uploading a very overdue video to YouTube so expect a post with that soon :-)

Lydia xox