Cynthia, Oh Cynthia



 

I hereby dub this my redneck outfit. I absolutely love the whole headscarf thing and I'm totaaaaally going to wear one more often. Mainly because it takes messy hair to acceptable leaving the house hair. I didn't actually leave the house today, so this was the perfect get up for bodding around doing jobs etc. After an extremely productive day, I am now watching the Rugrats Movie. Always a winner.

Scarf Primark, Leather Jacket Zara, Top Primark, Jeans Topshop, Shoes Topshop.

*ten Rugrats fan points if you get the title reference

back in business



Well don't I look bronzed in these here pictures? Words can't even describe how much I enjoy having a tan, I partly wish I was Malibu Barbie's brunette cousin.
Currently I am having a bit of a love affair for printed trousers and plain shirts. It is like my new uniform.
Also, ten points for you if you have noticed that I have edited the photos together. Nicer presentation me thinks.

The following is a bit of an open letter. I didn't know if I wanted to post it or not. As it's own post it might have been a bit lost so I've thrown it in here. You don't even have to read it.
I recently took a bit of a break from blogging, luckily I had so many scheduled posts that they kept on coming through my absence.
I'm not really sure why I stopped, I think I just started to feel less motivated and inspired. As quite a creative person this troubled me. 
It comes to a point when there are only so many beauty products you can talk about. And buying something to be only used once isn't practical. Or economical.
I have decided, that from now on, i'm going to post about anything and everything. Of course, beauty is still going to crop up; heck, I've just drafted 15 beauty posts. But, inevitably, I want to write.
I started this here blog when I wanted to become a journalist, yet I never really chose to write anything. It was more about the pictures and the diary of what I had been doing.
I'm not saying that i'm going to make any changes. Just from now on, i'm going to create content that I want to create. And not just follow the masses.
I recently dabbled in video - something which also fell flat when I lost my motivation - and I really enjoyed it. Partly I think that I enjoyed the process of video more than that of creating a physical post.
I'm not really sure where i'm going with this. I just know that from now on, I shall be posting what I want. When I want.

I hope that that random bit of prose didn't throw you off too much. It was more for me to get it out. I feel better after writing it.

Ruby Woo I Gotta Thing For Youuuu


Here comes an ode to one of my favourite lipsticks ever. Ruby Woo is my ultimate go to red, and believe me, I got a lotta' reds. Everything about this lipstick is da bomb. Its matte, super long lasting and the perfect red. I slap this on whenever I wanna add a bit of somethin' somethin' and I honestly think its one MAC lipstick which everyone needs in their collection. Bold statement. I know.

New Favourite Dress


I'm not quite sure what possessed me to get my legs out? YOLO.
I don't know about you, but I absolutely love this dress! I had my eye on it for absolute yonks, so as soon as it went on offer on ASOS I just had to get it. Even though I loved the picture of it anyway, I think its even better in person which is Ah-Mah-Zing.
Back to the elephant in the room, the bare legs. It was really sunny today so I felt it was necessary. Even though I didn't leave the house at all.

Dress ASOS, Necklace Primark, Shoes Topshop

Please note: if it isn't sunny when this goes live its because I have my posts planned for over a month. Sneaky.

Lush Tea Tree Toner Water



For Christmas, quite a few of my friends treated me to Lush bath treats, which, of course, I used really quickly. In order to replenish my stocks, I have been venturing into lush now and again to get myself a few more Bath Ballistics. During one of my trips, I came across the Tea Tree Toner Water, a product that I had seen on quite a few blogs. I thought I would pick it up as the toner I was using at the time was running low.
I've been using this for at least a month now and I can easily say that I love it! I know a lot of people don't buy into the toner 'hype' but after using this I can really see why it is such a necessary step. A few swipes of this (I like to spray it onto a cotton pad) leaves my skin feeling clean, fresh and super hydrated.
Not only does this product have instant effects, I have also found that it has been helping with my blemish levels in general and has definitely helped with the recovery of scarring.
If you are looking for a toner to add into your routine look no further than this. I don't think I need to sell it anymore, but if I do, it is only £7.50 so leaves you with plenty of money to spend on a nice new lippie. #Girllogic 

And we are back outside




It is always quite exciting when it is warm enough and sunny enough to take pictures outside! Small things, I know...
I wore this on a little mooch into town, as per usual, I went for my trusty Joni jeans. If you are yet to try Joni, I 110% recommend you do because they are utterly amazing! I decided to wear this new top from Primark to brighten things up a little bit - I absolutely adore the floral pattern on this top! And, of course, my snake skin pumps from Topshop. If you are thinking of picking these up, I do warn you that they are a bitch to wear in; but after a few weeks they are perfectly comfy!
I'm also wearing practically no make up in these pictures which is definitely a first for me.

Top Primark, Jeans Topshop, Shoes Topshop.

Sleek Face Form Contour And Blush Palette

Things are getting a little bit cheeky on this here blog today. I'm sorry, I couldn't resist...

After hitting pan on my beloved Nars Laguna, I felt it was time to look into other products for contouring so I could lay off of my Laguna for a bit. On a trip to Boots I stumbled (alright, i was closely inspecting) across the Sleek stand and swatched the Face Form Contouring And Blush Palette in Light. I really liked the colour pay off and I had heard good things about this in the past so it was swiftly added to my basket.
I'm so glad I picked this up, it's been the perfect addition to my make up bag and has quickly become my one stop shop for the cheeks. The star of this palette has to be the bronzer, its not too muddy, nor too orange and has been a lovely substitute for Laguna. The highlight gives a nice sheen but nothing too shimmery; at first I wasn't too keen but I've really grown to love the glowy finish it gives. This definitely leans to more of an illuminator, but does a fabulous job of adding that little extra somethin' somethin'. The blush gives a nice subtle rosy colour, it is easily buildable to create the perfect flush and it's brilliant for my everyday make up.
All in all, this is a wonder palette. With a bit of practice i'll have my contouring as good as Kim K's. I joke, I don't have no glam squad.

Holy Grail: Effaclar Duo [+]

When it comes to skincare, there are very few products which I'm willing to label as 'holy grail'; but, the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] is definitely one of the things that I can safely say I can't live without.
As soon as I started using Effaclar Duo it was love. I must admit, I was a bit worried about its recent reformulation as it was literally the perfect addition to my skincare regime. However, there was no need to worry, the inclusion of the [+] (and the actual benefits) has only lead to an improvement in my skin.
Now, I cant really tell you what this does. But, I can tell you what happens when I don't use it? Oh well, seeing as you asked... If I don't use this my skin literally goes into disarray. I get quite a few of those under the skin spots and they stick around for ages, where as when I'm using the Effaclar Duo I only get the odd one now and again. My blemishes and scars also take considerably longer to heal when I trust other products alone to work their magic. Everything about my skin just goes a little bit 'meh' when i'm not using this. I've learnt from this in the past and now I always ensure I bulk buy so i'm in back stocks. Yes, it is that good that I need zombie apocalypse replenishment levels.

Video: March Favourites

 
So here we have it. Another month bites the dust.
After filming this video I realised that a few of these were in last month's faves video. Sorry not sorry. 

My newest hair loves


Since having over half of my hair cut off - sounds extreme but its true - I have become much more interested in styling and generally caring for my hair. On my quest to build an impressive hair care stash, I have stumbled across two styling heroes which I am now unable to go without.
First up is Girlz Only Dry Shampoo For Dark Hair, (available from Tesco) I know it doesn't sound anything too exciting but this product brings me lots of joy. This has to be, hands down, the best dry shampoo that I have ever used and I have certainly sampled a fair few. Thanks to its dark brown colour, I never leave the house with any pesky grey sections that I haven't brushed out; I also love how this doesn't leave any powdery feeling in my hair so I cant actually tell i've used it. This dry shampoo also wins serious points for adding volume to my hair - on mornings when I just need to rush and go, a few squirts of this is all I need.
My newest love comes in the form of, Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray (available in Boots) which is apparently a dupe for the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray - anything that can save me that kinds dolla' is a winner from the word go. This honestly brings more volume than I could have ever expected - a few sprays of this and my hair looks like i'm in a music video. Totally in a good way. i'm literally addicted to this and I keep finding myself spritizing at every occasion.
It is love.

Soap and Glory Glow Job



I have said it before, and I will say it again. I love Soap and Glory and it is by far one of my ultimate favourite brands. It has to be the combination of amazing products, great packaging and punny names which make S&G soooo amazing.

One of my newest loves from Soap and Glory is Glow Job a tinted moisturiser. This gives both a good coverage and a nice colour - nothing gets too orange after I've used this, which is always a plus. As someone who normally likes to go with a higher coverage I'm surprised about how happy I am to nearly go 'bare faced' with this on. If that isn't proof of how good it is, I'm not sure what is.

I'm definitely going over to the low coverage side..

Empties


Sometimes, I like to know peoples thoughts on products that they have recently finished. So, essentially, that is what i'm going to give you now.

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue: This is one of my ultimate favourite perfumes, I absolutely love the citrus scent and it instantly makes me think of Summer. This is the only perfume which I really wear through Summer, and for that reason I have already cracked out my reserve bottle of the stuff. Love.

Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength Bath Oil: This little bottle gave me three lovely baths. This was my bath oil of choice on days when I was feeling ill, it was great at giving me a little bit of extra 'pep' and always lead to an amazing nights sleep. If you are thinking of trying any Aromatherapy Associates products I can't recommend them enough - you NEED to try them!

Bioeffect EGF Serum: This little sample came in my beauty advent calendar and i'm so glad I got to sample this serum because I loved it! It definitely made a huge improvement to my skin and I could always see a difference the morning after I used it. This is already on the lust list so i'm sure you will be seeing it again in the future.

So there we have a few products I have been using recently. Stay tuned for more in the near future!

Partition, Please



I reaaaaaly like this outfit and I do not know why. Maybe, it is the fact that my shirt doesn't sit properly against my non existent boobs? I jest, I jest.
I wore this today when I was just mooching about, so there is nothing particularly exciting to report back. I say that like I live a wild and exciting life. I do not.
The lip gloss I'm wearing here is one of the new Primark launches in the new P.S love range and I love it - it has an amazing colour pay off.

*Just a quick update for you. I'm still singing (squealing) Beyoncé songs like there is no tomorrow.

Jacket Primark, Shirt Primark, Joni Jeans Topshop, Shoes Topshop, Necklace Primark

Video: Would You Rather? Beauty Edition

 
Here I am, rambling yet again. Today I ponder some of life's greatest beauty questions such as, 'would I rather have no brows or sharpie them in?'. I know, its a toughie.
 
Sit back, relax and enjoy my nonsense ramblings.

Weekender: The Perfect Breakfast


For me, Sunday means one thing; yummy food. I honestly don't think you have done a Sunday properly if you don't let yourself indulge in something delicious. Running with this theme, one of my all time favourite breakfasts has to be American pancakes and bacon. Mmm. If you are looking for the perfect breakfast, look no further than this.

Lashings of syrup option. But completely preferable.

Forever re-purchased: Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

When it comes to beauty products I will only re-purchase things that I absolutely LOVE. And I can safely say that over the past few years I have gone through a fair few Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer because it really is one of the best products around. It gives a really good coverage and is really long lasting - I know that if I use this to cover my blemishes in a morning I will be still be covered when I finish work. I'll happily label this product as holy grail.

XO

Yesterday, I tootled off to Chester with my Grandparents (Big Up) and this is what I wore. The main event of the entire spree was definitely Primark, and it was so brilliant that I ended filming a haul?! I say this, but this here OOTD will be going up a few weeks later so that haul will be old news. But if you haven't seen it, feel free to check it out!
 
Back to the outfit. I recently purchased this top from Dorothy Perkins and it is ridiculously cosy! And of course, I went for my old reliable Joni jeans. Because I cant survive without 'em. My new Carvela pumps are also becoming somewhat of a must have and they are always on my feet - obviously that is just a figure of speech.
 
And don't worry, I wasn't cold. I wore my trusty pink coat.
 
Right, i'm off to edit *possibly* a new video. And to sing Beyoncé at the top of my voice.
 
Top Dorothy Perkins, Jeans Topshop, Pumps Carvela

Barry M silk polish

I love a good nail polish, who doesn't? But when it comes to nails i'm normally the kinda gal who always slaps on something dark and broody (I've used an entire Essie Lady Goddiva I love it that much) but recently I've been loving pastels. When I first clocked Barry M's newest lunch I was immediately drawn in by the lovely colours - so I bit the bullet and picked up Truffle and Heather and i'm so glad I did! 
I've just applied Heather and it went on my nails like a dream. I might have to pick up the mint shade soon.

L'Oreal Nude Magique CC Cream: Anti Redness

After a month of bad skin I decided to take a bit more make up-ey action and during a recent boots haul I picked up the L'Oreal Nude Magique CC Cream in Anti Redness, in the hope that it would act as a bit more of a cover for my not so great skin. For work, i've been using this under my foundation and it leaves my skin with a flawless finish which i'm loving - I also think it has been helping with the longevity of my base which is always a plus! As my skin has improved over the past week I've been braving using this on its on and I think I might be converted from full coverage to something a bit lighter.

Video: Essie Collection



This week I thought I would throw a cheeky Essie Collection video just to give you a little taste of the colours I have been squirreling away for the past year or so. The Essie diffusion line is by far my favourite line of nail polishes and i'm sure this collection will keep growing, and growing ... and growing. 

Weekender: Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes



This weekend, we decided to release our inner Mary Berry, and do a little bit of baking. We went for mini Victoria sponge cakes; they were relatively easy to do and super scrummy*. We went for this recipe from Nouvelle Daily, and I can safely say that these little bad boys were delightful.
What better way to spend a weekend than making a huge mess and eating cake?

*if you are going to cook like Mary, you gotta' use her lingo too?

March You Beauty Discovery Box


Another month means another beauty box. Hurrah!
This month I went for The Body Shop Camomile Soothing Cleansing Butter and Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength because i'd been lusting after one and I already love the other. The box also came with 2 Dragonfly Tea tea bags which i'm really excited to try out and a pair of Vintage Company Tweezers, I already own a pair of these and they are amazing so I was really happy to see these in the box!

I haven't tried any of these products out yet, I was just so excited to show you this months amazing You Beauty Discovery Box. I know, im such a looser.

Soap and Glory Kick Ass Powder


As much as I like having a bit of a dewy glow about my skin, I'm always reluctant to leave matte powder behind. For me, it will always be a must.
When it comes to my powder of choice, I normally reach for the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, however, I have recently fallen in love with the Soap and Glory Kick Ass Powder. My favourite thing about the Soap and Glory offering is that it gives a matte finish without leaving any indication that I am actually wearing any make up. This bad boy is also impressively long lasting, to the point where I don't even have to touch up during the day. Lets face it, it doesn't get any better than that.

It seems that Soap and Glory have stolen my heart, again.

Another Lush Bath Ballsitic


What is this?! Another Lush bath ballistic?!
Alright, so, I couldn't resist another special release from Lush. Seeing as Easter is slowing coming upon us I just had to get my hands on at least one of the new launches. This little gem is called Fluffy Egg, ill be honest, I cant quite grasp where the fluff is. But it smells amazing so I ain't complaining.
I am super duper excited to have a bath with this in. I best get cracking.

Collection Work the Colour Nude Palette

 

 
I would like to introduce the newest bargain in town. The Collection Work the Colour Nude palette is definitely one of my favourite purchases this month. For less than the price of lunch, I treated myself to this little nude palette which includes a multitude of wearable shades. I've only tried these shades a few times but I can safely say that I am loving the formulation; not only are these shades easily bendable, they  also last for a fair few hours without a primer. All in all, a lovely little addition to my make up bag.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm 'Elusive'

 
I hope you aren't tired of the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms because I am not tired of talking about them. I know it's a bit early to say this, (I will anyway) best lip product of 2014? I think so. I just can't get enough!
So, I might have bought another in the way of Elusive, which is a blue toned pink. The bullet doesn't look too bright but I think it comes out a bit brighter - I'm not complaining. I don't normally suit anything too blue toned but this has been working quite nicely for me recently. Who knows, I might be a blue tone convert yet?