Monday, 30 November 2015

Irresistible Me Hair Extensions

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I've always adored long hair. I've practically erased the memory of my "I wonder what I'd look like with a bob" haircut from my mind, and I've managed to grow my hair far longer than I could have hoped.
But, with the ambition of one day being a mermaid, sometimes it's just not enough to keep it natural...


This is why I was so excited when IrresistibleMe sent me some of their beautiful extensions to really up my mermaid hair game! 
The product I'm wearing is the Royal Remy Hair in shade Royal Golden Blonde (#14)*, also in 24" length and 200g weight.
What this means is they are incredibly thick and long which is perfect for me, and as Remy standard is the best you can get with human hair extensions you can style/cut/colour to perfectly suit your look.

I styled my hair and the extensions using the same routine as my Perfect Waves Tutorial.

Here's a before & after:



The extensions arrived beautifully boxed, and there was a sample of the hair that you could open and check for colour matching without ruining the returns policy (genius). I was so taken aback by how luxurious the hair was. There were 10 pieces in the set I chose and they all feel so thick and quality.

You can see from the before and after shots how they added inches to my already long hair and made my curls look so so thick. The colour match service also worked perfectly in my case, I'm so impressed with these extensions especially as I haven't worn any in years!

In terms of things that weren't 100% perfect, I'd have to say I'd have loved to be able to get ombré style extensions to match my hair exactly from root to tip, but even saying that I don't think these are visibly different at all.

So what do you guys think?! I love long hair, so I'm sold on this product. Do you wear extensions? Or is natural better for you? I'd love to know your thoughts!

You can find out prices and options for the products IrresistibleMe have at www.irresistibleme.com

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Monday, 9 November 2015

Perfect Waves Tutorial

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I have had so many wonderful compliments from my lovely readers and friends about my hair since I had the ombré done, and I wanted to share a tutorial on my favourite look at the moment and how to create the perfect waves.

I start by tying half of my hair up in a little topknot so I look fab (also because my hair is super thick) but if your hair is finer then feel free to skip this step.
Next, I coat my hair in heat protector and I make sure it is completely brushed through and knot-free.
Then it’s on to the curling…
(P.S I don't mean to look miserable I'm trying so hard not to burn myself like usual!)
The curler I am using to do this stage is the Babyliss Volume Waves Curler. It has nice wide barrel that makes nice big bouncy curls, but it does also have that really annoying clamp bit which has like a crimping effect if you use it, which I try not to. I like to take the sections around 1-2 inches wide but not particularly thick in terms of how much hair I actually wrap around the curler.


Once the bottom half of my hair is all curled, I spray with the Got2B Glued Blasting Freeze Spray and then carefully push them to my back to COOL DOWN. This bit is so important!

If the curls don’t cool they won’t set enough to be able to wave them without it just coming out.

I then repeat the curling method on the top half, but adding more curls towards my face to give added volume.
This is a bit variable I’ve found too, if you do the curl all the way up to the root you’ll get bouncier waves, and the further away from the root it’ll be more vintage-style waves.
Hairspray, then leave to cool!

While they’re cooling off, I like to do something really productive, like put on false lashes ooorrrr paint my nails… yep, real productive.



Onto the final two steps, it’s now the daunting yet thankfully quick bit.
I get my hairbrush again and just drag it through my hair ONCE. It get’s rid of any crispiness from the excessive hairspray and also loosens the curls into perfect waves.
This is so daunting if you’ve never done it before and have taken a long time to do the curling, and trust me if you’ve let your curls set and used hairspray they should bounce back!
To finish off I do a light spray once more, but keep it very light this time.


And there you go pal’s, that’s how I get my waves!
I have to say they last a lot longer now I have bleached hair, but also since I’ve started using the Got2b Hairspray, so it’s one I’d definitely recommend to try.

What do you think of this tutorial? Would you like to see more like this?
Also, please let me know if you’ve given this style a go I would love to see the result! xx
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Monday, 26 October 2015

Miss Selfridge Payday Wishlist | October

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It felt only right to share my dark and sultry payday wish-list from Miss Selfridge as the days are growing darker and shorter.
It's all about the burgundy and black classic pieces at the moment, meaning lots of tailored jackets and coats, and plenty of beautiful boots. 
One of my absolute favourite wish-list buys is the Lace Up Plunge Maxi Dress, it's ridiculously beautiful and would double up as a sexy witch dress for halloween if that's yo thang. Also the Ally Black Ankle Leather Boots are really lovely in that longer length, which is very Dior-esque inspired at the moment and something I can assume we will be seeing a lot more this winter.
Even though I adore this whole list I can't describe how much I want the Burgundy Winged Tote! It's such a deep colour and I love the shape of it, and at £24.50 (at the time of writing) it's complete steal.

Have you got any favourite pieces from the list? Or have a missed something special?
I'd also love to know your thoughts on winter colour palettes, are they something you love or hate?
Let me know! xx


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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Casual in Khaki

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I am in love with all of the trends this winter. I don't even care if love is too strong a word, but my wardrobe is currently super happy with me because I'm force-feeding it so many new pieces of clothing.
One of my absolute favourite colours to have come to the forefront this season: Khaki. The military trend always rears it's head every now and then, but utilising deeper more muted greens in everything imaginable is quite refreshing against the sea of black and oxblood red in shops at the moment.
It's such a flattering colour on all skin tones/hair colours (this is truly a struggle being a blonde/brunette hybrid nowadays) and there's such choice with what pieces to get, hopefully this post will inspire some of you to embrace a bit of khaki!

This outfit was a bit different for me to be honest. I usually like to wear tight fitting, darker clothes but I'm all about pushing my boundaries a bit more at the moment - see this post for more info on that - and so decided to put together a more casual, looser fitted look.
The khaki bomber jacket from Missguided (similar below) is something I've fallen completely in love with. It's all about that vibrant orange lining in my eyes! It's such beautiful material and feels so comfortable to wear. I'm definitely going to be trialling the versatility of this piece and pairing it with loads of different outfits. 

In-keeping with the whole Khaki theme I've picked out the colour again in these heels from New Look. I can't stop wearing these, they've fast become my go-to heels as they're so comfortable and I love the barely there look. Khaki heels are such a nice alternative to black or nude shades too!
My mom jeans from ASOS are my new exploration into a more casual silhouette, and apart from the fact my mum is convinced they won't survive her brutal clothes washing regime, I'm actually quite liking them. It takes a lot to get used to baggy jeans when you've been wearing skinnies for what feels like forever, but they are fitted enough around my bum and thighs that I don't feel like a potato sack (I'm so good at creating these images aren't I...).
Finishing off the outfit with this adorbs but very simple grey lace-up top from Miss Selfridge. It's a really nice nod to the lace up trend and long sleeves are perfect for the weather at the moment too.

So, I'm hoping you guys like this new look!
Have you bought into the khaki trend? Do you sometimes push your boundaries with what you wear or do you prefer to stick to what you know looks good?
Let me know what you think xx

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Saturday, 17 October 2015

This Past Month/5 Reasons I Love Blogging...

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So, it's been a month.

I never really wanted to do personal posts on this blog, for me it's supposed to be a little escape where I can talk about all the things I love and want to share with likeminded people (that's you pal!) such as fashion, beauty & makeup.
But recently a lot has happened and probably the main result of this is me being absent from a lot of things, including my little babe of a blog.
I'm going to focus on the positivity of what Blogging is to me, and hopefully if you are going through a time where you've lost the drive or passion for blogging for any reason, you'll see we all do, and it doesn't have to be the end of the world.


The First Reason I Love Blogging:
It pushes me out of my comfort zone
I can be a very confident person. I can talk to pretty much anyone and I can feel pretty amazing about myself sometimes (everyone should) but I have a lot of insecurities. Some a lot of people know about, some none do apart from my best friends. But blogging, and in particular the fashion/style side of things, pushes me to stand in-front of a camera and to have fun with how I look. I'm sharing myself for people to see, and judge in a way... but that's becoming ok and my confidence in that is building all the time.

The Second Reason I Love Blogging:
It's such a positive community
It's amazing to see people being praised and even rewarded for being themselves.
Generally, the blogging community is very positive and not just on a more material "I love your shoes" way (p.s. I love my shoes too, and your shoes, and pretty much all shoes. Shoes.) but also it merits people on their personality, their talent for writing and making a £5 lipstick sound like it's been hand delivered by Aphrodite herself. I love this. I'm 100% getting on this good vibes thing right now and blogging is such a positive thing to be a part of.

The Third Reason I Love Blogging:
I've discovered a new passion
I've never really been into sport or things like that. In fact I've had my arms referred to as noodles and I don't think I can run. I'll try later and let you know...
Basically I'm saying I've never really had a hobby before.
Blogging is something I want to keep doing. The more I do it the more passion I have for it. The more important it becomes to me. I've seen other bloggers say this too. It started as something to do almost, something to share things on, but even after a few months I want to interact on it more, I want to write things and take photos that people love. 


The Fourth Reason I Love Blogging:
Brand new opportunities
And this doesn't mean the collaboration type, although that is fantastic when it happens, I never started this blog with that in mind. By brand new opportunities I'm talking about having the outlook on life that things are positive and there's so much more I can do with my time to make it worth something. I'm looking more into my future now to see what I can do to influence it and shape it to how I'd like it to be. But hey, I'm not going to start planning anything too far in advance, because life just sort of happens doesn't it!

And, last but not least... The Fifth Reason I Love Blogging:
You
This sort of links into all my other reasons. But it's such a rewarding thing to have someone take time out of their busy day to write a comment or share a post. Having the knowledge that people read and even like what I spend hours creating sometimes, is amazing.
And seeing a post someone has in turn written and taken so long to get just how they want it, makes me want to celebrate that with them too and comment on and share their work.
I'm planning on doing a "Bloggers I Love" post soon, and I'm always looking for new blogs to read and follow and fall in love with, so know that if you follow me on any of the links below or comment on any of my posts, I'll 100% be checking out your blog.

What's your reasons for loving blogging? Or are you taking a break from it at the moment?

I'd love to hear from you guys and I have some very exciting stuff coming up in the next few months.
Keep updated by following below!
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Thursday, 17 September 2015

MAC Matte Collection: Whirl & Honeylove

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It seems like almost every girl has a MAC lippy knocking about in their makeup bags, and I am not an exception.
I have two things I usually look for in a lipstick: nude tones and matte finish, so imagine my excitement when MAC announced the release of their Matte Collection earlier this summer.
Not only were a few familiar shades in there but new shades too, like Whirl & Stone (Stone is next to buy on my wishlist) which are re-inventions of the coveted lip-liner shades.

It's basically a whole heap of lipstick happiness that's happening.

The two that I have picked up are Whirl and Honeylove - both are nude shades which makes them perfect for me to wear every day! Whirl is such an interesting colour and I've seen it look so different on different people. It's described as 'Dirty Rose' but I've got olive-based warm-toned skin and on me Whirl is a dusty rose shade but has more deeper brown tones to it also. 
It's such a flattering shade, and I'm sure you'll see me wearing it a lot this autumn on my Instagram.

Honeylove is my bae of a lipstick. The go-to. The one that's always lurking in my handbag. It's described as 'Light Beige Toned with Rose' and on my warmer toned skin it's the perfect daily nude. It's definitely got a pink hint to it, but if you're medium/warm toned then it might work really well for you too! I prefer this to paler or pinker nudes and I find it lasts quite a while on my lips.

What's your favourite MAC lipstick? Did you buy any of the Matte Collection?
Let me know! xx

P.S Sorry I was a naughty blogger and used my lipstick before taking photos... Oops!

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Sunday, 13 September 2015

The Thigh Is The Limit

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If you follow me on twitter, or work in my local Russell & Bromley store, you'll know that my dream shoes are the Stuart Weitzman Highland boots.
My Pinterest is filled with pins of them being styled by those more fortunate - check out my shoe board here - because to me they are the most perfectly crafted thigh-high boot I've seen in so long.
HOWEVER, this isn't a wishlist post, nor is it me moaning about the £650 price tag and wistfully doodling "Mrs Lucy Weitzman" all over my notebook 
(not that I do that... of course...
Because I've found these alternatives which are a pretty amazing dupe if you ask me.

These beauties are from H&M (you can buy them here) and fit so well and close to the leg which is a huge plus for me as I tend to find longer boots can be a bit loose on my calves. The material is very soft but doesn't feel it's going to scratch super easily like some faux suedes do. For me the lace up detailing at the top of the boot is what links them to the style of the Highland boot, it adds a further detail and also allows for changing how tight fitting it is above the knee.
And, and it's a big AND, they are only £39.99.

It's not just the boots I'm lusting over in this post, as I've been gifted this beautiful Soraya Crop Scallop Two Piece in Nude* from Manchester brand Luxêmme, and the neutral colours paired perfectly with the grey of the boots. The material of this co-ord feels really quality, and the satin lining is a really nice touch as not a lot of retailers do line their clothes. The colour makes this a great addition to a neutral wardrobe, but I have to say the skirt is veeeeery short and feels a bit of a tighter fit than the top. I'm much more of a midi skirt kind of girl nowadays!

To finish off the look, one of my fave buys from the summer, my Vila White Biker Jacket from ASOS. It just pulls the whole neutral theme together and is the perfect jacket to transition into the colder months with. I'm going to still try and add in this white jacket to my winter 'drobe, but I know I'm not the only one to veer towards darker colours as the days grow shorter.

You can find the pieces I am wearing & buy from Luxêmme here: https://www.luxemme.com/buy/lucycynthia
Plus, get 10% off of your order with code: lucycynthia

What are your thoughts on this look? Do you love tall boots or are you an ankle boot kind of gal? Are co-ords your thing?
Let me know! xx

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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Team Blonde: Haircare for Bleached Hair

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Naturally I'm a very dark brunette but I fancied a big change, and although my complexion is the sort of mixture of tones and shades that mean full-on blonde probably won't ever suit me, I thought that a well done ombré would tick all my boxes.
I loved getting my hair done professionally, and honestly I don't think it could have been in a better condition post-bleaching. I once made a vow, yes a vow, to myself, never to self-bleach again after the horror several years ago that was white roots, yellow top half, bright orange mid lengths and a healthy mixture of red and black ends. 
Noooot a good look for me.

I was also a very lucky girl in that the salon I went to is one of the few salons in the UK that offer Olaplex as a part of the colour change process. Olaplex basically protects the hair and actually goes some way to repairing it even during bleaching and extreme colour changes. This is a really good video by ElleBangs that is really informative about Olaplex and why I was so excited to be able to have it used on my hair!


But what about now I'm out of the salon and have to fend for my hair's life myself?!
I left after having my hair done feeling super happy about how light we had managed to get my hair in that one session, but there was still some coppery/warmer tones left behind in my hair.
So I bought myself PROVOKE Touch of Silver Brightening ShampooJohn Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Shampoo and John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Conditioner.
These are all purple based products which counteract yellow and brassy tones by leaving traces of semi-permanent purple dye in the hair. So simple, yet so effective... I am so impressed with how well this combination of products has worked, and all of them are a THIRD of what most salon products are priced at.

The PROVOKE shampoo has worked amazingly almost as a colour correcting hair mask, where twice a week I'll use it as a shampoo but instead of washing it out straight away I like to put on a shower cap (and look fab while doing so can I add) and leave it in for up to 20 minutes. I've found it does dry my hair out ever so slightly, but with the John Frieda conditioner my hair is instantly moisturised so this hasn't been a huge deal.
Talking of that conditioner *insert heart eyed emoji* I AM OBSESSED. It's a soft lilac colour so seals in the purple shampoo's hard work, and makes my hair in the best condition it's been for a very long time.
Coupled with the John Frieda shampoo, it's a complete and utter winner for me.

The only thing I have to do now is try not to overuse these products and end up with purple toned hair!

Have you used any of these and loved/hated them? Have you had any hair disasters like me?
I'd love to know your thoughts xx

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