Sunday, 29 May 2011

Viva Glam Cyndi



Voodoo tee shirt, Silence and Noise skirt from Urban Outfitters, H&M cardi via charity shop, M&S tights and shoes, Eccentric Accessories hairband, Claires Accessories earrings

Yeah I know I'm crap and haven't posted for a week and this is a fairly standard boring outfit. But I don't know, I've been busy. I'm leaving university at the end of this week and have been seeing lots of people, filling in job applications and attempting to start my packing. And sleeping far too much. So, I apologise.

Anyway, I thought I would attempt to placate you all with pictures of my new lipstick. Yes, I know I wasn't meant to be buying any more make-up, but after watching this video, I discovered that Selfridges still had stock of MAC's Viva Glam Cyndi, which came out way before I was properly aware of MAC make up and I thought wasn't on sale anymore. I was a little hesitant about buying it, especially considering I didn't have a chance to see it in person; but then I thought, if I don't like it I just donated £13.50 to helping people with HIV, so it's not exactly the end of the world. I'm not going to go off about how much I love the MAC Viva Glam campaign, because I think that's a little redundant really, because obviously everyone is going to like it. 

So, I bit the bullet and ordered it a few days ago. When it arrived yesterday, I just sat and stared at it for a while, a little terrified that once I tried it I wouldn't like it despite quite liking the colour in the tube. Now, I am not a fan of MAC Lustres, mostly because I like my lipsticks on the matt-er side and I like a lot of pigmentation. Surprisingly though, I really like this lipstick. Whilst it is a little too glossy for me, once I've blotted it, it leaves more of a healthy shine as opposed to a gloss, and it is really nice to be able to wear a lipstick that I don't have to worry about touching up, because it's as simple as just applying it straight from the bullet (with most of my other lipsticks I am extra cautious and apply with a lip brush). Because my lips are naturally pretty damn pink anyway, the colour doesn't make a huge difference to my lips, but it does add a nice pinky sheen and it just helps me look more pulled together. Overall, I am really pleased with this lipstick; it's completely different from any others that I own (because it's so subtle!) but I think it will be a really nice easy daytime option.

So, that was a rather ridiculously in depth review. Sorry if you're not interested in lipstick! Kathy and I shall be heading off on a little day trip on Wednesday, so I shall try and wear something exciting for you then and provide you with pictures. Hope you are all having lovely Bank Holiday weekends.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

A random day of kites and Alexa.




Yesterday I completed my last exam EVER. Well, hopefully my last. I now have a few blissful weeks in which to really enjoy the last of the time I have in Aberystwyth, doing all those things I have meant to do whilst being here for three years. So, today Grant and I went to see the kites at Nant yr Arian (yeah, I have no idea how to pronounce that either). Unfortunately, today it started raining just as they began the feeding, but thankfully it was still rather spectacular, even if I did get a little soggy and the pictures are a little grey! I didn't take many, mainly because there were all these very serious looking middle aged men with whopping massive SLRs that made me feel rather inadequate with my little point and shoot! Oh well, one day I shall own a proper fancy camera, and then I can take pictures to my heart's content.

The sketch is one I did this evening of Alexa Chung's latest Vogue cover, which I'm sure you've all seen plastered all over the blogosphere. I've been meaning to post some of my artwork for ages on the blog, but have just been too busy to do any really! It was really nice to get stuck into it this evening whilst I helped Grant play LA Noire. I'm aware I've made her eyes far too big (it's something I am constantly guilty of) which has also thrown out the balance of her face somewhat, making her chin look too narrow, but oh well. I'm pretty chuffed with it considering it's the first proper drawing I've done in about 6 months.

I am actually wearing a rather exciting new find from a charity shop today but unfortunately my darling Kathy is away this weekend having exciting times meeting other Youtubers, and I didn't want to fob you all off with crappy pictures. Hopefully there shall be lots of good ones in the next couple of weeks before I have to leave Aberystwyth and Kathy's photography skills forever : (

Anyway, I am going to pop off to bed now. I am still rather tired from the exams of the last few days, and I'd also forgotten how much concentration drawing requires!

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Heidi, or Rebecca, or.... Princess Leia.






M&S dress, Topshop cardi (although it's one of the first things I ever bought from Topshop, and is therefore about 5 years old!), Office shoes, Rob Ryan for Wild and Wolf tote, Bohm ring, No7 nail varnish in Sunshine (sorry, it was a limited edition) and No7 Stay Perfect lipstick in Cherry

So, I have returned! I am totally not done with exams yet, but I did quite well on my Conservatism revision earlier and so am treating myself to a little blogging break. I did actually venture out today to the wonders of the local Varsity to sit with Kathy to revise. She very kindly took these photos for me on our walk home, by Aberystywth's (grotty, yet beautiful in its dishevelled state) pier.

It's quite funny how much these photos remind me of the Clothes Horse- from my milkmaid braids to the quirky ring and outside setting, I feel very Rebecca-esque! Definitely a good thing I feel. This whole outfit was inspired by the fact that I discovered yesterday, after perusing Wish Wish Wish and noting Carrie's recent penchant for milkmaid braids, that my hair was in fact long enough to do the same style myself! ( I wasn't procrastinating from revision at all at this point.) Anyway, I have been wanting to do my hair like this for an absolute age after seeing it on Rebecca and many other bloggers; it's such a blogger cliche but I love it nonetheless. My hair isn't quite long enough really, hence the sticky up bits at the top, but it was long enough for me! Rather amusingly, I thought my boyfriend would absolutely hate this hairstyle and think it made me look about 6; however, due to his geekiness, he rather liked it, because he thought I looked like Princess Leia. Lols. Despite his judgment however, I still thought myself that it was a little schoolgirlish, and so I popped on some red lipstick to attempt to counterbalance it with some sophistication.

Other things to mention; THE RING. LOOK AT THE RING! I mentioned this in my recent video and I am no less enamoured than I was yesterday. I love this little guy. I have christened him Bob and he has been adorning my finger for well over a week now.

I am also aware that the last photo makes my arse look humongous, but I thought you might all like to see my new Rob Ryan shopper in action. Ah, the things I do for you all.

Right, must go. More than enough rambling for you all to be getting on with! And more than enough revision for me to be getting on with tomorrow *sighs*

PS. Oh yes. And I may have popped into the Boots opposite Varsity at one point to test out eyeliners on my hand. But I was good and didn't buy one!

Monday, 16 May 2011

I bought too much make up this month.

Blah blah blah.... *scuttles back to try and revise*


I will be back soon, I promise.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Eccentric Accessories

Firstly, I apologise to Ruth for this post being so hideously overdue.

I wanted to tell you guys about my friend's jewellery business, Eccentric Accessories.

Ruth has been making jewellery for as long as I've known her these three years at university. She makes a wide range of things, from earrings, to brooches and hair slides. Her jewellery always has some nice quirk to it; whether it be recycled games pieces, or buttons adorning hair slides and brooches. She also makes a great range of party food jewellery- I myself have a party ring and donut necklace! Here are some of my favourites and pieces that I already own (I tried to take pictures of the pieces I have, but as I'm sure you all know, my camera doesn't capture jewellery very well, and the shots on the Etsy page were much, much better);




I have the purple donut, the pacman earrings and a Monopoly necklace but not the wheelbarrow pictured here, I have the little boot instead.

She has an Etsy page, a Facebook page and a blog which is kind of related to her jewellery. If you'd like to buy some reasonably priced, quirky jewellery please check her out!

Friday, 6 May 2011

Yay, Rob Ryan!

Apologies for not having posted in so long, yet again. However, I have now handed my dissertation in! So, now I am free from Rossetti and his various muses, I shall be able to post a little more regularly again, despite still having some revision to do. This isn't a proper post, but I just wanted to share a few nice things I have bought recently from the Rob Ryan Wild and Wolf range;


I have wanted this notebook for absolutely ages after seeing it in a local gift shop, and my Mum very kindly bought it for me the other week whilst we were on holiday. I have always adored Rob Ryan's work, but always presumed I would be too poor to get my hands on it! Hence I am very pleased about this collaboration with Wild and Wolf. Saying that, I am yet to write anything in it- I am such a sucker for pretty notebooks, but don't wish to spoil their loveliness with my ugly scribblings! Perhaps tomorrow, now I have no academic writing to do, I may venture a doodle.

I happened to see the bag being sported by a girl in front of me in a queue in the Post Office earlier, and then saw it in said gift shop later today, and bought it for myself as a little treat for handing in my diss. It's actually a really decent bag, with really sturdy straps and a good roomy inside zip pocket, so I am hoping to get lots of use out of it this summer whilst lugging all my stuff around.

Right, must go to bed, since I am getting a 9.30 train to travel home tomorrow for my Mum's birthday. I shall post again next week with something that I hope is vaguely exciting!