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Beauty: Top 5 favorite products

Hi Guys!

Welcome to my very first beauty post! Today I’m going to line up a few of my favorite everyday beauty products. I’m going to tell you why they are my favorite, how long I’ve been using them, where you can find them and if they will work for you as well! All the products can be used for both men and women.

Avène eau Thermale Cleanance gel gel-cleanance
Oh my, I would move to Paris in a heartbeat if that would mean that I could get my hands on more of that good stuff Avène has to offer! Even though I’ve always been lucky to have good skin, when puberty  started to catch up with me when I was around the age of 15, my journey for the perfect skin product begun. Easy, not too expensive and effective were my key terms. And I found just all of that in Avène.  I first bought a flacon of the cleanser when I was in Paris in 2009, and I’ve been a fan ever since. I was searching for something that would help me regain my fresh and healthy look. Because you know what they say, your face is like your business card!

For who?
On the site it says that the product is for people with oily or blemished skin, but anybody can use the cleanser actually.  The cleanser  is a soap-free, parabens-free gel that gently cleanses your skin and leaves it feeling refreshed. The natural main ingredient (Cucurbita pepo) minimizes excessive tallow and the Avène Thermal spring water (that is an ingredient in all  Avènes products) is soothing and anti-irritant, and will give your skin an instant feel good feeling. With the handy dosing cup on top, the right amount of gel can be measured for appliance on both face and body. I personally  only apply it on my face & neckline.

Where to buy?
Avène can only be bought at pharmacies, and the price ranges between the 15 to 20 euros. Check the official Avène site to find a sales point nearby!

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I  got myself a flacon of Garnier 7 Days for the first time when it was on clearance at my local drugstore last summer. I hadn’t read anything about it prior tot that. But I just happened to need a new body lotion, and the brand I was using before the Intensive 7 Days of Garnier was nowhere to be found. The description promised me smoother skin in 7 days and although I was a little critical at first, I’ve been hooked ever since.

For who?
There are ‘Intensive 7 Days’ flacons for three skin types: normal, dry and very dry skin. So there is no reason to not try it at least once! I’m using the Intensive 7 Days with Shea butter and L-Bifidus for the very dry skin. I love that the lotion is rich in texture, but not greasy (like most of the lotions for dry skin). The skin absorbs the lotion very quickly and keeps you hydrated all day.

Where to buy?
You can buy Garnier Intensive 7 Days at most of the drugstores, but to be certain where their sales points are you can also check their website. The price ranges from 4 to 5 euros depending on the type of lotion you need.

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For removing my make-up I usually use wipes. It’s quick and easy, but I’ve noticed however that my eyelashes hurt when I’m trying to remove my eye-make with them. Even worse, with the wipes I’m unable to remove all of my  make-up. That’s why I decided to try the Nivea Pure Effect Wash Off gel. Niveas Pure Effect Wash Off is a oil-free gel that doesn’t only cleanse the skin from impurities, oil and make-up, it also helps preventing impurities. The gel is so mild that the skin doesn’t dry out. It doesn’t hurt my eyes/eyelashes, smells good and leaves my facial skin feeling  clean and fresh, I couldn’t be happier!

For who?
For everybody who wears make-up and wants a easy and effective way to clean their faces.

Where to buy?
Niveas Pure Effect Wash Off gel can be bought at most of the local drugstores. The price ranges from 6 to 7 euros.

Blistex Daily Lip Conditioner
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Every year around autumn/winter my lip drama starts all over. Painfully cracked lips due to dryness, and all of that.  I previously used a lip balm of No 7, but  I couldn’t find it in local stores  so I just checked the store shelves to see what I could find. That’s how I found the Blistex Daily Lip balm, I wasn’t familiar with the brand  at first, but the description looked good and now it’s part of my daily routine! The Blistex Daily Lip Conditioner contains vitamin E, aloe vera, olive, grapeseed oil and has SPF 15. The lipbalm is hydrating, nourishing, soothing, resorative and will keep your lips in great condition. 

For who?
For everyone with dry lips! Check the Blistex official site to see which lip balm works best for you. The Daily Lip Conditioner can also be used as a base for lipstick.

Where to buy?
Blistex Daily Lip Conditioner can be bought at most of the local drugstores. The price ranges from 2 to 4 euros.

Palmolive Thermal Mineral Massage
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Last but not least is the Palmolive Thermal Mineral Massage shower gel. I’ve just recently started using it and the results are really amazing. The unique combination of Dead sea extract and aloe vera gently peels of  dead skin cells and leaves your body feeling silky smooth.  Apply a body lotion after using the shower gel to get the maximum effect.

For who?
Anybody can use the shower gel, but I highly recommend it to people with dry skin. The improvements in softness of your skin will start in just a few days.

Where to buy?
Palmolive Thermal Mineral Massage shower gel is part of the Thermal collection by Palmolive. Check the official website to compare the different shower gels. The price ranges from 2 to 3 euros for the 250 ml flacon.

These were my top 5 of favorite everyday beauty products! I’ve only used information from the official websites (see the links above) and  my personal experiences with the products.

If  you have products that you highly recommend, let me know by commenting below!

See you at Highlight

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How style beats fashion

Hi Updaters!

No better way to start my year than to return to you! And I must say: it’s great being  back. I thought it would be fun to start off with a style post, so sit back and let’s turn up the sassiness in your personal style!

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Massimo Dutti a/w 2013

Signature style
Signature style is something that is actually very underestimated by a lot of people. This is quite sad because although you can’t change your genes, what you cán change is the way you wish to present yourself. I for instance have tried so many styles that when I look back sometimes I go: O no I didn’t?! But it’s great to go through a style revolution and to grow and learn as an individual.
My journey started with trying to be like everyone else but never quite being able to live up to their style, my mom would be like “you don’t have to be like all those other kids”, but you don’t really care when all you want is to fit in. So how did I do it? Well when I was about 16 years old I started wearing all black and occasionally combining it with bright colors. I slowly started making the transition to what is my current style: a modern take on the preppy office style mixed with a little rock & roll.
lg_524c4d63-d2c4-40d0-b799-052a0aa613dbAnd so my style revolution started, with some pretty good highs and some very terrible lows, but hey taste doesn’t grow over night! I purchased fake nerd glasses, because people were calling me that already so thought I’d better own the title. Then I started wearing blazers, slim fit clothes, beanies, skirts, highwaisted shorts, dresses and even high heels. Believe me I tried almost everything in the book to the point that I even started sewing my own clothes. Urban, minimalist, la garconne, colourblocking: you name it, I did it! So it has taken me quite a while to figure out what works for my personality, body shape, skin shade and at which stores I could get the desired clothes and accessories with the right value for my money. And today is your lucky day because I’m going to share the basics of great style with you so you can take a shortcut in your own personal style revolution!

Back to basics
hm-2011-autumnwinter-2011-13I apply the four S’es when, shopping, dressing or styling. Simple, smart, sexy and sophisticated.
Simple: I’ve noticed that very complicated styles don’t work for me,  I don’t feel comfortable moving in them. And because I’m a active person feeling restricted from movement doesn’t make life easier, that’s why less is more has been my motto for the past years. But if layers work for you, go for it! Just don’t feel the burden to do so.
Smart: I love dressing smart, like literally. Blazers, chino’s, briefcase and everything. But by smart I actually mean ‘know how to look your best’. That means detect your flaws and your strong points. Accentuate your strengths, disguise your weaknesses  and get a more ‘put together’ overall look.
Sexy: I think confidence is what makes a outfit sexy, even if you’re wearing a garbage bag. As long as you feel great in what you wear it is totally going to shine through (not that I’m now encouraging you to start wearing garbage bags!).
Sophisticated: Set yourself apart from the masses and be elegant and classy. No need to be flashy to get noticed. Make sure the items of choice are in  harmony with each other in color and snit.

Make it work
Before you can apply the S’es correctly it’s important to know what body type you are.

Ladies
I’d like to refer to the twelve body types that were defined by Trinny and Susannah, two renowned British fashion stylists. Click on the link to learn more about what works for your shape. Don’t take it too literal though, everybody is unique and you  have to try different things before you know for sure that something doesn’t work for you.

Gents
Yes guys, you got a specific body shape too and it wouldn’t hurt to know which type you are. I’d like to refer you to two different links, one general and one more specific site.

General must haves
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  • Black slim-fit jeans
  • Blue jeans
  • White t-shirt/tanktop
  • Black t-shirt/tanktop
  • Basic blouse (preferably slim- fit)
  • Timeless jumper
  • Blazer
  • Long jacket
  • Short jacket
  • A pair of dress shoes (loafers or heels for the ladies)
  • A pair of casual/neutral shoes (everyday wear)

Start with the basics to get your renewed style going,  it’s important however to keep in mind that your follow up purchases will be combinable with the wardrobe you already have otherwise you’ll be spending more money than needed. My advise is to go to  ‘actual’ stores at first, when you’ve figured out which brands, fits and colors work for you, you can start ordering online and make more expensive investments.
Whatever you do, remember that fashion fades and taste is here to stay. Have fun styling and stay tuned for the follow up!

See you at Highlight

Victory: In it, to win it.

Mediocracy is a choice
A brand-new year has begun and I’m betting you have your short list with new year resolutions ready. People are  always telling me that those new years resolutions are useless, but I actually stick to mine, year after year. It all depends on your mindset, because life is  like a game you see. Let’s take for instant basketball, I’ve played that sport most of my life and I can say that I was definitely in it to win it. Yes of course you win some and you lose some but in the end victory is the highest achievement. And if people say you should play sports just for the fun I really do disagree with that. That’s like saying that striving for mediocracy is okay, and like… it’s not. So I’m dedicating this post to all those positive minds who are ready to make changes in their lives this year. Striving for success isn’t in the first place  about being better than someone else, it is about being the best version of yourself that you can possibly be. About  reinventing yourself over and over and being able to put things in perspective, your successes and your downfalls. Because in the end they make you who you are and there is a lesson in every experience.

To get you get you guys pumped up for the new year I’ve selected five of my favorite victory songs. So get in the winning mood and have a happy and victorious new year!

Love Cindy

Mens Post: The Cutting Edge

Hi Guys!

quiffIt seems like the weather is clearing up in my rainy country, the sun actually greets me when I wake up in the morning and it feels amazing. The temperature is rising, I see people smiling more often and there is more color in the stores… can you hear the summer calling too? Well, that the weather predictions aren’t exactly reliable but that doesn’t mean that we can’t longingly glance in the near future! So what hairdo are you going to rock this summer? A big chop, a edgy cut or you just don’t know it yet? Highlight is hooking you up with some fresh new haircuts! Pay attention, and see how you can wow the crowd!

How to do it right
I’m going to give you a line up of a few popular hairstyles of 2013, keep in mind that there are different variations possible. You can use the information below as a starting point for your quest to the perfect do.
I will mostly be talking about the undercut hairstyle today, because it has been signaled as the next big hair thing this year. Don’t worry if you choose not to take on this style, there are other ways to look fresh since there are numerous trends going on. But whatever haircut you decide to do, keep these little things in mind:

  1. Face Shape
    Do not underestimate the power of your face, your face is like your business card, it is the first impression people get when they meet you. So make sure your hairstyle enhances your best features, because you wouldn’t like to receive a sloppy business card either, now would you?
  2. Hair type & thickness
    It is important to consider your hair type and it’s thickness. If you have thinning hair for example a undercut could be a great look for you because your upper hair looks optically thicker. When you have frizzy or curly hair you have to keep in mind that your haircut may turn out differently then on the picture. Don’t be disappointed but work with it and make it your own, remember that you are unique.
  3. Personality & personal style
    Since hair has such a prominent place in a mans appearance it’s a strong tool to use for your personal style. Classic, edgy, retro: you decide in which light you want to be seen. For business reasons it can be wise to think your hairstyle over (is it representable?), but if you don’t have third party you have to consider: go ahead and experiment. Amaze yourself!
  4. Facial hair
    So you don’t want your facial hair to be prevalent when just got your hair cut. Try to get a happy balance between the two, by trimming or shaving your facial hair so you can strengthen your overall look.
  5. Age
    Some hairstyles are classic and can be worn by men of different ages. The undercut style however has been known to be worn by men in their early twenties to thirties. Since the rise of the style in the 1920s it has been a statement look for young men everywhere. But age isn’t everything, mostly a number actually, make the cut more mature by keeping it very clean so nobody can make a fuss about it. A very appropriate style for work if done in a classic way.
    Lees verder Mens Post: The Cutting Edge

Upcoming Youtube Talent Special: Thrift Shop

Hi Guys!

Today I’m turning up the heat with my Upcoming Youtube Talent Special post by choosing a song that’s really hard to cover. My mission was to find the beautiful pearls out there that had the guts to not only cover this song but also KILL it. That’s why today’s coversong is ‘Thrift Shop’ by Macklemore ft. Wanz. I saw them preform on the Ellen show, and I was instantly hooked.
Love the beat, love the lyrics and just going wild about the amazing covers I found.
So get ready to go thrift shopping and let the beat kick in! Enjoy!

Love the clip, awesomeness all the way!
Original

The Covers

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XXL International post: Valentine special

Hi Guys!

Today I’m finally doing a international post again because love is universal and Valentines day is the perfect moment to spread a lot of it.
What’s different about this post is that it’s Extra Extra Large, this means that I will be adding all the aspects of different types of Highlight posts into one really big one. For the unregular readers this means comedy, beauty, fashion, a few interesting facts and of course a whole lot of love!  So if you are unsure what to do or who to spend your Valentine with: No worries, happy single or happily bound, Highlight is going to give you some tools from the first hand to make your Valentines Day the most memorable you ever had!
Happy happy Valentines Day in advance everyone!

Don’t hope your Valentine turns out as In-Grids relationship, but I’m happy hers turned out that way though, I’ve been loving this song since it came out! Enjoy!

Three things you should know about Valentines Day
So what do we really know about Valentines Day? Most people know
that you can exchange cards, giveaway a rose or a bouquet, or bribe someone to love you by giving them too much chocolate… Let’s see how strong your Valentines knowledge is!

  1. Did you know that in the Middle Ages, men and women drew names from a cup to see who their Valentine would be? They would wear those names for a week on their sleeves for everyone to see. In the English language you can find the traces of this old habit in the phrase- “to wear your heart on your sleeve”.
  2. wear-your-heart-on-your-sleeve1An old superstition says that the type of bird that you see on Valentines Day predicts the personality of your future husband.
    Starling: a poor man
    Goldfinch: a millionaire
    Blackbird: a priest or spiritual man
    Crossbill: an argumentative man
    Robin: a man who fights crime
    Owl: no man, you’ll be an old spinster
    Seeing pigeons on Valentine says nothing about the kind of man you’ll marry, but it is a prelude to a long and happy marriage.
  3. The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were tortured. There is one legend that says hat Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he forbade marriage for young men. Valentine, realized the injustice of this decision, and secretly continued to perform marriages for young lovers. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he should be put to death.

Valentine Comedy
Sit back, relax, have a great laugh and get into the loving mood because Highlight is just getting started!

Making Valentine memorable
A bit nervous because it’s your first Valentines Day actually being bound to someone? How exciting! Congrats! So now you must be thinking, “Great great, thanks a lot, but give me some proper advice on what I could do to make it a memorable day Highlight“, you could have guessed that was exactly what I was thinking too! I’m a romantic at heart, so I did some work for you guys because I hope your Valentine turns out wonderful.

Playing the Game
How you choose to celebrate your Valentines Day depends on your character and your lovers character of course. I decided to do give you tips on three types of dates, the Classic date, the Adventurous date and the Romantic date. Surely there are many other types of dates, but I’m focussing on these three because I think almost anyone would enjoy at least one of the three.

Classic Date
I’m started off with the Classic date because it’s safe and hard to mess up. There are two ways of doing it: Going out for dinner or Cooking dinner at your home.

  • Going out for dinner
    Guys please, bring your A-game and look sharp. Make sure your hair is cut, your facial hair is trimmed, you have your cologne on, and your clothes are appropriate. Pick your girl or boy up in time, if there is one day we do NOT want to be waiting it’s Valentines Day. Reserve at an intimate restaurant, and make sure it fits your budget but especially your personal taste. Plan a fun surprise for during the dinner, like a little firework or a song you’ve written yourself to play. I’m just brainstorming with you, it’s up to you to make it memorable.
  • Cooking dinner at home
    You first have to decide how you are going to do it. Are going to do a surprise dinner? Or are you going to cook together and then enjoy the meal, either way should be fun. Make sure the setting is romantic by switching off most lights and lighting the whole room with candles. Add a nice little musical undertone, and I think you can’t go wrong, enjoy!

Adventurous Date
I guess you guys like some action and want to be original for a change, you’re not just doing a dinner.. NO, you are going all the way.
If you got the money to spend you could do a trip with a air balloon and make a nice picnic  basket with some home made treats, don’t forget to bring some roses too!
You could also decide to spend your date with other couples you are befriended with and go for example for a paintball fight! It’s fun, interactive and very adventurous, I know I wouldn’t turn that offer down! So go get yourself a little dirty and enjoy a good meal afterwards, that’s one Valentines Day he or she will never forget!

Romantic Date
I guess the Romanic date and the Classic date are similar, but the Romantic one is for the people who really want to stand out. By that I mean, be original, show him or her that you really tried to make some effort. Take a boat ride or dine on a floating ship and let them play his or her favorite song whiles you hand out your present, or blindfold your partner and take them to a surprise place where you have like written a message with rose leaves (just brainstorming). Cancel all your appointments and sweep her/him of their feet and take them away for a long weekend… Just popping some ideas here, and I hope you will continue my brainstorm. I’m sure you’ll make it the most romantic Valentines Day ever!

Does all the above not apply to you? So what! There are so many other things you can do on Valentines Day, don’t forget Valentines Day is also a moment to be thankful for your friends and family. Write them a card, give them a box with chocolates or just be a good friend and go for a visit. Maybe you can cook dinner together and watch a corny Valentine Movie on TV, and who knows who you’ll be with next year this time. You are single and fabulous, never forget!

Highlight’s Upcoming Youtube Talents
All the regular Updaters know that I love to promote talented singers from all around the globe with my Upcoming Youtube Talent posts. I’ve chosen three covers for you to listen to, for a change I’m not showing multiple covers of the same song, but multiple songs and just one cover of each. I hope you enjoy!

Get the Valentine Look
One of the things that can make or break your Valentine Date is the way you look. You can call it superficial or something, but let’s be honest it’s flattering if someone really tries his/her best to look gorge for you. Because we all know how awkward it is to come underdressed I’m going to help you get the party started!

Gents
Hi lovely guys, struggling with a great outfit? Take it from me, there’s a right outfit for every event and I’m going to help you style your look!
First of all, where are you going? Cooking diner at home or dining in a restaurant? It’s very important that you make the right impression and the right look could help. Make sure you know what attire is appropriate for your event. Click below to see some pictures to get your ideas going.

I’ve realized that there are a whole lot of beauty tutorials out there and I started to question myself: Isn’t there something like that for men? Well, there is! I did a little research and a found a mens-style guru, who’s tips I’m happy to share with you. You needn’t take everything he says literally, but I think he says some really sensible things overall. I hope this will help you chose an outfit that will enhance your features and complement your build.

Haha this is how not to prepare yourselves guys!

Ladies
Hi beautiful ladies! As you all know you can only make a jaw dropping entrance once, so when you do it, do it well . I’ve looked up a few cute looks that can get your idea flow started, but whatever you do: Keep it classy!

Here are two make-up tutorials, the first one is by a aspiring beauty-looks tutorial maker: And this is her very first video! Give her some support and check out her channel.
I’ve actually chosen these two because all the make-up is low budget, you can look great at any price, always keep that in mind!

Thanks for visiting Highlight!
I’m very happy you all tuned in for my Valentines Day XXL post, and I hope to see you around some more! Comment below in the comment box if you enjoyed the post and would like to see XXL posts more often or if you have some great topics I could post about for a next time. Have an amazing time lovelies!

Bisous de moi!

One of my favorite tunes, enjoy!

WordPress: Looking back at 2012

Hi Guys!

So WordPress did a look back for me on how my blog evolved in 2012 and I would like to share it with you. Thank you all for the support the past year, I hope to see you back again this year.

Much love, Cin

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2.600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.