Sunday, 8 October 2017

A Blogging Update

Sometimes there's never time to just sit down and write a blog post that's rambly and coming straight from my brain to my fingers on the keypad. Today is the day when you're getting old school rambly Rhiannon - so please bear with me!

Blogging has always been an enjoyable hobby for me, I love writing and reading and creating something that's my own. But recently I've been feeling the pressure to get my content up, schedule all of my social media posts and be more active online. It's not something that I never wanted to feel, but I can't escape from the fact that it's happening. So I'm going to take a blogging break, I've taken time off before from blogging and usually I come back feeling more motivated and ready to take on the blogging world!

I'm going to be haphazardly posting on Instagram and Twitter, so make sure you're following me on there too if you're wondering what's going on! I won't be gone for long, and hopefully I'll be back soon with new content ideas.

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 5 October 2017

My Makeup Mistakes

I love seeing those throwback photos on Facebook and Twitter, the ones that really take you back to your youth and you wonder 'why did I do that?!' It got me thinking what are my makeup mistakes, there's nothing I regret as I've (hopefully!) learnt from them and they're a proper laugh and a half to look back on.

- Not choosing the right shade of foundation
I'm sure this would be on many makeup mistakes lists, but it's still something that I struggle with now! Back in the early days there wasn't a great deal of choice in terms of shades or finish in the highstreet area, so a pale gal with combination skin like me struggled. I had freckles that are hard to conceal, hormonal spots and dry patches that did my foundation no favours.

- Thinking khol eyeliner was a good idea
I used to use a jet black khol eyeliner from Seventeen and ring my eyes like pandas to achieve some kinda of look... Needless to say it never went well, the khol on my bottom lash line would disappear and smudge everywhere. 

- Not filling in my eyebrows
You're beginning to build a picture of how I chose and applied my makeup when I was a teenager! My eyebrows were (and still are) very fair but for some reason I never filled them in. I'd just be a pair of eyes with no eyebrows to help shape or frame my face! Oh the horror.

- Body glitter
I'm talking early 2000's when you had a primary school disco and your friend whipped out the roller ball body glitter. We'd use it on our cheeks (early highlighting ya know?!) and upper arms. It's probably be cheap chunky glitter too that was a pain to wash off, but obviously looked so cool when dancing to Reach by S Club 7. 

- Not getting what a green corrector was
They've come back into fashion now, but I used to use a green correcting stick from Seventeen to cover over any redness or spots. Usually I'd end up covering my face in this stick and it was so hard to blend in that I'd end up with a slightly tinged green face.

What are your makeup mistakes?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

My Beauty Wish List

It's not often that I write these beauty wish lists, and to be honest there's so many new releases that I want to try that I'd end up with a list as long as my arm. I'm generally quite good when it comes to beauty shopping, only really buying the things that I need/love and I always do extensive research on blogs and review sites before investing in a new product. But these are a few products that have been on my list for a while...

1. Decleor Aromessence Neroli Night Balm £36
I love Decleor and their night balms are the best thing to treat your skin to just before bed. You only use the tiniest amount (which also makes its cost-per-application fab!) and rub it into your hands before massaging it onto your skin. The essential oils help to calm my skin whilst the rest of the ingredients work overnight to replenish my skin.

2. The Ordinary Serum Foundation £5.70
As everyone and their dog has a foundation from The Ordinary, it's about right that it's firmly on my wish list now! The only thing stopping me is the choosing a colour without a professionals help, I have no clue what kind of undertone my skin is or what colour really suits me. I'll be sure to pop into a store on a quite day to get some help selecting my shade though.

3. Benefit Puff Off Eye Gel £24.50
This product is proof that sampling before you try is a great way to result in a purchase. I've been trying a mini sample for a week now and can totally tell the difference in my eyes! It really helps to smooth any puffiness as well as blurring any wrinkles or dark circles. Definitely recommend you try before you buy!

4. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion £17
I'm pretty fed up with highstreet eyeshadow primers creasing my eye makeup in a matter of hours after application. Having seen so many raving reviews of this eyeshadow primer, it may be time to take the plunge. I had no idea that it came is so many different types, I'd probably want to try the original one first as my eyelids get so greasy (TMI?) throughout the day that hopefully this would mattify them.

5. Kerastase Elixir Versatile Beautifying Oil £39.50
I currently use a hair oil of the brands from the company I work and can tell a massive difference in the texture and overall appearance of my hair when I don't one. But I feel like Kerastase in the crem de la creme of haircare products and that investing in this hair oil would be like investing in healthy and glossy hair. I can already see myself absently stroking my soft soft hair...

6. Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm £39
I've never used a cleansing balm before, but I love the idea of them and bet it's so luxurious for your skin. Of course this is another blogger enabled wish-list after seeing so many reviews in its heyday, it still features on a few favourites and lists. All of the ingredients sound like it would be doing your skin a whole lot of good and like you've been on a spa weekend rather than a quick cleanse!

What's on your beauty wish list?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 1 October 2017

How To Be Kinder On Social Media

I wrote a post last week about Why I Stay Out Of Blogging Dramas and it got great feedback that it inspired this post. Like any other blogger, I'm glued to my phone and social media, to the point when my little finger is slightly indented from where I hold my phone and scroll.

Unfortunately I've been sucked into a 'scroll and move on' situation and don't engage with much anymore on social media. There's so much going on that it can be a little overwhelming, which got me thinking about what more I can do to be kinder on social media. Not that I'm nasty or anything! But ways in which I can support others and use social media how it should be.

Send Someone A Happy Message
For absolutely no reason. I love the idea of sending someone a GIF or just a 'have a great day' message. It makes all the difference to the change the mood of your day!

Support Bloggers And Causes
I've been a bad blogger and don't support others as much as I should. Simply tweeting another blogger to say they're doing a great job or leaving a comment on their latest Instagram post, as we all known how much the algorithm and shadow ban can kill our engagement. I'd also love to get involved in more causes close to my heart, I care a lot about feminist causes and am making it my aim to take part in social media campaigns

Move On From The Drama
Like I mentioned in my Why I Stay Out Of Blogging Drama post, you could be spending your time on a much worthier cause. You can easily get sucked into blogging dramas, but at the end of the day you do you and I'll be me. Simple!

Use It How It Should Be Used
If Twitter is to start conversations, start a conversation! Asked a question and use a hashtag and I will guarantee you'll receive a reply and vice versa, it's good to help others. Get creative on Instagram and share your daily activities on Stories and filter to your hearts content.

As we're taking about social media, help a gal out on Twitter and Instagram! I promise to share witty tweets and stories from London every day.

What's your best tips for being kinder on social media?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 28 September 2017

This Month I...

September is one of those 'meh' months for me, it's the turning point of summer into autumn and everything turns a bit colder and darker. But on the plus side, we're closer to Christmas right?!

This Month I... ate at Monty Bojangles cafe in Reigate! So I'll fess up, this isn't my actual photo and I only just realised that I forgot to take any photos because I was too busy stuffing my face with their triple chocolate muffin and catching up with my friend. I love the Monty Bojangles Chocolate Truffles, they're delicious and amazing quality for the price. It's a one off cafe and it's in a lovely spot in Reigate, definitely recommend a visit if you're in the area and be warned it gets very busy!

This Month I... bought nothing - surprising I know! Next month I'm going on holiday to Malaysia for two weeks so I've been saving my money for then. However I have been very tempted by the Harry Potter collection in Primark at the moment. I work just round the corner from the Tottenham Court Road branch, which has a massive area for the collection. There's everything from socks and slippers to bags and duvets. It's a real temptation to not buy everything!

This Month I... read Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland. I've read a few youtuber books before and found them a bit wishy washy, like they're not well written enough for me. Perhaps it's because they're aimed at a younger audience. However Louise has changed her content from any fluffy to realistic and relatable content, something which is reflected in her new book. It's a classic chic lit from single mum's perspective, Robin. You can read my full review here for a indepth look. The pinch me moment was when Louise RT'ed my tweet!

This Month I... I watched the new Great British Bake Off. Yes there's no Mary, Sue or Mel and now there's adverts but it's still bake off to me. If you close your eyes whilst watching it, Prue does sound a little like Mary and Sandi sounds like Mel or Sue I can't decide! I love each themed week, especially the caramel challenges last week because I'm addicted to Millionaire Shortbread and Stroopwaffles. There's no favourite at the moment, so I'm just enjoying all the different characters!

This Month I... went to London Zoo! It's been years since I went to London Zoo, apparently I was four last time and it was a cold February day. There's even photo evidence of me riding a fish on the merry-go-round with a lovely hot pink puffer jacket. The animals are all very well cared for and there were plenty of zoo keepers in the walk-in enclosures to ensure you didn't get too close to the animals. We watched the tigers, giraffes and penguins being fed which was amazing to watch and the special part were the gorillas and baby monkeys! If you're travelling to London by train, you can get 2 for 1 tickets or buy them at a discount online too.

How as September for you?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

My Body Care Go-Tos

I must say, I do treat myself when it comes to my body care products. You can really tell the difference from a £2 moisturiser to a £25 one and sometimes you want to make yourself for a little luxurious! From start to finish, I'll take you through my body care go-tos plus my favourite brands and recommendations.

First it'll be in the shower, I love Korres Shower Gels as not only do they smell great but they also use a lot of natural ingredients. Down the side of each bottle it lists what it's free from, if it's suitable for vegans, its pH level etc. which I think is really handy when you're looking for a natural showergel!  I'd recommend the Water Lily Blossom and Japanese Rose, currently I'm using the Fig scent which is also lovely. Definitely check out Korres online as some websites sell them buy one get one free or for £8 each from Waitrose.

Once every few days I'll give myself an all over body scrub with my exfoliating glove and favourite Sanctuary Spa Body Scrub. Sometimes if I'm looking for a quick scrub, I'll just use my showergel with the exfoliating glove to kill two birds with one stone. This Body Scrub with Black Pepper and Ginger has unfortunately been discontinued, but all of Sanctuary Spa Body Scrubs are great quality and I like the tube packaging as it means I can use it in the shower without getting water inside. Sanctuary Spa Body Scrubs range from £6.50 to £13 in Boots.

Now I'm all clean and smooth (I forgot to mention, I'd obviously shave as well but it's a little boring and mundane to me!) it's time to hydrate my skin. In my opinion, nothing beats Molton Brown Body Lotion on value for money and general amazing scents. My mum, sister and I all have our favourite ranges from Molton Brown, and mine is the Pink Pepperpod. It's slightly spicy but aromatic too and the scent lasts on your skin too! It's £25 for 300ml, which is pricey but well worth it to treat your skin.

My final part is very very luxurious and I only add this extra option on when my legs are in real need of it. I discovered Legology Air-Lite years ago when I was working at a Brighton Magazine and got sent a PR package. Air-Lite uses special technologies to help with tightness and puffiness, pains, cellulite and fatigue, and my legs get very tired from a long day at work! The cream is super light and smells like lemons to me, plus the website has tips on how to massage the cream in to get the best benefits. Because it's so fancy, it's £60 for a small 175ml pot but it's kinda justifiable as it's not an every day problem!

What are your body care favourites?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Why It's Okay Not To Be A Stereotypical Blogger

They say variety is the spice of life, and the same term really does apply to blogging too. I kinda get fed up when I see the same flat lays and rose gold features throughout my Bloglovin' or Instagram feeds. I know it's completely up to me who I choose to follow and add to my feed, but I can't but feel like there's a samey-samey look across the Blogosphere at times.

So why is it okay to be different? Being different is an amazing achievement, say you went for the same chocolate ice cream each time then one day there's a chocolate chip one, you'd want to try a bit of that would you? Same with blogging, even a slight difference like your blog layout, your photography or writing styles can make you stand out from the crowd. This now reminds me that I have a few of those Ben and Jerry's cookie dough sandwiches...

Blogging is all about being creative and putting your own stamp on the internet (it was so tempting to say the cliche 'own corner of the internet' but I put a new spin on it...!) So if you want to try a new photography style or have had a great blog post idea for ages but you've been worried if it would be popular or not, just do it. Bring all the inner confidence into your blogging and get motivated to be you on your blog.

What are your best tips for breaking out of the blogger mould?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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