Thursday, 2 August 2018

Review: Swissforce Couperose

I'm making it part of my mission to start talking more about the beauty concerns we're embarrassed about. Starting with redness, thread and spider veins! Not the most glamourous of topics to write about, but something that always comes about in the summer.

Because my skin is super sensitive (hello pale English rose skin!) it sometimes reacts badly to the heat. I've been trailing and testing the Swissforce Couperose balm throughout this heatwave we've been having - and have had amazing results! A little really does go a long way with this product and I love that it absorbs so quickly into my skin and gets to work straight away.

If you suffer from redness or thread and spider veins during the summer, I'd 100% recommend this!

I picked mine up from but you can also find it from from £24.90 30ml size. 

Have you tried Swissforce before?

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Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 8 July 2018

Review: RosehipPLUS Rosehip Oil

I'll let you into a secret, I used to be scared to use a oil on my skin. To me oils would equal in an oily and shiny face and because I have combination skin, I thought it would completely throw off the balance. However since I've been using the RosehipPLUS Rosehip Oil I've been converted.

RosehipPLUS is an Australian brand that's available in the UK online from places like Amazon and directly from the brand website. The first thing I noticed about the product is the amazing size and value for money! A little goes a long way with this oil and you only need a few drops for it to be completely absorbed into your face. I've mainly been using it as a nighttime moisturiser as it helps to target my dry patches (they've cleared up so well since I've been using it!) and obviously help to keep my skin lovely and smooth.

There isn't a particularly strong smell, which means it's great for sensitive skin types, and it's 100% natural and Organic Certified - something I'm definitely taking more notice of with my skincare brands! Since doing a bit more research into the brand and product I've discovered it's also great for reducing the appearance of scars and stretchmarks. Like any gal I have a few stretchmarks on my thighs I've like to be less obviously and a large scar on my forearm, which probably will never disappear but I'm looking forward to trying RosehipPLUS on it and seeing how well it does. 

Overall if you're on the look out for a natural facial oil to try, you won't go wrong with RosehipPLUS Rosehip Oil! Pick yours up from Amazon or and make sure to let me know what you think.

Have you tried RosehipPLUS before? What's your favourite facial oil?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 5 July 2018

Review: J.One Jelly Pack

As we all know skincare is one of my favourite things to talk about on my blog! And recently I've been trying the J.One Jelly Pack - the latest product from the famous k-beauty gang.

It works as a primer, moisturiser and mask and I've most been using it as a primer. I love how well it grips onto my makeup and really helps to ensure it stays put all day. The texture is gel-like and ultra-cooling especially on days like this. I love using it to cool down my t-zone! I've been trying out the 30ml size which is perfect for travelling too, I can imagine it's perfect for any hot summer holiday.

You can pick yours up from Beauty Bay for £17.

Have you tried anything from J.One before? What's your favourite primer?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Finding My Blogging Mojo Again

Every once in a while I find myself lacking the motivation to blog, and I'm sure I'm not the only blogger who's experienced this. On the one hand I've been blogging for so long that to not blog just feels unnatural to me, but recently I've succumbed to the pressure of keeping up with a community that I no longer feel a part of.

So how have a found my blogging mojo again? Through reconnecting with the community and going back to my blogging roots of why I started it. I love speaking to other bloggers, reading their blog posts and leaving comments. I began planning more blog posts, taking photos and enjoying it. If I took a week off, so what? Nothing's going to happen if I take a little break! I do this purely to write and create something of which I can share and connect with others.

If you're reading this and thinking 'yup, that's exactly how I'm feeling about blogging right now' I urge you to go back to the basics. Think about the reasons why you started blogging, was it share a passions about baking, beauty or simply for the pleasure of writing? Start step by step and don't feel like you have to write a new post every few days, blog simply for you and your enjoyment!

What do you think about this post? How have you got your blogging mojo back before?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Book Haul featuring Jane Green and Lucy Diamond

I caught the book bug recently and went a little crazy hauling some new reads! Generally I'll get through a good book within 1 1/2 weeks, taking it on the train with me and reading it in bed. I have a few favourite authors, which I'll tell you more about, and stick to classic chic lit novels with a few light crime stories too. 

Charity shops are my go-to for finding new and classic books - plus it's supporting a great cause too! A lot of the books I've finished and no longer want to keep go to the charity shop too and gets passed onto the next person.

I picked up Rivers Of London by Ben Aaronovitch because I love London as a city and was curious by the blurb. The novel starts with an officer called Peter Grant, in the Met Police who deals with magic and the supernatural within London. He has a lot going on from figuring out what's causing people to killers to London gangs causing mayhem. I love the magic element of it and it's completely different from the usual books I read, so I'm exciting to get started!

After the amazing BBC programme last year (I think?!) as soon as I spotted Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty, I had to pick it up. It's a thriller and centers around Dr Yvonne Carmichael, her lover and how an affair can end up in court and a murder. I'm hoping the book and TV series are similar because I really enjoyed the programme and can't wait to read the original book.

What also happens a lot is book swapping between my mum and her friends, because we all have similar reading tastes! I haven't read any of Carole Matthews books before but I can tell from the cover and titles that it's a classic and comforting chic lit book. And I know you're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover.

Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses by Carole Matthews is a heartwarming book about a single mother, called Christine, who's struggling to juggle work, her family and her love for craft. And suddenly she has a big decision to make that could change everything... I love reading stories that are realistic and about hard working women, it's so inspiring and great to read.

I'll admit that I started reading Million Love Songs by Carole Matthews yesterday and am absolutely cracking up at the Take That and Gary Barlow references! Ruby Brown is a recent divorcee with a plan to turn her life around, including starting a new job, new place and conquering her biggest fears. Throughout this she meets two men who are the complete opposite of each other, but one could end up her true love. So far it's a fab and easy read that I can quite happily curl up on the sofa with for a few hours.

Another place I shop my books from is Amazon. They always have a great selection of the old and new books from all of my favourite authors. I'm always topping up my cart with books to reach the free delivery option!

Starting with Falling by Jane Green, I absolutely adore her books and writing because it's just like she's talking to me as a best friend. It's a classic love story about a girl called Emma who leaves the UK for a better life in New York (aka my favourite place in the world!) for a high flying career, great apartment and string of boyfriends. Onto a new place and Emma starts falling for a man and soon has to make a big decision that could risk her losing it all...

Lucy Diamond is another favourite author of mine and her books always revolve around a few women who end up being your fab supportive gang! Sweet Temptation is about Maddie who's going through a tough time at work, with her kids and especially her weight. After joining a local weight-loss group, she finds allies in two women each experiencing their own battles.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found a few new authors and books to try! What have you been reading recently?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 17 May 2018

Baking: Making Mary Berry's Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Fun Fact: I thought for a long while Mary Berry was actually called Merry Berry and that her name sounded so happy all the time! Anyway, my mum found a gluten-free brownie recipe in a magazine and we decided to give it a whirl...

This recipe made a lot of brownies, so if it's too large then you can half the recipe. Otherwise we've frozen the ones that wouldn't keep. The brownies make for a great dessert as they're soft in the middle and crispy on top!

- 350g of dark chocolate, broken into pieces
- 250g of butter
- 300g of dark muscovado sugar (we actually used normal dark brown sugar!)
- 6 eggs
- 75g of ground almonds

How To
 1. Start by preparing a traybake tin that's roughly 23 x 30cm and use a little butter to grease the tin and line with baking paper. Also preheat the oven to 180 degrees/ 160 degrees fan or Gas 4.

2. Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a heatproof bowl, then add the butter and set over a small saucepan of simmering water. Heat through until runny and melted. The tip is to not let the bowl touch the water in the saucepan!

3. Measure the sugar in a bowl, add the eggs and whisk together until the sugar and butter are incorporated. Pour the mixture in the melted chocolate mixture and stir evenly until evenly mixed, then fold in the ground almonds and stir gently to combine.

4. Pour the mixture into the traybake and bake in the oven for between 30-35 minutes or until a light crust forms on top and the mixture is firm around the edges but soft in the middle.

5. Leave to cool in the tin then cut into squares.

I found the recipe really easy and quick to make, plus the brownies are delicious with double cream or ice cream. If you do make this recipe then let me know what you think!

Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Brand Review: Superdrug Vitamin E Skincare

Sometimes own-brand skincare ranges can get a little criticism from people, thinking that because it's at a low price point that it's not great quality. I like to mix in high end and high street products because my skin can be so temperamental that I swap in a lot of products depending on what's happening at the time.

The Superdrug own skincare ranges have been getting a lot of love recently, not only because they're at a great price but because their skincare really does deliver results. I've been trying the Vitamin E range for a while now and thought I would share my thoughts on how well they've been working with my skin!

My skin type verges between combination and dehydrated, which I think is down to working in a busy and polluted city! So I need a face cream that hydrates without clogging my skin and provides SPF protection. I'll admit that on most days I do add an extra SPF on top just because my skin is so sensitive to the sun! The SPF 15 Moisturising Day Cream absorbs into my skin really well and leaves it feeling hydrated. There's nothing overly special about this but it's a fab bargain alternative.

The much hyped cleanser is of course the Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser, which some have compared to the award-winning Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser. I like using this as a morning cleanse because it does dry out my skin or leave it feeling tight, but nicely cleansed and ready for the day. It's super moisturising and I can really tell the difference when using this vs a harsh scrub.

Probably the product that has divided me the moist is the Vitamin E Nourishing Eye Cream. I have a cluster of little white bumps called Mila underneath my eyes that are a real pain, not even concealer can help to cover them! However since using this eye cream twice a day I've noticed a massive difference in the appearance of my eyes, they're a lot smoother and my dark circles are lighter too. The reason why this eye cream divides my opinion is because it is rubbish when you've applied concealer on top. It pills or makes small little balls when I use my fingers or brush to blend my concealer and is so annoying! I'll keep using it and be careful when applying my concealer or switch to something else for the day.

A serum is the best way to boost my dehydrated skin because it deeply absorbs into my skin and works to help improve my skin from the inside out! I love that this has a little pump so I can get just the right amount for my skin and it works perfectly underneath my moisturiser. What I also love about the whole Vitamin E range from Superdrug is that it's 100% vegan and cruelty-free, plus if you're not happy with the product then you can take it back for a refund.

The Superdrug Vitamin E range is currently Buy One Get Second Half Price now too!

Have you tried the Superdrug Vitamin E range? What new skincare have you tried recently? 

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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