Friday, 28 February 2014

Beauty: Grapefruit and Peppermint

Fridays are always my days off to get all the mundane jobs done and today was no exception. Sorting out a new passport, changing dentist and picking up a few (much needed of course) beauty products! And Boots were having a 3 for 2 across most of the store so it was inevitably going to happen anyway.

I was after a new bronzer as most of mine have got a slight shimmer in them. I randomly found this tucked away on a Maybelline stand, which was lucky as this was the last one! I tried to do a swatch but its quite light so it didn't come up that well. It'll be good for contouring and light bronzing as I'm quite fair and don't fancy having the stripy brown zebra look!

The eyeliners were the main items I needed to get really. Another repurchase of the Collection eyeliner, which is seriously good. Surprising for how much it actually costs and how long it lasts, plus the tip is thin enough to do little flicks but easily buildable for a stronger look. I heard a lot of good reviews about the Rimmel eyeliners and as they were under a fiver I just had to try them out! I usually have trouble with eyeliner and mascara smudges but I've been testing these two out today and so far no smudges! But they do need a few applications throughout the day. They're so smooth and creamy too which is a bonus for any eye make up as you don't want any drag. Overall I'd recommend all three!

If you've read my blog for a while now, you'll know that I'm a massive fan of Soap and Glory. I saw a review on Project Flawless Blog and as my skin is looking a bit sad at the moment, I though its time for a new face mask treat! I'm a bit apprehensive about how intensive this mask is but I'll be sure to give it a whirl.  It's quite a thick consistency so I'm sure a little will go a long way. Plus it smells like peppermint which must mean good things, no?!

Another repurchase! I've been using my current one for about a year now, applying the gel underneath my eyes every night and its only just running out now. Definitely great value for money. Although it'll never get rid of my dark circles or lines, it does a pretty good job of toning them down! Most of the ingredients are from plant extracts from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew and, if anyone knows me, I love a natural product that does just as good a job as all the chemically and expensive brands!

I really got this on a whim. After using other Neutrogena face products in the past with good results, I have high hopes for this one! It'll give my skin a change from my usual Simple Cleanser and it smells so good! I'm beginning to see a pattern with what I bought now.... I think the smell of the product plays a massive part in selling itself, no one wants to rub something that smells like old socks on their face do they?!

Have you used any of these products before? What are they like?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Public Transport: Love or Hate?

Cardigan: Primark
Shirt and Boots: Topshop
Jeans: M&S

After admitting my undying love for shirts yesterday (it wasn't exactly forced anyway....) and the weather giving me a lack of inspiration, I threw on my trusty pinstripe shirt from Topshop, in hope that I'd still look professional and feel comfortable at the same time! The offices where my internship is at are bloomin' freezing. The windows might as well not be there, there's so many holes anyway! It might just be me stereotyping people, but wearing this pinstripe shirt and cable knit cardigan, it kind of reminds me of a posh college boy, who 'throws' the jumper around his neck in a casual way and plays polo with daddy whilst driving his Bentley, slightly crazy right?!

Thursdays normally signal the end of the week for me. No more travelling into Brighton until next Monday. Although this mornings journey in wasn't so bad, despite being delayed for 10 minutes then deciding to stop at every single station. We were all packed in like sardines and this woman next to me started talking to me, which is weird because its like some sort of rule that no one talks on the rush hour trains, at least the Brighton Mainline doesn't talk. I know I get thrown dirty looks from people if I'm talking on the train. Turns out she's from Yorkshire, has a baby son (showed me a picture and he was darn cute!) and works in design in London but there's offices down in Brighton too. We were just chatting about my course and how she got into design work, which was quite interesting, as well as being helpful in my case. I think that may be people, especially on public transport should make the effort to chat to each other sometimes, it actually sets your day off in the right way sometimes!

What's your opinion on public transport? Do you think people should talk to each other more often?

Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon xxx

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Ramble Ramble

Jumper: Forever 21
Skirt: New Look
Boots: Topshop
Scarf: Primark
Bag: Zara

My grey sweatshirt is back! If I had to pick an item that I couldn't live without it would definitely be this jumper, then my skinny jeans and converse. Pretty much sums up my style! Plus pattern shirts, cannot resist a good pattern shirt! I wanted to add a bit of colour to this outfit so threw on my scarf, which is so big its great at keeping me warm and also to warn off any germs about on the train or at college. 

This college course is definitely going too fast for me, with it all starting to get more serious with deadlines and exams. Not to say I'm not enjoying it but I'll suddenly have to get a full time job in less than four months time. Besides the usually weekend and evening jobs I've had throughout my teenage years, I've never had that sort of experience, which I'm pretty terrified of if I'm being honest. But there's nothing stopping me from getting to where I want to be is there? Just got to keep that in mind. Maybe I'll come back to this post in four months time as a reminder to not be so scared. Sorry, it seems to be a bit of a ramble today! Normal service will resume  tomorrow :)

Rhiannon xxx

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Review: Blog Inc

About a month ago my friend Kamila bought me the Blog Inc by Joy Deangdeelert Cho, whose blog oh joy! I am insanely jealous of. This book takes you from the start, right to the end where Joy gives you advice on becoming a full time blogger and how to finance your blog. 

This is the first book about blogging I've read and I've been pretty impress with how thorough and thought out the whole book is. Although I'm definitely not at the stage where I can become a full time blogger or make any sort of money from it, it's helped me to realise what layout suits everyone, how I should plan my posts and make the best out of my blog, like I'm sure everyone wants to do!

Each chapter has a blurb beforehand, detailing what sort of information it has, which is quite helpful when you want to reference back or you've lost your place when reading! Under each section, Joy takes you through all the steps you need with lots of helpful advice and websites you can use, which is definitely a massive help for new bloggers (although I would say that most of the websites are targeted at American bloggers, but I'm sure there's alternative sites for everyone else!)

Probably my favourite parts in the book are the interviews with different bloggers. Depending on what the chapter is, a different 'style' of blogger will be answer questions referring to that chapter and about how they started up and giving their tips etc. I found it interesting to see how they had developed their blogs and become full time bloggers, plus it gave me loads of ideas for what to do with my blog!

Blog Inc can be found on Amazon and in most large book stores and I'd really recommend getting it, for all bloggers at whatever stage you are at with your blog because it's such a helpful book!

Have you got this book? What do you think? Any bloggers thinking of getting it?
Hope you enjoyed this post!

Rhiannon xxx

Monday, 24 February 2014

Monday Mornings

Coat, Jumper and Bag: Zara
Top: Mango
Skirt: American Apparel
Belt: New Look
Shoes: Converse

The most annoying thing about wearing long coats is that it covers your skirt, making it look like you're just wearing tights. Needless to say I got some strange looks from the builders at the station this morning! I never really think of wearing trainers with a skirt but I'm getting slightly fed up with boots at the moment. Spring where are you?! And I don't think I'll ever stop wearing this top, unless until it gets a hole in it or a manage to spill something down it and it stains (which is very likely knowing me, which I do!) 

When starting back at college today I wasn't in too bad a mood. Actually happy to go back and see everyone again. But then the work started again! Shorthand was okay, still getting faster which is good. Then my tutor decided to give us a lovely reporting mock to do, not my favourite thing to do on a Monday but there you go. After dragging myself through to get it done I left college with a massive headache, so what's best to do? Go for a run, get some fresh air and bump into an old flame and his girlfriend, just perfect! But the headache has gone now and I have a Lush bath bomb for tonight, so its not all bad?

Have you guys ever had an awkward encounter with an ex?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Running, Lush and Reading.

As usual here's my Sunday summary post for the week! Follow me on Instagram and Twitter for more of my weekday ramblings!

My Bombay Bicycle Club tickets finally arrived! I'm super excited to see them next month. After listening to their new and past albums I'm like a child in a sweet shop and just want to see them now!

This week has left me with a bit more time than usual, so I managed to pick up a new book (How To Fall In Love by Cecelia Ahern), which has felt like an age since I last read a book. I actually got this at my last work experience in October and as its a press copy I got it before it went into all the bookshops (Exclusive!) So far it's pretty interesting, its got a quite complicated plot which is a fresh change from all the other chick lits.

Flicking through Pinterest is a slight hobby/obsession of mine. And, if you've read my blog for a while now, I do love a good quote. Especially if its a simple one and from Mufasa.

Bless my mum. She felt guilty for going shopping without me, so bought a little hand cream pot and the Secret Garden bath bomb from Lush. The hand cream will be handy for my bag, even if it took two of us to actually get the thing open...

With more time to lazy about and the weather finally getting better (let's not jinx it now...) I've been going for runs more. All I've got to do is shove on my trainers and grab my phone and ipod and I'm off. There's quite a few fields and paths nearby with great views, which makes the run a lot better! Also there's nothing like the feeling of finishing a good long run, even though my legs feel so much pain that they'll blame me for the next week.

What's been your highlight from the past week?

Rhiannon xx

P.S Here's my posts from my work experience week: Top Ten Beauty Tips, London Fashion Week Trends, Drenge at Komedia and Top Seven Art Galleries.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

London Fashion Week Trends

Hey guys! As you may have read in previous posts I spent the last week at BN1 magazine doing work experience. I had planned to upload a little summary of London Fashion week and the trends that came from it on my blog anyway but I uploaded an article on the BN1 magazine website so thought I'd link you to it instead! Here's the link, let me know what you think, any comments, good or bad, are always welcome!

Rhiannon xx

Friday, 21 February 2014


Jumper and Skirt: New Look
Boots: Topshop

This had to be the warmest outfit I've worn this week, thick jumper, wool skirt and Primark Super Cosy Tights, probably should dress a bit more sensibly like this more often, but hey! The only thing about this skirt is the fact that it doesn't leave much room for Prezzo's Honeycomb Smash Cheesecake, which I think all skirts should do but it's tartan and purple, so I guess that cancels it out maybe?! Also feeling very Scottish in this outfit, feel like I should be eating Haggis whilst looking for the Loch Ness Monster or playing the bagpipes!

So today was my last day of work experience, which I was quite sad to leave but I hope that there will be more opportunities in the future to work with them again! I'll add a couple of links to the articles I did on my Sunday post, so you can have a nosey. I have to say that out of all the work experience I've done this one had probably been the most helpful, in the way that I learnt new skills and wasn't stuck just making the tea! Back to college next week, having done hardly any shorthand over the past few days, I'm slightly worried, but it'll be good to get back into the old routine again. Train delays, shorthand tests and reporting panics. And breathe....

Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon xx

Thursday, 20 February 2014

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink

Cardigan: Zara
Top: New Look
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: Converse
Bag: Primark

Oooh a bit of a Mean Girls reference for yesterdays outfit! I got bored of wearing black and grey, so dusted this pair of jeans off, adding a splash of colour if I say so myself! I wanted to wear something casual but still smart, but I couldn't resist not wearing my converse for a whole week.... At first I wasn't too sure that my navy cardigan would go with it but I think because the jeans have a slight blue undertone to it they don't clash too awfully (right?!)

Another busy day at the work experience. I'm loving it though, the team are so nice and there's always a ton of stuff to do, and its not making tea or any of that boring stuff! I think I may have a few bits published in the magazine too... watch this space! Tonight I'm off out for dinner with a friend for their birthday which'll be nice and I like food, which is always a bonus. Although I'm knackered after watching the Brits last night! I might do a little Brit post at some point this week so I won't blabber on about it.... 

Did you watch the Brits last night? What did you think?

Rhiannon xxx

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Review: Superdrug Hot Cloth Cleanser

To me, cleansing it just a simple cream you put on your face to take off any make up then just wash off afterwards. But after hearing much hype about the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser and it's £25 for 200ml price tag, I was on the search for a dupe.

I'll gladly admit that I use make up wipes regularly to take my make up off, then using the L'Oreal micellar water to delicately take my eye make up off but I've added this into my routine as a 'deep' cleanser. Using it about four times a week, especially on 'heavy' make up days, I've noticed a real difference in my skin.

It's consistency is quite thick, but foamy at the same time if that makes sense! I spend a few minutes rubbing it into my skin, then rinsing the muslin cloth in hot water and finally polishing my skin off. Now, at first I wasn't too sure what 'polishing' meant so I just gently rubbed my skin to take off any make up, which seems to be working! 

Perhaps using it in conjunction with my Korres moisturiser it's helped my skin improve a lot. It's sometimes a bit fiddly to use and quite time consuming, having to polish it all etc. And you can't use it to take off eye make up and it will probably sting if you do! Despite that I do enjoy using it and probably will repurchase it again, as it's good value for money and does help cleanse my skin a bit deeper than other products I've used.

Have you tried this product? What cleansers do you use?

Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon xx

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

A Learning Curve

Cardigan and Jeans: M&S
Shirt and Shoes: New Look
Watch: Olivia Burton

I think if I ever had a 'thing' it would definitely be shirts. They're such a staple item in my wardrobe, which I pair with smart jeans or trousers for a formal look or ripped skinny jeans with converse to make the outfit more causal and easy to wear in the day. Brogues are another must have for me, this pair took a while to break in and now they're one of the most worn pair of shoes I own. And then there's the watch. A purple/burgundy leather strap and humming bird face - need I say anymore reasons why I love it?!

Work experience is turning out to be a lot of fun at the moment. My first task was to write a top ten beauty tips for fashion week, based on an email from a beauty guru, which of course, was right up my alley! I loved writing it and finding out all about the SEO for the website and how to maximize the article and what the target audience expects from the magazine. Definitely learning a lot! Who knows what the rest of the week will hold?

Rhiannon xxx

Monday, 17 February 2014

Fashion Week

Cardigan and Bag: New Look
Dress: Primark
Shoes: Topshop

Dressing for your first day of work experience is like dressing for an interview i.e. a pain. You don't want to go smart over board but then you don't want to look like you've just crawled out of bed and dragged a hair brush through your hair! I'm still surprised that this little beauty came from Primark, it's actually quite thick and stretches like a dream like most skater dresses do. Top points for Primark!

I've pretty much had the nightmare train journey, which always seems to happen when I have work experience (think back to the UK storm, not letting me get any where near London for my last work experience!). Flooding on the Brighton mainline meant I had an extra half an hour detour via Lewes to get to Brighton, luckily I was still about 10 minutes early for work experience anyway! I'm really looking forward to the rest of this week, unfortunately I couldn't do much today as I had no computer but I got to grips with their wordpress system and did some research for a few articles at home. I did take a break to watch yesterday's Topshop show and today's Burberry show, so far I'm literally in love with it all and can't wait for the rest of the week! Also I've been meaning to catch up with the BAFTA's and intend to watch the BRIT's this week, gaahh it's a busy old one isn't it?!

Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon xxx

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Blueberries, Stylist and Crazy Weather

This week's Instagram pictures!

I've managed to create the perfect balance at breakfast: Chocolate and oat cereal topped with blueberries, surely that's one of my five a day?!

Since studying at Brighton I've been picking up copies of Stylist almost every week and as part of all the fashion weeks happening this month they've got special issues for the next few weeks! I especially love this cover because of the floral hat(?) and the femininity of the whole issue.

Valentines Day, hate it or love it. I was kindly sent these flowers and chocolates which now have pride of place on my window sill! 

As you may know. the weather in Britain has been crazy to say the least this week, Brighton having had flooding and high winds. I caught this picture on the train home, luckily escaping this rain cloud!

Today, as any other Sunday, is roast day! This week my sister played host, so in a rush to get there, I chucked on my green cardigan from New Look, stripey Breton top from Mango and cute boots from Topshop, perfect comfy Sunday outfit!

What's been your highlight of the past week?

Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon xx

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Review: Korres Wild Rose Cream

Korres Wild Rose 24hr Moisturising Brightening Cream £20 via Asos

You may have heard me harp on about this product in my Christmas and Haul post but after using it for two months it's time for its own review.

I'll start off with a bit about my skin type and face routine. Describing my skin is a bit difficult, mostly combination but I get the odd dry patch above my eyebrows (it's just not me is it?! Let me know!) then sometimes a quite oily T-zone, which is expected anyway, and I get the usual breakouts as any teenager does, thanks hormones! Before I started using the product I was a Simple moisturiser gal through and through, thinking that cheap creams work just as well as expensive but how wrong was I. I use this, after cleansing and toning everyday, taking only a little bit on my finger to cover all areas of my face and neck. 

I first came across the product through a mini Korres set I got for Christmas and practically used up the whole tester before purchasing the full size version. It's quite a thick consistency, meaning that a little bit goes a long way. You can see in the second picture how little I've used, moisturising my face twice daily since middle January! 

Korres is know for it's all natural ingredients and it actually has a massive list on its packaging of all the nasty chemicals it doesn't have. Which is pretty handy for me as I'm quite careful with what products I use, making sure that I'm not smothering something that's full of chemicals all over my face. It has a faint rose scent, which I like. I think that because of the natural ingredients I've been breaking out less, even when my hormones show their faces every month. 

One thing I would say is that it's Brightening claim isn't 100%. It does make your skin look slightly more glowing, but not as much as I would expect from how much it costs. On the bright side (get the pun there?! haha) the packaging is so much easier to use than pump moisturisers, just because you can get into every little corner, making the most of it!

Overall, I think I'll be using this product for the rest of the year, at least judging by how much is left! It does almost everything it says on the pot and doesn't break me out.

Have you tried Korres before? What's your favourite moisturiser?

Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon xx

Friday, 14 February 2014

Mystery Bunch of Flowers

Coat, Cardigan and Shirt: Zara
Jeans and Bag: New Look
Shoes: Topshop

I promise it wasn't intentional to wear mostly Zara! Their clothing is just such good quality and the cardigan keeps me warm when I'm at my internship. I still haven't got over my obsession with this shirt, its wearable in winter with jeans or tucked into a skirt with boots and then it'll look cute with a pair of denim shorts in the summer. Although it's pretty hard to be talking about summer with the weather right now!

After a slow start to the morning I did finish off my law notes from the other day and catch up on a bit of blogging but that's not much compared to the massive to-do list I've got. Next week is half term week, hence the list of homework to complete! But I've got work experience at BN1 Magazine which I'm really looking forward to. I've been waiting for months for this, so I hope it lives up to my expectations and the pesky weather doesn't get in my way! 

Hope you're all having a lovely day! Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon xx

P.S Thought I'd forgotten Valentines Day? Well I have no Valentine, except my 1D movie and a box of chocolates. But I did get a mystery bunch of flowers who can it be.....? 9Don't worry, I do know who it is!)

Wednesday, 12 February 2014


Shirt and Jumper: New Look
Jeans: H&M

I was stuck for ideas of what to wear for going out for a Sunday roast and found my poor shirt screwed up at the back of my wardrobe unloved. Usually my much loved shirt gets worn a ton more than these jeans, but a button came off ages ago and I haven't sewn it on yet :( Plus it's one right in the middle, so it's not an obvious one to get away with! But I wanted something that I could hide my roast bloated stomach in whilst still looking okay! And this jumper is ideal to throw over the top of a shirt with just the collars peeking out. What a stereotypical blogger!

Today has definitely dragged on. From having to leave at 7 am just to get a car park space at the station (they're using half of it for replacement buses, but I caught one of the last few spaces!) to leaving college at 5 after a mammoth law lecture, I couldn't wait to get home! You should be proud of the journalist in me guys, instead of going to the pub I went to Tescos to pick up more notebooks to copy all my law notes out in. Dedication there! Right now it's off to bed with Blog Inc crazy night in planned!

Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon xx

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

A little bit of sunshine

Coat, Bag and Cardigan: Zara
Dress and Boots: H&M

Thank God for Primark's Super Cosy tights that are practically leggings, today wouldn't have ended well with bog standard tights. I get bored of skinny jeans after a while and just fancy a skirt or dress, although the weather at the moment isn't really helping me with that. I always feel slightly pregnant in this dress, I suppose it's because I'm used to the middle section hitting my waist, whereas this goes below my chest, but hey ho, it still works.

I'm fed up of moaning. Yup this week has been pretty rubbish but lets not go into too much detail. My car passed his MOT and got a service done too, which I'm so relieved about, but one of the advisories is that the brake pads are in poor condition, shouldn't I be concerned?! And I got my shorthand results back for my 60 words per minute exam and got 100%! How crazy! Just five months ago I'd only just started shorthand and thought that getting 60 would be a mission! And Brighton finally saw some sun, it feels like a while since we last had that. Is it weird that seeing the sunshine makes me happy?! 

Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon xx

Monday, 10 February 2014

Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

I'll be the first to admit that at first, I wasn't a massive fan of this film. It definitely wasn't what I expected and it went on for ages! 3 hours to be exact, only Harry Potter is worth that much of my time! But I'll say that on reflection it wasn't too bad.

Based on a true story of a New York stockbroker, his highs and lows and how he made so much money scamming thousands of people (kind of reminds me of Catch Me If You Can, coincidentally DiCaprio also plays the leading part). It was interesting, don't get me wrong, to see how he managed all that but the second half was much better. Showing his downfall from a wealthy and respected businessman to a crumpled mess, whose wife hates him and eventually getting put in prison. 

As an avid film goer, I take notice of how the whole film is created and made to feel realistic. The set and props are, of course, on point and in keeping with the era. That's probably one of the things I like about seeing films set in the 1900s, you get to see what they wore, where they lived etc. And as usual DiCaprio was the outstanding actor that he always is, with equally as good Jonah Hill (watch this video of them together, you can see why they're such amazing actors!). I still can't believe DiCaprio hasn't won an Oscar yet! His best part is when he took too many drugs and then had to get home to stop Jonah screwing up, brilliant acting and just hilarious (video here

So even though I started off not liking it, I did find it interesting and it showcased what talented actors Jonah Hill and DiCaprio are and the second half did pick up pace, making it an overall good film. 

Have you seen The Wolf of Wall Street? What did you think of it?

Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon xxx 

Sunday, 9 February 2014

John Green, OOTD and Bombay

Here's this week's Instagram pictures!

I started reading another John Green book but this time it's Looking For Alaska. After hearing a lot of positive reviews and having read The Fault In Our Stars (which I'm so excited to see the film for!!) my hopes were set pretty high! And of course, it didn't fail to deliver. It's another change your outlook on life kind of book. I won't say much more on it or ruin the ending but it's definitely well worth the read, plus it's only £5ish on Amazon! I also love all the quotes of people's last words, the above image is Thomas Edison's last words, definitely a favourite.

Oooh, an OOTD. Quite similar to last week, showing off my new top, although my nails were hot pink this week but the image doesn't show it up so well! I brought out my trusty brown boots from H&M after the cold wind and rain hit Brighton. They're really handy as they're a brown leather bottom, therefore keep my feet dry but the rest of the boot is a soft suede so they're comfortable too!

My friend from college lent me this CD after I bugged him for ages! But I was going to download it anyway. I'm off to see Bombay in March in Brighton and I cannot wait for it! After listening to their album I am totally in love, classic Bombay Bicycle Club with bollywood musical undertones and catchy lyrics. If you haven't heard it yet, check out Luna my favourite track.

After getting my filling, my considerate dentist left me with a lopsided face which lasted for at least 5 hours after the initial injection. Leaving me with no option but to drink through a straw and eat on one side for the rest of the day, whilst trying not to dribble! This definitely reminds me of being a kid, I think I used to have a swirly straw that I always used. 

I know that we all have weird sleeping positions, but my cat tops them all. She's always covered her face which I think is cute, but her legs sticking out?! That's just strange. But whatever floats your boat.

Hope you enjoyed this post and have a great week!

Rhiannon xxx

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