Monday, 30 June 2014

Love Me Beauty Box June 2014

I've gotta say, I do love getting my little beauty package each month! May's box wasn't that amazing, so I skipped a month (one of the amazing things you can do with Love Me Beauty) and luckily I loved all the products featured this month.
Love Me Beauty Box June 2014

Love Me Beauty Box June 2014

Love Me Beauty Box June 2014 BeautyUK Eyebrow Kit

Review: Starting off with my favourite from the bunch. Myself and eyebrows have that love-hate relationship, you can barely see them and they're just a pain to pluck and tidy up. But this product fills in all my gaps perfectly and keeps it looking natural too. I use the top left one (the lightest- surprise, surprise!) with the brush, then add a tiny bit of the dark brown along the bottom of my eyebrows (kinda outlining them) to add definition.

Verdict: Looovvee it! Definitely going to repurchase again!

Love Me Beauty Box June 2014 NYX Nail Polish Silver Holographic

Review: Now, who doesn't like a little sparkle on their nails?! I really enjoyed using this nail polish both as a feature nail or over the top of a colour (my favourite combo is silver with coral!) It can be a little watery, proving it to be difficult when trying to achieve a feature nail, but it's a good-en nonetheless.

Verdict: It's okay-ish, probably wouldn't buy again as I've already got a massive nail polish collection, but well worth a try!

Love Me Beauty Box June 2014 Urban Veda Purifying Daily Facial Wash

Review: Anyone who knows me, will know I love using natural skin products! Anything chemical or irritating and my skin will come out in a rash or break out like nothing else. It's got quite a nice smell, but whether its mattifying and pore refining qualities work is another thing that I need to test! So far so good though! 

Verdict: It's a nice all-rounder and perfect mini size, possibly won't be purchasing again but definitely going to check out the rest of the collection!

Love Me Beauty Box June 2014 Montagne Jeunesse Mask

Now, there's a story behind this mask. I've only actually used it once, mainly because the time I did I left it wrapped up in clingfilm in my draw and when I woke the next morning, it had literally exploded everywhere! Orange scrubby bits everywhere! There was enough left for at least one more mask, but it again exploded, so I've given up! 

Review: The time I did use it, I was very impressed. It's a self-heating mask, so the sensation is a little strange but the overall results were pleasing! It felt like it was actually doing something and my skin felt squeaky-clean the next day. Definitely going to buy again, might not leave it in my draw next time...

Verdict: Exploding incident aside, it was a lovely product to use. A bit messy, but you can't really argue with a £1 mask? 100% going to repurchase. 

Love Me Beauty Box June 2014 Model Co Eyeliner

Review: After using the Model Co mascara, I was expecting good things from their eyeliner. It's a bit meh, not amazing but not rubbish at the same time. It's perfect for creating a smudgy smokey eye as it's formula is very creamy and great for blending. The only problem I had with it was its staying power. After applying it on my lower lash line, it smudged everywhere, leaving me with attractive Panda eyes. 

Verdict: It's okay, probably won't repurchase or recommend it, but I am yet to find a good all round eyeliner!

So there is Love Me Beauty Box June! Overall, everything was quite good and I'd most likely repurchase a few of them too. Let me know what you guys think!

Thanks for reading,
Rhiannon xx


Sunday, 29 June 2014

Instagram: Journalism, Brownies and Brighton

It's almost been two weeks since I last did an Instagram post! God, it's been too long! I do like doing weekly update-type posts like this, kinda rounds the week off quite nicely. If you wanna follow my social media bits and bobs and read all my daily ramblings (only if you want to!) here's my Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest

Instagram Update Reporting Exam Journalist

Rewinding back to last Monday, I finally did my last exam! Reporting is notoriously difficult, so I really hope it went okay. Those of you who have been reading for a while now will know how crazy this NCTJ Journalism course has been and how much work and dedication it took. Fingers crossed I get the results!

Instagram Update Orange Chocolate Brownies

And what's an Instagram update without a picture of food?! My lovely sister 'delivers' brownies to mum and myself every month as a little treat! This month was Chocolate Orange Brownie, needless to say it didn't last long.

Instagram Update Brighton Ice Cream Journalist

Once I finished my exam, I met up with a few college people for lunch and we then headed down to the beach as it was such a nice day. I feel very lucky to have spent my year studying at such a beautiful city  with amazing people and days at the beach and by the sea make me so happy!

Instagram Update Family Throwback

A little throwback with my Auntie Pauline. I can't remember when this photo was taken, maybe late 90s or early 2000s?! Either way I'm totally rocking that pony and, if anything, I was probably more ginger there than I am now!

Instagram Update OOTD Mint Leather Skirt

I only managed one OOTD post this week! There's not really been anything that interesting to photograph. But I am in love with this mint green leather skirt from Primark (of all places!) I saw it ages ago and the smallest they had was a 16 but I found a size 10 placed randomly in the top section, so I nabbed it quick! Plus you can't argue with a £10 skirt....

Hope you liked this post and that you all had a lovely week! I shall be off on my holidays this Tuesday to Rhodes, so there may be a few scheduled posts and I'll be sure to do a few holiday posts when I get back!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Saturday, 28 June 2014

OOTD: Mint Green Leather Skirt, Alice In Wonderland and Converse

Outfit of the Day Primark Skirt and Denim Jacket and Converse




















Jacket and Skirt: Primark
Top: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Converse

Look at those pasty legs! They've been hiding for a good couple of months, so no wonder they're pretty pale! This outfit was a definite step out of my comfort zone, if you had told me I'd be wearing a faux mint leather skirt a few months ago, I'd be laughing at you. It's actually surprisingly wearable. Of course, not ideal for super hot summer days but the soft velvet-like lining is a lovely bonus. It's also not my usual skater or body-con skirt style and I never thought a a-line shape would actually suit me! I wore this when popping into Brighton for college and running a few errands in town, as it's quite flexible and easy to wear when doing a million and one things!

Last night I went round to a friend's house with all my college friends for a BBQ and general get-together as most of our exams have finished now. I am planning to do a post on my college experience, but it wouldn't have been the same without  them all and they really did make it for me. Promise this won't get soppy!

On the agenda tonight, is another film night with mother. This time it's Sliding Doors with Gwyneth Paltrow, which according to my mum, is a classic. Have you guys seen it before? I was quite intrigued by the blurb!

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend!
Rhiannon xx

Friday, 27 June 2014

Review: L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil VS Pantene Pro-V Repair and Protect Dry Oil


























Hair oils have always been about, but after the L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil (they don't pick short names do they?!) hit the streets last year, hair oils have been a hotly debated topic. I use mine to add a bit of shine after styling and to protect before blow-drying

Like many people, I heard about the L'Oreal oil through the grapevine with a bucket full of positive reviews alongside it. £10 on one piece of hair care is quite a lot for me, but it could easily be justified by the results and amount of times I used it. It was simple and quick to run through my hair after washing and before blow-drying it, but always left my hands feeling really oily (well, duh). 

In search of another hair oil, I found Pantene Pro-V Oil half price in Superdrug and thought I'd try it out. I actually did a bit of nerd research and compared the ingredients and saw that there wasn't nothing majorly different between the two, just the price. I do prefer the Pantene Pro-V hair oil, mainly because my hands aren't left feeling oily and sticky and it's also perfect for adding a bit of shine, without looking too greasy. Plus, it smells lovely!

In the future, I will definitely be repurchasing the Pantene Pro-V hair oil! Have you tried either of these products? What do you think of them? Let me know :)

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Life Catch Up: Blogging, Journalism and everything else


I feel there is a need for a catch up. You may have noticed that my blogging schedule was thrown out of the window over the past few weeks. I'm sort of back to normal, at least for the next week or so. But I've got tons of ideas I want to feature, it's just finding the time!

College is basically done, I've received all but one of my results back and I've passed all of my subjects so far, which I'm so happy with! With my NCTJ course, you can either pass or get Gold Standard and if I get a C or above in my last exam then I'll be getting Gold Standard! I guess you can understand the pressure and worry on that last exam then! 

This week is my last week as an intern at Latest Brighton, and they've offered my two or three days work after that, which I am so grateful and happy for! That'll keep me going for a while at least. Now it's the official beginning of the job hunt (grooan!) but you've got to start somewhere. I've been catching up with friends this week and in just over a week's time I'll be sunning myself in the Greek island of Rhodes! God knows I need a break after this year!! So, keep a look out on my Bloglovin, Twitter and Instagram for all bloggy goodness coming up this week!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx
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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Review: Sleek Blush By 3 in Lace

Sleek Blush By 3 in Lace

Sleek Blush By 3 in Lace
L-R Crochet, Guipure, Chantilly

I never thought love at first sight existed with a make-up product, until now. They are so gorgeous, I could hardly touched them after getting them! My lovely friend, Lu, from IfYouSeeLu, picked this palette up for me after the Brighton store ran out. Since then I've been using them on a daily basis, but my favourite so far has to be Crochet, such a gorgeous coral colour!

As with any Sleek products, their Blush By 3 collection is highly pigmented, you'd almost think it was a high end product. I use the Body Shop Blush Brush to apply the powder, being careful not to pack too much onto the brush. Quality over quantity! I would've done swatches of each shade, but they never come out as I would've liked them too, so I guess you'll have to go and see for yourselves!

Quirky fact: Whilst I was Googling each shade, I found out that all three names are named after different types of lace, which is what the overall palette is called (Lace!) How cool is that?! Back to the products. I found that the two matte shades look gorgeous with a bright lip and lashings of mascara, whereas the shimmer shade (Guipure) looks awesome with a strong black eyeliner flick. 

Sleek has quickly become on of many beauty guru's favourite brands for make-up. Their products are amazing quality, great pigmentation and, if you've got a light-hand like me, last for ages! I already have a few blushes, the Face Form palette and a few eyeliners, which I am all very impressed with. 
Job well done, Sleek.

Have you tried this product? Or any other Sleek products?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Friday, 20 June 2014

OOTD Daisy Playsuit, Denim Jacket and Converse.

Outfit of the day Daisy Playsuit Denim Jacket and Converse
Outfit of the day Daisy Playsuit Denim Jacket and Converse




















Denim Jacket: Primark
Daisy Playsuit: New Look
Shoes: Converse
Bag: H&M

Dragging this daisy playsuit out from my wardrobe makes me realise how much I love wearing them! Simple, all-in-one outfit that requires a minimum amount of fuss, sounds perfect to me. The only thing is getting out of it! I've managed to work it out without any assistance, but playsuits are still certainly a challenge! There hasn't been a post featuring my Converse for a while, so it's about time they came back. Also, please excuse the no make-up face and crazy hair, it's been one of those lazy weeks!

Today has probably been the most unproductive day to date, even though I've got a list as long as my arm to do. Plus the lack of motivation for revision for my exam next week doesn't exactly help! It's always at the worst of times that you get nothing done! So, I've taken to my sofa for a girls night in with my mother watching Mamma Mia - you'd never guess I was 18-year-old girl in on a Friday night....

What do you do to keep you motivated?
Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon xxx

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

OOTD: Patterned Shirt and a Mac

Outfit-of-the-day-OOTD-Patterned-Shirt-Mac-H&M-New-Look
Outfit-of-the-day-OOTD-Patterned-Shirt-Mac-H&M-New-Look




















Mac: H&M
Shirt: New Look
Jeans: M&S
Boots: Topshop
Bag: Primark

And yet again, I am wearing a shirt.... Another reject of my sister's but I love it! It's slightly snug across my chest, but I can deal with that. I wore this a few weeks ago on one of my last days at my internship, guess I wanted to get noticed! Not too sure about the slicked back hair, I probably couldn't be bothered with it that day! I needed to add a pop of colour to my mostly black outfit, so threw on my gorgeous Primark bag. You can find some great gems in there.

Today has been marginally better than yesterday. Started off with breakfast and Made In Chelsea in bed, so you can't really go wrong with that! Dragged myself to the hairdressers, literally fills me with dread going there every time. They're always judging my hair and my hair never comes out looking how I wanted it! But freshly-cut hair (is that even a thing?!) feels so good. Then I finished off my day with a run in the sun and catching up with a few blogs! Perfect. 

Thanks for reading! Also, please check out my friend, Gemma's, new blog, Style With A Smile, and show her some blogger love :) I've got some serious style envy!

Rhiannon xxx
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Monday, 16 June 2014

OOTD: Statement Paisley Shirt and Slipper

OOTD: Paisley Shirt and Slipper
OOTD: Paisley Shirt and Slipper




















Jacket: Primark
Shirt: River Island
Jeans: M&S
Shoes: Internacionale
Bag: Zara

As I speak right now, the start of rain clouds are coming across my window. They don't lie when they say the British weather lasts for one minute!? 

Before I fell in love with paisley print, I always thought it was 1960s hippy trend with skater dresses, long sleeves and massive bell-bottom trousers. But its slowly worked its way into my good books. My sister was actually throwing this shirt out, which, being the shirt addict I am, I couldn't resist adding to my growing collection. Paired with my standard black skinny jeans and a denim jacket, it was a match made in heaven.  I've definitely harped on enough about these black slippers but oh my are they comfy! No wonder people call them slippers...

Today hasn't been my greatest day so far. I might put it in a blog post, might not. Depends how well structured it is, rather than the rambling mess I'm feeling right now!

Rhiannon xx
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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Instagram: Starbucks, ASOS and a good bit of reading!

Here's a collection of my favourite Instagram pictures from the past few weeks. Although, they're not that interesting, just shows what revision does to you!

Pretty Flowers
My mum loves gardening, so she let me loose on the flowers to put in a vase for my room. Don't think I did a bad job really... if my journalism career fails, I've still got flower arranging then!

Glamour Magazine July Eyeko Eyeliner
Now who doesn't like a bit of Sam Claflin?! I subscribe to Glamour magazine every year and they never fail to disappoint me. Ideally, I'd love to work there one day as a features writer - but a girl can dream!

Cool Lime Refresher Starbucks
The start of summer means the return of Cool Lime Refresher's at Starbucks. I can never resist getting one anymore, they're cheap and perfect for the summer time!


Sleek Lace Blush Palette
Ooooh, another thing I can't resist. It's been a while since I last bought any new make up (well, about a month!) But the Blush By 3 palettes from Sleek are just amazing. Great quality, brilliant variety and they actually work. Expect a review to come...

ASOS White Blazer
And another thing I can't stop myself from doing! ASOS had 25% discount for students a few weeks ago and I've been on the hunt for a white blazer for ages and this one was down from £55 to £40, which is a bargain. The quality is great, as any ASOS stuff is, and the fit is perfect on me. The only thing that annoys me about ASOS is all the creases! Sort it out guys!

I'd also like to send a massive thanks to Beth from Written In Black & White for doing a little post on my blog! It was super sweet of her and you can read the post here.

Happy Sunday everyone!
Rhiannon xx

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Hello, again.


Even though it's only been two weeks from my normal blogging schedule, it's felt like a lifetime! It's like I can hardly remember how to blog.... Joking. A few shorthand exams and a torturous Media Law exam and I'm kind of done with college. Saying that makes it seem to final, but with my last exam on the 23rd, there's not much else keeping me at college anymore.

My itchy feet to finally get out of education and into the glorious working world has led me to the start of job hunting. As scary as it may be, I'm actually really excited. A new chapter, doing something that I will (hopefully) love. 

As part of that, I'm throwing myself straight back into blogging. It's only been since last year that I've started to take it more seriously and became an active member of the community and I can't wait for what the future holds for this little blog. From all the usual OOTD's, beauty, book and film reviews, I'll be sure to keep Everything But The Kitchen Sink updated along the way. Let the chaos begin...

Rhiannon xx

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Review: Me Before You By Jojo Moyes

Review Me Before You By Jojo Moyes

The hype around this book has had me excited to read it for a while now. It's been passed around the women of my family and our friends many times now and it finally landed on my book case a few weeks ago! I'll give a short description of the book, as always, I recommend reading it yourself so I won't give away the ending!

Lou Clark is employed to be Will Traynor's carer, he's a quadriplegic which means he's paralysed in both arms and legs and needs a carer to do the day-to-day bits and lift his general spirits. Even though she hates every minute at first, they soon become friends and as she finds out that Will is prepared to take his own life in Switzerland, they embark on a 'bucket list' of adventures to change his mind. 

It's one of those books that takes you through all the emotions, I laughed and cried, felt anger and sadness all at once. The book also opened my eyes to what life as a quadriplegic would be like, which makes you so very grateful for the life you have. I finished it in just over a week, as I was reading it in all of my 'revision breaks' and literally couldn't put it down! I'd liken it to My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult, because of the medical references and unexpected twist at the end.

So, as if this review isn't enough, GO READ IT! Now. Let me know if you're read this book before, it's a definite favourite of mine now!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx


Monday, 9 June 2014

Review: Models Own Speckled Egg

Review Models Own Speckled Egg


From my last beauty review on Origins GinZing Moisturiser, I have another review I recently did for my internship! As part of that, I review products which have been sent to me, as well as other various bits and bobs. Of course the review is totally my own opinion and there's no way I'd just be using this blog or the Wave beauty and health page just to endorse a company and their product. I'm all about being honest, and as this blog is an extension of me, honesty is just part of that. I was unsure of putting this on my blog, but felt that this product was too good to not mention!

Here's the link to the review I did on Latest. But I thought I'd add a bit more on here too! I loved using this nail polish and really looked forward to using it when I heard that it was on its way. From using the Barry M Crackled and various sparkly and jazzy nail polishes, some of my favourite nail polishes are the those that are 'a little out there'. This one is going to get a lot of use in my family, in fact my sister and mum love it already! I've got my eye on the purple shade already... I popped a picture on Instagram which shows the amazing colour pay-off a lot better!

Have you tried this nail polish or any other Models Own before?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Saturday, 7 June 2014

My Fitness Ethos


My Fitness Ethos with Nike running trainers

Here's my trying-to-be-cool-blogger image! Whenever I do go for a run or walk these are my essentials that I never leave the house without. I don't run because I want to loose weight, mainly because I get bored stuck inside all day and runs keep me awake!

Most of my clothes are from Nike, mainly because their stuff is the best quality I can find, so I know I can trust them, plus my sister's boyfriend gets discount, which is a bonus! Sports bra and leggings are essentials for me and I'll just add a top and then a sweatshirt and gloves for when it gets colder. The sunglasses are helpful for not making contact with passers-by and I literally won't get anywhere without my music! I'll usually chuck it on shuffle and see where it gets me.

It's always better to spend more on footwear than other sports clothing, because it's essential to support your feet! I got the trainers just after Christmas as I had my old pair for about three years, so they were falling apart a bit. They're the Nike Flex Women's Training shoes and my Lord, are they a dream to run in! Super light weight and flexible, I've never had a better running experience than with them. I decided to go with black as I thought they'd keep the dirt off better and they look more sophisticated!


My Fitness Ethos with Nike running trainers

I get most of my inspiration from reading in magazines and newspapers, as well as other bloggers and Pinterest. The articles I keep are just tips on how to stay healthy and any quick bursts of exercises that can help with toning and warm ups etc. But I find it's always handy to keep these sorts of articles, especially when you're in need of motivation!

For me, running is a pleasure, rather than a task, so I think I'm probably the definition of an amature runner! Setting goals sets fear in my stomach, which I really don't need another one of! Let me know what keeps you motivated and any links to fitness blogs I should check out, I'm always on the look out for healthy motivation.

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xxx

Friday, 6 June 2014

Review: Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie

Review Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie
Review Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie




















Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie £7.99

Lipsticks and I have never really got on that well. Usually because I'm either too scared to wear them or they're too scary to wear! Que Revlon Colourburst Lip Butters! I've always been a fan of the Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stains, (what a mouthful!) as they give a more natural finish than a standard lipstick.

I found that the Lip Butter's a quite similar but are much more moisturising, almost like a tinted lip balm. This particular colour is one of those 'like-my-lips-but-better' shades, so I can build up the colour to my heart's content! There is a slight shimmer to it, but it doesn't bother me too much, as it's not a glittery as the lipglosses I've come across before! This product is my go-to shade at the moment and it'll usually be in my handbang so I can apply it throughout the day for a little top up. I'm tempted to try out the rest of the range, so any colour recommendations would be much appreciated! Overall, they're bloody good, so I won't harp on much more about them!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xxx

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Monday, 2 June 2014

The Blogging Culture

I recently completed my portfolio for my journalism course, which included ten pieces on whatever topics we fancied! One topic I chose to focus on is the blogging culture, as through blogging on here I found lots of interesting ideas and quirks from it, I guess! It's quite a long one, but I hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing it! Let me know what you think too :) 



The blogging culture is wide and varied. Millions of bloggers upload content every day with their own unique way of writing and blog reflecting part of them. Although, of course, there will always be positives and negatives to the blogging culture.

Being a ‘blogger’ is now considered as a job, rewind ten years and the blogging heavies Wordpress and Blogger were still in their baby grows on the internet. 23 years ago Tim Bernes Lee launched the World Wide Web for free and in 1946 the first official ‘computer’ was made. Since then the internet has exploded with social networking sites ranking in billions in revenue with millions of people using it across the world 24/7.

Although it’s not a traditional career choice, bloggers are becoming widely accepted on the internet by readers, who play a significant role in their success. Starting off with a small following, simple design and bucket loads of enthusiasm, it’s a long road to becoming financially able to be a full time ‘blogger’.

Deriving from the meaning of web log, its origins are diary based, where you can share your thoughts on the internet. Bloggers have described it as having their only little creative space on the web. However, there are benefit to having a blog, namely the community and interactivity bloggers get from their readers. Countless comments and followers bumps up your blog and, consequently, your confidence.

Sites like Blogger, Wordpress, Tumblr and Weebly create the basis of the blog, whilst you, effectively, add the decorations. You choose the name (arguably harder than naming a baby…), the logo and general appearance of your blog, then all that’s left to do is post your content.

But with any positives comes the flipside. Setting up your blog with millions of other creative minds in the world doing the same, means your blog will have to be the four leaf clover in a field. Masses of blogs, all creating the same or similar content to yours, creates such a saturated market that it’s almost impossible to get yourself heard.

Josie from Josie’s Journal explains why she loves to blog: “I blog because I needed a hobby other than shopping and as a space to talk about fashion! None of my friends are that interested so it's nice to have somewhere where I can be like 'Oh my God, look at these shoes!' to likeminded people.…. I think that people who read my blog are actually a great support network for me as well. It's also good to have somewhere to ramble on about whatever I want, especially anything to do with cystic fibrosis...I think to actually talk about it in real life would be so awkward! I like raising awareness of it too.”

The key to becoming a successful blogger is promotion. Social media sites erupted onto the scene in the 2000s and only the savvy bloggers knew that through self-promotion on these sites that their blogs would soon become one of the top dogs. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest are crammed full with aspiring bloggers on a range of subjects spanning from traditional beauty and fashion blogs to a love of VW Beetles. Part of having a blog is the interactivity, and the bloggers who have been running the joint for a long time know how to manipulate social media to gain the maximum interaction with their followers.

Bloggers also gain first hand feedback, whether it be from a product or an idea, readers have no obligation of loyalty and just give their honest opinion.  Blogs are also useful for sourcing information; complicated subjects can be broken down easily and are handy for readers.

Of course there are pros and cons when it comes to blogging. It’s extremely time consuming, with all the hours designing the blog, coming up with original content and figuring out the best ways to promote it. It can seem like you’re a tiny ripple in the Pacific Ocean, especially when it’s more than likely that you’re chosen subject has already been covered with millions of internet users across the globe.

Starting a blog is almost like being in the ‘honeymoon’ period, having your own personal creative outlet on a website, designing it and then getting your first follower but continuing as you mean to begin is harder than it looks. Maintaining your following and posting original content constantly, means you’re handcuffed to your laptop and sofa in whatever spare time you possess.

PR companies quickly caught on to how fast particular bloggers were becoming successful and what a strong influence over readers can mean. Effectively working as the middle man for readers and companies, bloggers can be asked to review a product or promote a company and give their first hand opinions on it. This can prove difficult ethically when creating a balance between being honest and satisfying your sponsor.

Jess from Gingerly Pale said: “In an ideal world, everyone would continue on writing to their heart’s content, and I would keep on reading until I’m happy. However, I think that technology will outstrip all of that, and that in a few decades youtube will be the new means of blogging – simply because people will have less and less time to write and to sit down and read as much!”

It’s common practice to be wary of anything online nowadays as ‘trolls’ gain hefty negative media coverage, and bloggers are no exception to this. Readers trust that what bloggers upload is the true reality of the situation and not just fabricated in order to gain more views or followers.

Despite all the negatives, blogging is still proving to be a successful career option and growing by the day. People choose to blog for different reasons, meaning there is an abundance of blogs and aspiring and dedicated writers waiting for their voices to be heard. Designing and creating the new media movement, bloggers have proven that they are are not only the now but also the future

A special thank you to Josie from Josie's Journal and Jess from Gingerly Pale for their help!
Hope you enjoyed this article and let me know what you think!
Rhiannon xx

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Update: When life gets in the way

No idea where to start with this post, so I guess I'll just get straight into it? 



Since starting my journalism course last September, the work load has been ten times more and plus some of what I had at A-Levels. There's been nights when I've been working when I'm suppose to be in bed and recently, I'll admit, it's caught up with me. Having a social life, seeing family and friends, whilst trying to study is a difficult juggle. Hence the reason for this post.

Most people will know that around May/June time of year is when the exams start snowballing in. And I haven't managed to escape this, unfortunately. So, if you see this blog being a bit neglected over the next two weeks or so, fear not, I have not succumbed to the depths of my bed with my only friends, my cat and Ben and Jerry ice cream. More like Media Law, Shorthand and Reporting revision. Besides the odd scheduled post or spare few minutes I have for the blogging world, I'll be arms deep in being a 'proper' journalist. 

In an non-emotional way, this is not the end! I'll be back asap.

Rhiannon xx

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