Saturday, 28 February 2015

Review: The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

Review: The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

Review: The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

I've been a massive fan of Jojo Moyes books ever since I was introduced to Me Before You (which is an amazing book that I'd recommend to anyone!) and this book didn't disappoint either! It sits at number three on my list of Jojo Moyes favourites, just behind Me Before You and The One Plus One but it's still one I'd urge you to read if you love her books.

A bit of background: Part 1 starts off in 1960, when Jennifer wakes up in hospital after a car accident, which she has no memory of or where or who she was going to meet. And when she returns home she finds a hidden letter, and begins to remember the lover she was leaving her husband for before the accident. Then in the final part in the modern day, a journalist called Ellie is looking through her newspaper's archives for a story when she discovers a letter from 1960, written by a man asking his lover to leave her husband....

Review: I loved it. Each chapter is sectioned off with a letter, text or email written between various couples, which I think is in keeping with the book and makes it different. I didn't see the twist at the end coming either, so watch out for that!

It was interesting to step into another era and understand the lack of freedom and expectations women had imposed of them in those days, but it did make me a little frustrated to see how weak and subservient some of the characters were. Of course I was quite interested in the journalist aspect too, and Jojo Moyes was actually a journalist for the Independent before she became an author.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading the book and it kept me captivated. There were so many 'will they?' and 'won't they?' moments that it really keeps you on your toes right to the last chapter. So if you're looking for a chic flick but without all the soppy and 50 Shades stuff, try a Jojo Moyes book.

Have you read this book before? What's your favourite at the moment?

Thanks for reading
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 26 February 2015

What's In My Weekend Bag?

What's In My Bag?

What's In My Bag? Essentials

I haven't done a 'What's In My Bag' post for ages! I love snooping through other bloggers bags and seeing what they have, especially their mini beauty bits.

Last time I did a What's In My Holiday Make Up Bag and Skincare Bag and also a What's In My College Bag, which consisted mostly of books and pens. This is the bag I normally use at the weekends and take a larger bag during the week at work, just to fill with all my food and books!
What's In My Bag? Essentials

I always have my ticket wallet on me, if not then I can't get to work! It was a Christmas present from a few years ago and has come in so much use. It holds my photocard, train ticket, Oyster card and key fob for getting into my office - basically if I lose this then I'm screwed! And as if I could ever live without my Burt's Bees lip balm...

What's In My Bag? Essentials

Car keys are pretty self-explanitory, I have quite a few keyrings just so they're easier to find at the bottom of my bag! I'm never without my Urbanears headphones and iPod Nano, just a little music from the station to work can really perk up my mood before work.

What's In My Bag Essentials

My sister gave me this notebook for Christmas and I just use it to scribble down to-do lists, blog post ideas and general musings! I also use my Parker pen, that my mum had inscribed with my name for my birthday and Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Hand Cream because this is the hand cream made from Gods... 

What's In My Bag Essentials

After having my purse stolen last year, I have only the essentials in this one and keep it right at the bottom of my bag! Tissues and hand gel are another essential for travelling to London or going out and because I hate getting ill too.

So that's what is in my bag! I hope you enjoyed this post, and let me know what your bag essentials are too.

Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

OOTD: Preppy Skirt and Statement Jumper

OOTD: Preppy Skirt and Statement Jumper with New Look, Warehouse, Tesco and East

OOTD: Preppy Skirt and Statement Jumper with New Look, Warehouse, Tesco and East
Coat: Warehouse
Jumper: F+F
Skirt and Scarf: New Look
Bag: East
Shoes: Converse

Don't you just love rediscovering old favourites? I used to adore wearing this skirt with a smart shirt or with a grey jumper like above. It's actually quite a thick skirt, so is perfect for winter and I'll definitely be styling this with a white cricket jumper and black ankle boots soon. Winter is the perfect time for wearing jumpers or shirts tucked into skirts with boots, I find they're the perfect in between from jeans or trousers to dresses at work too!

Also please excuse the sunshine! The weather has been crazy this week, sunshine then rain then snow and finally sunshine again. I don't think it really knows whether it's winter or spring yet! I've got another busy week filled with trains and work, but it's less than 4 weeks until I go to Japan, so I'm super excited for that. Hopefully I'll be able to get some posts schedule for the blog whilst I'm away too!

What do you think of this outfit? Have you got an old favourite you've recently discovered?

Thanks for reading
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Instagram: Pancakes, The Queens Pad and Snow... again

Pancake Day 2015

Probably one of the best days of the year (after Christmas obvs) Pancake Day or Ash Tuesday means pancakes for dinner! My speciality is lightly fried banana with Nutella, you've seriously got to try it. Banana is so much sweeter fried and perfect when added with melted Nutella... Can we have Pancake Day every Tuesday?

OOTD: Lime Green Jumper and My Favourite Jeans

A classic OOTD with my favourite jeans. I'm sure you're all probably tired of me talking about these jeans, but I feel like it's a jean milestone in my wardrobe that I should definitely mark! Check out this OOTD here.

Buckingham Palace

Alongside talking about my jeans too much is travel. I've found a different and quicker walk home, which passes Fortnum & Mason through Green Park and pass Buckingham Palace. I'm normally dodging all the tourists, but stopped to grab this picture last Friday and it doesn't look half bad at night.

Snow!

Just as we thought spring was approaching, a load of snow and cold weather comes our way. I woke up to this Saturday morning, but most of it had gone by midday which is good. I don't mind snow, but hate the ice. I'm forever slipping over and bruising  or breaking something!

Lewes South Downs

I spent my Saturday in Lewes meeting my past editor for some lunch and a catch up. The only thing I don't like about London is that there's no natural beauty, unless you find an amazing park in central! It was sunny driving to Lewes and you can see the South Downs as you're driving through, which is always a good photo opportunity!

Also, thank you all for your lovely comments on my Dealing With Your Comfort Zones post - means a lot to me!

Rhiannon x

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Dealing with your Comfort Zone

Dealing with your Comfort Zone

I don't quite know where to start with this blog post, as it's not my usual fashion or beauty style posts but I fancied trying something different today! As always, share your views etc. in the comments because I love hearing from you.

Throughout your teenage years your comfort zones got tested. Even if you're the most outgoing or shy person, there's no denying that growing up is tough. I'd say I'm much more of an introvert when it comes to meeting new people or in new experiences, but around people that I know I become an extrovert and enjoy spending time with people. Recently there's been a few situations which have tested my comfort zones and how happy I am with that:

1. Nights out. I love going out to town and having a few drinks and a laugh with my friends and am more than happy to go up to a stranger and start having a conversation with them. It's when people become drunk and rude that I start feeling awkward and uncomfortable. 

To put this into context: I was out with my best friend when this clearly drunk guy started talking to me and he just kept badgering me, along with his jeering and immature friends in the background. In a nutshell, I couldn't wait to get out of there because I felt so put on the spot and uncomfortable - it's pretty hard to describe really!

2. 'Can you do me a favour?' Saying no to something doesn't come that easily to me - I'm definitely a yes girl! I wouldn't want to miss out on an opportunity or new learning experience by saying no. But when it's a favour that you're really not comfortable with doing, it becomes difficult to say no. I've made tons of mistake from favours which I felt uncomfortable with doing but still said yes anyway.

3. Stepping out of the Comfort Zone. When you are quite a shy or introvert type person, it is so hard to step out of your comfort zone. For example, when you've been at school from age 5 to 18, then you either go to uni or take the leap into the working world. It's a bloody tough decision. You're so used to a routine that when you try something different, it's scary at first.


There's a few situations where I've felt uncomfortable and awkward stepping out of my comfort zone. So what do you do about it?


1. Take yourself out of the situation. If you're feeling really really uncomfortable then just take yourself away for a bit and come back. People will understand if you're feeling nervous and self-conscious. I've done this quite a lot and just walk away for a few minutes then come back to the group again.

2. Ask for help. Following on from point 2, if you really don't know what you're doing then the worse you can do is ask for help. I've been helping my boss out a lot recently and felt scared to ask him at first, but I'm sure he'd rather know if I didn't feel comfortable doing something and ask instead of doing it!

3. Repetition. This is more in regards to stepping out of your comfort zone. Travelling up to London for work was a massive jump for me, but after doing it for a few months you soon get back into a routine and it becomes less scary to do and you can do it with your eyes closed. All new experiences are good experiences in my mind. You learn and discover new things, make mistakes and find opportunities. 

I hope this has helped some people, even if it has helped just one person it's been a massive relief to get it all off my chest! Let me know what you think and share your own tips for stepping out of your comfort zone :)

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 19 February 2015

My Top 5 Lip Balms

Top 5 Lip Balms

Dry lips are the bane of my life. I'm pretty awful for applying lip balm regularly, let alone lipstick! I always use to be a Boots own lip balm kinda gal, but I've seemed to have grown a little collection of lip balms over the years... 

Top 5 Lip Balms Carmex

A classic lip balm for everyone. Carmex has been a favourite of mine for years, it tastes bloody good and makes your lips tingle! I know you're not really suppose to eat lip balm, but when it tastes this good... I've been through two pots now and just discovered the tube balm (best invention yet) It does keep your lips moisturised, but I find I have to apply this one a lot more through out the day compared to others.

Top 5 Lip Balms Maybelline Baby Lips

The over-hyped Baby Lips from a few years ago are one of my daily go-to lip balms. I have the Intense Care and Mint Fresh, which is another one I love the smell of! Intensive Care stays on my bedside table and makes for a great overnight lip balm as it's not too sticky but provides good moisture during the night. I do adore the smell of Mint Fresh and it is a great every day lip balm to provide lightweight hydration. 

Top 5 Lip Balms balance Me

I'm still pretty new to balance Me products, but if the rest of their range is as good as their lip balms, then I know I'll love them! Both of these came with two past Glamour issues and I've used them on and off for a while now. I love the fact they're both from 100% origin, as it really makes a difference to your skincare. The tinted lip salve (left) has a slight sheen to it, so I normally pick up the intensive lip salve (right) especially as it smells like roses!

Top 5 Lip Balms Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

So not technically a lip balm, but pretty amazing even so. The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream provides relief to dry and chapped skin, softens cuticles and rough patches, but I prefer using it for dry lips. This product might be a bit like marmite to some people, but it's my most used lip balm for when I've got super dry lips. The consistency is quite thick and adds a gloss to your lips and has a strong scent, but works to soften my chapped lips. 


Top 5 Lip Balms Burt's Bees

And saving the best until last! I only recently picked this up after searching for a natural lip balm that still does the job. So many people recommend Burt's Bees, especially the grapefruit version, and not one to miss out, I finally got my own. I absolutely adore this. There's no other way to say it! It provides an average moisture, nothing too intense or sticky, whilst keeping your lips chapped free. And making me want to eat it...

What's your favourite lip balm? Do you like eating them as much as I do?!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

OOTD: Lime Green Jumper and My Favourite Jeans

OOTD: Lime Green Jumper and My Favourite Jeans

OOTD: Lime Green Jumper and My Favourite Jeans
Coat: Zara
Jumper: Primark
Shirt and Scarf: New Look
Jeans: ASOS
Shoes: Topshop
Bag: River Island

I feel like I've gone on and on about these jeans enough, but I might have, dare I say, found The One. They've survived a couple of washes, haven't lost their shape or colour and still fit like a glove. They also compliment my jumper-of-the-moment perfectly and don't involve any rips or cold knees. Some outfits look like I've been dragged through my wardrobe backwards, but I feel like I've almost found my signature style without having to go shopping every weekend, but that still doesn't stop me window shopping...

This New Look scarf (like this but in green!) has been an absolute saviour this winter. Big enough to constitute as a shawl, but still small enough to fit in my work bag. I love the two sides, one black and white check and the other blue and green check, as my sister would say: it's ginger hair friendly. For anyone who doesn't have ginger hair, just take a moment to appreciate the hardship us ginger nuts have to go through when shopping! It's a tough moment. 

What's your signature style?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x


Sunday, 15 February 2015

Instagram: London, Photography and a Standard Rhiannon Week.

To sum up my week: did some exciting things at work and visits, half of me fell down through the gap between the platform and the train (seriously, don't ask), caught a lovely cold and spent Valentine's ill and in bed. Sounds like a standard Rhiannon week.

Motivational Quote from Pinterest
This week hasn't exactly been my best. From personal to work reasons, when Friday came around I was so glad that the working week was over! In any case, it hasn't been the worse week of my life, I'm still here aren't I?! Roll on Monday. 

London Building at night

Following on from my positive new week mood... I'm pretty lucky to work in London and experience it. I'll still stand by my opinion that the best times to actually see London is super early in the morning, like 8ish or during the evenings when all the building are lit up. 

I've still got a ton to do on my London bucket list for this year, but I'm just waiting for when the weather gets a little better because taking photos in the rain and wind is not a fun experience. 

OOTD Cropped Top and Blazer

And here she is wearing the SAME outfit she always does! But if it isn't broken, why fix it? A clean cut and comfortable blazer is just as important as finding The One in your jeans. I've had this New Look blazer for years and bought it for about £25, so I've definitely got my money's worth on this one!

Nip+Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Cleansing Pads Review

There's been a few changes to Everything But The Kitchen Sink over the past few weeks, following my Blogging Resolutions. But I feel pretty proud of my photography this week. Even if I don't know what all the buttons do (seriously, does anyone?!) I felt a little proud feeling when I saw the finished photos of my Nip+Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Cleansing Pads Review.

Valentine's Day 2015

For anyone who was living under a rock, it was Valentine's Day yesterday. Up there with the most depressing day of the year for single gals with New Year's Eve (the pressure of the midnight kiss!) I spent mine nursing a cold in bed whilst watching The Great Gatsby. Couldn't have spent it with anyone better than Leo. 

What's been your highlight this week? What did you do for Valentine's Day?

Thank you for reading!
Rhiannon x


Thursday, 12 February 2015

Review: Dragon's Blood Fix Cleansing Pads

Review: Dragon's Blood Fix Cleansing Pads

Review: Dragon's Blood Fix Cleansing Pads


When it comes to skincare, I'm pretty fickle and change my routine up quite often. Although I have a set routine that I rely on when my skin is having a particular moment, I enjoy trying out new ranges. Que Nip+Fab Skin Dragon's Blood Fix Cleansing Pads.

You get 60 pads per pot, which works out about 16p per pad, with one side textured for exfoliating and the other smooth for deep cleansing. The three main ingredients are Hyaluronic Acid (to hydrate), Salicylic Acid (to cleanse) and Dragon's Blood (to restore the skin). All three are brilliant ingredients and are well known for their skin benefiting properties.

I generally use one a day, even though they recommend twice a day, and use this after my usual cleanser in the evening as a 'double cleanse'. The pads are quite thin and don't flake or break when sweeping across your skin. They leave a slight residue, but your skin feels so much better and actually hydrated. I have seen a difference in my skin's condition and have a lot less dry patches across my face.

Even though some people turn cleansing pads and wipes away as unhygienic, the Witch Hazel ingredient keeps your skin super clean and free from dirt and oil. I'd 100% buy these again and might look at trying out their other ranges, as I've had good experiences with their original range and you can see how far they've come in the past year. 

Have you used these cleansing pads before? What do you think of Nip+Fab?

Thanks for reading
Rhiannon x


Tuesday, 10 February 2015

OOTD: Cropped T-Shirt and Blazer

OOTD: Cropped T-Shirt and Blazer

OOTD: Cropped T-Shirt and Blazer
Blazer: New Look
Top: Primark
Jeans: H&M
Shoes: Converse
Necklace: Accessorize
Watch: Olivia Burton

Stripes, blazers and Converse are all statement pieces in my wardrobe, and ones that I can't live without! I'm planning to do a 'Wardrobe Classics' post in the next few weeks, so watch out for that too. My stripe addiction is getting slightly worrying, especially after I almost picked up the black with white stripes version in Primark the other day! But at £8, you can't really go wrong. 

I wore this a few Friday's back when I wanted something comfortable yet still smart to work in. Usually I'm sitting down at a desk, but work is getting a lot busier and I've got a few meetings and visits this week, so I'll be on my feet quite a lot and trainers are the most comfortable for walking about in.. Brogues and Boots are other good alternatives if your work is more smart, I'm quite lucky that I can wear trainers and jeans!

What do you think of this outfit? Have you got any fashion addictions?

Rhiannon x

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Instagram: Pigeons, an OOTD and a new addiction

Colourful Pigeons in London

Nowadays everyone is rushing and doing 100pmh that they forget to take the time and look around. I was wandering back from my lunch break and spotted these pigeon deterrents along a few lamposts in Soho. They've also got on-trend pastel shades in pink, blue, mint green and peach! Weird and wacky London... 

Burt's Bees Grapefruit Lipbalm

You know those uber sticky lipglosses you used to get in various flavours when you were a kid? This is just like that, except a lot nicer! I wanted to try out a natural lipbalm and turned to Burt's Bees of course. The grapefruit scent has me using it more often than I should and also having the urge to eat it. Desperate times call for desperate measures!

MAC Fleur Power Powder Blush

I think I've gone to blusher heaven and back. Let me introduce you to MAC Fleur Power Powder Blush (definitely more than a slight mouthful...) With a gorgeous satin finish, this blush is ideal for pale skin beauties and is a great every day blusher. I did a full review here - so you can go read all the full details there!

OOTD Statment Jumper and Fluffy Coat

And the love for this jumper is still going strong! I've been wearing it tucked into skirts and over dresses at work (and for the much needed warmth!) and throwing it over high-waisted jeans with my battered Converse at the weekends. It's a serious contender in my wardrobe, I just wish I can wear it everyday!



And a little selfie before going out last night.... the lighting is terrible in my room, yellow wall lights are all I've got to work with during the week. Because of this I take all my blog photos in bulk with natural lighting, which also keeps me super organised and makes use of my blogging planner!

That's my week! What have you been up to in the past week?

Thanks for reading
Rhiannon x

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Saturday, 7 February 2015

So what beauty ingredients are bad for you?


Since working in the beauty industry (I'm an Online Marketing Assistant for a London beauty company) I've found out a lot about what ingredients are good and bad for you. These are just a few that I've picked up on, and actually used myself! Don't take this as Bible or anything, it's just a few things I thought I'd share :)


SLS  - Sodium Lauryl Sulphate. If you look at your shampoo, you'll more than likely find this ingredient and possibly its brother Sodium Laureth Sulphate included. Brands use this ingredient because it's a cheap, cleansing agent that creates foam when used with water. But it's been proven to cause irritation and itchy and flaky scalps, and basically a no-no if you want healthy and glossy hair. Find out more at SLSfree.net

Parabens - used to prevent bacteria growth in cosmetic products and are generally cheap and effective. This ingredient is mostly found in deodorants, soap, moisturisers and shaving creams, but studies over the years have linked to various health risks, even so, it's not a massive cause for concern. Anyways, there are tons of brands out there that are now paraben-free.
Find out more at realsimple.com

Salicylic Acid - you might have heard this ingredient due to the recent skincare launches, but it's not necessarily good for all your skin. The ingredient helps to shed skin cells, which is why it is ideal for exfoliating but leading lip balms use Salicyclic Acid. So you're when using your lip balm to add moisture and relief for dry lips, it is in fact actually creating more dry, chapped lips each time you're applying it and so on...
Find out more at howstuffworks.com

Plastic Exfoliating Beads - not only are these bad for your skin, but they're also pretty rubbish for the environment. Using them in facial and body scrubs, there's now millions of plastic particles in the waters across the world. These then get eaten by fish and the fish die. Besides this, they're actually pretty rough on the skin too and can cause breakouts and irritation. 
Find out more at newscientist.com


So there's a few beauty ingredients to be aware of when you're next shopping in Boots. Like I say, they're not Bible, so don't take what I say word for word. Anyway, there's tons of organic and natural skincare brands out there now and sites like LoveLula and Green People have tons of information and brands to choose from. Also check out The Independent's Top 40 Organic Brands.

What do you think of this? Do you use any of these ingredients?

Rhiannon x

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Review MAC Fleur Power Satin Finish Powder Blush



MAC Fleur Power Satin Finish Powder Blush Review

There's nothing better than adding a pop of colour to your cheeks with a pretty blush. My parents brought this blusher back from holiday as a present for me. And they did pick well! 

Fleur Power is a light pink/coral shade with more orange undertones rather than pink or plum. The photos come up in a light pink, but in reality it's a lot more coral toned. I'll apply this with either the Body Shop Blusher Brush or Nic's Picks Cheek Brush a.k.a the best brush in the whole world, focusing on the apples of my cheeks and across the rest of my cheek bones. 

The formula is satin, so there's no shimmer or mattifying effect. It is literally so soft, and coupled with the uber gentle brushes it's like sweeping a cloud across your face. Or at least that's what I think it would feel like! It's an ideal shade for fair skin, but I reckon it'll be gorgeous in the summer with a tan. 

In short, for my first MAC Blusher, I'm pretty impressed. The shade is perfect for my skin and it doesn't leave me looking like a scary doll or that your cousin has played dress up with you. I'd totally recommend this shade for beginners with pale skin for a first make up kit.

What do you think of this blusher? Have you for a favourite MAC blusher?

Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

OOTD: New Jumper featuring Tesco, New Look and Topshop


Coat: Primark
Jumper: Tesco
Skirt: New Look
Shoes: Topshop

Wearing my bargain jumper again! I really want to wear it every day because it's so comfortable and easy to wear, but I think people will start looking at me on the third or fourth day. I was reading this article on the Snapchat Discover area from Cosmopolitan about a lady who wore the same dress for four days and how by the end of the week people started giving her weird looks and comments. So even if I do love this jumper as much as I do, it probably needs a wash now...

This jumper will probably crop up a lot more in outfit posts in the next few weeks, especially now it's is bloomin' cold! We've had a few showers of snow, but nothing that's sticking around :( No snow days coming around soon. Although I am pretty glad January is out the way, only 6 weeks left until Japan now!! Eeeek. 

What do you think of this outfit?
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Instagram: SNOW, Favourite Bloggers and an Old Favourite

We're finally out of January! The darkest and dullest month of the year has passed us and now it's under two weeks until Valentines Day, another equally disappointing day for all us single gals. Milk Tray's and Bridget Jones Diary at the ready!

Homemade Cinnamon Parcels

My sister dropped round with these mini cinnamon parcels to cheer up our Sunday. Always the perfectionist, they tasted delicious and she finished them off with a dusting of cinnamon powder!

Coffee Shop Motivational Quote London

I always past this coffee shop on my way to work and they have the best motivational quotes each week (and we all know how much I love a good quote!)

Snow South East 2015

Bird Foot Prints Snow South East 2015

And we finally got some snow yesterday! It doesn't snow that much in the South, but I woke up to a little blanket of snow and these cute bird footprints. Needless to say it's all melted away already!

Origins GinZing Moisturiser

Because of the rubbish cold and windy weather, my skin has been all patchy and blotchy and nothing has been working. Not even my Winter Skincare Essentials! I totally forgot I still had a bit of the Origins GinZing Moisturiser left and boy has it boosted my skin. Totally recommend it for anyone who's skin is having a moment with the cold weather.

My Favourite Bloggers Post

Yesterday I shared a post of my favourite bloggers of all time. All these gals are so cool and lovely to read and talk to on blogger chats, I'd so encourage you to check out the post and their blogs and add them to your feed!

What's been your highlight this week?

Rhiannon x
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