Sunday, 29 November 2015

Work, Life and Blog Balance Part 1


The term "my little corner of the internet" gets thrown around a lot by bloggers, and it is true in many ways. We've all seen how blogging has become more than just a hobby over the past few years, you can earn big bucks from it now and become a full-time blogger - which is something I'm sure most of us couldn't have even imagined or predicted for the future. 

What many non-bloggers may not realise or understand is how much time it takes to run a blog, stay active on your social media and actually work full-time and have a social life. There's the 'work-life balance' then there's the 'blog-work-life balance'. If any blogger can honestly hold up their hands (or computer mouse, in internet talk) and say they have never been in a blogging rut or uninspired by their corner of the internet, I applaud you for having your 'blog-work-life balance' sorted. 

The many struggles of being a blogger and working full-time has been well documented across blogs, but here's a few of my personal blogging struggles:

- Hello Mr Sun? Do you fancy actually shining when I need to take blog photos in my only spare time at the weekend? Thanks.
- The pain of scheduling all your social media posts. How many times do I do it? Which platforms? Which hashtags to use?! 
- Seeing someone pip you to the post on that newest beauty product. I mean really?! 
- When you need to write a week's worth of posts, but you also need to catch up on Empire. 
- How many blogger chats?! Which ones do I choose?! I just give up.

I'll admit that I've been struggling with my 'blog-work-life balance' in the past eight months or so. Suddenly work has taken over everything and I've been working my way up in the company - and that needs some hard graft. There's been so many times I've thought of leaving "my corner of the internet" for my corner on the sofa and the TV remote but I enjoy blogging too much to leave it behind. 

With this in mind, I've come up with a Blogging Manifesto of sorts, something to keep me organised and not pulling my hair out at midnight with five more posts to write. I'll be sharing my new guidelines in part 2 so keep an eye out!

What is your opinion on the 'blog-work-life balance'? How do you stay on top of it all?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x


Saturday, 28 November 2015

The Weekend Belgium Trip Diary

Travel Belgium Rotterdam Mechlen Eurostar Hot Chocolate Food Hall Christmas Waffles

It's lucky that we live that close to Europe and are able to easily travel between countries with freedom. I've been fortunate enough to travel to a few countries this year and on Saturday 14th November I headed across the water to Belgium to visit an old colleague and friend in Mechlen, about half an hour out of Brussels.

Of course there would've been no way of me getting to Brussels this week, with what happened in Paris the night before I left for Belgium. I wouldn't have said I felt any more in danger than I would've felt before, despite the panic and warnings. If anything there were more armed guards at stations and public places, as well as more laughter and warm between people. 

Travel Belgium Rotterdam Mechlen Eurostar Hot Chocolate Food Hall Christmas Waffles

First stop in Mechlen was an afternoon hot chocolate and brownie - a must anywhere in Belgium. Even though my Dutch is non-existent, I managed to get through ordering and I have to say, this was the best hot chocolate I've ever had. Frothy and warm milk with two slabs of chocolate on the side of the cup to stir in - BLISS. And the gooey and melt-in-the-mouth brownie was the perfect pick me up after a long journey in.

Travel Belgium Rotterdam Mechlen Eurostar Hot Chocolate Food Hall Christmas Waffles

Travel Belgium Rotterdam Mechlen Eurostar Hot Chocolate Food Hall Christmas Waffles

On Sunday 15th November, me and my friend headed to Rotterdam in the Netherlands because we've both explored Brussels and the nearby towns before and haven't been to Rotterdam in the past. It actually costs about the same as travelling from London to Brighton, even though you're crossing a boarder!

The calm and clean streets of Rotterdam pleased my OCD self nicely and proved great for photo opportunities, even if it was very windy and rainy (I couldn't escape the delightful English weather!)

Travel Belgium Rotterdam Mechlen Eurostar Hot Chocolate Food Hall Christmas Waffles

Travel Belgium Rotterdam Mechlen Eurostar Hot Chocolate Food Hall Christmas Waffles

Travel Belgium Rotterdam Mechlen Eurostar Hot Chocolate Food Hall Christmas Waffles

Besides the massive shopping center and streets of individual hipster shops, is Rotterdam's Markthal or Food Hall. All inside, there's tons of food shops and places to eat, if you need to pick up your fresh fish or vegetables or fancy grabbing a few waffles or bunch of flowers, this is your place.

Even cooler is that people actually live inside the Markthal. See those square windows along the side of the first image? Those are tiny little flats where people can live! I'd definitely be the size of a house, let alone the flat after a few months of living here.

Travel Belgium Rotterdam Mechlen Eurostar Hot Chocolate Food Hall Christmas Waffles

Travel Belgium Rotterdam Mechlen Eurostar Hot Chocolate Food Hall Christmas Waffles

Another hot chocolate and calzone later...

Travel Belgium Rotterdam Mechlen Eurostar Hot Chocolate Food Hall Christmas Waffles

A quick stroll through the China Town of Rotterdam, there's some seriously good food down this street! And the pretty tree lights looked too pretty to not take a photo of. Then it was back on the train to Mechlen, just in time for the rain to start coming down.

Travel Belgium Rotterdam Mechlen Eurostar Hot Chocolate Food Hall Christmas Waffles

My last day involved a late morning and breakfast before having a quick stroll and mini history lesson of Mechlen. I only had a few hours before my Eurostar home, just enough time to pick up the obligatory waffles and Stroopwafles (hands down my favourite treat to bring back from Belgium!).

Travel Belgium Rotterdam Mechlen Eurostar Hot Chocolate Food Hall Christmas Waffles

There was a Stroopwafle dilema on the train back, but luckily there wasn't anyone sitting next to me to explain the bag flying through the air with a mouthful of waffle situation...

That's my weekend Belgium Trip Diary! I hoped you enjoyed it. What's your favourite part of Belgium?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 26 November 2015

OOTD: Green Military Dress and Mac Coat


Dress: Miss Selfridge
Coat: H&M
Shoes and Bag: ASOS
Scarf: Present

It doesn't seem quite right to be posting about a fairly summery outfit when it's bloomin' freezing outside, but we did have a pretty warm November! I'll be sad to give up these leopard print skater shoes (does anyone else call them that, or is it just me?!) for the winter in favour for a pair of warm boots, but they'll definitely out again next year.

Normally I breeze past Miss Selfridge as I can never find much that I like and it's fairly pricey, but this dress has been a great work and casual throw on this year. Sometimes I'll add a belt with it or wear it loose as it is, and I love the length of not-too-short but just above the knee which is very flattering. 

Have you got a wear-to-all dress?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

5 Ways To Save Money On Christmas Presents

5 Ways To Save Money On Christmas Presents Vouchers Online Shopping Points

It's that spendy time of year again, the season for giving and receiving but also a great time to grab a deal! I'm much more quality over quantity when it comes to Christmas or Birthday presents and over the years I've worked out a good system for getting the most out of my presents and cash.

Saving money doesn't mean that your present isn't worth any more than it would be at full price, just that you're being price and money savvy!


  1. Shop the offers. You know the famous Boots 3 for 2 present sticker? Stock up on mini stocking fillers and make sure you're getting the most out of your money i.e. two items that are £12 and £8, try and get your third free item for around £7 to make the most of it. 
  2. Try online. More and more people are choosing to avoid the crowds and shop online instead, and I don't blame them! This week is Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two American-style sales days but also perfect for grabbing a bargain. Alternative, just Google of 'Topshop Discount Code' and I bet there will be more than one to choose from.
  3. Spend your points. Stop saving your Boots or Tesco Clubcard points and spend them on Christmas presents instead! I stock up on my Boots points to spend around Christmas time, saving me money. Tesco Clubcard are a great way to buy and save money on presents. Hint: Try shopping when their Boost is on to get double of your points worth!
  4. Set a price limit. Between friends or family, setting a price limit is a good way to make sure you don't over or under spend on your presents - and it sets you a challenge too.
  5. Do the alphabet presents. This is something I picked up from a family friend, where every year a letter is picked out of the alphabet and everyone picks a name out to buy a present for with the letter that's under £15. There's the tricky X and Z but it's a great way to really think about what present to give, as well as saving money.
What are your best tips for saving money on Christmas presents?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Instagram: Belgium, Christmas Decorations and OOTDs

Instagram Blog Catch Up Belgium Hot Chocolate Rotterdam Christmas Decorations London Fortnum and Mason OOTD Outfit Stripey Polo Neck Fashion Lifestyle Blogger

Instagram Blog Catch Up Belgium Hot Chocolate Rotterdam Christmas Decorations London Fortnum and Mason OOTD Outfit Stripey Polo Neck Fashion Lifestyle Blogger

A new week and a new place to explore! This time I headed across the Channel to visit an old colleague and friend last weekend in Belgium, which involved shopping, drinking hot chocolate and eating too many waffles. Blog post to come on this.

Instagram Blog Catch Up Belgium Hot Chocolate Rotterdam Christmas Decorations London Fortnum and Mason OOTD Outfit Stripey Polo Neck Fashion Lifestyle Blogger

London is starting to feel very festive in the past week or so. Fortnum and Mason have got their Christmas displays up, Oxford Street and Regent's Street are looking very sparkly, Old Bond Street and the Arcades are a gorgeous example and my favourite Covent Garden is currently my go-to Christmas spot!

Instagram Blog Catch Up Belgium Hot Chocolate Rotterdam Christmas Decorations London Fortnum and Mason OOTD Outfit Stripey Polo Neck Fashion Lifestyle Blogger

Polo necks are a trend I didn't think could get any better before I saw this stripey version! I posted this OOTD on the blog a few days ago and have basically been wearing this top ever since (obvs I've washed it a few times...)

A short and sweet Instagram post on the blog today. Hopefully I'll be able to keep up with posting 3-4 times every week, but the run up to Christmas does get super busy! I hope you all have a great week.

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 19 November 2015

OOTD: A Casual Friday Stripey Polo Neck


Coat, Bag and Shoes: ASOS 
Stripey Polo Neck: Primark
Jeans: Topshop
Blazer: H&M

Right now, I'm a little bit in love with the polo neck scene. Saves me from having to wear a scarf and they're super cosy. This stripey Primark version featured in my Primark Haul and has been worn and loved many times since. Tucked into skirts? Done that. Worn underneath dresses? Done that. Paired with rolled up jeans? Done that. Polo necks are my new favourite kind of top, even if I do feel like I should either be skiing in the snow or back in the 1970s . This was another Friday-casual-but-still-have-to-look-smart outfit, which I think (and hope!) I caught the balance well. 

Do you like the polo neck trend?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

How You Can Give To Charity Tips and Ideas

How You Can Give To Charity Tips Ideas

There's a great quote from Anne Frank; no one has ever become poor by giving. And that is so true and a quote which I believe in because even the smallest things can help grateful people in need. So I thought I'd compile a list of how you can give to charity, from the small to the big:

1. Host your own event. It doesn't have a to cost a lot and you can play up to your own strengths. Great at baking? Host a bake sale or challenge your work colleagues to a bake off! Amazing at hair and makeup? Run a how-to workshop and donate the ticket price to charity. Love singing? Start a battle of the bands at school or university, sell tickets and put the proceeds towards a charity. Macmillian do a coffee morning pack to help you get started.

2. Run, walk or swim for sponsorship. There's so many different marathons, walks and sporting events which you can take part and raise money for. Not only are you raising money for charity, but you're also improving your fitness too! My favourites are Age UK 10K Series and Cancer Research's Shine Night Walk.

3. Donate your time. Got a spare few weekends ahead of you? Red Cross are always looking for volunteers at charity shops, emergency response or helping young people out. TimeBank help you volunteer for projects near you and help build your life skills along the way.

4. Shop at charity shops. Personally, I've found so many gems in charity shops that I spend as much time in them than I do in the traditional high street shops. A polish or wash can make clothes and shoes look brand new, and you never know what you might find!

5. Set up a monthly direct debit. Most charities have regular donations schemes, where you can choose from as little as £2 per month to send to your chosen charity. £2 a month isn't a lot or something you might miss greatly, but it can be put towards helping those in need.

What do you do for charity? Any other tips or ideas to give to charity?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Book Review: You're The One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher


"Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end if the aisle is Rob - the man she's about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben - best man and the best friend any two people ever had. And that's the problem"

There's no surprise that I am slowly becoming addicted to Giovanna Fletcher's books. Yes it is chic lit and yes it's another soppy love story, but that doesn't make it any less. See what I thought of Fletcher's first book, Billy And Me.

Although I'm usually sceptical of any book which takes the characters from when they were 5 years old until they're 40, You're The One That I Want actually pulled it off well. The issue I have with these timeline-style books are that the characters progress from their teenage to adult years just isn't convincing enough, in terms of their personality and the way in which they speak.

Maddy, Rob and Ben have been best friends through childhood, Maddy a young and shy new girl, Rob a 'mans man' and Ben, the understanding and gentle type. It's obvious that one of the boys will end up with Maddy, but which one? A typical love-triangle which ends surprisingly well and without much heartbreak. It provides the foundations for a girl-boy friendship and how to overcome betrayal and falling in love with the wrong girl.

Girly, mushy but totally realistic and down-to-earth, it's like a warm hug and chat with your girlfriends rolled into one. It'll brighten up any miserable day and keep you holding on to each page.

Have you read You're The One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher? What's been your best read recently?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 12 November 2015

OOTD: Comfy Checked Shirt Dress


Coat: Warehouse
Checked Shirt Dress: Primark
Shoes and Earrings: Topshop
Bag and Leggings: H&M

When it comes to the weekends, I'm all about the comfy clothes. Sometimes its the full-on tracksuit bottoms and hoody (on those weekends!) and other days all I need is a checked shirt dress and pair of leggings. This was another impulse purchase from Primark, someone really has to stop me going there on my breaks! But it's actually a great dress for those chilly weekends when all you want to do is relax in front of a fire with a good book or film. 

What do you think of this outfit? Have you got a comfy weekend outfit?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

The Friendship Situation


But is it really that sad? Friendships are constantly evolving, new ones starting and old ones ending and that's just how it is. Last week I read this post on friendships by Megan Lillie over at Thumbelina Lillie and it's a post where I was like "that's totally how I'm feeling!" so thought I would share a little bit about how I've been feeling recently. 

Throughout primary and secondary school I always had a close knit friendship group - and that was great back then, knowing you could always rely on someone being there and also who to go to for the best advice on this and that. But since we all left for university, college and new jobs, that friendship group has all but gone. You might wonder how strong it was in the first place, but I think it's more that people move on, start a new life, become busy and make new friends - which is totally understandable and expected.

What I didn't expect was to see one of my closest friends turn our relationship into a toxic mess. In short, an event happened and I was there for her without any questions asked or doubt. Then it got thrown back in my face and I was upset, annoyed and shocked for a while - to the point where I would have dreams about it and couldn't sleep with worry. But it opened my eyes to the kind of one-way and selfish relationship it was in the first place.

I've learnt that even if some of my friends live down the road or across the world (current situation with one) that I can rely on them, just as much as they can rely on me. It's a two way thing, built on similarities, trust and love for one another. And it turns out your sister is pretty good at being a best friend and an annoying sibling too!

What I want to say is that sometimes friendships do drift apart and that's okay because it's just life. Some will be there in the beginning and others will be there at the end, but that doesn't make either one anymore meaningful to you.  

Let me know what your thoughts are below! Are you going through a tricky friendship situation too?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Instagram Week: Raising Money for Charity and Christmas is here!

Instagram Sunday Catch Up Christmas Coffee Morning Charity

The main highlight of my week is our annual Christmas Coffee Morning! Each year my sister, mum and I will be baking like mad, arranging raffle prizes and sifting through mountains of books to raise money for our local hospice, St Catherine's. We'll invite all our friends, neighbours and work colleagues to come along and donate in return for a delicious cake! This year we raised £639, which is the most we've ever raised before!

Instagram Sunday Catch Up Christmas London Fortnum and Mason Decorations

As soon as Halloween is over, the Christmas decorations arrive! On my walk home from work I saw Fortnum and Mason had revealed their Christmas decorations and window displays. Definitely worth looking into if you're around the area.

Instagram Sunday Catch Up Japan Wall Hanging Japanese Fabric Tokyo

I finally got my wall hanging up! The fabric came from a tiny shop in Tokyo when I went to Japan earlier this year. I love anything to do with blossom trees and it's a great reminder of my trip to Japan.

Instagram Catch Up Sunday Outfit Of The Day OOTD Silk Shirt

I shared this quite pose-y outfit on the blog last week! Another favourite shirt that's been hidden in the back of my wardrobe for years - and I'll probably keep for a few more...

Instagram Catch Up Sunday Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo Shadow Eyeliner Makeup Review

When your makeup collection isn't big enough already... go 3 for 3 at Boots! I'm a serious sucker for any easy makeup products that mean I can get an extra few zzz's but still look like Kendall Jenner (I kid!) See what I thought of these Maybelline products here.

What's been your highlight this week?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Saturday, 7 November 2015

Debate: The Tampon Tax


Did you know ever since we join the European Commission in 1973 you've been paying tax on your sanitary towels and tampons?

Neither did I. Only recently has it become main stream news that not only are sanitary towels and tampons  are categorised as "luxury items" but also child car seats, radiators and mobility aids aren't seen as an essential item and need to be taxed by at least 5%. Even worse, before Gordon Brown's famous tax cutting schemes in 2001 for the Labour party, women were paying a full 17.5% tax on their "luxury" sanitary items, something that is essential for all women.

Last week a vote to cut tax against tampons was defeated by 305 votes to 287 - and I wonder which majority gender voted against the tax cut? Male. MP Jess Philips recently did this speech in the commons which I recommend listening to, which highlights the inequality of this tax. Because apparently having a period every month, is considered a "luxury" although I'm not sure all women would quite say their monthly reminded is that nice to them.

"The fact that we still have this tax is no small part down to the fact that most people in this house and in our sister Parliaments all across the EU don't have wombs" MP Jess Philips
Yes the current rate is lowest according to EU law and yes we're paying less tax than other countries, but that still doesn't make it right. Women need these essential items every month, there's no questioning that at all and it's not right women are being taxed on such a thing.

Men's razors, crocodile meat and Jaffa Cakes on the other hand are not taxed on at all, therefore considered an essential item. Not too sure when my last crocodile meat dinner was exactly. However, in order to lift this 5% tax on sanitary items it would need all 28 EU members to agree on; something which most newsreaders know is tricky.

Personally, I still believe there are not enough women MPs to tackle this all traditional male government and anything like this which is raised in the House Of Commons hasn't got a great chance of getting to the other side. Do I think we should be taxed on our sanitary products and tampons? No. Do I think we'll eventually be taxed free on them? Possibly, but there needs to be a major shift in gender representation and education within the government and also across the UK.

Join over 260,000 signatures on the Stop Taxing Periods. Period. petition here.

What's your opinion on the tampon tax? Do you think the government will lift it?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 5 November 2015

OOTD: Classic Silk Shirt and Leopard Shoes

OOTD Marks and Spencer Silk Green Shirt Black Jeans H&M Bag Blazer ASOS Leopard Print Skater Shoes Fashion Blogger

OOTD Marks and Spencer Silk Green Shirt Black Jeans H&M Bag Blazer ASOS Leopard Print Skater Shoes Fashion Blogger

Blazer and Bag: H&M
Shirt and Jeans: M&S
Shoes: ASOS

Sometimes the best outfits are the ones hiding at the back of your wardrobe. I've had this silk shirt for a good three or four years now as a special Christmas present. At that time it was probably £40 and I was a student, so it was a fair bit of money then! But it's stood the test of time as the military and khaki trends have reemerged over the past few years and this shirt has come in handy. Usually I'm not a fan of this style of shirt collar but the khaki green shade and fabric more than make up for it. Throw on my trusty leopard print skater shoes and fringed handbag and we have an outfit!

Have you got a favourite shirt? What clothing have you kept for years?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Mini Maybelline Makeup Haul and Review

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hr in 40 Permanent Taupe and 91 Creme De Rose and Master Drama Khol Liner in Dark Brown Makeup Haul Beauty Blogger Review
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hr in 40 Permanent Taupe and 91 Creme De Rose and Master Drama Khol Liner in Dark Brown.

I'll admit it; I'm a sucker for 3 for 2 offers. Boots is my friend and foe rolled into one on pay day, but who can blame a girl for picking up a few of her favourites? Of course they were all optional needed makeup and I've been wearing them during the day and built up layers for the evenings. So on offer and pretty versatile? I love.


Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hr in 40 Permanent Taupe and 91 Creme De Rose and Master Drama Khol Liner in Dark Brown Makeup Haul Beauty Blogger Review

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hr in 40 Permanent Taupe and 91 Creme De Rose and Master Drama Khol Liner in Dark Brown Makeup Haul Beauty Blogger Review

I am probably quite late to the cream eyeshadow crew (and the cream eyeshadow sticks - mind blown!) but I can now see why the hype is so true. Easy to work with, but I find they do stick around for a couple of hours before creasing. Note girls: wear an eyeshadow primer when trying these out. I do use my fingers to apply straight onto my eye, then a small eyeshadow brush to bring Permanent Taupe underneath my eye and Creme De Rose for the inner corners too. 

The colour payoff is surprisingly good, Permanent Taupe is a grey-purple shade with a slight brown undertone, if my description makes any sense! Creme De Rose is a pretty pale nude/pink, which I use for the inner corners of my eyes and along the brow bone to highlight. Both are matte, which is perfect for the day then layered up with metallic eyeshadows or pigments nights out. 

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hr in 40 Permanent Taupe and 91 Creme De Rose and Master Drama Khol Liner in Dark Brown Makeup Haul Beauty Blogger Review

I've never been one to spend a fortune on eyeliners as I don't wear them enough to warrant paying more than drugstore prices for. And turns out you don't need to spend a lot for great quality. Master Drama Khol Eyeliner is a dream to work with. Super smooth and non-dragging on application, you can actually cream a straight line in one go and not end up with uneven patches. I hate using the word 'buttery' to describe makeup products like this, so perhaps I'll say creamy instead? Even that word is borderline but you catch my drift.

16 hour hold is a pretty big claim, I'd probably agree with this if you're wearing it on your upper lashline, on your lowerlash line you might need to reapply halfway through the day to keep the colour. Overall I can't fault this eyeliner in anyway, especially as they have a bright turquoise colour which I am OBSESSED with at the moment. 

What do you think of the Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hours? Have you picked up any new makeup recently?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x


P.S I did have a picture of a few swatches, but they were pretty awful so ya know...

Sunday, 1 November 2015

This Month I...

Absolutely loved October! It's been full of catching up with old and new friends, experiencing new things and generally *getting my shit together* just about anyway...

This Month I... October London Sushi Maybelline 24 Hour Eyeshadow Color Tattoo Stylist Live Event Jojo Moyes After You Book Review Savoy Hotel Strand

This Month I... ate delicious sushi at Aqua Kyoto in London! Although nothing like the sushi I had in Japan earlier this year (post plug here) but still pretty darn good. I'm a massive fan of salmon sashimi and crab stick rolls, as the best things since sliced bread. And I am proud to report my chopstick skills are getting better, slowly but surely!

This Month I... October London Sushi Maybelline 24 Hour Eyeshadow Color Tattoo Stylist Live Event Jojo Moyes After You Book Review Savoy Hotel Strand

This Month I... bought a new Maybelline eye makeup pieces. A full review of all three will be going up on my blog on Tuesday, so keep an eye out for that one! I am loving using cream eyeshadows at the moment because there's no precision involved and I can do it in less than one minute - everything I am good at!

This Month I... October London Sushi Maybelline 24 Hour Eyeshadow Color Tattoo Stylist Live Event Jojo Moyes After You Book Review Savoy Hotel Strand

This Month I... watched a lot of panels and talks at the #StylistLive Event. I have a full post of everything I did here but the guys at Stylist magazine really pulled off a great event. On the Friday we met Pixiwoo, Vivianna Does Makeup, Lily Pebbles, Lorraine Pascale and tons of the Stylist magazine team who shared their advice and tips for the industry.

This Month I... October London Sushi Maybelline 24 Hour Eyeshadow Color Tattoo Stylist Live Event Jojo Moyes After You Book Review Savoy Hotel Strand

This Month I read.... After You by Jojo Moyes, the sequel to the best selling Me Before You. If you haven't read Me Before You, I recommend reading this review first then coming back... Read it? Okay. So the main character Lou is left alone and pretty broken after Will died but someone comes back into her life to remember life is about living... It's a nice book, uplifting but it didn't have the wow factor that Me Before You had.

This Month I... October London Sushi Maybelline 24 Hour Eyeshadow Color Tattoo Stylist Live Event Jojo Moyes After You Book Review Savoy Hotel Strand

This Month I... ate at the Savoy! So it was actually for the Pure Beauty Awards 2015 as a two of the skincare products created and manufactured by my work were nominated. We won silver for Best New Skin Care Product and bronze for Best New Skin Care Treatment - and it gave me the excuse to get all dressed up again! It was a really great night and fun to get out of the office, plus Gethin Jones was presenting (tiny in real life!) and Lucy Mecklenburgh picked up an award for a tanning range, although I didn't ask either for a picture...

What's been your highlight this month?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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