Thursday, 28 April 2016

OOTD: All Black and Topshop Grey Peplum

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Shirt: New Look
Top and Shoes: Topshop
Jeans: ASOS
Coat: Warehouse
Bag and Necklace: Accessorize

I feel like you all probably think I wear this shirt way too much, which is probably true but I do promise I own other clothes *hint a new haul coming soon*. Recently I've loved wearing shirts underneath jumpers and wondered how it would look under a peplum top. It actually looked better than I thought and probably something I would wear again with a different shirt. Because our office turns hot and cold from one minute to the next, it's hard to know what to wear. 

The all black outfits will hopefully leave my wardrobe soon as it starts to get warmer (although when I wore this it was raining rivers in London). I can't wait to wear bright corals and mint greens, as well as getting my sandals and skirts out again. One thing I do not like about the warmer weather is hay fever. I suffer from March until September, looking like crying Rudolph and basically staying indoors all summer. Best summer ever.

Have you swapped your winter and autumnal clothes for spring and summer yet?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Superdrug and Boots Beauty Haul

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It's not often that I'll do a full Superdrug or Boots haul as I normally pick things up as and when I run out of them. But a few weeks ago I had run out of a few essential things/needed to try hyped up products, so a haul was necessary! I shop in both Superdrug and Boots because I find more offers in Superdrug but I always have a few Boots coupons to spend and their 3 for 2 deals are just too tempting.  

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First up, Superdrug! I go through cotton wool pads like no there's no tomorrow, so I picked up these Cotton Wool Oval Pads to keep me going. I use them mainly for removing makeup with a micellar cleanser or taking off nail polish, which leads me to my next item... I hate hate the smell of nail polish remover but this Superdrug own Nourishing Nail Polish Remover isn't too bad smelling and it has added Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to moisturise nails afterwards.

I ran out of heat protection spray for my hair ages ago and I know it's bad not to use one, but I'm lazy! Previously I've used the Tresemme Keratin Smooth treatments before and loved them, so I thought I would give their Heat Protection Shine Spray a whirl. So far I loved it and it does leave my hair smoother and less frizzy, I find it's best to use straighteners afterwards to smooth out frizzy ends too.

The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge has been on my to-buy list for ages and I finally found a single pack in Superdrug. I might do a full review of it soon as I just love the finish of this sponge. I've been using it with my new BB Cream and both leave my skin looking even and blurs away imperfections. 

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From Boots I picked up the Garnier BB Cream in Extra Light, after a recommendation from Pixiwoo. I've had really dry skin recently and my MAC Face & Body Foundation just seems to be picking up all my dry patches like crazy. I love that this BB Cream has hydrating properties, SPF 15 and Vitamin C to brighten my skin as it can be quite dull sometimes! I've been using the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to blend this in and it works like a dream. 

I'm yet to try out the Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil from Una Brennan but from what I've read I'm really looking forward to using it! Usually I'm not a massive fan of cleansing oils, as cream cleansers work better with my skin, however my skin can be a little dull sometimes and clogged up from the London pollution that I need sometimes to nourish and brighten too. 

Have you tried any of these products? What beauty products have you picked up recently?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 24 April 2016

10 Life Lessons Learnt From TV Show Friends

Friends is one of those TV shows which teaches you more than you realise. From how to deal with breakups (read the 18 pages Ross, FRONT AND BACK!) to where to hide a scary book (the freezer, obvs), there's a life lesson to learn in every Friends episode.

I'm a massive Friends addict and have probably gone through the box set at least 10 times. It's a feel-good comfort blanket to just flick on and push away the worries of the day. So I thought I would share my 10 life lessons I've learnt from my fab Friends, Joey, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Rachel.

1. You will find the right job/career for you... eventually. Rachel went from serving coffee to working in Ralph Lauren and even though it took a good few seasons, Chandler finally found his dream job in advertising. Just keep persisting and you'll find your perfect job.

2. Don't over do the teeth whitening strips or fake tan. Classic Ross can't quite count properly in any of his beauty fails, but if tango skin and light-up-in-the-dark smile is your thang, go for it!

3. Love has a lot of its ups and dos. There's been a few rocky patches for Monica and Chandler but they both got through them and don't even get me started on Ross and Rachel - are they on or off?! Whatever happens, you'll find your lobster. 

4. Playing Fireball inside is not a good idea. Maybe outside in an area without any trees... or people... or maybe just don't play it, yeah?

5. Sometimes your soul mate is the person you least expect. Chandler and Monica are the perfect example of friends before a couple. It's like that saying, you never know what's in front of your eyes until it's gone!

6. Always remember to pivot when helping someone to move in. Or pay the delivery guys to do it for you? Above all, just remember to PIVOT!

7. Be yourself and people will like you. Phoebe sings about smelly cats and runs like a crazy kooky lady. Stick to your morals and don't forget who you are.

8. Trifle and Shepard's Pie taste like feet. It's not a recipe I would recommend, but when the book pages get stuck together what you gonna do?

9. Sometimes family can make the best of friends. Monica and Ross have the best sibling relationship, remember the routine? And they still wrestle....

10. Your squad will do anything for you. As different and mad as they are, Friends wouldn't be Friends without their amazing friendship and the lengths they will go to support each other. 

And that's why I love Friends.

What's your best life lesson learnt from Friends or a TV show?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

P.S. How many times did I say friends in this post?! 

Thursday, 21 April 2016

OOTD: Spotty Shirt and Brogues

Shirt and Scarf: New Look
Jumper: Primark
Jeans: Marks & Spencer
Coat: Warehouse
Shoes: Clarks
Bag and Earrings: Accessorize
Watch: Oliva Burton

A slight change from my usual skirts and dresses this week! I've always been a big fan of wearing shirts underneath jumper with just the collars poking out - warm and stylish. Of course this spotty shirt has long been a favourite of mine, and is probably due to be upgraded to a newer version! But with the amount of shirts in my wardrobe right now, I don't think I'll be able to justify another one to the collection. Saying that, who knows? Maybe ASOS or Topshop will have another sale soon....

I've fallen back in love with jewellery now. Years ago you would never find me without massive Pat Butcher style earrings or enormous rings, but along with the minimal jewellery trend I've sadly parted with that accessory era. Accessorize are my favourite high street jewellery shop to spend my monies at, especially their multi pack of earrings as they're so affordable. Orelia in Topshop is a gorgeous brand if you're looking for dainty jewellery - I highly recommend!

Where do you shop for your jewellery?

Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon x 

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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

My First Facial and Massage Impressions

Okay, so the title of this blog post is a slight white lie as it isn't actually my first facial. I had one about four years ago from the same beauty therapist but haven't had the time or thought since to rebook! Then one day I just fancied treating myself to a facial along with a neck, back and shoulder massage. Recently my skin has been so dry and I've had a ton of breakouts across my chin and cheeks, mainly due to hormones - not ideal!

The last time I went for a facial, my skin with fairly oily and prone to breakouts, whereas now my skin is dry/combination and always with some sort of breakout! I don't know whether this change is just down to growing up or the environment I'm in, as London pollution isn't the kindest to skin. 

First I had my neck, back and shoulder massage, which I'll tell you was so relaxing and just what I needed. I felt so at peace and zoned out for a little while, listening to the tinkly music and smelling all the essential oils aroma. If you find your neck is strained at work or tend to get back ache from sitting all day, I'd definitely recommend treating yourself to a little massage every now and then.

Then onto the facial. First my beauty therapist started with a deep cleanse with essential oils and nourishing creams. Essential oils are the only products which can penetrate deep into the skin, rather than moisturisers and serums which just sit on top of the skin. After a few gentle massages, my beauty therapist popped on a face mask and left me for 10 mins to basically fall asleep in the cosy room. Then she removed the face mask with warm water and sponges before applying moisturiser and eye cream. 

Afterwards my skin was left so smooth and soft without any annoying dry patches either! My favourite part was just relaxing and not having to worry about rushing from A to B or constantly checking my phone - a much needed TLC time!

As well as leaving with a fresh new face and relaxed back, I also came away with a few samples! The brand my beauty therapist uses is Decleor, a favourite of mine too, which is a French brand using essential oils and natural products. My prescription card also tells me which products suit my skin type and how to use them too!

Have you had a facial before? 

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Why blogging isn't all about the numbers

*NB When I mention numbers, I do mean like followers, pageviews, impressions etc.

Sometimes it's nice to take a step back from the follower counts, bounce rates and email sign ups to appreciate why blogging isn't all about the numbers. Back in the day when I started out blogging (2012 FYI!) it was just a hobby and people did it for fun and reviewed various beauty and fashion products because they loved it, not because they were paid or gifted it.

It would be naive to say that the leaps and bounds blogging as a whole has taken has opened up so many doors and opportunities for bloggers, but I sometimes feel disheartened by the numbers board. Numbers do play a big part in blogging, it's good to have a benchmark to work towards and an end goal, but could the race for more numbers be overtaking the importance of the content itself?

You'll hear the phrase 'Content is king' thrown about a lot, and that is still very true. Reading my favourite blogs to find out what they're buying/wearing/reviewing that week is one of my best hobbies and I believe quality content will always rule over following numbers. It's interesting to see more bloggers tips and advice posts becoming popular over the past year, showing the support for others bloggers to reach their end goal. 

Personally, I hate focusing on the numbers and analytics. The worry of not tweeting x numbers of times a day, means your blog page views will start dropping etc. or only being able to post twice one week instead of the usual four times. But the truth is we're only humans. If you can't fit in all the needed social media posts, blog content and photography for that week because you've got other non-blog related things going on, then that's fine. 

If numbers are the only thing that represents how blog-worthy you are, then is it worth it? I blog for pure enjoyment, I love writing, have a passion for online, fashion and beauty and generally just like talking to other bloggers too. In my eyes, personal happiness, accomplishments and creativity mean so much more than a follower count. I'm not saying it's one or the other, you can enjoy writing and creating your blog and have numerical goals too and if it's your end-goal to become a full-time blogger then the numbers will matter to you and I would give you all the support for it too.

I guess what I wanted to get across in the post is that it's okay to struggle with blogging numbers, we're all human after all. You just do you and the numbers will follow - just enjoy blogging for what it is!

What's your opinion on followers and analytics? How important is it to you?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 14 April 2016

OOTD: New Look Checked Dress and Navy Blue

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Coat: Warehouse
Cardigan: Zara
Dress and Scarf: New Look
Shoes: Primark
Bag, Gold Swallow Necklace and Silver Blue Stone Ring: Accessorize
Silver Rings: Pandora
Watch: Vintage

I really like taking shots of what jewellery I'm wearing, I don't know why I haven't done it before! The three rings are what I always wear, the two Pandoras on my right hand ring finger and the silver blue stone ring on my left hand index finger - and if ever I forget to wear them, then it just doesn't feel right! The watch is my Nanny's, I just had to get a new strap for it. This watch actually glows in the dark, pretty handy but it can be spooky at times! The amount of necklaces I have is just crazy, but I do love wearing this simple swallow bird necklace with outfits, especially as they are my favourite type of birds.

This outfit is a pretty standard transition from winter to spring and possibly one of my easiest 'throw-on' outfit for work too! Now that I can finally put away my boots (almost), my black lace-up pointy shoes from Primark can dust themselves off. This pair were an absolute bargain last year and probably one of my most wearable shoes during the warmer weather and I can't wait to start wearing them again.

What's your favourite jewellery to wear? Anywhere I should be shopping for new jewellery?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

New Accessorize Backpack

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Once I find a bag I love, I'll use it to the death. Depending on what I'm doing that day, I'll swap with a smaller or bigger bag but always from the same few favourites I have. The newest addition is this two toned backpack from Accessorize, bought in the sale FYI but is now back to full price :(

Backpacks are the perfect style of bag for me during the week, because I walk from Victoria station to work which is around 1.5 miles, so I need something to carry everything! Plus a few weeks of using a handbag just aches my right shoulder like nothing else. Accessorize is one of my favourite places to find a good quality but not really overpriced bags for work or school. My previous backpack was from ASOS and the quality really wasn't there, which is a shame as it was more money than this one! 

 At first I was wary of how much I would actually be able to fit in the bag, but it's surprisingly roomy and just means I have to reduce how much I actually take with me - which isn't a bad thing! I can fit in a magazine, iPad, food for lunch, water bottle and all the other necessary stuff in the main section then I put my train ticket, keys and phone in the front pocket for easy access.

My favourite parts of this Accessorize backpack are the two toned colours, because it's actually smart enough for work and not in a garish metallic or crazy print, and the durability of the fabric. I thought after a few weeks the straps would just fall apart and give up but they've survived more than I give them credit for. Instead of the usual strap adjustment style, it actually has a buckle which I prefer because it isn't constantly slipping and feels very strong!

Where is your favourite place to shop for bags? What is your favourite bag style?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Instagram: Spring weather, OOTD and avocado on toast

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I cannot tell you how much I love the lighter evenings! Now I actually get to work when its light and leave when it's STILL light! Definitely not taking this view for granted either. Only thing is that it's still bloomin' cold and my hay fever has started....

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How good does this Easter chocolate cake look?! Unfortunately it has now disappeared but we still have photo evidence of how good it tasted! I'm still munching my way through all my Easter eggs and now my skin has delightfully broken out in a million spots across my chin and they're the really annoying under-the-skin type. 

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I showed off my man-ish tailoring in this OOTD last week and loads of you on Instagram and in the comments loved it! This shirt is a particular favourite of mine and the go-to piece for when I need something a little smarter for work. Plus whenever I wear a shirt I'm always in the productive mood to work! 

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With the start of April came the April showers! Last week was the craziest in London too. I went out to Tesco on Monday and got caught in a hail storm and had to hide in a shop until it stopped! In this photo it's actually raining, but you can't tell because it's too sunny. Also I always try looking for a rainbow when it's a weird sunny/rainy hybrid, please tell me I'm not alone?

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How cliche avocado on toast! But I can't just eat that alone and add two scrambled eggs on top and a sprinkle of this amazing herbal salt from Lakeland. This is my current favourite breakfast at the weekends, along with a sneaky croissant and banana to keep me going! 

Have you got any favourite breakfast recipes? How's your past week been?

Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon x

Thursday, 7 April 2016

OOTD: Topshop Pinstripe Shirt and ASOS Navy Trousers

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Shirt: Topshop 
Trousers: ASOS
Coat: Warehouse
Shoes: New Look
Bag and Gemstone Ring: Accessoize
Two Silver Rings: Pandora
Gold Necklace and Watch: Vintage

If you've read this blog for a while (thank you!) then you'll know I love a good old shirt. Any pattern, any style but as long as it's a shirt will make its way into my wardrobe. Besides the classic white shirt, I love a blue pinstripe shirt and this one from Topshop fits perfectly. Sometimes I can find that shirts need something worn underneath, as they're too thin, but spending a bit more on quality shirts means you don't need to worry about it and you know it'll last.

A few months ago I was stuck in a rut with wearing jeans constantly to work. Fortunately it isn't a problem wearing jeans to my work, but sometimes they don't quite feel smart enough for a working environment. I turned to my trusty trousers and jeans retailer, ASOS for this pair of navy cigarette trousers to solve my problem and they did! I also bought a black pair in the same style, because you can never go wrong with black. This kind of outfit would be my 'I-have-a-very-important-meeting' style of outfit, especially with the loafer shoes!

What's your go-to smart outfit?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

My Most Used Make Up Brushes

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Having the right tools to apply your make up can make the world of difference, and you don't always need to spend a lot of money on them either! It's important to keep your make up brushes in good condition, by washing them once every few weeks and keeping them in a tidy case that isn't covered in makeup.

I've picked my most used and favourite make up brushes to share with you, you may have already noticed I have a few Real Techniques brushes. But I also own a few unusual brushes too...

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My first ever Real Techniques brushes was the Core Collection, aimed at applying foundation and other base products. The most used brush from my collection is the Buffing Brush, which I mainly used for liquid and powder foundation. I find this brush to so easy to blend liquid foundation into my skin, making it look effortless and completely blended. It's a fairly soft brush so I don't feel like I'm attacking my face with a hard brush!

Next up are two brushes from Nic's Picks Limited Edition Set (full review here) The Cheek Brush is the perfect fluffy brush for applying blusher and highlighter, as its round shape fits perfectly across my cheeks and the pointed edge works really well for highlighter too. The Eyeliner Brush isn't actually used for eyeliner in my collection, but I can imagine it's pretty good for that as well! I use this brush mainly for applying my eyebrow powder, because the angled shape is fab for mimicking eyebrow hairs. 

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To apply my gel eyeliner, I use the No7 Precision Eyeliner Brush which is teeny tiny! It's a small rounded brush which provides easy application and precise lines. Because of its size and compact bristles, it means there's more control and hopefully less crazy eyeliner flicks! 

I don't know whether you've noticed at MAC make up stores before, but they have tons of spooley brushes to brush through eyebrows and eyelashes when applying makeyp on you. One time I visited they gave me a handful of these, so now I use them to de-clump my mascara eyelashes and keep my eyebrow hairs in place too. I found a similar style from Superdrug and Revlon.

Lastly but by no means least, is my Cosmopolitan Blend Perfection Sponge. I bought this years ago, before sponges were sold by the big retailers and use it to apply my foundation and concealer. Just wet the sponge and squeeze out excess water, then use the round end to apply foundation and the tipped end to blend in my under eye concealer. I do love this sponge, but I think it's now time to try a new brand!

What are your favourite makeup brushes? Any brands I should try out? 

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 3 April 2016

How To Deal with Period Pain

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So us girls go through it even month, and still manage to survive! I know some people get it a lot worse and others march on through it, but period pain is, ironically, a pain. Some months are absolutely fine after taking a few painkillers but others are complete agony. By now I've found a few simple ideas and tricks that can hopefully help you with period pain!

1. Get on your comfiest PJs. Lets face it, when you're not feeling your best, you don't really care what you look like and would rather be wrapped up in a duvet cocoon. Along with a hot water bottle.

2. Take your mind off it with a video. There's thousands of youtubers or Netflix series to watch, so snuggle down and start watching a few videos to take your mind off it.

3. Practise mindfulness with colouring books. My usual 'can't-stand-my-period-pain' set up is in bed, with a youtube video and a colouring book. Not only is it taking your focus away on your period pain, but also helps your mind to focus and relax. 

4. Time for a pamper session. This is the time of month when I'm feeling the lowest about my body/skin/hair, breakouts happen, I consume too much chocolate and my hair isn't doing the thing it's suppose to! I'll turn to a few gentle face masks and a nourishing hair treatment to perk my mood back up.

5. Take those painkillers! Normally I hate taking any medication that isn't necessary, but I can never survive through period pain without some ibuprofen or paracetamol. There's tons of 'period pain' specific tablets which are fairly expensive, but take a look at the ingredients and compare to others and you'll find they're not to dissimilar. I actually found migraine tablets that have almost the exact same ingredients as a branded period pain one, at half the price. 

What are your top tips for getting through period pain?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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