Sunday, 31 July 2016

This Month I...

July was a busy month, I had two weeks of birthday dinners and activities plus my work has been full-on since I got back from holiday in June, that I've hardly had time to even blog. There was a week-absence on my blog and social media last week, partly down to finding time to actually write and take photos and the fact that my SD card broke and I couldn't access any of my photos. But I'm back with another monthly round up!

This Month I... ate a lot of birthday food! Including this amazing cake my sister made for my 21st birthday, which we're still making our way through this week... I had dinner with friends at Wahaca and Vapiano too, definitely ones to try if you're in London.

This Month I... walked the charity Midnight Walk for St Catherine's Hospice. I haven't bought too much this month, but I do have a Look Fantastic order on its way which makes up for it! Instead of spending money, at the beginning of July I walked 13 miles at midnight for St Catherine's Hospice raising over £200. Sometimes it's not all about buying and shopping, but raising money for charities or those in need makes such a difference.

This Month I... read a lot of books! Every book I picked up this month had me hooked and now have a permanent spot on my bookshelf. I got these from my parents for my birthday and have just finished the first one and am now onto The Girl On The Train! Catch up with my book reviews of The Blue by Lucy Clarke and The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop

This month I... watched Romeo & Juliet at the Garrick Theatre and Aladdin at The Prince Edward Theatre. July has been a lucky month for watching shows, first was Aladdin for my 21st birthday with my family. The show is just amazing and everything you'd expect, the costumes and set design are particularly brilliant. The came Romeo & Juliet, who had Lily James starring as Juliet. I adore Shakespeare and hadn't seen Romeo & Juliet on stage before, so this was a definite highlight for me!

This Month I... celebrated my 21st birthday. It's a big one, and it's only just settling in that I am officially 21 and an adult! I had a great few days celebrating with my family and friends and couldn't have asked for anything more. Keep an eye out for my 21st Birthday Presents post coming later this week!

How was July for you? I hope you had a great month.

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 24 July 2016

Appreciate The Little Things

We've all been guilty with forgetting about the little things in life - I've probably been most guilty of this recently as the year has ploughed on and we're already in July! Today, I wanted to take time out to write down the little things in my life I need to appreciate more.

1. Reading a good book. I've always got one on the go and found some great gems recently! (Reviews here and here)

2. Having a natter with my mum and sister. Because they're my biggest supporters and always there for me.

3. Baking. I'm no cook, but I can bake and love spending the time with new recipes and perfecting my current ones.

4. Spending time with my friends. It's definitely harder now we're all working/at uni/halfway across the country, but spending time with them where we can, always makes me happier.

5. Blogging. I'm not going to lie, blogging has been a struggle recently (read here) but I've given myself a kick up the bum and started enjoying it again, a little motivation goes a long way. 

What's the little things you need to appreciate more?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 21 July 2016

OOTD: 21st Birthday and Primark Jumpsuit

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Jacket: Zara
Shoes: New Look
Bag: H&M

Here's a sneak preview of my 21st birthday outfit! I'm actually 21 today but I've got  a few days of seeing friends and family, which means a lot of outfits of course... I'll share what I got up to with you guys next week.

There's a story to this jumpsuit (as with every jumpsuit). So I popped into Primark on my lunch break a few weeks ago - a lie in itself because who just 'pops' into Primark?! I was on the hunt for a jumpsuit for my sister actually, but didn't come across the one she wanted in her size. Then I spotted this khaki jumpsuit, ummed and ahhed about it for a few minutes whilst looking through the rest of the store. Deciding to purchase it, I waited for 20 MINUTES! Most people would've given up after 10, but I was determined to get it because it could be the last one in my size/the perfect fitting jumpsuit/I need it, basically. Even thought I only had 10 minutes left of my lunch to eat, it was definitely worth it.

Moral of the story? Always buy the jumpsuit and never let a never-ending Primark queue put you off.

What do you think of this outfit? Have you got any Primark shopping stories?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

10 Beauty Tips and Hacks

I love sharing beauty tips and hacks, anything that can make our beauty routines shorter or more effective! You guys loved my 10 Fashion Tips and Hacks I did back in June, so I thought it was about time I did a beauty version. Who knows, maybe a lifestyle one will be coming next month?! 

1. Pat instead of rubbing your skin dry. Rubbing irritates the skin horribly and the harsh motion can dry out your skin too!

2. Layers can make hair look fuller and healthier. As well as giving your hair more shape and style, a few layers can go a long way to making thinner hair look more voluminous!

3. Always apply an SPF! UVA and UVB rays are absorbed by your skin all year round, so it's important to wear an SPF. My favourites are Soap & Glory and La Roche-Posay.

4. Keep hand and foot creams next to your bed. This will remind you last minute to apply them before going to bed.

5. Sharper your makeup pencils each time before using them. Especially for eyeliner, as this keeps them sharp and removes any lingering bacteria on them.

6. Hot cloth cleanse with a cream cleanser. Remove your makeup each evening, then apply a cream cleanser and gently buff in with a muslin cloth or flannel, which has been soaking in warm water. 

7. Exfoliate your face once a week. Dead skin cells and excess oil can build up over time and it's good to have a deep scrub once a week!

8. Keep your hair off your face when cleansing. If your hair is dirty or a bit 'meh' keep it away from a cleansed face to avoid breakouts. 

9. Rub Vaseline on your pulse points before spraying perfume. This makes your perfume last longer throughout the day!

10. Turn down the hot tap. Washing your face or body with hot water, then followed by cool air can cause dry skin so it's best to cool down. 

What's your best beauty tip or hack? Catch up with my previous beauty tips posts here and here.

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 17 July 2016

Book Review: The Blue by Lucy Clarke

The third book review in three weeks? I know, I'm reading books at lightning speed recently. Catch up with A Dictionary Of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton and The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop.

This week I bring you The Blue by Lucy Clarke. I came across this book by pure chance, I attended a meet-the-author event last April and our goody bags included random books, of which this was mine! The story revolves around one girl called Lana and her best friend Kitty who set off to the Philippines in search of freedom and a break from their standstill lives. There they discover The Blue, a travelling yacht manned by a crew of wanders and interesting characters. Behind each character on the boat is a secret, a dark side which one rough storm sets alight and changes the journey. Lana knows something is wrong with the crew when one of them mysteriously disappears overboard, but will she find out what actually happens?

The structure of the book is set in two time zones, the NOW and current time and the THEN - the past. It can be frustrating being in the NOW and knowing that something has happened in the THEN that affects Lana now, but it makes reading the book even more intriguing. I think Lana is a little naive at times, but her continued hope and dreams is something amazing and inspiring. 

What I love about the book is that it left me wanting to travel, feel inspired and sail again. The way the author picks the best and worst parts of travelling by yacht across the most beautiful islands in Asia is guaranteed to make you want to book a holiday! Since reading a variety of books in the past few months, I've realised that each time I've finished reading that I want to feel something - whether it's sadness, love or inspiration, that's what a good book stands for me.

Have you read this book before? What are you currently reading?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 14 July 2016

OOTD: Classic Stripes and Leather Skirt

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Coat: H&M
Top: Primark
Skirt: Zara
Shoes: Clarks
Bag: Accessorize

One time I wore a stripey top or dress three times across five days at work - and I have no shame. You know those items of clothing that make you feel great no matter what? It could be those pair of jeans, a gorgeous shirt or your favourite pair of shoes, Mine is stripes, it can be a top, jacket, scarf, dress or anything, but as long as it's stripey I will feel fab and confident. I went shopping in Brighton a few weeks ago and in Primark I headed towards my friend with various stripey tops in my hands, and she just said "I knew you'd pick something up with stripes!" Obsession gone too far? I'll let you know when the stripes finally take over my wardrobe. 

I wore this at the end of June when it was still cold and raining (thanks Britain) and couldn't break out the pretty sandals and summer dresses I have waiting to be worn. My fail sale brogues always come out when I need to smarten up my outfit a little, I should probably invest in a black pair but they're just too school like for me. Even walking into Clarks reminds me of many summer holidays trying on new school shoes for the new term, which my parents crossing their fingers that my feet won't suddenly grow in the next month.

What's your fail-sale outfit? What do you think of this outfit?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

The Pink Parcel Review

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You guys may have heard of The Pink Parcel before from other bloggers, on social media or just a general search, but this monthly box is totally different from the rest. I caught up with the girls from The Pink Parcel a few weekends ago at The Bloggers Summer Hangout (link here to the review) and I've been trialing my own Pink Parcel for the past few weeks and thought I would review it. 

The Pink Parcel is basically a monthly subscription box for your period! Each month you'll receive a selection of tampons and pads from your favourite brands, along side a few beauty products, something sweet and a tea bag - because tea is proven to help you at that time of the month. You can sign up for just £6.99 for your first box, then it's £10.50 afterwards.

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In my Pink Parcel I received a gorgeous blush pink-mauve-grey nail polish from Lottie London in Blogger Babe. I've been wanting to try this brand for a while now and have definitely been surprised at how long it lasts without chipping (4-5 days!) and how opaque the colour is too. I've uploaded a Instagram of my painted nails, so check it out. Next is the Green People SPF 30 Sun Lotion, I've used this brand before and loved the results, I'll be using this throughout the summer when my current SPF has run out!

Clean & Clear takes me back to my teenage days when I had crazy bad spots, I do get a few around my chin now and their Spot Control Moisturiser has stopped them from turning too red and spotty! The consistency is a little too thick for my skin but it doesn't leave it at all greasy! Then we have the amazing Bourjois Beauty'Full Volume Dark Khol Mascara, the brush has two round blobs which really pack the volume onto your lashes without making them look clumpy (my pet hate!). I also received a eyeshadow duo from Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics in Lightning, first what a crazy cool name and second their packaging is just too cute with flamingos! The colours are a gorgeous gold and deep navy, which aren't my usual colours but have been a great addition for going out. 

Onto the food part, I got a super sweet tea from the English Tea Shop in Cranberry Vanilla Delight which I actually tested during my period and it really did help! I prefer sweet berry teas and this one is naturally caffeine free so I wasn't bouncing off the walls afterwards. The comes my favourite part, the Double Trouble Gourmet Butter Fudge from The Fudge Kitchen, so delicious and the perfect size for a sweet treat. 

As well as my Pink Parcel, I got a packed of Jealous Sweets which are tasty natural sweets (even better than Haribo, I have to say) and a little pouch of tampons, that I now keep in my bag in case of emergencies. The Pink Parcel is a great and innovative monthly subscription box with products that are useful and something that you would probably buy yourself too - make sure you sign up to get your first box for £6.99!

Have you tried The Pink Parcel before? What's your favourite product?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Why I'm Struggling To Blog

It's got to that point after 4 years of blogging that it's actually becoming a struggle. Here I am on a Sunday afternoon writing 4 blog posts, taking photos and scheduling in all my social media posts for the week, when I could be outside reading a book, seeing friends and just experiencing life as a 20 year old. I'm not gonna go on with 'poor me, poor me' argument, because I'm pretty lucky where blogging has taken me in my career etc. 

Sometimes I just want to not have to worry about my blog for a week or two, but as incredibly protective I am over my blog, I wouldn't let myself take even a mini break. My schedule works like this, Monday to Friday I work in London in digital marketing for a cosmetics company - something I love doing and that my blog helped me get the job in the first place. I leave my house before 7am and am lucky to get home before 7pm, leaving a couple of hours to eat, relax, catch up with friends and family in the evening before doing it all over again the next day. Then the weekends are my free time to do whatever I want, but I always end up leaving my blog to the last minute on a Sunday afternoon - right when I fancy a nap and good book to snuggle down with. 

Blogging is a hobby for me, yes it does take up a lot of my spare time at the weekends and sometimes nothing flows from my brain, through my fingers and onto the keyboard that's even worth putting online. The comparison game is another fun one to play, Why has she got so many followers? What am I doing differently? How can I get to that position? It's hard work and dedication that gets you there. 

So those are the reasons why I'm struggling to blog; time, lack of creativity and the comparison demon. What I do love about blogging though is the community, I try to take part in blogger chats over the weekend but sometimes it's not possible (see reason 1) and when I do it's so great to chat to other similar people. Do you guys ever struggle to blog? Or get down in the dumps about blogging?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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P.S Sorry this is an unorganised ramble, I just had a lot of things to write about!

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Book Review: The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop

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I read an article last summer about Books You Should Read Whilst On Holiday, and Victoria Hislop's famous The Island topped the book to read whilst in Greece. So I took it on holiday to Greece last year, fell in love with it and posted a review here. This time it's the turn of The Sunrise set in Cyprus in the city of Famagusta in 1974, centering around one Greek Cypriot family and another Turkish Cypriot family who are caught up in the war between Turkey and Greece over Cyprus. 

Before 1974 Cyprus was a thriving tourist area (and still is to an extent) and in The Sunrise, Savvas and Aphroditi Papacosta are running a successful hotel chain in Famagusta, with loyal and close employees from both Greek and Turkish backgrounds. Savvas' right-hand man Markos Georgiou is running the new hotel club, a charming man with all the tourists and a little too friendly with Aphroditi, Savvas' wife. Fast forward to the Turkish invasion and Famagusta has been abandoned, no longer is its golden beach surrounded by tourists and hotels fully-booked all year long but instead soldiers loot stores, take prisoners and hold mass killings, leaving a ghost town behind. Two families remain, the Greek Georgious and Turkish Ozkans who have to learn to live together and survive in a town everyone has forgotten. But Markos becomes involved in a dangerous business, which endangers both families, leaving them to make the hard decision of leaving or staying....

It's totally gripping and hard to imagine that such a thing could've happened to thousands of people in the 20th century. Hislop is well-known for her books based in Greece and around Europe, taking historic events and adding a fictional element. Because it's a real-life event, it makes the book all the more interesting and can't-put-down. Famagusta is still uninhabited and fenced off, even to this day, after its entire population fled in fear. If you like historic books based on a different culture than your won, I'd definitely recommend reading a Victoria Hislop book (start with The Island first!)

Have you read this book before? What are you currently reading?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette Iconic Elements Review

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Usually I'm not an eyeshadow kinda gal, I'm not one with the blending and end up with an eyeshadow splodge across my eyes! To this day I only own three eyeshadow palettes which I use once or twice a week, but found a gap in my small collection for an every day matte palette. 

Of course I'd heard a lot about Makeup Revolution and their affordable eyeshadow palettes and had to give their Redemption Palette Iconic Elements a go - at £4 you can't really argue either! I've been using the Real Techniques Eye Makeup Brushes to apply them, as well as an eyeshadow primer and matte eye cream (which I'll get onto later!) I found the size of each eyeshadow is really generous compared to others and the packaging isn't too bad considering the price. I don't like the rubber eyeshadow brushes included, so that goes into the bin unfortunately, but I really like the size and slim shape of it as it fits into my makeup collection nicely.

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The actual eyeshadows themselves were exactly what I was looking for. I needed everyday matte browns, taupes and pinks which I can wear to work but not feel so self conscious wearing them! There's one shimmer (third from the left) which is a nice addition to the inner corners of my eyes. Probably the least used are the banana yellow one (fourth from the left) and the two darkest shades, but saying that they would be good to line my eyes instead of a liquid eyeliner. I've been using the middle three the most, then adding a darker brown in the crease of my eyes for definition as my every day smokey eye.

I thought I'd test the creasiness (if that's a word!) of this palette, because that's the biggest problem I have with eyeshadow right now. I used the same three shades and added either an eyeshadow primer or matte eyeshadow cream or nothing as a base. Of course, with nothing underneath my eyeshadow creased before I even got to work, then with the Benefit Cosmetics Stay Don't Stray Primer it lasted until about lunchtime then started creasing. Finally I used the Maybelline Color Tatto Creamy Matte in Creme de Nude as a base, then layered the eyeshadow on top and it finally stayed and didn't crease! Definitely onto a winner with this combo and will now be wearing this all the time.

You can pick up the Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette Iconic Elements from Superdrug and online for £4.

Have you tried this Makeup Revolution Palette before? What's your thoughts on eyeshadows?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 3 July 2016

The Bloggers Summer Hangout

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My first blogging event as a blogger! I've been to blogging events as part of a brand before, and I know just how crazy busy they can get but how great it is to meet so many bloggers. The Bloggers Hangout were celebrating turning three years old on Saturday 25th June at The Strand Gallery in London. I think it's so amazing how many bloggers and event planners have created and managed events just for bloggers over the years and how supportive the whole community is. 

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My first stop was the lovely girls at Pink Parcel. I've heard of Pink Parcel before, it's a monthly subscription box which sends you products to help you along with your period! Each box includes tampons and pads, along with tea (because it really does help with your period!) something sweet and a beauty product to treat yourself with. The lovely lady at Pink Parcel (sorry I can't remember her name!) talked us through the concept of Pink Parcel, why it's different from the rest and then allowed us to pick 7 different products for our own Pink Parcel! 

The box gets sent to you every month, around the dates you pick where your period would fall. Then you pick your favourite brands and just wait for it to arrive! Your first box is £6.99, then £10.50 afterwards, which I think is a great bargain because you'll use all the products and it's something to look forward to at that time of the month. Find out more about Pink Parcel here.

A quick refuel at Cocktail Mania, where you tweeted to order your drink - a great idea! There was a choice of three drinks, I chose the Strawberry Dreams mocktail one as I was driving home and didn't fancy drinking too much. The drink was delicious and similar to those Slush Puppies back in the old days.

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Then onto my favourite brand of all - Sass & Belle! I love this shop and visit every month to pick up little presents and gifts for my family and friends. Everything in their shops are very Instagram-able and you'll basically want everything, especially as they're not too expensive and all well made too. They kindly gifted us with a few bits (coming in a post soon!)  which my sister is slightly jealous at. We spoke about their latest cactus and summer ranges, of course my favourite is the pink flamingo range as it's so cool and girly.

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I headed round to a brand I hadn't heard of before, called Fausts Potions. It's essentially a natural brand which has a Awake and  Asleep Potion, which (as you can guess from the name) are nutritional supplements to help you with hangovers and early mornings or late nights. I tasted both and have to say the Awake Potion is my favourite, as it had a slight orange and citrus-y taste that would definitely wake me up in the mornings!

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Then lastly I found Dinki Belle Nail Wraps. I only paint my nails and get the odd gel manicure from my sister, but I have never used nail wraps before - mainly because I thought they were so difficult to use! I met the lovely Nadia, who founded Dinki Belle after testing so many nail wraps and not finding ones which are affordable, pretty and durable. Each nail wrap lasts for up to 14 days and looks so easy to apply. Nadia gave me a nail wrap to try, which I'll be saving for my 21st birthday this month and give it a proper test - I'll let you know how it goes!

There were a few other brands at the event which I didn't get the chance to speak too as it was so busy, but I really enjoyed my first blogging event as a blogger! It was a little scary going alone, but I soon found a group of girls who were lovely to talk to and explore the event with. So thank you to The Bloggers Hangout for inviting me!

Have you been to a blogger event before? 

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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