Sunday, 30 October 2016

Dr Botanicals Overnight Masque and Facial Oil Review*


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A few months ago, the lovely team from Dr Botanicals got in touch to see if I'd be interested in trying out their Moroccan Rose range. I adore anything with roses in, it is my middle name after all! Rose scented perfumes, body lotion, bubble bath and anything else beauty gets a thumbs up from me.

Dr Botanicals is a skincare brand which uses 100% natural ingredients and is paraben and cruelty free and suitable for vegans, which is something I'm looking for more and more in my beauty products. I love learning about how oils and plant extracts can really help your skin and how spending a bit more on your skincare products can really help improve its condition in the long-term

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First up is the Dr Botanicals Advanced Purifying Overnight Masque, with Papaya, Jojoba Oil and Sweet Almond Oil. Only recently have I been using overnight masks and creams and have seen a great benefit to my skin. Papaya is rich in minerals and Vitamin C, which renews skin cells and boosts your overall complexion, Jojoba Oil is fab for improving skin elasticity and finally Sweet Almond Oil is renowned for its softening and smoothing properties. 

I'll apply this after using a cleanser and toner, onto clean and dry skin and work into the skin until it's fully absorbed. It does take a little bit more working into than my usual night cream, but I like to think my skin is drinking up all the nutrients! It doesn't leave my skin feeling clogged or looking shiny and smells very uplifting. The mornings after using this mask I can definitely see a difference in my skin, as it looks a lot brighter and happier - if skin can look like that!


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Now this product, I love! Facial oils used to scare me because I had an oily t-zone when I was younger and thought any oils would break me out. But after trying out this Facial Oil for 6 weeks, I have been converted to oils. The Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil is infused with vitamins A, C and E and Almond Oil, as well as other gorgeous minerals. Vitamin A and C rejuvenate and even skin tone, plus Vitamin E protects against damage from free radicals and Almond Oil nourishes and moisturises. 

I dispense a few drops into my palms then massage in, giving myself a little facial whilst doing so! I'll use this as my daily moisturiser, adding an SPF on top too. The scent is very distinctive and like a classic 'skincare' scent in a bottle! I have seen a massive difference in my skin tone, it's much more even and brighter than it was before and my annoying dry patches I get in colder months have disappeared! If you're going to try something from Dr Botanicals, make it one of their amazing Facial Oils.

Have you tried Dr Botanicals before? What new skincare have you been trying?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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*Of course with any product review, whether gifted or bought with my own money, I'll always share 100% my own opinion and be totally honest with you guys. Because honest is the best policy. For more information, please view my PR page.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

OOTD: Classic Stripes and Star Belt

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Top and Shoes: Primark
Trousers: ASOS
Coat: H&M
Bag: Accessorize
Belt; Topshop

Sometimes it's the simple outfits that are the best, and of course anything with stripes. I wore this a few weeks ago to work when I had a lot of meetings and a generally busy day! Personally, I don't wear a lot of trousers and jeans to work because I have so many dresses and skirts to keep me going throughout the week they get forgotten. Wearing black trousers reminds me of school, although I had these awful black flared trousers that ended up really faded and with all the elastic coming out. Those were the days. And wearing either a too short skirt or too skinny trousers would get you in so much trouble if a teacher spotted you. I still don't get how that really affected my learning, but hey ho!

My lovely sister gave me this belt ages ago and I love wearing it. Although it's more for wearing on your waist, I've fashioned it as a normal belt too. It breaks up the top from the trousers and adds another pattern and colour to the mix. I imagine it's going to be one of those fail-safe outfits I can wear on lazy days to work!

What do you think of this outfit? Love or hate trousers for work?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Film vs Book: The Girl On The Train

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As one of the highly anticipated films of the year, The Girl On The Train book and film has been one of my favourites so far this year. If you don't know the story (have you been hiding under a rock?!) it's about a depressed alcoholic called Rachel, who travels on the same train every day until she sees something from the window that'll change everything. A woman goes missing and Rachel is convinced she knows who took her and is determined to find out, what she doesn't realise is that the answer is closer to home than she thought. There's going to be spoilers in this post, so I've giving you plenty of warning!

The Book
I'll start with the book as it's the original format of the story and has sold 11 million copies in the space of 18 months. From my full book review, you'll get in depth detail of my views! In a nutshell, this thriller kept me so gripped I finished it in just one week - furiously reading it on my train to work to find out what really happened to Megan, who went missing. What I loved about this book is that it really kept you guessing until the end, you had no clue who took Megan and if Rachel was really a part of it. And I love a book with a split narrative and time, I like switching between the different tones of voice and perspective and cleverly piecing together the story yourself. Catch up with my full The Girl On The Train book review.

The Film
I tried my hardest to not read the reviews before I went to the cinema, but it's too tempting not to! Most reviews criticised the fact that it was set in America rather than the UK, but I didn't really see a difference beside the accents. Another criticism was because Emily Blunt is too beautiful to play Rachel, but this is totally wrong because the makeup used and just the way Emily acted proved that she was the perfect person to play Rachel. A few bits were sped up in the race to find out what happened to Megan, otherwise the film would've been too long and drawn out. The film did keep the split narrative like the book, which made piecing together the story even more thrilling. Overall they stayed very true to the book and I would 100% recommend the film to anyone, whether you have read the book or not.

Have you read the book or film? What did you think?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Things you can relate to if you're ginger


I've been a ginger/red head/auburn hair colour all my life, even since I was a really little kid. Although it has toned down a lot since then! I though I'd write a tongue-in-cheek post about being ginger, it's part of my identity and who am I and no, I would never dye my hair!

Things you can relate to if you're ginger
1. Being told "you have no soul"
Because that's really true isn't it?! Yes South Park started it, but it's really getting boring now.

2. Getting sunburnt at the thought of a hot summer's day
Yes I wear a minimum of factor 50 on my face and can guarantee I will get sunburnt at least once on holiday.


3. Certain coloured clothes just don't suit you
For me, it's yellow and there's no shade of yellow which'll ever suit me or my hair. Stick with greens, blues and burgundys!

4. Learning the long list of nicknames for ginger kids
Luckily I wasn't bullied for being ginger, I was actually really proud of my hair as a kid. But that doesn't mean I didn't escape the names of carrot top/rusty/orange top/jaffa cake/ginger nut etc.


But we have the coolest redhead celebrities... Ed Sheeran, Rupert Grint, Prince Harry, Adele and Julianne Moore just to name a few. Plus. people actually want to dye their hair red and ginger, so much so that there's tons of dyes and haircare products just for redheads.

What do you think of this post?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 20 October 2016

OOTD: Tartan skirt and new Clarks boots!

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Coat: H&M
Top: Primark
Skirt: New Look
Bag: Zara
Boots: Clarks
Necklace: Topshop

Do you know how hard it is to take a good picture of your new boots by yourself? Extremely hard when you're an amature photographer like me! Clarks do a much better presentation of their Elipsa Dee Boots than I do. My ankle Topshop boots are getting slightly worn and tired now, that I needed something new to wear. The heels are higher than my usual boots, but I stand so much taller and feel like I can take on anything haha. On the plus side, they have a really good cushion on the soles so my feet aren't too achey afterwards!

Since last year's autumn and winter roll neck trend, I have a few in my wardrobe now that I can't stop wearing. Namely this grey speckled style from Primark. It is on the thin side, which is fine by me as I like to wear lots of layers to keep me warm! I always find roll necks work so well tucked into a-line skirts or worn underneath playsuits and dresses. See, multiple reasons why I need more roll neck jumpers...

What do you think of these boots? Do you love roll neck jumpers too?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Why You Should Be Yourself



With the pressure of every day life, sometimes I end up questioning what I'm doing and whether it's for myself. Or because I think I 'should' be doing it because that's how society tells me to. In social media and blogging is where I find I feel the most pressure to be someone else, if I don't have that marble background, the latest outfit or makeup palette, then am I really part of the blogging gang?

I wanted to write this post about why you should be yourself and why you shouldn't have to worry about being anyone else. You don't have to conform to the mould that you think you need to be, shape yourself. Only when you truly know yourself and boundaries, do you really have fulfilling and rewarding experiences.

Before blogging turned 'cool', I was sometimes embarrassed to say that I write a blog. But without this blog, I wouldn't have met so many amazing and inspirational bloggers that I have done today. All because I was myself. Without really understanding what I wanted out of life and not following others, there's no way I would be in the career I am now. All because I was myself.

Being true to yourself is what makes you unique and interesting. Don't like drinking alcohol, but feel the pressure from your peer group to? Stick to your guns and stay honest to yourself about who you really are.

In the past I was happy to follow the crowd, never really sticking my personality out because I thought it didn't conform to what I was told it should be. Now I'm out of that situation, I couldn't be happier, so being true to myself and having the courage to stick to it made that happen.

Do you feel like your under pressure to conform sometimes? 

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Saturday, 15 October 2016

What's been happening?!



Some days I can just run through this blog like a military operation, without having a chat with you guys! A lot has been going on in the past few months, so much so that I get that 'brain fog' on a Friday afternoon at work, just counting the time down until the weekend and relaxation.

So what has been going on?

Work
Spending 8:30-5:30 there 5 times a week, there's been a lot going on! I'm still in the same job and it's been non-stop since September. Everyone feels the rush up until end of November when everything starts to slow down for Christmas and New Year. I've contemplated doing a full blog post about my job, how I got into it etc. as it's basically digital marketing in a beauty brand manufacturer and owner - and I get to work with and meet so many lovely bloggers because of it! Let me know what you think.

Family
We're now in the run up to a big family celebration at the end of the month - my big sister's wedding! I can't believe how quickly it's come around, it felt like only yesterday when we were celebrating their engagement. I'm one of two bridesmaids, so last month we had her Hen Party in London, which included afternoon tea and a cocktail making masterclass. The dresses are all ready, the guests have been invited and the decorations are nearly there, all that's left is the big day now! I'll be putting lots of photos on Instagram, so make sure you're following me there.

Trips Away
Last month, I was lucky enough to catch the last of the summer sun in Skiathos, Greece. If you haven't been to Greece before, I really recommend it for its beautiful islands, food and people! Next month my sister, mum and I are going on our annual Christmas shopping and market trip to Bath. Not only is a Bath a must-visit city, but they have great Christmas markets each year. I've already got a few ideas for trips away next year, so excited to start planning!

And everything else
I do love this time of year, not because of cosy jumpers, berry lipstick and nights in front of the TV, but because of all the family and friend's activities that are ahead! I'm fitting in lots of visits and days out with my family and friends before the end of the year. As well as keeping up with this blog - which brings me a lot of happiness to create new content every week and find new blogs! It reminds me of the final tying of a ribbon on a present.

What have you been up to recently? Would you be interested in hearing about my job?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 13 October 2016

OOTD: Primark star peplum shirt and high waisted jeans

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Jacket: H&M
Shirt: Primark
Jeans: ASOS
Boots: Topshop
Bag; Accessorize

I'm going to have to apologise for the poor quality of these photos - my camera wasn't playing ball that day. On the plus side, it's not a selfie in a mirror like these old blog posts! Onto the star feature of this post (see what I did there?!) I found this pretty star peplum style shirt in Primark a few weeks ago, and they've since brought out a few other variations. I feel like star prints will soon be my new spots and stripes and basically every item of clothing will have a star on it. 

With the peplum tops and shirts I own, I find you do have to wear high waisted jeans or skirts as they normally sit on your waist and flare out. Personally, I much prefer high waisted jeans to low rise styles! This week has been filled with tons of work and catching up - I just can't believe we're almost half way through October and it's nearly Christmas. I'll be writing a full catch up post this Sunday, so keep an eye out for that!

What do you think of this outfit? Do you like star prints too?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

My Favourite Quotes

Just a few words can uplift my mood and change the rest of my whole day, that's why I love quotes. In fact, I follow multiple Instagram accounts, have a Pinterest board dedicated to them and share my favourites regularly on social media - and I'm sure I'm not alone!

I can be in the worst mood of all and I know that by having a scroll through through the Pinterest quotes section or following the #quote on Instagram, can flip my mood upside down. For me, it's a very person thing why I like particular quotes and saying, but I love sharing my favourites on here.


You can't compare yourself to any other person, you're a unique individual and by comparing yourself, you're destroying that. Don't think about what others are doing and just be you!


Sometimes (actually most of the time!) I get bored of doing the same thing each day. My routine follows in a pattern; get up for work, get dressed and ready for the day, catch the train, walk to work etc. That's why I fill my evenings and weekends with new things all the time. Because you only get one life and that one day again, so fill it with as much as possible!


I hope that when I'm old, I'll still feel 18! Age is a weird thing, you can have the closest friends who are old enough to be your parents and some young enough to be a younger sibling. What I read from this quote is to stay open minded, no matter what age and embrace it.


This quote has graced the screensaver of my phone and Instagram page before, so it's a firm favourite! My belief is that in every bump, twist and turn in your life, there is a lesson to be learnt from it. Mistakes are going to happen - it's inevitable, but what you learn from it is much more valuable than the mistake itself.

What's your favourite quote? 

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Book Review: The Muse by Jessie Burton



I got this book for my 21st Birthday and it's been stacked in a pile, waiting to be read for a while. I've read Jessie Burton's previous best-seller, The Miniaturist and gave it a 'meh' rating. It had drama and tragedy, but it was a long slog to read! Thankfully, The Muse is much better...

Set in two eras, 1967 in London and 1936 in southern Spain, the story revolves around four women - Odelle Bastien, Olive Schloss, Teresa Robles and Marjorie Quick - and how one painting connects them all. The discovery of the painting in 1967 starts the story of love, war, betrayal and death. If you're looking for a happy book, this isn't the one. But if you're looking for a book which'll get you asking 'why?' then gives it a read.

In 1967, Odelle applies for a job at the Skeleton Institute, an art gallery at St James in London, as a typist for Marjorie Quick. At Odelle's friends wedding reception, she meets a young man called Lawrie who discovers a painting kept by his late mother. The painting is brought to the Skeleton Institute, where they believe they have found a famous Issac Robles painting. From there the story in 1936 really begins to piece together who painted it, what story did it tell and how it made its way from Spain to England. 

It's 1936 and the Schloss family descend in southern Spain, meeting their house keeper, Teresa Robles and gardener Issac Robles. Olive begins a desperate crush on Issac and finds her muse for painting, but Issac poses as the painter to sell Olive's painting with her father, Harold. Then one evening during the civil war, Olive discovers the real Issac and that everyone holds a deep secret.

Throughout all this, Odelle is trying to work out the connection between Quick and the painting - why is she always uncomfortable talking about it? Why can't she even look at it? Right until the end you are kept guessing at how all four women are connected and what the significance of one painting can be. Just proof that a picture can hide a thousand words.... 

Another thing to mention is the amazing cover artwork. Only when you look really closely do you see hand grenades posed as perfume bottles, pistols shooting our flowers and snakes typing on a typist!

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

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 6 October 2016

My Holiday Outfits


It might be cliche to say, I can't believe how quickly September has gone! At the beginning of September, I took a much-needed break from work and went to the Greek island of Skiathos. We spent a lot of time on the beach and eating one to many greek salads and baklavas, a very enjoyable trip. With only 15kg of luggage and 4 books, two bags of beauty products and a lot of suncream to pack, my clothes and outfits were fairly limited for the week!


Of course a stripey top made it into my suitcase! *Several made it into my luggage actually* But you can never go wrong with a stripey t-shirt and statement necklace. I tucked this top into a skirt for evenings out, then worn them with denim shorts during the day - proper multi-functional! I do overload on the jewellery, but I love a charm necklace with a bit of sparkle.


Before we headed to the open air cinema to watch Mamma Mia! (Parts of it were filmed in Skiathos and islands around us!) we did a spot of shopping in Skiathos town. The film wasn't going to end until midnight, so I worn a lightweight cardigan to keep me warm, along with my trusty cropped top and dip-hem maxi skirt from Primark, which I've had for years!



I wore this bikini A LOT whilst on holiday! All of my bikinis, except for a gorgeous one from Warehouse last year, had either lost their colour or were too small for me now which meant I had to go bikini hunting a week before my holiday. Just by chance the Tottenham Court Road Primark had a matching bikini set in my size, one of the last ones left and at just £3!! I couldn't believe my luck and continued to replay my luck to my work colleagues too.


This is my favourite outfit of them all! I'm very much into monochrome palettes with a splash of colour from my nails or jewellery at the moment. I picked up this dress from Zara whilst in Florence and haven't had much chance to wear it in the average British summer. I paired it with my blue beaded hoop earrings, Zara cross body bag (can you tell I like Zara?!) and New Look block heels. We took a trek up to a rooftop restaurant, so maybe the heels weren't the ideal footwear of choice but it was well worth it.

What's your favourite outfit? Do you have any holidays planned?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

What Do Hair Oils Actually Do?


In the past few years, hair oils have become big news and almost every brand has one in its range. Whether it's lightweight, for adding volume, repairs damaged hair, shine enhancing etc. etc. There's a lot of positives to using hair oils and choosing the right one for you can make or break your hair.



Hair Oils can be used for a multiple of ways:

  • To de-tangle hair
  • To protect against heat
  • To seal split-ends
  • To encourage hair growth
  • To strengthen hair
  • To add shine
Whatever you want to get out of your hair oil, make sure you pick the right one. Coconut Oil/Water is my favourite to use as it's so light and smells gorgeous, whilst adding shine to my hair. Argan Oil is a classic one and all-rounder if you're not too sure which to choose. A lot of brands mix different oils in their hair oils to target various hair-related problems, so pick whichever suits you!


Application is essential for hair oils, apply too much and you will end up in a greasy mess and too little and you'll get little to no results. I always apply hair oils to the bottom 3/4's of my hair as anything too near my roots will turn them greasy and horrible! Personally, I prefer pump dispensers as I can get just the right amount out into my palms. Then I'll massage into my palms and comb through my damp hair evenly, concentrating right at the ends. If it doesn't look like there's enough, I'll add more - you can always keep adding but you can't take away once it's on!

Some brands even recommend adding a few drops to your shampoo and conditioner, if you're not that confident at applying oils to damp or dry hair. I think it's a great idea but I much prefer using them separately and controlling how much I use! Sometimes I do add more oil to my hair after drying it, but this is mainly at the ends as they're so dry. 


Have you used hair oils before? Which is your favourite?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Let's Be Honest...


Glamour UK magazine have this feature every month called Hey It's Ok.... adding in sentences and phrases such as "if you find it annoying when people say, "I'll give it 110%." Maths people!" Funny phrases that we all probably think and worry over, when it's really the small stuff! Along the same lines, I'll be sharing a few of my honest truths.

Let's Be Honest...

... I'm never going to tick everything off my to-do list. 
It's universal fact by now, that my to-do list is ever growing and ongoing. I'm happy if I can get the big stuff out of the way and have only a few little things left. But it's never going to be finished - and that's totally okay!

... flirting is really not my thing.
Give me a drink or two for dutch courage and I'll be a flirting queen. But I really suck at flirting! Through texts or dating apps it's really not my thing, however practice makes perfect.

... exercise isn't my best friend.
I've tried and failed at exercising, I can just never keep it up! I'll go for a run and have the 7 Minute Exercise app, but one HIIT class with my friend proved that I was never destined for exercise. Maybe with a proper routine it may work out...

... my hair has a world of its own at times.
Some days it can be the perfect wavy style with my fringe at that perfect length. Others, it looks like I've been dragged through a bush backwards, twice. But hey, that's just my style!

... if I still haven't mastered contouring.
Highlight I can do fine, but add a contour and baking (the only baking I do is in the kitchen!) and it's a whole new kettle of fish! I'll stick with my highlight and blush thank you very much.

... being clumsy is my thing.
It's known and well-documented in my family that I am the clumsy one. I used to fall down and up the stairs so many times and trip out of doors, luckily without any serious injuries!

Share your Let's Be Honest memories below!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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