Sunday, 31 December 2017

My 2017 In Reflection

When I last wrote a blog post back in October, I didn't think it would be until December when I wrote the next one! You can catch up on that blog post here about why I stopped blogging for a while.

I came back from my holiday in Malaysia (more posts to come on that trip!) and it snowballed from there. Work became extremely busy and I was exhausted each time I came home, then suddenly Christmas began and I took advantage of eating too much and socialising at every opportunity. So the 31st December felt like the right date to round off my 2017 with a reflection post and start 2018 off on the right blogging foot.

Is it cliche to say the year ran away from us? At the beginning of 2017 I did write a bucket list which I managed to tick off 2 out of 5 things, so this year I'm not going to do a list and live by the coattails of 2018. But here are a few things that I am proud of in 2017:

- Lots of travelling
We had Edinburgh in May (You can read my Edinburgh Guide: Things To Do, See And Eat), Rome in July where I celebrated my 22nd Birthday! (Catch up with my Rome Guide: Things To Do, See And Eat), a weekend away with my family in Canterbury for the August bank holiday, the amazing trip across Malaysia and finally visiting the Christmas Markets in Winchester last November. I know I'm very lucky to have the opportunity to visit so many places in 12 months - it's been a dream to travel to these places and countries. I've already got a few travel plans in place for 2018, so watch this space!

- Hard work
I started off the year with my Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing exam, which gave me a massive boost in my confidence and the knowledge to take my work to the next level. I'm not going to lie, the past few months have been the hardest ever and really tested me - so I think I've earnt the million of Celebration chocolates I've eaten along with a few glasses of prosecco. 2018 is going to be even harder but I know it will all be worth it.

- Sharing memories with people
I know I wouldn't have enjoyed my 2017 half as much than without the people around me to share those memories with. This Christmas I appreciated my family more, the effort they went to buy presents, prepare the food and make sure everything was perfect for the big day, as well as all of the times throughout 2017 they've made me laugh with joy. I don't have a large friendship group, but those gals and guys are the best solution for turning my frown upside down. They will all definitely be coming with me into 2018...

I'll hopefully be getting back into a regular blogging schedule after this, so if you're not following on Bloglovin or my Twitter and Instagram then make sure you are!

What's been your highlights from 2017?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

A Blogging Update

Sometimes there's never time to just sit down and write a blog post that's rambly and coming straight from my brain to my fingers on the keypad. Today is the day when you're getting old school rambly Rhiannon - so please bear with me!

Blogging has always been an enjoyable hobby for me, I love writing and reading and creating something that's my own. But recently I've been feeling the pressure to get my content up, schedule all of my social media posts and be more active online. It's not something that I never wanted to feel, but I can't escape from the fact that it's happening. So I'm going to take a blogging break, I've taken time off before from blogging and usually I come back feeling more motivated and ready to take on the blogging world!

I'm going to be haphazardly posting on Instagram and Twitter, so make sure you're following me on there too if you're wondering what's going on! I won't be gone for long, and hopefully I'll be back soon with new content ideas.

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 5 October 2017

My Makeup Mistakes

I love seeing those throwback photos on Facebook and Twitter, the ones that really take you back to your youth and you wonder 'why did I do that?!' It got me thinking what are my makeup mistakes, there's nothing I regret as I've (hopefully!) learnt from them and they're a proper laugh and a half to look back on.

- Not choosing the right shade of foundation
I'm sure this would be on many makeup mistakes lists, but it's still something that I struggle with now! Back in the early days there wasn't a great deal of choice in terms of shades or finish in the highstreet area, so a pale gal with combination skin like me struggled. I had freckles that are hard to conceal, hormonal spots and dry patches that did my foundation no favours.

- Thinking khol eyeliner was a good idea
I used to use a jet black khol eyeliner from Seventeen and ring my eyes like pandas to achieve some kinda of look... Needless to say it never went well, the khol on my bottom lash line would disappear and smudge everywhere. 

- Not filling in my eyebrows
You're beginning to build a picture of how I chose and applied my makeup when I was a teenager! My eyebrows were (and still are) very fair but for some reason I never filled them in. I'd just be a pair of eyes with no eyebrows to help shape or frame my face! Oh the horror.

- Body glitter
I'm talking early 2000's when you had a primary school disco and your friend whipped out the roller ball body glitter. We'd use it on our cheeks (early highlighting ya know?!) and upper arms. It's probably be cheap chunky glitter too that was a pain to wash off, but obviously looked so cool when dancing to Reach by S Club 7. 

- Not getting what a green corrector was
They've come back into fashion now, but I used to use a green correcting stick from Seventeen to cover over any redness or spots. Usually I'd end up covering my face in this stick and it was so hard to blend in that I'd end up with a slightly tinged green face.

What are your makeup mistakes?

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Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

My Beauty Wish List

It's not often that I write these beauty wish lists, and to be honest there's so many new releases that I want to try that I'd end up with a list as long as my arm. I'm generally quite good when it comes to beauty shopping, only really buying the things that I need/love and I always do extensive research on blogs and review sites before investing in a new product. But these are a few products that have been on my list for a while...

1. Decleor Aromessence Neroli Night Balm £36
I love Decleor and their night balms are the best thing to treat your skin to just before bed. You only use the tiniest amount (which also makes its cost-per-application fab!) and rub it into your hands before massaging it onto your skin. The essential oils help to calm my skin whilst the rest of the ingredients work overnight to replenish my skin.

2. The Ordinary Serum Foundation £5.70
As everyone and their dog has a foundation from The Ordinary, it's about right that it's firmly on my wish list now! The only thing stopping me is the choosing a colour without a professionals help, I have no clue what kind of undertone my skin is or what colour really suits me. I'll be sure to pop into a store on a quite day to get some help selecting my shade though.

3. Benefit Puff Off Eye Gel £24.50
This product is proof that sampling before you try is a great way to result in a purchase. I've been trying a mini sample for a week now and can totally tell the difference in my eyes! It really helps to smooth any puffiness as well as blurring any wrinkles or dark circles. Definitely recommend you try before you buy!

4. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion £17
I'm pretty fed up with highstreet eyeshadow primers creasing my eye makeup in a matter of hours after application. Having seen so many raving reviews of this eyeshadow primer, it may be time to take the plunge. I had no idea that it came is so many different types, I'd probably want to try the original one first as my eyelids get so greasy (TMI?) throughout the day that hopefully this would mattify them.

5. Kerastase Elixir Versatile Beautifying Oil £39.50
I currently use a hair oil of the brands from the company I work and can tell a massive difference in the texture and overall appearance of my hair when I don't one. But I feel like Kerastase in the crem de la creme of haircare products and that investing in this hair oil would be like investing in healthy and glossy hair. I can already see myself absently stroking my soft soft hair...

6. Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm £39
I've never used a cleansing balm before, but I love the idea of them and bet it's so luxurious for your skin. Of course this is another blogger enabled wish-list after seeing so many reviews in its heyday, it still features on a few favourites and lists. All of the ingredients sound like it would be doing your skin a whole lot of good and like you've been on a spa weekend rather than a quick cleanse!

What's on your beauty wish list?

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Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 1 October 2017

How To Be Kinder On Social Media

I wrote a post last week about Why I Stay Out Of Blogging Dramas and it got great feedback that it inspired this post. Like any other blogger, I'm glued to my phone and social media, to the point when my little finger is slightly indented from where I hold my phone and scroll.

Unfortunately I've been sucked into a 'scroll and move on' situation and don't engage with much anymore on social media. There's so much going on that it can be a little overwhelming, which got me thinking about what more I can do to be kinder on social media. Not that I'm nasty or anything! But ways in which I can support others and use social media how it should be.

Send Someone A Happy Message
For absolutely no reason. I love the idea of sending someone a GIF or just a 'have a great day' message. It makes all the difference to the change the mood of your day!

Support Bloggers And Causes
I've been a bad blogger and don't support others as much as I should. Simply tweeting another blogger to say they're doing a great job or leaving a comment on their latest Instagram post, as we all known how much the algorithm and shadow ban can kill our engagement. I'd also love to get involved in more causes close to my heart, I care a lot about feminist causes and am making it my aim to take part in social media campaigns

Move On From The Drama
Like I mentioned in my Why I Stay Out Of Blogging Drama post, you could be spending your time on a much worthier cause. You can easily get sucked into blogging dramas, but at the end of the day you do you and I'll be me. Simple!

Use It How It Should Be Used
If Twitter is to start conversations, start a conversation! Asked a question and use a hashtag and I will guarantee you'll receive a reply and vice versa, it's good to help others. Get creative on Instagram and share your daily activities on Stories and filter to your hearts content.

As we're taking about social media, help a gal out on Twitter and Instagram! I promise to share witty tweets and stories from London every day.

What's your best tips for being kinder on social media?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 28 September 2017

This Month I...

September is one of those 'meh' months for me, it's the turning point of summer into autumn and everything turns a bit colder and darker. But on the plus side, we're closer to Christmas right?!

This Month I... ate at Monty Bojangles cafe in Reigate! So I'll fess up, this isn't my actual photo and I only just realised that I forgot to take any photos because I was too busy stuffing my face with their triple chocolate muffin and catching up with my friend. I love the Monty Bojangles Chocolate Truffles, they're delicious and amazing quality for the price. It's a one off cafe and it's in a lovely spot in Reigate, definitely recommend a visit if you're in the area and be warned it gets very busy!

This Month I... bought nothing - surprising I know! Next month I'm going on holiday to Malaysia for two weeks so I've been saving my money for then. However I have been very tempted by the Harry Potter collection in Primark at the moment. I work just round the corner from the Tottenham Court Road branch, which has a massive area for the collection. There's everything from socks and slippers to bags and duvets. It's a real temptation to not buy everything!

This Month I... read Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland. I've read a few youtuber books before and found them a bit wishy washy, like they're not well written enough for me. Perhaps it's because they're aimed at a younger audience. However Louise has changed her content from any fluffy to realistic and relatable content, something which is reflected in her new book. It's a classic chic lit from single mum's perspective, Robin. You can read my full review here for a indepth look. The pinch me moment was when Louise RT'ed my tweet!

This Month I... I watched the new Great British Bake Off. Yes there's no Mary, Sue or Mel and now there's adverts but it's still bake off to me. If you close your eyes whilst watching it, Prue does sound a little like Mary and Sandi sounds like Mel or Sue I can't decide! I love each themed week, especially the caramel challenges last week because I'm addicted to Millionaire Shortbread and Stroopwaffles. There's no favourite at the moment, so I'm just enjoying all the different characters!

This Month I... went to London Zoo! It's been years since I went to London Zoo, apparently I was four last time and it was a cold February day. There's even photo evidence of me riding a fish on the merry-go-round with a lovely hot pink puffer jacket. The animals are all very well cared for and there were plenty of zoo keepers in the walk-in enclosures to ensure you didn't get too close to the animals. We watched the tigers, giraffes and penguins being fed which was amazing to watch and the special part were the gorillas and baby monkeys! If you're travelling to London by train, you can get 2 for 1 tickets or buy them at a discount online too.

How as September for you?

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Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

My Body Care Go-Tos

I must say, I do treat myself when it comes to my body care products. You can really tell the difference from a £2 moisturiser to a £25 one and sometimes you want to make yourself for a little luxurious! From start to finish, I'll take you through my body care go-tos plus my favourite brands and recommendations.

First it'll be in the shower, I love Korres Shower Gels as not only do they smell great but they also use a lot of natural ingredients. Down the side of each bottle it lists what it's free from, if it's suitable for vegans, its pH level etc. which I think is really handy when you're looking for a natural showergel!  I'd recommend the Water Lily Blossom and Japanese Rose, currently I'm using the Fig scent which is also lovely. Definitely check out Korres online as some websites sell them buy one get one free or for £8 each from Waitrose.

Once every few days I'll give myself an all over body scrub with my exfoliating glove and favourite Sanctuary Spa Body Scrub. Sometimes if I'm looking for a quick scrub, I'll just use my showergel with the exfoliating glove to kill two birds with one stone. This Body Scrub with Black Pepper and Ginger has unfortunately been discontinued, but all of Sanctuary Spa Body Scrubs are great quality and I like the tube packaging as it means I can use it in the shower without getting water inside. Sanctuary Spa Body Scrubs range from £6.50 to £13 in Boots.

Now I'm all clean and smooth (I forgot to mention, I'd obviously shave as well but it's a little boring and mundane to me!) it's time to hydrate my skin. In my opinion, nothing beats Molton Brown Body Lotion on value for money and general amazing scents. My mum, sister and I all have our favourite ranges from Molton Brown, and mine is the Pink Pepperpod. It's slightly spicy but aromatic too and the scent lasts on your skin too! It's £25 for 300ml, which is pricey but well worth it to treat your skin.

My final part is very very luxurious and I only add this extra option on when my legs are in real need of it. I discovered Legology Air-Lite years ago when I was working at a Brighton Magazine and got sent a PR package. Air-Lite uses special technologies to help with tightness and puffiness, pains, cellulite and fatigue, and my legs get very tired from a long day at work! The cream is super light and smells like lemons to me, plus the website has tips on how to massage the cream in to get the best benefits. Because it's so fancy, it's £60 for a small 175ml pot but it's kinda justifiable as it's not an every day problem!

What are your body care favourites?

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Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Why It's Okay Not To Be A Stereotypical Blogger

They say variety is the spice of life, and the same term really does apply to blogging too. I kinda get fed up when I see the same flat lays and rose gold features throughout my Bloglovin' or Instagram feeds. I know it's completely up to me who I choose to follow and add to my feed, but I can't but feel like there's a samey-samey look across the Blogosphere at times.

So why is it okay to be different? Being different is an amazing achievement, say you went for the same chocolate ice cream each time then one day there's a chocolate chip one, you'd want to try a bit of that would you? Same with blogging, even a slight difference like your blog layout, your photography or writing styles can make you stand out from the crowd. This now reminds me that I have a few of those Ben and Jerry's cookie dough sandwiches...

Blogging is all about being creative and putting your own stamp on the internet (it was so tempting to say the cliche 'own corner of the internet' but I put a new spin on it...!) So if you want to try a new photography style or have had a great blog post idea for ages but you've been worried if it would be popular or not, just do it. Bring all the inner confidence into your blogging and get motivated to be you on your blog.

What are your best tips for breaking out of the blogger mould?

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Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

OOTD: Primark Frilled Sleeve Stripey Dress

Dress: Primark
Jacket: H&M
Shoes: Clarks
Bag: Cath Kidson

Now the start of autumn is officially tomorrow (not the 1st September guys!) I can now appreciate knitted jumpers, thick cosy tights and chunky boots. I think my pale English rose skin is much more accustomed to cooler weather than during the summer and my wardrobe is so much better in the autumn too! I bought a new grey knitted jumper with a plait style on the front, it's slightly oversized so it's going to look fab with a pair of black skinny jeans, boots and a leather jacket.

If you've read my blog and OOTD posts for a while now, you'll know that I am a Primark addict and magpie, spotting the quality stuff from the tat. This dress falls under that quality category, and it's not something that I expected to be! It's made from a thick polyester and viscose mix that keeps me super warm and cosy all day. Obviously I love the stripes (the stripe addiction continues!) but the cute frilled sleeves add a subtle and modern update. Paired with my classic trench coat, patent brogues and Cath Kidson backpack, it's my outfit for when 'ahh I don't know what to wear!' happens.

What do you think of outfit? Do you like shopping at Primark?

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Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Tips To Update Any Makeup Look

I can be very lazy with my makeup given the chance. I do love trying out new makeup looks, a pop of lipstick or bright eyeliner, but when you've got about 5 minutes to apply a full face you can fall into the same look day in day out.

Because I've been stuck in the same makeup routine, I thought I'd share a few tips for breaking out of the same makeup and updating your look with some very simple tricks.

- Choose an eyeliner that suits your eye colour
Always opt for your trusty black or brown eyeliner? There's a fab array of coloured eyeliners that compliment your eye colour beautifully. Brown eyes look gorgeous with khaki greens and navy, whilst colours like purple and bronze metallic eyeliners are fab with blue eyes. If you have green eyes try a warm brown or purple too, this'll really help your eye colour pop!

- Opt for a soft brown matte smoky eye
There's so many different shades of smoky eyes that sometimes I like to break against the norm and go for a simpler look. I love using a soft matte brown shade in my crease with a light brown nude across my lid and lighter shade in the inner corner. It elongates my eye shape and hardly requires any time at all.

- Swap a matte base for a dewy foundation
Usually the trend is to mattify your foundation during autumn and winter as summer is reserved for that glowy and dewy look. But why go with the trend when you can stand out? I much prefer BB creams and lighter bases like that MAC Face & Body Foundation, then I use a powder to set my t-zone and leave the rest of my face looking dewy and glowy.

- Try a gradient lip
For those just-kissed lips, a gradient lip is the easiest and quickest way to create a beautiful lip style and wear well throughout the day. Just apply a lipstick or lipstain to the center or your lips and use your finger to blend out towards your outer lips. Glossy lips work best for this style over matte lips!

What are your tips for updating your makeup look?

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Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Taking Time For Yourself

I should apologize for the poor quality of the photo - it's safe to say photography isn't my strongest point! Today I wanted to write about something that I don't do a lot of, taking time for yourself. When can you last remember the time you actually sat down and watched a film or read a book? 

Each time I try, I always end up feeling guilty that I should be doing something else (I blame the never ending to-do list!) and don't take any time for myself. So here are a few ways I'm going to try and take more time for myself:

- Book in allotted time
Unfortunately I'm not that spontaneous type, as much as I'd like to be! I like sticking to a routine, so by segregating an evening once a week to do whatever I like will ensure that I get that 'me time'. It'll also make sure that I'm more productive with my other time too!

- Don't feel guilty for taking time for yourself
This is the biggest obstacle, in my opinion, to overcome. For some reason whenever you take a break from the never ending to-do list, a wave of guilt washes over and you end up skipping that break and pushing you further on. At the end of the day, I believe you can only do what you can! And there's nothing to feel guilty about.

- Do something to relax
If you're not relaxing or doing something that makes you happy, then what's the point?! I personally love a good film, an adult colouring book (because my hands need something to fiddle with!) and my pjs. Even just doing something for yourself for a couple of hours can really help you feel rejuvenated again. 

How do you take time for yourself? Any tips?

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Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

OOTD: Gingham Bardot Dress and Denim

Jacket and Bag: Zara
Dress and Shoes: New Look
Earrings: Accessorize

I know summer may be over and this outfit is looking way too summery right now, but I wore this outfit a few weeks ago and couldn't not show off this bargain dress. Normally New Look clothes don't really excite me that much, their shoes and bags are more up mu street but this dress caught my eye. It's a lightweight gingham print with small yellow flowers stitched on and a bardot style top. Usually with bardot tops it always ends up riding up my shoulders, but luckily this one doesn't do that and stays put! 

When I first picked this dress up in the sales I did think it's a little shapeless, then remembered I don't have much shape myself so what's the difference! It's fairly loose and a line in shape so I added a small pair of heels to add a bit of height to the outfit. It also means that if I want to stuff my mouth with all of the food, I really don't have to worry about that food baby...

What do you think of this outfit? Are you missing summer now?

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Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

My Pamper Routine

Sometimes I secretly bank 'me time' and plan nothing but a good old pamper session. There's nothing like coming home from a long and busy week at work knowing that only thing you've got to do is relax. I work full time in London, spending 40 hours a week working so my spare time is precious and proper pamper evenings are far and few between at the moment! When I do have this, my pamper routine follows a little like this....

I've just come in from doing whatever and the first thing that happens is I'll remove my makeup. I'll get my hair off my face and cleanse with my Garnier Micellar Cleanser, it's the best thing to remove all of my makeup and it's not too harsh on my skin. 

Because I love my shower (it's like a warm hug, come on!) I'll jump into the shower to wash off another working day in the city. My favourite products are the Korres Shower Gels and any Sanctuary Spa Body Scrub, especially the ones which come in tubes! I'll give myself a proper all over scrub with my mitt and shave before getting out of the shower. There's nothing quite like super smooth skin!

Face masks are a must-do for a pamper evening, I have a few favourites as from my post last week, but for a quick and easy treat it's got to be a sheet mask. They're the least messy masks and give my skin an instant boost. Whilst I'm wearing my mask and don't really want to scary anyone, I'll paint my nails. The Rimmel 60 Second Nail Polishes are quick and easy to use, they apply really nicely and they have a great colour selection.

Personally I like to cleanse my skin after using a mask and opt for the luxurious Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser. I'll go the whole hog and use the muslin cloth to remove any last bits of makeup that my micellar water missed. Next I'll use a spray toner, apply an eye cream and finish with a moisturiser. Sometimes when I'm feeling fancy I'll add a further step with my Decleor Night Balm, the essential oils help me to relax and I'll give myself a mini facial massage too. By this point I'm so chilled that I can feel my eyes getting heavier for sleep, so it's a book and bed for me before brushing my teeth!

What are your pamper routines like?

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Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Recipe: 3 Ingredient Nutella Brownies

If anyone knows me well, they'd know I have a big sweet tooth for anything chocolate and that I can bake. Not like Mary Berry baking, but I can do a good cake and the odd dessert or two. This week I got the baking bug and found a half-used jar of Nutella in the cupboard and thought how can I use this up. I got Googling and came across the 3 Ingredient Nutella Brownies. The proof really is within the pudding, so put this to the test and see what you think!

1 x 400g jar of chocolate spread (doesn't have to be Nutella, any own brand will do!)
2 x eggs
60g of self raising flour

How To
Pre-heat your own 160 to 180 degrees in a fan oven.
Mix all of the ingredients in together until a smooth consistency - yes it's that easy!
Pour the mixture into a 20cm tin
Bake for 20-25 mins
Leave to cool then enjoy!

They are so delicious and light that you wouldn't be able to tell that they're made from only 3 ingredients. I found similar recipes with added sugar and butter, but it really isn't necessary with the chocolate spread. This recipe made roughly 12-16 squares, but you can halve it if that's too many (but when is it too many brownies?!)

Have you tried this recipe before?

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Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 7 September 2017

OOTD: Navy Spotty Trousers and White T-Shirt

Jacket: Primark
Top: H&M
Trousers: New Look
Shoes: Clarks
Bag: Souvenir from Florence 

My mind has been completely blown, I can wear trousers that feel like pyjamas but look smart enough to wear to work. These are incredibly comfortable and lightweight to wear, perfect for wearing on flights or long journeys. I've been wearing them a lot recently on those warm but fresh days with a shirt and sandal for work, then dressed down with a t-shirt and Converse at the weekend.

In my opinion you can never go wrong with a plain white t-shirt. I own various styles, loose and tight fitting, v-neck and scoop neck, it's a bit of a joke really! I use them to tuck into skirts and trousers, underneath shirts and jumpers too, I'd recommend H&M and New Look for affordable basics. Topshop also sell fab quality t-shirts. 

What do you think of this outfit? Where do you recommend to shop for the basics?

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Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Favourite Face Masks

Face masks have always been a luxury treat for me, something that requires a bit more time than my usual cleanse-and-go routine. My skin is generally combination and slightly leans towards the sensitive side and has annoying hormonal spots and blackheads pretty much all the time. I'll use a face mask once or twice a week and have discovered a few of my favourites...

Cream Masks

I've been using cream face masks for years, they don't react badly to my skin or leave it feeling tight or dry like clay masks do. The 7th Heaven masks are great and there's such a variety to choose from too, I'd also recommend the Superdrug own brand masks. These masks require a bit more time and attention to apply, but leave your skin feeling nourished and clean.

Overnight Masks

These face masks were only a recent development in my skincare regime, but they're a lifesaver. Who knew that you could save so much time but have such great skin by the morning? I've only tried the cult Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask so far, which not only leaves my skin feeling moisturised and glowing in the morning but it smells delicious too. 

Self Heating Masks

I'll admit that I may be a little bias in featuring this product, as it's one of the brands the company I work for owns. However I've dabbled in many self heating masks when I was younger and they've worked wonders for my pores as the heat helps to open and de-clog them. I don't know the science behind why it heats up when you rub them in, but it's still pretty amazing to try.

Sheet Masks

These masks have been doing the rounds recently and I for one am pretty happy about that. Once I've removed my makeup, I just pop one of these on my face and end up looking like something kids wear on Halloween for about 30 minutes before revealing my brand new skin. I love how convenient and easy they are and each one has a special purpose, so you can tailor them to your skin type.

What are your favourite face masks?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Review: Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland

It's been a while since I've dedicated a post to a book review, but this particular novel deserved it's own standalone review. Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland is mummy chic-lit book, all about Robin Wilde and how she steers her way through life as a single mum. There's obviously a lot of reflection of the character Robin from Louise and the personalities of both are very similar, which makes this book as enjoyable to read as it is to watch Louise's videos. 

The story itself has it's warm and bear-like-hug moments with Robin's daughter Lyla and auntie Kath, then there's the complete reversal of feeling like you're not good enough and that you can't get past The Emptiness Robin describes. It's a realistic and truthful representation of being a single mother, navigating a job and getting back on the dating horse. I love how honest and uncensored it is, there's no faffing around with picture perfect families and lives. 

The ending wouldn't be how you expected (no spoilers here!) but I will say there's a life changing experience in New York, which pleases me as it's one of my favourite cities! Louise left the book with room for a prequel and I can't wait to see what Robin gets up to in the future and all of the new stories. 

Have you read Wilde Like Me before? What are you currently reading?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 31 August 2017

This Month I...

August is always a busy and activity-filled month, and usually a quiet time at work but this time it wasn't! Work has been so busy with a new brand launch and generally pushing myself to do better and more. So I've really been enjoying and relaxing at my weekends this month. Catch up with July's This Month I...

This Month I.... ate brunch for lunch! It's been a while since I've featured a brunch dish. Anyway, Muriel's Kitchen is just around the corner from my work and as every great Friday promises, a lunch out is much needed. I had the Grilled Halloumi and Roasted Tomatoes on sourdough bread with poached eggs and avocado, literally perfection on a plate.

This Month I... have become obsessed with floaty pattern trousers. Previously you'd never see me out of my black skinny or blue ripped jeans, but how times have changed! This Primark pair featured on my blog last week, I've also picked up these New Look Spotty Trousers and a loose black and white patterned pair in the Primark sale. I'll call for help when I'm drowning under trousers...

This Month I... re-read my childhood books. There's a few series books that I read a lot when I was younger, Harry Potter, I Heart... and Twilight to name but a few. The House Of Night series was another set of books I read when I was younger and never actually finished. There's 12 books in total, plus another set of extra add on books, and I finally read the books all the way through this month. It's about a young fledgling vampire called Zoey who basically has to battle a lot of Darkness and deal with a lot of shit. I'd 100% recommend!

This Month I watched... Love Island Series 1! After the big hole series 3 left in my TV social life, I discovered ITV had added series 1 and 2 to the player. I've already seen series 2 and was so happy to see series 1 on the menu! Not as good as the most recent series, it's worth a watch if you're missing out on shock recouplings and rocky relationships.

This Month I... visited Canterbury! For bank holiday weekend, my family and I took a trip into Kent and stayed in the quaint city of Canterbury. We took a boat tour, learnt about the Canterbury Tales, walked through the beautiful gardens and along the river before finishing the final day at the Cathedral. It's such a British town and we had a fab stay at The White House and amazing food each day! 

How was August for you?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Review: Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara

It takes a big impression for me to review a single product on my blog, it seriously has to wow me. My go-to makeup is generally natural and my-skin-but-better style, anything quick and easy that'll save me five more minutes in bed! So what I'm looking for in a mascara is something that'll add colour and definition to my lashes, without clumping or looking to fake spider lash...

I've been using the Rimmel London Volume Colourist Mascara for a good month now and claims to be the first mascara to tint your lashes over time. The semi-permanent (because your lashes naturally fall out so the colour will fade) lash-tint complex is said to make your lashes look darker from root to tip from 2 weeks of regular use. So how did I get on with it?

I have a problem with other mascaras where they flake and I end up with attractive panda eyes by the end of the day. This is one of the few mascaras that I've tried where it doesn't do that or flake at all, and it's been a godsend to find! Throughout the day it'll stay put until I come to remove it at the end of the day with my micellar cleanser and it breaks down really easily.

Brush and Application
I'll normally apply this on my top lashes only as I tend to get mascara everywhere when I apply it on my bottom lashes! The brush is a spiral bristle style and picks up enough product to evenly coat my lashes without any clumps before I go in with another coat. Generally I much prefer bristle brushes to plastic ones as it works through my lashes easier.

The Tint
Most importantly, did it tint my lashes? A little back story, I already tint my lashes every couple of months and generally have fairly dark lashes already. Saying that, I definitely noticed a difference in the roots and tips of my lashes especially! I've been using it 4-5 times in the week and applying a couple of coats, which gives a natural tint over time.

Would I recommend it?
If you're prone to panda eyes or get oily eyelids so makeup transfers throughout the day, you'll love this mascara. If you're buying it purely for the tinting aspect, I think you'd be disappointed as it's not as noticeable as when I use a normal eyelash tint. It's my new holy-grail mascara and I'll definitely be picking it up again!

Have you tried this mascara before? What's your favourite mascara?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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