Sunday, 30 April 2017

This Month I....

I love doing these monthly round up, it really makes you appreciate the past 30 days and how much you have to look forward into the next month. April was another fab month, made exceptionally better by the Easter weekend! Make sure you're following on Twitter and Instagram to see what I'm up to daily.

This Month I... ate a lot of cakes and chocolate! It's safe to say my healthy and balanced eating was out of the window this month. We held our annual charity coffee morning and baked a lot of cakes to sell. I made the above Victoria Sandwiches which sold out quickly! Now I'm making my way through my Easter eggs....

This Month I... bought some new and exciting skincare. You can catch up with my New Skincare and Beauty post, but in short I started to run out of serum and eye cream and started my hunt for new products. I've been using The Ordinary Hylauronic Acid Serum and Origins Age Defense Eye Cream, the serum has made such a difference to my dry skin and now my eye makeup goes on a lot smoother after using the eye cream.

This Month I... read Bloom by Estee Lalonde. I got back onto my book band wagon and started with a new vlogger book, Bloom by Estee Lalonde. I've done a full review post here which you can catch up on. But I do really recommend giving it a read if you like motivational and inspiring books.

This Month I... watched (and got addicted to) Line Of Duty. Recently I've been watching more and more thriller TV shows and my latest one is Line Of Duty from the BBC. Today is the final episode and I'm saving it for later this evening to see how crazy DCI Roz Huntley really is... It's on the BBC iPlayer and pretty addictive watching!

This Month I.... walked the Seven Sisters in East Sussex. I like walking and walk to work each day passing Buckingham Palace, The Ritz and Piccadilly Circus, for a change of scenery we decided to try the Seven Sisters in East Sussex. It's 3.5 miles there and then 3.5 miles back, but it's along the cliffs and has MASSIVE hills. I'm not kidding.

How was your April?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 27 April 2017

OOTD: Baby Pink and Leopard Print

Coat; Debenhams
Jumper: Topshop
Jeans: H&M
Shoes: Converse
Scarf: Primark
Bag: Market in Florence

The thing I like about fashion is that there's no set rule of what you should wear. You can wear your shirt backwards and its considered a trend or skirts that look like shorts, we all remember the 'skort' look! I always felt like I had to be really creative and 'out there' with my outfits on my blog, but I got thinking at the weekend that what I wear doesn't have to look too put together. 

I wore this outfit last weekend when visiting my friend and old colleague in Eastbourne, a pretty seaside town that holds a lot of memories! Its about an hour away from where I live and it was my first time driving there all by myself with the sat nav - a big achievement as I'm such a nervous driver when I'm going to places I haven't driven to before. So I wanted to be comfortable and wore my classic ripped jeans and baby pink jumper with the softest scarf from my collection! I actually really like wearing pink, especially light pink as it's so cute and girly - even when I am wearing my scruffiest trainers....

What is your most comfortable outfit? What do you think of this outfit?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Bloom by Estee Lalonde Book Review

Books by bloggers and vloggers can be a bit hit and miss sometimes. I loved Fleur De Force's The Glam Guide, but didn't really get on with Tanya Burr's or Zoella's books. Thankfully this book is one which I loved - and one which I finished within a week! 

My friend bought me Bloom by Estee Lalonde for Christmas last year and I've just got round to reading it (problems with having a massive to-read book pile!) The book is described as 'navigating life and style' and splits each chapter into different subjects like Work, Food, Fashion etc. If you've read my book reviews before, you know that I like interesting chapter structures! Each one flows well into the next and made it a really captivating read.

Previous to reading this book, I didn't know that much about Estee and how she came to live in the UK (she's from Canada.) But now from reading this I know and understand a lot more about her and can relate to a lot of things about her! There's no glossing over the bad parts in order to make her life look picture perfect, everything in the book is 100% real and totally Estee. 

My favourite chapters are of course the Beauty, Fashion and Travel. Estee shares a lot of anecdotes from her life and I love reading about how her fashion has evolved. The section about Travel was really interesting to read as she's travelled to some amazing places and done road trips that I'd love to do! The Life chapter was especially well written and stuck with me the most, Estee didn't have a lot of friends at school and struggled with her weight and anxiety.

Bloom isn't one of those books that sugar-coats the reality but instead an uplifting and inspiring read with genuine feeling. At the end Estee asks you a simple question what has made you bloom and what is important to you and leaves you with the feeling that anything is possible.

Have you read Bloom before? What are you currently reading?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Snapchat vs Instagram Stories

Social media is a funny old thing. It's constantly evolving faster than any of us expected and we all want more and more of it. Remember Bebo, MySpace and MSN Messenger? Around 10 years ago these were the bees knees and I couldn't wait to get home from school to speak to my friends, whom I had spent all day with...

Snapchat has been the exciting and new social networking app since it launched in September 2011 (only gaining momentum in late 2012), with its crazy cute filters and ability to send snaps that disappear within a few seconds. It was ingenious and addictive. Then Instagram added its own Stories in August 2016 and changed the whole game.

I never really 'got' Snapchat and used it only for my pure amusement with the filters. I found Snapchat hard to find and add people and besides sending snaps, there wasn't much to it. Some influencers have done really well with their followings and get thousands upon thousands of views per snap.

What Instagram has done is built upon the basis of Snapchat (sending snaps which last a few seconds and posting 24-hour-only stories) and improved upon it. Found it hard to find other people? Instagram has all of the people you follow right there. Want to link brands directly? You can @ brands in your stories. You can save your snaps, add cute stickers, locations and times, plus you're exposed to a large audience that already follows and are engaged with you on Instagram.

You can tell which one I'm a fan of can't you? In the 25 weeks after Instagram Stories launched it reached 150 million daily users, whereas Snapchat only reached 110 million daily users in June 2016 and hasn't announced any higher figures since. In fact the views and engagement rates for Snapchat have been decreasing, whilst many Snapchat users have said they will delete the app because of Instagram stories. Stats on this article.

Facebook have also launched their own version of Stories, not surprising since it owns Instagram too. It's a similar concept but not one I am yet to try yet. For me, Facebook has a totally different purpose than Instagram has and the idea just doesn't work. I look on Facebook to say Happy Birthday to my auntie and like my friend's latest baby girl photo, not share my outfit or how much Easter egg chocolate I have eaten. That's for my Instagram followers only because they're engaged in those types of posts and it just fits in. 

What are your thoughts on Snapchat vs Instagram Stories? Which is your favourite?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Buying The Basics

Over the Easter break I had a big spring clean and clear out of my wardrobe - so satisfying! It gave me a chance to look at my clothes, pick out the items which are just so old now, some that need a repair and others that need replacing. So here's a few of my basics that need replacing!

1. Zara High Rise Denim Shorts £17.99. If you treat them right, your denim shorts can last you forever. 

2. Vans Leather Classic Slip-Ons £55. I'm a die-hard Converse fan, but have a special spot for my slip ons.

3. H&M Grey Ribbed Jumper £19.99. For those cosy weekend evenings, I love the swing style.

4. Accessorize Black Jourdan Leather Saddle Bag £49. Enough room to fit your purse, phone and essentials, plus it's hands free!

5. Topshop MOTO Mid Blue Cheeky Ripped Mom Jeans £42. Nothing is comfier than a pair of Mom jeans and the ripped detail will never go out of fashion.

6. Zara Sequin Sleeve Parka £69.99. I've always said it, but Zara do the best jackets and this one is no exception.

7. New Look Blue Wide Cuff Stripe Shirt £14.99. Trust me, you will never go wrong with a blue pin stripe shirt in your wardrobe.

8. ASOS/Office Frontier Croc Print Patent Brogues. A classic shoe and something you can wear with anything and everything!

What are your fashion essentials?

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Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

New Skincare and Beauty from The Ordinary, Barry M and more...

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For a while now I haven't actually bought any new skincare, mainly down to the fact that I have an over spilling spares box underneath my bed! I've collected products from events, awards evenings and clear-outs from work that I haven't (luckily) had to buy anything in ages. Until now...

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One product that my skin seems to drink in is serum. No matter what happens I'm suddenly half way through my bottle without even realising! 

Getting in on The Ordinary action, I picked up the Salicylic Acid and Hyaluronic Acid via the Victoria Health website. I've been struggling with stubborn spots across my chin and jaw line, as well as on my forehead too so I wanted to give the Salicylic Acid a try. It helps to gently exfoliate the skin and help to unblock pores for clearer skin. 

Another skin battle is my dry skin, it's a nightmare at the moment! I tend to get dry patches across my cheeks and forehead and it's such a pain when wearing makeup. To try and ease that I thought I'd give the Hyaluronic Acid a whirl. Your skin naturally has Hyaluronic Acid already, but this serum gives it an extra boost and helps to penetrate deeper into your skin's layers.

Note, you've got to be really careful when using direct acids and it isn't recommended to be used on broken or sensitive skin and you should be extra conscious of sun protection whilst using them!

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This is a bit of an odd one as I received it through my letter box without realising. Whether I'm on someone's PR list or I accidentally signed up to something (not the first time that's happened!) Anyway got send the St.Tropez Self Tan Express Face Sheet Mask, which is an express self-tan mask for pale people like me!

I'm excited to give this a go as I do have a pale English rose complexion and have always had good results with St.Tropez in the past. I love using face sheet masks too as they're so easy to use and remove in comparison to the clay masks. Hopefully there will be no Oompa-Lumpa situation...

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Another product which seems to disappear as soon as I start it is eye cream! Although I'm only 21 and eye cream isn't a necessity right now, you can never start too early. I do have dark circles and weird bumps across my eyes that I'd like to hopefully improve.

I saw the Origins A Perfect World Age-Defense Eye Cream with SPF 20 on a few Instagram posts and blog reviews and headed straight to the website to try it! I've got quite a few Origins products and they've always worked well for me, so I knew I was safe with them. It's claiming to hydrate, renew, brighten and provide SPF, UV and pollution protection, which I'm really looking forward to seeing the results.

When ordering online, I also got a choice of a free sample which was an added bonus. I chose the Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum with Willowherb, a lovely serum to brighten, remove dullness and help minimize pores. 

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And finally, because I am awful at applying a topcoat because all of mine are so old and lumpy now I needed to pick one up! The Barry M Plumpy Hi Shine Topcoat had great reviews on Boots and wasn't that expensive. I find that I can really tell the difference in the shine and longevity of my nail polish when I don't apply a topcoat, so hopefully this will help with those things!

What skincare and beauty products have you bought recently? Anything to recommend?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Things That Have Made Me Happy This Week

Right now I'm sitting in my living room, with the french windows open, the spring sunshine and warmth shining in and the smell of a lamb roast dinner floating through - and I couldn't feel more bliss. As usual I'm scheduling this ahead of the week, but I'm so bloomin' excited to have 4 whole days of for Easter tomorrow!

So I thought as a pre-Easter weekend post, I'd share with you some of the things that have made me happy recently and a few reads you need to (well you don't have to, but I really recommend you do) bookmark for the long weekend.

Things That Have Made Me Happy This Week.

- Springtime
Lets pretend that I'm not such a cliche person to have photographed spring blossom and filled my Instagram with sunshine pictures? Us Brits have the full right to be happier during Spring as we've been hibernating in coldness for so long and it's about time for some vitamin D!

- Charity giving
Last weekend, my mum, sister and I held our annual Easter coffee morning in aid of our local charity, St Catherine's Hospice. We held a raffle, two tombolas, baked loads of cakes and had a few craft stalls too! Overall we rasied around £750 which is amazing and it's reignited my love for baking again.

- Time off
Who doesn't love 4 day working weeks? I had last Friday off too for preparation for the coffee morning and it was just perfect. We were talking at work about how productive you are if you have just a 4 day working week, but sadly my boss didn't see the benefits of it...

- Getting more organised with work and blog
At work I probably spend 30% of my time focusing on Strategy and Planning and it's genuinely one of my favourite things to do. I'm a big believer in organisation and the saying 'tidy desk and tidy mind' - which also translates into my blog. I wrote a blog post last week about Staying Organised With Your Blog Whilst Working Full Time, which is full of great advice and tips!

To read this Easter weekend:
I read Ellis' post on being single from the latest Blogosphere magazine and it totally spoke to me, give her Forever Single post a read.

Hayley spoke about her gal pals and why women should bring each other up and not tear down, I loved her One Girl Is Worth More Than Twenty Boys.

For all beauty lovers, Jemma's post on her latest Makeup Revolution Haul is definitely going to make you want to buy everything...

Helen from The Love Cats Inc is my go-to inspiration for fashion, beauty and lifestyle advice, Her latest post On Bring In Love With Flares has made me want to dig out my old pair!

I'll admit that Liz's post on the latest Origins Perfect World range has totally convinced me to purchase the eye cream, plus I love Origins so much.

What has made you happy this week? What are your plans for the Easter weekend?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

My Current Go-To Nail Polishes

I'd describe myself as a nail polish magpie, I collect nail polishes from over the years and keep them until the last dregs are so lumpy that it's not even worth it. Separate from my Pandora's box of nail polishes, I have another box with my essential nail polishes which these lovely shades feature. It's my always-on-hand box of nail polish supplies, my favourite colours, nail files, top and base coats etc. So let's see what my current go-to nail polish shades are, shall we?

As the title gives away, this shade is a lovely every day nude and has featured a few times in my nail polish posts. I received it a few years ago in a Glossybox but never tried it out until a while a go. The formula is smooth and non-gloopy which spreads very nicely into thin layers with up to 5 days of no chips. 

2. Topshop Nails in Jewel In The Crown. (So old they don't even stock it anymore!)
For when I'm feeling a bit 'out there', I turn to this shade. I love a turquoise blue or green colour in the summer months as it goes great with a tan! Topshop nail polishes are a great and affordable way to try different shades without breaking the bank. The formula is a little thin, so it takes a few coats to really get an opaque colour. 

How have I not discovered the Rimmel London 60 Seconds nail polishes before? These are a dream for the time-constrained like myself and leave a gorgeous hi-shine. I got this for Christmas last year and have worn it quite a few times when my nails have been in desperate need of colour. 

4. Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Coconut. (Most similar shade now is Cotton)
And no nail polish round up would be complete without a Barry M nail polish. By far my favourite range from Barry M, the Hi-Shine formulas give you an incredible shine and last for well over a week with no chipping. Coconut is an off-white shade and looks so modern and fresh on short and rounded nails. 

Nails Inc are fast becoming one of my favourite nail brands, their selection of shades are endless and you can't fault the quality. I've had a few freebies with Glamour Magazine before and this is also one! It's a light mauve/grey shade, which doesn't sound that nice but I like the change from a usual nude or red. 

What's your favourite nail polish shade and brand?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 9 April 2017

Staying Organised With Your Blog Whilst Working Full Time

There's no big secret or magic ingredient to staying organised with your blog whilst working full time. Some people post once a week or less and some post daily (and to those I applaud them!) whilst spending their working week at their full time job.

I work full time in London, leaving this house at 6:45am and returning at 7pm, so there's enough time in the evenings to write a blog and schedule some tweets, but that's about it. I've been doing this for almost three years now and though I would share some wisdom (debatable) with you.

1. Keep a content calendar.
I print off monthly calendars for free online, then write in my posts for them. I could be a week or two ahead at a time, but sticking to this calendar really helps to stay focused! If there's a special event coming up, like Easter or a big birthday and you'd like to do a blog post around it, schedule it into your calendar so you're ahead of the game.

2. Write everything in a notebook.
Whether it's blog posts ideas, photos to take or a new prop you've seen and want to buy, write it down! I couldn't live without my Paperchase notebook as it keeps me organised and helps me remember good (and the bad!) blog posts to put into my content calendar.

3. Use your time wisely.
Try and be productive in your time off and block off a few hours for writing, taking photographs and scheduling. I always check the weather at the weekend to see which day will have the best light and take photos then. I also use my 45 minute train journey to work each day to comment and follow some blogs, it's a good time to get some reading in and find some new people!

4. Bulk photos and schedule them.
As I mentioned before, I bulk take my photos, write my posts and schedule them in using a week ahead and this really works for me! By the end of the weekend my posts are all ready to go and I can relax during the week rather than worrying about when my next post is going to be.

5. Remember to live in the moment with your blog.
Contradicting what I said in the previous point, but your blog doesn't always have to be on schedule. If there's a timely post you want to write and post that day, then do it. There's no set way pr magic ingredient to posting on your blog and it's completely up to you how you work it.

What's your best tip for staying organised with your blog whilst working full time?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

OOTD: That Striped Dress Again and Nude Pumps

Dress: Primark
Coat: Warehouse
Shoes; Marks & Spencer
Bag and Earrings: Accessorize
Rings: Pandora
Watch: Olivia Burton

Taking these outfit photos was hard! I use a tripod and the timer on my camera to take photos, so trying to get the right pose and keeping it in focus is pretty difficult. They sort of came out okay in the end, not the best but I'll keep trying!

What I wanted to do was to get a nice shot of my jewellery because I'm bloody in love with these earrings. I got them from the Accessorize Christmas sale and they're cute rose gold triangle earrings that go with anything and everything. This dress is making a regular appearance on the blog because it's such an easy dress to wear. The ruffle sleeves are so pretty and you can never go wrong with stripes in my opinion....

What's your favourite jewellery to wear? What do you think of this outfit?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Spring 2017 Makeup featuring Clinique, L'Oreal and Benefit

When the seasons change I like to switch up my makeup and wear shades that suit the new season! Now we're officially into spring, I love wearing lighter pink and coral shades and generally going 'softer' across my whole look. 

Blushers are my go-to product for using on my cheeks, over using highlighter, contour or bronzer. I have a mini size of the Benetint Rose-Tinted Lip and Cheek Stain, which has lasted me for ages and great for travelling! It gives me a natural flush and is so easy to blend and apply that it literally takes me a few minutes.

Next up are powder blushers, I don't have a preference from powder or cream but I find powder much easier to apply and control! I have a MAC Sheertone Powder Blusher in Peaches, which is a lovely light coral shade. These powders are great because they're really buildable and a peach blush is perfect for spring time. When I want a little shimmer but not crazy glitter ball, the Soap & Glory Blusher in Peach Party (can you tell I like coral peachy shades?!) is my best option. I just swirl my blush brush around to pick up all the shades and sweep across my cheekbones. The overall effect is a soft highlight and pretty peachy-pink blush.

Before I had the Marks & Spencer 2015 Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar, I had never heard of Diego Dalla Palma makeup - but now I'm very happy I did get it! The Il Rossetto The Lipstick in 46 Antique Pink is a pretty dusky pink shade, like a 'my lips but better' colour. It's great for a quick swipe of colour or buildable for a deeper and fuller shade. 

For my lazy girl days, the Clinique Chubby Sticks are my go-to. My current shade of choice is Woppin' Watermelon, a baby pink shade that adds a slight tint of colour and gloss without looking too over the top. I'm much more of a 'swipe and go' kinda gal, so something that I don't need a mirror to apply with is right up my alley. 

The easiest way to switch up my makeup between seasons is on my eyes, I have my darker shades for the winter then lighter and bronze shades for the summer! My current palette of choice is the L'Oreal La Palette Nude, which I remember bloggers going crazy over a few years ago. It has a selection of pink and purple shades (my favourites!) which are mainly shimmer, but there are a few matte shades too. I like to use the silver shimmer (3rd in from the right) right in the center of my eyelid to make my eyes look brighter. 

Black eyeliner can feel a little harsh during the warmer months when I'm aiming for a softer look, so I opt for dark brown instead. The one I have in my stash is the Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24hr in 02 Brown and I use the Real Techniques Angled Brush to apply it. This formula is fab, it's not too drying or stiff to apply and it has great colour payoff! 

What makeup do you use during Spring?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 2 April 2017

5 Things We Wish Were Real From Harry Potter

I'm a big Harry Potter fan. Not like I know  it word by word, but I've read the books more than once (okay, probably like 10 times) and watched the films so many times, it's known for me to have Harry Potter film days or weeks.

With that in mind, I've always wondered what it would've been like if it was true (tbh you don't know if it isn't as a Muggle... haha jokes) and the things I wish were real from Harry Potter.


Flying cars
Imagine your commute in the morning if you could just fly there?! I would get there so much quicker and avoid having to take my ever-delayed trains! The only thing I could imagine being a problem is the air traffic...


The Accio charm
Finding your keys to your flying car would be so much easier with the Accio Charm, as well as reaching your phone when it's lost in a sea of duvet and cushions.

I've got a real sweet tooth and Honeydukes is right up my alley! Imagine if instead of your local newsagents selling over-priced sweets, Honeydukes would have Chocolate Frogs and Bertie Bots Every Flavoured Jelly Beans... 


The Magical Creatures
A half horse and half eagel would definitely be on my Christmas list! I love the idea of creatures and wizards working together - and to have an elf like Dobby to look out for you is pretty special.


Hogwarts School
Compare my secondary school to Hogwarts and I know which one I would rather pick! Time away from home and parents to play wizard and witch all day long sounds pretty fun to me.

What do you wish was real from Harry Potter? What's your favourite book?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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