Tuesday, 30 May 2017

My Travel Beauty

As you're reading this, I'll be exploring Edinburgh and ticking another thing off my 2017 Bucket List! One thing I love about travelling is packing all my travel beauty. Having my favourite cleanser or shampoo in a small sample size makes me too happy inside.

The essentials I'll be taking with my are my toothpaste, cleanser, moisturiser, eye cream and SPF. I could not live without my SPF right now, I'm obsessed with wearing it every day. Now I know how important it is and how much damage it can do to my skin, I'm super vigilant applying it now.

Because I'm travelling with first time just cabin luggage, I've got to be careful with my beauty allowances. Keeping everything under 100ml and not taking too much will be firmly in my mind! I don't have too much trouble with my hair and I've been saving a few magazine sachet samples to take as they're small and don't weigh too much.

Primark are a great place to pick up small bottles and pots which you can decant your products into too. Plus all those products from last year's beauty advent calendars and events that you've kept stashed away can finally be put to some use.

If you want to see what I'm up to in Edinburgh this week, make sure you're following me on Instagram too!

What are your best travel beauty tips?

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Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 28 May 2017

I'm A Creature Of Comfort And I'm Okay With That

There's a lot of reasons why we don't like change. It might be because you like the status quo, you don't want to lose control or simply because you don't like surprises. I'm a creature of comfort and generally change makes me a little fearful - and it sounds weird to say that out loud!

The saying we're all creatures of habits is very true, too many differences and changes can be distracting and scary. Fear seems to be a big part of not wanting change, scared of making the wrong decision, wasting time or losing face when something goes wrong. 

But fear can be a good thing actually. And without sounding like an expert or too preachy, change sometimes comes at the right time! If you're grieving for a loved one, recently broke up with someone, moved to university or left your job, this change can be the energy to fuel you into the next chapter of your life. 

From now on I'm going to take change and turn it into a positive, believing that there's nothing that I can't take on with a little courage. There will be some days when I want to be a creature of comfort (that's why there's Netflix and Just Eat deliveries) but it's time to embrace change. 

What's your opinion on change?

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Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

OOTD: Spotty Top and Mac Coat

Blazer: New Look
Top: Primark
Jeans: ASOS
Shoes: Clarks
Coat: H&M
Bag and Scarf: Souvenirs 

Sometimes it's the basic clothes that are the best. I've had this mac coat for a few years now and recently got it dry cleaned for a spring refresh! I like that it goes with everything, even if I'm wearing tracksuit bottoms... Another essential clothing is a blazer, again I've had this one for so long that it's done pretty well to last me this long. Some blazers can be a bit hit and miss with their shape and fit, but I found New Look do a great selection of work wear.

I wore this outfit when I went for afternoon tea at Cutter & Squidge a few weeks ago with my friend. We're currently rating afternoon tea's near where we live and in London. I found this one after being sent their famous Biskies as a Christmas present last year and falling in love with them. The afternoon tea was held in their secret garden and was amazing, have a nosey on my Instagram to see my photos.

What do you think of this outfit?

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Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Packing For A Weekend Trip

So a week from today I'll be on my first city break of the year to Edinburgh. It's actually the first time I'll be travelling with just a cabin bag on a plane, previously I've always had hold luggage and never had to worry about what I packed! So I thought I would share my tips for packing for a weekend trip.

1. Roll everything.
I've always done this with my clothes as not only does it help with avoid creases, but rolling clothes saves a lot of room! I generally roll most things except for bulky jumpers which lie better flat.

2. Plan your outfits.
As well as looking at the weather before you go, I like to plan my outfits ahead to make sure I'm getting the most of out my clothes! On Day 1 and Day 2 I can wear the same top, but maybe I'll switch up my jeans for skirt. 

3. Keep the things you'll need for the plane in a separate bag.
My mum once had to put her cabin luggage in the hold because there wasn't enough room on the plane overhead lockers for her case. So always make sure you have everything you need for the plane in a separate bag!

4. Bring extra plastic bags.
I generally keep my shoes either in a bag or in the little shoe pockets, but it's a good idea to put them in a plastic bag to keep any dirt away from your clothes. I also use the bags to put any dirty clothes in, so I can just take the bag out for washing when I'm home.

5. Check your luggage.
Make sure it's cabin luggage size and if you're not sure, check what the correct size is with your airline. I'd also recommend choosing a luggage bag with the extendable zips because if you're anything like me, you'll be bringing back more shopping than when you came with! 

What are your best tips for packing for a weekend trip?

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Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Why I'll Always Read Magazines and Books

Some say that in a few years time that magazines will be dead, everything will be online only and you'll read all your books on a Kindle instead. But I'll always read magazines and books because sometimes I need a break from the digital world. From my earliest memories I've always been a bookworm and having my current read next to my bed is going to be a given. 

Every so often I hear about a big magazine closing down and moving online, making the magazine selection in Wh Smiths smaller and smaller. It used to be given and common thing that you would get your paper delivered every morning from the paper boy and pick up your weekly magazine from the local newsagents. I used to love getting my Scooby Doo magazine delivered each Saturday to collect my Scooby cards, it was such an exciting thing each week! 

Then buying a new book, oh my god the smell of a new book is nothing that you can catch in a candle (but isn't that such a great idea?!) Turning the page over onto a new chapter in your character's story and discovering the rest of their story in just a few hundred pages is something you can't get on Netflix. I have a full three shelves full of my favourite books, as well as a stack on them next to it. Books are something familiar for me that I can pick up and fall into a comfortable pattern when I'm having a rough day. 

Perhaps I'm a bit resistant to turning magazines and books into something digital because they're something that's been around for so many years that it's a part of history. The experience of having your favourite monthly magazine delivered or picking up the latest book from the exciting author at the time is not the same as picking up a tablet or clicking onto the latest article. 

What's your opinion of it? Do you prefer books and magazines over digital?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 18 May 2017

OOTD: Primark Embroidered Silk Shirt Dress

Dress and Shoes; Primark
Coat: H&M
Bag: Zara
Belt: New Look
Watch: Olivia Burton

It's not often that I'll jump on a trend bandwagon because more often that not it'll be done and finished with by the time I get round to shopping it! But this dress was too pretty to miss. I like shirts and I like dresses, so it was a given that I was going to pick it up. It's a very light silk fabric that it so delicate that I'm definitely worried that I'm going to catch it on something. But the plus point is that it doesn't require ironing! 

It has a gorgeous floral embroidery along the top on both sides and ends at the waist, so I can add a belt. There's some embroidered shirts and dresses that don't look like the best quality or have a really odd print, but in Primark you can generally find a few pretty styles. I'll definitely be wearing this more in the summer with sandals and a cute belt.

What do you think of this outfit?

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Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The Products You Need For Your Hair

If there's one thing I'd like to spend more time on, it's my hair. Its current state is thick, unruly and wavy with a mind of its own! My hair has always been fairly difficult to work with, if you try to straighten my hair it will still end up with a curly flick on the ends. And because it's so thick it will take a hairdressing army to curl my hair every day. That being said, I've found my holy grail products that are totally affordable and easy to find...

label.m Honey & Oat Shampoo £8.70 from Amazon or in Toni & Guy salons.

I also have a sensitive scalp, it gets itchy and sometimes a few dry flakes near my roots, so my hairdresser recommended the label.m Honey & Oat Shampoo. It's a super soothing on my scalp and I've definitely stopped itching less since I've had it (not that I was itching constantly...!) I also love that it smells so good that I want to eat it...

Disclaimer, I do work for Natural World but hair oils in general are one of my holy grail products! Whenever I skip using a hair oil, I definitely notice the difference after blow drying as my hair is frizzier and dryer too. I apply a hair oil to wet hair before blow drying my hair, concentrating on the ends of my hair and avoiding the roots unless I wanted a greasy root situation! I also love applying hair oils to dry hair, again applying it to the bottom ends of my hair.

Besides shampoo and conditioner, I couldn't live without a heat protection spray. Even though I only use a hairdryer regularly, I have to use it for long periods of time because of how thick my hair is so I do get a few split ends. The Tresemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray is amazing for smoothing out my waves and frizz too and all it takes is a few spritz on wet hair before blow drying!

As mentioned before, there's literally no point straightening my hair because it'll bounce back into waves within seconds. So to help create defined curls rather than crazy curls, my sister bought me the Bed Head Foxy Curls Contour Cream a while ago. It's near the end and I'll probably be stocking up on a new one because it's so good! I just add a few pumps into my hands then massage into my hair the air dry for pretty curls. Plus it smells like sweets...

What are your holy grail hair products?

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Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Keeping On Top Of It All

A lot of people are surprised that I run a blog whilst working full time in London and keeping an active social life, and truth be told it does get on top of me sometimes. And I don't think I would be human if I didn't admit it! 

Sometimes it's a matter of priority and working out what should go first, do I want to write a few new posts or fit a workout in? I like that I have a regular schedule, working from Monday - Friday, socialising on Saturday then chilling with my family on Sunday, whilst adding in blogging for the week. It's tough to fit in spontaneous moments when you have a blog to run and are trying to fit in 'mindfulness' every night. Sometimes it can be overwhelming and a little stressful, which in turn makes me feel even more stressed out about being stressed out! 

I do have a few things that help me to keep on top of it all, like my Staying Organised Whilst Working Full Time post. I literally couldn't run my blog without scheduling everything in, whoever made up that tool should get a pat on the back seriously! For me it's just a matter of using my time wisely and productively and making copious amounts of to-do lists that have a satisfying feeling when you finally tick them off...

How do you keep on top of it all? Any tips to share?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

New Primark and H&M Haul

I normally have a pretty good eye for picking out the good stuff from Primark and I can generally find 'on trend' clothing similar to those from Zara and Topshop etc. I'll chose clothes from Primark and other affordable stores then pick staple pieces from high end highstreet shops that I'll spend the money on to last longer.

Men's Gingham Shirt £6 Primark

Gingham is a big trend that's happening right now, so I combined my addiction to shirts and the latest print together. Another shopping tip that I use a lot is shopping in the men's section, for example this shirt may have cost £10 for a similar version in the women's department but only £6 in the men's. I can wear it tucked into my leather skirt, with the collar poking out of a sweatshirt or as it is with trousers or jeans.

Off The Shoulder Dress £13 Primark

The bare shoulder trend is another one that I love and Primark have got a great selection of various tops, as well as this pretty boho dress. It has a lining underneath that means it's warm for the evenings but light and airy for summer days, and also these pretty lace cut outs across the sleeves. I'll definitely be wearing this for when I go to Rome in July for day trips out!

Pink Embroidered Shirt Dress £13 Primark

So I probably didn't need this dress but it was calling my name anyway... I like the shape and embroidery detail across the front sections, plus the blush pink shade is too pretty to miss! Shirts are my downfall and shirt dresses are also an addiction for me know. I've been wearing this with a brown plaited belt and black lace up pumps for Sunday lunch a few weeks ago and managed to get chocolate brownie on my dress *typical*

3 Pairs of 80 Denier Tights £3.50 Primark

A classic purchase from Primark. Tights are essential for me throughout the year and these are supposed to have weather 'sensors' to detect when it's warm and cool. 80 denier is what I usually go for as it's thick enough to keep me warm and not so thin that they're prone to holes!

Remember my Buying The Basics post a few weeks ago? I have replaced my blue pin stripe shirt that has been wearing thin for a while now. H&M are a great place for buying the basics as they have such a variety and are always good value. This shirt was usually £12.99, but as you can tell from the price tag I picked it up for £7! The fit is really nice and tailored, plus ultra light and breathable too. I had to go a size up to a 12 in this shirt to avoid flashing anyone!

What clothes have you picked up recently?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Skincare I Have Been Loving

It's not often that I'll find a select few skincare pieces that my skin really loves. But recently I've found a few products that have really made a difference to my skin. It's mainly products in the moisturising section than cleansing, because I haven't really found anything that's wowed me in that department at the moment.

My skin has been drinking this product up! I got the new Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser last year as a freebie from an event and have been using it every day for the past few months. My skin is generally combination but leans more towards dry, I get these really sore patches across the tops of my cheeks and temples which this product has really helped with. It's super light and absorbs into my skin instantly, whilst cooling and soothing any redness.

As mentioned before I get these dry patches across my cheeks fairly often and only products with hydrating ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid can help. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid serum has completely changed the texture of my skin, it's now brighter and smoother than before and my dry patches have almost cleared up. The serum is applied through a pipette and is a clear serum which applies very easily and doesn't leave your skin tacky either. See what else I got from The Ordinary from my New Skincare and Beauty post.

Before now I always though eye creams were for older and ageing skin, simply because there wasn't something for my age range. Now I've discovered the Origins Age Defense Eye Cream with White Tea and SPF 20 it's proof that there's an eye cream for all ages! It's super light and easy to massage into your eyes, whilst leaving a good base for your eye makeup. A little goes a long way with this product so I know I'll be using it for a while to come!

SPF is a big deal for my skin as I burn so easily that not wearing it isn't an option. I know you're supposed to wear a protection layer of SPF each day, which is why the Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Sunshield Superfluid SPF 50 is perfect for my routine. I just add a thin layer after moisturising and wait a few minutes before applying makeup then I'm good to go. I like that it's non-greasy and doesn't leave my skin looking shiny after, plus knowing that I've got a good layer of SPF is reassuring!

What skincare products have you been enjoying recently?

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Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Why It's Not All About The Numbers In Blogging

I'm going to start off this post with saying that I know I'm not one of those 'big' bloggers or even one that qualifies to go to events because I haven't got the exposure or numbers that a brand wants. But I feel like I have been blogging for long enough that I write a post on it...

Across my time of blogging, I've always come across genuine and lovely bloggers who are the ones who will give you a hand up whenever you need it. This was before social media (Twitter and Instagram mainly) became as important as the blog itself. There was no pressure to reach 'x' amount of followers on Twitter or hit 100 likes on your latest Instagram photo, but to enjoy writing and commenting on other blogs. I wasn't blogging because of the numbers but because I wanted an online diary to write about my day or share my latest (and not so good..) outfit. 

Personally, I lie the blame with social media for putting this new pressure on blogging. In some ways it has put this new pressure on bloggers to be across all social networks, constantly 'on' and hitting follower goals. On the other hand it's opened up this new possibility and audience for your blog, as well as upping the game of blogging for everyone - encouraging bloggers to become bigger and better by setting the bar higher. 

What has also changed in the blogging world is that having 10k of followers on Bloglovin doesn't necessarily mean that person will get 10k of comments on their latest post. The new buzz word is 'engagement' such as comments, likes, RTs etc. which is overruling follower counts. I prefer the new engagement metric, it's more even and fair on everyone as people can spot from a mile away when you have bots commenting on you Instagram feed. Blogs which have thousands of followers on Bloglovin but a few comments on their blogs could suggest some fishy business. Blogs with high engagement rates and comments are examples of relevant and engaging content that bloggers really enjoy and set out the examples for future blogging. 

What do you think about numbers in blogging?

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Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

OOTD: Lazy Girl Blazer and Trainers

Blazer and Top: Primark
Jeans: Marks & Spencer
Coat: H&M
Bag and Necklace: Accessorize
Shoes: Converse

Unofficially on Friday's I'm always in dress down mood - plus my hair is on its third day and no one really wants to dress up when their hair is half grease and half normal hair. I like wearing blazers with jeans and trainers, it gives off that 'I've just rolled out of bed look' that is normally pretty accurate for the end of the week.

I forgot how much I loved wearing layer necklaces until I wore this Accessorize necklace that I've had for ages. I used to have a lot of thin gold necklaces that I'd wear layered across tops all the time, either that or the thick high neck collars/necklaces! The other details I adore about this outfit are the frilly shoulders, which adds a pretty difference to all of my other breton striped tops of course...

What do you think of this outfit? 

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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

4 Everyday Nude and Pink Lips

More often than not you'll find me choosing a nude or pink lipstick over a red or bright shade. I'm not overly that experimental with my lip makeup than I am with my eye makeup (give me a turquoise eyeliner and I'm there.) And today I thought I'd share my most used and favourite nude and pink lips!

First up is MAC Lustre lipstick in classic Patisserie, a pretty ducky pink. I wear this on special occasions when I want to add a bit more colour depth and shimmer to my lips. In general I hate reapplying lip products but MAC lipsticks always work well throughout the day and I only need to reapply a few times throughout the day. There's also something so luxurious about MAC lipstick!

Because I'm lazy girl 101 when it comes to lipsticks, anything in a stick that I can apply without a mirror gets a thumbs up from me. The Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayon's are amazing for giving a sheer and even colour that looks so natural on the lips. I have a few from the Bourjois collection, but my favourite is Proudly Naked which you can probably guess is a 'my lips but better shade'.

For when I really want to add some shimmer to my lips, the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters are fab for hydrating lips and giving off a subtle gloss. I have the shade Berry Smoothie, which has been unfortunately discontinued, but it's a pretty deep pink that you can just throw on in a moving car with any worries about it ending up on your chin too. These Lip Butters are also so hydrating too that they lean towards the tint lip balms more than a lipstick. 

The Jasmine shade from the Korres Lip Butter collection is probably my least used shade, not because there's anything wrong with it but because I love wearing the others so much! Jasmine is a natural light pink that doesn't make your lips look too white or the dreaded concealer lips from the 2000s. They're made with Shea Butter, so not only do they give you lips a wash of colour but also a moisturising boost.

What are your favourite nude and pink lipsticks?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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