Sunday, 30 July 2017

This Month I...

July has been a great month for a number of reasons, there was a trip to Rome in the middle, drinks out with the girls and my 22nd birthday to celebrate. Plus Love Island pretty much brought a new purpose to my evenings again...

This Month I... ate another delicious cake from my sister. Obviously not all for myself! For my 22nd birthday, my sister made a fab flamingo cake for me. Inside were three sponges with pink butter icing and the amazing pink marble outside icing. I do love flamingos! There's also been many dinners, cocktails and afternoon teas with my friends and family, I think August I'll try to eat healthily again after over indulging in July....

This Month I... got bought lots of lovely presents for my birthday. I'm not going to do one of those 'what I got for my birthday' posts because I don't want to come across as bragging too much! A few favourites are obviously the chocolates, and even a chocolate drink and spread from Hotel Chocolat! My brother got me a few books, finally completing my A House Of Night series and a travel guide for when I go to Malaysia later this year. The cute travel bag and card holder are from Mango and came from my sister and brother-in-law, as well as the camera lens which I know I'll get tons of use on Instagram!

This Month I... have been reading Blogosphere and Cosmo magazines! Even though they say print is dying, I still love to pick up a new magazine to read. The hunt for the new Blogosphere magazine was a long one but I finally found one in my local WH Smith and grabbed it quick before it disappeared! It's a really great magazine for bloggers and I love finding new blogs each time. I actually got Cosmo for free because sometimes Gatwick Express have a magazine rack for you to take and read, so I always keep an eye out for my favourites.

This Month I... finally got round to watching a new film, Dunkirk! I've hardly been to the cinema this year, partly because there's nothing that amazing at the moment and partly because of the extortionate prices... Dunkirk is about the rescue mission of the 400,000 men on Dunkirk beach in France in WW2, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Harry Styles, Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy. Unless you enjoy history and are interested in WW2, I probably wouldn't recommend this film. Mainly because there's no back stories (you don't even know some of their names) and you're thrown straight into the middle of the action, so previous basic knowledge would be helpful! It was a slow burner and kept the suspense going for a good half of the the film before you saw much action. As always, Christopher Nolan is amazing at directing this film and I really love his style from The Dark Knight and Inception. 

This Month I... travelled to Rome! If you haven't been keeping up on my Instagram (sneaky plug there!) I visited Rome for a few days this month. I love Italy, not only for the food but for the people too. Rome is incredible because within this modern city is the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and amazing Roman artifacts and sights it's amazing to see them all kept so well preserved and such a part of their culture still. I've got a full guide on Rome Things To Do, See and Eat but I'll just leave it as one of my recommended European cities to visit!

What have you been up to in July? Any exciting plans for August?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 27 July 2017

OOTD: White Shirt and Accessories

Shirt: ASOS
Jeans: M&S
Shoes: Next
Coat: H&M
Bag: Cath Kidson
Scarf: Primark
Necklace: Accessorize

When I was younger I used to wear so much jewellery. I even when through a phase of big Pat Butcher style earrings, but the less about that the better! Nowadays I've limited the amount of jewellery I wear, only wearing a few rings and my watch and bracelet (more about them on My Special Jewellery Pieces post!) and this week I found myself missing wearing jewellery. 

How I choose my outfits is I pick a standout item e.g. stripey dress, then build everything around that item. Instead, this week I started a blank canvas with a fitted white shirt and my trusty black skinny jeans from Marks & Spencer (don't underestimate this place for good quality jeans!) then added jewellery. I love statement necklaces, the bigger and more colourful the better. They look especially pretty on top of shirts and roll neck tops too. I find Accessorize, Topshop and River Island do the best statement necklaces and stand the test of time too. 

What is your favourite style of jewellery?

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Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

How To Save On Your Beauty Shopping

Years ago I used to only shop in Boots, collecting those points and paying full price for my beauty products but now that's all different! Since working in the beauty and cosmetics industry for three years now, I've learnt that there's so many ways you can buy your favourite beauty products without having to pay the full price or getting some reward for it!

1. Discounter Shops
I never used to visit Poundland or Savers for my beauty products, but did you know they stock big brands to L'Oreal, Dove and Colgate? My favourite is definitely Savers and Wilko, they'll mostly stock all of the big brands at half the price they are in Boots or at the supermarkets.

2. Online Shopping
There's some real bargain online shops! I've always loved as they have my favourite Decleor brand as well as so many different perfume brands. Another one is and they stock lots of different and interesting products. Amazon are actually a great resource for finding your favourite products at a cheaper price too! People find it strange and unnerving to buy a branded beauty product from an unknown website, but I think as long as you've done your research and feel like it's a trusted website then give it a go.

3. Vouchers
Whenever I buying something that's fairly high cost, I'll have a quick Google online to find a voucher or discount code - it never hurts to have a quick search! I'll also have a rummage through my Boots and Superdrug vouchers, because they do generally tailor the voucher to whatever you regularly purchased in the past.

4. Points and Loyalty Cards
This isn't just related to beauty (as I recently found out after getting a free Nandos with my points card) but for fashion and restaurants too! If there's a loyalty card option, it's worth it and you'll use it often, then sign up to it. Boots Clubcard is an obvious one and easy way to save up on points to treat yourself one day. Some points schemes are really generous and also email you with discount codes as part of an exclusive club, so it's worth looking into if you love shopping like me!

What are your best tips for saving money on your beauty shop?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Rome Guide: Things To Do, See and Eat

Italy is one of my favourite places to travel to, the people, the places and the food are everything I look for in a city break. Last week I went to Rome with a friend for a few days and actually spent my 22nd birthday there too!

I'd say you need no more than 3-4 days to explore Rome at a good pace - and I'd probably not recommend travelling in July or August like we did, each day was over 30 degrees. Unless you're used to crazy city heat, it was quite hard and tiring to spend all day in the heat.

On to my Rome Guide Things To Do, See and Eat:

1. Colosseum

The obvious and must-do tourist attraction is the Colosseum of course! We purchased tickets beforehand from Musement which was just £10 each to visit the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum and included fast track on the queues too.

We went to the Colosseum early in the morning, which I'd definitely recommend as we missed the high heat and massive tourist groups. First we headed straight to the center of the Colosseum and got lots of the photos and then onto the outskirts for the museum, which was actually really good and well planned out. It's mad to see what's been uncovered from archaeological digs and how the Colosseum has been used over the past years.

2. Vatican City

Another must-do tourist attraction is Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. Again we purchased tickets online before travelling because it does save you money and so much time queueing, some people were in the queue for at least an hour or more just to get in! We purchased tickets from the Vatican Museum website and added an audio guide to the tickets as there's so much to see there, the guide just helps us to digest it all!

If you're booking tickets before, book them at least a few weeks ahead to get morning tickets and hopefully beat the tourist groups. First we headed through the museum and the guide took us through an explanation of how the Vatican Museum has been used over the years and pointing out points of interest. Then we were guided to the Sistine Chapel, with the famous Michelangelo fresco. Generally you're supposed to wear something modest that covers your shoulders and knees but there were so many people who didn't, maybe they were lenient because it was so hot. The Sistine Chapel itself is amazing and the aura inside is so holy and sacred, it's pretty special.

3. Trevi Fountain

Famous in so many films, the Trevi Fountain definitely took our breath away. Before you're walking through a narrow street then suddenly it opens up to this amazing fountain. If you think Oxford Street is busy, then you've never seen anything like it at the Trevi Fountain! It was heaving with so many people, but you can grab a few shots if you're patient and we generally found the sides of the fountain were less busy too.

Just to note, there are guards with whistles who will shout at you if you dare to put your hand in the water or sit on the edge of the fountain. It's quite scary actually! We threw our coins over our shoulders to wish us another return to Rome in the future. Fun fact, the coins are collected each day (Roughly 3 thousand euros) and are used for local charities. I'd also recommend visiting the Trevi Fountain and Colosseum at night too as the lights are just beautiful.

4. Eating Pizza, Pasta and Gelato

With any visit to Italy you're going to eat your body weight in pizza, pasta and gelato. Whilst there's not one particular place that I would recommend, it'll be hard to find bad pasta and pizza in Rome! There were a few gelato places that did disappoint and there were actually around the main tourist hubs, so if you're a real foodie try TripAdvisor or ask your hotel for recommendations.

5. Enjoying the Italian life

Even though we were in a bustling city, you could definitely feel the Italian way. They really take the time to enjoy their food and have such a passion about it, that you can taste it in every bite. The Italians also know how to dress and we never saw a badly dresses Italian! Even though it was ridiculously hot to be sightseeing, we tried to look as fashionable as possible...

Have you been to Rome before? Do you have any trips planned?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

OOTD: Primark Maxi Skirt Love

Jacket, Top and Skirt: Primark
Bag: Accessorize
Shoes: ASOS

Do you know what the hardest thing about taking outfit photos is? Trying to act natural in the them. I find it really hard to look normal in them, to the point where I have to look down until it's time to take the photo (like Chandler does in Friends!) It's also a pain in the butt to get a nice background, but it's definitely an improvement to the days when I took photos in the mirror...

This is my one and only maxi skirt and I love it to death. I picked it up from Primark years ago, around the time when everyone was wearing maxi skirts then I left it in my wardrobe covering dust until recently. It's a super lightweight jersey fabric in dark grey, so it pretty much goes with everything. The slit up the side isn't too daring but enough to allow me to walk it - after a previous experience with a maxi skirt when I could only hobble around not getting anywhere fast. 

What do you think of maxi skirts, love them or hate them?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The Best Products For Wavy Hair

My hair is naturally wavy and thick, but sometimes it needs a little helping hand to define my waves and curls. If my hair was left to air dry itself, there would be a whole lot of frizz and corkscrew curls to deal with! So here are those products for wavy hair I can't live without...

Hair masks are a proper treat for me because a. I'm lazy and b. they make my hair go all swishy! I've never tried anything from Bumble and Bumble until I won their Curl Conscious Nourishing Masque at a raffle. This really helps to make my curls feel lightweight and define them as my thick hair generally weighs them down. It smells gorgeous and applies like a dream to my hair, and thankfully only takes 10 minutes so I'm not impatiently waiting...

My lovely sister bought this for me a little while ago and it's still going strong! I must be towards the end of it now because I use it regularly. Once I've washed and towel dried my hair, I apply a large pump of the TIGI Bed Head Foxy Curls in my hands then run it through my hair and particularly on the middle and ends of my hair. It smells super sweet and delicious, almost like you want to eat it... I find this is the best product for giving me natural and pretty waves, especially after air drying.

If I'm in a rush and want to quickly add a few natural waves to my hair, this is the product I turn to. A few years ago the Toni & Guy Sea Salt Texturising Spray was everywhere and everyone was using it to add texture and beachy waves to their hair. On either damp or dry hair, I just spritz this across my hair and give it a bit of a squeeze to help encourage a few waves!

Sometimes because my hair is so thick and heavy, my waves can fall down quite easily if I don't use a hairspray. At the moment I'm using the ghd Final Shine Hairspray that not only sets my hair and stops my waves from falling down, but it also adds a gorgeous sheen to my hair. It's not crunchy or stiff like some hairsprays can leave your hair looking like either.

What are your favourite products for wavy hair?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Current Favourite Bloggers

I love catching up with my favourite blogger's latest posts - reading them gives me such happy pleasure and inspires me to do better with my own blog. Generally I try to get half an hour of reading three times a week, which isn't much and is something I want to do more of!

Each morning I open my Bloglovin app, Roxie always brings in the goods with another cracking beauty post. I love how relatable her posts are and genuinely honest, I can take a good few recommendations from Roxie and trust that they'll be true.

You know those blogs that have everything you need and more? Kirstie's blog is just that. From Things I've Learnt From Love Island, money managing advice to Disney themed posts and beauty favourites, Kirstie's blog is one to bookmark.

Holly's photography and overall blog theme is so on point, if I could include the heart eyes emoji I would ten times over. Not only are her photos dreamy but I love that she's honest, there's a no-nonsense about her and she doesn't feel the pressure to please feel - real blogging at its finest!

If you haven't read Jemma's blog before, go read it right now, then come back. Done? Good. There's not ever a time when I start reading Jemma's blog that I don't smile, her whole blog just yells happiness and it's totally infectious. Her art and crafts are amazing too, so make sure you check them out.

I'm in awe of people who daily blog, simply thinking of those many blog ideas, planning them and scheduling all of the social media posts is enough to make my head hurt! But Amie does it each day and so well that I'm always excited to see her latest posts from lifestyle and beauty to food and her favourite vegan recipes. 

Who are your current favourite bloggers? Put their links in the comments!

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 13 July 2017

OOTD: Another Striped Top and Casual Outfit

Top: Primark
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: ASOS
Bag: Florence Market

After I offloaded my casual outfit thoughts in last week's OOTD post, I've decided to keep things real round here. The outfits I do wear regularly are because they're comfortable, practical and because I like them! I do feel like I should take the 'fashion' out of my blogging description, because when you compare my blog to the amazing fashion bloggers on top of your Bloglovin' feed, there's no real comparison. I know I shouldn't really be comparing, but it's hard not to ya know? 

My main reasons for not wearing anything that exciting on here recently are because it's too darn hot and I've actually had a cold. I know, a cold in the summer! This week I've only just started to feel human again and get my mojo back, it's crazy how being ill can really take a toll on everything you do.

Anyways, I picked up this cute top from Primark a few weeks ago because a. it's striped, b. it's super soft and loose t-shirt style and c. I really like the shoulder cut-aways. The jeans are super old ones from Topshop and only come out on lazy weekends, but I like how the loose style of the jeans and top compliment each other. I'm so glad I picked up this leather satchel in Florence last year, it's got three sections that fit all of my crap in perfectly and the shoulder strap is so comfortable too. 

What do you think of this outfit? Do you feel the pressure of fashion blogging?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The Guide To Nail And Hand Care

The Guide To Nail And Hand Care with Vaseline, Leighton Denny, Nails Inc, Sanctuary Spa

My hands and nails are probably one of the parts of my body that get neglected the most. There's nothing against them, just that I kinda forget that they need some TLC too! During the winter months my hands are so very dry, to the point when they're painful and then in the summer months I love to paint my nails, so they require a lot of nail care too. I've discovered a good routine that's become my 'fool-proof' guide to nail and hand care that I wanted to share with you...

First up is washing and scrubbing them. My germaphobe OCD kicks in when I haven't washed my hands after coming home from work each evening - imagine all of the invisible germs I've got on my hands?! I tend to use natural hand washes or Heyland & Whittle which have gorgeous fragrances. Once or twice a week I'll use a body scrub in the shower and at the moment, it's Sanctuary Spa Mela Black Pepper & Ginger Body Scrub, and whilst I'm using that I'll give my hands a quick scrub too. There's no need to by a specific hand scrub, but make your body scrub a 2-in-1 product!

Hand cream is a must for me, especially when I've just washed and scrubbed my hands. I keep one on my bedside table, in my bathroom and at my desk so they're always on hand (pun not intended!) There's no particular brand, although L'Occitane is a guilty pleasure of mine, I'm using Vaseline Intensive Care Hand Cream at the moment. This has keratin which is proven to strengthen nails and Vaseline to nourish hands too. Try and apply hand cream just before bed to allow the cream to work its magic overnight.

When my nails are feeling particularly dry or brittle, I turn to my trusty Leighton Denny Renovate. Inside is a nail repair cream, which includes essential oils and you can apply daily to hydrate nails and a buffer to smooth out ridges along nails. You use the buffer Refine side once every 2-3 months to smooth out ridges, then you can use the nail repair cream whenever along with the buffer Shine side to work in the cream. I find my nails look so much healthier after using this kit and feel stronger too - definitely recommend!

So who's not the only person to forgo a base coat when applying nail polish? I used to always skip this step, thinking it was a waste of time but since using Nails Inc NailKale Superfood Base Coat, I've been converted. Not only is it packed full of vitamins and healthy stuff, but my nails are definitely feeling the benefit from it. They're much stronger and not as damaged as they would be after wearing nail polish. I also find my nail polish applies smoother and removes a lot easier with a base, especially if I'm wearing a glossy red shade. 

What are your best tips or product recommendations for nail and hand care?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Don't Beat Yourself Up

I'm pretty sure we're all guilty of beating ourselves up too much and being too hard on yourself. You're an amazing human being, and that's surely something to celebrate, right?

As bloggers we can be overly critical of ourselves with our blog layout and content to how many tweets we post a day or comments we leave on other blogs. Sometimes my blog is the last thing I want to look at as there's so much improvement that can be done to it. But you know what, I'm fed up of comparing my blog to other blogs and myself to others. It's draining on me and such a waste of time, when it could be spent doing other things! Comparison is a big weed in my garden when it comes to beating myself up, it's like the dandelion in my sunflowers. 

In my opinion, social media plays a big part in us comparing ourselves to others. Did my photo get more likes than his? Am I taller/shorter/slimmer/prettier than she is? It's a never ending vicious circle! I was lucky enough to not grown up with a smart phone and tablet, only a pink Nokia flip phone on a pay as you go contract that only did texts and calls. I had to wait until the next day to talk to my friends about what happened on the Simpsons last night - can you imagine?! With no social media or advanced technology, there wasn't such a big pressure on comparing yourself to someone else's Twitter followers or Instagram likes. 

What I'm trying to get across is that your uniqueness as a person holds no comparison to anyone or anything else, so don't beat yourself up about it. Hold that thought whilst you're scrolling through Instagram or having a browse/stalking session on Facebook - and celebrate yourself just the way you are.

What's your opinion on this? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Thanks for reading.
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

OOTD: Denim and Daisy Prints, plus a ramble

Jacket, Top and Shoes: Primark
Jeans: ASOS
Bag: Zara

I've come to the realisation that my outfit posts aren't exactly groundbreaking, and this is an example! Instead I like to show a realistic outfit from my day, this is genuinely an outfit I wore last weekend to go shopping and I took a few photographs because I thought it looked cute. They're all clothes I've had for a fair while now and are very well loved, I can't believe this Primark denim jacket is pushing 5 years or more...

These past few weeks have been crazy busy and mind-spinning. To the point where I barely know what the date is - also how is it July already?! Just to prove my point of how I've seemed to completely skip June in a blink. My workload has been growing and growing in size, with new brands and product launches in the pipeline for this summer. I get that excited butterfly feeling in my stomach every time I hear about a new product, then my brain starts listing off a bunch of ideas of how we can market it online and I'm away with my planning and plotting for the next few weeks. Today I'm actually on a tutorial shoot for one of our brands, so crazy, right? I've never actually been on a set before or organised one myself, so I'm so excited to get started. Wish me luck!

Thanks for reading my ramble - sometimes it's just what you need to start the day afresh.
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

My Everyday Makeup ft. Rimmel, Bourjois

As my everyday makeup goes, it's pretty much whatever I can throw on my face the quickest and will still be looking okay come 3pm. I give myself about 10 minutes to apply my everyday makeup in the morning, which can stretch to half an hour when I'm going out at the weekend! My everyday makeup really does change by season, but this is the current look I'm going for...

After I've moisturised and applied SPF, I grab my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and apply a tiny amount of my bb cream to my face. I say small because a lot goes a lot way with this product! It's super dewy and natural on the face and does last throughout the day with a little powder.

Once my trusty Rimmel Stay Matte powder had finally finished, I wanted to try something that was a little lighter but still set my makeup. I love how lightweight this powder is and doesn't leave my face looking too cakey. There's been a lot of great reviews of the matching serum that I'll be trying next!

Whoever invented cream makeup products in a stick should get a pat on the back, because this is why my everyday makeup routines are so quick. This shade is a very vibrant pink, that looks like a gorgeous flush on the cheeks once applied. It's a super creamy formula so there's plenty of time to blend with a brush or your fingers.

A classic but nonetheless still a fab product. To add a little shimmer to my cheek and brow bones and cupids bow, I just add a few drops of this and then blend with my fingers. It's super quick and easy, plus it doesn't look too unnatural on my pale complexion!

Finding a shade that's genuinely light enough for my brows was a tricky problem a few years ago, but thankfully brands have woken up to the varied eyebrow colours. Of course I use the lightest shade in this quad and apply it with an angled brush after using a spoolie to comb through my brows and set them in place.

This is a fairly new product to my everyday makeup, but I love it. I'm not normally the type of gal to go for big volume and clumpy spider lashes, I like a mascara that seperates my lashes and gives them a bit of volume and colour from root to tip. Rimmel have always been a favourite mascara brand of mine and I love this one too. Not only did it survive the heatwave a few weeks ago (no panda eyes here!) but it tints your lashes too!

By now I'm sure you will all know how much I love these lip butters as they've featured many times on my blog. Made with shea butter, these lip butters give my lips a pop of colour and nourish them at the same time. They're great if you can't be bothered to apply lipstick in the mirror and they smell so gorgeous too.

What's in your everday makeup routine?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 2 July 2017

Feeling Nostalgic

I like feeling nostalgic, looking back at happy memories with a smile on my face and wishing I could have one moment there to relive it all again. The dictionary definition of nostalgia is a sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past. And that's where I have a problem with it. 

Having been through school, college and now working full time, I sometimes wish for the easy life of only having to worry about my homework or how I did my hair for school the next day. Is it weird to want to be a kid again? Especially when all I wanted to be when I was a kid was to be a grown-up. There are so many cool and exciting things about being an adult, don't get me wrong I wouldn't change anything that's happened in the past few years! But there's something naive and endearing I guess about being a kid again. 

Underneath my bed I have a large box full to the brim of nostalgia. There's the cake toppers my sister made for my 21st birthday last year, my ID card for when I was at City College in Brighton, special wrapping paper that I was given by my best friend, medals from charity walks and runs and so much more. 

One thing I am particularly organised about is keeping tickets and momentos from holidays abroad, I have two books full of cinema and concert tickets, maps from various cities and general random bits and bobs that remind me of happy memories. I still keep these things today and even though some people ask why do you keep all of these things, it's so that I can look back in one, five or even ten years time and remember that memory like it was yesterday. 

What's your opinion on nostalgia? Do you keep tickets and momentos?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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