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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Sunday, 27 August 2017

Why I Stay Out Of Blogging Dramas

It's been feeling like every time I log into Twitter, there's a new blogger drama. Most of the time I never actually know who is at the center of the drama, but from what other people are saying I get the gist of why there's drama and I physically roll my eyes again.

Because why is there the need? It's seriously draining to see people just arguing on Twitter and sending indirect tweets to others. I started blogging five years ago (yup, it's a long while!) and the first few years I didn't really use social media that much, then I discovered Twitter and Instagram and this whole new world to blogging. Then there's those days when you wish there wasn't a Twitter or Instagram argument.

So this is why I stay out of blogging dramas:

- I really haven't got the time (or energy)
For those non-regular readers, I have a full time job in London that starts at 8:30am and finishes at 5:30pm so there's not a lot of spare time in the weekday. And even less at the weekend when you're fitting in a social life! So basically, I haven't got time to care about your blogger argument.

- Everyone has an opinion on social media
Twitter is great for those healthy debates and discussions, but the one thing that stops me getting really involved in conversations are other people's opinions jumping down my throat. It's like that saying, 'if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all' and I feel like a lot of people really need to remember that.

- It can turn pretty nasty really quickly
One controversial tweet and your notifications could blow up quicker than a souffle in an oven. The thing with social media is that it's so much quicker than traditional media, so everything can become quite heated in the moment.

- You can't take back what you've said
Once it's out there, there's no taking it back. Similar to the last point about a blogger argument going so quickly on social media, is that you can be mis-informed and voice your opinion without getting the whole story. Then as quickly as you tweeted it, it comes back to bite you and you regret getting involved in the first place.

- I'm not in blogging for the dramas
Like I said I've been blogging for a good five years now and getting into arguments and generally stirring the controversial pot within the blogging community isn't my thing. I want to create content you'll enjoy, share content from other bloggers I enjoy and generally enjoy my hobby as a blogger. Life is hard enough without all the blogger dramas right?

What's your opinion on blogging dramas?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 24 August 2017

OOTD: Primark Floral Printed Trousers

Top: New Look
Trousers: Primark
Shoes: Clarks
Coat: H&M
Bag: Cath Kidston

To be honest, I never thought this blog would see me out of a pair of black skinny jeans (I do live in them!) But of course it's another Primark bargain spot and if it's pink and floral, I'm more than likely going to pick it up and try it on. Printed trousers sway between 'oh my god is she really wearing them?!' and 'she actually pulls them off really well' of course I'm hoping I'm in the latter category than the foremost. 

I kept the rest of the outfit really simple with a floaty blouse, nude pumps and my classic trench coat. This blouse was originally intended for a work Christmas party and has since made itself very useful, even if I do feel like Captain Jack Sparrow with the billowing sleeves. These trousers have made me change my mind about printed styles, they could actually work really well with a Brenton top too. And anything that looks good with a stripe gets a thumbs up in my book. 

What do you think of these trousers? Are you a fan of printed trousers?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Beauty Products I Should Really Use More Of

Beauty Products I Should Really Use More Of, Facial Mists, Caudalie, Eyeshadow Sticks, Kiko, Foot Cream, Burt's Bees, Hair Masks, Tresemme, Primer

There wasn't really a shorter blog post title I could have used today! Basically these are those beauty products that I'd love to use more of, but totally forget to or neglect them completely. I really am trying to get into a proper routine of using my beauty products, just adding them a couple of a time so I'm not completely overwhelmed with products to use. I'd love to know more about your beauty routines, so leave them in the comments below! On to the beauty products I should really use more of...

Facial Mists
I once heard a well-known beauty guru say facial mists are pointless - and to a degree I do agree with her! But to be honest, if there's part of my skincare routine that I can skip I will (lazy girl problems!) I currently own a few facial mists from Avene, La Roche Posay and Caudalie, proving I clearly have a thing for french facial mists. My favourite is definitely the Caudalie Beauty Elixir as I love the scent and pump, but the thing I struggle with is when do I use it? After makeup, before makeup or as a toner?!

Cream Eyeshadow Sticks
Another classic lazy girl product and the person who invented makeup in sticks should really be given a pat on the back, you guys have saved myself a lot of time! My day-to-day makeup is very basic and eyeshadow does generally get left for the special occasions. When I do use these products, they're so easy to just add a bit of colour without the hassle of blending and correcting any fall out. Maybe I will reignite my love for eyeshadow sticks, but at the moment I'd rather have the extra time in bed.

Foot Cream
Usually I'd apply foot cream at night to let it absorb whilst I sleep, but recently I've been so lazy recently and totally forgotten! I guess it's getting into a habit of a mini skin and body care routine before bed, and my poor feet always end up last. My current foot cream of choice is the Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Creme, which isn't like a normal cream but actually a gel-like consistency. However it works so well to moisturise my feet and not leave them feeling greasy. Hopefully I'll start to remember to use this one!

I know there's some people who religiously swear by a primer for making their foundation, but I've never really got on the band wagon. That's not to say I don't own one or two though! However, eyeshadow primer is a godsend for me as I find my makeup creases throughout the day. Maybe I just haven't found the right one to wow me yet and I need to do more research before I totally dismiss it completely.

Hair Masks
I've seen some serious transformations after using a hair mask, and I definitely envy the results! Again it's a lazy girl problem of having to wet your hair, apply and leave for 30 mins before washing out. Who really has that much time every week? I guess it's about making the time, but I think at this point I don't need to remind you that I can be pretty lazy! I have a couple of hair masks that help soften waves and curls and helps to de-frizz hair like this Tresemme Keratin Smooth Hair Mask, but I also love the Aussie 3 Minute Deep Conditioner because it's bloomin' fast and fab.

What beauty products should you use more of?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Enjoying The Little Moments

As humans, we're constantly wanting more from life. Whether that's travelling to new places, learning a new skill or filling up your weekend with blogging, there's always something more. Over the past few weeks I've been pushing myself to experience more and do more things day-to-day, but that's actually pushed me to the brink of exhaustion. Not quite burnt-out but pretty close to collapsing in a heap and not wanting doing anything for a few hours. 

That's why I thought I'd write this post to remind me to enjoy the little moments that happen each day. It could be as simple as making yourself a cup of tea and taking yourself off to bed early with a book or treating yourself to a little chocolate after a manic day of work. The feeling of contentment in those little moments are what I want to hold on it. It's not necessarily the big and grand gestures that mean the most and stay ingrained in your memory, the little stuff counts too. 

Now it's about finding that balance of relaxing and taking time for yourself, whilst not missing out on the great experiences and getting that FOMO feeling. For each busy day or evening I plan, I make sure the day after or before is completely free to just do nothing and enjoy the little moments. Last Sunday I spent all afternoon sitting in my garden with a book in my hand, completely free of any pressure that I'm wasting my time not being out there and exploring. Taking time for yourself and enjoying the little moments are just as important.

What do you do to relax? Any tips for enjoying the little moments?

Thanks for reading, it may be a little rambly!

Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

OOTD: Summer Style Scarves

Jacket and Top: Primark
Skirt: ASOS
Shoes: New Look
Bag: Cath Kidson
Scarf: Accessorize

In classic British fashion, I'd definitely say this summer has been totally rubbish. Too much rain and cloud for my liking! Although there have been a few nice days that I've actually been able to crack out the sandals and wear something fairly summery. I've loved wear these lace up sandals this summer, they have a fabric canvas sole which means they're so comfortable to wear and keep my feet cool too. 

When I was at school and wearing a school uniform everyday, the only way I could express myself is through my hair and jewellery. I used to spend ages playing with my hair and creating new looks each day, ending up with a massive hair clip and hairband collection! I did keep this leopard print scarf which sits perfectly with my hair colour and adds a bit more to my otherwise plain look. 

What is your go-to hairstyle?

Thanks for reading!  
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

My Favourite Cleansers ft. Boots, Garnier, Aldi

I don't think there's a better feeling than removing your makeup after a long day and treating your skin to a nourishing cleanse. Skincare is my favourite beauty section to shop and explore, there's SO many new and innovative products launched in the past few years and that it so exciting.

There's so many different types of cleansers that I thought I'd take you through my favourites:

Micellar Water
Before micellar water came along, I was all about the wipes for removing my makeup. It now makes me cringe to remember then! I've tried a few micellar waters but always come back to the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. It's great for removing really stubborn eyeliner or lipstick and doesn't sting my eyes. Plus point is that it's also available in Savers and Wilko, below the RRP price in Boots.

Cream Cleanser
This is the bread and butter of cleansing, my pillar of cleansers. I like to use a cream cleanser after removing my makeup, gently massaging it across my face then removing it with a flannel. Liz Earle is the pinnacle of cream cleansers clearly, but I found a great dupe from Aldi (of all places!) that it so soothing on my skin and leaves it feeling soft and smooth.

Oil Cleanser
I've used a few oil cleansers in my time and they are really lovely to use in the colder months, as my skin tends to become tight, dry and uncomfortable. Sometimes I've been too lazy to use my micellar water and skipped straight to an oil to remove my makeup and generally they do work well to break down my makeup and cleanse my skin. I'd definitely recommend the Una Brennan Superfacialist Vitamin C Cleansing Oil, read my full review here.

Scrub and Gel Cleanser
Whilst my evening cleanse is more luxurious and a treat for me, my morning cleanse is a lot quicker and efficient. I'll normally opt for a gentle scrub or gel cleanser that refreshes my skin and preps it for moisturising. Simple has been a long love of mine, but Boots own are actually really great value for money. I love their Tea Tree range and now the Berry range has added gels and scrubs and I am obsessed with them!

What's your cleansing routine? Any recommendations?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Things That Make Me Feel Sassy

You know that sassy hand tipping point emoji? It's one of my favourite emojis to use and kinda inspired this post! If I'm in a down mood or had a bad day at work, there's a few things guaranteed to perk up my mood again and bring out the sass in me.

Things That Make Me Feel Sassy:

- Red lipstick.
I feel like this would be on many girls lists for boosting their mood! A red lipstick is the best quick-fix and there's so many types to choose from nowadays that you'll definitely find your match.

- Music.
The right song can make or break my mood, and there's so many songs that make me feel so sassy and almost strutting my way to work...! Beyonce, Little Mix and Cyndi Lauper, Girls Just Want To Have Fun are a few of my favourites.

- A gorgeous dress.
It might sound vain, but I always feel my best when I'm all dresses up and looking fab. A red dress is the ultimate mood boosting outfit for me, paired with heels and a smile and I'm good to go!

- Cocktails with my friends.
Never do I feel so sassy than when I'm with my friends having a few cocktails and catch up.

- Bossing a project.
I've been working really hard on a few projects over the past couple of months and now that work is really starting to pay off. It's great to feel that satisfied feeling when you've done a good day's work.

What makes you feel sassy?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

OOTD: Primark Stripe and Green Skirt

Jacket, Top and Skirt: Primark
Shoes: Missguided
Bag: Souvenir from Florence, Italy

I am a Primark magpie, it's one of my favourite places to shop and finding those hidden gems for a fraction of the price from other high streets is a massive win for my purse and wardrobe. It's lucky that I work just by the large Tottenham Court Road branch, but also my local Crawley shop regularly re-stocks it's shelves with fresh new fashion. I found this gorgeous green pleated skirt the other day for just £8 and I know it'll work just as well at winter with tights and boots too, a real multi-tasker!

The only issue I have with Primark is that it's fast and cheap fashion. I'd love to have a capsule wardrobe with great quality staples that'll last years and years until you've worn them through. And I do choose jackets and jeans for example from Zara, ASOS and Topshop because they will last me a good while before replacing. It's shops like Primark and New Look that fill that gap of having up to date fashion without spending too much. After my Primark clothes are looking a little worn and done with, they'll either head to the charity shop or for recycling, or even to friends if they can be re-used again. 

What are your thoughts on fast fashion? Do you love Primark too?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

My Relationship With Makeup

Me and Makeup. Makeup and I. It's a happy relationship at the moment, a working relationship that does the job and more. Some days we don't agree (especially when I've forgotten to remove my makeup after a late night out...) and we need a break from each other, but on the whole we're on a happy road to marriage.

For me, makeup is the thing that can turn my look from drab to fab with just a little eyebrow gel, mascara and blusher and maybe a bit more than that...! Makeup is that part of beauty where you get to have a bit of fun and be creative. Will today be an eyeliner flick day? Or a red lippie kinda feeling? Makeup gives me the confidence to catch the eye of that cute guy on the train or taken on the meeting with a great result. 

There are days when me and makeup spend time apart, and that's okay because confidence within your own skin is important too. I'm not the most knowledgeable or confident when applying makeup or using it, but I feel like I know what looks good and anything else I can learn. Definitely I'd like to learn more and find more looks to play around with, if you recommend any tutorials or Instagram accounts to follow, put them in the comments! 

Makeup is a great tool, you only have to see the The Power Of Makeup tutorials to see how much makeup can change a persons appearance and their confidence along with it too. I'll never stop falling in love with makeup, it's a match made in heaven.

What's your relationship with makeup like? Any favourite brands and products?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Things I've Learnt On My Three Year Anniversary

So lets make it clear that it's my work anniversary and not any other anniversary....! On Friday 4th August it was my three year work anniversary, and actually my three year anniversary for working full time in my proper first job. I like marking special dates and memories, and this one was filled with as much laughter in the office as it was on day one. In a non-cringey way I was reflecting on my 3 years at work and thought I'd share about what I've learnt throughout my time:

- Be patient
When I first started my job, I wanted to do everything and started working 100 miles an hour. However as they say Rome wasn't built in a day and I've learnt to be patient over time. There's so many things that can throw a spanner in the works and add extra time to a project, which can be frustrating but patience is an important skill to learn.

- Things happen for a reason
Bad news is not necessarily a bad thing but a new challenge. I've learnt that things definitely do not go plain sailing at my work and that means I have to adapt to the new situation. I've always wanted a job that isn't the same everyday and my current role is so much fun and different everyday!

- You're always learning
There's never been a point in my current role where I've thought, 'okay I've learnt everything that I need to.' Whether it's something to do with my job or a general work environment lesson, each day there's something new to discover. I think if you start to close off your mind to learning new things then new experiences don't come your way anymore.

- If it feels right it's right
When I first started job hunting I would apply for jobs that didn't feel right to me and come out of interviews not feeling like I'd quite fit in. Then when I went to my interview for my current job, my gut just told me this was the perfect place to kick start my career. So always trust your gut!

- A work and life balance is important
This one took me a good few months to learn, especially as I was a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed newbie who just wanted to do as well as she could. That also meant going to the post office on my lunch breaks, doing work that was outside of my job role and checking my emails over the weekend to show how eager I am. I believe that it get the best out of me during my working hours that it's important to take time out for yourself to recuperate and restart afresh the next day. 

What lessons have your learnt from your first job? Are you looking for a new job?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 3 August 2017

OOTD: Peasant Blouse and Cross Bar Shoes

Jacket: Primark
Top: Zara
Jeans: M&S
Shoes: Missguided
Bag: Cath Kidston
Earrings: Forever 21

This blouse has fast become one of my favourite tops to wear, considering it was a Zara sale purchase! I love seeing how the peasant blouse and embroidery trend has taken off and practically everything has some sort of stitching style. These Topshop MOTO Floral Embroidered Joni Jeans are so cute and would work casual and smart with a crisp white shirt. And of course Zara come up with the most gorgeous embroidered pieces, especially this Floral Embroidered Shirt. And now my shopping list has grown again...

This week has been crazy busy, like seriously busy! Usually work starts to quieten down during the summer but it's been the complete opposite these past few weeks. Because of that I've been taking more time out to step out of the office on my lunch breaks, even if it is to go to Primark (ooops!) I've also been reading more books recently and found it's such a great way to escape from the busy modern life. Never doubt the power of a good book!

What do you think of the embroidery trend? Any book recommendations?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

How To Keep Up With Blogging

Sometimes I even wonder how I keep up with blogging! It's such a fast pace and always-connected community that it can be overwhelming, especially if it's a hobby or side project to your full time job/uni/school. Now I've been blogging for 5 years now and doing it alongside college and working full time, there's a few tips and advice I have for those who need a helping hand.

Find pockets of time
Evenings are normally great for me and even during my lunch breaks I'm replying to emails and catching up on Instagram. It's those pockets of time and using them wisely and efficiently that help relieve some pressure later on. It might be Sunday afternoon or an hour or two after work, keep that time in mind for blogging activities.

Plan, Plan, Plan!
I couldn't live without my Paperchase notebook and colour coordinating pens. Each month I print off a new calendar and scribble down all of the new posts I have planned for that month. Then there's a colour coded system for when I've taken photos, written the post and scheduled the Twitter and Instagram posts too. It's the only way which I can keep up with posting each week so I don't get behind with anything!

Batch photos and posts
Similar to my planning point, but by blocking out one sunny morning to take photos for the next few posts it makes such a difference to your time. Then I can come to edit those photos and write the accompanying posts when I've got a spare evening. This is also helped by my monthly calendar as I can see which posts are coming up and what photos I'll need to take for them.

Don't put pressure on yourself
With all of the above tips, you definitely need to take time out for yourself too. I generally don't pick up my laptop or use my phone too much on Monday and Friday evenings, banking these hours as 'me' time. If your parents are anything like mine, they would've told you when you were younger that your eyes would go square from staring at the screen too much! For many of us, blogging is a fun hobby and doesn't need to be stressed over, so remember your 'me time' too.

What are your tips for keeping up with blogging?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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