Monday, 31 December 2018

Review: Swissforce Couperose 6 Months On

As it's been 6 months since my last Swissforce Couperose Review, I thought now would be a great opportunity to update you all on my progress with it!

Like most people, I suffer from redness across my cheeks when the weather gets colder and this year I was kindly gifted the Swissforce Couperose Thread & Spider Veins Balm to help calm this. Generally I've been applying it once in the evenings just before my moisturiser, as I find this works best for me.

I've really enjoyed the texture and smoothness of the product and with constant use, I have seen a visible improvement to the redness in my skin. It was never drastically bad but I've always been conscious of it showing through my makeup! I like that it sits well underneath my moisturiser and doesn't react badly to the rest of my skin or anything.

If like me you suffer from redness from the cold weather or are conscious of spider or thread veins, I'd definitely recommend you pick this up from After years of trying to find something for my skin, I'm so glad I've been introduced to Swissforce Couperose!

Have you tried this before? What's the best skincare you've discovered in 2018?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

REVIEW: LQ Liquid Health Supplement Skin, Hair & Nails

For a few years I've been taking supplements to help boost the appearance of my skin, but recently I'd found that they haven't been working as well as I'd like. Enter LQ Liquid Health Supplements Skin, Hair and Nails!

Each day I've been taking a shot of LQ Liquid Health Supplements and I've been surprised at how quickly the results have shown! I've been taking them every day for a month now and my skin has never been as clear as it has been now, I'm seriously impressed. 

It has a selection of ingredients like collagen, hyaluronic acid and biotin that are proven to help boost the overall health of your skin, hair and nails. Whilst my hair has been looking shiny and glossy again, my nails don't break or feel as weak as they used to be. I can hands down say it's because of the LQ Liquid Health Supplements Skin, Hair and Nails!

You can buy them from Boots for £29.99 for a 10 day box or you can go direct to LQ Liquid Health and choose their subscribe and save option, which will save you money in the long run!

What's your opinion of liquid supplements? Have you tried LQ Liquid Health before?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Battling a sore throat with Grether's Pastilles

If there's one thing I can guarantee about the new season, it's that I'll most definitely get a sore throat, cough or cold of some sort! So when I had the chance to review Grether's Pastilles on my blog, I jumped at the chance.

Grether's Pastilles are handmade in Switzerland and are packaged in these cute little tins and refill packets are available too - so you're never without them! I chose the Blackcurrant Sugar Free flavour because I am obsessed with this flavour. Instead of chewing the pastilles, you gently suck on them and you can actually feel a protective layer coating your throat. 

Whenever I am suffering from a sore throat or feel one about to attack, I pop a Grether's Pastilles in my mouth and it feels instantly soothed and protected again. I did a little research into the brand and loved reading about their manufacturing process, did you know the pastilles sit for 3 months before being packaged into tins? That's how you get all the nourishment from the pastilles! 

You can pick up Grether's Pastilles from and the tins start at £3.99. The other flavours include Elderflower, Redcurrant and Blueberry too, all of which are on my list to try next...

Have you tried Grether's Pastilles before?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Travelling with Twist & Spritz and The Fragrance Shop

When it comes to travelling, I like to travel light (because that means I can fit in more shopping, no?) and it's especially important when it comes to my favourite fragrance. Currently I am loving Daisy by Marc Jacobs, which I picked up from The Fragrance Shop along with the Twist & Spritz fragrance atomiser. 

Daisy by Marc Jacobs is a fresh and uplifting scent, the perfect daytime scent and it's fast becoming my signature scent. Although I do adore the bottle design, it isn't exactly travel friendly. That's where the Twist & Spritz fragrance atomiser comes into play.

You simply pump the fragrance into the atomiser, so there's no faffing around pouring the fragrance from one to another - and you're ready to go! Obviously I picked the rose gold style because I'm that cliche. It also fits perfectly in my handbag so I'm never without my signature scent. 

Have you tried Daisy by Marc Jacobs or Twist & Spritz before?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Review: Swissforce Couperose

I'm making it part of my mission to start talking more about the beauty concerns we're embarrassed about. Starting with redness, thread and spider veins! Not the most glamourous of topics to write about, but something that always comes about in the summer.

Because my skin is super sensitive (hello pale English rose skin!) it sometimes reacts badly to the heat. I've been trailing and testing the Swissforce Couperose balm throughout this heatwave we've been having - and have had amazing results! A little really does go a long way with this product and I love that it absorbs so quickly into my skin and gets to work straight away.

If you suffer from redness or thread and spider veins during the summer, I'd 100% recommend this!

I picked mine up from but you can also find it from from £24.90 30ml size. 

Have you tried Swissforce before?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 8 July 2018

Review: RosehipPLUS Rosehip Oil

I'll let you into a secret, I used to be scared to use a oil on my skin. To me oils would equal in an oily and shiny face and because I have combination skin, I thought it would completely throw off the balance. However since I've been using the RosehipPLUS Rosehip Oil I've been converted.

RosehipPLUS is an Australian brand that's available in the UK online from places like Amazon and directly from the brand website. The first thing I noticed about the product is the amazing size and value for money! A little goes a long way with this oil and you only need a few drops for it to be completely absorbed into your face. I've mainly been using it as a nighttime moisturiser as it helps to target my dry patches (they've cleared up so well since I've been using it!) and obviously help to keep my skin lovely and smooth.

There isn't a particularly strong smell, which means it's great for sensitive skin types, and it's 100% natural and Organic Certified - something I'm definitely taking more notice of with my skincare brands! Since doing a bit more research into the brand and product I've discovered it's also great for reducing the appearance of scars and stretchmarks. Like any gal I have a few stretchmarks on my thighs I've like to be less obviously and a large scar on my forearm, which probably will never disappear but I'm looking forward to trying RosehipPLUS on it and seeing how well it does. 

Overall if you're on the look out for a natural facial oil to try, you won't go wrong with RosehipPLUS Rosehip Oil! Pick yours up from Amazon or and make sure to let me know what you think.

Have you tried RosehipPLUS before? What's your favourite facial oil?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 5 July 2018

Review: J.One Jelly Pack

As we all know skincare is one of my favourite things to talk about on my blog! And recently I've been trying the J.One Jelly Pack - the latest product from the famous k-beauty gang.

It works as a primer, moisturiser and mask and I've most been using it as a primer. I love how well it grips onto my makeup and really helps to ensure it stays put all day. The texture is gel-like and ultra-cooling especially on days like this. I love using it to cool down my t-zone! I've been trying out the 30ml size which is perfect for travelling too, I can imagine it's perfect for any hot summer holiday.

You can pick yours up from Beauty Bay for £17.

Have you tried anything from J.One before? What's your favourite primer?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Finding My Blogging Mojo Again

Every once in a while I find myself lacking the motivation to blog, and I'm sure I'm not the only blogger who's experienced this. On the one hand I've been blogging for so long that to not blog just feels unnatural to me, but recently I've succumbed to the pressure of keeping up with a community that I no longer feel a part of.

So how have a found my blogging mojo again? Through reconnecting with the community and going back to my blogging roots of why I started it. I love speaking to other bloggers, reading their blog posts and leaving comments. I began planning more blog posts, taking photos and enjoying it. If I took a week off, so what? Nothing's going to happen if I take a little break! I do this purely to write and create something of which I can share and connect with others.

If you're reading this and thinking 'yup, that's exactly how I'm feeling about blogging right now' I urge you to go back to the basics. Think about the reasons why you started blogging, was it share a passions about baking, beauty or simply for the pleasure of writing? Start step by step and don't feel like you have to write a new post every few days, blog simply for you and your enjoyment!

What do you think about this post? How have you got your blogging mojo back before?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Book Haul featuring Jane Green and Lucy Diamond

I caught the book bug recently and went a little crazy hauling some new reads! Generally I'll get through a good book within 1 1/2 weeks, taking it on the train with me and reading it in bed. I have a few favourite authors, which I'll tell you more about, and stick to classic chic lit novels with a few light crime stories too. 

Charity shops are my go-to for finding new and classic books - plus it's supporting a great cause too! A lot of the books I've finished and no longer want to keep go to the charity shop too and gets passed onto the next person.

I picked up Rivers Of London by Ben Aaronovitch because I love London as a city and was curious by the blurb. The novel starts with an officer called Peter Grant, in the Met Police who deals with magic and the supernatural within London. He has a lot going on from figuring out what's causing people to killers to London gangs causing mayhem. I love the magic element of it and it's completely different from the usual books I read, so I'm exciting to get started!

After the amazing BBC programme last year (I think?!) as soon as I spotted Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty, I had to pick it up. It's a thriller and centers around Dr Yvonne Carmichael, her lover and how an affair can end up in court and a murder. I'm hoping the book and TV series are similar because I really enjoyed the programme and can't wait to read the original book.

What also happens a lot is book swapping between my mum and her friends, because we all have similar reading tastes! I haven't read any of Carole Matthews books before but I can tell from the cover and titles that it's a classic and comforting chic lit book. And I know you're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover.

Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses by Carole Matthews is a heartwarming book about a single mother, called Christine, who's struggling to juggle work, her family and her love for craft. And suddenly she has a big decision to make that could change everything... I love reading stories that are realistic and about hard working women, it's so inspiring and great to read.

I'll admit that I started reading Million Love Songs by Carole Matthews yesterday and am absolutely cracking up at the Take That and Gary Barlow references! Ruby Brown is a recent divorcee with a plan to turn her life around, including starting a new job, new place and conquering her biggest fears. Throughout this she meets two men who are the complete opposite of each other, but one could end up her true love. So far it's a fab and easy read that I can quite happily curl up on the sofa with for a few hours.

Another place I shop my books from is Amazon. They always have a great selection of the old and new books from all of my favourite authors. I'm always topping up my cart with books to reach the free delivery option!

Starting with Falling by Jane Green, I absolutely adore her books and writing because it's just like she's talking to me as a best friend. It's a classic love story about a girl called Emma who leaves the UK for a better life in New York (aka my favourite place in the world!) for a high flying career, great apartment and string of boyfriends. Onto a new place and Emma starts falling for a man and soon has to make a big decision that could risk her losing it all...

Lucy Diamond is another favourite author of mine and her books always revolve around a few women who end up being your fab supportive gang! Sweet Temptation is about Maddie who's going through a tough time at work, with her kids and especially her weight. After joining a local weight-loss group, she finds allies in two women each experiencing their own battles.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found a few new authors and books to try! What have you been reading recently?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 17 May 2018

Baking: Making Mary Berry's Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Fun Fact: I thought for a long while Mary Berry was actually called Merry Berry and that her name sounded so happy all the time! Anyway, my mum found a gluten-free brownie recipe in a magazine and we decided to give it a whirl...

This recipe made a lot of brownies, so if it's too large then you can half the recipe. Otherwise we've frozen the ones that wouldn't keep. The brownies make for a great dessert as they're soft in the middle and crispy on top!

- 350g of dark chocolate, broken into pieces
- 250g of butter
- 300g of dark muscovado sugar (we actually used normal dark brown sugar!)
- 6 eggs
- 75g of ground almonds

How To
 1. Start by preparing a traybake tin that's roughly 23 x 30cm and use a little butter to grease the tin and line with baking paper. Also preheat the oven to 180 degrees/ 160 degrees fan or Gas 4.

2. Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a heatproof bowl, then add the butter and set over a small saucepan of simmering water. Heat through until runny and melted. The tip is to not let the bowl touch the water in the saucepan!

3. Measure the sugar in a bowl, add the eggs and whisk together until the sugar and butter are incorporated. Pour the mixture in the melted chocolate mixture and stir evenly until evenly mixed, then fold in the ground almonds and stir gently to combine.

4. Pour the mixture into the traybake and bake in the oven for between 30-35 minutes or until a light crust forms on top and the mixture is firm around the edges but soft in the middle.

5. Leave to cool in the tin then cut into squares.

I found the recipe really easy and quick to make, plus the brownies are delicious with double cream or ice cream. If you do make this recipe then let me know what you think!

Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Brand Review: Superdrug Vitamin E Skincare

Sometimes own-brand skincare ranges can get a little criticism from people, thinking that because it's at a low price point that it's not great quality. I like to mix in high end and high street products because my skin can be so temperamental that I swap in a lot of products depending on what's happening at the time.

The Superdrug own skincare ranges have been getting a lot of love recently, not only because they're at a great price but because their skincare really does deliver results. I've been trying the Vitamin E range for a while now and thought I would share my thoughts on how well they've been working with my skin!

My skin type verges between combination and dehydrated, which I think is down to working in a busy and polluted city! So I need a face cream that hydrates without clogging my skin and provides SPF protection. I'll admit that on most days I do add an extra SPF on top just because my skin is so sensitive to the sun! The SPF 15 Moisturising Day Cream absorbs into my skin really well and leaves it feeling hydrated. There's nothing overly special about this but it's a fab bargain alternative.

The much hyped cleanser is of course the Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser, which some have compared to the award-winning Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser. I like using this as a morning cleanse because it does dry out my skin or leave it feeling tight, but nicely cleansed and ready for the day. It's super moisturising and I can really tell the difference when using this vs a harsh scrub.

Probably the product that has divided me the moist is the Vitamin E Nourishing Eye Cream. I have a cluster of little white bumps called Mila underneath my eyes that are a real pain, not even concealer can help to cover them! However since using this eye cream twice a day I've noticed a massive difference in the appearance of my eyes, they're a lot smoother and my dark circles are lighter too. The reason why this eye cream divides my opinion is because it is rubbish when you've applied concealer on top. It pills or makes small little balls when I use my fingers or brush to blend my concealer and is so annoying! I'll keep using it and be careful when applying my concealer or switch to something else for the day.

A serum is the best way to boost my dehydrated skin because it deeply absorbs into my skin and works to help improve my skin from the inside out! I love that this has a little pump so I can get just the right amount for my skin and it works perfectly underneath my moisturiser. What I also love about the whole Vitamin E range from Superdrug is that it's 100% vegan and cruelty-free, plus if you're not happy with the product then you can take it back for a refund.

The Superdrug Vitamin E range is currently Buy One Get Second Half Price now too!

Have you tried the Superdrug Vitamin E range? What new skincare have you tried recently? 

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 13 May 2018

Things That Have Made Me Happy Recently

I'd love to do more of these kind of posts, it's the perfect way to round off a week and start the new one! Even if it's not the most exciting blog post to read it's the most enjoyable for me to write.

- Starting a new job and finishing at a old one
Probably my biggest news to come this year! I've waved goodbye to working at Brodie & Stone as part of the digital marketing team for 3 1/2 years and am starting a new job on the 21st May. I'm not sure whether I can say exactly what the job is and with what company, but it's a lot closer to home and it's still within the digital marketing industry with beauty brands!

- Spending more quality time with friends and family
I've been spending a lot more time organising meet ups, lunches and dinner dates with a friends and colleagues to celebrate my new job. And now I have a week off in between my old and new jobs, I've been planning to spend more time with my friends and family! Keep an eye out on my Instagram and Stories for daily updates...

- Getting back into reading more books
When they say reading is food for the soul, they weren't wrong! I go through reading phases when sometimes I can't put a book down and others when I really can't get into a story line. Right now I'm re-reading some of my favourites and added a few new novels from my favourite authors to an Amazon order. Is there really anything better than the smell of a book?!

- Not feeling the pressure to keep up with blogging
I actually took last week off blogging, mainly because I had felt so burnt out from blogging and putting pressure on having an Instagram post ready for each day. It's been a good feeling to take a step back and re-think my whole approach towards blogging. Now if I want to get three blog posts up and scheduling done for one week, I can but I won't necessarily feel like I have to.

- Being more creative
Even though photography may not be my strongest strength, I still enjoy being creative with flatlays and props. I love the whole creative process of blogging, going from the initial concept to seeing it live on your blog and social media. I think once you're past feeling pressurized then you can really start to feel creative and experimental.

What things have made you happy recently?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 3 May 2018

When Did We All Become So Busy?

Something I've been noticing these past few months is that everyone is so busy. You can ask someone how they are and they'd probably answer with 'fine, busy as usual.' - and that's the common response. The culture we're in now thrives on being busy all the time and having a diary full to the brim, being busy is the new cool.

We talk about building a good work and life balance, but the 9-5 working hours have gradually expanded into our own free time as time has gone on and we've not even noticed it, it's crept up on us. I find if I'm not connected to my work, checking my emails or our social media accounts that I'm missing out on something!

When I think about our busy culture and how it's completely taking over, I wonder if it's because we're not satisfied with what we have. We're taught to always strive for more and keep on going until we're happy. Keeping up with technology, fashion and beauty trends is exhausting in itself, it's no wonder why we're all feeling the stress.

We've seen a rise in digital detoxes, retreats and the hygge trend is something we all took on board when it became popular. I think these indicate a serious need to evaluate our busy-ness and what we can do to turn around our busy culture and not just go for a quick fix. Mental health, having breakdowns over work, school or college and a rise in anxiety is no doubt linked to our busy lives. I'm fed up of saying I'm busy and stressed, it's actually been called the 'busy-bragging' but we don't have to accept this.

By creating a healthy lifestyle and recognising that you don't always have to be 'on' or busy, you can sometimes sit and read a book or just sit if you need that calming head space! If we talk more about the busy culture and it's negative effects on our health, then we can help to make it less normal.

What do you think about our busy culture? Do you thrive on staying busy?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

My Addiction To Cleansing

Now that title was a bit click-bait wasn't it? I will say that I am obsessed with cleansing and simply do not have enough skin to keep my cleansing addiction satisfied! I was asked recently what motivates me in terms of beauty and I say I enjoy taking my makeup off each day and getting to do a full skincare routine each evening. I'm that serious...

I went to a talk with Clarins and Caroline Hirons was the host, talking all about skincare and of course cleansing (here's picture of us on Instagram!). I definitely learnt a lot about skincare and my skin during it and even had a mini skincare consultation by the beauty guru herself! (She said I need to exfoliate more and revisit my acids as I have super dry skin across my cheeks.) 

It got me thinking about my cleansing routine and how I am pretty much addicted to cleansers. I have an extensive collection of cleansers but generally go back to my all-time favourites like the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and the much more affordable Aldi Lacura version! I've been testing the Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse for a while now and it's blooming good. My favourite part is definitely the cleansing balm to remove my makeup, it's simply gorgeous and turns to a oil which really works to remove all my face makeup. 

Even on late nights or those lazy days I'll always cleanse my skin, and would much rather skip exfoliating or an eye cream over cleansing my skin any day. I like to switch up my cleansers during seasons, so I have a nourishing and rich cream during autumn and winter then an oil or balm for the lighter months. By now I know my skin agrees with brands like Liz Earle, Una Brennan Super Facialist, Simple and Superdrug own brand - which by the way are totally underrated! 

What cleansing brands do you recommend? Do you have a favourite cleansing balm?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x 

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Sunday, 29 April 2018

Book Review: The Hygge Holiday by Rosie Blake

Does anyone actually pronounce hygge correctly?! I say huggye like you're giving someone a hug, it sounds more cosy than hoo-gah. Anyway the concept of hygge is to feel warm and fuzzy, usually with a good book (ahh see what I did there?!) a few candles and something tasty to drink and eat.

I originally bought The Hygge Holiday by Rosie Blake for my mum at Christmas and she passed it on to me, saying it's something I'd enjoy! It's set in a small sleepy village called Yulethorpe in Suffolk where a Danish traveller called Clara is visiting and stays to find herself a house sitter for an eccentric lady and working at the local toy shop.

What Clara doesn't realise is that the house sitter's son, Joe comes back to find out what's going on with the family toy shop and is anything but hygge. Clara's determined to turn the future of the toy shop and village around and teach Joe the art of hygge, whilst eventually finding herself calling Yulethorpe home.

As expected by the book title, it's a hug in a book and a proper chic-lit story. I really enjoyed reading it and loved turning each page to discover something new! I managed to read through it so quickly and definitely recommend it for anyone who's looking for a lighthearted and joyful book to read.

Have you read this book before? What are you currently reading?

Thanks for reading!

Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 26 April 2018

Using The Red Carpet Gel Polish Starter Kit

I always thought at-home gel nails were tricky and so expensive to do, however since using the Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish Starter Kit my opinion has definitely changed! My biggest bug bear about using regular nail polish is that it always chipped after a few days and I could never achieve a high gloss finish. I picked up this kit directly from their website after seeing a few reviews online and thought why not give it a go?

Each kit includes a Prep, Structure, Colour, Brilliance and Revitalize polish along with the small LED Lamp. You start by making sure your cuticles are neat, the edges of your nails are shaped and then use a ultra fine nail file to gently remove the shine on your natural nail. Next up apply the Prep nail polish and leave to air dry, followed by the Structure polish and leave under the lamp for 1 minute. You won't be able to fit all five fingers under the lamp, so I do four then my two thumbs and finally the other four fingers!

Now it's time for the colour! Currently in my kit I have their red and nude nail polishes, both of which I love and the after two coats of colour the shade is really opaque. After the colour polish you then apply the Brilliance polish which adds a gorgeous shine and helps to seal the colour! The kit also includes the Revitalize Nail and Cuticle Oil which is lovely to apply and my nails look so much healthier afterwards.

The reason I love this little kit is because it takes me less than half an hour to apply and I can do so in the comfort of my own bed! I've experienced no chips or marks since using this kit - and trust me, I really did put my gel nails to the test. I'd say it definitely lasts for up to 21 days and the only times I've had to remove them is when my nails have grown out and it's time to take them off. It can be an ordeal to remove the gels from your nails and I generally leave a week between gels to let my nails recover and breath again. 

Next I'll be picking up more colours and acetone as I've almost run out! I like the dark maroons and would love to try out a hot pink or coral for the summer.

Have you tried gel nails before? What's your favourite colour?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Things That Have Made Me Happy Recently

I enjoy reading posts about things that have made others happy, as well as writing my own. Sometimes all you read in the news and on social media is the negatives and highlighting the positives makes all the difference. Many of the things that have made me happy recently are only small things, but nonetheless important.

- Finding my blogging and social media mojo again
I'm sure many bloggers will agree with me that there's going to be times when you're really feeling uninspired with your blog. And you're going to want nothing to do with it for a time! Recently I've really enjoyed blogging again, whether it's brainstorming new posts, scheduling in my social media or commenting on new blog posts from other bloggers. I think not putting pressure on myself to create constant content has made me a lot happier with blogging!

- Discovering new podcasts, documentaries and books
I'm always looking out for new entertainment to take with me on my commute to work and the week before last I highlighted my favourite podcasts and documentaries if you'd like some new ideas. Podcasts are a new thing for me and I'm still trialing and testing new ones that I like, it has a lot to do with liking the person's voice for me! I love watching investigative documentaries and any book that can transform me to another world and time gets a spot on my bookshelf.

- Making plans
Nothing makes me happier than making plans for my free time, then there's always something to look forward to! I like making plans with my friends and family, booking in holidays and filling my diary with new plans. Especially now the weather is looking better and our evenings are finally lighter (hallelujah!) I feel like I have more free time to make plans for.

- Thinking positively 
It's actually mad how much thinking positively can make a difference to whatever you are doing. This has made me happy recently because I've not been focusing on the negatives by making an effort in finding the positives. As mentioned in my last blog post, I love reading quotes and a great one about thinking positively is this: "Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success."

What things have made you happy recently?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 19 April 2018

My Favourite Quotes

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you'll know that I'm fond of a motivational quote. Especially on a Monday morning! I love reading quotes and find them so powerful in changing my mood or thoughts.

I have a few of my favourite quotes saved in a folder on my phone and whenever I'm in need of a boost, I'll have a read through them. Most I find through Pinterest (which has an amazing selection!) and I'll say them to my board or phone to read through later.

1. Roald Dahl
A classic among many positive quotes, is Roald Dahl. This reminds me to look on the bright side of difficult situations and keep happy! I like that it focuses on the good and bringing that positivity out of you.

2. Galileo
Not only is this quote one of my favourites, it's the design that is so eye catching and beautiful not to share on this blog! It reminds me to be brave and not feel fear, because there is always beauty to be found.

3. Heath Ledger
Okay so perhaps the fact that Heath Ledger is one of my favourite actors of all time may have swayed this quote in his favour. It reminds me to strive and work hard for what you want and not let anyone get in your way.

4. Worrying
I am a big worrier, even over the smallest of details can send me into a spiral of worry and bring myself back out of that takes a lot of reassurance! So this quote likes to remind me that worrying won't change what will come and that whatever does come, I will be prepared for it.

What are your favourite quotes? 

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Learning To Love Instagram Again

As many of us have realised, Instagram is no longer as simple or easy as it used to be. Years ago we used to upload for the fun of it, add the Valencia filter, throw in a few hashtags and watch as the likes come in. Nowadays the app is so much more, it can be portfolio of your work, a way to express yourself or a new hobby or an extension of your blog.

The changes in algorithm and how the app works has been difficult for many influencers and bloggers, but I think it's more about how to learn to love Instagram again that will keep us moving forward with the app.

I've been clearing out a few redundant accounts I follow and following Instagram's suggestions of other accounts that I may like, making way for new imagery and people to follow. It's made a massive change to how I interact with the app, now stopping to find out more about the person and comment on their images. Instagram favours those who use the app well and has been proven to reward those who are active on the app with greater visibility.

A few areas I love about all of these Instagram changes are the Highlights and Story features, aren't they just so cool?! Rather than changing the way Instagram is displayed, they've built upon our need to share with our followers and created two different ways of doing this. Highlights are the newest and one I'm still figuring out for myself, does anyone really go onto an account and view their Highlights? Even if they're not being viewed, I think having those keywords like Outfits, Travel 2018 or Friends as Highlights instantly show who that person is and what their Instagram will be about. I'm going to start adding Highlights to my Instagram page and hopefully being creative with them will make me learn to love Instagram again.

I actually view more Stories than I do scrolling through accounts, I guess that's the lazy person in me letting the Stories play out one after another! But there's so much you can do with Stories to create your brand personality and give your followers an insight into your every day life. It's rare for me not to upload a story each day and they actually get more views and interaction than my normal Instagram post does. I love the emojis, typography and GIFs you can now add to your story, as well as the swipe up feature - if only they rolled it out to all accounts and not just the big ones!

A lot of what Instagram is about is creating and curating your own identity and even when Instagram announces a new algorithm change or new feature, instead of groaning and moaning think about how you can add this to your identity and what you can do. Once you start enjoying Instagram again and being creative, will you once again learn to love it.

What do you think about Instagram? Do you love or hate it?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 15 April 2018

How Packaging Affects Our Beauty Purchasing Habits

As much as we may not want to know about how much packaging affects our purchasing habits, it makes such a difference in a sale vs someone walking away from that brand. I'll generally pop into Boots or Superdrug every week, alongside visiting a few fashion stores which stock beauty products and over the past few years I've really noticed how well some brands are packaging their products to make us want to buy them more.

Take for instance brands like Makeup Revolution, known across the blogging industry for their great quality makeup ranges at affordable prices. Their packaging is also a big factor in their popularity and how photogenic they are for social media sharing - and this is something that brands take a lot into consideration. They want you to share their products on your social media channels and the prettier and more attractive they are, the more likely you're going to add it to Instagram. Plus everyone likes something that's shiny and rose gold don't they?!

The wording used on packaging is also carefully considered before anything gets signed off, choosing key words to make the customer feel or understand something when purchasing this product. Take for instance Pixi Glow Tonic, even the word 'glow' is making you think of gorgeously dewy and radiant skin. Reading further you're told it helps to tone, firm and tighten for healthier looking skin, which is another skincare #goal ticked off before you've even turned the bottle over.

Brands are now tapping into our nostalgia feelings (post all about nostalgia here) with throwback products re-launching and collaborations with our favourite childhood memories. A recent example is the new GlamGlow and My Little Pony Glitter Masks, ticking the nostalgia box and Instagrammable box as people take photos with their crazy glitter masks on. Brands are now scaling back their ranges to streamlined products to reflect a simpler time in our childhood. Rather than having four different types of cleansers, there's one to remove makeup and leave your skin feeling baby soft. Glossier is a great example of simple beauty and I obviously love The Ordinary with their easy no-fuss packaging.

Overall it's clear to see just how many packaging is affecting our beauty purchasing habits, without us really realising. I like to think people are becoming savvier when buying new beauty products, whether it's looking closer at the ingredients or doing their research beforehand. Packaging will always be a big factor when purchasing new beauty products and as brands become more innovative with their ideas, I can't wait to see what's to come in the future!

What are your thoughts about how packaging affects our purchasing habits?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 12 April 2018

My Favourite Podcasts and Documentaries

On my long commute to and from work during the week I like to keep myself entertained on my train with a documentary or podcast. Sometimes my 45 minute journey can whizz by when I'm so engrossed with a new documentary! I mainly use BBC iPlayer because I can download them without having to use wifi to watch them and the BBC have a great selection of programmes to watch.

Full Coverage Podcast
This podcast is by beauty enthusiasts Lindsey Kelk and Harriet Hadfield and is full of amazing beauty reviews and the latest trends. They'll start with what's new in beauty and then talk about the main topic of the podcast, for example packaging, cosmetic procedures and their latest empties. I love listening to it on my way home and it really calms me down after a long day at work, it's like listening in to two friends talking about their favourite beauty products!

How Little We Know Podcast
I'll first admit that I am a fan of The Vamps, their classic teen pop tunes are too catchy! Last year Brad and James from the band started a podcast called How Little We Know to bring in guests to talk about new topics. So far we've had talks about social media, bullying and homelessness and each one has a great overall message and lesson to learn.

Is It Just Me? Podcast
Part of the reason why I love listening to podcasts is because I feel like I'm learning something new each time! This podcast is by Jo Elvin, previous editor at Glamour Magazine UK and James Williams who is also an editor and writer. I enjoy listening in to the variety of guests and topics they cover, usually finding something that I can relate to.

Who remembers growing up and watching Reggie on kids TV?! He's since moved into making documentaries and some of his highlights include travelling to Russia to interview far right activists, spending time as a guard at a prison in America and most recently filming the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower. I definitely recommend you watch his documentaries!

Similar to Reggie Yates, Stacey Dooley tackles hard to hear subjects like the women affected by the conflict with ISIS, Cyber Sex Girls in Asia and Gypsy Kids Taken From Home. A lot of her documentaries are focused around women from all parts of the world and what issues they are facing in society now. I do like her documentaries but sometimes feel that she can act a little naive when questioning people.

I like watching the Panorama programmes because they're often topical subjects that are currently in the news and are usually half an hour programmes so I can quickly watch them on my way home! Most recently they've highlighted the gender pay gap, political tension with Russia and Trump's first year as president. I like that there's a range of topics to choose from too!

What podcasts and documentaries do you watch? Anything you recommend?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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