Thursday, 29 March 2018

Things I Wish I Was Taught When I Was Younger

Sometimes growing up and doing adult things can be daunting, even though when you were younger all you wanted to be was an adult! There are a few life lessons that I wish I was taught when I was younger, none of this trigonometry and how does a river form stuff. If I didn't have my parents and older siblings who have already made these decisions to learn from, then I wouldn't know what to do.

So onto Things I Wish I Was Taught When I Was Younger...

1. Credit Cards, Bank Accounts and Budget Management
When you're younger you receive pocket money and do start to learn how to make the most of that money, saving it up or spending it all! I think schools could teach when you could apply for a credit card, the benefits of opening ISA accounts and keeping on top of your finances. Simple lessons like that could really help and make a difference later on in life.

2. How To Buy A House/Get On The Housing Ladder
It's depressing to know that buying a house is something you'll now be doing much older than when your parents were, but that's the current situation! There's areas like contract agreements and stamp duty that I would've love to know about earlier on.

3. How To Look After A Car
I understand not everyone will want to learn how to drive or be able to own a car, but having an understanding of how to look after a car would be so useful. Like knowing how to change a tyre, what an MOT does and where to look for car insurance I'm sure would be so helpful!

4. How To Apply and Search For Jobs
I'll admit this was briefly covered when in sixth form and applying for universities and apprenticeships. However my sixth form college leaned heavily towards the university route, even though some of us didn't choose to go. I think schools and colleges could better equip students with these skills and tools to help them get a career.

5. General Living Skills
I'm lucky enough to have a really supportive family who I've learnt many life skills from, but things like living by yourself, learning how to cook, keeping on top of cleaning chores and maintaining a good healthy lifestyle could be highlighted more at schools and colleges.

What things do you wish were taught when you were younger?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

A Skincare and Bodycare Haul

I don't know what has happened, but SOMEHOW I've ended up buying more beauty products even though I already have a ton spare. It was a mixture of things that were on offer, my favourites and products that I actually need! You'll soon see I have an addiction to cleansers, trying all different types to find the perfect one for me.

I've long been a fan of the Superdrug Vitamin E skincare range for their great prices and results. I've tried their Hot Cloth Cleanser before (a fab affordable alternative to Liz Earle and high end brands!) and am currently using their eye cream version which is super lightweight and hydrating.

You could have no idea how hard it is to find a half decent facial oil that isn't crazy expensive, but eventually I found the Superdrug Vitamin E Facial Oil on Buy 1 Get 2nd Half Price offer and it was fate. The oil has an easy pour/dropper and smells gorgeous, I'm yet to try it but I'm sure I'll love it! Because I love a serum too, I picked up the Superdrug Vitamin E Moisture Boost Facial Serum. I think it'll be fab for my skin as it's said to protect against environmental damage and boost hydration levels in your skin.

I go through showergels like they're going out of fashion and am always trying new scents! Korres has been a favourite skincare, makeup and bodycare brand of mine even since I discovered it. They have so many scents but I haven't tried their classic Santorini Vine Shower Gel, which is hard to describe but it does smell slightly citrusy and light.

Up next is a bargain from Poundland and it's the Radox Feel Uplifted with Pink Grapefruit and Basil Shower Gel. I first tried this when I went travelling to Malaysia and smelling it now reminds me of that trip! It lasts for ages, is perfect for shaving and the scent really does last on your skin.

As mentioned before, I am always on the hunt for my holy grail cleanser and it's a continuing battle of research and testing (all in the name of beauty!) I recently had 20% off Marks & Spencer which included beauty and I had been eyeing up the Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse for a while and decided to treat myself. There's a Solid Cleansing Oil on one side which I haven't tried before and a Cleansing Cream on the other side. I love Pixi and trust Caroline's recommendations, so I cannot wait to try this.

Last year I wrote a blog post about comparing the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser to the budget Aldi Lacura Hot Cloth Cleanser. Aldi's cleanser kept selling out and made it's comeback earlier this year. Of course for a couple of pound I had to buy this cleanser again, it really did help remove my makeup and make my skin feel so soft again.

What skincare have you bought recently? Have you tried any of these products before?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 25 March 2018

Trends In The Beauty Industry

As we all know beauty is an everlasting cycle of innovation, launch, marketing and then it's back to the beginning again. Nowadays it seems that brands are launching more and more products and at a quicker rate than ever to satisfy our needs and requirements. With that in mind I've been thinking about what I believe are going to be the next trends in beauty and themes I've started seeing launched on the market by the larger P&G and Unilever brands.

1. Recyclable packaging

It's actually mad to see how un-environmentally friendly packaging actually is, I've forever asking my mum if I can recycle this and and that! I hope to see more brands opting for recyclable packaging and have this clearly stated on them as it'll make buyers more likely to purchase them. I also think brands like Lush who encourage you to bring back your old pots in exchange for a newly filled ones are a great idea, as well as re-fillable sachets to top up your empty shower gel bottle.

2. Cruelty-Free and Vegan friendly

This is such a big must-have for so many buyers now that they want to see the official leaping bunny and vegan logo to know that brand is animal friendly. I know that I'd be more inclined to purchase from brand that is vegan-friendly and doesn't test on animals than one who does. Brands manufactured in the EU have been banned from testing finished products on animals since September 2004, but it's a grey area whether the ingredients are tested on animals.

3. Personalised and targeted skincare

We all know skincare is subject to your skin type and that what works for one person may not work for you. Brands are now looking to more personalised and targeted skincare, and I love this idea! The science behind many of these new formulas are so interesting and I believe people are now looking more closely to the ingredients because they're more aware of what works for them. It used to be clear cut categories in skincare; acne and spot-prone, normal skin types and then anti-ageing, there was nothing for that in between stage. Now some higher end brands have introduced ranges for this specific skin type, I'm hoping this will trickle down to mass brands to make them available for everybody.

4. Instagrammable designs

You only have to look to Too Faced and Spectrum to see makeup brands getting more creative with their designs and packaging. Brands are now taking more time to make their packaging look and feel inspirational to their customers. There's this great program on the BBC iPlayer (which I recommend everyone watches!) and it showed an experiment comparing purchasing habits with plain and fancy packaging. Of course most people picked the fancy packaging, showing that design means a lot more than you realise!

5. Simplistic skincare routines

We're time poor now we have a million and one things to do everyday, so I think brands are going to look towards simplifying skincare routines to fit in with us. None of this pre-cleanse cleanser or multi-layering serums, where one product could do all of that. I've seen some skincare routines include more than 10 products and others with less than 5 and they still have great skin.

6. Wellness and Holistic skincare 

You saw mindfulness hit the headlines a few years ago and adult colouring books selling out in places, and now I believe that is going to reflect in our beauty products. We've already started seeing products focusing on our sleep and how beneficial they can be (anyone remember the sell-out Sleepy Cream from Lush?!) Who knows what's going to be next?

What do you think are the latest trends in the beauty industry?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 22 March 2018

Why I Quit Fashion Blogging

When you're younger you have a life plan set out in front of you, thinking you truly know who you are going to be as a person in 5 or 10 years time let alone the following week. I used to love fashion blogging (if you can really call it that!) and chatting about my outfit each day. My photography was taking a photo in the mirror then upgraded to a tripod and a new background, it was a simple life really.

Since I've been blogging and working for the past few years, my interests have turned to beauty and lifestyle blogging. I'm not naturally someone who likes to be in front of a camera (I'm pretty sure I can't smile properly!) and as I took more interest in blogging, I couldn't help but compare myself to those outgoing and confident guys and girls killing the fashion scene. It wasn't somewhere where I felt that I could make a difference or really stand out, I guess my confidence dropped with fashion in general too. 

I believe you should do what makes you happy, and blogging is just for me and my own enjoyment so why shouldn't I write about something I love? Over the past few months I had lost my blogging groove and simply taking a step back to evaluate what I really love writing about and not putting pressure on what I should be writing about, has made me fall in love with blogging again.

From here on out you're going to see a mixture of beauty and lifestyle predominately, with maybe a sprinkle of fashion content here and there but not like the blog posts I used to publish. It's time to accept what it is, let go of what was and have faith in what will be...

How has your blogging posting style changed? Are you a fashion blogger?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Discussing Ending Period Poverty

When a national and international issue comes to light that's been happening for some while, you start to feel a little naive about not knowing about the situation beforehand, am I right? What I've wanted to write about for a while is period poverty. It's something that is relatively new to me and not to sound completely ignorant, but something that has never crossed my mind before.

Did you know the average lifetime cost of having a period is £4800? And don't even get me started on the whole tampon tax issue (blog post here) but if you're interested the BBC have a fab calculator to work out how much you've spent and how much you will spend in the future. It's the staggering cost of having a monthly period, which lets face it isn't something we'd really ask for, is what's causing period poverty across the UK.

Many people living without sanitary products resort to using tissue, socks and even newspaper to get them through their period. And lets face it, our periods aren't exactly a picnic each month anyway. Girls are missing school because of their periods and there's a stigma of shame attached to this natural cycle that happens in our bodies each month.

Since the extent of period poverty has been broadcasted, the government has been called upon to tackle this issue and support those in need. And still nothing has been address. However Scotland is now running a pilot scheme offering free products to low-income families in Aberdeen, which will hopefully be an example to set to the rest of the UK. The many protests and trending hashtag #EndPeriodPoverty has gathered major awareness, as well as inspiring many to give sanitary products to their local food banks.

There's many ways to get involved in ending period poverty and supporting those in need to basic sanitary products. You can give to local food banks, donate to Bloody Good Period who give asylum seekers access to sanitary products, get involved in petitions and lobby to your local MP to make a change and finally make your voice heard on social media. We're lucky to have a tool where we can voice our opinions and spread awareness, so do some good with it and help to end period poverty!

This story really touched me because although period poverty is not something I've luckily experienced, having my monthly period is. And because of that I can't imagine not having access to the basic sanitary products for my period. From now whenever I buy my sanitary products, I'm going to buy extra to donate to a food bank and make sure I show my support on social media too!

How are you going to help end period poverty?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 8 March 2018

Making Time For Yourself

As with many of my rambly posts, I didn't put any planning in or have a structure to this blog post but I'm hoping it's going to make some sense at least!

I've been thinking a lot recently about making time for yourself and how important it is for you and your health. We rush into a new week and many of us have a structure of 9-5 jobs Monday-Friday with a beaming happy rainbow over the weekend, then it's the same cycle all over again. And in between that you're supposed to be socialising, keeping up that healthy lifestyle and exercise balance, managing a blog and social media channels and of course, making time for yourself. Sometimes it can all seem a bit too much to work with.

Because of all of these things swirling around my head, I've made the decision to start making time for myself and not feel guilty when I do that. I hate that I feel this way when I'm doing something for me - it's seems so crazy! Whether it's watching a Youtube video, fitting in a yoga routine, spending time with my friends and family or, one of my favourites, grabbing a blanket and a good book for half an hour, I'm going to fit in that time for myself.

I do have another blog post in the pipeline about our busy culture and I think this post has nicely started that conversation! There is a big problem with people burning out at work, school, university etc. because we haven't got that time to make for ourselves. I'm hoping with more awareness from charities, on social media and in the press that people are waking up to that fact that making time for yourself is more than just that, it's also so important for your health.

What do you think about making time for yourself? Do you feel guilty for doing so?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Easy Tips To Treat Your Hair

I'll be the first to admit that I hardly do anything to my hair if I could help it. Want to add an extra day to my hair style? Dry shampoo it. Bad hair day? Shove a hat on and be done. I like trying easy tips to keep my hair looking happy and healthy without looking like I've tried to hard, because I've probably not.

- Leave in hair mask
This is the ultimate lazy girl hack but I love using leave in hair masks. The hassle of applying a hair mask, leaving my hair for 30 minutes then washing it out feels like way too much work for me!

- Add a hair oil
Another cheat way to glossy and shiny hair is a hair oil. I've used to many across my time and haven't had any bad ones, but the L'Oreal Professional Mythic Oil is my favourite and well worth the money. I just add a few drops to my palms and massage into my damp hair before blow drying and voila.

- Regular trips to the hairdresser
One thing I do make the time and money for is visiting my hairdresser for my regular haircut. For shorter lengths you're probably looking at every 4 weeks, whilst longer lengths like me can get away with every 6-8 weeks. I notice a massive difference to my hair health when I've had a haircut and it maintains its shape well until I need a haircut next.

- Avoiding too much heat
On days when I'm at work or relaxing at home, I won't do anything to my hair and give it a break from the heat appliances. Although I know hair is dead already (something that actually creeps me out!) I know using straighteners and curlers will make my hair in so much worse condition and frizzier!

- Letting it do its own thing
I've definitely learnt a lot about my hair over the years and I now know that there's no way to tame it or reason with it. In the end it'll do its own thing and letting my natural hair relax will be better for its overall health. (Plus I'm also really lazy with styling it...!)

What are your best hair tips?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Sunday, 4 March 2018

Things That Remind Me Of My Childhood

Thursday's are for throwbacks, family gatherings bring back memories and then there's always going to be those things which remind you of your childhood. To be honest I don't actually know what my earlier memory was (does anyone really?!) but there are definitely certain objects, foods and memories that remind me of my childhood. (To put into context, I was born in 1995 so most of my memories will be from the last 90's and 2000's!)

1. Polly Pockets and Barbies
I used to love playing with my toys and dolls and used to have a big box underneath my bed filled with things to play with. I've noticed rumors of Polly Pocket making a resurgence, which I think is brilliant because I used to spend hours playing with my pink shell-shaped version!

2. Birthday parties at the local leisure center
I was lucky enough to have a summer birthday so many of my parties were outside or featured some sort of fun sport! We used to go to my local leisure center and have a whole day of fun games, trampolining and finishing with birthday cake and a goody bag.

3. Roll on glitter and S Club 7 at school discos
Who remembers school discos as being the talk of the school at days before? There would be no doubt that S Club 7 'Reach For The Star's and 'My Heart Will Go On' by Celine Dion would be played at some point. Usually someone's parent would've bought the roll-on chunky glitter that you'd roll across your arms and cheeks - and would be a pain to remove!

4. CITV and CBBC programmes after school
Me and my friends still talk about the TV programmes we used to watch on these channels after school. Highlights would be Art Attack and Jungle Run on CITV then Arthur and Mona The Vampire on CBBC. I literally used to love these programmes and couldn't stop watching them!

5. Chicken Dippers and Smiles 
Obviously anything novelty shaped that I could dip into ketchup would get a big thumbs up from me... There's so many foods and drinks that remind me of my childhood but these two were always dished up at sleepovers or going round a friends house, which always meant a lot of fun times.

What things remind you of your childhood?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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Thursday, 1 March 2018

How To Prepare For A City Break

Whilst I'm still reminising about New York (check out my Guide To New York City and My New York City Haul) I thought I'd share a few tips about how to prepare for a city break. By now my friends know how much I love to plan trips, working out the travelling and searching for vouchers for tickets online. It's my favourite way of getting excited for an upcoming trip!

- An itinerary is a must
If you're going to a city on a short amount of time, you're going to want to have an itinerary to get the most out of your time. I start by writing a list of attractions and places I want to visit then separate them into 'areas' like in New York you have the Upper West Side and Lower Manhattan etc. It's the best way to make sure you're not double backing on yourselves.

- Buy tickets ahead to save time and money
The majority of the time it's easier and cheaper to buy tickets to attractions ahead of going abroad. Most major cities will have combination passes which have a selection of places to visit and usually a lot cheaper to buy all together!

- Get yourself a guidebook and map
I've found guidebooks helpful when I'm short on time as it'll prioritize the top sites to visit. When I've been to museums the guidebook will tell me where to visit first and what to look out for which helps to save on time! The guidebooks will also tell you when things are open and close so you can work out when to plan things.

- Take good shoes with you
Unless you're planning to sit in city traffic or brave public transport, getting around a city will be easiest on your feet. So always wear comfortable shoes and take extra pairs of socks! So as not to wear out your feet, take lots of breaks and ensure you're giving yourself enough time to walk between places.

- Plenty of sleep and energy
Whilst we were in New York we were getting up early and back late, so sleep was so important to us to keep us going every day! A lot of food and water also helps, I always have a few snacks packed away in my bag...

I hope you enjoyed reading this and feel more prepared for your city break away!

Rhiannon x

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