21st July 2016

BEAUTY PRODUCTS ON TRIAL

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The last couple of months I’ve been testing out some new beauty products that have been in my collection a while. The St. Moriz tans have aways been my budget fake tan of choice until I started using and falling in love with Fake Bake. I preferred Fake Bake purely because it was a developing tan meaning you put it on, wash it off a couple of hours later and the tan lasts roughly a week. When I saw that St. Moriz had introduced a developing tan range at a budget price I had to try it. I used this when I went to Parklife back in June and really put it to the test in the rain all day everyday the whole weekend. When I first applied it I fell in love with the colour, it was the exact colour I love in a fake tan, not to warm toned but not to grey toned. I didn’t find that it lasted as well throughout the weekend compared to fake bake but considering it is a fraction of the price it is still an amazing tan.

The Nuxe oil which I received in a Birchbox a couple of months ago has been put to the test on the ends of my dry, frizzy and split ends. I applied this to damp hair and although I’m sure it moisturised the ends of my hair and stopped any frizz I felt it made my hair slightly greasy and a really oily texture, maybe I applied to much, I’ll preserver with less product next time.

Next is the Olay 7 in 1 eye cream, initially I absolutely loved this product, I really struggle with dark under eye circles but this cream has such a light and brightening consistency I felt it really helped with the darkness. Unfortunately, I’m not sure whether this is due to the cream I started to get a really dry patch underneath my right eye so have put this product on hold to see whether this was the cause.

The new love of my life when it comes to mascara is the Benefit They’re Real Primer and the Benefit They’re Real Mascara combo, I’ve never given into the hype of Benefit’s mascara’s but when I received these, again, in a Birchbox a couple of months ago I obviously had to try them. Honestly, for someone with the straightest and shortest lashes in the world, the only time I have ever been happy with my eyelashes is when using these products together!!

Finally, what sort of blogger would I be without trying out a Tanya Burr Cosmetics product? I opted for the Hollywood eyeshadow palette because these are the sort of colours I am more likely to wear and there is the most useful all over the lid bone shade which is the perfect base for any eyeshadow look and I reach for this palette every single day for this shadow alone.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts?

Rhiannon x

14th July 2016

2 WEEKS AT 21

I’ve had a little break from blogging for the last two weeks, my birthday happened and I was so busy around that time and then I just didn’t feel like sitting down and writing a post so I thought I’d have a little break.

I have such an amazing birthday, I was spoilt rotten by my amazing family, boyfriend and his lovely family.

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Lots of love 

Rhiannon x 

11th July 2016

RECENTLY READ #1

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The Girl with no Past by Kathryn Croft
This is the first ever psychological thriller I’ve ever read and oh, has it got me hooked on them!! Leah Mills who leads a frankly very dull & boring life, working in a library all in order to forget her past. But when the anniversary of a day Leah can never forget rolls around again she keeps receiving strange and unwelcome reminders of her past. At this time her life has finally started to return to normal but these reminders tested the limits of how normal her life could become. I began this book with a very open mind looking forward to seeing what twists Croft had in store for the group of characters she had created and, I don’t want to give to much away but assure you it did not disappoint. I could not put this book down, I began it on my last day of holiday and I found myself reading on the coach to the airport, in the airport and on the flight home, which is a true sign to me that I’ve really enjoyed a book.

– The Book of You by Claire Kendal 
Clarissa who was being followed by her colleague who she had, in the past, gone on a date with and since that day he has been unable to leave her alone. When Clarissa is selected for jury service for a seven week trial she is relieved but this still doesn’t stop her being followed. I found this story truly terrifying in terms of how realistic the struggles that Clarissa dealt with are, although it’s not a novel I would recommend. I found myself becoming quite bored roughly a quarter into the story and I really had to force myself to finish it. Until the very end I found there weren’t many twists or turns or any points I felt I really wanted to read on to find out what happened. Even the ending I found to be left quite open, in fact it was the only time during the book I was interested to know what happened next but unfortunately it I was left wondering

Have you read either of these books?

Rhiannon x

3rd July 2016

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande

imageAriana Grande is one of the most recent celebrities to collaborate with MAC creating a new lipstick to add to the Viva Glam line where all the proceeds go to the MAC Aids charity. Ariana opted for a matte deep dark berry toned purple, it almost looks black in the bullet, not the typical colour I would have expected Ariana Grande to create but I’m very glad she did. It’s not like any other lipstick I’ve ever owned and although I have always wanted to delve into deeper berry/purple toned lipstick I have not as of yet. So, when I saw MAC had released the Ariana Grande Viva Glam lipstick I had to get it.

I haven’t worn the lipstick for a full day or night out yet, I’ve purely just tried it on when it arrived. Although, it’s a matte formulation, when I first applied the lipstick it appeared to have a lovely sheen which felt moisturising on the lips, however I’m not sure how this would wear throughout the day/night. From my first impressions I also noticed that the colour didn’t apply evenly all over my lips, I felt as though it applied opaque over most areas but not the entire lips. When applying the lipstick I also found it very difficult to apply it neatly, maybe because I’m not used to applying such a dark, bold colour but I think both of these problems could be resolved by using a lip liner first, I’ve currently got my eye on MAC Nightmoth lip liner.

Overall, I absolutely love the colour of Ariana Grande’s recent collaboration with MAC but I think it’s definitely one you need to pair with a lip liner for neat & opaque coverage.image

What do you think of the Viva Glam Ariana Grande lipstick?

Rhiannon x