Friday, 21 November 2014

Let's Talk About Internet Hate

Recently uber youtube star Zoella aka Zoe Sugg posted about why she's stopped daily vlogging. One answer: Internet Hate.

I thought I'd throw my two pence into the whole debate, as it seems to have received a lot of support across the world wide web.

We'll start off like this, Internet hate, in any way, shape or form, is a 100% not okay. Frankly I think it's cowardly and unnecessary. Like the saying goes, if you haven't got anything nice to say, then don't say it at all.

It's not nice to read nasty comments about you on any place, if you get 10 nice comments and 1 horrible one, you'll more than likely remember the mean one than the others. Because no one likes being judged, especially as youtubers like Zoe etc. only show a snippet of their lives and not the bigger picture. 

But with 6 million subscribers, comes a ton of pressure and responsibility. I'm sure no one could've predicted how much of an impact and influence youtubers and bloggers would have nowadays, therefore this is all new ground to everyone. 

People are going to judge, no doubt about that, but whether they decide to voice that opinion is another matter. People who feel like spreading negativity or hateful comments should think:

T = is it true?
H = is it helpful?
I = is it inspiring?
N = is it necessary?
K = is it kind?

 This acronym has always stood out in my mind whenever I'm doing something on my blog or social media pages, and I think everyone should take something from it.

Let's face it, we don't know where the Internet is going to be in the next 5 years or even 1 year, but tainting the positivity and success now will not help it grow for the future.

What are your thoughts on this subject? Do you agree?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Top Christmas Gifts For Under £10

Top Christmas Gifts For Under £10

Following suite with the blogger trends, it's time for Christmas Gift Guides! When the Christmas season comes around, I'm always on the look out for great quality gifts that won't break the bank and can fill up the stockings. Besides the usual chocolate coins and silly presents, I thought I'd bring together the a few presents for under £10!

Now who doesn't love getting jewellery for Christmas?! It's such a simple yet elegant necklace that can be worn with a simple t-shirt or with a 1920s style flapper dress for nights out. 

Not exactly your standard Christmas shopping shop, but you'll be surprised! I love the Wilko home and stationary sections, and their Christmas gifts sets are such great value for money too. You get a shower gel, body lotion, cream bath, bath salt, bath confetti, wash cloth, slippers and a body sponge thing - all for £10.

Sometimes a gimmicky Christmas accessories can be fun! As it turns a lot colder and your skin starts to dry up (Watch this space for my winter skincare essentials!) and hand cream becomes a necessity. And what a better way to feel festive than with a snowman pot!

For that mid-afternoon chocolate craving, Hotel Chocolat is perfect! Amazing quality and fairtrade chocolate that's affordable. I get all my family chocolate from here each year!

Ideal for writing your New Year's Resolutions, it's a great little book to use throughout the year and write down all the amazing things that do happen in 2015!

For those cold and winter days in January, a card like this can really perk someone up and make their day so much better. It's a cute and out-of-the-box present that everyone will love!

What do you think of these gifts?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

OOTD: Pink Sweatshirt and Aztec Skirt

OOTD Pink Sweatshirt, Aztec Shirt and Leopard Parker Coat

OOTD Pink Sweatshirt, Aztec Shirt and Leopard Parker Coat
Coat: Zara 
Jumper, Skirt, Necklace and Boots: Topshop

Just a walking Topshop advert really! Not entirely intentional - but I do love a good sweatshirt and statement necklace combo! Right now it's all about the Primark Super Cost tights, I can't live without them during the winter. They're perfect for wearing with skirts and boots without freezing your arse off. 

I adore wearing pastels in the winter and clashing them with dark monochrome or berry shades (mint and maroon are my favourite pairing at the moment!) I also like how the leopard print mixes with the aztec from my skirt - life is never boring in my wardrobe. I am also so happy to be bringing out my beloved parker again.... it makes me feel so snuggly and all wintery!

What do you think of this outfit?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Instagram: Dogs, Hummus and Benefit Advent Calendar

It's hard not to be in the festive cheer with all those blog posts flying around and famous Christmas adverts landing on our TV's (I personally love #MontyThePenguin) I'm totally in the Christmas mood now, with only a few weeks left! Watch out for my Top Christmas Gifts Under £10 post coming up soon :)

I just couldn't not share this photo this week! I spotted him whilst walking through town, looking so causal like he does it every day and is just waiting for his chauffeur to arrive. What a dog. 

My mum and I went to see the poppies on the last night before they were taken out - and boy was it busy! We managed to shuffle along one side, but it was so packed we couldn't get round all the way, still pretty amazing, even in the dark!

A bit of a throwback to last Halloween when my friend Lu was helping me pick out a costume. I ended up with this pumpkin costume, which has topped my previous witch/cat/devil costumes!

Another super healthy Hummus Bros salad I got last week: they do the richest and yummiest hummus I've tasted for a long time! It's basically a bowl with a layer of hummus, then vegetables and whatever toppings you want in the middle. Obviously I was on a slight health-kick before Christmas and chose falafel's!

Oooh, finally got my hands on one of the Benefit Advent Calendars! My friend picked it up from her work, and I literally can't wait to open door one! I'll be posting each day on my Instagram of what I get behind each door. 

I hope you all have a great week!
Rhiannon xx

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Eyebrows 101 with Soap & Glory, Rimmel And Beautyuk

Eyebrows 101: Tips, Tricks and my Favourites

Like many other girls and bloggers, I've got issues with my brows. There's no denying it! Because of my fair skin, my eyebrows are practically non-existent, so they require a little helping hand from the below products...

Eyebrows 101: Beautyuk Brow Kit

Eyebrow 101: Beautyuk Brow Kit

I actually received this in a previous Love Me Beauty box, and have never looked back! This was my first powder eyebrow kit and I discovered just why beauty bloggers and friends rave on about them so much! I used the lightest shade to fill in my brows, then the dark brown shade to shade them underneath. Although I've tried using the wax, it's kind of difficult to use - any tips?

Eyebrows 101: Colorsport Smokey Eyes & Perfect Brows Kit

This Colorsport buy was a bit of an impulse purchase, I fancied trying out another powder palette and saw this one was on sale in Boots! It's slightly too red-toned for my light eyebrows, but the dark brown shade will be great for darker eyebrows. This kit is also used for creating smoky eyes, which I also like, as they're so natural and great for everyday.  

 Tip: The angled brush in this kit is a God-send! Any angled brush is just brilliant for ensuring my brows are perfectly shaped.

Eyebrows 101: Shavata Brow Enhancer

This is kind of and kind of not an eyebrow product, it highlights the brow bone and creates a sharper edge and shape. The formula is fairly creamy, so it's easy to blend, but you had to build it up to create that contour look that Kim K would be jealous of. 

Tip: Apply the product direct, then blend it with you fingers. Layering is key with this one too!

Eyebrows 101: Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil

My fail-safe and first eyebrow product! The colour is pretty close to my natural brow colour and the little brush on the end is perfect for brushing them through and making sure they're all in place. Plus it's such a bargain buy, you can't really go wrong!

Eyebrows 101: Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil

The newest and favourite of my eyebrow product collection: in short, my brow saviour. I'd heard about the eyebrow products from Soap & Glory, and just had to try it our. I did a review here a while ago, so I won't go into too much detail. But the spooley is amazing and the colour is almost an exact match!

Tip: Any sort of spooley or brush is essential for keeping your eyebrows in place. I always brush them through, then apply the product and finish off with a quick brush through!

So there's my eyebrows 101, what's your favourite brow product?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

OOTD: Breton Top and Pink Skirt

OOTD Breton Top and Pink Skirt

OOTD Breton Top and Pink Skirt

OOTD Breton Top and Pink Skirt

Jacket: Zara
Skirt and Belt: New Look
Bag: M&S
Shoes: Topshop

All of a sudden I felt very french in this outfit! I wore this a few weeks ago when it wasn't so cold that that I needed to wear my full-on winter coat with extra socks. It's no surprise to this blog that I'm a fan of Brenton T-Shirts and skater-style skirts, and I can't believe I haven't paired these two together before!

The skirt is the perfect length for work, not too long but still not too short! I'll style this skirt up with a thick black jumper and knee-high boots and pair it with my green parker coat in the winter. These boots are still one of my staple items for winter, super comfy for walking around, but you've just got to watch out with what socks to wear because of the cut-outs!

What do you think of this outfit? What's your winter staple?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Instagram Sunday Snippets: Stylist Magazine, Cakes and Nail Polishes

Sundays are one of my favourite days of the week, probably behind finishing work on a Friday evening! Relaxing with a Sunday Roast and watching old Friends episodes whilst catching up with my favourite blogs - there should be more Sundays more often!

Stylish Magazine Exhibition London

A few weeks ago Stylist magazine held an exhibition in London of their best covers. It was so interesting and each cover had a description of how it was created. If you don't pick up a Stylist magazine, then you can download it for free from the iTunes store! 

Ha Pea Birthday Bag

It was a close friends' birthday last week and I picked up this gift bag - only to amuse myself of course...

Nails Inc and Ciate Nail Polishes

Another thing I love about Sundays is giving myself a good old pamper, which includes painting my nails! I've never tried Ciate nail polishes before, but was pleasantly surprised with the results!

Christmas Coffee Morning 2014

Christmas Coffee Morning 2014

Christmas Coffee Morning 2014

Yesterday, my sister, mum and I held our annual Christmas Coffee Morning to raise money for our local hospice. Me and my sister man the cake stall, and a few friends help out with the raffle, drinks, an Avon and Card stalls too. In total we raised £342! One of our best so far! Needless to say we were pretty stuffed with cake by the end of it!

So my Sunday has been filled with cakes, Sunday Roast, watching too many Friends episodes and the last Downton Abbey show. I hope you all have a great week!

Rhiannon xx