A LITTLE UPDATE.

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!

I will admit after being absent from my blog for the past couple of months I wasn't sure whether to just put a post up and carry on as normal or not but somehow that didn't fee; quite right, so I thought instead I would come back and break the ice with a little update post.

First of all I'll explain the reason for my absence. Mainly this is because of trying to work every single hour sent my way! If anyone read my New Years post back in January you'll know that I'm off to Australia for an exciting three week adventure so I've just been working as much as possible, taking any overtime and trying to get as many pennies as I can to ensure that I can completely let loose and have the time of my life down under! (thats the plan anyway).
Now, while were on the topic of me letting work take over In trying to fund my travelling unfortunately as well as physically exhausting myself this has taken a toll on my mental health and last week it got to the point where I just had to give in and say enough is enough. Working as many hours as you can fit into a week and going days on end without a break definitely meant that my bank balance was loving life but unfortunately I no longer was, so I had a good word with myself and realised that I need to step back just a little.
Australia is all organised and paid for and I also have saved up a good little chunk of spending money so I think I can calm down a little and break my weeks up again work wise - also meaning that I now have chance to pick up blogging again (something which I have missed immensely). 
So basically what I'm trying to say is that I'm back! To be honest you probably didn't even realise I was gone, lets be real but anyway I'm back to blogging! YAY!

The next little update is that I've dyed my hair, I had it balayaged blonde for the summer to have a little bit of a change but my true love for brown hair remains strong so I'm back to being a brunette and I've chosen to go a few shades darker for the meantime. Also, as always British summers are always very hit and miss. I would still say that we're in the summer months but the weathers just not very  reliable in conjunction with that.
Can I just say as well, as much as I love summer and I'm freaking out with excitement for a real summer in Australia I'm also already excited for Autumn/Winter here. Anyone else? 

Now, onto the last little update.. I have a YouTube Channel! 
Well I've had one for ages but what I mean Is I'm going to start uploading to it as a little extension to my blog, not only that but I think It seems like an appropriate place to upload footage of my travels down under. 
(I'm going to vlog this in one way or another regardless as I think its a good way to truly capture things and It also means I'll always have the memories to watch back).

Sorry If I've rambled on a little too much, I just wanted to keep you all up to date with whats happening. 
Please let me know in the comments below If you also have a YouTube channel?

Holly-Rhian.

SUMMER ESSENTIALS WITH KYLIE.


Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!

I'm thrilled to say that I've teamed up with M&Co again, this time to bring you something from their Kylie Summer wear range!
As soon as I saw this playsuit I fell in love and I feel like this is such a versatile piece! There's plenty of ways you could wear this; casual every day, on the beach, to a festival with lots of accessories or even for evening time if you dressed it up with some heels.
I just know I'm going to get lots of wear out of this throughout summer and if I've not worn it to death by then I'm thinking of taking it to Australia with me as well when I go at the end of the year. 
Also, the material of this is so soft and lovely to wear it almost feels like you don't have anything on! The material is lightweight too which will be so helpful in hot weather - the last thing you want is the feeling of heavy clothes sticking to you in the heat, no thank you! 
As I've already said I think this playsuit in very versatile and I love how easy this piece is to style, it's just one of those pieces you can throw on and go without too much thought but it still looks like you've made an effort and have your life together! 

Just click here if you want to check out this playsuit as it's only £16.00.
They also have lost of other amazing pieces in the Kylie section, I guess I am biased with being an employee of M&Co but honestly they've absolutely smashed it this summer with the Kylie clothes. There's so many great pieces and I already have a whole pile of clothes waiting to be packed for Australia! :)

Holly-Rhian.
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CURRENT SKINCARE FAVOURITES.

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!

The past few weeks I have been using some new skincare products that I bought of off the Asos beauty section and I have been absolutely loving them so I thought I would put together a current skincare favourites post and share these products with you.
It has only been in the past few years that I have really started getting into using skincare products and I never really used to understand people that got excited about new skincare products but now I am one of those people and completely understand the excitement! I guess maybe I just haven't been trying out many of the correct products in the past to really get a wow factor feel from them but now I seemed to have come across three all at once, yay!

Shine Free Moisturiser:
I'll start off with talking about the shine free moisturiser, which is in the white packaging pictured on the left. 
I had never seen or heard of the brand 'Formula 1O.O.6' before seeing it on the Asos beauty section so I tried this on a whim in the hope that it lived up to expectations of what it said it could do and I wasn't disappointed. 
If you've already been a reader of my blog for a while you'll probably know how I feel about products that leave you feeling greasy and I'm not a fan so if I see anything along the lines of shine free, mattifying, oil free or in this case all three of those then Im all over it! 
I would describe this product as being more of a gel formula than a typical moisturiser but I actually really like that and I'm guessing that has something to do with it being oil free and mattifying. This works perfectly for me; it stops my skin from getting oily and as the product is quite thick I really feel as though I can notice when its been applied as my skin instantly feels softer and smoother. 

Brightening Peel Off Mask:
Moving onto the next product by 'Formula 1O.O.6' which is the orange product pictured on the right. As I mentioned just lately I've really been getting into using skincare products and face masks have been a favourite amongst these. Through trying out other face masks I have come to the conclusion that I prefer peel off masks as I can risk touching my face pretty soon after applying with how fast they dry (I have a tendency to forget I have a face mask on and go straight in with touching my face, it gets messy). Also, again I find that they are less messy in terms of removing them; I can just peel it off then and there. 
As well as what I have already said about being in favour of peel off masks, for this mask in particular the fact that this mask is clear is a big bonus in my eyes, not half as embarrassing if you're amongst company or if you have to answer the door to the post man (lets be real I'm one of those people that would rather hide in my house than answer the door but non the less still an example of the advantages to having a clear face mask).
I have only tried this face mask a couple of times and I'd say the most noticeable difference was how soft my skin was after using this. It's definitely not a heavy duty one thats going to irritate and go hard at your skin, so if you're just wanting something gentle thats not much fuss or if you have sensitive skin then maybe try giving this face mask a go.

The Abnormal Beauty Company Face Oil:
The main aim of this face oil is to reduce the appearance of blemishes and congestion on the skin so I thought I would give this a go (despite my hate for oily feeling skin) but I was honestly pleasantly surprised at this as it really doesn't feel oily at all and sinks straight into the skin almost having the same process at the moisturiser so this was a massive bonus for me.
I honestly do feel as though since using this face oil that my skin does seem more "flawless" so to speak - I'd never be one to say I have flawless skin but I have noticed a difference and I've even been wearing minimal make up more because of this so I can't just be imagining it right? 

So.. as I said at the start of this post I am now a self confessed skincare addict so if you have any product recommendations please mention them to me in the comments below.
If you want to view any of these products on the Asos website then just click the pink name/title section above each paragraph.

Holly-Rhian.




ZOELLA BEAUTY : CHRISTMAS.

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I know that the end of January is fast approaching and Christmas is possibly already long behind us but I would still like to share my thoughts with you on the Zoella Beauty Chrismas range. I picked up a small selection from the range which covers most of it without buying all the larger gift sets of products. I have tried products from each previous range and I am yet to be disappointed, so I already knew these products were going to be winners for me, I just wanted to wait until I had tried them all out to be able to speak about them so here we are. 

As its already pretty obvious from the packaging and names of the products there is a gingerbread scented theme here, gingerbread and vanilla to be precise!
I honestly think that even if you don't like the scent of gingerbread you wouldn't be put off by the scent of this range as its a subtle scent of gingerbread because the sweet vanilla partly disguises this and it really does just smell like a fresh mix of baking ingredients - good enough to eat! Seriously though, don't. Do not eat. ;)

I think that my favourite product out of what I bought would be a toss up between the body lotions and the body spray as the lotion smells delicious and leaves you feeling silky smooth (as always the lotions from Zoe's range sink into your skin so easily and don't leave you feeling greasy which I love) but the scent of the spray is just so lovely - I've been spraying this on me and around my room in general to make the scent last even longer.
I really do think Zoe's products will always be a winner for me, from packaging to price I do genuinely love them; Zoe and her team always seem to deliver! 

Have you tried anything from the Zoella Beauty Christmas Range?

Holly-Rhian.

ZOEVA MAKE UP BRUSHES.

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!

Towards the end of last year it was my birthday and so for one of my main presents I asked for these two sets of Zoeva Rose Gold Make Up Brushes. I had a few brushes that I'd collected along the way from various shops and different brands, some being some super cheap but amazing Kabuki brushes from Ebay (more money doesn't always equal better quality but they were foundation/face brushes and I'd used them to death so I really needed some new face brushes which Is why I asked for the set of mainly bigger brushes but what I really wanted was some smaller brushes for doing eye make up looks. As I've said I did have a few but only a small handful and they were all more or less the same brush so I wanted some different ones to help with blending out eyeshadows as well as some for packing on colour and also some for the finer details so this is why I chose the set of smaller sized brushes. 

I'm pleased to say I achieved what I set out to do; I now have a foundation brush, a brush which I use for highlight powder or face powder and another which I used for contouring, I've wanted a flat angled brush for a while and this works well for me. 
Also all the smaller brushes have made my dreams come true with creating the looks that I have wanted to, my eyeshadow now looks more precise and blended where it should be - I'm certainly not very good at make up so these brushes help make my life so much easier (I think I can just about say it now looks like I have done my make up with my eyes fully open).
Not only is the variety of brushes good but I find that they're really soft against my skin, they don't feel sharp/scratchy over my skin and also they wash really well! I just use warm soap & water and the make up comes off easily, not only this but they dry quickly as well!


Have you tried anything from Zoeva?
Do you have any make up brush recommendations? 

Holly-Rhian.
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