The Ordinary Review – Revolutionary Skincare

This post is going to be an update on the skincare routine that I posted last year.  I’ve been researching into skincare and what could make my skin “better”.  What I mean is that I wanted to solve all the problems that my skin had rather than just mask them (isn’t that we all want after all).
I stumbled upon the brand The Ordinary after browsing through the internet looking at copious different bloggers and websites trying to decipher the different products and claims.  They have a simple answer to skincare which is highly customisable and, to my liking – affordable.  The products generally range from £3 to around £9 – all of which are amazing value.

The skincare range is made up of various different products, all of which are products stripped down to the basics.  I dove in at the deep end and filled my basket with different scientific looking vials all of which had highly frightening names!

The products I picked out were:

  • Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA – AM and PM USE
  • Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% – PM USE
  • 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil – PM USE
  • Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% – AM and PM USE
  • Salicylic Acid 2% Solution – PM USE

Bare in mind my skin is OILY and NOT SENSITIVE, so what works for my skin won’t necessarily work for yours.  I used the guide which is available here and made my own routine up.

I wanted to give my skin a few month of adjusting to make sure that any change would be 100% certain that it was the products.  I’ve noticed a MASSIVE difference in my skin, the oiliness has calmed right down with the use of a facial oil at night – only at night though as it will pill.

At the end of the day I will use my usual makeup remover/cleanser to remove any makeup – my current favourite is the Garnier Micellar Water and then use my routine (not all of these products are used both morning and night but it depends on your personalised routine).  I then slather my face in the rose hip oil with a patting motion and then allow that to soak in for a few hours – if I’m pressed for time I’ll pat my face with a clean flannel to remove the excess oil and then sleep.

I’m still using the LUSH lip scrubs, followed by Vaseline or the Pawpaw lip balm in the evening to take care of my lips, and for my body I use the Vaseline spray moisturiser.

I hope this post has been informative for you and I would urge everyone to at least read into the Ordinary products and see the difference it makes in your skin.

Love

Rhia

Griddle & Shake Review – Part 2!

griddle and shake reviewThis may seem a little familiar because it is! I was invited back to Griddle & Shake to try out their new dessert menu! Featuring the same customisable style as their main menu I was very keen to check it out.

 
My husband (Adam) and I went along on a VERY hot Friday after having gone traipsing around Ikea all morning and then shopping in Nottingham, the sweet relief of food were much welcomed.

We opted for a light main (a portion of fries each) as it was so very hot and neither of us felt like we could manage a whole meal.  I had the fries seasoned with rosemary and garlic oil and Adam had fries seasoned with cheese and bacon.  Both were very generous portions, amazing seasoning, and cooked to perfection!

We sat in the back portion of the restaurant which is back garden themed; from a giant orange cow, faux grass, to the tin roof booths, every essence of the restaurant was well thought about and I loved the continuity of the theme.

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After washing the chips down with a couple of drinks, we dove into the real reason we were here! The dessert! We opted to share the “Double Trouble” – A Golden waffle topped with any brownie, two scoops of ice cream, and a sauce of choosing.  We went with a double chocolate brownie with a honeycomb ice cream and chocolate syrup.  Having been on a strict diet for the past five months, words couldn’t describe how excited I was for this – and BOY did it exceed all my expectations!

The waffle was done to perfection – perfectly crispy with the cool ice cream and the indulgent brownie on top, the flavours were balanced perfectly.  I would LOVE to go back again to Griddle & Shake to try more of their foods and I wish them all the luck in their future ventures – one thing is for sure is I’d keep an eye on this place, I can only seem them going up!

Love

Rhia xo

May Favourites 2017

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I haven’t done a favourites post in a long time and thought it was about time that I did one.  There has been a lot of products that I have switched around in the past few months – my skin care routine being the main one (a whole post coming soon on this!)

20170603_175124First is the Vaseline intensive care spray moisturiser – this suits my lifestyle perfectly, I didn’t use to moisturise my body until I found this as I hate the greasy feeling after.  I take this everywhere with me, especially to the gym where I want to get changed quite rapidly after showering.  Literally just spray it on, rub it in quickly and it’s done!

20170603_175147Next is the Wet Brush, I know they’ve been around for a long time now, however, I wasn’t ready to give up my tangle teaser (it was leopard print), however, when I found this marble pink version at a local shop, I HAD to have it!  Having naturally curly/wavy hair this brush is perfect as it doesn’t pull and detangles effortlessly.

20170603_175334Another moisturising product is this papaya gold paw paw balm, this is a MASSIVE product and is amazing for moisturising sore and chapped lips.  It’s far superior to any other product like vaseline as it can be used on other dry patches (it’s not sticky or slimy like vaseline) such as sore hands (other nurses you know what I mean).

20170603_175219.jpgThis is one of the new products that I’ve been using on my face recently that has completely changed my skin routine and has been the reason I’ve stopped wearing foundation completely!  I won’t say too much about it apart from that they’re easy on the wallet and amazing quality.

Two beauty products are the NYX Ultimate vivid brights palette – the most pigmented and vibrant drugstore palette I’ve EVER come across, I’ve been hooked on using it ever since I got it.  Secondly is a gloss from Colourpop in the shade Finders Keepers – a lovely pinky nude which is not too opaque but not too sheer.  It’s a gorgeous finish and looks great with numerous eye looks.

20170603_175736Another NYX product (or two) are these two illuminating powders, they’re truly stunning as they both reflect different colours. I’ve been using these solely as highlighters for the past month (totally neglecting my other highlighters) and I am going to be picking up the other colours.

20170603_175430My final favourite for the month is this candle from Charismatic Cat Candles.  I was sent this candle to test out and I LOVE it.  The scent is wonderful and fills the whole house, it burns very evenly and has lasted the whole month.

What are your favourite products for the month?

Love

Rhia xo

 

LUSH Blogging Event

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of going to the LUSH Nottingham store for their blogger’s event.

We were met by the staff which introduced themselves and gave us a run down on the different areas of the store that they were going to be covering that evening.  As usual, the store was set out beautifully with fresh produce and products all over, this strongly appeals to me as I’m always interested in smelling and being hands on with a products before buying it.

 They had different spa sections in the shop including foot soaks and hand massages, these were excellent as I’d just come from a day of work and it’s always lovely to relax!

I had a long discussion with the lovely ladies in LUSH and we were introduced to their ever expanding line of self-preserving products (my favourite is the Mask of Magnaminty!).  LUSH is trying to abolish the use of synthetic preservatives in their products (such as parabens) to be more ecologically friendly.  I even stopped at the Perfume section of the store to have a chat with the lovely lady there, she was very patient with me and even found a fragrance that I liked! This is a rarity as there are currently only 2-3 scents that I like (I’m super fussy I know!)

We were given a very generous goodie bag from LUSH which included a prod from their new fathers day collection (I got the Superdad Bathbomb), one of their self-preserving products (ocean salt face and body scrub) and also a shower gel (plum rain).  I’m so happy with all of these products (as I am with all the LUSH items!) and will definitely be coming back to the store to pick up some perfume!

I’d like to say a massive thank you to LUSH Nottingham for having me and all the other bloggers, I had an excellent time (especially with the doughnuts!)

Love

Rhia xo

P.S Pro Makeup Haul

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Last Wednesday I had the day off work so we decided to head into Nottingham to do a little shopping.  I’ve heard lots of rumours about the infamous unicorn brushes coming to Primark soon so I had to check it out to see if they had them in the store – I was not disappointed!  I found myself surrounded by dupes for all cult and highly sought after products, here are a few that I picked up!

Firstly I managed to snag a pack of the “Unicorn” makeup brushes, they’re right on trend at the moment! They feature a unicorn horn handle and pastel bristles which make them look totally adorable.  I’ll be honest, I only picked these up so they could look pretty on my vanity table, however, they really surprised me with the quality and blendability (not too sure if that’s a word if I’m honest!).  At only £9 I think these are an excellent introduction to makeup brushes and even some pretty ones for the seasoned makeup collectors!

Next, I picked up the “Halographic” highlighter stick for £4 which seems to be a dupe for the Milk Holographic stick (retailing at $28).  The stick initially seemed quite dry but upon wiping the top layer off with kitchen roll, it became an exact copy for the Milk Holographic stick.  The highlight is an iridescent purple with a blue shift, it’s very hard to describe as it throws so many different colours in different lights.  I wouldn’t advise applying it straight from the stick as it can remove other makeup beneath, I used a damp beauty sponge and bounced it across my cheekbones for the best results.  This has become a firm favourite highlighter these past few days and I think it’s going to be a summer staple for me!

Finally is the Pixie Kisses lipstick for £1, this is a dupe for the Too Faced Unicorn Tears lipstick which is a highly sought after cult product (retailing for £20 – if you can find it in stock!)  This immediately drew my attention due to it’s shiny packaging (yes, I’m like a magpie) and for only £1 I couldn’t resist!  It applies nicely to the lips and shade adjusts to the pH of your skin (hence it’ll look different on everyone).  I LOVE the way this lipstick looks on me and again, will be another summer staple.

I hope you all enjoyed this post, I really enjoyed testing out these products!  Have you picked any good products up from Primark recently? If so let me know in the comments down below.

Love

Rhia xo

Griddle & Shake Nottingham – Review

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Just a quick announcement first, I passed my final examinations and am now a qualified and registered veterinary nurse.  It’s been a long time coming and I can’t believe I’m finally finished!

This post is going to be a review of Griddle &  Shake in Nottingham.  I was invited to come visit the restaurant and sample the menu and boy was I in for a treat!

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I’d heard excellent reviews on the restaurant already so I jumped at the opportunity and my mum and I went along a few weeks ago.

We were greeted by friendly staff members who asked us to pick a table, naturally, we picked the biggest!

The place was neat, tidy, and spotless – personally, this is a massive factor for both me and my husband.

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The menu was highly customisable and they couldn’t have done more to explain the process and adapt my food to my specific dietary needs.

I opted to have a chicken burger (without the bun) with salad, avocado (YUM), and sweet potato fries.

The food was delivered promptly, cooked to perfection, and was delicious!  The chicken was a fresh chicken breast, the avocado was PERFECT – which is a massive positive for me because I know how wrong avocado can go!

After the food, I opted for a milkshake.  I asked them what they’d recommend and they recommended me the smackeroos and strawberry milkshake (I had the dairy free version) and it was honestly the BEST milkshake I’ve ever had, being dairy free, I usually have to compromise quality for something that meets my dietary requirements.

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The decoration of the restaurant is themed outdoorsy and even has a grassy area.  My favourite bit was the giant cow in the window!

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After having an excellent meal, I was already going to write a raving review, however, I just wanted to mention something else that happened that day.  A family came into the restaurant with a young baby and were seated behind us.  They didn’t have any high chairs available for them which they were fine with.  However, one of the staff members (I didn’t catch his name!) went out, purchased a high chair, and assembled in a matter of minutes.  I was extremely impressed with the astonishing act of kindness and really made me feel passionate about writing something about this occasion.

I’d like to thank all the staff members at Griddle & Shake for excellent food and great company.

Hope you enjoyed this post and I promise I won’t leave it as long next time! 🙂

Love

Rhia xo

 

The PS… Pro Foundation Review

This post is on the Primark pro foundation which I’ve been testing out since last Saturday.  I wanted to give it a good test with lots of experiences (work, climbing, gym, and relaxing!) to ensure I really gave it a run for its money.


The foundation comes in a variety of shades starting at 00 porcelain – idea for a fair person like myself!


It contains a SPF of 15 which is not enough for summer in the UK for me however I routinely use SPF 50 skin cream from Mac underneath all my foundations.

The formula is very thick and reminds me of the Urban Decay All Nighter foundation.  It goes on a little streaky with my beauty blender but I found that it applied lovely with a flat topped kabuki brush (I used the real techniques one).


Coming in at a tiny £5, I found that this foundation went above and beyond all my expectations.  It stayed on all day however it did need to be set with powder as I’m oily.  It’s full coverage similar to the Estee lauder double wear foundation and really kept up with my busy lifestyle!

I even wore it to clip and clip activity centre!

I’m excited to try more Primark beauty products and I hope they’re as good as this one!

Love

Rhia xo