Chino Latinos Birthday Event

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Today I’m writing about an event held by Chino Latinos last Thursday, sorry for the delay in posting, I’ve been working some funky shift patterns so haven’t had too much time to work on the blog!

Chino Latinos is a Pan-Asian restaurant and they were celebrating their 12th birthday here in Nottingham, and sure do they know how to party!  The theme was red and black, I wore a red and white polka dot dress with a black shrug to fit into the theme.

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Here with Gem from [The Gem Agenda]

It was obvious that Chino Latinos didn’t scrimp on any part of this event as I was impressed by all the detail put into making this a fabulous night.  There was a table full of sushi and other nibbles, as well as waiting staff circulating with other bits and pieces.

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I have to say of the food that I did try, it was lovely (I’m a very fussy eater!)  After all gathering in the welcome hall, we were treated to a traditional Chinese dragon dance which was amazing and even featured him throwing some cabbage.

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We were led into the main restaurant by the dragon where we were greeted by unlimited cocktails, lots of food, and a dessert table piled as high and the eye could see.  The staff really pulled out all the stops that evening and the inclusion of a free bar was amazing.

The evening only improved from there, there was a DJ, stilt walkers, and firebreathers – boy do they know how to party!

I had such a lovely evening and I really appreciate the generosity shown by Chino Latinos, I enjoyed the evening so much that I was feeling a little worse for wear the following day at work!  I would like to thank both Cartwright Communications and Chino Latinos for inviting me to this wonderful event, I will definitely be returning to Chino Latinos with my husband for a full meal.

Rhia xo

New Product // February 2017

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These are just a few products that I have gotten recently and have been loving through the whole of the month (well since I got them!)

The first item/s are the Clinique Crayola Chubby Lip Crayons, I got the whole set of these whilst at the Intu Victoria Centre Galentines event and have been in love with them ever since.  They vary in colours, most of which are of a pink undertone, and they also vary in opacity.  There eight shades all together, three of which are classed as being “intense”, these shades are much stronger in pigment and make wonderful going out lipstick.

They have a lovely feel to them and are super moisturising (excellent for the winter months.)  I’ve tried to swatch them as best as I can, however as my camera is for a right handed person (as they all are) I had to swatch with my non-dominant hand which.. is a little messy!  img_0973

The shades are in order from left to right (top to bottom) and I have to say I love them all!  I’m so glad I managed to snag one of these boxes as they retail for only £35 which is a massive saving on the whole price.

The next two products are by Urban Decay (which has to be my favourite brand).  I got one of their liquid moondust eyeshadows and one of their heavy metal eyeliners, I adore both of the products as they’re totally individual.

The heavy metal eyeliners have been around for many years (I remember my mum having one or two when I was at school) and have recently come back into fashion.  I got the shade Distortion which is a white glitter base with reflects of gold, green, and maybe a hint of pink.  It’s really difficult to explain the colour but the quality of the liner is excellent, it stays on ALL DAY, and really brightens up a look.

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The liquid moondust eyeshadows, I could rave about this all day every day.  It has an amazing formula which is not too wet or sticky (something which put me off some of the nyx liquid eyeshadows)  I have the shade recharged which is a great colour and can be blended out with other eyeshadows (I usually use the urban decay naked 3 palette) to make it into a fantastic look.

Overall my month of February was an amazing month for blogging, I got invited to some fantastic events with some amazing people.

Hope you have all had a great weekend and I’ll see you soon!

Rhia xo

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Galentines Day with Intu Victoria Centre

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This time last week I was fortunate enough to have been invited by Intu Victoria Centre to their “Galentines Brunch”, the staff at Intu are always really lovely and throw such lovely event so I was overjoyed to have been invited.

We started the day at Café Rizzoli which is situated in the upper mall area close to the Disney store.  As I’m not a big drinker myself I would have usually just walked by Café Rizzoli being a prosecco bar, however I was pleasantly surprised by the excellent service and wonderful food.

We were greeted by the owner of the chain who offered us drinks on our arrival, as it was only 11am I opted for a glass of water to start with as I’m a massive light weight!

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Once all the other bloggers had arrived we ordered our food, the menu was very varied with lots of options for vegetarians and even vegan (although I am neither I appreciate a variety to choose from). I opted to have a salad as I’m trying to eat a little healthier at the moment.

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The food was beautifully presented and tasted a dream, the restaurant accommodated my needs by putting the dressing on the side which was excellent.

After food the staff at Intu gave us all a little gift for “Galentines” which was really sweet and generous of them.  Some people got phone cases as they had iPhones – however being in the minority which doesn’t, I was gifted a lovely purse from SkinnyDip and an embossed sticker with my initials!

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After food and gifts I ordered a Limoncello Cocktail which was right up my street being super sweet.

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Afterwards we headed down to House of Fraiser (where we were greeted with more prosecco – how’s that for excellent service!) for makeovers with the different brands.  I opted for Urban Decay as I have to admit that I ADORE their products, I was wearing a full face of makeup on the day so she added some bronzer, blush, and highlighter to my face to round off my look.  I loved the products she used and I will be purchasing the blush for sure!

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After this we had a look around all the other beauty stall and even managed to get some freebies to take home!  Overall I had such a wonderful day with wonderful company, there is no better way I’d like to spend my Sundays!

Hope you all had a wonderful valentines day,

Love

Rhia xo

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Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation // Review

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This post is going to be a review of the new Urban Decay All Nighter foundation.  As most of you know, I’m ghostly pale which means finding foundations that go pale enough for me is a mission in itself.  I wanted to try this foundation ever since it came out and finally got around to trying a sample (and then purchasing it for myself).  For reference, I’m shade Shell in Estee Lauder Double Wear and I wear 0.5 in UD.

The foundation itself is FULL coverage and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone wanting a natural finish to their look.  It reminds me of the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation without the cakey-ness and flash back that comes with it (as UD All Nighter contains no SPF).

I found the best way to apply the foundation was with a flat topped kabuki brush to apply most of the product and then perfect the look with a damp beauty blender.  I love the finish of this foundation and I find that it sits really nicely on my skin.  Due to it being full coverage I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who is suffering from dry skin – especially if it’s odd patches as it will cling to it without perfect moisturisation.

To conclude I have fallen in love with this foundation and it is my new go to!  What foundations have you tried recently (especially if you’re pale like me!)

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Lots of love

Rhia xo

Life Update // Jan 2016

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Hi Guys!

Thought I’d check in and do a little update, I’ve got a review coming your way in a couple of days for the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation and Setting Spray.

My new year has been totally hectic and I’ve been thinking about which way I want to take my blog.  Although I love beauty, with my exams around the corner I have had to put the blog on the back burner and I’d like to apologise for that.

Today I thought I’d give you a little update on what has happened the past few week in my life (apart from studying).  I’ve spent the vast majority of my life at work and studying for my final exam but yesterday I managed to get out and go into Nottingham.

Yesterday, the first thing I did was to go have my hair cut.  It was LONG overdue and my split ends were getting worse and worse.  I decided to go crazy and have a HUGE change and got my hair cut super short.

I LOVE my new hair and would love to hear some opinions on hair styling products (I am totally clueless!)

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Here’s a super scary picture of most of the hair chopped off!

Another exciting thing that has happened is that I bought myself an Amazon Echo (treat yo’ self) which is proving to be an excellent purchase!  It has a stunning design and wouldn’t look out of place in even the most tidy of houses.

I would recommend an Amazon Echo to any tech savvy people, I’m planning on investing in the Phillip Hue lighting system next so that I will be able to control my lights through the Echo.

Finally here’s a few makeup looks that I did last week before I had all my hair chopped off!

Lots of love

Rhia xo

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New year goals! // 2017!

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Happy new year everyone! I know it’s a touch late (it’s almost half way through January already!) but I’ve worked all the holidays and I’m very much looking forward to having next week off work.

Last year I set myself a new years resolution to read a book every month throughout the year which wasn’t a textbook.  I always loved reading but because of studying I found myself reaching for textbooks and medical journals over anything else.  I accomplished my resolution and even read more than my one book per month.  My favourite book for the year  (series actually) were the Throne of Glass novels which are a series of YA (young adult) books which were really easy to read and not something that required much brain power after being at work all day.

I’ve set myself a few new goals for this year, as well as trying to upkeep my record of one book per month.  I am sitting my final examinations to become a registered veterinary nurse in March (terrifying thought that they’re super close) and this is my main objective for the year!  I’m going to also be trying to cut down on the amount of makeup I buy (yes, I’m being serious) and going to only be replacing the products that I have used up, for example; if I want to try a new foundation, I have to use up the foundation I have already got.  I’m not going to uphold the rule for lipsticks/lip products because that would be crazy!

I’m going to try and do monthly empties posts with updates of what I’ve used through, my review, and what I’m going to/have replaced it with.

I’m going to be moving my blog towards more of a beauty crossed with lifestyle blogging page, I feel myself changing and want to adapt my blog to move along with me.

I hope you’ve had wonderful holidays no matter whether you celebrate them!

Love

Rhia xo

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This is Markus, excuse my clothes on the radiator behind but he’s totally adorable!

My Christmas Haul!

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Here’s a few bits and pieces that I got for Christmas from my fantastic parents and family.

It’s all beauty products (as expected), I hope you all had wonderful holiday celebrations and are totally overindulging on all the good stuff in life.

Firstly I got this Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, this palette is so beautiful, buttery, and pigmented.  No pictures fully captured the beauty of both the mattes and the shimmer shadows.  It’s also worth mentioning that the brush that comes with the product actually a really great and of great quality.

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Next is this NYX glitter glue, I’ve heard fantastic reviews of this product and I’ve found that it really does make a HUGE difference in the life span of glitter staying wherever it’s required and doesn’t leave much fall out.

To go with the glitter glue I got this great multidimensional glitter (Also from NYX) which gives lots of different colour reflects and is super pretty!img_08331

The final two eye products are the NYX eye lingerie which is a metallic cream eyeshadow with a lovely rose gold colour.  I have worn this every single day since getting it, super easy to apply with a doe-foot applicator and stays ALL day on the lids.  Secondly is a single eyeshadow (which I have since de-potted into a Z-palette) in a bright white and a blue-purple reflective undertone, I have been using this as a brow bone and inner corner highlight and also once or twice as a highlight on the cheek bones.

The final NYX product is this individual highlight single which is in a pure matte white.  I use this for setting the concealer under my eyes and as a brightener to the face if I’ve got any dark or discoloured patches that need extra setting.

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The final makeup product is the Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup setting spray.  I’ve had the all nighter setting spray in the past but as an oily skinned person I’ve been recommended the De-Slick many times.  I have to say that already I am finding it much better than the All Nighter for my skin type.

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The final item I am writing about today is this lovely perfume from Next.  It’s a lovely light and floral scent, is perfect for everyday wear, and is super affordable for when I need to repurchase.img_08291

I hope you all got all that you wanted and have had some time off from work or studies!

Love

Rhia xo

My Skincare Routine // 2016

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This post is going on be on my current skincare routine, as with everything it’s constantly changing as I find new products and adapt it to my needs.  Just because a product works great for me, doesn’t mean it’ll work for you as my skin type is combination to oily and isn’t sensitive at all.

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Starting off with a fresh face every morning, I always use my Garnier Miceller water for combination sensitive skin, I find that this just freshens my face up and removes any residue of makeup that I haven’t managed to get off my face the night before.

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Next, I use the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix daily cleansing pads to gently exfoliate and tone my skin.  These have worked wonders for my skin and I’m finding that they have made a massive difference in the softness of my skin.  IMG_0770.JPG

Then I use my Olay complete moisturiser, this is a very light-weight moisturiser and is designed especially for normal to oily skin.  I find that it absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave any residue nor disturb my foundation.

At the end of the day I again use the Garnier Micellar water to remove my makeup and if I’m wearing any stubborn eyeshadow, waterproof eye makeup, or any false eyelashes, I use the simple duel effect eye makeup remover which as it is oil based, removes anything that I would usually have to scrub to remove with ease.

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Alternating every other night I use my Nip+Fab Glycolic fix extreme night pads with the daily pads as recommended.  These are a little bit harsher on the skin and aren’t really recommended for use with sensitive skin.

After cleansing my face I make sure that my lips are ready for the next day by using a lip scrub from LUSH (they taste AMAZING) and then smothering them in vaseline.  I’ve been doing this for years and have never had any problems with my lips getting chapped or sore in the winter.

Luckily I don’t have any major problems with my skin apart from the odd hormonal spot and find that these products work really well.  When I’m in the shower I use the clean and clear exfoliating daily wash which I have used for years (I think since teenage years!) however I want to change to a product without microbeads, does anyone have any suggestions?

I’m still trying to figure out how to use my new camera properly but so far I’m really loving the picture quality.  I’m hoping to purchase a light box after Christmas to even better ones!

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Love

Rhia xo

Gifts ideas for Cat Enthusiasts

Hi all!

This post is a gift guide for the “cat enthusiasts” in your life, or as I like to be called – Crazy cat lady!

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  1. Pyropet Candles – These come in all different animals and colours and burn to reveal a skeleton!
  2. Tattypuss – Cheeky Cat Convertable Bag, beautiful bag perfect for every day
  3. Etsy – “I like cats” keyring, great for keeping all your keys safe!
  4. Etsy – Rose Gold Plated Cat Earings, lovely earrings which are subtle and classy
  5. Amazon – I suffer from obsessive cat disorder mug, this would be perfect as a mug for work!
  6. Etsy – Black Cat Oil/Wax Burner, to burn incents or waxes.

I love all of these items and would be thrilled to have them around the house – In fact I’m going to buy those earrings when I next get paid!

I hope you all enjoyed this post, it’s a little different to usual but hopefully a good kind of different!

Love

Rhia xo

Intu Bloggers Event // December 2016

Hi All,

I hope you are well! I’ve just handed in my final two assignments for my course and my final written exam is next week – I finally feel like it’s coming to the end!

Today’s post is going to about the other day (Monday to be exact) where Intu Victoria Centre held a Christmas bloggers event.

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I had a fantastic time and saw some lovely friendly faces.

Firstly we were greeted with a super tasty cocktail from Thaikhun (which is my favourite restaurant EVER) and seated in an area in the upper mall.

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We were then introduced to a company called supersuper which had Christmas jumper crafting for us to do – Check them out here!

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We also had some beyond awesome “Froyo” from the Sloane Brothers who have a little stall downstairs.

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Overall I had a great evening, there was an option to go play a game on the HTC Vive VR Headset about decorating a Christmas tree but I had work early the following morning so opted for an early night.

At the end of the evening, we were given a generous goodie bag, full of samples – my personal favourite of these was the Charlotte Tilbury perfume!

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Hope you are all having a great week

Love

Rhia xo

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