Thursday, 14 August 2014

Tomorrow May Rain So I'll Follow the Sun

Dress TopShop // Lace Shirt Charity Shop
Sandals Dr Marten Gryphons // Sunglasses Asos
Floral Head Band Primark // Watch Casio // Bag Zara

Cropped Vest Miss Selfridge // Jeans Topshop
Shoes Converse // Necklace Primark
Friendship Bracelets Urrr?! // Nail Polish Barry M


Saturday morning saw me and my sister take a trip to the beautiful Lavender Farm in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Little did I know that it also had the most beautiful sunflowers growing there too.

The farm itself is really cute and small, selling lots of locally produced products and a lot using the fruits of their labour such as lavender cake and hand creams. After a small £4 is exchanged (children under 14 are free) you are given brown paper bags and scissors and are welcome to snip away and fill your bags until they are full. You could also pick sunflowers at an extra cost of 50p per head. Damn for only ever carrying card :(
I would say if you do ever venture to the farm, check the flowers before adding them to your stash, we had a giant spider smuggled in one of ours - luckily it escaped before a fellow lavender picker came to our rescue.

It was a beautiful place and was a lovely alternative trip out than our usual ventures. The view from the top of the farm was glorious, particularly on such a sunny day. You could really appreciate the lovely sunny yellow sunflowers and pretty, purple lavender. I shall definitely be taking another trip there with James in tow and a picnic in hand too!
Rheya x


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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

365 Days of PixiRella

I can't quite believe I am writing this to be honest. Where has a whole year gone?!
I know that is such a boring and overly used thing to say - but time is just whizzing by and here I am writing a post on the 1st anniversary of the conception and birth of PixiRella!

It honestly feels like a few months ago I was umming and ahhing over whether to start a blog and I can honestly say it has been one of my favourite hobbies ever - I have no regrets at all and have loved interacting with other bloggers and readers. It is such a rewarding way to spend my spare time and I can only say that I wish I had put more time and effort into it towards the end of the first year.

I have had the privilege to get to know some of the loveliest girls who, if I am honest, made blogging so enjoyable and kept me motivated to keep writing. Being a part of a community of like minded people has been such a joy and I can only hope that it grows and flourishes even more.

Working with brands such as Joe Brown, Dermalogica and Santoro London has been amazing and I am forever grateful for the kind people behind these brands to even ask me to get involved, let alone receive such generosity.

And probably the most important and humbling point of all - the amount of readers from all across the world. It never fails to surprise me at the wide spread and varied readers I have and I am so grateful for each and every one of you.

I have come to realise that blogging, whilst it can be a source of help and information to those seeking it, is mainly something which I do for myself. I thoroughly enjoy creative writing, taking photos and the whole process of creating posts ready to be published. I have had times where I have thought that the blogging world is happily moving on without me, and it's true - if I was to stop today and leave blogging to the million other boys and girls, the world really would just carry on without a second look. And I am okay with that. I might not be the most popular, most read or have the most desired corner of the internet with brands, companies and individuals lining up for me to review their products,  I might not have the best camera or editing facilities and I might not have the time or opportunity to write everyday, but I am proud of how I & PixiRella have grown throughout the past 365 days.

All I can hope for is that I will continue to enjoy writing as much as I have done and can possibly inspire others to get tip tapping! Of course it is such a great feeling when your 'following' count creeps up, but there is more to blogging than just feeling valued and accepted by others. It is such a great outlet to discover things about yourself and look back on how you have developed both as a creative but also as an individual.

So Happy Birthday to Pixirella and to all the other blogs out there celebrating their first, fifth, fifteenth birthday- well done on all the things you set out to achieve and succeeded and keep striving to get there if you haven't yet. Good luck to everyone starting out with wide eyes and dreams of blogging domination and congratulations to those who have dominated (Zoella I am looking at you girlfriend!!)

Thank you for reading and joining me on my little blogging journey - here is to next year and beyond & everything in between

Kiss Kiss
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Monday, 11 August 2014

MUA Velvet Lip Lacquers


When it comes to high street beauty, I definitely pick Boots over Superdrug every time, but I thought I would pop in to check if they had any Tanya Burr cosmetics in stock. Sadly they didn't.
Superdrug does, however, stock MUA which if you are not familiar is a really affordable brand which I am tempted to compare with Seventeen that can be found in Boots.

With lipsticks being £1 a pop I thought I would have a little nose to see if anything caught my eye but found drawn to their newer items instead. Much like Seventeen, MUA seem to have revamped their products and have come out with items that can rival other brands such as face fixing sprays, liquid luminisers, face form kits and matte lip lacquers. 

The velvet lip lacquers they had on offer were a little sparse as most of the selection had been nabbed already. I took this as a sign that these had been a hit with other make up lovers and decided to pick up two; Atomic which is a vibrant orangey coral and Kooky which is a deep plum/purple. 

The application is relatively smooth, I find that in some areas the colour can be a little transparent but with a second coat the pigmentation is excellent. Drying time is super quick which enables a second coat to be applied a mere minute or so after - perfect if you are in a rush!

About an hour or so after my first ever application and debut out in public, I was aware of that awful papery, peeling, foundation lip line. Without having the lacquer or a mirror with me (school girl error), all I could do was hope that it didn't look as bad as it felt. At the first chance I got, I checked the matte gloss and my fears were true. Half of the beautiful orange I covered my lips in had vanished leaving me with a terrible line that made me look like I got ready in the dark. The texture is awful too; incredibly drying which felt like I had two bits of tissue rubbing together. 

As a whole, I am rather disappointed in the velvet lip lacquers. Retailing at £3.00, I won't loose sleep over it, but when the colour spectrum on offer is as good as slightly more expensive brands and an obvious effort has gone into packaging the items, you think you are onto a winner. Whilst the colour is really beautiful, the longevity of the product is poor and I would say these are one to stay on the shelf.

I am now on the hunt for a vibrant orange/coral lipstick or lip lacquer so if you have any recommendations be sure to let me know!!

MUA you have certainly upped your game visually, but the product it self lets it down so much that the slightly 'luxe' vibe I think you are aiming for is a complete waste of all resources, soz peeps!


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