Makeup Nostalgia #flashbackfriday


We’ve all heard of the #FBF trend where you share an old pic of yourself on the ‘Gram and say “How was this 10 years ago?!” or “OMG where were my brows?!”. So today, instead of sharing cringy old pics of myself, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane and show you some of the makeup which I used to spend my Saturday job money on.

St. Michael Eyeshadow Tins

M&S Eyeshadow Palette 1M&S Eyeshadow Palette 2

The very first makeup items I remember owning were 2 St Michael (aka M&S) tin palettes. One was a classic 80s blue toned eyeshadow palette and the other was a glossy lipstick palette. They were both hand-me-downs from my older sister. I couldn’t find pictures of the exact palettes but you get the idea from the pics above. I was obsessed with a blue eyeshadow look and I remember my Dad making me take the eyeshadow off before going to school on more than one occasion!

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Maybelline mascara

Everyone owned this mascara didn’t they? It used to give me the clumpiest, chunkiest eyelashes ever but it was my thing. Mascara was the first makeup item I really felt like I needed. I felt like it made such a difference to my appearance, and I genuinely feel the same now. I’ve always said if I could only use one makeup item for the rest of my life it’d be mascara.

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse

Sticking with Maybelline – the first proper foundation I remember using was the Dream Matte Mousse which came in a little round pot. I just used to dig my finger in there and apply it with my hands. I can literally still feel the way it applied, like really dry and almost powdery. I’ve always had oily skin and somehow this still made my skin look and feel dry! I can’t remember the shade but I’m pretty sure it was more cool toned than I should have been wearing and probably too orange giving me that lovely mask around my jawline!

Collection 2000 Eyeshadow Trio

Collection 2000 eyeshadow trios

When I graduated from blue eyeshadow, my go to look (and the one that made me think I was the queen of eyeshadow) was using the Collection 2000 eyeshadow trio palettes, specifically the black, white and silver one. This look consisted of a black outer corner ombre-ing to silver over the lid and then to the white on my inner corner. I honestly felt so chic with this badger-inspired look. I had maybe one eyeshadow brush in my collection so it was all done with that – oh, and there was NO blending *shudder*.

The Body Shop Bronzing Pearls

BS Bronzing Pearls

So as if my face wasn’t orange enough with the Dream Matte Mousse, I then used to cover my face with bronzer. I’d get a kabuki brush and swirl it around in The Body Shop’s bronzing pearls and wouldn’t stop until I looked like a 2p coin.

Lancome Cils Booster XL

Lancome Cils Booster XL

As I mentioned, lashes were my thing. So when a friend told me about this ‘white mascara’ which you apply before your Maybelline Great Lash mascara to get the fattest, clumpiest lashes you could only dream of, I saved up my pocket money and headed to Boots. This was definitely a luxury purchase for me back in the day but it was incredible. I genuinely still have a tube in my drawer now which I bought after feeling particularly nostalgic one day. This came out before all the double ended mascaras with the primer on one end and black mascara on the other. And definitely before things like Younique and other brush on fibres. I’m standing by this one as a classic from my collection!

L’Oreal Glam Shine Lip Gloss

L'Oreal Glam Shine lip gloss

The only lip product I used to wear was a sticky, glittery lip gloss and my absolute favourite was the L’Oreal Glam Shine. I remember having a bright pink, an orange and I feel like I had a green / blue minty one! When this used to come out of the clutch on a night out, everyone would want to borrow it!

Hard Candy Nail Polish

The very last thing I wanted to remind you all of are the Hard Candy nail polishes with the gummy ring on the lid. I distinctly remember having a pastel yellow one with a fluorescent flower shaped ring which I would proudly wear on my thumb and feel like a Spice Girl. The Hard Candy line seemed to just disappear into obscurity but they were so iconic at the time. I reckon if they were to come back, they’d make a killing – especially with all the 90s throwbacks at the minute.

It’s at this point I should share some truly AWFUL flashback photos but I genuinely can’t find any that really show you the extent of my makeup artistry. But I promise, if I find any, they’ll be posted on my Instagram so make sure to follow me there so you don’t miss out!

I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane. I’d love to hear what your fave products were back in the day so drop me a comment below to share.

Thank you so much for reading…

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What’s On Rhi’s TV Episode #5


I love catching up with family and friends and asking “what are you watching at the minute?” as we’re always looking for the next series to binge watch! So by writing this What’s On Rhi’s TV series, I’m hoping I’m helping you guys find your new favourite TV show. I may also start a movie version of this series as a bonus monthly post, so if that’s something you’d be interested in reading then let me know!

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Say NO to B.O.

Say NO to B.O.


I’m taking a foray into new territory for today’s post. It don’t tend to tackle subjects like this as a rule, but I always read and love when other bloggers post about this kind of thing so I thought why not share my tips.

Say NO to B.O.

So body odour is something I’ve always struggled with and been massively paranoid about. There’s no doubt about it…I’m a Sweaty Betty. Some people just tend to sweat more than others, and I’m one of them. So much so that this was definitely the deciding factor in having a Winter wedding as I couldn’t think of anything worse than having to contend with Summer heat as well as wearing a ridiculously heavy dress.

I’ve learnt over the years to stick to black tops and avoid certain materials as it can be so humiliating to lift your arm to reveal a huge sweat patch. Obviously everybody sweats, it’s completely natural, but there’s still something so embarrassing about it. And often the more you worry about it, the worse it becomes.

As much as profuse sweating is something I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of altogether, body odour is definitely avoidable. Recently I discovered some new tips and tricks which (touch wood) have completely eliminated any embarrassing odours.

~ Exfoliating ~

Over the years I’ve received / bought tons of gift sets containing shower gel, scrubs and body butters yet I only really get through the shower gel, leaving the scrubs sitting in the cupboard for the odd time I feel like self-tanning. Now I have a reason to use them up on a daily basis. I cannot for the life of me remember where I heard this tip but no joke, it has changed my life. By using an exfoliating scrub on the under arms every time you shower, it buffs away any dead skin cells which can harbour bacteria which then becomes stinky. One thing to be careful of is not to over-scrub as this can be very damaging to the skin. Just a light buff with hands is enough and then wash away with your usual shower gel.

My current fave is the Original Source Mint & Tea Tree Daily Exfoliating Scrub which is £2.29 and is available from Superdrug (here) – the mint is super tingly and cooling which is very welcome in our current UK heatwave.

~ Deodorant Double Up ~

Once I’m out of the shower and I’ve dried off, I’ll go in with a cream / gel stick deodorant which I’ll then leave to dry (topless, ooh err) until I’ve done all my makeup and hair. Then once I’m ready to get dressed, I’ll use a spray deodorant / antiperspirant.

My current fave stick deodorant is the Sanex  Invisible Dry Stick which is £2 and available from Sainsbury’s (here).

~ Checking The Ingredients ~

I’ve heard for a while about how bad aluminium and parabens are for you, yet most antiperspirants contain both as they temporarily block sweat ducts. This might sound like a good thing, but it actually has links to increasing the risk of breast cancer. This risk is higher when applied on shaved skin, which most women and some men do. After doing some research, I’ve made a conscious effort to switch to aluminium free products.

My absolute faves are the Soft & Gentle 0% Aluminium Dry Deodorants (in all scents) which are around £3 and available from Superdrug (here).

I don’t know if this is really a thing but… have you ever felt that after using one deodorant for a while it suddenly stops being effective? It’s almost like your body becomes immune to it. And then you have to switch to a new brand for a while and all is fine again. But the cycle continues. So you find yourself switching every few months to a new brand. Anyone?? Well, since starting this routine I have repurchased these deodorants so many times and they continue to work really well for me. I feel like I’ve really found the holy grail products for me and I’ve had no “eek, keep away from people and keep your arms firmly planted by your sides” moments.

One last thing I wanted to mention is the more heavy duty antiperspirants available such as Odaban, Perspirex and Driclor. I have tried these in the past, but found that repeated use made my underarms very sore and sensitive. They all contain aluminium, which as I’ve already said blocks sweat glands and has its side effects. So yes, they are effective but use with caution.

I’m really hoping that this has been useful. I really wish I’d found these recommendations in one post when I was looking for help, so if I can pass on my advice to just one person then I’m happy. As I started off by saying, this is quite different for me so I’d love some constructive feedback – did you like reading something different from me? Or would you prefer I stick to the makeup reviews? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Thank you so much for reading…

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What’s On Rhi’s TV Episode #4 | LIFESTYLE


I love catching up with family and friends and asking “what are you watching at the minute?” as we’re always looking for the next series to binge watch! So by writing this What’s On Rhi’s TV series, I’m hoping I’m helping you guys find your new favourite TV show. I may also start a movie version of this series as a bonus monthly post, so if that’s something you’d be interested in reading then let me know!

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