It was my 30th birthday on Friday 14th October and I was beyond spoilt. I was made to feel so special by my wonderful friends and family and had such a lovely day. I mention it a couple of times throughout the video but this is not me showing off. We are a very humble family when it comes to gifts and usually opt for making memories by doing things together rather than lavish presents. However, this year it was a bit of a milestone. Turning thirty has always been such a special idea to me and everyone went all out. So I just wanted to share the lovely things that I was given with you. I love watching these videos for inspiration and because they are my guilty pleasure. I hope you like it?

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Big Love,

-Ria x

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Latest Loves

It has been an emotional rollercoaster lately here on ‘The Sweetest Life’. I’ve been talking about Ellenah growing up so fast, the pressure around Noah’s SATs and the possibility that he will be leaving me overnight for his Beavers sleepover. So, I thought I would change things up a little bit today and turn up the happy. It may seem materialistic of sorts but today I wanted to share some of my latest beauty loves. I have been trying a couple of new things lately and rediscovering some pieces in my collection…so I thought that because ‘sharing is caring’, I would whip out my camera with my pretty new lens and share them with you.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation In Ivory

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundatuon

This is a new purchase which I have been absolutely loving. I’m not going to pretend to know the science of make-up but I do know that this looks really pretty on my skin. My skin has felt very dehydrated lately and I have struggled finding the right routine between moisturising, serums and my make-up base. I feel like I’m on to a winner with this one and it was only about £7. I replaced my Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation and my Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation with this one and that feels like quite a big deal for me. They have been firm favourites and worth their weight in gold in the past but I’m excited about the Match Perfection going forward. It is so moisturising, goes on so lightly and gives a buildable coverage. I would definitely recommend.

Nars Blusher In Orgasm

Nars Blusher In Orgasm

This is an oldie but a goldie. It leaves a beautiful light, rosey gold flush over the apples of my cheeks and doubles up as a highlighter. It is perfect for the Spring/Summer season and is definitely a staple in my make-up bag. One that I will buy over again.

Gucci By Gucci Eau De Parfum

Gucci By Gucci

I love applying a little spritz of this every morning. It smells so beautiful with top notes of guava and pear and base notes of musk, honey and patchouli. It is a very sensual and feminine scent and acts perfectly as a little confidence boost. It makes me feel like a grown up.

L’Oreal Collagen Wrinkle De-Crease Night Cream

L'Oreal Collagen Wrinkle De-Crease L'Oreal Collagen Wrinkle De-Crease

As I mentioned, I have struggled with my skincare lately. I have felt an obvious change in my skin. I have naturally oily skin but I can feel how dehydrated it has become. In my mission to find something suitable, I came across this little gem. It smells gorgeous and very relaxing which I really like. It is quite thick in consistency but applies so nicely, my skin literally drinks it up. Rather than a simple moisturiser, this feels more like a hydrating night mask perhaps as it feels fairly tacky on the skin. By the morning however, I am left with super soft, smooth skin that feels youthful and plump. What more could I want?

Primark Oversize Sunglasses

Primark Oversize Sunglasses

I absolutely adore wearing these lately, which I am pleased to say has been quite often because the sun has been out. They were around £3 from Primark, which is such a bargain. I have awfully sensitive eyes to sunlight and these are definitely big enough to keep it out and to keep me looking chic rather than a squinty mess. Such a find!

Primark Rose Gold Rings

Primark Rose Gold Rings

These are super cute. I’m usually quite plain in my accessories but I have really enjoyed dressing up my fingers with these. There is a lovely mix of normal and midi rings and the whole bunch only cost around £2.50. I think they are really pretty.

Tulips

Tulips

Ellenah and I went to buy fresh flowers last Sunday. We chose lillies and tulips… The lillies smell beautiful but the tulips are so colourful. It’s so lovely to have them brightening up our dining table. The light that comes in from the back of the house glows over them and they have just transformed our home this past week. I love having fresh flowers in the house.

What have you been loving lately?

With Love,

Ria x

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For the last two months, my go to lipstick which I have been reaching for on a daily basis is Angel by Mac Cosmetics.

Mac Angel Lipstick

Believe it or not (because it is one of Mac’s bestsellers!), this is quite a recent addition to my make-up collection and it only found its way there because the shade ‘Creme Cup’ wasn’t available at the time of purchase. Creme Cup is an oldie but a goldie to me and ‘Angel is the next best thing!’ as the lady behind the counter told me. I actually prefer Angel now.

It is a frost finish which gives it a very pretty pearl effect to the lips and it is supper flattering for an every day look. I am in love with how much control I have over the colour payoff. It applies quite sheer but it is so buildable and can result in quite a few different looks… you could easily take this little beauty in to the night.

I have fair skin and I really like the way that it looks on me. Some pink nudes can wash me out and make my face look very flat. This shade really lifts my face and makes me feel super confident… and dare I say pretty?

I don’t wear this with a liner or a gloss, it is very low maintenance and because I don’t have much time, I really appreciate that in a lipstick (and anything where beauty is concerned really!)

It lasts really well on the lips, especially for a formula that is quite sheer and actually what I like most about this product is that when it starts to wear off and away, it leaves your lips looking so moisturised, plump and like you have still made an effort to pull yourself together. Because the colour gradually wears away, it leaves that slight pearl tint to your lips for hours which looks beautiful. It doesn’t go patchy and you don’t need to worry about what your pout looks like so you can wear it with confidence. I am terrible at re-applying so this lipstick is simply perfect for me.

I would definitely recommend and truly believe that it is well worth the £15.50 price tag.

With Love, Ria x

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Jo Malone, Orange BlossomIt’s no secret that I am terrible at spoiling myself. It’s no secret that I am terrible at allowing myself the essentials in life too. I don’t like to buy myself things, as much as I may want them or need them. I’m quite conscious of consumerism and I don’t buy in to having lots of ‘stuff’ or ‘keeping up with the Jones’. I’m also a mama and I tend to put my money to better use or for other things. How many other mama’s can identify with that sentence?

At the same time though, I spend a lot of time on social media and I am exposed to the ‘things’ and ‘trends’ which seem so perfect and are everywhere I look. I’ve never been a follower I’m proud to say… and not much of a leader if I’m being realistic. I really am just an individual, just me. If I like it, I like it it… I’m that simple.

I didn’t come across Jo Malone from a blog or a video or an advertisement, my love is completely organic.

I’m from a small town, some would debate it as more of a village. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside, it has a brewery… It’s a place where people say ‘Alright mate?’ when they say hello and a place that you could live quite happily and safe. I grew up free. I climbed trees, ran as fast as the boys and lay on my back in the grass in Summer to make pictures from the clouds in the sky. I grew up with the scent of fresh vegetables and munching fresh strawberries pulled from the plant. It was in this time that I changed from a tomboy with muddy knees, darting through the trees and mud in my finger nails into a girl, a girly one and then a woman.

A woman who knows the difference between something I like and something I love.

And when my husband started taking me to Bluewater Shopping Centre when we first started dating, I walked past a ‘Jo Malone’, the window minimalistic and simple. But…the scent! The scent cascaded over me. The scent wasn’t simple. The scent was like a thousand memories surging through me and I couldn’t pinpoint a single one. I just knew where I could find them if I ever needed to. I didn’t know of Jo Malone, the luxury, the unique spell that it casts over anyone who dares to walk by. I just knew something that smelt as beautiful as that and something that could make me feel as connected to myself as that…it would come at a price. So I had no choice but to carry on walking with my head held high and tell myself  ‘One Day Ria!’

My husband Matt gave me ‘`One Day’ for christmas in the form of Orange Blossom Cologne.

And I love it.

Orange Blossom Cologne (£42 for 30ml) is a floral scent of ‘clementine flower sparkles over a heart of orange blossom and water lily’ and it has ‘warm undertones of orris and balsamic vetiver’… and it is just lovely. It makes me feel truly wonderful, calm and awake… and as a mother who has to fight hard not to lose myself completely, it makes me feel like, well… ‘Me’, Just me… and it’s nice.

From the first spritz, I felt refreshed, confident and involved. I felt like I wanted to walk, pick my head up and look the world in the eye… and from then, I have cared for this little bottle of happiness. I have nestled it in to my handbag like a secret weapon. I really believe in it, I believe it will make the difference to any day… because when I wear it, I believe in myself.

Have you tried any of the Jo Malone Cologne’s? What is your favourite?

With Love,

Ria

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