Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Getting Back Into Fitness & Feeling Good

Ever since I booked my holiday to Ibiza at the end of June, I vowed that I would get my bum back in the gym in an attempt to not only look a little better but to also better my confidence, and to just generally feel better physically. So far i've been really dedicated and I thought that i'd share a few of my tips and things that i've found have really helped motivate me along the way.
Body confidence is always something i've struggled with for as long as I can remember, as i've always been a little on the chubby side especially when I was going through my teenage puberty years. Today i'd probably say i'm in somewhat the best shape that I have ever been, but the thought of getting in a bikini does still somewhat terrify me. So i've really been motivating myself to push myself to eat well and get a good amount of exercise in each week, and I thought some of you who are maybe lacking some motivation will find some tips on how i've gotten back into fitness helpful.

Be aware of what your putting in your body - For me I usually just eat what I want, when I want and I never really paid attention to what I am eating, or whether it is good for me. I'd heard of a few friends using fitness apps to help understand a little more into what they are eating, so I went ahead and downloaded My Fitness Pal. Now I don't necessarily use this app to calorie count, instead I use to know the amount of protein, carbs and fats that I am eating within a day. Since downloading this app i've naturally started choosing more healthier choices of foods, but I also really enjoy using this to track my exercise and also weight loss. So far i'm really enjoying using this app, as it naturally motivates me and allows me to understand so much more about the foods that i'm putting in my body.

Set yourself a goal - Now I know this one is probably a little cliche, but setting goals is always a really good way to naturally motivate and push yourself. When I say goal, I don't necessarily mean a weight loss goal but for me i've set myself a goal of going to the gym 4 times a week, for a minimum of an hour, and so far i've been achieving this goal. Another goal I set myself is burning a certain amount of calories within each gym session, and again it is a great motivator.

Treat yourself to some new gym gear - It is so true when they say that buying new clothes for the gym will motivate you to go, because looking good in your funky gym leggings is always a must! I find that Primark and H&M have amazing ranges of gym wear that is not only affordable, but also so cute and so practical. Also a killer pair or two of trainers is a must for me and i've always been a fan of Nike trainers, but as long as they look good and give your ankles the support they need then you're sorted!

Get yourself an exercise buddy - For me getting an exercise buddy is the main answer to motivation to work out as you with motivate one another to not only go to the gym or go for a run etc, but to also push yourself with whatever physical activity you're doing. It also means you can catch up on the weekly gossip whilst giving your body a good adrenaline rush.

Try out new beauty products - Being a beauty obsessor that I am, i'm always into trying out new products and ones that are targeted towards not only making yourself feel better, but also to look better i'm always up for. I was recently sent the CelluBlue Anti-Cellulite Cup* (£19) to try out as it is proven to help reduce the appearance of cellulite. As I will never go down the route of plastic surgery,  mainly because I don't really like the thought of it, nor can I afford it so trying a non surgical alternative was really appealing to me. I've been using this for over a month now and so far i'm actually impressed with the results. I have a long way to go but I find that the skin on my stomach and thighs is looking a lot firmer that before, and i'm excited to see what results I get with continuing to use this.

Treat yourself once in a while - For me, when I know i've had a really good week of going to the gym and eating generally well, treating myself to a cheat meal or two always makes me feel rewarded for my hard work. You have to remember it's all in moderation, and it is okay to eat a cheat meal once in a while.

So those are a few of my tips for motivating yourself to get back into fitness, but to also make yourself feel better. So far i've really been enjoying going to the gym, which I never have before and I generally feel so much better about myself, as i'm more awake and I have so much more energy just by switching up a few things, so if I can do you definitely can!

What do you do to motivate yourself when it comes to fitness?

Monday, 2 May 2016

An Introduction to Freedom Makeup

I feel that I always start a blog post off by saying 'it's been a while since..' but my content at the moment has been all about looking at what I used to post that I haven't for quite some time. Today I thought i'd so a long awaited introduction post to Freedom Makeup, a makeup brand that i've recently been trying out some products from and as this brand is super affordable I thought that I needed to tell you all about them!
Freedom Makeup are a relatively new brand brought to us by the ever so amazing team behind Makeup Revolution, who in my opinion have conquered high street makeup like no other brand out there and have since gone onto launch Freedom Makeup. The whole idea behind the brand is that they give you the tools and products at a professional performance level to be completely free with your makeup. I've recently been trying out a few of their well loved products, products that i've wanted to try for quite some time so i'm really excited to share my thoughts on such a wonderful and affordable brand.

Now i'm not a professional makeup kind of girl, but I can fully appreciate amazing quality makeup and so far i'm really impressed with these few products from Freedom. Starting with base products, and these two products i've not really tried anything similar so I was intrigued to see how they worked for me. First up is the Freedom Pro Studio Priming Water* (£6) and i've used several primers in my time but i've never ever tried a priming water. Initially I thought it would be a little bit like a face mist but this primer is actually really good! I've been using this for quite some time now on most days, giving my face a good spritz and allowing it to soak into my skin, and then going ahead applying my makeup as usual. Usually my foundation would dry into my skin really bad throughout the day, but i've found that this prolongs my foundation doing this and overall my foundation just sits well on my face throughout the day.

The second base product that i've been enjoying quite a lot is the Freedom Pro Studio Strobe Cream* (£8), which again is a product that i've never used before. I've used a highlighting primer previously but never any product aimed towards strobing, and being the total strobing virgin that I am I was very baffled by this product. The first few times I used I didn't really understand how it worked, as it is basically a white cream that has very subtle highlight within it that you apply to the natural highlight areas of the face, and works to attract light to those areas. I kind of use this as I would a primer, applying it to the natural highlight areas of my face but then using any excess on the remainder of my face, and again it just makes my foundation look so much better! I can't really comment on it's highlighting capabilities as I need to practice using it more, but I love the way it makes my foundation look.

The last product that i've been rather loving from Freedom is the Pro Artist Pad Black Arts Palette* (£15) and I really like this palette for a few different reasons. Firstly, it looks like an iPad which I think is such a fun and quirky packaging idea, and the packaging is really sturdy meaning the palette is well protected. Secondly the range of shades within this palette are so perfect for my eyeshadow needs, with an array of neutral shades ranging from bronzes, golds, browns etc. Now I know my image doesn't do this palette much justice, but I will be doing a more in depth review on this palette so keep your eyes peeled for that!

So those are a few products that i've been absolutely loving from Freedom Makeup and i'm so happy that i've been introduced to such an affordable and high quality makeup brand, that is so readily available!

Have you tried any makeup products from Freedom?

Friday, 29 April 2016

Small Handbag Essentials

As you've probably noticed i've been attempting to switch my content up a bit, as i've been looking at back at the kind of content I was posting a year or so ago and I felt like it had been ages since I properly did a what's in my actual everyday handbag post. So I thought today i'd do an update of my current go to bag and the essential bits I carry around on a daily.
As i'm now in a full time job, where I work in literally the middle of nowhere I don't really need an awful lot of things on me everyday other than my phone, car keys and laptop. I tend to not take my purse to work purely so I don't do any sneaky online shopping in my lunch break, but when i'm not at work I use a really small bag as naturally i'm not a big bag kind of girl, as I don't carry endless amounts of crap that i'll never need.

So, starting off with my bag and this is actually an old bag that i've had for quite some time and you can no longer get this exact bag, but H&M always seem to bring out a Suede Fringe Shoulder Bag (£24.99) every season. I'd had my eye on this for such a long time, and i'd always put off getting it until one day I saw it was the last one left in my local store and I couldn't leave it there, so she came home with me. I really do love this bag, it's the perfect size for everything I need to carry and it's one of those bags that I don't think will ever go out of trend.

Within my bag I do keep it really simple, carrying literally the only things that I need and nothing more as I was forever carrying things that I never used in an attempt to fill a bag that was evidently too big for me. As always I always have my trusty Whistles Croc Skin Purse, which i've had for around two years now and it is still in absolutely amazing condition after such a long time. I'd definitely recommend investing in a good purse, as they really do last and I got this in the Whistles sale so it was quite cheap all in all. As well as carrying my purse around, I also carry my Cath Kidston Card Holder (£6) of which I carry my oyster card for when i'm in London but I also keep my debit card in here for when i'm running errands.

Of course my iPhone 6 comes everywhere with me, and I picked this case up when I was last in London from one of the many touristy shops/stalls and I really like this case. It looks really nice with my phone being gold, it keeps my phone completely scratch free and it has cushioned many dropping of the phone moments, so i'd definitely recommend these phone cases! Something else I picked up on my last trip to London were these beautiful Primark Sunglasses (£3), which are a right dupe for those Dior sunglasses that I will never be able to afford and I have been getting so much wear out of them.

Lastly, the few other bits I keep in my everyday bag are beauty related and you're probably surprised that I don't carry more beauty products around, but I'm not one to touch my makeup up throughout the day other than lip products. My lip balm of choice is always the Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm (£9.50) and it always will be! It works absolute wonders on my lips like no other lip balm out there, and I take it everywhere with me! As well as my lip balm, I usually carry a few lip products with me to either top up or if I need to make myself look a little more put together. At the moment i'm loving the new Lancome Juicy Shaker Lip Gloss* (£18) as they are super nourishing on the lips and they are great for a natural everyday wash of colour.

So those are the essential things that I carry around in my everyday bag!

What are your everyday handbag essentials?

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

April Favourites

Last month I didn't get round to doing a favourites post, as I hadn't really been loving or trying out many new products and I still haven't  really been loving many products in all honesty but I wanted to at least talk about a select few products that I had been appreciating over the past few weeks, that definitely deserved you all to know about.
As you can see there is a little theme to this months favourites, everything is sweet smelling and pink, and this is through complete coincidence! I've obviously just been reaching for sweet smelling things as of late to match the beautiful time of year and some these products I know I will still be loving in months to come, and hopefully some of you will too!

Starting off with what has got to be most amazing scented body butter out there, The Body Shop Raspberry Body Butter, which as the name suggests oozes a beautiful scent of raspberries that I just cannot get enough of. My skin has been fairly dry as of late, so I've been smothering my body head to toe with this just before going to bed, and it leaves my skin smelling amazing and feeling so soft! The only thing I find with The Body Shop body butters is that they are quite thick and take a while to soak into the skin, hence why I use this at night but they are paraffin free, which most body butters contain, which just isn't good for your skin - honestly read into this, you'll learn a thing or two!

Another body product I've been loving is the Superdrug Dragon Fruit & Vanilla Shower Cream* (£0.99) , which I received in a recent goodie bag and when I first used this I wasn't ready for the amazing scent that this has. I love any vanilla scent, but with the addition of dragon fruit it has a lovely fruity twist with an undertone of vanilla that has made my showers just amazing recently! Another product that i'm loving the scent of and that I've raved about a fair amount is the Liz Earle Rose and Cedrit Hot Cloth Cleanser (£20.75) and this is actually limited edition. I've been loving this cleanser as of late and has completely replaced my love for the original cleanse and polish as this is so soothing and hydrating on the skin. I'm definitely going to have to pick up another of these before they no longer sell them, as my skin has been absolutely loving this lately!

My last sweet smelling favourite is the LancĂ´me 'Freedom of Peach' Juicy Shaker* (£18) that is such a lovely gloss to wear on an everyday basis that gives your lips a lovely sheer wash of colour. When it comes to spring time I always love a light pink lip and usually i'm not a fan of glossy formulas but this is completely different due to it's oil consistency. I find that this is so moisturising on the lips and doesn't leave my lips feeling sticky like a usual gloss would, which i'm really impressed with. I'm definitely going to be picking up a few more shades of these as they are just beautiful for everyday makeup looks.

It's safe to say that the spring months are definitely my favourite months of the year and April has been a pretty good month all in all. I've had some amazing news work wise and I've really started to get back into blogging, if you hadn't noticed. Overall i'm really happy at the moment and I hope that it doesn't change anytime soon!

What products have you been loving this past month?

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