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Saturday, 18 February 2017

OUTFIT: Detailing

 Jacket: French Connection -  £150
Lattice Stud Jumper: Topshop - £32
Sammy Black Over the knee Heel: Kurt Geiger - £139

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Saturday, 11 February 2017

REVIEW: MAC Strobe Cream

MAC Strobe Cream

I was never too sure about Strobe creams as I had tried using them before and could never really see what they did, which could have possibly been down to me not really knowing how to apply them properly. 
I did get the strobe cream for christmas and I have tried to spend my time using this product to do a review just so I knew I had got the best out of the product. 

The MAC Strobe Cream range comes in 5 ranging colours - Silverlight, Peachlite, Pinklite, Redlite and Goldlite. When you are on the website it doesn't differentiate between the colours so I think they are something you will have to try in store to see what fits your skin tone the best and your desired look. 

I did try them out on my hand in store and I did want about 3 of them but I could defiantly make the differentiation to the ones which I didn't want and didn't match my skin tone. This I felt was good because it meant that I didn't want to buy the whole lot and they were tailored to different skin type and tones. 

MAC Strobe Cream

I don't use mine every day as I work in an office so isn't the most suitable place to be having a fabulous glow with a touch of highlight but I do wear this one my days off and I will even even wear this when I am wearing no makeup. I will apply my moisturiser as normal and then put a small amount on the tips of my fingers and spread evenly over my face. I feel like this really does give your skin a natural glow and brighten it up a bit. 

When I am wearing makeup I will put my moisturiser on and as above I will spread the product all over my face but I will concentrate more on the high points of my face first so my cheek bones, eye areas, end of my nose and my cupids bow. 
I will then apply my foundation over the top and when I am finished with my foundation I will pop a small amount of the strobe cream on my beauty blender and go over these high points again. This i find works so well and makes any highlighter you put on top pop even more. 

Have you used any of the Strobe creams I would love to hear your views below.

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Saturday, 4 February 2017

OUTFIT: Purple Vibes

I can't say that I have ever really worn anything purple before which is why I chose this outfit. I wanted to branch out of my comfort zone and try something new, as I normally wear dark leggings and a vibrant top this was certainly something different. 

I bought this jacket and leggings in store and they don't seem to be online. 

These leggings are very comfortable though and did keep me nice and warm when I was shooting this look. I love the print on the leggings also as I only have one other pair of pattern leggings. I did get some new trainers which was nice they were my mums but she did not find them comfortable but I quite liked them so she gave them to me. 

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Thursday, 2 February 2017

Month End: My thoughts on Jan and whats coming in Feb!

WOW!!! How fast has January gone?!?! Does any one else feel like it has gone by so fast??

If you guys follow me you will know that this year I am making a huge change in my life and trying to make a bigger commitment to my blogging and hitting my goals. If you haven't seen my post yet you can find that here if you want to have a read. 

Month of Jan 

As this was my first month of really making a bigger commitment to my blog and trying to achieve my goals I wasn't to sure what to expect in regards to my time and how hard it was going to be - all those kind of things. 

I did break my goals down into mini goals for the month into separate categories and into goals that I thought were tangible so that I could actually measure against them for example how many blog posts I wanted to publish and how many times I wanted to get to the gym in the week. 

Having these tangible goals really did make a difference this month and has made my goals a lot more realistic so I can see where I am headed and where I am wanting to get too. 

With regards to how I did, I actually did much better than I thought I would, I didnt achieve everything that I set out but I am fine with that because I made a good dent into all of them and have learnt along the way of how to manage my time a little better - where I can allocated my time more efficiently and for that I actually feel very good about it. 

Coming up....

Month of Feb...
I am going to be breaking my goals down into the same categories as I did for January being Blog, Fitness and other but just tweaking and refining the details a little more.

So for February I am going to aim to publish 7 posts, as last month I aimed for 10 which I didn't quite make as I had spent so much time working I could not fit it in. Hopefully now that I have lowered this slightly if I make this number it will be great and if I exceed this then that will give me more motivation to continue.

I will still be aiming to be posting on Social Media on Instagram and Twitter everyday - I have managed to keep up with this for the most part. My Instagram was lacking slightly as I did not post every day but managed to get something up for most of the month.
I am creating a Instagram schedule for myself so I can try and get a little more organised, so hopefully this will help. I will keep you posted on that.

On the fitness side I was ill for the most part of January so I couldn't get to the gym for the first few weeks, but managed to get back into it at the end of January. So I will be keeping my goals of going to the gym twice a week.

Other areas I included were reading 2 books per month which I did achieve in January which I was very pleased about so will certainly be keeping this on the list for February.

Hope this helped you guy and just give an idea of what I am doing to achieve my goals and the steps I am putting in place to achieve this. Bring on February and lets see what happens....

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Monday, 23 January 2017

Nutritional Series 002: Fibre

What is Fibre?

Did your parents ever say to you that you need to have some roughage in your diet? Well...Fibre is what they were referring to and to break it down it is a group of substances that can't not be broken down by our digestive system. 
When reading this you may think why we need it then if it just goes thorough us? This may be true but it does have its benfits.

Soluble + Insoluble

There are two types of fibre which is found in our diet - Soluble and insoluble. 
Soluble Fibre dissolves in water to form a gel like material and sticks to certain components of our food mainly fats and sugars which makes them more difficult for our body to absorb. 
Insoluble Fibre help promote movement of materials through your digestive system so in other words - it gets things going. 

How much fibre do we need?

There are guidelines stating how much fibre we should be taking in on a day to day basis like with other food areas. The government official recommendation is 18 grams a day which I personal think is a good guideline for a general rule but remembering that every one is different the Insitiute of medicine have come up with the following guidelines:

If you do not take in enough fibre your body will let you know, generally you will feel more constipated. It can also cause irregular digestion, elevated cholesterol levels and increased body weight.

Fibre & our health

Cancer - The Harvard school of Public health notes that a diet rich in fruit and veg and high in fibre is linked to lower cancer rates. Mainly the benefit is fibre-rich foods provide a good source of anti-oxidants, which protect your body from damage by harmful free radials. The fibre in fruit and vegetables also binds with harmful toxins and escorts them out of the body as waste. 

Weight Control - Fibre does not contain any calories (hurraaayyy!!) but it bulks up your food and combines with water in your body helping reduce the feeling of being hungry so you feel fuller. 
Soluble fibre slows down the absorption of sugar in your body as keeps your body so improves your sugar levels and in turn reduces the chance of getting type 2 diabetes

* Fun Fact - Juicing as apposed to blending will remove the fibre in the food *

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Saturday, 21 January 2017

OUTFIT: Work IT!!!

This has been one crazy week if you guys follow me on social media or in my previous posts you will know that the project I am working on has moved to Manchester so I am travelling up there a few times a week. Which means very early mornings and not getting home until quite late which in turn makes it quite hard to look after my social media accounts and getting posts up. 

I really liked these bottoms when I saw them on the MissGuided site I think mainly because of the Work It down the side, such a motivational reminder to kick ass in the gym. I always tend to go for simple colours - I think I need to start branching out into some colours. I already had this Reebok jacket at home so I thought they worked quite well together for this outfit. 

Let me know what you think in the comments below I always love reading what you say.

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

REVIEW: YSL Blur Primer

I have always seen YouTubers using primers before applying their makeup and I used to think that it was just more effort to be adding another step to my makeup routine when I already do not have that much time in the mornings. 
So after I went through a few drug store primers I was not in any rush to go out and buy another one as I didn't feel like it had made any huge differnence to my makeup and the way it sat on my skin.

However when I saw a few people using the YSL primers and saw that it had got so many good reviews I thought I might give it a go and see if it helped me - and am I glad that I tried it. 

YSL Blur Primer

First things first and I think it has to be said how stunning the packaging is, I love the box that it comes in and I still carry it in this trying to preserve it for as long as I can. Also the bottle its self I think is great, it is made out of glass but the bottle feel very sturdy which is good considering how much product is actually in this package.

Which brings me nicely onto my next point which is the fact there is so much product in this bottle which is unreal. I only use 1 1/2 pumps for my face which goes on so well and covers the necessary areas so I know this bottle will be lasting me a very long time.

The product is quite thick which is why you do not need a lot of it for one application, and my favourite part is when you look at it in the light there are tiny speckles of gold in it so it shimmers.

I generally get a very oily T-Zone so my makeup end up half way around my face after a while which is very annoying so I have to keep an eye on it, with this primer it seems to have controlled that a little bit more which is more than helpful.

So over all I have certainly been loving this product and will be using it for a while to come I believe.

YSL Blur Primer

Have you used this primer before and have any comments I would to hear your views and thought below.

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