Monday, 5 October 2015

Whats in my handbag

Hey Girlies, How are you all doing this weekend? I am so glad we have had a sunny weekend it always makes me feel so much happier. So this week I thought I would give you a sneaky peak as to what is in my handbag. I don't actually have as much now as I used to, I used to carry the world in my bag but I have cut that down since to the essentials that I need.

So first up is my Michael Kors Handbag, I got this handbag for Christmas and have not looked back I love this bag so much as it is so useful. It doubles up for a laptop bag also as it has a padded middle compartment to put your laptop in, and also other smaller compartments for your I-Pad and Phone. 
I have often had this bag filled to the max where I could not possibly put another thing in it and it still goes strong. 

Prada Purse | £415

Next up is my trusty Prada purse, I know these purses can be quite pricey but I strongly believe that if you pay a bit more for your staple items they will look after you for years and is exactly what this purse has done. I have had my purse for over 5 years now and is still just as good as when I got it. 
It has 12 card holder compartments, and areas for cash, coins and two extra side pockets for any thing extra you want to hold onto. I have often had so many coins in my purse that its been hard to close but it has never broken on me or stretched so looks the same as when I got it. 

These are my got o sunglasses which are always in my handbag for the sunny day. These are the best pair of glasses that I have owned so I defiantly look after them the best I can. These glasses have polarised lenses and I had no idea what this meant before I went to the shop to get them and now I would not have my sunglasses any other way. 
Polarised lenses protect your eyes that it more and stop any of the shine that you get from the sun of metal objects. 

Aloe Lip Seal | £2.99
Mac Lipstick | £15.50

These three are my little handy must haves in my bag, my Lip seal that I use every day to keep my lips hydrated and feeling soft, My lipgloss if I fancy a bit of shimmer and shine and finally my lipstick if I am ever going out for an evening and I can always just pop a bit on and I'm ready. 

Diesel Perfume | £33.00

Next up I have mu Diesel perfume, I think I actually got this last Christmas but didn't use it for a few months and then fell in love with it and soon became my handy go to perfume in my handbag. I think one of the things I love about this perfume (after from the smell) is the design of the bottle a black heart. It some how reminds me of the moment Carrie got a black engagement ring from Big in Sex and the City.

Hand Sanitiers | £1.00

This is definite must in my handbag I always have to have a Anti-Bacterial hand gel. I get the train too and from work everyday so as soon as I get to work I get the hand gel out. Its a great handy size that just slips in my bag and is always there when I need it.

I got this as a sample one day from Clinique and I have never looked back, it is one of the only moisturisers that has not left my hands feeling sticky or oily it actually leaves them feeling soft and moisturised. I would defiantly recommend having hand cream in your bag.

Hope you have enjoyed seeing what is in my bag - Please do leave some links to what you have in your bag I would love to hear them.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Real Technique Core Brushes

Real Techniques Core Brushes | £20.99

Hey Beauties, if you follow me on Instagram you will have known it was my birthday last month and is always a great time to get those bits and pieces you have never got round to getting for one reason or another.
As I have got older I have started to learn more about the importance of asking for presents that I really need and are going to use, rather than the things I really want that I would end up never really using. So that is what I did for my birthday and so I asked for the Real Techniques Core Brushes set.

I have seen so many YouTubers and Bloggers use the Real Techniques brushes but have never actually bought them myself. Once I got my hand on them my first impression were that the bristles are so soft which I think is important when putting on your makeup. The bristles are made of Talon and are each hand cut and 100% cruelty free which I really like. Also I noticed how light weight the brushes are.

The brush sets are a great price for what you get and for the great quality that they are. I wanted to compare prices from boots and super drug to see if there was any pricing differences and yes there was. In Superdrug you can get the set for £20.99 and in Boots its £21.99, a pounds difference I know but still a difference.

The Core Brush Set includes four brushes - Buffing Brush, Contour Brush, Pointy Foundation Brush and Detailer Brush and a carry case. These brushes I think are a great start for your makeup kit and I think you would you all of them in some form or another an are all interchangeable.

Buffing Brush - 
This is a great foundation brush and can be used for all types of foundation. I think that the bristles are a great size as the top of the brush is not that wide so your not going to get your makeup all over the place. You can also use it for blending out any harsh lines and even for a bit of blush.

Contour Brush
This contour brush is defiantly one of my favourites as it really gets into the hollows of your cheeks to give you that great defined look. This brush is great for blending out your contour lines to give you a natural look so there are no harsh lines.

Pointy Foundation Brush
This is defiantly one of those dual usage brushes and can be used for so many different things. Its primary use is for applying foundation but I have also bee using it for blending out my concealer and even adding my highlight to my cheeks. The bristles are strong so go where you want the brush to go.

Detailer Brush
This brush does exactly what it says - its for the applying that finer detail to your makeup look. The bristles are very sturdy so I have been using it for adding shadow under my eyes as you can get great precision. This is a great brush for using on the lips, highlight on the brow done or inner corners.

If you use these brushes I would to hear what you think in the comments below :)

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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

My current workout

So its been a while since I have done an update on my fitness regime and I have made some changes so thought I would share this with you all. 

To start with I always get myself a few glasses of water to make sure I am always hydrated. Its so essential to stay hydrated and you can see the reasons why in a previous post here.

So I always start my workouts at the moment with the cross trainer for about 10-15 minutes, this gets your hearth rate up to get a good blood flow around your body to those important muscles. I also like using the cross trainer because it is low impact and I can feel my legs and bum working before I have even finished which are the areas I am really focusing my training on at the moment. 

Once I have finished with the cross trainer I will do a good 10 minute stretch so my body is prepared for working out. It is very important to do a good work out before you train so that you don't pull any muscles and injure yourself. 

I start off by putting two of my ankles weights onto one leg and do 40 Kick backs from a kneeling position. With this exercise I found it to be more effective if I am on my elbows and now hands and kicking your leg backhand you to the ceiling.

I then move onto 30 donkey kicks straight after my kicks back with no rest. These exercises are really targeting your bum muscles and back of your legs and are great to do one after the other.

I then encorporate my weights bar, I have a 2kilo bar with four weights of 2.5 kilos each. I do 30 squats  at this weight. With squats making sure you are concentrating that you are doing it right so you do not injure yourself and also that you are doing the correct technique. You can see my post here as to how to do them properly.

Staying with the weights I move onto doing 20 curtsies. Standing with feet shoulder width apart and the bar on your shoulders. All you do is step behind in a diagonal position as if you were doing a curtsie. 

Lastly moving onto the stomach exercises I will hold plank position for 30 seconds and trying to increase this each time I do it. This is targeting your core area which is essential for that flat stomach and will support your body doing everyday tasks.

I will then do a warm down making sure all my muscles are stretched out so I am not too stiff the next day and also have a protein shake after just to repair my muscles so they are not so sore the next day.

I hope this has been helpful. If you have any questions please do get in touch I always love hearing from you.

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Sunday, 14 June 2015

The Clean 9 Challenge and Your chance to get involved !!

Hey Beauties… Sorry I have not been around for a bit I have just started a new job and it has taken everything out of my as I have tried to get things organised and be focused but I am back and have some exciting news to share with you all.

What the Clean 9 challenge is 

I am starting The Clean 9 Challenge, which I am so excited to kick off. I want as many people as possible to get involved and give themselves a kick start to a healthy life, You can do it by yourself, with your family or with your friends. Please do share this with your friends and family and see how many people we can get to join in.  The best part is that it is so easy to follow, anyone can join in and only takes 9 DAYS!! So are you up for the challenge?? 

So what is the Challenge and what it is all about, it is an easy to follow cleansing programme to get your kick started for a healthier you and only takes 9 days to complete. It is a great easy way to kick start your healthy living or any fitness regime or if you just want to loose a little extra bit of weight you can do that also, below is a example of the progress one last has made on the programme. 

Things to expect from the 9 days are better control over your appetite, you will look and feel better and a lot more energised throughout the day.

What you get in the pack

2 X1 Litre Aloe Vera Gel
Forever Lite Ultra Shake mix
Forever Therm (18 Tablets)
Tape Measure & Shaker
Forever Fiber (9sticks)
Forever Garcinia Plus (54 softgels)
2 Programme Handbooks

The two handbooks you get are great, the first is the Clean 9 handbooks and the second is the F.I.T Programme book. The main book you would be using is the Clean 9 Handbook which is essentially your bible for the duration of the programme. It gives you top tips of how to get the best out of the 9 days for example - lots of water, Less salt, When to measure and weigh yourself and also has a 9 day planner for you to record your daily exercise and food intake. 

Also inside the booklet it tells you what to eat each day so you don't have to think about it, different kind of Shake recipes to make it interesting along with all different meal plans so you will never get stuck for what to eat. Along with each shake and meal plan it tells you how many calories are in each so you can keep track every day of how much your taking in. 
My favourite part of the booklet is the daily checklist, where you can tick off everyday what you have taken in during the day giving you the push and encouragement you will need which will help you see your progress. 

The second book is about the F.I.T programme, so there is the options of continuing the programme which follows from the Clean 9. They are called F.I.T 1 and F.I.T 2 - These are build to increase your exercise levels and creating a more defined and sculpted body. Each of these F.I.T programs are just an option if you want a sculpted body and feel free to get in touch if you want more info on these.

How to get involved and what I will be doing

The challenge is set for 1st August 2015 through to the 9th August 2015.

I will be updating my daily activities and thoughts on Twitter and my Facebook Page. If you choose to join I would love everyone to get involved in conversations on these pages so we can all be in it together and help each other out. It is a great opportunity to ask questions should you have any and I will always be on hand should anyone need anything. 

The results that others have shared on Social media have been amazing, you can see these for yourself by just searching Clean 9 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook I have shown you one below as an example. 

You can order your pack HERE which comes in two delicious Flavours Chocolate or Vanilla and have it ordered straight to your door. The price of the pack is £114.70 which I know can seem quite steep which is why I have set the date to the August to give everyone the chance to purchase the product if you choose to join in.  It is also defiantly worth the money as you can see from the results.

I will also include an Clean 9/F.I.T video HERE so that you can see others results and what it is all about from others perspectives. 

I can't wait to get started with you all on this great challenge. 

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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Benefits of Aloe Vera

Hello my Lovelies... hope you are all enjoying the nice sunny weekend we have been having, Don't you find the sun really just brightens up everyones mood and makes you so happy?So if you have been keeping up to date with my blog and social media feeds you will see I work with a company Forever Living selling Aloe Vera products. I wanted to do a post on how Aloe Vera really does help you, and the benefits it has to our bodies. People go on and say its good for you but never really pin point what it is that is good you, so I am here to bare all.

The benefits of Aloe Vera are endless and the plant has been used throughout generations dating back to the time of cleopatra days who herself used to used Aloe Vera. We hear about how Aloe is good for you and it stated making a come back in the form of some juice drinks so I wanted to share with you all the true benefits of what the Aloe Vera plant.

I was not sure how well Aloe Vera products really worked, but it wasn't until I started using them that I noticed a change in my body. I now use Aloe Vera face and body soap ever day for my face and body and my skin has defiantly thanked me. My skin is softer and clearer than before and drinking Aloe Gel has ket my energy level up throughout the day. In fact the Aloe Gel helped my so my I gave it to my granddad who is recovering from Cancer, and since then he is now up and about doing the gardening and is happier all of which are a direct effect from the Gel and he's 87 years old.

So here are the real Benefits of what Aloe Vera really does:


Aloe Vera is packed full of Amino Acids 19 to be precise and our body itself only produces 8. Our body needs around 20 in total to function at its best so I would say that is pretty good going. 
The Aloe Gel also contains many different Enzymes which help break down stark, sugars and fats in our body helping with digestion. 

Huge source of Vitamins:

Vitamins A,C & E - Which are all essential in fighting off free radicals in our body which can be found in things such as smoking, exhaust fumes, burning of food and fried foods. The free radicals oxidise tissues and cause damage to our body from cataracts to premature ageing. A good example is rusty metal.. thats not a great look is it?

In addition to fighting off free radicals these vitamins play other vital roles such as Vitamin C assists in wound healing and keeping bones and joints strong, Vitamin B helps prevent blood clots and fertility. 

Reduced chance of Anaemia

Aloe Vera is one of the rare plants that produces Vitamin B12 which is necessary for manufacturing red blood cells. A drop in the level of Vitamin B12 will eventually lead to anaemia.

Helps burns, eczema, ache

The daily intake and use of Aloe Vera reduces the effects of burns, eczema and ache. The elements in aloe help as an anti-inflammatory to the skin and rejuvenate the skin cells improving the skins completion. 

The question is how much Aloe Vera should we take, and that all depends on the person and how much they want to take. 
I personally drink one shot of Forever Living Aloe Vera Gel in the morning before my breakfast and include it in my daily face routine which you can find here. 

I hope this has enlightened you and has uncovered some unknowns on the Benefits of Aloe Vera, and please do browse around the link provided at the top if your interested in more products.
Let me know what Aloe products you have been using and if this has helped you.

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Monday, 11 May 2015

My New Go To Face Mask!!

Finally some sunshine!!! I have been loving this sunshine we have had the last day or so. I went to my best friends baby's christening yesterday which was lovely, as the sun was shining and was such a beautiful ceremony and he just looked adorable in his outfit. Did you guys get up to anything nice over the weekend?

So today I'm going to be talking about the latest face mask that I have been trying out, as I do love a good old face mask. I do have some trouble areas on my skin which I would love to get a magic wand and just make disappear but that fairy god mother doesn't exist unfortunately. However, I have found a close match which is my Forever Living Marine Face mask. 

I have used a few Face masks before and the one I blogged about before was the Glam Glow mud treatment, which I thought was very good at the time yet a little to expensive for weekly use. So I purchased the Marine Mask on a whim just to give it a go as I am loving my Aloe Vera face and body soap and makes my skin feel so soft and gentle. 

When I first used it and squeezed it out of the tube, I was slightly sceptical and it was not what I was expecting as the consistency was just slightly thicker than their moisturises but I thought I'm sure it will be fine so applied an even layer all over my face but leaving out the eyes. As the product is not that thick it is really easy to apply and does not start setting straight away so you always have time to even it all out. 

I left the mask on for 15-20 minutes, I know this seems like a long time but I was doing house work at the same time so there was no time wasted. As you can see from the pictures about when you have left if on for 15-20 the colour changes and goes translucent so you shouldn't be able to see it on your face, which is quite nice cause as you don't look so scary as when you normally put masks on. 

When its time to task it off, I just ran some warm water and rinsed it off as I would normally with soap and It didn't take too long to take it all off and then just towel tried my face. When I chanced my skin in the mirror I was so pleased with the way it turned out, my pores had been completely reduced and my skin tone was even all over it looked as though I had BB cream on. 

The ingredients to this product have such a great health benefits such as Sea Kelp packed with vitamins A and E with lots of Iron and helps prevent the loss of elasticity in the skin keeping it looking young and fresh. Also in the product is Algae which has great vitamins, keeping the skin hydrated a keeping away all the bad bacteria which we come into contact with every day. 

I hope you have enjoyed this post, and do let me know which face masks have worked best for you.  

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Sunday, 3 May 2015

Giveaway 2015

So its been a fairly long time since I have done a give away and so thought it was about time to show my appreciation to all you beautiful people who follow and read my blog. I was thinking about what to giveaway for sometime and thought I would give some basics away which I think every girl need for that perfect makeup base. Thats why I am so excited to announce I am giving away.....

- Rimmel Stay Matte Primer
- Real TechniquesStippling Brush
- Real Techniques Sculpting Brush

So for your chance to win these amazing prizes please enter the Rafflecopter below where only one mandatory option but the rest are optional, but remember the more you enter the higher chance you have of winning. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winner will be emailed and announced on my twitter page a few days after closing so keep an eye out and GOOD LUCK!!

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