Monday, 23 March 2015

Setting your own goals!

Hey my lovelies, I hope you have all had a lovely weekend? I am not sure if many of you have noticed, but I have made an addition to my top bar to include a section on My Business. This has come from a post I did previously HERE about a company I started working for called Forever Living not so long ago and who's focus is around health and wellbeing. I am not going to get into detail around it but do stop by and have a little nosey around. 

This post has come about due to my ever growing list of dreams and crazy ideas of what I want to achieve from life, and if you ask anyone I know they will tell you how extravagant and big my dreams are and they don't seem to stop, Does anyone else find that?

So due to the very nature of my every growing dreams and aspirations which include buying hotels, flats and traveling around america... I always come back to earth with a bit of a bump when someone says 'So how are you going to pay for all that' and point I generally just breeze over and say i'll figure that out at some point. So when I started to sit down and really take it all seriously I clearly had to think of the money side of this situation I had going on in my brain, and then the numbers started running into hundreds of thousands and so I thought... mmmm... How am I actually going to achieve all this? So I came up with a plan...

Have any of you written a life plan of what you want to achieve and by when? It can be pretty difficult especially when looking at things realistically and how long things take to get done. So a vague overview of my plan as it stands is to move out with my fiancĂ© this year, get married the year after (2016) then the year after to go travelling around America. These are only three things over the next three years but then looking at the logistics certainly made me think. To make this achievable I have set myself small goals for each week, and month so these build up to the bigger picture and should hopefully keep me motivated. 

Another way to keep myself motivated is by creating a vision board, and these are amazing and so much fun to make. All you need to a wall mount, be it a white board, cork board or even just plain piece of card, then think of things in life you want to achieve and google them and pick the picture that will inspire you the most. Once you have a selection of pictures print them out and stick them on your board. It is that simple, and then you can put in which ever area of the house that suits you. I have mine on the wall opposite my bed so that I see it every morning when I wake up and every time I walk out of my room. It just gives me that little reminder to keep going. 

This is all from me, I hope you have enjoyed this post and would love to hear if any of you have created any life plans or their own vision board. 

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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Urban Decay's Naked On the run palette

Urban Decay, Naked on the run

The Urban Decay Naked on the run Palette is a limited edition and really is a palette you can take with you on the run. It has everything you need inside for that go-to look, it includes 6 exclusive eye shadows, Bronzer, Blush, Lip gloss, Eye liner and mascara all in one. 

The packaging is beautiful and is around the size of a CD case but it quite deep to accommodate for for the Lip gloss. It would have been nice if they has compacted the gloss slightly so it was not so thick but wouldn't stop me from buying it. 
The best part of the packaging I personally think is the large mirror, which is the perfect size when your on the go trying to touch up your makeup. I have always struggled with the smaller mirrors which can come with some palettes as they just never really work so this has defiantly filled that gap.

Urban Decay, Naked on the run

The shadows are great and a nice mix of Matt and Shimmery shades, so from left to right we have Dive, Fix, Resist, Dare, Stun and 5050 which is set separate from the other shadows and can be used as a highlighter as well. 
I love all these shades as I love a neutral colours, and it is a great palette to have in your handbag for work and if you want to switch things up for a night out you can by adding a touch of shimmer.

Urban Decay, Naked on the run

Urban Decay, Naked on the run

Next up is the bronzer and blush, and on first glance they are a tad bright especially next to the neutral eye colours above them. However once I gave them a go they are not as bright as they seem, I started of with a small amount and just built up the colour to achieve the look I was going for.

Last but by no means least are the Eye Pencil, Mascara and Liploss, and of which I am very pleased with. To start with the sizes of these travel items are very generous size which is good and is great value for money.  The 24/7 glide on Eye pencil is lovely, I had not tried it before but when you apply it on the lid it glides on so softly, which is great as your eye area is so delicate. 
The mascara is lovely, and does not clump your eye lashes together from what I have seen so far. I have only used it a few times so am still going through the trial period with this one. 
Finally onto the lip gloss, now I can not start without mentioning the size of this gloss how can you not love how much product you get in here. The colour of this lip gloss is perfect though and words well with so many looks, its a pretty neutral pink and not too bold which is amazing. 

Now for the Pit and Peak of this product-


The thickness of the palette makes it feel a little chunky.


The full size mirror

So overall I am extremley happy with the palette, what do you think?                                                                   

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Monday, 9 March 2015

The Benefits of Chocolate!!

Womens Health, Benefits of Chocolate

Yes... That is right Chocolate IS good for you! With thanks to lots of research it has now been proven that dark chocolate is good for you in moderation. So now we don't have to feel so bad about reaching out for that chocolate bar!!

So without further a do here are the benefits of eating dark chocolate:

Healthier Heart

Research has found that eating dark chocolate will improve your cardiovascular system, as it lowers your blood pressure and reduces your risk of a heart attack by as much as 39%. This is due to the beneficial elements of flavonoids, antioxidant compounds which increases the flexibility of the veins and arteries.  
This does not cancel out those workouts though so using both side by side will certainly help.

Loosing Weight

As I am sure you are aware there is distinctive different in taste between milk chocolate and the 70% dark chocolate, I am sure you can not eat as much of the dark stuff and the dairy?
This is good because eating the dark chocolate you will not be eating so much, and as we all know small portions are better than the big ones. 

Reduces Stress

Thank goodness for that, next time your stressed from work or going through a tough break up don't feel bad about reaching for the chocolate as long as its the dark stuff. 
Researchers have found that when eating an ounce and half of dark chocolate a day it reduced their stress hormone levels.

Sun Protection

There has been some research done in London which shows that eating dark chocolate is good at protecting your skin against those bad sun rays. A group of people were given dark chocolate to eat over a period of three months and after that time it took longer for their skin to show that redness that appears when your skin starts to burn.

Improves Intelligence 

Next time you are working hard at school, Uni or even work do not feel bad about reaching out for that bit a dark chocolates as it will actually help you. It had been noted that eating dark chocolate will actually improves the blood flow to key parts of your brain for 2-3 hours which increases your performance.

Hope you have enjoyed this post, and has made you feel a little bit better about eating that chocolate bar!

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Mac Lipstick in Mehr


MAC Mehr Lipstick | £15.50 

So I am sure that many of you would have seen the craze over Kylie Jenner's lips, and how she gets that overdrawn look not to mention an awesome lip colour! I have spent my fair share of time going through Youtube videos watching 'How To' videos on how she does her lips. So I then looked around for all different shades of lip colour which was similar to hers as I did not want to get the exact same colour and this is what I found.

I have never had a MAC Lipstick before as I am not always a fan of lipsticks as I have found that they often would dry out my lips and sometimes come off on my teeth which is not the greatest look as we all know. I went to MAC as I always hear great things about their lipsticks so I knew I had to go and give them a try and was pleasantly surprised.

I picked up this gorgeous colour called Mehr and when I applied it it went on smoothly and felt like a moisturiser. It gives great coverage so I did not need to keep going over my lips which is great because it mean that the lipstick will last a lot longer and at £15.50 per stick I think is money well spent. After application it lasted on my lips for a good four hours after which i thought was perfect as I know I would probably forget to reapply the colour after a while. 

Have you tried to re create the Kylie Jenner look? If you have which colours have you used?

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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Fruity Tootie Smoothie

So when I sat down doing some research around healthy smoothies I was thinking about how I could be slightly more productive in the preperation process and making ready made portions so I could just put all the ingredients in the blender and blitz away with out taking the time before hand to cut the fruit up and measure things out. 
Then my mum was talking to me about these ready made smoothie packs that Tesco have for sale, which are packs of ready chopped frozen fruit. This was perfect and just what I needed so I made a trip to Tesco to get some.

I bought three packs as they initially looked quite small and I was not sure how many drinks I would get out of them, which was ideal really as one pack lasted me for three and a half drinks which I thought was great value for money. 
The packs are made up of Strawberries, Banana and Pineapple all of which I love and each have great vitamin properties within themselves. An additional benefit is that the fruit is frozen which is better than Fresh because it freezes all the goodness of the fruit ready for when you want to use them.

When making my smoothie it initially was trial an error to see which measurements worked best and to get the right consistency but I got there in the end. I mixed in milk, coconut water and ice cube which gave it great texture and flavour not to mention the additional nutrients. 
So without me going on anymore here is how I made my Fruity Tootie!

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Sunday, 15 February 2015

Urban Decay : All Nighter Setting Spray

Urban Decay all nighted setting spray

Urban Decay all nighted setting spray

Hey Guys,

So its the day after Valentine's Day, I hope you all had a good day? My FiancĂ©e took me out for dinner which was so yummy, We had Scollops to start, Duck for main and Passionfruit Cheesecake for pudding. I put the pictures up on my Instagram page for you guys to see. 

I spent a long time debating what to wear and how to have my hair and makeup - I think I was watching YouTube Videos for about a week solid! One product I knew I would be using was my Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, The more YouTube videos I watched I noticed quite a few people using it, and mentioned that it did the job and really helped in keeping their makeup in place for a night out. So I knew I would be safe!

I applied all my make up for the night which I was taking forever over making sure it all looked right,  I nearly got a bit lost with time when putting my makeup on by getting so engrossed with what I was doing... has anyone else had that? 
Once all was done it was time for the setting spray, I shook the bottle as the instructions said and held it a good distance from my face and sprayed away. Quite a lot comes out in one spray and give quite a lot of coverage so you do not need to spray it that many times. I only sprayed twice and found that plenty to cover my face as you can feel it hitting your face so you can tell where it is settling. 
I was not sure how my face was going to feel after putting the spray on, I thought I would feel the product on my face after but I didn't feel anything and it just sat on my makeup perfectly. 

So onto the Pit and Peaks of the product:

Pit of the Product:

Again I think I would have to say the price, It is a spray so do not think you can charge that much especially when the travel version is only £9. If you are using this on a weekly basis it would start becoming quite costly. 

Peak of the Product:

It defiantly set my makeup for my night out and my make up did not budge once, normally my eye liner will somehow make its way to my lower lash line sometimes but this did not happen once. I was happy with my makeup at the end of night and looked the same as when I applied it. 

Hope you guys liked this post, If you have used this All Nighter Setting Spray I would love to hear your comments below.

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Staying Motivated When Working Out

I am defiantly one of those guilty people who procrastinate and loose concentration quite easily which can lead me to become lazy and unmotivated. Then I will be randomly listening to some music or see some posts on my Instagram feed and I will get this bubbly exciting feeling in my stomach and become motivated again. That is when I realised it only takes a few simple triggers to get my motivation back. So I thought I would share with you some of the things which keep me motivated when I am feeling a little worse for wear and hopefully help you guys too! 

Setting Realistic Timings

I know that I am not always in the mood to work out and as my Fiancee is a chef his days off change every week so my training times also change weekly. If I said I was going to train 5 days a week I know I wouldn't be able to keep up with this. So I have said to myself I will train a minimum twice a week. This fits in with my schedule and I will feel good when I have hit my targets. If I set a goal of training 5 times a week and then miss a few days I am going to feel unmotivated which is going to set me back. So setting realistic goals is key to staying motivated.

Setting Goals / Targets

I am the kind of person who is impatient and wants everything to happen at once, So setting goals is a very important part of my training, and it took me to some time to actually work out and to set realistic targets for myself. To achieve your goals you have to change your daily habits and in order for you to change your daily habits you have to create new ones. I have set small goals for myself everyday which are simple and do not take long but in the long run and over time will make a big difference. So setting realistic goals for yourself if important. 

Change Things Up

As you get into a routine when training and doing certain exercises repeatedly your body will start to get used to them, as this happens it means your not pushing your body any further which means your not getting any fitter. So I like to change things up every so often and am always looking out for new exercises to do, new techniques so that my body does not get used to the same exercises. Once I've switched things up my muscles hurt a lot more the next day which is good and means my body has had to work that bit harder which means progress.

Make A Great Playlist

One of things I learnt and I am sure is common with most of you is that after you have listened to a good song your always in a better mood? This also applies to when I am working out, I have to have my favourite up beat songs playing to keep me going. When I was working out at home I used to play my music from my laptop to fill the room which was great, but when I started putting my ear phones in I felt like I could focus more and is drowned out any other unnecessary noises that would distract me. I am also always changing my playlists when new music comes out so that I don't get bored of listening to the same music every week. 

Get Some Inspiration

With the amazing invention of Instagram sharing photos and having access to inspiration got a lot easier especially with the #WCW hashtag (Women Crush Wednesday). So what better way to find some inspiration than have a browse and see how they they get their bodies. There are so many fitness pages out there which give great tips for exercise and what food are best. 
Here are some of the pages I follow: Katyaelisehenry, Noraclairefitness, Metishafitness, Fithealthyworkouts. Do you follow any of these if not which ones do you follow?

I hope this post has helped and have enjoyed it, If you have any other ways of staying motivated I would love to hear them in the comments section below.

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