Thursday, 22 March 2018

What I Eat In A Day For Fat Loss

What To Eat For Weight Loss

Over the past six months I have been determined to turn my lifestyle around. My first goal is to lose fat, so I joined a gym, started tracking my macros, lifting weights - and so far I've lost around 17 lbs, making me only a few pounds out of my goal weight. It feels unreal to type that! I’ve done every fad diet under the sun, but this time I was passionate about making this a permanent and sustainable lifestyle change, rather than a diet. This had made the weight loss a slower process, but I've learnt how to make my day to day eating more balanced and healthier so when I do treat myself, I know I can do it without guilt and – most importantly – without completely falling off the wagon.

If you’re interested in seeing what a typical day on my plate looks like, watch my video below and please don’t forget to subscribe to my channel!  


Sunday, 4 March 2018

How To Cover Acne & Redness With Makeup

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It's no secret that I've had ups and downs with my skin. I went through a solid few years of constant breakouts of painful spots and uncontrollable redness and although for the most part my skin has calmed down significantly, I still have weeks where my skin flares up and I have to dust off the big guns to ensure I have maximum coverage on my complexion when I feel that I need it. Watch my tutorial below to see how I take my skin from red and patchy to party-ready and please don't forget to subscribe to my channel, I'd really appreciate it!  

If your skin is something you feel like you're in constant battle with, take it from someone who has been there that it does get better. I feel like I tried every trick in the book to try and calm down my acne before I found something that actually worked - please be patient and while you feel like your skin may not be as perfect as porcelain, always remember that your skin doesn't define you and that however you feel about yourself on the inside will always seep into your outwards attitude. If you do everything with confidence and self-love, that will resonate.


Sunday, 28 January 2018

Too Faced Glitter Pop Eyeliner Review

Too Faced Glitter Pop Eyeliner review

It's been a hot minute since I fell hard in love with a new product, but these eyeliners by Too Faced are changing the game and your girl truly can't put them down. 

The Too Faced Glitter Pop Eyeliners are everything a glitter junkie could dream of and more. Available in 8 different shades, they can provide a subtle touch of glitter or a full blown explosion of vibrant shimmer. 

I own 7 of the 8 shades in the line, here is a description of those 7 shades below, and you'll be pleased to know that the liners are as fabulous and sassy as their names:

Fairy Queen - Lilac
Yes Way Rosé - Rose Gold
I'm Half Mermaid - Teal/Aqua
Super Fun Night - Silver
Glitter Ghost - Holographic/Iridescent
Kitty Glitter - Pink 
Lucky Bitch - Gold

I am no eyeliner master, so for me good applicators are essential when it comes to eyeliner, otherwise I end up just making a hot mess. I tend to gravitate towards angled applicators which I find give me a massive helping hand when it comes to winged liner, so I'm not going to lie and say the words 'oh no' didn't flash across my mind when I first latched eyes on these applicators. They are quite short and straight which instantly made me feel like I was going to make a horrendous mess. I was relived to quickly experience that the applicator actually made for really easy applying, and for someone who dreads the thought of putting on her winged eyeliner, I manage to do it quickly and neatly with these liners. For me, that's everything I could ever wish for.

In addition to the dreamy application, the product itself is to die for. The glitter swipes on fairly sheer but are buildable so you can create shimmery wings that are as pigmented as you want them to be. The buildable coverage also means this would be great as a pop of glitter in your inner corner or a subtle layer of glitter on your lips - it's a great product for versatility. 

I can't express enough how impressed I am with the vibrancy of the shades. When applied, they look gorgeously bright, but they dry down to an even more spectacular gleam of glitter. I'm particularly obsessed with I'm Half Mermaid and Glitter Ghost. The aqua tones of I'm Half Mermaid make my blue eyes pop and while it's a bold colour, I actually find it really wearable, especially as it makes me feel confident enough to work it. At the other end of the spectrum, Glitter Ghost is the most subtle of all of the shades, but arguably the prettiest. The slightly pink, iridescent shade is so bloody beautiful, it truly doesn't get more fairy princess than that. And that's totally the look I strive for.  

Too Faced Glitter Pop Eyeliner review
Wearing Yes Way Rosé and I'm Half Mermaid

Now, let's talk about the peel off aspect of the eyeliner. I don't take shortcuts when it comes to my skincare, so on a day to day basis, I'm more than happy to properly remove makeup even if it takes me a little longer. That being said, I was excited to try the peel off eyeliner as it's not something I've come across before. Let's just say, it's kinda cool and kinda peel off, but it's not something I'd ask you to get excited about. In some places, it peeled off really effortless which was nice and it did feel satisfying to be able to pick it off. But, with some bits I felt like I really had to scratch at my eye to peel it which I just didn't like. If I had to choose between cleansing balm and scratching the fuck out of my eyes, I know which one I'd rather be doing. 

That being said, this really is such a minor part of the product and it hasn't stopped me wanting to use these every time I apply my makeup. Seriously, every single time. I really do adore these products, they are something pretty special. 

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Sunday, 14 January 2018

How To Get Up Earlier

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I love being a morning person. Don't get me wrong, I love a lay in as much as the next person, but for the most part, I love the feeling of rising early. While I'm certainly not trying to sit here and tell you how to live your life (if you wanna snooze until 12pm, who am I to stop you?!), I do want to explain the benefits I've experienced of starting my day earlier. And if it's something you've dabbled in the idea of but haven't been able to take the plunge, read on for my tips on how I make that 4am alarm easier to bare.

For me, the reasons for getting up early are lifestyle orientated. I enjoy being able to get some personal tasks in before I start my day at work. Whether that's blogging, working out or just doing some house work, I like to start the day proactively but also calmly without rushing. I like to make the most of my day and rising early gives me the time to do that. I also find I sleep better and don't wake up at all during the night, and when I do wake up I don't feel as lethargic and shattered as I used to. 

Read on to see my advice for uncaging your inner early bird...

Go to bed early

I mean, duh. Getting up early does not mean compromising your length of sleep, so you will need to go to bed earlier. For some people, this is a really hard cycle to break so I recommend either trying to do this little by little or going straight in, do your first early wake up on your normal bed time which will leave you tired enough to want to go to bed naturally at the earlier time. If going to bed early feels like a waste of time to you, know this: everything that you would of done in the evening, you can do in the morning and you will probably do better because you've got a fresh mind.

Do exercise

When I don't do any exercise my quality of sleep and ability to wake up majorly suffers. I don't mean you have to hit it hard at the gym 5 times a week, but even 30 minutes of light cardio or yoga 2 or 3 times a week can make a massive difference. I don't know the science behind it, or if there's any science behind it at all, but this is an exact correlation that I have massively noticed in my own life. My physical activity really, really effects the quality of my sleep, I sleep so much better when exercise is a core part of my routine. And I love a good sleep so pass me the fucking dumbbells please. 

Cut out electricals an hour before bed and/or put your phone on a low light

The bright, artificial light of phones, TV or computer screens makes our brains feel more awake so not only make it harder to get to sleep but also affect the quality of your sleep. Combat this by cutting out staring at a screen before you go to bed, you will honestly notice the world of difference. If you absolutely have to refresh your Twitter feed up until the second your head hits the pillow, you can put your phone on a low light setting which adjusts the tone and intensity of the screen light in sync with sunset and sunrise.

Set more than one alarm

I know everyone is different but I absolutely need more than one alarm. Sometimes I can get up with one no problem, but there's always the chance of the dreaded 'woops, I've fallen back to sleep for an hour' situation. It's always better to be safe than sorry so I would stagger two or more alarms so your sleep is definitely interrupted and you absolutely do get yourself up. 

Have something to wake up for

I know that sounds deep and meaningful but it's really not. I'm simply talking about something like a cup of tea or a book you can't put down. For me it's the gym, blogging or just an extra 30 mins to spend sitting talking to James before I spend all day at work. Before you go to bed get a task in your mind that you want to wake up early to do. Get excited about it, that way when you wake up you'll instantly be buzzed to do this and have a surge of energy. 

Wake up warm

Waking up early is especially difficult in the colder months. Who the fuck wants to rip themselves from their toasty duvet when it's pitch black and freezing outside? The answer is no one. It makes getting out of bed so much easier when you're warmer, which is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a pair of fluffy, cosy pyjamas. If you get too hot in the night layered up and prefer to sleep with less on, one of my favourite tricks is leaving a super cosy jumper and slippers folded next to my bed so when I wake up I simply reach out and grab them and then change into them under the warmth of my covers to make getting up a lot easier.

Eat and drink right

Your food is your body's fuel and make no mistake in thinking that it doesn't have an effect on every part of your everyday functions, including your sleep. Apparently good nutrition helps boost the cell rejuvenation which happens while we sleep and I wholeheartedly believe I've experienced this myself. When I am well hydrated and am eating (fairly) balanced, I sleep like a baby and wake up actually feeling refreshed. For me, the worst thing I consume for my sleep is alcohol. I freaking love a cocktail every day of the night, but whenever I drink I play catch up on my sleep for a while afterwards. 

Use a dawn simulator 

I have personally never used a dawn simulator, but I have heard rave reviews about them. Dawn simulators act as a light alarm clock by gradually increasing in light in order to wake you up more gently and naturally, as opposed to the dreaded iPhone alarm sound we all know and loathe. By gradually increasing in soft but bright light, the eyes and body begin to wake up steadily over time rather than being jerked out of sleep from the rude awakening of the standard kind of alarm.


Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Philip Kingsley: My Hero Products

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One of my biggest beauty downfall is my hair. I am always searching for new products to try to improve the condition of my hair and get it that little bit closer to the long, healthy hair of my dreams.

Philip Kingsley is an iconic name in the hair industry, and it was about time that I delved into his products to find out what all of the fuss is about. My hair is really, really fucking damaged, so I like to think of my mane as a pretty good method to put change promising products to the test. For the last few weeks I have been using religiously two cult Philip Kingsley products; their Elasticizer treatment and Trio Complex Supplements

My hair growth is not naturally quick in the slightest, so for me, supplements are a key part of having regular, steady hair growth. The supplements I usually take would be one a day, but these are two a day which I thought was interesting. Luckily, they give you a lot more than in a typical box of supplements to make up for this. I know with any supplements it does take a lot of time to see the results and although I barely noticed any change in my hair for a while, after some time I did start to notice that my hair was growing quicker than usual. My hairdresser even commented on how much it had grown so I was obviously over the moon to hear that! 

The Elasticizer I have in the limited edition Coconut Breeze version, and let me tell you - when I use it I feel like I've stepped straight into a coconut, tropical paradise. It smells divine. I try to use this every time or at least every other hair wash. The packet advises you to apply this 10 minutes before you wash your hair, but I try to apply this overnight or at least for 30 minutes before I wash my hair for a more intense treatment. I need that hydration in my life! 

The Elasticizerwashes out effortlessly with my normal shampoo and as soon as I take a brush to my hair I feel how much easier it combs through and doesn't tangle. My hair is THE worst for knots, and this makes a huge difference in the manageability of my locks. I also find that my hair appears less brittle and more shiny, it truly does look and feel great after using this treatment.

These two products have proved to me there's an extremely valid reason behind the hype around Philip Kingsley. These two products have caused noticeable change to the condition of my hair and I couldn't be happier to of found two products I've fallen in love with.


Sunday, 7 January 2018

Favourite Four: Blushers

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Nothing perks up the face and adds vibrancy to a makeup look quite like blush. It's the perfect way to not only make your complexion look youthful, radiant and glowing, but also enhance the structure of your cheeks. Here are my all time favourite blushes that I turn to for an instant beauty boost....

If I had to wear one tone of blush for the rest of my life, it would be peach. I adore the subtle glow it gives my complexion and the Too Faced Papa Don't Peach blush is my favourite peach blush. The formula of the blush is sheer and ever so slightly glistening to really make this look like a kiss of colour on your cheeks. I am always fearful of over applying blush, so the sheer texture works for me as I know I can build the colour and have control over what I'm applying. 

As well as being gorgeous in colour and texture, the Papa Don't Peach blush smells insane. When I apply it, the scent on peaches wafts over me which is an extra treat on top of an amazing quality product! 

When I'm looking for a blush which oozes sultry seduction, this is my go to. The deep rosy, brown shade is absolutely stunning and gives a smouldering wash of colour over my cheeks. Love Joy is my go to on date night or a night out as it is super glamorous and sculpting, which I adore.

As this blush is on the darker side, the application needs to be sheer but buildable, which this is. It ticks all of my boxes in terms of texture and longevity, I know this will be my ride or die for a long time! 

Bare Minerals Gen Nude Blush in That Peach Tho - Releasing Spring 2018

I couldn't help myself but throw another peach in my blush favourites. But in contrast to Papa Don't Pesch, this Bare Minerals blush is extremely matte and deeper in colour, almost a terracotta shade. 

The matte finish of the blush makes for a solid and stunning saturation of colour, so a little product really does go a long way. I actually love this colour to wear on its own without a contour, it's strong enough to be worn alone and still subtly sculpt the cheeks.

This gorgeous matte pink really is as pretty it looks. I tend to steer clear from pink blushes, but this shade has me hooked. The blush is a bright pink with a slightly peach undertone to it. This is my absolute favourite on holiday or in the height of summer. 

The blush is highly pigmented and blends seamlessly into the skin, making for a stunning natural glow. The blush promises 12 hours of long wear, and it really is as good as it claims to be. I know I can rely on this for a flawless look from dawn until dusk.


Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Save VS Splurge: Best Face Mask For Blemishes

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If there's one thing I love, it's a good face mask. I have blemish prone skin, so I often find myself reaching for masks when my skin takes a spotty turn. For me, the masks in my skincare cupboard HAVE to be super effective when it comes to skin clearing, I don't enjoy half measures when it comes to my skincare - it has to be highly functional and reliable in my times of desperate need.

When it comes to beauty, it's not always the case that the more expensive the product, the better it is. There are a lot of ah-mazing budget products on the market and I recently found myself thinking about my favourite expensive masks VS my favourite inexpensive ones. Two masks that are often compared to each other are the Glamglow Supermud Mask and the Origins Clear Improvement Mask. Glamglow weighs in an eye-watering £42, whereas Origins is a much nicer £25. I've investigated these two in comparison to each other to find out whether you're better off saving your money or investing in the splurge.

Glamglow Supermud Mask

If you haven't heard of Glamglow before, where the heck have you been hiding? Glamglow's Supermud is a cult product but along with that major reputation, comes with a major price tag. So, is it worth parting with your well earned money for?

On the directions, you're advised to apply an even, thin layer all over your face or directly to the problematic areas. Although I've never tried it on anything except blemishes, the mask also claims to also combat redness, balance oily skin, scars, razor bumps and ingrown hairs. When you apply the mask to your skin, the texture of it makes it easy to layer so you can make it as thick as you desire. I tend to apply a sparse layer over the general areas of my face, and then lay it on more generously onto my problem areas. You feel the mask start to tighten pretty quickly, and you start to see it turn a lighter grey as it dries. You can visibly see the more oily areas of your face and they remain a darker grey, which is kind of cool to look at. It's the little things, no? 

I leave the mask on for around 15 minutes, and then rinse with warm water. After removing the face mask, I adore that I can instantly notice a difference. Although my blemishes aren't magically vanished (fucking rude), they are noticeably less red and oily and my whole complexion feels refined, balanced and glowing. I always do my masks of an evening, and the morning after is when the real magic happens. My blemishes clearly are making a swift exit, and my skin remains balanced and even in texture. 

After a few uses, it's become clear that I can wholeheartedly rely on this mask to get rid of spots sharpish. There's none of that 'gets worse before it gets better' bollocks, my skin simply feels refreshed and clear in a flash after using Glamglow.

Origins Clear Improvement Mask

The Origins Clear Improvement Mask promises to combat oily skin, clear pores and also banish blemishes. When I apply this to my face, the texture is surprisingly watery which makes it slightly difficult to apply a nice even layer until it starts to dry slightly. This isn't a massive issue and it definitely doesn't make any difference to the mask's performance, but it does make it slightly (literally the tiniest bit) less easy to apply in comparison to other masks I like and also means you have to use more product to build up a thicker layer.

Once you apply the mask, your face instantly feels refreshed and cool, and while its drying it doesn't get super tight or uncomfortable in any way so you really feel relax and smoothed while wearing it. It's very pampering.

On the tube of the mask there aren't any instructions on how long you should leave it on for. It says 'allow to dry, rinse well', and the mask doesn't dramatically change shade or feel super tight so you just have to kind of judge when the remove it. I tend to leave it for around 15 minutes which is how long I'd typically leave a face mask on for. When you remove it, it glides off easily with warm water so there's no mess or fuss getting it off. 

Straight away after removing, my spots are noticeably less red and swollen but the one area I notice it doesn't affect massively is my clogged pores. As the days go on my spots do continue to shrink and vanish and a result of using this mask but they don't go at the same rapid rate as the Glamglow makes them.

The Conclusion

While many people swear by the Origins Clear Improvement mask and I do really like it, it doesn't wow me and I don't wholeheartedly rely on it like I feel like I can with Glamglow. To have a mask that you can fully trust like that is so rare so honestly even though it is a lot of money, I definitely think it's worth it! I do want to make it clear that the Origins Clear Improvement mask is a good product and I'd definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a blemish busting mask, but the Glamglow mask definitely takes the biscuit.

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