30 January 2017
I've been using the Umberto Giannini Indulge range* since before Christmas and I thought i'd share my thoughts with you guys. I haven't done a beauty product review for so long but i've just got to share this range with you.
First up how lovely is the packaging, yes its white with Rose Gold lettering!! So the packaging is gorgeous! The only thing I don't like about it is I prefer a squeezy bottle as I don't think you can get all the product out of these bottles.
The shampoo is so good! My hair feels sooo soft and clean once i've washed it using this. I don't even have to repeat, the first wash is amazing and leaves my hair feeling lovely. I could actually skip conditioner but I don't as I really like the Indulge conditioner too. I think this has lasted really well as I've been using it a few times a week for about 5/6 weeks so its a good value for money.
Boots always have offers on aswell so you can usually save some money on the product too.
The conditioner is lovely, not too thick and it leaves the hair feeling so soft. The scent is lovely and my hair always feels so clean and soft after using the range. The nourishing hair mask is lovely too for that extra bit of hydration and nourishing.
I'm really loving this range and I will be repurchasing it as I am loving it! I really wanted to feature the range in a review and share with you guys as I really have loved using it.
The Umberto Giannini Range is on 2 for £10 at Boots right now so make sure you check it out soon.
28 January 2017
Today I thought i'd share some of my everyday make up with you as I can't remember the last time I showed you my make up or actually featured any beauty for that matter.
Base: I'm still loving Nars Sheer Glow, this has been a firm favourite of mine for a while now (it's about to run out so recommend any drug store dupes) I've been using Collection lasting perfection concealer as usual. I've been using the Laura Mercier Shine Control setting powder for a little while now. It mattify's the skin without making it look cakey. On days where I need a little more coverage I use Bareminerals Mineral Veil to set my make up as this gives extra coverage and sets my foundation.
To highlight i'm still loving the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop! I also use Topshop Glow for my brow bone and cupids bow.
I have been using the NYX Brow pencil and NYX Tame and Frame on my Brows and finish with Soap and Glory Archery Voluboost gel* which sets them and makes them amazing.
I have always been a faithful to Urban Decay Primer Potion and repurchase it all the time! It's the best eyeshadow primer! My eyeshadow lasts all day and looks amazing. I use it every single day!
My favourite eyeshadow palettes right now are the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics palette which I pretty much reach for everyday and the Morphe 35T Palette which is amazing, my sister got it me for my birthday and I use it all the time, it's such a great all round eyeshadow palette.
My favourite lipsticks right now have both been Mac matte shades. I'm loving Brave and Taupe. I always go for these aswell as Velvet Teddy however i've tried to use some of my others as I need to repurchase Velvet Teddy soon.
I haven't really been wearing blusher much recently and i've been trying to use up bits of old bronzer before I buy a new one. I have a old Nars palette that has different blushers and it has the laguna bronzer in too so i've been reaching for this.
I've been using these brushes by Zoeva that my sister got me for Christmas, they are so pretty! I've been some of these for the last week or so and they are amazing, i'm so happy with them.
* This post contains pr samples these are marked with an asterisk (*) but these are my own opinions and any views are honest.
27 January 2017
It’s always feels nice when we get free stuff be it a magazine or winning a makeup giveaway. In the age of social media getting free stuff has now become simpler and made even more so by Twitter. Twitter makes it faster and easier to locate and keep track of freebies. I've won lots of twitter giveaways in the past from a pair of heels from River Island, a Clutch bag, Topshop vouchers, I've won tickets to events and many more. It's really easy so I thought i'd share a few tips below
1. Keep track of hashtags
A hashtag is a symbol that marks topics being talked about the most by the public. It makes it convenient to find tweets about specific issues. This simplifies the process of finding freebies on twitter. All you have to do is type in the hashtag #freebies in the search bar and you have access to all the freebies on twitter. You can use twitter clients such as TweetDeck and TweetGrid to keep track of tweets being posted with specific hashtags. You can also use Twitterfall which gives you a tweet stream that is related to certain key terms. With apps you have constant access to free goodies such as movie tickets and trial memberships from the comfort of your computer. With the use of a RSS (Rich Site Summary) reader or services like Twilert you can track all kinds of hashtag results and have them sent to a specific inbox at an hourly, daily or weekly rate.
2. Always follow brands on Twitter
As a means of promoting themselves many brands usually have giveaways or offer discount coupons for limited periods of time. You can keep up by keeping an eye on brands through their social media account. I always do this if there is something i'd love to get buy can't afford to buy just now. I've been looking at a Fit Bit for the last few weeks but I already have one so don't really need to buy one however I keep entering giveaways on Twitter just incase I might win myself a shiny new one. This doesn’t only apply to brands but also certain accounts. These accounts specialize in tweeting about free things. A few recommended accounts include: @wowfreestuffwow, this a user friendly account that leads to a website with an active interface. It usually updates daily so there is always new free samples or free stuff added to there site. @Gumtree, members of the public post things they don’t need and other members try and see if they want those things @HotUKDeals, not only does it have freebies but it also has all kinds of information on discounts and coupons. So far these are the most legitimate accounts.
3. Find a “Tweetmeet”
A tweetmeet or twitter party are online events hosted by brands where tweeps talk about certain topics for about an hour or more, i've not heard of these before but it's like a day of giveaways, I noticed a few weeks back for Blue Monday alot of brands did giveaways via twitter. They are getting really popular with marketers and usually involve a lot of giveaways and freebies. There is almost one going on at every hour of the day and different clients like Tweet deck can be used to separate tweets into separate columns. To be in the know about these parties you can use apps like Twitter Party Guide. These tips are guaranteed to save you money and get you the freebies we all crave
I hope these tips help and you win some goodies on twitter, let me know if you win anything.
26 January 2017
JACKET: PRIMARK // TOP: PRIMARK // JEANS: NEW LOOK //
SCARF: ZARA // BOOTS: ROCKET DOG BOOTS*
It's been freezing this week! We had some running around to do. I went and took these photos yesterday and had some food shopping today and went round to my moms to see her and my sister. I just spent the afternoon blogging and chilling out with Clint as it's our day off. I bought this scarf the other day from Zara it was in the Sale. It's really big and comfy and I think it looks so good with my faux leather jacket, I only got this Jacket recently from Primark it was a bargain only £14! I think it looks alot more expensive! I teamed it up with this black top from Primark and my favourite black skinny jeans from New Look. I also wore my new Black boots from Rocket Dog. They are these gorgeous ankle boots that are faux suede and really comfortable, I wore them all day! They would be great from day to night as you can easily dress them up or down.
What have you been up to this week? Do you like my new ankle boots from Rocket Dog at Brantano?
25 January 2017
The Danish concept of Hygge is the idea of creating a nice, warm, cosy environment and is believed to be the reason why Denmark is voted the happiest country in the world. By appreciating the small things in life and enjoying the good things in life with the people you love you can also incorporate Hygge into your lifestyle.
I thought i'd share a few tips and ways you can create a cosy and comfortable atmosphere and how to can use interiors to turn your home into a calm sanctuary.
Baytree Interiors are home interior specialists who have been helping people personalise their homes for many years and they believe these tips can create a perfect sanctuary.
- Hygge mostly compromises of using natural materials and textures. Use a mixture of products such as wood and leather against cosier textures like faux fur and fluffy rugs.
- Keep the colour scheme neutral, greys and browns give the feeling of nature being inside.
- Lighting is the easiest way to create a cosy and warm environment. Using lamps and candles creates soothing pools of light in your home.
For more tips on Creating the perfect winter sanctuary with the Danish concept of Hygge check out this post on Strawberrysqueeze.co.uk
I thought i'd include a few of my own tips too as I think our flat is always nice and cosy so here's a few things i've found create a cosy environment.
- On an evening we use lamps in the living room instead of the ceiling light. I think lamps create a really lovely warm space.
- We have blankets and throws on the sofas, these are perfect when you get abit chilly and want to cover up your legs to keep you snug.
- I like to light a candle to create a relaxing space, my favourite is the Neom Tranquility Candle which smells amazing and makes me ready for bed.
- Turning the TV off and reading a book or listening to some relaxing music can create a relaxing environment.
You don't have to spend loads of money just be more appreciative and think positive. Spend more time with your family and friends and talk, have a hot drink and read a good book. There's some really relaxing spotify playlists check one out or take up Yoga. Just making one of these changes in your everyday life can create a much calmer and cosier atmosphere.
19 January 2017
I thought i'd share a few tips on how I keep fit on a budget, since having our own flat I had to cancel my gym membership. I wanted to keep fit but had to do it on a budget so here's a few tips and tracks on keeping fit and working out but without breaking the bank.
1. Walk! This is the easiest and cheapest form of exercise. Whether you walk the dog or walk to work. Maybe you get the bus to work, get off a few stops before and walk the rest of the way.
2. You don't have to spend loads on your workout gear. New Look have a huge selection of sportswear. They have some really gorgeous bits and it's so affordable. I have featured some of my favourite picks from the range in the photos in this post. The Dark Grey Space Dye Print leggings are really comfy and look great on. They have breathable technology which resists water. The vest is black with a white marble print. The Vest is really lightweight and so comfy. It has a mesh / breathable racerback. I wore this at the gym today and it was really comfortable and looked great.
I'm so happy with this grey cowl neck sports jumper, it's really comfy and it kept me really warm whilst I was out at the park today and was great when I walked home from the gym. It would be great if you was going to go for a jog outside and didn't want a big coat, they have a great selection of jumpers and sweatshirts to check out. It's been really cold recently so I picked out this long sleeve workout top as I don't have anything with long sleeves. I only have vests, this is a simple top. It's quite fitted and looks lovely. I like that it has thumb holes too. The material is a good quality. The pattern/ colour is really versatile and easy to wear.
3. Watch some workout videos on youtube or get some fitness DVDS and do some workouts at home
4. Do some housework, run up and down the stairs you don't have to have a gym membership to keep fit.
5. Use fitness apps ! Use Map my run to track your runs/ jogs, they also have a map my walk app to track your walks, I use this for power walks. Seven is a good app too it works on the stomach and abbs and is really quick and easy.
6. You can get free day passes to some gyms so you can use the facilities for the day. This is a great way to use a gym without spending loads on a membership.
7. Go outdoors! I like to go to the park and do some jogging or sprinting. Take a yoga mat with you and enjoy working out at the park. A change of scenery makes working out easier.
I hope you like my tips, i've actually rejoined the gym this week so I want to include more fitness/ healthy lifestyle blog posts on my blog.
Jacket: H&M // Trainers: Nike // Leggings : New Look* // Vest: New Look * // Long Sleeved Top: New Look * // Cowl Neck Jacket : New Look * // Sports Bra : Panache // Water Bottle: Cath Kidston
* this post contains pr samples.
The clothing was gifted by New Look but I haven't been paid for the post
18 January 2017
Here's a few tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle on a budget, I will include a few fitness tips too on how you can keep fit on a budget too
1. Plan your meals, by planning meals you won't waste as much food. Write a shopping list based on your list and use up any veg/ salad before buying more.
2. Buy frozen veg, I tend to use frozen veg as this is just as good as the fresh stuff but it lasts alot longer so again no waste.
3. Don't go shopping hungry! Shopping is a great workout as you get lots of steps in but if your snacking all the way round then its pointless so have food before heading to the supermarket.
4. We shop at Tesco and always get vouchers and coupons in the post so make sure you have your coupons ready before you get to the till so you don't forget. The self scanners in Tesco are also a great way to keep track on what your spending as you scan as you walk around the supermarket.
5. Drink Plenty of water. Water actually makes you feel full and stops you getting dehydrated. You will be more productive if you are hydrated.
6. Cut out those coffees from the coffee shop and bring your own drinks to work. You can get sugar-free syrups from most supermarket so make your own and see how much you save.
7. Bring your own lunch to work. I always do my own lunch, My favourite lunch is a sweet potato jacket, you can get these in the freezer section of your supermarket. They take about 6 mins in the microwave. I fill my plate with lots of lovely salad and beans, and it keeps me full till dinner time.
Here's a few fitness on a budget tricks.
8. Youtube is a great source for videos, tutorials etc so Check out youtube for workouts don't waste money on fitness DVD's
9. If you'd rather use a fitness DVD buy them 2nd hand from charity shops or CEX
10. Walk the dog, run up and down the stairs, do the vacuuming. You don't need a fancy gym membership to burn those calories.
11. Most gyms offer free day passes or sometimes week passes. Check out your local gyms websites and see what offers they have. Sometimes they have a bring a friend day so see if your friend who goes the gym would mind bringing you along.
For more ideas and tips on how to stay healthy on a budget check out this video below by My Voucher Codes
I've got a couple of inspiration boards to share today both feature items from Fishpools, they have a huge selection of Dining Room products so lots from Dining Tables and sets and Bar Stools. They also have a range of accessories to kit your new dining room out too.
I've gone for a more traditional dining set above, if you live in a more traditional house or your kitchen/ dining room isn't very modern you may want to go for something like this. I love the Wooden top on the table and think white furniture is great to make a room look clean and bright. The dining table has a cottage feel to it which I love. I think this side table would look fab and i'd add some colour to the room using curtains and textiles. This dining set is gorgeous this would be a great way to add colour to the room during a dinner party.
Below is a more modern style dining table and i've added some more modern accessories. Mirrored furniture always looks more modern to me, and i've picked out a monochrome dining set as again I think this would look more modern. The table and chairs set look really modern and clean, I love them and if I moved into a modern house I'd go for something like this. I would decorate with silver / mirrored furniture and accessories like these tealight holders and this gorgeous mirror.
All these items can be found at Fishpools.co.uk and they have a huge selection of furniture for your whole house not just your dining room.
14 January 2017
A good selection of T-shirts is a must, Clint has too many T-shirts for one person but he has a great selection of going out and evening tops and alot of more casual everyday tops. He's really into his NFL right now and I got him lots of Tshirts for Christmas. You can wear a tshirt like this with some jeans and a hoodie for a casual day time outfit.
Every man should have a suit in his closet it doesn't matter if you don't work in an office and wear a suit everyday. It's good to have one handy for an occasion. You never know when you might need one for a wedding, funeral or graduation. It's a must have. you can always buy new shirts or ties and accessories to switch it up abit. I think having a smart, plain black or grey suit that fits well is a staple piece. The Label Suits have a huge selection of different colours and styles to choose from and you can by a full suit or they sell them separately too.
Some comfy but smart/shoes are a great addition. You need your more formal shoes to go with your suit for weddings etc but something like these Timberlands are great and can smarten up an outfit for daytime but can also make an outfit a little bit casual. I would wear these with a smart jumper like this plain Navy jumper, some dark blue skinny jeans and these shoes for an evening at the pub or in a bar for drinks with friends. You can easily wear them for everyday just for shopping or going to the cinema too.
Quit Smoking Now for Better Looking Skin
The British Skin Foundation suggests that improving one’s skin by stopping smoking should be one major incentive to finally quit. While smoking damages the heart and the lungs, it also has visible effects on the skin. Smoking is a major cause of premature aging and some skin disorders which develop as a person continues to smoke in life.
Stop smoking now and you can enjoy healthier skin. Smoking affects the skin in a number of ways, and women are more susceptible to this than men. For them, it shows up as fine lines around the eyes and the mouth at an age that is younger than normal in non-smoking individuals.
Smokers also exhibit a much slower healing process. Studies have shown they take longer to heal from surgery and they experience a higher rate of infections. Smokers also have decreased wound strength, failures with skin grafts, tissue death and blot clot formations. Smokers also have a greater risk of getting squamous cell carcinoma or SCC, a form of skin cancer.
People who smoke just a few cigarettes a day will face this risk because tobacco has the ability to suppress one’s immune system. This allows cancer cells to evade recognition. Squamous cell carcinoma can be treated if it is found early but it can metastasize to other body parts and become a serious, life-threatening disease.
Smokers also have the risk of getting a skin disorder called psoriasis a condition that causes dry, itchy scaly patches on the skin. Nicotine is believed to have an impact on the immune system and is thought to trigger psoriasis in those who have the tendency for this condition.
Other diseases and conditions found more frequently in smokers than in non-smokers include lupus and hidradenitis suppurativa. Smokers tend to respond less effectively to treatments than the non-smokers do. If that is not enough, smoking can increase the chances of an individual developing genital warts which is thought to also be due to the immunosuppression caused by nicotine.
Quit smoking this New Year and you will feel the health benefits not just within your heart and lungs but also in your skin. Can you quit with the help of e-cigarettes? Quitting using e-cigarettes is easy, as it offers you the ability to wean yourself from the nicotine which has caused your addiction in the first place.
Quitting With E Cigarettes
There has been many articles I have read recently that does advise that electronic cigarettes are now the best way to quit smoking, that is because you are only taking in the nicotine and not the tar. So a good tip would be if you cant quit then do try quitting with e cigarettes.
Both my Mom and my Nan have quit smoking with the help of E Cigarettes. My Nan has smoked forever and would smoke 20+ Cigarettes a day but after having a health scare last year she quit and finds is easy because she has an E Cigarette. I'm so proud of her for quitting and she seems much better and happier.
Visit the website at www.britishskinfoundation.org.uk and get additional information
11 January 2017
As we live in a small 2 bedroom apartment we don't really have room for me to have a whole office space however we have utilized our spare room into a dressing room/ office space. We have our big sliding wardrobes and a chest of drawers along with my desk space.
We picked up this desk from Ikea, it's small but it's the perfect size for the room and it has plenty of room for my laptop and a few note books. I have a little stool which isn't ideal, really I could do with a more comfortable chair with a bit more support. Office Furniture For Work Online - Furniture At Work™ have a lot of choice when it comes to office chairs.
This peg board was from Primark and it was really cheap, it's handy for any notes or meetings. I sometimes stick blog post ideas onto it! I think a board like this is really handy to pop notes on but it also can be really motivating. I like to stick motivational quotes onto mine so if I'm struggling I can have a read through some of the quotes. I've also stuck a few cute snaps of Clint and myself on here too. I always have a good selection of note books and pens nearby as I love writing lists. I write down blog post ideas as well as listing things I need to complete such as emails and admin stuff. I got this 'To Do list' book for Christmas off my mom, I love it! It's so handy.
I also have my Yoga book and my Mindfulness journal close by in case I need a break from my work or if I get a bit stressed out I can take a step back and have a read through my journal or do a little bit of desk yoga, check out this video from Furniture at Work about Office Yoga at your desk.
I love my little workspace, sometimes I work in the living room or from bed but I always find i'm much more productive when i'm working from my desk space. I tend to get more done and feel more comfortable.
So it's January, you know what that means along with everyone!! I'm getting back on Slimming World and want to start exercising again. My workout DVD is coming back out and i'm gonna start jogging again. I really want a Fitbit and have been researching them today I think the Flex 2 or the Alta would be perfect for me. I have my polar HR watch when i'm working out but the fitbit would be great for everyday and when i'm at work. I just came across Fabletics fitness clothing, they have some great outfits and some lovely colours and patterns. I could do with new trainers, I prefer nike trainers, these Thea's have been catching my eye for a while. I'd probably get the black and white ones as they are versatile, I wish the grey were still available. The Panache sports bra is my favourite, i'm loving this new pattern. I've had a few Panache sports bras now and I find them so comfortable. I wear panache Envy bra everyday and find it really comfortable. The sports bras have a moulded cup which gives such a great shape for a sports bra and they come in so many colours.
Are you jumping on the fitness bandwagon this month, lets do this!!
10 January 2017
Is it just me or do you love to jump in the car and go on an adventure. Sometimes we like to go on a long journey like to weston for the day but sometimes we get in the car and drive round to our Local parks. We have a few that are not too far away from us, our favourite has to be Elmdon Park. It's a park and local nature reserve with lots of hills and amazing views. The park is surrounded by industrial estates and Land Rover it's tucked away in the middle which I love.
We tend to drive round to Elmdon park as it's a little bit far to walk. We love going for walks around the park, especially this time of year when it's crisp and we like to wrap up in our hats and coats and go for a nice stroll. There's a lake and streams which are so lovely, and freeze up and look so pretty this time of year and there's lots of wildlife there.
There's lots of grass and there's paths and walks so there's lots to do, you can take the family and play some footy or walk the dogs. Because the park is a good distance from where we live I like jog there and then do some sprinting in the park and then I jog home again. It's always really calm and there's lots of hills, paths and benches(for me to rest haha)
In the spring when the weather warms up a little we like to drive round to the park with a picnic and blanket and a portable speaker and just chill at the park and relax. The park has a safe car park which is actually by a church but be careful if you plan on leaving your car all day, make sure you remove any valuables from the car. Make sure your car is insured if your car gets broken into. https://www.chill.ie/car-insurance/ have competitive prices and have lots of info on their website, their blog is also a great read. They are bringing out an Ebook which has Ireland's hidden drives which sounds like a good read if you plan on visiting Ireland or you live there and like to explore. We go on little strolls around the park. It's better in the summer when it's really hot and we can spend all day just chilling out.
Wheres your favourite place to drive to? Do you have a hidden gem like ours?
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