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7/28/14

Brand Focus | Rimmel Favourites

I chose to chitchat about Rimmel today. My all time favourite make up brand. I love pouring my eyes over a Rimmel stand and looking at all their makeup and latest products... I get some sort of thrill out of it! Weird, I know. Some people like roller coaster rides, I like make up- that's the way the cookie crumbles. Enough about cookies.
1. Hide the Blemish concealer | 2. Natural bronzer in 022 Sun bronze | 3. Professional eyebrow pencil in 001 dark Brown | 4. Stay Matte powder in 001 transparent | 5. Kate Moss lipstick in 101 | 6. 60 second nail varnish in 303 raw as night | 7. Scandaleyes flex mascara in black

(Little disclaimer: I was inspired by Essie Button's Youtube channel for this post who does a brand focus video where she discusses products from that brand she loves and about the brand too- I decided to do a written version. Anyhoo, on with the post.)

I selected my favourite products of Rimmel to share with you. First of all, the Hide the Blemish concealer, probably the first concealer I ever used. Shaped and formed like a lipstick and it literally does what it says, it hides the blemishes. Another great product of Rimmel's- its powders. I have literally never used any other mattifying powder than Stay Matte since I ever started wearing make-up, I can't get over how good and how cheap it is. Some of my latest discoveries are the Rita Ora nail polish and the Kate Moss lipstick. Despite Rimmel being a pretty low-priced, high street brand- they've worked with some big names which gives the brand a young, current feel. And last but not least, their eye products are my all time favourite. The mascaras are never much more than £10 and have the quality of a designer mascara so if you are on the hunt for the perfect mascara, I'm sure Rimmel will have one for you. I am also currently loving their eyebrow pencil which goes perfectly with my brow shade and has a little brush with it too.

What I love most about Rimmel, in case I haven't mentioned already, is how cheap it is! You get what you pay for and more. I think it makes me feel quite patriotic too, it being a British brand with British models and music artists representing it. They're always bringing out new and exciting products, stunning coloured eyeshadows, lipsticks and also great foundations and powders all of great quality. I will always stay loyal to Rimmel as they were the first brand of make up I ever tried and I (including my mum and sister too) still use it to this day.

7/27/14

How I Stay Fit & Healthy

Now, I'm not going to lie to you all, I am by no means perfect when it comes to eating and exercising. I don't eat salad and fruit all day everyday or go to the gym 2 hours everyday- noooo way. I need to live my life! I eat pizza, I enjoy a good munch of Pringles (or a whole tub), a drink (or a few, ok more than a few...) on a night out- I'm only human! But, I try my best to make those little changes and make sure I look after myself in the best way possible. This is quite a sticky subject for me to talk about but here goes!

My weight is something I've been struggling with ever since that silly P word (ahem, puberty). I used to be pretty thin, I mean I've always had a bit of tummy on me but most importantly, I felt comfortable with my weight. In fact, I didn't even think about it. Now, I hate to say it but it's something I struggle with pretty much everyday...it's something that gets me feeling crappy more than it should and I'm constantly reminded by either the scales, the mirror or sometimes by clothes that don't fit. I think it's even harder for us girls (and guys) today to love our bodies as we are constantly bombarded with pictures of models and music artists whether that be on TV, in magazines or on Instagram, it's hard to escape it and we compare ourselves constantly. Thus leading to extremes such as intense workouts and worst of all, eating disorders... which I am all too familiar with having had someone I know and love suffer from one- it's crazy really how far some people go. I am not going to go into that too much, let's leave that to the professionals. All I want to do is change this negative feeling I have on my body (and for anyone else that does too) to a good one by making little changes. Cause, let's face it, it's the only body we'll ever have!

My aim of todays post is to give you a little insight into how I make healthier choices, how I try and keep fit and healthy and different tips I recommend for any of you out there who perhaps feel the same way- 'cause we're not alone! PS. Please take these tips with a pinch of salt, some don't work for all and I am not a fitness instructor nor a nutritionist... these are just little tips to help you in some way!

Find an exercise that suits YOU

Just because everyone else is going to the gym or running doesn't always mean it will work for you too. If it means trying every sport till you find one you like, do that! It'll be worth it once you find that right sport, it could be anything. If the exercise feels like a task you want to be over and done with- you'll never look forward to it or enjoy it and it's not the sport for you. Of course, if you have not been exercising for a while, any sport will feel difficult at first, just be patient!


I've recently discovered hula hooping! Something I hadn't done since I was about 5 years old till last week. It's so much fun, it is doing amazing things for my tummy, hips and legs and I can do it while watching TV or listening to music- indoors or outdoors. I enjoy it and look forward to doing it, something I never thought I'd say about exercise. Rumour has it BeyoncĂ© and Kelly Osbourne are fans of hula hooping too, so if it works for them, well it works for me! Other exercise I do includes walking, jogging or doing an exercise video indoors.

Get the right kit for you
Trainers: sportsdirect.com | Jogger leggings: Lidl (so cool, I know) | T-shirt: Marks & Spencers | 'Shock Absorber' sports bra: Ebay

You don't need to spend a ton on a new sports kit but it is important to have a good one. Luckily, you can easily get trainers, jogging bottoms and sports bra's pretty cheaply online or at the supermarket. But make sure you buy comfy gear! I've exercised in my normal clothes before and it was a very silly idea. I read a quote that said 'Put your workout clothes on, then decide if you are going to work out or not'...which I've found to be really effective- it motivates me and puts me in the mood to work out. Once you've gone to all that effort to change, you might as well workout. The important thing is to feel comfortable and don't buy something too tight...something you can move freely in.
These Nike's were bought on sale at sportsdirect.com, a great site with tons of sportswear at discount prices!

Use social media to your advantage

There are so many apps out there, it's hard to know which ones are worth downloading. While some apps just waste your time, there are many others that could benefit you in many ways. My favourites would be, Running+ by Nike, RunKeeper, and Moves. These are great apps to record your progress, workouts, runs and how much you've been moving each day. You can also add friends through Facebook to join in with you and do challenges with a voice coach to motivate you. I also use the app iMusic where I have created a Workout Music playlist with all my favourite songs which keep me going and enjoying my workout.
Pinterest is also a great  way to keep you motivated. I've created a 'Fitness' board where I post healthy recipes, exercise ideas, quotes for motivation and images of my ideal body...sometimes when I'm working out and feeling like it's going nowhere, I have a flick through these photos and it reminds me why I started in the first place and tells me to keep going.

Make healthier choices

It really is true when people say 'it's the little things that make that big difference'. Just by simply opting for a glass of water with lemon rather than lemonade or making a yummy fruit salad instead of eating a chocolate bar will really make that difference in the long term. Of course, it's easier said than done, I know too well. You are allowed to eat these things though, in moderation.


I've added lots of things to my diet now that before I would never have even thought of such as avocados (ob-sessed) with boiled egg for breakfast (as shown above), almonds, raisins and apricots as a snack and my all time new favourite, Nutri-Bullet smoothies. You can put any fruit or vegetables in a Nutri-Bullet and it blends in seconds. They make the perfect snack or breakfast drink and for anyone with a sweet tooth, smoothies are a great way around that. When I go into restaurants, I opt for something different and something healthier, you may be surprised and discover something new and healthy that you love. Then you can try it yourself at home and then it may become a new staple to your everyday diet. Just little changes like that make a difference.

Strawberries, bananas and apricots- oh myyyyy!

Just move!

Another quote I love is 'Food is the most abused anxiety drug and exercise is the most underutilized antidepressant'. This is so true, it's amazing how good you can feel after exercise (and blimmin' sweaty too) and also how crappy you feel after pigging out. It's easy to think food will solve your problems and it will, that is if your problem is hunger, of course (duh). But if it's because you're sad, nervous, angry, anxious etc...well, food, in the long term, won't help that. Exercise will! If you have nothing to do, just a little walk, or jog or cycle can make that difference. The other day I went for a walk but brought my new camera with me to take some photos- exercise and enjoyment at the same time. It doesn't always have to feel horrible or like you're dying, trust me, I've been there- not pretty.

So there you go, some of my wee ways I try to keep fit and healthy.

I hope this helped some people and gave you some tips, or new Iphone apps to discover. Not meaning to sound cheesy but seriously, learn to love your body and treat it well. Apart from feeling square-eyed and the word exercise no longer looking like a word, I think I enjoyed writing this kind of post.

7/16/14

My Favourite YouTube Channels

I thought I'd compile a short post today to sum up my favourite YouTubers (aka vloggers)! I've thrown in a mixture of beauty, fashion and general lifestyle vloggers along with a favourite video from their channel! Enjoy, and feel free to share in the comment box YOUR favourite vloggers too.

Jenn Im from clothesencounters 
(click that link and get lil Jenn to 1m subscribers!)

Jenn Im is definitely my top favourite. She posts a mixture of videos including vlogs from her travels, style videos, hauls, beauty tutorials and advice videos. She is great at giving style advice and showing how to put outfits together. I always go to her channel when I'm in a bit of a style rut and she never fails to inspire me by working with the clothes I already have! She has a real unique style of filming when it comes to vlogging her travels and she has a lovely sweet personality which makes you love her even more. Check out her 'What would Jenn wear' playlist for some great styling tips.

Sammi Maria from beautycrush


Sammi Maria was probably the first YouTuber/blogger I discovered that got me starting a blog myself, a bit of an inspiration for me if you like. I love her variety of videos including great make up tutorials, fashion & styling videos, advice and fun videos too. She has a really likeable personality, it feels like getting advice and styling tips off a friend and I always look forward to watching one of her new videos! I have taken some great tips from her and like Jenn, always helps me when I'm in that 'I have nothing to wear' situation.
Zoe Sugg from Zoella

Well, unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard of Zoella (c'mon guys, even my mum has...), the YouTuber/blogger extraordinaire and soon to be author ('Girl Online' out 25th of November 2014, get it in your diaries lads). Zoe is extremely likeable, full of positive vibes and fun, fun videos. She has a mixture of how to beauty, fashion, hair, cooking videos and lifestyle vlogs on her channel, MoreZoella...you name it- she's done it! With over 5m subscribers, she must be doing something right.

Shan from Shaaanxo

  

Shan from New Zealand does some of best make up tutorial videos I have seen. Watch her transform herself from a (still naturally beautiful) blank canvas to a picture perfect glamour queen in under 30 minutes (okay probably more if it wasn't edited). I love going to her channel to be inspired for a new make up look for a night out or special occasion. She is as talented as a make up artist and knows all the right tips and tricks of the trade to help any beginners out, or for the more advanced too.

Louis Cole from FunforLouis


FunforLouis is a recent discovery of mine and boy do I have a lot of videos to catch up on! I love Louis's outlook on life and how he embraces it all with a positive attitude. I found his 'Draw my life' tag video particularly interesting and inspiring about how he got where he is today. It just goes to show that you don't always need to follow the same path as everyone else, you can take your own direction and live the adventure you've always dreamed of! I find his videos really inspiring and it's great to get an insight into his travel and adventure filled life.


Bethany Mota from Bethany Mota (macbarbie07)

Bethany Mota is probably the most popular YouTuber out there, am I right? Yeah, I'm not sure either but she's pretty damn popular, ok. She has a YouTube channel with over 6m subscribers AND a clothing line at Aeropostale which you can check out right here. A truly inspiring girl that went from being super shy and was bullied at school to a YouTuber extraordinaire, business-woman and probably a millionaire (let's not pretend that she isn't guys) at the age of 18...how is this possible you ask? Sheer determination, MOTAvation (heh) and talent (and A LOOOOT of video editing). I love her variety of style, DIY and beauty videos...her videos are simple and fun to watch and give you some great little tips a long the way.

Caspar Lee from Caspar


This hilarious (and pretty cute looking) South African lad is Caspar Lee. A similar channel to Sam with a mix of prank videos and funny interviews with the public- need a little pick up? Head over to his channel and I dare you not to laugh or smile.

...And that's a wrap! I hope you enjoyed this post and have perhaps discovered a few new YouTuber's to subscribe to or watch. For me, YouTube is definitely replacing the TV for me. I watch way more YouTube videos than TV shows nowadays... I guess they're a bit more realistic and helpful than watching episode after episode of Come dine with me. Don't get me wrong though, I still love a good TV series- Breaking Bad will always be my first love.

7/2/14

Current Fave Fashion Bloggers

Mexiquer by Sofla Rels | Chained

Lulatrixabelle by Lucy Rance | Bitchin'

Shirley's Wardrobe by Shirley Beniang | Ripped


 Gypsy Wardrobe by Maddy Whitaker | Winter Hues


Here are a few of my current favourite fashion bloggers that I've been reading religiously. A bit of a variety so something for everyone here. I like to read fashion blogs with different styles as they're great to take inspiration from, ideas for posts and outfits and also photography styles. All the girls above have a great eye for fashion but I mostly love seeing how they style up items up in their own unique way.
I'd love for you to comment links to your blogs or others you may recommend below so please do!

7/1/14

Dance Like Nobody Is Watching



Vest top: Tom Tailor (on sale, 10 € down from 16€) | Necklace: Mim (on sale, 4€ down from 7€ | Bomber Jacket: Trafaluc at Zara (borrowed off a friend) | Jeans: Zara (bought on sale last year) | Sandles: Carboot sale | Bracelet, worn as ankle bracelet: Birthday gift

Today I'm back with another summer sale find, this motif vest top. I found it in a little shop in my hometown by the brand Tom Tailor...which if I'm being completely honest- I'd never heard of till a week ago! This vest top caught my eye in particular with the bright splash of orange neon and feel-good slogan. I think if you're going to wear something which has a slogan on it of some sort, at least make sure it's a positive or meaningful to you as well as other people as they will be looking at it too. I think when people see this it will brighten up their day, unless they don't speak English- it might just confuse them a little.

I paired it with this bright paisley print bomber jacket I pinched off my friend while she was staying with me a few days. I wish I could find something similar, I absolutely LOVE it and it ties in so well with the neon on the t-shirt and necklace. This outfit is perfect for summer and can be switched to an evening outfit by simply adding some heels. Big up to my friend Yvanca for taking this photos, love you girly!
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