Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Monthly May Favourites 2017

It's been a long time since i've shared any favourites so thought it was about time. Theres been quite a few things i've loved using lately so i've been very excited to share them with you.

First is my lovely notebook, i got this for my birthday which my Mum said she bought from Tk Maxx. I did find a similar one HERE. It's actually one from Kate Spade which i think look really good, seen a few girls using her diaries now and i really want one when i've filled up my others :-)

I've been using some body sprays from So..? Fragrance for a few months now but started using them a lot more heading into spring. They all smell so gorgeous and summery so are perfect for the warmer weather. They also last really well on the skin, i did a blog post on these which you can check out HERE. 

There a few things i recently bought from Primark which i love. One is the Mascara for £2, which i think is such a good price for a mascara and has surprised me cos it actually works pretty well. Next is a lip crayon in a pinky rose shade but is actually called Nude Beach. I also got a matte eyeshadow palette and in particular i really love using the top middle rose colour, the colours are really pigmented and this colour is just so pretty, also goes really well with the lip crayon. If you wanna check out my blog post on Testing out Primark makeup to see more of what i got and how it all came out in a makeup look i did, CLICK HERE.

Redken do a hair product called Pillow Proof which is amazing. You basically apply some product to wet hair, blow dry as normal and it actually speeds up the blow drying process. My hair is getting long now and also been dyed blonde so it takes a while drying it. When i found out about this stuff i loved it and really noticed it working. Check it out HERE.

Oh i forgot to also mention a dry shampoo from Primark. I found it by the till point and needed some so got it for £2 and i really loved it. It smelt amazing and did the job really well, i also did a blog post on this with before and after pics so if you missed that you can catch up HERE.

Theres a silicone makeup applicator i've been loving because it applies your makeup really nicely and doesn't soak up any foundation which means your foundation lasts longer, see it HERE. It's so much better compared to a makeup brush i was using from Primark which soaked up the product really fast!
Then i've also been loving this contour makeup brush from Blank Canvas Cosmetics. I've not had a contour brush before (i don't think?) and both these applicators are bright pink which i love, thinking about it...quite a lot i'm sharing in this post has some pink going on!

Lastly there's a few nail varnishes i've been using a lot lately. I have quite a large collection of polishes and these 4 are the ones i've been reaching for the most. I will be sharing my Top Summer Nail Polishes in a blog post coming soon, it could even be the next one i do? :-) But anyway the first polish i love is from Models Own and in the colour Hedkandi. It is quite old but CLICK HERE to see all their polishes, they do amazing colours...i feel a bit behind with my range when i see all the new ones!
The next is from Rimmel (Rita Ora) and is in the colour Peachella, see that HERE.
Then i have one from Primark which is in that gorgeous natural rose colour, SEE HERE for all Primark Beauty. The last polish is a really old one, i'm surprised it still works and not dried up! I have 3 of these, one in green and also on in orange. They are actually glitter based and all neon which i love. I am quite open to colours so even tho i love neutral shades i also love a pop of bright colour, especially in the summer and if I'm on holiday :-) These are from Colour Club, see more HERE.

Ohhhh i almost forgot to mention the makeup remover/cleanser i've been loving. The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water has been great and been using for a while now. It doesn't harm my eyes and removes my makeup easily. I think this is a favourite for a lot of girls actually, is it yours? What are your favourite things this month? Let me know in the comments :-)


Saturday, 27 May 2017

What's In My Gym Bag - Summer Edition

I thought i would do a What's in my Gym Bag, Summer Edition :-)

I've been using my Puma gym bag which has been my go to bag lately, i got mine from Sports Direct.
For my outfit i have this gorgeous tank top in a bright pink colour which i love, great colour for summer, i think i got it from Primark, either there or H&M.

The black sports bra is from the brand USA Pro and i got it from Sports Direct, one of my favourite gym bras i've bought so far. It's thick enough to keep anything from poking through (if you get me) and it holds everything in place. One other thing it has built in pads so when you wash it, they don't move all over the place, that really annoys me with the other ones i have! USA Pro are good, i have leggings from them which are also great.

Shorts are again, from Sports Direct...not actually sure i like the way they look on me but they are the only baggy sports shorts i have, the other ones i have are mega tight...not worn them ones in AGES. Don't think i wanna attempt to try them on now as i know for sure they won't fit! lol

Trainers are a gorgeous summery colour and from George, Asda. They only cost me £8!!! Bargain! I mean they aren't the best fitted to my feet maybe if your running or something, but for just doing a gym session or a class they look good :-)

Next on to the bits and bobs...if you haven't got bored of reading yet that is?! lol
I have a flannel cos to rinse it with cold refreshing water and then wipe your face after a sweaty session feels so good!
I also have some facial wipes to cleanse my face and with wipes its quick and they are easy to just chuck in your bag. It's nice to use these to freshen up your body too and maybe the under arms..then what i forgot to add in my bag was deodorant but that would be great to chuck in.
Also i have hand wipes, just another freshen up option. These are all great obviously if your heading straight out the gym after a session and not staying for a shower. I never actually use the shower in my gym, i just walk straight home and do it there.
And then i have my tangle teezer cos it's the best brush EVER and after a sweaty spin class where your hairs all half hanging out the hair tie, you might just need it?!
Oh and my headband cos i hate when hair gets in my face

The last 3 essentials for me are my shaker with my favourite Berry Blast flavour BCAA's. I love that they give my water flavour and at the same time BCAA's which stands for Branch Chain Amino Acids (btw) are great for giving you more energy through your workout, reduce muscle soreness and speed up recovery. I get mine from My Protein > here. They usually have great discounts on their site but if not you can use my discount code CCXX15 at checkout :-)

I always love taking my headphones with me to the gym, especially if i am doing some form of cardio on the gym floor, it can get really boring if you don't have any music to listen to or getting to connect to any of the tv's to watch. I love my white pair from Tk Maxx, can't remember the price but was around £20 i think?

And lastly i have gym gloves, if I'm doing weights which involve my hands getting blisters, like pull ups or deadlifts...these are a must. I got mine for my birthday once so i don't know where they are, they are old anyway and would like to buy new ones soon.

I am now on a 3 weeks mission to get fit as i am in process of booking flights for a mini festival cruise middle of June which i am SO EXCITED for so keep your eyes peeled on all my social media for that cos i will definitely be sharing it all!

SHOP HERE for your Gym Bag Essentials...


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Summer Bag Essentials - What To Pack for Days Out

I am so happy that the sun is beaming hot right now in England and i really hope it lasts.
It's got me inspired to share this post with you, sharing all my must have essentials for if your going out on a summers day.

I have listed things mainly focused on if your going to the beach but trying to cover any other summers day you might have. On my youtube i've actually filmed a Whats in my bag - To the beach video actually sitting on Tunisia beach so check that out by clicking here :-)

If you think i have missed anything then let me know in the comments, it would help everyone out that way as well, i want this post to be as helpful as i can so hope you get some ideas from it :-)

1. Water Bottle

2. Lip Balm

3. Sunglasses

4. Hat

5. Portable Charger

6. Sun Cream

7. Small Deodorant

8. Body Mists/ Body Spray

9. Face Wipes

10. Shine Absorbing Sheets

11. Hair Bands/ Ties/ Grips

12. Compact Mirror

13. Cash

14. Hand Gel

15. Headphones

16. Note Book and Pen

17. Reading Book

18. Plasters

19. Bite Cream

20. Tissues

Let me know in the comments what is your favourite summers day out?

Sunday, 21 May 2017

MUG CAKE - Muscle Moose | Cake in a Mug

Mug cakes are a great and easy snack, theres so many ways to make them but recently i bought this ready made mix from a shop in my town called QSS (Quality sports supplements) This shop sells a random bunch of things in the shop from different brands. They even had Muscle Food pizza which was great cos if i buy from Muscle food website you have to spend over £25 or £30 for delivery and when all i want is the pizza its a bit annoying.

This 500g Mug Cake mix is from the brand Muscle Moose and it was £11.65, i couldn't find this on the shop website for some reason ( but you can check out the Mug Cakes and more on Muscle Moose website. The cheapest i actually found online tho you can see for the same price on each of these 3 sites:
Dolphin Fitness | Body Building Warehouse | My Sports Fuel
You can click on either of the sites above and get the stuff for £12.95.

These are gluten free, high protein, golden syrup flavour and you just add water and microwave for 1 minute. I like to add an extra 10 seconds for mine but it depends how you like it?
These mug cakes are really nice and the golden syrup makes them smell amazing and they tasted a lot sweeter than i was expecting when i first tried it.

See my quick video on how this mix actually turns out...

Who else has tried these mug cakes from Muscle Moose? Would anyone like me to share a Make your own recipe?


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

BEST Most Affordable Makeup | Beauty under £5 on a Budget

If you're anything like me then you always wanna find the cheapest things cos we are always on a budget with our money! There are good products out there for crazy cheap prices tho and i'm gonna share a few in this post today. Make sure you follow my blog for more beauty, fashion and lifestyle. Next month, when i get paid :-D i'm gonna go on a bargain hunt for more makeup to share with you so keep an eye out here and on my youtube Channel for that :-)

Today tho as i'm currently skint! I searched for some makeup that i already had in my collection which i would really recommend and that won't break your bank balance :-)

1. Primark Mascara - Lash Contour (3D Curl - Lengthening - Mega Volume)
Click here or the product

I had heard from a few people that +Primark mascaras were really good so had to try it out myself. This was the first one i've tried and it's great. For only £2 i was surprised at how much i liked it. It applies on the lashes really nice, doesn't clump and separates and lengthens them. If you haven't tried Primark mascaras yet...what are you waiting for?! :-)

2. Primark Concealer Crayon (Instant Fix)
Couldn't find this online.

I think this is such a great coverage. Because it is a crayon it tends to stick to the skin really well. This actually put me off at first cos i felt like i couldn't blend it as smoothly but i soon got used to it and realised how it actually is a good coverage. You can sharpen this to get more use of the product and for £2 again....bargain!

3. Rimmel Clear Complexion
Clic here for the product

I've used this for ages, mine has all crumbled up now tho which is why I'm sharing this pic from an older blog post. It doesn't make your face look cakey or thick, it's just perfect for that light finish to set your foundation, get away any shine but still leaving you with a clear complexion.

4. Cream Puff - Collection
Click here for the product

This is one of my favourite lip creams still. I'm at the last of this product right now and need some more. This is a moisturising lip cream and has a velvety finish when you apply it. Perfect summer colour too, i would definitely recommend this is your looking for a good lip cream.

5. MUA Lipstick (Makeup Academy)
Click here for the product

This lipstick is at amazing price of JUST £1!!! And look how gorgeous it comes out on the lips too, for that price i need to get some more. I searched my makeup collection to share cheap products and this was sitting at the back, i forgot i even had it! I feel like buying more from MUA now and doing a haul video on everything cos i could get so much for the amazing cheap prices they have?!

6. Primark Nail Varnish (Gel Effect)
£1.50 > 50p
Couldn't find online.

This nail polish is so good for 50p! Cheapest nail polish i've ever bought! Even £1.50 is cheap enough! Some black nail polishes can go a bit see-through and have a greyish look to them, this one was perfect and only needed one coat! It did chip after 1 day but that didn't bother me too much, i mean i never bother with base or top coats anyway and maybe if i did the polish would stay put better! They had a pink one of these too so might go back and get it, not that i don't have enough in my collection already!

I am on a serious bargain hunt soon so let me know if theres anything i should try out? Is there any makeup or beauty products you think are amazing for a really good price? Lets all share it in the comments, i'd love to know :-)

See the video i posted on these products - Click Here.

Friday, 12 May 2017

New Fashion Metallic Trend | Spring 2017

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I was watching the fashion part of Lorraine's show this morning with Mark Heyes. He was discussing he's top fashion trends and mentioned the metallic jacket which actually really stood out to me. He did share a Rose Gold jacket from Primark which i now HAVE to buy! Who else loves the metallic jacket look?

Cos i got so excited by this look i felt like browsing the internet for others that i liked and sharing them on my blog. If you want to see more of the ones i share below just click the link above each photo.

This first stood out to me straight away, i absolutely love the colour of it, perfect for a festival look i think. This one is from New Look for £22.49, gone down from £29.99. See more here > New Look Coat

This second one looks so pretty. I love the detail on it and would be perfect for jazzing up a simple outfit. I would love to wear this in the evening if i was going to an event or out for some drinks with friends. It's from Asos, £39.00 gone down from £65.00, such a good price. It's actually quite annoying I'm now scint till next pay day cos I'm gonna have to wait till i buy one of these and i hate waiting!lol See more here > Asos Coat

I love this 3rd one, it's got a sporty look to it which is perfect for wearing to the gym or just on a daily basis with your casual wear. I'm also very happy about the price of this one...its only £12, down from £15. This one will probably be the most wearable for me cos silver would suit most colours you wear and as it's such a casual look it can be worn all the time! See more here > New Look Coat

Out of all 3 i don't actually know which one i'd wanna buy more cos i love them all, you need jackets for different occasions tho right so maybe i should just get all 3? :-)

Which one is your favourite? 


Saturday, 6 May 2017

10 Things I Can't Live Without

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Now, i am going to share the materialistic things here otherwise this post could get quite deep. So instead of the obvious, my Mum, my dog, my house, etc i am gonna share the un-important things which maybe some of you can relate too? :-) I say un-important but here i am saying how i can't live without these things...

So Number 1.. My Phone

Now my phone is usually in my hand...most the time i would say? :/ It's not great i know BUT i do love social media and so i just can't help myself. Even when i'm sitting through a good tv show or film i can't help myself but check my phone like every 10 mins!

Number 2.. Chocolate 

Ok so not so much materialistic but more eatalistic! Never in a million years would i give up chocolate. If you know me quite well you would know bad i am with it..Mum.. if your reading! :) I've just stopped eating it daily tho cos i was eating it WAY TOO MUCH! I can now maybe go 3 or 4 days without pigging out but any longer than that and i start going crazy lol. My fave is dairy milk :-)

Number 3.. Lipbalm

I have quite a few lip balms floating around. Some in my bedroom, in my bags and on the table in front of the sofa! It's like i have this fear that i will suddenly run out and won't have one to use! lol But yea if I'm out somewhere and forgotten my lip balm its so annoying so always gotta make sure i have some to hand!

Number 4.. My Laptop

Just like my phone my laptop has loads on that i need. Obviously i love to blog and do youtube so i am always on my laptop doing some sort of work involved with that. I even bring this to work with me now as i can sit in the back office of reception and use it when its quiet and where i work it can get pretty quiet! I'm actually writing this blog post sitting at work right now! Got 2 hours left, then its home for chocolate, Take Me Out and Britains Got Talent :-D

Number 5.. Camera

So i would be lost without a camera in my life! I have my big SLR one for filming sit down videos and taking blog photos and my small one for vlogging. As youtube and blogging are my passions and it involves having a camera to do them, it would be like taking my passion away from me if i had no camera!

Number 6.. Tangle Teezer

I would hate to go back to a normal hair brush. Since the tangle teezer came into my life i have never looked back!

Number 7.. Water Bottle

Again this isn't materialistic, i guess i don't have that many material things to share? But i always need water with me. I wake up and have a full glass and always take my half a gallon water bottle to work with me, i got mine from My Protein. If you didn't know they are actually doing 25% off at the moment and with a free gift - click here for it

Number 8.. Music

I need music in my life. I have spotify and i love putting playlists together and sometimes i just go to already created playlists if I'm bored of my own. So i guess music links in with headphones. Always gotta have my headphones with me if I'm going to the gym, walking anywhere or travelling especially :-)

Number 9.. Primark

OMG can you imagine if their was no No more bargains, no more Primark would be a disaster! lol! But yea i do love shopping in there so it would weird to not have Primark in my life no more!

Number 10.. Blonde Hair

A few years ago i used to change my hair a lot! Back and forth from brown to blonde and one day realised blonde was the one for me so since then i've stayed. Sometimes i have the odd change but always go back to blonde again pretty soon after! I feel the most confident with blonde hair and i feel like it suits me the best.

My hair after getting it done in the hairdressers
I guess now i think about it i don't have that many materialistic things that i can't live without. There's things i love in life but not really a big enough deal to add in this post.

What are your top 5 things you can't live without?

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Monday, 1 May 2017

At Home Hair Dye ~ FAIL | Pixie Lott Paint (Wash Out)

Today i went into town to look at some pastel hair dyes. I have been wanting to try out a pastel hair colour for a while now so thought it's about time! I was nervous cos i haven't used any box dyes on my hair for ages as always go to the hairdressers so i was scared my attempt would look crap?!
I was thinking maybe a pastel pink but then i also love the silvery grey colour too. I then saw this one ~ Pixie Lott (paint) in the colour Starlight. It really stood out to me but i've never used this brand before. I actually did a strand test first cos i was worried it would be to vibrant and it wouldn't suit me BUT it hardly changed so i thought 'oh well, may as well just do my whole head then'!
I also filmed this for my youtube here to watch it.

                                   BEFORE                                                                  AFTER

I am quite disappointed how it hardly changed. You can see how its lightened the hair a bit but no where near what the box shows! When the blue paste/dye is on your hair is makes it appear like it's going that exact colour...until you wash it out! As it was on i started to get pretty excited to see the big change but i am still happy it's lifted the colour up cos i am in process of getting my blonde to a whiter tone anyway, getting it done next month at the hairdressers. Just a shame now i know this lighter blonde will fade quick cos its only wash out!

Has anyone else used this hair dye before? What did you think? Did the colour you have work fine on your hair?
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