October 01, 2014

5 Changes to a Healthier You

Summer is officially over and we've said hello to Autumn which means colder mornings, frost and rain. The good news is we can layer up and hide any post summer pounds. The bad news? We know they're there.

I don't like the word 'diet' - it sounds depressing and signals 'the end of all fun, ever'. That's the fad diets' doing - don't listen to them. 

My weight fluctuates... mainly because I like to snack at work... and lets face it a packet of pom bears is way more appealing than a stick of celery. 

BUT - there are changes you can make to your daily routine to help shed a few pounds (as part of a healthy/balanced diet of course - ain't no dietician here). Have a read and maybe try it - I'd love to hear how you get on, even if you just feel happier in your skin or more energetic - its all good positive stuff. 

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1. Start the day with a mug of hot water and a slice of fresh lemon. This is a gentle way to wake up your digestive system, cleansing from the inside, and makes one less milky coffee in the AM. I personally love the taste, but if you struggle try adding a smidgin of raw honey.

2. Swap your mid morning tea/coffee with semi-skimmed milk to skimmed. A 250ml glass of semi-skimmed milk (which lets face it you probably get through with a day's worth of beverages) contains 115cals, whereas the same of skimmed contains 83cals. A small change but it adds up to a saving of 224cals over the 7 day week.

3. Don't let the 11am (and 3pm) hunger monster rule your body. Be prepared - bring some chopped veggies to work/school in a lock seal box with some low fat hummus. Hummus is made from chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic - providing a great source of dietary fiber and protein.

4. Drink plenty of water. I know you are told this often and each time you think 'oh stop it, I don't like drinking water' but much of the time you think you're hungry, you're actually thirsty. Try adding either a squeeze of lemon (if you like lemon) or orange segments for flavour.

5. Get 40 winks. The Sleep Foundation claim that not getting enough sleep increases your appetite and can lead to increased obesity rates. Not only this but lack of concentration, drowsiness and even general feelings of unhappiness. When you sleep your brain 'recharges', your body releases important hormones and cells repair themselves. All good if you ask me.

*I am not a dietician, all suggestions are my own opinions and have not been discussed with a medical expert. 

September 23, 2014

ByLaurenJane Guest Post

Hi darlings! 

So... I wrote a guest post for the lovely Lauren over at bylaurenjane.co.uk. Go check it out and be sure to follow her for lots of beauty, baking and lifestyle posts. 

September 18, 2014

Topshop Skin Glow in Ignite

Hello beauties! 

I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine on this fine Thursday afternoon. 

I bought Topshop's Skin Glow in 'Ignite' the other day and wanted to share my thoughts with you.

 I was feeling pale... and my foundation wasn't doing me any favours. I wanted some lift and life in my complexion, so I browsed my local Topshop's make-up counter and found this beauty! 

I mixed a pea sized amount of this shiny- goo in with my foundation and applied as normal. I was pleasantly surprised to find it didn't make my skin greasy at all - just added a slight shimmer to my skin, adding a 'tanned' glow. Lovely lightweight consistency and real staying power. It was £10...which compared to the more up-market brands is pretty darn good for a big tube of highlighter - wouldn't you say?

I suppose the message from this review is 'it's fab, buy it, try it, tell me how you find it'!

*Also available in a pearlescent shade 'spectrum' if you just want a slight glow without the tanned effect.

September 11, 2014

Thank You Skinny Boo

Hello my darlings! 

It's Thursday, which means only one thing... one more day until it's officially the weekend! Hurrah!
What are you all getting up to this weekend? If you're looking for date ideas for you and a friend or a partner, you may get some inspiration from my post 'Dating on a Budget' - give it a whirl and let me know what you think!

Now onto today's post. I received a package last week from the lovely people at Skinny Boo. I saw a tweet from Skinny Boo and read that they sell what they call 'skinny tea' - I was of course intrigued. 

The tea is packaged in a resealable pouch holding 30 pyramids of detox tea. The idea is to drink two a day for 15 days to cleanse your digestive system and aid weight loss (as part of a calorie controlled diet of course, we aren't working miracles here ladies). The tea claims to make you feel energised and motivated to reach your goals - which makes sense if you're swapping your usual milky morning cuppa for...well... a cuppa without milk.

Skinny Boo

The bags contain oolong tea which increases your metabolism and promotes the burning of fats for energy, cinnamon which calms indigestion and improves energy levels, lemon myrtle (I know this sounds like a character from Harry Potter) which is high in antioxidants, boosting the immune system, mate green, also rich in antioxidants, and ginger, which aids gastrointestinal distress. 

I've been drinking the tea twice a day for 6 days now and I must say I feel great. I feel lighter and definitely more determined to make wise choices throughout the day in terms of food/drink. I add a squeeze of lemon to my tea in the morning (as lemon tea is supposed to gently awaken your digestive system) and it tastes de-lish. There's definitely an element of comfort in drinking something warm first thing in the morning and knowing it is doing nothing but good for your body does make you feel slightly angelic. I was also pleasantly surprised to notice my skin becoming clearer after the 4th day of drinking the tea - which makes this product a holy grail if you ask me!

I love the cute packaging and am actually proud to have it sit on my desk at work.

Want to try some for yourself? You can order a 15 day detox pouch for £29.99 on the website - give it a go.

September 10, 2014

Benefit 'They're Real' Dupe

Benefit They're Real Dupe

Hi darlings, 

It's rare that I will find a mascara and stick to it as I'm always on the lookout for something better. As a general rule of thumb I go for Benefit or Mac mascaras as I find the brushes to be far superior in terms of defining the lashes and coating the entire lash with one stroke.

 I decided however to try a mascara from Sleek (Fat Lash Black) as I love their blusher palettes and was feeling adventurous. I was so impressed with how similar it is to the Benefit 'They're Real' mascara - defining the lashes and extending with minimal effort. 

The Benefit dupe costs just £6.99 from Boots whereas Benefit's 'They're Real' will set you back £19.50 - a welcome saving of £12.51. So you could buy three Sleek Fat Lash mascaras for the price of one Benefit 'They're Real' - now if that isn't being savvy with your hard earned cash, I don't know what is. The only downside to the Sleek Fat Lash mascara is that it is quite difficult to remove. It's by no means as bad as a waterproof mascara *shaky fist* but if you forget to remove with eye makeup remover and just dive into the shower, you will have blobs of mascara on your face when you resurface. Not a mega downside, just a little annoying but still well worth a try.


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