Tuesday, 15 April 2014

NOTD

Hello beauties.

So for years I have been getting my nails done at a salon. Gel nails, nail extensions, you name it I have had it. And like a lot of beauty bloggers, I love my nails looking pretty.  However, I started to realise how much money I was spending on this naughty habbit.  I also became disalusioned when I thought I had found an amazing salon near me to have my Xmas nails break and it was just a whole mess :-(

So..... I got myself my own gel nail system!!! I did a lot of research, I didn't want to spend hundreds of pounds so I opted for a good quality well priced system.  I have been super excited trying out lots of different nail looks.  Here are some I have been rocking...




If you would like to hear how I do gel nails on myself then comment below. The whole system cost me around £50, bargain!!!

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

30 Day Shred Update | Day 5

I am so excited to tell you all about my first 5 days on the 30 day shred!!  

If you follow along with twitter or instagram you might have seen that I am undertaking the 30 Day Shred by Gillian Michaels. Gillian is the lady tasked with getting the contestants on the biggest loser in to shape.  I am off to Vegas in 3 weeks and want to have a rockin' bikini bod.

Day 1
I was pretty excited to get started.  I am not gonna lie it was a tough work out, but definitely do able. I didn't feel like I wanted to stop or coudn't carry on, perhaps because I was so motivated. I would say the hardest part were the push-ups... ouch!

Day 2
Feeling a little sore, especially under my arms. Still I am ploughing on, thinking of that bikini body!

Day 3
Today was a struggle, I really didn't want to work out at all. In fact I got pretty angry during the exercises, fortunately those punches came in handy! Feeling: sore.

Day 4
So tired today. Noticed I have been wanting to eat more, and had a few cheeky sweet snacks.  Telling myself it is ok because I am working out... hmmm not sure this is going to work, maybe I will put on weight instead of toning up!

Day 5
I had the 5th day off. Not because I actually wanted to but because I couldn't fit the work out in to my day.  Which is fine because you are suppose to have 1 or 2 days off per week. So my 5th workout was on day 6.  Gillian says it will get easier but honestly I was sweating the most so far today, could be because I am pushing myself more, but apart from being able to get through the first set of push ups a little better it is still tough.

I think the results I can see so far are incredible. I had no idea that working out just 20 minutes a day for 5 days could make such a huge difference.  Overall I am feeling great. So proud of myself for getting this far! 5 workouts done 25 more to go!!

What do you think of my results so far ladies? Have you tried the 30 day shred?

Friday, 11 April 2014

How to stop concealer from creasing!


Would you agree one of the most annoying problems with makeup is your concealer creasing? It use to drive me loopy, I tried every concealer I could get my hands on because I was so sure one would work. Even the 'anti creasing' ones creased!

So I went on a huge mission and found some amazing tips and tools to stop concealer creasing!!

MY TOOLS
Real Techniques pointed foundation brush
Real Techniques Makeup sponge
Long lasting concealer (I use Arbonne concealer medium mostly but other options below)
Translucent setting powder (again I use Arbonne, best I have found)
Urban Decay primer



METHOD
1. Apply a good primer under the eye. Wait a minute or so until set
2. Using your brush apply concealer. The less product used the better. Using a brush is imporant as the oils on your fingers can alter the composure of the product. As we don't want that, always use a brush.
3. You need a good setting powder. The best I have found is the Arbonne traslucent loose setting powder. Apply it with a makeup sponge pressing in to the under eye area, I use the real techniques sponge as I find it has the best shape for getting right up to the lash line.



This technique and products work for me everytime. My concealer with remain crease free for the whole day without fail! Below left, picture taken at begining of day, right taken 8 hours later.

Will you be giving this a go?
I would love to hear your tips too!

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Review | Vita Liberata Illuminating Skin Finish Latte



Today I am reviewing the Vita Liberata Illuminating skin finish in Latte* £29.95.  Vita Liberata is an Organic self tan and skincare brand. I am a huge fan of their better known pHenominal 2-3 week tan which I reviewed here but I haven't tried any of thir other products, until now.

The illuminating skin finish comes in 5 shades, with Latte being the darkest.  It is markated as a BB bronzing cream.  I love the idea of this product and I would say it does what it is suppose to.

But lets talk about the packaging for a moment, it is so pretty and very practical. I love how it has a pump, no squashing or squeezing a tube = no mess.

This particular shade on my skin is dark so I use it as an instant wash off tan which adds a gorgeous glow to arms and legs while concealing imperfections.



It is best used with a mitt as it dries quite quickly and becomes fairly unblendable. Another way to combat this is to mix the skin finish was a moisturiser. 

Is is a necessity? No. Is it nice? Yes, I really love this illuminator and the fact that it has an spf 25 is an added bonus.

I do think £29.95 is fairly expensive but saying that it is organic so you tend to pay a bit more for a product that contains no nasties. 

Have you tried any Vita Liberata products? 

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

How you can have ice cream for breakfast...

Who doesn't want ice cream for breakfast? This is the most delicious yummy kind of ice cream there is and the good news... it is healthy, nutritious and you can eat A LOT of it.. and have it for BREAKFAST!! Life.made.

So how do I do it and what's in this healthy ice cream? I hear you cry. Well do not fear here is the answer to all your questions....



Doesn't it look so good? Well let me tell you it tasted even better!

Ingredients
2 bananas
40g vanilla protein powder (I use Vegan protein by Arbonne)
50ml Almong milk
50-100ml cold water



Method
1. Cut your bananas up and freeze them over night in a container or jiffy bag
2. place bananas and the rest of the ingredients in your blender
3. Blend until smooth
4. Add a sprinkle of ground almonds or cinamon on top

And that is it ladies and gents. So simple, so delicious at only 372 Calories!!



What do you think, do you fancy ice cream for breakfast?

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

HAULIN'








It is about that time of year again when you really have to think about buying some new Spring bits for your wardrobe.  The truth is I only went out to pick up a few more white t-shirts...

Primark
White classic t-shirt £2
Cotton glitter tipped socks £2.50
30 pack pastel hair bands £1
Beige flats £5

River Island
Dream Peace Love Ring £1

Paper Chase
2014 glitter Diary £3.50

I am actually still in the hunt for the perfect white tee so let me know if you have found it :-)

Ash xxx