Monday, 20 October 2014

Motivational Monday: Workout Clothing

Good Afternoon lovelies! Now I'll be the first one to admit that new workout clothing gets me right in the mood for a good old workout and maybe to flaunt it down at the gym. But anything that motivates you to workout is obviously a good thing and definitely worth it in my eyes. Today I'm sharing some of my favourite fitness brands including the obvious Nike and another one of my favourite's Lorna Jane. I've also included some of my favourite high-street brands including H&M and Forever 21, who both have brilliant sportswear lines consisting of affordable yet great quality gym wear. Enjoy your workout!


What motivates you to work out? What're your favourite sportswear brands?





Saturday, 18 October 2014

L'Oreal Colour Riche Exclusive Reds | Blake Lipstick

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Exclusive Reds | Blake | £6.99
Blake Lively has been gracing red carpets and front covers for a while now and with her gorgeous blonde hair and perfect skin she's definitely my beauty idol. After the success of Loreal's nudes collection it wasn't long before they brought out the beautiful reds, consisting of different shades of red lipstick from famous faces such as Blake, Eva, Liya and Julianne. Being a blonde and in adoration of Blake Lively I had to go for the 'Blake' even if I was hugely influenced by the fact is was  'Blakes'.
The packaging is chic and has a great pointed shape to the lipstick which makes it much easier to apply such a bold lip colour, especially if you're not using liner. I would describe the lipstick as a cooler toned red with blue/pink undertones, which makes your teeth look super white and shiny! Some people have commented on the smell of the Loreal lipsticks and they're obviously no Mac lipstick but I don't think they have a 'smell' and it really didn't bother me. It's a really beautiful colour and even though I don't think it's a typical Autumn/Winter shade I will definitely be wearing it throughout the Fall. For only £6.99 you really can't go wrong and I'm very tempted to go and pick up a few more!

Have you tried any of the Loreal Colour Riche Red Collection? Which is your favourite?

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

No7 Stay Precise Felt Tip Eyeliner

 

No 7 Stay Precise Felt Tip Eye Liner | £8.00
 
A black winged eye is a classic look and I think i'll be sporting it so much this Autumn/Winter with a gorgeous dark berry lip. I'm always on the hunt for the next holy grail eyeliner and usually this takes the form of a felt tip. Felt tip's are great for those who aren't so steady with eyeliner. My favourite drugstore eyeliner is the Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner but when I recently ran out I decided to try the No7 one.
 
The packaging is much like the collection one the only difference being that the actual tip on the No7 liner is quite hard. I thought this would be great for control and to help me to perfect the perfect flick. The tip is quite small which makes it good for using very close to the lash line to make your lashes look fuller. If you want a thin controlled line this is great. However, if you want a line thicker than the 1st one on the picture above this is literally impossible. I found that when you go back and try thicken the line up it just rubs off the previous eyeliner. The formula also doesn't stay at all. It fades away leaving you a grey line across the top of your eyes, not good! I thought this would be the perfect liner to give me a controlled and perfected cat eye but I'm so wrong. It's such a shame because the felt tip nib looks great but it's a pity it has no staying power. I think for now I'll be sticking to the collection eyeliner, especially for a great price of £2.99.
 
What eyeliner would you recommend for the perfect winged eye? Have you found this eyeliner to be disappointing?
 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Gym Classes Explained

Good Morning lovelies, I hope you're all enjoying the weekend. I'd just like to let you know that Laura's Little Loves has had a little make over by a lovely blogger and blog designer called Lauren. She was great to work with and so co-operative, I'd definitely recommend her to anyone wanting a bit of a revamp, you can check out her profile here.
 
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So today I'm talking gym classes. Now I know that you're probably sat there with a fry up watching Sunday morning tv but maybe this might give us all a bit of motivation for Monday! Many people say that they have never been to a gym class because they fear they might not know what to do or just look a fool. But when your paying money for a gym with inclusive classes you should make full use of all facilities. However, I do know that feeling as I used to be scared of going to classes too. But once you set your fears aside you'll never look back to the cross trainer. Personally, I love classes because of the following:
  • Motivation: You're not going to give in or walk out when there's a class full of other people and a trainer. You want to impress and keep up with the rest.
  • Structure: In the gym you might find yourself not knowing what to do next or just spending an hour on a cross trainer watching the TV but you could be working so much harder and better in the short time of 20 minutes. You'll also be amazed at how quickly time flies.
  • Commitment: I put my name down for the classes I want to go to on a Sunday. Which means when Monday comes around I can't talk myself out of it and I'll make sure my ass is there!
 
There are so many classes out there so there will always be one to suit you, from treadmill classes to lifting weights and yoga. Here are some of my favourites..


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Metafit - Body Weight Training
A fairly new class which is a completely different concept to anything I've ever done before. Basically 30 minutes of pure working your ass off with a maximum of 20 seconds rest between each exercise. No but really, it helps to burn fat by raising your resting metabolism but also works major muscle groups at the same time. It's not only a cardio class because it consists of exercise which mean using your own body weight to work particular muscle groups. Some typical exercises are tuck jump squats, burpees and walk out press ups but for all of these the instructor offers an easier and harder alternative. I love this class, even  though the thought of it is torturous, you will see results and changes real quick (achy legs for the next 2 days aswell). If your gym doesn't offer metafit classes similar classes are: insanity, circuits and any plyometric training. Before I started this class I couldn't do a press up, now I've progressed to full press ups and even doing the variations!
 
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Body Pump
The Les Mills classes are everywhere now and have truly made a mark on gym timetables across the country. If you haven't heard of Les Mills before they are the masters of all gyms classes including: body pump, body attack, body combat, RPM (spin) and body balance. Body Pump is a barbell class which sculpts, tones and strengthens your entire body. I know you'll be thinking, what WEIGHTS, I don't want to look like a body builder, but seriously even 10 minutes of resistance training 3 times a week can increase the amount of energy you burn by 127 calories a day! Each track focuses on a certain muscle groups and you change the weights on your bar to suit your own strength. I love this as it's not as scary as approaching the free weight area and the instructor helps you to perfect your form in positions such as deadlifts, chest press and bicep curls. A great class to feel an all over burn without getting out of breath.
 
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Yoga and Pilates
Many a time people ask, what is the difference between these classes? Yoga focuses more on the mind and using breathing techniques to achieve relaxation, whereas pilates uses breathing techniques to provide muscles with the energy that they need for the movements. They're both great for stretching and strengthening (with yoga focusing more on flexibility whilst pilates focuses on strengthening) but I've recently turned to yoga for the 'me time' and relaxation it brings.  There are also so many variations of yoga from bikram (think hot and sweaty) to ashtanga (a fast paced sequence of movements, read more here. Once you look past the women walking around with their yoga mats and bare feet it really is a great class. I've found it's helped hugely with anxiety and stress and I'm going to continue in my path. If you're a little nervous about starting yoga then check out some beginners videos on youtube then walk in a class looking like a pro.
  
I know there are so many more other classes but I couldn't list everything. I'd also like to mention Spin or RPM is great for cardio and I do it inbetween runs to help with recovery, as unless you fall off the bike you can't really injure yourself.
 
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 If you'd like to know about any more of my workouts or any other classes or tips just let me know in the comments! I'd also love to hear what classes you love and would recommend for me to try. Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to work out this week, never miss a Monday!!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter








A few weeks ago I won a twitter giveaway hosted by the lovely Sophia at tattooedtealady and she kindly sent me The Body Shop's Sumptuous Camomile Cleansing Butter. Now if you've seen my Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm review you'll know how much I loved it and if it wasn't for the giveaway I wouldn't have considered another cleansing balm but I'm so glad to have tried it.
 
The packaging is lovely and I prefer it to the Clinique one as it isn't as bulky. It works in the same way as any other cleansing balm with you applying it to your dry face and then with the heat of your skin it turns into an oil consistency helping to melt away any makeup. I try to apply it all over my face first before rubbing my mascara off. It takes a little longer to take off your mascara than the Clinique one, especially if like me you love to wear waterproof. However, I must say I do prefer the smell of this, the camomile is really refreshing and relaxing. It works great for my dry skin, making  it feel clean but doesn't leave it feeling tight. I've also seen that those with oily skin find it great too as it helps to balance the oil levels on your face. At only £12.00 it's cheaper and dare I say better than the Clinique one and just a brilliant everyday cleanser.. You can get yours here.

Have you tried this before, what are your thoughts? How do you feel about oil based cleansers?



 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Autumn Fashion Finds

 
It seems that the shops have finally got through the awful stage of selling off Summer stock and slowly introducing the Autumn/Winter ranges. I have been hanging on to Summer for as long as I can but with the temperatures finally dropping it seems I have to say goodbye to my favourite season and bring out the  boots, fluffy socks and drinking hot chocolate by the fire. So here are some of the fashion picks I'll be wearing this season...
 
 
 Zara Corduroy Mini Skirt | £25.99  | H&M Boots | £24.99  | Topshop Long Sleeved Crop Top | £10  | New Look Oversized Scarf  | £12.99 | River Island Eva Jeans | £40 | AX Paris Dress | £35





Friday, 3 October 2014

Jerome Russell Bblonde Toner | Champagne Blonde

 
Jerome Russell Bblonde Colour Toner  | Champagne Blonde | £4.49*
  

Having blonde hair it's a constant battle between keeping your colour refreshed and maintaining the strength and health of your hair. I was recently asked if I'd like to try a hair toner by Jerome Russell Bblonde and jumped at the opportunity. I have tried the powder bleach from the Bblonde range and I loved using it as it was so easy to colour my roots with but obviously using bleach every 5 weeks meant I had to stop otherwise my hair would've been in terrible condition. However, this time I was using a toner. If you haven't used a toner before they are basically a colour refresher which can be used to neutralise unwanted tones or temporarily add tones. The toners in the range are for use on pre-lightened and naturally blonde hair and have no ammonia or peroxide which means they are kind to your hair. I chose the champagne blonde as I wanted to refresh my blonde but I didn't want the silver tones.
 
 Of course I was a little nervous as I am whenever I do anything to my hair. But the instructions are so easy to follow and be sure to do the strand test first in case of allergies and to see how long you might need to keep the toner on for. You apply this to towel dried hair so shampooed not conditioned then loosely dried. It comes out in a shampoo like consistency which smelt lovely and was a non-drip formula. I used the full bottle, applying to the lengths then working up and into the roots. I then stuck on a shower cap and heated it up with my hair dryer for 5 minutes. After half an hour I rinsed my hair and conditioned as normal.
 

My hair felt super soft and in great condition. I dried it off with a hair dryer to reveal the results and I'm impressed. It's no huge change but remember it isn't a hair colour. I feel it's refreshed my colour and even given me an extra few weeks before I need highlights again. I was afraid that I would end up with pink blushed hair but I definitely don't have this, just beautiful beige shades instead. If your looking to refresh your hair colour and neutralise brassiness for an affordable price of £4.49 you should definitely try this range. You can view the range at jeromerussell.co.uk or buy yours here and here.
 
 
Have you tried any of the Jerome Russell Bblonde range? What do you do to maintain your hair colour?