Thursday, 31 March 2016

11 Types Of People At The Gym

Types Of People At The Gym
Since joining the gym last summer I have picked up on a lot of reoccurring people that seem to always be there in their natural habitat. Remember that scene from Meangirls where we are introduced to the layout of the high school lunchroom? The greatest people in the world, the worst etc? Well the gym is exactly like that but a whole lot smellier. 

Today I wanted to write a light-hearted blog post on the different types of people you always see at the gym.

1. The Grunters - Now I can totally understand why people let out heavy breaths when they are working out that's completely normal. However what is peculiar is sounding like a fast car that changes gear with a 'shhh' noise, every single time you squat. I thought I was at a gym not a race car track.

2. The Old Ripped Guy - There is guaranteed always at least one oldish man at the gym who rocks up alone in a stringer that just screams steroids. This guy tends to just get on with his workout and minds his own business whilst sipping his pre/post whatever workout drink. Surely at that age you want to be on vacation somewhere enjoying life, right?

3. The Lurker - Oh my goodness these are probably the worst types of people at the gym. You have just started working on the squat rack and there's someone standing waiting to use it even though you've told them you have another 3 sets to do. Like please do something else and stop lurking over me it's off putting.

4. The Hogger - Another very annoying one is those people at the gym who just hog everything. Unless you've somehow gained the strength to grow three more pairs of arms you do not need 4 sets of dumbbells. I've legit witnessed someone pick up four or five sets of dumbbells just to use themselves.

5. The Texter - There's always someone who takes a far too long break during a workout just to sit on their phone and text. Like come on, text later some of us want to be home for 9pm for The Walking Dead.

6. The Makeup Queen - Don't get me wrong if I've got dark circles or a couple of spots I will dab some concealer over them but that will be all. I'm talking about those girls who'll rock up with a full face of makeup, surely that isn't hygienic right?

7. The Person Who Does Nothing - We all get those days where we can't be bothered to workout but seriously, I've witnessed a couple who have just sat on a machine and just talked.

8. The Guy Who Thinks He's On Holiday - When you go to the gym you want to be wearing something comfortable right? So how an earth is wearing flip flops normal? I hope he isn't going on the treadmill.

9. The Newbie - Of course when you first start the gym you have to get familiar with the machines and what you want to train. It's actually quite awkward to watch someone who isn't doing hammer curls correctly or has the wrong posture.

10. The Flexer - Just stop flexing your muscles or taking selfies at the gym, please.

11. The Sweaty One - Sweating is totally normal and un-judged upon at the gym, but I will totally judge you if you've been on a machine before me and not cleaned up after you.

What types of people do you see at the gym??
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Thursday, 24 March 2016

Dove's World Fragrance Day Challenge

Dove's World Fragrance Day Challenge
I'm the type of person who'll amble around fragrance departments taking a whiff of all the dazzling scents and returns home with my handbag full of scented cards. I am a sucker for a good, fresh or floral scent whether that's candles, deodorants or room sprays. The beauty brand Dove has always been a part of my everyday scent especially the invisible dry scent.

Dove has exclusively developed a new beautiful, powder scent with French fragrance house Givaudan. Celebrating World Fragrance Day (21 March), Dove's Soft Feel Deodorant gives your underarm skin the superior care it deserves. Containing a 1/4 of moisturizing cream and feels as soft as powder on underarm skin.

I was very excited to receive this since the Invisible Dry always leaves my underarms feeling and smelling lovely. I have ditched my current Dove deodorant for the Soft Feel fragrance and can honestly say it has made such an impact on my underarms. Not only do my underarms smell lovely and floral, they feel amazing too! I definitely can see the results from the 1/4 moisturizing cream.
Dove Soft Feel Deodorant
What fragrances mean to us
It's a little nostalgic and awe-inspiring what certain fragrances can smell and remind us of. I remember stages of my life that bring back a sense of happiness and excitement. Memories like laying on the beach on a nice sunny holiday or the perfume you wore on your first date with your partner. Since I've used the Dove Invisible Dry deodorant since I was young, the Dove Soft Feel fragrance reminds me a little of being an obstinate, anxious teenager trying to get through a GCSE's.
Dove soft feel deodorant
The Challenge
Dove have set me a challenge to identify what notes are a part of the Soft Feel fragrance by covering my eyes with an incredibly soft eye mask and taking a whiff of all 4 scents. I got 3/4 right which is pretty impressive if I do say so myself, but I just couldn't put my finger on what the scent ylang was. The stunning, powdered scents that make up the Dove Soft Feel fragrance are ylang-ylang, sandalwood, vanilla and the powdery scent. Which all bottle up to smell beautiful, feminine and not over-powering.

I personally love Dove's deodorants they are so long lasting and keep you smelling fresh for days. I have popped this little compressed can (125ml £3.79) in my handbag for on the go! I may pick up the 75ml (£2.99) to use at the gym or the roll on 50ml (£2.39) which is perfect for in-flight.

*PR Sponsored/gift.
What memories does Dove leave you??
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Monday, 21 March 2016

5 Tips To Give Yourself A Spring Clean

5 Tips To Give Yourself A Spring Clean
Whenever a new season is upon us I always like to give certain things a little bit of a 'spring clean'. Since spring is practically around the corner, I mean, shops of filled with Easter egg chocolate and bright, yellow daffodils. I figured now was the perfect time to give myself a bit of a spring clean and blog about some of the things you could perhaps change yourselves!

1. De-clutter The Wardrobe | In the UK the weather is not that warm enough yet to ditch the jumpers for my liking but, I have been wearing more of my jackets. Once the weather warms up its good to clear out all your fluffy, dark clothes, bung them into a drawer and pop out your pastel shades.

2. Makeup Change - I have ditched my glittery gold eyeshadows and purple lipsticks for more nude and pink shades recently. It's good to change your makeup routine up every now and then it makes you more excited to try products you've forgot all about!

3. Change Your Room Around - Pop to the shop and pick up the brightest daffodils you can find, burn some floral candles and even change your duvet to something more spring/summery. I've got some daffodils in my bedroom and I've changed things around in my room just to get me out of that winter vibe.

4. Change Your Look - Perhaps winter has made you want to work out more frequently or get a new hairstyle? Now is the perfect time to make those changes. I always find once the weather warms up and the days get longer I am more motivated to get things done, instead of coming home and going straight into my Disney pajamas.

5. Change Your Hobbies - Let's face it in winter we would come home have a hot bath, stick our pajamas on and watch something on Netflix. Now that the days are longer and it's getting dark around 7/8 perhaps make the most of the day. Go for a late run, walk home from work and try to get more out of your days.

What do you do for a 'spring clean'?? 
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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Beauty Tryouts #2

Beauty tryouts
I mentioned in my last post that I was going to start writing more blog posts on beauty products that I am currently trialing out. One of my NY's Resolutions was to use up my products and spend less on new ones - this has been the first time I have bought new makeup since last year, can I get a round of applause or something?! I picked up a couple of beauty products I've been meaning to try and decided to write about how I got on or if they live up to expectations.

Boot's Tea Tree Witch Hazel Face Mask | I picked up Boot's own face mask due to the fact I kept pinching my mam's, so I figured it was about time I got my own. This helps calm my skin right down, allows it to look a lot more awake and refreshed as well as hydrated. It does reduce the redness of any imperfections a little bit but, not a drastic amount. I love the smell of the tea tree it really wakes you up and overall it's a very cheap and cheerful mask that I'd repurchase.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder | Yes. I am the last person in the whole entire world who hasn't tried this face powder out. Even growing up I never thought to give it a try as I've always been a firm, dedicated MAC customer. But I figured after using MACs MSF for a solid 8 years it was about time to try something else. I picked up the translucent shade just to be on the safe side and I've been trying this for the past 2 weeks. To be honest I don't get the hype I mean, it's a great powder and sets my makeup off but, after 5 hours or so I could see it starting to disappear. I will happily use this for those short days out but, for long shifts at work or nice occasions I will still be returning to MAC.

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer | After seeing this hyped up everywhere for covering dark circles I decided to give it a whirl. I absolutely love everything about this concealer, from the sponge application to the actual results it is incredible. I picked up the lightest shade which is a little bit dark but it's perfect for covering dark circles. I like to draw out a triangle and blend it in with my Real Technique's Sponge as it's too liquid-y for a brush blend. It instantly wakes my eyes up and covers up those hideous dark circles. Nobody needs to know I only had 5 hours sleep.

What products have you been trying out recently??
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Sunday, 13 March 2016

My Everyday Accessories

My Everyday Accessories
It is no secret that accessories are my favourite part to putting together an outfit. So I am going to incorporate blog posts involving accessories that I am currently wearing. I have recently gone a bit simple and minimalist in my accessories and even my makeup. I decided to share with you some of the everyday accessories that I have been reaching out for.

Daniel Wellington St Mawes Rose Gold Watch* - A timeless, classic and Rose Gold watch is definitely a one to grab your hands on. I have been wearing this watch every single day for both casual and formal occasions, as it can really bring an outfit together. What I love about DW is their watches actually fit my slim wrists without having to poke a needle through to create another hole. This watch is the perfect gift to give to someone special who has an eye for simple, classy accessories.

I have a 15% discount code DWkatiesworldofbeauty valid until 15th of March.

Primark Novelty Bag - I don't use this everyday but on nice occasions I have recently been reaching out for this dainty, fluffy bag. I love this bag it fits all my essentials in and can really finish off a simple outfit. For example I wore this bag with a simple, classic black dress just to add a pop of style to it.

Accessorize Earrings and Necklace - With me working in fashion it is essential for me to wear jewelry. These two pieces are what I have been wearing everyday for work, paired with a basic jumper just to give it a bit of sparkle. I love the crystal, amethyst style at the moment and with the rose gold chain this necklace really gives simple outfits some trend.

Rose Gold Card Holder - I have ditched my big wallet for a small, simple card holder just to carry my essentials with me. Believe it or not this has stopped my spending so much money and my bag has a lot more space! Card holders don't take up any room and are perfect to just grab when you are in a rush.

Hair Accessories - I have been wearing my hair up a lot recently in different hairstyles, so I have been adding in accessories just to jazz it up. This clip is what I have been reaching out for the most and it is from AliExpress. I love hair accessories I think they are very under-hyped but always create hairstyles to look a lot more effortless.


What is your go-to everyday essentials??
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Thursday, 10 March 2016

My Hair Care Routine

My Current Favourite Hair Products
It is no secret to you all that I love treating my hair to new products and treatments every week to try and keep it looking healthy as ever. My hair care routine changes all the time but recently these have been the products I have reached out for over the past couple of weeks and have quickly became some of my favourite hair products.

Palmer's Strengthening Shampoo - I have always been a fan of Palmer's Cocoa Butter range but never had I heard of their hair care range until now. This shampoo is super moistursing and leaves my hair feeling so soft that even my Tangle Teaser runs through it smoothly. One of my favourite things about this shampoo is the fact it doesn't get my hair as greasy fast, I can go a couple of days without washing my hair when I use this which is great!

Palmer's Nourishing Conditioner - I can never wash my hair without using a conditioner so I was very excited to try this one. This leaves the ends of my hair feeling incredibly hydrated and shiny, but best of all it leaves my hair smelling incredible! I rarely come across conditioners that leave my hair smelling lovely for days but, this one does and that's why I have been using it a lot recently.

Palmer's Finishing Hair Oil - Once I have washed and towel dried my hair I like to pop a little bit of this hair oil on my ends to give it even more of a treatment. This leaves my ends with such a lovely shine and again it smells incredible. I usually plait my hair and leave it until the next day to try and avoid using any heat.

Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo - Usually by the second or third day my hair will need a little bit more volume so I like to use this dry shampoo. For starters it smells amazing and a lot nicer than most of the Batiste range I have tried, it has a nice coconut, fresh scent to it. It also does the trick to keeping any grease at bay and giving my hair a nice lift of volume.

HIF Anti-Brass Support - At least once every 2 weeks I will swap my conditioner for this product. This 3 minute conditioner works great on my ombre ends and helps reduce any brassy tones. I again love the smell this leaves my hair and it definitely has reduced the brass in my ends. It is still a working progress but so far I love using this and I want to try more from their range.

Palmer's Leave in Conditioner - I've never really been a huge fan of leave in conditioner treatments as I don't ever see the results. I have been using this maybe once or twice a month whenever my hair is in need of some serious tlc. This really helps repair any dry or damaged hair as well as leaves it looking shiny. I only apply a little amount of this to my ends but I can really see a difference. I may start using leave in conditioners more often!
*PR Sample/gift.

What is your current hair care routine??
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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

5 Ways To Unwind in the Evening

5 Ways To Unwind in the Evening
Having spent probably a third of last year glued to a computer screen whether that was to complete university projects, blogging or just general life musings, I decided to set myself a New Years goal to spend less time sat at a screen and more time doing other hobbies that I forgot I even enjoyed doing. For today's post I decided to share with you some simple ways to unwind in the evenings, step away from the keyboards for an hour or two and how beneficial is can be.

I never really understood why so many people recommended you to come away from a screen an hour before bed until now. Whether its doing revision or writing a blog post, it is so important to switch off in advance before you hit the hay. Why? Because your brain needs time to rest, it can cause insomnia and other problems.

1.) Do A Puzzle | One thing I have enjoyed doing in the evenings is impossible jigsaws with my mam, suduku or even a crossword in a magazine. All of these are not only good for the brain, but quite enjoyable too. Call me old but I love trying to complete a puzzle.

2.) Adult Coloring | A great way to relax and unwind before bed is to do a bit of colouring in. I love these adult colouring books that have recently came about, they are so de-stressing and fun to do. I sleep so much easier if I colour in before bed as my brain has switched off and is ready to sleep.

3.) Read A Book | I've recently started to read The Hunger Games trilogy before bed and I definitely think it's exciting and relaxing getting lost in a book just before you fall asleep. I am definitely going to read more books this year as I forgot how relaxing they actually are!

4.) Listen To Music | This is something I do when I am in bed, I like to listen to some music on my Ipod (not phone). This usually gets me to sleep within half an hour and takes my mind off any worries.

5.) Netflix | I sometimes like to spend some of my evenings watching a show on Netflix rather than be sat at my PC. I've been watching a lot of films and getting into more TV series, such as Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries and The 100.

How do you unwind in the evening??
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Saturday, 5 March 2016

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift
So it's Mother's Day it less than 24 hours, you haven't got your mum a present yet and panic mode is starting to set in. Panic not as I may have the solution for you with Dove's limited edition range of personalized gift sets you can give to your mum this Mother's Day.

If your mum appreciates skincare and enjoys relaxing with a pamper evening then I would highly recommend one of these boxes from Dove's website. Each set is available online or in selected stores to personalize with a special message and gives you a choice of beautiful wrapping options.

I gave mine to my mum as soon as it arrived and she loved it, especially the little box it comes in as it could be reused for all her other beauty bits. This luxury gift box not only includes a beautiful free box but also some products from the Dove Derma Spa Goodness Range. This range is all to do with feeling luxurious and beautiful by treating your skin to some special lotions. This set comes with the Dove Derma Spa Hand Cream, Body Lotion, Body Cream and an Eye Mask, and is priced at £20. I already regularly use the Dove Derma Spa Hand Cream and it definitely has a more luxurious feel to it than the originals. 

I personally think these boxes are a lovely idea especially the fact they are personally gift wrapped for your mum to unwrap herself. Definitely would recommend these if your mum loves having pamper evenings!

*PR Sample/gift.
Have you heard of the Derma Spa Range??
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Thursday, 3 March 2016

5 Simple Tips To Wake Up Flawless

5 Simple Ways To Wake Up Flawless
It would be startling if we could all wake up looking as flawless and perfect as the actresses do in the movies. Seriously what are their secrets?! I make sure I have 7/8 hours sleep every evening and yet I still don't wake up looking flawless! I've been doing a bit of digging online recently as to how I can wake up feeling fresh and flawless, so I've put some to the test and decided it was worth sharing the ones that work with you all! 

There is hope yet.

1.) Wash Your Face: Seems a little obvious right? Wrong. I've been washing my face all wrong before bed and didn't realise! If you rinse your face with hot water this will open your pores and prepares your skin for a cleanse. Using the tips of your index and middle finger, apply a facial wash in circular motion onto your skin. Then rinse the product off with cold water and gently dab with a towel! This actually has made a difference to my skin it feels so much more plumped and the products seem to work more! 

2.) Drink Water: Again this seems obvious to me, however if you drink a glass or 2 of water just before you sleep your skin will wake up hydrated. I usually stop drinking water around 6 and have a herbal tea. I do think this one works but I also think drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up is beneficial too!

3.) Spray Dry Shampoo Before Bed: Did you know if you spray your roots with dry shampoo before bed and leave it for overnight your hair will of absorbed all the oils so you are ready to go! Does this mean more time in bed? I think so.

4.) Stop Eating at 6/7: I am quite partial to a late night takeaway every now and then or a couple of biscuits to go with my cup of tea. But if you stop eating 3 or 4 hours before you go to sleep your skin will not only benefit from this, but this will decrease the chance of weight gain! 

5.) Steam Your Room: I've recently been turning on my humidifier a couple of hours before bed to restore moisture to my room. It is one of those things you don't think would make a difference to your skin but it really does. I always wake up feeling fresh and clean!


What are your tips on waking up flawless??
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