Friday, 22 May 2015

Fitness Friday: Cardio Victories

Getting my Polar FT4 watch has given me a good boost of motivation for tackling cardio. Seeing my heart rate rising and the calorie count increasing gives me a good push to keep going. I'm not a runner (and don't think I ever will be) so I've been on the lookout for different styles of cardio workouts that I can do at home. I've managed to find, and enjoy, a few different ones so I thought I'd share my cardio victories for anyone else that dreads the thought of running. 

What style of cardio do you enjoy the most?

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Why I Love Home Beauty Treatments

Beauty treatments at the salon are so expensive! It seems the price of looking gorgeous continues to climb each year. Fortunately, there are plenty of home treatments you can try. And they claim to be every bit as effective as the professional salon versions! Whether it’s your hair, body or face you want to improve, there is a home based solution. Here are some of the treatments you can try at home today:

Teeth - Your smile is so important. Your teeth are the biggest part of your smile so it’s important to make sure they are as perfect as they can be. Teeth straightening can’t really be tackled at home effectively. But teeth whitening at home is cheap, easy and effective. Most importantly, it’s now safer than ever, meaning your smile can shine whenever you want it to.

Body Hair - As a young woman, I loathe my body hair. It can feel like a continuous battle to tame it. Shaving can cause cuts and infections that leave the skin looking unsightly. While this is the quickest way to smooth the stubble, longer term solutions are preferable for most of us. Home waxing can be messy, but it is also every bit as effective as going to the salon. Epilators are quicker and easier but tend to have that giveaway whirring sound. Laser light hair reduction systems you find in salons are now available at home. They are cheaper than ever before, and widely available online.

Skin - As we get older the 'cleanse and tone' routine becomes less effective at staving away the signs of ageing. It certainly doesn't achieve much for blemishes, scars and other skin marks. Exfoliating goes a long way to smoothing the skin and generating that healthy glow we all crave. Microdermabrasion used to be considered part of the cosmetic surgery family. Until recently it was only available in expensive clinics. Nowadays, you can buy a microdermabrasion machine for private use at home. No more expensive trips to a special salon!

Hair - Hair colouring has been available at home for decades. A few brands have improved the quality of their home kits so that you might find even better results doing it that way. You might not want to cut or trim your own hair, but colouring is certainly easier, cleaner, and less smelly than ever before. Extreme colours are available in plenty of shades, and blondes look salon fresh out of a home packet.

It’s not just the cost of visiting the salon that puts us off. The time it takes to travel there and back can be quite excessive. There can be embarrassment from some treatments too that are enough to stop you leaving the house at all. Home kits and treatments can be done in your own time, whether it’s the evenings or first thing in the morning. No more having to come up with an excuse for your boss to get out of work! They are such good quality for so little money that you might be tempted to give up the salon altogether.

NOTD: Inspired by Tiffany's

I'm back at the nail art again. I wanted to use some of the Ciate Mini polishes that I got in my advent calendar at Christmas and the two the instantly caught my eye were Pepperminty and Sugar Plum. They're both fun, pastel colours that are perfect for summer. With Pepperminty being a bit like the Tiffany's Blue I took inspiration from the box and added a bow. Not the neatest of nail art but it was a lot easier using the Andrea Fulerton Stripe and Sparkle nail polish than it would have been using a regular one. Just something colourful, fun and girly.

What do you think of my Tiffany's style nails?

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Quirky Gift Ideas for the Girl in Your Life

Buying and giving gifts can be a real joy. If you’re good at buying gifts, receiving them can be a great experience too! However, you don’t want to buy gifts for the sake of it. You should put some real thought and effort into your purchase to ensure you’ve bought the receiver something truly thoughtful and unique. Girls love receiving gifts especially, as it shows them that they’re loved and cared for. With all of this in mind, here are some quirky gift ideas for the girl in your life.

A Fruit Infuser Water Bottle
If she likes to take care of herself with a healthy diet, a fruit infuser water bottle could be just the unique gift to buy for her. You can easily make water taste much better by just adding a few pieces of fruit to it, so she’ll love drinking it if she doesn’t already! They make for great Instagram pictures too, so it’s a great gift if she enjoys snapping pics on there.

A Bag Tag Smartphone Charger
We’ve all been in a situation where our phone has run out of battery when we’re out and about. What can we do about it? Get a bag tag smartphone charger! This stylish little tag can be attached to any handbag, and will charge up a smartphone while you’re out doing your thing. It’s one of the most unusual presents for her, yet the most practical. The girl in your life will love you for this; it’s bound to be the best accessory she owns!

Handmade Jewellery
Handmade jewellery has a special meaning behind it, and is much sweeter to give than regular old jewellery that anybody could own. Find a unique, one of a kind jewellery designer if you want something extra special. Better yet, do a workshop for a day and make something yourself!

A Wine Chiller Bag
We all love a glass of the pink stuff from time to time (and sometimes the red/white stuff), so this chiller bag is the perfect accessory. The pattern is funky, and nobody will suspect that the girl in your life is getting sloshed while out at a picnic or a walk. It’s a great way to keep the wine yummy and cool - or any bottle of beverage for that matter!

An Adventure Day
Would you rather make memories with the girl in your life, rather than give her something physical? Then take her on an adventure day! You could do something seriously crazy here, like take her on a skydive or a bungee jump. If you don’t want to do anything too heart attack inducing, you could just go zorbing or go karting. Whatever you decide, make sure she’ll feel comfortable before you hand over your money. If she’s a real girly girl, you don’t want to take her paintballing!

Want more ideas? I have some more tips here. I hope you find the most perfect gift for the girl in your life. Thanks for reading!