Running for Weightloss: My Experience 

I’ve had a lot of questions since I’ve lost weight from people wondering how I’ve done it. Aswell as a good diet, running has been a primary factor in losing the weight for me,  and in this post I thought I’d give my experience and some helpful tips for beginners or anyone who wants to start a healthy lifestyle through running. 

How I started 

On 18th January 2017 I went out for my first run for two years. My last run was recorded in 2015 and boy had I fell out of shape in more ways than one. It was hard. Really hard, I could barely get down the road without feeling like I was genuinely going to be sick. But hey, that’s why we start these things right? To be better. 

The photo above was my stats from my first run of the year. You can see I didn’t run far or fast, but it was a start. I then dabbled briefly into the Couch to 5k programme (which you can find online and on the app store) which I did with a friend a few times. However, being as impatient as I am,  I did not want to wait 8 weeks to finish and so I began doing my own thing away from the programme. I would just run a bit longer every time and eventually I found a few routes I was comfortable with and worked from there. Personally I prefer to run a circular route where I don’t cover the same ground twice, but it’s not always possible.  

At first I began running outside, but after I joined the gym I started to combine outdoor running with HIIT on the treadmill, fitness classes such as zumba & clubbercise and swimming. At the start swimming worked wonders for improving my cardiovascular strength without putting too much stress and strain on my joints. This helped with running as of course it made me fitter and I was able to run for longer. 

I cannot stress enough how important it is to take your time in building up your running fitness. I have made this mistake so many times and have been crippled with shin splints and sore joints to the point where I’ve had to stop altogether – give up and end up right back to where I started.

Start yourself off with a couple of times a week. If you feel you can do more then great. But listen to your body. I honestly cannot say this enough! If you’re fatigued, rest. If something hurts, rest. You’ll only do yourself an even bigger injury. You won’t enjoy running and the whole thing just won’t work. Ok? Cool. 

So tell me again how running is going to make me lose weight? 

I used to think that doing exercise along with a healthy diet wouldn’t make much more of a difference than just focusing on eating well alone. Well I have been proved wrong since I started running. On a weekly basis I lose an extra pound more than the weeks where I don’t run. 

In the beginning of course I was running to burn extra kcals. But as I got fitter, and stronger I found I was more motivated to get out for a run and I wanted to push myself, run faster and further. Running makes you  feel fantastic. Which makes you more motivated and confident. You don’t want to pig out on crap when you’ve just killed yourself pavement pounding. I’ve also found that running suppresses my appetite, I don’t want to eat straight after a run – instead I am able to wait a bit and fuel my body with the right food. Another thing I love about running is that it carries on burning calories long after you’ve finished your run, and helps to boost your metabolism. Before running I only had to look at a takeaway and I’d put on a few pounds, now my metabolism is faster I can indulge every once in a while and it doesn’t have so much of a dramatic effect on me and I’m able to enjoy the nicer things in life because of it! Running makes you feel better… Mind, body & soul. I love being out on the road with my music giving my body the time it deserves. 
What I run in

It’s really important to feel comfortable when you first start. It’s bad enough having to run in public (trust me I’ve been there, I know what it’s like) without worrying about your physical appearance. Personally I like to wear some high waisted gym pants as it keeps everything from wobbling around (if you have bits to wobble as I appreciate not everybody does lol!).  I like mine to be quite tight as there’s nothing worse than pants that slip down whilst on your run! As a naturally bigger busted woman, I like to, and still do wear two bras. A non-underwired bra underneath and then a sports bra on top – it just helps to make sure the ladies don’t go anywhere, y’know. In the beginning I wore a very loose fitted t-shirt that was lightweight and airy so that I didn’t know I had it on, and I’d recommend that for beginners and it is ultimate comfort and you won’t be paranoid about people looking at you. Now the weather is a bit warmer and I’ve shed a bit of timber – I run in a vest as it keeps me cooler. 

As far as trainers are concerned I wear the Asics GT-2000 3 shoes and I find them really comfortable. Nice and lightweight with a good amount of padding and support. I used to wear Nikes but found they lacked support and contributed to shinsplints. I’d recommend being fitted with proper trainers if you can as it does make a difference.  

Other useful equipment 

I really like to wear overhead (is that what they’re called? No idea, pic below) headphones when I’m running because it eliminates the issue of headphones falling out of ears and unnecessary distractions. I put them on at the start and they don’t budge,  which I like 👍

As far as my phone is concerned I use a running arm band thing – nice technical term. At first I was putting it down one of my many sports bras but this became impractical and I like it being on my arm as the headphones attach easier and I know it’s in a safe place and not going to fall. The particular one I use had a slot for a house key too which I found useful although I’ve not tried it with a car key yet. 

I also like to wear my fitbit when running as I can record my route, pace etc which comes in really handy for improving. Having it on my wrist is easier too as I can check how I’m doing along the way without having to look at my phone. I also used to use the Runkeeper app but I’ve recently switched to strava after I had a few issues with Runkeeper not recording properly. It’s really nice to see how far you’ve come after a while. I can now (almost) comfortably run 3 miles and have my first 5k event coming up in July. Currently I’m starting to train for my next milestone which is 10k.

I never thought I would be into running again, I really love it and I can’t thank it enough for helping me get back into shape and drop some much needed weight. I encourage anyone who’s been thinking about trying it to start. It’s so easy and doesn’t require much equipment or a gym membership (unless you want to do other things too of course). 

If you have any questions you’d like to ask me I’d be more than happy to answer them. Like I said I’ve written this blog post to answer some questions I’ve already had from people and I hope it inspires at least one person 🙂 

To follow my progress you can do so on instagram.com/_slimminglucy_

Thanks for reading & good luck in your journey x

Advertisements

2 month Slimming World update… 

Hey guys. So a couple of people said they would be interested in reading a post like this, and to be honest I just felt like sharing as it’s good for keeping me on track and reflecting back on progress. 

As most of you know 2 months ago I started my slimming world journey (again) and so far the results have been good. What I love about slimming world is definitely the fact that no matter what anyone says, it is a lifestyle choice more than a diet. It really teaches you to cook and prepare meals from scratch and just generally make better food choices. 

In terms of progress I have a few pictures which I will post now and go into further details further down the blog… 

So initially I lost most of the weight from my face and arms, and now as I’ve gone to lose further it’s started coming off my stomach and legs. So far I’ve lost just over a stone and a half, however in my before photos above I have no idea what I weigh… I only know what I weighed on 1st January. Said picture was taken last summer. 

In terms of sizing I was wearing a 20 in most things mainly for comfort – I have no problem talking about sizing, people can think what they want to be honest as it’s not like I was happy there, I was just rolling with it and the main thing is that I’m not there anymore. I’ve since then dropped to a size 16 and in some looser/more stretchy things I can just about make a 14 which I am a lot more happy with. 

I finally feel like a normal human being again and whilst I’ve still got a long way to go, I am content with the progress I’ve made. It’s done not only wonders for my physical appearance but there have been numerous “non-scale victories” that have occurred over the last few weeks that I will share in another blog post. 

In terms of meals I do like to keep things simple but occasionally I will change things up a bit. See my instagram for more food pictures. 


I’ve amped up the exercise quite a bit over I’d say the last 4 weeks, however mainly focusing on cardio until I shift a bit more and then I will move onto weight training. I dabble in running, swimming, HIIT workouts and have even tried zumba which I really enjoyed. I’m so much fitter than I was 8 weeks ago which is amazing and I feel so much better for it. I find that combining exercise with the diet really keeps me motivated. 

I’m still having cheat days on Fridays and I’m not massively depriving myself of the things I want – I find that recently my cravings are a lot different and have subsided quite a lot generally. 

If you’d like to know more about my exercise plan or a more in-depth food diary please let me know. 

As I’ve said, I just wanted to create a lighthearted post to track my progress so I can look back on it. 

Hope you’re all doing well 

~ lucy 

One week on plan… 

I wasn’t originally going to share my weightloss journey with the Internet. I’ve always done it and it’s always been a let down when things haven’t worked out for me… And I tend to crack under the pressure of always needing to do what others are expecting of me. 

This time around I wanted things to be different. I’m not following a specific plan – more like doing a mixture of everything but mainly just being mindful of what I’m eating and trying to move around a bit more. (I know what you’re thinking, “that’s what she always says”). 


However, I thought some of you may be interested in following my journey, and it’s also a good way to keep myself on track. In this blog post I will explain what food and exercise I’ve been doing this week to help me lose half a stone – I generally always lose a hefty amount in the first week, so don’t feel like you have to lose this amount too. 

My starting weight this time has been the biggest it’s ever been which is a massive challenge but I am trying not to look at the numbers until I’ve lost at least a stone (lol). 

Foodwise I’ve mainly been following slimming world and just a general low calorie diet. For breakfast I’ve been having either a smoothie with almond milk, low sugar granola with fat-free yoghurt or a bacon and egg sandwich on gluten free bread. I am honestly not a breakfast person at all but it does help me stay on track and stops me from completely binging out when lunchtime hits! 

Lunch has generally been a bit more carb heavy… Something like chicken pasta with veg. I need to be more adventurous with lunches – I tend to find its what most people struggle with. Particularly for me it’s because most of the time I’m at work and normally trying to get through my shift without 1. eating everything in sight and 2.keeling over from starvation. Striking the right balance between being healthy and energising in the space of a 10 minute coffee break is still a long way off being perfect for me!  A work in progress if you like. 

This week I prepped all my “dinner” meals on Monday morning to last me for 3 days… I made spicy chicken with sweet potato and Broccoli. Not massively exciting I know but I try to spruce it up a bit with a tiny drizzle of olive oil and lots and lots of spices. Having the meals there in the fridge definitely helps keep me on track but after three days of eating the same thing I just had to try something different so I swapped the sweet potato for normal potato ((ha) I like boring food). 

Regarding exercise – I’ve done a bit – not loads but enough to aid me on my way to severe DOMS (have not missed that for the last 2 years) and the general feeling of “oh my god I’m going to kill myself if I have to carry on with this”. No but seriously, I’ve been keeping the sessions short (very short) and doing 15 minute HIIT sessions with a tiny amount of weight training thrown in there. I’ve also upgraded my fitbit this week from a flex to a charge 2, so I’m excited to start using that properly next week as my flex was becoming very old and battered! 

So yeah that’s the run down of how I managed to shift 7lbs in my first week back on plan after a very long hiatus! My goal for next week is to try my absolute best to shift another 7 but to be honest I’ll be happy with any loss. Fitness goal for next week is to start running again as it makes me feel amazing and does wonders at shifting the pounds quick! 

Hope you all have a good week on whatever journey you’re on. Let me know your health and fitness goals 🙂 

~ lucy 

Goals for 2017

With my blog posts particularly sparse over the back end of 2016, I thought I’d take the time to reflect upon last year and really think about the goals I want to set for the upcoming days ahead.

The first to be, obviously, to stop neglecting my blog and social platforms and to create more interesting content, exploring the creative side that I know I have. I’m also saying goodbye to my “Lucyybeauty” persona and hoping to create content about my life as a whole. A bit of everything really.

In 2017 I’d love to carry on my growing interest in photography, although I am still very much an amateur – the addition of a new lense to my collection over the Christmas period means I can explore different settings on my still bewildering DSLR and hopefully shoot some higher quality shots of different things, which leads me onto my next goal…

To get out and about more and plan some exciting new trips. We already have a couple of places lined up but I’d like to top next year off with visiting parts of Europe and hopefully a trip to our favourite place in the lakes.

I hope that next year sees a growth in my business as a beauty therapist and make up artist. I’ve worked so hard already to make it into what it is and I would love it to develop into something I can do full time.

And of course the general be healthy, lose weight, drink more water etc. Thing also comes into play. But no seriously, last year I really let myself go so I need to reign it in a bit in 2017. I think overall just taking care of myself and making myself into the best person that I can be.

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and I look forward to all the exciting things this year has planned for me and my family!

~ Lucy

 

Boots Botanics Micellar Solution 

I’ve always been a fan of the “All Bright” range from Boots Botanics (do we all remember the eye make up remover and the rose water toner?) that takes me back a while now! 


This was actually quite an impulse purchase for me, as I went into town specifically to go to Superdrug to buy my bits and pieces, which included a repurchase of one of my favourite micellar solutions from Garnier. However I ended up passing by Boots as a girl just can’t help herself, and this was on display on the shelves near the door and once I noticed the insanely low price tag – I thought it was worth picking up even just to try – and I’m so glad I did! 

This product is extremely low-fuss, which is what I love so much about micellar solutions. They contain believe it or not – micelles – which are kind of spherical molecules. The molecules sort of sit in the water and once applied to the face they split and open up, then close again, capturing inside the micelles everythjng we don’t want on our face like dirt and excess sebum. That’s the best way I can describe it. How sciency! I love it! 

I’ve tried three micellar solutions so far, four including this one. My first ever one was the cult favourite “Bioderma sensibio H2O”  which back in the day was extremely hard to get hold of as it is a French product – so a visit to eBay on a monthly basis was a must for me to get my hands on it. I think it’s now available in the UK, however with the release of about a hundred different types of solutions from UK brands I thought I’d try some different ones. I’ve tried the original L’Oréal one and also the Garnier one – both are extremely similar. 

I feel like most standard micellar solutions are all pretty much the same. I haven’t seen much of a difference, however I always felt like the Bioderma cleaned my skin better and left less of a residue compared to the other two. This Boots Botanics one is very similar to the Bioderma. I absolutely love it – it was on offer when I bought it for little more than £2 which is amazing when you consider the price of Bioderma. 

The solution contains hibiscus which has natural AHA’s which naturally exfoliate the skin – making it appear brighter. Hence it being part of the All Bright range. It also contains benzoic acid so I believe it would be good for acne prone skin as this type of acid is good as an anti-inflammatory and also helps to kill bacteria. 

As far as the formula goes, most micellar solutions just feel like your applying water to your face on a cotton pad but the results are anazing. There’s no need to rinse after use but I sometimes do if I’ve had a lot of make up on. Normally I use this as my first step in my two step cleansing routine. (I have been requested to do a skincare routine, so watch out for that video coming soon!) it’s also worth mentioning that this micellar solution like many others can be used on the eyes and lips and will remove even waterproof mascara. It has a very VERY light scent, it smells clean, quite medical-like but nothing overpowering that might irritate the skin. 
Hope you enjoyed this post – let me know if you pick this up. I’d love to hear your thoughts, I’m always looking for a mega-bargain and this product really delivers the results of products much more expensive! 

Until next time ~ 

Lucy 

NEW: Superfood Face Masks from The Body Shop

So, to break my blog post rut that I’ve been in over the last few weeks, I thought I’d talk you through and review one of the new exciting releases from The Body Shop which is their new “superfood” face masks range. I plan to make this blog post as informative as I possibly can (so please bare with me as we have a lot to get through!)IMG_20160803_220133

It is known that women all over the world have been making their own face masks for hundreds of years using natural ingredients and there has definitely been a rise of this in the modern world recently with the help of YouTube tutorials and the introduction of Pinterest – which allows women (and men, of course) to research different recipes to apply to their face.

With these masks The Body Shop have taken five recipes from around the world and have made them into five super food masks to be readily available to address different skin concerns. Three of the range I have are pictured above, and the other two are “Chinese Ginseng” and “Ethiopian Honey”. I will briefly explain the purpose of these two masks and then I will head onto a more in-depth review of the ones I have tried and tested.

The Ethiopian Honey mask is to deeply nourish the skin, it contains Murula oil from Namibia and olive oil from italy, along with of course community trade honey from – you guessed it – Ethiopia. Honey helps to nourish the skin whilst the lightweight Murula oil helps to improve the skin’s elasticity – these two alongside the omega-9 enriched olive oil helps to combat dryness and revive your skin. This particular mask is 100% vegetarian and contains natural Community Trade ingredients – woohoo!

The Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing mask is quite creamy in texture and can be used to brighten a dull complexion as the ginseng helps revitalise the skin whilst the rice extract naturally brightens and moisturises. This mask also contains Community Trade sesame seed oil from Nicaragua which is rich in oleic and linoleic acid, helping to soften the skin. This mask is also 100% vegetarian.

 

Ok, so now I’m going to move onto talking about the masks that I own and have tried – with these three I can also give an in-depth explanation on the feel of them on the skin and also the results after application. So without further a-do lets begin with…

Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow MaskIMG_20160803_220236

The only way I can truly describe this masks is to say that if a clay mask and a mud mask had a baby and threw in a whole bunch of amazing ingredients – this mask would be the outcome! It contains bamboo charcoal from the Himalayan foothills which is known to draw out excess oils and impurities. It also contains organic tea tree oil sourced in Kenya which is well known across the skin care world for purifying the skin and improving oily, acne-prone skin. This is what gives the mask a very strong scent which personally I like, as it smells very natural & herbal. Inside the mask there are visible green tea leaves which spread across your skin, these are sourced in Japan and are rich in anti-oxidants which help nourish the skin as well aid exfoliation.

This mask is definitely not suitable for people who have extremely sensitive skin. The tea tree oil is very strong and even on my normal-ish skin it definitely has a strong tingly feeling. When it comes to skincare products I always go by the motto that tingling is good, burning is bad! So if you try this mask I would encourage you to bare that in mind! However if you love a good clay mask I would 100% say give this one a go! If you’re not local to me, find a consultant and ask for a sample. Guys and gals near to me, hit me up and I’ll sort you out with a little pot!

This mask dries hard on application and I normally leave it on for about 15 mins and steam my face to help remove it as it can be quite difficult to get off if I’m honest. However afterwards, hand on heart, my skin looks and feels amazing. It feels so soft and my pores and blackheads are nowhere to be seen. I use this once or twice a week – I wouldn’t recommend using it any more than that as I feel unless you are extremely oily that this could dry your skin out if overused.

Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance maskIMG_20160803_220325

I feel like to start with I must forewarn you that using this mask is quite frankly like applying raspberry jam to your face. In a good way, of course. This mask is right up my street as I’m all about using fruit acids to naturally exfoliate my skin, making it appear brighter and smoother and this mask ticks all those boxes for me. The masks contains Brazilian acai berries which are EXTREMELY rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins which naturally help fight the signs of skin fatigue. it also contains guarana seed extract which is also sourced in Brazil which is known for having a high caffeine content and energy boosting properties. Also helping to soften and sooth the skin is the Brazilian organic babussu oil. This mask is also 100% VEGAN (yippeeeeee).

I don’t tend to use this mask all over my face – since getting these masks I have got into the habit of “multimasking” (like what I did there?) where you apply different masks to different areas of your face depending on your skin concerns. I tend to apply this one in particular around my cheek areas as that is the area of my skin that tends to feel a little dull at times! I am always happy with the results and when paired with the Himalayan Charcoal mask around my T-Zone by the time I’m finished my skin is having it’s own little party.

 

British Rose Fresh Plumping maskIMG_20160803_220259

Out of the three masks I’ve tried I’d probably say that this one is the most disappointing. Perhaps disappointing is the wrong word – so you should read on – but I feel like this mask will be the most over-looked out of the five, but in all honesty this little guy is really lovely for just a quick perky pick-me-up. I don’t find I have to leave this one for as long as the others and it just feels very light and refreshing. The smells is also lovely and it just feels soft to touch, to apply and it leaves my skin feeling in the same way. This one doesn’t wow me. But nevertheless that doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. This is why obtaining samples is so important!

The roses used in this mask are hand-picked here in Britain and help replenish the skin’s water reserves whilst gently exfoliating, which is how it helps to plump the skin. It also contains rosehip oil sourced in Chile, need I say more really? I could rave about rosehip until the cows come home because that stuff is simply amazeballs if I do say so. It helps with everything but in particular I find it useful to fade scaring, repair and give my skin an all over even texture. Also in this mask is aloe vera all the way from Mexico which is very well known for it’s calming and soothing properties. I’d say this mask would be a winner for dry, sensitive skin. This too is 100% vegan and again I’d recommend getting a sample.

So that concludes my review. I really enjoyed doing this one as skincare is right up my alley. One of my favourite things about The Body Shop is that by using their products I know what ingredients I’m putting on my face and where the ingredients are sourced from. I also love that the ingredients are mostly Community Trade which means it helps the local people in that area to be more sustainable. What could be better than that?

 

Hope you enjoy reading this post. Again let me know if you’d like a sample. I don’t believe these masks are available in stores until late August but you can buy them from your local consultant (wink wink, me) now. 🙂

Until next time

 

~ Lucy

UPDATE: Where have I been? YouTube thoughts & chit chat…

Hello my lovelies, it’s so nice to be able to come on and talk to you all. 

Firstly I need to start by apologising for being so absent on the blog recently, I know many of you enjoyed hearing from me and I’ve been having a few questions from people asking when I will be posting regularly again – to which the answer is, soon! I promise! 

I’ve been so busy recently doing different things – I work full time and have another job as a little side project and along with everything else life has to offer I’m afraid I haven’t really had much time to sit and blog. Despite what a lot of people might think, blogging actually does take up a lot of time and I can spend up to 3/4 hours working on a post as I am a bit of a perfectionist – and I also like to make sure I’m creating good, informative content. 

The same goes for my YouTube channel. My eyes have really been opened over the last few weeks regarding making videos – I’ve realised just how fake some youtubers are and that deeply saddens me. Since brands have been getting into contact with me it’s become more clear to me that certain youtubers will just tell you anything’s good just because they’re being paid and I just don’t think that’s cool. So I decided I will start making videos again when I can think of unique content to put out there where I’m not telling you guys I absolutely love everything because let’s be honest, it’s simply not true! I hate conformity and I just want my blog and Youtube channel to be a place where I can be myself and not put on a face as that’s just not me. If you have any requests on any videos you would like to see then please let me know because at the end of the day as much as I enjoy making the videos myself, I love interacting with my followers and putting things out there that people really want to watch and read. 

As I said previously I have been very busy with work, we are going down south in a couple of weeks to see some of my husbands family which will be lovely. And today I bought myself a new car which is long overdue! I’m so excited to pick it up. 

Sometimes it’s important to take time for yourself and I’m sure you guys all agree – thanks to you all for your continued support 🙂 

~ Lucy 

What’s in my June Birchbox?

Can you believe we’re already in June?! I swear this year is going by so quickly! Ever since we got married in February the days are just flying by. So I’m now 3 months into my Birchbox subscription and I loved doing my last blog post on what was inside May’s box (you can read that post here) so I thought I’d share what products I received this month….

Jelly Pong Pong Paradise Pigments shade “Fig Jam”DSC_0040

This is such a cute product! I absolutely adore cream products as I think they look a lot more fresh and natural looking on the skin. I remember years ago when I first started out with make-up I was always told to stay away from bright shades like this and I remember there being a photo of me in the school play looking like a clown with bright pink cheeks! But as I’ve grown up and learnt to apply make-up properly (if you like) I do love a flush of colour!

The colour is definitely intense and the product is very pigmented but you can sheer this out by using the SMALLEST amount on your cheeks to give a natural looking healthy glow to the skin. This product can also be used on the lips – and we all know how much I love a multi-purpose product so this is a winner for me!

DSC_0043

I particularly like the formula of this product as it’s very hydrating which means it’s not going to make your cheeks or lips look wrinkly and dry. The instructions for use say to blend onto the lips then use the excess products across the apples of the cheeks and to be honest that would be exactly what I would do.

DSC_0047

You can buy the product here for £17.95 with free shipping 🙂

 

Percy & Reed Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray

I’m so pleased that I’ve received another hair care product this month as I’ve not been disappointed by any that I’ve tried so far. Plus I love getting mini samples as they are great for travelling and throwing in my bag. To be honest I don’t really stray too far away from my Ellnet Precious Oil Hairspray as I find that it does a good enough job for what I need it for, however this hairspray is really nice.

DSC_0049

The description claims an “ultra-fine, humidity resistant, crunch free” spray which is going to allow you to brush out and restyle your hair should you wish which I always find handy especially when I’m playing with different hairstyles which I quite frequently do when I’m bored! DSC_0050

The packaging is nice and so is the nozzle, it feels quite “high-end” for a mid-range product and I would definitely consider buying a full size. If you’re interested you can purchase the full size (250ml) here for £12.

 

Huygens Le Gommage Visage Face Scrub

Before I go any further in talking about this product I’d just like to clarify that this is a face scrub! My husband always tells me I need to be more specific in blog posts (even though it says it on the photo?!) as I tend to ramble on about products – automatically presuming people know what I’m talking about but apparently not everyone “knows as much about beauty as you do!” Oh shucks, Stu. Thanks. Moving on…

DSC_0060

Even though my preferred method of facial exfoliation is to use a chemical exfoliate, sometimes it is nice to get into those nooks & crannies with something gritty! Exfoliating your skin is very important if you want you make-up to sit nicely on your face and it also helps to reveal the new skin cells that make you look more glowy and alive. This scrub is suitable to use on a daily basis as it is quite gentle. If you do suffer with sensitive skin, maybe only use this two or three times a week. It is quite creamy in texture and the “beads” are made out of rice powder particles (no microbeads, yay!) and really helps to purify the skin, giving you a deep cleanse.

DSC_0061

It does have quite a strong scent, I think possibly a mixture of citrus & lavender? I’m usually rubbish at trying to describe smells so if you do know what it is please let me know! You can purchase it here for £17.90

 

Whish Coconut Milk CC Body Cream

I wasn’t expecting to like this product much, but it has surprised me a lot.

DSC_0051

When I first got it out of the box I looked at it thinking “what on earth?!” but surprisingly it’s actually a very nice product. It’s a body cream with shimmer running through it. It makes me think of those shimmer sticks you used to have as kids where you’d just roll the glitter all over your entire body (lol). Isn’t it amazing how your childhood can even put you off beauty products?!

DSC_0053

You can sort of see the subtle shimmer in the picture above. It is becoming more popular at the moment, particularly now its summer, to use shimmer on the chest, shoulders and legs to give a healthy glow whilst you’re out in the sun. It can also be used to highlight the areas of the chest to give you more prominent collar bones and an enhanced cleavage.

DSC_0054

When you first rub the product into the skin it’s very creamy and has the slightest tint to it. It smells heavenly (so heavenly) like coconuts and holidays. But it blends out to give a really subtle glow to the skin – as seen below.

DSC_0056

I can’t tell you how good it smells. It’s worth a look at simply for the smell alone! You can purchase it here for £24.70 – however I do think it’s quite a steep price for only 142ml of product.

 

Absolution Le Nettoyant Purete Cleanser

DSC_0058

Last but not least, let’s talk about this cleanser. From the packaging I was expecting it to be more of a cream cleanser but once I opened it I realised it was a gel. It does foam ever so sightly but it claims to not leave the skin feeling dry after you wash it off. I haven’t used it yet to test this theory but if you would like a more in-depth review just let me know. It contains natural ingredients such as chamomile and oats which are naturally softening. It does have quite a strong herbal scent – definitely not my favourite but I’d be willing to see past the smell if the cleansing properties deliver.

DSC_0057

Probably the product I’m least excited about this month. But if you are interested in reading more about it you can purchase it here for £26.

 

 

So that concludes the blog post! I’d say my favourite products are definitely the Fig Jam pigment, the Whish CC body cream and the Percy & Reed hairspray.

I hope you enjoyed reading this, if you subscribe to Birchbox let me know what you got in your box. If you do try out any of these products let me know what you think!

Until next time…

~ Lucy

May Favourites

Hello lovelies!

As the month of May ends and we’re already two days into June (how did that happen?!) I thought I’d do a round-up of my monthly favourites – products I loved and used a lot during May including make-up, skincare & body care.

Without further ado lets begin…

Make up

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation, £9.99 from Superdrug

IMG_20160602_102511

I’ve gone back to this foundation over May after not using it for a few months, I love the Bourjois Healthy Mix serum but I like that this foundation has a bit more coverage. It has a great fruity smell as it is infused with fruit extracts to give skincare benefits. I find on my skin it has a medium coverage that’s definitely buildable. I have dry skin and I don’t find this settles into my lines or clings to dry patches – even if I set it with a powder which I normally do if I’m going to work. This is a great every day foundation and is fantastic quality for the affordable price.

 

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette, $14.50 (approx. £10) bhcosmetics.com

Screenshot_2016-06-02-10-28-32-1

I’m still loving this palette you guys, it’s just so perfect! The palette comes with 10 eye shadows and 4 highlight colours – the quality is stunning, the packaging is lightweight yet very pretty. The eye shadows are perfect to create every day looks and there are a few smokey shades which you can use to vamp up your make-up during the evening. The highlight colours are especially beautiful. The first two colours are great for paler skin tones and the last two perfect for darker skins – although I do like to mix the last two with my bronzer for a sun-kissed glow being the pale skinned girl I am.

 

Stila eye-shadow in the shade “kitten” £12.00, boots.com

Screenshot_2016-06-02-10-28-39-1

I discovered this beauty in my make-up collection right at the tail end of May but I just HAD to include it in this blog post because it’s such a stunning product – I can’t believe I forgot about it. What I love about it most is that it’s so universal – it makes a GORGEOUS cheek highlight colour, very intense…so if you like to look very glowy then I really think you should give this a try. I also use it in the inner corner of my eye, the bridge of my nose and on my cupid’s bow for the same purpose. It’s also great just as a wash of colour all over the eyelid if you’re in a rush. It’s a beautiful champagne colour and I just think it’s perfect.

That concludes the make-up faves…onto round two…

Skincare

Body Shop Oils of Life range, purchase products here or send me a message for discounts and deals. 

IMG_20160602_102437

This range continues to amaze me, since becoming a Body Shop at Home Independent Consultant a couple of months ago I’ve enjoyed testing and trying out their products – and for me this is the range that stands out. I’ve always been a fan of using oils on my skin (blog post coming soon!) and the Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil is stunning. What’s even better is that 99% of the oils in the product are from natural origin. It hydrates my skin very well but does not feel greasy at all – and you only have to use around three drops for your whole face so the bottle will last you for ages.

The cream is another favourite – it’s quite thick in consistency but feels lightweight and moisturising on the skin. I use it as a night cream and sometimes in the morning as well if my skin is extra dry.

The essence lotion has surprised me a lot – I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I do. It’s a mixture of oil and water so you have to shake it before use. You use it like you would a toner – to remove final traces of make up after cleansing and to prep the skin for products. I find that it makes my skin so soft and hydrated and that it would be really nice for people with slightly combination skin.

All the products in the range smell very good and are a mid-range product. Definitely a luxury treat but one you will not regret buying!

Moving on to round three…

Body Care

Body Shop Pinita Colada Body Butter £14.00, purchase here

IMG_20160510_200855 (1)

This was released mid-may and it was highly anticipated but us consultants. Set to be the Body Shop’s best selling summer product – this Pinita Colada body butter does not disappoint. The scent is a mixture of pineapple and coconut and is very much a summer/holiday fragrance. Of course the formulation is divine as are the other butters by the Body Shop. The texture is so light and whipped and feels incredible on the skin. I love slathering it over my whole body. I tend to get dry skin on my body in the summer and my skin hasn’t been the same since we got back from our honeymoon in March and this product has been my savior, will definitely be using this going into June as well!

 

Imperial Leather Foamburst body wash gel RRP £3.09 (currently on sale for £2.00) from Superdrug

IMG_20160602_102357

This product was given to me by my Grandma (thanks grandma, I know you’re reading this) and I just think it’s lovely. I have two of these both with different scents. I’ve not used anything like this before, it’s kind of like a mixture between a shower gel and a shaving cream/mousse texture. Weird right? When you squirt some out the bottle the gel foams up – so you only need to use a very small amount so I’m hoping the bottle with last me a long time. It’s very soft feeling and hydrates my skin as I use it. I find it good as a multi-purpose product as I do shave my legs with it as well. I’m extremely lazy when it comes to that stuff and I rarely buy products specifically for shaving so it’s great that this covers all bases. The smell is divine too. All round great affordable product that I’m glad I’ve come across.

I hope you’ve enjoyed having a nosey into what I’ve been loving and using throughout May, let me know what you think of the post, if you have any of these products or if you think you’d like to try them.

Until next time…

~ Lucy

Mini Review – Morphe Soul of Summer Palette

IMG_20160524_113845

Morphe Brushes is an American cosmetics company that has been on the rise in the beauty community for a while now.

I love the brand because they make really high quality make-up but are very affordable due to their no fuss packaging. After seeing rave reviews about their products I opted for an eye shadow palette – Morphe do a range of palettes and every different shade you can think of so rest assured they is something for everyone!

I bought this little guy from Cult Beauty  for £11.95  – which I thought was a very reasonable price. At the time of my order they had free shipping on all Morphe products so I took advantage of that, although I think they’ve ended that deal now. However at the time I write this post, they are giving free shipping on your next order when you sign up to their newsletter – which is worth it in my opinion as I begrudge paying for shipping!

Moving on to the palette review, it was smaller than expected, but I like that as it will be great for travelling. I usually prefer warm tones on my lids as I feel they compliment my brown eyes more – so this palette definitely ticks that box as most of the shades are warm. There is a mixture of beautiful colous – golds, warm browns, a burgundy shade and some rose gold shades. There’s a light champagne colour as well which I think is comparable to MAC’s “Naked Lunch” which is one of my faves. There’s a random cool tones grey/silver thrown in there which I didn’t think I’d use but actually comes in quite handy for doing a darker, smokier look. All the colours are shimmery so bare that in mind, I don’t find it to be much of a problem though.

The pigmentation is fantastic, there are no complaints from me about that. I didn’t need to use an eye shadow primer with the shadows but if I did I know they’d be even brighter. They wear really nicely and stay put throughout the day.

Overall I love this palette, I think it’s beautiful – as you can see from the photo it really stands out and I’m glad it caught my eye on the website.

I hope you enjoyed this mini review – it was fun for me to do & I look forward to doing some more in the future.

~ Lucy