Thursday, 29 January 2015

Paradisio

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I refrained myself on the latest Chanel make-up collection, allowing myself a single purchase to satisfy my nail polish addiction. Adding to it Paradisio from Chanel's 2015 Spring Collection. Not really like any other colour I own (the closest being Nouvelle Vague). It is a beautiful pastel green shade with delicate gold shimmers running through it. I liked the other shades in the collection also of course but thought this would have more options with which to compliment the rest of my make-up. I think a pink or orange lip will look good, or even a bright red if I'm in the mood for something a little more dramatic.


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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Wella Luxe Oil: Review

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I was recently contacted by Regis to try out some products from the Wella Luxe Oil range. I must admit I have never tried a single item from Wella before, so was very interested to try them out. I was sent the following products...

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                                                        Keratin Restore Mask - £21.50                                

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I generally like to give products a thorough testing before imparting my newfound knowledge on here. But what I have found with hair products, whether for review or not, is that I can tell immediately if my hair is going to react well to them (or not as the case may be).

I think changing hair products every now and again in itself is a good thing for my hair, as my hair really seems to react well to a product change. So that said, I have only been using these products for a few days, but so far have enjoyed very good results.
As in my last hair product review, I will give a brief synopsis of my hair type, as a few things have changed since last time. I still have frizzy hair which hates damp conditions (unlikely to ever change unfortunately), my hair is of average thickness and getting more prone to greyness as the years go by. I said last time that I was trying not to wash my hair everyday but that has since changed, as I hate the feeling of unwashed hair. I doubt it is healthy washing, using products and heat everyday, but I do it anyway. I use a semi-permanent hair colour still every month (and have done for 20+ years) which gives the most amazing shine and condition.
I have used the products I was sent by themselves and also alongside some of my usual products, the latter option being my most preferred. I like my hair washing products to give a smoothing effect to the hair follicles and I then like to use some products to inject a little more volume back into my hair so that it doesn't end up looking lank and greasy. So I will guide you though all of the products I use on a daily basis and give you my overall thoughts on the Wella Luxe Oil range.
I started off washing my hair with the shampoo. I use quite a lot of shampoo so I doubt this bottle is going to last me very long but it lathers up really nicely and one wash is enough. I then used the conditioning mask more as a conditioner than a mask that you would leave on, but I still found it conditioned my hair really well. As a whole the shampoo-conditioning mask combination gave the desired effects I look for of shiny smooth hair.
I then like to use a coconut leave-in conditioner spray for de-tangling purposes. And after combing out my wet hair with a wide toothed comb, the next product I tried from the Wella range was the Boost Essence, sprayed onto damp towel-dried hair. Easy enough to apply before I then work in some Kerastase volume gel and heat protector spray before starting to blow-dry my hair with the hair dryer. After straightening, I then move on to the Light Oil Spray which sprays to a very fine mist, before finishing off with a tiny amount of dry shampoo under the top layer of my fringe to give it some texture and stop it going greasy throughout the day.
Final thoughts on this range is that I found the fragrance to be very light and pleasant. The overall feel and appearance of my hair gave a very glossy finish and made the hair itself seem very light as though it had been salon blow-dried. The packaging and products themselves seem very luxurious, the champagne gold finish on the bottles is very chic. Overall I was very happy with the range and wouldn't hesitate to try out more products from Wella in the future.

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In Association with Regis Salons

Sunday, 25 January 2015

My Workout Routine

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Since my last post on exercising two years ago, I thought I would go into a little more detail on what my regime involves. I try to go to my Healthclub three times a week. I would love to go more and do other things in addition to this but as with most of us, time is very much against me.

As I am mostly on a fat-burning mission, I choose exercises that are cardio-based rather than toning, although those are something I have spent a lot of time doing in the past also. Maybe when I get to my ideal weight, I will consider those again. But for now, I'm happy with the fat-burning.

So this is my current routine, I should probably mix it up more so that my body does not get used to it, but it is what I feel most productive in doing anyway:

• Stretching - 2 mins
• Cross Trainer warm-up - 5 mins (burns approx 30 calories)
• Treadmill Interval Walking~Running - 30 mins (burns approx 280 calories)
• Bike fat-burn/manual - 15 mins (burns approx 80 calories)
• Rowing machine level 6 - 5 mins (burns approx 45calories)
• 100 sit-ups
• 20 squats against an exercise ball against the wall
• Stretching - 2 mins

In addition when I have more time, I will also add in:
• 4kg arm weights - 20 reps x 4 exercises
• 4kg weights - 40 lunges

I prefer to go to the gym with a gap in between so that my body can repair itself - usually Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday or Sunday. I would really like to add in some toning exercises such as Body Balance or Pilates which I have done a lot of in the past. I think these are a lovely Sunday morning exercise. And also I really like a Sunday evening to go swimming and use the sauna, a very nice way to end the week I think. I will usually swim 40 lengths of a 25 metre pool, sometimes splitting them in two and relaxing in the sauna in between. But this is in reality a rarity, finding other more productive ways (ie blog) to spend the evening, (lining up blog posts for the week ahead instead).

I have some iPhone apps that help me out and keep me motivated when I exercise, coming up in another post very soon.


Thursday, 22 January 2015

Chunky Knit

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So in love with these chunky knit hats I recently ordered from H&M. I had originally spotted something similar on my Instagram feed and managed to track these down for a very low cost. I'm such a hat wearer, so very pleased to add these to my collection.

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

In My Bath Tonight...

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Amandopondo Bubble Bar - containing rose with lemon and orange oils, this has a lovely sherbet-y aromatherapy fragrance. My bathroom is still smelling of it one week on. I split this bubble bar in half and still have plenty of bubbles.

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