Wednesday, July 27, 2016

3 Changes For a Healthier Lifestyle

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Hello muffins.. hows it going? Today's post is one that I'm pretty excited about, and is inspired by Clinique and their new difference maker campaign. The whole campaign is centered around the idea that small changes can have a big impact in both a woman's life and their skincare routine. Now, I am TERRIBLE for actively making little changes to make my life happier/easier - despite being shamelessly good at complaining about it - so, as soon as I heard about this one, my tickle was instantly pickled.

SKINCARE
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The first change I made was, of course, skincare related. Clinique's a brand I hadn't had much experience of in the past but I was totally sold after only a couple of uses. It's a three-part routine; cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise, which I absolutely love because it makes me feel like a real, functioning adult. Firstly, one will need to find out which products are right for one's skin type, which you can do here (I'm skincare type 2: Dry Combination FYI). Step numbero uno is the liquid face soap, which is just an all round lovely product to use. It cleans your skin thoroughly without leaving it dry or tight and comes complete with sassy little pump mechanism. The next step is my favourite, the clarifying lotion. It's a very gentle exfoliating lotion which works to de-flake your skin (sexy) and leave it nice and smooth before moisturising. Simply pop a little bit on your cotton pad and sweep it over your skin and hey presto! Your skin feels all lovely and tingly after you use it and very, very thoroughly cleaned. I should add that both of these steps, whilst giving a good clean, are extremely quick; it's all over and done with before you know it, which is perfect for an impatient little bee like myself.

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Last but not least, ze moisturiser. It's a really lovely moisturiser and you don't need a lot of it either. It doesn't leave skin oily but does leave it well moisturised, hydrated and soft - which you know I like longtime. And there we have it! A skincare routine I can absolutely get behind.

EXERCISE
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So, the next little change I made was exercise. I use this term very loosely. I got really into the gym last year, going three or so times a week - I know, I don't know who I was either - but then I kind of fell out of it and it got to the point where I hadn't really done any exercise bar walk in the space of three months. And by walk I mean walk to the shops to buy chocolate and Chinese. Being the typical girl I am though, I was still moaning about my weight at least five times an hour and wondering why my jeans were starting to stop all blood flow to my legs. So, I've been slowly easing myself back into it, starting with one or two metafit classes a week. For half an hour sessions they really are absolute killers, I was having to lower myself onto the toilet using my bath for days after the first one because I couldn't feel my legs. However, they do work (evidently) and it's been helping me mentally, too, that little bit of exercise. I still do love a good bit of chocolate but, y'know, baby steps.

SO, someone has quite rightly pointed out that weight loss does not necessarily equal healthiness so I just wanted to loop back and touch on this in case I gave off the wrong impression. What I meant was that what finally kicked my butt into gear was wanting to lose a bit of weight (and have my jeans not hurt my ovaries anymore), not that skinniness equates to healthiness.  When it comes to exercise it is, indeed, things like an increase in fitness and strength and endorphin release that help both physical and mental health, which in turn lead to a healthier lifestyle, not at all what size you are. Getting a little trimmer and toning up was just my personal reason for getting started back on the exercise wagon. I hope that clears that up and I do apologise for not being clear enough on that initially!


READING
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Last but not least, READING. NERDING OUT. HUZZAH! Reading's always been one of my favourite things in the world and I'd made absolutely no effort to do it recently. I'm forever saying I don't have the time, but then I'll sit on my phone and waste half an hour, so I made a conscious effort to put my phone down and pick up a big papery bit of goodness instead and, I have to say, I feel wonderful for it. A couple of months ago I put in a larger than expected order on Amazon and added twelve new books to my life. Reading's one of the only thing that I can get lost in (my head's a horrible, fast-paced 5000 thought-an-hour place) so it's been great to switch off for a little. Here's a couple of the best ones I've discovered recently (it's not pictured but We're All Damaged had me doing really big belly laughs on public transport, buy it and don't say I didn't warn you). I'm sure you've all heard of the tearjerker that is Me Before You but, if you haven't read it already then you absolutely need to! I cried like a child - open-mouthed, very attractive - for a good half an hour and then had to take a shower to calm myself down. Another amazing one from Jojo Moyes' is Last Letter From Your Lover, which is another weepy one (again, embarassing incident on public transport situation) but in a lovely, uplifting way. Oh, god, I want to cry just thinking about it. If anyone has any good book recommendations then please, please let me know in the comments below! I seem to be getting through my 12 at a surprisingly rapid rate. 

And there we have it, my simple steps to a better state of wellbeing (could be the ponciest thing I've ever said but I don't care). I hope you likey!

Amy

Clinique’s 3-step system – can 1 change make a difference? Yes. See for yourself and pop into your nearest Clinique Counter:
www.clinique.co.uk/locator #DifferenceMaker

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A(nother) Big Ass Wishlist


As always, just click on the image to be taken straight to it!

Today's post is, exactly as the title implies, one big ass wishlist. As always, I've been browsing through t'interweb on my frequent tea breaks, squirreling away pieces for a rainy day. I'd gathered quite the collection so I thought it was about time I put them to good use and shared them! As you can see, there's quite a mix in there - from evening dresses to swimwear and everything in between. I'm quite the eclectic shopper, yes. The little red trousers, uneven hem jeans, floral boots and green midi dress in particular are tickling my pickle, but I did already buy the Sister Jane big-sleeved top... giggle giggle I'm a monster giggle giggle. Let me know what your favourites are below!

Amy 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Lovebox With EOS

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Hello! First up, thank you so much to everyone who entered my giveaway to win the tickets and EOS survival kit - I had such a laugh at some of he entries and I genuinely would have let them all win if I could (apparently that defeats the purpose of it being a competition though).

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Today what we have is a little photo diary of my time at Lovebox and Citadel festival with EOS, because you know how much I love a good photo diary. I took my little bruv along with me who, I won't lie, completely outdid me on the festival outfit front. We started off at EOS's 'Wall of Discovery', which was filled with some of their organic and natural lipbalms and sweets and is honestly one of the best things I've ever seen. 

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As you may remember me saying, it was my brother who introduced me to EOS years ago, so he was in his absolute element. He can't get enough of the Sweet Mint flavour whereas I'm more of a the best seller, Strawberry Sorbet gal myself, although I'm yet to find a flavour I don't actually like. They're completely gluten free and good enough to eat (just in case the queue at the food stall in too long).

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They're bloody perfect for a festival too; my lips get really dry when I'm in the sun all day and, because of the shape of them, you're not having to stick grubby festival-fingers in and out of a little pot. They're all nice and natural and organic and filled with the good stuff, packed with vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jobaba oil, so your lips are left soft as a babies butt. Plus the COLOURS, oh the colours.. it's like having a little ray of sunshine in your pocket. 

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The festival itself was wonderful; we hung out in the artist's lounge for a bit which was exciting, not least because they had cocktails in pineapples, and then headed through to see some of the acts and dance our little butts off into the night. 


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Once again, thank you so, so much to EOS for such a wonderful day and for keeping my lips in tip-top condition! What about you lot, have you tried EOS? If so, let me know your favourite flavour (I'm determined to try them all). 


Amy

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

I've Got Blue Hair!

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... This probably won't be news to you if you follow me over on Twitter or Instagram but, yes, my hair is now Smurf-coloured! And it was done the the wonderful ladies over at Number659 who I couldn't recommend more. I actually only went in for brown (lol) but after perving through their instagram and seeing how shamazing they were with colour I decided to go grey-blue. As you can see, it was bleached first (which I'm kind of thinking might be the next colour I go for, I did enjoy being a temporary Malfoy) and then dyed blue; a dark denim colour at the roots, leading into an icy blue at the ends. The best part is that it changes slightly every time I wash it - it's currently sitting at a nice silvery-blue colour that makes my heart tickle. If anyone has any questions about the process/styling la dee da then leave them below and I'll put together a little post with some answers soon!

Once again, thank you to the little hair wizards that are Kirsty and Stacey for giving me the mermaid hair of my dreams!

Amy 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

REVOLVE Lovin'

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REVOLVE dress (get 15% off with the code 'TAKE15') | FOREVER21 boater hat | ASOS lace-up platforms

Hiiiii, look at me being all girly. Strange isn't it? If there's one place I can trust to do a good maxi dress, it's Revolve. The first one I ever added to my collection was this blue one here, which you may or may not remember, and now I have this lovely white bebe to add to my collection (with another coming to my wardrobe soon - I'm an animal, I know). The only thing I would say is that it's a little, how do I put this, crotchy? The slit does sit quite high so there is that risk of flashing a sliver of pant. Makes life that bit more exciting though, doesn't it? Or you could save it as a bikini-only dress.

Anyway, like I was saying, Revolve have 15% off everything until midnight tonight, just pop the code 'TAKE10' in at the checkout and you're good to go! Here's a few other Revolve pieces I've been wearing this month in case you're in need of any inspiration. Terrible influence aren't I.

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REVOLVE ripped knee jeans & strapless top (sideboob all my own)

And some of my current favourite pieces on site:




Amy