Tuesday, 30 July 2013

MyProtein Haul

Hey everyone, different kind of post from me today. I've wanted to branch out including some health and fitness posts on my blog for quite some time now but was unsure how many of you wanted to read it but I thought, what the heck, I'll do it anyway.

I've upped my gym schedule by a few more times a week compared to months ago, as well changing my entire routine too so I thought I'd tell you about the products I've been using to get to where I am today. Myprotein.com is the daddy when it comes to affordable sports nutrition and supplements. I mainly use it for a few main items which I'm about to tell you about, but could happily spend a lot of money on there!

Maxitone Pink Shaker
MyProtein kindly gifted me with a couple of items to try out over the past few weeks and I thought I'd tell you my first impressions. It's important to know my current routine first so you can get an overall idea of my fitness level. I'm currently going to the gym around 3-5 times a week depending on my schedule and my main focus is spinning classes 3 times a week. The idea of them at first was laughable and I never would have stepped foot in one had I not been bullied into it a little bit. Now I'm so glad because I realised I love it. The adrenalin and rush of knowing how much you've achieved in 45 - 60 minutes is enough to keep me wanting more.

I have daily protein shakes and for the past few months have been using the MyProtein Vanilla Impact Whey Protein which is amazing. Last year I tried the Maxitone Sculptress range and it has to be said, it was terrible. The lumps were so big and it tasted disgusting, I just couldn't drink it. It put me off protein and I wish it hadn't for so long as you will see if you try this that they're nowhere near alike. For a huge price difference, the Impact Whey from MyProtein is easy to mix, goes well with water or milk and you get tons of it.

L-R - Impact Whey Protein Vanilla & Impact Whey Protein Cookies & Cream* - £14.99 per kilo
The Vanilla Impact Whey is great but I fancied a change. That's where the Cookies and Cream* stepped up. It's exactly as nice as it sounds, you wouldn't think it's that good for you really! I prefer to mix my protein with milk post workout although it does slow down the protein digestion. Can also feel a little heavy on the stomach pre workout.

Another product I've been trialling and is completely new to me is BCAA (Branched Chain Amino Acids). BCAAs are essential amino acids which are required to maintain lean tissue. Unlike other nutrients, BCAAs are metabolised in the muscles directly instead of in the stomach. They are also good for people who are on a calorie deficit diet as they will help prevent your body from using muscle as energy when your fat and carbohydrate levels are low.

To save time when I'm on the go, I usually mix the BCAA and Impact Whey Protein in my shaker and they seem to go well together. The BCAA reviews stated that the taste wasn't the best but I completely disagree. I'm fussy so if I don't like something, I just won't have it. The berry taste overpowers the cookies and cream but mixed with the vanilla they work really well together and I can down them quickly pre and post workout.

BCAA - Berry Blast*- £14.49 for 250g
Just to see how much of an impact the BCAAs have had on my body, I did a little test and decided to take them every day for a week pre and post workout and then not take it whilst exercising for a week to see if there was any difference. Let's just say I only managed 2 days without taking it. I felt so weak, lethargic and could barely make it to the end of my workout. I'm not exaggerating when I say I can't cope without them now. One other thing is that you use a tiny amount (5g) 2-4 times a day so although the bag is only 250g, this will last you at least a couple of months, maybe longer. 

Overall I'm really happy with MyProtein and wouldn't shop elsewhere for my supplements. Their shakers aren't as good as my pink maxitone, but you can't have everything!

Would I recommend the products?

I would certainly recommend them all. The BCAA's especially has made a huge difference in terms of my fitness. I feel they have really helped push me further, whether it's just mentally or physically. I'll keep an update over the next couple of months to see how I progress. These products have completely changed my workout and I will be re-purchasing over and over!

I'd be interested to know whether you would like me to do more fitness type posts or maybe even create a separate blog? Let me know what you think.

If you are looking to try out MyProtein products, then check out Fitness Discount Codes, as they have a range of discount codes and coupons to save you money.

Little disclaimer: although the BCAA and Cookies & Cream protein was gifted for review purposes, I recommend them completely and have plenty of their products to vouch for how good they are.

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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Milk_Shake Active Milk Mask

Lately, due to the rare sight of sun and the humidity, I’ve had to quickly change up my hair routine completely and use different products. I changed my hair from blonde to my more natural shade of light brown and natural looking ombre blonde ends which means that my hair isn’t quite as damaged but it’s got so dry recently. I’ve been relying on masks to help me get some moisture back into my hair and trying not to wash it as often as I was (every other day).

Milk_Shake Active Milk Mask (200ml) - £13.69 Hairtrade*
I’ve been swearing by the Milk_Shake Active Milk Mask which is 200ml and hasn’t lasted me too long. I’ve been using it for 2 months now quite often and I’m at the very end of the tub now so I need a replacement soon! The mask has the signature Milk_Shake scent which I love. Another story about the Milk_Shake products though..If you follow me on Instagram/Twitter, you may have seen that I had a fall out with one of their products, the whipped leave in conditioner mousse. I know I’ve rambled about the heat enough, but since it was so hot, it decided it had enough and exploded in my drawer causing all of my products it was beside to be covered in foam. It was a sight and my room still smells of it! Thankfully I managed to salvage all but one product, but lesson to be learnt. I’m staying well away from foam products in future!

Anyway, rant over. The mask is very creamy and I concentrate on the ends but it’s moisturising enough to use on my roots very lightly without making it greasy. My scalp can get greasy very quickly and I also have dermatitis which means other than shampoo, I stay clear from all products on my scalp. I’ve enjoyed using it as the scent lingers after drying my hair which is always a winner and although it only lasts a few days before getting dry again, I still love it.

The downside, it’s not the cheapest hair mask compared to my runner up favourite Herbal Essences masks, which does the same job. If I spotted this on offer I would definitely buy this again, but I don’t love it enough to re-purchase. Milk_Shake are usually on offer on Hairtrade.com

Which is your favourite hair mask? I’ve tried the Macademia brand too recently after getting a few samples from a couple of events but it actually made my hair weighed down and greasy. Thumbs down!

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Thursday, 18 July 2013

NOTD - Barry M Blue Moon 317 & Greenberry

Barry M Blue Moon 317 - £2.99 Superdrug (currently free UK delivery until 30th July!)
Barry M Gelly High Shine Greenberry - £3.99 Superdrug
Hey everyone, just a quick post today to show you my "creative" nails of the day. I'm so lazy when it comes to my nails and is it just me, or does anyone else get so impatient waiting for their nails to dry they ruin them all anyway?! Yep, most of mine is already scuffed within minutes of doing my nails but oh well...

I kept it quite simple as my nail varnish never lasts long and it doesn't look as great on camera it seems as it does in real life. My right hand turned out better though which isn't pictured, a minor excuse! My base coat was Barry M's Blue Moon 317 which is a very pale blue. It's a really nice polish but I think we've been spoilt recently with their Gelly high shine polishes, they're too good! It takes a few coats to get the coat that looks similar to the packaging shade but it's still a bargain at £2.99.

The one thing I dislike about Barry M is the brush. I find it very small and hard to work with. My ideal polish would be the consistency of the Gelly shine range and the brush of the Essie polishes! Not too much to ask though, right? I used Greenberry on my accent ring fingers which compliments Blue Moon well I think. The glitter at the edges just gives it something different, plus I have so many glitter polishes that I've not used in so long that I'm worried they'll dry up in this heat!

It took a mere 5-10 minutes and little effort but as long as they look pretty, then it's worth waiting. Anyone else find they want to do everything when they've just started their nails, go turn on the tv, go to the toilet..

What's your favourite nail shades this Summer? Are you a lover of the Barry M Gelly polishes too?

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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Where have I been?

Hey everyone, for the past few days I've been away and I thought I'd share with you where I went, just in case any of you fancy a lovely, relaxing break away. I went to Aberaeron, which is in West Wales, just South West of Aberystwyth. It is by the sea, which was lovely and I could definitely live by the sea I've decided!

I found the place we stayed a couple of months ago when I was searching on Pitchup.com. I have used the site once before to book a camping pod. It was a great experience but me and my Boyfriend thought we'd try something different. After lots of searching, we came across Fisherman Cabins. The cabin is a beautiful, vibrant blue and I was even more shocked when I turned up and saw how beautifully decorated it was inside. Wow, the beds. They were seriously so comfortable. Forget the camping, beds are where it's at!

It had everything you could need, a little mini fridge, a kettle, toaster and a microwave. There was even a BBQ outside for us and a fire pit. Bliss. We were attached to another family but that didn't bother us too much until night time. I'm such a light sleeper and I could hear a bit too much!

It was heaven waking up and going to sleep by the sea and I couldn't have dreamt for better weather. The sunset was our favourite thing to watch when we were having dinner outside too. We made a little fire one of the nights on the beach and it was bliss. Rekorderlig and all I needed was marshmallows! I had to wait quite a while for my Boyfriend to make the fire, but shhh. It was a massive achievement for him..

One of the days we drove to the nearby town of New Quay (not to be confused with Newquay, Cornwall. Although just as beautiful I'm sure!). My dream came true, I saw a Dolphin in real life. Ever since I was a little girl I've wanted to see one up close, I'd never even seen one in an Aquarium so I was so happy. Obviously I tried my hardest to get a snap, but they were so unpredictable I only managed their tail...There were some lucky people in Kayaks that were really close to them, they're too cute.

This was our view from the edge of the garden, nearby Horses and a bit of the pretty private beach
Our door step to the beach.
Our cabin
I'd definitely go back here but think we were so lucky with the weather, if it stays like it is right now (fingers crossed) then it'd be perfect! The owners are incredibly lucky to live there and I wish it was a closer drive to us. It took around 3 1/2 hours to get there due to most of it not having motorway but it was well worth it.

If you want to stay at this particular place then the link is here and I couldn't recommend it enough if it's in your travelling distance.

Have you stayed somewhere different recently? Are you going on holiday soon? 

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Monday, 8 July 2013

Summer Make Up Picks

How was everyone's weekend? I'm loving this weather but the major downfall? You've guessed it, hayfever. For those of you lucky enough not to suffer from it, you should know how much of a pain in the bum it is! I' have to change my make-up as I'm prone to rubbing/scratching it all off throughout the day. Drugs do not seem to work for me! With that in mind, I thought I'd show you my most recent every day picks.

L-R - Maybelline Rocket Mascara £6.79 Feelunique | Origins VitaZing £28 Debenhams | Clarins BB Cream* £22.40 Escentual.
 As you can imagine, the first place I need to change up my makeup routine is my eyes. I completely get rid of any eyeshadow, eyeliner, it's too much fuss and irritates my eyes. Without any mascara I look a good few years younger but I just feel bare. For the last few weeks, I've been using the Waterproof Maybelline Rocket Mascara. It's the best waterproof mascara I've ever tried. Granted it's hard to remove, but that's the whole idea of it being waterproof. It stays on which is the main thing and doesn't give me panda eyes even when I can't help but rub them throughout the day!

Origins VitaZing is a second Summer favourite. It's light, covers my skin nicely in SPF15 and gives me a nice tint without being too dark. I will continue to re-purchase this. It's the best moisturiser, full stop! I got it originally in this set here which was an amazing steal. Bring it back Origins!

Clarins BB cream in light is a bit of a newbie to my collection but another that I've been loving non-stop since I got it. It's a bit heavy for every day as I'm a bit worried about it breaking me out so on good skin days, I prefer the Origins VitaZing. I've already done a whole review on it not long ago so make sure you check that out.

L-R - Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Blush RRP £19 Debenhams | Rimmel Stay Matte Transparent £3.99 Feelunique | MUA Bronzed Perfection £3
These are my ultimate top 3 so they're pretty serious items! First up, I just love dusty pink blusher. Peach shades just don't look right on me and I much prefer a light pink without looking too much like a doll. It was love at first sight when I spotted Bobbi Brown blush in shade 41 Pretty Pink. Perfect description. I got it from the CCO (Cosmetic Company Outlet) for just over £11 which was a bit of a bargain in my eyes. It's still for sale too so even better. I'd re-purchase this again definitely.

Rimmel Stay Matte powder probably isn't a huge surprise to any of you. Like most of us, getting shiny in the Summer isn't too much of a great look, unless it's a nice subtle glow so for that, I prefer to use the Stay Matte powder to get rid of any extra excess sebum (nice!). It's amazing for £3 and I need to purchase another one for my handbag too actually. Combining this with the Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets and you're on your way to a matte finish.

MUA Bronzed Perfection is another product I've had for quite some time now. It's a huge product and doesn't even look like I've had it so long. That's my only problem with this bronzer, it's too big to travel anywhere so I have to get a replacement since I'm on the go quite a lot. Another bargain at £3 and I'm probably going to still have this next Summer!

What are you favourite makeup items for Summer? Do you have any hayfever busting tips?!

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