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Friday, 26 September 2014

And the trainers resurface...

I remember when I set that horrible goal. I decided I would go running every week and get fit buuuttt it did not happen that way. I started off well, clearing a mile in under 15 minutes. And then, I slacked. I could never stay motivated enough to pick up the trainers and the iPod for 15-30 minutes of pure torture for me. Now I am fully aware that to some of you, this will look like a little and to some, a lot - Everybody is different. 

Now this leads me on to training with friends. I have a friend who's a fairly committed runner and when I told her I was starting running, she said: "we should go running together!". I thought this was a great way to stay motivated and on track but because she was a more experienced runner, I had to push myself a little too hard to keep up. My number one rule for running is not to go too fast. If you can run 8 miles an hour solidly for 40 minutes, great! Good on you but if I ran at that speed, I would most likely collapse after the first 30 seconds! Running is about finding a pace you're comfortable with and keeping at it. My advice would be to start slow! You can always speed up! ;)

Even though it pains me to do so, I must admit that my trainers have remained in a corner gathering dust for a while. However, hope is not all lost! I've recently been attending "boot camp" which is a really great group with a trainer that allows you to go at your own speed. I've found that training in a larger group is definitely the way for me as you can almost guarantee there will be somebody else of your standard there. I also think it makes keeping an even pace easier which I find to be very beneficial!

Do you do anything fitness related?
If so, what technique works for you?

Friday, 19 September 2014

Easy on the Eye

I'm not one to spend hours on my makeup on a day to day basis. I like to keep it simple. This means that I can do my makeup in a rush which happened a LOT more than I'd like to admit! My easy, go-to eye makeup consists of three products. Yes, THREE. This is the eye makeup I've been wearing lately:

First I use the Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl waterproof eyeliner on both my waterline AND my tight line (the upper waterline). I find that this makes such a HUGE difference to my eye look and lining the tight line (a step many people may be tempted to miss) is very subtle but makes your lash line look AMAZING! Contrast is so important to have and I love kohl eyeliner as I think it's one of the quickest and easyist (if a little scary) things you can do that makes the biggest difference. I love this eyeliner- it's very black and stays in place pretty much all day but it would not make much of a difference to me if I used another eyeliner from another brand. They're not too different.

I then apply the Soap & Glory eyeshadow in the shade "Pink T" from the Lid Stuff palette all over my lid with the Real Techniques shading brush to even out the colour of my lid. If I'm in a really tight squeeze, I'll skip this step.

Finally, I apply Rimmel's Extra Super Lash mascara. I picked this mascara up a while ago and didn't really like it - I would usually go for a plastic wand over one like this but after leaving the mascara for a few months (awful, I know), I wouldn't say that I love it but I certainly like it! It makes my lashes look long and fairly volumous. It's not waterproof which I'm not so keen on but it is super easy to remove (see, I told you this look was easy!) which is great as I'm a tad lazy at removing makeup and tend to just use wipes. 

What products do you use in a rush?

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The Perception Trilogy by Lee Strauss

A few months ago, I stumbled across a book called "Perception" by Lee Strauss. It was free (is now £1.64) on the Kindle store so I decided to download it and give it a whirl. I read it on holiday and soon became hooked - I read all of the three books during the week! 

This book had not been recomended to me or anything and I really enjoyed reading a book that I had no expectations for. It almost gave me a sence of freedom and I felt as if I was allowed to despise this book, if I really wanted.

I found this book to be very thought provoking with a bit of everything in it. It made me think literally NON STOP about the future and equality. All I wanted to do was read more - I couldn't get it out of my head! I was thinking about it weeks after I had finished the books. Can you tell I'm obsessed?

This trilogy had me gripped for all of the three books which does not happen very often with a series. It was definately an enjoyable, gripping and thought provoking story but still a light read and I believe that Lee Strauss should have a lot more recognition for her amazing work.

One thing I would say is that the first book was fairly slow to get going but as Zoe's character grew, it became more enjoyable.

Have you read Perception?