Sunday, 10 August 2014

#BirchBloggers Review: Laqa & Co

LAQA & CO: BEES KNEES // LAQA & CO: MENATOUR

I'm all for trying a new lip product out, so when Birchbox appealed for Bloggers to try out Laqa & Co's Lip Lubes, I threw my hat into the ring!

Two of Laqa & Co's Lip Lubes dropped into my postbox in 'Bees Knees' and 'Menatour' and I have been trying them out this week. With application similar to a lip balm but with the pigment of a lipstick, the Lip Lubes are a pleasure to use. They have a fresh minty scent and are easy to apply on the go.

I am now eyeing up the other colours and 'The Boss Lady' is calling my name! The Lip Lubes are £14* and can be purchased on the Birchbox Website using the links above!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Jica Lash Extensions Review

JICA LASH EXTENSIONS £13.95* 
From time to time I feel slightly more high maintenance than usual and apply individual lash extensions on myself. I usually love the look of them, but hate the removal and subsequent stubby lashes I am left with whilst they re-grow.

Jica Lash Extensions came at the right time when I had recently removed some individual lashes and was feeling a little lacking in the lashes department. They are fibres that are applied to wet mascara and then sealed in with another coat of mascara, and I think you will agree the results are pretty good!

The lashes never go off and are really easy to apply and remove(!), the only tip I would give would be to ensure you are using a pretty wet mascara to ensure that they stick properly. I made the error of using an older, drier mascara and the fibres all seemed to end up beneath my eyes throughout the day!

I think this is a great product and for those of you who want the look of semi permanent lashes but without the faff of application and removal, this is the product for you!

Monday, 4 August 2014

uFit Protein Shakes


The lovely people over at The Protein Drinks Company recently sent me some goodies to try! As a part of my training regime I regularly up my protein intake by having protein shakes post workout. 

I would normally make my own shakes at home, but let's face it, sometimes that is inconvenient and I might have to rush somewhere after training so being able to pick up a pre-mixed protein shake is really useful!

I have so far tried uFit Milk with added muscle and uFit Pro, both of which were really nice flavours and I would definitely repurchase. I have yet to try the Collagen Beauty Milk, which I am informed is enriched with vitamins and antioxidants! The breakfast shake can be consumed in place of breakfast if you are short of time and if it is anything like the others I have tried I am sure it is lovely!

So if you are wondering why protein shakes are an important part of your training regime, I asked my PT Chris to explain;
"Along with making sure that you're hitting your base protein intake goal (as part of your daily calorie goal), it can also be important to take in protein (and possibly carbohydrate) post resistance-workout.  If we have broken down muscle tissue and used up a large percentage of muscle glycogen (sugar within your muscles) during a workout, we are in a perfect position to then 'refill' those muscles.  Having a liquid protein (+ carb) drink can be ideal as it is digested and assimilated quickly, assisting in repair and recovery."

You can purchase uFit Products from Tesco for approximately £2 per bottle, although I have currently found them half price on the Tesco Website so why not give them a try whilst they are a bargain!?

My Bedroom


A few snaps from my bedroom.. I always love looking through home posts on other blogs so I thought I would follow suit and post about my room!

I live in a rented flat so can't do too much with the decor other than add trinkets and stuff that can be removed at the end of my tenancy! I have gone with a fairly neutral theme and my love for Paris seems to have made it's way into my room by way of a couple of Eiffel Towers, a picture of the Champs Elysees road sign and a french stamp doorstop!

My makeup is housed in Muji acrylic drawers and my personalised sign picture was from NotOnTheHighstreet.com. All those places are special places to me so I absolutely love it!

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Desk Essentials

Hi guys!

I thought I would do a post about my desk essentials seeing as (some of you may have seen this news on Twitter) I am starting a new job in September! Wooooop!

I firmly believe that seeing as you spend the majority of your waking hours sat at your desk at the office, you should make it as nicer place as possible. I love making myself at home and having nice stationary and bits and bobs around me.

I always ensure I have a variety of stationery to make new project planning feel all profesh and less daunting! There is nothing like using a new notepad for the first time!

I like to personalise my space with coasters, trinkets and pictures to help me keep grounded if I start to feel stressed. I love my Instagram Coasters from PaperHappy via NotOnTheHighStreet.com, and I love the Eiffel Tower Ring Dish from ASOS (as pictured above). Knock Knock Stuff (you can buy it off Amazon) is brilliant for quirky stationery bits that have a bit of personality.

It's worth keeping nail polish remover, hand sanitiser, a nail file and some hand cream in or on your desk so you aren't left with a nail emergency all day! I have Laura Mercier Hand Cream with the Almond Coconut Scent on my desk and every time I put it on I get compliments. Plus if someone has broken office etiquette and had a slightly fragrant lunch that is lingering in the office I like to put it on so that my immediate personal space smells nice! At £13 it isn't cheap but it is worth every penny! I got mine for my birthday, use it most days and I still have it now at the end of July..

What do you like to keep on your desk?
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