Monday, 14 July 2014

MUA Shimmer Kisses Bronzer

MUA Shimmer Kisses Bronzer* in Shimmer Kiss £3 - Superdrug |

I'll admit when this first fell onto my doorstep I didn't really think much of it. I'm not one to really use shimmery products and the four individual shades didn't really excite me. So when I was looking for a highlighter in a hurry the other day finding this was a bit of a disappointment... but then I swirled all the colours together!

The subtle peachy shade this creates (on the far right) is right up my street and looks great when my skin needs a bit of a perk up. The shimmery white shade is also handy for popping in the inner corners of my eyes when I'm out on the go. (No need to chuck in a full eye shadow kit!)The chunky packaging isn't to everyone's taste and although it makes it harder to fit in my make-up bag it does mean I stand less of a chance of breaking it! But with it only costing £3 it's hardly breaking the bank to have to replace it...

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

101 Things in 1001 Days | #2

So sadly I didn't finish my last attempt at one of these... But it's almost a new year (academically speaking) so I thought I'd make a new one and really start doing all though things I've always wanted to do. I'm in a totally different mind set now and I want to make all of the amazing goals and ideas I've had a reality.

the aim: complete 101 tasks in 1001 days. 

start date: 7th July 2014
finish date: 1st April 2017
number of tasks completed: 3/101

red text = finished with completion date
green text = in progress

1. write a letter to myself to open in 10 years time
2. sleep under the stars
3. complete my degree
4. go vegan for a week
5. go glamping
6. go to hampton court flower show with mum
7. got to the henley regatta
8. go to a spa with mum
9. get a tattoo
10. find and reach my 'happy weight'
11. go skydiving
12. go and see a chelsea match with my dad
13. go to wimbledon
14. milk a cow
15. ride the circle line the whole way round
16. plant a tree
17. expand my vocabulary by 100 words (0/100)
18. sing karaoke in a bar
19. have dinner by candlelight
20. make homemade pasta
21. go skinny dipping
22. kiss in the rain
23. make cake pops
24. grow and cook my own vegetables
25. ride in a hot air balloon

26. learn to skate board
27. ride in a helicopter
28. go to a film premiere
29. do exercise regularly (8/7/14)
30. learn to belly dance
31. do yoga/pilates (7/7/14)
32. see the northern lights
33. travel alone somewhere
34. watch all of the lord of the rings films back to back
35. perform with my brother
36. send a secret in to post secret
37. try epilating
38. spend an afternoon reading in the park
39. learn how to alter clothes
40. go paintballing
41. fast for one day of ramadan
42. visit a food festival
43. leave 10 anonymous post it note messages in borrowed books [0/10]
44. learn to play an impressive sounding piece on the piano
45. create a budget and stick to it
46. drive a car round a motor racing circuit
47. visit an ice bar
48. give 5 'i saw this and thought of you' gifts [0/5]
49. visit 3 uk cities i've neevr been to before [0/3]
50. send someone flowers, just because

51. send 10 people letters, just because [0/10]
52. redesign my blog to make it something i'm really proud of
53. buy a new bed
54. attend a show at london fashion week
55. try absinthe
56. write a list of things that make me unhappy and burn it
57. do a 5k race and run the entire thing (no stopping)
58. learn to pole dance
59. workout with a personal trainer
60. fly first class somewhere
61. create something on a pottery wheel
62. take part in operation beautiful
63. hand in an assignment a week early
64. kiss someone at midnight on new years
65. join a gym/exercise class and actually go (9/7/14)
66. go fruit picking
67. build and light a bonfire
68. leave a bunch of flowers on a strangers gravestone
69. learn how to write my name in chinese
70. see cirque du soleil
71. make a patchwork quilt or cushion
72. cook 10 recipes from pinterest [0/10]
73. take a road trip
74. complete the 30 day shred
75. buy something from a shopping channel

76. learn to knit
77. attend a midnight showing of a movie
78. participate in a protest
79. start a saving plan for my nose
80. be an extra in a movie or tv show
81. make some handmade cards
82. say no to 5 things i don't want to do, but would normally agree to just to make people happy
83. get out of debt
84. attend a future cinema event
85. learn how to use photoshop
86. get eyebrows done professionally
87. attend a taping of a tv show
88. be a zoo keeper for a day
89. learn to drive an automatic car
90. go to glastonbury
91. learn to like/tolerate beer
92. buy a world map to stick up and cover in pins
93. complete my gold duke of edinburgh
94. go to the ballet
95. go to the horse races
96. make a gravity defying cake or a rainbow cake
97. turn my favourite quote into a piece of art
98. go inter-railing
99. do 100 press ups
100. swim with dolphins
101. on day 1001 start a new list with anything I haven't completed and some new goals

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Rosie gets Healthy | Nakd Bars

| Nakd Bars in Rhubarb and Custard, Cocoa Orange, Berry Delight & Cocoa Delight |
I'm having a great time at the moment experimenting with a variety of different 'eating styles'. I found out about a month ago that I may have an intolerance to gluten and  as a result I am currently trialling a semi-dairy and gluten free diet. So when I saw these in the supermarket I was super excited! The main ingredients in the bars are dates, cashews and raisins mushed together with a little natural flavouring (depending on which you choose) and that's it! I have to say I was definitely intrigued... I always endeavour to make my meals as clean as possible (meaning made from natural ingredients, so nothing processed) but I definitely find this really hard to do all the time, especially when it comes to snacks. These are what I've been searching for and I couldn't wait to put them to the test!

The texture of the bars it a little strange at first and requires a bit of getting used to. They are chewy but you can taste the texture of the cashews as well. The first one I tried was 'Rhubarb and Custard' mainly because I'm not he worlds biggest rhubarb fan and I wanted to get it out of the way! I have to admit I don't know how much it really tasted like rhubarb, but it certainly tasted super healthy and I really enjoyed the unique flavour it had! The 'Cocoa Orange' flavour was just... WOW. You could smell the orange as you opened the packet and the cocoa flavour is really subtle making it not too sweet. This was similar to the plain cocoa flavour. Subtle but still with a lovely clean almost chocolate-y flavour. The berry flavour is very subtle but you can definitely taste them in there! It was gorgeous just so indulgent tasting but so clean.

These are definitely something I will be purchasing again but I can't be sure that I could go 100% clean all the time. Somehow I'm not sure this could compare to a cookie or some cake every once in a blue moon! But for now I'll be sticking to my 80/20 rule and these will definitely be part of it!

Big ♥,

Friday, 11 July 2014

Life Lessons I Learnt From Yoga

1. Taking YOU time is necessary
I am happy to admit I hate being alone. I thrive being around people and can get very easily lonely but that means my mind is permanently awake and never really gets a break. Although Yoga isn't something I do alone I spend the whole time in silence and a large proportion of the time with my eyes closed. I found that this sensation of being by myself really helped me to calm and centre myself and I've begun to discover the joy of spending time with myself doing things that I love.

2. Strength is not only physical
When you're trying to learn a new pose, obviously you need physical strength but ninety percent of the time it's a mental block that is stopping you from fully committing to it. The same goes for life. Your emotional strength is so important and is what gets you through. It is what makes you gain that physical strength. It's what makes you want for more. It's what gets you through all those hard times when you thought you couldn't give any more. And that is what I aim for.

3. Holding onto anger is pointless
I am not one to hold a grudge. By that I mean, after a good month or so I can move past a situation enough to be civil. But having been to a session holding onto more rage than is healthy after 90 minutes of stretching and bending it all seems to just melt away. It all seems unimportant in the grand scheme of my life and as a result I now live by the 24hr rule. Will it matter in 24hrs? No? Then why be angry? Take a breath and move on. Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and waiting for someone else to die.

4. Age is nothing but a number
I have never been able to headstand and I watched men and women 3 times my age sit upside down for 10 minutes at a time, stretch further than me, move quicker than me and quite simply excel above most people in that room, and why shouldn't they? Hard work and persistence is what makes that happen, how many years you've been on the this planet and how people perceive you should be able to move have no little input. Age is only a number if you want it to be.

5. There is no substitute for hard work
Lets face it we all know those people who seem to get everything handed to them on a plate but there really is no substitute for knowing that you truly earned something and put in all that effort yourself. It's that feeling of pride and satisfaction in achieving a goal that really makes it all worth while. And that day I finally get my headstand you better believe I will be so damn happy and proud of myself that everyone within a 5 mile radius will know about it!

6. You need to make time
We all live such busy lives now days that it's near enough impossible to totally switch off. I was one of the guilty ones, constantly saying 'I don't have time'. But the truth is you have to make time. Just 10 minutes of 'nothingness' and you come back so much more fresh and focused. its just making that period to do it in. Make time for the things you love. Even if it means getting up a little earlier.

7. You don't need to tolerate negative energy
We all want to be happy, so why to we put up with so many things that make us so unhappy. My parents always taught me 'if you don't love something don't do it'. Don't put up with those negative feelings. Don't force yourself to do something you hate. And the same goes for people. It's not selfish to cut someone from your life if they bring negativity into your life. I have very few people I dislike but those I do I find bring the wrong kind of energy into my life and make me unhappy and as far as I'm concerned no one should have to put up with that.

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Rosie gets Healthy | TREK Protein Flapjacks

| TREK Protein Flapjacks £1.39- Holland and Barrett/ Some Supermarkets |

I'll be honest I've never been a big flapjack girl, I'd much rather have a piece of cake. But when I found out I had to start cutting gluten out of my diet I had to start looking for alternatives and that's where these beauties came in.

I found them when browsing the gluten free aisle in the supermarket and anything with chocolate or coconut in it immediately has my attention. I'm also not great at reaching my daily protein needs so any I can get is great for me and these contain 9g, significantly more than my usual treats!

To be honest they taste like your standard flapjack but obviously with the additional flavours. I LOVE the cocoa coconut flavour. It's so delicious with a cup of green tea after a workout as a bit of a treat. And although it said on the packaging that they contain 'protein crunchies', I couldn't taste these really so if that's not something you're not keen on I wouldn't worry.

Although these are a little on the pricey side, I have occasionally seen them on offer and there is a variety of flavours available (although not all are gluten free). I'm definitely happy to pick up one of these as a treat instead of a chocolate bar!

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