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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Getting My Sweat On – Fitness Focus Monthly

One thing about working with a personal trainer is that you are constantly discovering: new exercises and whole new fitness regimes, tips and tricks, better techniques (usually when you’re doing something wrong), as well as the latest learnings on diet and nutrition.

And if your trainer is half as good as mine, they’ll also listen to your needs and concerns, and be patient when explaining something over and over again if you haven’t quite grasped the concept!

It’s fair to say that I’ve learnt an awful lot from PTs over the past few years. And something I’ve been doing an awful lot of recently is documenting my gym journey on Instagram (over at Face Up Fitness* if you want to follow me).
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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

July’s Empties – And Favourites


It's a bumper crop of personal skincare heroes in my latest empties pile. Bodycare also gets a decent look in but makeup is nowhere to be seen!
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Friday, 5 August 2016

Body Fat Scales - Do They Work?


I haven’t weighed myself in years. I stopped when I realised there was little value in doing so. Bathroom scales only tell you one thing – how much you weigh. They don’t tell you how that weight is distributed, so a reading can be misleading and not a great indicator of health.

If you recently started going to a gym and combining weights with cardio, for example, you will almost certainly weigh more now than you did before you started. That’s because you’ll be gaining muscle and losing fat – the former weighs more than the latter.

But I can guarantee one thing – you’ll be looking better for it. Hence my assertion that standard bathroom scales are not a great indicator of fitness or health – yet I bet most households still own a set and a lot of diet programmes still focus on weight loss!
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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Two Fantastical Revlon Professional Hair Stylers – the Straight and the Curly



 
If our hair is naturally curly, we want it straight. It it’s straight, we want it curly. That’s how it goes, isn’t it? Hence the abundance of products available for styling our hair how we want it to look, not how it would end up looking if left ‘au naturel’!

My hair when left to dry naturally is schizophrenic. Bits of it are curly and bits are straight – it’s not quite sure what it wants to be! So styling products are an absolute must, as is a hairdryer and styling tools.
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Friday, 29 July 2016

*WIN* Urban Decay Naked Vault – Twitter Comp [ENDED]


A really quick post to tell you about a very exciting comp just launched on my Twitter - to WIN an Urban Decay Naked Vault. I know!

It’s a simple Twitter follow + RT. So, all you have to do to enter is follow both myself and @UrbanDecay and RT the original tweet, which you can find pinned to my Twitter profile here.

I know the Naked Vault needs no introduction but here’s a quick recap: it contains every single Naked Palette and is worth £185 – if you can still get hold of it that is (I saw it on ebay last week for over £200!)

Rules:
-    RT and Follow @FaceUpBeauty and @UrbanDecay
-    Comp ends midnight Thursday 4th August 2016
-    Open to UK residents only
-    Urban Decay will post the product to the winner 

Best of luck!
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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

NEW: DHC Rich Eye Zone Care Pack – A Quick Fix for the Entire Eye Area


If the skin around your eyes is a particular concern (and let’s face it, it’s the first part of our face to show signs of ageing), then skincare-infused patches are a good way to give it a bit of a boost.

They contain ingredients specifically for the delicate skin around the eyes, and generally they are cheaper to buy than full sheet masks which cover the entire face.
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Friday, 22 July 2016

In Conversation with Josh Wood - ‘The Guardian of Colour’

When it comes to hair colourists they don’t get any greater than Josh Wood, ‘the Guardian of Colour’ as he is fondly known. As well as being Wella’s global creative director of colour, he also runs Josh Wood Ateliers, where looks are hot off the catwalk, and he also has his own extensive range of haircare products (you may have seen them stocked widely in M&S). 

A few weeks back at a Wella event in London where the brand was showcasing new and upcoming launches, I had the honour of interviewing Josh. He was a total gent- warm, charming, easy going, inspiring and so much more. What did I want to talk to him about? Managing grey hair!
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