The Pre-Holiday Pamper

I’ll be doing a trip report for my recent trip to Thailand but before that I thought I’d follow up my previous post with the pre-holiday pamper routine, because, as any beauty girl can attest to the fact…that’s half the fun of going away!

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Exfoliate: In preparation for the faux tan, every other day, for a week before, I exfoliated with a sugar scrub from Soap & Glory. The perfect ratio of grit and moisturising oils – to save your skin getting dryer than the Sahara before you can grab the body lotion.

Hair Removal: Alternating with the exfoliation, a week before leaving, I got out the epilator. For those areas I’m too chicken to attempt with said torture device, it was a good old razor!

Moisturise: I love the Body Shop body butters, and this limited edition Virgin Mojito has to be one of my favourite scents. The perfect summer smell and wonderfully thick to keep my skin nice and moisturised especially after exfoliation and epilation.

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Tan: I tanned 3 days before and again the day before I went away. My absolute favourite brand is St Moritz applied with the cheapest mitt I can find. 4 years in competitive cheerleading and I think I have the application + formula nailed. The lotion version was out of stock in my local Boots, so I picked up the mousse and dare I say I preferred it?

Mani/Pedi: I skipped the mani as I’d be on the beach and just opted for a spa pedicure at my local salon. I emerged after an hour with baby soft, beautified feet, pedicures are worth every penny for me.

Tints: 2 weeks before my departure I headed to the local Benefit Brow Bar and Arianne worked her magic. The best Benefit Brow Bar experience I’ve had to date. Then 2 days before the departure, along with my pedicure, I treated myself to some HD lashes and I’m still loving the results. Goodbye mascara.

And that’s it. I love pamper routines and this is the first time I properly organised myself and it was so much fun. So over to you friends, what are you must have pre-holiday treatments?

Caley xo

 

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The Review: Protein World Slender Blend Trial

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I found myself in a bit of a rut, I eat fairly healthily but like all people, enjoy the odd treat. I work out twice a week and walk about an hour every weekday. Not too bad, not too good. So in order to kick start my motivation and feel more confident on my recent holiday I thought I’d try the Protein World starter kit (currently 1/3 off in Superdrug). In the kit you receive a recipe book, 1 weeks worth of protein powder separated into 40g portions and 1 weeks worth of multivitamins & ‘slender blend’ pills. They recommend taking 2 shakes and 2 of each pill a day plus one meal and two small snacks.

I made my dinner meal plan based loosely on the recipe book and loaded up my shopping trolley with unsweetened almond milk and frozen berries for the rest of my ‘meals’. For breakfast I settled on frozen berries with 250 – 300ml water + 100ml almond milk and powder and it was really tasty. For lunch I struggled more because I really missed my salad, so I ended up (just for ease) having plain water or almond milk and powder usually around 1.30-2pm. For dinner then I would have something simple like salmon or chicken with little to no carbs.

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The Review

It seriously helped me budge those few pounds lurking around and I now feel way more confident about the way I look. I’m also much more motivated to keep up with my exercise and healthy eating to stay looking this way. This was such an experiment and has just given me the kick start I needed to get re-motivated. I found also that I didn’t bloat, didn’t have energy crashes after lunch and generally had a nice even level of energy throughout the day which kept me motivated not only to exercise but also work during my day job.

My least favourite part of the whole experience was taking the pills, they were quite large and I found all the caffeine in these and the protein powder meant I didn’t sleep as well as I normally do. But, this pack was a complete trial for me and in terms of negative effects I don’t count this as too bad.

I definitely think I would do this again, however I’d tailor it more towards me and just skip the slender blend pills completely. Once I found what worked for me recipe wise using the protein powder, I generally enjoyed the experience and found it so easy and fuss free.

Favourite Breakfast
– 250ml water, 100ml unsweetened almond milk, handful mixed frozen berries, 40g vanilla protein powder
Favourite Lunch
– 400ml coconut milk, 40g vanilla protein powder
Favourite Exercise
– 30 min circuit

Pros
– Fairly immediate results
– Easy to do for short period of time
– Once I found a nice recipe, was quite tasty
– No post lunch energy slumps
– Re-motivated my interest in staying fit and healthy

Cons
– Shakes got boring
– Craved physical food
– Taking so many pills
– Not feeling in control of what I was putting in my body

In total I’ve lost 4lb in 1 week. Have you tried slender blend before, or anything similar. What did you think?

xoxo

Trip Report :: Lytham StAnne’s

At the end of last year the boyfriend and I took a trip up to Blackpool to see some of his family. We only had a few days but made the most of it by seeing as many things as possible. I’ll be breaking up this trip report into two parts, starting with Lytham StAnne’s which is just outside Blackpool.

We headed out early for breakfast in Lytham then wandered around the small boutiques, finishing off in a branch of the famous Booths where everything was gearing up for Christmas.

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Later we drove back towards Blackpool to St Anne’s wandering around the charity shops bagging a few records and stumbling upon an antiques warehouse full of wonders. A late lunch at the Olive Tree Brasserie and then a final stop at the Lytham Windmill and there ended our day. It was wonderfully relaxing to wander around and explore, eat good food and be suitably blown around by the Northern air!

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Caley x

The Boots Haul

So I ran out of pretty much all my beauty essentials at the same time, cue a trip to my favourite Boots. I’ve edited out the ‘fun’ highlights like mouthwash and cotton rounds and left you with all the interesting goodies. So let’s get into it ::

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Dry Shampoo – I love the Batiste tropical dry shampoo but going to try this as a change, it smells good is all I know so far. Luckily I don’t have to worry too much about the product being white as I have light hair anyway.

Tan – I cannot recommend St Moriz enough I think it’s great. I usually just go for the lotion but they had sold out so I’ll be interested to see how this mousse version fairs.

Foundation Sponge – I’ve been so interested to try out a beauty blender type product so finally took the plunge with this Real Techniques version. I’m not entirely sure I’ll have the patience every day to apply base with this but it’ll be interesting to compare this vs brush vs fingers with the same foundation.

Eye Cream – I don’t need anything fancy for my eyes at the moment, no amount of cream is going to erase my under eye circles. So I went straight the for the French pharmacy section where you find amazing skincare products that are fuss free, great value and generally fantastic.

Powder – I succumbed to the blogger/YT hype and bought this powder, my L’Oreal true match is on it’s last legs and I brought it along with me to match my shade in store.

I can’t wait to try out all these products, especially as I left the entire bag at my parents house for over a month! So it’s like I’ve bought them all over again. I’ll definitely report back on my thoughts of these in upcoming posts.

Caley x

Breakfast and Memorial Gardens

Sometimes nothing beats exploring around places near where you live, which is exactly what Matt and I did this past weekend. To start off though, we were celebrating some great news I received at work and decided nothing said celebration like breakfast out. We decided on Carluccio’s; I had toasted panetone, a latte and freshly pressed apple juice and Matt an eggs benedict and mocha.

While it was perfectly fine it definitely didn’t blow me away, I’m still on the hunt for the perfect breakfast spot. Too many options have eggs and I really can’t stand them!

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After breakfast we took the quick drive to visit the recently re-modeled site of some local war graves. After years of vandalism the graves themselves were moved but the beautiful red brick walls remained. Years later a group of volunteers got together to create a Memorial garden. Through the double gates, the infinity pool leads the eye forward to the simple memorial at the far end. Perfectly calm and quiet, despite being just meters away from a main road. The team really did a fantastic job and it’s a lovely place for quiet reflection and to honor those fallen. I hope to revisit in the Summer when everything has had a chance fill in a little and the flowers are blooming.

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Have you been anywhere wonderful that’s just on your doorstep?

Caley x

 

Indigo Grey Booties

I first spied the Isabel Marant ‘Dicker’ boots on Jules and fell instantly in love. They have been in my memory bank ever since and after having to part ways with my beloved sand coloured stud boots there was a hole in my wardrobe for a grey/sand ankle boot. Enter these M&S Indigo beauties.

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They’ve lost the subtle country and western detailing and the heel shape of the I.M versions, but otherwise I think they’re a darn good match. They’re neutral enough to go with basically everything and currently I’m wearing them either with jeans or tights and a dress, but I can’t wait to rock them with cut offs or flowing summer dresses. Being M&S, they’re well made, really comfortable and true to size.

For some fab style inspo head over to Jules’ blog ::

Caley x

2015 Best Moments

Following on from last week’s post, I thought I’d round up some of my top moments from 2015. I had an amazing year and I’m full of excitement for what 2016 has in store too.

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  • Spent quality sibling time with my brother at Harry Potter Studios
  • Visited Asia for the first time, China to be exact which was a fantastic culture shock
  • Landed a job in a huge multinational company, working with fab people and feel happier and more appreciated than ever before
  • Watch my boyfriend launch his first EP with his band
  • Met all the bae’s at London’s first Beauty Con
  • Watched one of my darling friends complete her first 10k
  • Was spoiled rotten with a dream trip for afternoon tea at Claridges
  • Made an effort to keep in touch with friends all year
  • Took Mum up to London for a fab girly weekend
  • Saw Hunter Hayes in concert
  • Purchased my dream car
  • Took a freezing cold trip up to Blackpool, missed the illuminations (doh!) but had fantastic winter break, perfect for a pre-Christmas reset.

Caley x

2016 Resolutions

Happy New Year! It’s safe to say that this year I’ve fallen hook line and sinker for New Year’s Resolutions. This year however, rather than resolutions they are lifestyle changes. With that in mind I’m not setting unrealistic expectations and I’m certainly not going to be hard on myself if something slips as long as I hold myself accountable and pick them back up quickly.

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1) Health
– Be more aware of what I’m putting in my body
– Maintain weight but tone up with my weekly ballet and yoga classes plus my “7” app

2) Personal Development
– Take a creative class such as painting or photography
– Practice some sort of meditation at least once a week
– Read 12 books – I’ve signed up to audible so ‘read’ is a loose term

3) Money
– Start saving towards a house (mainly so I can get a cat!)
– Get on top of finances, know roughly what’s coming and going each month

Caley x

The Review: Skin Food Egg White Cleanser

The beauty world is buzzing over Korean skincare and makeup. On my trip to China this April, I picked up, among other things, the Skin Food Egg White Pore Foam cleanser. I’ve now been using it for 6 months and it’s almost finished so here are my thoughts on it.

I really enjoy using this cleanser, it lathers up unlike any cleanser I’ve ever used, it’s a thick foam that kind of reminds me of shaving cream. It doesn’t have any discernable scent and does a pretty good job at removing my makeup. But DO NOT get it in your eyes, I learnt the hard way! Egg whites are great for unclogging pores and controlling oils, therefore perfect for my combination skin.

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To use I massage a 10p sized amount in my hands before stroking across my face and massaging in for a minute or so then remove with a flannel. I’m then left with squeaky clean skin. It’s gentle but I do think the formula is more suited to the summer months, as the weather is cooling off I’m finding it a little too stripping.

The shopper in me is desperate to buy a new cleanser and finish this off later. But this NEVER happens. So I’ll finish it now and move on to a Winter appropriate one when this is all gone. I do have some Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish samples so I might mix it up if my skin really starts to rebel.

I’d give this cleanser a solid 4/5, it’s great value for money (around £14) but I’ve taken a star off as this doesn’t carry me through the year and it’s darn hard to get hold of this side of the World.

Caley x

Afternoon Tea at Claridges

This past weekend Matthew and I took a trip to London for my belated birthday celebration. The destination? Claridges for afternoon tea!

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect; clear blue skies and 25 degrees, the sunshine bouncing off the intricate red brick walls and art deco doors glinting. We passed through the revolving doors, across the black and white tiled floors and into the intimate tea rooms.

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littlelikes-claridges-02Next came a tray of mini scones and a tray of cakes and patisseries, so delicious. I started on the mini scones with clotted cream and the best jam I’ve ever tasted, ever! Seriously I could eat it every day and die a happy woman – that good. By the end of these we were really struggling; declining extra cups of tea from waiters and finding we couldn’t recline anymore and that our bellies were really were fit to bursting.
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However as if the staff couldn’t have been more attentive, we got speaking to a waiter and ended up talking about how we couldn’t get a table close to my birthday, but we still made it down. So he disappeared and reappeared with a darling lemon cheesecake complete with candle. So of course I managed to find some space for that.

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So we left with our cakes in little boxes ready to devour at home. *drool*. Everything about this experience was perfect, if you have the chance and don’t mind spending that sort of money then definitely give it a go. I honestly thought it was worth every penny and I’m already planning my trip back, next time for lunch.

Caley x

ps. Please excuse the blurry photos, I didn’t want to spend too much of my time getting photos but rather soak up every second of the experience.