Current Skincare - How I Cleared My Skin

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Current Skincare - How I Cleared My Skin

Now, a lot of you will start reading this post thinking I’m going to tell you there’s a magic tablet, or a magic cream, that makes all of your skin issues disappear almost overnight. But unfortunately that isn’t and will never be the case, and if it ever is than I dread to think of the damaging effects it will have on your skin. Today I’m going to talk to you about the products I use, and what lifestyle changes I’ve made to help my skin get to where it is today.

I just want to make this clear here and now; my skin isn’t super clear, amazing, no visible pores, sort of skin but for me my skin is the best it’s ever looked. So if you don’t like it, lump it.


Let’s talk about how I take my makeup off; To take my actual make up off with I use a Simple make up wipe or the Garnier Micellar Water, to start breaking down the makeup and just get it off my face. I then use warm water, a muslin cloth and the OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel to start to cleanse my skin with. The OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel is fortified with a potent blend of bio-available vitamins and fruit enzymes; the formula gently lifts impurities, cleansing deep into the pores whilst removing dead skin cells without irritation. I then move onto my second cleanse, now this is the step that I hand on heart believe to be a major player for my skin clearing up; the Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser. This cleanser is tic soap-free and combines extracts of aloe Vera and vitamin E to softly hydrate the skin. I’ve found that it really gets all the impurities out of my skin and banishes them off my face. I then finish off with the La Roche Posay Serozinc Spray, this closes my pores and gives my skin that anti-bacterial film over it to protect again germs. 




Next up is lifestyle changes; changing your lifestyle sounds terrifying but it’s really not, if you make simple changes then they’ll be easier to adhere too;
-Change your pillow cases once a week, all the bacteria off your face/hair/body will be on your pillow cases so changing them once a week will help to tackle it spreading.

-Drink more water, blah blah blah, you’ve it all before but I can hand on heart say that if I don’t drink at least 1 litre of water a day, my skin plays havoc with me. 

-Always take your makeup off before bed; even if you’re falling asleep and you cannot keep your eyes open, at least take it off with makeup wipes, prevention is better than cause! 

-DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE, seriously just don’t. Imagine all the things you do with your hands in the day, .e.g. touching the dog, mowing the grass, touching door handles etc … now imagine wiping your face all over where your hands would have been. Gross. 

-Incorporate more greens into your diet, honestly there the skin superfood for fighting bad spots.

-Don’t overload your skin with product, the simpler your routine the better your skin.



But my number one tip for you is to give it time; it may take a few days of a few months for your skin to reap the benefits. Just be patient with it and only make adjustments suitable to your skin and lifestyle, it’s taken me to the age of 21 to find a routine that works, and I’m still trying to perfect it.

What are your top skincare tips? 
 
Emma x

How to Get the Most from Your Day

Saturday, 25 June 2016

How to Get the Most from Your Day

“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual” ~ Vince Lombardi

Everyone will always want to get the most out of their day; no one wants to feel unaccomplished or stressed that there not going to get anything done. So today I’m going to go through my top tips for getting the most out of your day, without being stressed and feeling proficient.


GET UP Waking up earlier is an amazing way to get more out of your day because you easily get more of the day. Now I’m not saying wake up at 5am but instead of sleeping in until 10/11am get up at about 8am, you get to ease yourself into the morning and will have more of the day to do things with.



MAKE THE BED The minute you get up, make that bed. Making your bed first thing will instantly help you feel more proficient and be one less thing to do after breakfast. Plus it’ll help your mind feel tidier ~ Cleanliness is next to godliness.


MEAL PREP You haven’t got to go hard core body builder style but if you know you want an omelette in the morning for breakfast, when you’re making dinner the night before chop up your ingredients ready. You’ll then be able to just throw them into the pan and save on time.



TO DO LISTS Don’t make them stupidly long, we all know you’re not going to get all 75 things done in one day. Instead write down your top 5 that HAVE to be done that day, so for me at the weekend that’s; Clean my car, Change the bed sheets, Go to Boots, Do the ironing / washing, and Pay all bills. See, easy and achievable!


TIME MANAGEMENT You don’t have to compromise on quality time to get more into your day, if you’re going to lunch with friends just make a reservation for 12pm instead of 2pm, the earlier you make it the more of the day you’ll have without feeling squeezed.

What are your top tips for getting the most out of your day?

Emma x 

That Pandora Feather Ring

Thursday, 23 June 2016

That Pandora Feather Ring 

I get so many questions about this ring, where it's from, what's the story behind it, when did I get it etc. So I thought I would do a blog post all about it, and give you guys a true insight into this stunning piece from Pandora.  

 
This is the Pandora Feather Ring, it is a sterling silver ring with a feather that wraps round the top of your finger and is encrusted with cubic ziconia gemstones. This beautiful ring has an extremley thin band that sits just under the base of your finger, so you have a comfterable but statment fit. I have had so many compliments on this ring and have been asked so many times where it's from, it goes with any outfit and paired with some thin silver bands alongside other fingers it can just make an outfit look so effortlessly chic.



 
This ring is also available in Rose Gold but as I'm only just warming to the idea of Rose Gold I think the silver is much better suited to me. I love the subtle yet intricate detailing of this ring, in each branch of the leaf it is covered in the cubic ziconia gemstones which makes it a real show piece in the sunshine or selective/strong lighting. The middle stem of the leaf continues round the ring which creates the base of the band and the centering for the leaves.


Have you got any Pandora pieces? What's your story behind them?
 
Emma x

I have not been sponsored to mention any of the above products, all opinions on these products are based on my own experiences.

M&S Beauty Box

Monday, 20 June 2016

M&S Beauty Box
I recently went to Marks and Spencer to try and get some Father’s day goodies and also because I found out that if you spent £40 or more, you go the M&S Beauty Box (WORTH £120) for a measly £10, so as you can tell I snapped this up like a croc. So today we will be delving into the M&S Beauty Box and I’ll be showing you all the amazing products you can get too, (plus there all perfect for travelling!).


FACE

RODIAL Dragons Blood Hyaluronic Tonic
A multi-function skin reviving toner for the face packed with hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture. This is a skincare essential that can be used to give an instant energy boost to the skin, as a soothing in-flight hydration treatment or to set make-up. Rose water and dragon's blood soothe sensitive skin whilst protecting against external aggressors. Vitamin B3 and zinc instantly brighten for a refreshed and even complexion. Skin is deeply hydrated, firmer and pores appear more refined.

M&S Pure Instant Hot Cloth Cleanser
This Instant Radiance hot cloth deeply cleanses polishes and conditions for radiant, smooth skin. Pure is about uncomplicated skin care; it contains 95 per cent natural ingredients that really work. Free from artificial colours, parabens and synthetic fragrances, Pure contains only responsibly sourced, natural British ingredients.

REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot
A gel-serum that instantly firms, lifts and plumps the skin to leave it looking dramatically smoother, tighter and more youthful. A liquid matrix of Hyaluronans supercharges the skin with firming moisture and encourages elastin synthesis to firm and remodel the skin over time. Skin looks dramatically lifted, firmer and more youthful. Provides optimal hydration both short and long term.
 

SUNCARE
 
ULTRASUN Face SPF 30
Incorporating the very latest skin care research and advances, Face 30 delivers very high, all day protection (UVA 98% Australian Standard and UVB SPF 30) with just one application. It contains Ectoin for active DNA and cell protection as well as S.O.D., an enzyme that effectively neutralises skin-damaging free radical activity stimulated by exposure to the sun. Its Boron Nitride (the Science of Softness) reduces fine lines and its formulation reduces the loss of the skin’s own moisture content, so there’s no need to moisturise.
M&S Sun Smart Sun Lotion
Sun Smart formulations feature a skin caring complex of sunflower oil, soothing aloe, and antioxidant vitamin E to help keep skin feeling moisturised, whilst protecting against the damaging effects of the sun. (Water resistant to protect whilst swimming for up to 40 minutes).

PHILIP KINGSLEY Citrus Sunshine Swimcap

A unique formula that works to protect hair from chlorinated and salt water; A must-have for swimmers and healthy holiday hair, the lightweight cream contains sunscreen to maintain vibrancy of colour-treated locks, whilst shielding from the damaging effects of the sun to prevent fading and breakage. Expect deeply conditioned, glossy strands from root to tip



 HAIR

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse
Multi Usage Dry Oil is the perfect choice for your face-nourishing needs. After use, your face will be velvety soft and your skin will look healthier than ever before. If you decide to use this multi-use oil on your hair, it will quickly become more supple and full of volume and shine, without feeling greasy. Included is lots of vitamin E, which makes sure that the skin is repaired and softened. It also includes various plant oils, which are very efficient at removing any visible signs of stretch marks.

PERCY AND REED Volumising No Oil Oil
If you're after smooth, sleek voluptuous tresses then this Smoothed Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil, Oil For Fine Hair is your ticket to perfection. Adding bouncy body and gorgeous texture to your hair, Percy & Reed have invented this wonder product just for you. With violet extracts and pro vitamin B5 acting to strengthen, deeply nourish and moisturise you hair, you can be sure that this non-greasy oil will give you only the best results. Also, with added heat protection properties, your hair will be kept safe from thermal styling, ensuring that you have glorious locks all day everyday.
 
SWELL
This new styling sensation banishes frizz and gives mid lengths and ends a sleek, hydrated and picture-of-health appearance. Its silicone-free, weightless formula is a dream-come-true for fine hair, adding gloss, concealing split ends, protecting hair from heat tools, to allow styling for the perfect professional finish.


MAKE UP

M&S Island Escape
Sparkling top notes of bergamot and pear combine with salt sea air and rose petal accords to give this inimitable fragrance its unique character and heart, while a complex combination of driftwood and musk entwine for an elegant dry down

PUR Correcting Primer
Neutralize the look of dark circles, age spots, freckles and uneven skin tone with color-perfecting ingredients. The first oil-free, silicone-free primer of its kind, our mattifying primer features a clarifying blend of salicylic acid, calming lavender extract and our proprietary Ceretin Complex in a soft periwinkle hue that offsets the look of blemishes.

STILA Lip Glaze Raspberry
Turn on the shine and you'll be turning heads with Stila's most popular lip gloss; Keep your pout glossier and sexier with just one click of Stila’s Lip Glaze. The delectable shades add a splash of colour and delivers a fabulously matching flavour and scent. Cosmetics experts agree – this top seller is an essential addition to any girl’s beauty bag!


Nails

NAILS INC Gel One Coat Nail Polish
Revolutionary gel effect polish in just one coat. Fuelled with Biotin, a naturally derived vitamin known to improve nail strength; the formula also uses generous amounts of solids for a high impact colour.

LEIGHTON DENNY Crystal Finish Quick Dry Top Coat
Crystal clear, crystal hard and fast drying. Gives a superior result with added lustre and incredible shine; It glides on to leave a super-hard, protective shield that is touch dry in seconds. With a high gloss, wet look finish and UV-absorbers, it keeps nail colour looking fresh and vibrant day after day.

 
Have you managed to nab an M&S Beauty Box?
 
Emma x

Anxiety & Vibe Cycle - My Experience

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Anxiety & Vibe Cycle - My Experience 


 I attended my first ever gym class on the 15th June 2016, I attended the Vibe Cycle class at JD Gyms and I absolutely loved every single one of those 50 minutes. It was honestly the quickest 50 minutes of my life, which when you think about it is quite scary. Before going to the class my stomach was in knots, I felt sick and I could feel myself falling into an anxiety attack and talking myself out of going; So today, I want to talk to you about Vibe Cycle and how I challenged my anxiety and took control!




Vibe Cycle is is a great fun workout, everyone can ride a bike! Each participant is in total control of their own resistance level. It is a fantastic way of getting fit and burning plenty of calories.

The Vibe brand is the creation of Delvin Clarke, Master Trainer and International Fitness Presenter. He has combined over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry with his energy and charisma to create Vibe Concepts. There are currently 1000s of Vibe qualified instructors teaching in clubs around the UK and abroad including Iceland, Denmark, Germany and Abu Dhabi.


The 3 key aspects of VIBE are:

No. 1 Upbeat/motivating Instructor
No. 2 Use of the music and the rhythm
No. 3 Suitable for everyone

 So as you can imagine I was expecting a party on a bike and honestly that’s what it felt like, I didn’t feel judged for not going as fast as others, or looked down upon because I needed a quick swig of water, I felt empowered. I did Vibe Cycle and loved it.





If you suffer with anxiety then Vibe Cycle will be an amazing way of challenging it;
Firstly, you have to get to the class and no matter how much you want to talk your way out of it DON’T, tell yourself that you don’t know that you hate it because you haven’t tried it.


Secondly, take someone with you – I took my partner with me as if he went with me I would be less likely to not go because someone else was depending on me to go.


Thirdly, take control of those feelings – you have to really take a few big deep breaths in and out and tell your anxiety I AM IN CONTROL, and I mean it. Look in the mirror, take those deep breaths, look yourself straight in the eye and tell that anxiety that YOU are in control of it.
And last but not least, it's super safe. If your anxiety is based on not feeling safe or looking silly because you can't do something. All Vibe Cycle instructors will come over and check new starters set up and they will advise you of the correct form.

 (The only downside to attending your first Vibe class is that your butt will kill, they don’t do soft squishy seats in Vibe … and trust me you feel it the next day).





So, get up, get your gym clothes on and do one thing that scares you.

CHALLENGE YOUR ANXIETY, TAKE CONTROL.

Have you tried Vibe Cycle before? What Gym classes do you like to do?

Emma x

REN Active 7 Radiant Eye Gel

Thursday, 16 June 2016

REN Active 7 Radiant Eye Gel

I’m normally sceptical about gel for the under eye area, I never think it’s going to moisturising enough for me or not actually work. This is the REN Active 7 Radiant Eye Gel and today I’m going to tell you all about it and how un-sceptical I now am about it.

 
This eye gel is blended with a mix of bio actives; Mucilages (from Figs) will cool and refresh tired eyes, Wild Rumex/Arnica/Ginseng/Jiaogulan help to reduce puffiness/dark circles and if there’s Arnica involved  I’m 100% there, and Pectins (from Sea Grass) and natural Hyaluronic acids help to smooth and tone the eye contour. Now you’d think I’d be reeling off a long list of chemicals that will do this and this, and you’d have no clue what I’m on about but that’s the beauty with REN. It only uses high-tech effective skincare solutions, that are using 97% plant and mineral derived ingredients, so you get amazing skincare without pushing chemicals into your skin.


You can use this gel over or under makeup for an instant refresh, so when you’re up at 6am getting ready for work it’s a much appreciated boost! The consistency of the gel is odd, it’s lightly watery and isn’t sticky, I like to apply this mainly on my under eye area but bringing it around my cheek bone area and up towards my brow bone for optimum enhancement. I am all for preventing the signs of aging, and although this product doesn’t contain any anti-aging ingredients it does help to brighten the eye area which can be a huge sign of aging. So personally, I’d recommend using this first thing in the morning and maybe a slightly more potent eye cream at night.
 

 
In general I think my under eye area has reduced and has become visibly brighter, I would prefer this to have a bit more anti-aging product in it but if you’re new to the world of skincare or are looking for a good quality product that’s on the slightly cheaper end that works, then this is your guy.

Do you invest in your eye cream? What's your favourite one?
 
Emma x


 

Sleek Barekissed Illuminator - Monaco

Monday, 13 June 2016

Sleek Barekissed Illuminator - Monaco
Hail the gods of the highlight world! This is the best drugstore liquid highlighter I have ever tried and I’m extraordinarily hard to impress when it comes to highlighters; it has to be super pigmented so you can see your cheekbones from space, aesthetically pleasing packaging, and most importantly it HAS to last come rain or shine, so just a few areas of the criteria to meet.
This is the Sleek Liquid Highlighter in Monaco and it is just beautiful. The consistency isn’t too runny that it slides off straight off the back of your hand, but it isn’t too thick that you feel like you’re slapping a dense moisturiser. It’s more of a serum consistency but glides strikingly onto the skin, and gives you the most luminous glow.
 
Monaco is more of a silvery/white colour in the bottle but with an iridescent pinky sheen when applied on the skin. I love applying this under my foundation when I want to look really healthy and have a glow to my skin, but I do enjoy using it equally as much over my foundation for a striking finish. When used under or on top of my foundation this highlighter never looks cakey or too subtle, but gives your skin those killer cheekbones every man and his dog wants.

The real test for me was whether this would last from 6am when I get up for work until 5pm when I get home from work, purely because I’m lazy and can’t be bothered to keep applying makeup throughout the day. Once it’s on I expect it to stay on and oh my does it ever, I still had this ethereal glow at the end of the day; maybe not as strong as when I first applied it but it left a stunning finish to the skin.
 
Have you tried a liquid highlighter before? What's your favourite?

Emma x

Just Bee Drinks *

Just Bee Drinks *
Thanks to the awesome team over at Just Bee Drinks, I was recently sent some of their products to try out and show you guys! Now, if you’ve been with me since the beginning you should know by now that even though I was sent these products, it does not alter my opinions on them. I will only ever give you a 100% honest review, and am not obliged to show these products on The Realist Review.

Just Bee Drinks is a range of drinks that are made from Spring water enriched with a single drop of honey; Natural antioxidant & Less than 50 calories per carton. Instead of adding refined sugar or artificial sweeteners, they use a natural ingredient enjoyed by man for over 8000 years… Honey. Inspired by the wisdom of our ancestors, we use just one precious drop for a refreshing spring water drink that’s buzzing with antioxidants!

The spring water that is used in creating these delicious drinks is sourced in Somerset, naturally filtered through mineral-rich rocks that remove all impurities. The fruit juices are never from concentrate and the lovely mixed flower honey is always from British and European beekeepers, so you know you’re not going to be drinking liquid rubbish essentially.
Just Bee Drinks is all about the bees, and if you’re anything like me and you’d run a mile from them but you still want to help them … solution? You can register here, with Just Bee Drinks and you can get a packet of FREE Wildflower Seeds to plant, this way you’re helping to sustain the bees and not getting too close to freak out.  

Lemon & Green Tea

“Bitter Lemon and anti-oxidising Green Tea balanced perfectly with a drop of honey to give a mellow and refreshing drink. Just Bee lovers have told us this one is great for pre work-out hydration. 92% spring water, only 43 calories per carton” – Just Bee Drinks
As commented above I tried this drink before my workout, it was a heavy abs/arms/cardio session, and I can honestly say this is better than a ‘juice cleanse’ I felt like I was  sweating all the badness out of my body and the Lemon & Green Tea really helped with digestion for my post workout meal. The taste, to me, is more on the subtle side but it’s so good. It’s not ridiculously sweet but not unpleasantly bitter either, the honey really does help to smooth out the bitterness in this one.

Blueberry

“Blueberry, another superfood, which we balance with a drop of lemon juice to make this one super thirst quenching. Let us know if it reminds you of a drink from when you were younger! 91% spring water, only 49 calories per carton” – Just Bee Drinks
Hello new favourite drink!! I love Blueberry’s there delicious, and even more delicious when you add them to liquids; So when I saw the Blueberry one I was in seventh heaven. This is ludicrously tasty and so true to flavour.

Apple & Ginger

“A classic combination, but much more light and subtle than a juice drink or ginger ale. Our local deli sells this one by the box-load every lunchtime. Great as a hangover cure we hear too! 86% spring water, only 49 calories per carton” – Just Bee Drinks
 This would so be an amazing hangover cure, it's so zingy! I found this is the best to drink after dinner/lunch as it satisfied my sweet cravings without being sweet. You can really taste the Ginger in this one but the sweetness from the Apple really cuts through the bitterness of it, and the honey almost balances it all. 


Have you tried any of these drinks before? What do you do to help save the bees?

Emma x
These products where sent to me by Just Bee Drinks, I'm not obligated to show any of these products and will only give my 100% honest review.

F&F Floral Embroidered Two Part Espadrille Sandals

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

 F&F Floral Embroidered Two Part Espadrille Sandals
Hello new summer staple; Espadrilles have made a huge comeback this season, like huge! I’m seeing them everywhere and anywhere. So these 2 partespadrille sandals are perfect for that daytime chill, or in the evening for that spontaneous local pub drinks with friends. Plus there from F&F so there super purse friendly!


To look at them you’d think the espadrille base made them coarse and not a nice base to walk on, but thanks to the rigid sole these are a breeze. The front part of the shoe has a floral embroidered design encasing the toes, which adds a bit of detailing without clashing with other outfits you might want to pair them with. There is a buckle fastening with an ankle strap that wraps around back of the foot too, so those wild nights where you’re dancing around flinging yourself everywhere, you won’t lose your shoes.



These are slowly becoming my go to summer sandals thanks to the simplicity and comfort. Plus, there’s other colours in this design too; Coral pink and Navy blue, but if you wanted some other colours and designs – ASOS have this exact style sandal with more intricate designs, colours and patterns! For example, I’ve got a pair of these off ASOS in white with an embellished front covering.
 
Will you be getting on the Espadrille trend?
 
Emma x

Gainz Fitness - Virago Tank & Luxuria Leggings *

Monday, 6 June 2016

Gainz Fitness Virago Tank & Luxuria Leggings *

Thanks to the amazing team over at GainzFintess, I was recently sent a couple of pieces from their range; the Virago Tank (Tar Black with White detailing) and the Luxuria Leggings (Plum). Now, you should know by now that I never promote a brand that I myself do not believe in/agree with/ nor myself support, so when I found out some information about Gainz Fitness I was all for trying out there pieces!

The brand it’s self is made up of a very economical forward thinking team of people; all packaging is biodegradable: so they limit how much they use, which is amazing for the environment, they support a charity called HENRY, who work to combat childhood obesity in the UK! PLUS, all their lines are limited, so they don’t manufacture thousands of the same items just because they sell.




The Virago Tank – (Tar Black with White detailing)
The Virago Tank has been designed by women for women, because of its fit; it will is both flattering and relaxed. The tank is moderately fitted around the bust – so you ladies who are blessed in the boob department will find this tank will not squeeze you, it offers freedom of movement around the midriff so six pack or not you won’t feel like you have to constantly suck yourself in, and it is fitted towards the bottom to ensure it doesn’t interfere with your workout – but for me it also hides my hip area. The tank is made out of a cotton-elastane combination so it won’t shrink or stretch in the wash, plus it allows your body to breath with it during your workouts. When I'm wearing this I don't feel like I'm wearing clothing, it feels so soft and just glides with my skin; I could honestly just wear this 24/7.




Luxuria Leggings – Plum
These are the comfiest, best fitting things I’ve ever put on my body! The leggings are designed with a medium-high waistband for comfort and also that tummy security, but are still soft to touch and don’t cut in on you. The grey panelling around the waist draws the eye in, so you have the appearance of a smaller waist; giving you the confidence to walk around and own that gym. The best thing about these leggings is that they come in different lengths and sizes!! So you may be a size Small with super long lovely pins – you just choose the longer length Small, or you may be a Medium and need a shorter length to hug those pins nicely, you’d just choose a shorter length Medium. This is the first time I’ve seen leggings catering for different leg lengths, which is the number one problem I struggle with!
 
Have you tried anything from Gainz Fitness? What do you think to longer/shorter leg length options?
Emma x
Although these products where sent to me by GainzFintess to review, I am not obligied to write a positive review. Any comments written above are my own personal opinions/experiences on these products.