YouTube Challenge

Day 2 Youtube Exercise Challenge

This morning I felt like doing a little cardio mixed in with the dumbbell weights I’d just bought. So again after a quick search on this is the video that kicked my butt this morning.

What You’ll Need:

Dumbbell weights (mine are 2kg each but I’m thinking I’ll upgrade to 5kg)

Skill Level: Beginner

Sweat Rating: 4 out of 5

Fun Rating:3 out of 5

Quick Fit Summary:

This is another great beginners video. Again the music is pretty cheesy as is the instructor, but the moves are easy enough to follow. It really gets the heart rate pumping and there were a few times where, because I am such a novice I had to slow it down a little. Definitely recommend if, you are like me and have only just got back into some kind of physical activity. The video is only 23 minutes so it is also perfect for those of you with limited time (I’ve been crying through the 2 hour series finale of Dawson’s Creek) Well until tomorrow,

Stay Cool,

Bailey xox

*Disclaimer; I am by no means a fitness guru or expert far from it actually. SO, please do always seek out medical/professional advice before attempting any of these videos, if you have any concerns or injuries.

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Healthy Living, YouTube Challenge

YouTube Exercise Video Challenge

I think the titles pretty self explanatory, however I will delve a little deeper and explain myself. I had this wacky idea to try out a new work out video each day for the month of October. But then being realistic I knew I soon would stumble, so I made the goal a bit more suitable to my disposition. I’ve; on this very day started a fit 24 challenge at work. This entails going sugar free, getting 7 hrs of sleep and doing at least 20 minute of exercise a day for 24 out of the 30 days. It’s a team effort so I really can’t let the side down. Therefor, for my 20 minutes of exercise I thought I would try a new YouTube exercise video for those 24 days. The only rules I’ve set out for myself is that the video needs to be no less than 20 minutes long (with the exception of repeating a shorter video) and no longer than an hour.

That massive explanation out of the way I’ll jump into today’s video.
*Disclaimer; I am by no means a fitness guru or expert far from it actually. SO, please do always seek out medical/professional advice before attempting any of these videos, if you have any concerns or injuries.

What You’ll Need:

A Mat (yoga one works perfect)

A Resistance Band

Skill Level: Beginner

Sweat Rating: 3 out of 5 ( More than a light glow)

Fun Rating: 4 out of 5

Quick Fit Summary:

I can’t lie this was my second time completing this video, mainly because it’s one of the first that pops up in the search. It’s a fun upbeat video. The instructor explains each move in the sequence clearly and there are a number of different moves to keep anyone with a short attention span motivated. She runs through everything one time and then you repeat the moves again with a little cardio burst at the end. You do need equipment for this video, but I got my band and mat both from Kmart and they were a real steal. I like to do a video that requires equipment as it mixes things up a little and means that you can focus on toning and sculpting, as they say.  This video got my heart rate pumping and I know I’ll definitely be feeling it in the morning. Cheesy music aside this is a pretty good stater video for those of you who have just purchased your first resistance band like moi.

Stay Cool,

Bailey xox

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Healthy Living, Recipe

Peanut Maple Granola Recipe

Since I haven’t done a recipe since my Heart Warming Chicken Soup post, I thought I would mix it up and show you one of my all time favourite breakfasts. This Granola is super easy to make, will last for around 3-4 weeks in an air tight jar (If it even lasts that long) and its pretty darn healthy. So with all that said and done here’s how to make it…
IMG_3145What you’ll need:

  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup Pic’s Peanut Butter Unsalted
  • 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1.5 cups of Wholegrain Oats
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Sprinkle in your favourite nuts and seeds, I use a mixture of Pumpkin seeds, Walnuts, Slivered Almonds, Sesame Seeds or feel free to pop some Goji Berries or Dried Cranberries.

Method

Preheat Oven to 180 Fan

  1. Mix the Honey, Maple Syrup and Peanut Butter in a microwavable bowl. Once mixed well microwave for 20 seconds and stir again.
  2. Add in the Chia Seeds, Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon and the salt and stir well.
  3. Place the wet ingredients into a larger bowl make sure to use a spatula to get as much of the mixture out into the new bowl. Add in the oats, make sure to add a little at a time, to ensure the oats are covered completely with the wet mixture.
  4. Next add in your desired extras. If you find it’s a little dry add in a little more Honey and Maple syrup to the mix.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly over a baking tray covered in baking paper.
  6. Place in the oven and cook for 15-20 mins, turning the granola over half way through. Be sure to keep and eye on it as it tends to burn pretty fast.

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So there you have it! I like to have mine with unsweetened natural yoghurt, chopped pears, grapes and strawberries and a little drizzle of honey. It would also be amazing as a parfait, in a cute glass with lots of yummy berries in between. Enjoy with a glass of coconut water and you’re set for the day.

Let me know if you try this

Stay cool,

Bailey xox

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Beauty

August Monthly Beauty Favourites

Yes, Yes I know I haven’t blogged for a little while now, but life has unfortunately got in the way as it sometimes does. However, I’m back and as a new month has begun (I can not believe it’s September already) I thought I would begin with what I was loving in the past month.

Now this month I’ve managed to narrow it down to 6 items in total, 5 of which I absolutely adore, one that I am firmly on the fence about.

IMG_3133First up is the CHI CHI Fabulous and Flawless Foundation. I was all in a panic when I ran out of my all time fave L’oreal True Match, as here in NZ it is ridiculously over priced. So I thought it was time to move on and try something else. After watching a favourite foundation video from Shannon of  Shaaanxo fame, she recommend this foundation and I’m so glad I tried it. I got the shade No.7, which is great for me and my post winter skin. It’s medium to full coverage, with a sheen like finish to it. Price wise it is around $39 NZD, which I felt isn’t too bad and the container is glass, which for some reason I find really satisfying.

IMG_3129Next up is the Yes to Carrots Nourishing Daily Facial Moisturiser SPF 15. I have been using this for around two months now and I obviously love it. It is, as it states very nourishing, but doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily. It has a built in SPF which makes me feel better especially when you live in NZ. It also hasn’t caused me to break out which is a massive thumbs up. I just picked this up in the supermarket and I can’t wait to try out some more in the range very soon.

IMG_3135Thirdly in the top favourites of the month, comes and oldie but a goodie. Maybellines Great lash Mascara in the Lots of Lashes formula. I first tired this version of  the cult classic mascara about two and a half years ago, when I first moved to NZ, after needing a mascara that wasn’t going to break the bank and it was love at first application. It has a teardrop shaped tapered wand, which is excellent for creating both length and volume. It also means you can use the narrow end to get those pesky inner corner lashes. This is now back in my life after my Collection Mascara dried out, which is one massive downside of that amazing mascara (man how many times can you say mascara in one paragraph)

IMG_3137 To be completely honest, I wasn’t entirely sure if this was going to make the cut this month, but recently it’s been my eyeliner of choice. The Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner, bar the really long name does just what it says on the tin. The funny shaped applicator really does pull your lashes up, allowing the gel liner to really get deep into the lashes, so that you are left with this beautiful opaque line. I also love the angle of the applicator, because it makes the dreaded feline flick a real doddle. The pigmentation is great with a true deep black shade and the longevity is awesome, no smudgy panda eyes up in here! All in all a pretty impressive gel liner, gimmicks aside.

IMG_3139Lastly in my most loved items this month comes another old favourite. After having a huge clear out of my make up collection, I came across this little gem; the Nars Angelika Blush.I’m a huge blush person, I just feels like it gives my skin life and I love me a Nars blush, in fact I’ll even go as far as to say they are my holy grail when it comes to blush. This is a baby pink shade with flecks of silver glitter running through it, which doesn’t thankfully transfer onto the cheek, it just provides a beautiful sheen. If you’re looking for something peppy and perky then this may well be the match for you, layer it on top of a similar cream formula shade for a doll like fresh faced cheek.

IMG_3142Very finally I thought I would just add this baby into the mix as I’m very much on the fence about it. It’s the Body shop Instablur all in one perfecter. The reason that I’m on the fence about this is actually because I’m just waiting for it to fully break me out, I’ve noticed a few blemishes popping up. It has that silicone type texture akin to the likes of the SmashBox Photo Ready Primer, which doesn’t react well with my skin. It does however, mattify my skin and fill in the pores, which for me is a huge plus. Weather it actually does help my foundation last longer is still on trial and the jury is definitely still out on weather or not it’s giving me that blurred like effect that seems to be so popular at the moment.

So everyone there you have it, what I’ve been loving this month. I hope this has been helpful in same way for you all, let me know what it is you’ve been loving this month. Once again I apologise for being M.I.A.

Stay Cool

Bailey xox

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Sebastian helping me out with the photography!

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Beauty

What’s That In My Bathroom Cabinet?

Ok, so I know it’s a little (well a lot) taboo, but I can’t lie, when I am in someone else’s bathroom this huge urge comes over me to take a sneaky peak in their bathroom cabinet. Now I was brought up better than that, so I usually refrain, but today I thought I would let you all see what’s in my bathroom cabinet, to satisfy any urges out there.

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L-R; Garnier Micellar Water, Ren Hot Cloth Cleanser, Nspa Hot cloth Cleanser, Nspa Deep Hydrating Facial Oil, Nspa 5 Minute Magic Mask, Nspa Repair Night Cream, Michael Todd Pumpkin Face Mask, Vaseline Spray Moisture Cocoa Butter, La Roche Posay Effaclar Foaming Face Wash, Bondi Sands Dark Tanning Lotion, Baby Shampoo, Sudocrem, Charles Worthington Intense Moisture Seal Balm, Boots Cotton Wool Rounds, Paracetamol, Strepsils, Nail Clippers

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Garnier Micellar Water

I’ve decided that I’m going to do a completely separate skincare routine post, so I won’t bore you with the details of each product until then. I’ll try and keep it short and sweet. Here we have step one in my make up removal process. Micellar water, what I did in the past without this stuff is beyond me. Put simply its pretty Awesome.

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Ren Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser

Then comes step two the Hot Cloth Cleanser. This is one of two I have on the go at the moment (oh my life is so exciting) I’ve spoken about this one in a previous post here. It’s by Ren and it’s fabulous. It feels so luxurious on the skin and really gets deep down into the nitty, gritty.

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NSPA Hot Cloth Polish

You’ll notice that this brand Nspa, features a lot in my skincare regime. That is because when I was over in the UK, I didn’t bring any skincare with me. I needed to find something cheap and convenient and lo and behold there it was sitting in the local supermarket. I picked up the Hot Cloth Cleanser, as I’d heard and read many great things and it is pretty good. Not quite as luxurious as the Ren but for the price it does a wonderful job.

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NSPA Deep Hydrating Facial Oil

See I told you there would be more from Nspa in here and just you wait there’s still two more products behind this one. This is my serum that I use nightly. As I’ve well and truly passed the 25 year milestone, I thought it was probably time I started using a serum. You’ll notice that I haven’t used too much of this product, that’ll be because I’m taking a little break, after stating all that. I notice that when I started using this product, I was began to break out pretty badly. I’m just doing a little test at the moment to see if this is the cause, so watch this space.
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NSPA 5 Minute Magic Mask

Nspa 5 minute mask. Can you tell there was a buy 2 for £8 deal going on here? this is a nice mask. Not the greatest but nice. I hate using the word nice to describe something but, that in this case is honestly the best word. It doesn’t rock my world but it’s enough that I notice a slight difference in my skin. Even if it is all in my head.

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NSPA Night Repair Cream

Now this I love. I’m so sad that its only available in the UK, but where theres a will there’s a way. I won’t delve into it too much but this stuff is incredible. It’s nourishing enough that my skin feels plump and hydrated but its not too hydrating that my skin feels greasy or oily. It sinks in super fast and smells like something they’d use in a facial in a posh spa.

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Michael Todd Pumpkin Face Mask

 This is definitely my go to face mask. This is the first Michael Todd product I’ve tried and I love it. Just a word to the wise, it looks a lot like poop when you put it on, so maybe do this one when you’ve got a night in on your own. Poop face aside, it has this amazing pumpkin pie scent going on and it leaves my skin feeling like its had a thorough deep clean.

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Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser; Cocoa Glow

 My moisturiser of choice when fake tanning. Purely because it takes limited effort to apply, sinks in super fast and has a yummy cocoa butter smell to it. What more can I say really?.

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La Roche Posey Effaclar Foaming Gel

 Like the Moisturiser I’m keeping this short too. I’ve already bleated on and on until the cows come home about how much I love this product. This is one of my back ups, just sitting the the cupboard patiently waiting to be loved, don’t worry La Roche I’ll be loving you soon!

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Bondi Sands Self Tanning Lotion DARK

 Again I harped on about how much I love this fake tan here, so I’ll let you read that in your own time. I keep this waiting for me in the cupboard as a reminder that my pasty white/yellow skin needs a top up.

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Baby Shampoo

The next two products are baby related and whilst there is no baby in this household, these products are a must have for me. I always have a bottle of baby shampoo hanging around, why? you might ask. It is by far the best thing ever to deep clean my make up brushes. Not only is it a wonderfully cheap option, it gets them super duper clean with minimal effort and leaves them smelling like, well a baby’s bottom. I’m going to do a post soon on how I deep clean my brushes.

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Sudocrem

The second of my baby related products is Sudocrem. This is something in my humble opinion that should be in everyones bathroom cabinet. Not only is it amazing for attacking pesky pimples, its also great to apply to any areas of unfortunate chaffing (yes, i did just admit to chaffing) or any other rashes that might appear on ones body. It’s so cheap and can be found in the baby aisle in most supermarkets.
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Charles Worthington Salon At Home Instense Rescue Melting Balm

My bathroom cabinet wouldn’t be complete without some form of hair item. This heavy weight hails all the way form Old Blighty unfortunately and sadly for me I’ve fallen head over heels in love. This hair mask starts off as a balm, but once you rub about a walnut size piece in your hand it melts into an oil (a little like coconut oil), which is super nourishing and hydrating, you’re hair will truly thank you. It also smells so luxurious. As I said sadly this is from my trip to the UK, and is a little hard to get your mitts on here, so I’m trying to go easy when using this.
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And finally the miscellaneous items, everyone has lurking in their cupboards. I’m not going to go into much detail, but here you’ll find cotton wool, nail clippers, paracetamol and strepsils.

Well that’s it! I hope this has cured some of the curiosity I know lies deep within you all and might just stop you from snooping in the next bathroom cabinet you happen to see before you.

As always thanks for reading,

Stay Cool,

Bailey xox

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The Sunday Summary

The Mid Week Update

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So, I know there hasn’t been a Sunday Summary for 2 weeks now and for that I apologise (even though I’m sure it’s only my mum that’s interested). However, I thought I would do a mid week, hopefully quick catch up of the events that have taken place.

You know by now how much I love my binge telly watching and the past two weeks have been no expectation to the rule. I’ve, as bad as it is to admit, finished the most recent season of the Real Housewives of New York and am on the penultimate episode of the original, Orange County season. Chris reckons all they do is argue and it kind of stresses him out, but I kinda love it, it’s really addictive car crash tv. I’ve also been watching Dawson’s Creek from the beginning. My tv watching was monitored when I was younger and this was a programme that 10 year old me was banned from watching, along with Power Rangers and Shorthand Street. I’m really enjoying reliving the 90s and the teen angst. However, I can very much see why I wasn’t allowed to watch, thanks Ma.

One thing I did want to mention was a play that Chris and I went to on date night about two weeks ago. It was at the Court Theatre here in Christchurch, called Ache. It was really good. Both Chris and I are play newbs, so really didn’t know what to expect. It was very intimate, with a great soundtrack, beautiful acting and a storyline that was both engaging and relatable. The intimate setting was a little awkward to start but once the story started to unfold you found yourself forgetting that it wasn’t real, well I did anyway. It really got us thinking it was something we should do more often.

On that very same date night we also went to Tequila Mocking Bird, on Victoria St. It is a, I guess Latin type restaurant, where you share tapas type dishes, which is my favourite, that way you get to try a little bit of everything. The two highlights, were the jug of sangria, so good in fact we had two and the ice cream sandwich dessert. Definitely worth checking out, if you haven’t already. The staff were really friendly and it had a cool interior. I’d recommend going on a week night. We went on a Tuesday and it was lovely and quiet.

I also took a little trip up to Auckland to visit my parents last week. Mum and I decided to go for a wine tasting at the Villa Maria Winery, whilst Dad and my brother played golf, well actually mini golf. I’d never done a wine tasting before, but had always wanted to try one. For a mere $5 per person, which is redeemable on any purchase, you got to try 5 different wines. We went from a bubbly to a beautiful Pinot Noir. My palette isn’t very mature, but the lovely girl that did the tasting for us was so informative that she had me smelling and tasting different flavours within the wine that I never knew were there. I left with a sparkling rose and a pinot noir, which are now sitting in my pantry waiting to be devoured. Next time I’m up in Auckland, I’ll definitely be making mum take us back for one of their delicious looking platters.

So I think I’ll leave it there for my mid week update. I’ve finally got the weekend off this week, so there will most certainly be a Sunday Summary and selfie on its way.
Peace out
Bailey xox

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Beauty, Makeup Monday

Goodie, Goodie Box

I know its been a million years since I wrote a post… well not a million but a week. This isn’t going to be an essay of a post, more of a short story (I hope).

Back when I lived in the UK, I was a keen subscriber to the monthly beauty boxes that are available over there, my favourite being Glossy Box. I was a little slow off the mark here in NZ and have only recently subscribed to The NZ version, Goodie Box. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of a beauty box, basically its a monthly subscription service. A bit like when you were little and if you were like me, managed to con your dad into paying for a monthly subscription of Dolly Magazine. So every month you receive a box of 5 beauty items, some sample and some full sized, all for $29+p&p. Which you can cancel at any time. This box was their birthday box, so I actually received 6 items.

To keep this short and sweet here’s what I got;

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IMG_3062 Dr Lewinn’s, Essentials Hand and Nail Cream, Full Size, RRP $19.99 NZD

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Jemma Kidd, Crushed Jewel Creme Duo, Full Size RRP $22.00 NZD

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In the shade; 02 Tourmaline

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Linden Leaves, Eye Rescue Serum, Full Size RRP $49.99 NZD

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Carmex, Moisturising Lip Balm, Full Size RRP $6.99 NZD

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Benefit, They’re Real! Push Up Gel Liner, Sample Size, RRP $45.00 NZD (Full Size)

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Schwarzkopf Professional, Bounce Repair Rescue Instant Repair Shot, Full Size RRP $8.00NZD

  Quick Thoughts;

I have to say that I was fairly impressed with this box. Being my first box, I was so happy it came with a bonus 6th product. I also love the quality of the packaging, the colour scheme and how promptly it arrived. The products are a little hit and miss. This is something, that is always bound to happen with a product like this. Not everything will be to your taste. My real stand out product has to be the Benefit, They’re Real Push Up Gel Liner (that’s a mouthful) it is amazing, so opaque, so easy to use, I’m going to purchase myself the full size when I head up to Auckland later in the week. The disappointing product for me, has to be the Carmex Lip Balm, purely because I can not stand the smell or taste. It’s a product that, over the years I’ve tried over and over again to get on with but we just can’t.

Just doing a very quick add up and with the amount of full sized products in the lot, you end up with $106 NZD worth of products for a mere $29+p&p. So to me that’s a pretty good deal. Am I impressed over all? I’d probably give the box a 6 out of 10. The ideas there, and I love the fact that you get great value for money, with the amount of full sized items. However, I don’t feel like it stands up to the UK versions. Although I’d probably feel differently if I’d never had the Glossy Box experience. I was also doing a little research and realised that some of the products I received were from last months box. I’m all about recycling but, that to me was a little disappointing. Let’s just say the jury is still out on this one and maybe I’ll give Good Box another chance to impress.

Thanks for reading

Bailey xox

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