Monday, 26 September 2016

FAVOURITE FITNESS YOUTUBERS | HOW TO STAY FIT AT UNIVERSITY




It's the last Monday of September, which also means that it is the last of the University posts. The final University post is all about staying fit at university, without having to join the gym or a sports club. Although, if you do join a sports club then you may just fall in love with a sport that you never thought you would. 

Let's get one thing straight, I have never been to a gym. I don't like working out in front of people, unless it is dancing, then I would do that all day everyday. 

Over the past two years or so, I have found a love for working out to Youtubers. With so many to choice from, there is something for everyone. Also, a lot of these Youtube channels now create their own workout plans that hundreds of people follow. 

LUCY WYNDHAM READ


If you want quick workouts, then the channel to go to is Lucy Wyndham Read. Lucy has lots of workouts to choice from on here channel, as well as a monthly plan on her website. I started following her after watching one of her videos with Anna Saccone at the beginning of the year and fell in love with her 4 minute HIIT workouts. They are so quick but they will make you SWEAT. 

My Favourites include:

BLOGILATES


I heard about Blogilates about 2 years ago now, and I can honestly understand why here channel and her workouts are so popular; she encourages you throughout each workout just to keep going. She is totally positive in all of her workouts. From PIIT, to quick ab workouts and a monthly workout plan on her website, there is something for everyone. The workouts may be challenging, but you honestly do see results. 

My Favourites include:

EM SHELDON 


If you have not heard of Em Sheldon, then go and follow her blog because it is amazing, but Em has recently started to put some workout videos up on her channel as well. These quick workout videos are a great way to add on after doing one of Blogilates PIIT workouts or LWR 4 minute HIIT workouts. 

My Favourites include:


TONE IT UP 

Okay, Tone it Up isn't one of my favourite workout channels, but the pair do do some great workout videos, that are about 15 minutes long. My favourite has to be 'Total Body Tone Up', as when I first did it it felt like 2 minutes instead of 15 minutes, but it felt really good. I couldn't tell you my top 4 favourite workout videos from TIU because I don't have 4 favourites. 


WHAT ELSE? 


There are plenty of FITNESS channels on Youtube, but my favourites always come from people that are personal trainers. For example I love Carly Rowenas one song workouts whether thats for the abs or the butt and I know she is properly qualified, so I have no regrets after watching her videos. The same goes for Fitness Blender, whose videos I don't tend to watch as much as before, but I love their warm ups and their HIIT workouts. 

Youtube is also a great place to go if you are looking for Yoga. At the beginning of the year I took part in the 30 Day Challenge on 'Yoga with Adriene', which I would highly recommend, as it makes you feel all kinda brilliant and you will soon be able to do the downward dog and the splits.

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Friday, 23 September 2016

AUTUMN LIPS







As yesterday was the first day of Autumn, it is only fair to do an autumnal post all about them berry and mauve lipsticks. Yep, I have brought out Charlotte Tilbury Bond Girl again, because I can not get enough out that beautiful one.

These are my four choices for the autumn, and surprisingly none of them are new to my collection.

MAC TWIG 

Mac Twig has been a favourite of mine for a while now, and if you have visited my blog before then you would have probably have seen it floating around in some posts. For me Twig is that perfect go to lipstick. It isn't out there 'over the top', but it still does stand out. Twig being a satin finish, just gives it a something else compared to a matte finish, and it does have a slight berry undertone. As soon as I brought this lipstick  I knew it was a keeper, from the pigmentation to the fact that it actually lasts without drying my lips out. 

CHARLOTTE TILBURY BOND GIRL 

Okay this has got to be one of my favourite lipsticks in my collection. I am a massive fan of Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks in the first place. Bond Girl is from the Matte Revolution collection, and is a beautiful natural berry colour, that really does stand out without saying 'I AM WEARING PURPLE' if you get me. The pigmentation is amazing, and although it is a matte I never feel like my lips are about to dry off of me. I always reach for Bond Girl, when I just want to look autumnal but also want something less dramatic, than a fall on berry or red. 

L'OREAL COLOR RICHE 376

This is my perfect berry coloured lipstick. It is as if I had created it for myself, and if I do say so myself the colour suits me. This L'oreal lipstick is a very berry berry red, it is quite dark on the lips but because of the purple undertones, it really does calm the effect on the lips down. As with all L'oreal lipsticks, this lipstick has a very creamy finish and has a slight shine to it. 

KAT VON D BOW N ARROW 

Bow N Arrow is a very matte liquid lipstick, and is the nudist of the autumn lips. I decided to include Bow N Arrow simply because I love the effect and the colour of it. For me this lipstick is only really for A/W, and doesn't really work in the hotter months. If you have ever owned, or currently own a Kat Von D everlasting liquid lipstick, then you will know that they last about 6 hours on the lips, and to be honest I cant really be bothered to reapply my lipstick every time I eat in the cooler months, so this is just perfect. 

Do you own any of these lipsticks?

Love Alicia x

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

TANYA'S CHOC CHIP COOKIES





There's something about making homemade choc chip cookies, well any type of cookies. For these little beauties, I used Tanya Burr's recipe from 'Tanya Bakes'. Very simple, quick and more importantly delicious. 


The recipe is super simple, and you probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen. You will need 250g of plain flour, 75g of caster sugar, 175g of cold butter and some chocolate chips. I actually used chocolate chunks instead of chocolate chips, but hey what ever floats your boat. 



Now for the recipe which you can also find on page 15 of Tanya Bakes


1) Preheat the oven to 180C, then using greaseproof paper line a baking tray. 

2) Mix together the sugar and flour, then using your fingers work in the cold butter to create breadcrumbs.

3) Add in your chocolate chips or chunks, and then work the mixture into a cookie dough ball. 

4) Flour a surface, and roll the cookie dough out till it is about 1.5cm thick. Then cut it into what ever shape you like. I actually rolled mine into balls as I didn't have a square or a circle cutter. Looking back I could have just made a shape using card. 

5) Arrange the cookie dough on the baking tray and cook for 15 to 20 minutes. 

6) Once out of the oven sprinkle some sugar over them and transfer to a wire rack to cool. 

ENJOY!

Love Alicia x

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Monday, 19 September 2016

JUGGLING BLOGGING AND UNIVERSITY



If you have just started university and have a blog, then you are about to start a great juggle: University v. Blogging. Yep, it maybe a bit of competition of what gets your attention more. In fairness, it should probably be your university work, because ya know you are paying £9000 and will come out with a degree. On the other hand, you could also become a major blogger. Decisions. 

Organise. 

One of the key parts on how to juggle between the two is to plan and organise. Plan out your week, wether that is with university deadlines, when you have to go to work, other events and when you have time to blog. Setting your self a few hours a week to blog and almost 'take time out' of university and focus on your blog. I would recommend buying a diary for university anyway, or use your phone/laptop calendar.

If your heart isn't in it, then don't do it. 

If you really don't feel inspired to blog, then don't. You probably wont feel happy with your content and then start to fall out of love with your blog. It is better to take a rest than almost forcing posts out there. If you don't want to write posts, you could always take photos, tidy up backstage (design, emails etc). 

Take breaks. 

Take breaks from university and blogging. Don't stress out. Enjoy your down time and come back fresh and new. It helps.

Love Alicia x

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Friday, 16 September 2016

5 MINUTE EASY MAKE UP




We have all been there where we have woken up late, or mislead timings and suddenly have to get ready in about 20 minutes. Whether you are off to school, college, university or work, this is an easy 5 minute make up look for a dewy everyday look. (Also works with oily skin!!)

The most important thing: the base. For this look I primed my face with L'oreal True Match Highlighter. You can also use this product as a highlighter but I personal prefer it as just as primer, as it works much better on my skin as a base under my foundation. Continuing with the L'oreal products, the foundation I used was the Infallible 24H Matte foundation, which isn't my favourite foundation but it does give quite a natural finish, which isn't actually that matte on my skin. 


If you have been reading my blog now for a while then you will know that I love the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, for hiding all types of blemishes and them dark circles. 


Bronzer wise I have used Benefit Dew the Hoola, which I have actually have grown to love. Since blending it in with a beauty blender it works better and gives a very natural bronze to the checks, just to warm the face up. 


Continuing with face, the blush I am wearing is NARS Orgasm, with Becca Champagne Pop (perfector Pressed) highlighting my cheeks. Very quick, simple and looks almost effortless. 


Now for the eyes, I have only used Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette to create a very natural  light brown not quite smoky eye, followed by adding L'oreal Miss Hippie Mascara (yep you probably saw that in my '3 to Try for September').  


Brow wise it has to be my Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Sable, which they actually do in an eyebrow kit, and it  honestly goes with the colour of my brows and hair perfectly. Then for setting the brows I have used Benefit Ready, Set, Brow

All in all this make up look took just over 5 minutes! 


Love Alicia x

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