Monday, 28 January 2013

Product Review: M&S High Impact Sports Bras

M&S High Impact Sports Bras

A bit of a different post from me today but if I come across something I like, I'll share it with you guys. And I am aware that this post might no apply to a lot of you but I hope it helps at least someone.
If you weren't aware, I'm quite well endowed in the chest area- both a blessing and a curse. And an absolute nightmare when it comes to tackling the gym. I spent most of my teenages years (I was an early bloomer too...) without a decent sports bra and running round the athletics track with one arm holding the girls down. A good sports bra is vital, not only to make you feel more comfortable but also to help support your boobs and not risk injury.

Finding a good plus size bra has only recently become a bit easier due to the high street finally realising that a lot of women go beyond a DD cup size. Sports wear and swimwear however, still has a way to go in my opinion. But we're getting there! After years of having a slightly grotty white one from Bravissimo, I cam across these sports bras in M&S. I promptly picked one up to try on and had a good jump around the change cubicle.

The first one is a gorgeous aqua fabric, very lightweigh and is underwired- something I was unsure of in regards to a good sports bra. I was worried that it would start to cut in and be uncomfortable after a good gym session. But, I'm happy to report that I had no problems whatsoever!It also has adjustable straps much like a standard bra but it can also be changed to cross over as well and has three hooks at the back instead of two for extra support. I also felt like the fabric wasn't just absorbing the sweat straight up and possibly a bit TMI, but I had two gym sessions planned two days in a row and didn't have time to wash it in between but the fabric didn't smell so I'm very impressed.

I have yet to wear the second one for a hardcore gym session yet but I did also try this one and gave everything a good jiggle about too. This one is not underwired but there is good support under the moulded cup so there's no need to worry about slipping out or anything! This is the one that actually caught my eye in the first place as I love the white and pink zip at the front- which is very easy to do up so no messing around with thousands of clasps at the back. It's made with a thicker fabric and I suspect will absorb more sweat and is probably more like to discolour after a while but it was so cute, I couldn't say no.

These two bras were £18 and £22 respectively and range from an A cup to GG
What's your experience with sports bras been like?

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Product Review: Organix Coconut Milk Review

I've always toyed with the idea of purchasing sulphate free shampoo- a product I thought was much more common in the States and promoted by a lot of women with afro-carribean hair. I certainly wasn't expecting to see it in the supermarkets around in the UK. However, I was browsing round Boots the other day- actually looking for the L'Oreal sulfate free range when I noticed this brand was on offer and on further inspection with the ingredients, discovered it was sulphate free. Sulphate based chemicals are used in most shampoo's you get in the shops- they're the chemical that helps it foam and clean your hair  but also in the process, strips hair of its natural oils. With curly hair, I'm always looking for ways to keep my hair as healthy as possible so I popped these straight away into my basket.

I have to admit the biggest appeal to me was the coconut element of it- I LOVE the smell of coconut and the shampoo lives up to it. Such a divine smell. As you can see as well, it contains egg proteins which is great for your hair. So how does it hold up in the shower? Well, the first thing I noticed straight away with both the shampoo and the conditioner is that they were really thick compared to a standard shampoo, the conditioner even more so. The shampoo had no problem foaming up and my hair felt reeally really clean after, which makes you think why they bother adding them in the first place? I feel like this shampoo really helped get rid of any build up I might have had on my hair. I have heard some people have problems with it drying their hair out but I have very fine, thin curly hair and didn't have any problem with it. And the conditioner is fantastic in reducing frizz and tangles. As always, I leave it on for as long as I can while I get on with the rest of my shower. Once it's dried, my hair felt really nice and soft.
After a few weeks, one of the biggest differences I noticed was how much less hair was falling out in the shower. When I wash my hair, that's really the time I work all the tangles and knots out and I don't brush my hair dry, so before, I'd always get a fair clump of hair in my hand after. After using this for a while, there was barely any fall out! I couldn't believe it. And when you've got fine hair, every strand counts!

My only niggle with the product was with the packaging. I haven't exactly got the strongest hands or upper body strength, but after two uses, I was really struggling to squeeze the conditioner out. It may well be a two hand job and because it has a rounded top, you can't sit it upside on the side of your bath. Just a bit irritating.

As I said, I only bought these because I saw they were on offer and out of curiousity. At £6 normal retail price, they're nearly double the price of a standard price of Herbal Essence for example and are a bit harder to get hold of. I'm really impressed with this product and I think I'm becoming a sulfate-free shampoo convert!

Have you had any experience with any Sulphate Free Shampoos?

Saturday, 26 January 2013

A Beautiful New Leather Bag

ASOS black leather shopper bag
ASOS black leather shopper bag
ASOS black leather shopper bag

So as many UK bloggers know, ASOS recently did a 25% off for students deal and I couldn't let that opportunity pass me by, right? So I was browsing through and happened across this beauty. It's real leather and as you can see, absolutely gorgeous. I umm-ed and ahh-ed about it for quite a while, mainly put off by the hefty £75 price tag. I would never normally spend so much on a bag. Most of my bags are cheap and come from the usual high street suspects.

It arrived Friday after super speedy delivery- ordered on Wednesday and with me on Friday- couldn't believe how quick it was! And I'm so glad I bought it. It smells like leather and looks really good quality and high end. It has a popper closure and not a zip and no long strap, which is something I'm not used to. I think I might use it for easy uni days, when I don't need to take to much with me. It's certainly got enough space to fit a note pad in.

What do you think?
Did you get anything nice in the ASOS sale?

Monday, 21 January 2013

Outfit Of The Day- The Doc's Are Out

flower Doc Martens boots

Coat- Zara
Scarf- H&M
Necklace- H&M
Jumper- Topshop
Jeans- River Island
And Doc Martens <3

So yes, in case you hadn't seen it splattered all over Blogger and Twitter, it snowed in the UK. And while I shudder at the idea of tramping through snow and ice, I am slightly happy that it is the perfect reason for me to dig out my Doc Martens. I've had them for yeaaaarrs and I don't wear them nearly as half as much as I ought to. So when the boy wanted to go for a walk as a revision break, I jumped at the chance.

Both the jumper and the jeans are new additions to my wardrobe recently. I had to return an item to Topshop- I hadn't worn it and tbh it was likely that I wouldn't ever, especially outside of the festive season. So I decided to exchange it for something I would be a lot more likely to wear and this jumper was the answer. I'm very 'meh' with a lot of the stuff in the shops at the moment but the stunning colour of this jumper made it stand out and despite circling Topshop for quite some time, this was the one thing I came back to. It's a very bright cobalt blue and I absolutely love it.

The jeans on the other hand are more or less because I really wanted some boyfriend jeans. I had had my eye on these from River Island for quite a while because I love the distressed rips in them. The only drawback is that I have to be careful when putting them on or else you end up putting your foot through it all.  I love how casual they are and I really want to pair these with heels and a t-shirt, come summer.

The next thing I'm after is a pair of really nice tailored peg leg trousers and I was just about to buy a pair when the boy pointed out that I might as well wait a while as I'm on a massive weight loss kick atm and there's no point buying them if I go down a size. So I didn't buy them but I thought it demonstrated that I'm really commited to losing weight. My first goal deadline is the middle of March when we go to Barcelona and I've lost 4lbs so far so it's pretty encouraging.

Anyway, I hope you life this outfit
Keep well

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Healthy Breakfast: Banana Pancakes

banana pancake
banana pancake

So, this is my first recipe post and will likely not be the last. I don't do a huge amount of cooking but I'm a huge healthy eating push at the moment so I'm discovering new recipes and meals. I came across this recipe while browsing tumblr, thought I would give it a go and have since fallen in love with it. I've tweaked it slightly from the original and it makes the perfect breakfast. It's super easy and really healthy.

What you will need
1 banana
1 egg
Porridge oats
Mixed seeds (optional)
Cinnamon (not pictured)

1. Mash one banana in a bowl
2. Add an egg and mix well
3. Add around 2 table spoons of porridge oats, cinnamon and 1 tbsp of seeds if wanted and mix well
4. A tiny bit of butter in the frying pan and fry. Flip and cook until both sides are brown
5. Serve with honey and fresh fruit

And bon appetite. It's that simple and easy and I eat it all the time at the moment. The portions here will serve you two thick pancakes but obviously you can double up if you're catering for more. Or you can make extra and store in the fridge as it will keep for a few days. It will keep you full for longer and I would estimate it at being around 350 cals for the two pancakes including the seeds but excluding the fruit.

I hope you guys like.
 Let me know if you would like more recipe posts
And let me know if you try it and like it!

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Building Up My MAC Palette

MAC eyeshadows shroom ricepaper naked lunch woodwinked mythologyMAC eyeshadows mulch satin taupe embark cranberry carbon

Top row- L to R- Shroom, Ricepaper,  Naked Lunch, Woodwinked, Mythology
Bottom row- L to r- Mulch, Satin Taupe, Embark, Cranberry, Carbon

It's been a secret guilty pleasure of mine slowly building up a MAC Pro Palette. I love the idea of paying for the shades that you want and will use. Yes, it's a little pricey considering it's MAC, but every palette is, in my eyes, unique to the owner. Rice Paper was my first purchase and since then I've been building it up slowly/when I can afford it. As you can see, mine are fairly neutral, which is realistically what I would use on an everyday basis. The problem is now that I want to finish it off and fill it up. I think I might get a deep purple next and then I'll see.... If you have any favourite shades, let me know! I actually have a habit of keeping a post it note underneath so that I remember which ones which.

So anyway, I just thought I would share this all with you. I'm impatient for the end of exams and for the snow to go away! I'm really not a winter person... Me and the boy have booked a city break to Barcelona for the start of the Easter holidays, which, is incedently really early, so I'm trying to create a Sephora and other European make-up/skin care list. Best to make the most it, right? Can you recommend anything?

Hope you're all keeping well and warm
Have a good weekend 

Sunday, 13 January 2013

DIY Coconut Oil and Honey Hair Mask

Yes, I know I said I wouldn't be around too much because of exams, but it's precisely for that reason that I'm writing this post- essay and revision procrastination in its most simplest form. I decided to give this DIY hair treatment a go after hearing various good things about using coconut oil on your hair. So why not?
Coconut oil is said to be one of the best things you can put on your hair as it really nourish and moisturises it as it helps stop protein loss from your hair so if you're a curly girl like me, this is great! It's also said to be great at combating scalp issues such as dandruff. I got mine from an Indian shop near to where I live but you can also order it online from place like Amazon. If you can try and get extra virgin, unrefined coconut oil as it will be in its purest form and therefore, easier for your hair to absorb.
Honey is yet another natural ingredient that helps your hair stay healthy and happy. It can also over time, naturally lighten your hair.
The egg is optional, but as everyone knows, eggs are a great source of protein and hair is essentially just one long strand of protein so a little extra can't hurt. And in case you're wondering, it won't make your hair smell like eggs. That would only happen if its gone off. It also helps tie all the ingredients together but it's not essential.

Here's what you'll need:
Coconut Oil
Egg (Optional)
Microwaveable Bowl
Shower cap/ clingfilm/ plastic bag

1. Take your coconut oil and put the desired amount into a microwaveable bowl. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature
2. Melt it in the microwave for about 50 seconds and then stir the rest until it's completely melted. Be careful as we don't want the oil to be too hot- it should be warm to touch
3. Add the honey. About 1 tbsp should do it, you don't need too much or else it gets sticky very easily 
4. Re warm it in the microwave if necessary so that all the ingredients are liquid and smooth
5. Add the egg (optional)
6. Whisk all the ingredients together.
7. Grab a towel round your shoulders and, working from the tips up, work it into your hair
8. Leave on for 30-40 mins and keep it wrapped up and covered
9. Wash out with a small amount of shampoo

And that's it! It doesn't matter if you don't get all the residue out as a little bit left on overnight, will do no harm and then you can just wash your hair the next morning as normal. Your hair will be left smooth and shiny. Some people recommend this as a regular treatment to combat damaged or dry hair and it's definately something I will be considering to keep my hair healthy as possible.

Let me know if you try it!
Hope you've had a good weekend