What I Ate Today

I thought I would bring you a different kind of post today. As well as makeup, another big interest of mine is nutrition and with the summer months looming I’m trying my best to eat as healthily as I can – without going too crazy or starving myself! 

I’m currently doing Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide (if you don’t know what that is check out some of the incredible before and after photos on Instagram!) I’ve just completed week 4 and although it’s bloody hard work I’m really enjoying it! Kayla also has an eating plan available but as I really enjoy planning meals myself and I know a fair amount about nutrition I’m not personally following that too.

Anyway, I’ll get on to what you came here for – what I ate today! If you enjoy reading this let me know and maybe I’ll make it a weekly feature! 

Breakfast  Waitrose Berry Granola, with coconut milk, chopped strawberries and a sprinkling of flaxseed. I also had a green tea. 

Lunch  A bit of a boring one today – baked beans on wholemeal toast with another green tea! 

Afternoon Snack This is one of my favourite snacks at the moment – almonds and raisins. It really satisfies my sweet tooth and gets rid of any mid afternoon hunger pangs! 

Dinner  This was so delicious if I do say so myself! I made a vegetable stew with rice and a caramelised onion focaccia. I’ve just realised I didn’t have any meat today and just wanted to point out that I’m not a vegetarian but often have meat free days because I’m a huge fruit and veggie fan! 

Evening Snack A Braeburn apple. I always cut my fruit up like this, not sure why haha.  

Hope you enjoyed reading this! What did you eat today? 

  

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Hello! I’m so sorry for my absence over the past couple of months, it’s been a busy time! I will update you all soon but firstly I’ve got some exciting news…I’m now on YouTube! Please check out my channel here or my latest video here and be sure to subscribe to stay up to date when I upload a new video!

Speak soon!
Abi
Xx

Just Another Manic(ure) Monday: Tropical Temptation

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Another pretty summer shade for you today – Revlon’s Tropical Temptation. This is my go-to holiday toe nail colour but I also think it looks really chic on the fingers! It’s a gorgeous coral (more at the pink end of the spectrum than the orange) and looks perfect with a tan.

The formula is a lovely thick cream and this is almost opaque in one coat (but I think it needs two to be on the safe side). The finish is lovely and glossy but I always complete the manicure with a final layer of my favourite Eye Candy gel-look top coat to achieve a super shiny look.

Unfortunately I can’t seem to find this shade online so I think it may have been discontinued, sob sob. However, some similar shades are Essie’s Cute As A Button and Barry M’s Gelly Hi-Shine in Grapefruit.

What’s on your nails at the moment?

Thanks for reading!
Abi x

MAC Prep + Prime Skin Base

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In the heat my makeup has the tendency to slide right off my face and I don’t think I’m alone. Who’s with me girls? I don’t have particularly oily skin but I go seriously shiny on hot summer days and the longevity of my foundation definitely suffers. This summer I’ve noticed it more than ever so have been researching products to combat it.

Enter…MAC’s Prep & Prime. I’ve heard lots of good things about this product and as an avid MAC fan, when I saw they were giving away free samples of this on their Facebook page I nearly squealed out loud. Unfortunately the offer is no longer running (sorry girls) but I thought I’d give you my thoughts in case you were interested in purchasing the product yourself.

In a nutshell, I like it. This sample may look tiny but I’ve got at least a week’s worth of uses out if it so feel I can give you a good reflection of it’s performance.

It works well with my skin and definitely makes my makeup last longer. I can’t say it completely eradicates the shine but it does help reduce it and I have better confidence in my makeup’s performance when I’m wearing it.

The best part for me about this product however, is how it makes my makeup look when applied. It applies nicely (it comes in a white cream formula) and sinks well into the skin so you don’t have to wait around for a long time before applying your foundation/concealer and it creates a lovely smooth surface, filling in any lines to ensure your makeup looks even and flawless.

For me, this product is a winner and definitely one I will be purchasing full size. It costs £21 for 30ml so not too bad and given how long this tiny sample has lasted I think the full size product would give me loads of uses. It can be purchased from here or MAC stores and counters.

What is your favourite skin primer?

Thanks for reading!
Abi x

Lush Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment

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Who doesn’t love a Lush bath? I am certainly a fan of the sweet smells and the pretty colourful bubbles that the Lush products provide. I’ve got sensitive skin so I’m quite limited when it comes to bath products unfortunately. Even some of the most gentle products can wreak havoc with my skin and bring me out in red bumps or itchiness. (Lush’s Butterball, although designed for sensitive skin, disappointingly didn’t agree with my skin).

However, this gorgeous pink block of loveliness has so far passed the test and seems to have worked nicely with my skin. It smells like bubblegum which I think is absolutely delightful as I love really sweet smells but I can understand how this wouldn’t be to everyone’s taste!

It costs £3.95 for a 100g block which I think, if used in one go would be a pretty pricey bath! So I cut mine into 4 chunks. It nicely lathers and leaves a pretty pink tint as you can see below. However, one of the best things about the bath melt in my opinion is the fact it doesn’t stain your bath like some of Lush’s products (Honey Bee Bath Bomb I’m looking at you!)

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To use mine I crumble it in my hands under a running tap and then swish the water around to encourage it to lather. I would definitely recommend this bath melt to those of you that are either nervous of Lush products in case they interfere with your sensitive skin or who are sick of scrubbing the heck out of your bath tub after using a bath bomb!

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Which are your favourite Lush products?

Thanks for reading!
Abi x

Just Another Manic(ure) Monday: Mischief Managed

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I’m sure you’ve all heard of the lovely Tanya Burr, makeup artist turned beauty blogging extraordinaire turned cosmetic brand owner (plus, if you watch her YouTube channel you’ll know she’s a real sweetheart)!

I’ve been watching her for years and she’s been a real inspiration of mine so when I heard she was releasing her own nail polishes and lip glosses I was seriously excited. This polish was my first purchase. I was after a classic but youthful red shade and Mischief Managed is exactly that. It’s really bright which I love for summer but I can also imagine layering a red glitter over this for the Christmas season and it looking gorgeous then too!

The finish of this polish is perfect. It’s opaque in only one coat (although I always do two for shine and durability), it’s easy to apply and it’s super glossy. It almost looks like a gel polish. The brush is a great halfway house between being thick enough to cover the nail but thin enough to get in the corners without going over the edges or flooding the nail bed.

In short, I love this. Hats off to Tanya! You can purchase it from here for £5.99.

Have you tried any of Tanya Burr’s polishes? Which are your favourite shades?

Thanks for reading!
Abi x