At Latest in Beauty, there’s nothing we enjoy more than spending our lunch hour scrolling through our favourite blogs and all of the posts, photos and feedback on our Build-Your-Own beauty box selection. It’s so exciting for us when bloggers and influencers share their must-have Latest in Beauty discoveries, therefore each month we like to chat to one of them right here on the blog. This month we caught up with Natalie from The Floral Republic.
How do you make your blog stand out?
Ooh this is a tricky one. I don't think my blog necessarily does stand out as I really just do it as a hobby, but I write entirely for myself and do what I want to do rather than trying to keep up with beauty trends which keeps it fun and takes the stress out! I keep my reviews honest and try to be informative as possible. Although I started my blog predominantly to write about beauty, I've found some of my most popular books are more lifestyle-based, such as book recommendations and food reviews.
Your go to make-up look is...
I like to keep it nice and simple for my daily look. Radiant skin is a must so I mix Pixi Glow Booster with my base (I love L'Oréal True Match Foundation and Sleek Life Proof Foundation) then add a bit of contour with the Rimmel Sculpting Palette. I never go without blusher so I pop on some Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush then finish off with a tinted pink lip balm. Most of the colours in my makeup bag are pink!
If you could curate your own beauty box, what would it contain and why?
As I'm always on the go and having to top up my makeup for events I usually keep a spare makeup bag in my handbag or desk drawer with some essentials in. If I made my own beauty box it would need to contain some of my holy grail products like: Stila Convertible Colour, Clinique Chubby Stuck, Beautyblender, Carmex Original Pot lip balm, Benefit They're Real Mascara and Sleek Solstice Highlighter Palette
If you could design a beauty collection, what would it be like?
I'm a sucker for Instagram-worthy packaging (like Paul & Joe and Benefit) and love multi-tasking products so I'd create a range of palettes with everything you need for day and night makeup looks. Everyone jokes about how much I wear pinks and florals so it would need to follow that theme!
Hidden gem in your beauty stash is…
Coconut oil - I use it for everything; taking off my makeup, facial moisturiser, body moisturiser, hair mask - it's so simple but I love it! I always keep a miniature tub with me when I'm travelling.
What’s your signature scent?
I don't wear a lot of perfume but I wear Soap & Glory's Original Pink body spray every day, it is super sweet and one of my all time favourites.
The blogger/YouTuber made me buy it:
Swatch stencils! These are what have been missing from my beauty blogging game for so long and I can't believe I never knew about them before. I have always been terrible at swatching makeup (shaky hands!) so stopped bothering but I'm now so excited to be able to swatch perfect rectangle shapes of lipstick and eyeshadow... it's the simple things!
Favourite discovery from Latest in Beauty?
I got a miniature bottle of The Body Shop Oils of Life Facial Oil and I love it. I'm really trying to prevent ageing at the moment and this oil is so great at hydrating and revitalising my skin - I will definitely be purchasing the full size version.
Smokey eye or bold lip?
How do you relax?
I love treating myself to a massage or spa day, this is probably the ultimate thing for me to do on my own and can spend all day lounging by a pool reading a book. When I can't afford that luxury I love nothing more than a pamper night at home - pop on a hair mask, run a bath with a Lush bath bomb, use a hydrating sheet mask and then smother myself in body butter afterwards.
From your stomach doing more somersaults than the local gymnast team, to selecting the perfect outfit and makeup look, dating is as tough as the *shudders* ‘so, have you got a boyfriend yet?’ conversation starter at family shindigs. As I approach the ripe old age of 26, I’ve come to quickly realise that I have put off the idea of dating for so long that I have actually forgotten what it’s like to date (did I ever really know? Probably not). Beyoncé has been Crazy in Love, Dangerously in Love and Drunk in Love, and yet it seems harder than ever to find a non-psychotic bachelor that also enjoys the company of cats, watching Mamma Mia and binge eating pizza (if you’re out there, apply within.)
First dates, although stressful/terrifying/often horrific, tend to be characteristically rather memorable – even when they go well. I’ve been told you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you can find your prince (thanks Disney) and therefore, dating becomes a required task. We’re now living in a time where swiping and hookups escalate from an app on our phones, and maybe I just can’t get on board with that – what ever happened to pretending your suitcase is too heavy for you to carry up the stairs only for a nice guy to come along to help you? I was going to fabricate an elaborate first date story of my own, but to be truthful, I have only ever been on one first date and it was as awkward as I’d imagined it to be – I guess I’ll know for next time not to go to a restaurant that serves garlic bread with actual chunks of garlic…
Because dating is inevitably not what we imagine it all to be, and to provide the small comfort that you’re not alone in this 2018 stale dating pool (or, let’s be real, to just make myself feel less like a destined-to-be spinster) I turned to my friends to get the low-down on some of their funniest and weirdest first dates. Read on for some entertainment and be sure to tweet us if you have any good ones! We’ll pick one of our favourites to win our Date Night beauty box!
Perfect height for an armrest
“I liked the look of a guy across a bar yeeears ago, my friend gave him my number without telling me when I went to the loo, and after we left he texted me asking me out for a drink. We arranged to meet a few days later, and stood next to each other side-by-side for the first time… and he was little. As I walked up to him, in heels, the first thing he said was “woah, you’re tall” and I blurted out “and you’re small!” and we politely proceeded to have an awkward drink knowing we weren’t interested in each other and played table football as he demonstrated a typical short man syndrome competitive streak, complete with “YESSS”es through gritted teeth and fist pumps. He won, I stopped wearing big heels on first dates, and never saw him again.” – Emma, London
Bottoms up (quite literally)
“My first, first date and my first tinder date left me wrecked with fear for a tedious meal with bolognese round my mouth and an argument over the cheque. So I decided to throw him in at the deep end and take him to a life drawing class in soho during pride week. We sat and drew two wonderfully sculpted men while cars bumped into each other outside, distracted by their bottoms in the window display of the pop up shop behind Carnaby Street. Turns out he had an art degree and the whole thing didn’t phase him at all! It was a match!” – Louella, London
Put his foot in it
“So I liked this guy and he was a friend of a friend; so I thought he MUST be normal. When he asked me out I was so excited and spent the week before obviously planning our wedding. I’m cool, I’m cool. Anyway, we were at a really nice restaurant; the wine was flowing and things were going ok… Then out of nowhere he drops the bombshell and told me he had a foot fetish. I laughed and thought he was joking. He smiled, nervously and I looked for the nearest exit. He then went on to compliment my feet!!! To cut a long story short, his mates joined, I left and he joked that he’d ‘try not to pull another girl while out’. I really know how to pick ’em!” – Jemma, Plymouth
“My date started by limping up to me with one leg massively shorter than the other, with a punch on the arm for a greeting. I was then subjected to a walk down a London high street whilst being repeatedly ‘bro punched’ on the arm in agreement with everything I said and a ‘yeah mate’ to boot. Once we arrived at the bar, where the barman gave me a ‘REALLY?’ side eye, I was then subjected to an hour’s talk about Tottenham Hotspur. Not wanting to be rude, I offered to buy one drink back before running to the bathroom, calling a mate and hatching the escape plan. I introduced my date to two drunk girls on the table next to ours and as he went to buy them both a drink, I legged it. Not one bit sorry.” – Vix, London
Lost in Translation
“I moved to Poland and one of my female friends set me up with a nice girl. What I wasn’t told was that she didn’t speak any English and awkwardly, I didn’t speak much Polish. There was a lot of awkward smiles and staring, and understandably, it was all a little uncomfortable. The most I got out of the conversation (I think) was that her sister was in a Convent… an unusual topic for a first date as you can imagine. I bought her a drink and that’s as far as we got…” – Sam, London
It’s under a week until Valentine’s Day, and while dating can be tough in its own right, finding a kiss proof lip colour can be even more of a challenge. When you’re preparing for a date, your true power weapon is a strong lip look – lipstick is the one true product in your beauty arsenal that loves you back, more so if it lasts. Let’s be honest, who really puts aside extra time during a date to re-apply lipstick? There’s definitely more pressing things to worry about, like whether your date is *gasps* one of those people that skips dessert.
Even if you’re too busy to be kissing this Valentine’s Day, don’t miss a trick when long-lasting lip colour is concerned. Choosing a lipstick that’s probably going to stick around longer than your date doesn’t have to be a faff, so we’ve rounded up some of our favourite kiss-ready lip formulas that are perfect for your romantic plans.
Long wearing lip formulas can attract a bad rep for being excessively dry, leaving you with not so pleasant flaking lips. Although there are many great lipsticks out there, we have a couple of tricks up our sleeves to get the best out of your kiss-proof pout.
Firstly, don’t skimp on the prep by investing in a good lip scrub to slough away any dry areas.
Follow with a balm for nourishment and let it completely sink in.
Line lips with a good lip liner to prevent feathering.
Seal the deal. Lipcote is our go-to for this – it’s the original lipstick sealer and the celebrated secret behind lip colour that not only performs, but lasts. A clever transparent topcoat, Lipcote prevents fading, feathering and is transfer resistant. Simply apply lipstick, blot with a tissue and brush Lipcote’s magical transparent sealer on top.
OUR FIVE KISS PROOF PICKS
MAC Ruby Woo
This is quite possibly the Queen when it comes to kiss proof lipstick; it’s the one that never disappoints. With four lipsticks sold every minute worldwide, there’s no denying Ruby Woo is much loved among lipstick aficionados (us included). The creamy, vibrant formula provides a no-shine retro matte finish and is completely transfer proof. Definitely the one to see you through dinner and beyond…
Kat Von D Lolita
Meet THE liquid lip that launched a lipstick revolution! The world went matte when Everlasting Liquid Lipstick first debuted, and for good reason. The pigmented formula is both comfortable and transfer-proof, gliding over lips like a gloss and lasting all day – even through a smooch. You have 40+ shades to play with, with Lolita’s chestnut hue being one of the cult classics.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Fiore
Looking for a creamy-matte that provides full-coverage colour while passing the kiss test? We’ve found it. Weightless on the lips and comfortable to wear, this liquid lip formula doesn’t budge one bit, so much so that you’ll have to pull out your best oil to remove it come bedtime. Fiore is a punchy pink shade that will leave lips looking supple and kissable!
Rimmel Provocalips Heart Breaker
Another seductive red, Heart Breaker provides up to 16 hours of high impact colour and is the most affordable of them all. 100% kiss and transfer proof, the clever two-step application leaves lips feeling smooth and moisturised all day long. Simply apply the colour followed by a thin layer of the hydrating topcoat to lock in your look for long-lasting wear.
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Love Bite
One of life’s little luxuries, Charlotte Tilbury offers a fail-safe recipe for seductive, kiss proof lips. Get Hollywood glamour instantly with Love Bite, the perfect warm red shade for full, kissable lips. The colour is enough to make a statement, while the blend of waxes helps the formula glide over the contours of your lips without bleeding outside your lip line!
The time has come, it’s another Brand of the Week – and what an exciting one it is too. If you’re anything like us, you’ll spend a lot of time trying to make the right life choices; exercising, eating healthily, drinking enough water, the list goes on. When it comes to skincare, we’re always searching for the best products for our skin; ones that eliminate harmful toxins and chemicals we can’t pronounce. So, why don’t we look for the good in our makeup too? Well, ladies, now you can, because this week we’ve pulled out all the stops with a Nude by Nature takeover. The brand will be introducing one of their cult products each day, so make sure you keep checking back to avoid missing out !
WHO IS NUDE BY NATURE?
Nude by Nature, founded in 2008, is Australia’s No 1 mineral makeup brand. Our favourite thing? The brand is cruelty-free and harnesses natural ‘good for you ingredients’. Formulas hone in on powerful native Australian vitamins and essentials oils, including kaolin, qunadong, macadamia, shea butter, avocado and vitamin E as well as bamboo powder for a soft-focus finish, and antioxidant-rich Australian native kakadu plum and lily pilly to benefit the skin. All formulations have been developed to provide different finishes and shades that offer an uncompromised finish, without the toxins. At last, flawless skin comes naturally!
WHAT WE LOVE
Here at LiB, we’ve tried many products over the years, and a stand-out for us has been the Nude by Natural Powder Foundation. Did you know that one is sold every minute? That’s pretty impressive. The feather-light SPF 15 Radiant Loose Powder Foundation formula adapts naturally to skin tones, evens out complexion, covers redness and pigmentation, and conceals enlarged pores – that’s a lot of our skin woes sorted in one hit, we love it! This is best used with the brand’s Flawless Brush – use this to gently push into the mesh sifter on the Radiant Loose Powder Foundation, tap away the excess and then buff the powder onto skin in light, circular motions. Start at the centre of the face and work outward until your desired level of coverage is achieved.
We’re also huge fans of its liquid big sister, the Nude by Nature Flawless Foundation, an oil and fragrance-free formula that is buildable from medium to full coverage while providing a long-wearing, second skin type finish. Our top tip? Apply using the Nude by Nature Buffing Brush for a seamless finish and always apply over a primer – the Nude by Nature Perfecting Primer is great for this as it creates a smooth, even base for makeup.
So, why is mineral makeup the better option? The major benefit, in a nutshell, is that it’s good for your skin. Mineral makeup products, such as those from Nude by Nature, do not contain fillers or controversial synthetic ingredients such as parabens, chemical dyes, silicones and other film forming ingredients that can clog pores and hinder skin from ‘breathing’ naturally. This can prolong and irritate existing skin problems as well as cause issues with the skin, such as redness, blemishes and acne.
Oh, Valentine’s Day; 14 February, just a casual Wednesday (hump day ), single awareness day – whatever you want to call it, this highly commercialised day is fast approaching. If you’re not in a relationship, it doesn’t mean you can’t relish in all that this ‘day of romance’ has to offer. After all, instead of single as a status, we prefer the term ‘independently owned and operated’. When you really think about it, being single on Valentine’s Day is actually pretty great; self-love is a valid thing and so is learning the value of loving your own company. Let’s not beat around the bush, Valentine’s Day also gives you a justifiable reason to buy things. Lots of things.
If you’re looking for a way to occupy your time this Valentine’s Day, we’ve got some tried and tested tips to having a truly desirable evening from the comfort of your own sofa. Side note: If you’re planning on throwing an anti-valentine’s party, then simply indulge in some pre-event self-love and pampering, but don’t forget to send us an invite. We’ll be waiting…
SINGLE? NO BIG DEAL.
Pizza is your Valentine and will always be there for you. That’s what we tell ourselves anyway. If there’s one thing Valentine’s Day allows (without the guilt), it’s ordering take out. Go wild, ladies.
Gordon, Ben and Jerry: the only three men you could possibly need on the ‘most romantic night’ of the year. Pour yourself an XL glass of gin and tonic and grab a large spoon for some much-needed ice cream action. Oh, and you’ll be glad to hear that portion control is totes not a thing on Valentine’s Day…
Forget pity party, it’s all about the pamper party. It may sound cliché, but a good pampering sesh is something that never fails us. We’re talking the whole shebang; a long soak in the bath, face mask, hair mask, foot soak, mani/pedi – and if you really want to treat yourself, request a masseuse to pop over for an at-home treatment. Thankfully, that’s a thing now.
Dirty Works Coconut Bath Bomb
Packed full of fragrance and fizz, this bath bomb will transform your soak into a tropical pool of tranquility. Escape from the everyday and take yourself off to some faraway place – paradise, palm trees and Piña coladas await you…
Ooharr Juicy Burst Cream Face Mask
Give skin an antioxidant boost with an infusion of pomegranate, the star ingredient in this powerhouse of a mask. Jam packed with nutrients, this mask also harnesses the powers of vitamins A, C and E for the perfect detox and a natural glow.
Soigné Betteraves Rouges
Betteraves Rouges is a deliciously deep red colour, that quietly bespeaks sophistication and elegant glamour – the perfect accompaniment to your independent woman status.
Kick back with your celebrity crush. OK, so you might not be able to physically achieve this (we often dream of Colin Firth appearing on the sofa, alas it never happens) but a movie is a great way to enjoy the evening, especially if your celeb crush is the lead…
Prepare for the bigday.Get ahead of the game and order in the supplies! Our Date Night Box is the perfect pre-Valentine’s treat to yourself, filled to the brim with products that are sure to love you back.
Look and feel your best with the first ever Women’s Health Beauty Box, a curated edit that showcases £138 worth of wellness essentials hand-picked by Editor, Claire Sanderson. Containing some of Claire’s favourite products from the past 12 months, this box is a true insight into her bathroom cabinet and gym bag, so, by all means, get stuck in – we hope you love it as much as we do.
Calling all subscribers: Get £5 OFF with the code HEALTH5 – you’re welcome!
Get stuck in
Sol De Janeiro
Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
Try this addictive, fast-absorbing cream once and you’ll never look back. So much so, it’s already gained global cult beauty status.
Exfoliating Treatment Mask
This two-part probiotic treatment exfoliates and also boosts skin barrier function, making it stronger and more resilient.
Nobody wants post-workout panda eyes. But whether you’re hitting the weights room or going for a run, this smudge-proof and waterproof mascara goes the distance.
Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum
If you’re wary of retinol’s bad rep (read: irritation, redness and feeling), Murad’s gentle Retinol Tri-Active Technology drip feeds skin to avoid overwhelming the delicate eye area.
15% OFF Murad Skincare at murad.co.uk. Use code LIBMURAD to receive £5 off. T&C’s: Valid until 9.30am on 25 April 2018.
The Microdelivery Daily Exfoliating Facial Wash
This gentle, sulphate-free scrub is kind to skin as it sloughs away the dead cells that make your complexion look dull.
Protein Bites - Lemon with Coconut
High-protein, lower-sugar and packed with fibre that’ll fill you up far longer than a chocolate bar, these gluten-free goodies will perk you up and help you power right through that 4pm meeting.
Plumpline Lip Liner
Plumping your pout as it defines, this lip hero has a built-in brush to help blend, contour and keep your lip colour looking neat all-day long.
This 100% natural fragrance contains pure essential eucalyptus, frankincense and lavender oils to help you keep calm and carry on.
20% OFF when you spend £20 or more on your first order at thisworks.com. Use code WH20 to receive 20% off. T&C’s: Valid until 25 April 2018.
The Wet Brush
Lil' Detangler in Punchy Pink
Small, yet mighty, this little guy’s bristles glide effortlessly through thick hair, getting rid of the toughest of tangles, no problem.
Dry Shampoo in Tropical
Spritz this tropical-scented spritz on to roots and gently massage to absorb excess oil without leaving a grey, ghostly sheen.
Mild and safe, but strong enough to kill odour-causing bacteria and provide long-lasting protection – there’s a lot to love about this natural formula.
For Her Fleur Musc
This feminine peony and rose bouquet – made sparkly with peppercorn and sexy with patchouli, amber and musk – is just too intoxicating to say no to. Sold.
We’ve got a secret that we’re keeping close to our chest. Well, under our arms actually. These patches are a healthy alternative to aluminium- and paraben-loaded antiperspirant, just stick one under each arm and the smart strips will trap odour as they prevent sweat marks and stains.
20% OFF your first dandi® patch purchase at dandipatch.com. Use code WH20 at checkout to receive 20% off. T&C’s: Valid until 1 May 2018.
This moreish, organic infusion of purple elderberries, blackcurrant, rosehip and beetroot is blended with spices and whole leaf green tea to boost your immunity now and in the long-term.
Balancing Ecosoy Candle
Not all candles are created equal. Case in point: a 100% natural, clean-burning soy candle that’s laced with extracts of green mandarin, geranium, coriander and jasmine to give your mind, and your home, a little lift without releasing any harmful fumes.
20% OFF at 58lifestyle.com. Use code LIB20 at checkout to receive 20% off. T&C’s: Valid until 31 May 2018.
Whey Protein Blend Vanilla or Chocolate
With 80% top-quality whey protein, hormone balancing maca and energising ginseng and guarana, this is holistic nutrition for a 360° healthy lifestyle.
15% OFF your next order at herfreesoul.com. Use code FSSistas at checkout to receive 15% off. T&C’s: One use per customer.
Dr Paw Paw
I like to keep my beauty regime simple. This multitasking balm is a skin protector, moisturiser, lip gloss and even an anti-frizz treatment.
Gizeng Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturiser
If your skin could pick its own care, it’d be this: lightweight, oil-free and able to pep up skin instantly. Energy-revving ginseng and coffee beans provide the power boost skin needs to hydrate and look more radiant.
15% OFF your first order at origins.co.uk. Use code ENERGISE at checkout to receive 15% off. T&C’s: Valid until 30 April 2018.
Competition closes at 11:59pm on 25 February. UK entrants only. Any entrants outside of the UK will automatically be disqualified. Winners will be contacted within 14 days of the competition closing, and have 30 days from being contacted to claim their prize.
Drum roll, please (and yes, we do expect you to mimic the sound…) The day has finally arrived and we’re SO excited to announce our first ever Brand of the Week. So, without further ado, let us introduce Dirty Works, who will be showcasing seven fabulous products over the duration of this week.
Who is Dirty Works?
A British brand, born and bred, Dirty Works offers a range of fun and sophisticated top-to-toe beauty products, enabling us all to take time out from our busy lifestyles to indulge in some girly glamour and much needed me-time. A go-to for many of us at LiB HQ, Dirty Works combines some seriously fun designs and good quality formulations with enticing fragrances. Ladies, affordable beauty has never looked so good on our beauty shelves, let us tell you!
The Dirty Works range spans skincare, bodycare, divine smelling bath products, quality cosmetics and oodles of accessories. Some of our fave bath products have emerged from the Dirty Works range and each contain the brand’s signature fragrance; a blend of vibrant fruity top notes of peach and cassis, with subtle floral nuances of rose, jasmine and orange blossom, supported by base notes of vanilla and amber – just that has got our soap-buds tingling!
So, ladies, it’s time to buff your stuff in the shower and show your skin you care by lovingly lavishing yourself in the ultimate head-to-toe luxury. Just head back to the site every day this week to see the daily reveal – there’s plenty for you to get your mitts on.
TAKE THE OFFER
Dirty Works is available online (worldwide) or exclusively in-store at Sainsbury’s within the UK. As an extra treat for you all, the brand is offering all LiB lovers 25% off everything in the online shop until 31 March 2018. Soak up this offer by using the code LIB25 at the checkout – it’s as simple as that.
T&C’s: This code does not apply to sale items, cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional codes and only applies while stock lasts.
If you ask anyone about their 2018 New Year resolutions, there’s a high chance that upping their exercise game is on the list, and before your eyes roll back into your head, hear us out…
Joining a gym isn’t always necessarily the answer as exercise can quickly feel like an expensive chore, therefore we have put together a few at-home exercises that can be done anytime, anywhere. We’re hoping these will help us all to stay energised and keep up the fitness resolution throughout and beyond January.
It is always important to start with at least a 5-minute warm up to work on your muscles while increasing your heart rate. If you own a skipping rope, this is a fantastic way to warm-up. If you don’t, don’t worry, but should you want to buy one you can do so cheaply. A few examples here.
60 seconds – March on the spot (stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and lift your left leg up to your chest then back to the floor, followed by your right leg. Repeat for 60 seconds)
60 seconds – Walk outs (stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend at the hips and plant your hands on the floor, shoulder-width apart, a couple of inches in front of your feet. Walk your hands forward until your body is in a push up position. Now reverse the movement and return to standing)
60 seconds – Jumping jacks (Stand with your feet together and your hands at your sides. Simultaneously raise your arms above your head and jump up just enough to spread your feet out wide. Quickly reverse the movement and repeat.)
60 seconds – Alternate lunges with rotation (Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Step forward with one foot and slowly lower your body into a lunge. Your front knee should be bent at 90 degrees and your rear knee should be a few inches off the floor. As you lunge, rotate your upper body toward your lead leg. Rotate from your upper back—not your lower back. Pause, and return to the starting position. Now repeat with the other leg leading and repeat).
30 seconds – Double arm rotation forwards (Stand with feet shoulder width apart and arms by your side. Swing both arms simultaneously forwards as if drawing a circle with each arm).
30 seconds – Double arm rotation backwards (Stand with feet shoulder width apart and arms by your side. Swing both arms simultaneously backwards as if drawing a circle with each arm).
Now that you’re all warmed up, you’re ready to tackle the at-home HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) burner. HIIT combines quick bursts of exercise with recovery periods, and the reason for its popularity? The results proven from short explosive exercise are great! This also means the added bonus of shorter exercise sessions (see, it’s not all bad…)
HIIT raises the heartrate very quickly, providing you are putting 100% effort into the burst of exercise. It is essential that you work as hard as you possibly can during the intervals and take the rest in-between to reap the rewards. The key to success is to make sure that you do every set properly and that every rep is precise; go for technique on your first few rounds and then build up to speed.
There are a total of six exercises and you have four rounds to complete them, with 30-40 seconds in-between each round (so the recovery after exercise six is always longer).
Round 1 – 20 second interval and 20 second recovery
Round 2 – 30 second interval and 20 second recovery
Round 3 – 40 second interval and 20 second recovery
Round 4 – 20 second interval with 20 second recovery
Exercise 1: Squat with knee lift
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and drop into a squat. Keep you back straight and make sure your legs are bent at 90 degrees. Power back up and bring your right knee up to meet your left elbow, then back into a squat and back up with a left knee up. That’s one rep.
Exercise 2: Burpee
Stand with your feet about twice shoulder-width and your arms hanging naturally by your sides. Push your hips back, bend your knees, and lower your body into a sumo squat until you can place both hands on the floor between your feet. Jump or walk your legs back so you’re in a push up position. Quickly pull your legs back into a sumo squat and then stand up. That’s one rep.
Exercise 3: Bicycle crunch
Lie on your back and bring your hands up to your temples. Crunching your abs, bring your left knee in towards your waist while simultaneously bringing your right elbow in to meet it, then swap sides. It should be a fluid motion, as if you were riding a bike. To challenge yourself you can speed the movement up and slow it down.
Exercise 4: Glute bridge
Lie on your back with your knees bent and arms out to the sides. Lift your hips off the mat so your back, hips and thighs are in a line. Remember to keep your glutes and core engaged. Then lower your hips to the floor. Repeat the motion.
Exercise 5: Butt kicks into high knees
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Kick your feet up behind you one at a time until the heel touches the glutes and pump your arms at the same time. Repeat 10 butt kicks and then swap to 10 high knees, raising your knees in front of your chest and pumping your arms.
Exercise 6: Plank
A plank is simple but effective if you are in the right position! Assume a push up position, but bend your elbows and rest your forearms on the floor. Your body should form a straight line from your head to your ankles. Now tighten your core and remember to breathe.
Some food for thought before we finish; it will make it much easier to stick to a healthier way of life if you remember to get plenty of rest and drink at least two litres of water each day. It is also good to remember that getting fit and staying healthy is as much what you put into your body as the exercise you take, so remember to make better choices this January to really reap the rewards of your New Year’s resolution!
Though skincare lotions and potions are certainly beneficial to our skin (gosh, we wouldn’t be without ‘em) the real power and secret to good, glowing skin comes from what we put into our bodies. In addition to drinking lots of water to remain hydrated inside and out, a smoothie is a great way to give your body an extra boost of nutrients. Today, we’ve decided to share one of our favourite smoothie combinations, which helped us on our journey to happy, healthy skin. If you’ve got a blender, access to a supermarket and an open mind, you’re good to go…
What you need
Avocado (one half)
Love it or loathe it, don’t dismiss this millennial fave (even if you really hate it, you won’t taste it). Rich in vitamin E, this powerful antioxidant steals the show when it comes to that much-coveted glow, while its high content of vitamin C supports moisture levels for optimum hydration.
Banana (one, peeled and chopped)
Not only is banana really good for your health, it’s pretty darn fab for your skin, too. This humble fruit is rich in anti-oxidants and can help to nourish dry skin, as well as smoothening ageing skin.
Blueberries (one cupful)
Oh, the modest, yet very delicious blueberry. Offering antioxidants, vitamin C and iron in abundance, blueberries are very fond of fighting free radicals, which is good for us when such nasties attack the skin and contribute to premature skin ageing.
Mango (one cupful, chopped)
Not only is this nutrient-dense fruit extremely tasty, mango is rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A, which can help enrich skin health; protecting the skin from UV rays, reducing oil production and fine lines and encouraging a rosy glow in the skin.
Spinach (as much as you desire)
Basically, the key to great skin is spinach, and lots of it. Regular consumption is great for improving the look of your skin and minimising dark circles, while the high iron content promotes a natural glow. Give skin an extra boost with Sukin’s Super Greens Clay Masque.
Fresh OJ (half cup)
Adding a little bit of vitamin C to your smoothie will enhance absorption of iron from the spinach. Plus, it’s super tasty and helps everything blend well together. An extra shot of vitamin C will always go down well with your skin, so how about adding Ooh-arr’s Rosie Glow Mask to your next box?
A splash of coconut water
Now, you could solely opt for coconut water (or even almond milk) instead of the OJ, but we still like to add a splash of the coco-nutty goodness for an extra shot of hydration.
Chia seeds (just a sprinkling)
Because, why not? These seeds are the cherry on top when on the path to glowing skin; they’ll help reduce inflammation and dryness while encouraging a plumper look to the skin.