2 August 2014

{LUXX Life} Getting Sleek this summer

Today’s post is a subject I haven’t yet touched upon on LuxxMint, Fitness….

Exercise seems to be a bit like marmite, you love it or you hate it. Personally I don’t know what has happened to me, I used to be a complete fitness fanatic. I took part in every sport going at school, played on all the teams and was devastated when I had to drop one of my P.E lessons to take an extra language class. Outside of school, I was a club swimmer, tennis club member, gymnast and took dance exams. My mum and dad spent a good deal of my childhood ferrying myself and my sister to and from sporting activities! Even when I started working I joined a gym and over the years did various forms of exercise, swam in the mornings, took classes in the evenings, joined a running club and cycled to work.

Slowly but surely over the last year everything has tailed off. I started a new job some distance away from home which comes with some pressures and all I want to do when I get home is cook dinner and sit in front of whichever box set I’m addicted to plus browse Twitter and Instagram. It’s become a sedentary kind of life and it shows. Now that it’s written down it feels more real and I need to find my love of endorphins once more. I no longer have that slim waist, toned thighs and energetic glow I used to have.

It’s a slow process but I’m slowly getting my head into focus about how to do this, I need to find a routine, one that I enjoy, get to kill some calories and get that glow back. I really want it all back!

I was pointed in the direction of Sleek Technique which is really easy to fit into my routine as I complete it at home following on my iPad. It’s an online class taught by two former ballerinas who have designed a variety of workouts to tone and improve the female body. It concentrates on stretches and moves that will lengthen muscles whilst providing a bit of a work out. Some parts are quite a challenge but it’s encouraging when the day after you find your legs a little stiff, at least you know something is working!

If it sounds like something you may like, check out the website http://www.sleektechnique.com/ where there is a free 15 minute class if you want a taster. 

If that doesn’t tempt you, maybe some fitspiration….. These are the trainers, Flik and Victoria.

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As well as getting my Sleek on, I’m going to get back in to hula’ing, I bought my hoop a while back and folded it away for some reason and it’s never come back out. I really enjoy it. My hoop is a weighted and slightly larger hoop that you had when you were younger but it’s really easy to do and is great for hips and stomach toning plus building core strength. I have one like this 

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So there, it’s all written down in black and white, it’s down to me and only me to get myself fit and happy with myself.

I’d love to hear your fitspiration stories and if you went through something similar?

29 July 2014

{LUXX Beauty} Sunkissed face

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Hands up who is loving the summer so far! I'm trying to make the most of the sun at the weekends whilst dashing out on my lunch break to soak up every ray.

A sunkissed face is pretty much what i'm always aiming for and Urban Decay thought they could help me along with that.

I went along to the very fancy new beauty hall in Selfridges (heaven btw) to check out one of the new brands with a counter in the hall. 

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Urban Decay make-up has always scared me, I remember the bright shocking colours, intense pigments for eyes and lips and I guess I steered clear being a fan of the natural look.

The Naked collection changed everything though with the launch of the eye palettes and has since branched out into foundation, lips, eyes and cheeks. I really like the packaging, sleek, modern and functional.

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The new counter in Selfridges has beautiful silver chain drapes and high tech beauty mirrors for anyone wanting to try out a product or two.

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I was sent the new Naked Skin Bronzing Beauty Balm and the Naked Flushed palette in Streak to try out and thought i'd show you my face as well as telling you what I used.

After moisturising I applied the beauty balm with my fingers and finished with a beauty sponge, applied concealer under my eyes and a dusting of mineral powder over my nose, forehead and chin. Nothing but mascara on my eyes, a slick of lip balm and sweep of the Flushed palette on my cheeks. I took a little extra of the highlighter and dabbed across my cheek bones and under my brows.

My hair was left to air dry for that extra bit of beach!

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What do I like, the balm coverage is medium (you can still see my freckles!) you can build it up a bit if you want to go all out with the tanned look and contains spf 20. The palette is my favourite though the peach blush is very pretty, the bronzer doesn't contain any shimmer but the highlighter is packed full of fine rose gold particles and is simply stunning. I love it!

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Are any of you Naked fans? What do you think of the sunkissed look?

27 July 2014

{LUXX Food} Afternoon tea at Marco Pierre White

Afternoon tea is so very English and no matter how often you go it always feels like a treat.

I took my mum along to try the new offering at the Laurent Perrier bar at Marco Pierre White's sky high bar in the Cube Birmingham.

You take the elevator to the 27 floor and step into the shard of glass that juts out from the top of the Cube. Floor to ceiling views over the city in a beautifully redecorated setting.

We took our seat on a low banquet settee, accepted our glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne and awaited the main act......

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My favourite part of an afternoon tea is always the scones, these were good, fluffy and light with juicy sultanas, of course then topped with cream and jam. Or should I say jam first then cream and lots of it!

I was pleased to see cheese and pickle sandwiches, one of my favourites and the ham and mustard plus smoked salmon and cream cheese.

The cakes were a little disappointing because i'm not really a chocolate cake fan ( I know i'm quite the exception) and the majority of the cakes were chocolate based, chocolate fudge brownie, chocolate eclair, chocolate muffin stuffed with cream. There was a carrot cake too. I would have loved these cakes to have been homemade which they unfortunately aren't, plus a slice of lemon drizzle or Victoria sponge would have been a great replacement for one of the chocolate cakes!

Still, I just had to treat myself to another scone!

As mentioned above the setting is pretty perfect, the decor is by Mr Mcqueen, it's elegant yet modern and the tiny baby grand adds some extra opulence.

Champagne, scones and cream in the sky - what a delight!

7 July 2014

{LUXX Buys} Sparkle and shine

I would have loved to have dressed up for an outfit post, sadly my photographer went off to Brazil for some World Cup fun and came home full of man flu and passed it on to me, how kind!

I still wanted to show you my new oh so spangly dress that I really can't wait to twirl around in. I didn't own a single sequin in my closet so this dress is more than making up for it. I even went and bought a new pair of shoes to wear with it. The simple silver strap sandals and a spritz of one of my favourite perfumes and i'll be set to shine.

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Dress c/o Currently on sale too

It's ultra flattering on, with a nice lining and enough stretch. I really can't wait to wear it and I have just the occasion coming up.



29 June 2014

{LUXX List} #9 Festival beauty

With less than one week to go until Wireless festival hits Birmingham, you could say i'm getting very excited now! Tickets are still available if you want to come and join the fun!

In my last post I showed you three styles of festival dress and to complete any look, here are my beauty picks.


Base: I've picked a BB cream newly released by Urban Decay, I tested this recently and it looks GOOD. It contains an SPF 20 and comes in three finishes, Bronzing, Illuminating and Original. There's no need for a heavy foundation at a festival, you're likely to sweat it off or have the rain wash it away so best to keep things natural.

Cheeks: This Flushed Pallette is also a new pick from Urban Decay. The one i've featured is Streak. The most beautiful pink blush, rose gold highlighter and sunny bronzer. The highlighter is just gorgeous and when all blended together gives the prettiest cheek.

Eyes: All i've selected here is the YSL mascara, something to give your eyes a pretty flutter and definition. 

Lips: Keep your lips natural. No-one wants to be faffing around painting on lipstick or worrying about hair sticking to lip gloss whilst your bouncing around to bands. This YSl plumping lip balm will give your lips a plump whilst keeping them hydrated too.

Flash: I saw these and just had to feature them. Flash Tattoos do THE most amazing metallic temporary tattoos in great designs. How lovely are the bracelets. I want!

Do you have any festival beauty tips? Please share!!

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