Sunday, 23 November 2014

Supermodel Secrets: Health tips from the catwalk



Dev Windsor


With the Victoria’s Secret show fast approaching social media has been flooded with images of impossibly toned models, sharing stories of how they work out and what they eat to stay super-trim and healthy.

Here’s some of their top tips that you can use to achieve a supermodel glow.




Doutzen Kroes



Fitness

Yoga, Pilates and Ballet are a few of the most popular workouts chosen by models to achieve their lean physique. Fans include models such as Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge and Karlie Kloss.

Speaking to US Vogue, Alessandra Ambrosio says, “Yoga calms me down and also keeps me lean, it makes exercise feel easy.”

Other popular exercises include boxing, skipping and weight training which tone muscle and build strength, although variety and consistence are key to achieving the best body.

For fitness, mix it up and always remain active,” advises Puerto Rican beauty, Joan Smalls. “I mix boxing with cardio and Pilates, and if I’m not busy I’ll work out every day.”





Lily Aldridge





Ballet Beautiful



Diet

As the saying goes, ‘you are what you eat,’ therefore eating whole, clean and unprocessed food is essential.

Victoria’s Secret model, Erin Heatherton, recommends “drinking green juices and warm water with ginger, cayenne, and lemon juice” to detox and clean your system.

Other staples on the model’s grocery lists are high protein, fat-burning foods such as avocado, salmon, quinoa and leafy, green vegetables like spinach and kale.

"I love avocado. It's my favorite snack. I eat it with rice cakes, plain, or make guacamole. It's so healthy for you and so satisfying," claims Victoria’s Secret angel, Lily Aldridge.








Health

The number one tip given by models is to stay hydrated. Top model, Adriana Lima, drinks ‘around a gallon of water a day’ in the run up to the annual Victoria’s Secret show.
Along with drinking plenty of water, models swear by getting eight hours of rest each night and exercising a strict skincare routine in order to achieve a glowing complexion.
Miranda Kerr credits “Cleansing, toning and moisturising every morning and night, and using an exfoliating cream at least twice a week” for giving her flawless skin.


Miranda Kerr




Preparation

Models are often on the move and travelling from place to place, so being prepared for when hunger strikes is important.

"I usually carry granola bars with me in case the catering sucks," says Finnish fashion model, Suvi Riggs.

Pack snacks such as fruit, nuts and smoothies along with a refillable water bottle in your handbag to stay hydrated and avoid the temptation of buying unhealthy snacks.

Miranda Kerr says: "Some of my favourite snacks are almonds, blueberries, avocado and apple pieces with almond butter. They feel like a treat but they’re actually good for you.”



Kind Fruit and Nut bar


Images sourced from Instagram, Vogue and Google.




Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Currently Loving: The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel and Body Lotion




 Like all Body Shop products I have used, I found the quality of this duo far from disappointing and I can safely say they have made my daily shower experience so much more enjoyable. 

The new Wild Argan Oil range smells divine and leaves skin feeling silky smooth and nourished while adding a touch of luxury to your daily routine.

The shower gel has a rich, oily formula that lathers up easily and nourishes the skin without needing to use too much product.

After showering I cover myself in the light-weight body lotion which absorbs easily and leaves skin feeling moisturised and silky smooth - not greasy - which is always a good thing.

Apart from being fabulous products and delivering what they claim to, Body Shop products contain no bad ingredients and are not tested on animals which is another reason why I love their stuff. 

I am definitely planning on buying more items from the Wild Argan Oil range!

Have you tried any of these products? Can you recommend any other good products from the Body Shop?

Holly xx





Sunday, 2 November 2014

October



Is it just me or has the past month just flown by?! I honestly cannot believe how quickly this year has gone it's hard to believe Christmas is just around the corner.


There's something about the crisp Autumn air, falling leaves and cosy clothing that makes me love this time of year, although I can't say the same about the wet windy weather and dark mornings!

This month I have continued to settle in to university and explore my new home of Nottingham although it seems surreal that I have only been here for 6 weeks!

I popped home for a quick visit at the end of the month and enjoyed seeing friends and family, ate some delicious food and re-discovered the luxury of a double bed.

Despite trying my hardest to stick to a student budget and manage my money, the shops here are just too good and I seem to have been 'treating myself' an awful lot. But my purchases have all been necessary due to the fact that they make me happy :-) (that's reason enough, right?!)

I finished the month on a high with a fun night out for Halloween. My trusty cat ears and collar made their annual appearance, well if it's not broke don't fix it ;-)

Only two months to go until Christmas, yay! 
Let the count down begin :-)

Holly xx



Some highlights from the last month...




Rainy night in essentials



Pre drinks




Super breakfast




Heading to Pilates




Top three lip balms




A delicious mid-week treat





Who said all students ate unhealthily?




Blackberry Honey lipgloss




Favourite meal





My daily coffee stop



Party time



Halloween





Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Halloween Beauty



It's the one day of the year where we can go completely crazy with our makeup and nobody bats an eyelid. 

Whether you love to be experimental and scare your friends with a shocking new look or you prefer to keep it low-key and chic by rocking a smoky eye or dark berry lip...

Here's a pick of the best beauty products around to help you achieve a sexy, spooky and seductive Halloween look.


Face




Lips








Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Things I Love About Autumn



As much as I love summer, towards the end of the season I always find myself craving the cooler weather so that I can wrap up in cosy jumpers, curl up next to the fire and drink endless cups of tea and hot chocolate.

Although I feel the cold terribly and actually hate the wind and rain, there's so many good things about Autumn which outweigh the seasonal colds and bad hair days. 

Here's a few of my favourite things...



Leaves falling off the trees and pretty walks in the park










Halloween, Candy and Hocus Pocus!







Bonfire night, Fireworks and Toffee apples








What do you love about Autumn?

Holly xx