Making Memories with Printiki*


For me, taking photos is a must. I don't just mean 'selfies', but I love to capture lovely memories as they happen to keep forever. I know people say "I'll remember this forever", but that's not always the case. Whenever a happy moment happens, I bring out the camera to ensure that the memory does stay alive forever.

My camera roll on my photo (and my Google Drive) are filled to the brim of photos, from random occasions such as: going out for a meal with friends, having a fun night out with them, with my family members, my animals... The list goes on and on. It's all well and good to have the photos on your phone/camera, or online, but I love having them physically.

The lovely people at Printiki got in contact with me a while ago, and I couldn't resist. There are so many ways to have your photos printed/presented, so I tried to go for something a bit different. The prints I had made were 20 medium sized prints with a polaroid design and a glossy finish*. 


Personally, I'm a major fan of having photos designed like a polaroid, as it gives it a 'vintage' feel, but also allows for you to write on the bottom - something which I will be doing in the near future.

I must admit, I did take a little bit of inspiration from Love, Maisie for how to arrange my photos, because I was just going to have them stuck to the wall. I wanted to do something different, and Maisie's post on her DIY Bump to Baby photo wall was literal genius.


I changed up the idea slightly and my mum purchased these fairy lights, where the lights also have clear, plastic pegs attached to them (perfect for attaching photos!). I fell in love as soon as she gave me them, even though she was saving them for Christmas. The photos from Printiki and these fairy lights are the perfect combo, as it gives a different edge to having photos displayed, but also helps create a warming atmosphere for your bedroom, living room or wherever you want to put your photos.



A lot of the reason I wanted to get photos printed as because in the Summer of this year, my family dog who we had for 11 years unfortunately passed away very suddenly, so I wanted to get photos printed of her (not as a memorial, but more of a memory wall). Sadly, I realised that there aren't too many photos of her, because I wanted to have her life from puppy to adult, so I wouldn't have been able to fill the fairy light wall.

So instead, I decided to keep it as a memory wall, but to have my most favoured memories. She is included on the wall a few times, but so are me and my friends, my family, and my new puppy, Evie. I prefer having it this way, as I know I'd get upset if I saw a lot of photos of my old dog, so I kept the photos of her to a minimum (she's in 2 of the 20).


Another way I've presented the photos is to have them around my wardrobe/mirror in my university bedroom. The person who had my university bedroom before me did the same idea, and I thought it was a really good idea. I currently have 5 photos on there, as they didn't fit onto the fairy lights (as I wanted to have a photo, then a space). Currently, there is some Christmas tinsel around them, but after Christmas I'll change it up and put some fairy lights up which are on a copper string (found in Primark!)

I can't wait to get more photos from Printiki, as I've never been so happy with the quality of photos in my entire life. I've printed out photos before, and I haven't been too happy with the quality or size, but I'm so happy that Printiki cater for that. Their website is so easy to use as well, and I think from the time of uploading to having the order placed, it took me about 5 minutes.

The website also allows you to resize your photos as well as being able to rotate them, which I think is a really good idea, and also allows you to have photos exactly how you want them. As well as this, you can upload photos from your phone, computer or even your social media accounts, like Facebook and Instagram. 

How handy is that?!


Fancy grabbing yourself some photos like I've mentioned above AND also getting free shipping? Head over to Printiki and when you're in the checkout process, use the code 8JPYZXPY.

I want to thank Printiki for getting in contact with me to work with them, it was so lovely and I'm very happy with the result.

*Please note that even though I did work with the company mentioned, the comments and opinions made throughout this blog post have been my own, and I have not been paid/made a deal to say positive comments.*

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Fitbit: Why I took the plunge



I've been debating back and forth in my head for honestly about a year and a half on whether or not I should purchase a FitBit. I know numerous people that own them, but as much as they would go on and tell me how good they were, I wasn't hooked. I kind of viewed them as pointless to own, and didn't really see the obsession with step counting. I mean, that's what pedometers are for, right? I have the Health app on my phone which records my steps, I didn't particularly care for checking how good or bad I slept. However, my mind has changed.

I guess the reason I didn't particularly care too much for fitness trackers was because I wasn't too into fitness, but now I have the bug (or plague, I should say) for it, I am literally obsessed.

If you follow me on any of my social media accounts, you'll know that during the summer, I took the plunge and purchased a FitBit. The one I went for was a Charge 2 in black, and honestly? I'm in love. I did debate between the Charge 2, Charge HR, Surge and Alta, but I finally set on the Charge 2 after major temptation (thanks Maisie!).

Why did I change my mind?

One reason as to why I took the plunge was because I don't always have my phone on me, so I'd be missing out on my steps. This sounds kind of a silly reason to purchase a fitness tracker, but I like the exact amounts of workouts to be as accurate as possible, hence why I wanted a FitBit. I know it's not going to be 100% accurate to the step, but it'll be close, and obviously closer than when I don't have my phone on me.


It can record your heart rate (I'm quite interested in this as I like to see how it changes whilst I exercise and I'm determined to get my resting heart rate down to 'athlete' level, which I'm almost at), total distance travelled, calories burnt, stairs climbed and minutes of exercise. I like that it's more than just a pedometer, and when you've not really been moving too much, your FitBit will vibrate and give you a nudge to do a few steps to bump up your overall daily score. You have an app which accompanies your FitBit, and you get weekly emails on your progress. It's a whole system that for me, I think is fab.

Another reason why I now own a FitBit is because I think over the last 3/4 of a year, my sleeping pattern has changed erratically. It varied from about 2-4 hours a night to 11-13, it was crazy. With the help of my FitBit, it lets me know exactly when I fall asleep and when I wake up, which I find absolutely incredible to be honest. Over the summer, my average amount of sleep was 7.5 hours, which is a perfect amount for me - any more and I'll have a headache all day, any less and I'll be exhausted all day. My FitBit lets me know if I've had enough sleep, if I've been wearing it too loose while sleeping and exactly how long I spent in each sleep stage (which personally, I find majorly interesting).




There is also a feature to add friends and you can do daily/weekly challenges for steps, and you can also cheer on your friends with their progress. I think it's a nice addition to the whole FitBit thing, as it's a bit of a healthy competition, and if you've smashed a goal, your chummies can congratulate you. If that's not a confidence booster, I don't know what is. I am in some weekly competitions with other bloggers, and seeing how many steps they do inspires me to push forward and achieve higher.

One feature I also like on the FitBit, is that if you turn on your Bluetooth and the notifications option, your calls and text messages will appear on your FitBit. You can't answer them (at least on my FitBit you can't), but I think it adds even more usefulness, and I'll like this feature for when I'm in a lecture and I don't have my phone on my desk, so if I do get a call or a text, I'll be notified.

The more steps you take and stairs you climb, you earn badges and trophies. I didn't think much of it at the time, but it lets you look back on your progress. I was quite surprised to see what I had achieved since owning my FitBit, and it did give me a sense of pride and I felt like I had achieved quite a bit regarding fitness and my health.




Am I happy about taking the plunge?

100% yes. I don't regret my purchase at all, and I'd recommend a FitBit to anyone. If the price scares you a little bit, maybe try a cheaper alternative first before taking the plunge for a FitBit. There are a variety of prices for FitBits, but obviously it does depend on your budget and the higher the price, the more things you can do with it.

Do you own a FitBit? Have you been contemplating it and aren't sure? Let me know in the comments and let's have a discussion!

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Healthy Snacks with Acti-Snack *


A lot of the time when I'm craving for a snack, I usually want something savoury or something 'unhealthy'. I did want to get into more of a health snack, because I find that my cravings are usually for foods that I know I shouldn't really eat constantly. I do have protein cookies, brownies (and the occasional pack of peanuts or cashews), but I honestly feel like my healthy snack struggle is now over.

The lovely team at Acti-Snack got in contact with me a little while ago and they sent me over some samples of their products, and I must admit - I was very excited.

So, who are Acti-Snack?

For those of you who don't know, Acti-Snack is a "delicious new range of natural dried fruit, nut and seed snacks which maximise on the intrinsic values of each ingredient to meet individual sporting nutrition objectives - carbohydrates for fuel, a combination of proteins, healthy fats and carbohydrates for endurance or protein for recovery - perfect for those who lead an active lifestyle."

When the package arrived, I wasn't expecting many samples because I'm not the kind of person who expects to be given a lot when it comes to samples. However, when I opened the package, I was so surprised at their generosity. I was in actual shock with how many things I had been sent, and I was happy that there was a lot of variety there.


The products that I were sent were:

  • a bag of Nut mix
  • food bars (in a variety of flavours: fruit, nut & golden berry, fruit & seed, fruit, nut & soya and cacao, cashew & cranberry)
  • 2 bags of nuts (almonds and cashews)
  • little snack bags (in a variety of flavours: fruit, nut & cacao, fruit, nut & seed, fruit nut & soya)

I'm very thankful that they took time to send me a variety of their products, giving a variety of different flavours for me to try. As someone who is into fitness and finds that sometimes a bit of fruit is a little bit boring to have for a snack (or sometimes I don't find it appealing), I now have the chance to try out something new, and to coax me into eating some snacks that are good for me, and I can reach for something healthy as opposed to a bag of crisps or a little bit of chocolate.

Favourites?

I absolutely love nuts, so I'm very happy that a lot of these products do contain them, as they are one of my favourite snacks to reach for. I know the little bags of almonds or cashews will do me good when I'm in a lecture in uni and I need a boost, or at home writing my dissertation and need something to have a munch on.

The sizes of each product are so handy, as they're easy to put in your bag or to carry on the go and you've got yourself a healthy snack there waiting for you. Out of all the products, my favourites are: the Nut Mix, the bag of cashews, the fruit, nut & soya snack packs and the fruit, nut & cranberry bar. I'm yet to try any more of the other products, as there are some ingredients I'm not too much of a fan of (e.g. banana and raisins), but I'm willing to give them a try to say that I've tried it, or to see if my tastebuds have changed.

I can definitely say that their products have helped curb my 'unhealthy' snack cravings, and I do find their products to be quite moreish, even when I'm trying to be sparing until I purchase more of the products I love by Acti-Snack.

Will I be purchasing Acti-Snack in the future?

Definitely. I have browsed their website, and I like the fact they do multi-packs at a decent price on their store. It leaves me feeling happy that I won't be ripped off. Price wise, it reminds me of Graze and their products you can purchase in supermarkets, and a someone who is a fan of Graze, I don't mind paying the price for Acti-Snack, because a) their products are good for you, b) taste great and c) I don't feel guilty for eating them as a snack.

Once again, I'd like to say a huge thank-you to everyone at Acti-Snack for showing me about their brand, as well as their generosity with the products they sent me.

I hope you've enjoyed this post, and perhaps may check out Acti-Snack and see for yourselves what their products are like! Have you ever tried Acti-Snack before? Were you a fan of their products like I am? What are your go-to health snacks? Let me know in the comments and let's have a discussion!

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* This is a PR post. The views and comments made by myself on this blog and any of my social media accounts are non-biased and I can confirm I have not been paid to say things that are untrue.

How To Increase The Effect of Your Workout | COLLAB



When it comes to fitness, all of us have different stories. Some can’t even get themselves in the mood to work out, while some of us work out every day and yet they fail to see the results. Regardless of whether you want to slim down, tone your body, or simply lead a healthier life, figuring out how to achieve your goals sometimes feels like rocket science, only more complicated. There’s a bit more to it than the simple “Well, just hit the treadmill!” that people keep pushing as the only solution. Luckily, once you learn how to approach your workouts, it’ll become as easy as pie. For the beginners and fitness enthusiasts both, here are a few tips to motivate you and help you get the kind of body you’ve always dreamed of having.

Don't skip strength training



Women are almost always guilty of this, and it’s such a shame because they’re the ones who can benefit from it the most. They tend to do it because they don’t want to end up looking bulky, but it takes a lot of time to actually build that much muscle and look beefy. Besides, muscles are sexy on anyone, not just on men. Being strong not only feels great, but it can help you lose weight as well. We all know that cardio is the golden standard for slimming down, but it won’t actually help you look toned. Weight lifting, however, makes your body trim and sexy, but it also has the added benefit of helping you lose weight even when you’re not working out. Muscles are immensely helpful with fat burning when we’re exercising, but even when we’re just resting they can help us lose more calories during the day.

Think outside the box

Hate the gym? That’s actually fine. Look, the gym is pretty great and can definitely help a lot of people, but for some it’s just too much stress. If going there makes you sick to your stomach, then you’ll just give up and ruin your progress pretty quickly. Instead, consider some other options. And we don’t mean just working out at home. Are you outdoorsy? Why not go running or hiking? Do you like to dance? Hip hop, belly dancing and jazz ballet are all great options. Or maybe you want to learn self-defence, in which case martial arts can be your go to. Yoga, swimming, cycling, fencing – there are so many options, and you know what the best one is? The one that you enjoy and that you’ll love coming back to every day.

Combine exercise with other things



Exercising helps everyone, but if we gorge ourselves with fast food every day then we’re bound to slow down our progress significantly. Cutting down processed foods and sugary things can easily help you shed the pounds, so try to eat home-cooked meals as often as you can. If you want to have a sexy body, just look at Aussie girls. They spend their whole lives at the beach, and to look good they have to work hard. Australia, more than most countries, has a high rate physically active people, and the beautiful Gabby Westbrook herself seems to enjoy outdoor workouts a lot.
Since there is so much pressure to look good, most Australian ladies aren’t shy about going to the plastic surgeon either. For example, CoolSculpting in Perth is becoming increasingly popular and if you want a non-invasive procedure to target fat, this is a pretty great option. It freezes the fat cells and removes them from your body, and it’s a great option for those who keep working out but can’t get rid of chubbiness in certain parts of their body. If you ever wanted to change something about your body, plastic surgery and other aesthetic procedures are something to consider. Combine these with exercise and the right diet and you can shape up and look just the way you want to.

Change it up



Having a routine is excellent, but sometimes you do need to introduce new things into it. If your workouts are becoming too easy for you to do, then it means you’ve reached a plateau and that you need more challenge to keep them effective. Switch it up a bit, or simply add more sets and repetitions to keep it all intense.

Make a calendar

It’s good to have a visual representation of your progress. Your body will change over time, but you won’t be able to tell right away, so keeping a calendar will help you track your workouts and keep you more motivated. Imagine looking at it and realising you’ve been working out for three months solid. This way you can take pride in what you do, and keep your goal in mind more easily.

The best and final tip that you need to know is to simply find any way you can to become in love with exercising. Stop seeing it as a chore that you just have to get out of your way. It’s the time for you to have fun, to enjoy yourself. Play your favourite music and don’t let anyone interrupt you. You’re working to become fit, healthy and beautiful, and there’s no greater feeling in the world than that.

This was a collaborative post, featuring blogger Amy Mia Goldsmith (x), who is a contributor to High Style Life.

I know for sure, I'll definitely be using some of Amy's tips here in my workout regime to really make the most of what I'm doing.

 What do you think of the tips included in this post? Are they something you'd add into your regime too? Do you do some of these already? Let me know in the comments!



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My favourite gym workouts


To link into my fitness direction that I'm going in for the blog, I thought that I'd share with you what my favourite workouts in the gym are. At some point, I'll do a post about home workouts, but for now, I hope you enjoy!

Leg press

If you follow my Instagram/Twitter, you'll know that I adore the leg press machine. I feel like my legs are one of my main assets, so I want to keep them as fit/toned as possible. The leg press can come in 2 different varieties: the foot platform moves, or the seat you're in will move. I've used both, but I feel like the second option benefits me the most. There are different stances you can do on a leg press machine, and they end up working the different parts of your legs. Personally, my favourites are: Narrow stance and standard stance since I like to work on my legs overall, but particularly the outer quads.

I do reps of 10 and I do this with weight progression from lightest to heaviest (last I did was 85kg to 165kg, meaning I did 100 presses... WHAT EVEN?!), and after I do this workout, I feel so good and that I've really taken a positive risk with pushing myself.

Taken from Pinterest
Knee raises/leg raises (Captain's chair)

A very recent favourite of mine, and I definitely feel it the day afterwards. I use the dips machine for doing both of these, and I find it so helpful and challenging (in a good way). I've never been able to support my own weight fully on my arms, so press ups have been out of the question forever. I never thought I could do these, and I've recently proven myself wrong. 

Captain's chair leg and hip raise exercise
Taken from Pinterest

I do a variant of the two whilst using this machine, so I start with a knee raise, then back down, then up to a leg raise (tuck position), then back down and keep repeating it and stopping after 10. I try to push myself each time to go that little bit further, but as a newbie to this workout (and to working out my arms), I don't make the next goal too far away. Dips are the next goal for me!

Lat pull downs

Another workout I totally adore, especially because I do like to test my limits with it (also it looks hilarious with me trying to reach the bar since I'm so short). Dependant on how far apart or close the placement of your hands are is dependant on the part of your arms you workout. I like to do a variant of them all, with reps of 10 and I like to do this for 2-3 sets, dependant on how much I want to push myself. I never used to bother working on my arms, but everytime I'm in the gym, I always get tempted by the dumbells and arm machines.

Taken from Pinterest

Dumbbell side lateral raises

For this workout, I like to change the weights between what I'm comfortable with, and the weight up from that. I do this to push myself, as well as giving me the comfort zone I can go back to if pushing myself feels like too much. I do these for reps of 10, and make it a set of between 3-5. You can do this workout at home if you have dumbbells in the house, but I do prefer to do this in the gym, especially when dumbbells can be costly if you're changing what weights you're using.

Correct side lateral raise exercise form
Taken from Primer Magazine


Kettlebells x burpees

I saw this workout over on KJ Apa's Instagram (x), so I decided to give it a shot. It's pretty easy to say that afterwards, you are literally breathless and sweating buckets. I stop after I've done 10 of each for a mini break to get my breath back, then I go back down again. It definitely is something you shouldn't push yourself to do, as the first time I did this, I had to stop after 7 of each due to being severely out of breath. This workout is a tough one to do, especially if burpees do make you pretty tired quickly, but if you don't push yourself, it is beneficial and can actually be a bit of fun.

Squats

How I really do love my squats (no sarcasm, I swear!) They're so simple to do, and work so well. However, if you want that 'peachy booty' or 'booty goals', unfortunately, just squats won't do it!

I do 3 different variations of these, and I rotate between them after every 10. First, I do just bog-standard regular squats. Secondly, I do squats and after I've come up, I follow it with a leg raise (then repeat but alternate legs). Lastly, I do weighted squats. Whether it's with a weight, kettlebell or medicine ball, it works a charm. I do all of these twice, meaning I end up doing about 60 squats. I do give myself a break after 30 to ensure I put in my full effort throughout the whole workout.

30 Day Challenges

I have 2 favourite workouts which branch under the '30 day challenge' title, and they are the Ab & Squat challenge, and the Butt Fitness challenge. I adore both of these challenges, as it basically follows the rule of 'little and often'. They don't take long at all to do, and they're quite fun if I'm honest. I fit them in either before I've gone training, or after, especially if I'm just sat around and not doing much and feel like I should be moving. When you start progressing further into the month, it really does surprise you as to how far you've gone, and how much you've actually done.

30 day ab and squat challenge
Taken from Pinterest

30 Day Bum Fitness Challenge Chart
Taken from Pinterest
That's it from me, and I hope you enjoyed reading about my favourite workouts, and what I do with them! If you want some fitness inspiration, or some ideas for workouts, check out my fitness board over on Pinterest!

What are your favourite workouts? Do you have a least favourite? Do arm workouts make you feel like The Hulk? Do squats give you the Kim K vibes? Let me know in the comments and let's have a discussion!

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Fitness and Me: Motivation


When I started focussing on my fitness, it was a struggle for me. Motivation was lacking, I found it difficult to get a routine. It was a bit messy. Finding motivation to exercise can be hard, especially if you a) don't know what you're doing and b) have been out of your 'fitness loop'. However, I've found my feet and I wanted to share with you, my lovely readers, how I found my motivation. I hope you all can find something within this post today that'll help spark your motivation.

Knowing what you want to work on: whether it's toning, losing weight or generally wanting to work on being healthier, having an idea of what you want to do in your head is a good way to get motivated. For me, currently, it's: legs, cardio, abs and bum. Eventually I'll get onto working on my arms more, but for now, I have the areas I want to work on. I love Pinterest for this, as there are a lot of different worksheets on there for every single body part. As well as this, fitness magazine are also a favourite of mine because they have articles, fitness routines and even meal ideas.

Setting some goals: try not to be too ambitious with your goals to start with. For me, my overall goal is to lose at least 2 stone of weight to bring me to where I want to be. However, I do set mini-goals to help me reach it. For example, lose x amount of pounds. There doesn't really need to be a time frame, and I feel like it's less stressful if there isn't a time frame. 

Praise yourself: for every little achievement you get, praise yourself. Whether you can run on a treadmill for a certain amount of time, progressing to your goal, you can lift a little bit more than you previously could - praise yourself. This is proven to help you feel uplifted, and has boosted my motivation for being in the gym. Celebrate every victory, even if you feel like people don't care!



Record your progress: I find this to be the most helpful for my motivation, as it helps me look back on what I've been doing, where things went well for me, what workouts benefitted me the most, what I ate (so I can eat it again, lol). It's nice to look back and see your progress, especially if you note down how much exercise you've been doing. For me, I note down how many steps I've done (in miles also) and then add it all up!

Don't push yourself: I used to beat myself up if I didn't meet a certain goal, and sometimes in the gym I'd push myself so hard that I'd feel sick (or actually throw up, NOT FUN). The key is to know your limits. If you start to feel a bit uneasy (shaky, too hot, sick), then that's the time to stop. I like to be a bit too eager and push myself a bit past that, but I end up feeling pretty grim afterwards (as in I can't go over non-flat roads in a car without feeling like I need to stick my head out the window).

Fitness with a friend: if going to the gym alone makes you anxious, or worried, go with a friend! You can join together, or get a day pass for one another's gyms and you can work out together. I like this idea, because you can motivate each other, and potentially give each other that little push that you both may need.

What do you do to motivate yourself for the gym? Do you find it easy, is it a struggle? Let me know in the comments, and let's have a discussion!


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NAKED Heat: First Look



I was a bit sceptical on posting this, as I know that I'm not a beauty blogger (and I have a feeling a million other posts about this palette will come out soon). However, I honestly couldn't resist.

When I first saw the palette, I was in awe. I wasn't one hundred percent sure if I wanted the palette, as there are other palettes out there for a cheaper price that have the same shades (and more). However, the palette I wanted instead of this one is a lot larger, and I love how easy it is to slip a UD palette into your bag.

The day the pre-release of Urban Decay's highly anticipated palette NAKED Heat came around, and as soon as I saw my Twitter timeline going nuts, I knew that I had to have this palette. What threw me off is that I also saw on Twitter that a lot of people were struggling to purchase the palette due it the stock running out and having to wait to re-stock. I was like 'Okay, don't be pissed if you can't get it', but honestly... I had no problems. Straight on the site, 'out of stock', refreshed the page once, 'in stock'. That was it.

So without further ado, enjoy my 100% honest account of UD's latest beauty craze.



Packaging

So for the packaging it comes in, it has its own box where the inside slides out and that's where the palette is contained. The box shows what the shades look like, as well as having the signature brand name and product name. It gives you a literal preview before you start opening the packaging, which is nice if you're trying to find a palette which has those sunkissed and bronzed summer shades. When you slide the inside out of the packaging, it reveals the palette quite nicely.

The product packaging itself is very summery, sunkissed and has a sleek design. It feels simplistic and has a metallic background which shines in the light, which I'm quite a fan of. The mirror is very big, which I love because if I have this palette to hand and no other mirror, then I'm covered. I have no faults with the packaging whatsoever, and I actually love that it has its own slide out box, it's sturdy and very protective. The palette itself is very sturdy and doesn't feel too heavy at all.

Overall verdict: 5/5

Product

The shades are very summery and some are what I describe as a bit of 'burnt' shades, which I really like. I do love my browns, golds and pinks, but this palette is very gorgeous. As soon as I saw the shades in person, I fell in love (so much that I actually didn't want to swatch the palette).

There are 12 shades in total (as you know if you've ever owned/seen a NAKED palette before), and majority are matte (8) and only a few are shimmers (4), which of course, vary from pale to dark (from left to right). Personally, my favourite shades are: Lumbre, He Devil, Dirty Talk, Scorched and Ember because the darker shades to me are genuinely really beautiful.

The shadows are pressed very well, and they feel velvety to touch (I discovered this as I sobbed whilst swatching the shades). A little product goes a long way with this palette, as the pigmentation of the colours is so strong, especially with the darker shades. However, 3 of the shades did disappoint me. These were: Ounce, En Fuego and Ashes.



The reason these shades disappointed me were slightly different. For Ounce, it was because it is genuinely so bloody pale and no matter how hard I was swatching, I couldn't see much on my skin. Maybe that's what the intention was, but I feel like the pigment in Ounce is lacking, but then again, does anyone really want a shade like Ounce where it looks like Tippex is smeared all over your eyes? Not really.

 En Fuego and Ashes: gorgeous shades in the pan, not so great on the skin. To me, the texture was pretty chalky and I swatched these 2 shades twice in case I didn't press hard enough with my finger. The first time, it appeared quite chalky and faded on the skin so I wiped them off and redid them. I pressed harder into the pan (cue me crying) to try and get some more pigment out of them and... Yep, still chalky as hell. I'm determined to try and make those shades work, but I think with the pigment not being as strong as I'd hoped, perhaps they're going to be decent for blending out. Who knows?



All the other shades glided on with no issue whatsoever, but can we appreciate the pigment of the shimmers for a few seconds here? They're absolutely gorgeous (I kinda pressed a bit too hard on them and did have fallout come off on my skin, so be careful!) and I can't wait to play around with them.

 I prefer this palette to NAKED 1 & 3 (palettes I've previously owned), as the shades are bronzed (a type of look I've taken quite a fancy to as of late), although NAKED 3 is a close second favourite of mine (those pink and rosy shades are beautiful). The feel of the shades in the palette are velvety, as opposed to chalky which I found with 1&3, both palettes I don't actually use anymore and have gifted to my mum to use. There's not too much fallout with the Heat palette, however, as stated above, be careful with the shimmer shades.  I'm not sure whether they've changed how the pans are actually made, but they do feel different and I can see it when I swatch the shades on my arm.

This version of the palettes can definitely give off the bronzed, sunkissed smokey look, and I feel like the shimmer shades are genuinely so lovely to add a pop of shine to the eyes. It can be used to add drama to the eyes, but the lighter shades are definitely a chance to go a bit subtle with your look - total all rounder!

Overall verdict: 4/5

So, I know what you're all thinking. Is this palette worth the hype it got?

For me, NAKED Heat impresses me a lot more than I thought it would, and the issues with the 3 shades are definitely something I can work with. It's a palette that definitely screams 'summer vibes', but the shades can be rocked all year round in my opinion. I was definitely surprised with the palette, and I am very glad I purchased it. So yes, I do think it's worth the hype and I cannot wait to start creating some sunkissed/bronzed looks with NAKED Heat.

If you have any questions about the palette itself, feel free to comment below and I'll happily answer them!

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Saying goodbye


Broken. Absolutely broken. That's how I've been describing my feelings today. It's been nearly 5 hours since we had to say goodbye, and it's been nothing short of utterly heartbreaking and emotional, and we've all been feeling it.

It probably comes across as a bit stupid to be dedicating a blog post to a pet I've recently lost, but I don't care. She meant a lot to me. Actually scrap that. Everything. She meant everything to me. She had been in my family for almost 11 years, which is a really long time. I can remember on that cold November day in 2007 with 5 of my other family members, searching high and low for 'the one' dog, but after spending a lot of time at a rescue shelter, we didn't find it. However, we came across a section of the RSPCA in Llys Nini, Swansea and I saw Mabel. She was dumped on the side of a road as a puppy and that's what broke my heart. How could this innocent little thing be left there?

Everyone had wandered off and I called them back with a "Hey guys, what about this one?" and that was it. We picked her up after one of my Performing Arts classes on a Saturday and the excitement was running through us all.




She was my best friend growing up, and I absolutely loved her to pieces. My friends loved it when I brought her out when I came out to play with them, it was the best. I loved coming home after school and being greeted with her - one of the nicest things in the world. She was so loyal, friendly, graceful and gentle. Her attitude was so lady-like, and she was definitely a total diva when she wanted to be.

We were initially told she had kennel cough, due to her breathing being very shallow and she would hack and basically honk like a goose. It didn't bother me too much to start, but the breathing was the main concern. It's honestly scary to think how it could've started off how it did and end up like this 2 weeks later. I can't say that it wasn't kennel cough because I'm not a vet, and when animals (like people) get older, a cough/cold can lead to something worse. 

In the last week, she had been throwing up food, not showing any interest in appetite, refusing to eat treats (ones she absolutely loved as well, might I add), she kept pushing her head down slightly to help make the breathing easier, she wouldn't come to the kitchen table when we are to try and hound us for food (she did this A LOT, and succeeded... Quite a lot!) and she was just genuinely exhausted, you could see it in her eyes that if she could talk, she'd be saying how tired she was all the time.

Mable on 28/04/17, looking as graceful as ever.


We took Mabel to the vets this morning due to her throwing up and her (and I quote from my mum) "back end was going". My heart literally stopped. I ran outside to see her and the way she was laying in the grass made it seem like her back legs gave up on her. Thankfully, her legs were fine but due to how tired she was, she barely wanted to move. I was sick to my stomach with worry, nerves and anxiety. I know that due to her age and with her getting ill, literally anything could happen. She could get fully cured and live a few more years, or the worst could happen. We had no idea, it was a literal gamble and we had to keep it together and try to stay positive.

At 1 this afternoon, my mum called the vet to get an update, and we were told that: her lungs were showing black on the x-rays (meaning fluid on the lungs), they couldn't get a good picture of her heart and that she needed to stay overnight in the emergency vets. This worried me, but I had hope. I really did. The vet then proceeded to tell my mum that she should call back again between 3 and 4 for another update on Mabel. 

At 2:44, mum got a call and all I heard from my mum was "Should I come down now?" and that's when myself and my brother knew that it could be the end. We zoomed around the house at lightning speed and before we knew it, we were back in the car to the vets because they had to resuscitate her. That's honestly when I lost all hope. In the car I had to tell my Gramps what had happened and I was in bits, I couldn't stop crying. I felt so numb, it was unreal. As soon as we got to the vets, I basically ran into the building and said that we were here to see Mabel. We waited for a few minutes and were called into a room and she was not in sight (forgetting that she wouldn't be in the examination room if she was on oxygen).

The vet told us that she was in a critical state with a tube going down her throat to breathe for her and probably wouldn't survive the trip to the emergency vets that she was meant to go to this evening. The image of what she possibly looked like was bringing me to tears and tearing up my heart. 

"Is she in any pain?"
"No, she's not in any pain."


Those words soothed my pain, but didn't soothe my anxiety or worry. I was glad my little baby wasn't in pain, but the worst case scenario was in my mind the entire time. She said that she would see how Mabel was doing and that we could see if we wanted (only if she was awake and stable). After what seemed like forever, the vet returned and said we could all go in and see her.

Turning the corner and seeing Mabel there was heartbreaking. She was hooked up to an oxygen machine with a tube down her throat. It was the most horrific thing I had ever seen. Her breathing resembled someone who had just finished running a marathon and you could see it in her gorgeous brown eyes that she was scared. As soon as she heard us (she couldn't see due to being resuscitated, but we were told she could definitely hear us and feel us), her breathing quickened and she tried to get up to see us. It was awful to see, not because I knew she could end up going, it was how she must've been feeling in that situation.

3:08pm, 1 minute after her passing.

We had the choice of being with her when she was being put down, and a lot of me didn't want to be there. I didn't think I could face seeing my dog, my best friend, the way she was. I honestly couldn't bare the thought. However, I said yes because the last time she saw me properly was earlier in the morning and it wasn't a 'proper' goodbye, I actually said "see you soon, baby". When the vet was preparing the injection to put Mabel to sleep, she spat the oxygen tube out from her mouth and onto the floor, like... As if she was ready for it? My eyes the entire time were on the vet who was getting the injection ready, and we were warned that a lot of fluid could come up, and my mum asked if myself and my brother still wanted to stay after she had gone. 

We both said we wanted to stay and all of us made sure we all were touching a part of her as the injection began. After 5 seconds of the injection starting, she was gone. It was hard to watch, but I don't regret my decision at all. Mabel deserved to have us all there with her in her last few moments, and I couldn't let my emotions get in the way of that. As she started to go, my eyes were on where her lungs were, and watching her chest slow down and finally stop was... I don't even have the words for it. I'd say heartbreaking, but that doesn't even come close. About 3 seconds in when her breathing started to slow, I asked the vet if she had gone. I didn't get an answer, but 2 seconds later the most painful thing to hear happened.

"Her heart's stopped."

She left the world the same way she did when we first had her, telling her how much we loved her and how much of a good girl she was. I know it meant a lot to her to have us all there in her last moments because she definitely did not deserve to go on her own, like she did before she was resuscitated. 

My brother and I stayed with Mabel after she had passed so we could say some things to her and just take in what had happened. Her eyes were still open which didn't make the experience worse, it was like she was still there even though you couldn't see her breathe - as if she were frozen on the spot. The vet gave us clippings of her fur (which I asked for, and only looked in it today: 13/06/17, and saw that amongst her black fur, there is a little white piece) and also offered to give us prints of her paw (the one I was holding as she passed), which makes it a million times more sentimental.



Now it's almost 8 o'clock in the evening and my mind is replaying the last 5 seconds of her life over and over in my head. I'm trying hard to distract myself, but the fact of my little baby not being here anymore makes me feel as though my heart has been ripped out of my chest. I'm going to miss her so much, as will my family and other dog, Tommy, but we'll never forget the good times we've had with her and how much we loved and will always love her.

She's going to be cremated and given back to us in the next 2 weeks, so it'll be like she never left, pretty much. The photo of her in this post from the 28th April will be what goes in the box, and I couldn't be happier. It was one of the last photos of her we have before she got ill which I managed to snap with my camera.


Mabel trying to distract me from an essay in December 2016, clearly wanting me to fail!
I'll never forget Mabel, and all of the times we had together. The time where I was in the garden with a hoop and treats to try and get her to learn tricks, but she ended up running around the other side of the hoop to eat the treat, when it was stormy, she'd run to my bed and stay on the end of it, whenever I'd try to do workouts, she'd constantly lick my face until I stopped, giving millions of slobbery and wet kisses whenever you were sat on the sofa, being a great companion for our other dog Tommy.

I can't thank the vets enough for everything they did for Mabel, especially when they resuscitated her and managed to bring her back and letting us see her one last time. I also can't thank my mum enough for making the decision she had to make in order to benefit Mabel the most. It must've been so hard, but she made the right choice. She went the best way possible, and I know my mum will blame herself for us losing her, but it was better than Mabel potentially recovering from this and coming home, then crashing again and we couldn't do anything for her (resuscitation and what-not). I also can't thank Llys Nini enough for giving us the chance to bring Mabel into our lives and for letting us give her the life she could've dreamed of.

Also a huge thank-you to everyone who has sent me messages of kind and loving words, it means a lot to myself, my family and to our little angel Mabel (she'd be giving you all massive kisses and licks right now!).


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