19 January 2015

New Year New Me: Part 1*

After battling with weight loss and weight gain most (okay, all) of my post-pubescent life, I have come to realise that I'm just not putting enough effort in. I've been to various gyms, I've tried all the diets. But I can never really stick to it for very long. So over Christmas, I decided I was going to get a gadget to encourage me along a bit. Something to be my little Jimminy Cricket on my shoulder to remind me to be more active. 
So that's exactly what I did. For this post, and the one that will follow, I will be reviewing a fairly inexpensive pedometer as well as a slightly more expensive but still affordable fitness tracker.
The 4X3 razor digital pedometer by Ozeri was just the ticket when I decided I wanted to be more active this year. 

It's small, simple design makes it ideal to slip in your pocket or clip to your belt. It even comes with an easy attach clip and lanyard. About the length of your baby finger and the width of a £2 coin, you won't even notice it's there when you're climbing the stairs rather than taking the lift and walking to the shop rather than driving.
It has an easy to use display too; from the press of a button you can see the time, how far you've walked, how many calories you've burned and how much weight you've burnt off. Initial set up is simple and takes just seconds to input your height, weight and preferred measure of units. And off you go! Ready to power walk your way into those skinny jeans you've been eyeing up. 
After using it for just a week, I managed to drop 3 pounds, without changing my diet! It made me more aware of my activity throughout the day and encouraged me to walk more and get more active. 10,000 steps a day, keeps the fat away! 
- Length - 6.7cm
- Width - 3.4cm
- Depth - 0.6cm
- Weight - 16g
- Steps
- Distance
- Speed
- Calories
-Fat Burned
- Exercise Time
Not only does this Ozeri Razor track your steps, but its tri-axis measures your stairs climbed too and factors them into your calorie burn. One thing that would make this even better, is if you could input a daily goal and it could beep if you reach it. But even without a feature like that, it's all about challenging yourself and getting yourself out and about. 
After all, Summer bodies are made in Winter!

 Keep an eye out for my next post in which I review the Fitbit Flex fitness band.

Have you started a new fitness regime this new year? Did you buy any gadgets to help you get motivated?

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1 January 2015

Beauty Scenario Tag

We've been tagged by this lovely lady at Skin Face Beauty, it's been quite a while since I've done a tag and thought it would be a nice way to start the year blogging-wise! 

1. You have to get rid of all your foundations, and only keep one high-end and one drugstore, which do you keep?

This is so, so hard. I think I would probably have to keep hold of my Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and as for drugstore, theres a Sleek one i've been using that i'm fairy content with!

2. You go for an interview and the lady interviewing you has lipstick on her teeth. Do you approach the subject or ignore it completely?

eeeee, this is awkward. I think it would mainly depend on the type of job, if it was a professional position I don't think the interviewer would think it was appropriate for me to say something along those lines but maybe the 'sisterhood' trumps that- if it was me, i'd want to know. 

3. Your not feeling yourself and you need a pick me up lipstick, which do you go for?

MAC Lady Danger or the L'oreal Collection Exclusive Eva's red as it's absolutely stunning. 

4. You go back in time for a day to your teenage years, how would you do your hair and makeup differently?

fortunately straighteners have advanced significantly since i was a teenager so i'd like to be able to go back and straighten it thoroughly for a day with my GHDs. Make up wise, i'd probably use that trusty Chanel kohl i bought when i was 15 on my lids instead of my inner lash line. We weren't really allowed to wear make up to school and as it was an all girls school there wasn't too much pressure to trowel it on which did my skin no end of favours. I also would have done anything for an extra 10 minutes sleep as a teen so make up wasn't high on my list of priorities.  

5. You ask your hairdresser for a shoulder length Pixie Lott hair cut but they hear wrong and give you a pixie hair cut. Do you a) smile, say thank you, leave and call your mum and cry hysterically b) cry in the chair and things get awkward or c) complain to the manager and demand a refund.

I'd most likely do a combo of all three if that's even possible. Britishness prevails and i'd end up passively aggressively complaining and maybe cry a bit whilst saying thank you. I'd end up going back to make a serious complaint in all likelihood once i'd found my balls though. I cut my hair really short in the autumn so i suppose a pixie cut wouldn't be too traumatic. 

6. Your friend surprises you with a 4 day city break and you have 1 hour to pack. Which 'do it all' palette do you pack in your makeup bag?

My lovely new Nars Virtual Domination palette would be my first choice, i can cope without eyeshadow for a few days but a girl needs blush and bronzer. 

7. Your house has been robbed, don't worry everyone is safe, but your beauty stash has been raided. What's the product you really hope is safe?

Weird, but I guess i'd be most upset if my lipsticks had been taken as i'm very attached to them. i'd also be livid if anyone had taken my MAC brushes because I couldn't justify paying to replace them now i'm a student again. 

8. Your friend borrows your makeup and returns it in an awful condition. Do you a) just pretend you haven't noticed b) ask them to repurchase it or c) secretly do the same to something of theirs.

My friends know better than to ask to borrow my make up quite frankly. If this did happen they are nice/grown up enough to replace it rather than trying to return damaged stuff!

I tag you!

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