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Friday, 31 October 2014

Herbalife Skin Care-My 7 day trial

My herbalife experience

I have heard of Herbalife a few times as I am always looking for the latest thing to make me 
  • Beautiful
  • Thin
  • Younger
So I was intrigued to try Herbalife. They have a weight loss program, but my main reason for trying was actually for energy. I always feel tired, so I wanted to clean myself up from the inside. I would normally be tempted to opt for the weight loss too, but the program involved having two shakes per day. I could cope with having one, but I know myself and I simple wouldn't have stuck to it and instead had the shakes and a meal!
I decided to try the core nutrition plan. This was made up of Protein shake for breakfast, multi-vitamin, herb and fibre tablet, herbal tea, Thermo complete. The idea was the start the day with the protein shake, which suited me and to be quite honest was yummy. I had Vanilla flavour.This with a cup of herbal tea Along with this 1 multi vitamin and two fibre pills. These pills were to repeated at every meal; breakfast, lunch and diner. Then the Thermo Complete which s a natural caffeine supplement which gives you a "lift" to be taken in the morning and in the afternoon.
I did find it a little scary at first, being faced with so many tablets, but like anything when you got into a routine I barely even noticed.
Well, it's been almost 5 months that I have been taking them now and I can genuinely say that I do feel perkier and my skin is great. I won't lie and say that I am hopping around like a Duracell bunny, but I can notice a difference. I'd would like to keep up with it, but it doesn't come cheap...

Herbalife Skin Care

When I found out that they had brought out a skin care range, I was super excited. If you know me at all, you'll know that I am a beauty junkie!
I decided to try out the 7 day starter kit which is made up of firming eye cream, hydrating eye cream, Aloe Vera cleanser, a glow mostruiser and a nourishing night cream. I had to wait forever for it as it was so popular it had sold out. Then my magic box arrived.

Well it's been 7 days. No I don't look 10 years younger, but I like it. I can see a slight improvement. The creams do feel very nice on your skin, I particularly like the firming eye cream. I am a little paranoid about having puffy eyes, so this firming cream soft lovely and velvety on my skin. They are without doubt a lovely range of products. My next purchases will be mint face mask and red berry scrub:-)
I stocked up as these kits were so in demand, if you fancy getting your hands on the 7 day kit, inbox me at they are priced at £15 per kit.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Emily and Fin dress

It was time to play dress up again.

I don't put anywhere near as much effort into my blogs as many bloggers, nor blog as frequently, but one think I love about being a blogger is that I can dress up when I want. When I first started my blog I felt like a real turkey standing in front of the camera. I am by no means a model (unless they like them small and dumpy) and to be quite honest I don't really like a good picture. However, as time as gone on I have really got quite confident "posing" and it's such good fun, why not! One of my long term goals in blogging to to really develop my photography skills. I want to be more creative and experiment more and more. So when these fab Emily & Fin dresses turned up it was an ideal time to get my creative juices flowing.

I just adore fifties glamour. It is true femininity. Red lips, big lashes, big hair, hour glass shape. The Emily & Fin dresses capture this look perfectly. I wanted to try and get this look best I could, so I did a bit of vintage glam research I created my Pinterest fifties board & Let's get vintage just to get an idea of hair, make up etc. I adore these pics, they represent a time when (rightly or wrongly) a woman could be a woman.  I applied heavy black liquid liner with the noticeable cat flick. Filled my brows and applied matt red Tom Ford lipstick. I gave my hair a soft wave with the help of heated rollers and swept the front of my hair over to one side, gripped the sides of my hair up and back combed a little. My hair quite heavy, so I struggle to get the full "beehive", but I had some height.

The Lucy Dress-red skater figure

Just for effect I added some long satin gloves and of course, plenty of long pearls.The colour of this dress is amazing. So bright and cheery without being garish. The shape, like all of the Emily and Fin dresses flatters any shape and gives real womanly hour glass. This dress is so girly, but yet womanly at the same time.

My girl and me

The Abigail Dress-purple with black dots

Another fab colour. I have mentioned in previous posts that I am a colour girl. For some, they prefer black as it is less conspicuous, but personally I feel that colour gives you confidence. A strong bold colour un-doubly gives you courage and assurance that can't be found in dull, drab colours.
Anything dotty catches my attention, I am a true Minnie Mouse. I would imagine that this dress will be well worn. I would wear this for work, a night out or an occasion such a wedding/christening. Or  could even be worn as something a little more adventurous than the normal LBD for the Christmas party.

Th Isobel Dress-Purple sketchy floral 

Finally the purple sketchy floral Isobel dress. I really got arty with this picture and sprawled on the kitchen floor (it was clean). I put this photo on my Facebook page it got many positive responses, but the less creative asked why I was lying on the floor. Hey, think outside the box!
This dress is a royal colour explosion. Again the traditional shape, but with a fusion of patterns and colours.
All dresses the same, yet so different.

If any one has any suggestions how to spice my photos up, I would LOVE to hear your thoughts:-)

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Why do bloggers think that they are being exploited?

I read something the other day which I have to say annoyed me. The post was titled "how bloggers are being exploited". I generally think I'm quite an open minded person so I read on. I have to say it irritated me slightly. It was a very one sided view of how blogger's graft for cheap freebies.

There are more than 250 million blogs and that is just on Wordpress and Tumblr. Anyone can start a blog, In the past if you wanted to be a journalist you had to have a degree in English, experience and to actually write for one of the top newspapers/magazines you had to not only be top of your game, but also be very lucky. What do you need to start a blog? A laptop, camera maybe and a desire to write.

Everyone starts a blog for their own reasons. Some find it good therapy, almost like an on line diary. For others it is great experience towards a career in journalism. For the majority it is just a fab hobby with quite a few perks. There are others of course who want to turn it into a business. For me, it was initially to promote my website, but then it grew to an amazing hobby which was so creative and inspired me to want to write more, meet more bloggers and want to get better at what I was doing. Any reason to start a blog is impressive. There is no doubt that it is a time consuming "hobby" which takes a huge amount of time, dedication and enthusiasm. I therefore understand why bloggers like to see a monetary reward, whether that be in the shape of "free" goods, sponsorship or any other form of "reward",, this is totally just. However, this is something we choose to do. No one forces us to blog. There are no working hours, rules nor regulations. So how can bloggers complain that they are being exploited? There is a simple answer to this. If you don't want to do it, DON'T! No one is forcing you. This is YOUR choice.

I feel that I can fairly talk about this topic as I am both a blogger who is "PR friendly" and reviews products, but also I have a clothes website and offer goods to bloggers to review. There is no doubt that bloggers have a massive impact on the on line popularity of a product and Google ranking, but if any one blogger thinks that they are going to make a massive impact, they are wrong.

I know how much effort goes into reviewing a product. It's not just the write up, but the photos, the editing, the whole shabang. I know, I have done it, hours and hours and at the end what have you got to show for it? A lipstick? That doesn't cover anywhere near minimum wage, so why do it? The reason you started your blog in the first place.

Some bloggers are loosing sight of why they started their blog. If  you feel that you are being exploited and companies are taking advantage of you, take a reality check. If you don't want to do it, there are hundreds of millions (literally) of bloggers who will. Be grateful that you are not only doing something that you enjoy, but you are also getting paid to do it. 

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