Workout Routine // At Home

I love working out. I didn’t use to, but ever since last December, the thought of not exercising made me kinda sad. I know, me, loving exercising?! Hahaha, I’d have laughed before this year. Now I can’t live without it. Be it HIIT, low impact, cardio, dancing, walking, running, or even just jumping, I need to be on the move constantly.

Exercising cured me from depression…. For the most part anyways.

This is my workout routine when I’m at home.

I usually start by looking for short yet effective workouts which I can do from my room. I found marching on the spot for one minute a good way to warm up before I start my workouts. This is a list of the top 10 people I am subscribed to for workouts:

  • Lucy Wyndham-Read — my absolute favourite for short workouts and monthly challenges
  • Blogilates — really motivational and good for dance-type workouts
  • Tone It Up — two beautiful ladies with really good workouts (and merchandise!)
  • womensworkoutchannel — for booty exercises, this is my go-to!
  • GymRa
  • Tracy Campoli
  • Vicki Justiz
  • Popsugar
  • Psyche Truth — for yoga-type workouts
  • Fitness Blender

I then finish my workouts with a cool-down stretch routine by Lucy Wyndham-Read, which is really really good.

Sometimes I also do 30-day challenges, such as Blogilates’ squat and plank challenges, which I did a few times last year.

My Makeup Collection

Let me redefine the title… it’s just what makeup I own. There’s no collection of any sort. I don’t apply it as much as girls my age, but I love owning it. So here’s what I currently have inside my make-up pouch:

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H&M

So this is the make-up pouch, which I got from H&M while on holiday in Budapest. It’s a transparent pouch with salmon/baby pink lining and a golden zipper.

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Kelly Brook @ New Look
This is my nail-polish collection which I got for myself a few Christmases ago. It’s by Kelly Brook from New Look. I think I got it for about 15 euros, not entirely sure.

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Zoya – EX1 Cosmetics – Zoya @ Marzia’s Subscription Box: Travel Special
The ZOYA nailpolishes and the EX1 blusher were all with CutiePieMarzia’s subscription box, which I am subscribed to because she’s awesome and I love her. And the things she puts in her Box are cruelty-free and nice!

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Essence
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Essence

Next up is this Essence party look set which my sister gave me last Christmas.

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Free – Pound Store – Kiabi

These are all the makeup brushes I own. I should probably invest in more, shouldn’t I? I only use the big powder brush; I haven’t even used the others once!

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Rimmel – New Look – Max Factor

From left to right: My fave mascara EVER which has two applicators; roll-on perfume from New Look for everyday use; Concealer for under the eye which I sometimes use for spots.

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Kate Moss @ Rimmel – Kate Moss @ Rimmel – Kate Moss @ Rimmel – KIKO – Unknown

My fave lipsticks to date. For those who want to know, the KIKO one is red.

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Limited Edition Nautical Collection @ Sleek – Matte Me @ Sleek

These are my two more recent buys from Roseberry, my go-to for makeup as of recently. The staff was so helpful with me when I was struggling to choose the ‘Birthday Suit’ type colour, and they gave me a free red lipstick with the purchase (the Limited Edition Nautical Collection)!

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i-Divine Limited Edition Whimsical Wonderland Palette @ Sleek – i-Divine Bad Girl Palette @ Sleek

I also got these two eyeshadow palettes from Roseberry, which colours are sooo beautiful and vibrant, which is what I’m hoping I’ll be when I wear these babies!

I got this eyeshadow palette for free with a magazine a couple years ago. I use the smokey one as you can tell from my brushes.

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Lipfinity @ Max FActor – Bershka

Next up are my pink lipstick from Bershka and my all-time fave lipfinity: essential brown 350.

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Free with Magazine

I got these fake lashes free with a magazine a couple years ago as well. Dunno whether I’ll be wearing anytime soon, but maybe someday I will.

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Free with Magazine – Pound Shop – Max Factor

The first one’s an eyeliner and the rest are eyebrow pencils. I use different ones depending on how light or dark my hair colour looks.

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The Make-Up Store

I bought this 3-in-1 cover all mix from the Make-Up Store. The reddish one is used to cover redness, the yellowish one to cover dark circles, and the concealer one is a highlighter.

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The Body Shop

I love love love this hand cream and lip balm from The Body Shop! I carry them with me everywhere.

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Face Finity @ Max Factor

My go-to 3 in 1 concealer. Love its silky effect on my skin.

I cannot live without compact powders, which is why I have two, a Max Factor one and another one I got from a pound store.

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H&M

What I use to fix my ‘brows.

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Smashbox @ Marzia’s Subscription Box: Travel Special

This is my brow tech shaping powder, which I am in LOOOOVE with, by Smashbox.

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The Body Shop – H&M

I got this hand cream from The Body Shop, and a body spray from H&M which smells soooo good!

That’s my make-up collection, which I hope you enjoyed going through. Stay tuned for more posts by me, Claire, and see you on the flip side!!

Travel Series (2): Packing

Packing can be a real bitch. With a capital ‘B’. So here are a few steps to minimise the stress and hassle of packing (which, by the way, isn’t worse than unpacking when you’re back from holiday!)

List

Make a list of everything you are taking with you and sub-divide into two:

  • Hand luggage
  • Suitcase

Spread out

Put all the items you’re taking in the above two sections and spread them out on your bed or floor so you can see what you have and what you might be missing

Try-on

Try on all your outfits. Make sure that before you prepare your clothes for the holiday, check the weather of the place you’re going to

Voila!

After you plan our outfits, just put everything in your luggage! Remember to ROLL your clothes to save up space, and put the following in separate bags inside the luggage:

  • Shoes
  • Lingerie
  • Laundry

Travel Series (1): Hacks

These are backed up by me either through experience or research. Happy travels!

  1. Roll your clothes instead of folding them. This saves up a LOT of space
  2. To prevent cords from getting tangled (which is a real pain), put them in extra sealable bags or even sunglasses cases
  3. Separate things in the following categories:
    • Clothes
    • Underwear
    • Skincare products
    • Shoes
    • Extra laundry bag
  4. If you’re planning on going on lots of shopping trips, pack an extra smaller suitcase
  5. Put all your pills in one container instead of multiple, bulky ones
  6. Save all the samples you can. This saves up space in your skincare/make-up bag
  7. Wrap breakable items inside socks or tops
  8. When you’re trying to book a flight, always go incognito. Flight sites track your visits and increase the price per every visit
  9. Placing a dryer sheet in your luggage will keep your clothes smelling nice and fresh
  10. Keep hairclips handy by placing them inside Tic-Tac containers
  11. Book flights Between Tuesday and Thursday. This is when they’re at their cheapest
  12. Make a list of everything you’ve packed
  13. Make sure your outfits revolve round one colour scheme
  14. Protect your razor blades by putting a binder clip on the blade part
  15. Make a souvenir list before landing
  16. Wrap you shoes in a shower cap

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“It all just got real…” – My Journey to Being Diagnosed

I led a normal childhood, as far as I can remember. I was the imaginative, creative weirdo who loved her imaginary friends and playing soccer. I had really good friends of both genders, played well with everyone and the teachers mostly loved me. However, I always had the same problem: I thought too little about consequences of my actions, but was preoccupied with what people taught of me: always was and probably always will be.

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I had a normal, happy childhood

There was nothing weird with my family. My parents are your average, strict hard-working parents who wanted the best for their children, and my older sister was… well… an older sister. She means well, I know, but sometimes she can be a bit harsh. But in a good sisterly way, I’m sure.

Fast forward to when I turned eleven: when the problems started. I was moved to all-girls secondary (high) school. I had no friends except for one a year above me (who’s still my best friend to this day… TEN YEARS LATER!), and I always sat with my sister during free periods. I had acne, low self-esteem and a reputation for being an outcast. I went from playing and talking to everyone to being left out, getting picked last for team work and talking to nobody but my sister and my best friend. During secondary school, I used to think I had depression, but brushed it off. The idea never stuck. Me, former class clown, depressed?! Nah!

I only ever liked three subjects at school: English, Italian and French. Having three languages was no walk in the park. I loved writing stories in English and present them to my teachers, who all told me the same thing: “You have talent”. I used to hate my French teacher for the two years that I had her, and never did my homework. She told me I’d fail, but I always got good marks in French. Italian was a different story. We were a tight-knit group, and I still sometimes talk to some of them when I see them around.

Also during this time I was bullied. The names were endless: weirdo, strange, Shrek, ugly. I was also called names for listening to rock music and always being gloomy. But that’s how I was. They’d never understand the consequences of their words.

In June 2011, I lost my uncle to cancer. It was one of the saddest days of my life. Despite not being too close with him, he always had nothing but wise words of wisdom to tell me and my sister. The day he died I was sick, in bed, studying his favourite subject: the French Revolution. I dedicated my History exam to him… didn’t go so well. I got an E. Sorry, Uncle. I still love you.

That year, in October, came the saddest day of my life: losing my grandfather. My hero, the greatest man to ever enter my life. He was smart, funny, a good man all in all: the person I aspired to become when I was older. I spent that day just staring without a focus on things. I was so sad that all I did when I went home was stare at the ceiling, remember the good old days with him. The laughter, sadness and wisdom we shared together. Losing him left me devastated and unable to cope.

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Losing my hero left me devastated

That led me to a downward spiral. I’d call my mum, crying that I hated everyone and everything, that I was alone and no one would miss me. This left her a little worried, but she brushed it off as a phase, simple sadness or something of that sort. 2011-2012 were the worst years of my life. My grades were plummeting; I had just two friends and being single didn’t help at all. I thought nobody wanted to be with me, or even liked me. I hid it all: the pain, the sadness, being lonely and alone. I hid it like it was nothing. And I was good at it. I good at making people think I was okay.

Fast forward three years. I was still sad, constantly tired, didn’t enjoy the things I used to love—reading and watching series—and my self-esteem was ever so low.

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I hid my sadness very well

During that time, however, something did change: I started seeing someone. As he plays a role in this, we’ll call him X. X was smart, charming, a fellow animal lover and mature. I was instantly in love. We were both Beatles fans, and having met for the first time on John Lennon’s birthday made the relationship extra special. I was working as a secretary, and was not happy with my job. X encouraged me to call someone for help. Something I wanted to do for ten years… and it happened. I called my psychologist, Dr G, and set up my first appointment for December 2015. Also during that time, I went to see a doctor, and told him about my health issues. He told me to take a blood test, because it might have been thyroid issues, and if they came out negative, chances are I have depression. And, lo and behold…

The tests came out negative.

I had depression. It all just got real now. After ten years, I was finally diagnosed.

Soon enough, things with X were going sour. He’d be encourage me to do thigs the hard way—go hard or go home, he’d tell me in his own way—like putting on make-up, changing my style, moving out, not listen to my parents and much more. X would tell me he means well and cares about my wellbeing, which for him meant cutting my family off. Unfortunately, being blinded by my love for him, I listened to him. I spent about three months not talking to my family.

Things started getting worse, and one day, he just told me that it was better to stay away from him. I spent the next three days in hospital, crying for him, crying for dear life, with my mother by side. Oh, mother, if it wasn’t for you then, I’d probably have killed myself. She came with me to every doctor’s appointment, kissed me goodnight and checked up on me constantly. I felt stupid for having cut her off of my life because of X. Stupid and foolish and sad at the same time.

And finally we come to the present:

  • I’m seeing a specialist every four weeks to overlook my progress
  • I’m in a fun, amazing relationship
  • My family still loves me
  • My friends both love me to bits
  • I started this blog

And most of all…

  • I am where I want to be 🙂

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REVIEW: Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss Shade 107 4/5

Red lip is so on right now. You know it, I know it. But I wanted something… dark. To, you know, match my vampire complexion. Jokes aside, I’m a pale person and I wanted something dark to blend with my paleness. And I found the perfect shade.

Kate Moss (or more her line of lipsticks) came to the rescue. In the form of shade 107.

First of all, digging the colour of the container with the black writing.

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EUR 5.90 from 8 Till Late

The matte feel of the lipstick is so fine! And it was long lasting (credit to my boyfriend, who kept assuring me my lipstick was still intact and looking fresh!), very long lasting indeed.

Not to mention the colour is super nice! Definite buy!katemosslipstick

MASSIVE Budapest/Vienna Haul!

Hey everybody! Welcome back to my blog!

As a few of you may already know, from the 1st until 5th of August I was on holiday with my older sister. We travelled to Budapest and also spent a day in Vienna. It was an amazing adventure and I’ve seen so many things, and enjoyed learning about a whole new culture (as I usually do when travelling to a new country).

I will be showing you what I bought in relation to fashion, accessories, souvenirs and more (in no chronological order).

Let’s start shall we…?

I got this first piece from Stradivarius. It’s a blue playsuit with half-length sleeves and a floral print. It shows the cleavage a it too much for my likings so I’ll be sewing a piece of it.

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Stradivarius

The next thing I got is yet another playsuit, but this time from a store called C&A. It’s got thin spaghetti straps, and a lace detail on the V-neck and thigh bits. It’s completely covered with a cute little floral print on a black background. I’ve already worn this on my way back home from the holiday, and let me tell you: it looks and feels good wearing it!

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C&A

Next up are these two cute tank tops from Tezenis. One has a comic strip-style type of print, while the other has cute little bananas all over it.

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Tezenis
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Tezenis

Up next is this cute bikini top and bottom (not as a set) from H&M. I needed a girlier bikini than the swimsuit I have and this was the result! I love the floral print on the top and the crochet-like part on the bottoms.

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H&M

These shorts are also from H&M. I love everything about it, from the print down to its style.

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H&M

I also got this cute Pusheen pyjama trousers from H&M. I couldn’t resist, I just had to buy them!

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H&M

This top is also from H&M. It has birds perching on a plant all over it. Love it!

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H&M

These trousers are also from H&M (will this ever end? Nope, up next are accessories!). They’re a big big round the legs but I like how it fits.

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H&M

Up next are the accessories I got from H&M, which are… a lot, as much as I bought clothes.

I got this baby pink compact selfie stick, which I needed as I was borrowing my dad’s for the holiday. Worth every penny.

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H&M

Also got this transparent make-up bag, which I needed as my old one is a bit too small.

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H&M

I also bought an eyebrow fixing brush and this body spray in a pink macaroon smell. The smell is AMAZING.

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H&M (apologies for the blurry photo!)

Also from H&M is this cute pug sharpener. For those who know me really well, they know how much I love pugs… and dogs in general.

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H&M

I also got two pairs of shoes, one black and the other with blue and white stripes.

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H&M

Last two items from H&M are these knee-high socks and sunglasses pouch which says ‘Be Wild and Wander’ on it.

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H&M

Next up are items I got from Claire’s! They had a buy 6 pay for 3 offer so me and my older sister got three items each, and this are my things!

First up is this cute polar bear with sparkly blue eyes, which I named Gunther (for those who watch Adventure Time know what I mean).

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Claire’s

Second and third item I got were these two beautiful golden hair bands, one with leaves on it and the other with little flowers.

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Claire’s

I got this mini USB ventilator from a store called Colosseum in Vienna. Was slightly disappointed that it didn’t work when I tried it at my hotel room.

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Colosseum

I think I got these from Colosseum as well. They’re white trainers with a rubbery type front. They’re a bit dirty as I’d worn them with the C&A playsuit already shown previously.

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Colosseum (I think)

I also don’t know where I got this tshirt from, but for sure it’s from Vienna. It has cat-themed graphics all over it, which I think are cute.

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Unknown (Vienna for sure)

From Promod I got this comfy dress. It has a bit of rope that ties round the waist and has yellow flowers all over it. And the bonus? It has POCKETS. I love pockets on dresses.

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Promod

I got this wire from a store called Tiger. It had loads of home decors and school supplies. It was my sister’s heaven (she’s a teacher).

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Tiger

From a vintage store I got these pair of sunglasses and this cute shirt.

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Vintage
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Vintage

Last but not least (finally) are the clothes I got from Reserved.

First up is this striped top with midi sleeves.

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Reserved

Up next is this black dress with the shoulder cut out thingies (dunno what else to call them but that).

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I also got these lightweight trousers.

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Reserved

… And there’s the mandatory souvenirs. I collect snowglobes, which is why I bought two: one from Vienna and the other from Budapest.

That’s all I got from Budapest and Vienna. I hope you enjoy my hauls. If you want more of these posts please let me know! That’s it from me; see you on the flip side!