Sunday, 23 April 2017

My Perfume Collection

I've been curating a little perfume wardrobe for a while now, collecting delectable scents which I love to wear each day. I like smelling nice, and I feel like a gorgeous perfume can really finish off an outfit. I love to choose a fragrance for the day based on how I'm feeling, what I'm wearing, or what the weather is doing; I also really love how scents can evoke such powerful memories. Fancy a little look at what's on my perfume shelf?
My Perfume Collection
Armani Code | from £48.50/30ml here | This is the only perfume I've ever repurchased, and there's actually only about half an inch left in this bottle - sob! I really love the warm, rich scent, which has top notes of Jasmine and Orange, heart notes of Orange Blossom and a base of Honey and Vanilla.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream | from £42/30ml here | This is a beautiful fragrance for spring and summer, with its fruity top notes of Blackberry, Grapefruit and Pear. These open to a heart of Jasmine, Lychee and Blue Wisteria, whilst the base consists of White Woods, Musk and Coconut Water - a gorgeous, refreshing scent.
Jeanne Arthes L'Eau de Rose | I haven't been able to find this for sale anywhere, but I received it in my February Glossybox. It's honestly not a scent I would have chosen for myself, being far more floral than my usual choices. It's unmistakably a rose fragrance, quite light in nature, and I've found it wears off quite quickly. That said, it is a pretty perfume, and I have been wearing it now and then.
Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Couture* | from £59/30ml here | A true gourmand scent which lasts amazingly well on my skin, this offers notes of Mandarin and Peach Accord, with a heart of Orange Blossom, Jasmine and Caramel. The base consists of Sandalwood, Patchouli and Vanilla.
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom* | from £45/30ml here | The latest addition to my collection, this is a gorgeous Spring scent which I've been wearing quite a bit lately, as the days get warmer. Notes include Centafolia Rose, Jasmine, Osmanthus and Orchid, over a base of Musk, Vanilla and Patchouli.
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium | from £50.50/30ml here | I picked this up in a gift set in the January sales on a total whim but I'm so pleased I did - it's definitely one of my favourite scents! It's another gourmand scent and honestly, the notes of Coffee, White Florals and Vanilla just make me happy.
My Perfume Collection - Marc Jacobs, YSL, Armani, Viktor & Rolf, Jeanne Arthes
It's not a huge collection by any means, but I'm really happy with it - I feel like there's something for every occasion, from lighter, fresher scents through to heavier more evening-appropriate fragrances. I've also noticed from writing this that there are definitely certain notes that I'm attracted to - namely the fruity top notes, jasmine, vanilla, patchouli, and musk What's in your perfume collection? Are there any particular notes that you tend to lean towards?

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Sleek 'All Day Soireé' Eye & Cheek Palette

I received a Sleek Makeup palette in my Glossybox (get 50% off the April box with code GB50 here!) last month; it's been a while since I've tried anything new from Sleek, but the Eye & Cheek Palettes look perfect for travelling. They each contain two cheek colours and four eyeshadows - I received the 'All Day Soireé' palette, which looks to contain some lovely daytime shades. On first impressions, this really reminded me of a NARS palette.
Sleek Makeup All Day Soiree Eye & Cheek Palette
The palette did come with a little brush, intended for the cheek shades, as well as a double-ended foam applicator for the eyeshadows, but I ended up chucking them as neither of them were much good. There's also a good-sized mirror in the lid of the palette which, again, really lends itself to a travel make-up bag!
Sleek All Day Soiree
The two cheek products are both shimmery; I think they're both supposed to be blushers, but the left-hand one is definitely more of a highlight shade to my mind, being a pale champagne-type colour. The right-hand one is a very pale pink which I didn't think would show up too well on the skin, and I was right - it's definitely more of a subtle shade, but perfect for giving just the barest hint of colour to the cheeks. Both transfer reasonably nicely to the skin, giving a touch of glow without any obvious chunks of glitter.
Sleek All Day Soiree Palette
Meanwhile, the eye shades split quite nicely into two little duos - a matte mid-brown with a shimmery cream, and a matte peach/orange with a shimmery orange/gold. All four are well-pigmented, applying smoothly to the eyes - there's a bit of fallout from the matte brown shade, but the other three seem okay. I've found they wear well over a primer, and have easily lasted me 10 hours of wear even on my oily lids, without creasing or fading.
Sleek All Day Soiree Swatches
As you can see below I've used the peach/orange shade all over my lid and up to the crease, paired with the shimmery gold/orange just on the lower part of my lid. I was unsure as to how wearable the orange shade would be for everyday wear, but I actually really like how they look on my eyes. They're super summery and look really striking, but I don't think they're too over the top? I think you'd struggle to get an evening look from this palette, but for daytime wear I really like the shades.
Sleek All Day Soiree Palette Look
Overall, I've been pretty impressed with this palette; it'd be perfect for a weekend away to give yourself a blush, highlight and a couple of options for eye make-up, without taking up too much room in your make-up bag. I've found it super-handy for in my gym bag!! I'd like if the blusher was a little deeper in colour but all in all, I'm happy with the shades on offer.
The Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette in 'All Day Soireé' is priced at £10 for 9g of product. Do you like the look of this palette? Would you wear these kinds of shades?    Glossybox

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Monday, 17 April 2017

6 Ways To Keep Your Fitness Motivation Up

Having been working out regularly since I re-joined the gym at the end of last October, I've noticed what an impact it's had on my fitness. I've recently started running and cycling again, and it's been easier than it ever was - I'm literally the fittest I've been in my entire adult life! That said, a lot of hard work has gone into it, with gym visits 4-5 times per week and more early starts than I care to remember... Which has got me thinking about how I've kept myself motivated for the last six months. Here are my top tips!
Six Ways To Keep Your Fitness Motivation Up

Plan Your Week.

The biggest thing for me is figuring out how to fit everything in! I find it helps to know what I'm going to be doing, when - so I plan out my week of workouts in advance. I have little post-it note tabs which I stick onto the relevant days in my planner, so I can see at-a-glance what I should be doing each day, and plan around whatever else is going on in life. So if I know I'm busy one evening, I know not to plan a workout then - and if I have to be at the other side of the county for 9am with work, I know getting to the gym in the morning isn't possible so I can plan to run instead, or go to the gym after work!
Gym Motivation - Planning Workouts

Be Flexible.

That said, you don't want to let your workouts take over your life - it's important to keep some flexibility so you can switch things round if you need to! The post-it notes are particularly handy for this... So if a friend suggests a run on Thursday evening, it's easy to swap things around to make it work. I've also recently found myself ditching post-work gym sessions to go out on my bike to make the most of the good weather. There's nothing more demotivating than dragging yourself into a sweaty over-crowded gym on a beautiful night!

Think In Chunks.

Breaking your goals up into manageable chunks is just common-sense, but somehow we can miss this when it comes to forming a gym-going habit. I find that working in chunks of 30 days means I have more clarity and focus, rather than trying to think too big. This way I can set myself monthly goals and see how I'm progressing towards them. Rather than seeing fitness as a huge commitment, it's just something you're doing this month. (And then next month. And the next one.)

Rest Days.

Rest days are just as important as training days when it comes to improving your fitness! I try to fit in at least one rest day each week (usually on a Sunday), when I'll just go for a gentle walk rather than doing anything high-impact. This gives the muscles time to repair themselves, which is how they get stronger. I also make sure to alternate between muscle groups so I get some recovery time in between.

Mix it Up!

I'm sure it's not just me that has the attention span of a goldfish? I get bored so easily, so I try not to do the same thing too often - whether that's trying a new machine at the gym, using the recumbent bikes instead of the upright ones, or switching up my run routes. Keeping things fresh means I'm much more likely to stick to my plans. Maybe for you this means trying a new class, booking in a session with a personal trainer to get some new ideas, or switching up your cardio - whatever it takes to keep things enjoyable!

Figure Out What Works.

For me, it's early-morning workouts before work - getting to the gym for about 7:00am, which gives me an hour before I need to start getting showered and ready for work, and then having breakfast when I get to work. This way, my workout is over and done with before I get started with my day, and I don't have to drag myself into the gym after a long day in the office when frankly, all I want is my bed. It's all about finding the routine that works best for you!

But when all is said and done, the part I find most motivating is seeing myself get stronger and fitter - whether it's adding another 5kg on to my weights, or running to the top of a hill I'd previously have had to walk up - it's just so satisfying, and really spurs me on to keep working hard and see what else I can achieve!!

Do you have any tips to add to my list? What are your favourite ways to keep yourself motivated when it comes to fitness?


Friday, 14 April 2017

Review | Skin Chemists Pro-5 Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream*

I was recently very kindly offered the opportunity to try a product from Skin Chemists's new Pro-5 Collagen range; I was sent their Advanced Pro-Collagen 5 Oxygenating Night Cream*, which claims to offer increased radiance, skin tightening and firming, as well as aiding with blemishes.
Skin Chemists Pro-5 Collage Oxygenating Night Cream Review
"Our Advanced Pro-5 Collagen Range is a unique and true revolutionary formula for perfect skin showing the early signs of ageing. Our Advanced Pro-5 Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream aims to boost skin elasticy and even the skin tone, restoring it to optimal level when your skin is in its most restorative state as you sleep. Gatuline Bio works to promote skin health and regeneration, reducing the visibility of wrinkles by renewing dull or ageing skin, and providing hydration. Matrixyl 3000 aims to smooth away visible wrinkles and blemishes for an even, mattified complexion."
From the description this actually sounds pretty much perfect for me; I'm 25, with my skin beginning to show some fine lines around my eyes and mouth, as well as on my forehead. My skintone can be very uneven, with redness on my chin and cheeks; I also have very oily skin and suffer quite a lot with blackheads and blemishes, and my skin often looks a bit dull and lacklustre.
Skin Chemists Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream
I've found that the Pro-5 Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream has a lovely light texture which absorbs quickly and easily into my skin, without leaving it feeling sticky or greasy. I was a bit thrown at first by how shimmery the cream is - I couldn't figure out why I was covered in glitter the first night I used it! I'm still a bit unsure as to why a night cream needs shimmer, but there it is... That aside, I feel like the cream works really well to hydrate my oily skin, although I have had a couple of dry patches lately (hooray for eczema) which have required something a bit heavier-duty. I'd suggest if you have dry skin, this won't be enough for you, but normal- or -oily-skinned ladies (and gents!) should be just fine.
Skin Chemists Pro-5 Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream Ingredients
In terms of the results claimed - I've been using this for the last three weeks and can't say I've noticed any improvements in blemishes - I've had a couple of bad break-outs lately and I don't feel like this night cream has made any difference to those. However, I do think that the fine lines on my forehead and around my mouth have softened a little - it's early days, so I'll be keen to see how I get on with the rest of the bottle, but it's a promising start! I've also been impressed by how soft my skin feels in the morning after using this at bedtime, and I don't seem to be as oily as I often am when I wake up, which is a bit of a bonus.
Skin Chemists Pro-5 Collagen Night Cream
I have to say, I really like the bright yellow bottle, and love that it comes with a pump dispenser! Skin Chemists Pro-5 Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream is available here at £109 for 50ml of product, but until the end of April you can get it for just £19.99 with the code INDIGOBLOG - so if you like the sound of it, I'd be popping an order through sooner rather than later! Whilst it's a bit beyond my budget at full-price, I do think it's a total bargain for less than £20; if you're in your 20s or early 30s and after an anti-ageing product for normal or oily skin, I think this would be well worth a try. Have you tried any Skin Chemists products before? Do you like the sound of the Pro-5 Collage range? Do let me know if you give it a try - I'd love to hear what you think!!

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Magazine Freebies | May 2017

It's been a while since I've shared any magazine freebies, mainly because there haven't been that many around - they always seem to go quiet for the first couple of months of the year, and pick up again towards Spring & Summer - so hopefully there are some good ones to come in 2017! I've only spotted one so far this month but I think it's a good one...
May 2017 Magazine Freebies
Marie Claire (£3.99) comes with a full-sized 50ml tube of Neal's Yard Remedies Hand Cream - there are three variants to choose from. I went for Wild Rose (how pretty is that tube!?), but also available are Bee Lovely and Geranium & Orange - both of which I've tried previously, and both of which are really nice! I also got a sample of Lancôme Le Nuit Trésor Eau de Parfum and a 1.5ml sachet of Neutrogena HydroBoost Moisturiser within the magazine.
Neal's Yard Hand Cream
Neal's Yard hand creams are really lovely so I think it's well worth picking a copy of Marie Claire up - there's a good chance I'll grab another one before the end of the month as I always like to have a good stock of hand creams! These retail at £10 for the 50ml tubes, so getting them for £3.99 is an absolute bargain. Have you picked up this freebie? Have you spotted any others this month?

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