Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Lifestyle: New Year Fitness Goals with St Enoch

I have to admit, throughout most of December I barely stepped foot in the gym, my main excuse being the weather. I find it so hard to drag myself out of bed for an early morning Metafit class or leave my cosy sofa for an evening Pilates class when it's cold and dark outside.

Like most people over the festive period, I have eaten my weight in chocolate and cheese and drank far too much but now we are into a New Year it's time to start getting back into an exercise routine and eating healthy.  I was delighted when St Enoch got in touch and challenged me to find the ultimate workout outfit/accessory. I thought this would be the perfect motivation to get me back to the gym and set some New Year goals so here they are:

Go to gym at least three times a week
I aimed to do this last year but if I'm honest, there were very few times I made it to the gym three times in one week. This year, I aim to be strict with myself and for me, new gym clothes are the perfect motivation. JD Sports have a great range and this is where I picked up this grey Adidas top so I can look stylish while sweating away in metafit. I also spotted this Adidas zip top which will keep me warm when walking to and from the gym so no more excuses about the cold mornings/nights.



Drink more water
I do opt for water over fizzy drinks and fruit juices but I don't think I drink enough of it on a daily basis so I bought myself this funky water bottle from H&M to keep me hydrated though out the day. I figured I would drink more if I had a large bottle in front of me. It's practical and very instagramable - what more could a girl want. 

Improve my running
I've never been much of a runner but I would love to be able to run for a decent amount of time and maybe even attempt to run a 10k. I don't think I push myself hard enough so this year I'm going to be to do just that with the help of these Nike running shoes from JD Sports.


Move Around More
Having a desk job means I don't move around as much as I would like but I'm going to make a point of going out for lunch time walks and taking the four flights of stairs up to my office everyday. My new Fitbit Flex from Debenhams (on sale for £55 in store) will motivate me to do this, especially when I see how many steps I have taken and how many calories I have worked off every day. I have set a goal of 12,000 steps and so far I have reached this so I might up it  ever so slightly and beat it everyday.

Get 8 Hours Sleep Every Night
I have a terrible habit of falling asleep on the sofa in the evening while watching tv. I then wake up around 11pm to get myself ready for bed and find myself wide awake when I'm actually in bed. Some mornings it can be a real struggle to get out of bed which is why I'm determined to improve my sleeping pattern by going to bed when I feel tired instead of napping on the sofa. Another use my Fitbit Flex as it tracks my sleeping pattern telling me how long I have slept for, when I'm restless and when I've woken up from my sleep. I'm hoping this will encourage me go to bed when I feel tired and get a better nights sleep. 


If you are looking for some new workout gear, St Enoch has great range from the affordable range at H&M to the new stylish Lorna James range in Debenhams or be on trend with the latest Ivy Park range in JD sports. There really is something for everyone and don't forgot to swipe your St Enoch Rewards card while shopping to benefit from some fantastic offers.

You can use the St Enoch Rewards card by downloading the app on your smart phone or by picking up a card in the centre. I find the app easier to use as you can keep upto date with latest offers, check participating retailers and to check what level you are at. The reward card offers three levels and the higher the level, the better the rewards. By registering the card you will collect one point which starts you on the bronze level, each time you shop in the participating retailers spending £5 or more you will collect a point. To move on to the silver level you will require three points and a further 25 point to reach the gold level giving you access to  more offers. I'm currently on the silver level which gives me access to offers such as: a 10% discount in Fossil, a sample goodie bag plus a free make over from The Body Shop and a free Benefit make-up lesson in Debenhams.

What are your New Year goals?

*Thanks to St Enoch and The Big Partnership for providing me with a gift card to purchase these items.
 

Friday, 30 December 2016

Beauty: Village Spa Experience

Last week before the madness of Christmas begun, I was invited along to The Village Hotel for the Village Spa Christmas Blogger Event. The purpose of the event was to check out the beautiful spa and experience a treatment. 

The Village Hotel is conveniently located in Glasgow's Pacific Quay right behind the BBC building which is an ideal place to stay if you are visiting the city for a concert at the Hydro or even a girly weekend of shopping. The spa is very popular for girly weekends away and I can see why due to the location and relaxing atmosphere in spa. 

The Village Hotel has 18 hotels located across the country which offer day breaks and overnight packages combining a spa treatment, use of the leisure facilities and dinner. In the spa they offer a wide range of treatments including facials, waxing, manicures and massages. The treatments are carried out using the high quality products from brands such as ESPA, St Tropez and Jessica. 

When I arrived at the Village Spa I was greeted by the lovely Ella and treated to fizz and canapes. I met the rest of the team who were also lovely and we had a chat about the spa and the treatment I was going to have. I opted for the De-stress Back Massage and Light Legs which is described as: a relaxing and de-stressing back massage to target and release areas of tension plus an invigorating leg and foot treatment including a massage that will leave you feeling like you are walking on air.





I had been looking forward to the treatment since I received the invitation and felt it was the perfect time to be pampered as I had spent most of December runnung around doing Christmas shopping, attending Christmas parties, nights outs and blog events so this was the perfect way to relax. 

My treatment was carried out by Alisa who made me feel at ease as soon as I entered the treatment room. The treatment itself was absolute bliss. I was so relaxed the for the full hour of the treatment and didn't want it to end, in fact, I could have easily fallen asleep. Ailsa started the treatment with a back massage and then moved on to the leg and foot treatment. The leg treatment also included a body scrub followed by a leg massage which left my skin feeling so soft.  At the end of treatment Ailsa explained that the following day I might feel a bit tender but I felt amazing the next day and all the tension in my muscles were relieved. 

 
Before I left, I was given a huge bag of goodies including: St Tropez, ESPA, Jessica and High Definition Beauty, all of which can be purchased at Spa. I can't wait to have a pamper night and try all my new products. 

If you fancy treating yourself to a treatment at the Village Spa you have until the 31st January to use my code LINSAY25 to receive 25% off your first online booking at www.village-hotels.com/spa

Thanks again to The Village Spa for inviting me along to a fantastic event. I had such a great night and can't wait to visit the Spa again. 


Thursday, 22 December 2016

Beauty: Last Minute Gift Ideas

If you have left your Christmas shopping until the very last minute or just have a couple of stocking fillers to pick up then I have some great suggestions for you.

Arran Aromatics has recently went through a re-brand and have relaunched as Arran Sense of Scotland. They have renamed their entire product range (apart from After the Rain so don't panic if you are a fan of this popular range) and come up with sleek new packaging.

I went along to the relaunch in Buchanan Galleries to find out more about the new range. They have a wide range of gift sets and stocking fillers to choose from. And if you are really stuck, believe me, you can't go wrong with a candle. 


One of my favourite places for stocking fillers is Lush. Everyone loves to find a Lush Bath Bomb in their stocking. From it's hugely popular Snow Fairy range to festive bubble bars there is something for everyone.  I was lucky enough to spend a fun filled evening in their Sauchiehall Street store last week where we were able to check out the Christmas range and make our own bubble bars. I love pretty much everything in Lush but here are my top picks for stocking fillers which are all under £10.

Little Snow Fairy Gift Set £9.95


Father Christmas Bath Bomb £3.75


Santasaurous Re-useable Bubble Bar £5.95


 

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Beauty: Seven Seas Perfect7 Woman

Most of us use lots of lotions and potions to look after our skin and prevent aging on the outside but aside from exercising, eating healthy and drinking plenty of water have you thought of additional ways to help prevent aging from the inside? 

The experts at Seven Seas have researched the benefit of marine oils for over 70 years and have identified 7 vital needs for woman and combined them together to develop Perfect7

Perfect7 is a combination of Natural Source Marine Oil with Omega 3, including vital multivitamins and minerals which helps your body's cells to absorb nutrients as you grow older.  Research has shown Perfect7 can help to support the following:

1. Skin & Nails - Zinc contributes to the maintenance of normal skin and nails
2. Hair - Biotin contributes to the maintenance of normal hair
3. Energy - Magnesium contributes to energy yielding metabolism
4. Brain - DHA contributes to normal brain function
5. Vision - Vitamin B2 contributes to maintenance of normal vision
6. Heart - EPA & DHA contribute to the normal function of the heart†
7. Hormonal Activity - Vitamin B6 helps to regulate hormonal activity

I was sent a month's supply to try and I can already see and feel some of the benefits. 

Before taking  Perfect7 I would find myself having a nap in front of the tv most evenings but the past few weeks I've definitely found myself to be more alert in the evening and feel my energy levels are higher.  Even my boyfriend has commented how I haven't been falling asleep on the sofa as much recently so I do feel the Perfect7 is having a postive effect on my energy levels and brain.  My skin has also show positive effects, it's less dry and more hydrated. 

Like most anti aging products, I believe they are designed to prevent and not reverse the signs of aging so in order to benefit from all of the above I do believe the Pefect7 would have to taken for a longer period of time for your body to benefit from all 7. Overall, I have been impressed with how much better they have made me feel and improved my skin texture and would happily spend my own money on this product after trying a sample. 

*This product was sent to me as PR sample but these are my own views.


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Monday, 12 December 2016

Lifestyle: Pick 'n' Melt Christmas Gift Pack

 
One of the first things I do when I get home in the evening is light a few candles as I love to create a cosy atmosphere and fill the house with my favourite scents. So when I heard about Pick 'n' Melt, I couldn't wait to try their products.
 
As well as candles, I'm a big lover of wax melts as I think they give off a stronger scent when melting on my wax warmer.

Pick 'n' Melt have over 250 scents to choose from and each little bag is made up of 6 small cubes (1cm x 1cm x 1cm) and can form 100s of different combinations. I was sent the Christmas gift pack to try which includes, a Wax Warmer and 16 melt bags which are made up of 2 packets of 8 different Christmas scents: Christmas Time, Christmas Spice, Robin Red Breast, Mistletoe & Wine, Cocoa & Log Fire, Frankensense & Myrrh, Snow and Festive Tree. 
 
 
I used a packet (6 cubes) on the wax warmer at a time (they suggest using 6 -12 cubes) but honestly, 6 cubes is enough.  I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly the little cubes filled the room with the most wonderful Christmas scent. I have since warmed the melts 3/4 times until my tea light burns out and they have retained their scent which is really impressive. 
 
Once I'm finished with the wax melt, I let it set and then pop the top of the wax warmer in the freezer over night. When I remove the following morning I gently press around the edge with a knife the wax just pops right out leaving zero mess so you can use your next melt.

If you know any candle lovers this set would make such a lovely Christmas gift or would be a lovely gift for yourself on the run up to Christmas and at only £12, it's such good value for money as there are enough scents to fill your home with a festive scent until the New Year.
 
*This set was sent to me as pr sample but these are my own views. 
 
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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Lifestyle: Christmas Gift Guide for Her


Can you believe Christmas is less than three weeks away? I'm normally much more organised by this time but I still have lots more shopping to do. I'm one of these people who goes out to Christmas shop but comes home with lots of gifts for myself. I do get there in the end but it takes many trips to the shops and lots of online shopping.

Christmas shopping can be so overwhelming as there is so much choice and some poor guys don't know where to start.  So if you are looking for a gift for that special lady, you can't really go wrong with jewellery, candles and make-up so check out my top picks.


Cosy slippers from Primark make a great stocking filler and who doesn't need slippers in their life, these fluffy slippers are super cosy for cold the Winter nights. Another fab stocking filler, a candle and this one from Shearers Candles has a lovely festive scent. Every girl loves a red lip right? Add a bit of glamour to Christmas Day with this bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick.


There are so many eyeshadow pallets to choose from but the bareMinerals wish list pallet should be at the top of every girls Christmas list this year. With soft matte and brown metallic tones these eye shadows are perfect for all skin tones.

 
A favourite of mine every year is this Iconic LancĂ´me Hypnose set. It's such good value as the set costs the same price as the mascara on its own and the mascara adds amazing volume to lashes.

For the main present, how about a beautiful watch from Kartel watches.  This one is sold out at the moment but there is a similar one here and the Harris Tweed range is gorgeous.

* These items have been gifted to me as pr samples from Intu Braehead, Shearers Candles, Bare Minerals and Kartel Watches.
 
 
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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Lifestyle: This Weeks Adventures #2

Turns out, my life isn't exciting enough to have a "This Weeks Adventures" post every week but thankfully this week has involved a few exciting blog related events.

On Tuesday, I was invited along to Chiquitos at Soar at Intu Braehead to check out the Christmas Fiesta Sharing Boards. There were three to choose from, the Veggie Medley, the Texan Selection and the Merry Mexican. We went for the Merry Mexican which included all my favorite Mexican foods, chilli, paella, burritos and tacos and we completely cleared the board as it was absolutely delicious.

I also sampled a few of the festive cocktails.  The Glitterball which had edible glitter, tasted as good as it looked and the Winter Spiced Sangria was like a traditional sangria with a festive twist of Winter spices.


On Thursday, I went along to the Superdrug blogger event which was held in Glasgow's Argyle Street store.  The purpose of the event was to check out the Christmas range and beauty services which includes brow threading and lash extensions. We were also gifted a gift card so we could shop the store on the night. I picked up some must have products, one of which I've been dying to try for ages the B. Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz. We were also given a goodie packed full of Superdrug products so look out for some reviews. 

 
I ended the week putting up my Christmas tree. I absolutely love Christmas and I'm so excited the festive season has finally arrived. Next week I have a few festive events to attend so hopefully I will have some festive post for you. 
 
I hope you all had a great week. 
 
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