What I Wear To The Gym


Ahhh, the gym. Whether you love it or loathe it, it seems there's just no escaping it. I find one of the best ways to keep myself motivated, is to buy myself cute (but sensible) things to wear whilst I'm working out. So I thought I would show you some of my gym clothes.

Sports Bras

Did you know these come in other ranges aside from ugly and unflattering? Well now you do. I get mine from Victoria's Secret, for the simple reason that I know my size, I know the support I need and they come in cute colours and styles. I opt for maximum support, which isn't as scary as it sounds, but as I'm quite large chested, I need to make sure those babies are strapped in! These are cheaper in the States, so if you happen to be swinging by any time soon, I'd recommend picking one up there.


Bottoms

There is a theme here...I usually get my yoga pants/joggers/shorts from PINK, for all the reasons I mentioned above, but of course, you can head to sports shops and pick up brands such as Nike and Adidas. But, my favourite place to go, is Forever 21. That place is so cheap! I picked up the middle pair of gym leggings for £9! They also sell sports bras and tops there too, so it's well worth checking out.

I prefer to wear yoga leggings, just because I find full length bottoms quite unflattering on me. The two pairs I have from PINK actually have a little concealed pocket at the back to put small things such as locker keys, gym cards and phones, which is really handy.


Tops

There wasn't enough room to display them all, these are just some of my favourites. The top I'm wearing tends to depend on what I'm going to be doing. If I'm just working out, I'll wear anything. The lighter and looser, the better. But for classes, and hard core training, I like to wear something more fitted, like the Nike top for example. It's got special Dri-fit material, and the fact that it's tight means that when I'm doing things like push ups, my top doesn't fly up at the back.

Again, anything will do, but the lighter the fabric, the better. Forever 21 have some bargain crop tops, if you don't mind having your stomach out, but basic vests are fine to wear too.


Trainers

Ahh, the good stuff. I'm a trainer fiend. I currently have three pairs of 'gym-friendly' trainers, which means suitable for running and working out. It's so important that you wear sensible footwear, unlike the girl I saw running in heeled wedges...

Nike are my go-to brand, but any will do. They don't have to be expensive or fancy, I just tend to gravitate to the brightest, most colourful pair in the shop.


Extras

A water bottle is essential. If you forget it, you will feel like dying, you will want to cry and you will salivate like one of Pavlov's dogs. But you will never, forget it again.

I always take my headphones, even if I'm not planning to listen to music. Sometimes, you just want to block out the sound of the 60-year old man panting loudly on the cross trainer, right down your ear.

Finally, I can't be without my ropes. I'm a bit of a skip-a-holic, but before you mock me, you must first read this. Then, you must picky yourself up a set of speed ropes. You will never look back.

If you have any gym related posts, I'd love to read them! Please leave your links down below!
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NEW:The Bodyshop Sorbet Range

Step away from the freezer...there's a new frozen treat in town. Only, this one is completely fat free and, er...not technically frozen.

When I saw reviews of the new Body Shop body sorbets floating around, I became curious. I am a huge fan of their body butters, in fact my stash is becoming seemingly out of control. Could this new range give me the same moisture that the butters provide, but in a gel formula? Could they be the answer to my 'when the hell will this body butter dry, I want to go to bed' prayers? Could I end up in hospital because they smell so damn good I *accidentally* eat it? 

The answer is yes, yes and..errrr, no. Thankfully.

I actually managed to restrain myself from ordering all 5 online, instead picking up just one...for now. The Mango scent seemed most appealing to me and I felt it may be more beneficial to try just the one first, to see if I actually liked them. For me, this is progress. I usually go full throttle and buy the complete range of products without even trying them. Does anybody else do that?

First of all, there's no point trying to avoid the obvious; this stuff smells amazing, as do all Body Shop products. I'm sniffing the bottle as we speak, which then of course means I have to put some on. It's an addictive viscous circle which I fear may never end.

I just love the fact that it's a gel. As much as I love the body butters, and I really do, it's so nice to be able to moisturise and be dry straight away. The sorbets are so lightweight and refreshing, I can imagine my skin having a little party after I've applied it. My favourite thing to do is pop it in the fridge before I head out into the sun, it feels like heaven! The only thing I will say is,  it can leave a slight tacky feeling to the skin sometimes.

A tube of this stuff will cost you £8, but we all know that the Body Shop do THE best discount and promotional codes, so shop around first.



I managed to restrain myself with the sorbets, but there's no way I can walk into the Body Shop and come out with only one thing, it's physically impossible. So the Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet moisturiser came too. I have been meaning to pick up the Vitamin E day and night creams after trying some samples and really liking then, but when I saw this, I couldn't resist. I have quite dry skin, so anything offering to hydrate and cool it is good for me.

I've tried this a few times now and so far so good. I think it's the perfect accompaniment for hot, sunny days and it does seem to do the trick on my dry patches. It's still packed with Vitamin E, which my skin seems to love. This little tub is £12, but again, grab a code first to reduce the price.


Have you tried anything from the new Sorbet range?
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Illamasqua Summer Sirens Masterclass



I recently attended a makeup lesson at Illamasqua, hosted by my beautiful friend Jen (you can find her on Instagram here). Jen is an incredible makeup artist, who wasted no time in talking us through the perfect products to use this Summer, for creating a flawless face.

Jen talked us through the perfect brow, how to create a simple but effective smokey eye, and how to contour and highlight. All in the space of 45 minutes. Needless to say that by the end of the class, I had a shopping list as long as my arm!

The brows were the staring point, which I must admit, I was surprised by. I never start with my brows, but I certainly will be after this. Jen used the Brow Cake in Thunder to define her lovely model's (her sister by the way) brows. She then got to work highlighting them, using the Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Concealer. Straight away, my best friend and I looked at each other with a look of "why have we never done this before?!" Jen applied the concealer under the brow bone and three quarters of the way across the top of the brow, to add definition.



Once the brows were complete, Jen got to work on the eyes, my personal favourite. Starting with the crease, then working backwards through to the lid, she used a bronzer, to showcase just ow multi-purpose Illamasqua products are.



The Precision Gel Eyeliner has made its way to the very top of my list after watching Jen apply it with such finesse to the models eyelids. It looked effortless, even using it on the lower waterline using a pushing down technique.




Then onto the contour and highlight. My friend and I waited with baited breath as Jen reveled the products she would be using: the Skinbase Foundation in 03 and Skin Base Lift Concealer in Deep 2 incase you were wondering. Once we made a mental note of those, Jen proceeded to apply the foundation to the places the light would naturally hit: the top of the cheekbones, the middle of the forehead, down the nose and over the chin.





Once the highlight had been applied, Jen took to work on the contouring, applying the concealer down the nose, around the top of the forehead and on the cheekbones of her model.







I couldn't wait to see how Jen then applied the foundation over the top, which is the part I always struggle with, and the reason why I always contour and highlight after applying my foundation. Of course, Jen made it look so easy, only applying foundation to the areas where there was no highlight or contour. She then took to work on those areas, using a pushing and stippling technique. This allow the product to stay in place, rather than blending the highlight, contour and foundation together as one, thus undoing all your hard work.



The same bronzing duo was then used lightly, over the top of the contour, followed by a flush of powder blusher in Lover - another product on my wishlist. The blush just completed the whole look beautifully, adding just the right amount of colour to the cheeks to balance out the contour.



Jen then applied a pure pigment to the tops of the models cheekbones, which I sadly can't remember the name of, but again, this just completed the whole look.

Throughout this whole process, Jen used 4 brushes, which again, shows just how multi-purpose Illamasqua products are, and made my friend and I feel incredibly guilty for having such a ridiculous amount of brushes at home, when you can do an amazing job with so few.


Then it was onto lips. Of course, this is down to personal preference, but Jen chose the Glamore lipstick in Glissade, which complimented the look beautifully. A liner was applied beforehand to ensure the lipstick didn't bleed.


As you can see, the finished look is beyond beautiful. Jen did an incredible job of showcasing Illamasqua products to the highest degree, and my friend and I left the counter full of exciting ideas and considerably lighter purses.

I do hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it. Illamasqua are one of my favourite brands. I swear by their Skinbase foundation, alongside other cult products such as the Hydra Veil and their beautiful blushes and lipsticks.
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