Category Archives: Beauty

Foundation, High end or high street? 

  
Hello my name is Megan and I am Hannah’s younger sister. I am 16 years old and unlike Hannah I am not into fitness and cross fit however I do enjoy makeup and beauty. Follow me on Instagram @meganlowe20I will be comparing a highend foundation compared to a drugstore foundation

Like Hannah I am mixed race which makes finding foundations which match my skin tricky ,whenever I do find a match thy’re out of stock or they just don’t provide a colour as dark as my skin. This is when high end places such as MAC, where my first foundation is from, they make life easier as they can perfectly match a foundation to your skin colour. They go from snow white pale, to chocolate brown with professionals helping and advising you. 

£25.50 Max studio sculpt SPF 15 foundation, colour NC42.

   
 I like this foundation as when I go to the beach or outdoors it provides protection from the sun.

This foundation is very thick and high coverage, this means that it can cover spots and blemishes well. It’s quite matt so if you like a dewy finish you will not like this foundation. I would apply this foundation with a sponge not a brush as a brush usually leaves marks like little streaks on your face. Furthermore, I would apply a moisturiser before using this foundation as it can cling to dry patches of skin. I would recommend this for dry skin but I feel it would be too thick on oily skin.

I would say it lasts around 5 hours and after this it seem to separate and leave in patches and it can look shiny, so I would bring a powder to blot your face throughout the day. I would wear this product as a ‘going out, or party foundation as it is pretty flawless and high coverage.

One thing about the packaging is that you have to squirt out the product which means somethings you’re left with massive puddle of foundation that you can no longer use, which is also a pain as the product is so expensive.

Furthermore this foundation smells a bit strong, almost like children’s face paint, and if you apply to much it can feel like face paint on your skin.

Rimmel match perfection-light perfecting radiance foundation.colour-402.SPF 20

  
£7.99
I like this foundation as it is dewy and makes me look radiant as the name would suggest. Unlike many drugstore foundation it is radiant without having chunky glitter and sparkles. However it only takes 1-2 hours without oxidising –this means the colour changes over time and this happens to look orange on me. Furthermore it isn’t as much coverage as the MAC foundation which can be annoying when you’re trying to cover spots etc. Unlike the MAC foundation this applies well with both sponge and brush. Additionally I prefer this foundation bottle as it comes with a pump which makes things easier and cleaner.

As I mentioned before it’s hard to find a colour which matches you perfectly and there isn’t someone there to help, so this makes things tricky.

  
If you don’t like foundations which smell this isn’t one for you this is a highly perfumed foundation which I don’t mind because it’s quite nice and not like the face paint smell of MAC. 

 

Mac vs rimmel

Cost: rimmel

Lasting power: mac

Colour range: mac

Coverage; mac

Thanks for reading I hope you’ve enjoyed the post. 

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My love for all things avocado 

Yes I love avocado! I love to add them to lots of different dishes or to just simply snack on throughout the day. 

  
One of my favourite breakfasts is scrambled eggs mixed with half an avocado, it’s a really delicious way to kick start the day. 

Additionally I like to add avocado to my main meals, including adding to a basic chicken salad, stir fry and most recently to fajitas. Normally everyone adds guacamole but adding a chopped avocado adds to both the taste and the texture, it works brilliantly with chicken.

Obviously avocado is fairy high in fat, but it’s good fat, I need fats in my diet and would happily eat avocados all day long. 

Benefits of Avocado

  1. It’s high in potassium, it can be said that a diet high in potassium can lead to reduce risk of heart disease and blood pressure.
  2. It’s full of good fats
  3. They’re full of fibre
  4. They are full of antioxidants
  5. It’s yummy!

  


Blend blend blend

One of the best thing I have discovered this year is the good old fashioned blender! I had heard about the nutribullet but at roughly £84.99 thought it was a little pricey, I then found one that was very similar made by Breville and was only £29.50.

  
These blenders are brilliant because you add all of your ingredients straight into the bottle, therefore it minimises mess and washing up also! 

This blender has been a massive hit in my house with both my parents and my sister making themselves healthy shakes. I also like it for mixing my protein shake as it eliminates the yukky lumps you get from a shaker. The Breville comes with two bottles as well which is really hands, they have clip lids so are great for on the move. Simply plug the blender in, pour your ingredients in and then press go and it’s done. 

There are so many great shake recipes out there and so easy to make. I’ve included a couple of my favourite below. 

Chocolate protein & peanut butter

  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 banana 
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 3-5 ice cubes

  
Blueberry smoothie

  • 2 scoops strawberry/ vanilla protein
  • 1 handful blueberries
  • 3-5 ice cubes
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

  
For more great recipes check out this website they have hundreds.

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/proteinshakes.htm


Thank you Mr security guard! 

Random title I know but today whilst in a little tesco express, the security guard called me over as I left. He didn’t want to talk about what I had just bought instead he asked me what exercises I did for my shoulders! I was shocked but also quite flattered, this guy was about 6ft 2 and yet he was asking me how to improve his shoulders. I explained what I did, to which he said thank you and that was that.

The whole thing made me giggle but also made me feel good that someone would look at my figure, not in a pervy way but in a way of admiration for the dedication it takes. Since lifting I love my body but one thing I do still struggle with is my arms and shoulders. Due to my gymnastic days I have always had broad shoulders and I have very defined arms, I am confident in my skin and I am my proud of my arms. I guess what I have the issue with is other people’s opinions on my arms. My other half and family are wonderful and always say be proud, you’ve worked for it, show off. And they’re right, I’ve worked for every muscle on my body, it represents hard work and dedication so I should be proud. 

I am getting better but do feel self conscious sometimes when I wear a top or dress that shows my arms, it’s fine in the gym but when I walk down the street people stare and I’ve even had people say things. Last week a guy said ‘geez you look like a f***in bloke’ I didn’t respond because I was so shocked. In fact I wish I had come up with some witty comeback, it left me angry. People get slated for commenting on ‘overweight’ or ‘underweight’ people, so why do others think it’s okay to comment on someone who is in shape. 

I’m beginning to embrace my body and every muscle it has and hope that young girls choose female sports stars as role models, such as Rhonda Rousey. 

   
 


Vitacoco coconut oil 

I love social media and recently had seen lots of posts about the new coconut oil from the guys at Vita Coco.

I love the coconut water that this company too and enjoy it as a treat after training to refresh, it’s delicious! 

  
I went to a couple of boots stores and couldn’t see it so messaged the guys on Instagram @vccoconutoiluk and they replied promptly with where I could purchase it from. Brilliant service thank you guys! 

I headed there today and sure enough saw it on the shelves, only two left so it’s obviously doing well. 

  
The price was £9.99 for a jar of 500ml, however when I went to the til it had £2.50 off so was a real bargain.

Vita coco coconut oil
The coconut oil is 100% raw and organic and can be used as a moisturiser, in your hair or to cook with. I always cook with coconut oil because it’s healthier and very light. However, I was super excited that this Vita Coco coconut oil could be used on your hair and your body. 

Tonight I used it on my hair and I’m really impressed with the result, my hair is smooth and far less frizzy than normal I’ve also noticed my dreaded split ends are looking much better. I used it as a hair mask and left it in for 20 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. In addition coconut oil has said to be a great make up remover and also good as a lip salve, I can’t wait to try both of these things out. 

Anyone else tried it, let me know what you think 🙂 

  


Make up & training 

Sorry boys, one for the girls.

Im a girl, yes I love to lift weights and spend most of my spare time in gym clothes but a girl likes to look pretty even when she’s working out. 

Many people, friends, fellow gym goers have criticised me or made comments that I’m wearing make up when I work out. It’s not because I’m vain, I don’t put it on especially to go to the gym but I’m usually going elsewhere either before or after the gym. Also whenever I don’t wear make up people ask if I’m ok because I look ill! 

Now I’m not saying I wear a full face, far from it but a bit of eyeliner and mascara. 

We’ve all got hot and sweaty in the gym only to go and look in the mirror after and been horrified to see black rings around the eyes making us look like a panda! So I decided to try out some different mascaras and I’m pleased to announce the winner was, drumroll please… 

L’oreal mega volume, miss magna! 

  
Here it is! It’s only £8.99 which is even better and has great coverage, the brush is really flexible and does a great job at extending the lashes. 

Mascara
Not only is it great value but it gives a great look, I’ve worn it for two weeks now whilst doing some super tough workouts and I’m pleased to say I’ve had no panda eyes! 

  


A new crossfit brand… Ares

I began crossfit a year ago and started getting into my social media more this year. 

I was approached by a small, up and coming company called Ares who asked if they could sponsor me. I was so excited, I love crossfit and I love clothes so being sponsored was something completely unexpected and felt really rewarding. 

They sent me a great package of clothes and I couldn’t wait to wear it in the gym. Now, I may be biased but I also own a lot of gym clothes and have to say that the fit and design of the clothes is great. The material is really soft and the prints are also great. 

Ever since my sponsorship began I’ve received so much gear from Johnny at Ares. They have been so wonderful and generous so I really want to promote their brand and tell you how great it is! 

I recently met Johnny, the owner and he’s a really supportive guy, who loves crossfit and loves his brand. 

Ares Website
They do both men’s and women’s gear and the products range from bags, wrist wraps through to vest tops and baseball tops. They’re all at a really great price and the company have free delivery at the moment. You can also use my code Lewis10 for 10% off! So grab yourself a bargain! 

 My gear from Ares 
I’ve included some pictures of things from their website to give you a taster but head over to their website for more products. 

Their sock game is also on point!