BEAUTY STASH BITS AND BOBS

March 26, 2017

I'm not exaggerating when I say a beauty-related post or haul was long overdue. These last couple months I seem to have transformed from a girl who loves shopping quite a lot to someone who prefers saving money for larger purchases or food (I won't lie). I'm slowly reintroducing cruelty-free beauty products into my beauty stash and when I say slowly I am - once again - not kidding. I bought the face masks in Budapest (travel diary coming soon, sorry peeps!) which was about a two months ago yet the Rituals products are only a week old.

Consciously shopping will make your wallet happy and makes it so much easier to only buy the things you really need/desire. I'm still on a minimalist mission, but I wish not to rush things and hastily throw stuff I still need away just because I don't need it right now. Anywho, let's get into the haul.


The first thing I got were two facemasks, both cruelty-free and vegan. Sadly I can't tell you whether I like them or not because I haven't been able to try them out (yet). I bought one from hej organic and the other one is from Douglas naturals. Both these products can be found in a Douglas store. Whilst walking around in the store I bumped into a chapstick I was eager to try out (from Douglas naturals). So far I really love it! It makes my lips feel soft and hydrated. 



The other products are both from Rituals, namely their Rituals of Sakura deodorant and conditioner. Both products are also cruelty-free which is amazing! How much I like them? I can honestly say I keep repurchasing the deodorant simply because it smell like pure luxury and it feels as if you've just taken a foamy bath. The conditioner is, not surprisingly, gorgeous smelling and makes your hair feel soft and shiny. Get your hands on them asap, I'd say!

Are you creating a cruelty-free beauty stash or are you planning on minimalizing your belongings? I'd love to know! 


BUILD YOUR BOOTY WORKOUT

March 19, 2017


I have been consistently going to the gym since the beginning of February and carefully planning out my every workout so it doesn't overlap with my lectures and revisions. Before opting for a gym membership I was running, also quite consistently, for about 3 to 4 times a week, easily doing at least 10K per run. Until my left knee decided to give up on me and I started having trouble walking. Because I'm a sporty girl, if I do say so myself, and I need to be active at least five times a week to blow off some steam, I signed up for a gym membership.

My goals were to build some leg muscle to continue running, but I so happened to discover weightlifting and it's been a fun journey ever since! I would love to be able to squat 50kg, lift more than I ever thought possible and overall, work on my bum/legs, core and arms. Since my gym routine is quite consistent and I don't often add new exercises, I felt like posting a routine of mine on my blog.

I am not a gym expert or athlete whatsoever, but these exercises have made a tremendous impact on my body. Not only can I see muscle definition and can feel I'm getting stronger, my metabolism has had a boost. I'm getting leaner yet I'm eating more and most importantly, I can eat whatever I want (that's obviously vegan) and still I'm getting fitter. Win-win! Now, enough rambling, let's get into the routine! Also, if these exercises are too hard, just do less reps or decrease the weight!

5 sets X 8 reps barbell squats (set 1: barbell, set 2-5: barbell + 5kg each side)
3 sets X 10 reps barbell deadlift (no weights, just the barbell)
3 sets X 10 jumping lunges
4 sets X 10 reps machine leg press (increase weight per set)
4 sets X 10 reps abductor machine (increase weight per set)
3 sets X 10 reps 8kg kettlebell one-legged deadlift
3 sets X 10 reps straight-leg donkey kicks (with 10 pulses)
3 sets X 10 reps regular donkey kicks (with 10 pulses)
3 sets X 10 reps fire hydrants

I hope you'll enjoy this workout and if you feel like giving up, just tell yourself it's okay to have days where you don't feel like working out. It's not about how fast you are or how much progress you can make in a short space of time, as long as you don't stop.


WHAT I EAT FOR A FIT & HEALTHY BODY

March 11, 2017


It's been awfully long since I last filmed a video, let alone a 'what I eat in a day' one. But, seeing as I didn't have too much university work to complete, I decided to grab my camera and film something again. I'm working on a new post which will be up very soon, but I don't want to share a workout routine without thinking it through and properly testing it out. Nevertheless, I hope you'll enjoy the video!