Ski lessons, and my latest beauty must-haves…
So this week is my first proper week back at the gym… and actually my first training week in 2017.
I have to admit that getting the motivation to get back into training hasn’t been easy, I have found myself making excuses, and going to the shops or just watching TV, when I had planned to do a exercise class, woops!
Once I completed that first session back, I felt really chuffed with myself and the endorphins were flowing again.
I plan to do 3 sessions a week till I go away for filming the next series of Our Girl. In fact I have been 4 times in the last 8 days…. I already feel fitter and that is the aim – to improve on my fitness levels/stamina and build muscle.
I am not going to do a strict diet, I don’t want to loose weight, I am going to enjoy a take away or meal out once a week as I normally do, and I will still have the odd drink, but I will cut back on my habit of grazing on chocolate or biscuits…
So, last week I went to meet a friend of mine Linzey who I was working with on Our Girl (she played my sister) and she also had a part on Tina and Bobby.
She’s recently finished a comedy which will go out on BBC2 called White Gold which I am looking forward to watching!
We had a girly catch up in ROKA which was fab, it’s a gorgeous Japanese restaurant on Charlotte Street.
As it was a day date, I kept things pretty casual and wore black jeans from Topshop, a polo neck from Zara and my new and very distressed denim jacket from Topshop.
The jacket works best with a simple outfit underneath, otherwise it’s over styled and looks too much (in my opinion!).
I am obsessed with this jacket and have worn it a few times since buying it, again with something simple like a white T or with a grey jumper underneath.
Here’s some other distressed jackets from good old Toppers all under £70…
So, recently I have been having some skiing lessons in preparation for a pending ski trip with Mark and some of our friends.
We have been visiting The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead to brush up on our skills, their Twitter is @the_snowcentre and the centre has the largest teaching slope in the UK.
If you remember I went skiing last year – and I am not going to lie, I was absolutely rubbish! I kept falling over and was lacking in experience and confidence.
I am determined to embrace the slopes more this time (rather than end up face down in the snow or watching everyone else ski while I’m sat in a bar!) so have been having a few much-needed lessons.
I have to say, I LOVE skiing! It is such a fun sport. This is mostly down to Greg and Pete from The Snow Centre who have been teaching myself and Mark, thanks lads!
I have been trying out the Elemis Skin Buff a couple of times a week to remove dead skin cells and revitalise my skin.
(I wouldn’t recommend you use it any more than twice a week as it will irritate and dry your skin out, your face skin is delicate and you don’t want to damage it!)
The skin buff is very gentle you only need a tiny amount, like a teaspoon size – and then rub over your face in circular motions.
After I have dried my face, my skin feels clean and looks healthy. http://www.elemis.com for more info.
I have also tried out this pore refining face mask by Masque Bar.
My skin felt so smooth after, I think this mask is great if you have time to lay down for 15 minutes and just let the product do the work for you.
I washed it off with warm water and the pores on my nose and chin were less noticeable and that was after one use.
The following day my make-up glided on, so I think its worth getting if you have a special occasion the following day or just want to treat yourself!
I’m also using this great Revlon ‘Colorstay’ foundation, which is a semi matte flawless and lightweight foundation – and it’s serious value for money at around £9.99 from Boots, Superdrug, Amazon etc and there are 19 different colours so something to suit everyone’s skin tone.
The Colorstay foundation lasts perfectly on your face all day, like literally all day and night, especially if you use a decent primer first.
I am currently rating the Kiko, Laura Mercier Illuminating primer or the fab Estee Lauder Illuminator Radiant Primer which is a great day primer for brightening your skin and gives a healthy finish – with or without foundation www.esteelauder.co.uk for more info.
Estee Lauder’s Victoria Beckham Makeup Collection was such a hit last year, that they are releasing a new collection in a couple of days. I am looking forward to this as I thought the first one was impressive.
There are also some new lippies by Revlon that I think are worth stocking up on – they come in 15 shades and are very moisturising and long lasting.
I wore this blackcurrant/maroon shade called for something a bit different, I tend to stick to either nudes or a flash of red and that’s about as adventurous as I get.
What do you think? I think it is really quirky… http://www.revlon.co.uk/products/lips
I have been feeling pale, so rather than using sunbeds (so bad for you!) I have been I using ‘Ambre Solaire Original, Intense No Streaks Bronzer’.
I apply this lightly all over to my face, neck and body before I go to bed and after a shower the following morning I have a subtle and golden glow.
It doesn’t smell bad either (something I hate with fake tans) – it smells of apricots! http://www.garnier.co.uk
My hair is reaaaaaaly dry at the moment, I think it’s a combo of the weather, the recovery from bleaching it last year, and from doing a few photoshoots (so lots of products and heat) therefore every 2 days this last week I have washed my hair, and then slathered it in this Moroccon Oil and slept in it.
Once you wake up your hair looks lank, but after washing it with a light shampoo there is a vast improvement. I didn’t notice it so much the first time I did it, but the second time my hair felt considerably more moisturised and silky.
Anyway, I must dash as I have got another ski lesson soon…!
Until next week.
Lots of love,