Thursday, 28 July 2016

Stream of Consciousness - my first Pilates class

Before Class

"Ok, ok, so this seems ok. I've found the studio, the other ladies are non-threatening. This will be fine!"
"A mat, I need a mat. In the corner, at the back."
"Holy mother of...these mats are unruly...and they stink. Can see why everyone brings their own..." 
"Right, I know you're nervous. Let's do a bit of visualisation. I am a calm, serene, stretching goddess."
"Oooh, here's the instructor. She looks fab - see how good Pilates is for you! Glowy!" 

Warm up

"Ok, standing, circling arms. I got this. Remember to breathe in and out. I can do this! Breathing is literally the easiest thing in the world."

Image from Pixabay

During Class

"Any class that involves a predominantly horizontal position isn't going to make me sweat is it!"
"Engage my core? Is that suck my gut in?!" 
"And breathe. At the same time?! That's proving a little difficult." 
"Oooh, apparently engaging your core is more technical that suck belly in. Must remember to ask advice later."
"Is that sweat. Dripping on the mat? It is! I'm sweating...this is not just a glow, I repeat not just a glow. Actual sweat and bucket loads of it."
"My chest is squashing me. I'm not sure this primark sports bra is up to the job of containing them."
"What fresh hell is this? I cannot balance on this few body parts. And breathe. And engage core. At the same time?? Forget difficult, I'm finding this impossible!" Something's got to go."
"Why am I shaking so much? Oh god! Breathe!! I actually forgot to breathe!"
"Now, my core isn't engaged. A single lady core. Probably shouldn't make that joke out loud..."
"No, no, no. I actually can't do that exercise. I'm trying to make my bottom leave the mat but unfortunately it is rooted there." 

Image from Pixabay

End of Class

"Ahhhh, relaxation. Tension in body etc etc. Wait, should I be scrunching up my muscles? Pulling funny faces? Probably best not to fall asleep." 
"Is that it now, is it over?"
"Yes we're all up. Ok, put mat back, thank teacher, leave studio..." 
"I do feel very chilled and pleased. I'll try again next week I think. Although clearly breathing does not come naturally to me. Of all things!"
"Must buy a new sports bra to handle the girls."
"With practise, I will be a serene, stretching goddess. Maybe." 

The Next Morning

"Cannot move. Everything aches..."

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Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Summer Essentials

With the recent sunny weather we've been experiencing in the UK, I wondered whether there had every been a better time to blog about my summer essentials. 

Whether it be items I already own...or those I want to own, these are my summer essentials 2016!

Summer Essentials

For those that have read my blog for a while, you'll know I have SUPER thick hair. As in the kind of hair that means my surname on my colour card is mega thick. It's also extremely susceptible to humidity and goes so frizzy!! To combat that, I have developed a technique to tame my hair which I describe in How to make thick unruly hair sleek and manageable.

For the days when I just can't handle the heat of the hairdryer, spiral bobbles are a godsend. I can get my hair off my face and the spiral nature means they're less damaging to my hair.

Also on my essential list are sunnies and a hat. I'm so paranoid about getting wrinkles around my eyes so rarely squint...this means the sun can be dazzling. Sunnies and hats protect my eyes and face from those nasty UV rays. Which leads directly into suncream. I have an olive complexion and catch the sun really easily. However, I never wear lower than SPF 15 and always use Soltan. I find it doesn't irritate my skin at all and the insect repellent version works well.

Sandals are obviously another summer essential and I've got my eye on pairs similar to these Steve Madden ones.

I love love love wearing metallic tattoos in the summer. I was sent some tattoos from Starz Tattoos which I adore. They're long lasting but easy to remove with oil and the metallic colour is really rich and deep.

Makeup wise, I hate the feeling of heavy makeup on my skin in summer. It's when I get my MAC Face and Body out as I love the lightness of it. Plus it's hydrating, a low but buildable coverage and water resistant! Definitely needed in the heat! Waterproof mascara is a must as well and I can't wait to try out the Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof as I love the original formula. The Bourjois Aqua Lacque in Rose on the Rocks is still my favourite lip product as described in my top 5 lip products post over a year ago!

To get that bronzed glow, I love St Tropez fake tan, finding it long lasting and easy to apply. I also want to get my hands on the Laura Geller Gilded Honey highlighter - doesn't it look dazzling!!

I also set all that off with Urban Decay fixing spray which ensures my makeup DOES NOT MOVE...all day. Seriously...check out my Does Setting Spray Really Work? post for the ultimate proof!

What summer essentials would you add to this list? Let me know below or on Twitter - @tori30plus

Have a beautiful day, inside and out!

Tori xx

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Shattered Glass Nails's post is about one of the easiest nail art looks I've ever done. And so pretty, oh so pretty!!

I first saw magical nails like this on Pinterest and fell immediately in love. I mean, who wouldn't! They're just gorgeous. So I started to research the items I needed to recreate the look and found that it seemed fairly simple..

You will need:

Angel Foil Wrap - I got mine from eBay (The seller was ex4im_ltd - I don't know them, but received excellent service)
Nail Foil Adhesive Glue - another eBay job, this time from iluvthisworld2010 which arrived really quickly and well packaged.
White nail polish
Top Coat


I simply cut small triangles of the nail foil out before painting all of my nails white. After they were dry, I put on a thin coat of the adhesive glue which dried to a tacky finish. After that, I placed the triangles where I wanted them and trimmed any excess.

This was my first attempt and I assumed it would be a disaster but it wasn't! The results were perfectly passable if difficult to photograph...! Another thing to bear in mind is that these looked WAY better from a slight distance. Up close, the white nail polish was a little patchy and the angel foil could have been neater but from a distance, I was entranced by the holographic gorgeousness!

The nail foil really caught the light, shimmering and reflecting beautifully!

The next time I do these nails, I will cut smaller triangles as well as placing them more carefully. I think I'm also going to try a gel topcoat set with UV light as a clear topcoat crinkled the foil a little.

Still, for the amount of effort it took, I was mesmerised by these!!

What are your easy nail art looks??

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx


Sunday, 17 July 2016

Sleek Contour Palette and Solstice Highlighter Palette Review

It's been a LONG time since I sat down and wrote a blog post. My last post was 2 months ago and that had been prewritten. I've had bloggers block. Mr T suggested I write a post about bloggers block but I couldn't even manage that!

Anyway, a combination of circumstances has finally inspired me to write. Firstly, a Sleek counter arrived in my local town! Yippeeee! The only things we need now in our Superdrug or Boots are NYX and Makeup Revolution. Then my life will be complete!

Secondly, we bought a new PC. My laptop was slowly dying...and it had lost its K key...which made writing about makeup very tricky.

So with those two things in my life...a blog post soon followed. And here it is! Drum roll please......

I've seen lots and lots of positive press/blogs etc about these two products and couldn't wait to get my hands on them once Sleek was more accessible. Better yet, I got them on a buy one, get one half price offer which made my bank account very happy.

Contour Palette

I decided to get the Medium Contour Kit after debating between this and the light. I think in an ideal world I want the medium contour creams but the light highlighting creams. However, I have plenty of light concealers so the medium won.

The palette comes with three highlighting creams and three contour creams as well as an instructional sheet on where to apply them. Very handy!

It explains where to put each cream really clearly and I got a gorgeous contoured look from following it.

The creams themselves are a lovely consistency. They don't feel too slippery and greasy but aren't heavy and tuggy (is that a word?!) either. They take some blending but it's so worth the finished effect when you do.

The colours themselves are slightly warmer in the medium palette than in the light palette. Now this might not appeal to some people, I know most prefer a cool contour but I find on me that they just look really dirty. I prefer a warmer colour on my contour and this definitely delivers!

Solstice Highlighter Palette

The first thing I really noticed about this is the gorgeous packaging. Although it's plastic, I do love the gold mirrored finish and it makes it really easy to spot in my drawer! I'd heard good things about this palette but I was still amazed when I eventually used it. The god, the glow!

Ecliptic is a cream highlighter that is perfect during the day for a "why yes, my skin ALWAYS looks this healthy and young" kinda glow. The other three shades are powders. I've been using Equinox the most as it's such a Tori shade that it's a must. Subsolar has hardly been touched but I think in my head, it's like my Nars Albatross (it probably isn't, but it's gold and that counts...!) and Hemisphere can be a little too cool for my skin by itself.

But seriously, JUST LOOK AT THE GLOW. I actually have to be lighthanded when applying these or I end up looking seriously disco ball. They are amazing. End of story!

Are there any other Sleek products I must try? I've fallen in love with the brand!

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

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