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You may have heard me mention the Body Coach or Joe Wicks before and if you follow me on instagram or twitter you will have definitely seen me rave about him! For anyone who doesn’t know who he is, he is the author behind the new ‘lean in 15’ book which has taken the world by storm! He’s sold a crazy amount of books and is trying to transform people into a healthier and leaner version of themselves. Of course I have decided to buy his book and give it a go! Now I love food. Like really love food. So diets and losing weight is something that I have struggled with for a very long time and while I have tried many diets, food always seems to win and after a few weeks I lose the momentum and willpower and go back to my old ways. I’m hoping this time will be different!

The main difference this time is that I’m cooking the recipes myself and getting into the idea of fresh ingredients and not relying on pre cooked or the more processed kinds of foods. And if truth be told…I’ve really bloody enjoyed it! I’m by no means a good cook but this book has given me ideas of different recipes which require foods that I would normally have in the cupboards and they are honestly super easy to make. If I can do it then everybody can do it.

Exercise is also something that I do not agree with. I haven’t done any formal exercise since I was at school (some 6 years ago now!) so this new routine was definitely a shock to the system! Joe is a massive fan of HIIT (high intensity interval training). So I’ve even started doing this 3 times a week. I’m not gonna lie it’s tough and you do ache the next day but I absolutely love that it’s only ever 15/20 minutes and then you’re done! Now I’ve only been doing this new diet, or as I’d prefer to call it, lifestyle change for 2 weeks but so far I am really into it and I would definitely recommend the book to anyone looking for a new lifestyle or just some new recipes they would like to try! Here’s some of the recipes I’ve had in the last fortnight.

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Porridge oats with fresh berries

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Avocado on toast with a fried egg and tomatoes

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Tomatoes, chorizo and egg skillet

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Cheesy chicken, chorizo and spinach

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Joe’s chicken, leek and spinach pie

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Turkey meatballs with feta cheese

These are just a small selection of recipes he has in the book, I cannot wait to try some more and I will be sure to take some photos so definitely come and check out my instagram @beckyhughff and you will be able to see for yourself! I may even do another post like these once I put my cooking skills to the test even more! Let me know if you’ve tried the Lean in 15 lifestyle!

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Makeup brushes. I just love them. I have recently been using a combination of both Real Techniques and Lottie brushes and they have certainly served me well. They have no fallout and you don’t end up with bristles everywhere which is a different story to brushes I’ve used in the past. However, my collection is getting a little older now and I found an absolute bargain on eBay which I couldn’t resist! I had previously been eyeing up the Zoeva collections which everyone seems to have at the moment but this little gem caught my eye. This is the Sigma Extravaganza Copper Kit. It’s their best selling brushes all coming together in one beautiful kit. There are 29 brushes in total, all in varying sizes and for different purposes. All the bristles are synthetic and each brush has a black handle with copper edging. I’ve heard such good reviews about the quality of these brushes and so I am super excited to start using them. This kit normally retails at a rather extortionate £379 but I managed to pick this up on eBay for just over £100.00 which for 29 brushes I thought was excellent value.

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Have you ever tried Sigma brushes? Would you recommend them?

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I seem to have gotten myself into a bit of a routine with my makeup and seem to be wearing the same everyday makeup. For work I seem to wear the same products day in, day out as I’ve finally found products which seem to work with my skin and haven’t caused mass breakouts. I also sometimes suffer with patchy makeup on the sides of cheeks where the makeup doesn’t seem to catch but with my most recent products it seems to avoid this problem. Call me boring, but for now, it seem’s to be working! Of course the eye makeup and lip colour is interchangeable but my base makeup seems to be working a dream for the time being. As you will be able to tell from the photo, some of the products are very well loved and almost gone! The contour palette and foundation have definitely been used to the max! So here it is, my current everyday makeup look!

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Products used:

Maybelline Age Rewind Eye Concealer (Light)

L’oreal True Match Foundation (Vanilla)

Kiko Radiant Fusion Baked Powder (Sand)

Laura Geller Baked Balance n Brighten (Medium)

Anastasia Beverley Hills Contour Kit (Light to Medium)

Urban Decay Smokey Palette 

Eyeko Black Magic Eyeliner

Laura Geller Style Lash Lengthening Mascara

NYX Soft matte lip cream (Stockholm)

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Which products are you reaching for everyday?

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You may recall in a very early blog post that we bought a new build house and had begun transforming it into our first little home together. Well nearly 8 months later and we have finally managed to get around to changing the spare bedroom! It began as 4 bare white walls and a completely empty room and while it’s probably not perfect yet – we do finally have a bed for guests to use (it was previously an airbed!!). So here’s a glimpse at how it looks presently – we decided to go for a yellow/white/grey theme and the furnishings are pretty rustic – all my boyfriends wonderful ideas I have to admit.

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I can’t tell you how excited I was when I heard that a NYX concession had been added to my local Boots! I’ve heard about their products for ages and had never previously been able to get my hands on them. I’d mainly heard about them from Glitteralittle on Youtube who seemed to have bought absolutely everything they produce so needless to say I was eager to get my mitts on some products. My most sought after item was the Lip Lingerie matte lipsticks for some unknown reason these were the only lip products they didn’t seem to sell?! Let me know in the comments if your local store stocks these or maybe they’ve just not been publicly released yet. I did however, manage, to compensate for the lack of Lip lingerie and dived into their other products. I was completely overwhelmed when I got to Boots because the concession was pretty big and there was so many beautiful products that I’d not heard of before.

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So instead of the lip lingerie, I decided to pick up one of the Liquid suede lipsticks in the shade Tea and Cookies which is a dusky pink shade. These are pretty well priced at £6.50 and fall in line with most high street brands. They do a whole host of shades but sadly a lot of them weren’t stocked when I visited which was a little disappointing. I was ideally after the Sandstorm shade which is more of a nude-brown shade. I did, however, get this sort of shade in the soft matte lip cream range. These are slightly cheaper at £5.50 and I picked up the shade Stockholm. I quite like that all the shades in this particular range are named after locations!

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Next up is the NYX HD concealer wand which I picked up in the shade CW03 Light – this was also priced at £5.50 and on first appearances seems quite similar in application to the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer but of course a lot cheaper. I’ve heard good things about this one so I’m looking forward to giving it a try.

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Now I really didn’t need any more eyeliners but I couldn’t resist giving this one a go! This is the ‘two timer’ dual ended eyeliner, with a liquid liner at one end and a Kohl pencil at the other. I have given this product a quick go and I’m not yet convinced! It does seem to be the only liquid liner that doesn’t irritate my eyes and make them water like mad so that’s a definite plus as it has the longevity of lasting all day without budging. However, I found the liquid liner nib to be quite stiff and therefore quite difficult to apply without making a mess. It may just be me, but I found it difficult to get a true black line, it just seemed to be tricky to get it to look right – I will give it another go though because I do like that it lasts all day.

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Last but not least are some face products. Now the Pore Filler was actually the most expensive product I picked up, priced at £11.00. The finish is very similar to the Benefit porefessional which is a brilliant priming product. I was a little disappointed with the small size of the tube as the sample that was out was I’m sure much bigger! I haven’t given this is a proper test yet but will update you accordingly when I have! I am also absolutely loving highlighters and illuminators at the moment so I had to pick up their £8.50 version in the shade Ritualistic. It looks quite pearly white in the pan and gives a really natural looking shimmer on your cheeks. They do a couple of shades, some of which are more pinky colours so there is a great choice to find that perfect glow.

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Let me know if you’ve tried any NYX products and what your thoughts were! 

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