Thursday, 31 July 2014

Healthy Living & Fitness :)

Obviously there is a bit of a bandwagon for healthy living and hitting the gym this year. I have no idea where it's come from and in all honesty it does irritate me when everyone just starts doing something purely to follow the crowd, however, in saying this how can I or others complain if it's something that can only enhance peoples lives and wellbeing? So what did I do? I jumped on too ;)
I've always been skinny… weight is not something I have had to fight with in a typical manner. My issues have always been wanting to be bigger than I am. I know that is something that I have said in the past and got a lot of stick for ''count yourself lucky'' etc etc however I am constantly being told I look ill, I'm too skinny or the classic ''go and eat a burger''. To all those people: I was living off Dominos, MCD's and Subway… so shut up. However, I know that even though I lived off junk food and never exercised and remained a size 8, my insides must be not in very good shape. One of my modules at university was biology and within this there was a nutrition module. I realised in the odd lectures I attended that even though I was skinny I was so unhealthy and just waiting for something medically wrong to happen (one of these lectures I actually sat eating a MCDs breakfast). When I started seeing the sudden incline of fitness and healthy eating going wild on Instagram and all the other social medias of the world I decided to join. I haven't gone extreme… I still have the odd take away (usually after a night out), I still drink occasionally and don't pound the gym everyday, however, I have gradually started eating healthier and exercising more. This has been over a period of a few months (had to take a break for a month due to surgery) and it is getting easier as time goes on. I'm getting stronger, feeling better and my legs and arms are getting bigger (which I wanted) but the tummy is getting more toned! I feel better within myself and my energy levels and skin are improving. I thought I'd share a basic weekly/general lifestyle post with what I currently do. This is far from perfect and I am no professional. Just a student trying to get healthier!


Meal wise these are my favourites. Salmon with stuffed mushroom with spinach salad… if I'd said this was one of my favourite meals a year ago to myself I would think I'd gone crazy. I only really like healthy food if I have cooked it, I'm still a very fussy eater so never like the healthy options in restaurants and NEVER like their salads. Another favourite is chicken breast stir fry with mushrooms and spinach and onion and other lovely bits! 
I pretty much just live off spinach, chicken and salmon but these are healthy foods I do genuinely enjoy! I want to get healthier etc but I still want to enjoy food, I don't want to live off broccoli and dry chicken like a see some people do. Noooo thank you. 


So in regards to snacks it's mainly fruit, berries or kiwis more often than not! Sometimes if I am feeling a little more peckish I'll throw an egg in or something just for a bit of an extra. Some people think it's a really weird combination haha, but I obviously eat the egg first, have some water then eat the fruit. 
Another one if I have a little more time on my hands is bruschetta, I have wholewheat crackers or light wafer type crackers and then cut up onion, tomatoes and garlic (sometimes some spinach if I have it in) and it is so yummy! Drinks wise all I really have is water or black/herbal teas :) It almost killed me giving up diet coke and I still have some now and then.


I'll be honest, exercise is where I have pretty much no knowledge. I just try to go to the gym as much as I can in a week, usually 4 times for about an hour at a time. I also downloaded the PumpUp app which is AMAZING. It's free and it's almost like an Instagram dedicated just to fitness and healthy living. There's so much motivation and loads of tips. Definitely a favourite of mine! You can track your weight, set goals and even put in what areas you want to improve or strengthen and what equipment you have available (from a whole gym to nothing at all) and it will provide you with a work out that is step by step and goes along with you whilst you do it, even demonstrating moves! I would highly recommended this app whether you are just starting or are relatively fit! It's awesome! With this app I can train at home or away and know exactly what to do for what areas of the body, which is great as I didn't have a clue! You can follow people who are professionals as well as people like me who are just trying the healthy lifestyle! If you want to know what I have been up to on it feel free to follow me on it, my name is jayniexo :)

If anyone has any questions feel free to leave them down below and I will get back to you. Also if anyone knows of any health and fitness blogs (your own or others) please also let me know, I love reading and following them :) 


Monday, 31 March 2014

Mini Beauty Haul

So the other day I was in a bad mood and what soothes a bad mood for me? Shopping. It doesn't help my university is practically in town! I mean it would be rude to not at least go and look at clothes and makeup. These were some of the things that I picked up.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer 
I'm sure most of you have heard about this. I usually use Makeup Forever Full Coverage Concealer but it's running out and it's not easy to get hold of here in England so I thought I would try this one instead. The coverage is amazing and it doesn't budge but I do kind of wish I'd picked up NC25 and not 20!

MAC Prep + Prime, Skin Base Visage
This was my original primer I always used. I loved it but decided to try something different and went for the Benefit Porefessional. I may be the only person in the world of beauty to say this but I really didn't like it. I noticed no difference to my skin when I put it on (unlike with this primer) and it barely lasted a couple of months and I only used it when I went out in town! So, I have gone back to what I know and love.

Revlon Colour Burst & Just Bitten Kissable
I was wondering around Superdrug and saw they had 3 for 2 on these so decided to bite the bullet and invest in some as I had heard nothing but good things. I picked up two Matte Colourburst's (Emulsive and Audacious) and one Just Bitten Kissable (Crush). I've provided some swatches for you. The Mattes were just one swipe, the Just Bitten was a few swipes due to the pigmentation not being as strong. Overall I do like these products and they are not a bad price at £7.99 (and one being free!)

NARS Larger Than Life Longwear Eyeliner
So the price of this for eyeliner I did find ridiculous… (£19) however decided to go wild and buy it anyway. I bought it from the recommendation of Jaclyn Hill (Youtuber) as she said it truly does last all day and she was right! It does not budge! This is a miracle considering it is on your waterline so I am beyond in love. I bought it in Rue Bonaparte which is a nude colour. I didn't want to get it in white as I find this looks too harsh on me. I think this looks provides a more natural big eye look! I may buy it in black or brown when I next get paid :)

Eyelure eyelashes 070
These are my go to eyelashes. They look completely natural when worn with no mascara. People didn't even know I wore falsies! When I want a more dramatic look I just pile on the mascara!

Solait Instant Tan
This was just a running into Superdrug as I was out of tan purchase. It was reasonably cheap if I remember rightly. It's just a standard instant really! Not orangey, definitely a brown colour but obviously doesn't stay on if you get water or anything on it being an instant. I use it if I didn't have time to leave one on over night :)

There are only a couple of days left on my MAC lipstick giveaway FIND IT HERE so go and enter! GO GO GO 


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Life In Photos

Hey guys,

Thought I'd pop up a personal post as I love reading others and getting to know the blogger! 
These are just a few snaps from the last couple weeks :)
It was my house mates 21st (photo on the left) and I went out with my old work friend who I haven't seen in a while! (photos on right)

I went over to a mate from works house and she has 2 of the tiniest dogs ever. I'm usually a big dog person but I did fall in love a little bit!

Standard selfies! Left was on Paddys day which is mental here in Newcastle, right is a normal selfie and a 'no make up' selfie for Cancer awareness. I know a lot of people have strong opinions about this but I was tagged by my aunty who's daughter (my cousin) had leukaemia so I obviously was not going to ignore the tag! Hope y'all donated though :)

Thanks girls, remember only a few days left for my mac giveaway!! 
Let me know if you follow me and I'll follow you back :)


PS I am getting pre-bonded extensions on Friday so let me know if you would want a post of this!!

Friday, 21 March 2014

Work FOTD: Chatterbox.

[Working Girl]

I work within Retail/Sales and was not running late for once in my life so took some time to make a proper effort for once. This is how it turned out!

Monday, 10 March 2014

My Current Favourites

This post is all about my favourite go to things of the moment. I'm not going to put a timeframe on this as I don't have new things every month, I am not that fortunate to buy so much! So it's just going to be whenever I notice I've missed things up a bit!

First off the go to EYES section

Sunday, 9 March 2014

MAC INTERNATIONAL Giveaway To Celebrate My Return


To celebrate me finally returning to the blogging world I thought I would do a small giveaway/contest for you lovely lot.

The Prize

Any MAC lipstick of your choice.

The Rules

1. Must be following me
2. Leave a comment with what colour MAC Lipstick you would like if you won
3. Leave an email address in the comment below for contact!
4. If you tweet the contest and mention me in the tweet you'll have a second entry (@JShannonx)
5. You have to be 18 or over or have a parents permission (due to address having to be shared with me to send you your prize)
6. International Giveaway

Will be posting a 'my current favourites' post and possibly a room tour post soon.

Thanks guys,

Love love love xox

Monday, 3 March 2014

New hair and YourTea (TinyTea) Detox

As you have probably noticed I have been MIA recently. I have been crazy busy with university as well as working a lot of hours to try and get out of my overdraft! I apologise immensely for this and will try and sort my blogging life out again. :D
I have a few posts lined up and will try and get them sorted as soon as possible!

So a few things have changed really, as I said I'm now working. This is the first time I have had a proper job (aka not a club job) whilst I do uni as well. This is just in sales but is probably the most full on and stressful job I have ever had! Hopefully however, once I get out of my overdraft it means I can start buying some of the beauty and health products I have been longing to get for ages! Meaning more hauls/reviews for you guys. :)

Next thing that is different is my hair. I am forever changing my hair colour as I get bored with everything super fast. I have now parted ways with blonde yet again and gone back to the dark side. Those who follow me on Instagram will know this (find it here) as I have put standard selfies up! Here are some pictures for those who don't have Instagram!