My Favourite Workouts

Losing weight is not just eating right, we all know exercise is a crucial part and yes we can lose alot of weight by simply changing our diet however, it is important to work on your strength and muscles to maximise weight loss! So working out for me is literally the part I hate

The one thing I hate about working out is having a routine, like some days I am all over the place doing whatever I can remember to work on, that’s one reason why I like circuit training it’s easy to follow however I get bored of the same thing all the time and having to find and new routines on YouTube was becoming pretty annoying! I bought myself the Jillian Micheals: 30 Day Shred –  check it out! This is literally a game changer and with 3 different levels its brilliant to watch yourself go from one to three and seeing results within weeks I loved how she “works small muscles with big muscles for maximum results” . She really doesn’t mess around and if you do it right you will begin to see the difference, my arms starting toning up first then my legs I noticed my waist going smaller It was great and the best part of it all is ITS ONLY A 20 MINUTE WORKOUT!!! And, because its all circuit training you be shedding weight HOURS after the workout! I loved it!

 

However once I started to see my body change I noticed there are areas I want to work on more, and others not so much so  step aside Jillian and enter Alexa Jean, now these workouts are the easiest I have ever come across and BOY do they work! I literally started them this week and I kid you not I am seeing RESULTS! her but and ab workout is DEFINITELY worth a try, they’re intesne but she keeps it easy by doing less moves but longer circuits than Jillian! She has a range of guides from eating to working out. What I love most about Alexa is she just had a baby December 2016 and – YOU CAN NOT TELL – I had to insert a picture to show you guys, shes amazing and her workouts are incredible they’re so easy it makes me laugh, the results were so wuick and so good I want to do it more and more! BY THE WAY GUYS IT WASN’T ALL FUN AND GAMES I WAS SORE FOR 48 HRS !!! BUT, thats what the protein shakes there for! -If you want to know more about protein shakes let me know in the comments or DM me ! Oh and another thing I love about her workouts, you don’t need ANY equipment!

Butt & abs workout 

Butt & leg workout 

Post-Partum workout – For the new mummies (Take it easy guys don’t work out too hard, your bodies have not fully recovered yet!

Flat Stomach work out -Save them on your Instagram Thank me later 🙂

Full HIIT workout – Oooh I just found this while finding the above links, this ones going into my routine too!!

 

You do not have to go out your way and start buying everything that claims to help you lose weight or help you get fit! I refuse to give in and pay for things I KNOW I can get/do for free! (Okay other than the Jillian DVD I got that whilst shopping in Asda! So I class that as part of my weekly shop LOL, plus when I got it I had a DVD player, but now THE WORLDS online so why go out your way to buy things right? that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy it, if you want to then by all means go ahead its WORTH EVERY PENNY ).

 

For my Jillian Micahels work out, I have subscribed to BeFit on Youtube they have all the levels! As for Alexa Jean, she sells digital ebooks on her site HERE but, I didn’t buy them they’re books and its so annoying trying to READ how to workout I never get it right I prefer watching someone do it so, THANK GOD for the new ‘save’ option on Instagram, So I went on to Alexa Jeans fitness page on Instagram found the few workouts I likes and saved them, so some days I use her workouts and some days I do jillians, it keeps things different and keeps me going!

 

Thank you for reading my post and if you have any questions .. Ask :), also I have linked everything you will need above in the post!

Aneesaxox

Superdrug Vitamin E – Review

So everyone and their mum is raving about the Superdrug vitamin E products and I gave into the hype to check out what all the fuss was about!

I got the Vitamin E eye cream, facial serum and the famous facial mist and as always I didn’t even bother checking what type of skin it is for! I really need to start paying attention rather than buying anything that everyone hypes about, especially when it comes to skin care products.

The first thing I got was the vitamin E eye cream, this is supposed to nourish and hydrate the under eyes. So far I have been using it in the morning and the evening and my under eyes have gone really soft which makes my makeup look smoother it also makes my eyes feel awake and not tired, so I am liking it for that reason however, it is so rich and thick you need the tiniest amount like so so small and if you use a little too much it feels thick, sticky and heavy.  I am still looking for the perfect eye cream!

The next thing and this is purely because everybody and their dog was raving about it, it’s the vitamin E facial mist! Now, this product and I have a love-hate relationship, I love the smell, and that’s about all that I love! The product seems great and someone with dry skin would LOVE it, is so hydrating, for me it’s a little TOO hydrating I am left looking like I drenched my face in oil! Also the nozzle? like why does it shoot straight at you? for that reason I always ended up spraying too much! So I resulted in spraying it onto a cotton pad and applying it to my face, avoiding my T-zone as that is where I get really oily and it does give my skin a healthy glow as long as I pat it in there’s no sticky-ness. I can’t use it every day but it’s great for the days my skin feels dry and dull.

The third thing I picked up was the vitamin E facial serum, this again like the mist this smells amazing, I love the smell of the products in this range. I applied the serum on after cleansing in the morning and evening and it instantly makes my skin feel AMAZINGLY smooth, I like this for days where I going to add extra moisture and it sinks straight into the skin without making it look sticky or leaving my skin looking oily, I use this on days where I am going to be using a lot of powder based products as my skin dries easily. I like it, I don’t love it because overall I don’t think it did anything amazing to my skin also when I applied too much I found I get small under the skin spots/bumps!

Over all the whole range is so cheap each product was under £5 and always on offer, I got them on offer too from Superdrug buy one, get one-half price, which makes them even cheaper, I think the products would be really good for people with dry skin, however the facial spray is also great to set makeup, or to give your face a natural glow! But I don’t see myself buying anything else from this range, it didn’t wow me.

Has anyone else tried anything from this range?

Aneesaxox

Starting Your Weight Loss Journey

Before I start this post I HAVE to say, I am not a professional and have no qualifications in managing weight this is all from my own experience! So please don’t try anything that seems 

 

So I have been trying to lose weight since I had my first child around 5 years ago, and I have tried and tested SO many things and some have worked, some took a few trials and some were a waste of time and money so I thought I would share some of my experiences with you guys seen as I have a some of you asking me questions and also because when I first started out I did not know where to look and wondered around online like a headless chicken buying anything that was appealing to my eyes and lusting over peoples before and after pictures dreaming of looking lean and having abs.

 

First things first and you will read this ever but the quicker you take it into consideration and take action the better it will be in the long run, hell it took me five years! THERE IS NO QUICK FIX, no pills, or drinks no nothing! It’s a long road and you HAVE to be dedicated, results will show, with consistency so don’t be disheartened when you don’t have a flat stomach after a week, it’s coming I promise, just keep going! Your mental state has a HUGE impact on your weight loss, when you feel like things are not working you go back to the poor diet, no motivation and then were back to square one!

What you eat

So once you are in right frame of mind things will go smoother and easier from here, when starting off losing weight DO NOT jump in fully making a meal plan cutting everything that’s unhealthy and planning to workout every single day and drinking 4 bottles of water-its unrealistic and chances of it actually lasting are ZERO! So you work on it bit by bit starting with the MAIN source FOOD.

Eating is the culprit and trying to change what you eat is a massive commitment and it doesn’t happen over night so you have to start small, make a list of all the things you eat and group them up, so carbs, proteins and the junk. Then slowly begin to cut things out not forever just have less of them and slowly you will stop wanting to eat whatever it is, another thing that works, is replacing it with something healthier I have stopped eating crisps and chocolate and exchanged them for granola bars or the Special K thins! That does not mean I don’t eat chocolate, I LOVE CHOCOLATE!! CHOCOLATE IS LIFE <3

If your working on LOSING weight then I would recommend adding food with protein and cutting out carbs, you could drink a protein shake (Bootea shake is THE BEST, it tastes JUST like milkshake!! Non of that thick weird taste)!

Keep Hydrated

Next, WATER! I can’t stress how important this is, water helps keep you hydrated and helps you digest your food also helps with weight loss but just as I said about the food, water is another thing you need to add slowly to your diet especially if your one of those people that drink no water at all, if you try drinking loads of water your going to end
up feeling bloated and your bodies water levels will change resulting in you just drinking water and its coming straight out, I don;t want to get into the technical terms but you know what I mean, I only ever drank water with my dinner so like a glass a day if that! So I started buying crates of water and drinking one bottle a day, then one and half then two and so on, at the moment I am drinking 3-4 bottles and I feel amazing!

 

Detox

Now that you have started making a change in your diet its time to start thinking about changing your body the next thing I would recommend is doing a detox, that can be a water detox or a teatox this will kickstart your actual weight loss by getting rid of the toxins in your body, I have reviewed the Bootea Weightloss bundle and as a starter I would highly recommend Bootea, I have tried a number of teatox’s and this one was my favourite that showed best results I have repurchased this a 4 times its brilliant, remember a TEATOX IS NOT A LONG TERM WEIGHTLOSS product it AIDS weight loss to kickstart your journey don’t expect to drop 3 dress sizes with tea alone however alone it still does amazing things (please be careful when doing a teatox if your not drinking the right amount of fluids it can have a negative effect on your body) Check out my review on Bootea HERE. Another cleanse I would recommend is the colon cleanse I have been doing this one recently and this is definitely my favourite cleanse/detox check out my post on the cleanse HERE.

Add vitamins to your diet to help give your self-energy, I am currently taking the Bootea vitamins, you could take any they’re so cheap from anywhere!

Exercise

Working out, this is the part everyone hates however, it really isn’t that bad, you could literally walk fo an hour a day, dance make your workout fun and suitable for you! The more you dread it the harder it will be, so try new things find someone who motivates you, follow them! My personal Favourite is Jillian Michaels her workouts WORK! As long as you keep up with them and don’t slack! I had the DVD of her 30 Day Shred however you can find it on youtube and follow from there, what I love about this workout is its only 20minutes of circuit training however she changes up the movements to work big muscles along with small muscles and adding in cardio which results in MAXIMUM fat burning even hours after the workout is complete! You can find the workouts HERE.

Build Muscle!! Most women feel if they build muscles they will end up looking ‘manly’ that is NOT the case unless you take some sort of steroids! Women do NOT have the testosterone to give them the whole ‘manly’ ‘bulky’ look! In fact training on your muscles helps burn MORE fat so work on muscles (this is another reason I like Jillian Michaels, she targets muscles!) – This is where the protein comes in and aids with muscle building!

 

Last thing and one of the most important is taking before and after pictures of yourself, this doesn’t mean you have to post them online or share them with anyone these are purely for yourself, I had been trying to lose weight for years and the weighing myself wasn’t enough- muscle weighs more than fat so you can’t necessarily tell how much you have lost however photos, well that’s just proof and you can SEE it and seeing it mentally makes you feel ALOT better about your weight loss journey I did NOT realise how much weight I had lost till I did a recent after picture, I was shocked and it motivated me to do more!! I feel so much better and confident in myself too!

Starting your weight loss journey has to be exciting and fun or it won’t work, you will get bored easily or give in to cravings. You have to go easy on yourself and remember is a lifestyle, not a part time fix. If you put the effort in you will see results, if you guys have any questions just let me know! Always more than happy to help!

I am still going through my journey and have a long way to go however the tips above have helped me LOADS hope they help and motivate anyone who needed it!

Aneesaxox

How My New Skincare Routine Changed My Skin

Everybody wants to look flawless right? And what do we do to try and achieve it? Buy a foundation costing £40 and then a primer for £20 then we realise we have really bad under eyes so we invest in concealers so almost around £50-£80 on trying to achieve flawless skin and while we’re at it we are destroying the skin more!! So recently I decided to spend more money on skin care to make my skin better which resulted in making any foundation look flawless!! See I believe you can make any product work but in their own way.

So I switched up EVERYTHING I used except my trusty St.Ives face scrub. So firstly I am so grateful for the ladies who introduced me to all these amazing products, my skin has transformed and I have never been so confident in my own skin!

Makeup Remover

So starting off with removing my makeup, if I am wearing makeup I use the Garnier Micellar cleansing water for my face and for my eye makeup I use the Nivea eye makeup cleanser, never in my life have I seen such an amazing product!

Cleanse

Next, I cleanse again or go straight to this step if I’m not wearing makeup. I am still switching up cleansers I am currently searching for the one! But till then I am liking the Pixi Cleanser this leaves my skin feeling REALLY smooth and looking bright, however I am still contemplating whether it’s a favourite, another thing I like about this cleanser is that I can use it as a mask, so I will apply it and leave it on for about 10 minutes then wash it off as normal. The next cleanser I have been using and actually really been liking this because it is a cleanser, toner and moisturiser and I picked it up for £1.75! It is the Avon Care 3 in 1 cleanser, this is priced at £3.50 but I got it on offer, and I am really liking it, it makes my skin look and feel fresh and bright and it doesn’t dry my skin which is the best thing ever I hate cleansers that dry my skin out!! Lastly the third cleanser I am using and I am not really liking it is the L’Oreal fine flower gel wash, I have done a mini review on this on my Instagram you can read that HERE.

Scrub

After Cleansing I scrub, I don’t always scrub I don’t want to dry my skin out but the only scrub I ever use and have used is the St.Ives scrub, I know a lot of people have said this scrub did not work for them, but I love it!

Mask

If I am going to use a mask it’s usually after scrubbing and depending on what products I have used already then I pick a mask it’s usually between the L’Oreal pure clay masks, the Detox one and Glow one are my favourite!

Moisturise

Eye:

For my eyes I use the Vitamin E Eye cream from the Superdrug range, so far I am like it makes my eye area feel smooth which makes applying makeup on easier, it also gives me a ‘wake up’ feeling.

Face:

Now it’s time to put all the moisture back into the skin and I have Oily combination skin so finding a moisturiser that’s moisturising enough and doesn’t make my skin more oily is pretty hard and annoying so I’m floating between moisturisers. I use to use the Nivea moisturiser for sensitive skin, I don’t have sensitive skin but I liked it because it was light, well I thought it was until it started to make my skin look greasy! So I got the Mac studio moisture fix, this is really lightweight I love this moisturiser however, £22 for a moisturiser is pretty expensive so I am looking for a cheaper alternative. The best thing that has happened since I changed my skin are routine is that my dry skin has gone less noticeable, the facial sprays I have been using have cleared my skin and kept it hydrated so my skin isn’t as dry as it used to be. My favourite facial spray I use every single day without a doubt is the

My favourite facial spray I use every single day without a doubt is the Mario Badescu Facial spray this spray is AMAZING I reviewed it in a previous post which you can find HERE. It has helped clear marks on my face and kept it hydrated I can’t talk about this spray enough! I love it! Some days When I feel like my skin is more on the oily side I don’t even bother using a cream I just pray this all over my face and neck, it’s really made my skin feel and look better!

I have also been liking the Vitamin E serum from the Superdrug range, I still haven’t decided whether I like it or not but what I do know is that it makes my skin feel so smooth! A lot of people have claimed the Vitamin E range has broke their skin out, I’m still not sure about it! The same range have a hydrating must which is another great product to hydrate your skin I have a love hate relationship with this it can make you look oily and feel sticky if you use too much, but when the right amount is used it can be so good! I am going to be doing a full review on some of the products I have in the Vitamin E range so look out for that!

Toner

Toners something I switch up between however I have found an amazing toner, I am loving it so far I only got it very recently but omg I love it! It is the La-Roche Posay Serozonic Spray, this toner is for oily skin which is perfect for me, it slightly tingles, but it’s a good tingle!

The Mario Badescu facial spray is another spray I use as a toner it is so versatile you can use it to set makeup hydrate and tone your face, you can even use it on your hair!! If you don’t already own it, you need it!

 

Body

Lastly the latest edition to my morning skin care routine is the Nip & Fab Tummy Fix, When I first saw this on the Superdrug website I was so curious and HAD to check it out, so far I haven’t seen results however I am hoping its one of those products that needs to be used over a long period of time before you can see results!#

 

I don’t use all these products daily I switch them up depending on the weather or how my skin is, and remember guys what works for me may not work for you and I have Oily/Combination skin, just thought I would add that in, incase anyone wanted to try the products out although I do believe some of these if not most are actually good for dry skin!

Thank you for reading my post, this was just my morning routine, would anyone like to see an evening skin care routine? Let me know in the comments below and follow me on Instagram @beautybyaneesa_ to keep up with what I am loving!

Aneesaxox