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Hannah Waterman's Body Blitz (DVD) 15/01/2010

From a size 16 to a 6!

Hannah Waterman's Body Blitz (DVD) As someone who has quite the collection of workout DVDs (all of Davina and Nell McAndrew being favourites) I bought this as a New Year's present to myself after being really impressed by Hannah's massive weight loss (although I can't help feeling that another half stone back on would do her the world of good and banish the slight lollipop head syndrome!) It's based on interval training which the latest scientific research indicates is the most effective way to lose weight, raising the heart rate high for short periods of time and then following with a period of 'active rest', rather than steady state cardio. According to the blurb on the back of the DVD just 20 minutes of this DVD is as effective as a whole hour of jogging (forgive me if I'm not quite convinced on that one) However, there is no denying that this workout is tough! It's led by two young guys who lead Hannah through the workout and is split into four sections, roughly 20 minutes each - Cardio Blitz (an aerobics style workout which incorporates the warmup so you really need to do this one every time), Box Blitz (upper body boxing and kick boxing moves), Tone Blitz (burpees and other such resistance moves), all of which are interspersed with some 10 second high energy intervals to get the heart rate up, followed by a final abs section and cool down. If you sat down and watched the DVD there's not really anything in there that makes it look that tough, but I like to think I'm fairly fit and believe me, working ...

Davina Fit (DVD) 06/01/2010

Another gem from Davina!

Davina Fit (DVD) Since first discovering Davina's DVDs back in June this year I've managed to get fit and lose 2 stone and I was thrilled to see she was releasing a new one - in the past 6 months she's almost become a personal friend as I 'meet' her nearly every day! This DVD is split into 4 30 minute workouts (so great value for money!) which each have a brief warm up / cool down within the section, plus an additional 12 minute yoga cool down to tack onto the end. My only complaint with the Superbody Workout (my favourite workout DVD ever!) was that I found 40 minutes is not quite enough of a workout for me so I would often do both 40 minutes back to back which was quite tough! With this one the cool down stretches contained within the 30 min sections are brief enough (but still effective) that it's just a nice break before launching into a second (or third) section, and the warmup is energetic enough to feel like part of the workout rather than just killing time before the main event. The aerobics section is a dance style workout but not too difficult to pick up for the uncoordinated of us - just watch out for the "grapevine" move, which first time the camera cuts away from rather unhelpfully! A nice cardio workout that's not too challenging and not too hard on the shins as I find lots of aerobics can be. Lots of fun! Top Fit uses hand weights and works those biceps and triceps to banish the bingo wings forever! Just like the Superbody workout there are a couple of minute long intervals ...

Twenties Girl - Sophie Kinsella 26/11/2009

Get thrown headfirst into the Roaring Twenties!

Sweaty Betty - Discounts & Voucher Codes 20/11/2009

I'm a sweaty Betty!

Sweaty Betty - Discounts & Voucher Codes Flashback to last May and my idea of exercise was walking to the freezer to grab the tub of Ben & Jerry's! But the realisation that I had piled a fair amount of weight on over the last couple of years made me realise that getting an exercise regime going was a must if I wanted to get back to a comfortable size 10/12. At first I started with just following Davina's Superbody workout a couple of times a week, but soon I was doing more and more, to the point where I am now combining that with some running and some pilates and have now lost just over 2 stone. As I reach landmarks in my weightloss I like to reward myself with a little treat - where before my treat would have been something chocolatey and comforting, now I tend to buy myself something new to wear for my workouts, after all, what is a better motivator to get exercising than having some fab clothes to do it in! Background Sweaty Betty was launched in 1998 with a small store in Notting Hill and the website followed two years later. It's the perfect place to shop for women's sportswear, whether you're looking for running gear, yoga wear, swimwear, or even ski-wear, everything they sell is trendy and looks great. Everything they sell first has to pass 3 key questions: does it look beautiful? Will it help us perform better? Will others covet it? The whole ethos of the site sends out a very positive and healthy message - the emphasis is on fitness promoting happiness and well being rather than obsession, and they have ...

Davina McCall - My Three 30 Minute Workouts (DVD) 17/11/2009

Are you getting your 3 a week?

Davina McCall - My Three 30 Minute Workouts (DVD) Over the last 6 months I have built up quite a collection of home workout DVD’s and currently own all of Davina’s, 2 Nell McAndrew ones, and Charlie Brooks’ one. My favourite by far is Davina’s Superbody workout and I go back to that one without fail at least a couple of times a week. However, every now and again you need a change! Her 3 30 Minute Workouts DVD is a great idea for anyone short on time – everyone can find the time to squeeze in 30 minutes 3 times a week into their life and even that short space of time should be enough for you to start seeing results. The Pump The DVD is split into 3 sections – Pump, Cardio Box, and Core Stability, all of which include a brief warmup and cool down. The Pump section requires a set of light hand weights to get the most out of it and sees you doing various squats, lunges, floor work etc. to work your whole body and get a more toned look. The routine is interspersed with high energy intervals which get your heart rate up to ensure you are burning fat through the whole routine. Davina has two trainers, husband and wife team Jackie and Mark Wren, and this section is lead by Jackie with Mark and Davina following. I really like workouts that involve weights so this gets the thumbs up from me, although when compared to the Super Sculpt workout on her later Superbody DVD it’s not as challenging. Jackie’s instruction is nice and clear here and she explains how things should feel as well as what you should be doing. Cardio Box The ...

Soap & Glory Scrub Your Nose In It 04/11/2009

Scrub your nose in it - but avoid the rest of your face!

MAC Eyeshadow Wintersky Veluxe Pearl 29/10/2009

Wintersky - Slammed by the masses but loved by me!

MAC Eyeshadow Wintersky Veluxe Pearl When it comes to eyeshadows I am what can only be described as a hoarder - I have a massive collection, ranging from your bog standard neutrals, through to hot pinks, peacock greens and striking purples. Unsurprisingly for anyone who knows their makeup, there is nothing I like better than a browse through the vast colour collection that is MAC. As well as the huge selection of colours, there is also a great choice of finishes - from frosted, to pearl, to matte, there's something for everyone, whether you're looking to recreate a classic 1940's matte look, or a sparkly 1980's effect. At £11 each they are on the pricey side, but in my experience the quality is well worth the high price tag. Each shadow pot contains 1.5g of product and comes in a small black pot with a flip top lid which has a transparent circle through which you can see the colour of the shadow. The packaging like all MAC products is simple but classy looking and is functional and sturdy. The colours are fantastic, not just in the range available but in the quality of the shadow - they are really highly pigmented and when applied the colour is vibrant, even, and has real depth to it. They are really blendable and it's possible to achieve some really stunning effects by blending a few of the colours together - I like to use a slightly damp brush to do this. I do feel that these are products that definitely benefit from brush application rather than fingers (not always the case!) so it is worth investing in a ...

Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend - Jenny Colgan 28/10/2009

A story of Riches to Rags

MAC Shale Eyeshadow 26/10/2009

The perfect day to evening eyeshadow

MAC Shale Eyeshadow When it comes to eyeshadows I am what can only be described as a hoarder - I have a massive collection, ranging from your bog standard neutrals, through to hot pinks, peacock greens and striking purples. Unsurprisingly for anyone who knows their makeup, there is nothing I like better than a browse through the vast colour collection that is MAC. As well as the huge selection of colours, there is also a great choice of finishes - from frosted, to pearl, to matte, there's something for everyone, whether you're looking to recreate a classic 1940's matte look, or a sparkly 1980's effect. At £11 each they are on the pricey side, but in my experience the quality is well worth the high price tag. Each shadow pot contains 1.5g of product and comes in a small black pot with a flip top lid which has a transparent circle through which you can see the colour of the shadow. The packaging like all MAC products is simple but classy looking and is functional and sturdy. The colours are fantastic, not just in the range available but in the quality of the shadow - they are really highly pigmented and when applied the colour is vibrant, even, and has real depth to it. They are really blendable and it's possible to achieve some really stunning effects by blending a few of the colours together - I like to use a slightly damp brush to do this. I do feel that these are products that definitely benefit from brush application rather than fingers (not always the case!) so it is worth investing in a ...

MAC Painterly Paint Pots 21/10/2009

Rediscover your inner child with Paint Pots!

MAC Painterly Paint Pots For a long time I've loved MAC's vast range of eyeshadows - any colour under the sun is pretty much guaranteed to be included in their collection and in variety of finishes to boot! My only real gripe with them is that I find that they tend to crease on my eyelids halfway through the day which is a real problem if you tend to be drawn towards the brighter colours. I was interested in purchasing a primer to help tackle this problem, and before heading into the MAC store I was all prepared to buy MAC's standard primer for eyes - Prep & Prime. But when I got chatting to one of the makeup girls she convinced me that their Paint Pots actually make a wonderful primer, as well as a cream based shadow so essentially you get two for the price of one! According to MAC the Paint Pots are 'highly pigmented eye colour that goes on creamy but dries to an intense, vibrant finish' with a 'long-wearing, colourfast and crease free result.' The colour range is not as extensive as their regular shadows but includes 12 shades, mostly fairly muted colours - mainly creamy nudes, pale pinks, but also including a muted green (Delf) and a dark grey/black (Blackground). The shade I chose was Painterly, a pinkish nude, which makes the perfect base colour but is pink enough to work well as a stand alone shade. The Paint Pots come in a small glass pot with a black screw top lid, each containing 3g of product. Like all MAC packaging it looks great, and the glass feels substantial and weighty, reassuring ...

MAC Tinted Lipglass 16/10/2009

For those who like their lipgloss sticky!

MAC Tinted Lipglass To set the record straight from the get-go, I am a big lip gloss fan – I have at least 20 on the go at any one time with colours ranging from reds, through pinks, to browns. Much as I am a massive fan of nearly all things MAC, I just can’t quite bring myself to say that I love their Lip Glass. The one thing that annoys me about lip gloss is the stickiness of it – we’ve all been there, walking down the street one blustery Autumn morning, when the wind sweeps a chunk of your hair onto your perfectly applied lip gloss and smack! Both hair and lips are ruined in one fell swoop! Aside from the wind disaster potential, I dislike the constant feeling that there is something on your lips that you get with sticky glosses, and MAC’s Lip Glass is one of the stickier high end products I’ve come across. All credit to MAC , the colour range is superb – currently around 30 shades from subtle washes to bright neons, pinks to reds, frosts to metallic, any shade you are after you won’t have much trouble finding a good match in a Lip Glass. The colour when applied is great – slightly more subtle than it appears in the tube, but the tube colour is a fairly accurate representation so no horrible surprises on application. The colour goes on evenly and is highly pigmented so looks nice and strong on the lips and means that you only need to apply a little to get a really strong look. It also has a slight sweet vanilla scent to it which is lovely but not at all overpowering. The packaging is ...

Bliss The Youth As We Know It 08/10/2009

It's the end of the Youth as We Know It

Bliss The Youth As We Know It As winter sets in it’s easy to see the effect the cold weather has on your skin, leaving it dry, red and just downright irritated. I always find that I need a new moisturiser as Autumn comes around and this year I splashed out on Bliss’s The Youth as we Know It after hearing great things about it. Bliss is an uber expensive range of skin and body lotions and potions, a sideline of the fantastically successful BlissSpa in New York. The Spa and the product range was launched by inexplicably young looking Marcia Kilgore (who then went on to develop the far more affordable Soap & Glory range) and their products are lauded by beauty experts everywhere, often coming with a price tag more akin to the deposit on your first house. My own experience with the Bliss range is somewhat hit and miss – when I find a product I like it quickly becomes a must have miracle product, but the range does have it’s fair share of duds which leave you feeling guilty and foolish for spending quite so much money on them. The Youth As We Know It is a facial moisturiser intended for all ages, but marketed as being particularly suitable for those over the age of 30 due to its advanced anti-aging ingredients. Bliss claim to have poured all of the year’s of experience of anti-aging technology into this one product: it claims to moisturise, smooth, prevent premature aging, fill out lines, repair the skin’s natural barrier, promote faster cell regeneration, all of which helps to minimise the dreaded ...

Nell McAndrew's Ultimate Challenge - Ultimate Results (DVD) 02/10/2009

This really is the Ultimate Challenge!

Nell McAndrew's Ultimate Challenge - Ultimate Results (DVD) My recent health kick has seen me work my way through Davina’s entire workout DVD collection from a certified couch potato to something of a home workout obsessive! Having done lots of research into different workout DVDs, I’d always avoided Nell McAndrew’s output as they were recommended as only suitable for the ultra fit. But after 3 months of Davina every day I decided I was ready for a challenge. The workout is certainly not one for those who class themselves as unfit! Nell claims she used this class when in training for the London Marathon which should give you some idea of what to expect! It consists mainly of running on the spot while simultaneously waving your arms around in the air, interspersed by hundreds of squats – sometimes fast squats, sometimes held for longer than I ever thought possible! There is a 10 minute warm up, a 40 minute cardio workout and a further weights/mat workout before the cool down. The best feature is undoubtedly the “bail out button” which flashes up around every 10 minutes in the cardio session, allowing you to skip straight to the weights workout and the cool down. Although the DVD is titled “Nell McAndrew’s Ultimate Challenge”, it’s not your typical celeb DVD – in fact, Nell barely utters a word throughout the entire workout! None of the inane chatter that you get with Davina, this is straight up fitness and I find I really enjoy that about it. The workout is led by an Army-style shouting man who I actually find strangely motivating ...

TIGI Bed Head Brunette Goddess Conditioner 09/09/2009

Converting John Frieda Brilliant Brunettes everywhere!

TIGI Bed Head Brunette Goddess Conditioner After having my first haircut in 18 months, I made a resolution to really look after my hair and do my best to keep it in good condition. It's amazing how healthy, glossy looking hair can transform your look - you can look immaculate in every other area but if your hair looks straggly and messy then there's no getting away from it. I was determined to find a really good daily conditioner as I find that this is really the make or break step of my haircare routine, and after lots of research it seemed that Tigi's Brunette Goddess Conditioner was highly rated all round. I'll be frank, I wasn't expecting anything particularly special here - I don't rate Tigi products all that highly in general, tending to find them a bit gimmicky, and as a regular user of John Freida's Brunette range I expected it to be pretty similar, only at a slightly inflated price. How wrong I was! According to Tigi, Brunette Goddess Condition contains soy and wheat proteins which help the hair to retain moisture and revitalise shine, as well as panthenol to strengthen the hair reducing breakage and split ends. Breakage is one of my biggest hair problems - my hair is very thick and quite long, but despite the thickness is very prone to breaking, leaving flyaways and meaning I never really achieve that nice sleek appearance I strive for. Anything that promises to strengthen the hair is bound to awaken my curiosity and end up in my shopping basket for a sample. Brunette Goddess comes in a 250ml bronze tube ...

Davina McCall - The Power Of 3 (DVD) 10/08/2009

The Power of 3 compells you!

Davina McCall - The Power Of 3 (DVD) In my recent quest to lose weight and get fitter I've become something of a workout DVD addict! I've now worked my way through all of Davina's output, sampled Charlie Brooks and now moving onto Nell McAndrew (only for the brave!) But Davina's are so far my favourite, with her Super Body Workout topping my list, but the Power of 3 coming a close second. The Power of 3 was Davina's first DVD and is just over an hour long, moving through 3 different sections - legs, arms, and abs. It uses interval training to get the heart rate up before performing different exercises intended to tone up the muscles and lose the flab. If you've used the Super Sculpt on Super Body you'll be familiar with interval training and for me, this is a great way to work out as I hate being too out of breath. Leading Davina (and you!) through the workout are Jackie and Mark Wren, her husband and wife team of personal trainers. Mark is a ex-Navy bod First impressions of the DVD are that it's a little bit dated in format - the cheesy intros to each section scream late 90's - but don't let that put you off because the content is good. The warm up last 10 minutes and is nicely explained as to which muscles you're stretching and gets the body feeling nicely warm. Davina warns you going into the first section (legs) that it's going to be hard work and she's not lying! Even after working up my fitness levels I still find this section really hard on my legs and they really hurt at times in this! Lots of squats - ...
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