That time I escaped from fitness camp…

Hey all.

So a personal post for me this time…

Never quite happy with my shape, I decided to embark on pastures new and signed up for a 3-day fitness camp at Hillmotts in Oxfordshire this week.

41310807_306051759949688_2748652582653132800_nHowever, I wish I hadn’t.

Basically, I ended up escaping (yes actually escaping) after just a day and a half as I was in agony from the intense workouts.

I know going to a camp like this, you’re going to be worked hard. However, I felt like I was pushed way too far in the HIIT (high-intensity) workouts straight away – leaving me in pain and unable to do anything else.

Advised by my campmates that being in pain was the norm, I tried to push through, however ended up pretty much in tears mid-hike as I couldn’t keep up as my legs just wouldn’t work.

The instructors looked at me a bit like I was being a drama queen after already telling me off in workouts as I should do better as I’m ‘young’ (I’m not that young thanks, I’m 28).

However I FINALLY convinced them to let me go back to the house alone and mourn my legs while rested up in bed.

I was then that I realised no beach bod was worth this as I phoned my trusty Dad Glynn (known as Glenda – don’t ask).

Ever the gent, he asked me if I wanted him to pick me up, even though he was in Portsmouth.

I pretended to think about this for half an hour before my bags were literally packed and I was awaiting his arrival at a disused bus shelter after sneaking out before the doors were locked at 9pm (!!). 41092111_525744691221191_4530638830205665280_n

Finally I was set free and didn’t face the agony of doing another burpee while my legs felt like they would break in two.

Overall, I don’t massively regret the experience as it gave me a good story and the people (who weren’t the instructors) were nice. The food was also tasty and I was surprised by how little food would fill me up.

But overall, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone seeking to loose weight.

I like to think of myself as fairly active and go to the gym regularly but the workouts are just way too hard for any normal person.

That’s just my opinion anyway.

I’d recommend just having a week off, going to the gym most days and trying to eat healthy if you can. It’ll definitely save you a few quid and hobbling in pain for a week after like me.

But hey, you might be a sucker for suffering – it’s up to you pals!

Sam 🙂

 

 

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One for the #bbloggers: ‘Beauty Hacks’ book

beauty hacksThink you know EVERYTHING there is to know about beauty? Well why not test it out with Esme Floyd‘s new book ‘Beauty Hacks’.

The book contains 500 beauty tips and tricks to make you the biggest beauty expert around. This includes advice on skin, hair make-up AND nails.

The book is perfect for beauty bloggers who want to become even more clued up, or even for beauty fans who want to add more knowledge to their armour.

You can buy the book from ASOS now for £7.99.

So what are you waiting for – get swotting up on some new beauty secrets today!

Sam x

Fresh product alert: Fruit Fix Bath Teas

fruit fixAre you a lover of a fruit tea now and again? Well then why not mix it up a bit and put one in your tub, instead of your mug?

But hang on, before you start throwing a Twinings in your bath! Because I’m not talking about any normal tea, I’m referring to Fruit Fix‘s Bath Teas.

Yep, that’s right, you can now get ‘teabags’ especially for your bath. The Beauty Fix box contains five ‘teabags’ all with a different fruity scent, or flavour if you will – orange, ginger grapefruit, pomegranate and peppermint that are designed to disolve and revive your precious bathtime.

You can buy the teabags from ASOS at £7.50 a pack for five, either for yourself or a fruity tea-loving friend.

Happy relaxing!

Sam x

Versace launches emoji app & matching collection 

versace-launches-emoji-app-and-emoji-t-shirt-collection-300x300This may sounds like random news, but Versace is launching an Emoji app this Valentines Day in which the iconic Medusa is a smiley face with a range of different playful expressions and styles.

The app can be used to embellish photos from your library, or to create original images using a wide range of emoji stickers, backgrounds, filters and text colour options.

The celebrate the app, which is free, and available for both iOS and Android, Versace has created a capsule collection of Versace Emoji t-shirts, printed with the Medusa Emoji wearing sunglasses or with the Medusa Emoji having hearts for eyes.

It comes in black and white, for both men and women, and will be available in Versace boutiques worldwide as well as online.

As the new app and t-shirt collection launch this Valentine’s Day, fans are invited to use the hashtag #VersaceSharesLove on all their Versace Emoji photo creations.

And who thought your photos could get ANYMORE fashionable huh?

Valentines Day: 10 gifts under £10 [for her]

chocIt’s cropped up again, yes that day that no one really likes but EVERYONE talks about… Valentines Day!

Couples hate it because its forced romance and it means forking out for a gift, and single people loath it because it reminds them the only love of their life waiting at home for them is their Netflix account.

HOWEVER I have some good news for you. I have created a guide of 10 fantastic gifts under £10 that are are awesome and also won’t break the bank either. So guys, either treat your lady, or women get sending links to your date, mate or even just buy it for yourself (you deserve it!).

These great items start with the yummy Hotel Chocolat Salted Caramel chocolates (top right) that are guaranteed to have anyone drooling and are a bargain at just £3.75.

You can check out the rest of my V-day picks below…

Happy shopping & have a happy love day on Sunday please, whatever your relationship status!

Sam x

Vday collage

  1. Red Contrast Trim Lace Brazilian Briefs, New Look, £3.99 
  2. Pink Polaroid Photo Frame, New Look, £4.99
  3. Little Book Of Chat Up Lines Book, ASOS, £5.99 
  4. Valentines Glitter A5 Notebook, Paperchase, £7 
  5. Brushed Tartan Scarf, Boohoo, £4
  6. Happy Jackson Big Love Mug, Debenhams, £8
  7. Nails in Bittersweet, Topshop, £5
  8. Gold Arrow Ring, Urban Outfitters, £6
  9. Grow Your Own Birthflower, NotOnTheHighStreet.com, £7.50 

Bargain of the day: ASOS pink unicorn socks!

image1xxlStorm Imogen may be ruining our hair do’s and it may be a Monday, however if there is anything that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face it is a bargain.

And this bargain comes in the form of pink glittery unicorn socks that cost just £3 from ASOS.

As well as warming up your toesies in this rubbish weather, they are also guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

Shop away and before you know it, it will be Friday again (I promise!)

Sam x

WATCH: Jack Garratt in the R1 Live Lounge

You must have been living under a rock if you haven’t heard Jack Garrett‘s name mentioned on the music scene by now…

The 24-year-old Brit from Buckinghamshire has literally burst onto the scene recently being named by the BBC as its ‘Sound of 2016’ as well as being given the BRIT Awards Critic Choice awards – people just can’t get enough of him!

But that’s the thing, I had heard his name but not actually heard any of his music considering I don’t listen to the radio much these days.

I did hear he’d done a live lounge but I was yet to check it out until this weekend when I saw someone post a link of Twitter and I finally decided to get but act together and have a listen… and boy I wasn’t too disappointed.

Jack did a cover of his singer ‘Worry’ earlier in the month (above), and as well as being an awesome song, the singer also has the kind of passion that gets you excited and makes you really believe what he’s singing. As well as that, he also is a beast on the guitar, giving one of the best guitar solos I’ve ever heard in the live lounge.

As well as his single, Jack also did a cover of music’s other man-of-the-moment, Mr Craig David, with his tune ‘7 days’, which he mashed up with Justin Timberlake‘s ‘Senorita’ – I mean can it GET any better?

I don’t know why it took me so long to listen to Jack. I guess because I sometime don’t like just jumping on a bandwagon. But it this case I have to admit, the critics were right – you don’t want to miss out on this talent!

Hope you enjoy!

Sam x