Monday, 13 May 2013

Giveaway Winners

Sorry for the delay in posting up the winners to my Zinio magazine subscription giveaway, I have the list of winners to share with you! 

As I explained, I have 9 winners. 

They are as follows:

fiona sykes 
Aaliyah - pyari beauty 
sara hamltion 
anne nack 

Well done! I will be passing your email addresses on to Zinio so that you can pick your magazine titles and get reading!  

Thanks to all who entered and don't worry I will be hosting more giveaways very soon.

Numera x

Friday, 26 April 2013

Eat Clean and Ditch the Dirt!

For the last 12 days I have been trying to eat 'clean' foods. By this I mean I've been cutting all the junk out from my diet (i.e. crisps, chocolate, fried foods etc) and eating more fruit, vegetables and protein.

In just 12 days I have felt a massive difference, I feel more energised, my skin feels great and I don't feel lethargic like I used to. Being at a desk all day really didn't help my energy levels and changing my diet has improved that hugely in such a short space of time.

I decided to record everything I am eating in a photo diary and created a new profile on Instagram to do so. I have found so many inspiring profiles to follow which have motivated me and given me new ideas for meal recipes. If you want to take a look at my photo diary just click here and if you'd like to follow me to join me on my clean eating journey search for @foodfotodiary on Instagram.

I invested in a pair of running trainers and have started running! I am seriously unfit and out of shape but on the first day I did a 25 minute run (intermittent 5 minutes jog/pace walk with running) and I felt absolutely amazing after (albeit seriously knackered). I plan on getting a workout in 4 days a week, whether that be running, weights at the gym or swimming. 

I also began the 30 day squat challenge. Day 1 of the challenge included me doing 50 squats. After about 25 I could feel some serious burning up my thighs (told you I was super unfit) but I pushed through to 50. Day 2 was 55 squats and day 3 was 60 etc. My legs currently feel totally destroyed but it's a good feeling and it means I will be getting results. 

I will say one thing, if you choose to start something like this 'cold turkey' like I did, be prepared to feel a little shock in your body. You will feel pretty tired and bloated at first (a lot of fibre in fruits will do that to you) but it will pay off I promise you! If you combine a good diet with regular exercise you will get results and you will feel amazing. I'm not trying to lose weight per se. I am trying to get in shape, lead a healthier lifestyle and tone up. Let's see how it goes.

If you have an Instagram profile related to fitness and food leave me your Instagram name in the comments below!

Don't forget to follow me here on Instagram to keep up with my progress!

Numera x

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Link Love

Although I haven't been blogging much recently I have been trying to keep up reading my favourite blogs. I find myself inspired by other blogs all the time and so it's important for me to continue reading so that I don't lose motivation for my own blog!

Here are a few of my current favourites:


Now I've featured these blogs before but I wanted to share them with you again as I love each one and I read them all on a regular basis. Make sure you click on the link above each photo so you can take a look for yourself!



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Now if you aren't already following these blogs, then WHY NOT?! Go do it now!

I'm always looking for new blogs to read, so leave your link below in the comments for me :)

Numera x

Monday, 22 April 2013

Zinio Giveaway!

Ok ok, I know I have been a VERY bad blogger as of late. I'm so sorry - I have big news and a super giveaway to make up for it though!!

So my news is.. I GOT MARRIED!!! This sort of explains the lack of posting before and after the wedding, but I am back and I have lots and lots of posts lined up for you all.

So to kick off, I have a fantastic giveaway for my lovely readers. I love flicking through a good magazine. I can catch up on a little bit of celeb gossip (guilty pleasure), check out upcoming trends and take inspiration for myself and for my blog. I am also a huge blog reader and what could be better than being able to read your favourite blogs and favourite magazine both from your smartphone or tablet?

Now if you haven't heard of Zinio before, they are the world's largest online newstand and they offer a massive range of magazine titles including Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Vogue and Men's Health (for my undercover male readers). Zinio showcase over 5,000 digital magazines on its digital newsstand with readers in more than 200 countries. They provide a service which is easy, convenient and paper free (no trees being cut down here!) You can access thousands of articles via your android phone, iPad, iPhone and laptops.

Zinio have some great offers available currently (click here):

And until 30 April save an extra 50% off over 100 participating titles (click here) :


Here is where it really gets exciting. Zinio have kindly offered me and NINE of my lovely readers subscription to the magazine of your choice! You can have a look at the list of titles available here and you can choose absolutely any of them!

All you have to do to enter this fabulous giveaway is to be a follower of my blog - it's that simple! No card details required, just your name and an email address :)

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Numera x

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Monu Skincare: Eye Cooler

There are some mornings when I wake up and find that my eyes feel extra heavy and tired and just refuse to open fully. A splash of cold water sometimes helps, but it's not the most pleasant method of solving the issue!

I used to roll a little Garnier Caffeine eye roll-on which cooled and hydrated the area, but stopped using this (for no reason in particular). I have since been testing the Eye Cooling Gel from Monu Skincare and I am really enjoying using it!

This little pump action bottle is so handy and can be slipped into your handbag or makeup/toiletries bag with ease. You just pump out a little of the product on to your fingers (I always use my ring fingers - clean fingers of course!) and apply under the eyes using a soft patting motion.

I use this in the mornings after moisturising my face; I notice an instant cooling feeling after applying the gel and it really helps to hydrate the sensitive skin around the eye - a huge plus in the cold weather, when my skin is super dry. I feel a little more awake and my skin feels less irritated and sore - I also notice less puffiness around the area.

The only negative I have found with this product is that the pump allows just a little too much product to dispense each time I use it. I find I am wasting some of the product and less is definitely more when it comes to eye peoducts.

If I am honest, I don't find the Monu gel any better or worse than the Garnier roll-on and I wouldn't pick between the two. I enjoyed using both and will continue to use the gel. I'm not sure if I would repurchase the Monu gel, at £16.95 it is more on the expensive side while the Garnier roll-on is around the £10 mark and they both do the same job as far as I am concerned. A nice product, but not one of my favourites from Monu!

Don't forget to read about other Monu skincare products here!

Numera x