Yesterday I shared this picture of my new nail purchases.
Today I decided to try out Green Fizz. I have developed a bit of an obsessed with mint nails at the moment, however contrary to yesterday’s picture Green Fizz is more lime than mint.
I saw a photo of China Glaze’s Sunsational range which has a shade called Highlight of My Summer which is a dusty neon green and decided I needed to dupe it. This was the closest the high street had to offer!
I love it. It is a really clear bright pale green. Think it would look great with a tan but that’s not happened so far.
Formula wise these are great very smooth and non streaky. The brush is MASSIVE, even bigger than an Essie one. If you have small nail beds this could be a major issue for you as they are tricky to control.
They are currently buy 1 get 1 half price in Boots. What a bargain….!
Well this week I have got a lot of nice things. I’m enjoying 2 weeks off work at the moment and trying to put any stress out of my head to deal with in a weeks time. There is a lot of food in this post….be warned.
Homemade scones and champagne prepared by my Mummy.
Evening walks along the beach watching the SBS do secret squirrel stuff.
Walking where the water should be because of the super moon.
Pancake style crumpets.
Climbing on cliffs
Homemade seafood platter (thanks M and S)
My boys eating ice cream…. The cat didn’t have any honestly!
Visiting Broadchurch (aka
Leaning over cliffs (and getting told off…a lot)
Being forced to watch It…. Actually this wasn’t so much fun….
Heart shaped sunlight on the bedroom wall….awwww
Treating myself to prescription RayBans
Making an Evian baby that looks nothing like me!
Using my Boots points to get these two…. And yes they do look pretty similar to the colour already on my nails…
So what has been making you happy this week?
So today was day 1 of week 9 of couch to 5k. Last week I was running for 28 minutes. This week is 30.
Psychologically this seems like a lot more despite being only 2 more minutes. Today I was determined to hit the 5k mark. That’s 30 minutes of continuous running. Yuck.
Well I am very pleased to say I managed it. It took 31 minutes but it was 5 whole kilometres. Further than I have ever run before.
I will complete the programme and plan on continuing to run 3 times per week. On the other 2 to 3 I will do a 30 day shred type HIIT workout.
I can’t recommend the couch to 5k programme enough. Yes you do need to be self motivated and determined but it is amazing what you can achieve. My boyfriend maintains that all human beings can run….I feel like maybe I missed that gene and was meant to be in a cave stirring a pot rather than hunter gathering….however in 8 weeks I have gone from struggling to run for 30 seconds to running for 30 minutes.
I don’t ever see me completing a 10k run or a marathon but I am pleased that I have done something in a decent time that I never thought I would do.
Overall of you are thinking about starting couch to 5k, download Get Running and just do it! There may be times you want to give up or stop but keep your focus and you can do it!
Here is a bit of Ryan to get you going…..
Now we have transitioned to Summer from Spring…not that you would know if from the weather…. I have felt the need to leave pastel nail shades behind and head of the verging on neon brights.
Two new shades which have brightened up June and become firm favourites are these two.
Currently on my nails is Rimmel Salon Pro in 313 Cocktail Passion. It is a bright orangey coral. The formula is lovely on these and you could get a way with one coat. I have used the Revlon colour stay top and base coat under and over this and it is currently chip free after 4 days wear. Now I’m not at work at the moment but I usually struggle with chips a lot! The Revlon colour stay range is really really good at preventing or limiting this problem.
Next up last weeks nail of choice. Barry M Gelly in Greenberry. Bright, bright turquoisey green. I wasn’t sure of this on my deady white hands at first but then got a bit obsessed with it. If you are blessed with a tan or lovely olive skin then this will look divine!
I am fairly sure the Rimmel is a dupe of Essie Chubby Cheeks though I don’t own it.
I think the brights are here to stay. Let me know your personal summer nail favourites.
You all know I’ve been running a lot recently so this weekend I decided to treat myself to some new running kit!
The vest is a subtle neon orange with a racer back. It was a princely £7.99 from TK Maxx
Clearly I needed some jazzy shorts too and these fitted the bill. They have purple tight fitting longer cycling short liners for added ‘security’ and erm they look cool. They were £14.99 also from TK Maxx.
I teamed this little lot over a seam free sports crop top in purple I’ve had for a while.
Here is the finished look! I felt pretty cool to be honest for gym gear.
I’ve also decided I must have these trainers in my life to complete the outfit but I can’t find my size in them anywhere. They are Nike Free Runs in Hot Punch….someone please help me find them in a UK 6!
Here is my list of good stuff from this week.
Spa visiting (obviously)
This primark top from last year!
Running 25 minutes! 28 on Friday actually which is 4.3k
Self deprecating gym wear.
Coordinating my nails to said gym wear
Using all the manky veg in the fridge to make this yummy Spanish style vegetable and chorizo stew.
Served with couscous and feta.
Jelly and flowery pjs.
Being made this very impressive duck, cherry and halloumi salad.
Relaxing on a warm evening in a secret courtyard with some good company.
Smoothies and food logging
The cat trying to catch a pigeon….
What has made you happy this week?
So last time I updated about couch to 5k I was on week 4 and feeling pretty proud…..
I’ve just completed the final run of week 7. It’s fair to say I’m even prouder. Mainly for sticking with something I really don’t like. I remember with dread having to run 1500 metres at school and now I’m running 3.5 times that….for fun.
So week 5 was still working on an interval basis.
5 minutes to start with then up to 8. The thought of running 8 minutes made me feel quite sick!
But oh look by the end of the week I was meant to be running 20!
Week 6 was back to intervals to start with.
But then by day 3…..25 minutes….
All of week 7 has been 25min continuous runs and week 8 is 28….week 9…30.
Overall I have found this approach to be brilliant. I never thought I could run for 25 continuous minutes and not die….this morning it was so hot I considered it!
I’ve been gradually increasing my pace on the treadmill and I’m hoping by next week I will actually be running 5k with no walking.
A word of warning though if you are starting this program, between weeks 4 and 5 I put on 6lbs…..no don’t try and tell me it was muscle that would be ridiculous for a woman….
Anyway it’s come back off now and apparently it’s quite common if you start running having not done it before, something about muscles needing glycogen and so storing more water! Anyway if it happens to you..don’t panic! I nearly threw in the towel but instead scaled back my extra runs and restarted interval training as well. It may have sorted itself out on its own but I was starting to feel like a sausage in too tight a skin.
Hopefully in 2 weeks time I’ll be able to call myself a couch to 5k graduate.