Kiko Neo Noir Collection

KIKO have recently launched Neo Noir - a luxe, limited edition collection with a sexy and sophisticated vibe. The products have a feminine yet vampy colour palette; navy, emerald and berry tones combined with with girly pale pinks and soft browns.

The sleek packaging, designed by Ross Lovegrove, is inspired by the drape of velvet curtains and, to me, has a sultry 1940's boudoir vibe.

The Neo Noir collection launched last week, and I went down to the Brighton KIKO store to take a look at the range in more detail. There's nail polishes, eyeshadow crayons and an amazingly creamy contouring duo, which I think will be one of the collection's standout products. I had to leave that behind as I'm still hooked on my Smashbox contour palette, but did walk away with a few of my favourite picks.

Enigma Lipstick in Typography Pink

I loved the beautiful soft rosy pink shade of this lipstick, and the lovely, longlasting glossy sheen finish it has. The waxy, balmy formula feels really comfortable to wear with a silky consistency that's more like a lip balm than a lipstick - ideal for the colder months .

The packaging is quite clunky and heavy, but it feels of a nice quality to use and has a magnetic lid that snaps on in that satisfying way.

Design Flower Enriched Highlighter

The Neo Noir collection blushers, bronzer and this pale gold highlighter are creamy powders enriched with petal extracts, that make them really soft and melt into the skin. The duo-tone highlighter has a deep and pale rose gold shimmer that looks gorgeous on the cheeks for a nice change from blusher. I think I'll be using it daily throughout the next few months for a warm, autumnal glow to my skin.

Skin Modernist 2-in-1 Foundation & Concealer in Warm Rose

This is a much heavier foundation than I would usually choose, but I loved the flawless finish of my skin after using it. It's a heavy coverage, but doesn't look at all cakey and is super easy and fast to apply and blend. It has a doe-foot applicator wand, which I've never seen on a foundation before, but it makes it so quick to apply product to the face; you can easily sweep a large amount over the forehead, cheeks and chin, or use the tip to dot product under the eyes or to spot-conceal flaws. A beauty blender (style) sponge buffs in the product like a dream.

As a concealer and foundation in one, it heavily covers up dark under eye circles and blemishes, as well as evening out the skin tone and leaving a porcelain matte finish. I wouldn't use this foundation every day as I like a much lighter base, but it's great for a bad skin day, or a 'full glam' look.

Neo Muse Eyeshadow Palette in Mahogany Silhouette

Finally, I picked up one of the the Neo Noir eyeshadow quads. There are two options available in the collection; a matte and a shimmer, and I went for the latter, as I preferred the warmer, autumnal shades. The eyeshadows are a cream-powder hybrid, meaning you get the blendability of a cream without the creasing. They're buttery soft to apply and the shades melt in to each other, making it really easy to get an ombré effect. It's really longlasting, and the shades can take you from day to night; I apply the lighter two shades in the day and then pop the compact into my bag to create a smokier look for the evening.

Have you tried anything from the KIKO Neo Noir Collection? What would you choose from my picks?

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Don't neglect your legs this autumn!

Hands up, how many of you are guilty for letting your legs go pale and unshaven, and your toes unpainted over the approaching colder seasons?

Yep, me too. But even when my legs are hidden away inside a pair of Primark super cosies, it just makes me feel so much better when I feel pampered from top-to-toe.

I've recently been sent the brand new Dorco Eve razor* to try, the first women's razor from Dorco who have been experts in men's shaving for over 60 years. The Dorco Eve is great at getting a really close and smooth shave thanks to it's six blades and unique 'brush finger' that raises the hair follicles. The blades are split across two bendable sections to make the razor contour to every curve, making it easier to shave places like knees and armpits. My favourite feature is the moisturising strip, containing Aloe, Vitamin E and Lavender, which soothes and calms any shaving irritation.

But the best part is the subscription service that Dorco offer. You can get a handle and four replacement blade heads delivered straight to your door as frequently as suits you, so you'll never get caught short with a blunt blade ever again!

It also makes me feel a million times better to maintain a golden glow, and especially so during this transitional season where you do still get the opportunity to get your legs out! The Beauty Shed in Hove offer luxury St Tropez spray tans for just £10, which is such amazing value. As well as the classic St Tropez shades, they've just introduced the new St Tropez Luxe Dry Oil too, which has added hydration and gives a really gorgeous sun-kissed colour. I'm sure they're the cheapest spray tan in Brighton & Hove, but you still get the salon experience (and an excuse to treat yourself to one of their homemade cakes while you're there too!). If you prefer a DIY tan, or don't live near a salon with such an affordable price list, I love the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Natural Bronzer gradual tanner. It smells like chocolate, gives a gorgeous natural bronzed tint to the skin and never goes streaky or patchy!

Finally, you can't forget about your feet! I love to use Lush's Pink Peppermint foot lotion to keep my feet soft, and always keep my toenails painted - Essie's Leggy Legend is my all time favourite Autumnal nail polish!
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Culottes & embroidered denim

I've been feeling stuck in a complete style rut recently; skinny jeans and a t-shirt, or an old, lifeless dress had become my daily uniform, and I'd started to feel really dull - inside and out. So, I thought I'd step way outside of my comfort zone and try something completely new. The result? ... Culottes! 

I saw these black, ribbed cotton culottes in Pull & Bear for £12.99 and after trying them on, I didn't really care what they looked like - they're SO comfy! I wore them to the office and felt smugly as though I were in pyjamas all day and nobody knew it. I'm not sure they're the most flattering piece on me (my calves look doubly as thick) but I think I'm working them?! Paired with a loose cami tucked in, and slip-on trainers, it makes for a laid-back (and super comfortable) outfit that looks a little more stylish than jeans and a stripy tee. 

I also treated myself to this fabulous embroidered denim jacket, that I just LOVE. It's from Oasis, and it's part of their collaboration with New York up cycling brand 'The Falls' - who revamp old denim with pretty and unique embroidery. I have barely taken this jacket off since it arrived - it can instantly add something special to even the plainest of outfits. I even chucked it on with a grey tee, leggings and my Nike trainers, no make-up and hair up in a bun, to take the dog for a walk, and I still felt pretty sassy! 

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Earn Your Roast Bootcamp on Hove Lawns

As much as I love my daily exercise classes at the gym, sometimes it's a shame to spend all my time stuck in a sweaty studio - especially when I live in such a beautiful place. There are always PT sessions and bootcamps going on along the seafront in Brighton and Hove, and one of the regulars on the scene is Emily Williams. She runs 'Earn Your Roast', offering transformation packages, personal training sessions and group exercise classes.

In an effort not to miss out on the last of the year's sun, I swapped my Wednesday evening Body Pump class for Emily's bootcamp on Hove Lawns. I went along with my gym buddy Lauren (well, I couldn't have left her at Body Pump on her own, could I?!) for some al fresco training in the late summer dusk!

We arrived on Hove Lawns early, and wondered up and down for a while trying to spot the Earn Your Roast team! Eventually we noticed a group of gym-kit-clad girls congregating, so we went over and joined them, and Emily arrived shortly afterwards. I immediately loved her, and hated her, at the same time - she is so naturally beautiful, she has amazing hair and the most insanely perfect body. JEALOUS. But she is also a really lovely and down-to-earth - the type of person that can just light up a room (or a patch of grass!) Talk about motivation - if working out makes me look and feel like she does, then I'm in!

This is Lauren :-) 
After a quick warm up, we started with some upper and lower body training. For upper body, we used these blue things (I don't know what they're called!) and did a push up, then swinging our legs through to the front to do a hip thrust (which was awkward as a group of weird men had decided to have a BBQ on a bench right in front of us) followed by a tricep dip. We did 10 reps of this, twice over. For the lower body conditioning, we grabbed a kettlebell and did single-armed row, curtsey squat and a side lunge.

Next, we moved onto some circuits and OH MY GOD these were hard! The first circuit was 20 squats, 20 jump squats, 20 split lunges, 10 kettlebell swings, a bear crawl, and a shuttle run. FIVE TIMES!!! Then we did another circuit of 30 (!) pushups, 30 toe touch things, something else (my brain had obviously given up on memory by this point), kettlebell rows and more running...  FIVE TIMES!!! I felt pretty rubbish that I struggled so much to be honest - I thought I was super fit, but the change of routine knocked me for six! It just goes to show how important it is to switch up your workouts - I can do an hour of Body Attack no problem (and Body Attack is pretty intense!), but ten minutes into circuit training and I was almost dead!

I really enjoyed being outside and having a sea view to accompany my workout, and Emily is a great trainer. She was really focussed on ensuring we had good form, and pushed everybody to their own limits.

Have you tried any outdoor bootcamps, or do you prefer to stay safely inside the gym?

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Rosie goes Rosé: Bleach London Super Cool Colour

What better excuse for experimenting with pink hair than dancing on a float in the Brighton Pride parade?! I love the pastel mermaid locks that are all over my Pinterest and Instagram feed, but it's not something I'd want to commit to full-time, so when I realised that Bleach London's Super Cool Colour washed out in 2 - 10 washes I thought I'd give it a go.

I wanted a vibrant candy-floss shade of pink, so I opted for the Rosé colour.

Having just had my highlights redone at Shine literally two days before, I was pretty anxious about the pink dye staining my hair, so I did some research. I saw the bad reviews on the Boots website were complaining that the colour washed out too quickly - but that's exactly what I wanted! 

To apply, I followed the instructions on the bottle: apply to towel dried hair, leave for 15 minutes and rinse out (without shampoo or conditioner). I slathered on about 3/4 of a bottle, and massaged it in like shampoo. I got a fairly even coverage, but I would apply it more methodically next time to ensure perfectly even colour. The warmth of my blonde underneath created a bit more of a salmony colour than the pastel shade shown on the bottle - but I really like it! 

I applied the colour on Friday evening, and popped down to the park to get these photos. On Saturday, I was up early to take part in the Pride parade. We were out in the sun from 9am, and by about 3pm the sun had pretty much bleached all the pink out of my hair. I couldn't believe when I looked in the mirror and my blonde hair was back to normal!

Although I wanted the colour to come out quickly, I wasn't quite ready to give up the pink so soon. So the next morning, I used the remaining quarter of a bottle on the ends of my hair for a dip-dye. This time, my hair was almost dry when I applied the dye, and the colour stayed put for much longer - it took about four washes to come out.

Have you ever experimented with pastel hair colours?

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06.08 - I dyed my hair pink and piled on the glitter for Brighton Pride! More pictures and a review of my pink hair dying experience coming soon!

06.08 - This is my friend Tara and me on our float! You can read more about our experience in the parade (and see a video!) on our work blog.

09.08 - Treated myself to the Bobbi Brown eyeliner brush to go with my longwear gel eyeliner. It's made application so much better! 

12.08 - Some lovely blogger mail from the guys Razors by Dorco! I'm going to be testing their new Dorco Eve razor, plus they sent me a Selfridges gift card that is burning a hole in my pocket! 

18.08 - Spent a lot of time looking after this little princess again, I'm now her official dog sitter <3  In fact, she is with me right now, sat on my feet snoring

21.08 - It took an entire afternoon to file my nails into an almond shape. The life of a beauty blogger is so exciting... pretty pleased with the result though! 

25.08 - Had the most delicious three-seafood salad at my mum's posh new gym. Crayfish, smoked salmon and prawns

25.08 - Can you spot Kitty hiding in the flower beds?!

31.08 - Loved working out on the seafront at one of Emily's #earnyourroast bootcamps! More info to come!

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Essie Gel Couture

Remember in my Debenhams Beauty Press Day round up, I mentioned these twisted (and slightly trippy) Dali-esque Essie bottles? And I had no idea what they were all about? Well, turns out, they're Essie's brand new gel polishes. Once they hit the shelves, I had to try them out, and added a peachy-nude shade "Sew You" and the gel top coat to my ever expanding Essie collection.

I decided to pair my new nail polish with a new nail shape, and spent a good chunk of last Sunday afternoon filing my nails into this almond shape. I think they look much chicer, and far more flattering, than my usual squovals - I'm pretty proud of my handy work, pardon the pun.

Anyway, the Essie Gel Couture polishes. What about them?

The bottle freaks me out, and it totally ruins my shelf of neatly lined up Essies. However, they are quite ergonomic - I'll give them that.

But freaky bottle aside, I'm in love with the Gel Couture formula which ticks all the boxes: opaque colour in one/two coats, curve hugging "1-second" brush, gel-like shine, long wearing and fast drying - with no UV lamp required. The top coat is specially formulated to work with the Gel Couture colour, to lock in shine and prevent chips for up to 14 days. I can't say my manicure ha lasted perfectly for 14 days, but maybe 7... Which is pretty good going for me.

My mum asked if I'd had a professional Shellac manicure when she saw them, so the shine really does replicate "real" gel. But, the Essie Gel Couture polishes are a fraction of the price of investing in gel manicure equipment/regular salon visits, takes half the time to do, and is removed easily with ordinary nail polish remover.

I've also used the top coat over regular Essie shades, which enhances their shine and longevity - so I'd definitely recommend picking up the Gel Couture top coat at least!

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Say 'Yes to Tomatoes' and Charcoal!

They're more commonly loved in ketchup, soup or Bloody Mary form, but it turns out tomatoes are are a wonder skincare ingredient too.

Why? They're rich in anti-oxidants, including Lycopene, which blocks any nasties from entering your pores - keeping the complexion clear. So that's why fruit & veggie based beauty brand Yes To has dedicated an entire product line to this super fruit.

The 'Yes To Tomatoes' product range pairs tomatoes with another skincare saviour - activated charcoal. I learnt from my recent juice cleanse that activated charcoal detoxes the digestive system, but I didn't know it's great for detoxing the skin too. The combination of tomatoes and charcoal work together in harmony to cleanse and protect the complexion.

Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser

At first, it feels odd to rub black stuff all over your face in order to clean it, but as soon as the product hits your skin, you forget all about the strange colour. The gel lathers up instantly into a freshly-scented, creamy foam, and contains natural jojoba spheres to gently exfoliate the skin whilst cleansing (plus they don't pollute the oceans like those nasty microbeads!)

The cleanser feels incredibly refreshing and leaves the skin feeling super clean, and surprisingly light - I suppose because it's been stripped from all those impurities that clog up your pores throughout the day. I can also notice a brighter and smoother complexion instantly.

But the downside of this cleanser is that the packaging is terrible! As the cleanser lathers up so nicely, you only need a really tiny amount at a time, but the bottle dispenses great big blobs of product - I always end up trying to 'suck' a bit back in! It's such a shame that the design of the bottle lets this product down, because otherwise it's a really lovely cleanser that smells and feels gorgeous and leaves skin visibly brighter and clearer after each use.

£8.99 from FeelUnique

Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask

For an even deeper cleanse, Yes To have combined this miracle duo of tomatoes and charcoal into an intensive mud mask. The mask has got a thick and creamy consistency that feels really luxurious and a spa-like scent, so you can sit back and completely relax for ten minutes whilst it works it's magic on the skin. 

The mask is pleasantly cooling and calming, it doesn't set too quickly or become 'tight', and washes off easily (although making a muddy mess on the sink!) 

I can tell that the activated charcoal really is removing all the gunk and grime from my pores, as I'll generally break out into (small and inoffensive) blemishes the morning after use. This is a good thing, as it's just the impurities escaping from my skin, and the blemishes don't hang around for more than 24 hours. The rest of my complexion is left bright, fresh and smooth - the addition of chamomile calms any redness and imperfections.

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Why I love BodyPump

Recently I've been really enjoying BodyPump - it's quickly gone from being my most hated, to my favourite workout of the week. 

Why? Because, unlike cardio classes, the differences in my body are far more noticeable - and that's always an exciting thing! My shoulders are rounder, my arms have more definition, my legs are more toned, I am stronger and can add more and more weight to my bar each week (and with each extra little yellow plate comes a little feeling of victory!)

Also, it's nice to come out of the gym and not be completely drenched in sweat - although it's still a hardcore full body workout - it's not a full-on sweat out like Body Attack or Zumba!

I do BodyPump 2 - 3 times per week alongside other classes, and it really compliments the cardio exercise. Whereas jumping around for an hour burns major calories, BodyPump sculpts, tones and strengthens, in turn making the high intensity training a little easier, so I can push myself even harder. 

Thinking of trying it out for yourself? Read on...

What is Body Pump?

It's a weight-lifting group exercise class, and yes I know that sounds terrifying. But it's really much better than it sounds, I promise. 

At the start of each class, you set up your station with a step, a mat, a pair of dumbbells and a barbell with your choice of weighted plates depending on your strength. 

The class is split into ten tracks, each targeting a different muscle group, and goes like this:

1. Warm Up
2. Squats
3. Chest
4. Back
5. Triceps
6. Biceps
7. Lunges
8. Shoulders
9. Abs
10. Cool Down

Each routine is set to music, and the movement of the weights is varied to fit in time with the music and work the muscles differently. For example, you might do a combination of slow reps, fast pulses, lifting up slow and dropping back down fast (or vice versa) - kind of like a little dance routine based on weight lifting moves. 

As the class focuses on high repetitions and long sets (you keep going for the duration of an entire song), you use lighter weights than you might in the gym, where you're likely to be doing three short sets of ten reps with heavier weights. 

Like all the Les Mills programmes, Body Pump has a new set of tracks and routines released every three months - so you always have new music and new exercises to stop it from getting boring. The instructors will usually mix and match music from past releases too, so the classes tend to be varied every week. 

The class is filled with people of all ages, shapes and sizes - men and women, young and old, whether muscular, skinny or carrying a few extra pounds.

But I don't want to look like a female Body Builder...

You won't! It's a complete myth that women who lift weights will bulk up and look like Jodie Marsh circa 2012  - to get to that you'd need to be taking all sorts of supplements and lifting crazy heavy weights (and absolutely no pizza). 

In fact, lifting weights can help you to slim down. The more muscle mass you have, the higher your metabolism is - meaning that even when you're at rest, your body will be burning fat at a higher rate. Cantara from GymBags and Gladrags has summed up  5 reasons why women should lift weights, so check out her post if you have any concerns about weight training.

Have you done BodyPump or are you interested in trying it out? What's your favourite way to workout?
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05.07 - I spent a day off with my mum, she brought me these beautiful sweet peas from her garden and then we went for lunch at Foodilic.

12.07 - Doggysitted Lola the frug (that's a French Bulldog x Pug) for a few days, and took her to work with me. She decided to hop up on my lap and help me with the email marketing.

16.07 - Finally we had a few sunny days of summer. Rich and I went and sat on the beach in Hove for a few hours.

16.07 - We stopped off for an iced coffee at Small Batch on the way home. Hanging baskets and coffee in a mason jar... it had to be instagrammed.

23.07 - Tried to catch a bit more sun at Preston Park Rock Gardens, my favourite little hideaway in Brighton. I was also super pleased to fit back in last summer's shorts!

24.07 - Protein pancakes after a two hour Sunday morning workout! Made using Protein World's vanilla Slender Blend which tastes delicious! Tastiest protein I've ever used!

24.07 - Spent the afternoon at a pom-pom and prosecco party, which involved making paper pom poms and tasting prosecco for Laura's wedding.

30.07 - Had a lovely day out with Rich's family on Brighton Pier and wandering around the lanes with a Sea Salt Caramel Boho Gelato.

31.07 - Sunday Lunch (with prosecco of course).
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My favourite nude lipsticks

I'm not very adventurous when it comes to lip colours. I always end up buying a new variation of a nude, peach or neutral pink - and of my vast collection, these are my favourite; a matte finish, a sheer balm and one with a glossy shine. 

Mac Matte Lipstick in Honey Love

Mac offer their fair share of gorgeous nude lipsticks, some of my favourites being Creme d'Nude and Peach Blossom, but my absolute favourite is Honey Love. It's a good, lighter, alternative to Velvet Teddy for those of us of a paler skin tone. It's a light beige tone with a velvety matte finish.

Bare Minerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil Balm in Nude Passion* 

This tinted lip balm is infused with oils, so it's really moisturising whilst being comfortable and lightweight to wear.  'Nude Passion' is a brownish pink that just adds a touch of colour and subtle sheen to the lips. 

NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park

This is the perfect peachy pink tone with a wet-look shine. It's got a silky smooth texture that's comfortable and hydrating and, like all NARS Lip Pencils, the colour is long lasting. I find the Satin finish doesn't last as long as the matte pencils, but it's pretty good.
The downside, is the roughness left around the nib after sharpening - despite doing it with the proper NARS lip pencil sharpener. This makes application a little scratchy, but the beautiful colour is totally worth it.

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Smashbox Contour Kit

I’ve never really got the whole contouring thing. Controversial maybe, but the idea of caking on foundations in shades too dark for your skin tone, to create sharp, angular cheekbones just wasn’t doing it for me. 

Don’t get me wrong, I tried to love it and I tried it all - Sculpting palettes, Clinique chubby sticks, The Body Shop's Instaglow CC Creams - but I found the look far too harsh (and let’s be honest, 9 times out of 10 I ended up with that dreaded brown streak down each cheek). 

Having failed so drastically with a range of different cream/liquid based products, I’d lost all interest, but it turns out I’d just been using the wrong products all along. 

Killing time in Boots one lunchtime, I let the girl on the Smashbox counter loose on my face. I just wanted a bit of bronzer, but she insisted she’d teach me how to contour. Sceptical, but with nothing better to do, I agreed, and that’s when I saw it: the Smashbox Contour Kit (Contour Queen Kimmy K’s palette of choice, no less!) 

The palette has three dreamy powders (a contour, bronzer and highlight) that are the perfect shade for my skin tone, with a soft and buttery texture. But no matter how great a product, it’s useless without the right tool for the job, so I love that the kit also includes a dainty, fluffy, angled contour brush. 

The Smashbox lady showed me how to use the brush properly, using different angles for the different shades, and exactly where and how to apply the product for a soft, natural-looking contour. After she made one side of my face look about 10lbs slimmer, she passed me the brush to try the other side, and surprisingly - I did it! 

How to Contour with the Smashbox Contour Kit:

  1. Use the pointy tip of the brush to pick up some contour powder, tap off the excess (it’s pigmented so you only need a tiny amount) and delicately dust into the hollows of your cheeks (duck face compulsory). 
  2. Use the flat edge of the brush in the bronzer shade and apply just above the contour, blending the shades together for a softer effect
  3. Use the flat edge of the brush in the highlight (I’m a bit more liberal with this as I love a good highlight!) and sweep under the eyes and up the cheekbones. 
  4. Take the highlight underneath the contour shade to make the contour pop
  5. Using the pointy tip of the brush in the contour powder, apply a very very small amount either side of the bridge of the nose
  6. Highlight down the centre of the bridge of the nose and blend well.
  7. Lightly dust bronzer around the hairline and under the jawline
  8. Finish off with a little highlight on the middle of forehead and chin

And if you want to use blush too, just a small amount on the apples of the cheeks only! 

Also included in the kit is this handy guide to identifying and contouring different face shapes - I have a ‘heart shape’ face and find the steps above work perfectly on me, but different shaped faces will need to apply the product slightly differently for the best effect. 

The velvety soft powders blend together flawlessly and melt into the skin so you’re not left with any cakey-ness or harsh, angular lines - just a soft, glowy play on light and shade for killer cheekbones. 

Can you contour?

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LoveFit Cafe... guilt free, healthy takeaway burgers

As the saying goes 'You can't out-train a bad diet'. Even nine exercise classes a week (yep, that means two on a Saturday and Sunday) can't counteract my addiction to Deliveroo burgers... With a trip to Barcelona looming and the top button of my jeans close to bursting, I'm trying to cut back (again) on the naughty food at the moment, so Deliveroo adding the LoveFit Cafe to their site couldn't have come at a better time! 

LoveFit Cafe are a great option for gym-goers and those watching their weight, because their menu lists the calories, macros and even Weight Watchers points of every dish. Often when ordering from a restaurant, even when you try pick the healthiest choice, there are sneaky extra calories hiding in the sauce, or the cooking method, so it's amazing to be able to feel in control of what you're eating. 

In the LoveFit cafe itself, you can order pancakes, breakfasts, jacket potatoes, wraps etc but they're now Deliveroo-ing their burgers and 'Protein Platters' (essentially healthy Nandos - lean chicken and a side of your choice) all over Brighton! Ideal for when you want a healthy dinner that you don't have to cook... which for me is all the time. 

So last night I swapped my normal Saturday night takeaway for a LoveFit 'Surfer Burger'. I chose the Chicken & Bacon option; a naked chicken breast, garnished with with a rasher of smoked lean bacon, a slice of Emmental cheese and homemade BBQ sauce inside a Dr Zak's protein bun. with a rocket and parmesan side salad.

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Better late than never...

03.06 - Kitty came to stay! She may look all cute and adorable here with her little pink nose and her little pink paws, but she also knocked my MacBook off the table, woke us up for food every morning at 4am, and escaped out of the window! 

04.06 - The only sunny day of June (it feels like anyway) was spent lying in the park and painting my nails in Essie's Bikini so Teeny to match the sky. 

05.06 - Brunch with Laura from What Laura Did Next at Sugardough! This smashed avocado, feta and mind on sourdough bread was just glorious! 

06.06 - A girl can only own so many blue and white striped tops, so I got a yellow and white striped top instead!

10.06 - Beautiful seasonal posies in jam jars for sale outside Hove station. 

11.06 - Showing off my St Tropez spray tan and Essie 'Barbados Blue' pedicure

11.06 - I paid a visit to the revamped Beauty Shed - click here to take a look around. 

24.06 - Finally tried a Five Guys after my big work event in London (which is why I've been so distant from my blog this month!) It was SO worth it. 

30.06 - Fell in love with this little place around the corner. It's called 'Rose Cottage' so I think I'm destined to live there one day!

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A tour of The Beauty Shed

Regular readers will know all about my favourite little beauty retreat by now. But for those who don't I'll get you up to speed: The Shed is home to a physio clinc, a cafe, gift shop and beauty salon all under one roof, and is tucked away in a secret corner of Hove. 

But a lot has changed at The Beauty Shed since my last visit. Gel manicures, St Tropez Luxe Oil Spray Tans (for just a tenner!!) and an all-in-one facial/back/neck/shoulder/foot massage have all been added to the treatment menu, and there have been some major renovations going on - so let me show you around. Come on in....

The outside of The Shed has been transformed, and a welcoming shop front with French doors, potted plants and table & chairs has replaced the industrial garage door that used to disguise what lay behind it. 

There's a new, larger reception/cafe area that feels much more welcoming. Here's where you can pop in for a spot of lunch, or local workers can grab a mid-afternoon coffee and cake. I wish I worked nearby because I'd be having one of those Acai Smoothies for breakfast every day!

The Shed's interior is just dreamy, and luckily, all the items and artwork on display are available to buy. There's gorgeous kitchen & homeware from Garden Trading, nature-inspired art from Jarvis Weaver, Cakes in a Can and Scottish Fine Soaps. I bought my Mum the 'Au Lait' bath milk powder for Christmas last year and she loved it and the cute little milk churn tin it comes in! 

Also downstairs is the main gym, where Nikki Penny (the owner of The Shed) runs her physiotherapy sessions and rehabilitation clinic, and a small treatment room. When not in use for a sports massage, Georgie the beautician uses this room for spray tans. She offers a range of St Tropez tans, all for just £10 which is unbelievable value! I had the new St Tropez Luxe Oil which gives a really natural golden glow and has a nice citrusy scent. 

But it's upstairs that I love the most. There's a little chill-out area on the landing where the shopping temptation continues. There's cute Catseye cosmetics bags, Davines haircare, Bee Good and Green & Spring skincare. 

And then there's the Beauty Shed...

The Beauty Shed treatment rooms are homely and intimate, and you'll only ever be in there on your own (or with your friends) - so no annoying other people. There's just one beautician, Georgie, who is the loveliest, friendliest girl and so easy to talk to. No awkward 'hairdresser' conversations with her - she's very down to earth. All the treatments she offers are incredibly affordable, and if you choose from the 'A la Francais' menu, everything is just £10! 

I love The Beauty Shed's Essie manicures, but I'm so pleased that Georgie is now offering Gel nails too, for when you need something a bit more resistant! I chose a beautiful rose gold shimmer which looks amazing with my new golden tan! I also had a luxury pedicure, with a foot scrub, mask and finished off with Essie Barbados Blue (a metallic baby blue which I need to add to my collection! This happens every time...) 

I also tried out the new all-in-one massage; a 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage using Green & Spring aromatherapy oils, followed by a 30 minute Green & Spring facial, and while the face mask is on I had a lovely foot massage. I love Green & Spring's skincare line, not only does it smell incredible but my skin always looks so radiant and fresh after using it. I want to buy the cleanser to take home, next time I'm in.

I recommend The Beauty Shed to literally everyone I know - it's a real hidden gem! If you're local, and you haven't been - seriously, what are you waiting for?! They're having an Open Day on June 22nd, so pop in for some skincare tips with Georgie and a bite to eat! (Find out more here)

Even if you're not local, but visit Brighton for day trips, I'd recommend you set a couple of hours aside for a little pamper sesh! You're not gonna get a gorgeous golden tan on Brighton beach...

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