How I Keep Fit and Have Fun ❤️

It’s a new year and plenty of people make the resolution to start a new hobby and keep fit! Luckily for me, I already have this hobby. I stopped briefly during my pregnancy but now, in a bid to become pregnant once again, I’m back and working hard.

I do a class called Clubbercise! It’s based on the idea of the following: a darkened room, glow sticks and loud, funky club/dance music! There are classes nationally and I believe internationally – check out http://www.clubbercise.com for more info.

What’s brilliant about it is that if you feel self conscious, you really ought not to because with the exception of some disco style lights, it’s in complete darkness.

If, like me, you are not very fit and are worried about the intensity, there are high, medium and low impact options for the routine. As time goes on, you become more adventurous and now I can keep up with most of the high impact options. Top tip though: If you plan to do more than one class a week, ensure you’ve recovered from the first because I’m just knackered after only one rest day.

Additionally, it’s so much fun! I go with work colleagues and even those who have two left feet just go for it! I track my workout on my Fitbit which allows me to know how many calories I have burned, my heart rate and it also adds to my step count.

I feel the most important thing is just how good I feel physically, it helps with my mental wellbeing too. After a stressful day at work, attending Clubbercise means I go home calm and relaxed. As a result of all of the exercise, I always have the best nights sleep after Clubbercise. In fact, I’m almost comatose 😂

Are there any cool workouts you follow? Always open to new ideas! I should point out this isn’t sponsored or an ad, it’s just something I absolutely love.

Kat xx

Insta Giveaway

Hello lovelies! 🙂

Just a quick post as I’m in the process of uploading a load of new blog content to say that I’m celebrating 500 followers on Insta and am having a mini giveaway 🙂

My Insta is @kat_on_beauty if you want to check it out!

Thanks for your ongoing support ❤️

Kat x

My Hopes for 2019

Hello lovelies 🙂

I hope you all had a brilliant Christmas this year and enjoyed time with your families! We had 3 Christmas’s this year with my in laws, my parents and my lovely Grandma. My Grandad sadly passed away earlier this year so we knew this would be a difficult time for us all, especially her.

I thought I’d write a post to discuss my hopes for 2019. These are not resolutions as I never stick to them but things that I hope will happen or I will achieve over time. Do you make promises or resolutions?

1. Improve my make up skills

I think it’s clear to see that my Insta has become more fashion focussed and I find myself doing less and less make up looks; exactly what my blog and Insta accounts were set up to do.

I want to improve my skills this year which might mean taking lessons with local make up artists.

2. Ensure all my cosmetic and skincare products are entirely cruelty free.

I won’t pretend to be an expert when it comes to products that are cruelty free but I intend to do my research in the hope that I’ll stop buying products tested on animals. For instance, I’m fairly sure Benefit are not cruelty free (though I may be wrong!) so I will probably stop using them. I know on make up to look out for the bunny logo but is it the same for skincare/bath products etc?

3. Take control of my mental health

This has been a 💩, 💩 year and my mental health has taken a beating; at some points I don’t know how I managed to carry on. Luckily for me I have gorgeous and brilliant friends and family to support and care for me. I need to take responsibility this year and learn a few things:

  • To say no
  • To stand up for myself
  • To be vocal when I believe something isn’t right

4. Buy Our First Home

It’s something we have been working on for a good few months but our focus hasn’t been on it recently due to being busy working and Christmas/birthdays. We actually found a house we loved in October but were outbid so it’s something we need to keep looking at to find the perfect home for our future family.

5. Spend more time with family

During parts of this year, I saw an awful lot of my Bradford portion of family but living in Hull as well as two busy work schedules mean that I haven’t seen as much of my family since September time and it doesn’t sit well with me. I won’t allow family time to be missed in 2019, it’s too important. Life is way, way too short.

I would love to hear your hopes and dreams for 2019! There is a really big personal goal I haven’t shared on here but those of you that know me personally will know what that goal is – 2019 should be the most fruitful year yet!

Kat x

Let’s talk skincare!

Happy Christmas Eve lovelies! I thought I would do this skincare post as I know when I overindulge at Christmas time, my hips and waist take most of the damage but I am also prone to break outs due to fats and oils in the food. I’ve been really looking after my skin lately and I’ll insert a picture at the end to show you how fabulous it is looking! For now, I’ll share my steps to skin success with you 🙂

Step 1: Remove all make up.

I use a two pronged approach! Not only do I wash my face like a normal human being but I also use very specific baby wipes to ensure that all of my make up is off! These Johnson’s wipes get everything off, including mascara!

Step 2: Pop on a face mask!

I change my face mask up depending on how my skin is at that particular time. For example, recently I had a very bad break out due to being full of cold and I basically went into Lush and said “rescue me! I need help!” I usually get Cupcake which contains Rhassoul mud but the advisor recommended Catastrophe Cosmetic which contains calamine and it really did settle my skin down! Obviously, after 10-15m I wash it off with warm water and a flannel!

Step 3: Cleanse and Tone!

I love my cleanser and toner routine mainly because I use the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser. Firstly, I apply the cleanser to my skin and it’s beautifully smooth and feels lovely on. I generally leave it around 3-5 min to soak right in! I need to focus on the area around my nose as I get lots of dry skin there! Then I use one of the special muslin hot cloths to remove the cleanser! This is genuinely my favourite step because the warmth of the cloth is lovely and feels luxurious, like you might get in a spa!

Once removed, I continue my routine by using Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic which is a superb contrast to the hot cloth cleaner as it’s so cold! You can feel the cucumber extract working the moment you apply it!

Step 4: Moisturise

Finally, you need a lovely thick moisturiser to keep your skin all perfect and plump! I personally use Total Moisture by Benefit. It is beautiful but may not be suitable if you have sensitive skin as it is highly fragranced! It is absolutely gorgeous but I think I am going to phase this out over the year as I am almost certain that Benefit is not cruelty free and I want to make it my mission to use completely cruelty free products! I will look at the Liz Earle alternative to go with the rest of my routine!

Step 5: Work on the lips!

Finally, I get my Bubblegum Lip Scrub from Lush and rub it into my lips! It’s made from caster sugar and jojoba oil so it’s edible! Just scrub and lick! I really suffer with dryness and cracking during the winter months so it’s totally worth investing in!

Items I sometimes use…

In the interest of transparency, these items were gifted to me a while ago and I love them both but I don’t use them on a daily basis as 1) I don’t need to and 2) I want to make them last!

  • Eyewake Collagen Eye Gel
  • This is a lovely, sheer gel with is made to soften the under eye area and help with tired looking eyes.
  • Skinkissed Vitamin C Facial Serum

    I must admit I am not 100% comfortable with using this as it contains fish collagen but it does make my skin feel amazing! One of my missions is to establish if it’s cruelty free and then I can continue using it!

    Anyways, Boxing Day sales are nearly upon us and you may be able to grab some of these at an absolute bargain price! I’d love to know what you guys do to take care of your skin. Merry Christmas 🎄❤️

    As promised, a pic of my make up free skin looking fabulous!

    Kat x