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2 Months to our Summer Holidays

We are heading away on our summer holidays 8 weeks from now, I don't know how summer crept up on us so quickly! I had the best intentions over the past couple of months to get back to the same fitness level I was at for my wedding. This time last year I was fitter then I have ever been and felt better then ever before.

I know some people are amazing at staying motivated all year round but I really struggle with it. I can make loads of excuses as to why but the answer is I just need to push myself more. I have totally changed my diet over the last year and I  am so much healthier, thats the easy part for me. The hard part for me is going to the gym 3-4 times a week.

I always work better when I have a goal to focus on so the holidays are my first goal and a very special wedding in September will hopefully help me keep up the momentum.

What really worked for me last year and what I am trying to do again: 

1. Have a goal

2. Having healthy treats in the fridge at all times ( I have an extremely sweet tooth and an addiction to tea so the only thing I miss is chocolate with my tea)

3. Avoiding processed food and trying to always go for the healthy options on the menu when eating out.

4. If I wanted a bar of chocolate I have one or had half of one, I just don't have one everyday.

5. I aim to drink at least 2 litres of water a day.

6. I never skip a meal which was something I always used to do. I always have breakfast,lunch and dinner and a couple of snacks throughout the day.

7. Always have healthy snacks in my bag incase my job goes on longer then I expect.

8.Aim to go to the gym  3 times a week and try and walk as much as possible. I actually found the FitBit amazing for motivating me to hit 10,000 steps a day.

9. Be realistic and don't set yourself an unrealistic goal and don't be hard on yourself if you have a bad day food wise, Just don't make it a bad week.

I also find it motivating when I have nice gym gear and I usually get most of mine in Penneys. Myself and a few other bloggers have been taking part in the Primark, Set, Go Campaign where we have been testing out the sportswear in intense workouts over the past couple of months. I absolutely love this particular set, it is so summery and really comfortable to wear too.

Finally I am going to share the recipe for my favourite energy balls that so  many of you love too! I still get asked how to make them everyday so I thought it would be best to share it in this blog and at least if any of you are looking for some healthier alternatives for treats you can find it here.

Peanut & chocolate energy balls (Makes about 5 so double or add 50% more if necessary)

  • 45grm wholegrain porridge oats
  • 2 tablespoon meridian peanut butter
  • 6 squares of dark choc cut in to chips
  • 2 tablespoon of natural honey/agave
  • 2 tspn coconut oil melted
  • 4 teaspoon desiccated coconut

Blend in nutri bullet/food processor , if the mix is too dry add another drop of honey, if it's too wet add some more oats. Judge it for yourself but you should be able to roll in to balls easily. Pop in fridge for at least an hour. Enjoy!!!!

Enjoy,

Tara x

Disclaimer : The images in this post are sponsored in collaboration with primark, as always all opinions are my own.

Tara Travels To : New York

I travelled to New York a few years back with my mum and sister on a shopping trip, the exchange rate was amazing and we got amazing bargains.

Its somewhere I knew I wanted to return to with Daniel as he had never been before. We booked last August and our two best friends who happen to be together decided to come too!

We were recommended to go to The Meatpacking District so we booked Dream Downtown through Click & Go. When you book with Click & Go your flights are included in the price too so its very straight forward.The hotel looked amazing online and the reviews were all good.

We book most trips through Click & Go and have yet to be disappointed, the hotel was fab! The rooms were smallish, bathrooms were spacious. We were on the 2nd floor so we didn't hear any music at night but I would say you would on the 1st/8th floor.

There is a pool, a penthouse bar and a basement nightclub and it was in close proximity to everywhere we wanted to go.

The Chelsea Market was literally less then a minutes walk from the hotel. We went here a couple of mornings for breakfast or a coffee and donut. I cannot stress the importance of trying the donuts in The Doughnuttery they are seriously delicious. I definitely recommend wandering around Chelsea market for an hour.

Another thing we did was grab a tea and head to The highline which is two minutes from the end of The Chelsea market. The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long  linear park built  on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line. Its so nice to walk along and take in the incredible views.

The weather while we were there ( April 8th-13th) was unbelievable, the coldest day was about 20°C and the hottest day hit about 27°C. We took full advantage of this and tried to stay outdoors as much as possible. On the hottest day we went to Central Park and walked for over an hour and took in the gorgeous scenery. There are squirrels everywhere and we saw a racoon too. There is so much to see and do in the park and if you have children with you they will love it too. We walked as far as The Boathouse and had a gorgeous lunch there by the lake. There were lots of people sailing around in boats which is definitely something I will do next time.

We got the subway to Brooklyn and wandered around the area before walking over the Brooklyn Bridge, again there were amazing views and you can see The Statue Of Liberty from the bridge. The bridge brings you back to Manhattan and you are in walking distance from Ground Zero and The Westfield World Trade Centre shopping centre which is really cool to walk around too.

There is obviously so much to see and do that we didn't get to do half the things we wanted too. We tried to go the The Top of The Rock but it was fully booked so I would recommend booking this in advance. Another thing we will do next time is take the Staten Island ferry which is free and supposed to be amazing and gives a great view of the Statue of liberty. I personally loved wandering around little Italy, Chinatown and Soho.

I was given so many restaurant recommendations before we went and we only got to try a few so I will list off some that we visited and some that came highly recommended.

Breakfast/Brunch Cook shop, Friedmans lunch, The Standard Grill, Bubbys Highline, Jacks Wife Freda, balthazar Dinner Tao Downtown, Buddakhan, Catch, The Spotted Pig , Beauty and Essex, Southern Hospitality Links  Click & Go        

My Top 10 Make Up Brushes from Blank Canvas

When I first started doing make up you were quite limited when it came to buying affordable make up brushes. My first set of brushes were MAC brushes which are good but a bit on the pricey side.

Over the last few years a few new make up brush ranges came in to my radar and Blank Canvas was one of them. The first brush I tried was their best selling F20 brush which is still my ultimate favourite foundation brush to use both on myself and on my clients.

I am always asked to share my 'must have' make up brushes so I have compiled  a list of my top 10. Not everyone reading this is a make up artist (who can never have enough brushes) so with that in mind the list is also a complete set of make up brush essentials that will make up a full set for the average lady.

I am collaborating with meaghers.ie for this blog as they are offering 20% off brushes until  Feb 26th.

  1.F20 Buffer Brush

As I said this was the first Blank Canvas brush I tried and the one that got me in to the brand in the first place. It is an amazing foundation brush that will make blending extremely easy even for a complete novice.

14.99€

2. F15 Small Tapered

I use this brush for blusher mainly and I love the tapered tip. It is also a good one for applying your powder highlighters too.

14.99€

3. F28 Fluffy Powder/ Contour brush

I use this brush for a few different reasons, mainly highlighting using powders. if you need to apply extra coverage anywhere using a powder this is the brush I would use. its also a great large fluffy brush for blending eyeshadow too.

7.99€

4. F39 Dome Powder Brush

A fluffy powder brush is essential for achieving a flawless finish to your skin. Once your foundation is on you need to set it with a translucent powder and this is the brush for the job. You can also use this brush for a really soft contour using a matte bronzer.

14.99€

5. F13 Small face/eye blending brush

This is one of my favourite brush to use for conceal and adding extra coverage using a cream concealer. I use it to blend under the eyes and also for buffing over spots for amazing full coverage. This style brush is much better to use then a flat concealer brush for coverage in my opinion.

7.99€

6.E28 Ultra Fine liner brush

This brush is my favourite liner brush to use when I am using gel liners like the Inglot gel liner no.77. It has a really fine pointed top so makes a tricky thing to do a little bit easier.

6.99€

7. E25 Round Top Blending Brush

If you are going to buy one brush for your eyes make it this one. It makes blending so easy and iterally does the hard work for you. There is nothing worse then harsh unblended eyeshadow and this brush will ensure a soft blended finish.

7.99€

8. E24 flat Shader/ Lay down brush

The dense firm bristles will ensure the eyeshadow is picked up with little or no fall out. I use this brush for placing my eyeshadow on before I start to blend with a fluffy brush.

7.99€

9. E44 Flat Brush

This is the main brush I use for brows. I love the flat top as it helps to achieve definition under the brow. The bristles are firm so its also a good brush for applying eyeshadow under the eye and also for eyeliner if you want a soft line using a brown or black eyeshadow.

7.99€

10. E10 Small socket Blender

This is the perfect brush for smaller eyes and also for blending right into the socket to add definition. Its a small fluffy brush so it is a good size for blending under the eyes too.

6.99€

 

Tara x
Disclaimer  This post has  been sponsored by Meaghers.ie and as always all opinions are my own.