Make Up For Hot Days!

Make up For Hot Days Tutorial

It is wonderfully hot in the UK today, and though it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine your make up might not love the weather as much as you do. That’s why I came up with this idea for today’s video – a make up look for hot weather! Ok, so it’s more of a tips video than a revolutionary tutorial, but I hope it will be useful!

Can I just take a minute to make a joke about the photo above…”I was so excited to meet my biggest fan!” I know, I know. I’m hilarious.

The advice I featured in the video centres around keeping cool and helping your make up to look the best it can. I did, of course, mention some of the old tricks (waterproof eyeliner, a good SPF etc) but I also put my own spin on the look by going through my process for keeping things like my foundation on my face rather than in a puddle by my feet. There’s nothing more icky than feeling like make up is sliding off your face in the heat!

I promised to include a list of the products I used in the video for you, plus links to where you can find them online! Here goes…

 Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner
♥ Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara
♥ Simple Kind To Skin+ Protecting Moisture Cream SPF 30
♥ Benefit PoreFessional 
♥ Natural Collection Green Concealer
♥ Bobbi Brown Mineral Make Up
♥ Smashbox Brow Tech Trio
♥ Cherry Carmex

What are your tips for keeping your make up looking and feeling cool in the summer?

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

Outfit: Tropical Edge

Outfit Boohoo Tropical Playsuit Chyaz

If you’re an eagle-eyed follower of the Boohoo Instagram, you may have seen this photo already today – it was featured on their page this afternoon, which is super exciting! I decided to put an outfit together featuring the amazing Tabitha Tropical Print String Back Playsuit, which they kindly gave me after a little bit of work I did with them…

I’m not usually one for floral prints, but had to make an exception for this awesome piece. The black background makes it much more ‘me’, and the print is more interesting than standard flowers – it lives up to its tropical name! As with any outfit, I like to put my own edgy stamp onto it, so spiky platform wedges seemed like the best option! They were actually from Boohoo a few years ago, though there are some similar ones (minus the spikes) on the site at the moment – these Abbie Suedette Peep Toe Sling Back Wedges remind me of mine!

Outfit Boohoo Tropical Playsuit Chyaz

I also added some black aviator sunglasses into the mix – I bought these last summer but can’t for the life of me remember where from! They’re the kind of style that’s pretty easy to find anywhere, and the great thing is they go with just about any outfit. I would say they’re my most worn pair, and considering they were pretty cheap and cheerful that’s not bad going! I like the alternative edge the sunglasses and spiked shoes give to the outfit, and allows me to wear a floral print without feeling like I’m not myself!

How do you make floral prints work for you? Do you go tropical like me, or use accessories to add in more of your own style?

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

My Vivienne Westwood Collection

Vivienne Westwood Collection Haul

I am not generally a huge lover of designer labels, with one or two exceptions. The biggest exception by a million miles is Vivienne Westwood – I’ve been a fan of Big Viv for longer than I can remember, with my obsession beginning as I got more into punk music and its roots. Every time I show an item from her range that I own on YouTube, I’m asked to do a full collection video…today is the day it finally went live!

As a quick disclaimer, as mentioned at the start of the video – this is in no way intended to be a ‘bragging’ video. I’m sure lots of other YouTubers feel the same when asked to upload a video about anything designer, i.e. designer bag/shoes collections. I really enjoyed telling you the stories behind each item and why it is so special to me, and I hope that comes across!

I would list all of the items mentioned below, but unfortunately the vast majority of them are no longer available. However I will post a few helpful links to places I like to look for new and exciting Vivienne Westwood items, plus some bargains too!

Vivienne Westwood website – for all the latest. Plus there are occasional sales too!

ASOS – they have an awesome range of Vivienne Westwood items, and often have good deals.

Brand Alley – there aren’t always Viviene Westwood sales on, but when they do have items the deals are fab!

I hope this has been a fun and interesting post, and that you enjoyed the video! Which item was your favourite?

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

Motivation Mondays: Remembering Your Progress

Weight Loss Motivation Before After Chyaz

Remember my Weight Loss Wednesdays posts I used to write every week without fail? Well, I missed doing a weekly health and fitness post, so have decided to finally start up my Motivation Mondays series. In case you’re new to my blog, here’s the low-down: in the summer of 2012 I decided I wanted to lose the weight I’d put on at the end of university. I have lost 2 stone (28lbs) all in all, and started on a fitness journey that is now a huge part of my life. I work out 5 days per week and try to eat healthily, though that’s where I tend to struggle…

Here is the post I wrote when I reached my goal weight, and here’s another about figuring out what actually motivates you. I hope they’re helpful! But in these Motivation Mondays posts, I’m going to be getting more of a conversation started. What I find difficult isn’t weight loss, but finding the motivation to maintain and keep going forward rather than just coming to a stand still (or, more accurately, putting a few pounds back on).

Over the past month, I have been very lax when it comes to food. I’ve basically been eating whatever I fancy, and though I’m still exercising all the time I don’t look or feel quite how I want to. I haven’t actually weighed myself as I’m a bit nervous, but I’m determined to get back on the wagon and sort my diet out. That’s why these posts will be helpful – what I’m going to do is list three things which will motivate me throughout the week to keep going on my road to health (and looking how I like in my clothes, of course!). So here goes…

Here’s what’s motivating me to stay on track this week:

1. Remembering my progress, and looking back at how far I’ve come. The photo at the top of this blog post is a still from one of the video I filmed with Babyliss back in late 2012 – I almost don’t recognise myself, and it’s amazing how different I look and feel now. The photo next to it is from my latest Outfit post, and to me it shows some of the results of my workouts and healthy eating attempts (I promise I do try most of the time!)

2. Enjoying my newly de-cluttered kitchen area. Over the weekend Tiz and I totally de-cluttered our flat, including the kitchen. I now feel I have loads of room to prepare healthy meals, and proper places to store and easily grab all of the fruits and veggies we’ll be buying in our food shop tonight. I’ve even done some meal plans for the week!

3. Reaching my water-drinking goals. I always find that when I drink plenty of water, I’m less tempted by treat foods and generally feel better throughout the day. No mid-afternoon tired headaches mean less chance of me going out to grab a cinnamon latte or taking that first fatal dip into the biscuit barrel. I aim to drink 3-4 bottles of my 1 litre Water Bobble per day, which is just right for me considering my pretty intense exercise routine!

Let’s get chatting – which three things are motivating you to be healthy this week?

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

Review: Jamie’s Italian Manchester

Jamie's Italian Manchester Review Chyaz

I have a lifestyle post for you today, more specifically a review of the incredible Jamie’s Italian Restaurant in Manchester. Myself and Tiz were very kindly invited along as guests to try out the amazing food on offer, and being a huge fan of Italian food (and, let’s face it, food in general) I just couldn’t resist. However, please rest assured that my review, like all of the reviews I post on my blog, is totally honest and a true account of our visit to the restaurant.

As soon as we arrived, we were met by the lovely front of house team, who were incredibly friendly and accommodating. The building itself is stunning, and on our walk upstairs to our balcony seats we were told a little about the location’s history – it was an old bank, and as a history geek I was fascinated to see how well they’d preserved its amazing features whilst converting it into the restaurant. Once seated we were served by the lovely and knowledgable Anthony, who was brilliant throughout our visit.

Let’s start with my meal, which was of course meat-free…

Jamie's Italian Review Manchester Vegetarian Chyaz

Top left was my starter – Stuffed Chestnut Mushrooms. I am not exaggerating when I say this was the best starter I have ever had in my life. At one point, I actually said to Tiz, “If I could only eat one thing again in my whole life, it would be this dish!”. The flavours were out of this world, and I would actually go back to Jamie’s for this alone. My main course, top right, was the Gnudi (stuffed with ricotta, which was gorgeous). I opted for the small portion on Anthony’s recommendation but got an extra side dish, and I’m so glad I did. The dish was very rich but SO delicious, and I could enjoy the flavours without being overwhelmed. The chips I chose were made with fresh garlic and parsley and were, again, amazing. Tiz and I shared our sides (I’ll talk about the second one in a minute!). For dessert, I had the Chocolate Brownie with Salted Caramel Ice Cream. The brownie was lovely, but the ice cream made it for me – one of the most incredible flavours I’ve ever tasted.

On to Tiz’s rather fishy meal…

Jamie's Italian Review Manchester Fish Chyaz

Tiz opted for the Crab and Avocado Bruschetta to start (top left) – whilst eating it, he didn’t actually speak to me as he was so engrossed in the flavours, and when he finished eating he was basically speechless. He adored the dish, and was as impressed as I was with how the meal started. Anthony had described the Sea Bass with Orange and Fennel Salad (top right) special main course, and Tiz couldn’t resist. He paired it with the Broccoli and Spinach side which we shared, and it was full marks once again. He loves sea bass with a passion, and enjoyed every mouthful, and I can confirm that the greens were absolutely wonderful too! He chose the Apricot Frangipane for dessert and a had a cheeky mouthful – it was divine. I’d have it myself any day!

Just a note on the wine we chose (in the top photo) – it was a Merlot described as having a cherry-pie flavour, and it certainly did! It was delicious, and the most perfect accompaniment to our meal I could have hoped for. Tiz and I end up eating out a lot, as we live in the city centre and there are so many amazing places on offer, but I really do have to make a bold statement: I cannot remember having a meal where I have enjoyed each and every course SO much in my life. There’s always usually one bum note, but at Jamie’s everything was spot on. I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone! Huge thumbs up to Jamie Oliver too - I’m not sure how often he visits the venue but I’m sure he’d be as impressed as we were with how it’s being run!

Have you ever visited Jamie’s Italian? What did you think?

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox