HAUL: Missguided Active & Fitness!

Why hello there! My apologies for being quiet on the blogging front recently – if you follow my YouTube channel you’ll see that I’ve been posting videos super regularly, and it’s taken a little focus off my blog. Not to worry though! I realised a few days ago that I’d bitten off more than I could chew with regards to doing my weekly ‘follow me around’ vlogs, so I’ve decided to leave those for the time being and concentrate on my other online projects…one of which is my blog! The long and the short of it…I’m back!

On the subject of videos, here’s a look at today’s PunkChyaz video – it’s a Fitness Haul featuring lots of goodies from Missguided Active plus a couple of workout accessories too.

Overall I am hugely impressed with the quality of the Missguided Active items, which I’ve been excited to try out since I heard about the launch! The cuts of the tops in particular are fantastic, and as I mentioned in the video they hold you in just right around the bust area – you don’t want bouncing boobs when you’re in the middle of a hard workout! The sizing on the bottoms was very generous, and I would definitely recommend sizing down. I am between a UK size 8-10 and these were a 10 – the 8 would have fit me perfectly.

Here’s where to find the pieces…

♥ Train Dirty Top
♥ Pink Marble Sports Bra
♥ Blue Marble Sports Bra
♥ Blue Marble Leggings
♥ Mint and Black Leggings

I’m also really enjoying using the Jawbone UP band, and can’t wait to give the Body Sculpture Wrist and Ankle Weights I bought a try – I’m really mixing things up with my workouts this year, so I’m sure I’ll find the opportunity to wear them before long.

Which fitness items have you purchased recently? Let me know if there’s anything you’d recommend!

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

Is Lack Of Exercise A Bigger Killer Than Obesity?

The big news story today caught my attention instantly – the headlines vary, but the gist is the same. A large study has found that a lack of exercise actually contributes towards more deaths than obesity. That sounds like a pretty bold statement to make, but the 12 year study (which has included more than 300,000 people) has come up with some pretty interesting figures. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have found that around 676,000 deaths each year can be linked to inactivity, whilst around 337,000 were from being overweight. (Side note: I’m not sure how those figures work considering there were 300,000 people studied…perhaps the scope of it was larger than we know!)

As many of you know, I’m a big health and fitness nerd, and spend half my life talking about the subjects! My interest was sparked when, after finishing my degree and living on convenience food for a good 8 months whilst I stressed about my assignments, I realised I’d put on 2 stone. I embarked on a mission to get fit and healthy, and though I lost weight I also couldn’t believe how alive I felt. Here’s a quick ‘before’ and ‘after’!

Before and after weight loss cheese

So, what do I think of this new study? Well it’s hard to argue with the figures when they’re in black and white, but I do believe it’s a bit more complex than it seems. Firstly, inactivity and being overweight often go hand-in-hand – although I was never anywhere near obese, just technically a few pounds overweight, I can say hand-on-heart that exercise was just not something I did. Ever. Although I was eating poorly I know that my lack of activity (brought on by spending every waking minute hunched over research papers) definitely contributed to my weight gain. So it’s impossible to overlook the very direct link there!

However, there is a big but (and I cannot lie) – as much as exercise is incredibly important, and as much as I love the new campaigns we’re seeing right now (This Girl Can, encouraging people to do a brisk 20 minute walk each day etc) you simply can’t ignore the other side of the matter – food! There has been very little mention of maintaining a healthy diet alongside working out more, which is a real shame as the two are so vitally linked. If you exercise but eat utter crap, it really does defeat the object – having a healthy diet full of fresh fruit and veg (if you think this is impossible, check out this post I wrote a while ago) and with far less processed food than is in the standard British/American diet at present.

All in all, any move towards, well, moving more can only be a good thing! But unless you include a nutritious diet into the equation I’m not sure how much of a health revolution this study might inspire. Exercise often, eat well, get into a healthy frame of mind and learn to love the feeling you get from your new lifestyle!

What do you think of the study?

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

 

Feeling Like You’re Just Not Good Enough…

If you’ve clicked onto this post, I’m guessing it’s because – at some point – you’ve felt this exact way. Call it feeling inadequate, not up to scratch or just plain rubbish…I promise that you’re not on your own. I find that this time of year can be super exciting, but the pressure of things like New Year’s Resolutions, everyone trying to prove themselves to be kicking butt in January and social media in general can cause you to look at your life and feel a bit ‘meh’.

In my new YouTube video I discuss this in detail, and reference one of my favourite quotes on the topic: “Don’t compare your ‘behind the scenes’ to everyone else’s’ ‘highlight reels'”. Social media is one way we can find ourselves constantly comparing our lives to others’ – it’s so easy to look at someone’s Instagram feed/Twitter posts/Facebook holiday photos and feel that your daily life is either boring, inferior or totally pants in comparison. But what you’ve got to remember is that those tiny nuggets of information are just snapshots of that person’s life, and we’re all inclined to only put the most favourable bits and pieces out there for the world to see.

Something that I’m sure a lot of my fellow bloggers will sympathise with is feeling the need to judge your own success by the standards of others in the same field. Whilst I think a little of this is good for motivation (and a little friendly competition never hurt anyone – if it pushes you to achieve more, it can’t be bad) but too much can definitely have a negative impact on your wellbeing. It’s the same for almost any profession/job/hobby – if you constantly see the success of other people as your own failure, you’re going to be pretty miserable. I like to think of success as being a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck – you might work just as hard as the next person, but their circumstances could be a little more favourable at the given time, or they’re simply lucked out a bit more. I believe in carrying on the hard work, building the best circumstances for yourself that you can and always hoping for that extra luck factor along the way.

I have a good old chat with you all about this in the video, so please feel free to give it a watch. I think there’ll be a lot of varying thoughts on this topic, and I would really love to hear yours – leave me a comment below and tell me what you think about the culture of constant comparison, and how we can learn to be that bit happier!

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

Review: Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Water

As the Simple Brand Ambassador I’m often told about new and exciting products before they launch – I always get such a buzz from testing out the new goodies before anyone else, and I count down the days until I can share my thoughts with you all! Today I can finally talk about the incredible new Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Water, and boy is it a treat!

Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Water review

So, here’s the basics: the Simple Micellar Cleansing Water contains multi-vitamins and skin-loving ingredients, and gently cleanses the skin whilst removing make-up! It’s a non-rinse cleanser, meaning you can smooth it over your skin using a cotton pad before applying your moisturiser, and it leaves skin feeling clean and hydrated. It also contains triple purified water! I have totally fallen in love with non-rinse cleansers over the past couple of years (another favourite of mine is the Simple Kind To Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion) and I find they make taking off my make up so much quicker and easier.

I have super dry skin, and adored the Micellar Water from day 1. It leaves my skin feeling super soft and smooth, and gorgeously hydrated too. Simple products are designed for sensitive skin (though I’ve found they work brilliantly for all skin types) and it’s great to know that it won’t upset my skin. The winter months are really harsh on all skin, but my dry complexion really feels it – this helps to give me a little boost!

Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Water review

I have been totally obsessed with the Micellar Cleansing Water since I started using it, and know it’s going to be one of my ultimate favourite skincare products of 2015. Don’t you love that feeling of finding a holy grail product? It just love how much time it saves – I can cleanse my skin and take off my make up in one easy step. I remember being at uni and seeing the mountains of products my housemates used to remove their make up at the end of the day – things were always more straightforward for me with Simple, and that’s set to continue with the Micellar Water too!

Are you as excited as I am about this awesome new product? Have you picked one up to try out yet?

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

P.s. Don’t forget – although I work with Simple, my posts about their products are always honest and truthful. The brand haven’t asked me to write this post, and my love for the products is totally genuine :)

Some Exciting News…

Happy New Year! 2015 is here and it’s looking awesome already – if you’ve caught up on my latest YouTube video, you’ll know why. I have a few pieces of exciting news to share with you all, and I’m going to start with the one that has had me waking up with butterflies in my stomach for weeks…

On the 1st January I launched a brand new Health & Fitness YouTube channel, WhatTheHealth?! I have wanted to do this for longer than I can remember, and I have been bowled over with the amazing reaction to it so far! Here it the first video from the channel – please feel free to give it a watch, and subscribe if you like what you see! How To Get Fit & Healthy in 2015:

Secondly, I am very excited to be vlogging again! My vlog channel, ChyazVlogs, has been rather neglected of late (for pretty much the last 12 months) and I felt it was time to pick it up again. I have decided to do weekly vlogs, where I show you guys bits and pieces that have taken place during the week. It means that I don’t have to film lots each day (I struggled with that when I did daily vlogs, as so much of my time is spent working!) but you still get an extra glimpse into my life.

Finally, please rest assured that everything with my main channel, PunkChyaz, will stay the same. I’ll still be bringing you Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle videos every Wednesday and Saturday – I can’t wait to get filming during 2015! If you have any requests for my main channel, or any of my other channels, please do let me know. I make my videos for you guys and want you to enjoy watching them as much as I enjoy creating them.

I hope you all have an amazing 2015 – have you made any resolutions?

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox