Spring has definitely sprung, hasn’t it? In my part of the world – glorious Gloucestershire – we have had some beautiful weather recently. My training programme for the 100km charity event I’m doing in August has now begun, but it was no hardship to do a few miles along the towpath of the Gloucester-Sharpness canal near my home at the weekend – calm clear water, swans, and sunshine are good for the soul!
And speaking of exercise, if you like funky colourful clothes to work out in you’re going to love Ryka, a women’s sportswear brand launching soon on QVC. We’re starting with shoes, but they do gorgeous clothing too – I just adore this purple top/trainers combo.
It’s a really clever brand – its designers are all female, and they understand that women require more than just a downsized version of a men’s athletic shoe, and that a woman’s foot shape, muscle movement and skeletal structure are all inherently different from a man’s.
All Ryka sneakers, including Ryka walking shoes, are designed and developed taking into account a woman’s unique fitness needs. They really are super comfortable, but really stylish too.
I’m a big fan of the This Girl Can campaign, which is all about getting women out there exercising, no matter what our size, shape or ability, and this range ties in really well with this ethos. I really hope you like it as much as I do when it arrives!
Now, I mentioned in my last blog that I’ve been trying Fillerina, a relatively new product. It’s an at-home cosmetic treatment which allows you to “fill” wrinkles and increase volume in cheeks and lips. (214694) It has a huge celebrity following and has had some amazing reviews in the beauty press, but there’s no getting away from the fact that on the qvcuk.com website the reviews aren’t great. However, I’ve now been trying it for more than two weeks, and I’m impressed, so much so that I’ve just ordered a second set. In particular, I’ve noticed that the lines around my lips have noticeably softened.
After a bit of trial and error, I slightly altered the recommended application technique, so if you want to try it, these are my two top tips (just my personal opinion, remember, not a definitive guide!):- each treatment is supposed to be 2ml of the gel filler. For me, this was too much, and it rolled off (a common finding, if you read the reviews). I reduced that to just 1ml and had no roll off problem, but still started seeing results. So I reckon that unless you have very deep wrinkles, it’s worth reducing the quantity you use. It also makes the product last longer, of course!
The second stage, the nourishing film, is actually quite thick. You are provided with a syringe to apply this with but it is so thick that it takes ages to suck up, and to be honest it’s a bit of a faff. I actually don’t think this is necessary at all – it’s much quicker and easier just to tap a little out into your hand and apply it with your fingers like any other moisturiser.
As I said, I’m seeing results. So if you do try it, let me know if those tips help!
Enjoy the sunshine if any comes your way…see you soon!