The Makeup Artists Choice

A beauty/lifestyle blog By Kate Emma

Sunday morning...
 Does any other morning feel quite so good? Sunday mornings were made for lazying in bed and not feeling guilty. Long lay inns and cups of endless tea in bed.
 Complete and utter bliss.
Do you ever get that little niggle at the back of your mind though, interrupting your peaceful Sunday morning? That little thought of 'Monday morning is coming'. 
I know I do, and although I try not to let it ruin my day, I still can help but feel the dread of a Monday morning descending down upon me.
So now, after the relaxation of my lazy morning, I like to spend The rest of my Sunday preparing for the week ahead and I thought I would share with you my Sunday routine on prepping for that Monday morning.

Monday Morning Motivation

  Set Your Goals

Big, small, long term, short term. Set them.Try starting with the week ahead. Give yourself one goal to achieve each day, whether it's clearing out your email inbox (That gives me the fear!) or sending a text to a friend that you've been meaning to for a while. Which leads me on to my next point of....


How I love a list. I have lists for everything. Daily chore lists, weekly achievement lists, and a whole notebook of goal lists.
 In this day of technology our phones seem to dominate our lives, but actually putting pen to paper, and then being able to put a nice big tick next to our achievement is a lot more satisfying than simply pressing the phone screen. 
Taking a little time out on a Sunday evening to write your lists, will leave you not only feeling more organised but also ensures your less likely to forget that important thing that you've been meaning to do!

Monday Morning Motivation
  Dress Your Best
It's Funny how clothes can set our mood. Donning a pair of sassy heels makes us feel like we could conquer the world and I always feel more motivated in the morning if I know I have something new and exciting to wear.
 Buying a new outfit for each day of the week is definitely not financially viable for me (one day!) so the next best thing I find is to go through your wardrobe and plan out your outfits for the working week. 
Being able to spend a little more time working out my outfits sometimes allows me to pair certain items with certain accessories that I would have usually thought of because of rushing around! 

Pamper Time

Sunday evenings are a great time to get your pamper on. 
Turning my bathroom into a luxury spa is one of my favourite pastimes.
 Face mask, hair mask, nails, tan.
 All of it sets me up for a good Monday morning, but if I'm feeling particularly fancy, heading down to my  local gym and spending a little me time in the spa is the perfect way to end the weekend.    

Monday Morning Motivation

Early Night

Do any of us really get enough sleep? 
Yet we all know what a fundamental part of life sleep is and we all know what happens if we get too little of it. 
For a long time, I was in the bad habit of going to bed super late, and then not waking up till late morning. Not only did this make me feel like I had wasted half the day away but my motivation for doing anything was massively diminished.Try tonight going to bit just that little bit earlier, and I promise you your Monday morning will be a whole lot easier.

Halloween, turning adults into children and children into literal monsters. 

I love Halloween, but as per usual, I tend to leave these things so last minute, that all the great costumes have gone and Amazon Prime can no longer guarantee I’m going to get my cat costume before All Hallows’ eve begins.

Clairol Color Crave Hair Make Up

So this year, instead of spending big on an outfit I’m only going to use once, I’ve decided to try and cut corners where I can. 
Clairol has just launched a whole new line of hair makeup, that you simply paint on your hair and wash out when you’ve finished your spooky fun.
 And I don't mean those questionable sachets we had back in the 90s that turned everyone's hair the same colour magenta no matter what.

I experimented with Shimmering Bronze and Shimmering Rose Gold, applying both the colours to my hair in random sections and then blow drying the colour in as recommended. 

Both the colours were super shimmery and hella messy, but I think that may be more to do with my application than the actual product itself. Even though these are washable colours, I recommend wearing old clothes and not your brand new under armour two-piece suit.... bah!

Clairol Color Crave Hair Make Up

With this huge range of colours, you could definitely create some great looks for Halloween, whether it’s a pretty fairy/unicorn look, or something a bit more spooky.
I love putting crazy colours in my hair, but absolutely hate the upkeep of them. 
Clairol's hair makeup definitely looks like that will be bridging the gap for me.

If there's one thing that I forget (on purpose) to do is; warming up before a workout and then cooling down.
 I don't tend to be as bad at warming up (I do, do some glute activation exercises, coming to a blog post near you soon!) but cooling down....
When I've finished my workout, I usually sprint for the exit doors, heading down into the stretch area sounds like something straight outta hell. 

I know, and I'm sure you know that by both warming up and cooling down, we are minimising our chances of hurting ourselves whilst working out and warding off the dreaded doms.

 Warming Up


Warming up is essential to our workouts, doing this prepares our muscles to be used in ways that we don't usually use them 24/7, and also helps to get the blood pumping around your body, which we all know is necessary. Getting that blood flowing thought o the muscles really helps to loosen them up and is a lot safer for you then from taking them to 0 to 10 in the space of seconds. 
You wouldn't put food in a cold oven and expect it to be cooked in the same amount of time as a fully heated over, so let's try not to do the same to our bodies.
A quick five-minute session of cardio (I don't mean intense cardio, I would leave the gym at this point) including some jogging on the spot or a minute of jumping jacks combined with some marching will really make a massive difference to your body.


My Warming up schedule -

Jogging/marching for one minute followed by one minute of jumping jacks. Repeat twice for four minutes.

 Cooling Down



The bit I struggle with the most.
 By the end of the workout, when the ending (and food) is in sight, the last thing I ever want to do is a stretch. But it really is so essential to creating those long lean muscles that we've been working so hard on.
Stretching out your muscles helps to bring that heart rate back down, and allows all that tension and stress to simply disappear from your body. Stretching is a great way of really focusing on your breathing (especially if like me, you take no notice of it) and gives you that five minutes peace and quiet.
Most the time I am rushing out of the gym, and I'm not quite sure why.

Allow yourself that time to just spend quietly with yourself, whilst at the same time releasing the stress away from your muscles.

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I'm a romantic girl a heart. 

I love to be wooed by my other half with candlelit dinners, flowers with a carefully thought out card, sweet little gestures that suggest you are always on their mind. 

Empress Mimi

Lingerie is at the top of my list for triple boyfriend points. 
Unfortunately for me though, what my other half wants me to wear. and what I would like to wear, is a completely different story. 
He's thinking Moulin Rouge, whilst I'm thinking Bridget Jones Diary. 
Trying to come up with that sweet spot in between for both of us usually involves neither of us being happy.

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The newest subscription box on the block, however, has taken away this dilemma from me and my nearest and dearest.
The Empress Mimi Lingrie* subscription box is a subscription box like no other. 
This all female-led company will ensure that once a month a brand new gorgeous set of lingerie lands on your doorstep after being carefully chosen for you by one of the lovely ladies themselves over at Empress Mimi. 

The lingerie arrives in the most beautiful packaging, so whether you're buying a subscription for your loved one, or just treating yourself, you can be assured that your gift will be well received. 
With three subscriptions to choose from I don't doubt you be able to find something for you. 
All plans can be paused or stopped anytime, and deliveries & returns are free within the UK so you can treat yourself to a one-off box with full confidence.

With Christmas around the corner, I think these will make the perfect stress free gift for any wife/fiancee/girlfriend be it a one time box, or a subscription. 

Christmas, Valentines, Birthdays even Weddings, Empress Mimi has got you covered. 

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Choose from - 

The Mermaid Box (3 pairs of underwear every month)
The Siren Box (full set of lacy lingerie every month)
The Empress Box (the luxury lingerie box set with surprise accessories)
Use code - THEMUACHOICE15 for 15% off! 
Head on over to Empress Mimi and treat yourself today! 

*I was kindly gifted this set from the wonderful ladies at Empress Mimi, but all thoughts are my own. The discount code is purely a discount for my readers, with no money being profited by myself, however, 10% of all orders using my discount code will go towards charities helping get more women into coding. For more information on this charity please visit

Fi7ness By Jessica Wright

I was Fitness DVD mad in the 90s. 

Mr Motivator motivated my mornings on GMTV, and yellow lycra cycling shorts were my must-have fashion. Luckily for me (and all people around me that had eyes...) I retired the cycling shorts many moons ago, and fitness DVDs fell off of the radar. 

Until now.

If your a regular reader of my blog, you know that earlier this year I embarked on a fitness journey, and have fully embraced my new lifestyle ever since.


Recently I've hit a bit of a slump with the whole thing. 
I still enjoy working out but trying to find the motivation to get my behind to the gym was becoming a bit of an issue. 

And that's when my motivation in the form of a pink box entered my life.

Fi7ness By Jessica Wright

Fi7ness with Jessica Wright* landed on my doorstep, complete with three (THREE!) workout DVDs, an exercise ball, a resistance tube, a fitness plan poster and nutrition guide. 
Since starting the program I've squatted, kicked and jumping Jacked all over my living room in the name of fitness, and now that I'm coming to the end of phase one, I wanted to share my thoughts on the DVD with you.

So this seven-week plan takes you through three phases, which equals to five thirty minute workouts a week, with two allocated rest days. Heres what a phase one week looks like -

Day one I started with Push Pull which was super easy to follow and incorporated both the fitness ball (which may I add is a workout in itself to pump up!) and the resistance band, which you use over the course of seven moves each a minute a time. 
Then you get what feels to be the quickest minute of your life to recover before you start the routine with both Jess and her personal trainer Esme again.
 I'm quite used to training upper body, but jeez Louise did my muscles throb the next day. 

Day Two was cardio, which I can assure you was utter hell, but in a good way... If there is such a thing??
 I was dreading cardio, as it's not something I often do (I mean at all), due to my complete hate for it. As before, Esme and Jess take you through seven moves for a minute a time, with an even faster minute for recovery, before then starting the cardio torture again. 
I survived though, but I'm sure some of my fat didn't as I sweated more than a pig in a blanket on a hot day.

Day three is Squat Lunge which is by far my favourite workout on the DVD. I love doing lower body workouts, and these seven exercises consisted of a lot of squatting, so you really get a great booty burn.
 And believe me, the next day it was on fire.

Day four is a rest (WOO HOO) day, and then day five Bend Twist is all about getting those abs burning. 
As someone who doesn't do abs, I really struggled with this one, but Esme does give you some great alternatives to do, so you cant unfortunately just sit there and watch them do it instead. 

Which then leads us into our last workout of the week... Cardio. 
I still hate it, but it really does give you the fastest results, and doing it this way is far more enjoyable than spending any time on a running machine what so ever. 

The last day of the week is a much-needed rest day, and then its back to the grind again.

Fi7ness By Jessica Wright

All the workouts are lead by Jessica and her personal trainer Esme, and the girls are fantastic at keeping you motivated, you only have to look at Jess's figure to get them feet moving a little faster. 
Esme also does an Instagram live workout on a Wednesday night, so if you fancy getting in an extra session, or just want to sit on the sofa and watch someone else workout, then make sure to check out the Fi7ness By Jessica Instagram. 
The program is really great, if like me you've lost a bit of motivation to hit the gym, or maybe you're even just starting your fitness journey. 
Following along on social media, and taking part in the chats, really makes you feel part of a community, and gives it that more personal touch, then just staring at a TV screen and fumbling along. 

After phase two, I will be updating my blog, with some progress photos and my thoughts on the phase. But for now, with phase one completion on the horizon, I can honestly say I'm really enjoying it. 

If you want to join along with my fitness journey make sure to follow me over on my Instagram and grab your own Jessica Wright Fi7ness kit here!

*This item was gifted to me, but all thoughts, feeling and sore muscles are my own.

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