Hi-Tec Luca Running Shoe Review + #Giveaway!

Hi-Tec Luca

The Luca’s are described as a minimalist running shoes featuring a reduced seam upper with welded support overlays for ultimate comfort. A ultra lightweight IMEVA midsole with rubber pod inserts deliver a low profile racing shoe feel for the recreational athlete.

Initial Impression

I was expecting the Luca’s in a different colour way (see below) and of course gutted that the trainers sent weren’t in the colour way shown on the Hi-Tec website. I am not a fan of baby pinks – hell I barely wear any colour but black, aside from when I’m in the gym where I will experiment with neons and brighter colours. I’m sure you’ll agree that this colour way is just funkier and I would even be quite happy wearing these casually.

Hi-Tec Luca Neon

The shoe felt very light in my hand, in fact they weigh only 210g, and the overall quality was quite impressive, especially as Hi-Tec is regarded by some as a low end brand. The only think I noticed was a Hi-Tec badge on one of the trainers had been put on slightly skewed but you would only notice this if you really got up close.

I did however think the black cheapened the look of the shoe as the front panel was a synthetic material which gave a plastic appearance. Having looked at the Luca’s available on the Hi-Tec website there are some really funky colour ways so I wouldn’t discount this shoe entirely.

The Fit

I personally feel that the sizing comes up a little big both length and the width, I am a 6 (and had a 6 sent) but I did feel like my feet could move around in them. When I’m undertaking physical activity I want a trainer that fits me snug and not one I have to worry about slipping or my feet slipping out of (especially if I’m doing spinning!). They would be great for undertaking class activities such as LBT as they are so light and when you are coming to the end of the class and feel like you can barely lift your feet off the ground these would be great – there are times in the past where I have taken my trainers off as my feet feel so heavy!

I’m aware that these trainers are specifically labelled as a running shoe, but even with running on the treadmill I just didn’t feel comfortable. Unfortunately I didn’t wear to my usual LBT class due to them feeling big – doing squats and your feet slipping is not great!

Had the fit been perfect then I may feel completely differently about this trainer. Especially as there are some great reviews of the Luca’s on the Hi-Tec website so if you are after a reasonably priced trainer / running shoe then the Luca’s are definitely worth considering – just take into account my thoughts on sizing!

Hi-Tec Wearing

So… as I don’t plan to wear these trainers again they are up for grabs!!

As I mentioned they are a size 6, but I do feel they would fit a 6.5 / 7 at a push!

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Good luck!

Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Colour Review

Having had no luck whatsoever with salon manicures I have decided that sticking to home nail colour is the best (and cheapest) option.

I picked up the Maybelline Forever Strong Gel Nail Colour in Divine Wine within the 3 for 2 at Boots (Usual RRP £4.09)

I quickly applied the colour prior to having guests round so I didn’t make the most careful of applications. It was easy to do due to the curved flat brush to enable precision under pressure! However, the appearance and finish were great for an extremely quick application.

The nails feel like a salon gel manicure but without the thickness, which I think is one of my biggest issues. When the gel manicure is thick and I am hammering away on my keyboard I think it causes the polish to lift which then gets caught and huge chunks peel off! Not what you want after paying £20+

So has it lived up to it’s 7 day promise?

  • After a couple of days a small chips at the tip of the nail were evident but only upon close inspection – these may have been avoided had more time have been taken during application.
  • It seems to ‘scratch’. I think I must sleep with the back of my hand under my head and I always seem to be left with hair strand like imprints on painted nails – this happens with all brands though!
  • I did get a fairly large chip on one of the fingers but I would put this down to my activities during the week as opposed to general day to day wear – that particular nail was also pretty weak which is why I haven’t posted an after picture but as I said it was a rather rushed application.
  • Overall – I am much more impressed having this than paying 5x more for a salon manicure AND I’ll get a good few applications from this!
  • I shall definitely be wearing again!

Maybelline Gel Colour

To The Proskins Sceptics…

So it’s been a week since my Proskins #28DayChallenge came to an end.

Since then I have been undertaking normal activity, which I undertook throughout my challenge (which also included a bad week) along with my healthy eating. This week I have already been to the gym three times and burnt a total of 2208 calories whist consuming an average of just under 1800 calories per day. Again nothing new since before I undertook the challenge. If any of you want to view my diary on MyFitnessPal you are more than welcome, as I am completely honest about what I am doing – you will see I am not starving myself to lose weight or exercising like a maniac to burn calories and therefore lose weight. I don’t want to be skinny, I want to be fit and healthy!

So why am I writing this?

Well aside from using the scales to measure my weight, which has actually increased by 0.3kg over this last week (most likely down to muscle – I’m not stressing) I also take measurements so I can see the physical changes. I did this today and compared to the measurements last week they had barely budged. One actually went up!

So I reviewed my measurements over the past four weeks and put together this little info graphic that I thought you might like!

Proskins InfoGraph

  • Green – Represents a loss
  • Orange – Represents no change
  • Red – Represent an increase

Due to having no differences this week over the past four weeks, this to me is real evidence of the Proskins working alongside an already healthy lifestyle. For the measurements that did go down, they only went down by 1mm, whereas the smallest loss I have had previously has been 3mm. I’m going to do another week without and compare once again, then the Proskins are going back on for four weeks before I hit the beach!

Proskins #28DayChallenge Results Roundup

So today marks the final day of my Proskins 28DayChallenge! I honestly can’t believe just how quickly time has flown!

I have really enjoyed the past 28 days, knowing exactly what I will be wearing for the day – well at least the bottom half. I am lucky in that I work from home so I can just pair the leggings with a tunic style top or rather a jumper! These are really light enough however to wear under work trousers if wearing on their own is difficult.

However if wearing them during the day is an issue then there is no reason why you could not wear at night. I did this for a week of the challenge and actually felt this was probably the easiest option for most people.

So what did the results bring? All measurements in CMs… Drum roll please…….

Area Start End Total
Hips 89 87 2
Top of Thighs 57.7 56 1.7
Widest Part of Thigh 54.4 52.7 1.7
Above Knee 40 37.3 2.7
Below Knee 34 32.5 1.5
Widest Part of Calf 37.3 36 1.3
Grand Total 10.9

I have to say I am impressed! Even after a number of washes the Proskins are still ensuring I have smooth, moisturised legs which is something that with regular moisturising just didn’t deliver!

Here you will find a picture of me shrinking over the last 28 days too! Sometimes you don’t think you are seeing the results until you compare to how you looked in the past and using the same outfit and as near as poses as possible really helps with this (mine wasn’t intentional BTW – I hate having pictures taken!)

Results

The 28DayChallenge is still open where you can get the leggings for 50% off RRP, so if you want to take part then don’t delay and sign up here!

I will add that throughout the course of the challenge I have continued with my healthy lifestyle – aside from the week where the hubby was away and I caved into sweet treats. I have not drastically reduced the intake of food, I eat better at a slight deficit. I work out 3 times a week mainly doing class based activities but this is something I have done for the last 5 months. Most classes include muscle toning so I would have expected certain areas of my legs to actually increase in size.

I’m now onto my next challenge of stepping up using weights to trim that waist some more and have an overall more toned body!

Wish me luck!

Katrina x

p.s. I plan to try this challenge again once I am at the maintaining stage of my fitness journey – see what happens then! Report back in a few months!

Birthday Wishlist…

With my birthday in the not too distance future (it’s a big one) I thought I would create a little wish list of things I would like so friends and family know what to get me or what to contribute towards!

Unbelieveably most of my ‘wish’ items are fitness as opposed to fashion related! Something is seriously wrong with me!

Birthday-Wishlist

So here we go…

Zaggora Hot Pants 2.0 Capri

I have wanted these for a good long while as would love to see if they really do live up to what they claim. Anything that makes me burn more calories whilst working out is a plus for me! Size S.

Shock Absorber Active

I’m not massive up top, but they do move about. I read that even an A cup bounces up to 4cm when doing exercise so keeping what I have in good shape is of utmost importance! I just love the bright colours! Hmmm not sure about sharing the size here 🙂

Proskins Galaxy

I am a major fan of Proskins after completing their #28DayChallenge. Not only did they make my skin amazing they were a key component in helping me reduce my measurements! I just love the Galaxy print – and for some reason I find that bright prints make me work much more effectively in a gym environment… its the only place I love colour! I’d also love a Black Matte pair for day to day wear! Size 8!

Nike Lady 8 Inch Filament Tight Running Shorts

I do not wear shorts at the gym, but I would like to eventually get to that point (with the help of slimming down and Fake Tan!) so these shorts look perfect, they also feature a back pocket which might just house my iPhone so I don’t have to resort to an arm band! Size S or 8/10.

Nike Lady Flirt Tank Top Vest

Just so I have something to match the shorts! This looks tight fitting enough, but loose enough round the waist to not have any embarrassing moments… I find you get them on the rowing machine! Size 10 (M).

Asics Lady Gel-DS Trainer 18 Running Shoes

I don’t have a clue when it comes to trainers! I just like them to look nice. The fact that these won ‘Best Shoe’ in the Runner’s World Personal Best Awards must count for something! Although I know I should wear a support shoe based on my foot arch / gait (and these come under that remit), which is why I tend to buy most of my trainers from SportsShoes.com I just rather liked the look of these and thought the purple would go rather nicely with the Nike products above! Size 6 please!

Adidas Womens Essentials Sports Bra by Stella McCartney

I know I have already listed a sports bra, but I am a major fan of wearing my Polar FT7 to work out, the problem is it relies on a chest strap to do the recordings, not really an issue but it would be nice to have one less piece of gear to wear. Having a sports bra with a built in chest strap is stuff of my dreams! Size S or 8/10!

Now on to some treat things!

Michael Kors Watch

I already own a bronze MK watch which I adore. It is the only watch that I have worn on a regular basis. There is a titanium one that I am coveting but I don’t think anyone is realistically gonna spend £600 on a watch for me. So this one will have to do! I love a big chunky watch as I like to feel there is a bit of weight behind it and that it is sturdy enough not to drop off. I also love how the watch face is a little different to other watches out there. There are however plenty of other alternatives I love in the MK range too, but this one just stands out! Alternatively I love the Thomas Sabo Rebel at Heart Skull Watch! Wrist size 16cm.

Religion Lynch Leather Jacket

I saw this in store recently on display, but was unable to try on as they keep them locked away! At £380 I can understand why! This jacket is absolutely gorgeous although only 15% leather, I just love the distressed look and the studded detailing… I can dream. Failing that I love absolutely anything by Religion from their accessories to their clothing, so anything by Religion would be very happily received!

Diavolina Floyd Wedges in Black

I have these in grey and I absolutely adore them. So comfy and stylish. They really are my most favourite boot purchase. However I would love some in black, but tracking down a size 6 is an absolute bloody nightmare! So if you come across but don’t plan to buy them, please just tell me!

Black Heeled Sandals

I have been after some nice strappy sandals that I can wear with black jeans or a dress for a long time but just can’t seem to find what I am looking for. I had spotted some on Zara (see my pinterest) but they no longer seem to be available. I do also like these on Zara and also these from Office are rather nice! But I’m open to suggestions. I am however crap in heels, which is why I tend to stick to wedges!

Protein Pow(d)er Cook Book

I’m a little obsessed with using Protein Powder to cook with and am forever trawling the web looking for the latest recipes. Having a cookbook to pull out of the cupboard would be amazing!

NIP+FAB Bust & Tums Kit

Well even with working hard in the gym a girl could use a little help! Alternatively (or additionally) the Fitness Kit!

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

I am a lover of anything Viktor & Rolf! Flowerbomb EDP is my signature perfume and I won’t wear anything else! So absolutely anything from the Flowerbomb range I would adore especially the Bomblicious Body Lotion!

Personal Training!

I’m not quite sure this is a treat, however I really would like my arse or rather my stomach whipping into shape. I do great in classes (I think) and I do alright on my own but would probably do better if I were getting shouted at!

Thomas Sabo Angel Wing Jewellery

I am a lover of all things Angel Wings from jewellery to clothing to artwork but these key pieces would go with the Thomas Sabo earrings I already own. Firstly the pendant and secondly the ring.

There are plenty of other things I would love but the above are my key items and how I am going to refrain from purchasing the majority myself I have absolutely no idea! I would in fact love a really decent digital camera but I have no idea where to even start! So recommendations please!

Illamasqua Make Up

After my makeover at Illamasqua the other month I am obsessed with their beauty range. I would love a pot of Hydra Veil, the Empower and Neutral Palette’s and absolutely any nail varnishes! In fact anything from the range will do!

Converse All Star Grey High Tops

I have some white All Star Ox that I have had a good few years and that I adore, but they are a nightmare to keep clean, especially when it does nothing but rain, so perhaps grey might be a better choice! Size 6.

Aside from that gift vouchers for high street stores or even spa days / treatments are very much appreciated!

FYI my birthday is 18th August and I shall be turning 30… Eeek!!!!

Week 2 Proskins Review #TeamTrim

OK, I really shouldn’t be recording this until tomorrow morning, but I doubt one day will make a difference! So here we have it, the results from week two of wearing my Proskins Slim Leggings.

Proskins-Measurements

As you can see the measurements are all reducing!

  • Hips – 3mm down
  • Top of Thighs – 2mm down
  • Widest part of Thigh – 6mm down
  • Above Knee – 5mm down
  • Below Knee – 5mm down
  • Widest Part of Calf – 6mm down

I wasn’t sure that there would be a change as I haven’t had the most active week due to my husband being away with work which means I have missed two gym classes and with a toddler approaching her terrible two’s I haven’t had my evenings to do some home workouts either.

What didn’t help either is the fact I also had a Peanut M&M’s Sharing Bag to myself on Monday evening followed by 5 Chocolate Digestives on Tuesday evening and a lovely Afternoon Tea yesterday – so if anything expected them to go up a little!

I am glad however that I have had the opportunity to wear whilst being fairly inactive so I can see if the product really does live up to it’s promises! Next week I will be back to classes 3 times a week so hopefully even more mm’s gone!

So this week I switched to wearing my Proskins on an evening just to try them out at night. I have been a little cold in them – but then again I am in the bed on my own. I have managed to get through the full week without washing, but they will be in the wash first thing tomorrow morning as I switch back to day time wear. Doesn’t look like we’re going to have much sun so may as well keep them covered up whilst doing them some good! My skin still feels great – no flakiness or dryness so when the husband is back I plan to finally get round to popping on some fake tan!

The appearance of the stretch marks continues to reduce, cellulite – again mine isn’t TOO bad but the fact they look more moisturised is more of a benefit for me.

So far I have been really impressed with my Proskins and am glad I got to see some results on a ‘bad’ week!

Proskins are still undertaking the #28DayChallenge which gives you the opportunity to buy the full length leggings for just £25 so grab them whilst you can.

They are also offering 20% discount on their shorts if you want the benefit of the leggings but with the ability to wear under skirts and dresses. Just enter 28SHORTS into the discount box when you checkout.

Bring on Week 3!

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Fab Fitness Haul

What started as the need to find a new gym bag that fits EVERYTHING in has turned into a bit of a shopping spree!  So I thought I would share with you some great bargains I have managed to pick up this week in my quest for an on going healthy and active lifestyle!

Fitness Haul

To start off, the gym bag I bought from American Apparel at ASOS (£20.50)- I have been eyeing this one up for a while but wasn’t quite sure just how big it was but it’s massive! I have had rucksacks and so on in the past but find that you struggle to fit a change of clothes, towel and toiletries into easily. Therefore I wanted something quite large but lightweight that I could just chuck everything into. I’m useless when it comes to compartments so it may as well all be in the same one.

Another item I have been on the look out for are some resistance bands so I thought I would pop into TK Maxx to see what they had to offer. Main reason being when I travel I tend to take mainly carry on luggage which means I am unable to take my gym kit with me, so I wanted something that I could easily pop in my case and do a hotel room workout. Introducing ’empower’ Total Body Toning System £7.99 (RRP $29.99). It includes an upper body power cord, a lower body power cord with padded ankle cuffs and a door strap along with a workout guide and the whole package takes up less room than a pair of trainers! This is a beginner / Intermediate kit which offers resistance up to 15lbs (6kg).

Total Body Toning

After picking up the above I was just about to walk away from the fitness section in TK Maxx when I saw the ’empower’ Cardio Core Fitness Hoop lurking at the back of the shelf and for £12.99 (retail $29.99) I had to grab it! I love the Power Hoop class that I do at the gym but with both myself and the husband having jobs that involve travelling and childcare to consider getting to a class isn’t always possible and with my 30th birthday only a couple of months away I need to do as much work on my core as possible. Although not as heavy as the Power Hoop, it will do for adhoc fitness at home. Perhaps if I was going long haul on business I could break this back down again and take with me if I didn’t have access to a gym as it doesn’t take up too much room.

Moving on to clothing. I am always on the lookout for a decent top for the gym, one that’s not too tight, but not too baggy but I just can’t seem to find one that is quite right. This top from MPG Sport was just £12.99 from TK Maxx and looked to be just what I was after. I thought I had bought a Small but upon getting home it turns out it’s XS. It fits ok so I’m not going to bother taking it back but hopefully in a few more weeks it will fit even better! MPG are currently offering 25% off your order if you like their page on Facebook!

MPG Top

After spotting the lovely Nic from Nics Nutrition picking up a pretty decent fitness kit haul at Primark, I decided to check it out. Unfortunately Primark in Huddersfield didn’t have a decent range, but if you are after some introductory kit then it is worth checking out. On offer includes sports bras, pants, tops and I saw one Jacket that Nic managed to pick up but unfortunately not in my size. I opted for a sports bra (£4) in a size 10 and although it fits rather nicely I don’t think I would wear it for running, instead opting to low intensity class work. However, for £4 it’s worth having when my others are in the wash. I also picked up a pack of 7 neon sports socks for just £2.50. Again handy for having to hand (or foot)! The picture only shows 5 pairs but you got 2 pairs of pink and grey.

Primark

As you can see I’m loving the neon colours at the moment. Apparently it’s in? I’m usually a black and grey type of girl but when it comes to working out I need bright colours to motivate me so regardless as to whether it’s the latest trend it’s getting worn!

So with all that shopping I decided I should get myself a couple of treats. The first of which was this Rodial GLAM BALM Hand for just £11 in TK Maxx (RRP £39!) I suffer with shockingly dry hands made worse by over washing and I find they are always pretty dry after I’ve been to the gym too. So I’m really hoping that this does the trick! It sinks in nicely and smells divine! I did however get home and check this out online to find that Rodial are offering it on their website for just £9.50 with free delivery, so if you want some get some now!

Rodial

Finally I treated myself to some Panda Natural Raspberry Liquorice , Health & Herbs Peppermint Tea and some WheyHey Protein Ice Cream (to be blogged about later) from Holland & Barrett. I’ve heard liquorice has health benefits and is fairly low in calories so instead of reaching for the chocolate I shall be reaching for this… in moderation of course! Peppermint Tea however is my love!

Hopefully this makes up for the Afternoon Tea I had with a friend yesterday at Neaversons where I ate (half of) and drank this! Welcome to my life Parma Violet Fizz!

See, every wannabe fitty deserves a treat every once in a while!

Neaversons