Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Best Christmas Gift for her

Hi Everyone.

How are you? 

Its Christmas Gift guide time and I have to share my favorite Item I have at the moment. I was going to post this in a favorite post but I am so much in Love that I have to give it, its own post. 

Meet Elko LED Magnifying Vanity Mirror by  This is on sale at £29.99 reduced from £90. This making it a luxury gift at affordable prices. This little beauty Is the best Mirror I have ever use. Bar None. 

The LED light though, Is super bright. The mirror is 3x magnifulying making make up application even easier.  This helps when doing that pesky eyeliner.

No Make up Selfie and I feel it still makes me look good thanks to the LED light. Shh If like me you take a a selfie or film You-tubes then I use this as my ring light. Yes one Low cost item and many uses! This works like a dream. 

Can we take a minute for how stylish this mirror is! I love the sliver mirrored finish and the super bright light ring.

it is operated by a plug which is supper compacted. No need to hunt for battery or a chance of it getting dull. 

If I received this for Christmas I would be more than delighted. 


Monday, 28 November 2016

what would you do If the unexpected happened?

Hi everyone, 

How are you all? 

I don't know about you but at this time of year, You can always guarantee one thing. Expect the unexpected. 

Is it just me but you can be so organised, good at saving and budgeting then wham. Your car breaks down probably two weeks before pay day.  Why do these things always happen at Christmas! I have also had the misfortune of the bathroom flooding between Christmas and New Year. Come on, Why Just Why? 

What to do? At this time of year I can't access my savings and I am not going to ask a friend or relative for help. Enter I am one of those people who researches everything before for I use it so Loans are the same.  You know I am a stickler for good customer service so That is one of my top priority With any company I use. 

So why would I choose Vivus. Vivus are a loan company, Not a broker. So no middle man. 

They are here to help me in my time of need. They offer savvy people like me the chance to borrow up to £500 via a one loan repayment loan. This is done on a only what you need bases. So if you need £256 that is what you borrow no more no less. I like this as I feel it put the borrowing in my hands. 

For first time borrower like me, they offer a half price first loan. Perfect as who want to pay extra when they don't have too. They want to take the stigma way for short term lending. Last face it we have all been there. So why is there still negativity with this type of loan? It makes not sense to me.  I'm not scared to say I have used them so why are other people? There no shame in needing a bit of help in hard times.

In simple terms ViVus (Subject to status- credit check) 

Apply. Get approved, receive the cash, bill paid and you can sleep a bit better that night.  All loans are processed in super quick time too.  Then on your next payday (up to 41 days) you fully repay your loan with interest. Just like that no need to think about it again. 

I like that Vivus really care about their customers, They are not just another loan company out to make quick money from other peoples misfortunes. They are for everyday people who keep a handle on there credit but need a hand.  The last thing they want is for us to get into debt, they just want to help tide us over until payday. Perfect for me when the unexpected happens. 

Have you used Vivus? 


Sunday, 27 November 2016

Christmas gift guide for him

Hi Everyone, 

How are you all? 

Its that time of year!!!! Christmas Shopping time. I always struggle with the men in my life. Why is it so easy to buy for females and then it come to men I really struggle. I love to surprise people with gifts and really try to put thought into my gift. I am always looking for high end brands with low prices. I love quality and I really feel Christmas is the time to spoil the men in my life.

Here is My Gift guide from one of my favorite shops

For your Hubby or Boyfriend. 



For your Brother or Brother In law 



For your Dad Or father in Law




For your Friend




Stocking Fillers 






Hope I have helped you with your Christmas shopping? 


Christmas Home security

Hi Everyone, 

How are you all? 

It's that time of year where it should be all Christmas cheer and happiness. As you know I was an Police Officer and I have to tell you that this time of year house breaking ( Scotland) or burglary (England) increases. 

I know you don't like to believe that people would be so cruel but I have had the misfortune of being at a family's house on Christmas Eve and all the presents have been stolen. Yes even the Santa gifts for the very small children. which were well hidden. All Gone. 

Its easy to forget home security especially when there is hundred's of things to do and get. I can not stress enough that protecting your family is paramount. This type of crime can be relatively low impact. In that no one gets physically hurt but sometime this is not always the case. So why gamble with your family's safety. No one likes to think of people in their home, Going through their belonging and this can cause serious stress and anxiety problems not only at the time but can also cause long term problems to your mental health. 
So what to do? why not Secure your home for less. I found this site when looking for a new home safe. Yes I have a home safe. No I am not a millionaire and I don't have gold bars in there. I think every home should have one. Its a safe place for keeping all your important items like your engagement ring. I cant wear mine all the time. I like to know its all safe and sound in my safe. My husband joke I would put some of my high end make up in there if I could. 

When was the last time you checked all your window and door locks? How many times have you said "I cant find that window key?" Get over there and order new keys. So simple and your back to feeling safe in your own home. 
4400D FAST KEY SERVICES LTD Padlocks - Bluetooth Smart
The site has a whole load of security items. My favorite being a padlock which opens via Bluetooth. My hubby would have this for our bike shed. I think I will have to get one as a stocking filler for him.   

How safe is your home? 


engagement and Vintage luxury jewelry

Hi Everyone, 

How are you all? 

Its nearly Christmas! OH MY GOSH! I love this time of year. It’s really pretty outside and so romantic. 
this time last year one of my best friends got engaged in New York on her 30th birthday and I always thought this is the perfect time of year for a surprise proposal! 

I have been in a bit of wedding and engagement fever lately our best friends are getting married next year and last weekend we had the lovely chance to look round their venue and to say it’s not only beautiful but so "them" would be an understatement. 

We were also lucky to have been with them the day they got engaged in France in the summer. Fiona (the Bride to be), was given her grandmother gorgeous vintage ring. Not only beautiful but meaningful as she lost her grandmother last year and it was her wish to have Fiona have her ring. 

Like very girl I love a good online search and I ended up finding some amazing vintage jewelry here
You may or may not know but I love history. Ever since school, I have always been the one in a museum looking and reading everything. So, vintage Jewelry is heaven to me. I must have lost hours to this site. 

What I love about this site is it has something for everyone from affordable lux to decadent pieces that need to be seen to be properly admired. There is even Medieval Duchess of Lancaster sapphire posy ring, circa 1360-1400 AD which looks amazing. The story behind this ring is lovely. 

It not only stocks divine engagement rings but a full range of vintage jewels. I love the Diamond set eternity ring, French, circa 1920 which is only £1500. Hint hubby Hint if you are reading this. 

I am in love with Dachshund dog brooch, circa 1910. I really want a Dachshund. 

If you are looking for a unique Christmas gift why not go have a browse. 


Top Tips for bike storage

Hi Everyone, 

How are you all? 

I have been having a bit of a nightmare at the moment. We have too many bike and a very old shed with leaking windows. 

I thought I'd do My top tips in bike maintenance and storage! 

1. Always wash and clean your kit. Not only will this keep everything in tip top order but it is the easiest way to check everything is in tip top order. although think carefully at this time of year if you are out biking in freezing conditions. 

2. With winter here. We have done a shed check and found our window are broken and leaking. Now this is where our problem came in. Me being, me looked at buy a whole new shed. The cost of a new shed which can fit all our ever expanding bike collection in was going to cost a small fortune. (NOT just before Christmas) But the last thing we want was rust setting in to our kit. 

My hubby suggested getting new windows for the shed. This was not something I though you could do? I nipped online and found some Clear Perspex Sheet which came cut to size and my hubby fitted it. This saved us a fortune. I cant believe I was looking at buying a new shed!

3. Take your bike to a local bike mechanic to do a winter health check yes this can be expensive but it will save you a fortune in the long run. Lets face it we all hit the trails hard this summer.  If like me you have no notion to stop over the winter season its time to get you kit checked no one want a big crash due to a faulty bike. 

4. Now in the biking world this is conversational but I store my bike the right way up. I find if I don't my brakes take a bit of work to get them back to normal. But some people like to store them upside down. 

5. Invest in a good bike rack. this might seem like a strange one to add in here but my hubby lost a bike as it feel off the roof. it was a nice carbon bike he was raging. 

6. BUY insurance this is worth its weight in gold. please see last point we were lucky that we had our bikes covered and my hubby got a new one really quickly. I should have mentioned this happened not long before a booked biking trip. 

Hope you are all hitting the trails this winter. 

MissLJBeauty x

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Why its important to warm up before a workout

Hi Everyone, 

How are you all? 

During the festive period, you might not be thinking about your fitness regimen as much as usual. Most people plan to have a splurge over Christmas and New Year only to start a ‘get fit’ resolution once January swings round. Why not get ahead of the curve and focus on keeping active as we head into party season? London Bridge Hospital have some tips to make sure you’re perfectly prepared for your work out.

Preventing injury
When doing any exercise, it's important to make sure you’re properly limbered up and ready to go. It might seem minor or an unnecessary thing to do, but warming up is vitally important for several reasons. Whether you’re doing cardio or strength training, it's important to take 5 or 10 minutes to get your blood pumping and muscles loose to take on a bigger challenge.

Warming up helps to get your brain and body into the exercise you’re about to start but it will also help to prevent injuries. By raising your core temperature and getting your blood pumping before a work out, various studies suggest that warming up will not only improve your flexibility but can also help to you to keep a stable heart rate during cardio. Common injuries from improper preparation range from sprains and strains all the way up to fractures and dislocations which could put you out of action for weeks.

Stages of warm up
Now we know why it's important to prepare for exercise but, how do we do it? There are four main stages of warming up these are:

  • Increasing the heart rate, jogging or a light run will also help to get oxidised blood pumping to the muscles to loosen them up.  
  • Stretching, depending on what type of exercise you’re about to embark on, it's a good idea to stretch the muscles you will be relying on. For running, make sure you limber up your legs but for team sports like netball, you’d need to incorporate arm stretches in too.
  • Practice, whatever the activity you’re going to be doing, it's a good idea to go through a practice run first. This will help to get your mind and body into it and will also let you know if you are ready to ramp it up.
  • Mental preparation, we’ve all heard the phrase ‘get your head in the game’ but mentally preparing for your activity beforehand can get you motivated and help you envision success.

Ensuring that you cover all of these areas will help to make sure that you make the most of your workout and stay safe from injury.

Cool off

You’ve warmed up and had a great session in the gym, you might be thinking that you’re done but, it's best to take 10 minutes to have a cool down. This can help to reduce your heart rate back to before your workout and get rid of lactic acid which builds up during exercise and can cause muscle tension and stiffness.

MissLJBeauty x
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