Harmony Blaze

Improving Wellbeing in Everyday Life

Thursday, 31 December 2015

My Year in Pictures

I can't believe that today is the last day of 2015, seriously where has the year gone? This year has been filled with lots of living, lots of loving and most importantly lots of laughter too and so, as is becoming tradition, here is my year in my favourite 12 Instagrams...


Wednesday, 30 December 2015

My Fitness Diary - December 2015 Edition

Whoever said that December wasn't made for being healthy has obviously not met me! I fully expected this to be the hardest month and to be honest it was but in some ways it was also the best month I've had and the most motivating...


Tuesday, 29 December 2015

My Threads, Treads & Treats - December 2015 Edition

Christmas has been everywhere we have been and looked for the past month or so now, I'm fairly certain it never used to last as long when I was little. Anyway I digress, this month has been filled with lots of fun and festivities so here is a rather seasonal Threads, Treads & Treats for December...


Monday, 28 December 2015

My Favourites - December 2015 Edition

And so here it is, the last favourites post of 2015 and what a wonderful year of discoveries it has been! I'm thinking of mixing this segment up next year so this will possibly be the last time you see 'My Favourites' in this format...


Sunday, 27 December 2015

The Present Haul

'Tis the season to be jolly and after the last few days I am certainly that! I fully appreciate that there is more to Christmas than the gifts that we receive, however, as I sit here full up on Turkey & Prosecco I thought I would take a few minutes to talk you through 'The Present Haul'...


Saturday, 26 December 2015

My Favourite Blogs & Vlogs of 2015

As this year draws to a close I thought I would share my favourite blogs and vlogs of this year and the people who have inspired my site, my progress and my goals for this year and next...


Friday, 25 December 2015

Christmas Traditions

Merry Christmas Everyone! I thought I would post a simple and sentimental post up today about my Christmas, what I do and where I go over Christmas ...


Thursday, 24 December 2015

Dear Santa

This year has been truly amazing, from a week in Sorrento for the most magical wedding to meeting a close friends baby for the first time, I've certainly made some fond memories. When I was little I would always leave a Christmas card out for Santa along with a drink and a snack, here's what I'd be saying this year if I still did...


Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Love Your Leftovers

Recently I've been thinking a lot more about the amount of food we waste as a household. Although there are just two of us, we tend to have quite different tastes in food which can often lead to food going to waste and after watching 'Hugh's War on Waste' and 'Eat Well for Less' recently I've really started to try and clamp down on the amount of food finding it's way to landfill...


Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Christmas in Leeds

When it comes to traditions at Christmas, I don't have many (unless you count always posting my cards on the last day and madly wrapping presents at midnight Christmas Eve), but I do always make time for a girly afternoon in Leeds in the week before Christmas and I do love going home...


Monday, 21 December 2015

Gift Guide Vol. 4 - Stocking Fillers

Happy Christmas week everyone! What an amazing month it has been so far and the best is still to come and with this Friday in mind it's time for the final installment of my gift guide and the all important stocking fillers...


Sunday, 20 December 2015

Mocktails & Cocktails

Tis the season to be jolly and over the next few weeks we will spend time socialising with friends and family, feasting on roast dinners and canapes and enjoying ice cold drinks by roaring fires as (hopefully) the snow starts to fall. But drinking doesn't always mean you have to have alcohol as these little mocktails demonstrate...


Saturday, 19 December 2015

The Christmas Tag

It's the last Saturday in December, which means it is time for the last of my Blogmas videos, sob. Tonight is a Christmas Tag video, the idea was to do 10 questions in 1o minutes, but I waffle, a lot!


Friday, 18 December 2015

Christmas Jumper Day 2015

It’s easy to forget the true sentiment of Christmas with all of the hype, glitz and glamour of the high street. Christmas is a great time for reflection and a great time to take stock of everything that we have and everything that we have achieved over the past 12 months, but it is also a great time to give something back to those that have helped us throughout the year and also to those we don’t know.


Thursday, 17 December 2015

Birchbox: The Birchbag Edition

For those of you out there that are regular visitors to this site, you may remember that I was rather unimpressed when November's box landed on my doorstep and I never really intended for these 'un-boxing' posts to become a regular feature, however, this months was a stroke of genius...


Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Staying Fit & Fab at Home

Holidays are coming and ready or not so is the food, the stress and all the fun. I am such a festive girl, I love the music, the traditions and the fact that it brings everyone together. But Christmas can be hard on your regime, especially if you're away from home, so here are a few tips to stay 'Fit & Fab' this Christmas time...


Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Luscious Winter Lips

There are two times of the year where I seemingly embrace lip products more than others; deepest darkest winter and the warm midsummer months. Here are my 'fantastic five' lip colours for this Winter...


Monday, 14 December 2015

Gift Guide Vol. 3 - Gifts for Him

The one person I always struggle to buy for, is the person I spend the majority of time with. The men in our lives always seem to be the hardest to buy for and I am pretty sure that they would say the same about us if asked. Today is all about the fellas, with a festive gift guide designed just for them...


Sunday, 13 December 2015

Winter Skin Made Simple

As much as I love those cold and crisp mornings, I hate what they do to my skin. Winter brings with it those biting winds that batter our skin on our daily commutes, we then crank up the central heating as soon as we get in and before you know it our skin is dull, dry and sore...


Saturday, 12 December 2015

Winter Makeup Haul

It's Saturday, so over Christmas at least that means it is time for a new video and this week it is time to cover off my Winter Makeup Haul featuring a little Kat Von D, Charlotte T and Maybelline...


Friday, 11 December 2015

Gift Guide Vol. 2 - Secret Santa

It's the present that we all probably dread buying, the Secret Santa gift! I've been on the receiving end of some pretty awful ones (baubles) and some pretty damn awesome ones (like the Next frame I got last year, thanks Becky!), but what's out there this year?


Thursday, 10 December 2015

Gift Guide Vol. 1 - Gifts for Her

I’m sure one of the few things that we all dread most about Christmas is finding suitable presents for our nearest and dearest. In part one of my Christmas gift guides I take a look at what is out there for the ladies.


Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Feeling Festive

Things are about to get all sparkly and festive here at Harmony Blaze HQ which got me thinking about all of those little things that get me feeling all festive at this time of year. So turn up Mariah and crack out the tinsel it's time to start feeling festive...


Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Avoiding the Bulge

It can be all too easy to put on a few extra pounds in the Winter, especially around Christmas time. Our offices are filled with chocolates and biscuits, our homes with fruitcakes and gingerbread and our plates with lovely starchy carbs. But if like me you'd rather not 'fluff' up this festive season here are a few tips for you...


Monday, 7 December 2015

Let's Get Lifting

There’s more to the gym than just the treadmill and tummy trimming, something that I never really realised until a few months ago. Since then I have stopped trying to cram as much cardio as I can into each day and started to pay more attention to lifting...


Sunday, 6 December 2015

My Christmas Party Makeup

If you're anything like me, on the night of the office Christmas Party you will have little time to transform yourself into a dancefloor diva and will need to turn to some of the most reliable products on the market to make sure you hit the mark.


Saturday, 5 December 2015

What's In My Handbag

We're all guilty of it, throwing everything bar the kitchen sink into our handbags, and I am no different. So today's post is (not very festive) look at what exactly I have stashed in my handbag.


Friday, 4 December 2015

The Christmas Party Edit

This weekend sees the start of one of the Christmas Party season and I'm fairly sure that at some point over the next few weeks we will all be pulling on our gladrags and sparkle as we celebrate the year's successes with our family, friends and loved ones.


Thursday, 3 December 2015

The Hennessy Gold Cup 2015

A few weeks ago I was very lucky to be invited to attend the last day of the Bet365 Festival at Newbury races after entering a competition online and I have to say I absolutely jumped at the opportunity to go as it was something that would be completely new to me...


Wednesday, 2 December 2015

My Heart Desires - December 2015 Edition

It's Christmas!!! A new month, brings with it a new wish list and if Santa just happens to be looking at this for last minute inspiration, here a few things I have my eye on at the moment...


Tuesday, 1 December 2015

My December

Happy December everyone! Be prepared for blog posts full of festive cheer, bad jokes and song lyrics over the next 31 days as I get into the festive spirit. It's time to take a look a what December has in store for me this year.


Monday, 30 November 2015

My Favourites - November 2015 Edition

We're almost into December so forgive me for making this months favourites a little bit festive! But before I go all out Christmas on you guys and storm head first into Blogmas (oh yes people, it's happening) I need to round off November with My Favourites.


Saturday, 28 November 2015

My 2015 Advent Calendar Picks

Once again it's coming up to the time of year where it is acceptable to eat chocolate before breakfast, but if like me you're not a massive chocolate fiend what else is out there for you? Well that's a very good question and one I may actually be able to answer...

Beauty Calendars really hit the scenes a few years ago now and have gone from strength-to-strength in terms of content and design. This year there seems to be more of the 12 day versions than ever before which is great because you can give them as gifts at Christmas and then the recipient can enjoy them over the traditional 12 days of Christmas... Just don't go expecting two Turtle Doves or five Gold Rings behind the doors!

There are so many options out there this year and of course many sell out the moment they hit the shelves but here are a few I've managed to find online and that I think most girlies would be happy to receive under the tree this Christmas.

The Ciate Mini Mani Calendar is the only full month option in my selection and I think it will always be in my top 5 options each year. Ciate nail products are second to none and behind each door you will find yourself a nail treat.

Another full month selection that is always at the top of my list is the annual Yankee Candle offering. The Reindeer Carousel is my favourite of this years and features a mixture of tealight and votive versions of the Christmas scents in store. 

One that is bound to be a firm favourite with beauty bloggers is the Lush 12 Days of Christmas calendar. I love that this is designed to look like a, albeit huge, book and it has some wonderful detailing on the box. Inside you will find year round favourites such as The Comforter and their Yuzu & Cocoa Shower Creams alongside some of their seasonal treats. I don't want to give too much away but you might even find Five Gold rings in here!

I have finally embraced the world of Charlotte Tilbury and as a result I am majorly lusting after her Book of Make-up Magic selection. Over the course of 12 days you will learn some her beauty secrets and find eleven products you will currently find in stores and exclusively receive her new product due for launch in January. The most expensive of my picks, but worth every penny!

FeelUnique.com is one of my favourite sites when it comes to stocking up on my makeup, with its fantastic selection of low, mid & high-end products just a click away at all times, so it is unsurprisingly one of my picks this year. The 12 Days of Unique Beauty calendar houses products for skin and hair as well as makeup making this the most varied calendar in my selection this year.

Finally, the bloggers choice. All hail queen Tanya. Tanya Burr is an inspiration to many, including me, her never say never attitude, her hard work and her achievements to date have won her a place in the hearts of many. I love her new range (her Aphrodite Lip Gloss is definitely an everyday favourite of mine) and so when I saw she was doing a calendar too I just had to have a look. Deck the Hauls is another mini calendar version which houses twelve Tanya Burr Cosmetics products and it looks the cutest on the shelf!

So there you have it! What calendar will you have on the mantlepiece this year? Let me know below and I'll catch up with you again soon. Until then though x

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Thursday, 26 November 2015

My Fitness Diary - November 2015 Edition

As the penultimate month of 2015 draws to a close I have decided to give 'My Fitness Diary' a little make over. It's the usual roundup of all things health and fitness in a new, hopefully more logical, layout...


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

My Threads, Treads & Treats - November 2015 Edition

In the second to last Threads, Treads & Treats of the year, it's time to take two minutes and look back over what I have been wearing, where I have been visiting and what I have been treating myself to this month...


Sunday, 22 November 2015

My Winter Style Picks

Suddenly over the past few days the Arctic chill that we all associate with UK Winter time has taken hold of our weather front and many of us have seen the first snowfall of the season. My style always evolves over Winter, it has to of course, but with this in mind I thought I'd share some of my favourite pieces for Autumn/ Winter 2015...


Saturday, 21 November 2015

My Fall Favourites

I love Autumn, I love the colours, the cold and crisp mornings and the cosy nights in. I also love wearing darker shades on my eyes, creating deep sumptuous lips and sweeping a light flush of colour over the cheeks and that's where my Fall Favorites come in...


Thursday, 19 November 2015

My Birchbox Unboxing - November 2015 Edition

I was really looking forward to the delivery of this months Birchbox thanks to their collaboration with SkinnyDip London and the selection of products online from which mine would be chosen. However, my excitement was short lived when I opened the box...


Sunday, 15 November 2015

My Five Minute Makeup Essentials

We've all had those days where seemingly no matter how much thought and effort you put into being prepared, the alarm doesn't go off, you oversleep and have to be out of the door in next five minutes, either that or if you're like me you take way too long in the shower and then end up having no time for makeup!


Thursday, 12 November 2015

My Product Test - LQ Hair & Nails

You will often find me rambling about Protein on here when it comes to what I am eating and in relation to keeping fit and healthy. But I don’t think I’ve mentioned it in connection with warding off the early signs of aging...

Collagen is a Protein that is naturally produced within our skin and alongside elastin it helps to keep us looking younger for longer. However, as we get a little bit older we start to struggle to produce the same levels that we could when we were in our teens and we start to look a little tired, wrinkled and generally older.

LQ Skin, Hair & Nails supplements may not look anything special but they are packed full of something very special indeed; pure marine collagen. This liquid formula gets collagen straight into the bloodstream and the deeper layers of skin where it is craved so much, however, although LQ taste’s better than other supplement drinks, the Passion Fruit flavour is extremely sharp so it is definitely a down in one shot drink!

I was lucky enough to try LQ out for a week (each box from Holland & Barrett will keep you going for 10 days) and although I’m not sure that you could see any difference in the tone of my skin, I could definitely feel my nails & hair were stronger and looking healthier than ever, with much less breakage.

One thing I learnt from LQ is that there is an antioxidant called Resveratrol that helps to reduce wrinkles, which can be found in LQ alongside Hyaluronic Acid too. But Resveratrol is also in Red Wine which surely means it now cures everything from heart disease to getting old?

Back on point (sorry but you know I have a habit of digressing), overall I thought LQ was a good product, yes the flavour is a little overpowering, but other than that there were very few negatives and I like the small shot bottles it comes in because they are so travel friendly.

LQ Skin, Hair & Nails can be found in your local Holland and Barrett or online for just £29.99 which may seem a little steep, but let’s face it we only get one body; we need to look after it.

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Keeping That Summer Glow

Looking at this picture from my time in Sorrento this summer actually makes me feel a little sad. Why? Just look at the colour of those little hot dogs I call legs! It's no secret that at this time of year we can all begin to feel a bit tired, a bit dull and develop the desire to become a hedgehog...


Thursday, 5 November 2015

My Travel Diary - Sandman Signature Newcastle

It's got to that time of year where I need to use my holidays up at work and take a well earned rest, or two, so last week I headed up for a few days in Newcastle and in particular the Sandman Signature Hotel...


Tuesday, 3 November 2015

My Heart Desires - November 2015 Edition

Ah there's no better way to start than a little window shopping and label lusting, so let me take the pressure off with the latest edition of My Heart Desires...


Sunday, 1 November 2015

My November

I'm not quite sure how it's November already, this year has flown by and I know I have said that every month but it really has! But November is always one of my favourite months and here's why...


Saturday, 31 October 2015

My Favourites - October 2015

So as October comes to what feels like an abrupt end it's time to reflect on what has been putting a great big smile on my face this month from the worlds of fashion, beauty and for this month at least technology...


Friday, 30 October 2015

Poison Ivy

Hubble bubble toil and trouble, it's almost Halloween boys and girls and if you're looking for a little last minute inspiration I've got your back! Every day this week I have seen monstrous queue outside Xtras, girls ransacking the BarryM stands and many a bored looking boyfriend all in the name of fancy dress...


Thursday, 29 October 2015

My Fitness Diary - October 2015 Edition

Good evening and welcome to another thrilling installment of my monthly fitness diary where I ramble on in a pretty organised manner about all things health, fitness and wellbeing from the last for weeks...


Wednesday, 28 October 2015

My Threads, Treads & Treats - October 2015 Edition

As October comes to an end it is time for me to share with you just what I've been wearing, where I've been and what I have treated myself to this month. Yes that's right people it's time for this month's Threads, Treads & Treats...


Sunday, 25 October 2015

Introducing Superdry Sport

I don't think there is many things that motivate me to get my ass in the gym more than new kit. I mean there's no point buying it if you're not going to use it is there? So when I heard that one of my favourite brands on the planet was launching a new range of fitness wear, I just had to get my hands on it...


Saturday, 24 October 2015

My Empties Post - Volume 2

So recently we decided to redecorate the bathroom which in turn led to a little bit of a clear out of my make up shelves and inevitably finding one or two empties hidden away that hadn't quite found their way to that great big makeup mage in the sky...

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