Skin saviour: Lush Mask of Magnaminty

I’m always reluctant to say a product has cleared up my skin. There are so many factors at play and I’ve tried so many things – and had so many false dawns!

Basically your skin will do what it wants, but there’s a certain amount you can do to help it out. For me, that’s where this mask comes in.

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The battle of the Fitbits: One vs Zip

Fitbit trackers are everywhere at the moment, but you don’t hear as much about the Fitbit One or the Fitbit Zip.

The beauty of both of these is that you don’t wear them on your wrist. Wearing a tracker on my wrist wouldn’t work for me, so it’s great to have one which you can clip on to your belt or bra.

Since I’ve used them both now, I thought it would be interesting to compare them. Hopefully this helps if you’ve been thinking of taking the plunge!

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Review: Reasons to Stay Alive

I love books about wellbeing. I guess, like most of us, I’m always looking for ways to get the most out of life.

Reasons to Stay Alive, by Matt Haig, came with some pretty hefty celebrity endorsements. Joanna Lumley said it was a potentially life-changing masterpiece. Expectations don’t come much higher than that!

What this book does really well is describe depression for those of us who haven’t experienced it. Haig talks at length about his personal experiences, in vivid language which gives you a sense of what a black hole depression can be.

What it does less well is provide those promised ‘reasons to stay alive.’ Haig talks about things which helped him, but the book definitely focuses on the illness rather than recovery.

No one can truly understand what it’s like to have any illness, unless they have it. But this book really brings depression to life, and could be helpful to anyone trying to understand what a friend or relative is going through.

As for those ‘reasons to stay alive’? I guess I’ll have to buy another book.

The important bit: if you’re struggling with your mental health, you can call Samaritans at any time in the UK on 116 123.

 

Diary of a lazy girl #2: Fitbit Zip review

Fitness trackers are one of the year’s big health trends, and the Fitbit Zip is the perfect introduction.

The Zip is one of the cheapest trackers at around £45. It’s a small tamagotchi type device, which comes with a rubber clip so you can wear it under your clothes rather than flaunting a wristband.

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Primarily the Zip is all about steps. It counts these and calculates mileage and calorie burn, based on your height and weight. There’s also an emoji which gets happier the more active you are.

You can sync your Zip to most newer mobile devices via Bluetooth. The free app is where the tracker comes into its own – showing you your performance over time and letting you enter challenges with Fitbit-owning friends. You can log food, exercise and water intake as with most fitness apps.

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So why buy a tracker rather than use a free app? The beauty of a wearable is that it’s with you all the time, logging every step without relying on you taking your phone everywhere.

I’ve had my Zip for almost a year, and it’s definitely encouraged me to be more active. It’s small size, well-designed app and long battery life (6 months) all make the Fitbit Zip a great choice if you’re looking to take your first step into tracking.