Top 5 Health & Fitness Apps | Health Kick Series

I've been on a bit of a 'health kick', this year; clean eating, extended workouts, attempting to start a little light weight-training, upping my protein intake...2014 is the year I really decided to take things seriously, for health reasons. It hasn't been the smoothest of rides, so far, but with the ever-growing number of health & fitness apps available right on my iPhone are making it a little easier, so I figured I'd throw together a little list of my favourites, for anyone who's looking to start/continue along their own healthy journey.
My Fitness Pal
Although I'm pretty sure everyone's probably heard of this app, by now, I couldn't quite bring myself to do a health & fitness post without including it.
In case you don't know, My Fitness Pal is a website which you can use to track your calorie intake (and expenditure) every day, and this app allows you to sync your mobile to your online diary, meaning you can search and add your foods and exercise whilst on-the-go. You can also track your macros (read: carbs, proteins, and fats) daily, which is pretty handy if you're trying to build muscle etc.
The My Fitness Pal app is available for free, on iPhone, Android, Windows phones and Blackberry, here.
This is, by far, my favourite fitness app. Created by the founder of POPilates on YouTube, Cassey Ho, this app allows you free access to all her POP Pilates, POP HIIT, and stretching routines, all on one easy platform, as well as easy organisation of all her clean-eating recipes (which are also available on
The best feature, as far as I'm concerned, however, is the inbuilt workout calendar.  For just 69p per month, you can download a 30 days' worth of recommended workouts, devised by Cassey herself, which incorporate HIIT, toning, and stretching videos, to really encourage your body to burn fat and develop muscle.
The Blogilates app is available for free, on both the iTunes App Store, here, and Android App Store, here.
Previously known as 'GymPact', it's an app which asks you to commit to working out for just 30 minutes/day, for however many days you choose to commit to. For every day you workout, you get some money, and if you miss your number of workouts for the week, you pay a penalty (the amount of which you decide). There's a motion detector, for those of us who prefer at-home workouts, or you can use the app to check in to your gym, and can sync it to a number of different apps, so you don't run the risk of your workout being discounted.
Personally, as I used to struggle to 'find time' for cardio, I find this gives me the extra incentive to workout, and generally make about $10/month just from something I should be doing, anyway.
Also allows syncing with other apps, which makes meeting your 30 minutes much easier.
Pact is free for both iPhone and Android, here.
Nike Training Club
Nike Training Club is my absolute go-to for at-home workouts that really get your heart pumping; you simply select your goal; toning, gaining strength, melting fat, and select a routine that targets the area you're most looking to work. The app lets you preview all the moves, and you complete a few rounds of circuit training (the number of which varies, depending on your workout length). The app even gives you an estimated calorie burn, and you can unlock bonus content, the more you use the app. 
The only downside to the app is that some of the workouts do ask you to use some equipment that you might not have at home - medicine balls, dumbells, etc.
Nike Training Club is available for free, from both the iTunes Store and Android App Store, here.
RunKeeper is an app that allows you to use your phone's GPS to track your walking, cycling, running, swimming, skating, and rowing, amongst other activities, and tracks your distance, time, and calorie-burn. You can even sync it to your My Fitness Pal account, to automatically account for it in your daily calorie intake.
RunKeeper isfree, and is available for both Android and iPhones, here.
What are your favourite health and fitness apps? 

My Summer Skin Go-To: Garnier Miracle Skin Cream | Product Review

I've said it before, and I'll probably say it again; I am a sucker for a gimmick. I love it when a product makes bold claims, and nine times out of ten, the marketing ploy works, and I make an impulse purchase. I'm basically any advertising exec's dream consumer.
Naturally, then, when I spotted reviews of Garnier's latest 'miracle skin cream', I found myself grabbing a tube from the shelves at my local Boots on my latest shopping trip, eager to see for myself how much of a 'miracle' this cream could possibly be.
I don't have much experience with Garnier's products, generally, aside from their Micellar Water (review here), which I love, and the price is a little more than I'd generally pay for this kind of product, but the cream is a lightly tinted moisturiser (think Origins' VitaZing, on the high street), which I convince myself I'll use all the time during the summer months, instead of foundation. Plus, I adore anti-ageing products, generally, so I take the £12.99 plunge.
I was vaguely horrified when I first applied the moisturiser to my skin, I must admit; it looked so orange...but, in the time it took me to reach for a face wipe, the product had had a chance to settle, and the results were, well, pretty impressive, actually. I'm not a fan of 'dewy' finishes, and Garnier's 'Miracle Cream' is far more subtle than that; it really does look like your natural skin, just slightly smoother, and with a bit of a natural glow. It's lightweight, and would be perfect for the warmer months, and can be used in place of foundation (I've been using it with just a slick of concealer for a couple of weeks, now).
In fact, the only downside I can see, at all, is that it's not particularly long-wearing, and does go a little patchy at the end of a long day. Not ideal, but then, if you're not spending a good 8 hours in your university library every day, like me, it's hardly a huge problem.

Overall?  I'd definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a light coverage base for the summer, it's very light on the skin. Not great for anyone with serious imperfections, though, or those of us who need a good 12+ hour base.
Garnier Miracle Skin Cream is available from Boots stores nationwide, or on their website, here, for an RRP of £12.99.
What's your favourite spring/summer base? Do you fall into the trap of 'gimmicky' products?
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