Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
Monday, 6 September 2010
Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
Thursday, 2 September 2010
Using the eyeshadows over a black base gave a different depth to the colour and gave them a flip effect, catching the light really nicely (can't see it with my camera on these piccies unfortunately!)
I hope you like...
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
I hope everyone is well. I've got a few FOTDs that I would like to share with you so be prepared for an onslaught! This is the first one I'd like to show you....this is a very quick mid-week evening look I did. I love this colour even though I don't use it very much (really need to start making an effort to start using all my colours!).
Urban Decay Liquid Liner in Perversion
I hope you like....
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
So I made a really yummy dinner tonight which I think is my new favourite thing. Chicken (again.......) with roasted mixed peppers and red onion, all roasted with half a tin of chopped tomatoes and mixed herbs. I am trying to make sure I drink plenty of water and try and feel as best I can for my big night out on Saturday, especially as I bought a new dress today and want to feel good.
On the exercise front I may have been a wee bit too eager as it would appear after several days of badminton I seem to have shin splints which are really frickin sore! Think I need to be careful and not so over zealous.
Anyway, roll on Thursday and hopefully the scales will have some good news for me!
Wish me luck......xx
Hope everyone is well and you're all having a good week so far. Just wanted to post this quick FOTD from Sunday. We were out for a friends birthday and it was Sunday so didn't want to go too crazy scary with the colours! I suppose this is a toned down Kim Kardashian type eye, obviously I'm nothing like her (apart from bum size) but I do really like her makeup, always fabulous.
The face products are the same as the Double Winged Liner FOTD. (I took this picture super quick as i was running out the door - dunno what I am doing with my mouth here, weird!)
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Naked Lunch (inner corner and brow highlight)
MAC e/s in Bronze
MAC e/s in Woodwinked (crease and lower lashes)
MAC Kohl in Smolder
Urban Decay Liquid Liner
Hope you like girlees....
Ta for now.....xx
Sunday, 1 August 2010
So I took my tablets went to bed, had a lie in and got up feeling pretty fresh and very functional. So much so that I didn't have naughty hangover dinner that I would normally have and actually had grilled chicken and a big salad for my tea. Now I realise this might not sound ground-breaking but believe you me, for me it truly is!!! I was very proud of myself indeed!!!
This self-righteousness will be short lived as I'm starting to get ready to head out for a friends birthday this evening........let's hope I will be as good tomorrow as I was yesterday......here's hoping!!
Ta for now hunnies......xx
Hope you like it chickees............xx
I wanted to post this FOTD that I wore out last Saturday night. It's colour heavy but I quite like it, hope you do too...
Saturday, 31 July 2010
Only a few products used here. Dior HydraAction tinted moisturiser, bronzer, MAC e/s in Bronze, a slick of black liner and mascara (think it's Too Faced Lash Injection). The lipgloss is Estee Lauder in Ginger Fizz.
Hope you like........xx
Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Base (love this)
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Hope you like girlees.......xx
Not been as strict as I should have been this week although I am still trying to keep my carbs to a minimum (except last Saturday night when I had a hangover and a load of yummy starchy carbs fell into my mouth!). My current favourite meal is seasoned chicken breast with roasted red, green and yellow peppers with red onion and courgette, very tasty and filling and very healthy. My water intake is so much better than it ever was and that coupled with all the fresh vegetables has had a great impact on my skin. It is so much clearer and I have had quite a few compliments which is lovely.
Also I've been working hard in the gym and playing badminton. I have had two really awesome sessions with my personal trainer who I have decided to continue seeing each week. She's been doing lots of core strength and posture work with me which is starting to make quite a difference (my posture is awful, very round shouldered and tummy muscles have just not been switched on before now).
So chicks that's where I'm up to. Stay tuned for next Thursday and wish me luck!
Friday, 23 July 2010
I have fortnightly acrylics, I'm not blessed enough to have lovely elegant nails that I can paint pretty colours like many of the beautiful beauty bloggers out there (believe me I'm very jealous). I have short stumpy sausage-like man fingers and to make matters worse I have nails that will not, despite any amount of vitamins and potions, grow to any decent length. So quite some time ago I resorted to acrylics and I can never go back, EVER! I know they aren't good for your natural nails but I yearn for lovely long elegant nails that don't break (generally mine don't, it was just sod's law because my nail girl was out of the country and I won't go to anyone else)
I love seeing all the gorgeous new colours and textures the other lovely bloggers are showing off while I just stick to my usual french manicure.....although I do change the tone of the white tips and the shape from time to time - how exciting! (hmmmm, maybe not)
I realise that was all pretty boring but I just had to vent.....
Ta for now chickees....xx
Thursday, 22 July 2010
I have two Hen weekends coming up, one right after the other I haven't been to a Hen do for years, apart from my own last year, and now I've got 2 together, seriously?! Anyhow, I want to get as much of a I can before then so I have altered my diet a little just for these two weeks. I am now replacing either my breakfast or lunch with a protein shake. It's high in protein, got next to zero carbs, very few calories and fills me up, it actually tastes nice too, just strawberry milkshake.
So that's how I'm doing, hopefully it will keep going the right direction!!
Monday, 19 July 2010
So next PT session was booked for today at 1pm............get to the gym buzzing and rearing to go and lo and behold I'm told she's off today! Are you flippin kidding me?!?! Now maybe she made a wee mistake with her diary and if she did that's fine but seriously...they are supposed to be trying to appease me with all this not make me crosser! She's back in work on Wednesday so will sort it with her then...hopefully. Until then it's me and my new BFF Power Plate. I am going to be vibrating so bad I won't be able to sit still...lol!
Got to go ... my cat seems to be throwing up in the corner, nice!
So it's my self-imposed Weigh Day and good news all - I have 3 lbs off this week - woop woop!!! And I'm also very happy to report that I have lost an inch of my tummy and hips - more woops!!! I have been behaving although I do think I could be a tad stricter with my diet choices but as it stands I'm happy and the scales are going in the right direction. Even more shockingly for me is that I am really starting to enjoy exercising and going to the gym. That's mega big news for me!!
I'm feeling positive and very encouraged after a good weeks results. Long may it continue except that I'm a wee bit nervous as I have three nights out planned now but I will try to be as careful as I can (although under the influence of cocktails not sure how that will play out...) Oh well, just have to make a super big effort from Monday and do my thing in the gym......GRRRR!!!!!
Toodles peeps.....and wish me luck.....xx
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Currently I am favouring four tans (frick that sounds a lot). I have weekend tans and midweek tans, that's how much time I spend tanning....or thinking about tanning. I don't know whether it's my pale Irish skin or the living in Liverpool (sorry Liverpool ladies I love you millions but tanning is crazeeeee in this part of the world) or maybe it's a mix of the two.
Anyhoo....my weekend tan alternates between Xen Tan Deep Bronze Luxe and my newest discovery Vita Liberata Rich Silken Chocolate. I like a dark tan and both of these deliver just that.
Xen Tan (£26.95) is lovely, smells gorgeous (The Husband is always complaining about tan stink), gorgeous olivey colour, applies easily and without streaks and fades very evenly.
Vita Liberata (£25) is a relatively new Irish make (have to support my fellow country peeps). There is no smell at all with this, honestly. And, it dries really really quickly. I find that all other brands stay a little tacky on my skin, but not this one. You could even go straight out (and I have) with this one on and it doesn't transfer either. The colour is very similar to Xen Tan, olivey, natural and not a flouro tango head in sight.
My midweek tan is St.Moritz. Been plenty of talk already about this one but at less than £3 it's my mid-week go to. It would cost me a fortune if I was using the other two all week every week! Good dark colour (I usually do two coats though), smells fine and lasts and fades pretty well. Certainly cannot complain at that price.
Lastly is St.Tropez Rapide Face. As it says on the tin it's for your face. The colour is good, I don't find it too heavy and it doesn't clog my pores like many others do and is quite moisturising. I use this probably every other night to keep a little glow going.
I will definitely continue to use each of these tans....rather that than real sun and premature wrinkles ladies!
I hope this helps chickees, get glowing safely......xx
Needless to say I had very stern words with the gym manager. Telling him that this sort of behaviour would not look favourable on my blog may have made him a wee bit nervous and after giving out buckets about the extortionate gym fees I pay, as an apology, he offered me two free personal training appointments. He doesn't need to know that The Husband has already organised my training plan, if they want to give me free things who am I to say no?! So tomorrow I will partake in my first personal training freebie. Good stuff!
I hate cardio, I get so bored. Even with my Ipod on I have the attention span of a goldfish so I am using a range of different machines (cross trainer , treadmill, StairMaster) as well as varying the pace so that I don't get (as) bored. At the end I always use the PowerPlate to stretch out - I find this great for stretching out my legs and they are never sore the next day.
I have also signed up for some classes, mainly for the variety and to keep me interested. I had a PowerPlate class this morning, well I would have if the trainer had turned up so I just tried different things on my own. I'm doing Body Pump tomorrow (God help me!) and Fit2Flex class on Thursday. I am also starting to play badminton again. This may sound like a lot but I figure the more different things I do the more interested and exciting it will be and also my body won't get used to doing the same exercise over and over again.
I have taken all my measurements (arms, bust, tummy, hips, legs) so that as well as charting my weight loss I will be able to see inch loss too. I'm never gong to be a skinny girl, I'm a curvy girl, which I love, I have boobs and a big bum. If I can get to a healthy weight (my BMI says I need to lose 4 stone - scary!!!) and get in proportion I will be a very happy chickee!!!
So wish me luck and I will keep you up to date. I'd love to hear from you ...xx
Sunday, 11 July 2010
Anyhooo, I have just about run out of my lovely Dior HydraAction Skin Tint. I have been looking for something similar as it's a wee bit on the pricey side for something that will end up running down my face so I thought I would give the Nivea tinted moisturiser a go and at only £3 I don't have much to lose. It only comes in one colour, Natural, which is a bit on the pale side if I have any tan on but otherwise is fine. The coverage is actually pretty good, it evens my skin tone, feels comforting and remarkably a lot if it still remains on my face after a gym sesh. All in all, pretty impressed.
So these are the products I use for a super quick and easy gym face, takes me five minutes and I feel a little less scary for it.
Nivea Tinted Day Cream in Natural
MAC MSF Natural
MAC Sheertone Blush in Springsheen
Urban Decay e/s in Sin (I Love this!)
MAC Eyeliner in Coffee
L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara
Anyway chicks...off to the gym I go!! xx
I really have to share how impressed I am with this. I have to be totally honest and say that I had no great expectations for this despite how many good reviews I have read. I bought three of the products about a month ago; the Multi Intensive Serum, Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream and Wrinkle Stop and OMG...very impressed indeed!
I am definitely most impressed with the Multi Intensive Serum. I had been having problems with my skin for a couple of months with dry and slightly inflamed patches, especially my right cheek for some reason, which no amount of exfoliating (gentle or otherwise) would sort and my normally trusty Estee Lauder Day Wear Plus was just not cutting it. All things considered I was testing my new products under pretty harsh conditions.
According to the label you can use the Serum on its own or under your moisturiser. For the most part I have found this to work well on it's own but on the days I have needed a little extra help I have applied a tiny amount of the Day Cream only where needed. Result - dry patches are gone and my skin is much more even toned and definitely firmer and clearer. For £3,49 I think this is beyond awesome and have been telling anyone who will listen about it.
The Wrinkle Stop contains SYN-AKE, a synthetic snake venom which replicates the effects of Botox, all be it on a much reduced scale. To be fair I have not been using this religiously (it says use morning and evening), I have been using it once a day on most days. Still I am impressed. I do see and slight tightening and increased smoothness on my forehead and around the eye area.
In terms of all the products, for someone who can have slightly sensitive skin I am impressed and will continue to use these products. I have also heard that Aldi have an under eye brightener similar to Touch Eclat but in a wider selection of colours which I want to try so will do a review on that at some point soon. I find Touche Eclat to be a little grey on my skin so keen to see how Aldi compare.
I would love to know if any of you have tried these and what your thoughts are.
I started last week trying to really step up with the healthy eating and exercising. I didn't do too badly considering I had 3 nights out, one of which involved a very nice dinner out. I lost 1.5 lbs which wasn't too bad but I intend to do much better this week.
I am following the principles of Slimming World but without attending the class. I have done it a few times before so I know how to do it and I know people tell how great the classes are but I can't always commit to a set class and am not paying for not going! As most of you know and for those who don't the main principles consist of Red or Green days (there is the Extra Easy too but this doesn't work as well for me). Red days are simply higher in protein with a small measured amount of carbs and Green days are higher in carbs with a small measured amount of protein. Of course (most) vegetables and fruit are unlimited and it is recommended that you fill up with these You can also have treats which I limit in the week as much as I can so that I can relax at the weekends. For me the Red days seem to work better for me; high protein low carb. Carbs are my enemy but I love them but reducing them does help shift my weight a little faster and really reduces bloating (that's such a lovely word).
Also, I will be aiming to be in the gym or at least using my Wii Fit 5 days a week. My husband has done a work out plan for me as he and his friend (a former Mr UK) do quite a bit of weight training. Between them they have lots of good advice and tips and tricks but I will tell you about these later in the week.
Thursday will be my Weigh Day (woo!) so I will share my progress with you and also some daily meal plans and any nifty wee recipes I think will be useful.
Wish me luck.....xx
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Tomorrow I will to do a proper post on what diet plan I'm (trying) to follow.
Ta for now chickees...x
Tuesday, 6 July 2010
Just a wee introductory post for now. I have been intending to start this blog for soooo long now but with one thing or another I didn't get round to it. It won't be rocket science just my musings on life, girly things - mostly makeup (whoop!) and (cue scary music)......dieting.
I'm hoping this will be an outlet for the seriousness and stress of everyday life and I am really hoping that it will be (hoping for a miracle here) a way to jump start my shocking lack of motivation to lose a little (ok lot of) weight - believe you me I need to but more on that another time.
So I'm talking about weight loss here while I'm just about to go get ready for a wee evening out...naughty beverages will be had.......maybe I'll start the diet tomorrow....(you will see this as being a major pattern/problem in my world!
Toodles for now peeps and I would love any support, tips or encouragement along the way....xx