Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Weightloss Wednesday- Feeling Positive

Well folks, it's been a wee while!

I had a couple of weeks off work on holiday and I really enjoyed it. I ate and drank what I wanted and, at the end, I put on 4lb

I actually really think that this was good for my motivation and, in turn, my weightloss because straight away, I was back on to counting points with more enthusiasm and drive than before and ended up losing the 4lb the very next week.

I was not, however, looking forward to yesterday's weigh in. Saturday night brought Pizza and Prosecco and I was less than frugal with my points.
But low and behold, I lost 1lb.

That Brings me to -3.5 stone  or -49lb of you are that way inclined!

Me- November to Now


I was so chuffed with myself yesterday and it once again spurred me on to continue!

I know I keep saying it but, little slip ups and breaks are OK as long as you get back on after!

This is the most amount of weight I've ever lost and the thinnest I've been in years (still a way to go but getting there!). I fully attribute it to my head Space and my ability to get over it and forgive my little foodie transgressions.

So I'm going to leave you with my food of the week.

This week is the DDC Rocky Rice Bars.

They are basically Puffed Rice, covered in chocolate and at 4 Smart Points and 95cals they are honestly fab at curbing the Chocolate craving and quite filling too!



Thursday, 21 April 2016

Weightloss..... Thursday!

Hi Folks!

Been a wee bit slack this past week with blogposts and missed last week's weight loss Wednesday post so I thought I'd do a quick update.

So, I've been off work on holiday for about 10 days and decided not to track. I have eaten so much crap, so was dreading stepping on the scales on Tuesday.

But low and behold I had lost 2.75lb taking me to -3stone 5lb.

It just goes to show that it does catch up.
I am still being naughty though, I'm currently back home and have eaten out for every meal so I do anticipate a gain next Tuesday.

I just wanted to share a wee Non -Scale Victory with you.

I was so anxious to fly on Tuesday. Flybe planes are not the most forgiving for the larger frame. I got on the flight and honestly, I was so much more comfortable than I have been in so long. Long story short, my arse actually fit in the seat Haha!
This has really given me a boost for next time I fly alone and will help with my anxiety about it!

I hope you are enjoying this wee spell of sunshine. I certainly am!


Sunday, 10 April 2016

Soap and Glory Archery 2 in 1 Brow Pencil and Brush Review

Hello all!

Today's post is another wee review, this time it's on the Soap and Glory Brow Archery pencil in Brownie Points.

This is a fine pencil on one end and a spoolie on the other. A lot of people have claimed this to be a dupe for the, very popular, Anastasia Brow Wiz but a lot cheaper. Now I've never tried it but on looks alone it looks very similar.




The Pencil

Like I say above the product is a very thin, twist up pencil on one side and a rather good spoolie on the other. The product is quite a dry, hard pencil but don't let that put you off, it just means you can control how much or how little you put on with ease and mimic hairs, for a more natural brow. The spoolie is so handy on the other end and it's a nice, dense one which is really useful for brushing the product through or before you apply.




The Colour

I got the shade 'Brownie Points', this is a mid-toned medium brown. It's not fully grey and ashy but it's definitely not warm and red, which makes it perfect for most mid-dark brunettes or even blondes if you like to darken your brows a little. It does come across a little warmer in the swatch picture than it is in reality.
 For me, I think I'd like it in the darker shade as my hair is a lot darker than my brows and I like to match them a little more. It looked very natural on me but I prefer a bit more of a full on look.  There are only Three shades in the range, which is annoying, but if you can make one work for you then give it a go.

Left brow filled in using the pencil and right brow Natural. (screen shot from video hence the durp face)



The Wear

I had no issues with fading or anything. I wore it for about 12 hours each time I wore it and it stayed in place.


Overall

I do like this, especially for more natural days, it's really affordable, the spoolie is fab and I'll keep using it, If I do replace it, I'll probably get the darker shade.

If you'd like to see me applying it, check out my video here.


Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Weightloss Wednesdays- Getting my Mojo back!

Hello folks!

This week is an altogether more positive tale!

I'm going to jump right in and say, after putting on 1.25lb last week, I've lost 2lb this week!!! That brings my total down to 3st 2.75 lb! Yay!!!!



So how did I do it? I hear you ask...

Well truth be told, I just got back on my Weight Watchers plan.

I tracked everything (aside from maybe a couple of vodkas on Sat night- sssh), I got back to eating at home for dinner and trying to bring my own lunch into work and, despite it being my 'heavy' week, It worked!

NSV (Non Scale Victory)

My NSV this week was that people have mentioned it a bit more. 'have you lost weight' and 'you can really tell you've lost a lot of weight' was mentioned a couple of times. I know I shouldn't look to others for validation and believe me, I'm not! But I can deny that it does feel good when people notice.

My goal for the week

I really want to start doing some regular exercise. 5 days a week I walk about 20 mins to and from buses/work but aside from that I've been doing very little exercise.
it is relevant... I walk past these when I go to the bus Haha! 


 I'm terrified of losing loads of weight and having a ridiculous amount of loose skin. And while I know that I will inevitably have some, I wanted try do all I can to minimise. Even if it's a few squats, sit ups, maybe some light weights, or even an extra walk or two, I really want to introduce something.

Aside from the cosmetic benefits, I want to get a bit fitter too!


So I'll check back in next week and let you know how I get on!

Any tips for me?

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation Review

Hi folks! I hope ye are all well on this fine Sunday! (or whatever day you are reading this!)

Today I have a wee review for you on the Newest Foundation release from Maybelline- The Dream Velvet Foundation and I have the colour 01 Natural.



The Packaging

It comes in a squeeze tube and the packaging is nice a sleek, it doesn't offend me or excite me but it's nice. The colour of the tube reflects the colour of the foundation which is handy.



The Colour

01- Natural seems to be the lightest shade and it is definitely on the yellow side. I have quite the pink face but it does seem to blend in OK and neutralise my redress so as long as I blend it down my neck then it is fine for me.



The Formula

Maybelline bills this as a Hydrating- Matte foundation and states that it's a 'gel- whipped formula'. The texture is very whipped but I'm not sure I agree with the hydrating aspect. It definitely clings to my dry bits- an issue I've had with nearly every Maybelline foundation I've tried. It goes on really smoothly and it is matte but I still needed to set it with a powder as it takes a long time to set, if it does set fully at all.
It doesn't do well with cream products over it, it tends to go a bit chunky but it's fine with powder blush and bronzer etc.

The Coverage

The coverage, I would say, is medium-full and slightly buildable but don't try to build it up too much as it does slip around a little so stippling it on helps with this.

The Longevity

I've tried this out on and off for 3 weeks and each time it has not wowed me. It starts to break down on my nose first after not much over an hour. It fades at my jawline and forehead and just doesn't last well at all, it goes very patchy. I really wouldn't recommend for long wear.
Another bone of contention for me was, it settled into my fine lines and wrinkles *cries into pillow dramatically*. I have started to get some very definite lines and the last thing I want is for my foundation to highlight this, this definitely did that to me.

Ignore the face but this was my nose after a full days wear with topped up powder at least twice. You can see that it's rubbed off on and around the nose and it's back to it's pinky glory haha! 

This is my face overall after 10 hours wear. I'm comparing it to my normal, Rimmel, foundation and it didn't hold up well at all. 




Overall

I was not impressed with this foundation, it has a good price point (£7.99), applies nicely and has decent coverage. If you have a normal skin or younger skin then it might be for you but it certainly didn't suit my ageing (sobs!), combination skin whatsoever.

If you want to see me apply and chat about it then take a look here.




Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Weightloss Wednesdays- To be expected

So folks, I'm not doing well on this motivation crap am I?

This past weekend was Easter (incase you missed the 35million Easter egg adverts!) and my goodness did I enjoy myself.

I had the most relaxing, chilled, indulgent weekend I've had in a long long time and I'll tell you why it was still good for my health.



It was good for my mental health. Not constantly tracking, counting and weighing. I prepared myself for a gain this week and decided to write off the long weekend; eating chocolate, drinking prosecco and enjoying time with my boyfriend without the worry of 'how many points is in this' or dreading stepping on the scales yesterday.

I said to myself 'as long as you stay under or at the -3St mark it's grand! And you know what? I did! I've gained 1.25lb meaning I've still lost 3st 0.75lb.

One thing my little hiatus did teach me was, how much I missed it! I missed eating decent food and showing myself I have discipline. I did also feel bloated and lethargic at times but yesterday was a new day. I'm back on it, refreshed, enthusiastic and looking forward to the next part of my weightloss journey (cringe).

So since this has been a load of text and very little pictures, please enjoy this pic of me from good Friday with a random tree!



Sunday, 27 March 2016

MUA Sweet Sheen Lip Balm Review

Not that you can tell by today's weather but spring is springing! And with that, for me, comes lighter and brighter makeup which always starts with my lips.

I purchased the Coral Reef version of this MUA Sweet Sheen Lip Balm last year and I have recently re-discovered it and been using it like mad so I also decided to pick up French Violet as I was feeling a purply vibe. 

Here are my thoughts on the pair.

Coral Reef and French Violet

The Packaging

I actually really love the packaging, it accurately reflects the colour on the bullet, the writing is nice and it looks pretty. The only thing that kind of annoys me is the clear top as I keep getting the product all over the inside- that is most probably my own fault for being a clumsy cow. 

The Scent

They have a very light, sweet vanilla scent which I find quite nice. It's not too overpowering and sickly, it's just right. 

The Colours


L- French Violet R- Coral Reef
As you can see from the swatch, they have very definite colours when swatched but they are very sheer. The coral colour definitely has the most pay off but both are more a whisper of colour. I find that this makes them really easy to wear as you don't have to be precise with your application and they just give that hint of a tint that is nice with minimal makeup. 

The Hydration

As these are billed as a balm, one of my main reasons for wearing them so often recently is dry lips. They have a really good sheen and slide but I'd say that I've tried better balms in terms of hydration. For a two in one they are good and they keep what moisture there is, locked in. 


l-r bare lips, Coral Reef, French Violet


The Staying Power

This is probably where this product lacks, it doesn't stain or stay but it does wear off nicely. I don't use this product for staying power and as it's easy to apply, cheap and wears nicely, I don't mind re-applying during the day. 


Overall.

I really do like these and I'm considering adding to my collection. For £2 each they are definitely worth it. And thanks to Rebecca from Rouge Pout for recommending in the first place!