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30/04/2013

April Favourites.

I almost missed the boat on my favourites this month. I had realised it was late April but I totally hadn't taken in just how late it was.

This month I've mostly been enjoying light, highlighted skin with neutral contoured eyes and a bright spring lip.


Alpha H - Liquid Gold*
I've been using this periodically the last 6 or so weeks. I use it after cleansing and as the bottle suggests, apply it every other night without moisturiser for a more intensive treatment.
I'll do a more in depth review on this soon but my skin seems less oily but also less dry. It helps your skin produce more hyaluronic acid which keeps your skin super moisturised. My skin seems less angry since using this so it's become a bit of a staple of late.

I swap and change between lip balms. Purely because after a while I don't find them as effective as when I first started using them. This is a lovely light balm that glides on to the lips and locks in moisture without leaving behind a heavy, greasy feeling.

I love lip tars and Queen is one of my favourites as I have nothing like it in my collection. It's so damn hard to photograph though. It's a bright neon coral with  a hint of pink and the perfect colour for brighter days.

I've never really got into the habit of highlighting on daily basis. But since the sun has decided to make regular appearances lately, I've opted for matte but glowy skin as it looks a little more natural.
This month I've been switching between High Beam and M.A.C Lustre Drops. Both are perfect dotted under the brow, along the cheekbones and on the cupids bow, to really give that glowy look. 

I've talked about these numerous times on the blog so I won't repeat myself but these little tubes of hand cream are amazing. I've kept this one by my bedside for night time moisturising so I can keep my hands and nails in tip top condition.

I can't remember the last time I used a powder blush. I've been using this every time I wear makeup lately. It's the only cream blush I have but it's perfect.
Sob is a cool, candy pink with a dewy finish so it's perfect for teaming with super highlighted cheekbones.
I've just noticed this is no longer on the site, which is a real shame as I love this colour. It's the perfect blue toned pink for pale skin.

Bed Head - Candy Fixations - Sugar Shock
I couldn't get this to work for me when I first go it but lately I've found a way of using it to my advantage.
This spray gives a lot of body so I spray it on the top lengths of my hair (avoiding the main bit of my fringe) and blow dry. It helps give my hair volume and stop it being so flat. 

Urban Decay - Naked Palette
The original Naked palette is always a favourite of mine but it's all I seem to be using lately. Whether it's for a barely there eye, something nude with a hint of bright colour or a full out smokey eye. It has the perfect colour selection to help you with any eye look.

28/04/2013

Weekly Weigh In #8.


I had such a good week food wise. I got in lots of fruits and veggies. I'm so glad to see British strawberries back on the shelves. I love them, even more so since knowing they're classed as a 'superspeed' fruit.

I lost a fabulous 4lbs in total. Giving me my 1.5st award. I also got slimmer of the week but my certificate is up on one of the boards where they have our group.

Since I joined we only had a temporary consultant as the proper lady was having a little bit of maternity leave. She's back now and really lovely. I was a little apprehensive as I'd gotten used to the previous consultant and wasn't sure how the new one would be, but she's really nice. :)
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Week 8 also means another set of measurements:

Upper arm: -2cm (6cm lost in total)
Neck: -1cm (3)
Boobs: -2cm (12)
Waist: -2cm (12)
Stomach: -4cm (9)
Thigh: -2cm (3)

Not as much off as last time but still a great deal!

I don't have any goals for 'next week' as this is slightly delayed and I've already had my results. Will post those shortly.

27/04/2013

101-110/365 - Nothing But A Shadow In The Night.


I am so behind at posting these (along with any kind of reviews) of late. I didn't feel at all well last weekend and most of this week. Along with lots of overtime and not enough sleep, it's not the best combination.

I still have some more 365 photos from the last week but I'll save those for another post.

19/04/2013

95-100/365 - I Should Be Over All The Butterflies.


Ooops. Been a little overdue on the 365 posts. I've barely had time to edit the photos, let alone sitting down to a write a post. Hopefully the overtime should ease up soon.

The weather is so nice lately. The bright early mornings and long drawn out evenings are delightful and much better for photo ops. There's still a hint of winter crisp in the air and the odd unpredictable April shower but spring is certainly here and I am beyond glad. After the freezing winter, I will hold my hands up and say I will do my very best to not moan at how hot it gets because I welcome it more than the cold.

Paramore's 4th studio, self titled album dropped last week and I was so stoked for it! I've not listened to a single thing since. It's so so good. There seems to be a massive divide between the fans either loving or hating it. I think it's a lot more mature than previous releases and I can't stop singing along. So pleased for them that it got to number 1! Very well deserved. Especially as the band was apparently going to fail without the Farro's.

I really can't think of a way to close this. Other than the fact I know beauty related posts are a little thin on the ground this week. I had planned to schedule some up for the weekend but I just haven't had the time.

18/04/2013

Kallo Rice & Corn Cakes.

Not too long ago I had an email of a different kind pop into my inbox. One asking me if I wanted to try Kallo's new spring rice cake flavours*. I've always been a Snack A Jack girl so was up for seeing if these would sway me.


The new flavours are 'blueberry and vanilla' and 'caramel'.

I wasn't a fan of the blueberry ones so I passed them along to my dad and asked instead for his opinion. He said they reminded him of Rainbow Drops (I don't like those either) and that he thought they were really delicious.

I opted for the caramel ones. They are a little thinner than it's Snack A Jack counterpart and weighing in a little less on the calorie front. These are 40 calories each where as SAJ's are 50. If you're doing Slimming World, that half a syn can make all the difference.

I love these. They aren't overly sweet or stick but along with some tea or a glass of water, they are super filling. I've only had them plain but I've heard of people topping them with yogurt and fruit.

These are currently available nationwide from Tesco at just £1.69 a packet.

They're definitely worth a try if you want to try something different. I will be buying these caramel ones but I will still be SAJ's, namely the salt and vinegar ones. I love those!

17/04/2013

Blistex Intensive Moisturiser.

Something I've found I need to switch up occasionally is my choice in lip balm. I can find something that'll work really great for me but a month or so down the line it's just not working as well as it once did.

I recently picked this up whilst I was out all day as my lips were getting dry and I needed to get something on them.


What www.blistex.co.uk says:
A long-lasting daily moisturiser bursting with ingredients to rehydrate your lips intensively. Shea butter for conditioning, allantoin for deep-down protection and camphor for that soothing touch.
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This is a lovely little balm. If you can even call it that? It's a white cream, scented with mint. Other lip products I've tried can feel sticky, wet or thick on the lips. This is like none of those. In fact it's like nothing I've tried before.

The tube comes with a slanted applicator so you just squeeze a little out and massage all over the lips.

I've definitely noticed a difference since using it. My lips haven't been dry at all and I really like using it. Definitely a staple of mine. It's a good price and you only need to use the tiniest amount.
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Price:
£2.59 / 5g

Where to buy:
Boots and Sainsbury's

15/04/2013

Weekly Weigh In #7.


I was really going for 2.5 off this week but my 1.5st award, which I feel like I've been banging on about for weeks now, shall have to wait till (hopefully) next week. But I was glad to get a loss after lasts week little blip.

I took before photos and I took some again a few days ago and I can already see a massive difference. This is something, for now, that I'll be keeping to myself.

I think when you look and see something everyday you don't notice and appreciate the small changes. I honestly can't see much of a difference when I'm wearing clothes, besides the fact my work uniform is a lot looser. All things take time after all but it's nice to be able to see the difference in photos.

An 'opportunity' has come up and it's something with both a positive and (possibly) negative outcome. I'm not entirely certain if I plan on taking it up yet but we shall see closer to the time.

13/04/2013

Glossybox - April.

As the UK moves over to 'British Summer Time' everyone's in the mood for spring. With that Glossybox bring us the 'spring fever' box*.

This time around they've shed the regular pale pink box and instead teamed up with designer Pearl Lowe, to create a floral limited edition box.


Nip + Fab - Dry Skin Fix Body Butter - Pistachio Sundae
 £9.95 / 200ml
I was so hoping for the coconut scent when I opened my box so was quite disappointed with the one I did get. I'm not a pistachio fan in food form but this butter actually smells like some kind of cookie to me so I don't mind the scent so much.
It's not thick like The Body Shop kind and doesn't leave my skin tacky. It sinks into the skin without any effort at all.
They have a cherry version I'm definitely keen to try.

Essie - Nail Polish - Cute As A Button
£7.99 / 13.5ml
This is my first Essie. I've been meaning to try them for ages but I was so overwhelmed with the colour choice, I wasn't sure where to start.
Cute As A Button is a strawberry/coral shade, perfect for summer nails. It was very almost opaque in two coats, a third completely got rid of any visible nail line.
I really like the formula and flow of this polish. It dries pretty quickly and comes with a pro wide brush (favourite kind, makes any polish a winner in my book) so makes application a breeze. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for future collections to see if anything takes my fancy.

Yves Rocher France - So Elixir Purple EDP
£44 / 50ml
How cute is this little bottle? I usually don't like perfume vials but this mini bottle is lovely.
I'm rubbish at describing scents but this has a floral/woody scent. It smells like a bit of an 'older' fragrance and I don't mean in that in a bad way, I just can't see it appealing to a whole lot of younger people. But you never know.

Illamasqua - Medium Pencil - Paint
£13 / 1g
I've not had a chance to try this properly yet but I've loved everything I'd tried by Illamasqua. This is described as a vibrant, canary yellow. It's quite creamy and easy to apply, doesn't tug on the skin at all and has a matte finish.
I have a few looks in mind to try with this and will post my results if they're any good.

Crabtree & Evelyn - Hand Therapy - Somerset Meadow
£14 / 100g
This hand cream has featured in Glossybox in the past (November). This is a different scent and I enjoy it just as much as I did last year.
Somerset Meadow is a brand new fragrance launching on the 29th of this month. It contains macadamia nut oil, shea butter and vitamins C and E. I can't quite place the fragrance but it's very fresh smelling and not at all overpowering.
It's a thick cream but absorbs into the skin really quickly. When I had this last time, I couldn't stop applying it because it was lovely and moisturising.
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This has been my favourite box in a while. I got to try some new things I'd been meaning to try for ages but never got to round to. I also got to try things from some favourite brands too.

I wasn't super fond of the perfume, seems a bit too grown up for me but I shall be using everything else to prep myself in time for spring.

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Price:
£10 (plus p&p) per month
Subscriptions also available with discounts

Where to buy:
www.glossybox.co.uk

11/04/2013

Carex Antibacterial Hand Wash - Chocolate Orange.


I know this isn't one of the more regular products I review but I had to blog about this, because it's just delicious!

I am a bit ok a lot of a freak when it comes to hand cleanliness and bacteria. I go through hand wash like it's going out of fashion. So when I saw numerous posting about this on Instagram I knew I had to get my hands on some.

Carex recently bought out two new fragrances aimed at helping encourage little ones to wash their hands. Strawberry Laces which I tried to start with (can be seen in this post). I wasn't super fond of the fragrance to start with but as I used it more, it really grew on me.

The second fragrance is bar the best - Chocolate Orange. It smells amazing, perfect, just like a Terry's Chocolate Orange. Many times I've come so very close to licking it because it smells delicious, almost good enough to eat. Though I'm pretty sure it wouldn't taste as nice.

I can't stop giving it a cheeky sniff every so often, right as I type this review. I'm glad I stocked up on this recently whilst it was on offer as it's become a firm favourite in my bathroom. It's absolutely perfect. I'd choose it over clinical soap scents any day!
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Price:
£1.84 / 250ml

Where to buy:
Sainsbury's and Tesco

Currently just 92p at Sainsbury's until May 7

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08/04/2013

Weekly Weigh In #6.


So the weekend before last was Easter (if you didn't know) and on the Sunday I went paintballing with some work friends. I had no control over what I ate that day, as I was out for most of it and someone else was doing lunch for everyone. The eating facilities at Delta Force leave a lot to be desired. Pizza, chocolate and high sugar fizzy drinks was all they had to offer, so that was a total no go.

Usually I plan in advance and can food optimise the best I can. For example I saved up syns for the roast dinner I had at my nan's for Mothers Day and took along my own dessert. In theory I should have said I was going to take my own lunch, but never mind. White bread, full fat cheese, crisps, chocolate and cola were what I had to have.

After that I tried to superspeed the best I could. Even though I usually eat melons and strawberries on a daily basis. I fully expected a gain but with it only being half a pound, I am more than happy with that. As my dad said, if I had to gain anything at all at least it was only the tiniest amount. In the grand scheme of things half a pound is not all that much when I look at how much I've lost in just six weeks of changing what I eat.

I know where the gain came from and can move on from it. If I'd have followed the plan 100% all week and gained then of course things would be a little different. Most people in group had either a gain or maintain for this week but it was Easter so hey!

Onwards and upwards this week. I'll be on plan 100% and look forward to (hopefully) a loss. I'd really like 2.5 off to get me back under where I was and give me my 1.5st certificate.

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07/04/2013

89-94/365 - Can We Go Thrift Shopping?


Isn't it fabulous having lighter evenings now the clocks have changed? Of course but the lack of hour on Sunday has messed me up all week.

I'm trying to fit in lots of overtime in for IMATS, before I'm off for a week at the start of May. That's also not helping me sleep any better.

I wasn't too happy with either of the middle pictures of this post but what can you do? It's still a photo a day, even if I wasn't happy with those two.

I finally got round to redoing my awful roots and refreshing the red a little bit. I usually get one person at work tell me they love my hair. Since redoing it I've had a ton more compliments. Lovely!

I've also been enjoying painting my nails a lot lately. Hence the two polish pictures (by accident). Hopefully I'll be able to swatch some of my new purchases soon. :)

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06/04/2013

Jelly Pong Pong Lip Blush - Cranberry.

It seems lately that the convenience of the chubby pencil are popping up in every brand. Whilst most aren't as full coverage as a straight up lipstick, you still get a hint of buildable colour with a moisturising finish.

Jelly Pong Pong have recently released their take on the pencil trend. This is their 'Lip Blush'* in one of the two colours they currently offer.

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What www.jellypongpong.com says:
A moisturizing lip stain that tints your lips with just the right amount of juicy colour and hydrates like a balm. Apply liberally, purse and let the silky lightweight texture melt onto your lips. Made with beeswax and ceresin wax for a sheer, smooth application.
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Whilst these pencils won't shift my love for an old fashioned lipstick, one of my favourite reasons for liking them is that you can control how opaque and bold you want the colour. Perfect if you're easing yourself in! For my swatch I went all out.

Even just one swipe with this leaves behind a light berry hue. Going over it several times really brings the colour but doesn't look at all patchy or affect wear time.

I find with pencils if you apply and let it dry for a little while, when you do go to drink or eat you get a lot less transfer. This easily last for 4+ hours even with drinking and eating. It does start to fade off slightly after this time but leaves behind a slight stain.

The only thing I'm not a fan of is the price. It's quite a lot when the range only has two shades. Whereas you could get the Revlon Just Bitten (with .2g more) for £7.99 and it comes in seven shades.
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Price:
£12 / 2.5g

Where to buy:
www.jellypongpong.com

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04/04/2013

New In: Pretty Polishes.


After having my hair cut, I nipped into Boots to check out the newly stocked Sinful Colors, all the way from across the waters. They've recently started stocking this US brand online and in store. You can check here if anywhere nears you has them.

They are such a bargain at only £1.99! Plus they're currently on the 3 for 2 Boots are currently offering. I picked up the shades - Daredevil, You Just Wait, Let's Talk, Love Nails and Pinky Glitter.

I also picked up the Barry M Gelly polishes I've been wanting to get - Prickly Pear, Lychee and Greenberry.

To make it all up to 9 things so I could take full advantage of the 3 for 2 offer, I got Rimmel's new Lash Accelerator Endless mascara. I've seen quite a few people on Instagram rave about this so I shall see how it fairs on my short stubby lashes.

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02/04/2013

Weekly Weigh In #5.


Something I've learnt to do when stepping on the scales is psyching myself up for the worst possible outcome. Every week I get on and prepare myself for a gain. It seems kind of silly but it means that if nothing changes, I'm half prepared.

When I do get on the scales, it always comes as a total shock to see the numbers slowly going down.

5lb off this week! I was not expecting that at all. 2 or 3 is what I usually expect as a loss.

I'm really pleased with how my journey is going. The end is nowhere in sight but that's not stopping me. Each week the numbers are changing for the better and if I hadn't of started this, I'd still be nearly 1.5st heavier then I am currently. 

I'm hoping for 2lbs this week, giving me my 1.5st award.

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