19 November 2014

To Prime or Not to Prime?

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Fashionista The Double Collection 2 Step Mascara - £1.99 Making Faces

On another random lunchtime trip out into Durham, I just happened to end up in Making Faces with the excuse I wanted a "look around". I think we all know that is a load of bull and it was an excuse to spend some money. Upon hindsight I only spent £1.99 which for me is very good/restrained. I've been after a drug store mascara primer for quite some time and ideally just wanted a primer not a mascara/primer combo (if you know of one let me know). But for less than £2 I thought I'd go with Fashionista's version.

I don't know if Fashionista has been discontinued however my local Superdrug's don't stock this anymore, even though their products were well reviewed and recommended in the blogging community. However you can still buy their products direct from the MUA website. I've only ever used a blush from their range and for the price its been good quality. One thing which I have been blessed with is very long eye lashes and regardless of however much mascara I put on them, they only ever look good on a night out when I've applied about twenty coats of three different types of mascara (I exaggerate on the number of coats, but I use three mascaras). 

After supposed to be going out last Saturday but having to bail due to it being "that time" and feeling sick as a dog a trip to the supermarket at 10pm for diet coke and chocolate was in order. Obviously sod's law would dictate that if you look like crap you'll see everyone who you know, so I decided to whack some mascara on and hope for the best. Previously I was on the fence about using a primer for my mascara, however after using this, my lashes look even longer and appear to be more blacker if that makes sense.

If I'm honest it does make sense to prime your lashes... we prime just about everything else and it does make all the difference. Personally if you think that your lashes are short, I'd try using a primer and then see what the difference is. Am I an eye lash primer convert, yes I am, however would I pay over the odds for a primer... no chance. Why pay more when for £1.99 it does an amazing job? Are you a fan of eye lash primers?

18 November 2014

Graffiti

Shirt - Zara // Jeans - Topshop // Boots - Ash // Bracelets - Cartier, Links of London* and Pandora // Sunglasses - Rayban.

That bloody turn up on my jeans is keep bothering me. Anyway I give credit to all of you bloggers who can do the whole outfit post so effortlessly. I honestly don't know how to stand nothing, feels so uncomfortable. Regardless this is the outfit I wore to FABB Birmingham - a bit of a last minute outfit, but you know me how can I say no to a bit of leopard print and Zara came up trumps with this. If I'm honest with you it wasn't even sunny on the day of FABB Birmingham - I just put my sunglasses on to try and hide.

Although I am loving the background of the photos - literally The Custard Factory provides the best back drop for outfit photos, and thank you to my camera woman Tor. If you want to see a lovely outtake from this, have a look on my Instagram and Facebook (links are at the top of the page). I don't know what else to write, so today's post is short and sweet.

17 November 2014

Links of London Skinny Friendship Bracelet

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A few Christmases ago, I received an "original" Links of London bracelet from the parents which to this day I still wear. By original I mean the metal links (see here), however I should have sized up as the medium nips my skin. A month ago I was contacted by Joshua James asking if I wanted to review a bracelet of my choice on here. Now this was no mean feat as due to the vast amount of brands which they stock, I found it very hard to narrow my choices down, until I spotted that they stocked Links of London.

I'll be honest the only real place I've ever spotted Links of London (and a limited selection at that) is in Fenwicks at Newcastle. Ever since getting my original sweetie bracelet I've been wanting one of their friendship bracelets (I believe it was when Cat Deeley was promoting the brand), so once I spotted their skinny friendship bracelets on the Joshua James site I was sold. As much as the black appealed to me, I thought I would inject a bit of colour onto my arm by getting the pale blue, completely forgetting that I am partial to a coat or two of fake tan.

This friendship bracelet is definitely made of sturdy stuff, there has been no fake tan transfer and it looks as good as new, considering I've been wearing this non-stop including gym trips, house cleaning and whilst at work. As these are unisex, this would make a brilliant Christmas present for a loved one or a friend. You'll see how I wear mine in a few posts time in my outfit from FABB Birmingham,

* PR Sample

16 November 2014

Sunday Edit #80

Look at that... it's a fully decorated room by yours truly. Ignore the lino, I want that replacing and it's finally time to buy some furniture. I know its been another crap week on here by yours truly, however work again has gotten in the way. OH MY GOD I COMPLETELY FORGOT....

RIGHT PIT STANDING FOR TAKE THAT!!!! 

Get in there!! Me surround by 5 lots of stage.... excited!!

Anyway... back to the point of this week's post. I don't really have much to talk about if I'm honest with you - I need to get a schedule set out for December, as there's going to be some things going on away from here. I'll update you in a few weeks on that though. Finally I just want to say a massive thank you for the support I received on the Bootea review/diet chat earlier in the week. I was worried that things would be taken in the wrong context/way and I'm so glad that I've had positive feedback from you guys. I'm also thinking of doing some more homely posts (ie wishlists and inspiration) on the run up to Christmas. Let me know what you think.

12 November 2014

Bootea 14 Day Teatox

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With the realisation on August Bank Holiday that none of my going out clothes (my beautiful clothes) fit properly and after how many months of illness finally gone, I knew it was time to do sometime about my weight. I'm not going to put my weight on here, as quite frankly I'd rather stab myself repeatedly in the eye, however what needs to be considered is the fact that I'm 5'10 and I can hide weight quite easily. I'll be honest with you, the figure on the scales made me feel physically sick, since February I'd managed to put on around 18lb, lost all my muscle and basically looked and felt a mess.

So apart from drastically turning my diet around and having very minimal treats (but a cheat meal/uber snack every Saturday or Sunday) and finally going back to the gym, the weight has begun to fall off. However in order to get the weight loss off to a good start, ie give my metabolism a good kick in the backside, I decided to try Bootea after reading and seeing so many good reviews about this. I decided to only do the daytime teatox as I had read that the night time one gave many people stomach cramps similar to an upset stomach and I didn't want that feeling whilst at work. Initially I was only going to do this for the 14 days, however I ended up doing this for 28 days straight then had a break (diet and exercise still continued).

Personally I'm not a fan of herbal teas and it took me many months of drinking cold green tea before I got used to that (and still I'll only drink Tetley's decaf) and the same applies to this - I really don't like the taste of this, so I wait until it's cold and then drink it, followed by a glass of water to get rid of the taste. What I have noticed with this, when you first start the teatox is that you need to go to the loo (not for a 2) a lot, however obviously this may be to do with the large amounts of water I was drinking too - however the way I saw it, was that your body is flushing away the bad stuff from inside you.

If I'm honest with you, I did go into this with a bit of a sceptical mindset - I wasn't convinced that a teatox would help with weight loss, yet part of me thought that even if I lost a single pound after the 14 days its better than nothing and its a step into getting back to my pre-house move/illness weight. I decided to weigh myself after the first 7 days and surprisingly I had lost 4lb which I was amazed at. Second week I lost a lb and then after the following 14 days I think in total I had lost 10lb by the end of September.

Before starting this, I was under the mindset that I wanted drastic figures to get the weight off asap, however I've finally come to realise that by taking it slowly the weight comes off and stays off. I've had bad weeks yet as long as I know to go to the gym, the weight isn't going to go back on. I want to do a separate post about my diet/exercise plan. Since doing the initial teatox I have done another 14 days mid October (yes I even brought it to Birmingham with me for FABB) and all in all I've lost 15lb. Don't get me wrong I can tell in certain clothes that I've lost some weight and one pair of gym bottoms are not stupidly big on me, however I still have a long way to go, once the weight is off, its time to focus on toning back up.

I hope this was helpful to you, however please remember to diet and exercise sensibly.