Thursday, 27 August 2015

What I Ate This Week #2 - Slimming World

I had a 1lb gain last week! I really need to get my head in to gear and stick to the plan from now on. We have just booked a holiday abroad for April next year and i would really like to have lost a total of at least 3 stone by then. I worked out that if i lose 2lb a week between now and when i go on holiday i could lose a total of 4 and a half stone!! That is massive motivation and something i would love to achieve but i know life gets in the way at times and a gain or staying the same is going to happen, so i'm setting 3 stone as a more realistic target and anything over that is a bonus!
 
 I have found it really easy to stick to plan this week as i just seem to have no appetite at all for some reason, i have struggled having my syns due to this though so hoping it doesn't affect my weight loss too much. I've also been quite bad with my water intake the last few weeks so i have started to make sure i always have a 1.5L bottle full of water in the fridge and making sure i drink all of that during the day, along with any other drinks i may have. Also since discovering the Twining's Salted Caramel Green Tea i have rekindled my love of green tea. I have also rejoined the gym this week!
 
Wednesday
 
Breakfast - 2 Oranges, Handful Of Grapes, Coffee (1/2 Syn for Milk)
Dinner - SW Sausages, Toast (HEb), Beans, Tea (1/2 Syn Milk)
Tea - Hunters Chicken (HEa) (recipe here) SW Chips, Green Beans, Peas, Sweetcorn
Snacks - Wotsits (4.5 Syns) Tea (1/2 Syn Milk)
 
Healthy Extras - Cheddar Cheese (HEa) Bread (HEb)
 
Syn Total - 6
 
Thursday
 
Breakfast - 2 Oranges, Coffee (HEa Milk)
Dinner - Mushroom Risotto
Tea - SW Chicken Tikka, Rice, Spinach
Snacks - Toast (HEb) with Jam (1/2 Syn) 

Healthy Extras - Milk (HEa) Bread (HEb)
 
Syn Total - 1/2 Syn

Friday

Breakfast - 2 Weetabix (HEb) Milk (HEa) 1 Orange, Coffee
Dinner - Jacket Potato with Prawns (1 Syn Mayo) Cucumber, Tomato
Tea - Spaghetti Bolognase,

Healthy Extras - Milk (HEa) Weetabix (HEb)

Syn Total - 1/2 Syn

Saturday

Breakfast - Bacon, Mushroom, Tomato, Coffee (HEa Milk)
Dinner - Leftover Spaghetti Bolognase 
Tea - Steak, SW Chips, Mushrooms
Snacks - Salted Caramel HIFI Bar (HEb)
 
Healthy Extras - Milk (HEa) HIFI Bar (HEb)

Syn Total - 0

Sunday

Breakfast - Plum, Nectarine, Coffee (HEa Milk)
Dinner - SW Chips, Beans, Mushrooms
Tea - Beef Stir Fry
Snacks - Salted Caramel HIFI Bar (HEb)

Healthy Extras - Milk (HEa) HIFI Bar (HEb)

Syn Total - 0

 
  Monday
 
Breakfast - Plum, Nectarine, Coffee (HEa Milk)
Dinner - Mixed Veg Risotto
Tea - Roast Chicken Dinner (we should of had this yesterday but we got a new sofa so by the time we sorted that out it was too late to cook the meat) 2 Yorkishire Puddings (4 Syns) Gravy (1 Syn)

Healthy Extras - Milk (HEa) Didn't have a HEb

Syn Total - 5 Syns

Tuesday

Breakfast - Nectarine, Orange, Grapes, Coffee (HEa Milk)
Dinner - Jacket Potato With Prawns (1 Syn Mayo) Cucumber, Tomato, Pickled Onions
Tea - SW Rogan Josh, Rice
Snacks - Chocolate Orange HIFI Bar (HEb)

Healthy Extras - Milk (HEa) HIFI Bar (HEb)

Syn Total - 1
 
 I didn't get to weigh in this week as I had no one to watch the kids for me as my partner had took the oldest to watch the football. I weighed myself on the Wii and it was showing a loss of 1lb.
 
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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

L.A Girl Glazed Lip Paint Review

I picked up three of the L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint shades in my recent beautycrowd.com haul. (Post here
 
I had heard a lot about these before picking them up so i was really looking forward to giving them a try. I also heard they are a dupe for the Too Faced Melted, although i don't own any of them (yet!) so can't compare the two. I love the colours and really want to pick up a few more. Apologies that the lip swatch pictures aren't the best. I'm still trying to find the best way to photograph them. If any bloggers have any tips please let me know.
 
 L-R Peony, Hot Mess, Flirt
 
They are extremely messy to apply! The first time i tried to apply them straight from the tube. It was a total disaster and i ended up with them all over my face! I have found the best way to apply them is using a lip brush, i also use a liner before applying as well to stop it sliding around when it has been applied. You can apply a thin coat for a lighter colour or a thicker coat for a more dramatic colour.

L-R Peony, Hot Mess, Flirt

I find they last a good few hours on the lips. They are very glossy when first applied but i find they dry down to a matte finish after an hour or so but the colour stays on the lips giving you another couple of hours before needing to reapply. 

 Peony
 Hot Mess
Flirt

I would recommend giving these a try if you get the chance. These are £4.00 each and available in the UK from beautycrowd.com.

Have you tried any of these? Have you also tried the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks? Do you think they are a dupe? I'm looking to pick a few of the Too Faced ones up so will let you know what i think when i get round to it. 


Thanks for reading
 
  
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Friday, 21 August 2015

Beauty Crowd Haul

beautycrowd.com is fast becoming one of my favourite beauty sites to purchase from. They have a lot of great brands, a lot of which aren't easy to get hold of here in the UK. They are constantly adding new items and brands to their website too. I will be reviewing some of the products separately in upcoming posts. Here are the things i picked up from the site recently.


Absolute New York Lashes £3.95


Freedom Pro Decadence Palette - Todays Tonight £6.00
 

Freedom Pro Decadence Palette - Magic £6.00


Freedom Pro Decadence Palette - Clubbed To Death £6.00


L.A. Girl Brick Eyeshadows - Nudes £6.00



 L.A. Girl Pro.Conceal £5.00


L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint - Peony, Flirt and Hot Mess £4.00 Each


 Milani Illuminating Face Powder - Amber Nectar £8.00


L.A. Girl Brick Eyeshadows - Smoky £6.00


 
 
 Thanks For Reading
  
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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Make Up Wishlist

  
 




1. Blame It On Nars Cheek Palette
2. Urban Decay Naked 3
3. Mac Warm Neutrals Palette
4. Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
5. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
 
 
 
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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Nicka K Polish Swatches And Review

 I was kindly sent these nail polishes and asked to do a swatch post by beautycrowd.com. I was sent three shades, these are NY110 Pastel Green, NY107 Rosy Pink and NY129 Brunette. 
The first thing i noticed when they arrived in the post, was the gorgeous packaging. The colours i was sent are perfect shades for me too. The opacity of them changes from shade to shade and the only one that i couldn't get opaque was the Rosy Pink, however this would be a perfect colour for doing a french manicure. The polishes apply smoothly and the brush is the perfect size and shape making it easy to apply. Apologies if the application looks messy. My nails are awful at the moment.
 
 
 NY129 Brunette
 

 
The most opaque out of them all. I applied two coats of this but you could easily get away with applying one coat of this polish. I can see me getting a lot of use out of this during the Autumn/Winter as it's nothing like any other colour i own.
 
NY110 Pastel Green
 

 
I applied three coats of this colour but that isn't a problem for me as i expect to need an extra coat when using lighter colours. This is a gorgeous colour that will be perfect for spring and summer.
 
NY107 Rosy Pink
 
 
I applied four coats of this colour but this is as opaque as i managed to get it. You could wear this as a really natural sheer wash of colour or you could use it as part of a french manicure.
I'm really impressed with the polishes overall and will certainly pick up some more shades of these. You can purchase these polishes at beautycrowd.com and they are £4.95 each.
 
 
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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Mini Kiko Haul

I have just got back from a week away at the Center Parcs at Sherwood Forest. On the tuesday we went into Nottingham to have a wander round the shops and one of the first shops i spotted was Kiko. I have never tried anything from Kiko, but have wanted to for a while. As far as i know there is no store near me and as they had an up to 70% off sale, i thought it was the perfect time to give them a try. I picked up four things.
 
Long Lasting Shadow Stick In 17 and 01
 

 
  Lipstick In 913
 
 
Mosaic Blush In Hypnotic Mauve
 

 

I really want to buy some more stuff from Kiko. Have you tried anything? What would you recommend?

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Phillip Kingsley Swimcap Review

 Knowing i was going to be going swimming everyday while we were away, i knew i had to find something to try and help protect my hair. I have spent so long trying to get my hair in decent condition after years of it being bleached and dropping out after having my children, i didn't want to ruin my hard work with swimming. Swimcap claims to protect the hair from discolouration and damage caused by the sun, chlorine, salt water and wind. It is also super conditioning.
 
 

I am a big lover of Phillip Kingsley products so i had high hopes for this. It didn't disappoint. The application is very similar to the Elasticizer. Put onto damp hair then brush through to make sure it's distributed evenly. It has quite a thick texture but is easy to apply to the hair. 

This is going to be my hair summer staple from now on. Usually after i have been swimming and washed my hair i really struggle to get a brush through it after and need to use a ton of detangler, however after using this and washing my hair, my brush just glided through my hair. No detangler needed. It was also super shiny and felt amazingly soft. 

Phillip Kingsley Swimcap is £22.00 for 150ML and you can buy it here.
 
 
  
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