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A couple of weeks ago I talked about how I was attempting to give up sugar for 6 weeks, I’m now over halfway through my 6 week sugar detox programme from Happy Sugar Habits, and I thought I’d update on how I’m doing. I mentioned in my original post that my relationship with sugar is awful, before I started this I couldn’t go a day without a bar of chocolate, and yet I wondered why I was struggling to lose weight and live a healthy style. The worst part of it is that I’d binge eat sugary snacks, and then just feel awful after, so the things that I craved didn’t even make me feel good! By taking part in the Happy Sugar Habit detox programme I’m hoping to learn to be able to cut sugar out of my life, or at least learn to control it.
The first few days of the programme were really difficult, I was going through some horrible withdrawal symptoms, getting horrible headaches and all I would crave was sugar. But once I got past day three I started to feel better, and felt like I had more energy than I did before. By day three my cravings were starting to get in control, and I felt an odd sense of satisfaction by turning down sugary treats. The daily text messages and emails I’d received from Laura really helped, and always seemed to come at a time I felt weak.
However I’ve not always been great at sticking to the programme, and I have slipped up a few times and had a bar of chocolate or something else sweet. However after I’ve eaten this I find I now feel awful, and I really don’t enjoy it. It’s certainly making me think about not eating as much sugar as I once did. Before I started this I never realised how much sugar was often added into foods, and it’s certainly making me look twice at packaging! I’ve not got long left of the programme, and I’m starting to think about whether I’ll continue this once it’s finished. There’s certainly a lot of health benefits to consider!
The Empire State Building
Although we’re a very long way off getting somewhere of our own, especially as we have a whole £0 saved up towards this, I’ve decided in my head completely how I want to decorate our dream house. I’ve planned the decoration of each room completely, and of course my house will look like something out of Pinterest. While I was buy thinking about what colour to paint each room, my partner bought up the practical things we’ll need, like storage, washing machines and blinds. I wouldn’t have given these things a second thought, but then I thought about how much I’d like things like blackout blinds for our bedroom, especially as curtains can be a bit useless in the summer. I then came acrossVELUX Blinds, who create a wide selection of blinds in all shapes and colours made to fit an Velux window. Not only do they have the blackout blind I’m looking for, but also roller blinds, pleated or Venetian blinds. All of their blinds come complete with easy installation, and free delivery when you buy online.
I’m certainly going to be conisdering Velux Blinds when I eventually buy my own place, and I’m kind of tempted by their Disney range. No one said my house had to be grown up right…
I’ve been trying to take better care of my skin lately, taking the time to have a proper skincare routine, and making sure I cleanse properly. Since sticking religiously to a good skincare routine I’ve seen some great results, and I’m now a big cleanser fan. I’ve been trying out all sorts of cleansers to find the right one for my skin, and along the way I’ve found a couple of favourites.
Lately I’ve got into a bad habit of eating too much rubbish, not doing an exercise, and basically being far too over-indulgent. Christmas is a big part to blame in it, and during the lead up I had a lot of Christmas parties I went to, where I made a lot of bad food choices. I went back to my Weight Watchers meeting after Christmas and a month off plan to find that I’d only actually put on 3.5lbs, which isn’t too bad considering, but I feel that I’ve completely undone all my hard work from before Christmas.
Like many people, some of my new years resolutions are to be a bit healthier and something I’m terrible at is not drinking enough water. I spend most of my days drinking endless cups of tea and diet coke, but never enough water meaning I’m probably actually quite dehydrated. I’m trying to get back into losing weight, and cut back on things like cake and chocolate, and get more into fitness and healthy eating. Problem is I am literally the worst person at being healthy, and although I know I should be drinking more water, I find the taste really boring and hard to drink.
Lately I’ve found myself completely addicted to glitter nail varnish. I used to hate the stuff, only wearing it for special occasions as it’s such a pain to get off. However since the festive season I’ve found myself wearing glitter polish not once, but three times! It’s like all of a sudden I woke up and discovered I like sparkly glittery things. As I was feeling a little blue about going back to work this week I thought I’d treat myself to a nice sparkly manicure.
For my nails I started off with Barry M’s Gelly Hi-Shine polish in the shade ‘Blackberry’ which is a dark blue/greeny shade, and then I painted Essie’s ‘Jazzy Jubilant’ over the top. I was originally just going to use this as an accent nail but it had all these gorgeous blue, pink and silver sparkly bits in and I couldn’t resist applying it to all my nails. I love the way this looks when it catches the light, I think I’m now a glitter nail varnish convert!
Today is my first day back to work after two lovely weeks off over Christmas. While I was on my annual leave I didn’t really wear much make up, especially as a lot of the time I was at home doing nothing. It was nice to give my skin bit of a break for a while, but I have missed wearing make up and I’m looking forward to wearing some again this week!
In my dressing table I have three compartments, one for face products, one for eye products, and one for lip products. Recently I noticed the one for lip products was getting a little full, so decided to give it bit of a clear out when I realised why it seemed so full, I own far too many lipsticks. I’m not quite sure when or how this happened, especially as I’m not someone who wears lipstick everyday, so it seems a tad ridiculous that I have around 50 lipsticks!
This weekend I decided to take some time out and have a fairly quiet weekend. The past few weeks have been crazy busy, I recently went away on a trip up north with the other half to visit his parents. It was a really nice time away, and it was actually the most amount of time me and Chris got to spend together since September due to our long distance relationship. So we drove the 300 miles to go visit his family, and it was great to catch up with them but gosh it’s such a long drive back home! We got back on the Tuesday and it was straight back to work on Wednesday, and catching up on what I missed over the bank holiday so it’s been a pretty busy tiring week! Another fun thing that happened in the past week is that my blog turned 3! Crazy to think I’ve been writing my little blog for 3 years now, and so many great things have happened to me because of it.
Friday night was actually quite a busy start to my quiet weekend. I went out in Watford with some people from work for our head of marketing’s leaving do. I haven’t been at the company long so I didn’t really get a chance to know her that well, but she’d been at the company for 12 years and had made a pretty big impact on everyone’s lives. It’s safe to say it got a bit emotional saying goodbye, but we had a great time out with some dinner and drinks. As my company has several different offices it was really nice to mix with some people from the other offices and get to know everyone a bit better.
Saturday was a bit more quiet. I went to go and give blood on Saturday in the day, which is always fun and games. I hate needles, and I often pass out afterwards but I have a rare blood type so it’s something I need to keep trying. Sadly I had another fail at giving blood where my vein decided to hide, and then when they found it it was really painful and they could hardly get any blood so not much of a donation. I then had a quiet night with a friend and a rather competitive game of monopoly.
Today I’m off to visit my grandparents, which can be fun and games. They live two hours away, which is getting quite stressful as they’re getting older and we can’t help out as much. They mean the world to me so it’s not great to see, but I know my time with them is precious now.
Hopefully after a quieter weekend the week ahead will start a lot calmer. Do you have many plans?
The Kérastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique is a thermo-protective nourishing leave in treatment for dry, very dry, or sensitised hair. It helps to moisturise and protect your hair from heat, something which I use all the time. It can also help to make your hair look softer and shinier, as well as improving hair drying and straightening performance.
A few weeks ago I mentioned how I broke my spending ban and gave in to buying a few Origins products. At the time my skin was in a dire need of TLC, and my current skincare routine wasn’t helping at all. So when payday came around I decided to give in and buy a few new items for my skincare routine. And really skincare is an investment right?
It’s no secret that I love tea. At work I’m always that girl who’s constantly popping out to the kettle, and at home I’m constantly surrounded by empty mugs. Recently I’ve started drinking green tea as I heard its slightly healthier for you, but I find it tastes so bitter. I discovered a lot of flavoured green teas, and having it with a bit of lemon, or peach can take away the horrible bitter taste. I then discovered Twinings Indulgence green tea’s, a range of flavoured green teas in Caramelised Apple, Gingerbread, and salted caramel, possibly all of my favourite flavours ever made into tea! When I spotted these in my local Tesco I just knew I had to buy them! They all sounded delicious, and I really hoped they tasted as good as they sounded.
When it came to tasting them I decided to start with the Gingerbread one first, which if you know me you’ll know this is one of my favourite scents of all time. After I boiled the kettle the whole kitchen smelt amazing, and everyone kept asking me what the gorgeous smell was. I’m glad that this one tasted as amazing as it smelt, as this one has probably taken place as my all time favourite flavoured tea. Sadly I wasn’t as impressed with the Salted Caramel flavour, it again smells amazing, but I don’t feel like it tasted how it should. I also really like the Caramelised Apple flavour, but don’t find it to have as strong of a smell as the other two.
I really love the Twinings Indulgence Tea’s range, and I’d love to see if they bring out anymore flavours in the future! Have you tried any? What’s your favourite?
Everyone always needs a bottle opener, and it’s guaranteed at parties you can never find one! With this wall mounted one you know exactly where it will be, with the Guinness logo proudly displayed, making opening your beers a lot easier!
Crème Fraîche de Beauté Mask – £19.50
Huile Prodigieuse OR – £34
Of course when I was looking through the site one of the first categories I went to was the beauty section! I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’d not come across MadeCloser before, but I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of products and choice available. Not only have I been admiring the beauty section, but there’s also a few iPhone cases I’ve had my eye on, as well as some hand knitted mug cosy’s and some gorgeous sounding candles!
The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Body Butter
This one is probably my least favourite, it tastes like Turkish Delight, which isn’t something I’m keen on. Despite that it’s a beautiful floral tea with fragrant rose, and is also another ‘pretty tea’.
I really love the idea of this Tea Lovers box, especially as you get all this for £15 when one bag is around £4.95 – so you’re getting value for your money and a chance to try a few different teas! I certainly wouldn’t have picked out any of these for myself, so I’m glad I got the chance to try out a few things that were out of my comfort zone. Bluebird Tea Co have several amazing flavours available, I’m already eyeing up Strawberry Lemonade and Apple Strudel. I also like that there’s the option if you’re not sure on what flavours you want to try that you can pick the ‘Pick n Mix’ option for five different teas. It’s safe to say that I’m in love with Bluebird Tea Co, and I’ll certainly be a customer there for a long time!
Usually when I attend blogger events they’re based in London, so I was pretty excited when I was invited to an event last week that was pretty local to me. The lovely people over at Atelier Salon and Spa invited me and a few other local bloggers over for an evening of pampering and to take a look at their range of products and services. Atelier is based in Redbourne, about 30 mins away from me, but I’d never visited before so wasn’t sure what it was like. So when I arrived I was surprised that it was based in this gorgeous old building, and all the rooms were filled with gorgeous little details – making me love the place already!
I’m a recent graduate. Not only does this mean that I’m currently unemployed with an unhealthy obsession with Loose Women and Storage Hunters (brilliant shows FYI), but it means I’m on the hunt for a full time job. Being six months post graduation I’m getting job interviews down to a fine art now. As it’s always important to look presentable at interviews I’ve found myself wearing the same makeup for each interview. Nothing to over the top or dark, but simple everyday make up.
Every year I usually buy myself a new diary for the upcoming year. Usually one with a space to write on each day with things I’m up to, upcoming birthdays and other important dates. This year I decided to be a bit different and instead of just buying a years dairy, I would buy myself a five year journal. I’ve heard a bit about these before, and if you look on Amazon you can find a variety of different ones. But I decided to go with this one where you would write a line a day for five years.
I’m really enjoying spending every evening before I go to bed filling this in with my favourite things that have happened that day. I didn’t order this until a week into the new year, so I had to go back a bit to fill in the first few days of the book, but since then I’ve been filling it in every night. It doesn’t feel like much at the moment, especially as some days I haven’t done a lot, but I try to think forward to five years time when I’ll be looking back on this and can read through things that maybe were important or made me smile. I think this book is a great idea, and would also make a great gift for someone! I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s going to happen over the next five years.
Lately on the blog I’ve been sharing with you my Best of 2013 series including Hair Products, Skin Care, and Body Products. Today I’m sharing with you what my favourite makeup products were in 2013. Being bit of a makeup addict I really thought this would be the longest post of them all, but it looks like skin care products won that one…
You’ll have seen on my blog in the past week I’ve been working on my Best Of 2013 series starting with my favourite Hair Products and Skin Care Products, and now it’s time to move on to my favourite body products. Body products are something that I don’t have a load of, as I tend to stick to the same favourites again and again. Still I thought I’d share with you what products made it into my favourites in 2013.
To me Sundays are all about tidying up, and getting prepared for the next week ahead. So every Sunday I have a list of things I need to get done, one of which is wash my make up brushes. I try to get into a good beauty habit of washing my brushes every Sunday, but sometimes in the past I’ve got a little lazy. So one of my beauty resolutions of 2014 was to make sure I try my very best to stick to this rule.
It’s fairly obvious that washing your make up brushes is hygienic. Clean make up brushes is key to having a germ free make up application, and there’s really nothing worse than disgusting looking used make up brushes. There’s a few different ways to clean your make up brushes, search on YouTube and thousands of suggestions will come up. But the way I like to clean my brushes is to rinse my brush under warm water, then I take a cleanser (this weeks choice is none other than fairy washing up liquid!), and swirl my brush in it a few times, and then rinse. Fairly simple! I then leave my brushes on a rolled up towel to dry overnight, then come Monday morning I have a beautiful set of clean makeup brushes to play with! As I mentioned earlier I’m trying my very best to stick to this this year, in the past it can go a couple of weeks before I get around to cleaning them up. Oops… Now in a new Sunday tradition, I’m off to clean my makeup brushes!
The other day I shared with you the start of my mini series – Best Of 2013, starting with Hair Products. Today I’m carrying on with the skin care products that wowed me in 2013. I suggest making yourself a large cup of tea for this one, as it’s quite the ramble.
- I will still be using my money for travel. I have a car and use it a fair deal of the time, so will be spending my money on petrol.
- Food. Although I live at home with my parents I like to sometimes buy my own food, or go out for meals. I won’t be stopping this but I will be cutting back on how often I do this.
- If I run out completely of a product I will repurchase. But only when I’ve completely run out and have no more back up products.
- Toiletries etc don’t count. If I run out of deodorant I’m going to be buying more.
- The occasional night out. I enjoy socialising with my friends and having a night out. Like I said with my meals out I won’t be stopping, but I will be cutting back or making a night out cheaper if I can.