Monday, 14 October 2013

Pay Day Picks #2

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara
I don’t think I could physically live without this mascara. Since discovering it, I’ve purchased it endless times. A bottle usually lasts me around 2 months and I’ve noticed my current bottle is on it’s last legs so it’s definitely time to repurchase!

Chunky Scarf
Now that the cold winter months are setting in, I feel that it’s time to purchase a big snuggly chunky scarf. I’ve spotted this one online from Asos. I thought that black would pretty much go with everything (including my coat) so I will definitely be grabbing one of these on Pay Day!

Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation
I’ve had soo many sample bottles of this foundation and I absolutely love it! But when I get round to buying the full size, I always find another sample bottle stowed away in my samples box. However, it’s finally come to the time when I have run out of samples and have to splurge on a full size. However, I found out a while ago that if you book a ‘Fake-Up’ at Benefit (where the MUA does your make up for you in the hope that you will purchase some) then, if you book a second Fake-Up after your first then you get a LOAD of free samples! Hence why I had so many samples of their foundation haha!

Urban Decay Make up Setter
I’ve heard a few bloggers raving about this so I’m really intrigued to give it a go! I’ve found that by the end of my day, my make-up doesn’t look as tippity top as it did when I left the house in the morning (although the Borjouis bronzing primer does help). It probably won’t be great for my bank account but hopefully will have a better effect on my face!

Asos Tube Trouser in High Waist Check Print

Now that I’ve lost a bit of weight, I’ve found that I feel a bit more comfortable wearing trousers, instead of covering my thighs up with dresses and skirts. I am really loving printed and patterned trousers at the moment and especially in monochrome. So, when I saw these beauties, I literally went weak at the knees! I think they’ll go with so much from an over sized wintery jumper to a cute white cami layered with a scarf and a chunky cardy. JUST SO NICE!

*images sourced from Google

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Weight Watchers Update #1

If you have read my previous blog posts then you may know that last month, I started Weight Watchers. I was weighed last night and I am happy to tell you that I’ve lost just over half a stone (7 and a half lbs) in 4 weeks! It doesn’t sound like a lot but apparently the less you weigh to start with, the more time it takes for your body to lose the weight. During my first week I lost 4 lbs which I was MASSIVELY shocked at and after then, my weight has slowly but surely dropped off. I have found myself getting into a routine now and it’s weird to say it but I’m really not struggling with it at all! I can still eat well; I have just changed the amount that I eat. My points allowance has also dropped from 29 points a day to 27 which at first I was really worried about exceeding but it really is no trouble at all! If you’re like me and aren’t a massive fan of lots of salads or fruit & veg, then this is what a typical day for me, food-wise, would consist of;

1 Bowl of Honey Cheerios
(3 points)
1 serving (142ml) of semi skimmed milk
(2 points)
Glass of water
(0 points)

½ bowl of cream of tomato soup
(2 points)
Slice of white bread
(2 points)
Packet of Quavers/Weight Watchers chocolate biscuit
(2 points each)
Any fresh fruit – any amount (I usually go for a banana or some blueberries)
(0 points)

This is where it can be quiet varied. I tend to just have what my family are having but in a smaller portion. It’s so much easier than having something different from everyone else and doesn’t leave you drooling over what everyone else is having while you’re sat in the corner with your carrot sticks. For example; if my mum makes Spaghetti Bolognese then she will use the Weight Watchers Bolognese sauce (2 points for ½ a jar plus it doesn’t taste any different!). Then, instead of serving it on a plate, I will have mine in a bowl. It means that I’m having a much smaller portion but my bowl still looks full of food. From doing this, my body now isn’t used to digesting big plates of food anymore and I have found that I get fuller a lot quicker and a lot easier.
If you prefer to make your dinner yourself then the Weight Watchers ready meals are also a favourite in my freezer. If I need something quick then I will warm up a shephard’s pie or lasagne (which are worth around 7-8 points each) and add a FEW low-fat chips. I’ve found that because I’m still giving my body that fix of more naughtier foods but in much smaller portions, I am not craving them like you would be on a crash diet. So, a typical dinner would be worth around 10-12 points. Adding my points up, that’s still only 23 points at the most, which is great for when I fancy that little bit of chocolate or a packet of crisps! I just make sure that they are the low-points option.

So far, I have been really pleased with the whole programme and I am secretly really proud of myself at the weight that I have lost so far. Wish me luck for next month! J