My “I’m Staying Overnight” Make Up Bag

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I love peaking into people’s make up bags, it’s the nosy neighbour in me that can’t resist a snoop so I thought I’d share what’s in my essential travelling make up bag in return. The things in there are my absolute can’t-do-withouts and it’s what I would say is my ‘everyday’ type of look. The products are carefully selected for not only it’s purpose but weight and size counts here too. No heffers in here mam. The last thing you need when you’re travelling to a friend’s/cousin’s/down low lover’s/boyfriend’s house is extra weight to lug around, nobody has time for that. I’m ashamed to admit that I have all my make up divided up into 3 massive separate bags; face, eyes and lips. I had just realised the sheer amount of stuff I have BUT I can condense it all into a small bag, it’s 19cm x 11cm, if y’all interested.

So, what am I packing?

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Liebster Award

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I just want firstly thank Sophie from Beauty’s Bug for nominating me! I’m so flattered that people seem to like my blog! Seriously, I’m grateful for every reader I get and I hope to continue with this for as long as I can.

Here are the rules:
– Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
– Answer the questions given by the nominator
– Nominate 11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers and link them
– Notify all the bloggers you nominate
– Create 11 new questions for your nominees to answer

Update; whilst I was drafting this post up Hannah of Hanniemc had nominated me for the award too, which has definitely made my morning, thank you! I will be answering selected questions from both ladies.

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Week #1: Don’t Fear the Frittata

Welcome to the first installation of my diet diary! Party poppers popped and glasses clinked. So on my last diet conscious entry I didn’t specify how much weight I wanted to lose because at the time I didn’t know exactly how much I weighed so I didn’t know much I wanted to lose but behold the scale batteries have finally been replaced so I can start my journey. I’m aiming to stick to this diet for 12 weeks and attempting to lose about half a stone or 7 pounds and who knows maybe miraculously I’ll wake up at the end of this with an 25″ waist. (In my dreams). If you missed my previous post about why and what this diet diary is about, let me direct you here. I used the recipes from the BBC food which has all the calories worked out so this should be easy peasy to follow and stick to.

DAY #1

Breakfast 10am – Yoghurt with Banana and Pumpkin seeds (149 kcal), Tea with Soy Milk (15 kcal)

Yes, I woke up late today okay, don’t judge me. I actually didn’t hate this as much as I thought I was going to, I feared the natural yoghurt was going to have too much of a tang but it wasn’t too bad, I did cheat a little bit with an added teaspoon of honey. I noticed how slowly I was eating this too which made me feel fuller. Even if I did cheat. On the first dish. Then I had remembered that I don’t get on fabulously with yoghurt and that there’s a reason why I have soy milk in my tea and coffee. It gave me stomach cramps and worst. You know what I’m talking about fellow lactose intolerant readers.

11am -The first audible stomach rumble from a distance. I’m getting nervous now.

Lunch 1:30pm Garlic Mushroom Frittata with Salad (243 kcal)

The recipe preparation method for this was way too fussy. I was really looking forward to eating this but my cooking completely let it down, under seasoned, garlic not cooked enough and the accompanying salad with NO dressing whatsoever wasn’t exactly a joy to eat. I tried to eat all the cucumber but we just don’t gel, there’s something about the taste of it that’s just so odd, and it’s flavour is really strong for something that is meant to be mostly water. It made me appreciate the cherry tomatoes so much. I felt hungry whilst I was eating this and continued to feel hungry after.

Dinner 6:00pm Meatballs with Courgetti (219 kcal)

This has definitely been my favourite dish of the day — not that it’s hard to beat right now. I couldn’t stand this ridiculous hunger anymore and it was my mine prompter to start getting dinner ready. It was really straight forward to do, I managed to roll out 15 meatballs and after tasting the sauce I decided to jazz it up a bit with dried chilli flakes and lil bit of sugar, to balance out the sourness. I actually love the idea of making spaghetti from veg though I would thoroughly drain it before plating the sauce of top, a ring of orange water wasn’t the nicest thing to look at but at least it was tasty!

Snack 8:16pm – Ate the other half of the banana from this morning (approx. 45 kcal)

Treat 9:30pm Hot Chocolate (60 kcal) and Jaffa Cake (46 kcal)

I totted up all the calories I had consumed today and was desperate to look for something that would fill the remaining calories I had left (about 129), this was an absolute wake up call to what was available to me. I definitely wanted something ‘naughty’ and a sweet drink should sooth the beast that is my stomach, I went for the Options ‘Dreamy Belgian Chocolate’ and made it up in the biggest mug I could find, accompanied by a single jaffa cake. Did you know ONE jaffa cake contained 46 calories?!?! Yet they shout about the whole 1g of fat per cake. Pssh. I ain’t impressed. I ate this as slowly as I could, savouring every bite because at the time it felt like the most amazing thing to grace my lips but we all know it’s just a humble jaffa. In the moment I loved it as much as Homer loves donuts. Mmmmmmm donuts.

Onwards – I’M SO HUNGRY BEYOND ANYTHING. I am so ready for breakfast now. NOW.

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Discount Discoveries!

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Last weekend I went to have a leisurely browse with my mother in a local retail park, it’s one of those type of parks that has the most random group of stores bunched together. You could buy a bed, knitting needles and beer in one trip if you wished. Amongst the plethora of shops, I was most drawn to the discount outlets, cos who doesn’t love a bargain? I can’t walk past the reduced section in Asda without having a cheeky gander. I’ve heard that Poundland stocks drugstore make up so I went on a mission to find some goodies, I did manage to find a teeny tiny section dedicated to cosmetics in the store I visited. In true Poundland style everything is jumbled up — not messy necessarily, but there’s no real order to how things are stacked. Maybe it’s just the Monica Geller in me that can’t comprehend their methods.

I didn’t find any make up I really really wanted but I was impressed that they had a real mixed bag of products and brands available including, Rimmel, NY Colour, Bourjois, L’oreal, all individually bagged in these cellophane wrappers. Though I did purchase some more of that cocoa butter vaseline because I love it and I go through those tins faaaar too quickly. Also paying anymore than a pound for it, is criminal, side eye Boots, Superdrug. If you want to find some serious treasure you will need to put aside some time to go through all those little packets and you will probably have a better chance of finding something you want from a bigger store too. The one I went to was a small branch but somehow I still managed to spend a good 20 minutes scouring the display.

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Coach Spring 2015 Campaign

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If you’re American you may be very familiar with the brand Coach, the first time I went on holiday to Seattle in about 2007? I was around 14/15 anyway and I had noticed 1. Everybody over there loves and I mean LOVES there leisurewear, it was all sweatpant city and yogaville and 2. Everyone was carrying a Coach ‘purse’ (or a bag to us Brits). I frankly didn’t get the hype at all. My American family were trying to convince me this was an ‘in’ thing to have. By thing I mean anything with that repeat Coach logo print on. Maybe back then designers were all about logos in their prints (I can’t specifically remember which era but I’m sure logos were a 90s thing?) but I couldn’t be more repulsed by the brown embroidered CC on this taupe woven fabric.

I’m not a huge logo wearer/toter, in fact I hated it as a ‘fashion statement’, any brand that thrived on a logo combined with an air of ‘I’m better than you socially’ made me cringe to be honest. Cough, Jack Wills, Cough, Abercrombie, Cough, Hollister, Cough. Sorry, I’ll stop. To me that’s not what fashion is about, creating hoards of the same shit in different colours and then having the audacity to charge a ridiculous amount for what is essentially a basic t-shirt. Though, I will exempt Ralph Lauren because for some reason that doesn’t quite upset my palette. I don’t have a problem with logos if they’re done right, for example, sports brands seem to excel in this area, it can look good and not come off all douchebaggery and all ‘look at what I can afford’ (sometimes).

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How Effective is the SPF in your Make Up?

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Recently, I popped into Kiehl’s to have a general look round but what I was really after was the dark spot corrector (you can read my glowing review here) they have and the store assistant launches this pitch at me, saying that the serum was practically useless if I didn’t wear the sunscreen she recommended with it. She did provide good reasoning behind it because scars and dark spots do become darker when exposed to the sun or more specifically UV rays as the tissue is less resistant than normal skin, so if I didn’t protect my skin from sun damage I wouldn’t be giving the serum a chance to work at it’s optimum. Whether for beauty reasons or health reasons we all know how beneficial sunscreen is.

She then disclosed to me that the SPF (sun protection factor) in my foundation and moisturiser is not effective unless I apply 7 to 10 layers of it. Which nobody does, ever. Up until that very moment I never questioned the effectiveness of SPF in my make up or skincare and when I’m looking for a foundation I always prefer to get one with sun protection because that’s a bonus right? But what she said has completely shattered the way I look at those products now and I’m disappointed that none of these products I bought declared how much I need to use to get the SPF stated. It just seems that SPF is only an added extra to boost it’s value and appeal of a product, I feel quite deceived, I mean they’re technically not breaking the rules but they aren’t exactly being honest either. I’m ever skeptical about beauty products’ claims anyway but I thought sun protection wouldn’t be something brands would be sly about.

After that bombshell she really pushed the factor 50 ‘Ultra Light Daily UV Defence’ sunscreen and she was really passionate about that specific product enough to give me a few samples to try as I felt she could sense my hesitance about the sunscreen, as I did question her whether factor 50 was too much and she went on to explain that even though it’s winter and the sun isn’t out they’re still UV rays being emitted and even indoors the sunlight (on the rare occasion there is) can go through windows and can damage your skin that way too. She even went as far to say that dermatologists always recommend a factor 50 sunscreen, which I took with a grain of salt to be honest.

So as soon as I got home I did the nerdy thing and googled fervently to finally get to the bottom of this sun protection dilemma, is it really necessary for me to wear a factor 50 sun screen daily? The short answer would be no, and here’s why. The Met Office has forecasted what the UV index is like for the next 5 days and it’s a great fat 0 (for where I live and I’m sure it’s more of less the same up and down the country) and a score of 0 means no exposure and according to their guide you can ‘safely stay outside’. So I have no worries about my dark spots getting darker, brill and let’s be real why should we waste using up products when they are not going to be actively protecting us?

Of course when the summer does roll around, it means we will have to wear an actual sunscreen underneath our make up for the full factor protection but until then I think I’m good with what I’m using now.

Let me know in the comments if you knew the truth about SPF in our make up and skincare products because it was definitely new news to me and what your thoughts are about that!

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4.

I am a Constant Craver

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My relationship with food has more or less been the same my entire existence, I’ve never really been that girl who was obsessive with dieting or my weight because mainly for the first 3/4 of my life I’d been relying on my genes to take care of me and they did, in fact I was a scrawny child and my parents were keen to get me to eat more or I wouldn’t grow. (Asian family logic.) I suppose they were right in one way because I never got taller but I sure grew wider.

To be honest, I’ve never considered myself fat or even chubby, I thought I was just average but one day I did get an awakening when someone made a point that I looked like I had lost weight — but I wasn’t purposely dieting or exercising at the time. Though it was meant as a compliment, all I could think about was “how big did I look before?!” It was the first direct comment I’ve ever received about my body. It made me a gazillion times more self conscious and for the first time, made me look at my body in a different way, through the eyes of someone else. I constantly flip between having the body confidence of Hannah Horvarth/Lena Dunham and the drastic desperation to be a Victoria Secret runway ready. Which has made me a serial exercise and diet yo-yoer, not surprising when I could never commit to a stance on how I want my body to look and what I was happy with. (Which is probably more a self esteem issue than a weight issue but I don’t wanna go too off piste, I’ll save that for another day.)

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Beauty Goals for 2015

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I’ve seen a couple of bloggers post their beauty related resolutions so I thought I’d share mine too. It’d be interesting to refer back to this post this time next year to see if I’ve stuck to any of these. Maybe a leopards spots can change, while we’re all hazy on new years motivation with the fire in our bellies at full blast to prove ourselves and others wrong.

The wind outside is most definitely angry and unrelenting jeez.

Anyway so here are my goals and aims for this year and beyond,

— To not purchase new products that aren’t finished or close to even running out – except lipsticks and eyeshadows because they’re probably gonna outlive me, let’s be real. I think I’ve only ever used up one lipstick in my entire life. It was a YSL one, fyi. I think this one is gonna be a toughy but I’m hoping this will build my willpower, curb my impulse buying and force myself to get creative with what I have already.

— I’m going to save up my Boots points and then treat myself to something nice at the end of the year. It’s something I’ve seen other people do and I thought I’m gonna give it a try and see what the balance will total up to, instead of using it as back up credit for a ‘free’ lunch though it has come in handy plenty a times whilst I was at uni.

— I say this one to myself all the time, especially when it gets really bad but I should seriously stop picking my spots, I have a medium skin tone and whenever I pick a spot this horrid brown scar develops and it stays put indefinitely. I have no idea why but lately my skin has been flaring up like crazy and most of my right cheek and chin has been taken over and now my forehead seems to be getting in on the action too, not a good look. Resisting popping a spot, especially when it’s just ripe is self control I just don’t have (yet.) GIVE ME STRENGTH BEAUTY GODS.

— Moisturise more than just my face, suddenly as I’ve gotten older slathering lotion on my whole body has become an absolute chore and one I use to be able to do without fail after a wash. I’ve gotten so lazy with this, that when my skin starts to get rough I just whip out the body scrub and be done with that business. It’s a great toofer (2 for 1), clean and soft, baby. But in all seriousness I need to use my moisturisers and keep that bod smoother than sandpaper for more than a day.

I would love to hear what your beauty ambishes are for this year so if you have written a post please link it in the comments!

P.s Is any one else really excited for the final season of Parks and Rec?! I CANNOT CONTAIN MYSELF. I’M SCREAMING.

Versatile Blogger Award

Even though my blog is still very much in it’s infancy I’ve been nominated for a “Versatile Blogger’ 2015 award by reallysophie which is really sweet, so thank you! (Sorry this is a bit late.)

Here are 7 facts about me as requested,

1. My birthday is on bonfire night.

2. I’m really teeny tiny height wise, I use to think I was at least 5’2′ but turns out those extra 2 inches are a lie. A LIEEEEE. It was really soul crushing when I found out.

3. I am a feminist and I strongly believe in equality of the sexes.

4. Celery, coriander, lemongrass, fennel are things that don’t belong on my plate. No, thank you.

5. My hair has been dyed every colour under the sun, but it’s currently my natural colour, black. My favourite colour it’s been is probably this pastel pinky lilac colour, it’s so much maintenance but it was pretty.

6. I’m blind as a bat and I cannot do without my glasses or contacts.

7. Photography is one of my interests and I really want to improve my camera skills and actually understand all the funny symbols on my camera.

I’m really awkward when people ask me to describe myself, it’s not something that feels totally natural to me, I’m much more of a listener and I’m hoping this blog will help me ‘find’ myself over time, as cheesy as that sounds.

I would state my nominations but being new here I haven’t had long enough to really get to know many other bloggers but when I do I’d be sure to fire them off!

Navigating the World as a Fertile Turtle (Or Not)

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This is going to be a post alllllll about women’s business and by that I mean contraception, periods and the like. It’s a subject I’ve rarely seen written about (or maybe I’ve just not looked hard enough) and it’s one I think is super important, and I feel that it’s very much swept under the carpet and hidden away like a mutant twin sibling. So I just wanted to share my experience and thoughts on it and hopefully this is helpful or at least insightful for some of you.

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