Week #5: Almost Halftime

[Note: I was supposed to post this more than two weeks ago but I’ve been not feeling up to blogging much lately. Here it is anyway… once more with feeling! (Side eye)]

I totally went ham on pancake day and had pancakes for lunch and for breakfast the next day. I regret nothing cos it tasted damn fine, not gonna lie guys. Also shout out to Jamie Oliver’s pancake recipe, it’s pretty much fail proof. So on to the important part, I’ve actually lost some weight this week, hallelujah, another 0.8 lbs gone. Lets hope that actually stays off but I have been neglecting exercise so I suppose that’s not going to bode well for me… We’ll see!

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Peeling, Toning and Preening

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So I bought two skincare products that one, I needed and the other I was really curious about and they are the Botanics All Bright Toner from Boots and B. Revealed Glycolic Peel from Superdrug as well as a cheeky treat, the Eyebrow Stylist by Sleek cos why the hell not. I’ve been using the skincare products for a good three weeks now so Imma give you my review on them.

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Grown Up Glitter – Maybelline Colour Show Nail Polish Review

Maybelline Colour Show Rose Chic

I was just leisurely strolling around the supermarket when I came across this, I thought it looked so pretty in the bottle and I just had to get it. I feel like glitter nail polish is like the marmite of the nail polish world, it very much divides opinion and I for one, love glitter. The more speckles the better.

Though I am always apprehensive when it comes to the formula as there are a lot of duds out there when it comes to getting a full coverage and even dispersing of particles on the nail. I scoff at the pallid top coats, I’m very much ‘go hard or go home’ when it comes to this. I take my glitter very seriously.

Maybelline Colour Show Rose Chic

I am wearing two coats in the photo but one is more than enough if you prefer a more subtle look and you’ll be able to see a little bit of your nail but the colour of the nail polish makes it hardly noticeable. This applies like a dream I tell ya, it’s so easy to use and if you’re not great at painting your nails like myself this really is a fuss free formula. If I had a negative point about this polish it would be that, when it dries the texture of the polish is a little bit gritty however this is surprisingly easy to take off. I have to say this is becoming one of my fave polishes based on formula alone, I would love to see Maybelline release this in more colours! (if they haven’t already I only saw two on display.)

I have to say I did pick this up after reading a load of posts on going for a more subtle look for Valentine’s day. Pastel pinks seemed to be in favour and then I realised its not a colour I have in my shoe box full of polishes so I went and gone get it. Also Valentine’s related, if you haven’t seen the Funny Valentine’s on iPlayer I recommend it, well, you should see this one. Which in my opinion is the funniest one.

Anyway, are you a fan of glitter nail polishes? Let me know your faves!

Valentine’s Day for the Perpetually Single

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This hallmark holiday is almost upon us and your local supermarket is pimping out their displays with flowers, chocolates, stuff toys and really ugly cards. It’s an explosion of pink and red all over. Nothing says love better than OTT visual merchandising, right guys? It’s a bloody insult to women everywhere, but that’s none of my business cos I ain’t no wifey.

It’s 2015, you would think corporate businesses would get a grip on this stereotype of women but then again it is mainly run by bald men in suits so I probably shouldn’t expect much. This post isn’t all about hating ‘the man’ or men in general, trust. I just wanted to give my two cents.

Valentine’s day is nothing, if not a reminder for the single lady or man of how single you are and it’s almost as if society is repelled by your singleness and worst, they look at you with confusion and pity when you tell them you’re perfectly happy as you are, before giving you a nudge to say that ‘Becky is recently single, you know, wink wink’ or declaring that ‘Oh, you’d be a great match for George!’ Which you will then laugh nervously, make a joke and then slowly back away from the love sick couple announcing you really need to get to the checkout before you’re married off.

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Week #3: For Cod’s Sake

This has not been a good week guys, I’ve gained back all the weight I had lost so I am up another 0.8 lbs taking it back to my original starting point. (This may or may not have anything to do with the McRib I had yesterday…) I’m not exactly over the moon about it but hopefully I can lose something this week! Upwards and onwards, right?

DAY #5

“Breakfast” 12:04pm – Cinnamon Porridge with Soya Milk (158 kcal)

I was meant to have this with bananas but I didn’t have any in the house, total bummer. It didn’t seem like a lot of food at all when I made this up and I tried to eat this as slowly as possible to make it seem like there was more to it but I didn’t do a grand job of that either. Though this is surprising holding me up for longer than I had expected.

1:00pmTea with Soya Milk (15kcal)

Super Late Lunch 4:55pm  – Moroccan Baked Eggs (170 kcal)

I’d be waiting all day for the boiler fixer to come round so that’s one of the reasons why I had an uber ate lunch and I’m finally not living in an igloo anymore! Hurrah. This was actually super tasty, though I didn’t have any ras-el-hanout on hand that the recipe required so I just chucked in a bunch of spices that I thought were kinda close to it, so I used black pepper, cumin, cinnamon and ground coriander. I ate this so quickly — as you can guess since I hadn’t eaten since 12. It was just what I needed to warm myself up and I love a runny yolk all creamy and delish! Though I wished I had chopped the garlic finer. Biting into garlic chunks is not the one.

Dinner – Cod Provençal (247 kcal)

So this is my first time cooking fish and I am strictly following this recipe with military precision because cooking fish makes me nervous even if it is just a fillet. The vegetables weren’t cooked enough for my liking and I wasn’t entirely sure the fish was fully cooked because it wasn’t opaque opaque and it was really soft but I didn’t make me sick so I guess it was actually cooked??! I didn’t finish the dish and there was a lot of left over onion and it just didn’t live up to my expectations. Bah. Disappointed.

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My Nudes

Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick Brun Boheme

If you came here expecting naked photos of me than you’re going to be sorely disappointed (maybe), and if you came here expecting nude lipstick welllll you may be a lil let down but hear me out! I was having my usual gander at the aisles in Boots when I came across this little ditty, I was on the hunt for a nudey-beigey colour but I’ve never had much luck with the formula or colour match previously until I found this.

It’s a lot browner in real life (it’s so hard to capture it on camera!) and I would describe the colour of the bullet as a mixture of brown and dusty pink. It’s not a colour I’ve chosen before, I bought it on a whim and luckily I absolutely love it! It’s not your typical ‘nude nude’ but it’s a — do I dare say it? ‘my lips but better’ kinda shade (cringe).

The formula is so soft on your lips, it just glides on and for someone who suffers from chronic dry lip this is perf. It has a satiny/creamy finish and for what I consider a ‘light’ colour it really has some staying power! Even when the buttery sheen is worn off there still some of the original colour left on your lips which I like. It was still on after I had eaten! So that’s a sign of a good lipstick right there.

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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Sure feels like award season here, if only there was a red carpet and we could dress up (who am I kidding I have full blown make up and hair done, ready to be called up to the podium) annnnnywaaaaay, my imagination is getting the better of me. I have been nominated by the lovely Rosh for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers award, so thank you lovely!

Here are the rules of the award:

Thank the blogger who nominated you & linking back to their site.

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the ten questions sent to you.
  • Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Nominate seven bloggers who you feel deserve the award.

Onwards to the Q&A!

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Blog Politics

As I was scrolling through my twitter feed this morning I came across this comment made by a blogger who was damning other bloggers who just leave ‘one line’ comments, such as “I love x product!” “That x product is amazing!” etc and their url and pretty much outright called it nothing but spam.

I myself have just recently started blogging and one way to get more exposure to your blog is by leaving a link after your message in the comments section of other blogger’s posts. I often do check out other people’s blogs that way too. I am probably guilty of leaving a few comments like that but for the majority of the time I do take the time out and read what they’ve written and I try to leave an engaging comment. I think it’s just mean to shut someone down that way, accusing them of spamming, I’m sure you had to do a similar tactic to build your readership at some point.

Maybe if you’re in the 10,000s of followers or whatever it may be annoying but shouldn’t you stop and think, wow, I have people who are interested in my blog and what I write about! To me I was amazed anyone would even see my blog, the first time I got a like on a post I was so chuffed with myself! Of course likes and views are not the sole reason why I started writing but it definitely has given me a boost of confidence to continue.

I’m not naive enough to think sure, every single ‘like’ I received has come from someone who has read the entire article and genuinely liked it, I know how lengthy some of my posts are and let’s face it most of us suffer from a little impatience. I know it’s another tactic of getting someone to check out your blog. However, there are ways of asking politely and then there is the blunt straight to the point comments. I definitely do not appreciate ‘f4f’ route, though I’m sure it has worked wonders for many people, I personally see it as nothing but a seedy back alley trade, though I will follow back if I genuinely like your blog.

The person who has taken time out to leave a comment (even if it is 1 minute of their day) to leave a message on your post, there is no force in the world that makes you obliged to click it. Absolutely none. There is simply no reason for you to lose your rag over something like that. Honestly, can we not just be chill and get along guys?

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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