Monday, February 08, 2016

Beauty products I Will Always Repurchase

I am not always brand-loyal when it comes to beauty products. I am a sucker for trying out the latest thing I’ve read about online, or whatever is on special offer in Boots or the Supermarket. However, there are a few items that I will return to time and time again because they work and the price tags don’t break the bank. So in no particular order, here are my most repurchased beauty items.

My Most Repurchased Beauty Products

Vaseline Lip Therapy


The humble little blue tin costs a little over £1 but it is the best thing I have found for keeping my lips soft and smooth.

Vaseline Essential Moisture lotion

Another inexpensive product that I can use all over. I love that it comes in many different sizes so I have the small tube in my handbag, the smaller size bottle on my desk at work and a large bottle in the bathroom cabinet. I use it as a hand cream, face cream (not sure you’re actually supposed to do that, but I’ve been doing it for years and it’s not doing any harm!) and a body lotion (though I do like the spray can version for that too) so it’s a truly multitasking product. I pick it up in the pound shop when I can too, to keep the costs down even further.

Max Factor compact foundation

I have always been a compact foundation girl – I don’t have time for faffing with messy loose powders or cream/lotion formulations. Compact is where it’s at! I have a long history of finding a great one and then it gets discontinued, and I am fully expecting that to happen to this product at some point, but until then I will continue to repurchase (especially when Boots have 3 for 2 or buy one get one offers on their make up ranges).

L’Oreal Hair Expertise Colour Shampoo and Conditioner

Since I started colouring my hair myself I have been more aware of the colour fading. A bit of Googling led me to this shampoo and conditioner combo which is sulphate-free and seems to look after my hair colour well.

got2b Guardian Angel Heat Protection Spray

I bought this heat protector the first time purely because it was about £3 in Asda, and I ended up loving it. It does the job, it seems to help smooth out frizz too, and it isn’t expensive.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Miracle Treatment (leave in conditioner)

And speaking of smoothing frizz, this leave in conditioner truly can perform miracles. Spray it on your just washed, freshly tangled hair, leave it for about 30 seconds or so, then comb through gently and feel the knots just disappear. Magic.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils

I have so many of these but the black (Zero) and the brown (Bourbon) ones get used up the fastest. They do exactly as the name suggests - they glide on - and they are the best eyeliners ever.

What are your most repurchased beauty products?

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Saturday, February 06, 2016

Outfit: January 26th – A Bright Red Jacket






On Tuesday I decided to continue the bright jacket theme and wore my red one, which was a charity shop find last year for all of about £3. I paired it with denim and stripes because they work with everything.

Jacket – Episode (charity shop)
Jeans – Next Tall
Top – Long Tall Sally (sale)
Boots – Arturo Chiang (Century 21)
Necklace – gifted

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Outfit: January 28th – A Long Cardigan or Coatigan







F+F boots

On Thursday last week we had a day out from the office for a business briefing. As I knew I’d be inside all day I decided to layer up with my cosy cardigan rather than take a coat. I’m glad I did layer up: the air conditioning was set to Arctic and it was freezing for much of the morning session!

Cardigan – Firetrap (charity shop)
Top – Long Tall Sally
Jeans – Primark (gifted)
Boots – F+F at Tesco
Necklace – gifted
Belt – local boutique

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Monday, February 01, 2016

January Instagram Roundup

Even if I don't have time to take blog photos every day, I have been trying to snap a quick picture of my outfit to post on Instagram.  Here's a roundup of the past month, in case you missed any.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

How To Stick To Your Weight Loss Programme (and Why I Quit Weight Watchers)

Long-time readers of this blog will know that way back in 2011 I started Weight Watchers for the first time. I lost successfully with it, to the tune of almost two stone (28lbs) in three months. Over the years I gained a bit back, then lost a bit more, lather, rinse repeat. Which brings me to now. I am at my lightest weight since I don’t know when, and have come to the realisation that to stay at this point I need to track my food. Sure, I can have the odd day off for a special occasion, even a week here and there to enjoy a holiday, but 80-90% of the time I need to track.

So why have I quit Weight Watchers (WW)? Well, as you may or may not know, Weight Watchers completely revamped their programme just before Christmas 2015 and introduced a whole new system of counting points. Basically it now heavily penalises foods high in sugar and fat, and encourages you to eat foods high in protein. This is all well and good and I’m sure it’s much better for you than the previous system, but for me, in order to stay on plan in the long term I need flexibility. I need to be able to have a little bit of chocolate if I want it. I need to be able to enjoy a meal out and not worry about going over my points. (In fact, going over my points is likely to make me think ‘why bother?’ and write the whole week off.) To that end, I have quit WW and am now following the old plan by myself. I have an app that tracks the points and it’s like nothing has changed. It’s great.

I have been thinking recently about what helps me to stay (mostly) on track and have compiled a list of my top tips.

How to stick to your weight loss programme

Have a late breakfast

I know this isn’t possible for everyone, but as I have a desk job I can eat breakfast pretty much anytime I like. I’ve found that if I wait until around 9am I am far less likely to want a mid-morning snack (although I will have some fruit if I fancy it). My lunch break is usually around 12.30pm so by having a later breakfast I can easily make it through until then.

Have a good lunch

Since I started adding half a can of soup to my usual sandwich and fruit lunch I find I don’t crave chocolate (so much) mid-afternoon. I will still have a snack – usually an apple or some sultanas, but I don’t feel the temptation of the vending machine nearly so much.

Drink plenty of water

The app I’m using now to track my WW points also has a section to record your healthy choices and one of those is how much water you’ve drunk. I aim for 8 glasses a day (or 4 refills of the pint glass I keep on my desk) to know I’ve had enough. You’ve probably heard that if you feel hungry, more often than not you are actually thirsty. Turns out, this is true.

Wear a pedometer

You can now enter the number of steps you’ve walked per day on the official WW app (and on the pro points one I’m using), either by syncing up your Fitbit or, if you have a cheapo tracker band like I do, manually. The app then converts the steps to WW points. Which you can eat, if you need/want to do so. I find wearing a wristband pedometer encourages me to move more in general. I’m keen not to break my run of days that I’ve achieved my 10,000 steps so you’ll often find me marching on the spot whilst watching TV or You Tube (which has to be better than sitting on my butt, right?) to get my total number of steps up.

These are all things that help me to stay on track so I hope you find them useful too. Whatever you choose to do though, just stick at it and the results will come. Don’t beat yourself up about any gains or plateaus and remember to enjoy yourself along the way.

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