Welcoming in 2017

Diary

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This is going to be the first year I have ever made resolutions, so just to get my second goal on the way, here I am, increasing my chances of success by  publish them for all the world to see!

My resolutions for 2017 are…

One| Lose 2 stone in weight. I have found the last three months overwhelmingly stressful – so I have been using food for comfort. I am ashamed of the amount of weight I have put on since September 2016 and am now determined to get to the body shape that I was two years ago. I want to loose 28 pounds in 12 months… so that’s only about 2.5 pounds a month… Which I believe to be very achievable!

Two | Establish a goal for myself to achieve every week. Whether this goal is to finish a unit of my diploma, not eat any refined sugar or run 10 miles (fat chance),  research  by Dominican University of California shows that by writing your goal down you increase your chances of success by 33%.

Three | Identify three things that I am grateful for everyday to continue the journey of training my brain to look for the good things in life. According to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences, grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier than other people.

Four | Become more aware of my feelings. My anxiety makes me avoid risks and settle for less. I want to dedicate a few minutes a day thinking about how I am feeling. I need to understand that my feelings from one area in my life may overflow into other areas in my life. By being more aware of my feelings, I want to be able to balance my emotions so I am able to make the best decisions.

Five | Strive to eat a lot healthier.  I don’t drink coffee so sugar is my caffeine and I am addicted… to the point that I sometimes have headaches when my body craves a sugar fix. I have tried many times to go cold turkey (PB: 15 days) but this year I will find a way that fits my routine and diet best. I will try to eat more fruit for a natural sugar boost rather than my usual milkshake or chocolate bar. I will meal prep for my weekly lunches and stop buying sandwiches at work.

As well as these resolutions, I would also like to accomplish a few goals. Last year I wanted to: buy a house; learn to play an instrument; stop forgetting birthdays and stop spending so much money. I bought a house, almost stopped forgetting birthdays and stopped spending money on things I didn’t need. However, I didn’t even touch an instrument. This year I would like to:

One | Read more books

Two | Decorate our new house from top to bottom

Three | Complete my diploma

Four | Landscape our garden

Five | Welcome a fluffy kitty to our little family

Wishing you all a very happy new year! I hope you achieve any goals that you have set yourselves! Love always, L ♥

 

 

 

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Moisture Bomb me, baby

Beauty

Have you read my post on Evening Primrose Oil and Hormonal Acne? No? Shame on you.

For those of you that have read it (thanks, babe), I have a somewhat exciting update. In just under two weeks of taking this supplement I have already seen drastic results. No new spots!! Now all I’m left with are those pesky red marks, one ugly scab and a few bits of horrible flaky, dry skin that make me look like I still have spots, BUT I DON’T! (#YEAAS!)

I will not be posting my before and after photos yet, I want to give it a little while – you never know, (I hope they don’t, but) they may come back.

I’m traveling up to Cheltenham tomorrow with a friend for another friend’s birthday celebrations and want a quick fix to get rid of these annoying marks and get my face ready for the many photos I can expect to be taken. I will be trying Garnier’s Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask for some much needed hydration. This is a risky move that could go very wrong as my skin has been known to break out after using face masks (but that’s usually when I use a cleansing and de-clogging kinda thang – so I hope this one will be okay!).

Make up has been removed, I have cleansed and toned my skin – now for the mask.

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Yep, I look like Michael Myers. I’m going to have nightmares.

To be continued…


UPDATE 06/12/2016 – It went horribly wrong. WHY DID I DO A FACE MASK BEFORE A PARTY?! Currently at the end stages of nursing three HUGE cyst like spots around my lips.  Ba*#&rds! Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Treatment Cream has done what it says on the tin!

Why I Stopped Using Dry Shampoo

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As that heavy powdery fog settles on my unwashed hair, as I massage it into my scalp after getting out of bed 20 minutes later than planned; I wonder what the long term effect this is having on the health of my hair and scalp. So like any normal blogger would do – instead of cracking on with my next diploma module – I researched dry shampoo (Duh).

A couple months ago you would have to prise that can of Batiste Dry Shampoo out of my hands, I would blast layers upon layers of the stuff to guarantee the volume, texture and freshness that I desired. But it turns out that there are many downsides to being overly dependent on dry shampoo. My laziness could be causing my hair to be brittle and damaged, can slow hair growth and in extreme cases – can cause ache, sore patches and hair loss (Read more here😱).

What kind of woman would I be if I didn’t scare my finding with you lot?? (I wish I had this much motivation with my studying😒) So, what are the facts?

What would happen to your skin if you caked layers of powder over your face to avoid washing it? I’m sure, like me, your pores would fill up and explode in horrid pimples. So this is basically what you are doing to your scalp, including the hairline of your face. (In extreme circumstances this can also cause folliculitis – which causes painful boils in the scalp and can lead to baldness. YELP).

Dry shampoo doesn’t actually cleanse your scalp, nor does it condition your hair.  The oils on your scalp are rich in nourishing fatty acids, by mixing these with starchy powders and alcohol, they can no longer travel from the root to the tip of the hair and like hair spray, dry shampoo tangles your hair so increases the risk of breakage when brushing – hello split ends!

Replacing a good hair wash with dry shampoo over a period of time can lead to irritation, causing your scalp to become itchy and flaky – the more you itch, the weaker your hair becomes. And what does a weak hair and a scalp clogged up with dry shampoo mean? An imbalance of the microorganisms on the scalp responsible for healthy hair growth. As a woman trying to grow her hair, this is a nightmare.

So instead of dry shampooing my locks for that second day of freshness, I have learnt to master the perfect up-do that is so fabulous, nobody will notice the slight sheen to my scalp.


Want to carry on using your dry shampoo, but my rambling has scared you?

“Ok, so we know over use = not good. But how often is that? Every other day? Once a week? 

“Use it as and when you need, but don’t just don’t go using it day after day” explains Iain. “Think of how your face or body would feel if, rather than washing it, you sprayed something on it which didn’t make it look dirty – it’s the same difference.” 

Essentially, it’s fine to use dry shampoo whenever you need, just don’t go spraying it into your roots day-after-day without washing, as the build up of product on your scalp and around the hair follicles is what causes the problems. If you wash your hair the day after each use there’s less danger of irritations and you can avoid all that scary stuff like thinning patches of hair. 

“It’s not so much the ingredients in dry shampoo, but the act of using it ‘instead of’ actually shampooing your hair. Its fine for getting away with that extra day of ‘not washing’ …just not an extra week!” explains Iain. “ – Cosmopolitan UK

Phue.

Has Shaving My Peach-Fuzz Face Turned Me Into a Yeti?

Beauty

If you haven’t read the prequel to this post, you will have no idea what I am talking about in this post. You will probably need to read it, you can do so by clicking here.

Ok, so I may be writing this two weeks later, rather than one as stated in the linked post – but I’ve been super busy (updates will come, but for now, I’m not going to risk jinxing anything! 🏡).

So, has shaving my peach-fuzz face turned me into a yeti? No, it hasn’t. The ‘fuzz’ has grown back thinner than it was before. Although, you will notice that this post does not come with any photographic evidence… why? Because what it did give me was acne. Lots and lots of acne.

HOWEVER – I’m not one to push blame; there could be another reason to this breakout. Due to my f*#ked up, womanly body; my Doc has switched up my birth control – so this horrible, lock yourself away for a week breakout could have something to do with that? So, I will need to shave the face again once my body has got used to the different hormones flowing through my body, right?

To shave or not to shave? That is the question.

Nah, you’re alright.

YouTube Channel: Clown Contouring

Beauty

Okay, so I thought I would give this YouTube Channel thing a go. I’ve had the Channel for quite a while but have only ever used my login to watch videos of cute dogs and kittens (stop judging me).

My first video (so, please excuse the poor editing) is me doing what I love – I am literally painting my face with makeup. This was so much fun to do and I’m actually quite impressed with how it blended out and the overall finish (thank you Beauty Blender – Shop at FeelUnique using this link to receive 15% off your first order)

Please help a sister out and have a little gander at what I’m blabbering on about (don’t forget to subscribe, comment and give it a thumbs up if you enjoy it!): CLOWN CONTOURING | FOUR INCH AND UP

Love always, L x

Subscription box: Birchbox

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June’s Birchbox has arrived and my inner child was revealed when ripping the packaging open. Not only is the design totally gorgeous (i’m currently trying to think up ideas for what to use the now-empty box for), it’s also tailored to your skin and hair type. This month I have a full size Jelly Pong Pong Lighten Up Brightener and Waterliner (RRP £14.95); Percy & Reed Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray (RRP £12*); Bioderma Photoderm AKN Mat SPF30 (RRP £14*); Whish Coconut Milk Body Cream (RRP £15.50*) and finally, Huygens Le Gommage Visage (RRP £17.90*).

My favourite out of this months box is the Jelly Pong Pong Lighten Up Brightener and Waterliner. It is so soft and applies so smoothly, I’ve only had it two days and have already fallen head over heals for it. Considering the monthly cost of Birchbox is £10 + p&p – I’ve already made my money back and more with the Brightener and Waterliner.

Click this link to sign up to receive £5 worth of Birchbox points (which can be used towards your orders!): https://www.birchbox.co.uk/invite/FourInchandUp. YEAAAS 😘

*RRP correspond to full size items

Essentials: May Bank Holiday

Beauty

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The second bank holiday in May – aren’t we a lucky bunch, eh?! This is the weekend of Radio 1’s Big Weekend and this year, it is held in my home town – Exeter. Unfortunately, I was not quick enough to gain myself a pair of tickets – so while most my friends are galavanting in the grounds of Powderham Castle; I have been cooking, running errands pampering myself and chilling out with the Outlander Season 1 boxset (If you have not watch this, I highly recommend it).

I love having a day where I have no commitments and obligations. Today is for me to do with as I wish! I have put a joint of beef in the slow cooker and prepped all the veggies for tonights dinner and made two apple and cinnamon crumbles for pudding (apparently I’m not very good at portion control). Now that’s all done, I have the rest of the day to watch Outlander (yes, all of Season 1 – don’t judge me!); give my skin the deep cleanse that it needs and see if anything can be done with my pesky pimples around my chin (damn you, hormones!) and give my finger nails a new shape and fresh coat colour! Today will be a wonderfully peaceful day!

Primark ‘Wake we at noon’ pyjama top (£4!!)
Loreal Paris Skin Perfection Micellar Water
Simple Moisturising Facial Wash
NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray
Loreal Paris Infallible 24H-Matte foundation (20 sand)
Max Factor Masterpiece Liquid Eyeliner (01 Velvet Black)
Rimmel London Extra Super Lash Mascara (101 Black)
Sally Hansen Gel Cutical Remover
Barry M Matte Nail Paint (Copa Cabana 443)
Outlander Season 1
Kinda Bueno White (there is no other way)