Friday, 30 October 2015

NOTD: Dusty Rose & Black

After The Lecente Look class on Monday I've had a serious hankering for their New York Pink glitter.  I've had it for a while but not oddly haven't actually gotten around to using it on my own nails.  I do adore black and pink so I figured I would do something with that combination. 
 

I choose CND Shellac in Tundra and Black Pool.  Tundra was used as my base for the Lecente New York Pink glitter.  I then applied a top coat, cured and removed the sticky layer.  Moyou Princess Plate 12 has a gorgeous roses print so I then stamped over the glitter and applied another layer of top coat.

 
I adore these nails, you know when you do them and you sit back and you're like 'yes I'm pleased with these!  They can definitely stay on more than 24 hours this time...!' this is me right now!


Thursday, 29 October 2015

The Lecente Look Class

I was invited up to Creative Academy+ Manchester to sit the first The Lecente Look class held there and I couldn't have been more excited.  It's lovely to have some dedicated time to play with nail art, I am in a fortunate position as part of what I do I often playing on colour pops for LL but for full time nail techs you just don't get the spare time to be able to do this.  

 
Our educator was Kirsty Walker who I've gotten to know pretty well.  Kirsty has a relaxed and calming way of training but is really thorough.  

The kit which is included in the course contains four Lecente glitters and one Lecente foil along with two of their nail art brushes.  You also are given a booklet with every design on with a step by step guide for each one.  Everything else that's needed to complete the designs is provided for you.  I don't mind taking my kit up to places but it's so much nicer to not have to pack everything up, all I needed to bring with me was my lunch!


The class caters for every nail tech, from the absolute beginner that hasn't yet incorporated glitter or foils to the nail that is used to doing fine detailed nail art.  As you can expect to create designs from a basic glitter fade and then they gradually get more difficult.  A few people have asked me to show the designs that you create but I feel like this is unfair to share as it not only spoils the fun if you're booked onto the class as you'd know exactly what you're going to be doing but it would be unfair to Lecente to divulge the designs that I have had no doubt took them many hours to create.

Doing a nail art class like this really gets your creative juices flowing again.  It gets me thinking about colour combinations that I haven't thought of and speaking to the other students on the day you bounce ideas off each other, it's fantastic.    Since it's a small group (there was 8 students in ours) it's the ideal opportunity to have a highly trained CND Ambassador with you to pick the brains of all day.  Not only that but once you've completed this class the support continues in an exclusive Lecente Students group on Facebook.

I'd love to see this be the start of other Lecente classes (do you hear that Maria?!) It would be fantastic if there was a high level nail art class and perhaps other techniques like one stroke, I would never be away from Creative Academy+ Manchester (well, I'm not in fairness anyway!) 

Overall I really enjoyed the class and I'd recommend it to anyone using any system.  I had only done my nails the night before but I will be taking these off pretty soon to get one their creations on them!  I've also found a new appreciation for Lecente Oil Slick foil!
 
More information about the class can be found here.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Slim Down Sunday: Week 24

Greetings from the airplane!  I'm currently writing this as I head home to the UK and you know what?  I couldn't be more excited.  Don't get me wrong, it's been lovely to be away in Corfu for these past ten days but it's made me realise how difficult it is to keep to a calorie goal when you're not preparing the food yourself.  A couple of extra tablespoons of oil, a few more ingredients and that could throw me off for the day.  I don't mean to sound like a control freak but my plan to stay within my calories had to go out of the window until I get back as I was driving myself mad with it.


In the end, I decided to just try to be sensible with meals, I forfeited the chance to go mad with cocktails and other delicious alcohol drinks on our all inclusive package.  To some, that's utter madness but the way I see it is this is a one off that I will be like this, our next big holiday I will be at my target weight so I reasoned that this will just help me keep the calories as low as I can however I did start having dessert.  


I don't think I mentioned this in my other Corfu post but I actually brought with me a few bags of my beloved Propercorn Popcorn which I adore, to tide me over in an emergency if I really couldn't find anything else I fancied.  This was a really good idea for me as it kept me away from the truly unhealthy foods.  


So let's talk a little bit about how I'm feeling.  Obviously this is the first holiday with a huge chunk of weight, gone.  I feel so much more confident, words can't really describe it.  I know that when I look in the mirror I still have work to do to get to where I'm happy but you know what? I've come so far.  My stomach feels so much tighter and I can bend down so much easier.  I stand up and I can feel that my physique has totally changed. 


As I've been wearing summer clothes that are typically more revealing I have been using the full length mirrors in the hotel to look at the new me.  This is something that's not possible in my own home because I would never have had long mirrors, it's bad enough having to walk past them in shops.  Unfortunately I think doing what I've done and ignoring them for so many years was another thing that stopped me addressing my size earlier.


Where we stayed for this holiday was really out of the way and up some seriously steep hills.  This is a true way to feel away from everything but unfortunately it rained for quite a lot of the 10 days we were here so it meant we were no where near anything.  One day we decided to walk to the nearest shop which was around 15-20 minutes away.  Of course with my new found fitness, I wasn't expecting to struggle at all despite my husband warning me that the walk would have some really steep hills.  I managed it but it was definitely tough going that I know there would be no way I would have managed if I was four stone heavier.  


I'm going to sound a misery here but I normally don't enjoy hotel entertainment, I typically find it pretty lame but some of the nights at the hotel were actually pretty good.  One night they did a Greek night with Greek dancing and this was another huge change in my attitude as they had gotten me up to join in dancing with them and I did it and what makes it more amazing is that I didn't care.  I would have rather been mauled by wolves than stand up in front of others for people to judge me previously but this time I just went for it!  I just think I'm finally comfortable with myself, I'm content and the fact that for these next few months I will continue to improve as I shrink down is incredible.  


I have to say, a little bit of my greedy tendencies came back during this holiday though.  Previously I wouldn't have one bag of crisp, I would go to the cupboard and get two bags, reasoning with myself that you just don't get enough Quavers in one bag or whatever.  I thought that after these past five months, those thoughts were finally laid to rest but whilst I've been away I have had little thoughts like "oh that was lovely, let's go and get a second plate" although I wasn't hungry anymore.  I don't know if that's a natural thing that slim people may do, I hope so. I'm also hoping that once I return back to my usual calorie controlled diet that I will naturally go back into being used to my smaller meals and return back to not think of seconds.


Right now, as you know I'm sat on the plane doing the three hour and twenty minute journey back to Manchester Airport.  As I haven't been able to weigh myself, all kinds are going through my mind in terms of weight I've put on.  I hope that it's 5 or 6lbs at the most.  I know that this is normal for a holiday but I hope that I don't put myself backwards too far.  I won't have an official weigh in this week so although I will weigh myself tomorrow morning, the next reading I'll be counting is next Sunday.  I hope that whatever I've put on is virtually gone by then.  I plan to get straight back into the gym as of tomorrow morning.  We even ordered a Tesco delivery that arrived last night to my parents so that I can return straight back to healthy eating for this evenings meal.  


This photo I took whilst I was away.  I don't know if it was just a really look fitting top or whatever but it makes me happy to see a feminine shape again.  I do still have a tummy but it's definitely smoothed out so much.  I regret not having before photos but that's the way life goes, it didn't occur to me to do that. Anyway, that's all for this weeks post and next week I hope to report a big juicy loss!
  • Every day we have a choice, it's a fresh start and the most important part from any healthy eating plan is to just try and make as many days, good ones.
  • Losing a pound a week is still over three and a half stone in a year.
  • If you're feeling particularly down about your weight, remember that if you stick to a balanced diet then by this time next week you could have dropped quite a few pounds, just the kick start you need to get going!  Even just by cutting down on treats you could make a difference, how good would that feel?!
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Sunday, 18 October 2015

Slim Down Sunday: Week 23

Greetings from Corfu!

So today's post is going to be very different because I'm on holiday and no where near my scales so I feel like I'm really out of my comfort zone as I haven't had my usual weigh in today.  That aside, I have to share with you how my week has gone and then when I'm back I'll do a post with where I'm up to, weight wise.

 

First things first I need to show you my swimming costume.  So let's put this out there, I've never been bothered about a bit of a dimply thigh, it's the way life goes and I'm still not but since losing a pretty hefty chunk of weight I'm left with some unhappy looking thighs.  I wanted to start using the pool at the gym but the thought of getting these thighs out for anyone to see makes me feel queasy, I hope in time that they sort themselves out with exercise.  I also virtually bathe in body oils to try and help.  

Anyway, after worrying myself sick about getting into a skimpy cozzie, I could have cried when I found this super cute nautical one with a little ruffle skirt from EBay of all places!  It is a perfect fit so I'm chuffed with it and have brought it on holiday with me. 

Last Sunday I m had the most amazing steak with a side of lobster mac and cheese which was absolutely gorgeous (and making me hungry again thinking about it!) Finally I went absolutely mad and had a dessert too which was a chocolate ganache.


So onto the holiday so far.  We arrived on Thursday evening and in my head ive always assumed that I would be able to get by in an all inclusive hotel and stay under my calories.  The only concern I had was the days we were flying as I would literally be grabbing whatever I could get my hands on at the airport, etc, oh how wrong was I?!  

The airport was a breeze as we bought food from Boots and I had brought a salad with me so I knew exactly what I had to eat all day, I finished the day almost smug that I had managed what I thought would be the worst part of food whilst away from home.  


Something I was particularly excited about was getting on the plane be azure embarrassingly, the plane seat belts were to the point where as they weren't fitting me.  I could just about, with my husbands help, clip it shut but that meant almost cutting off my circulation and I'm not even joking about it but I refused to ask for an extension.  Of course this time I knew I would be able to clip the belt no problems so that was a lovely experience.


I was confident that each morning there would be a selection of fresh fruit and I could just take from that and have a super low calorie meal to save my calories for later on.  Well I came down Friday morning and they did have fruit, watermelon (I only like honeydew) and grapefruit (not even going there!) I was disappointed to say the least!  I opted for the best option I could find which was an omelette.  It was only talking to my calorie counting friend that it dawned on me that they'd probably cooked it in oil so that threw me as I don't know what's in it although it was tasty.


I had high hopes for lunchtime, in my mind I would have been willing to have a plate of vegetables or fruit if the selection was better.  If all else fails I figured that most places do pasta with a separate tomato based sauce but of course I was on a losing streak and there I was nothing of the sort there.  In the end I opted for chicken on the bone, removing the skin which was fine and I hoped for a better choice for the evening meal.  


Dinnertime and I almost piddled when I saw pasta which looked like it had minimal sauce on it, "now we're talking" I thought, "finally something I can work with."  There must have been less than a tablespoon of sauce with the pasta but it wasn't dry and oddly spicy but beggars and choosers and all that!


I did decide to go mad and go for a dessert which was a little profiterole looking thing and pastry of some sort.  I know I shouldn't have but I did as I had been so good!  I had even been to the hotel gym and did some time on the exercise bike so I justified it!

I just want to add at this point that despite their huge selection of cocktails and drinks, the only two low calorie drinks that I can have are water or diet Coke.  I could have a cheeky cocktail but I really need to save every calorie I have for the hidden calories in the food i'm eating.  


Day two breakfast was virtually exactly the same as day one, the same fruit so I opted for an omelette again.  

Lunchtime came and once again there was no plain pasta, there was some sort of sliced potato dish that was super oily looking and vegetable dish in a simular fashion.  I didn't want to repeat my entire day again but I spied the chicken and figured that I could cope with it one more time.  I didn't even take a photo of it though as it looked pretty grim!

For dinner on day two I went for egg noodles in some sort of a stir fry sauce which was delicious.  I did also chose two small desserts which once again, I shouldn't have but they were amazing.


So far, I have to say I'm struggling.  I refuse to put on weight from this holiday, I totally acknowledge that almost everyone puts on weight after a holiday and now that I see food in a different light it's easy to see why but, I don't want to have to take a step backwards in my weight loss.  I also don't want to get home and maintained, I wanted to lose.  So far I've lost every single week apart from two weeks ago after the Lake District where as I maintained.

It's hard to know how much to divulge in these posts, I do say my honest thoughts.  I don't want anyone to think that I don't know when to chill a little with this all.  The way I see things is I've had over ten years of eating anything and everything that I've wanted which led to be being very unhappy and under confident.  2015 has brought me a year of change where as I can finally become who I thought I was.  Any delays in my weight loss just mean that I have longer in a body I'm not happy in, why would anyone want that?  

I thought I would handle having all of this food around me and not be tempted, just like I am at home but I think the thing here is that I get curious to try a little bit of things.  My biggest problem more so is the fact I don't know what's in a certain dish or how it was cooked.  How can I possibly work out if I can afford the calories if I don't even know what's in it?! I don't need to know the exact amount or anything but a rough guide, for my own sanity, is a must as it turns out.

I won't always have this strict way of thinking, of course.  When I reach my goal weight (which will be a total loss of 7 stone 5lbs) then I plan to just weigh once a week or fortnight and try to be sensible.

Anyway, that's all for this week as I haven't got a weigh in to finish with.  I am having little treats as it is holiday but I do feel like I'm doing this completely blind.  That aside I will get through this and look forward to hopefully hitting my five stone goal within the next six weeks!
  • Every day we have a choice, it's a fresh start and the most important part from any healthy eating plan is to just try and make as many days, good ones.
  • Losing a pound a week is still over three and a half stone in a year!
  • If you're feeling particularly down about your weight, remember that if you stick to a balanced diet then by this time next week you could have dropped quite a few pounds, just the kick start you need to get going!  Even just by cutting down on treats you could make a difference, how good would that feel?!
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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

NOTD: Holiday Nails

I've been dying to do my nails for a couple of days.  I had CND Shellac in Masquerade and the new Lecente Fireworks Glitter in Flame on if you remember but my nails were starting to get a little battered and so I was overdue a change!


Since I'm going to Corfu tomorrow afternoon I figured that I wanted something that was sparkly and eye catching so it didn't take too much thought before I decided on two of the new Lecente glitters in Spark and Turquoise Holographic along with some stamping over it.

 
I applied two coats of CND Shellac in Black Pool and cured them.  Next I took Lecente Turquoise Holographic Glitter into the centre of each nail and then applied Lecente Spark from the Firework Collection around it and top coated it. 

 
I then stamped MoYou London Pro Collection Plate 13 over my nails using Konad Special Polish over it. 
 
I am pleased with how they turned out, the two tone effect of the glitters really catches the light. Don't forget to follow my Facebook Page for future posts.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Slim Down Sunday: Week 22

Since I maintained last week I was keen to get stuck into this whole weight loss malarkey this week and shed some pounds.  I joined the gym last Thursday and I had planned to try and lose 5lbs in ten days for my holiday so I was ready to really workout hard. 


The treats have been to a minimum this week, literally I had two mini Daims and a couple of little bits like that but I was so focused on my goal as I knew I didn't have an awful lot of time to do it in.  


When I qualified as a hairdresser last year my mum bought a coat for me, almost as a graduation present as I was finished with college.  As I've mentioned in a previous post, that coat is now a few sizes too big for me but I do still wear it for my evening walk.  For that reason mum has treated me to another coat "for all my hard work losing weight" she said. 


I've been trying to eat different food this week that's fairly low calorie but that will still be enjoyable.  I didn't think very much of the Scratch meal that I bought from Asda although that one was fairly low calories compared to the others in the range, it wasn't as tasty as I would have liked.


Now that I'm past my four stone target I must admit I'm starting to thing about my five stone one.  Of course, each one is bigger and better but five stone is huge to me so I'm keen to get myself a treat ready to mark the occasion which should be in a few weeks time.  Having visited my friend Jacqueline on Friday I have decided that my present will be a Michael Kors watch.  I'm not typically a watch wearer so this will be for special occasions and when I need to give my arm a workout (they weigh a ton!) 


I want to tell you something I'm struggling with this week which is the imagine in my head versus what I see in photos.  In my mind although I feel amazing, I'm still that huge person.  I think my problem with photos is that I spent so long trying to fake a good angle to make my face look slimmer that when I look at recent photos now I wonder if I've kidded myself and that I don't really look like that.  I hope that makes sense?! I keep doing comparison photos, side by side, but then I don't know whether either photos are a true representation of who I am so I find myself asking others "is this what I look like now to you?" 
 
Me this week
 
I've sat here today and looked at old photos taken today, six years old and it breaks my heart.  I think the thing is I knew I wasn't happy with what I looked like but I stopped looking at it but now I'm faced to look and compare the two.  I wish I had never done this to myself, let it all get so out of control.  I suppose I figured that this was just me for the rest of my life.  Of course now I see that it was a phase in my life that thankfully I have moved from but I left to pick up the pieces and accept what is left. 
 
Anyway, onto the weigh in which admittedly, I have been naughty with as I've been on and off the scales all week this week.  As I've been going to the gym every weekday morning, when I've returned each day I have gotten curious where my weight loss is up to so I've jumped on.  Each day the loss was getting bigger and bigger to the point where as Thursday it was actually showing a 4lbs loss which I was so excited for.  Unfortunately when it comes to the actual weigh in this morning my naughtiness meant I was disappointed as it's actually 3lbs which don't get me wrong, is fantastic but I would have preferred 4lbs off!  So this brings me to 4 stone 3lbs (or 59lbs) in 22 weeks.

Next Sunday's post is going to be all over the place because I'm in Corfu so I wont know my actual weight which is going to totally throw me off.  I am in an all inclusive hotel and I plan on being completely, as much as I can, within my calories.  I do think it will be difficult as nothing will be prepared by me but I am ready for the challenge and excited to see if I can manage to shift some weight whilst I'm away.  I do have people that will try to tell me that it's holiday and I can let me hair down but there's no chance of that as that will delay me and I'm not having it.  I will still post as usual though so I can let you know how I'm getting on and the following Sunday I'm home again but later in the day so I won't be able to weigh in until the Monday morning.  Onwards and downwards, wish me luck!
  • Every day we have a choice, it's a fresh start and the most important part from any healthy eating plan is to just try and make as many days, good ones.
  • Losing a pound a week is still over three and a half stone in a year!
  • If you're feeling particularly down about your weight, remember that if you stick to a balanced diet then by this time next week you could have dropped quite a few pounds, just the kick start you need to get going!  Even just by cutting down on treats you could make a difference, how good would that feel?!
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If you want to read my previous Slim Down Sunday posts - click here.
If you want to read my explanation of Slimming World - click here.
If you want to read my explanation of calorie counting and basic weight loss methods - click here.
 

Saturday, 10 October 2015

My Work: Cinderella Nails!

Rachael is off to a Florida with her friends in a couple of days and wanted princess nails.  We chatted a little about the different princesses and eventually decided on Cinderella as a theme as Rachael loves blues and greens.


I mixed a holographic silver and a unbranded blue glitter together with white Mylar flakes and a little Lecente Stardust Glitter in Milky Way with clear acrylic powder, applying it to the tips of all nails apart from her ring finger in a fade.  I did then mix more Mylar flakes with clear powder separate and applied some more over it before finishing off the rest of the nail with a clear overlay.  


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For Rachael's ring fingers I did a clear overlay and painted the silhouette of Cinderella in CND Shellac in Cream Puff. Once cured I then applied Lecente Stardust in Milky Way over it.

I have to say these nails are possibly a favourite that I've ever done.  I just thoroughly enjoyed doing them and I think Rachael is very pleased with them!

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Friday, 9 October 2015

Focusing On: Lecente Multi Glitz Glitter in Baby Doll

With the 18 new Lecente shades I've been quite a few times to pick a favourite and I refuse to, it's unfair to ask that of me!  That aside I thought I'd put together this little post featuring Baby Doll as it's been particularly popular with me.


Baby Doll is a multi glitz glitter so it's literally an huge mix of different colours that are perfectly blended together to make your eyeballs dance.  The main colour is somewhere between a copper, a rose gold and a peach.


I wanted to show this glitter paired with a few CND Shellac shades to show you how versatile it is.  My current favourite is Indigo Frock but from left to right of the photo below is Rose Bud, Cerulean Sea, Bare Chemise, Rock Royalty and Indigo Frock.

 
I hope that's given you a few colour combination ideas with this gorgeous glitter.  If you want to see more posts using Lecente glitter - click here or more 'Focusing On' posts - click here.
 
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Sunday, 4 October 2015

Slim Down Sunday: Week 21

I had literally no idea how this week was going to do as I entered it.  I had booked a trip to the Lake District for my husband and I to start the celebrations of being together ten years, seven of them married.  Throughout this I've always said I didn't want to stop having fun and enjoying myself on occasion but as it got closer to this break away all I kept thinking was that I didn't want to have a gain at the end of the week.  


The hotel was a bed and breakfast (and was amazing by the way - it's called The Cranleigh in Bowness-On-Windermere) so I was just planning to make my choices as sensible as possible.  


On the way up there I chose a fairly low calorie meal - Shanghai Noodles - from Wetherspoons so I was happy with my first choice as I knew that would fill me up.


When we arrived at the hotel there was some amazing chocolates waiting for us on the bed.  Well I'm not going to lie, I got so tempted to have one of them that I ended up halving the box with my husband but I just kept telling myself that this is holiday and I can relax a little.


Later that day we went out for our evening meal and once again I had my sensible head on.  I looked for the best option on the menu, something without chips, preferably seasoned vegetables and a fresh piece of chicken or fish.  The menu did say the chicken had a creamy sauce which I figured would be fine until it turned up and I nearly died on the spot to how much cream there was!  

  
To make it worse, I had also order some garlic bread to share as I figured I had been so good with my choices and that we would be walking it off anyway.  


I typically don't drink very often, it's never been my thing really, I can take it or leave it but I'm in the mood though then I do am enjoy myself.  I did have a glass of prosecco in our room, my husband drunk the rest of the bottle the following night and took a comedy style tumble down some stairs because of it but that's going off topic.  


The following day we went on the boats up and down the lake which was lovely, the weather was fantastic for September.  We got to our final tour and unfortunately time was getting on and there was literally only two places to eat, a cafe and a super fancy overpriced hotel.  Opting for the cafe I said to my husband that I would have soup but typical, just my luck that the soup of the day was mushroom.  I love mushrooms but mushroom soup makes me feel funny so I ended up with this tuna panini which was delicious and probably over my calories for the entire day but I figured that I would just need to work hard when I got home.


I actually found it so difficult to keep within 1200 calories whilst I was away as restaurant food is made to taste nice and therefore, they wont leave out anything that's going to make it even more delicious.  On our second night we went to an Italian and I picked a dish that I didn't think it would be too bad but of course it was cooked with oil and a generous amount of cheese which admittedly, I ate!
 

Okay I fully admit that on the second night I also decided to get a dessert.  This was a complete novelty as whilst I've been losing weight, if I've been out for food I haven't had a dessert as well as that would be overkill but clearly I decided to go for it with this amazing chocolate and cherry combination.
 

We also had a cooked breakfast both mornings which I didn't eat all of but what I did eat must have been around half of my calorie budget for the day.  I did enjoy my time away but when I returned Thursday night I did weigh myself and I had put on 3lbs.  It was the wrong time of day (I normally weigh in the morning) but I knew I needed to work really hard from then until Sunday so that I didn't actually gain for the week.  I realise that at this point, twenty weeks in and four stone down, a gain wouldn't be the end of the world but I wanted to avoid it at all costs.
 
 
I sat and quietly and brainstormed my plan of action on Thursday afternoon.  I then decided it was about time I stepped up my game for the final three stone so I decided to join the gym.  I was determined to get started with it as quickly as possible so I decided to head down there when they opened at 6.30am on Friday morning for my first workout.  I felt like a child getting ready for my first day at school gathering together my workout clothes and shoes. 
 
There's something about the gym that makes me feel really intimidated, I suppose it's because it's likely that there are a lot of buff people in it and I am there sticking out like a sore thumb but I figured everyone has to start somewhere.  On the way home I had all of the rush hour traffic passing me going to work as I did some chair dancing in my car to my dance tunes!  I've decided to go weekday mornings and give myself the weekend off.  Last time I joined the gym I went every single day for virtually six months so I definitely want to have a little break this time around.
 
Anyway, moving onto the weigh in.  I was prepared to stay the same but I felt I had done everything in my power to not put on.  Honestly I know it wouldn't have been the end of the world as it would be off and more the following week but as I got my four stone goal last Sunday, I didn't want that taken off me.  I couldn't believe it when I got on this morning and I was literally the exact same weight - to the eighth of a pound - as last week.  That meant that I had lost the just over 3lbs that I appeared to have gained midweek.  I'm happy to maintain for this one week, as you can see I ate a lot of food that was off plan really but I really did work hard.  I now have 4 and 3/4lbs to lose in ten days to get to my next stone bracket before I fly to Corfu and I will do it!
  • Every day we have a choice, it's a fresh start and the most important part from any healthy eating plan is to just try and make as many days, good ones.
  • Losing a pound a week is still over three and a half stone in a year!
  • If you're feeling particularly down about your weight, remember that if you stick to a balanced diet then by this time next week you could have dropped quite a few pounds, just the kick start you need to get going!  Even just by cutting down on treats you could make a difference, how good would that feel?!
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If you want to read my previous Slim Down Sunday posts - click here.
If you want to read my explanation of Slimming World - click here.
If you want to read my explanation of calorie counting and basic weight loss methods - click here.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

My Work: Purple & Leopard Print

I've known Simone for around 8 years, I used to work with her but yet I've never done her nails for her before which is total madness.  Anyway, she wanted enhancements although she has naturally amazingly long nail beds and had chosen a design from Google.

 
 
I used CND Shellac in Plum Paisley, Steel Gaze and Cream Puff which go together beautifully.  I don't feel like Steel Gaze gets as much love in my home salon as it deserves, it's perfect for clients that need a metallic shade to finish off a design but don't want to decide on gold or silver.  I think Simone is pretty happy with her nails, they're all over her Facebook profile with hearts which always a good sign!
 


Friday, 2 October 2015

New Lecente Glitters & Nail Foils Autumn 2015

Seriously now, I've waited about six weeks to show you these glitters and foils, you have no idea how hard that's been but the wait is over! 


I have made a video to show you them all so you can really get up close and see how they move.  If you haven't watched my Fireworks Collection video - click here.  

All glitters and foils are being launched at Olympia Beauty on the 4th & 5th of October.  They shall then be available online and instore at Creative Academy+ Manchester from the 6th October.  If you're outside of the UK you can purchase from lecente.com
 
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