Sunday, 31 January 2016

Slim Down Sunday: Week 38

I've said it time and time again, food is definitely more a psychological thing than people give credit for.  All week I have known that I was going to the amazing Smuggler's Cove restaurant on Thursday (It's a pirate themed restaurant in Liverpool) so for some reason, I just almost wrote off the fact I could lose weight this week because of it.  Yes it was almost certainly an excuse, of course one meal wouldn't have made a different if I had have been good all week but I wasn't. 
 
 
I go through weeks like this and I never know what to do for the best.  Call it hormones or just a greedy week but no matter what I did or how many times I would tell myself I would wake up and have a better day, it didn't happen.  I feel like when you're losing weight, you have to have weeks like this and they don't concern me.  I tell myself that it doesn't mean I've lost the weight loss battle if I don't lose, it just means it's on pause for that week.

 
I constantly overate this week and I have to be honest and tell you that or my weight loss posts wouldn't be true.  The odd thing is, the moment I do that I literally feel like I'm back at my heaviest weight again and I swear my face even looks fatter.  I know that sounds crazy but if you've lost a large amount of weight I think that many experience this.
 


One positive that came from this week was that I found myself in Matalan taking back a pair of pants that I had bought a few weeks ago.  They still had the tag on them but I needed to swap the size 16 to a size 14.  Now I'm not a 14 in everything, these in particular are super stretchy but it felt amazing to need to swap them!
 

 
Apart from all of the rubbish I've eaten this week, my food staple was potatoes which I typically had as a jacket potato.  When I have these weeks I try to go for really filling foods to try an curb the amount of bad stuff I eat.

 
I think by the time it actually got to Thursday I decided to cancel my weigh in.  I had once again had the scales hidden but I decided to keep them hidden until next week so that I've burned off whatever temporary gain I've had.  Some people would need to know exactly what the scales say but I'm fine with writing this off as another week that I enjoyed being over five stone down and right back on it to be in the 13 stone mark next week. 
  • 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?!
Why not come and be my friend on the My Fitness Pal app - search for 'liverpoollashes'
If you have a FitBit then why not be my friend on that and send me a challenge? click here.
 
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.


Thursday, 28 January 2016

Focusing On: CND Shellac in Untitled Bronze

I'm going to call a spade, a spade here, CND Shellac in Untitled Bronze was my least favourite colour out of the Art Vandal collection.  It's not that I don't like it but the others excited and inspired me far more.  That aside I thought I'd continue on with my Focusing Posts for the collection. 

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The mix of bronze and blush tones throws me off with the colours that are going to compliment it, I'm not even going to lie about that.  That aside I put a couple of colours with it that I liked so hopefully they I'll inspire you to drag your colour pops out for a play!

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From left to right of the above photo:
  • CND Shellac in Untitled Bronze with Lecente Iridescent Glitter in Peru over.
  • CND Shellac in Black Pool with one layer of Untitled Bronze over (this gave an interesting shade actually) but then I decided to add a little CND Additive in Silver Ponyfoot and Lecente Stardust Glitter in Lunar randomly into the sticky layer.
  • CND Shellac in Untitled Bronze with Lecente Stardust Glitter in Lunar over it.  I then painted a simple design in top coat, cured and removed the remaining glitter and then applied a layer of top coat.
  • CND Shellac in Untitled Bronze with tiny pieces of holographic gold and silver foils.
  • CND Shellac in Untitled Bronze with Silver Chrome.  I used the Lecente S1 Nail Art brush to drag lines into the silver which I then cured adding black and curing and finishing by tapping a little silver foil into the black.
I hope you enjoyed this post.  I will be doing posts for ideas using all of the CND Art Vandal Collection, please make sure you're following my Facebook Page to keep up to date with my latest posts.  If you would like to see more Focusing On posts, click here.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Slim Down Sunday: Week 37

This week I had a master plan which I didn't know was going to work but I had nothing to lose.  That plan was for someone else to keep the scales with them so that I couldn't hop on and off them.  I appreciate that this is hardly a genius idea but I wanted to see if it actually made any difference to my weight loss after last week's disappointment.  After my weigh in last week then were shunned away into the boot of a car until further notice.


The week started well as it always does, I actually think that not having the scales to look back on took some of the pressure off, I don't know how.  I suppose I knew that if like last week it went down midweek and then went back up a little, I would be blissfully unaware.  

 
All week I have felt a little dubious because I didn't know where I was up to but I put it to the back of my mind telling myself 'whatever happens, happens.'  I actually think that doing this meant I actually almost forgot that I was trying to lose weight!   
 

I don't always talk about the gym but I am still going every weekday morning.  As I mentioned in one of my first weight loss posts, I do have twisted hips which is generally only a problem when I get tired my legs tend to turn inwards a little and I can fall.  Unfortunately this week and last seem to have been a little bit too much as my hips have been aching.  I do try and push myself at the gym but obviously I have to be careful.  When I think that I suppose I am a 'gym bunny' I do think its funny because this time last year I literally would only get up off the sofa when I absolutely had to.  I do still have a feeling of self consciousness when I walk into the actual gym all of the buff men and toned ladies but I tell myself that that is the reason I'm there. 
I still don't buy too many clothes as at this point, I'm probably going to go down another dress size fully before I reach close to my target.  I will buy things like t shirts that wont really matter if they're a size bigger but definitely nothing too fitted or too expensive.  Excitedly towards the end of the week I noticed that the jeggings I've been wearing are starting to get lose around the legs on me so I then slipped into a size 14 pair that I had bought ready and waiting which felt fantastic (don't forget I used to be a UK size 24/26!) 
 
So naturally as I haven't weighed this week until the weekend, I felt like I was going into my weigh in completely blind.  In my mind I had said to myself 'well lets say I've lost a pound, better than nothing' but I secretly hoped for more, of course!  I couldn't have been more delighted to find out that I had lost 4lbs this week bringing my total lost to five stone 5lbs (or 75lbs) in 37 weeks.  I definitely think that this huge loss was some of the loss I should have had last week but either way, it's fantastic and I'm delighted with it.  Even better, I am literally 14 stone now so next week I will be in the 13s!  Eeeeeek!
  • 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?!
Why not come and be my friend on the My Fitness Pal app - search for 'liverpoollashes'
If you have a FitBit then why not be my friend on that and send me a challenge? click here.
 
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.

Friday, 22 January 2016

NOTD: Enchanted Nails

I definitely do my nails according to my mood so whilst I was brainstorming this afternoon I settled that the mood was in was a little innocent and I wanted princess style nails which is not like me really(!)
 
 
Thankfully as I wanted to use one of the new CND Art Vandal Collection colours, the Shellav shade Mauve Maverick fit exactly what I was going for.  I teamed that up with Safety Pin and Lecente Stardust Glitter in Cluster.
 
liverpoollashes shellac mauve enchanted nails moyou

To finish my "enchanted" theme I used a new plate I bought from Creative Academy+ Manchester last week, MoYou Enchanted Plate 16 with a gold foil effect polish.
 
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Sunday, 17 January 2016

Slim Down Sunday: Week 36

This week I have been so determined, I knew I could do this to the end, I knew everything was possible.  Now of course anything is possible but sometimes you can feel like they're not so that's what I mean by saying I actually "knew it."  I had a fun week planned, well at least at the start of it which did involve food but I knew I could reign it back in when I returned home.
 

The week started with an overnight stay in Oddfellows Chester which is a really quirky boutique hotel for my husband's birthday.  I also had booked his favourite restaurant, Hickory's Smokehouse for lunchtime and I had no intention of counting calories all day.  
 
One thing I couldn't resist was having a milkshake whilst I was there as they're just so amazing.  I ended up having two of them which is totally overboard in terms of liquid calories but I absolutely deserved it so I enjoyed them anyway.  The one on the photo below is mint Oreo, it was absolutely gorgeous. 
 
 
On Monday we had breakfast and then checked out of the hotel.  With the buttery toast I had as well as a full English I had to reign it back for the rest of the day and had a light dinner that evening.  When my determination is strong I can do that, other days I just won't settle until I've eaten everything in sight.  
 

Someone asked on my Facebook page for me to list the types of meals I eat.  I'm basic when it comes to cooking but at the moment my meals are very lazy looking.  What I mean by this is I tend to buy pre-packaged foods that I know the exact calorie count on as I like to know where I'm up to.  It probably seems quite controlling but it's only the same as other weight loss methods.  I typically will have porridge, Weetabix, Heck chicken sausages or fruit for breakfast.  Lunch varies from a jacket potato with tuna to a chicken salad, soup, noodles, crackers and Laughing Cow spread, pretty much whatever I fancy and within my calorie count for the day.  Dinner will be either fish or chicken, vegetables and then whatever I fancy either rice, potatos, pasta or salad.  


I always work out in advance what I'm having to eat beforehand so if I'm within my calories and fancy a treat I have plenty of lower calorie ideas and I'm always looking for new ones.  My new find for the week has been Ben & Jerry's Mini Tubs.  They've been on special offer in Tesco, four in a pack of mixed flavours and they're two boxes for £6.  Each tub is just under 200 calories and they're a decent amount so I really feel like they're a proper treat.  That's the thing with calorie counting, I've actually never felt deprived as nothing is off limits but you have to be sensible and ensure that most of the calories are taking in are good ones.  At this point, to recap I am eating 1200 calories each day.

 
If you've never been overweight you'll not truly understand the extent of the problems it causes on your life.  My husband is a huge plane enthusiast so for Christmas I paid for him to have a flying lesson.  I knew there was height and weight limits and that I would want to go into the plane as well if I could so that I could take photos for him to look back on.  I actually thought that it would be no problems for my weight since I have lost five stone but one company told me it wasn't possible for me to get in!  

 
Anyway I finally went with Liverpool Flying School and paid for a four seater plane who were fantastic and we could even fit my mum in too for the ride!  Climbing into such a small plane is no problem for me now which is fantastic, before I would think I was nimble and then half way through a manoeuvre I would realise that my bum/legs/stomach/entire body was too big.  
 

I got some fantastic shots of Liverpool and the River Mersey so I thought I'd include them although they have absolutely no relevance to weight loss!


This Morning have been doing a feature all week about weight loss and it's been interesting to see others who have lost similar amounts of weight as me.  They also said only 7% of diets actually work which is a shame.  I suppose people get a certain point and then either start to feel happier in themselves and give up or they stop it after falling off the wagon as they just can't get their head to focus back on it.  Thankfully I know that I am in that 7% now, I never was before but this is finally the time it's worked for me, nothing will stop me.  
 

The photo like the one above always makes me feel funny looking at them.  I look and I can't believe it's me.  I do bitterly regret not allowing photos when I was at my biggest as I have limited pictures to compare to but I look at shots of me now and I just can't get my head around it.  I also think those photos are funny anyway as where on earth are you meant to look?!  Do you smile?  Do you not smile?  I have no idea!
 
 
Everything was going fantastic until I got to Saturday.  I'm not going to lie, I had been hopping on and off the scales all week and monitoring how I was doing and this was spurring me on until Saturday when I suddenly went up again.  Now, thanks to the lovely Jen who follows me on My Fitness Pal who has now named these Saturday episodes I have as "Self Sabotage Saturday" - I can see this is starting to become an annoying pattern of mine.  In order to try and push away the negative thoughts I did everything I could think of, I went shopping so that I was out of the house, I ate low calorie foods so I could have more of them and I started blogging to distract myself.  I didn't feel like anything was working so in the end I decided to get out my old jacket and take some photos to show myself what I have achieved which I think, was what finally made me behave myself again and I've included them all in today's post.
  
 
When I used to look at myself from the side I had a huge stomach so the above photo is a massive improvement.  Of course I'm not completely there yet but it's these type of visuals that make you realise your dreams are possible and that you just have to stay focused.
 
So now for the weigh in this morning which is fair to say, I'm hacked off over.  Admittedly I know you're not meant to scale hope but it probably didn't help.  For some, they take it really bad if they scale hop but I do think that it generally works for me as I'm boosted when I can see the numbers drop as the week progresses and if the numbers don't or they go up I know to behave myself.  Well this week that method backfired because I was looking at between a 2 - 3lbs loss by midweek which then got blown to smithereens when I weighed in officially this morning and found out that it was just a pound.  Now I know a pound is a pound, it's a loss and I get there but how on earth did that happen?!  I'm fuming about it.  So I did what any fatty would do, I went and ate a load of chocolate. 
 
Don't worry, I'll be fine and totally back onto it tomorrow as I start my gym workouts for the week.  My plan of action is I'm weighing myself in the morning to check the damage that I did today with today's 'colourful' food choices and then I'm having my husband put the scales in his car so I can't be tempted to check.  Either way I am less than I was, a new lowest weight, 14 stone 4lbs (five stone and 1lbs down in total) and I am still heading towards my goal.
  • 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?!
Why not come and be my friend on the My Fitness Pal app - search for 'liverpoollashes'
If you have a FitBit then why not be my friend on that and send me a challenge? click here.
 
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.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Focusing On: CND Shellac in Mauve Maverick

I must admit when it comes to the CND Art Vandal Collection, Mauve Maverick isn't one of the first colours I think of although it is beautiful.  It has amazing coverage, like the rest of the collection, and it perfectly even with two coats without any fuss.

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I actually had a lot of fun playing with this colour to come up with a few design ideas so here goes.  From left to right of the photo below:
  • Mauve Maverick with a glitter paste mix of Lecente Firework in Spark & CND Additive in Amethyst Flash to create the star.  I then mixed a separate glitter paste with Lecente Stardust in Galaxy for the 'whoosh.'
  • Mauve Maverick with Lecente Iridescent in Peru.
  • Mauve Maverick with CND Additives in Haute Pink and Island Heat as well as Lecente Stardust in Galaxy patted in a repeated sequence across the nail.  I then used the new Lecente S1 brush to paint zig zags with top coat.  After curing I removed the sticky layer and applied another layer of top coat.
  • Mauve Maverick with a 50:50 mix of Lecente Firework in Pop and Spark patted around the edge.
  • Mauve Maverick with CND Additive in Gilded Gleam over it.  I then used the top coat to paint hearts and polka dots which were cured.  Removing the sticky layer I applied another layer of top coat.

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I hope you enjoyed this post.  I will be doing posts for ideas using all of the CND Art Vandal Collection, please make sure you're following my Facebook Page to keep up to date with my latest posts.  If you would like to see more Focusing On posts, click here.

Monday, 11 January 2016

NOTD: Velvet Rose Nails

What makes these rose nails velvet I hear you ask?  No idea but it sounded better than just "rose nails" didn't it?!  I suppose I could have made them matte... but I didn't!  I always do my nails according to my mood (be frightened when I go all black!)  When I did my nails I wanted something a little sexy, a little vampy perhaps.  Originally I was just going to go for plain red until my stumpy thumb grew a little but then I've done CND Shellac in Wildfire that many times that it didn't seem fair on all of my other shades to do it again. 
 
 
I actually decided to pick a colour that has only ever been chosen once before, only last week actually.  That colour was CND Shellac in Scarlet Letter.  As I sat waiting for it to cure I thought to myself that I could jazz it up by turning them into roses so with the other hand I dragged my MoYou London Princess Plate 12 and decided to stamp over the red to make them into roses.  I like these nails as the darker red makes the print a little more subtle and it's only when you look closer than you can see them.  I think they'd be a great idea for Valentine's Day.

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Sunday, 10 January 2016

Slim Down Sunday: Week 35

This week was the week of chicken, lettuce, vegetables and determination.  I can feel when I'm not 100% focused on my weight loss and I hate it, I hate that I'm weaker and I hate that I could race into the kitchen and binge eat.  When I do binge eat I'm sure it's disgusting to watch, like an animal scavenging for anything it can get it's paws on.  I'm not even trying to make it into a joke.  I'd be mortified if anyone saw me but here's the thing, most of us that do this always wait to be alone so no one ever saw it.  
 
 
So last week was the week that I felt somewhere between the old me - the binge eater - and the new me who knows exactly what her body needs and treats it well.  Since I had had the taste of all of that party food I always worry that I'll return to that addiction.  Of course worrying is just a waste of time and never productive but you hear so many people who get half way to their goal, fall off the wagon and never get back on.  In my heart I knew that that would never happen this time, don't ask me why.

I don't think I've said this before and I may come across a little mad but, I always knew this was going to happen.  I've tried to tell my husband and mum but I actually knew that I was going to lose all of my weight in a short space of time and very publically, I just never knew when or how.  I also always knew that once I had done it I would go on to help others as I truly understand it, I always thought that this would be by becoming a Slimming World consultant or something but I feel like now it will be more to do with online support. Something clicked in my head last May, I don't know what it was and I don't know how it happened but I knew that this was that time I always knew was coming.  I actually wish I could bottle that "click" for others that have a lot of weight to lose.  I'd say "I'd make a fortune" but the truth is I would give it for free for those who were crippled with their food addiction like I was and release them from it.  

 
It breaks my heart knowing that there are so many that suffer from this and they're just labelled as greedy.  I can see why it can be perceived this way but to me it's like a beautiful ship being taken over by dirty pirates when I binge.  I'm completely overtaken with this urge that I must eat whatever I see.  I suppose some may think it's like when you sit down with a party sized bag of crisps and before you know it, you've finished the bag. For me it was like those TV programmes that they eat as many of a certain item like hot dogs or watermelons in a minute, that's how disgusting it was.  I can't settle until it's eaten either.  When I'm in that phase I could potentially put something down and sit in my chair but then it's like I've been taken over and before I know it my legs are taking me back into the kitchen to polish whatever it was, off.  That might sound so bizarre to some of you but it is an addiction, I'm an addict.  You can be addicted to anything and for me it was food.

Many people have told me that as my weight gets lower the weight loss will slow down.  I have no doubt to the very end that that will happen but I do believe that it's more likely because you're buzzing from doing so well that you get a little complacent.  It was Tuesday this week that the penny dropped and I knew instantly that I was back in the weight loss zone.  I'm now ready to smash this last part of my slimming journey and you have no idea how incredible that feels.  

When I tell people that I've lost 5 stone in seven months everyone says the same thing, "you must feel amazing!" and I really do.  I stand up and I feel really lean, I don't look it but I suppose compared to the body I used to have then it's a huge change.  Many mornings I wake up and look at myself side on in the bathroom mirror because I can't believe how small my frame is compared to what it was.  I think I do this almost to double check I didn't dream it because it honestly feels like I could have.  
 
 
Despite me raving about the scales that I bought at the start of all of this, it appears that they've started to go faulty so I took them back to Argos and they exchanged them yesterday, no questions asked (shoutout to the Speke, Liverpool Argos as their customer service is actually ace!) Anyway the only thing is the new ones seem to be a pound difference, not in my favour which is disappointing.  
 
Something I've not mentioned before it excess skin.  When I started this I would say to my friends that I was worried about excess skin as I was so extremely overweight.  One in particular would say to me "Karen you've got two choices, be as you are now or go for it, lose the weight and see what happens at the end."  If you've never had a weight problem you may be inclined to think "well you should just be happy with being thinner and it's tough about the skin" but what you may not understand is you've worked so hard that it's heartbreaking to think that you now can't be like everyone else without surgery.  Anyway, obviously I have exactly 33lbs to my goal so I'm starting to have an idea what my situation will be.  Firstly, surgery petrifies me so I will avoid it at all costs.  My arms have a small bat wing but that's fine, I'm not that bothered.  My stomach has a little overhang, that was initially my biggest concern but I think that will end up just a bit lose and fine in clothes.  My current biggest problem is the tops of my thighs oddly enough.  I never thought it would be because when I was 19 stone 5lbs I would have said my stomach was more of the issue than my thighs, I never even considered they could be my biggest concern.  I'm hoping that in time that the skin shrinks a little and I have definitely seen massive improvements.  I'm not particularly vain about my body but at the moment I couldn't allow anyone to see them in a swimming costume without some sort of a skirt, that's not being dramatic trust me, the skin literally gathers but what can I expect with a 70lb weight loss?!  I hope in time they will improve on their own with the exercise.

 
Anyway, this weeks weigh in.  So if you remember I said I had my Christmas/New Year gain to get shut of which was actually 7lbs.  From New Year's Day to last Sunday I had lost half of that so this weeks focus was to get rid of the rest of it and any "fresh flab" as I like to call it would have been a bonus.  Well I'm pleased to say that I am now free of that 7lbs gain, it's all gone so I'm officially back to my lowest weight yet, 14 stone 5lbs.  Obviously I have a way to go but I'm so delighted to be back here and ready to see the 13s in a few weeks time.  It's so lovely to think that every loss now is going to be a new lowest weight for me again, eek!
 
I genuinely hope you've enjoyed today's post as this one in particular has been completely open and honest with where I am up to.  It's not easy to talk about it but I know I'm not alone in this.  I am overcoming so much that perhaps I can help you overcome it too.
  • 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?!
Why not come and be my friend on the My Fitness Pal app - search for 'liverpoollashes'
If you have a FitBit then why not be my friend on that and send me a challenge? click here.
 
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.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Focusing On: CND Shellac in Future Fuchsia

Following on from my previous "Focusing On" posts, next up is the CND Shellac shade in Future Fuchsia.  This was hands down my favourite when I first saw the collection.  It's a super bright pink with a blue undertone and a little shimmer.  
 
liverpoollashes cnd shellac art vandal collection future fuchsia
 
After playing around with it, this colour is really versatile by pairing it with most shades or even layering it over another colour.

liverpoollashes cnd shellac art vandal collection future fuchsia
 
From left to right of the above photo:
  • CND Shellac in Bicycle Yellow, Future Fuchsia over it and carved and Lecente Stardust in Milky Way over.
  • Future Fuchsia with silver and gold holographic foil tapped into it.  I then took a dotting tool and drew lines into the foil to break it up and give it more of a sharper look.
  • Future Fuchsia with Lecente Iridescent Glitter in Banana.
  • Future Fuchsia with Lecente Stardust Glitter in Galaxy, CND Additive in Gilded Gleam and Blush Bronze over it.  I then used top coat to paint stripes, removed the rest of the powders with D-Sperse and top coated.
  • Overtly Onyx with Future Fuchsia over it. 
I hope you enjoyed this post.  I will be doing posts for ideas using all of the CND Art Vandal Collection, please make sure you're following my Facebook Page to keep up to date with my latest posts.  If you would like to see more Focusing On posts, click here.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Focusing On: CND Shellac in Magenta Mischief

When the promo photos were released for the CND Art Vandal Collection whilst I was drawn to Future Fuchsia, many fell in love with Magenta Mischief and it's easy to see why with the pink and purple tones and a blue shimmer undertone.  I found it easy to pair with many other products so hopefully you'll enjoy this post!


From left to right of the photo below:
  • Magenta Mischief with a piece of bright blue foil crushed and tapped into the sticky layer.
  • Magenta Mischief with Lecente Iridescent Glitter in Tangerine over.
  • Magenta Mischief with CND Additive in Glided Gleam over it.  I then used the Lecente S1 nail art brush to paint a design in top coat, cured it, removed the rest of the additive with D-Sperse and applied a full top coat.
  • Overtly Onyx with a thin layer of Magenta Mischief over it.
  • Magenta Mischief with Lecente Multi Glitz Glitter in Foxy faded.
 
 
I hope you enjoyed this post.  I will be doing posts for ideas using all of the CND Art Vandal Collection, please make sure you're following my Facebook Page to keep up to date with my latest posts.  If you would like to see more Focusing On posts, click here.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Focusing On: CND Shellac in Art Basil

I know green shades may not be as popular as pinks and reds but the new CND Shellac colour in "Art Basil" is really a game changer.  It's the perfect shade of green with shimmer that reminds me a little of the discontinued Moonlight & Roses.



When I do these posts I literally grab a load of supplies and experiment, it's a lot of fun.  I was going to layer Art Basil over Digi-Teal but the moment I applied the layer of Art Basil I fell in love with the blue/green tone in, it's gorgeous and a slight alternative to Art Basil on its own so I gave up on the carving idea.  It's really a combination you need to try!
 
 
From left to right of the above photo is:
  • Art Basil with Lecente Irridescent Glitter in Pink Champagne.
  • Art Basil with CND Shellac in Grapefruit Sparkle.
  • Art Basil with CND Shellac in Overtly Onyx over.  I used the Lecente G1 brush and a dotting tool to then carve out the design.
  • 'African Jade' foil bought online.
  • Art Basil over Digi-Teal (looks gorgeous in real life)
I hope you enjoyed this post.  I will be doing posts for ideas using all of the CND Art Vandal Collection, please make sure you're following my Facebook Page to keep up to date with my latest posts.  If you would like to see more Focusing On posts, click here.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Slim Down Sunday: Week 34

This week is officially declared as the week I battled between the old me and the new me.  I can honestly say I'm not sure which you would class as winning the battle but I would like to think it's the new one.  I never want to blame Christmas or New Year or whatever, at the end of the day it's my willpower that either keeps strong or fails but of course, with all of the amazing party food around for nearly two weeks it's hard to keep away. 
 
 
All the days have merged into one so I'm not sure what I've said and what I haven't recently but I went to the gym Boxing Day and New Year's Day when they opened at 8am as I figured that as I had eaten whatever I wanted pretty much over Christmas, I knew I needed all of the help I could get to maintain roughly the same weight.  

This might sound warped but I don't acknowledge any weight gain officially, if I know I won't lose that week than rather than upset myself I just keep a check on it and focus on getting shut plus some more the following week.  I will say that between Christmas and New Year I apparently put on 7lbs but we all know that's not real weight and mainly just to shoving as much food junk food in my mouth that I could manage.  

 
My original plan was to literally get back onto things the day after Boxing Day, last Sunday.  This proved too difficult for me which surprised me as I thought I had the strength to just jump back onto it but as I still had chocolate and other delights around, I found that I was eating a few more hundred calories than I was meant to trying to have little bits of them.
 
 
I think my problem has ultimately been that I knew all week I needed to focus on starting to shift this temporary weight which came down pretty quickly so my warped head would have a cheeky something that was left over which then slowed the weight loss for the day.  

Losing weight is such a mess with your head.  I can start off buzzing about the day ahead and then I get an idea of something I want to eat in my head and all my good intentions go out of the window.  


I thought I'd go over some of things I do to try and keep myself on track, although probably some of it might sound ridiculous or obvious.

If you're calorie counting, try to return back from food shopping and log everything on an app like My Fitness Pal as you're putting it into the fridge.  This way I can make sure everything gets used but also I can play around with the days and make the meals as low as possible by mixing things around, if something is too high calorie, I'll look for something low calorie to pair it with.
 
 
Now this one is hilarious but I don't care, I'll share it.  If you're like me and you just need sweet stuff, look for something you can happily get that fix from.  In this case my current obsession is these lemon meringues from Marks & Spencer's.  They're amazing, a whole tub is 140 calories and they're £1 (find them in the baking section.) Of course, cutting out sugar is going to be so much better and speed your weight loss but if you're human like me then you need something that's going to hit the sweet spot and these are doing it for me as there's a lot of it so it feels like I'm having a proper treat.

A big tip would be to try to save a couple of hundred calories for the evening.  There's nothing worse than getting to the end of the day and being so hungry (or you think you're hungry) and not actually having any calories left, it's virtually torture to me.


Anyway, weigh in isn't happening this week.  You know why, I haven't shifted all of the Christmas weight yet, I'm about half way which I'm happy with.  For those first few days afterwards, my stomach felt huge and I was really uncomfortable but now that it's gone down I'm starting to feel more like me again.  I'm hoping to get that other 3.5lbs off this week, anything else would be an amazing bonus.  I'm back to my weekday workouts at the gym and I have all of my meals planned.  Here's to the New Year, the new me and the final two ish stone (28lbs) to be gone.
  • 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?!
Why not come and be my friend on the My Fitness Pal app - search for 'liverpoollashes'
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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.