Wednesday, 30 January 2013

My Pamper Day‏ - Mani, Pedi & Hair done - Bliss:)



 Hey Guys,

Its been such a long January hasn’t it!! Once pay day was in sight I decided that I would book myself in to have my hair done and then I decided that I would also use the voucher that I got for Christmas from my lovely boyfriend on the same day and just have a blissed out, stress free pamper day. Every girl needs a day like that every so often J

So after my weigh in, I headed for New York Nails to let the pampering begin. I was greeted with a warm smile, my coat taken and I was asked to browse the colours and pick my colours, (which is heaven for a nail nut like me, OPI Heaven to be exact) So after a LOT of humming and hawing, I chose OPI - My Chihuahua Bites for my toes – it’s a “bright red crème with orange undertones”.Coral to you and I (Beyoncé was rocking it earlier in the week at singing for Obama, and if its good enough for B!)

I sat up into the vibrating armchair to let the relaxing begin. I love having my feet done, its such a chore for me to do myself, I hate toes, even my own, YUK!!
My feet were soaked, my toes were prepped (cut, filed, cuticles sorted) then soaked again before being exfoliated and massaged (bliss) then two layers of OPI - My Chihuahua Bites applied, followed by a top coat. All the while I read magazines (I can’t remember the last time I read a mag)

OPI - My Chihuahua Bites 

OPI - My Chihuahua Bites 


The colour is lovely on I must say, it would be even better with a tan, so for anyone going away on holidays. This is your colour if your fed up of getting a French paint.

OPI - My Chihuahua Bites 



I was then brought over to the nail station, where my nails were soaked in a bowl of hot soapy water before being prepped (nails filed & shaped and my cuticles sorted) I was then given an exfoliation treatment and massage, this was lovely the oil and salt scrub left my hands and arms super softJ (This is where I got very excited, I had been reading about these polish’s during the week and THERE THEY WERE… eeeeek)

OPI Liquid Sand: The Impossible

My nails were then ready, Nail Tek base coat was applied, I had chosen OPI Liquid Sand: The Impossible (it’s a matte fuchsia with star confetti.) A really lovely pinky red to me, with star shaped glitter bits. It took two coats to make it completely opaque and it doesn’t require a top coat. The star confetti does need to be place on the nail, this is not as easy as it sounds, it was very tricky to get it out of the bottle. This polish dried to a fab matte glitter finish, its gritty to touch and I’m not sure what the removal process will be like. But I love it, its eye catching, the colour is super girly and pretty. The only thing I found was that the stars that were placed on my fingers started to curl at the edges and were catching on things, possibly because there wasn’t a top coat to protect them! So I ended up picking off these tricky bits after a few hours, but it didn’t take away from the finish or the colour.



OPI Liquid Sand: The Impossible


OPI Liquid Sand: The Impossible

OPI Liquid Sand: The Impossible



These Photos were taken on day 3 of wear and you can see some tip wear starting to appear, but its normal for the course with the amount of tap tappety tapping I do all day long. I reckon I’ll get another few days out of this colour stillJ of course the photos don’t do the sparkly factor justice, or the feel factor! Yes, I’ve been encouraging people to touch and feel the sand on my nail, lolJ

OPI Liquid Sand: The Impossible


OPI Liquid Sand: The Impossible


OPI Liquid Sand: The Impossible


OPI Liquid Sand: The Impossible




·         Have you been to visit New York Nails since I recommended it the last time? If not, then why not?

I then spent my afternoon in the hairdressers having my highlights and colour touched up and my hair re-shaped. This was 3 hours of drinking tea/water and reading my book, so enjoyable. Not once was I asked if I was going out tonight or had I booked my holidays J (they’re learning, hee hee)

I really enjoyed my “Me Day” I must say, it was long over due. I won’t be leaving it so long the next time I can assure you.



New York Nails contact details

NEW YORK NAILS
30 Belvedere Lawn
South Douglas Road, Cork
(Across from O’Sullivan pharmacy)

BOOKINGS ON: (021) 429 3570


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Monday, 28 January 2013

Week 3 Weigh-in 2013‏


Hey Guys,

I'm happy to report that I was down 2lbs this week.

I found the week a little bit tough, with the weather being all over the place!! Snow on Monday, ice and rain and cold for the rest of the week! I was lucky that I had 2 spin classes booked or I wouldn’t have gotten any exercise in at all in the week!
Its only when the weather turns like this that I regret not having a gym membership anymore!
But I definitely prefer walking the roads. It’s a great feeling to wrap up, plug the iPod into my ears and just walk, walk walk, blow away the cobwebs and leave my worries behind for just a little bit. But unfortunately with our indecisive Irish weather, this hasn’t been possible in the last 7 days.
We’ve been having the 4 seasons in one day. But never the appropriate weather at my allocated walking time!! BOO.


So I was extra careful with my portion sizes for my dinner this week and I had no slips at all this week, which I’m very proud of. I always find Thursday and Fridays evenings to be tough! I’m not sure if its because I don’t do classes on those days of because my inner demons are trying to escape out and sabotage my good days!! But I didn’t give in and I’m hoping that by not giving in, I’ll become stronger and the good habits will take over.


Everyday for me is a struggle if I’m honest! Not just with saying no to food (that will always be a toughie for me) but with things like deciding what to wear to work, this shouldn’t be as big of an issue as it is for me; and if you saw what I do wear to work half the time, you’d think I got dressed in the dark!! But even just deciding what top to put on with my black/grey trousers leaves me sleepless some nights!
 
I hate feeling uncomfortable at work, it’s a long day sitting at my desk if my top is too short or my vest wont stay tucked into my pants! I feel super self conscious and extra rotten!
And I know that this is all in my head and nobody in my office takes any notice of what I’m wearing or how I look! But its an awful feeling and this can too leak into my social life, or lack of one.

If I’m not comfortable in my “work clothes” I’m definitely not comfortable in my “weekend clothes” I’ve started avoiding going out if at all possible. The cinema is probably the only place that I’ve ventured too this month, and that’s fine because I get to sit in the dark for a few hours.
At the moment being in my pjs is my outfit of choice, not very practical or attractive! I’ve been living in a bubble of work, walk/spin, shower, tv, bed. So there’s no room or option for an outing that requires me to put on my “skinny” jeans or make the effort!!! And it sucks. Big time.


This has happened to me once before and I let it take over my life for about 6 months! I didn’t go outside the door! The thoughts of getting dolled up to go to the pub scares the life out of me!
I just feel that nothing looks nice or right on me. And I do know that everyone feels like this at some stage. But I feel like this ALL the time at the moment.

I had hoped that as the weight started to melt away that I’d be happy to try on a few bits and go out and get out of my rut! But so far this hasn’t happened! I’m half blaming the January Blues and also the weather, but I know its one of my body issues surfacing again!
When will I be comfortable in my own skin? Its not a question that I can answer and I don’t like not knowing the answer.


Its my birthday next weekend and my lovely boyfriend is taking me to Edinburgh for the weekend. Which I’m super excited about, neither of us have been there beforeJ BUT it means that I have to pack for 4 days away and 2 nights out. Its been playing on my mind for the last two weeks, trying to decide what the hell can I pack and wear and look and feel good in? The only thing that’s soothes these thoughts is that we’ve been warned that its freezing there, so I have bought a big black duvet coat, so for 80% of the trip I’ll be hidden away.
Isn’t it terrible though that I’m half dreading the trip because I can’t decide what to wear!! A total first world and probably silly problem! But the thought of it fills me with dread!


BUT I refuse to let these feelings and negative thoughts win. NO WAY! I’m working hard and I know that my thoughts and attitude have to stay positive if I’m to over come this bought of “madness”
And I know that it will get better as I loose the weight and my lovely dresses start to look like dresses rather than tents on me.

So I have to look at the positives. I’m down on the scales, I’m being taken away for my birthday and I intend to enjoy every minute of that.
I’m not going to let these horrible feelings take over my head or wreck my birthday weekend away nor will it hinder my progress.

I can do this and so can you. Stay Strong and positive.

6lbs  lost, 54lbs to go.... 



**Apologies for the rant, this was not the blog post I sat down to write! But its what came out!

Do any of ye feel like this? What do ye do to over come it?

Sunday, 27 January 2013

BEE NAIL ART


Hey Guys,

I want to show you my bad attempt at bee’s!! These turned out so much better in my head than what has appeared on my fingers!
But Its completely my own fault!!

I used:
Essence nail art peel off base coat
W7 Yellow polish
Nail Art Black Striper
Essence Tip Painter – White
Seche Vite – Top Coat
Dotter

It took 5 coats to make this yellow opaque, I must admit I lost my patience during this application and my cuticles suffered for it and were suffocated!!
I probably should have stopped at this stage and done some rescue/ clean up bits, but I decided that I’d keep going!!
I was sitting watching a film during this process and it shows, as you can see in the photo’s, its messy and careless and I was too lazy and tired at the time!!



I free handed the stripes  and then used my dotter to make big black dots, followed by smaller white dots and then tiny black dots.


As you can see from the photos I never got around to the clean up at all!! I took the photos and then started the lovely picking and peeling process.




I will attempt this again when I’m not glued to the TV and in better light, I’m guessing the results will be 100% better.. But that’s for another day!!

Just thought I’d share these with you anyways. From a distance they looked kinda ok!!


Friday, 25 January 2013

My Daily Food Diary in photo form


Source: Google Images

Hey Guys,

Happy Friday, I hope you’ve been having a good week so far? I get a lot when people hear that I’m on my health kick/ weigh loss programme about what and when do I eat?
Trust me, I wouldn’t last on a starvation diet. I heart food waaaay too much and I know I’d break after 2 hours!! I’ve never even managed to do the 24 hour fast at Christmas that people used to do for charity!! How they lived on water and soup for 24 hours was madness in my mind! Fair play to all that have managed it though!

So I decided that I would take photos of what I eat everyday this week and show you what I’ve been eating.


Breakfast is 2 x Weetabix with skimmed milk, I heat it in the microwave and eat it as quick as I can. I just don’t like it!!




Mid Morning I have my pear and a cup of Pu-erh Tea. I drink maybe 3 or 4 cups of P tea during the working day.




Lunch at work is my Home made soup and 2 slices of McCambridge Soda Bread with butter, sometimes I toast this if I’m cold.






Dinner at home is a Chicken Fillet (Roasted with spices thrown over for flavor,)  2 Boiled potatoes mashed with gravy over and steamed Vegetables (peas, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower)





I don’t eat after my dinner. I allow myself 4 cups of “real” tea in the evening time. I love real tea there was time that I would drink 10 in the day, so cutting it to 4 is me being good.

I also drink at least 2 litres of water at work everyday and I’d have a glass of water with my dinner too..


You can tell from the above that I’m a pretty plain and boring eater, but it works for me. I wish I could sit and eat a salad. I’m told they can be filling and would bulk up my lunch, but I’ve never liked salad.

If you have any suggestions of spices to put on my chicken fillet to jazz it up, I'd love to hear em.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Spotty Nails


Hey Guys,

I think I’m back in action with regards to posting photos, phew J Turns out I was using an old browser.

So my apologies for the delay and lack of posts!!



Last week I decided to get my act together with regards to painting my nails, I’ve gotten slack. I think January is just a bit MEH.
So I gave myself a talking too and have a root through the pile, (yip a pile) of nail varnishes that I acquired over Christmas and I couldn’t decided between these two colours.
So I decided I’d use both, I painted my nails, got out my lovely dotter (I missed it) and I sat down for a few hours and played J





My 2 colour’ s are “Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure” Casting Call = Coral Colour & Model Behavior = Blue
I nabbed these in Dealz in Cork for the bargain price of €1.49. This was before Christmas, I've checked once since but no luck with more!!




Here are the results. I’m going mad that I didn't take a photo of the colour’s before the dots were added, but to be honest the colour’s needed something over them, they weren't as nice without the dots/ spots
J I've rekindled my love affair with my dotter after these, so be prepared to see dots in all colour’s and sizes coming at you in the coming weeks J you have been warned.






I was bold and didn’t put a base coat underneath the 2 coats of polish!! I did however put my trusty Seche Vite over them to make them lovely and shiney and glossy

Monday, 21 January 2013

Week 2 Weigh-in 2013‏

Hey Guys,
I’m happy to report that the scales moved and in the right direction too for me . I was down 4lbs.

I must admit it was a tough week for me, as I booked myself in for three consecutive spinning classes! Good idea at the time ya see! AND I went to all three…
But I think it was what I needed to wake my body up and to get me moving!!
So last week, apart from the 3 spinning classes (2 of which included 20 minutes of toning) I managed 3 walks, which is good considering the crazy weather we’re having! (we’d snow this morning, rain at lunch time, and now the sun is beaming in, even tho its freeeezing cold)

My food was good although towards the end of the week I was feeling weak!! See last weeks post here about that.
I found my mushroom soup that I made for last week to be a little watery, edible, but I've had nicer.
So this week I've made a thicker more wintery soup for myself (Tomato, carrots, potato & garlic) Its not bad if I do say so myself, ha-ha


This week I’m going to carry on as I have been doing and just be careful with my portion sizes at dinner. I hadn't realised that my chicken fillets should be 200g! I assumed all chicken fillets were the same! Silly me, I know! But I’m learning as I go, so things like that could be the difference to the scales. I don’t want to be over eating without realising it!


I’m working on a picture diary of my daily food, I’ll have it up during the week, if anyone’s interested to see what I eat in the day. Its more or less repeated through out the week then.



My tip for the week is track, track track
I must say that tracking everything that goes into my mouth is a big help! I’ll be less likely to have “a tayto” when offered if I’ve to write it in my food diary. It just makes you aware of what your putting into your body everyday. Sometimes without even realising it. But by having to write it down, it makes saying “no thank you” and whole lot easierJ



I know that weight watchers are big for the trackers, I’m not a member of ww. But with every weight loss club/group/ cult I've joined logging everything that goes into your mouth is a key element. The other would be water. I keep my little food book diary in my desk drawer during the week and in my handbag at the weekends.


I also use an app on my phone called “My Fitness Pal” Although I’m not a calorie counter, I really like this app, I like that you can log your activity point too and when you hit log at the end, it tells you what you’d weigh in 5 weeks if you continued to eat what you ate on that particular day. It keeps me on the right track.
I hope that you've planned for the week ahead and that your off to a good start. Have a good oneJ


4lbs  lost, 56lbs to go.... 

Friday, 18 January 2013

Think before you eat / Decide to say No

Ever hit a slump/ moment of madness/weakness  and feel like throwing in the towel and picking up something greasy/ creamy?
I do, I must admit and I’m hoping I’m not alone with this feeling!

I start my week with great intentions and I feel really motivated. I go to bed Monday evening feeling almost smug that I didn’t have any slips and managed to do an hour of exercise J
This keeps me going on Tuesday and the most of Wednesday, but then the voices in my head pipe up “your being soooo good, wouldn’t a biscuit be lovely”


And I have to fight and argue with myself and talk myself down. I kid you not, this happens on a daily/ hourly basis. But the seed has been planted (my myself, doh)  and I have to stay strong and motivated and I’m happy to report that at work, the biscuits and sweets disappear just as fast without my help, which is some comfort as I used to think I was the one eating them all!
But it does take all my willpower to stay out of the kitchen. If the urge is very strong I have a sniff of the chocolate! Yip I have resorted to this! And it helps, and then  I walk away.


But I’m thinking about food ALL the time. Its not in a “I can’t have that” kind of way, because I hate the “I can’t have that” way of thinking.
If I was thinking like that I wouldn’t last a whole day with my healthy eating. For me its about making better choices in my daily life. Yes I could eat that if I wanted too, but I’m choosing not too as its not worth breaking my good regime for “X” (insert whatever you like here cake, bar, crisps, biscuits, cheese, toast) I also think of how disappointed and mad  I’ll be in myself if I do give in for something stupid in a moment of weakness! And its not worth it.


My thinking of night time eating is “Where does the food go?” if I decide that I’m starving at 9pm and decided to make a toastie/fry up/ order a pizza; I’m eating it and going to bed, where does the food go? It hasn’t time to be digested or to be burnt off? Does that mean that its sitting (heavy) in my belly as I try to sleep and then melts onto my hips, thighs and ass over night? It must do, because it has no where else to go?


Last night I was checking the fridge as to what biscuits I could offer my guest with his tea (I don’t check these things anymore as I’d rather not know) and without realizing it I’d taken a bite out of a custard cream. It was in my mouth when I realized.. I spat it into the bin.. I did not swallow!! But it shows that I have to be aware at all times. I’m my own worst enemy and at times feel like I’m self sabotaging myself with my thoughts and actions. I’m proud that I spat it out, when  I could have so easily chewed and ate and then grabbed another few to have with my guest.


So I guess this is more of the be aware of what your doing and why your doing it.


I’ve had a long,  tough week so far (3 spinning classes in row!) and my body is physically tried and my mind is exhausted  from all the over thinking about food and exercise and add work and family and the usual stuff to the week, then I’m emotionally wrecked!! Poor me, my body aches, I can’t lift my arms and I’ve to drag my feet to walk more than 10 steps!! My brains in shut down after work! I can’t even concentrate on a 30 minute sitcom on the tv.

My first urge is to EAT, comfort food, I’m an emotional eater, I eat when I’m happy, sad, angry, tired, cold, gassy, bored, you name it, I’ve done it, any excuse!! So this is a big trigger for me. And the temptation is right there. Sitting in the room while everyone else eats with their tea bothers me some nights more than others! But last night I didn’t give in. I CHOOSE NOT TO GIVE IN.


And if we can all make these little changes in our everyday life, they’ll become better habits and you won’t even realize your “being good” it’ll be the norm

·         Decide between yogurt and fruit for breakfast and feel good about your choice, or decide on sausage rolls at work cause they're "there".
·         Decide if you're going to take the stairs instead of the lift.
·         Decide if your going to take the 5 minutes to make your lunch or eat out
·         Decide to make time in your day for a 20 minute walk or a trip to the gym
·         Decide not to put on your pjs as soon as your in the door from work
·         Decide to schedule time for yourself where you do something because you enjoy it, not because you have too.

Decide because you can. Its your life and your body and you are 100% responsible for what you fuel your body with. Your answerable to nobody but yourself for this.
So decide to make a change for the better, decide to allow yourself to make the right choices and decide that you want to be fit an healthy and live and long and happy life.


I’ve decided that I’m not happy in my own skin and this is my time to make the changes, so that in a few weeks/months/ years I won’t have to think about whether I’m happy. I just will be. Because I decided to make the changes and put it in motion.


So what are you waiting for? Decide today to make a change, even just a little one today. And do it… no excuses.


Apologies for the rambling and going off on tangents. I had to get this out of my head!

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Wednesday Words of Wisdom‏






My boyfriend said to me today “I don’t know how you do it” He was referring to me going sugar free and not eating after my dinner.
To which I replied “I just do” yes the withdrawals were awful and I had hunger pangs going to bed, but of course my body was going to react to the change in my habits.
Out with the old and in with the new. I didn't give into the hunger pangs and they disappeared after a few nights.

They say that the first few weeks are tough and the rest is habit and I am finding this to be very true. I’m nearing the end of week two back too it and I feel like things are starting to level off for me.
I don’t have the headaches or the constant tiredness. I’m keeping busy in the evenings rather than putting myself in a situation where I’ll give in and say yes to a biscuit with my tea.

I’m using my own tips and tricks if I am feeling weak and think that I might give in.(I shall share in the future)
I’m definitely feeling the benefit, eating less and moving more, this should see the scales moving in the right direction from now on for me.

My sides ache and breathing hurts and my legs feel like a dead weight from all the exercise, but walking eases and stretches these muscles and I've decided that it’s the “good” sort of aches and pains that I have, it shows I’m working hard and I will see the benefits of this kind of torture in the coming weeks (either that or I’m admitting myself to the Looney bin)

I’m drinking almost 3 Litres of water a day and my skin is reaping the benefits, its almost glowing and is spot free

I’m getting to bed a little earlier because I’m so knackered and as soon as my head hits the pillow, I’m out like a light J it used to take me up to an hour to fall asleep and I could wake 3 or 4 times in the night, so I would be going to work like a cranky zombie! Now I’m waking when my alarm goes off and I’m ready to face the day ahead.

My moods – I’m more positive. My days are work are far more productive, I’m in better form, more chatty, less grumpy and I’m trying to find the positive in everything that I possibly can, and I think that being in a good mood puts others in a good mood J Walking at lunch time definitely helps to improve my mood too, because when I sit down to my lunch I feel like I've accomplished something and its only lunch time. (**go me**)

Energy levels - I said that I’m tried from the exercise, which I am, but I still go and do more each evening and during the day my energy levels are soaring, the thoughts of going to spinning tonight (my third in a row) is a killer BUT I know that my body is up for the challenge and I’ll push through the tired/ heavy legs and the adrenaline will kick in and I’ll be thrilled that I made the effort and didn't slack off.

I know its still January and everyone and their mothers are on a health kick, hitting the gym and the roads and that’s fantastic, it really is.

I just hope that ye’ll stick with it once you start seeing the benefits and not hit the scales, see your down 7 lbs and treat yourself to a cake and give up. Or stop because everyone gives up on their new years resolutions after 3 weeks, don’t they?

No, they don’t. (and who’s everyone??)


See this as a learning opportunity, your learning a new way of life, learning new recipes and new ways to spend an hour of your day (the soaps can wait, trust me) learning not to eat after a certain time.


Yes its hard, but anything worth doing is. Stop thinking of it as too hard of a challenge and think of it as a new lifestyle. Trust me it will become habit and you’ll start to say” no thank you” to the offer of a biscuit because you’d rather the fruit and save the treat for when you really feel like you deserve and want it. Not just because its there.


Think before you eat, these are my Wednesday Words of Wisdom to you.

Monday, 14 January 2013

2013 - First weigh In



Hey Guys,

Well I went to face the scales on Saturday morning and the official line is that my post Christmas weight is 3lbs up.

Now in my own mind I know this should be a lot higher for me! I ate my way through the Christmas! I’m not proud of it, but it’s the truth.

I knew that I was due back on the scales and so instead of eating all my “last suppers” up until I hit the scales, I decided to cop on and get back on the wagon myself, and so I started with my sugar withdrawals last Monday, and I definitely think it stood to me, I reckon the scales would have been singing a different tune had I not had 5 fab sugar free days before I hit the scales on Saturday.


But you know what I was glad to get back to a stricter and healthier way of living, I missed exercise, even though my first few spinning classes almost killed me!!


The fact that over Christmas I had no routine and wasn’t watching or tracking everything that went into my mouth, I felt awful, bloated, tired, grumpy, slack, no energy, constant tiredness.
I was the evil/ awful twin of myself and no one likes that witch!! All the treats that I had been looing forward to having over the break no longer felt like a treat to me and all the eating out had me craving a nice simple home cooked dinner!!
I started to miss vegetables and exercise? What the heck? But I think more than anything I missed my routine and habit. I’m a simple creature, I like my creature comforts and I like my routine. Not a huge fan of change!! Yip I realise I sound 80 and Yes that makes me boring, but I like it and it works for me and feck the be-grudgers.
Also eating 4 Roses for breakfast is not a fair substitute for Weetabix and is just wrong!


I spoke with my adviser on Saturday at my weigh in and she’s suggested that I aim for 2-3lbs a week, yes its slower but its manageable and it will mean that I will keep it off too. So she has told me that 8lbs a month should be my goal, I’d love to jump the gun and say no I want to loose a stone each month, but she’s the professional and knows what she’s talking about so for now I’m gonna work as hard as possible to get fit and slim.


So for this week I’ve gotten organised, I spent Saturday afternoon buying my bits in Aldi and making mushroom soup. I’m sorted for my lunches as the weather is due to take a dive to the minuses and the cold is a trigger to “poor me, I’m starving mode” So prevention and forward planning is my friend, the soup will fill me and heat me up. Its also very low calorie wise, so  you can have a nice big bowl
I’ve also bought kiwi’s for this weeks 11am snack, just to take a break from the pears.


In a moment of madness I also rang and booked myself in for a spinning class for tonight. I pre- booked in for Tues & Weds this week. So hopefully upping my spins from 2 to 3, I’ll see a difference, I also plan to walk on my lunch, if nothing else it eases out my bones from the spins, and gets me out of the office for 20 minutes.


So that’s my plan for this week. Have you made a food and exercise plan for the week ahead? I’d love to hear your plans/ advise/  suggestions??


***On a personal note, my boyfriend has booked us a weekend in Edinburgh as my Birthday surprise J eeeek J that is 3 weeks away, so that’s my personal goal for now.. work hard, so I can enjoy my weekend away J aren’t I a lucky girl, takes the sting outta turning 29… well kinda!! lol

Sunday, 13 January 2013

OPI I Love You

I got this set for Christmas. 2 polishes and the blingest Biro I've ever seen!! How Cute is it :)



The 2 colours are called OPI LUCERNE TAINLY LOOK MARVELOUS & OPI PIROUETTE MY WHISTLE




So I used 2 coats of OPI LUCERNE TAINLY LOOK MARVELOUS it goes on well and I really like the glitter/ shimmery affect that it gives off, it reminds me of something I've tried before but can't think what at the moment!!
I decided once these were dry to try OPI PIROUETTE MY WHISTLE on my accent fingers, this is a glitter polish, the glitter is set in a clear formula, you do need to use the placing the glitter technique, rather than painting your nails because the glitter tends to clump, and I ended up with a big clear lump on one of my fingers, which I then picked off! (which is evident in one of the pics)



oops, I Picked as lump off this one!!







I put Seche Vite Top Coat over all my fingers to give them a lovely glossy shiney finish :)


I've been wearing these for a week now (miracle in itself! but its been a busy week for me) and tip wear didn't appear until Day 4, just thought I'd tell you since I usually can't comment on the tip wear and longevity of polishes.


Have you tried these? Its my first try of OPI at home, I usually only get to trial OPI when I visit the nail salon, so its a nice present to have received and it feeds my nail polish addiction, which now includes some designer brands.

I'll be sharing the rest of my Christmas polishes soon :)

Thursday, 10 January 2013

#ThinThursday‏



Hello Hello


#ThinThursday is the brainchild of Sarah @RaraGiggles Check it out on twitter (#ThinThursday), it started with the usual talk of weigh loss for new years resolutions and a lot of the girls seemed to have the same sort of questions/ issues/ post xmas bloat going on, its good to know we’re all in the same boat and we can help, advise and motivate each other to stick with it and stay strong. Truth be known I happened to be online when the tweets were flying and asked could I be involved. Of course the girls welcomed me in and its nice to know I have their support to help me alongJ
Even if its just resisting having a biscuit with your tea or the extra push to get up of the couch in the evening and go for a brisk walk, all those little things add up to the bigger things.
And even if you aim to loose 1lb a week, all those one pounds add up with time (and god knows the time is flying by) you could be down a dress size by St. Patrick’s Day by just making wiser choices with food and exercise, this doesn’t mean that you have to starve or live the life of a social recluse, it just means that you have to be aware of what your eating and WHY your eating.
Why have I chosen to do#ThinThursday?
Well you all know my story at this stage! If not, check it out here.
I’m joining the girls with #ThinThursday because we all need the extra help and support and I’ll be watching Operation Transformation for tips and recipe’s also, aswell as sticking with my weekly Saturday weigh in’s, walking on my lunch break, going to at least 2 spinning classes a week, drinking 2 Litres of water, as much Pu-erh tea (zero calories) as I want, and not eating after 7pm.
I’ve also cut sugar completely from my diet as of Monday (07.01.13) I’m an all or nothing kinda girl, if I allow myself a treat at the moment, I’ll fail. I know that’s not for everyone but I’m at this long enough to know that this is how it must be for me.
You can check out some of the other bloggers involved or use #ThinThursday on twitter to check out the tips and chat.
@RaraGiggles              http://raragiggle.blogspot.ie/          
@Audrey_OReilly             http://nail-affair.blogspot.ie/         
@Shannairl                  http://miss-greeneyes.blogspot.ie/ 
@madamesmadeup             http://www.madamesmadeup.blogspot.ie/          
@Lisa_san                                  http://scatterbrainedblogging.blogspot.ie/ 
@girlfriday_bb                            http://girlfridaysbeautyblog.wordpress.com
@TarMarz                               http://tarmartales.com/