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Monday, 2 August 2010

Dieting...The Key to Happiness?

Hello my name is Lisa and I am a yoyo dieter

We are a nation obsessed by the ideal I think 90% of the people I know are on diets...The other 10% are men!!! The media imprint a image of perfection upon us from an early age, but does having the perfect body make you happy, is it worth it?

Since the age of 16 I have been on a fruitless search for the perfect body, I have done many diets that have culminated in failure and as I get older, at 26, I have become a better person, I am proud of my body and who I am yet I still feel the pressure to fit in to those Topshop jeans!!! 

I'm currently doing Weight Watchers and have lost 11.5lbs. Although there are certain freedoms with this diet I hate going out with my friends for dinner and having to calculate points in my head thinking "oh I don't have enough points for that carbonara so I'll have the boring tomato pasta...Yawn!".

I have become obsessed by points and I'm constantly badgering people "Oh do you know how many points are in that double decker?" 4.5 in case you are wondering...

I'm starting to wonder, does dieting and depriving yourself of certain pleasures, especially in social situations, make you happy? Will I end up a size 10, beautiful, svelte, sexy and miserable?

I am a happy size 14 at the moment, I have a beautiful hourglass figure and I know what suits me, I wasn't built for mini skirts (my large inherited thighs have seen to that), but my happiness dosen't revolve around a mini skirt! My happiness comes from being sociable with my friends, having that slice of cheese cake whilst catching up over a coffee or going out and having a few too many vodkas!!!

So my decision: Carry on with Weight Watchers but give myself the freedom to let loose if I see fit, If I don't loose for one week so what? Its not the end of the world...Perfection is over rated anyway!

What are your dieting experiences, Are you obsessed by calories, is obsession with points bordering on an eating disorder?

Now where are the biscuits (rich tea of course)!!!

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Twilight Saga Cashes In

I was looking for a cheap alternative to MAC Fix+ when I came across several makeup lines that are seem to be using the twilight saga as a marketing tool...Very clever!!!

I decided that I just had to try these products what with the pending release of Eclipse. Unfortunately due to certain circumstances this is the first opportunity I have had to write this review and Eclipse has been released (I loved it by the way), however I thought I should still do this post.

I brought two eyeshadows from the Volturi Twilight range and a lip staining balm from the Lunar Twilight range

As you can see the packaging is very classy looking giving it an expensive feel upon opening the boxes the theme of the packaging continues, I especially like the lipstick case with a sillouette of a tree on it.

So the eyeshadows, I got Dusk (left) and Dawn (right). My first complaint about this product is that I think all loose eyeshadows should come with a sifter and these don't, secondly they are not very finely milled which causes a lot of fall out. Saying that the colour pay off is fab and Dusk is a very unique dark purple shimmer shade almost with a pinkish aubergine colour running through it. Dawn is a neutral gold tone very pretty and shimmery.

The lip staining balm is in the shade lullaby, is a coral esq shade with a pink accent, it isn't as sheer as the name may suggest but maybe not as pigmented as a lipstick, it is very moisturising mainly down to almond oils within the bullet and has a good staying power my one complaint is the smell it smells like a £2.00 lipstick, which it was not, in fact other than my MAC lipstick its its the most expensive lipstick I own.

Lunar Twilight lip stain priced £9.50
Voulturi Twilight loose eyehadows priced from £4.50

In my opinion these are novelty purchases, I don't expect that anyone would repurchase, this is just another marketing ploy to cash in on the phenomenon of Twilight, and frankly there are better products out there.

Both these brands are available on Beauty bay, I wouldn't recommend Beauty Bay as I had a hell of a on going complaint with them about this package, however I have since found these on Asos

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Beautiful Bangles

The Asos sale sucked me in, I got some very pretty things but my favourite buys were my large statement bangles

I have always liked bangles with writing on them, I have a few so when I saw these I had to have them, they are big, chunky and bold, the black reads 'VIXEN' and the cream reads 'PROMISE'. I always wear written bangles so that if you hold your hand up they are the right way round for people to read...That's a personal preference I guess. Both are wooden and are currently £4.00 each in the sale (were £6.00)

I love green, that's why I get called Poddington pea so when I saw this peacock bangle I instantly needed it in my life...Its metal and its hollow which I didn't expect but I love it you have to be insane if you don't!!! This bangle is currently £3.00 in the sale (was £7.00)

So have you been sucked in by the sale? I think I resisted well and didnt spend too much...Well for me

Asos is an online store you can visit here (warning you could spend your wages)

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Bandwagon Makeup

There is a massive hype at the moment regarding the revamp of Boots makeup like 17, no longer is this a line that is bypassed as a line for kids to spend their pocket money on. 17 have improved their products, range and the packaging is sleek and beautiful.

If you have read previous blog posts of mine you will see I'm having a little love affair with 17 products at the moment, the quality for the price is amazing I fully recommend popping in to boots to check out all the vibrant colours of their eyeshadows and quality of their foundations & blushers.

My favourite 17 product at the moment is the mirror shine lipstick in Bee Hive, this is a product that I saw lots of the beauty bloggers I follow raving about, and they weren't wrong!!!

If you want high pigmented lips then perhaps this isn't for you, Bee Hive gives me a lovely natural lip with added gloss meaning I only need one product instead of a lippie and a gloss on top, also a lot of the time as I have dark hair and fair skin a natural lip can wash me out but the pinkish undertones in this lipstick stop the washout look. This is by far my favourite natural looking lipstick but then again I don't own many due to my love of bright pinks and reds.

Would I recommend this product? Yes I love it, I have worn it to work everyday since buying it, maybe neutral lips is my new thing

17 can be found at boots stores across the UK

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