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How I Finally Started To Loose Weight!

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Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Hey guys!
Sorry I haven't blogged in a while, I guess I just haven't been motivated, I've kind of shut off from the blogging world for the last few months. You may have seen I had a few goals for this year. Now I do this every year and never bother to actually achieve them, but this time I have been working really really hard to!

One of my main goals for this year was to loose weight, get healthy and be overall happier with my body. I'm quite tall and so have always been tall and slim, but in the recent few years I have grown more and more unhappy with the way I look. So after some strong will, this is what my recent hard work has achieved;

Now I know I wasn't massive before, and I know I am wearing different clothing, but I can finally fit into my normal sizes and wear fitted stuff. I have been struggling to loose weight for the last 2 years, I had been forcing myself to go to the gym and actually gained rather than lost anything. So I stopped going to the gym because let's face it - I HATE IT.

For me it's my eating. I know obvious right! I had it in my head that if I went to the gym alone, I would loose weight just from that and could eat what I wanted. NAH. After a lot, and yes I mean a lot of motivation I have steered clear of buying my fave sugary snacks (my weakness is chocolate), I've avoided Mcdonalds and been eating the good stuff or choosing healthier alternatives. I have been eating like this the last 2 months and it's safe to say I prefer healthier meals! YAY.

healthy snacks

My heaviest was 69KG and now I'm 64KG, that's a total loss of 5 KG or 11 Pounds! ( bare in mind I'm tall) For me this is a massive achievement because I couldn't get past a certain mark for a long time.  Now I have a holiday in a month and then another one the month after, so I need work even harder. As I hate the gym and can't get motivated to work out at home, I thought I might try going for 30 min runs 3 times a week. My job is very active luckily, I walk around 10,000 steps a day so even if I don't run I know i'm doing enough exercise.

So yea, who knew all you hear about choosing healthier alternatives actually works! Do you have any advice on how to loose a few extra pounds?

Love Laura x

ps. Green tea after a big meal or before bed is good!

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation | Review

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hey guys!
So it's another foundation review, I don't think I've done one in ages. The Luminous Silk foundation was my latest addition to my collection, and lets say I think it's over raved. Whoops - yes I said it.. read more for my reasons.

Bottle Design
As you can see by my photographs, the bottle is beautiful. It's defo one to have on the shelf to show off! I love the simplicity of it, but yet you can tell it's an expensive foundation. Although that is all true, it also means this bottle is NOT travel friendly. It's glass or glass like, so weighs more than the average plastic tube of foundation.

Now, this is where I've been very surprised by it. I have read many reviews and watched countless Youtube videos about it (Yes I'm that sad) and everyone seemed to say it lasts all day/a long time. I disagree. It seems to slide of my face after a few hours.. baring in mine I have DRY skin. Weird.

Colour Match 
Well, you guys are gonna be annoyed but I didn't go for the actual colour the sales assistant matched me to. It was wayyy to pink toned and was a shade too dark. I instead went for one my friend wears (her foundations usually match me) and also again Youtube videos to compare the perfect shade for me. I went for Shade 4, which I understood was a kind of neutral tone. I ordered it online, and when it arrived I couldn't wait to try it.. Unfortunately it is a bit too yellow for me, I would say it's more like an NC in Mac, some may dissagree. Maybe I needed shade 4.75 which I understand is more of a pinky tone. Who knows.  I can wear this foundation, but this shade seems to make me look a bit washed out/ill. I have to say the colour range for this foundation is brilliant, so I'm sure everyone can find their perfect shade - Don't do it online like I did!

Texture And Finish
This is why I initially bought the foundation. I wanted a dewy, longwearing, fresh looking foundation. It seems to look amazing on everyone else. When I do apply this foundation it is quite smooth and does have a dewy effect. This one isn't the easiest to blend, when I use my buffing brush to use this foundation, all I can see is streaks across my face! I have also tried to use a beauty blender but it just gives me the caked effect. Pics for you to see below:

Final Thoughts?
I do like this foundation, but I think it's overpriced. I paid £38!!!!!There are many cheaper foundations on the market, like Bourjois that do the same thing and look very very similar on the skin. This is a luxurious product, and I think with the right shade and way of applying to the skin it can look beautiful. 

Have you tried this foundation?

Love Laura  

Things To Remember When You Compare Yourself To Others...

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Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Hey guys!!

So, I don't know about you, but I tend to compare myself to others ALOT. I mean to the extent that I make myself extremely unhappy inside. Usually I compare myself on the basis of looks or other peoples relationships. I have ok to low self esteem. I don't have the perfect body, in fact I'm quite unhappy with it right now! And not having that long healthy silky hair I dream to have, or that perfect skin before and after foundation does make me feel pretty ugly sometimes. But there are things to always remember when you compare yourself to others.

No one is perfect. 

I can be pretty harsh on myself. My friend may be wearing an amazing dress, whilst I am wearing a safe outfit to conceal my muffin top. But guess what, I'm not my friend, there may be things that she hates about her body that I may not have. The girl next to me on the bus may have perfect skin, but she may have spent hours applying foundation and concealer whilst I used that time for beauty sleep. The people on the TV may have the perfect marriage and family, but that means the mum rarely has time to go out and spend it with friends.

I guess what I'm trying to say to all of you and ME, is that comparing yourself to someone else is never going to make yourself happy. If you're the opposite and comparing yourself to someone else to make you feel better (because you think you're better) then good for you **eyes staring face**. I have found a few quotes to help you find your way when you're feeling a little crap. Remember that everyone is unique, so it's always good to be a little different, and there's always the little things that can help to improve your life.. (like you know taking the stairs instead of the lift haha).  What you might find ugly, may be someone else's pretty.

Love Laura xxx

Skin Care Favourites For Dry Skin | Product Empties

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Sunday, January 03, 2016

Hey guys
So, as planned I am trying to keep to my blog schedule.
My skin type is dry to very dry, and I hate it. (My skin sometimes can be combo randomly.) I have tried many products, and still have many not shown here that I love. But if there's one thing to prove I love a product, it's when the bottle is empty!! This post is mainly to show every day things I have used to battle my dry skin.

First up is the makeup removers, Garnier is winning here if you haven't guessed. Their products are so widely available and affordable, so no wonder I have gone through a lot of these bottles. I use their Micellar Water mainly to take off my eye makeup. This is amazing stuff, I am so glad I have swapped makeup wipes for something that is gentle and moisturizing for my skin. I use the Softening Cleansing Lotion for my facial skin, and as you can see from the packaging it's called goodbye dry and I defo agree with it!
I have been using an eye cream the last few months, it has really helped with any dryness under my eyes.I also have read a million times that you should start using one at a young age to help prevent wrinkles when you're older! My eye cream of choice has been by Soap And Glory. It's not too thick, but dries quite fast. I prob will re purchase.

For any problem areas, like extremely dry skin, or spots I have been using La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo + and I am so sad it's run out. This is by far one of those products I am so glad to have discovered. I recommend it!! I have been through quite a few moisturizers recently, but for price and product overall I have been using one by Boots own brand Botanics. Now as you can see the packaging is very plain and so I can't remember the exact one I bought, but I know it was one for dry skin. Finally is the Body Shop's Vitamin E Facial Spray. This is a great setting spray for those of us that get dry patches with foundation especially. It helps me get that dewy look.

What are your skin care faves?

Love Laura xxx