Saturday, 20 September 2014

Bootea 14 Day Teatox

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TEA DETOX

Right, I did jump on this bandwagon after being convinced just by looking at the results on their Instagram page. I have tried this back in early June preparing for a holiday. It consisted of two different tea bags, one for the morning everyday (14 tea bags) and one before bed every other day (7 teabags) which you will drink for 2 week. I don't mind the herbal taste. I quite like it as I did drink a lot of Chinese herbal teas whilst growing up. This was minor as compared to what I had drank as a child. Both tea bags contains different ingredients which you can read here.

I didn't complete the 14 day teatox. Probably lasted around a week. The reason being is that the bed time cleanse had given me horrendous stomach aches the next day each time for the whole day which weren't bareable therefore having to stop. It does produce laxative effects which to me only lasts the morning but I still have stomach pains throughout the day. Glad the toilet isn't far from where I sit at work. It doesn't matter how long I leave the tea bag in, I've tried from 1 minute to 3 minutes, the pains still arise. I've stopped drinking this tea overall after the third bed time cleanse and haven't suffered these type of stomach pains since.

There are side effects and everyone suffers from them differently. Unfortunately I had to experience this after all the hype there was. You need to eat healthily in order to see the positive effects, exercising would be an added bonus. They have an eating plan which you can follow but it's in my opinion, you're best without it. It's rubbish. This did suppress my appetite but in a bad way and felt groggy throughout the day. Their positive claims didn't seem to be on my side. Disappointed.

I wouldn't recommend this if you're susceptible to stomach aches and are sensitive to them. This may affect your menstrual cycle and will affect your contraceptive pill if you take it in the morning. If I were you, stick to the traditional clean eating and exercise malarkey. Don't take shortcuts. Your body will thank you later.

Have you tried any teatoxes?

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

My Fashion Mistakes

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I WORE WHAT?

I did a "My Beauty Mistakes" post months ago and thought I'll do a fashion one. I thought long and hard into my past and trying to dig out any old photos on my macbook (not showing them) displaying any horror stories in my dress sense. I never really cared about how I had dressed until I was around 16 when I was starting college. And now, I still wouldn't call myself stylish or fashionable. Just a highly improved version of myself with a shopping addiction.

Tracksuits & Sports Clothes
From the age of 11 till around 15, I had only wore tracksuit bottoms and other sports clothes. Hey, they were comfortable and that's all that mattered right? I loved to shop at Sports Direct for those Lonsdale and Reebok bargains and didn't care as to what I had looked like. I did shop at Tammy in BHS for a few nice clothes for special occasions. Tracksuits were a big trend back then however I, thankfully, didn't look like a chav.

I still have them now and only wear them around the house if I was visiting home and staying in. I wouldn't wear them out in public ever again. I had also practically lived in my England football shirts. Had both the home and away shirts. You could say that I was a tomboy then. You will see me wear sweatpants to and from work every now and again these days.

A Tad Too Small
I think we've all been through this. I had always bought clothes in my usual size in every store but of course each store measures differently. I had these skinny jeans that just fitted but were definitely a tad small on me but I was in denial throughout the two years wearing them at college. I was able to zip and button up with force, then there was the muffin top issue. However, I did cleverly wear loose tops and jackets to hide this. Thinking about it now, they did restrict my movement slightly.

Or a Tad Too Big
I had purchased these gorgeous, gold, glitter, strappy heels online from New Look at the last minute for a Christmas ball at university years back (wow I feel old saying that). I didn't like any other shoes when I went shopping. These had fit my feet perfectly but they were loose at the same time because I have skinny ankles meaning they would fall off easily. I could definitely feel my feet and heels majorly separating whilst I was walking. Surprisingly I didn't fall over. I should have purchased heels in store and return these instead but I was delusional and a big fuss pot!

Hair Clips in Fringe (Bangs)
I saw my cousin having these cute strawberry hair clips on her fringe at my uncles wedding when I was around 16 and I must admit, they did look cute on her even if she is 5 years older than me. I was going through the wanting to look cute, "ullzzang" phase and basically copied her. It was hard for me to find any cute hair clips around where I live and wasn't allowed to order online. I ended up buying clips with cheap rhinestones glued on. Since I have thin and fine hair, I had gaps in my fringe with the clips in meaning I looked like a sweaty mess. I didn't look cute whatsoever, I looked ridiculous. This lasted about a year. I'll just leave it to the young children.

That's all I could think of. But who knows, I could be making plenty more at this very present day without realising.

What were your fashion mistakes?

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

HK/South Korea Haul

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First of all, I would like to say a BIG BIG BIG thank you to my bestie for getting the items for me whilst she was in Hong Kong and South Korea recently. Much love to give to you! I did give her a cheeky long list of items I wanted to try and of course I paid her back. Surprised she bought everything. She had to remove the packaging of most items so there was more room in the suitcase which I'm not fussed about. She had also bought me snacks which I may have demolished them straight away and the next day...


3CE Lip Color in Daily Lady and Pink Skirt; Etude House Jelly Lipstick in JPK003; Etude House Ice Tint Balm in PP502; (I should have taken the lids off...)

All Tony Moly Products: Red Cheeks Girl Patch, Mr Smile Patch, Panda's Dream So Cool Eye Stick, Panda's Dream Brightening Eye Base, Super Peeling Liquid Shiny Foot;

SaSa Oil Blotting Paper; Gatsby Oil Clear Sheets; Missha Pore Correction Blackhead Melting Oil Gel; Holika Holika Smooth Egg Skin Special set;

Annie's Way Arbutin & Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask; Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask; (Spatulas included with each tub)

Etude House Silk Scarf Double Care Hair Mask;
I definitely do not need to buy skin care for a good year now maybe as long as they give positive results. So many fun items to test out even if it is one use only. I buy so much stuff in general and most of the items I won't try until months later due to having other items to try out too. Am I the only one who does that?

Have you purchased anything recently?

Monday, 15 September 2014

Berry Lips

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WINES, PLUMS

Every autumn, the berry shade always pops back in trend. For some, it never was out and wears it all year round whereas for some, it's autumn only. There's no problem there. Ever since I had purchased my first berry lipstick late last year, I have been obsessed with the shade ever since. Every time I browse in store, I immediately look at berry shades, no pinks, no nudes, just berry in every lip product. It's like it has become an obsession, an unhealthy obsession maybe. My collection is slowly growing.

I currently own 6 berry lip products and will be wearing them throughout autumn and winter.
3CE Lip Color in Bella
Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick in 107
Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Plum
MAC Lipstick in Rebel
Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Embellished
Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color in Glam 6 (possibly Amethyst Potion)
I want more, different shade variations as well as tones. Too much?

Do you have any berry lip product recommendations? I'd love to hear them and probably purchase them.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Malory Band

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Malory Band: £24.95*

ANCIENT METHOD

I'm into (maybe obsessed) with keeping fit and getting those abs even though I'm far from it. However I do have the tendency to over eat especially when its my cheat meal/day or I have ridiculous cravings and it puts me back to square one. This was my biggest problem. This Malory Band is to aid weight loss by stopping you from overeating by wearing this on the waist. I had trialled this throughout August and was hoping it'll help me look and fit better into my slightly figure hugging dress, ready for my cousin's wedding which was at the end of last month. So has it done the job?

Yes it has and I'm still wearing it now. My waist measurement fluctuates around an inch everyday as I seem to get bloated a lot easier these days for some reason. You may think, some cord and silver, what's special about it? It's strong, adjustable, generally comfortable, good quality and can shower in it. You can wear it all day everyday. I wear loose clothing during the day, especially for work and this was unnoticeable underneath.

I have made the mistake of over eating and snacking a lot at work on the first day of trialling this and naturally, wearing it did feel uncomfortable especially when I sat down. A big, fat fail straight away. From the second day, I was able to keep on track of things. Exercising was an issue for me last month due to my ankle injury (and still recovering) however I exercised lightly, having to choose the correct exercises. Wearing this does have a psychological effect on you. It makes you think twice as to what you're cooking and the portion size even if I do have "cake, doughnuts, pizza etc" in my head. It had helped me with my posture which I find fascinating and still wonder how.

At the end of the trial, I had fit into my dress better and it was a tiny bit loose around the waist which I prefer. Combining this with healthy eating and exercise is the key. Just relying on this only isn't going to give you the results you want. It is an aid, not a miracle. It is a nice feeling when you need to make it smaller, making you more motivated to adjust it to the next slot.

I had randomly used this as a waist belt giving my loose dress some shape. I didn't get any funny looks and it didn't look bad especially on light coloured clothing! It's a 2 in 1 product. If you need something to help you lose weight and the constant reminder of your goals, this is the one for you even if it might be slightly on the pricy side.

What do you think of this?