Rose gold makeup look

I’ve been unwell lately and managed to land myself a four day stay in hospital because of a very bad chest infection. I’m finally starting to feel better even though I’m not 100% yet. I haven’t put on makeup in over a week (that’s when you know that I’m really unwell) and today I thought I’d pull myself together, whip out my Stila Magnificent Metals glitter in rose gold and play with it. I’ll talk more about the product in a future post, but here’s the look I wore today.

Lately I’ve been enjoying the no eyeliner look. Although… here I wore big lashes with a black lash band and it looks like I’m wearing eyeliner anyway. For the eye look I simply put on a crease shadow that’s slightly darker than my natural skin tone then went in with the Stila Magnificent Metals product and used it as my lid shadow. I loved it.

On my lips I’m wearing a Sephora cream lip stain in a metallic peachy shade.

So yeah… I feel like this is a makeup look that makes me look alive. I enjoyed wearing it 🙂

Besos

Skincare products you can’t live without

First off, lip balms! I have perpetually dry lips that need constant hydration. No matter how much water I drink, my lips seem to just want to dry out. Here are two lip balms that actually do it for me. The Nuxe Reve de Miel is my night time balm because it’s quite thick and has a bit of a colour to it. It stays on all night and if my lips are a bit chapped, this sorts it out by the morning. The only down side to this is that it comes in a pot.

The second lip balm is one I’ve previously finished and repurchased. It’s the Jack Black intense therapy lip balm in natural mint. I wear this throughout the day because it’s thinner, a  bit glossy and completely transparent. Of course, since I’ve repurchased this, it certainly works well for me 🙂

Next up is an eye cream that I really need to rave about. This brand is new to me, Arad.  I received this in a PR package along with a few other skincare products from Arad. I love the brand but this cream really takes the cake for quite possibly the best eye cream I’ve ever tried. First off, it’s huge in size and it’s very affordable. Secondly, from the first time I’ve worn this at night, I’ve woken up with beautifully plump skin around by eyes.  I’ve worm eye creams that are a lot more expensive than this, and I own a stash of more fancy and expensive eye creams that I receive for PR purposes, but this is the eye cream I put on when I really want to get the job done. It works really well for me.

Next up is this moisturiser from Lierac Paris. I won this in a small blogging competition and since I received it I haven’t stopped using it. I’ve almost finished the jar and I’ll certainly be repurchasing the next jar myself. This is a very light gel-cream moisturiser that simply does the job. It keeps me hydrated, it’s not too rich for me, it’s a moisturiser that’s perfect for my combination skin. It also contains oxygen and since the air in Malta is quite polluted, having pure oxygen in my moisturiser is certainly a plus since it’s an anti-inflammatory, helps collagen production and overall helps the skin to function better.

If you’re looking for some new skincare products, you should certainly consider these 🙂

Besos!

Diet & Fitness attempt – Take 1,000,001

Earlier this week I started my 1,000,001th attempt at a healthy diet and fitness regime and I thought that I should start writing about it because you guys may or may not find this interesting/entertaining to read.

I’ve never written about this here so I’ll fill you in.

I’ve always struggled with my weight. When I was a teen, I was at an ok weight but on the high end of the BMI scale (indeed I was never skinny). I used to “diet” (aka skip meals) and at some point I used to even go as far as alternating days in which I ate. One day I ate, the next day I didn’t eat a thing, etc. I was very serious about this, to the point at which there was one day where I had some event where I ate on a no eating day and after that I spent two whole days of not eating to make up for it. On the third day, I was on the bus to go to university and I got so dizzy that I almost fainted. I had to go straight to the canteen to get myself some food.

I lost a lot of weight that way, but I got unwell, had to stop and of course, gained a lot of weight because I’m pretty sure I screwed up my metabolism, thyroid and my relationship with food in general with that unhealthy behaviour.

After that, it’s been next to impossible for me to lose weight.

So since then, I’ve tried all sorts of ways to lose weight again. At this point, I’m not trying to lose weight because I feel ugly or unattractive. I want to lose weight so that I can be fitter, run for longer, climb more stairs without getting out of breath…

I’ve tried all sorts of diets and some I’ve tried more than once. They all work at the beginning, but the problem is sticking to them for a long enough time to make a difference. I’ll give you some examples of what I’ve tried, and what about them didn’t work for me. Note, this isn’t to say that these diets don’t work, it’s more to say … here’s what threw me off them, or why they weren’t sustainable for me in the long term.

I tried low calorie – me counting all the calories I put in my gob takes too much commitment.

Low carb – This was pretty easy but I spent about 8 months on low carb and I only lost about 4kg. After that, I ate all the carbs. Not sustainable.

Eating every 3 hours – with this one you’re meant to eat small portions every 3 hours. Um… Yeah, finding something sensible to eat every three hours was a challenge, but I can believe that this is a diet that has a lot of potential to actually work. It just requires more planning, more fruit and more veg. I didn’t do this one right and this is one I aim at doing well in the long term.

I also tried the having one meal a day thing… I just get hungry and irritable.

Exercise? As well, on and off. This is something I struggle with, essentially because I never found an activity that I like doing.

When I first used to attempt exercise I used to think that I should start going for a 1 hour walking/running session everyday. Trust me, this is not a good way to start exercising. Building it up is better. I bought an elliptical trainer at some point, I liked this and did this quite regularly until I didn’t see any difference in my weight and stopped. In hindsight, I was fitter so I should have been happy with that.

I did Tony Horton’s P90x DVDs. Now these, they make a HUGE difference. They’re really excellent workouts and I noticed I lost inches with these as I got fitter. The problem? It takes 1 hour a day 6 days a week and about an extra 30 mins to prepare for the workout. But does it work? Fuck yeah. Do I have the commitment? Nope.

I started working out with a trainer where I pre-booked and pre-paid sessions. Again, life got in the way too often and there were many sessions that I had to postpone. Since a trainer isn’t flexible enough to work around the times when I fancy exercising, it didn’t quite work out for me. So yes, working in a sustainable, long term fitness routine in my daily life is a challenge.

My life goal is not to go on a diet, but to have a sustainable, long term future plan on how to convert myself onto a healthy eating and fitness regime. I hate the word “diet” because I tend to associate the term with something temporary.

These days, after so many failed attempts at losing weight, I’m focussing on getting fitter and eating healthier. I don’t want to change my lifestyle from day to night because that means that I’m going to get cranky, feel overwhelmed and quit. So I’m going to do it little by little. Change one thing, and once I get used to it, I choose something else to change.

So this week, after following some advice from my doctor, I’ve been replacing one meal a day with a meal replacement shake and some veg (I’ve usually been opting for either raw cucumber or raw cabbage with salt and paprika). Meal replacement shakes is something I never considered and never tried. It’s the sort of thing I usually dismiss. However, replacing one meal with a shake combined with a little veg makes sense. That said, during the first two days of doing this, I wanted to eat the fridge. On the third day, I was feeling better about it. Every day seems to get easier. it’s convenient because I don’t have to cook anything for that meal and cleaning up is easy 😀

So far this diet seems to take the effort out of counting calories, I’m not restricting myself from any type of food, and it actually requires less planning, less cleaning etc. Also, since the meal replacement shakes have vitamins and minerals, I seem to not be getting weak (which is what usually happens to me on low calorie diets). It seems like this is something that I can do for the long term, if I’m disciplined enough to always replace one meal with a shake.

So… I started this on Tuesday and today is Sunday. On Sundays I’m going to allow myself to have something I’ve been craving. Today I ate dessert after lunch and I ate a meal (instead of a meal replacement) for dinner. Wish me luck with getting back on track with the diet tomorrow.

This week I haven’t started any exercise regime and I don’t plan on doing so until I feel confident that I’m used to this one change I’ve made so far. If I try to reduce my food/calorie intake and start exercising all in the same week, you can count on me for quitting faster than you can say “Zeza has a fat arse”.

Besos

 

Imedeen Launch in Malta

Most skin care nuts who read this blog would have heard about the skin’s collagen. As we age, collagen declines and our skin weakens and wrinkles. There are many anti ageing skincare products that contain collagen, but any topical cream can only penetrate through the first couple of layers of skin. Imedeen is a skincare product that is taken orally, and this helps collagen production from within, in order to be able to generate collagen further down that just the first couple of layers of skin.

There are three types of Imedeen capsules, and in order to decide which one is right for you, you can get a skin consultation. Here are some pictures of me doing my skin consultation where a gel was rubbed on my skin, and a device took some images from my skin.

Turns out that my skin’s collagen is doing alright! 😀

In the image above you can see the dark (black or dark brown) areas… That’s collagen. I even have some stored further down in my lower layers of skin.

Below you can see images from a clinical study about collagen levels and how they improve with Imedeen. After 12 months you can see a significant increase in the collagen in the top and lower layers of the skin.

Based on this consultation, I got 60 derma one tablets that are intended for ages 25+. I will start taking 2 tablets of these every morning for a month and then I can go back to get my skin scanned to check out how my collagen levels are doing 🙂

This product sounds plausible. I’m going to try it out and I’ll let you know how I get along.

Besos!

Military Green Pleated Skirt

Who said pleats aren’t for big girls? Personally, I’m loving this military pleated skirt and although pleats make a girl look bigger, I’m not one to shy away. I look big in whatever I wear anyway ?

I paired this skirt with one of my favourite tops, a black cold shoulder turtle neck. I love how this top reveals some skin while it’s still very modest.

For shoes, I went with some caged flats that I like wearing ­when I want to wear nice shoes but not high heels.

Military green pleated skirt http://tidd.ly/3ca20001
Black cold shoulder top http://tidd.ly/39b69680
Oasis Shoes http://tidd.ly/5fade553

Besos!