Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Healthy living..

Getting a wee bit tired of yoghurt but it's great for snacking!
I have been an extremely lazy person for most of my life. There's nothing I enjoy more than long lies, pajama days, Xbox marathons... and eating.

I've always been self-conscious about my weight. I'm nowhere near overweight but I'm no skinny Minnie. I instinctively flinch away if anyone tries to touch my tummy or tickle me because I'm scared they'll think me fat. This is really silly, and I know that, but I can't help feeling a bit insecure. After all, what better a feeling could there be than slipping on a nice dress and knowing that you look amazing. 

I'm a complete chocoholic. I would eat chocolate everyday if I could get away with it - some days I did. I love crisps, and popcorn and fizzy juice and ice cream and basically every other snack you can imagine. 

Amazing fruit salad I made for myself
 - was so yummy.
I weighed myself two weeks ago after my mum remarked that she thought I had maybe put weight on and got the shock of my life. I hadn't noticed the weight creeping on. I felt a wee bit more cuddly sure, but was very upset when I looked at the scales and did what most girls would do in that situation: cry... lots.

Nike trainers I bought - excuse the frilly socks -
I was trying them on after I'd been wearing boots!
After much thought and self pep talking I decided to do something about it. The thought of being a gym bunny has never appealed to me in the slightest. I would see people jogging in the rain and think 'Why bother with that?'. I know that the only way to lose weight healthily is to exercise and eat a sensible diet. So that's what I've been doing. I'm on Day 8 of my healthy eating plan and feel fantastic. I've been eating lots and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and having so much fun planning healthy and tasty meals for myself.
I even went out and bought lots of super cool gym gear for myself - including some lovely Nike trainers that I've been wearing to the gym.

I live beside a gym and have been going most days - just pacing myself to begin with but I feel like I am really getting somewhere. I would suggest to all the other couch potatoes out there to do the same thing. Your body is the most important, and valuable tool you'll ever own: look after it and it'll look after you.

Tuna salad - also mega
Standard breakfast -
Special K with a
chopped banana.

Oat and pumpkin seed flapjacks I made -
super duper healthy!

Saturday, 1 March 2014

My Very First (Proper...) Makeup Job...

This afternoon I got to do my beautiful friend Rebecca's makeup for her Law Ball - as part of the Law Society of Aberdeen University. Rebecca is in her fourth year so she will be graduating in May time and then will be doing her diploma to become to fully fledged lawyer. I'm super proud of how committed she is - always doing work... unlike me. I mostly sit around in my pajamas playing Xbox and watching boxsets on Netflix during exam time. And at all other points of the year too.

Rebecca doesn't tend to wear a lot of makeup on a day to day basis - she has lovely skin so most of the time she doesn't need to, and she's very sporty so being at the gym most days makeup is a hassle. I was so happy she asked me to do her makeup for her ball - I get to play around with different looks which makes me so happy. She'd sent me a picture of her dress (ASOS) so I knew I wanted to stick within the parameters of a silver/purple eyeshadow look.

I deliberated for a while but eventually settled for blending three eyeshadows together: MAC Naked Lunch, MAC Satin Taupe, and Gunmetal from the Urban Decay Naked Palette. I also dotted some MAC nylon on the inner corners of her eyes to give a little highlight. We decided that as lots of pictures would be taken of the night to use a false lash as her to make her really stand out! Rebecca's natural brows are incredible anyway, but I ran some MAC Mystery through them for a slightly more dramatic look.
MAC Naked Lunch & Satin Taupe, Urban Decay Gunmetal (Naked Palette) MAC Nylon - inner corner
Dress - ASOS