Monday, November 29, 2010

The Gym Thing

So last year around this time, I was hunkered down in london freezing my booty off wishing I was back in the sunshiney caribbean. However, I had opted to spend Christmas in the UK as exams were right around the corner and I couldn't allow my home-sickness to distract from it. The me, in London though, was not as active as the me pre-UK. Now I've never been naturally skinny. In the days when I weighed 128lbs, it came from months of hard work (translation:hours in the gym) and a strict diet. Two years later, I was diagnosed with PCOS, a condition that affected my already messed up metabolism and left me feeling perpetually tired. Added to the expense of the gyms and health studios in London.....I returned to St. Vincent 20lbs heavier than I was when I left (egads!).

For months I agonized about going back to the gym. I fantasized about walking in and having to face people that knew me at my fittest and having to deal with the 'oh my God, you gained so much weight' comments. Sounds simple enough, but for someone that grew up ALWAYS hearing about weight, I was terrified!!!! So, I hired a personal trainer who didn't need a gym for us to workout. Unfortunately....he's very good..and very in demand....thus his schedule and mine didn't always mesh....and our sessions became few and in between (I secretly think he was also frustrated that I wasn't as fit as I used to be as he was the one that used to train me before but I could be wrong).

But to be honest...I got tired of eating like a rabbit hoping to starve the weight off when I KNEW that what I needed was the exercise....and so today....I took the step. Grabbed my gym clothes (along with oversized t-shirt to hide the booty), paid my subscription and had my first work out in over a year! And guess what?? I loved it! SO much so that I'm planning to revert to my gym rat ways...maybe set up camp there...spend a few hours working out instead of stuck behind the computer watching episodes of Criminal Minds...ok I'm addicted to that show but they're gonna have to share my spare time with a long lost love.

:)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

MAC Cham-Pale Collection

I am a big time neutrals gal! I am....I won't even lie about it. My every day looks pretty much consist of the same looks an I love me a nude lipstick/gloss so I am extremely excited about the new collection from MAC (wait didn't they just release one? anyhoo...)

Here's the collection...I have my eyes on the lip geles, the paint pots and the eyeshadow quad. Woud you be getting anything?

MAC Cham Pale Collection Lipstick
  • Flustered Frosted, pale bronze
  • Quiet, Please Sheer frosty pale beige
  • Tanarama Soft pale golden beige with gold metallic shimmer
  • Gel Sheer pale gold
MAC Cham Pale Collection Lipgelees
  • Bubble Lounge Sparkly pink peach
  • Straight to the Head Sparkly brown bronze
  • Sin-tillation Sparkly pale icy pink
  • Luxure Off-white with pink pearl
MAC Cham Pale Collection Caviar Dreams Eyeshadow Quad
  • Brule Soft muted creamy beige
  • Et Tu, Bouquet? Frosted pale pink gold
  • Caviar Dreams Mid-tone frosted pewter
  • Retrospeck Beached blonde

Chromagraphic Pencil

  • NC15/NW20 Flesh tone NC15/NW20 shade (Permanent at PRO)
  • NW25/NC30 Flesh tone NW25/NC30 shade (Permanent at PRO)
MAC Cham Pale Collection Special Reserve Highlight Powder
  • Chez Chez Lame Soft gold with silver shimmer
  • Rose Ole Soft pink with gold shimmer
MAC Complete Comfort Creme
MAC Fix+ Lavender
MAC Lip Conditioner SPF15 + Lavender
MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 + Lavender
MAC Cham Pale Collection Paint Pots

MAC Cham Pale Collection Nail Lacquer
  • Soiree Sparkly light bronze gold
  • Very Important Platinum Mid-tone platinum

Look what I got in the mail! :)

My brushes that I ordered from Sigma! Reviews to come!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

My MU Collection

....or part of it. I have a few things in storage in the UK as well but here's the stuff I have at home. Took some pics to show a friend and decided to make a blog post about it. I got tired halfway through so this isn't everything but it pretty much sums it up.









Monday, November 22, 2010

My teeny tiny MAC Haul

Hey guys...I got my MAC purchase in the mail today along with a supply of Dr. Natura's Colonix and Toxinout program (which I would do another blog about). Here's what I got from MAC. Images were tken from google as I can't find my USB cord for my camera.




MAC Mulch Eyeshadow


MAC High Tea Lipstick

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Beauty Blog Link Love

Emma shows the surprising amount of coverage offered by Laura Merciers Tinted Moisturiser over at BirdsDecorateBranches!

Whitney from Whitz World of Beauty tells the adventure of her Spa Day at Alexis K in Solana Beach, California!

Pink Diva's Beauty Spot has been busy trialling and testing new NIVEA skin care. Check out her honest product reviews on the products and share your thoughts on the brand.

Rachel discovers duochrome nails with the new Accessorize range over at at Queen of Turquoise.

Readers at Lipglossiping.com share their tried and tested tips for recreating the ultimate salon blow dry DIY style!

Beautywoome highlights the rebirth of the early '90s cream-mauve-plum nail.

Phyrra's Indie Spotlight for November is one to be thankful for! It's an exclusive interview with Tammy from Meow Cosmetics.

The Gloss Goss found love in the form of Chanel Extrait de Gloss and ended up going back for more.

Retrodiva has five steps for getting glowing skin just in time for the holidays.

Madame B Fatale talks about how she likes to get hair free for summer.

Join in the weekly This or That fun over at Audrey Dao - Confessions of a Beautyholic.

The Lip Print go pink crazy with Lush's Snow Fairy Christmas treats!

Blaq Vixen Beauty recently learned that the CoverGirl Queen Collection is getting an upgrade in the lipstick collection come January 2011.

Jellyminx reveals a brief history of her hair through some comical photos!

Krasey Beauty takes a look at some of the newest editions to the Ellis Faas cosmetics range, just in time for the holidays.

Do you love NARS Orgasm but hate the price? Katie at My Lips But Better has the scoop on a dupe!

Makeup Zombie has a Blush Showdown featuring the cult classic NARS "Orgasm" blush!

Sarah at IHeartCosmetics decides once and for all if Cloud Nine hair straighteners are better than GHD ones.

Did you miss Toronto IMATS 2010? Don't worry Jenn from Spiced Beauty has the full event coverage here.

Jeweled Thumb discovers a Chanel Paradoxal dupe that has arrived on American shores!

Amy Antoinette has afternoon tea with Alexa Chung at the Lacoste Touch of Pink perfume launch.

Daily Polish finally conquers an 18 month lemming with Jessica's Birds of Paradise...possibly the most beautiful purple polish in existence? You decide!

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theNotice gets a new "home" (okay, a new url...) and is celebrating with a flatiron giveaway!

Beauty Crazed not only shows you all of the Givenchy holiday fragrance sets, they are giving one away!

Make a Wish Smashbox's Perfect Pencils set on Prime Beauty--it may come true!

Friday, November 19, 2010

My Christmas Wishlist! :D

I've been Nice this year (you hear that Santa??) lol. I'm lemming these items badly!!! And I'll be editing and adding to this list :D






Britney Spears' new perfume 'Radiance'. I'm actually a fan of her perfumes....Believe is one of my all time faves and this one looks like it would be good too! And I just love the bottle!

Urban Decay Book of Shadows III- still wanting this badly!!!!

Wet n wild Color Icon Palette in Vanity!

MAC Girl About Town

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What I'm using now....fill it in and pass it on!


I saw this and stole if off someone elses blog and thought we could all pass it along if you havent done already!

Shampoo: Head and Shoulders Shampoo and Conditioner in 1

Conditioner: V05 Strawberries and Cream

Shower gel: None at the moment

Styling products: Leave in Conditioner (Herbal Essences)

Body moisturiser: Cocoa Butter

Deodorant: Dove Roll on

Fake Tan: None...don't need it lol :)

Foundation:. NARS Sheer Glow

Powder: MAC Mineralise Skin Finish

Concealer: none at the moment

Blush: Sleek Coral

Bronzer: MAC Bronze

Highlighter: none at the moment

Eyeshadows: ELF Butter Cream, NYX Bronze

Mascara: Maybelline The Falsies

Lipstick: L'Oreal Star Secrets Aishrywa Rai (sp???)

Lipgloss: Sleek Pout polish in Chocolate Kiss

Nail colour: none at the moment

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Face time

Hey guys....just listing the products that I use to take care of my skin. I had terrible breakouts in my teens but have pretty good skin now due to the fact that I took the time to actually learn my skin, what it likes, doesn't like- and I don't get pulled into products that are hyped up. I use what works for me :)

Cleansers/Scrubs:

I've found that Neutrogena and Oil of Olay products works best for my skin. To cleanse, I use the Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2 in 1 Wash & Mask 

 and to scrub I use Olay Clarify and Cleanse Daily Scrub





Moisturizers (Day):

Oil of Olay Complete Care Moisturising Fluid

Olay - Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum (night)



Neutrogena Oil Free Anti-Acne Moisturizer


What do you guys use?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My 3 week Challenge!

Hey guys....so this post is a little bit different. I'm about to take a 3 week challenge (challenging myself) and do a juice detox starting tomorrow (11th November). For about 3 weeks I'll be consuming strictly juices made from fruits and vegetables for breakfast, with a salad for lunch and another juice for dinner. It's my effort to detox my body and (hopefully) shed a few pounds. I'm also hoping to kick the red meat habit and thought that this would be a great way to start. Hopefully I don't cave by the time this is done....I figured I'd post daily so that I'm accountable to 'someone' lol.

What about you guys? Anyone ever tried juicing? Or did a detox? Feel free to leave your tips here!



xoxo

Jinz

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tag- This or That

Saw this tag on enigmatic-rambles blog....so I decided to do it. Everyone's tagged :)

You basically have 6 categories ( makeup, nails, body, fashion, hair, random) and you have several choices in each category, so you choose one thing over another! Shall we start?

Makeup
Blusher or bronzer - Blusher
Lipgloss or lipstick - Lipstick
Eye liner or mascara - Mascara
Foundation or concealer - Foundation
Neutral or colour eye shadow - Neutral
Pressed or loose eye shadow - Pressed
Brushes or sponges – Brushes

Nails
OPI or china glaze - Never tried either
Long or short - Somewhere inbetween
Bright or darks – Darks

Body
Perfume or body splash - Perfume
Lotion or body butter - Body Butter
Body wash or soap – Body wash
Lush or other bath company – LUSH!!

Fashion
Jeans or sweat pants - Jeans
Long sleeve or short - Long
Dresses or skirts - Dresses
Stripes or plaid - Stripes
Flip flops or sandals – Sandals
Scarves or hats - Scarves
Studs or dangly earrings – Dangly
Necklaces or bracelets - Necklaces
Heels or flats – Heels
Cowboy boots or riding boots – Cowboy Boots
Jacket or hoodie - Hoodie

Hair
Curly or straight - Straight
Bun or ponytail - Ponytail
Bobby pins or butterfly clips - Bobby pins
Hair spray or gel - Hairspray on occasion
Long or short - Long
Light or dark - Dark
Side swept fringe or full fringe - Side Swept Fringe
Up or down - Up

Other
Rain or shine - Shine
Summer or winter - Winter
Autumn or spring – Autumn and spring
Chocolate or vanilla - Chocolate

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The best Body Moisturizer....ever!

I'm a fan of body butters. I love soft. smooth skin and I'm not a fan of perfumed lotions. I started using Palmers Cocoa Butter after I ran out of my Vaseline Body Butter and I have to say that I'm impressed! I use it heavily at night before bed for extra moisture (love it for my feet too!) and lightly during the day. It's not too greasy and doesn't leave me feeling like an oil slick. I'm not sure what it does for stretch marks though as that's not the reason why  bought it, but I'll monitor that situation and amend this post n the future. Also, I'm currently in the Caribbean (hot!!!!) and this still manages to sink into my skin (and doesn't make me sweat). I LOVE this stuff!!!! :D

Friday, November 5, 2010

Another Contest!

Have a go guys...you never know what you might win! Her blog's pretty interesting too so check it out....lots of great MU tips.

marie a la mode 's blog and the prizes:

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Coffee and Roses

haha i love that blog name :)

Check out her contest too Coffee and Roses