Friday, July 29, 2011

I've always wanted Red Hair...

And today was THE day to get it

 
 
Also, in the mail I received my post card from Michelle @ Hot Pink Combat Boots. Check out her blog and get down with her postcard program! Thanks a lot Michelle and I hope you get mine really soon! If there's anyone who'd like to do this with me, shoot me an email at jinjera@gmail.com and let's get some old fashioned means of communication going!
 



How cute is her handwriting! This was sweet to receive. Thanks a lot Michelle!

xoxo


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Teeny tiny update!

I'm ecstatic! I've finally broken through my weight plateau. I've been a bit hum drum lately because I've been eating right, exercising daily and and drinking loads of water and my weight had stabilized after losing about 7lbs. I wasn't sure what else to do other than press on. And I'm glad I did. I FINALLY broke the plateau, losing 3lbs from the weight I had stabilized at *happy dance* I'm not sure what I did and chances are it could be just water weight because I haven't been to the gym for the week (laziness). So this is definitely motivation to keep going!

Also, I'm not ready to post my start weight as yet. I've set a short terms goal for myself that ends on August 11th and I'm hoping to shed a certain amount of weight by then but let's just say that my start weight is definitely the heaviest I have ever been in life, ever. I am., however, keeping track of the changes on Fit Day so a post with all the changes is possible in the future!

That's it for that! Have a great day loves!

xoxo

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Summer Reads: The Shopaholic Series






So I've been reading a lot lately ever since I've found this amazing that that allows me to download books for free.I think I mentioned it on 
this blog before but if you can't be arsed to go and look for it leave me a comment and I'll respond with the link. Anyhoo, I've be reading a ton of chick-lit lately because I'm on vacation and need the brain candy lol.
First up are the Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella. I've read them all and found them to be great reads if you're looking for something that's funny and a bit easy to wrap your brain around. Well a lot easy. Kinsella's style is easily identifiable and every book is pretty much the same. You have your heroine Rebecca Bloomwood who has a serious shopping addiction. She buys what she needs. And what she doesn't need. And drives herself into debt in the process. At first I found her addictions to be identifiable. I mean we all make purchases that can be a bit senseless at times *eyes growing lipstick collection that is hardly worn* even when we don't need them but after a while Becky's irresponsibility attends to get on your nerves (well mine anyway). She can be a bit shallow and selfish and downright annoying especially when it comes to her boyfriend turned fiance turned husband (which really cements the fact that men go for ditzy chicks but that's another post). Her annoying tendencies aside, the books themselves lack any real plot but I find myself needing to finish them once I've started lol.

I'd definitely recommend if yo just end a light beach read or something to pass the time at the Doctor's office.

Monday, July 25, 2011

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils+ Swatches

 Black Bean, Dark Brown, French Fries, Slate, Purple
Black Bean, Dark Brown, French Fries, Slate, Purple
Black Bean, Dark Brown, French Fries, Slate, Purple
Black Bean, Dark Brown, French Fries, Slate, Purple
 Milk, Oyster, Rust, Electric Blue
Milk, Oyster, Rust, Electric Blue
Milk, Oyster, Rust, Electric Blue
 
 
 
I Love these pencils. I've been using them as bases and as eye-liners that I smudge to get that smokey effect. They're creamy and long-lasting and do not crease (on me) or budge when I put them on.  I tried picking out faves but I couldn't. I love them all!


Saturday, July 23, 2011

R.I.P Amy Winehouse

Such a great talent. Lovely voice. May she Rest In Peace


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Gym Thing (and a little bit of a rant)

So I'm that girl that's always on a diet. Always working out. I've been on both ends of the scale (really heavy/really skinny) but I'm naturally a thick girl. I am for the most part content with my body. When I returned from London I'd peaked at my highest weight ever due to not getting ANY physical activity and messed up eating habits that came due to my inability to deal with the time difference. It didn't help that I'm also dealing with PCOS (google it lol) which added an even bigger struggle to me trying to keep my weight within the so-called healthy range. 

Anyway this post isn't about my weight history. It isn't to bitch and moan about me not losing weight because I am. What it's about, however, are persons who want the benefit of working out but don't want to put the work in. For the past 5 months I've been going to the gym 4-5 days a week for about 1 1/2hrs each time. I'm not always diligent (I've missed days on end at times) but I make sure that I am there. I got into a routine of going before I decided to aggressively attack my eating habits. I am not a bad eater. I don't eat a lot and I don't go off on junk food (admittedly I have a sweet tooth but shit...I'm bloody allowed!) so I knew that my diet could not have been the ONLY thing to blame as some assholes wanted to imply. So after 2 months of working out and no significant difference on the scale, I decided to cut carbs. Bread. Rice. Sugar. Crackers. Cakes. Cookies. I stopped eating it. Instead, I have vegetables and fruit and lots of protein (chicken breast and fish) and I MEASURE everything. After a week of this I lost 8lbs and my body started pulling itself together. That I am happy about.

And then...people start noticing.

"Ooh, what did you do? (I explain)

"But isn't that expensive? (In reference to the no carbs)

"OMG, I wish I had your dedication"

Now you see...this pisses me off. Why? Because it came from someone who attends the same gym that I do, comes to the same class I do YET isn't as consistent or dedicated or motivated to pull through because they only have a 'little' weigh to lose. Are you for fucking real??? If you want a particular result, why are you allowing the cost of having a healthy lifestyle outweigh the cost of having an UN-healthy one? When I'm in the gym (and these days the only one who bothers to show up for the aerobics class...no lie) you're out galavanting and partying and sipping wine....so yes, I will lose weight and I will be more toned and I will look as if I found some 'secret' but I haven't. It's called hard work and discipline. That's it. Definitely not rocket science.

It was something as simple as switching out loads of pasta and replacing it with spaghetti squash, giving up coffee and sipping herbal tea instead and snacking on apples instead of any other nonsense I may have a craving for. Yes I have days when I want the bad stuff. Yes I have days when I eat them. But I allow myself that 'privilege' because I usually bust my ass at the end of the day to make sure I work that extra calorie off. I'm tired of hearing people 'talk' about wanting to do something. Just do it and get on with it. What do you really have to lose (other than the obvious)?

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Updates/Where I've been/Upcoming posts

Well it's certainly been a minute. I've not been very busy but I am currently on vacation and recently returned from a trip to Trinidad and Tobago. So what have I been up to?

1. The bf and I parted ways. I've never talked about him in previous posts the way other bloggers do because I've been intent on keeping this blog limited to make-up and everything makeup related but it's been over a year and I've decided that maybe it's time to be a bit more personal with my posts...or maybe not...we'll see.

2. I did a mini makeup haul in Trinidad and I'll be making posts soon :)

3. I've been super obsessed with my Blackberry playbook lately and have been spending a lot of time just reading. I used to spend a ton of money buying books but these days I've been getting my fix through my playbook and this great (free) e-book site that I found called Free Book Spot. Even if you don't have an e-reader you can read from your PC (if you're so inclined).It's a fantastic site and I love it.

4. I LOVE Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series. I'm currently reading Shopaholic and Sister and it's hilarious! All the books are. I think anyone with a shopping addiction can identify with her (although she does go a bit overboard at times) and they're a perfect way to pass the time if you don't want to wrap your brain around anything with more depth. 

5. I've been featured on yet another website!!! Quite an honor and I'm psyched to be on the Top 50 blogs for 2011. I found out because I usually take a look at my blog stats to see where my readership comes from and I was extremely elated to see that I was listed. :)



So that's me for now. I have a review (and pictures) of the UD Naked Palette to do, some NYX Jumbo Eye and Lip Pencil reviews, some SACHA cosmetics blushes and a few MAC lipsticks! I hope everyone's okay and stay tuned. 

xoxo
Jinz



Beauty Blog Link Love 16/7/2011

Daily Polish shows off an old holographic polish from the classic http://dailypolish.com/2011/07/day-five-hundred-and-thirty-china-glaze-hes-going-in-circles.html"/>China Glaze Kaleidoscope Collection!
Head over to AOYV to see Shivani's favorite  http://www.adorableonyourvanity.com/2011/06/mac-painterly-paint-pot-1-year-later.html">eyeshadow primer and tell her yours!
Still contemplating the Urban Decay Naked Palette because you have too many shadows? http://kajalcouture.blogspot.com/2011/06/mac-dupes-for-urban-decay-naked-palette.html">Kajal Couture shows you how you can dupe the Naked Palette using MAC shadows. 
Jellyminx shares her gleeful Face of the Day from her evening at http://jellyminxthinks.blogspot.com/2011/06/fotd-glee-live-look.html">Glee Live.
Claire puts http://www.thebeautyscoop.co.uk/2011/06/lancome-teint-miracle.html">Lancome's Teint Miracle foundation to the test over at The Beauty Scoop!
Phyrra shows you the delights of Meow's latest collection, the http://phyrra.net/2011/07/meows-summer-carnival-collection-swatches.html">Summer Carnival!
It's time for yet another SPF post!  Makeup Morsels reveals her http://makeupmorsels.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/its-spf-time/"> favorite sunscreen.
Angela shares a review and look for a product from one of her latest drugstore hauls, http://dowantmakeup.tumblr.com/post/7347557197/review-revlon-luxurious-color-satin-eyeshadow-in">Revlon Luxurious Color Satin Eyeshadow in Peacock Lustre, at Do Want Makeup.
Cindy at Prime Beauty got a sneak peek at the new http://www.primebeautyblog.net/it-cosmetics-launches-new-naturally-pretty-in-plum-eyeshadow-trio/">IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty in Plum eyeshadow trio and a fantastic anti-aging brush--yes I said BRUSH!
At Beauty Info Zone, Marcia and Lisa reflect back on their http://beautyinfozone.com/2011/07/10/side-by-side-top-ten-products-for-2011/">top skincare favorites so far this year.
Tired of a boring french manicure?  Check out Socialitedreams' http://www.socialitedreams.com/blog-posts/colorful-two-tone-reverse-french-manicure.html">colorful reverse french manicure for a cool new take on a classic.
At Eyelining Obsessions come and take a sneak peek at this former tanning phobe's http://eyeliningobsessions.blogspot.com/2011/07/collection-overview-bronzers.html">bronzer stash.
Pink Sith has pictures and swatches of the Nordstrom Annual Sale http://www.pinksith.com/2011/07/chanel-joues-contraste-blush-in-rose.html">EXCLUSIVE Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Tourbillon. Something to add to your shopping list!
Do you think Benefit's new mascarahttp://www.beauty-reflections.com/2011/07/benefit-theyre-real-mascara.html">Benefit They're Real! delivers the false lashes look for Tracy at Beauty Reflections?
Sleek MakeUP is having some really good palettes lately and http://www.beautyaddict.net/sleek-makeup-mediterranean-collection-monaco-palette/">Monaco is just one of them! Check out Vesna's swatches if you're a fan of true summery shades!
Still undecided about Mac's Semi-Precious collection? Check out Anita's swatches of http://pleasureflush.blogspot.com/2011/07/mac-semi-precious-mineralize-eyeshadow.html">the mineralize eyeshadows and http://pleasureflush.blogspot.com/2011/07/mac-semi-precious-mineralize-skinfinish.html">the skinfinishes and blushes over at Pleasureflush to help make up your mind!


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Kimmie Karma Love's http://www.kimmiekarmalove.com/2011/07/time-is-running-out.html">Show Me Your Inner Animal contest ends on July 17th, did you get your entries in yet?

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Beauty Blog Link Love

Are you a fan of NARS blushes? If so, do you own the shade Mata Hari? At Steal My Heart Lovee.com she shares her review.

Kelly from Gouldylox Reviews shares her first ever makeup tutorial. Part drinking game, part smoky eye, it's easy to do and isn't so over the top you can't wear it to work.

Madame B Fatale shows us her bright eye look using some gorgeous colours!

Musicalhouses swatches the Illamasqua Powder Blushers! Do you prefer the bright, bold blush shades, or the easily wearable, pretty-in-pink shades?

At theNotice, Rae reviews a cult-favourite MAC eyeliner - but isn't feeling the love. Find out why this popular product was such a letdown!

Phyrra falls in love with the Too Faced Eye Love palette and tells you where you can find it.

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed begins her fall lemmings early with pictures of the Lancôme St-Honoré Fall 2011 Collection - come add to the drool puddle!

Don't forget My Lips But Better's travel must-haves when packing your bag this summer!

Prime Beauty gets in touch with her Inner Flowerchild while falling in love with BECCA's new Mineral Powder Blushes.

Lauren has been going crazy for coral! Check out her latest lipstick additions!

Want a sneak peek at MAC's latest collection, Semi-Precious? Well, Krasey Beauty has pics and swatches, to ooh and ahh over!

Tracy, at Beauty Reflections, discovers an unexpected gem in MAC Prep+Prime Vibrancy Eye Primer and is really glad she decided to try it!

Fleurissante has found a way to the perfect brows with Le Sourcil de Chanel.

Claire swatches OPI Serene Grand Slam Rally Pretty Pink Set over at The Beauty Scoop!

Erin shows you an easy way to create rainbow eyeliner at the Pretty Exclusive.

If you like highlighters, especially at this time of year, Vesna from Beauty addict blog has a few suggestions for you!



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