Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Weightloss update: Pics (yikes)

You knew this was coming. I can't believe I'm posting these but if I'm talking about what I'm doing i need to show my starting point right? Well here goes. My 'before' pictures are from London/the year i returned from London (2010). Adjusting to British weather (cold ah fugg!!) and lack of exercise (who the hell was going out in that cold) along with health complications (PCOS) led to a 40lb weight gain and water retention issues. I've only lost 25lbs thus far and I'm aiming for another 60 just to give myself some latitude. I return to the UK in September and I sure as hell will not be regaining 40lbs while I'm there. So here we go...


I', :) Thanks for reading!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Getting Ready For Swimsuit Season/Carnival

So you’ve been slacking on your health and fitness. Eating whatever you want, consuming alcohol excessively and before you know it, your two-piece on the beach comes with fries, rolls and a drink! With carnival around the corner and nuff beach parties to attend, you’re beginning to feel a bit self-conscious about your body.  It’s never too late to jump-start your ‘get ready’ plan unless of course it’s the week before Slippery When Wet and you’re trying to fit your size 16 body into a size 6 swimsuit. Here are my little secrets to help you kick start your beach body plan and look fantastic in your costume jammin’ round the streets of Kingstown. 

  • Water is your best friend. Put the soda, juice and alcohol down and fill up on that goodness that comes free from your kitchen pipe. If you must have juice, make sure it’s freshly squeezed or have coconut water instead. Having at least 12 glasses a day would flush your system, rid your body of harmful toxins and prevent bloating/water retention which can easily account for 10-20lbs of your body weight. Replace your coffee with green tea and watch the excess weight melt from your body in no time.
  •  Never skip meals. Think of your body as a vehicle. It needs gas to run. The mistake that many of us make is that we fill the tank up regardless of the length of our journey. Always eat in moderation and according to the portion serving on your food package. When you skip meals, your body automatically goes in to starvation mode and holds on to the fat that you are trying to lose. Even if you do lose weight this way it would only be regained when you start eating normal quantities again even if what you’re eating is healthy.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. Take your sneakers to work and walk home if you live within walking distance. Rally up a group of friends and go jogging or walk to the Arnos Vale playing field. Join the gym. Take an aerobics class. Go swimming. It doesn’t matter WHAT you do as long as you DO something.
  • Fill up on protein. Foods that are high in protein or fiber can actually help slow the digestive process. The result is that your stomach feels full longer and sends a message to your brain that you don't need to eat more. You get more satisfaction with fewer calories.
  • Replace refined carbohydrates with more complex carbohydrates. Have brown rice instead of white rice. Eat whole-wheat pasta or look for innovative ways to make meals with vegetables. Egg-plant is a great noodle replacement when making lasagna. Spaghetti squash is just as delicious as the real thing and oven roasted sweet potatoes are far better for you than irish potatoes.
  •  Snack on fruits, vegetables, pop-corn and nuts (in moderation). The more high fibre foods you eat between meals, the less you’ll be inclined to eat when meal time comes around. Small portions of low-fat cheese with fruit, yogurt or fruit and peanut butter is also a great way of having a very filling snack that keeps the hunger at bay until your next meal.
  • Take your vitamins. Most of us when changing our diets do not eat properly and it shows in our hair, skin and nails. Take supplements like vitamin c, calcium, fish oils and biotin to maintain the health of your skin, hair, nails and bones. Your body will thank you for it.
  • Be realistic. Strive for progress and not perfection. You didn’t gain weight over-night and you won’t lose it overnight. It is better to be healthy than to be skinny. Set short term goals and work your way to success. Healthy living is often a life-long change that we have to work at every day. It makes no sense ‘dieting’ just for a certain period only to fall back into any bad eating habits that we may have had before achieving our goals. That will be counter-productive
It is important to remember that we were all built differently. No two persons will ever look the same and we shouldn’t try to anyway. Dress for your body type and accentuate the shape that you have been given.  Never allow yourself to be placed into a mold of how anyone ‘thinks’ you should look. Your ultimate aim should be to live a longer and healthier life. Good luck! And ah will see allyuh on de road!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

My Week in Pictures

Hey guys. I spent the week in Antigua for a meeting that I had to attend on behalf of my office. It was my first time there and although I didn't have much time to do any exploring, it did offer some time to rest a bit which isn't usually the case. Due to a hotel mix-up with the persons hoting the meeting I stayed 2 nights at Heritage Hotel in Heritage Quay and spent the last one at the Trade Winds Resort which is lovely! Here are the pics and the food! I also did a bit of shopping as Heritage Quay is a duty free haven. My flight took me through Barbados where I was able to pick up a few things also. All in all, it was a great trip and the meeting was extremely informative.

Trade Winds Hotel- Antigua

 Heritage Hotel- Antigua
 Heritage Hotel- Antigua

 Lobster and pineapple wrap; potato wedges, cole-slaw, creme brulee and passion fruit juice
 Couldn't eat it, twas so much!
 Had a summery mani done as soon as I returned to St. Vincent
 Teeny Haul
 Maybelline Color Tattoo- Pomegranate
 Not as bright as I expected :(
 Picked these up at the airport in Antigua
 Picked these up in Barbados- Girly and summery and I love them
 Body Butter from The Body Shop- Chocolate...yum yum
 Revlon Color-burst Lipstick
 Mauve, Raspberry, Soft Nude, Peace
Bacon wrapped grilled shrimp with Lemon

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Vitamins for Life!

Hey guys. Most of you who've been following my posts lately would see mention of me including various vitamins and supplements into my diet for various reasons: hair health, skin, diet, etc. Today's guest post comes from Nancy Parker who has shard with us the benefits of some vitamins and supplements. I hope you enjoy!

Vitamins and supplements are a huge market. People buy things in droves and self-medicate like crazy. But what vitamins do you really need, beyond your typical multi vitamin? What can help you? What do they do? What are they for? Well, here are three vitamins and supplements everyone should be taking to really stay in good health for life.

1.      Vitamin C – I can’t push this enough. This little pill gives you immunity out the yin-yang, and you cannot take too much of it. Any time you feel a cold coming on, pop a few of these. They’ll put your body in top gear and help you stay healthy longer. If you are already sick, they will help you get better faster. What’s not to love?

2.      Calcium and Magnesium – I love Dolomite. That’s the original combo of calcium and magnesium and, I think, the best.  Naturally balanced, these two do more than give you strong bones and teeth. They help calm your nerves and even reduce pain if taken in the proper dosage. Yes, you read that right. Simple calcium and magnesium does all that.

3.      Omegas 3 and 6 – For your heart, for your brain, for your skin; fish oil does it all. That’s the way most people take Omega 3 and 6, and it does wonders for your long-term health. Don’t expect any instant results with this, but you will see things over the course of a month or two. Your hair is shiner, your skin softer, your thoughts clearer and your heart running smoothly. Talk about a multi-tasker. 

There are many more vitamins and supplements out there. Depending on your health needs and concerns, they might work even better for you then these. However, these three are the basics to take on top of your daily multi-vitamin. Try them out and see if your results don’t more than make up for the cost of a few bottles.

Author Bio
Nancy Parker was a professional nanny and she loves to write about wide range of subjects like health, Parenting, Child Care, Babysitting, nanny background check tips etc. You can reach her @ nancy.parker015 @

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Haul: The Essentials and New Loves

Here's a recent haul I did. A few essentials really. I'm loving Colgate Optic White. Can you have an HG toothpaste? This is it for me. Amazing! And yes, it does work. Burts Bees lip balm. Very peppermint-y and not slippery the way some balms can be. I do need to keep re-applying though which isn't a problem for me as I'm a bit of an addict. I'll be getting the pomegranate oil ones soon. Korres Lip Butter in Guava: I really need to stop with these. They're not all that but I guess I keep buying them in the hopes that one would work for me. I mean don't get me wrong...they make the best lipstick bases but as a moisturizing lip butter? Meh. I find they actually dry my lips out. This one I bought to sheer out my darker lippies without adding gloss and it works great for that. MAC's Korean Kandy...Sheen Supremes are the 'it' lipstick from MAC for me. They're so soft that if you're not careful they can melt on you in very hot weather but I love them anyway. The hair product is a very recent buy and I only used it yesterday as a leave in treatment. My hair is amazing soft!!! Without any extra product. I'll give it a few more goes before I do a review.

La Roche Posay Fluid Extreme Tint!! How could i forget? SPF 50 to protect against UVA and UVB rays. Yes. I'm obsessed with suncare these days. Not much thought on this yet but will review after some use.

Biotin capsules. I've been doing some research on anti-aging and this is a supplement they recommend. Of course, finding out that it can aid in weight-loss because it speeds up your metabolism is a plus. My mom also uses this as it's good for persons with diabetes.

*A word on weight-loss* I busted through my plateau today (could it be the Biotin?). I expected at least a pound down when I woke up this morning but it was actually 2.8lbs. This makes me happy because I think I've finally found a way to make my routine work for me without doing anything too drastic.

Let me know what you've tried!

And Today's Lunch: Parmasean Crusted Tilapia, Garlic tossed Veggies and Plantains. Yum

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Blogger Highlight: Blush Happy

Hey everyone. Today's spot-light is on another Trinidadian beauty who blogs over at Blush Happy. 

 Image courtesy of blush happy her Kim K Christmas look is siiiiicccccck!

I'm not sure how I discovered her blog but I'm happy I did. I think I came across her while searching for NC45 matches. Her make-up is always on point and her skin always looks so flawless! She's one of those bloggers that compel me to purchase an item after she shows it. I hope you run over and show her some love.

She can be found on Face-book, You-tube and over at her blog!

Happy reading!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Live to eat. Don't eat to live.

I don't know if I've mentioned this before but I am a chronic dieter. I think I've been on a diet since I've exited the womb. A bit dramatic, maybe, but that's how I feel. I can lose tons of weight in short spaces of time and actually keep it off for years. This usually calls for intermittent if not full blown starvation diets, weight loss pills, and laxatives. As a result, I've so screwed with my metabolism that I cannot lose weight unless my caloric intake is under 1000 calories. I can exercise daily and eat right (which I always do) but once I eat anything over 1100 calories, I'd be a top spinning in mud. 

That said, I've adjusted my eating habits recently and experienced a total of 20lbs lost. I still have 60 or so pounds to go until I'm considered the 'perfect weight' but after being a size four at one point in my life I am determined to never return to that size (no offense to those who are that size but I actually like my butt and hips and tend to lose them when I lose weight). 

I have a pretty sendentary type job where I am at a desk all day so even when I do workout it's never nearly enough in one go to give me the benefits that I want and therefore I decided to do what I know will work: work on what I consume and pretty much do it for the rest of my life as it has been the only proven way to lose and keep the weight off for me. I refuse to go under 1000 calories and will instead keep it at 1200. My meal plans are usually consisted of 3 meals and 2 snacks with 2 of those meals being (1) liquid and (2) protein. The snacks are often fruit, yogurt and nuts and one normal meal that consists usually of brown rice or sweet potato and vegetables with a protein. I've found that this is actually a LOT of food and isn't as restrictive as it sounds. I cut alcohol, sodas, juice and flour completely. And yes, I count every single thing I put in my mouth. This is a bit taxing which is why I incorporate the meal replacements. 

A word on detoxes*

I've tried various detoxes and cleanses before and the only thing that has worked for me is drinking coconut water along with a normal diet. It's the only detox type thing that I have done that has NOT caused any rebound weight whatsoever which is usually the case when doing diets such as the fruit and veggie juice fast and the master cleanse. They work for short term fixes but they mess with your metabolism, your organs and your thyroid and the regain is usually double what you've lost. Kudos to those who've done them as I believe it takes discipline to eat nothing for an extended period of time but unless you're planning to go raw vegan, I seriously wouldn't recommend it.

That said, I am all for clean eating. I have found this to be easy and enjoyable and a bit of fun to do.

If you are on instagram, you can catch a glimpse of the kind of meals that I prepare for lunch. Jinz83 is the name :)

And don't forget to leave you healthy eating tips below. Would love to hear what you guys do!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Scandal: Kerry Washington

Move over Good Wife..I've found a new love! Have you guys been watching this show? I just finished watching all five episodes of season 1 and WOW!!! I can't wait til Thursday!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Scent of the Moment and Instagram!

Daisy (Eau So Fresh)- Marc Jacobs

I'm on Instagram: cbeanbeautiblogger or jinz83

Monday, May 7, 2012

Win a NikonD800!!

Fancy winning a Nikon D800? Head over to their Face-book page and 'like' their page for a chance to win this amazing camera! Good luck guys!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Michelle Obama's Style

She's never worn anything that I haven't liked and she always looks so classic yet current, timeless yet fresh and elegant. Her make-up is always tastefully done and she has some amazing arms too!

Design by Naseem Khan

By Naseem Khan

(i just love the way he looks at her lol)

Yup! The Obama's are one good looking couple!

Friday, May 4, 2012

The Skin Experiment: Oil Cleansing Method

I popped into the drugstore yesterday to pick up a tube of the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Oil-Free Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub (yes I had to type that! lol) and saw a bottle of castor oil on the shelf. I've been meaning to try the Oil Cleansing method for some time now and as my Clarins melt gel is almost finished, I decided to mini-experiment with mixing the oils in preparation for long term use (if my skin likes it). 

Oil. On my face. My already oily face. As much as this thought irked me the first time I learned about it, I'm actually thankful for my oily skin as it means the aging process will be slower. But still...oil?? On my face??? But, it does make sense. The OCM relies on the theory that like attracts/dissolves like and that using oil to cleanse your skin would rid it of the oil and gunk on your skin! 

So why castor oil?

Castor oil is the primary oil and recommended to keep in the mix because it’s the cleansing oil out of the mix. Castor oil however can be quite drying to the skin, which is why you need to use less of it if you have dry skin. You also don’t have to use castor oil in the mix. You may find that using olive oil (or another non-comedognic oil) on its own is okay.

Following a few tips that I saw online, I mixed one part castor oil to three parts Olive Oil (recommended for oily skin) and massaged it into my face for three minutes. I then placed my face cloth into a bowl of hot water, squeezed it out and placed it on my face, allowing it to steam until the rag got cold. Then I wiped away the oil and repeated that step about three times. Ladies. This thing removes makeup like nothing else I've ever used!!! Even eyeliner and mascara which usually takes forever to get off. I then hopped in the shower and used a bit of my Neutrogena Grapefruit scrub (which smells heavenly) to get rid of any residue oil that was left behind.

I found that my face was a bit dry and to my horror 3 little bumps had appeared on my cheek. Mortified, I moisturized with my night cream and went to bed. Woke up this morning....looked in the mirror...and the bumps are gone!!! WTH??? So now, I'm not sure what caused the breakout nor what caused it to go away...I'll have to try each product on its own to see but apart from that little scare and the fact that the OCM is messy and time consuming...I don't think I'll have a problem incorporating it into my skincare regime.

Will keep you posted!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Blogger Highlight: Aesthetic Glory

Today, I introduce you to Marsha from Aesthetic Glory! She's one of the first you-tubers/bloggers that i've ever followed since I started blogging. She's Trinidadian and has mad skilllllllzzzzz. One of the reasons I subbed to her blog/YT has to do with her bubbly personality and the fact that she reminds me of my child-hood best-friend. No lie! They could be twins. I hope you check her out. She can be found on face-book, you-tube and through her blog.