Time of Year – Lent

So lent began on Tuesday 18th February and I’m trying to decide whether to take part. Last year I gave up shopping on QVC and managed the whole time (although I think my Amazon purchases went up). However I’ve not bought anything from QVC since Christmas so I’ve nothing to give up there.

So I think I’m going to give up buying beauty products unless I’m about a week from running out of something. Hopefully this will help save some money as well as helping me to use up some of the stock I have. Luckily my purchases from The Body Shop were made on the day before Lent started.

So I’ve got to stick to this until the 2nd April. I will post any purchases on here (along with the empty products they are replacing as proof).

Let’s see how this goes!

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Weight Watchers – Beginning Again

So on Thursday 12th February I made the decision to get back on the straight and narrow when it comes to getting healthy and losing weight so I made the choice to go back to Weight Watchers. I go after work on a Thursday and the class seemed quite nice last week. I’ve done Weight Watchers before but not for a couple of years. The plan is pretty much the same so no surprises.

The first week has gone pretty well despite afternoon tea and a meal out (with drinks) on Saturday.

I’ll post my progress on here – but don’t worry I’m not planning on turning my blog into a weight lose blog as there is more to my life than losing weight (although I do need to give this a pretty high priority).

MIA…

Oops I’ve been a bit MIA haven’t I!

I’ve been really busy at work and for a change I had a social life last weekend and it was a 3 day weekend. Friday I had some mother/daughter time and treated my mum to afternoon tea. It was really nice just relaxing and chatting (and eating yummy food) as my mum lives 200 miles away so we don’t get masses of time to do this.

Saturday was another cold football game. We didn’t win but we did draw 4-4 which is more goals in one game than we’ve had all season. Then Saturday night aka Valentine’s night my hubby and I went out for a meal with my parents. We went to the local casino and the food was amazing especially the seabass. The gambling wasn’t so good and I came home £40 down but a good night was had by all.

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Tuesday I had to go to London with work which meant getting up at 5am and being on a train by 7am to get there for a meeting at 11am. Due to my injured foot I can’t use the tube as the stairs kill my foot so I use a private car at a fixed price for getting around. The weather in London was glorious so it was great to be driven around, window open, taking it all in. It was very busy what with it being school holidays and I only just made it to the office on time. Trips to London not only mean getting up at stupid o’clock but I don’t get home until gone 8pm. The meeting finished slightly early which gave me time to take up the 3 for 2 offer in The Body Shop and luckily the train was quiet on the way home so I could doze (although this always makes me nervous in case I miss my station and end up in Glasgow!). A very hungry me snaffled a couple of rounds of toast upon arriving home and headed straight to bed.

Puffy Eye Update

So if you’ve read the previous post you’ll know I’ve been having problems with dermatitis on my eyes and certain products have been causing major reactions.

So I took everything back to basics and have only been using Bioderma as a cleanser and testing different eye creams. Well I’ve found a great Espa one that is moisturising and lasts all day. I’ve also gone back to using Liz Earle’s Eyebright as I had two bottles of this and found that this doesn’t irritate.

Face creams I’ve not had much problem with – I have about 4/5 different ones and none of them are causing any reaction (although I don’t sweep my facial moisturiser over my eyes any way).

I have tried the Garnier Miceller water again just on my face and not the eyes and again no reaction. So I think my secret is going to be keeping it simple and keeping anything I do use on my face away from my eye area.

Also my favourite discovery of the past couple of weeks is an Urban Decay primer. I got four samples with my Naked 3 palette and the anti-aging primer covers up all the redness on my eyelids and lasts all day. I’ve actually been using this without any eye shadow on top as the finish is so nice. I will definitely be purchasing some of this when I get the chance.

My current heroes:

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Old Lady Alert

Ok so last night we went to a surprise birthday party which was awesome as I’ve never been to one where the guest of honour had no idea. As it was a surprise we had to be there at 7pm. Now i enjoyed getting ready and did my hair curly (see picture below) and for the first time in a while my eyes behaved and my eye makeup looked good (another eye update post is coming).

Both my hubby and i were drinking and as they didn’t serve prosecco i stuck to bottled beer (classy i know). The birthday boy arrived just after 7.30pm but to be honest by 9.30pm i was really flagging. So by 10pm we were in a taxi on our way home.

Now my hubby and i aren’t spring chickens but neither are we old – I’m 34 and he is 40 but man we felt old last night. I guess we prefer now to go out for a meal with friends or family or go to a pub where you can actually hear each other. We also really enjoy spending time with our family’s at home, particularly on a Saturday night after footy at my folks second home (they live 200 miles from me so bought a place here a few years back).

Now that may make us boring but so what, when you get to your mid thirties and work hard like we both do, our down time needs to be exactly what we want it to be. We thoroughly enjoyed last night even though we only knew a few people but i went straight to bed when i go home as i was knackered.

On another point, i enjoyed getting ready to go out and love making an effort however i hate taking off my makeup when it looks good! Does anyone else feel like this?

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Gadget Time!

OK so I’m finding it particularly dangerous working on a business park where there are a number of large stores. Now thankfully there is no Boots and no clothes stores but that certainly doesn’t stop me.

My downfall stores include Staples (oh I do love pens and post-its!), Dunelm and Morrison’s. However yesterday I succumbed to Curry for a gadget overload. Normally yesterday’s purchases would come via the wonderfulness that is Amazon but I’m very impatient and wanted the items in my grubby little hands NOW!

So off I trot in my lunch hour and come back with three items. First is an Apple 3 metre charge and sync cable as my normal cable isn’t long enough to reach the bed for overnight charging. In hindsight 3 metres may have been a little excessive and I suspect it might reach from the bedroom to the bathroom. Next was a wireless keyboard for my iPad mini as although I don’t mind using the on-screen keyboard, for any lengthy typing it’s annoying.

And finally my favourite item – a Bluetooth speaker. I’ve been after one for ages and couldn’t decide what to get but yesterday I found a Sony one reduced from £100 to £30 – bargain of the century and it was definitely coming home with me. Of course my husband wanted a demonstration as soon as I get home, so I cranked up the volume to show the level it would reach and in turn terrified the cat – she soon came back to curl up in front of the fire.

I’m already making great use of the speaker, much less distracting than the TV whilst getting ready for work.

Throwback Tuesday

OK to be honest this whole week is likely going to end up being a total throwback when it comes to music.

It started on Monday with an office game of trying to incorporate 80’s song titles into our work without people in other departments realising. We had an outright winner – one guys worked about 12 different song titles into his weekly report! This spilled over onto Facebook last night with hilarious results.

So yesterday meant a significant amount of time looking at 80’s songs and well obviously this resulted in singing a lot of them – a Spotify playlist with over 400 80’s songs on it went down well.

The 80’s songs continued this morning on my drive into work Total Eclipse of the Heart on full volume – perfect start to a Tuesday morning! However the playlist included a little Michael Bolton. Now I don’t mind admitting that when I was much, much younger I loved Michael Bolton. What terrified me was that when two different songs came on I still knew pretty much all the words. Now it must be well over 20 years since my liking of Michael Bolton was eclipsed by my love for Mariah (that’s a whole other post) and Michael simply became a distant memory that I wasn’t keen on admitting as an adult.

And that’s what I love about Spotify because as I sit here typing away I’m listening to Michael Bolton’s greatest hits. The Michael thing won’t last beyond today (I hope) and he will again become a distant memory.

I will say that I’m eternally grateful that I’m now working in a department where if I need to block out the office noise, I can put my headphones in and listening to some music while I work. Previously music only got a look in on my short drive to work and then only at home if I was in the mood. I’m discovering all my old music again and loving it.

To me life without music is not a happy life and if I could, I would sing all day every day (pretty sure my colleagues would kill me quickly if I did!)

Channel 5 Shocker

Ok so I know I’ve posted a blog today but I felt compelled to post this (I’ll keep it short).

So I’m snuggled up on the sofa watching TV and I see Channel 5 are showing Made of Honour (I’ve seen it before but who cares).

15 mins in they play Gold Digger by Kanye West. But they play the original which contains the N word at least twice at 5pm.

Then as if this wasn’t enough on returning from the advert break they give an offensive language warning – at 5.25pm!

Not good Channel 5! So I bought it to their attention on my private Twitter account – let’s see if I get a response.

Saturday Antics

So I’ve mentioned that I love beauty but one of my other loves is football. So you will regularly find me on a Saturday afternoon freezing my butt off watching my team lose (yes, lose!)

I support Blackpool FC and putting it bluntly we’ve had a pretty crap season so far with last weeks game seeing us go from leading 2-0 at half time to losing 7-2!

So it was pretty safe to say none of us were expecting much yesterday but we only went and won 1-0. It still doesn’t take us off the bottom of the table but it closes the gap a little. It wasn’t a great game to watch and our pitch looks like ploughed field but a win is a win right.

And when I say freezing my butt off I’m not joking, I had leggings under my jeans, super thick socks and walling shoes on, a long sleeve top, football shirt, fleece then waterproof coat plus two hats, scarf and wool lined superdry mittens and I was still freezing! You do end up feeling a little like the Michelin Man when you go to football in the north west of England in January but It was dry.

Now despite the fact that I was simply going to football and not a glamorous party afterwards you might call me crazy for the contents of my tiny bag. I had some basic makeup but where the word crazy comes in is due to the number of lip products I take with me. I love my lip products and a girls gotta look good! So this is proof of the lip products I took with me – I needed options!

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