Saturday, 13 December 2014

REVIEW: YOUR TEA Teatox

Well. This is going to be the shortest review I think I am ever going to write!
I have always been sceptical of any 'teatox' or slimming aid drink, because it just does the exact same as green tea, (which is much cheaper!)
I was gifted the Your Tea teatox in my #BloggersSecretSanta2014 goodie bag, which I was pleasantly surprised to see as I have always wanted to trial one, but didn't really want to sacrifice £20 to do so.
The Youtea teatox contains enough teabags to drink three cups a day for two weeks. As a dedicated green tea drinker already, I was pleasantly surprised by the taste! Very similar to my usual Twinings sachets, but sliiiiightly better. As far as the taste of green tea can go anyway!




The Your Tea website states how the 14 day detox contain various chinese herbs designed to nourish and cleanse the digestive system. It also claims to aid with:

  • bloating
  • indigestion
  • problematic skin
  • cellulite
  • increase energy
  • reduction of excess weight
  • increase energy

I have no idea why the website repeats the "increase energy" point, as I noticed no difference in this whatsoever, never mind double the amount! (Spelling mistakes/grammatical errors on professional websites are my biggest pet peeve, it suddenly makes me feel like the website isn't legit and its going to clone my card or something!)

BACK TO THE REVIEW. I felt absolutely no difference in my body whatsoever. I lead a relatively healthy lifestyle anyway, so any weight loss/energy increase I would put down to my fitness levels increasing not a change in tea bag!

I am seriously stepping my gym game up a gear before I go home for Christmas so I don't feel too bad for over-indulging later this month. I am aiming to hit the gym at least 3x a week, no take-outs, and no alcohol! (cough)

So finally, my word of advice to anybody wanting to beat the bloat, lose weight, increase their energy levels or cleanse their digestive system....don't waste your money on silly fad teatoxes and diets and just make healthy choices! Drink green  tea, don't eat junk, and get off your ass! 

You will thank me later when you've made room for that extra Yorkshire pudding with your Christmas dinner! ;)


Your Tea teatox is available for £20 HERE

Sunday, 30 November 2014

EASY SKINNY BLONDIES.

Interpret the title as you will.. but this blog post is actually about a lil somethin' I baked yesterday for TREAT DAY!
Due to my boyfriend being a massive health freak, we eat good all week then have one day, usually at the weekend, where we have a naughty meal and this HAS to include a dessert. I have such a sweet tooth so no treat day can ever go by without something delicious to finish with.


Mexican night with my little amigo (AKA cheese/carbocide)

This week we had nachos and enchiladas, both absolutely erupting with molten cheese and god knows how many calories so I decided to make something naughty but nice for dessert. Whenever I try and cook (I'm still learning!) I usually just type 'easy' followed by the ingredient I fancy eating followed by the word 'recipes' and just have a browse of whatever search results come up. I fancied brownies and after having a prowl through various sites I came across these 'Flourless Chickpea Blondies' on Ambitious Kitchen. The recipe only requires around 5 ingredients, and with a prep time of only 5 minutes it was right up my street!

Ingredients:
1 can of chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
1/2 cup peanut butter (Ryan buys this by the truckload so I had no problem getting hold of this!)
1/3 cup honey (or agave nectar for the #fitfam)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Then the recipe states chocolate chips, but I decided to swap this for milky bar buttons.

You could also add dried fruit, nuts, more chocolate, whatever your little heart desires!


Voila!

The method is simple- Blend all the ingredients (minus the chocolate) until it forms a thick, smooth batter. Then add half the chocolate, pour into a greased baking tray, then sprinkle the remaining chocolate over the top.
Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 20-25 minutes and voila!

We served ours with creamy, thick natural yoghurt which had a delicious caramel layer.

All in all they were a hit and I will definitely be baking them again! I think I enjoyed them ten times more because a) I know exactly what ingredients went into them b) I know they're a minute fraction of the calories/fat that would be in a similar shop bought dessert!

Will you be giving my blondies a go?

Monday, 24 November 2014

How to Justify Spending Loads of Money on Clothes!


The unfortunate souls who don't understand the importance of revamping their wardrobes each week season or even worse, people who don't like shopping are always baffled when they see people like me spending 99% of their wages on fashion. For people who know me, or follow me on social media can see that I love to shop. I buy something new after almost every shift and why the hell not! I could die tomorrow, so at least I will look bang on trend before I'm about to be cremated.

My boyfriend especially, gives me the biggest eye roll and over exaggerated sigh when he hears me walking through the door rustling yet another bag brimming with new treats, shortly followed by "What have you been buying now?!?!?!" (Yawn) However, in the last few months I have started to become much more savvy about what I have been spending my hard earned pennies on. So I have decided to put together a few tips for my fellow spendaholics out there so you don't feel too bad about treating yourself every once in a while! (or every day!)

1. Make a list. Especially with the items that are a little on the pricey side. If they have been on your wish list for a while then just go for it! I had been lusting after a Louis Vuitton speedy 30 for YEARS, and when I got a cheque through the post from my tax refund I just went ahead and bought myself one! Lets just call it an early Christmas present.


Statement shoes - ZARA £49.99

2. Look for discounts! Especially online. I hate to admit I am one of those people who hate using discount vouchers in store or in restaurants I find it so embarrassing! Which is terrible really because you can save SO much money just by downloading an app or using a code! O2 priority moments is especially useful because it searches for all the deals in your local area. Particularly good ones on there in the past have been a free coffee at Cafe Nero and 3 for 2 on dry cleaning at Johnsons.. perfect for clumsy bitches like me! If your every shopping online, right before you click to 'check out', google *insert site name here* discount code and see what comes up! I saved £50 on my recent booking to Amsterdam, as well as 20% on my look fantastic order just by searching for a discount code.

Bought these with my staff uniform discount, so instead of being £120 I got them for £50! (Topshop 'CONTROL' leather thigh highs)


3. DONT IMPULSE BUY! Well, try not to do it AS much. I am so bad for impulse buying, at one point I would buy so much online, try it on, decide I hated it and not even bother sending it back! So I ended up with the bottom of my wardrobe full of brand new, unworn, ugly clothes. And a rapidly decreasing bank balance. Not a good combo.


Impulse buy'inell! And yes. More shoes.

4. Don't be afraid to send things back! If something arrives and it looks different than it did on the website, or you don't like it AS much anymore, or it doesn't fit right then send it back! AVOID the old 'oh, well I might wear it', because face it, you wont. The tarantula lurking at the bottom of your wardrobe is going to get more wear out of it than you are.

4. Be selective. When you're considering buying something eye-catching and gawdy, try and think about what you can wear it with. Is it versatile? Can you dress it up and down or is it going to be a one hit wonder and then you throw it back into the wardrobe never to be seen again. I buy a lot of monochrome because black and white never goes out of fashion and I think it always looks effortless and cool. Spend a little more on staple items which can be worn again and again in lots of ways to create different looks. I also like basic items made from expensive fabric, like the cashmere vests from Topshop Boutique, or anything from Whistles. I have worn my black cashmere vest to absolute death, I wear it on nights out tucked into leather skirt and even to the gym! It has a hole in the back now though …RIP black vest you will be sorely missed.


Premium grey longline blazer - Topshop £48

5. Work out CPW. (Cost per wear) This is especially great for when you've been umm-ing and ahh-ing over something a little over the budget. Basically you calculate the price of the item, and divide it by how many times you wear it.
For example, my Louis Vuitton bag was £450 from Covetique, (a site run by ASOS which sells pre-owned luxury items - my bag looks basically brand new and I saved myself £100- result!) I have used the bag every day since I bought it, so say 14 days, so £450 divided by (I can't find the divide symbol on my boyfriends MAC :| ) 14= £32. This means each time I have used the bag it has cost me £32, and when I continue to use it, the CPW will decrease more each time, making the initial cost not seen so bad after all! In fact I would say it was intelligent buy, it's real leather, so it's durable and it's big, so it's practical. Win-win!












Friday, 21 November 2014

Skinny gal KFC

Eating healthy can be SO hard sometimes. Especially when every meal becomes some form of chicken/brown rice/sweet potato/veg concoction, it can become so boring and repetitive. Which leads to falling off the bandwagon and eating your bodyweight in greasy takeouts. We've all been there. (Especially me)
Which is why I have decided to share my recipe for 'healthy' KFC! Its so easy to make and tastes absolutely incred…and with over half the amount of fat and calories and NO deep frying involved(!!!) I know which one I would rather be eating.

Ingredients (This is a serving for one person, but of course you can alter it depending on how many people are eating)
1x Chicken breast
3x tablespoons of SMASH instant mash
Paprika
Cajun seasoning
2 eggs (one whole egg, one egg white)
1x Chicken stock cube
Salt and Pepper

Method
1. Crack the eggs into one bowl. I used one whole egg and one egg white just to decrease the calories a little more.
2. In another bowl combine the SMASH, paprika and cajun seasonings, salt, pepper and stock cube (crumble it up first then add).
3. Slice the raw chicken breast into strips
4. Dip the strip into the egg mixture, then into the SMASH mixture, then back into the egg, then back into the SMASH to make sure each strip is well coated.
5. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 15-20mins at 200 degrees.


And voila! Crispy spicy chicken strips! I served mine with roasted sweet potato wedges (just microwave a sweet potato for 5-10 minutes depending on size, then cut into wedges, season and throw into the oven with the chicken) a mini corn on the cob and beans. 


And there we have my healthy take on a KFC Fully loaded meal! Try it and thank me later ;)

Sunday, 26 October 2014

5 EASY ways to live healthy!

Recently I have become a lot more interested in fitness and nutrition, and it is no surprise to anyone that it takes a LOT more effort to stay healthy. It seems so much easier to grab a McDonalds extra value meal on your lunch break than to prepare a chicken salad the night before (and cheaper!) But I have put together a few useful tips to get started, small changes will make a big impact on you and your lifestyle and I promise you will feel loads better for it!



1. Don't waste money on fad diets
In particular here I am talking about 'Results With Lucy'. I know it's only £3 a week, but the videos are just basic toning exercises which you can find in abundance on YouTube! Search for 'Tone It Up' (or click for a direct link) and subscribe for free! It's a channel run by twins fitness Guru's Katrina and Karena, and they have posted hundreds of videos aimed at toning various parts of the body. 

2. Substitute sauce in favour of seasoning
A jar of sauce can contain hundreds of unnecessary calories! Especially creamy, cheesy pasta sauces. Save yourself the unwanted fat and calories by making your own! And it doesn't have to be time consuming OR expensive. Use extra-light Philadelphia (it comes in all kinds of declines flavours nowadays!) as a pasta sauce or use to to stuff chicken breasts. And instead of cracking open a jar of passata or other tomato based sauce, make your own! A whole can of chopped tomatoes only contains about 50 calories, and when combined with some basil, garlic, and other spices and seasonings it really is hard for your tastebuds to tell the difference (but your waistline will do!)
Also, when baking basic chicken breasts cover them with various spices and herbs to liven them up a little. A favourite in our house is jamaican jerk seasoning and cajun spices, yum!




3. Don't fall for trick 'healthy' foods
Don't assume that because it is 'raw' that you can stuff your face with it. I learnt this the hard way! Dried fruit and nuts in particular are an absolute killer!!
100g dates = 282 calories. 
Kit Kat chunky = 280 calories.
It seems obvious what most people would choose out of the two. HOWEVER.. out of those 282 calories for the Kit Kat 126 are from the 14g of fat which it contains. Whereas the dates have no fat and a lot of fibre and other health benefits, so technically they are better for you. But if you are counting calories, watch out for dried fruit and nuts as they are verrrrry high in cals. But then again everything is good in moderation so don't completely cut them from your diet! (and allow yourself the odd kit kat every now and again too!)

4. Get a gym partner
Going to the gym is sooo much easier when you have somebody to go with! Its great for motivation as well, like if one of you can't be bothered but the other is really up for going then you are more likely to go. Booking classes is great for motivation as well, for example if I am feeling a little tired or just can't be bothered, I will book myself onto a really high intensity class like vipR or kettle bells. They are only 30 minutes long and burn so many calories so it is much more effective attending one of these than being in the gym for hours attempting a pathetic workout myself!


A sneaky photo somebody took of Ryan and I at the gym last week…hate it when that happens

5. Eat 'clean'
No, this doesn't mean you have to spend all your money on hemp milk, maca powder, buckwheat granola and fresh coconut water! By cutting out processed crap you will notice a world of difference. For example a normal day for me would be oats for breakfast, made with a water and a chopped banana and topped with a squirt of honey (around 300cals) lunch is a baked chicken breast with slices of baked sweet potato and broccoli (literally season and oven bake together for 20 mins whilst the veg is boiling) and dinner will be egg white omelette with either boil in the bag fish (100 cals) or avocado and veg. Three simple meal ideas using basic ingredients, low calorie and quick and easy to cook! I will be doing more posts on healthy eating ideas and recipes too so watch this space!


What I have been eating this week!


Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day…every little change you make is one step closer towards a healthier, happier lifestyle!



Saturday, 27 September 2014

5 things i LOVE about winter fashion

Well, technically it's Autumn, but in my eyes any weather that makes me need to wear anything more than a cami is classed as winter.



1. WINTER BOOTS.
I am SICK to my back teeth of laying eyes on the gruesome unkempt toenails of the general public. If you are going to wear sandals then at least trim your toenails ffs. And that isn't even the tip of the iceberg, the list goes on: hairy toes, dead dry skin forming an  unsightly crust around the back of your heel, chipped nail polish, fake tan disasters (proud to say I once fell into this category but no more!)
At the top of my wish list this year are a pair of heeled thigh high boots. I have seen them on quite a few girls during my daily insta-stalking, but I am yet to even try a pair on! Luckily I work in a shopping mall so this month I shall be dedicating a full day to trawling round all my favourite shoe stores in search of the perfect pair.











2. (Faux) FUR.


I am such a sucker for anything textured, in particular fur! Since I collected my first piece three years ago - I say collected because I actually found it in lost property at work! It was a beautiful fur collar from H&M and I had been wanting one for aaaaages but just never knew where to buy one! Anyway my manager said I could have it if nobody claimed it in two weeks and voila! Here it is hanging in my wardrobe. I wear it with so many things and always get complimented on it, but only very few know the story of how I actually came into owning it. But now the world knows I am a pikey. Great.

Since then I have found ANOTHER in lost property!!!!! The funny thing is I am not even joking either! It's the exact same but a beautiful pastel yellowy colour. I also own two fur coats and a marabou feather gilet which I have recently blogged about. I kind of bought my fur coats on a whim because I saw them being auctioned at a bargain price on eBay but they actually look quite cheap. I think I am going to sell them and put the money towards one I actually like. FAUX of course.




3. LAYERING.


Can O.P do ANY wrong?!
In the past year or so when I have started to become more and more interested in fashion I have noticed how layering makes such a difference to an outfit! It kind of reminds me of one of those russian dolls, every time you remove a layer you look like you are wearing a complete different outfit. Take my gal Olivia Palermo for example. If there was one celebrities wardrobe who I could raid it would most definitely be hers.


4. LAYERING. (see pic)

Me when my alarm goes off any earlier than 8am
This can also be flipped in your favour, if you are having a mind blank whilst getting dressed in the AM, or you purely just CBA making an effort with your outfit just throw a jumper/coat/gilet/oversized card on and nobody has to know!


5. BLACK.
Me on my summer holidays
I LOVE the colour black. It's slimming, it always looks classy, it makes me look more tanned and it makes my hair look blonder. What more could I ask for! And when the days start getting darker and the nights get longer, I no longer look like a member of the Addams family parading around Sheffield in 30 degree heat looking like I am en route to my own funeral.



What does everyone else love about A/W fashion?
PS please leave your blog links in the comments section I am on the hunt for more to follow!


Saturday, 26 July 2014

JUICETOU: My 3-day detox!


If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you will know about how crazy busy I have been over the last month! I finished Uni (finally!) moved into a new place with my incredible boyfriend, and started my new job at Topshop.
Since Ryan is so obsessed with nutrition and fitness I would say I've been eating pretty healthy. We have treat night once a week and we go to the gym almost every day. Even if I just do a class I just like to fit some sort of physical activity into my day. Howeverrrrr I have one huge downfall when it comes to dieting… I am a serial snacker! I just can't help opening the fridge/cupboard door and picking at whatever is inside, and it doesn't help that our lounge and kitchen are the same room. I also have discovered a new found love for dates and peanut butter…both which contain hideous amount of calories!!!!!
SO, I will get to the point of this blog post. I recently got the opportunity to try out a 3 day detox from JuicetoU I couldn't wait!

The 3 day detox claims to:
  • aid weight loss
  • improve energy levels and feel less sluggish
  • gain greater vitality, mental clarity and concentration
  • can improve complexion
  • healthy hair and nails
  • stronger immune system
  • boost your metabolism
  • change of mentality towards nutrition
They also offer a 5 day detox but as a food lover I thought I had better test the waters out with a 3 day course to see how I got on.


The detox arrives in a box packed with ice and two complimentary lemons which can be sliced and added to hot water as a metabolism boosting drink. Each bottle is clearly labelled with its ingredients and the time of day you drink it. There are three flavours, Clean Green, Let's Glow and Berry Good. I read that Clean Green is a very 'acquired' lets say, taste, so I was a little apprehensive about having to drink two of those a day, but I love making my own green smoothies with spinach and celery so it can't be too bad.
Absolutely NO food is to be consumed during the three days, and they suggest a minimum of 2.5 litres of water per day.

DAY 1
I woke up really excited to try my first detox drink. Even though the plan suggests no exercise (due to energy levels feeling low which is pretty much expected when you aren't eating for three days!) but I couldn't miss Body Attack I am obsessed! As expected, it didn't taste too great, but I blended it with ice and it was refreshing especially in this heat. When I got home it was already time to have drink number 2- Let's Glow. This drink is to 'cleanse my digestive system and cleanse my skin' and tasted a LOT better than Clean Green! I started to feel a little peckish after this one but the plan says no green tea as it contains caffeine, so I picked up some fruit flavour teas on my way home and had one of those. Drink number three was 'Clean Green' again…great! But my last drink of the day- 'Berry Good' more than made up for it, delicious!


DAY 2
Day 2 was a lot harder than day 1 purely because I was working a dreaded 5-10 shift at work. It's the worst type of shift because you don't get a break and we all have to spend the last hour cleaning and resetting the store…AKA picking up sale clothes off the floor for an hour. Absolutely soul destroying! Anyway I managed to fit my juices around this and at least by the time I got home I was knackered and just went straight to sleep.

DAY 3
Today I had a full day at work from 10-6 so I made sure I packed a gazillion fruit teas and drank about 5L of water for my lunch break to try and tell myself I was full! It KILLED me having to sit in the staff room surrounded by everyones delicious looking lunches but I powered through! By the time I got home I was kind of past the point of hunger, so strange because I thought by this point I would be wanting to eat my boyfriend or anything else that I laid eyes on but I was actually alright! I woke up the next day and had 50g oats with water topped with frozen berries and a drizzle of agave honey. It comes in at about 250 calories and filled a nice little gap in my stomach and wasn't too much of a shock to my system after consuming no food at all for 72 hours. I had soup for lunch and a nice protein filled dinner of  fish, eggs and broccoli. (Just in case anyone was wondering lollll)

OVERALL
The part everyone was waiting for! Okay first things first- weight loss. Overall I lost 5 pounds which is obviously a huge bonus! I was tempted to post before and after photos but I just can't bring myself to do it yet, sorry! My bloated stomach has also vanished and I feel a lot healthier. I would recommend a juice detox to anyone feeling a little sluggish after a few weeks of slightly falling off the health wagon and wanting to get back on track, or just for anyone looking for motivation! It has definitely taught me a lot about myself, my willpower for a start which I didn't know even existed!

Has anyone else tried a detox? Did it work?
Ps anyone wanting to try the detox all info can be found at www.juicetou.com

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Review: Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan


As a self-confessed tanorexic, I couldn't wait to get my hands on one of the most talked about tans on the blogosphere, Cocoa Brown 1 hour tan.
I must admit, I have been addicted to (hand over eyes) St Moritz for the past year. But in my defence I am still a student, and I apply it almost every day so I can't really afford to be buying two bottles of St Tropez every week at £30 a pop. Agreed it isn't the best tan i have used, but when applied correctly it still works a treat. (Bar the odd exception where my legs have gradually started turning green throughout the night.)
Introducing Cocoa Brown! Superdrug recently started to stock the brand so I picked up a bottle of the 1 hour tan on my way to work last week. Promising to leave your skin 'brown not orange' I couldn't wait to test drive it that evening.

I always opt for mousses over lotions and gels, as I find them much easier to apply, and this was no exception. It automatically gives you a slight tan, so you can see which parts of your body you have already covered, and this develops in just ONE hour. The instructions say to leave for up to three hours then wash off, but typical Me decided to sleep in it overnight to give myself a 'slight' boost!

I took this photo about an hour after applying. You can already see the colour is a beautiful deep tan and there is none of that horrible biscuit-y fake tan smell either which is a huge advantage too.  The mousse dries quickly and is non-sticky so I didnt have to wait long in between each layer, no more "hairdrying my body!" (That was the shameless Sorority Girl in me speaking.)
And the result! I stayed a nice dark brown for about three days after I washed it off, then I applied another layer. However that is purely because of my obsession with being dark dark brown, I would suggest a person looking for a nice natural tan would stay the desired colour for 5-7 days, as stated on the website.
Finally I have found my perfect tan. Cocoa Brown ticks all the right boxes. It is easy to apply, smells neutral, lasts up to five days, gives me a sun kissed tan as opposed to glowing orange, and at £7.99 a bottle, is extremely purse friendly. I can honestly say I will never be purchasing another brand again!



Monday, 7 April 2014

HAUL: Topshop/H&M/Estee Lauder/BHS

I am so happy to have recorded my second video. After the positive response from my 'what's in my bag' post I couldn't wait to film another, but with all my deadlines being due in around now it's been a struggle to find time. I really enjoy reading about what other people have been buying so I decided to record a 'haul' of what I bought when I went shopping last week. I was supposed to upload this on Wednesday but I went home from Thursday-Sunday and my brother wouldn't let me borrow his laptop because I have the world's worst track record for breaking laptops, so I had to wait until now which is annoying, but anyway here it is, please feel free to comment and let me know what you think!


Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The Toni Takeover! Introducing Jeffrey Boutique.

Toni Jeffrey, wearing one of her designs.
Jeffrey Boutique hasn’t even been open for business for a year, and has already sold over 500 dresses to fashionable females all over the UK. Owner Toni Jeffrey began making dresses for family and friends early last year after studying marketing management with fashion at UCLAN. After a huge demand for her signature bodycon style she decided to start her own business, and Jeffrey Boutique was born.

The first ever design

With the official Instagram page boasting over 10,000 followers, and the Twitter account slowly catching up with 5,000, it is no wonder the news of Toni's designs are spreading like wildfire.

“I manage all my social networks and emails myself. At one point I was getting up to 100 enquiries a day, so I set up my website, which gives customers the opportunity to make their purchase online, which saves me a lot of time.” 



If that wasn’t enough to handle, superwoman Toni hand makes every single dress herself. She estimates she has sewn a staggering 500 so far, and her hard work is most definitely paying off. After driving an 11 year old Clio for the past few years, 22 year old Toni recently bought herself a £34,000 Mercedes for Christmas. 


Toni's first extravagant purchase

“One of the highlights of my career so far was being invited to a celebrity gifting suite in London. Having celebrities browsing through and complimenting my designs just felt amazing.”

Other celebrity fans include Nicole Morris from MTV’s ‘The Valleys’ and Charlotte Dawson, who regularly wears Jeffrey Boutique to various showbiz events.

Charlotte Dawson, featured in the Daily Mail wearing Jeffrey Boutique
That’s just the tip of the iceberg for Jeffrey Boutique. Next year Toni plans to expand her product range and get her designs made professionally as wholesale.

“I sold my first design about 12 months ago to a friend for £20, and now my dresses range from £50-£100. I can’t believe all this has happened so quickly! It still hasn’t hit me that it is my business.”



Check out Jeffrey Boutique at www.JeffreyBoutique.bigcartel.com
or follow her on Twitter @JeffreyBoutique

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

My lip injection experience!

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you will have seen my recent tweets and photos featuring these bad boys! I have wanted lip fillers for years, so despite all my friends trying to persuade me otherwise I decided just to take the plunge and just book myself an appointment. I was originally looking for the cheapest place I could find, which in hindsight I now realise was one of the worst ideas I have had. Especially after reading in the news recently about how every Tom, Dick and Harry was carrying out the procedure without any records of an actual medical qualification, I'm glad I saw sense and didn't take the risk.
I ended up getting them done through Fountain Health. They have clinics in Sheffield, Doncaster and Rotherham which was perfect as I didn't have to travel far. The Sheffield clinic is based at Millhouses Dental Centre; this immediately put my mind at rest as I arrived at an actual registered clinic, as opposed to somebody's front room to inject me whilst their children had dinner in the next room. This was recommended to me by my Boyfriend's work colleague, who has had the treatment a few times before.
Prices are available on request and include an initial consultation where you meet the Doctor and discuss the desired shape and fullness of the lips, as well as the actual treatment, finishing with a follow up treatment a week later. Obviously with me being the keen bean that I am had the treatment about five minutes after sitting in the dentist's chair!
The first set of needles absolutely killed me, so painful! But it meant I couldn't feel the second set of needles, which inject the filler, at all.


This was taken straight after the procedure. (After I had wiped away the blood, lovely.) They felt so big, and my face was numb from the nose downwards for the rest of the night. A strange experience to say the least, let's say eating my dinner wasnt an easy task..
 

And this is how I woke up this morning. Thank God my Boyfriend left for work whilst it was still dark or he would have probably thought he had woken up with the Elephant Man.
 

JUST KIDDING. But I did wake up this morning looking alarmingly similar to Jackie Stallone. Check out that trout pout! They looked like absolute monsters but after a slick (shovel-full) of makeup here is the result....

 
Et- voila... I am in love! I think they look so natural (to me, anyway) and I am just kicking myself I waiting until I was almost 22 to get them. The Doc told me they would be quite swollen for a few days (hopefully I have escaped the bruising), and then I will need to get them touched up every six months or so. I think it's going to take me six months to recover from the injections!




I hope this post clears up a lot of questions I have been asked on my Instagram/Twitter/Facebook, I thought it would be easier to write one long post instead of individually answering everyone, but feel free to leave a comment I would love to hear your thoughts


Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Recipe: Chunky butternut squash soup

The post I did last week featuring some of my favourite healthy meal ideas seemed to go down pretty well, so I thought I would give out the recipe to my all time favourite soup! It's butternut squash, and I like to make it quite thick so it fills me up. The best part is that it only works out around 132 calories per serving! (Based on 4/5 people, depending how much stock you add.)

Another bonus to this recipe is that it is so simple and cheap to make, perfect for students and people looking to eat healthier but not spend a ridiculous amount.

Ingredients:
2 Butternut squash
2 onions (I only had one and a half in the fridge but I would usually use 2.)
1 litre chicken stock (about 3 cubes)

And that my friends is it! I like to add salt/pepper/garlic/a few chillies as well because I like a bit of a kick, but you can alter this to however spicy you want. 


Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
2. Peel the butternut squash and onions, and chop into chunks. Toss in a tiny but of oil and add salt/pepper/chilli/garlic and transfer to a baking tray.


3. Roast for 34-40 minutes or until the veg has slightly browned, but not burnt.
4. Tip the veg into a large pan and start to blend, adding the stock as you do so. I usually add about 700ml as I like my soup quite chunky, but add it all if you prefer a more soupy consistency.
5. Season again (to taste) and enjoy! I usually serve one portion for me to eat that day and transfer the rest into Tupperware boxes and put in the freezer for me to eat during the week.

As much as I would love nothing more than to wash this down with a huge loaf of warm, crusty bread, this serving suggestion of perfect for those carb-watching like me. I like to enjoy my soup with a couple of dark rye Ryvita's topped with low fat cottage cheese and some more chilli sauce. Absolute heaven.


Bon App├ętit!

Oh, and let me know if you attempt this, I would love to know what you think.
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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Skinny for Summer! Healthy meal ideas.

Can you believe it's March already!? Winter is officially on it's way out and Summer is just around the corner. And we all know what that means...rise and grind! It's time to start prepping that Summer body. Normally one for leaving it till two weeks before I go on my actual holiday, this year I am determined to start early, so by the time June comes around I'm looking like a Victoria Secret model...For the time being I am going to overlook the fact I haven't actually booked anything yet, but let's just say my Boyfriend has the body of a Greek God and there is no way in hell I am rocking up on a beach next to him looking like Shamu.

*Disclaimer* I am in no way an expert in diet and nutrition so don't take my word as the Gospel! I am just sharing a few meal idea's I enjoy cooking, and they just happen to be really healthy and low-cal too!






I always eat breakfast. With having two jobs, as well as studying I am usually super busy, so skipping breakfast is a huge no go! I always have a bowl of oats made up with half milk/half water, and I add chopped banana before microwaving so it melts into the oats and tastes incredible!





Homemade soup is one of my favourite meals. I make them really chunky and thick so they are more filling. After visiting my Boyfriend's Dad last week, and eating this amazing butternut squash soup he made us, I came home and couldn't wait to try it out for myself. It was delicious and made enough for five servings so I had enough for the week. I calculated the nutritional value on an app called 'Myfitnesspal' and found it was only 132 calories per serving too.


I have no idea why more people don't substitute a normal jacket potato for a sweet potato! They  are so much better for you, in both the way they taste as well as health benefits. If I could eat sweet potato for every meal I probably would never get bored. They taste great with cottage cheese and salad.


I was so proud of myself for making this! Red bell pepper stuffed with Bulgar wheat (another super food), Quorn chicken pieces, peas and sweetcorn. Served on a bed of raw spinach. I cook Quorn quite often purely for the fact I get scared of giving myself food poisoning when I cook with actual chicken.


Salmon is another food I could live off. A market has just opened near in Sheffield city center and sometimes on my way home from work I'll pop in and treat myself to a fresh fillet of salmon for dinner. Here I oven baked it with chilli flakes and served it with couscous, green beans and cauliflower, on a bed of raw spinach.


Sweet potato making another little appearance here. I served it this time with boil in the bag fish (ideal for students as they take about 4 mins in the microwave, and they only contain around 120 calories) with a side of brussels sprouts  and broccoli.


Quickest dinner ever as I was running late for work. Quorn mince with tinned tomatoes, chickpeas, onion, pepper, and frozen vegetables. Another reason for choosing Quorn over actual beef/steak mince, no matter how lean it still has a lot more fat and calories than they meat-free version, and there is hardly a difference in taste.

I also try and carry a bottle of water with me everywhere, so I drink at least 2 liters of water a day, and I also drink galleons of green tea. I admit, it does look like pond water and I used to despise the stuff but I have been converted and now drink about four cups a day. It has become more popular recently with various flavours cropping up - I need to get my hands on salted caramel!

After reading this post you are probably thinking "You are so healthy! Why aren't you a rake?!"
Well, this my friends, is why...


















Exhibit A.


Exhibit B.


Exhibit C.

I'll say no more.


Has anyone else started their summer body prep? Do you have any tips?

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