Sunday, 6 November 2016

12 Pans of Christmas. INTRO

Hi everyone, in the past I have not been very good at using up the products in my makeup and beauty collection. But, I have decided that over the next 2 months to really focus on 12 products and either hit pan ( where it applies), use them all up or if I can't, just try to use as much of the product as I can.

First up is my Mac Prolongwear concealer in the shade NW15. I want to finish this as soon as I can as I feel like it goes very fast as it is far too easy to pump too much out, and a tiny amount of this concealer goes a long way.

So much product gets wasted just on one pump and so I am going to mark on the bottle where I'm at so I have an accurate representation of where I am. I definitely want to finish this by the end of December.

2. Next is the L'Oréal  Nude Magique BB powder. I love this powder and I'm still not sick of it yet after using it for many months.  I do want to try other powders though and this one is not cruelty free.  I definitely want to finish it by the end of the year or just hit major pan if I really try.

3. The 3rd is an eyeshadow from my Naked 1 palette in the shade Naked, I really want to hit pan on it, and I already have a dip in it. Hopefully you will be able to see this in the photo below.
It is the 3rd shade from the left. I really like this colour in particular and I also want to focus on the whole of the Naked palette for the next month or 2. I don't show this palette enough love and I love all the colours in tbis palette.

4. The next product ia a lip liner from Nyx in the shade "Bloom". This is one of my favourite lip liners. The colour is just perfect for this time of year.

It suits so many skintones. I have a friend who has a much darker skintone than myself and she loves it too. I have quite a lot to use up in this one but I'm sure I will make good use of it.

5. Whilst we are talking about lips, the next item is the Urban Decay lip gloss in "Walk Of Shame ".

This is one of the few lipglosses I use over and over.  I don't tend to use lipgloss a lot normally but this is really comfortable to wear and I feel like it has enough staying power so I dont keep worrying about whether it needed reapplying, but I can top up if I want to. It jas a subtle kind of pinkish tint so I can use it on its own and it is a little bit of colour without it being too much if I dont have any other makeup on. I don't know how far down I am, you cant really tell but I want to use up as much as I can because I love this colour and I don't want it to go bad.

6. I want to include 2 perfumes in this challenge.  The first is Emporio Armani Diamonds, I only have a tiny amount left.
7. The next perfume is Lady Million. I really like both of these perfumes but I have so many in my collection that I want to get these finished.

8. Next is a body lotion from Natural Collection in Vanilla.
Now this is really old as it is in the old packaging and so I want to use as much as I can.  I love the scent though, i love Vanilla and this smells so good that it will feel lovely to use this up.

9. A mascara I want to finish is the  Clinique High Impact Mascara. This is great as I love the look of long lashes and this certainly delivers without having  to use falsies. Im putting it in this challenge as I've had it open for a while and so want to use it up before it goes bad.
10. The Beautis Factory Makeup  Fix + Mist is next on my list. I have been using this instead of Mac's Fix + and I have had this bottle for well over 12 months. I LOVE it. I purchased it from Ebay and it works really well setting my makeup  and helps hydrate my skin if I use it under my foundation too. I can probably get it finished by the beginning of December. 
11. A primer I have been loving ever since I saw NikkiTutorials off YouTube rave about it is the Nivea for Men Sensitive Shave balm. This is a fantastic product and is a huge bottle for approximately  £4. I have been using it for over a year though and definitely needs using up and out of my collection. 
12. The last item is a hair product that has been a total staple in my hair routine which is the Tresemme  Get Sleek Protect and Polish mist. I use this everytime I  straighten my hair . It gives my hair the sleek look I love and helps keep the frizz at bay.

Well, that is it. I have 12 items in this challenge I should be able to finish all of them, there is no reason why I shouldnt be able to not finish them. Im going to go ahead and mark my starting points and that is all. 

I hope you have had a great weekend and speak to you next time.

Zoe x

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Recipe: Slimming World Overnight Oats

As some of you might be aware, I have had a very on/off relationship with Slimming World. I have started probably 4 or 5 times before, lost lots of weight then stopped going and the weight piled back on. Some of this is because due to my ill health I cannot do a lot of physical activity and some blame can just be put on me being greedy and liking food too much.

A few months back I went to a routine hospital appointment and they basically told me I was morbidly obese (according to their charts) and needed to lose 4 stone or my health would deteriorate faster and so my new journey with Slimming World began

My consultant was really welcoming and I felt determined to lose the weight this time. So far, I have lost 12.5lbs and feel really motivated to keep going. One of the reasons in the past as to why I kept giving up was I felt bored with the meals I had been doing, especially breakfasts. Normally I would just stick to weetabix or porridge, but then I found a recipe called "Overnight Oats" and my breakfast routine is now something I look forward to.

The ingredients are:-

35g porridge oats
200g fat free natural yoghurt
Mixed fruits


1.Layer the porridge, yoghurt and fruit in a jar or bowl.

2. Cover and put in the refrigerator overnight so the porridge absorbs all the yoghurt.

3.In the morning mix all the ingredients together and then if you want, add more fruit.

As you can see I use natural plain yoghurt, but you can use any flavour yoghurt you like, even mullerlight yoghurts. I also use frozen strawberries, blackberries, blueberries but you can also use bananas, peaches., the different varieties you could do are endless.

This breakfast is so delicious and does not even taste like a breakfast! It truly feels like you are having a yummy dessert for breakfast. If you have not tried Overnight Oats you should,they are really healthy and really delicious.

If you have a recipe that you like to make and think I might enjoy it, please leave it in the comments below I would love to read your recommendations.

Speak to you soon xx

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