Monday, June 25, 2012

Quest for my Pretty - Weekly Weight Loss Report

If I lose this week it's probably because I haven't been eating enough food. The reason I say that is because for the most part I haven't been eating the right food.

Weight: 155.8 lbs (-1.6 lbs)

I didn't expect to lose this week. Chips, pizza, beer... not a great way to spend a weekend. But on the other days I think I haven't eaten quite enough sleeping has been tough as well. I've been on a heck of an emotional roller coaster which you don't need to know about except for me to say that it does funky things to both your appetite and your metabolism. So lets see where this coaster takes me.

Review: Zoya Beach and Surf Collection

When a rainbow of colors arrives on my doorstep I immediately want to play!

Zoya Beach, Surf Summer 2012
So why did it take me about 3 months to actually write this review? Read on to find out.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Penhaligon's Ltd. 50% off Sale

It is always the case that whenever Penhaligon's Ltd. has a sale what I want is always on sale in the UK and not in the US. But that's not going to stop me from telling you to check it out.

UK Ladies (or gents looking to get the ladies something nice): Seriously consider checking out LP. No. 9. It's really awesome (read my earlier review).

For those of us in the US, I think probably the best thing is the Ladies Fragrance Collection.

Sale ends July 15th so I'd consider checking it now and later - you never know if they'll add something.

Visit Penhaligons Ltd.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Now if I were going to the Garbage Concert...

I have a few friends in Amsterdam going to the Garbage concert tonight. In that spirit I put together a face of the day. Nothing special, but fun. And I get to show off my new hair color!

Wow... I haven't done one of these in a while. 

Face of the Day June 18

Do you like me as a darker hair color?

Really, this was an excuse to dig out the Shirley Manson Viva Glam IV. Which... really one never needs an excuse. It's one of the most useful not-quite-red pink lipsticks out there, in my opinion.

Face of the Day June 18Eyes
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • Inglot P399 - my current go-to. All over lid
  • Inglot DS 460 - along lashes
  • Inglot DS 502 - to smoke just a bit.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 eye liner in Rockstar
  • Benefit They're Real Mascara
  • Mary Kay Foundation in Ivory 6
  • MAC By Candlelight
  • MAC Truth & Light Beauty Powder
Face of the Day June 18Lips
  • MAC Viva Glam IV
And on my nails...

Sally Hanson Salon Effect Strip in Headbanger
Sally Hanson Salon Effects  Headbanger I should mention, that I may not be going to Garbage, but I AM going to Aerosmith (for probably about the 17th or 18th time). SO I think this look works. Appropriate?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Quest For My Pretty - Weekly Weight Loss Report

I'm now over 60 days into Les Mills PUMP. I reached that point about midway last week. Yes, I had one week when I was out of the country and couldn't do the workout so I'm behind. But Day 60 was reached! So far I'm really happy with the results. Take a look...

Day 1: 

Day 30:
Les Mills PUM - 30 Days In

Day 60:
June 14, 2012 - Les MIlls PUM Day 60

I'm noticing just about everything toned up. I've lost a couple inches off my waist and bust. My legs are getting fitter... I'm loving this!

Weight: 157.4 lbs (-2.4 lbs)

Also enjoying this trend. I hope I can keep it going!!!

Tomorrow night I expect to get my calories burned at the Aerosmith concert in Cleveland. Standing burns more calories than sitting. Dancing burns more calories than standing. I should be good.

How are you doing?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Quest For My Pretty - Weekly Weight Loss Report

New Dress, New Shoes - And it's too BIG!!!
 It has been a tough week. I started Phase 3 of Les Mills Pump. That means longer exercises and more strenuous. As a consequence, I injured my arms for a couple of days. I also torqued my knee wearing some killer blue suede heels. So I've been hobbling. Not quite as much done on my workouts as I'd like, but it's sill progress.

Weight: 159.8 (+0.0)

I hold steady again. This could be my diet (it hasn't been stellar transitioning back from the "Dutch Fish and Wine Diet" of the previous weeks). I could also be having an impact with my muscles and soreness. It's well known when you shock muscles and you get sore, you're body is reacting by holding some water in to protect the damaged tissue. Or so I've been told. What this means is that I'm looking forward to next week's weigh in.

In two days time I take new pictures and new measurements, though. We'll see how that goes. Many people are commenting on how much weight I've lost. Change has happened and it is visible. That makes me feel good.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Rescue Beauty Lounge - Aqua Lilly

From the Fan Collection... Aqua Lilly!

While I am still sad my Princess Leia in the Gold Bikini idea didn't win (where were you voters? oh that's right - we all had the same IP address), this was my most anticipated polish of this collection. Consequently, it's the first one I tried. It did not dissapoint.

Rescue Beauty Lounge - Aqua Lily

Rescue Beauty Lounge - Aqua Lily

Fresh sea green with pink irridessence.

The usual - two coats over Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator and topped with Seche Vite. The polish did not play well with my top coat - I did get the "shrinkage" effect. But I don't mind so much. That's me being lazy.

Impeccable. I'm not kidding. If you want a polish that will last you go to Rescue Beauty Lounge. End of story.

Bottom Line
Totally unique in my collection. I'm glad this polish made the cut and I'm excited to own it. One of my favorite polishes so far this year.

I don't need one - I purchased the entire fan collection regardless of my still-burning disappointment at not "winning". Can I be a bit of a sore loser? Please?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Fun with China Glaze Glitter Crackles

Playing catchup on some reviews I've been meaning to do. This is a quick one so easy for me to bang out right now. But hey... who doesn't love glitter and crackles occasionally? Lets have a look at the China Glaze Crackle Glitter Polishes, shall we?

China Glaze Glitter Crackles
Left to Right: Glam-More, Jade-D, Glam Me Up, Luminous Lavender
Aren't those just fun and gorgeous??? I'm usually not a huge fan of crackles but I really wanted to try these. I also did a bit of blending just for fun...

China Glaze Glitter Crackles

China Glaze Glitter Crackles

My poor attempt at "Ombre" with Glitter Crackles, but certainly a concept worth trying.

Two coats over Zoya Raven as a backdrop. My usual Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator as a base and Seche Vite on top. The only thing I don't like about these crackles is it is suggested to let them dry before applying top coat. Personally, as long as you're careful and you've got the crackle you want then you're probably fine.

Probably not relevant. But once I put this on I didn't want it to come off. It stayed put really well too.

Bottom Line
Surely you've picked up one or two by now. But my favorites were Jade-D, and Glam Me Up. But who am I kidding? I kind of dug all four colors.

This polish was furnished to me by PR for review purposes. I do not sell China Glaze products nor am I affiliated with China Glaze in any way.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Quest for My Pretty - Weekly Weight Loss Report

To be honest, I'm going through some crazy stuff. I am trying to keep up with my workouts, but food has taken a back seat for me. There's something I believe in which is this: If you can't handle taking care of both food and exercise at one time, focus on one until you can handle the other. I'm back at that point where I need to focus on one - which is heading into Phase 3 of Les Mills Pump. The food will follow.

Weight: 159.8 lbs (-0.0 lbs)

Given what I said above I am happy with that and I can feel good about it. The rest will come as I sort out all of the issues that are plaguing me.

Thank you.