Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Lets Loose Weight Together!!!

Let's start with how I became overweight.
So for about 4 years since I fell into depression I have gradually picked up weight ... about 10kg (22lb) before my wedding and 14kg (30lb) after my wedding.
As much as everyone around me was happy that I looked bigger, cuter and my husband would have loved me even if I was obese. I started becoming more depressed hence ending up eating even more than i did before. And as I fell deeper into depression I had to figure out why my depression was not getting better even with treatment. It was actually getting worse than before. And I had to really be honest with myself and find out the cause of this. I was sick of being depressed all the time to a point I couldn't even wake up in the mornings.
I realized the big not the biggest part but a big part none the less with my depression becoming worse was my weight gain. As I was skinny most of my life weighing 48kg (105lb) before I started picking up all these fat around my body i was unfamiliar with.
Right about now you might be asking, how did you get there? from 48kg (105lb) to 72kg (158lb)?
Well the thing about depression is that you don't really have the will or strength to do anything. Like you might be lying down and there might be a plane crashing in on you (literally) and at times you won't even budge hoping it will somehow crash on you and kill you. I know it sounds all melodramatic but hey that is how I was feeling for the last 4 years. And unfortunately unless some miracle or you find the right shrink giving you right medicine that's pretty much how you are going to feel. And that's how I gained all those kgs... Food was one of the only things that made me happy and the happiness of eating didn't feel as good as skinny felt that time. And to make matters worse I don't like to exercise, at all.

But now time has changed and I really want to go back to looking good in clothes I wear, I hardly buy clothes anymore due to the fact everything I wear looks well it looks not so good.
And I know many many of you out there who are in the same shoes as I. Being sick of feeling insecure about your body. And finally my depression is somewhat under control for me to give me the energy to pull this through. Hopefully.

So for the past 4 weeks or so I have started to do something about my weight. I started doing Dr. Cohen 1st personal diet. You can find more info on their website http://www.1stpersonaldiet.com
But basically what this diet does is it triggers your growth hormone that helps you loose weight. However this is not a easy pea diet. One thing good for me however was that I didn't need to exercise while I am on this diet and I could drink 1lt diet soda a day.

About the diet. (PS: I don't get paid for sharing this diet with you at all)
So like I have mentioned this diet triggers your growth hormones, and for it to do that you can only eat certain food. You can not eat diary except plain non fat yoghurt once a day.
So just to give you an rough idea of this diet I shall post a photo of a food list and my plan so you guys have an idea, if you want more info you can visit their website or go to their Facebook which is actually more helpful  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Cohens-1st-Personal-Diet/
SO they do a blood test and give you a personal menu you have to follow, it takes 7days of no cheat eating the way they want you to for your hormones to trigger every time you cheat you will have to wait 7days again to loose the weight.
Its not easy and its hefty in the pocket

So like I was saying this diet is not cheap at all, I started this diet in South Africa and this is a cost converted from Rands.
$428 Total cost of diet
$305 Diet consultation and program me
$123 Blood Test

I have lost 6kg (13lb in 4weeks) which I am not happy about as my friend lost 14kg (30lb) in same time. But it differs with people. After the diet you need to do their reefed which helps you burn the fat you eat with normal food.

So my goal is to loose 22kg (48lb).
If you want to know your ideal weight go to this website and calculate your ideal weight

My height is 160cm 5'5ft and I am very thinned boned.
I should be about 54kgs (119lb) but I want to be little under.

So far my diet was not easy, wanted to cry at times cuz these kgs are just not dropping as fast as I wanted but hey it takes perseverance and their Facebook page really helps because you meet so many people on the diet.

So that is my weight loss, you can choose other weight loss programs which you think will suit you the best. And lets motivate each other. I will update my weight loss now and again. If you are starting a diet of any kind or diet exercise combo lets do it together. Its always better to know there is someone out there doing what you are doing and you are not alone...
I tried many diets and failed and this diet seems to work for me but it might not for you so finding a diet that will is a biggest part of your weightloss.

Me before

Me 13/09/2011 after 4 weeks and 13lbs lighter (6kg)

Sorry for crappy photos will post better once when I can find it.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Epilating 101 + preventing ingrown hair

So I have recently started using Epilator I have posted a blog on the review of the Epilator I am using right now.

With that said I just want to touch up on what Epilators do and the differences and benefits of owning one.

Difference between shaving and epilating.
Shaving and Epilating is different in a sense shaving just cuts off the hair on the top and Epilating pulls the hair out from the root.

Difference between waxing and epilating.
Wax is hot and messy and you need to keep buying it or going to the salon to get it done which causes money however epilators are one buy finish type of a thing you can carry around wherever you go. Plus it does not burn you.

Difference between laser and epilating.
Well laser treatments are permanent but epilating isn't, the hair will eventually grow back with epilating.

Pain level
Out of 10

Epilating 6
Shaving 0
Waxing 8
Lazer (depending) 5

Pros and Cons of epilating
Pros: You buy it once and you don't have to spend money again on the product,
It is portable and easy to carry around so you don't have to make booking etc..etc
It does not burn you as wax does
The pain level for many are bearable

Cons: The biggest con is that fact you might get more in grown hair than shaving
It might redden your skin
Cost is not that low
And if you are not pain tolerant it might be too much to bear

Tips on epilating and ingrown hair.

1. If you don't like pain so much use the epilator after you have bathed.

2.If you decide to use it on bare dry skin make sure you have no cream or oil or any products on your area you want to epilate for great results.

3 Run the epilator on the direction on the hair growth.

4. Don't epilate right before an event, as you might have reddened skin after you have used your epilator so do it a day or two days before for THE day.

5. To prevent in grown hair you can use methods below

  •      Scrub with a sponge or a body scrub before you epilate and the next time you shower.
  •     If this method does not work try to use some products that work on in grown hair, Tend skin has great reviews for this purpose.
  • If you don't want to buy stuff you can cut a lemon in half rub in on your leg and leave it there for a while lets say a min to two then rinse it out, dry your leg and then use your epilator. This helps some people.
  • You can use beta hydroxy acid to unblock the hardened protein blocking the hair follicle, the acid can deeply penetrate the skin to unblock .
  • If ingrown hair persists to grow you should consult your dermatologist or stop using epilator all together.
I hope this information helped you guys a little

Braun Silk Epil 7 (7681 WD) Review

Braun Silk-Epil 7 (7681 WD) Review

It claims to: Remove facial, leg and body hair.
40min use with 1hour charge.
Removes hair as short as 0,05mm
Movable heads that contours your body
Works in water.
It has 40 tweezers

Contains: Olay 16 Pre-epilation wipes
EfficiencyPro Cap
Underarm Cap
Shaver head
Trimmer Cap
Facial Cap 
Message Cap (I'm guessing the name as it has beads kinda)
Cleaning brush
Dual Voltage Charger 100-240V (made in China)
But the machine itself is made in Germany

Picture of all the products together (one of the caps is on the epilator in this picture)
 Shaver head
 Epilator Caps
 Cleaning Brush
 Universal Charger

This epilator is one of the Best rated Epilators around, specially all the epilators from Braun is known to be good.

Ease of use:
This product was pretty easy to use, I really didn't even need to read the instructions its pretty dumb proof.
The caps are supper easy to take off and replace also it was pretty easy to take the head of the epilator off to replace it with the shaver head.

The efficiency of the caps however are controversial as for me I tend to stick to one cap for all my needs but I can see people who are not so pain tolerant as me would prefer to use the smaller caps.

 EfficiencyPro Cap can tilt.

 So can the message cap

Its is pretty easy to clean too, you remove the cape and as the picture shows below turn the side of the epilator tweezers with your finger (do not switch it on as that will cut your brushes) then take your brush and brush it. As it is waterproof you can also wash it under running water.

It is pretty easy to take the head of the epilator off the replace it with the shaver.

The epilator lights up and the light is really bright and useful you can see all your hair clearly.

It comes with this bag which fits everything you got in the box, its pretty useful when you are traveling or even to store your epilator all together.

Battery life:
The battery does last for a long time after one charge. I charged it once and it lasted me three epilation on my whole body plus there is still more battery power left

Underwater function:
The underwater function is good, as in it works well underwater, however I find that it doesn't do a good job underwater as it does when your hairs are dry, in fact it actually takes the hair off about 70% slower.
However the shaver worked really well even when hair was wet.

Shaver & Trimmer function:
The shaver and trimmer functions worked really well when I shaved my bikini area, it trimmed well and it shaved really clean.

Caps are generally good however I prefer to use the biggest non moving cap it seems to do a better job for me than the body contouring cap.

Does it really take out 0.55mm short hair?
Yes and No it does epilate a that short hair at times but not all the time.
Also one more thing to remember you have to run this epilator more than once in the same area to get all your hair out but it does take all your hair out.

Monday, May 30, 2011

My favorite products for MAY!!!

May favorites

Hey everyone!!! So i haven't done a favorites video lately and its because i haven't bought anything new but i guess i'll do favorites blog anyway even if there is a repeat.

1. Fake NARS palette no.1 ($10.20 dealextreme.com)

2. Fake NARS palette no.2 ($10.20 dealextreme.com)

 Both the Fake NARS have nice colors

3.The body shop strawberry body butter ($16)

I love the smell and it moisturizes my body well in winter

I really love this foundation it retails for different prices but i have been getting break outs and this helps a ton.

Only remover that can completely remove my kiss me mascara thus far!!! and my liquid last!!! 
it has this comb kind of applicator which makes the remover run through your lashes which is great!!!

Fake NARS spotting and review

Fake NARS spotting and review!!!

So i went to this website called dealextreme.com I think some of you might know it some not. But it is a chinese website and they sell everything so cheap. Anyway i came across this fake nars palette. Now they don't advertise in this website as NARS as it is fake, they just state it is professional makeup. I was curious what the quality and packaging differences there will be with fake nars and real nars. So i bought two palettes to show you guys what the fake nars look like and swatched them for you. I paid about $11.40 not more than that. IT sells on ebay for $99 so watch out.

Things you should know about fakes NARS compared to authentic one. (This information is from the research i have done myself and the only reason i state this is i have no other NARS palette that is authentic i can take pictures of... and not all these are in fake NARS but maybe you can notice one or two things from the listings below. Some of these things I have checked with my shadow and brushes tho.

1) The box has spelling mistakes at the back. (it stated SEPARIS instead of Paris)
2)When you see in front of the box and flip the box around side ways my fake NARS the ingredient part and what not was upside down.
3) When you open the palette and leave it on the table it tilts towards the mirror, the real NARS does not tilt backwards towards the mirror and stays put on the shadow, blush side.
4)The whole that is on the side,that puts the mirror part and shadow part together,  is smaller in real NARS than the fake.
5)Shadow and blush is more chalky and has more loose powder.
6) The closure part on the lid is more rounded in real NARS than the fake one.

All the pictures below are the pictures of fake NARS.

The reason i took this picture upside down is because when you turn it sideways from the NARS logo in front of the box its upside down.

 I bought two different palettes but they where both labeled the same.
Night series mini palette.

In real NARS this part has to be more rounded (picture above)

Fake NARS swatches from above palette

Fake NARS swatches from palette above.

Swatch after rubbing my arm three to four times

All the swatches done above were without any primers.


I quite like the fake NARS for the price it has great color pay off and it stays put all day with primers. I would like to think that it is like coastal scents in a way. I don't like the blushes and highlighters in the middle that comes with it tho, it does not do much for me but I do use it sometimes and it does work.
Shadows are very pigmented and I like the colors its very pretty too. The con about the product is that one blush was very chalky and the other products made more loose powders than authentic NARS but not more than coastal scents. Also it has great mix of colors in one palette which means I don't have to take different shadows and blushes at times. 

I don't really like fake stuff and i always test it on my arm before i use fake stuff because you don't know what is really in there... so if you are willing to take your chances you should but if you rather not then don't.