Friday, 31 October 2014

Five Favourites for Summer Nails

Favourites for summer nails

Today I will be talking about my five favourite nail polishes for summer. It was really difficult for me to limit them down to five, but I figured showing my entire nail polish collection probably won't be the best idea.

summer nail polish

Yardley - Romantic Ruby
First of all I have my Yardley Stayfast nail polish in Romantic Ruby. I did a whole midweek post on this one claiming that it is most probably the best drugstore nail polish on the market right now and that for less than R50. I will link it here if you would like to read the detailed post. I love this companies nail polishes. I have it in Americano as well which is like the perfect toe nail colour. Basically they stay almost completely chip free for 4-5 days. They apply like a dream. You do need two coats but they dry quickly so that is not a problem. Packaging is not the prettiest but it is functional and you get a whopping 15ml of product which is a lot!

yardley romantic ruby

If you do get this brand where you live definitely give the nail polishes and lipsticks a try!

Essie - Fiji
Next up is Essie in fiji. I think Essie products are quite expensive, but I love the colours they offer and they always have the cutest names. They retail for around R140 for 13.5ml which is quite expensive. People usually say the quality is really good which makes it worth the price but so far this little guy has not been lasting very well. I get 2-3 days chip free out of it which is a slight pain in the behind considering you need three coats for it to be completely opaque and it applies very streaky. The colour is absolutely gorgeous for spring and summer though so I will definitely continue wearing it. Let me know down below if you have similar problems with chipping with some of the other colours or if it is only this one. I wore it with a Revlon basecoat and a Sally Hansen top coat.

essie fiji

Catrice - Karl Says Très Chic
Up next is my Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer in 57 Karl Says Très Chic. If you do not own this nail polish already you need to get it! It is just the most gorgeous pink. It applies streak free, you only need one coat and it is a steal for only R45 for 10ml of product. The first time I wore it I got at least 4-5 days of wear without chipping. The last time however I got like 2 days. I probably just did more handy work the last time, but it just makes it difficult to give an account of the lasting power of this nail polish. Overall I love Catrice nail polishes so I don't really think one can ever go wrong with purchasing them.

catrice karl says tres chic

Essence - That's What I Mint
I have a bit of a love hate relationship with the next guy. It is an Essence colour & go nail polish in 146 that's what I mint. It is extremely cheap retailing for R18 for 8ml and the colour is a gorgeous green toned mint which applies really well with the nice thick brush and you get complete opacity with about two layers. However it does not last and usually has remarkable chipping within 2 days. I love the colour so I keep wearing it, but the struggle I am having with it chipping so quickly is definitely preventing me from enjoying this polish. Unfortunately I wouldn't recommend Essence nail polishes but this colour is absolutely gorgeous so if you have patience with nail polish chipping then definitely get this one! Or if you want to try a mint polish because you are not sure whether you will like it then get this one since it is pretty yet cheap.

essence color & go that's what i mint

Revlon - Graceful
Lastly I have my Revlon Nail Enamel in 320 Graceful. This is in my opinion the perfect beige/nude nail polish. It is almost grey but it has enough of a beige undertone that it does not make your nails look dead. This is a very classy nail colour that I would suggest for everyone from people looking for nail polishes suitable for the office to girls looking for something to wear to school. The brush is thin which is nice to get into the corner with but personally I prefer a nice fat brush. It is fully opaque after two coats and lasts between 3-5 days. This polish retails for around R100 for 14.7ml. I think Revlon's nail polishes are too expensive when you compare it to nail polishes for half the price (Yardley and Catrice) with longer lasting power. However I do love the Revlon brand and would therefore not be afraid to recommend this to anyone.

revlon nail enamel graceful

That is it for my Five Favourites for Summer Nails. I hope you enjoyed this! Let me know in the comment section what your number one nail polish is for summer! I would love to know and then try them out as well!

Enjoy the weekend
daisyperson xx

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Calorie Counting for Noobs

Calorie counting can be a phenomenal aid in losing weight and controlling portions. When I started my journey to beomming healthier and more fit I counted my calories vigorously. I weighed almost everything I ate to make my calorie counting as accurate as possible. This not only helped in keeping me motivated and accountable to eating healthy portions and food it got me in the habit of logging all of my meals. It is pretty obvious...the more you do something the easier it gets. 

In order to count my calorie consumption I used fatsecret, a website you can use to either log calorie intake, exercise, weight loss, add journal entries and interact with fellow members on the same path as you are. I found this website to work extremely well. I prefer the website over the app just because you can only interact with the other members on the website. The app is great for logging your calories as the day goes by and adding your exercise as you do it in the gym or whatever works best for youMyfitnesspal is another great website you can give a try, personally I have never used it, but I have heard good things about it. These kinds of websites make calorie counting a hundred times easier!

Some tips when calorie counting:
  • Always keep track of what you are eating, either log it immediately on the app on your phone or keep a diary of what you are eating and remember to log it at the end of the day. Believe me somedays I can't even remember what I had for lunch only a few hours earlier!  
  • You can even use it to plan your meals out to ensure you keep to the recommended intake. I have never been a good meal planner, but it would be nice to use it in that.
  • If you have the time interact with the people online. They cannot see any photos or names other than those you choose to share so it is a safe zone. The nice thing is that everyone is there with the aim to change lifestyle habits and therefore no one judges you. I have always been amazed at how encouraging and supportive the users are and have become friends with quite a few of them.
  • Always be honest with the amount you have had. It is really easy to lie to the computer but if we want to see results we have to face what we have put into our bodies. I am one of those people who have really poor self control. If I have a chocolate in my possession I want to eat it as quickly as possible and will often end up eating way more than anyone should. Having to log that can be embarrassing. I guess you get forced to face the facts and although that can be uncomfortable it does help to teach you to make better decisions in the future.
  • Increases portion awareness. You are forced to think about the amount you are eating in order to be able to log it. This especially helped to motivate me to not take seconds.
  • After a while you learn more about the better choices to make for example you can eat tons of vegetables without adding many calories but when you eat one chocolate it literally takes the calories of more than half of what you are allowed on a day.
  • The app and the other members keep you accountable.
  • As mentioned above, planning meals and building supportive relationships are further advantages of counting your calories in this way.
However please remember that it is not necessary to make friends with anyone on the app. I enjoy speaking to different people from all over the world, but it is not everyones cup of tea so don't let that discourage you. You can still do this without having to have any interaction with anybody.

So how many calories should you consume?

Deciding how many calories you should take in can be a challenge in itself. I recommend heading over to WebMD where they suggest the amount you take in considering your current weight, height and weight loss goal. I had a rule that I was never allowed to eat less than 1200 calories a day and I exercised for about an hour 4-5 days a week. During busy weeks I might only get to gym only 2 or 3 times but basically just try your best to get your body moving as much as possible. When you eat less than 1200 calories a day you increase your risk of not getting in all the nutrients you need or your bodies metabolism can slow down and go into the so called "starvation mode" which we can go into a bit more in a future post. So never starve yourself! Losing weight can be achieved on a full stomach!

After clicking on the WebMD link you will be asked to fill in some of your details such as your age, height, weight, pant size etc. When you have completed that it will direct you to the "results" which will look as follows. To reach the amount of calories they recommend you consume just click on the block indicated with the red start on the picture down below.

You might find the app or website daunting at first but just keep at it even if it is just to learn a bit more of the nutritional value of different foods and the calorie benefits of healthy food. 

Calorie counting is also not something you have to do for the rest of your life. I counted for about a year with breaks in between. Right now I am not counting anymore as a test to see if I can keep making better choices.

If you have any further questions please leave them in the comment section or send me an email! You can find my email adress at Contact Me.  

Let the counting begin!
daisyperson xx

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Winter Makeup Must Haves!

Hot chocolate, fire places, scarves and my mothers potato and cream soup are a few of the things I love about winter. But generally I would say I am more of a spring girl. Nothing too hot or too cold for me thank you! As winter is creeping in in the Northern Hemisphere I decided to share a few of the beauty products I could not go without out during our passed winter.

winter makeup must haves

One of my all time favourite lipsticks for winter was my Revelon Colorburst Lip Butter in Sugar Plum. This little guy has been featured many times on my blog (swatches HERE). I love the colour. I love how moisturizing it is. I love the packaging. You get the idea? I love it! Another great more vampy colour for winter is the Lip Butter in Red Velvet. It is absolutely gorgeous if you like wearing something a bit more daring!

revlon lipbutter sugar plum red velvet

I also really enjoyed my Catrice Ultimate Colour lipstick in 220 Maroon. It is a darkish nude that is easy to throw on with any look. This one was featured in my July Lipstick Favourites and naturally found its way into my Winter Must Haves. The brown tones in this lipstick is what makes it perfect for winter. It creates a very warm natural look. I also prefer the consistency of these ultimate colour lipsticks over the ultimate shine lipsticks of Catrice.

catrice ultimate colour 200 maroon

I guess Catrice makes the best products for winter because my next winter must have is also from Catrice. It is the Pure Shine Colour Lip Balm. It looks like a typical lip crayon, but keep in mind that it is not a stain! It is important to realise that because I was expecting a stain and when it turned out to be a balm I was really disappointed. However as a balm it is lovely. The colour pay-off is remarkable for a balmy product and you can really build it onto your lips. Then it is also very moisturizing and smells amazing! As you can see mine has gotten a whole lot of lovin already!

catrice pure shine colour lip balm

The two nail polishes I enjoyed wearing the most was first of all my Catrice Ultimate Nail Laquer in 770 put lavendar on agenda that I did a whole post on here. However they have discontinued this beautiful colour but I see they do have a new purple 64 It's time for lovender that looks similar to this one. I also loved Wet N Wilds Coloricon nail polish in Haze of Love. I was very disappointed with how quickly it chipped but after reapplying it held a bit longer but the unique almost burgandy colour suited winter perfectly. I would live with the chips just for the colour! It is beyond gorgeous.

best nail polish for winter

My favourite blush for winter was the Wet N Wild blusher in Mellow Wine. When swatching it it comes off as a very pigmented red. The reddish tone is perfect for a rosy cheeked look that we associate with winter weather. Sometimes peachy or light pink blushes can be a bit too light during the colder months. I felt this one was a great match for winter.

wetnwild blush mellow wine

To combat the drying of our skins I use the Freeman Anti Stress Dead Sea Minerals mask. It is light blue in colour and makes you look like a sheer smurf when wearing it! I love it! Other than that it is not too drying and leaves your skin feeling really soft. You can also leave it on for hours without it starting to feel like it is burning your skin. I hate when masks does that!

freeman anti-stress mask dead sea minerals

Let me know in the comment section what products you cannot go without during winter.

Some links to lipstick swatches:

Lip Butters - click here
Catrice and other swatches on lips - click here 
Lipstick tag with all of my lipstick favourites - click here

Stay warm northern friends!
daisyperson xx

Friday, 17 October 2014

Quick and Easy Halloween Outfit Ideas

Surprise surprise it is that time of the year again! Wow this year is flying by. After being asked by one of you guys on some tips for a costume party she was going to I was inpired to do a blogpost on some easy ideas for costumes this halloween or for any other fancy dress.

Personally I really enjoy fancy dress events. There is just something thrilling about getting out of your comfort zone and getting to be a little bit crazy for at least one evening. Choosing a cool yet good looking costume without breaking the bank can be frustrating though. Whenever I plan my outfit I always try and base it on the clothes I already own. I don't believe that one should be spending a whole lot of money on clothes and props that you will only wear once. A few good props are always good to own though since you can build multiple outfits around it in the future, but one could build many different outfits without having to spend a penny.

I came up with three possible outfit ideas. The idea is to keep things really simple and quick. This isn't supposed to be the most complicated outfits. This is something you can throw together quickly with no hassle and without it getting spendy. 

I hope you like the ideas and it would make my day if it actually helped someone. If you have any cool suggestions some of the readers might benefit from please leave them in the comment section!

Outfit #1 - The Bee

This is extremely simple, yet cute and easy to dress up to something more sexy or modest depending on your taste. Throw on a short tight dress and heels and it's sexy, a more modest dress and less slutty shoes and you have something a bit more modest. You get the idea...

Quick and easy halloween costume; bee costume

So what you will need is a plain black dress, or a black shirt and skirt combo, some yellow ribbon, a set of fairy wings, an alice band (preferably black but any colour will do) and two black or yellow pipe cleaners. You can add any black shoes and possibly some stockings depending on the weather where you live. The ribbon should be 1,5 to 2 centimeters  wide and could be the hard or material kind of ribbon.

So basically you want to attach some horizontal yellow stripes across your upper body to create the signature bee lines. Measure it and then get someone to help or do it yourself and staple the single pieces of ribbon across your body by stapleing the two ends of the ribbon together. If they are tight enough they will stay in place and not slip down. You could attach them directly to your dress, but if you are afraid of ruining the dress you can staple them at the back and then attach it to the dress with some double sided tape. I recommend only putting lines over your upperbody. If you put them around your hips they tend to rip when sitting down and around your legs they can get in the way when trying to walk.

Most people own their own set of costume wings or at least know someone who owns it. Otherwise they are generally quite affordable. A true bee can't live without its wings right, so this is quite important for this outfit.

To make your antennae take your alice band and secure the pipe cleaners onto the top by wrapping the pipe cleaner once or twice around the alice band. You now have an alice band with two pipe cleaners going straight up on it. Take the pipe cleaners and bend it into a spiral so that it looks like the head gear in the picture.

And voila, you are a bee for a night. Don't get high on all the pollen!

Outfit #2 - The Stepford Wife

The next idea is inspired by The American Dream. Basically it's like a stepford wife or a lady from the fifties. For this all you need is a high neck dress (added bonus if it flares out a bit from the waist down), red lipstick, pearls, and preferably white pump heels but nude heels or anything that works with this style should be fine. Adding a cute 50s inspired clutch and some neat waves to your hair can do wonders for this outfit. When I wore this outfit I added long white gloves which I thought worked pretty well. 

quick and easy halloween costume; stepford wife costumeAs you can see this is relatively easy to build from clothes you or your friends probably already own. As for the pearls, you can easily make some fake ones for really cheap if you have a bead shop close by!

Outfit #3 - The Mafia

Up next we have a mafia inspired outfit. This one is probably the easiest one to put together. I was invited to a party where the girls had to dress like flappers and the guys like mafia bosses. Since I really do not own anything even close to flapper-like I decided to go as a Mafia Boss and was surprised at how easy it was to put together.

So basically you need a black or navy pencil skirt (if possible the skirt should be above the knee), a white collar shirt, black tights, a black hat and then some sort of black heels depending on how fierce you would like to look. Mafia hats tend to have a wider rim almost like a Panama hat or a wide rimmed Fedora compared to the more common thin rim Fedoras. However if a Fedora is all you have then do not let it stop you as this will also work perfectly. I purchased a mafia hat at a costume shop for really cheap, but that's just because I own no hats, like literally not even a summer hat.

quick and easy halloween costume; mafia girl costume

You can tuck the shirt into the skirt if you want. I find that girls with slightly more pronounced hips tend to look better when they do not tuck the shirt in, but basically just wear it in a way that you feel comfortable. Adding a toy gun can be fun but I don't think it is neccessary to make this outfit work.

I really hope you enjoyed this post! It is a bit of a deviation from what I usually post, but I really enjoyed writing it a lot. What did you wear to the last costume/halloween party you went to? Let me know in the comment section, it will be fun to read!

If you decide to wear one of these outfits to a party please tag me in the photo! I would love to see how you recreated it! Tag me: @daisypersonblog on both Instagram and Twitter. 

If you are looking for some more last minute Halloween costume ideas or just want to have a laugh look at these funny ones:

Have fun with Halloween!
daisyperson xx

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Being weighed down by your scale?

I created my blog basically because I love reading blogs and wanted to write my own. The aim was to solely be focused on makeup since my interest in it has grown exponentially over the last year and a half. It was also during this time that I became much more interested in staying healthy and becoming active and would therefore love to share my thoughts and experiences on this topic as well.

Makeup will always be the main focus of my blog so I will definitely continue to post those every Friday. My lifestyle posts will probably go up on Tuesdays, but I still need to decide whether or not I want to do them weekly, every two weeks or monthly. Feel free to leave your thoughts on this even if you hate the fitness posts! Please let me know what you think of it though. At least it would mean posting more often!

Anyway getting back to the main reason I am writing this post by getting down to where my healthy living journey sort of started. 

I wouldn't say I had major weight issues. I have never been obese or overweight according to my BMI, but I got quite high up in the normal range. We all know our own bodies and you can see when you have a few extra kilograms that is just hanging around and keeping you behind. I am not going to be specific about what I weighed and what I weigh now purely because I think it's unnecessary to be overly focussed on the numbers on the scale. Your fitness goals should be aimed towards something that will make you feel better as a person, or put you in a position to accomplish things that you cannot accomplish with your current physical abilities. Your goals should NOT be focussed on a ridiculous weight target just because you think you will be happier once you have lost a certain amount of weight. Our bodies and bodily functions differ and therefore certain "weights" are not as easy for everyone to reach. 

I will be honest at first it was only focussed on that number on the scale on a Monday morning. I had to learn the hard way how demoralizing it can be when the scale does not reflect the hard work you have put into the week. A scale is a magnificent tool to aid in the process to a healthier you, but it shouldn't be the main tool you use to measure your progress. 

What is the use of a scale then? I think it is good practice to weigh yourself on a specific day each week so that you can track your progress over the course of months (not from one week to another) and also to help keep you accountable. If you start going a bit cray with the chocolates or ice cream it will probably show up on the scale. So it helps you visualise where you are heading towards and therefore you can stop say binge eating before things get too out of hand. 

Some tips for when you weigh yourself: 
  • Do it on the same day each week. This way you can easily track your weight loss in an accurate manner. I use a website to aid in keeping a weight diary and then it also has other properties such as calorie counting, but we can go into more detail about that in future posts.
  • Get naked! Take off everything when you weigh yourself so that you get the most accurate number. Even wet hair can add half a kilo to your weight.
  • The timing is important. Weigh yourself after your morning pee and before you drink or eat.
  • Check once in a while if your scale is still calibrated.

How the heck do you measure progress if you are not using the scale? I am sure everyone already knows the answer but basically through living! Feeling more energised, getting up the flight of stairs without being out of breath, maybe it is a simple task such making the bed, you know all of those activities of daily living that you can now finish without getting tired or out of breath. There is nothing quite as rewarding as physically feeling what a difference the little bit more effort you are putting in does to your body and mind. 

Before I started exercising again I could literally not climb a flight of stairs without feeling my heart rate go up and getting out of breath. I was only 20 years old and participated in school sports only two years prior so I did not really have any excuses I could use as to why I was so unfit. I knew it would only get harder as the years go by so I knew I had to make a difference right there and then.

So now you know more about the way I see my scale. I'll go into more detail of some of the changes I have made in future posts. I want to try and keep these as short as possilbe so that they are not such a drab to read.

If you have any thoughts or questions on this subject please leave them in the comment section down below! I always love reading them!

I will see you all again on Friday with a new beauty related post...and since you did read this I might as well give you a little hint as to what it's know since it is nearing the end of October... :)

See you soon
daisyperson xx