Sunday, 31 January 2016

January Empties

This month, I sadly came to the end of some of my favourite beauty products & toiletries. I thought I would share with you how they worked for me and whether I'd buy them again.

Clarins: Exfoliating Body Scrub
I believe this was part of a "free gift" that Clarins were giving during a promotion. I'm a sucker for a free gift! I did like this product but not enough to buy separately. The scrub was quite fine so I personally didn't feel like it was doing much. Not bad for a freebie though, it retails at £29!

Benefit: Porefessional
This is a staple item in my make up bag. I never apply foundation without it. As you can see, I wanted to make sure i got every bit out of the tube! This is usually priced at £24.50 but it's well worth the money. My pores a lot less visible and my skin has a more matte appearance. My foundation applies much smother when I'm wearing porefessional.
L'oreal: Skin Perfection Micellar Water
If you're lazy with skin care like me, this is the perfect product for you. It removes make up, cleanses & tones all in one. Just apply a small amount to cotton wool and wipe over your face. Would I but it again? Possibly. This is a relatively new addition to my skin care routine so I'm still testing different brands to find my favourite and so far this is my favourite.

Imperial Leather: Marshmallow shower cream
Who doesnt want to smell like marshmallow after a shower? Imperial leather have a rather of shower creams with the scent of some popular sweets including fruit salad and sherbet lemon. This scent oddly reminds me of that typical baby scent. I'll definitely be buying this again!

Have you used any of these products? Let me know!


Monday, 25 January 2016

Syn free Slimming World roast potatoes

I love a good Sunday roast, especially the roast potatoes. I've found a way to make them syn free, and it's super easy. Everyone I've made them for loves them, I even made them for Christmas dinner!

You will need
Potatoes (I find Charlotte potatoes work best)
Sunflower fry light/Low calorie cooking spray
Garlic fry light/Low calorie cooking spray (optional)
Sea salt
Pepper (optional)

  1. Peel & chop the potatoes to the desired size. I find just halving them works great.
  2. Par boil them for approximately 7 minutes in slightly salted water.
  3. Drain the potatoes and give them a good shake in the colander to rough up the edges. (You can put them to one side until you're ready to cook or just continue)
  4. Spray a baking try with sunflower fry light and lay the par boiled potatoes on the train. Spray more sunflower fry light to coat the potatoes. I choose to spray a light coating of garlic fry light for flavour. You could use ground up garlic or any herbs you choose.
  5. Sprinkle sea salt and pepper to season. 
  6. Bake for 45 minutes at 190 degrees (this is in a fan oven so increase times and temperature to suit your oven).
  7. Give them a shake half way through so they cook evenly. Cook until they are nice and crispy!
I use this same recipe to make wedges. Like me, you can experiment with herbs and seasoning. My favourite so far is garlic & herbs.

Happy cooking!

Monday, 18 January 2016

My Slimming World journey so far.

On the evening of 1st of July 2015, I found myself sitting in a full school canteen, not knowing anyone, about to join Slimming World. For a very long time I had complained about my weight, and how I wanted to slim down. I tried calorie counting, cutting out crisps & sweets, exercise and what felt like everything else. A new group had opened nearby and after putting it off for a few months, I dragged myself along. I was greeted with lots of friendly, smiley faces who showed me who I needed to speak to in regards to joining.

A month into my journey, and a little over a stone lighter, I was nominated for our group's woman of the year. A teary speech later I was crowned the winner. I was in utter shock. I didn't really think people noticed me. I often sat at the back, on my own. A few weeks in, I started talking to one lady, who now happens to be one of my lifelines.

I've now been on my journey for around 7 months. At my last weigh in, I had lost 3 stone 1 pound. Before Christmas I had lost 3 stone 10.5 pounds, but like most people I over indulged. I've struggled to get back on plan and with my Dad's recent passing, it's been tough.

I love Slimming World and recommend it to everyone. I still get to eat naughty meals like burgers & chips, and have chocolate every day. I aim to blog more about my journey and share some tips and recipes for those also following plan. If you're also a Slimming Worlder, feel free to share some of your favourite recipes, snacks or any tips you've found to be helpful.

You can follow my journey on Instagram @josiesfitnessjourney_sw.


Hello 2016

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2016. Here I am again, promising to myself that I'll keep up this blogging thing again. I do feel however that this time, I might actually do it.

2016 started off awfully for me with my father suddenly passing away. So, I guess the year can only get better from here. There are many things I aim to achieve this year, including FINALLY moving, running a 5k and continuing my slimming world journey and hitting my target weight.

I aim to document the progress on each of my goals throughout the year, in the hope that someone on the same journey on me will be able to relate. Maybe we could become friends and support each other. Who knows!

My other plans for this blog this year are to write about my favourite hair & beauty products, share any tips & tricks I use and maybe the odd thrifty idea I pick up along the way.

Whatever happens with this blog this year, I hope that someone out there enjoys it!

Let's do this!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Blink, Brixton & a camera shaped bag.


Here we are again! A little longer than I had planned since the last post but oh well! I have several posts ready for you so bear with me! Let's focus on this one for now!

This evening I returned from a brief trip to London to see Blink 182 at one of two shows they were playing at the O2 Academy in Brixton. It was an amazing night, far more than I imagined!

Here's a few pictures from the 26 odd hours I spent in the capital.

This was the view from our room. Usually we end up getting a brick wall, or a tree or something very uninteresting so this was quite a pleasant change.

Mark Hoppus was just hanging out the window right above us as we were queuing.

The support act were a band from Glasgow called Prides who pleasantly surprised me. I've downloaded a few of their songs already and I suggest you do the same! If you're a fan of bands like Arcade Fire and the 1975 the you should like Prides.

I didn't take many pictures throughout the night. You know what it's like when you get caught up in the moment and forget! The set list was a great mixture of old & new, including an off-set-list song performed completely in the dark! The show was just amazing from start to finish. Despite the flaming curse word blazing on stage it was definitely a family affair. Either side of the stage in the wings sat the bands children and wives. At the end of the show, Travis Barker's children took it upon themselves to throw drumsticks, stickers, balloons and sweets into the crowds.
Here's what I wore:
Kimono: New Look
Cami: Dorothy Perkins
Jeans: Dorothy Perkins
Pumps: Primark
Bag: Accessorize
Here's a closer picture of my bag. I'm so in love with it. The boyfriend treated me to it as an early anniversary present.

That's all for now! Stay tuned for some more posts coming your way soon!
Thanks for reading!