Saturday, January 26, 2013

My healthy lifestyle change~ `what I eat 編`

Time for the second post about my lifestyle change.
Maybe it sounds a bit pompous or funny, but IDK how to call it, that`s just what it is. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I don`t want to preach, most of those things are not my original ideas, I learned them along the way and read on the internet and so on. And I am not claiming I am 100% right. I`m just writing out my idea of healthy eating and generally what I put into my head and live by now. So take it or leave it, those are just my beliefs and I`m no expert and so on.

I assume it`s obvious that when you eat healthy you would want to quit junk food, sweets, soda and processed food and simple carbs as much as you can. Well, that wasn`t a big issue for me, bc for a good couple years now I wasn`t drinking any soda or eating junk food (from chain restaurants) at all and I don`t even like sweets that much (well, with some exceptions) so I don`t get sweets craving. I never used sugar in tea/coffee and I don`t like the flavor. I admit, I also love to cook, live on my own and have a lot of free time, so limiting processed food and generally eating what I want is relatively easy for me. I`m very lucky with this, I know many of you probably live with your family, don`t have a separate fridge or maybe can`t even buy your own food bc you don`t have the money or just parents take care of that. In that case, I hope your family will support your decision to eat more healthy and help you with it. Calm rational discussion should work and just give them some time to think about it. From my experience parents get really stubborn if you try to push your ideas on them, make them think it`s their own idea and that it`s great if you can... XD

And you know what, we`re just human. If you want to eat chocolate or pizza or whatever - just eat it! Treat yourself! Don`t go on guilt trips and restrict. Just think on a bigger scale - remember your goal, to eat healthy and be good to yourself and know that one bad day won`t ruin the whole effort and your hard work. It won`t! So if your your boss has a bad tantrum/bf dumped you, drink that bottle of wine and eat cookies with your friends! XD Sometimes it`s okay, just don`t fall into bad habits again. Moderation is the key. If you want chocolate eat it, but eat 2 small pieces, not the whole block. And make the better choice, go for 90% cocoa bitter chocolate with ingredients you can pronounce rather than something that`s mostly sugar and you don`t even know what it is.

Oh, and start reading labels!!!! Some of them are like good horror stories, let me tell you. XD Generally if there are things that don`t even sound like food and too many unknown ingredients, I don`t buy it. Like I said - I limit processed food to minimum and always read the ingredients. I try to eat organic and cruelty free. I was a pescetarian, but I quit fish in December and am limiting milk consumption. (But I will always love eggs - I`m not lying to myself about that - but I buy the expensive eggs at the farmers` market, from "happy" hens, that eat good food and run around outside whenever they want, from small farmers. I just think that those mass produced, caged chickens are just so poor and just mentally ill from all the torture. :/ ) I am vegetarian and often eat vegan for periods of time, but yeah I`m not vegan and I`m not really into labels that much, so eat what you feel like eating generally. But for me going vegetarian (pescetarian), over 10 years ago, was the obvious choice. :D But to each his own.

Anyway, I`ll go through my meals and just tell you what they consist of most of the time.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

THE FACE SHOP Chia Seeds Skin Care


Here`s something I got in Korea last summer and I`ve been using it since and now I`m ready for a review.
(●´∀`●) When I was in Korea I already knew I will be sight-seeing at the cosmetics/makeup stores a lot. XD And I did, I bought quite a lot, but this is the best purchase I made in my opinion. *(*´∀`*)☆

THE FACE SHOP Chia Seed skincare series! 

I don`t know why I even bought this, as I was happy with my hialuronic acid and natural oils mix routine... wait, I know why! (*´・v・) They got my attention with the "chia seed" use and also with their "natural cosmetics" brand politics! Their brand`s tagline is "natural story" and their cosmetics don`t have the 7 not so cool additives: no parabens, no benzophenone, no mineral oil, no artificial color, no animal ingredients, no alcohol and no triethanolamine! Sounds great, doesn`t it!

Breand`s musings: 
A refreshing water drop that busts the moment it touches the skin fully hydrates the skin and moisturizes the inside of the skin for an extended period. Immediate hydration and a comfortable protective film Chia seed, which carries moisture 10 times its own weight, and chamomile provide immediate hydration and soothe dry and reddened skin quickly. Contains 100% chia seeds water instead of water Chia seeds water is extracted within 24 hours via the Fresh method, instead of water delivers the vitality of the highly pure chia seeds. 
ヽ(;^o^ヽ) OK bro.

I love the healthy chia seeds and I already eat them with cereal and put them in water, so why not also use them on my face? XD I was sold! 

I got the spray toner, lotion, serum and cream. The actually have 2 types of toner - regular pump bottle packaging and spray type bottle! I got the later, I though I could use it as face mist - but I actually don`t, really. (゜▽゜;) I use it as reagular toner, to prep my face for more skin care products in the morning. 
The series feels really moisturising, watery, not oily. The cream is light and watery. The cosmetics do leave a veil on my skin - but it`s a good feeling! It does feel a bit sticky but I don`t mind it personally and it has a strong fragrance, but luckily it disappears soon after application. The moisturising is good, but it`s not enough under my eyes, I guess I`m getting older and I need something thicker for my eyes. The serum has tiny capsules with chia seeds essence and you should gently pat it into your skin~ The lotion is my favorite from the whole series. If you don`t apply makeup over the cream you will really get the "dewy" skin look the Korean and Japanese cosmetics promise. The series gave me no breakouts and I really like it overall!! 

I am super happy with it and if you want to try it, but aren`t going to Korea anytime soon, you can get all the products from this series on eBay in reasonable prices! I am too much in love with my natural oils/hialuronic acid skincare routine so I won`t repurchase, but I will test another THE FACE SHOP cream, with mango seed butter. It seems to be more oily and thick and I imagine it smells amazing~~~ 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

My healthy lifestyle change~ `attitude and sports編`

Hello everyone!

I decided to write a post on a topic different than cosmetics -> health, food, sports and general good things you can do for yourself! :D Actually almost one year ago I got quite fed up with the state I was in. I lost weight from medicine I was prescribed, but then fell right back into bad habits and felt bad and gained weight and generally I wasn`t taking good care of myself, felt quite miserable. :/ (BTW, I am definitely not a person that can do anything they wish easily, actually my own character undermines my plans and even work sometimes. I have also been through two really bad depressions, one putting me in a hospital for 3 months.) At that point last year I was already supposedly "healthy", but I didn`t feel healthy at all. And I realized it`s time to do something good for myself, because I deserve it.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

OPI The World is not enough!!

I just wanted to post OPI The world is not enough on my nails, I love it!! 
This is 3 layers! It looks absolutely beautiful on nails on its own! (^^*) 

One of the girls (I teach, 5 years old) grabbed my hand to today, stared at my manicure and said "Oh no, you can`t come each time with prettier nail polish on your fingers!! *frown*"... XDDDD How cute. I guess it was a compliment. XD

It is quite similar to MAC Soiree. :3

Great purchase, I`m happy so with it!

Also, have some music I can`t get enough of recently:

Mmmmmm, Macklemore ILU.

Addicted thanks to my younger sister ;D

Saturday, January 5, 2013

OPI Skyfall nail polish: The World is not Enough, Casino Royale and Skyfall! :D

Happy New Year!! (*⌒▽⌒*)
It`s already 2013, time goes by soooo fast! I feel like I`ll be 60 before I know it! Σ(゜д゜;) Got to enjoy everything while it lasts. I hope you will have a wonderful year of the Snake. ( ^_^)o自自o(^_^ )*cheers to that*

Before xmas I ordered 3 OPI nail polishes, from the Skyfall collection. TBH I never was a big Bond fan, but it was a long time since I bought nail polish (except the Essie base/top coat from the previous post, but it was planned at the same time). I ordered The World is not Enough (glittery golden-brown with multicolor super tiny glitter) and Skyfall (almost brown, very deep dark red - I read someone describe it as "bull`s blood", which is disgusting but maybe accurate) for myself and Casino Royale (dark deep plum/violet-red) as a gift for my older sister, because she likes dark reds and violets on her nails. (‐^▽^‐)

Here`s how they look:

from left: Casino Royale, The World is not Enough, Skyfall

with flash (Casino Royale looks way different on nails though!)

not so good swatches on paper... `OTL

 And Skyfall on my nails! :D I love it! It is such a "grown-up" color and perfect for fall & winter. ヽ(´▽`)/ (Please excuse my dry cuticles OTL, I should take care of them soon). Recently I`m hating on glittery nail polish because it`s a paaaaain to remove and eugh, I`m fed up with them, so getting those new colors is very exciting to me! :DD I am completely satisfied with my order. If you are wondering, I ordered this from eBay seller THECOLORELF. I can recommed her and I`m sure you`ll be happy buying from her! OPI nail polish in Poland is at least 3 times the original price so it`s nonsense to buy it here.

BTW, I also cut my hair yesterday! ヽ(´▽`)/  I was thinking about it for some time and I had a day off and little sleep and went a bit hyper and thought "if not now, then WHEN??" and just walked into the nearest hair salon and did it!! (well, with young and nice looking hair stylist girls, I would never let an awful looking hairstylist cut my hair - you know the type, dry bleached hair, awful dark accents, eww). XD So now I look like this!

New Year, new hairstyle! Why not? 
I used to have hair this long about 2 years ago and I`ve missed it. And my hair was dry and damaged anyway so it was better to chop them. ☆⌒(*^∇゜)v ヴイッ Maybe I`ll do something with the color too. 

Anyway! This is all for today, have a wonderful new year and till next post!