Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Health and Fitness: My Weight Loss Story


 
I'm really flattered that so many of you have been asking me to write a healthy eating and fitness post. Yes, over the past year and a bit I have lost weight. As you know, I'm a newleywed so the wedding was a big influence and motivation to lose the weight. The number on the scale has never been a focus of mine, only how my clothes would fit and what dress size I was. When I lost the weight, it honestly isn't the weight that is noticable to me, it is the inches I have lost. At my heaviest point, basically when I started blogging, I was a good 25 pounds more than I weigh now. I've always carried my weight fairly well so I never looked overweight, just a bit chunky at my heaviest. I carry my weight in my upper arms, thighs, butt, and chest. When I was a kid, I've always been "solid". I've been active all my life, always in sports, swimming...etc, but I've never been "skinny". I can honestly say I am really happy with my current weight. I am 5'7" and weigh 135-140. I'm still curvaceous and could use toning up in some areas, but I am in no rush to do so. My weight loss has all been a gradual process, and I intend to keep it that way. 

With this said, I still have been hesitant about writing this post because I haven't been working out to lose weight recently, just focusing on eating healthy. I never ate bad before, but I would indulge more often than I do now. At my heaviest weight I attribute that to being in University, sitting on my butt studying all the time, and then going out every weekend drinking. I know this happens to a lot of people who are in college and university. I had a lack of activity and drinking on weekends was fun at the time, but I packed on the pounds from liquid calories. As soon as I graduated, I took the summer off. I didn't work and when I did find a job, I was only working minimal hours for a little over a year. The weight started to come off a bit when I started working, but plateaued. I ended up getting my current job, which is a manual labor, factory job, and I am always on my feet. I work long hours and weekends, so that amount of walking enables me to keep the weight off as long as I eat healthy. 

Before I got engaged, back in July 2010, I was doing P90X. I ended up doing a little over a month and I ended up losing some weight as well as inches off various parts of my body. I'm pretty sure I lost 2 inches in my waist alone in a month. After that, I didn't exercise as vigorously, but I would go for the occasional run and do laps and treading water at my local pool. P90X is a great program, and I intend on starting it over in the new year and completing the full 90 days. None of this P40X laziness. LOL. If doing this program for only one month worked so well for me, I can't imagine what completing the program would do. It would definitely transform my body. P90X is a very demanding program, but if you can fit in an hour a day, 6 days a week, I highly recommend trying it out. It honestly works and I must say this triggered a life style change for me. I actually went through old blog posts to see exactly how I looked and when the weight started coming off and in what areas. It is pretty interesting to see the chronological progression through posts. If you look back to June 2010, when I was doing P90X, you can see how little I started posting because I was busy with my new exercise program. It's funny because I had another phase closer to my wedding date of July 2011 where I wasn't posting as frequently and I lost more weight then too. Unfortunately, blogging takes up a lot of time where I would be doing something active. I need to find a balance or not be such a procrastinator when it comes to writing posts! I always get distracted by online shopping, youtube videos or checking out other peoples blogs that I won't realize hours have past and I still am working on ONE blog post. LOL. I'm a terrible procrastinator...I was a bad procrastinator in school too. Maybe a New Years Resolution should be to stop procrastinating. I seriously need to write some resolutions.


Anyways, since I didn't do the full 90 days, what really has been working for me was a change in diet. I started eating foods that increased my metabolism (I.e., grapefruit, black coffee, green tea) and eating more salads. I think I started my salad kick a month or two before going to Vegas for my Bachelorette. 5 days of the week I bring a salad for lunch with veggies, chicken, or egg whites. I use calorie wise salad dressing, and only a very small amount. I was eating my salads with no dressing or just a bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice for a while, but it got boring fast.

Example Daily Food Intake

5:00 am - bowl of cereal w/ skim milk or 1 egg + egg whites and a piece of whole wheat toast. (Sometimes I just eat egg whites with salsa).

8:00 am - two 35 calorie skim milk yogurts. If I'm not hungry I will just have a large black coffee

11:00 am - mixed greens/baby spinach with cucumber and tomotoe (or chicken). 1 tbs Calorie wise dressing.

1:30 pm - Grapefruit

3:30 pm - 100 cal snack or V8 shot

I eat often because I have scheduled breaks and a demanding job. This is a typical eating schedule while I'm at work 7-4:30 pm.

6ish or 7 - Whatever I end up making for dinner. When eating pasta, I use whole wheat. I eat brown rice. I rarely eat red meat (I.e. 1-2 times a month). Instead of using lean ground beef for meals I use extra lean ground turkey or chicken. Most suppers consist of some form of chicken or seafood. I love salmon, shrimp, and scallops.

This chart I got from one of my husbands health books. This is basically the types of foods I eat. 


Everyones body is different, and what worked for me, may not work for you. The biggest change for me was  P90X and eating more salads. Salads are simple, easy to prepare, and you can create many different kinds of salads so it doesn't get boring. Use veggies one day, chicken the next, egg whites another, almonds, you name it. The choices are endless. Just stick to it. I like packing lunches because you HAVE to eat what you pack. Its not like you can go by cravings and be like, I'm going to eat pizza, junk food, etc. Even at home I plan my meals. I will take chicken or fish out of the freezer and then I know I HAVE to use it or it will go bad. One thing about me is that I will not waste anything (i.e., food, makeup...etc.). 

I do eat out still and indulge in some of my favourite foods (I.e., pizza, nachos, wings). Typically when I order one of these treats I end up sharing so that I still get the taste, but don't consume all the calories. For me, its really important not to deprive myself or I'll go crazy. I found when I tried to go full-on health crazy, absolutely NO bad foods, I ended up giving up. Now if I eat bad, I just make sure I eat really good the next day.

Honestly, the best way to lose weight is old fashioned diet and exercise. There are no fast fixes to weight loss, if you want to do it healthy. It is bad to fluctuate up and down (I.e., Oprah Winfrey) for your body. Losing weight is a life style change. Just by what I eat and substituting for leaner cuts of meat, and whole wheat is better for your overall health, and thus, you will eventually see a change in your body. 

TO SEE MY WEIGH LOSS EVOLUTION, CLICK BELOW!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

FOTD: Christmas Day Makeup

Hey Guys!
Here is the look I wore Christmas Day. Notice the necklace? My husband gave me it to me for Christmas! It's a key necklace from Tiffany's! Anyways, I just took a break from some home renovations which I gotta get back to. Also, I'm still sick. Miss you guys and have a ton of posts for you to look forward to once I'm better!
Hope you enjoy the look!

 
FACE:
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
Garnier Eye Roller
Make Up For Ever HD Primer
MAC Prolongwear Foundation NC25
MAC Prolongwear Concealer NW25
Ben Nye Neutral Set Translucent Powder
CARGO Blu_Ray Pressed Powder #20
MAC Harmony Blush
MAC Silver Dusk Loose Powder
Urban Decay All Nighter Spray

BROWS:
Make Up For Ever Waterproof Brow Corrector #3

EYES:
MAC Rubenesque p/p
MAC Bare Study p/p
MAC Brule e/s
MAC Gold Mode pigment
MAC Soft Brown e/s
MAC Wedge e/s
L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow "Timeless White"
L'Oreal Lineur Intense Liquid Liner
MARCELLE Gold Glitter Liner
DiorShow Maximizer
Cover Girl Lash Perfection Mascara

LIPS:
MAC Cyndi l/g


Monday, December 26, 2011

Sam Edelman The Ria Shoe in Leopard


Hey Guys!
Hope you all had a Merry Christmas yesterday! I have been MIA for the past week because of a killer cold. Charles ended up picking it up as well so we have been taking it easy. I am also on holidays until January 2nd which works out well for recovery, but is disappointing because I haven't had the energy to do the things I wanted to (i.e., blogging). If you follow me on twitter, you know I've been sick but I just wanted to update everyone here.

I thought I would share with you a recent purchase from www.Karmaloop.com. I've been shopping off this website quite often as they have AMAZING sales on all the time on great designers. I ordered my Jeffrey Campbell Lita's from this store, as well as my Sam Edelman Rozas. I was looking at getting a pair of Leopard print heels for a while, and really liked the House of Harlow Leopard Booties I saw on Nicole Richie, but couldn't justify spending the $300+ price tag. What I was looking for in a leopard heel was the fur-like texture and large spots. I've seen many shoes with large spots and a patent texture or small spots and a fur texture and I didn't want to settle for either option.


I saw the Ria shoes at the time when I purchased my Rozas, but they were $160 and I still didn't want to pay that much. Karmaloop ended up putting these on sale for 33% off so they ended up being $106.95. I also had a 20% off coupon code and ended up getting these shoes for $85 plus free shipping! I thought this was an amazing deal since I was already looking at buying the exact pair. Luckily they had a size 8 in stock. They still have a size 10 if anyone is interested, click here.

  Leopard printed calf hair bootie with contrast piping; inner ankle zipper; 5" heel. By Sam Edelman
 These do shed a bit, but like all "pony"/calf hair bags/shoes, you just have to be careful when wearing them

I think a size 7.5 would have been a better fit as they are a little loose. I hate that with shoes I can be anywhere from a size 7-8. I'd say I'm a true size 7.5, but typically order the 8 because I have wide feet and find shoes more comfortable a little bigger.

Shoes are one of those things I feel you can always find sales on and should never have to pay full price. I found a pair of Coach Rainboots at my local winners for only $45, regular $110+. I will be sharing that purchase next so stay tuned. 

Since it is boxing day, I thought it would only be fitting to share a great deal. Karmaloop is having an up to 85% off sale on designer goods. Be sure to check it out!

Use my rep code: CHERYL at checkout for an extra 20% off your order! 

 Happy shopping!


Monday, December 19, 2011

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters + Swatches + FOTD


Hey Guys!
I was searching for the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters at my local Walmart, Shoppers, and Rexall,and FINALLY found these last week at my local Rexall. It ended up being worth the wait because Rexall had a Buy one, Get one, sale going on on all lip products! I ended up getting 4 shades: Tutti Frutti, Peach Parfait, Creamsicle, and Creme Brulee. I really wanted Strawberry Shortcake, but they were sold out. My favourite of the 4 shades I picked up is Creme Brulee. In fact, Creme Brulee is my new HG nude lipstick! It is incredibly creamy, moisturizing, sheer, and extremely flattering on my NC30 skintone. It isn't a straight up ghostly nude that makes you look dead/have concealer lips, but it has a hint of colour and works well with my natural lip colour peaking through. I think a moisturizing nude lipstick is essential and much easier to pull off than a matte nude (i.e., MAC Myth l/s). 


Some of the shades are more pigmented than others. Tutti Frutti is extremely orange. I myself LOVE orange lips, so it is one of my favourite shades, but others may be turned off by how bright it is. Peach Parfait is really beautiful as well. It feels slightly gritty on the lips though due to the glitter/sparkle in the formula. Creamsicle is a milky nude that settles a little bit into fine lines. I like the colour, but probably wouldn't repurchase it again because I love Creme Brulee so much more! the only thing i dislike about these is the packaging. the clear coloured packaging cheapens the product, in my opinion. i would prefer a solid black quilted packaging, like they've done in the past, or simple plain black or gold would look more elegant as well.

To see my FOTD, Keep Reading!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Home Decor: Christmas Decorations

Hey Guys!
I found all these decorations at Costco, minus the soap that is from Bath & Body Works. Costco is my one stop shop for anything seasonal. They have the nicest holiday decorations for a reasonable price. With just a few decorations, my house seems very festive without looking like overkill. I think one or two decorative pieces in each room is great for the holiday season! Hope you enjoy!

 Holiday wreath. This is probably the prettiest wreath I've come across, and it was only $35!
You can't tell by the picture, but it is HUGE! We have it hanging on our wall so you can see it when you walk through the front doors.

Candle holders - the pattern reflects to the wall when these are lit with tea lights!

 
Our stockings...yes we have ones for our puppies. 
I like that these are large and can be filled with bigger items.
The only problem is, Hera likes to play with them if we are not watching her!

I think Poinsettias are beautiful.
We have one in our bedroom up high where the dogs
can't reach since these can be poisonous to animals.

The wrapping paper I will be using this year for gifts.
I love the one to the far right since it's holographic sparkle.

In each of our bathrooms we have Gingerbread smelling soap from Bath & Body Works.
I also have a bunch of sweet smelling candles from B&B around the house as well.
My house basically smells like baked goods all the time! LOL


Saturday, December 17, 2011

UPDATE: New Blog Address + Layout


Hey Guys!
As some of you already know, I recently became my own domain. Since nothing is ever simple, the domain "Cheryl's Beauty Blog" was already taken so I had to stick with my next best option, "Makeup By Cheryl H". My twitter is MakeupByCherylH, my facebook is MakeupByCheryl and my YouTube channel is MakeupByCheryl, so it only seemed like a natural progression. Please bookmark my new page! I don't want to lose any of my precious followers...you guys are what keep me doing this. ALSO, the new year I plan on making a schedule for starting to make videos. I am first saving for a MAC Book Pro so that I can easily edit and store videos and photos for my blog.

Also, I changed the layout of my blog. I was getting bored and needed an update. My old header said "Cheryl's Beauty Blog" so I needed to fix that. I probably will be changing my header again as I have something else in mind and this only took 10 minutes to put together...Stay tuned!

Please bookmark www.MakeupByCherylH.com

Thursday, December 15, 2011

NARS Blush Swatches

Hey Guys!
Just thought I'd share a quick post about the NARS blushes that I have in my makeup collection. Let me know what your favourite blushes are or if I'm missing any you think I'd like!

Blush
The ultimate authority in blush, NARS offers the industry's most iconic shades for cheeks. Natural, healthy-looking color that immediately enlivens the complexion. A light application of even the highest-intensity hues delivers a natural-looking flush.
  • "Best Overall Powder Blush” 2010 & 2011 InStyle "Best Beauty Buys”
  • Silky texture in matte and shimmering shades
  • Micronized powder ensures soft, blendable application
  • Iconic NARS shades 
  • 24 shades
  • $30 each
Cream Blush
A moisture-rich cream blush formula that provides smooth, silky color for naturally luminous skin. The velvety texture delivers long-lasting color and blends easily natural-looking color.
  • ·         Provides a sheer, flush of color for all skin tones
  • ·         Enriched with Vitamin E
  • ·         Can be worn alone or paired with powder blushes 
  •       7 shades 
  •       $34 each
Highlighting Blush
Illuminating highlighting powders that give the skin a light-reflecting luminous glow. Wear alone or pair with other cheek products to create beautiful dimension on the face.
  • ·         Creates instant radiance
  • ·         Made with transparent pigments to avoid heaviness on the skin
  • ·         Universally flattering shade
  •       3 Shades
  •       $30 each
What I like about the NARS website, as opposed to most cosmetic websites, is that they have excellent product photos which show their shades of blushes true to colour so it is easy to order online without having to google the various shades to find out what the product actually looks like. However, for reference, here is my current collection of blushes:
*I realize Angelika is spelled wrong in the photos. Will change later when I have time

Angelika - Cotton candy pink with gold and silver sparkle
Deep Throat - Flirty, sheer peach
Gina - A true tangerine
Lovejoy - Shimmering bronzed rose
Luster - Sheer golden apricot
Madly - Warm soft-focused seashell pink
Orgasm - Peachy pink with golden shimmer
Cactus Flower - Delicate shimmering poppy
Albatross - Luminous golden glow (not pictured, click here for swatches)


Click photo to enlarge

As you can tell, I like similar shades of blush. Angelika never got any use so I ended up selling it in my blog sale a little while back. I'm quite content with the shades I own, but may add another blush or two to the collection. What are your favourites?


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

REVIEW: Dior Holiday Eye Palette

Hey Guys!
I ended up picking up the Holiday Eye Palette from Dior's Celebration Collection during the Sephora Friends and Family Sale. I had a list going into Sephora of the products that I was going to get, and this wasn't on that list, but I bought it on a whim anyways. I bought this even though I hated the highlight swatch at the store, but couldn't turn down the base lid colour and the cream liner. These two products alone sold me as I don't have either in my collection already. Also, the cute packaging suckered me in. I absolutely love the tweed and the tiny bow with charm. 

What it is:
An elegant eye palette inspired by the classic gray tweeds and iconic bow and charm detailing in Dior's couture collections of the past and present.  

What it does: 
This palette features a smoky brown and beige harmony of eye shadows, cream eyeliner, and highlighter in a lovely, ladylike mirrored compact.  
This set contains:
- 0.06 oz Base Eyeshadow (khaki tan shimmer)
- 0.06 oz Colour Eyeshadow (bronze shimmer)
- 0.06 oz Shine Eyeshadow (sparkling ivory)
- 0.05 oz Liner (chocolate brown)
- mini double-ended brush  
What else you need to know: 
The base color (iridescent eye shadow 542) and the eye shadow (iridescent eye shadow 682) contain Dior's phenomenal Wet Reflect™ technology. 

Retail value: $46 US on Sephora.com

*info taken from Sephora.com

Boxed packaging

Protective plastic showing what each colour is for
1. Base - Khaki Tan Shimmer
2. Colour - Bronze Shimmer
3. Shine - Sparkling Ivory
4. Liner - Chocolate Brown

The brush is pretty useless to me, but I do use the synthetic brush end to pack on the liner 
when I'm using it as a base instead of a liner.

 From left to right: Base, Colour, Shine, Liner

By the picture, you can tell that the Shine is of lesser quality than the other shades. It is really chunky and gritty and a pain to work with. The liner is incredibly creamy and pigmented. I did use this as a base, but it will crease after time because it is so creamy. If you specifically wanted a brown liner, I would look else wear for something a little more long-wearing.The khaki and brown eyeshadow are extremely pigmented and blend effortlessly. Specifically, I am in love with the Khaki because I don't own a colour similar. It gives such a beautiful sheen when used on the lids. I love the wet reflect technology used in the brown and khaki shades.  Overall, this palette can easily be duped, so I wouldn't say run out and get it, but it is a nice luxury and is a no-brainer to take with you for travel.

Click here to out my Dior Holiday Eye Palette FOTD

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Home Decor: Christmas Tree

Hey Guys!
As you know I love makeup, clothes, and pretty much anything that lets me be creative. It is probably no surprise that I also LOVE decorating my home and coming up with new ways I can revamp a room. Charles and I have been in the process of working on DIY home renovations for the past year and a bit and thought that I would start sharing some of the ways in which we have changed our living space. Currently I am working on one of our spare bedrooms and making it into a "White Room" themed after our honeymoon in Santorini, Greece. This will be a future post as I still need to save my money for furnishing it, but thought I would start off simple with how I decorate our home for the holidays. Specifically, here is our Christmas Tree! We plan on buying a new tree next year, as this one is falling apart BADLY. There are several branches that have busted off in the process of storing this and each year it seems to get worse and worse. This was actually my parents old tree before they bought a better one, so I really can't complain. I do love real trees, but with my luck, I would end up killing it, or worse, the dogs would drink the water. I am going to wait until artificial trees come on sale this year so that next year I don't have to deal with the dilapidated branches.

This year I purchased new ornaments, ribbon, pearl garland, a tree topper, and a tree skirt and really love how it turned out. This is definitely my ideal tree, minus the tree itself LOL.

Martha Stewart - 101 Ornaments from Home Depot 
Angel Tree Topper from Canadian Tire

Gold tree skirt from Winners

Thursday, December 8, 2011

FOTD + OOTD: Dior Holiday Look

Hey Guys!
Here is a look I wore to my Oma's 80th b-day lunch on Sunday. I used my Dior Holiday eyeshadow palette for this look and plan on doing a full review on it next so be sure to check back if you are interested. I didn't wear the eyeshadow quad the way it was intended (i.e., light colour on lid, brown in crease, white shimmer as highlighter and brown liner). Instead, I wore the brown liner as a base with the dark brown eyeshadow on the lid and the light taupe shade in the crease with only the highlight being used as intended. This is the reverse smokey eye of what I typically do, but I really love how it turned out and plan on wearing it often.


FACE:
Make Up For Ever HD Primer
Make Up For Ever HD Foundation #125
CARGO Blu_Ray Pressed Powder #20
MAC Lillicent Creme Blush
Dior Bronzer
Dior Amber Diamond (highlight)
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

BROWS:
Make Up For Ever Waterproof Brow Corrector #3

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Dior Brown Liner (base)
Dior Brown Eyeshadow (lid)
Dior Taupe Eyeshadow (crease)
Dior Highlight Eyeshadow (highlight)
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
Dior Show Maximizer
Dior Show Mascara



LIPS:
MAC High Tea l/s
MAC Ready or Not l/g

OOTD

As for my outfit, I wore my thrifted gold and black button up with black leggings and my new riding boots from Aldo which I purchased during Black Friday for only $50, regular $160. They are super comfortable and have a knit detailing at the top which I love. As for jewelry, I just wore my Jennifer Zeigler intial necklace as it hasn't been getting much love lately. The purse I picked up last week at Winners. It is by Steve Madden, regular $60 and I paid only $30. Today I also hit up my local winners and found a pair of black Coach rainboots, regular $108, marked down to $45! What a steal! I'm definitely a bargain hunter and I love when I found jems like that. Winners has become my favourite place to shop. This is perfect for me too because my town is small, doesn't have a mall and only has a Winners. This is probably why I do a lot of online shopping!


Black riding boots - Aldo
Leggings - Winners
Button up Sweater - Thrifted
Initial Necklace - Jennifer Zeuner
Gold Sequin Purse - Steve Madden
I also went to see Immortals in 3D with Charles the other night. I ended up popping the 3D lenses out of the glasses because I was being silly/a dork. I ended up actually liking the thick framed glasses on me!

I probably won't get around to posting this weekend as I am going to Toronto to see UFC 140 with Charles. I ended up picking up tickets for an early Christmas present for Charles as he loves the sport. I'm really excited to see the fights as Jon "Bones" Jones is one of my favourite fighters. I have already seen Lyoto Machida at UFC 129 when he fought Randy Couture, but am still excited to see Jones kick his butt. Hope you all have a great weekend!