Second chapter of the Sweet Lips Chronicles…it’s all about the taste.
I remember a time when bright colours were just for summer time…to be worn and displayed on holidays…far away from our day-to-day habitat!
Even now…how often you find yourself being bolder and more adventurous amongst strangers?
In an ideal world, we should be ourselves in our most comfortable surroundings, which on paper should be our home, our family, our friends and colleagues…but for some unknown reason, most of us experienced the odd moment when you feel like truly being yourself anywhere else but where you should…
This year, I’ve spent my holiday a little bit further from home and as any tourist in the world I have set my mind up to try new things, meet new people … taste interesting cuisines and make memories for a life time.
I never really thought about changing my make up bag or be more daring with colours…but as any unplanned and unforeseeable thing, I have returned with a new taste between my dessert choices 🙂
The taste of plum…or as we all know it…sweet purple lips!
I have moved my research ground beyond Maybelline New York and Rimmel London…
It seems most of my mornings have the same ritual…
Alarm shock…dream of a dream…coffee hit…lipstick flavour…road trip 🙂
But there is one of these so-called rituals that deserves a little more attention and love … the beautiful and mystical rouge.
I’ve always believed that magic happens when a woman puts on lipstick…from a young age we play with make-up, loving the feel of mum’s powder on our cheeks, the taste of her red lipstick and the scent of her favourite perfume.
I haven’t been a huge fan of any lipstick for a long time…always thought of myself as more of a lip gloss girl…just liked the light and natural feel of a neutral colour.
But I must admit…there is no similar sentiment to the one you have when you break out of the bubble of neutral colours!
For the next few weeks I will try to share with you my recent adventures in the wonderful world of extreme shades and how my confidence completely changed when it comes to lipstick 🙂
First post of the Sweet Lips Chronicles is all about the coffee…
…and if you are a tea lover …keep reading as these colours can still be your best fit!
When it comes to coffee, I am all about the taste and the creamy milk…there is nothing more comforting than the warm hug of a freshly made morning drink.
I don’t know about you but this is all I need to keep me going…
I believe that is no coincidence the make-up industry chose to name their lipstick colours after tasty drinks, delicious desserts and attractive lines that make us feel more confident and every now and then invincible.
When it comes to rouge, the colours of coffee work with pretty much everything.
Forget about the notion that dark brown or extreme pink don’t work for you because the colour of your eyes, the shape of your lips or some other excuse that you’ve thought of or you’ve read in a magazine.
When I choose the colour of my lipstick, I think about a few things:
Hair style – it might sound silly but it does make a difference; for example the stronger and bolder colours look better when your hair is up in a bun or ponytail
Makeup – especially your eyes; always try to match the colour of your lips with the shades of your eyeshadow…the golden rule is to choose which one you want to take out for a walk…your killer look or your delicious lips…never both; a bold lipstick will shine with a neutral eye makeup
Clothing – a strong red lips will look amazing with a red top or for a more subtle look with a beautiful red heels
I have definitely tried a few coffee shades, but in the end I couldn’t choose between two brands…
‘The only time you should ever look back, is to see how far you’ve come.’
Most used word right now…’Wiser’!
Some of you might remember that a few months ago I’ve started a challenge based on a 28 day juice diet…if you don’t, I really don’t blame you as I have abandoned ship a little bit and took a break from blogging:)
Anyway…I do believe I owe you…my beautiful reader…an ending to my Juice Diary journey!
So here it goes…
I’ve always loved a healthy lifestyle…eating well, sleeping enough, working as much…smiling and loving life even more…but as we all know, everyone has their little secret corner of so-called ‘not so healthy’ choices.
…and you know what?
It is ok…because life is too short to miss out on those little but delicious misdeeds that make us somehow happier, even for just a blink of an eye:)
What is not acceptable…is turning those little slip-ups in brand new lifestyle choices!
To be honest, it’s very easy to trade your carrot sticks for golden crispy fries.
Would you say, you never done it?
It might happen every now and then but what you do not want to do is give up carrots all together and fill up your snack drawer with bags of crisps and sugary treats:)
I believe that following a juice plan was somehow an attempt to escape a dangerous road made out of chocolate and sprinkled with powdered sugar!
My Juice Journey was a very interesting one…
It started out as an experiment but it ended up to be a lesson for a lifetime.
I did not manage to live just on juice for 28 days…and you might say that I’ve failed, but I do not feel defeated in any shape or form:)
I’ve completed the Super Juice Me plan but with a personalised twist…because you always should stay true to yourself!
I’ve survived 14 glorious days purely just on juice and it was amazing and painful at the same time. My plan was always to make it throughout the 28 days but I really didn’t know how…
After 2 weeks of juicing my body couldn’t pull through just with juiced carrots and apples; but my eagerness of succeeding was too strong…so there was only one way out…get customising.
I thought long and hard on how can I keep having the juices but also get back into the kitchen and cook…because honestly, I think that is what I’ve missed the most…the smell of fresh herbs, the taste of beautiful ingredients put together to make something flavorful.
After two weeks of Super Juicing I’ve fallen in love with these drinks…there is nothing tastier than juiced pineapple with beetroot, banana, apples and a handful of spinach…
I’ve never thought I would ever say this…but the juice works in mysterious ways:)
Don’t get me wrong…there were some weird and questionable ones…from which my taste buds will not recover but 90% of the recipes are just something you do not want to forget.
So, I’ve come up with a plan…keep the best of both worlds…beautiful fresh juices and luscious but healthy cooked meals that will make me happier each day.
My journey towards the last 14 days was something to remember…
I’ve kept the morning and evening juices from the plan and had a light and delicious cooked lunch during the day…the best laid out plan!
I’ve mastered self-control by eating less but so much better…discovered some amazing new recipes (which I will share with you all in the upcoming weeks), made a friend for life, my Juicer:) and discovered the secret to a healthier ‘me’… less is always more!
As much as you think you will lose weight by eating less or living for 28 days on juice…these are just solutions for a second and not more.
If you want to feel better, be healthier…it’s all about moderation.
I’ve never wanted to give up chocolate cake…and I never will…but I’ve learned that with the correct fitness exercises, healthy home cooking and better choices, I never have to…
It’s just about self-discipline…what to have, when and how much!
I’ve never believed in diet plans…in starving yourself to feel or look better…because the reality is that they never truly work unless you make a real change to your entire lifestyle.
Quick, short or long and never-ending diets will only deliver a temporary result…we all know that but for some reason some of us still decide to go for it.
Some learn immediately and some don’t…sometimes later than never is better…because once you’ve realised that you do not have to give up what you love, you just have to have less of it…you own the secret for a healthier and happier you:)
That was my lesson from a simple Juice Plan…and even if I’ve stopped living just on juice:) I never stopped juicing:)
‘The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow’
Most used word today…’Weekend anxiety’ 🙂
Since I’ve started this Juice fest, I’ve never been so worried about the weekend…
You might have the ‘Friday feeling’…I have the ‘Weekend freak-out’…
The weeks are passing by quickly, but the moment I get closer to the only time I could slip up or have to go food shopping again…I feel like I am loosing my mind!
Don’t get me wrong…the past two weeks were just an awakening of how much I can achieve just by being focused and being more aware of how food can affect my life…but 28 days on pure juice it starting to sound more crazy than on my first day!
I am almost at the end of week 2 and I can’t believe I’ve been living on juiced ginger, spinach, pineapples, carrots, lemon….countless apples and other vegetables I’ve never thought about before.
If anything, I am proud of myself but even more of my ability to continue …even though sometimes I feel like I cannot look at my Juicer anymore, with a smile on my face 🙂
I’ve used to dream about you all week…now, not so much :)’
What is my plan?
I might just jog my way through the weekend and hope that I will still be best friends with the bag of beetroot that is smiling back at me 🙂
Here we go again…write the shopping list for the next week.
‘Wake up with determination…go to bed with satisfaction’
Thought of the day…’Get that cardio going or just go to sleep’ 🙂
I think I’ve found a new thing I love better than the bags of spinach in my fridge…a good old session of cardio!
Exercising somehow keeps my mind focused…I am thinking less about food and more about how will my cooking change once I’ll finish this crazy juice experiment I’ve started.
Today I’ve discovered one of the best juices that I’ve ever had…this will definitely be my future sweet choice 🙂
There is nothing more refreshing than the taste of fresh berries and the acidity of apples mixed with a bit of iron…The Anti-Oxidant King!
If I’ve learned anything so far…is that this experiment has nothing to do with diet…this is the route to change…a new life style…discovery of new delicious sugary treats, but without any sugar…self-control and incredible discipline.
What a surprise!
…and I just thought I will trial a new trend on the Healthy Living catwalk…
If you ever decide to try anything similar, you will gain so much more than less weight on the digital scale screen 🙂
I’ll see you soon…my jogging trainers are looking lonely!