30 September 2013

A bit about PCOS.

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Image sourced from: 'The Good Vibe' via Pinterest

This post is not for everyone, but I wanted to touch on a few things that may help any lovely girlies who may suffer with PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I don't want to waffle on too much about what it is because you can find that out yourself online or look HERE. My guess is if you are reading this you already know what it is anyway!

What I want to do here is to create a place for conversation (you can get in touch via the comment box or email me directly on fromlucywithlove@outlook.com) - I want to tell you about what I do to make myself feel better when things flare up and my PCOS makes me feel terrible.

This is what I suffer with:
- hair growth
- painful, acne-like break outs (although these are not as severe now as they once were)
- difficulty to lose weight / easy weight gain
- hair falling out

I know I do not suffer as bad as some, and I am not claiming to know it all, but just want to provide a bit of help for people who may relate. I find that things get worse when I am stressed, when I have not taken care of my diet, when I have stopped exercising and when I have not taken the time to really look after my skin. My body has a certain weight that it is happier at with the PCOS, I cannot really understand why symptoms change so suddenly when I put on a few pounds, but they just do. It is very frustrating! However, there are some tips that I can give you to help:

Diet:
- Personally I find it helps if I eat little and often, rather than in large 'binges'. I suffer a lot with sugar highs and lows, so if I plan and make food for the day I will generally keep myself ticking over and suffer no problems.

- AVOID SUGAR! I am no angel, and I love sweet food and puddings, but try and limit it or change it around a bit. For example, if you absolutely cannot get through the day without something sweet then try and make it something less processed. I posted this recipe the other day which is something quite yummy and not too bad in the general scheme of it. I also melt a small amount of good quality dark chocolate over some raw state nuts and fridge them. You are allowed a small handful a day and it really helps stem the cravings. Don't forget that alcohol is full of sugar - personally, if I am going to take on that much sugar I would prefer to have a yummy dessert so I avoid that where possible. It is not worth a month of bad skin!

- I cannot eat too much rice, pasta and potatoes (not including sweet potatoes). They just don't work for me. Where possible I try to have my meat and lots of salad or veg and maybe a small amount of sweet potato if I really want something (you need to get carbohydrates from somewhere for energy). Why not peel a sweet potato, cut it into 'chips' and bake for 30-40 minutes - so good! Failing that microwave one for 6-10 minutes (depends on size - but micro until soft), scrape out the potato and add a teeny bit of butter and mash with a fork!

- Drink plenty of water. This is general good piece of advice but especially important with PCOS. It helps with skin, weight control, not to mention all the other health benefits. Try to drink at least 2 litres per day. I have a 2 litre bottle on my desk plus another 1 litre one which I try to get though. It will feel weird at first but trust me, your energy levels will soar!

- Keep it clean. Try to have control over what goes into your meals. Make sauces from scratch, make batches of food and freeze them, buy the best quality meat and fish you can afford. More to come on this.

It is hard to go on about diet without typing pages and pages but I will keep adding to this and you can always comment if needed or email me for more info!

Exercise:
For me personally, not exercising upsets more than my PCOS. You need to move your body to feel alive, both physically and mentally. It is obvious that exercising will help control weight so 'just do it!' It will help your body become more efficient and function better and help it to control the way it processes all the things you are putting into it by making it stronger and healthier. Find something that works for you and go for it, but work hard! Push yourself and make no excuses whatsoever. It is easy to sit back and think 'oh well, I have PCOS and everywhere I look it tells me I won't be able to lose weight, so what's the point!'. The point is you CAN control it, yes, it will be difficult - I train so hard and if I didn't have PCOS I would probably be wasting away but I also think to myself 'what would I be if I didn't train?'. Just do it - you will feel so much better, trust me.

Talk to your doctor:
There are medications out there, such as Metformin, which, whilst not for everyone, could help you out, so go and talk to your doctor, it my take a bit of pushing but tell them how you are feeling and stay on top of your condition with their help.

...and finally:
Do the things that make you feel better. My personal experience of PCOS is probably different to the next persons. I like to give myself a mini pamper session once per week to stay on top of the things that come along with this irritating condition. Have a little 'at home facial' and always stay on top of cleansing your skin. I am not saying this will totally prevent outbreaks but, along with the diet and exercise, it will help for sure. Use gentle products. I recommend the Liz Earle range but shop around for what works for you. Get out in the fresh air and gain some perspective. Think about making some goals and work towards them like a woman possessed!

Do it for you and to make your life better and more comfortable.

These are all my own experiences and the things that make me feel better - I am by no means an expert but if you do want to get in touch please contact me on Twitter: @lucycarterart or email me on fromlucywithlove@outlook.com.




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29 September 2013

Handmade Blackboard


Sometimes you have to be creative and look at objects in your home in a bit of a different way! If you have something lying about that has been there for a while and you are not using it why not think about another use for it. This is where this little tutorial comes in!

I was given this tray recently, which is a really nice object in itself and very 'me', but when it had been sitting around unused for a few weeks it dawned on me that I could turn it in to an object that I would use everyday and appreciate a whole lot more.

We have wanted a blackboard in the kitchen for a little while so that, during the week, we can add shopping lists to it and little reminders etc. So I set about the transformation.


Here is what I used:
- Picture hooks
- String
- Blackboard paint
- Grey paint
- Sanding block
- Frog tape or good masking tape

You will need some thin tacks and a hammer to start the holes for the picture hooks and a couple of paint brushes too. 

For the paint I used as a border (the grey) I had a spare tester pot so I went with that but you could be a lot more creative!

How to:
Step 1: Prepare the surface
Give the areas you will be painting a good sand down to prepare them for the paint you will be applying. I didn't use any base coats or anything like that but I did sand the tray pretty well first so there was a good surface for the paint to adhere to.

Step 2: Apply the Black Board paint
I used a fairly small brush to do this as the larger one I had planned to use just didn't do the job! I applied three coats of paint in total to the tray, leaving a good two hours in-between each one.

Step 3: Masking & Painting the Border
I used Frog Tape to mask the whole of the outer and inner edges before painting the grey paint. I find this tape to be the best as it allows for minimal paint bleed but a good masking tape would work just ensure it is well pressed down.




Step 4: Fixings
As this board will be hung up on two existing screws I chose to buy a pack of picture hanging hooks. These can simply be screwed in to the back of the tray. To make this easier I tapped in a tack on each side to create a 'starter hole', then screwed in the fixings, finishing by adding string (you can use picture hanging wire).

Then simply hang! Done.

This is a really simple project and the longest bit is waiting for the paint to dry between coats! You could used an old picture frame or if you were feeling more ambitious you could build a frame out of cheap MDF! The creative world is your oyster!

If you have any questions about this please email me on fromlucywithlove@outlook.com. Why not leave me a comment below to tell me what you think or send me a Tweet @lucycarterart, I would love to hear from you!
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27 September 2013

Loving, Needing, Meh! #14

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This week I am LOVING:
  • The 'Gavin and Stacey' Christmas special! Yep, you heard that right! I think we have watched that once a week for the last few weeks. We love Christmas in our house and that programme gets you feeling all festive so quickly! Mad? Maybe!
  • My new hair colour - I had roots so long that a kid at school actually thought I had trendy 'dip-dye' colour! Wow! That was the push I needed to get it sorted.
  • Liz Earle Skincare products. Not sure if I mentioned it before but I ordered some bits and bobs on the back of having such dull looking skin recently. I am going to do a YouTube video on it so don't want to say too much other than this: It is fabulous! 
This week I am NEEDING:
  • To get back on track with training and 'diet'. I am planning on making some progress videos for my YouTube Channel as a way of motivating myself and keeping on top of things.
  • New business cards. I am in the middle of designing some new ones - I have a couple of Christmas Fairs coming up so need to get prepared!
This weeks MEH!:
  • iOS7 - I like the new look and everything but, come on Apple!! My iTunes crash every time I try to open the app and I can't seem to get my music to play properly - if I press on a song it plays a completely different one. Frustrating!


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25 September 2013

Get Ready With Me: Make Up Look

I did a 'Get Ready With Me Video' recently and I really enjoyed making it (other than getting my naked face on YouTube of course!). As I always say, I am no make-up artist, I just enjoy playing about with different things and so thought I would share another video with you - just make-up this time. I wear this look quite regularly to work as it is quite a nice, bright and simple one to do (I may not wear as much highlighter to work though!)


I also uploaded a '50 Random Facts About Me Tag' last week, so if you have a spare 15 minutes why not have a laugh at my random 'stream of conscious' ramblings!

As usual thanks for watching - please 'subscribe' to my channel and 'like' the videos! Also, please 'Like' my Facebook Page to stay up to date with things and enjoy my ramblings! It would be lovely to have you on board!


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23 September 2013

MUA Eye-shadow Palette 'Heaven & Earth'

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It dawned on me over the weekend that I only have about 4 eye-shadows to work with (shocking!) - and, whilst I would like to try everything and anything by MAC, it's just not a possibility at the moment so I went on the hunt looking for something more affordable and in budget. I stumbled upon this palette by Make Up Academy (MUA). I have heard a few YouTubers talk about this brand and say that they do some good basics, so I thought 'why not'! 

At just £4.00 from Superdrug, this palette, 'Heaven & Earth', is an absolute bargain! I can honestly say that the quality is that of a more expensive high street brand I own - I am super impressed. The colour mix of both warm and cool shades is lovely and the gentle shimmer they all have looks stunning whether 'washed' over the lid or applied in a more dramatic fashion. They are a lot more pigmented and soft then I expected them to be too. I also saw another palette of natural matte eye-shadows that I may just have to get next time I visit town.

I have attempted to swatch the colours (below) for you:

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Definitely a brand I recommend trying, especially if you are on a low budget like me. I plan to do a 'Make Up Look' video on my YouTube Channel, using this product, really soon so please 'subscribe' to get it first. Click on THIS link to go to my YouTube channel to watch some other videos, such as 'Get Ready With Me' and '50 Random Facts About Me'!


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22 September 2013

Sunday Snaps!

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1. There seems an awful lot of food on this weeks 'snaps' - this yummy delight is from Saturday's jaunt to Salisbury. We went to Wagamama for some dinner and then I got 'dragged' into Boston Tea Party to get some take away! (if you can class 'dragged' as my idea!) / 2. My super gorgeous curry in Wagamama - can't remember what it was called but it was incredible! / 3. A little Gizmo selfie! / 4. This was a still from a YouTube video which goes live on my channel on Wednesday 25th September - please subscribe! I have a few videos so far, just beauty bits and bobs, so if that's your thing please check it out! / 5. A yummy fresh juice - mango, orange and apple! / 6. New poached egg cooking things! Makes it so much easier for me! / 7. Clay heart making cutters - been making batches for Christmas Craft Markets! / 8. Here are some fresh out of the oven! I will be adding a gloss, protective varnish this week. They are for sale too, some basic information is on my Facebook Page - more to follow! / 9. Just a silly moment - that's all!
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21 September 2013

50 Random Facts About Me Tag on YouTube!

I saw some other YouTubers doing this tag on their channels and during a message conversation with one of them I was 'tagged' to do it, so here it is! To be honest, I think I could've waffled a whole load more randoms at you but this is what I came up with, in my stream of consciousness way!

If you like it please give it a 'thumbs up' and subscribe to my channel to get the videos before anyone sees them on here...




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20 September 2013

Loving, Needing, Meh! #13

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This week I am LOVING:
  • My new red Zara bag! I am sure it will appear on here at some stage - I have had the same handbag for literally donkeys years (and I still love it!). However, my shiny new one is a Zara 'basic' messenger bag and it is gorgeous! I got it from eBay as it is last seasons stock but I am now the proud owner of two bags!! (GASP!)
  • Looking forward. It is only 5 weeks until a fabulous trip to the city of Edinburgh! Beyond excited! I will definitely vlog whilst there!
  • 'Educating Leeds' on Channel 4. I think, when you work in a school, you can appreciate the environment so much more. I find this programme quite amusing as you do get the stereotypical characters they are focusing on in schools. It is shown on Thursday evenings at 9pm on Channel 4 - check it out!
This week I am NEEDING:
  • A Mac computer and a better video camera! I currently only film my YouTube videos on my iphone and use the App 'iMovie' to edit, but it has its restrictions. I am really into it but want to do more in the way of editing and don't want to have to delete everything on my phone to make way for a video over 10 minutes long! Rar!! The perils of technology! (I seem to want an awful lot of expensive technology these days!)
  • A 'Get Together'. I feel like I need a good night out with friends at the moment - I want to get dressed up and go out and have a spontaneous night of foolery! (I don't really drink so I am not talking about getting 'bungalowed' here!). I can't wait to see shiny Christmas dresses in the shops and to be able to wear jumpers with sequins on! Oh my, what a magpie I am!
This weeks 'MEH!':
  • I ordered some blackboard paint off eBay on 6th September and it hasn't arrived. I am not blaming the seller as they have been lovely, and are re-sending, but I have a little whiteboard where I plan my month of blog posts (yes, believe it or not there is some sort of method to this madness!) and I have been totally thrown off by the lack of blackboard paint for a couple of craft projects. I know it is readily available in the shops BUT not as cheap as eBay!!! Grrr!

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16 September 2013

Current Favourites & Empties!

Today I have uploaded a new YouTube video onto my channel for your viewing pleasure. It is a little collection of some of the favourite products I have been using a lot over the last few weeks or months as well as highlighting some 'empties' or products I have loved so much they have been repurchased more than once! Personally I love these types of video as it is a really good way to see what people like and really use every day. I hope you enjoy it!


If you have anything that you cannot live without please comment below or comment on YouTube and let me know - I love recommendations and trying new things that others love.



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15 September 2013

No Bake Energy Bites



I have been trying to find a simple recipe for a healthy, or healthier, treat and stumbled across a few which sounded yummy. I have combined a few to make these 'No Bake Energy Bites'. They may not be super-duper healthy but, unlike flapjacks, there is no butter or additional sugar added. You need syrup - so, yes, there is sugar, but you can also use honey instead. Preparation time was only about 5 minutes, over all they took about 20 minutes to make. They are super nice too, so keep reading if you like what you hear so far!


Here is what you need (feel free to add or take away some of the ingredients e.g. raisins, choc chips):
- 1 cup of oats
- 2/3 cup of coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup of peanut butter
- 2/3 cup of raisins
- 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup of maple syrup/golden syrup or honey 
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract

You could also add crushed nuts and seeds if you want - you can really chuck in whatever you fancy but will just need to adjust the amount of syrup/honey you use to make it sticky enough.

For the measurements I just used a normal sized mug - just use the same one to measure everything out!


How to make:
Simply put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix together. The consistency should be thick and a bit sticky. If it feels too dry and doesn't appear to be sticking together just add more honey/syrup. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes and then ball up. Store in an airtight container for up to 7 days - that's all folks!

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13 September 2013

Loving, Needing, Meh! #12

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This week I am LOVING:
  • Rediscoveries. This week I have been sorting through things that haven't been with me for a few years and I had forgotten about some things completely. Little china bowls from galleries, arty books I have had for years and years and some old birthday cards from my parents from significant birthdays. A bit of a trip down memory lane.
  • Thinking about festivities! At work I am organising the 3rd, or is it the 4th 'Twilight Christmas Market' event, an annual Christmas Shopping evening. What with that and planning some October half term family fun events, themed around Halloween and Bonfire Night, I am feeling rather festive and have that nice warm feeling inside that I usually reserve for the run up to Christmas. I am also planning some craft things for the blog for families who want to make some easy Halloween decorations etc with their children so it is all going on! Exciting!
  • Healthy times! I have returned to Box Bell Fit this week and feel better for it. I have also not allowed myself to stray off the healthy wagon (within sensible reason!) and have drunk more water so I hope to start seeing that all kick in soon.
This week I am NEEDING:
  • A blender! Random, I know, but I am looking at some recipes featured in THIS book and need to get myself sorted with the means to create these healthy foods! I have wanted one for quite a substantial amount of time so need to get on the case - I can't wait until Christmas!
This weeks 'MEH!':
  • Online shopping delivery. If you are friends with me on Facebook I apologise for a bit more whinging about this but honestly, I have never known anything like it! A certain clothing shop, who I am thinking should remain nameless or I may be arrested (can that happen?!) has so far taken over 2 weeks to dispatch my items. I was warned by my bestie that they are not terrific, but thought it couldn't be that bad or that perhaps she had experienced a little misfortune, but no, she was right. In my excitement I was checking back regularly for my parcels whereabouts and yesterday I finally saw a little note that said it had left the mothership and was heading to a delivery van. I have waited all this time and now it will be delivered, to work, on a Friday...when I don't work. Fan-bloody-tastic.

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11 September 2013

Red.

The last couple of days have been quite Autumnal haven't they? The heating was clicked on in our house just to take the edge off the chill at night and it felt quite festive - yep, that's right, I am thinking of Christmas! When I was putting on my make-up, and trying to choose a lipstick, I realised that I am the proud owner of an awful lot of coral - when I say coral, I mean bright, orangey coral - summer coral. Shall I say 'coral' again or do you get it?!

Anyhoo! I made the fatal mistake of going into a place that sold make-up to kill some time and ended up making a few purchases as there was a 3 for 2 across all brands (heaven on a stick!) and I grabbed a couple of red items. Now, I adore the colour red, I think that, in the right shade, red is so classic and flattering, especially on the lips and nails (where else would you put it?!).

I wandered about looking for a more wintery red, something a bit less bright then I have in my collection and I found Rimmels 'Moisture Renew Lipstick' in Diva Red. What I found when swatching some of the others was that they were too matt in texture. I don't know about you but as it gets colder I find that I need lip balm a bit more so matt lipsticks can sit in all the dry areas and you may as well have a big arrow pointing at your face saying 'look! this is what winter does to my lips!'. That is why I opted for the moisturising variety! What I like about a good, rich, red lip is that you can pile it on for a more 'Hollywood' glamour look, or blot it right back to create a stain or even pop some vaseline over the top for a balm with more staying power.

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Along side this purchase I also couldn't resist another one of my favourite nail polishes by L'Oreal, in the shade 'Scarlet Vamp'. Unfortunately these nail polishes only come in small bottles, which for £4.99 each, could be considered bad value for money. However, I really, really like these. The quality is really good and the way they go on is fab too. Most of the time with nail polish you end up wasting some as it goes gloopy so a smaller bottle isn't necessarily a bad thing!

Lastly, my free product was the new 'Stay Matte Foundation' by Rimmel. I brought a magazine last week that had a sample of this in it. Now, usually with samples they are at least one shade too dark for me but this one was a perfect fit. What surprised me about this product was how little you need and how it actually works! Usually I find that products that claim to mattify my skin simply give up after an hour but this was amazing. When I tried it out we had friends coming over so I was cooking for ages in a hot kitchen and then spending a whole night in a warm environment where I would normally need to reapply powder or blot my skin. I didn't have to do that at all. So after that success I thought I would purchase this! It is only £5.99 which usually I would avoid for thinking it was cheap and cheerful, but for my skin it worked. It goes on as a medium to full coverage and feels light in texture. If you suffer from an oily t-zone then give it a go - at the price you can afford to try it! (or buy Glamour magazine and get the sample!)

There you have it then, a mini haul for you! If you try any of these products let me know what you think. I will do more of a review on a YouTube video soon.

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8 September 2013

Sunday Snaps!

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1. Me sporting the latest in mud mask by Botanics - how very fetching! / 2. After a little trip to the garden centre for a wander about (impossible!), we discovered the daffodil and spring bulb section - I was beyond excited...may have brought something, please refer to photo no:9! / 3. Can't remember what these are called but they look ruddy awesome all lined up, like mini cabbages. / 4. I brought this for someone special - love it. / 5. Look at this view! Stormy skies over Amesbury way. / 6. Can't believe my iphone took this! I have never seen a butterfly like this before, so beautiful. / 7. More Wiltshire skies. / 8. Lovely pressie from a lovely lady. / 9. Slipped and fell and brought some daff's and stuff! Excited!!

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Autumn Beauty Buys/Wish List

Every girl loves to dream about new products! No matter what your 'thing' is there is always something in the back of your mind that you would really love to treat yourself too. This is my list, coming into Autumn, that I would love to get - some things are semi achievable, others are possibly not going to happen but these are all fantastic products that have great reviews so there is something for everyone and every budget. What would your 'wish list' be and what are your must-haves going into the colder months? Let me know by commenting at the bottom of the post or Tweet me on @lucycarterart!



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1. Skin Repair Moisturiser (Light) £19.25 from Liz Earle Another new one for me. I am going to try and try this very soon. I can honestly say that the Liz Earle products I have tried have changed my skin quite drastically. The Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser clears my skin and brightens, so I am excited to try something new from her range. If you go to the website there is an option to purchase trials too which is much more affordable if you are not sure how your skin will react to a product for the first time. Highly recommend giving a few things a shot!

2. Origins GinZing Energy Moisturiser £23.00 from Boots  - Another cult product. For Autumn I would like to invest in a good moisturiser and from what I have seen, and from a sample I once tried, this is the one for me. It has a real wake me up effect on the skin, something needed for me - specifically in the winter time! This one may have to be invested in.

3. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II £44.00 for 30ml from Boots - I haven't tried this product yet, mostly due to it's price tag, but I did have a sample of it, which was fab! Plus I was lucky enough to try the earlier version of the product as I got it for a present - that was a luxury also. Apparently this product has been made even better. It is a cult 'must-have' which actually lives up to its name. Something for the Christmas list perhaps?

4. REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask £30.00 from REN - So, this is my lust after product right now. My skin is going through a bit of lack-luster stage and I would love to try this to see if it would live up to the hype of what I am reading and hearing on YouTube from beauty bloggers. I have never spent more that about £10.00 on a mask but none of the ones I buy have had anywhere near the praise that this one has! I discovered that Marks and Spencer also sell this brand and I have a voucher so I may treat myself to it. 

5. Revlon Photoready Blush in Pinched £7.99 from Boots - Revlon is my super-brand on the highstreet. I think their products really deliver and they have a fantastic range to choose from in both classic and fashion shades. I have wanted to try their cream blusher for a while. I like to apply cream blush and then set with powder blush to help it last all day.  I like the look of this shade as it is neutral and not too bright as we go into Autumn. 

6. Revlon Nail Polish £6.49 from Boots I am a bit of a nail polish-aholic... my favourite shades for Autumn and Winter are certainly deep blood reds and pure reds, I also love purples too, anything that compliments the season we are in. I think reds and dark reds are more suitable for my pale limbs in Winter too :-)

7. No 7 Poppy King Lip Crayon in Playing £11.50 from Boots Lip crayons are so convenient to carry around with you and I really like this shade. Reds are so lovely because they can be applied as a full coverage, vibrant pop of colour on your lips or blotted away until you achieve more of a stained appearance which works well during the day if you want to be more natural looking.

8. Naked Palette £37.00 from Beauty Bay  - Clearly I am winning some kind of lottery before purchasing any of these wonderful, luxury products, but either way this is a wish list so I am allowed to dream! I have seen a lot of reviews of this palette and know I would just adore it, along side the Naked Palette 2, which also looks divine. I don't go for 'out there' colours on my eyes, I save them for my lips, where I love a 'pop' of colour, but this palette has such a beautiful selection of neutrals which can make the most subtle or dramatic looks - really want this!

9. Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil £8.95 from Feel Unique - I have heard many good things about this product and highly rate Essie anyway so am keen to give this a try but I equally rate plain old Almond Oil too, which you can get from Health Food shops.



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6 September 2013

Loving, Needing, Meh! #11

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This week I am LOVING:

This week I am NEEDING:
  • Stock! I have started creating my Etsy page (will link that soon once I have built it all up properly). Etsy is an online shop for lovely handmade and vintage items and I really want to get some of my bits and pieces on there. I have a few requests for some clay hearts so I will be making them soon and will advertise them on Etsy asap! Exciting times.
  • Box Bell Fit! I miss you guys and will hopefully be back to some training next week.
This weeks 'MEH!':
  • This weeks 'Meh!' is this week.

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3 September 2013

Get Ready With Me #1

Good day all. So, I have made a little 'Get Ready With Me' video for my From Lucy With Love YouTube channel! I love watching these videos as they just give me little make up ideas or perhaps product ideas that I have not used before. Whilst I completely appreciate it is not as pleasant seeing my 32 year old mug bare faced on the internet as it is a 20 year olds there is nothing I can do about that! However, I rest at ease in the thought that, as a 32 year old woman, I am interested in seeing other 30 somethings doing this, so therefore there must be a market for it! 

So, here is my little video showing you my 'everyday' make up and hair 'style' (I use this word loosely!). I hope you enjoy it. Please 'Subscribe' to the channel if you like it and hit the 'thumbs up' button to help rate it!


I am planning some more make up videos, so if there is something more specific you would like to see just get in touch. You can do that via Twitter @lucycarterart, Facebook, follow me on Pinterest or comment below one of my blog posts! So no excuses at all! I love to hear from you, even if it is just a 'hi, saw your video' comment, get in touch.

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2 September 2013

Loving, Needing, Meh! #10


This weeks 'Loving, Needing, Meh!' is a few days late, apologies for that peeps - life has been somewhat hectic and is currently being restored to normal...

This week I am LOVING:
  • September! Ok, ok, I admit it, I am not summers biggest fan, but I love autumn, and it is coming round the corner! The picture above is of a jumper I brought recently and I love it - can't wait to see the changing of the leaves, feel the chill in the air and get that bobbly jumper on my bones!
  • My new 'Models Own' nail polish in Blueberry Muffin. I have searched for the perfect light blue shade and now it is mine, mmwa ha haaaaa!
This week I am NEEDING:
  • A spa break. Long story, nuff said.
  • To get spring ready - in the garden sense! September means I can plant things that will pop up their pretty heads in the spring time. I have some beautiful poppy's, and am looking for some daffodils to plant very soon because spring just is not spring without daffodils.
This weeks MEH!:
  • Towel fluff. Seriously! New towels, how long do they need to 'fluff' everywhere for...it gets everywhere! You dry your hair and are oblivious, until someone points it out that is, that you have balls of fluff all over your head - don't even get me started on what they do to the black clothes! MEH!

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Top Pins!

Do you use Pinterest? If not then you certainly need to get yourself on their sharpish! A new regular feature for my blog will be these 'Top Pins' posts which will be themed each time depending on what I fancy talking about! If you already follow me on the Pinterest page then you will know I have a wide variety of boards, anything from beauty and space to work-spaces and food... so you are guaranteed to find something you like at some point! I have done a Pinterest post before on Gardening so please have a look at that too!

Today's topic is hair. Up-do's, down-do's...hair-do's! If you like this feature please do comment below or follow me on Pinterest to stay up to date and let's share our interests.

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(Where possible I have linked to the original pin origin, where this was not possible I have linked to my own pin),

1. I love this beautiful, slightly messy up-do. My hair isn't long enough for this upside down braid and knot but I can compromise! / 2. Bun with braid. I do this look quite a lot for training as the braid keeps my shorter layers out of the way, quite a sweet way to jazz up a bun. / 3. Half-up braided crown. Once again, my hair is nowhere near long enough but I think this is really pretty. / 4. High top-knot, so cute. / 5. Beachy side knot. The link shows you a step-by-step guide to this style which is lovely. I like the beachy style of this and the fact that it is not perfectly 'done'. / 6. An alternative pretty braid. Another tutorial on the link! Sweet 'scruffy' braid.

What are your favourite styles? Do you have any suggestions for easy up-do's for shoulder length hair? Post a link or comment below or perhaps link up with me on Pinterest and 'share' your hair pins (see what I did there!).



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