2 Months & 24 days
That is how long I now have to kick my sofa loving ass into shape. Seriously, I have made it my plan to eat as many cakes as possible up until my birthday. My birthday has now passed (boo!) and I am in salad and gym mode. The reason for this is not so much the wedding day as it is the honeymoon. I want to stroll down the beach in a bikini and feel like a sexy, confident newly wed. I will not be placing mega emphasis on weight loss, (I definitely want to keep my curves!) more just feeling comfortable, which for me personally, means more toned. But I do not wish to bore you all with visions of a red-sweaty-cross-trainer-hater, I would like to chat a bit about beauty.
I do not have a mega budget for my wedding. In fact, lets break the b-word ice, my budget is £17,000. To me that is A LOT of money. To some of you it may be mental to spend that on one day and some of you may consider that to be the small change you find down the back of your very snazzy sofa. But all in all, it’s what I have. Most of it has gone on venues, food and booze. Which, in my opinion were the most important. As suppliers now start looking for their payments and with only 3 paydays between now and the wedding… I need to be savvy. This includes my beauty regime.
As some of you may or may not have heard me winge in the past, my hair is impossible. Long, thick, wiry, curly Celtic mess that is not helped by the fact that I bleach the sh*t clean out of it every 6 weeks. “An explosion in a mattress factory” is what my Mum used to call it. Thanks Mum. However, it does definitely have its benefits. I can only wash it every 4 days and even then there is no sign of grease. If I style it, it stays like that for the remaining four days, even without a sniff of hairspray. And finally it’s strong enough to take the constant abuse of bleach and straighteners. My problem is shine! I want shiny satin locks and don’t know how to get it into such a great condition. Any suggestions? Remember the budget… so do not tease me with your miracle-cure-monkey-juice-treatment with a celebrity price tag please. Has anyone tried any hair supplements? Or masks?
I think I have this one sussed. My routine will go as follows. Morning: Wash with Liz Earle – Hot Cloth Cleanser, No. 7 – Protect & Perfect Day Moisturiser, No. 7 – Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum. Night: Take off war paint with Lush – Ultrabland (cannot recommend this stuff enough!), No.7 – Protect & Perfect Night Moisturiser, No. 7 – Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum. I stick to this because from past experience it has worked, its simple, and inexpensive.
This is something I think I suffer from based on the sheer amount of conditioner I have to use to tame my mane. I have tried the whole, flip your head upside down/wash over the bath thing to avoid clogged back pores, but it doesn’t make too much of a difference. The only thing I have tried that I swear down has worked everytime is Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty. Now I don’t even know what it is really for… but as instructed by one of Lush’s marvelous sales staff, I got my man to spread this green minty delight all over my back whilst in the bath. You then just sit forward, let it dry like a mud mask, then beckon your man-slave back to use a little water and scrub the muck off in circular motions. Used once a week… it’s genius! And you get a cheeky wee bonus of a weekly massage.
Blotchy Upper Arms
I vaguely remember Rebecca posting about this before but can’t seem to find the post.
(*RMW EDIT – here it is guys buff that backside!) But if I remember correctly it was daily exfoliation followed by moisturiser to rid us of our red spotted plight? I will be trying this method, but I always notice that mine clears up in the sunshine of a summer holiday. Making me wonder if it’s something to do with vitamins? Has anyone else come up with a good treatment for this (apparently pretty common) issue?
I have never liked the term armpit. It makes me think of yuck. So after debating about whether or not to write this, I decided “Heck! We all have ‘em.” and I have something worrying me, which may also mean some of you are thinking the same thing. So let’s get it out in the open… Hair removal. To shave or to wax?… that is the question. I am a razor girl for most things. But can’t help but think I would get a better result (with less risk of shadow) from waxing. However, I have been told that the waxing of this area is more painful than a bikini wax. As a regular victim of the lady region torture, I could not think of anything worse that having that pain inflicted upon thinner skin. But I am curious… is it really worth it?
Every winter, despite my religious moisturising efforts, I end up with dry, itchy legs. This is usually cleared up by the time summer hits and the pins are out. But I don’t really have that luxury now as chances are my wedding weekend will only merely skim the 10 days of sunshine we’re likely to get. Has anyone tried any miracle body creams they’d like to share?
I would now love to seep you of all your lotion and potion knowledge. I know there have been posts on beauty before girls, but I figured that there are always new readers with new ideas and every girl loves a chance to share their miracle treatments, no? So, do you share any of my concerns? Have you any awesome homemade recipes for beauty treatments? Do you have something you’d like to ask advice on? I am no guru, but I know there will be people reading this who can help, so lets get a RMW discussion going and share the beauty loving knowledge, be that good ole soap & water or ‘spensive creams.
Ever the budget beauty bride,