Face Files: The plight of Makeup

 

The Plight.

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A note on Sephora samples. Sephora is known for their samples. It’s part of their business model. They WANT YOU TO get samples. So…yes, this is the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in a SAMPLE form. I am no longer buying expensive products without trying them first. So yes, here is a picture of my sample of the product. Try before you buy people!

Makeup is a tricky, tricky, tricky thing. There are so many options and it seems like they are all never-ending. Every month there is a new release. A new product that will just be the answer to your beauty concerns. Or a new colour that you just need to try on your face. It’s the trickster that fools us into thinking that its needed. On top of the overwhelming amount of products on the market, you always hear rumours on how one high end product is the exact same thing to a drugstore one. Likely when you look into it, low and behold, both products are similar to each other.

So why does this happen? Why do high end and low end products seem to have the same ingredients and perform the same way among the sea of products out there? And why is one product way more expensive than the other? I have my speculations.

The first thing to know when buying any makeup is that all makeup brands are owned by parent companies. A lot of companies are connected to each other. For example L’Oréal owns the following beauty companies:

  • NYX Cosmetics
  • Essie
  • Lancome
  • YSL
  • Armani Cosmetics
  • Khiel’s
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Biotherm
  • and many, many more

So when this happens, they can all share their secrets, procedures and ingredients without any legal trouble. Take for example the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation and L’Oreal’s Pro-Glow Foundation. Both of them are owned by the parent company of L’Oreal. I’ve heard rumours that they both are the same thing but obviously one lives in a $50 glass bottle while the other lives in a $1 plastic container.

I’v decided to investigate if these two products are indeed the same or not.

The one thing that is a distinction between something like the Giorgio Armani foundation and the L’Oreal Pro-glow foundation (which have the similar ingredients) is the grade of their ingredients. Yes. Similar ingredients, different quality. That will always be a difference when one company uses a higher grade of ingredients, the performance will be different and there might be an allergic reaction. I’ve listed the ingredients of both products below:

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Luminous Silkwatercyclopentasiloxaneglycerin, isododecane, alcohol, polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone, hexyl laurate, disteardimonium hectorite, phenoxyethanol, acetylated glycol stearate, magnesium sulfate, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, tristearin, cellulose gum, nylon-12, limonene, benzyl salicylate, linalool, diphenyl dimethicone, acrylates copolymer, fragrance, disodium stearoyl glutamate, methylparaben, butylparaben, butylphenyl methylpropional, aluminum hydroxide, hexyl cinnamal. May contain: CI 77891/titanium dioxide, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77491/iron oxides, CI 77007/ultramarines, mica. <— MICA (EEEWWWW)

Pro-Glow: Octinoxate 3.01%. Inactive: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Alcohol Denat., Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Bis-PEG / PPG-14 / 14 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Talc, Silica, PEG / PPG / Polybutylene Glycol-8 / 5 / 3 Glycerin, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Dimethicone / Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Stearate, Silica Silylate, Dipropylene Glycol, Alumina, BHT, Sodium Citrate, Tocopherol, Isopropyl Alcohol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride.

Alright, so obviously the bolded ones are the same ingredients. About 30% are the same for both foundations. A lot of the ingredients are skin conditioners. But when I compared each of them Luminous Silk contained ingredients that were less concerning. Many ingredients listed came up with a low to moderate warning in both foundations, Pro-Glow had a little bit more warnings. Regardless it was a little concerning.

I just want to know to what degree we should be taking these warnings. If it’s been scientifically tested, then it should be reasonably safe? But then again, how regulated is the beauty industry? What laws are in place to protect consumers? These are questions that have come up while writing this post. And believe me, I will likely be spending some time looking into it and reporting back. So stay tuned as I cross-reference and read-up and just educate myself a little more on this topic.

Another thing I noticed was Pro-Glow has a lot of Dimethicon and derivatives of Dimethicone in it while Luminous Silk only has one ingredient derived from Dimethicon.   This to me indicates that Luminous Silk has one ingredients that does the same thing that the many ingredients do for Pro-Glow. But that’s speculation. Again, I need to look more deeply into it since I want to discuss wear time and how it actually feels on the skin, I’ll have to leave it for another post (stay tuned).

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Might be the Devil but does it wear well?

Okay, so we’ve gone over ingredients, kinda. And although I don’t think I’ve proved that Luminous Silk is the higher grade of Pro-Glow, necessarily; I will say that scratching the surface of what makes up this foundation is frightening. On that alone, I would invest in Luminous Silk rather than continually just buy the Pro-Glow. But I also don’t believe in waste so I’ll continue to use it…with mixed feelings. Also, I feel like I need to state that I am speculating right now. Perhaps the ingredients have been deemed safe and their risks are a really low ratio. Low ratios are key since that’s how medicine becomes approved. Nothing is every 100% safe. At this point everything is food for thought.

HOW. DO. THEY. WEAR?

Both foundations I will admit feel the same and give off the same effect. The thing that most beauty bloggers/makeup artist/beauty guru will say about Luminous Silk is that the foundation sinks into your skin and creates a perfecting veil WHILE keeping the integrity of your skin. It doesn’t create a mask like effect like some high-coverage foundations might do. Instead it blurs out imperfection while still looking like your real skin. Does that make sense? The Pro-Glow does the same damn thing as Luminous Silk does.  Just look for yourself:

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Wearing both foundations, can you tell the difference?
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I’ve been playing with both foundations for a couple weeks now and I’ll say this. They both wear beautifully. I have textured skin. Nothing will ever mask that and I don’t expect a foundation to mask it. What I do expect from a foundation is to even out my skin toneminimize pores and cover-up imperfections. I have a couple of spots on my nose from an eczema patch, a cut and a raised area from my glasses that I need covered up. Can you see them? Barely. So this foundation does the trick in doing what I require a foundation to do.

Next, I need other products to go on them effortlessly. If a product doesn’t apply well it can be because of the foundation or the product itself. For this look, I used blush, bronzer and highlight that is of good quality and I know performs well. They all went on beautifully without getting patchy. I didn’t really powder much of my face in these photos because I wanted the foundation to speak for itself. Even without powdering my face other powdered products went on smoothly.

Wear time. This is where the foundation would likely require some powdering. I would say these foundations wears well for 6 hours without help from other products. For foundation, that’s amazing. I usually never touch up my face. By the time I go and wipe it off, it’s usually mostly all gone. But that’s with 100% of all of my foundations.

Overall, I do really like both foundations. I reach for them often. The ingredients worry me but all makeup products ingredients worry me. So stay tuned for further thoughts on this topic.

Have you read on how I remove my foundation in my last post? Click here to read up on my daily cleansers.

 

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Face Files: the daily routine, Cleansers

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Just mascara since all my makeup had rubbed off by this point.

Okay so before I get into the meat of this post I want to state a word of caution: what may work for me, may not work for you. Skin care products are a fickle thing. They can improve your skin or really mess it up. Humans are all complex beings and no company will ever be able to cater to all of our needs. What someone swears by, may break-out another.

What I am about to describe are products that have worked really well for me. The one thing readers should take from this is post is the importance of an established routine. The skincare routine is everything. A well established one will leave your skin clear, bright and will help fight the signs of aging. The Bare bones routine includes: two cleansers (one to remove your makeup at night and one to really cleanse your skin in the morning and during the second cleanse), an acid toner, a moisturizing toner, serum (day/night or day and night), eye cream and a moisturizer. Yes….that’s a giant product list to add into a routine. And many of us are too tired by nightfall and simply don’t wanna. But my skin has never been clearer, brighter and well moisturized ever since the routine was implemented. And my skin has suffered through Acne. I swear by the routine.

Cleansers:

I stand by my conviction of a double cleanse at night makes a happy and clear skinned criavolver. Let’s start at night since this is likely the most important routine you’ll need to establish. I start out with an oil to remove my makeup. The first oil based-cleanser I ever used was from the Body Shop. At that point I was using foaming cleansers still and had never had a cleanser leave my skin so soft. Mind blown, I became addicted to oil cleansers and I never turned back.

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Erborian, Solid Cleansing Oil: This Korean solid cleansing oil is one of my favourite makeup removers. When it ran out on me, I scrapped the sides until I was basically touching plastic. It melts makeup off the skin like fire does to wax (let’s be real, if you have your full makeup on…that’s what our faces look like during this process, haha). This oil is so legit that it will remove that one “waterproof” mascara (I don’t wear waterproof mascara…this mascara isn’t suppose to be waterproof) that I own. None of my other makeup removers remove that mascara as “easily” as this one. (The mascara is a bitch to remove so it does require a little bit of extra elbow grease). The one little thing that sucks about this cleansing oil is that it stings a little if you get it in your eyes. I’ve used oils before that you can open your eyes mid-wash to make sure your toddler hasn’t stuck their hands in the toilet or something whacky like that. This on stings when you need to open those peepers. A quick rinse and the sting is gone though.

Ingredients: Coconut oil, Sunflower oil, tea tree, licorice, Japanese Knotweed, Skullcap, Rosemary, Chamomile and Centella Asiatica along with low-hazard emulsifying and cleansing agents. We all know that coconut oil and sunflower oil are bomb oils. Tea tree is the essential oil we all grew up using for clearer skin (thank-you body shop). Licorice root is great for anti-inflammatory purposes. Japanese knotweed is an anti-aging ingredient. Skullcap is another anti-inflammatory herb that also has calming benefits. Rosemary and Chamomile are both two calming agents. Centella Asiatica also has healing properties so it’s great for pigmentation. The cleanser is loaded with calming ingredients. Perfect for sensitive skin and amazing for removing your makeup. Love.

Side note: a lot of the herbs used in this product, if ingested, have really great benefits that I am thinking of experiment with in the near future.

Rodial, Stemcell Super-Food Cleanser: I knew I was going to love this cleanser the moment I opened the box. It came with a muslin wash-cloth. Although I don’t use muslin wash clothes (towel wash clothes all the way), I really appreciated the message they were laying down. Using a wash cloth to remove your cleansers is a great way to physically exfoliate your skin. It also helps control black heads (to a certain extend and if you have minimal black heads). Beyond the packaging and message the product itself is fantastic. It’s a beautiful cream cleanser that doesn’t strip your face of precious oils (we need them to keep our skin healthy). It removes any remaining makeup (if I’ve caked it on that day) and just cleanses and soothes the skin.

Ingredients: Marula Oil, PhytoCellTec Alp Rose Flower, Coconut Oil and Coco Butter along with other low-concerning ingredients that are used as skin conditioners and emollients. Marula oil is a powerful oil that comes from South Africa. It’s an oil that can help fight wrinkles, radicals and moisturize the skin. Since this cleanser can be used as a face mask, you can get the benefits of the marula oil it has to offer. The “stem cell” part of this cleanser comes from the PhytoCellTec Alp Rose flower which is an ingredient that is derived from wild Swiss flowers that grow in high altitudes. This ingredient is used to maintain skin cells and help fight off UV-stress. This is exactly the type of ingredient you want on your skin. Again, because you can leave it on your skin for a period of time, you get more of a benefit from it than just a regular cleanser.

Alright. I’ll stop gushing here and move on to Toners but in the next post! Until next time. Interested in more beauty and cannot wait until the next post? Click here for my last post on skincare products.

 

xo

-criavolver

 

 

Health Files: GNO Half-Way Point

Welcome to my happy place.

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I cannot stress enough how important this gym has become to my life. So much so that if I cannot get there at least 4 times a week, I become a mess. Half-way through week three of the Girls Night Challenge (month 2.5 of being a Member), I noticed that the little knee pain I was experiencing a couple weeks back wasn’t getting better but worse. I took 3 days off and decided to hit the workouts at a moderate level.

I am mad at my body and it’s beginning to eat me alive.

I am upset that just as I begin to see results, I need to scale it back. This has caused a bit of a snowball effect where my anger is causing me to reach for a bag of chips or that I accept the cinnamon bun my mom offers me. The anger leads to disappointment which has left me in a state of depression. It isn’t a deep set-in depression were I can’t get out of, no. It’s just been a difficult couple of weeks because of the knee injury (and maybe a couple of other things). And I am writing this blog post to just talk about the highs and the lows of a health journey.

 

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(not my cigarette butt)

In just four weeks, I’ve learned some habits that I feel will last me a lifetime. My eating habits have gone from reaching for candy throughout the whole day to not even thinking about a sugar fix. It’s gone from spending all my money on eating out to saving a couple bucks because I am packing lunches. I’ve learned to appreciate a good homemade salad dressing, learned the art perfectly stemmed broccoli and grateful for that smoothie in the mornings. These habits have saved me. They have in general made me a happier person.

For the most part, my mind has felt clear and my body has been running like a well oil-machine. For the most part, I’ve been sleeping 8 hours a night. My mood has been mostly in a good place. But ever since my knee has started to bother me and I had to take some time off to recharge, I noticed the habits slowly turning back into old ones. Last week was the hardest week. I had to take time off work to really think things through and get in my head in order to finally get out of it. It was also last week that I finally clued in to why I had been feeling so negative. It was my knee (mostly).

Upon returning to the gym, I decided to modify certain workouts. Take a break from most jump movements and ask for modifications on other things. The coaches have been very good at giving pointers, even members/friends have reached out and helped in getting my knee to where it needs to be. I know it’s going to be a journey to get back to pain-free but here I am, still working out, putting down the chip bag and emailing the physio-therapist.

It’s the beginning of a new week and we have two weeks left in this challenge. I am ready to tackle it. With a clear mind and a determination to finish strong. These last two weeks, I won’t be cheating (except for Saturday night when I have scheduled two back-to-back family parties). We will see how I do.

 

Face Files: The Idea of Perfection

Face Files: The Idea of Perfection

This post is in collaboration with my friend and former makeup addicted colleague Steph.Chantel Beauty. We met up one day and decided to tackle this subject together. You can go check out her post here.

Months ago….

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I was a eating a bagel and drinking coffee with lots of cream and some sugar. I saw my pink lipstick leave a stain on my coffee cup and it honestly gave me so much joy to see that shade of pink. It’s so unnatural and pretty. As a lipstick wearer, I love seeing my lip mark on every cup I touch. On the day that I began writing this blog post, it was the first time in a week that I had gone all out on my makeup. I used some new eyeshadows and just had FUN. But as I went through my routine of: primer, foundation, highlighting and contouring, in my mind; I couldn’t help but think of my search to ultimately have a perfect face. Immediately that love for the pink stain vanished and it was replaced with guilt.

I don’t want to get all bummer-like or theoretical because 1. I don’t have the capacity to be theoretical and 2. I don’t want to come across as preachy and a party pooper. I just want to talk from the heart. I want to express a nagging feeling I have every time I look for a primer, go to a wax appointment or search out the skin treatment that will give me that fresh baby skin that I so desperately want. (Okay maybe I am going to get a little dark, so brace yourself.)

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The feeling isn’t always present, especially not when on the hunt or at checkout, the feeling comes after I’ve long applied the makeup, maybe when I post a selfie and likely when I watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians. It’s the feeling that I am not doing enough. It will never be enough. The pores on my skin will always stick out like craters. The hair on my chin will always sprout back (unless I invest in laser treatment..) or my hair will always need loads of effort to make it into smooth, perfect curl. And it’s bullshit.

Deep down, I know: I am supporting an industry that wants to mold me into the ideal beauty. That in order to be considered beautiful I need to fix everything on my face, body, hair. In order to be considered one of the beauties: I need to fit into a box. And to a certain extent, it’s true. Our society still has a perception of beauty that is out-of-reach and EXPENSIVE. 

And I don’t want to say: it’s all for nothing. This is where my mix-feelings come from because I want to be beautiful. I am vain. I am human. With that comes the feeling of wanting to be accepted. On top of that, I fucking love beauty. I love the innovation some brands have done with products. I love the way we can play with colour on our face. I love that liquid eyeliner is something some of us want to conquer and perfect. I love the science behind it. I love the inspiration of it. And I do love idolizing beauty, so much that it hurts. What holds us back is seeing beauty in a narrow perspective.

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For a minute I want to just blame myself because it’s easier. But that doesn’t answer the why I feel this. It doesn’t address the fact that there is a certain type of beauty that still dominates our Instagram feeds, magazine covers and basically all of our screens: cell phone, tv, film. S/he’s fair skinned, s/he’s fair haired, s/he’s likely of European decent and s/he’s a wealthy, a perfect beauty.

I think trying to understand the why is a complicated topic. I’ve only scratched the surface on this topic. There is so much that I don’t even know where to start. I started with a personal feeling. What I experience on the daily. What we see on social media, the perfection-reel, the ideal can be toxic. It isn’t real. It isn’t our daily. That is why, I will never photoshop a makeup beauty photo. I may change some lighting on a photography but I would never airbrush my pores (although I really want to) or make myself appear skinner. I want to be as natural, authentic and ruthlessly myself.

We are all beautiful. If we want to be. And I don’t mean you need to be trimmed and primed 24/7 or ever. I mean, you need to be authentically beautiful. The most beautiful and inspiring people in the world are those who are unforgivably and ruthlessly themselves. We need to constantly be working on ourselves. We do need to strive for our very best. All in a healthy and gentle manner.

With that, I’ll leave you with the beauties that keep me real every fucking day of my life.

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Much love,

-criavolver

 

 

Health Files: GNO Progress Report

I’ve been struggling with writing the GNO blog now that I’ve settled into the meal plan routine. I’ve gotten bored with reporting back to everyone the meal plan. I am finding that if I am organized: I stay on plan. If I am at work: I stay on plan. If I am at home: I’ll snack here and there with kinda on plan snacks. Instead of recapping what I had to eat the last few days, I kinda want to talk about where my head is at but more importantly how I am doing emotionally.

We live in a society where we are bombarded with DIET CULTURE where we are mostly being told to control what we eat. Stop eating this, it’s bad! Don’t drink this shit, it’s bad! On top of that we are now at the peak of fitness culture. So naturally, I’ve gravitated towards wanting to eat healthier and loose my extra weight.

I’ve been a student for the last couple of years where I’ve had access to a gym. I’ve been using it for a year now but haven’t seen any improvements. This is where Fitbody Bootcamp comes in and basically saves the day. What I love, loooooove about this gym is the approach they take with nutrition. Food is 80% responsible for our weight loss journey. For me that’s been a hard pill to swallow. I love pizza. I love Chinese takeout. I love nachos. Thankfully it all hasn’t been taken away. Yes, currently they are a treat but these sorts of foods SHOULD be a treat. 

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Friday’s Cheat Special Meal

 

 

When I first joined, I started doing nutrition consultations with one of the coaches. We talked about what I usually ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We talked about snacks too. For me, my trouble areas were lunch and snacks. I had a tendency of eating out for lunch and snacked on candy throughout the day. I’ll be honest, I didn’t quite stick to my goals. It wasn’t until I entered this challenge that somethings just clicked and I just committed to the journey.

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I think finally committing to this journey is key. Motivation falters. But if you’re truly committed to this then you can overcome whatever fails you. I am not going to lie: the food has been really yummy. I’ve basically been eating smoothies for breakfast, protein with veggies for lunch and dinner and nuts and fruit for snacks. But the flavour profiles I am mixing and matching on a daily basis is what is keeping me on track. On top of that being realistic on how slow this process can be is also helping me. To be honest, I am not looking at this as a way to loose the most weight in a very short time period. I am using this challenge to break some habits and learn new ones.

With a clear mind, a stronger body and a happy state I want to go forward with my health journey. I feel like this is just the beginning and I am finding myself exploring new blogs, podcasts and books on topics like nutrition, diet culture and just finding new exciting recipes without the sugar and overly processed carbs. And I want to share that all on the blog. So enjoy the Health Files. 

I hope you’re all enjoying your Easter Weekend as well!

 

much love,

-criavolver

 

Face Files: #GNO, Day 8 & 9

 

Monday

I mostly stayed on plan. I had a film screening that I had to put on (Queen Scarlet Cinema) and there was Candy. For breakfast I got to taste these lovely beasts:

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It’s weird. I like the BLT egg muffins but feel slightly intimidated by them. Maybe it’s the lips full of lipstick or perhaps I need to cut the veggies a little smaller next time. The leeks are what intimidated me mostly. Perhaps, I just prefer to drink my breakfast. I feel less weird about a smoothie.

Lunch was leftover chicken skewers or whatever those dry-wretched things were. I didn’t have left over tzatziki but I did cover them in Greek yogurt and hot sauce. I am not sure if I am suppose to do that but frankly, at this point, I don’t care. Mama needs to feel good while eating. I packed a double amount of what the chicken and broccoli & cauliflower mix and ended up eating it all after that day’s workout. It was madness Monday. As usually I was ravished.

Snack consisted of the nuts and an apple. I don’t do hardboiled eggs so I replaced the nuts for it. Again, I don’t know if that okay but it works for me.

After I scarfed down my meal I had a shot of this:

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Holy shit. This vitamin shot is so fucking tasty. I will admit, I’ve been bad with taking my omega and multi-vitamins. It’s said that a combination of vitamin B will give you added energy. I am not sure if that’s true or not. And upon doing a little bit of research it seems that if you have a varied diet (lots of veggies and meat) the chances of being vitamin B deficient is extremely low. Okay, so I likely won’t be buying more of these little shots. Damn, but they are soooo tasty.  I usually take a daily dose of an: omega, probiotic and vitamin D and I swear the combination of those three have kept me healthy in this seriously concerning, what I feel has been extended, flu season. So perhaps I’ll just stick to my combo and call it a day.

After work I headed over to David’s Tea to pick up their donation of tea to the screening of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Have you ever seen that Elizabeth Taylor film? Oh. My. God. Everyone was in need of a stiff drink after that film. So intense. I ended up eating some candy and popcorn during the movie. And yes, I went out for one drink afterwards which was desperately needed. I also had a Pita for dinner since I had no time to run home and back. This is why preparation is key and maybe a little more willpower.

Tuesday

After the day I had the day before made me determined to stay on plan. I mostly did. I know, I know, bad Karla. The morning called for the Banana Nut smoothie. This time I put in a vanilla based protein. Vanilla based proteins are not my favourite. I must prefer the chocolate. It was a change but one I likely won’t do often. I also made my daughter a smoothie.

Lunch was more exciting. I finally got to taste the spaghetti sauce. I made slice some sweet potato in half and stuck them in the oven in the morning so they would be ready by lunchtime. I decided to cut them in half for better portion control. I’ve had a combination of this dish before. I think next time, I’ll add some grated beets on top for a more flavourful and colourful dish.

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My past self would’ve doused this with cheese. So much cheese. But I found the creaminess of the sweet potato enough. Seriously, this dish was fantastic. You seriously have to try it.

I may have snacked on a handful of this mix of dark chocolate, nuts and dried fruit. And a few meatballs…

I had this meal again for dinner but also had some roasted chicken from Costco which I am using for Chinese Chicken Salad tomorrow.

After dinner I headed off to the University to do some writing. Along the way there I went into David’s tea to return to tea air pot and get a drink. I went for organic le digestive which is a lovely combination of apple, mint, fennel and ginger. Seriously it was the perfect combination for the night of writing I had to do.

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When I came home, I was feeling pretty hungry….so I grabbed 10 frozen grapes and enjoyed them before going to bed.

So week two has been a little wobbly. And to top the cherry on the ice-cream, I may have to take a little rest from bootcamp since Tuesday’s session may have been a little hard on my knee and it was quite uncomfortable afterwards. I am hoping I can make it by for Thursday but if not, I’ll have to wait and see what Friday brings. Until tomorrow!

 

xo

criavolver

Face Files: #GNO; Day 5,6 and 7

I decided to take the weekend and Monday off blogging. It kinda threw me off a little bit. Not taking the time at the end of each day to just write down my thoughts and to report whether or not I stayed on track did not keep me accountable. But the weekend was busy and so was Monday. But I guess we can’t track, plan and just be organized 24/7. These last few days have been prime examples of how life can just surprise you even when you’re trying to be organized. Enough about that, let’s take a step back into the past.

Friday

The morning was a new smoothing: the banana nut. It was delicious and a welcome from the green goodness smoothie (palette still adjusting). The moment I finished it though, I got an instant headache. I thought it was from the smoothie, it wasn’t. The moment I finished it the weather suddenly changed. That would be the culprit: the weather. Does anyone else get headaches or migraines from Chinooks or just atmospheric pressure changes? Anyways, I used a chocolate flavoured protein instead of a vanilla based. It was delicious and nutty.

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I ended up taking a rest day on Friday and just worked through lunch. Someone in the office brought in chinese food. It. Smelled. Delicious. So as I salivated, I reached for my salad. Since I ended up eating Chinese Chicken Salad for a little longer than planned and since my prep skills are still shaping: I had fucked myself for protein. Luckily I had some leftover steak in the fridge, so bitch I made a salad with it. I even made sure to marinate it in the super dressing overnight. And oh-my-god that salad was delicious. I am not even kidding, every time I use the super dressing I am so surprised with how delicious it is. Anyways, salad loaded and satisfied I carried on with my day. NOTE: the coworking mate that had Chinese food regretted her choice. I did not *small smug face*.

Snacks were the caveman nuts, the usual. The work day rolled along without the need for anything other than what I had already.

THEN CAME CHEEEEAAAAT NIGHT!!!!

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I had two meals. And maybe some candy while I caught up on really bad reality tv (ANYONE WATCH REAL HOUSEWIVES SERIES? Toronto just premiered and it is looooooney). Listen. I don’t regret having two meals and some candy. It was amazing and I savoured every single bite. The first picture is of Tamales, Salvadorean recipe. I made these myself AT CHRISTMAS TIME. Yeah, they’ve been frozen for that long but a defrost and a trip to the oven they tasted brand new. These little a$$h@l*s are not diet friendly. They are made of corn flour that have been cooked in oil: olive oil as per my mother’s recipe, to make an amazing dough. Inside of the dough is chicken, veggies and this fucking amazing tomato sauce THAT HAS FUCKING BREAD IN IT. Yeah, the tomato sauce is blended with bread. Not breadcrumbs: BREAD. I ate two of these fuckers. Then I had nachos cause I needed some “veggies”…okay, cheese.

Saturday

Saturday started out great. I made the butternut squash hash and made two fried eggs. I loved this meal. It was nutritious and delicious! Haha. I made sure to eat these as soon as I woke up because I wanted to try out the Advanced class at Lethbridge Fit Body Bootcamp.

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The class was pretty good. I am excited to try it out again this week. I had to stop 10 minutes before the end of class because I had to go do a Apple Cider Vinegar Shot as part of a challenge in Girls Night Out. Apple Cider Vinegar has the benefit of lowering insulin and blood sugars which can help with weight loss. Lower insulin means that our cells release fat which we use during our workouts. In regards to blood sugar, having it too low can actually be a bad thing for us. Luckily, we are eating well and a good variety of food so we aren’t in risk of starvation. But the combination of lowered blood sugar with the lowered insulin it will help breakdown the fat when energy is needed.  There have also been studies done that show apple cider vinegar to lower cholesterol. Saving our hearts.

The afternoon and evening I had to go into work for our next Art Opening, check out my first art exhibit at The Port here. I knew this was going to be hard. I drank my smoothie and I brought a tuna salad. The tuna salad is still at work. Because:

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I had the veggies. I had the dip and bread. I had the brownies. I had the meat and cheese (not pictured). I showed restraint. But I still ate some things I should not have had.

Sunday

Okay this blog is quite long. I’ll just fess up and say I had McDonalds. But can I just say, I didn’t feel as gross as I usually do after eating it? I know that’s bad. And this weekend which wasn’t the best for staying on plan was by the better than my usual weekend. I know I’ve been saying this a lot but my usual is REALLY bad. So I still think I am winning.

Sunday was all about prep and making dinner.

Sunday night I prepped the BLT Egg Muffins:

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And made the turkey (used chicken) kebabs which I didn’t love and I had to use some tzatziki made from Greek Yogurt, lemon, garlic and cucumber to actually consume it. The Roasted Garlic Broc and Cauliflower were fucking amazing though.

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I’ll end the blog here. Sorry for it being extra long. I’ll try and keep blogging throughout the weekend so everything isn’t so jam packed in one post. I hope everyone who’s also doing #GNO or really any healthy lifestyle change is doing well. I mean, I hope you all are doing well, really. Just a special shout-out to those who are trying to integrate healthier choices. Less sugar, more complex carbs and more sweating.

 

xo

-criavolver