Weekend Friday Favourites. 13.05.2022

Happy Friday the 13th! 

The heat’s finally starting to say hello here! I think from tomorrow I’m switching over to my summer wardrobe. 24C is normally when I switch over to shorts. I’m hoping too I can find some new shorts. I have no idea where to start looking on online and I swear last year all of Inditex companies switch sizes. My regular size for shorts in Zara and Pull and Bear no longer fitted. I may put a little weight on, maybe it’s my body changing shape as I get older however I’ve been the same size for a few years. Even looking at the waist bands clothes look smaller. I asked a sales assistant in Zara last year if anyone else had noticed and she said yes. I’ve noticed too, a new smaller size of 32 and xxs which I think only under 20’s and teens can fit into. Maybe this is the reason why the clothes changed as girls are more into fashion younger. Or I’m just not burning as much fast as I used. Whichever reason it’s a major head f**k to get around. It’s bad enough already the ideals of women’s bodies. 

Anyway, Weekend Friday Favourites, things that have made me smile or caught my eye this week. 

Decathlon Snorkel Goggles 

I mentioned in last week’s Weekend Friday Favourites that I may have purchased a new pair of snorkel goggles solely on the colour. I got a little envious last year looking on Instagram of colourful goggles in turquoise, pinks, yellows, purples. Decalthon only had black, multi blue or bright yellow in adults goggles. I had to replace my goggles last year when a wave wiped me out taking both my goggles and snorkel. The replacement pair I never got one with. So it wasn’t like a I needed an excuse to buy a new pair solely on it’s colour. They’re a medium, €9.99 and seem okay for narrow adult faces 🙋‍♀️ I’m hoping in a few weeks it’s warm enough to try them out. The tube/snorkel is the replacement from last year made from recycled plastic. I tried one that has a flexible chin bit, but it was too big and I couldn’t breathe as it dipped into the water causing the value to work overtime.

The Right Way to Wear Hair Grips

Wavy side down

Looking through a beauty tip book in Urban Outfitters this week (always check out their sale sections) I found out I’ve been wearing hair grips or bobby pins the wrong way round. I thought the the wavy edge went on the outside. It doesn’t, it goes scalp side down. When I air dry my hair I place 2 pins in-between my parting and temples to prevent cowlicks and to keep it out my face while it dries loose. Now I know why sometimes my hair never laid flat with the grips in. I was placing them the wrong way round! They don’t look as pretty wavy side down however my hair with the clips doesn’t flay out as the grips are sitting flush with the hair.

Lemon and Blueberry Birthday Cake! 

Cat Tag

It’s back! Another cat tag.

Areas Of Desertification

At Zoo Barcelona this week I had a little more time to look around (I’m a member so can go as often as I like. They don’t make any money from me!) and read some info signs I usually pass by. I was aware that parts of the USA are becoming to become more dessert like but I didn’t know that Spain has a high degree of desertification or even the UK in East Anglia where I’m from. This means that fertile land is becoming a desert as the result of drought, deforestation or inappropriate agriculture. Climate change being the number one cause.

Goslings 

Nearly almost all grown up in Parc de la Ciutadella! 

Internet Finds

Nicolás Olea: Pregnant women should avoid cosmetics that contain endocrine disrupter. El Pais in English. Forget the pregnant women part, everybody should avoid cosmetics that contain endocrine disrupters! This is what clean beauty and natural beauty is about. It’s a great read looking at why to avoid certain man made ingredients in skin care and help get through the green washing of oh this ingredient is okay when another site say’s not it’s not. The article also goes into plastic food and drink packaging and how they affect human bodies and hormones. 

The ‘jockstrap’ that revolutionised women’s sports. BBC News. The OG of sports bras. Back in  the 1970’s women didn’t run much, those that did didn’t have the support they needed to keep everything from bouncing. Thanks to a jockstrap girls world over run, dance, play sports, climb or workout without a second thought of is there a sports bra (maybe larger chested girls are still searching for the one). It’s also crazy to think that only 38 years ago in 1984 women were allowed to run more than 3,000m in the Olympics. Previously experts thought that distance running would be harmful to women’s health and femininity. WTF! Imagine if the first sports bra hadn’t been invented, would women’s fitness be where it is now?

What’s been making you smile or caught your eye this week? Please share in the comments. Thank you for stopping by! 

Beauty Finds: Milk Makeup, Kush Waterproof Mascara Review

Welcome to Beauty Finds! This edition features Milk Makeup Kush Waterproof Mascara. 

My go to mascara is Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara + Lash Primer. Clean ingredients, doesn’t irritate my eyes, equals out liquid eyeliner so my lashes don’t lost with the eyeliner. I have to separate them with an eyelash comb yet it gives my lashes, length, volume and definition I want. It however, isn’t waterproof for shit.

Rainproof yes, submerged in water swimming no. It isn’t even mist proof! Walking in the mist earlier this year my eyelashes felt wet and like something was heavy on them. A mirror check confirmed that the lashes were clumping together and the start of panda eyes!

After trying several waterproof mascaras and not liking how they don’t give the length and volume I like, or were so hard to remove last year, I remembered in my make up drawer from the year before I had a Milk Makeup mascara unused. It was stock up purchase only to find another mascara I liked, Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara. I decided instead to to experiment with it being the top coat of mascara to seal the mascara I liked underneath. Did it work? Read on for my Beauty Finds requirements or skip a paragraph straight for the review. 

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Weekend Friday Favourites

Happy Friday! Spring’s finally here! 

Winter returned earlier this week which was weird as the light didn’t match the temperature. Yesterday it was around 21C when Monday it was around 10C. I hoping I can finally put away my winter coat for a few seasons. It’s nice to be in lighter weight colours and layers. 

Little Dinosaur

Last week was a slow week for favourites hence no Weekend Friday Favourites. This week I have enough to share things that have made me smile or caught my eye recently! 

More Goslings!

This week I saw 2 more geese families! A family of 3 goslings and a family of 2 goslings! That makes a total of 7 baby geese in the park as I’ve seen another family recently with 1 chick. Sadly the family of 5 chicks lost 4. I swear nearly everyone that sees them cries out in awe! 

Jasmine

Almost over night some of the many Jasmine bushes in the parks and along the beaches flowered! Jasmine is one of my favourite flower scents along with lilac. I smelt them before I saw them as the flowers seem smaller this this year. The scent is heavenly! 

Karina More Facial Cupping Challenge

I recently reviewed Karina More’s Face Building Marathon that I’ve been doing for over a year and shared her newly released book to accompany the course. In May she’s releasing her 2nd course on facial cupping. For now the course is whatever price you wish to pay. From May onwards it’ll be a fixed price to be confirmed. Facial cupping can help amongst many things, reduce edema and body fat, detox, improve blood circulation, revive capillaries and recover collagen fibres. To be honest she had me at boosting collagen so I’m all signed up and have my cups ready.

Kristina Earnest #KE30for30 Challenge

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Weekend Friday Favourites

Welcome back to another Weekend Friday Favourites of things that have made me smile or caught my eye this week! 

I hope your week’s going okay. Spring’s saying hello both in its sunny days, slightly warmer temps and its rainy grey day as winter’s whispers it’s see ya laters. I’m just finally used to writing 2022 or 22 and not 2021/21. On third of the year’s already passed! 

Karina More The Marathon Book

I featured in a recent Beauty Finds, Karina More’s 21 day facial massage, facial exercises and postural exercise to help lift the face without botox, fillers or plastic surgery in a way to help Ukraine through skin care. This week she released via Instagram her book The Marathon*. It was meant to be a bound book however the current war in Ukraine has stopped this. She’s offering a PDF format form as little as €1 although I personally think she should have the minimum higher. She said she can’t accept money without offering something in return to help Ukraine. For now it’s purchased in PDF format via Google Drive. I was going to repurchase The Marathon as I wanted to check after a year I’m still doing the exercises correctly. With the book you not only get written explanations and QR Codes for the exercise videos, you get all the science behind how our faces age, how massage works which is also want I was looking for. I’ve downloaded it on my phone, iPad, printed it out as I don’t always want to look at a screen and for sure when it’s physically printed in traditional book format I’ll buy it again! 

*As she’s the biggest Ukrainian influencer she wants to use her platform for the world to see what’s happening in Ukraine so in-between the facial exercises you may see posts of shelling etc.

Kristina Earnest On Demand App

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Beauty Finds: Karina More, Face Building Challenge Review

Welcome to another edition of Beauty Finds on Karina More Face Building Challenge! 

My blog isn’t political in nature, however like many at the moment I’m constantly checking updates on the war in Ukraine feeling helpless to help. All I can say is so many wars are started by insecure short men. The Ukrainian people are amazingly tough and proud of their country. 

There is a way you can support the Ukraine people through skin care. It might not be direct help, however money will go back to Ukraine.

Karina More Face is a facial exercise programme I found last year via Instagram. The postural exercises alone are worth the approx €17/£14.29/$14.89 course fee with full access for a year. A Master in Sports in Athletics, Karina, Ukrainian herself has developed a 21 day marathon which starts with 1 exercise a day building up to the full marathon in 21 days. Within the 21 days one exercise is added per day. She believes so many facial issues we want to fix such as creepy neck, double chin, jowls, expression lines, facial symmetry, under eye bags can be solved via postural stretches and draining the lymphatic system rather than with botox or fillers. The course also comes with a free body cupping massage routine to reduce the appearance of cellulite and help drain the lymphatic system. 

The first week focuses on postural exercises before moving onto facial exercises to release muscles that hold tension which in return causes expression lines. In addition the paid marathon she regularly shares freebie exercises on her Instagram page such as facial cupping, gua sha, tongue posture/position, nutrition tips and the science behind the nerve and muscle spasms that cause expression lines, sagging etc. It’s constantly on sale at 90% off which is nothing compared to so many other online facial exercise courses I see for $100 plus. Each move comes with a video as well as written instructions. I’ve incorporated all the exercises into the my own face yoga/exercise routine. I’m probably doing too much of them! I switch up the postural exercises with Gua Sha on alternate days. 

Do they work? My posture is so much better! My shoulders are now virtually the same level thanks to having a bag on one shoulder as a teen. My jaw’s more defined and the 11’s barely there! My favourite exercises work the chin, forehand and eyes. 

In 2014 she fled from her hometown Donetsk in Donbass to Kharkiv only to flee again 8 years later. When she can, she’s been updating on Instagram her journey out of Ukraine. At time of posting, she’s made it into Romania with her little boy, however her husband has had to stay behind as per the current martial law in force.

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