Small Changes For Weight Loss

At some point in everyone’s life, we realise we may not be at our healthiest and want to make changes.

I have been overweight for most of my life and started to lose weight 2 years ago and was left with loose skin and needed to get rid of it.

Here are some tricks I learned that helped to lose weight WITH exercise (mostly light to moderate). These were the beginning stages I took to live a healthier life.

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Cut the Sugar.

This is no joke. The first drastic change I made in my life was to cut my sugar intake. I started this with my daily coffee. I used to drink a double-double every morning (2 sugars, 2 creams). At first, I started by switching to milk instead of cream (have consumed almond milk or skimmed every day since). I followed this by cutting sugar all together.

It was crazy to see how this small change began to erode away the bloating around my stomach. I felt better as a whole and was less tired and had more energy from having no sugar in my diet.

And here’s why.

1 Medium Double Double = 150 Calories

Per week: 150×7 = 1,050 calories per week.

Per month: 150×31= 4,650 calories over a 31 day month.

 

1 Medium coffee with milk = 30 calories

Per week: 30×7 = 210 calories.

Per month: 30×31 = 930 calories or a 31 day month.

That’s a total of  3720 calories cut out in a month!

Drink More Water.

I’m sure you have heard this time and time again, but you know what?! Drink more water!

Higher water consumptions are great for many reasons. It can improve your digestion and increase your metabolism.

The best part….

Water has no calories and can help with food cravings. Sometimes the body tricks us into thinking we’re hungry but instead, you’re really just dehydrated and your body is notifying you that. Perhaps, try drinking some water instead of reaching for food to get rid of growling stomach or cravings.

Drinking more water = fewer food cravings.

Drink Green Tea.

Green tea is no joke. I tried this as a fluke after hearing of the “fit tea” trend. So naturally, I had to dabble in tea magic to see if tt was partially true or partially false.

Fit tea, in general, is gimmicky. However, its root as a weight loss method comes from hundreds of years that green tea has been used for its health benefits.

Green tea for weight loss can speed up the metabolism and trust me this works. Drink 2-3 regular cups of this daily and watch your body metabolism speed up. Just don’t load up on sugar. I prefer to drink this black but honey and stevia are great healthy sweetening alternatives.

Additionally, green tea been used for inflammation and can help with mild acne or other skin irritations.

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Walk!

This so easy, just walk more. Walking is great because of its a form of light cardio (cardio= weight loss) and its good for you.

By walking more you are increasing your metabolism and improving your heart health. The longer or higher heart rate you achieve the more calories burned. I would go for a 20 minute-40 five days a week. Sometimes it would be slow pace sometimes speed walking.

I would go for walks after dinner, therefore, forcing my boyfriend to do the dishes. Can’t argue it was a win-win situation.

Weight loss is hard to do to achieve and just remember that you are building a better version of yourself one day at a time!

What are your weight loss secrets? Let me know in the comments believe and don’t forget to give this a like!

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Pro Makeup Tips: Scotch Tape vs Painter’s Tape

You probably read the title and are immediately thinking what the heck?! Makeup and home hardware?!

But trust me this post has a point and it will help even the messiest eye shadow applicators.

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The Scotch Tape Trick

If you are an avid eyeshadow user then you are probably well aware of the “Scotch Tape” trick. Place a thumb size piece of scotch tape below the outer corner of the waterline to shape a wing. Dust on eyeshadow and remove when you are ready to carve out your wing.

However, this isn’t a foolproof method and there have been many products that have come along to innovate the scotch tape.

Where the scotch tape fails, is it tends to crinkle on the natural curvature around the eye. Thus leading to eyeliner bleeding and eyeshadow being smeared where it was intended to prevent that.

The Painter’s Tape Trick

The painter’s tape trick is similar to the scotch tape trick. The placement of the tape is all the same with the exception that you can curate the painter’s tape to fit your unique eye shape.

I have also found that painter’s tape is less irritating and is great for those with sensitive skin, especially when it comes to peeling it off.

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Here’s Why I love this Trick

So you’ve decided you want to wear eyeshadow to go out but you blended way too far and your eyeshadow is in outer space. Take some painter’s tape and place it on the area that you want to remove the eyeshadow. Lightly press on the tape and slowly pull it up.

Be amazed at how the tape pulled up the eye shadow to give you a clean line. That’s right you can use painter’s tape to pull up eye shadow!

If you have primer on this will still work be it will take more pressure.

What do you think of this trick? Have you had any wing mishaps?

Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to give this post a like! You can also follow me on TwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

You Don’t Need the Latest for the Greatest Eye Looks

This post isn’t going to be your traditional eye look post, more of a public service announcement. Instead, I bring to your attention that you don’t need to splurge on the newest makeup products in order to achieve the latest trendy look.

Unfortunately, the make-up industry is becoming more like the fashion industry in the sense of fast fashion.

Fast fashion is the creation of garment for the sake of putting an item on the shelf for profit. These items are made at the expense of quality (usually in 3 world factories) and follow that season trend. Fast fashion items are available at extremely discounted prices as the company is trying to flash sell the item to put the next trend on the shelf (H&M and Old Navy are guilty of this).

The make-up industry it becoming like this, and it was put front and centre with the  Jaclyn Hill X BECCA Cosmetics Scandal.

However today I am merely showing you the same look with two different palettes.

Can you tell the difference between these two looks?  Both eyes were done with different palettes.

The Point I’m Trying to get Across

We are living in a society where we are increasingly living beyond our means and the big companies know that. Before buying the new trendy $50 eyeshadow palette goes through your collection and fall back in love with something old. Save that $50 for your phone bill or save towards something big.

The market is flooded with many similar products at dramatically different prices and you don’t have to fall into the cosmetic industries consumer trap.

Can you guess what products I used in this post? What are your thoughts on fast fashion?

Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to give this post a like!

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How to Improve Blog Traffic for Newbies

So you read Blog Advice for Newbies and have started a blog. Your numbers are whimsical and you’re scratching your head at your next steps.

Below are some pointers that I have learned over time that will improve your site stats in a week.

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Link your Content.

As a reader, I am more inclined to look at other posts if it’s easy to find them (and quite frankly right in front of me). Look at the example above for Blog Advice for Newbies; it’s relative but older content that might be of some use to you.

Whatever you do, don’t link up unrelated content that won’t  be of any use to your readers. There’s really nothing more that will come to readers mind like “sellout”.

It is also a great idea to link to other content related to your post or products for your readers. This simply makes it easier for them to understand your content and comes as added value.

For instance, if you are looking for more in-depth information on blogging advice for newbies check out 11 Mistakes New Bloggers Make.

Lastly, promote your social media accounts. I’m not going to in depth about this as this will be a post: Social Media and Blogging for Newbies. But you can’t connect to fans if they don’t subscribe!

Use Headers and Format.

Unless you’re writing a college essay, you have free range to write in any style or format you want. What I’m trying to get at is: you don’t have to write in long lagging paragraphs. It doesn’t look pleasing to the eye.

Here’s what works.

Space out your content it’s easy to read and viewers are more inclined to stay on the page. Look at the Link your Content section it doesn’t go past 3 lines.

But there’s one more thing.

Implement bucket phrases when you have a lull in your content. See how I placed here’s what works and but there’s one more thing. These are bucket phrases also known as catchy little phrases to keep you tuned into dry and boring content.

Last but most importantly, use headers. Guess what?! Your headers can even be bucket phrases if you want them to be. This is something I personally do with either dry content or I want to get a cheeky point across.

Headers are the best way to break up paragraphs. No duh! Going back to high school on this one. But it applies the same in the blogging world. The difference is your readers aren’t going to deduct marks for using too many of them.

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Access to Content.

As I stated in the first section your readers want easy access to your content. Perhaps the post I clicked on isn’t what I thought it would be? How are you going to keep me on your page? By having your post past strategically placed right in front of me.

This can be done numerous ways to do this from having a list of popular posts and pages on the side of your content or at the end of your posts. Heck, even archives are great once you have blogged for several months.

How’d I do? Did you find this content helpful? If so don’t be afraid to give it a like and add your feedback in the comments below.

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Be on the lookout for Social Media and Blogging for Newbies as the next installment of this mini-series!

 

 

DIY Pinterest Mask Fail

As someone with combination skin, doing a weekly mask has greatly improved my complexion. I have made a point of making this a routine and am always on the search for something new to try.

A side effect of this routine has made my boyfriend addicted to masks and facials. This is the story of how he got a “lemon of a mask”.

For those who are curious, he has a normal but sensitive skin.

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Cue Storytime.

I was on Pinterest and this blackhead peel-off mask came across my feed. Like most, my boyfriend has a sickening addiction to blackhead removals. We did a quick assessment to see if we had all of the ingredients at home.

We did!

So he commenced mixing the ingredients while I got ready for work. Based on the ingredients I was already sceptical that it would peel-off but rather exfoliate (which he hates cause it irritates his skin).

The Recipe.

The recipe was simple baking soda and lemon juice. That was it.

You can find the original recipe here.

Not All Stories Have a Happily Ever After.

As I came back from getting ready I could see the dismay as he the pieces began to crumble to the floor. The mask had not stuck at all.

The mask had dried and was cracking everywhere. I then said,”I told you so!” As he aggressively scrubbed his face. Revealing agitated red skin on his cheeks.

Have you done any DIY mask fails? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to give this post a like!

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Just WOW!

You guys continue to blow my mind with your support. This is wasn’t a planned post but I wanted to share some goods news as last week I shared some bad news.

In only a couple hours apart from each other we killed some site records!

At first, we hit 1000 likes and I was flabbergasted (that’s a word I don’t use often).  It seems like yesterday we were only at 500 and in fact, it was only 2 months (60 days) ago we were.

1,000 Likes

Then around dinner time last night, we hit over 200 followers! Honestly, I must have blinked because only a month ago were we at 100 followers.

200 Follows!

I’m speechless. So speechless I couldn’t even come up with a title for this post.

To all of my subscribers old and new thank you for the support. It means A LOT especially as I am going through some tough times at the moment. I love the community that we have put together and let’s keep it up.

If you don’t already follow me on social media, let’s connect I want to see what you’re up to! You can find me on TwitterInstagramBloglovin’, and Pinterest.

Otherwise, thank you for the love and have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

Site Updates this Week

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Hey All!

I just want to make everyone aware that there will be MASSIVE site updates this week. During this time Lidsandtricks.com may be down for periods of time. I will still be posting as long as I am able to (I not sure how this will impact everything).

I have been having A LOT of issues with the speed of my site. So this will fix this as well as any minor issues.

I promise you the end result will be fabulous, as we grow together!

I will be active on social media during this time. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Thank you for the ongoing support. There will be a much smooth website in a week!

If you are experiencing any issues please let me know in the comments. Your feedback is appreciated.