Gluten Free

Hi all,

It’s been a while since my last blog post! A lot has been happening recently including :

  • Passing my driving test
  • Completing the Great South Run

So aside from a hectic couple of months, I have also decided to go Gluten Free in my lifestyle, now this is not some “fad diet” I’m trying, this has been an ongoing occurance for the past few months.

When eating anything “heavy” i like to call it ( bread, pasta etc.)I always feel sluggish, sleepy, un-energetic, bloated and sometimes sick.

So for the past few days, i have tried to cut back further on the amount of gluten in my day to day diet and i have found the results to be quite effective.

I also have a skin condition called Keratosis pilaris, which is commonly known as “chicken skin” which causes numerous small, rough, tan or red little bumps around hair follicles commonly found on the upper arms and thighs.

keratosis-pilaris

Keratosis Pilaris affects an estimated 40 to 50% of the adult population and approximately 50 to 80% of all adolescents.

Keratosis pilaris is a common and harmless condition where the skin becomes rough and bumpy, as if covered in permanent goose pimples.

I have had this for as long as i can remember, originally, I thought it was caused by dry skin, a large amount of ingrown hairs and not exfoliating my skin enough, so i started making this part of my beauty routine, although i saw a minimal difference, i would always find some days were worse than others.

I have always been quite self conscious about it when wearing sleeveless tops and shorts.

Since going gluten free, I have noticed the redness has gone down a lot and there doesn’t seem to be as many on the back of my arms. I will continue to be gluten free for the next couple of weeks and then address this to my GP to inform them to hopefully get a better knowledge of if I am gluten intolerant, but for now, I am extremely happy with the results of my skin and hope for it to get better. A relief of what i thought i would have to live with for the foreseeable future.

I wanted to post this to build awareness to anyone else who has this condition and is struggling with confidence and knowledge of what it is as I wish I was made aware earlier.

Keep an eye out for clean gluten free recipes over the next few weeks!

Jo x

My Kit is here!!!

As most of you are probably aware, I am now a Younique presenter and have started the Clean And Green Girls Make Up Business.

I’ve been waiting for my Presenter’s Kit to arrive for about a week and been itching to try the make up – especially after my sister got the Moodstruck 3D fiber lash mascara and posted this photo on Instagram:

Amelia's Moodstruck 3D fiber lash test

 

So when I was awoken this morning by a knock on my door and opened it to find the postman there holding a box emblazoned with ‘Younique’ you can imagine my excitement!

I opened the box immediately and this is what I found:

Presenters Kit

 

  • Moodstruck 3D fiber lash mascara
  • Divine Daily Moisturizer (50ml)
  • 3 x Moodstruck Minerals Pigment (In shades: Sexy, Confident & Corrupted)
  • A Presenter Guide
  • Cosmetics & Skin Care Catalogue
  • 3 x Brushes (Crease Brush, Deluxe Brush & Liner/Shader Brush)
  • Moodstruck Precision Pencil Eye Liner (In Pristine[white] & Perfect[black])
  • Foundation/Powder Colour Swatch
  • Lucrative Lip Gloss
  • Moodstruck Precision Pencil Lip Liner (In Pompous)
  • A White Status Presenter Charm on a purple ring
  • All of the above was packed in to a lovely embossed case

The first thing I noticed was quality. All of the make up and the brushes just screamed quality to me, I knew that I had made a good decision and wouldn’t regret choosing Younique. My biggest issue when I try to sell something is not believing in the products – already I’ve fallen in love with these!

The products I tested first were the Moodstruck Precision Pencil Eye Liner in Pristine, the Liner/Shader Brush with Moodstruck Minerals Pigment in Sexy and Confident and, of course, the Moodstruck 3D fiber lash mascara and, well, the results speak for themselves!

Moodstruck 3D fiber lash first try

 

I couldn’t believe the results and was so happy when I realised I would never have to fiddle with the glue and associated faff of fake lashes ever again. As an added bonus, I am not worried about any damage to my natural lashes as the mascara actually conditions them – I cannot find a single downside to this mascara and now 100% understand why it is the leading product in the Younique range.

I’ve now been wearing this make up all day and not had any issues, I will admit that I was worried that the fibres would fall in to my eyes and cause irritation but thanks to the transplanting gel, no such issues have occurred. I was dubious of the shade of the Mineral Pigments at first as well but actually really love it now! You can see this a bit better in this photo:

Full eye look

 

All-in-all I am really very impressed with the quality of the make up and how well it really works (no smudging has happened at all today which is quite an achievement for me!).

If any of you want to try any of the products or see them in action, let me know and we can arrange to meet up. I can also do make up parties for anyone interested and there is the opportunity to host your own virtual party here (where you can earn Y cash to get your own free make up!) or to buy directly from one of my parties here. If any of you are interested in becoming a presenter yourself, please feel free to message me on Facebook for more info.

Oh and finally – HAPPY WEEKEND!

(And Happy 1 week anniversary to www.cleanandgreengirls.com!)

 

The Body Image Issue

I am aware that my view may be controversial but it’s one I think a lot of people secretly would agree with. My view is simple:

There is a difference between promoting body confidence and promoting an unhealthy lifestyle. 

And we’ve gone too far. In trying to promote self-confidence and a love of oneself, we’ve allowed people who are clinically obese to become ‘supermodels’ and role models, these people are celebrated for ‘breaking the boundaries’ and ‘crushing stereotypes’. These people are also wildly unhealthy – one comment I heard from a self-confessed overweight model is that celebrities don’t get criticised for smoking – so why should she be criticised for being overweight? The response was an outcry of people agreeing that she should be celebrated too. My response? You’re right, the person who is promoting smoking should probably be in some hot water too. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

Celebrating obesity isn’t celebrating body confidence – it’s not letting people (especially impressionable young women) know that people come in all shapes and sizes and to be comfortable in themselves – it’s telling these people that it’s okay to be unhealthy. How can we, as a society and as a body image positive movement, justify allowing severely overweight and unhealthy people becoming models when we’ve worked so hard to stop (and in some countries, make illegal) underweight and unhealthy models being hired and shown in the media?

Just because it’s (generally) easier to be overweight than underweight it doesn’t mean it’s any less dangerous. This has to stop.

I absolutely believe that everyone should be comfortable in their own body, and will admit that I was not comfortable in mine  – I am still self-conscious but I didn’t realise it for years. The time I started to embrace my differences is when I focused on health and fitness rather than looks. The one thing I say to people and fully believe is that it’s okay to be any shape, size, colour, or whatever as long as you are healthy! I don’t mean you need to be as fitness obsessed as myself – rather you shouldn’t feel bloated all the time or fear the slightest bit of exercise. To me it’s that simple.

So PLEASE, let’s stop celebrating unhealthy people because it’s in fashion, let’s stop idolising overweight people because they ‘promote body confidence’. Let’s not undo all of the hard work that was put in to having healthy models in magazines rather than underweight ones. Let’s get real – let’s celebrate healthy, strong people.

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Photo from Nike Ad Campaign

It’s our launch!

Hello!

Firstly I’d like to say thank you for taking the time to have a look around! As you can see from the above tabs, we have 4 main focusses on this blog; beauty, fitness, food and thoughts.

The two main contributors to this blog are myself (Tilly) and Jo, we hope to update you daily with our latest strides towards a happier, healthier lifestyle!

We believe we are part of one of the most interesting, inclusive generations to date, a generation who uses the wide world of Big Data and science to work towards a healthier lifestyle, whilst ensuring that everyone knows that they are important and individuality is celebrated. (We’ll discuss this more later under ‘Thoughts’).

We also really really really love food! Experimenting in the kitchen can turn out amazingly well (or sometimes not so well) and we will share our favourite recipes with you here.

This is a double launch with my new venture with Younique. The Clean and Green Girls business sells ethical, high quality, affordable beauty products. You can buy from my current party or set up a party yourself to earn free make up products!

Always feel free to comment on any of our posts and join in the discussion.

It’s great to be here – thanks for joining us!

Tilly

Josh, Jo and Tilly
Jo (centre) and Tilly (bottom) with our friend Josh (left)