2.07.2014

Favorites // A Giveaway // Diet Better

I like to update y'all every once in a while with some new and fun things I try. So here ya go :)


I've been using the IIID Foundation from Maskcara {uh, if you don't follow her you should, she's bad for my bank account!}. What I like most about this foundation is how light it is and how much better my face looks when I contour it instead of just using one color all over. It does take some getting used to, I use more of a stippling than a swirl when I put it on, you need to be sure to use a primer and a brush. I have a hard time finding something that highlights under my eyes but doesn't look thick or caky   and I'm very happy with her formula. 

Speaking of brushes ....


I was using my Urban Decay foundation brush, but off recommendations went ahead and got the 
it Cosmetics Dual Ended Concealer/foundation Brush and it's worth every penny. The best thing is the dual sides, the smaller side is wonderful for getting around the eye area! Oliver was with me when I stopped at Ulta, so I was sure to point out the $78 powder blush so this looked cheap in comparison :) and THAT'S how I roll.



This stila Custom Color Blush in Pink is the most amazing awesome blush ever. I've tried a million other blushes, but always come back to this one. It looks super bright in the package, but it's made to turn the perfect shade of pink with the pH in your skin. Love.


This isn't new, but I get asked about my lipstick all the time. Favorite ever: Revlon SoftSilver Rose


I've been adding this Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder to my moisturizer to brighten my skin, so far I really like it. I do have a 'glow' that could be from this or from pregnancy, hard to tell :) 


I was contacted by Lindsay about trying Younique's Fiber Mascara, but I still have on my lash extensions so I can't, but she offered one up for a giveaway so one of you lucky gal's is gonna win it! Uh, and after seeing her own before and after's I'm jealous, they look amazing!!!


"The 3D Fiber Lashes are super easy to wear and work great for all types of lashes. They come in a small black leather container (similar to an eyeglass case). There are two bottles inside. One bottle contains the transplanting gel and the other the green tea fibers. You can use your regular mascara underneath but I prefer not to. You start by brushing on your gel just like regular mascara. Then with the other bottle ready you can start brushing on the fibers making sure to start half way up on your lash line. Then you want to make sure to seal it with another coat of gel. You can layer it like this to make it as dramatic as you want! This mascara increases length and volume up to 300%!!"
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Also completely off topic, but I was a total blonde {who went dark} yesterday and I forgot one of my awesome diet betters!

Cassie



So Diet Bet is over.... and..... drum roll.... I won :) YEAH!!! On Wednesday morning I weighed in at 271.4, a total weight loss of 11.6lbs. I am happy with that. I had a tough week in the middle of the bet, but I was able to pull out of it, get my head on straight and really buckle down and lose it.

I honestly have to say that my expectations of Diet Bet have surpassed anything I could imagine. The out pour of support and well wishes has been a HUGE motivator for me.  I was a Diet Bet newbie and now I am hooked! 

Sadly, the weather did not allow me to get active like I hoped. No excuses really on why I didn't use my at home stuff. I hate using equipment to exercise and the motivation the last few weeks to go and do it hasn't been there. I know that I am going to have to really step it up with movement and exercise to keep doing well with the weight loss. But right now I am conquering my food issues, and I am happy to report I am doing so much better with my choices! Tracking and writing down everything I eat has been a huge eye opener. It really has cut out on mindless snacking and junk. 
As far as measurements go (measurements in inches)

Left Thigh - 32.5 - 31 - lost 1.5 inches
Right Thigh 31 - 30  - lost 1 inch
Bust 48 - 47 - lost 1 inch
Waist 49- 48 - lost 1 inch
Left Bicep - 15 - 14 - lost 1 inch
Right Bicep 14.5 - 14 - lost .5 inches

For a total of 6 inches gone! And let's be honest if I would have moved more, I would have lost a lot more!

I don't see a lot of change in my pictures and my close still fit the way the did a few weeks ago, (I wish the grey shirt I wore in the first pictures wasn't MIA - the two grey shirts are literally a size different, so they fit a lot differently) but that isn't discouraging to me! I am losing weight the healthy way and I am doing it the right way.  The scale is moving and  I am happy. I know I will get to celebrate some none scale victories soon enough! Right now I am treasuring my scale victories! 

I have been doing well on Weight Watchers, and I will continue to go to meetings (apparently I do better with support lol) and count points. I also will continue to blog about my weight loss at Cassie Chole and I am also going to sign up for another Diet Bet. (If anyone else is going to please email me or leave me a comment and let me know what bet you are starting/joining - I am up for anything!)
I am proud to say my water intake is at least 70 ounces a day. Just in water (not counting fruits, coffee or hot tea). I am not sure if I got 70 ounces in week before Diet Bet. I am also signing up for my first 5k! I am not going to pay money for something and not do it, so I might as well get busy and motivate myself.  I am going to sign up for a May race, hoping the weather breaks in March and I am able to get outside! 

Honestly, I think what has helped more than anything is knowing that I have to check in here every week. Having someone to hold you accountable is huge. Since this is now over, I have asked a friend of mine and my husband to help me stay accountable. And I am asking all of you bloggers to keep checking in, I love hearing from you!  If I could offer any advice to help you get started it would be track everything you eat, up your water and surround yourself with an amazing support system! Thank you for supporting me and helping me lose 6 inches and 11.6lbs in 4 weeks! 


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8 comments :

  1. I have been wanting to try that foundation AND that mascara! This post was great timing!

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  2. Wow. Amazing. I'm all about lashes. Mine are teeny tiny and u really need a good foundation that's light cause who likes to look like their wearing a mask. Not me.

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  3. Love your hair, do you have a tutorial on it?

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  4. So I just ordered that blush you recommended! I'm so excited!
    I have to admit I now use the cleansing conditioner every other day instead of washing my hair and I love it! Keep the favorites posts coming! Lol!
    And you look fab honey! Pregnancy suits you! Lol!

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  5. I seriously love how light your foundation is!

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  6. I love that brush. Such a great two in one item. Your hair is looking great girl!

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