MissLJBeauty: March 2017

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Monthly favorites beauty to fitness

Hi, Everyone. 

How are you all?

I know I am super rubbish at doing these every month but I promise to get better. 

Let's start with beauty, shall we? 

blankcanvascosmetics.com I am head over heels with this brand. 

 This is F01 the quick brush £13.83. This brush is awesome. It's part of their travel range or on the go. This one is described as a face brush. Time to let you in on a not so secret as You know I am a makeup artist. I spend my life looking for the perfect brushes. It really is my never ending quest. I have brushes from everywhere from Mac to Elf and I just haven't found the one. 

For myself, I tend to use a sponge or my fingers (stop judging me) but I have been converted by this little beauty. This brush is anti-bacterial and vegan-friendly. Let's take a minute for the design it's just so pretty. I really love the pink and silver. The bristles are so so soft. I use this for my foundation. it glides on with ease and buffs the product to perfection. I have also tried this with powder and contour. I have to say this would be my go to brush if I had limited space in my bag. It is the perfect all rounder. 

Next up staying with Blank canvas cosmetics.  

Airbrush Blender Sponge £6.05 I know what you are thinking another beauty blender. As you know I have tried every brand you can think of and whilst I think if you are new to the revolution you will not really know the bad from the good. I want to introduce you to the best. I know bold claim right? 

This blender is just amazing to use. I pop it in warm water for about a minute before I use it then just squeeze out the excess water. I pop a pump of my foundation on the back of my wrist then blend into to my face. This sinks in like a dream. It leaves a lovely airbrush finish. 

Last for this brand 

BC BRUSH AND SPONGE SOLID SOAP £12.97. I am forever washing brushes. I know poor me right! Ha. I have been using baby shampoo this works well but I do find it takes ages to dry my brushes. In my business hygiene is very important. Plus you have to take care of your brushes as they are a huge part of your tools of the trade. you can be the best makeup artist in the world but rubbish brushes will give you a bad result. 

What I do is rub my brush head over the solid soap to create a latter. then rising in warm water until there is no residue left. Never be heavy handed you are cleaning not breaking your brushes. If you are too heavy handed you can destroy the brush. Never get the metal area of the brush wet. reshape your brushes and lay flat. I like to put paper towels under them. 

 Primark lip liners. These are £1 and work just as well as my high-end ones. I won't be buying high end liners again. 


Whilst we are talking Primark. Primark fitness gear is amazing. I have tried their items before and never been impressed. Being a mountain biker I rip a lot of leggings. So I thought I would give their new range a go. Thinking oh well it's cheap so it doesn't really matter if it's rubbish. OH MY GOSH there stuff is amazing the fit is nice the material the right amount of stretch. Not see though unlike the last lot I bought and I have had so many compliments! Well Done Primark. I really hope this isn't just a new year thing and they keep this up. 

My favourite jumper this month also Primark. This is so soft and gorgeous. I am wearing it as I type. 
This is the right level of between winter and summer item. It's thin but cosy. It looks great on and is longer than I expected. Is it just me or is everything shorter in the body at the moment. 

 mountain biking gear 

I am in love with my outfit I wore to Bike park wales. This is by flyracing.co.uk I am going to do a full post about this so I won't harp on about them now. I'll just say these are amazing and kept me very safe. 

What's your Monthly faves this month? 


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Too many photo what do I do?

Hi Everyone, 

How are you all? 
I don't know about you but I am terrible at actually printing photos. I am forever taking photos but other than Instagram and blogging.  I don't really do anything with them. I have thousands of images that I love but I have forgotten about. I was contacted by Printiki.com. Who had seen my Instagram and asked me to check them out. 

The whole process was super simple. You log on and you can upload the photos you want to print straight from your Instagram facebook etc. You can pick from a whole range of cool items like retro  polaroid style photos. This is what I chose, with this you can pick borders. You can even pop on text. They also do photo books which would be the most perfect gift. I love the posters they do with the old school hangers you need to go check this out. Have a wee look at their Instagram for more ideas
Prices start from £4 for 20 prints. So affordable. 

I made a little video for you guy's to see as I thought it would be bit more fun. 

Do you have hundreds of photos you need to print? 

MissLJBeauty xo 

Friday, 17 March 2017

12 things girl bikers do

Hi Everyone,

How are you all today?

Today I want to do a fun post. 12 Thing's girl mountain bikers know about.

  1. Most British bike ride you will be covered head to toe in muddy. We embrace the mud.
  2. We no longer complain about putting on muddy shorts or wet shoes. 
  3. We spend a lot of time with your girl biking friends talking vaginas and sometimes to the boys. 
  4. There is no perfect saddle, shorts, shoes, well any kit really. 
  5. We think We are Danny MacAskill during a jump. The photo says you jumped 3 inches.
  6. Makeup under a full face helmet will not last. Whatever! waterproof mascara and foundation you are crap you come on the trails. Can I get a refund to buy shorts?
  7. You have used the words rad and stoked and you are not being ironic.
  8. Summer holidays are now more Les Gets than Lanzarote (hold on do they have mountains there). 
  9. Wages buy shorts and bikes, not bread and milk. FACT
  10. When you fall you protect your bike, not your body. Bruising and broken bones are cool, right? OH my Gosh my bike is scratched, what am I going to do!? I'm not kidding this is the worst thing to happen to me. (your in a full body cast while you say this)
  11. We will be confused for a boy, on the trails. Unless in screaming girl colours. I'm a girl bitch. Yep you were overtaken by a girl Sucker. 
  12. Our work colleagues will assume we are mad. Why did you climb a mountain to ride down it? Is mountain biking even hard? 20 miles on a bike Up hills? have you lost your mind? You need to stop biking you are always getting hurt. My reply if your not flying your not trying! 
Just a fun little post 


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

#ProjectTEEN my rape

Hi Everyone,

I've been thinking about the post for a while. I have been very lucky and I am part of the amazing 

Ella Stearn from theluckytruth.com campaign #projectTEEN. Click the links to learn more about this amazing campaign which tackles mental health in teen girls. I wish this had been about when I was younger. If you watch the video you will see I am in it and If you haven't followed me from the start you may not have known that This happened to me. So here is my story. 

I was 16 it was Christmas day. I had been working all day in the local hotel and me and my friend decided to go out that night. I quickly got changed and headed up to hers. We had a few drinks and headed to the dance. At the time I had a boyfriend my first.  

I was always on the outside of the popular group at school. My group of Friends at home were younger except for my older cousin. Let's call him Tim. Me and Tim got on so well. We grow up together our dads are twins and they did everything together. The only difference was my dad worked on one fishing boat and my uncle another.  They did still have another business together. My granddad had given me his caravan to have in our garden me and my friends could hang out on cold nights. ( This will make sense later) He hated us hanging out in the village. 

Back to Christmas, Tim bought me drinks all night I was so drunk I can't remember much about the night and what happened. I get flashs backs here and there, Of dancing or being outside with my Friends. I remember the lad from across the street telling me I was too drunk and he was going to walk me home. I had passed out a few times that night. So Tim followed on. Our house is quite a walk from the dance. Tim would never come to our house normally he lived in another village about 3 miles away. 

I remember being in the caravan and telling Tim no Repeating it over and over. I remember the feeling of his weight on my body. I remember crying for my boyfriend to come save me. I remember a bit of the actual rape. My mind seems to have wiped this for a long time and slowly I have this creeping into my memory. I remember my head being sore and passing in and out of conciseness. I remember feeling scared and very confused. 

Rape is a type of sexual assault initiated by one or more persons against another person without that person's consent. The act may be carried out by physical force, or where the person is under threat or manipulation, or with a person who is incapable of valid consent. consent legislation

I woke up the next day in a haze. My clothes half on and half off.  There were blood stains on the cream furnishing. I was bruised. My parent had enjoyed Christmas so didn't notice I was missing. We were a safe village and I used to stay at one of my friends a lot. 

You would think this is where I told my parents and everything was Ok. No, I cried my eyes out that day. Even cleaning the caravan and myself so no traces could be found I could not get my head round this IT WAS TIM. My Friend my family. I must be wrong. this couldn't have happened. I put my clothes in the wash. They were filthy from the about of time I had fallen in the dirt I was that drunk. 

I called one of my best friends at the time. He was understanding and confused we were a big friend group. I had lost my purse that night and he offered to go with me to see if we could find it. I cried a lot. I 100% new this must have been my fault. I really couldn't accept it. It went round my friends like wildfire. This was before text. I tried to carry on but I was struggling. I wanted to die. It consumed me. It was the only way out. 

about a week later I bullied and pleaded with the boy who had walked me home to buy me a huge bar size bottle of Morgan spiced rum. Me and a couple of my friends sat in the caravan yes that caravan and I downed as much as I could. I wanted to die. A girl in the year about had nearly died from drinking too much. So I figured this would do it to me. I remember that night before I started to drink. One of my group told me to go to a kinda friends house only for Tim to walk in two minutes later They had organised it that way. The fear I felt was so really I am shaking writing this That was the nail in the coffin. Its time to drink. 

I drank a lot of the huge bottle until I passed out. I woke to be sick with my Mum and confessing what had happened on Christmas night. I passed out and woke in the morning. I felt dread not relived. I felt panic fear I felt sick.

I could hear my Mum and dad and someone else downstairs sat around the kitchen table. Where all the trouble would start. I walked in to find my grandfather not ' but my Mums dad and my Mum discussing what I had said. I am not sure my Mum believed me. I know my grandfather did. my dad was so angry he wanted to kill Tim. I grew up in a small village and you may think its a bit hillbilly but local justice did still happen. Not killing but a good beating our two. I was worried dad would get in trouble. I still blamed myself. phone calls between family members then began. giving Tim plenty time to make a story up. I remember when my dad called his parent his Mum said she knew he did it. Of course, she changed this opinion but that was her initial reaction. 

My granddad was adamant the police were called he had been a special constable and knew the law. Unfortunate the nearest female police officer was over 50 miles away and not on duty for a few days. So I lived in fear for days Not of Tim he had done what he had done but of what was going to happen. I was so worried about what people were saying about me. 

One of the worst things I can remember was my Mum made me go to my granny's house. ( mine and Tims) I did not want to go. I did not want to leave the house. My granny screamed at me told me I was lying and I had wrecked the family. 

Two of my Mums friends kept me alive the next few days. Without them, I would not be here. They explained things to me. I gave my statement to the police. It took hours and hours. they took my washed clothes I had been wearing but told me I had left it to long to report and washed all they evidence away. In interview, Tim changed his story multiple times but desired he had had consensual sex with me. So He had consensual sex with his first cousin. I have seen him as more of a brother than a cousin. 

I was sent to my uncle's house in a town about 50 miles away with my best friend. She was my rock. She was younger but she was my strength. I was there a few days then had to go home. I was not coping. Not the rape its self but the aftermath consumed me. I felt lost and nearly everyone I loved though I was lying. Tim carried on as if nothing had happened. 

I eventually went back to school. I was in 5th year and had exams I had to study for. I had to drop a lot of my classes as I just couldn't get anything else in my head. The school was rife with what had happened and I was bullied very badly as I was the girl who had cried rape on the popular Tim. The bullying was terrible. I felt ashamed I had told anyone. I felt alone as no one believed me. I had moments where I believed I must have been making it up in my head like some kind of mental break. I was not making it up. It happen. 

I was offered counseling but it was 50 miles away and my Mum did not want to take me. 

weeks and weeks past and eventually I got a letter from the crown service saying that they were not pursuing the case. it was not proven The police officer I had been seeing came round and explained that it was he said she said case but she had believed me and not proven does not mean not guilty. she believed it was we know you did it but we can't prove it in a court of law. The legal process was done. I had to live with the fact My rapist got no punishment. NOT ONE BIT.  You would think this would have made me bitter towards the police force but this is not the case and how the police officers treated me is a huge reason why I became a police officer myself. I did not want this to happen to another person. The law has changed in Scotland and it is easier to bring rape cases to court than when this happened to me. I am really proud of our court system in Scotland. We are world leaders when it comes to sexual offices. We were the first country in the UK to recognize gay rape. 

Report every RAPE! If you said NO it is Rape. If you change your mind and withdraw consent it is RAPE. If my story has any meaning it is that it will not break you. I am here it has been over 10 years I still think about it especially at Christmas. I do feel robbed of Christmas if I'm honest. But it has made me stronger, It has made me more open to people and their problems. I still find some things hard. its weird when I was a police officer working a rape case didn't bother me but for instance, I hate board church at the moment. It feels real. The police returned my clothes even the underwear I was wearing that night. My mother gave these to me. I felt this was the worst thing she had ever done it confirmed in my mind she had never believed me or understood the magnitude of what had taken place. Did she honestly think I wanted them back! WTF. 

I truly believe this is where my family problems with my mother, father, and sister stem from. I broke the perfect little family. I do not speak to my mum dad and sister after the drama at my wedding and my life is so much better for it. Yes, you are probably thinking she is mad but I have removed the constant negativity from My Mum and Sister and I feel free and not constantly judged. It is hard to remove people you love and constantly want acceptance and love from but blood does not make you bonded. 

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My story is a hard one and yes it has affected me greatly but without it, I would not be here. I have a loving husband, in-laws and the best friends I could ask for.  Who all accept me for me and would never go out of their way to hurt me. What I would say is get counseling. take any help you can. I was tortured by the fact my family did not believe my truth. BUT it was MY truth and I have come to accept it and it does not define me and will never define me again. 

If you met me in a crowd,  you would never pick me out as a victim and this is because I am no longer a victim. I am my own person I am human and I feel and I have bad days and good. But he will never control me again. 

You will be wondering if I have ever seen him again? Yes at my other cousin's funeral. He looked weak and could not even look at me. He did not have the power that day and he will never have it from me. All I felt was pity for him and pity for his family. I will never forgive him. I am just not that person. In fact, I'm more of the Karma kind of person and believe that he will get his. 

This Is going to be a series of post as this one is huge but wanted to get my story out. 

Contact detail for Help. 

rapecrisis.org.uk  England and wales 
rapecrisisscotland.org.uk Scotland

I am always about if you need any one to talk to don't ever feel alone like I did. 


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Results with Lucy HIIT Harder final !!!

Hi Everyone, 

I have an exciting and very well earned post. I completed 12 weeks with Results with Lucy
See my posts here why results with Lucy and Half way update  giving you the full picture of my journey. 

I need to take a wee minute to tell you how much fun this program is. I am so much fitter than when I started this program. As you know I am a mountain biker or I try not to fall off my mountain biker. 
I always thought I wasn't fit but I wasn't unfit. Is that even a thing? 
Before I did this program I would do a 10 mile mountain bike ride and feel the pain for days after. After this I can easy do a 25 mile ride and do the same again the next day! If you are in to biking or any other sport you need this in your life. My riding has benefited hugely from getting my fitness back. I couldn't recommend this program enough! Yes you might be bike fit but there is a huge difference to being FIT and bike fit for sure. I actually found myself a few times on killer climbs saying what would Lucy or Celica do here? Get off and push no chance. Power through Girl!

Ok I could go on and on about How much I love this program but I know what you are here for 

First off I have a hour glass figure and I don't use scales only a tape measure This is full result for 12 weeks. 
Chest 1 Inch
Waist 5 inches
Stomach 5.5 inches
Hips 4.5 inches
Bum 3 inches
thighs 3.5 inches
Arms 2 inches 

ALL IN 24.5 inches (This is crazy)

Here's how to measure your Body the RWL way

I couldn't be more delighted with my progress and I really think RWL is the way to go if you want to join the fitness revolution. I'm going to try and go on a bootcamp this year and Vlog it for you all. Next challenge Sophie's programs, So stay tuned for my next resultswithlucy.com Journey.