BEAUTY: The Truth About Stretch Marks




A bit of a weird one for you guys today. I'm talking about Stretch Marks. Its the kinda thing that doesn't really get mentioned but I think it really should.

Stretch marks occur when your skin has stretched due to weight gain, so that's why many pregnant women and mothers have them. Truth be told they are a bitch to get rid of. 

Even though I'm one of the many girls that have a warped vision of the perfect woman which doesn't exist, I really wish I could get rid of the stretch marks I gained once I put on weight. It's really embarrassing when I feel like I can't wear certain things because I feel like people will laugh

There are a lot of products out there that claim to work. It really depends on many things. How old the stretch marks are, how long you use the product, and your skin tone.

 I can't afford to get surgery to remove them unfortunately, or pay for ridiculously expensive creams so I have found cheaper products that have been working for me


Bio Oil
I've seen pregnant women by this in bulk in boots! This is one product that takes it's time to see a difference. I noticed my stretch marks getting lighter THREE MONTHS in. I use it twice a day and sometimes even bathe in it. A little bit goes a long way so you don't have to keep buying. They say its best to start using this when you get pregnant or start gaining weight... but I was I supposed to know when I was gonna get huge!


Cocoa Butter- Massage Cream for Stretch Marks

I think everyone has heard that cocoa butter is god for stretch marks, and now they have released a special edition just for it. This is apparently best during pregnancy as it also helps with dry skin and itchyness. I use this three times a day and have noticed my skin is smoother and lighter where the marks are.

I spoke about pregnancy far too much in this post considering I have NEVER been pregnant. I just want to stress how natural stretch marks are. I know girls are super embarrassed about having them and I've even heard stories of boys finding them disgusting. It's okay to have them, it's not weird or freaky! I just thought I should say that cause I needed someone to say it to me when I was down about I looked.

Does anyone else have any remedies for stretch marks. Ones that they have noticed working?? Comment below!

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HEALTHY LIVING: Boxercise




Anyone who knows me knows I'm obsessed with the Victoria Secret Angels. I have loved the fashion show ever since I saw Heidi Klum walk the runway in her wings while her then husband sang. Iconic.

So how do these models stay so fit? While stalking and getting jealous of their instagrams I saw that all of them have taken up boxing. The next weekend I went to sports direct and bought some gloves and pads.



I searched the internet for some great and easy moves to do at home. You just need someone to wear the pads while you wear the gloves (thanks Teddy)

Me and my AlexanderwangXH&m sports bra

1. Punching
Simple and easy. Start off with your left hand and cross over your body to the right pad. Then your right hand to the left pad. This works out your arms as well as your abs

2. Skipping
I've spoken about skipping before. Its brilliant to get your heart rate going and toning up your legs

3. Planking
Planking is my worst enemy. I'm sure everyone knows how to plank so I won't describe but hold for at least 30 seconds

4. Punching with Knees
Exactly the same as the first, but your partner lowers one pad so that you can bring your knee up and hit it

5. Punching with Squats
Squats are my favourite thing. Exactly the same as the first but your partner takes a swipe at you and you squat down. It helps if they shout DUCKKKKK!!

I just wanna stress that I am in no way qualified boxer or anything like that. I just found these great moves online and wanted to share with you. I absolutely loved doing this workout even though I was aching all over the next day. But no pain no gain my friends! Train like an angel as they say!

Have any of you guys done boxing? Is there a different technique I should be doing? Comment below guys 

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BEAUTY: My Hair Story

I'm Mariah. I'm 23 and I'm losing my hair. I'm not talking old man/monk bald, but my hair is falling out.

At 18 I had healthy, black relaxed hair. It didn't reach my bum or anything but was just pass my shoulders. Then I got sick and had to take Methotrexate and I noticed my hair falling out.

Look at the length!
Wait...did I even eat back then?

Methotrexate is a drug used for my condition but for some cancers as well. It all varies on how much you take weekly. Its aim is to lower your immune system and stop the growth of cells

At first it was juts my hair thinning, I couldn't really put it into a ponytail without it looking stupid. Then I realised my hair was falling out in chunks in my hands. It became super frustrating. At the time my hair was the only part of me that I could control. I was getting bigger by the day, my nails were in bad shape and I could barely exercise. So I decided to dye it. I had pink bits, then dark blue, then purple then copper. 

Losing my hair really made me feel terrible. My hair was almost my security blanket. I just started to feel more and more miserable as the chunks fell into my bathroom sink

23rd Birthday with my best friend.
Copper hair!!
Last year (when I started this blog actually) I decided to take things seriously. I really wanted my hair to be nice and healthy. So I dyed it back to black and started using certain products to make it better. Moroccan Oil and Vitapointe are my favourite. The last couple of months I've been using biotin. I've noticed my hair getting thicker and longer and I'm pleased with the difference.

I still have a bit of hair loss, but luckily its mainly in the back. (Very) Slowly my hair is getting back to how it used to be which makes me happy

I have the worst profile in the world.
Look how short the back of my hair is!!
 
So there you have it. Now the comments on my instagram can stop about the back of my hair sticking up!

Have any of you guys had hair problems or damage? Let me know in the comments below!!

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HEALTHY LIVING: Stur Drinks*




 I think in very healthy living post I discuss drinking water. I can't help it...its the good stuff. So I was contacted about jazzing up my water by Stur Drinks.

Stur Drinks are a simply a flavour enhancer. Kinda like cordial you have when you're a child, you put it in a glass of water. This one has no sugar and no calories! One glass also provides 100% of your daily intake of vitamin C and is suitable for diabetes and is gluten free.



Although it has no sugar, what makes Stur sweet is stevia leaf extract which is a natural sweetener and is now becoming more popular in the UK.


I was given Orange/Mango, Apple, Lemon Tea, Peach Tea and Blackcurrant/Apple. Momma Jean is a diabetic and I know how much she hates drinking plain water so I gave her the blackcurrant/apple flavour and she loved it. Teddy enjoys iced tea (hence why he's always amazed they sell it in McDonold's in France) so he really enjoyed the peach and lemon tea flavours.

I was pleasantly surprised at these drinks. I expected them to have a bitter after taste or just taste awful. I thought they would be sickly sweet or just not sweet enough but its just the right balance. I couldn't tell them apart from a normal diluted drink! I think it's a great idea to have them in 50ml bottles, I was able to just pop one in my work bag and put it in my desk. Sometimes I'm really naughty and have fizzy drinks everyday for a week, then the transition back to just water is so difficult. But I think if I drank these more I would definitely prefer it!

Stur should be in the shops soon so you should try a flavour out and you might be surprised like me! P.s Orange Mango is the best flavour!

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I'm getting back on the exercise kick this week with boxercise. I think it may kill me but I'm up for the challenge. eek! This is my first blog with my new camera yay! But guess who can't find the macro setting....doh! I'll get better next week guys

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LIFESTYLE: Off The Blogging Radar


Hello! Remember me?! I know I haven't blogged in a while, I've almost forgotten how to do it. To be honest, I just lost my mojo for it so I thought the best way to get back into it is to talk about why.

I'll admit I compare myself to people a lot! Its easy to do in the blogging community. There's always someone with the perfect blog/instagram that makes you jealous. Or more followers than you even though you've been blogging for ages. So for a while I felt like my blog is just a load of crap and got into a blogging funk. Now I've realised that my blog is my own personal space on the internet that I share what I want. I realise that no one is perfect... but its pretty difficult not to compare.

At university I studied Media and Communications and figured I'd get a job in the media. That hasn't happened exactly. I have constructed a website...that's about it. In my current job I don't get paid on time or even the right amount which has caused so much stress. I've been late paying bills, rent and I even struggle to see people cause I can't afford it. But don't worry...I'm looking for a new one.

I'm not the healthiest person and have to take a load of pills to make me normal. So I changed my diet included alot more exercise to have a happier, healthy life. When I went to the doctors on Tuesday and they said I had to stay on these tablets my heart sank. I work so hard to be healthy and my stupid body won't even respond to it. 

I've heard recently that I apparently think I'm better than people cause I have a blog and obsessed with healthy living. This couldn't be further from the truth. I never want to come off preachy, or tell people what to do. This is something I enjoy and have seen benefits from. Having people you thought were friends bitching behind your back is never nice. Also friendship works both ways. I can't be doing all the work.

There you have my rant! Feels good to write it all down. I finally did get paid and I bought an awesome new camera so be prepared for high quality photos (Need to show off that A Level!). I also bought some cool exercise stuff that I can't wait to show you guys next week. 
Comment Below lovelies...make me all happy and giddy inside!

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HEALTHY LIVING: Body Confidence

The past week or so I've had a huge knock body confidence wise all due to some comments on a photo

For the first time in ages, I felt like I looked good enough to post a photo of me. If you go through my instagram 90% of the photos are food that Teddy has cooked for me. I'm not brave enough to post a million selfies of myself so this meant a lot to me.

At first I was getting comments like 'you look amazing', 'all that hard work has paid off', but then the mean ones came. 'You should eat a burger', You've lost so much weight you look weird'. Nice right? The worst one is the fact that my mum met a old school friend while she was out and told her I looked like I wasn't being fed! So I had to deal with my Mum on the phone for half an hour telling her I really do eat!

I figured I should go on the scale to see if I have been going a bit hard on the healthy living front but...I had put on five pounds! I know, I know those scales aint loyal, but I found myself asking how can I be that weight yet still being called skinny?!

I've checked my BMI... healthy. All these tests to see how healthy I actually am. It just made me wonder what counts as too skinny?! Before the weight gain I was naturally skinny and people made me feel bad for it. How long is it going to take for people to stop the body shaming on both ends of the spectrum?! Its not nice and its mean!
To be honest I'm sick of it. Sick of being ashamed of how I look, or having the body of an 'ironing board'. So get used to see my face and body on my instagram guys...I just got confident!

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