Sunday Summary | No 8

Well it's been two weeks since my last Sunday Summary and the reason... I've been living exceptionally quietly and getting my juice on. Yes, I actually managed to complete Jason Vale's 5 lbs in 5 days detox. To say I'm delighted would be a bit of an understatement, even if it did take over my life a little!
I must be honest I never thought I would be able to survive the whole week on nothing but 4 juices a day. It sounded way to difficult but I was determined to try. Now I'm not going to lie and say it was easy. I found the first two days exceptionally difficult and clock watched until I could have my next juice. Not to mention trying to avoid all the cakes and chocolate that seemed to follow me around. Luckily it all got easier the further into the program I got!
One thing I would mention is that the program recommends working out vigorously for 30 min each day. I didn't feel like I had enough energy to workout and would have made myself ill trying so instead I walked for an hour each day.
So how were my results?
My skin looks healthier and more hydrated, my hair is shinier, I have more energy, my bloating has gone and I feel lighter on my feet. It's difficult to explain but before I felt quite bulky and uncomfortable like I'd eaten a whole large  pizza in one sitting. That sensation has completely disappeared, which is such a lovely feeling.  Weight wise I lost an incredible 5 lbs!!!!
I have to say these changes seriously blow my mind. It amazes me that simply bombarding your body with fruit and veg can have such an impact. Moving forward I'm feeling super motivated and have decided to try two juices and two meals a day and see how I get on.
Hope you all had a lovely week!

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Bare Minerals Beauty Surprise Collection

So last week an email landed in my inbox about a new Bare Minerals Beauty Surprise Collection where you could get a 7 piece mystery box for £35. My initial thought was WANT IT! I'm supposed to be holding back on spending at the moment and after my recent beauty haul I just couldn't justify buying more. Imagine my surprise to find Eric ordered it for me, luckiest girl in the world.

Bare Minerals was the first real make up I bought and it has a special place in my heart so when my package arrived I was super excited. I got a fantastic mixture of products; two eyeshadows, a face product, blusher, mascara, eyeliner and a lip gloss.

The eyeshadows look like the perfect shades for a night look; a gorgeous gold called Queen Linda filled with shimmer and a pale matte grey called Patience, whilst the blush is a peachy, brown shade called Poppy which would look amazing after a little sun.

I've tried lots of Bare Minerals face products before but I've never tried any of the radiance range. It's supposed to work like a highlighter but can also be worn under foundation. I got the shade Bare which looks a little dark for me in the pan but I'll see how I get on.

The mascara looks interesting. I'm not in love with the shape of the brush but the formulation is supposed to curl and lengthen and who doesn't love that? My eyeliner is navy which is another first for me, it's not a colour I would ever think to buy myself but I'm excited to try it. The last product is a peachy, pink lip gloss called Rock Star that smells amazing, its almost minty.

I was curious how much it would cost to buy all of these things individually and was shocked to see it came to £111. What great value for money! I know these things can be hit and miss with colour choices but I think I've been really lucky with my goodies and I can't wait to experiment.
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Healthy 'Ice Cream'

A picture of an ice cream alternative
A picture of an ice cream alternative

Ok so technically this isn't ice cream but it tastes just as good!

I'm a couple of weeks into my healthier eating plan and whilst things are going well I can't help but miss the occasional sweet treat. I've been experimenting with frozen desserts and have came up with what I think is a fab alternative to ice cream made from fruits and yogurt.
All you need to do is freeze your chosen fruit and blend a couple of handfuls with natural yogurt and any added flavours. I tend to add the fruit to the blender gradually; it has a tendency to get stuck in one big lump if I add it all at once but my blender is getting on a bit now.
If the mixture is too thick just add some more yogurt until you get the correct consistency, and if it's too runny you can leave it in the freezer for 30 mins to firm up. It's really that simple!

My current favourites are sweet banana and blueberry:
Sweet Banana
2 frozen bananas (sliced)
3 heaped tbsp natural yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp manuka honey
2 handfuls frozen blueberries
3 heaped tbsp natural yogurt
1 tsp manuka honey
The best thing about this basic recipe is that the options are unlimited; I've made mango, banana and peanut butter, cherry and even raspberry and chocolate (using chocolate protein powder). You can also increase the amount of yogurt and make a thick creamy smoothie. I love making blueberry smoothies with some frozen spinach for an added health kick.
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Sunday Summary | No 7

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Well I wished for a quieter week and that's exactly what I got. I've done absolutely nothing but going to work and chilling out at home. It's been spectacular! It's given me time to properly start working out again as well as having a few pamper nights, hello Soap and Glory products. My body has never felt so loved!
This weekend has again been quiet and relaxing. Eric's working night shifts just now so I'm having to sneak around the flat keeping busy. I've had loads of time to finally catch up on my favourite bloggers and get my photos for this weeks posts all sorted.
I've also started looking at wedding dresses! Wow it's difficult to narrow down my choices, there are so many beautiful options to choose from. At the moment I'm trying to figure out which stores around Glasgow are the best ones to try. I keep seeing mixed reviews and am already feeling overwhelmed but I'm sure everything will work itself out. Any help would be hugely appreciated!!!
Hope you have all had a wonderful week.

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