Restylane vs Juvederm: My Take

I always believe in looking my best no matter the situation. I could be going to the grocery store at 10 in the morning and I will make sure that I am wearing fresh lipstick. Maybe even a big smile on my face. I also wish I believed people when they kept telling me how smoking causes wrinkles. As much as I enjoy looking nice, I never really cared much about my lifestyle. I smoked which led to nasolabial folds and surrounded myself with a lot of unhealthiness. I didn’t eat right since I mostly ate junk food and take out and then it began to show. Not just on my body, but also my face. My fluctuating eating habits really took a toll on my skin. I developed eye bags and my cheeks hollowed out.

restylane vs juvedermMy thin lips are an entirely different story, they have always naturally been thin. My negligence also resulted in their becoming chapped and pursed as well. All in all I was a complete mess. It was around this time that I came across dermal fillers. I was hesitant at first and then I learnt of two companies, namely Restylane and Juvederm. I decided to go with Restylane first because of the number of reviews it had. From what I learnt Restylane is an FDA-approved hyaluronic acid gel used to smooth facial lines and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. I was confused as to what hyaluronic was and after research, I found that it’s actually a naturally occurring substance.

I decided my under eye bags needed help before anything else, so I booked my appointment. My results were really positive. I didn’t notice anything right away and after it started swelling, I got pretty worried.

Juvaderm-logoHowever my swelling went down after a week and my under eye bags looked a lot better. The hollow under eye seemed to fill up and I felt an improvement of about 50-60%. I don’t know if it’s just the filler alone or my doctor too but I couldn’t be happier. It has been about 6 months since I have gotten it done and I am still happy with the results. I will need to get a retouch done in a month or two though and I don’t mind that. The procedure was also relatively painless. However, the only downside is it being a bit costly.

I chose my lips to be tested by Juvederm.  Juvederm has quite a name for itself and is known to be amongst the best. I experienced daffy duck lips for the first 2 days and a week later, I got another filler done. My experience with my lips however, wasn’t as good as my under eye bags. My lips did feel fuller but the results still weren’t that visible. It’s possible that I might have had unrealistic expectations about the result. Lastly, the effects for Juvederm’s filler didn’t last as long as Restylane’s filler. Ultimately, I find the Restylane fillers to be better than Juverderm’s.

Dermapeutics Hyaluronic LIFT Serum

As humans we tend to take things for granted really easily. When we are young and able we aren’t aware of how lucky we are until we start aging. Similarly, most of us never paid attention to how youthful or luminous our skin was in our 20s because we were too busy agonizing over one or two zits that would pop up every now and then. However as we enter our 30s and the collagen in our skin begins to sag as we keep growing older, we notice fine lines and what could be called the beginning of wrinkles forming along our face which means that you’re now transitioning into another phase of your life.

The thing with fine lines or wrinkles is that you can’t exactly cover with makeup like you can a zit or uneven skin tone, in fact makeup actually ends pronouncing them even more. This is where anti-aging creams come in, while they may work on fine lines, they don’t bring back that youthful oomph. So after jumping from one product to the next, I discovered the Dermapeutics Hyaluronic LIFT serum.

For those of you who don’t know creams are normally moisturizing and heavy, typically made by mixing oil with water and they may or may not contain active ingredients to address specific skin concerns. Whereas Serums tend to be more liquid-like and are water based and are easily absorbed by the skin because of their lightweight.

Dermapeutics Hyaluronic LIFT SerumDermapeutics is a renowned brand known for its skincare line and is known for deriving its ingredients directly from the earth, so their formulas aren’t just 100% synthetics and chemical. Their Dermapeutics Hyaluronic LIFT serum is amongst their most popular products. According to them their serum “brings resilience and youthful contours creating a beautiful lift to your face and eyes. Hydrates, and smoothens fine lines and, “plumps out” wrinkles.”

You can normally buy it at retail stores; however I got mine online for around $22 for the 1oz. serum, which I personally found to be a bit costly but most serums are normally around this price range so I suppose it’s understandable. After cleansing my skin I would take a few drops of the serum and then apply it to my face and neck. The product itself isn’t too heavy which is a good sign for me.

My skin is dry and sensitive and I was hesitant before applying this serum given how prone my skin is to adverse reactions, instead I was pleasantly surprised. My skin started appearing fuller and youthful, the fine lines began to fade and I could visibly notice the fine lines around my eyes disappearing. After two weeks of continuous use, the results became more pronounced and I felt as though it took years off my face. Another added plus point is the fact that this serum is also moisturizing, something my dry skin warmly welcomed. My only complaint is the fact that it doesn’t last as long, an average bottle was finished in 5 weeks otherwise I loved everything else about the product.

Fermodyl 619: A Review

Growing up you probably realized that natural hair does not behave. Most of us with natural hair struggle to maintain it and have experimented with various hair treatments in an attempt to control our unkempt manes. Of course there are also those of you who’ve subjected their hair to harsh treatments like consistent bleaching and hair dyes or you suffer from intensive heat damage because of which your hair is now dry and brittle. Let me just state that I feel your pain. You have three options to choose from here; you can either get a haircut (muffled screaming heard in the distance), try home remedies and try to learn from your mama’s wisdom or you resort to other treatments.

heat-damaged-curly-hairCutting your hair is a good idea if your hair is only heat damaged or ruined by product-buildup, but if your hair is naturally dry, rough and uncooperative then getting a haircut isn’t going to help anytime soon. When it comes to home remedies, they help but they aren’t equipped to handle hair that has months or years of buildup, so home remedies are at best a temporary fix. If you don’t plan on getting a weave and don’t want to opt for the other options, you’re going to have to try various hair treatments instead.

Natural hair has always been the most rebellious kind of hair and maintaining it is no easy task. While there are a list of shampoos to choose from, picking the right type of conditioner and hair treatment is necessary. Before you make your decision, it’s important that you know what your hair type is so that you assess its needs and then choose.

We will first look through the type 3 categories and then move on to the Type 4 categories.

  • Type 3A: Type 3A hair is more sensitive to frizz, so it’s always recommended to use light products that won’t be too heavy for the hair and will not cause too much buildup. Type 3A hair is best described as loose, loopy curls.
  • Type 3B: Type 3B hair is more defined than type 3A and their texture is denser and coarse which is why sulfate-free hair products are mostly recommended for this hair type to prevent buildup. The distance between each curl is smaller in this hair type.
  • Type 3C: Type 3C hair is best described as corkscrew curls and the distance between curls is the smallest compared to the other two hair types. Heat styling and other harsh treatments are not recommended at all for this hair type.
  • Type 4A: Type 4A curls is characterized by its “s-shaped” curls and is less dry compared to most natural hair types; however it is prone to coarseness which is why creamy moisturizers, conditioners and treatments are normally recommended for this hair type.
  • Type 4B: Type 4B appears shorter and condensed than it actually is; it shrinks down up to 50% of the actual length. The curls are “z-shaped” because of which they are more susceptible to breakage. Deep conditioning and creamy moisturizers best suit this type of hair.
  • Type 4C: Type 4C is considered to be the most fragile hair type. The curls don’t have a defined pattern but they can shrink more than 70% of the actual hair length when not stretched out. For example when your hair is stretched out, it’s actually 12 inches of hair, however when it isn’t stretched out, it shrinks down to look as though you only have 5 inches of hair. Normally protective styles are recommended for this hair type to prevent breakage.

Fermodyl 619Now that we have discussed the various types of natural hair, what each type needs is a moisturizing leave-in treatment. Leave-in treatments work instantly and can be done in your homes too so you don’t have to make weekly or monthly trips to the hair salon. They act on the hair’s cuticle and since they are light, they don’t cause extra buildup in the hair.

Fermodyl 619 is one of the many leave-in hair treatments offered by Roux. Other hair treatments by Roux are the Fermodyl 233 and the Fermodyl 07. Roux’s Fermodyl hair treatments have been around for a really long time, a few decades in fact and it has a strong history of positive reviews behind it.

Since Roux has been replaced by various renowned brands nowadays, finding it has become a difficult task but it’s still available on a few websites like Amazon.com but it tends to go out of stock quickly.

Fermodyl 619 resultsMost people recommend using Fermodyl 619 after towel drying your hair and the results are said to be instant. Fermodyl 619 is said to treat and is normally recommended for coarse, dry and tangled hair. Using it just twice a week is normally enough and you will find that your hair is already improving.

The product comes in small tubes and each tube can be used during one sitting. The product itself is clear and has a light consistency, almost like water itself. Another plus point is the fact that it smells really nice unlike most leave-in treatments.

Majority of the people who have used Fermodyl 619 have nothing to say but praises and it’s considered a ‘Godsend’ by most people who suffer from extremely coarse and dry hair. The results have normally been instantaneous; most people rave over how their hair instantly becomes softer and more maintainable. Super curly hair is normally difficult to maintain and is prone to knots and tangles. Fermodyl 619 helps in detangling the hair, making it easier to style as well. Another advantage of using Fermodyl 619 is the fact that it helps limp hair by giving it that extra oomph by adding extra volume and giving body to the hair. Also, since the product itself is very light, there is no issue of dealing with buildup which is a major plus point for natural hair since it tends to get weighed down by buildup.

The only complain one can have about Fermodyl 619 is its price. Compared to most standard leave-in conditioners, Fermodyl 619 costs extra money. However, the amount of money you will spend using ten other different treatments instead isn’t really a smart decision either. Some users have also complained that the effects aren’t long lasting but results do tend to vary from different hair types and varies case to case. However, if you outweigh the pros against the cons Fermodyl 619 is definitely worth a shot.

June Nailbox Subscription Review

Nailbox is a monthly subscription service similar to existing beauty boxes e.g. Glossybox but instead it focuses solely on new nail products which is perfect for people like me as I tend to change up my nail colour more than I have hot dinners!

I was sent the June nailbox to review (after regularly having my nails ‘shellaced’ for around the last six months) so I was looking forward to trying some new polishes on the market. When the box arrived I was also surprised to see, along with 4 polishes, I had been sent an Elegant Touch professional cuticle clipper as I was only expecting the box to contain polishes but every month you can also receive nail accessories which I didn’t realise at first.

The cuticle clipper is very useful to me, I will continue to use it as I tend to my nails at home with professional products (e.g. CND) and only go to the nail salon to have colour reapplied. Perhaps I should consider investing in a UV machine to set my own polish but I also like visiting the nail salon as it feels like a treat and I can have a coffee, chat and just relax!

However, I digress! So, I will use the cuticle clipper – it’s sharp, accurate and comes with a five year guarantee. As for the polishes, I was so excited to see both bright summer colours and a nude. I like bright colours but on a daily basis I like to wear quite neutral tones on my nails and was looking forward to first trying the Nails Inc polish in ‘Colville Mews’ – a gel effect polish that cures in natural daylight and the first polish I had tried of it’s kind.

I was so disappointed! The colour is much flatter on my nails than it looks in the bottle and the opacity was very poor. I had to do three very thin coats and I found it fairly hard to apply. It felt very flaky and didn’t even last two days before most of the polish had peeled off which was such a shame as I had such high hopes for this beautiful looking varnish!

Next up I tried the Essie nail lacquer in ‘Roarrrange’ – a jewel toned bright orange and it was beautiful to apply, the brush was slightly on the large side but the formula was so very easy to apply and gave a clear even coat in just one application. It lasted very well for just under a week and was easy to remove (a huge plus point for brighter colours), but did leave some residue on my fingers rather then the nail themselves. Either way this gets a huge thumbs up from me!

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Also included in this month’s box was a classic red nail polish by Tanya Burr called ‘Mischief Managed’. I’d heard very good reviews about this polish including a recommendation from my nail technician herself so I was a little disappointed by the texture of the polish as it felt a bit of a budget polish, like a supermarket’s own brand. The colour was bright and fairly easy to apply as it had a smallish brush and overall I was happy with the colour but it did take three coats to get the even coverage I desired.

My box also contained a bottle of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat which was very fast drying but wasn’t as hard wearing as I anticipated and flaked off within a few days. However as it’s just a clear polish I will continue to use it as I will still get a lot of use out if it.

Nailbox seems like a good idea – you get a mixture of products from premium nail brands and the subscription cost is between £13.50 and £15 a month – a bargain as the products contained within are valued at much much higher. Also I think it’s a great way to try new colours and stay on trend across the seasons. Unfortunately not all the nail polishes were for me (I don’t think I’ll be wearing the nails inc again unless I only want it to last a few hours!) but I’ll definitely be using all the other colours and the cuticle clippers.

You can also get a 15% discount at nailpolish.co.uk by entering “NAILBOX” at the checkout, if you want to order a colour that’s arrived within your box or the same nail polish but in another shade. Each Nailbox is set to be delivered on or around the 21st of each month.

*Sponsored Post* A Quick Look at Different Types of Skin Tightening Procedures

If you are looking into skin tightening treatments, you should know that there are different levels of skin tightening. In other words, some treatments are better for treating the early stages of sags and wrinkles. Others can successfully treat deeper or more prominent wrinkles and sagging skin.

Methods to Use Early on Before Problems Worsen
The earliest line of defense against annoying sagging skin is having a good daily skincare regimen that involves creams or lotions specifically designed for your skin type. If you find the right cream and apply it regularly, you can often delay the process of wrinkles and fine lines popping up.

The next thing you might want to try, if that doesn’t work, is getting some sort of home treatment kit, such as an IPL device, which uses pulsed light to treat wrinkles. If that isn’t sufficient, a clinical IPL appointment could help, or you could decide to have another painless but potentially helpful treatment, like ultrasound or radio frequency therapy.

Both ultrasound and radio frequency procedures use sound waves to bombard your skin. The sound waves are more or less painless and harmless, but they can get your skin to make more collagen, which can strengthen it and give it back some of its elasticity.

Treating More Developed Skin Wrinkles and Sags
If your skin problems have gone from minor annoyances to obvious and possibly embarrassing, you may need a stronger treatment. Luckily, there are many new and used medical lasers in clinics across the country that offer the next level of wrinkle removal. Lasers come in various types and strengths, and they each are meant to perform specific types of treatment. That means that finding the right laser to treat your wrinkles may not be as easy as it sounds. You will need to consult your doctors, as well as the clinic technicians. Those experts should be able to recommend a treatment, but keep in mind that one session won’t be enough. Any laser treatments will need to be ongoing, otherwise your fine lines and wrinkles are likely to return.

As long as you choose a type of laser that is healthy for your skin type, your side effects should be limited to a little redness and minor discomfort for a short time. However, there is always the low possibility of blisters occurring during the procedure. Discuss any concerns you have with your laser technician ahead of time.

Other Treatment Methods for Wrinkles
Stronger ablative lasers are available. So are chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and other treatments that are considered to be a bit invasive. But all of those procedures are best performed as last resorts when nothing else is working, usually. That’s because they come with risks, especially the risk of post-procedural skin infections.

It all comes down to comparing your skin problems with the way each treatment works. Add that to any budget concerns you may have, as well as concerns about your skin type, and you will quickly find out which option might work. It will be easy to quickly rule out certain options and put others on your short list. Then you can take that short list to the experts and formulate your healthy skin plan.

Summer Beauty Giveaway *Closed*

Welcome to my Summer Beauty Giveaway!

Looking for a way to spruce up your summer make-up look? Read on for your chance to win this fabulous summer beauty bundle!

Details below for your chance to win:

Jemma Kid Make-up Masterclass book rrp £22.50

Jemma Kid Make-up Masterclass book rrp £22.50

The Feel Good Factory on Looking Gorgeous book rrp £9.99

The Feel Good Factory on Looking Gorgeous book rrp £9.99

e.l.f. natural radiance blusher in Flushed £2.50

e.l.f. natural radiance blusher in Flushed £2.50

Susan Posnick Colorflo Bronzer with SPF 26 rrp $68

Susan Posnick Colorflo Bronzer with SPF 26 rrp $68

Ahava mineral makeupcare deadsea algae compact powder in SAND medium light

Burts Bees Honey Lip Balm £3.69

Burts Bees Honey Lip Balm £3.69

That’s a total of around £112 worth of beauty products you could win!

HOW TO ENTER

To be in with a chance to win this competition simply follow me on:

bloglovin’ OR Twitter OR Facebook OR Pinterest OR Instagram

AND Leave me a comment below to say where you have followed me!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The competition is open to UK entrants only aged 18 and over, one entry per person.

A winner will be chosen from all valid entries using random.org.

Competition closes 9pm Monday 11th August.

The competition is not sponsored by any of the above brands, it’s just for fun!

Good Luck and Thanks for Reading,

My Make-up Collection and Storage

I love seeing blog posts and youtube videos about people’s make-up storage. And there’s nothing more satisfying than getting organised and having a make-up spring clean. I’ve needed to have a cull for SO long as I forget about products that I do truly love and it’s lovely to rediscover some old favourites. After a bit of searching online I found a storage system that works for me and to make things a little different today I filmed a video to give you a sneak peek into my make-up collection. Enjoy!

*Disclaimer: Yes, I own a lot of make-up. I’m the first to admit it’s a lot of products but to some people it might be loads or hardly anything by way of comparison. I do a lot of work with beauty brands so I get sent a fair few samples. Equally I buy a lot even though I don’t need them, it’s an entirely irrational want for pretty things! Anyhow I’m not trying to ‘show off’ how many products I’ve got or how much I may have spent *hangs head*, I just happen to like make-up products and thought this might be a nice way to show how I like to organise them as inspiration. I hope it is :D

Backstage Make Up Trends With Pat Mcgrath At Dolce&Gabbana: Milan Fashion Week

Take a sneak peek backstage at the Spring/Summer ’14 make up trends with Pat McGrath for DOLCE&GABBANA at Milan Fashion Week

At the Spring/Summer 2014 Ready to Wear show in Milan, Dolce&Gabbana presents a collection evoking traditional decorations and superior handcraftsmanship. Backstage, The Designers’ inspiration of an imaginary journey to rediscover ancient Sicily, where history and myth come together was brought to life by the brand Creative Advisor Pat McGrath using Dolce&Gabbana Make Up.

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To complement The Designers’ creative vision Pat created a make up look with a combination of warm golden tones alongside rich red accents. To achieve a flawless base Pat applied Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation using the foundation brush. She started with a small amount of the foundation, applied to the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin and blended it from the central point of the face outward, until the product flowed seamlessly to the hairline and jaw. Perfect Luminous Concealer was then used to add extra coverage and achieve an illuminated look, especially under the eyes. Finally, Pat created a veil of perfection with a dusting of the pressed powder on the nose and chin. To complete the face, Pat blended the blush in Rosebud, Apricot and Peach, adding a light smudge of the eyeshadow duo in Fortune to the cheekbones and temples for a subtly sculpted finish.

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Turning her attention to the eyes, Pat applied the lighter shades from the eyeshadow quad in Golds and Desert to create a deep, gilded look. Pat then applied the eyeliner in Chocolate and Nude to the upper and lower eye, adding a bronze flecked liquid liner on top of the lash line, for further definition. Finally, layers of Passioneyes Duo Mascara in Terra were applied for volumised and curled lashes, giving models a luxurious yet playful gaze. Pat then applied the brow liner in Soft Brown for a natural, tailored brow.

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On the lips, Pat used Classic Cream Lipstick in two dynamic new shades, set to arrive at Dolce&Gabbana Make Up counters from Spring 2014. The new colours, Bellissima and Traviata, were mixed to add warm decadence to the look. The color was applied with greater intensity at the cupid’s bow for better definition and striking finish.

To complement the look Pat chose the nail lacquer in Pure Nude for a final touch of luxury.

dolce&gabbana pat mcgrath spring summer 2014 make up

Product list:

FOR THE FACE
the foundation
Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation

the concealer
Perfect Luminous Concealer

the blush
Luminous Cheek Colour in Rosebud, Apricot and Peach

the powder
Perfection Veil Pressed Powder (available from Spring 2014)

FOR THE EYES
the mascara
Passioneyes Duo Mascara: Curl and Volume in Terra

the eyeshadow
Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Fortune
Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Golds and Desert

the eyeliner
Crayon Intense in Chocolate and Nude

the glam liner
Intense Liquid Eyeliner in Baroque Bronze

the browliner
Shaping Eyebrow Pencil in Soft Brown (available from January 2014)

FOR THE LIPS
the lipstick
Classic Cream Lipstick in Bellissima and Traviata (available from Spring 2014)

FOR THE NAILS
the nail lacquer
Intense Nail Lacquer in Pure Nude

May Favourites 2013 And Beauty Giveaway!

It’s June again – it means it’s half way through the year, the summer is almost here and it’s my birthday month so there’s lots to be happy about :)

Throughout May I have been using a lot of new beauty products as the weather is crazy weird – one minute scorching hot meaning my make-up has been sliding off my face and the next minute so cloudy, cold and wintry I’ve been back wearing fluffy jumpers and curled up with a blanket and a hot cup of tea. I mention the weather as it seems to really affect my skin, let alone my mood, so on warm summery days I’ve been playing with more colourful eyeshadows and make-up items and on cooler days really making an effort with skincare and haircare instead.

This month I’ve been loving:
Michael van clarke 3 more inches pre-wash treatment
Michael Van Clarke 3 More Inches Pre-Wash Treatment

This has been a fabulous treatment to use when I’ve been out in the sun and has left my hair feeling much more manageable and in better condition after only a few uses. I can’t comment on whether I think it’s making my hair grow faster (which it claims to do) as I haven’t been using it long enough yet. I’m not keen on the fact it doesn’t really have a scent but my hair was left much smoother and softer after use.

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Carmex Lip Balm

I’m normally a big advocate of vaseline but find my lips still dry out as I use it frequently and think my lips are used to the formulation so this little tube of mentholated balm is a treat. It’s very moisturising and I can feel it actually working (maybe that’s just me but I swear I can as it’s sinking in!) and it’s good for dry parched lips in the winter and dry, sun exposed lips in the summer.

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mac face and body foundation
I’m absolutely loving this at the moment as this gives a light creamy coverage and isn’t too heavy so when the weather is warmer it doesn’t slide or melt off too much! It’s buildable if you have any areas that need more coverage but I’m finding this to be just perfect for my skin at the moment and it gives me a really healthy natural complexion.

H and M Lipstick Dare to Bare
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I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any H&M make-up, particularly the lipsticks. Dare to Bare is a neutral nude colour with a hint of golden shimmer. It’s a light, creamy formulation and swatches completely differently from the colour in the stick! It’s a really pretty colour and I think it’s such a good colour to wear in the summer. If you like the look of this lippy scroll down to see how you can win one of your own :)

It swatches like this:
H and M Dare to Bare Swatchhm lip swatch dare to bare

 

Re-Gen Cream
Re-Gen Cream

I have started using re-gen cream as I’d heard it is good for reducing scarring and for brightening the skin. I’ve been using this in conjunction with Alpha-H Liquid Gold and it has made a big difference to the look of my skin and I really notice a difference in the morning if I’ve applied this before bed. It’s quite a cheap product too so a good complexion booster for sallow or dull skin.

Tangle Teezer Pink
Tangle Teezer

Now I’ve got a tangle teezer I’ll never go back to brushing my hair with a regular hairbrush! It’s really gentle on my hair and I also use it on wet hair and it’s completely pain free to use. I have been using a lot of new and nourishing haircare products recently but I feel using this has really helped improve the texture and condition of my hair for the better.

I’ve also been loving this month –
Music: Flaws by Bastille, Liquid Lunch by Caro Emerald, La La La by Naughty Boy
TV and Film: The Aviator, Fresh Meat, Waking the Dead
Food and Drink: Rocky road, Cocoa Orange Nak’d Bars, Bellevue Teas

h&m lipstick comptition

How to win a lipstick!
If you fancy getting your hands on the gorgeous Dare to Bare lipstick send an email to
e.randell@gmail.com with the SubjectDare to Bare” along with your name, address and email address which we will use to notify you if you win.

Competition is open to UK residents only.
Competition closes on Sunday 23rd June at 10pm (my birthday!!!).
One entry per household only.

The Body Reset Diet – Phase I: Review And Results

If you know me, you’ll know I like ‘reviewing’ diets. Mostly because of my endless struggle with those few last pounds but also for my genuine interest in nutrition and how the food we take in affects our everyday lives – often more than we know. Recently I have been keeping up with the Kardashians or one Kardashian in particular – Kim. And no I’m not here to condone her *reasons* for being, ahem, “famous” or to discuss her recent pregnancy fashion faux pas (although seriously – what was she thinking with that highwaisted peplum skinnies and poloneck combo?!!) BUT oddly I feel I have more in common with Kim K than most other celebs as we share the same body type – curvy to the point if you put on so much as 3lbs you start to look chunky. So I started to keep tabs on her exercise habits and turn a new leaf by getting a bit more active.

Simultaneously I was looking for a new way to kickstart a bit of weightloss. Exercising was all well and good but I wasn’t even shifting a pound and was sticking 100% to a well known slimming group program. It was disheartening and I wasn’t seeing any difference no matter what I did. Then I got a lovely email asking if I’d heard of The Body Reset Diet by Harley Pasternak
(I hadn’t) and if I’d like to give it a try (why not!). So I got my hands on the book and then discovered Kim K follows this diet along with other celebs like Megan Fox and Hilary Duff. Not another Hollywood diet I thought and my heart sank. But as I read the book I realised it’s not just another ‘diet’ – it’s actually good sound nutritional advice and it promised the things I was looking for – weightloss that shows, weightloss that won’t leave you feeling hungry and that you’re going without plus a minimal exercise program.

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smoothies l-r: cucumber lime, berry, pina colada

The diet is divided into three phases and in phase one you have three smoothies a day and two snacks plus it’s recommended you walk 10,000 steps a day. Each smoothie (recipes given in the book) is made up of all the nutritional requirements your body needs like fresh fruit, milk and salad greens. The emphasis of phase one is on speed (each smoothie or snack takes less than 5 minutes to prepare), nutrition (fresh or frozen ingredients are pulped to allow for easy digestion of vital nutrients) and cost (easy to find ingredients are included in all recipes and costs significantly less than meal replacement products and no more expensive than everyday meals).

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smoothies l-r: chocolate, sweet spinach, pb&j

If you don’t like smoothies then this diet is not for you – as with any diet or eating plan there are pros and cons but this is a pretty big necessity if you intend on following the plan! I anjoy smoothies, I tend to have them fairly regularly anyway so this wasn’t such a huge leap for me. Harley promises you won’t feel hungry on the diet because there is protein to keep you feeling fuller for longer in every one of your 5 ‘meals’. I was hungry on days two and three late in the evenings but after that my hunger subsided and I got used to having less but I didn’t feel like I was going without. And I liked the smoothies – as you can see here they all look vibrant and appetising – and they all tasted very nice. Each day in phase one was one white, one red and one green smoothie to make sure you get all your nutritional needs and I found them quick and easy to prepare plus I found them appealing and wantedto drink them.

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smoothies l-r: raspberry lemon drop, maxwell mocha, apple pie

Pros:
Nice tasting smoothies
Easy to find ingredients
Quick and convenient (you can make smoothies before work or going out and keep in a flask)
Suitable for people who are new to exercise or those who haven’t exercised in some time
Improved skin complexion and brighter eyes
More even energy levels
Walking is easy
Support is given for both diet and exercising effectively
I lost weight!

Cons:
Not suitable if you’re a fussy eater
Preferably you need a blender so an extra cost (I already had one so didn’t make any difference to me)
You still need willpower and motivation – it wasn’t easy making dinner for everyone else and having something different from them each evening

During the first phase (5 days) I stuck to the plan 100% and found it easy to stay motivated and not be tempted by foods not incorporated in the plan. During this time I lost 7lbs which is a fabulous start to the diet and exactly the motivation I needed to keep up with the rest of the plan. Reviews and results for phases 2 and 3 of The Body Reset Diet will be up soon!

The Body Reset Diet is available now and is published by Simon & Schuster UK, priced £12.99.