Shake it up

I know how to live on a Saturday night, so clearly a meal-replacement shake and a face mask are top of the list of things to do….

I dug out my much under-used blender and mixed up the Forever Lite Ultra Shake vanilla powder, 3ooml of skimmed milk and a handful of blueberries and raspberries.  I’ve done meal replacement shakes many moons ago and they were not the most pleasant thing so I wasn’t expecting much (hence the fruit addition).  This was surprisingly okay – I’m not going to pretend it was the best dining experience ever – but it didn’t taste too synthetic.  The vanilla was sweet but not overpowering and the texture was fine.  The powder all dissolved pretty easily.

I think I could manage one of those a day for a week if I was looking to shed a few pounds quickly.  The pack makes 15 shakes, and is priced at around £20 so seems fairly reasonable.  Each serving contains 200 calories, and around half of the daily recommended intake of protein and also half of the major vitamins and minerals.

I also have the chocolate version to try, so may do that one this evening.  Chocolate on Valentine’s is the way to go, right?

I also had the Aloe Mask from the Aloe Fleur de Jouvence Collection to try.  That translates to the Flower of Youth, and the mask offers to rejuvenate by smoothing, conditioning and cleansing the skin.  The range contains collagen and elastin as well as camomile, apricot kernel, jojoba and of course aloe vera.

To make the mask you have to mix a powder with an activator solution.  There is meant to be a measuring/mixing spoon included but that was missing from the trial pack so I had to improvise.  The instructions say to mix until a “lotion consistency” is reached, and then to apply with a brush.

I think it was a bit runny and so was a bit of a performance to put on, but the quantity was good to cover the face and neck.  I’d been warned that it’s nicknamed the “botox facial” as it sets solid – and that’s definitely true.  You leave it on for around 30 mins before removing with a hot cloth.   After 30 mins it was solid and my face was smooth and shiny (before taking it off!) as you can see from the scary photo below!

It was easy to remove, although I had got some of it stuck in my hairline.  I was as bit pink and blotchy afterwards but that wasn’t unexpected.  My skin can be a bit sensitive and I had already done the marine mask this week. I put on some aloe gelly and left my face to calm down, which it did relatively quickly.  My skin is very soft and smooth (but not shiny!) this morning and looks refreshed.  Not sure I look youthful but definitely improved.

All in all, I’ve had worse Saturday nights!

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