The Nékter Classic Cleanse Detox Review

The Nekter Juice Cleanse

When I arrived in California about two years ago, I would hear the phrase “juicing” over and over. I thought, “that’s strange, why is everyone taking steroids?” I am from New York, the only people who juice are athletes… illegally. So when I discovered that “juicing” is a juice cleanse consisting of veggies and fruits, I became relieved and bewildered. How can someone drink just juice for three days? And why would anyone want to do that?

Fast forward a year and a half later, and I accepted the juicing challenge . For three days I just drank juice using the Nékter Classic Cleanse detox. This is what happened.

WHY I JUICED

It was right after Easter and I needed a change. I was tired of eating overly processed junk food, and felt sick looking at the family size bags of chocolates my mom gave me for the holiday. Up to this point, I had never done anything remotely like a juice cleanse, but I have tried a few juices and discovered they tasted pretty nice! Who would have thought something so green could taste delicious.

I figured if I really want to be serious about my health, which I did, then I have to get rid of all the junk inside first. I immediately placed all the chocolates in the freezer (no way I could throw them out just yet), and made a trek down to my local Nékter Juice Bar. The only reason why I went with this company was 1) convenience 2) the juice packages were on sale.

Nékter Classic Cleanse juice detox cleanse

DAY ONE 

I bought one of Nékter’s super lime green thermal bags filled with six different juices, numbered and labeled. A small brochure was inside explaining what to expect and how to use the package I just bought.

Getting home I opened up bottle number one, a green mixture of apple,cucumber, kale, spinach, celery, mint and lime. Drinking it I thought, “Well, this shouldn’t be too bad.” Famous last words.

It wasn’t until the late afternoon that my body started craving solid food. I was hungry, foggy, and craving everything that I had consumed in the last 72 hours. It was as if my cell’s were reminding me my last meals as they detoxify. It was weird.

I drank bottle, 2,3,4,5 of the Nékter Classic Cleanse with ease, allowing 2 hours in between each bottle. I loved the lemon, agave, and cayenne pepper drink the most. It was super refreshing. It might also be because I love the taste of lemons. Drink number 6 was the hardest one to consume. It was vanilla cashew milk, and it was disgusting! I love cashews, but apparently not blended. And I hate vanilla. I was so looking forward to this last drink too after having all fruits and veggies all day. Alas, I plugged my nose and took big gulps to get it down. The only plus was it did fill me up substantially, and I slept like a baby that evening.

Nékter Classic Cleanse juice detox cleanse

DAY TWO

The next morning, I got up and literally said out loud “Ha Ha. Well, I am never doing that again.” The first day was hard, and I had no interest in returning to Nékter to buy a second round of juices. As I went to prepare breakfast, I realized the milk in my fridge had spoiled. As I began lacing up my shoes, the most bizarre thing happened. I began craving some of that green juice!

Before I knew it, I had another lime green bag in my hand, and I was on day two. Day two wasn’t as bad as the first day. I had a better idea of what to expect. The hunger pains weren’t as horrific. I was still pretty foggy, which came out in my work. I submitted a writing project that was completely rejected and asked for plenty revisions. But, I made it through the day and evening just fine.

Nékter Classic Cleanse juice detox cleanse

DAY THREE

There was no question about doing day three, mainly because I spent the money and invested in this detox I might as well go all the way. I was rather proud to be picking up my third and last lime green bag of the Nékter Classic Cleanse detox. I announced that this was my last day. The cashier said congrats, and I waved goodbye.

Things seemed to be going really well, had an easy time getting the juices down, didn’t feel as hungry. I did nibble on a few almonds, which in the pamphlet said was allowed. I met up with my cousin for quality time and was actually even able to hold a conversation. The fog was starting to lift.

The only complaint I had was that when I reached for the sixth bottle, the nasty cashew drink, I noticed that this time it was spoiled! It smelled rotten and was a yellowish color. I decided to toss it out and go to sleep. I was officially done with the cleanse!

Nékter Classic Cleanse juice detox cleanse

THE BENEFITS:

  • The detox really did get EVERYTHING out of my system
  • It tasted great (except for drink 6)
  • It was affordable
  • It jump-started my healthy eating habits
  • It caused me to look at food in a whole new light

I would have never thought that a simple three-day detox would change my perspective of food as much as it has. It opened up my eyes to realize how much crap we as a nation put into our bodies daily, AND we think it is normal! It made me realize how completely unnecessary a double bacon cheeseburger is. I realized how bombarded we are as a whole with media advertisement of fast food, unhealthy eating, quick fix unnatural dieting tactics. This detox drastically showed me how much better homemade, whole foods are for my body. The process of transitioning into a better eating plan was so much easier because of detoxing first. It truly reboot my whole system, mind, body and soul.

MY TIPS 

  • Check the bottles before buying to makes sure they aren’t spoiled.
  • Drink plenty of water! It helps with the detox process.
  • If you need to eat almonds or veggies, just do it. It will help you get through the process without completely giving up.
  • Use a pre-planed prepackaged juice cleanse to start. I had no clue what I was doing, so having it together for me was perfect.
  • As always, check with a doctor or a nutritionist before doing anything!

Stay tuned! It has been six months since I last did a detox, and I am ready for the next cycle. This time I am making my own juices and lasting a few days longer!

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New Designer: Isle Poni Lo Swimwear

Isle Poni Lo Swimwear

This past weekend, I attended the Open Runway show at the W Hotel Westwood. Four incredible designers showcased their summer line in front of fashion bloggers, fashion influencers, and media. The designer who stuck out the most was Isle Poni Lo and her swimwear collection. The vibrant colors, the tropical prints, and the incredible silhouettes were gorgeous. It didn’t hurt that  the collection fit perfectly with W Hotels palm tree-lined pool.

After the show I was able to take a look at the swim apparel first hand. I wanted to see first hand the quality of the fabric, the built, and the structure. I wanted to get a feel for it myself. Luckily Isle Poni Lo had a hut in the corner selling their fab bathing suits with the designer nearby for any questions.

Of course, knowing me, I wanted to hear what inspired the designer. Little did I know, I was in for a beautiful story. The designer and creator of Isle Poni Lo swimwear, Ashley Morgan Foster is from the Big Island of Hawaii. She remarks how Isle Poni Lo means wild ponies, which there are apparently many on the island roaming freely. Foster believes that every woman has that wild carefree side of her as well, and created a swimwear line to represent that inner nature.

What I was incredibly taken back by is Foster’s attention to detail. She mentioned that once Isle Poni Lo is more established she is looking for a charity or organization she can give back to. She further explained how the eco-friendly materials are SPF 50, and the tags (with all the information) can be planted to grow wild flowers! Isn’t that insanely beautiful?

Why I fell in Love with Isle Poni Lo:

  • The gorgeous colors, and prints that are used
  • The braiding and structural design of each piece
  • The quality of the bathing suite
  • The fun story around the collection

What do you think about the collection?

Isle Poni Lo Swimwear

Isle Poni Lo Swimwear

Isle Poni Lo Swimwear

Isle Poni Lo Swimwear

Isle Poni Lo Swimwear

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What’s in my purse at all times!

Because we are human, and that means we are nosy by default. So here’s what is inside my purse!

Tory Burch Purse; Moo Business Cards, Ray Bans Sunglasses, Burts Bees Chapstick, Aveda Stress Relief Hand Lotion, iPod, Babyganics Sunscreen, Billionaire Boyfriend Perfume roller, Henri Bendel iPhone + Wallet Case, Car Keys

I am obsessed with my pale pink Tory Burch purse for this summer season. I love the adjustable straps that easily convert into a cross body. I am also incredibly impressed by how much stuff it can carry. Speaking of which…

I always carry my business cards. These beauties are from Moo Cards. I love how rich they feel, and professional they look. You never know who you may meet during your day…

Ray Bans, of course. What else is new. I love these baby’s and how they protect my eyes.

Chapstick by burts bees and hand lotion by Aveda to keep my skin hydrated all day long.

My trusty iPod for fun tunes to help bump to during work at the market place.

Sunscreen by Babyganics, because I truly am a child. No just kidding, I bough it because it is free of: paba, phthalates, parabens, fragrances, and nano-particles. Plus it is TEAR FREE! Which is huge because I kinda had a problem with that in my last sunscreen (boy does that burn the eyes)

Billionaire Boyfriend roll on perfume, because doesn’t everyone want to smell like works of art. Plus I just love the name. Drool.

My absolute favorite floral wallet by Henri Bendel! It is a wallet plus and iPhone carrier. I am seriously obsessed by it.

Then of course my car keys. I live in LA, this is how life works.

What’s in your purse? Let me know in the comments bellow.

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Younique 3D Fiber Lashes Review

Don’t you ever wish you can get your eyelashes looking like they are inches long but don’t want to glue on ugly falsies. Yep me too, mainly because I have no hidden talents in gluing structured hair onto my face. I tried once and the lashes became extensions to my already full-figured eyebrows…it wasn’t pretty. And while I love my natural eyelashes (work what you have, girlfriend!) I also have so much fun testing out beauty products that essentially make me feel like a movie star.

Enter Younique 3D Fiber Lashes. As a gift from the lovely Debi Jackson who works for Younique, I was able to try out the amazing beauty product that enhances lashes within minutes. The best part is that they are paraben free! Only registering a 3 on Think Diry App as containing ingredients that could possible cause irritation. This blew my mind on how healthy this product is compared to other leading names on the market.

What is Younique 3D Fiber Lashes:

Well, to clarify it is not false eyelashes, and it isn’t exactly mascara. The formula of success for this product is a balance application of black gel and tiny black fibers applied in a similar manner as mascara. The gel is not glue, thank goodness or I would be in the ER with doctors trying to pry my eyes back open. Instead, what I experience was the gel having very similar consistency and look as mascara but slightly more fluid and stronger to hold the fibers in place.

Total time to apply the product was maybe 2-3 minutes. Pretty quick. Which brings us to…

Younique 3D Fiber Lashes Review
Top is the mascara holding gel; Bottom is the fibers!

Application:

It is easy. Again, thank goodness! Just like regular mascara you swipe the gel onto the lashes first, then follow it by swiping on the 3D fibers. You can repeat this process depending on how long and full you want your lashes. I did the process twice and that created the perfect Hollywood glam look I wanted.

To seal the fibers in, you can use the gel or a mascara. But frankly I wanted to see what happened if you used neither. Would the fibers fall off, or fade throughout the day? To really put this product through the ringer, I walked by the beach and let the salt-water air brush against my face.

Guess what happened? The fibers were still in tack! I didn’t have any random pieces under my eye, nothing running down my face. I was amazed how well they held up. My hair was another story, but the lashes still looked amazing.


Rinse off:

What is great about the Younique 3D Fiber lashes is that they wash off easily at the end of the day. I used warm water and tear-free soap to rinse away the beautiful lashes without a struggle. When I went to pat my face dry, there was no residue on my towel. Score! Looking back in the mirror, my natural eyelashes were still entact and looking healthy. I mean, this product made me smile from start to finish. It has been a long time since I’ve been this impressed with any type of makeup.

Final thoughts:

Why are you still reading this, go get the product! I rarely suggest buying something immediately, but this is one of those treats that just will make your day. It is perfect for the holiday season with tons of events and parties to attend. It is fun, photographs well, and makes me fee so glamorous. I know my New Years Eve look is now complete because of Younique 3D Fiber Lashes.




For more information on product ingredients, or to order, feel free to contact Debi at Younique!

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