Juicy Juices – My red berry & green juice recipes

Recently, I have 100% jumped on the juicing band wagon. I don’t really eat enough fruit & veg as I find it hard to incorporate 5 a day into my daily diet so by having 1 or 2 juices a day, I’m getting everything I need without the hassle.

It’s taken much trial and error (and some really gross juice concoctions ) to find my 2 favourites, but now that I have, I make them every day. So, I thought I’d share them with you.

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1: Green Juice 

This juice is probably the healthiest juice out of the 2 as it doesn’t have too much natural sugar in.

  • I chop up half a pear, a whole kiwi, half a banana & a floret of broccoli alongside a handful of blueberries, a handful of mixed kale and spinach and throw it all into a blending jug.
  • I then add a teaspoon of chia seeds, a teaspoon of flax seeds and a tablespoon of mixed seeds.
  • Add a squeeze of lime before filling the blending jug a quarter full with apple juice then filling it up to just over half way (depending on how thick you want the juice to be) with coconut water & then just blend it all up.

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2: Red Berry Juice

This is my fave juice out of the 2 because it’s so sweet and tastes like strawberries.

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  • I use the other half of the pear and half a carrot & put them in the blending jug.
  • I then add a handful of blueberries and raspberries.
  • I cut 5 or 6 strawberries in half and add them on top before measuring out a teaspoon each of chia seeds and flax seeds and a tablespoon of mixed seeds.
  • As this juice is so sweet from the natural sugars in the fruit, I leave out the apple juice and fill the bending jug a little over half way full with coconut water.
  • Blend it up and it’s done!

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Both juices are so filling that I have them for breakfast most mornings. They’re so quick and easy to make however, it does get quite expensive buying fresh fruit & veg sometimes so I keep a bag of frozen berries and spinach in the freezer to make a quick juice on a budget.

*continues gulping juice in the hope for a summer body*

Eliza Days xo

 

The Mascara That Stole My Heart – Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara

I’ll be the first to admit that I am an absolute mascara whore. I never ever stick to the same one, chopping and changing most days as well as piling 2 or 3 different mascara’s on at once that all claim to do a different job: lengthening, volumizing, separating!

This was until I purchased the Rimmel London Volume Colourist Mascara on a whim a few weeks back.

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It has quite a long, thin wand & is has bristles instead of a plastic wand, which I love! It really does separate and lengthen my eyelashes and is so buildable, which is great considering I layer mascara’s quite heavily. It doesn’t clump or have any drop down either. The packaging is quit lightweight and the applicator is really easy and comfortable to hold.

 

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This mascara claims to tint your lashes gradually as you wear it. Now I’ve been wearing it every day for around 2 weeks now and I haven’t noticed a difference at all. That is my only criticism. But, I am willing to glance over that because the mascara is SO DARN GREAT! & to top it all off, it’s only £7.99 in Boots – bargain!

What’s your fave mascara?

Eliza Days xo

 

 

Sunny Daze – Looking Forward to Summer

Summer is 100% my favourite season by far. My mood is completely dependant on the weather so when it’s sunny, my mood is sunny. There is nothing better than waking up to the sun glaring through the window and knowing that any spare time that day can be spent outside.

I’m a complete sun worshiper (of course, covered in SPF) & I love everything to do with summer. But, here are the top 5 things I am most looking forward to about the great British summer:

  1. Freedom: As a university student, summer means freedom from lectures & deadlines. I can’t wait to not have to constantly be thinking about an assignment and have total free time to read what I want, spend time with friends & family and focus on my blog.
  2. Sunbathing: I know it isn’t particularly sunny in the UK, and of course we do still get rain but I am so excited for those days where temperatures climb and the sun peeks from behind the clouds. I’m excited to sit in the garden with a cold lemonade and listen to George Ezra on repeat for hours – heaven!
  3. Summer clothes: I’m really not very good at winter fashion. I get quite warm so big, knitted jumpers and layers don’t really agree with me. In general, I just find dressing in winter really difficult so, I cannot wait to bring out dresses and skirts and live in flip-flops again.
  4. BBQ’s: myself & my friends have had a few already but I can’t wait to spontaneously decide to light the BBQ & cook some salmon or burgers for dinner. I love the smell of my clothes and hair after sitting around a BBQ drinking Pimms and stuffing my face.
  5. Family: obviously I live away from home (well, I guess Cardiff is my home now, sort of) but away from my family anyway, so summer means having loads of free time to go home and visit them & also, my younger brother and nephews aren’t in school so they can come and visit me too. I can’t wait to go home & sit on the harbour wall, drink Pimms and watch the sunset – that’s what summer is all about.

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Eliza Days xo

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick – My Thoughts

I’ve been through many lip phases in the past 2 years. Initially I was all about bright red, matte lipsticks, with my favourite being the Chanel Rouge Allure in the shade Coromandel (98). I then moved towards a lower maintenance look, using the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, mainly in shade 5. More recently, with the rising popularity of liquid lipsticks, I’ve become more inclined to branch out of my comfort zone and give them a try.

 

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The first one I have tried is the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet. I got it in the shade Don’t Pink Out (10). The colour is a gorgeous plum toned dark pink and is a very warm colour. It’s very opaque but not in a gloopy, sticky way.

I absolutely adore the formula of this product. It goes on so smoothly, even covering chapped lips and it’s so comfortable to wear. Also, it is SO SOFT. The applicator is pretty standard but even so, it still manages to give you a lil’ precision when you’re trying to draw in a cupid’s bow.

It has some serious longevity, I even ate a burger and there was still some product on my lips – an achievement? Definitely. It’s also really easy to reapply, so there’s no faff in having to remove it all to start again, you can just top it up throughout the day and it builds comfortably. The packaging is really teeny so it’s perfect to throw in your handbag (or in my case, my coat pocket, I’m not enough of an ‘adult’ to carry a bag around yet, ha!)

Overall, I am loving this liquid lipstick & I’m going to have to pop out and invest in a few more shades, this one will be making very regular appearances on my face.

Eliza Days xo

Holiday Diaries – Destination: Lisbon

As you may have seen from my last post, I spent an incredible 2 weeks in the Algarve with my family last month. Half way through the holiday, myself and my boyfriend went on a little Portuguese adventure and caught the bus up to Lisbon for a holiday in a holiday.

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The bus journey was so nice, with some amazing views. We went for 3 days & stayed in My Story Hotel Ouro, which was pure luxury and really central.

We did a whole load of sight-seeing, spending the first day walking up to the castle and enjoying a glass of wine with a serious view! I genuinely think the view from São Jorge Castle is the best view I’ve ever seen. On the second day we caught the train to Cascais; a really fancy holiday resort about half an hour from Lisbon. The cobbled streets and sandy beaches were gorgeous and seeing the million pound yachts was so cool!

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Both nights we were there we ate at the Time Out Market – 35 of Lisbon’s best restaurants under one roof alongside specialist tequila, gin and rum bars plus a fresh juice and homemade lemonade stand –  AMAZING!! If you are ever in Lisbon, do not miss this place. Apart from the view from Lisbon castle, this was 100% the highlight of our city break! So good we went back twice!

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We had such an incredible time in Lisbon and it is now definitely up there with Amsterdam as one of my favourite European cities.

What is your favourite European city?

Eliza Days xo

A Glorious Summer Holiday – Destination: The Algarve

It’s been a REALLY long time since I’ve written a blog post and I don’t really know why. I guess uni work took over and in the new year I started going to the gym, so that kinda became my new favourite hobby. So, as a result, I neglected my blog.

BUT, I’m back with some serious passion for blogging so stick around!

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I thought my first blog post should be something fun, exciting and reflective so this one is going to be all about my first summer holiday of the year with my wonderful family. As a child, I never actually went on a family holiday, and in fairness to my parents…there are LOADS of us so I don’t blame them. Anyway, this year me, my older sister, her husband and son, my little brother and my boyfriend booked it, packed up and jetted off to the Algarve for 2 weeks of sun, sea, laughter and rum. We had the best 2 weeks ever!

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We stayed in a small resort called Praia De Rocha, which had the most amazing beaches. We spent the first week lounging by the pool, swimming, playing cards and eating our body weight in food. Half way through the holiday my boyfriend and I decided to have a holiday in a holiday and caught the bus up to Lisbon for 2 nights, it was such a good idea! I could write a whole other blog post on our time in Lisbon…actually I think I might, all I’ll tell you for now is that Lisbon is one of my new favourite cities and the Time Out Market is 100% the best place to eat there. After 3 days sight-seeing in Lisbon, we were ready for some much-needed pool time so we headed back down to our all-inclusive hotel in the Algarve and reunited with the rest of the family.

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We explored some of the Algarve, catching a river boat to Slives and spending a gorgeous afternoon drinking Prosecco and eating strawberries on the cobbled steps under an orange tree. We also went to Slide&Splash water park and had such a fun day, I even held a snake! (In a water park? I know).

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After putting on at least 4 stone and damaging our livers for a fair while, we flew home with our cheeks aching from laughing and smiling having had a holiday to remember. Going on holiday is my absolute favourite thing in the world. I love not thinking about anything but the people you’re with, what you’ll have for dinner and whether to read Cosmopolitan or Glamour magazine first!

Are any of you jetting off somewhere nice this summer?

Eliza Days xo