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So Shape Diet Review

so shape diet challenge

 

Dieting is a very personal activity for a lot of us. That is because every person has different strategies that help them maintain or lose weight. Yet, not all strategies for weight loss work all the time, and not all foods are healthy enough to be considered diet foods. I have had my share of dieting experience and diet tricks that sort of worked, could have worked, and never worked at all, which means that I am very reticent in recommending you a diet plan in this blog. However, I feel compelled to tell you that there is one diet challenge that seems to work for me at the moment, and it really took me by surprise.

 

so shape weight loss diet

 

The So Shape Diet challenge is a weight control program that originated in France. The program’s goal is to achieve weight loss in a “simple and no-fuss” way, which means that the products in the program are highly innovative, quick to prepare, tasty, and varied.

 

so shape weight loss diet dishes

 

If you are the busy type, the So Shape program makes everything so easy when it comes to shedding a few pounds while keeping up with your daily activities.

 

so shape weight loss program review

 

so shape brownie shake diet

brownie shake

The So Shape products are divided into either shakes or hot dishes. The shakes can be served hot or cold, and they come in different flavors, which I can assure as very tasty. I have a very picky tastebud for shakes and smoothies, and the So Shape shakes definitely passed my tastebud’s scrutiny, lol. My favorite flavors from the So Shape shakes are: brownie, sea salt caramel, cappuccino, and cookie cream. The So Shape shakes can be taken during lunch or even during dinnertime. To prepare it, just follow the instructions on the booklet given to you when you sign up for the So Shape challenge. TLDR: just add 8 ½ oz of water to the provided shaker and add the flavored powder from the sachet, and voila! If the shake is too thick, you can always add more water, use a bit of hot water to melt the powder during the shake preparation, or just keep shaking the shake. For me, the shakes can replace my whole meal, since most of them are around 200+ calories.

 

so shape cookie cream shake

cookie cream shake

so shape diet hot dishes review

 

The So Shape dishes are very interesting because they come in similar packaging as the shakes, but instead of containing the powdered shake flavors, the So Shape dishes contain a powder mixture or flavor of the dish. A separate pack of pasta, such as macaroni, matches each dish sachet. Just like the shakes, the preparation for the dishes is also very easy. Just add 4-5 oz of water to the pasta (use the shaker as a measuring cup), heat it using a microwave or a pot, and then add the dish sachet. I love all the flavors of the So Shape dishes, and I use them to replace at least one of my meals. Every dish from So Shape is very filling, and I find myself no longer reaching for extra meals or snacks.

 

so shape fusillis and arrabbiata dish

fusillis and arrabbiata dish

The So Shape challenge directs that you follow their advice or commandments stated in their booklet. Some of the advice includes: keeping yourself hydrated, allowing yourself to eat a free meal, eating lean protein and lots of vegetables while on the program, and trying to hold on to the program for the next three days to get used to the diet routine. This advice or commandments are what I really like about the program. So Shape allows you to diet, yet they remain flexible with what you can eat outside of the challenge. By guiding you on what to food eat and consuming their shakes that are high in protein and dishes in reasonable proportions, diet and exercise have been truly effective for me.

 

so shape diet challenge review

 

Have you tried the So Shape challenge already? What is your ultimate diet tip?

 

For more information, check out the So Shape diet challenge HERE.

 

Note. Products provided by So Shape. The reviews and opinions herein are solely by the editor.

 

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Luseta Beauty Biotin & Collagen Shampoo + Conditioner Review

luseta beauty biotin collagen haircare review

 

For a long time, I have been on a hunt for a haircare product that contains biotin. Biotin is a vitamin B7 that promotes thick luscious hair and prevents hair thinning. I have straight, fine hair with some thick strands blending in. The fine strands tend to get very brittle as they get longer, so I always look for haircare products that promote hair strength and increase hair volume. While I may have found a good haircare line that promotes strong hair strands (see HERE), I have not found a haircare product that promotes hair growth and hair volume.

 

Enter the Luseta Biotin & Collagen Shampoo and Conditioner. I have never been so blown away by the effect of the product on my hair. I started using the shampoo and conditioner without much expectation, but after using them, I was amazed by how my hair looked.

 

Luseta Beauty

 

The shampoo and the conditioner have a pleasant light floral smell, which I love. The packaging is large enough to last for several showers, and the price is very reasonable. I also like that the company sends a free sticker that you can stick to the packaging. I had a lot of fun doing it because it made the packaging so cute. It feels like I was scrapbooking 😀.

 

luseta beauty biotin collagen shampoo

 

Biotin & Collagen Shampoo – The shampoo is so easy to lather, and only a drop of the product is good enough for every shower. The product itself has a purplish lilac color, and it cleanses the hair thoroughly. I did not notice any dryness of my hair after rinsing off the product, and I also felt like I could just use the shampoo alone and still not have a dry-hair feeling afterward.

 

luseta beauty haircare review

 

Biotin & Collagen Conditioner – The conditioner is lightweight and with a light lilac tone. It is creamy but not whipped nor viscous. One drop is also good enough to cover short to medium-length hair. It will not weigh the hair down.

 

luseta beauty biotin collagen shampoo and conditioner

 

Contrary to some critics of the haircare line, I really like my experience with the products. My hair feels smooth, soft, detangled, and breezy clean after each use. I never noticed any product residue that left my hair feeling heavy or greasy. I also did not notice any dryness. While my experience may be different from others’ experience, since my hair is somewhat on the oily side, your experience with the product will be different as well. Therefore, I suggest that you give this product a try. It works for me, and it makes my hair feel full and look volumized.

 

What is your favorite haircare line?

 

Note. Products provided by Luseta Beauty Haircare. The reviews and opinions herein are solely by the editor.

 

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Bracha Jewelry Review

Bracha Wearbracha jewelry

 

Even though golden jewelry pieces are not my thing, one jewelry brand sparked my love of such jewelry material. You read it right from the title of this review. It is the Bracha brand of trendy golden jewelries. What started as a random scrolling on the Nordstrom app, turned into a full-blown obsession with Bracha jewelry being purchased at 3 AM. Yup, I am awake at 3 AM because I am a self-confessed hardcore night owl, living among nocturnal animals :-). Anyway, my first impression of Bracha jewelry can only be described in one word — impressive. For each piece’s price point and quality, I am impressed at how beautifully crafted each jewelry I received. It is clear that style and attention to detail are invested in every ring, bracelet, and necklace this brand makes.

As I have mentioned, most of Bracha’s jewelry is gold-toned. However, such gold tones differ in every piece of jewelry the brand makes. Some may look more bright gold, while some may look more vintage gold. Depending on the style, some Bracha jewelry may also look more polished than others. Speaking of style, I would say that most pieces tend to be trendy and minimalist, which can also be seen as classic and elegant. Some of Bracha’s pieces are water-resistant, some are gold-plated, while some are gold-filled. The few silver-toned jewelries they have are either stainless steel or sterling silver.

 

Rings

 

Bracha Stars and Wonder Stack Ring

 

Most rings from Bracha are adjustable, except for a few pieces. So, there is no need to know your ring size, which is great! The ring styles vary a lot, and Bracha keeps updating their inventory. You will most likely find yourself looking at not just one Bracha ring, but three or four, or even more :-).

 

bracha calypso adjustable ring

 

Bracha Roma Nail Cuff

 

Necklace

 

Bracha Initial necklace review

 

The first Bracha piece that captured my attention is the Initial necklace. It is all over Insta, and there is a reason why. The necklace is simply stunning and truly well-made. The quality is excellent, and it is such a versatile piece. The next Bracha necklace that I adore so much is the Skinny Gold-Filled Monte Carlo, seen in this post, along with the butterfly Free Spirit necklace. The Monte Carlo necklace should be a staple in every woman’s jewelry collection because it is very versatile and simply classic, which means that the necklace can be worn as is, or have it layered with other favorite gold-tone necklaces. Other necklace styles I love from Bracha are the butterfly necklaces, such as the Bailey butterfly necklace (link to purchase the necklace is at the end of this post).

Bracha Bailey butterfly necklace

 

bracha free spirit necklace

 

Bracha Bailey butterfly necklace

 

Bracelet

I am a big fan of bangle bracelets, and Bracha has some really cool and classic designs. The Holly bangle bracelet (seen in the photo below) gives a classic roman goddess vibe. When paired with the Roma Nail Cuff (second photo below), the whole look becomes a modern Roman Holiday affair :-).

 

Bracha Holly Bangle

 

bracha holly bangle bracelet

 

Whether you are a fan of gold-toned jewelry or not, you will not be able to resist the beautiful jewelry pieces by Bracha. From the style of each piece down to the price and craftsmanship, I have no doubt that you will like this jewelry brand as much as I do.

 

bracha initial pendant necklace review

 

Are you a fan of gold jewelries? What is your favorite jewelry brand, and what jewelry piece are you eyeing lately?

 

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