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Saturday, November 26, 2016

DIVA Beauty Soirée | Collagen in a Bottle

Hoola!

So, 3 days ago I was invited to attend Sociolla Soirée. Man, that sounds fancy af lol. But basically it's a routine get together held by Sociolla for its bloggers while collaborating with a brand that's available on their webstore.
In this soirée they're collaborating with Diva to educate us about Collagen drink and its importance. And actually, Diva is available at SOCIOVIT, rather than Sociolla.
If you guys aren't yet familiar with Sociovit, it's the sister of Sociolla. While Sociolla is the place you go to for your outer beauty fix (eg. makeup), Sociovit is the place for your inner beauty need! *that rhymes 😆*

You can find various health and beauty supplements at Sociovit and other health-related stuffs (eg. granola, oats, organic coffee, yoghurt, etc).
The Soirée was being held at Blue Jasmine Restaurant
How gorgeous are these table decor tho??? I couldn't stop snapping at every nook and corner. It's done by Orlins Event.
Here's a representative from Kalbe explaining to us about DIVA (sorry forgot her name, I'm super bad with names. I legit only learnt all of my uni classmates' name after almost 3 years 😅). 

Yes, Diva is produced by Kalbe, which I'm sure you guys have at least already heard of. Kalbe is the company that produces Diabetasol, Prenagen, Milna (one of my fave baby biscuit. Yea I still eat baby biscuit. It's nice what), and a lot of over the counter medicine (eg. Promag, Woods, Fatigon, Extra Joss, etc). 

Oh, they also produced FITBAR! My no.1 go-to snack bar. In fact, I have an empty Fitbar box  right now beside my foot, I swear 😅 And another two unopened boxes outside.
Enough with the tangent, let's get into the star of the event,
DIVA BEAUTY DRINK
To put it simply, it's a Collagen Drink that works to, well, replenish your Collagen.

Collagen is a gelatin fiber that makes up to 30% of the proteins in the body. It's the building material to renew cells in all areas of the body including: the hair, skin, nails, eyes, teeth, cartilage, bones, tendons, organs, arteries, blood vessels, hemoglobin, immune cells and the immune system. - the source.

It's the thing that makes your skin smooth, "bouncy" and elastic. As you grow older, your skin starts to sag and wrinkles start to appear, that's because your body produces less and less collagen, insufficient to renew enough skin cells and maintain your youthful skin.

By drinking a collagen supplement, like this Diva Beauty Drink, you help your body compensating its lack of collagen reproduction.
True, you can get collagen from naturally collagen-rich food like shark's fin, pig's feet, and chicken wings (yum!), but you'll need to eat an exorbitant amount of those food to get a decent amount of collagen. Not to mention all the fat and cholesterol you'll inevitably consume with those food 😱.

So when it comes to boosting your collagen, collagen dietary supplement is preferable and easier. Healthier too I suppose if you consider all that cholesterol from collagen-rich food.

*P.s. the above food photo has nothing to do with collagen lol, it's salted egg yolk shrimp that we had for lunch, but I thought it fits to what I'm trying to explain 😝.
Okay, while we're at food photo, might as well show you guys this uber yummy lava cake we had as dessert. The only thing was I wish mine was a bit more rare 'cause I like really saucy lava cake 🎂 (yup, still loving the new emoji feature on blogger).
NOW back to the point!
Diva contains 1000mg of collagen, fish elastin, and 4 superfruits (Pomegranate, Acerola, Grape Seed, and Acai) in each bottle. It's high in Vitamin E as well, which notoriously known as one of THE vitamins for better skin.

Here's a breakdown of WHY Diva Beauty Drink is gonna improve your skin condition with regular use:
  • Contains 1000mg of Active Collagen to boost the collagen in your system. As I have explained above, Collagen is CRUCIAL for a healthy, youthful skin. It renews cells, increase skin elasticity, and can make your skin less dry. Not to mention it's also great for your hair and nails as it renews those cells as well.
  • Contains Antioxidants (Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Lycopene, and Selenium) from the superfruits. Antioxidant protects your skin from free radical that can cause dark spots. It also helps in reducing the appearance of skin discoloration and spot.
  • Only contains 35kcal per serving. *Each serving has 8g of sugar tho, but most commercial drinks contain 18g to 35g of sugar, so I don't mind it that much.
  • The superfruits work to decrease collagen damage as well, so other than adding collagen to your body, it also minimizes the damage of collagen that's already in your body.
Another thing to note, Diva contains NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER, so it's actually safe even for children to consume. However, children are still full of collagen 😅 so there's really no need for it. You can start drinking collagen drink in you early 20s, or even from high school if you already started wearing make-up because needless to say, however safe is your make-up, it's still a burden for your skin and still causes damage.
How often should you drink Diva Beauty Drink? Well, Everyday. The representative said that it's recommended to start with 2 bottles a day (morning and evening) for the first 3 months to bring your skin back to health, and then dial it to 1 bottle a day for the months afterward for maintenance. She said that we may already see improvements within 2 weeks of regular use. For dark spots, it can take 3 months to improve. There's no such thing as instant result 😉. However, she said we can see a difference within 8 days.

you can see the bigger and smaller set here
Which is why they launch a new Box set in addition to their already available 6-bottles box. This new box set will contain 16 BOTTLES of Diva in conjunction to their "8 Days to Timeless Beauty" campaign. It's a campaign to encourage you to give Diva a try for at least 8 days, 2 bottles a day (morning and evening). 

Oh, and in this new set you get 16 bottles for the price of 14 bottles!

Speaking of price, Diva is actually the most affordable Collagen drink I've ever seen (among legit ones okay, not including unknown dubious ones). I remember asking my mom to buy me collagen drink when I was younger -I think around middle school or high school- maaf udah kecentilan dari kecil 😑, but she refused to because collagen drinks are damn expensive guys.

For Diva, you can get it at IDR60,000.00 for a box of 6 HERE at Sociovit.

I think it's a good fit if you're young and just getting started at the Collagen drink game.
Last but not least, THE TASTE.

To me it's sweet like a berry drink with a lingering fish oil taste because it DOES contain fish Collagen. The fish oil is not obvious nor a bother for me, but if you die die can't take fish oil taste AT ALL, you can make it into smoothie or mix it into different drinks! The photo above is actually a demo on how to do exactly this, but I sat at the middle-back so I couldn't get a good look at it. But you get the idea, just add Diva Beauty Drink to your morning juice or smoothie (ex. mix it with orange juice, mint, cranberry juice, soda, etc).

Personally, t's too much hassle for me to do all that lol 😅 #lazybum, so I prefer to just drink it straight out of the bottle since the fish oil taste is very minimal. I think it's gonna be even more minimal if you drink it cold.

And that's a wrap folks!
Here's a photo with fellow attendees there
And full group pic

Thankyou Sociolla for having me in your Soirée 💖 and Diva for educating me about the importance of Collagen drink 😊

P.p.s. I'm doing the "8 Days to Timeless Beauty" challenge, so I'm gonna update you guys with a more elaborate review on this Collagen drink soon!

Have an amazing day guys!
xoxo, Lily


FTC Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post through Sociolla Blogger Network. I was compensated for this blog post. However, all opinions, experience, and such are honest and genuine as always 😆

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Weekend Healthy Living [Yoga & Zumba] with Sienta

Hii peeps! Hope ya'll doing great and stay healthy 💞 (I'm loving this new emoji feature on blogger).
Last week, November 19th to be exact, I went to Gandaria City to join the Pop Up Playground, which is a 5-weeks event held by Toyota ID in celebration of the All New Sienta launch. Yep, it's the first launch of Toyota Sienta in Indonesia! 
Each week the Pop Up Playground has different theme and takes place in different location. The theme last week was Healthy Living, so is this week's theme. For this week, it will be held at Summarecon Mall Bekasi on November 27th (in 3 days!). You can register at http://sientapopupplayground.com to join 😁

Last week's healthy living involved Yoga and Zumba (this week is Fun Bike), so when Nyna invited me, I of course said yes. Zumba and Yoga are probably the only classes I love at the gym (plus Flavor, but only the ones taught by Lynne). I also join Body Pump class from time to time, but that feels more like a chore to me 😅 still gotta do it though.
There is the All New Sienta to camwhore with at the registration entrance.
And camwhore I did. It has power sliding door. Like this:
Cool. Cool, cool, cool. (I love you if you get that reference)
There was a stall selling workout outfit at discounted price (my mom would probably go nuts if she had been there).
There were also some other health-related stalls. Oh, and you can get your cholesterol, uric acid, blood pressure and blood sugar tested for free at one of the stalls, but I forgot to make Sam try it (I've been pushing him to get his blood tested to no avail 😑 damn his needle AND blood phobia).

The first session was Yoga with Fathan Todjon
He came in using the Sienta lol.

A video posted by Lily Zhen (@lilyzhen168ii) on

I don't have a good photo during the yoga, so I'll add a quick IG video of the session later after I finished going through the footages. /*edit: added!*/
Hands down my all time favorite part of yoga 💜. It's so freaking relaxing please. I can legit fall asleep during this part, especially if it's in an enclosed class because it's so quiet and the musics in yoga are damn psychedelic-esque.

After the yoga class, we got a 30-minutes break before Zumba to have brunch and replenish our energy.
Water bottles, cold towels (super nice after a yoga class), and main meal. For the meal, participants can choose between a fish and chip set or a chicken sandwich with mushroom bruschetta set.
There was a crate of bananas, much to Sam's dismay. I don't get how someone can hate banana. I mean, it's one of the sweetest and most filling fruit. But even just the scent of a banana can send him over the edge. It's fun though, my family and friends often scam him with various banana flavored food 😂. 
Some granola bar from EATBAR.
More fruit choices.
My brunch/post-workout menu.
I also got the fish and chip, but I only got a couple of bites before Sam devoured it wtf 😑. I'm totally regretting not taking the chicken sandwich meal box also. I mean, each participant is supposed to get only one meal, but there were some leftovers, so no harm no foul, right? #cheapskategonnabecheapskate
I also took two EATBAR granola bars 😅 because I wanted to try both flavor. I've only tried the berries flavor (which reminds me I need to take the other flavor bar out of my gym bag) and it's actually really good. Not those yucky, no-taste, snack bars. Definitely in my top 3 workout snack bar in term of taste. Although, there is no nutritional value written on the box, so that's something to keep in mind if you watch your fat/sugar/etc intake. It only says 100cal/bar.

Once we've had our brunch/lunch whatever, it's time for Zumba with Nadya. Yay. I love Zumba! I hate working out in general, but Zumba is so much fun, so it doesn't really feel like working out. The only workout that I like better than Zumba is Lynne's Flavor, otherwise, Zumba FTW!
This is the only decent photo I have during the Zumba session. We moved vigorously, so it's hard for Sam to take non-blur photo with my camera. Thus, just like the yoga session, I'll add a quick IG video of the session later after I finished going through the footages. /*edit: added!*/

A video posted by Lily Zhen (@lilyzhen168ii) on

Look! There was a baby-wielding partcipant as well 😂 So friggin' cute.
After the Zumba session, there was a little talkshow about healthy diet, which I probably should've listened to better given my poor diet. No joke, I eat deep-fried food almost every single day with minimum vegetables intake 😓 *my poor clogged artery*. Don't be like me, okay. Live a healthy diet people!
Now, if you're wondering what's all this healthy living shiz gotta do with car, basically Sienta brings a "Multi-Activity Vehicle" concept to the table. It's a car that can fit all your activity needs, including work out (going to the gym, biking, etc). 

How this car can fit your active lifestyle? For one, it has DIVE-IN SEAT (my favorite feature). It's the first car in its class to have this feature. I wasn't even aware of the existence of such awesomesauce feature until I saw it in Sienta (granted car is probably not my strongest suit 😅). 

Anyway, if you're a car-noob like me, dive-in seat means you can fold the 3rd row seat under the 2nd row seat. Like this:
With this dive-in seat feature, it means MORE BAGGAGE ROOM!!! You can fit a LOT of stuff just by folding down the 3rd row. And there are still seats for 5 people. I went on a Jogja-Jember-Jogja road trip a lot with my family when I was a kid and we're a family of five, so I highly appreciate baggage space. 
I can totally fit at the back 👍 Back to the point, if you're an active person, you can put your workout equipment like gym bag, yoga mat, etc at the back and it will totally fit and then some more. If you fold down the 2nd row seat too, you can even fit  2 BIKES WITHOUT DISASSEMBLY and probably more if it's smaller bikes. Something my older brother would appreciate. He's the outdoorsy type and goes to hike a lot with his friends, so I imagine his and his friends' hiking and camping equipments would have plenty of room in this baggage.

I will elaborate more on other features in future post, but for now let's wrap it up.

It was a fun experience (and good workout) joining this Pop Up Playground event and if you're keen in joining the fun too, you can register at http://sientapopupplayground.com. Here's the line up for the last two events:

Weekend Healthy Living (Fun Bike) - FREE
November 27th, 2016 starts at  06.30
Summarecon Mall Bekasi

Unlock Your Weekend Fashion Bazaar
December 3rd, 2016
The Flavor Bliss, Alam Sutera

Hope to see you guys there!

Have an amazing day!


FTC Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post through Sociolla Blogger Network. I was compensated for this blog post. However, all opinions, experience, and such are honest and genuine as always 😆

Monday, August 1, 2016

Althea 1st Birthday | Korean Beauty Haul & Swatch

Althea was celebrating its 1st Birthday recently, so I and other bloggers were invited to join in the celebration. They gave us point to shop with, so thank you Althea :) The box was supposed to be this special birthday box, but mine comes in the regular box (maybe there was some mix-up), but no matter, still an awesome haul.

You can see all the detail and swatch of the haul here:


Here's the website:
http://id.althea.kr

FAQ:
♔ How much is Shipping?
Fill in your address & it will show on total bill. Free shipping above 300k this month (normally 500k).

♔ Does Shipping include Delivery?
Yes. Shipping from Korea & local delivery to your doorsteps.

♔ How long is Shipping & Delivery?
10 - 15 working days.

♔ Import Duties and Taxes
All internationally shipped items from Althea may be delivered at no additional cost to you, subjected to change. Refer to http://id.althea.kr/terms-conditions

♔ What are the Payment Methods?
Credit Card, Mandiri ClickPay & Doku.



FTC Disclaimer: I am not paid to write this blog post, however, I am obligated to write this in collaboration with Althea. Not to worry, I only agree to work with brands (/and on products) that I like and would actually use myself. This is my second collaboration with Althea and so far I still believe in them. Honest opinion as always :)

Sunday, July 31, 2016

BLACK GARLIC - Demo & Review

Guys guys guys, 

Have you heard about blue apron before? I first heard it from itsjudyslife vlog. It's basically a subscription service where they will send you prepped fresh ingredients along with recipes, so all you have to do is just cook it. I really wanted to try it, but too bad such thing didn't exist in Indonesia.

Fast forward months (or is it year?) later, I randomly googled "William Wongso" -because I always get sucked into the black hole of internet, jumping from one thing and another-, and Black Garlic website was one of the first few to pop out. I think William Wongso is like the advisor or something for Black Garlic.
Black Garlic is similar to Blue Apron, except it's not a subscription service, you order it food by food.

Of course I decided to order some (I also found 100k off coupon on instagram). I was kinda giddy about it actually. So now I'm gonna review this rather unique-in-Indonesia service.
One of the nice thing about Black Garlic is that you can choose which date you want your ingredients to come, and it will come on that EXACT date. No waiting around for JNE or TIKI or whatever to get your order to you. Make sense?

Although, you do have to order 2 days prior to the date you want it to be delivered. So that kinda sucks, especially if you're as excited as I was to try them.

They come in this box with styrofoam and ice pack to keep the freshness of the ingredients.

P.s. if you keep the box until you got three of them, you can contact Black Garlic and they will come to your house to pick them up and you'll get 50000 off coupon. It's their #GOGREEN effort.
For my first order I picked up 3 menus:

  • Honey Glazed Dory with Egg Salad and Sautéed Baby Buncis (4 portions)
  • Beef Burger with Sweet Potato Fries and Coleslaw (2 potions - the coleslaw is only included if you order the 4 portions option)
  • Rendang "William Wongso" with Ketupat and Sayur Labu (2 portions)

It cost me Rp 220,000.00 in total after the 100K coupon code. And I NEED to mention that I love the paper they print the recipe on! It's thick and doff-laminated, so if you spill something while you're using it, it won't ruin the paper.
Most of the ingredients in each menu is individually packaged like this. I usually just chuck this in the fridge without opening them up just so it's easy to take out of the fridge (as in I don't have to look through the ingredients one by one to see which one belongs to which recipe).

However, I do recommend you to take a peek inside to make sure there is no ingredient you need to put in the freezer. I made the mistake of not looking through the ingredients inside the bag, because I thought all things that's in the bag are the ones that only need to be put in the fridge, and ended up with a box of half gone-bad wontons (more on that later).
The stuffs you need to freeze if you don't wanna cook them immediately.

Alrighty, now let's get into each menu:

Honey Glazed Dory with Egg Salad and Sautéed Baby Buncis
the ingredients
All ready to be assembled
It took me 1 hour or so in total to cook this menu (I was filming the process, so it took longer than necessary), which I think is not bad for a three-dishes menu.

By the way, that's not ALL the dory they provided. I portioned it out for lunch and fry again later for dinner so that they stay crispy :) I made the baby buncis and the salad all at once tho, so what you see now is the actual portion they gave for both dishes.
The dory sauce is delicious. I like it so much that I try to recreate the sauce. The result is not exactly the same though, kinda similar, but mine lacks this "smokey" sort of flavor, which bring me to my next point:

One of the things that I don't like about Black Garlic is the fact that they don't write the recipe for the pre-packaged sauce. They only write the ingredients inside the sauce, but no measurement or how to create the sauce. This is the same with all the pre-packaged sauce and flavoring, even the prepped dishes like wontons (more on that later).

That's kinda a bummer for me as I'd very much like to recreate some of the dishes they have. I mean, it's not like they will lose business or anything if they share the recipe, given they change their menu every week anyway.
Also, for the extra dish they give you if you order 4 portions (in this case the sautéed baby buncis), they don't even write the ingredients they use inside the sauce.

Speaking of portion, their portion is GENEROUS! This three-dishes ended up being 8 portions instead of 4. I ate them with rice of course, so it helps in stretching the portions, BUT! each of those 8 portions was still generous, I didn't skimp on it or try to really force it into 8 portions. 
So if you really want to make it a bit budget, I recommend you to choose the "family-style" menu where you portion the dishes yourself (as opposed to, for example, burger, where it's already portioned out for you. Make sense?). Other tip is, try to order the "4 portions" option instead of "2 portions", because most of the menus are cheaper if you buy "4 portions" and you may also get "bonus dish" on some menu ;)

Oh, The egg salad and sauteed baby buncis are tasty as well :)

This is the demo for this dish on my vlog:


Up next:


Beef Burger with Sweet Potato Fries and Coleslaw
the ingredients
bun, bun, bun
The burger bun is from Vineth, which I believe is a bakery by William Wongso.
tomatoes
the lettuce, which look sad
For a company that pride themselves in fresh ingredient, this lettuce doesn't look good. Note that I made this dish 2 days after it arrived (they say their ingredients can last up to 5 days) and when they arrived I immediately stored them in my fridge. But all in all, I'm not prissy enough to not eat the lettuce, it's just a bit of bruising anyway.
all prepped and ready to be assembled
This burger was only ok for me, like they're pretty good, but not amazing.

The highlight of this burger for me is actually the bun. Yup, the bun. The bun is sooo sooo good. It has this buttery taste to it, and combined with the crispy top and edges, it is amazing. The burger sauce is something worth mentioning as well. They're what make this burger decent.
As for the meat, they're not as big as I want it to be. I know, I know, it contradicts my previous statement about the generous portion, but for this burger, I can stand a bit more meat. You can see in this picture that the meat patty only cover half of the bun.

I suppose you can make the patty flatter for it to cover the whole bun, but I like my meat thick and juicy. that's what she said.
As for the sweet potato fries, they're okay, I don't really like the "floury" coating.

Next:



Rendang "William Wongso" with Ketupat and Sayur Labu
the ingredients
I made this one on Eid-Mubarak because, you know, it makes sense.
I don't have much to say about it other than that it's completely satisfactory.

Ketupat, good. Rendang, good. Sayur labu, good. All around a great lunch :)
Though I must say that the highlight is the Sayur Labu. It's so so yummy (how can it not with the exorbitant amount of coconut milk, right? Coconut milk has always been my favorite), I literally gulped every last drop of it, drank it all.

However, just like the others, unfortunately they don't give you the recipe for the "bumbu" (flavoring) of this awesome sayur labu either, which is such a shame because I so would make this again. and again. and again.

NEXT!


Sesame Chicken with Potato Wedges and Shrimp Wonton Soup
the ingredients
This one is my second order. I ordered two menus this time, but the other one I didn't take photo of, so this is the last one on this review. FINALLY, right? Sorry for the long post.
First I'd like to mention the potatoes. They're browning :(

I mean, obviosly they'll be brown after they are cut up 'cause they oxidize, so I think it's better if they give the potato unsliced, just washed. While it means more prep for us, it also means fresher potato. Plus the brown water residue kinda irked me.
Just random photo of the broth gel.
I was just amused, so I took more photo of it. I've never seen broth (or is it consommé?) in a gel form.
This is the wonton I've been talking about. I didn't realize that there was this box of wontons that you need to store in the freezer, so half of mine had gone bad. The ones that hadn't were good though. How do I know which one was good and which one was bad you ask? I bit into each one of them after putting them in the soup lol.

Bottomline, please make sure you check inside the bag to see if there's any ingredients you need to store in the fridge! Don't be a dodo like me.

Oh, and this wonton soup definitely need some extra salt.
From all the five menu I've tried so far, this is definitely my least favorite. 

The sesame sauce was bland. like really bland. The marinate for the chicken didn't add much flavor either, so I ended up eating them with chili sauce to get some flavor. The potato wedges were meh as well.
The saving grace for this dish is definitely the wonton soup, which I really like, but unfortunately I had to dump half of mine away because of my stupidity -___-"

Alright, now I'm done with all the dishes!!

Here's a bit of summary:
Pros:
  • Reasonable price
  • New menu selection every week
  • Most of the menus that I've tried are good
  • They have #GREENBOX program
  • No preservative
  • No MSG
  • Safe packaging
  • You can choose on what date you want your food to be delivered
  • Generous portions
Cons:
  • No written recipe for the pre-packaged sauces and prepped dishes
  • I've gotten a couple ingredients (potatoes and lettuce) that weren't as, I don't know how to put it, maybe not in a condition that I want them to be.
Overall, I do like Black Garlic. I think they're an awesome service. It's definitely cheaper than getting take out/eating out. Of course, it's cheaper if you just go out and buy the ingredients yourself, but this is a great alternative if you don't have time to do your grocery or if you don't like to do too much prep. As for me, I like it because I get to try to cook all these different food I've never cooked before, kinda like food inspiration. foodpiration. It's great for when I don't know what I want to cook. If only they put the recipe for the sauce and the prepped dishes (like recipes for the wonton and ayam kuning), then they would be perfect for me. Will I order again from them? Definitely.
If you're interested in trying Black Garlic too, you can use the coupon code "PRISCILLA10380" to get 1 FREE menu ;)


FTC Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post. Paid everything myself. The coupon code is a referral code that ALL the people who have purchased from them have. All opinion are honest as always.

P.s. sorry for the catastrophe that is my grammar in this post.