Wednesday, March 13, 2019

[REVIEW] NutriBear - The Bear Essential Hydrolyzed Collagen

NutriBear's Hydrolyzed Collagen
The secret to youth? Its definite collagen is what you're looking for. If you're wondering why women of age are crazy over collagen, well its actually because collagen helps to maintain your skin elasticity and as it decreases in the body, wrinkles start to form on your facial features. YIKES! Other than facial features, collagen basically is a protein that gives structure to your skin, bones, muscles and other connective tissues in your body. Now that you know what collagen is, how do you sustain the amount of collagen in your body?

The minimalist pakaging in hard solid plastic case
Every unopen pack is always sealed
Well, this is where I'll share with you my secret to youth called 'The Bear Essential Hydrolyzed Collagen'. Been including this in my diet for about 2 months now, and im guilty for taking a long time to blog about this. Sorry guys! Now, before i explain further, let me share you a summary on NutriBear and how it all started. Born as a passion project by a certified vet who strictly has a busy schedule on a daily basis, knew that increased muscle strength and joint pain relief has an association with collagen, making collagen necessary in her daily diet. And why bears as their logo? She wanted this project to have its own charitable foundation in preserving bears. How sweet!

Some nutritional facts stating that theres no additives, preservatives nor nasties! (YAS!)
Being very much relatable with the situation, I experience joint pains at the age of 27 since I move around a lot, and needed to find a solution which is where NutriBear came along. Being over my mid-twenties, I noticed that my body pace is slowing down in terms of energy and strength, which immediately brought myself to attend to find what I need to help my body maintain with what I used to have, and that's right. After tons of research, it really boils down to collagen. Other benefits of collagen other than keeping your skin bouncy would be that it gives you glowing skin, luscious hair, and stronger nails too!

WHAT IS THE BEAR ESSENTIAL HYDROLYZED COLLAGEN?

Light powder and flaky ttexture
This is what it looks like and going into details, the collagen is extracted from the scales of freshwater fish, making 'The Bear Essential' a pure hydrolyzed fish collagen supplement containing a molecular weight of 3,000 daltons, which also means that it's designed to be for easier absorption. The contents contain glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, alanine, and arginine is higher than average doses so that you can notice a visible difference in your health. YAS! After all, its all about results right?

THE BENEFITS


Did you know that Collagen delays the apperance of wrinkles and fine lines?
Been consuming this for about a month, and my skin is definitely bouncy and no noticable wrinkles
Other than enhancing your features by delaying wrinkles and fine lines, it strengthens joints and muscles so that you can be more active! In my case, since I do ballet, I noticed that my joints can be a little weak from time to time, and trust me, after a month of consuming, it really helped gave me a boost in strength especially when I need to be on points. Moreover, it reduces cellulite and brightens your nail surface to get rid of discoloration. Not only that, but it also nourishes hair follicles for shinier stronger strands. I know all of these are claims that they have, but after being a loyal user, I have no doubts about the results cause I really see the difference.

PREPARATION & TASTE


Comes with a sealed cap to ensure it last long and also to keep it hygenic
1-2 spoons is all you need! (Here mixing with my favourite morning juice, pomegranate)
To be honest, it doesnt affect the taste of my drink after adding it in!
How I usually consume this would be that I'd mix 1 scoop into my morning juice and that's all I need in a day. You may also consume on other times as well, but it would be advisable to consume once a day for optimum results. In terms of taste, I would pretty much say that they did a great job making it taste tasteless. I mean, I don't think this directly with just plain water, but I'd have to say with any juice or smoothie I mix this with, it doesn't taste like anything that might bother your tastebuds. So yay!

FUN FACT!


Did you know that they are other ways to consume this as well? 
An addition to this, did you know it works well with other supplements too? When taking The Bear Essential Hydrolyzed Collagen with Vitamin C, the collagen can support the production of protein within the body, giving more attention to your skin, cartilage, and organs. And if you're taking this with Vitamin D, Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc, it will aid in maintenance and repair your bones over time. Pretty cool right? Just more reasons to consume collagen! Other than mixing this is your cup of juice, you can also include this in your yogurt bowl by sprinkling the powder over, or include this in your baking recipe. After all, good things stay good right? hehe

VERDICT
My overall thoughts?
It retails ar USD 43 which you may think its a little high at the moment, but trust me when I say that its a good health investment in the long run as medical bills are way higher than this. On a personal note, its WAY better than plastic surgery. Hehe. Other than that, by purchasing  The Bear Essential Hydrolyzed Collagen, you will also be contributing to helping NutriBear save endangered bears because, for every purchase, 5% will be donated to the bear welfare organization. A good cause for good skin? hehe. Well, the real question is, will I repurchase? I'd say YES! My skin and hair feels great in the long run and I do hope they come up with more products soon (such as gummies and berry drinks).


Just a shoutout to the founder, I have learned so much about her background and character after getting a deeper look into the brand, NutriBear. She has put a lot of effort into making all this happen, and I must say that im proud to see her go this far as a Malaysia! This is a non-bias post, and I believe that she understands the needs of consumers such as myself to make collagen odorless and easy to consume (Trust me, I was consuming fish jelly collagens and drink collagens which were ocassionally unpleasant to consume at times). By far my favorite collagen form since all you need is one scoop added into your favorite drink. This is a product by an entrepreneur with passion! So highly supported by me, and you should too! - Just because all of us want to be wrinkle-free. hehe

Disclaimer: All products are made in Malaysia and adhere to the standards of HACCP, GMP and Halal certifications

The Bear Essential - NutriBear

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

[REVIEW] Créme De La Créme Ice Cream in Damansara Utama

Found a trendy ice cream shop that you have to give yourself a try
Being a dessert lover myself, i was super excited to find that Créme De La Créme has launched their very first store in Damansara Utama! From what i've heard, Créme De La Créme specilises in creating the best of the best artisanal Ice Creams featuring pastry chefs mentored by renowned celebrity dessert master, Christy Tania. With that in mind, you can expect getting the richest, smoothest, and most mouth watering ice cream that will make you wish you had space for more. Trust me, i've tried, and its highly recomended by me. More deets by scrolling down into this post.

The variety of flavours they offer
The interior spacing 
The menu and price list
Open Kitchen concept
Créme De La Créme is located in Damansara Uptown, and it can be the perfect treat at any time of the day. But going into a first impression of the store, i must say that im impressed with the minimalist design of it. The moment you walk in, you are welcomed by the array of ice cream that they have to offer, and as you walk deeper into the store, you'll find yourself at the seating area where you can also enjoy a view of the pasty chefs making their Petit Gâteaux ice cream cakes. The interior and exterior is definitely intagramable and it has a mix vibe of classy yet in trend. LOVE!

SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM! 

Pandan Kaya Toast Ice Cream
Barley Lime Sorbet
Limau Assam Sorbet
The store offers an array of 18 artisanal ice cream flavours that infuses with local delicacies to create unique euphoric blends that are bound to tingle your tastebuds with Malaysian vibes. Some of the flavours that are my personal malaysian favourite featured at Créme De La Créme would be Pandan Panda Kaya Toast, Barley Lime, Limau Assam Sorbet and  many more! But of course, this does not limit Créme De La Créme to have other interesting flavours as well.

Dragonfruit Strawberry Sorbet
Madagascar Ash (Vanilla + Charcoal)
Cerealicious (Legit taste like cereal!)
Cookies and Cream (Above the average)
French Earl Grey Boba (comes with the pearl too!)
Going into some unique flavours on the menu, they also offer, Dragon Fruit Strawberry Sorbet (One of my personal favourites), Madagascar Ash, Cerealicious, Cookies & Cream, French Earl Grey Boba and more. I would list everything here if i could, but lets just say that i'll leave it to you to decide when you visit the store yourself. Trust me, there will definitely be something for anyone the minute you walk in. Since i got the chance to take a few bites of their ice cream for myself, i must say that they have taken ice cream flavours to a whole new level. Something that i've never seen (or tasted) in any other ice cream parlour that i've been to.

BLOOP BLOOP BLOOP! (Unicorn Drink) 

Bloop Bloop Bloop Unicorn drink
To enjoy, before consuming, you have to mix the ice cream into the drink evenly and then taste the magic
And while youre there, the Bloop Bloop Bloop! is a must try. Of course they have coffee and chocolate if youre looking for the defaults, but if youre looking for something different and exciting, you should really get a taste of this! I cant really explain what it is cause it taste incredibly magical, but from the tip of my tongue, i would say that its a combination of soda water, lime, with frozen butterfly pea topped with their dragon fruit sorbet ice cream. YUMS! I would definitely come back to have more.

ICE CREAM CAKES

Unicorn Cake (ft. Vanilla, Lychee and Rasberry)
Forest Log (ft. Miso Caramel, Banana, and Butterscotch)

Beauty & The Beast (ft Dark Chocolate, Vanilla and Morello Cherry Sorbet)
Bunny (ft. coconut, mango, calamansi, pineapple, lemongrass and passionfruit)
And their ice cream doesnt end there! If youre looking for something beyond the average, you should really consider trying thier artfully conceptualised Petit Gâteaux ice cream cakes! Other than looking amazingly good on the outside, the inner content of these ice cream cakes contains a combination of different flavours offered in Créme De La Créme and trust me, you will be experincing a whole new level of flavours in your mouth despite already tasting their ice cream individually. Be sure to snap a photo of their ice cream cakes, cause they definitely look too pretty to devour!

Le sister enjoying their ice cream
While i couldnt resist snapping a photo by their feature wall
As a verdict, i must say that the founder of Créme De La Créme,  Lio Lim has really put a lot of effort into ensuring that the finest handcrafted ice creams ar available in Malaysia for everyone to enjoy. The whole team who served me and my sister while we were there were definitely passionate in what they do, and rest assured, all their ice cream crafters are well knowleged in what Créme De La Créme offers. For the record, if youre wondering what Créme De La Créme means, it means the best of the best. So if you want to taste the best of the best, you'd have to make a pit stop at Créme De La Créme in Damansara Utama.

Créme De La Créme
35G, Ground Floor, Jalan SS21/60, Damansara Jaya, 
Sunday-Thursday : 12pm-11pm
Friday & Saturday 12pm-12am 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

LuLu Hypermarket & Department Store gives RM50 to Shoppers


Hey guys, this being the 2nd week of March, im pretty sure we all got our pay slips cleared ready to spend for another month of surviving. LOL. Okay, I kid. But I guess after working so hard to earn all that hard earned cash, we deserve to splurge a little on ourselves as a reward right? Hehe. So the real deal now is, where do we maximize our spendings by getting more than the actual cost? You guess it! From the poster attached in this post, as the description says, with every spend of RM100, you get RM50 back on the spot in the form of shopping vouchers. Good deals are meant to be shared, and since I had some time to explore around LuLu market, here are some sneak peeks on what you may expect.

Entrance to LuLu Hypermarket Kuala Lumpur
All your grocery needs is all available here
While i keep myself busy at the fruit section
They also have IT gadgets and games available in store on level 3
PS4 games at LuLu Hypermarket
Household goods
Carpets for home decoration
Just to highlight some facts, LuLu is a Hypermarket, Supermarket, and a Department store all under one roof! They're pretty popular for their fresh groceries, but not many are aware that they have a department store that sells pretty trendy clothes too! Other than that, they even have kitchenware, IT gadgets and even household items such as carpets and house decorations as well. To cut it short, they have almost everything on ready stock for you to browse around and see what your heart contents.

The popular Roastery at LuLu Hypermarket
I was so happy to find this at LuLu. Been craving for these, and it looks legit!
Raisins and nuts anyone?
Dried fruits are available too
One of the unique features about LuLu Hypermarket would be that the Roastery section where you'll find nuts, dates, dried fruits, candy, and sweet baklava. Yes, you won't be required to travel all the way to Arab just to enjoy good Arabic sweets. It has a very interesting concept of where you can just request how much of weight you want, and they will charge it accordingly according to your request. I had a good time spending my time discovering all sorts of new things available at their Roastery section, and its good to know that you can find all these at one location.

HOW TO BE ENTITLED TO REDEEM THE RM50 SHOPPING VOUCHER?

Female section
Here's an outfit i picked wearing items from LuLu from head to toe
All of us are working our outfits from LuLu's Department store
Going back to the promotion, I'd like to highlight that the offer is only valid for items under the category of Fashion, Footwear Ladies Bags, Sarees, and Churidars. All you need to do to get RM50 shopping vouchers is to spend RM100 (minimum) and get RM50 worth of shopping vouchers, double your spending and get double the rewards! Which to me was a good chance to reshuffle my wardrobe with new clothes for 2019. Hehe. They offer a fair variety of versatile clothes which can be used as street wear, smart wear and even outfits for special occasions. I managed to try on an outfit I managed to pair while browsing, and I must say that the quality is really comfortable.

Oh not ro forget the men, they have all the things that you may need
Styling top to bottom in items available from LuLu
Sporty, Formal or Traveller? 
Not to forget the men's section, they also have an even wider spread to share offering travel wear, streetwear, office wear and more! Since I went there with a bunch of my blogger friends to check it out, we had the boys to play dress up and I must say that they look pretty dashing all dressed up in attires offered at LuLu's department store. I would have to say that there is always a piece that would definitely trigger your heart on getting it as the prices are fairly reasonable as well. It's definitely affordable and worth every penny for the quality that youre paying for.

Clutches are way too gorgeous!
I mean, just look at all that detail!
Shoes anyone? 
Going toward the accessories department, they have scarfs, handbags, wallets, travel bags and shoes to splurge on. Believe it or not, they had white wedding shoes that were only at RM30. *inserts shocked face her* It looks pretty decent, and I was mesmerized by their bling collection, as they were really comfy and affordable as well. Going into details on their bags, I would highly recommend you to check out their clutches cause they are really to die for with pretty exclusive details that makes it almost look as if its designers.

Sarees and Chundaris section
What the interior looks like
Trying out one of their Saree X Baju Kurung styles
Accessories for your sarees are also available here too!
And last but not least would be my favorite section in the Fashion department, the Sarees, and Chundaris. Ranging from all kinds of sizes, it's actually like a saree heaven for me! I always found Sarees very cultural and a statement of its own, and to see a wide selection of collection is like walking into a dream closet. The section is huge and you can also get it tailored according to your size. A new piece that I loved would be their Saree X Baju Kurung which looks incredibly gorgeous!

SHOPPING TIPS

Despite the poster saying that if you spend RM100 you get another RM50 in vouchers,  you can also spend RM200 and get RM100 in voucher! To simplify things for you, all you need to do is spend a minimum of RM100 to get 50% of your spendings back. Again, say youre buying RM450 Worth of clothes, you can opt to spend RM300 first on the clothes that you like which entitles you to get another RM150 worth of shopping vouchers, which you can immediately purchase your remaining RM150 worth of clothes. Be a smart shopper and make use of this promotion. Hehe. Well, keeping my post short and if you know any of your friends who love promotions like these, be sure to share this to them cause good things are always meant to be shared.

LuLu Hypermarket Kuala Lumpur