Tuesday, 27 August 2013

[Campaign Shout-Out] Spread some love for Mentholatum Acnes Ultimate Ulzzang contestants! Support them!

The Mentholatum Acnes Ultimate Ulzzang Contest

Acnes Medicated Skincare Singapore is currently running the Acnes Ultimate Ulzzang 'BEST FACE' contest and has now calling for the final online voting ( From NOW till 1st Sept 2013 ), start voting for your favourite Ultimate Ulzzang here on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/acnes.sg/app_714692158545976 

By participating in the voting, you might be one of the 3 lucky voters to win a pair of GV movie ticket!


And for those who may wish to try out Acnes 3 steps skincare kit sample, you may redeem it at https://www.facebook.com/acnes.sg


In addition to above, there is also a Instagram contest just for you! 

Simply FOLLOW 'Acnes Medicated Skincare Sg' on instagram and LIKE their instagram posts. Then POST a close up picture of yourself in best Ulzzang, beautiful and clear skin. UPLOAD it and HASHTAG #MetholatumAcnes #UltimateUlzzang. Last but not least, TAG ‘Acnes Medicated Skincare Sg’ Instagram account.

3 winners will be selected and a chance to win a polaroid camera each!

Good Luck!~

[Product Review] Vita Yin Yang - A Great Health Enhancer

VITA YIN YANG

We have heard more and more health problems arising these days and that keeping the right diet and plenty of rest may no longer sound as easy to most of us who has busy schedules to follow each day. Most importantly, how many of us really eat what's right? How many of us willing to spend that extra time in the morning to prepare our very own organic, healthy lunch box?

External pollution, stress, poor diet and lack of exercise can all take a toll on our lungs and kidneys, giving rise to illness and disorder. In Chinese medicine, kidney and lung function are related so that a weakness in either organ can create problems such as respiratory discomfort, coughing and general malaise. Made from 100% premium grade pure cultivated Cordyceps* (One of the most precious Chinese herbal medicines), Vita Yin Yang is the ultimate health enhancer for kidney, lung and immune functions, achieving the balance our body need.

*Cordyceps has long regarded as an elixir of life, consumed by the imperial and wealthy families as an exclusive nutritional supplement. Cordyceps possesses both therapeutic and nutritional properties for overall health. Hidden in the western China on high mountains 12,000 feet above sea level, Cordyceps are rare, hard to find, exclusive and expensive.

Unboxing Vita Yin Yang,
6 packs x 10 capsules = 60 capsules of Vita Yin Yang in a box, 
with each capsule containing 15 wild cordyceps (in terms of active ingredient),
made in Hong Kong and is available at any Guardian stores at SGD$109 per box (Original retail price)

Vita Yin Yang is formulated to tonify the lungs and the kidneys, strengthening our immune system. It helps retain useful nutrients; excrete harmful substances and alleviate excretory problems; relieve symptoms of weak kidneys such as tiredness; and delay the need for medical intervention such as kidney washouts. It also helps to improve lung functions which include relief coughing and breathing discomforts from air pollution, and improved inhalation and exhalation. These magic pills not just a good remedy for weakness and a good enhancer for rejuvenation, it also in turn helps to prevent hair loss.

As advertised,

With smaller packs of 6 in a box, i shared it to my parents and gave them both 2 packs each, especially helpful for my dad who have been experiencing very bad cough lately..

Tip: Vita Yin Yang can be used to boil herbal tonic soups by pouring the Cordyceps powder out of the capsule into the tonic soups.

Dosage: For health maintenance, take 1 capsule daily. For health improvement, take 2-3 capsules daily.
              It has very minimal herbal taste and small in size that can be easily gulp down the throat.
              ( I personally took 1 daily in the morning before heading out to work )

For more info visit: http://www.vitagreen.com/en/vita-yin-yang


Saturday, 24 August 2013

[Media Tasting] DOMINOS PIZZA For Everyone!

Hey readers! Dominos Pizza is currently offering a 50% off pizzas deal for all my readers and friends simply by using my unique coupon code " BLG92 " . This promo started on 27th June 2013 and its coming to an end very soon ( Promo code will end on 27th August 2013 ). I must say i really do enjoy eating their pizzas, their onion rings, their drumlets and wings, their chicken crunchies and their lava cake! Really thankful for letting me know about Dominos Pizza and have the chance to try most of their pizzas at a great 50% off !

Just ordered 2 large pizzas and a side from the recently for the fam and myself,
orders came as promised.. in 30 mins.
had one Meatzza on classic hand toss & one Classified Chicken on crunchy thin crust..
feels that Classified Chicken doesn't go well with thin crust,
but their classic hand toss, on the other hand, is Yummy!! =)

( Read my first post on Dominos Pizza here: http://meryl-lpy.blogspot.sg/2013/06/dominos-pizza-party.html )

I hope you guys will continue to support me till the promo ends,
and if you have yet to try out their pizzas, this is a great chance to have a taste of it!
( who knows you might love it?! ^^ )

Sunday, 18 August 2013

[Product Review] Juicy Shower by LIESE


LIESE has come out with the all-new 2-in-1 Liese Juicy Shower Moisturizing Hair Mist, treatment and styling aid developed specially for permed and wavy hair!

Start Your Day On A Berry Good Note!
Do you usually experience bad, messy looking hair when you wake up in the morning? I do. So most of the time we had to wake up earlier to shower and then blow dry them (especially girls with long hair). However, there are days i feel really lazy and decided not to wash my hair, i bun it up so my hair won't get wet and that i don't have to blow dry them after shower and i just head out with a pony tail, trying to hide those wavy, messy hair.=X

My undone hair under natural light

My undone hair under indoor room light

Liese Juicy Shower Moisturizing Hair Mist, an extension to the current Juicy Shower range, specially made for wavy hair contains wave defining ingredients, to bring out beautiful waves in permed or wavy hair. It infused with raspberry extract that provides moisture to dry and damaged permed or wavy hair, transforming them into bouncy and shiny curls that also gives off nice berry scent that last all day!


Just A Few Spritzes In The Morning!
Yes! Just a few spritzes before heading out in the morning will help to revitalize and moisturize our hair. Dull and limp curls no more!

I took no longer than 2mins in two easy steps;

1) Product can be sprayed either on dry or damp hair, hold bottle about 15cm away from hair and pressed the trigger effortlessly towards the wave lines.


2) Then, scrunch the wave lines with fingers.

And tada!!! My finish look!~

It takes a while for hair to dry after spraying Liese Juicy Shower Moisturizing Hair Mist.. My wavy hair look more even after use and am ready to head out without having the trouble to wet my hair and blow dry it. What i love most was the effect of the treatment, leaving hair soft especially when i wash them at the end of the day! Before this, i have been using Liese Hair Treatment Water and this latest collection, Liese Juicy Shower Moisturizing Hair Mist has added a "bonus" with its styling performance that able to define wavy curls!
John Tham, Liese Hair Expert says, “Every lady wants the perfect hair that lasts all day but not all are willing to sacrifice their beauty sleep. The answer to these ladies who want it quick and perfect is the new Liese Juicy Shower Moisturizing Hair Mist for Wavy Hair. Undeniably fuss-free and light, this new hair mist helps ladies achieve shiny and elegant waves in just a few spritzes right after they get out of bed. The non-sticky, non-greasy formula doesn’t weigh hair down, leaving curls looking and feeling bouncy. Also, the raspberry scent brings on a great mood to start the day!”
LIESE Juicy Shower Moisturizing Hair Mist for Wavy Hair is retailing at S$14.90 for the trigger bottle (200ml), and S$16.90 for the refill bottle (400ml) at all leading pharmacies, personal care stores, and supermarkets. For more information, do check out Liese's webpage!

Sunday, 11 August 2013

[Product Review] Ground Coffee x São Tomé Luxury Chocolate by CAFEDIRECT

Like many, i am a coffee lover be it having it served sweet, bitter, hot or cold! Not just because i need them to keep me focus at work.. I just love that interesting, satisfying taste it gives when sipping on a nice cup of coffee and even before it was watered and mixed, i will tend to sniff the aroma of coffee ground! As much as i like coffee, i don't restrict to just one brand.

I like how Cafédirect and its workers believes in working towards environmentally sustainable production, just take a look at the material they choose in packaging. Here's a chart i copied from their web, showing a summary of Cafédirect's sustainable packaging;


I hereby introduce to you the award-winning and most recommended UK hot beverage company,
CAFEDIRECT and their latest creations to suits our local taste-buds:

Ground Full Roast Coffee  &  
 São Tomé Luxury Hot Chocolate


The Ground Full Roast Coffee is one of their latest blended roast and ground coffee range. Being a strength 4 blend (On a scale of 1 to 5), it has been carefully roasted to create a full-bodied, rounded coffee with velvety caramel overtones, bursting with character.

The smooth Arabica beans (90%) from Latin America and Central America, grounded by the energetic Robusta from Africa (10%) are carefully blended for a full-bodied coffee that’s also silky on the palate. And, as with all of Cafédirect’s products, it is made the small way by expert smallholder growers whose pride and passion deliver the finest taste!

Cafédirect’s Ground Full Roast Coffee is retailing at $8.70 for a 227g pack and is available at Cold storage, FairPrice Finest, Giant, Jasons and Market Place.

I can already smell the aroma of the fine ground coffee just by sniffing near the packaging without opening it! Coffee drinkers who crave a coffee flavour between something fuller than medium roast yet lighter than rich roast will be delighted with this new addition to the Cafédirect range of blends!


 To have a smooth blend, a coffee plunger or a filter is required else your cup of coffee will look like this (still drinkable though);

3-in-1 São Tomé Instant Hot Chocolate – directly from Chocolate Island…

On the other hand, São Tomé, also known as Chocolate Island, is steeped in cocoa farming history and has an unparalleled reputation for growing some of the most prized cocoa beans on earth – the criollo bean. This is due to the islands location on the equator, rich soils, the perfect balance of temperature along with the perfect humidity and forest shade. São Tomé gives a rich yet smooth taste, with only four ingredients and no added nasties you’re guaranteed a truly natural flavour in every cup!  
 
This fine chocolate powder smell really tasty! It contains no artificial additives, flavouring or colouring, offering 100% natural alternative to instant beverages. And don't worry about having too much of it because each serving contains only 62 kcal! With its fine grade cocoa powder, combined with sugar, skimmed milk and whey powder to give a delicate, velvety beverage with an intense chocolatey aroma.
 
Cafédirect’s São Tomé Luxury Hot Chocolate is retailing at $8.85 for a 300g tin and is available at Cold storage, FairPrice Finest, Jasons and Market Place.

Hot Chocolate, as it was named, can also be served chilled! I think its great to have a cup of iced chocolate in the morning before heading out to work, giving a refreshing feel. Just add in cold water and some ice to a 2-3 tablespoons of Cafédirect’s São Tomé Luxury Hot Chocolate Powder and stir well! 

Other wonderful drinks that can be made are Cold Tiramisu Drink; chocolate milkshake; Coco Loco with ice-cream; and many more! This are great for friends or family gathering at home, with the right ingredients added and a blender, we too, can enjoy a luxury cup of chilled chocolate or mocha (mixing with ground roast coffee) from our most comfortable living space - Home!

For more information, check out Cafédirect’s webpage; http://www.cafedirect.co.uk/

Saturday, 3 August 2013

[Product Review] Sparkling Wine - by JAILLANCE

Was recently introduced to award-winning Jaillance sparkling wine so here i am, sharing it here ~!

Sold in over 14 different countries with roughly 120,000 walk-in customers per year, Jaillance is France's leading brand of Sparkling wines - Appellation d'Origine Protégée sparkling wines, originates from the Drôme Valley, nestled between Vercors and Provence, and represents the Cave de Die, a cooperative founded in 1950 under the leadership of Henri Bonnet.



 Jaillance 's range of sparkling wines includes (from left to right in above image);  
  (1) Merlot
  (2) Semillon
  (3) Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gamay
  (4) Chardonnay
  (5) Muscat, Clairette

Late last year, Jaillance launched part of their range here in Singapore, the Sémillon and the Muscat, Clairette retailing at $29.90 and $26.90 respectively at Bottles & Bottles, Cold Storage, Giant, Jasons and MarketPlace.

 Award-winning, elegant-looking bottles with 750ml in size

  The Muscat, Clairette


Fruity flavour with notes of Muscat grapes and Citrus fruit, with 7% alcohol by volume.. The Muscat, Clairette is fruity, full and elegant, sophisticated with hints of white flowers, rose and lychee. It is well-balanced and rounded on the attack with a good mousse. It was said to be an excellent dishes for pairing with barbecues prawn and mango skewers with lemon and sambal, grilled chicken skewers with caramel-based gravy, grilled beef rib with teriyaki sauce, grilled pork spare ribs with honey and soy sauce or pork chops with oyster sauce! Alternatively, as an appetizer, pairing with frozen desserts, fresh fruit flans and cakes!

Muscat, Clairette consists of a harmonious blends of 90% Muscat and 10% Clairette.

Tasted it with my mum and dad, and we like the citrus aroma that blends well with oyster sauce in one of mum's home-cooked dish. Personally prefers this than the Sémillon, maybe because the alcohol level is lower, and its distinctive fruity-rosy aroma is higher.. i guess most ladies will like it too!

The Sémillon



While the Sémillon, on the other hand, 12.5% alcohol by volume, elegantly offers notes of brioche with an aroma of gooseberry, pomelo and hawthorn. This won them the bronze medal at the 2012 Challenge to the Best French Wines and Spirits for Asia for its clarity, intensity, harmony and aftertaste when paired with Asian cuisine. Similar to the Muscat, Clairette, it is well-balanced and rounded on the attack with a good mousse. It was said to be an excellent dishes for pairing with barbecues favourites such as grilled salmon with tomato and sambal, chicken skewers with lemongrass and yoghurt, beef skewers with ginger and soy sauce or tuna skewers with coriander and ginger. Alternatively, as an appetizer, pairing with an aumoniere of prawns in saffron which is very popular in France. 

Sémillon consists of 100% pure Semillion which is most commonly found in high-end white Bordeaux still wines.


Had an enjoyable time at boyf's place for his mum's bdae celebration, and Jallance's Sémillon was served. Jallance's Sémillon sweeten our palate after a heavy steamboat gathering! One of them suggest pairing it with lychee, and it turns out great!


You may find Jaillance's sparkling wines rather acidic as well so a great way to savour them is to pair them with food that are rich in flavours!

With our all-time humid and warm weather, sipping on a glass of sparkling wine during/ after dining gives a cool and refreshing feel. The brut Sémillon and the sweety fruity Muscat, Clairette are both delectable options to bring down tropical temperatures. It would be great to have them at a poolside or a beachfront grill!

Ms Marine Lombardo, Marketing Manager for Jaillance, shares that "The effervescence, acidity and flavour profile of sparkling wines make them ideal matches for a range of cuisines. A cold glass of Jaillance is exceptionally pleasing with the caramelised, charred and smoky flavours at a barbecue."

For more information, check out Jaillance's webpage http://www.jaillance.com 


Would love to try their premium range, especially the limited edition - Clairette de Die Cuvée Icône.