September 17, 2014

[VIDEO] Bolu Goes Meow + Bonus Facts About Her!


Our lovely Scottish Fold Cat PRINCESS BOLU has decided to speak with her tiny, soft voice…to the camera. Because this is her first appearance on Youtube, I decided to mention some facts about her, too! Click play to watch the video or click this link: http://youtu.be/eqLO00hdO6Q

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Okay then, thanks a lot for watching and see you guys on my next post! ˆ)づ♡

XOXO
Jessica Yamada

September 07, 2014

Cold Press ID Juice Detox Review

Is it only me, or do you also notice that recently, cold pressed juice has JUST become the 'it' thing on Instagram? To this trend, I say "WELCOME!!!!!!!" with flailing open arms! *:・゚┌(  ≧▽≦‎ )┘
Proudly finished these six super juices from @ColdPressID.

What's with the enthusiasm, you ask. It's because it is SO DAMN HARD to find good quality juice in Indonesia. This is one common complain which I tweeted not so long ago:
Basic tip for ordering fresh juices in Indonesia: "Please separate the sugar, sir."
Yep, they're really THAT sweet. Here's an example of an orange juice / 'jus jeruk murni' that I bought from a restaurant nearby:
Left on a sink for a while, can easily say, "Fresh ants, anyone?".

Also another common complain is that most of these Indonesian 'fresh' juices consist around 10% fruit and the rest would be water and sugar. Well in their defense, at least they use REAL fruit, NOT syrups or concentrates (a.k.a. sari buah jeruk / konsentrat buah apel / etc. in Indonesian language) like most juices you find in the supermarket fridges. But 10% fruit and 90% water and sugar? Definitely not good enough for our body, FYI.



I would like my juices pure, fresh and rich like this, please.

Why don't you make your own juices, then?
Well, that is a mighty good solution, son, but unfortunately I don't have the time (and enough motivation) to do it. That's why I'd rather have my juices fresh and ready to drink whenever I want it. Unfortunately before I found out about this cold pressed juice trend it is really difficult to find good quality juices out here. But then again, I guess the problem in Indonesia is that there are still very few of us who understand and willing to pay more for REAL, 100% high quality juice which is mighty fresh and packed with undoubtedly beneficial nutritions. The good news is, the number of health conscious consumers in Indonesia is rising, which significantly increase the production of healthy products like TODAY, YAY!

Okay, then what about this 'juice detox' thing?
I don't even know what detox is.
Permission to quote (by quote I mean screencap) from @ColdPressID's Get To Know Kit:
So basically, Detox is a cleansing system for our body. It is a neutralizing process to flush out toxins and free the body from addictive substances such as caffeine, sugar, alcohol, junk food, etc. More about Juice Detox:

Now that you know enough about it, let's get right to……..



TADAHHHHHH!!!!!!! Welcome, welcome, my freshly pressed juices!!! (\()/)


// INGREDIENTS //
  1. GREEN BOOST
    Spinach, Kale, Cucumber, Lettuce Romaine, Celery, Lemon, Mexican Turnip, Bok Choy, Green Leaf Lettuce 
  2. ROOTS EXOTIC
    Beetroot, Carrot, Cucumber, Apple, Lemon, Ginger
  3. NUTTY NUTS
    Cashew, Almond, Walnut, Brazilian Nuts, Macadamia, Hazelnut, Pumpkin Seeds, Chia Seeds
  4. REFRESH
    Watermelon, Pineapple, Mint
  5. HAWAIIAN BREEZE
    Apple, Naval Orange, Pineapple, Mint, Lemon, Starfruit, Cucumber
  6. CITRUS BURST
    Grapefruit, Cucumber, Starfruit, Mint, Pear, Apple

Let the challenge begin with Juice #01.
Yes, the color will turn completely green after you shake it. 


Gulp gulp. Ah! Excuse my morning face. And hair.


Taste

Juice #01 [Green Boost]
Look, smell and taste are all equally intimidating. Just relax, think of it as an exotic drink from a faraway land, which is really hard to get and is very nutritious. Gulp. The more you drink, the easier it gets. Gulp.

Juice #02 [Roots Exotic]
Spicy. No, seriously, I think it's the ginger. The beetroot also plays a big role in this one. A bit sweet.

Juice #03 [Nutty Nuts]
Now kids, note that it just gets EASIER from here. This Nutty Nuts is delicious! Think of unsweetened almond milky bubble tea but instead of chugging down some full-of-carbs bubbles, you get pleasant surprise of chewy chia seeds instead. Yum!

Juice #04 [Refresh]
Really, really refreshingly sweet. I think the watermelon is the major ingredient for this one. LOVE. The easiest one to take down because this one is the lightest (maybe because it has fewest ingredients used?) and the texture is the most liquid, thus, easiest to gulp. The natural sweet taste is also super plus point.

Juice #05 [Hawaiian Breeze]
Deliciously sweet. I'd drink this everyday if I could.

Juice #06 [Citrus Burst]
Almost the same with Hawaiian Breeze. Deliciously sweet and refreshing.

Number 3, I love you!


Effect

So, I had the privilege to try @ColdPressID's BEGINNER (1 Day Cleanse) Program and a week later, the INTERMEDIATE (3 Days Cleanse) Program.

What I felt during the Beginner / 1 Day Cleanse:
Overall, according to my family and myself, I got very cranky that day (temper got a lot better after Juice #04, though). I also felt lightheaded and kinda flimsy. A bit weaker than usual. My body felt SO MUCH lighter, too. I don't know if it was me fainting (which I did not, lol) or if I did lose some weight (I didn't take measure). I peed A LOT. Which is normal for the amount of drinks I took.

What I felt during the Intermediate / 3 Days Cleanse:
I still peed a lot and my body still felt so much lighter, no more cranky mood, though. ;) But there were SO MANY TIMES I craved for pasta, sushi, meat, snacks, desserts!! So if you're going to try this (literally) fruitful program, I warn you to stay away from all the temptations because they do not worth the result you're gonna get for sticking to the program! On the last third day, I got no craving at all. Heck, I even felt SAD when I was on the 3rd juice, and savor each and every last one of the juices to the very last drops, knowing that it's really hard to get such high quality juice in Indonesia. *cries* And feeling sad again while typing this omg. It's because each bottle contains up to 5x more nutrients (as a result of the 'cold pressed' process*) than regular juices, uses no water, no sugar, no preservatives, juiced fresh, etc. ARGH!!! (T_______T)
*What differentiate Cold Pressed Juice from juice produced from a normal (centrifugal) juicer is that centrifugal juicer has a fast-spinning metal blade that generates heat, which destroys some of the enzymes in the fruits and vegetables you’re juicing. The heat also oxidizes those nutrients, rendering less nutritious juice than a cold-press juicer. Cold Pressed juicers extract juice by first crushing and then pressing fruit and vegetables for the highest juice yield. Because they don’t produce as much heat, they keep more of the fresh ingredients’ nutrients intact. @ColdPressID

What I feel after the cleanse:
• My metabolism feels great, I (pardon me) poop everyday and the poop is, you know, solid great. It must be the fibers from the vegetables. P.S. Do you know that poor digestive system is one of the main causes of ACNE? That's why I always try my best to poop everyday.
• I wake up earlier now. I don't know if it's an effect from the detox, but before it, I ALWAYS have problem waking up. And for these last few days, I wake up earlier, feeling refreshed and even BEFORE my alarm rings. I sleep faster and better, too! [[ EDIT ]] It's been weeks from my last detox / the date I wrote this review and now my sleeping pattern is back to normal (by normal, I mean sleeping at 2-4 AM and waking up at 11 AM - 01 PM). Ah, holiday hours… Y U have to break my beautifully restored sleep pattern. (˘̩̩ᴗ˘̩̩ƪ)
• Caffeine addict no more. I feel fresh and productive, even without my regular cup-o-coffee(s).
• MSG or even salad sauce feels too strong now.
• SO MUCH LESS craving for artificially sweetened / overly tasty food. It's like... my tastebud is going au naturel! I was eating fried noodles just now, and it felt too oily and left greasy aftertaste in my mouth. Cray! I used to love THIS fried noodles!! And now, if I can avoid eating it, I'll avoid it.
2nd example, yesterday I drank a cup of hot chocolate I used to drink and it left tacky-sweet feeling on my tongue. And just now, I drank a cup of instant coffee and it happened again!! U gettin so picky now, eh, tongue?
• Less craving for food in general, which is great because I used to have random, unnecessary cravings for... anything lol. And it's definitely a waste of space in my tummy, not to mention money, energy and time (I used to drive out just to buy a cup of coffee + a slice of cake after dinner and then go home wtf. And yesterday, I walked past a supermarket *ooh chips!*, a coffee house and a dessert parlor, and I can proudly say... I didn't even WANT a bite of any of them, no interest at all! Crazy)!
• More craving for fresh vegetables, fruits.. I feel healthier already, knowing that I'm even more of a health conscious consumer now.


Price and How to Order

You can visit their page here (www.coldpressid.com) or email them at ilovecoldpress@gmail.com or simply take a look at this pricelist (contact attached):
***SPECIAL FOR ELLE & JESS' READERS***
Get 15% off ALL Detox Program - - How? Just order and mention the secret code: "I LOVE BEING HEALTHY"
*order valid until September 30th 2014, 21:00 WIB

To all of you who are planning to try this Juice Detox Program, I wish you good luck and allow me to say that I am so proud of you for wanting and pursuing a healthier lifestyle (I, too, need to fix my sleeping pattern and start exercising. Let's work together! FIGHT!!!). (ノ≧▽≦)*:・゚


Behind the Scene

 Was attempting a pose with my finished @ColdPressID bottles when……..


…this fatfat suddenly came and ATTACKED the bottles!!! Hahahahahaha. Love you, Bowuuu

Okay then, thanks a lot for reading and see you guys on my next post! ˆ)づ♡

XOXO
Jessica Yamada

September 02, 2014

A Little Advice, A Little Update


If there is just one piece of advice I can give to you all, it's the one I always tell myself when I'm having a hard time in life:

Just Keep Moving Forward.

Instead of mulling over what you can't control, start focusing on what you can control and what makes you happy. :)

What I Wore: Twenty3 Salmon Dress | Sooka Style Sandals | ALDO Bracelets

Anyway, Jess and I just got back home from our trip to Singapore yesterday. It's been an amazing week for us! We learned so many new things and made friends with a lot of inspiring people. Such an unforgettable experience! :)

Can't wait to share with you guys what we did there! Even though if you follow our Instagram, you've probably made a guess hehe..

Down Below

Elissa Yamada

August 29, 2014

Liese Creamy Beige Bubble Hair Color Review

Hi everyone! To some of you, this might be a #firstworldproblem, but well, my black roots were showing up, I didn't have time to go to the salon for a touch up and the next morning I had to get early for a photoshoot (fwp much? ^^;). So what I did was: ran to the nearest Guardian, grabbed a bottle of do dye-it-yourself hair coloring kit, went back to the hotel and did this:
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Okay, here's a close up look to my black roots:
I asked around if they notice it and everyone said no. But I DID notice it, so I decided to take action anyway yeah!!

I just retouched my roots / did a full hair coloring last month (blogged about it here) and so it seems like apparently, my hair grows about 1 to 1,5 cm monthly. ^^v

Product of choice:

Liese Bubble Hair Color - Creamy Beige

What's in the box: Solution 1, Solution 2 (Developer), Rinse-off Hair Treatment, Foamer Cap, 1 pair of Gloves and Instruction Sheets.

Packaging side A consists cautions and ingredients. Click right and open this image in new tab for closer look (to read the text).

Packaging side B consists direction of use, color guide / color swatch (how it would look like on dark to very light hair). Click right and open this image in new tab for closer look (to read the text).

 Caution for use page, what to prepare before you start with this kit. This page, especially the right part, is quite important because it tells you the DO's and DON'Ts like 'only use on DRY hair', etc. so you really have to read it before you start, okay? ;)
Click right and open this image in new tab for closer look (to read the text).

How to use page. Click right and open this image in new tab for closer look (to read the text).

Ready?? GO!



Step 01
Remove the white lid of Solution 2 and pour the entire content of Solution 1 into the bottle of Solution 2. Close the white lid again.

Step 02
        Tighten the white lid and gently invert the bottle back and forth at a 180-degree angle until solution is well mixed (repeat approximately 5 times). Do not shake vigorously. It will cause bubbles to form inside the bottle and may not dispense as foam.

Step 03
Comb your hair before coloring as hair sometimes become tangled.

Step 04
Part hair at the top of the head.

Step 05
Remove the white lid from the bottle and replace with the pink foamer cap. Twist it until it is tightly sealed. Put on the gloves. Hold container in an upright position, gently squeeze the center of the bottle and dispense foam onto gloved hand.

Step 06
Apply generous amount of foam into hair, starting at the roots to the tips / ends of your hair. Do not apply foam directly from the bottle. Foam may splatter or get into your eyes.

Step 07
Massage lather gently into hair so that it reaches all the way to the roots. Lather up well until the back and inner layers are covered. To get an even finish, massage it into a foamy lather. Add more foam around the hairline as foam tends to absorb quickly and disappear around those areas. Then lather up once more.

Step 08
After hair is completely covered with foam, leave it on for 20-30 minutes. So I took a bubble bath instead. ;)
Waiting has never been so fun!

Step 09
After leaving foam on for the stipulated amount of time, rinse and shampoo as usual. At last, apply the enclosed Rinse-off Treatment* and rinse well.
*After re-reading the instruction sheet and packaging and googling around, I didn't find the exact instruction of where to use this product. So I decided to apply this treatment only on my hair, avoiding the scalp because I'm afraid this Rinse-off Treatment works like a Conditioner, because if it is, it would make my scalp greasy (conditioner is meant to be worn on hair, not on scalp).


Result & Review

TADAHHHHHHHHHH!!! Good bye black roots, hello, gorgeous, evenly applied color!

Overall, here's my review about Liese Bubble Hair Color in Creamy Beige:
(+) Nice and instant result!
(+) Super easy, fast and fun application
(+) Very cheap compared to coloring your hair in the salon (price is around USD 15-19 / IDR 150-200k)
(+) Scent doesn't sting a lot like some other colorants
(+) Doesn't hurt my scalp
(+) Doesn't dry out my hair
(+) Instruction sheet comes in both Japanese and English!

(-) Contains Ammonia
(-) Instruction sheet is really helpful, but some points are mentioned repeatedly so it becomes wordy and a bit inefficient
(-) Well, you have to do it yourself ^^//


Okay then, thanks a lot for reading and see you guys on my next post! ˆ)づ♡

XOXO
Jessica Yamada