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MAYVER’S DARK CHOCOLATE SUPER SPREAD – PRODUCT REVIEW

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If you’re after dark chocolate spread that’s nutritious and contains little sodium and sugar, Mayver’s Dark Chocolate Super Spread is the answer. This super spread is like no other. So what’s good about it? First of all, for dark chocolate lovers this is the go-to product, based on the fact that the market is saturated with milk chocolate spread. If that isn’t enough good news, listen to this. The super spread is made of nuts of all kinds -cashews, peanuts, Brazil nuts and almonds. Best of all they have been roasted and crushed. 

Health conscious fanatics may be interested to know that Mayver’s Dark Chocolate Super Spread is also packed with the goodness of chia and sesame seeds. Also, it contains only 9.6g of sugar per 100g, cane sugar that is and only 10.1 mg of sodium per 100g.  Containing 20.4 g of monosaturated fat and 12.2g of polysatururated fat per 100g, this creamy,  chocolate spread can be consumed with pleasure, sans guilt. What’s more? This wholesome spread contains a high 563mg of potassium per 100g.  

This super duper spread boasts a healthy 4 star rating and it’s 100% natural. It has no hardened fat or stabilizers, so separation of oil and chocolate may occur. Don’t worry. Just stir the content before scooping it from the jar. This product is Australian owned and made and is stocked in local supermarkets. It is priced at $8.95. 

Mayver’s Dark Chocolate Super Spread is best used either as a spread or in milk shake. Try this:

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Delicious Banana Strawberry Chocolate Milk Shake

1 banana, chopped

2 strawberries, chopped

1 cup milk chocolate

1 teaspoon of Mayver’s Dark Chocolate Super Spread

Blend all ingredients together, pour the milk shake into a glass and enjoy the goodness! The super spread provides an added richness to the shake and the seeds that come with it provides that enhanced texture, nutty and nutritious. 

Or spread the nutty dark chocolate on banana. They go very well together and each bite tastes better than the last. Dark choc lovers, this is a spread you’ll fall in love with at first lick off the spoon. Mmmmm….

Disclaimer: I do not receive any commission to write a review on this product. The content and opinions featured in this post are entirely my own, based on my personal experience using the above-mentioned product.

SUSHEZI SUSHI MAKER – A REVIEW

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Sushezi sushi set

Making sushi used to be a chore and a very messy affair. Gone are days when the sushi mat had been a vital item in the sushi making kit. For in those days, without the mat, sushi making was regarded impossible. Nowadays, new inventions have made food preparation much less of a chore. Preparing sushi has never been more convenient in the kitchen. 

The Sushezi sushi maker makes it possible for sushi to be prepared even by less nimble hands. It comprises 3 items: the sushi roller (a cylindrical plastic that can be split into halves for the rice and filling to be compartmentalised), a cutting template and a knife.   

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Pros 

The Sushezi sushi maker is fool-proof. The sushi roll comes out of the roller onto the Nori seaweed effortlessly. The roll emerges out of the tube nicely, forming tight, well-shaped cylindrical rolls. 

Figuring out how to use this roller is not rocket science. Learning how to use this device is as easy as ABC.

The kit comes with a cutting template which helps me slice the sushi rolls evenly, without any mess. Fortunately, there is no squished sushi slices so far. 

The kit is dishwasher safe. This makes cleaning easy and fuss-free.  

Cons

The instructions on the quantity of rice to be used should not be taken at face value. This needs to be trialed and perfected, depending on how many rolls you expect to prepare. 

If you’ve not used this kit for some time, you’d want to spend a few minutes on figuring how to use the kit. Initially, the use of the plunger rod to compress the sushi rice can be a bit tricky. With practice, using the plunger rod gradually becomes second nature.  

On the whole, I feel that the Sushezi sushi maker is one of the best innovative kitchen gadgets found in the market. Preparing sushi has never been so convenient. Out of a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give the Sushezi sushi maker an 8. 

Pricing for this product varies online as well as in local department stores.  

Stay tuned for sushi preparation tricks and recipes in my upcoming posts. 

Disclaimer: I do not receive any commission to write a review on this product. The content and opinions featured in this post are entirely my own, based on my personal experience using the above-mentioned product. 

HERBAL ESSENCES’ SMOOTH LOVIN’ LEAVE IN HAIR MOISTURISER

 

Herbal essences ‘Smooth Lovin’ None Of your Frizzness’ serum is a new comer introduced by Clairol. This 75ml leave in moisturiser is packaged in a small, thin bottle that fits snugly into your handbag. Its red and brown label against the green bottle makes it conspicuous enough on supermarket shelves. Valued at less than AU$7, it is considered a steal for budget-strapped hair conscious shoppers.

Some thoughts

Although the product claims that it ‘helps smoothen hair after just one use’ with its ‘anti-humidity technology’,  my hair needs about 2 to three small dabs of application before the sleekness becomes noticeable. Also, a few more small dabs of the product need to be applied each day before wash-hair day. 

The effect is satisfactory. My hair becomes shiny and sleek immediately after application. The best thing about the product is that it fits nicely in the handbag so that the serum can be reapplied on blown away hair or on hair exposed to extreme heat. 

The consistency of the serum is pretty thick and works well on my hair. It needs a few dabs of application on the back, sides and fringe before the effects can be seen. The subtle fragrance is also a plus factor of the serum, giving the hair a hint of freshness. 

PRODUCT REVIEW: ELIZABETH ARDEN GREEN TEA LAVENDER EAU DE TOILETTE SPRAY

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Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Lavender Spray

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Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Lavender Eau De Toilette Spray is one of Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea collection. If you like floral scent, the Green Tea Lavender in Elizabeth Arden’s repertoire of Green Tea Spray range is the one for you. This particular spray gives off a subtle, feminine floral scent that is refreshing and thus invigorates the senses.

Since the spray is not concentrated unlike perfume, do not expect the scent to last. When sprayed on the skin, the scent will linger for up to 2 hours after which respraying is necessary. However, the fragrance lasts a bit longer when sprayed on clothes or on skin that has been lightly dusted with baby powder or smothered with body lotion.

The fragrance of the green tea is, however, overpowered by the floral scent of lavender. If you are after a scent that evokes the spirit of summer or need some calming and uplifting, this spray is the answer. For a sweeter citrus scent that is reminiscent of spring, the green tea spray is a better option.

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Lavender Eau De Toilette Spray is suitable for after gym or after work hours when all you need is to freshen up and feel sprightly for the remainder of the day. Don’t overlook this fragrance after a road trip or a plane ride. Two spays are all you need to regain your composure, keep all anxieties at bay and feel rejuvenated.

This product comes in an attractive packaging and makes a lovely gift for someone close at heart. It is currently sold at Priceline outlets at a promotional price of AU$15.

PRODUCT REVIEW: DARI’S TABLE HARISSA HUMMUS

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Hummus afficianados out there, here is a piece of good news if you are scoping for good tasting, high-quality hummus to go with your crackers or vegetable sticks. Dari’s Table Harissa Hummus dip, launched by Australian gourmet soup and curry manufacturer DariKay, is a must-try.

This hummus dip complements well with the harissa it comes with which is a Moroccan chilli paste that gives zest and some kick to the palette. The harissa’s heat which is between 3 to 4 on a scale of 10, is somewhat tolerable for most. Texture-wise, the hummus is silky smooth and creamy. The taste is light and deliciously satisfying. The spices and herbs that are sprinkled around the harissa add colour and enhance the overall presentation of the product. These two opposing tastes – light and chilli hot – create a fine balance to the palette of the adventurous foodie. Suffice to say, it can be regarded as a comfort winter food, when one is in need of some heat to kick in. The harissa hummus dip works well with Captain’s Table plain crackers, Lavosh biscuits and Vita-Wheat crackers. Vegetable sticks consisting of carrots and celery are ideal alternatives to crackers and make great healthy snacks before a huge meal.

The Dari’s Table range is “gluten free, dairy free, animal-fat free, egg free and kosher”, so it is suitable for vegans and weight-watchers.

The Harissa Hummus dip is available in all major supermarkets across Australia and is sold for AU$4.99 each.

PRODUCT REVIEW: McVITES DIGESTIVE DARK CHOCOLATE

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McVites Digestive Dark Chocolate offers the best combination of biscuit and chocolate all at once. Covered in dark chocolate, the biscuit is wholesome, yet soft and melts in the mouth at every bite. It is made of 45% wheat and wholemeal, has no hydrogenated vegetable oil which is a plus point and no artificial colours or flavours. It also is a good source of fiber and is suitable for vegetarians.  

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With each biscuit containing 84 calories, one must be strong-willed enough not to chomp on a large portion of the packet. Each packet is 300g in weight which contains about 18 biscuits. Upon opening the inner silver packaging, a tempting aroma of dark chocolate drifts up the nostrils. Though soft, the biscuit gives a crunch at every bite and is further enriched with the delicious dark chocolate coating that melts slowly in the mouth. I must say that McVites Digestive Dark Chocolate gives the consumer the best of both worlds – the wholesome wholemeal biscuit and the heavenly dark chocolate. Personally, I prefer McVites digestive Dark Chocolate to Tim Tams which in contrast is too hard and far too sweet.  

The only downside of these biscuits are that they contain a huge proportion of saturated fat consisting of 12.5 g per 100g and sugar comprising 27.3g per 100g. This is certainly the product to go for if you are after that ‘feel good’ sensation but not if your goal is to lose weight. On the positive side, it contains little sodium at 0.3 g per 100g.

McVites Digestive Dark Chocolate is certainly a snack the whole family will enjoy. After every bite, the delicious dark chocolate lingers for a while leaving a pleasant after-taste in the mouth as the endorphins from the chocolate kicks in.

PRODUCT REVIEW: 1000 HOUR HAIR COLOUR MASCARA

 

Hair Color Mascara - Medium Brown 7.0 g

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1000 Hour Hair Colour Mascara is a breakthrough in grey hair coverage. This product is a must-have for those who constantly face the problem of bad grey hair days. It works similar to that of a mascara and it can be easily kept in the handbag and applied when needed.

Simply brush the colour mascara over grey hair from its roots upwards and hey presto! Your grey hair is completely concealed. This works well before your next manual or professional touch up using commercial hair dye. 1000 Hour Colour Mascara is ideal for small areas of grey hair coverage on the sides or the top of the head, especially at hair parting where grey hair is most obvious.

1000 Hour Hair Colour comes in black and all shades of brown. It is easy to apply and provides great temporary grey coverage.

The coverage runs off when hair is washed and has to be reapplied. While it works very well as temporary coverage, it leaves stains. Also, hair feels stiff where coverage is applied.

Nevertheless, the product works magically for bad grey hair days. It offers instant coverage till your next hair wash.

1000 Hour Colour Mascara is available in Priceline outlets for AU$11.99.  

MOROCCAN ARGAN OIL HAIR CARE: THE MIRACLE INGREDIENT

My hair has been limp and brittle with split ends due to many years of re-bonding (permanent straightening) and colouring. I’ve tried many hair care products including various leave-in conditioner but my hair condition remains the same until I stumbled on the Organix shampoo and conditioner range. The ones I’ve tried (Coconut Milk and Brazalian Keratin Therapy) work well for me so far. My hair texture has gradually improved and has a noticeable sheen. Now, my split ends are less noticebale ever since I’ve applied this special ingredient to my hair- the Moroccan Argan oil.

What’s argan oil? Produced from the nut of the argan tree, Argan oil is one of the rarest oils in the world. Suitable for hair prone to frizz or coarseness, it is packed with Omega 3, fatty acids and Vitamin E which improves limp and dull hair.

Traditionally the local Berber women (indigenous women of North Africa) collected the seeds and pressed them to obtain the Argan oil for domestic use. This was a laborious process taking about 12 – 20 hours of hand processing to produce one litre of Argan oil. Oil produced by this method will keep for 3 – 6 months because it has extremely high vitamin E levels and is considered oxidatively stable.

Interestingly, Moroccan Argan oil is in the top ten list of beauty essentials. It is no wonder then that Moroccan Argan oil is a sought-after product in the beauty industry these days.

Let’s take a look at the top ten essential beauty ingredients:

1.Morocco: Argan oil -This antioxidant-packed oil is great for hair and skin, and it absorbs much more easily than common skin oils like apricot and avocado. Argan oil is exclusively found in Morocco.

2.China: Camellia oil – Camellia oil is one of the most common cooking oils in southern China, but it’s also renowned for its ability to prevent stretch marks and discoloration.

3.Mexico: Tepezcohuite – The bark of this tree has tons of astringent tannins in it, making it great for preventing infections and keeping scars from forming.

4.The Dominican Republic: Garlic – It has antifungal and antimicrobial properties.

5.India: Neem – It is great for healthy hair.

6.Japan: Sake – Try a sake bath. Sake is high in kojic acid and enzymes that soften skin and help reduce hyper-pigmentation.

7.New Zealand: Manuka honey – People have been using honey for its antimicrobial properties (and its deliciousness) since prehistoric times. The Kiwi type of honey, however, is even better as an antibacterial and antimicrobial than the regular kind.

8.Ghana: Black soap – This great Ghanian soap is legendary for its gentle cleansing properties and skin-softening abilities. It’s made with plantain skins, which have loads of vitamins A and E, and moisturizing shea butter.

9.France: Milk – It is full of gentle lactic acid, which exfoliates and softens without the harshness of stronger acid types. Pour some fresh whole milk or cream into your bath along with honey or lavender to get a gorgeous glow.

10.The Amazon: Passion flower oil – Passion flower oil, aka maracuja, has been used in the Amazon for thousands of years because of its anti-inflammatory abilities, but it’s also high in fatty acids and vitamin C.

Now Argan oil is gaining popularity as a “miracle ingredient” in the Western beauty product industry. Because it is rare and expensive, it is often referred to as fluid gold. If you’d like a nice, inexpensive alternative to a pure argan oil or another Moroccan oil salon product, Organix renewing Moroccan Argan Oil penetrating serum is the product to try. This product contains dimethicone, cyclomethicone, linseed extract, among other ingredients, which does not qualify for its association with the pure Moroccan Argan Oil product range. If you’re looking for shiny, manageable results, Organix renewing Moroccan Argan Oil penetrating serum will work for a fraction of the price of pure Moroccan oil products.