Skincare | Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Hand Cream Travel Edition Set

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Found this being sold at Sydney International Airport!

So I know the Elizabeth Arden green tea range come in different fragrances like lavender, honey suckle and cherry blossom… but I didn’t know they came in hand creams!

At first I thought I was buying a set of travel-sized body lotions… maybe I took the wrong box when purchasing – I don’t know. But when I finally got to my hotel and gave it another look, I saw it was hand creams! Slightly disappointed but then again, I found this a lot more practical as I always have dry hands!

I’ve only tried the green tea hand cream and it’s sent is remarkable and smell just like the EDTs. Unlike the body lotion, the colour of the cream is white and not green. I’m guessing that the Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Body Lotion has green colouring added to it.

But they don’t really last long on my super dry hands and I’m really lazy with regular applications… mostly because I tend to leave the hand cream at home just in case I lose it while out and about. After all, these are only available at the airport and were duty free so I didn’t want it to run out too soon! And I only ever go overseas once in a blue moon.

I may or may not post a review on the others. This post is basically to announce to green tea hand cream appreciators that Elizabeth Arden green tea hand creams exist! And in different scents too!

~Nurilen

Matchadventure | Iced Green Tea Latte @ The Sugar Hill Cafe, Lidcombe

20151023_115713I treated my mum and aunt to some lunch the other day because I finally got a job. A casual retail one, that is. But still, a job! So I decided to treat them to The Sugar Hill Cafe!

I am impressed with the coffee, blueberry bagel and also the service I experienced at the store. I shall expand on those things later on in the post, but for now… my comments on the iced green tea latte.

It wasn’t an ice cream based ice latte. It was a latte with ice cubes in it. Or maybe I haven’t had many iced lattes in my life so I was under some wrong assumptions when ordering. But the lack of ice cream did not make it any less tasty. In fact, it was delicious! I loved the bitter matcha taste of the latte which was quite prominent! It had just the right amount of sweetness in it that didn’t make the bitterness so overpowering. The drink made me really happy. But I did get annoyed with how many ice cubes were in the mug because that meant less room for the drink.

20151023_115709The iced green tea latte was pretty pricey though. It was $6.50 but hey, much cheaper than the Boost Green Tea Mango Mantra I had the other day. As for everything else I ordered that day, I ordered a Blueberry Bagel which came with ricotta cheese and strawberries inside it.

Now, with the blueberry bagel, it’s not your average dodgy purple blueberry bagel where it’s been sitting in the cafe display for a couple of days waiting for someone to buy it. This bagel was brown and the blueberries still maintained it’s spherical shape within the dough. And just look at the brown, crunchy exterior! I admit it was a little difficult to cut through with knife and fork, so I had to eat it like a burger. Is that how bagels are meant to be eaten? I’ve no idea.

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My mum and aunt ordered lattes and I didn’t have a sip but they really enjoyed it. In fact, they’ve visited this cafe with their friends numerous times before and love to come back. The people serving us were really friendly. And I got a free biscuit because my mum hash-tagged #thesugarhillcafe on instagram. Yep. My mum has her own instagram and I don’t. LOL.

The cafe in general was really nice. Had a good ambience but there’s something about the chairs and tables that weren’t very comfortable to sit on. It was very wobbly so whenever I tried to cut into my bagel, the table would shake and spill my beverage everywhere.

Overall, would definitely recommend this place.

~Nurilen

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Review | Boost’s Green Tea Mango Mantra

I was waiting around in front of the cinema the other day. My movie (Boruto: Naruto the Movie) wasn’t to start in half an hour and I thought I’d buy myself a Boost drink from the booth nearby. I’ve been a big fan of Boost’s Green Tea Mango mantra but drinking that before watching the movie I’ve been waiting 6 MONTHS to come out was a BIG MISTAKE. Probably missed one of the most sentimental scenes of the Boruto movie 😥

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Taste
Apart from being a pretty strong diuretic, you can’t go wrong with a green tea mango mantra.It’s very refreshing on a hot spring-summer day! I love the taste! It has this pleasant combination between sweet, sour and bitter. The green tea and mango go together really well. It’s inspired me to mix the two together when making desserts or when baking. But I must say, the mango flavour is the dominant taste, while the green tea is subtle.

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Final Thoughts
One thing I am not so sure about is if it’s matcha that they used. The green tea taste was too strong to be from tea bags though. I hope they didn’t use artificial tastes! I didn’t see the process of them making the smoothie so I also can’t be sure if they are as healthy as they say they are. For all I know, they could’ve been using mango ice cream with sugars and all that stuff. I haven’t done much research into the company so I will leave it at that.

But upon inspection of the liquid, it looks green enough to have matcha in it right?

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Even though it kinda ruined the movie for me, it didn’t stop me from ordering it again a couple of weeks later. Boost has so many drinks to choose from so when in indecisive doubtfulness, I always go for the green tea mango mantra.

Dattebayo!

~Nurilen

The Green Tea Ice Cream Chronicles | Green Tea La Creme Icecream Tub

Hey there! Long time no see!

So… I live in an area where green tea flavoured anything is rare. But a shopping centre just recently opened up in a nearby suburb! And to my joy, I found a Korean grocery store there as well!

I cannot begin to describe my glee. They have green tea kit kat, green tea pocky sticks, green tea powder, green tea latte satchets… and most importantly… GREEN TEA ICE CREAM!! 20150926_150104

There were only two brands of green tea ice cream tubs to choose from, but I opted for the La Creme because it was 1 L and more value… even though it was still a whopping $10! Well… I suppose that’s how much you should expect for rare, exotic ice cream flavours.

The Taste

What can I say, it was absolutely delicious and the matcha taste is strong with this one, despite its light green colour. I don’t mind though! It’s a pretty green!

And I have to say, it’s quite light and not sickeningly creamy.

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Final Thoughts

It is delicious and I’ve been putting this in my smoothies and it tastes SO GOOD with mangoes! I was trying to replicate Boost’s Mango Mantra… I think mine tastes better.

There’s loads of sugar in it… so if I’m making any desserts, I’ll make sure to cut down on the sugar content because this ice cream is pretty sweet!

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20150926_150433Hooray for home ice cream though! And… It’s Australian made so at least you know it isn’t concentrated with preservatives because it had to be shipped off from another country hundreds of miles away.

I’m excited to make some more homemade matcha smoothies with this! So pumped for the Summer time!

~Nurilen n_n

p.s. sorry it’s been a while since my last upload! Work has been a bit crazy hahah and I dropped my phone which I use to take pics for this blog with. The screen is shattered T_T

Review | Dove Green Tea Deodorant

I am obsessed with the smell of green tea. It’s no surprise that I wish I could smell like it too. When I found the Dove cucumber & green tea scented deodorant at Chemist Warehouse the other day, I went bonkers. Took a few pics of it on the store shelf too.
20150821_141009The only thing that was difficult for me, was deciding between the spray or the roll-on. But I personally prefer roll-on deodorants. Aerosols burn me!

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So according to the packaging, it lasts 48 h. For me, it lasts more like… 24 h. I’m the type to sweat a lot. I was pleased to find that after running on the treadmill for an hour with the deodorant, I wasn’t as sweaty from my pits as before.20150910_220134

This deodorant works well as any other deodorant to be honest. But I do like the conical shape! It makes gripping easier for me.

It doesn’t have any green tea extract (or cucumber) in it. As you can see from the ingredients list, there is “fragrance” added to it, which I can only assume is the green tea and cucumber scent. So don’t expect any green tea health benefits on your armpits hahaa.

20150910_220211Final thoughts: as a deodorant that happens to also be a moisturises, this is really good.

Like most of the Dove deodorants, application to the pits isn’t as wet as other deodorants. The scent is a really refreshing and everlasting one. I wasn’t so sure about the cucumber and green tea combination, but I am digging this scent! Maybe I should have both these ingredients in a smoothie or dessert one day. Maybe they’ll taste as good together as they smell together?

I probably look like a loon smiling while I smell my pits
~Nurilen n_n

Drinks | Indonesian Green Tea: Nü vs Sosro Joy Tea

Indonesians have their own line of tea drinks. When I went to an Indonesian convenience store in Lakemba the other day, I found these two pretty green bottles in the fridge sitting side by side.

Decided to try both of them out!

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About the drinks

The Sosro Joy Tea Green Tea comes in a range of flavours including Honey Lemon and Honey Mint. The drink I have in this post is the Jasmine “Less Sugar” version. There is another version that is just Jasmine.

The Nü Green tea comes in the “original” flavour (which is the one in this post) the “original” with “less sugar” and honey.

It would have been ideal to compare the two “less sugar” or “original” versions from the two brands… but oh well. I’m comparing the two that were available to me in the Indonesian convenience store. Both bottles are 500ml in content and both are products of Indonesia.

It might not be much of a difference, but the Sosro Joy Tea Green Tea was imported by Amyson Pty Ltd in NSW, while Nü Green Tea was imported by Hean Corporation Pty Ltd in Victoria.

Nutrition Information

I am laughing at what the Sosro Joy Tea Green Tea says on their website: “Green tea contains antioxidants that are very useful for health.” Hmmm… sounds like they’re promoting their product as something that’s healthy. And then you look at the nutritional information…

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Just look at the amount of that sugar in one serving! 36g!! You’d think it was a lot more worse than the Nü Green Tea due to the numbers. But look closer at the Nu Green Tea table… their serving size is per 250ml. The bottle is 500ml… so double all those numbers you see on the left column, and compare THAT value to the values on the Sosro Joy Tea table. It’s not much of a difference in sugar content: only 4 g. But take note, this Sosro Joy Tea is the “less sugar” version. How much did they lessen the sugar by, I wonder? I can’t imagine how much sugar is in the original Sosro Joy Tea.

And that sodium content! Sosro Joy Tea has 56 mg of sodium. MILLIGRAM. in comparison to Nu’s 20g. GRAMS!

Wow. I’d have to say that against all the health benefits of green tea… all that sugar must’ve cancelled it out. So which one is the UNHEALTHIEST?

Unhealthiest: Nü Green Tea

Taste

My previous encounter with cold, packaged green tea was an unpleasant one. It was bitter and had I not been thirsty, I may have not finished that can of strange-tasting liquid. But cold, packaged green tea is certainly delicious when sweetened. As was the case with both of these drinks.

They both tasted really good!

20150904_164954But I felt the Nu Green Tea was too sweet. It was so sweet, it gave me a sugar rush and headache. I couldn’t taste the green tea at all. When I first tasted Nu Green Tea, I instantly likened it to the taste of Teh Botol. Kind of ironic, since Tehbotol is actually Sosro’s flagship product.

Tehbotol is an iconic Indonesian drink, by the way. I always drink that stuff when I go to Indonesia. It’s so addictive!

20150904_165017The Joy Tea Green Tea was sweet and almost bitter in comparison to Nu Green Tea. BUT it was still very sweet. And this is the “less sugar”… However, what I liked about this tea is that the sugar didn’t overpower the green tea taste. You get the subtle green tea taste which I really appreciate. It didn’t taste like Teh Botol at all.

Winner: Sosro Joy Tea Green Tea Jasmine Less Sugar.

Final Thoughts

This is a no-brainer, but my favourite would have to be the Sosro Joy Tea Jasmine Green Tea (Less Sugar). You taste the green tea and it’s a lot more pleasant and calming to drink. I also wanted to note the colour of the teas. Sosro’s is a dark brown while Nu’s is a reddish colour. Not very green tea ish… so you could tell that these drinks have been on the shelf for a while. They probably add so many preservatives, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there were because these drinks have come a long way from Indonesia.

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These drinks are refreshing on a hot day but I wouldn’t recommend it to those with high blood sugar levels. Diabetics should stay away. Health appreciators should also stay away.

p.s. Expect to make a couple of trips to the loo after sipping on these beverages.

~Nurilen n_n

Skincare Review | Hurraw! Green Tea Lip Balm

One of the great things about the Hurraw! company is their vision of producing vegan and organic products. I’ve been using the Green Tea Lip Balm for a couple of weeks now, and I LOVE IT.

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So as you can see, it’s a standard chapstick length ~7cm. What is interesting though, is that it has a lip-shaped, elliptical-shaped cross-section. The unique shape of the tube did make for an easy grip.

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Application

Seriously… SO SMOOTH. I couldn’t be happier. The strange shape did not affect the application process.

Scent & taste

I was a little disappointed at first that it didn’t smell like green tea. The  most prominent scent is definitely the almond, which comes as no surprise as it is the first one listed in the ingredients.

C360_2015-08-17-15-29-51-615You do get some hints of green tea here and there, but it’s mostly almond.
However, this lip balm has a neutral taste. Doesn’t have a yummy taste… doesn’t have a matcha taste… nothing. Which I suppose is a good thing or I would’ve been constantly licking my lips and drying them out… defeating the purpose of the lip balm!

Did it moisturise the lips?

Yes. Yes it does. It moisturises brilliantly. It lasts a couple of hours… about 4-5 before I’d have to reapply because it rubbed off due to eating or drinking.

Final Thoughts

Would definitely recommend this to others. I bought this from the Miss Pearl website, which is a website that sells products that the founder herself knows is friendly for the sensitive skin peeps! So you know the products sold on the site are good quality as well. So if you have sensitive skin (like me), and love almonds with your green tea (like me), then this is perfect for you 🙂

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