Friday, April 13, 2018

MEALPREP : Meal Prep Untuk Pemula


Prepped Fridge

Hai teman-teman apa kabar? Berangkat dari beberapa postingan saya di akun instagram (@ddeeaavalence) tentang kegiatan MealPrep saya, beberapa teman ternyata tertarik untuk mempelajarinya juga. Jadi saya memutuskan untuk menulis di blog, siapa tau dapat dijangkau dan bermanfaat untuk lebih banyak orang lagi.

(Perlu dipahami bahwa saya juga sama-sama sedang belajar dan tidak pernah bersekolah ilmu gizi atau ilmu kesehatan, jadi informasi yang saya bagikan hanya sesuai dengan pengalaman saya selama kurang lebih 7 bulan dan bisa jadi tidak sesuai dengan kondisi orang lain)

Blog ini awalnya adalah beauty blog dan sudah lama saya tidak update artikel karena kesibukan saya. Nah karena ada nyempil postingan nonbeauty disini sekarang, mari kita upgrade blog ini jadi beauty and lifestyle blog (Ketok palu. Hehehe). Semoga ke depannya saya bisa mengisi blog ini dengan berbagai informasi yang lebih bermanfaat lagi. Amin.

Baiklah tanpa perlu berpanjang lebar mari kita mulai dari pengertian MealPrep dulu kali aja ya. Sudah pernah dengar istilah MealPrep belum? Beberapa orang berasumsi bahwa MealPrep itu ribet. Padahal tanpa sadar bisa jadi kita sudah melakukan MealPrep itu sendiri sejak dulu, bahkan ibu dan nenek kita pun mungkin juga sudah melakukan MealPrep sejak jaman kita belum lahir. Kok bisa? Yuk kita tengok dulu pengertiannya.

Prepped Lunch

MEAL PREPARATION atau biasa kita singkat dengan "Meal Prep" adalah suatu tindakan mempersiapkan bahan makanan dengan tujuan untuk menghemat waktu. Terkadang kita bisa juga menyebutnya FOOD PREPARATION atau "Food Prep".


Sedangkan berbagai alasan yang mendasari dilakukannya MealPrep adalah sebagai berikut:

1. Sibuk
Siapa yang dapat menyangkal bahwa semakin hari kita ini semakin kekurangan waktu. Apalagi di kota besar, sepersekian waktu kita dalam sehari dihabiskan di jalan raya (baca: macet). Berangkat pagi, pulang malam. Kapan masak? Entahlah. Jangankan kok potongin bawang, maunya sampai rumah langsung ketemu kasur. Ya kan? MealPrep adalah solusi mereka bisa menyiapkan makanan secepat kilat. Menarik? Yup, benar sekali.

2. Hemat
Biasanya ini berkaitan dengan poin no.1 -SIBUK. Akhirnya karena capek dan malas masak ya telepon abang kurir aja ato telepon ke 1404X ya gak? Belom makan siangnya ke mol? Ato makan paginya sambil jalan aja lah tar juga ketemu orang jual jajan. Teman-teman disini ada yang rajin catat pengeluaran harian gak? Nah penemuan besar selama 17+ tahun hidup saya (eh?) adalah ternyata kalau dicatat, pengeluaran paling besar adalah untuk MAKANAN dan pengeluaran yang ternyata paling bisa ditekan adalah MAKANAN juga? Ah masa sih? Kalau tidak percaya saya kasih challenge aja Bulan Pertama full masak sendiri dan Bulan Kedua full makan beli di luar dengan jenis makanan yang setipe ya. Yuk dicatat dan buktikan sendiri.

3. Sehat
Siapa yang bisa menjamin kebersihan makanan yang kita beli di luar itu seperti apa? Minyak yang dipakai menggoreng Ayam Geprek itu minyak apa, jangan-jangan minyak 20x penyaringan -eh- pemakaian? Kalau ada yang jual makanan murah, apakah kita tidak harus mempertanyakan itu bahan yang dibeli bahan kualitas apa? Mau beli makanan kualitas terjamin dan sehat? Balik lagi ke poin no.2, siap-siap rogoh kocek yang gak sedikit ya. Jaman sekarang segala sesuatu dengan embel-embel "sehat" atau "healthy" punya harga jual lebih tinggi. Kenapa tidak bikin sendiri aja di rumah? Ramah di tubuh, ramah di kantong bukan?

4. Diet
Jangan salah kaprah dulu. Diet itu ternyata artinya bukan mengurangi makan untuk menguruskan tubuh kok. Diet itu adalah mengatur pola makan, jenis makanan, asupan gizi dan kalori seseorang. Jadi MealPrep bukan untuk orang gendut yang pengen kurus loh. MealPrep bisa untuk orang kurus yang pengen agak gendutan, orang dengan berat badan ideal, penggemar fitness ataupun orang yang gak suka olahraga, pekerja kantoran maupun anak kuliah, ibu rumah tangga atau siapa saja tanpa pandang bulu. MealPrep bisa untuk siapa saja dan bisa disesuaikan dengan kebutuhan masing-masing individu.

Bisa jadi masih banyak alasan lain yang mendorong orang untuk melakukan MealPrep, tapi menurut sepengetahuan saya (yang mungkin cuma selebar daun kelor), alasan paling umum orang melakukan MealPrep adalah 4 poin di atas tadi.


Prepped Snack

Kembali lagi ke poin dimana ibu dan nenek kita sudah pernah MealPrep. Masa sih? Bukannya MealPrep barusan booming akhir-akhir ini aja di tanah air? Jaman ibu dan nenek dulu mana pernah masak dan disimpan berhari-hari? Disinilah letak kesalahkaprahan tentang MealPrep. 

Beberapa tahun yang lalu sayapun juga mikir begitu karena yang saya lihat MealPrep dilakukan oleh bule-bule rajin ngegym dan bayangan saya ngegym erat hubungannya dengan orang yang diet pengen kurus. Masa iya nenek dan ibu jaman dulu ngegym? Salah Kaprah Pake Banget!

Dan bayangan saya itu MealPrep itu masak dalam jumlah besar untuk berhari-hari. Salah Kaprah Pake Banget Pake Lagi! Yah bisa jadi karena  yang saya lihat kebanyakan foto-foto yang beredar tentang MealPrep adalah foto makanan jadi yang diwadahi per porsi untuk sekian hari. Padahal segala tindakan mempersiapkan bahan makanan itu sudah bisa disebut MealPrep. Tapi memang pas jaman beberapa tahun lalu kan gak banyak orang yang habis ngewadahin tomat trus difoto trus dipajang di instagram kan? Gak kaya sekarang yang mau garuk-garuk kepala aja mesti masuk medsos. (Sepertinya saya juga harus ngaca sendiri nih, walopun saya gak pernah pasang story pas lagi garuk kepala. Hehehe).

Mari saya buatkan sedikit ilustrasi dimana semua cerita dibawah ini sudah bisa disebut MealPrep.

Ilustrasi 1
Ibu pulang dari pasar bawa ayam. Beliau membersihkan ayam lalu memotongnya kecil-kecil supaya lebih mudah diolah. Lalu ibu memasukkan potongan ayam tersebut dalam wadah dan diletakkan dalam freezer.

Ilustrasi 2
Saya tadi ke swalayan membeli brokoli, zucchini dan paprika. Kemudian sampai rumah saya mencucinya lalu memotong2nya agar besok kalau saya ingin masak, sayuran tersebut sudah siap diolah.

Ilustrasi 3
Teman saya penggemar smoothies. Jadi teman saya memotong aneka buah dan menyimpannya di wadah. Masing-masing wadah sesuai porsi untuk segelas smoothies.

Ilustrasi 4
Teman kantor saya sedang ingin diet tinggi protein, rendah lemak dan karbohidrat. Jadi setiap hari dia membawa makanannya sendiri dari rumah. Dia bercerita kalau dia masak sekaligus untuk 3-4 hari karena tidak ada waktu untuk masak setiap hari.

Jadi tindakan sekecil apapun dalam mempersiapkan makanan sudah dapat disebut mealprep, bahkan bila itu hanya mencuci dan memotong sayuran untuk digunakan beberapa hari kedepan. Makanya kenapa saya bilang mungkin saja nenek dan ibu kita dari dulu sudah melakukan MealPrep.

Kira-kira demikianlah perkenalan kita dengan MealPrep. Di pembahasan berikutnya saya akan menulis lebih banyak tentang proses MealPrep, bagaimana memulainya, serta tips dan tricknya juga. Terima kasih sudah membaca dan sampai jumpa!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

KIKO Deco Delight Lipstick 04 & 05


I was entering KIKO store in Milano Centrale like a kid entering candy store. Yes, that's exactly how I feel 6 months ago. I heard a lot of good things abouth this brand, so when I travelled to Milan, I was so excited to find KIKO store and spending money there. 

I did not do research in their web or planning what I want to buy before. I was going to try every one of them and buy anything I like (How naive! LOL). When I first arrived in Milano Centrale, I didn't know there is KIKO store until we going down by escalator looking for ATM and I saw it! Yas!

Without a doubt, I asked my husband to wait for me in a food court upstairs while enjoying a cup of coffee and a bowl of pasta. I ran with only €50 in my hand to my candy store. I leave my bag and my wallet with my husband so I would not empty our money pocket. Lol.


I left with a bagfull of things and few coins. I shared my thought of some of them here (Colour Correction Face Fixing Powder , Ultimate Pen Long Wear Eyeliner). I never saw this Deco Delight series before but it is uber cute and it is on 50% off! Paid €3.90 each, I bought two shades that I'm comfortable with.


The packaging is cute and standard. The case is a sturdy plastic in purple colour with polkadots decorative. The packaging box is made from transparent plastic but I already throw it away before my flight back home. The product itself has vanilla scent that is luckily not too strong and also decorated with cute polkadots. 


Deco Delight series is meant for summer. The color range is so fresh and reminds me of tropical weather. 



It is not a long lasting lipstick but quite comfortable for daily use. It does not dry my lips. In the end of the day it even does not leave stain on my lips. The finish is glossy, shiny and very sheer but buildable. To get the coverage like in the picture I have to push a bit harder to my arm. And to get coverage like in my lipswatch, I applied twice.


04 Passion Daiquiri is a gorgeous coral and very sheer


05 Mango Twist is a bright pink and a bit more opaque than 04. 


Overall, they are so cute and comfortable for day use. The shades are girly and suitable for teenager to young adult. It is so sheer and easily gone, so better to bring for touch up. 

Thank you for reading.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator Peach Nectar and Riviera


Better than never! These two have been in my stash for months and I never have a chance to do review in detail. So, let me share few photos to satisfy your love for beautiful make up!


Anastasia launched four gorgeous shades of single illuminator. All of them are stunning, but I only bought two shades since Starlight is too white for me (now not available anymore in ABH website) and eventhough So Hollywood is so beautiful in all skintone (at least in all pictures my friends have posted), I have few similar shades in my collection. I guess I should be satisfied with only two.


I picked Peach Nectar (apricot gold) and Riviera (rose gold) that are more unique than the other two. The packaging is a hard plastic in black color which is travel friendly and sleek. There is mirror inside but no applicator provided.


I love the embossing. Simple but beautiful! It is not too soft so the embossing is not easily wiped off. There is no strong smell from the product. 


The powder looks hard but it gives subtle glow and creates natural sheen on the skin. The particle is so soft, blends easily and not too shimmery. It is quite pigmented so better use light hand while applying the product.

Talking about the quality, they are indeed very good. In my opinion, Riviera is in my top three favorite highlighter among all highlighters that I have. They last for 6.5 - 7 hours on me.


I really love ABH Illuminators. Have you tried them? 

Thank you for reading.

Monday, January 30, 2017

L'oreal Nude Magique Cushion


Hello everyone.. Welcome to my second blogpost in 2017. Talking about 2017, do you have resolution to complete this year? I have some points to do this year. Regarding beauty, I want to use all my make up evenly. There are a lot of untouched items in my drawer and I think what's the point buying them if I don't use them. It is not possible to finish them, so let's do more rotation.

Sometimes I do not follow the standard of expiration that I saw few times around my Pinterest. My standard is not about time, but about the quality of the product itself. How do I know? I usually look at the color and the smell and of course if it does not create any problem to my skin, I usually consider as okay.

Cushion is one of the items that I like to finish fast. I don't like to keep more than 6 months after opening. So eventhough I have a lot of cushions, I prefer to open only one at a time. After finishing my Laneige half year ago, I did not open any cushion yet except this L'oreal cushion.

I bought this in Munich Airport in August 2016. I believe this is the Europe version of the Lumi Cushion. I don't understand why they give different name if this is really the same product. The shade numbering is also different.


In the UK version, the shade number is printed in the seal, so when I open and throw away the seal (long time ago), there is no way I could know the shade, and honestly I'm not sure what number is this. It is shade number 9 if I'm not mistaken.


The packaging is a typical cushion case. The case is in metallic pink, with a mirror inside, an applicator tray and the sponge. But you cannot change the refill because it is permanently attached to the outer case. So what you can do when it is finished is you can buy DIY cushion sponge, throw away the old sponge, clean the case (wash and wipe with alcohol to sanitize), and fill with your favorite foundie + moisturizer + sunblock. I learn from korean DIY cushion.


As usual when open the cushion for the first time, there will always a product seal that prevent the product from drying. It contains 14.6g of product, a bit less than usual korean cushion which is 15g. 


In the store, the testers were only available in two light shades so I (think that I) grabbed no 9 which is Beige that I think will be neutral and close to my skintone. For your reference, my inner arm is way lighter than my face. 

The texture is not runny and not too thick. So first apply will be a sheer coverage and can be built into a medium coverage. It also contains SPF 29 so when in hurry, I don't need to put extra sunscreen on my face.


It makes my skin looks brighter and glowing. It does not emphasize my pores or dry patch. It stays for 5 hours in my combination skin before it start fading. In the end of the day, it still looks good on skin but some part of my face like in my T-zone start to looks oily. I just hope that there is complete tester in store so I could find better shade match.


I don't really like western cushion, but this one is quite good. Is that because it is made in Korea so it adopts K-beauty technology really well? I hope L'oreal will make it refillable and for L'oreal UK will put the shades name in the case, not in the plastic seal.



Thank you for reading.




Friday, January 13, 2017

Vitalis Glamorous Fragranced Body Spray


What's the most important thing when you come to a party? Is it your hair, your make up, your outfit, or something else? My most important is "the scent". Once I came in a simple blouse and troussers. Another party, I ever came with ponytail hair. And once I ever came with only face powder, eyeliner and lip gloss when I got skin problem. But, I never attend a party without fragrance. Whether it is edp, edt or just body spray.

As a beauty junkie, I do not only buy make up products. I love to collect perfume too. Currently I'm not as crazy as before. I'm becoming very picky about choosing fragrance. I never blind purchasing a perfume anymore. While few years ago, I trusted my intuition and bought so many perfume online. I end up with so many bottles that do not suit me well.

Body spray is a different thing. I'm not so picky about them because the scent is not too overwhelming. I still love to try out so many body spray in the market. I'm glad that some time ago, I found Vitalis launced the new range of Glamorous Fragranced Body Spray.

The design is tall and sleek and each bottles has different color according to the variant. The bottle is made from can, light and user friendly. I don't find any difficulties in opening and closing the cap or pushing the sprayer. 


There are three variant of Vitalis Glamorous Fragranced Body Spray. The first one is Fantasy which comes in the red bottle. It is a mix of floral powdery and musk which I think is suitable for romantic moment.


Second one is Dream which comes in a blue bottle. It is a mix of orange, floral and musk. I love it more than Fantasy because I love the hint of orange and freshness. 


The third one is Sheer, but I don't have it so I can't describe the scent. Although I never smell Sheer, I can imagine that it will also be nice since I can easily love the other two, Fantasy and Dream.

Each bottle holds 100ml of products. It will lasts for long time since you will only need a bit each time you use it. The good news, we don't have to reapply multiple times. Once is enough! I'm glad because I don't like to reapply any fragrance. I always feel that when I reapply for the second time, it creates different smell than it should be. It last 6 hours indoor and 4.5 hours outdoor, quite impressive for a body spray.


When some other body spray leave sticky feeling, this range has a quick dry formula. It creates cooling sensation and also realy refreshing. Only need few seconds and you are ready to go. It also does not leave stain on both my skin and cloth. 

The life span is long enough until 2020, so I can put my other body spray and perfume on rotation. And if this is your concern, Vitalis Glamorous is approved by MUI and certified Halal. How good is that!?

This range will be a perfect fit for youngsters to young adult both for daily and party. A good fragrance of course will make us more glamour, fresh, and confident, right?!

Try them now to see how they suit your modern personality really well. Let's be center of attention and receive so much admiration by being glamorous! If you want to know more about this, just click this link (CLICK HERE)


Thank you for reading. Have a nice day everyone!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Smoothing Primer



Helllooooo... Happy holiday guys! Are you going somewhere? Or you prefer to stay at home? Or maybe you are like me, who have to work when people going on holidays and have holidays when people get to work? I'm working in hospitality industry so I won't have Easter, Idul Fitri, School, Summer, Christmas, and New Year holidays. 

But, I have spare time this morning. And I can't wait to show you about this thing. The Make Up Forever Step 1 Smoothing Primer. There are so many choices of Step 1 according to your concern, but my first pick is absolutely the Smoothing because of my large pores and bad textures.


I bought this around one year ago. That explains the dirty packaging. I keep the box, but I totally forget where I put it. So stupid. Hahaha.. There should be more explaination in the box. So this time, please refer to the official website of Make Up For Ever if you want to know more about ingredients etc.


The first time I saw it in counter, the BA tried on her face and this looks amazing. It smoothes the skin immediately and in seconds I put it inside the basket without trying on myself.

It almost like Benefit Porefessional, but personally I like this one more. The texture is lighter and the result is better on me. I don't feel sticky or stickery when using this. There is also no intense perfume on the product.

If you never tried Benefit Porefessional, I will explain it simply. The texture is like a cream, but a bit bouncy. When applied to skin, it helps to create smooth texture and cover the pores. What it does is to even the texture so you have a good canvas as a base of your make up. It does not smudge throughout the day so it is perfectly safe to use for important events. The good thing it covers the pores but not clogging them. There is no pimples or whatsoever after using it for few days in a row as long as I do a good cleaning in the end of the day.


You can see it from the comparison picture. My skin looks a lot smoother and my pores becomes not too visible and not to mention also looks more brighter isn't it? I don't wear primer often, but when it comes to urgent thing, like party, I guess I need this!

Thank you for reading.

Christmas Dinner : Cooking, Baking, and Unboxing

Merry Christmas Everyone! Ho ho ho...

Do you celebrate Christmas too? How do you celebrate? We (I and my husband) celebrate at home, just two of us. Our big family never held a Christmas party. 


We decorate the Christmas Tree and have dinner in the living room. This year, we made homecooked burger and mix grilled veggies and also chocolate drink for refreshment. We did not plan the dinner menu, so the ingredients are basically anything left in the fridge. And that what makes it even more meaningful.


I have baked Pandan Ogura Cake. It is so fluffy, soft and low in calories. I took the risk since this is my first Ogura and I am amateur. Baking a new type of cake is not easy when we are not so expert. Each and every oven is different. When the recipe says 170degrees 50minutes, it becomes 170degrees 70minutes and the surface not turning brown, I need to adjust the temperature to 220degrees for another 10minutes. Luckily it is au bain marie so the result is still so moist and yummy eventhough it is not perfect. Next time I need to do experiment with the temp.


No party without a gift, LOL. Actually I have some stuffs from my husband and I haul some too, but the goodies are not arrived on time. Well, let's spare for another post. Now, let me share the gift from my lovely fellow beauty blogger Winda (www.dajourneys.com). 

This is my second time changing Christmas gift with her. The first time was last year, you can read about it here. Let's peek what Santa Winda sent to me:


1. It's My Cushion. I always want this DIY Cushion. I think it will be really useful to mix and match my holygrail inside this cushion to save time in applying make up. Winda knows it and she bought one for me.


2. Skinfood My Short Cake Eyeshadow Trio
3. Etude House 3 Step Volumecara
4. Beauty People Gel Eyeliner Pencil
5. Hope Girl Wonder Magic Mascara
6. Lioele Dollish Eyeshadow Triple


7. Majolica Majorca Honey Pump Lipgloss
8. Etude House Color Pop Shine Tint
9. Canmake Candy Wrap Lip
10. Holika Holika Heartful Moisture Lipstick

All these Korean and Japanese Beauty Products are so beautiful and I'm so thankful for these presents. Thank you so much Winda for thoughtfully picking them for me.


In the last part, I want to say happy birthday to sweet Jesus. I'm so thankful that You're born and die for us. I will always be grateful.

Now, cheers to everybody! Have a Holy Jolly Christmas!