Your first thought upon hearing, "Eskayvie" would undoubtedly be, what? I hadn't heard of it either prior to taking afternoon tea with them, but I'm glad I know now!
It was held in Pullman Hotel, Bangsar and the entire experience was hard to beat. They teamed up with The Butterfly Project to get us in tune with the product, and I must say that this has completely negated my interest in any form of collagen drink.
The reception area was full of fresh flowers, making it feel extremely welcoming and sophisticated.
We were invited into a room - yes, just us Butterflies! - in order to introduce us to the products. I will admit that I knew next to nothing about the brand, but it was quite the eyeopener with regards to what's in a lot of the supplements out there.
The event was hosted by the lovely Tamina.
[Tamina introducing Eskayvie]
It wasn't long before we got acquainted with Dr. Syid Ayob who is such an engaging character, and a walking embodiment of how effective the products Eskayvie places on the shelves are.
[Dr. Syid Ayob]
Yes, he is an actual doctor who has done years of research into the development of the line. The presentation went into the actual science behind the products, specifically Redianze and i-Qids, and why they work so well on a cellular level. I love the fact that Redianze isn't just a beauty product like the lot of collagen drinks out there. It's an actual health supplement with pretty impressive logic behind it all. I'll go into the details of these bits and bobs below.
After the presentation, we were given the chance to win some prizes! 5 questions relating to the products were asked, and each person was given a set of Eskayvie skincare. Yes, I got on board and got so very excited when I was picked :D
Photo taken from Celeste
[Chocolate got me the prize!]
Look at the picture above and bear in mind that the Dr. Ayob is over 50! My first reaction to that was, "What sorcery is this?" Apparently I have a shot of looking half this awesome at that age if I consume Redianze religiously!
We were also given the opportunity to sample the two products of focus Redianze and IQ Kids.
[Sampling the Goodness]
[Little shots of health]
On the left (above) we have i-Qids which is deliciously chocolate flavoured, and on the right (above) we have Redianze which has a bit of a peach and artificial sweetener flavour to it.
[Shivani & Me]
[More lovely flowers]
Beyond how truly fantastic the products actually are, the food was amazing! There wasn't a single dish that wasn't delicious, and there was truly a dazzling array of choices.
[I have to say this...the bread and butter pudding was to die for. I would check into the hotel and consume a bath tub worth of the stuff if I didn't have any self-control]
Eskayvie were extremely generous in allowing us to experience the products first hand and we left with lots of goodies!
[1 box of Redianze]
[1 box of i-Qids]
This isn't some run of the mill pen either. My father promptly liberated me of it because he hoards stationery the way I hoard makeup and skincare.
And because I'm quick like a bunny, I got an insanely generous helping of skincare as well!
I haven't had the chance to try these out yet but I'm extremely excited about it. They look really promising and are on the affordable side of the spectrum. The entire set is worth RM250. Fingers crossed!
[Eskayvie's Hydraliss Line]
[Pouch & Brochure]
[Hydrating & Brightening Face Cleanser]
[Hydrating & Brightening Clarifying Toner]
[Hydrating & Brightening Moisturizer]
[Natural Glow Liquid Foundation with SPF35++]
The packaging is weighty and feels quite lovely. If the consumable products are anything to go by, these are going to be amazing as well, and I'm really, REALLY excited to see if my expectations are met. I'll be reviewing these in due time. Let me know if there's any product in particular you'd like to hear about first.
Now, how did Redianze and i-Qids fare?
Let's talk about i-Qids first. No, it's not just for kids!
[i-Qids - 20 Sachets (RM59)]
As mentioned, this is encouraged for adults as well, though you will require double the dose. You will need to mix 1 sachet with 150ml of cold water and drink it with breakfast. It's absolutely delicious! It's like drinking slightly watery chocolate milk. And it's healthy for you!
What is it meant to do? It's meant to boost brain power naturally by helping with optimization and alertness. Through the use of Omega-3 fatty acids (docosahexanoic acid) which can't be produced naturally by the brain, it helps to keep you mentally happy by aiding the release of serotonin and DHA. For those of you who aren't sure what serotonin is, it's basically the happy neurotransmitter which is responsible for depressing and anger when depleted. If you're a mother, you will notice that DHA is contained in many child-rearing edibles, and that's because it boosts the speed of neurotransmission. In order to get smarter, you need your neurons to talk to each other, and the faster this occurs, the more connections you are able to form. i-Qids also contains organic calcium, colostrum IgG, as well as multivitamins and minerals.
I'm reasonably sure that if you aren't someone who consumes caffeine, you will see a drastic change in your energy levels. I'm a bit of an addict and become rather irritable and useless without my morning coffee. In fact, I've tried many times to avoid coffee only to have the sledgehammer of withdrawal try to crush my skull later in the day. I did test this out for 2 days on its own and I noticed that the withdrawal wasn't as bad. My energy levels were definitely decent, though by the middle of the day I could definitely feel a slump and the dreaded caffeine headache coming on. In a bid not to inflict torture that goes against the Geneva convention on myself, I started mixing this into my cold brewed coffee in the mornings (if you have no idea what cold brewed coffee is, there will be a post on it up next week), and this omitted the need to add milk to it. The kick was insane and I was more alert than I've ever been for the duration of my use. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone because I'm just being honest with my experience.
I definitely feel like the product aided in improving my mood and enthusiasm for the randomness of things around me, and I quite like that I get to have chocolate for breakfast without the guilt. Dr. Ayob recommends that if you are pregnant, you start drinking this 6 months into your pregnancy to aid in fetal brain development. Judging by the state of too many kids these days, I would highly recommend this to mothers-to-be!
Now, on to the star product - Redianze!
[Redianze - 20 Sachets (RM160)]
Let's start off with what I mentioned above - the taste of artificial sweetener. It was the only thing I was concerned about because aspartame is horrifying for you and found in everything from Diet Coke to sugar-free gum. It leads to MS in the long run, and that's definitely not worth the perfect body. I was very happy to see that Redianze is sweetened with Stevia which is a natural, plant-based sweetener. 1 million points for Eskayvie. It's also peach-flavoured which definitely helps the medicine go down! It's not an unpleasant flavour, but it's nowhere near as awesome as i-Qids. I probably should have tasted this first!
So, what does this do? Well, it helps stroke patients start walking again, for starters! Yes, we were shown testimonials by severely ill people who got better because of all the goodness packed into these sachets. Goodness like collagen, vitamin C, prunus persica and Astareal P2Af. What? Yes, let's discuss it!
We've all been assaulted by how amazing collagen is for us on multiple occasions, and I have yet to succumb to taking any form of collagen. I'm glad I actually attended this little educational session because not all collagen is created equal! There's actually a particular type of collagen for each thing you want to achieve, as well as an appropriate dosage. The most effective form of collagen tends to be Hydrolysed Marine Collagen Pepties (HMCP marine collagen) in the dosage of 5,000 mg per day. What HMCP does which makes it so effective is to breakdown collagen into smaller molecules which are more easily absorbed and utilized by human cells. There are 4 primary types of collagen which are essential for us as humans - Type I & III (for our skin), Type II (for our joints), and Type IV (for our internal organs). HMCP contains all of these which makes it that much for effective as a health product. According to Dr. Ayob, if you have joint issues (like knee problems as I do) Redianze would definitely help to sort you out.
Let's face it. Vanity tends to take precedence over all the goodness of everything else for many of us, and HMCP works wonders for that aspect (again, look at Dr. Ayob!). It promotes radiant skin (it better judging from the name), eliminates wrinkles and skin sagging, enhances skin's texture, firmness and elasticity, diminishes dark circles and eye bags, reduces cellulite and even strengthens hair and nails. These are extremely lofty claims, and you need a 3 month time frame of regular use to see optimal results, so I'm hoping it works! As mentioned above, HMCP also helps with muscle growth and joint health, so I've also got my fingers crossed on this to help with the knee injury that made me hang up my long distance running shoes!
We all know Vitamin C is necessary for us all, so the fact Redianze contains the stuff is a boon. It omits the need for taking a separate dose of the stuff everyday. And because Vitamin C is such an excellent antioxidant, when coupled with the other aspects of this product, it amplifies the ability of Redianze to act on autoimmune diseases such as cancer.
Prunus Persica is like a doubled-down dose of goodness with vitamins and other antioxidants, fibre, iron and potassium which is essentially all the stuff you're going to need to stay healthy and have good skin. There's also magnesium in this stuff, which I am naturally short of in my body (I'm blaming the love of milk, chocolate and butter on this; as well as my irrational anger). This helps with overall help and mood stabilization as well (which we ladies desperately need in general, and especially when we're PMS-ing).
Finally, Astareal P2AF - the Superman of antioxidants! The statistics on this are astounding. It's 6000 times more potent than Vitamin C, 3000 times more potent than Resveratrol and Quercitin (Resveratrol has been my latest obsession, so I was really excited about this), 550 times more potent than Vitamin E, etc. This is madness! What's even cooler is that it amplifies the effects of any of the above that you take along with it. So, if I'm taking Resveratrol daily (which I've started to), Astareal P2AF will increase its effectiveness! It's meant to be this effective because it's the only antioxidant that can penetrate the blood-brain barrier (meant for your protection against all the toxins in your body), thus protecting the brain. It's meant to help prevent memory loss, Alzheimer's, stroke and other degenerative diseases which occur in the brain.
What's also very cool is that Astareal P2AF isn't just preventive, it's proactive as well. It helps to neutralize harmful free radicals and basically recycle them as positive components of our system. I was a little skeptical, but there are 300 fully scientific studies backing the effectiveness of this patent, and I'm incredibly curious about it.
For our skin, Astareal P2AF helps to prevent wrinkles, moisturise, enhance skin elasticity, smooth and soften skin, banish pigmentation and even out skin tone and colour. For day-to-day activities, it increases stamina and strength, reduces fatigue after exercise and enhances energy and performance in sports. For those of us who are on the bench due to injury, it relieves pain and joint inflammation (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, tennis elbow, etc.) and helps to overcome soreness and stiffness of muscles. Finally, it also helps with factors which are contributory to heart disease such as lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure, and increasing HDL. Dr. Ayob also mentioned that because it's naturally sweetened it helps to control diabetes as well!
It already sounds like a miracle product, and I'm ever the skeptic, so if it does even half of what it claims do, I've basically found my devotion in life! There's other benefits to it as well, can you imagine?
It's meant to improve clarity of vision, enhance your immune system thereby minimising the damage to DNA, heal gastric ulcers and detoxify the liver, and even reduce the risk of stroke and inhibit the negative effects of stress (cortisol).
You're meant to take 1 sachet of this with 200 ml of cold water 1 hour before or after food. It can be taken either in the morning or at night.
I haven't tried this yet because I gave the box to my father. He has an autoimmune disease called Crohn's, and other than the fact that he stopped drinking it at night because it had a bit of a diuretic effect, it seems to sit well with him. I'm curious about it though and I'll be picking up a 3 month supply to try out for myself. It sounds extremely promising, and I shall report back later this year with how it fares. Do let me know if you guys would like a process review on it.
For more information on Eskayvie and their products, please visit their FB page and/or their Website.
Of course, none of this would be possible without The Butterfly Project, and if you would like to check out the awesomeness that is, please visit their FB page.