Bali – Day 2

For our second day in Bali, we started off by visiting Cantika Zest Spa. It was a magical, glorious, and utterly relaxing experience. Johnny got a body massage, while I took part in their beauty workshop and facial. I got to make my own facial scrub, toner, and face cream! I don’t want to go into too much detail about it though – you’ll have to wait for my article about it in Glamtrotting Magazine! Just know that if you’re ever in Bali, you’ve gotta go to the beauty workshop. It was fantastic!

After the spa, our driver picked us up, and we set off to do more sightseeing. We went to Goa Gajah, or the Elephant Cave temple, Tegenungan waterfall, and had lunch. Then we did what I love to do most – GO SHOPPING! I stocked up on some incense for the apartment, soaps, coffee, body scrubs, and face masks. Bali is magical, for sure.

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Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum Review

blacksugarserumReview time!

As my su:m37 serum was nearing an end, I went on a search for a new one. Of course, I wanted to repurchase it, but then I wouldn’t have anything new to review. I decided to try something different, and after reading lots of positive reviews, I bought the Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum.

I haven’t used anything from Skinfood in at least 2 years. I fell in love with the brand when I first moved to Korea, but then I just fell out of love with their skincare. It wasn’t anything in particular and nothing caused me to break out, I just favored other brands like Innisfree, Laneige, and Missha. But this serum has just rekindled my love for the brand.

I read a lot of reviews on how great the Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum is, and I thought it’d be the perfect first thing to try on my journey to try and find great Korean beauty budget buys. Lord knows how much I love su:m37 and Sulwhasoo, but that shit is expensive.

The Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum is packaged in a glass bottle, with a cute little apothecary type label. I thank God they didn’t use any comic sans on the packaging (WHY Skinfood Whyyyyyyy?!?!). It contains 120mL of product, and also comes with a set of cotton pads, specifically to be used with the product. One side of the cotton pads is smooth, and the other is textured. The textured side of the cotton pad is used to gently exfoliate your skin while you apply the product, while the smooth side is just for normal application. Some people have complained that the textured side is a bit rough, but I feel that it’s okay, as long as you apply the product gently and don’t rub the cotton pad too hard on your skin.

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This serum isn’t like most serums where it’s a gel consistency. It’s a liquid, much like the Missha First Treatment Essence. And like the Missha First Treatment Essence, the Skinfod serum is meant to be used as the first step of your skincare routine after washing your face, hence the “perfect first” in the product name. Using it with the exfoliating cotton pads makes it a sort of 2-in-1 product, like a toner and a serum all in one! It’s just so hot and humid here that I’ve been trying to find more products that are multi-tasking so I don’t have to layer so much, and this definitely fits the bill. It has a slightly sweet scent, but it’s very faint and disappears once it’s applied to the skin.

The Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum promises to brighten, exfoliate, tighten, and hydrate the skin. It’s free of benzophenone, mineral oil, silicone oil, sulfates, acrylamide, and talc, six harsh chemicals that can harm your skin. Like the instructions state, I apply it immediately after I finish washing my face. I put a little bit of the serum on the netted side of the cotton pad, and swipe gently all over my face. I then use the palms of my hands to press the product into my skin. It’s incredibly hydrating and soothing. It’s *slightly* sticky, but after you apply your emulsion, it’s okay. I use this product at night and in the morning, as I find that it’s not heavy at all.

So does it work? YES. Since moving to Vietnam, my skin has been incredibly dull due to all of the pollution here. After about the first 2 weeks of use, I noticed that my skin was becoming brighter, the acne scars around my jawline and chin were slowly fading, and my skin looked visibly more plump and hydrated. I’ve been using it for almost 2 months now, and I can say that the results are just as good. I haven’t had a breakout (not even a hormonal one), in a while, and my skin has retained its glow. It’d repurchase it in a heartbeat, especially since it isn’t too pricey. If you’re in the market for an inexpensive, yet effective serum, this is a great choice!

What serums have you been using lately? Let me know in the comments!

Bali – Day One

To say Bali is beautiful is an understatement. It’s literally one of the most gorgeous places I have ever traveled to. I don’t think I could get my jaw off of the floor at times. And even though our days were jam packed with sight-seeing, spa-ing, and eating, I was just so relaxed the entire time. There’s something about Bali that just brings out your inner peace.

Our first day, we set off with our awesome driver to see the Sacred Monkey Forest (which I was terrified of before we went but the monkeys aren’t even that crazy unless you provoke them), Tampak Siring (or the Holy Spring Water Temple), the picture perfect Tegalalang rice terraces, and we capped it all off with a tour and tasting at a coffee plantation.

bali2 bali5 Bali17 bali1 bali9 bali8 bali19 bali10 Bali7 bali11 bali6 bali20 bali13 bali14 Bali15 Bali18 Bali16 Bali12 bali3It was hot as hell – thank you to all of you that advised me to bring sun protection with a high SPF and aloe. I actually burned a little bit! The sun in Indonesia is NO joke. It’s supposed to be rainy season there now, but there was ZERO rain to be found. Whew. How do you ladies in Indonesia manage to wear makeup? What products do you use for oil control?! I’m pretty sure I sweat my life away at least 12 times over. I’d love to know your tips on how to stay fabulous in such hot weather.

Stay tuned for our Day two, and my current beauty favorites! Thanks for sticking around!!

xoxoxo

 

 

Brief Hiatus

Hi Loves!

I’m currently on Gili Trawangan island in Indonesia, where the internet is painfully, awfully, absurdly slow. I planned to have some blog posts up this week, but that’s looking like it’s not going to happen. Sad times.

I’ll be back to Vietnam late Wednesday night, and plan on resuming blog posts then. I still want to post my October favorites (even though it’ll be late…lol), and I am currently testing the SkinFood Black Sugar Serum, so let me know if you’d like a review on that!

The next reviews in the pipeline are for the su:m37 cleansing balm and overnight mask, and a post on my beach day essentials.

Thanks so much for sticking around! I can’t wait to post regularly again soon!

xoxoxo

Su:m37 White Award Bubble-De Mask Review

sum37bubblemaskGirl. Get your credit card ready and save your coins because you need the su:m37 White Award Bubble-De Mask in your life. Trust me.

Right after I moved from Vietnam, one of my dear friends sent me a Kakao message.

“Have you tried the su:m37 bubble mask?”
“Nope. How is it?”
She sent me a selfie, and literally her skin was glowing. “Girl, this mask is freaky awesome!”

If there’s anything you know about me, it’s that once you tell me you love something and I need to buy it, I set out at that moment to try and find said product/s. I don’t waste any time. But sadly, I couldn’t find the mask ANYWHERE online, not even at w2beauty.com. I had all but forgotten about the mask until I was browsing w2beauty one day and BAM, there it was in all of its glory. I didn’t even bat an eyelash at the price (cry), and immediately put it into my cart. I tried it the first day I got it and GIRRRRRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL. Girl. GIRL.

First off, what is this su:m37 bubble mask? It’s a detoxing foaming mask, very similar to Bliss’s Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask. It foams up and releases oxygen bubbles into your skin, creating instantly brighter skin. The mask also deep cleans your pores by drawing out harsh pollutants and it also soothes and softens your skin.

The product is packaged in a plastic bottle with a built in pump and top, containing 100mL of product. You use it right after you wash your face, before the rest of your skincare routine. I typically use it at night, but I see no issues with using it in the day, especially if you’re going to a special event or you just need an extra boost of glowy, radiant goodness. Instructions state that you can use it 2 to 3 times per week, but the results are so amazing you’re probably going to reach for it more often. After you use it, remember to wipe off the top and make sure that it’s firmly closed and stored in a cool place.
maskswatchAfter I wash my face, I pump the mask onto my fingers and apply to my face in a thin layer. This is definitely one product where a little goes an incredibly long way. After about 10 to15 seconds, the mask will start to foam up and tingle all over your face. Leave the mask on for about 15 minutes, or until most of the bubbles have dissolved.

swatchmask2After about 15 minutes, rinse the mask off with tepid water and admire how much brighter, radiant, and gorgeous your skin looks. It’s legitimately an instant facial. Each time I use this mask, my skin is noticeably brighter, smoother, softer, and more clear. I’ve even had a few pimples pop up here and there, and after using this mask, they’re much less pronounced. And the best part is, with this mask the results last! When I woke up the next morning after using the mask for the first time, Johnny complimented me on how great my skin looked. SUCCESS.

If you live in a heavily polluted area, I feel like this mask is a godsend. I’ve started driving a motorbike, and even though I wear a mask whenever I drive, my skin is always so dull and congested by the end of the day. This mask is a lifesaver. I haven’t been breaking out, and on days when I know I’m not going to get a lot of sleep, it fakes 9 hours of sleep like a charm. I feel like it’s also a great mask to use before a date, girls night out, or a big event like a wedding. I love it because it’s SO easy to use. It’s easy to apply, easy to remove, and it works. I’m obsessed! I actually have to stop myself from using it every day, because I don’t want to run through the bottle.

There is one negative though – it’s hella expensive. I bought it from w2beauty.com for $62.45 with free shipping. I’ve also found it on shopatkorea.com for $52.50, but there’s currently only an option to add to a wish list. It doesn’t seem that they actually have the product available for purchase, and I’m not sure how much shipping would be. But the thing is, the mask is going to last you a LONG time. You only need a little bit, and honestly, for the kind of results you get from it, I believe it’s more than worth it.

So treat yo’self girlfriend! If you get it from w2beauty, make sure to use my code 05632401 to receive $5 off your first order!

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