Ma Belle Box – Vietnam’s First Beauty Box


Living in Ho Chi Minh City is great. There’s delicious food, friendly people, and warm, sunny weather. But things get a bit murky when you’re faced with having to shop in the city.

Beauty shopping in Ho Chi Minh City is difficult. Yes, major beauty brands (Western and Asian) are here, but the markups are often so awful (literally $25 for a FaceShop eyeliner #GIRLGOODBYE) that it’s better to just wait until you make a major trip back home. Or you can put your faith in the mail system and cross your fingers that everything makes it to you in one piece and you don’t get charged a bajillion dollars in taxes and customs fees.

That’s why I’m SO happy about Ma Belle Box, a beauty startup that launched in Vietnam this summer.

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Whamisa Organic Flowers Facial Oil Review



The votes are in – The Whamisa Organic Flowers Facial oil was the most requested review on my Instagram and Facebook pages (don’t worry, I’m still going to review the Goodal Murumuru seed gel cream).

I got the Whamisa Organic Flowers Facial Oil as part of my Glow Recipe haul a few months ago. I am obsessed with using facial oils at night, and all I had to see was fermented stuff on the ingredient list for me to say a silent YASSSS and place it in my cart. Most really great oils are hella pricey, so at $40.00, I just couldn’t pass it up.

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Whamisa Organic Flowers Eye Essence Review

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I admit that I haven’t used an eye cream regularly since I used the Innisfree EcoScience one AGES ago. To be honest, I never really bought into the whole eye cream thing. Why can’t I just use my same moisturizer, but apply a little less around the eyes? But then I was browsing Glow Recipe and saw the Whamisa Organic Flowers Eye Essence and thought I’d give it a try. It checked all the boxes I look for in a product: fermented ingredients, pretty packaging, brightening properties, anti-wrinkle (hey…I’m nearing my 30s, gotta keep it together!)

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Life in Vietnam 4

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I haven’t posted a Life in Vietnam photo essay in ages, so I thought now is a good of a time as any to show what I’ve been up to. Can you believe I’ve been in Vietnam over a year now? Time is FLYING!

I’ve been working a lot, but I’ve been trying to document my life here as much as possible. As always, there’s lots of food snaps, pictures that I just love, and random photos of HCMC. All photos were taken with my iPhone 6, and edited on my MacBook using CameraBag2. 

Hope you enjoy!

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My Current Nighttime Skincare Routine

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You’ve asked for it, and here it is – my updated nighttime skincare routine!

I’ve streamlined my routine into using these same steps every single night, without fail. Since I’ve introduced acids into my routine, I no longer experience breakouts, and my hyperpigmentation is nearly gone. Bless. My focus for my skin is to keep it smooth, bright and clear, and make sure it’s absolutely 100% clean. The pollution here + sunscreen + makeup = gross face at the end of the day.

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