Etude House Dust Cut Facial Mist Review

Woop woop! Review time! This time, it’s on the Etude House Dust Cut Facial Mist.

I first read about the Dust Cut Facial Mist on Pico Prince’s website and was immediately intrigued. I live in the land of the worst pollution EVER, so I was willing to try anything that promises to help protect my skin against pollution and the elements.

The Dust Cut line is designed to help combat pollution and dust by creating a protective barrier over your skin. In addition to the mist, there’s also a face wash, a face cream, and a sheet mask. When I first read about the line, it wasn’t available online for purchase, so I forgot about it, until I wandered into the Etude House in Diamond Plaza, HCMC and saw it there. Apparently it’s SUPER popular here as almost everything from the line was sold out, except for one Dust Cut mist, so I knew that I had to pick it up. It cost me about 300,000VND, or $15 dollars here, which makes me cry a little bit considering it’s like 7 to 8 bucks in Korea.

The Dust Cut Facial Mist is packaged in a plastic bottle containing 150ml of product. I wish the bottle was slightly smaller, as it’s a bit too big to carry around with you in your purse or bag. A travel sized bottle would be perfect! Also, I’m not sure if it’s a problem with my nozzle in particular, but the spray of this mist shoots me in the face at times, instead of a fine mist. I have to really make sure to hold the bottle as far away from my face as possible to get an even spray all over my face.

mist2I asked the woman at the Etude House when you should use this mist, and she recommended that you should use it after your moisturizer, and before any makeup. She also said she applies it at night before she goes to sleep to protect her skin from dust while she’s sleeping. I apply it after my makeup, as I find that it works better for me as a finishing mist, to sort of seal everything together.

So does it work? I think it does! After you spray it, you can feel your skin tighten slightly, meaning the protective barrier is doing its magic. I can’t say that it makes me break out less or anything like that, but I’ve noticed my face is less dirty at night when I make sure to use this mist throughout the day. It’s definitely not one of those one and done mists, it works better with frequent use throughout the day, which is why I think the bottle should be much smaller.

It also makes my makeup last longer, which to me is worth it more than the protective barrier. It’s so hot and humid here my makeup normally sweats off within hours, but this mist keeps me together the whole day. I’m usually pretty bad at using mists regularly, but this one has been a mainstay in my skincare routine since I bought it a few months ago. If you live in a heavily polluted area, I think this mist is a must try!

What’s your favorite skin mist? Let me know in the comments!

Gili Trawangan, Indonesia


After spending 2 days in Bali, Johnny and I set off to the tiny, tiny island of Gili Trawangan for some much needed R&R. Gili Trawangan, or Gili T, is located about 2 hours away from Bali via speedboat.

There are dozens of speedboat companies to choose from, but we went with Gili Cat, as they were highly recommended by Louise, a Glamtrotting contributor who lives in Bali. They are Australian owned, and have excellent safety standards. I’d heard some crazy ass stories of boats capsizing, so I definitely wanted to make sure we chose a safe company. A round trip ticket, including pick-up and drop-off in Bali was approximately 100USD per person.

After a pretty smooth 2 hour speed boat ride (I took a motion sickness pill and was asleep most of the time), we arrived in absolute paradise.

giliT24giliT19Gili Trawangan has the reputation of being a backpacker party island, but since we went during low season, I think we missed a lot of the shenanigans. Everything was chill and most of the beaches were completely empty at times.

Gili T is the ultimate island for rest and relaxation. It’s incredibly tiny (roughly the size of Central Park in NYC), and you can walk around the entire island in about 90 minutes. There are no motorbikes or cars, so if you want to get around, you have to ride a bike, walk, or take a horse cart. There’s hardly any internet, so you’re really “forced” to just take it easy. Digital detoxing for the win!

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While in Gili T, Johnny and I stayed at the gorgeous, luxury glamping ecolodge, La Cocoteraie. Each tent is outfitted with luxury lines, a fresh water shower, and gorgeous furniture. A yummy breakfast was served each morning, and the staff was extremely kind and accommodating. They had bikes available for daily rent to get around the island, and provided headlights to get back at night (there’s hardly any electricity in the center of the island, so it’s pitch black!). It’s located on the opposite side of the island from the infamous party area, so it’s quiet and calm at night. If you’re planning on going to Gili T, I highly recommend them!

giliT15 giliT6Each morning after breakfast, Johnny and I would put on our bathing suits, jump on a bike, and ride to the beach. He’d snorkle, and I’d read my kindle and drink cocktails. We’d take a break and have lunch, then go back out to the beach. Then we’d head back to the hotel, take a shower, go back out for dinner and drinks, then head back home. It was seriously the most relaxing vacation I’ve ever had. It’s hard for me to unwind, especially with Glamtrotting, but staying on Gili T forced me to put my phone away and enjoy every moment.

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If you’re in Indonesia, the Gili Islands are not to be missed. The beaches are absolutely breathtaking, the snorkeling is incredible, the people are friendly and the vibe is super chill. It’s the best of both worlds – if you want to party, you can, and if you want to just relax, you can do that too. I’m already dreaming of going back.

Things to do:
1. Eat a BBQ seafood dinner at Scallywags. SO GOOD.
2. Rent a bike and ride the perimeter of the island. Beware though, there are times where you will have to push your bike through the sand.
3. I don’t dive, but apparently Gili T has some of the best diving in the world. You can also rent snorkeling gear from one of the many places on the main road.
4. Head over to the west side of the island around 5:30pm to have a few cocktails and take in the breathtaking sunset. There are a few bars to choose from, but we usually went to the Paradise Sunset Bar.
5. RELAX and have fun!!!


Su:m37 Skin Saver Melting Cleansing Balm Review


We already know that everything from su:m37 is amazing and glorious and made out of unicorn glitter, so I can skip all of the intro shit. The Skin Saver Melting Cleansing Balm is basically a magical balm made from angel wings and fairy dust, so yeah, just buy it and thank me later.

I was browsing one day when I saw it, and I literally screamed and sent a message to Coco (The Beauty Wolf) and Kerry (Skin & Tonics) like OMG DID YOU KNOW SU:M37 HAS A CLEANSING BALM I GOTTA BUY IT. I looked it up and found out that it’s a relatively new product, only released this past July. I had just bought the banila co. cleansing balm but bitch I didn’t care. I put it in my w2beauty cart without a second glance.

One of the best things about this cleansing balm is the packaging. It is absolutely gorgeous. It’s packaged in a frosted glass jar, containing 100ml of product. Sadly, you can’t travel with it (it’s glass and HEAVY), but it looks stunning sitting in your bathroom. You know we ladies love fancy ass jars, and this one is no different. What is even cooler is that the spatula for the product is actually that little thing on the top of the lid! It’s magnetic, so you just pop it off, use it to scoop out your balmy goodness, then just pop it back on the lid when you’re finished. As someone who can literally never keep spatulas, the magnet feature is absolutely awesome.


The balm itself is such a great texture. It’s oily enough to get the toughest eye makeup off in one go, but not greasy or thick. It feels like a luxurious dream when you apply it on your skin, and often times I close my eyes and massage my skin for a minute or two because it feels like heaven. It really does “melt” into your skin. What’s better is that it really removes ALL makeup and helps control oily skin, leaving your face clean, without stripping it. Honestly, if you’ve had a long night out and don’t feel like doing the 2 step cleanse, using this one product would be okay.

To use, apply the balm to your dry skin, taking care to gently rub your eyes to remove any eye makeup. It doesn’t sting the eyes, but it does leave my vision slightly cloudy for a second. I never use water to emulsify the product, because I find that it works much better on dry skin. After a minute or so of massaging the product into your skin, use a damp washcloth to gently remove your makeup.

cleansingbalm3This is also another one of those products where a little bit really does go a long way. I had a bad habit of using WAY too much when I first got it. You only need a dime sized amount to properly cleanse your whole face. It smells very similar to all of the other su:m37 products, like a light citrus scent. According to the press release, it contains fermented apricot seed oil and vitamin C oil, Vitamin A, and tocopherol. Unfortunately, I am unable to find a complete ingredient list, even on the Korean su:m37 website. I will say that while using the balm I haven’t had any breakouts, and my skin feels soft and smooth after removing my makeup. I’m still working on finishing my Banila co. balm, but to me, this one is lightyears better. It removes eye makeup better, and it just feels better on the skin. If you want a balm that actually feels like a cleansing oil without the messiness, then this is for you.

cleansingbalm4It’s priced at 38,000w in Korea, $48.39 from w2beauty and Ebay user hanhwa2030 has it for 34.99 with free shipping. It’s a little pricey, yes, but it’s totally worth it in my opinion. It’s beautiful to look at, and it’s a product that really delivers.

Have you tried the su:m37 cleansing balm? What’s your favorite makeup remover? Let me know in the comments!

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.


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!

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