Posts Written On July 2013

Labels, Perfectionism, and OMG it’s almost time for vacation (but my skin hates me)!!!!!!

So after weeks of trying to figure out why I just couldn’t muster up the motivation to blog consistently, I think I have it figured out.

For so long, I considered myself a travel blogger. I was desperate to fit the mold of a travel blogger…constantly traveling, taking instagram pictures of my food, seeking out press trips. But since my move to Korea, I definitely haven’t traveled (except small trips), nor was it my priority to do so when I moved here.¬†I knew that when I moved to Korea, I would take random trips here and there, but Johnny and I were saving the heavy duty stuff for after our jaunt in Korea. That’s still the case. And I still love sharing all of my travels with you. But I feel like my blog has expanded since I first started writing. It’s become much more than a travel blog.

I struggled for weeks thinking of what I should “label” my blog. A lifestyle blog? A beauty blog? A “regular” blog (I don’t even know what that means, but work with me here)? With the recent and AWESOME boom blogging about cosmetics has brought me, I seriously thought about switching to writing about beauty all of the time, as it is one of my passions. But then I realized that I’d miss sharing all of the other things about my life.

I’ve realized that I don’t need to label my blog. My blog doesn’t have to fit into a category. It doesn’t have to fit a perfect, cookie cutter mold. I can write about whatever the hell I want to write about. I can write reviews. I can talk about makeup. I can post pictures of my vacations. I can write stories about the ridiculous things my students do. I can post a picture of a delicious scoop of Baskin Robbins ice cream. And it that’s all okay! I think I just get caught up sometimes in trying to be a perfect blogger; that I have to write amazing, thought provoking posts 3 times a week. Some of my favorite blogs rarely have anything earth shattering or mind-blowing to talk about, so why do I feel like I should have to have something important to write about? I don’t have to be scaling mountains or eating out everyday or shopping all the time or doing every exciting thing ever. ¬†Seriously, some of my favorite types of posts are the one where someone just posts a picture of their tea, computer and some books and is like “look at my life!” Sigh. Perfectionism is really crippling. But writing all of this out, as well as in my journal has helped me get it together. I’m working on actually setting up a blogging schedule, and sharing much more with you, like I used to do!

In other exciting news, the home stretch to vacation is here. It’s so close I can feel it. This week, I started teaching summer camp. I have a unique schedule, in that I teach a split 3rd grade class for 2 days, a split 4th grade class for 2 days and 5/6th grade for 1 day. For two weeks. The theme for this camp is Harry Potter, and the kids are ALL about it. One of the activities is making a magic wand and I was reminded that giving glitter to a group of 3rd graders was probably not the smartest idea. I am definitely not used to teaching younger kids. Going from middle school to 6th grade wasn’t that big of a leap, but 3rd grade is definitely out of my realm of expertise. I’m going to be cleaning glitter out of my hair for 2 weeks. I do admit that they are super adorable…makes it hard to get mad at them!

My skin has been driving me infuckingsane lately. Summer has been killer. Last summer, it hardly rained, but it was a million degrees. This summer has definitely been way more rainy. Even though rain typically means cooler weather, the humidity levels have been through the roof. Humidity, coupled with a school that is stingy with the electricity (the air conditioner is turned on for 3 hours a day………………..), means that my skin has started rebelling against me. I’ve got clogged pores out the wazoo, especially on my chin. CRY. After reading a bunch of reviews, I went out and bought the Hado Labo Tamagohada AHA+BHA cleanser. The AHA and BHA are supposed to be fantastic for clearing out the pores for fantastic, clear skin. It’s been a few days and the bumps aren’t as…bumpy, but I want results NOW! Sagittarius girls are definitely impatient. If any of you have any recommendations, please, please share them in the comments. I’m trying to look fantastic in my vacation photos!

…. On a completely random note, I’ve also been writing this post in my local Starbucks and this girl has been slowly applying her makeup for the last 45 minutes. I am mesmerized.


Curly Hair Care in South Korea

It’s no secret that I have curly hair. For those into hair typing, I have a mix of 3b/3c hair. It’s quite fine, and is easily weighed down my too many/too heavy products. Other than cosmetics, my other main concern with moving to Korea was how I was going to get my hair products. Thankfully, exists for my specific hair products (which I’ll talk about in a second), but I have also made some amazing Korean hair care discoveries that have reduced my need to order from iherb constantly.

Photo on 3-1-13 at 5.19 PM

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Busan, South Korea

About a month ago, Johnny and I took a long weekend vacation and traveled to Busan. We had a WONDERFUL time. I mentioned it before, but basically this trip was a time to get away and relax. We ate, we drank, we did a bit of sightseeing, we sat in SpaLand for a grand total of 8 hours (split between 2 days). It was wonderful. I finally got around to editing the pictures for everyone to see. We went to Haeundae Beach, Gwangali Beach, and Yonggungsa Temple. Hope you enjoy!


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Time for a Review! Missha’s Time Revolution: The First Treatment Essence

Hey everyone! Long time, no see. I’ve been super busy planning my summer vacation, and the countdown has officially begun! Only 7 more weekends and Johnny and I will be on our way to see 2 new countries: Malaysia and Singapore. I’m so excited, I can’t even deal. Going on vacation gives me something to look forward to, and I’ve been on cloud nine since the final tickets and hotels were booked. I can’t wait! I bought an amazing new bathing suit from a store in Dongdaemun, and I’m already starting to put together travel outfits in my head. Seriously, travel is a life changer. If any of you have any tips/must see/must eat suggestions for either country, please let me know in the comments.

So about 2 months ago, one of my awesome and amazing readers told me about my now holy grail product. I call it my miracle water, made out of angel tears. It’s changed my whole life (AND my skin)! Without further ado, let’s get into a review of the Missha Time Revolution: The First Treatment Essence.

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