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My Current Skincare Favorites

Y’ALL.

I’M BACK.

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?

I can’t, to be honest. A lot has happened since I last posted on this blog. I left Phuket in March and moved to Atlanta, GA. I’ve been here nearly 5 months. Initially, I was super excited to be home – I ate my life away and spent way too much money at Sephora, but those tiny pangs of depression started eating away at me. There have been a lot of tears and a lot of frustration, but I’m getting better. I’m finally feeling settled and have a nice work and life routine.

Also, I’m a contributing editor for my favorite K-beauty store, w2beauty.com! You can check out my latest posts here. Make sure to keep up with that space for exclusive reviews and routine posts.

So, let’s get to why we’re all here. My current favorite skincare products! Easily the best part about being back in the US is the easy access to skincare products. No more worrying about how much the I’ll be charged for customs or if I’ll even get the products at all. I’ve been able to fill my collection with a bunch of stuff I would’ve never gotten my hands on abroad. It’s the BEST. I’ve found some real bomb ass gems!

All items that were provided as gifts and for review will be listed with an asterisk (*). I have not, and will never accept money for reviews. All other products were purchased by me. Also, this post features affiliate links. Please view my disclaimer for more information.

Now that that is out of the way!

First up, we have the Thank You Farmer Back to Iceland Cleansing Water*. This is my go-to to use before I go to the gym because I cannot stand for my face to be dirty before I work out but I also don’t want to wash my face with soap because I’m just going to wash it again. It’s very gentle, cleanses really well and leaves my skin clean, soft, and slightly hydrated. It also removes eye makeup pretty well and doesn’t sting the eyes. It’s very similar to the Son & Park Beauty Water (another one of my favorites), so if you like that, you’ll love this one too.

So we all know that I’ve used the Biore sunscreen for the last like 2 or 3 years and had a minor (aka major) obsession with it. I thought I wouldn’t really find a substitute until Tracy from fanserviced-b told me about the Nivea Sun Protect Water Gel. I’ll literally buy anything she tells me to (hey girl!) so as soon as she told me about it I put it in my Amazon cart. It’s incredibly lightweight and sinks into the skin almost immediately. It isn’t as drying as the Biore is and wears much better under makeup for me. I’m also a HUGE fan of anything with a pump so…this is a clear sunscreen winner for me.

One of my long time favorites is the Hyggee Fresh Essence*. Jen from Beautibi sent me this while I was still living in Phuket and it is the absolute most perfect summer time/hot weather moisturizer. It’s a staple in my morning routine. It’s actually a three-in-one product – a toner, essence, and serum in one. It has a soft, lightweight gel texture and sinks into the skin like magic. I mix it with The Ordinary 23% Vitamin C suspension on days I’m not planning on wearing makeup in the morning.

The Laniege Mini Pore Blur Perfector* has been another summer staple for me. I use it as the last step of my skincare routine in the morning (after sunscreen, before makeup), to slightly mattify and blur the skin. It does act as a primer of sorts, meaning that it does help blur imperfections and pores, but it’s not going to keep your makeup on all day. I like it because it’s that perfect middle ground between a dewy finish and the ultra matte/flat finish. I know my skin is oily but I’d almost rather be a little on the oily side than super matte.

AND NOW. Girl. The Laneige Special Care Lip Sleeping Mask* is incredible. I’m obsessed. It’s a night mask for the lips! I have incredibly dry, flaky lips that I have to keep moisturized constantly and whenever I use this at night (aka every night), I wake up with pillow soft lips. The texture is similar to vaseline but with a bit more “oompf”. It just feels a bit more hydrating and nourishing than your regular lip treatment. It has a subtle fruity scent and is slightly tinted pink. I sometimes use it in the daytime too! It’s not suitable to wear under lipstick in my opinion because it is quite thick, but I love it when I’m just lounging around the house. The mini spatula it comes with is also to die for! So cute!

P.S. Laniege USA has graciously offered a code for my readers to use to receive a special gift with purchase. Use the code SHERYLL on us.laneige.com to receive a deluxe Lip Sleeping Mask with every purchase. Also, they offer free shipping over $50 AND you can also receive a limited edition Laniege In Flight Kit with your purchase of $50 and more SOOOO get your life ok!


And next we have my acne fighting baes from Garden Of Wisdom – the 8% lactic acid pads and the 2% salicylic acid pads (the writing is a bit faded on that one, sorry!). The lactic acid pads were recommended to me by Tracy (hey girl!) and she told me it would feel like I’m burning my face off in the best way. That’s a pretty accurate description. The lactic acid pads are NOT FOR BEGINNERS or people that have sensitive skin. Proceed with caution. My skin is made of steel so these don’t bother me really but they are STRONG. It’s literally lactic acid and water. That’s it. No humectants or skin soothing ingredients. But listen. I have had really bad breakouts on and off since I’ve moved back and these lactic acid pads have saved my life. They help keep those nasty under the skin bitches from coming to the surface and make my skin SO soft and smooth. I have to use a slather my skin in sheet masks and heavy moisturizers afterward but they are so worth it.

The BHA pads kinda remind me of what would happen if you soaked Paula’s Choice BHA liquid into cotton pads. They are really effective at leaving my skin soft and smooth but be warned, they can leave a bit of an oily sheen on your skin, so I only use them at night. I like them because they are easy to travel with, they leave my skin balanced and help keep my hormonal acne at bay. Both products are NO FRILLS and get the job done. It’s really simple skincare at its finest.

Which brings me to the final set of products from The Ordinary. Everyone and their mom has heard of this brand at this point so I’m not going to get into that much (I want to write in depth reviews of these anyway) but I gotta admit I was pretty skeptical. Anytime I see a brand all over social media all of a sudden my little red flag goes up. But I read the reviews and watched the YouTube videos and got some unbiased recommendations so I decided to bite the bullet and… GIRL.

All of the products from The Ordinary are unreasonably cheap which also made me kinda side eye them but there’s a reason for that. Like Garden of Wisdom, most the formulations from The Ordinary are bare bones and straight forward. You aren’t going to find any fragrance or special fancy skin soothing ingredients. But you will find some effective ass products so, hey.

First is the Vitamin C Suspension 23% HA Spheres 2%. I was hella worried about this because the reviews talk about the texture being similar to sand paper. While yes, the texture is quite gritty, that problem is easily solved by mixing it with a water based moisturizer or putting it on while your face is damp. The only other issue is that it IS greasy/oily. I can really only use this at night or when I’m not wearing makeup during the day .. BUT THE RESULTS. GIRL. It’s like a whole new damn world. My skin is so bright and my acne scars have faded significantly.

Second is the 30% and 2% BHA peeling solution. Another slam dunk. It’s a thin, watery red liquid – spread it on and leave for 10 minutes and then marvel at how soft, smooth, and BRIGHT your skin is. When I first tried it I legit gasped out loud when I washed my face. It’s a bit drying, so follow up with a nice sheet mask and a soothing moisturizer. I also wouldn’t recommend this for first-time acid users. Start with the 5% or 10% lactic acid and work your way up. I also wouldn’t use this more than once a week – over exfoliating is almost worse than not exfoliating at all.

And last, but certainly not least is the Azelaic Acid 10% Suspension. You can read all about this wonderful, beautiful acid on the klog, but listen. You need it in your life. It fights acne causing bacteria, reduces inflammation and helps regulate oil production. The texture of this product is a bit tricky too – it’s a dry, thick paste that takes a bit of effort to rub into the skin. I find that it’s easiest to apply in sections. This is another product that has really saved my skin from the brink of hormonal acne meltdowns. I already ordered another one, along with the *gasp* 30% VITAMIN C. MY FACE IS READY.

Whew. This is long. But necessary. I’m so happy to finally be blogging again. Leave me some comments, okay?

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Cosrx BHA Blackhead Cream Review

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So I’m the opposite of most people. I impulsively buy something and then go home afterwards to read reviews. You gotta live life on the wild side, right? So when I went to the Cosmobeaute expo in Ho Chi Minh City around April of this year, I made a beeline for the cosrx booth and bought the cosrx BHA Power Blackhead Cream without even thinking twice. We all know how I feel about the BHA liquid, so obviously the cream seemed like a perfect choice.

Until I got home and read some reviews – “Meh.” “It’s fine.” “It’s okay.”

I used it maybe 3 or 4 times before I dropped it back into my stash. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it, but I think I allowed reading other reviews to cloud my judgement. But a couple of months ago in ran out of my nighttime moisturizer and needed a new option. I went “shopping” through my stash and thought I’d give the cosrx cream another shot.

And I am so glad that I did. The cosrx BHA Blackhead Power is my new holy grail night cream. It’s incredible. SO MUCH LOVE.

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The ingredients for the cosrx Blackhead Power Cream are:

Betaine Salicylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Dimethicone, Betaine, BeesWax, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Elaeis Guineensis(Palm) Oil, Elaeis Guineensis(Palm) Kernel Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Niacinmide, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate / Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil.

The BHA in this product is betaine salicylate, which I prefer over salicylic acid. Bless. It’s packaged in an aluminum tube, containing 50mL of product. The top has one of those poker things that help you to open the tube, but you have to be careful to not squeeze too hard or else you’ll end up with way too much product.

It has a gorgeous scent with hints of tea tree oil. If you’re not a fan of tea tree, don’t worry, the scent dissipates quickly. It reminds me of a fancy ass spa where they serve you cucumber water and shit.

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The texture of the cosrx BHA cream is probably one of my favorites. It’s thick, but glides easily across the skin and absorbs into the skin quickly. It has a very silky texture, probably due to the dimethicone. I have oily/combination skin, and this doesn’t cause me to break out and it doesn’t clog my pores. I personally believe it could suit all skin types, but YMMV.

To use, apply a small, dime sized amount for your entire face. You can apply slightly more than this for more of a sleeping pack type situation but it does get sticky if you use too much. I apply it as the last step of my nighttime routine, after my serum or sheet mask. I don’t use it in the daytime as I feel it’s a tad too heavy, and I lean towards lightweight watery moisturizers for the daytime. If you have dry skin, you probably could use it both day and night.

All of the claims that are stated on the front of the packaging are true. Whenever I use the cosrx Blackhead Power Cream, I always wake up with silky soft, bright, and radiant skin. When it’s that time of the month and my skin flares up a bit around my chin, it definitely takes away the redness from any breakouts, and helps to clear them up faster as well. I don’t really get blackheads so I can’t vouch for that particular claim, but it balances my skin and keeps it constantly looking bomb as fuck. I love it so much that I cut open the tube to scrape the last bit of it out. It’s that great. I’ve already reordered it, and will continue to for a considerable time to come.

In short, buy this and get your life. Thank me later girl!

You can buy from the following retailers:

Wishtrend.com – $16.00

Sokoglam.com – $20.00

Memebox.com – $20.00

This product was purchased by me. This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclaimer for more information.
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cosrx Low pH Good Morning Cleansing Gel Review

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I am obsessed with cleansers. For real. Cleansers are probably one of my favorite beauty products to buy – which is why I have like 15 of them and can never stop buying them. So when I get down to the very last drops of a cleanser, it’s rare…and it means that I am utterly obsessed with it. As I am squeezing the last drops of the cosrx low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser out of the tube, let me tell you that it’s being added to the Sheryll Holy Grail Product list. It’s SO NICE. Simple, easy, GOOD.

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Introducing IASO

 

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I can’t believe I haven’t written in 2 months. *hangs head in shame* Time is just flying by and I’m not sure how it seems to be moving faster and faster each month.

I’ve been in Phuket a little over 3 months now, and have been killing it with the fitness camp thing here. I’ve finally found my groove, and I’m just so proud of myself. I did a 185 pound deadlift the other day and literally almost cried. Strength training is life, yo! But we’ll talk more about my life later. On to the good stuff!

One of my favorite things about being a beauty blogger is finding out about new brands. In the K-beauty world, there seems to be a new brand coming out just about every day. A new to me beauty brand, IASO, contacted me about trying some of their products, and after a browse through their website, I was sold.

IASO is a Korean brand that’s been around since 2001. I was drawn to their exfoliating products, which are made with ingredients like my boo thangs glycolic acid and lactic acid. Even though we have options like cosrx and Neogen, it’s still hard to find chemical exfoliating products in K-beauty. If there is any opportunity to try any sort of chemical exfoliating product, I’m ALL over it. Ya’ll know how I feel about my acids!

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The IASO Intensive Clear Booster is a exfoliating serum/toner of sorts. It’s formulated with aloe, glycolic (3.7%), lactic (3.8%), and salicylic acid (0.3%) for a lightweight acid exfoliating experience. It has a lightweight, watery serum texture, and sinks into the skin immediately without any sticky residue. I use it after I double cleanse and tone at night, although it’s definitely gentle enough for me to use during the day. It leaves my skin feeling soft and silky smooth. It doesn’t have the best scent – but honestly, I haven’t really found any AHA or BHA that does. Someone needs to get on that, stat!

The IASO Intensive Clear Conditioner is a skin prepping toner. It’s formulated with salicylic acid, aloe vera, green tea and licorice extract. It’s a lightweight, yet hydrating toner that offers some mild chemical exfoliation. It’s different than any other hydrating toner I’ve tried in that it has a more lotion-y consistency, rather than water. On days when I’m running out of the door or I’m super tired at night, I just swipe this on and move on to my next step. If you have sensitive skin and are looking for a super gentle exfoliator, this one is for you!

The IASO Ghassoul Black Cleansing Oil is a oil cleanser that’s formulated with Moroccan Ghassoul clay. Clay + Oil cleanser is a pretty badass combo, if I do say so myself. I can’t be bothered to use clay masks, but I do know how beneficial clay can be for the skin, so this cleanser is the perfect combo for me. I don’t use this to remove makeup as it stings my eyes, but it’s clutch after a hard workout when I’m ridiculously sweaty and I want my face to feel nice and clean. Even though it’s made with clay, it doesn’t strip the skin dry.  It leaves my skin plump, smooth, and feeling hydrated. Remember to shake it up before you use it though, otherwise the pump can get clogged.

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IASO ships worldwide and readers of The Wanderlust Project can get 15% off all orders by using the code IASO4EVER. Go forth and get your glow on!

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Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence and Watery Gel Review

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Hey hey!

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I wasn’t an avid sunscreen wearer until 2 years ago when I moved to Vietnam. When I was living in Korea, I’d use it sporadically, mostly because I couldn’t really find anything that wasn’t super thick, oily, was tinted, or left a gray/white cast. I used the su:m37 spf for a minute, and while it was great for Korean winters, it was horrible in Vietnam. My skin is just too oily.

One day, I happened upon a review for the Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence. It was one of the few brands I could actually get in Vietnam, so I was hype as shit. And as it turned out, it became my one true sunscreen love. Like… it is a unicorn in a meadow full of rainbows and kittens. It’s like the perfect corner piece of the most perfect brownie ever. It’s the physical embodiment of perfection. For real.

Then, I received a message on Instagram from one of my readers that the Biore Aqua Rich Watery Gel had made it into stores, and that I should try it. Well, I’m not one to waste any time, so I headed out that day to get it. And then, the watery gel became my new love. The texture is lighter, it applies smoother and easier. So, I decided to write a review on both of them, because honestly, I just can’t decide which one I love more. If you have oily skin, have darker skin, or are looking for the most perfect sunscreen in the land, then please, read on.

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