time energy serum Su:m 37 Time Energy Skin Resetting Repairing Serum Review

I haven’t done a Korean beauty review in about 2434 years, mostly because my skin is a hot ass mess and I’ve been sticking to my basic skincare routine to try and get it together. Well, I’m not breaking out all over, it’s just around my jawline on the right side. It’s the weirdest fucking breakout ever. I’ve been a bit hesitant about introducing new products into my routine because this breakout is never-ending. It’ll clear up for a few days, then BAM, it’s crazy again. I got a facial a few days ago and it’s actually the best my skin has looked in a month, so maybe that’s the key? The pollution here is nuts and I *think* that could be the issue, but I don’t know. Sigh. Some people think I’m overreacting but after having near perfect skin in Korea, this random breakout is pissing me off.

But the one new product that I have been using a lot of (and LOVING) is the su:m 37 Time Energy Skin Resetting Repairing Serum. I used the deluxe sample size before I moved to Vietnam and fell in love, so I ordered it from w2beauty.com. I use it at night only, mostly because I use my AC Care serum in the AM. I don’t think it’s heavy or greasy at all, so if you want to use it both day and night, then that’s totally fine.

So what is this serum supposed to do? What does all of this time resetting repairing blahblahblah mean? According to the website, it “provides energy to your skin and improves your skin condition with its refined, natural fermented ingredients and plant extracts.” Basically, this serum is supposed to repair damaged skin, help with skin problems like acne, and balance oily skin. The entire Time Energy line is designed for those with oily/combination skin, and for those with sensitive skin (I also have the emulsion and I LOVE it too). Like all su:m37 products, this serum is made from natural fermented ingredients, and contains no artificial ingredients, colors, dyes, or perfumes.

The serum comes packaged in a small, iridescent, glass bottle, and contains 60ml of product. It also has a sturdy pump top. It has a pretty watery texture; it’s not creamy and it’s not really gel-like either. Despite the thin, watery texture, it’s incredibly hydrating and soothing. It has a really pleasant, slightly orange scent, but it fades away pretty quickly. It also absorbs really fast, and doesn’t leave your skin oily or greasy.

Every night after my essence step, I apply about 2 pumps of the serum all over my face, patting it in with my palms. I then follow up with the emulsion from the same su:m 37 line (I’ll be reviewing it soon!). In the morning, my skin is smooth and bright, and the breakout around my jaw is usually much better. It really does help balance oil, and I find that my skin in the morning looks really healthy and hydrated. If it weren’t for my jaw breakout, I’d say that my skin would be 100% perfect! Out of all of the serums I’ve tried, I’d definitely say that this one is my favorite. It feels so nice on the skin, absorbs easily, hydrates the skin, and leaves it looking and feeling really smooth. I’m already halfway through my bottle and desperately trying to figure out how I can order more since I definitely don’t trust getting it shipped here. If anyone in Vietnam knows where I can buy su:m37, please let me know! (Or maybe I’ll just have to take a trip to Singapore…oooooh!)

Now…there is one bad about it…it’s a bit expensive. I ordered mine from w2beauty.com for $63.16. I can’t remember how much it would be in Korea, but if you’re there, head to any major department store and they should have it.

If you buy it from w2beauty.com, make sure to enter my sponsor code 05632401 for %$5 off of your first order! 



Belif First Aid Aqua Rush Mask Review

by Sheryll on June 16, 2014

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I have been planning on writing a review on the Belif First Aid Aqua Rush mask for ages, but I sort of stopped using it when I moved to Vietnam. No reason in particular, it just got lost in the shuffle while I was unpacking. I purchased it during one of my “I’m leaving Korea and need to buy everything” shopping sprees. Can you believe I’m still shuffling through products from those last weeks? I may have gone a tad bit overboard.

I brought this baby out again a few days ago when I suddenly caught an awful cold, which I’m sure was definitely brought on by teaching the babies (aka little germ factories). Despite being extra vigilant about washing my hands at every opportunity and not even touching the kids, I’m still sick. I don’t know what it is about 3 year olds, but they have super germs. I’m rarely sick, but man, when I get sick it takes me out. I’m writing this from a daze of dayquil and other cold medicines so you’ll have to excuse any mistakes haha!

The Belif First Aid Aqua mask is a wash off mask that instantly hydrates the skin, making it the perfect quick fix when you don’t have time for/ to sick to do a full 345934 step routine. If you’ve had an all-nighter and you look a hot mess in the morning, use this mask. You’re skin will thank you. If you’re sick like me and your skin looks like a dried up prune (true story, my skin gets SO dehydrated when I’m sick), then use this. Not only does it hydrate the skin, but it helps with dull and sallow skin as well, another reason it’s a great mask to use when you’re sick.

It’s a gel/cream hybrid texture that’s easy to spread, and the scent is pretty minimal. Belif is another all-natural brand in Korea, so all of their products are free of mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, preservatives, dyes, and animal by-products. I know there’s a Belif store in Singapore, but if you’re outside of Korea or Singapore, you may have to do some digging to purchase online.

To use, apply it to your skin after you cleanse and use your toner, wait about 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse off. My skin always instantly looks healthier and more plump. Since I’ve been sick, I’ve been using it every morning and even though I feel like I’ve been hit by a bus, my skin doesn’t look like it. YAY!

So if you’re a partier, or studying for exams, or you have super dry skin and are looking for a pick me up mask, I think the Belif First Aid Aqua Rush mask is a good choice. It won’t get rid of any acne or trouble spots or anything like that, but if you’re looking for a great hydrating mask, this one is perfect!

What’s your favorite product to use when you need a little pick me up? Let me know in the comments!


W2Beauty Haul

by Sheryll on May 26, 2014

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So I’ve been waiting for my package from w2beauty.com to arrive for ages now. I’d heard stories about the mail system in Vietnam and how it’s not quite as reliable as I’m used to, but I received other packages from iherb and WISHtrend without any problems, so I didn’t think it would be an issue. I was wrong.

I had to go to 2 different post offices, spend a ton of money on taxis, and just when I was getting ready to head to the local post office myself to figure out what was going on, there was a knock at my door.  So what did I get? Let’s take a look.

Starting from the left, we have the Primera Miracle Seed Essence. Primera is a brand that I had just started getting in to right as I left Korea. It’s sort of like the higher end version of Innisfree, including the cardboard packaging and the use of all natural ingredients. Instead of focusing on fermentation like su:m37, Primera focuses on germination, or the process where a seed grows into a plant. The Miracle Seed Essence is 93.1% lotus seed extract. Oooooh! I think you’ll be seeing a lot of Primera around these parts.

Moving down, it’s the A’Pieu Kissable Tint Stick in RD01. I got this on a whim because it looked cute. Lord knows I don’t need any more lip products, but they’re my weakness.

Next is the Primera Petitgrain Silky Hand Cream. I know I’ve never talked about this but hand creams are another weakness of mine. My hands are always dry, especially after washing them, so I gotta keep a hand cream around me at all times.

I picked up another tube of the Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream for Johnny. I’m curious to see how the new one in the tube compares to the one in the jar that I reviewed.

Above the Benton cream is another Primera product, the Pure Hydrating Gel Cream. Ya’ll already know my weakness for gel cream/lotion hybrids, so I had to pick it up. This one features Sequoia sprouts.

And it wouldn’t be a haul without an appearance by my favorite skincare brand, su:m37. I picked up the full size of the Time Energy – Skin Resetting Serum and the Time Energy – Skin Resetting Softening Emulsion. I finally finished all my samples from Korea and was desperately waiting to get my hands on the full size products! I cannot wait to wash my face tonight. Woohoo!

And as always, the lovely and amazing Alice, the owner of w2beauty, included tons of samples and face masks, and even a mini nail polish! I haven’t ordered online from many Korean beauty stores, but Alice’s customer service is always above and beyond.

And that’s it. I actually just found an amazing, all-natural Vietnamese beauty shop online that I purchased a TON of things from, so let me know if you’d like a haul on that as well when I receive it. Think body scrubs, oils (for face and body), lip products, and soaps!

Have you made a Korean beauty haul recently? What did you get? Let me know in the comments!

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klairsblacksugarpolish Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish Review

Way back in the day when I first started blogging about Korean cosmetics, the Skinfood Black Sugar Scrub was my jam. I went through like 3 tubs of the stuff. Then, for whatever reason I stopped using manual exfoliators and ended up splurging on my baby, the Clarisonic Mia2. I haven’t really touched a manual exfoliator since, that is until the Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish was sent my way. In my Create Your Own Korean Skincare Routine post, I mentioned the Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish as a save option for your exfoliator step, so I thought I’d write up a little review for ya!

First of all, I love that this product is called a facial polish, and not a facial scrub. Doesn’t it just sound more luxurious and fancy? The word scrub just sounds harsh. Polish sounds so sophisticated! The Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish is packaged in a small black jar containing 60g of product. It doesn’t come with a spatula, so just make sure your hands are clean before using it. It’s alcohol and paraben free, contains no artificial coloring, and the brand doesn’t test on animals. Some notable ingredients include shea butter, jojoba seed oil, and cranberry oil. I prefer to use this product once a week, usually Sunday nights (which are my pampering nights, let me know if you want a post on that!). I’ll allow you to read the back of the jar for further info!

klairsback Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish Review If you love cleansing oils and you love a little exfoliating action, then this is definitely going to be for you. All you need is a tiny dime sized amount mixed with a bit of water, and lightly massage it into your face. At first use, my first thought was “wow, this is much more gentle than the SkinFood Scrub!” After 10 or so seconds, the sugar exfoliators disappear and you’re left with a super silky/milky oil cleanser. The milky cleanser feels really lovely on the skin and after your rinse it off, your skin is smooth, silky, and hydrated. I’m a big fan of how soft my face feels after using it. I have to resist the urge to touch my face constantly. I think the key to using manual exfoliators properly is to lightly massage them into your skin, don’t scrub them in. Gentle is the key word!

klairsfacialpolishswatch Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish Review As far as the scent goes, it smells pretty identical to the SkinFood offering, which is slightly sugary/lemon-y. The texture is much smoother than the SkinFood Black Sugar scrub, and the sugar exfoliants aren’t as harsh. Like I said earlier, it’s incredibly moisturizing and hydrating, and would be great for those with dry skin. It’s non-irritating, and it doesn’t leave your skin all red and flaky like a lot of other exfoliators (coughStIvescough) If you have oily skin but are are fan of oil cleansers, this would also be a great addition to your stash!

The Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish is available from Wishtrend for $18.99.

Disclosure: Financial compensation was not received for this post. A sample product was gifted from Wishtrend. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own. 

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sum37gellotion SU:M37 Water full Rebalancing Gel Lotion Review

I think it’s a known fact at this point that su:m37 is pretty much my holy grail skincare line. Every single thing I’ve tried from the brand has been magically fantastic, and the Water-full Rebalancing Gel Lotion is no exception. Like all the other su:m37 products I bought, I got them at Lotte Department store while I still living in Korea. The saleswoman gave me a sample of it when I bought my first rose miracle stick cleanser, and I loved it so much I went out and bought the full size.

I don’t know what it is about fermented ingredients, but they seem to get along really well with my skin. Since a big chunk of my skincare routine is now s:um37, I’ve noticed that my skin is even, bright, and breakout free. I think that’s why su:m37 and I are like BFFs, since their whole thing is fermented skincare. Notable ingredients of the Water-full Balancing Gel Lotion are fermented bamboo sap extract, fermented red clover extract, fermented hibiscus flower extract, fermented snow lotus extract, and fermented fruit water. Doesn’t it just sound like a magical fairy potion?!

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Sadly, this bottle isn’t travel safe, as it’s made of glass and is sort of heavy. It contains 120ml of product, and looks uber chic and gorgeous displayed in your bathroom. The full size bottle comes with a pump, and all you need is 1 to 2 pumps to over your whole face.

The Water-full Rebalancing Gel lotion is an emulsion, so it is applied before your eye cream and regular cream, but after your toner, serum and/or essence. The texture of this particular emulsion is my favorite thing EVER. If you live in a hot, humid climate, this is like, holy grail moisturizer. One of my biggest summer pet peeves is feeling like your moisturizer hasn’t absorbed completely and is just sitting on top of your skin, sweating into your eyes. It’s the worst. But luckily this product has a light gel/water consistency, that immediately turns into magic water when you rub it between your hands and apply it to your face. And then it absorbs immediately. Like…instantly. And not only that, it’s incredibly hydrating! And crazy lightweight! I don’t understand how it works, but I’m not complaining.

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It’s not sticky whatsoever, and it leaves your skin with a nice semi-matte finish. It has a pleasant, clean scent, but don’t worry, su:m37 doesn’t use artificial fragrances, so any scent is from all of the natural fermented goodness. It’s the absolute perfect emulsion for summer because it doesn’t even feel like you have moisturizer on, but your skin is instantly hydrated. As someone who still gets crazy dry patches on my forehead if I don’t moisturize properly, it’s a godsend.

Now, there is a negative. It’s a tad pricey. I can’t remember exactly, but I think I paid about 45,000W for it (EDIT: I just found the box while going through my stash and it was 53,000W). Judging by how little you can use each day, I’d say one bottle would probably last 2 to 3 months. When I bought it, she gave a TON of samples and the samples actually lasted a little over a month, so I haven’t even put in a dent in the full size bottle. So if you can’t splurge on the full bottle, try to find someone who sells samples and get your life!

The su:m37 Water-Full Rebalancing Gel Lotion is available on Sokoglam for $57.

What is your favorite summertime moisturizer? Let me know in the comments!