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Battle of the Makeup Removers – Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil vs. Banila Co. Clean it Zero

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YAY! I’m back with another review. This time, I wanted to do a little comparison post of my two current makeup removers/oil cleansers, the Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil and the Banila Co. Clean It Zero cleansing balm.

I’ll start with the Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil. I bought it before I left for Vietnam, about 7 months ago, and I’m STILL using it. It’s the cleansing oil that seems to never disappear. I’m pretty sure it’s just going to keep regenerating or something. Either way, you can rest assure that even with daily use (which I do because I wear makeup about 6 days out of the week), that you’re definitely getting your money’s worth.

The Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil is packaged in a plastic bottle with a pump top. It contains 200mL of product and smells like Sulwhasoo heaven. I know some people aren’t a fan of the signature Sulwhasoo scent, but I’m personally obsessed. I use this oil as the first step of my nighttime cleansing routine, pumping about 1.5 pumps into my palms and massaging it into the skin. I find that it works better when I apply it on dry skin first, then I use a little water to emulsify it a bit. My makeup melts right off, even stubborn waterproof mascara. It doesn’t burn my eyes or leave them cloudy, which is something that’s really important to me.

Something about this oil just feels expensive to me (probably because it is… it’s $36 USD), but it’s a bonus that it works as well as it does. It’s lightweight and not greasy in the slightest. I love coconut oil like everyone else, but my face would always be super oily after I removed my makeup with it. The Sulwhasoo cleansing oil doesn’t clog my pores, and I think it would work well for all skin types, even acne prone skin. I know some people are into using oil cleansers in the morning as well, and this would be a great one to use because it’s so gentle.

I would go as far to say as that this oil cleanser is one of the best ones I’ve tried. I’ve always loved the Innisfree Olive Oil cleansing oil, but it’s a bit heavy compared to the Sulwhasoo one. The scent + how lightweight it is + how efficient it is = a recipe for a great makeup remover.

Now on to the Banila Co. Clean It Zero. I’ve been wanting to try a cleansing balm for a long time now, and after both Charlotte and Keri wrote raving reviews, I knew I had to get it. The Banila Co. Clean it Zero is packaged in a sturdy plastic tub with 100mL of product. I’m not exactly sure why, but I have flown through my tub. It’s almost finished, and I’ve only had it about 2 months. Longevity points definitely go to the Sulwhasoo cleansing oil.

The Banila Co. Clean It Zero is slightly scented, but not like the Sulwhasoo oil. It sort of smells like a cherry blossoms to me. I can’t pin point it exactly, but the scent doesn’t linger and isn’t cloying. What I really like about the Banila Co. cleansing balm is the texture. It’s a really nice, whipped oil texture (sort of like a sherbert). It’s solid (and stays solid, unlike coconut oil), and immediately turns into an oil as it hits your skin. I use a little bit bigger than a dime sized amount on my dry skin, massaging it in, then I add a little bit of water to emulsify the product and continue working it into my skin.

I have to say that while the cleansing balm does a great job at removing my face makeup, it’s not as great at removing my mascara and eyeliner. If you use a normal mascara and eyeliner, then I think you’ll be okay, but since I use heavy duty waterproof mascara, it’s a bit of a hassle. I find that I have to really work it into my eyes, and it does leave my vision slightly cloudy for a few seconds. But it leaves my skin feeling really refreshed, clean, and smooth, and doesn’t strip my skin at all. It also doesn’t leave it oily, and I’m actually confident that if I wasn’t such a freak about double cleansing, I could get away with using only this to cleanse my skin at night. The texture of the cleansing balm is awesome and perfect for traveling. Since it’s solid and doesn’t melt, you don’t have to worry about it getting all over your stuff. Win!

Overall, I think I’m quite partial to the Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil. It just does a better job at removing my eye makeup, it smells amazing, and feels luxurious. I’m still going to use the Banila Co. Cleansing Balm though, as it’s a great choice for travel. The Sulwhasoo oil is a bit expensive, but considering how long it lasts, I’d say that it’s a great deal!

You can purchase the Sulwhasoo Cleansing Oil from Sulwhasoo’s official website. It’s available for $36 USD. I think I bought it in Korea for about 42,000w, but I can’t remember the exact price.

The Banila Co. Clean It Zero is available from Sokoglam.com for $25.

(ps I just got the su:m37 cleansing balm and OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGG. brb dying.)

The Get K-Beauty Box

Hi everyone!

I know, I know, 2 posts back to back? Yes! And there’s a great reason too.

My dear friend, Charlotte from Sokoglam.com, has teamed up with CJ E&M, the creators behind the hit Korean TV series, Get it Beauty, to bring you the Get K-Beauty Box!

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So just what is this magical box? Well, it’s a beauty box filled with SEVEN full size Korean beauty products, all carefully curated by CJ E&M and Get it Beauty, and personally reviewed by Charlotte herself.

What’s in the box?
+ Dr. Jart+ BB Bounce Beauty Balm in 01/Light (retails for $48 at Sephora – That’s already worth the price of the box!)
+ Clio Gelpresso Pencil Gel Liner Mini (5! gel liners) (ya’ll know how I feel about Clio)
+ Faith in Face Miss Invisible Pore Hydrogel Mask (one of my favorites!!!)
+ Ellegirl I say Tint, you say Gloss in 03 Rock Berry
+ Mediheal N.M.F. Aquaring Nude Gel Mask
+ Shingmulnara Ultra Light Sun Gel SPF 30 PA++
+ Code Glokolor N. All-uid Foundation (20.5 Medium) with one refill (ps this brand is by the makers of su:m37 so, yeah, it’s the real deal)

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So now you’re wondering, how much does it cost? ONLY $50! The value of the box is $110, since all items are full size. It’s a great deal for someone who’s just getting into Korean beauty and wants to try a variety of new items, or someone who wants to try new brands.

And the best part? IT SHIPS INTERNATIONALLY FOR FREEEE! But due to high demand, very, very, verrry limited boxes remain. Want to score yours? Here are the details:

+ Due to high demand and limited supply, you can only purchase a maximum of 2 boxes per person.
+ You cannot combine any other products from Sokoglam.com with this order. If you order any other products, your order will be canceled.
+ Ships directly from Korea
+ FREE standard shipping (10-15 business days) worldwide
+ Express shipping is available (3-5 business days) for $25
+ Unfortunately, no returns will be accepted.

Again, these boxes are crazy limited so make sure to get yours today!

Su:m37 Time Energy Skin Resetting Softening Emulsion Review

sum37emulsionIt just dawned on me that I had written a review of the su:m37 Time Energy Skin Resetting Softening serum, but not the emulsion. SO, here it goes!

The Su:m37 Time Energy Skin Resetting Softening Emulsion is in one word, fanfuckingtastic. But it’s su:m37, so really, what did we expect? I haven’t used a product that I haven’t liked from them. It’s become my go-to night time emulsion, although those with dry skin can most definitely use it during the day. I prefer the water-full emulsion during the day because it’s super light.

The emulsion comes packaged in a sturdy, glass bottle and contains 130mL of product. It has a pump top (YAY!) and just looks really chic and pretty. Sadly, because it’s glass, it isn’t travel friendly, but there’s nothing to stop you from decanting a bit into a travel sized container.

What is it supposed to do? Again, the whole Time Energy line is designed for repairing damaged skin and balancing oily skin. It’s been working wonders for my after acne skin, and I actually feel confident enough to not wear makeup all the time. Like all su:m37 products, this emulsion is free from artificial ingredients, dyes, and perfumes. It’s just naturally fermented goodness.

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The product itself has a thin, slightly milky consistency and feels like absolute heaven on the skin. The “softening” part of this emulsion is the best thing about this emulsion. As your apply it, you can instantly feel your skin get softer. It takes a lot of effort to not just sit in front of the mirror and rub my face forever. Despite it being quite a light emulsion, it does a wonderful job of hydrating the skin without being sticky, oily, or greasy. It sinks into the skin almost immediately, and it’s also great to use during the day because it doesn’t leave your face shiny. It has a slight, orange-y scent to me, but it isn’t anything overpowering.
swatchI apply the emulsion right after my serum (I actually use the serum from this line day and night). I apply two pumps to the palms of my hands and gently press it into my skin, gently massaging it in. Depending on how I feel, I’ll apply a cream after this step, or the Sulwhasoo overnight mask. I find that usually I don’t *need* to apply a cream afterwards, I just like the feeling of being extra hydrated at night. When I wake up, my skin is soft and smooth to the touch. If you feel like your skin is dull and sad and is in need of a little reboot, this would be a great emulsion to try. It really does “reset” your skin. I’m dying to try the toner from this line as well!

I’m about a little over halfway finished with the bottle and I definitely plan on repurchasing. It’s easily one of my favorite emulsions (along with the water-full one and the one from Innisfree). Su:m37 knocks it out of the park again!

I bought my bottle from w2beauty for about $46.00, which is cheaper than the serum. I’ve been using is rather consistently since May, so one bottle does last quite a bit of time, given that you don’t use like 6 pumps at a time. It’s also one of the cheapest prices I’ve seen online; Koreadepart.com has it for $44, and I saw it on Ebay for $49.

Have you tried anything from su:m37? Let me know in the comments!

If you’d like to order this emulsion from w2beauty.com, enter my sponsor code 05632401 to get $5 off your first order!

My Simple Morning Skincare Routine

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I’ve updated my morning skincare routine just a little bit since I did a post about 5 months ago, and thought that I’d share. After moving to Vietnam and being blessed with one of the worst breakouts I’ve had in recent memory, my skin is finally back to normal. I can’t say for sure what did it, but since I’ve re-introduced some of my favorites back into my routine, my skin has forever been thankful.

My focus on my morning skincare routine is giving my skin hydration, without too many products. It’s just so hot and humid here, that I try to not slather my face in creams during the day. Short, simple, sweet is my motto.

I start by washing my face with the only cleanser that really matters, the su:m37 Miracle Rose Stick. I know, it’s discontinued, but if you search, you can still find some lurking around on Ebay. Just know that if you can get your hands on it, you’ll never want to use another cleanser again. I’m going to be absolutely devastated when the inevitable happens and I run out. I can’t even think about it.

After I cleanse my face, I use the Innisfree Rose Clear Skin toner. I just apply some on a cotton pad, swipe, and done. It’s a simple, no fuss toner, but it’s hydrating and smells nice. It also leaves my skin super soft!

After my toner, I apply another holy grail item for me – the Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence. I wrote a review about it ions ago, and it is still one of my all time favorite skin care items. I’m not sure why I stopped using it, but I’ll never stop. I pour a little into the palms of my hands, and gently press the product into my skin. Yes, I know that you’re supposed to apply it right after washing your face but I’m bending the rules a little bit. The effects are still the same – glowy, bright, clear skin. I can’t wait to try the mist!

Then it’s time for my serum. My serum of choice lately has been the su:m37 Time Energy Skin Resetting Repairing Serum (reviewed here!). This little glass bottle has really helped with clearing up my breakout. It’s lightweight, absorbs into the skin immediately and isn’t sticky or tacky. As the product name states, it really does “repair” your skin. My acne is practically non-existent, and I don’t even have the little annoying bumps around my jaw anymore. Again, I pump about 2 pumps into my palms and gently press the product into my skin. I’m almost out of this serum, and definitely plan on repurchasing.

My last step is my emulsion. Depending on my mood, I either grab the su:m37 Water-ful Rebalancing Gel Lotion (reviewed here), or if my skin is being hormonal and weird, I reach for the Innisfree Jejubija Anti-Trouble Lotion. It’s a lightweight, slightly watery emulsion that absorbs into the skin quickly and doesn’t leave it sticky or feeling heavy. It’s the perfect emulsion for summer, or if you’re dealing with acne. It also contains salicylic acid, which is one of my acne care heroes. It’s non-irritating, and has a light, but refreshing scent. It’s definitely one my favorites!

I skip a cream during the day because it’s just too hot for all of that. Depending on what I’m doing, I’ll either apply my su:m37 sunscreen, or if I’m going out, I’ll apply my NARS tinted moisturizer since it has SPF 3o.

What’s your morning routine? Let me know in the comments!

All of the above items were purchased at w2beauty.com. If you’re a first time customer, enter my sponsor code 05632401 to get $5 off your first order! 

Holika Holika Aqua Max Sebum Control Moisture Cream Review

holika1I developed an almost immediate addiction to Korean cosmetics during my first visit to South Korea back in 2012. I’m a sucker for pretty packaging and they have it nailed. There’s a dearth of the shops here in Canada though so I was pretty pumped to find out that Holika Holika had recently opened up on Queen Street West in Toronto. While it wasn’t a store I shopped at in Korea, I decided to check it out anyway.

They have cute packaging similar to an Etude House or a Tony Moly and a full range of creams, lotions, masks, make-up, and more. The personal service (and free samples!) was exactly as I’d come to expect from Korean cosmetic shops. K-pop was playing on the stereo, and for a minute I could almost imagine I was back in Gunsan.

I was on the hunt for a new daytime moisturizer since my Oil of Olay wasn’t cutting it for me anymore. I have combination skin, but I’m more concerned about my forehead, nose, and chin being oily than I am about my cheeks being dry, so the girl at Holika Holika recommended I try the Aqua Max Sebum Control Moisture Cream. Remember, just because you have oily skin doesn’t mean you should skip the moisturizer! You just need to find the right one.

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The packaging was cute and the price was right ($28 for 120ml) so I gave it a chance. I’m really happy I did. It has a gel-like consistency which is something I’m not used to. My moisturizers have always been white creams. Do North Americans not make gel moisturizers? I gotta say, I’m a fan of it for summer. It’s cool going on and absorbs really well. I think during heat waves I’ll keep it in the fridge for max coolness. On first application I thought it felt watery and couldn’t imagine that it would hydrate well, but it kept my skin moist without getting greasy.

The Aqua Max has a light clean smell but isn’t overpowering. Hard to describe but, to me, it’s just fresh. It contains oats, aloe, and Himalayan raspberry leaves which means a nice blend of oil zapping and skin hydrating goodness.

Apparently, this product used to be called Water March but now has slightly new packaging along with a new name. It comes in a cute clear glass jar with a faux-cork lid, but don’t be turned off by a tub – it’s also comes with a spatula. I’m totally using this jar for something else once I’ve finished off the cream. It’s hella cute.

Aqua Max Moisture Cream is available in three versions:

  • Sebum Control (green) for those with oily or combination skin
  • Nutri (pink) for those with seriously dry skin
  • Ultra (blue) for those with normal to dry skin

I took a chance on a new store and new product and it worked out great. The only question now is, can I get it shipped to Newfoundland?

Melissa Hogan may have a career in web design & development but she was bitten by the travel bug and has fallen completely under its spell while making St. John’s, NL Canada her homebase. She wants to inspire others to get out there and see the world, push their limits, and look good doing it. Melissa blogs athttp://www.suitcaseandheels.com, tweets as @avalonmel and does all things Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SuitcaseAndHeels

 

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