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Etude House Dust Cut Facial Mist Review

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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!

Su:m37 Skin Saver Melting Cleansing Balm Review

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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 w2beauty.com 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.

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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!

Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum Review

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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.

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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!

Su:m37 White Award Bubble-De Mask Review

sum37bubblemaskGirl. Get your credit card ready and save your coins because you need the su:m37 White Award Bubble-De Mask in your life. Trust me.

Right after I moved from Vietnam, one of my dear friends sent me a Kakao message.

“Have you tried the su:m37 bubble mask?”
“Nope. How is it?”
She sent me a selfie, and literally her skin was glowing. “Girl, this mask is freaky awesome!”

If there’s anything you know about me, it’s that once you tell me you love something and I need to buy it, I set out at that moment to try and find said product/s. I don’t waste any time. But sadly, I couldn’t find the mask ANYWHERE online, not even at w2beauty.com. I had all but forgotten about the mask until I was browsing w2beauty one day and BAM, there it was in all of its glory. I didn’t even bat an eyelash at the price (cry), and immediately put it into my cart. I tried it the first day I got it and GIRRRRRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL. Girl. GIRL.

First off, what is this su:m37 bubble mask? It’s a detoxing foaming mask, very similar to Bliss’s Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask. It foams up and releases oxygen bubbles into your skin, creating instantly brighter skin. The mask also deep cleans your pores by drawing out harsh pollutants and it also soothes and softens your skin.

The product is packaged in a plastic bottle with a built in pump and top, containing 100mL of product. You use it right after you wash your face, before the rest of your skincare routine. I typically use it at night, but I see no issues with using it in the day, especially if you’re going to a special event or you just need an extra boost of glowy, radiant goodness. Instructions state that you can use it 2 to 3 times per week, but the results are so amazing you’re probably going to reach for it more often. After you use it, remember to wipe off the top and make sure that it’s firmly closed and stored in a cool place.
maskswatchAfter I wash my face, I pump the mask onto my fingers and apply to my face in a thin layer. This is definitely one product where a little goes an incredibly long way. After about 10 to15 seconds, the mask will start to foam up and tingle all over your face. Leave the mask on for about 15 minutes, or until most of the bubbles have dissolved.

swatchmask2After about 15 minutes, rinse the mask off with tepid water and admire how much brighter, radiant, and gorgeous your skin looks. It’s legitimately an instant facial. Each time I use this mask, my skin is noticeably brighter, smoother, softer, and more clear. I’ve even had a few pimples pop up here and there, and after using this mask, they’re much less pronounced. And the best part is, with this mask the results last! When I woke up the next morning after using the mask for the first time, Johnny complimented me on how great my skin looked. SUCCESS.

If you live in a heavily polluted area, I feel like this mask is a godsend. I’ve started driving a motorbike, and even though I wear a mask whenever I drive, my skin is always so dull and congested by the end of the day. This mask is a lifesaver. I haven’t been breaking out, and on days when I know I’m not going to get a lot of sleep, it fakes 9 hours of sleep like a charm. I feel like it’s also a great mask to use before a date, girls night out, or a big event like a wedding. I love it because it’s SO easy to use. It’s easy to apply, easy to remove, and it works. I’m obsessed! I actually have to stop myself from using it every day, because I don’t want to run through the bottle.

There is one negative though – it’s hella expensive. I bought it from w2beauty.com for $62.45 with free shipping. I’ve also found it on shopatkorea.com for $52.50, but there’s currently only an option to add to a wish list. It doesn’t seem that they actually have the product available for purchase, and I’m not sure how much shipping would be. But the thing is, the mask is going to last you a LONG time. You only need a little bit, and honestly, for the kind of results you get from it, I believe it’s more than worth it.

So treat yo’self girlfriend! If you get it from w2beauty, make sure to use my code 05632401 to receive $5 off your first order!

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.)

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