Bali – Day One

To say Bali is beautiful is an understatement. It’s literally one of the most gorgeous places I have ever traveled to. I don’t think I could get my jaw off of the floor at times. And even though our days were jam packed with sight-seeing, spa-ing, and eating, I was just so relaxed the entire time. There’s something about Bali that just brings out your inner peace.

Our first day, we set off with our awesome driver to see the Sacred Monkey Forest (which I was terrified of before we went but the monkeys aren’t even that crazy unless you provoke them), Tampak Siring (or the Holy Spring Water Temple), the picture perfect Tegalalang rice terraces, and we capped it all off with a tour and tasting at a coffee plantation.

bali2 bali5 Bali17 bali1 bali9 bali8 bali19 bali10 Bali7 bali11 bali6 bali20 bali13 bali14 Bali15 Bali18 Bali16 Bali12 bali3It was hot as hell – thank you to all of you that advised me to bring sun protection with a high SPF and aloe. I actually burned a little bit! The sun in Indonesia is NO joke. It’s supposed to be rainy season there now, but there was ZERO rain to be found. Whew. How do you ladies in Indonesia manage to wear makeup? What products do you use for oil control?! I’m pretty sure I sweat my life away at least 12 times over. I’d love to know your tips on how to stay fabulous in such hot weather.

Stay tuned for our Day two, and my current beauty favorites! Thanks for sticking around!!

xoxoxo

 

 

Brief Hiatus

Hi Loves!

I’m currently on Gili Trawangan island in Indonesia, where the internet is painfully, awfully, absurdly slow. I planned to have some blog posts up this week, but that’s looking like it’s not going to happen. Sad times.

I’ll be back to Vietnam late Wednesday night, and plan on resuming blog posts then. I still want to post my October favorites (even though it’ll be late…lol), and I am currently testing the SkinFood Black Sugar Serum, so let me know if you’d like a review on that!

The next reviews in the pipeline are for the su:m37 cleansing balm and overnight mask, and a post on my beach day essentials.

Thanks so much for sticking around! I can’t wait to post regularly again soon!

xoxoxo

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!

Bangkok – The Grand Palace

Remember that time I went to Bangkok?

Yeah. It seems like it was centuries ago! I’ve been focusing so much on the beauty side of things that I totally forgot to share some more photos from our trip.

The Grand Palace in Bangkok is probably the #1 tourist site in the city. It was a million and a half degrees when we went, and they have a strict dress code which requires you to be pretty covered, so needless to say, I was a giant ball of sweat afterwards, but it was SO worth it. My photos don’t do the palace justice. It was so gold, so ornate, so beautiful.
temple10 temple4 temple5 temple1 temple11 temple18 temple17 temple16 sherylljohnny temple3 temple7 temple8 temple14 temple2 temples9 temple19 temple12 temple13Visiting the Grand Palace was definitely a highlight of my trip to Bangkok. I’d go back in a heartbeat!

Have you visited the Grand Palace? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

(PS I’m still tinkering with the blog layout so please excuse the mess!)

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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