bentoncream Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream Review

BENTON. BENTON. BENTON.

Oh Benton. I love you. I’m always so wary of ridiculously hyped up products, but the Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream is just one of those products that really deserves all the praise. I don’t understand how such a little tub of cream can deliver such amazing results. It’s legit a miracle cream.

So, unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve read about Benton. Benton is an independent Korean cosmetics company that specializes in snail mucus cosmetics (as well as aloe) and products for sensitive, acne prone skin. Snail mucus has long been used in cosmetics, dating back to ancient Greece, where reportedly Hippocrates mixed crushed snails with soured milk to heal skin inflammation.  So yeah, snail mucus sounds pretty gross, but the benefits are amazing.  What I find interesting is that while Benton has seemingly taken off abroad and is gushed about on a lot of blogs outside of Korea, most people in Korea have never even heard of the brand. There’s no advertising here for it, and everyone that I’ve asked about it has no idea exists. It’s not sold in stores either, only through gmarket.com, which is a bitch and a half to navigate but once you learn, it’s the greatest thing in the entire world. To be honest, if it weren’t for Kerry and her awesome reviews, I would’ve never heard of Benton.

I’ve learned that the Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam cream actually comes in new tube packaging now, so I won’t be going in to too much detail about the packaging. In previous versions, the cream was packaged in a small plastic jar without a spatula. In both its previous and current packaging, there is 50g of product.

The cream is completely unscented, which is quite refreshing from all of the heavily scented products Korea tends to churn out. It is white, with a quite thick creamy consistency. And a TINY BIT is all you need. I’m one of those people that likes to slather myself in creams, pretty much like I’m embalming myself. The first time I used it, I put WAY too much on and I had a hard time getting the product to absorb. I was like umm….the hell is going on here?! This is product everyone keeps raving about? I can’t even get it to absorb into my skin?! But yeah, I was using too much. Just a dime sized amount is more than enough for your whole face. It’s incredibly hydrating and isn’t oily at all. I like to use the Benton steam cream in the mornings, as it dries matte and doesn’t leave a sheen to the skin. It’s the perfect under makeup moisturizer.

What I like so much about the steam cream is that it has this ability to really heal your skin from redness and irritation. Whenever I get my gross hormonal breakouts, I usually have 2 or 3 large, angry, awful, RED, pimples. They are the worst kind, because you can’t cover them up really with makeup, and the redness just takes it to a whole other level. While I have found that the Benton Steam Cream doesn’t help get rid of the pimples as fast as the AC Care products do, it really helps with the redness and scarring. I always get horrible acne scars from my pimples, and I’ve learned that while using Benton, my scarring isn’t nearly as bad. YASSSSSS!

But, I decided to put Benton to the true test. THE BOYFRIEND TEST. Ladies. I don’t know if you know the struggle, but I’d been trying to get Johnny to use Benton products for ages. He was basically like uh hell no I’m not putting snails on my face, nope, never, not doing it. Well, he has a port wine stain birth mark on his face, and before he left Korea, he had a laser treatment done. When he gets laser treatments, his face is extremely bruised, red, swollen, and takes an incredibly long time to heal. I’d told him all about how snail mucus really helps with redness and skin inflammation and all that great stuff, and after he researched it on his own, he reluctantly agreed to try it.

He’s had these laser treatments done many times before, but this particular time it was much worse because the doctor used a really high powered laser, much higher than he’s previously used. His face looked awful, and painful, and I don’t know how he does it because I would need Jesus to take all of the wheels if it were me. It usually takes him a little over 2 weeks to heal completely, but while using the Benton steam cream he was completely healed within 10 days. Now, he can’t stop asking me to use it. You know a product is good when your boyfriend starts to ask for it. I think I’ll have to buy him his own jar! It’s the perfect cream for those not only with acne, redness, and sensitivity, but for those recovering from laser or any other types of facial treatments.

I also think that if you test a lot of products, and are putting yourself at risk for skin irritations or allergic reactions, the Benton steam cream is a must have. I had a few little bumps on my forehead from a sheet mask, and within 2 days of using the cream, they were gone. It’s just really fucking fantastic at healing irritated, sensitive skin. I’ve been looking for the longest time for a no frills, effective, and affordable moisturizer, and the Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream is exactly what I’ve been looking for.

What’s your favorite moisturizer? Let me know in the comments!

I purchased my Benton cream from w2beauty.com for 19USD. Make sure to use my sponsor code 05632401 to get $5 off your first order!

If you live in Korea, you can order from Benton’s official Gmarket.com store. It’s 15,000W.

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8 Days

by Sheryll on March 27, 2014

june8 8 Days….I leave S. Korea in 8 days.

I just.

What?!

How is this happening?

I’m having so many different emotions. A few months ago, I told you all I was ready to go, and I am. But I’m definitely leaving a huge chunk of my heart here. I know that if I were staying a 3rd year, I wouldn’t be happy. But I’m not exactly doing cartwheels over having to leave either.

I can’t really put it into words. I’m SO excited to move to a new country. Part of me can’t believe I’m moving to Vietnam. I Skype with Johnny everyday and have seen our cute loft apartment (with tons of natural light omg) and I know that it’s the best decision for me right now. I’m excited to eat new food, see new sights, ride of the back of a motorbike, try not to die from heat stroke, you know, the usual. But then the other half of me is like..girl, are you making the best decision? There are SO many things happening with the blog and the Korean cosmetics part of it, that part of me is thinking, maybe I should have stay. But until I can make a living from blogging, that’s not going to happen. And like I said before, hagwon life is not for me. But, it’s not like I’m going to the US, so if there’s something insane that happens in the next few months, I’m only a plane ride away.

And I’m just SO tired. All the time. These last few weeks have been non-stop with packing, meeting friends, cleaning, throwing away things, having meetings..it’s just a lot. I’m happy, but I just really, really dislike being busy. Busy is SO overrated. I don’t understand people who can do it all. I need to sleep and have quiet time and relax with wine and watch Golden Girls.  I’ve also been having trouble sleeping because there are just constantly more things to do and I can’t keep it all straight. AND I’m also dealing with the fact that I have 8 days left in Korea and I’ve run out of toilet tissue, laundry detergent and fabric softener. All at the same time. Why me?!?!?!?! I need Jesus to take the wheel, ASAP.

But in an effort to not lose my mind completely, I wanted to share some cute stories with you. Since I started teaching a month into the school year last year, I feel like the students and I didn’t connect as much as I’d hoped to, mostly because I sort of just came in and started teaching. This year, I was able to teach the kids from the start, and I’m sad I won’t be able to see them finish the year. They are SO much fun, and so sweet. This of course, will most likely change because 6th graders are a bit crazy, but, so far, they’re awesome.

Student: Sheryll teacher, I like when you come to our class.
Me: Really? Thank you! That’s so nice!
Student: Yes. You smell special.
Me: …..Special? Is that good or bad?
Student: GOOD! You smell like cookies!

and

Me: I’m sad today.
Students: Why?
Me: Because I’m leaving Korea next week.
Students: OMG WHY NO DON’T GO DON’T LEAVE!
Student 1: I will pay you 10 dollars.
Student 2: I will pay you 100 dollars!
Student 3: I WILL PAY YOU 1000 DOLLARS!

They are amazing. And I’m gonna miss them tons.

Oh yeah, you just may be seeing me on YouTube really soon! SOOOOO EXCITED!

And I just now realized when I went through my pictures of Korea there are so many places I’ve been that I never blogged about. I focus so much on beauty that I sort of forgot to talk about my trip to the DMZ, or the Korean folk village, or any other things I’ve done. If you’re interested in seeing pictures/hearing about it, let me know!

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SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick Review

by Sheryll on March 23, 2014

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Okay. So honestly just go ahead and take out your credit cards (or head to the nearest department store if you live in Korea) because the SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick is the BEST THING EVER.

Charlotte from Sokoglam was recently in Seoul and we had a lovely dinner together, of course chatting about all things beauty. We were swapping stories about our favorite beauty buys, when she told me about her holy grail cleanser, the SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick. I’m such a sucker for people’s recommendations, and after reading one review about it on my phone, I set out the next day to find it. I mean really, rose… miracle… STICK?! It sounds magical. And it IS magical.

SU:M37 is a luxury brand in Korea owned by LG. It specializes in naturally fermented skincare, with natural ingredients, completely free of artificial fragrances, colors, and synthetic preservatives. SU:M represents the Korean word for respiration or breath, and 37 refers to the temperature of optimal fermentation. Basically, it’s amazing, and even though it’s a high end brand, the products actually have a pretty decent price point.

Okay, anyway, so the SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing stick has completely blown me away. I’m constantly testing new products, and am impressed by a lot of the things I try, but this cleanser has seriously exceeded all of my expectations. I’ve literally been telling everyone about it. I’m not one of those people who likes to keep my amazing beauty finds a secret…once I fall in love with something I want to sing about it from the top of a mountain. I e-mailed Kerry from Skin and Tonics, I sent a mass kakao message to my friends in Korea, and I even took it with me when I went out clubbing the other night so my friends could see it. It’s INCREDIBLE.

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It’s made from 90% natural ingredients, including fermented damask rose extract, rose water, orange peel oil, lemon peel oil, green tea seed oil, olive oil, coconut oil (basically every oil ever). It even has little bits of rose petals in it, taking it up a notch from regular ol’ cleanser to a luxurious cleansing experience. It’s also hypoallergenic, and since it’s made with natural ingredients, it’s suitable for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin. I mean, honestly, fermented damask rose extract just sounds like something I want to put on my face everyday. Insert hair flip emoji here.

It smells absolutely amazing, exactly like a bouquet of fresh cut roses. Once you rinse it off, the smell doesn’t linger, but I sort of wish it did. It just smells so luxe and glamorous. I’m actually excited to wash my face at night (…sometimes my nighttime routine is a bit of a chore, but this makes it worth it). The packaging is also wonderful. Since it’s a solid cleanser, it’s the perfect choice for people who travel often, or for those who want something to throw in their gym bag, or really..just for everyone. You don’t have to worry about spills or any mess whatsoever.

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When I went to the SU:M37 counter, the woman advised that this does not take off makeup completely, and told me that I still need to use a makeup remover (aka oil cleanser) first, then use this as my second cleanser. To use, wet your face, turn the bottom of the tube counterclockwise  so about 1cm is sticking out, and lightly massage the stick into your skin. It lathers into a lush, rich foam immediately, the rose petals slightly exfoliate the skin. The foam feels incredibly silky and smooth, much like a cashmere sweater. It really does feel like a spa experience. Once you’ve sufficiently massaged the cleanser into your skin, rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry. Then look at yourself in the mirror and marvel and how bright, smooth, and glowy your skin looks. You can even massage the stick into your skin, then use your fingers to give yourself a little extra massage, and get into the smaller areas of your face, like around your nose.  I’ve even taken it a step further and massaged the stick into my skin, and used my Clarisonic Mia2 while the cleanser is still on my face. GASP. Religious experience to be honest.

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The SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing stick manages to completely clean your skin, without drying or stripping precious moisture. It also leaves my skin noticeably brighter and smoother, and really, it’s just the perfect cleanser. There’s just something about using such a luxurious and indulgent product that makes me feel happy about everything. I used it the first day and loved it so much I went back the very next day to purchase another stick (and some other things from the brand….).  It’s that serious. And people in Korea seem to love it because I actually had to go to 3 different department stores to find it. It’s sold out everywhere!

EDIT: SU:M37 is a high end brand that is available at most department stores in S. Korea. I got mine at a Lotte Department store in Sunae, but most Hyundai, Shinsegae, and Lotte department stores should carry the brand. It’ll be on the first floor with the rest of the cosmetics!

In Korea, it’s priced at 28,000W, which is honestly a steal for such a gorgeous product. It photographs small, but the tube is actually quite bigger than I expected, with 76g of product. If you’re outside of Korea, sokoglam is the place for you. It’s priced at $32USD. It’s currently sold out, but get the e-mail alert and buy it as soon as it’s available… it’s worth it.

(small note: I actually purchased this cleanser in a limited edition Christmas set (45,000w), that comes with a CHARCOAL MIRACLE STICK CLEANSER (insert a million excited emojis here) that is sadly limited edition, or maybe it’s just seasonal? The charcoal miracle cleansing stick isn’t sold separately in stores, and I can’t find it anywhere online, but if you can get your hands on it, DO IT. It’s going to be so wonderful in Vietnam when my skin is all hot and sweaty)

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OST Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum Review

by Sheryll on March 19, 2014

ostvitaminCserum OST Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum ReviewI’d read all the amazing reviews about the best selling OST Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum, and immediately put it on my wish list. Judging from other reviews I had read, it seemed to be a little bottle of magic. It claims to brighten the skin, help heal scars, remove blackheads, and tighten pores…all things I could definitely use help with, especially the brightening part since winter has taken away my “glow”. When Wishtrend offered to send me a bottle, I snatched up the opportunity. Does the little brown bottle live up to the hype?

In 2 words: GIRL. YES.

The OST Original Pure Vitamin C20 serum is packaged in a dark amber glass bottle with a dropper. The dark glass is imperative because vitamin C oxidizes in sunlight, and that’s the last thing you want to happen. It is best to store your bottle in a dark and cool place as well, to preserve as much vitamin c goodness as possible. I actually keep mine in the fridge, but anywhere is great as long as it’s not your bathroom or near a window. Vitamin C has long been used in serums and skincare products, but most of the time not in a high concentration. Vitamin C is so popular because it helps produce collagen, acts an an anti-oxidant, and restores and regenerates the skin. It’s particularly helpful for fading acne scars, evening your skin tone and firming your skin. This particular serum has 20% vitamin C, which is the pretty much highest percentage you can get on the market.

The serum itself is a slightly orange tinted, slightly thick and sticky liquid. It smells quite like a citrus fruit, but the smell doesn’t linger. You only need a few drops to cover your whole face. I had read a few different reviews and even read the Wishtrend website before I received the product, and heard that the OST serum could slightly tingle upon application. The first time I used it, it stung my face pretty bad. It was definitely more than a tingle. My immediate first instinct was to splash my face with water because it felt like my face was burning.

Me: (standing in my bathroom doorway, fanning my face and pacing) Oh my god.
Johnny: …………………..what are you doing?
Me: It’s burning! I knew they said it would tingle but this is some other shit! (fanning face)
Johnny: ………………………………………………..Should you wash it off?
Me: NO! I gotta work through it.

Shortly after this exchange, the burning sensation passed. I was still slightly paranoid the rest of the night, checking my skin in the mirror to make sure I didn’t have some weird allergic reaction. After the initial application of the serum, my skin did feel slightly sticky, but once I continued with the rest of my skincare routine, everything was back to normal.

Fortunately, when I woke up the next morning, my skin looked brighter and WAY smoother. It was sort of like I had a real life instagram filter on my face. (hey girl hey Valentina filter!) After that first tingling/burning reaction, I read that a lot of people like to mix it with their toner, so, that’s what I started doing and my results are soooo much better. I don’t experience any of the tingling sensation, and what’s more, when you mix it with your toner, you don’t get as much of the stickiness that you have when you use it by itself. I personally use it with my Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin, and have also used it with my Nature Republic Argan Toner. I’ve even heard of people adding a few drops to their moisturizer!

I like to use the serum at night, only because it is slightly exfoliating, and I like to be able to wash off the dead skin in the AM. If you follow a Korean skincare routine, the serum would come after you cleanse and use a toner. Since I mix my toner and this serum together, I like to think of the serum as sort of a booster, and then I still apply a separate serum/essence afterwards.

Again, like most of the reviews out there, I have had fantastic results with the OST Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum. I’ve been using it consistently for 6 weeks, and there has been a definite change in my skin’s appearance. Most noticeably, my skin is much brighter and more even. It feels smoother as well and just generally looks healthier. It looks like I get 12 hours of sleep a night, wake up at 5am to do sunrise yoga, and juice all day long (when in reality I sleep maybe 6.5 hours a night, I frequently wake up 30 minutes before I need to catch my bus to work, and I had Burger King for dinner 2 nights last week…sigh). For me, the brightening and smoothing aspect of this serum was my biggest result, and one that I am definitely happy with. We can all use a little glow in our lives!

The OST Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum is available at Wishtrend for 19.99USD, which is a super awesome deal for such a great product.

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

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission should you make a purchase using said link.  

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giveaway My Holy Shit Im Leaving Korea Giveaway Extravaganza

AHHHHHH!

I’m so so so so so so so so so excited. SO excited! After months of thinking and gathering and getting everything together, I’m so happy to announce that I am hosting my very first giveaway!

It’s the Holy Shit I’m Leaving Korea Giveaway EXTRAVAGANZAAAAAA! I’ve been doing a bit of shopping, picking up things for myself, and for you, all of you beautiful people. I wanted to do a giveaway with the things that I have loved the most since I’ve moved to Korea. Not just skincare, but all of the adorable things like stationary, socks, random ass face masks, the whole nine yards.

I purchased all of the products myself, and had a rough time parting with them…because they are freaking adorable. Just look! I may have bought a pair of socks for myself. I will choose 2 winners. Each winner will receive a gift pack of these awesomely cute items, picked by me!

This giveaway is going to be super simple. Leave **ONE** comment below on your holy grail Korean beauty item for your chance to win:

a notebook
socks
hand cream
eraser
paper clips
face masks
eyeshadow
my favorite beauty blender dupe
an amazing heating pack for that time of the month (and it’s adorable! bonus points)
stationary set
and 50+ different samples from Too Cool for School, Iope, Missha, Etude House, Skinfood, Innisfree, Nature Republic, Benton, and more!

As I said earlier, I will be giving away 2 sets, each containing the same items above, but slightly different variations (different notebooks, different hand creams, different samples etc.).

Thank you all again for all of your support, your comments, your e-mails, your encouraging words. This journey has been really freaking incredible, and honestly, if it wasn’t for you, I don’t know if I would’ve kept on writing. And thanks to all of you, I’ve found something that I really and truly am passionate about. Korean cosmetics have changed my skin, but they’ve also led me on an incredible journey or self-discovery, of really finding my calling. So thank you! From the bottom of my heart.

RULES:

This giveaway is open internationally except where shipping is prohibited. This giveaway will be closed on Monday, April 24th at 11:59pm, S. Korea Standard Time. By joining this giveaway you agree to follow the rules for each entry. All cheaters and spammers will be disqualified and banned from future giveaways. Comments will be numbered and the winners chosen via Random.org. The winners will be notified by email within 48 hours of the giveaway’s closing, and announced on The Wanderlust Project’s Facebook Page. Winners will be required to provide a mailing address which will be used to fulfill the prize. By agreeing to the terms of this giveaway you agree that I will not be held liable for any reactions caused by the products you may receive as a winner of this contest. Once the package has been shipped, I am not responsible for the contents nor its delivery. Participants must be over the age of 18, or have parental consent to enter.

Good luck everyone!!!!

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