Having It All – 2015 Goals

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I know it’s so cliché, but seriously, this year has flown by. I can’t believe it’s almost 2015! Last year this time, I was freezing in S. Korea, and this time I’m taking advantage of my mom’s Keurig coffee maker, eating my dad’s homemade coconut cake for breakfast and playing with my nieces. Love!

Around this time of year, I always like to take a moment to reflect and set goals for the next year. I used to not be a big goal setter, as I would beat myself up if I didn’t accomplish my goals, but now I realize that goals are just markers, not necessarily the end product. It’s also around this time of year that I buy pretty new notebooks and planners, listen to developmental podcasts and get inspiration from awesome go-getting women like interior designer, Cathy Hobbs.

2014 was a big year for me. I moved to Vietnam, made some great connections with The Wanderlust Project, traveled to 3 new countries, made awesome new friends, and started my very own online magazine, Glamtrotting. Glamtrotting in particular was a huge step for me, as I’ve always envisioned myself as a super awesome magazine/media mogul. Laying down the foundation for the magazine was a major accomplishment for me, even though I’ve made a million mistakes along the way. But each day, I’m growing. I’m learning. I’m starting to redefine what it means to “have it all”, the phrase that was everywhere in 2014.

What does “having it all” mean to you? For some, it’s shoes, cars, houses, corner office. For others, it’s a beach view, bongos, and a mojito. For me, it’s simply about doing what I love and helping people along the way. All that’s necessary for me to have it all is to make money from doing what I am passionate about.  It’s the reason why I continue to blog here, and the reason I started Glamtrotting. Glamtrotting is the one thing that keeps me up late at night researching, planning, working. I’m so excited to see it and The Wanderlust Project grow in 2015.

With all of this said, I wanted to share some of my 2015 goals with you!

+ Redefine Glamtrotting and it’s purpose – further mold it into the magazine I’ve always pictured.
+ Call my parents more often.
+ Write at least 3 times a week on The Wanderlust Project.
+ Keep in touch with friends, whether via Facebook, e-mail, Skype, or phone calls.
+ Be more pro-active with networking and pitching.
+ Learn to stand in my power – what this means is to really OWN being a blogger and a magazine editor-in-chief. I tend to shy away from really telling people what I really do. It’s gonna stop in 2015!
+ Really embody the “Glamtrotter” spirit – major one for me. Since moving to Vietnam, I feel like I’ve let my glam factor go down to about a zero. I keep using the excuse that it’s just too hot to really care about appearances but I know that when I feel glam and gorgeous, it makes me more productive. Since being home, I’ve restocked all of my makeup and hair products so I can get my life together when I go back.

What are your goals for having it all in 2015? Let me know in the comments! Have a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year!!!

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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!

Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

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After spending 2 days in Bali, Johnny and I set off to the tiny, tiny island of Gili Trawangan for some much needed R&R. Gili Trawangan, or Gili T, is located about 2 hours away from Bali via speedboat.

There are dozens of speedboat companies to choose from, but we went with Gili Cat, as they were highly recommended by Louise, a Glamtrotting contributor who lives in Bali. They are Australian owned, and have excellent safety standards. I’d heard some crazy ass stories of boats capsizing, so I definitely wanted to make sure we chose a safe company. A round trip ticket, including pick-up and drop-off in Bali was approximately 100USD per person.

After a pretty smooth 2 hour speed boat ride (I took a motion sickness pill and was asleep most of the time), we arrived in absolute paradise.

giliT24giliT19Gili Trawangan has the reputation of being a backpacker party island, but since we went during low season, I think we missed a lot of the shenanigans. Everything was chill and most of the beaches were completely empty at times.

Gili T is the ultimate island for rest and relaxation. It’s incredibly tiny (roughly the size of Central Park in NYC), and you can walk around the entire island in about 90 minutes. There are no motorbikes or cars, so if you want to get around, you have to ride a bike, walk, or take a horse cart. There’s hardly any internet, so you’re really “forced” to just take it easy. Digital detoxing for the win!

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While in Gili T, Johnny and I stayed at the gorgeous, luxury glamping ecolodge, La Cocoteraie. Each tent is outfitted with luxury lines, a fresh water shower, and gorgeous furniture. A yummy breakfast was served each morning, and the staff was extremely kind and accommodating. They had bikes available for daily rent to get around the island, and provided headlights to get back at night (there’s hardly any electricity in the center of the island, so it’s pitch black!). It’s located on the opposite side of the island from the infamous party area, so it’s quiet and calm at night. If you’re planning on going to Gili T, I highly recommend them!

giliT15 giliT6Each morning after breakfast, Johnny and I would put on our bathing suits, jump on a bike, and ride to the beach. He’d snorkle, and I’d read my kindle and drink cocktails. We’d take a break and have lunch, then go back out to the beach. Then we’d head back to the hotel, take a shower, go back out for dinner and drinks, then head back home. It was seriously the most relaxing vacation I’ve ever had. It’s hard for me to unwind, especially with Glamtrotting, but staying on Gili T forced me to put my phone away and enjoy every moment.

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If you’re in Indonesia, the Gili Islands are not to be missed. The beaches are absolutely breathtaking, the snorkeling is incredible, the people are friendly and the vibe is super chill. It’s the best of both worlds – if you want to party, you can, and if you want to just relax, you can do that too. I’m already dreaming of going back.

Things to do:
1. Eat a BBQ seafood dinner at Scallywags. SO GOOD.
2. Rent a bike and ride the perimeter of the island. Beware though, there are times where you will have to push your bike through the sand.
3. I don’t dive, but apparently Gili T has some of the best diving in the world. You can also rent snorkeling gear from one of the many places on the main road.
4. Head over to the west side of the island around 5:30pm to have a few cocktails and take in the breathtaking sunset. There are a few bars to choose from, but we usually went to the Paradise Sunset Bar.
5. RELAX and have fun!!!

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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 su:m37 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, Ebay user hanhwa2030 has it for 34.99 with free shipping, and it’s also available via Amazon.com for $52.00. 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!

Bali – Day 2

For our second day in Bali, we started off by visiting Cantika Zest Spa. It was a magical, glorious, and utterly relaxing experience. Johnny got a body massage, while I took part in their beauty workshop and facial. I got to make my own facial scrub, toner, and face cream! I don’t want to go into too much detail about it though – you’ll have to wait for my article about it in Glamtrotting Magazine! Just know that if you’re ever in Bali, you’ve gotta go to the beauty workshop. It was fantastic!

After the spa, our driver picked us up, and we set off to do more sightseeing. We went to Goa Gajah, or the Elephant Cave temple, Tegenungan waterfall, and had lunch. Then we did what I love to do most – GO SHOPPING! I stocked up on some incense for the apartment, soaps, coffee, body scrubs, and face masks. Bali is magical, for sure.

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