My Packing Tips!

by Sheryll on September 12, 2014

tumblr_n7fg0vwDIf1st5lhmo1_1280As a frequent traveler, packing is something that I have to deal with quite often. There are tons of videos out there detailing awesome packing tips, but packing has never been one of my strongest traveling skills. I prefer to say I’m great at navigating, shopping, and avoiding street hawkers. I usually wait until the last minute, then have a royal freak out 5 hours before the plane takes off. I always make it to the airport though!

But sometimes, while packing, I realize I do have a method to my madness. One of my favorite packing items are packing cubes. I bought them when I went backpacking through Europe and I have been obsessed with them ever since. I have 4 – I put shirts in one, pants/dresses in another, underwear in another, and beauty items in the last one. It keeps everything super organized and you don’t have to worry about making a huge mess digging through your suitcase every day.

Even though I’m somewhat of an organized packer, I am 100% definitely an over packer. I like to be prepared. You never know if it’ll rain or if you’ll be stranded at the airport or if there’s a typhoon…(yes, I may also be a bit of a worrier). I gotta have options! If I’m going away for a weekend, I’ll bring 2 pairs of shoes (one dressy, one casual), and possibly a third for the gym. Always research where you’re going and what kinds of activities you’re going to do. For example, when I went to Bangkok, I knew that I wanted to go to the Grand Palace and some temples, so I had to make sure I brought clothes that were appropriate. For a typical weekend trip, I’ll pack anywhere between 4 to 5 outfits. Thankfully, my wardrobe is pretty neutral, so most of my pieces can easily be mixed and matched. I’m a big fan of maxi dresses, as you can style them with jean jackets for cooler weather, you can throw a scarf over them if you’re going to a religious site, and they can easily be dressed up for nights with some jewelry and fierce makeup.

Now beauty packing for me is a whole different story. As you all know, I am very serious about my skincare. I have different products I use for my AM and PM routine, and that can get a bit crazy when trying to pack for a short trip. I always try to save my samples for this very reason. Again, I research what the weather for what country I’m traveling to and tailor my skincare around that. When I went to Mui Ne, I  knew I’d be at the beach 95% of the time so I didn’t bring much makeup and focused on suncare and overnight masks at night to soothe my skin from being in the sun all day. When I went to Bangkok, I knew it would be a million degrees so I definitely had to pack a face mist, my Clarisonic, and a lightweight daytime moisturizer. If I don’t have a sample size of a product, I’ll decant it into a mini plastic bottle.

And now for a topic that no one wants to talk about but inevitably happens – your period. During my last two trips, my period decided to unexpectedly grace me with its presence. I’m quite sure the worst possible thing to happen during a 7 hour bus ride in the middle of Vietnam is for your period to start. Now, I always make sure to pack Carefree panty liners, since you just never know how long you’ll be without a bathroom … and no one wants any accidents! Trust me, I’ve learned from experience.

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August Favorites

by Sheryll on September 8, 2014

augustfavorites Hi everyone! I’m back with another monthly favorites post. I know it’s been a looong time, and posting has been so sporadic, but it’s for a good reason! My magazine, Glamtrotting, has officially LAUNCHED! I am just so overwhelmed with gratitude to my team, so happy and so proud. Make sure to head over to Glamtrotting.com to pick up your copy today!

And now on to the beauty bits I’ve been looooving recently:

I first heard about Etude House’s Dust Cut line from Picoprince.com, another Korean skincare blogger. I’m not the biggest fan of Etude skincare, but the dust cut line had me intrigued. It’s described as a skincare range to protect against dust, pollution, and other elements. Considering the pollution in HCMC is out of control, I just knew I had to get my hands on the mist. There’s also a face mask (which I bought), and a face wash, but the mist is the product that intrigued me the most. It creates a barrier on your skin to protect it from the dust and to stop all of the particles from sticking to your skin. So far, I’m OBSESSED. It really does work. I had noticed that my skin would always look dull by the end of the day, now, my makeup looks fresh and lasts much longer. Seems gimmicky, but I love it.

With every purchase of $100 dollars or more from w2beauty.com, Alice includes a free Sulwhasoo sample gift set. I have 2 sets now, and never really got around to using them until we went to Bangkok and I wanted to pack travel sized items. GIRL. Why did I not start using them sooner?! Sulwhasoo is the truth, the way, and the light. The products in the photo are the first care serum, the essential balancing emulsion, and the concentrated ginseng renewing cream. I use them at night, and when I wake up, my skin is positively radiant. I don’t know how they do it, but I’m happy they do. I wish I could afford an entire closet full of Sulwhasoo. I’d cry happy tears forever.

When I went to the Saigon Flea Market a few weeks ago, there was a woman selling imported cosmetics from the US. When I saw the GIANT tube of Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers, I bought it immediately. People love the watermelon and strawberry Lip Smackers, but Dr. Pepper is where it’s at. I love that it leaves a tiny hint of color, plus the scent is amazing. It brings back so many childhood memories!

I’ve been dying over Benefit’s Gimme Brow for ages now. I first tried it in Korea, but I could never bring myself to pay over $30 for a tiny little tube of brow gel. But I finally went ahead and splurged in Bangkok and I AM SO HAPPY. Gimme Brow is a brow volumizing fiber gel that fills in your sparse areas, and tames your brows all at once. It’s amazing and instantly makes me look more polished. For someone that hates to spend a million years doing their makeup, it’s a godsend. Just swipe some on, and bam. Gorgeous brows. Love, love, love.

The next two items are from TheFaceShop, purchased here in Vietnam. Yes, I know I feature a new mascara every favorites post but I like to switch mine up. I’m prone to styes so I never like to use the same mascara for long. I do have to say that the Extreme Black Force mascara from TheFaceShop is definitely the best out of the ones I’ve previously mentioned. It has a rubber brush, which I’ve come to realize is my favorite kind of brush. It’s inky black, and makes your lashes look like falsies in the best way. People always ask me where I get my lash extensions, then are shocked when I tell them it’s just mascara. And that luxe looking gold bottle next to the mascara is The FACEit Collagen Liquid Eyeliner. My stash of Clio Kill Black Liner ran out, and I was desperate for another liner, when the lady at the store swatched this one on me. It was instant love. I haven’t used a liquid liner in AGES, so there was a big of a learning curve at first (and eyeliner all over my face), but after that, it was smooth sailing. It’s sweat proof, waterproof, and I got caught in a downpour on the back of a motorbike proof. The Clio pen is easier to use, but I like the look of the liquid better.

When I went to Bangkok, I stocked up on My Beauty Diary sheet masks. I’d always heard how great they are, so you know I had to put them to the test. Verdict? They’re FABULOUS! Sheet masks can be pretty hit or miss with me – sometimes I don’t see any results. But the My Beauty Diary masks pack a punch. Almost instantly, your skin is glowy, dewy, and brighter. It’s like a facial in a sheet mask. I bought a million different kinds, but I really like the caviar and red wine ones.

And last is a little buy I got from Boots in Bangkok. I’ve always loved Soap and Glory, but had only tried their products in the travel size. Since my feet are in sandals 98.9% of the time, I was in desperate need of a foot cream that wasn’t heavy or sticky. Heel Genius is soooooo good. It’s slightly thicker than your average body lotion, but it sinks into your feet almost immediately, and leaves your feet silky smooth. I use it on my feet before I go to bed and can’t stop rubbing my feet together as I fall asleep. It’s divine!

And that’s it for August. I’m currently testing a bunch of new things so my September favorites will hopefully be awesome! I’m so glad to finally get back on track with blogging. Don’t you ever worry, even with a job and Glamtrotting, I’ll always blog here! I love you all too much!!!!!

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w2Beauty Haul #2

by Sheryll on August 27, 2014

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I’m back with another w2beauty haul! My skin has *finally* cleared up after a disastrous few months with a jawline breakout, so I decided to treat myself to some goodies. I’m now stuck with some pretty awful scarring, but I’m hoping that eventually everything will return to normal. This haul features a lot of products I’ve already tried and loved, but there are some new finds as well. I’m trying to create a baseline skincare routine that I can stick to, and switch just one product out at a time, to keep my skin calm.

First, from the left, we have some Missha Blemish Clear Patches. I haven’t reviewed any blemish patches yet, but know that I am obsessed with them. I usually keep mine on at night, since I don’t like wearing them in the day when everyone can see them. If you have one of those big, nasty, ugly whiteheads, one of these blemish patches can help dramatically. I like to keep them on hand for that time of the month, when my skin tends to get a bit cray cray.

Up at the top is a new toner – the Innisfree Rose Clear Skin toner. I’ve only been using it for a couple of weeks, but I really like it. It smells great and it leaves my skin hydrated and smooth. Let me know if you’d like a full-on review!

Next to the toner are two of my long-time favorite Innisfree products – the Jejubija Anti-Trouble lotion and the spot essence R. The lotion is an amazing if you suffer from acne. It’s lightweight, non-greasy, and absorbs quickly. I’ve talked about the spot essence previously, and whenever you have a nasty little blemish, just sleep with this on and BAM. Your blemish is dramatically decreased by the next morning. Whenever people ask me about an affordable acne care line that works, I always point them in the direction of the Jejubija line. It’s great!

The Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence is another favorite of mine that I definitely had to repurchase. I literally used my last one until I had to use a q-tip to scrape the contents from the sides and bottom…yes it’s that serious. Whenever my breakout would flare up really bad, this was the first product I’d reach for. It really calms your skin and decreases the amount of angry, angry blemishes. I haven’t done a full review, but I am definitely planning one because everyone needs to buy this. It’s really that great.

Ohhhhh the Missha First Treatment Essence. Skincare is a passion, and I’ve tried so many different things, but once I got this back into my life, I just knew that it’s forever going to be a staple. The full review is here, and nothing has changed. Seriously, this stuff is a miracle worker. I used it the first night I got it, and the very next day it looked like I had a whole new face. I don’t understand it. It’s obviously made with fairy dust, and I’ll continue to repurchase forever and ever. I also bought the First Treatment Essence sheet mask because I obviously need to let the magical fermented amazing-ness sit on my face for 30 minutes. I haven’t tried it yet because I’m a sheet mask hoarder, but expect a full report soon.

I’ve heard so many good things about the Banila Co. Clean It Zero so I obviously had to get one. Kerry’s blog is the skincare Bible, so when she said she liked it, I just had to get it. Initial thoughts? I really love it! I haven’t had much luck with Banila Co., so my expectations weren’t that high, but it’s really great. I’ve been using my Sulwhasoo Gentle Oil Cleanser for like 6 months now (and it’s STILL not finished, omg), but I think I like the balm texture better. It leaves my skin smooth and clean, without any film or greasiness. I’ll definitely be doing a full review on this one.

This is now my 4th (!!!!) tube of Benton High Content Steam Cream. If that isn’t a testament to how much I love this stuff, I don’t know what is. It’s definitely my cream of choice (full review here), and Johnny is hooked too. I just have to keep a constant supply in stock because if I run out, it’s a skincare disaster for me.

I’ve never been a big shopper at The Face Shop, but one of my all-time favorite products are the Herb Day Cleansing Tissues. I’ve purchased a few packages over the years, and even though I try a lot of face wipes, I always come back to these. They are so unbelievably soft and smooth, and won’t irritate your skin like most face wipes do. They can remove all makeup, including waterproof mascara and eyeliner. I love them because they’re just so convenient to toss in your gym bag, or in your carry-on for travel days.

All items were purchased at w2beauty.com. If you like anything you see, head over to w2beauty and make sure to use my sponsor code 05632401 to get $5 off your first order!

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Bangkok: Day One

by Sheryll on August 25, 2014

Last week, Johnny and I went to Bangkok! It was a great time, and the city is definitely much more “metropolitan” than Ho Chi Minh City. To be honest, I actually prefer Ho Chi Minh City, and was actually really happy when we arrived back. Not to say that we didn’t have fun, but Bangkok is a very exhausting city. It’s huge and hot and …just a lot. Also, we dropped the ball a bit and didn’t plan as much as we normally do for trips, so we missed a lot of the things we really wanted to do (go see a Muay Thai fight, take a Muay Thai class, the floating markets, etc.). A lot of people told me Bangkok is a very polarizing city – lots of people love it, and lots of people aren’t that fond of it. I’m somewhere in the middle. I did LOVE the shopping though. Shopping in Bangkok is a million times better than here in Vietnam. Give me a city with tons of great shopping and I’m a happy girl.

The first afternoon we went to Siam Paragon for some shopping. I’m obsessed. Of course I hit up Sephora, Boots, and Watsons for all the beauty bits I’ve been missing here in Vietnam. The next day, we went down the river to Khao San Road, the backpacker street of all backpacker streets. We had some drinks, bought some novelty items, had drinks and people watched at some bars, and ate delicious roadside pad thai. It was pretty cool! I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many harem pants in all my life.

And as always, here are a few of my favorite snapshots from our first day. Our second day, we went to the Grand Palace and Wat Pho and that’s when I was completely blown away. The temples in Thailand are gorgeous! Stay tuned!

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Hi everyone!

I only have 3 more days of summer school and then I’m FREEEEEE! I’m so excited that I’ll be able to start posting on a normal schedule again. I can finally start taking product photos in the morning, start going back to yoga/the gym, and focus on what I want to do. I’ve had a blast teaching summer school, and I’m definitely going to miss my kids, but I’ll be so happy when I have free time again.

To celebrate finishing summer school (Johnny actually worked 10 weeks of summer school!), we’re jetting off to Bangkok next week for 5 days. I’m SO excited! I can’t wait to eat lots of food, see some new sights, and most importantly, GO SHOPPING! There’s a Sephora in Bangkok and I’ve already made a wish list.

I mentioned previously that sometimes the shopping in Ho Chi Minh City can be a bit blah, but I’ve found out that all the action is actually on Instagram! I met up with a friend last week and she showed me all of the cool, independent retailers that are making their way online. There are people that sell everything from clothes, to shoes, to authentic cosmetics, typically much cheaper than what you can find in the stores. My favorite shops are popbirdy, where I ordered this AWESOME see-though jacket, linhlipstick for authentic, high-end lipsticks, lookbook saigon for edgy street wear (I totally bought the Bitch, Please t-shirt), and yenshop_vnxk for awesome shorts and jumpsuits.

helloweekendmarketBesides working, I’ve been hitting up flea markets in Saigon. It’s my new favorite thing to do. This past weekend, I went to the Hello Weekend Market in District 1. It was pretty bad ass! It was bigger than the Saigon Flea Market, and featured more local, independent designers. I bought some perfume, some gorgeous kimonos, a new pair of shoes, and a new makeup bag. If you’re interested in seeing a haul post, let me know!

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Once I get back from Thailand, posting will resume as normal. I’ve just ordered another package (sent this time via express mail) from w2beauty.com, so I hope to get that soon so I can post what I bought. My skin has finally returned to sort of normal (although I have a TON of acne scarring leftover, sniff sniff), and I feel more confident about testing out products again. I also plan on exploring much more in Ho Chi Minh City, as there are so many cool cafes, shops, and restaurants that I haven’t been to yet.

And now, I’m going to get in my bed and watch Broad City because my little ones were all sniffly on Sunday and I feel a bit under the weather. I refuse to be sick for my trip!

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