My Progress with Korean Skincare

I still love it. I’m addicted and I just want to try everything! Ok, maybe not everything, but at least enough to know what my favorite brands are and to be able to explain why.

I get a few breakouts here and there, but regardless of my breakouts along my chin, the rest of my skin looks great. I just want to prevent early signs of aging and I’m loving my makeup application. I think I used to stray from wearing too much makeup because I enjoy a more natural everyday look, but then again I didn’t know any better about skincare. With how Korean skincare transformed my skin, I’m actually more curious than ever about makeup. Who knew that a good base is key to a natural look?

Currently with the change in weather, I’m not using as much products as when I first started. I still wash my face twice a day. It’s not really so much of a wash, but more the use of micellar water to remove makeup or other impurities from my face. That or makeup remover wipes. I still use a toner and on rare occasions I skip that step when I’m feeling super lazy, which has currently been the last few weeks since coming back from vacation. But lately, it’s been cleanse, toner, and Innisfree’s green tea moisture serum. At night, I’ll put on a moisturizer but that’s really been it. In the morning after applying the green tea moisture serum, I follow up with sunscreen. I guess I’m lucky with Bay Area weather since it’s not desert dry over here. With that being said, TGIF folks! Hope you all have a fantastic weekend! It’s finally starting to warm up over here, and finally starting to feel like spring!

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A Budget Spa Day at Home

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How to have a budget friendly spa day at home you ask?  It’s simple.  Pick up a few items from the store if you don’t already have them, and set a future date for your spa day either alone or with your girls.

The goods:

  1. Nail polish.  Pick your color and don’t forget to have nail polish remover with cotton balls at the ready.
  2. Hair mask.  Pick up a hair mask if you don’t already have one or make your own.
  3. Sheet masks.  These babies are everywhere now.  CVS, Target, Bath and Body, etc.
  4. Bath bomb. Take a bath.  You probably want to do this on your own and not with your girls.

There are no instructions for this budget friendly spa day.  You choose what to do first and when to move on.  I hope some of you find these ideas useful to start your own budget friendly spa day at home.  Forget about wasting hundreds of dollars on a mud bath or on a facial.  You can get the same thing for a fraction of the cost in the comforts of your own home.  Enjoy!

Missha Primer – First Impressions

I still don’t know how I feel about this primer. I got it mainly for summer time use when it’ll be hot and I know I’ll be sweaty. I figure my makeup will last longer with a primer, but since someone asked about this product earlier than I anticipated to test it out, here goes my initial thoughts.

With this primer there’s a bit of a pink shimmer to it, so it sort of provides a subtle glow. Very good for the glass skin look, and you can probably skip the highlighter step with this primer.

For those with a lighter skin shade, this will work well and blend really well with your makeup. However, for those on the darker side or with more yellowish skin, it may lighten you up a bit as it did for me. I’m a bit darker than the under part of my arm, which I have pictured above, so the primer lightens my face even with my foundation mixed with it, and my husband notices the difference.

I definitely feel like this primer is good for full coverage application. It’ll definitely look good on camera or at night for night time events.

I don’t know if I would recommend this primer for daytime use unless you like full coverage on a daily basis. As for me, I tend to favor a more natural effortless look then a refined put together face.

P.S. This primer has a scent to it so for those avoiding scents or sensitive to smell, I would suggest to pass on this product.

There’s A Face Shop Near Me!

I’m so stoked that I live near a Face Shop! I bought a few face masks today out of sheer curiosity since they’re only $3 a piece, a blush for $9, and an oil cleanser for only $16. It’s awesome knowing I can just pop in to try stuff out! I saw a lot of makeup products so I know I’m going to be back for more!

Store prices ranged from decently priced to fairly expensive. Expensive being $40 and up especially the products by Sulwhasoo.

I’m so happy I live close to a Face Shop because I really love Korean skincare. I’m so addicted ever since I’ve seen a major difference to my makeup application. No cakiness and no dry patches. I just don’t see myself going back!

A Lotion for Stress?

I have been into stress relieving products lately. Finding this scented lotion is one of them.

It’s been awhile (okay years) since I popped into a Bath and Body Works and I’m amazed how different the products and packaging look. I can’t believe they have a whole line of lotion infused with essential oils. Apparently it’s supposed to be stress relieving, but we’ll see.

When I walked in, I was a little overwhelmed with all the products displayed. I went around smelling the lotions and landed on this one since the scent isn’t as strong as the rest. I still love my Vaseline Intensive Care lotion, but it’s nice to test out products here and there.

The lotion cost $15.50. I’m pretty sure they have deals to get it for less. I just happened to walk in at a bad time.

Just Treat Yourself

We all need a way to decompress in life. Some people turn to the ‘night life’ to release all the pressure they get from work. Others may turn to alcohol and sadly maybe even to drugs. People just have different ways of dealing with life. However, when a person is religious it’s quite the opposite. I feel like anyone religious has quite a bit of restrictions to follow based on their beliefs. Thus, they find creative ways to have fun in life.

For instance:

  1. Travel – Take a trip. This harms no one. In fact, it’ll only expand a person’s viewpoint because it takes someone out of their bubble and introduce them to a new cultural experience.
  2. Have a hobby – Some people road bike, golf, or maybe even surf. For the ladies, maybe it’s shopping. More specifically maybe it’s luxury handbag collecting. Nothing wrong with this as long as it’s not on credit.
  3. Date night – Having date night with your significant other or maybe even with friends is a great way to heal from a hard and long work week.
  4. Spa Treatment – Doesn’t have to be a spa day, but taking care of your body is another way to feel rejuvenated. You know sheetmasks, skin routine, hair care, etc.

It’s possible to live a healthy and happy life religious or not!