A Korean skin care MIRACLE

Far too often I plan a trip to Sephora with a great game plan in mind which quickly fails   as the lack of self control emerges as I see isles filled with goodies I most certainly do not NEED. Luckily I’ve become more responsible and knowledgeable about which products I prefer and which suit my skin. However, every once in a while I urge to switch up my beauty regimen or target a certain problem, in which case I’d go on a hunt for a new product, exciting yet dangerous times (*bank account weeps*).

I’ll get to the point now…I have fair, clear skin and lucky enough to deal with fairly minimal breakouts but I’ve always tried to hydrate my dry skin to achieve a nice glow. When I turned 20 (and got my IUD) my skin did change a fair bit and I started getting hormonal breakouts which made me very reluctant to try new products and I stuck to oils for a long time. What I recently found out while shopping at Sephora’s Soho location was that oils are great for elasticity but don’t necessarily penetrate the skin deep enough to avoid issues with dry skin.

The solution?

A woman named Natasha who introduced me to Amor Pacifico’s night mask! Unlike most moisturizing products it doesn’t contain water but instead bamboo extract which is great for nourishing dry skin. She advised I use it at night (obviously) but also during the day when it’s dry and cold. Let me tell you, I’ve tried so many moisturizers yet never achieved such great results that keep dry skin at bay. Another favorite, also pictured below are Tony Moly masks, these seem to have spread all over the U.S. recdently and rightfully so!

Any Koreans skincare experts out there? Looking to learn more about products available, unfortunately a lot of the packaging only has korean labeling so it’s difficult to navigate towards the right products online.


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Ljusrött – Pink

You may acknowledge that I’m late to the trend but I have yet to fall in love with this year’s Pantone color: Greenery. Even the name sounds unappealing as much as I personally tend to like green (besides hating lime/light greens in any clothing and/or decor).

Last year’s Rose Quartz on the other hand was intriguing and for the first time in my whole entire (still relatively short) existence I fell in love with Pink out of all colors. I even started purchasing pink items such as my favorite Stella McCartney sneakers and was eager to decorate with rose colored accessories but Alex didn’t feel my tumlr pink teen vibes, meh.

Here is some PINK inspiration that I continue to obsesses over, Pinterest finds:

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In case you were wondering, the dining room pictured above is located at Sketch in London. I did not take this photograph however I have been there before and can tell you the whole place is very appealing, perhaps i’ll write a separate post on the town-house gone tea parlor/restaurant/bar. Although if you follow any social media trends you may already be familiar.

-My camera roll is filled with ROSA too –

Hejdå!

Comeback season

I have finally made a schedule and laid out material to post. I shall remain active this time around as I’m well prepared unlike before.

Yesterday I took my fake nephew (aka. not actually related but consider him family nephew) to the National Museum Of History. I love that place more than I could ever express! One of my favorite sections is the Mineral & Gems department which is filled with beauty. Such as these (below).

Will be posting about some neighborhood favorites tomorrow to start off a category of favorite NYC restaurants!

M- A – T ! (aka. FOOD)

Personally I didn’t always have the healthiest relationship with food nor nutrition, especially since I struggled with Bulimia for quite some time. I was lucky enough to recover which included building a good relationship with food which has become somewhat of a passion these days. Growing up traveling a lot I’ve never been shy to try new dishes, something that still runs deep. My cooking skills are still evolving but all I know I owe to my mother and grandmother who I observed growing up, tack!

In an attempt to start writing daily I wish to share some favorite recipes of mine as well as recommendations (mostly in NYC) on  where to dine based on budget, cuisine, atmosphere etc.! I’ll share some good (ok fine…decent) images along with my posts to make them more visually appealing.

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A lunch Salad at Cafe Clover.

Sneak peek

Currently writing a post on Maui and recommendations but because my schedule is non-stop I’m taking my sweeeeet time.I’m also waiting  to receive some pictures I took on two cheap disposable cameras (so fun, yet usually a disappointment). In the meantime I’ll share a few pictures, btw I was a moron and lazy enough that I forgot/ignored the fact that I was using a portrait lens all week. One afternoon we spotted the sun setting off in the horizon and I was in disbelief of how the sun could appear so large, I took a mental photograph instead due to my lack of equipment. Same goes for the stars, the stars were purely magical and for someone who always enjoyed astronomy and more recently science, I was blown away. I think a tri-/mono pod needs to be purchased in the near future and perhaps I need to re-invest in a camera/lenses. But immigration needs to come through with the work documentation first hehe.

 

Maui Wowie

Sorry I’ve been absent for a bit. Busy figuring out visa stuff and doing re-search on a million and one things. Not to mention frantically reading about what our new President is proposing. Nothing great so far unless you’re against Climate Change & Women. 😭

I will write a little travel post on Maui which we visited earlier this month. Which was nothing short of amazing ✨

Here’s a little sneak peak boomerang from the trip. 

Go-to Skincare

There’s a reason I rang up as a VIB Rouge at Sephora this past Calendar year. I buy unnecessary make-up products, something I’m sure many can relate to (stupid consumerism….) but what I’m really a sucker for is; skin care products.

I try new oils and moisturizers like it’s my job, slowly but surely marketers have nailed me in the head with that ‘feel like a million dollar’ crap. However as someone who went from perfect doll skin to having my IUD play a ball game with my hormones (among other factors.) I sought out products that would help me fight off hormonal acne. While we’re on that, one thing outside of my skin care routine that deserves a shout out is Maca powder and Organic Apple Cider Vinegar which are both awful tasting but quite the unsung heroes! If anyone cares to hear more about diet changes that have helped more than my gut please request so!

However on to the products I ALWAYS re-stock and love for my dry, sensitive and relatively clear skin excluding hormonal breakouts that is.

Cleanser: Boscia Purifying Cleanser – Super Gentle, doesn’t strip my skins natural oils yet keeps breakouts away and has a settle scent, which I like. At 28$ it’s reasonably priced and lasts a long time. Currently on my 3rd bottle!Eager to try their Oil Cleanser next.

Toner: Caudalie Moisturizing Toner – Once again, gentle, smells fresh and clean, leaves skin soft rather than stripped. I use this in the morning to re-fresh my skin and occasionally at night either before or after showering/cleansing my skin more thoroughly. In the U.S. I’ve paid just under 30$ for it.

Facial Oil: REN Vita Mineral – After trying out different oils of different price points from various brands I finally kept this as a staple in my skin care routine. It has a light scent, feels amazing and hydrates well. I fell in love with REN products after trying samples I’d receive on Scandinavian Airlines flights and was pleased to see that Sephora among other beauty retailers carry them in New York (was however upset I couldn’t find anyone carrying REN anymore in Helsinki during a visit home).

Moisturizer: REN Ultra-Moisture Day Cream – TBH I ordered this for Alex but have been using it here and there recently along with my Ren oil. It smells super nice and is rich without feeling too heavy. May really consider ordering this for myself next time I stock up!This and the oil ran a similar price point around $50.

Eyecream: Origins GinZing Eye Cream – An unusual essential I just re-purchased and lasts me ages is Origins GinZing Eyecream. A Product I’d only recommend using in the morning either before applying makeup or if you want that extra glow, need a de-puffing product. It has a slight glow/shimmer which seems to bother some but I personally am a big fan of, I have a few other products which I’d highly recommend using around the eyes which I will include in a separate post. Sells for around 30$ at most retailers.

SPF: La Roche Posay Mineral Sunscreen – I seem to be either highly sensitive or allergic to Oxybenzone, which I firmly believe everyone should avoid when choosing a sunscreen. I try to use sunscreen daily which I’ve surprisingly been semi successful at. I switched to Mineral sunscreen a few years back and like this one a lot, it can def leave your face looking a little white but less than most mineral sunscreens, lasts a long time despite its small packaging and blends well with other moisturizers. 25-30$

Body: Neutrogena Body Oil – Inexpensive, great after showers, easy to convince boyfriend to rub on your back (lol), decent smell and easy to stock up on at most pharmacies, grocery stores etc. I have a hard time spending a lot on a body moisturizer unless its scented like one of my favorite perfumes so therefore this has become a go-to!6-9$.

Please feel free to ask questions!I think my next beauty post will feature products that deserve a feature despite not receiving a re-stock on my vanity shelves.

Kram – Yeni