My Top 5 Korean Beauty Products

May 13, 2017

For the past two years, I’ve started paying attention to Korean beauty more and more. Dr. Jart was one of the first Korean beauty brands that went mainstream and was widely available in the United States. All of a sudden, I saw it everywhere . . . in magazines, my favorite bloggers were testing out new products and even the news channels were talking about the innovations and technology behind the industry of Korean beauty. After a visit to Seoul, Korea, I really came to see with my own eyes the importance of skincare and innovation in the life of a modern day Korean.Men as well as women! It’s so intriguing to me how technology can play such a substantial role in how we take care of our skin. It’s like engineering, but for the beauty realm. I’ve tried a few in the past year, and came to roundup a few of my favorite Korean beauty products for this post. For me, technology and science is just as important as making sure ingredients are mostly all natural and non-toxic. Let me take you through each of my current favorites.

Frudia Green Grape Pore Control Serum
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Frudia is a brand new player in the Korean beauty market, and is now widely available in the US in most CVS pharmacies in the curated K-beauty section. It is made up of 81% green-grape extract from grapes that were harvested from a farm on Jegu Island, Korea, an area of lush vegetation. Frudia uses special technology to extract the extracts so that they are in the best, most refined form so that our skin take in all the best benefits from it. Skin moistening tannoids visibly mattify pores. After two weeks of use, I did very much see an increase in my skin’s brightness, as well. I noticed that my need for a face powder to mattify throughout the day went down, which was the main goal for me to get out of this product. Check out their other range of products, each suitable for a specific skincare target. 

Saturday Skin Sunscreen Perfecting Cushion Compact
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I just recently fell in love with this lightweight foundation compact. It contains a patented complex of peptides plus honey, which hydrates, cools and brightens skin. I dab it on my forehead, nose, cheeks and chin, then dab with the cushion to blend seamlessly all over. It provides full coverage, but doesn’t look or feel heavy at all. It feels more like a tinted moisturizer, which I love. The more natural looking the better. Plus it protects from sun exposure 🙂

Saturday Skin Daily Dew Hydrating Essence Mist
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This mixture of toner and essence is my favorite midday refresher. Actually, I use it all throughout my day! It is formulated with kiwi and white grape extract to help block free radicals and increase moisture. Instantly, my skin looks radiant and perfectly dewy after a few sprays. Love using it over my makeup right before I head out the door. 

Dr. Jart Dermaclear Micro Water
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This cleansing water is made with 85% active hydrogen mineral water instead of refined water, and is formulated with 90% natural ingredients. I love knowing that what I use to clean my face is all natural, especially since I use it near my eyes. The best thing is that it takes off my mascara in an easy instant. I get clean, fresh feeling and brightened. I’ve noticed the redness in my skin (especially around my nose and chin) to have gone down since using this product.

Erborian Bamboo Water Lock Mask
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I got this in a goody bag awhile back, and kept coming back to this product ever since for my moisture recharges. It’s made out of bamboo sap and fibers to help smooth, hydrate and plump with water. I use this mask at night after I wash my face. If my face feels extra dry, I’ll apply a good layer all over my face. Almost instantaneously I feel it working. My skin’s parched nature disappears just like that. Bamboo sap has amino acids, proteins and lipids . . . all things our dehydrated skin needs. 

 I hope these reviews of my top 5 favorite Korean beauty products help you navigate this new world of advanced skincare and beauty. It’s been super fun trying new products out, and pinpointing down the ones that work the best for me. Give some of these a try. I’m sure that you won’t be disappointed. And maybe you’ll be like me and go crazy on the Internet research behind the technology behind these products. it’s really fascinating. And my skin has never looked better 🙂

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Love Goes Round and Round

May 8, 2017

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OAK + FORT jacket
AG Jeans white denim jeans
Sabrina Tach shoes
Topshop earrings
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Stuck in an airport in South Carolina because our plane to the Cayman Islands was running low on gas. It looks like our day at the beach is going to be delayed a bit, but that’s okay. At least I now have a few hours to catch up on my book, and get this post up (and troll the Instagram like every other person LOL). I spent my weekend being really social outside of my phone, so my time online was on standby these past few days. A very much needed standby, of course. Been thinking a lot about where I want the direction of my blog to go in the near future, and it’s a goal of mine to add more wellness to this space. It’s become a passion of mine, especially now that I’m heading into my 30’s soon. And I want to share all that I have been learning and teaching myself about feeling good inside and out with you all. Eating the junk food here at the airport terminal isn’t really a good start (not many options at the moment), but hey nothing can be perfect. At the end of the day, just trying to fill my days with LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE. This street art that I accidentally stumbled across by Tara Dixon in Dumbo was the perfect reminder to infuse my daily ritual with that of LOVE. Even when it seems hard sometimes. Recently, I’ve been feeling a whole lot more of it from myself, my family, my friends, and all of you reading here and visiting my social outlets. And I love hearing from those of you who have been here since day one and have seen it all grow. It’s easy to be lost and pulled in too many directions with the state of how social media is right now . . . where too much seems possible . . . like too much is already out there. What is next?! It’s amazing but scary at the same time. But all I can say that I really do know is that I love creating and learning and loving, while staying true to the roots of where my blog stemmed from. I don’t want to ever lose that unconditional love for expressing and sharing the parts of myself that I feel are worth putting out there in the world in the small way that I do. Today, I just want to remind myself, and you all, to LOVE LOVE LOVE in whichever ways you can. That is all 🙂 xx

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Decluttering Mind and Space

May 5, 2017

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AG Jeans dress
Sezane blouse
Tarin Thomas earrings from Tictail
Salvatore Ferragamo purse
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Decluttering mind and space. What a great topic for a rainy day in NYC. Sounds simple . . . like taking out the trash, but in fact it is not a simple act at all. That being said, taking out the trash is actually a struggle when I’m rushing out the door and it happens to be one of the five things I forget to do before leaving house. And so what happens once I’m out the front door and down the steps to the sidewalk? I remember it. But what do I do? Nothing. I leave the trash in my apartment. Saving it for later. For next time. And on my way I go. Only to possible forget the next time. And that’s the worst thing. Trash lingering around for far too long of a time. A goal of mine this year is to not let trash linger. And when I speak of trash, I don’t mean just in a literal sense, but mentally, as well. The smell of rotten bananas is just as bad as overly cluttered thoughts that leave us stressed and lacking of sleep. The physical trash can be blamed on laziness. But what can we blame for the clutter in our heads? Of course, everyone is different . . . our personalities, our experiences, the people that we cross paths with and who influence us. They all play a role in what goes on in our minds. And they play a very beautiful, fulfilling role. But then there are things that do the opposite.

Single out those things that keep your mind spinning on the regular, but not in a good way. These things can change on the daily. It can be a bad day at work. A fight with your partner. Stress on your back from sitting or standing too long. Broken pipes your landlord never gets around to fixing. A friendship that seems one sided. An encounter that left you a bit unsettled. A financial bust from the past that you seem to not be able to fully get over or recover from. Write them down along with a few words on how they make you feel and why. Keep doing this daily, and soon you will see a pattern. Which things keep occurring the most? And there you go, you have a target. Basically, that target is the trash bin outside, where you dump the trash from your apartment in. haha. Ok, I guess that makes it seem simple. Just kidding. Really, it takes time to get rid of these things (people and memories) that bring you a negative sort of energy that trickles into your sleep cycles and ups your stress levels. The first thing is to realize it, pinpoint it and take action. And most of all, don’t be afraid to let go of the rotten bananas. Love my comparisons?? Don’t worry, that action can be a slow process, just as long as it keeps you moving forward and away from the energy that keeps you down, tossing and turning at night, and over analyzing your every interaction. I mean, come on, look how long it takes for me to remember to take my trash out. Slow and steady. For me, writing helps me clear my mind, put things into perspective and gives me time to myself to reflect on the things that bother me. And it’s funny, as soon as my mind seems more clear and refreshed, my trash keeps getting taken out on time. Then all of a sudden, I go on a purging spree in my home. Out with the things that don’t bring me joy, or that have no meaning or use. The tangible, and the untangible . . . they can be treated in the same way many times. Give it a try, you’ll see what I mean 🙂

So, to stay on topic, I present this all white ensemble featuring my new favorite dress of the season by AG Jeans . . . the white denim dress. Clear mind, clean space, clean dress. 

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My Bedroom Trimmings

May 4, 2017

 

Home Sweet Home 🙂

Hello friends. A special post coming at you today featuring a few changes made to my bedroom to freshen up the vibes for spring (and my last few months in this apartment . . . I’m currently home hunting in a new neighborhood in Brooklyn). I was feeling in a bit of a rut with the old formation of my furniture. I basically swapped the placement of my dresser and bed. It’s a bit funky with my bed right up against the second entrance to my apartment, but I never used that door ever anyways, so it doesn’t matter. It’s only temporary anyways. This slight change was just what I needed to be inspired again by my living space. Feeling creative in my bedroom is super important since I spend so much time in this room. I sleep here, and I do work from my desk by the window. When I look around, I like to feel enlightened and happy. And now with my bed facing the window, I wake up to lots of light. It’s an energetic kick starter to my day. 

The Mattress

Now . . . onto my brand spanking new mattress by HELIX. I’ve been sleeping on it for about a month now, and it has been life changing. It was made to be suited just for me. The process that HELIX gives is customers is a personalized shopping experience. Just answer some questions in their sleep quiz about your sleeping preferences, body type and sleeping style, and they will customize the best mattress option for you. If you want, you can split the bed in two, so that each side is individually customized for you and your partner 🙂 How rad is that?! Now everyone can sleep happy. haha. My mattress is perfectly medium firm, exactly the way I like it, and I’ve been sleeping like a baby ever since. No going back after this one, that’s for sure. Thanks, HELIX. 

The Comforter

Now, onto the bed dressings! Out with the old, in with the new! I got a new comforter by Laura Ashley. It’s one of the best comforters I’ve had in a while. Keeps me warm when its cold, and cool when it’s too hot! It’s a keeper. And the quality is excellent, which is so important. I don’t know about you, but I like my comforter filled with real down feathers. The weight and feel makes all the difference. 

The Bed Sheets

And it’s a known fact that nothing feels better than a new set of sheets and comforter cover. My bed sheets, comforter cover, pillow cases and grey throw blanket are all by Snowe Home. I first discovered this brand at a press dinner late last year. I love the minimalism of their designs. I wanted to keep my bed all white, sharp and crisp, so I could add accents wherever I wanted here and there. This sheet set is the best. And it feels good against my skin. My mom gave me these real fur accent pillows. The tone of grey-ish blue, verging on turquoise, is so beautiful! I couldn’t resist throwing these on top of all the white. 

The Rug

Speaking of accents . . . say hello to my new vintage-inspired rug from Rugs-USA.com. This one specifically is the Silky Road Antique Brick Medallion AS19 Rug in blush. This was actually exactly what my room needed. It makes me room look even bigger in a way. For some reason, the placement of my bed needed a sort of frame to make it pop. This rug was just the thing to do that. It’s soft tones of pink, white and orange are a melody of sunset goodness all together. Love how my furry pillows complement the tones of pink on my rug, as well. The combination was unexpectedly perfect. When I move, I’m definitely going to pick up another rug from Rugs-USA.com for the living room!

The Wall Hanging

I moved a framed print I have to the wall at the foot of my bed, alongside my vintage guitar that is in need of desperate tuning. That I will get done soon, I promise. haha. Oh, and hanging on the handle of the door is a cute little woven baby cactus wall hanging from The Little Avocado. It fits right in with my bedside table full of candles and my plant that is still alive and kicking (thankfully). 

Well, that’s it for now. A few minor changes, and my living space feels refreshed again. It makes me the happiest to light my candles at the end of the day, hiding underneath the covers. Then feeling my rug beneath my feet first thing in the morning. Right before the first sip of matcha tea. Life is feeling good right now 🙂 

 

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