Going Herbal

Happy Sunday Everyone!

In the last month i’ve changed my nighttime routine due to having dry and irritable skin. I wasn’t sure if it was due to the changing weather, enviroment or just the products I was constantly using and trying but everything I used would either make my skin red or give me dry patches. So hearing about this line I took the dive and tried Pyunkang Yul after hearing Youtubers and bloggers rave about it. And! I am so glad that I did because once I used it, my skin has been clear, no irritation or dry patches.

Pyunkang Yul (the website is in Korean but some online stores do have english descriptions) cruelty free and is developed by a Traditional Herbal Clinic.

These non-scented products are perfect for sensitive skin and the great thing about it, is that it is available on Stylekorean and from time to time they offer the products in sets. For instance, as of now they have a set of three that includes Essence Toner, Moisture Serum and ATO Cream for only 59.00$ USD (don’t forget the conversion rate and shipping fees) but still it is a great deal!

At that time when I purchased my set of three, it was the Essence Toner, Oil and Nutrition Cream for 29.99$ USD.

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Now let’s get into the products ~

Starting with the base… Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner – 200ml

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This Essence Toner is amazing. Not only does it feel great on the skin, it is fragance free which makes is safe on really sensitive skin. Everyone is talking about the 7 layer toner step and I have to say it is a little too much for my skin so i’ve deducted about 4 layers. The first layer I use a cotton pad just to wipe away any left over makeup or dirt thats on my skin after cleansing. The second layer I apply with my hands in patting technique that allows my skin to absorb all the product and lastly the third layer really depends how my skin is that night. If I find that it is on the drier side, i’ll add the third layer if it’s not too bad i’ll actually skip the third and go straight to the next step.

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The toner contains Milk Vetch Root Extract which says it helps to bring elasticity back to the skin, while replenishing and re-energizing skin cell; which I can say that my skin does feel quite firm and replenished by morning. It doesn’t feel sticky at all making it prepped and ready for step 2.

Pyunkang Yul Nutrition Cream – 100ml and Pyunkang Yul Oil – 26ml

This nutrition cream feels really nice and refreshing. When applied on its own it has a cooling effect. It does provide hydration for my skin and it is said to help with providing a healthy glow with the product penetrating deep down to the skin allowing for a clear and radiant complexion.

Along with Step 2 Nutrition Cream is the Oil as well

For extra hydration they recommend adding 2-3 drops of the oil along with cream and applying it to the skin. It contains 7 plant based natural oils and can actually be used in your hair as well.

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Like it says, it works great for hydration which leads into having a radiant glow and clear complexion. Of course, don’t go by the amount they tell you, adjust the amount you need according to your skin type. As for me adding 2 drops is a little too much; it becomes overly oily for me so adding 1 drop is sufficient. They say there will be a light oil barrier that will prevent any moisture from evaporating…this is an excellent point because once this is applied I don’t find my skin losing my moisure at all and by morning my skin feels super hydrated making morning makeup application so smooth.

Overall I find the pricing to be quite reasonable for what it is, and of course on STYLEKOREAN you would find Pyunkang Yul in sets or single products on sale. You don’t need a lot while using these, a little goes a long way…which goes with any products out there. Definitely a great line for those who have really sensitive skin and have sensitive smell to fraganced products; along with skin types who need tons of hydration, These products would be great in the Winter months as well. I’m absolutely thrilled that I have an alternative for my skincare in the Winter now.

I hope you guys enjoyed this long blog post!

Have a great start to the week! Stay safe!!

xoxo

-dee

Going Herbal

Scented ~

Happy Sunday everyone! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

I thought I do something different and start the week off with a blog post and why not talk about some of my favourite room scents. From candles to room mist, there are only three that I cherish and have repurchased a few times. I’m sure there are plenty of scented mist and candles I will stumble upon but for Spring 2017 my list will still remain the same.

I am one of those individuals that is extremely sensitive to smell and it is no surprise that my room has to smell a certain way or it’ll throw off my day or night.  Scent is definitely one those things that can start and end your day. So without my rambles lets get into it!

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Each scented items have their own unique feature. Whether clean, floral or musky it brings a different vibe and it goes according to how I feel that day or how I can change my mood.

Lets start with how I start my day…

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W.DRESSROOM NEW YORK 97 – APRIL COTTON

This is by the far the perfect scent I enjoy during the week. I work early hours and I get even earlier to get ready (I’m talking about waking up at 5:45am and getting to work for 7:00am) first thing I reach for is this scent and the name itself explains it all. It’s a fresh, spring almost good for rainy days type of scent, you can also describe it as clean and fresh out of the laundry. This different perks me up in the morning, gets my day started and definitely wakes me up! You only need two spritz and it’s enouhg for a fresh scent to lighten the mood since it is so early in the morning!

The next scent I enjoy during the week as well but mostly during the weekend is…

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W.DRESSROOM NEW YORK 46 – PURE LILY

During my weekends, I tend to automatically wake up around 6:00am from being so use to waking up that time during the week and when I do I tend to grab this scent to relax myself and go back to sleep. Pure Lily describes it perfectly as well, it’s floral but with a hint of freshness and muskiness. It’s very calming and as some floral scents are not close to what it is suppose to smell like. Pure Lily has that rich lily fragance. This is perfect for my room and even in the living room during Spring. If I had to choose a scent to describe Spring…this would be it!! Great for rainy days and sunny days!

Last but not least…

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Siren – Moonlit Orchid

I didn’t actually purchase this through the website but I did find this at Homesense and the few times I was there…stock was still available!!

This is great for bedtime. The scent is light calming, musky with a hint of orchid fragance. The muskiness for myself helps to calm my mind and mellow out the enviroment around me. It is not overpowering but almost a warm embrace kind of scent. I would recommend this to those are struggling to sleep or need a rich but light smell for meditating. AND the color scheme itself is *thumbs up*

I  hope you guys enjoyed this little post and definitely let me know what scent you guys are into or any recommendations at all!

Have a great week! Stay safe and healthy!!

xoxo

-dee

Scented ~

Skin Reset

Hope everyone had a great long weekend! Despite it being a little chilly, windy and rainy yesterday, today seems like a better day.

Life needs a reset button sometimes and whether it may be unwinding from the day with a bubble bath, a simple work out, wine and dine or just relaxing at home this helps us reset for the next day or the week ahead. It is no surprise that your skin needs a reset as well. From skincare to makeup…the dust and dirt in the air your skin is bound to collect these particals through the day and week.

To reset my skin, I like to use a deep cleansing mask at the end of the week, just so I’m starting the week with a clean canvas. It helps to clean out the pores, soothe any irritations, diminish acne scars or pimples. There are two masks that I have been loving at the end of the week. Both reaches it’s expectation and does almost about the same as one is a little more aggressively then the other.

Let’s get into it..

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Secret Nature Volcanic Ash Pore Pack vs Skin&Lab Dr. Pore Tightening Glacial Clay Facial Mask

Both of these masks key point is Pore diminishing and with that being said it leaves the skin feeling fresh and clean.

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Lets start with Secret Nature Volcanic Ash Pore Pack.

Texture is on the harder side and I find that it dries out quite quickly after opening. It spreads quite well and the texture is on the heavy side despite using a small amount. There isn’t an apparent smell to the clay mask, nothing too perfumey.

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Overall: Leaves my skin quite clean without that squeaky texture. Skin is a little red especially on my cheeks, but once followed up with toner and moisture cream the redness diminishes. With this mask I find that using a heavier moisture works great as it allows my skin to drink up the goodness.

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Skin&Lab Dr. Pore Tightening Glacial Clay Facial Mask

This is a great comparison to the Secret Nature Volcanic Mask. The texture is creamy and glides on easily. There are these little beads that works as an exfolitator. No perfume smell which is great just the normal clay mask smell.

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Overall: Love this product! I would definitely give this a 10/10. At times in the morning when I want that extra cleanser I use this as a cleanser. No redness after using this as mask or cleanser. Leaves the skin feeling very fresh and clean without having it feel like it has stripped away any natural oils.

If I was to repurchase just one of these products, it would be the Skin&Lab clay mask due to not having any redness to my skin after use. I also enjoy the texture/consistency of this product more so than the Secret Nature Volcanic Mask as it dries up really quickly.

I hope you guys enjoy this quick little followup with skin cleansing. Have a great week!

xoxo

-dee

Skin Reset

Squeaky Clean

Happy Friday everyone!

Through many years of finding the right cleanser for my skin type i’ve gather some of my go-to/favourite products i’ve been repurchasing. And in continuation of “cleaning” I thought it would be nice to share some old and new goodies.

Honestly, this is probably my favorite time of the day…getting home from work/going out and just removing all the makeup and allowing my skin to breathe. I want a gentle but effective cleanser that I know will do the job without stripping away any of my natural oils.

Before I get started, I just wanted to stress that this is NOT a sponsored post as i’ll be linking a lot of the products in one source. It just so happens that i’ve purchased all these products from StyleKorean.

Now lets get into it…

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So starting off with removing my makeup…

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(Banila Co - Clean it Zero Resveratol;
two layers of eyeliner and two rounds of gentle scrubbing)

For the longest time i’ve been in love with Banila Co – Clean it Zero Resveratol. The texture was great, although the smell is a little too perfumey for my liking but overall it did the job. It didn’t clog my pores and it removed my waterproof makeup with ease.  A little goes a long way especially around the eye area, I didn’t need to agressively scrub away my mascara and eyeliner. Easily a 9/10 for me…it is a little on the pricey side with it being $20.00 USD sometimes on sale for $18.00 USD and within a year I would probably need to purchase 3 – 4 (which isn’t too bad but with the conversion rate it does get quite pricey)

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(Heimish All Clean Balm; two layers of eyeliner and two rounds of gentle scrubbing)

An alternative that i’ve been hearing about was the Heimish All Clean Balm. You are probably thinking, the price is relatively the same with Heimish being a dollar less. BUT I don’t actually purchase the balm on it’s on only because StyleKorean offers the Heimish All Clean White Clay Foam and All Clean Balm in a set for only $25.23 USD. I love the both of this combined. The All Clean Balm works exactly the same as the Clean it Zero with the pro side of not being too perfumey. The texture is slightly different as you can tell from the picture above; it does solidify quickly into a wax like texture. I do find that along with it being not too perfumey, it also removes my eye makeup a lot easier without looking like a panda hahah.

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(Heimish All Clean White Clay Foam)

Now onto the Heimish All Clean White Clay Foam. I love these two duos together. Right after removing my makeup I use the White Clay Foam as a cleanser. The texture is so gentle; my skin feels soft and clean without the feeling of my natural oils being stripped away. (that awful feeling of my skin cracking after cleansing) A few times i’ve gone in with a toner to see if it had removed all my makeup, and I can definitely say there was no residue.

[SET] [heimish] All Clean White Clay Foam + [heimish] All Clean Balm 120ml

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(belif Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist)

Another cleanser i’ve have been enjoying is the belif Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist. I actually find this a similar to the Heimish All Clean White Clay Foam with the slight difference of it being thinner and lighter. This is now part of my morning skincare routine along with the whole line of belif products. I purchased this in a travel to go set just to test it out and right now it has worked for me. It leaves my skin feeling soft and nourished even after removing my makeup. The last few weeks i’ve noticed my skin texture feeling more plumped, brighter and healthier without the dullness. Belif products are actually available at The Face Shop in Canada.

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(Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Scrub)

Now onto the last product…the scrub. It isn’t a korean brand only because I have yet to come across a facial scrub that I enjoy. I’ve been using Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating for years now and i’m hoping it does not get discontinued. Although I am not using this for the purpose of eliminating blackhead, I do enjoy using this once a week to do a full facial scrub, removing any inpurities and dead skin. It is quite lightweight with little beads that are not too abbressive for the skin.

I hope everyone had a great week! I know here in Toronto it has been and will be a soggy weekend, other then that have a great weekend, stay safe and dry!

xoxo

-dee

Squeaky Clean

Clean and Repair

The weather this past weekend was on point and I hope everyone had a great time!

In the midst of cleaning comes repair and the one thing I tend to neglect is my hair (that rhythms quite nicely hahah). From bleaching and coloring to blowing drying and straightening, and with the change in weather  it definitely puts a lot of stress on my hair. I go through phases where hair masks are a must once a week to no masks for months. This is definitely something I should keep up with.

I recently received my StyleKorean shipment and I had purchased a pack of five Cureit Protein Repair Cream. I was a little skeptical about another set of hair treatment when really you can DIY it. But honestly…to go out and purchase the ingredients and make the mask, it was not something I had the time for at the moment.

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Upon reading the use of the Cureit Repair Cream, there are three ways to use this product.

  1. After shampooing – On damp hair, best part is no rinsing!
  2. During the day – when you feel like your hair is a little lifeless.
  3. Full on mask – after shampooing, a generously amount throughout the hair, leaving it for 10-15 minutes and rinse.

I’ve tried all three methods and I find this product absolutely amazing. It leaves my hair soft, smooth, shiny, tangle free and surprisingly my split ends are not as visible.

Texture: is the same as most regular cream like formulas. It is on the thicker side but given the fragrance is more subtle and not overwhelming.

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Method 3 is what I intended as my main purpose for the Repair Cream.

The process starts after using a clarifying shampoo, I wanted to strip any oils and left over residue from my hair, giving it a clean canvas for the mask to be more effective. My hair was so dry after the Winter months and was desperately wanting a nourishing mask. It literally drank the formula and rinsing after 15 minutes my hair looked healthier and alive.

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At first I thought the product would be too thick for my hair as I have fine but very straight hair and a lot of it. But it was the right consistency and did not feel heavy or greasy afterwards. I do recommend starting with a little and proceeding to add as you may not need the whole tube, I definitely did not need the whole tube even with the amount of hair that I have; making the product last a lot longer. Like always a little goes a long way.

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There are tons of DIY hair masks out there online, and I have tried a few but this is a good alternative and the plus side to this; the formula contains castor oil. And we all know the benefits of castor oil which does wonders for hair, skin and nails.

Keep in mind, masks are just for the surface. To maintain healthy skin, hair and nails it all starts internally. Diet, vitamin intake, water intake…taking care of the body inside really reflects on the outside. And when you combine the two, the results are even better!

Have a great Monday everyone!!

xoxo

-dee

Clean and Repair

From Dark to Light

Despite it being a bit gloomy, the weather this weekend stayed pretty warm and through the long weekend I was able to meet up/catch up with friends and family. With that in mind…it was time for a fresh look with Spring/Summer makeup.

Goodbye Winter makeup…

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Personally I enjoy my winter makeup being on the darker shade. Generally my eyeliner is worn a little heavier/thicker, lighter mascara due to the heavier eyeliner and my blushes are darker as well as bronzer/highligher.

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Of course there isn’t a set rule that you have to wear these particular shades only in the Winter. You can obviously wear these all year around and with these shades the work beautifully any skintone and outfits. For me I find that these shades work extremely well with my Winter attire due to wearing a lot heavier knits especially lighter colours and my very fair skintone (i’m a ghost in the Winter months hahah).

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Right: NARS Outlaw — Left: MAC Cheek & Cheerful

NARS Outlaw is a beautiful crimson red shade with a gold shimmer base just enough to bring out that healthy “I just walked out of the cold” glow. It is very pigmented, a little goes a long LONG way. Just a quick dab on the cheek is simply enough and if you do apply too much you can always blend it upwards as gradiant look.

MAC Cheek & Cheerful is a oldie but a goodie. I don’t think they sell this anymore and I know I had actually purchased this a while back. In reality I would say is more for summer but due to how pigmented this actually is I tend to use this a lot during winter months to give myself that healthier glow.

Now putting those aside…we welcome my Spring/Summer makeup.

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Lighter on the eyeliner, a little heavier on the mascara though. Blush and highlighter are of course are at very light tone.

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Lets start with contour. I love contouring during Spring/Summer, my hair is up often so the contouring comes into affect to shape and “define” what I do not have.

The Bronzer that i’ve been loving to use as contour is the Maybelline Master Bronze. It is matte base no shimmer formula. I’ve hit panel on this one and right now i’m looking into trying something new but like always I have a back up. It is kind of on a orangey tone but once you blend it in, it matches my skintone perfectly. AND sometimes all I do is contour, mascara and I am out the door.

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Right: Maybelline Master Bronze — Left: Etude House Pink Beam

Highlight! Etude House Face Designing Brightener in Pink Beam Face. Absolutely love this! It is lightweight, not too much shimmer and the right consistency of the pink tone. Definitely when the light hits, you’ll see it! It works great under the brow bone, and in the corner of the inner eyes to waken those eyes.

Now onto the blushes…

Two blushes i’ve been reaching for right now is…

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Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher #6 Grapefruit Jelly

When I first got this as a gift, I thought to myself…this is not going to show on my skin. It is a pale pink with a very soft coral undertone. It almost looks as if it would be transparent. To my surprise…I use this almost everyday for work. It gives me that pinch of color, subtle and natural. It is buildable and does not require any blending.

BELLEME Soft Coral

I actually bought this at Cosrx while in Asia. Sadly, I dropped the blush I was using then…it shattered into a million pieces. Took the plunge and thought it is a beautiful coral color, no fragrance…it will do. This surpassed my expectations…the formula is so well made, it is pigmented so a little goes a long way and this works great as a transitional season color. Fall and Spring =)

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Right: BELLEME Soft Coral — Left: Etude House Grapefruit Jelly

I hope you guys found this helpful when looking into something to freshen up a look. Spring is all about new starts new looks new adventures a brand new upgraded you! Don’t ever change, always find ways to improve! Be true to yourself =) nothing beats the better version of you!

xoxo

-dee

From Dark to Light

Spring Clean Out

In an addition to switching out makeup and wardrobe; another thing I love about Spring is switching up the interior of my room and that is exactly what I did this past weekend.

I cleaned, decluttered and re-arranged…basically reset the vibe and energy surrounding me on a day to day, night to night basis.

I would definitely say my bedroom is my sanctuary, it’s where I spend majority of my time from watching TV series, dramas, movies, listening to music, reading, day dreaming and creating content for my blog. This is the place where I reset for the next day.

In order me to keep my sanity I feed off constant change. By decluttering I am able to make room and clear out the unnecessary. Symbolically, you could say cleaning, clearing and organizing my life. If it doesn’t serve a purpose or bring you joy…get rid of it. If it passes through you negatively…either get rid of it or see the brighter side of things.

The Rolling Rack

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You guys remember…the overly stuffed rolling rack with my SS’17 wardrobe

Now it’s done up as a shelving and shoe rack.

Although most of you would say a rolling rack should serve its purpose, but the ones who do own one knows the troublesome of maintaining it. Dust collects easily, if the rolling rack is close to a window you’ll know once the sun hits and through a period of time clothes will fade. When hanging clothes it needs to be weighted out perfectly on both side or one side would eventually sink.

I wanted to get rid of it.

As I sat there pondering how to get rid of it, ideas started to flood in. I didn’t need to throw it out, I could actually turn it into something useful and that would serve a purpose.

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First shelf was done as my grab and go…my keys were hung on the top, perfume, watch and ring then out the door. Bottom two shelves are dedicated to my Spring Summer shoes which are easily accessible to match my outfits.

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I had these string lights hanging on my wall which did absolutely nothing and by stringing them onto the upper hanger I was able to give the rack a delicate look. With the different elements and colors, the lights reflected beautifully.

There are still a few tweaks I want to adjust but I can save that for another post! until then I hope this inspires you to change up your sanctuary.

A fresh look creates a fresh outlook. Have a great and safe long weekend everyone!

xoxo

-dee

Spring Clean Out