Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Hello! I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!

It's 7am in the morning while I'm writing this. It's currently still pitch black outside and sadly, it's raining instead of snowing here in Sweden. The weather has been so different from what it used to be when I lived here. Even though my family doesn't live very far up north, everything used to be covered in snow around this time of the year. There's barely been any snow at all this year, just ice everywhere. How's the weather in your country?

If you live in Europe or America you already know that, in most countries and families, Christmas is a very important holiday where you're supposed to be with your family and the people you hold dear, to eat dinner together and exchange christmas presents. However, In Korea (and many other countries like, for example, Japan), Christmas isn't an important holiday where you spend time with your family, but it's rather a holiday for couples if anything. I was hyping Christmas with my boyfriend and his family before I went to Sweden, and his brother, who is single, was pretty down because he would be spending a 'Single Christmas' and said that he would go clubbing. He was just joking but there are actually a lot of people who do just that in South Korea.

Anyway, I'm going to take a long relaxing bath now while I'm waiting for the rest of my family to wake up so we can open a couple of presents and spend time together. Later tonight when everyone in my family has gathered we'll have christmas dinner, open all of the presents, watch movies, play games etc. That's how we do it in our family!

How do you celebrate/spend christmas in your family? Let me know in the comments, I'm really curious.
Thank you for reading and have a merry little christmas. Bye!

[Review] Etude House Silk Scarf Hair Moist Pack

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Hello, dreamers! I love Etude House's products but I realised that I'd never tried any of their hair products before, so along with a few other things I picked up the Silk Scarf Hair Moist Pack which I'm going to review today. I also got their hair spry and dry shampoo, but I'm going to talk about those another time. I'm pretty excited because like I said, this is the first hair product I've ever tried from Etude House!  Let's take a closer look.

The packaging is so simple but so cute. Typical Etude style.

The highly moisturizing pack makes dry, frizzy hair moisturized.

Description
Specially formulated with oil complex and floral scent, this intensively restorative hair pack deeply nourishes, strengthens,
and rejuvenates very dry and damaged hair to minimize breakage while maximizing shine, silkiness, and manageability.

Directions
Use once or twice a week. Massage into hair and comb through evenly with fingers. Let treatment work for 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

Caution
1. For external use only.
2. Avoid contact with eyes.
3. Keep out of reach of children.
4. Discontinue use if signs of irritation and/or rash appear.

Ingredients
WATER, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, GLYCERIN, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, ADANSONIA DIGITATA FRUIT EXTRACT, CAMELLIA JAPONICA SEED OIL, MACADAMIA INTEGRIFOLIA SEED OIL, ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, DIMETHICONE, CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, BEHENTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, STEARTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, QUATERNIUM-80, PROPYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, PANTHENYL ETHYL ETHER, LAURETH-3, LAURETH-23, POLYQUATERNIUM-37, PPG-1 TRIDECETH-6, CITRIC ACID, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE(PARFUM), YELLOW 5 (CI 19140), RED 33 (CI 17200)

      

The lid opens easily and closes tightly so there's no problem with keeping it in the shower. When you first open it there's a protective plastic lid covering the product. Even the product looks pink inside the package! 

The texture is quite thick, jelly-like and a little bit clumpy. It contains 180 ml (6.09 fl. Oz.) of product which is quite a lot in my opinion.

This is the bottom where the Directions and the Ingredients are listed. 

The directions don't specify exactly how you should use it but my tip is to apply it after shampoo and before conditioner. Use and rinse your shampoo, apply the hair pack, leave it in for 3-5 min (or more), wash it out and then use your conditioner as usual. This is such an obvious and common knowledge to me now but some people actually don't know the correct order for using shampoo/treatment/conditioner. I was confused at first too!

My opinion
This is a decent hair pack that leaves my hair smelling nice and feeling super soft. My hair tends to get very oily very easily and fast, but after using this I don't think my hair becomes more or less oily than usual, even though I don't really avoid applying it to my roots. My hair is normal quality and I don't think there's a visible difference in my hair after using this which is why I haven't added any before and after pictures.

Repurchase? Probably not. Don't get me wrong- I think this is a nice product and I like it, but to be completely honest I feel like most other hair packs from regular beauty stores (or even convenience stores) will do the exact same thing as this hair pack does. It's really cheap at only $10.40 so if you have easy access to an Etude House store it's definitely worth a try, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get this (online, for example, where you usually have to pay for shipping and wait for the product to arrive in the first place) when you instead can get any other hair mask at your local beauty store.

What do you think? Have you tried any of Etude House's hair products? Let me know in the comment section!
Thank you so much for reading and bye for now~

[Review] Etude House Look At My Eyes PK004, BE103 & WH902

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Hello, lovelies! Here's a quick review/overview of Etude House's Look At My Eyes Eyeshadows in PK004, BE103 & WH902. I actually got these before I got the Melancholy Budapest Eyeshadows and made a review on them but I totally forgot to post this! Anyway, let's take a look~

 From left to right: PK004, BE103 & WH902

     
PK004 - A beautiful Burgundy with a pink undertone. This eyeshadow is very pigmented and has a satin finish. I had been looking for a eyeshadow like this for quite some time. I'm so picky when it comes to eyeshadow shades so I was so happy when I found this one since It has the exact shade and finish I was looking for. I really want to try a somewhat vampy eye makeup look and I think this will be perfect for it!

     
BE103 - A warm and glittering Gold. When applied it can be very opaque with a strong glittering (almost metallic) finish but it can also be blended out for a more sheer and fine glittering effect. The glitter is really sparkling and beautiful in real life but unfortunately my camera couldn't pick it up in the pictures in this post. However, I used this in my Afternoon Glam Eye Makeup Look so just click the link to see a more accurate representation of this eyeshadow. I already have a couple of similar glitter eyeshadows from Etude but this one is definitely my favourite since it's very pigmented and sparkling which is something I love in glitter shadows.

     
WH902 - A frosty silvery White. This eyeshadow is a bit on the sheer side. It has a fine glitter in it and even though it's sparkling the effect is quite subtle. It looks pretty as a base shadow but I think this eyeshadow looks best when applied in the inner corners of the eyes. I really want to use this for a winter/holiday makeup look!

     
Swatches from left to right: PK004, BE103 & WH902

Here are the swatches! The intensity and color of the eyeshadows looks very accurate to what they looks like in real life but like I mentioned my camera couldn't really pick up the sparkling glitter that BE103 and WH902 has. You can kind of see it at the bottom of the swatches tho. All of them are really beautiful but the one I've definitely used the most is the BE103. I use it almost every time I do my makeup since I like to add a little bit of glam to my everyday makeup.

Check out my review on the Etude House Look At My Eyes Melancholy Budapest Line and some of the other Look At My Eyes Café and Jewel Eyeshadows or Click Here to check out all of my previous Reviews and Overviews.

What do you think? Make sure to let me know in the comments!
Thank you so much for reading and bye for now, lovelies~

[Review] Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Cream / 이니스프리 더 그린티 씨드 크림

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Hello, dreamers! Today I'll be doing a review on the Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Cream. I have so many products from The Green Tea Line and I absolutely love all of them. I actually haven't used a cream in quite a while so I really needed a new one now that my skin is becoming dry during winter. If you've read my Skincare reviews before you will already know that I'm struggling with clogged pores and breakouts. I was thinking about getting the Innisfree Green the Balancing cream at first since it seemed like a good option for my combination/trouble skin, but when I told the staff at Innisfree about my problem and asked them which cream would suit me best they recommend this Green Tea Seed Cream. It's apparently good for trouble skin because it's moisturising and doesn't contain the type of oils that can usually clog pores. It's also very popular so I decided to go with this one. Let's take a closer look!

Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Cream

[Description] Enriched with fresh green tea seeds and squeezed green tea from the pure Jeju Island to deliver abundant moisture and nourishment deep into your skin. This antioxidant moisture cream is formulated with freshly squeezed jeju green tea and green tea seeds to create a clear and dewy skin from deep within.

[What it is]
1. Deep moisturizing cream infused with pesticide-free Jeju green tea and green tea seed oil that instantly provides intense hydration to replenish the skin with moisture and nutrition
Fresh green tea makes the dry skin moist, and green tea seed oil gives water-retention effects to trap hydration deep in the skin for highly-moisturizing and highly-nourishing care.

2. Freshly squeezed green tea - green tea energy that delivers deep moisture and nutrition
Freshly squeezed Jeju green tea rich in abundant minerals and amino acids makes the skin's texture watery.

3. Dual moisturizing with fresh green tea and green tea seed oil
Green tea seed oil provides deep moisture for dry skin, and forms a double moisture shield to retain intense hydration deep in the skin.

4. Green tea EGCG for a powerful antioxidant moisture effect
Highly antioxidant green tea EGCG with watery, soft cream-like texture forms a nourishing & hydrating shield for smooth, moist skin.

[How to use] Apply an appropriate amount onto thoroughly cleansed face and neck then gently smooth for better absorption.

Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Cream   Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Cream

[Ingredients] CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, PROPANEDIOL, GLYCERIN, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, CAMELLIA SINENSIS SEED OIL, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, GLYCERYL POLYMETHACRYLATE, EPIGALLOCATECHIN GALLATE, OPUNTIA COCCINELLIF.ERA FRUIT EXTRACT, CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT, CAMELLIA JAPONICA LEAF EXTRACT, ORCHID EXTRACT, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT EXTRACT, CITRUS PARADISI (GRAPEFRUIT) FRUIT EXTRACT, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) FRUIT EXTRACT, CITRUS TANGERINA (TANGERINE) EXTRACT, TOCOPHERSOLAN, POLOXAMER 338, POLOXAMER 235, ETHOXYDIGLYCOL, BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-1, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, POLYSILICONE-11, POLYGLYCERYL-3 METHYLGLUCOSE DISTEARATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, CHOLESTEROL, CARBOMER, PEG-100 STEARATE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, XANTHAN GUM, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, KAOLIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, WATER, TROMETHAMINE, DISODIUM EDTA, FRAGRANCE

Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Cream

This cream container has the original Innisfree look and it contains 50ml. I really like the minimalistic but somehow cute design of their products.

Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Cream


[My Experience] I think this is a really solid cream because it helps to keep my usually oily/combination skin moisturised during the dry winter without making it break out. I like to use this cream together with the Green Tea Serum every morning and night to keep my skin soft and moisturised throughout the day/night without making it oily. The cream has just the right consistency since it's neither too rich nor too light. It nourishes and moisturises my skin just enough, without being overwhelming. It absorbs relatively quickly and I can usually go right into my makeup routine after letting it absorb a little bit.

Green Tea Seed Cream Finger Close-Up   Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Cream

[Overall] I think this cream is excellent for pretty much all skin types because It's very balanced. It provides a decent amount of moisture and is also very refreshing and smoothing which is good for both oily and dry skin. I personally don't have sensitive or easily irritated skin, but many people who reviewed this product at Innisfree's page also said that it was great for their sensitive skin. However, I read one review by someone who has very dry and sensitive skin and tried this cream. He/she said that the cream apparently made his/her skin irritated and it seemed to be an allergic reaction. So if you do have extremely dry and/or sensitive skin like this person has, this cream might not work for you. It's simply case by case.

Thank you so much for reading. I hope this review was helpful! Bye for now~ 

Vacation in Sweden!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Hello, lovelies! As you might know I went to Sweden a couple of days ago. Everything went smoothly and I arrived last Saturday night. I'm super jet lagged and also managed to catch a cold, though... Anyway, I'll be staying here with my family until January 2nd. I'm so happy to see them again and to be able to spend christmas with them again this year. Like I said in my previous post, I will try to update my blog as much as possible but I hope you understand that I will be spending time with my family and won't update as much as before.

I hope you've had a good December so far. Are you all excited about Christmas? I sure am!
Thanks for reading and bye for now!

Happy December!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hello, dreamers. Today is December 1st and Christmas is just around the corner. I'm going to Sweden in a couple of days to visit my family and friends over Christmas and New Year's Eve. I have a lot of packing and preparations to do before I head to the Airport this Saturday morning, including work. After that I'm up for a 12 hour flight and then a 4 hour train ride. Yay! But of course, I'm super excited to see everybody again. I love it here in Seoul but I really do miss my family a lot.

I just want to mention that I might not be able to post as much as I've done before because I will obviously be spending time with my family. I will definitely keep posting at least once a week, but I probably won't be making any reviews since I won't have access to all of my cosmetics or get anything new while I'm in Sweden. Let's see what I can come up with for my posts. I hope you understand!

Thanks for reading and bye for now. Happy December!

Mediheal Secret Change Hair Bleach & Where to find Hair Bleach in Seoul

Hello, lovelies! In this post, I will make a short review on the Mediheal Secret Change Hair Bleach but I will also babble about my mission to find Hair Bleach in Seoul, which was a lot harder than I thought it would be.



If you saw my review on the G&G Crystal Light Green lenses or the pictures on my Instagram you might have noticed that my hair is now orange. I had black hair before and decided that I want to go a lighter color again. The first step to this was obviously to bleach my hair.

I actually had a really hard time finding hair bleach here in Seoul. With so many makeup and beauty stores, you would imagine that you could find anything anywhere. Most Korean cosmetic and beauty stores actually have bleach, but I later found out that most of them won't work on already dyed hair, only on virgin hair or hair that hasn't been treated too many times like mine. Back in Sweden I always used to pick up the cheap bleach from H&M's own brand, but here in Korea H&M doesn't seem to have a beauty section.

So I went to Watsons which has many nice cosmetics and other beauty products and picked up the only bleach they had there. This bleach is called Clinic Color Hair Bleach by 꽃을 든 남자. It was a really big package for around ₩10,000. I later found out that It was one of those bleaches that only contain cream agents (like many, many other bleaches in the stores here) instead of bleaching powder which made me sceptical, but I decided to try it out anyway. To my horror, the black didn't disappear at all, only my roots turned to a kind of orange shade. I was really frustrated and ventured outside yet again to search for another hair bleach.

I went to Olive Young which is very similar to Watsons. I found this bleach called Mediheal Secret Change Hair Bleach and I was super happy about it because it is one of those bleaches with the bleaching powder that I know will work on my hair.

Important Tip: If you have dyed your hair a lot in the past and/or it is very damaged, make sure to try a bleach that contains bleaching powder if you plan on going from dark hair to light hair. Like I mentioned, I tried a lot of bleaches before and the bleach with the powder seems the be the only one that works.

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The directions and information on the package itself are in both Korean and English which is great!

The packages are really small and don't contain a lot of product, but they are super cheap at only  ₩2,600. I picked up 3 of them just to be sure. They are super easy to use. You just mix the lotion and the powder in a bowl and apply the mixture to your hair with a brush. The only downside is that you have to provide the bowl and the brush yourself. I already had this at home but it might be a bummer for those who don't.

I mixed all of the 3 packages together at once and it was just enough to cover my short-ish hair, especially since I had already dyed my roots by accident. I left it in there for 30 minutes, rinsed it with lukewarm water, shampoo, and then conditioner. It didn't fry my hair (more than it already is) or turn it into a bubblegum-like texture, which can happen if you bleach/dye your hair too much. This was a big plus!

My hair was a black brown when I put in the bleach. This is the before and after.
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I was surprised how my hair turned into an even and beautiful golden color. I actually wanted to dye it another color which is why I bleached it in the first place, but I like this color so I'm going to keep it like this for a while. I'm also going to get a haircut so I can remove all the dry and split ends and let my hair recover for a while.
Thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed. Bye for now!