To all the sunscreen haters: important beauty advice I picked up from Korea

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Confession: before moving back to Korea, I rarely wore sunscreen. Maybe reached for it once in a blue moon, I’d say. I knew it was important to protect your skin, but since young age, I had a strong aversion towards sunscreen. It was thick, sticky, and had a funny smell that made me gag. Don’t even get me started on how much it hurt when it got in the eyes!!! Another big reason I didn’t wear sunscreen was because I used to associate sunscreen with being pale or maintaining paleness. And I was not about that. I wanted to be a tanned, bronzed goddess and didn’t want any barrier to get in the way of achieving that. (never did, FYI) Continue reading


My Skin But Better: Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control

My Skin But Better: Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control

The world is currently in love with the natural and effortless makeup look, and I am no exception to the partiality. The foundation I use these days to achieve that look is Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control. Laneige carries several versions of the BB cushions (pore control, anti-aging, or whitening), all of which are highly acclaimed for their gorgeous wearability. I wear the “pore control” line just because I have combination/oily skin. Continue reading

Beauty standards in Korea

Beauty Standards in Korea

Quick story time:Β Last year, I was on the subway to head to the city center. The subway route I was on travelled through the busiest parts of Seoul, therefore, naturally had advertisements targeted towards the vulnerable yet active consumers. I was doing what any commuterΒ would do when they run out of things to do while waiting to get to their destination: actually reading the ads. Most were hit-or-miss type of ads in my book. However, one sure left a deep impression in my head. Not in a good way, either. Continue reading

Travel essentials: Shanghai version


I personally love plane rides. Despite the fact that I’ve been on countless flights growing up, I still find myself getting giddy and excited like a little kid whenever I board. There are certain items that I bring with me all the time, and they sure contribute to that experience. Since I’ll be flying to Shanghai in a few days, I thought I might as well share them with everyone. Go ahead and scroll down to find out! Continue reading

Psssst! Why you need dry shampoo in your life


If you are even a little bit interested in the beauty world, you probably have heard of the product “dry shampoo.” It is one of those products that I was skeptical of at first, but after using it for months, has become one of my holy grail beauty items. Why? Because not only is it super easy to use, it helps me get through the week with only washing my hair 2-3 times. Continue reading

When life gives you lemons… Don’t just make lemonade!

Ever since I moved to Korea, there was a part of me that suffered (and still suffering) the hardest. It was my skin. The sudden change in environment just made my skin flare up like a wildfire and I started breaking out like I’ve never had before. This was a true state of (beauty) emergency. I frantically searched online for remedies, and discovered a particular recurring theme – lemons!

Not only are the zesty citruses high in vitamin C, it is also super versatile and can be used for other purposes. (Did you know that you can even use lemons as household cleaners?) Here are just a few examples that I have actually tried and loved:

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