DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

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Reviewing Cult Favorite - DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

 

~ Cult Favorite Among Skin Care Lovers ~

Below is a review of DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. I've converted to cleansing oil ever since facial wipes started burning my under-eye areas and I haven't looked back ever since! And this cult favorite is by far my favorite!

🔎 Enriched with antioxidant & vitamins, this cult favorite removes all traces of dirt & makeup (even waterproof ones).


❓ How It Works // As step 1 of double-cleansing, with dry hands, spread oil on dry skin & start massaging gently. Add a little bit of water & oil turns into a milky form. Continue to massage to remove makeup & sunscreen. Wash off with lukewarm water.

✔️ Suitable For // Any skin type.
✔️ No Post-Cleansing Dryness // This doesn’t cause dryness or skin-pulling. My skin feels just slightly moistened after washing it off.
✔️ Skin Benefits// This oil is enriched with antioxidant (olive oil) & vitamins, meaning your skin is being pampered as you’re washing your face.
✔️ Comparing To // I also love Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil, but DHC is more affordable. I use my Tatcha every now & then as a splurge.

💡 Packing Tips for Travels// I use the small size as my travel version. Also, don’t laugh, I wrap this bottle with plastic wrap & then place it in a ziplock by itself…because it leaked once & that wasn’t pretty!
💡 Shop for Deals // I bought the jumbo size (200ml). Normally it’s $28usd, but I got mine for $15.90 on a Hong Kong beauty site!

💰 Buy/No Buy // ✅ Buy!

Dior Forever & Ever Wear Extreme Perfection & Hold Makeup Base

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Reviewing the Dior Forever & Ever Wear Extreme Perfection & Hold Makeup Base.

~ It's Beauty Sample Monday! ~

Below is a review of this lovely makeup/face primer from Dior that I've upgraded from my Sephora sample.

🔎 Aim at setting up a smooth base for better makeup application.

How It Works // Use as a makeup primer or a face primer on no-mu days.

✔️ Suitable For // I want to say “universal”, but think it’s better for oilier skin as it has a mattifying effect. I notice my face is not as oily when using this vs other primers.
✔️ Foundation-Free // I apply this to face, cover spots with concealer, + blush, fill in eyebrows & dust face w/translucent powder. No need for foundation & skin still looks polished!
✔️ Velvety Soft // I have issue with pores & once applied, it smooths pores out, so it’s possible to wear this alone. With makeup, this helps set a smooth base for foundation application.
✔️ Comes with Sun Protection // SFP 20 & PA++ (Titanium Dioxide+Octinoxate). You guys know how much I ❤️ this benefit!
✔️ A Little Goes A Long Way // Only need a nickel size. At $45 USD per bottle, this is a huge help!

Not Suitable For // I can’t think of anything to call out except what I mentioned above.
Some Unhappy Users // While there’s a consensus that this helps keep makeup in place, some argue that they haven’t seen any pore-minimizing or blemish-reducing benefits. I am able to benefit from both of these, but every skin is different. Hence, my next point...

💡 Ask For A Sample // As you can see, I got a sample pack from Sephora before upgrading to full size. I’m sure the Dior beauty counter has it, too.

💰 Buy/No Buy // ✅ Buy!!

P.S. Join my friends on Instagram @blanckittyyy & @pictures.at.an.exhibition on their #samplestashbegone challenge! Major motivation to use up those samples!

Skincare On The Go // A Guide to Organizing & Packing Your Skincare for Travel

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A guide to organizing and packing your skincare for travel.
Carry-On Only! My first carry-on-only experience...... Took place when we traveled to Phuket, Thailand, for a friend's wedding and planned a few other stops along the way. Since we're only staying at each of these stops for 1-2 days, we decided to play it safe and do carry-on only. Who wants to stress over lost luggage when you only have 48 hours to enjoy a new city?! At the same time, I wanted to save some rooms for souvenirs. I scratched my head as it sounded like a daunting task to squeeze all my beauty needs into a tiny suitcase AND leave rooms for shopping, but turns out, it's not as bad as I have thought and with the help of the right tools, you can do it, too! 
 
Packing Light with MUJI - Take 1 As much as I love admiring a perfect lineup of my skincare, downsizing is key when it comes to packing light.  These MUJI containers are great to help you maximize your storage space while allowing you to have a full skincare ritual on the go!
Packing Light with MUJI - Take 1 SIZES // So many to choose from to accommodate different product types. For items like essence, you don't need to bring a lot as you only use a little bit, but with haircare or face cream, you may want to bring a larger bottle or jar.  DISPENSERS // Choose the right dispensing method for certain items such as toner (spray) and essence (pump). CONTAINER TYPES // Again, many for you to choose from. You can use the jars for heavier cream or moisturizer that can't really be dispensed through a pump.  TOOLS // Tools like this funnel (left photo) help you transfer product safely to the travel containers. REMINDER // Products that are sensitive to light can't be exposed to any light source as some ingredients will lose their effectiveness. You should use a non-clear container or do what I do here the old-fashioned way - Colored tape! General rule-of-thumb: If the full-size is in a non-clear container, then your travel size should follow suit. And sunscreen must be in a non-clear container!

 

// Tips on Organizing Your Many Look-Alike Bottles //

  • Place a piece of scotch/clear tape on each bottle and write the product name or product type on the tape.
  • Using scotch/clear tape as bottle labels makes it super easy to remove when your trip is done.  Trust me, removing those white sticky label was painful!

 

Packing Light with MUJI - Take 2 Don't underestimate the storage power of this little bag! Wait til you see how it opens up on both sides and how much you can squeeze in all the compartments. 
Packing Light with MUJI - Take 2
Packing Light with MUJI - Take 2 COMPACT ON THE OUTSIDE, SPACIOUS ON THE INSIDE I'm able to fit all the bottles on previous section (which is what I need to complete my travel skincare ritual) on one side as shown. On the other side, I can fit makeup - tools, tubes (concealer, mascara, etc), blush/highlighter compact and other essentials. NEED MORE ROOM? NO WORRY! I'm a minimalist with makeup, so this may not seem to be enough space for more, but I can still squeeze more things in there once I've filled up all the compartments. If you need more room for your makeup stash though, you can essentially use another one and it still won't take up too much space in your luggage. I travelled to Asia (with multiple stops) with just one MUJI bag and I was able to fit 95% of my needs with the remaining 5% stuffed in nooks and crannies in my luggage... The goal is to save room for shopping! 

 

// Tips on Downsizing Your Skincare //

  • I normally rotate among 2-3 different items for each step and I'm sure many of you do the same. Unless you're traveling for more than a month, my advice is to choose your most favorite one from the rotation and bring just 1 item per step. Every little bottle starts to add up in weight and space and it's best to save yourself the headache of dragging heavy suitcases around.
  • If you feel like you're really missing out on certain pampering by not bringing all your normal options, opt for treatment items (discussed below) that tend to be smaller in size (think sheetmasks or sample-size/pod-size items).

 

Self-Pampering Skin Care Travel Essentials I don't skim on my skincare ritual even when I travel and have to pack light! Travel adds stress to your body and your skin, so it's even more important to keep up with not just your normal steps, but also these pampering treatments. 
My Traveling Must-Have's Pampering Treatments Include The Following Categories..... FACE-Brightening // All those selfies that you're planning to take? You want to look glowy, right? Bring a brightening mask. My Pick: Dr. Jart+ Brightening Solution Sheetmask. EYES-Nourishing // Whether you have dark circles or not, lack of sleep while traveling is so unforgiving on our eyes. Recuperate with an eye mask.  My Pick: Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist 24 Pure Retinol. FEET // Mainly for summer travels where you'd be showing off your fave sandals - Keeping those heels nice and moisturized with a foot mask.  My Pick: Daiso Foot Mask. FACE-Hydrating // We're all aware of the drying circulated air in-flight. Keeping your skin hydrated while traveling requires some extra help. Bring sheetmasks for nightly upkeep & a leave-on mask for in-flight hydration.   My Pick:  My Beauty Diary Damask Rose Sheetmask + GlamGlow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment. EYES-Refreshing // I tend to not sleep well on hotel beds and wake up looking like a zombie. Along with eye masks, bring a quick eye refresher in case you're just too tired to mask the night before (this one takes only 3 min!).  My Pick:  GlamGlow BrightMud Eye Treatment. Tip: Use one side of a pack for both eyes!
Body Care Travel Essentials How many of you have slathered yourself with the hotel body lotion only to notice that your skin is still dry? I'm not super picky with body care, but there are a few things I bring along for my own comfort. 
My Traveling Must-Have's Body Care Includes The Following Categories..... BODY-Moisturizing // I lotion up every night at home, so no surprise that I do the same when traveling. Tips: I use facial moisturizer samples that are too rich for my face and use as body lotion. They help you save space! My Pick:  Any samples! Currently using First Aid Beauty (these are ultra rich & thick!). BODY-Freshening // I have collected a huge box of perfume samples and traveling is the perfect time to try them out! Also, these saved me many times from very unpleasant smell in the cabin.  My Pick: Any perfume samples! Currently using Diptyque's. BODY-Cleansing // Whenever I have travel-size bodywash, I bring them along. It's at a lower priority, so only if space allows for it.    My Pick:  Cowshed Mini Bath & Shower Gel (I got a gift set of 7 mini's). HANDS-Moisturizing // How many times did you wash your hands at the airport/airplane bathroom and the soap just dries up your hands so much?! I trust only my own hand cream to save the day, no exception. My Pick:  Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream (Travel Size).
Travel In-Flight Skin Care Essentials For the long-haul flights (such as the ones to/from Asia), I remove all makeup and do a full skincare ritual in-flight. I also spray my face with this Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist (right) regularly to keep my skin hydrated and apply this cooling Boscia Eye Balm (left) to depuff my panda eyes.
Travel Skincare/Beauty Essentials Shopping Guide

PACKING LIGHT WITH MUJI

// MUJI Travel Essentials //

// Similar Ones Found on Amazon //

 

SELF-PAMPERING ESSENTIALS

 

BODY CARE ESSENTIALS

 

IN-FLIGHT ESSENTIALS

 

Skin Care/Beauty Giveaway To help you pack light on your next travel adventure, I'm giving away two (2) travel essentials prizes to two (2) lucky winners. One prize for each winner Be sure to read all details below relating to the giveaway! Prize 1 Cowshed Mini Travel Set - 2x Mini Bath & Shower Gels - 1x Natural Lip Balm - 1x Moisturizing Hand Cream Prize 2 Luxe Pampering Set - 1x Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream - 1 Pair of Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist 24 Eye Mask - 1x Shiseido White Lucent Power Brightening Mask

TO ENTER & QUALIFY

  1. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. 
  2. Very Important!  Be sure to follow instructions in the Rafflecopter widget to complete the 4 requirements.
  3. Also very Important!  Entering your Instagram handle in the Rafflecopter widget does not count.  You must follow and repost within the Instagram app.
  4. Participants must be 18+ years of age.
  5. Giveaway, fake, or business accounts will not be considered.

 

DEADLINE + WINNER NOTIFICATION

  1. All entries must be submitted by 11:59PM EST (Eastern Standard Time) on August 16, 2016.
  2. One winner will be chosen at random and to be announced on August 18, 2016.
  3. The winner's name will be listed in this blog post & on Instagram post.  Winner will also be contacted via IG.  Be sure to keep your IG account in “public” mode to receive notification.
  4. The winner will receive prize pack as stated above.

 

DISCLAIMERS

  1. Please use caution when trying a beauty product for the first time.  Spot-test your skin first to test for any reaction.
  2. Winner is responsible for any applicable taxes and custom/import fees.
  3. This is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Instagram.
  4. By entering this giveaway, participants confirm that they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram and giveaway host of responsibility and agree to Instagram’s term of use.

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Share The Love // 500 Instagram Followers Giveaway

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Share The Love // 500 Instagram Followers Giveaway

 

I can't tell you how much it means to me to be able to connect with all of you and to share our love of beauty! Thank you from the bottom of my heart...

And if you've been following my blog and Instagram feeds, you know I’m a huge fan of Tatcha!  So it’s only fitting that I share my excitement of getting to 500 followers with you with this Tatcha Ritual Discovery Kit.

This kit is a great way for you to try this lovely and luxurious Japanese-inpsired beauty brand and it includes one of my faves - the Camellia Cleansing Oil!

Without further ado, here are the details for this celebration giveaway!

 

GIVEAWAY PRIZE

Hula With Me Blog 500 Instagram Followers Celebration Giveaway with a Tatcha Ritual Discovery Kit.

One (1) Tatcha Ritual Discovery Kit that includes the following items:

  1. PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil Travel Size (25ml).
  2. POLISHED Classic Rice Enzyme Powder Travel Size (10g).
  3. RADIANT Deep Brightening Serum Travel Size (10ml).
  4. SUPPLE Moisture Rich Silk Cream Travel Size (10ml).

*Photo credit: www.tatcha.com. Note: While products remain the same as pictured, the outer packaging may differ for actual prize pack.

 

TO ENTER & QUALIFY

  1. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. 
  2. Very Important!  Be sure to follow instructions in the Rafflecopter widget to complete the 4 requirements.
  3. Also very Important!  Entering Instagram handles or emails in the Rafflecopter widget does not count. Please follow specific instructions listed in widget.
  4. Participants must be 18+ years of age.
  5. Giveaway, fake, business Instagram accounts and fake email addresses will not be considered.

 

DEADLINE + WINNER NOTIFICATION

  1. All entries must be submitted by 11:59PM EST (Eastern Standard Time) on August 15, 2016.
  2. One winner will be chosen at random and to be announced on August 17, 2016.
  3. The winner's name will be listed in this blog post & on Instagram post.  Winner will also be contacted via IG.  Be sure to keep your IG account in “public” mode to receive notification.
  4. The winner will receive prize pack as stated above.

 

DISCLAIMERS

  1. Please use caution when trying a beauty product for the first time.  Spot-test your skin first to test for any reaction.
  2. Winner is responsible for any applicable taxes and custom/import fees.
  3. This is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Instagram.
  4. By entering this giveaway, participants confirm that they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram and giveaway host of responsibility and agree to Instagram’s term of use.

Good luck!


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