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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! 
 
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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

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  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.
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Share The Love // Sephora Soko To Tokyo 5-Piece Set Giveaway

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Giveaway with Sephora Soko To Toyko 5-Piece Set.

I think this Soko To Tokyo Set needs no introduction as its hard-to-get status has us all lusting after it!  I was able to get my hands on these in between the out-of-stock situation.  I requested an extra set knowing this is hard to get & may not be available globally, so I want to at least give one lucky person a chance to own a set of his/her own!

 

GIVEAWAY PRIZE

One (1) Sephora Soko To Tokyo 5-Piece Set Including 1 Each of the Following:

Giveaway with Sephora Soko To Toyko 5-Piece Set
  1. Too Cool for School Egg Mousse Pack Facial Mask (1.69 Fl Oz).
  2. Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 25 (0.66 Fl Oz).
  3. Caolion Premium Hot & Cool Pore Pack Duo (2 x Cool Packs & 1 x Hot Pack. 0.2 Oz Each). See picture on the right for interior content.
  4. Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask (1 Mask).
  5. When Snow Magic Brighten Sheet Mask (1 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 July 28, 2016.
  2. One winner will be chosen at random and to be announced on July 30, 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!

24 Hours in New York City // Korea Town Beauty Shopping & Yummy Dessert Tasting

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Sharing my 24-Hours Adventure in NYC // Beauty shopping in Korea Town. Shown here: Nature Republic Store on W 32nd Street.

My brother flew in from Asia and one of his short stops was New York City, so I flew down there to meet up with him.  We had some great meals and museum visits, but of course, when it came to beauty shopping in Korea Town, he opted out.  No worries, my trusted roommate from college @concon95 (who lives in NYC) was more than happy to go with me since she's just starting to dabble into the exciting world of Asian Beauty!

Given my 24-hours time limit in the city, I could only afford to be in K-Town for 1.5 hours.  It's not an issue as it was a Sunday and all the shops were pretty quiet.  I drew up this so-not-to-scale map of the key part of K-Town we ventured to - On West 32nd St, between Broadway and 5th Ave.  In this short block, you can hit all the major K-Beauty brands and taste some super yummy Korean food and desserts.

~ FUeling up before our express shopping spree ~

I've been to a few really great dessert places in NYC, but I've never ventured into K-Town before.  I did some homework prior to arrival and found Grace Street as one of the new faces in the K-Town dessert scene.  It has some rave reviews and it sure did not disappoint! 

P.S. I included 2 honorary mentions on the map for food - BCD Tofu House (which I frequently visit in California and love their tofu stews) and H-Mart (which is a Korean supermarket...I don't think I need to tell you why it's a must-see!)

Sharing my 24-Hours Adventure in NYC // Fueling up for the shopping spree at Grace Street Coffee & Dessert.  Highlight // Korean Dessert and Perfect Hangout Spot  Highly Recommended // Hodduk (Korean donuts), Shaved Snow, Savory Waffle Sandwich
Sharing my 24-Hours Adventure in NYC // Fueling up for the K-Beauty shopping spree at Grace Street Coffee & Dessert.  The food here is the star, but Grace Street is also a great place to hang out or use as your remote ffice!  The staff doesn't rush you and there are plenty of space/seating for everyone. I also love all the long communal tables, giving it a very friendly, easy-going vibe. Perfect place to fuel up before your k-beauty shopping!
Sharing my 24-Hours Adventure in NYC // Fueling up for the K-Beauty shopping spree at Grace Street Coffee & Dessert.  Shaved Snow:  You can order Grace Street's signatures or you can make your own.  I opted for my own creation - Milk snow, sweet red bean, mochi and misutgaru (grain powder). Sweetness overload!  Hodduk:  These donuts are made-toorder, looking mighty golden when served.  Topped with a heavy load of powder sugar and complimented with matcha ice cream, this is a match-made in food heaven.  Savory Waffle Sandwich:  There are many choices and Miss S opted for this combo of fried eggs + avocado + sesame topping on a freshly made waffle.  Oh, and she loaded up on the "Street Sauce", a secret recipe ofG/S. Need I say more?   *  Not Shown:      Also try their specially  -blended milk tea. I picked the Jasmine version and it was so yummy.       

~ ready for some k-beauty shopping?? ~

With that yummy meal in our stomach, @concon95 and I said goodbye to Miss S and began our express shopping spree.  

Sharing my 24-Hours Adventure in NYC // Shopping for Korean beauty products in Korea Town.  Having to do an express shopping spree in less than 1.5 hours, I was only able to hit 3 stores.....But I've vowed to return!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks @concon95 for express-shopping with me!   

 

// The face shop //

Sharing my 24-Hours Adventure in NYC // Shopping for Korean beauty products in Korea Town    HIGHLIGHT //     Y  o  u     c  a  n     l  o  a  d     u  p     o  n     t  h  o  s  e     c  u  t  e     c  h  a  r  a  c  t  e  r     m  a  s  k  s     h  e  r  e  !        A  n  d     d  o  n  '  t     f  o  r  g  e  t     t  h  e     s  u  p  e  r     c  u  t  e     K  a  K  a  o     F  r  i  e  n  d  s     C  o  l  l  e  c  t  i  o  n  .        I     a  m     a  l  s  o     i  n     a  w  e     o  f     t  h  e     d  e  c  o  r     a  n  d     h  o  w     t  h  e     s  t  a  f  f     k  e  e  p  s     t  h  i  s     p  l  a  c  e     i  n     s  u  c  h     i  m  m  a  c  u  l  a  t  e     c  o  n  d  i  t  i  o  n  .          SELECTIONS //     I  t  '  s     n  o     c  o  m  p  a  r  i  s  o  n     t  o     t  h  e     M  o  t  h  e  r     L  a  n  d     s  t  o  r  e     i  n     S  e  o  u  l  ,     b  u  t     I     t  h  i  n  k     t  h  e  y     c  a  r  r  y     a     p  r  e  t  t  y     g  o  o  d     v  a  r  i  e  t  y     o  f     t  h  e  i  r     k  e  y     c  o  l  l  e  c  t  i  o  n  s  .        T  h  e  r  e     a  r  e     s  o  m  e     o  u  t  -  o  f  -  s  t  o  c  k     i  n     t  h  e     n  e  w     a  r  r  i  v  a  l     s  u  c  h     a  s     K  a  K  a  o     c  o  s  m  e  t  i  c  s  .        W  e     m  a  d  e     r  e  l  a  t  i  v  e  l  y     s  m  a  l  l     p  u  r  c  h  a  s  e  s  ,     b  u  t     w  e     w  e  r  e     o  f  f  e  r  e  d     s  a  m  p  l  e  s     (  a     m  a  s  k     +     t  r  a  v  e  l     s  i  z  e     d  u  o  )  .    PRICING //     I  t  '  s     r  e  a  s  o  n  a  b  l  y     p  r  i  c  e  d     a  n  d     c  o  m  p  a  r  a  b  l  e     t  o     t  h  e     m  a  r  k  e  t  p  l  a  c  e  .        T  h  e  r  e     a  r  e     o  n  l  i  n  e     s  t  o  r  e  s     t  h  a  t     h  a  v  e     l  o  w  e  r     p  r  i  c  e  s  ,     b  u  t     w  h  e  n     y  o  u     a  d  d     i  n     s  h  i  p  p  i  n  g     c  h  a  r  g  e  s  ,     i  t     m  a  y     e  n  d     u  p     b  e  i  n  g     t  h  e     s  a  m  e  .        P  l  u  s  ,     y  o  u     c  a  n  '  t     b  e  a  t     t  h  e     a  c  t  u  a  l     e  x  p  e  r  i  e  n  c  e  !    STAFF //     A     f  u  l  l     s  t  a  f  f     w  h  o     i  s     e  a  s  y  -  g  o  i  n  g     a  n  d     k  n  o  w  l  e  d  g  a  b  l  e  .        N  o     o  n  e     f  o  l  l  o  w  s     u  s     a  r  o  u  n  d     a  s     s  u  g  g  e  s  t  e  d     b  y     s  o  m  e     r  e  v  i  e  w  e  r  s     (  m  a  y  b  e     t  h  e  y     t  o  o  k     n  o  t  e  s     a  n  d     c  h  a  n  g  e  d     t  h  e  i  r     p  o  l  i  c  y  )  ,     b  u  t when     w  e     h  a  v  e     q  u  e  s  t  i  o  n  s  ,     t  h  e  y  '  r  e     q  u  i  c  k     t  o     h  e  l  p  .
Sharing my 24-Hours Adventure in NYC // Shopping for Korean beauty products in Korea Town    WHAT WE BOUGHT //       My Stash...   New Real Nature Peony & Lily for Brightening and Revitalizing.    KaKao Friends Character Masks for Brightening, Soothing and Revitalizing.    Real Nature Blueberry & Lemon for Firming and Brightening (Lemon was a free sample).    KaKao Friends Natural SunEco Baby Sunscreen Cushion and Melting Color Lip Creamer.    Oil Blotting Paper.    @concon95's Stash (Exclude duplicates)...   Cleansing Puff.    New Real Nature Green Tea & White Tea for Purifying and Illuminating.    Jeju Volcanic Lava Nose Strips.    *We both received free samples of  "The Therapy"  Travel Size    Duo & Real Nature Lemon Masks.

 

// nature republic //

Sharing my 24-Hours Adventure in NYC // Shopping for Korean beauty products in Korea Town    HIGHLIGHT //     I     l  o  v  e     N  R     p  r  o  d  u  c  t  s  ,     b  u  t     e  v  e  r  y     t  i  m  e     I     w  a  l  k     i  n  t  o     o  n  e     o  f     t  h  e  i  r     s  t  o  r  e  s  ,     I     a  m     m  o  r  e     d  r  a  w  n     t  o     t  h  e  i  r     s  t  o  r  e     d  e  s  i  g  n  s  .     -     T  h  e     d  r  a  m  a  t  i  c     h  i  g  h     c  e  i  l  i  n  g  ,     l  i  n  e  s     o  f     b  r  i  g  h  t  l  y  -  l  i  t     s  h  e  l  v  e  s  ,     p  e  r  f  e  c  t  l  y     s  t  o  c  k  e  d     m  e  r  c  h  a  n  d  i  s  e  .  .  .  a  n  d     t  h  e     c  e  n  t  r  a  l     t  e  s  t  i  n  g     s  t  a  t  i  o  n     t  h  a  t     r  e  a  l  l  y     e  n  c  o  u  r  a  g  e  s     c  u  s  t  o  m  e  r  s     t  o     t  r  y     t  h  e  i  r     p  r  o  d  u  c  t  s  .          SELECTIONS //     I  t  '  s     c  l  o  s  e     t  o     f  u  l  l  -  h  o  u  s  e     g  i  v  e  n     t  h  e     s  i  z  e     o  f     t  h  i  s     s  t  o  r  e  .        I     a  m     p  a  r  t  i  c  u  l  a  r  l  y     e  x  c  i  t  e  d     a  b  o  u  t     t  h  e     c  o  s  m  e  t  i  c  s     s  e  c  t  i  o  n     b  e  c  a  u  s  e     I     b  o  u  g  h  t     a     N  R     l  i  p  s  t  i  c  k     i  n     S  e  o  u  l     a  n  d     h  a  v  e     b  e  e  n     l  o  o  k  i  n  g     t  o     b  u  y     m  o  r  e     o  f     t  h  e  i  r     c  o  s  m  e  t  i  c  s  ,     b  u  t     w  a  n  t     t  o     b  e     a  b  l  e     t  o     t  r  y  /  t  e  s  t     f  i  r  s  t  .        N  o     s  a  m  p  l  e  s     w  e  r  e     o  f  f  e  r  e  d     t  o     u  s  .          PRICING //     I     s  e  e     a     r  a  n  g  e     o  f     p  r  i  c  e     d  i  f  f  e  r  e  n  c  e  s     v  s     e  -  t  a  l  i  e  r  s  .        S  o  m  e     i  t  e  m  s     a  r  e     c  h  e  a  p  e  r     h  e  r  e     a  n  d     s  o  m  e     a  r  e     m  u  c  h     c  h  e  a  p  e  r     e  l  s  e  w  h  e  r  e  ,     b  u  t     I  '  d     s  h  o  p     i  n  -  s  t  o  r  e     f  o  r     t  h  e     c  o  s  m  e  t  i  c  s     s  i  n  c  e     I     c  a  n     t  e  s  t     t  h  e     c  o  l  o  r  s  .    STAFF //     T  h  i  s     i  s     n  o  t     n  e  c  e  s  s  a  r  i  l  y     a     n  e  g  a  t  i  v  e     t  h  i  n  g  ,     b  u  t     c  o  m  p  a  r  i  n  g     t  o     t  h  e     o  t  h  e  r     2     s  t  o  r  e  s  ,     t  h  e     s  t  a  f  f     h  e  r  e     s  e  e  m  s     m  o  r  e     s  u  b  d  u  e  d     -     T  h  e  y     a  r  e     n  o  t     r  u  d  e     j  u  s  t     n  o  t     v  e  r  y     l  i  v  e  l  y  .        I     f  e  e  l     t  h  a  t     t  h  e  y     f  o  c  u  s     m  o  r  e     o  n     k  e  e  p  i  n  g     a     w  a  t  c  h  f  u  l     e  y  e  s     o  n     p  o  t  e  n  t  i  a  l     t  h  e  f  t     t  h  a  n     o  n     t  r  y  i  n  g     t  o     h  e  l  p     c  u  s  t  o  m  e  r  s  .
Sharing my 24-Hours Adventure in NYC // Shopping for Korean beauty products in Korea Town    WHAT WE BOUGHT //       My Stash...   R  e  a  l     F  r  e  s  h     O  l  i  v  e     &     B  l  u  e  b  e  r  r  y     f  o  r     H  y  d  r  a  t  i  n  g     a  n  d     R  e  v  i  t  a  l  i  z  i  n  g  .    A  q  u  a     C  o  l  l  a  g  e  n     S  o  l  u  t  i  o  n     M  a  r  i  n  e     H  y  d  r  o  g  e  l     E  y  e     P  a  t  c  h  .    M  u  l  t  i     P  a  t  c  h     A  l  o  e     (  c  a  n     b  e     u  s  e  d     a  n  y  w  h  e  r  e  )  .    G  l  o  s  s  y     L  i  p  s  t  i  c  k  .    @concon95's Stash (Exclude duplicates)...   B  l  a  c  k  h  e  a  d     C  l  e  a  r     N  o  s  e     P  a  c  k  .    A  l  o  e     V  e  r  a     9  0  %     B  o  d  y     C  r  e  a  m  .

 

// The Mask Bar//

Sharing my 24-Hours Adventure in NYC // Shopping for Korean beauty products in Korea Town   HIGHLIGHT //  If you're looking for a 1-stop-shop for sheetmasks, this is the place to go (especially if you're under a huge time crunch!).  It's also great to be able to see some of the masks in real life before purchasing.    SELECTIONS //  Although it's a very small shop, they pack in quite a large selections, from the long-time favorites to the latest and greatest.  Not sure if it's because we didn't buy enough, but there was no samples offered to me or @concon95.   PRICING //  I'd say it's comparable to the marketplace.  An example - The "I'm Sorry For My Skin" mask is $5.00 each, which is about what you'd see out there.  The plus is that you don't have to pay for shipping.    STAFF //  Love the two women who was working there during our visit.  They were friendly and helpful, but not pushy.     
Sharing my 24-Hours Adventure in NYC // Shopping for Korean beauty products in Korea Town    WHAT WE BOUGHT //       My Stash...   I  '  m     S  o  r  r  y     F  o  r     M  y     S  k  i  n     f  o  r     P  o  r  e     C  a  r  e  ,     B  r  i  g  h  t  e  n  i  n  g  ,     R  e  v  i  t  a  l  i  z  i  n  g  .    H  o  l  i  k  a     H  o  l  i  k  a     J  u  i  c  y     M  a  s  k     S  h  e  e  t     B  l  u  e  b  e  r  r  i  e  s     f  o  r     B  r  i  g  h  t  e  n  i  n  g  .    @concon95's Stash...   P  i  g     N  o  s  e     1  -  2  -  3     N  o  s  e     P  o  r  e     C  l  e  a  r  i  n  g     S  y  s  t  e  m  .    S  a  l  l  y  '  s     B  o  x     F  r  i  e  n  d  l  y     A  r  g  a  n     H  a  i  r     M  a  s  k  .

~ must shop more! ~

I can't believe I live so close to New York City and I don't go down there more often!  But now that I know all the "treasures" I can find there, plus having found my new Asian Beauty shopping buddy, I'll be making more visits to the fabulous Big Apple.  I do want to venture into Chinatown on my next trips to explore other Asian Beauty brands that are not available in K-Town.  Any suggestions on other Asian Beauty brands I should explore?  Leave me a comment below!

~ and i want to share this with you... ~

Needless-to-say, @concon95 and I have collected quite a few pieces of new masks to try (and nose strips for her)!  It's been so much fun reading all of your mask reviews on Instagram and I love it when you ladies share some honest insights to help me figure out if a mask is "worthy" to be added to the stash.  With that inspiration in mind, I am launching a new series where me and a few guest writers will share our utmost honest reviews on sheet masks we love and, sometimes, meh, not love.  I hope you'll join us on this new adventure on Hula With Me!

Thanks for stopping by!

If you're curious about the other legs of my NYC adventure, click links below for previous posts:

The Food Edition @ Caracas Arepa Bar + Spot Dessert

All About MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)


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Skin Health Series 1.2 // Taking Skin Health Beyond Rituals & Products

// Part Two //

Taking Skin Care Beyond Rituals and Products - Improving Your Skin Health Through Food

 

Continuing our skin health journey in this part two of the Skin Health Series.  If you've missed part one, where I've discussed in length the "what" and the "why" behind a multi-steps skin care ritual, I'd recommend reading that first (check it out here).  It'll help you connect to today's story much better!

 

Skin Health Eating Habits: A change in mindset about your skin from just skin care to skin health will make a huge difference.

I also used to focus only on the skin care and the associated products.  Nothing wrong with that at all as they are integral parts of our overall skin health.  At the same time, I've learned that what we eat and how we live also play a key role.

Skin Health Eating Habits:  "Healthy eating" doesn't have to mean going on a diet. 

Oh gosh, I love to eat and my favorite foods may not be considered super "healthy".  But similar to skin care, we don't have to follow the trend because the key is to create balance - Eating my beloved Asian desserts every night wouldn't be the best choice for me, so I balance it with fruits on most nights.  Remember, key word here is "balance"!

Skin Health Eating Habits:  Become friends with your fruits and veggies and know how they are helping you maintain skin health.

A friend recently asked me if she should do a detox.  My own experience didn't turn out that great...I almost fainted at work!  I've since opted for adding more fruits and veggies to my eating habits as not to shock my body like that again.  The key here is the same as in skin care - Listen to your body!  For me, my body didn't like detox, so I look for a different way to cleanse my body.  I'll share some my of favorite foods along with their skin health benefits and super easy recipes that you can make! 

Skin Health Eating Habits:  I want to be completely transparent about one thing...

I'm sharing my personal skin health journey with you and, same with skin care products, foods or habits that my body takes in well may or may not work for you.  Always listen to your body and cater to your own needs.  Also, always consult with your family doctor or nutritionist on any dietary needs or if you have any pre-existing health conditions. 

Skin Health Eating Habits:  I hope you'll walk away with 3 key points from reading Part 2 of the Skin Health Series.

1. You start to think of your skin in terms of overall skin health that incorporates rituals, products and eating habits.

2. Always listen to your skin and your body. 

3. Skin health is a journey and there's no shortcut to it, but the rewards that you get along the way are simply priceless.

 

Ready to take your skin health one step further?

Let's go!!!

skin health super hero nutrients

As I was thinking about how I should write this post, I realize there are soooooo many nutrients and foods that have great skin health benefits and I can probably write a 100-pages blog post about them all!  But of course, who has the time to read that and I definitely want to give you something that you can easily absorb and, more importantly, take action on!  So I've narrowed down to these 3 "super hero" nutrients based on the foods I eat regularly and on the promise that the recipes are super easy to make.

~ 1. Antioxidant ~

Skin Health Super Hero Nutrient: Antioxidant  Why Do We Need It?  1. I know we're all familiar with topical antioxidant from our favorite skin care products, and there's even greater benefits by absorbing it from its most active form, which is the kind you'd get from food.  2. Our cells are under constant threat from "free radicals", the unstable molecules that damage cells. Unfortunately, it's hard to escape from them because they are natural byproducts of our body turning food into energy or they are in some foods we eat or in our environment.  3. This is where A/O comes in to help us fight against these free radicals!
Skin Health Super Hero Nutrient: Antioxidant  What Are Considered A/O?  1. There are 3 major A/O - Vitamin A, C and E.   2. Within each one, there are many different foods/veggies/fruits you can choose from.    3. What I'll show later on are some of my favorites along with super easy recipes you can use to get yourself some helpings to these free-radical-fighters.   4. For Vitamin E, it's known to be more difficult to get from foods, so you can consider taking a supplement instead. 

 

~ 2. omega-3 fatty acids ~

Skin Health Super Hero Nutrient: Omega-3 Fatty Acids  Why Do We Need It?  1. Omega-3 is more well known for promoting heart health, but the lesser known benefit has to do with skin health, too!  2. They help maintain the health of cell membrane, which is essentially the barrier to block harmful things from entering our cells.   3. They also impact the cells' abilities to hold water, which we all know is key to having soft, supple skin.   4. In other studies, Omega-3 is also known to reduce production of inflammatory compounds that affect how healthy our skin looks.
Skin Health Super Hero Nutrient: Omega-3 Fatty Acids  What Are Considered O-3?  1. You can get healthy dose of O-3 from seafood such as tuna and salmon.  That is the most common way of getting O-3, but other foods such as walnuts, flex seeds, and canola oil are also good options.  2. There's also a super easy way to get it - Taking a Fish Oil supplement.  I pop one in everyday since I don't eat seafood that often. 

 

~ 3. vitamin b6 ~

Skin Health Super Hero Nutrient: Vitamin B6  Why Do We Need It?  1. Vitamin B6 has many health benefits that sometimes indirectly affect our skin health (such as hormones, metabolism).  2. For skin health, V-B6 helps us maintain good skin condition.  It's also known to help ease skin issues such as eczema, acne and dry skin.   3. A word of caution - My philosophy when it comes to vitamin intakes (from food or supplement) is that they are there to help boost our skin health, but not necessarily to treat any particular issues.  I'd reco taking similar approach on V-B6's benefits.
Skin Health Super Hero Nutrient: Vitamin B6  What Are Considered V-B6?  1. The list here is endless!  It covers whole grains, nuts, meat, seafood, veggies.   2. One I like the most is banana.  It's very universal as you can make a lot of different foods from bananas!  Smoothies, snacks, or just eat it as is. 

Now it's time to feed our skin some yummy goodness!

I'll be the first to admit that I'm a terrible cook!  Fortunately, my mom has some exceptional cooking skills and I occasionally figure out a way to copy some of her causally-whip-together recipes.  She's also probably the healthiest 60+ person I've known and it's because she understands how her food affects her body.  Despite our occasional disagreements, she remains my motivation in my quest to live a balanced life, inside and out.  Enough of my mushy stuff, let's move onto the fun part!

First, I want to share this chart with you - These are the foods I eat regularly and I dub them "Skin Health Super Foods" because they contain the skin health nutrients we've just talked about.

 
Skin Health Super Foods: Strawberries, Blueberries, Chia Seeds, Banana, Matcha, Carrots, Beets, Avocado, Fish Oil. They contain skin health nutrients Vitamin A, C, B6 or Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
 

Now that you have a good idea of what skin health goodness these foods provide, I'm going to share below how I incorporate them into my everyday eating habits! I promise you that these are very easy to make!

~ Chia seeds + blueberries ~

Perfect For // Breakfast, Snacks

Substitutions // Any toppings will work!  If you want protein, you can add protein powder or bananas.

 
Skin Health Recipe - Chia Seeds Pudding with Chia Seeds & Blueberries (Antioxidant) .   Ingredients:  Honey 1 tspn, almond milk 1 cup, vanilla extract 1/2 tblspn, a dash of cinnamon, blueberries, quick oat 1/2 cup, chia seeds 1 tblspn.  To Make This: 1.  Start in a sealable food container, mix all ingredients in except blueberries. 2. Gently stir and mix until it's evenly blended. 3. Put in refrigerator and let it soak overnight.  It'll turn into semi-solid form. 4. Serve with fresh blueberries. Bananas will work great, too...You can basically add any toppings to this!
 
 

 

~ matcha + bananas ~

Perfect For // Breakfast, Snacks, pre/post workout snack.

Substitutions // You can use any type of milk.  I use almond milk because it's dairy-free.

 
Skin Health Recipe: Matcha Banana Smoothie with Matcha Powder and Bananas (Antioxidant + Vitamin B6)  Ingredients: Almond milk 1 cup, honey 1 tblspn, vanilla extract 1/2 tblspn, matcha powder 1 tblspn, Korean grain powder (optional), 2 bananas, a handful of ice cubes.  // To Make This // 1.  Put everything except honey into the blender. 2. Use "mix" setting until smooth or blended. 3. While mixing, slowly add honey into the mixture.  I love it sweeter, so I add more, but it's really up to you! 4. This is enough for 2 servings & 1 is pretty filling as a breakfast food. You can save the 2nd one for afternoon snack.   *This protein-rich drink is great for pre or post workout. 

 

~ carrots ~

Perfect For // Lunch, Dinner (with entrees or side dishes).

Substitutions // I would stick with carrots as the base and sub green carrots/radishes (if you don't like them) with tomatoes or melons.  You basically want at least two kinds of veggies to get a good flavor.  Note: Tomatoes are not suitable for people with GERD or suffer from heartburn.

 
Skin Health Recipe: Chinese-Style Veggie + Pork Soup With Carrots as Base Ingredient.  Ingredients: Chinese herbs (optional), dried orange skin (optional), 2 dried dates, 6 dried scallops, 1 green carrots/radish, 2 carrots.  // To Make This // 1.  Prepare ingredients as shown. 2. In an 8-qt pot, boil water (about 3/4 of pot).  When ready, put everything in the boiling water. 3. Boil at high heat for 15 minutes. 4. Reduce heat to medium/medium high & simmer for 3 hours. 5. Add salt to taste.   *This carrot-based soup can have different variations. For example, radish can be replaced by tomatoes & potatoes. 
 
 

 

~ carrots + beets ~

Perfect For // Lunch, Dinner (with entrees or side dishes).

Substitutions // I would stick with carrots as the base and sub beets (if you don't like them) with tomatoes or melons.  Note: Tomatoes are not suitable for people with GERD or suffer from heartburn.

 
Skin Health Recipe: All Veggie Soup with Carrots and Beets as Base Ingredients.  Ingredients: Barley 1/4 cup, 4 carrots, 2 dried dates, 4 beets, 1.5 potatoes, 1/4 cabbage, 6 dried scallops.  To Make This: 1.  Prepare ingredients as shown. 2. In an 8-qt pot, boil water (about 3/4 of pot).  When ready, put in ONLY carrots, beets, potatoes, dates. 3. Boil at high heat for 15 minutes. 4. Reduce heat to medium/medium high, simmer for 3 hours.  At 2.5-hr mark, put in cabbage & beets leaves. 5. Add salt to taste.

 

~ avocado ~

Perfect For // Breakfast, lunch, pre/post workout snack.

Substitutions // You can use any kind of bread.  Also, you can switch out the toppings, but definitely stick with at least the boiled eggs.

 
 
 

 

~ strawberries ~

Perfect For // Dessert, snack.

Share The Love // This is a recipe by the fab Mary-June who runs Southern Meets Urban blog.  Mary-June is a nutritionist by training and a mom of twin girls.  She is always cooking up something in her kitchen and whipping up what I call magic with her Vitamix.  For more of her recipes, go check out her blog here.

 
Skin Health Recipe: Ruby Red Strawberry Sorbet with Strawberries and Bananas (Antioxidant and Vitamin B6)  Ingredients: 2 Bananas (frozen), raw honey 1 tblspn, strawberries 1.5 cups (frozen), 2 pitted dates.  // To Make This // 1.   Prepare ingredients as shown. 2.  Place everything into your Vitamix and select Variable 1. 3.  Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.  Use the tamper to press ingredients into the blades. 4.  In about 30-60 seconds, the sound of the motor will change and four mounds should form. .  Stop machine.  Do not over mix or melting will occur. Serve immediately.

Many thanks

I had so much fun writing this particular post because I get to talk about foods I love!  I hope you've enjoyed it as well!! 

In full disclosure, the list of recipes here is a combination of my trial and error, my mom's homecooking and word-of-mouth from friends.

I've narrowed down the content for ease of reading, but if you have questions about anything in particular, comment below or email me...I'd be happy to help dive in further!

I also want to say thank you to all of you who have been super supportive of this blog and just want to send you lots of hugs and kisses!!! 


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