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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!

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

TO ENTER & QUALIFY

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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.
  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.

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Did Someone Say "Hello Kitty"?

Sharing Hello KItty beauty products from Hong Kong.

My fellow beauty lover on Instagram, @blanckittyyy, and I were sharing our favorite mascara on one of her recent posts.  I mentioned to her that, don't laugh, my fave was a Hello Kitty version I bought from City Super, a popular store in Hong Kong.  And she asked me to do a blog story about it, so here you go my dear...along with a few other items I picked up + a surprise!

Confession of a former hello kitty addict

Yes, when I was little, I was all about Hello Kitty, down to my nickname "Kitty".  I know, why would I confess to that, but in case someone from my elementary school in Hong Kong has a picture of me all decked out in HK gear, I may as well spill the beans here!  I remember first day of First Grade, I had pencil case, stationery, backpack and hair pins all in the classic red and white style.  I felt fearless even though it was a new school and I didn't know a soul there.  Funny how little things made us so happy when we were kids.  Fast-forward to today, I'm still a huge fan, just in a more toned-down version, but I'd still get excited when I see special Hello Kitty merchandise!

About city super

Quick intro to this awesome shopping heaven in Hong Kong.  It's dubbed the "mega lifestyle specialty store" - Think Whole Foods + MUJI + Container Store + Sephora all in one place.  Pricing is definitely higher than the local supermarket, but you're paying for the convenience of a one-stop-shop.  There are several locations throughout Hong Kong...I know it's not a typical tourist attraction, but if you're ever visiting the city, it's worth popping into a City Super for the experience and for some of their unique beauty finds.  For more info, check out their site.

 
 
Reviewing Hello Kitty beauty products bought from City Super in Hong Kong - Hand Cream, Hair Styling Stick, Sheet Mask and Mascara.
 

~ bcl hello kitty edition ~

~ browlash ex long separate mascara ~

Hello...Long Lashes // Reviewing Hello Kitty beauty products - BCL Hello Kitty Limited Edition Extra Long Separate Mascara with Comb Wand.
 
Hello...Long Lashes // Reviewing Hello Kitty beauty products - BCL Hello Kitty Limited Edition Extra Long Separate Mascara with Comb Wand.   I'm very low-key when it comes to makeup.  I'm usually either MU-free or go with the bare minimum and I think that's why I like this mascara so much.  It's definitely not for the date-night dramatic look, but good for everyday use.  Here are some highlights:   Comb-style brush helps separate and elongate the lashes.  Quick-dry formulation minimizes clumps.  Water-resistant, but yet easy to remove.  Special formula helps keep lashes hydrated and prevent breakage  Coverage is light and more suitable for casual minimal look.
 
Hello...Long Lashes // Reviewing Hello Kitty beauty products - BCL Hello Kitty Limited Edition Extra Long Separate Mascara with Comb Wand.   Application //     I     m  u  s  t     c  o  n  f  e  s  s     t  h  a  t     m  y     M  U     a  p  p  l  i  c  a  t  i  o  n     s  k  i  l  l  s     a  r  e     s  o  -  s  o  .        P  i  c  t  u  r  e     h  e  r  e     s  h  o  w  s     m  y     l  e  f  t     e  y  e     w  i  t  h     t  h  e     m  a  s  c  a  r  a     o  n     -     L  a  s  h  e  s     a  r  e     h  i  g  h  e  r     u  p     a  n  d     v  e  r  y     s  e  p  a  r  a  t  e  d  .        I     u  s  e     o  n  l  y     o  n  e     c  o  a  t  .        U  s  u  a  l  l  y     w  h  e  n     I     d  o     t  w  o     c  o  a  t  s  ,     i  t     l  o  o  k  s     m  o  r  e     f  u  l  l  .   Alternative Use //     I  f     y  o  u     l  i  k  e     d  r  a  m  a  t  i  c     l  o  o  k  ,     y  o  u     c  a  n     s  t  i  l  l     m  a  k  e     u  s  e     o  f     t  h  i  s     m  a  s  c  a  r  a  .        A  p  p  l  y     f  i  r  s  t     c  o  a  t     w  i  t  h     a     v  o  l  u  m  i  z  i  n  g     m  a  s  c  a  r  a  .        F  o  r     t  h  e     s  e  c  o  n  d     c  o  a  t  ,     u  s  e     t  h  i  s     H  e  l  l  o     K  i  t  t  y     w  a  n  d     t  o     c  o  m  b     t  h  r  o  u  g  h     a  n  d     c  l  e  a  n     u  p     a  n  y     c  l  u  m  p  s  .   

To Buy Online // YES STYLE or eBay (try to check for authenticity if buy on eBay!)

 

~ matomage x hello kitty ~

~ hair styling stick super hold ~

Hello...Smooth Hair // Reviewing Hello Kitty beauty product - Matomage x Hello Kitty Hair Styling Stick Super Hold.
 
Hello...Smooth Hair // Reviewing Hello Kitty beauty product - Matomage x Hello Kitty Hair Styling Stick Super Hold.   I'm constantly fighting with my flyaways that like to stick straight up around the top of my head!  I've tried the water trick, but it only lasts for a short while.  Then comes other hair products that leave my hair a little too sticky.  This Hello Kitty Hair Stick is a good compromise as it has a long-lasting hold without the super stickiness. Here are some highlights:   Direct application from the tube allows you to apply product without getting fingers dirty/sticky.  Formulation creates a nice natural shine on your hair.  Perfect to keep those flyaway on an updo in-check without having to rub hard and possibly messing up the updo.  Compact size makes it great to carry around if needed.
 
Hello...Smooth Hair // Reviewing Hello Kitty beauty product - Matomage x Hello Kitty Hair Styling Stick Super Hold.  Before and After Use.   

To Buy Online // eBay (try to check for authenticity if buy on eBay!).  This also comes in a red version for "regular hold".

 

~ hello kitty hand cream ~

Hello...Smooth Hand // Reviewing Hello Kitty beauty product - Hello Kitty Hand Cream.
 
Hello...Smooth Hand // Reviewing Hello Kitty beauty product - Hello Kitty Hand Cream.   Does anyone else have a collection of hand cream and still continue to buy more?  I hope I'm not alone in this obsession...and when I saw these Hello Kitty ones at City Super, I could not possibly pass on them!  Here are some highlights:   The rose scent is just right - Smells like rose and not too strong.  Formulation is not greasy at all - Doesn't leave a sticky residue.  Hydration level is not as long-lasting as other hand creams I've used in the past.  The super cute packaging makes up for it though...a collector item in my opinion!
 
Hello...Smooth Hand // Reviewing Hello Kitty beauty product - Hello Kitty Hand Cream.

To Buy Online // YES STYLE carries other Hello Kitty hand cream. Just search on their site.  Here's one offering - HK Shea Butter.

 

~ hello kitty cherry blossom ~

~ essence face mask ~

Hello...Glowy Skin // Reviewing Hello Kitty beauty product - Hello Kitty Essence Face Mask.
 
Hello...Glowy Skin // Reviewing Hello Kitty beauty product - Hello Kitty Essence Face Mask.   I bought these masks purely because of Hello Kitty and had pretty low expectation of their quality or effectiveness.  After one use though, I'm pleasantly surprised!  Here are some highlights:    Fit //   The fit isn't quite right for me.  To fit right at the mouth, it means pulling the mask down, but that also means my forehead is not completely covered. Also, the nose part only covers half my nose vertically.    Fabric //   Sheet is of ok quality, not rough, but not ultra soft like others I like. 
 
Hello...Glowy Skin // Reviewing Hello Kitty beauty product - Hello Kitty Essence Face Mask.   Essence //   There's a stickiness from the mask's essence.  I thought this would be a case of say-no-to-the-mask, but then I took it off and waited about 10 minutes for the essence to absorb before applying moisturizer.  It actually went from that slightly sticky feel to fully absorbed into my skin.    Result //   Skin feels so soft, moist (not greasy), and glowy!  This is such a pleasant surprise...now I just need to get someone to re-purchase these for me in Hong Kong!

To Buy Online // eBay and various lesser-known sites (try to check for authenticity).

 

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hello kitty x character giveaway

Hope you've enjoyed this Hello Kitty tour!  I want to share the love with all of you...enter this giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below for a prize pack that includes:

  • 2 x Hello Kitty Cherry Blossom Essence Face Masks (as shown in this post).
  • 1 x Hello Kitty Cherry Blossom Sakura Hand Cream (as shown in this post).
  • 4 x SexyLook Disney Princess Character Sheet Masks (One each: Snow White, Ariel, Belle, Sleeping Beauty). To see what they are, go to my Instagram feed @hulawithme.
  • Plus some surprise bonuses.

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 qualifying requirements.
  3. Also very Important! Entering your handle in the Rafflecopter widget does not count. You must follow and repost within 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 June 12, 2016.
  2. One winner will be chosen at random and to be announced on June 14, 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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