Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Battle of the sheet masks! (Japanese + Korean + MBD)

Good evening everyone!


I made it safely back to Germany! For some reason, before going to Germany I was not overly excited to go back home. I mean, I wanted to see my boyfriend and friends and family of course but I was not "OMG I'm going home!!!" all the time. I never am. However, when I landed yesterday and spend the day with my boyfriend I was like "damn, how did I survive on the other side of the pond the whole time?!" It really is great being back home! So many friends were waiting for me, I feel very blessed :) My return flight however was horrible. I flew back with Qatar Airlines (because Finair, my usual number one choice was booked out, it's the shortest route from Asia to Berlin as far as I know, only 12 hours!) which meant Seoul - Doha 10,5 hours, waiting 4 hours in Doha and then 6,5 hours back to Berlin. Damn, I tell you, that was such a long Tuesday! My Tuesday had like 30 hours. Plus, we had crazy turbulences on the second flight I was so so scared for my life. I am not very scared of flying (ehrm... can you tell by all the 10+ flights I've done recently?) but also not a huge fan. So when our airplane jumped through the clouds like a crazy cat trying to catch the red dot....that was just too much. After being on the road for over 20 hours already. I was so so happy when we landed ( 1 1/2 hours too late, sorry boyfriend...) and my boyfriend picked me up! We are currently in lovey-dovey mode again as you can imagine and it's awesome. I'm so blessed with this patient loving boyfriend. 

Today's post I wrote quite a long time ago but then my trip to Japan plus giveaway came in between so I saved it in order to avoid "spoilers" for my giveaway. But today, in the midst of harsh winter winds (if you live in a...harsh winter winds country like me,that is. I know some of my readers are blessed with eternal summer!) I present you:




I am proud to present you yet another big skincare battle post: Battle of the sheet masks! I use sheet masks a lot but honestly, they are not worth a whole post for themselves. I can't take pretty pictures of them, I look weird with them on, there is nothing to swatch and reflective packaging is the worst to photograph. However, since sheet mask does not equal sheet mask in general, I  made this huge compilation of all masks that I have tried so far. I review some more than displayed here because I added some others later when I already finished writing this post. Enjoy!

Monday, 26 January 2015

Giveaway Winners + Going Back Home Update

Good morning everyone!

How have you all been? Sorry for being absent for quite a time, but these last days in Korea have been just major crazy. I went on a very short vacation from Friday to Sunday to Sokcho Beach on the Eastern coast of Korea. It was a lovely trip despite the fact that I fell extremely sick half into the journey and could not enjoy it as much as I would have - I must have eaten something really bad because I woke up in the middle of the night and felt miserable. Needless to say, the trip back with the shakey bus was not as pleasant anymore. Plus, we were caught up in a traffic jam and it took us almost 6 hours for a usual 2-3 hours trip, dang. There will be a separate post about the good sides of the trip once I'm back home, rested and got all the pictures we took :)

Also, I announced the winners of the giveaway straight away on my Facebook and Twitter page but it seems a lot of people missed that, so here it goes again:

...congratulations again to Irina and Jenn! I already sent out their packages and I hope they'll arive safe & sound & soon at your doorstep! :) Thanks everyone for entering and you can expect another giveaway soon!

You won't hear much of me in the next few days though, because I am leaving tonight for Germany. It's kind of.... weird. To go back so suddenly. I don't have the feeling of going back home, maybe it will hit me somewhen along the journey. My flight will take 21 hours with a 4 hour break in Doha, Qatar but the whole journey starting at the dorm until I arrive will be more than 30 hours so don't expect to hear anything from me soon - I'll be pretty dead.

Have a good start into the new week!
Love,

Sam

Monday, 19 January 2015

KOREAN SKINCARE RAVE REVIEW: COSRX NATURAL BHA SKIN RETURNING A-SOL

Good evening everybody,

Slowly, it hits me. That I am really going home again. Of course I always have in the back of my mind that I'm going back home, but. It's different when you are coming withing a graspable time span. In less than a week, I will already be on the plane on my way to Qatar and from there back to Berlin. I am happy and sad at the same time as always when a life time ends and a new one begins. I started to get insomnia which is a pretty good way to tell I'm leaving soon - the thought of ending a "life" completely, taking all my stuff and moving somewhere else stresses me out so much I usually sleep very bad the last 1-2 weeks that are left. But I guess bad sleep means more reviews for you..? :)



Now, I don't do many rave reviews as you all know. So far. the only product that has really wowed me in the last months has been the IOPE Air Cushion XP (and my excitement for it backfired, since many friends and relatives have asked me to get it for them...). When I went off my acne medication, my skin was going crazy (although the medication wasn't really helping me in the 3 months I took the antibiotics!) and I had deep painful cystic acne ALL OVER MY FACE. I kid you not and I got picture proof - always thinking of this blog lol. Anyways, the COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol is the only product that has made a visible impact on my skin so I present you: the review I couldn't wait to write for the last 2+ weeks!

Saturday, 17 January 2015

10 TIPS+TRICKS FOR TRAVELLING/STUDYING ABROAD.

Good evening everybody!

I have so many posts scheduled but they are all reviews - and I personally hate to just kick out one review after the other as I personally find "review-only" blogs very boring very soon. So I tried to squeeze in something different that hopefully might come in handy for one or the other :) I consider myself a studying abroad expert after going abroad three times (four if you count my move to another German town for one semester as such.) and am probably the person when it comes to move my whole life 10,000km around the globe. Nothing can really shock me anymore I guess. Let me tell you; studying in a foreign country is one of the most exciting things one can do when young. It is also one of the most stressful, emotional and challenging thing you can do in your twenties. Depending how far you stray from your home country you will not only be busy getting your things together, but you'll also need to get comfortable with a different language, different customs, cultural and social expectations, you'll need new people, you will love and hate and live at a different speed than everyone at home. But that's okay. To make the plunge a bit easier I compiled 10 tips and tricks that I learned along my various moves to Japan and Korea in the last years :)



1. Whatever you pack; you probably will only really need half of it.


The mistake everyone makes when going abroad is to pack way too much stuff. You don't actually need that much stuff for convenient survival. Don't pack anything that you can get for cheap in the country you're moving to (pack one towel instead of five, get a second or third one later). If you go abroad for a year, pack 4-5 pair of shoes and wear the heaviest one on the flight (yes, even if it's summer, you can change at the airport after you landed. Those heavy winter boots will make lots of space for other stuff!) I usually pack 1 pair of winter boots, 1 pair of sturdy sneakers, 1 pair of ballerinas/light spring shoes, 1-2 sandals/flip flops (great for showering as well). Pack only clothes that you can wear together; try to not make it too colorful and stay with neutrals and some colorful clothes. Pack one formal outfit (1 blazer + 1 pants/skirt/dress) as universities usually have many entrance ceremonies etc. You don't need 4 different handbags (although it would be nice to have, I admit, but you really don't need them.) Try to think rational about what you really need and not what would be nice to have.

2. Use hair ties to get your (make-up) bag and pouches organized for easier access and less mess.

Hair ties are great for organizing your bags.  I use them to keep thematically close items together so that I won't have to search through my bag over and over again. This is something I do at home too to have all my pencil liners together and not always reach for my eyebrow pencil when I am actually searching for my liquid eyeliner.

3. Use travel sized or bottles of used up products to decant your favorite products and save money and weight. Stick the original label on them to avoid confusion.

It seems to be a no-brainer, but I was so surprised to see all those heavy cosmetics my friends abroad carry around with them! These last surprisingly long as well, you don't really need fullsize products when travelling or even studying abroad. I have been away from home for 10 months and I am still using my Guhl Color Protect Conditioner on the right. Yep, that's right. My Gliss Kur hair treatment also lasted me about half a year, it's a great way to cut down the weight and save money as you don't have to buy it in the country you're going to (and trust me, you won't really have time the first weeks)

4. Tote bags. Tote bags all the way.


You know, I know that handbags are much nicer than tote bags. But they are also much heavier and need a lot of space in your luggage. Tote bags are so versatile and they need almost zero space and add almost no weight to your luggage! I did pack 3 tote bags in different sizes and designs and have been living pretty happily the last 10 months. Of course I'd rather run around with my Samantha Thavasa bag but I can manage without it. I have a big errand tote which I am going to the supermarket with and two smaller ones that I use for university or going out.