Fashion Trends For Summer 2015

With Coachella fresh on our minds I wanted to share a few fashion trends for the summer. For many the heat is already here so even though the calendar claims it is only April our hearts say July. While some trends make us ooh & aah others make us exclaim WTF! Either way this summer is sure to be full of fabulous looks.

2015 fashion trends

  1. Monochromatic Outfits

From white on white to denim on denim a single cohesive look has gained popularity. This is a chic and effortless look that has the versatility to be dressed up or minimalistic depending on accessary usage.

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  1. ALL. GOLD. EVERYTHING.

The 2015 Pantone color of the year may be Marsala, but all I see is GOLD. From clothing and accessories to home décor – gold is everywhere. Want a luxurious boost? Grab some gold. I have even seen gold staplers from Target so obviously everyone needs some gold in their lives.

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You can get your gold stapler from Target here. 🙂

  1. Tribal Prints

This has been going on for a few years so it’s not exactly new, but it is always fun. A popular look has been solid tops paired with tribal print bottoms. Can’t go on vacation this summer? That’s fine, but it doesn’t mean your clothing can’t be inspired by faraway lands.

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  1. Kimonos

While this invokes images of the beautiful kimonos from Japan I am talking about an updated and perhaps even westernized versions. Kimonos can vary in length, but are typically worn over shorts or dresses. I think that the kimono is the new cardigan. It’s fresh, fun, and gives a youthful and slightly hippie type of vibe.

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  1. Pattern Mixing

Want a look that says “I woke up like this” or “F$#k it”? Well then this look is for you. *Please take note of my sarcasm dear SanSeoulites* 🙂 I think the best part about this look is that there are no rules. Whether you are a fashionista or fashionably challenged absolutely everyone can achieve this look. Pattern on pattern? Great.

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What are some of looks you’re hoping to see this summer?

Until next time. XOXO

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Would you try the PLACENTA mask sheet???

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The word placenta is almost as bad as the word moist. I shudder when I hear it. Ick! Although it’s now 2015 using placenta is not a new beauty or health fad.

Many beauty benefits are believed to be derived from placenta for skincare, but I have yet to see a set standard that the medical and cosmeceutical communities can agree upon. Most of these help fight aging by reducing the appearance of wrinkles, freckles, and blemishes along with a reduction in sagging skin.

I decided to review the 3W Clinic Fresh Placenta Mask Sheet this week because I wanted to see if there would be any noticeable effects.

3W Clinic Placenta mask sheet

3W Clinic Placenta Sheet Mask

Directions:

1. Wash face.

2. Apply toner.

3. Apply mask sheet.

4. Leave on for 20-30 minutes.

5. Remove mask sheet and lightly pat remaining essence for better absorption.

Price:

Roseroseshop has a set of 10 available for $1.84! They currently have 13 different types to chose from.

Ingredients:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Ethyhexanoate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Allantoin, Hydrolyzed Placenta Protein, Disodium EDTA, Perfume.

Here’s the CosDNA analysis.

Does it contain placenta?

Yes, it contains Hydrolyzed Placenta Protein, but it is so far down the ingredient list that I doubt there is much at all.

What is Hydrolyzed Placenta Protein?

Hydrolyzed :  Break down (a compound) by chemical reaction with water.

Placenta Protein: TLDR version – hormones and other “bad stuff” is removed in order to be used.

My Experience:

I have used other 3W Clinic mask so I did not expect any sort of variation. Here’s what the mask looked like once it was opened.

Placenta sheet mask

I actually thought this mask was going to cover my entire face and neck once I pulled it from the packaging. I was pleasantly surprised to see that once I applied the mask there were no air bubbles so all of my face was covered. The mouth portion was way too big so I had to pull it up, but other than that I had no complaints.

Fast forward thirty minutes later and I remove the mask sheet. It was still very wet, but somehow my face felt sticky. I almost decided to wash my face, but instead I relied on the patting method & allowed it to dry some more. In the end it felt like I had a very thin film resting above my skin.

My Overall Thoughts:

I’m sad to say that I was not impressed with this mask. It was just well…meh. I have used the lemon and the snail from the 3W Clinic series and I liked them so much better. I will probably use the ones I have, but I do not think I will repurchase them. I would give this mask a 2.5 our of 5 stars.

Until next time SanSeoulites,

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The 3B Box April 2015 Unboxing

Hello SanSeoulites! I am super excited to tell you about a new subscription box called The 3B Box. 3B stands for beauty beyond borders. I signed up for this box in January and I finally got off the waitlist. Yay! This is a newer Asian skincare company based in the United States that charges $12/month for roughly 4-5 products. Most of the products will be samples, but that is part of the reason they are so inexpensive. They are also in the process of setting up shop to sell full size products so for now we all have to be patient. I highly recommend signing up for their waitlist. They currently only ship within the US, but we can all cross our fingers and hope for international shipping.

The reveal:

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Everything arrived in a pouch which was fine by me because I can always reuse it.

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This box included a few full size products (I definitely wasn’t expecting that), and after looking at spoilers from others who already received their boxes I realized that some people received the TonyMoly  Aquaporin Moisture foam cleanser while others had the TonyMoly Intense Care Snail foam cleanser.

Here’s the information card that came along with everything.

3B information card

Products:

skinfood silicon cleansing pad

tonymoly foam cleanser

Skinfood Silicon Cleansing Pad A popular way to help thoroughly cleanse and exfoliate the skin, this silicon cleansing pad uses tiny bristles to invigorate the skin and clean out pores. Long term use results in a clear and radiant complexion. Apply favorite cleanser to face and use cleansing pad to gently massage skin. Rinse with lukewarm water.

TonyMoly Aquaporin Moisture Foam Cleanser – This Korean micro-foam cleanser effectively clears out deep impurities without stripping skin of its natural moisture. It contains no parabens, mineral oils, benzophenone, or tar color. Apply a small amount onto wet skin and gently massage into a lather. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

I was really happy to get both a foam cleanser and the silicon cleansing pad together. To top it off I was in need of more foam cleanser and this showed up just in time. I can’t wait to try it out. I have used a cleansing pad before stateside, but I haven’t seen them sold as a single item.

Benton aloe soothing gel & bha skin toner

RoseRoseShop has a great deal right now. You can buy both here for only $16.18! Below is what the full size products look like.

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Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner – Designed for all skin types, this Benton toner is great for treating troubled skin that is prone to acne, redness, and dryness. Aloe helps soothe and moisturize skin while salicyclic acid exfoliates, reduces sebum, and promotes anti-inflammatory benefits. Snail mucin supports natural cell regeneration and replenishes moisture to increase skin firmness. Apply on skin using cotton pad after cleansing.

Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel – This gel contains 80% aloe and propolis to help soothe irritated skin, fade acne scars, brighten skintone and maintain hydration throughout the day. Apply gel to face and neck after cleansing and toner. Lightly pat into skin for greater absorption.

After discovering the world of AHA and BHA the Benton skincare line has been on my “must try” list. I have heard nothing, but great things about them. Hopefully these will become my holy grail products in the future.

Innisfree Bija Sheet Mask

Innisfree Bija Sheet MaskFormulated with Jejubija (Bija) herbs, this natural mask revitalizes the skin while providing key nutrients. After cleansing apply sheet mask onto face for 10-20 minutes. Upon removing, pat excess product into face for greater absorption.

I am a huge fan on the Innisfree line so I can’t wait to try this sheet mask out. Innisfree is actually having a sale on sheet masks. They are buy 10 get 10 free! Just click on the link above to be transported to sheet mask heaven.

Overall thoughts:

The 3B box has definitely made a great first impression on me. I love everything in this box. You should give it a try too! Sign up here and then be patient. They are continually moving people off of the waitlist so hopefully the wait won’t be too terribly long.

Have you tried any of these products before? Tell me your favorites.

Coconut Oil Beauty Hack

Let’s be honest here. Chances are by now you’ve heard of the do-it-yourself beauty treatments AKA beauty hacks. I’m sure you have all seen the infamous Pinterest fails too! While I am usually skeptical of diy projects I had to try the coconut oil hair mask. My poor hair is in desperate need of some L-O-V-E. It’s oily at the roots & dry at the ends. To top it off I deal with crazy waves. I know you’re supposed to love your natural hair, but who doesn’t want to tame their mane?

Helpful Tip – I highly recommend wearing an old shirt or an article of clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty.

*Don’t be alarmed at my before photo.*

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 I told you it was all over the place!

Coconut oil hair mask

This is the coconut oil I used. I found it at my local grocery store. You do not need to heat it up beforehand. The heat from your hands will help the coconut oil melt while you are applying it to your hair. Now I decided to put my hair in a ponytail and only applied the coconut oil to the length of my hair. Afterwards my hair was placed in a bun so I could keep everything in place.

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Once my hair was full of coconut oil goodness I decided to apply heat via my handy dandy blow dryer! Some people sleep with these masks or leave them alone, but I do not have the patience for either of those methods. The purpose of the heat was to allow the hair follicles to open up so the coconut oil could go to work!!! I used the low heat setting for ten minutes. After that I left the mask on for 50 more minutes. In total I left my mask on for  one hour.

Now it was time for me to rinse. It’s a simple process. This was all I did:

*Rinse coconut oil from hair

*Shampoo

*Condition

*Partial air dry/partial blow dry

I decided than when I washed my hair that I wanted to give it a little boost. I used the Keratin Smooth line from TRESemme` that I am a huge fan of.

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Here is what the end result looked like. Drumroll puh-lease……..

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Coconut oil mask

Doesn’t that look amazing? I know I still have split/dead ends that I need to cut off, but I am so happy with the end result.

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What a difference! I am so thrilled to share this with all of you.

Have you tried this beauty hack before? What others have worked for you?

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Etude House Dr. Ampoule Dual Mask Sheet Review

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Hello fellow SanSeoulites! Recently I decided that I wanted to try out a the Dr. Ampoule Dual Mask Sheet from Etude House. I figured it would end in one of two ways. #1 I would absolutely love it or #2 my poor face would be a soaking wet mess. Let’s just say I hoped for option one. They come in five different varieties: brightening, time, lifting, vital, and essential. After looking at this photo I kind of feel like I need them all.

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I decided to try out Time mostly because I wanted to help “fight aging”. I know there is no stopping it, but there is no reason I can’t do it gracefully. 😉

Description via Jolse: 

  1. 2 step intensive mask of natural cellulose sheet and ampoule
  2. Removes dead skin cells and makes skin soft, smooth and elastic
  3. Moisturizes and boosts suppleness.
  4. Artificial pigment free, talc free, mineral oil free, benzophenone free.

Benefits via Sasa:

This Dr. Ampoule Dual Mask Sheet[Time Care] contains amino acid, nano peptide, adenosine that makes skin feel luxuriously soft and look radiant. Vitamin A protects the skin to wrinkle skin. Oats replenish nutrients that skin needs. Astaxanthin has rich antioxidant capabilities to enhance the skin.

Directions via Etude House:

Step 1. Extract and apply #1 serum to face.

Step 2. Remove and unfold mask sheet and apply to face. Leave on for 15~20 minutes and remove mask. Allow remaining essence to absorb into skin.

Price:
Etude House – $3.50 (shipping can be expensive)
Jolse – $4.44 with shipping for only $2.50
Korea Depart – $13.45 for a pack of 5
***Disclaimer – I received no compensation for this review and the links are only provided as a way to help you find the product.***

My Experience:

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In the photo you can see that the mask is labeled 1 and 2.  You simply open section one first, apply to your face, & then open section two and put the mask on. I recommend tearing off section one first for easy application. The back of these masks do have directions in English, however, it is very small to read. Just look for them at the bottom below the bar code.

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Silly me forgot to take a photo of how the serum looked so you will just have to take my word for it. When I opened it I discovered a clearish white gel that had a very thick consistency to it. I was doubtful this mask would even work at this point.

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The mask itself seemed like any other sheet mask from Etude House. It contained a lot of essence so of course I decided to use the extra for my neck and hands. I love the fit of these mask mostly because they are the right size for my face. (Yes, I  am pint size).

I decided to leave the Dr. Ampoule Dual Mask Sheet on for roughly 30 minutes, but when I removed it I realized that my face felt like it was still soaked. I attempted to remain optimistic and patted my face to absorb the rest of the liquid. Even then it was still very wet so I decided to see how long it would take to air dry. After ten minutes everything had absorbed into my skin. I WAS ECSTATIC! The mask worked and did not leave any sort of film. I was very afraid that I was going to have to simply wash everything off afterwards.

My overall thoughts:

I liked this mask and in the future I would like to try out the other varieties so I will definitely repurchase. My cons would be the texture and the heaviness of the product.  If the texture is something that would bother you then I would not recommend this mask series. I don’t mind how long it took since that is usually the amount of time I leave sheet mask on anyway. I would give this mask 3.5 out of 5.

Until next time my dears,

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Honest Skin Beauty Haul

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As I procrastinated writing my next mask review I received a letter that a package was waiting for me via the post office across town. *sigh* This poor box came from Korea and sat in my town for a few days before it was mistakenly sent back overseas. This meant it had to be delivered a second time and now it was at the wrong post office. After driving across town I discovered that they did not have my package, but someone used one of their trucks. This pretty much summed up my feelings.

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Yes, I was having a total Kanye moment.

Eventually I made it to my original post office and my package was finally safe! For those who are not familiar with Honest Skin let me give you a quick summary.

Once Upon a Time there was a company that sold Korean skincare and make up at LOW LOW prices. Then one day they magically raised prices while offering free shipping. The princess being the savvy shopper that she is said “I don’t think so!” and proceeded to take her business elsewhere. The end.

I was actually very fond of Honest Skin before the price changes. Now I will only buy from them is I cannot find a better deal on an item. At least then their free shipping will be beneficial. Now one thing I do like is how they mark their packages. I have a lot of international friends who have dealt with the nightmare that is customs and VATs.

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Everything was marked for a very low price. My package arrived in good condition, but at that point I had forgotten what I ordered in the first place! Opening the box didn’t really help me either.

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See this is bubble wrap city, but in my opinion that is how all my items usually arrive safely. Now behold the glory of my Honest Skin haul.

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Yay, look at all the pretties! I was a bit sad that I only received two samples this time, but companies don’t have to provide them at all so I will take it. Here’s a closer look of all the goodies. *All stock photos courtesy of Honest Skin.

Skinfood Toner

Skinfood Lettuce & Cucumber Watery Toner

Description: (via Sasa)
Skin Food Lettuce & Cucumber Watery Toner is a hydrating and soothing toner that refines and moisturizes skin. Contains vegetables extracts (Cucumber water, cucumber extracts, lettuce, β- glucan, purslane, witch hazel, xylitol) It has a refreshing watery texture that cools and calms skin immediately. It gently soothes and restores skin’s moisture content, especially after exposure to sunlight.

Suitable for all skin types.

Holika Holika feet mask

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Description: (via Sasa)
Holika Holika Baby Silky Foot Mask Sheet is feet exclusive sheet managing thickened foot horn intensively and caring tired foot fresh and moist Highly enriched essential foot sheet which makes your feet fresh and moist.

Etude House air cushion

Etude House Precious Mineral MOIST Any Cushion

Description: (via Etude House)

A cushion soaked in foundation, it can be bb or cc cream too, housed in a chunky compact with second lid/compartment for the puff and also to keep the foundation from drying.
Smooth texture like a moisturizing cream to keep face hydrated all the time even in winter.
6-in-1 almighty cream foundation cushion: Moisturizing + Whitening + Anti-wrinkle + UV protecting (SPF 50+ / PA+++) + Tone correcting + Glossy effect

 


What it does

– Moisturizing: Made of baobab water (26.7%) for intensive hydrating skin. It also contains Hyaluronic acid 4 times more than other cushions to last hydrating longer.
– Creamy-Glossy Skin: With ‘Glow-Lock Complex™’, it formulates transparent layer on skin to enhance glossy function and prevent losing moisture, which is its secret receipe to keep skin hydrated even in winter.
– Sleek Skin: Creamy texture provides sleek skin condition.

 


Details

– N02 Light Beige
– W13 Natural Beige
– W24 Honey Beige

 


Etude House hand cream

Etude House Missing U Hand Cream

 Description: (via Etude House)

Formulated with natural mixture of herbs, Shea Butter and Olives to moisturize, heal and soothe hands. 

The Face Shop hand cream

The Face Shop Lovelymeex Mini Perfume Hand Cream

Description: (via The Face Shop)

 *A cute and lovable design

*Compact size to be able to carry anywhere

*High moisture! Zero stickiness! Excellent absorbance!

*Light texture but contains high moisture, high nutrition that cares for hands keeping them soft and silky.

I am beyond excited to try all of these new goodies out, but a bit sad that I won’t have this site to use anymore. Guess I will be on the lookout for new places to purchase all of my k-beauty products from. If you have any suggestions please comment below!

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#OOTD April 2015

Although I am usually the type of person who is a bit camera-shy I could not resist sharing one of my favorite looks with you all. My online community of friends have always been super supportive of all my endeavors. *mouths – “thank you”* Spring is such a beautiful time of year. Everything is new again and of course there is the dreaded spring cleaning, but it must be done. I typically store my wardrobe according to the seasons so unpacking clothes that I have not seen in a long time makes them feel new again.

So without further adieu….enjoy!

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spring/summer wedges

Lace shirt

I absolutely love the lace backing on this blouse! It makes me feel girly and a bit hipster at the same time. This top is so versatile that I can wear it in the fall as well. Everything can be found at the following stores:

Sunglasses – Target

Top – Agaci

Bottoms – American Eagle

Shoes – Yellow Box

Feel free to share some of your favorite spring time looks!

Until next time my dears XOXO!!!

Summer looks

K-drama 101

The world of k-dramas can be daunting for beginners. What do you watch? How has everyone seen the same ones? The lead actor looks strangely similar to my bias. Welcome to dramaland. You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.

Let’s start with the basics. You will often hear the term Hallyu which stands for the Korean cultural wave. Many dramas only consist of a single season which is usually around 20 or so episodes. Part of the reason these dramas are so popular are because they are so short. Many Korean dramas have several titles for the same shows, but this is mostly because of translation within different countries.

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Top left to right: Emergency Couple and My Love From Another Star

Bottom left to right: Heirs and Birth of a Beauty

Where to watch:

DramaFever is a free mobile app, but they also offer a subscription that allows you to use a device like Apple TV to stream directly to your television. You can even choose what language you would like for subtitles.

Netflix and Hulu Plus are both subscription services that many people already have. Hulu Plus even has a genre just for Korean dramas!

Soompi also offers free shows or premium service.

There are more sites, but I listed these because they are legal & will be virus free.

While some dramas may be deemed cheesy or just plain bad it seems like everyone has seen certain ones. So let’s give into peer pressure and join in!

10 Cult favorites:

My Love From Another Star

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Heirs

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Boys over flowers

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Coffee prince

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Master’s sun

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Reply 1994

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Reply 1997

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Rooftop Prince

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The Moon Embracing the Sun

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Empress Ki

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5 Personal favorites:

Emergency Couple

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Birth of a Beauty

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Sweden Laundry

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To the Beautiful You

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A Gentleman’s Dignity

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