Review: Su:m37 Time Energy Skin Resetting Toner and Emulsion

Jun 4, 2014

Nowadays, I have been searching for skin care that is organic and all natural. My skin is easily irritated and I've learned that some additives in our skin care can cause redness and blemishes. A quick search and I chanced upon Su:m37, a luxury Korean skincare line which specializes in fermentation and all natural ingredients. 

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Su:m37 products are also free from artificial fragrances, colors and synthetic preservatives which makes it very suitable for sensitive skin. According to the SU:M37 website , it emphasizes on beautiful waiting, as fermentation takes time and the energy of various plants collected can be concentrated. 

I got the SU:M37 Time Energy Skin Resetting line and it is described as "naturally fermented cosmetics which recovers the exhausted skin by normalizing the disturbed rhythm of the skin  by using the fermented material, which has the vitality of life from long waiting". Whew, that's a mouthful isn't it? I have read from another beauty blog that time energy skin resetting is perfect for those with acne, oily skin and blemishes as it normalizes the function of the skin. I am 30, and though the time of my life where I had breakouts are long gone, I still get some acne from time to time especially around that time of the month. 

As you can see, the bottles are half full as I'd like to test them for a long time to see the effects on my skin. 


Su:m37 Skin Resetting Refining Toner


Effectively removes the dead skin and helps skin to be flexible and  helps the rhythm of skin to be normal

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This toner is watery and is easily absorbed by the skin. A few pats on the face will leave skin moisturized and refreshed. I love that there's no stickiness at all. It also has afresh citrus smell that is very pleasant. For me, smell of skincare aids in the "feel good" feeling and the all natural fragrance provides added aromatherapy. 


Su:m37 Time Energy Skin Resetting Softening Emulsion


Balances oil and moisture on your skin and maintains skin more softly and smoothly

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This goes on smoothly and is easily absorbed. Two things that I require most in my moisturizer. Needless to say, I love it! It's a very lightweight moisturizer and again, leaves no sticky feeling behind. When I wear this, I don't feel like there's a layer sitting on my face but rather, my face is soft and smooth.


After using these two for straight two weeks, I have noticed a significant improvement on the appearance of my skin. It's very smooth and calm, almost like a baby. Which I think is on point with the goal of this line, skin that is reset to its best state. I do get breakouts especially when my period is near but I find that when I use these two, blemishes easily heal and disappear. The Su:m37 skin reset line would be perfect for those with acne and other blemishes as it balances the oil in the skin. It's a keeper for me and I would definitely repurchase when I run out.

Thanks for reading and have a great day ahead!

Flounce skirt kind of day

Apr 12, 2014

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( stylenanda top, zara skirt, zac posen bag)

I've been seeing flounce skirts around since last year and have bought a few ever since. I just love how pretty the shape is, fitted but with a lovely flare at the bottom. This one from zara is a cute shade of pink and perfect for spring season, even if spring in my country is non existent. Paired with this stylenanda loose lace top, this outfit was the perfect sunday lunch date outfit with the boyfie. 

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend! 

Changing Seasons

Dec 2, 2013




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( Zara dress, Blazer from, Rusty Lopes espadrilles) 

Whenever fall season rolls around, I do get envious when pretty much everyone in the Northern hemisphere dons on sweater and boots. My favorite online stores change their merchandise whenever October has come and I can only gaze wistfully at faux fur jackets (never to real fur!). I live in the tropics and the temperature stays the same all year round ( we do get cold winds by december and january ) but I have decided this year to add some elements to make my wardrobe "transition" from summer to fall. This cotton dress from Zara is as summery as it can be but I found that adding a blazer to the mix can make the outfit appropriate for cold weather, or in my case, cold winds at the most.  

An interesting thing happened while shooting these pictures. The dog came trotting to us and wagging her tail all the way. She is a friendly little thing and as you can see, even tried to kiss me. As much as I'd love to take her home, I guess she belonged to the farm beside the road and I wouldn't want to be charged with dog kidnapping. 

Thanks for reading and have a good day!

The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang luxury mi powder compact review

Nov 21, 2013

I have a thing for beautifully packaged cosmetics and most korean cosmetics have artfully designed packaging that is so elegant you'll feel like a queen when you swipe it on. Take a look at this compact by the history of whoo, so beautiful isnt it? Let's see if it performs beautifully as it looks. 

A little bit of background: The history of whoo is a luxury korean skincare brand under LG. According to the history of whoo's website "traditional korean royal culture is revived with modern science to create the most precious aesthetic beauty". This Gonjhinyang line is the whoo's "basic skincare line that contains wild ginseng cordyceps sinensis and 'gongjhinbidan' a secret royal court heavenly beauty formula presented exclusively to the emperor and empress". If you wanna feel like an empress, then this skincare brand is for you! 

the history of whoo gonjinhyang mi powder compact


The box packaging is an elegant yellow with gold embossed lettering. The compact itself is a gilded gold color. It looks heavy but it's definitely not. I'm thinking this is the perfect accessory to whip out during parties and date for that touch up.  Not pictured is a velvet pouch that you slid the compact into to protect it from scratches. It's my first time to encounter a pouch to protect a compact but with something as beautiful as this, it definitely needs some lovin'. If that's not luxury then I don't know what is. 

the whoo gongjinhyang mi powder

Upon opening the compact, you can see the same embossed design on the outside printed on the compact. I have the shade number 1 which is a pink beige color. This compact also has spf 30 protection PA++ which I think is a wonderful added feature since I live in a tropical country. No more separate touch up sunblock application! 

the whoo gongjinhyang mi powder


Very soft, almost velvet like.


The shade number 1 has a pink beige color and is perfect for those with pink undertones. It has a slight shimmer when heavily swiped but when it's on the face, the shimmer is not so noticeable but gives a slight glow. 

the whoo gongjinhyang mi powder


It lasts some 4-5 hours on my skin before touching up. On colder climates, it might probably last the whole day. It doesn't look patchy when some oil has appeared on the face and in my opinion, looks better when it wears off a little. 



light but I find that it smooths pores and doesn't look stark white. It might be a tad pink but once it's been on the face, it blends beautifully in the skin

To conclude, let's see the Pros and Cons:

elegant casing
functional cosmetic ( with spf 30 sunblock)
powder gives a healthy glow to the skin

expensive ( at koreadepart, the refill alone is 40 dollars)
too delicate for everyday use (unless you use the velvet pouch provided)

Personally, I would buy this for the packaging alone ( i know, i'm a sucker for pretty designs) but for the price, it performs beautifully. If you're in the market for a high end powder compact, give this a try. Thanks for reading and have a good day ahead!

Travel Tales: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Oct 30, 2013

Travelling to Vietnam has really surprised me, visually, gastronomically and emotionally. At first, I really didn't know what to expect but Ho Chi Min City or formerly, Saigon, has really charmed me. Admittedly, the feel of the city is unlike the vibe of Manila but it helped us feel immediately at home.


This is the view from our hotel room and we counted ourselves lucky to have scored a room that has an amazing view of this rotunda of General Tran Nguyen Han. Our hotel is just beside the famous Ben Thanh market and just in case you are curious, the hotel is called Silverland Central.

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 The famous vietnamese Pho which I think I have eaten everyday. There are different kinds of Pho and this one is of the seafood kind. I also tried the different kinds of Pho at Ben Thanh market and everything is absolutely delicious. I must say, the food in Vietnam is excellent, be it from the street vendors selling Banh Mi or the chic restaurant Cuc Gach Dang (which we dined in our last night and learned that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt has once eaten there.

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 This is the first stop of our city tour, the Thien Hau Temple. I love how serene and meditative it is.


 The Reunification Palace, formerly known as the Independence Palace, is one of the most visited sites in Saigon. Everything in the palace is frozen in time as nothing has been changed since the Fall of Saigon in 1975. For a history buff like me, I was excited to go in.


Our knowledgeable tour guide briefing us before going in.


  And of course, the outfit of the day shot. Saigon has tropical weather and it was sweltering at March when we were there. 




The war remnants museum is a must see stop of the city tour. There are a lot of graphic images which would reduce a person to tears and tales of suffering. The experience in the museum is very moving, if only to remind us that this kind of war should never happen again. 



The notre dame cathedral in Saigon. Vietnam was colonized by the French and as such, remnants of French influence and architecture can be seen around the city. 


This was not part of the city tour but I highly recommend going to this place. The Saigon Bitexco Financial tower is the highest building in the city and has an observation deck. Go when the sun is about to set to see the whole city transform from day to night. Very romantic! 


The bar on the observation deck. Prices are quite reasonable and the view is just amazing.

Ho Chi Minh is a warm, vibrating city. Full of culture, delicious food and historic tourist spots, it is a must see in every world traveler's list. I've been lucky to share this experience with good friends and the memories are something I would cherish. If you're gonna ask me if I will go back, definitely yes because mainly of the food. I wish you've enjoyed my photos and have a good week ahead!


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