New MEMEbox!! KOREAN BEAUTY STARTER KIT #beginwithskin

I am very sad, why you ask? Because this is USA only and I do not reside there. WHY, MEMEBOX, WHY must you insist on not making everything available internationally??? /sigh/ Affiliate links below.

Well, if you are in the States then here you go..

Memebox Starter Kit #Beginwithskin

What's in the box? Some fun stuff. I have my eyes on the oil cleanser (because I love oils) and the Goodal product. I've tried their oil serum and IT IS LIFE. I WANT THAT GOODAL BOX BUT I CAN'T GET IT BECAUSE I'M NOT IN THE STATES WHY?!?!?!?!?!

Ah, I digress...

  1. It’s Skin Cleansing Foam Have An Eggshell / Greengrape / Pomegranate (randomly selected): 150ml ($5)
  2. Skin Food Black Sugar Cleansing Oil: 170ml ($19.40)
  3. Tonymoly Pocket Bunny Moist Mist: 60ml ($15)
  4. Goodal Phytorain Murumuru Seed Hydra Serum: 45ml ($34)

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Anyway, if you get it. Let me know, feel free to flaunt its availability to you. haha

The Face Shop Blemish Zero Toner and Cream Review

The Face Shop opened up two stores away from a store I was working at. TWO. I pass it before and after so obviously it's a big distraction to me. My skin isn't horrible, but it's not amazing either. I had been spending probably too much time in r/skincareaddiction and decided I need some glycolic acid  in my life again (dehydrated skin, hiiiiiii) and came by this little gem. Anyway, I didn't feel like spending a lot of money on something with glycolic in it and headed to TFS for some alternatives.

Low and behold The Blemish Zero line! It's targeted towards adult acne, and well, technically I'm an adult!

Let's take a look at the two main ingredients featured on these products, AHA & BHA. What are these, you ask? AHA & BHA are naturally producing acids that help exfoliate your skin. This is important because dead skin cells can build up and produce not-so-nice looking textures. Exfoliation helps promote healthy, glow-y skin. Hoojo Skincare made this handy little chart to help easily explain the differences between the two.


I highly recommend checking out her blog post if you'd like further information. She provides resources and the science behind them.

THE TONER "Step 2":
The bottles conveniently have each step labelled. Mine have worn off with use.
• A moisturizing anti-inflammable fluid type of emulsion that contains natural AHA & BHA
• Anti-inflammable Complex
- A complex of mung beans, birch tree, rumex crispus
- Dipotassium glycyrrhizate
• Moisturizing Complex
- Betain, xanthan gum, glycerin -- The Face Shop

AHA & BHA are already naturally producing acids so that's marketing more than anything. I wasn't expecting much, but I liked seeing hyaluronic acid in there (infuses your skin with water moisture). I'm generally a little hesitant using toners because of my skin type, however I appreciate the insurance that I'm removing all my makeup, which can be a cause of acne for some.

THE CREAM "Step 3":
A moisturizing anti-inflammable fluid type of emulsion that contains natural AHA & BHA
• Anti-inflammable Complex
- A complex of mung beans, birch tree, rumex crispus
- Dipotassium glycyrrhizate
• Moisturizing Complex
- Betain, xanthan gum, glycerin
-- The Face Shop

 The cream is fast aborbing, but too light for me to use alone. I use it alongside Cerave PM Facial Moisturing Lotion, which is part of my nighttime routine.

Let's take a closer look at some of the ingredients.
Glycerin is in many makeup products as well. It helps moisturize the skin by water moisture and promotes a softer texture.

Dipotassium glycyrrhizate: Paula's Choice lists this as an anti-irritant from a plant extract (licorice root) with a rating of BESTTruth in Aging writes that this ingredient helps the skin pump up and reduces the appearance of flaky skin. They write that some studies show it can help brighten/lighten skin as well. *Also in the toner

Betain is an amino acid which helps retain moisture and is an anti irritant.

Xanthan gum is a thickening agent that also helps retain water moisture as well as keeping all the ingredients uniform.

So it has the ingredients that promote healthy skin, though I'm not sure how much is active, I have noticed results while using these. I have been using both the toner and cream almost nightly (excluding the days I use a higher concentrate glycolic) for a few months now. I did not have any skin reactions not did I go through a purging phase (thankfully). I actually got samples first and notice my skin felt great after I used up the sample, which is when I decided to purchase. I luckily got them on sale though. c:

I have noticed that after using these two products my skin texture and feel have improved! Yes! My skin is very happy with these products. They help keep my breakouts at bay, help even out my skin texture (I do have a higher concentrate glycolic which I use once a week in lieu of these).

I do not have large breakouts so I can't say if this will help for those of you who need more help, but since The Face Shop is great at giving samples, go out and try it for yourself! It has helped my minor acne so I can recommend based on that. I think this would be great for any skin type, preferably normal - oil. If you have dry/dehyrated skin, you'll need to add an extra step.

Will I repurchase: Yes!

What's your nighttime skin care regime? Have any favourite Face Shop products you'd like to recommend?


Just as I was about to write this sentence the mailman came to my door and just delivered my boxing day meme box... #FATE

It also delivered my IPSY bag this month. So clearly I need to set up my soft boxes again, which was very entertaining this time 'round because my cat kept jumping in the box. He obviously wants to be the star of the show. =^^=

I bought this box because I try and take care of my hair, especially during the winter months when it's very dry, I need the extra boost. I haven't tried many Korean hair care products so this box was a great surprise. Many FULL SIZED products!! It was $35 I believe and well worth it. I haven't had the chance to try all the products out yet but so far I've liked what I have tried.

1. La'dor Perfect Hair Filler 13ml x2 ($5)

 This is a "highly concentrated hair ampoule" which is supposed to renew your hair with its ample moisturizing ingredients. Keratin, collagen and silk amino acid are among the ingredients. You're supposed to mix it 1:1 ratio with water until it turns into a cream.

Very interesting, I must say! I haven't tried this yet, but it'll likely be the next one I test out. I don't know if it's because of the word filler, or because of the packaging, but I feel like my hair is going to feel soft as silk after using this. I'm excited to try it out!

2. Natural Waterless Shampoo Outdoor 50ml ($10)

Imagine a foam version of dry shampoo, this would be it. This is a repeat product for me and I'm  happy to receive it again. I like that it has 15 kinds of naturally derived ingredients that "refresh and deliver rich vitamin nutrients to hair and scalp after long hours spent outdoors". I guess this is supposed to add oomf and cleanses your hair. It definitely gives my hair some revival on my off-shampoo days (yes, I'm trying to train my hair again). It smells mint-y (they say there is menthol in it) so that's a plus for me. I like the quick cooling sensation it provides.

3. Na. 8 Outbath Treatment 150g (18)

I haven't had the chance to experience with this, but I am looking forward to testing it out. This is a citron-scented leave-on hair treatment. I LOVE hair treatments and I love citrus scents! It has a "blend of transformative hair nutrients to restore and replenish damaged hair to a shiny, healthy state". Yup, sign me up please!

They direct you to apply to damp hair and not to rinse off.

4. Haken Natural Baobab Oil 160ml ($18)

This is a hair oil for dry and damaged hair that you applied to "towel dried hair". It has vitamin A omega 6+9, chlorophyll and helps protect hair from UV and heat!! UV hair protection is something I think about often. I mean, I put sunscreen on daily, but I'm not really sure to put on my hair when I go out.

I got to test this out today after washing the straw curls I had put in the other day. Let me just say that combing the tangles after wearing it for two days out was... Interesting. I used this to help comb my hair as well and moisturize. I don't notice any difference in softness, but I will say my hair looks nice and shiny. I can picture myself using this often though, since it's so easy. I put serum in my hair everyday and I'm about to run out of my current bottle so I will be using this up!

5. Aztex Therapy Shampoo Natural Herb 50% 50ml ($8)

This is a shampoo that only uses natural ingredients (yay!). The listed ingredients are all things that have been known to be beneficial to hair (and skin! ...don't use this on your skin though) -jojoba oil, nettle, aloe vera, chamomile.. etc.. I tried this out today and it didn't lather, I find it difficult using shampoos that don't lather because I'm not sure if I used enough or not. I may have actually used a bit too much this time, but I will be trying this out some more. I like using products that don't have too many chemicals just because my scalp tends to feel happier that way.

6. Ryo Anti-Hair Loss Treatment 50ml ($12)

This hair treatment is supposed to prevent and re-energize damaged hair. It apparently has a cooling formula. When I first saw this I didn't think anything of it because I don't have any issues with hair loss, but seeing as it's supposed to help prevent AND "re-energize" I will give it shot.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Overall, I think this box was well worth it. There isn't anything in the box that I won't use. There also was so many full sized products!! I actually bought this box because of a hair treatment they included in a previous box. I was so impressed that I wanted to try more hair care products. This didn't disappoint! I will update with my experiences after I've properly tried everything out.

TOTAL WORTH: $71!!!!!!

Janurary (affiliate) Promo codes:
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You can check out MEMEBOX here (affiliate link) or check out the sidebar. Have you ordered any boxes? Which were your favourties?

Donato Academy of Hairstyling and Aesthetics Review

So here's a post especially for Torontonian's or more specifically Etobicoke-ers, yeah, the same place Rob Ford is from. lol

I haven't gotten my hair cut since the last time I blogged about it here. Or wait, the last time I wrote up a draft and never finished it. Woops. Well, this one will be published if not to help acheieve my New Years resolution.

Photo source

 I was booked first thing when they opened and one of the first things I noticed was that everyone (well, MOST) of the employee's/students looked great. Not just hair but their makeup was on point.
I arrived a bit early and waited near at the front, the place looked very clean both in terms of sanitation and decor. I liked it. I was greeted by Minji (who had great makeup on!) and she took me to her station and asked what I wanted done. I showed her a photo and ask for her and her instructors opinion because tbh I'm low maintenance with my hair. Just wanted it to look good!

Yes, I showed her a photo of Kimmy K

I came in with the intention of layers and some bangs (shorter than the one in the photo) and that's exactly what I got. Minji started with a scalp massage (awesome), then a wash, and onto the cut. The cut itself didn't take as long as I thought it would, the longest part was the blow drying (mind you I have really long hair and lots of it! I felt sorry for Minji since not only am I tall, but she is shorter and had to really stretch to get all my hair. haha)

ANYWAY, the instructor came around and checked everything, said it was beautiful and I agreed. Minji did a great job! Will definitely come back and request her. I could tell she was a bit nervous, but she was very precise and did what I wanted. She said she'd only cut off 2.5 inches of hair and she didn't cut more than though (I would have been okay with more).

My BORING, super long hair before - photo cred Amber Primdahl (during a photoshoot I asked if she could take a photo of my hair anticipating this post!)

She asked if I wanted my hair straight or loose waves, I chose the latter and it looks lovely. My hair doesn't usually take to curls very well so it didn't last long, but I still liked it! Total time after everything was finished was close to two hours. Total cost was $30 excluding tip.

They provide little envelopes for gratuity and hang up you jacket/coat if you'd like in the back. You get a number so they know which is yours afterwards. The only thing I wasn't huge on was some of the products they used. The volume mousse now feels dry in my hair and did not, in my opinion, provide any volume. I also didn't notice any heat protector sprayed on, though she did apply some light cream to my hair, not sure if there was any protector in it.

First selfie post haircut! c:

Also, when I first called to make the appointment it sounded like the receptionist was chewing gum (or possibly sucking a candy) and then after giving my number and first name said I wasn't in the system. I had to clarify that I was a new client, not sure if maybe my voice just sounded like one of their regulars, but I found that odd.

I found both the instructor and stylist great, loved their style and they were both really friendly. Overall I had a great experience and will definitely be back!

I tried to get a brow shaping down as well, but they were booked up until much after my haircut had ended, wasn't going to wait around.

Donato Academy of Hairstyling and Aesthetics - Facebook page

3253 Lake Shore Blvd West
T: 416 252 8999

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