Friday, 26 April 2019

NeogenxJoan Kim Vita Duo Cream - REVIEW


I have seen people complaining already about it and saying they feel Joan scammed them. But to be fair, isn't it the same with all "companies"? You promote your brand and product for people to buy it right? Not to defend Joan at all but just saying, as a consumer we have our own responsibility as well.Personally when someone says it's SOOOOO GOOD and perfect for all, I get SUPER SUSPICIOUS and I always take a second look because I don't trust people/companies! I mean at the end of the day they want to SELL!
I read and I hoped it would work on me despite the lavender oil etc. but knew I could get into trouble. Yet I was willing to spend the money although the cream isn't cheap!
Looking back at Joan's own review on YT and after using the cream I'm keen to know how many are in the Neogen office and how the various skintypes/age/gender etc was representative before this was approved to "fit all skin types".

The creams - Day cream is super thick yet easy to apply and Night cream - it's like a gel and light. I hate the lid, to me a little product escape each time when I close and i always had to clean it to avoid bacteria/dirt!!!
A little goes a long way so that's of good value for your money! It sets quickly to your skin.
I have super dry and somewhat sensitive but seems to be very selective for what drives the sensitivity. As a first impression I was super happy like WOW and no immediate irritation or anything. However 2 weeks in using it day and night I'm not so pleased.

1. Being as dry as I am, I urge to use my face mist throughout the day, usually it's enough like 2-4 times a day, now i want it every 30 min! If I tap on the skin before I mist it feels ok yet not the way other creams have done and therefore I urge to use my face mist way more than with other creams.
2. I get red around my cheeks!!!
3. When I put on make up, my foundation is caking!! Never happened with other creams!
4. it itches around some areas of my face.

I looked at Sokoglam's website to see what's out there for English speakers to support you in the choice (I bought mine using a Korean website and info in Korean). Sokoglam's website says "The nourishing Joan Day Vita Cream gives skin a morning boost with ingredients like energizing green tea and brightening vitamin C. The fast-absorbing formula also serves as a smooth canvas for makeup.
The Joan Night Vita Cream features a juicy gel formula that repairs, soothes, and strengthens skin while you sleep thanks to ingredients like lavender oil and vitamin E.
Using this perfect pair also ensures round-the-clock hydration.
Both formulas are free of parabens, artificial fragrance, animal ingredients, and mineral oil."

I think it gives you an idea right and also have full ingredient list! Awesome!!
But looking at the statement "smooth canvas for make up" - not for my skin! I have tried them separately and mixed. It's good they mention the Lavender oil!
It feels like a waste of money unfortunately (my own fault for want to try it out) as I have 90% of the jar left! I will see if my husband can use it, however he has even dryer skin than me...
I won't re-purchase it and I cannot recommend it to people with dry skin or sensitive skin.

I hope they can re-formulate it and remove oils and other ingredients which can irritate the skin. Possibly also only recommend it for certain skin types and not all!



#full #review #cream #neogen #joanday #joannight #greentea #lavender #kbeauty #koreanbeauty #rash #itch #cakey #vita #duo #cream #senstive #sensitiveskin #dryskin #allskintypes #sokoglam #quote #wasteofmoney #mychoice #mywords #모든피부 #네오젠 #비타 #듀오 #크림 #skincare

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Arashi 5x20 - Tickets


General Rules for Johnny's ticket

  • Each member could apply for 1-4 tickets per membership.
    Friends joining can be a member or a non-member.
  • Member can select 3 dates + one wild card (any venue)
  • Member would ballot using the app or FC member website, member would receive an email with result.
  • If winning ticket member needs to pay for the tickets by date specified.
  • Member would not know the seat until ticket arrives.

NEW RULES for 5x20

  • Member can apply for 1 or 2 tickets.
    If applying for 2, the second person MUST be a Arashi FC member as well.
    You need to enter the other FC member's details as you apply.

  • Member can select 3 dates + one wild card (any venue)
  • Member would ballot using the app or FC member website, member would receive an email with result.
  • If winning ticket member needs to pay for the tickets by date specified.
  • Member would not know the seat until ticket arrives.

As you can see, Johnny's put very strict policies this time!
Good or Bad? Well... this makes it IMPOSSIBLE for non-members and people living abroad to attend.
But it makes it POSSIBLE for as many FC members as possible to attend.


#arashi #5x20 #concert #tickets #johnny's #fc 

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Back from Seoul


I came back from Seoul the other day!
I cannot believe I'm back, I didn't wanna go home..hahah
That's how it is whenever travelling right?

We had a great time lots of foods, I found new places and also visited old ones.
I did a lot of shopping.
I met friends and I had a lot of fun!

Please check my Instagram for photos and videos @swe_sokojbeauty

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Travel Essentials

Skincare is heavy and not always easy to bring a long when travelling especially shorter trips.
I usually buy travel sized friendly items in Korea and Japan because they always have them. And I also have empty containers so I can fill them up with my fave products.
In Korea and Japan they also sell a lot of the products in smaller travel sizes, even at convenient stores sometimes. Some items that are my essentials are these:


Pads
For the past years there have been a boom of various pads, pre-soaked with goodies.
These kinds of pads are great when travelling, because...you can have them in your carry on!
Many companies have released their versions of pads and some of the ones I love are these.
I use them both at home and travelling

TIP: It is convenient to wipe off and fix makeups during the day. You can also use as a mini sheet mask on specific dry areas such as cheek or chin.




1. CosRx - ONE STEP ORIGINAL CLEAR PAD
These daily pre-soaked exfoliating pads gently wipe out excess oil and keep the complexion clear, refined, and well-balanced.

HOW TO USE: Swipe the embossing side across the face avoiding eye area after cleansing.
Swipe the softer side across the face to pick up the remaining debris.
Replace the lid tightly to make sure the pads stay wet and clean.

INGREDIENTS
Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine Salicylate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Panthenol, Allantoin, Ethyl Hexanediol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate



2. CosRx - ONE STEP MOISTURE UP PAD
It is a daily moisturizing pad presoaked in a toner of Propolis Extract and Hyaluronic Acid. It helps to fight against main features of dehydrated, delicate and flaky skin.

HOW TO USE See above.

INGREDIENTS
Propolis Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Betaine Salicylate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil

3. MISSHA Super Aqua Moisture Essence Pad

These daily pre-soaked pads gently wipe out excess oil and keep the complexion clear and refined.

HOW TO USE See above.

INGREDIENTS
Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Aphanothece Sacrum Polysaccharide, Copper Tripeptide-1, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Tripeptide-10 Citrulline, Tripeptide-1, Lecithin, Propolis Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceramide NP, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyacetophenone, PPG-26-Buteth-26




Tissues

There are many tissues, most of us know make up removing tissues, which are great as you can also have them on flights without any problem. But, have you every heard of shampoo tissues? In Korea they also have Hair tissue which brings same effect as dry shampoo!



1. Missha Pposong Hair Dry Tissue

Keep your hair oil-free with tissues! Cleansing + Conditioning + Volume Up.
Easy to take on the go and to freshen up hair at any moment.


HOW TO USE: Take out a tissue Wrap the tissue around the hair and sweep downward, let it dry and you are good to go.

INGREDIENTS
Water, Alcohol, Dipropylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Polysorbate 60, Dimethicone, Trideceth-10, Phenoxyethanol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Fragrance

2. Missha Super Aqua Perfect Cleansing Oil In Tissue

Provides a perfect cleanse of makeup and impurities. Textured embossing helps cleanse deep inside pores. Blue lotus purifies without irritating.

HOW TO USE: Gently wipe cloth over the face and eyes to remove makeup, dirt, and oil.
No need to rinse.
*Tightly reseal package after use.

INGREDIENTS
Water/Aqua, PolySorbate 80, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Hexamidine Diisethionate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate HCl, Hexylene Glycol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth-9, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Fragrance/Perfume, Water/Aqua, Glyerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Ceteth-10, Ceteth-20, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol,, Propanediol, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Caprylyl Glyceryl Ether, Vitis Vinifera(Grape)Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Sesamum Indicum(Sesame) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Tocopherol, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil



3. Simple Sensitive Skin Experts Facial Wipes

Simple Cleansing facial wipes are merciless on make up, even waterproof mascara, but gentle on skin.
The wipes leave no residues and contain no alcohol, no colour or dyes, no perfume and no harsh chemicals that can upset the skin, even the most sensitive.

HOW TO USE: With one side gently wipe over your eyelids and lips. Use the other side on your cheeks, chin, forefront and neck. If needed hold the wipe for a few seconds in areas where make up is more intense before wiping

INGREDIENTS
Aqua, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Benzoic Acid, Ceteareth-12, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Panthenol, Pantolactone, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Citrate, Tocopheryl Acetate



Multi step facial masks

I always bring a facial mask for my long hauls. For the last years many Korean brands released masks divided in three steps - cleansing, tone/essence and face mask!
As you can hear, great to have on a flight to keep you moist and healthy ^^

A few brands providing these:
CosRx
Jayjun
Medicube

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Solo



YGs new fave lady - Blackpink's Jennie.
I like Blackpink but more and more I see kinda fiece input to what made me love 2NE1.
I'm not saying their are the same but I see what YG is putting his efforts and how!

Back to Jennie's solo, it's ok... It's not as fierce and mind blowing. It's just another song.
I saw, I listened and I turned on the next tune...

What do you think?

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Travels


I'm travelling a lot these days, different continents.
Therefore I have not been able to update.
Time difference and work keep me busy busy!!!!

Apologies

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Follow me


For more about J and K beauty...
As well as food and shopping.
In English and Swedish

FOLLOW ME on INSTAGRAM
@Swe_sokojbeauty

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Thai red curry


Cravings occur from time to time in my life..
The other week I craved Thai red curry, one of the few Thai foods I can actually eat.
Luckily it could be easily solved and it was quick to make. Anyone can disagree on what I put into my curry but it was things I like ^^
Chicken, bell pepper, cauliflower, onion, water chestnut, peas 

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Protect your skin

Sun products are important for many things and comes in different forms.
Important is that it absorbs or reflects the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation and helps to protect against sunburn. Diligent use of sunscreen can also slow or temporarily prevent the development of wrinkles, moles and sagging skin.
Also, sunscreens can be classified into physical sunscreens (i.e. reflects sunlight) or chemical sunscreens (i.e., absorb the UV light).

To use sunscreen is a very important step in many Asian's skincare routine.
Compare to us in the West who loves a great tan, most Asians fear it!
To sum it up
West - Tan = Holidays
East - Tan = work on the field / wrinkles and sagging skin!

Please take it with a pinch of salt, not all are like this is West vs East. But I have more Western friends who wants to go to get a tan compare to my Eastern, meaning Asian friends.

In Sweden where I live, I have to say it's not easy to find many sunscreens for the face, there are of course a few options but not same range as in Asia.
I have tried a few here in Sweden and some actually gave me rashes! I found one decent from the Pharmacy - Apoteket.

I have to admit, I'm not using sunscreen every day, I should but I don't...
I do on sunny or somewhat sunny days but not on gloomy and rainy onces, which I should because there are bad UV coming. But I also have to say, in Sweden the UV is not as strong as in other countries. Enough with the excuses.
I know I need to become better!!!


So which one should you use?
Well... I guess it depends on you. To know a sunscreen is not the same and no I'm not only talking about SPF and PA's I'm also talking on the function - water resistant, white cast, feeling against skin, if you use make up, acne prone, hydration.. etc.
There are many many factors!! Is it a Surprise?
Also look at where it's from, e.g. EU and Korea has stronger laws for approval than the US.
And a sun screen that works wonders for you might not work on your bestie or family member!


Here are a few in my stock of different ones!

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Topp till tå / Top til toe


Jag älskar torsdagskvällar, det är då jag går igenom hela mig - från topp till tå.
Hårinpackning, kroppsskrubb, ansiktstvätt och skrubb, finare duschkräm och kroppsbalsam. För att torka håret använder jag en återfuktande hårmist och sprayar även ansiktet med en mist för att huden inte ska torka innan jag fortsätter med min kvällsrutin och ansiktsmask!

1. Moltobene Loretta hårinpackning
2. Bath & Bodyworks duschkräm
3. Neogen Bio Gauze peel - Grönt te
4. Rituals - Sakura kroppsskrubb
5. Banila Co - Clean it zero
6. Senka - Perfect Whip cleansing foam
7. Lush Ro's Aragan Kroppsbalsam
8. Labiotte Chateau - Djupt återfuktande cream mist
9. Nature Republic - Aragan återfuktande hårmist

Kolla in min Instagram @Swe_sokojbeauty

I love Thursday evenings, it's when I go through myself - from top til toe.
Hairtreatment, body scub, facewash and exfoliator, a nicer showergel and body conditioner. When blowdrying my hair I use a moisturizing hair mist and also a facial mist to avoid my skin to dry before continuing with my night routine and facial mask.

1. Moltobene Loretta Hair treatment
2. Bath & Bodyworks showergel
3. Neogen Bio Gauze peel - Green tea
4. Rituals - Sakura Body Scrub
5. Banila Co - Clean it zero
6. Senka - Perfect Whip cleansing foam
7. Lush Ro's Aragan Body conditioner
8. Labiotte Chateau - Deep moisture cream mist
9. Nature Republic - Aragan Hair moist mist


See my Instagram @Swe_sokojbeauty


#Hudvård #jagälskarmig #skönhet #topptilltå #kroppsskrubb #kroppsbalsam #håripackning #mist #kvällsrutin #livet #blifin #helamig #enrejälomgång #lyx #tahandommig #hairtreatment #bodyscrub #exfoliator #skincare #bodycare #hairmist #Loretta #Naturerepublic #bathandbodyworks #lush #lushlife #bodyconditioner #labiotte #banilaco #cleanitzero #senka #perfectwhip #neogen #gauzepeel #greentea #rituals #sakura #hemmakväll #moist #bortskämd #spoiled #torrhy #eftergymmet #träning #네오젠 #라비오뜨 #바닐라코 #네이처리퍼블릭 #moltobene #rosaragan

Friday, 28 September 2018

Applause



Finally Friday, this is an oldie but goodie.
A great song to start off..or soon to start off the weekend!!

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Moistfull Collagen Cream


Who hasn't heard about this product? The Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream.
When I was introduced to this cream it was said: This face cream is enriched with Etude House's super collagen and Baobab water to provide moisture and keep your skin hydrated for over 12 hours. The gel texture makes this a good choice for dry to combination skin types. 
A little goes a long way and it absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving any greasy residue or heavy feeling behind. Skin feels soft and supple after application.

I can agree my skin feels soft and not greasy, but is it the best I have used?
Did I see a big difference?
I'm actually torn, it is good but not great. What I mean is that I can feel the smoothness and my skin is moist. But it doesn't provide my skin with the overall moist compare to some other creams I have used.  I would buy it again but it's not the first I'd go for.

Score
★★★/★★★★★




Weight: 160g
Size: 2.54 oz / 75 ml

Ingredients: Hydrolyzed Collagen, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Adansonia Digitata Fruit Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Betaine, Kaolin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Pca Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Stearic Acid, Silica, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Poloxamer 407, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Phytantriol, Ppg-5-Laureth-5, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Alcohol, Water, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Friday, 21 September 2018

Double lasting foundation


This is one of Korea's most popular foundation.
The only reason I bought it..haha
I love my cushions but decided to try.
Funny thing is that I thought number 24 Amber, the darkest shade would be good for me.
But it turned out to be too dark! A first!
After trying and trying and with help from my friend and shop clerk, I bought it in Sand.

So what's the verdict?
This one covers, I had two layers. But the thing is, it oxidize on my face pretty bad.
I think it's because I have dry skin. It sinks into my pores and it flakes all over.
I don't know if it has to do with my beautyblender but I'm not pleased.
It fits better if I keep on spraying mist on my face but that's not how it should be.

I had high hopes but this one was not for my skin.

Score
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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Ddeokbokki Saturday


The other week hubby and I spoke we both craved korean spicy rice cakes.
So last saturday we finally made some! And to go with it we had korean seaweed rolls aka kimbap.
Hubby missed out on some ingredients but it was still delicious!!!

Can't wait to go back to Korea!!


Saturday, 15 September 2018

[미스터 션샤인 OST Part 11] See You Again (Feat. 리처드 용재 오닐)



My week treat is to follow this K-Drama Mr Sunshine on Netflix.
So far of all songs, this is my fave one.
The song is very sad but JiYoung is one that really makes the song speaks loud.
I LOVE IT!!!

Funny thing was..as I listened to it at home, my hubby went...seriously who died?
lol
He is Korean so he understands the lyrics and could sense the message..^^


ENJOY

Lyrics
See your eyes
See your face
자꾸 가슴이 뛰어서



See your face
See your eyes
맘에 품은 걸 알았죠

내가 살아온
세상 어느 순간보다 더
소중해서

그댈 둘러싼
시간 꿈 모두 다 한 조각
공기처럼 간직했죠

너무나 아파서 슬픈 사랑은
매일 밤이면 낯선 얼굴로 서서
저기 바람은 가고 있는 길을
알고 있다 말하죠



I’ll be there
함께 하나요

See your eyes
See your face
자꾸 눈물이 흘러서

가진 것
아닌 것
아무 소용이 없었죠

내가 살아갈 세상
어느 곳에서도 그 이름
부를 수 없어서

이토록 아팠던 우리 사랑은
매일 밤이면 낯선 얼굴로 서서
저기 바람은 가고 있는 길을
알고 있다 말하죠

I’ll be there
함께 하나요
I’ll be there
I’ll be there

모두 흩어진 뒤에
만나죠
다 아픈 거죠

그곳에선 함께 웃고 있죠
I’ll be there
See you again

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Tokyo goodies


I cannot believe one of my best friends from Japan is now to live in Sweden!
She and her hubby came for dinner the other day and gifted me with this!
So happy and thankful
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<3 b="">龍角散(Ryukakusan) - Throat medication
サボりーノ 目ざまシート (Saborino Various Aspect Sheet) - morning facemasks
Daiso silicon sheet mask - to hold your facemask so you can do other things
fan - fans to use when it's hot

Friday, 7 September 2018

파란 봄



I cannot believe I missed this release!!
Oh well the tv show doesn't excite me but the song by Ailee sure did!!!
I cannot wait until her full comeback, a MUST in the kpop world!

WELL DONE...I love it!!

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Korean Tofu Stew


I got Korean silken tofu at the Korean culture festival the other week.
And so we made Korean tofu stew the other day.
It's one of my fave dishes, and can come in so many varieties.
My hubby loves the plain one while I like to mix things into mine..e.g. dumplings.
It was truly delicious and I can recommend this dish for both vegetarians and meat lovers as you can add meat into it as you wish.


#KoreanFood #Food #Homemade #rice #Korea #South #Tofu #Stew #순두부찌개 #찌개 #순두부 #두부 #요리 #밥 #맛있다

Monday, 3 September 2018

Kiss me like that




Last week the legends in Kpop did a comeback for their anniversary!
I have to say..I love it ^^
It's so nice to see that they are still going strong.

Saturday, 1 September 2018




Anyone wondered about the difference between J and K beauty?
As most think...for everything, Japan and Korea are "almost" the same.
But if you really know Japan and Korea you know it's not!

Please take a look at this video to see the similarities and the differences!

A Korean woman spends 2x time/money on skincare!


ENJOY