Author: Jessica

Review: Purito Pure Vitamin C Serum

I have coveted Vitamin C serums for the last five years, it is the first skincare step I introduced to my routine where I noticed a drastic difference & I still notice a difference when this type of product is missing from my regimen all these years later. I have already tried a few duds this year, like Seoul Ceuticals; so I began eagerly eyeballing this Vitamin C serum from Purito in hopes it would be different. Brand Purito is a relatively new Korean-based company, they are cruelty-free & their natural ingredients emphasize the 10-Free Skincare Ingredient Philosophy: No parabens, ethanol, surfactants, artificial coloring, fragrance, triethanolamine, phthalein, triclosan, petrochemicals or benzoyl peroxide. The company attempts to reduce their carbon footprint by minimizing cosmetic packaging & it is produced from eco-friendly materials. Product Claims Here are the advertised claims from Purito’s website: The balance of natural ingredients makes it safe & suitable for all skin types. The ingredient help soothe & smooth blemishes. It builds collagen, diminishes fine lines & wrinkles, lightens age spots, minimizes pores, …

Review: Tosowoong Time Shift First Essence

This essence has stood the test of time, continually trending as one of South Korea’s most popular essence waters on the market. I have been seeking a replacement to my discontinued Holy Grail [Still bitter about that, Missha] so I was held out hope this Tosowoong product from their Time Shift line would be “the one” to make me swoon. Awful pun intended. Brand Tosowoong is a South Korean cosmetic brand that launched in 2004. It quickly became a cult favorite brand, producing botanical based products with a reputation for whitening & anti-aging benefits. The brand initially became known for luxury cosmetics, but their affordable product lines have had commercialized success in recent years. Product Claims I struggled to find this product on a brand website where I prefer to gather advertising information, but here are the product claims from Jolse: Black Yeast Ferment Filtrate contains full of Beta-Glucan which improves skin condition. It protects the skin from outer harmful factors and keeps skin moist and soft with intense moisture. Functional essence for Whitening and …

Recipe: [Slowcooker] Creamy Wild Rice Soup with Butter Roasted Mushrooms

‘Tis the season of comfort foods! All soups are my close friends when winter, or really any weather below 20C, encroaches upon my area. I wanted to share one of my favorite recent discoveries as I have seemingly consumed nothing except soup & crusty bread the past two months. I absolutely adore Half Baked Harvest’s cooking blog if you have never checked it out before! I gather a lot of inspiration from her meals so this recipe is a slightly bolder, spicier dish than her original dish. I have included Metric & Imperial conversions, as well as ingredient alternatives because a few products are more difficult to find in France than the USA. Flavors It tastes like a giant bowl of comfort & love! It is creamy, it has citrus zest, it has the heatiness of only aged parmesan can give our souls & an extra kick of spice derived from the Mediterranean. The dish is filling without being too heavy with wine & broth to cut the density of cream & cheese. Also, it …

Camino de Santiago: A 500-Mile Pilgrimage for Park Preservation [The Conversation Fund]

My name is Jessica. I have been called an outdoorsy person, once or twice. I hike. I boulder. I trail run. I camp. My very first memory was going on a hike. My father has worked security for state & national parks for as long as I have known him, despite all of his short-coming I have learned to love & respect nature from him. He was leading me along a trail in the autumn, my toddler self kept complaining about the newly gifted hiking boots were hurting my feet. We paused a few times along the trail so my father could loosen the laces around my ankles to prevent blistering. When we finally got home & my father was taking off my boots, we discovered a giant beetle had crawled down the loosened ankles of my boots. I screamed & cried for hours after seeing the hard-shelled bug attached to my socks. My father kept taking me into the bathroom to show me my safe foot in the mirror after he released the beetle outside, …

Review: Seoul Ceuticals Day Glow Serum – 20% Vitamin C

I have recently returned to the birthplace of baguettes from an impromptu visit to my sweet home, Chicago. It would not be a trip home without a few consumer indulgences, which is how I ended up with this little vial of Vitamin C. It was a quick trip so I let my shopping senses take the lead without doing as much research into products or brands as I like to do when time allows. This Seoul Ceuticals review took some unexpected turns as I began researching the product, the real question is where to even begin! Brand If you have followed my blog for any length of time, I try to be an active consumer & use my purchasing power as I see wisely. I will pay higher price tags for products from brands like Amore Pacific that do a lot of social good, I do not buy from brands like L’Oreal that have made past mistakes & have not done enough to compensate for it to earn my favor or money. Seoul Ceuticals is …

Barcelona – The Eateries

I apologize for missing in action on this blog lately! One of my resolutions for 2018 was to post more regularly on this blog, but I’ve already fallen behind. January was just a lot to handle. A death in the family led to an impromptu trans-Atlantic trip back home. Work was chaotic as well, a long with a myriad of other excuses I could use. Finally, I do have a head start on a number of posts I have been meaning to write out with all the time lulls that accompany travel! While this blog has exclusively been skincare related over the years, I had the realization last year that it is still my personal blog & I would like to include more aspects of my life. I am going on my third year of living abroad & working remotely, which has allowed me to travel more & I want to document my individual experience. So to initiate this new aspect of my blog, I wanted to start with the gastro-tour of a recent trip …

The Minimalists’ 21-Day Journey: Days 8 – 14

A quick review of last week is I am a digital nomad that has hoarded more than my two suitcases can hold so I am trying out a few different purging techniques. Last week’s focus of The Minimalists’ 21-Day Journey involved evaluating our personal goals & things that we own, we began making connections between the physical objects we need to fulfill our daily routine & help us accomplish these goals. This week will center on the purge phase of our unused tangibles. Day 8: Belief We begin the next week by continuing to examine our belief systems. Previously we examined facets of ourselves, like personal fears & relationships; both interpersonal connections & attachment sto objects. Today, we are supposed to look at what we think is important & why. Are they societal expectations or own ideas? Both authors have been caught up in their luxury hoodie jobs associated with Silicon Valley, they were always striving to collect collegiate degrees like Poke’mon & increase their income to the next tax bracket. The authors thought this …