New In – Heimish All Clean Balm

I must confess: up until this summer, I never double cleansed. Yes – I was one of those fools who thought, “my skin is already oily so I don’t need more oil”. Wrong!

While at KCON a few months ago, I attended a panel with multiple K-beauty experts (including Charlotte Cho, founder of Soko Glam). Charlotte basically dispelled the common misconception that double cleansing is unnecessary. All skin types, even oily, will benefit from a double cleanse. But you guys probably knew that. I’m definitely late to the game on this one!

Here’s the first cleansing balm I ever tried, and it’s a GREAT one. My friend gave me a sample to try out ages ago (as seen here). After basically falling in love after first use, I knew I had to order the full-size:

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Weekend Snaps

YASSS, it’s the weekend again. Happy (belated) Veterans Day! I think a bunch of you got the day off on Friday for the holiday, so I hope you’re enjoying the long weekend. I’ve been scrambling around trying to knock items off my to-do list (I guess it’s just one of those weekends), so I’m looking forward to finally sharing my last Greece photos with y’all soon. That is, if you’re not sick of all these vacation recaps yet! 😉 In the meantime, here’s a look at things around here:

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Did you guys know you can recycle your unwanted clothing at H&M? Oh, and as if helping out the environment wasn’t incentive enough – they’ll gift you with a 15% off discount when you drop off your textiles. Yes, please.

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Monastery of the Holy Trinity (Part I)

Have you guys heard of Meteora? I hadn’t before I went to Greece. These incredible mountain formations (near the town of Kalambaka) are super famous for their unique shape, as well as for the monasteries that are perched high atop the cliffs. Meteora made the UNESCO World Heritage list, of course.

We visited two of these monasteries, but I would’ve been happy if we only got to see one. I think Meteora was my favorite place from the entire Greece trip! If not – definitely tied for first place with our stop at Delphi.

Some tips for visiting these monasteries:

  • Wear comfortable shoes. You’ll do a lot of walking, and up many flights of stairs to get to the top.
  • Ladies: consider bringing a maxi or midi dress. Because these monasteries are sacred/holy places, women won’t be allowed in if they are dressed provocatively. Nothing low-cut or sleeveless, please! And hemlines below the knee, too. We weren’t really given much of a heads up on this, but luckily I had packed a few maxi dresses so I was prepared. They have apron-like skirts you can borrow to tie around your waist if you didn’t pack a long enough dress/skirt, or if you only brought pants. Yep, another rule for women is that they require a dress or skirt, and not pants/shorts. I was bummed because I was totally ready to climb those stairs in my yoga pants! All this is kind of annoying for us girls, but guys need to follow the same rules for covering up (no sleeveless shirts or pants above the knee). It’s a pain to adhere to the dress code, but trust me, it’s worth it in order to enter the monastery grounds!
  • Bring your camera/phone, but mind the rules. You can take as many pictures as you want on the monastery grounds (and believe me, you’ll want to!), but once you enter the monasteries, be wary of their rules regarding taking photos. I think one of the monasteries we went to prohibited taking pictures, and the second one allowed photos without flash.

Alright, enough talking…let’s look at our first stop in Meteora: the Holy Trinity Monastery.

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