Monday, March 9

Botanic Sunday

This is part two of the architecture tour by Maria. We went to a botanical garden at Lincoln Park (Zoo). In the beginning, I didn't know what to expect from this botanical garden. I have seen posts from different people showing how nice and special it is inside, but at the beginning I was very disappointed as it looked like any other botanical garden. As we walked in more, we got to see more pretty areas and flowers, so I was not feeling as disappointed. 

I went there with a bunch of friends and it seemed that we spent too much time chatting that we did not get to discover the whole botanical garden (it closes at 5). Even though the building looked small from the front, actually it is pretty spacious inside! I walked a lot, but I did not complete the whole thing. I would recommend visit this place if you have any spare time and you would like to relax!

Top - H&M
Skirt - Forever XXI
Boots - H&M
Hat - Claire's







Photographers: 

Overall we had a lot of fun! It is starting to be warmer here in Chicago, hopefully we can tour more scenic places in Chicago even outdoor! Let me know what you think and any suggestion as to places you would like me to cover around the Chicago area!

See you next time.
xx

Catherine

Wednesday, February 25

[REVIEW] E'thym Collagen Water Moisture Cream

Actually it has been almost a year since I wrote my last review for facial care product. I was doing too much to my face last year (too much product combinations) that around April or May time frame I got a huge allergy on my face, which forced me to check up to an allergist in  La Crosse, Wisconsin. 

Although, even after the allergy I continued some facial products which I trusted for sure. I knew these ones did not cause the allergy. One of them is this E'thym facial cream. I think since my first product review (Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner), I have shared with you that this product is the one that brought me into Korean facial products. Although my first product was E'thym o2 Aura.. not the collagen version.

This product actually came with two fragrances/types: Collagen Water (pictures) and O2 Aura. One is pink and one is blue. Honestly, I really love the O2 Aura one a lot.. a lot better (hydrating and smells better) compared to this collagen water one. 


Before using the product...
I was never one of those girls who care much about taking care of my face. So it was super dry!! super dry!! and I mean it! You can see the dry scales on my face, it was not good. The reason why I picked E'thym as my first trial was the fact that it says O2 and the color of the packaging was blue.. To me it felt like cold and watery; so I thought it can help my skin calm down and

How to get the product?
I got this product from a local Korean cosmetic store. My house is close to one of the H-Mart, and what I like about H-Mart is that it has lots of Korean cosmetic stores! The store sold mostly The Face Shop and Shiseido products. At that time, they are getting rid of The Face Shop products because they are moving on to supplying different brands, so they had the 50% sale and I got this product for $5! Yes, $5!! I bought a bunch of them and so.. it is 2015. I still got some.



How I use it?
It's a face  cream! Simple! I wear this twice a day: in the morning and at night before sleep. Make sure you put this on after you are done with other rituals like face wash or essences. I simply tap a little bit of the cream on my forehead, cheek area, nose, and chin and rub it to ensure it spreads well.


Short Term Result 
Just like putting lotion to a dry skin.. It feels soothing and relieved! Same with here, but with your face.

Long Term Result
I actually have stopped using this since last month. But in general, I feel that my skin is a lot more hydrated and brighter.. fresher!

Would I buy it again?
I would buy the O2 Aura again, not the collagen water. Although now I have used this product for more than a year, I am ready to move on and try another products!


Pros
- Cute packaging color that makes you feel soothed
- Gives you a hydrated feel
- Light, relaxing smell, especially on the O2 Aura!
- Not oily, more watery
- Moisturizes skin

Cons
- More expensive compared to drug store products (expected)
- It gets pretty boring after a while, I am ready to try another face cream

In general I would give this 4.0/5.0

Hope my review of this product help you decide whether to try this product or not. As much as you can, try to sample this product first. eBay often sells samples of Korean beauty products too (Refer here). So if you think you like it, then you can make the investment afterwards! Please do ask me questions or give your comments about this product on the comment box below! I would be glad to talk and converse with you about this!

Love,
Catherine

Monday, February 23

Under The Glass

Happy Chinese New Year to all of you! I am happy that I got to spend this year's Chinese New Year with my family and friends. It seems that through this New Year I have found some resolutions including losing weight! 

This post is a special post for me. My friend, Maria,is an architecture student in a University in Chicago. It is a given that she knows a lot of good, pretty places around Chicago. So she and I paired up and decided to have an set of 'Architecture Tour with Maria'. Now, not only will I share with you my outfit of the day, I will also show you pretty places around the windy city of Chicago. 

This weekend, we visited Chicago Public Library located in the Harold Washington Building at the heart of Chicago Downtown. Chicago Public Library has a post-modern architecture, and it was built on the 1991. This building consists of nine floors and each floor consists of different field of studies. We visited the ninth floor (actually the 10th but it is authorized only entry) called the winter garden,which for me and most people, is the prettiest area in the building. Not to underestimate the other floor, since we also spotted many unique artworks around the building. The ninth floor is a place where people read and sit; a relaxing and bright space. The ceiling of the room is made iron cast glass, which makes it look like a botanical garden. The design of the building is very unique and classic. In general, I feel very pleased to visit this site. 

Turtleneck Top - Zara
Skirt - Romwe.com
Boots - Charlotte Russe
Statement Necklace - Target









Really interesting building and outfit isn't it? I really enjoyed feeling like a princess with this skirt. Let me know what you think and what else you want to know about the building! Give me suggestions as to places you think I should visit around the city of Chicago and I will visit, create a post about this place!

See you in the next post and architecture tour!

xx, 

Catherine