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Memorable days by Elisa Lee - 1M ago
Hi All! My apologies for not being active here. It really has been a while that I have posted my last blogpost. As a lot of you already know, I have been more active on my instagram @Sokobeauty, click on that link if you haven't followed me there yet.

I would love to announce that I started a new journey, called Sokobeauty. I wanted to be more focused on beauty, especially Korean beauty, which is why it's called Sokobeauty (South Korean beauty). To spread the word about K-beauty even more, I have created a Youtube account. Feel free to subscribe via this link. I will be sharing reviews, favourites, unboxings and way more (a lot of K-beauty).

My very first vlog is up and an unboxing video, I have linked them down below so you can check it out! I will be less active here, because I would like to focus on those two platforms more (instagram and youtube). However, that doesn't mean I won't come back! Perhaps in the future that I will continue with blogging but for now, I got my hands full. It would be amazing if you could follow me on both platforms where I post every single day (at least on my IG), to keep you up to date with everything!

Thank you so much for all the support that you have been giving me here on my blog: Memorable Days. Thank you so much!

VLOG #1: 
Chimaek, Matcha Desserts & April Skin Cushion Foundation Review | VLOG #1 - YouTube
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UNBOXING VIDEO - KOREAN BEAUTY PRODUCTS:    
Unboxing Korean Beauty Products (Krave Beauty, Joah Box, Jolse.com, TonyMoly and more) - YouTube
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The Face Shop has released a brand new collection and this time in collaboration with Ryan from Kakao Friends! Once again, it is an adorable collection. You just want everything haha. They won't release everything in one go, they will release a few bits first and more and more after. What are you eyeing on?


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THE FACE SHOP X HOODIE RYAN 

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note: pictures are taken from the official faceshop website. 

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Hi lovelies! It has been a while since my previous blogpost, I had a short break from blogging. Follow me on instagram @sokobeauty where I update and post every single day. Today I am sharing my new haircut! I recently went to Salon B in Utrecht and the talented hairdresser Iris van der Heijden cut my hair. My hair was extremely long and damaged due to curling every day and due to dyeing so a haircut and a hair treatment was must needed.


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SALON B UTRECHT
It was my first time in this salon and I was amazed how well decorated and how big it was there. It was spacious, clean and friendly service and staff.



Check out #salonbnl on instagram for lovely hair inspiration and for end results of their customers.


Taking a shot and making use of the many mirrors before getting my hair cut.

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THE PROCESS
I sat down with Iris so she could get to know me a bit and my hair and what my habits are with my hair. As stated before, my hair was damaged and extremely long, so I needed a haircut. My other concern is volume - because my hair was so long, it started to feel heavy and it was hard to create volume. She had a great solution for it by adding more short layers in between to create more volume and without feeling it heavy. Also she gave me an Olaplex hair treatment which made my hair extremely nourished (but not greasy/heavy feeling), and omg my hair was SHINING and felt so soft! The picture below was after the Olaplex treatment. It's shining!

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BEFORE AND AFTER
Here you can see the before and after pictures. I didn't dye my hair this time, only did the Olaplex hair treatment as well as cutting. As you can see in the before picture it looked dull, damaged, long and out of model. In the after pictures you can see that she has cut a bit off (10 cm) and my hair looks healthier, it's shining and more alive. I was seriously amazed by the Olaplex treatment!


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Some more after pictures that were taken with my Iphone 6s (colour is slightly different):

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MY EXPERIENCE
I had a lovely experience in this salon. I love the outcome, loved the service and sweet personnel and I could tell that Iris was experienced and definitely knew what she was doing. She mentioned that she has lots of experience with Asian hair and she is known of creating gorgeous balayage. I fell in love with her instagram (@IrisHeijden) where she showcases her work. You can see that she is experienced with dyeing different kinds of hair types as well, and she is especially experienced in the balayage style.

SALON B UTRECHT SALON ADDRESS: 
In case you would like to visit this salon, here is the address:
Minrebroederstraat 13
3512 GS Utrecht
Tel.: +31(0)30 3039716
E-mail: utrecht@salonb.nl

Make sure to book an appointment in advance before you go as they are often fully booked!

note: this treatment was gifted to me in exchange of an honest review, it is not sponsored, and my opinion about my experience is completely my own. 

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I am a big user of dry shampoos! If your hair gets oily, don't wash it straight away, but just use dry shampoo! I use it 3 times per week! Philosophy has a whole line with the scent of amazing grace, and now they have added a dry shampoo, called the Amazing Grace Dry Shampoo


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PHILOSOPHY AMAZING GRACE DRY SHAMPOO 
The notes are: Bergamot, Muguet Blossoms, Musk. It has a floral scent, a fresh scent of amazing grace, a scent of clean bed sheets haha. I love the sturdy packaging and it comes in a 122g spray bottle.

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INGREDIENTS 
Isobutane, propane, alcohol denat., dimethylimidazolidinone rice starch, parfum/fragrance, aqua/water/eau, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, benzyl salicylate, acrylates copolymer, magnesium carbonate, hexyl cinnamal, vp/va copolymer, limonene, linalool, butylphenyl methylpropional, ethylhexylmethoxycinnamate, amyl cinnamal, hydroxycitronellal, panthenol, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, alpha-isomethyl ionone, geraniol, amp-isostearoyl hydrolyzed wheat protein, pentylene glycol, rhodiola rosea root extract, bht.

HOW TO USE 
Your hair should be dry. Only use it when your hair is a bit greasy, oily or if you just want to create more volume in your hair. Shake well before use. Spray 2 to 3 inches away from hair, focusing on the roots to give it some volume. Wait a few seconds and then gently rub in with fingers.

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FINAL THOUGHTS 
I like the scent of amazing grace, it smells the same as the perfume. It barely gives a white cast which is definitely a plus. It's for every hair type and hair color. It gives volume to my hair and removes oil and makes it look less greasy. I love it and it works! When I go through my hair during the day, you can still smell the scent so it does last for a long time. If you are a big fan of the scent and you do use dry shampoos. Give this a try if you want to splurge some money. This dry shampoo is sold for €22,22 which isn't a small amount for a dry shampoo.

This dry shampoo is sold in The Netherlands at iciparisxl.nl.

note: this product was sent to me for review purposes, this didn't affect my opinion about the product. I didn't receive money to write about it, see disclaimer.

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I have been testing a new serum from Philosophy called Time in a bottle. This serum is great for anti-aging, it helps with repairing skin damage, protect from daily aggressors and reactivate skin's natural age-resisting mechanisms. It is a product for preventing the signs of aging.


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PHILOSOPHY - TIME IN A BOTTLE SERUM


take control of skin aging | time in a bottle 100% in-control serum | philosophy - YouTube



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HOW TO USE 
Here is the fun part! When using it for the first time, you need to pour the entire vial of high-potency vitamin c8 activator into the serum, and fasten pump to the bottle. After that, you need to shake well for 20 seconds. The serum will turn light pink, indicating it is ready to begin transforming your skin. You need to use it within 3 months for best results. You can either use it in the morning or at night or both. I normally apply this after toner and essence.

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INGREDIENTS
SERUM: aqua/water/eau, dimethicone, BIS-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane, cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-8, alcohol denat., butylene glycol, glycerin, dimethiconol, polyethylene, xantham gum, phenoxyethanol, benzophenone-4, bifida ferment lysate, PTFE, caprylyl glycol, 1, 2-hexanediol, propylene glycol, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, squalane, plantago lanceolata leaf extract, disodium edta, caprylic/capric triglyceride, parfum/fragrance, silica dimethyl silylate, sodium hydroxide, adenosine, physalis pubescens fruit juice, lecithin, polysorbate 60, alcohol, tocopherol, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, silica, hydrolyzed soy flour, citric acid, sodium phosphate, BHT, sodium chloride, ascorbyl palmitate, camellia sinensis leaf extract, coffea arabica (coffee) seed extract, pongamia pinnata seed extract, punica granatum fruit extract, bacillus ferment, linalool, sodium benzoate, angelica archangelica root extract, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) peel extract, maltodextrin, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, trisodium edta, magnesium aluminum silicate, acetic acid, potassium chloride, potassium phosphate, ascorbic acid, lactic acid, sclerotium gum, plankton extract, micrococcus lysate, sorbic acid, retinyl palmitate, titanium dioxide (CI 77891), mica.
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ACTIVATOR:

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TEXTURE AND SCENT 
The shade of the serum is light pink with a very light shimmer. It is lightweight, very easy to spread and sinks in quickly. The only thing I don't really like about the texture is when you don't use the serum for a few days, it gets a little bit clumpy on the first pump.

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WHERE TO BUY
In The Netherlands you are able to purchase it at Iciparisxl and it's sold for €76.88.-. Not an inexpensive serum I would say.

FINAL THOUGHTS
The serum feels lightweight on the skin and hydrated, just 1 pump is enough for the entire face which is definitely a plus. I have been using this for 2 months every morning. It is great for sensitive skin as well. I couldn't see much improvements at first regards my fine lines that I have. However, during the time I did notice that my skin is firmer. If you are willing to spend money, have a look at this serum. Of course this is no wonder product that removes all your wrinkles or lines, but it will definitely firm the skin up a bit while leaving it hydrated.

note: this product was sent to me for review purposes, this didn't affect my opinion about the product. I didn't receive money to write about it, see disclaimer.


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OMG! I found my favourite cushion! I have tried so many cushions and this one is the best so far! This is the Troiareuke Seoul Cushion with SPF 50+ PA+++. Check out my review in today's blogpost. I got a surprise at the end of the blogpost so make sure to check it out!


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TROIAREUKE SEOUL AESTHETIC CUSHION 
This cushion contains a good SPF 50+ PA+++ so it's a good sun protector. It has 13g of product inside. It only comes in one shade which is shade 23. This shade is perfect for people with NC25. However, I do think that people with NC20, NC30 can use this cushion as well. I am a NC20 at the moment and it looks great on my skin. What's so special about the Troiareuke cushion foundation is that it contains 99% skincare and 1% make up. How amazing is that? It contains 6 kinds of peptide and it's completely safe. 5 peptides inside will fill up the skin like a filler. It's a natural botox-like peptide and this will lift the skin up. It has anti-anti-aging effects as well as brightening-effects.


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I love how this cushion comes with 2 extra pads, so you have 3 in total in the package. The pad doesn't tear easily and feels cooling on the skin when using it with the cushion.


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When using it for the first time, you should remove the film and make sure to close the container lid completely after each use.

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The cushion looks so clean if it hasn't used yet haha.



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SWATCHES & FINISH & SCENT
This cushion has no heavy scent which I love. It smells pleasant and this product does contain perfume as their last ingredient, but it's not noticeable. My hand is slightly lighter than my face, it looks really dark and not matching with my hand, but it blends in nicely when applying it on my face. As I already mentioned, it only comes in one shade which is shade 23. It has a semi-matte finish once you apply it with a lovely healthy glow. I love this finish, since many cushion foundations has a dewy finish, it makes me look like a lightbulb during the day. This one doesn't do that luckily. It feels moist on the skin. It turns into a soft matte finish within the first hour. Since I got a combination skintype, my T-zone does get oily during the day. So after a few hours I do look slightly oily, but not like a lightbulb, it's acceptable. It accentuates dry patches a little bit, so I wouldn't recommend this cushion for very dry/dry skintypes.

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INGREDIENTS 

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COVERAGE 
Here are before and after pictures. I got to apologies because of the lighting that is different, because I used natural lighting that day, I wasn't able to get the same lighting for every picture. However, you can definitely see the coverage as well as the finish that it gives after application. I also did a before and after video on my instastories on my instagram for only today (it stays for 24hours). Make sure to check it out @sokobeauty. It covers the redness and evens out my whole skin tone. The only thing I don't really like is that the product transfers. So becareful when changing your clothes or when you scratch your face when it's itchy, or even when you touch it for a second, it will transfer onto the fingers.

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LASTING POWER 
The cushion does stay on my skin for a long time, approximately after 5-6 hours my skin needs a touch up because my skin starts to get oily. The product does fade around my oily areas, like the nose area, but it doesn't go into my fine lines which is a plus. On the other areas of my face, it does stay on  for the whole day, but you do need to check if it hasn't oxidized or smudged during the day. Even if I applied powder in the morning, I still need to retouch.

WHERE TO BUY
You are able to purchase it at Kbeautybay.com for USD$38.40, their standard shipping cost is just USD$5.-. This shop is a distributor of Troiareuke in the US and Canada. During whole month of May, they got free economy shipping over USD$30.-.

PROS 
• It contains great ingredients and 99% is skincare.
• I love the medium coverage
• Has a semi-matte finish which is a plus for my combination skin
• Great for acne and sensitive skintypes
• High SPF of 50
• It feels lightweight on the skin
• Doesn't get into the fine lines
• Moisturizing
• Comes with 2 extra pads and the pads are of good quality
• Cooling effect
• Quick to apply
• Travel friendly

CONS 
• Only comes in one shade
• It does fade around the nose area/oily areas
• The cushion foundation transfers on fingers or clothing
• I don't notice any lifting/botox effects
• Accentuates dry patches a little bit
• No re-fillers can be bought.
• Pricey

FINAL THOUGHTS 
I have been using this cushion for the past 2-3 weeks. It's still my favourite cushion foundation at the moment. I love the semi-matte finish of the cushion. The coverage is medium which I like as well, if you need more coverage, just apply concealer. Retouching is needed, since the product fades away or oxidizes around the oily areas/ nose area. It has a pleasant scent which is very important to me. It's a pity that it only comes in one shade, but I do think that it's suitable for NC20, NC25 and NC30. This product has more pros than cons for me. Do you want to test this cushion foundation out together with me? On behalf of Kbeautybay I am searching for 5 reviewers who can review this cushion! Head over to my instagram @sokobeauty, find the picture with this cushion foundation, read the rules and feel free to apply, it's open worldwide!

note: this product was sent to me for review purposes, this didn't affect my opinion about the product. I didn't receive money to write about it, see disclaimer.


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There is finally a Inglot store in Amsterdam! If you are following me on my Instagram @Sokobeauty you already knew via my instastories that I went to the pre-opening of the Inglot store! It looks amazing, very modern and all products were laying out, so gorgeous! It is like a candy shop there for every make up lover haha. You can even create your own palette there! Mr. Inglot was there as well to check out his brand new store in Amsterdam and just for that day, they have created this special palette: INGLOT LOVES AMSTERDAM!


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INGLOT LOVES AMSTERDAM PALETTE

I love this palette since I would totally wear many shades in this palette, it contains natural shades that I always prefer, and also matte shades YAY! Happy me! As you can see, the pigmentation is great as well. As I said before, you can even create your own eyeshadow palette there, they have many shades to choose from. There are make up artists in the store who will recommend products for you based on your preferences.

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The new store in Amsterdam is located at:
Kalverstraat 64
1012 PG Amsterdam

It's at the city centre, so very central, you can't miss it!

note: this product was a gift, not sponsored, this didn't affect my opinion about the product. I didn't receive money to write about it, see disclaimer.


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It is time for an unboxing! I received the BLUX March box a few weeks ago from Bluxbox.nl and for the month March it was a skincare box! Check out today's post to see the unboxing and find out more about Bluxbox.

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BLUX BOX
Blux box is a monthly beauty subscription box which includes 4-6 products per month for €14,95 including delivery cost. It is a great way to discover new brands and the price is definitely reasonable for what you are getting.

UNBOXING 
It includes descriptions of every single product that is included in the box:


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KUESHI PURE & CLEAN ASTRINGENT TONER 
This is a full size product. Kueshi is a Spanish brand and this toner contains aloe vera and it does contain alcohol. This toner is normally sold for €12,95.-.
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TRUE ORGANIC OF SWEDEN ALL YOU NEED IS ME  
This is a multi-functional cream that can be used on very dry areas eg. on the knees, elbows, feet, cuticles etc.. It is soothing and moisturizing, love the description at the back! This is also a full size product, normally sold for €24,95.-.

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MONU SPA ROSEWOOD REVIVING MIST 
This is a refreshing mist that you can easily put in your make up bag since it's small. It feels hydrating, smells nice, refreshing and you can also use it as a body mist. This is a sample size of 40ml.
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MAYBEAUTY THE INCREDIBLE FACE MASK 
This is one of the star products from the brand May Beauty. It claims to remove your blackheads, oil, dead skin and impurities. I haven't tried it yet, but this is definitely more for oily skintypes. This is a sample size.

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EMK BEVERLY HILLS SUPRA FACE CREAM 
You might have heard of this brand before. This cream contains anti-aging properties and can be used on sensitive skins as well. It claims to soothe the skin and blurs out the lines. This is a sample size.
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ESLOR SAMPLE SET 
There are 4 samples inside with 5ml of product of the soothing refiner, cleanser, peeling gel, lifting mask as well as the day cream from Eslor. It's a popular American brand, which I personally never heard of. I can imagine that these would be great for traveling, great sizes!

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As you can see, this box included 2 full sizes items and 4 sample sized products. This all for €14,95.- including postage.

note: this box was sent to me for review purposes, this didn't affect my opinion about the product. I didn't receive money to write about it, see disclaimer.


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The new BABOR Easter egg ampoule advent calendar 2017 is here already and I will be unboxing this easter egg with you! Every year, they release an Easter egg advent calendar with their popular ampoules. I personally had never tried anything from Babor so I am happy to receive this so I can try their ampoules out.

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UNBOXING BABO EASTER EGG AMPOULE ADVENT CALENDAR 


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DAY 1 - 5
Day 1 : Hydra plus active fluid: saturates the skin with moisturizing ingredients.
Day 2 + 3 : 2x Algae active fluid: intensively hydrates and vitalizes the skin.
Day 4 + 5 : 2x Triple Booster fluid: reorganizes the skin functions that are responsible for keeping the skin looking youthful.

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DAY 6 - 10
Day 6 + 7 : 2x Active night fluid: raises skin energy levels overnight
Day 8 + 9 : 2x Collagen booster fluid: intensively stimulates the skin's own collagen production.
Day 10 : 3D lifting fluid: improves the skin's elasticity and firmness of the tissue.

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DAY 11 - 14
Day 11 : 3D Lifting Fluid: improves the skin's elasticity and firmness of the tissue.
Day 12 + 13 : Lift Express Fluid: visibly reduces the depth of lines and minimizes sagging.
Day 14 : Seacreation THE SERUM: restructures the skin with luxurious, active anti-aging ingredients.

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That was all in the advent calendar, 14 lovely ampoules. All good for hydration, wrinkles, fine lines and anti-aging. Unfortunately this easter egg advent calendar is sold out at many places, so have a good look around to see where you can get it. For other items from Babor visit their official website.

note: this product was sent to me for review purposes, this didn't affect my opinion about the product. I didn't receive money to write about it, see disclaimer.


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