Get or Skip it: Skin Food’s Peach Sake Toner

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Hey guys! It’s been a REALLY long time since I’ve done a “Get it or Skip it” post. I have been hoarding Asian skincare products lately so I figure it’s about time I weigh in on one.

Back in April, I went to China and purchased an obscene amount of face masks. It’s recommended to apply a toner to clean/open up your pores prior to using a sheet mask so I ordered the Skin Food Peach Sake Toner from Amazon. I have to admit that the 90% of the reason I purchased the toner was because of the packaging. I’m a total sucker for cute packaging, I just can’t help it. They have so many toners based off of different foods that I’ll need to try them all!

Skin food’s motto (as seen on their website):

“You are what you eat.”
Healthy skin starts with food.

SKINFOOD is the first cosmetic brand to root itself in food.
We believe that nutritive food results in nutritive beauty for healthy, beautiful skin.
Our food philosophy drives our product development to ensure that only the highest quality food  ingredients are used to create a more beautiful, healthier lifestyle.

Skin Food Peach Sake Toner

Here is what it claims (as seen on amazon):

  • A refreshing toner revitalizes tired and stressed skin with a few swipes.
  • Sake extracts tighten pores and minimize oil production, allowing skin to stay fresh and matte longer
  • while peach extracts boost skin’s ability to regenerate itself, leaving skin noticeably healthier looking with a radiant glow.
  • Recommended for oily and acne-prone skin types.

I have been using it sporadically (shame on me) for the past month and a half and I like it a lot! It doesn’t have an overpowering peach scent which I really like. Every time I use it, I’m a little ashamed of the dirt I see on the cotton pad but at least I know it’s doing the job! I even used it on the Mr and he was both disgusted and impressed. It really is refreshing and you can instantly see the mattifying effect afterwards.

The downside is that I don’t notice much, if any, pore shrinkage. It could be due to the fact that I don’t religiously use it like I should.

Like they said, this product is recommended for oily skin. It does strip a lot of the oils on your skin so I wouldn’t risking it if you have normal to dry skin.

Verdict:Get Or Skip it Review

At only $15, it is an affordable toner to keep in your arsenal. I say get it if you’re looking for a handy toner that smells yummy (and cute at that). But if you’re specifically looking to minimize pores then I would look elsewhere. I have read that people have noticed pore shrinkage when they use the entire peach sake line.

I personally won’t be purchasing this one again any time soon because I’m dying to try all the other (adorable) toners from skin food. But I do see it as a contender for a future buy.

I am currently looking for new skincare products to try out. Please let me know if you have any suggestions!

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My 30th Birthday Getaway: Lake Garda

One day, out of nowhere, I decided I wanted to do a headstand on top of a mountain. And what do you know, the cute town of Malcesine in Lake Garda has a cable car that takes you up to the top of Monte Baldo. And so the story begins…

I spent about 3.5 weeks getting my yoga on and worked towards my goal of a headstand. Let me remind you that I have this fear of heights AND falling so this outrageous goal is completely out of character for me. I practiced roughly 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 2 weeks before I was able to hold my headstand for a full minute. I don’t know how long it normally takes people but I was SO proud of myself.

We decided to stay in Limone Sul Garda because most of the hotels in Malcesine were either a) booked up or b) crazy expensive. The train from Milan gave us a glimpse of the beauty of Lake Garda. Mountains, peaceful waters, quaint villages, and lush fields made it seem like we were in a whole new world! It took about 2.5 hrs before we arrived at Rovereto train station. Next, we had to try and catch a taxi to our hotel in Limone. We took this route, as it was the best option for that time of day/night.

As soon as we stepped out of the station we were greeted by the sun that was just beginning to set over the mountains, the air was incredibly fresh, and the temperature couldn’t be any more perfect. There wasn’t much activity around the station so we were a bit apprehensive we wouldn’t be able to find a taxi. Next thing you know, in just 3 minutes a taxi driver happened to drop off another couple. We waved him down and he was ready to take us on a wonderful drive of the area. The cab ride cost a hefty 70 euros but it was well worth it.

Driving through the towns and around the lake was breathtaking. About an hour later, we finally got to our hotel, Hotel San Pietro in Limone. The hotel itself was average but the view made it amazing. We were on the upper part of the mountain so our room overlooked the beautiful city and lake.

Beautiful Riva Del Garda on the way to Limone Sul Garda.
Beautiful Riva Del Garda on the way to Limone Sul Garda.

An added bonus to our hotel was that there was a cool pizzeria, called Tovo, right across the street. The hotel receptionist said it was “the best pizza you will get in Limone”. It was about 10PM by this time so we were starving. Luckily, they were still open! Granted they only serve pizza after 10 pm but we will take what we can get! We are happy to report that the restaurant lived up to its hype. Plus, they had some great beer! After eating, we were joking around about buying a few bottles of beer to take back to the hotel. Their response? “Sure, you want us to open them?!” This added to the amazing night we were having.

Pizza at Tovo
Pizza at Tovo

Next morning, we woke up early to have breakfast and make our hike out to Monte Baldo; which is the mountain across the lake in the cute town of Malcesine. We first took a ferry to Malcesine which cost us 6 euros per person round trip. It was a short walk through the lovely town of Malcesine to the cable car station. Malcesine was another beautiful town with a lot of character. We opted to purchase a combo ticket for 22 euros which included the cable car to the tip top + tickets to the Malcesine castle. Taking the cable car was intense! There were so many people packed into the car but it was worth it!

View from the Malcesine Cable Car
View from the Malcesine Cable Car

Being on top of the mountain and touching the clouds is a feeling like no other. After taking a few minutes to absorb, we hiked until we found the perfect area to do some headstands! It was a 10-minute hike before we found the nice and flat patch overlooking the mountains. It was all about waiting to get the right shot. It took numerous tries since the clouds kept on coming and going but we finally got them!

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Monte Baldo Malcesine Lake Garda Italy

On our way back down through Malcesine, we had to stop and get some gelato – the best mint and chocolate gelato we’ve had…EVER!!! We also explored some castles and such…no big deal.

Malcesine Castle
Malcesine Castle

Malcesine Castle

We didn’t hang around Malcesine too much longer because we wanted to head back to the hotel so we can enjoy our swimming pool. We ended our night at Tovo for dinner again for some more food and drinks! We didn’t feel the need to venture to a different restaurant when we already found our sweet spot.

Ferry back to Limone
Ferry back to Limone

The next day, we took the “speed” boat from Limone to Sirmione. I’ve heard that Sirmione is a “must-see” so I had to see it. The “speed” boat cost us 17 euros and it took 2 hours to get from Limone to Sirmione. It was probably a gorgeous ride, but I was passed out almost the entire time. I stayed up pretty late watching my Thai movies the night before. Whoops.

Once in Sirmione, we needed to drop off our luggage so we could explore the town without having to haul everything around with us. Now THAT was a hike! The heat didn’t help the situation either. Turns out the luggage storage in town was actually a petrol station about 7 minute walk OUTSIDE castle gates. The cost to store luggage was relatively cheap. We paid 1.50/hr per baggage.

In my honest opinion, I didn’t think Sirmione lived up to its hype. It was cute, don’t get me wrong, but it didn’t hold a candle to the towns further north. We definitely preferred the mountainous backdrops of Limone and Malcesine. If you have the time to spare, definitely make the effort to venture the lesser known towns! You’ll avoid the crowds and get fantastic views (and pictures).

Unfortunately, I misplaced some footage form Lake Garda but here is what we have!

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My 30th Birthday Getaway: Pit Stop in Milan

Milan Italy

From Marrakech, we flew into Milan. I have to say I was a little disappointed in how inefficient the airport was! As soon as we got off the plane, we were greeted with a security check AND a passport check. There was only 1 person checking the international passports and unfortunately, the other passengers on our flight didn’t understand the concept of a queue. We had about 40 minutes to get on our train to Milan Centrale so it was a bit stressful.

Luckily, we managed to get on our train with with mere minutes to spare! We quickly checked in our luggage at the station so we could explore without the hassle of dragging it around with us. We paid 6 euros per piece for the entire day. I’d say that is a pretty good deal if you plan to spend several hours there.

We paid 1.50 euros each way for the metro tickets to the Duomo. The ride was only 10 minutes and it was pretty easy to navigate.

We decided we wanted to go up the top of the Duomo so we paid 15 euros per person to go up to the top plus elevator ride. You also have the option to pay less to use the stairs but of course we opted for the lazy way. Unfortunately, the ticket agent only charged us for 2 tickets so I had to wait in line AGAIN for the remaining ticket. This wasted another 40 minutes in the scorching heat. I had only allotted 2 hours in Milan so we had to literally run through the Duomo. Running plus heat was not a good combination.

I can’t say I have much of a desire to return to Milan but I’m glad we got a chance to visit for that short amount of time and take some amazing pictures!

Obligatory Duomo di Milano picture
Obligatory Duomo di Milano picture

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Inside the Duomo
Inside the Duomo

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Milan Italy

On top of the Duomo!
On top of the Duomo!
Ah-mazing!
Ah-mazing!

And here is the VERY short vlog from that afternoon!

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My 30th Birthday Getaway: Marrakech

A few weeks ago we boarded a flight to kickoff my 30th birthday getaway. Our good friend, whom we shall call “Giggles” (because his laugh is so contagious), came to join us on this amazing journey. The first stop in our 3 country/8 city tour is Marrakech, Morocco!!

As soon as we stepped off the plane we immediately felt like we have stepped into an entirely different world. Morocco has this remarkable aura about it that I just can’t put into words.

The hustle out there is real. As soon as we got out of our airport shuttle, there were people waiting with wagons to help us with our luggage (for a price, of course). It didn’t take very long before we were lured into a scam. I have read about this scam but we were so hungry and didn’t want to spend anymore time waiting for The Mr to figure out the map. A man had approached us and asked where we were going and he said he could lead us to the restaurant. After a short 3 minute walk, he asked for a tip. Giggles pulled out 20 dirhams but he insisted on 40 dirhams (4 euros). Giggles is the biggest pushover you will ever meet so he gave it to him without any contest.

We had dinner at a restaurant called Latitude which heavily caters to tourists in the Medina. It was the first of the many, many amazing tajines that we devoured.

The next day, we spent hours upon hours wandering souks. The alluring ambiance made you want to drop some dirhams at all the stalls. The scents of the spices were intoxicating, the antique silver was enticing, and the colorful pottery was oh-so-charming! And the haggling!! The haggling was so fun. It definitely made the entire souk experience. I fell in love with the baby tajines that I had to bring a few home.

Them colors! Love!!
Them colors! Love!!
Lamps at the Souks
Lamps at the Souks
Of course I had to throw a picture of a door in here somewhere...
Of course I had to throw a picture of a door in here somewhere…

The next (and final) day, we went to see the Ben Youseff Medersa and the Saadian Tombs. The cost to enter each of the historic monuments was 10 dirhams (1 euro). It was well worth it because the architecture was breathtaking. The intricate designs in every square footage of Ben Youseff is mind boggling. The time and patience it must’ve taken to complete this undeniably phenomenal building! Each of the dormitories were a bit haunting though. There were a few that didn’t even have windows.

The Saadian Tombs was a bit anti-climatic compared to the Medersa. Beautiful nonetheless. It was quiet and peaceful if you can get past the tombs mere yards away from you.

Me raving about it just won’t do you any good. You have to go see them for yourself!

The amazing Ben Youseff Medersa
The amazing Ben Youseff Medersa
Wow. Just wow...
Wow. Just wow…

Here are the vlogs for your viewing pleasure 🙂

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