Cult Product: Su:m37 Secret Essence


I have been testing a few cult k-beauty products (as if I don’t rave enough about korean skincare) and Secret Essence from Su:m37 is one of the products that I was most excited about because I have never read anything bad about this.

The products from Su:m 37 mainly uses naturally fermented ingredients. Their the only brand whose products are manufactured in their own Natural Fermentation Research Institute.

The Secret Essence uses the natural fermentation technology. It’s from more than 80 plant extracts fermented and aged in cedar barrels under an optimal temperature of 37˚C and humidity for at least 365 days. It also contains an exclusively patented ferulic acid and Cytosis, which aims to rebuild the foundation of good skin and strengthen it against external pollutants and aggressors. It also promises to improve the skin’s tone, brilliance, firmness, texture, and hydration after just two weeks of use.

This has a slight fermented smell and has a light but viscous texture. It sinks in quickly and immediately leaves the skin feeling plump and soft. It’s nothing unusual compared to the other fermented essences I have tried but this has a lighter consistency while still providing the same effect. From the packaging, it looks heavy and creamy but it couldn’t be farther from that, it almost feels like water. As for the long-term results, this plumps and softens the skin. I can count on this to help moisturize and hydrate my skin. It also gives off a relaxing and hydrating feel, which feels so great as I do my #pmroutine. It works for #oilyskin, because of its texture and how quickly it gets absorbed, and I would recommend this for those who are in urban areas because of the antioxidant ingredients this has.

This product was provided by @sum37 and @meibekorea for review. Available at

Lazy Skincare: Beauty Sticks

For girls who are either too lazy or too rushed to be bothered, beauty sticks are always the way to go. They are fuss-free, compact, and adventure-friendly. From cleansers to sunscreens, these are my picks for on-the-go beauty.


Cleansing Sticks have been around for a few years now, serving the travelers who don’t let their skincare routine take the back seat wherever they are. The Neogen Real Fresh Green Tea Cleansing Stick which contains real green tea leaves and removes makeup efficiently. Another option is the Acure Incredibly Clear Cleansing Stick, which has rosehip oil and sea kelp to help cleanse oily skin types.


For treatments, The Milk Makeup Watermelon Brightening Serum aims to brighten, hydrate, and smoothen the skin with watermelon fruit extract, swiss garden cress sprout, and vitamins A, C, and E. Julep Beauty also offers two pressed serums in stick form. The Dream Big Nightly Renewal Pressed Serum with BHA streamlines your PM skincare routine by offering to hydrate and exfoliate the skin through salicylic acid and sodium hyaluronate for a smoother complexion.  The You Got This Pressed Serum Daily Moisturizer offers soothing hydration defending the skin against environmental damage with its camellia japonica seed oil, Jeju blossom extract, sodium hyaluronate, and ceramides.

Great for dry spots or any part of your skin that needs some moisture, Josie Maran has the Argan Oil Moisturizing Stick. It can moisturize chapped lips, soothe dry skin, moisturize dry cuticles, and soothe the skin, among others.


For those who are always outdoors and needs a sunscreen that can be applied many times over, the Coola Mineral Sport SPF 50 is an organic sunscreen stick that has tamanu oil, sea kelp extract, and cocoa seed butter to protect and moisturize the skin. Another option is the su:m37 Sun-away Clear Shield Sun Stick, and SPF 50 sun stick recommended for dry skin types because of its moisturizing texture. It’s also sweat and water resistant.


After hydrating, moisturizing, and protecting your skin, it’s time to put in some color with these portable and multi-tasking makeup sticks.

Stick foundations are the heroes of shortcut makeup routines, providing coverage wherever you are. A sunscreen, foundation, and primer in one the Dr. Brandt Pores No More Multi-Performance Stick SPF 45 blurs pores and lines, hydrates, smooths, provides SPF 45 protection. The Makeup Forever UltraHD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation is also an option if you want coverage. It creates a flawless complexion with a lightweight texture that leaves a natural-looking, radiant finish.


If you have time to add a healthy glow to that coverage, Nars The Multiple has a variety of shades in both matte and shimmer finishes to enhance your complexion. A personal favorite is Orgasm, which provides both color and shimmer. It’s perfect for those times when I need to quickly add a rosy glow to my face.

The Nudestix Nudies All Over Face Color is a dual-ended stick that has a creamy color on one ends and a blending brush in another. Providing illuminating, highlighting, and bronzing shades, this is perfect if you want more precision in how you apply makeup without having to bring your entire arsenal wherever you go.


For the finishing touch, another favorite is the Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick which you can use on both cheeks and lips as the color options are universally flattering. I always use Formentera when I want to add extra color during beach vacations. The Beach Stick blends easily even if you’re just using your fingertips so it’s great for a goof-proof application.