Hera Sun Mate Daily SPF 35+++ Sun Protector Review

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Hello everyone! Today I will be reviewing the Herea Sun Mate Daily SPF35 PA+++. If you have read my review on The Face Shop Super Perfect Sun Cream, you know that I'm extremely picky when it comes to sun cream. Nevertheless, sun care is extremely important year round and I shall continue on my quest to find the perfect one.

Hera is quite a bit more expensive than The Face Shop and this product retails for 32 000 Won (about $30 - 32 U.S.D.) Let's see how well it did for me.

The Hera Sun Mate Daily is a cream-type sunblock that can also be used as a make up base. It comes in a simple orange squeeze tube with a plastic twist off lid.  It has a nice little safety seal. The hole that dispenses the product is quite small so you can really control how much product you want to squeeze out.

The consistency of this product is that of a cream. It's slightly thicker than that of The Face Shop Super Perfect Sun Cream but it doesn't feel thicker on the skin. It spreads out nicely and absorbs quickly.

As you can see the actually sun cream is not white. It's more of a beigey pink which won't give you that white cast on your skin that some sun creams can give you. However, it also won't give you any coverage. This is strictly a sun cream not a tinted moisturizer and shouldn't be treated as such.

Performance: It's really moisturizing and easily absorbed. I love how it also just feels like a normal moisturizer. There is shine after application but no white cast. People with dry skin might find that this sun block is great for their skin because it is so moisturizing. However I have combination skin so I find that I tend to look really oily right after applying it. It really looks like I had rubbed facial oil on my face so I don't like to wear this on its own. Since it can also be used as a base, I like to layer my BB cream or powder on top. The moisture from the sun block makes the powder or BB cream look really natural and also adhere better to my skin thus increasing the staying power of my base makeup. Because this product has a beigey color, it blends in easily with whatever bb cream I have on. Due to the humidity of summer in Korea, I sweat A LOT.  Sometimes, some sun blocks lift up into a white layer and stream down my face. Hera Sun Mate Daily did not. It stayed on well and it also held onto my base makeup. Another thing I really loved about this sunscreen is that it does not roll up. When I touch my face, it doesn't come off in little rolled balls as some other sun creams do (cough: Missha Sun Milk - review coming soon).  As with all sun blocks, you should reapply every few hours. 


Overall:  I really like the staying power of this sun block but I really don't care for how oily it looks on its own. It's a beautiful as a base but not meant for me to wear it alone. Because it is so incredibly moisturizing, I really recommend people with dry skin to try this out. People with oily skin might find that this is way too oily for them.

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple (해동 용궁사) in Busan, South Korea

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
If you follow me on Instagram (id: chrissieblogs), then you would've known that I visited Busan a few months ago. It's taken me quite a long time to go through the pictures but I've figured that there a few places and pictures which I want to share with you :).

The first place that I'll introduce to you guys is the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple also known as the Korean Dragon Temple or Temple by the Ocean. There are a few English names but basically it's a Buddhist temple - a very old and well known one in Busan. 

Before I arrived at Busan, I had no idea what this place was. I learned about this place with my friends when we looked at a Busan tourist map. 

Although Busan has a subway , it doesn't get close to Yonggungsa Temple, so my friends and I had to take the bus. From Haeundae, we took a bus all the way to the "entrance" of this temple. I say "entrance" because the bus dropped us off at the bottom of the hill, and we had to take a ten minute hike up the hill to reach the real entrance. Because Busan's roads are quite narrow, the traffic was really bad.  It took us an hour  to two hours ride to reach here. I felt like we were literally going at snail speed.  

Going back to Haeundae took even longer! It was impossible to catch the bus from the exit of the temple because it was full by the time it reached us. I think in total we had to wait almost two hours to get on the bus and it took another two to get back to Haeundae.  Maybe, it was only because we went during the holidays. The point to remember if you're visitng Busan during holidays: take the subway if possible.

Anyhow onto the pictures!

There were many stalls along the path to the official entrance of the temple. The stalls sold many different things - snacks, accessories, herbs, clothes and many more.

You can even find fresh herbs like this. 

After passing all the stalls, I eventually reached this bamboo path that lead to the temple.

Getting closer, I could see so many bright colors.

There are many high and low points in this temple as it is situated on a cliff. 

From under the paper lanterns.

There were so many more lanterns than I've ever seen and in so many different colors.

I love the view. The temple was beautiful from all areas.

As you can see, there were tons of people who visited this temple. Most of them were tourists.

There were many people that climbed down onto the rocks to touch the water. I tried to do that too but it was actually quite hard.

Anyways, this was my visit to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. Although I would like to tell you more about this temple, I really can't as I also don't know and I don't want to just copy and paste things. I can only show you some pictures from my trip! I can say that this is one of the most beautiful Buddhist temples, I've ever visited. It's on a cliff! You really can't beat that. 

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