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Julep Konjac Sponge Review

I tried the Konjac Sponge that came in my Julep Maven October Box tonight just for the hell of it (and for this review!). I noticed right in the package that it was moist and damp. I don’t know if it usually comes like this, but I assumed that Julep intentionally made it damp and it wasn’t the perspiration from being in a box in this heat.

The package says the sponge is 100% natural and made from the fibrous root of the Japanese Konjac plant. It’s enriched with skin clarifying charcoal and beneficial for any skin type. The instructions said it could be use wet with or without cleanser. I chose to use my Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser because I had makeup on and I really wanted to completely clean my skin.

After doing more research on the konjac plant, I read that it exfoliates your skin and dislodges any dirt, blackheads or oil. It also rubs dead skin cells off your face. There are different types and colors of konjac sponges, but the black one that I have contains charcoal, which contains activated carbon and is good for removing excess oil (which is great for me because I have oily/combination skin!). 

The sponge also feels extremely soft and is not as harsh as a dish sponge or loofah. It almost feels like squishy, porous rubber! (Strange comparison?) 

I applied the cleanser onto the sponge and massaged it into my face. I used circular motions, almost as if I was using my Clarisonic Mia—which is my usual routine. The cleanser didn’t lather up as much and I think it was getting soaked into the sponge. I like how the sponge is shaped and how I can use the narrow point to get into hard-to-reach areas such as around my nose.

I rinsed the cleanser out of the sponge, but it took a while because the sponge soaked in a lot more than I realized. Or I just used too much cleanser…But anyway, I rinsed my face and immediately noticed that it was surprisingly smooth—possibly even smoother than when I use my Clarisonic! I applied my moisturizer afterwards and it went on so smoothly. I definitely feel that the sponge removed my dead skin cells and exfoliated my face really well. I am very impressed with how this sponge works although I don’t think I’ll be using it every day. (Still got that Clarisonic!) I’ll probably use it 2-3 times a week when I want/need a gentle exfoliation.

The sponge also came with a suction cup so I can let it hang to air dry! 

I would definitely recommend using a konjac sponge if you want an everyday gentle exfoliation. It’s easy to use, feels soft on the skin and does its job well! Kudos to Julep for adding this to the collection!

Stay tuned for more outfits, fashion inspiration and beauty news!

Yours truly,
Dorothy <3

Tell me about it, stud. Today’s outfit was inspired by some random thought I had in my head yesterday and somehow it led me to wear this. Does that make sense?

Anyway, it’s still pretty warm in SoCal so I can get away with wearing sleeveless tops and a skirt, but I added the boots to fit right into the fall season. It may still feel like summer, but that doesn’t mean you can dive into fall fashion!

Top | Thrifted
Skirt | Thrifted
Shoes | JustFab

I also realized that the majority of my clothes are thrifted now! Kudos for saving money and shopping at convenient, low prices. Do you have suggestions for good thrift shops in LA? Let me know!

October Julep Maven Box Reveal

Hi all! It’s been a while. I thought about this for a second and figured that I should also turn this into a beauty blog. I’ll talk about what products excite me and what don’t and provide any recommendations that I might have :) Let’s begin with the first beauty post!

I’ve been a Julep Maven for almost a year, but I usually skip boxes because buying a new one isn’t in my budget. They’re $19.99 each and I’ve received probably 4 boxes in total. But this month, Julep came out with a new system where you can select other boxes to buy other than your style profile! Mine is “Classic with a Twist,” which normally has classic nail colors. Sometimes I wish I was another style profile, but “Classic with a Twist” definitely fits me best :)

So this month I decided to buy the October Core Classics box which included:

  • Bare Face Cleansing Oil
  • Konjac Cleansing Sponge
  • Blank Canvas Mattifying Primer


(You can’t really see the text on the white box but it’s the cleansing oil. And the box came with candy corn, yay!)

I bought this box mainly for the cleansing oil. I’ve heard great things about it, especially from Claire Marshall on YouTube. I’ve been wanting to try a cleansing oil for a while since it’s a less traditional way of washing your face. I honestly didn’t care for the other two products, but once I got them, they looked interesting to me and I’ll be sure to try them this month.


The Konjac Sponge is supposed to be used to gently exfoliate your face. It’s also beneficial for every skin type, gentle enough for everyday use and 100% biodegradable.


This primer absorbs shine, minimizes your pores and keeps your skin moisturized for 24 hours. It’s also fortified with 18 plant extracts and helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and creates a smooth canvas for foundation. It’s also paraban- and sulfate-free!


The cleanser is antioxidant-rich and enriched with Power Cell Complex, which is a blend of rosehip seed oil, Malvaceae Lipid Extract and green coffee bean oil that offers age-defying and cell-regenerative benefits. It is also stated to reach deep into pores to dissolve makeup, dirt and other skin impurities, leaving the skin clean with no oily residue. (And, like the primer, it’s paraben- and sulfate-free!)

I had a full face of makeup when I used the cleansing oil. The directions said to use a liberal amount, but being me, I was frugal and it did me no good. At the end, I used about 6 pumps, which still felt like it wasn’t enough. However, I still rubbed it into my skin and worked with what I got. At first, it felt strange applying a “more-than-generous” amount of oil onto my skin. The only difference from using a cleanser is that the oil doesn’t really lather up. I rubbed the oil into my eye makeup and I soon had raccoon eyes—which I wasn’t complaining about it because it did remove my makeup! After washing the oil off, my face felt pretty clean and fresh. I still had some eye makeup around my upper and lower lashes but I removed what was left with my Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover (which is the best makeup remover I’ve ever used). I also used some around my cheeks and forehead to see if there was any makeup left after using the oil, and there wasn’t! 

Overall, the cleansing oil did its job and I will continue using it. I’ll try out the sponge and primer when I get a chance to, but when I do, I’ll make sure to write about it here :)

Hope you enjoyed my first beauty blog! Stick around for more of my #ootds and thoughts on beauty products. I promise I’ll be back!

- Dorothy <3

"Maroon" 4. The McSisters made me wear “maroon” today in my outfit. I’d say my sweater is more burgundy, but who’s judging? P.S. I’m awkward.

Sweater | Forever 21
Jeans | Forever 21
Socks | Momma’s sock drawer
Shoes | Mossimo from Target (borrowed from Cynthia)
Bag | Classic from Santa Anita mall

River Jude Phoenix. Tribute to my favorite deceased actor. Died when I was only 9 months old, but changed my life when I watched “Stand By Me” for the first time. 

Shirt | Ebay
Leggings | Wet Seal
Socks | Stolen from my mother
Shoes | Chuck Taylors
Hat | Charlotte Russe
Rings | Borrowed from my sister

Jazz Cat. I went out with old high school friends and my old AP Gov high school teacher today! We went to eat shabu shabu at Jazz Cat and then to Le Arbre for some boba. Good meal, good vibes, good talks. It’s great catching up with old friends (yeah, I’ll call my teacher my “friend”), especially since it’s been three years since we’ve had that Government class. Things have definitely changed but it’s all for the best and now we’re all buddies! Anyway, it’s still warm here at night in El Monte so I stuck with some basics :)


Romper | Forever 21
Vest | Macy’s
Belt | Stolen from my mother
Bag | Classic from Santa Anita Mall
Shoes | Stolen from my mother/sister

Easy Breezy. The beginning of the week was pretty cold and I finally realized that now’s the awkward and uncomfortable period of summer-to-fall transition. The weather’s changed for a couple of days and I was stuck wearing jeans and jackets and other apparel that just weren’t “fitting.” I’m still in summer mode and it’s dreadful because I have a midterm and paper due next week and I’m freaking out! But today’s outfit was a nice break from the early-semester stresses I’ve been having lately.

Dress | Obey (gift from USC Zeta Phi Rho!)
Jacket | Forever 21
Shoes | H&M
Long Necklace | Forever 21
Hat | Forever 21
Belt | Stolen from my mother
Bag | Marshall’s a long, long time ago

Round 1! Heading over to the Zeta Mansion for USC Zeta Phi Rho’s first rush party of the semester! I might be bouncing, but we’ll see about that…

Jacket | Outer Edge
Top | Rue 21
Shorts | I don’t remember
Necklace | Given to me by my sister!
Boots | Forever 21
Socks | Forever 21

RUSH ZETAS! Today was USC Zeta Phi Rho’s Obey Sale for their rush week and of course, I came out to work and to support! I knew it was going to be hot, so I made sure my outfit felt breezy and comfortable.

I’m still trying to find time to do this blog and nobody is willing to take pictures except for my sisters, so bear with me while I get things rolling. 

Good luck to the USC football team on the opening game tonight against Hawaii! Fight on!

Shirt | Provided by USC Zeta Phi Rho
Pants | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Shoes | Air Jordan 7 Retro “Bordeaux” 
Necklace | Disneyland
Bag | H&M

First day of school! I decided to start my blog today because the school year will give me more motivation to dress up and explore different fashion styles. But don’t be surprised when this blog goes M.I.A. during midterm season or finals week—I’ll definitely be bumming around in my sweats at that point! 

People have requested a fashion blog and it’s always been on my to-do list, so I figured that now is the best time to start one! Follow me for my outfits of the day (or night) and my own, personal insights on fashion! Here goes nothing…

Note: Excuse my poor, low-quality photos. They’ll be taken with my iPhone and by one of my sisters, so don’t even expect amazing pictures. (Although I will get there someday!)

Denim vest | Oscar de la Renta (thrifted from Goodwill)
Blouse | Fashion Q in Monterey Park
Skirt | Kissa
Sandals | Stolen from my mother or sister (I don’t know which)
Snake bracelet | Mui Ne, Vietnam