As you sit there reading this, there’s a battle going on within you. Although you are oblivious to this battle, the result of it determines the health of your body and the length of your life.

The two tribes: antioxidants and free radicals have been at war since you were born. The free radicals are born with unpaired electrons and have committed themselves to a life of stealing electrons from parts of cells. Protein, DNA, cell membranes, etc are all helpless in their hands and losing their precious electrons causes them to not be able to function properly. You, yourself, may be the cause the free radical’s victory as the population of these bastards can be dependant on the food you eat, the air you breathe, etc. When you smoke, eat fried foods or even breathe bad air you’re giving the enemies an advantage.

In the action movies we watch, the good kills the bad for the overall good. But the antioxidants are even better than the good guys on screen. Rather than killing their enemies they donate their own electrons, neutralizing the free radicals causing them to lose their powers and become non-toxic cells.

So how can you help your little heroes out? By partaking the ‘elixir of life’, tea. Tea contains unique antioxidants called flavanoids and another additional hero: caffeine. It’s important that you know that the tea I’m talking about is: green, black, white, oolong, and pu-erh which are all derived from camellia sinensis and are reconsidered the ‘real’ tea. The additional hero, caffeine, blocks the enemy Adenosine allowing there to be an increase in the firing of neurons and the concentration of neurotransmitters (dopamine & norepinephrine). Resulting an improvement of brain function, improving: mood, vigilance, reactions time and memory. Green tea also causes people to be less susceptible to neurological diseases (eg. Alzheimers) as it helps sustain the parts of the brain that regulates learning and memory. A combination move may be used to defeat the enemies whilst drinking green tea as it also contains L-theanine in addition to caffeine. L-theanine increases the activity of the neurotransmitter, GABA, which has anti-anxiety effects and increases dopamine and production of alpha waves in the brain. The combination of GABA and caffeine improves the brain function even more.

Other special powers of tea includes:

  • Being able to defeat (but not always effective) wild cancer cells: the flavanoids help support detoxification of potentially tissue damaging molecules.
  • When you decide to challenge a diet it helps increase your body’s ability to burn fat as well as increase your endurance level whilst exercising. It also increases your metabolic rate and keeps your waist circumference in check.
  • Lowers risk of Parkinson’s disease
  • Additional green tea powers:
    • Helps diabetics process sugars
    • Improves dental health by stopping the growth of streptococcus mutans which causes plaque formations and contributes to cavities and tooth decay
  • Black tea: has the highest concentration of caffeine
  • White tea: has the best anticancer properties

I would say tea is a strong supporter of the good guys, but warning, the more you repeatedly drink hot drinks the more you’re at risk of oesophageal cancer, so let your tea cool for a minute or two before drinking. Green tea bay also interfere with growth of bladder, breast, lungs, stomach and pancrease. But overall the benefits of tea greatly outweighs the risks.

So, as always I’ll like to leave some questions for you, which I’d love to hear the answers to in the comments section:

  • Do you drink tea often? After reading this article will you drink it more?
  • Is there anything in this article that surprised you or you found interesting? Eg. Whilst doing research for this article I was surprised to find out that only tea made out of camellia sinensis is considered ‘real’ tea and they’re the ones with the health benefits. Bye bye Chai tea (although it does contain black tea), hello green tea.

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Today I will be reviewing THEFACESHOP’s Herb Water Powder Mist. As always, the review will be structured: basic info, what it claims, my impression, summary, comparing what they claim and my experience, final thoughts, other people’s reviews. Feel free to skip to the parts that you’re curious about! As I said, I would not recommend products unless they’re so good that they can cause someone extremely stingy to buy it (AKA me)

Basic info

Volume: 80ml
Price: ~14USD
Skin type: All
Suggested for: Normal
Ingredients: Polymethyl methacrylate (powder), tea tree extract, semary extract
Can be bought from: Korea depart (7.61USD)

– Use as often as needed when skin feels dry or hot.
– Close eyes and spray onto face, and softly pat the remaining formula into face
– Can be used after cleansing and before/after makeup

What it claims

  • Controls oil and provides moisture
  • Tea tree and rosemary ingredients calm skin and keeps it clean and fresh
  • Fluid suspended in fine white powder
  • Delivers moisture into skin and gives a smooth powder-like finish

My impression

PACKAGING. Packaging to me is so important, not just the outer looks but the container design and what I can tell you is that this container was poorly designed. I looked at a few other reviews as well and they all got issues with the spray in someway or another. How the product sprays is: if you imagine a circle, it sprays the circumference of the circle and not the area of the circle. That means it takes more sprays to get that ‘refreshed feel’ on your face and results in you overusing the product and getting a ton of excess. THEFACESHOP what is with your container designs??? The thing I do like about the container is that it’s see through, so I know how much product is left and that I can open it, so that when I finish the product I can put other products inside.

Although the spray is a let down the product itself is pretty decent. I sprayed a bit on a part of my hand to retest it. It has the smell of a Vitamin C tablet, the product gives you a refreshing feel and once the product was absorbed there was a significant difference: the part with the product was soft, moisturized and cooler while the part without was left dry and rough.

I apply this mist after cleansing to let my face absorb all its goodies and apply the excess on my neck. Normally I get pimples on my neck but after I started applying this I haven’t gotten a pimple since meaning that it does effectively calm the skin and keeps its clean and fresh. (My face still gets breakouts when I binge eat chocolate but that’s my own fault). There has been no significant change to my skin texture and I can’t say that it helped increase my face’s moisture long term. Unfortunately I don’t have oily skin but combination skin so I can’t tell you if it controls oil but from another review I read, the author states that it didn’t help that much in that area.



  • Container is see through so that you can clearly see how much product is left
  • After I started using on neck area which is prone to pimples, I stopped getting pimples there.
  • Achieves what it claims
  • Handy size to carry around


  • Spray doesn’t disperse well = need to use more product
  • Goes through product really fast

Comparing what they claim and my experience

  • Controls oil (?) and provides moisture ✔
  • Tea tree and rosemary ingredients calm skin and keeps it clean and fresh ✔
  • Fluid suspended in fine white powder ✔
  • Delivers moisture into skin and gives a smooth powder-like finish ✔

Final thoughts

Other than the container I would say that the product is great and does what it claims. The product is worth it’s price as it refreshes my skin and helped with the pimples on my neck. The only reason I wouldn’t repurchase is once again because of the container otherwise I would repurchase.

Stingy Sophia rates it: 7/10

View other people’s review on this product

  • reviewjunkie-beauty
    Moisturizing Power: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ (3/5)
    Refreshing Ability: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (5/5)
    Oil Reduction Ability: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ (3.5/5)
    Ease of Use: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (4/5)

    Packaging: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (4/5)
    Fragrance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (5/5)
    Repurchase? NO



My mind is a contradicting fellow who enjoys social relationships but also……. doesn’t. It’s constantly craving for social contact but also……… not. So how does one fulfill that constant needy and picky beast? With parasocial relationships. Parasocial relationships are when people form one sided relationships with say, a celebrity.

For the past year or so I have been obsessed with everything Korean: Korean drama, Korean music, Korean culture, Korean make up, etc.. So naturally I formed an ‘intimate’ and ‘close’ parasocial relationship with my favourite band, EXO. EXO is a Korean boy band comprised for 9 members (formerly 12) and needless to say, they are all masters in the art of seduction in their own way, leaving me, as a person that’s susceptible to celebrity worshipping, weak in the palm of their hands.

So what is it that makes me so susceptible to celebrity worshipping? How much a person is susceptible is dependent on these factors:

  1. Personality type: people who are egocentric/narcissist/easily irritated/moody are easily susceptible
  2. Religion: devoted people are less susceptible
  3. Psychological state: people who are lonely or people experiencing identity adjustments eg. People who are still developing their identities (therefore young people are more susceptible) or people who just experienced something, say divorce or losing their job.

Also as human beings it is in our nature to pay attention to those on ‘top’. Some may pay attention to them so that they may learn from them and emulate them, others may do so to better navigate their social scene.

I, for one, identify myself with the characteristics above. As I said, my mind is one that’s craves social contact but also……not. Which leaves me in a really awkward position of wanting to form meaningful and strong bonds with people but also wanting to stay home alone. Which often leaves me lonely and hungry for social contact and therefore the fantasy relationship formed in my mind with Baekhyun (the sunshine of the group) comforts me. As well as the fact that watching them shine so brightly up there gives me a sense of accomplishment as well.

So the question I will leave you all with is:

  1. Do you ‘worship’ celebrities?
  2. After reading my article, which category do you think you fit in that causes you to be susceptible to celebrity worshipping?

Ps. I personally don’t like the term ‘worshipping’ cause I am somewhat religious but that’s the technical term and it is the accurate term. Researching about this topic did also expose me in someway as I am not as ‘religious’ as I want to be.


Escape the labyrinth of depression

Depression is a sly little thing, it’s something that once you get acquainted with, it’s hard to get unacquainted.  Once you start, it somehow barges into your life so much that in the end being depressed becomes a habit, a go-to move your brain takes every time anything big or small happens. Suddenly you find yourself in a cycle of waking up wishing a sharp sword would just cut through your chest and falling asleep to the thought of getting into a car crash.

I, myself found my way out of the labyrinth of depression just last year after 6 years of hopeless wandering, fighting whatever the labyrinth threw at me. And although the labyrinth comes in different forms for everyone, I thought I should outline a couple of tips to help those still stuck in there to get out faster.

1. Learn what your depression is based on

Now in my previous post ‘Primarily Learned‘ I told you about my victim mentality and how I grew up more than half of my life without my parents. I grew up spending a lot of time alone without family or friends and I grew up convinced that what I needed to be happy was to have them. I was depressed that no one was there for me and that I had no one to lean on. So this was the very base of my depression, the fact that I convinced myself that the formula to happiness is something that I didn’t have.

Everyone has formulated their own formula to achieve happiness. ‘If I have that, I’d be happy’ ‘If I achieve this, I’d be happy’ ‘If only I could do ___, I’d be happy’ ‘If only I/they was better, I’d be happy’ And with these formulas we confine happiness to a certain set of things and without them we’d never feel that ultimate happiness. What we need to learn is to let go of this formula. The things we convinced ourselves that we needed to be happy, we need to let those go. Now I moved to Germany alone and I have spent the past 7 months without friends but I spend each day happy and not put down by the thought that I need friends to be happy. You may think this only works in my situation but if you simplify and simplify and simplify your problem to its basis your mind would be so much clearer. Is the ultimate basis that you’re trying to make two parties happy when there’s no way for the two parties to be happy? Or what is it for you? Once you get down to the basis, the way out of the labyrinth is much clearer.

2. Enjoy the little things and realize it’s not okay to be depressed.

I said it, realize it’s not okay to be depressed. These days, everyone’s going around saying it’s okay to be sad and depressed. It’s okay. NO. When I saw those post when I was depressed I just saw it as an excuse, ‘it’s fine, they said it’s fine for me to be depressed’

I know that realizing that it’s not okay to be depressed is not the equivalent to not being depressed. You don’t just realize and suddenly you’re able to control your depression and I’m not telling you to tell yourself off and fell bad about being depressed. The point is to move your mindset out of depression becoming a habit and an instinct.

I said it in my ‘Primarily Learned‘ post and I’ll say it again. Enjoy the little things. Really just stop and appreciate. Do not live your life looking downwards, shrinking your whole world to just one patch of darkness but look up at marvel. It does not take a whole lot to feel a bit of happiness. Do not aim for some sort of unattainable, possibly non-existent ‘ultimate happiness’. I personally feel a bit of happiness just looking at the colour yellow. It’s spring, look at the colours around you, look at new life budding all around you and if you’re in the South Hemisphere, bro, GO EAT SOME FEIJOAS!!! (I can’t even get them here!) Enjoy. The. Little. Things.

3. Incorporate feeling accomplished into your life and challenge yourself

How I actually got out of depression is that I worked for a company 6 days a week 12-16 hours a day. I had the most responsibility in the company other than the boss and I just had no time to be depressed. I had no time at all to think negative thoughts. I was either exhausted or concentrating on work. Even though I worked so much, I enjoyed it, I felt very accomplished and I was pushed beyond what I thought my limit was.

A way to feel accomplish is to challenge yourself. Now I’m not telling you to join a sweatshop and work till you die. The challenge you set for yourself does not need to be on a huge scale. Now that I’m not in that environment anymore, I challenge myself with the smallest challenges. For example, where I’m staying there’s a trampoline, I challenged myself to do a front flip. I bounced and I bounced for so long and I did not manage to accomplish my challenge BUT during the time I was bouncing I was giggling so hard because the fear of doing a front flip charged my body with adrenaline so that even though from the outside it just looks like I’m bouncing, I’m internally freaking out and it was so. much. fun. The result of the challenge does not have to be perfect but you should enjoy the attempt.


Although finding your way out of depression isn’t as easy as unfriending someone on Facebook, you definitely can do it. GIRL/BOY you. can. do. it. What you also need to do is to not make getting over depression as big of a hurdle as you think. Getting over depression is not feeling of ultimate happiness or loving yourself to the uttermost, but going ‘hey, today wasn’t so bad.’ ‘hey, this week wasn’t so bad’ ‘hey, these negative thoughts are appearing less and less’. Jump over the first hurdle and keep on slowly getting better and better. If you relapse don’t worry, but learn to catch yourself each time your brain’s go-to move is to be depressed, realize it.

If anyone else has their own experience they want to share to the other people looking at this post, whether you’ve already walked out of the labyrinth or if you’re still fighting to get out, please do. With more people and experience maybe more people can get out faster. Advice or questions are 1000000000000000000000000000% welcome. If you’d like to contact me privately to tell me your situation in depth, or if you just need support please tell me. Who cares if we don’t know each other? I will support you like I supported others. I will write 1000 word essays to you and whatnot. Like if you think this was helpful in any way, and follow for more posts.


Today I will be review THEFACESHOP’s eye cream from their Mango seed collection. If you just want to know whether not I recommend it just go to final thoughts. I am personally pretty stingy so I’m pretty critical about whether or not the product was worth my money so unless it’s legitimately something that can cause the world’s stingiest person to buy it, I would not recommend the product.


Basic info

Volume: 30ml / 1.01 fl. oz.
Price: ~$32 USD
Directions: Apply a small amount to the eye contour area. Tap lightly to allow absorption
Can be bought from: Momomango: ($32.99 )  + American Amazon: ($22.07-34.00) + Style Korean ($11.85) *Note: all prices are in USD and I have no experience purchasing from any of these sites

Ingredients: Water/Eau, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, DipropyleneGlycol, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Glyceryl StearateSe, C14-22 Alcohols, Squalane, MacadamiaTernifolia Seed Oil, Triethylhexanoin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Arachidyl Glucoside, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), 1,2-Hexanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, StearicAcid, Ceramide 3, Colesterol, Peg-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dipentaerythrityl, Hexahydroxystearate / Hexastearate / Hexarosinate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose, Distearate, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Panthenol, Synthetic Beeswax, Sorbitan Stearate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Ammonium, Acryloyldimethyltaurate / Vp Copolymer, Adenosin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Caramel, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, SorbicAcid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) SeedOil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Beta-Carotene, Butylene Glycol, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium Edta, Parfum/Fragrance – See more at: http://www.stylekorean.com/shop/the-face-shop-mango-seed-silk-moisturizing-eye-cream-30ml/611/#sthash.WcI8tUYS.dpuf

What it claims

  • Fast absorption
  • Long-lasting moisture
  • Improves skin elsticity
  • Reduces signs of skin aging
  • Makes eyes softer, smoother, more vibrant and younger looking

My impression

At first glance I fell in love with the nice warm yellow packaging. This is seriously how Korean cosmetic companies get me. When the packaging is amazing I don’t even care about anything else, I must have it. (The story of how I ended up buying two products from the MISSHA X Line collab)

The container has a little pump to pump out the product which I like since it decreases the chance of bacteria coming into contact with the cream. What I don’t like about it is that it keeps a bit of product exposed to the air so the next time you take a pump there’s going to be a bit of dried up product that has hardened. Plus the fact that it feels like after the pump stops dispensing there’s still going to be a lot of product wasted.

During the time I tried this product, my eyes were flaky and dry. The cream is very soft, thick and creamy and when I applied it, even though my skin was dry it did not hurt or sting. The smell is great but on application is not so overpowering that that’s all you can smell. It claims to have long lasting moisture but even though I applied it more that twice a day to speed up the recovery process of my dry flaky eyelids it still required 4-5 days for my eyelids to recover. Before I had this I used Revital Q10 (Costs 2,99 Euros) and although that stung when applying onto my dry eyelids, it recovered them in 2-3 days.

When I apply the product my eyelids are a bit sticky and it stays sticky and a bit greasy, so I can’t 100% agree that the product is fast absorption. The product does make my skin instantly softer but I can’t say that it makes my skin look more vibrant. The skin around my eye area is darker than the rest of my face and has remained looking dark. Unfortunately I do not have wrinkles so I can not tell you whether it really reduces signs of aging.



  • Cream is soft so that even when applied on very dry skin, it does not sting
  • Pump eliminates chances of bacteria getting into product
  • Has a nice fragrance but isn’t overpowering
  • Causes skin to become soft and smooth


  • Takes 4-5 days to recover dry skin
  • Is a bit sticky and greasy when applied to skin
  • There’s always a bit of dried up product
  • Expensive

Comparing what they claim and my experience:

  • Fast absorption
  • Long-lasting moisture
  • Improves skin elsticity
  • Reduces signs of skin aging (??)
  • Makes eyes softer, smoother, more vibrant and younger looking (??)

Final thoughts

Although there’s a lot of product, I personally find the price really steep given what it has to offer. I bought this to solve my flaky eyelid issue and even though it did solve it, it took longer than another brand that is significantly cheaper. That being said, this product’s advantage is that it does not sting or hurt on application. I would not re-buy the product as the price is just insane.

Stingy Sophia rates this 3/10

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These blogs would re-buy the product

If you have any other questions or whatnot that I did not cover please feel free to ask in the comment section, also if you think that I should add any other segments to my reviews please tell me so my next review will be even better. Lastly comment what other things you think I should review.

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As a child who grew up living more than half her life without her parents around, I milked the situation as much as I could to receive sympathy and compassion from others although in reality living without them was not terrible. My victim mentality made me view my life in the most negative way possible just so that I was able to put myself in the position of a victim, a victim who would receive momentary pleasure from the sympathy and compassion received by others.

The victim mentality allowed me to not take any responsibility of my life, I could get bad marks, become a hobo, and in turn just blame my parents for not being there for me or guiding me. I never made my own decisions and even when eating out I would MAKE others choose for me. That momentary pleasure, which I thrived upon, caused me to live my life unnecessarily depressed and made me want to die every time I woke up.

For 6 years I convinced that I was depressed and lived my life in a depressed manner, making myself a victim of the world. Till one day I came to the realization that the sky is breathtaking. I think it’s important to stop, slow down, and really, I mean really look at the world you live in. Look at the sky, look at the colours, feel the wind, and really just stop and experience and marvel. Just marvel.

A lot of the times we blow things out of proportions and because of some reason or another we convince ourselves that our lives are hell. We live our whole lives looking downwards. It’s easier to live looking downwards. We shrink the world down to just one patch of darkness rather than seeing the whole thing. And we miss out. We force ourselves to miss out.

Now I know that I myself, enjoy making myself a victim, I enjoy the sense of superiority that I have it the worse, my life is the worst. I can persuade myself into thinking that no, my life is miserable and its not self inflicted, life really just sucks. But I can also finally, finally appreciate it for what it really is, and that it’s great.

So if you’re even doubting just a little bit that your pain is self inflicted think about these questions:

  • Is this situation really as bad as I’m making it?
  • Is there actually a way to solve my problems?
  • What is causing me to be negative?
  • Is there another way of looking at this situation?

And really just stop and appreciate. Don’t choose to focus your energy on that one patch, but look up and marvel.

Naturally, if you have any experience yourself or your own situations please comment!


Subject #5943615634

What happens when you combine a bundle of awkwardness, a bucket of social anxiety, a lifetime of time and a dash of estrogen? A 20 year old girl prone to obsessions.

For the benefit of science, I have donated myself as a subject, to make this blog, a guide book would you say, for the weird future scientists or current observers (aka you) that for some weird reason have a curiosity towards the resultant of the above formula.

This blog will be a log of both my obsessions and me trying the escape my ignorance.

For those who interested in the obsession side there will be posts to do with Korean drama, kpop, cosmetics, skincare products, reviews of shopping websites, healthy living etc. and for those interested in escaping ignorance with me there’ll be articles on all sorts of subjects whether it be science, religion or history. There will also be a daily post on new around the world plus new hallyu news.

Thank you for choosing my blog. I am your guide, Sophia. Please do not stray from me as we navigate through the subject’s mind as one wrong step may result in you being stuck in the Hunger Games obsession phase, fighting your way out. I hope you enjoy the tour, please like and follow.