K-beauty !

Here’s something i got from Korea 2 months ago and i finally started using it after the Maxclinic one which i got in April was used up.

I used to use cleansing oil to remove make up but i switched to Oil to Foam cleansing oil to remove my make up and this is used in the 2nd step after using the Biore cleansing water or Biore Jelly up remover to remove eye make up.

Cleansing = 3 steps for me and that includes thorough make up removals.

First step – Remove with cleansing water or make up remover

2nd step – remove remaining make up with cleansing oil

3rd step – Foam cleansers.

I love how this cleansing oil turns to foam when you later your face with water. I don’t like how oil cleansers are soooo hard to remove even with foam cleansers. Some cleansers are too mild and may take longer time or quite hard to remove the cleansing oil on the face. Or the cleansing oil is too oily and too strong for the cleansers.

So it is good to get oil to foam cleansers because they don’t leave that oily feeling and it removes your make up.

The Max Clinic one is good but not sold in SG. Blogged HERE before.

Because it turns to foam after you lather with water , it rinses off easily. YAY !

Im gonna stock on this ON: and Max Clinic ones on my next trip in March/April. I maybe going for a short 5 days in Jan to check on the wedd stuff. Got this at KRW 7,500 after 50% discount from OLIVE and YOUNG. Lucky enough to get this at 50% off because when i want to go back to buy another bottle of stock up , it was back to KRW 15,000 and so i didn’t buy.

Something you can buy and try as a 2nd step make up removal. Or if you are someone who puts on light make up , i think this one can remove your make up base well enough.


Im turning 30 soon and im slowly introducing Anti aging products to my skin. I have got sooo many sample bottles of this AGE AWAY range from HERA that i think the samples alone can last me probably 6 months or more. Starting to feel old and can feel the skin is no longer like last time. A little bit different from 4 years ago because now i realized i need to maintain it quite abit more than before. I like this range alot. I haven’t gotten any breakouts yet. Not pimple kind of breakouts but rashes. Because when a product is too strong or rough for my skin , rashes will start appearing and they are the abit painful kind and itchy. It will take 2 days for it to go away.


I think im like a K-travel guide. Friends often ask me where to go in Korea. Because they have been to Seoul soooo many times and they want to go elsewhere. They want to travel for 10 days.

Seoul , Jeju and Busan. These are the 3 popular places. To be honest , 3 days in Busan or 3 days in Jeju is not enough. If you have the time , 5 days will be great for you to comb the entire place and go to more places. Most people put a week in Seoul because there are more to see. Actually i find that Seoul is more for shopping. But if you want to a rich experience of the culture , you can go to these places.

Gyeongju : 

It was once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla and you can see many ancient and traditional Korean houses and palaces. Awesome place to go in Spring and Autumn because the trees , leaves and flowers blended in so well with the architectures. 2 days 1 night here will do.


Jeonju : 

If you love bibimbap , Jeonju is the place you should try. Jeonju is famous for its bibimbap.

The Jeonju Bibimbap. It is about 5 hours bus ride from Seoul so it will take about 2 or 3 hours via KTX ?

Quite a small town so probably 1 day is enough. You should visit the Hanok Village. If im not wrong , you can book a Hanok stay there.


Tongyeong : 

Tongyeong is located at the southern peninsula of South Korea. If you are a fan of K-pop star Song Joong Ki and you watched the movie Innocent man , you will know this place because it was shot here at Tongyeong at this place called Dongpirang. You can find alot of paintings on the wall and the shooting locations. Famous food here is the Ggulbbang ( Honey Bread ). Very cheap. About KRW500 per piece. 1 full day here will do and you can move on to other or take a ferry to Jeju.


Naejangsan :

Good place to go in Spring is the Naejangsan. it is located at outskirts of Jeonju. You can find temples and beautiful waterfalls here. Don’t wear like me when you go there. I can’t climb up the mountain because of my clothes so i was only at the base.  Just half a day here will do unless you want to do mountain hiking or trekking.


Jinhae :

1 day stay will do and you can move on to Busan from here.

Located an hour from Busan. Famous place for its spring blossoms. Crowded with alot of locals during spring.  Best place i have ever been to in Korea during spring. Super nice and even the mountains have “speckles” of white cherry blossoms. So nice ! I want to go back here again next year in Spring ! Cherry blossoms everywhere. This is the best place in Korea for cherry blossoms.


Gangwon-do : 

Best place to go to during Winter because of its ski resots and the snow capped mountains. Damn cold. I have never been there but i want to !!! I was asking Oppa if i can have my honey moon here hahaha he wanted to faint already because i wanted my honeymoon in Jeju island and Gangwon-do !


There are other places also like Daegu , Ulsan , Gwangju and more….i’ve been to Ulsan and 1 full day there will do :) If you were to skip Seoul , Busan or Jeju because you have been there many times , you can go to at least 7 cities for a 10 days trip to Korea.

Well , we are about 10 months away from wedding in Sept. But we have not confirmed the date and venue yet because it is difficult to arrange for everything in Korea since we both are based in SG.

Many people asked me “where is the ring” when they meet me. Or some will ask “how many carats” ? “buy from where ?”

But when i told them “no ring”.

Most gave a shocked reaction like “Why ?” or “No ring and you agreed to go ahead ??” or “Then what did he give instead ?”

And i cannot remember how many times have i explained and only the good and true friends get the more “elaborated explanation”. And im starting to feel abit tired answering to these questions.

People who know me well will know what have i went through few years ago. And that was partly the reason why i don’t see a diamond ring as that important. Infact i told my bf that i don’t need any ring. Save the money up instead for our future together. Let’s do a saving plan for our future.

That was why now im just planning a simple wedding affair. Most importantly is that we have to live happily and be contented. Diamond ring or not doesn’t matter.

Don’t know why but i felt very grown up these days or should i say more practical ?

I used to go shopping buy clothes , shoes or even make up once every 3 months but lately i hardly even shop or buy anything. Buy only when it is spoilt. Perhaps it is a occupational hazard. And also it doesn’t sound right if i don’t do what i preach right ?

Time flies and it is year end soon. So much more to accomplish and so much more things to prepare and learn. Guess i can only start preparing for my Korean wedding when i go over in Spring next year. Photoshoots , wedding venue etc etc. Already missing my friends , food and everything there ! Cant wait !

Last week was beauty week !
Fell sick for a few days ( flu , sore throat and migraine ) and my skin was quite cui.

It was also time to do eyelash extension touch up at LushLashh which is located at Raffles Place.

At first i thought of touching up but i decided to redo the whole set. The last time i did B curl lashes so this time i decided to go for C curl lashes to create the “eyeliner” effect. It really saved me alot of time. I do not need to put any eyeliner. Now i just apply my BB cushion , eyeshadow and lipstick. Shortening my make up time can spare me extra 15 mins of beauty sleep !


I cannot remember what was the length i did. But you can ask the lash technician Wendy on the set i did. I trust her so much so usually i just tell her what kind of look i want and let her do it according to her own creativity. It turned out very well and i like it. I had a good sleep. It took only an hour.


It is really quite hard to find eyelash extension parlour in Raffles Place especially at affordable price. Lush Lashh Korean Lash Parlour is located at The Arcade #03-12. You can call or sms 85685268 to make an appointment. The Arcade is the building beside Chevron house and you can see it immediately after coming up the escalator from the MRT station to street level. Wah i miss the yummy fish soup at The Arcade. If you are going to have your lashes done , you should go to the 1st floor ( beside fruit juice shop ). The fish soup there is very nice. I had it almost every week when i was working at Raffles Place few years ago.  There is a promotion going on – $90 for unlimited single strand Korean soft lash extension and it comes with free touch up within a week.

My hair was abit dry these days because i did not blow dry my curls. On good days when im not lazy , i will blow dry it and the curls will look very nice and pretty but on bad and lazy days , i dont bother to blow dry it.

So i went to find my hair stylist , Joanne Cheang at Raffles Place to do a Korean hair treatment. This treatment is better than the Keratase one i tried. It is similar to the one i did in Korea. The hair will feel thick and moisturized. I can feel the volume. I did it once and decided to go for the 2nd time because it was good. It makes my curls look healthy and bouncy. I used to go to Joanne to have my hair done when i was working at Raffles Place few years back. Because she is very good with curls. If you wonder how come some colleagues or your bosses can come to work with nice curls and hair nicely set ? Some of them went to blow their hair as early as 7.30am. Joanne do alot of hair styling , treatment and coloring for alot of ladies working at Raffles Place. A private banker from my previous work place recommended her to me and that was how i got to know her and let her do my hair. The salon is at Chevron house. You can mention my name and she can give some discount.



Also , before the week ended , i went to Aeon Aesthetics and Medical Centre for another round of laser toning session. My skin looks really tired lately because i fell sick and wasn’t feeling well. Sometimes i was so tired that i forgot to do my daily facial masking. Luckily , i get to have laser toning and facials done at Aeon if not , my skin sure more cui. I need some skin rejuvenation.

After laser toning , i had post laser treatment and facial mask done. For more detailed information about laser toning , you can click on the Aeon Aesthetics and Medical Centre tag found on the right sidebar. I have reviewed on several lasers , facials and treatments i had done at Aeon.




Nice lash , volume and moisturized hair and radiant skin ( minus the mosquito bite on my forehead ).


Haha this was my before bed time photo.

Ok, gonna go to sleep now. Need my beauty sleep.

But before i do , i like both of this maxi dress at http://www.agneselle.com

Which one should i wear for an upcoming wedding dinner ? Hmmmm black or white ! I couldnt decide which one so i kept both for myself.


Last 2 weeks were busy weeks meeting many people and i fell sick for a few days. Down with sore throat because i talked too much over a weekend and the hot and hazy weather is not helping.

Im not sure if you have watched this movie but if you have not , you should. It is so nice and touching. I watched it twice. One reason was because i watched it from the male lead’s point of view on the 2nd time and also the male lead is so hot please. Lol. My type which looks abit bad boy and tanned skin.





I actually cried in the movie. Watched it first time with my sec school classmate and the 2nd time with my BF. I guess he must be thinking im crazy when i gushes whenever the male lead Wang Ta Lu appeared in the scene.

Go watch it if you have not.


Weather is abit hot now adays and my eye shadows and eyeliners “melted” off quite fast. So i decided to start using the Etude House Proof 10 Eye Stick Primer. I love this primer because it is very convenient and very cheap. Only KRW 6,900. My eyeshadows stays on longer and also it is very easy to apply on the eyelids. This is something you should get if you go to Korea. I only bought 1 stick and im going to stock up during my next trip. This is definitely worth buying and stocking up.


Just twist and turn and there is no need to sharpen.


The haze is making my skin dry and dull these days. And i just started to use this anti-aging and whitening mask from Cel-Derma which my bf’s mum bought for me. I love this because i can feel and see that my skin looks clearer after use. This mask is a little different. It looks exactly like the one in the packaging.



This is something you can try to buy from gmarket.

Smart Lady

One thing i love about my job is that i get to meet people from all walks of life , occupations and people in different situations and life stages. It taught me to cherish what i have and also how to plan my future , finances and life better from other people’s experiences.

A mentor once told me :
” Do you want to live as a dignified and elegant lady or a grumpy old woman ? “

A dignified and elegant lady knows what she wants , what she needs to do to reach her goals and she make sure she act on it. Whereas a grumpy old woman procrastinates and even after a few years , she will still be complaining , procrastinates and nothing changes.

Have you ever wonder how come some of your friends get to enjoy going for yearly holidays , good food etc even though their income is not as high as yours ? Or have you ever wonder why some of your friends or people around you have alot of cash more than yours and managed to save alot even though you all are at the same age ?

That is because they know what they want and they save their money in vehicles which helped their money to work on their own. They commit to it.  They can use the extra cash which their money had generated for them to enjoy , have good food , travel and buy whatever they want without “touching” their capital. While you are still there procrastinating, their money are already rolling and growing.

Set aside how much you want to save before you decide how much should you spend.

It is never too early to start early.

More on Smart Lady and K-beauty in a few days time !
Went for a Korean hair treatment done by my hair stylist at Raffles Place and also my hydrafacial with Aeon ! Can’t wait for public holiday this tuesday. Time for beauty grooming.

I have been cooking every weekend for the past few weeks.

Haha quite happy that i took about 1.5 hours to prepare and cook instead of the usual 3-4 hours.

That means my skills improved right ?

Here’s the menu for last week.

Salad with apple + Chai seeds + Korean sesame salad sauce which i bought from Lotte Mart.


And Bak Kut Teh with mushrooms and lotsa garlic. Eh…i don’t really like garlic so i separate my own soup from Oppa’s. Koreans love garlic. But im not a garlic lover.

I am quite impressed by the Bak Kut Teh i cooked last week.
Didn’t expect myself to cook so well haha. I boiled the soup for an hour under small fire.

Whenever i am stress , i will cook haha so i can eat too. Cooking takes my mind of other things because i just focus on the taste and adjusting the seasoning. So my dear Mr Shin was being well-fed by me these days.


And last week , besides going for facial and laser toning at Aeon Medical and Aesthetic Clinic , i also had eye lashes done at LushLashh which is located at Raffles Place.

LushLashh Korean Lash Parlour – The Arcade @Raffles place #03-12 Tel: 85685268

I had my Korean eyelash extensions done in Korea a month ago . And it is time to go for another round but now in SG. The done in Korea was very lasting and so i requested for the same to be done in LushLashh except that i want a few longer strands.

Here’s the before and after. What i like about them was that instead of using tapes to tape your eyelids , they used Coenzyme Q10 eye mask to rejuvenate your eyes as the lash technicians work on your lash.


I had a good sleep because the bed was comfy. I told Wendy (the lash technician) that i will tear at times because i have sensitive and dry eyes. So she dripped abit of eye drops before she started so that my eyes are well moisturized. So during the whole session , i did not tear at all. Yes even when i sleep , i will wake up with abit of tears.

Quite difficult to find a eye lash extension parlour at Raffles place area. This is right smack beside Chevron house which is good for office ladies who worked near that area. I will definitely go back there again because i feel comfortable there and the owners are very friendly and nice. They are lash extension lovers too and were customers to some lash parlours before they decided to start on their own because of their love and interest for eye-lash extensions.

Eyelash extensions do let me sleep abit more before i go to work because i do not need to wake up early to do much eye make up. Now i just put on BB cushion , eyeshadows and lipsticks.

I did B-curl lashes here. The one i did in Korea was also B-curl.


They are having promotions right now.

$90 unlimited single strand extension (Latest Korean soft lash)

You can follow them in instagram to view the different types of lashes done at LushLashh (Instagram account Lushlashh).

Oh , here’s the mousse which i reviewed previously. Managed to take life pics and i think it is time i should consider a new camera. Very hard to focus with this Sony cam leh.

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And this is a new primer which i have been using for a week already.

Espoir Pure Radiance Glowrizer.

I bought it from Espoir standalone boutique right at Seomyeon MRT. Eh…i cannot remember which exit was it. But it is right at Seomyeon. Quite hard to find Espoir boutiques around.

Espoir has really nice neutral colour eyeliners and lipsticks.

I was shopping alone (buying my friend’s stuff) and i saw this couple of times and quite tempted to get it because of the pretty “balls” inside.


After using it , i really like it alot. It is different from the HERA one as in this is more moisturizing because it contains moisturizing essences. So it is a beauty skin care + make up product. The lady in the shop explained alot to me in Korean but i was busy testing it out so i only heard about the moisturizing essences part lol.

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*Saw that red mark ? A plastic bag caught fire at his bro’s home while me and his mum were in the kitchen preparing for Chu Seok’s lunch. I put out the fire but a speck of burning plastic piece from the plastic bag landed on the back of my hand and it melted and stuck onto my skin. I couldn’t wash it off because it actually melted and stuck onto my skin . Have to “scratch” it off and i ended up with a small scar :(


Anyway , you can see the different with and without this primer. This is good primer for first time users because ..

  1. It is not sticky
  2. Easily absorbed
  3. Doesn’t give a disco light effect kind of shimmer
  4. Moisturizing and it is easy to apply your make up after that
  5. Subtle radiance .

Price tag : KRW 28,000

If it is your first time looking for a primer , this is a good one because it is easy to apply and also for lazy people because it contains moisturizing essences. You can get it from Espoir store in Korea. There is no Espoir in SG. I don’t seem to find it easily everywhere but if you are going to Busan , you can get it from Seomyeon ( near one of the MRT exit gantry ). Located beside TOP TEN shop and the exit that goes to Lotte Dept Store. I haven’t been to Seoul for 2 years already. The last i saw it was in Myeongdong. Not sure if they moved.

I’ve been blogging about snippets of my life , K-beauty ( My Korean beauty buys ) and K-travel ( my trips to Korea ). These are the few things i really enjoyed sharing. Not only do i get to share , my readers do email me to share with me more too. Now , im sharing wedding preparation tips (K-wedding) and financial stuff with some readers.

There’s a chinese saying that goes ” there is only lazy woman in this world , there is no ugly woman “.

A woman not only have to learn how to take care of her appearances ( no need to be too pretty but at last look presentable and clean ) but also take care of her own finances. Since young , people have been telling me that a woman should keep her own 私房錢 ( “secret” account ) without the man knowing and you should not let the man know how much do you have. In the event if something bad happened , you have something to fall back on.Hmmm…i wouldn’t say it is wrong. But of cos , you need to learn how to keep the funds properly and let it accumulate smartly. Also, that “secret” stash of funds is not just for you. It can be used during emergency needs for your family. It is always good to have some cash with you so that you are at least “financially secured”. But you have to do it smartly.

Now that i am in the financial planning industry , i met and also planned the finances and savings for people from all walks of life. Last week was a busy week for me and im happy to know how my clients accepted me to plan for a big part of their life.

In this industry , facing rejections and objections are common.

But i decided to be positive about it. Instead of looking at rejections and objections , i look at it positively at how some people accepted me to plan a big part of their life. That is what that keeps me going.  Having worked in a private bank serving the high net worth and seeing how they actually grow their wealth before , i used the knowledge i learnt and share it with some of my prospects.

Last week , i met a client of mine who is a 22 year old student to help him plan his savings and finances. Most students at that age will be spending their allowances at cafes , clubbing etc. But he told me that he regretted not starting his savings plan during army days. Because during army , he doesn’t spend and saved most of his monies in the bank which generate very minimal interest. He wanted to do something for his future with his savings and allowances. The trust he had in me for his savings first head start motivated me to do it well for him.  I can say that i am a disciplined saver and there are certain things and methods which i only share with my clients and prospects. So i won’t elaborate more in my blog

Btw , he is single. Lol. If i know any good 22 year girl i will definitely introduce to him. Because he is very sincere and far sighted. Already planning for his future now.


-Coffee , talks and planning with a young client-

I will name the subject of the financial posts in my blog as “Smart Lady” .

Not only must a lady know how to take care of her appearances but also know how to manage their finances.
If you know how to manage your own finances  you can help out your other half with their finances too.

If you need any second opinions or any questions on K-beauty , K-travel or financial matters , feel free to email me at peonykissblog@gmail.com .

K-Beauty time.

Im gonna introduce these 2 items that i just bought and have been using them for a 2 weeks already. I am not blogging from home now so i did not manage to take real life pictures of these 2 products. So , i grabbed the product pics from google.

These are the first 2 products i am going to review. More to review soon :)

1st item was from HERA.

  1. Hera Essential Mousse Treatment. 

I really liked it alot because my skin looks more radiant after a week. It is to be used as the last step of your skincare.

1) Shake it well

2) Squeeze a 20cent coin size onto your palm 3

3) Apply it all over your face and massage for better absorption

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“Essential Mousse Treatment is a nutrient-rich, mousse-type, anti-aging solution with light, fine air bubbles that leave the skin feeling refreshed. Skin-vitalizing ingredient (Epi-Vitalizing Cycler™) is absorbed fast into the skin to help the skin absorb skincare products used in the previous step of the skincare routine and deliver essential nourishment.

Massage the skin with carbonated bubbles to improve the elasticity of the skin and stimulate blood circulation.

With simple massage using fine, sparkling bubbles, you can get skin that’s firm and supple. Plus, massage using fine, sparkling bubbles simulate the circulation of the skin results in glowing, smooth skin tone.

Effective and fast formation of moisture field – you can see and feel the effect.

Essential Mousse Treatment is absorbed fast into the skin without leaving a residual feeling to form a shield of moisture on the skin and keep the skin healthy by relieving skin stress.”

One reason why im slowly introducing anti-aging products into my usual skincare routine was because im turning 30 next year and it is time i should “anti-age” my skin. To be honest , i really like this product alot because like what HERA’s website describe it “glowing , smooth skin tone”. I can see glowing and smoother skin tone after 2 weeks of usage. I apply it 3 times a week before i go to bed.

The price tag comes a little pricey at about KRW 50,000 for a small bottle but i think it is worth it. I will buy the 2nd bottle next time.

2) Mise En Scene Curling Essence 2X

I just did C-perm and you know most hair stylist will tell you that C perms are easy to maintain. Well , i don’t think so. In fact the Korean stylist told me that the easiest and simple perms are the hardest to maintain because they straighten out easily if you do not know how take care.

The first thing i did after the perm was to look for curling serum or essences. After some recommendation , i decided to get this from Arituam. You can buy it from Lotte Mart or Olive and Young too.

Price tag at KRW 10,000.

I really like this essence alot because it holds my curls very well !

Since im back in SG , i have to wake up at 8am and go to work at 830am. So there is no time to blow dry and twirl my curls properly. I just squeeze a 20cent coin size onto my palm and “scrunch” my hair. The curls looks bouncy and it creates some volume. If i want it to be slightly wavy (natural) , i scrunch my hair with the essence and then let the hair run through my fingers to the hair ends so that the curl looks more wavy.

It is a curl enhancing hair product. I regretted buying only 1 tube. Should have bought the 3 for KRW 20,000 set . Lol.

It has a nice scent too. If you have curls or perms , this is one product you should get to hold and enhance your curls. I think that’s why it was named curling essence 2X. It does enhance my curls.


Here’s how my curl looks like 10 days later i did the C-curl + wave perm. I like it like this more natural and wavy. I spent an hour twirling and blow drying to create this neat wave.


3) Babor Ampoule from Aeon Medical and Aesthetic Clinic.

My skin wasn’t as dry as my last trip to Korea in April. Partly because i applied hydrating ampoules often and i also mask my face often to prevent dryness. The ampoules from Aeon Medical and Aesthetic clinic was nicely packed in a metal casing to prevent breakage.



The first thought and impression people had was that ampoules are very sticky. That is the reason why some make up artists i know doesn’t like to use ampoules on their clients.
But well , things have changed now. You can find ampoules that are easily absorbed and more efficient. It no longer leaves a very sticky and gluey after feel anymore.

This ampoule from Aeon absorbed into my skin pretty fast and my make up stays even longer. This is something i will get before my trip to Korea again in Spring. It is available for purchase at their counter. You can give them a call 67332002 to enquire. There are several ampoules available to suit different skin types.


Of cos , the first thing i did after my Korea trip was to go for facial.

Due to climate changes and also the bad haze in SG , my skin felt abit dry after i came back SG for a couple of days.

So i made an appointment with Aeon Medical and Aesthetic Centre for laser toning treatment ( for lighten my skin tone) because i was exposed to the sun in Busan. The sky was so clear over there and i realized my skin tone looks abit darker.

My favourite laser toning started and i also met Dr Kim.

We had a good chat about all things Korea and also the Angela (aesthetican) asked about my skin condition and if i experienced any dryness lately before they start the laser toning.

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The laser toning session ended in about 15 minutes before i went back to the medical treatment room for post care treatment (masking). I heard from Dr Kim that Aeon is expanding and you can look out for body contouring services soon. Can’t wait to see what are the services available once it is ready.

i had eyelash extensions done in Korea and this extension was still so full and luscious even after 1 mth.

Tadahh..after the 1 hour treatment. Ha..my eyelash extensions done in Korea are still so luscious and thick after 1 month.

It is only KRW 50,000 for unlimited mink lashes.


Call 67332002 to make an appointment at Aeon Medical and Aesthetic Centre or you can give them a call to enquire on the services available.

If you are traveling to somewhere cold , you can try their ampoules. They work pretty well for me and help to “lock in” the moisturize and my make up stays.