It’s been one month since the last launch. We were busy preparing for Spring/Summer launches.
And..tax filing deadline is tomorrow.

So much work and now im down with sore throat..Time to take Vit C daily…I have been falling sick lately since first week of March.

Besides buying clothes , cosmetics and food when you travel to Korea, you should visit their pharmacies too. I bought a stash of  basic medication for cold , fever , lozenges , diarrhea , vomiting, Vit C,  menses pain pills and i keep them as travel essentials when i go on work trips or holidays. The medications are very cheap. KRW 2,000 for a box of pills for menses cramps.

You can expect alot of laces and crochets for Summer collections soon !

Here are my personal favorites and the ones i kept :)

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Remember to check out http://www.agneselle.com soon.

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Finally i managed to get the Etude House Nymph Aura Volumer from my recent trip. I have been wanting to get this since beginning of last year but it discontinued in SG.

This primer helps to give a really dewy skin look. A short cut to dewy skin look. Instead of mixing your foundation with moisturizer , mist or facial oil , this gives you an instant dewy look. Not recommended to use this alone unless you want to look like as if you just finished a 2.4km run (without make up of course) or someone with super oily face.

This is to be used with a foundation or BB Cushion. It is not expensive. You can get it at KRW 14,900 .

I signed up for an Aritaum membership card using Oppa’s brother’s mobile no. I can’t seem to sign up with a Singapore mobile number but i managed to sign up with a Korean mobile number. With the membership , i can get to enjoy 10% discount off all purchases from Arituam , Innisfree , Etude house etc etc and cash rebate which later i can use the cash to discount from my purchases.

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This is a short cut to create a “mul-gwang” aka watery/dewy face make up look.

I really love this because it helps my make up to main the dewy look even though the weather was cold and dry.

Here’s a picture of the back of my hand with no make up , moisturizer or anything. Just dry looking back hand lol.

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Without Nymph Aura Volumer

Let’s try without the volumer. I applied the Hera Vital Lifting Foundation with a sponge on the left side.

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This foundation is not very matte and it does create a sheer dewy look too. I don’t like to apply thick layer of foundation so here’s abit to show you the difference without the volumer and with the volumer.  If you want to cover your flaws or pigments , you have to apply more of the foundation.

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With Nymph Aura Volumer 

Firstly , i apply a drop of the Volumer on the right side of the back of my hand.

Texture is like a balm. What i like about it is that it actually helps to keep my skin moist because of its balm-like texture and  my make up doesn’t “crack” or become “cakey” in the cold, windy and dry season. It also helps to keep my base make up together.

I spread the volumer across my face with my finger tips.

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After the volumer , i apply the Hera Vital Lifting Foundation foundation on top of the volumer with a sponge.

You can also mix the Volumer with foundation together and then spread across your face.

The website says the ratio should be :  1 volumer : 3 foundation.

But on normal days , i use BB cushion where the BB cream are set in the cushion and i can’t mix it together like how you can mix it with foundation. So i go through the steps below where i apply the Volumer first then my BB cushion on top. Because the BB cushion sponge may absorb abit of the volumer , so for this case my ratio was 1:1. I applied one coat of Volumer and 1 coat of BB Cushion.

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Here it is..looks more dewy and healthy looking.

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And here’s the difference. The picture on the right looks dark because of the shawdow. Ignore the shadow and just focus on the difference in the “dewiness” . If you want a more dewy look , just apply more volumer.

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Managed to find a picture on my mobile. The day when i was still sick and on the way to the baseball game.

I applied the volumer because i will be sitting in the stadium , out in the cold for 4 hours. I applied the volumer and Hera UV Mist Ultra Moisture Cushion No 21. Looks dewy and healthy right.

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Nymph Aura from Etude House comes in  2 types – One with Pearl shimmer and one without.

Im using the one without the shimmer (No.3)

There is a stick version but i don’t like that. Very hard to apply to the whole face but that one is good if you want to use it as a highlighter for your under eye , cheeks and T zone only.

This is something you should get for a short cut and secret to dewy skin look !

*Edited and added more content because i accidentally published the post after writing and editing half way.. 

K-beauty time !

The eyelash extensions i did in Busan is really BEST and i love it. I did it in Seomyeon. The shop has no website , no facebook or anything. So i can’t tell you how to go there and the address is in Korean. Sorry !

If i can find an eyelash extension salon doing it at the same price and quality as the ones in Korea ( KRW 30,000) which is abut SGD 35 ,  i will go for it every month liao. But in SG , it is very expensive and i can only do on special occasions like my birthday and CNY or Vday.

I always wanted to do when i travelled to Korea last time but didn’t get to do it because it will take 2 hours and not everyone will wait for me for 2 hours. But Oppa dropped me off at the eyelash studio and he went a nearby to the indoor baseball batting cage to practice his batting while i had my eyelash extensions and eyelash perming done. I was too sick and there was nothing i can do except to sleep and lie on the bed ( I have been traveling since i was young and this was the first time i was admitted to the hospital overseas. Will blog about the experience of being admitted to a Korean hospital ) .The eyelash studio is just conveniently located right opposite our house

These 2 pictures below were taken on the day right after the eyelash extensions and lash perming were done.

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PIcture below :

3 weeks later and was yesterday .

Pardon for the messy hair and back ground for these 2 pictures. I just woke up lah and all taken in the my bf’s room in Korea and my room for the picture below.

Still very dense , curled and thick. I think only dropped 2-3 strands so far ( that i found them on my cheeks ). Usually the ones i did in SG dropped off within 2 weeks ( like 75% of the lashes dropped off and left a few pathetic strands ). Im still finding reliable , good and cheaper ones in SG.  I like the one my Korean make up artist Yoona Han did for me but she doesn’t do eyelash extensions anymore :(

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After the end of this week will be the 4th week since i did my eyelash extensions in Korea. Let’s see how long it can last.

Felt abit “sian” of my hair so i decided to go for a change. I cut my fringe K-style.

I hesitated for about 2-3 months before i decided to snip it off on Monday by a K-stylist at Novena recommended by Dr Kim from Aeon Aesthetics and Medical Clinic.

See through bangs is the IN thing now . Why didn’t i cut it in Busan ? Well , the price is almost the same lah. About $10 for a fringe cut but maybe $2 lesser in Korea. Anyway i get it done by a K-stylist in SG. So same same right.

I asked for “see-through bangs” and aegyo hair at the sides ( longer fringe at the sides ). I cut bangs before back in 2013 but it was straight thick bangs without side aegyo hair and i look abit “manly” when i tie up my hair. The side aegyo hair adds a little femininity to the look. Looks better when you curl the aegyo hair .

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So where did i get my inspiration from ?

My 2 favorite actresses – Song Hye Gyo and Shin Min-ah .

You see how they have longer side fringe ( aegyo hair ) ? Looks more feminine right ?

The see-through-bangs are supposed to be slightly longer and looks better. It is supposed to be over your eye brows so you can side sweep it too.  “Block” or “section” them together when you comb and spread some out on the parts which can see your forehead so that it looks “translucent”. Just like the ones on Song Hye Gyo and Shin Min Ah.

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Bangs look nice and chic but a hassle because i have to blow dry it straight down after shower. Also , it looks very messy after i woke up. I have to bring a velcro roller out and keep it in my make up pouch with an ‘ah lian’ comb because when it gets a little windy or humid , the fringe looks very messy or sticks to my forehead. When i was in Korea, i saw girls curling their fringe with the velcro roller when they eating in cafes or restaurants or they do in the toilet like it is normal and nobody stares or said anything. But in when i took out my roller yesterday to curl it in the toilet because the weather was really too humid and it stuck to my forehead , i attracted alot of stares and i was afraid of being ‘stomped’ . LOL. That is one thing i wanna blog about – Beauty culture and influence and what makes me go in Korean beauty products.

Another update on my trip to my boyfriend’s hometown in Busan , South Korea.

Every morning , i woke up to the view of Seomyeon shopping and medical street.

The other side is the view of mountains. The air was so fresh and the breeze was abit chilly though cos it was end of Winter and it was really cold.  Freezing at 8 degrees and sleeping on heated bed every night. As you can see the trees were bare from the winter chill.

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So in the previous post , i blogged about shopping at Seomyeon shopping and medical street.

How to get there ? 
Take the MRT and stop at Seomyeon station and when you come out from the gantry , you will be greeted with lotsa fashion shops and beauty shops like Innisfree , VDL , Clio Professional , It’s skin , Etude house , The face shop , Nature republic , Espoir , Holika Holika , Aritaum etc etc. Whatever brands you can think of that are Korean. The salesgirls in the clothing shops are not very friendly to foreigners. So it will be good if you can speak abit of Korean. And if you can speak and understand Korean , they will also be very aggressive in pushing their sales. Oppa and i spoke in English abit and the salesgirl wasn’t that friendly and i was not allowed to try the top. When we switched to speaking in Korean , the attitude changed. Suddenly become friendly.

You will see staircases at the sides , go up and and it is the street level filled with more beauty and fashion shops. The shops at street level are bigger but scattered everywhere. So it will be troublesome for you to compare prices, colours , sizes or whatever you need to compare and hesitate about. If you shop underground , the beauty shops are side by side or just opposite each other. So it is easy to move around the different brands and get everything one shot. There are more fashion shops underground than at street level.

We went on a trip to Oppa’s University with his mother. Yup , we were greeted with this beautiful beach/view which is just right in front of his faculty block. I was told this is the place where campus couples usually go on quiet dates and students have picnic here in summer.

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Imagine sitting here and reading your school notes. Weather was pretty good that afternoon before it suddenly turned soooo cold at night. Checked the weather forecast and it was supposed to be cooling (18-23 degrees celsius ) instead of cold and windy. So I brought bandage and skater skirts , dresses , stockings and high waisted pants to be paired with crop knit tops  but i ended up have to buy a new top and new pair of jeans because it was too cold. To be in fashion or keep myself warm ? I prefer to be more practical and that was to keep myself warm. So i borrowed the puffer coat from Oppa’s mother. I only brought a trench coat , denim crop jacket and a biker rider jacket.

This is a great place for photoshoot. Found lotsa secret places for photoshoot and if only it was summer , i could have done my shoots here.

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I got my top from TOP 10 and jeans from one of the shops at Seomyeon underground shopping strip for only KRW 29,000.  There are alot shops selling ripped jeans in Seomyeon. I wanted to get more but i don’t wear jeans in SG and it will be waste of money to buy all the colours i want to even though they are so pretty and chic ! So , i only got one pair. Im wearing size M . Their sizing are reallly small. I even wear size 28 for some Korean jeans.

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The view was beautiful and noon sun was great before the weather turns cold late afternoon.

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After visiting his University ,  Oppa’s mother drove us to Gamcheon Cultural Village.

It is like Italy’s Cinque Terre where you see colourful houses on the mountains and cliffs overlooking the sea.

Gamcheon Cultural Village is just like Korea’s own version of Cinque Terre.

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Over here , you can get to enjoy cool and breezy view. And also learn more about Korean’s way of living back in the 1960s and when it is still not a developed country.

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There are alot of phototaking points where you can go up to the roof tops to take picture and enjoy the view. If you are hungry , you can grab abite at the cafes or road side stalls selling hotdogs , spicy rice cakes and grab a cup of coffee if you feel cold.

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Roof top on one of the cafes where you can write love notes and pin it on the railings.

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Everyone was queuing up to take picture with this statue. I was on of those who queued for it too lol.

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It ain’t scary as you think it is to sit here and take a picture with this little guy !

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Oppa’s mother was feeling abit tired and cold after the long drive and walk . So we stopped by one of the cafes to have a coffee. There are alot of French themed cafes here. I realized that alot of Korean cafes are very French themed. Eg. the interior designs and music they played in the cafes.

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You can buy sovenirs in the cafes but i think they are too expensive and over priced.

After Gamcheon Cultural Village , we went to Nampo-dong shopping street.

How to get there ? 

Nampodong Station (Busan Subway Line 1) .

You can put Gamcheon Cultural Village , Nampo-dong shopping street and famous Jalgachi fish market all in one day. Because Gamcheon Cultural Village is just 10 minutes drive away from Nampo-dong and Jalgachi fish market is just next to Nampo-doing shopping street. So you can have lunch at Gamcheon Cultural Village or light snacks there , shop at Nampo-dong and then dinner at Jalgachi fish market. Also a super huge Lotte Departmental Store is located at Nampo-dong. You can do all of them in a day.

Oppa wanted eat Ho-ddok ( which is a kind of pastry ). So we queued for the famous one. There is a street in Nampo-dong which was lined up with alot of Tarot cards reading stalls and street food stalls. You know those you see in K-dramas. Where they had street food in a plastic sheet covered stalls.

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Lotte Department Store Gwangbok is just next to Nampo-dong shopping street. Nearest MRT is Nampodong station , Exit 10.

The world’s largest indoor musical water fountain and the rooftop park, which is the largest in Korea and it offers a great view of the entire city of Busan.

Fyi , Lotte and Shinsaegae departmental stores close at 8pm. So you need to plan your shopping. Street shops don’t close that early and usually before 11 pm.

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Street food galore. Street food can fill your tummies and there is no need to go to restaurants or cafes. So many things to eat and so many varieties of local food at Nampo-dong street. You can also visit Busan Tower located at Nampo-dong.

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After the street food street is the shopping stretch.

Somewhere along this shopping belt in Gwangbok-dong , you can see an escalator and it leads you to Busan Tower. I have been there 2 years ago so i didn’t go this time. It is the Busan’s version of Seoul Tower. Kinda similar.

How to get to Gwang-bok dong ?

Take MRT to Nampodong station , Exit 1.

So in fact , you can drop off at Nampo-dong station and shop at Lotte , Gwangbok-dong and Nampo-dong shopping stretch. These 3 places are connected. So connected that you don’t know if you are at Nampo-dong or Gwangbok-dong lol.

And after that you can walk to Jalgachi market from Nampo-dong for dinner and go back to your hotel via Jalgachi station.

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Difference between Nampo-dong/Gwangbok-dong and Seomyeon shopping stretch is that in Nampo-dong/Gwangbok-dong you can find more bigger brand names like MLB , New balance , Adidas boutiques etc and the shops are bigger whereas in Seomyeon , you can find more local designers and smaller fashion shops. Of cos , the ones in Seomyeon are cheaper than Nampo-dong/Gwangbok-dong. But for beauty brands , all outlets sell same things lah.

We walked further in to Gwangbok-dong.

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We ordered Woo-Jing-Or-Tuee Kim ( Squid tempura )  , Korean pancake and Spicy Rice Cake ( Ddok-bokk-i )

Sooo nice !

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Korean pancake with spring onion.

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Shop and eat . Shop and eat. Because the street food carts were all lined up infront of the fashion shops.
It turned windy and cold so suddenly (8 degrees and im feeling so cold in my outfit ) ,. so the only comfort was to keep eating and drinking the free flow of Oh-Muk (fish cake) soup to keep my body warm. Busan is famous for their Oh-Muk ( Fish cake ) . You should buy them home or eat at the road side stall.

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We were standing at the stall eating the street food for dinner and i don’t wanna leave because i felt so warm eating and drinking the hot soup.

Street food are very cheap. We ate so much and spent less than KRW 10,000

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Jalgachi Fish Market at night.

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So cold lor…i cannot take the cold and just want to go to the nearest Lotteria for a cup of hot coffee.

So we just rushed through a small stretch of Jalgachi fish market , walked back to Nampodong for final dose of Oh-Muk Soup before we head back to our home in Seomyeon via Nampodong station.

I bought alot of beauty products and make up when i shopped at Seomyeon which is just opposite our house. Last post , i blogged about the A.H.C (Korean professional skincare line) which was widely used in aesthetic clinics.
This post , gonna blog about a new serum i bought from Iope and a Leaders Vitamin C serum Oppa’s mother bought for me.

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I heard about this brand called Leaders before but i don’t have the chance to try it because it is sooo hard to find. You can buy their masks in SG but not their serums , creams or cleansers etc.

This brand was created by dermatologists from Seoul University.

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I tried this serum and i love it . Easily absorbed and after applying the serum , i can apply my emulsion , moisturiser and creams without worrying that it will make my skin oily. It comes with capsule beads which contains high concentration of Vit C. I have been using this for a week already ! I saw that there is a slight improvement in my skin tone. With this Vitamin C serum and other products im using , i think it makes my skin tone looks better and brighter. This is not easily available online and Oppa’s mother bought from the HOME SHOPPING TV program. Lol. That is her favourite TV channel. I tried to find it in Gmarket but it is not available.

Iope Moistgen Serum Skin Hydration.

I tried the samples before i bought this full size bottle. Some times you must be thick skin abit and ask for samples before you buy the full size bottles. I always ask for samples to try first so that im sure the product suits my skin  condition before i spend money and buy. If im not wrong it is about KRW 49,900. Lol. I threw away the boxes and can’t remember the price.

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What i like about this is that it is not oily and easily absorbed. Im currently using this and Hera’s Waterin Serum. I switched Hera’s Waterin Serum to night because the texture is more sticky than Iope’s. I find it easier to apply make up if i used the Iope one. Hera’s Waterin Serum is good and really hydrating too.

I had my Eyelashes done at Seomyeon eyelash extension studio.

I walked around Seomyeon and all the eyelash extension shops there are having promotion of KRW 30,000 which is approx SGD 35 only. I did it 3 weeks ago and the eyelashes are still very dense till today and i am happy with the results. Usually the ones i did in SG all dropped off within 2 weeks. But the one i did in Korea are still going on strong and dense even at the 3rd week.  I took pictures with my HP but i have problem transferring them to the lap top to post it here. Once i have resolved this problem , i will post a picture for you all to see.

The shop i went to was called Magic Face. They do not have any website. I just chanced upon it and read from naver blogs and reviews from other Koreans. You can go to any beauty shops in Seomyeon to ask for the price and usually outside the shop , they will hang a banner or poster if there are any promotions. Seriously you should get it done in Korea instead if you are there for holiday because it is so cheap ! I had eyelash permed and extensions done for total of KRW 50,000 ! I checked with my Korean girlfriends. For eyelash extensions , usually it is only KRW 30,000 even in places like Seoul . It should not be more than KRW 50,000.

Currently suffering from Busan trip withdrawal. You know..like already looking forward to the next trip.

Here’s a glimpse of our room in Oppa’s mother’s motel. She is a partner of the motel. It is pretty interesting to see how the operation works behind the counter. There are several rooms ( 8 floors total ). The rooms and levels are split into daily or hour rates. Most of the guests are locals who stop by for few hours of break or rest before they continue their journey by car from one town to another or tourists/locals who are heading to the airport who slept for a night or more. Her motel uses skin care products from Somang and they are provided in the bathroom. Drinks in the fridge are free of charge , 2 high speed internet desk tops , free access to fast speed wifi , jacuzzi in the bathroom , Korean brand shampoos , conditioner, body foam and amenities pack per pax with facial sheet mask , cleanser , tooth paste, tooth brush etc. There are several themes for the rooms and very family friendly. MRT station is just right beside , lotsa eateries around and there is a shopping mall and huge Lotte Mart opposite.I guess that’s why the motel is popular with the locals and tourists because it is convenient

The room was very big. I have stayed at bigger and those well known name hotels in Korea before . To be honest , i prefer staying in motels or guest houses for the experiences and some bigger name hotels cannot be compared to motels.

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My favourite channel is HOME SHOPPING. LOL..here’s a home shopping advert on skincare product. Very tempted to call and buy sometimes.

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I had strawberries almost everyday. Just 3 shops away from the motel is a fruit stall where we got our strawberries from. So sweet and nice. Too juicy !

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So , you can see the fresh sashimi in the previous post.

Here’s a glimpse of Yongwon fish market. We went early in the morning at 9am.

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Jinjae oppa bought 3 live fishes which was sliced into sashimi slices by the ahjumma.

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And we bought live octopus and brought it home alive in the plastic bag ! The ahjumma was choosing a nice one for us.

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Too fresh and i can’t bear to see the ahjumma slicing the fish alive. All were alive 30 minutes before and later they were on our dining table.

Sunday was a simple affair where we had fresh sashimi for lunch before we head to Seomyeon in Busan which was only 30 minutes drive away. It is our 2nd home. Love Seomyeon because there are alot of things to do and see there.

On Monday , we had lunch with Oppa’s mother. She brought us to a famous and good Korean BBQ restaurant. And i had the yummiest beef BBQ in my life. OMG the meat was so juicy , fresh and tender. I LOVE IT !

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It was served with White Kimchi. My first time trying White Kimchi. Kinda sour but very nice !

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Dip the meat in salt/sesame oil or Samjang sauce , wrap in lettuce leaf with white kimchi and stuff it in your mouth.

OH MY GOODNESS so delicious !

After BBQ , it is a must to have cold noodles to “cool” down your taste bud after all the oily BBQ food.

Feeling was refreshing and the cold noodle was so nice.

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After lunch , we went to Seomyeon Medical Street. The street was filled with hair salons , nail / eye lash salons and plastic surgery clinics. We made appointment at Hwamiju hair salon. Hwamiju has alot of branches. Ahjumma power do works. Oppa’s mother asked for the director and head of the salon to take a look at my hair because i wanted to do C curl perm at my hair ends. She insisted that she take a look at my hair and when the director was analyzing my hair , she stood beside to give the director pressure lol. Oppa’s mother want to make sure i get the best service and not to be discounted just because im a foreigner. My hair was damaged at the ends and im not able to go for the C curl perm. I was soo disappointed but thanks to Oppa’s mother , i get to seek better opinion. If i were to go any salons myself , the stylists will probably just do it for me for the money.

C curl perm was only KRW 80,000 which is about SGD 90. So cheap right. Hair cut for ladies also very cheap. If you were to go to Korea, you really have to go to their hair salon for the experience. Get your hair dyed , permed , cut and washed there. The services were good. I had Magic Straight treatment done at hair salons in Korea before and it is a must to visit salons there because of the experience , price and the results. Im always happy with my results. And they are very fast and attentive. The stylists stick to you from start to end except for washing hair part where it will be done by shampoo boy/girl. When i was waiting for the hair dye to absorb , i was taken to corner where i had a 5 mins hand massage, get to watch dramas/shows on an ipad etc. Different salons provides different experiences and services. It is also very cheap to get it done there. A perm in SG will cost you probably $300-$600 but you can save up to 50-60% in Korea.

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Oppa got his hair cut done at Hwamiju salon in Seomyeon.

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We went to Seomyeon underground shopping area to shop for my cosmetics and skin care. Im gonna blog the cosmetics and skin care products i bought one by one after i used them. Impossible to review before i even use them right ? lol. Be patient with me k.

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We had tonkatsu rice for dinner. So cheap and yummy ! We were still full from our heavy lunch so we ordered a plate to share.

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It was getting windy and cold. It was 10 degrees but it felt like 2-3 degrees because of the wind. Suddenly the temperature dipped and it signaled the end of Winter and start of Spring.

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I was freezing in my outfit because it was soo windy and cold.

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Here was a box of AHC modeling pack i got from Olive and Young for KRW 29,900. Tax refund is available.

I tried this pack already and I LOVE IT SO MUCH !

My skin looks clear after using this mask. AHC is a brand which is not easily available anywhere because it was used in some aesthetic clinic. It is a professional Korean skincare line which stands for Aesthetic Hydration Cosmetics.

One box comes with 5 collagen activator ( liquid form ) and 5 packs of modeling powder.

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The instructions are all in Korean but it is easy to use.

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In the box, they do provide the spatula and a rubber bowl for you to mix the collagen activator and modeling powder.

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Pour the all powder in the pack in the bowl.

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Pour the activator in the bowl and hurry mix it within 2-3 minutes because they harden up pretty fast.

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Then use the spatula and spread it across your face. If you have been to spas or aesthetic clinics before , i bet you should have tried  this kind of mask before.

I can’t take an after picture after putting on the mask because lol..i can’t see anything and inconvenient for me to take a picture.

After putting the mask on for about 15-20 minutes , you can peel it away like a normal sheet mask and then apply your other skincare products thereafter.

This mask set is available in Olive and Young. But not all Olive and Young has it and i got it a bigger Olive and Young outlet where they sell alot of facial masks , hair cares etc. I got 2 box at KRW 29,900 each.

I wanted to get this sheet mask too but it was expensive. 5 pieces for KRW 45,000. So i didn’t get it.

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But im definitely gonna get this AHC collagen cream on next trip. It is not easy to find AHC products in Korea and i saw that the brand is available for purchase at Hyundai mall website . Guess im gonna order and send it to Oppa’s mom or brother’s house and bring it back when i go to Busan again.

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Lol..I just tried on several hydrogel masks , serums , cleansing oil , Vitamin C serum and new lipstick make ups. Gonna blog by this weekend ! And new places i went to in Busan  – Nampodong and more.

So im back from my 2 weeks stay in Korea.

This trip was an important trip because im meeting my bf’s mother.

Lotsa things happened during this trip . The major one was that i fell sick and was hospitalized and on IV drip. I was bedridden for 5 days because i vomited and had diarrhea non-stop. Anything i ate were excreted or vomited out. I haven’t had anything and i don’t want i still can vomit and had diarrhea non stop. And the scary thing was that only clear water came out. Yes i vomited water and had clear watery diarrhea. Felt so dehydrated that i only go to the toilet to pee once a day. The feeling was terrible. And the weather was cold during the first week because it was the end of winter and that was when temperature suddenly dipped and got very windy. So i was feeling really bad and spend most of the time on the heated bed and resting. Because i couldn’t eat anything , i lost alot of weight . I couldn’t blog for 2 weeks because i was traveling and working at the same time. Holidays are meant to be relaxing but not for me because even though im away , i still have to allocate at least 6 hours for work and i usually do that at night or early in the morning from 6am to lunch time. Also when i was bedridden , i can only surf the net through my phone and update my instagram account.

Well , at least i got to eat fresh and live sashimi , street food and BBQ before i fell sick.

We have 2 home bases. One in Gimhae (oppa’s mother’s motel)  which is located at the north west of the Busan MRT line and a studio apartment ( also known as officetel in Korea and it was oppa’s brother’s bachelor pad ) at Seomyeon which is located at the center of Busan. Jinjae oppa’s bachelor pad is just right in the middle of Seomyeon. It is very convenient because the shopping district is just right opposite his house where i can find my favourite brands like Aritaum , Etude house , The Face Shop , Innisfree etc etc and an underground shopping area which is swamped with make up and skin care brands , fashion shops etc etc. And also , Seomyeon has a medical street where the entire street was filled with plastic surgery clinics and hair salons.  I just have to cross the traffic light to get to all these places.

We arrived on Sat night and sleep over at oppa’s mum’s motel. She allocated the biggest room for us with jacuzzi.

On the first Sunday morning , oppa’s brother Jinjae brought me to Yongwon fish market to buy fresh sashimi. It was very cheap and fresh. 3 live fish sashimi for only KRW 35,000. If  you were to have this in SG’s Korean restaurant , you can expect to pay up to $400 but in Korea , it was just KRW 35,000 which is approx SGD 40. That’s 10 times difference. So if you are heading to Busan or any cities/towns at the southern part of South Korea, you really have to try their seafood especially the sashimi (lobsters , prawns , octopus etc etc). Instead of going to Jalgalchi , Jinjae oppa said the one at Yongwon is nicer. Yongwon is 20 mins drive away from Gimhae. The fishes were live and sliced live right in front of me. I felt very sad and guilty looking at the Ahjumma cutting away it’s head and slicing its body while it is still moving. 30 minutes ago , it was in the tank and next it was on our dining table. And i was carrying the live octopus in the plastic bag to bring back home to get it chopped and eat it.

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Looks cruel but it was really yummy.

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Sashimi was really fresh. Soooo fresh and chewy.

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Live raw octopus. Soo yummy

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So that was my first day in Korea. Sunday was spent having lunch with oppa’s mother and then we head to Seomyeon which is the central of Busan. And that was when my shopping for skincare and make up started.

I bought some new skincare products which i think is pretty good. I will blog about them one by one because im just starting to use them. I didn’t buy alot this time and only bought the ones i wanted and that are good. Also , many were asking about my Busan itinerary which i will blog about too and the place where i want to have my C curls done and where i had my eyelash permed and extensions done for only KRW 30,000 !

I shall start from the next post onwards. Because im going for work trip this coming week with a friend and i have alot of work to do after i came back from Busan as well as to prepare for my work trip. They are my priority right now before i start blogging about my Busan trip , the skincare and make up products i bought and where i had my hair and eyelashes done. Some of the new products i bought were from AHC , Iope , Leaders , Cel Derma masks , Hair steam masks  , Hera and other aesthetic and clinic brands etc etc.

If you are going to Korea soon and want to ask me about some stuff , you can email at peonykissblog@gmail.com . Sorry , i know many of you are waiting for me to blog about my trip , products and services i went for in Korea so that you can also plan yours .  But if it is urgent , you can email me first because i guess im gonna start blogging only after Monday night.

Just arrived Busan on Sat and had a loooong transit flight in KL (8hrs). Lol thanks to “someone” for booking the wrong flight timing and arrival destination. Arriving in Incheon means we have to take KTX to Busan :( So tired.

Hair – new colour and hair cut done by a Korean hairstylist.

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Nails – new gold glitter express gelish done at the last minute. Got 2 free crystals some more.

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Face – moisturizing and nourishing medical facial done at Aeon Aesthetics and Medical Clinic just right before my trip !

I really need this facial because weather is quite cool in Korea now and my eyes looked tired lately. Been working till late for the past 1 week because i have to finish as much as i can before my flight.

My favourite aesthetician , Esther started cleansing my face before facial massage.

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Facial oil was applied before the facial massage started. The Korean facial massage was really relaxing. The pressure was right and she focused on my cheeks , jawlines , eye contour and nose.

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The massage was extended to my neck and shoulders.

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After the Korean facial massage , a machine was used to massage around my face. It was to help to contour the face shape for slimmer V shape line.

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It was used the neck as well for tightening effect.

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Next , a whitening eye serum was applied and massaged on my eye area.

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Later , an eye cream was applied before a machine was used to increase circulation around my eyes to reduce my heavy eye bags and dark circle. It also helps the eye cream to penetrate into the skin to reduce fine lines. This is what i need because i looked really tired now adays and my eyes really showed it.

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The very last step !

Eye pack and Ginseng facial pack was applied. I love the smell of the Ginseng facial pack. It has an aromatic effect.

The mask helps to revitalize , brighten and moisturize my tired skin.

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After 20 minutes , the mask was removed and im ready to go home ! Didn’t have a chance to have a good chat with Dr Kim before my flight because the clinic’s schedule was full and i have to rush back. Dr Kim is a Korean and a fully licensed medical doctor in Korea and Singapore. The clinic’s appointments are quite packed with patients who wish to seek Korean aesthetic treatments and facials in Singapore without having to fly out of the country. Sometimes , i have to book my appointments 2-3 weeks in advance.

I bought facial packages from a local spa before (back in 2010 – 2012 ) and it is very different from the ones i had at Aeon. At Aeon , i had lasers done before the medical facials.

Beauty culture influence is very strong in Korea. Even Oppa’s mother who is in her late 50s are into packs , serums , lotions etc. As a Korean doctor , Dr Kim seems to know very well what women wants aesthetically and the medical facials do include all the aspects like contouring , tightening , brightening and moisturizing etc.

You can mention my name if you want to make appointments with Aeon Aesthetics and Medical Clinic which is located at Pacific Plaza Orchard ( Tel 6733 2002).

On a side note , i just started my first day in Korea and im heading to the fish market in Busan !

Was sick for almost 7 days (fever, sorethroat and flu) and now still suffering from a bad cough. Typing on the keyboard is such a chore because my body aches really bad and flu med makes me sooo drowsy and sleepy. Somedays it was so drowsy that i just sleep the entire day and don’t even have the appetite to eat.

Don’t know why even though there are not many launches and not many items , i am still very busy. Alot of shoots and designs to plan. I can’t wait for April..because by then , some new stocks will arrive. OMG like have to wait for 2 months after CNY before another proper launch because the manufacturers in China just started opening for biz last week after 1 month of CNY holiday.  SO yup , bear with me…lol just because less launches and lesser items doesn’t mean it will get boring..I cant wait for some laces , cape blazers and crochets to arrive ! Stay tune and wait okie..thanks thanks.

Lost alot of weight for the past 10 days because i have been eating porridge EVERYDAY because of my fever except for maybe 2-3 meals where i get to eat some noodles. 2 days before i fell sick , i went to Bukang Korean Sashimi Restaurant with Oppa and his friend. It is located at Red Dot Museum. If you want to have fresh and nice Korean sashimi without travelling to Korea, this is the place to go. Oppa and his friends goes there at least twice a month and some of them goes every friday for the sashimi , soju and beer.

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I had cravings for live octopus that day and they ordered one plate for me. Y0u can go to my instagram to view the video. I have uploaded it there. My username is dancingsugar.

Hmm most people asked me how does it taste and feel like. I can feel the tentacles sticking itself to my tongue and side of the cheeks. So i just keep chewing and chewing…like rubber band. Lol ..so if you just had jaw botox done , not a good idea to have this dish for a few days.

I love it ..i always have it when i go to Korea. Dip it in sesame oil and pop it into the mouth. I dare not eat the WHOLE octopus of cos ! It has to be cut into tiny pieces. Yup  they are still moving and still moving after an hour even though they were chopped into pieces.

Heng..managed to eat some good food before i fell sick !

When i fall sick , my lips and face will dry up very bad. I don’t know why but it always happen whenever i caught a bad flu.

So i managed to drag myself to Aeon Aesthetics and Medical Clinic for another round of Spring Blossom Treatment. (Click HERE for more information) . This treatment is the improved version of Winter Glow Treatment which was available end of last year 2014. I really like the Spring Blossom so much and have been asking for it. If i keep asking for it , it means good and i love it ! Face looks very clear and moisturized. BBL laser suddenly seems abit addictive because of the effective results.

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My hair is damn cui now and i haven’t cut or dyed my hair for like almost 6 months ???

Hehe..thanks to Dr Kim from Aeon Aesthetics and Medical Clinic , he recommended me a Korean hair stylist to get my new hair colour and hair cut before i go to Korea this weekend. The colour is a mix of Red and Brown but somehow and at some angle , it looks pink and purple too with tinge of Red brown. My bf loves it alot and i love it alot too !

Hehe..need to look chio before i go to Korea this weekend mah…meeting alot of people there leh.

Thanks to Dr Kim , my hair is fixed and my skin looks great from the Spring Blossom Treatment !!!!

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Weather is abit cold over there and im gonna bring lotsa moisturizing product there. Hera products maybe good but the bottles are DAMN heavy ( made of glass ). Fortunately , i still have TONNES of sample packs and gonna bring there , use and then throw away.

I haven even pack my luggage yet. Going there for 12 days (2 days of travelling) because oppa bought Air Asia tickets before SQ came up with their promotion. Pray that i have a safe flight okay ??

Agneselle is launching tonight at 9pm !

Not many items , just 3 simple designs which you will wear anytime and any day !

Can’t wait for the full batch of stocks to go back to its full cycle again in April. Lol by the time everything arrives , i think i can prepare for CNY 2016 liao lol..

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Somethings to share in the next post about K-beauty make up !