Reviews – Mediheal , Briskin , Neogen

My masks review from Olive Young !

Im back for a month already and started using my new skincare products since i was back.

Starting from the easy one first…because i have issues loading pics of other products on my wordpress through the app. All the pictures are on my phone. I have to add the pics through the app and save and draft before i can blog on computer. Blogging through the app is very mafan.

I bought 5 types of masks these time but all from 2 brands.

Mediheal and Briskin.
I got some of Pearl Light one from Mediheal site because i don’t see it in Olive Young.

Basically i have used the Collagen and Charcoal masks before and i really like it esp the Charcoal one because i find my skin brightens up and moisturised after using it. Very happy cos i got them at good deal during Korea Sale Fiesta for KRW 1,000 each for the collagen and charcoal ones.

Got 1 box each for these 3 – Collagen , Charcoal and Pearl Light

This is the first time i use Pearl Light one and i like it too !
Find my skin more radiant after using it. It is for radiance and firming.

But i find them too perfumed. Will be better if it is not too scented lah. But so long got effect, make my skin swee swee i LIKE !

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Next is Briskin ! I got the one in Raspberry pink and Light pink package. Saw celebs using it so i also follow buy lor ! But before i did, i try 2 pieces and i like it alot. Very moisturising and i like how it sticks to my skin so nicely (That’s why it is called 2nd skin). It is very very fragile and thin like membrance so it won’t form “bubbles” when you put on your face.

Raspberry one is for RADIANCE.

http://www.oliveyoung.co.kr/store/search/getSearchMain.do?query=%EB%B8%8C%EB%A6%AC%EC%8A%A4%ED%82%A8

Light Pink one is for HYDRATION.

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Wearing it can be very mafan if you are new to such masks and you can tear it too if you don’t know how to use but there are tricks to use.

The mask is in between 2 gauzes. So you need to peel one gauze first and place on your face..position well and then you peel the 2nd outer gauze. Now adjusting the mask is very mafan because if you are not careful and pull too hard , it will tear. So the trick is to use your finger tips to “PUSH” the mask up , down , left or right. Do NOT Pull !

 

Briskin is pricey but i like it ! I got it on sale so quite okay.
I also got peel pads from NEOGEN. Very heng…i saw them selling KRW 14,000 during sales and i immediately get liao. Because they are KRW 22,000 before discount.

I use 2 pads twice a week. Because they are quite mild , i exfoliate twice a week. Those abit stronger exfoliator i will use once a week. My favourite is the WINE one (purple).

I alternate between the Wine and Green Tea one each time.

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It comes in glove like pads where you can put 3 fingers in and use it to exfoliate your face in circular motions. After using it for a month , i find my skin more smooth after using them and also more clear. Can notice the difference especially after exfoliating and cleansing. Make up application is also more smooth.

http://www.oliveyoung.co.kr/store/goods/getGoodsDetail.do?goodsNo=A000000104387&dispCatNo=1000001000100060001

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Range of peeling pads or gels available in Olive Young :

http://www.oliveyoung.co.kr/store/search/getSearchMain.do?query=%ED%95%84%EB%A7%81

I wanted to get the Nightingale one but after much thoughts , i decided to go for NEOGEN.

If you were to ask me ,

Busan Day 6 – Self Time

Some time to myself…

Every trip to Korea, i will go out for day by myself…alone..doing my own shopping, coffee and cakes, nuaing at cafe (watching dramas) or working in cafes..

So i recreated this Konglish word (English+Korean) called “Self-Time”. Now my MIL and hubs know what i meant if i mentioned “self time”. We only go back for 2 weeks once or twice a year. So every trip is a busy trip. From settling hub’s insurances premiums, banking stuff ( i don’t understand why every year he has to go to the bank to settle his bank card…now i know why liao..he never KEEP his card properly EVERYTIME he go back..either lost or what lah..even his ID also..so EVERY YEAR we have to remake it ) -_-

Everyday i will wake up at 8am , have breakfast…then MIL will cook lunch and we had lunch again lol 2 hours after our breakfast. Then we will run our errands together till night. Because hubs will meet his friends at night and i will go along also. So i don’t really have time on my own.

So my self time is always at Seomyeon. Somewhere im familiar with and near home.

Hubs will also meet me there afterwards for dinner.

Busan main shopping area is at Seomyeon and Nampodong. I prefer Seomyeon because it is more cozy and easy to go from one shop to another. Nampodong shops are all flagships size..so if i miss one thing and want to go back , i have to go back a long way.

My first stop is at Lotte Department store in Seomyeon main branch.

At there , i will have my favourite MOON TOAST !

So yummmss! I must have it every time im there. Have my toast, a sip of coffee and watch the crowd.

At Level 7 , there are my favourite accessories and clothings store.

Acc:scent is one of my favourite accessories shop for earrings. Because they are so pretty and cheap ! $7 per pair and so chioooo ! Acc:scent can be found in most Lotte Dept Store or their standalone boutique.

Then i still go to Vely Vely to look at the their cosmetics. Their clothing selections at Lotte Dept Seomyeon is very small. So i will go to the Lotte Town Outlet or GwangBok Lotte Dept Store (Nampodong) or Shinsaegae Centum City (near Haeundae) to look at their clothings selection because they are very very big.

Imvely is one of my favourite Korean brands. They ship overseas too but i find their clothings too exp. And the price def if USD and KRW is so diff. So it is much more worth it and cheaper through the Korean site and deliver to Korea.

I love their clothes..it is very much of my style !! The colours especially ! I follow them on instagram too.

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Below pic was taken at the branch at Lotte Dept Store at Lotte Premium Outlets (Dong Busan). Got a pink long sleeve from there ! Will review on Vely Vely costmetics soon !

Imvely is the brand for clothing and Vely Vely is their cosmetic brand name.

7th floor is my favourite because there are alot of my favourite Korean online shop brands’ brick and mortar stores . My favourites are TWEE , ROMI STORY , NANING9 , IMVELY. They are the more popular ones. But if you want to go to the bigger stores , it will be at GwangBok Lotte Dept Store (Nampodong) or Shinsaegae Centum City (near Haeundae). Nampodong is a must go place in Busan because Jagalchi Fish Market , Gamcheon Cultural Village , Bookstore alley and Bupyeong Market/Kkang Tong Market are just parallel to each other. So alighting at Nampo station , Jagalchi station , Gwangbok station makes no difference because these tourist attractions places are just parallel to each other. Just like our Orchard to Somerset and Dhoby gaut. If you want to start from the head to the tail , i will suggest to alight at Gwangbok Station. You can shop at the Lotte first , then continue down the Nampodong street to shop for your sports wear , cosmetics at Etude, Innisfree etc , Olive Young , Lalavla, Lohbs , Arituam and other flagship stores.

Another of my favourite brand is Sappun !
I LOVE THEIR HEELS !

Super comfy and lasting okay…i wore it for a year plus already and still solid and never spoil. So COMFY ! Their shop is really crazy..alot of pple and sometimes have to queue to get in. GO early in the morning and be the first few to be there. Else by evening , most sizes are gone. Common sizes like 240,245,250 very fast out of stock !

You can buy from gmarket. They do ship to SG.

After my shopping at the 7th floor , i will go to 6th floor…my usual floral cafe to have a cup of coffee and tea while i watch my shows before continuing my shopping further down at the Seomyeon Underground Shopping Mall.
Will blog about the underground shopping mall separately.

I actually did a Instagram LIVE video when i was there. But i realized i cannot add into archive or highlights of instagram leh. Why ah !

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Start of Seomyeon underground shopping mall. Very long stretch starts from Lotte Dept Store exit. Come out from the mrt gantry you can already see liao.

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Street Level Shopping !
Definitely must go to Olive Young to get my mask, skin care and cosmetics !

Korean cosmetics are good and works for me. Plus they are cheap! I usually stock up for a year since i go back once a year. And 1 yr stock up cost me about $600 to $800 max including masks and sleeping packs depending on the brands i buy. I changed SGD $1000 each trip and all go to skincare, make up and toiletries like toothpastes and pans for cooking.

 

Besides Olive Young, http://www.oliveyoung.co.kr/store/main/main.do , you can also go to Lalavla and LOHBS. LOHBS is under Lotte brand. Lalavla is quite new. But i don’t really go there though. At most i go to LOHBS but i go to Olive Young more because of the wide selections and im a member so can get discounts and rebates.

I feel that OLIVE YOUNG updates and carries the MOST IN and NEWEST items. I follow the on instag. So whenever there are new brands, new make up/skincare/masks in the market , i will be updated also. Or if there are any upcoming sales.


After my “SELF TIME” ended at 7pm, i met hubs and his friends for dinner at Haeundae. Some local place and setting is much more ermm “local” lah.

Really whack all my BBQ here ! So shiok !

Busan Day 4

Day 5 & 6 in Busan! Almost a week gone so fast.

On Day 5, went to Hanssem with Mil and hubs to choose sofa for Mil’s new house. The new apartment will be near Sajik Baseball stadium and it is at Dongnae-gu

Before going to Hanssem in Haeundae to choose furnitures , we went to have Mil-myeon. It is Busan’s signature dish. It is made up of “mee sua” kind of noodles served on cold noodles style with spicy sauce. You need to add abit of vinegar and mustard and the cold soup base will taste very good.

Different cities and provinces in Korea have their unique and representative dishes. Like in Jeonji, it is their bibimbap. So in Busan, one of those are Mil-myeon (a kind of noodles) , Dwejigukbap (Pork stew rice), Or-mul (fish cakes).

The queue at original and most famous shop was 2hrs long which we decide to go other day.

So we went to another popular Mil-myeon restaurant frequented by father-in-law when he was still alive 16yrs ago. Very hard to find seats also.

Noodles were all handmade on the spot after you ordered (below).

This is soooooo yummy! 1 bowl is not enough and i was craving for moreeeee.

After lunch, we went to Hanssem in Haeundae. Hanssem is like their version of Ikea but better grade of furnitures.

After viewing and choosing furnitures, MIL dropped us off at Seomyeon while she went to have dinner with friends.

Seomyeon is my favourite place in Busan. If you have watched my LIVE videos on instagram, you probably went for an instagram tour of Seomyeon.

You can have food and shopping all together. It is the central of Busan. For friends who are looking for accoms in Busan, i always recommend hotels in Seomyeon because go anywhere is convenient and you can eat 24/7 and shop also. Shops like Olive young , Innisfree etc close at 11pm or 12midnight.

Olive Young is my favourite place to buy all my skincare..

Of cos now there are new ones like Lalavla and Lohbs but Olive Young is my favourite. Will blog on these places later when i review my beauty buys.

Happening streets of Seomyeon.

All thanks to Hwasa from ” I live Alone” variety show, i was soo addicted to eating intestines. She eat until so shiok lor !

See this youtube you know liao.

It makes me crave for intestines bbq. Of cos much better than the one i had at Running Man restaurant in Tg Pagar. With just sgd 35 (₩32,000) , i can have bbq intestines + fried rice + beer + free flow side dishes. But i need spend 4 times the amount in bbq restaurants in SG. So i was binging in it in Korea until indigestion lol.

We went to hub’s friend – Ji-woo oppa’s restaurant in Seomyeon ( 남자곱창 – Namja Gobchang restaurant ). 2nd floor serves pig intestines whereas the 1st floor serves cow intestines. His biz must be doing well. He even opened a Po-cha (Korean traditional bar where you have stews and alcohol) and other f&b biz.

Beer with Hubs in Korea. What a mood to drink beer.

I don’t drink because i dont really like and i cannot drink. But eating those oily intestine bbqs made me want to have a cold beer to 去油!

So shiok right..肥死!

After the meal, i went to Olive Young to get my skincare and also did a Live video on instastory and went to Seomyeon underground shopping. The stretch is very long and brings you on end of Seomyeon to the other and alot of fashion shops, skincare, sports shoes shops etc and also bring you to Lotte Department Store !

Alot of Olive Young in Seomyeon. Every few mins of walking you will see one. So dont worry. Better to do shopping in Seomyeon. Will explain in other posts why. And bring out your passport too! You can get immediate tax refunds.

Chuseok in Busan

2nd and 3rd day in Busan was really hectic.

Chuseok day was 24th Sept. So the day before which was my 2nd day in Busan, i have to help MIL to do the food prep. Mil is a very hands on person and prefer to oversee and do everything herself. My hubs me and Mil have the same traits.

So i only help with the minor stuff like frying fish, storing cooked food and clear up the mess while she did the main cooking.

Frying the fish alone took us 2hours cos i have 12 fishes to fry. The stove was already occupied boiling soups etc so the fish frying was done on an electric pan on the floor.

After 2hrs, i smelled like fried fish lol.

Took her abt 9hrs to cook and prep food for chuseok’s prayers and after that, hubs and i washed up to meet his high school friends in Haeundae for dinner. I really felt very comfortable with this group of friends because they took care of me when i fell sick on my first trip with hubs and whenever i go to Busan, they will offer to fetch us home cos i was tired.

Till now im still not used to the 1 2 3 4 rounds of drinks n food Koreans do. I also cannot understand haha why eat n talk here alr must change to another place to eat and drink and talk again. And it can go on up to 3 or 4 rounds till late night.

By the 2nd round i alr shag alr. First round is usually dinner still ok. 2nd round i abit food coma liao. Somemore i dont drink. So i just eat …food coma..eat …food coma again lol. And alot of coca cola haha

Took train to Haeundae beach area after helping Mil with cooking chores.

So this time we had dinner at his senior’s restaurant in Haeundae. It is their yearly affair to have dinner there whenever we come to Korea.

My first and half glass of CASS.

Bbq pork is sooo yumm. i had meat EVERYDAY. Mil knows i love LA Galbi (Korean marinated beef) and you know..i had it really everyday at 10am as breakfast hahaha

Yes…i alr bui bui and fat alr. Cos i had beef every morning as breakfast together with rice, salad and another dish which is either noodles or soup.

Then 2pm i had lunch again..which is either beef again or fish or chicken stew. No wonder my hubs and bil grow so big and tall..Mil fed them too well alr. The amount if rice she used to cook porridge is a damn big pot. I tio stunned. This is the first time i ate her porridge so when i saw the huge pot, the one mum used to cook steamboat soup w pork bones kind. I kanna stunned. I thought she going to keep it for few days to eat but its for 1 day nia….and it is for 5pax…

Ok back to the bbq !

Fat and juicy pork belly!

Fringe on point so must take pic loh.

I cut and permed my fringe few days in sg before my flight to KR. Perming of fringe tokk abt 45mins and it gives volume to the front and curls to the sides. So no need to blow dry with curling combs. Shape of fringe looks nicer. Not so flat. But quite exp to do it in sg. Fringe perm costs 45bucks here excluding $10 cut fee. Everytime cut have to perm cos you may cut part of the perm away.

But only 15,000won in KR to cut and perm. Fringe cutting in KR is only 5000won which makes perming 10,000won at a reputable salon like Juno Hair.

After the pork belly dinner, they went for 2nd round at a HOF (hof means bar where pple drink and have finger food or snacks).

But before that we went to another of his friend’s PC 방 (PC Bang which means lan game shop). His friend newly PC Bang in Haeundae. Went to see see and have free coffee before 2nd round nearby.

People esp students and some adults can sit there whole day or some for few days just to play games. They serves hot food, drinks and snacks too like instant noodles and doosirak (lunch boxes)..so people who camp there whole day 24/7 can eat and play. They can even wash up in the toilet.

No wonder S.Koreans are world class gamers. Their internet is sooo fast. You see the way they play games..no lag. And i used to go PC Bang to check and reply emails also cos it is so fast. Then i no need bring my heavy laptop there.

After that went to have 2nd round. By the time i alr zoned out cos i was very tired.

We went back earlier cos next day is Chuseok 中秋 and everyone has to wake up early. Chuseok is a big public holiday (3days) and every where will be closed for 3 days. Even large dept stores. Some tourist attractions will be closed. So if you are going to Korea in Sept, be sure to check if it will clash with Chuseok and operating days and hours of the tourist attractions you want to go in whole of KR.

Woke up 7am in the morning after 4hrs of sleep cos hubs has to pay respect to his father’s grave before he come home. My Fil’s elder bro 큰아버지 will come our home to pay respect to Fil’s tablet.

Part of the food Mil prepared for past 2 days. While she prepare, sil and i will help to set up. Food used for prayers.

I bought mooncake and brought over.

Only the men do the rituals while sil, mil and i stay in the kitchen to prep for lunch later for uncle’ family and our own family. Thats why mil took 2 days to prep. Cos she has to cook some and send it to her mother’s hse also for prayers. Not easy leh..dont see like that look easy. Frying and deep frying everything is tedious..from washing to seasoning..to frying etc.

And also cook a pot of soup and prep lunch for 9 people.

It is a courtesy and dress code to dress in suit. This is a tradition. Told hubs to wear properly but he tiki (hokkien for steel teeth / stubborn) lor. Dont listen and insist wear his so called “fashion”. So he kanna from his uncle…uncle say it is tradition to dress properly in jacket w tie and ask him dress proper next time.

My nephew v cute hor hahaha Mil go put him there.

After their turn , uncle asked me pay respect to fil cos i bought mooncake and im the eldest daughter in law. So i followed what they asked me to do. It is my first time actually. Sil will pour me soju in a cup. Starting from 2 drops the around 4 drops then fill up to the brim. And i am supposed to circle the glass with both hands around the incense 3 times. But i do too fast cos ganchiong mah. So uncle told me to do slow cos my fil drunk liao if he drank too fast. He was joking to me lah. Lol.

Then sil and have to bow 2 or 3 times to Fil tablet.

Then we set the lunch table eating prayer food and other dishes mil prepared.

Whole thing ended at 1pm. We cleaned up, uncle and his family left and then Mil started to prep in kitchen again.

She suddenly say..we are going to have Hanu (Korean top grade beef. Equivalent to Japan’ Wagyu beef ) at 3pm.

Sil and i stunned cos we just had ermmm..lunch and cleared up but now we prepping for beef bbq.

Hanu 한우 is really good. You need to order this when you have bbq in Korea. There are shops that specialise in this.

So Sil and i set up the table again lol. We had beef, fruits and a good chat. Great family time spent together.

Busan

Back to Busan this end September for 2 weeks to spend Chuseok with family.

The moment we got home from airport..we got to eat mil’s food. Knowing that i love LA Galbi (ehh it is just a slab of marinated beef and Koreans also don’t know it was called LA Galbi also). Soo yummms and i had it almost everyday.

Because we have to transfer in BKK airport for 4 hours, we did not sleep well and only had 2 hrs of sleep in the plane before they serve us breakfast. We had a long nap st home before going out for dinner with Bil and Sil.

Look at the food ordered. So much lol. Looking at Bil and hubs’s size…no wonder ordered so much.

So yummss. We had Jjamppong, JjaJangmyeon and Mandoo. After dinner we went home for early rest and sleep. Too tired liao. Next 2 days will be busy because Chuseok was on 24th Sept and the day before have alot of preparing to do.

Great to be back in Busan.

Can finally relax…..

Anchovies Recipe and New Korean Butchery

New Korean butchery opened near Beauty World MRT ! New gem found for quality meat Korean home bbq ! My hubs is very fussy…he doesn’t really like those frozen meats we got from NTUC for BBQ. He prefers fresh and quality ones. So sometimes i will have to check Cold storage to see the waygu beef or pork got discount or not. Sometimes 1 slab of waygu beef cost about $20 and just nice for 2 of us to pair with bbq mushrooms and bean paste stew etc.

Seoul Butchery is located along Yuk Tong Avenue. I got to know about this butchery after i went to Oppa’s Korean friend’s house for BBQ. K&J butchery moved to Martin road which is abit out of the way for me. So now i get my meats from Seoul Butchery ! They do sell home made side dishes , korean sauces and all the things you need for Korean bbq so it is actually convenient and one stop for everything..Price point also slightly cheaper than K&J. But because it is just newly opened , the variety not alot yet lah. The boss told me they just opened for less than a month ( when i went in July )…he said there will be more variety of meats and groceries in August.

Weather was very hot and hubs does not want to use the electric pan to bbq at the balcony so we bbq the pork belly i bought from Seoul Butchery over the stove using a frying pan instead.

Hubs love the new tofu recipe i cooked. I was watching the variety show “Dinner with Me” and saw this Korean nutritionist ajumma fried tofu over perilla seed oil. So i tried it and it was sooo yummy. Very simple to cook, yummy and healthy !

Just oil the pan with perilla oil and add in sliced tofu ! Fry till golden brown and you can serve as a main dish or side dish. Hubs love it so much and asked me to buy more tofu and cook often. When i go out for evening appt and unable to cook , he will cook this dish himself and eat together with other side dishes.

Very easy to cook and make the anchovies side dish !

You can do at home and save $$ and no need to go out to buy them.
1 small box cost about $8 and it is not worth it because it is so easy to make at home.

Ingredients ?

Anchovies ( preferably medium size ones )

Minced garlic

Cut red chilli padi (optional)

Anchovies

Korean Soy Sauce

2 spoon of Sugar

2 to 3 spoon of Corn/Rice syrup

How to cook ?

Oil the frying pan and add a spoonful of minced garlic and fry

Add in the anchovies and keep stir frying so that they will not get burnt. They get burnt easily so you need to keep flipping them over medium heat.

Add cut chilli padi (optional).

Add soy sauce (Slowly add to taste. Some people prefer more salty ones then you can add more). I usually add about 4 spoon because the anchovies itself is already salty.

Add the sugar and corn syrup and continue stir fry.

If you realized you added too much soy sauce and it is too salty , just add more sugar.

Once done , let it cool in a tupperware before you put in the fridge. Once it cooled , it will become slightly sticky like those you saw in Korean restaurants. The rice syrup will harden and become sticky once cooled. So don’t put too much else your anchovies side dish will all stick together like nougat lol .

I add the soy sauce amount based on estimation and depending on the type of anchovies i bought and my hubs like it more salty. So usually i add about 4 spoon of soya sauce.

Very easy to make hor..took me about 10 mins to prep it and i can keep in the fridge and eat over 10 days.

Hanyul Artemisia

Used up my Pyungkang Yul set in June and got my housemate to help me buy this set when she went back in June.

I started to love this series after i bought and used the moisturier last year when i went to Korea in Oct.

I bought the Toner and Fluid which i apply after my serum.

So my steps are Cleansing -> Toner -> Essence -> Serum -> Fluid -> Moisturiser.

Ehh..when i first used the moisturiser , i am not used to the scent. Because all the while i have been using Hera and other brands which gives a more derma or perfumed scent. Whereas for this Hanyul artemisia series, it smells abit like freshly cut grass lol. But it is very mild and i find it quite pleasant actually ! Smells very light and refreshing. The texture of the toner and fluid is also smooth and does not leave sticky feeling so it is easy to apply make up after that. It is very moisturising and i really like it. So this coming Sept when i go to Korea to fulfil my daughter-in-law duties during Chuseok , im going to stock up this and another series (Rice series which is pink bottle).

I love how this moisturiser and calm my skin without feeling sticky. It is also refreshing. Packaging also looks atas and the bottle is actually quite heavy. It absorbs into my skin quite fast too. I really love this!!! Suitable for Sg weather.

If you prefer something not so creamy and light in texture , the artemesia series from Hanyul will suit you ! You can get from any Aritaum stores in Korea. If i remember correct (how much i paid back to my housemate) , the toner + fluid set costs less than SGD 40.