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 ūüôā

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‚ĄĘ) 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 ‚Äď 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Now that im not modeling for my own online shop , it is time to take good care of my hair. Constant styling dried¬†up my hair. Kinda disappointment when i went to Korea in March hoping to get C-curls done but i couldn’t because of my bad hair condition. The ends were damaged and i have to cut off at least 5 inches if i want to go for C curls.

Whenever my friends are going to Korea, they will message me for hair salons recommendation because i always get my hair done there ( cut , wash , dye and hair treatment ). Prices there are very cheap actually. Cheaper than any salons in shopping malls and their services are impeccable.

Like the one i went in March – Hwamiju Hair Salon. When i walked in , a staff greeted me and gave me the “hair menu” when i asked for it. I told them what i wanted to do which was C-curl perm (and my bf’s mother insisted to¬†the staff and asked for the salon’s top and head stylist to evaluate my hair because she doesn’t want anyone to do my hair just like that. She knows that for good curls , you need to have good hair condition ) . The lady lead us¬†to a wating area where there is a huge sofa , coffee table and magazine . A lady asked if im hungry and what drinks i want. She brought alot of snacks and coffee¬†for us because i told her i was quite hungry. Another lady brought¬†me to a nice locker room to keep my belongings and passed me the key. She then helped me with a robe. And i went back to my seat¬†to have my coffee and snacks . She put a pillow on my lap so that i do not need to strain my neck when i read the magazines. Then she brought me to one of the seats and the head stylist started evaluating my hair and concluded that my ends were damaged so i can’t get it done ūüė¶ ¬†Either i have to cut 5 inches ( which is long bob hair ) or maybe just next time.

Then , another lady brought me back to my sofa so i can continue my coffee , snacks and magazines while waiting for my bf to cut his hair. Their services are great. I had my hair dyed , treated , cut , wash and blow before. The hair stylist stayed with me from start to end. The only time i have to wait was to wait for her to bring her tools or serums etc.

Whereas in SG , some salons tried to maximize profit and allocated 3 customers to one stylist within the same time slot. I ever had an experience where a simple and basic hair cut , dye , treatment , wash and blow took 5 hours from lunch till almost dinner time.

I remember i have to wait 20 minutes for the stylist to check my hair after the shampoo lady finished applying the hair dye. And then another 20 minutes after washing the dye off before confirming with the shampoo lady what treatment for me and another 20-30 minutes after the treatment wash or stylist to come and another 15 minutes for stylist to come after shampoo lady dry my hair for the stylist to do the final touch up. Spent almost 2 hours waiting for nothing when all could be done in just mere 2-2.5 hrs. Total took 5 hours.

My hair cut , dye , wash , cut and treatment took only 2.5 hours in Korea.

Some of my friends told me they went to some salons in Gangnam and were charged more than $400 for a perm. Well, some salons target tourists and they price it very high. Or you go to those super high end ones then yes maybe it can be very expensive but for a popular local salon chain it should not be that expensive because i was never quoted for that kind of high price. I was quoted only KRW 120,000 for hair dye , 4 steps treatment , cut , wash and blow at a popular local salon chain and KRW 80,000 for C-curl perm at Hwamiju for my hair length and my friend went there for s-curl perm and paid only KRW 120,000. The prices were from the “hair menu”. Perhaps when you go into the salon , instead of asking for price , ask for the menu instead so that you can see the prices yourself. But of cos , some menu are only in Korean so if you can’t understand or read, it will be abit of a challenge. My bf’s mum told me that perms are not very expensive in Korea because alot of people do¬†C-curls or S-curls which are very common and normal.

I got this from Korean internet Naver.com for you guys. But im not sure if this is the updated price list or not ( The source was dated 2013) . So you have to ask to confirm the price again because it depends on your hair conditions , length and what kind of perm you want to do. This is just a guide okay and gives you a rough gauge of the price.

Hwamiju is a popular and good hair salon and has alot of chains. My bf’s m0ther recommended this one to me and im super impressed with the service ¬†( though i can’t get my hair perm done ).

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First column reflects normal price and 2nd column ( which is the cheaper pricing are local student price ).

Normal perm – KRW 77,000

Fringe Perm¬†– KRW 16,500 ( good for people with fringe and hate to curl your hair or blow your hair everyday after shower . You see Kpop boy bands with perm and curly fringe ? Yup that’s how they do it. They perm it )

Texture perm , Setting perm , Ceramic perm – KRW 88,000

The most expensive one KRW 209,000 is Volume Magic and Setting Perm.

Some people do volume magic at the top part of their hair and setting perm at the bottom. Volume magic is a kind of rebonding which doesn’t flatten your hair like those normal rebonding. The first impression on rebonding is that you will end up with hair that is so flat that sticks to your face. But nope .. i had it done before and this kind of rebonding actually adds volume while keeping your hair straight and doesn’t flatten your hair.

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So , im super determined to get my perms done.

So i need to maintain and get it treated right ?
So during my trip to Korea, i went to buy my 6 steps hair care from Mise-en-scène .

It was a last minute buy just the night before i flew back to SG. I wanted to buy Daenggi moori and another good brand but i couldnt find it at Lotte Mart so i got this cheaper one instead since 2 shampoo + 1 condition is going at a promotional price of KRW 10,000. So i got another 2 tubes of treatment , 2 repair hair oil and 1 hair essence under the same PEARL SHINING RANGE. I love this shampoo because of the smell and it doesnt dry up my hair.

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And i got these 2 too from Olive and Young. I bought 10 packs home. They cost KRW3,900 and KRW 4,500 respectively.

These are hair steam pack .When you go to salon for hair treatment , they coat your hair with some serums or hair oil and steam your hair right ? Now there is the DIY version in Korea, just apply the hair serum/oil (which is included in the pack) and wear the hair cap that was given. You will slowly feel the heat in the cap. Wash off after 20 minutes.

The first one was from Mise En Scene. It is 2 steps treatment. Step 1 , tear open the bottom orange portion and spread the treatment cream on your hair and massage. And then tear the step 2 part where the cap was. Wear the hair cap , fasten it and massage your scalp. You will slowly feel abit of heat and then just wait for 15 minutes before you rinse it off and condition your hair. I tried this and my hair comes out very smooth and smells soooo nice. I do this treatment before i go out so that my hair looks really nice before i go out. Easy to comb , blow and curl with hair curler. Smooth and nice. Cost KRW 3,900 at Olive and Young but it is cheaper in Lotte Mart ( KRW 3,000).

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This was from Mediheal and cost KRW 4,900 at Olive and Young. I cant find it at Lotte Mart. Mediheal has nice and good facial and eye masks too which are available at Olive and Young. I bought their eye patch masks and i love it. I didnt know they have hair steam packs too.

This one is abit different from the one on top. This is just 1 step. The hair cream is already in the cap. So you just need to wear the cap , fasten it and massage your hair and scalp. The heat from this pack is stronger than the one from Mise En Scene. The heat from the Mise En Scene steam pack not that strong but this one i can feel the heat on my scalp. Results also come out with smoother and manageable hair. It smells really good too ! After 15 minutes , just wash off and then condition your hair.

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These are hair saviors because my hair was very dry due to constant styling during shoots. I have been using these for 2 months and so far so good.

Im gonna get my Daenggi Moori shampoos next time.

More K-beauty and K-food in a couple of days – Facials and Food !