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.

Busan : My Family in Korea

Continue with my Busan trip Day 11 ( i think ? ) lol

It was the day after Chu Seok. Omoni has to rush back to her motel because there are 50 indonesian tourists checking in that day. So Oppa and i continued the night meeting his Uni mates.

It was my first time drinking peach soju. Very nice and better than the original one because it is a little fruity. Girls will like it better. There are grapes , peach and apple flavours. KRW1,200 per bottle. Cheaper than your bottle of coke.

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Korean chicken. Beer + Chicken.

This was the 2nd round. We had the first round and after that we moved to the 2nd round and then 3rd round. Never ending. I felt tired after the 2nd round already because in SG , we dont have the habit of going places for drinks and food. It can start at 7pm and ends at 3am in the morning or sometimes 4 am ( eat , drink and talk and it just keeps going on for hours ) . I was quite amazed by this culture at first but after 2 years , im used to it already.

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The day after Chu Seok , Omoni , oppa and i had lunch with his paternal uncle at their hometown in Busan which is Haeundae . His mother started to introduce me to their relatives and im supposed to visit his grandmother too.

We had traditional Korean course lunch at a fine dining restaurant.

A traditional course that were used to be served to royalties.

The food just kept coming and coming.

I think we had over 18 dishes. They came in small portions.

Name of restaurant is Ye Yi Je . It means past and present.

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We had our lunch near Hotel Paradise.

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After which we went to Dalmaji-gil (Žč¨ŽßěžĚīÍłł) in Haeundae.

It is like the Montmarte in Paris. Alot of hipster cafes serving nice and affordable food.

You will get to see alot of wedding photoshoot studios there too. Some of which we were eyeing at. This is a good place to go to during autumn and spring. Because you can sit at the alfresco or indoor cafes and admire the maple leaves during autumn or cherry blossoms during spring. The trees along the street and road will look beautiful and colourful during these 2 seasons.

Oppa’s friend opened a shabu shabu restaurant so we decided to pop-by.

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His restaurant. We went there abit early so it was empty. But crowd starts streaming in during dinner time.

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Self-service dessert bar where you can help yourselves with free flow of coffees , popcorns , sweets , teas , biscuits , cookies etc etc. It is complimentary for all customers.

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Our Shabu Shabu beef set which comes with self-service Vietnamese spring roll wrap ( at only KRW 17,000 per pax )

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You are supposed to pour the rice into the soup at the last part and stir it so that it will become porridge. It is sooo yummmy ok ! That bowl of yellow stuff was beaten egg which you are supposed to add into the porridge to make it sweet. I can have many bowls of these !

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The plastic looking thing is the clear vietnamese rice roll wrap. Texture was like plastic when it was hard.

Just soak into this red solution which i guess is red vinegar . Then the harden wrap will become soft and you can start doing your own vietnamese spring roll wrap with all the veges.

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After that , we decided to chill out at a cafe for desserts and some catch up. One of his friend was a Korean air stewardess so i managed to exchanges some travelling tips and places to go in Europe with her.

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Dalmaji-gil. You can see some Japanese islands from Dalmaji-gil by sitting at the top floor of the cafes. Imagine these rows of green trees turns red and yellow during autumn or filled with cherry blossoms during spring.

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 Me , oppa and his friends whom i called Onni because they are older than me.

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On the day before we left for SG , his mother brought us to a famous live eel bbq restaurant at the outskirts of Busan. You can see alot of restaurants there serving live eel bbq. Yes , the eels were sliced and cut live before BBQ so you can see the muscles still twitching when they serve the plate below onto the table. I posted a video on my instagram.

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To be honest , it tasted better than frozen eels. The meat is very tender , fresh and qq.

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If you are traveling to Seoul and Busan , you should travel to the outskirts of Seoul and Busan too. Because you can find many nice , good and cheap food . Not only that , you can enjoy and embrace nature and the fresh air.

Nice and cooling weather at 20 degrees celsius. Eat and eat and eat until looked so chubby and cui in Korea. Lol.

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After our hearty meal , we went for a stroll up a little hill near Omma’s house.

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Even Bomi joined us too.

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I miss our room ūüė¶

We always stayed at the biggest room in Omma’s motel whenever we are there.

Found this on youtube.

This was the room on the 8th floor which we always sleep in whenever we are at Omma’s motel¬†in Gimhae which is 20 mins drive from Busan. It is 10 mins from Gimhae airport. Gimhae and Busan is just like Incheon and Seoul.

Airport of Seoul is in Incheon and airport of Busan is in Gimhae.

Busan is the 2nd largest city in Korea after Seoul. ¬†Yes in Busan , you can find the world’s largest shopping mall (Centum City / Shinsaegae ). Will intro more about Busan next time.

And here is another big room.

Room rates range from KRW50,000 to KRW 70,000 depending on the no. of pax.

The airport of Seoul is at Incheon and the airport of Busan is at Gimhae.

Most of the time , we stayed at oppa’s brother’s apartment in Seomyeon, Busan.

We go to Gimhae and help his mum out at her motel over the weekend.

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Will talk about about this accommodation next time ūüôā Lotte water park, Lotte premium outlets , Lotte mart , Gimhae airport are just nearby Omma’s motel , that’s why there are foreigners checking in these days ūüôā

Hehe finally done documenting my 2nd trip to Busan. Looking forward to the next trip !!

Next up is K-beauty and new posts about financial matters ūüôā

Busan Korea

Back to work today and i really miss the autumn weather in Korea.

Imagine clear blue sky accompanied with a nice breeze and the air was very fresh especially at the mountains in the day.

The haze condition in SG is getting worst. It was bad before i left and even after 2 weeks , it got even worse. My nose itches and i kept on coughing whenever im outdoors.

This post is going to be lengthy one with my personal thoughts , 2 good news to share and also continued updates on my Korea trip.

A couple of my friends who have been following my blog and instagram asked me why haven’t i been updating my social media platforms as often and why¬†have i¬†not even started snapchat ?

To be honest , i really enjoyed my trip this time without considering so much about taking pictures just to update on my social media accounts. I don’t want to keep¬†thinking about what pictures or visuals to update on my instagram page or other social media platforms. I don’t want to spend time arranging the food nicely on the table for visual purposes. I just snap a simple pic and enjoy eating the food while it is hot and nice. ¬†I want my blog to stay true where i jot down all my daily life and memories. I can be abit blunt sometimes but they were straight from my heart and mind..

I want to keep the pictures for memories and document my travels , food i ate , places i have been to and share genuine reviews and tips with people. Sometimes , i even flip back my past posts to refer to when i need to and read my old posts with my bf. Because i forgot how to get to that place or what brand , what address or how it looks like after awhile.

Now that i am turning 30 next year , i just want my life to be simple. Enjoy time with my love ones , document and share my travel experiences , beauty and make-up journeys. I enjoying sharing and exchanging tips and feedbacks with readers too. Just simple and sweet.  It is also time for me to settle down.

I know i have some regular and long time readers of my blog who have read about the ups and downs that happened in my life. And i am also glad to have their support. It was really touching to receive their emails with words of encouragement during my down times. During my down times , i was in no mood or in any good condition to reply anyone even though i read their messages because¬†i wish to be alone. But i do felt touched by their words even though i didn’t express it out. And also i made friends with my readers and even customers. Like i said , it is time for me to settle down , so i have 2 good news to share with you especially with people who were there for me and always encouraging me.

First good news is….

Oppa and i are already planning for our wedding in Sept 2016.  We are looking for photo studios to shoot our pre-wedding photos in Seoul or Busan and also to look for wedding venue in Busan. Whereas in SG , we are looking for a venue for the ROM ( + event styling and catering ). The main wedding will be in Busan. Planning to do pre-wedding shoot in Spring 2016. It will be nice because of the cherry blossoms.

I will be tailoring my own hanbok for the wedding on my next Korea trip. I am thinking of pastel tones ( Ivory top with Peach/Pink bottom skirting).

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It will be a Korean + SG wedding. The ROM in SG will be a small affair. We ever thought of holding it on a yacht with a few of our close knit relatives actually because he was a ship navigation 2nd officer, has license to operate a ship vessel and he loves the sea. We were also considering holding it at a nice cafe or somewhere with a touch of nature because i love gardens and flowers and the budget is more affordable.

Here is one of my shortlisted venue in Busan. Something garden-ish.

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For 2 years , this man has never made me worried and he really takes good care of me. He supports me in whatever i do and he understands my fear and bad experiences with trust in relationships so he always assures me.  He feels and thinks that it is the responsibility of the man to take care of his woman and his family.

After going through ups and downs in my life and in relationships , i know what i want in a marriage. I only hope for a happy and simple marriage life. Just need someone to be there for me and to be there for me for life and our family. It has been my dream marriage since young which is to have a happy family with my kids and a dog.

I will document down my planning process and hopefully to share and exchange tips with fellow readers who are in SG-KOR relationships or weddings. If you ever held a SG-KOR wedding , please drop me an email at peonykissblog@gmail.com.

Thank you !

Life and work have been exciting and challenging for me these few months. If you were wondering what am I studying for and what industry did I venture into ,

Well, Here comes the 2nd good news !

I am embarking in the Financial Planning career.

I have always been interested in the Finance industry since graduating from SIM with majors in Banking and Finance.

For 3 years, I worked for a Private Bank and I am happy to be back into the finance industry once again. To be back, it is something that I have always wanted to do. And this time, I will be at the front line happy at crossing lives and getting in touch with people at the same time.

So from now instead of just blogging about my make-up and skincare reviews and Korea travels , i will share some of my financial planning work experiences and financial matters too.

If you have any questions or need any suggestions or opinions regarding financial matters , beauty and skincare , you can email at peonykissblog@gmail.com

So what about AE ? I guess this will be what most people will be curious about. It is still running by my family as usual. There were a lot of shifting and moving to a new office for the past 2 months but you can expect a new collection this coming Sunday ( previews are up on facebook page ).

I celebrated Chu Seok ( Korea Thanksgiving Day ) on 27th Sept with Oppa and his family. And that was when i met some of his extended family members. I spent the day in the kitchen helping his mother with the food and to serve the guests. It was a tiring day because the cooking and preparing started as early as 5am. All ended after lunch time and all of us knocked out till evening.

Because Oppa’s dad passed away more than 10 years ago , his relatives will come over to pay respect to his father on Thanksgiving Day. It is the day where Koreans pay respect to their ancestors and family members who passed away. Only the men will be paying respect and the women in the kitchen. Men must be dressed formally in suits , pants and shirts. Managed to snap a pic secretly while preparing to serve lunch.

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After the lunch , i helped his mother to clear up before i KOed.

Next day , Jinjae oppa took leave and drove us to a small own near Ulsan for the famous and popular beef BBQ. It is an hour drive from Busan. I just realized that the best food are located at the countryside. Cheap and good.

Supposedly to go to Gyeongju this Sept but Oppa has to renew his driving license because he has not driven for 10 years. So he has to attend a 2 day course and take the driving test again. So we shall bring the Gyeongju trip to next year.

Busan itself is so big. Went there 2 times and stayed there for 1 month in total but i have not been to every corner of Busan or even the outskirts of Busan.

It was a fun car ride chit chatting with each other and Ommoni is happy to have her 2 sons by her side and traveling with her. The BBQ place was so popular that we have to wait for 30 minutes. You can wait at the shelter near the pond.

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Saw GDragon and other celebs wearing the Seoul Olympic 1988 cap before. So when i saw it while shopping at a fashion concept shop , i have to get it ! It is the last piece too. He also wore one in the latest Big Bang US world tours concert held few days ago.

2014 MAMA Kpop G.Dragon Taeyang Good boy 1983 Seoul Olympic Snapback Hat performed

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I looked at what caps the celebs wear whenever i watch Running Man , Infinity Challenge , Returns of superman or any other variety shows because their caps are all so nice. The HALYANG cap which Kang Gary from Running Man is often seen in is a hot item too. Can see many places selling it when i was shopping in Busan.

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Look who joined us that day ? The youngest in the family , Bomi !

We have to hide her in the bag when seated in the restaurant. But she managed to sneak out after smelling the BBQ beef.

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While waiting , we went to buy the Hae Bbang ( custard bread ) which is quite a popular snack in this town.

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My bf and his bro.

They are my 2 big pillars and bodyguards.

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Jinjae oppa is such a good cook ! The pastas and food he cooked are so great.

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First time trying Samjang soup and it tasted so nice ! I want to learn to cook this !

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After our hearty meal , we drove to this big field which was just 5 minutes away from our lunch place. Popular hangout with the locals. Weather was perfect , grass were green and clean and you can see many families having picnic and chilling out on the field. Ulju is a town in the city of Ulsan located at the easternmost of South Korea.

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The first place to see the first sunrise of the year in Ulsan (below)

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2nd largest mailbox in the world and you can post your postcards and receive them a year later.

I don’t know is it the angle or my flat hair…why i looks so bah bah here ?

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Back to Busan after our trip to Ulju in Ulsan.

We went to cafe street which is just opposite our house. This cafe street is Busan’s version of Dempsey hill + Holland Village + Haji Lane. Alot of concept cafes here and the prices are affordable and cheap.

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You can find many interesting cafes with unique decors and concepts.

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Fans of lobster rolls can enjoy lobster rolls at only KRW 15,000 with fries. Wanted to try this but it was full house. Saw the rolls from the window and they looked so delicious with generous servings of thick juicy lobsters.

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We settled for pizzas.

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This big pizza is only KRW 15,000. So huge and we struggle to finish it. Bread and side dishes are free flow. You can toast your own bread at the “SELF” corner. “SELF” in Korea means self-service.

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After our pizzas , it is time for dessert. Saw a promotion and this strawberry ice cream bingsu cost only KRW 3,900.

So yummy with generous servings for strawberries and raspberries.

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After which , we went for our favourite bubble tea – Bubble Pong.

It is located across the road from NC Shopping mall’s Lotteria.

My favourite bubble tea place and i have it almost everyday.

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Served in a cute little bottle which you can bring home if you order the large size.

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That’s how we ended our day 10 !

Just started using some of the new skincare products i bought from Korea. Loving it and shall review it soon.

K-beauty time again !

It’s been almost 1.5 years since i blogged about K-beauty products. Recently ,¬†received several requests to blog more about K-beauty products. Well , because i buy my own products (not sponsored so they are my genuine reviews ) and only buy those that i need , so i can only blog about those i bought , used and are good enough to be recommended. I don’t review¬†about a make up product or whatever when i didn’t even use it. You can see from the lipsticks i reviewed and the make up products’ casing. They were used many times before ( unless i stocked up alot of the same colour and used the new one to take picture instead ).

I bought some products and they are abit of a disappointment so i didn’t blog about them. And i was kinda busy so i lost track of what i have not reviewed and what i have reviewed. LOL. But one thing for sure , im gonna blog about my daily 5-6 steps hair care now. Ya , so i can spent less money at salons and do some DIY treatment at home for mere $5. And some make up products which i recently used.

In SG , people who go for facials often , they should know the basic process of cleansing , exfoliating,  extractions of black heads on your nose ( some facial spas are still using the painful extraction method  , but some aesthetic clinics stopped using the painful extractions method because it is painful. So they used machines instead which is effective in clearing your black heads and there is no pain. I did mine at Aeon aesthetics and medical clinic HERE )  , applying of serums , essences , ampoules and finally the mask pack.

If you have had Korean facials done in Korea before , you will get to experience the Kyung-Rak facial massage. There are many kinds and some include the use of jade , stones etc . But the basic one is the use of fingers to press on pressure point and lifting strokes. It is a facial massage method which helps to stimulate better blood circulation , detox , slimming and lifting effect. Of cos , you cannot expect instant lifting or slimming immediately unless you do it constantly. It is a traditional anti-aging facial massage.

I had it done in Korea 2 yearsa ago. It was really relaxing and the strokes are very different from the normal facials you go to. They focus on certain pressure points and lifting massage strokes. The last time i had it done in Korea , the ahjumma massaged my face with Korean facial massage oil that was made with Red Ginseng , my shoulders and down to my chest. Ya..abit strange for someone to massage your chest. I was told it will help to achieve perkier chests if you do it constantly and also helps it to grow bigger. Also, you can ask for whole body massage.

The massages are usually done in the middle of facial treatments. The massage starts after cleansing and exfoliating.

Some people find it painful but i don’t find it painful. In fact there was no pain and it felt so comfortable and nice that i wish it can go on and on and on. LOL.

I recently had a good and relaxing facial+ Korean facial massage by my favourite aesthetician , Esther Jang ( blogged about it before. Click HERE ) . She is an experienced aesthetician and you can feel it from her strokes. She is experienced in Korean facial massages too.

Facial massages are the most shiok part in facial treatments. You should try if you have not.

Any way , i already have a list of “to buy beauty products” for my Sept trip to Korea. That includes collagen creams , ampoules and some new make up products. But first , let me get a sample to try it out first. I don’t want to waste my money on a full size bottle and ended up chucking it one side. My make up table are full of make up and skin care products. No space to even put my mobile phone on the table now !

I hope i can get to perm my hair there. I recommended my friends to perm in Korea. One of them got S-curl + cut for only $120 and the other one with long hair did loose waves + cut for mere $150.¬†I don’t know which salon they go to but one of them went to the one i recommended ( Hwamiju hair salon ) .¬†If you are going to Korea for holiday, just keep one morning ( 3hrs ) to get your hair cut , dyed , treatment and permed there. Guy’s hair cut only $10. My Oppa cut his hair only $10 in a salon ( includes wash ). It is sooo much cheaper , very fast , good service like getting manicures , hand massages or watch a drama on their ipad or even have your lunch when you are waiting.

Just get your beauty products , hair , eyelash extensions and mani/pedicures done there.

Im sure you will get addicted ( of cos unless you go to places that try to “ka-dok” tourists then it is different story lah ).

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Preview for the last collection for Summer Reflections up on http://www.agneselle.com facebook page.

This is the last collection before the new style make up over which will be more fun and feminine.

Busan : My Family in Korea

Spring in Busan.

Fortunately when i got well , weather turns slightly warmer and cherry blossoms were everywhere .
We went on a family trip to Jinhae which is an hour drive away. Jinjae oppa ( my bf’s brother ) took day off so that he can bring me there to see cherry blossoms. So kind of him and he is a really cool guy. He is tall , with a stable job at the top¬†life insurance company in Korea , has a bachelor pad and is a really nice guy. Lol..any single ladies out there ?

Jinhae is an hour drive away from Busan. It is famous for its cherry blossoms at Romance Bridge and the railway station. I am really lucky to see full bloom cherry blossoms on that day because after that day , it rained EVERYDAY till the day i departed from Gimhae airport.

Of cos , you can see cherry blossoms in Busan too. The cherry blossoms lined up along the streets and the best place to see them in Busan is at Namcheon-dong. There is this particular street that looks really nice with the cherry blossoms.

Ok , back to Jinhae.

Jinhae is a small town so you can just spend few hours there. We spent like 3 hours there before we went for lunch and back to Busan.

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Jinhae is very crowded during Cherry Blossom Festival in Spring . People and tourist flocked here to see the cherry blossoms , have picnic under the trees and take a stroll along the river canal.

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There are both white and pinkish cherry blossoms. All so nice ! And just next to this place is a HUGE mountain.

The backdrop looks damn nice.

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After spending 3 hours taking a stroll and pictures of the pretty cherry blossoms , Jinjae oppa drove us to a restaurant located near the base of a mountain and along the coast for the nicest and freshest live eel bbq !

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At night , we drove up to Mount Hwangnyeong. It is the best place to see sunset in Busan. But we were at the premium outlets in the evening and can only go here at night. It was very cold.

Not only do you get to see beautiful Busan’s sunset here but you can get to see 360 degrees view of the entire Busan. It is located near Namcheon station so you can put your cherry blossoms sight seeing and sunset viewing on the same afternoon.
How to get here ?

Take MRT to Namcheon station (exit 4) and then take bus number 38 to Hwangnyeong mountain or you can cab there.

City night view of Busan .

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Gwangan bridge is brightly lighted.

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Jinjae oppa with his fleece blanket because he forgot to bring his coat.

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We were all cold and hungry. It was 10pm and we went to the famous “Hae Mae Ddokbokki” at Namcheon for dinner. This place is famous for its noodle soup and Ddokbokki. It is cheap and nice. The soup is free flow too. It is a humble street stall located at a back alley.

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All of us were dead tired and too tired and zonked out once we arrived home in Seomyeon !

Busan : My Family in Korea

I fell very sick the night after i came back from Nampo-dong. I was resting at home and Oppa went to the bank to settle his accounts. I slept through the entire day till Jinjae oppa came back from work and drove us to Oppa’s mother’s motel in Gimhae because it was her birthday.

It was terrible. I was vomiting and having non-stop clear water diarrhea. Felt really terrible. My stomach was grumbling and growling sooooo loudly. I think it was stomach flu. I felt very sorry because it was Oppa’s mother’s birthday and instead joining them to celebrate , having Korean BBQ and cut the birthday cake , i have to sleep and rest in the room. Felt really bad because i vomited right infront of her..but luckily , i found a plastic bag and not messing up her motel floor.

The motel housekeeper helped to set up the heating pad on the bed for me , made our room and i just fell asleep after that.

Oppa sent me a picture of the yummy cake ūüė¶ But i can’t eat it.

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So the next day , Oppa’s mum drove me to the hospital just next door. Because i was too weak to walk , she drove there even though the hospital was just on the next street which is 2 mins walk away.

Put on IV dripped , consulted the door who spoke a little bit of English and collected my medication. The price was only KRW 68,000 . I thought i have to pay like hundreds of dollars and i was checking whether i can claim from my insurance. I was really surprised. No wonder Oppa would rather go back to Korea for medical check ups etc because he maybe able to claim from his insurance company and it is also cheaper even if it is non-claimable. I paid SGD 90 at my local GP just opposite my house when i had fever or SGD 60 for a normal flu.

I don’t know why but suddenly after i came back from Korea , i felt like everything in SG is so expensive.

And it really is.

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So for 5¬†days , i was bedridden , vomiting and having diarrhea the whole day and was too weak to even walk. I can’t eat anything. Whatever i ate just came out. I ate nothing but still i have so much vomit and diarrhea to excrete out. And what’s worst was that it was all clear water. So dehydrated that i only peed once a day.

But thanks to Oppa and his mother , i got well pretty fast . She prepared honey drink and porridge for me. I wanted to cook myself but she insisted i should rest and she reminded me daily to not to eat oily food via kakaotalk messages.

On the 3rd day after i fell sick , i managed to drag my feet to Haeundae beach with Oppa to meet his friend for lunch at his restaurant and a walk to Dongbaekseom (Dongbaek Island) .

How to get to Haeundae Beach ?

Take the MRT line and stop at Haeundae station. The beach front is just 5 minutes walk away.

Oppa’s friend’s¬†restaurant specializes in Duae-Ji-Kuk-Bab (Pork soup with rice ) .

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I had no mood for the food and just drank the soup. It is really nice. You can find alot of such restaurants selling Pork Soup with rice in Busan. It is just like our Bak Kut Teh but just that there is no peppery taste.

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After that , we went to starbucks for hot coffee. I wasn’t feeling well and the weather was cold and rainy so i didn’t want to walk along the beach. Too windy. Thereafter , we walked to Dongbaek Island ( Dongbaekseom ) .

Dongbaekseom Island is a very small island with many Dongbaek trees. At the top of the island, there is a statue and a monument of a scholar and writer during the Silla¬†Dynasty. It is an island linked to the mainland Busan . So you can walk from Haeundae beach. If you are going to Haeundae Beach , you can put Dongbaek Island together on the same day. It is at the right side of Haeundae beach ( you will see The Westin Chosun Hotel ) and further up , there is a bridge/road that links to Dongbaek Island. If weather was good , you can see Oryukdo Island¬†( “Or” means 5 , “Yuk” means¬†6 , “Do” means island ). The reason for its name is because depending on the tide and condition of the day , sometimes it looks like 5 island and sometimes looks like 6 islands. It is a rock island that was made purely out of¬†stones. You need to take a ferry tour around the islands from Haeundae.

I didn’t manage to take pictures at Dongbaek Island because it was raining and windy and i wasn’t feeling well. So i totally have no mood to take picture and just want to go somewhere warm. ¬†We took at cab later to Centum City Shinsaegae. The world’s largest shopping mall. It was sooo huge ! Don’t even have the mood to shop because i kept going to the toilet to vomit.

We ended the day early and went back to Seomyeon to rest.

Next day , Oppa’s brother cooked yummy spaghetti¬†for our breakfast before we head to Sajik baseball stadium. Before that , we went to the nearest Lotte Mart to buy beer , coke , water , pizza and fried chicken. My condition was 60% and the smell of any oily food makes me nausea and feel like want to vomit very badly.

By then i already lost alot of weight lol. My arms were like stick. I was 51.5 kg before and after fell sick , my weight dropped to 47kg.  Wearing the old Lotte jersey and ready to cheer for the team at Sajik Stadium. Sajik stadium is home ground for Lotte Giants which represents the Busan team. You have to buy the ticket inorder to watch a baseball match. You can buy and book your seats online or at the stadium main entrance.

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Full house. First game of Spring. Baseball matches were stopped in Winter and only resume in Spring to Autumn.

Chants of Lotte Giants cheer everywhere. I posted a video on my instagram.

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My 3 bodyguards who took care of me when i was sick. My bf , his brother and Soobin his best friend.

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After the baseball game , we went to Haeundae beach for dinner and met all of Oppa’s high school friend.

We had 2 rounds of dinner. BBQ live eels with soju and beer and 2nd round was Kimchi jiggae and other food. Whole thing ended at 3am and we were dead tired.

Soobin Oppa booked a sea view room at Novotel Haeundae Beach for me to show his appreciation and thanks when he came to SG last year. I accompanied him everyday to all tourist destinations in SG for 4 days. And we attended a baby shower. This is the first time i attended a Korean baby shower. Things were abit different compared to Singapore style baby shower.

After which , Soobin Oppa brought me to Busan Premium Outlet. But i wasn’t in the mood to shop because i ¬†wasn’t feeling good. So the next day , my bf’s bro brought us back to Lotte Premium Outlet¬†in Gimhae to shop after i felt better and my condition was 90%. ¬†These 2 outlets are 2 different locations.

How to get to Busan Premium Outlet ?

1133 Jeonggwan-ro, Jangan-eup, Gijang-gun, Busan

Take MRT to Jangjeon station and then take bus No 1008. Bus ride takes about 1 hour.

OR

Take bus No 37 from Busan Bus Terminal . Journey is about 1 hour.

Im not sure if there were any changes made in the bus route so it will be better for you to check and confirm at the MRT or bus terminal.

This place is REALLY ulu..like in the middle of nowhere suddenly pop up a HUGE premium outlet. Apparently the one in Busan is Asia’s largest outlet.

It is a shopping heaven for men because you can buy alot of sports related stuff at outlet price ! Nike , Adidas , New Balance , Reebok , Taylor Adidas etc etc. And if you are traveling to somewhere cold , you can buy North Face jackets at really cheap price at less than SGD 300. A North Face jacket usually cost more $500. For the ladies , you can shop at Roxy , Quiksilver , Michael Kors , Coach , Burberry and any other luxury brands or Lotte Mall for cosmetics and branded stuff like Burberry , Jill Stuart etc etc. The one at Busan has a Lotte Mall and Lotte Mart.

The Nike and New balance shoes are dirt cheap ! I was tempted to get them but i resisted the temptation. I got a pair of Nike sneakers ( white colour with magenta colour Nike¬†‚úď logo ) for only $40. Oppa’s bro bought it for me. Don’t worry , sure have your size. Take your time to shop. Look at the number of boxes of stocks.

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I got this pair of New Balance shoes below 1.5 years ago at KRW 99,000 and it is only KRW 39,000 at the outlet.

Sian.

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Coach, Ermenegildo Zegna , Polo Ralph Lauren,,
Michael Kors, Burberry , DKNY ,  Salvatore Ferragamo and many more

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There are alot of selections. Not only shoes , but you can find sports wear , equipments or whatever.

We went to the one at Busan and another one in Gimhae. The one in Gimhae is cheaper and has more selections for brands like Nike , Adidas , New balance and Reebook as compared to the one in Busan actually. ¬†The one at Gimhae is very near Oppa’s mother’s motel. No wonder she said she goes there often.

Tourist Tax Refunds are available and you have to tell the cashier you want tax refund. Then they will give you the envelope and tax refund slip.

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I bought 2 pairs of Havaianas at Busan Premium Outlet’s Lotte Mall.

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2 Pairs for only KRW 48,300 after 30% discount. It was cheap even before the discount.  One pair in SG is already SGD 59.90 for one with design and the basic one is already $39.90. I got a hot pink basic one with thick straps for KRW 21,000 and $27,300 which is about SGD 60. A good time for me to buy because my dog bite and snapped my havis and im currently wearing a slippery $5 cotton-on slippers.

Samsonite luggages there are 30% cheaper too. A handcarry pull luggage is less than KRW 300,000 .

Guess who bought the most things ? Not me but Oppa’s brother.

It was night time . Look at the cherry blossoms glowing at night under the street lights.

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Walking to Oppa’s car. The weather was really good and we had alot of fun probably because my condition was better after¬†i stopped vomiting and having diarrhea.

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We had a long day and were so tired. Totally knocked out after that.

*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 ūüė¶

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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.