14 more days before back to home in Busan.

I was pretty nervous during the trip back in Apr and this trip will even be more nervous. More and bigger things to discuss about.

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But before i get tensed up and busy with more work , shall just put on a mask and relax.

Some friends said im crazy/disciplined enough to put on masks everyday because they are too lazy/tired/no time to do so.

But if you really want good skin , you really need to take are lah. Some girls go to manicure/pedicure/hair treatments monthly/fortnightly/weekly. But i do this everyday instead lah.

I switched to hydrogel masks since beginning of this year. I used to go for sheet masks and found hydrogel masks abit too troublesome. Because sometimes i will scratch or tore it with my nails. But now i got used to it and prefer hydrogel masks now. Because it doesn’t dries up as fast as sheet masks and it also fits into the corner of my eyes and nose properly.

Besides using Sulwhasoo , Hera and Cel-Dermal masks , i am also using Leaders Insolution mask. It is one of the top and best selling masks in Korea.

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Compare to Sulwhasoo , Hera and Cel-Dermal , the amount or volume of serums/essences in Leaders Insolution masks are much more. Such that i can even use the excess serums from the sachets to apply on my neck , chest , shoulders and sometimes i apply it on my knee caps and elbows ( areas prone to dry skin ). Their masks are so serums/essences rich such that after i place the mask on my face , i need to pour the excess serums from the sachet onto my palm and spread it out all over my face again and the remains on my neck , chests and other body parts.

You definitely need to try Leaders Insolution if you do not know the brand yet. I knew about this brand a year ago but only get to try their products (serums) this year’s April when i went to Korea. It is hard to find their products and so far i can only get it online from Hyundai mall or CJmall website. I wonder where Oppa’s mum get them from. It is hard to find them in the market.

Here are some of my favourites.

I usually go for brightening , collagen/lifting, whitening and hydration masks.

I will get 1-2 pieces for wrinkles. Ha…i probably need more of these in 5 years time.

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This premium mask is pretty good and i love the smell. It is hard to find it even online.
I need to ask Oppa’s mum where she buys all her make up stuff. She told me ladies there buy masks in cartons and not in pieces. Lol. Because they use it so often . The last time , she bought a huge carton of masks for me ( about 100 over pieces ) .  My whole luggage was filled with masks. But heh…i love the masks !

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Just added some stuff from Hyundai mall , CJmall and Lotte mall’s website and can’t wait to ship them to Oppa’s house.

Going to bring an empty hand carry luggage there to bring back all my skincare and make up stuff.

Have a good weekend !

Happy Birthday Robert Oppa ~ ^^

Saturday night BBQ with the Korea Tigers baseball team to celebrate Robert Oppa’s birthday.

I was very touched by his support and he is more like a fatherly figure to me.

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Every BBQ comes with yummylicious Pork Belly , beef and seafood ( alaskan king crab , lobsters and more ).

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The star of the day was drenched with ice cold barrel of water. It was a “BEER ONLY” party and i couldnt find any water or soft drinks. Hundreds of cans of beer and sojus.

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After the BBQ , we went up to his house for 2nd round of more beer and sojus. Of cos , i can’t drink at all so i was glad that i can finally drink water.

Had great catch up on Saturday with 2 of my SRJC friends Lihua and Candice for lunch at Jpot and then dinner with the Korea Tigers.
I realized that alot of my close friends are teachers and it is good to learn some parenting and teaching tips from them. It was a good catch up talking about the times we spent in school and all the naughty bits.

Talking about school days , i want to talk about this speech by Jack Ma ( Founder of Alibaba ) . It is a good video and i hope that this video inspires you if you are facing any problems in work , relationships or anything now.

  1. Before 20 years old , be a good student….way to entrepreneur to learn some experience.
  2. Before 30 years old , follow somebody , go to a small company….It is not which company you go , it is which boss you follow.
  3. From 30-40 years old , you have to think very clearly…
  4. When you are 40-50 years old ,you have to do all the things you are good at…
  5. When you are 50-60 years old , work for the young people..because young people can do better than you
  6. When you are over 60 years old , spend time for yourself.

When you are 25 years old , make enough mistakes . Don’t worry , you fall and you stand up. Just enjoy the show.

I have to say that i can truly relate to this speech because i have gone through 1) and now i am in 2) . I had made mistakes in judgement of people , relationships and things when i was 25 and young. It is probably a blessing in disguise. Because through these mistakes , i managed to improve myself and learn to be smart when it comes to dealing with people or relationships. Also , i learnt to cherish the people around me. The people whom i know are true friends.

On a side note , i’ve been sleeping really late these days to read up on articles and my eye bag was quite bad.
And i have been putting on the Mediheal eye patch which i bought from Korea in the morning before i put on my make up . It sure does help !
At night , i will put eye serum or light cream.

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Here is the eye serum which im using from Aeon Medical and Aesthetics clinic. If you want sunblocks , you can try the sunblock from Aeon medical and aesthetics centre which is SPF90. Oppa is currently using it too because he stays under the sun for 4 hours every sunday during baseball practice. It helps to prevent sun burnt and protects the skin. Im also using Hera collagen eye up cream and Sulwhasoo firming eye cream. I was given alot of the sample sachets lol..it’s been almost a year and i still haven’t finish my sample sachets. LOL. I use the serums in the day and creams at night. I also use eye patch before i go out or put make up. The eye area looks more firmed up and easier to put on make up . But of cos , the best remedy is to drink more water and have ample sleep !

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The eye patch which im using now after finishing my Cell-Dermal’s eye patch.

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This eye patch is something you may want to get if you are traveling to Korea. You can find it at Olive and Young stores.  They have a huge range of Mediheal’s masks at Olive and Young.

K-Beauty Time !

Last week was a beautiful week. Not only i get to do what i always wanted to do , i also get the support from my love ones . People around me gave me such positivity that it makes me want to work harder and strive for the better.

Finally , i passed the 2nd paper and have 2 more papers to go. I know it’s not gonna be easy to start but im hope with my determination , i will do well. Also , it is good to be under someone who you know you can trust and guide you along the way.

Not only was it a beautiful week to know that i have so many who are there to give me support and encouragements.
But also , i got some love from Etude house.

Being a fan of Korean make ups , i was glad to receive some new launch products from Etude House.

This new cushion is a little different from other cushions under their brand.

It comes with cute circular shapes . These have pearly highlighting effects. It is to give you the “glow”.

First dab on the cushion. You can see the mix of BB cream and the pearly highlighter.

First dab on the skin. So you have to use the cushion and slowly blend it in if not you will have whitish spots on your face.

Here is the before and after photo.

And close up of the “with” photo.

This BB cushion has a pink tone and brightening effect because of the pearly highlighter circular things in the cushion. I realized that this actually lightened my face by one tone. So i wont probably use it on my entire face. I am now using it as a highlighter. I apply it on my forehead , nose bridge , cheekbones and lower chin . The BB cream + Pearly highlighter makes the highlighting effect looks abit more natural and not so harsh which i pretty like it. I will definitely continue to use this and use it as a highlighter but not to apply on the entire face.

Coverage : 4/10 . Very sheer
( It takes me to apply 3 times over my face just for full coverage and ended up i looked so white). So if you want to go for sheer and natural coverage , this will be good.

Lasting : 6/10 . Touch up needed after every 3 hours and when im under the sun.

This cushion in my make up pouch as a highlighter.

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I just had part of the freckles on my left cheek removed last monday at Korean aesthetic clinic ,  Aeon Medical and Aesthetic Centre at Pacific Plaza.

This picture was taken 3 days after the BBL freckles removal treatment.

This spots are the “husks”. The spots where the BBL laser “shot at” . It is a painless procedure and i have blogged my first freckle removal experience HERE (right cheek) . That blogpost is more detailed.

The brown freckle spots will turn darker into “husks”before they start fading off. They actually fade abit day by day especially after shower. Avoid scratching them. They don’t itch.

 The “husks” can be concealed with concealers or foundations. I put on make up after the laser treatment. It will take one week for these to clear. During this one week , it is advisable to avoid the sun. So you have to apply sunblock.

The “husks” dropped off by the 5th day which was last friday. I only had part of of the freckles on my left cheek removed.

I also had laser toning done and my skin brightens up alot . My 3rd laser toning in 3 weeks. Putting on BB Cushion or foundation is so easy now and i just went out today to Suntec City and Cityhall with my bare face ( with non-tinted sunblock ) .

So now , i had half of the freckles on my right and left cheeks removed. And im going for the 3rd round to remove both sides together next week. Can’t wait for the 3rd round and when the “husks” fall off , i will be freckles free. Not sure if i need to go for 4th round though and im gonna consult Dr Kim when i see him next week. Thanks to Dr Kim , i finally get to remove my freckles.

So freckles gonna be cleared soon but my eye bags and eye rings…hmmm…because of my sleeping habits ( i sleep at 2am ) and nowadays it seems worst because i study till 3am. Oppa’s mother will recommend me a plastic surgery clinic in Busan for eye bag removal. But im still thinking to do it or not. They always warn me about “monster doctors” . In Korea,  there is a term called “monster doctor”. Some clinics are very popular because of that 1 doctor. He can only attend to a number of surgeries per day and of cos to maximise profit, some actually “change” the operating doctor when you were asleep under  anaesthesia . So sometimes you paid more for that doctor but actually the one operating you is not him. It is other doctor. It happened sometimes to foreigners and some people actually wrote on forums about the incident too because they find it weird that the doctor they chose doesn’t seem to know anything and don’t know the type of  surgery the patient went for. It even happened to very popular and famous clinics. It was in Korea’s news. Even my gfs also warn me so they always tell me to go to one which was referred to you by people you know and trust. Prices for locals and foreigners are different too. It seems like that to me. A gf who worked in the beauty industry in Korea told me that there are 2 price lists in some clinics . One for locals and one for foreigners which is more pricey. All these things made me hmm…scared. And Oppa found me news articles that was published last year about failed surgery. Somemore this is eyebag surgery..near the eyes leh..so abit concerned about it.

Of cos not all clinics are bad. There are good ones . But ..still must think properly. If i do it and i dont like how i look , i can’t reverse it.

Anyway , no hurry . Shall make do with concealer while i think and consider about it. Already consider for 1.5 years.

Gonna blog about black heads removals and pore care in a few days’ time  !

Need to study for 3rd paper.

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 😦  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 !

K-beauty time !

But before i start , i would like to ask Singapore travellers who are travelling to Korea to be extra careful due to the MERS outbreak in South Korea right now. It is kinda serious because Korean news site such as Naver have been reporting and updating the cases on Korean internet and news channels. It is Middle East Coronavirus . Many South Koreans were infected with the virus. You can read HERE for more details. Bring a mask just incase the situation worsen and who knows by then it will be difficult to find masks if you need. So please be vigilant and becareful. Read up the red-flagged area in the cities you are traveling to.

Ok..back to K-beauty time.

Now , people don’t go for thick foundations , eye make ups that looks like as if you are going for a wedding dinner or a fashion shoot or too glossy lips. It is about going natural. A Korean make up artist told me that now people don’t show off their make up skills by applying bold colours or thick eye make up anymore. It is how you managed to make it as if there is nothing applied except a simple eye shadow and eyeliner even though you actually put on a lot of make up .  And at the same time , still makes your eyes look naturally attractive. It is to create a “as if i didn’t put on make up” look. My make up artist Yoona Han is really good at that. She is a Korean.

I took quite long to master this kind of skill. Sometimes , people asked if i put on make up and that means that day’s natural make up is successful because they don’t know if its make up or not.  Im not perfect yet though because i do have my “failed days” which usually happens when i did not have enough sleep and my skin was abit dry so the make up doesn’t set properly.

 This is not the first time i have blogged about Korean air cushions.  I blogged about the top 3 air cushion brands which i used before over HERE.

If you do not know the history , AmorePacific ( a South Korean beauty company ) was the first in the world to invent the air cushion foundation back in 2008. Brands such as Iope , Laneige , Hera , Sulwhasoo and many others are under Amore Pacific wing. The first air cushion invented in the world was Iope Air Cushion which is still a popular choice among the locals. If you go to any public toilet in Korea , you will see most girls’ make up pouches contain the Iope Air Cushion. Now everywhere in Korea , you can find air cushions everywhere. It is very convenient. There is no need to bring a beauty blender , foundation brush  and your bottle of foundation which can be heavy and cumbersome. The air cushions are very compact , light weight and the foundation soaked in the cushions can last you about 2 months. All cushions comes with a refill when you buy it in a box. Iope is available in Lotte Mart or Aritaum. The sponge also helps to blend in for a natural finish.

I tried using Iope before but personally  i feel that it is not that moisturizing and the colour runs abit beige on my skin which doesn’t really suit. Hera suits my skin tone better and it gives a more dewy look on my skin as compared to Iope. Iope is good but just that the colour doesn’t work on my skin. Just like how Sulwhasoo’s air cushion colour looks orangey on my skin tone.

So , best is to try the colour first before purchasing and not just buy because you think that all air cushions under Amore-Pacific should the same.

From my personal experience , the Iope one looks abit beige or yellow on my skin , Hera one gives a more radiant pink tone but the Sulwhasoo one makes my skin looks abit orange.

Ive been using Hera for the past 2.5 years and im now a big loyal fan. Hera is not available in SG but i heard it may come into SG. But still i prefer to buy them in Korea because it is cheaper , tax refundable and also more and generous samples.

I had 3 different types of air cushions from Hera.

1) The normal and original one

2) Summer Long Stay

3) Ultra Moisture

Yes there are currently 3 types and each for different season.

The Summer Long Stay version is for hot and humid Summer weather whereas the Ultra moisture is for winter.

Im using

1) N21 for the normal one

2) C21 for Summer Long Stay

3) N21 for Ultra Moisture

Well here’s my review.

The Summer Long Stay version has a better and thicker coverage ( C stands for Cover ) and indeed it doesn’t melt on my skin despite the hot and humid weather which is why im switching to the Long stay version now because May and June gonna be very hot and humid. The make up stays and i only need to touch up once.

Coverage – Good coverage 9/10

Finish – Slight dewy 5/10

How long does it last – I only touched up once 9/10

The Ultra Moisture version was supposed to lock in moisture and at the same time prevents your foundation from caking.  I blogged about it HERE before. I used it during my Spring trip to Korea back in March which was few months ago. My make up did not cake or look dry because of the cold weather. Instead , this cushion sets in properly and smoothly.

This was taken when i was in Busan during Spring. It really sets in nicely. But i won’t suggest using this during hot and humid weather. I tried it last week and it made my face looks oily. I guess it works on people with dry skin better in SG’s humid weather. But at least now i have an air cushion which i can use when i travel to cold countries.

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Coverage – medium 7/10

Finish – Dewy (8/10)

How long does it last – I touched up only twice so i will give it 7/10.

The normal version is for everyday use or maybe on mlid weather conditions. This one works better on normal SG weather. I use this everyday but i realized i need to touch up alot when the weather gets very hot and humid. But it is ok if im indoor.  Good thing about this is that it gives a dewy finish without looking too oily. Looks natural too. It evens out my skin tone.

Coverage  – Medium 7/10

Finish – Dewy

How long does it last – I touched up frequently so i will give it 5/10

In summary , you can buy these 3 versions . Use the normal one on daily basis , Long stay if you are going out for activities or beaches etc , Ultra moisture when you are traveling to cold countries of if you have dry skin. One thing i like about these cushions are that it comes with SPF50. YAY to sunscreen ! I didnt get really burnt when i apply this UV mist cushion.

Hope this helps !

I got a new primer and concealer from Tarte and i love it. Gonna review and share it soon !

Beauty Culture

Talking about Beauty culture , i really have to admit that our East Asian counterparts are really good at it. You can have fake boobs that feels and looks like real boobs. Eyelids that were done but no one knows that you had surgery. Creating healthy looking and beautiful skin with just make up.  Cosmetics are easily available and cheap. You can find them even at MRT stations or convenience stalls. They are sprouting everywhere at street or underground level. The Japanese , Korean and Taiwanese ladies are really good at dressing up.

With Korea producing and inventing some of the products that are widely sought after and used today ( like the BB cushions , CC creams and BB Creams etc ) . It is no wonder their ladies there are so used to putting make up and they do it really well. Though not all have really good skin , they can create healthy looking skin with the use of cosmetic products.

There are the road side shops and departmental stores which sell cosmetics and skincare products.

Road side shops are the ones like Etude house , Innisfree , The Face Shop , Tony Moly, Missha , Holika Holika , It’s Skin , Nature Republic , The Saem etc. They are cheap and priced no more than KRW 20,000. With just KRW 55,000 you can easily buy a basic set of blusher , BB cushion , lip tint/lipstick and eyeliner pencil.

Here’s some of what i’ve got. There are still some powders , make up removers , make up fixer spray and eye shadows which i will share next week separately.

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Some people may think these products are cheap and no good. The reason why they are cheap is because they are made in Korea.

Before i was “addicted” to Korean beauty products , i was into French skincare and make up products. I was using Avene skincare and Chanel make up and skincare products before switching to my first Korean skincare Laneige. I was using Chanel foundation , blusher and eyeliner then . Reason was because of the price , suitability and the range available. Chanel was too expensive and i cannot play with the colours and Avene’s range was too little. Most European products only comprise of 3 steps ( cleanser , toning , moisturizing ) . But French makeup remover are one of the best. Esp the Bioderma one. I am currently using the one from Creme Simon.

I love shopping at Korean road side shops because they are always promotions like 1+1 or discounts. And they do give alot of free samples which can be quite tempting because sometimes i ended up buying the full size products after trying them. But most of the time , i only ask for cleanser samples or lip tint samples. Yes , they have cute little lip tint samples which is good for travel and for me to try new colours. I HATE putting testers on my face because so many fingers already touched it.

Even though they are cheap , i don’t just anyhow grab and buy. I did that during my first trip to Korea because i “sua ku” . First time see cheap and nice make up mah.  Now i just buy what i did and what i will use and to stock up what i always use.

Cheap doesn’t mean it is no good. Being cheap , you can buy ALOT of colours and play around with your looks. You can layer the powders , foundations and products because most of the cosmetics from these Road side shops doesn’t really have strong pigments. Korean goes for the natural “no makeup” make-up look if you get what i mean. So the colours are subtle and good for layering. That’s why you can layer alot of things to create healthy looking skin without looking too overly done up and no one knows you actually had 3 layer of bases on your face.

I layer my cheeks with a lilac and a peach colour blusher. When these 2 are mixed together , they give a dreamy and natural blush look. After i shopped for make up in Korea 3.5 years ago , i stopped buying make up in SG. Price and variety are the factors.

Here’s a peek at my dressing table or should i say corner.

I think there are too many things and too heavy. The table kinda curved downwards in the middle.

Top are the ones i use daily or often whereas all the stock ups are under the table.

I think i over did it . LOL .

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The facial corner. Grouped according to “Basic” and “Special care”. Basics are the ones i use everytime whereas the special corner are the serums , creams and sleeping masks.

Then i have the make up corner on the left. Products which i may use.

Samples that were given by my friend’s sister when i bought my HERA products from her. Too many samples..Can’t use finish even after 1.5 years.

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The make up corner where i keep all my foundations , pencils , eyeshadows , sunscreen , lotions and lipsticks

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Drawer stashed with make up stock ups.

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Eyelashes and which i bought from Hongkong at SGD 3 per box. Shops in Far east plaza are selling at $23 per box. If you are going to Hongkong , you gotta stock them up. I bought like 8 boxes from HK . Or you can buy them from JB. It is at least $5 cheaper per box. I saw a shop at Aeon Shopping Mall in JB Bukit Indah selling them at RM29.90 per box.

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Hair rollers for fringe , BB Cushions , refills and sponges. All for stock up.

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Sunscreen , make up removers , cleansing tissues ,  cleansing foam maker and mists. These are full size samples given to me actually.

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Besides that , i have boxes and tupper wares filled with HERA , Sulwhasoo and Primera samples. Too many…equal to 2 full size bottles per product.

Here is a lip tint which i want to recommend to everyone.

The Honey Melting Tint from Aritaum.

I always wanted to get this but shipping fee from Korea to SG costs more than the lip tint itself.
So i managed to get this during my Korea trip and i bought 2 sticks.

I decided on the colour Peach Crumble.

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What’s my review ?

It is super moisturizing. It feels like a lip balm and i like how i glides on smoothly. The colour is rich and it smells really good like peach. I like how i moisturizes my lips in the cold weather and how it doesn’t dries up easy like other watery lip tints. It also leaves a subtle glossy look. Not very glossy and not very matt like other water lip tints.

Colour is actually peachy orange.

Colour looks quite rich if you don’t apply any layer of foundation or BB Cushion before the tint.

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Colour is more subtle if you apply it after a layer BB cushion or your foundation.

No make up here and you can see i have abit of dark circles. Still thinking to go for eye bag removal in Sept or not. Already think for 1.5 years already lol.

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Peach / Coral / Orange lipsticks are suitable for all skin tones.

I was tempted to get the Laneige water lip tint at Aritaum after seeing my friend Elaine’s beautiful lip colour. I didn’t buy in SG though. I bought it at Aritaum because i have the discount card. I layer it on top of my lipsticks. Not recommended to apply alone because it is very sheer.

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Here’s a comparison of the 3 lip colours i bought from Laneige , Tony Moly and Aritaum.

My favorites in order :

1) Honey Melting Tint in Peach Crumble

Reason : Subtle peachy coral without being too loud and it is super moisturizing. Very cheap at only KRW 7,900

2) Tony Moly in Spring Orange

Reason : Subtle orange without being too long and it has a little sheen and it kinda brightens up my whole look. Very cheap at only KRW 7,900

3) Laneige Water Lip Tint in Apricot

Reason : Adds a subtle coral glossy look. More than KRW 22,000 but i get to enjoy 10% off with Aritaum membership.

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You see , with SGD 8.50 , you can get a decent lipstick.

The first time i went to Korea back in 2012, i got a beauty culture shock. Girls curling their fringe with velcro curler in the restaurant while their hands were busy eating their meals. And when i was in a bar , some girls beside me brought out a big mirror from her bag and started touching up her make up. When i was in the train , some ladies openly took out their make up pouches and put on full make up right in front of public eyes and yet no one bats an eyelid and no one cares. You will probably get stomped or have your face posted on FB by someone if you were caught doing that in SG.

When i went to the toilet , there is always a make up corner where the are alot of tables and mirrors. There are only 3 basins for you to wash your hand but more than 5 mirrors and tables at the make up corner. Even at departmental stores like Shinsaegae and Lotte, there is a room where ladies get to sit down comfortably in a cushioned chair and put on their make up infront of a professionally lit make up mirror.

Beauty culture is so strong and everyone do their best to look good everytime and everywhere they go. If they don’t put on make up , they will wear a cap.

Even my bf often looks into the mirror or reflection to check his hair. Lol.

Though you often see good looking women there , some men are not stupid. Sometimes i told my Korean guy friends that this or that girl in the photo or whom we saw on the street is pretty. They will often reply me “must see her without make up first” or from the first look , they know whether was it photoshopped or not. I guess they were experienced enough.

There is no ugly women ..except lazy women.

This saying is really true.

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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.

Busan : Shop Eat Sleep

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.

Busan : Shop Eat Sleep

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.