It is officially May 2017 and that means it’s my birthday month! Birthdays are some of my favourite things to celebrate, especially when I’m being showered by my favourite brands (thanks loyalty programmes!). While I wait to redeem free movie tickets from GSC and a birthday gift from Sephora, I thought I should make a birthday wishlist. These are just some of the things I don’t mind receiving, even though I know the only person who’s gonna gift me these things is myself. I am very into make-up and skincare, we all know this. And now that I’m earning my own money and I can afford a few things myself, I’ve become addicted! There’s just something about skincare and make-up that makes my heart leap with joy, especially when I see some of the most beautiful swatches in the world. It’s a love affair for sure! I have a few luxury items in here too, things that are pretty out of reach but I like to dream anyway. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s get into the list.
Neogen is a very popular skincare brand in South Korea for its very innovative products like their cleansing pads, real fresh cleansers, sunscreen sticks and more. Last year, they collaborated with Charlotte Cho, who runs Soko Glam, The Klog and wrote The Little Book of Skincare, to come out with a cleansing stick. Since I really trust Charlotte Cho’s insight about the world of beauty, when she revealed the cleansing stick and gave a brief on it on The Klog, I was 100% sold. It went straight into my k-beauty wishlist and it was the first thing I bought when I arrived in Seoul in December.
So, what are my thoughts on it? Let’s start with a product background.
The concept behind this product is a travel-friendly cleanser with a low pH that could be more effective at removing make-up and helping with inflammation and acne. This product is supposed to be so gentle that it doesn’t strip away most of your natural oils, doesn’t leave your skin dry and tight and almost eliminate the need for double cleansing. It should also help with gentle exfoliation with the presence of real green tea leaves in the cleansing stick. I know, everything about this sounds super dreamy and ideal, almost too dreamy to be true.
When I was 15 years old, I would get pesky little whiteheads so I don’t think I’ve ever had clear skin from that point on. I would get more and more pimples as the days went by and it wasn’t until my Mom told me I should see a doctor that I realize I have an acne problem. I was 16 years old and I knew nothing about skincare. It didn’t help that my Mom wasn’t a skincare pro either so I didn’t know what I was supposed to do about my skin and what works. So, at the age of 16, I started seeing a dermatologist.
I’m always late on beauty trends (because I’m not a beauty blogger) but when I do get to try them, I like to give my two cents. The Etude House Double Lasting Foundation is a product that I’ve been wanting to try until I visited Seoul and picked up my own bottle. I tried it out straight away, in the cold and dry winter air and came back to test it out in the heat and humidity. I thought it would be helpful if I provide you with my thoughts and opinions on it so let’s jump right into it.
The one thing I remember about this foundation when I picked it up was that it has really good coverage, and I agree, it definitely has decent coverage. I like to gradually build up my coverage so what I love about this product is that it starts out as pretty light-medium coverage then as you build it up, it can go as far as medium-full coverage. This depends on how much you apply the product and whether you apply it with a brush or a make-up sponge. I’ve tried both methods and I definitely think you’ll be able to achieve better coverage with a make-up sponge, especially if you dot it on your face and stamp it around with the sponge. With that said, this has medium-full buildable coverage. Of course, this depends on how much coverage you need, how much you would typically apply etc.
In the process of preparing for my second trip to Seoul, I came up with a list of restaurants and cafes I would like to visit while I was there. Since there were people who asked me for a list of places to eat in Seoul, I thought I should share it on my blog to help anyone else lurking on the internet and asking the same question. I already have a list up somewhere on this blog so here’s another one to keep your mouths busy when you’re in Seoul.
If you don’t know, I’m an avid Youtube watcher. I go on Youtube and watch videos almost every single day. In June 2016, thanks to Joan Kim and Edward Avila, I was introduced to the k-beauty world on Youtube, a world that I didn’t know existed. I’ve always known that k-beauty was a thing but I didn’t know it in depth; I didn’t know what was it all about, the products and what makes it so special compared to your regular western beauty industry. Once I opened the door to the k-beauty world, there was no way out. I’m officially addicted.
If you don’t know this yet, I spent a small chunk of January in one of my favourite cities in the world, Seoul. After leaving Seoul in May, I had a strong urge to revisit because I felt like I didn’t explore the city enough. I had plans to explore other cities in South Korea, like Busan and the famous Nami Island but all those plans fell through, thanks to bosses and boyfriends. I am a single 20 year-old young woman with no obligation towards a lover or a stern and strict boss. Unfortunately, my friends do not share the same description so I had to compromise my plans. The trip ended up becoming sort of a “healing time” for me, where I let go of any built-up stress and worries to enter the new year with a lot of inner peace.
Since I’ve visited every single tourist attraction that I wanted to visit in May, I had more flexibility on this trip where everything was more casual and spontaneous because I didn’t have an itinerary to follow. I did try coming up with an itinerary because I like to plan ahead but it was surprisingly difficult to do so I decided to wing it, every single day. On this trip, I also decided to leave my blogger responsibilities behind and live in every single moment I had in Seoul. I didn’t plan on blogging about this trip at all but since a few people asked, I decided to do it anyway, in a more personal way. Hence, the existence of this particular round-up.
So, here are some of the things that occupied me on my first winter experience, in Seoul :