Seoul Trip: Skin Food

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Another week, another Korea post. Before heading to Korea, I had been eyeing SkinFood’s face scrubs and face masks. As you all probably know from a post I posted about my favourite skincare products, the SkinFood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off has been a holy grail of mine and I still use it now. It contains grains of sugar which help to exfoliate your skin as well as when left on as a mask, the black sugar and citrus inside of the product helps to detox your skin, leaving it brighter and softer.

Although the SkinFood stores in Hong Kong carry one or two of these masks, I found them quite pricey in comparison to other Korean brands. However, when going to Korea, I found that the SkinFood show was doing a gift set sale! The total for these 5 masks was 30,000 won (207 HKD), so around 41 dollars for one of their masks! It was a such a bargain! Their current black sugar essential scrub is now being sold for $245HKD.

If you head to Korea, be sure to check out their gift sets, they are a lot cheaper then buying the products separately however, you may not get as many samples.

1) Honey Wash Off Mask

2) Egg White Pore Mask

3) Strawberry Black sugar wash off mask

4) Black sugar wash off mask x2

Review coming soon….

Seoul Trip: Tony Moly

Tony Moly is definitely up there with Apieu when I comes to cute packaging and concepts, I mean look at the octopus scrub stick! However, upon entering the shop I wasn’t entirely impressed by the selection that they had, most of their products can be found in their Hong Kong stores or even in Bonjour for around the same prices… so we didn’t end up buying too much there. There also seems to be a trend in the capsule ampoules, when looking at some other brands, they also have similar ampoules which target skincare needs.

1)해요마요헤어영양퍽3 Haeyo Mayo Hair Nutrition Pack 9800 [HKD$ 67.9]

2)닥터로지블레미숴페어캡슐앰플 Dr.Logy Blemish Pair Capsule Ampoules 15000 [HKD$103.9]

3)타코포어블랙헤드스크럽스틔 Tako Pore Blackhead Scrub Stick 6240 [HKD$ 43.2]

4)메이크에이치디해어로션(소) Make HD Hair Lotion 3800 [HKD$ 26.3]

Free Sample: Green Tea Watery Mask Sheet

Full Review Coming Soon!

Seoul Trip: Etude House

Etude House is a brand that every Korean Skincare/makeup lover has in their makeup bags and we are no exception. Although we have an Etude House in Hong Kong, we wanted to see if there were any unique products and affordable products. Etude House in Korea in a good way has products that we Hong Kongers already have, so in a way if you are in Hong Kong you can get the full Etude house experience. However, when in Korea if there is a product you liked in Hong Kong, you might want to pick it up in Korea because it is cheaper in Korea! Here is what we picked up:

1) 글라스틴팅립스톡BR402보 (Lip Talk BR402) 8000 [HKD 55.5]

2)글라스립스톡케이스#7노 (Lip Talk Case) 4000 [HKD 27.7]

3)0.2 테라피에마스크_그린 (Green Tea Sheet Mask) 5000 [HKD 34.7]

4)0.2 테라피에어마스크_블루 (Blueberry Sheet Mask) 5000 [HKD 34.7]

5) 빅커버쿠션컨실러일루미 (Big Cover Cushion Concealer- Illuminate) 11000 [HKD 76.3]

6)스윗푸딩뽀얀크림촉촉수 (Sweet Pudding Tone Up Cream) 10000 [HKD 69.3]

7)(DIY트래블) 원더포어프레 (Mini Pore Freshner) 2000 [HKD 13.9]

 

Review coming soon…

 

Seoul trip: Nature Republic

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Nature Republic was the first beauty shop that we went into, literally the first day we arrived, we headed into Nature Republic and left with 2 bags full of new beauty products. The staff there was really accommodating and even spoke to us in clear English about each of the products.

A useful tip:

We quickly learnt that when shopping in Korea they have this service for tourists that is called global tax free for tourists… not entirely sure about how it works but the most important thing is retain your receipts because if you buy a certain amount then you can claim the tax either instantly at the shop. In case you don’t already carry your passport, then you would need to present your passport to the cashier to redeem your tax free amount. If you have any questions about tax free shopping in Korea then share your questions below and we’ll try to answer them as bet as we can!

1) 네이처오리진콜라겐비비크림02내추럴 (Collagen BB Cream Shade 02) 15900 [HKD$ 110.2]

2) 네이처오리진씨씨블러SPF30 PA++ ( Blur CC SPF30 PA++) 4000 [HKD$ 27.7]

3) 대나무숯코&T존팩 (Bamboo Charcoal Nose & T-Zone)15840 [HKD$ 15840]

4) 하와이안프레시클리어세럼 (Hawaiian Fresh Clear Serum) 20800 [HKD$ 144.2]

5) 프로방스카렌듈라아이스퍼프선 (Ice Sun Ice Puff) SPF50+ 19900 [HKD$ 138]

6) S.1 네이처오리진콜라겐비비크림01라이트  (Collagen BB Cream Shade 01) 15900 [HKD$. 110]

7) 네이처오리진씨씨볼러SPF30 PA++ ( Blur CC SPF30 PA++) 4000 [HKD$ 29.73]

8) 피토오리진마일드에멀젼 (Phyto Origin Emulsion) 12720 [HKD$ 88.2]

9) 퓨어샤인키버컨실러01라이트베이지 (Concealer Shade 01) 4400 [HKD$ 30.5]

Review coming soon…

Seoul Trip: A’PIEU

Apieu is a Korean brand that as a Hong Konger , I have only come across it a few times in some select drug stores such as bonjour and colourmix. However they don’t have a flagship store in Hong Kong yet.

The brand and shop in general was one of the most packed stores in Myeong Song but was the most fun to walk around. Their product selection packaging and concept is truly unique! Not only is it unique but all their products are super affordable (we have listed the prices below!)

Whilst at the store we picked up a variety of their products, ranging from sheet masks to a BB cream.

어퓨윽깬감자팩 (Potato Sleeping Mask) 3800 [HKD$ 26]

어퓨비은박지호잂팩 (Silver Foil Mask) 7000 [HKD$ 48]

어퓨비비메이커(절대밀착) (Longwear BB Cream) 5000 [HKD$ 34]

어퓨스컹푸미스트_프루티 (Skunk Poo Mist-Fruity ) 4500 [HKD$ 31]

어퓨스컹푸푸미슽_시트러스 (Skunk Poo Mist- Citrus) 4500 [HKD$ 31]

어퓨딸기우유한팩 (Strawberry Milk Mask) 800 [HKD$ 5.5]

어퓨리얼빅요구르트트한병(사파) (Yakult Mask) 1000 [HKD$7]

어퓨코코넛우유힌팩 (Coconut Milk Mask) 800 [HKD$ 5.5]

어퓨초콜릿우유한팩 (Chocolate Milk Mask) 800 [HKD$ 5.5]

어퓨프레시메이트토탄모공깨끗마스크 (Wash Off Peat Pore Clearing Fresh Mate Mask)   2500 [HKD$ 17.3]

어퓨프레시메이트생우유맑은마스크 (Sleeping Milk Brightening Fresh Mate Mask) 2500 [HKD$ 17.3]

어퓨슈퍼사잽어오일마스크 (Super Acai Hair Oil Mask) 7,000 [HKD$ 48]

어퓨나쁜쁜아이이크림포페이스 (Bad Eye Cream) 9000 [HKD$ 62]

Of course, I could go on forever about how much we bought… however, I will justify it with the fact that everything was really affordable however, I must admit that they didn’t give many samples, in comparison to the more pricier stores.

Location: Myeong Dong street, Jung-gu, shop 50-20.

Walk along the Myeong Dong street and you will see more than one Apieu store along the street.

Review coming soon…

Memebox Pop-up Shop: Review (Nooni, Pony Effect and Memebox)

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Upon first visiting Hong Kong’s first Memebox flag ship store, we were intrigued at the the variety of skincare and makeup products that they had to offer. The store was having a sale on a multiple of their products, which I heard changes monthly. Being a mascara fanatic, I was particularly drawn by the mascara sale, buy one get one!

Memebox- I’m Dual Mascara (Brown and Black)

Wand:

The thick end: This end of the wand has a flexible tip: one curved (like a moon) and one flat with bristles that brush through each lash. One thing I like about this wand is that the tip is flexible and malleable moving together with the curve of your lashes, you really don’t feel the wand when you are using it.

The thin end: the thin end has finer bristles that brush through each lash. Because the bristles are so fine, it is ideal for brushing out the bottom lashes. However, because this finer brush is made of wire it require you to be more gentle when applying mascara to the bottom lashes.

Formula: The formula is quite light, the of this mascara isn’t as dark as other formulas, only tinting the lashes enough to darken them up and define them (naturally).

First Impression:

Effectiveness: I personally love the design of the product, it has 2 wands. One for each purpose: coating, lengthening and defining. The formula is good too, ideal for natural lashes. One thing I would wish the mascara had was if the smaller wand picked up more mascara formula and that the product itself contained more product because I found that I ran out of it quite quickly.

Nooni: Marshmallow whip maker

How to use:

1. Add some cleanser to some water into the whip maker.

2. Pump the cleanser multiple times to ensure the cleanser forms a whip.

Pros:

  • Can be used with any cleanser
  • A fun product to use with everyone.

Cons:

  • Impractical product because it does take time to create the whip.
  • As you have to combine it with water, you are left with more product than you need, so sharing it with family or siblings is best.

Pony Effect Concealer (shade 2)

Pros:

  • Not too drying
  • Medium to high coverage
  • Doesn’t crease easily
  • No scent
  • It can be used on it’s own.
  • Very good for covering blemishes and concealer

Cons:

  • Price. Although it isn’t too much of a big deal because the product it is pretty good.
  • If you have oily skin then you might want to set your concealer with a powder.
  • Limited concealer shades: only 3 shades.

Nooni: Snowflake Whipping Cleanser

Pros:

  • Lathers really well
  • When used together with the Marhmallow Whip maker, it creates a lot of thick foamy bubbles. However, even on it’s own it does lather up quite well.
  • Only require a little product to cleanse your face.
  • Skin feels really clean, we have experienced a couple of cleansers that have left us feeling un-clean.
  • Doesn’t leave your skin feeling “squeaky” clean.

Cons:

  • It doesn’t do anything that is particularly special such as shrinking pores, brightening or deep cleansing.

We’re back: Seoul Trip

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Hello!

We are back from our trip to Korea, Seoul to be specific. In my opinion it was one of my favourite trips so far, I have been a huge fan of all things Korean and have been itching to go. Now that both my sister and I on break from all things uni, we have had the chance to travel.

Now that we are back, we have will have more chances to post about our trip to Korea with tips on getting around and places to visit and who goes to Korea without shopping? We left with a lot of products! Who wants to see a Haul?

We have a few posts in mind that we are writing as you read this so get excited!

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Heres a sneak peek of what is to come: Nature Republic, The Face Shop…