Friday, February 16, 2018

Shopping at Myeongdong


This post is going to be about my experience and tips for shopping at Myeongdong! As stated in my Haul from Korea post, I went on a trip which included a 6-day stay in Korea! (I also went to Taiwan and Japan, where I hauled some other things, but that will be for another post!)

For those of you who don't know, Myeongdong is one of Seoul's main shopping districts. There are a TON of stores that include food, fashion, cosmetics, and skin care.

There are so many stores, it's a Kbeauty enthusiast's dream!

I live in California and typically buy Kbeauty stuff online.  So, it was a dream come true for a Kbeauty enthusiast like me to walk among these streets and get an opportunity to shop in these stores.

I only had enough time for about 2 hours of shopping (due to time constraints). Since I was short on time, I was speeding fast through the stores, so I couldn't vlog or document my entire shopping experience for my blog like I was originally planning to do.

Anyways, here are my notes and tips from my own experience:

1. Do you research ahead of time
There are SO many stores and products. It is very easy to get overwhelmed by it. My suggestion is to research ahead of time on the products that you are most interested in buying. Of course, buy what you like if you see it. But if I were to do it again, I would have made a list and taken my time browsing. There were definitely things I wish I could've or forgot to buy AFTER I came back home…so research and make a list!

2. Create a budget and save for it 
Things add up fast! There are SO many cute things from every direction and you will want to BUY THEM ALL. I literally wanted to put everything in my cart for each store I visited. It's very easy to get carried away and spend way too much.  So create a budget and save for it.

3. Talk to the sale associates

I was very pleasantly surprised about the sale associates. They were all very friendly, made me feel comfortable, and some of them were able to communicate with me. Being in another country, you can't assume that everyone can speak English. However, SOME (not all) of the sale associates can speak a few languages, including English. When I had any questions or concerns,  they were there to help me or point me in the right direction. They're knowledgeable and can make the right recommendations for your skin type and skin concerns. They also know what types of sales or promotions the store is currently having, which brings me to the next tip…

4. Pay attention to the deals/promos/sales
There are always some sort promotion or sale going on. If you are unsure, you can ask the sale associates. Some of the deals or sales can be a reduction of prices, buy one get one free, or packaged bundles at a lower cost. For example, I made purchases on some sheet masks, and I was able to get another set for free. It can definitely be more cost effective to buy the things that are on special.

Buy one get one free
5. Samples/Goodies

You will take a TON of samples home. There will be two ways of getting samples. The first one will be  when you're walking through the streets. As you walk by the stores, there will be people handing out free samples to you. Just a warning, this is the way they try to get you to come into the store. As soon as you grab the sample, the person will hand you a basket and usher you into the store. However, you are NOT obligated to purchase anything at all. If you browse and don't find anything you like, you can leave and still keep the sample. I'm just giving you "a warning" in case you feel uncomfortable. You don't have to take the sample, but it's free regardless if you buy anything in their store or not.  

The other way of getting free samples is after purchase. No matter big or small of a purchase, each of the stores will let you leave with some kind of goodie or sample. Many of the stores were SUPER generous in their samples/goodies. Some of the samples included skin care, sheet masks, and even full size products.

Sheet masks I got for free
Samples I got for free
6. Tax Free/ Refund on Tax

When you go to Myeongdong, bring your passport with you.  If you do not live in Korea, you are not subjected to the taxes. As a result, you can save more money. The only thing you have to do is show proof via your passport. When you show proof, they will take away the taxes at check out.
 I had no idea about this and didn't bring my passport while I was shopping, but I was still able to save money through another method. If you don't have your passport on you OR you don't want to carry it around, just simply ask or tell the person at the cash register you don't have your passport and they will print you out your receipt and a tax refund slip that has a barcode. DO NOT lose these slips. If you lose them, you will not be able to get a refund on the taxes that you paid.  When you go back to the international airport and after you pass customs, there will be signs that direct you to an area where you can use a kiosk to input the receipts and get a refund on the tax.
Receipts for Tax Refund

One of the envelopes to hold receipt for tax refund. It has instructions on how to get your refund





I ended up getting around $25 USD back! So, if you want to save more money, then use your passport or go through the process at the airport.


Well, those are all my tips from my experience at Myeongdong! Hopefully, they help you out! I loved shopping here, and I really look forward to coming back and taking a lot more time next time.




Monday, February 5, 2018

Welcos Jeju Natural Volcanic Sheet Mask

  What is it for?

Pore care & sebum control

Active Ingredients:

volcanic ash, opuntia ficus-indica stem extract, camellia japonca flower extract

To look at the full list of ingredients, its function for each, and its safety/irritant levels go ahead and click on this website: http://www.cosdna.com/eng/cosmetic_4969215718.html

Directions:

  1. Open the packet up.
  2. Unfold the mask inside.
  3. Place mask on face, making sure to place the holes in the mask to your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  4. Leave on for 20 minutes.
  5. Take off mask, tap the essence of the mask into your skin to absorb. Do not rinse.

Review:
 
I picked these sheet masks up at TJ MAXX. It came in a pack of 10 for about 7 or 8 dollars.  The  sheet mask has a picture of a volcano and a gray statue. The statue reminds me of grade school when I learned about the Olmecs... I wonder if they teach those kind of things at school still? Anyway, here's what the mask looks like:




The sheet mask is made of a thick, sturdy, and soft material, which was surprising because usually masks like these are more expensive. It was saturated in essence and felt nice and cooling on my face. The essence smelled like flowers. It wasn't super overpowering and I enjoyed the scent.

Generally, sheet masks always make my skin feel more hydrated and plump. I do notice that with certain sheet masks, it can leave my skin feeling slightly sticky and overly moisturized. I think the "overly moisturized" part has to do with the fact that I have oily combo skin. However, the Jeju Volcanic Mask provided a good balance of hydration. The essence absorbed nicely into my skin, made it feel hydrated, but didn't leave me feeling sticky after.

I paid close attention to my skin the next day. I wanted to see if the mask did in fact control sebum. I noticed that the day after I use these masks, my face was not as oily as it usually is. In regards to my pores, I really didn’t notice a difference when using these mask. But like I said earlier, this mask adds a good balance of hydration to the face, so I think it would still be good for all skin types, even dry ones.

Although this was a good mask, the way the mask was shaped/cut made it difficult to fit properly on my face.  It got kind of bothersome that it didn't fit on my face and I had to keep readjusting it. Because of that reason, I really don't think I'll be repurchasing the masks. I just have other masks that I like a lot better and that fit better. 

Overall:

Pros:
Cons:
*decent quality for the price
*provides balance of moisture to the face
*absorbs nicely into the skin
*controls oil
*smells nice
*don't notice a difference in pores
*sheetmask cut out makes it difficult to fit over face



DISCLAIMER:
Just wanted to note that the products I review are all purchased with my own money, unless I state otherwise. If you do use any of these products, please do so at your discretion as the results will vary depending on the person and their skin type.  I am in no way responsible for the results or outcome if you decide to try any of the products I recommend. These reviews are my 100% honest thoughts. Please don't be offended if I didn't like a product that you happen to love or vice versa. What may work or not work for me, may be totally different from you.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Tony Moly Super Peeling Liquid



What is it for?

To improve the condition of your rough and dry feet through a gentle chemical peel.

Active Ingredients:

Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Lavender Extract, Argan Oil, and Peppermint Extract

To look at the full list of ingredients, its function for each, and its safety/irritant levels go ahead and click on this website: http://cosdna.com/eng/cosmetic_060a295652.html

Directions:


  1. Place your feet in the booties.
  2. Pour the liquid evenly between your two feet and secure the booties with the ties on top of the booties.
  3. Wait for 1-1.5 hours. Try not to walk around too much during this time.
  4. Remove the booties and rinse feet with cold water.
  5. The skin should start to come off in a few days. It is recommended to let the skin naturally fall off.


Review:

I originally was going to document my feet before and after the treatment, but I changed my mind. I really couldn't go through with posting my nasty feet for it to be seen by the whole world, so I decided to just purely take pictures of the product! Anyways, my feet before the treatment were getting really bad. They were super dry, rough, and cracked. Before this, I would "try" to do maintenance with the Ped Egg and putting petroleum jelly on with socks overnight, but it really wasn't working out very well. I researched about using these chemical peels for your feet and decided on the Tony Moly Super Peeling Liquid. 

Front of box.

Back of box.


I bought a set of 2 for about $10.00 on e-bay. The package is very simple: white with black writing and a picture of feet. Inside, you get two plastic booties, a packet that contains the "Super Peeling Liquid", and a small sample of foot cream. 

Contents inside box

It wasn't difficult pouring the solution into the booties. I also didn't feel like the booties were going to fall off, but I did secure it very carefully over my feet. The solution smelled of acetone and felt gritty against my feet. To be honest, I didn't like the feeling and to have it stay on my feet for at least 1 hr was quite annoying.
After an hour, I took off the booties and washed my feet. 

Booties for the feet.

At first, I was disappointed because for the first few days I saw absolutely NO results. I honestly thought that I wasted my money. BUT after the 3rd or 4th day, my feet started to peel and shed like crazy! It wasn't painful at all, but it was quite unsightly so I was stuck wearing closed-toed shoes for a few days. It is recommended to let the skin fall off naturally, but I really didn't have the patience for it, so I used a pumice stone to gently help speed up the process.

Overall, the entire process took about 1.5 weeks to complete. I was quite happy with the results! My feet became super soft and smooth. The process was a little tedious, but I think it is worth the results. I definitely will be repurchasing and doing this periodically when my feet start to get rough.


Overall:

Pros:
Cons:
*Exfoliates the feet well
*Creates soft and smooth feet
*Inexpensive at home treatment
*More effective than pumice or Ped egg
*Process is tedious/annoying
*Shedding is very unsightly
*Takes almost 2 weeks to complete entire process



DISCLAIMER:
Just wanted to note that the products I review are all purchased with my own money, unless I state otherwise. If you do use any of these products, please do so at your discretion as the results will vary depending on the person and their skin type.  I am in no way responsible for the results or outcome if you decide to try any of the products I recommend. These reviews are my 100% honest thoughts. Please don't be offended if I didn't like a product that you happen to love. What may work or not work for me, may be totally different from you.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Mamonde Pore Deep Clean Foam Cleansing

What is it for?

Pore cleansing foam with deep cleansing for oily pores for soft skin. Micro scrub granule help to remove blackhead on nose area. Bentonite extract removes sebum, deep cleanses pores and impurities. Water lily extract and eco-cert organic certified lavender extract, protects, and soothes skin.

Active Ingredients:

Lavender flower water, nelumbo nucifera, bentonite

I tried to look up this product at www.cosdna.com, but couldn't find it listed.


Directions:

  1. Squeeze pea size amount and lather into hands
  2. Massage all over face.
  3. Rinse with warm water.


Review:

Like I mentioned, I got this off of amazon and cost about $12.00. The cleanser is a  pretty pale teal/green tube with 175mL of product.
Mamonde Pore Deep Clean Foam Front
The product came out in a thick consistency and was a purple greyish color. The scent was what I assume was the lavender in the product. To be honest, I wasn't in love with the scent. I'm sure it probably smells good to other people, but for me personally, I thought it smelled okay.
For cleansers, I usually grab a small amount in my hands, rub it in my hands to create a nice lather, and then gently massage it into my face.  A little goes a long way for this product. I only needed a pea size amount to clean my entire face. This product gave a good and foamy lather, which I really like and typically look for in my cleansers.

"Swatch" of cleanser on hand. If you look closely, you can see a few of the beads.

What the cleanser looks like after using water and rubbing to lather it up.

You will notice upon lathering  that there are granules within the cleanser. The beads helped with exfoliating and smoothing out the skin. The beads are  harsh on my skin if I don't lather it in your hands first and then apply it to the face.  This cleanser really deep cleaned my skin. It removed ALL traces of dirt and makeup and gave a squeaky clean feeling without stripping away the moisture from my skin and making it dry.

There are good things about the product, but I won't repurchase this after I'm done. It does the job of cleaning your face, but it didn't wow me enough for me to make another purchase.

Overall:

Pros:
Cons:
*a little goes a long way, so this will last you a while
*deep cleans your skin
*doesn't strip away moisture from skin
*lathers up nicely

*wasn't a fan of the smell

DISCLAIMER:
Just wanted to note that the products I review are all purchased with my own money, unless I state otherwise. If you do use any of these products, please do so at your discretion as the results will vary depending on the person and their skin type.  I am in no way responsible for the results or outcome if you decide to try any of the products I recommend. These reviews are my 100% honest thoughts. Please don't be offended if I didn't like a product that you happen to love or vice versa. What may work or not work for me, may be totally different from you.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Haul from Korea


I took a much needed vacation in February that included a stop in Seoul! Of course being a Kbeauty enthusiast, I had to visit Myeong Dong to shop! I am planning to write a separate post about my experiences shopping at Myeong Dong later, but here are all the goodies I bought while in Korea! (Most of these at Myeong Dong and a few things from the Icheon International Airport.) 
 
Without a doubt, my biggest haul ever! I'm so excited to try everything!


Sheet masks I got as samples or free with purchase.

Samples and free with purchase items.



Etude House AC Clean Up Pink Powder Spot
Holika Holika Prime Youth Bird's Nest Gold Leaf Cream
Holika Holika Prime Youth Bird's Nest Gold Moisture Cream
IOPE Live Lift Serum  
Mamonde Flower Perfumed Hand Cream Rose Bouquet
Mamonde Petal Spa Cleansing Balm
Mamonde Petal Spa Cleansing Oil
Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Intensive
Tony Moly Megatox Ampoule Mask Bright Shot


Holika Holika Aloe 99% Soothing Gel
Peripera Peri's Ink MiniMini Girls Cabinet Set (x2, buy one get one free)
Tony Moly Floria Brightening Peeling Gel (x2)
Tony Moly Peach Punch Sweet Foam Cleanser


Clio Waterproof Brush Liner Set 
Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer
Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar
Missha Dong Baek Gold Premium Rinse
Missha Water in Puff
Peripera Powerpuff Girls Cushion 3-piece set


It's Skin 3 Minutes Cleansing Mask (x2, buy one get one free)
Leaders AC-Dressing Skin Clinic Mask
Leaders Collagen Therapy Skin Clinic Mask 
Leaders Shining Effect Brightening Peal Mask 
The Saem Snail Essential 24K Gold Gel Mask Sheet (x2, buy one get one free) 
Tony Moly Pokemon Isanghessi Mask Sheet
Tony Moly Pokemon Kkobugi Mask Sheet (Got this one for free for purchasing the other Pokemon sheet masks)

I'm really excited to crack into these products, try, and review them for the next few months!

DISCLAIMER:
Just wanted to note that the products I review are all purchased with my own money, unless I state otherwise. If you do use any of these products, please do so at your discretion as the results will vary depending on the person and their skin type.  I am in no way responsible for the results or outcome if you decide to try any of the products I recommend. These reviews are my 100% honest thoughts. Please don't be offended if I didn't like a product that you happen to love. What may work or not work for me, may be totally different from you.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Memebox: Ariul Mositure Box

 
I always love trying new Korean products from brands I've never heard of. When I was shopping the Memebox website, I was looking through some of their boxes they were offering and the Ariul Mositure Box caught my eye. (Just to note, I purchased this particular box months ago. There is an update at the very bottom about changes made to the box!)

As for all Memeboxes, they come in a cute pink package: 


When you open the box, there is a double sided card with information, instructions, and pricing of each item:


In this box, you get: sheet masks, a moisturizer, and a face cleanser: 

 
There are 14 sheet masks in this box from Ariul's 7 days line. Each sheet mask retail for $4-5 dollars each depending on the mask. The face masks are packaged as a newspaper, with each scent of sheet masks being "featured", it's interesting and cute! I've tried a few of the sheet masks and they've been good. The essence is more of a milky consistency. The sheet masks themselves are of medium thickness and lay soft on the skin. The mask  is a little larger than average sheet masks, so it doesn't lay super flatly as other sheet masks. Each respective mask smells like its scent (i.e. lemon mask smells like lemon). These are nice masks, but they're not my absolute favorite among the ones I've tried. As always, my skin after a sheet masks feels nice, hydrated, and plump. 


The Spa Water 24 hours Moisturizing cream  has about 50g of product. The moisturizer is probably medium consistency in terms of the thickness/feeling of it. There is a fresh and clean scent to the moisturizer. It absorbs into the skin nicely and doesn't leave a sticky or greasy feeling.

  
The Stress Relieving Cleansing foam is probably the most favorite item to me in this box.  It is a cream cleanser that lathers up very nicely. It has a citrus mint smell, which sounds strange, but actually smells pleasant! A little bit of this cleanser goes a long way and I feel like my skin is clean, but not overly dry. 


Overall, I enjoyed this box and trying out some of Ariul's products. However, I probably won't repurchase this box.
This is on Memebox's website for $29.00. Last time I checked, it's currently sold out. They have restocked this a few times, so if you want this box, just keep checking the website.

UPDATE: I've checked the Memebox website and they’ve changed a few things since I purchased this box and wrote my review. It is now called the Ariul Moisture Surge box and they now sell this for $35.00 and the box now comes with: 7 Days Mask line (x7), Juice Cleanse Mask (x4), New Spa Water Aqua Lock Cream, and the Stress Relieving Cleansing foam. 

DISCLAIMER:
Just wanted to note that the products I review are all purchased with my own money, unless I state otherwise. If you do use any of these products, please do so at your discretion as the results will vary depending on the person and their skin type.  I am in no way responsible for the results or outcome if you decide to try any of the products I recommend. These reviews are my 100% honest thoughts. Please don't be offended if I didn't like a product that you happen to love or vice versa. What may work or not work for me, may be totally different from you.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Memebox: #Sheetfaced for 100 days Vault Box

I meant to post this right away after I got this, but I never got around to it until now. But better late than never right? I've been dying to try everything in this box, but I've refrained from until I wrote this blog post! :P

During Black Friday weekend, Memebox released a variety of vault boxes. These boxes contained Kbeauty products and makeup for a fraction of the price.  There were a total of four boxes, but the one I wanted the most was the #Sheetfaced for 100 Days Vault Box. This box contained 100 sheet masks valued at $203, but cost $80 without tax.  During the time of the sale, Memebox included a code for 10% off, so using the coupon I paid $77.40 after tax.

Don't get me wrong, it is still a pretty penny, but breaking down the cost, it is less than $1 for good quality sheet masks! Totally worth it IMO, especially since I go through a ton of sheet masks.

I ordered the box on November 25th and it arrived on December 6th, which isn't that bad of a waiting time. I always expect things to be super delayed when I purchase them during Black Friday.

All the sheet masks come in a large box: 


It's not Memebox without the pink shipping straw!
Sheet masks galore! :)
Here is a list of the sheet masks, how much there are of each, and pictures:


Bonvivant Botanical Mask Pack Collagen + Olive (x10)
Bonvivant Botanical Mask Pack Chamomile + Tea Tree (x10)
Bonvivant Botanical Mask Pack Adenosine + Acai Berry (x10)
Bonvivant Botanical Mask Pack Madecassoside + Mugwort (x10)
Bonvivant Botanical Mask Pack Niacinamide + Lime (x10)
Bonvivant Botanical Mask Pack Sodium hyaluronate + Lotus (x10)


Bonvivant Botanical Mask Pack Rose (x2)
Bonvivant Botanical Mask Pack Mint + Tea tree (x2)
Bonvivant Botanical Mask Pack Aloe (x2)


 Bonvivant That Day Mask Pack Hydrating Care (x2)
Bonvivant That Day Mask Pack Brightening Care (x2)
Bonvivant That Day Mask Pack Belmish Care (x2)


Freeset Donkey Milk Skin Gel Mask pack Aqua (x2)


Forencos 7 Day Mask Black Pearl Brightening Silk Mask (x1)
Forencos 7 Day Mask Swallow's Nest Nutrition Silk Mask (x1)


Dr. 119 Lovely Animal Collastin Mask Fox (x2)
Dr. 119 Lovely Animal Hyastin Mask Lamb (x2)
Dr. 119 Lovely Animal Hyagen Mask Otter (x2)



Esfolio Volcanic Ash Essence Mask Sheet (x2)



Esfolio Honey Essence Mask Sheet (x2)

 

Leaders Insolution Daily Wonders Bye Bye to Dry (x1)



Leaders Insolution 7 Wonders Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution Mask (x2)
Leaders Insolution 7 Wonders Tundra Cranberry Anti-Aging Mask (x2)
Leaders Insolution 7 Wonders Caribbean Coconut Calming Mask (x1)



 Wish Formula The Mask with Centella Honey Fermented Serum (x2)


ToAnyEye 365 Eye Special Care Steam Changing Eye Mask (x2)


Maxclinic Face Spa Collagen Firming Treatment (x1)


Maxclinic Miraclinic Ampoule Dressing and Contouring Object (x1)



April Skin Mummy Mud Mask (x2)



I am super excited to start trying all of these sheet masks! If you guys want me to update you on what I liked or didn't like, let me know below!


DISCLAIMER:
Just wanted to note that the products I review are all purchased with my own money, unless I state otherwise. If you do use any of these products, please do so at your discretion as the results will vary depending on the person and their skin type.  I am in no way responsible for the results or outcome if you decide to try any of the products I recommend. These reviews are my 100% honest thoughts. Please don't be offended if I didn't like a product that you happen to love. What may work or not work for me, may be totally different from you.