Archive for August, 2011

August 25th, 2011

Lookbook: Nine: Leprechaun Casual

This look was inspired entirely from a pair of yellow and olive bangles I bought at Mango. I realized it matched a basic green tee I previously bought from Zara so well, I just love the colors together — yellow, gold, olive, and green.

Please be generous with hyping, liking, and retweeting this look. Thank you~! ^^

 

 

Outfit

This is more of a casual look I would wear on a quick day out.

I also wear the shirt and bangles with a pair of skinny black pants and purple dr. martins as a work outfit (I know, not entirely your typical professional teacher outfit, but sometimes I get so bored of the ‘work look’).

 

Leprechaun outfit, Leprechaun clothes, Leprechaun fashion, Leprechaun style

Leprechuan outfit, Leprechuan clothes, Leprechuan fashion, Leprechuan style

I actually can’t remember the exactly, but…

Shirt: 29,000 won ($27USD) from Zara
Short Jeans: 40,000 won ($36 USD) from Zara
Bangles: 12,000 won ($11 USD) from Mango
Shoes: 10,000 won ($9 USD) at Express Bus Terminal (고속 버스터미널) underground shopping

I love the polka dot print/dye on the shorts and green is one of my favorite colors to wear!

The shoes are a good bargain, but they are very thin, kind of flimsy, and probably wouldn’t last long walking trips. I bought them as a cheap alternative for indoor work shoes, which I keep at work and change back into runners when I’m off.

 

Mango bangles

Don’t you love the tiny gold detail with ‘MNG’ imprinted on it?

I bought this pair of yellow and dark olive bangles at Mango, a “young and urban” international brand. It’s not a place I usually shop at, but it had a sale going on. I got these bangles for 12,000 won (originally 24,000 won) at half price!

I had been wanting some big bad bangles for a long time, and these plastic clunky ones were perfect. Like some accessories at H&M, these actually come in sizes, so be careful you check before buying.

Other than the bangles, the quality and style of Mango clothes were not that great, so I didn’t get anything else.

I was also really annoyed because the salesgirl said I can only try on like 5 items at a time, and I had 7. She said I can take in 5, and go in again with my 2 other items after. When I came out, there was a line up because they only had two changing rooms (so little!), and she wanted me to line up again to use the changing room again!

How does it make sense to make me change back into my own outfit, put on my shoes, take out my bag, and line up only to go back in again?? Trying clothes on is a pain already as it is.

I was super extremely pissed, but I also knew that if I started to sass her back and argue, I’d lose because her Korean is obviously better than mine.

Whatever the language, I usually don’t make a fuss of things unless my money is involved (ex: if they overcharge me or I’m trying to get a bargain), so I just screwed the other two items and bought the bangles and left.

Gosh!! Koreans…

I swear something like that would never happen in Canada -_-

 

 

Color Theme

Leprechaun color palette

 

As I was making the color palette for this outfit on Lookbook, I realized that the colors were very leprechuan-y! It made me laugh a little.

I think it’s kind of funny to associate this outfit with little green men ㅋ

 

 

Basic Tees

And guess what I found in a recent magazine article talking about basic tees as the perfect summer item?

basic tshirts, tshirts

 

Yea! That’s my exact same T-shirt featured on the first page! I was like ‘어!’ when I saw it and patting myself on the back for buying it =p

Okay, okay, so just because the magazine chose the same shirt I did to feature doesn’t necessarily make it great, but… it can’t be a bad thing, right? XD

Plain loose tees without any graphics or texts (stripes are good though!) are one of my favorite wardrobe items.

There are lots of cheap $5 tees on the streets of Korea, but it’s hard to find nice ones without some random picture or weird saying on it. They are also very low in quality and don’t fit right in a flattering way — they are always too small or too big!

I tend to buy most of my tees from Zara now. It’s more pricey, but made of better material, doesn’t look as cheap, and lasts through many washes.

Tees are also great casual work wear. My job doesn’t allow shirts with pictures or fonts, so formal tees are a great way to get away with the casual look at work!

 

 

The Makeup

brown eye makeup, natural brown eyeshadow

brown eye makeup, natural brown eyeshadow

brown eye makeup, natural brown eyeshadow

I wanted to do a very basic, classy, brown smokey eye but these pictures really don’t do any justice to it, esp my DSLR camera which kept washing out all the colors.

I think I could’ve used a bit more matte than the frosty shadows, and smoked it out more. But I still really liked how it looked in real life (just not so much on camera :/).

I went for plain eyes because I was going to do a coral red lip, but changed my mind last minute to something more natural (it’s not actually as pink in the full-shot as the close-up photos) because I wasn’t sure if I liked red lips with a casual look + green tshirt. I think I should’ve done it anyways, just with a lighter hand. Oh well!

Did you notice I changed contact lenses? For the past few years, I’ve always been using a grey-black lens with blue flecks. My new one is a very natural brown.

And I ended with a Korean picture ‘V’ pose because some ppl say I always look so grumpy in my photos, so there you go! A bright, cheerful and bubbly frosty for everyone!

*벩*

 

August 20th, 2011

My Freckle / Age Spot Laser Removal Experience

*Warning*: pictures of a little blood and open wound if you are the queasy type.

I also don’t need to hear stuff about “you are fine the way you are” and “it’s unnecessary” because it is my choice to do what I want with myself!

 

 

About a month ago, a friend of mine told me he was going to get laser spot removal on his hands and face. He said he had already done it before and was going back to get a few more done.

I had never been bothered much about my freckles/age spots until recently, as I seem to be getting more with age and sun exposure T_T I normally would not do something this ‘major’ without some research beforehand, but since he said he was a returning customer, and since I tend to recklessly trust word of mouth from friends, I decided to just jump into it and tag along.

 

Foreword

Before I start, let me clarify that 1) I am not a professional in this area. I am only sharing my experience and researched information. 2) I did it in Korea, and your own country may have slightly different procedures.

 

My Freckle / Age Spot Laser Removal Experience

The moment my friend pointed out the clinic, I breathed a small sigh of relief — it was a very nice and prestigious looking clinic I had seen before. I was afraid he’d bring me to some small, dingy 피부과 (dermatologist clinic).

The clinic I went to is called Dr. Skin. It’s located in 원주 (Wonju) which is about 1.5 hours away from Seoul and where I am currently employed and living. Here is the clinic website and a map. However, if you do some research or check out a decent looking 피부과 in Korea, I’m sure the procedure will not differ drastically (but prestigious areas in Seoul may charge more). In Korean, spot/freckle removal is called 점빼기.

The girls at the counter took our names and had us wait about 10 minutes. They spoke absolutely no English at all, or made no attempt to.

I noticed as I was waiting that they did a bunch of other cosmetic procedures and surgeries — removing eye fat (does this make sense? It’s quite commonly mentioned in Korea!), heightening the nose, reshaping the jaws, etc.

We were called into the doctor’s office one at a time. I insisted my friend sit in on my consultation because I wanted to make sure I get the same prices and procedure as him. The doctor spoke quite decent English (you will find the younger generations of doctors in Korea tend to).

I asked the doctor what the spots on my face were — freckles or age spots (I was obviously hoping I would not be associated with the word ‘age’). He said freckles are numerous concentrated spots on the face, and since mine are less and more spread out, they are just age spots T_T He told me age spots are caused by the sun, genetics, and age.

I often heard that after removal, age spots will come back either in the same spot or elsewhere. He said this is not true. The removal is permanent and will not come back.

Research online tells me that this is generally true, and people who claim they come back either 1) had a light / gentle removal (low laser settings requiring 3-4 removal sessions) that did not entirely remove the pigmentation or 2) had age spots return because of sun exposure or natural skin process (as in, new age spots would’ve continued to develop regardless of whether they had removal before or not).

He said after removal, the spot will look red for about a week, then brown for 2 (ish?) more weeks. The scar will not completely heal until 3-6 months later. I didn’t know at the time, but basically, just think of how a popped pimple will healbleeds at first, is red for a few days, forms a brown scab, then leaves a scar for 1-3 months (and yes, I’m sure everyone has popped a pimple before!)

He told me each spot removal would cost 10,000 won (about $9 USD). This is quite cheap compared to what I’d probably have to pay in North America. I decided to have two on the right side of my face below my eyes, removed. If it turned out well, I’d go back for more.

Mind you, all of the information he ‘told’ me were actually brief answers to my questions. If I had not asked him anything, he probably would’ve went right ahead after I pointed the spots out.

Korean doctors tend not to be very ceremonious or explanatory. Don’t expect them to tell you any of the risks, side effects, how the procedure works, how to treat the wound, etc. Make sure you ask about every single detail before you leave that office.

When it was my turn, I laid down on a reclining chair (like at the dentist). He confirmed the two spots by touching them on my face. I said they were the right ones. He cleaned the spots with alcohol and shot two local anesthetic shots on the two spots. It was a bit scary having needles injected into my face, but it was fast and not that painful (I have pretty high pain tolerance though).

I closed my eyes as he did the removal. He ‘shot’ each spot with laser (it could’ve been ‘light’ from IPL, I’m not sure) 4-5 times. I could not feel anything, but I could smell burning as I heard crackling and popping noises.

When he was done, the assistant girls put a small circle sticker on each of the spots and I left.

The whole process took about 5 minutes.

I paid 20,000won ($18 USD). As my friend was paying, I realized he had no stickers on his hand, while I did on my face. He thought maybe the stickers on the face were for cosmetic reasons to cover the red wounds. I was actually a bit horrified to see the wounds on his hands, because they were pretty much slightly bleeding red craters.

I was worried because he told me I’d still be able to go into work like normal the next day. I asked the receptionist girls when I can take my sticker off (hoping they would say immediately when I get home so I can go into work normally) but they said to keep it on for a week!

They gave me more of the circle stickers to change onto the wounds. I found it incredulous I can let such bleeding facial wounds heel with mere stickers, and insisted there must be something I can put on it to treat it. They said any ‘healing’ cream would do, and I insisted again they recommend one to me to purchase at the pharmacy downstairs. They wrote me the name of a cream and we left.

I bought the cream at the pharmacy for $2.5 USD. (It’s in Korea, so no pictures!)

 

Pictures and Results

age spot laser removal experience in Korea, 점빼기

I hadn’t been planning to blog about this until after the removal, so this is the only HD camera closeup pictures of my skin before the procedure.

I know it doesn’t look like much but I’m actually wearing foundation in this picture already. You can still see the two spots because I didn’t realize just how HD the camera really is!

This also goes to show that the spots are a real pain to cover up, because I have to dot concealer with a tiny brush on it every single morning to completely hide them.

The lighter one near my eye is probably an age spot, but the slightly bumpy one beside my nose is more of a tiny mole and has been there, I think, since I was young.

 

age spot laser removal experience in Korea, 점빼기

I didn’t take the stickers off on Day 1 as I was instructed not to.

After I took the stickers off on Day 2, there was slight bleeding, which I cleaned up with a q-tip and applied the healing cream. I had the stickers on my face all the time, even when I was in bed or at work. I was instructed to use it for a week, but I stopped using it on Day 5 as I wanted to save the stickers. However, I continued applying the healing cream on it until it was no longer red.

I was able to start using makeup to cover the scar on after Day 7. I broke out with a pimple near the area, but it was at ‘the time of the month’ where I broke out the most, so I don’t think it was because of the removal.

age spot laser removal experience in Korea, 점빼기

These were the ‘circle sticker’ I had left over. They didn’t actually give me very many. They worked absolute wonders to heal the scar, and I found out they do the same for acne wounds. I bought similar patches in my recent samples haul and will review them soon.

age spot laser removal experience in Korea

I took this picture just yesterday. I didn’t bother pointing out where the scars are, because if I didn’t, would you really even notice?

The age spot under my eye healed pretty much perfectly. I can’t even tell where it is in the picture.

The tiny mole (?) beside my nose is still healing with a scar. I expected this though because the wound to remove the mole was much bigger than the age spot, so it will probably take longer to heal. I expect it will probably be unnoticeable by the 3rd month.

 

Types of Skin Pigmentation Removal

There are many different kinds of skin pigmentation removal — at home skin whitening products, liquid nitrogen, laser (ex: KTP), IPL (Intense Pulsed Light, a.k.a Photofacial). I’m not going to go into the scientific and details because I don’t know enough about it, but most of the age spot removal treatments work fundamentally the same, they are removing or damaging the top layer of skin to get to the fresh skin underneath.

Different procedures have different cost range, effects, healing time, effectiveness, etc. Nowadays, IPL seems to be the most popular as it is more gentle on the skin, has shorter healing time, and also rejuvenating effects.

It was actually really hard to find unbiased information and personal experiences because the search results were dominated mostly by advertisements. Realself.com was a good cosmetic treatment customer review site.

I found a lot of treatment types, but none that matched my own experience exactly, and even until now, I’m not 100% sure which procedure I had done (because my doctor did not speak great English and it didn’t occur to me to ask at the time). I urge you to do your own research and consult a few doctors before you consider any of these procedures yourself.

 

Conclusion and Personal Thoughts

After doing some reading and online research, my guess is that I got a concentrated and high level form of IPL.

IPL is often done all over the face, over 3-4 sessions, for those with number and/or large freckles, age spots and pigmentation on their face, neck, or hands. The entire area will be red, with certain spots especially wounded and bleeding more than others. I suspect the red areas are for rejuvenating purposes (collagen stimulation) and small bleeding wounds are for removing darker age spots where the light was shot at a higher frequency (hence deeper wound to remove spots). I suspect I received the latter procedure as the only other personal experience I read that had local spot removal (instead of all over the face) AND burning smell was an IPL procedure (read here). Also, my removal was done over one session only.

I am happy with the results and am planning to go back for removal of spots on the side of my face again. However, I cannot be sure that the spots won’t ‘return’ or ‘grow in another spot’. I already said that research online told me this does not happen with effective and sufficiently ‘deep’ removal, but I was only able to find most of my information off of advertisement/promotion websites.

I heard it comes back from so many friends that I will allow myself to remain somewhat skeptical about the long-term results. However, for less than $10 per spot, I’m happy if they stay away for even 1-2 years.

When I do go back or if the spots do return, I will write again on my blog!

 

 

Is anyone else considering this procedure, or know anyone that has done it already? Please share — I really want to hear more personal experiences to compare with my own, especially prices!

August 17th, 2011

Facial Sunscreen vs SPF Moisturizer

I used to think that as long as I was not going to be in the sun all day, I didn’t need to wear sunscreen. A few years ago, I was talking to a fellow teacher about this, and she said ‘What? I wear sunscreen even if I’m just teaching in class all day. Sun comes in through the windows!”

Since then, my rule of thumb for myself is even if I’m mostly going to be indoors, I still use something with at least SPF 15 all over my face.

However, recently, I started to feel like the sun + age is getting to my skin and I’m developing freckles/age spots/pigmentation faster than I used to. This is also the reason why I recently got freckle/spots laser removal (which I still have to blog about!).

Nowadays, if I’m going to be out in the sun for more than 15 minutes, I wear at least 30+ SPF.

These are my own preferences. You can find out the recommended times and more information about sun protection here.

 

 

SPF Moisturizer vs Sunscreen

1. Neutrogena Intensified Day Moisture SPF 15 FPS
2. Clarins UV Plus HP Multi-Protection SPF 40 UVA-UVB/PA+++/Oil-free/Anti-pollution Day Screen High Proection (regular & tinted; I am reviewing the tinted one).

Please remember that one is a moisturizer with SPF and the other an actual sunscreen. While I will be reviewing them side-by-side, that does not mean they are the same kind of product.

SPF Moisturizer
Pros
- moisturizing function
- additional SPF function to avoid an extra step (sunscreen) in your skincare
Cons
- requires more product usage to moisturize entire face (compared to how much sunscreen you have to use for full protection)
- SPF function is often weak or not up to par with actual sunscreen protection

Sunscreen
Pros
- full sunscreen protection (often with extra functions: waterproof, UVA, etc)
- requires very little product for full protection
- can sometimes be used as a makeup base (as is the Clarins tinted sunscreen I am reviewing)
Cons
- no moisturizing function
- often oily, sticky, and/or leaves a white tint
- adds an extra step in your skincare (may be a problem for those with sensitive or acne prone skin, or just plain troublesome for the lazy)

 

 

Oil Test

For more detailed test results on how regular paper and oil blotting paper absorbs water and oil, see my Foundation + BB Cream Collection & Review post.

 

Let’s see how much oil the two products contain.

facial sunscreen review, Clarins UV plus SPF 40, Neutrogena Intensified Day Moisture SPF 15 FPS

Results:
Most Oil: Clarins Day Screen
No Oil: Neutrogena SPF Day Moisturizer

Personal Thoughts:
I was really surprised the SPF moisturizer had absolutely no oil in it at all. It’s really difficult to find a skin product that is truly oil-free, and this makes Neutrogena a keeper for me.

Clarins Day Screen claims to be oil-free, but the obvious amount of oil on both the oil blotting paper and regular paper shows that it is not.

 

 

Stickiness Test

I cut out 30 pieces of small thin square kleenex paper, press them firmly onto the back of my hand with the same amount of product I would put on my face, then gently turn my hand over. The more that sticks to my hand, the stickier the product. I do this at least 2-3 times and record the results most reflective of the overall average (ex: if out of three tries, there are 2, 7, and 4 pieces left, I will record the result with 4 pieces).

 

facial sunscreen review, Clarins UV plus SPF 40, Neutrogena Intensified Day Moisture SPF 15 FPS

Results:
Most Sticky: Neutrogena SPF Moisturizer
Least Sticky: Clarins Day Screen

Personal Thoughts:
At first, I was disappointed at how sticky the moisturizer was, especially after it fared so well in the oil test. However, I realized afterwards that because this is an actual moisturizer, I shouldn’t be too surprised that it is more sticky than the sunscreen. Personally, I would rather use something that is more sticky with less oil.

However, for those who are more concerned that their face remain unsticky, Clarins may be a good option for you. Of the few facial sunscreens I’ve tried, Clarins is still the least sticky and heavy.

 

 

Individual Reviews

I have combination skin (dry cheeks and oily T-zone) and reside in Korea, with hot and humid summers and cold snowy winters. Please remember that products may not necessarily work in the same way for me as they do you.

 

SPF moisturizer review, Neutrogena Intensified Day Moisture SPF 15 FPS

1. Neutrogena Intensified Day Moisture SPF 15 FPS, $11-12 USD, 60mL, Made in U.S.A, purchased at a local drugstore

SPF moisturizer review, Neutrogena Intensified Day Moisture SPF 15 FPS

SPF moisturizer review, Neutrogena Intensified Day Moisture SPF 15 FPS

Stickiness Test: high
Oil Test: no oil
Fragrance: very faint (0.5/5)
Pros:
- low price
- absolutely no oil
- 4+ hr lasting moisture
- fragrance free
- SPF 15 protection
Cons:
- a bit heavy for hot and humid summer weathers
- SPF too low for extended outdoor protection

Package Label & Instructions:
Neutrogena Intensified Day Moisture SPF 15 is clinically proven to combine long-lasting moisturization for dry skin with effective sun protection for softer, smoother, younger-looking skin. Directions: Apply all over face and neck before exposure to sun. Use daily, alone, or under makeup.

Personal Thoughts:
Neutrogena generally claims that their products are dermatologist-tested. Their packaging, products, and my personal experiences makes me feel they are more of a practical and down-to-earth rather than a prestigious and trendy kind of brand, which gives me confidence in the effectiveness and quality of their products.

I rated this product’s fragrance as ‘very faint’ because there is a slight smell to it, but it’s not fragrance. I recognize the smell as more like what prescription creams smell like — so it’s probably the chemicals/drugs in the product, and not added fragrance. This is a definite plus because I personally dislike fragranced products because I think the less funky stuff on my face, the better.

It is moisturizing enough for my dry cheeks, but not too heavy or sticky on my oily T-zone. For those with combination skin like me, you can apply it first on your cheeks and spread it out to your T-zone. It feels a bit heavy sometimes in the summer for my combination skin in the hot Korean weather, but works for me as a great fall/winter moisturizer.

After applying this moisturizer, even after one hour, when I press the palm of my hands to my cheeks, it still feels plump and hydrated. However, this doesn’t last for more than 4+ hours. It claims to be for dry skin, but sometimes in the winter or when my skin is particularly dry, I sometimes feel like it’s not enough. Those with extremely dry skin may not find they need something more hydrating.

This product has not broken me out for the 3-4 years I’ve been using it. It does not promote extra oil, but you can see the area with the product on the back of my hand is shinier than where there is no product. However, this is very minimal and barely noticeable on my face. It is not a mattifying product and does not provide oil control.

Overall, I like this product and will likely continue using it (or bumming off my mom’s stock). It is also very reasonably priced, for just $12 USD a jar.

 

 

sunscreen review, Clarins UV plus SPF 40sunscreen review, Clarins UV plus SPF 40
left: old formula; right: new formula (regular & tinted)
SPF moisturizer review, Clarins UV plus SPF 40

2. Clarins UV Plus HP Multi-Protection SPF 40 UVA-UVB/PA+++/Oil-free/Anti-pollution Day Screen High Proection (regular & tinted); $38 USD 50mL/1.7 oz; Made in France

Note: I am reviewing a sample size of the newest and tinted formula. The old formula comes in a different packaging and does not have the boasted cantaloupe melon extract. The new formula comes in a regular white, and a pink tinted color (which seems to be harder to find). It also comes in two sizes, 30mL/1oz and 50mL/1.7 oz.

 

sunscreen review, Clarins UV plus SPF 40

sunscreen review, Clarins UV plus SPF 40

Stickiness Test: low
Oil Test: oily
Fragrance: light (2/5)
Pros:
- high SPF facial coverage
- does not feel heavy or sticky on face
- does not promote too much extra oil or shine
- long lasting waterproof sun protection
- blends easily in liquid form
- pink tinted version can serve as a makeup base instead of a primer
Cons:
- contains oil (though it claims to be oil free)
- pricey

Product Functions
Triple protection against sun, pollution and daily stresses, so you can face the day without a care.
- Triple Protection against UVA/UVB Rays, Pollution & Free Radicals
- SPF 40, Non-Chemical, 100% mineral filters day screen
- Ultra lightweight, oil-free formula that easily blends into the skin
- Key Ingredients: Cantaloupe Melon Extract – contains an exceptional concentration of super oxide dismutase, an antioxidative enzyme that neutralizes the harmful effects of free radicals on skin.
- 100% Mineral UVA/UVB Filters – Guarantees high protection while respecting the skin
Plant Polymers – create an invisible “veil” on the skin, letting it breathe without leaving white traces

Personal Thoughts:
I was actually ready to purchase the full size of this product. I was looking for a summer facial sunscreen that 1) did not feel heavy on my face, 2) did not promote excess oil or shine, 3) did not leave a white cast, 4) offered a high enough SPF for outdoor summer protection.

This sunscreen did all of the above and more — it had a pink tint and blended out very smoothly to function as a makeup base. It also claimed to be oil-free and anti-pollution with UVA protection on the product label.

The new formula of this product contains a cantaloupe extract with anti-aging effects and a 100% mineral screen for UVA/UVB. It does not leave the skin feeling sticky.

I also found out after coming out of the shower, the shine of this product remained on my left hand (I obviously don’t wash the back of my hand with soap in the shower T_T) whereas the shine from the Neutrogena SPF moisturizer was totally gone from my right hand. This indicates that it may actually be waterproof (although it doesn’t claim it). Great!

However, after finding out that it does in fact contain oil, and the high price, I am unlikely to purchase the full sized product.

 

In conclusion, I’m probably going to keep using my Neutrogena SPF Moisturizer for indoor days, finish my Clarins Sunscreen sample, then look for something else (or live off of another sunscreen sample that’s likely to come my way next summer =p).

Actually, a friend of mine recommended Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50. She always has really good product recommendations and said her mom is a sunscreen mania and has tried practically all sunscreens from high to low end and recommends this one for those 4 criterias I was looking for. The only reason I haven’t bought it is because it’s very pricey ($34 USD for 30mL/1oz).

sunscreen review

 

What sunscreen or SPF moisturizer do you use, and what do you find worthy of repurchase?

 

 

(Finished! I intended a short review but they always end up so long! T_T Do you guys prefer shorter reviews or like these detailed ones? I got a lot of positive feedback for the Foundation + BB Cream Collection & Review, so I thought I’d do this one in a similar style.)

August 5th, 2011

Skincare + Cosmetics Samples Haul

I just realized I’ve collected a good bunch of skincare and cosmetics samples lately, mostly from magazine or store purchases.

I call this a ‘haul’ because I actually pay a bit extra ($1-2) and have a choice between which magazine and sample package I want to get (with varying prices). Every month, I usually order Sure Magazine, a Korean beauty/fashion magazine. To be honest, I mostly buy the magazine because of the samples ㅋ For just $6-7, I get a thick magazine and a bunch of really good samples!

If anyone ever visits a bookstore in Korea, consider purchasing a copy for yourself (samples provided at check-out counter). I’ve looked through a few titles and this is the only fashion/beauty Korean magazine I ever purchase.

I obviously haven’t had a chance to try all of these yet, so this is just a hauls + pictures and reviews-to-come post. I do hope to review many of them in August (as I’m back home in Vancouver on vacation for a month!), and hopefully all the rest in the near future. If you guys are especially curious about anything, let me know and I’ll try to get to that first!

 

skincare, cosmetics, samples haul

 

 

* All products are listed in number from left to right, top to bottom.
* Click the picture to zoom in
* All products are purchased with my own money or given as samples from purchases made with my own money

 

Shu Uemura

Shu Uemura cleansing oil, Phyto-Black Lift (radiance boosting lotion), Phyto-Black Lift (renewing firming night cream)

1. Cleansing Beauty Oil (premium A/O, advanced formula) 2. Phyto-Black Lift (radiance boosting lotion) 3. Phyto-Black Lift (renewing firming night cream) 4. Makeup Travel Pouch

Purchase: Free gift with $120+ USD duty free purchases from Lotte Department Store
Review: coming soon

 

 

Laneige

Laneige emulsion, Laneige essence, Laneige eye gel

1. Moisture Power Essential Skin Refiner 2. Moisture Balancing Emulsion 3. Water Bank (eye gel) 4. Water Bank (essence)

Purchase: ‘Free’ Gift with Sure Magazine
Review: coming soon

 

 

Bvlgari

Bvlgari gem essence, Bvlgari cream, Bvlgari essence, Bvlgari eye cream

1. Gem Essence (intensive regenerating day cream – rich) 2. Gem Essence (intensive regenerating concentrate serum) 3. Gen Essence (anti-puffiness/dark circles eye contour cream)
Purchase: ‘Free’ Gift with Sure Magazine
Review: coming soon

 

 

Clarins

Clarins White Plus HP, Clarins UV Plus HP

1. White Plus HP (sea lily enriched, intensive whitening smoothing serum) 2. UV Plus HP (multi-protection, SPF 40, UVA-UVB/PA+++/oil-free/anti-pollution, day screen high protection)

Purchase: ‘Free’ Gift with Sure Magazine
Review: 1. coming soon 2. Clarins Day Screen review here

 

 

Hanskin B.B Cream, etc

Hanskin BB Cream

1. Super 3 solution B.B 2. Glossy B.B 3. UV screen B.B 4. Acne Control B.B 5. Hyaluron Moisture B.B 6. Jelly Skins B.B 7. Collagen Lifting B.B 8. Smart Total B.B (#1 bright skin tone) 9. Super Perfect Man B.B (#1 bright skin tone) 10. Repair Contour B.B

Purchase: 19,000 won ($17~ USD) promotional package purchase from Hanskin in Myungdong. These are more like travel size products than samples, and was an actual purchase, not a freebie! It’s a pretty good deal considering all the different products you get to try. I bought it last Friday, so you may still be able to get your hands on it!
Review: coming in Dec (I need time to try out every single one!)

 

 

Hanskin

1. Cosme Hanskin (super aqua moisture gel) 2. Cosme Hanskin (Hyaluron Skin Lotion) 3. Cosme HanSkin (B.B scalp liquid) 4. Super 3 Solution B.B Cream (natural skin tone)

Purchase: Free with above purchase (I got two sets, so will probably give one set in the next giveaway)
Review: coming soon

 

 

Mamonde

Mamonde Total Solution BB, Mamonde Age Control Essence

1. Total Solution BB (mineral watery BB cream, SPF 35) 2. Total Solution BB (mineral moisture BB cream, SPF 20) 3. Age Control Essence 4. Total Solution (moisture cream)

Purchase: ‘Free’ Gift with Sure Magazine
Review: coming in Nov – Dec (saving the B.B cream for winter season)

 

 

Pantene Clinicare

Pantene Clinicare

1.Hair Time Renewal (one wash treatment) 2. Hair Time Renewal (conditioner) 3. Hair Time Renewal (shampoo)

Purchase: ‘Free’ Gift with Sure Magazine
Review: Do you want one?

 

 

NexCare / Blemish Clear Cover

NexCare, Blemish Clear Cover

1. NexCare Blemish Clear Cover (36: 12mm x12; 8mm x24) 2. Himom Band (36: 10mm x36)

Purchase: 1. Olive Young in Myungdong 2. Pharmacy in Myungdong
Review: Review here

 

 

I’m still on major jet lag coming from Korea to Vancouver, but I’ll be updating much more often in the month of August, with more detailed reviews on the above products! Remember, if there’s anything you’d like to see, just leave a comment and I’ll try to get to it first.

기대 해주세요 (Watch out for it)! ^^

 

Also, a quick thank you to amz for posting pictures of the giveaway prizes she received on her blog, amz blog! I’m glad they came to you (generally) in one piece! >.<