I went to Seoul and all I bought was skincare

(surprise surprise)

There wasn’t really much time to shop in Seoul, which made me a bit sad given how well I did about three years ago shopping in Seoul. Doesn’t matter, I plan to go back. Anyway it’s my Year of Poverty so I shouldn’t be overspending anyway.

But there WAS a Duty Free near our hotel and a friend had asked me to get her some skincare. And Korean skincare shopping is FUN. I really wasn’t planning to go that crazy with it but when everything’s in US dollars ($10 for a pack of masks??), the numbers just seem so small!


I wanted to be practical and just buy what I needed – basically a face scrub and a BB cream. Instead, I ended up with a new scrub, new cleanser, new toner, new BB cream, a BB compact (?) and also a random eye liner. Not to mention the bajillion SAMPLES I picked up a long the way. Seriously, why haven’t other brands outside of Seoul jumped on this “give free stuff to gain customer loyalty” train? 62-6_DSkin Food is always a reliable cheap option for products. Sometimes I find them a little drying but generally they seem to work, smell nice and have pretty packaging. I’ve generally enjoyed their products (a sticky peppermint mask and egg white pore pack come to mind). So far, my new Brown Sugar face scrub and foam cleanser are both working out nicely. The scrub feels a little harsh but I do sometimes think my skin needs a harder cleanse, especailly in smoggy Shanghai. def_image_400_1410_1242013203102Haven’t tried this Royal Honey Toner yet but they recommended it for my dry skin. It awaits me in Shanghai.

Hanskin is my favourite BB cream brand but they don’t sell my simple, lowest of the range anymore. So I had to upgrade to this premium thing. Gotta keep reminding myself to use it sparingly because otherwise you end up looking like a geisha. And it can feel a little thick. It has SPF 30 tho which is definitely a plus and I think once I get used to it it should be fine.


I also went a little upscale for a friend and bought a bunch of things from Sulwhasoo. This premium Korean brand based on the benefits of Korean ginseng is super nice. I’ve tried their samples before, and their facials, and they’re great – though you have to like the medicinal scent that comes with it. My friend who uses it has ridiculously nice skin, so she’s basically a walking ad for the brand.

amoresulwhasoobasickitThe salesgirl made a mistake the first time I went to make the purchase so when I went to exchange it, as an apology they gave me even MORE samples. I’ll be excited to try these out. Though given this is my Year of Poverty maybe I should consider selling them…any takers? No nevermind. They’re mine.


Tried this: [comfort zone] renight vitamin integrator

[comfort zone] is an Italian skincare brand, quite popular with spas in China and in Hong Kong. I haven’t seen it yet in Singapore. One of my favourite spas in Hong Kong, Bodywize, uses it a lot and I remember having a really awesome facial using these products the first time I ever visited them.

This vitamin regenerator night oil comes from their renight (everything is in lower case, this is not bad grammar on my part) line which also includes a wrinkle filler and cream. I’ve played around with the wrinkle filler before but probably didn’t use it enough to see results.


The renight oil contains Goji berry which is packed full of vitamins and antioxidant properties, there’s also vitamin E, lycopene, rice and jojoba oils for hydration and restoration. I use it every night in Shanghai where the air is quite dry (and where as we know, the water contains all sorts of pig properties…). I’m used to heavier oils, and my dehydrated skin probably needs that more, but at least with this one I can use it in all three countries I tend to find myself in and I can mix it up with serums and what not. I’ve been using it in Singapore (yes, hot, humid Singapore where face oil probably isn’t that popular) and I haven’t found it too oily.