Jul 18, 2014  •  In Asian, Beauty, Korean, Personal, Shopping, Travel

Korean Beauty Haul: My Favorite Products, Part 2

see:Korean Beauty Haul: IntroductionKorean Beauty Haul: My Favorite Products, Part 1Korean Beauty Haul: My Favorite Products, Part 3 Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_EX, ($23 at Target)(As far as I can tell, the Water Sleeping Pack_EX is the Asian version of the American Water Sleeping Mask — same formulation but different names. If I am wrong, please correct me.) I’ve wanted to try this “sleeping mask” ever since Target began to carry Laneige, a popular Korean beauty brand, earlier this year. This is supposedly one of Laneige’s best-selling products across all of Asia, and after a couple of weeks’ use, I can…
Jul 16, 2014  •  In Asian, Beauty, Korean, Personal, Shopping, Travel

Korean Beauty Haul: My Favorite Products, Part 1

In my introduction post, I revealed how Korean women can use 14-17 skincare products throughout a typical day. And if you’re anything like me, you’re probably wondering what you could possibly do to your skin aside from cleanse and moisturize! Luckily, for the clueless like myself, Charlotte Cho of Soko Glam has shared with us a wonderful tutorial on The 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine. No, you do not have to follow the steps to the T, nor do you have to use the exact products mentioned in the article. And some of the items (like masks) are not meant to…
Jul 14, 2014  •  In Asian, Beauty, Korean, Personal, Shopping, Travel

Korean Beauty Haul: Introduction

A few months ago, at the ripe ol’ age of 33, I purchased my very first eye cream. And I LOVED it. “Why have I never used eye cream before?!?” I exclaimed on Facebook. “I don’t have lines yet (knock on wood) but my eye area seems so much smoother and softer…and dark circles lighter.  “ (In case you’re curious, I had gotten the Shiseido Ibuki Eye Correcting Cream.) My Korean friends were horrified that I had only just started using eye cream. They had been using it since their twenties — some, even from their teens — along with…
Jul 10, 2014  •  In Korean, Personal, Travel

Reflecting Back on Korea

I wanted to jot down some memories from my first-time-back-in-13-years trip to Korea before my aging brain locks everything away into the dark corners of obscurity. And since I love making lists, here are 10 things that are freshest on my mind from my trek back to the motherland! 1.  First and foremost (in what is probably a no-brainer for most of my readers), Korea far surpasses the U.S. in terms of everyday technology. My relatives’ apartment complexes, for example, had retina-scan security systems and motion-activated lights in hallways which automatically dim at night. There were security and emergency intercom…