08/23/16

Seoul Diary #2

Food!

Sorry for the long time of inactivity… This time I will write a little bit about my food experience in Seoul!

Oh dear! I gained a lot of weight again since I study here in Seoul and one of the reasons is the yummi food in here! I actually planned to write this post much ealier together with some more informations about my daily life here, but well, I was pretty busy the last month. As promised I will talk a bit about the food I was able to try so far and eating habbits you will definitely adopt.

 First difference between a European and a Korean table is actually quite nice: As you can see above in Korea the main dish always goes with two or more side dishes. And of course what is the bread and noodles for the German is the rice for the Korean.

One of the most different customs compared to my family’s is the fact that you always eat together. And usually not in your home but in one of the many many restaurants out. If you go alone to a restaurant you aren’t even able to eat everything, some dishes are just served for two or more people (like Shabu Shabu). There are of course people eating alone at a restaurant or at home, but the majority is eating together as it is usual for them. You may be stared at if you decided to eat out alone (especially as a foreigner). I experienced, speaking of my korean friends, that even if you are starving to death already since class was over, you still wait for your friends to come out of their courses to go out for dinner. What is also new for most of the foreigners who come here is the fact that you don’t order your own food and eat it by your own, you order many dishes and share them all together usually.


The opposite is the “I don’t have time for eating” habit, many students don’t eat proper breakfast or lunch, they quickly grab a roll of kimbap at the local convinience store or at the old lady’s booth next to the office workers sipping their strawberry milk. After the first hours of their marathon of studying they just eat some cup noodle or ramyeon the the next convenient or 24h store. But if the risk to lose their seat in the library is too high, some would even skip their meals completely. This is actually pretty contradictory because a proper meal is more important than anything else, according to every korean parent.


Another fact is, as a vegeterian you will be left stranded in here because mostly the first question I get asked is “What do you want to eat, chicken? Beef? Or pork?”. You decide which restaurant you are heading for according to your decision of which meat you wanna eat. Almost every restaurant is specialised in some meat dish, but these days the vegetarian restaurants are also gaining more population as we know it from western countries. In general it’s not well seen to order something out of the menu, so you should just choose a dish that is without fish or meat instead. You are vegan? Have an allergy? Then you should probably look up a vegan place or studying the ingredients before wandering around in quest of finding a good restaurant to eat at or just eat at home. It sounds cruel but many people are not accostumed to people saying they don’t eat meat.

Drinking and working? For most of us these two actions are not compatible. For me anyway. But if you walk around the streets in Hongdae or Shinchon you can see many office workers trying to make their way home after a drink (or many) with their boss. On monday. And wednesday. Actually korean drink at any time. For lunch a bottle of soju or beer makes the perfect combination with their meat. During lunch break? Of course! And on Friday night? Let’s drink until dawn! I had some bad blackouts thanks to alcohol as well in my life but what I saw in Seoul was really terrifying. Girls lying around in their short dresses passed out and weird drunk guys picking up a fight. At 3 am I would say okay, that are the victims of their excessive night out in a club but most of these people are already totally done at 9pm. Okay I may exaggerate a little bit, but it is normal that once a week you go out for having a drink. And here we reach the point I can not understand.


If I would drink think this much as a normal female student in Seoul does, I would have to consider living in here for the sake of my body’s health. The other point is I would gain weight until I couldn’t even fit in international H&M clothes anymore. With every drink usually goes a small fatty dish. There may be a healthy opportunity as well but all I see on the girls tables are fries and chicken or kimchi stir fried rice. Topped with cheese. But most of them wear a European size XS. Not all but most of them. Now someone explain me how their bodies work. Is it the genes? Do they skip the other meals for it? Defenitely some do sports but the majority doesn’t.


At this point I have to say I really envy them. Of course they may eat more healthy than European, but if I would eat rice in the morning or as much meat as they do I would still gain weight. The fact that skinny girls are eating chicken and drinking 2 bottles of soju (1 has more than 500kcal) almost every weekend and still fit in the tiny tennis skirt I could just dream of is a mystery for me.

Something that underlines this mystery is the coffee shop culture that developed in the city of Seoul. Many many cafés that offer all kinds of sweet sins for your sweet tooth. You go there for studying and meeting friends and – you share a cake or sip on a dairy cup of latte. There are lattes of literally everything. Green tea, strawberry, blueberry, even red or black bean latte. And most of them are calorie bombs that could actually substitute your lunch.


Above you can see a for me totally new Korean honey butter bread! If you ever plan to live here and all the food is new to you, you better bring your running shoes ;) that’s it so far!

Next time I will -in opposition to this post- tell you something about diet and beauty in Korea! Thank you for reading :3

07/13/16

Rilakkuma x A’PIEU Series Set 2

Rilakkuma x A’PIEU Series Part 2!

This review includes:

  • A’PIEU Water Light Tint Rilakkuma Edition
  • A’PIEU For Your Shadow Rilakkuma Edition

A little late but here’s the second part of my Rilakkuma x A’PIEU review! (^-^)/

This set is actually my favorite because I love to try new lip products and also I am still looking for new eyeshadows that I can use for a cute summer day makeup. I think I finally found something good here.

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The package is cute as ever! I love the design. I love to see so many rilakkumas everywhere on my makeup shelf. Of course the package is a big plus but let’s see the product itself!

Rilakkuma x A’PIEU Water Light Tint Review!

I bought three shades:  PK01, RD01 and CR01

The pink is a really cute rose pink shade, while the red is very bold and the coral is a really natural coral shade which reminds me of the Etude House Cherry Tint. The texture is more creamy and not as I expected it to be for a “water light” tint.



I took pictures how they look like on my lips, too:


As always I am sorry for the bad quality. I took them with my phone, I had no SD Card for my camera for a while so this had to be solution.

I love to wear them by just applying in the center and blend them outwards. Here’s my review:

Rilakkuma x A’PIEU Water Light Tint Review:

What I love:

  • The Colors – Pink, red, coral, orange, for everyone a fitting shade.
  • The Quality – long-lasting tint that’s isn’t sticky or dry.
  • The Price – good tint for less money!
  • The Design – of course, I love it

What I hate:

Nothing to complain (^O^☆♪

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Right after I applied the coral tint! I went to a near café and ordered my drink. I studied a while and drank my tea.


The tint is unexpected long lasting! It still was on my lips and shiny like I just applied it!

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Did you notice my eye makeup? No? Well.. Then.. Ah still I will show it to you in the next review!

Rilakkuma x A’PIEU For Your Shadow in 3호!


Isn’t it even more cute? When I was at A’PIEU in Hongdae I couldn’t decide which shades I should buy. In the end I chose No. 3 and I don’t regret that decision! It was sold out in the stores after a week. The eyeshadow box includes 4 different shades, 3 in a rosy to bronze shiny shades and one in a matte red brown.

The shades are not high pigmented and usually I need to apply it repeatedly, but then the shadows blend very well.

Rilakkuma x A’PIEU For Your Shadow 3호 Review

What I love:

  • The Colors – cute rosy brown shades
  • The Price – good eyeshadow for less money
  • The Design – you can guess why :D

What I hate:

  • The Quality – not a high quality shadow quatro but okay for the price!


I’m not a makeup artist but I was satisfied with my work with the Rilakkuma x A’PIEU For Your Shadow. (^_^)


So that was the second part of my Rilakkuma x A’PIEU Review! I hope you are able to grab one of these special products! I am ready for the 3rd part of the Rilakuma x A’PIEU review, what about you? Follow me on Instagram for updates! (^ω^) hope to see you again soon~

07/11/16

Aprilskin Magic S Lipstick

Aprilskin Magic S Lipstick in Roxanne Tango and Fanny Pink!

Today I will review the Aprilskin Magic S Lipstick in RD101 (Roxanne Tango) and PK201 (Fanny Pink) I got a few weeks ago. I ordered them on their website because unlike the Snow Cushions you can’t find them in offline shops.

Actually I liked all of the shades they offer but since one of them is 16.000원 I just bought one and got another one for free.

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The upper one is PK201 Fanny Pink and the lower one is RD101 Roxanne Tango.

The texture of the lipstick is very creamy and gives moisture and blends very well on my lips. The lipstick has a light sweet smell. Since it’s a lipstick and not a tint that dries on your lips and so it doesn’t only stay on your lips, but you leave a pink or red lip print on your lovers cheek if you give him or her a kiss hihi. Here are the swatches:

Aprilskin Magic S Lipstick
I wore it a few hours and it was almost gone, just a hint of color. I reapplied it and after I ate dinner again the lipstick was completely gone. I forget to take a picture every time and when I do I don’t know which picture was for which review…. haha I’m such a messy head sometimes… But I can say, that this lipstick is really not one of the 12h lipsticks. You will eat and drink and reapply the lipstick after it.
The Aprilskin Magic S Line Lipstick Review:

What I love:

  • The Color – The colors are pretty and I love how bold it is after applying it once
  • The Texture – Love how my lips glow in red after applying the creamy lipstick
  • The Ingredients – If it keeps the promise as “solution from nature

What I hate:

  • Not longlasting – high pigmentation but not very longlasting
  • The Price – Quite expensive, but there are enough opportunities to get them cheap (like 1+1)

I like the brand and so I maybe buying it again before I leave Korea. If you are looking for a longlasting lipstick that will survive your evening event I recommend others. For a fresh day makeup this lipstick is definitely the right pick.

Here I am wearing the red one, but I guess because I applied just once and the light was very bright, it looks more like pink. I wonder when I will be able to make one proper review haha.. ㅠㅠ

So this was a short review about the Aprilskin Magic S Lipstick, I hope you could get at least some impressions of the product. If you are interested in the product, try to find them on their website: Aprilskin or their global website: Aprilskin.com.

Thank you for visiting! Next time I will upload the second part of my Rilakkuma x A’PIEU Review! See you again!~

07/2/16

Rilakkuma x A’PIEU Set 1

Rilakkuma x A’PIEU Series Review Part 1!

  • A’PIEU Air Fit Cushion Rilakkuma Edition in 21호
  • A’PIEU Air Fit Cushion Blusher Rilakkuma Edition in PK01 & VL01 (CR01 and CR02 in SNS if requested)
  • A’PIEU Korilakkumas Favorite Mud Fresh Cleansing Foam

These days I spent way too much money on makeup I actually don’t really needed but was a must to purchase! Right in front of our University a big window sticker was having my attention:

Rilakkuma x A'PIEU
Rilakkuma x A'PIEU
My favorite two things in life are finally combined in one: Makeup and Rilakkuma! (。♥‿♥。)

 

Sadly the products are limited and I hope I am not too late with my reviews, but maybe you have the opportunity to get some! You can get all the products also without Rilakkuma design at A’PIEU stores and some of the products are also available at WATSONS.

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I got almost all of  the products, but in the end it is just the A’PIEU products with a new cover so I didn’t buy colors I would never use (for example the brown blusher or the bright orange lip tint) and at some part I am glad I didn’t buy all even though I love Rilakkuma so much. But enough chatting let’s start with the A’PIEU Air Fit Cushion Rilakkuma Edition!

A’PIEU Air Fit Cushion Rilakkuma Edition!

As the main point in this makeup range, let’s take a look at the very cute packaging of the product! It’s a cute Rilakkuma lying on a cushion…! A cushion..haha.. on a cushion.. Sorry. ._. But look how cute it is!


The good thing is, there is a refill included! And the sponge is so cute!! Let’s see the inside!


The cushion is a little different to the Aprilskin cushion, you get much more product out of the cushion by pressing the sponge on it. I am the type of person who rather uses too much than too less so this cushion just fits me perfectly haha. Since it was the first time using a product from A’PIEU I was really excited about the quality.


Sorry for this very tired face ( I can’t sleep well these days) and towel turban haha.. As you can see the coverage is quite good and I feel no. 21 is just right for my summer skin. I applied it one time in the picture, I use to apply it once more to give more coverage (There is no filter in the picture btw). In my opinion, the cushion is also quite moisturizing, not as much as the Aprilskin Snow Cushion White, but it’s not drying out my skin without making it feel too sticky. I guess that’s what the Air Fit Cushion gives its name. It doesn’t feel like “Air” at all though.
Rilakkuma x A’PIEU Air Fit Cushion Review:

What I love:

  • The Design – for Rilakkuma lovers like me there is no excuse for not buying it
  • The Coverage – good for a natural makeup, if you want a flawless face for a night out I would not recommend this
  • The Price – I paid 13.000원 in total including the refill, so cheap!

What I hate:

  • Not very longlasting – I reapply it a few times during the day because the coverage gets less throughout the day

I would say this is a very good product for everyday use. It’s not too heavy, doesn’t feel too sticky, which is very annoying if you wear you hair lose and especially in summer very annoying. I don’t have that “airy” feeling, but it is still wearable. For the price it is totally fine to just buy it because it looks cute, since makeup is also some kind of accessory for us girls. (^_^)haha. Don’t waste your money like me.

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Sorry I didn’t find any picture without Sakura filter ㅠㅠ in the pictures I am wearing two layers of the Air Fit Cushion, so my freckles are more covered. Also the blusher I am wearing in here is a special one, which leads us to the next review~

Rilakkuma x A’PIEU Air Fit Cushion Blusher Review

The second item that was released was the Air Fit Cushion Blusher in 5 different shades. I just purchased 4 of it, because I wouldn’t use the brown shade anyway. From pink to violet all of them has another cover and here are the two I will review:

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Aren’t they cute?? Also it is the first time I am using a cushion blusher! In Germany you would never find something like that and so I was really excited to try them.

The cushion is similar to the Air Fit Cushion but smaller. I love how moisturizing it is when you apply it on your cheeks.

A’PIEU x Rilakuma Air Fit Cushion Blusher Review:

What I love:

  • The Price – I paid around 5.000원 which is ca. 4€
  • The Convenience – cute cheeks in seconds!
  • The Blush – gentle or bold shades for a cute look!
  • The Comfort – feels like air without the use of powder

What I hate: Nothing~ I am totally happy about this purchase.

In the end of the day I still have to say that if you don’t use primer and cuddle your bf for hours with rubbing your cheeks together of course the blusher will be gone after a while just like the Air Fit Cushion. But I love how easy it is to use and it’s so convenient for a quick morning routine. And I have the feeling the colors make my cheeks looking super cute! Hihi.


Haha yes both is me but with a day between the captures. In the upper picture I used the Pink Blusher and in the lower one I used the violet one.

Last one of this set is:

The Rilakkuma x A’PIEU Mud Fresh Cleansing Foam!

I saw that this product was sold out in many stores just after a few days :( but you can still buy it as the regular version.

I didn’t take any pictures while I am using it because it is too dangerous for my cameras to be in the bathroom and also you wouldn’t see much.

In my opinion the cleanser is as any other I tried before, refreshing and removing leftover makeup. I paid about 5.000원 and I think it’s a reasonable price for a cleansing product in here. And just look at the package, it’s saying buy me I’m cute!

Rilakkuma x A'PIEU

If you want to know more about the cleanser just comment or mail me in Facebook or Instagram.

That’s it for today~ next time I will introduce the second set of Rilakkuma x A’PIEU! So stay tuned ㅇㅅㅇ

05/19/16

Aprilskin (에이프릴스킨) Review

Aprilskin (에이프릴스킨) Magic Snow Cream & Cushion (화이트) Review

Today I want to introduce my new favorite products: the Aprilskin Magic Snow Cream and the Aprilskin Magic Snow Cushion (White)!

Honestly, Facebook really got me with it’s advertising here. Everytime I was checking my timeline I saw the ads of Aprilskin (에이프릴스킨) with their beautiful girls using some products in it. Since I am always interested in makeup, I was watching their advertising and soon visited their page to find out where I could buy it. Except for their online shop I couldn’t find any offline shop. The price was quite high so I was looking at the brand stores around here, but no. Someday I checked their facebook user posts and someone was having the same problem haha. They replied that some of their products are only selled in Olive Young in Myeongdong . So… I went there and actually found something! Yay! (´∇ノ`*)ノ (I now saw they have even more products in stock now…TT-TT). If you walk around there, you could take a look. I can’t order on the internet yet because of my lack of korean *cough* and the main reason is because I don’t have a korean phone number yet. Somehow you need it, wheresoever you want to order something.

I had a massive allergic reaction again in my face and had to wait for my skin to soothe again. Since I am in Korea I am way more sensitive and it happened two or three times that I had a reaction to makeup in here. I guess it is one of my Etude House Cushions.. But finally I got to try two of the Aprilskin (에이프릴스킨) products and don’t want to keep my impressions from you!

First as always the packages~

As you can see the cushion is similar to most of the cushion makeups other brands sell. I just noticed, that the amount of products coming out of the cushion is way more than for example when I used my Etude House Precious Mineral Cushion one. I think this is really good because I don’t need to press the pad on the cushion for a hundred times.

I first used the Aprilskin (에이프릴스킨) Magic Snow Cream and after that I used my Aprilskin (에이프릴스킨) Magic Snow Cushion (White). As you may guess there is a Black one as well, which is as I know for oily and combination skin, the white one is for dry skin and is therefore very moisturizing. Since the water in korea contains chlorid for hygenic reasons my skin is very very dry and sensitive to environmential influences. I chose the White Cushion because of this reason.

The Aprilskin (에이프릴스킨) Magic Snow Cream is as well moisturizing and I was really surprised how strong the whitening effect was. I was of course expecting it, but how white my face was could be seen when I just applied it on one part of my face!

Aprilskin (에이프릴스킨) Magic Snow Cream

My Skin feels smooth and hydrated after using it. But it just whitens the skin and doesn’t really brighten or balancing dull areas such as the dark circles under the eyes. If I would just use the cream and go out I would surely get asked if I am a vampire or zombie haha. A living corpse maybe?

Next step: The Aprilskin (에이프릴스킨) Magic Snow Cushion (White)

Just in case you never used a cushion makeup foundation or BB, you press the sponge on the cushion and some of the product will be squeezed out and you can apply it on your face with the sponge or pad.

Here you can see the coverage by my freckles on my cheek:

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Sorry for my bad skin but it was right after my allergy calmed down a little and I had too less sleep these weeks. Still you can see in here that the coverage is quite high and the product is very moisturizing as my skin appears shiny. It is just a hint from being to yellow for my skin and is somehow balancing the white cream under it. The reason why I like this cushion is that it doesn’t dry out my skin after a while as most of my bbcreams and foundations do. Also combined with the Snow Cream it is not running in my lines and lid though. It says it is moisturizing and it really does moisturize the skin. If you have oily skin I don’t recommend this cushion and would try the black cushion instead.

I heard from a friend that this product got many bad reviews from Korean customers but I can not agree with it. For me this is the first product in a while that doesn’t let my skin hyperventilate by giving me a terrible allergic reaction like I recently got when I tried for example Etude House products. Plus it seems to keep all its promises, Aprilskin is promoting it with. The product is not a miracle cure. But for me it brings some good features with positive impacts. It is of course not the cheapest brand but still I prefer to use things I know I can use without worries.

Aprilskin (에이프릴스킨) Magic Snow Cream Review

 

What I love:

  • The Effect – Whitening, moisturizing effect given!
  • The Comfort – Feels like a facial moisturizing cream, light but not watery.
  • As a Base it’s smoothing your skin and makes your makeup more longlasting!

What I hate:

  • Kind of expensive..
  • For too fair skin types I advise to not use it as it may make you looking sick.
  • If you’re not an online-shopper you will have to visit one of the Olive Young Stores in Myeongdong, which is, depends on where you live, can be a long way to get it.

I guess after I used it, I will be willing to buy it again, but I guess it will depend on my financial state that time haha. So far I have no allergic reactions to it, which means there aren’t any weird chemical ingredients in it, but I am not 100% sure about it. It is moisturizing and whitening, if I need more coverage and my makeup to stay longer, this is defenitely my first step.

Aprilskin (에이프릴스킨) Magic Snow Cushion White

 

What I love:

  • The Effect – Moisturizing and not drying out the skin after a few hours.
  • The Coverage – Makes my skin looking almost flawless even on pictures without using any filter!
  • The Comfort – My skin feels hydrated and not dry. A minus point may be that it could feel a little sticky, depends on your skins condition.
  • The Cushion – I love this kind of makeup recently because it’s handy and easy to use! The products comes out of the cushion just by slightly pressing the sponge on it. Also the case includes a mirror!

What I hate:

  • The Price – I can’t decide weather it’s cheap or expensive. I have other products, that are a little cheaper but then also the quality is a little less good than the Aprilskin cushion.
  • The Purchase – Same as the Cream, you also have to order it online or go all the way to Myeongdong!

I don’t know yet how long it will last, but if it lasts like more than 3 months then the price is totally fine I guess. I came to the same compromise with my Sans Soucis Facial Cream it is even arounf the same price and almost lasts until after 3 months. It even became a product of my facial skin care routine I can’t live without anymore haha. I hope the Aprilskin (에이프릴스킨) Magic Snow Cushion White can do an even better job!(*^▽^*) I will probably try to order products from their website they don’t sell in Olive Young. (Tip for ordering from their website: they have an english website as well ;) )

And as always, here my look with the two products:

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Thank you for reading! Hope you like my short introduction to my current favorite brand and maybe give you some inspiration for your next purchase. Feel free to ask me anything or comment if you want to share your opinion with me!

Hope to see you soon! (^ν^)