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Korea Haul Photos You’ll Love! :)

May 9, 2009

Just a warning, this post is very photo heavy! Oh and please excuse the poor quality, I just got home from Korea today, I’m horribly jet-lagged and the lighting was terrible by the time I got around to taking photos (around midnight =X).

I didn’t have time to do too much makeup-shopping while in Korea as my mother and I had a million other things planned, but I couldn’t resist popping into this super-cute Etude House store when I saw it across the street, and of course I picked up a few items (see them below). The girl in there was so sweet–I was overheated so she followed me around the store fanning me :).

And what a coincidence that Skin Food was literally right across the street! I’m kicking myself for not picking up more items from here.

So before we get to the cosmetics, here’s a photo of a few of the hair accessories I picked up. I LOVE going hair-accessory shopping in Korea, there are so many gorgeous Swarovski-crystal studded goodies!

Since I was in Asia I decided to indulge in the whole pale face/white skin craze and picked up a few whitening foundations to test out. As a rule of thumb I generally avoid purchasing items that are available stateside while in foreign countries since that’s just extra stuff for me to lug back that I could find at home. Check out all the Asia-exclusive goodies I picked up down below!

Asia-exclusive #1 is Guerlain’s Parure Pearly White foundation which contains iridescent 100% natural nacre powder taken from the shells of oysters and Pearl Lily Complex. More info on this when I get around to reviewing it in a week or two! So excited to try this!

Asia-exclusive #2 is Chanel’s Light Reflecting Whitening Compact Foundation in shade 30 Beige Cendre. I couldn’t resist the minimalistic sleek white packaging and the fact that this is specially designed just for Asian skin, as is the Parure Pearly White Foundation from Guerlain.

And last but not least is another Gurelain foundation, this time the Parure Extreme. Now I know what you’re thinking–this is readily available in the US. BUT in Asia this comes in shade 01, Beige Pale, which is perfect since I loved the formula but couldn’t find a color match (I’ve reviewed this on the blog before).

My two new Guerlain foundations standing side by side. I’m loving the packaging, and hopefully I’ll love the contents just as much!

These are refills for my SK-II Air-Touch Foundation (review HERE), and again the shade I picked up (OB-2) is an Asia-exclusive, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s also MUCH MUCH cheaper in Korea than it is in the US. In the US these refills would cost $90 plus tax; I only paid $48 after my VIP discount. Can’t wait to test out this shade since none of the US shades were working out too great for me.

Now for my Korean lippies! I picked up Etude House’s Fresh Cherry Tints in both pink and red, and a plumping gloss in a deep pink shade, plus a Tony Moly Lip Tint in Red Apple (only because I heard they used this in my current fave drama, Boys Over Flowers).

I also picked up a Tear Drop Liner (shimmery white liner for your lower lash line), Speedy Total Mineral Base (I have a review of this floating around the blog too–it’s great!), a BB Magic Fresh Cool Mousse (I wanted to picked up another Innisfree BB Mousse which I’ve reviewed, but they discontinued this), and a few face masks and cleansing wipes.

I’m sure you all know I’m a little Konad obsessed as of late (if you have no idea what I’m talking about search “Konad” in the search box) and how convenient that Etude House had Konad plates and polishes!

An Etude House Precious Mineral Brightener–sooo pretty and shimmery! It kind of reminded of the Guerlain Pressed Meteorites.

A few other goodies from Tony Moly, including a shimmery pink powder compact and a face brightener that has SPF 30 and comes in a handy-dandy brush packaging.

And finally the stuff from Skin Food: a gorgeous shimmery pink blush, Fermented Pomegranate Whitening Sleeping Mask, Rice White Mochi Cream Base, Aloe BB Cream and an Orange & Mint Body Set.

I hope you enjoyed all the photos and didn’t get too bored reading about all my new purchases! Sadly not all of this stuff is for me as I had a few friends ask me to pick up an item or two for them, but I did pick up duplicates of a lot of this stuff so that I’d have one to play with as well. I’m so happy to be home and I hope you all missed me! 🙂

Korea Duty Free Haul!

April 19, 2008

I know I’ve been promising this post for awhile but greedy little thing that I am I dug into half the products as soon as I got them and haven’t had the chance to regroup them for pretty family photos. I won’t bore you by listing everything I got, as I’ll probably be reviewing most of the products individually at some point.

Unfortunately the photographs are missing a few items but I did the best I could in my mad rush to do this and fill out my bar exam applications this afternoon! And as you can see from the photos, my duty free binges tend to be skincare heavy.

All I can say is thank goodness for the VIP cards they give out in Duty Free. The extra 10% really makes a difference, and I’m dreading the day mine expires and I need to spend a small fortune to get a new one!


Photo 1: SK-II (cleansing oil [LOVE!], face masks, essence), Sisley (eye creams), and Dior (emulsion)


Photo 2: Laneige (eye cream duo-so cute!), Dior (eye cream), Chanel (Blizzard), Laneige (lipstick), Kumomos!

And the FREEBIES (well other than the Lancome moisturizer in the center)!!