3 Days in Seoul with The Face Shop

Last December 14, I was luckily flown by The Face Shop Philippines to Seoul, for a 3-day workshop as they introduced their latest product ranges coming this 2017. It was perfect because I really wanted to visit Korea this Christmas but due to some circumstances I couldn’t do so. I haven’t been to Korea in almost 2 years so it almost seemed foreign to me again!

Traveling to the same place always feels new and different because of the changes caused by time and the people you spend it with.

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Christmas lights greeted us at our hotel in Myeong Dong

Day 1: Food and Shopping in Myeong Dong

We arrived early evening on the 14th of December, so we pretty much had the night free to ourselves. Since we were a few minutes’ walk away from Myeong Dong, the busy shopping and food haven of Seoul, we decided to start our shopping and eat lots and lots of street food!

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Yummmm POTATO!
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Amazing view from our hotel room

Day 2: Product Introduction and Make-up Workshops

On the second day, we woke up early as we had a full day ahead. The Face Shop products were introduced to us in the morning, and we had a chance to learn K-beauty makeup techniques from celebrity makeup artist Mr. Kim Seung Won.

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Miracle Cushions
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Moisture Touch Lipsticks, Yehwadam Skincare, Dr. Belmeur Skincare
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My roomie Chelsea! ❀
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Fancy schmancy lunch
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MMM steak!
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Mr. Kim Seung Won teaching us how to achieve that K-beauty look!

For Korean makeup, less is always more. They always try to achieve a more youthful, cute-sy look.

Instead of layering more makeup, Koreans like to layer skincare and apply as little makeup as possible:
FACE: very light BB cream/foundation, concealer (if needed)
BROWS: no-arch straight eyebrows for a youthful look using minimal eyebrow pencil and brow mascara
EYES: eyeshadow close to the lid (not all over), mascara, liquid liner
CHEEKS: pinky blush on the apples of your cheeks, NO contour
LIPS: gradient lips are still in! Apply BB cushion all over the lips, then apply your lipstick of choice in the center of your lips. Blend outwards to get a natural lip-gradient look

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The finished look!

After the day’s activities we headed over to Itaewon to a restaurant called Maple. Korean barbeque night it was!

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MORE FOOD after the workshops!

Day 3: Finding Our Personal Color, Herb Tea Making, and Soap Making Classes

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Ms. Ji-yeon Lee, professional image consultant

Our third and last day (*sobs*).

All along I thought that I had a warm-toned skin, but upon the professional color-test done by Ms. Ji-yeon on me, she mentioned that I am actually cool-toned!

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Colors that go well with warm-toned skin vs cool-toned skin

This meant that the colors on the right go well against my skin, vs the colors that you see on the left. She says that it’s important to know your personal color to make better color choices that will make you look the best that you can. Choosing your personal color can be applied to the color of your clothes, your hair, and your makeup.

Personally, I still love wearing warm-toned eyeshadows, but maybe I’ll make a little more effort now to try and incorporate cooler-toned makeup once in a while.

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Herb tea-making time as shown by Tea Coordinator Ms. Bo-eun Lim
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How pretty is the set-up for our tea making?

We were taught the proper etiquette of making and serving tea using Korean traditional herbs that were used to make the Yehwadam skincare line! I’m a little too clumsy for this but I tried! haha.

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I call this the Yehwadam mocktail: Milkis soda + cherry blossom syrup + ginseng tea! So good for you!
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Cheers!

Next up: soap making!

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Soap making led by handcraft artist Ms. Ko-woon Lee

Right after making the soap (which was super fun), we had to rush to the airport as we had to catch our evening flight.

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Seoul’s sunset waving goodbye
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Bye Seoul! It’s been real

It’s been such a busy 3 days with The Face Shop but it was great fun!

Thank you again The Face Shop Ph for flying us out to learn the tricks of Korean makeup, have soooo much good food, and see Seoul in a different light!

xxx,
Hye

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Slimming Services Review: Big Day Slim

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This is my very first time to try a slimming service so I was quite excited, to be honest!

The Big Day Slim is a non-invasive slimming service company that will help you get ready for your Big Day – be it a wedding, a debut, or a trip to the beach – at the comfort of your own home. They claim to help you lose inches off your waist, thighs, abdomen, and arms.

I’ve tried both their Lipocavitation and Radiofrequency services on my arms and thighs, to see which is better for me. Read on below to see my review! πŸ˜‰

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Lipocavitation Slimming Service

I. LIPOCAVITATION

This service uses ultrasonic waves to melt stubborn fat. They say that the body will continue to burn fat even after the day of the treatment.

Cost: Php 1,700 for abdomen; Php 1,700 for thighsTime: 40 minutes each body part

My Experience:
Apparently, this service melts fat but doesn’t tighten.
They first apply a clear cream on your body, then the pulse starts to beep constantly for 30-40 minutes. I found this slightly irritating to my ears but I was able to complete the session since there was no pain at all.

Result: lost 0.5 in off my waist and thighs, respectively

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Radiofrequency Service (and a little cameo from my dog! haha)

I. RADIOFREQUENCY

This service uses radiofrequency energy to destroy fat cells. It has the added benefit of cellulite reduction and collagen production on top of inches lost. They recommend doing this 2 weeks prior to your big day.

Cost: Php 1,300 for abdomen; Php 1,300 for thighs (cheaper than the Lipocavitation!)

Time: 40 minutes each body part

My Experience:
The therapist will first apply a white cream, and the knob will be massaged in a circular motion against your skin. It it slightly warm to touch in the beginning, but I found it quite relaxing after a few minutes. It may be slightly painful to others but you can always ask the therapist to adjust the pulse frequency according to your preference.
After the treatment, my stomach and legs were slightly red from the vibrations.

Result: lost 0.5 in off my waist. (same as lipocavitation)

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Radiofrequency on my abdomen
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Radiofrequency on my thighs

Along with the slimming treatments, you can bundle pampering services too! I personally included foot spa service to my treatment (I love a good foot spa).

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Overall, I prefer the Radiofrequency treatment, but I can say that both services were effective!

Check out their website at www.bigdayslimteam.com for more info on their services!

Korean Skincare: The Face Shop’s Yehwadam and Dr. Belmeur Lines

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The Face Shop’s Yehwadam Line: coming out January 2017 in Manila
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The Face Shop’s Dr. Belmeur Line: coming out April 2017 in Manila

If you think that Korean skincare products can’t get any better, you have it wrong! The Face Shop Korea just came out with their latest skincare lines called Yehwadam and Dr. Belmeur.

I. YEHWADAM LINE

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Look at this cute packaging ❀

When we talk of skincare made from traditional herbs, we may think that it’s only for more mature women. The Face Shop’s Yehwadam line breaks that misconception!

With the idea of using Korean natural ingredients to balance vital energy and blood circulation, this line consists of a thick but non-sticky formula that has anti-wrinkle functions and intensely moisturizing benefits – perfect for women in their 20s-30s.

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Yehwadam Ingredients (L-R): Goji Berry (glow), Safflower (skin tone improvement); Korean Ginseng (revitalizing)
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(L-R) Revitalizing Toner, Revitalizing Emulsion, Revitalizing Serum; (Top) Revitalizing Eye Cream; (Bottom) Revitalizing Cream

Toner
Lightweight formula instantly refreshes and moisturizes the skin after cleansing

Emulsion
Apply to further revitalize the skin

Serum (the star product of the line!)
Formulated with extracts of seeds, roots, flowers, and fruits from Korean herbs to give you that healthy glow
Sticky at first but smooth when applied on skin

Eye Cream
Highly dense, balm-like cream to moisturize the eyes
Can be applied to other areas that get dry such as the sides of the nose, or around the lips

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Apply this revitalizing cream to seal all of the products in! πŸ˜‰

II. DR. BELMEUR LINE

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(L-R): Foam Cleanser, Toner, Ato Salt Cream, Moisturizer

From the French word “bel” which means lovely/happy, Dr. Belmeur is actually not a name of a dermatologist, but it is the Face Shop’s very own cosmoceutical* line to solve the daily concerns of people with sensitive and/or oily skin types!

As city people, we are all familiar with clogged pores due to the fine dust surrounding us (boo pollution!). Dr. Belmeur is here to save us – without irritating our skin!

*cosmoceutical: skin solutions that combine cosmetics with dermatological plant-based ingredients
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Comes in cute travel-friendly sizes too! (L-R): Cleanser, Toner, Moisturizer, Ato Salt Cream

All these products are fragrance-free, formulated with no additives, and dermatologically-tested so they are all gentle enough for everyday use.

 

DSCF2568.JPGThe star product of the line though is the Dr. Belmeur Ato Salt Cream. It contains 8% dead sea salt to provide deep moisturization and itch-relief for dry skin.

I tried this myself and I’m glad that I have found a new product that can help with my skin asthma! I applied this before going out to a -8 degree weather in Seoul. My skin stayed moisturized all throughout the cold day.

 

Yay for Korean skincare products! Hope you give them a try. It won’t disappoint. πŸ˜‰

Stay warm!

xxx,
Hye