Korea: Some things are cheaper here…

I mean, I know that the Korean brands are all cheaper here. Especially when you factor in the fact that they give you a lot (and I mean a lot) of samples if you buy over $100 for the prestige brands (and a decent amount for the mass market brands…omg this sentence was long…).

But, I didn’t expect these two to be cheaper as well.

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First up is Birkenstock’s. Some are quite the catch here. These are the silver Rio’s I picked up. Taxes in, I paid $67CAN. Of course…I need to sell these off. I didn’t realize that they were two width, and the ones in Korea only come in Narrow for the women’s sizes OTL. What sucks more is that they are under $56CAN since they went on further sale (and Korea doesn’t adjust pricing once it has been bought).

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Next is Avene. I love the Thermal Water. The problem is that is is pretty expensive back home. Even when I use my SDM points to get it, and on bonus points days. But here, I got the BOGO for $22CAN (since I had a coupon for an addition $1 off). That is about $12 for one bottle. I’m sure it is much cheaper in France, but this is better than back home in Toronto. I know I will have to buy a few more before I leave…

I also found out from a potential new instructor, that she has a wifi egg that she carries around with her. It only cost her about $25 a month, and she gets 25gigs. Why don’t we have this back home?! Haha…With my trip back home coming up, and the fact that I will be without data access for 3 weeks is making me uncomfortable. This would def come in handy back home.

Korea: Some things are cheaper here…

Last week on Instagram…


Seriously, love this thing. Makes data transfer SUPER easy. Don’t have to fumble with cords…


Just some of the socks I will take back with me in September…


One of my LOL & SMH moments with mom.

Ah…testing. my poor kids. Work hard, you can do it. #april어학원 #bupyeong #teachinginkorea

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My poor students doing their best for the written part of testing week…

Whenever I see ikon, exo, bts, bigbang…i always always think of my students… ㅋㅋ #loveit

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Bobby’s expression. Love it! xD

Last week on Instagram…

Last week on Instagram…


Cosrx has taken me some time to get used to. I loved it at first, went nuts, and my skin went batshit crazy. Once I got that sorted, I know that I do love it, the way everyone does. Anyway, just a reminder to be careful and don’t go nuts on it, and overuse it. It will turn your skin nutso.

Luckily my back is doing better. Still in pain, but not “I can’t roll out of bed” pain.

Last week on Instagram…

Sheet Mask Hauling

Sheet Mask Hauling
If you follow me on Facebook, you would have seen this picture.
I don’t need to buy any more…but the deals were too good not to pick these all up.

I had seen the Tony Moly masks on Sephora. Knowing the retail price in Korea, I couldn’t get myself to try it from Sephora. But, the reviews seemed alright. It helped that it was a members day event, and I got 20 masks for ~$10CAN. A STEAL! (In truth, I bought 40 masks…I couldn’t help it. I wanted to try both lemon and avocado…but the deal didn’t let you mix it.) They also threw in an extra goat milk mask, which was…interesting.

I’ve only tried the avocado, which, despite being super wet was quite hydrating. Side note, avocado isn’t for you, if you don’t like mineral oil. It’s high on the list. Oh, the masks are a little on the smaller side. I’m used to them overlapping my hairline, but this was a little short. Unless…my hairline is starting to recede…which it BETTER NOT BE!

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Sheet Mask Hauling

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Sheet Mask Hauling

The Mediheal masks are from a Gmarket purchase. It was a GREAT deal. The black versions usually go for about ~$2.30 CAN. I managed to snag them for about $1! So, of course I had to buy them. I have heard good things about them, but haven’t tried them out yet Let’s hope they are good.

I got 10 of the White Hydrating Masks
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Then 10 of the Pore Stamping (I honestly don’t get the name…)
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The deal came with 5 of the Tea Tree. My skin doesn’t do well with tea tree, but this is what helped to bring the cost down to about $1 each.
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Sheet Mask Hauling
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Sheet Mask Hauling

Sometimes you gotta organize…

#cosrx #verite #snailcream #koreanbeauty #korea #코스알엑스 #다이소 #daiso

Or should I say rearranging…since it isnt organizing? But I am organizing in a way….

 

Anyway, I never thought I’d use a snail product. Really.

Me.

But Cosrx had a cult following that I got sucked into. Before I knew it, i had dropped a little over 100 on a bunch of goodies. It did take me a while to figure out how to best use the actives for my skin…but the cream were easy.

The problem is a lot of them are pots. I had that. So thats where the Daiso pumps come in handy. Honestly, it I didnt transfer them, I wouldnt use them. I did end up covering the container with sticker paper. Just so I can keep the product in the dark. Now I go through this properly.

The Verite water spray is something I wanted to carry around with me. But the bottle is huge. Daiso had a small teo pack for the spray. So, I decanted that too.

Do you find you decant things to use them??

Sometimes you gotta organize…

First Look w Chosungah22

*Products in this post were purchased with my own funds. This is in no way a sponsored post*

Happy New Year!


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I always browse Gmarket. I love going out to the stores to shop, as you get more freebies…but…it is really hectic inside. There are times that out of sheer frustrations, I have left the store empty handed. This is why Gmarket has been useful for me.

Not to mention, they have some awesome deals going on.

This was one of my purchases. One of my last for 2015.

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Bounce Up Pact Master/바운스 업 팩트 마스터 in Shade #1 (2 Compacts + 2 Refills)
My Favorite Kit/마이 페이보릿 키트 in #3
Ink Jet Lip Tatt/잉크 젯 립 탓 in Red
Compact Mirror
I paid about 34,000w, which is roughly $40Cdn.

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Bounce Up Pact Master/바운스 업 팩트 마스터 in Shade #1
The compact is actually interesting. It is squishy. Yup, I can press my finger into it, and it leaves a dent. That being said, it does feel nice. It is more powdery than I am used to, so I do need to make sure I actually moisturize well. In any case, sturdy case, good puff.

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My Favorite Kit/마이 페이보릿 키트 in #3
My only issue with this, was that it had a perfume scent, and there was this plastic black piece on the cream. I’d assume that it dislodged itself in transit, and settled on the pretty colour T___T.
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The dark pink cream blush in the lower right side, is far more accurate in this picture than the ones above.

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Ink Jet Lip Tatt/잉크 젯 립 탓 in Red
The felt tip is firm, and I like the colour. It actually comes in 3 colours: red, orange, and pink. It was a blind purchase, so they sent me red. I don’t think it is really my red, but I’ll play around with it and see.

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Compact Mirror
I actually really like this mirror. I wouldn’t pay the full price for it, but definitely made my purchase better.

Final thoughts?
I probably wouldn’t spend the retail price to buy the compact. I think that with that price, I could get my go to’s instead. But, this price did allow me to see what the hype was about for some of the products. The price let me try some things out without burning a hole in my wallet.

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First Look w Chosungah22

Bringing back stuff from home…

I was back in Toronto about a month ago.

The day I was worried about (due to nightmares of me slipping while walking down…which I kind of did. the heels slipped a bit…) finally came. I got to stand by my friend AY as she married the love of her life, HS.

It was a good day.

But, boy, was it one hell of a week. I was severely jetlagged, and didn’t end up packing up properly for my trip back home to Korea.

I ended up forgetting a lot of stuff -____-

But I did manage to bring a few things back with me xD

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I miss Pantene. I’m using Korea stuff here, but I missed Pantene a lot. My hair dresser might hate me for saying that, but **blows a raspberry**. I also brought back the last Batiste I had at home, as well as the Herbal Essences dry shampoo that I shipped to my place from Walmart. I brought back travel size shampoo for my times at the Jimjilbang.

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I had accidentally dropped the bronzer I had when I came to Korea. I had put it back together, but it just wasn’t the same. So, seeing as I was back home, and picked up like 10 for cheap at the Lisa Cosmetic Warehouse sale before, I brought one back with me. The Marcelle is a necessity. There is some good stuff here, but it is always nice to have a bit of home with you.

What would you want to bring, or miss from home?

Bringing back stuff from home…