Seoul.....Beauty Junkie Paradize
Seoul is a shopping paradize for beauty junkies!! Brands like Missha, Skinfood and The Face Shop are so cheap in Korea compared to Singapore. You can also find brands such as Etude House (their make-up come in the sweetest packing..in pink!!) and Hanskin (the most popular local skincare brand in Korea).
Korean brands like Missha, Skinfood, Laneige and The Face Shop are so cheap in Korea compared to Singapore. For example, the Skinfood Aloe BB cream is selling at S$38, I only bought it for S$11 in Korea. Talk about the amount of savings!! In addition, beauty shops in Korea are also very generous with their samples. Look at some of the Skinfood samples I was given in the pictures below (those satchels on the left) and these are just a fraction of the samples I lugged back! :)
For those who have not heard of BB cream, you don't know what you are missing! It is known as Blemish Balm cream. While regular foundation liquid does nothing to your skin, BB cream have moisturizing, whitening and even brightening properties depending on the type of BB cream you purchase. Some is said to have whitening properties, some anti wrinkle, some to even out skin tone and lighten blemish scars, etc. It works as a moisturizer, sunscreen, make-up base and foundation. Perfect for lazy people like me as I just need to apply BB cream in place of make-up base, sunscreen and foundation! I did a bit of research before I left and came back with these...
(from left: Skinfood Aloe BB, Missha Perfect Cover, Dr G Brightening Balm, Hanskin Magic BB, Etude House BB and Hanskin sampler set)
So far I have tried the Skinfood Aloe, Missha Perfect Cover, Hanskin Glossy Magic and Hanskin Super Magic BB cream. My favorite is the Hanskin Glossy Magic BB cream. Gave me a nice dewy glow and even out my uneven skin tone. Missha Perfect Cover is also good with its high SPF42. Skin looks flawless with the application but doesn't give me as much glow compared to Hanskin Glossy Magic. Sadly, Hanskin products are not available in Singapore shops yet. One thing to note about BB cream is that most come in only 1 or 2 shades. If you are fair or not very tanned, you should have no problem finding one that matches your skintone.
Beauty masks are very affordable in Korea. You can get masks for around $1~$2 each. I even found DERMAL brand of masks that are going for WON300 each (less than S$0.50 each)! Personally, I prefer the Skinfood or Etude House masks which cost around S$1~S$2 each.
Apart from beauty products, fashion accessories like earrings and necklaces are also very cheap. You can find accessories of good quality going for less than WON5,000 which means they are less than S$5 each! Below are my loot...
All the above beauty items and accessories are purchased from Myeondong. However, you can find all these beauty outlets all over Seoul.
Have fun shopping!!