REVIEW: Korea Beauty Products

Korea, as we know, it’s one of the best place for all the ladies to go crazy on shopping. I went to Seoul for a family holiday not so long ago and it was simply a good trip. I’ve tried skiing for the very first time and it was pretty fun despite all those uncountless times I fell down. Beside that, I also enjoy shopping local designer brands, makeup and skincare! Yes, that’s one thing you should never ever miss when going to Korea. Their makeup and skincare are famously good and affordable. This post I will be giving reviews on the beauty products I recently bought from Korea. Do take note, I have combination and natural fair skin. Thank you.

And I created this feminine and natural look with the products listed below.

In this picture, I’m wearing IOPE foundation and powder, LANEIGE eyeliner, ESPOIR for cheeks, and ETUDE HOUSE lip balm.

1. IOPE Super Vital Extra Moist Foundation (SPF 12/PA+)

A salesperson recommended me this brand for foundation and powder. IOPE is known to have the characteristics of SUPER VITAL makeup in their products:

  1. The Omega-3 elements in this product a helps to boost the skin’s metabolism and rejuvenate tired and less active skin to a liveliness.
  2. It has a super anti-oxidant network to slow down the aging process
  3. Moisturizing and softening effects as with skin care
  4. Omega pearl naturally gives your skin a natural glow

I like how IOPE foundation turns my skin into a radiant and bright skin with a natural glow finish. All I need is just a small amount or 0.5-1 pump on the back of my hand. I’m using shade #21 Natural Beige

Pros: gives natural glow, brighten skin, absorb quickly.
Cons: a little bit oily, quite pricey.
Rating: 9/10

2. IOPE Super Vital Extra Moist Twin Pact (SPF 25/PA++)

I am very satisfied with the result. It leaves my skin soft, smooth and even looking effect after application. There are two puffs included in the set. One with a blue stripe is used for a light and bright complexion. Another one is used for more covered up. Shade #21 Natural Beige.

Pros: smooth and light texture, good covered up.
Cons: quite pricey.
Rating: 8/10

3. LANEIGE Serum Intense Lipstick

I have a weakness for pink. This lipstick gives glow and clear looking skin with easy and soft application. I like how creamy and smooth this lipstick is. You don’t really need lip liner at all. It also gives shiny and moisture-looking finish.

I have tried all their shades but LR05 Flash Pink shade is my most favourite as it compliments my skin tone and I can wear this colour almost everyday. Another good buy.

Pros: very nice colour, smooth texture, easy to apply.
Cons: fades quickly, smudges easily
Rating: 7/10

4. LANEIGE Artplay Waterproof Eyeliner

I like natural makeup look therefore I often go for brown colour eyeliner instead of black because it gives you more softer look. My current happy choice is Laneige in sparkling brown and real brown. They are easy to use even if you have shaky hands and also smudge-proof. I tried washing away with water but it didn’t work. Simply awesome.

Pros: comes in 2 shades, smudge-proof.
Cons: sparking brown not richly pigmented.
Rating: 8/10

5. ETUDE HOUSE Magic Lip Balm (BEST BUY EVER!)

Dear followers who have been asking me, this is a secret weapon for my everyday lip! My previous favourite lip tint was from Dior but this Etude lip tint has just moved to the very top of my list. I usually don’t like anything that is sticky but this is an exception. It’s a must have in my makeup pouch ALL THE TIME. Affordable and amazingly good.

Mine is shade #2 Magic Pink with sweet berry flavour. I don’t even need a lip base or liner before applying this. It’s really a magic as it said.

Pros: pretty color, shiny, very affordable price.
Cons: a bit sticky, colour fades away after 2-3 hours.
Rating: 9.5/10

6. ESPOIR Cream Pan For Lip & Cheek

They come in 5 very pretty shades but this pink is just right for me. You can use it for both lip & cheek but I think it works well for cheek and not for lip. The colour is bright and radiance with long lasting effect. However, I don’t recommend this for people who have oily skin. You also need to make sure that your finger is always very clean before using it because dust gets onto the surface very easily. I’m using Miss DJ shade and it goes pretty well with Laneige Flash Pink shade lipstick.

Pros: nice colour, multi-use for lip and cheek, long lasting.
Cons: not suitable for oily skin, a bit sticky.
Rating: 6/10

7. SULWHASOO Snowwise EX Whitening Mask

You know you can find a lot of good and very low-price sheet mask almost everywhere in Korea but THIS IS A MUST TRY product if you haven’t. I bought a box of 10 sheets and there is no regret. It really helps to improve my skin complexion and brighten my skin. I also love how their sheet stays on my face even if I move around a lot. Meaning that, I can mask my face while doing other things. Use 1-2 times a week. It’s pricey but totally worth it.

Pros: brighten skin, quick result, stays in place.
Cons: pricey
Rating: 9/10

8. ETUDE HOUSE Collagen Eye Patch

When I don’t have a good sleep, my eyes look horrible the next morning. This eye patch from Etude House has very cute packaging and well stored in plastic container in which the serum doesn’t spill everywhere. The patch is soft, easy to use, and stays in place even when you move around. However, this product doesn’t really suit me because I have no eye bags problems but dark eye circle.

Pros: easy to use, stays in place, affordable price.
Cons: sticky after use, shows me no result.
Rating: 4/10

I hope this post will be useful for you ladies. Feel free to ask questions if you have any. Staying beautiful inside and out. Keep up to looking good everyday and stay up for my next beauty secret. x

Love, nira

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2 Nights in Macau

Nothing beats a good break with a good friend when you really need a getaway from being a wife, a mom and work. Don’t get me wrong by saying that. I’m happy with my life and what I have right now. Just that it’s been awhile since I have my own time and space which I strongly believe that everyone needs it.

I was so glad that we managed to get away from home for a few days to clear our heads. I met up with Richelle straight at Macau airport since we flied from different places. It was our first time to Macau and we didn’t plan much but to take it easy instead. Richelle picked The Venetian hotel and we pretty much loved how spacious the room is. The decoration was nice too. However, I’d still preferred a hotel without (or not connected to) a casino. Here is our room and we spent quite a lot time in there chit-chatting on the first day.

Honestly, there is not much for you to do in Macau unless you really like to gamble which we are not. But staying in The Venetian was a good choice because there is a huge shopping mall, acceptable food, nice spots to stroll around and take photos.

R strongly demanded for us take a Gondola ride. I think she had quite a bit of tough time trying to convince me but she did it anyway. So I enjoyed myself in my own way. It was really comfortable enough to take a short nap.

ps. Although I’m in always in high heels but I also love wearing my awesome sneakers. I always bring at least a pair with me whenever I travel.

We had both good and bad memories this trip but we always laugh instead of complain or hate. I’m sure none of us will ever ever ever forget what happened.

If you ask me whether I like Macau or not? It’s okay, just okay. Three days two nights is more than enough and I doubt I will be back here again unless I have to. However, I really did enjoy myself mainly because of a good companion. Thank you.

I just can’t wait until our next destination maybe end of this year or next. It’s gonna get even better and funnier. x

Love, nira

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Beach, Sunset, and Love

Last month I flew down to Kota Kinabalu for C&D wedding which took place in Shangri-La Rasa Sia Resort. There is so much activities we could actually do on the next morning before wedding actually started. However, my husband and I decided to go on easy by walking down the beach and have a little drinks. So here is me relaxing in a hotel before heading out for lunch beside the beach. 

The weather was pretty hot and I could feel my feet burning by walking in the sand with sandals on. My lovely hubs helped me shot a few photos before we ran back to the restaurant. haha. owever, I liked that summer feel because it’s totally different from Shanghai right now.

We went back to hotel to freshen up and get ready for a solemnization and reception dinner later. And I have to honestly speaking that their wedding is so BEAUTIFUL and not the usual type of weddings we’ve always  seen. I’m not only talking about the great set up and all the little details they did, but also the great mix of people.

Now, I’m sure many of us women (at least) once dream about having a wedding in a place like this.

Photo credited to a bride C.

They also gave a fan with different pattern to all the guests. It was pretty thoughtful of them. I took it home with me anyway. haha.

And this moment when we all had been waiting, to see the most beautiful bride who brought all of us a smile.

Happy moments and great pictures captured. ps. I took this from Amy’s timeline.

A promise of love right before the beautiful sunset.

Photo credit to Amy.

A dinner reception place where all the funny speeches began.  I couldn’t stop laughing.

A few more random shots taken with a pretty Pee, a Thai aesthetic doctor.

and a lovely Amy and Chen.

It’s not a big wedding but cozy, easy and fun. I meant it. Well, I usually couldn’t last more than 2 hours for the after party but this time I did it. haha. I think most of us was really having a good time as I could tell by their laughs and smiles, including us of course.

Thank you C&D for having us there. And again, I wish you both a blissful marriage. Congraduation! x

ps. pack very light this trip. That’s all I need in one handbag.

Love, nira

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Life in a New City

Sorry for the lack of updates. Some of you may already know about my family and I migrating to another city, Shanghai! For me, shanghai is one of the most interesting city (compared with other cities in China I’ve been to) where you can see China of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. It is also a joint of Eastern and Western cultures and the most modern city.

I’ve moved here for almost two month now and this place is still impressing me so far. There are so much to explore in this fast developing city. Terena also seems to enjoy the cold weather here more than I do but I’m kind of getting used to it now. Actually, I’m much more of a summer than winter person. We will see if I’m going to change my mind after spending more time during winter. Frankly speaking, I miss Singapore and Bangkok a lot especially family, friends and food! Fortunately, I still will be flying back to both countries very often due to business and visiting. Singapore is also like my second home after all so don’t worry my dear friends. You can see me quite often that you thought I have yet to move here. And if you are curious, I should be here in Shanghai for a few years.The very first few weeks I was pretty much occupied with household and a lot of new stuff to explore around but I’m becoming more familiar with this place now. While getting myself busy with finding a new house and kindergarden for Terena, I’m also having a new project coming up and I’m working hard on it now before putting them up.

I’ve said good things about Shanghai and yet to speak about the bad ones. Pretty sure many of you know what are the downsides of foreigner living in China (Every country definitely have at least one). So far, the thing I dislike about this city is the air, sometime it’s really bad but still better than Beijing. Next is the cautious about eating any food here. Unlike Bangkok where most street food won’t do me bad, some of Shanghai street or even can food can be dangerous for my stomach. I’ve had bad experiences for four times in two months. The worst one was the can food which wasn’t expired and yet gave me food poisoning for 2 days. But then again, they have so many good food here!

Anyway, I recently went to a Century park for a short break with baby and ayi (that’s what they called a helper/nanny here). It is the largest park of the city of Shanghai in Pudong New Area which combines British, Japanese, and Chinese gardening styles. So beautiful that I need to photograph.

In Nasty Gal knitted white dress, Massimo Dutti sweater, Burberry coat, BCBGMAXAZRIA stocking, Nine West boots and Chanel bag.

Love taking photos of these pretty flowers. I didn’t even need to use my pro but semi-pro camera to capture their beauty. Iphone 5 camera is very good for close-up shots too.

A flower in my hand was picked up from the floor and not from a tree itself.

more random things they sold at the park.

I was off to my meeting after spending an hour in a park. The weather was just nice on that day.

Cartier watch and ring, Tiffany bracelet and Korean designer jewelries. I love how the rose gold strongly compliments beige and white colour.

More random photos of my little girl. Start with da Michelin Terena all covered up in shocking pink GAP sweater.

Seriously. She is not even in white. Don’t you think she looks like a Michelin or is it just me? Actually I always call these type of sweater, the Michelin inspired. Cute enough.

and Terena da shopaholic baby.

She was actually being nice and helped me carry it all the way walking back home. Having a daughter is very sweet. Especially these days, she knows exactly how to make me melt when she wants something. But I will try my very best not spoil you simply because I love you very much. If you are a mother, you should know how hard it is to say no to your little ones but someone has to do it.

It’s late but I’m wishing you all a happy 2014. I hope all the good things be with you always.

ps. I bought quite a lot of Korea makeup and skincare from a family trip in Korea and I will be sharing some reviews once I’ve tried them all.

Love, nira

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Wear A Sparkle with Xanna Reis

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This year, I spent my Christmas with my beloved family and it was simply a great time we had. I was so glad that most of us managed to find time to spend this together.

The end of the year season was literally the busiest time for us ladies, despite the festive holidays. We all had to scramble to groom ourselves immaculately for the parties and dates which awaited us, having to make sure we look our best when we meet our friends and relatives we haven’t seen in a long while. Coming next will be another slew of occasions, such as Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day.

What did you wear for your Christmas and year-end parties? How did you choose to glam up your outfits? Today I would like to share with you an exquisite piece of jewelry I chose to accessorise one of my favourite looks.

Thanks to Xanna Reis, I was given this pretty pair of ear candies – named Pastel Ringing Candies – which goes really well with many of my outfits.

Can you see how my ear candies make a classy finishing touch to my look? I really like the details of this piece especially the combination of pastel colour with rose gold. The sweet colours on my ear candies brighten up my look immediately in a subtle way, which I love. And it’s very easy to mix and match with many styles I have in my wardrobe.

These ear candies, named Pastel Ringing Candies, will only be launched in the next collection, so pop over to LIKE their Facebook page here for more updates.

As a woman, I believe in investing in exquisite little jewelry pieces that will exude your femininity and charm, such as the ones I’m wearing from Xanna Reis. Depending on your style, you can choose more classic and simple designs for an everyday look if you like.

A little more about Xanna Reis. It is a newly launched online jewelry store, boasting of the finest selection of ear candies. From Austrian crystals to pearls to sterling silver, the workmanship is excellent. I really love how the crystals on my ear candies sparkle in real life.

You will be surprised at how donning a sweet nice pair of ear candies makes you feel much more feminine at once. I hope you find your own pair of ear candies which brings out your charm!

Love, nira

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