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Just A Little Obsessed With Korean Sheet Masks

Hiya Bloggie Friends! It’s been 3 months since my last blog post, kudos to everyone who’s still around!

If you follow me on instagram, you would have seen my adventures in Japan (again) and Korea. Japan is one of those countries where there is so much to do and see. We literally had ramen almost everyday for 2 weeks while we were there. We even queued up hour and half for some ramen joints. Everything we ate were delicious.

Korea too was awesome. We traveled to Busan, Jeju and Seoul. Seoul was by far my favourite city in Korea (probably because of all the skincare and makeup stores every where). Our hotel was located right in the middle of Myeongdong, one of the biggest shopping district in Seoul. I was constantly lured into stores with shop assistants waving free Korean sheet masks in my face. Being the sucker I am, I fell right into their trap. Initially I wanted to purchase only a few from each store just to try it out but then I realised stores in Korea encourage buying in bulk (ie buy 10 get 10 free). To reap the bargains, that’s what I did bought larger quantities. The sheet masks price in Korea ranges from $0.60 to $1.20AUD per mask which is really good compared to what’s being sold in Sephora Australia.

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Who would of thought sheet masks were so heavy?? It added extra 5kg of weight to my baggage, luckily we flew Cathay Pacific and had 30kg. The stores I mainly shopped at were Etude House, The Face Shop, Missha, Nature Republic, Tony Moly, Olive Young (for Dr Jart+) and Innisfree. So far the only ones I’ve used are Tony Moly x Pokemon sheet masks. I bought them when we first arrived in Korea and used them almost daily. Being on so many flights this trip, I found it has really helped my skin maintain hydration.

I also bought two boxes of mask from Japan as well, haven’t started using them yet so not much to talk about it yet.

Anyway I hope you enjoyed my Korean sheet mask stash! Are you a fan of sheet mask?

 

Everything purchased with my own $$.

 

Geisha Makeover Experience

Hello Chickas! I just got home from my trip to Japan, we spent close to 3 weeks sightseeing. During the trip we ate A LOT of delicious food and visited many cities in Japan. One of the things I’ve always wanted to do was dress up as a Geisha and during this trip, I finally ticked this off my list. So today’s post will be on my Geisha makeover experience in Japan.

After doing some research on the internet, I realised the makeup and clothing worn by Geishas and apprentice Geishas (Maiko) can be quite different. I chose to dress up as a Maiko since the clothing and makeup are brighter and more youthful.

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I couldn’t remember exactly the makeup products that were used but the base was a thick balm made from natural ingredients. After the balm was on, the makeup artist brushed on the white & pink paint all over my face, neck, chest and back. I had two choices of the type of look I wanted, elegant or cute – I chose cute. I think the biggest difference between the two looks were in the eyes and lips.

After makeup was done, it was time for hair. Majority of the Maiko hairdo was the wig but we did use some of my own hair to clip on the front. Let me tell you..this wig was so heavy. I felt like I was carrying around a bowling ball.

Next was the kimono. There were so many different coloured kimonos to choose from. The night before, I had a look on their website for my favourite kimono and I really liked the navy blue with a bit of red. Don’t let the photos fool you, kimonos are actually fitted quite tightly. Moving around and even breathing was a bit of a struggle at the start when I wasn’t used to it.

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The place I got my makeover was called AYA. I selected the luxurious package which costs 21,060 yen (~AUD $265). This included a studio shot, a courtyard shot and 4 outside location shots around Gion with a photographer. The total time it took was about 3 hours and AYA provides all the wigs, kimonos, obis, shoes and accessories.

The plan also included 30 minutes free time to walk around Gion for us to take our own photos. At the end of the session, I got a CD with all photos taken by the photographer.

 

My geisha makeover experience was selected and paid for myself.

 

Taiwan Roundup

It’s taken a while to put together this post! Here’s a Taiwan roundup of my trip from earlier this month. I pretty much spent the entire trip eating hence all the food pics in this post.

If you’re a die-hard Hello Kitty fan like myself, you must visit Hello Kitty Sweets Restaurant. This restaurant is extremely popular in Taiwan. We made reservations a few days before we left Australia for lunch on Saturday. I would recommend making a reservation if you are planning on going to avoid long queues. The cafe is very cute and everything is decorated with Hello Kitty including the rest rooms. We ordered a set meal, which includes a starter, main, dessert & drink. We also ordered an additional two desserts because the cakes were too cute to miss.

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After going to the Hello Kitty, we were hooked on themed cafes. So we also decided to dine at the Toilet Cafe! You’re probably thinking whatttt the heck is a toilet cafe??!?

It’s a restaurant where you sit on toilets and eat your meals out of novelty miniature ceramic toilet (as pictured below).

The food was very average and kind of expensive compared to Taiwan pricing but I guess it was the experience of dining on a loo haha.

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During this trip, we joined a 5 day scenic tour which took us right around the island to the most popular touristy places.

I guess a lot of younger travellers prefer to freestyle their trips but the hubs and I like tours because we don’t have to plan and organise anything. Plus we don’t mind waking up early.

The hotels we stayed at during this tour was sooo amazing. At two of the hotels, we had our very own private hot spring. The hotel buffet was so darn good too, I missed that the most since being home.

This photo was taken at Taroko Gorge. The bus ride there was dam scary, the roads were so narrow. When I glance out of the bus, I couldn’t see the road only what was below… Braving the bus ride was worth it, the gorge was so beautiful and have never seen anything like it.

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Taiwan is famous for their night markets where you can get a taste of local food and snacks.

We visited Shillin, Ningxia & Lio Ho night market. Shillin was the biggest one which stretched over several streets and even had an underground food court.

Each night market has its own unique characteristics. Some markets only sold food where as other markets will sold clothes and gadgets too.

The hubs loved the night markets, he had no fear and ate anything that looked edible. Whilst for me, I was a bit apprehensive (sensitive stomach you see). He especially loved the smelly tofu. If you don’t know what smelly tofu is, it’s fermented bean curd and it reeks.

I tried it and didn’t like it. I literally gagged in my mouth, it was gross.

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Mister Donut was everywhere in Taipei.

Each day, I would stand there admiring the donuts neatly stacked on the counter. I couldn’t get any because I was always full from breakfast.

On our last day,  we had Mister Donut for breakfast. It’s not like your typical donuts you get here in Australia. The donut was kind of dense and not fluffy like Krispy Kreme. It’s not very sweet either and has a chewy texture.

I’m quite on the fence with this donut.

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I’m not sure if you can describe a temple beautiful but this is exactly what it is. This temple is called Fo Guang Shan Monastery. I didn’t upload the photo but on the other side of this photo is a giant Buddha. Starbucks is so popular in Taiwan, there’s even a store inside this temple but selling only vegetarian foods and drinks.

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So that pretty much sums up my Taiwan trip.

Guys.. we are currently planning our next trip! We just booked our tickets to LA and Rio in November! We are trying to do more travelling for next few years. So unfortunately, my makeup addiction may be slightly affected. I cannot spend frivolously no more. I’m going to try to shop my stash more.

Hope you enjoyed this post and catch ya soon in a few days time.

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