July 2012 archive

The Real Deal on What You Should Bring to Korea

I know many of you reading this blog may be getting ready to embark on your journey to Korea in August for the summer/fall EPIK/GEPIK intake and probably freaking out like I was almost 4 months ago over what to pack. There’s no shortage of blogs with packing lists, but during my search I found that many were outdated. Now that I’m here, I can tell you honestly what you need to bring, and what you can leave at home and buy here cheaply (or…maybe not so cheap). Keep in mind this list is from the perspective of a 5’0ft tall, curly haired, 6.5 size shoe, large ass/thick thighs, average sized woman, but I will try to cover all of the bases.

1. UNDERWEAR.
Ladies and Gentlemen, bring underwear. LOTS of it. If you are a woman with above size B boobs, bring a million bras. If you wear a size B or lower, still…bring bras. The underwear here is just…weird. Don’t ask me why. It just is. Most of the stuff I’ve seen is really grandma looking. No cute thongs or boyshorts or cheeky bottom undies. It’s all high waisted and lacy and just bizarre. I really thought people were weird when they say to bring as much underwear as possible, and they weren’t lying. Pack it into every empty crevice, inside your shoes, wherever you can fit it. SPARE NO EXPENSE! I really wish I had brought more with me.

2. Deodorant

Now, some people may argue with me on this. “BUT SHERYLL! THERE IS DEODORANT EVERYWHERE!”. And yes, there actually is, especially now that it’s summer. But, if you use a specific brand (I use Dove), bring it. The only deodorant brand I have seen here is at Etude House and other cosmetic stores, and Nivea. Now, I actually love Nivea deodorant and I used it in Europe when I was there. It works really well and smells great. But, if you love your Degree, Secret, Dove, etc. Bring it. They don’t have it here (at least no where I’ve seen). Plus, deodorant is outrageously priced here. I’m talking like $7 for one stick. So bring it.

3. Bath Towels and Sheets

Invest in a really nice pair of sheets and some nice towels. And by invest I mean take your ass to Marshall’s/TJ Maxx, Kohl’s, whatever discount store and find some nice, yet inexpensive sheets and towels. I am beyond happy I brought my own sheets and towels with me. Koreans typically do not use full sized bath towels like we do in the States. The only ones I’ve seen have been extremely expensive, and still not the nice quality that I like. This applies to sheets as well. Some people may not find it that important, but I did. I’m super happy I sacrificed the luggage space.

4. Makeup/Skincare/Hair Care Products

Now, you all know that I am in love with Korean cosmetics. We’ve gone over it a million times. But, there are some things that you will need to bring if you are picky and/or any shade darker than…fair.

If you are a darker skinned woman, and by that I mean anything ranging from a tan to very dark complexion, bring your own foundation/blush/powder/etc. In the department stores, there are many American brands such as MAC, Bobbi Brown, Benefit, etc., that will most likely have your color (unless you have dark skin, the darkest I have seen at the MAC counter here is NC45), but you will be paying a million dollars. For example, the NC45 makeup I was eying was a cool $50 bucks for the foundation. The same foundation that costs maybe $30ish in the States. It’s just worth it to stock up on all of that before you leave home.

If you have a very specific face wash, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner that you use, bring it. I use Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa conditioner and I knew there would be 0.000000% chance they’d have it here. I brought 6 bottles with me. I also brought all of my hair products with me because I knew they wouldn’t have anything similar here.

Some American/Western brands I have seen in Korea: Burt’s Bees, Aveeno, Kiehl’s, Rosebud Salve, Cetaphil, Dr. Bronner’s, Pantene Pro V, Head and Shoulders, Neutrogena, Vaseline, Maybelline, L’Oreal, Clean and Clear, Dove body wash, Johnson and Johnson, Organix, Lip Smackers, etc. etc. But to be honest, even though there are many, many familiar brands here, but they are OUTRAGEOUSLY priced. I’m talking $17 for a small bottle of Aveeno lotion. But, it *is* available.

Toothpaste usually doesn’t have flouride in it, so I’d bring some of your favorite from home too. Arm and Hammer toothpaste is available here, and that’s what I used after my one tube from home ran out.

Tampons are readily available here (and I live in the sticks). It is more expensive than back at home, but they exist. I have only seen playtex (pearl and regular plastic) brand here, so if you prefer something else, stock up!

Also, I’d suggest bringing your favorite over the counter cold, allergy, stomach, pain medication and vitamins. I brought all of mine and I am SO glad I did. Not that they don’t have over the counter stuff here, but I like being able to read it in English, and Aleve is the only pain medication that seems to work really fast for me, so I brought a giant bottle from Costco. Vitamins are fucking insanely expensive here, so bring them from home.

5. Shoes/Clothes (especially if you are not a small/average sized person)

I have ever in my life seen so many places to shop (and I’m freaking from LA!), than I have in Korea. Seriously. There are opportunities to buy clothes EVERYWHERE. Now, I am speaking from living in very close proximity to Bundang and Seoul, I have no idea about anywhere else in Korea. As we all know, Korean women are tiny. A good 89.6% of them are very small. I am 5’0 and 139lbs. I am not what people would call skinny. I am average/above average. I think people just get so caught up in the whole  “Koreans are small and I’m not so that means I’ll never find anything that fits ever ever ever” And I am here to tell you I have not had a problem finding clothes that fit me here.

Sure, you’re ego will be fucked when you’re normally a size 5 to7ish (like me), and all of a sudden you are looking at the large section. But I frequently shop in the subways/street corners/wherever and they have stuff that fits. In Seoul, there is also a HUGE Forever 21 and a few H&Ms, GAP, Zara, etc.

If you are plus size, I do suggest bringing as much clothes as you can possibly fit. Plus sized clothes are available here in Itaewon and Dongdaemun, but I’m not sure how big they run or what size they go up to.

It’s suggested to try and bring a few items  of clothes for each season. Shorts and dresses are a must for summer. Winter…well, I’m from LA so I don’t own any real winter clothes, but I brought what few sweaters I have. Bring a few dressier items for work. Nice blouses, dress pants/skirts and cardigans should be good. My school lets me wear jeans to work, but some schools don’t. Also, strapless/spaghetti straps, shoulders exposed and/or low cut shirts are a no go here, especially at work. Wear that shit to the club, but in normal, everyday life, I wouldn’t do it. In Korea, it is perfectly okay to wear the shortest skirt or pair of shorts EVER (not at school), but it is NOT okay to have your boobs out.  A lot of my normal shirts I brought from home were to low cut to wear here. It’s a weird adjustment, but just be aware!

If you have a size 7.5/8 foot or larger, BRING SHOES. You will not find them here. I have only seen a few specialty stores in Itaewon and Dongdaemun that carry larger sizes. It’s best to bring them with you. I suggest a pair or 2 of flip flops, dressy shoes/heels, boots, and running shoes. If you have smaller feet, I’d suggest maybe bringing one or 2 pairs with you. Anything else you need can be found here, and most likely very cheap. I wish I had known that shoes would be so inexpensive and abundant here (for small feet), because I could’ve definitely saved some luggage space.

6. Specialty Food Items

Long gone are the days when people said you couldn’t find peanut butter or salsa in Korea. I can even find it in my little country ass town. What you probably will not find is Taco/burrito seasoning, oatmeal, super dark chocolate, tea (Earl Grey, Black, Green, Mint, etc.), really nice coffee, etc. I brought taco seasoning and my favorite tea with me. I recently ran out of my taco seasoning and lucked up on some at the Foreign Food Market in Itaewon, but it cost me a pretty penny. It’s probably better to have my mom send me a huge shipment from home, or maybe even order some from iherb.com. PS., for all of you health nuts out there, iherb.com will be your best friend in Korea. You can find anything: organic spices, coconut oil, larabars, protein powder, vitamins, stevia, vegan and gluten free products, etc. Between iherb and the random things I find in the international section of my local Emart, I rarely crave anything (except turkey breast…go to Costo!)

7. Other random things

I brought a cute little Anthropology ring holder, my journal, an external hard drive, travel adapter, as well as a great deal of my pictures from traveling and random other places. It’s nice to have little reminders of home, and the students really, really love to see pictures of you and your friends and family. If you love to read as much as I do, I honestly suggest investing in a Kindle. It’s just SO easy, and I don’t have to trek down to the What the Book English book store in Itaewon every time I want to read a new book.

The point of this long ass post is to tell you that honestly, a vast majority of the things you want to bring can be found easily in Korea. Yes, you will probably be paying ass tons more money for it, but if you are in a jam, it does exist here. When I was writing this post I really had to sit and think of things that I wish I had brought, and I honestly can’t think of anything because I’ve been able to find whatever I need here (with the exception of my hair products, I will have to get those shipped from the States). And if you can’t find it, you can order it online or have your family send you a care package.

Any other expats in Korea want to add to the list? Suggestions are welcome!

How to Stay Sane in Korea

Oh Korea. For everything that is supremely awesome about you, there are also times when I want to shake my fists. How do I deal?! Well, I’ll let you know.

1. Make Friends, Not Enemies

People stare. A lot. I’m black. I have giant curly hair. Johnny has a port wine stain birth mark on his face. 9 times out of 10, when people stare, it seems to just stem from curiosity, rather than something mean or malicious. When I do catch someone staring, instead of giving them a stank eye, I give a slight head bow and tell them hello (in Korean). Usually they are so surprised and caught off guard that I was actually nice and not a rude ass bitch that they smile back and/or try to start a conversation. More people than you think speak some sort of English, and really most are just too shy to really try.

Give up your seat to the old people on the bus or subway. Try and use whatever Korean you know when you speak. I went to a coffee shop, and after the barista delivered my coffee I told her thank you in Korean (one of the 10 phrases I know). “YOU KNOW KOREAN!?” ….Well…no… but she was super impressed nonetheless and gave me a free pastry.

I’m friends with everyone in my neighborhood. This is the benefit of living in a tiny village. Mr. Kim and his wife that work at the corner store adore me and love to give me free food. Steve at the fried chicken restaurant gives me free drinks. Ian, the cutie who works at Tour Les Jours told me about the Eminem concert in Seoul. The ladies at the neighborhood grocery store always give me extra bags to carry my things. My coteachers and I all get along really well. It pays to be nice!

I’ve seen so many foreigners that just radiate entitlement and a rude attitude. And those are always the people complaining about how terrible Korea is, about how Korean people are crazy, about how Korea is the worst place ever. Well, maybe you should fix your attitude. I wouldn’t want to talk to your stank ass either!

2. When that old lady/man shoves you out of the way to get on the bus/subway/at the grocery store, take a DEEP breath and let it go

Yeah. Let it go. This one might be the hardest for me to deal with. As an American, anytime someone touches me in a rude, unnescessary way, my first reaction is to push back/throat chop/get really, really angry. You just have to understand that old people here do whatever the fuck they want…and that’s how it is. Lack of personal space/pushing/shoving/etc. is just a way of life here.  The older generation especially HAS to be on the train/bus first or they will combust (or at least that’s how they act). Try to not take it personal. I was at the grocery store buying 2 bottles of water and some other random things, when an older woman just cut in front of me in line and put her stuff down in front of me. Now, in America, homegirl would’ve been cussed out in about 2 seconds, and I almost lost my shit. BUT. but. but. but. I just took a deep breath, realized I’m not in America, and let it go. Yes, it’s incredibly rude. However, it’s not worth it to be rude/mean/whatever. For all I know, she may be the mom/grandma of one of my students, report that shit to the principal, then..yeah. Hot mess everywhere.

3. Make time for yourself

Korea is FULL of things to do. It’s overwhelming at times. Seriously. Any given night, on any given day, there is some event, drinking party, dinner party, birthday dinner, concert, coffee shop date, wine and movie night, baseball games, picnics, etc. The list goes on and on.  Not to mention 90% of us foreigners here are teaching screaming kids for 6 to 8 hours a day. For awhile, I was really getting burned out because I just was constantly doing something, go, go, go. It takes a toll! My mood was shit, and I was chronically tired. So, I took a rest. I told myself I would just come home from work, go to the gym, and just go home and rest. On the weekends, I wouldn’t do anything either. It gave me a such a peace of mind. At times, Korea is sensory overload. There’s flashing lights everywhere, you don’t speak the language, and you maybe can barely read it. Give yourself a break! Korea will be always be waiting for you. Your body and mind will love and thank you.

4. Choose Your (foreigner) Friends Wisely

This sort of goes back to #1. Yes, you’re new here, and yes, you obviously want to make friends. But choose wisely. Don’t hang out with the Debby Downers. Trust me, at any given foreigner gathering, the conversation inevitably turns into “WOW KOREA IS FUCKING NUTS”. You have the people that are normal, talking about the daily quirks, like the bus drivers that are clearly on a murder mission, and then you have the people that are just assholes. They talk shit about any and everything. They’re basically a walking DavesESL thread. “I hate Korean food. I hate my coteachers. My students are the devil. I hate the weather. The beer is terrible. The coffee shops suck. I hate kimchi. I hate everythinggggggggg.” And while those people are completely justified to have those thoughts, it’s all about the attitude. 9 times out of 10, those are the same people getting naked and puking all of over the beach at MudFest. Yeah, cut those people from your life immediately. Because once the Korea bashing starts, it doesn’t stop. Their negative energy is like a thick fog, and it’ll consume your life. RUN RUN RUN AWAY!

5. Splurge on Comfort Food

This is a big one for me. While Korean food is delicious, eating kimchi everyday just isn’t won’t cut it. I will probably pay any amount of money for Mexican food, good burgers, and great beer. We all know the beer in Korea is…just…not the best, so every once in awhile, I’ll go to Emart and splurge on the ‘finest’ selections of international beers. Or a nice bottle of wine. I spend a crazy amount of money on frozen fruit for my breakfast smoothies. I’ll go to Butterfinger pancakes and spend 16 dollars on pancakes. And yup, I even bought a watermelon for 10 dollars. You know why? Because I love watermelon, damnit! It makes me happy. Even though Western food is way more expensive than your standard bibimbap, mandu, or samgyopsal, sometimes, you just really want a good burger. So buy one! (PS, Burger B in Hongdae is awesome). There’s a number of Western chains/western style food/tons of shit at Emart to make your own food. Need specialty items? Order it from iherb.com, or hit up the Foreign Food Market in Itaewon. Good food, and especially good food that reminds you of home will cure everything.

6. Make Your Apartment Into a Home

Oh. The Korean ‘one room’ aka studio apartment. When I’ve talked to other people and their living situations, it seems like I’ve got it made. My apartment is new, just built a year and a half ago. I have an electric stove top, a huge patio/clothes drying area, lots of sunlight, a pretty big bathroom with a shower that’s not attached to my sink…but it still felt like a dorm room.

Make your apartment into a home. Buy decorations. Put up your pictures, posters, etc. Buy really cute dinnerware. This is where Daiso becomes your best friend. For those that don’t know, Daiso is a Japanese chain store in Korea that is pretty much a dollar store. Everything is 5,000W or cheaper. Plates, cups, picture frames,  mirrors, wine glasses, decorations, stationary, candles, fragrance oils, etc., you name it. Daiso will become your new best friend in Korea. I always go for one thing, and end up buying like 10. Thankfully it’s cheap!

Having a clean, nice apartment that is rent free is pretty much the best thing in the world. There’s nothing that I hate more than coming home from a long day at work to a messy apartment. I try to straighten up everyday, so I don’t have a huge mess to clean at once. Plus, you never know when the air conditioner repair man will just show up at your place (true story).

7. Think of all of the Positives

I personally think Korea is great. And yes, there are times when I just want to shake my fists. But I always try to stay positive. Think of all the good things Korea has to offer! Like really cheap movies. And movies come out days and sometimes weeks earlier than in America. AND THERE ARE 4D MOVIES! Transportation is cheap, easy, and efficient. You can go to E Mart and have tons of free food samples. The subway bathrooms are ridiculously clean. Samgyeopsal. Korean cosmetics. Smart phones that work in the subway. Super fucking fast internet. Jjimjilbangs. Korean snack food. Shopping for cheap clothes in the subway. Gmarket.com. The stationary. Korean babies. Inexpensive healthcare. Drinking in front of the G25/Family Mart/711. Endless rameyon. Adorable coffee shops. Waffles. bars that stay open all night. Korean fried chicken. Tour Les Jours. The list goes on and on. So whenever you’re having a really bad ‘fuck you Korea’ kind of day, try to think of all the positive things. Watch a movie in your clean, rent free apartment and eat some comfort food. And remember, no one is forcing you to be here. If you’d rather gouge your eyes out than stay in Korea another day, break your contract and go home! Sure, you probably won’t be able to teach in Korea again, but…would you want to anyway?

Wow. So this post was way longer than I intended it to be. Anyone want to add any other tips?!

True Life: I’m Obsessed with Korean Cosmetics

About a week ago, I tweeted that I should start a Korean Cosmetics blog because I use so many of the products here. I was totally joking, but a number of people responded that I should start one! Starting a new blog would be a bit overwhelming right now, but I thought I’d start doing a series of reviews of the products that I love here.

Moving to a new country, especially one where NO ONE looks like me is a bit daunting. Would I be able to find skin products without bleaching agents? Would I be able to find eye shadows? Mascara? Eyeliner? Face wash? One of my best friends, who had already spent a year in Korea told me not to worry, that I should just bring my blush and face powder/tinted moisturizer, and Korea would have any and everything else I need. And BOY was she right.

Korea is the land of beauty. There are mirrors everywhere. Advertisements for plastic surgery everywhere. And cosmetic stores EVERYWHERE. It’s not hard to be unattractive here. I’m a beauty product junkie. All of my friends will tell you that I’m somewhat of a cosmetic hoarder. I love trying new things, I love makeup, I love skincare… A total girly girl all the way. So Korea is basically playland for me.

I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to be afraid of Korean cosmetics. The ones with bleaching agents are clearly marked as having such. There’s always been at least *one* English speaking salesperson at each place I’ve been to if you aren’t sure. My skin has actually improved SO much since I’ve been here. I’ve tried so many things because every time you buy something, all of the stores give you TONS of free samples. I usually go home and try the free samples, and end up buying the full size product because I like it so much.

And without further ado, here are my favorite products. I use these daily and they are all given the A+ recommendation by me.

From Left to Right:

1. SkinFood Black Sugar Scrub Foam: I told you in an earlier post about the SkinFood Black Sugar Scrub and how much I adore it, so I had to try the foam. This stuff is AWESOME. It starts off as a sugary exfoliator, then transforms into this really nice and thick cleansing foam. It’s the best of both worlds. I use it day and night because it makes my skin feel so great. This is an item I’m going to hoard back to America for sure.

2. Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner: My toner. I love this stuff. It’s a 7 in 1 Pore solution, that maintains the pH in the skin, controls excess oil, reduces the size of pores, help with skin tone, etc. It’s in a HUGE bottle with a really convenient pump for easy application. I’ve noticed that my skin has been less oily and my pores are smaller. I use a toner day and night to help get rid of the excess dirt and makeup my cleanser didn’t get off.

3. Innisfree Jejubija Anti Trouble Lotion: My moisturizer. In Korea, they never EVER use the word acne. It’s always ‘troubled skin”. So, if you have acne, pimples, blackheads, etc., look for the products that say anti trouble. This moisturizer is from Innisfree, Korea’s all natural cosmetic store. All of their packaging is made from recycled products and all of their items are at least 90% natural. I love this moisturizer because it’s lightweight, and smells clean. Since I’ve been using this, I’ve noticed less acne, and my blackheads are at a minimum.

4. Etude House Dr. Lash Essence Remover and SkinFood Milk Shake Point Makeup Remover: My eye makeup removers. I use these both interchangeably because I like them both so much. I LOVE the mascara in Korea because it is super thick, and I love really thick, voluminous lashes. I like my lashes to almost look fake, and that’s why I love the mascara here. But, be warned, it’s a bitch and a half to get off. My eye makeup remover from home just wasn’t cutting it. I like the Dr. Lash remover from Etude House because it’s almost like a lotion. It feels really soothing to the eyes, it’s not oily at all, and it’s moisturizing. I like the SkinFood Milk Shake makeup remover because it’s also non irritating and it gets all my eye makeup off in about 2 swipes. Just remember to shake it up before using!

From Left to Right:

1. SkinFood Argan Oil Silk Hair Mask Pack: I picked this stuff up at SkinFood just curious about it, when the sales lady ran over to me and told me it would be perfect for my hair. “Argan oil good for curly hair!” I’ve heard all about the argan oil rage in the States, so I put it in my basket. Since it’s crazy humid here, my hair has been all over the place. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this stuff. The sales lady told me to wash my hair as normal, then wring it out until it’s almost dry, apply the mask, put it up, take my shower as normal (or leave on for 10 to 12 minutes), and rinse with cool water. My hair has not felt so soft and silky in a while, and I use awesome hair products. The smell is heavenly as well. I’ve noticed after I used this stuff I had more defined curls and less frizz, days after I’ve washed it. If there is anything you should buy, it’s this. Trust me.

2. Innisfree Daily Brush Cleaner: If you use makeup brushes, please make sure to wash them often. I like this because it smells nice, it’s really easy to use, and the brushes dry quickly. One quick spritz every 2 days and my brushes are always clean. Love!

3. SkinFood Food Therapy Stick Perfume in Vanilla: Smells like heaven. I’ve gotten so many compliments wearing this perfume. It’s not overly sweet, and it has just the right hints of spice.

4. Underneath the perfume stick: SkinFood Black Raspberry Anti Wrinkle Eye Cream: I know, I’m not going to be wrinkly anytime soon, but eye cream is just something that everyone would have in their skin regimen. The smell is a bit off putting at first, almost like dirt, but I’ve come to actually like the smell now. Is it working? Well, I met one of my friends for dinner a few weeks ago and she complimented me on my under eye skin and asked what I’ve been using. I like it, and a little bit goes a LONG way!

5. SkinFood Red Orange Makeup Finish (Matte): I normally use finishing/setting spray in the States, but I didn’t bring any with me for some reason. The weather has been stifling humid at times, and sometimes I’m not even out of my house before I can feel my makeup melting away. Insert this finishing spray. I love this stuff. It smells really good, and it really does help keep my makeup stay on longer than normal.

6. SkinFood Quinoa Rich Body Milk: Yes, quinoa. Sounds weird, but totally awesome. Man oh man I LOVE this lotion. I was really worried because everyone told me how shitty the lotion is in Korea, that it’s basically just scented cream water. And I’ve come across some pretty fucking horrible lotion since I’ve been here. I ran out of my lotion from America and was really worried I’d have to spend $17 on a small bottle of Aveeno (true story), when I wandered into SkinFood and found this lotion. It’s very lightweight, but really moisturizing, so it’s perfect for summer. And I absolutely love the smell. It’s sort of a spicy, earthy scent.

Etude House Goodbye Pore Ever Primer: First of all, the packaging is adorable. Second of all, this stuff is the holy grail of primers. I’ve tried SO many: Mac, Smashbox, Urban Decay. All of them were okay, but this stuff is INCREDIBLE. The texture is really smooth, almost like a lotion, and not too slick like most silicone based primers. It provides really good oil control, and it helps even out the texture of my skin so my makeup goes on smooth. I love love love love love this stuff and I’ll buy it again and again.

Left to Right:

1, SkinFood Vita Tok Lipstick: Nothing bad I can say about this stuff, I want it in every color. It’s a mix between a lipstick and a chapstick, but definitely has a lot of pigmentation. The taste/smell is awesome.

2. Etude House Apricot Stick: Love. Nice when you want moisturized lips, but with a hint of color. I like wearing this to school because it’s just enough color where it’s not overboard.

3. Innisfree Lip Gloss: I just really like this color. Also, I like this lipgloss because it’s not super sticky like most other kinds. It’s moisturizing and long lasting.

4. Etude House Lip stick: I adore this nude color from Etude House. I also love the packaging of their lipsticks, it reminds me of a princess! I especially love the crowned heart imprint in the stick.

5. Periperi Milky Lip Tint in Milky Peach: I am obsessed with this stuff. The packaging is just too cute! A lot of my students use lip tints at school to try and get around the whole no makeup thing, even though it’s pretty obvious that they are using some sort of color on their lips (at least to me). This color is a pretty peach, and adds just enough tint to your lips to still look natural and pretty. The taste is meh, but the color is awesome and long lasting.

6. SkinFood Vita Tok Lip Gloss: Hands down my favorite lip gloss I’ve tried so far. I love the color, I love the taste, I love how well it moisturizes. Another color I can wear to school, or layer on top of something else if I’m going out.

So, as you can see, I use a ton of Korean cosmetics and an overwhelming majority have been awesome. If you are looking into buying something, I say the must buys are the SkinFod Black Sugar Scrub Foam, the Argan Oil Hair Mask and the Etude House Face Primer. Those are the items I want to buy for all of my friends and send back home.

This is a pic I took of myself today, and decorated with the DecoPic app. I didn’t use a filter because I wanted you to see how much my skin has improved. I still have a few problem areas, but I’m definitely not getting acne breakouts like I used to. I’m also wearing a little bit of the Periperi lip tint.

I still plan on going to the dermatologist during my vacation and getting some moles removed, and look into getting some acne scars removed. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Next week I’m covering face masks because that’s a whole different world.

If you are in Korea, have you tried using any of these products? Let me know!