Korea Travelogue: Day 5 Gwangju & Damyang

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Hi everyone! Ok, I apologise for the incessant breaks in between all the entries. I’m forever using this excuse but… I’ve been really busy D:

Busy with life in general actually HAHAHAHA – I actually went to Europe since the last travelogue entry, to Hong Kong for a family vacation and even to Indonesia for a short trip.

I digress but I hope the entries are still useful for whoever is keen to head to South Korea! The GZBs came over a few days ago and we were laughing at the vlog videos because I said really stupid stuff on camera lol. Hopefully the bff will find time to edit them into a video and that video will see the light soon :D

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Our short stay in Jeonju ended with just that 1 entire day spent at the Hanok Village and then off we went to the next city – Gwangju!

Again, we bought tickets ahead of time upon arrival in Jeonju just to secure our seats on the bus and the journey took us 1h 30 mins into Gwangju. Took a cheaper bus (Kumho) and paid KRW 6,600/pax. Arrived in Gwangju safe and took a taxi to our accommodation Pedro’s House from the bus terminal.

The room wasn’t ready when we arrived but it wasn’t a big deal because we were headed out for sightseeing straight after booking our time slot for the Gangchon Rail Park in Seoul for the following week because the website accepted Korean numbers only and we hadn’t gotten our EG sim card till we departed for Incheon.

Room was very simple, a double bed and a single bed for the 3 of us and I recall booking the room with a private bathroom cos we find it a little strange to share bathrooms (Asians la! Very mafan lol) but Pedro didn’t give us that room O.O

Instead we had to use the common bathroom but it wasn’t a problem because we were really lucky to be the only occupants for that 2 nights and had the whole place to ourselves. Room is also very small and couldn’t fit all our 3 suitcases so we ended up sprawling them open in the living room area lol oops.

Anyway, we headed back to Gwangju’s bus terminal in search for lunch because our bus to Damyang for the Juknokwon Bamboo Forest (죽녹원) leaves directly in front of the bus terminal at the main road – it’s bus no. 311 and it’s the last or second last stop of that bus route. Here’s where we had our lunch inside the bus terminal – Korean fare but very yummy! ^^

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Eye Products from Sephora

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Hi everyone! I’m here to share a few eye products I picked out from Sephora, a small mini haul if you want to term this because it contains just 3 products:

  1. IT Cosmetics Brow Power Super Skinny in Universal Dark Brown, SGD 42.00
  2. theBalm Put A Lid On It, SGD 35.90
  3. Tarteist™ PRO Amazonian Clay Palette, SGD 82.00

First up is this Brow Power Super Skinny brow pencil from IT Cosmetics. To be honest I carted it out because the reviews online were comparing this to the infamous Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer (which I own and absolutely love! Gonna be very gutted when it runs out one day T__T) and saying that this is the cheaper alternative to the ABH one so I was curious if this will be an alternative to the ABH since ABH is not available in Singapore yet.

It is double-ended with the pencil on one end and spoolie on the other to brush your brows. While I like the convenience of such double-ended items, I had a hard time trying to hold on to this eyebrow pencil because it was REALLY skinny so it took awhile to find a nice comfortable grip to fill in my brows.

Selected the Universal Dark Brown shade and I think it matched fairly well with my darker hair colour so it should go well for Asians! The nib is really skinny and fine as described so you can fill in your brows with small strokes like how I did although it took me much longer than I normally do my brows with the ABH Brow Definer.

Picked the Put A Lid On It eyelid primer from theBalm because I’m a huge fan of theBalm’s products – I think I own at least 95% of their makeup palettes with the exception of those released this year – and I was tempted to see how this fared against the UD Eyeshadow Primer Potion which mine has expired cos it’s darn bloody old liao lol. Anyway, just a quick note, don’t you love how quirky theBalm’s packaging is always done? I think I’m always drawn to their products because of the packaging 99% of the time :D

The eyelid primer comes in a tube form and in a nudish-tone liquid. Texture-wise it is slightly less viscous than the UD one and feels as if it contains more oil in it but nevertheless it didn’t feel oily nor cake my eyeshadow when I used it underneath eyeshadow. To be honest I felt that it performed very similarly in terms of lasting power to the UD Eyeshadow Primer Potion just that this comes in 1 shade compared to UD but I do have to point out that if you do not like the silicone-feel of the UD primer than you should try out theBalm’s!

Last item is this newly released Tarteist™ PRO Amazonian Clay Palette by tarte! I was really excited to play with this beauty here because the colours in this palette is really to die for plus black and gold packaging just screams ‘LUXE’ everywhere.

Includes a huge mirror in the palette which I love!

Before I dug into and ruined the nice embossing over each individual matte eyeshadow

Comes with an instruction leaflet using the colours in the palette to create 4 different eye looks, very handy if you get too overwhelmed with eyeshadows and don’t know where to start.

I swatched the palette across each individual row from left to right here, no primer used:

My first impressions were really bad though for the darker matte eyeshadows because it was soooooo powdery and dry but the lighter shades fared pretty decently. At the end of the swatching, the entire palette was covered in eyeshadow power which made cleaning up a mess lol. However, the redeeming factor of this eyeshadow palette are the metallic shades. They blended sooooo smoothly like butter and there was no fall out after applying onto my arm.

Oh and I really liked how the rows actually come together to complement each other i.e. you can use shadows in the same row for an eye look if you lack ideas on how to create eyeshadow looks so this a major plus as well!

Simple eye look using profesh over the entire lid, chic in the outer v and crease and ethereal slightly higher than my eyeliner to give it extra bling. I paired theBalm’s Put A Lid On It below the eyeshadows and somehow it managed to contain the fall out from the matte shades although I did have to tap my brush much more often to remove excess eyeshadow before applying onto my eyelids. Brows were also done with the IT Cosmetics brow pencil and I think it made my brows look pretty natural although the grip is something I have to get used to while applying it lol.

Ok so that’s it for my small eye product haul from Sephora. Do remember to shop your favourite eye products here!

*Disclaimer: Special thanks to Sephora SG for providing me with all the products reviewed but all opinions in this entry remain fully and 100% mine.

Korea Travelogue: Day 4 Jeonju Hanok Village

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Started our one and only fully day in Jeonju with…. an endless downpour WTF. It was such a downer for us because we were planning on renting hanboks to wear around the Hanok Village but the rain didn’t want to stop so there was no chance for us to drag the hanboks on the wet floor la then we had to scrape the idea T___T

Ok but first of, breakfast! :D #foodisalwaysimpt

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Made use of the empty cafe to take some pictures xD #eyelinerisonpoint And yes we were all in sweaters because it was so darn cold that entire day.

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Headed off for Nambu Market for the famous bean sprout rice soup at a tiny store called 현대옥 (pronounced as ‘hyun dae ok’)- it was in such an obscure corner of the market that we kept turning in circles trying to locate it lol!

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The bean sprout rice bowl or  콩나물국밥 as it is known locally was so good! The soup was very flavourful and the tau geh had no smell so it wasn’t overpowering like our local tau geh. Perfect for the cold weather that we had that day so maybe that made it extra yummy. The owner was so surprised to see us there because this store is only known to the Koreans and they hardly got any tourists/foreigners coming to their store. He asked how we came to know about their store and I told them we found them through the internet LOL!

Oh and for the egg that comes with the rice soup, the local way to consume it is to pour the rice soup’s broth into the egg and mix it. Then just eat it down :D

The ahjumma saw us not touching the egg because we were too focused on the soup so she did the mixing for us hahaha! That was really a very unique way of eating the egg though.

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