Piibu are a relatively new sheet mask subscription box, currently available in the US. As the website states “you will receive 8-10 korean skincare face masks in each box. The masks range from sheet masks, wash off masks, hand masks, feet masks, and eye masks.” They very kindly sent me their September box free of charge for review, and I was happy to give an honest review in exchange! (See my Disclaimer tab for more collaboration information- all opinions expressed here are my own)
On September 3rd I attended a new beauty event called After 6pm: All About K-Beauty. The organisers are trying to bring together those interested in Korean beauty, in Seoul, with monthly events. I attended their 3rd event at Mary’s April in Gangnam, and wanted to briefly let you know how it was! (Disclosure: I was provided a free ticket, but this in no way affects my review. All opinions expressed here are my own).
The location was beautiful. It was about a 10 minute walk from Gangnam station, and was in a function room. It was well organised with the ticket desk right inside the door, then a snacks and beverages table in the centre of the room, with the lights and tutorial area set up against the back wall. The vibe was relaxed, and I really liked the lighting.
When you first arrive in Seoul Whenever you’re vacay-ing in, living in, or just in breathing range of Seoul, it can be VERY easy to spend a shit tonne of money within your first day, or hour, if you’re like me. That’s money on cosmetics, accessories, electronics, stationary, clothes, and just about everything in between. I’ve finaaaally after two years figured out a strategy (you know you’ve got shopping problems when you have to come up with a strategy) to avoid buying everything every single weekend. So I’m gonna share! In other words, this is a guide on spending loads of money, but spreading the spending out, so you’re not left in shock looking at your bank account after day 1 (disclaimer: you may still be left in shock at a later time, your choices not mine).
If you follow my Instagram, I’m sure you think I’m being paid or bribed by Berrisom right now- not the case haha. I keep mentioning their products A LOT. Let me explain…Brenda from Berrisom reached out to me, offering to send me some ‘samples’, with no pressure to review. I liked her friendly, laid back vibe and lack of pushiness so I agreed. They sent me the BIGGEST box of full size products, and after trying their products, I’ve really fallen in love with a number of their pieces of makeup (products provided free of charge, but all opinions expressed here are 100% my own). The product that really interested me and grabbed my attention were the My Lip Tint Packs. I’d seen these before, and once I tried them, I realised why I’d read so many great reviews!
I recently wrote a review of the first Purpletale product I tried (you can read thathere), and I really enjoyed it. Purpletale are a relevantly new K-Beauty brand, and I was pleased to get the chance to try their products. Young-ji, creator of Purpletale, was lovely to chat with, and I liked her story and brand idea about the importance of our own personal beauty. Another product I picked from their selection was this Setting the Scene Treatment Essence (product provided free of charge in exchange for 100% my own, honest reviews). I was a little dubious about one of the ingredients, but I’ll explain that later… I loved the name of the product, I saw niacinamide as a fifth ingredient, and as first treatment essences are one of my favourite steps of skincare, I decided to give it a go regardless.
Straight up: I only bought this cushion for the packaging. Literally. I knew nothing about History of Whoo cushions, had read no reviews, tested it on my hand in store to check the shade, then bought it. Can you blame me? It’s the most beautiful piece of makeup I own, and for that reason alone, I love it. But once I got it home, obviously I did want to try it and use it, and to let you guys know how it performs aside from it’s luxurious packaging.
Purpletale was not a brand I had heard of until Young-ji, creator of the company, reached out to me. I love hearing about new brands and seeing what they have to offer, so I picked a couple of their products to try out and to let you guys know how they worked out for me! See my disclaimer if you have any questions about my collaborations with brands- I accepted this product free of charge from Purpletale in exchange for my own, honest review.
Who are Purpletale?
They are a K-Beauty brand based in South Korea. If you visit the website you can get a good understanding of Young-ji’s mission- to empower, and celebrate beauty.
These collections are getting slightly overwhelming, and are definitely a bit of a ‘mare for us K-Beauty addicts living in Seoul. The cute collaborations are continually arriving on the streets surrounding my apartment, and they’re successfully making it very difficult to walk past without being drawn into the stores, and emptying my wallet on the newest Kakao lipstick, Line Friend’s blusher, or this time, probably the last thing I expected, Mike Wazowski in cushion form. But Mike arrived in all his green glory at my local Faceshop, and yes I bought it.
When I received an email from Shangpree Spa in Seoul saying they had read my articles in the Korean journal I write for, and wanted to invite me for a facial treatment at their renowned spa in Seoul, I jumped at the opportunity. Skincare in Seoul is among the best in the world, and with mentions in the likes of The New York Times, Vogue and Forbes, Shangpree Spa sounded like the best place to try my first (shocking I know?!) facial in Korea. I went there with an open mind, and ready to get my glow on.
(This experience was provided courtesy of Shangpree Spa. This does not affect my review- see disclaimer for policies)
The spa is in the beautiful Apujeong area. As soon as you walk in you can feel the luxury- lovely black lockers for your shoes; a gold couch area where you can take a seat with refreshments; a water feature in front of the desk; and a wooden sculpted back wall where the reception desk stands. The spa is incredibly chic, yet not decadent or tacky.
I feel like I talk about the weather a lot in my skincare posts, but it’s because I’m a pale red head from the Northeast of England who IS NOT MADE FOR HUMIDITY AND HEAT. So yeah, Korean summer is a tricky time for me to get to grips with. But thankfully this is my second summer in Korea, and this time I’m way more prepared. These are the products that I tend to use most days, particularly in the mornings. I might mix it up and pick other things on different days, but these are my basics post-cleanse.