Diary: BONIIK & The Face Shop Sydney Brand Ambassador

Event Boniik Sydney The Face Shop Kbeauty Blogger Ambassador Night

We don’t have many kbeauty sources here in Sydney, or our selection in general can be rather small in comparison to other countries, so you can imagine my excitement for this! I was recently chosen as one of the new Brand Ambassadors for The Face Shop Sydney/BONIIK and we had a welcome night around two weeks ago – and it was so good. I wanted to write this post before I left for US/Canada but time hasn’t been on my side, so here I am finishing it in my Montreal hotel.

The Face Shop Sydney specifically is very close to my heart. Years ago when I first got into Korean beauty, we only have extremely limited choices here in Sydney and I didn’t shop online back then either. From their store, I got my first bb cream (the Power Perfection) and my first HG eyeliner (there was a gel liner crayon that lasted really well on my eyes). I don’t use either of these products anymore, but it’s still a significant part of my beauty journey.

The BONIIK store, on my other hand, was opened recently by the same people. Meeting the manager, she explained that this store (which carries a wide range of different brands and products, ranging from smaller brands like 23 Years Old to high end brands like Hera) came to fruition as a response to changes in how people view beauty now – in the past, people wanted to be loyal to a single brand and would buy everything from the same line, hence the popularity of one brand stores. However, people are now more interested in trying different products and exploring their options.

For that, I can definitely agree. I love walking into stores that have a large range of products and, even when I find something that I love, I’m always on the look out to see if I’ll find something that I love more. On this note, I think that BONIIK has definitely hit the spot and I’m excited to show you more photos of the store! Of course, if you’re not based in Australia, you can also shop their range online so check that out too – click here.

Event Boniik Sydney The Face Shop Kbeauty Blogger Ambassador Night

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Diary: Myer Beauty Masterclasses | Meeting Tina Yong and Learning from YSL

Myer Beauty Masterclass YSL

I found out about the Myer Masterclasses on Instagram via Tina Yong‘s Instagram – where she advertised that she would be holding some lessons at the department store that is close-ish to my work place. I really didn’t want to miss out on these, partly because I’m a big fan of her videos (and I’ve been binge watching the Tina Tries It series pretty often) and also because the prices were pretty good.

In addition to this class with Tina, I also chose to attend two other masterclasses with another two brands – YSL, which was on the same day, and MAC Cosmetics, which is next week. The brand masterclasses were AUD$25 each and the lesson with Tina Yong was AUD$50 – both of these classes also include gifts from the brands which more than make up for the cost of the seat.

Both of these classes have different topics. For Tina’s class, it was mainly about easy and useable daily make up tips (focusing on a fresh and radiant look) which are suitable for people on the go. I ended up attending these class with two of my friends but I went to the YSL class alone – this was more about night time make up and introduced a lot of the YSL brand (and I love their brand).

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A hundred posts in!

Oh My Stellar Korea Seoul Myeongdong 3CE Pink Cafe

It’s my 100th post, everyone! /throwing confetti everywhere/

So for this, I was really wanting to do something special – like maybe post something inspirational or an about me, but I felt like that was a little bit obnoxious (or I’ll write something like that if I get questions later on) so, instead, I thought that I would just write a short post to talk about my journey so far and to thank you guys!

Yes, I’m pretty bad at this.

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Travel: Seoul, South Korea | Preparation

Outside Ehwa University

One of my goals this year is to write about more than just product reviews on my blog and, while I’ve started a whole bunch of other posts before, I feel like they all end up being gibberish on my end – more word vomit than anything. However, while I was in Japan, I had this idea about not only writing about what I do while I am abroad (and Instagramming like crazy) but also working on a guide to my travels and sharing my experiences abroad. So, since I get the most questions about South Korea, I thought that this would be the best place to start!

So here’s a little about my experiences with South Korea:

A photograph of my plane as I boarded to spend the next six months in a completely foreign country – alone.

I first visited when I was younger (possibly in the single digits) with my parents on a business trip and – let me tell you – Seoul was incredibly different back then. I actually distinctively remember that no one in my elementary school knew what Korea was and, when we played games, I would always choose to be Korea so that no one would ever call my country and I would never have to run for that dreaded ball. Oh yes, I was a sneaky little kid.

Fast forward all of these years and I have actually spent a significant amount of time in Korea. Aside from all of those business trips, I also stayed in Seoul for six months back in 2015 as an exchange student at Yonsei University. Living by myself and experiencing the country like a local, it definitely gave me a different insight in comparison to what I saw as a tourist – and I think that that is very important. South Korea puts massive importance on their tourism industry and, for that reason, there will be a lot of touristy areas and tourist traps over there which are fun at first but… it’s not the real Seoul you want to experience.

So, far this series of posts (and I have no idea how many I will write), I’ll be sharing with you tips and advice about travelling and navigating in this wonderful country, misconceptions about South Korea and… of course, the best place to go shopping. I’m your personal tour guide, here to help! This first post will be all about preparing for your trip – what to pack, where to stay, getting around from the airport and things to know in advance!

Ready? Let’s go!

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Blindfolded Make Up Challenge (feat Sophia)

No Mirror Makeup Challenge

I’m the type of person who doesn’t have as many friends as people sometimes think I do. In fact, I can somewhat consider myself an extroverted introvert. It takes me a long time to really be comfortable around someone and, oftentimes, I prefer to spend my weekends alone.

Last weekend though, as people saw from my #ootd post, I spent the weekend with my friend Sophia! We had taken some photos together, ate good food and did some online shopping (there is a massive make up haul coming your way) but we also spent a night filming something fun for my Youtube channel.

I’m personally a little appalled at the mess I look and came to the realisation that I sound (and look) very strange on video. However, the entire thing is so much fun that I can’t help but share it. Here it is everyone! I hope you enjoy.

Stay warm xx

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