Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la la la la la~~! Christmas is just around the corner and you’re probably busy getting ready for holiday parties and shopping for presents!
If you’re stumped on what to buy for your friends and family, then read on for our Christmas gift guide!
1. Christmas Edition Korean Yogurt
These adorable Christmas edition Korean-style yogurts, or ‘yakults (야쿠르트)’ make the perfect stocking stuffer as they’re donned with festive designs! There are 6 to choose from including a Santa, snowman and polar bear!
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2. Snowman Banana Milk
This drink is nostalgic for many Koreans as it’s literally been sold for decades. It’s simple, sugary and super addictive and available in strawberry and melon flavors too in convenience stores everywhere.
You’ll be able to find a Christmas themed banana milk this month that features an adorable snowman with the foil lid sporting Christmas colors. How cute and festive!
Kakao Friend’s newest character Lion has put on a Santa outfit just in time for the holidays! This limited edition “Santa Lion” is available at Kakao Friends stores around Korea. Click here to check out a list of Kakao Friends stores in Seoul.
Makeup brands have also released their holiday collections which feature irresistibly cute packaging! Missha’s Twinkle Holiday collection is one of them with sparkly glitter pigments and mascaras, berry colored lip crayons and mini nail kits.
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The collection includes the cult favorite Clean it Zero Cleansing Balm and the Clean it Zero Cleansing Foam with images Pink Panther sporting a pair of reindeer antlers printed on them. You can buy the two items in a set housed in a pink gift box along with a Pink Panther towel hair band as a freebie!
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Winter months in Korea can be harsh and brutal. The winds are so strong it’ll feel like your face is being sliced with a knife, walking in the cold as you shiver uncontrollably and an endless consumption of hot drinks.
Fear not, though, as this list of essentials will help make the cold a little more bearable and stop you from spending your entire winter huddled up at home!
1. Stay warm and cozy with an electric blanket
Korean homes have a wonderful underfloor heating system called “ondol” where warm water flows through pipes below your feet, warming up the floor. There’s nothing better than lying down on the toasty floor after being out in the freezing cold.
The downside is that it can be very expensive, so your next best option is an electric blanket (“jun-gee-dam-yo“). You can find them at major discount stores like E-Mart, Lotte Mart and Homeplus. Plug them in and wrap yourself in this magical blanket!
2. Shake up those hot packs
Hot packs (“haht-pek“) are palm-sized lifesavers that will warm up your hands when it feels like they’re about to fall off from the blistering cold. Shake them up like a salt shaker to activate and put them in your pockets or shoes for warmth that will last you 8 ~ 10 hours. They sell ones at convenience and discount stores that you can tape on your clothes too!
However, buying them constantly can add up, so what’s the solution? A rechargeable hand warmer (“son-nallo“)! They come in all different shapes and sizes and you can adjust the heat settings depending on how cold it is.
As much as I love heaters, they can be detrimental to my sensitive skin and dry it out to the point where it feels like it’s going to crack. My throat also feels congested and my eyes feel dry.
Humidifiers (“ga-seup-gee“) add moisture back into the air to provide a soothing environment. The newest ones are these USB humidifiers which are lightweight and easy to tote around. Just plug them into the computer to activate!
4. Stock up on fleece lined tights
Those girls you see wearing mini skirts and shorts even in the dead of winter? No, they’re not all crazy. They’re able to because of an amazing thing called fleece lined tights (“gee-mo-seu-ta-king“) that help keep the biting wind off the legs and are twice as warm as opaque tights.
Furry socks (“soo-myeon-yang-mal“) are also a must to stop your feet from getting cold! They come in all sorts of crazy colors and designs and you can buy in bulk along with the tights in markets or clothing stores for super cheap. It’s amazing how much of a difference a layer of fuzz makes.
*Tip: You can also head to a Korean public bathhouse (“jjim-jil-bang“) to warm yourself up. Soak in a hot tub, relax in a steamy sauna and scrub all the nasty dead skin off your body to feel refreshed. Dragon Hill Spa is one of Korea’s most famous spas with 7 floors consisting of a sauna, sports complex, arcade, restaurants and more!
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Daiso is a shopper’s paradise. You’ll find stores all over in Korea in areas like Hongdae, Myeongdong, Sinsa-dong and Coex Mall. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the store, it sells items for your home, bathroom, crafts, pets, makeup, hair…you name it!
Though it is originally a Japanese chain, Daiso Korea is no longer part of Daiso Japan due to political reasons and sells products completely different from them.
The prices range from 1,000 to 5,000 KRW so it’s the best place to stock up on necessities you may (or may not) need! I always find myself walking out with a lot more than I originally planned to buy because everything’s so inexpensive!
Today’s post is going to focus on their beauty products since that’s what I have a passion for! If you’re a fellow addict like me, these items are an absolute must in your collection!
1. Blending Puff: 2,000 KRW
This product was swept off the shelves the minute it was stocked when it first came out. It’s known in Korea as the “poop sponge” and went viral for its ability to provide a flawless makeup application with a glowy, dewy finish.
Simply wet the sponge until it’s completely saturated and squeeze out the excess water, which will double its size. Then bounce it along the skin with your foundation, blush or bb cream for an airbrushed finish. No more cakey or thick makeup!
You can even buy this adorable holder to store your sponge for 1,000 KRW.
2. Professional Powder Brush: 3,000 KRW
You may be skeptical since it’s so cheap, but this brush proves that you don’t need to shell out big bucks for high-quality brushes!
A lot of cheap brushes from drugstores or dollar stores that I’ve tried in the past have been super scratchy and shed like crazy, but this professional powder brush is amazing!
The bristles are insanely soft and it doesn’t shed no matter how many times I wash it. The best part is that I can easily buy another one even if I lose it since it’s so affordable!
3. Pore Cleansing Brush: 5,000 KRW
If you struggle with large pores, blackheads or dry skin, this item is a must-add to your skincare routine.
Pore cleansing brushes deeply cleanse the pores, helping to reduce the appearance of them and remove dead skin and blackheads that can easily still remain in the skin even after cleansing.
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Simply massage the scalp in circular motions after lathering the hair to stimulate microcirculation, which is essential for healthy hair. If you have an itchy scalp, this will help with that!
5. Brush Cleaning Pad: 3,200 KRW
If you love makeup, you’ll know how much of a chore cleaning your brushes may be. It’s got to be done, though, and this tool makes the task easier and more fun! All you need to do is add water and cleaner (shampoo or facial cleanser does the trick) and swirl the brushes on the pad to remove all the makeup residue on them! Voila, squeaky clean brushes! You can even slide it onto your finger like a ring for comfort.
6. Mascara Guard: 1,200 KRW
Say goodbye to messy mascara smudges and clumpy lashes with this innovative mascara guard! This nifty tool isolates your lashline, protecting your freshly applied eye makeup from smudges and allowing you to grab onto every single lash as you apply mascara. It has shields for both the top and bottom lashes as well as a comb to get rid of any clumps for the perfect finish.
7. Manicure Holder Ring: 3,900 KRW
This is a ring made out of silicon that holds your bottle of nail polish securely so you can comfortably do your nails! It also helps to prevent instances where you accidently knock over your bottle of nail polish, making a mess everywhere. No worries even if you turn it upside down either as it won’t fall out!
8. Metal Eyelash Tweezer: 1,700 KRW
Eyelashes can make your eyes look bigger and more inviting, but unfortunately, not all of us are blessed with long, luxurious lashes.
Applying them can be a difficult task especially for beginners, but this tool will make it a little easier. The center is curved for an easy grip, and all you have to do is grab the lashes by the center and line them up on your lashline. Then use the tip of the tweezers to gently press and secure them in place!
9. Silicon Face Mask: 2,000 KRW
At first glance, it may just look like a regular sheet mask. Well, prepare to be amazed because it’s much more than that.
With regular sheet masks, they tend to just sit on top of the skin which means it’s hard to move around a lot since the mask would come off.
This mask is one that you wear on top of your sheet mask to hold it in place so you can actively do other things as you wait instead of just sitting or lying around. It even has loops to put around your ears so you can even jump around and your mask won’t fall off!
10. Ponytail Hair Pack: 1,000 KRW
If you’ve got dry and damaged hair that’s in desperate need of some tender loving care, stock up on this product!
We all know that moisture is the key to maintaining smooth, glossy locks and hair treatments are the best for helping with that.
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This hair treatment is different to other ones in that you don’t need to wash it out afterward, making it perfect to use on the go or right before you leave the house!
Simply wrap your hair in a ponytail and put it into the pack which resembles a pouch, leave it in for 15 to 30 minutes and you will notice your hair is smooth and soft. Every day will be a good hair day!
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Greetings, travelers! I’m a member of Trazy Crew, this time here with a review of Whoo Spa, formerly known as O HUI Spa, and my experience there!It’s no secret that Korea is a country obsessed with skincare and beauty. I love makeup and skincare, but I’ve never been to a spa before where they massage your face and back with oils and everything.
I guess it’s because I don’t really want to be splashing out so much cash on something that doesn’t have results obvious to others.
The only relatively similar place I’ve gone to is a dermatologist. However, I really did want to wind down and relax atWhoo Spa where I received the body and facial cares.
About Whoo Spa
Whoo Spa, formerly known as O Hui Spa, is known for being a “beauty secret healing hideout” to its customers, providing various facial and body aesthetic programs that guarantee amazing results.People from all over the world visit and many Korean celebrities also get pampered here such as Choi Yeo-jin, Park Ha-sun, and Cho Yeo-jung. It is also the only spa entrusted as a Gangnam Medical Tourism Partner.
How to Get to Whoo Spa
The spa is located in Garosu-gil in Sinsa-dong, a trendy, hip, and upscale neighborhood with lots of places to dine and shop in. You’ll also see a lot of well-dressed people passing by. The area is full of energy and vitality regardless of the time of day, so many tourists flock there.Whoo Spa is in a more quiet location up a small hill in a luxurious and secure residential neighborhood. For a map and more detailed directions, click here.
Right off the bat, I could immediately tell that it was a posh and upscale place. The layout and interior were more like a house rather than a spa, with a mini chandelier and large wooden staircase leading up to the spa in the entrance.
Inside, there were plush velvet seats, heavy wooden doors with gold signs, polished tiles on the walls and even a large open terrace area outside. There were three different rooms labeled ‘VIP’, ‘Special’, and ‘Refresh.’
The ‘VIP’ room is for solo customers who usually purchase the special course or more expensive treatments, the ‘Special’ room is for two people, and the ‘Refresh’ room is for group guests.
What’s Different about Whoo Spa?
So what makes Whoo Spa different from the others? Well, first off, they use premium brand products instead of aesthetic products.
‘Whoo’ is actually a skincare and makeup brand currently modeled by actress Shin Min-a and their products are used during the facials. Other brands of products used include SU: M37.Their concept is that they offer 1:1 specialized care. While most places would provide the same treatments with the same products regardless of the client’s skin type, Whoo lets you choose the products you want to be used or the consultant will give recommendations based on your skin type and condition.
They will also keep checking up on you throughout your treatment, adding or removing products depending on your condition, so you really will be getting unique and personalized care.
You will be able to fill in a sheet beforehand with information about your skin type, condition, what kind of products you want to be used, as well as any health or medical needs of concern (e.g if you’re on your period, have any injuries, or have gotten any aesthetic procedures recently).
What kind of courses is available?
Whoo Spa offers 6 different course treatments:
Facial Care: 70 mins
Body Care: 80 mins
Trazy Care (Facial / Back & Shoulders): 100 mins
Special Care (Facial / Back & Shoulders / Special Massage Machines): 120 mins
VIP Care (Facial / Back & Shoulders & Legs / Special Massage Machines): 150 mins
VVIP Care (Facial / Back & Shoulders & Legs / Special Massage Machines): 180 mins
Click here for more details on each of the courses.
What were the facilities like?
I was given a gown and ushered into the powder room, told to strip from the waist up and wear the strapless gown. There was also a locker to store my belongings. The powder room was very clean and well equipped. There was a dressing table with makeup, skincare products, a hair dryer, brushes – pretty much everything you would need to freshen up afterward. The bathroom was also spotless and had a shower.I put my bag and clothes into the lockers provided and gave the key to the attendant. I was then led to the massage bed where I lay face down as she removed my gown and got to work.
What’s It Like to Experience Beauty Care at Whoo Spa
I have a major tendency to sit hunched over in my chair so my muscles there are very tense. It also doesn’t make it any better that I wear a heavy purse on one shoulder all the time. The massage felt amazing.
It was a little uncomfortable at times but never painful – probably due to the fact that I had never had my muscles kneaded, stretched, and pulled in that way.
The attendant then rubbed aromatherapy oils on my back, which smelled heavenly.
My favorite was when she had her hand in a fist and rolled it over my upper back area, which was painful but so refreshing and satisfying that I couldn’t bear to ask her to stop.
After the back massage, it was time for the facial care. I was led to another bed, where there was an interesting contraption called an air compression leg massager.
The attendant put the air massage boots, which were basically like airbags around my legs and turned on the machine.
The massagers would tighten and loosen around my legs over and over again, stimulating blood flow and providing relief for my tired and tense muscles.While my legs were being kneaded, the facial care started. I had my face double cleansed, dry skin patches removed, peeling to clear out my pores, and face masks and oils applied. I also received a décolleté (neckline) and scalp massage.The décolleté massage helps with anti-aging, stimulating the production of collagen and tightening the skin to delay the onset of wrinkles while the scalp massage stimulates hair growth.
When the care was almost over as the attendant asked if I wanted a BB cream or sunscreen finish – I opted for sunscreen as I was going to reapply my makeup anyway.
Overall Evaluation of Whoo Spa
Overall, I am extremely satisfied with the care and treatment. The facilities were all clean and the service was A+, with the attendants constantly checking up on me and asking if I was okay.
I also really liked how they explained what products they were using and what they were doing, so I knew what kind of effect it was having on me.
I was provided with 3 day’s worth of sample-sized skincare products, too! I am usually someone who flinches even if someone touches my shoulders and I don’t like massage chairs as they make me feel uncomfortable rather than relaxed, so the fact that I enjoyed this experience really surprised me. I definitely would love to look into getting massages on a regular basis.If you would like to experience the Korean beauty care at Whoo Spa, online reservation is available here.
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Greetings, fellow Trazers! I’m a member of Trazy Crew here with a review of the famous Jenny House in Cheongdam, specifically their new branch called ‘Cheongdam Hill‘! I had the opportunity to attend a party celebrating the opening of the new venue in the upscale and ritzy neighborhood of Cheongdam-dong. In case you’re not familiar with Jenny House, it’s a premium beauty salon with 5 locations in Korea that provides hair and makeup services as well as nail care, foot spas, and wedding consulting.
The shop is frequented by many top-class celebrities as shown below, and the staff does the makeup and hair of the stars for many movies and dramas too. For more info about Jenny House, click here.
The salon’s prices, as you can imagine, are nothing like normal salons. A basic haircut starts at around 55,000 KRW while hair dyeing and perms can cost as much as 440,000 KRW. Yup, definitely not like your average hair salon but I’m a firm believer that you get what you pay for, and if the place is frequented by a whole list of famous celebrities, their skill and expertise must be outstanding.
The Cheongdam Hill branch opened not too long ago, combining the previous Cheongdam and Olive branches into one. The party was called a ‘Ki-bu and take party’, ‘Ki-bu’ meaning ‘charity’ in Korean. Makeup, skincare, and hair products from various brands were all going to be sold for only 10,000 KRW and all the proceeds would be donated to charity.There were also going to be celebrities attending, which was honestly the part I was most excited about. I mean, when else would I ever have the privilege of attending such a grand event like this, let alone possibly being able to see a celebrity from a few feet away?!
So I headed to the party dressed in what I would consider semi-formal attire. Thank goodness I didn’t wear the stilettos I’d originally planned on sincethe salon is located near the top of quite a steep hill in the middle of a residential neighborhood. I could tell where it was from quite a distance thanks to the flashing lights, blaring music, and the crowd of well-dressed people.As soon as we stepped in through the doors, we were greeted warmly by the clean-cut and smartly dressed staff. The entrance was bustling with people and my first impression was that I was significantly underdressed. The majority of female guests had on tight-fitting dresses with sparkly details and sky-high stilettos, complete with fully made up faces and perfectly coiffed hair. However, I didn’t let that get to me and instead did a hair flip as I walked in as I was probably the youngest guest there to be invited. We took the elevator to the third floor, which is the Hair & Headspa zone along with the fourth and fifth floor. The area was PACKED with people. I had imagined under one hundred guests since the event was quite exclusive, but I guess it just goes to show how popular the place is.
Funky music played as guests socialized and filled their stomachs with the huge spread of finger food, punch, and alcoholic drinks available. The lighting was a dimmed blue and purple, which added to the atmosphere.
I was too busy stuffing my face with food to really pay major attention to anyone, but I did recognize a model Joo Won Dae from the fashion survival show, ‘Devil’s Runway’ being photographed in the corner.
We then headed up to the fourth floor, where they were selling loads of skincare, makeup, and haircare products all for only 10,000 KRW. The craziest thing was that they were all high ends brands such as Shiseido, Benefit, Yves Saint Laurent, Guerlain, and Kerastase. I ended up purchasing a Shiseido lash serum that supposedly makes them grow significantly longer in just two weeks. This was also where we spotted a few celebrities such as Han Ji-min (whose face was literally the size of my fist), Cha Ye-ryun, and Bae Soo-bin. There were many others who briefly attended the party, such as I.O.I’s Jeon So-mi and Kim Do-yeon, Son Dam-bi, Yuk Jidam, and B.A.P but we didn’t get a chance to see them in person.
The fifth floor was a very quiet space with nothing much going on, so we mainly roamed around the third and fourth floor eating food, taking pictures, and people-watching. Mirrors with flower petals scattered around them were on every floor, too, which was cute. What really impressed me about the salon was the interior and space itself. Everything about the salon screamed luxury with the spotless bronze-gold leather chairs, fancy mirrors with ornate frames and spiraling patterns, pristine reception area with marble floors, and the huge chandelier visible from the fourth floor.
The main color scheme seemed to be bronze and gold. As I briefly mentioned earlier, the third, fourth, and fifth floors cater towards hair care and styling, while the second floor is for nails and the first floor is for wedding makeup. High ceilings make the venue spacious and airy and some rooms were divided to create a private space for guests to comfortably get their hair and makeup done. There were also rooms dedicated to private care, such as the V.I.P scalp care room, nail care room, and foot spa room. Service is exquisite and posh and the staff also speak English, Japanese, and Chinese to cater to their international customers. I myself would love to get my hair or makeup done here for a special occasion. After all, the staff has years of experience and world-class celebrities as their clients, so I don’t doubt their artistry one bit. The official website lists all of the staff and the celebrities they style as well as a list of movies, dramas, commercials they’ve worked on.
Bored with your current look? Then head on over to Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop to check out special deals for both men and women to get celebrity-inspired hair makeovers at Jenny House. There is also a makeup service. If you’re lucky, you might even sit next to your favorite celebrity as you get styled! Overall, I had so much fun at the party and felt so honored to be invited to attend it. You can click here for more information about the venue. Finally, don’t forget to check out Trazy.com for more fun and informative posts like this one as well as up-to-date information on things to do in Korea!
September is the month signaling the start of Autumn, and with Korean Thanksgiving Chuseok just around the corner, Korean beauty brands are starting their seasonal promotions and sales, with items selling for up to 50% off! If there are new products that you’ve been wanting to try or you want to stock up on your favorites, now’s the time!
Check out our ultimate list of offline store-only deals for September below. These top Korean beauty brand stores are easy to find in major shopping districts in Seoul, such as Myeongdong, Hongdae, Ewha Womans University or underground shopping malls, and they are located near each other, making your shopping very convenient.
1. Etude House
Get ready to snatch up these products from the new Etude House Pink Skull collection, available in stores now until the 29th of September.As the name suggests, everything from the mascaras, glosses to nail polishes are imprinted with an adorable pink skull design.
The more you buy, the more discounts you receive: 10% off for purchasing 1 item, 20% for 2, and 30% for 3 (excludes Pink Skull nail polish). However, there is no discount for a purchase of 4 items or more. Grab these limited edition products while you still can!
How can you resist these colorful and cute designs by painter, illustrator and street artist Chris Uphues! Just look at those adorable googly eyes.These pouches and card wallets are available in blue, black and beige and each features a unique design. Purchases over 30,000 KRW get you the wallet, while purchases over 50,000 KRW get you both. This offer is available while stocks last, so head to your nearest store to get yours now!
Show your friends and family some love with these exclusive Chuseok gift sets, available for 20~30% off until the 18th of September.
There’s a large range to choose from such as body spray and shower gel, perfume and skincare, all packaged in sleek looking boxes. You can also receive a full size of the Layer Blurring Primer until the 18th of September by purchasing the new Original Tension Pact.
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Choose from 4 types of primers according to your skin’s needs-pore cover, tone control, long lasting and shimmer. A mini size of the pact is also given as a freebie if you purchase anything from the 2016 F/W Venetian Look collection.
4. Tony Moly
Tony Moly has jumped on the skin and body care sale bandwagon for Chuseok with the Lentil Bean and Prestige Jeju Snail skincare lines available for 20~50% off until Sept 15.And Pokemon fans, get ready for this. The Pokemon x Tony Moly collection is the embodiment of everything cute, and you’ll definitely want to catch em’ all! They’re currently having a 2 for 1 deal on the hand creams and face washes which feature 8 characters, each with a unique scent.
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The collection is out until the 30th of September, so grab your favorite characters before they sell out! Finally, you’ve heard of facial and eye masks, but your feet need love too, so grab a Shiny Foot Peeling Mask to nourish and care for them with this 2 for 1 deal until the 30th of September!
From milk to honey to lemon, Skinfood’s products always look and sound absolutely delicious. They’ve also come out with Chuseok gift sets for 30% off until the 18th of September. Don’t be fooled as the items pictured below aren’t the only ones on sale. There are 22 sets to choose from, so take your pick.Check out our 101 guide to must-have Korean cosmetics as well as our post on Mid range beauty brands to inspire your next shopping spree in Korea. You’ll also want to bookmark this post on regular sales periods of road shop cosmetic stores so that you don’t miss out on grabbing your favorite products.
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