#1일1팩

Or also known to be #onedayonemask challenge.

Honestly, I think it’s such an awesome way for me to utilise all my masks that I bought from Seoul.

Unlike my virgin trip, the second trip to Seoul, I knew what I wanted and where to get them. So I shopped what I needed and only bought a few masks for souvenirs. After looking at all the masks that are sold online and in the Korean stores in the city, I wish I’ve bought more in Seoul as they are just so expensive!

Day 1: MISSHA Real Solution Tencel Sheet Mask (Soothing) CERAMIDE

This was given to me by Mar, when I told her to bring a mask for me to use on my previous flight home from Singapore. Being the thoughtful her, she brought me a few masks to choose from!

Due to the summer heat, my skin these days are so dehydrated, patchy and flaky. The Missha Mask actually left my skin feeling so hydrated but again with all sheet masks, I have no idea how people go to bed with their sticky excess essence from the masks. Koreans believed that by tapping the excess essence from the masks into your skin, gives you a lasting effects.

It seems to be a little too much essence for me to be tapping into my skin. I end up blotting the excess very lightly with a wet napkin.

Day 2: Beyond Green Tea from Jeju Mask

I discovered that I have a red patch on my face god knows from what or where I got it from! Probably due to our extremely hot days we had this Summer. As part of Seoul souvenirs for my friends, I bought heaps of Beyond masks while I was in Myeondong!

It is known to be Cellulose mask sheet with abundant essence extracted from Jeju Green Tea which purifies skin and delivers utmost moisture. I just love how the masks were not drenched with too much essence and at the same time not dripping of it as you put them on. The mask “hugs” my face so well, I feel like I can multi task while masking! After having them on for 20mins, my face feels so much hydrated and the red patch I had before has faded the next morning.

Again with the sticky excess essence, I blot it lightly again with a wet napkin.

Day 3: I was beyond exhausted from work! I slept way too early and end up forgetting to put on my mask!

Day 4: Beyond herb garden Rosehip Mask

As per Beyond’s website, The Rosehip masks was meant to moisturise and increase elasticity of your skin. I love the rose fragrance of the mask. It is so soothing and relaxing and the mask fits so perfectly!

With any sheet masks, the maximum recommended time to leave it on your face is 20mins. The idea is to remove the masks before it dries up, which consequently absorb your face moisture if you leave it on for too long.

I was anticipating my face to be covered with sticky excess essence. I was surprised that when I remove the mask, it wasn’t as much essence left on my skin and I could actually scrunched the mask and dab little leftover essence into my skin! It’s not at all sticky! Yay!

Day 5: Bonvivant Mellow Clay Mask Mint Tea Tree

Bonvivant’s popular line of next-level jelly clay masks specially crafted to gently cleanse pores, hydrate skin, and brighten the complexion. The Mint Tea Tree mask treats troubled and oily skin, removing dead skin cells and absorbing excess sebum with its Tea Tree Oil. It also tightens enlarged pores and cools skin with a refreshing sensation, leaving you shining radiantly in a non-greasy way.

Indeed the moment I slather it on, I can feel how fast the mask was working, it tightened up my pores and dried really quick.Additionally, the walnut seeds in the clay mask act as a scrub! As a result after I washed my face, my skin felt super refreshed, radiant and my pores were definitely tightened! I can’t stop touching my skin!

It was fantastic! I bought this as a set together with Hawaiian Pink Calamine and Jeju Volcanic. It is meant for rainbow masking, where you use different clay masks to combat different problematic areas of your face! Definitely saves you time!

I’ve always loved clay masks as compared to sheet masks! I love how they absorbed all the impurities from the skin. But I must admit sheet masks are fairly convenient and easier to remove.

Day 6: Bonvivant Botanical Mellow Clay Mask Hawaiian Pink Calamine

As they say “The Pink Calamine mask calms and relieves red, dry, and flaky skin, thanks to its star ingredient Calamine that treats even sunburns and rashes. This calming mask also hydrates while detoxing skin, so you’re left with clean, moisturized, and supple skin.” It leaves my skin so smooth!

Although the texture of the mask is a lil gooey and pudding like, it can be quite tedious to apply them on the face.

At this rate of the challenge my skin is looking extra glowy and smooth. When I put my foundation on, it is more smoother and my make up lasts longer than usual. Acne is currently at bay which is awesome!

Day 7: Bonvivant Botanical Mellow Clay Mask Jeju Volcanic

BONVIVANT-Botanical-Mellow-Clay-Mask-70g-+-Silicone-Pack-Brush-1eaThe final trio of the Bonvivant Clay Mask range is The Jeju Volcanic mask which exotic ingredients were sourced from Jeju volcanoes to dig out deep-seated dirt, debris, and oil from pores. It also controls excess sebum production, leaving you with clear, radiant, and naturally dewy skin. Plus, it’s the mildest of the three in this line, so it’s perfect for sensitive and blackhead-prone skin.

Just like the Mint Tree mask, the moment you slather the mask on, you can feel a tingling sensation and your-face-starts-to-tighten feeling. I’ve always love that feeling, Feels like all my pores are shrinking. Once the mask was washed off, the clean feeling without the excess oil is amazing.

And it is definitely much easier to put on than the Hawaiian Pink Calamine. The texture of the mask is semi thick but easily spread through out the face without dripping or caused any mess.

Day 8: Faith in Face – Healthy Look

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Ilyana introduced to me to the Faith in Face mask range back in 2013. I was so excited and fell in love with its packaging the moment I saw it on display at Olive and Young! Over the years, I’ve tried most of its masks. My favourites are the After Shower mask and Miss tighten Pore masks. They are just amazing!

During my last trip, I decided to buy the new range and try it out. I would have bought the hydrogel masks but they were sold out! So much for being the Number 1 mask in Korea! 😛

As expected, the mask was drenched with the essence but fortunately it wasn’t dripping as I put it on. Indeed it is very moisturising and leave my skin very supple once I take them off. I wasn’t bothered about the leftover essence. However, It wasn’t as great as their previous range.

After a week of masking, I wont deny that as a result from the challenge, my face was soft, supple, healthy looking and less oily. Wooohoooo! However, I don’t think I would continue it on a daily basis just because the prices of masks in Australia are just far too expensive especially Korean Masks! If I were to be living in Seoul, I don’t mind doing it everyday! For a dollar more or less for a mask, who doesn’t!

I may just continue to hop on the masking challenge on a monthly basis just for a pamper treat for my skin or prepping my skin for an occasion or big day.

xoxo

 

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Fire chicken with cheese

Chijeu-buldak 치즈불닭

I might try making this after our EuroTrip! Looks amazing!

buldak with cheese (치즈불닭)

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 2 pounds of chicken breast, cut into 3/4 or 1 inch cubes
  • ½ cup hot pepper flakes
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons hot pepper paste
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable or corn oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ⅓ cup rice syrup (or corn syrup, sugar, honey)
  • 6 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, minced
  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese (optional), cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup of sliced rice cake (optional)
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup water

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Directions

  1. Combine hot pepper flakes, hot pepper paste, soy sauce, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, ground black pepper, rice syrup, garlic, and ginger in a bowl. Mix it well into a sweet and spicy paste.
  2. Add the chicken and mix well by hand.
    buldak with cheese (차즈불닭)
  3. Heat up a skillet with 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Add the sliced rice cakes and fry them for a few minutes. Turn them over with a spatula once or twice until both sides are crispy and light golden brown.
    sliced rice cakes
  4. Place the marinated chicken into a heavy pan, preferably cast iron. Use the water to rinse the bowl and get the last of the sauce into the pan. Cover and cook over medium high heat for 10 minutes. If you use a normal frying pan, it will take 7 to 8 minutes. Be sure not to burn the chicken.
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  5. Uncover, stir and turn over the chicken with a wooden spoon. Add the rice cakes to the top of the chicken.
    buldak with cheese (치즈불닭)
  6. Turn down the heat very low. Cover and let cook another 10 minutes, until the chicken is fully cooked. If you’re using cheese, pre-heat the oven broiler.
  7. When the chicken is cooked, put the cheese over the top. Slip it into the oven for a few minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.buldak in the oven
  8. Remove and sprinkle with the chopped green onion. Serve hot.
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Spicy soft tofu stew with seafood

Haemul-sundubu-jjigae 해물순두부찌개

Made this recipe a couple of times, it was indeed easy and very tasty! Love it!

I skipped a couple of steps by buying Anchovies Tea bag from my local Korean grocery shop. So i don’t have to put in the Anchovies and Kelp. It is so much more convenient!

[Chungjungwon] Anchovy teabag flavouring (10g*8T) Ingredients: anchovy 84.3% (Korea), kelp 8.9% (Korea), refined salt, broth powder.

Serves 2-3

Ingredients:

Prepare stock to make tasty sundubu:

  1. Pour 5 cups of water into a pot and add 12 dried anchovies.
  2. Add half onion, some dried kelp (about 1/3 cup), 3 dried shiitake mushrooms, 5 cloves of garlic and boil it over high heat.
  3. Approximately 10 minutes later, lower the heat to low medium heat and boil it for another 20 minutes.
  4. Set aside the stock and take out the mushrooms and chop them into small pieces.
  5. Heat your earthen ware (or ceramic pot) on the stove and put 2 ts of olive oil.
  6. Chop 100 grams of beef and put it into the pot and stir it.
  7. Add the chopped shiitake mushroom and stir it.
  8. Add 2 tbs – 5 tbs (1/4 cup) of hot pepper flakes and keep stirring for 1 minute.
    *tip:
    2 tbs—mild
    3 tbs—medium
    4 tbs—hot
    5 tbs (1/4 cup)—suicidal hot ! : )
  9. Pour 2 cups of the stock you made. It will be sizzling. Don’t be afraid! It’s just TOFU stew! : )
  10. Add 1 cup of mixed seafood and 3 shirimp.
  11. Add 2 tbs of fish sauce.
  12. Cut the 2 tubes of Soon du bu (soft Tofu) in half and squeeze it out into the pot and break the tofu with a spoon several times in the pot.
  13. When it boils, add 2 chopped green onions and 1 green chili pepper.
  14. Crack eggs and drizzle some sesame oil before serving.

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via Maangchi

Beauty

As i got older, i realised my make up bag is getting bigger and bigger but not until i reorganised my cosmetics and cleaned my brushes only then i realised that half of the cosmetics i have was not used or rarely being used too. 

Again with my mantra at the back of my mind, If you have not used or worn an item for the last 6 months, time to toss them in the bin or charity basket! 

My beauty must haves! (everything else is out!)

I still prefer the Naked Palette 1 of the 3! Love the colours and it is indeed long lasting! Also must remind myself too, to get the Basics when i head up to New York in November! The one one i am missing!

My ultimate favourite blush! Ideal for all seasons and a highlighter when you in need of a glowy summer! =))

How can i not have my korean cosmetics in my list! Etude House curling mascara is awesome! Love it! It curls, no clumps or mess, easy to wipe off! so what’s not to love! I don’t have much korean cosmetics but i have heaps of korean skincare! haha

This product was recommended to me by my very own good friend who is also a beauty editor. I’ve tried a lot of BB creams in the market which are most Korean brands like Skin 79 and etc. Garnier. hmmm it never cross my mind at all. Local supermarkets such as Coles and Woolworths usually have them on sale for $10 every three months so why not try it right? Bought it on sale, applied it, fell in love with in and rush back to the supermarket and bought another one to stock up! And it has been my favourite every since.. Recommended to a couple of friends who loved it as it wasn’t oily or cakey and really easy to apply! It pretty much look pretty natural but with a little bit of coverage!