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7 Recommended Beauty & Wellness Spots in Korea!

Are you planning for a pampering  trip with your girlfriends / mum or sisters soon?  I was just in Korea last month for a Beauty and Wellness trip and had the privilege to experience the best of Beauty and Wellness that Korea has to offer. Today’s post will cover 7 beauty spots and services that we visited which I highly recommend! Maybe you can KIV some spots for your next trip! 😉

(1) K-Beauty Makeover at Beauté 101

Beauté 101 is one of Korea’s top 1-stop shop for all your beauty needs; hair, makeup and nails. Need to prep for a night out in Korea? Fret not – just be in your outfit for the night, factor 2-3 hours with them and you’ll be ready to rock and roll in style, with your tresses, makeup and nails done. I also recommend checking out the nearby alleyways for cute spots for OOTDs like we did! For a basic hair styling, makeup and nails package like I did, it costs 242,000 won (S$298), add another 100,000 won (S$122) to upgrade to a party/special package. Located in Gangam, check out their Facebook page here and be sure to reserve in advance for your slot.

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(2) Luxe Facial Spa at Sulwhasoo Flagship Store

If you’re travelling with your mum or favourite aunt, may I suggest and recommend booking a luxe Facial Spa at Sulwhasoo Flagship Store – Korea’s equivalent of La Mer, whether it’s products, place or service, it won’t disappoint. On the ground floor, you’ll find exhibitions of past and present products and packaging. If you think that the ground floor is astounding, you’ll be further impressed by their second level where #interiorgoals abound. You’ll find a gift wrapping segment followed by an array of current ranges of products which are free for testing followed by a private lounge area where you can sip tea and enjoy testing out the products one by one, including the famed Sulwhasoo – Harmonizen Regenerating Cream which costs 650,000 (S$800). Yes that’s right you didn’t read wrong. After shopping (according to the local staff, the store is very generous with their samples and price after discounts for tourists is even better than airport). Before you’re ushered off for your spa, enjoy a vial of ginseng ampoule (drank, not applied), complemented with a cuppa green tea to balance the bitterness of the ginseng. Following which, you can proceed to their spa level and then into individual rooms which are designed like hotel rooms, with individual shower room. The facial spa begins with a foot soak followed by scrub with their special ginseng body scrub that’s not for sale and only available at the spa – talk about exclusivity! There’s even an iPhone cable charge in the spa room, super thoughtful. After the facial, which ends off with Sulwhasoo’s very thorough skincare regime, you can prep your tresses and apply their in house Sulwhasoo makeup foundation and blusher at the private makeup room. I also love that their staff speak basic conversational english pretty well. Visit them at 650, Sinsadong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea.

In case you’re wondering what’s in the Sulwhasoo facial, these are my notes – I can’t recall the entire skincare regime at the end as it was too extensive!:

Hot feet soak
Ginseng scrub
Facial portion:
Remove makeup
Cleansing oil
Hot towel
White ginseng scrub
Sleeping mask
After facial skincare:
First treatment essence

(Visit their site if you’d like to find out more about their Beauty Ritual)

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(3) Soak, spa & massage at women’s only Spa Lei

Lei Spa is a popular women’s only spa, and rated #7 out of 230 spas and wellness places in Seoul on TripAdvisor. As we were fully made-over after our Beaute101 experience and we were a little short of time during our visit to Spa Lei, we didn’t (want to) experience a full soak, sauna and massage which will ruin our hair and makeup, lol. We did however enjoy a drink and hot feet soak at both their outdoor and indoor foot spa. While their staff speak very limited english, I was very impressed with their 3 floors of facilities ranging from saunas, spa, massage, sleeping rooms, TV rooms, outdoor terrace, cafe, nails services and more – I can imagine it’s a place to hang out with my girlfriends for a whole day just doing sauna, spa, massage, meals, nails and more. For as little as 2000won an hour, it’s no wonder Spa Lei is a hit with both local and tourists alike. Do note that privacy is a huge concern, so you will need to keep your phones in the locker as no phones are allowed in the spa.spa-lei-women-only-spa-in-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0000 spa-lei-women-only-spa-in-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0001 spa-lei-women-only-spa-in-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0002 spa-lei-women-only-spa-in-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0003 spa-lei-women-only-spa-in-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0004 spa-lei-women-only-spa-in-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0006

(4) Skincare and Makeup Shopping at Myeong Dong

If you count yourself a K-beauty lover, no trip to Korea would be complete without visiting Myeong Dong where there’s an endless supply and promotion of all things Korean skincare and makeup. If you’re a fan of new skincare brands, then you must pay a visit to Olive Young who stocks brands that are more under the radar before they are established enough to have their owns stores, such as CNP, WakeWake and ElishaCoy. If you’re like me and a fan of established skincare and makeup brands such as Laneige, EtudeHouse, Clio & TheFaceshop, then it’s best to plan your trip to coincide with Korea’s sales season which is start of October and the next one would be early next year, visit Visit Korea website or Korea Grand Sale website for updates. If you’re planning to buy in bulk, my local friend suggests visiting Duty Free at Lotte Mall for really awesome bulk discounts.

Also, no street shopping is complete without street snacks!I will be writing a separate article on recommended Korean food spots, but thought I should add this in as well. Speaking of street snacks, On my first night in Korea, I’d met up with my friend, Livia for Chimac dinner. Livia works at Charis and she gifted me with a Klairs Mochi Bb cushion, a lightweight foundation – you can get it from my Charis online store here~  Also, I have to mention that you can get lots of awesome Korean snacks at Big Mart at Myeong Dong, opens till 12am!

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Second night at Myeong Dong (we were there most nights since it was a stone throw away from our hotel!):myeong-dong-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0005 myeong-dong-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0006 myeong-dong-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0007 myeong-dong-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0008 myeong-dong-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0010 myeong-dong-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0011 myeong-dong-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0012 myeong-dong-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0013

I also recommend staying at Lotte City Myeongdong Hotel which is a 10 minutes walk away from Myeong Dong shopping streets. A relatively new hotel with impeccable and friendly staff service, good breakfast spread, comfortable bedroom and great housekeeping service.

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Apart from Myeong Dong, I also recommend paying a visit to Gangnam where you’ll find Style Nanda and many shop fronts with lovely visual merchandising in their windows and having a cuppa coffee at Coffeesmith, just to people watch – the dudes are particularly handsome there, haha.

Style Nanda store:

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Club Clio, got the colour I wanted in Celeb Rose which ran out at Olive Young!:gangnam-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0006 gangnam-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0007 gangnam-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0008

If you have more time, you should also check out Hongdae where there’s more Korean makeup and skincare shops (no surprises, LOL) and more street fashion!

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Walked into Labiotte for their wine lipsticks!


Got one of these lipsticks, which is a lovely coral and hydrating formula:hongdae-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0004

Burnt orange and browns colours are all the rage this fall!:
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Love these new 3CE liquid lips shades in Lazy, Obsessed & New me, except I’d already bought like 8 lipsticks by this time, so I didn’t purchase any, lol! #onemouthonlyhongdae-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0008

Was super tempted to get this, but would be too creamy/shimmery/oily for SG’s humid weather, so I did not – but if I was staying in Korea would go for this!:hongdae-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0007 hongdae-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0011Also, Chuu official has nice lip tints!hongdae-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0010

(5) Wellness Treatment at KwangDong Oriental Hospital

Have I mentioned that we’ve been treated to only the best in Korea during our trip? The same can be said of our visit to KwangDong Oriental Hospital – we were there on a Friday morning at 9.30am and there were already customers at the counters paying for their oriental medicine dosage/satchets after their check ups. My wellness session with KwangDong Oriental Hospital started with registration, followed by consultation with the doctor, interpreted by a very eloquent lady named Jenny – the doctor then administered my virgin acupuncture experience (pretty painless in fact) on my stiff shoulders and aching calves followed by a cold stone facial spa and hot herbal foot pack – it was an incredible and unique experience to have a cold and hot sensation simultaneously on the opposing ends of my body. I love my experience at KwangDong Oriental Hospital and hope to bring my parents there some day.

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(6) Relaxing Spa Session at Herb Island

Last but not the least, if you’re a fan of whimsical European style, I recommend visiting Herb Island and experiencing the Spa session after lunch and staying until the evening when the place is lit in the night. The Spa session starts off with tea and registration followed by a foot soak, a hot pack experience while laying on a cloth over dried hay (I imagine that’s how Jesus felt when he was a baby in a manger, lol) and ending off with massage (choice of back or feet, I picked feet). Also, the shops are super pretty, if you’re a fan of aromatic oil, scents and tea, it’s a place you can stock up on supplies!

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If you enjoyed reading my Beauty and Wellness recommendations, stay tuned to my next post on Korean Food recommendations in Seoul! 😉

If you’d like a chronological update to my Beauty and Wellness Korean Trip visit my Dayre days 272-278 starting here.

Thank you Carolyn and Korean Tourism Organisation Singapore for making the trip to Korea possible!

Cute & Fun TheFaceShop Animal Character Masks

Hi Loves!

It’s December~!!! Are you planning a sleepover or trip with family and friends? I always like to enjoy mask time, and what’s more fun than to enjoy some skincare loving, with cute animal mask?! ^^V
2015-07-19 13.27.37Super stoked to uncover what TheFaceShop sent me this time!
2015-07-19 13.30.49Super cute character masks!!
2015-07-19 13.33.27There’s even a quiz to see which character suits you the most, kekeke. Get the Tiger if your mama is a Tiger Mum… Only if she’s ok with good humour! 😛

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Containing Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen, the Character Mask Sheets delivers rich moisture to dry and flaky skin and are available in 5 unique animal characters: Sheep, Dragon, Panda, Tiger, Fox. They are also retailing in stores at SGD$3.90/pc.

Happy Masking!

Thank you TheFaceShop Singapore for the masks and love~ <3



Hydrate your skin for longer with Goodal Moisture Barrier Range

Edit, Update: Thank you all for taking part in the giveaway, I have picked Xin Xuan from the blog comment. 🙂

Hi Loves!

Are you looking for a moisturizing skincare range that is able to hydrate your skin for a long period of time?  Or do you feel that your skin is dry and dehydrated despite frequent application of moisturizers? It might mean that your skin barrier is damaged. Then you’ll be interested to read about my review of Goodal’s Moisture Barrier Range & their Phytowash cleanser!

Goodal is a skincare brand from Korea that focuses on natural ingredients in their skincare. Goodal is introducing its latest Moisture Barrier Range consisting of four different skincare essentials designed to repair the moisture barrier to keep skin plump and hydrated. The range is formulated with two main ingredients – Mistletoe Moisture Barrier Complex, that repairs the barrier and Mt. Seorak Water, which replenishes moisture in the skin to allow for a radiant complexion providing a defense against moisture loss by maintaining skin’s moisture barrier while actively hydrating the skin.

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Goodal PhytowashGoodal’s Phytowash comes with a very user friendly dispenser, the foamy cleanser is soft, fine and gentle on the skin. It contains fine grains that exfoliates dead skin cells, Inca omega oil and Murumuru butter that balances the oil and water on dry skin, leaving skin hydrated even after the wash. It also contains Yerba Mate, a type of herb with polyphenol (micronutrients), saponin (natural soap), vitamins and green tea that maintains bright and healthy skin. I enjoy using this cleanser, I recommend it as a daily cleanser or you can also use it as a night cleanser, as it’s great for cleansing and exfoliating after a long day.

Now on to Goodal’s Moisture Barrier Range!
As mentioned, this range is formulated with two main ingredients – Mistletoe Moisture Barrier Complex, that repairs the barrier and Mt. Seorak Water, which replenishes moisture in the skin. More about them here:

1.        Mt Seorak Water

Found from the depths of 580m underground of Mt. Seorak, the 100% natural spring water contains 16 minerals including sodium, calcium and potassium that are known for their abilities to effectively moisturize the skin. These minerals assist in the process of effectively binding water with dehydrated skin cells and replenishes the skin’s moisture level for a radiant and well-hydrated skin.

2.         Mistletoe Moisture Complex Barrier

Able to bear fruit in below zero temperatures, the mistletoe plant is known for their strong endurance properties. This vitality is due to the presence of lectin (a type of protein found in plants), which promotes the secretion of cytokine, a category of smaller proteins which has been clinically proven to maintain skin homeostasis, an important process for skin renewal. Studies have shown that cytokines increases cell production and accelerates renewal of skin cells, making it suitable for use on damaged skin barriers.

Beginning with the first item in the range,
1. Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid 

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Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid is highly concentrated with Mistletoe and Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF) with a thick texture with nutrients from toner, emulsion and essence.Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid 3

Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid is recommended for those with constant dry skin that needs lasting moisturizing or need to to revitalize fatigue skin from overworking, lack of sleep or stress.

Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid 1Recommended usage after cleansing the face, dispense a small amount onto fingers and apply evenly on the face, tapping in to dry areas, wrap the face with your hands for absorption and finish off by massaging in the residue on the neck (no wastage!) 😉Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid 4The Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid is almost gel like in consistency since it’s highly concentrated. It’s said to be moist like toner, soft like emulsion and strong like essence. While you can use it on its own as an all in one for this range, I believe you can add on a FTE (First treatment essence) or skin prep product to prep the skin before using the Liquid.

2a. Goodal Moisture Barrier Cream
Next in the range we have the Goodal Moisture Barrier Cream with similar ingredients as the Liquid except with very different function, While the Liquid is used to hydrate the skin, the Cream with its balm like texture and vegetable butter ingredient, works to firmly wrap the skin with a glowing moisture barrier. 

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The 3rd product in the range is
2b. Goodal Moisture Barrier Cream Fresh
is basically an alternative to the Cream. While the Cream is recommended for dry skin, Cream Fresh is for oily skin types. It has a snow-type texture (really does!) that melts into the skin and forms a refreshing moisture barrier. I love this product, the refreshing organic scent, snow like texture and how it keeps my skin hydrated for long hours through the night when I sleep and in the day while at work.

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The last but not the least
3. Goodal Moisture Barrier Eyecream
keeps your eyes hydrated!

Goodal Moisture Barrier Eyecream 3Goodal Moisture Barrier Eyecream 1Always be gentle when you apply eyecream on your eyes. Dab gently under the eyes, above the eyes and the rest at the eyebrow bone.

Let’s recap the Goodal Moisture Barrier Range Steps:

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Want to start on your Goodal Moisture Barrier Range immediately? You can buy them from selected Guardian stores in Singapore!

I have a Goodal Moisture Barrier Travel Set for Giveaway!308_shop2_419554Contains:
1. Travel size Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid
2. Travel size Goodal Moisture Barrier Cream (For dry skin)
3. 1. Travel size Goodal Moisture Barrier Eyecream

To win, leave a comment with your email address below on why you want to try this product! I will also be posting it on my Instagram (@ena_teo). To double your chances of winning, you can also comment on the corresponding IG post. One winner will be randomly picked after 1 week, and will be contacted for the mailing address so that I can mail the products over!

Thank you Goodal Singapore and Huntington PR for sending the sample set over for review.



Radiant Skin with EcoBeau Specialist Skin Care

Hi Lovelies! <3

Do you have sensitive and acne prone skin and looking for a safe cleanser and skincare regime?

In this post I’m reviewing EcoBeau’s skincare set which I’ve used for the last 2-3 weeks. And I’m happy to report what’s good. 😉

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Introduction of EcoBeau.

Info. from TheOrangeCo.com.

Started by Professor Choi from Kwangwoon University (Korea) and co-developed with University of Toledo (Ohio), Ecobeau is absolutely free from synthetic preservatives such as parabens and phenoxyethanol. The reference to “alcohol” on our labels refers to Cetyl alcohol, which is totally different from the harmful alcohols commonly added to skin care products. Cetyl alcohol is extracted from coconut oil and acts as a gentle and nourishing binder for the water and oil parts of our formulation.

At Ecobeau, we stand by our strong belief in using only natural herb-medicine extract and loess. Antimicrobial, nutritive and hydrating extract of medicinal herb keeps skin-mite’s activity under control while Loess effect derived from far infrared rays and anion of loess cleans, soothes & supplies abundant nutrition deep into the skin. 

Ecobeau’s antimicrobial and anti-aging properties help to stimulate skin cell’s regenerating system. It may not show immediate results as synthetic and harsh skincare products out in the market which many a times only provide temporary efficacy. Its antioxidant extract from herb medicine diminishes wrinkles and acts as natural source of whitening. Continuous use of Ecobeau line will give you bright, moist, smooth, resilient and clear lustrous skin.  Ecobeau was exclusively distributed by specialist skin care centers in Korea. Now launched at www.TheOrangeCo.com. Enjoy natural rejuvenating skin treatment at home, at a fraction of cost charged by the luxury skin salons.
Simply Natural and Restorative for the Skin.
Safe & Effective! For All Skin Types including Sensitive and Acne Skin
Free from alcohol, synthetic preservatives, parabens, sulfates, paraffin wax, petroleum, mineral oils, gluten and artificial colorants.
No Synthetic Preservatives. No Alcohol. No Parabens.

Is it really all as good as it sounds? Thanks to TheOrangeCo, I’ve had the chance to put the products to test. I was sent products good for Hydrating, Whitening & Oily T-zone. 🙂

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 A sweet personal note from June of TheOrangeCo.

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EcoBeau products, very clinical packaging, practical and nothing fancy.2014-06-17 13.15.13

Introduction of TheOrangeCo.com.

Info from their homepage.
TheOrangeCo.com houses top selling brands of skin care and BB cream (blemish balm) for customers to shop comfortably online.
Customers can choose from popular Korean brands such as Skin79Dr. Jart+LaneigeEcobeau and some of the hottest blemish balm (BB cream), collagen, Q10, whitening and anti-aging beauty products at discounts. Our online prices are predominately 30-70% cheaper than listed prices at major stores. That’s because we only operate online and do not pay notoriously high rental for physical stores, and therefore able to pass considerable cost savings to consumers.

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Get EcoBeau Skincare at Special Introductory Prices.
Free Ecobeau 3pc Travel Kit with minimum purchase of $60 (any brands). 🙂
Also includes rave reviews from various online sites and The Business Times.

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Write up for EcoBeau Loess Water Cleanser, EcoBeau Control Skin (Toner), EcoBeau Control Essence, EcoBeau Control Lotion, EcoBeau Nutritive Cream and EcoBeau Eye Cream.2014-06-17 13.23.39

The cute travel set that I also received. Love the candy-like striped zip lock bags.2014-06-17 13.24.48

Travel set here includes (Top Left, Clockwise): EcoBeau Natural Loess Nutritive Mask, EcoBeau Natural Eye Cream, EcoBeau Natural Dark Spot Serum, EcoBeau Natural BB Cream. Very lightweight packaging and definitely convenient for travel! Probably able to fit 3 day’s of products, perfect for a weekend getaway.

Now time for review!

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First off, I love the packaging. Each of the skincare product comes in a very hygienic dispenser nozzle.
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And of course with the caps.2014-06-17 13.19.17

Reviewing in this order as pictured and usage:

1. EcoBeau Natural Loess Water Foam Cleanser.

Product Info., taken from here:

Natural cleanser with soft foam that gently cleanses your face. Minerals from loess water and natural hydrant provide nutrition for your skin and keep your face feeling moist. Best Selling natural hydrating cleanser!
Use: Single pumping of foam will clean up light makeup and BB cream.  
Nonallergenic to skin and eye. Soap-free. 

Ingredients : Loess Water, Disodiun Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Polysorbate-20, Houttuynia cordata Extract, Gingko biloba leaf extract, Sesame seed  extract, Padina pavonica thallus extract, Artemisia vulgaris  extract, Rosemary leaf extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Medica Lemon Juice, Rice Bran, Avena Oatmeal Extract, Allantoin, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata(Lichen) Extract, Collagen, Ubiquinone, Natural Fragrance

Recommended for all skin types. Made in Korea.

Ecobeau Loess Water Cleanser is formulated from natural loess harvested from mother earth. Depending on the loess minute mineral harvested, product may vary slightly in colour, scent and sometimes with mineral sediments. That’s because Ecobeau Loess Water Cleanser is 100% natural, with no artificial colouring and preservatives.

What is Loess?
Loess is minute mineral matter that aids health by emitting infrared rays, and has excellent absorptive, purifying, and revitalizing properties. In one tables spoon full of Loess, approximately 200 million microscopic organisms can be found, and those microscopic organisms have abundant supply of enzyme called ‘Catalase’ that breaks down oxides, which also have the effect of anti-oxidant; reduce heat, metabolisms and relaxation.

Loess is a new concept to me, so I did a bit of research and I found this write up online particularly helpful and insightful, so here’s an excerpt:
Loess is a geologically recent deposit of silt or material which is usually yellowish or brown in color and consisting of tiny mineral particles brought by wind to the places where they now lie. It is a product of past glacial activity in an area. It is a sedimentary deposit of mineral particles which are finer than sand but coarser than dust or clay, deposited by the wind. Loess is a type of silt which forms fertile topsoil in some parts of the world.
Loess was formed during the time after the Ice Age when glaciers covered a great portion of the earth. When the climate warmed up, the warm temperatures melted the glaciers creating tremendous flows of water down into a valley or river, and exposing vast plains of mud. When these plains dried, strong winds blew the exposed sediments and swept the finer materials from the flood plains into huge clouds of dust, which were deposited into the bluffs, that is, bold steep banks. As silt accumulated, higher bluffs were formed. Often several loess deposits are stacked on top of each other, because each individual glacier produced new loess deposits. Topsoils made up of loess are found in the central and northwestern parts of United States, in central and eastern Europe, and in eastern China.

The closest thing I can draw a parallel with is humus, which is essentially rich, fertile soil aka decomposed organic material, except that Loess is more like past-glacier-enriched-sand.

I enjoyed using this product very much. It’s very user friendly, 1 single pump results in a palm full (my palm anyways) of foam that doesn’t require any lathering. The scent is refreshing and “aqua” and the foam is very gentle. It gently cleanses my skin and it leaves the skin fresh and hydrated, no taut feeling. I recommend this for sensitive and acne prone skin.

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This is how the foam looks like, very dense bubbles and fine foam.

UP. S$42.90, now S$30, available here.

2. EcoBeau Natural Skin Toner

Antimicrobial properties (intensified) from the extract of herb-medicine helps to keep off skin parasite and aids skin cell’s restoration. The herbal extract and sweet fragrance of rosemary totally invigorates the skin.

Use: After cleansing, spray onto face (close eyes) and tap gently to ensure best absorption. Apply Ecobeau lotion and cream (or refer to skin care tips for detailed steps customised for different skin types)  

Ingredients: Water,Houttuynia cordata Extract, Gingko biloba leaf extract, Sesame seed  extract, Padina pavonica thallus extract, Artemisia vulgaris  extract, Rosemary leaf extract, Aloe Leaf extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata(Lichen) Extract, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Rice Bran, Oatmeal, Arbutin, Collagen, Ubiquinone, Sodium Carbonate, Elastin, Adenosin.

Made in Korea.

Likewise with the Foam Cleanser, I enjoyed using this toner because it’s light on the skin and leaves it refreshed, hydrated. This toner does not leave my pores feeling taut. Like the foam cleanser, its effects will not be immediate overnight but after 2-3 weeks for healthier skin.

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This is how the toner with water like qualities look like on the hand.
Similar to the cleanser, this is one of Ecobeau’s best sellers, now available here at UP $32.50, now S$28.

3. EcoBeau Whitening and Anti Wrinkle Natural Essence

Made from highly enriched extract of herbal medicine, Natural Base Control Essence is an intensive natural hydrator, highly nutritive with potent antimicrobial properties. The composite harmony gives restoration of damaged skin cell for radiant and resilient skin. 

100% Natural Essence! orSweet scent of rosemary. As good as it smells!

Use: After cleansing and toner, pump 1-2 drops and tap gently onto face. Soft feeling when applying. Quick absorption

Ingredients : Water, Houttuynia cordata Extract, Gingko biloba leaf extract, Sesame seed  extract, Padina pavonica thallus extract, Artemisia vulgaris extract, Rosemary leaf extract, Aloe Leaf extract, Glycerin, Arbutin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ubiquinone, Agaricus Bisporus mushroom Extract, Rhododendron brachycarpum Extract, Saxifraga stolonifera Extract. Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Collagen, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata(Lichen) Extract, Hydrogenated Castor Oil 60m, Alpha-Bisabolol, Oatmeal, Allantoin, Cellulose gum, Rice Bran, Elastine, Adenosin

All skin types including atopy skin, acne-prone skin and face with freckles, liver spots, dark spots. Especially recommended for Oily/ Combination skin type.

Made in Korea

Unfortunately for me, this essence does not seat well with my skin as it’s “highly enriched extract of herbal medicine, highly nutritive” ingredients was too rich for me. :((( I tried it on 3 consecutive days, first two on my forehead which gave me pimples the next day, after which I wondered if it’s possible that I was having a hormonal induced outbreak (but I rarely have pimples on my forehead), so I tried it again, this time as a spot test below my chin, at my upper neck area and true enough it was too rich and I had a pimple.At this point you must be wondering why I’m so brave to test it directly on my skin, guess I can say that thankfully my skin is pretty good and not that sensitive and plus I have a lot of faith in EcoBeau products and generally have a very favourable view and experience with their other products. 🙂 So I will be passing on this product to my mum and I recommend this product for women and men who have dry-er skin, vs folks who have normal and oily T-zone like me, this would probably be too rich for you.

*Update* After passing the EcoBeau Whitening and Anti Wrinkle Natural Essence to my mum, she’s enjoying this product, she applies it on her face after and enjoys smoothness and shine that the product gives her after using it. 🙂

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The EcoBeau whitening and anti wrinkle essence on my hand, it’s a gel like texture. Available here, UP S$76.60, now S$38.

4. EcoBeau Natural Nutritive Blemish Balm Plus  SPF 28/PA++

New Formula Sebum Control, Natural Coverage, Matte Look
*Certified Sun block, Anti-Aging & Whitening, SPF 28 (KFDA)

Natural Base BB Plus Cream is formulated from herb medicine extract, natural hydrant, vegetable oil and natural nutriment. It helps to shield off harmful UV rays, acts as makeup foundation, provides nutrition and hydrates the skin (multi functional BB cream). With added sebum control properties, it helps to control oil secretion and maintain clean matte finishing. 

Long lasting hydration and coverage for blemish

Use: Apply small amount over the face evenly. Sheer and light coverage. Dash a thin layer of pact or loose powder if you prefer better coverage. Suitable for combination/ oily skin type.

Ingredients : Water, Propylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, sopropyl Palmitate, Talc, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Diisostearyl Maleate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Dimethicone, Dictamus dasycarpus turcz Extract, Houttuynia cordata thrunberg Extract, Gingko, biloba leaf Extract, Sesame seed  Extract, Padina pavonica thallus(Brown Algae) Extract, Artemisia vulgaris(Mugwort) Extract, Rosemary(Herb) Extract, Aloe Leaf extract, Kelp extract, Morus Alba Root Extract, Phaselous Radistus Seed Extract.Grycylrrhiza Glaba Root Extract, Solanum Dulcamara Stem Extract, Agaricus Bisporus mushroom Extract, Rhododendron brachycarpum Extract, Saxifraga stolonifera Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Beeswax, Microcrystalline Wax, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Aluminum Hydroxide, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/ Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Zinc Stearate, Bisabolol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Panthenol, Ultramarines (CI 77007), Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata(Lichen) Extract, Natural Fragrance

All skin types except highly sensitive skin due to sun screen added. Specially formulated for oily and combination skin types.

Tip 1: Ecobeau is free from synthetic preservatives and alcohol. Nevertheless, if you have highly sensitive skin condition, do spot test for allergy before actual use. Refer to Skin Care Tips on website.

Tip 2: Ecobeau BB Plus is specially formulated for ladies who prefer natural and sheer coverage (matte finishing). To apply, squeeze out bean-size BB cream and dab onto 5 spots (cheeks, eye area, fore head, chin and nose area) of your face after your usual skin care regime (cleanser -> toner -> moisturizer). Pat and gently spread the BB cream in outward direction to ensure a natural and good spread of the cream. Don’t be worried if your face appears a little fairer than usual. It will settle in after a while. Pat a few times (gently) to warm up the skin and enhance adsorption. For ladies with eye circles, you may wish to increase the coverage at the eye area for flawless finish. Unlike foundation, BB cream does not clog the skin and when used in the long run, will improve skin condition and even out skin tone.     

Made in Korea

I have tested and used this BB cream and I like it for its sebum controlling effect and its matt finishing. This is a BB cream that is perfect for days when I know that I’ll be out and about and I don’t want the oily effect on my face. If you’re looking for that currently trending dewy Korean girl look then this is not what you’re looking for. My tip would be to use this for your oily T-zone and then a normal BB cream, such as their Ecobeau BB Cream (New! Smoother & Natural Shade) for the rest of your face.

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Using the EcoBeau Natural Nutritive BB Plus Matt. No filter. Coverage is moderate. It’s specially formulated to feel and look matte.

BB Plus Matt UP $49.40 now S$33 here. BB Cream Smoother & Natural UP $49.40 now  $30 here.

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The BB Plus Matt. Beige with slight grey undertones.2014-06-24 02.16.38Applies with slight grey undertones but blends completely when applied. For comparison, my skin tone’s a NC 20 (MAC), Natural 05 (Elizabeth Arden) and 02 (Kose).

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Want to win a set of products that I’ve reviewed?

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1 Lucky winner will take home 1 set worth S$200, take part in my FB giveaway here! 🙂

Plus 4 more winners from the same giveaway will win the travel set (Lamb-y soft toy not included).

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Last but not least, you may want to check out these helpful links on Skincare tips and Natural Skincare~ ! 🙂

Thanks to TheOrangeCo and EcoBeau for the products for review.

Thanks for reading!