How to get brighter skin in under 5 minutes

If you’ve ever looked in the mirror after a big weekend or even a long week at work and wished there was something you could do to instantly make you look like a better human, then read on.

Regardless of your foundation’s coverage level or the moisture level in your most hydrating moisturiser, if your skin is looking dull and dry, you’re not going to like what you see.

Recently I was approached by my good friend and Manager of A’HA Beauty Strathfield with a new product to try – IT’S MINE PEEL ME – Brightening Peeling Gel. Formulated to create pure and clear skin, I have to admit I was a little skeptical at trying this one.

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While peeling products are popular in a lot of Korean and Japanese beauty lines, I have been a little cautious to try. This is probably due to the fact that a lot of Western peeling products do not have a good reputation, and ‘peeling’ your skin still feels a little risky.

However, to keep to my word and after looking in the mirror and being very underwhelmed, I decided it was time to give it a try. And I was amazed.

Never have I used a product that gives such instant results.

After cleansing, pat dry your face with a towel. Then simply apply a thin layer of IT’S MINE PEEL ME to your face and wait 1-2 minutes. Then use your fingertips to rub circular motions across your face, you will see the product (and all the impurities on your face) come away instantly. Finally just splash your face with some water, dry and you’re good to go.

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The first thing I noticed was how my skin was instantly smooth. Not only did it feel nice but it looked better. Almost like I had gotten a full 8 hours sleep and maintained an 8 step Korean beauty routine.

Importantly this product did not cause my skin to break out. I have found that some Korean and Japanese skin care products are too drying and will often cause minor breakouts. Having used this product for a few months now, I can safely say that I’ve have had no issues with breakouts from this product.

I now use this product twice a week to help brighten my skin; mid-week and then ready for the weekend!

I honestly can’t fault this product. It does what it says it will, is affordable and takes less than 5 minutes of your time to use.

If you want to give IT’S MINE PEEL ME a try, it’s available for $15 at A’HA Beauty Strathfield, 9 The Boulevarde, Strathfield NSW 2135.


REVIEW: Holika Holika Pig Clear Blackhead 3 Step Kit!

Let me start by saying, wow! This is the first product I have ever tried that gives visible results with just one use.

Seriously – visible results after just one use. I know it’s starting to sound a little bit like an infomercial but honestly this product is a lifesaver.

If you are looking for a product to remove blackheads, tighten your pores and reduce redness – LOOK NO FURTHER! (Not to mention the really cute packaging)


For best results, use this product after cleansing and set aside a good hour for some pampering. The three step kit isn’t as harsh as some of the other blackout removal kits and seems to soothe the skin as well as rid it of imperfections.

Step one opens the pores, step two removes the impurities (ouch) and step three soothes.

Unfortunately this product isn’t a one-stop cure for pores or blackheads, but I have found that it is gradually improving my skin. Using it about twice a month, or every three weeks, ensures my skin stays clear and that my pores are minimised.

RATING: I rate this product 5/5!

For those looking to give it a try I would recommend RoseRose Shop!

Kbeauty review – Clio Kill Cover

Korean beauty review – Clio Kill Cover Liquid Founwear Ampoule Cushion

As an avid lover of Korean cosmetics I have been wanting to try the new Clio Kill Cover Cushion foundation for a while now – so was I impressed?


On first impression I would give this foundation 4/5.


The first thing I notice is the colour, the newest shade “4-BO GINGER” is finally a great colour for summer. The foundation is  a medium beige and is a far cry from the original porcelain shades.

The coverage of this foundation also seems fuller than the original two shades. I would call this buildable coverage from medium to high.


The foundation also stays put all day (even lasting the Australian heat). While it does require touch ups now and again (like all dewy Cushion foundations) I was impressed that the makeup stayed put all day and did not look cakey of oxidised.

And last but not least who could not love the new packaging!


If you’re looking for a new medium-high coverage foundation take a look at Clio’s latest Cushion foundation. The makeup is light on the skin, allows for buildable coverage and the compact cushion means that foundation  touch ups are no longer a drama.

Final verdict: 4.5/5 

Clio Kill Cover Liquid Founwear Ampoule Cushion is available from A’HA Beauty Strathfield


Seoul fish market

If you have the time make sure you check out the Norymgjin fish market. It’s worth the trip.

Located about 20 mins from the city centre this would have to be one of the largest fish markets in the world. While this market doesn’t hold the excitement of Tokyo or Seattle’s live fish auctions, there’s still plenty to see.

Take the dark blue line (line 1) to Norymgjin, exit 2. Upon exiting cross the tracks on the overhead bridge and follow the signs with the fish. Oh and the smell. You won’t miss the smell.


Each stall sells a ridiculous array of fresh seafood, with the owners willing to barter prices for your business.


Even if you’re not in the market to buy this market is worth the trip. The spectacle of the market in itself is with the $1.80 train fare. Oh and don’t worry about what time you go, the market is open pretty much 24hrs. Fish for everyone!

If you’re looking for lunch and dinner there’s numerous restaurants located above the market that have vast menus. You can even purchase your own seafood and take it to the restaurant to be cooked.

If you’re feeling brave (or somewhat peer pressured like I was) then try some fresh, raw octopus. I’m told it’s a Seoul specialty.


First thoughts: it looks a lot worse than it is. It’s really really chewy. And thank goodness for chilli sauce.

I probably wouldn’t make a conscious choice to try it again but if you’re brave, take the chance and give it a go. It could be worse.

Until next time…


Gyeongbokgung: Palace of Shining Happiness

If you only have time to visit one palace during your time in Seoul this has to be the one.

As one of the largest attractions in central Seoul and only $3 entry it’s hard to miss. And unlike other sights in Seoul it’s actually easy to find. Take the subway, line number 3 to Gyeongbokgung, exit 2. Sign posts direct you to your destination. For those of you that know Seoul, you’ll know that sign posts are not the norm. It’s one of the few sights take won’t take you 30 minutes to find.

Entering the grounds you’ll be taken back to the Joseon dynasty and greeted with lavish displays of opulence and prosperity.

The large space is comfortable and regardless of the hoards of tourists there’s still space. Take time to explore the palace grounds and even visit the folk museum if it tickles your fancy.

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, but once again it’s well worth the $3 entry. The space has been impeccably looked after by the South Korean government, giving you a great glimpse into the past.






Until next time…



Korean family road trip

One of the main reasons I chose to come to Seoul from Japan was to visit the city of one of my friends from university, Sarah. I met Sarah during my first year of university, when we were placed in the same university housing unit.

I don’t remember exactly what we bonded over but it was probably something to do with all things cute and Korean tv drama. Oh and the time I introduced her to tequila at one of my parties. Oops.

On my first full day in Seoul I was picked up by her family at 6:50am sharp to head off to Sokchosi. Saturday was the start of a festival to worship the local fish so it was expected to be busy.

While Sarah’s parents did not speak English (proficiently) both Sarah and her younger sister did and so the day consisted of a lot of back and forth and plenty of nonverbal communication.

I did not expect Saturday road trips to be so popular. Oh was I wrong. Dotted along the highways were pit stops that put the Bushells “Stop. Revive. Survive” stops to shame. From coffee to fried squid and even a full Korean meal. You could buy just about anything here. It was one of those… I just don’t even know moments.

Followong our roadside pit stop we also drove up one of the famous mountains along the way, somewhere near Gangwon. It was beautiful. But so cold. Apparently it’s popular place for hiking, during the summer that is.

Third stop of the day was at the Shiheugsa Temple. If you’re heading up north I would recommend a stop here. While some elements of the temple burned down, it has now been rebuilt and stands on its former glory. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, but at only $3.00 it’s worth a visit.

After nearly four hours in the car our final stop was Sokchosi. And it was time for lunch. I was being treated to a full 5 course Korean sashimi meal and my God was it something else. The photo below was just the first course of appetisers. If you’re in Sokchsi try some of the seafood – it’s worth the price!image




After visiting the fish festival, fish market and a stop at the beach it was time to head back to Seoul. A 3.5hr road trip awaited, us and just about every other family in Seoul.



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All in all it was a great day and I feel privileged to have had the chance to be part of a Korean family for the day. So kind and generous!

Until next time…


South Korea: new money and old wounds

Arriving in Seoul from the clean, polite and advanced city of Tokyo was a slight eye opener. Now while Seoul is technologically advanced there are still some aspects of the city that ring true to an uncertain past.

The stark contrast between the wealthy and poor in Seoul is something you won’t miss. Endless numbers of cashed up youth wander the malls and streets; often carrying numerous bags of designer goods, while pensioners are lying on the street, with there arms outstretched in the hope of small change.

While poverty is of course not unique to any country, the wounds of South Korea’s past are still evident, and for some, remain open. It will be interesting to see how this city grows as it continues to find its feet.

Until next time…


Ramen for the lonely

If you’re anything like me, when you’re travelling alone, the thought of sitting at a single table at a restaurant is slightly depressing.

Well slightly socially awkward friends it’s time to rejoice – if you’re in Tokyo that is! Ichiran have answered our wildest dreams and allow us to not only order our ramen from a machine but then sit in a singular booth.

Ichiran ( has a few locations in Tokyo – the main two are in Uneo and Shibuya.

Warning: finding either of these restaurants is a challenge. It will take a long time. However do not fret ~ Ichiran is open 24 hours. Oh yes. Ramen any time of the day or night.

I myself chose to visit the shibuya restaurant. On first attempt I could not find it for the life of me (but this may have been due to the fact that I had just arrived from a 10hr flight, 4hrs sleep in 24hrs and had spent 8hrs sight seeing. See below the restaurants directions:



Good luck. Only kidding

  1. Take the Hachiko exit and diagonally cross the scramble crossong
  2. keep right and walk up the main shopping alley
  3. keep walking until you see a yellow cheesecake store on your right, turn right up this street
  4. turn left at the top of the street and look out for Ichiran on your right.

I warn that this restaurant has minimal signs and is somewhat elusive. However the journey to find it is worth it. Be prepared to eat the best ramen of your life.

Walking downstairs you will find a semi vending machine. Here insert your yen and choose your preferred meal. I went with the classic ramen and would recommend.

From here it’s time to select your perfect forever alone booth. Once sitting down fill in your order form – this allows you to choose specifics such a spice, garlic and how soft you would like your noodles (I would recommend medium). If you’re an English speaker like me, ring the bell in front of you and the friendly staff will bring you a form in English.


When you’re done ring the bell and a member of staff will take your order specifications. Now it’s time to sit back and wait…Now enjoy!

until next time.










Tokyo cat cafe

I couldn’t help it. I was in Tokyo… What’s an animal loving gal meant to do if she does not frequent a cat cafe when they are so readily presented?

Well by readily presented I mean hidden in a side street with minimal signs but hey… That’s Japan for you.

Initially I was searching for cat cafes I’d found online in Uneo and Ahkiabara – but with no street signs or names this was all but hopeless. Instead I moved my search to shibuya, in a bid to find some fluffy new friends.

And so I set off on my journey to find Hapineko cat cafe.

How to get there:

  1. Take th Hachiko exit from Shibuya station and walk towards Building 109
  2. As you approach Building 109, keep left  but stay on the right hand side of the road
  3. Keep walking straight and keep your eyes peeled for this sign: image
  4. Take the elevator to the third floor and enjoy

In terms of price this cafe was on the higher side but included a free coffee & chocolate – so price is pretty much even in comparison to other cat cafes in the area. Be prepared to spend at least ¥1200 for 30 minutes of cat lovin’.

The cats in this cafe were all friendly , enjoyed attention and were exceptionally beautiful.

All in all this was a very positive and one that I would do over and over again. If you’re looking to go ~ take the hour. You’ll need it.

Get ready for photo spam below.


Until next time.





Tokyo > than real life

Ok first thing’s first. I love Tokyo! Can I just stay here forever please?

Everyone and everything is nice to you – even traffic lights – who sing to you when it’s time to cross the road. Can I get an AMEN. Everything just works here… something that often isn’t the case when you travel to other parts of the world.

Getting back on track… I ventured to Mt Fuji (Kawaguchi0-ko) in the hope of catching a glimpse of the volcanic beauty from Kawaguchio-ko Lake. Having chosen to embark on this 3hr (round trip) journey on what was predicted to be the clearest day during my stay, I was anticipating some great views.


Even the best made plans can often fail. And boy did mine fail. The closer the Highway Bus got to Mt Fuji the more clouds began to form. An elderly Japanese man that I was seated next to reassured me it would be ok. Well that’s what I assumed he was doing – he just pointed at the clouds, made a wind sound and then smiled. Idk take it how you will but I’m afraid his prediction did not ring true. Dear Mt Fuji was mostly covered by cloud cover. So many feels.

Regardless of the disappointing main show Kawaguchio Lake was quite the   beauty. With a return trip to Kawaguchio-ko station only Y3500 with Highway Buses, it’s worth the trip. Maybe, if you’re lucky you’ll even see Mt Fuji.


Next major stop was the Imperial Palace, located in the heart of Tokyo this free sight is not to be missed. While the palace itself is closed to the public, the real showstopper lies in the palace gardens.

tThe photos speak for themselves on this one – but if you’re looking for an escape from the hustle of Shibuya and Shinjinku this is the place to go. Take some sushi and join the local businesspeople for lunch.


Until next time…