My Korean Birthday Haul

I am back!!!Annyeonghaseyo!! I celebrated my 29th birthday in Seoul, South Korea. I spent 5 days and 5 nights in that beautiful country. This is the grandest birthday gift I have ever given myself. Now, I know why travelling is addicting. waaahh Gusto ko pa!! The above photo was taken at Myeongdong. The famous shopping district in Seoul. I have never seen a street filled with makeup stores in my entire life. And as all of you may have guessed, I went gaga crazy. Haha My Fiance gifted me a shopping spree treat and  But guess what? I got frustrated when we went to Ehwa University because there is this Korean Brand, ONL that has an ongoing sale of buy 1 take 2!! I can't believe it!! I spent almost all of my won on Myeongdong and Ehwa is better because there were fewer people (less stress at pagkahilo). Also, I found this  outlet store where they sell Korean brands from high end ones like Hera, Sulwhasoo to Etude House with a very good discount price. Like 50-70% off! Nakakaloka!Waaah!! Ang laki ng pagsisi ko! :( Anyways, if ever I had the chance to go back, I will definitely check Ehwa University first more than Myeongdong. 

Here is my Korean Birthday Haul. Take note that these are gifts from my fiance!! At wala talaga akong ginastos diyan! haha I know right? Make sure that your out of the country travel with your sweetheart falls on your birthday to get perks like this! Charoot!!! When I showed him everything in the guesthouse, Fiance was like "Grabe ang dami!! Lahat yan gift ko sa iyo? Kung nasa Pilipinas tayo baka 4 lang mabili mo!" haha I was like Korek ka diyan! I even had the chance to buy two tops from H&M with his gift!! Akalain mo yun! haha 
Mr. Kim, the guesthouse manager gave us a postcard! I love N Seoul Tower! :)

Tony Moly had a two or three day sale. I got two items in Lotte Plaza Cheongyanggi, two from Tony Moly Myeongdong and one from Ehwa University.

1. Tony Moly Circle Lens Mascara - I got this for 2750 won (I think) Only 117 pesos when converted to peso. The next day I immediately used it and fell in love with how the green one made my lashes longer so I got another one in pink.

2. Tony Moly Crystal Marble Highlighter - This contains two part highlighter one in champange and the other is in gold.  It cost me 7000 won or 304 pesos

3.Tony Moly Cotton Pact Delight - I originally wanted the Holika Holika Oil Queen Pact but I can't find it anywhere. Perhaps, it is already phased out. This is very small compared to the Holika Holika one but this has a more satiny and smoother texture. I got it for 5000 won or 217 pesos

4. Tony Moly Luminous Goddess Aura Makeup Mist - I got this because gusto kong maachieve that Korean dewy skin look. hehe I got this on a really good bargain. This was not on sale in Tony Moly STores in Myeongdong but like I said I visited this outlet store in Ehwa and I got this for 3900 won or 169 pesos!! In Myeongdong, this costs 8000 won.

5. Tony Moly Gel Liner - I forgot to mention this one. This is on sale for 4200 won or  182 pesos.

Btw, if you are shopping for makeup in Korea, make sure to have your calculators ready for conversion. If it were not for the sale, I would not have bought some of the products featured here on this blog post because they are almost of the same price with the ones sold in Manila (or feeling ko lang yun?)
6. A'pieu - One of the brands, I wished we had in Manila. I just wanted a lip and cheek tint for my birthday but I got more than what I wanted. I got this cheek tint in the shade red first because I am not sure of the quality. What caught me was its price tag of 4500 won or 195 pesos. The next day, I immediately tried it on and it stayed put! I got another shade in Pink which I equally love.
7. Nature Republic Green Tea Cleansing Foam - I had no intention of buying any cream in Korea. Trust me, I love my Ponds Cold Cream so much that I am very apprehensive of using another makeup remover. When I its price tag of 6000 won or 260 pesos, I can't help but buy it. The tub is like 3x bigger than my Pond's Cold Cream!! Good thing, I bought this awesome cream cleanser!!! Winner ito mga teh!! Can I say that I love this more than my Ponds Cleanser? This feels lighter and this is not greasy at all. I am hoping Nature Republic is selling this locally or else mapapabalik ako sa Korea! bwahaha 

8. Nature Republic Hawaiian Clay Pack - I was set on buying the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic pact but it was not on sale so I settled for this one. This only costs 5000 won or 217 pesos. I also saw that it won an Allure Beauty Award.
9. Palgantong Gold Rush Makeup Base - When I saw this at Seatree shop, I immediately thought of the infamous Palgantong Powders sold online and at PureBeauty. Correct me if I am wrong but are they of the same brand as the ones sold in PureBeauty. If my memory serves me right, that brand is quite pricey. I bought this at 7000 (Base) or 304 pesos. This is a golden liquid highlighter. As I have said, peg ko yung shiny fez ng mga Koreans so I bought this one. The bottle is quite huge and it has a pump which other liquid highlighters lack.

10. Palgantong Powder - 7500 won or 326 pesos. If this is the same powder sold locally, panalo ang price nito!!! :)
11. Holika Holika Jewel Light Waterproof Eyeliner - One of the cheapest and nicest eyeliner I have ever tried. I got these on sale for 3950 won or 171 pesos each.
12. Iope Lip and Cheek Stain - Iope is one of my most favorite buys in Korea. I should have gotten more of their products because they are really good. I got this in Ehwa at a very very nice prie of 2000 won or a whopping 87 pesos!!! Waaahh!!! They only sell one shade. 

13. Iope Essential Oil - I got this on a whim because my skin acted really negatively in Korea. Their extremely chilly weather triggered my rashes and my face looked horrible sans bb cream and concealer. This oil was heaven sent!It relieved my skin of bumps, itchiness and redness. I absolutely love this oil!!!!! I should have gotten a back up (I know ang dami kong pinagsisihan!hehe) This only costs 7900 won or 343 pesos. I love how it hydrates my skin and the moisture truly penetrates my skin making it supple and softer. 
14. A'pieu Snail Vital Eye Cream - I was complimented by a Korean SA (char!! Salamat sa makeup at sa malaki kong mata). However, she mentioned that I have prominent under eye lines. Kaloka!! I was really conscious after that so, I got this eye cream. I was never fond of using eye cream but I think I should take my lines seriously from now on. This is on sale at 10000 won or 434 pesos. 
15. ONL Lipsticks - This is the brand that I saw in Ehwa that had an ongoing sale of buy 1 take 2!!! Bakit ba ako nagdalawang isip na bumili pa? waah. I gifted my mom the other lipstick and I am in love with these two shades. I got these for 10900 won for three pesos or 473 pesos.

16. Skinfood Red Orange Makeup Finishing Mist in Matte - I got this for 8000 won or 347 pesis. I think I saw Shaanxoxo used this in one of her videos. This smells so good!!!

17. Skinfood Fresh Apple Poremazing Gel Primer - I got this for 9000 won or 391 pesos at namahalan ako!I should have bought the 3 ONL primers for 12900 won than this!! Ay sus!

18.The SAEM Cover Perfection Pot concealer - I apologize that I forgot to include this on my first draft of this post. This is one of my favorites in this haul. I never planned on purchasing another concealer. As of the moment,  I have too much concealers in my stash but I could not resist the price tag of this baby!! 5000 won or 217 pesos only. And my gulay, the coverage?? amazing!! The first time I swatched it in Lotte Plaza I knew I had to to get it. This is currently my everyday concealer.

(I forgot to take pictures but kindly refer to the second picture above for reference)
Here are the freebies I got!!! I got two masks!! Yeavah!! Tip: When buying in Myeongdong, buy one -two items at a time to get samples for every buy. hehe 

That's it! 

I am one super happy beauty blogger with my purchases! :)


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  1. Happy birthday!!!! How generous naman of your fiancee... You are such a lucky woman!
    So plenty of products, imagined how much you saved in buying those Korean cosmetics.. Oo nga why is it so pricey naman Korean products here in the Philippines... You've got nice choices of your purchases, sulit na sulit! And mind the freebies, andami! Ang cute ng mini bottles!!

    1. Yes dami freebies nakakaadik magshopping kahit paulit ulit ang stores haha

  2. Ohh this is such a lovely haul~ :3
    I hope you had a wonderful birthday! C:


    1. Grabe I left my heart in Korea talaga charoot!! Super saya magshopping hehe

  4. is that a tonymoly gel liner? thats most superb in ph humid weather! love that thing! i wonder if these mascaras withstand ph weather. how much was the gel liner? love your haul! great photos once again!

    1. Yes!! Naedit ko na nakaligtaan ko siya ialagay plus the saem concealer. it is on sale for 4000 won basta 170 something lang siya.. :) Bongga!

  5. Wow that's a lot of products! Have fun enjoying your gifts from your fiance! :D And thanks for the tip on visiting Ehwa before Myeongdong~

  6. best month ba talaga ngayon for shopping pumunta sa korea?

    1. Actually, nung unang visit ko sa myeongdong walang sale then the next day sale na.. I think tiyempuhan lang talaga. :)

  7. Happy Birthday, Donna! I love your haul! Super sulit ng mga nabili mo! I wish to visit there too soon! Hope that I will have a budget to do so. Sana next year!!! :-)

    1. Pray na sana next year.. :) super saya... nakkaheart attack.. ako naman kasi hindi mpili sa brand kiber kung mura or drugstore sa kanila ang mahala made in korea.. hahaha diba?

  8. waaaaa andami! Belated Happy Birthday sis! looks like you and the fiancee had a blast in Korea. Hopefully I'll have budget to travel very soooon. hehe

  9. Omg love this Ms. Donna! Sobrang naexcite ako kasi sa Korea kami this Christmas! Kala ko biro lang yung mga ganyang sale sa Seoul hehe. Ang haba na ng wishlist ko susme!

    Can you recommend a skincare product na pwedeng bilhin dun? Gusto ko kasi maginvest sa Korean serums :D

    PS Belated Happy Birthday! <3

    1. Snail cream!!! hindi ko alam anong brand maganda pero you can start your research now. Serums madami din.. I wanted to buy snail serum or essence but I opted for oil kasi super dry ng skin ko.. :) Pinagsisihan ko hindi ako bumili ng cc cream or cushion bb cream dun. :) naku hindi ko nasunod ang listahan ko.. some products i want i find them too pricey so nagscout ako ng mas mura.. like I wanted a tint sa a'pieu ako bumagsak.. buy the saem concealer grabe bongga talaga super ganda ng coverage. :)

  10. Happy belated birthday, Donna! Looks like you had an amazing time in Korea. :) Ka-cute naman ng haul mo. That's what I love about Korean cosmetics, the packaging. So dainty, girly, and adorable. They work really well too. I've always been a fan of their BB creams. I must try the other stuff too. :D

    Enjoy your haul as well as the fond memories of your trip. Ingat lagi. :)

  11. How exciting!! Korea's my top dream destination. And and una kong gagawin, Makeup shopping! haha


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