Hellooooo~ Many of you asked me to share my purchases during my trip but I did not have the time to post during my trip due to a busy schedule. 5 weeks passed by so fast in South Korea, it felt like I was there for only a couple weeks! It has been exactly a week since I got back from South Korea and I am already missing my home country.
I will start posting reviews this week of the products I started using while I was in South Korea. There is a product which I purchased the first week of my trip due to the great reviews from Korean bloggers and I am absolutely in LOVE with it!
I hope you enjoy this post! -Sorry for the horrible pictures, I took these in a hurry before leaving for work.
The best Etude House shop (based on customer service) I've been to is the one in Gangnam, Jamsil Station(station for Lottle World), and Samchundong (the worker was so friendly!). The Itaewon Etude has very friendly workers too but the store is so tiny, it's hard to shop around in.
The WORST store is the Insadong store. My sister and I were speaking to each other in English, so they assumed we didn't speak Korean and didn't bother to help us or give us the discount prices. I had to ask in Korean why he was charging me the full price when they were having a 20-50% sale, then he took out the samples he was going to give us if he charged us for original prices. He didn't even bother to greet us or say one word to us. DON'T SHOP HERE. I don't think I've ever felt this furious during a shopping trip.
Style Nanda(Hongdae) - 3 Concept Eyes
You can try out all their makeup at the store, the workers are friendly too.
I think THEFACESHOP is the easiest store to find around Seoul. It's everywhere!
I don't think I had any bad experiences from THEFACESHOP. The best location for me was the one in Itaewon and the one inside Everland. I like the Itaewon store because the store is very big and easy to shop around in. Alot of the stores inside the stations are very small and crowded compared to the stores outside on the streets.
Skinfood is hard to find, they don't have many locations compared to other brands. I went to the one in Gangnam (they give a lot of samples!) and the workers were very friendly.
Olive Young is very easy to find around Seoul. They sell a lot of foreign brands, especially Japanese brands.
If you want to take a look at Peripera products, Olive Young carries all of their products.
The best olive brand I've been to is the one in Itaewon. It's HUGEEE and they have a lot of friendly workers.
Another brand that is really hard to find.
I like the store in Samchundong the most.
I bought the mists from the one inside the Chunhodong station when I went to visit the Hyundai Mall and E-mart. If you want to visit the Hyundai mall and E-mart, take Line 5 to Chunhodong station. Both the stores are connected from the station.
Aritaum is easy to find in Seoul as well. They have many locations throughout Seoul, they even had one near my Aunt's house in the countryside. Aritaum sells Iope, Laneige, Mamonde, Amore Pacific, Modi Nails, Hanyul, and Odyssey.
For me, the best location was the inside Gangnam Station. The worker was friendly and she let me use her membership card to get the Cushion tints for 1+1.
Compared to last year, I saw many more Tony Moly shops around Seoul.
The best locations for me was the one inside the Hyundai mall in Chunhodong and the one inside Sadang Station. The workers at the Gangnam Tony Moly were not too friendly and the store was so small and crowded. Sadang Tony Moly had the friendliest customer service I've ever experienced in South Korea.
I don't know too much about Innisfree products so I didnt buy much.
Innisfree is easy to find in Seoul.
I really like the Innisfree in Gangnam and Insadong.
The worker at Gangnam Station Innisfree was really nice and helpful too.
I wanted to buy some lip products but they ran out of all the colors I wanted.
Last minutes things I got from Etude and THEFACESHOP before leaving South Korea.
I bought some face washes and lip products from Etude for a friend but I couldn't take pictures because I gave them to her already.
I don't have much samples as last year because I only bought things on sale days. On sale days, they don't give samples.
I don't think I paid full prices for any of the makeup except at the Style Nanda (3 Concept Eyes) and Lucido-L hair essence, and at Skinfood. I looked at Gmarket's Beauty Calendar and wrote down all the sale dates of every brand and went to the stores only on the sales dates.
*If you go into any makeup store during a sale day or event, don't be afraid to ask for the discounted prices even if you don't have a membership card. Tell them you are a foreigner and they will use their store membership card and give you the discounted prices.
Also, if you are not in Korea for too long and want to visit all these stores, go to Myeongdong or Gangnam. I didn't visit Myeongdong this year because I have been there many times before but I really think this is the best place to shop. If you need to shop in a short amount of time Myeongdong or Gangnam is the place!