Beauty Review | Tok Stick by Beuon

Tok Stick Review!

If you are like me you are constantly on the hunt for something to improve the overall appearance of your skin.

I have suffered from eczema since I was in college and I usually don’t leave the house without a little bb cream or foundation on to hide the redness.

I was looking into the newest skincare trend which is derma rollers! Of course, living in Korea we have access to some of the most cutting-edge skincare technology.

I recently heard about the brand Beuon from my friend Unity Jackson!

Beuon is quickly becoming known for their Tok Stick. Which isn’t a derma roller but rather a stick.

The Tok stick has a whopping 49 gold plated needles. The needles on the Tok Stick are actually the thinnest needles in the world! The needles also have a custom V-shaped line in the middle to reduce pain.

Photo credit: Beuon Official website

When I received my Tok Stick it came in a beautiful black box! When I opened it up I noticed the Tok Stick was hygienically wrapped up. I really love that. Especially because the Tok Stick has needles on the surface and you want a product that is clean and ready to use!

Here is a chart straight from their website about how the Tok Stick works and how to properly use it!

photo credit: Beuon Official website

Alright, now it’s my turn!

Here is a lovely selfie of me right after I washed my face!

I dosed up 3mL of ampule into the Tok Stick
(If you do not use the ampule by Tok Stick you should stick to a watery ampule for best results)

 I used the Elizavecca Hell Pore Water Up Peptide mist


Photo credit: Amazon
You can buy it here!

You’ll want to give it a shake and make sure the ampule is coming out without any trouble. I always test it on the back of my hand first then go to my face.

You’ll want to use the Tok Stick all over your face for 15 minutes. I usually do 3 times around my face then move to my neck and hands.

After that, your face will be a bit red so you’ll want to put on a really soothing mask. I would suggest a cream mask or something with aloe in it.

My personal favorite is the Ozoo face mask.
Which you can buy here!


Photo credit: Amazon

Here is a picture of my face after the face mask!

I cannot say enough amazing things about the Tok Stick! It’s a revolutionary piece of skincare and I highly recommend it!

Check them out on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tokstick/

You can also buy them here on K Mall or you can directly contact them via Instagram.

Buy me here! K Mall

For a demonstration of the Tok Stick check out my YouTube review as well!

Until next time! Stay Beautiful!

xoxo

Julie Ko

Life After Korea: Frantically Packing

Hey Everyone!
Tis‘ the season for contracts ending and decisions to be made.

Should I stay or Should I go?

Leaving Korea can be a difficult decision. 

For some, the time has come to move back to their home and leave Korea in their memories.

Wait.
Are you telling me I have to get everything I’ve accumulated over the past year/years out of here before the new teacher gets here?

((Cue panic))

Take it from someone who has moved home TWICE yes you read that correctly TWICE it is a pain in the BUTT.

The best way to move everything without having an anxiety attack/ meltdown/ crying episode is

Prioritize
Yes, you read that correctly. I wrote a list of everything I needed to accomplish before I was kicked out of my tiny apartment.

First:
You need to separate what you are going to keep
What selling/donating
Things that you are a maybe for taking home

Play for Keeps


After you’ve sectioned this all out set out your suitcases and start packing things you are definitely taking home.

See how much room you have left or any room at all.

*Note: I had 2 giant suitcases and 1 small one. My husband had 1 big one and 1 medium-sized suitcase.  He stuffed his full of ramen.

Something that was super helpful for me for each of my moving adventures was shipping boxes. 

Did you know that if you get a #4 size box from KPS you can ship it for 40,000KRW (40 bucks USD)?

 It will take 3 solid months to get to you but it’s totally worth it for people like me who are pack rats and love stationary & skin care things.

I sent 4 boxes when I moved full of skincare, gifts, and souvenirs from my travels. And of course clothes.

Shipping your stuff can be a big pain but the shipping boxes helped me A LOT. Just remember don’t check the box for airmail or else it’ll cost you way more than 40 bucks!

Selling/Donating

Leaving can be kinda expensive. So I ended up selling a ton of my stuff.
Your best bet to sell things is through the expat facebook groups.

Expat Women in Korea
Expat Women in Korea Buy/Sell
HBC/Itaewon Information Board
Craigs List Seoul

If you have a Korean friend that is willing to help you, you could post your things on a Korean forum as well. When I had a couch and a giant oven my husband put our stuff on there and we got a good amount of money for our stuff!

Make sure to take clear pictures of your items and mark the price on each picture. So that way it doesn’t cause any confusion and people don’t try to stiff you on pricing.

**Be cautious when using these selling forums because you will get the occasional creep or overly friendly person trying to holla at you. Just use good judgment. **

If you find yourself unlucky selling your items try asking around to your coworkers and maybe their friends to see if they need anything. Usually, if you give your items to your coworkers they might want it for free or discounted. Just be do what you feel it right.

Throw it away!
**Bye Felicia**

You’d think throwing away trash is a fairly simple task.
Not in Korea.
If you’ve lived there long enough you are familiar with the color coated bags. One for food trash, one for trash to be burned and the other for miscellaneous stuff.

Be aware that if you are throwing big items like couches, bookshelves, or anything that cant fit in your trash bag it’ll need a TAG.

Many of my friends that have moved out of their hagwon apartments have put their things on the curb only to get penalized for throwing it away without a permit. I also had a friend who got the penalty taken out of their paycheck. Ouch.

If you are unsure where to buy the tag or how much you should be paying for said tag, take a picture of the item and ask where to buy the tag to your local CU, GS25, or 711 clerk.
I bought mine at the community center near my home. If you have trouble communicating in Korean you could ask your boss or Korean teacher for a little help on the matter. They’ll be able to point you in the right direction.

For clothing, there is usually a donation box in every neighborhood so you can put shoes and clothing in the box if you are feeling generous or just antsy because you couldn’t sell it online.

When you move out make sure it’s clean-ish and chunk up the deuce to your landlord! 

**Also remember February is the time for everyone who is leaving in March to cash out their pension. I recommend doing this sooner rather than later. I also suggest finding the nearest office to your house/hagwon to make this process go smoothly. I went to the one at Samsung station near Gangnam. They were very kind and I was in and out in 20 minutes.

That’s it for this week y’all!!

Happy packing !!

xoxo
Julie Ko

p.s. you know very well that everything in that “maybe” needs to get thrown away. Just trying to help you out 😉

Cafe Gals visit Mint Hiem in Hongdae!

Thoughts 

Mint Heim is located on the back streets between Hongdae and Hapjeong. It’s actually super easy to miss!  Cheyenne and I attempted to go to Mint Heim a couple of times and each time we easily passed it even with our Naver map on! Best way to find Mint Heim is to always look up or just for an adorable mint colored building! 

Now let’s get into the details here:

Prices/Menu

 

 

Wifi:
No

Pet-Friendly:
No

Atmosphere:
Busy! Definitely a tourist hot spot! A lot of people are always coming and going!

Seating:
Limited! Not a big space but hopefully you can find a table!

Instagram Worthy:
Absolutely!! It’s so adorable inside and out!

Thoughts:
Mint Heim is definitely a cafe to visit! Especially if are a fan of mint and chocolate. Their cakes are fabulously decorated and everything in the cafe is aesthetically pleasing. It’s a great place to take selfies and take a break from the Hongdae hustle and bustle! So the Cafe Gals ENCOURAGE you to try Mint Heim for yourself!

🚨Cheyenne and I gave this cafe🚨 

4/5

Address:


366-28 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
🌟 Use Naver maps for this one! It can be tricky!

Open

EVERY DAY 11:30 AM – 9:30 PM

Phone Number

02-324-1359

 📷Their Instagram

Mint Heim📷

Stay caffeinated my friends! 

xoxo

Julie & Cheyenne 

I’ll be away for the holidays…

Merry Christmas everyone! 
(Or belated depending on your time zone)

This was actually my first Christmas home with my family and my husband.

After spending 4 Christmas’ away from home and family it’s nice to be back!

But during those 4 years, something deep inside of me felt sadness, distance, and a bit of anger.

Those of you currently living/working abroad may have felt similar emotions during the holiday season.

Every year while I worked in Korea I actually left the country to push back my emotions and try to make the best of the fact that I wasn’t home surrounded by loved ones persuading me to move home.

But for some you, you have to stay in Korea and keep working through the holiday or your break is split up differently.

I want to take a minute and say this.
To those of you who are still abroad and are feeling homesick and blue this time of year,  I am here for you. I know it’s hard to be away from familiarity and traditions so if you find yourself depressed or wanting someone to talk to my inbox is ALWAYS open.

I am no stranger to my dear friend depression.
It loved to try and control me and steer me down dark alleyways of my brain. It’s cold outside, crying seems normal, and your feelings are numb.
I have dealt with depression from a young age and sought out professional help that has ultimately given me the tools to dig me out of a grade A pity party.

Sometimes change is difficult and lonely.
But you should always know that there are people who have been there and possibly felt what you are feeling now.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to others in the expat groups or people on Instagram that maybe you’ve never met.

I actually met some really cool people in Korea through Instagram!

I want to wish you all a wonderful and safe holiday break.

Be sure to take care of your mind & body!

Lots of LOVE,

Julie Ko

Cafe Gals visit Loui Ruth’s Itaewon!

Loui Ruth’s is a chill brunch cafe just down the street from Itaewon Station. They serve fluffy and delicious pancakes and super filling french toast. They also have a decent sized drink menu. We thought the prices for the drinks were pretty cheap compared to other cafes in the area. 


Now let’s get into the details here:
Prices:
Brunch: ₩7.5~₩13.0
Drinks: ₩3.9-₩5.5
Menu:English and Korean

Wifi: Yes

Pet Friendly:No

Atmosphere: chill with loud music

Seating: Around 25 people max.

Instagram Worthy: not really


Thoughts:

We thought this place was pretty good but wasn’t really worth the price. Good American breakfast food isn’t hard to find in Seoul anymore and there are better options. However, it is a nice place to sit and chat with friends over a good and inexpensive drink. You can even share a platter of pancakes or french toast as they are really filling! 

🚨Julie and I gave this cafe🚨

☕☕/5

💕
Address:

서울 용산구 이태원로210
Seoul, Yongsan-gu  Itaewon-ro 210
🌟Exit 3 of Itaewon Station

Open
Monday~ Friday
11:00~11:00
Phone Number
02.512.6257

xoxo

Cafe  Girls 

 

Cafe Gals visit Dore Dore Cafe in Sinsa!

Dore Dore is a 4 story house in the back streets of Sinsa-dong.

 The first floor you walk into is where all the goodies are! They have a basement and additional floors on top! Each floor is a different color with a different set of decor. Their pastry case looks absolutely inviting with rainbows and gem colored cookies.

 Dore Dore is also a bright pink house with the words Dore on the side.

 You cant miss it!

Now let’s get into the details here:
Prices:
Drinks: 5,000 – 8,5000 KRW
Cake slice: 8,500 – 15,000 KRW

Menu: Korean

Wifi: Absolutely! 

Pet Friendly: No 

Atmosphere: Barbie’s house come to life! Amazing!

Seating: Plenty! 4 floors of seating and AC!

Instagram Worthy: Heck yes! Take that selfie and eat that cake! 🍰


Thoughts:

Dore Dore was an awesome cafe to visit and I’m more than certain it wont be our last time here! I have to admit all of Cheyenne’s choices were delicious! Mine wasn’t as good as I was hoping. I did take my left over cake to my husband and he LOVED it! So it didn’t go to waste 😀 I would highly recommend this cafe to anyone who has a sweet tooth! One the week days it’s a nice place to hang out and enjoy the wifi! I cant wait to come back and get the carrot cake! haha 

🚨Cheyenne and I gave this cafe🚨 

☕☕☕/5


서울특별시 강남구 도산대로15길40

40 Dosan-daero 15-gil

🌟You can access the Cafe from Apgujeong-ro or the main road of Sinsa 


Open

Every day 11AM – 11PM
Phone Number
02-540-4553

📸Instagram📸
https://www.instagram.com/doredoreofficial/

Stay caffeinated my friends!
xoxo
Cafe Gals