Now that I’m more or less re-energised from my whirlwind trip to Korea to attend their Global Beauty Camp last week, I’ve finally gotten down to editing the truckload of photos I took 😀 Rather than bore you with my usual verbal diarrhea, I’m gonna let my photos do the talking (because honestly, the photos are way more fun too!)
Day 1 MORNING: TOUCHDOWN & SHOPPING AT ARITAUM
First up on our agenda was a stop at Aritaum – Laneige is defo a brand after my own heart. Some people require a shower to perk up after a red-eye flight, while I can totally settle for a wipe-out-the-shelves shopping spreeeeee (paid by me me me).
Now a lil background here – Aritaum is the brand emporium of AmorePacific (the parent company that owns a whole plethora of brands).
- Here, you can find: Most of its mass market brands such as IOPE, Hanyul, Mamonde, Aritaum, Laneige, Laneige Homme, Happy Bath, Ryeo, VB Program, illi, Modi Nails, and Mise En Scene.
- You will not find: Etude House, Innisfree, Sulwhasoo, Hera, Lirikos, Primera, Espoir here because they have their own free-standing stores.
Positioned right in front of the store to greet you – Rows upon rows of Modi nail polishes – they have all sorts of vernis 😀 From Gel to textured to normal and even neon and glow in the dark ones. Like whutttt. Their Gel Nail UV Lamp is also rather affordable – I remember seeing a price tag of less than SGD$100.
Starting from the back of the store, there’s IOPE, Hanyul and VB Program here
Ryeo is also under AmorePacific, and it’s a shampoo brand that I swear by. It’s full of herbal and ginseng goodness, and minimised my hairfall by 50% (I kid you not – my mom forces me to pick up my fallen hair from the drain cover after each shower, and I noticed a visible reduction in hairfall after I started using Ryeo)
Aritaum carries products to cover you from head to toe – literally. Shampoos, body shower gels, hair dyes, etc. In fact, it could be inside to out as well, with their VB Program dietary supplements for slimming even. Like woah.
Now this is what I call a real sale – and it’s not even on super old stock! Their Honey Melting Tint was going at 1+1 (aka buy 1 get 1 free) 😀
Unfortunately, their latest offering – the Water Sliding Tint – is not on sale yet (not that it’s that pricey at just KRW9,000 each)
By this time, I more or less couldn’t contain myself (hey, I managed to retain some sanity as I went around taking photos for about 10-15 minutes hurhurhur). Let the photography stop, and the shopping commence! 😀
DAY 1 LATE MORNING: CHECK-IN AT W SEOUL WALKERHILL
After the whirlwind shopping spree and frenetic stuffing of the haul into the luggage, we cabbed over to W Seoul Walkerhill – they aren’t kidding when they named the place Walkerhill. It literally is located atop a little hill, and you gotta walk your buns off just to reach it (in the unfortunate event that you’re not cabbing up).
Amidst all the fumbling with the cash, wallet, gloves, scarf, luggages and the penguin suit, I really didn’t have any additional limb capacity to take photos, so here’s a photo taken off the internet on how the hotel looks out from the outside.
Now, note that it’s located right next to the Sheraton Hotel – the drive-in is ajoined (we found out the embarrassing way when the cabby dropped us off at Sheraton instead of W).
But in any case, I managed to check in (after rolling my luggage out of Sheraton and into W Seoul heh). I opened the door to reveal this…
The faucets of the sink are located along the side (kinda like a kitchen grill tbh) – a little hard to adjust to, especially when my face is covered with foam and I’m trying blindly feel my way with foamy hands for the cold (and not hot) faucet.
W hotel usually comes with Bliss toiletries, but for this Laneige Global Beauty Camp, they replaced them all with AmorePacific’s toiletries (yay!)
Now that I’m clean, I can haz lumping session, yes yes?
At this point, I wolfed down my burger and fries, patted on some skincare and patted the happy belly as well. I blissfully snoozed off (only to awaken about an hour later for my Global Beauty Camp orientation) – Check out my next blog post as I officially begin my Laneige Global Beauty Camp!