My first post concerns something very near and dear to me: my personal kit of essentials which I carry with me at all times around Seoul. I do genuinely get a kick out of finding mini-sized versions of things for my bag – the practicality! The usefulness! The friggin cuteness! I have detailed everything below with the specific reasons behind why exactly I choose to lug each item around.
Mallang Luna Pouch @ Artbox
I love this colourful pouch. It is good quality and the perfect size for my truckload of necessaries.
Kleenex Wipes (kiwi) @ Convenience Stores
I constantly find myself needing wet tissues after paroosing the countless Korean cosmetic stores and emerging from them covered knuckle to elbow in makeup testers.
Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner @ Olive Young
Facial mists first came to my attention when I noticed all of my Korean co-workers routinely spritzing their faces between classes. Since then I’ve become addicted and this all-natural one with rosewater and chamomile is a long-time favorite. Most used during sweaty subway rides and as a respite from the intense summer humidity.
Lotte I.D white Gum @ Convenience Stores
If you enjoy the deliciously garlicky national cuisine but aren’t yet accustomed to brushing your teeth in public bathrooms between meals like Koreans do then gum is definitely a necessity!
Tissues @ Watsons
Public bathrooms in Korea carry toilet roll about 50% of the time. Nuff said.
Lavera Repair Lipbalm @ Olive Young
This is the best lipbalm I have ever tried.
Mini Berry Lipbalm (shade 01: Cherry) @ Tony Moly
This peach-coloured lipbalm comes in an adorable cherry-shaped container. It smells and tastes like a summer cocktail.
Hot Girl Lip Sticker (shade 05) @ Too Cool For School
Too Cool For School make amazing quality, inexpensive cosmetics and this long-wearing matte lipstick blew me away. The color is a perfect pinky red and really does last a heck of a long time. It’s tiny too so great for carrying in your bag.
ZAP-IT @ Amazon.com
This little zapper delivers tiny charges of electricity into the area around a mosquito bite, making it heal much faster with barely an itch! Essential for me, as the mosquitoes here seem to be super-powered mutant versions of the ones back home.
Lanolips Rose Balm Intense @ Olive Young
There seems to be some unwritten rule over here that hands must be perfectly manicured at all times. I feel very unruly when I look down at my own chapped, craggly-nailed mitts. This is a great hand cream for summer as it absorbs fast with no greasy feeling. Also handy for on-the-go is a dinky Nail File @ Daiso.
Handmirror @ Tony Moly
This was free with purchase!
Natural Oil Control Paper @ Innisfree
Humidity + skin = shiny face.
Multi-Case Tin @ Artbox
These cute tins are great for storing all those random extras like Tylenol, kirby grips, plasters etc.
Tide To Go Marker @ not sure…
This was given to me by an American friend who noticed how much I enjoy spilling kimchi on myself. Since then I have been on the hunt for a similar version in Korea. This miracle worker definitely comes in handy, what with all the red sauce-based dishes I eat on a daily basis.
Zumreed Headphones @ Artbox
My typical day out in Seoul consists of multiple arduous subway rides. Escaping into my own world with music a coping mechanism against the lack of personal space on the subway!
Sunglasses @ Artbox
Summer in Korea is so much brighter than in England so I am a miserable squinter without these on hand. Stylish sunglasses can be found very cheaply here which is fortunate for those of us who regularly
break misplace their sunglasses.