Beauty: Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Bright Fit Review

To answer some requests from friends and blog readers, I will now start writing beauty product reviews here at Impressions of a Princess. Since most of my skincare and makeup are from Korea, why not start with the Korean makeup international superstar – the BB Cream. For today’s post, let me share my thoughts on Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Bright Fit in W13 Natural Beige. Frankly speaking, I forgot where and how I got this item since I have this habit of buying makeup for future use. Yes, I am such a hoarder. But anyway. Without further ado, Read More …

Aaron Hair Salon Giveaway

Last November, I had a very satisfying dye job at Aaron Hair Salon. I was very happy with the result of my treatment that I even wrote my experience here in my website. If you have been following me since then, you had surely read my thoughts about my latest hair color. If you have missed it, you may go back and see what made me love my mane today. Please click here. Aaron Hair Salon is a Korean-owned salon delivering various hair services with a touch of Korean style. It has been operating for several years and have two Read More …

Review | Innisfree Real Skin CC Cream

After the popularity of BB creams, the next big thing for skin care is the launch of CC creams. A lot of Korean cosmetic brands have released their own versions and I was lucky to try Innisfree Real Skin CC Cream from W2Beauty, an online Korean cosmetic shop. PRODUCT INFO Name: Innisfree Real Skin CC Cream SPF 30 PA++ Brand: Innisfree Net Weight: 40 mL Purchased from: W2Beauty PACKAGING This was my first Innisfree product and I loved how the box is made from recyclable materials and printed in soy ink. Not only it is resourceful, but environment-friendly as well. Read More …

Dwell in possibilities with JAMY fashion

More than a year ago, I couldn’t see myself as a blogger who would write for her international audience and maintain an entertaining voice in the blogosphere. Now, my site is live for almost two years and I am still overwhelmed by the amount of followers and active readers I have. I received several blog awards, book review proposals, product review offers, and store collaborations, which all made me feel very grateful to each one of you who continue supporting my writing.  Every time someone liked, commented, shared, and reposted my articles, I feel satisfied being read and appreciated. I Read More …

Fan girl: I met SHINee’s Min Ho!

I didn’t expect I would immediately adapt to my new working surrounding and colleagues, but shortly few weeks after I started I think I have found a friend. Jelyn, a Public Administration graduate from UP who is four years older than me, became my instant friend right after the final interview in my company. We share the love for food: pasta, cake, milk tea, and Oreos. We also love shopping, pigging out, taking photos, and immersing to different cultures. One time, we had a lunch out since there are too many important people conducting meetings in our company. While deciding Read More …

Thank you and See You Soon!

On the last Friday of April, my brunch buddies and I went out for dinner. Most of them haven’t eaten a Korean dish that was why I suggested a nearby authentic Korean restaurant for us to dine in. This get together was not thought out of nowhere; there was an important reason for us to gather and share a delicious meal. It was my farewell dinner treat. A month after graduation, I was accepted by a knowledge outsourcing company for an international publishing client. Stepping out of the comfort of school and home, I was nervous how to face the Read More …

White Day 화이트데이 (3.14.13)

Today, I woke up with several messages waiting in my Kakao Talk. I read three messages from a close friend:   Then I remembered. Aha! Today is White Day! Girls Day!   I learned about White Day in my Nihongo class in university. Our sensei educated us not only with the language, but also with the culture of the country. According to her, during February 14, Valentine’s Day, Japanese girls show their affection to boys by presenting them with candies and chocolate gifts. Exactly a month after, March 14, White Day (ホワイトデ), the opposite happens. Japanese boys are supposed to Read More …

Imperial weekend in a Korean setting

Last Sunday, my good friend, Czar, invited me to go out and perhaps to celebrate Cookie’s one week-sary (?) with me. Since he knows I love tea, we agreed to meet in a local tea shop near my home, Tea Talk. Tea Talk is a small tea shop along Aguirre Avenue in BF Homes, Parañaque City. What I love in this particular shop is the comfort they give to their customers. It exudes such a cozy ambiance. There are the ordinary tables and chairs, as well as love seat cushions, but what I like best is their platform area where Read More …

Happy Pepero Day!

Yesterday, someone said, “Wait Monica,” while turning back and getting something. He returned with an outstretched arm, nudging an object in my rested hands. “For you,” he smiled. I looked down from his face to my hands. And saw a box of Pepero. I didn’t know what to say at first. I barely know him and even though I know that some people just give a gift to random people, I still feel shy about it. Another friend saw what I was holding and freed me from my thoughts. “In Korea, tomorrow is an important day,” he began lecturing but Read More …

Seoul Fusion (Masil) – Korean taste in the metro

Two weeks ago my friend invited me to eat out. I replied that I was busy, and I really was, but after hearing his offer I thought twice. The devil. He mentioned he’ll treat me for samgyeopsal (삼겹살)! Now, I have already mentioned my undying love for this favorite Korean food. It’s just actually thick, fatty slices of grilled pork belly fat – I know what you’re thinking: unhealthy! The most common accompaniments for samgyeopsal are lettuce (sangchu; 상추) and sliced raw garlic, but very often the meat is served with other accompaniments, such as perilla leaves (kkaennip; 깻잎), sliced Read More …