I’m a journalism graduate from Western Washington University in 2012. I lived in Cheonan, South Korea from 2012-2013, but since then I’ve returned home to Bellingham, Wash. Korea is a land of cosmetic surgery and wonderful beauty products and cosmetics. Expect many Korean product reviews here.

I decided there weren’t enough reviews for products I was looking for, so hopefully these reviews will help you. Please note that I purchase all of the products I review with my own money. Leave me comments if you have any questions about products I review!

Where to buy products

I absolutely love Pretty & Cute. They sell Korean and Japanese products out of a store in Oregon, so if you live around there you don’t need to wait long for orders. They also let you choose a free sample for each order.

When you buy Lioele products, use this promo code: lovelioele (thanks to Jen from From Head to Toe)

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17 Responses to “About”

  1. sjbkk March 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM #

    Wow, you’re going to Korea?! I LOVE Korean skincare and cosmetics! Can’t wait to see your hauls 🙂

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m following you back now.

    Cheers x

    • katislaterszirom March 27, 2012 at 3:31 PM #

      Ya .. I definitely will be buying lots of those !! -__- lol. I’m afraid of running out of room in a tiny apartment.

      • sjbkk March 27, 2012 at 3:43 PM #

        When I went to Korea last month, I was so overwhelmed! It was hard to choose with a limited time for shopping 🙂

        Anyway, I’m excited for you!

      • katislaterszirom March 27, 2012 at 4:02 PM #

        Oh where did you go? Was it just for a vacation?

      • sjbkk March 27, 2012 at 4:06 PM #

        It was a four-day trip and I was in a group tour. We were not given a free day, or even at least for half day. We went to many places though, mainly the touristy ones.

        Whereabouts in Korea will you stay?

      • katislaterszirom March 27, 2012 at 4:14 PM #

        I don’t know yet. I just applied with the recruiting company that I’m going through. It will be a long process -__- lol. I will probably go around December or something of next year.

      • sjbkk March 28, 2012 at 2:06 AM #

        Oh really? Anyhow, it should be exciting! 🙂

  2. travelthayer April 26, 2012 at 5:41 AM #

    Hello friend. When are you planning on getting to Korea?

    • katislaterszirom April 26, 2012 at 5:49 AM #

      And keep up the good work! You are writing so many helpful blogs!

  3. katislaterszirom April 26, 2012 at 5:48 AM #

    Ohhh! Well I had my Adventure Teaching interview that went well ^^ They said to start getting my documents together … I’m mailing my FBI background check application request in Friday. I’m planning on going as soon as I can after I graduate in September. The lady asked, “so you’re thinking about October or November?” I said yes! That’s so soon though! I can’t believe it o_o I still need to take an online TESOL course this summer, and I plan on taking some Korean classes in Seattle this summer as well. I also have an internship this summer … this summer will be nuts haha.

    • travelthayer April 26, 2012 at 6:07 AM #

      You sure are a fount of positive energy! Haha, It took about 6 weeks for my background check to be completed. Then it takes about 1 week or less to get the apostille for it (Send it through Authxperts, they are kinda pricy, but they are fast!). So do you know what province/city you will be in? It is looking like I will be in Chungnam or Gyeongsangnam. I have been working on Korean as well. I find it much, much, MUCH easier than Chinese.

      I am looking at getting to Korea any time between 1 month from now to 3 months from now. Either way it is coming up quickly 😀

      Oh hey, feel free to email me at mathayercl@gmail.com !

      • katislaterszirom April 26, 2012 at 6:20 AM #

        Don’t you need to mark something on the FBI background check about needing an apostille stamp? I’m worried something will not turn out right though o_o I’m not sure where I will be yet. All I told them is I would prefer a larger city, but that it wasn’t too important. I basically just started the process. How are you practicing Korean? You know about talktomeinkorean.com? It is a good website! I have been trying to get tutoring and hopefully that class will work out. I don’t want to be helpless there! I think I might even go to a Korean language school while I’m there, if I have the time. You know Chinese too? Chinese seems so difficult! But I agree, Korean is pretty easy with the writing system and everything.

  4. travelthayer April 26, 2012 at 6:43 AM #

    you may put a cover letter stating that you need this background check for working overseas in Korea. They should then put a seal and signature on it that will make it valid for an apostille.

    From there you will either send it to the secretary of stat in DC, or to a company that will take it there for you. Mailing it directly will take much longer (4-6 weeks) but cost less; sending it to a company will take much less time (mine was under 1 week), but it costs much more ($70ish)

    Everything will go well so long as you pay attention to details and instructions. I was worried too, writing all of my information as neatly as possible, paranoid that one small mistake would cost me a job in Korea. Everything turned out alright though.

    I have been thinking of taking Korean language lessons as well. I think it would be a very worth while use of time. You may even be able to talk to your Korean coworkers as practice! Some private schools offer discounts at Korean language institutes.

    Chinese is tough. Thank goodness Korean does not have tones 🙂

    • katislaterszirom April 26, 2012 at 6:45 AM #

      Thank you for all of that advice! It is all really helpful. OH! I will be so nervous for an interview with the school too. What was yours like???

      • travelthayer April 26, 2012 at 6:50 AM #

        well I have had a couple. I am aiming at public schools, but I interviewed with a private school the other day. They asked be a couple questions about whether I was ready for the culture/ food. The most important question they asked me was what I would do if two students got in a fight. This might be a good question to research.

        I should have some more interviews coming up 🙂

      • katislaterszirom April 26, 2012 at 6:59 AM #

        Culture and FOOD???? HAH! I’m looking forward to it so much! I already cook Korean food all the time at home. My boyfriend is Korean lol ^^ His mom has taught me some things. But that is a good/difficult/interesting question.

  5. travelthayer April 26, 2012 at 8:43 PM #

    I had a favorite Korean Restaurant while I was in China, I can’t begin to describe how good it was 🙂

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