K-Summer Travel Diary: Boryeong Mud Festival | Clozette

Summer is the time for festivals; and here in South Korea, there is a popular annual summer festival which attracts thousands of people from all over the world! The Boryeong Mud Festival is in its 18th year and is done annually at Boryeong, a two hour drive from Seoul, along the west coast of South Korea. Every year the Daecheon beach is packed with many stations of fun-filled and wild mud experiences!

Clear skies and amazing weather greeted the team as we reached Boryeong at around 12pm. We arrived during the first day of the festival, so we were as excited as the organizing committee were! 

We made sure to slap on loads of sunscreen (very important!), using the trusty Shiseido Anessa Perfect Essence UV Spray (SPF 50+ PA+++) for the face and the Sunplay Water Cool Body Mist Sunscreen (SPF 75 PA+++) for the  body. These sunscreen sprays have been the go-to sunscreens for the summer for their non-own greasy formula, and easy application. Sunscreen is definitely a must for the festival to prevent your skin from getting burned after many hours under the mud and sun.

Before the festival, we went to the beach just to get our bodies cooled down and ready for the event. Even without the mud festival, the Daecheon beach is also a popular place for Koreans in Boryeong city to visit. 

The mud festival had a variety of events from the Hite booth (ice cold beer on a hot summer day is like no other!), soccer in the mud, the mud prison, mud slide and many many many more! There was also the colour mud painting booth which allowed the mud painters to get creative on you! 

Not only can you have fun and go wild at the festival, the mud contains properties which are good for the skin as well. The mud used at the festival is from the seashore mud of Daecheon Beach; and the mud water was also extracted from the mud powder. It is good for revitalizing and releasing the waste and dirt on your skin. There are also components of the mud which help in collagen production and pore tightening. 

Mud has been a known source for skincare, ever since the ancient times where it was rumoured that Cleopatra had mud in her make-up. So it was no surprise that the Boryeong Mud Festival also had a mud cosmetics booth and a mud experience centre. There were a wide range of mud cosmetics available, from body wash to mud lotion and mud toner.

Wondering what to try when you get there? This mud essence masks sheets were a definite must-have. It's full of nutrients from the mud water of Boryeong, combined with collagen which calms, moisturises, and restores the tightness of the skin. 

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The festival is going to be on till the 26th of July 2015, so if you happen to be in Korea, do check out the festival and their range of mud cosmetics!



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There's a list of things women can never have too much of: clothes, shoes, bags, and our favourite one--lipsticks. A lipstick is like the cherry on top of a perfectly whipped vanilla ice cream sundae. It gives your face a pop of colour and it determines your overall style. Plus, it's a treat to buy!

To keep you in the know of how to snag that perfect lipstick, here are 5 lipstick-characteristics you should look for. 



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Here's a tip: never sacrifice comfort for color. No matter how elegant the packaging is and how amazing the colour payoff is, if a lipstick isn't moisturising then you better find another one. A good lipstick should be hydrating enough to give you smooth and soft lips whenever you wear it, not dry it out all throughout the day. For those who love matte lips, look for formulas that aren't too drying. Ideally, they should look matte but feel velvety on the lips..


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You wouldn't want a lipstick with a formula that isn't creamy. You can test this quality by swatching it on our your arm or the back of your hand. Because whether it's satin, sheer, or matte finish, if it's not creamy enough it won't glide easily on your lips and application won't be as enjoyable, with the colour looking patchy and uneven. 

Complement Your Skintone

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Keep in mind that if a lipstick looks goods on someone else doesn't mean it will look good on you too. That's why there are tons of colours to choose from--so it can match all skin tones and undertones. The basic rule is: darker shades flatter darker skin tones (unless you're going for a retro feel), bright and dark shades flatter fair-skinned people, and most nude, orange, red, and pink shades flatter olive skin tones. You can also apply the undertone rule and apply shades similar to your undertone. Those with yellow undertones should go for warmer colours, while those with pink undertones should go for shades with blue or purple tones in them. 

Long-Wearing & Transfer-Resistant

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Unless you don't mind reapplying your lipstick through the day, then go with a regular lipstick instead. However, for those who don’t have time to reapply lipstick over and over, look for a long-wearing and transfer-resistant lippie. These are the kind that keep lips looking perfect from 4 to 8 hours or more, and doesn't budge even if you eat greasy food, kiss your beau on the cheek, or accidentally wipe it on your clothes.  

Great Colour Payoff

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A lipstick's colour is no use if doesn't look like there is actual colour on your lips (or at least on your arm when you're swatching it). It's the reason we all buy lipsticks in the first place! A lipstick with an amazing colour payoff makes it a lot easier to quickly pull your whole look together. One swipe all over your lips and you're done!



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The beauty industry is always on the move, with product releases left and right. As such, it's great to be in the know over which products are worth checking out. There are products that are underrated and products that are overhyped. To know which is which, we turn to our beauty community's experiences for a quick review.

Here are the 5 mini reviews of beauty products--from eyeliner, to skincare, and fragrance--that we spotted in our community.


LadyKin Eyeliners

by qiyunz

"Finest eyeliner I've ever seen! The tip is so slim, it looks like a needle yet very versatile to create lines of different thickness with different strength and angle! That's LadyKin At The Party Vividline Pen Eyeliner. I'm so tempted to use this a my writing penlong lasting and easy to use." 

Click here to read her post

Dr+ Nu:ell Lotions

by Junedujour

"Been hearing so much of Dr+ Nu:ell skincare range, so I was thrilled to be reviewing their Fitting Lotion and Double S Lotion this month. The lightweight gelish texture is not just fast absorbing, but still gives me much needed hydration. I love how plumped and dewy my skin condition looks after a mere week, thanks to it's 6 callus complex (plant stem cell)."

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Etude House Any Cushion Pearl Aura

by musicalhouses

"The Any Cushion Pearl Aura is a BB Cushion with 6 "dots" of brightening highlighting liquid (always popular in k-beauty) in addition to the usual BB cream that we see inside the cushion. And yes, the dots are in the sponge, and when you press the dots the highlighter comes out! In practice though, when you use these BB cushions, the puff will end up mixing the two, and the nice dots get blurred after a while. But it is super pretty!"

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MAC Pro Longwear concealer

by amandamisaki

"Covering your flaws and huge face demons. The MAC Pro Longwear concealer lasts for 5-8hours. It does a good job at concealing redness but doesn't do a good job in covering scars."

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Maison Martin Margiela Lazy Sunday Morning

by loveforskincare

"Lazy never smelled better. There's a sense of serenity, sunshine and reminds us that life is sweet and it's ok to take your time. It's like having breakfast (and flowers) in bed. Indulge, laze. Maison Martin Margiela (MMM) has bottled up this Sunday indulgence in a 10ml fragrance (S$23), MMM Replica Lazy Sunday Morning EDT. Love rollerballs for traveling!" 

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