1. Restaurant: Ramen Brothers
  2. Interview: G.L.A.M.S
  3. Social Media: TikTok
  4. Concert review: GLAMS at Dolhuis Dordrecht
  5. Concert review: LOVEBITES at Patronaat
  6. Busan: A City Which Offers Everything From Beaches To Temples
  7. Empress Wu
  8. Game review: Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun!
  9. Review: Hallyucon
  10. Concert review: Crossfaith at Patronaat
  11. Concert Review: BTS at Amsterdam Ziggodome
  12. Interview: LOVEBITES
  13. Changgyeonggung: A Story Of Overcoming Disaster
  14. Band: TwinkleStar- 闪星乐队
  15. Review: AVO J-music Festival 2018
  16. Korean Skincare; The Way To Amazing Skin?
  17. Drama: Meteor Garden
  18. Concert review: Kamijo in Amsterdam
  19. Concert Review: Music Bank in Berlin
  20. HipHop: Higher Brothers
  21. Album: Ex_Machina – CROSSFAITH
  22. Moon festival
  23. Band: LOVEBITES
  24. Chinese Traditional clothing
  25. Double Concertreview: NECRONOMIDOL
  26. Restaurant: Kimchi House – Den Haag with +20 years KPOP fans
  27. Review: Wish
  28. Toreba: a new way to play crane games!
  29. The city of sea and sake: Niigata
  30. Book: The White Book
  31. Restaurant Review: Daikan – Izakaya Bar
  32. Artist: Busters (버스터즈)
  33. Restaurant: Mr Chow – Schiedam x2
  34. Cheki: the addiction in Japan
  35. CASS Strictly Kpop #8
  36. Artist: Hanggai
  37. Crossfaith in Amsterdam
  38. The Nation´s MC: Yoo Jae Suk
  39. Produce 101 China
  40. Crossfaith (interview)
  41. Special: BTS ARMY (interview)
  42. Food: Ramen
  43. Artist: Jackson Wang
  44. Special: BTSXARMY
  45. SPECIAL: BTS
  46. Movie: The Stand in Thief
  47. Shanghai Natural History Museum
  48. 10 years of SHINee
  49. Drama review: Erased
  50. Movie: Once Upon a Time
  51. Review: Doshirakfever Subscriptionbox
  52. Artist: Miyavi
  53. Hotel: EA Springs Nanjing
  54. 10 Korean Proverbs
  55. What you need to know about Ni no Kuni 2
  56. Restaurant: Kommune Shanghai
  57. Quality K-indie rock music: Say Sue Me
  58. Restaurant: Takumi revisited
  59. Taikang Lu – Tianzifang
  60. Movie Review: Hide and Never Seek
  61. TV: Terrace House Series: Opening new doors
  62. Restaurant Review: Oriental Express
  63. Restaurant Review: Kimchi Boulevard
  64. Religion in Japan
  65. C-Pop
  66. Documentary review: Ramen Heads – ラーメンヘッズ
  67. CinemAsia Amsterdam
  68. Movie review: Last Child – 살아남은 아이
  69. Boygroup: GOT7
  70. Artist: BABYMETAL
  71. Online shopping in China
  72. Restaurant Review: Seoul Sista
  73. Review: Doki Doki Japan Crate
  74. Jinjiang actionpark Shanghai
  75. Boygroup: Day6
  76. Drama Review: Last Friend
  77. Valentine’s day in China
  78. 12 Days of Love in Korea
  79. Valentine’s day in Korea
  80. Valentine’s day in Japan
  81. Terracotta Army
  82. Beauty in Korea
  83. Review: Sapporo – Japan’s oldest beer brand
  84. Chinese New Year
  85. UPDATED Artist: HOLLAND
  86. Review: Snackfever subscription
  87. Cat Cafe
  88. Religion in China
  89. Movie Review: A Werewolf Boy
  90. Review: Asahi Dry Beer
  91. ONE OK ROCK in Amsterdam
  92. Review: Kaomoji
  93. Chopsticks
  94. Drama Review: Save Me
  95. LGBT in Japan
  96. Artist: Zhao Lei
  97. The power of BB Cream
  98. Band: ONE OK ROCK
  99. LGBT in China
  100. Drama Review: The Sound Of Your Heart
  101. Review: Kirin Ichiban
  102. Rental bikes
  103. Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
  104. Movie Review: Before We Vanish
  105. Neko Neko Nii Maid Café: Halloween Pop up event
  106. The Three Sovereigns
  107. LGTB in South Korea
  108. Japanese street food
  109. Shanghai Disney Resort (Halloween)
  110. Mumun Pottery
  111. Boygroup: SF9
  112. Shanghai Comic convention 2017
  113. Izanagi & Izanami
  114. 8 Creepy Chinese Legends
  115. F.T.Island Live [X] Concert in Amsterdam
  116. Movie Review: Alice: Boy From Wonderland
  117. Movie Review: Ichi the Killer
  118. Movie Review: The Precipice Game
  119. 10 Creepy Korean Legends
  120. Movie Review: The house of the disappeared
  121. Halloween in Japan
  122. 10 Creepy Japanese Legends
  123. Halloween in China
  124. Halloween in Korea
  125. Social Media in China? No!
  126. G-Dragon’s World tour Act lll Motte Concert in Amsterdam
  127. Camera Japan Festival
  128. Movie Review: Noise
  129. Heungbu and Nolbu
  130. Konpeitō
  131. Yellow River Valley Civilization
  132. Chinese Street Food
  133. Restaurant Review: Takumi Dusseldorf – Rotterdam
  134. Restaurant review: Set Noodle & Hotpot – Maid cafe edition
  135. Jeulmun Pottery
  136. Boyband: NEWS
  137. Recipe: Sesame Cold noodles
  138. Wild KARD World Tour Lisbon
  139. Recipe: Noodles with a twist
  140. Movie Review: 10 Promises to my dog
  141. Review: Hite
  142. The Rising Sun Flag
  143. Movie Review: Ode to my father
  144. Drama review: Hwarang
  145. Why Koreans “hate” Japanese..
Monday, December 17, 2018
  1. Restaurant: Ramen Brothers
  2. Interview: G.L.A.M.S
  3. Social Media: TikTok
  4. Concert review: GLAMS at Dolhuis Dordrecht
  5. Concert review: LOVEBITES at Patronaat
  6. Busan: A City Which Offers Everything From Beaches To Temples
  7. Empress Wu
  8. Game review: Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun!
  9. Review: Hallyucon
  10. Concert review: Crossfaith at Patronaat
  11. Concert Review: BTS at Amsterdam Ziggodome
  12. Interview: LOVEBITES
  13. Changgyeonggung: A Story Of Overcoming Disaster
  14. Band: TwinkleStar- 闪星乐队
  15. Review: AVO J-music Festival 2018
  16. Korean Skincare; The Way To Amazing Skin?
  17. Drama: Meteor Garden
  18. Concert review: Kamijo in Amsterdam
  19. Concert Review: Music Bank in Berlin
  20. HipHop: Higher Brothers
  21. Album: Ex_Machina – CROSSFAITH
  22. Moon festival
  23. Band: LOVEBITES
  24. Chinese Traditional clothing
  25. Double Concertreview: NECRONOMIDOL
  26. Restaurant: Kimchi House – Den Haag with +20 years KPOP fans
  27. Review: Wish
  28. Toreba: a new way to play crane games!
  29. The city of sea and sake: Niigata
  30. Book: The White Book
  31. Restaurant Review: Daikan – Izakaya Bar
  32. Artist: Busters (버스터즈)
  33. Restaurant: Mr Chow – Schiedam x2
  34. Cheki: the addiction in Japan
  35. CASS Strictly Kpop #8
  36. Artist: Hanggai
  37. Crossfaith in Amsterdam
  38. The Nation´s MC: Yoo Jae Suk
  39. Produce 101 China
  40. Crossfaith (interview)
  41. Special: BTS ARMY (interview)
  42. Food: Ramen
  43. Artist: Jackson Wang
  44. Special: BTSXARMY
  45. SPECIAL: BTS
  46. Movie: The Stand in Thief
  47. Shanghai Natural History Museum
  48. 10 years of SHINee
  49. Drama review: Erased
  50. Movie: Once Upon a Time
  51. Review: Doshirakfever Subscriptionbox
  52. Artist: Miyavi
  53. Hotel: EA Springs Nanjing
  54. 10 Korean Proverbs
  55. What you need to know about Ni no Kuni 2
  56. Restaurant: Kommune Shanghai
  57. Quality K-indie rock music: Say Sue Me
  58. Restaurant: Takumi revisited
  59. Taikang Lu – Tianzifang
  60. Movie Review: Hide and Never Seek
  61. TV: Terrace House Series: Opening new doors
  62. Restaurant Review: Oriental Express
  63. Restaurant Review: Kimchi Boulevard
  64. Religion in Japan
  65. C-Pop
  66. Documentary review: Ramen Heads – ラーメンヘッズ
  67. CinemAsia Amsterdam
  68. Movie review: Last Child – 살아남은 아이
  69. Boygroup: GOT7
  70. Artist: BABYMETAL
  71. Online shopping in China
  72. Restaurant Review: Seoul Sista
  73. Review: Doki Doki Japan Crate
  74. Jinjiang actionpark Shanghai
  75. Boygroup: Day6
  76. Drama Review: Last Friend
  77. Valentine’s day in China
  78. 12 Days of Love in Korea
  79. Valentine’s day in Korea
  80. Valentine’s day in Japan
  81. Terracotta Army
  82. Beauty in Korea
  83. Review: Sapporo – Japan’s oldest beer brand
  84. Chinese New Year
  85. UPDATED Artist: HOLLAND
  86. Review: Snackfever subscription
  87. Cat Cafe
  88. Religion in China
  89. Movie Review: A Werewolf Boy
  90. Review: Asahi Dry Beer
  91. ONE OK ROCK in Amsterdam
  92. Review: Kaomoji
  93. Chopsticks
  94. Drama Review: Save Me
  95. LGBT in Japan
  96. Artist: Zhao Lei
  97. The power of BB Cream
  98. Band: ONE OK ROCK
  99. LGBT in China
  100. Drama Review: The Sound Of Your Heart
  101. Review: Kirin Ichiban
  102. Rental bikes
  103. Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
  104. Movie Review: Before We Vanish
  105. Neko Neko Nii Maid Café: Halloween Pop up event
  106. The Three Sovereigns
  107. LGTB in South Korea
  108. Japanese street food
  109. Shanghai Disney Resort (Halloween)
  110. Mumun Pottery
  111. Boygroup: SF9
  112. Shanghai Comic convention 2017
  113. Izanagi & Izanami
  114. 8 Creepy Chinese Legends
  115. F.T.Island Live [X] Concert in Amsterdam
  116. Movie Review: Alice: Boy From Wonderland
  117. Movie Review: Ichi the Killer
  118. Movie Review: The Precipice Game
  119. 10 Creepy Korean Legends
  120. Movie Review: The house of the disappeared
  121. Halloween in Japan
  122. 10 Creepy Japanese Legends
  123. Halloween in China
  124. Halloween in Korea
  125. Social Media in China? No!
  126. G-Dragon’s World tour Act lll Motte Concert in Amsterdam
  127. Camera Japan Festival
  128. Movie Review: Noise
  129. Heungbu and Nolbu
  130. Konpeitō
  131. Yellow River Valley Civilization
  132. Chinese Street Food
  133. Restaurant Review: Takumi Dusseldorf – Rotterdam
  134. Restaurant review: Set Noodle & Hotpot – Maid cafe edition
  135. Jeulmun Pottery
  136. Boyband: NEWS
  137. Recipe: Sesame Cold noodles
  138. Wild KARD World Tour Lisbon
  139. Recipe: Noodles with a twist
  140. Movie Review: 10 Promises to my dog
  141. Review: Hite
  142. The Rising Sun Flag
  143. Movie Review: Ode to my father
  144. Drama review: Hwarang
  145. Why Koreans “hate” Japanese..
Korean Skincare; The Way To Amazing Skin?
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Most people who are in some way familiar with South Korea, or South Korean culture have the idea that most Koreans have amazingly smooth skin. While this is a misconception and definitely not all Koreans have great or flawless skin, the skin of many Koreans does seem to be in better condition than its non-Korean counterparts. But, how do Koreans go about achieving their smooth skin? And is there one plan that suits all?

10 Steps To Perfection?

Those who have looked into Korean skincare may have found some very extensive 10-step skincare plans that Koreans would follow to achieve amazing skin. While skincare is indeed more intensive in South Korea than it is in for example the Netherlands, the belief that every Korean would follow these 10-step routines is not true. Just like elsewhere there are those who are extremely serious about their skincare, and those who settle down on a simple and short routine. The skincare routines I have found online differ a bit, using certain products in the evening or in the morning, however, for those interested I will explain the most extensive routines below. 

 

Night Time Routine

The most extensive night time routine is a 9 step routine, which goes as follows. Oil-based cleanser – Water-based cleanser – Exfoliating – Toner – Essence – Ampoule/Serum – Sheet mask – Eye cream – Moisturizer. While some of these words might sound completely new to some of you, and this routine seems a bit intimidating at first, many of the steps are actually sort of repetitive, and can be swapped and/or left out. 

You start with an oil-based cleanser to remove your make-up and oil-based products, such as sunscreen. You then move on to a water-based cleanser, or a foam cleanser, to remove any dirt left. While double cleansing might seem a bit weird at first, I personally do notice my skin feeling much cleaner after.

After cleansing comes exfoliating, however, this should not be done every day, as that would be really harsh on your skin. For people with sensitive or dry skin, exfoliating 1 time a week should be enough, if you have a combined or oily skin you could exfoliate 2-3 times a week. The next step is essential to Korean skincare, and a step I had never used before trying Korean beauty products, namely toner. Toner is used to balance the pH-levels in the skin, and it helps to absorb all the moisturizing products that will follow.

After toner, essence follows, which is basically a combination of a toner and a serum, and helps to hydrate your skin. After this you can use a ampoule or a serum, which are often used to target specific needs in your skin, such as redness, fine lines or other skin concerns. After this you can use a sheet mask (which is probably one of the most popular Korean skincare items known abroad).

 

To top of the skincare routine, the final to steps are eye cream and a moisturizer. The eye cream can again be used to target personal needs (for example fine lines, or dark circles), and the moisturizer is used to seal everything in.

Day Time Routine

For the morning routine I have seen many different versions ranging from 7 to 10 steps, but because I personally prefer using sheet masks in the evening (due to time constraints), I will explain the 7 step routine. Wash with water – Toner – Essence – Ampoule or Serum – Eye cream – Moisturizer – Sunscreen. The morning routine is essentially shorter, because the cleansing steps are left out. 

You can clean your face with just water in the morning, as you do not have any make-up, and little to no dirt or sweat which you need to cleanse from your skin. After this you follow the same steps as the night routine, however, you can leave out the sheet mask (this is totally optional, you can still do this if you like it, or if you prefer using sheet masks in the morning instead of the evening). After completing the steps of the evening routine, it is time for the most important step of the morning routine, sunscreen. While I actually know almost no one who uses sunscreen on a daily basis, especially in the rainy Netherlands, it is actually a really good habit to protect you skin from the sun.

10 steps too much?

If these long routines might be a little intimidating to you (or a bit expensive), as they are to me, you can also use a less intensive version, especially if you are just getting into Korean skincare. My personal evening routine exists of 5-6 steps, beginning with a water-based cleanser (unless I have used foundation or heavy make-up, then I might use an oil-based cleanser first). I rarely exfoliate as I have very sensitive skin, but I try to do it once a week, to prevent any impurities. I then use a toner and essence, after which I will apply a sheet mask. To finish I apply my eye cream, and during the winter time I might add a moisturizer, as my skin gets dry very easily.

My morning routine exists of 5 steps, washing with water – toner – essence – eye cream – sunscreen. While this is certainly a step down from the possible 10 steps, I feel that using these steps, has made my skin feel much softer and nicer, I have noticed that although I have relatively clear skin, my skin is less red, and I have had less problems with breakouts.

 

Even though a Korean skincare routine might seem extreme at first, it is all about adapting to your own skin type and to your own likings. And, while it might take some time the first few days, after a while it actually becomes a nice little time to relax after a long day.

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