Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Apple Street Restaurant in Korea

Hello everyone! I recently visited Apple Street (애플스트릿) restaurant at Gangnam (강남) with my boyfriend when I was craving pasta. I came here for lunch around 12.00 PM on a Sunday. The owner immediately greeted us warmly and made us feel welcome. Guys, I want to let you know, the owner has really wonderful teas that taste wonderful, are made with natural ingredients, and are good for your body. You should try it sometime! The restaurant is so quiet and peaceful. Definitely a place where anyone can relax and have a good conversation.

I really like this restaurant because you get the homey feel, the owner cares, and the staff is awesome. We enjoyed our lunch experience and was very happy  because we did not have to wait long to be seated. 
I ordered their famous Cream Sauce Pane Pasta (크림 소스 빠네 파스타) and my boyfriend had a Steak Set Lunch (스테이크 런치세트).
WOW!!! Eating pasta on a plate is too mainstream, why not eat it in a delicious bread bowl? =D The menu is not the usual Italian fare. I am not really a bread type of girl but the bread went perfectly with the pasta. The bread is baked well, and extremely crispy but soft on the inside cause of the pasta sauce and the pasta itself is pretty yummy. The spaghetti had good flavor and the full portion was more than enough. This bread bowl was filled with pasta, bacon, sauce, and celery. Have you tried any of the Cream Sauce Pane Pasta? If yes, what was your assessment of them? If you love pasta and bread, this is your place to be! When I eat this it makes me full for the entire day. =D
The food you order come with a side dish!

The steak set lunch is packaged nicely with the rice, steak sauce and simple salad. My boyfriend enjoyed the food, when the food came out, it was fancy and something innovative. Food is great enough to full you up. We would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates delicious and creative Italian dishes! Thank you Apple Street and staff for a great lunch! It was very kind of you guys! If I'm in the area I would like to visit here again!

The beef was very tender and juicy, the taste is just nice. Perfectly seasoned steak and cooked to perfection! You will never be disappointed with the steak, and the salad is always fresh and yummy. This salad is fantastic, it is my oppa's favorite meal. I am not a huge salad fan, but it works for me in this salad. 애플스트릿 스테이크 런치세트! 짱 맛있어요!!! =D

My boyfriend ordered a drink called Rooibos Iced Tea (루이보스 티). His favorite is the Rooibos tea, which is very fresh, extremely satisfying, and presentation was realy cute! Rooibos tea, also called red bush tea, is a herbal tea derived from the leaves of the rooibos plant. The herbal tea made from rooibos has been a popular drink in Southern Africa for generations. He love the flavor of the Rooibos and definitely the best smelling tea. Roobios tea is healthy, and tastes great.

I also had the more unique Schisandra Chinensis Tea or Omija-cha (오미자차). My favorite drink is the cold Schisandra Chinensis tea, which was really good and presented beautifully. Schisandra tea is made from the berry of the Schisandra Chinensis plant. Schisandra Chinensis is named because the tea comprises five distinct flavors: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and pungent. I love the flavor of the Schisandra Chinensis! The Schisandra Chinensis tea were fresh and went very nicely with it. The flowers inside were also beautiful!

Overall, this place has an amazing selection of food and teas, but unfortunately this place is a bit pricey, but don't worry definitely worth it if you want to splurge, I'd come here again for sure! =D


Website:
http://applest.co.kr/

Address:
서울특별시 강남구 역삼동 825-22

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Tom and Tins, Updated at: 8:42 PM

Friday, March 27, 2015

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Hi Guys! I want to let you know MY BLOG is now at:

I moved MY BLOG to the NEW DOMAIN from: 
TOMNTINS.BLOGPOT.KR to TOMNTINS.COM

I will start blogging here starting on the 27 March.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Kid Toy and Minnie Mouse Cup

Looking for dessert after an early lunch on Saturday. My boyfriend and I were near Baskin Robbins (배스킨라빈스) and the traffic was a bit of a mess due to this weekend, so it was much easier to just pull in here and get out of the traffic. 오랫만에 배스킨 라빈스 왔어요!!! =D
In Korea, Baskin Robbins is very popular and is so much cuter with very unique flavors that have super cute ice cream. Baskin Robbins is set to release new promotional items that are every children and young people dream: Kid Toy Cup (키즈토이컵) and Minnie Mouse Cup Holders (미니마우스 컵) that are also provided for ice cream. Everyone love ice cream and they love many cute things, so this stuff will bring big smiles.
The Baskin Robbins flavor of the month for March is Strawberry in Milk (우유에빠진딸기)! No matter what your favourite ice cream flavour is, Baskin Robbins will always offer you a new taste sensation with their ever changing flavour of the month, and there's a battle of cute and colorful concepts! 
These are so adorable and pick your favorite flavor of ice cream that both kids and adults will enjoy. This costs 4,400 KRW, this isn’t as worth it because there's only one scoop of ice cream. 요즘 아이크림 값이 왜 이렇게 비싸요??? 헉!!! 말두안돼~~ ㅠㅠ
Choose your favorite ice cream flavors for this Kids Toy CupMy boyfriend got the "Strawberry in Milk (우유에빠진딸기)" ice cream and he enjoyed it. =D The ice cream is to die for! It is strawberry in milk ice cream with chunks of strawberries, the cold, creamy texture of ice cream feels great. This ice cream is the perfect combination as the milk and strawberry. If you want a richer strawberry taste, go for the Strawberry in Milk!


I ordered the Non Coffee Blast Cookies and Cream (쿠키앤크림 블라스트), 4900 KRW. 우왕~~ 핑크미니있다!!! 베스킨 핑크 미니 컵~~ 너무 귀엽죠?? ㅋㅋ This is not really what I expected to be honest, I was really shocked there was a Minnie Mouse cup holders. =D 아이스크림 어떤거 선택하든 쉐이크만 주문하면요 예쁜 컵에 준답니다!! ㅎㅎ I love the pink Minnie Mouse on this holder; it is made up of cute pink cardboard. These cute Minnie Mouse cup holders not only look great, but they're also functional.
If you order an ice cream shake, you can get Minnie Mouse Cup. It's no secret that I love cute cups, but what's even better is cute unusual ice cream cups and it comes in pink! >.<

Cookies and Cream is a variety of ice cream and milkshake based on flavoring from chocolate cookies. The ice cream shake are sweet, creamy, rich, and satisfying! You really have to order it to find out just how delicious it is!


Website:
 www.baskinrobbins.co.kr

Address:
배스킨라빈스 ~ 서울대입구역

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Tom and Tins, Updated at: 10:19 PM

Monday, March 23, 2015

Japanese Cherry Blossom Shower Gel

Hello everyone! Today, I will be reviewing a product from Bath & Body Works and it is the Japanese Cherry Blossom Shea & Vitamin E Shower Gel. I received this as a thoughtful gift from my boyfriend. Bath and Body Works is a great shop, but I'm really sad that there is no shop here in Korea. When my boyfriend went to Los Angeles last month, I asked him to buy me a Bath and Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Shower Gel.

The packaging is pretty sturdy bottle that is easy to store, and it comes in a 295 ml. I am not Japanese Cherry Blossom lover, but this is a very unique scent and I absolutely love this shower gel!

It comes in a transparent bottle with a flip white cap on which the company's logo is engraved, and can be travelled with. It functions well and you get good control over the amount of product dispensed.

How to use:
Add a drop to wet sponge or damp cloth and wash with rich creamy lather. (You can read all the details on the packaging)

Ingredients of Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Shower Gel!

The texture is runny consistency that is perfect for a shower gel, but when added with water it runs smoothly on your skin with lovely fragrance. Its red in color but when pour on your palms, it comes out to be like light pink color with red undertones. The scent is mostly floral with a hint of fruit, but there is also a woodsy undertone which adds depth to it. 

I gently rub it all over my skin with the help of a loofa and it leaves my skin very soft, smooth, and refreshed. I feels relaxed and clean after using it. I like how well this product washes off the skin and doesn't leave a residue on my skin and the scent stays on your skin after the shower is over. For me I would like a stronger smell of Japanese Cherry Blossom and also more lather. Bath and Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom is definitely moisturizing, and not just when it’s being used but I’ve noticed how soft, smooth, and moisturized my skin feels after I get out of the shower, which is good for me because I don’t usually wear body lotion unless I have to. ;)


Website:
www.bathandbodyworks.com

Have you tried Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Shower Gel? If you have any questions please comment and leave your opinion of this product in the comments. 
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Tom and Tins, Updated at: 6:05 PM

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream

Happy weekend friends! I have been really annoyed by the dark circles when I don't get enough sleep and gets flaky dry skin arround eyes. I've been looking for a great eye cream the past few month and wasn't sure which one to get. I've went to Body Shop (더바디샵) and looked for eye creams since in that shop. I showed the staff my skin problem, and she recommended me The Body Shop's Vitamin E Eye Cream (비타민 E 아이크림). So, today I'm going to reviewing the product!


Product Description:
A moisturizing eye cream that helps protect the delicate skin around the eye area, reducing the appearance of fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles, leaving skin feeling soft and smooth. Contains moisturizing shea butter and rose hip oil.

Directions For Use:
Squeeze a small amount onto your fingertip and gently pat (dot and blend) around the eye area. Avoid dragging the skin as this may result in the formation of lines. Use daily in the morning and evening. Avoid direct contact with the eyes.

Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Rosa canina (Rose Hips Oil), Methyl Gluceth-20, Mica, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Saccharide Isomerate, Phenoxyethanol, Barium Sulfate, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Algae (Seaweed Extract), Sodium Hyaluronate, Methylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Dimethicone, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, CI 77891.


The Body Shop Vitamin E eye cream comes in a pale pink opaque squeezing tube with a precise tip. It contains 15 ml 0,5 fl oz of product and really easy to carry around especially for those who travel it will be quite comfortable to travel with cause it is tiny and wont really break. What I love most about the packaging is that it comes in a tube which makes it squeezable which means I can perfectly control how much product I want to use.


I am using this cream religiously for 2 weeks now, and I use it every night before I sleep. To use this product you really just need a small amount for each eye and that little will go along way. The texture of this cream is white, very light, and there is no added fragrance which is great since it's an eye cream and the eye area is especially sensitive.

This is the first eye cream I've ever tried, and for 21,000 KRW this may seem a little expensive especially as it is only 15ml. The cream is not oily or greasy, it has a medium consistency which is just perfect. It feels so moisturized and soft on the skin, and it does absorbed quickly, and it won't feel thick under your eyes.

I really enjoy applying this to my eye area because it feels very smooth and hydrating. The cream melts into the skin without any residue. This eye cream lightens and brightens under the eye makes you look well rested, and there was no redness. Your eyes look more awake and the skin underneath looks like it has been lifted and healthy with a glow. 

After a couple of weeks of using it, I saw a big difference under my eyes, it looked more smooth, soothing, soft and my under eye skin are no longer dry. If you have dry under eyes and wants to fix it, then this is great for you! 
Guys, what eye cream do you use? If you have any questions please comment and leave your opinion of this product in the comments. If you have an eye cream you can recommend to me, let me know also! =)

Website:
www.thebodyshop.co.kr/

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Christin Tomntins
Tom and Tins, Updated at: 6:26 PM

Pomegranate Soothing Gel

Hello guys! Today I'm back again with another review! =D I will introduce you about Pomegranate Soothing Gel, this soothing gel is made with 92% Pomegranate and can be used as a moisturizer for the face and body. This product is made from the Korean brand called White Cospharm (화이트코스팜). I was so craving to try it out and then ended up buying it at Pharmacy. Im that kind of "Always Wanted to Try Something New" person, so when I used up one product, I would go and try for another brand the products because I like new fresh thing unless that product is super good, then I will just stick to it! =D You guys may already know that pomegranates have a lot of health benefits, the name "Pomegranate" actually means "seeded apple" and came from the Middle French "pomme garnete."

Soothing comfortably tired skin from ultraviolet rays and harmfulness environments helping to be moisturized and feeling smooth even deep inside of your skin. Included fresh pomegranate extract 92%.

Tip & Feature:
- Cooling pores care: using after cold storage
- After shave gel: Soothing skin after shaving
- Moist charge pack: plenty of moist charge above sheet pack
- Daily care: Peventing being greasy by sebum
- Must have item on vacation: soothing redden skin

Usage Direction:
- Spread and rub suitable amount on your Sensitive and dried face, arm, legs or all over body at any time (if you use after cool keeping, you can have more fast soothing effect and cool feeling).

It comes in a huge transparent red jar containing 300 ml of product inside and that is more than enough to last for an extremely long time. For a 300 ml product that only cost me 5,000 KRW.

Ingredient List For Pomegranate Soothing Gel:

There's a transparent plastic lid provided to keep the product sanitary when you open it, so it won't easily break if you accidentally dropped it. Oh yeah! I should let you know, if you want to apply it cold, you could also keep the product inside your fridge. 

The first time I opened the jar, I can smell a lovely subtle pomegranate scent and it was very refreshing. I don't really like the packaging itself because it can easily be contaminated and there's no mini spatula, I think it's really dirty if you just scoop it out with your bare hands. =( 

The gel is transparent, super light when applied onto the skin, and this gel is extremely gentle and fits all skin types perfectly, it reduces sebum on oily skin, soothes sensitive skin and moisturize dry skin. It is easily absorbed but can feel quite a bit sticky at first before it dries to a matte finish. I have combination skin and this is moisturising enough on certain areas of my face, so if you have dry skin, it may be wise to use this in conjunction with another product for adequate moisture.

I am so in love using this soothing gel, especially after taking it straight from the fridge. =D It only needs around 15-20 seconds to get absorbed to the skin and it doesn't leave sticky feeling to the skin. I would recommend this pomegranate gel to those who want a simple moisturiser with many uses and probably those with combination, dry or sensitive skin, since pomegranate is very soothing.

My skin is so tender after the gel dried and smell good all day long! Guys, have you ever tried this product before? What do you think? I hope you can try these and share your stories with me! =)

Website:
www.whitecospharm.com

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Christin Tomntins
Tom and Tins, Updated at: 12:00 AM

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Nature Republic Acai Berry Essence

Hello ladies! It's been a long time since I've done an updated skincare routine, so that's just what I'm going to do for you today! =D The product that I would like introduce this time is Nature Republic Real Nature Acai Berry Essence (리얼 네이처 아사이베리 에센스). This was about 9,900 KRW (Discount Prices) from the Nature Republic shop, I’m not sure about online.

How to use:
Apply an adequate amount all over the face and gently pat for absortion.
Cautions:
For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes. Discontinue use if signs of irritation or rashes appear. Keep out of reach of children. Replace the cap after use.

Acai berry extract in fuse vitality to skin and create glowing face. Niacinamide component gives bright complexion.

Ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Squalane, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trideceth-6, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Mica.

Travel-friendly design, and it comes in a 50ml.

The Packaging:
It's a pretty compact, short, strong and stout bottle with a pump system that delivers enough for the entire face with just 1-2 pumps (depending on your personal preference). I find this essence perfect to wear under makeup as it has such a smooth texture. Have a look here!

From the moment I first tried this essence, I absolutely loved it. Nature Republic's Real Nature Acai Berry Essence is a lightweight, smooth textured cream which is a pleasure to use, and its got a sort of sticky feel to it when you initially start to massage it into your skin, but it eventually gets better after a few minutes, and all that sticky feeling disappears. You won't really get that dry feel and instead will think that your face had become oily.

After using this for about 3 weeks, I use this consistently every morning and night, and I swear my skin has a clearer appearance now, so moisturised, so smooth, no more dry skin and my skin just feels healthy. As someone with the most sensitive or combination skin, finding products that work always feels so victorious, and this is no exception. In my experience, even the roughness of some areas, particularly the crooks of my noses, disappeared. I love how it feels on my skin, and the essence is really working on my face! I'm interested to see how this product fared come summertime, as we are still in spring and my skin does have a tendency to turn into the badlands. >.<

It spreads nicely on my skin and leaves no residue. The cream's acai berry scent is sweet and subtle. I like the scent actually, it's so calming and makes me relaxed. Maybe people who is allergic to skincare with scent won't find these products suit their need.

Website:
www.naturerepublic.com

Thank you so much for reading my post, this means a lot to me. I hope you guys enjoyed it my Korean skincare product review, and for those of you with experience with or questions about this product I would love to hear your comments below! See you next time on another post, bye~~!!!

Christin Tomntins
Tom and Tins, Updated at: 3:17 PM