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Snapshots from Seoul: Provence Village

15 Apr

NOTE: Provence Village is not actually in Seoul but in Gyeonggi-do (a province in South Korea) but for the sake of uniformity of my travel accounts in Seoul, I’m keeping the same heading.

map of the village

Hi everyone! Munching on some Korean strawberries brought me back to Korea and I reminisced all the beautiful places I visited on my winter trip. It also made me realise that I haven’t finished my posts on my travel to South Korea almost two months ago. So, here is one of our destinations…

Provence Village is the very first place we visited after going out of the airport. I was really excited because I thought we will be going to Petit France. I was the first one to excitedly get off the bus to look for the Little Prince-inspired landmarks and I realised we’re at the wrong place (Our tour guide was speaking in Thai so I couldn’t understand what he was talking about most of the time).

Anyway, Provence Village is a themed village to probably resemble a little charming French village. The area is not really that big and the whole “village” comprised mainly of quaint cafes, restaurants (I saw a shabu-shabu and French restaurants, among others), and shops selling trinkets, souvenirs, candies, and more. The shophouses and cafes are uniquely painted in bright colours, too. There is also a nice garden and a pond in the center. While there is not much to be done in Provence Village except for some casual dining and eclectic shopping (I espied on a Zara warehouse, too), there is plenty of opportunity for cam-whoring. I did, too 🙂

Here are some of the pictures… Enjoy!

French restaurant – signage – drama/ movie poster*

(*I’m guessing that a certain drama/ movie filmed there, but I can be wrong)

charming cafes, restaurants and shops

out in the sun

I think it was only 3 degrees Celsius that time and coming from Thailand, it was a chilly day!

a sidestreet – cafe – more restaurants and cafes

the pond – “Vincent Van Gogh” house – and more shops

We only stayed there for barely half an hour and I have walked the center area thrice (I still didn’t make any friends with my tour group at this time so I was by my lonesome T.T). I guess when you’re with friends or special someone, you’ll see Provence Village differently. Looking at the pictures now, it actually seemed a romantic place.

I will be definitely back next time 🙂 Have you been to Provence Village? Which part/ area did you like? Care to share?

Cheers 🙂

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Revlon Top Speed Fast Dry Enamel Ocean

15 Apr

I haven’t bought a Revlon nail polish in a long time but when I saw Revlon Whimsical and Jaded in one of the blog posts, I know I have to get my hands on them, too. There was no Jaded at the drugstore but I was giddy with excitement when I saw Whimsical! I got Whimsical and other nail polish colours as well as Revlon Top Speed Fast Dry Enamel Ocean (that’s a mouthful!).

Description: Revlon Top Speed Fast Dry Enamel has “a built in top coat which delivers a salon smooth finish. Available in 32 cool colors that set in 60 seconds”.

I don’t own and haven’t really tried a dark green nail polish on my finger nails , especially for work, but since I’m on a holiday, I decided to give it a go. Revlon Ocean is actually a duochrome. It looks bright green with blue undertones, or shall I say, teal. It’s hard to capture it in my camera, though.

What I like most about it is that the colour makes my hand looks brighter and fairer. I was happy to get this colour.

Swatches

no flash

with flash

natural light

Review

First Impressions: I’m always on a quest for fast drying nail polish so I was enamored by its “Top Speed” name. I kind of liked the silver brush handle which gives it a more chic look.

Consistency: Not watery nor thick, it was easy to manage but I had to act fast because it does dry quickly.

Colour: Shimmery duochrome – bright green/ teal

Smell: None

True to claim?: It dries fast so I have to be quick in my application. I don’t know why bubbles formed, though. Or perhaps, there was a fan when I did my nails? One coat of Ocean looks opaque enough but I suggest for a double layer to make the nail polish last longer. I didn’t know that no top coat is needed so I still used one.

bubbles formed 😦

Price: a little less than US$5.00

Durability: I changed my nail polish after three days even though there we no signs of chipping yet.

Availability: Revlon can be found in leading drugstores and department stores here in Thailand. I have seen the Ocean variant in a drugstore and two department stores I recently visited.

Will I purchase again?: I got two more Revlon nail polish and I will definitely repurchase new colours next time.

Two days after my manicure, I experimented to see how the shimmery Ocean would appear with a matte top coat. So, I used a layer of my Skinfood Gunnpang Nail over it.

no flash – matte

with flash – matte

… and I loved it! Applying a matte top coat gave the colour a different shade. Does it look more of a moss green colour?

Nail polish is love! Are you into Revlon nail polish as well? What’s your favorite so far? Care to share?

Cheers 🙂