Music Break: Top 5 Boy Band Song Obsessions

While the rest of the Korean obsessed world has been drawn in by all the new dramas that this year has brought to us, I have been currently been drawn to the more “sexy” side of the Korean world. And by sexy I mean, of course, the boy bands. Gone are the days of boy bands for us unfortunate Americans, so Korean boy bands are the next best thing. While I could go on and on about my favorite bands, I will limit myself to a few favorite songs. Yes I am aware that some of these are older, but these songs have been my life at the gym these past five weeks. Lets just pretend that we all don’t know these songs. Okay? Okay!

Onto the list we go!

Number 5!

Knock out by GD&TOP

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This song is the song I blast in my car when I’m going to class in the morning. The beat literally has me on the edge of my seat and also getting weird looks from all who hear my weird music in the morning.

Number 4!

Nice by Got7

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These boys are so fun to listen to. Many might find it is surprising that I didn’t choose Just Right over this song. But this song has amazing beats to it that make it fun to bump to in the morning.

Number 3!

Call me Baby by EXO

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By now you can tell that my list is based on songs that I can blast in my car which make the most noise possible at 8 in the morning on campus. While this one doesn’t have the bass as the other two, this one is still an amazing song to blare.

Number 2!

Chained Up by Vixx

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This song is the bees knees in terms of sexiness. The intro has an amazing beat that gives me tons of energy in the morning. Also for any runners out there, this song is amazing to run to.

And Finally Number 1!

Blanket Kick by BTS

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Definitely an outcast in my queue of songs, this songs just makes me so happy. I am a bit biased because BTS happens to my favorite band in the KPOP scene. This song really has the potential to put a huge grin on your face especially if you watch the practice video that goes along with it.

And those are my Top 5 Boy Band Obsessions currently. At the end of the post, I will include links to all these songs on YouTube. Play these songs loud and proud. Ensue weird looks from surrounding people.

5.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YVDaUTiHUc

4.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShgkR0mUxiw

3.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWfsla_Uh80

2.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqzBrI76e4g

1.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvz-50w3IiE&list=PL5hrGMysD_GusQlLU7C06Vyklhw_HjFra&index=3

You Have Those Jams!

NerdNoona ❤

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The Last Dramas of 2015: A Recap

Hello my loves,

It is now 2016 and the time for new dramas is upon us. During the last month of 2015, I went on a drama watching spree. I was out of school and the archeological dig was on a break for the holidays. I was craving my favorite type of drama, the romance variety. I was completely struck with the dramas I watched.

First up: Noble, My Love

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This drama is one of my favorite of the year and of my drama watching career. This drama is packed full of moments that made me go aww. It is based off a webtoon and it is short sweet and to the love. Lee Kang Hoon is a man with money and power in the world. He hates animals and women who don’t follow his orders. Cha Yoon Seo is the exact opposite. She is a vet with a heart of gold. They get together under strange circumstance and the sparks fly. You can finish this drama really fast. I finished my second round of watching in a day. Some say that this drama is clique but I have to differ. This drama is full of great moments.

Second up: Oh my Venus

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I really did not think I would love this drama as much as I did. For the simple reason of the subject. This about a woman who weighs approximately 150lbs that is on a journey to lose weight. Her name is Kang Joo Eun who is trying to lose weight after the break up of a 15-year-old relationship. She enlists the help of Kim Young Ho known as John Kim the world famous trainer. The trainer not only captures her heart but her body as well. I really started to love this drama after the first two episodes. My heart was captured under the spell of Kim Young Ho. This had some intense sexual tension as well which is strange for a Korean drama. I adored this drama until the end.

And Last but not Least: She was Pretty

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I actually learned of this drama from my boyfriend who saw this on reddit. It is such a beautiful drama. Kim Hye Jin used to be a pretty girl when she was younger and the love of her childhood Ji Sung Joon used to be a fat scared little boy. Now that these two have grown up and the pretty became ugly and the ugly became pretty. The reason I love this drama so much is actually the relationship between Shin Hyuk and Hye Jin. The chemistry between the two is amazing and I was honestly pulling for him in the end. I was gutted that his heart was broken. Not the mention he is the first Korean with a beard I’ve seen.

 

Those are the dramas that I’ve been obsessed with in the last month of 2015. I’m hoping for some more amazing romance dramas in 2016.

Until Next Time!

Nerd Noona ❤

 

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Rewatching 2015

Hello Drama Watchers! Curlynoona here. In a few days, 2015 will be over!

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I’ve been pretty absent on wordpress this year, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t watching dramas! Boy, was I watching dramas. I was watching them so much that I didn’t have much time to write about them. Oh, and you know, there was also life going on. But since dramas are way more interesting than my life, let’s talk about those.

For me at least, 2015 was a good year for Korean dramas. My #1 requirement for a show is, of course, good writing, but I also have my pet genres. I am an avid romantic comedy nerd, a sucker for friendship stories, and if you throw in an underdog thread or a good undercurrent of action or fantasy, I am yours for life (or at least the 12-24 episodes it takes to tell your story.) I am also a fan of suspense and crime procedurals, but I am a downright snob about those. (Only the best, well-thought out crimes for me, please, waiter.) 2015 offered many dramas in my favorite genres, as well as some that temped me to go outside of my comfort zone.

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I usually avoid melodramas, for instance, but I spent quite a long time screaming at these two to “Just get together already!” though my computer screen.

Now, as we head into 2016, I’m re-watching some of my favorites, or those I feel I didn’t give a fair chance when I attempted to watch them the first time. I thought I’d share with you dramas that I think are worth watching again, or, if you haven’t seen them, worth adding them to your list of completed shows to marathon. (Who doesn’t enjoy putting on a show, planning to watch 1 episode but watching 5, then swearing you’ll go to sleep as soon as this episode is over, then saying you’ll just watch the first 10 minutes of the next one to make sure the protagonist is safe after that cliff-hanger, then realizing you’ve watched the whole episode, then figuring two hours of sleep is good, you can watch one more and not be a total zombie the next day, and then realizing not only is it time to get dressed and go about your day but you still haven’t finished the series and you really want to know what happens? It’s not just me, right?)

I’m going to try to keep this spoiler free just in case.

Here are the first three dramas that are on my rewatch list:

Healer

Worth the Hype

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I’ll tell you something slightly unbelievable. I didn’t really watch Healer when it came out. I read a few recaps, was unsure about it, and felt that it was probably overrated. I try not to be too “hipstery- too-cool-for-anything-popular” about my drama choices, but sometimes it happens. I’d never seen Ji Chang-wook in anything (weird, right?) and I hadn’t made any conclusions about Park Min-young’s acting abilities, so I didn’t know how the acting would be or if they could make me care about the characters. But at about the middle of Healer’s run I started watching bits and pieces, mostly the romantic bits, and was quickly sucked in by the action and mystery. I watched it again recently from the beginning, and I have to say Healer lives up to its reputation. The thing I probably like the best about the show, besides two great lead characters, many wonderful supporting characters (including several bad-ass women), and very little love-triangle shenanigans,  is that the tragedy from 1992 is every bit as compelling as the story that is unfolding in the present. It’s rewatchable for the squee factor alone, as the relationship between Jung-Hoo and Chae Young-shin is pretty darn adorable. But it’s also got action, intrigue, and depth.

The Lover

Loved it

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I’m struggling a bit to describe The Lover. Raunchy good fun with a dash of gross-out humor and absurdity, amid realistic obstacles and sudden poignancy? The omnibus format (bouncing between 4 unmarried couples in different stages in their relationships who all live in the same apartment building) can be a little frustrating, especially if you’re particularly a fan of one couple, but most of the couples are amusing to watch. The couple living together planning to marry wasn’t fleshed out enough for me, but the other three had interesting stories and even more interesting personalities. One couple has been dating for quite a long time, one couple is bridging a large age gap and his career(?) as a musician, and the other couple is two male roommates who just met who may or may not have feelings for each other. (Side-note: Takuya and Joon-jae, the male couple, drew a lot of fans, both in and out of Korea, to the point were other watchers were annoyed. Although some might disagree, I don’t think those fans were only interested in seeing how a possibly gay couple would be handled, but were drawn to them because they were the only couple that was still (possibly) in the process of coming together.) Anyhow, the raunchiness is mostly talk (this show is PG13 at most) but this does veer away from what many consider a typical Korean drama. I enjoyed the humor, the realism (which was often buried in unrealistic situations), and seeing the couples interact from time to time. It’s rewatchable for a lot of reasons, but one is that if you are only interested in one couple, you can simply watch their scenes and still have an understandable story.

Angry Mom

Don’t Mess with Mom

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There are many reasons I loved Angry Mom, and only a few of them are Ji-Soo in his breakout as Go Bok-dong. The story is somewhat ridiculous: a mom goes back to high-school undercover as a student to protect her daughter from bullies. While that is the set-up, bullying turns out to be the least of the problems for students of that school. This show gives us underdogs that fight even though they keep getting knocked down, unlikely friendships that turn into unlikely family, and powerful, corrupt villains that you can’t wait to see get exposed. I’ve seen people say this show has no romance, and while I wouldn’t entirely argue with that, I will say that lovers of romance will probably be satisfied anyway. (I can’t be more specific without epic spoilers.) The characters in Angry Mom learn hard lessons (I will say, some of the plot lines were so harsh as to be almost cruel, but love of the characters and the dark humor in the show kept me going.) This show is infinitely rewatchable to me because it’s satisfying to see a mom fight (literally, in some cases) for her child, amusing to see how she fits in with a class of students half her age, and rewarding to see even the adults grow up.

That’s it for now, although I’ll certainly be rewatching more. If you have any suggestions or commentary, I’d love it if you left a comment.

Quick Review: The Konjac Sponge

Hello Lovelies,

It is finally that time of the year where finals are done and I’m at home going through all my new Asian Beauty Products. My first review of my winter break is on the most important tool I have in my beauty routine. If you already have one of these, you know how drastically they can change your skin. If you don’t, you will want to get one immediately after this review.

This tool I am speaking of so highly is the Konjac Sponge.

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This baby is the amazing Konjac sponge. Yeah, so this thing looks like a lump of coal and feels like one too before it is wet. At first, I was sceptical about this “amazing” sponge that had changed so many people’s faces. But let me tell you. You need this in your life. I use this in conjunction with my cleanser which at the moment is Perfect Whip Foam (which I will be doing a review for in the near future)  Let me just give you a preview on what it did to my skin.

  1. I used to have these weird bumps around my cheeks. Those are gone.
  2. I get cysts sometimes around my time of the month. They don’t last nearly as long.
  3. My makeup goes on so smooth. Like ridiculously smooth.

This is probably not all it has done for my skin but these are just the ones I can see on the surface. I don’t remember what specific brand I have, but a ton of Korean brands have them. As long as you take care of the sponge, it should last you quite a bit. You will need to replace it, but that goes for any type of beauty tool.

Needless to say, this tool is a 10/10 for me and if you don’t already have it, I highly recommend you picking it up.

Until Next Time!

NerdNoona ❤

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Quick Review: [Holika Holika] Wonder Drawing No Smudge Liquid Eyeliner

Hello my lovelies,

I have been obsessed lately with the Korean trend of puppy dog eyeliner. I have rather almond-shaped eyes that seem a bit too upturned for my liking. I love using this trend to downturn my eyes and make them look soft and feminine. So I’ve been on a hunt for a new eyeliner that will not move on the course of a hard day at school. I’m at school for sometimes 8 hours at a time and with allergies my eyes can get watery. I was on the lookout for an eyeliner that was black and did not move.

I picked up the Holika Holika Wonder Drawing eyeliner from Jolse on Amazon. I didn’t know what to expect when I ordered it. I had heard next to nothing about the product so I went in blind. As soon as I got the product, I tried it out immediately.


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First Impression: I was surprised at the packing. It was small and compact which I liked as I dislike bulky packaging. The design is slick and unassuming which I am like. As for the brush, it is similar to a small paintbrush. It is stiff but still has some flex to the wand. As for myself, I really like this style of brush as it makes it easier to control the movement. It doesn’t really have a specific smell at least nothing I can detect.

Formula: I was impressed on how well the formula glided onto my eyelids. The formula is also very black and slightly shiny which is not an issue for me. It dries really fast so there is no transferring of product into the crease or onto the lid if you need to blink. Now it gets into the tricky part, testing how long it lasts. This one was hard. I would say it lasts well for about 5 or 6 hours with no issues. Once you get into more advanced time, it does time to disappear. I would like to say that this disappearance is totally due to how watery my eyes are. I am constantly rubbing at my eyes as well. I am confident this would last even long if you don’t have these same problems.


Conclusion: I really enjoy this eyeliner for everyday use. It is easy to use and lasts for the majority of the day for my watery eyes. It only cost 6.95 for Jolse on Amazon and for that price I would say it is excellent at what it does. I like it better than some of my high-end brands of liquid liner. If you want an affordable and quality liquid eyeliner I would recommend this one 100%!

Until Next Time!

NerdNoona

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Quick Review: Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Manuka Honey Mask

NerdNoona Here!

After trying this mask for four weeks, I am happy to write this review. Since my skin leans to the dry/dehydrated side, I was immediately drawn to this Honey Mask. Honey is known for its moisturizing properties and I was excited to put this task to the test. I have always loved Innisfree products and I’ve always had really great results. So let us get into this review!


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  1. First thing, this mask is very wet. There is a whole lot of serum in this mask. It was oozing out when I opened the package. I was amazingly surprised when I applied the mask to my face. It was very wet and felt amazing on the skin.
  2. Second thing, the smell is very faint. It is not a honey smell but a light fresh smell. I don’t particularly like the smell, but I am not averse to it.
  3. Third thing, this mask has a very universal fit to it. My face is on the smaller side but it wasn’t too huge on me, I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn’t so big that it went into my hair too much. It was big enough to go down my neck a little bit.
  4. Fourth and final thing, I am very surprised to say this mask is an amazing moisturizing mask. I left this mask on for approximately 25 to 30 minutes. When I took it off my skin left amazing. It was very smooth to the touch and felt very moisturized. In the morning, my makeup went on like a dream.

Final thoughts: I really enjoyed this mask. It had an amazing feel to the skin and I was pleasantly surprised because of the price point. I got mine from the amazon seller Jolse for 7.98 for a 5 piece set. They are amazing masks that are truly great for the price. If you have dry skin, you should try it!

Until Next Time!

NerdNoona ❤

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Product Review: Etude House Color My Brows

NerdNoona Here!

School just started up so I have been busy getting in the groove of waking up super early and walking a million miles from my car to my classes. While I was ordering my books I pick up some products to get free shipping. Among the things I got (I will be doing reviews on all the products I got in the coming weeks) I picked up a brow mascara. I love having amazing looking brows that scream “I have time to look pretty”! Sometimes though, I don’t have time to sculpt my brows or I want my filled in brows to not move.

So while I was browsing Jolse’s shop on amazon, I spotted the Etude House Color My Brows and I fell in love.

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I got the darkest color Rich Brown because my natural hair is black and my eyebrows are pretty dark themselves. At first when I got my package I was a little freaked out. The brow mascara was in a pretty light brow color and I was convinced it was the wrong one but as soon as I put it in my brows I was shown the light. This brow mascara is a beautiful natural color for my brows. The wand is small though not too small. It is small enough to not smear product all over my face but big enough to get the job done quickly. Not only does this product excel in color and application, it also has amazing stay power and makes my brows STAY! I have sweated all my makeup off but this stays put. It makes the brows a bit crispy to the touch but nothing too bad. I am so amazed at how well it really looks. I wear this alone or combined with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade in Ebony. Both ways look great and I have got numerous compliments on my brows when wearing this product. They have an amazing range of colors catering to every brow/hair color. I like that the formula is not INTENSELY pigmented. It brings color to the brows but doesn’t make them looks like you took a sharpie to your brows.

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Here is a picture of the brow mascara on its own! Isn’t it beautiful!


Price: $5.97 USD on Jolse Amazon Shop

The price point is excellent for this brow mascara for the quality of the product


Final Remarks: If you love to have amazing brows, try this out. It is cheap and looks amazing on the brows. If you are busy, on the go, or just lazy about doing your brows, you need this .


Until Next Time,

NerdNoona ❤

PS: Now I have to go back to real life and do papers and read dry history articles.

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