Rave: Eon Wheat Germ 97 Essence

NerdNoona!

I need to take a minute to rave about a product I received around two months ago. I’ve been testing this quite essentially to be able to give an accurate review. I received this product in the MemeBox Brightening Skincare Box . I fell in love at first sight. And now to introduce the star of this review.

Eon Wheat Germ 97 Essence

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I have use this since day one. I have been monitoring my skin’s condition and I am so pleased with the results. This essence is all about whitening and brightening! I use this morning and night, basically whenever I wash my face. I have normal and sometimes a bit dry skin and this keeps my skin moisturized without being too greasy. It is quite light but in a good way. It has gradually gotten rid of some dark spots I have on my skin from acne. The price point at $36.00 may seem pricey but this product will last you a long time. I had only gone through maybe 1/4th of the bottle until my kitty decided to knock it over spilling another 1/4th of the bottle. Still I can see this lasting a person 6 months or more. This is a great gentle essence that would work for any skin type. I’m in love with this essence plain and simple!

Until Next Time!

NerdNoona ❤

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Q&A

Once upon a time, Nerdnoona and Curlynoona were free at the same time and were chatting on Facebook (since chatting in person is a bit hard, being that they live 2,220 miles apart.) They decided to ask each other questions about Kdramas, because despite Curlynoona’s name, they are both, in fact, huge nerds.

Nerdnoona’s answers:

1. Drama you wished you’d never watched?

My Love from Another Star has ruined me forever for dramas. I have such a high expectation because of this amazing drama. But seriously, I don’t watch dramas that I don’t research a lot before hand!

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2. Drama you wish was your life?

This one is so hard! Girls in dramas get pulled by the wrist a lot and I have weak wrists. I would have to say Heirs. If I could live with Lee Min Ho, I would be the happiest girl ever.

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3.  Character you’d date?

Jeremy from You’re Beautiful. Its a no brainer. He is so adorable and innocent I could just eat him up!!!

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4. Character you’d marry?

Since I am a Lee Min Ho addict\, I’ll have to say Choi Young from Faith. He is so amazingly good looking with the long hair and rugged style.

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5. If you owned a makeup company, who is the idol or actor you’d want for your CF?

Jun Ji-Hyun. She has such a beautiful face. Her face leans towards strength rather than the more traditional Korean look of being innocent.

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Curlynoona’s comment: I recommended You from Another Star, so I take credit for her loving it so much. ‘Cause, you know, recommending it is almost the same as producing, writing, or acting in it, right? It almost makes up for forgetting to tell her to watch the Korean version of Fated to Love you with a teddy bear to hug in the sad moments and in a room with padded walls for when you need to scream at all the noble idiocy (or laugh uproariously at all the hilarity.)

Curlynoona’s Answers:

1. Favorite aww scene? 

Pretty much any moment Jin-Gu looks at Se-Young in Plus Nine Boys.

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2. Favorite bitch?

Kim In-Hee from Personal Taste. She was a horrible person with no idea of personal responsibility, but the great thing about her was there was never a moment you felt bad about hating her. In fact, I hate her so much that I’m going to insert a GIF of the leads kissing just to spite her.

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3. Favorite Mom?

I like this question, because there are so many articles about evil/domineering mothers in dramas and I think we should take more time to highlight the good ones. I think the mom from I Hear Your Voice was amazing. She never stopped believing in her daughter, and on a more day-to-day note, she’s a big reason why Hye-sung was this awesome:

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4. Best makeup and style?

Despite a few missteps, I thought A Witch’s Romance had great styling for both the male and female cast. The guys especially, really, because often I have a hard time believing some of the things men are required to wear on shows- like ascots. I just don’t believe a 25 year old man, anywhere, is going to regularly where an ascot in his normal everyday life. On the ladies side, I especially liked how the lead female’s hair and makeup got less harsh as the show went on to show that she was becoming less guarded. The show also gave us a lot of moments to see everyone dressed up and dressed casually.

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I don’t remember that last one from the show, but it’s hilarious.

5. Couple that you wish happened but never did?

Second lead syndrome is a regular occurrence for me, so instead of listing every time I’ve had it I’ll just name a couple that was only in my head: Park Gyu-Dong and Kin Na-Na from Monstar. Is that weird? Maybe that’s weird…

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Memebox Unboxing and Review: #13 Cooling Care

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Goodies!

NerdNoona Here!

Who is ready for another Memebox Review?! Me!

A little bit about Memebox first!

Memebox is currently the #1 beauty box provider in Korea, and arrived here in the US and other countries just recently! There are a couple of different boxes: Memebox, Memebox Special Editions, Superbox and Luckybox. Boxes are shipped internationally but not all countries are included. Click here to see if your country is included. Memebox is not a continuous monthly service like Ipsy or Birchbox. New boxes are released  all the time with exciting themes! More information can be found at here! And now for a little bit about the different boxes.

  • Memebox:
    The original Memebox comes packed with 4 – 8 full-size products and deluxe samples. Boxes in each Memebox series always contain the same products, and contents vary from hair and body products, to skin-care and makeup products.
  • Memebox Special Edition:
    Memebox special edition comes packaged with 4-8 full-size products and deluxe samples under its own theme. Memebox special edition is designed to meet various concerns, beauty trends, and also seasonal needs.
  • Superbox:
    Superbox was inspired by our Memebox lovers, looking for full-sized products catered to specific needs. Each Superbox series comes with its own theme, designed to target particular concerns, or collaboration with our favorite brands!
  • Luckybox:
    We created Luckybox to give everyone a different and unique box full of our favorite products for you to feel like the luckiest person in the world! Every Luckybox is unique and is filled with 4 – 8 full sized products and deluxe samples carefully curated from Korea to give you the best experience and widest exposure to a range of products!

Let’s get into this review!

Box Description:

This box contains all the essential cooling summer products for the face, body and hair so that you can make the most of your sunny summer getaway! Pamper and soothe overheated skin with products that instantly cool and calm sun damaged skin and also repair the skin from excessive sun exposure!

First up A little Peak of all the Goodies!

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Unwrapped!

I’ve had a bit to play with all the products and get to know them pretty well.  All products in the box are full sized which is amazing! This box is unfortunately sold out but a lot of the products are still available on the memeshop.

1. awesome Aqua Whip Hug Foam Cleanser [Full-Size $18]

This is my favorite face wash I have ever owned! I absolutely love it. It does make your face feel a bit tight after washing but going in right with an essence or serum gets rid of the tight feeling. It is a creamy face wash and does have some bubbling.  I have pretty sensitive skin especially to face wash but this does not break my out at all.

2. Secret Key Intense Ice Sleeping Pack [Full-size $22]

This sleeping pack is one of the most moisturizing ones I have tried. The cooling sensation is a little weird at first but on hot nights it feels so good! I use this pack about one a week and I have noticed that my skin is very plump in the morning. My face soaks it all up. I do feel that if you have sensitive skin the cooling sensation may irritate your skin. But as I said my skin is quite sensitive and I have no problems with this sleeping pack.

3. Organia White Organia Aloe Vera Soothing Gel [Full-Size $5]

This stuff is so moisturizing! I use this mainly as an all over moisturizer after the shower or a long day at the pottery wheel. I rarely use this on face. I only use this when my skin is really dry. I am excited to use this in the summer when I get  a sunburn (which I know I will no matter how careful).  This tube is also huge! I’ll never run out!

4. N.S.M Exciting Snow Cooling Tiny or C.C Reborn Sorbet Melting Tint [Full-Size $18]

I recieved this tint in C.C Reborn Sorbet Melting Tint. I am in love with this stuff. The color is such a nice medium pink with warmth. This stuff does not move. It tingles my lips and makes them smell so minty fresh. When applied on the whole lip it creates a nice neon lip. It is the perfect pink to use on a gradient lip. I will say that if you do lick your lips alot, this will go a bit chunky.

5. The Skin House Aloe Water Mist [Full-Size $11]

 This and the face wash are probably my two favorite things in the box. I use this stuff every single day before my makeup and after it or if I need a little pick me up. It is so refreshing and the smell is not overpowering . I use this as my toner at the beginning of my skincare routine.


Total Box Value: $74


Overall Thoughts:

I love this box so much. I use all these products every single day. I will repurchase the face wash and the mist over and over again. I am so happy with the value of this box as all the products are full sized!

I have a special coupon code for you readers!

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Please use this coupon to support this blog! As always tell me what you thought of the box in the comments and tell me what else you would like to see!

Until Next Time!

NerdNoona ❤

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PS: Fated to Love You (The Korean Version) has taken over my life. I just can’t even anymore!

*This box was provided by Memebox for Reviewing Purposes. But I promise you that all my opinions expressed are indeed my own!

Rave: Perfect Moisture Whitening Mask

NerdNoona here!

I need to take a minute to rave on a product I received not long ago from the Brightening Skincare Box from Memebox.

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This baby is my savior! This is the Perfect Moisture Whitening Mask.

It is described on Memebox as “Deeply nourish and brighten up your dulled-out skin tone while having your beauty sleep with Dermahouse’s Perfect Whitening Moisture Mask. The niacinamide component of the pack helps treat red, and uneven skin tone for a clearer, brighter complexion the next morning” This mask does just that. I am in love with this product; I use this stuff every single day. I use it at night for a sleeping pack and in the morning for a moisturizer. It has completely vanished my acne scars and smoothed my skin. It is a bit pricey with the price point being $29 dollars but oh my god it is worth it! I’ve had this for about a month and I’ve barely made a dent in it. If you have any problems with dry, acne scarred, or uneven skin, this product is for you. I cannot rave enough about this product!

Until Next Time!

NerdNoona ❤

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Odds and Ends

I feel a little lost right now in the kdrama world. I’m gonna just throw out some odds and ends that are haunting my brain. I have a problem with depression, which you’ve probably heard me mention if you’ve looked at my art blog, and sometimes it makes getting anything done, including simple things like blogging, feel like earth-shattering tasks. But I hope I can blog more frequently, and my little cuz Nerdnoona will put more beauty stuff up. As for me, I hear Oakland has a Korea town (although it’s a little manufactured) so I thought I might go there and see if there are any cool skin care products. There are also a good amount of Korean Markets in Oakland. My best friend lives above one that seems pretty great, but every time we go in there she feels guilty because she’s buying ingredients to make Japanese food. I tell her most shops are pretty okay as long as you’re giving them money to purchase goods and services, so I don’t think it’ll be an issue. Anyhow. Actual drama thoughts follow, some spoilers.

Roommate

Roommate sort of imploded, but maybe they’ll realize with the second season that stars abruptly leaving upsets fans, and that at the very least they need to give goodbye episodes. I’m going to watch the new episodes because some of the new roommates seem pretty interesting.

High School King of Savvy

High school King of Savvy ended a few weeks ago, and that was a good wholesome serving of awesomely weird. Plots that pair together two characters who are at heart both very strange, despite major surface differences and one being more socially apt has long been one of my weaknesses. It’s lucky the two leads were so out-there. No one thinks the show is trying to encourage typical 27-year-olds to marry 17-year-olds. My only complaint was Jin-Woo’s resolution. I would have liked more for him, less rushed. My theory is he was supposed to end up with the younger sister, but someone realized she had better chemistry with the friend (they were adorable) and looked like an 8 year old next to Jin-Woo. There also should have been more bromantic scenes, like Min-seok bringing Jin-Woo chicken. Let’s be honest, that’s the relationship a lot of people were watching the show for, anyway.

Fated to Love You

Ending more recently was Fated to Love You. I’m glad it took a detour from the original, but the illness thing was just too stretched out. The pain over losing the baby was done amazingly well, and I really appreciated the sensitive way it was handled. But the forced separation for no real reason is one of the worst staples of drama land. It made sense in the original Taiwanese version (for multiple reasons, the main one being that Se-ra’s character did something way more evil.) Gun’s character in that version was still a little bit of a self-centered jerk before Mi-Young left (he started out practically schizophrenic, in my opinion. Sometimes he was sweet, and sometime he was so unlikable I couldn’t stand him and couldn’t stand the girl for putting up with his crap.) Mi-Young’s character in the Taiwanese version didn’t have the inner steel that the Korean version had, and the years abroad were really needed for her to become a stronger, self confident person. But our Mi-young was already a fighter, already extremely lovable, and our Gun was pretty amazing and in love. I know the separation had to happen, but it went on far too long. Oh, also, the end was cute and all, but it was as if someone sat there with a checklist trying to make sure every last person got a happy ending. Also, the whole drugging people thing…I accepted it as funny in the show, but it’s really not. Gun and Mi Young were married, they wanted to be intimate, so I guess I’m just supposed to laugh at the fact that they were drugged to prevent them from using protection so that they’d get pregnant again. But, uh, when I just write it out like that, it seems really creepy.

Discovery of Romance

I’m sort-of watching Discovery of Romance, but with reservations. I’m not always keen on more realistic romances. I watch TV to escape real life. That said, I don’t hate it but I need the characters to be more honest and open with themselves and with each other, so that they can be more likable. I pretty much liked them all at first, and then with every episode every character but Joon-ha and Sol did something extremely shady. Maybe this will be another show where I’m more focused on the side romances. I really don’t mind realism, but it bothers me when “realism” is a code word for everyone begin horrible and every awful thing that could happen, happening. That’s why I tend to avoid Frank Miller comics. But, this is a funny show, and I’ll wait and see what happens.

High school-love on

I don’t generally mind when a show is once a week instead of twice, but this little gem is suffering from the format. It doesn’t seem like it was written to be shown this way, and the fact the it keeps getting preempted shows that it’s not really being cared for by the network. This issue is especially blatant right now, because the show is still setting up it’s conflicts about Seul-Bi needing to return to being an angel (or reaper), the situation at school, the two boys unknowingly being step brothers, forming a tentative friendship, both liking Seul-Bi and, I don’t feel like this when I’m actually watching, but when I think about the plot, it feels like it’s creeping along. Especially the romance. I understand completely why she can’t entirely admit she likes Woo-Hyun, but he’s already confessed to her, and she’s sorta, kinda, maybe given out the vibe that she’s not offended by the idea. That kind of thing is not satisfying to veiwers! If the show was being broadcast twice a week, it wouldn’t feel that slow. We’d have pretty quickly gotten most of the info we need. I gotta tell you, with this being preempted so often, I’m having My So Called Life flashbacks. That should date me for you.

Surplus Princess

Another quirky once a week drama. I like it! I think this baby has way more substance that it;s been given credit for. So far, weird, perverted, adorable, sweet, slightly evil mermaid is one of my favorite heroines on air right now. And I like that it actually is really hard to tell who the lead male is. Of course I’m shipping her with Hyun-Myung because he has eye-crinkles when he smiles because she’s developing an actual friendship with him instead of just liking him because he’s hot, unlike her feelings for Shi-Kyung. Also, Hyun-Myung deserves a nice girlfriend who won’t dump him the moment she starts to climb the social ladder. He also needs someone to push/pull him along into the real world instead of sitting in his room writing masterpiece cover letters. I don’t hate Shi-Kyung, especially when he’s smiling and laughing with our lead, but there’s something about him that’s a little odd. The face-blindness explained some of it, but I can’t help but feeling there’s something else. I’m hoping next week the plot moves a little more zippily. Not saying its dragged, but it is not a fast moving show by any means.

Plus nine Boys

I don’t speak Korean, but I’m gonna guess that’s a terrible translation, especially since it doesn’t explain what the show is about at all. What would be better? Age ending in Nine Boys, which I’ve seen, is another no, because at that point you might as well hand out a summery of the plot as the title. The Terrible Nines? That’s not really a phrase- forget it, the name sucks, but the show itself is great. 39 year old romance: I really, really want to solve the mystery of what happened! What made that sweet lady reject his proposal that way, in front of everyone? And while I think we’re pretty clear that’s not his daughter, she gets pretty uncomfortable when the topic of her marriage comes up, so I think there’s another story, there. 29 year old romance: I really, really hope this one works out, but he deserves to suffer a bit first. I know he’s sorry for what he did. I also know that they saw the scene differently- he didn’t feel insanely bad when she saw him kissing that other girl, but he didn’t feel good about it; however, she remembers him not caring how hurt she was and even smirking as the car drove away. I think he also doesn’t realize how much she liked him at that time. This seems like the one and only time he’s ever actually been in love with someone, but his jerkiness was so complete in the past that I totally understand why she doesn’t believe he’s serious. I mean, he really truly was just working his way around campus/work and included her along the way. So sure, he realized soon after that that he liked her, but if he’s going to prove to her that he’s sincere, he’s got to resist going back to his playboy ways out of frustration. 19 year old romance: This kid totally deserves whatever his “destined girl” is gonna unleash on him. How happy am I that she’s not some shrinking belle? Maybe she can get him to stop taking “meaningful” instagram selfies everywhere, while she’s at it. 9 year old romance: I expected this to be annoying, but it’s actually kinda cute. The kid is acting like a jerk to everyone, but especially his little “girlfriend” now that he’s not doing too well in show business. I was afraid this was going to put a lot of adult behaviors onto little kids, but the romance is playing out just like in real life, little kids who are close friends mimicking adult behaviors but still having childish thoughts and motivations. She just wants him to be nice like he used to so they can play and have fun, and he wants her to like him better than that Do Min Joon kid who everyone else thinks is better than him. And in the meantime, they hold hands occasionally and call each other boyfriend and girlfriend. I’m okay with that.

It’s Okay, it’s love

I have some mental health issues myself, so I’m very sensitive about how they’re handled. I held off on watching this until I got some feedback on the level of realism/sensitivity involved. I’m hearing good things…what do you guys think?