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: 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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Why I Adore Coffee Prince

NerdNoona Here!

School has officially been done for about a month for me so I have a ton of free time on my hands. Even though I am working two internships, I still have time to sit at home and stare at a screen. I’ve been using up all this free time by watching older Korean dramas that I’ve skipped over for newer creations. I began my journey with some ones that I hadn’t finished like Secret Garden (I think I cried for an episode straight) and I watched You’re Beautiful over again. Then I stumbled upon Coffee Prince in my recommended on Netflix. So I started watching.


The Plot:

The first ten minutes of the drama had me hooked. I adore ensemble casts and I could already tell that the two main characters had serious chemistry. This light-hearted drama is about a girl who looks like a guy,Go Eun Chan, (and for once she actually does pass for a dude) that gets mixed up in a money crisis. She meets Choi Han Kyul after she catches a snatch thief who happens to be her sisters “boyfriend”. Han Kyul accuses her of being in cahoots with the thief and gives her his card telling her if she is bold enough she will call for compensation for her broken scooter. Eun Chan does just that because the incident leaves her fired from her job. After she meets Han Kyul in a hotel less than fully clothed, Han Kyul insults her parents leaving her to follow him on his match making dates pestering him to apologize. Han Kyul soon recruits her to be his “lover” and scare away all the dates. Eun Chan and Han Kyul do just that. Han Kyul’s grandmother retaliates and  gives him three months to take a dump of a coffee shop and triple her investment. At first Han Kyul doesn’t want to do it but through Eun Chan convincing him and his grandmother threatening to take away his house and car he agrees. He hires Eun Chan as the first employee and the story is set for love.


Why I love it:

The story makes this drama really stand out to me. The story explores a foreign subject of the time, homosexuality. (Secret Garden also explores this as well). My favorite aspect of this story is that while it has serious aspects to it, it stays light hearted and fun. Han Yoo Joo for instance, is not the typical female “villain”. She is great to Eun Chan even though Han Kyul “likes her”. She takes care of Eun Chan in many situations. She is not unbearable at all. Some dramas (I’m looking at you Full House), make the female villain so bad that it makes you want to stop watching. Yoo Joo is not the only character that makes the watcher keep watching. Each character has something endearing to them which captures the attention of the watcher. No I’m not talking about all the smoking hot bods either (Min-Yeop=sex on a stick). I adore all their little stories worked into the main story of Eun Chan and Han Kyul.

The score of the drama is another winner for me. More recent dramas seem to use the same song over and over and over again (You’re Beautiful is so guilty of this, my boyfriend gets mad if he hears that song even to this day). I love the more iconic songs that are placed throughout the score like Frank Sinatra and some popular Korean hits. The little diddle that plays through the cuter scenes is a good filler song that is not offensive on the ears.

I really cannot say anything bad about the drama except that I wish there was a little more about Coffee Princess and more of that lovely Han Kyul bod. Yes I thought Han Kyul was amazingly sexy even though many other fans don’t really think so.  This drama is one of a kind and I really can see why it is a favorite among many Korean Drama fans.


Main Characters:

Go Eun Chan

Go Eun Chan is a girl who happens to look like a pretty convincing guy. She has been the breadwinner of her family ever since her father passed away when she was in middle school. She is a funny little Teenie Weenie who always knows how to make people feel good.

Choi Han Kyul

He is a player who has been wasting his life away in American for five years. When he comes back he is faced with match making dates and taking over a dump of a coffee house. He made a habit out of another mans girl for years until he meets Eun Chan who makes him think he is going crazy for liking her.

Choi Han Sung

Han Sung is a man of music. He has been pining over Yoo Joo who broke up with him 2 years ago after she found another man. He soon takes an interest in Eun Chan even when Yoo Joo is at his side. He is made happy by Eun Chan even at his darkest times.

Han Yoo Joo

Yoo Joo is an artist that always puts her work in front of everything even her man. After spending two years with the man she broke up with Han Sung over, she looks to get back with Han Sung. Even with Han Sung wavering over Eun Chan she still remains nice to her.

Hwang Min Yeop

Min Yeop is a hunk with no brains that is in love with Eun Chan sister. He is the first of the waiters to know of Eun Chan’s girly habits and does no good at keeping a secret. He is sweet to Eun Chan and helps her through hard times even with a lack of brain

Jin Ha Rim

Ha Rim is a long time friend of Han Kyul. After refusing to follow in the footsteps of his family and be a doctor, he ends up at Coffee Prince. He has a close friendship with Eun Chan calling her frequently my Chan. He is funny and a bit clueless.

Noh Sun Ki

Sun Ki is a Korean/Japanese man with a past. Even though he has a gruff interior, he also has a heart of gold that shows when he takes care of Eun Chan. His out bursts in Japanese add a funny element to each scene.


Coffee Prince will really stick with me until the end as one of the best dramas I have ever watched. I really enjoyed the drama and I’m even in the process of watching it again!

Until Next Time!

NerdNoona ❤

PS: Did you love Han Kyul when you first saw him and that hot bod?

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!

Use: 9ILPP4  for $5 dollars off your next order! (Expires September 30th)

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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