Review: Epielle Facial Essence Mask

NerdNoona here!

First I want to thank everyone who entered my meme points giveaway! We had over 250 entries which is amazing! The winners will be contacted soon by Memebox!

Now that we have that excitement out of the way, lets get into this review!

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This is something my mom picked up for me at Big Lots. She knows I have an obsession with sheet masks, especially ones from Korea. These are indeed made from Korea, from a company called Epielle. I did a little research and discovered that they are known as a cheap brand but of course cheap does not mean low quality. These masks feel quite good to the touch. The mask itself is not rough at all which is great! They are loaded with moisture which is something I look for in a good mask. I’ve had more expensive masks dry out because they were not loaded with the essence. These masks are not revolutionary. They did not make my skin perfect but they did do their job. My skin felt hydrated and moisturized. The scent is pleasant and very relaxing. These are not going to change your skin greatly but for 2 bucks for 4 masks they are amazing for those nights where you want to wind down and relax. I would recommend them for anyone that wants an inexpensive mask to throw on after a hard day of work or school. Have you ever tried these before? If you have let me know what you think of them!

Until Next Time!

NerdNoona ❤

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Trot Lovers Series Review

Some General spoilers ahead.

Trot lovers finished recently, and as it is a series I had recommended to Nerdnoona among others, I wanted to talk a little about what worked and what didn’t.

What’s frustrating about the series is that basically, the whole thing worked until a certain point. It was a simple show, competent, not reinventing the wheel, but going through predictable moments in sweet, sometimes hilarious ways. There was a rude, spoiled lead male, an amusing second lead male, a down-on-her-luck hardworking lead female, lots of people conspiring to keep her from succeeding, and an adorable child. The bickering relationship between the leads didn’t do it for some, but I thought it was cute. Although none of the parts of the story really departed from the tried and true drama cliches, the music and the individual characters were interesting enough to keep you watching. I especially enjoyed the moments President Jo seemed to be breaking the 4th wall.

But then the show took a nose dive. There were a few moments when I felt the show had jumped the shark: Jang Joon-hyun’s amnesia was the big one, but I think the characterization of Park Soo-in was really the first sign there was trouble. Soo-in first appeared as a sympathetic bad-guy. We understood why she was the way she was; in short, she seemed redeemable. But then, Soo-in started making choices that put her further and further away from that girl who was simply suffering because of a controlling mother and had never been taught how to deal with her issues. She started being pretty dang evil, of course mostly over a man, and she assumed that Jo Geun-woo wasn’t with her simply because of Choi Chun-hee. Soo-in crossed the place of no return, in my opinion, but there were hints that the writer’s still considered her redeemable.

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High School King of Savvy- First Impression

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High-School King of Savvy got off to a good start this week. Seo In Guk plays a teenage hockey player, Min Seok, who suddenly has to pretend to be his brother, Hyung Suk,  a hot-shot executive at a big company who hasn’t been home in years. When I first read about it, I had flashbacks to Don’t tell Mom the Babysitters Dead, which was my favorite movie when I was a preteen. Teens b.s.ing their way through business is always a funny concept to watch, especially if they realize at least one or two of the adults around them are  doing the same thing. I don’t know if this show will bear much resemblance to my favorite early-90s Christina Applegate film, but I am finding it pretty entertaining.

I think Seo In Guk is a great actor in general, and although he doesn’t look much like a real life high-school student, he does a great job of acting like one. (He doesn’t look old or anything, he just looks obviously past the wobbly-voiced, constantly covered with pimples, arms-too-big-for-body stage of life.) This show has a much better reason to cast a 27 year old as a teen than any other show, since Min Seok is substituting for his brother who is much older. Still, because the age and life-experience gap between the two brothers is one of the most important parts of the show, Seo In Guk being able to convince the audience he’s a teenage-fish-out-of-water is crucial. As expected, he pulls it off. I do think casting an 18 year old as his stalker/possible love interest just makes him look older, but I might be the only person who feels that way.

This isn’t an out-and-out comedy, but there are some very funny moments and quirky characters. What I especially like is how the serious issues/moments blend well with the comedic beats. And there are some pretty heavy things going on, even just in the first episode; the back-story regarding Hyung Seuk and Min Seuk’s parents, for instance. None of the heavy moments drown the humor, and there aren’t any rapid, uncalled for shifts in tone.

So far, of the supporting characters, Lee Soo Hyuk’s character, Jin Woo, and Lee Ha Na’s character, Soo Young, are the most interesting to me. Soo Young is a bit of a walking train wreck, and might not be for everyone, but her bumbling confession of love (in the men’s room, for crying out loud) and subsequent drunk dialing, combined with her efficiency at work and general quick thinking, seemed pretty realistic to me. She’s all book smarts at this point, with no emotional intelligence; I’m curious if this will change. Soo Young and Jin Woo actually have really great chemistry, and as Jinn Woo seems distrustful of absolutely everyone, they’d be an interesting pairing. I don’t know if Soo Young is Min Seuk’s main love interest, but if not, so far I hope that Soo Young and Jin Woo are end game.

I’m wondering if this is a Noona romance or not…’cause if it is, how old is that kid supposed to be, anyway? I have no problem with relationships with substantial age disparities, but I like the younger party to be out of high school first. I don’t like the term jail bait because is assumes that people in a relationship are automatically having sex, but I do think teens are still children, and need time to be kids and grow before they hop into relationships with adults. True, TV does a horrible job of modeling what life should look like and how everyone should think, feel, and act, and everyone should know not to imitate it; that doesn’t mean we should just watch whatever and not think of about the messages it sends out.

That said, I’m actually ok with a Soo Young/ Min Seuk pairing here, because I really like Soo Young. Also, because I think it’s a little strange to have a problem with Seo In Guk’s being paired with an actress who is five years older than him in order for him to be paired with an actress who is 9 or so years younger. The characters ages are not as important to me as the actors ages, because older male actors are paired with younger females constantly without much commentary, and it’s often not even mentioned in the plot. On the other hand, shows with older women paired with younger males draw a lot of commentary about the woman’s age, looks, and suitability, AND the age is a big part of the plot.

Anyway, we pretty much know by now that if Soo Young is the one for  Min Seuk,  there will be a time jump for just enough years to keep it from being creepy. Right now, they haven’t exactly interacted much, but there is some chemistry and you can tell Min Seuk is amused by her.

Some comments and complaints:

There was a strange editing moment at the beginning of the first episode that I’m sure left some people rewinding to see if they missed something. Did the editor of Witch’s Romance come along with the timeslot?

It is very hard to find this drama online with English subs. I was visiting a friend in Sacramento without my laptop. I wasn’t able to find this show on any of the video apps my tablet has. Neither dramafever nor Viki has it, although some users on Viki are trying to start a fan channel. When I had computer access again, I found it here, but I’m not sure how quick the subs will be uploaded.  Making it harder to locate, this show is called about 452 different things in English: “King of High-School Manners,” “High-School King of Manners,” “High-School King of Savvy,””King of High-School Savvy,” “King of High-School Life Conduct,” (literal translation) and just plain “King of High-school” are a few I’ve seen. I prefer either the literal translation or “High-school King of Savvy,” simply because that was the name I saw in all the promotional material.

We Got Married Global Edition Ep. 8- Thoughts

I am going to do a recap of the Key/Arisa segments later, but I’ll just say right now that Episode 8 was great. It had a good pace, it gave us some moments that seemed very genuine and laid-back, and nothing seemed overly engineered.

Puff and Heechul’s relationship especially needed some time for the two to just hang out, and that’s what this episode gave them. There segments were cute and understated (something that I rarely say about that couple) and they really seemed suited for each other. From the beginning the two seemed similar, but Puff was more mature. The idea that Heechul’s bad habits are rubbing off on Puff, instead of her good habits on him, is for some reason utterly adorable.

I personally loved the guest in the Key/Arisa segments. (Trying not to put spoilers here.) She has a very strong personality, but I can’t help observing that Key gets along best with women who are straight-forward and up front; also, she brought out a more talkative, sweet, goofy side of Arisa which I think Key enjoyed. And the noona (ahjumma?) fangirling over Kim Hyun Joong- love, love, loved it, especially Key’s reaction to it. And hey, I’m 32 and engaged, so I relate. When I’m watching certain shows, my fiance just leaves the room.

Anyway, I was getting a little unsure about this season, but this episode has me back on the fanboat.

P.S. Whenever I google Key I see him with brown hair and think he should go back to that. Does anyone agree/disagree? Also, I think Heechul is remarkably young looking but is still getting too old for the typical idol look. (Please don’t kill me.)

Korean Beauty and Skincare Haul!

NerdNoona Here!

Who is ready for a skincare and beauty haul?

Recently I made an order to TesterKorea for a few samples and other odds and ends. I am in love with everything I received! At the end of this haul, I also will give a review on the site itself.  Image

Look at those beautiful goodies! My pretties! I bought 16 things and only spent around 16,000 won without shipping. I opted for the cheapest shipping because I’m cheap but it still came in about 2 weeks!

Let’s get started!

In the skincare department:

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Skinfood Chlorella Nose Clear Patch

Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Eye Patch

Etude House Black Charcoal Chin Pack

Etude House 3D Princess Mask

Beauty Friends Essence Mask Sheet

Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum

Food-a-holic 3D Natural Essence Mask

Esfolio Milk Essence Mask Sheet

Innisfree It’s Real Green Tea Mask

Etude I Need You, Pomegranate! Mask Sheet

Skinfood Watery Berry mini Gift Set

Skinfood Young Leaves Pure Cabbage Gift Set

Skinfood Black Pomegranate Gift Set

That’s it for the skincare. I like getting samples of products so I can be sure whether I care for the formula. I have gotten into Korean skincare as of late and I’m so glad I did. I am in love with this dewy and glowing skin! The gift sets are pretty generous in size!

In the Beauty Department:

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TonyMoly Petit Bunny Gloss Bar

Lioele Princess Mirror

Etude Multi Hair Pen

Can I just say that the Hair Pen is the best thing ever! I will be using this bad boy all next week while I study for my finals. The mirror is so tiny and delicate. I do feel like a princess! I now have two of the Bunny Glosses. I absolutely love how glossy they are and the light wash of color they give the lips is great! (They smell so good too!)

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