refine: make minor changes so as to improve or clarify (a
theory or method).
Song of the day/month: Jun.K's No Love. (currently
listening to it too. Obsessed!)
I've finally graduated from college and am now on "break"
till university starts in August. A
Levels is finally over (And boy, am I glad I survived it.)
One of the biggest problems that came along when I started
spotless if not for the rare zit I'd get on my chin. In
other words, I had perfect skin. Not porcelain white
but still, flawless in my book.
existence. Oy, I fought a hard battle with them zits. For all
those struggling/who struggled with acne, you may be able
to relate to this: I spent quite a lot of money on products that
claim to help heal, vanish, zap zits. The whole enchilada.
The moment I popped one zit, another had to pop up the
next day. Or even the night itself. The frustration was real.
So was the agony. To make things worse, my concealers were
ineffective. I had been trying to dry out the evil things and
would always slab on a ton of Benzoyl Peroxide. That made
the skin on the zit as dry as a desert and when I applied
concealer, it only emphasized the DRY ZIT (that was still a
skin cleared up big time, scars
gone. You'd think she never had a problem with acne.) this
barely did anything for me. I still broke out and my scars,
I didn't notice much of a difference. I still used it up though
but I won't be repurchasing.
2. The Body Shop's Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night
Purchased this in hopes of fading my acne scars. After two
bottles...THIS DID NOTHING MUCH FOR MY SCARS
EITHER. Or at least, not enough for me to notice any
3. Hiruscar Post-Acne gel
Also thought this would help with my scars. I only used one
tube and apparently you'll only see results if used regularly
for a long time. Since this is on the pricey side, for such a
small tube, I decided to put it on hold and try something
I did finish one tube but like the others, it didn't give me
drastic results. I might try another tube, I might not. My dad
bought the wrong Hiruscar gel when I asked him to get
another tube of this post-acne version so I need to finish
using that up first since it's a bigger tube.
4. Neutrogena Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating
Since there's salicylic acid in this, I'd think it'd help a bit with
acne. I used this daily and it did help eliminate the bumps
and zits on my forehead and I've been pretty clear on my
forehead so far.
5. Laneige White Plus Renew Essence
Yes, as also purchased because it's for whitening. Also..did
not give super drastic results. May do a more detailed review
later. Won't be repurchasing unless I have a super good deal.
WHAT I'VE CHANGED IN MY ROUTINE:
5. LUSH Aqua Marina Cleanser
Bought this during my trip to Osaka. First Lush product that
I've ever tried but so far, I AM SUPER SATISFIED WITH IT.
It's controlled my oil production and I've realised that I
haven't been producing much oil lately. Which makes it a
good product in my book.
6. Shiseido's Whitening Jelly Essence
Grabbed this while I was in Japan. Currently unavailable in
Malaysia though I do hope it'll reach our shores soon.
Nayoung/ Oiseau88 recommended this in one of her videos
and I'm so glad I bought this. It has a jelly/gel like
consistency but absorbs into the skin right away! It's as if I
didn't apply anything! Used in conjunction with my Lush
cleanser, this seems to have made my skin look more even.
Overall I feel like my skin has gotten better. I feel like it's
much easier to cover up my scars more easily now. I can
even use my The Face Shop Aura CC Cushion alone without
any concealers (but bear in mind, the Aura CC Cushion itself
has pretty high coverage.) My scars no longer peep through
my CC cream! Though it still shows when I use BB cream
with a lower coverage.
7. Asahi Suhada Shizuku Pack Gel
Also bought this while in Japan after hearing Melodee rave
about it on YouTube. It''s a brilliant product that can serve as
toner, serum, moisturizer, and a mask/pack! Absolutely
perfect for lazy days (which is..almost everyday, I'll admit.)
I'll just wash my face with the lush cleanser and slab this on!
Loved this so much, I rushed to buy another bigger tub to
stock up while I was still in Japan. At the rate at which I'm
using it now, I'm actually becoming a tad paranoid about
running out of this product. I normally keep this in the
fridge so when I use it, it'll be nice and cold. Once rubbed
into the skin, it forms water droplets and absorbs super fast!
8. Arouge Trouble Repair Liquid
Stumbled upon this while in a Japanese drugstore in Osaka.
There were before-after photos of those who used it and it
seemed promising. So I got a twin pack for my sister and I to
try. This is literally like water. Absorbs almost immediately
into the skin. I use it with the shiseido jelly, lush cleanser
and pack gel. I'll continue to use this and see how it goes
You can check out her reviews @ www.aegyoprincess.blogspot.com
Introduction to Ibuybeauti store: Ibuybeauti is an online store that is selling Korean beauty products. Som of the brands available on the store are A'Pieu, CNP, Dr Jart, BANILA CO., Espoir, Etude House, Innisfree, HERA, Laneige, Mamonde, MISSHA, Nature Republic, Skin Food, The Face Shop, TONY MOLY, Holika Holika, Lioele, tn, Mule, DANAHAN, Pure Heals, So Natural, Sea Tree, SCINIC, Dr G, Mizon, Aritaum, Cloud 9, Clio, BRTC, Skin 79, Cathy Cat, Isa Knox, O Hui, Hanskin, Primera, IOPE.
For those living outside Korea, it's a great chance to try out the not so mainstream (at least internationally) brands!
You can check out their store here: www.ibuybeauti.com
Ibuybeauti is launching a new blog called Beautifan where the bloggers would be posting reviews of the products. Ibuybeauti already has a YouTube channel where they upload English subbed episodes of shows like Get It Beauty & Son Dam Bi's Beautiful Days. They have uploaded up to a hundred videos already! You can find the products mentioned in the videos at the Ibuybeauti and the link to the products are in the description box below each video.
You can subscribe and watch the videos (and get the products featured on the shows) @ http://www.youtube.com/user/ibuybeauti
Quoted from Marxie's blogpost on this event:
Chosen reviewers will get to choose what products they want to try and they must write their honest opinions on the products.
The product review should be posted in their review blog, Beautifan. Beautifan will be divided in certain categories to make navigation easier. I can't link you to Beautifan right now because it's still under construction.
Here's the link to Marxie's original post on this event: http://aegyoprincess.blogspot.com/2014/02/ibuybeauti-is-looking-for-10-beauty.html
* Drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with these details:
5. Blog Address
6. Skin Type
7. Best Beauty Review Link
8. Brief Self- Introduction
**You can apply anytime from February 3, 2014 to February 18, 2014
Winners will be announced on 20th February 2014.
cliché: a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a
lack of original thought
So January has gone by in a flash. Time flies.
Anyway here are my first-month-of-the-year favourites!
That Winter, The Wind Blows started airing on 13th February 2013 and it just ended yesterday, 3rd April 2013, with episode 16 being the final episode.
It received high ratings throughout the broadcast period. By the third week since it's premiere, it was ranked #1 in that timeslot and remained at the top for a few weeks. The ratings steadily increased each week with every episode and is now even airing (or will be airing soon) internationally in countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, China and so on. In China especially, this drama is getting millions of views per episode.What with online live streaming and sites like Viki, a huge number of fans from countries where the show isn't airing yet are also able to watch and join in the craze. The drama is receiving such overwhelming response from the viewers that fans are also going out to buy the lipstick that Song Hye Kyo wears, even the toner that Jo In Sung uses in the drama, and Song Hye Kyo's earrings and outfits. There's even a DIY tutorial on how to make the bracelet that Oh Young (Song Hye Kyo's character) gave to Oh Soo (Jo In Sung's character).
Every episode of the drama is so much like a real CF, everything looks perfect, from the colour schemes that they use, to the backdrop of the drama, to the lighting. Really makes me feel like buying EVERYTHING that was used in the drama. Song Hye Kyo is beyond beautiful..to the point where she makes me feel..so ugly. She looks absolutely gorgeous in every shot and angle, in everything that she wears (even night gowns!) She's been in this industry for a long time but still shows no sign of ageing. In fact, it's the direct opposite. She seems to be getting prettier and prettier with each passing year, and one just can't help but stare in adoration of her beauty.
Jo In Sung's acting is superb and delivers emotions exceptionally well. He cries very naturally, and expresses frustration well too. There is no doubt about how well he acts. Oh Soo's (JIS) brotherhood relationship with Jin Sung (Kim Beom) is so touching (in my opinion) and watching them protect and help each other out, it's really just so touching. I admire Jin Sung's loyalty to Oh Soo, that no matter what happens he'll still have his back. The relationship between them, that's true friendship.
What I like most about the drama are witty lines, and the fact that it's fast paced. I didn't feel bored at all while watching the drama and I'm very satisfied with that. It is indeed a melo and the story line is indeed supposed to be sad, but with all the fast paced events happening throughout the drama, it doesn't leave me with a heavy heart after watching it. I like the fact that Writer Noh Hee Kyung added in funny lines between all the tension and sadness so as to make the overall tone of the drama much lighter. It is not a comedy but it is still entertaining and a heartwarming drama. I'm also glad that Writer Noh did follow up and was consistent with the small details of the drama. Many times, certain things from one episode of a drama wouldn't be mentioned again in the next episode but writer Noh has written in a way that it's been very consistent and detailed.
I couldn't help but feel for pretty much all of the characters in this drama. Everyone has their own sad lives and I just couldn't help but sympathize for even the "so-called/supposedly" villain, Moo Chul (Kim Tae Woo). The drama showed how all the characters react and make their decisions based on their past, and how their past has affected them. All of the characters had gone through a lot and are still struggling with pain. Yes, this drama deals a lot with the issue of pain and suffering. Yet,this is the only drama where I've cried for the bad guy. One can say there are many layers to the characters in this drama. Their not one sided, flat, and I'm very impressed with that. The character that may seem to be bad in one episode may be actually genuine and good in the next few episodes, and that makes it a more interesting experience when watching the drama, to see the many sides of the characters in the show.
The drama has also raised awareness of blind and handicapped people. Song Hye Kyo herself has sponsored the printing and publishing of a Braille book. The drama does capture the hardships of a blind person (although SHK's character's at an advantage since she's an heiress so in real life it's 100x harder).
Really, this drama is not to be missed. I would say this would have to be THE BEST drama that I've ever watched and trust me, I've watched quite a handful. (Even beating Winter Sonata since it's not as draggy as WS). I must say I prefer TWTWB much much much more than writer Noh's last drama, The World We Live In, which was also starring Song Hye Kyo and Hyun Bin. As of now, I'm still trying to cope with the withdrawal symptoms since the drama has already ended. I do, however, ship Song Hye Kyo and Jo In Sung as the new OTP (One True Pair) but to my disappointment, it seems quite impossible with their busy overseas schedules. (But a fan can dream,right?)
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