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June 2017

Dreamkatchers Initiative: GDRAGON: ACT III: M.O.T.T.E³ 2017Tour Playlist

G-DRAGON – ACT III: M.O.T.T.E³ 2017 Tour Playlist & Setlist

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Get ready for #GD’s tour with this Setlist and Soundcloud playlist!

Please keep in mind that it may vary from city to city!

 

Join Hallyu Nights’ BigBang Cosplay Contest!

Cosplay as your favorite BigBang member and win two tickets to see G-Dragon during his ACT III: M.O.T.T.E³ tour in Inglewood, CA!
21+ to enter. Must be present to win. Pre-registration required.
More details HERE. Get your Hallyu Nights tickets at EVENTBRITE.

Good Luck!

 Hallyu Nights: BigBang Cosplay Contest

 

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beautiFRIDAY: Etude House Tint My Brows Gel

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beautiFRIDAY: Etude House Tint My Brows Gel

Written by Ji | 30 June 2017

beautiFRIDAY: Etude House Tint My Brows GelOn today’s BeautiFriday adventure, I tried out Etude House Tint My Brows Gel. This product is not new to me and I occasionally use this gel when my eyebrows are shaped and cleaned. If I knew how to draw my eyebrow, I would use this product more but I really don’t know how to shape my brows. A beauty Guru once told me, “Eyebrows are sisters, not twins”. I laughed at that idea because my eyebrows aren’t even second cousins. They are strangers, who one time sat next to each other on the subway. Whenever I get my eyebrows threaded by a new person, they always tell me that I have difficult brows with hair growing in two different directions. I just nod my head and pretend that’s the first time anyone has ever told me that.

So why have I decided to review this product? I recently started watching “Fight my Way” when the eyebrow scene came up, I could not stop laughing.

beautiFRIDAY: Etude House Tint My Brows Gel

And not for the obvious reason. When using this product, you need keep the product on for 2 hours. You can either block off two hours and watch a couple of episodes of your favorite dramas or you can do what the main character did and go about your business. I have done both. I am also the same lady that wears a face mask to Disneyland.

After two hours, you gently remove the harden gel, and the product leaves behind a nice beautiful tint with perfect brows. At least that’s the theory. If you plan to use this product, I have several helpful hints. This product could last (according to their website 2-4 days). I would say 2 days tops, if even two days. But my face is oily and I’m pretty sure, after my 20-30-minute skin regime, the product doesn’t stand a chance. So be careful when washing your face. Stay clear of your eyebrows. I will say, that it does fade nicely and not patchy. Which leads me to the second helpful hint. Color! Make sure you get the right color. The product is dark when you apply it, but when you peel it off, it’s much lighter (just like using henna). As for my last tip, everyone makes mistakes. If you make a mistake, everyone will know and your day will be ruin! But not really. There are many ways to fix it. If you just applied the gel, you can use a q-tip and clean up your brows to your desired shape. However, if you have removed the product and find that your brows are a little wonky you can fix it up with concealer or a highlighter. Or you can make your eyebrows bold with an eyebrow pencil. Either way, this isn’t permanent, so don’t stress. If you really can’t fix it, just remove it with your normal oil and foam cleanser and try again. After all, practice makes perfect.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes, I would. But again, I only use this product when my eyebrows are shaped and clean. When you choose the right color, it leaves behind a natural finish. The tint is a long-lasting product, but depending on your skin type and your skincare regime, it does affect the results. But even if it only last a day or two for me, Etude House Tint My Brows Gel is a product worth trying.

Snack Sunday: Yes! Chips! Shrimp Dressed in Garlic

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Snack Sunday: Yes! Chips! Shrimp Dressed in Garlic

Written by Ji | 25 June 2017

Snack Sunday: Yes! Chips! Shrimp Dressed in Garlic

Today is the day, I put my love for Yes! Chips! on the line.  I wasn’t so happy with the taste or texture of their individual snack bags but I loved their family size bag.  I had to give this brand another shot.  Two different results, just because of the bag size?  Something didn’t add up.  I went to my local market and found Yes! Chips! Shrimps Dressed in Garlic.  On last week’s article, I tried out the garlic shrimp chips and thought this would be a good comparison.

I opened the bag and instantly loved the scent.  The product smelled like roasted garlic.  Which happens to be one of my favorite scents, besides popcorn.  I popped one of chips into my mouth and pretty much jumped for joy.  This is everything I knew this product could be.  The one I fell in love with.  It had that nice first crunch and it just instantly melts in your mouth.  The shrimp chip flavor was on point, and had a nice hint of garlic.  I found myself munching away, smiling like a goof ball.  I did not want to put the bag down.  I am still holding the bag, typing with one hand, while eating with the other.  The only thing that might be bothersome, would be the aftertaste.  It’s not too strong, but it has a mild aftertaste that does linger.  But most shrimp chips do.

I decided to open the individual size bag of the garlic shrimp chips, and when I took that first bite, you could tell the difference.  It was stale and flat, and didn’t have the texture I loved so much.  After comparing the two in taste and texture, I knew that I must have gotten a bad batch.  Will I try the individual bags again, maybe.  If they go on sale for a decent price. I might be game to give this product another chance.

Would I buy this again?

YES!!!  I am beyond happy that I gave this brand another chance.  I am still hugging the bag, as if it was holding baby.  Shrimp chips makes me happy.  I love the taste, the texture, just the way it melts in your mouth.  It’s the perfect snack, any time of day.  And if you are a garlic lover, I would recommend this one in a heartbeat.  I would also recommend a breath mint or maybe some gum after.

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Dreamkatchers Initiative presents "Hallyu Nights"

One Last Kparty with Coco Avenue

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On June 19, 2017 Coco Avenue announced that after 5 years of activity, they had decided to disband due to personal differences. They will be having their final official performance on 7/13/2017 during Hallyu Nights presented by Dreamkatchers Initiative.  Tickets are still available via Eventbrite [ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hallyu-nights-tickets-35030930456?aff=eac2 ]

“Coco Avenue would like to thank everyone who has supported them and wished them well on their journey. Please continue to support Jenna Rose & Jenny Lyric in their future endeavors.”

@jen_rose1116
@jennylyric
https://www.facebook.com/jennylyricmusic/

Additional Coco Avenue performances include:

Kcon NY 6/24.

Jenny will be opening for Reddy & G2 in LA 7/7

They also plan to come together one last time for Blurrie Con in PA.

Dreamkatchers Initiative presents "Hallyu Nights"

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Snack Sunday: Yes! Chips! Deep Fry Shrimp Chips

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Snack Sunday: Yes! Chips! Deep Fry Shrimp Chips

Written by Ji | 18 June 2017

Snack Sunday: Yes! Chips! Deep Fry Shrimp Chips

I knew today was going to be an awesome day the moment I picked out today’s Snack Sunday snack.  I love shrimp.  It doesn’t matter if its fresh, salty, sweet or just shrimp powder, I love it all.  I honestly wanted to try this first, but decided early on, I would let fate handle it.  Sadly, the last two I tried weren’t up to my snack standard, so I have high hopes for this one.  On today’s Snack Sunday adventure, I finally get to try Yes! Chips! Deep Fry Shrimp Chips.

I cut open the snack bag, and the scent was strong.  I wouldn’t recommend eating this in class, the bus or anywhere where people might find the smell offensive.  For me, the aroma is pleasant.  But I am bias towards the scent of seafood.  The texture and shape is very similar to the original shrimp chip I reviewed in the past but this product has a staleness to the texture.  Also, it does not melt as fast as the original chip.  The taste is light but flavorful and does have a stronger taste than the original shrimp chip.  The powder texture was also pretty strong.  Having a drink ready to go with this snack is definitely recommended.

I’m starting to feel like I know the reason why, these boxes were on sale.  It’s not as fresh and crisp as the bigger bags I buy from the store.  I’m familiar with how these chips should feel texture wise, and this bag was a bit off.  It doesn’t have that nice first crunch, and it does take a little longer to melt in your mouth.  When reviewing the past couple bags from Yes! Chips! I was disappointed.  But now I feel like I received a bad batch and it is reflecting poorly on a brand I know I love.  Or maybe I am so bias towards this brand, that I feel like I need to give it another go.

 

Would I buy this again?

I want to say no… but I don’t want to say no.  In my heart, I want to say I loved this and would eat it all the time.  But again, this snack didn’t taste too fresh and it had a bit of staleness to it.  But before I make my final decision, I have decided for next week Snack Sunday, I will buy the bigger bag and give it another go before I make my final call.  After all, when you love something so much, you just have to give it a proper chance.

beautiFRIDAY: Skin Food Hydro Fitting Snail Mask Sheet

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beautiFRIDAY: Skin Food Hydro Fitting Snail Mask Sheet

Written by Ji | 16 June 2017

beautiFRIDAY: Skin Food Hydro Fitting Snail Mask Sheet

June gloom is taking no prisoners and wrecking havoc on my beauty routine. My normally oily skin is now feeling and looking dry.  Even with my routine, the strange weather is having a major impact on my face.  I have already changed out my skincare products to suit the warmer weather, but it appears that more work is needed to keep my face bright and fresh.

On today’s BeautiFriday adventure, I tried out Skin Food Hydro Fitting Snail Mask.  This facial mask is one of my favorite mask to use for hydration.  This product is packed with a heavily perfumed serum.  I don’t mind the floral scent too much but if you are sensitive to smells, I would pass on this mask.  The scent does linger.  I normally use a mask towards bedtime.  That way I can finish off my routine after using the mask.  When I wake up in the morning, I could still smell the mask fragrance.  But that could also be because I tend to move a lot at night, so some of the product could have rubbed off on my pillow.  But still, the lingering scent could be problematic to those who are sensitive to scents.  I love the way my skin glows after using this product.  Any signs of dry skin are gone and my face looks much healthier.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes, I would.  This mask is on point for its price range. Your face instantly feels refreshed and hydrated, giving you a dewy look that would have people envious.

Snack Sunday: Yes! Chips! Roasted Potato Chips

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Snack Sunday: Yes! Chips! Roasted Potato Chips

Written by Ji | 11 June 2017

Snack Sunday: Yes! Chips! Roasted Potato Chips

If you have been following Snack Sunday, then you already know this month is dedicated to Yes! Chips!  If you are new to this section, WELCOME!  Check out last week Yes! Chips! article to catch up on this month’s theme.

It’s another beautiful day, and my family decided to go on a small road trip to pick up a couple of apple pies.  So I grabbed a random bag from my box of Yes! Chips! and headed out the door. On today’s Snack Sunday adventure, I tried out Yes! Chips! Roasted Potato Chips.  I love potato chips.  I could eat them all time, day or night.  So I was super excited that I randomly picked the flavor, I wanted to try first.

After an hour of driving, I opened the Yes! Chips! Roasted Potato Chip bag.  The product looked like hallowed out, baked fries. Which is another different shape from Yes! Chips!  I loved the way it had a crisp (one time crunch) then melted in your mouth after a several bites.  You can definitely taste the potato power and seasoning but only for a couple of seconds, but it does have a strong powdery taste during those few seconds.  The aftertaste is very mild and doesn’t linger very long.  When I had about 4 left, I could finally taste the flavor I was longing for.  The nice roasted potato chip flavor.

 

Would I buy this again?

Maybe.  The strong powdery flavor was too much for me (even if that flavor didn’t last long).  When eating potato chips, I like a plain flavor, with a little salt.  The flavor for this product was just bland and overpowering at the same time.  2 Yes! Chips! down, and my love for this brand is starting to waver.

 

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Dreamkatchers Initiative: WOTW

WOTW: June 10, 2017

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Word of the Week: Movie
Hangul: 영화
Romanization: yeong•hwa

 

Train to Busan (Hangul: 부산행) is a 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse action thriller. Starring Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok, andJung Yu-mi. The film premiered in the Midnight Screenings section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival on 13 May, 2016.

 

Dreamkatchers Initiative: WOTW

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SHINee Concert Review: Post-Concert Stress Disorder (PCSD) Defined

SHINee Concert Review: Post-Concert Stress Disorder (PCSD) Defined

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Who/Where/When: SHINee, The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, March 26, 2017.

Highlight: Minho and Key’s ment ​meant​ the world to me. My bias list has been irreparably jumbled.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

SHINee Concert Review: Post-Concert Stress Disorder (PCSD) Defined

SHINee Concert Review: Post-Concert Stress Disorder (PCSD) Defined

Author: Leigh Draper (www.whatwouldleighdo.com)

 

The SHINee World V North American tour literally made dreams come true. International K-Pop fans are well-versed in our unrequited love for our oppas. Some of us have been dreaming for ​years ​(some of those dreams still unfulfilled to this day) about what it would be like to see our favorite Korean group breathing the same air that we are breathing. Hopes of even one little finger of ours being graced by one of theirs. Eyes meeting. An acknowledgement of our existence in their world. Hell, an acknowledgment of the chunks of our paychecks we’ve seen fly out the window countless times on internationally-shipped albums and merch. For Shawols, it finally happened.

It wasn’t the first time SHINee had been to America. Just last year they showed-up and showed-out at the Korea Times Music Festival, KCon LA, and even held a fan-meet in Dallas directly afterward. This time, however, we got what only Korean and Japanese fans had been blessed with up to this point: about 2-hours of some of the greatest music on wax. Live and in glorious color. Well, sort of. I did have to come to grips with the fact that the Shrine Auditorium was not, in fact, the Tokyo Dome. There were not going to be explosions, over-the-top sets…the five were not going to mount little carts and throw mementos into the audience as they traversed the space. They were just on a stage. Lights, backgrounds, VCRs. We knew what we weren’t getting. But still, we had the music. We had the choreography. We had a Taemin solo stage. We even had the ments! Plus, my friend and I were blessed to be in the 7th row so we had a much greater chance of at least getting that eye-contact than those in the back or the balcony. No shade on my back/balcony Shawols, I’m just stating facts.

I and four companions took in the show that evening, though our seats were scattered. I was next to one of my besties who’s been a Shawol longer than I have, so it was great. We arrived in style in a limousine (because how much fun is it to watch people watch you arrive–aristocratic chuckle) about an hour before the show was to start. At this point I must say big-ups to our fandom. We were extremely respectable and orderly. We all handled ourselves well, got into the venue, and we even had time for restrooms and refreshments. Excitement was in the air, but not reckless abandon. I’m proud of us.

It was just a really nice atmosphere. There were also some fan projects at our seats upon arrival. I think the feeling toward them was confused optimism. We did what we could with the printed directions, but everyone singing Selene 6.23 in Korean was simply not going to happen. We were able to do a nice 1 of 1 color paper/banner project as well as a nearly-missed early birthday banner project for Jonghyun. As the curtain came down. I’ll never forget Minho saying just before the curtain hit the floor “Oh, your birthday IS soon!” in his great English. More on that later… The show started late, as had all of the previous shows, so there was no surprise. Once it did start, we were all ready to scream, dance, and marvel at the beauty and talent of our shining five. Their performances were exemplary, they kept energy high for the entire show, the VCRs were adorable, and the ments-I have to talk about Key and Minho’s ment. I had known Key was basically fluent in English for quite some time so I was really looking forward to his hosting, but I had NO IDEA how good Minho’s English was! He spoke very confidently (albeit in shorter sentences than our diva-Key) about seeing a Clippers basketball game before the show (the Lakers played during the concert or else he surely would’ve gone to see them instead) and the fact that the members went to and continue to love In-N-Out burger, a California staple. Being an In-N-Out aficionado myself, this only reminded me of one of the hundred reasons why these guys are my guys. Key went on to discuss his love for LaLa Land, sang a bit for us (when he could finally remember some lyrics on the spot) and he and Minho did some Jazz/Power Ranger posing for us as the other members returned to the stage.

 

I couldn’t hold back the tears during the last song, An Encore (재연). Once that curtain dropped, PCSD immediately set in. The lights came up and still I sat. In my chair, eyes open, just staring. It was over. All the anticipation, all the longing fulfilled yet not fully. And I couldn’t do anything about it. So I just sat. In a strange mixture of delight, relief, and heavy, heavy sorrow. I still didn’t get to meet any of them. I think Minho looked at me once, maybe? Nah, they still don’t know I exist. In their world. A world that’s now gone again back to Korea/Japan. And I miss them. I want more, even though what I just received was amazing. For four days I couldn’t do anything but talk about/read about/listen to SHINee. I had a BTS concert coming and I couldn’t even gear-up properly. PCSD hit me like a missile to the brain. I’m driving to work blasting their music while pushing lumps in my throat back down into my chest. I have to go back to adulting, now. But my hearteu. My heart is-oh my gosh. I just want them to know how much they meant to me. How much American Shawols love them and hope to see them again much sooner than 9 years from now. I just want them to know. Still.

SHINee Concert Review: Post-Concert Stress Disorder (PCSD) Defined

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Snack Sunday: Yes! Chips! Roasted Corn Crisps

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Written by Ji | 04 June 2017

Snack Sunday: Yes! Chips! Roasted Corn Crisps

Have you ever loved a snack so much, you just crave it all the time?  Lately, I have been drawn to a certain snack that makes my heart skip a beat.  I love it so much, I decided to dedicate a whole month to it.  This month is dedicated to Yes! Chips!  I fell in love with this brand and found myself trying all the flavors I could find.  While I was doing my semiweekly grocery shopping, I saw a big box of Yes! Chips!

Snack Sunday: Yes! Chips! Roasted Corn Crisps

Inside each box contains 25 individual packs of assorted chips.  The flavors are Roasted Potato, Deep Fry Shrimp, Sweet Potato, Garlic Shrimp and Roasted Corn Crips.  As much as I want to try them all in one day, I decided to spread them out, and try at least one flavor a week.

On today’s Snack Sunday adventure, the first bag I tried out is Yes! Chips! Roasted Corn Crisps.  I excitedly opened my first Yes! Chips! snack.  The Roasted Corn Crisp had a different texture from what I am used too.  It has a bubbly, rough outer layer and it doesn’t instantly melt in your mouth as fast as the original shrimp chips.  As for flavor, I thought it would taste more like popcorn but all I could taste was corn powder and salt.

 

Would I buy this again?

No.  Shocking, right?  The first bag I choose, was the first Yes! Chips! flavor I didn’t like.  It not only had a bland flavor but it also left an oily taste in my mouth.

 

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