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KMUSIC: December Spotlight

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KMusic: December Spotlight

Written by Ji | 30 December 2017

 

I can’t believe another month has come and gone and that we were blessed with new music and comebacks from such amazing groups.  This month was filled with holiday music and the perfect soothing tunes for the colder weather.  Here are my December KMusic Spotlight (I took the liberty to add a few holiday songs.  After all, what’s December without some holiday cheer).

My first holiday song spotlight goes to Twice – “Merry & Happy”.

 

I love traditional holiday music.  It makes me happy and my mood always brightens whenever I hear upbeat music.  This song fits that category.  It has an up-tempo beat filled with catchy lyrics mixed with their cherry persona, makes one heck of track.

My next holiday song spotlight goes to Starship- “Christmas Day.”

In my opinion Starship always come out with happy holiday music.  This song has a nice warm beat to keep you smiling through the cold winter season.

December isn’t just about festive holiday music, we also had some great comebacks from Rain, Zion.T, Day 6 and many others.

 

The first December comeback spotlight goes to XAVII – “Come & Go.”

 

While I was trying to relax and enjoy some quiet time, I had this song on repeat.  It’s soothing, soulful and his flow is on point.

 

My next December comeback spotlight goes to Twice-  “Heart Shaker”

I know, they were added “twice”, but I really liked this song.  After listening and watching all the comebacks, I was getting emotional from all the sad winter songs and this song just lifted up my spirits.

 

My last song is EXO- “Universe”.

It’s a nice soft ballad with a beautiful piano medley.  The song goes straight for the heart with it’s both touching and sad lyrics.

 

Honorable Mentions

Day 6- “I like you”

 

I think this is one of the best Day 6 songs.  I love vibe, the music arrangement and the lyrics.  I would of made this song a spotlight, but since they have been releasing songs every month, I decided to add them to this section.

 

YongJin Kim(김용진) – “Alt+F4” (With 정동수(ARKAY))

 

This song just needs to be heard.  The music video wasn’t filled with anything special but the song itself stands on its own.  It’s not a slow winter tune but has a nice mellow fun beat.

 

BUMZU –“ I’m Good”(아무렇지 않아) (Feat. Sik-K)

 

I’m really feeling this song at the moment.  I’m not going through a break up, but the song has a nice smooth beat that make everything feel like it’s going to be ok.  You can’t help but bob your head to the amazing beat

 

Did your favorite December comeback make the list?  Let us know which groups made the spotlight for you!

 

Special note from me:

Ummm, don’t hate me but I had too… only because I’m a little, slightly bias.  Here is the SM Station release of a group you may have heard of.  I’m sorry, I just had to add them.  But it’s on the very bottom and technically not on the list, but I can’t help it.  Not only was I loving the funny yet simple music video, I was also dancing their very simple dance.  Do I even have to say their name?

 

You’re welcome!

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beautiFRIDAY: Olive Young’s The R U REAL Poppy?

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beautiFRIDAY: Olive Young: The R U REAL Poppy?

Written by Ji | 29 December 2017

beautiFRIDAY: Olive Young: The R U REAL Poppy?

Now that Christmas is over, I needed some me time and do a little selfcare.  I’ve been lacking on my skincare routine due to my schedule but now that the rush is over, I’m going to do a mini at home spa treatment.  After prepping my face, I tore open a face mask and enjoyed a nice quiet 20 minute break.  On today’s BeautiFRIDAY adventure, I tried out Olive Young’s The R U REAL Poppy?

According to the back of the product, this will moisturize and brighten my face.  The mask has a nice light floral scent and a decent amount of serum in the packet.  The mask itself is comical.  I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw what I looked like.  I wouldn’t say I looked like Poppy but you know that’s the look it was going for.  I got to “wear” her floral crown and have similar facial features as the loveable troll character.  After 20 minutes, I took off the mask and patted the extra serum onto my face and use all the left-over serum on my arms and legs.  As I have said before, after most face mask, my face had a nice glow that lasted a few hours after I took off the product.

 

Would I buy this again?

Probably not.  Why?  The product is a good face mask that did the job, but unless it was on sale, mask with animal or movie prints are just not my thing.  I guess I do get embarrassed occasionally.  Which I know is weird to hear from a girl who wears a face mask in public but these masks will only be worn at home, when no one is there.

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Snack Sunday: Lotte Yo Hi Greek Yogurt Waffle (Wafer)

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Snack Sunday: Lotte Yo Hi Greek Yogurt Waffle (Wafer)

Written by Ji | 24 December 2017

Snack Sunday: Lotte Yo Hi Greek Yogurt Waffle (Wafer)

I came home one day to find a gray package at my doorstep.  I had to think for a moment, if I was expecting anything today.  I looked closer at the packaging and saw that it was from Korea.  I was immediately excited thinking that this was skincare products I had ordered a few weeks ago but that thought was quickly dismissed when I read the label.  Snacks?  I went inside, and opened the unknown packaged and was surprised to see a SnackFever box.  I had to ponder for a moment if I subscribed and forgot.  Then I remembered a certain someone asking for my address from Dreamkatchers Initiative.  I sent her a message, and with a prompt response, I was able to figure out the mystery.  Thank you Dee for the lovely surprise. I tried very hard to wait till Christmas to open it, but thought, hey it’s Snack Sunday, I should totally try a snack from the box.

I randomly picked a snack and laughed at what I choose.  On the last Snack Sunday article, I did a wafer and this week, I will be trying out another wafer but from a different brand.  On today’s Snack Sunday adventure, I tried out Lotte Yo Hi Wafer.  The product is in simple plastic package, but it had one of their new spokesperson on it.  Do I even have to mention who?  I was lucky enough to get Wanna One Bae Jinyoung.

As I tore open the wafer packaging, the scent of the snack smelled amazing.  It smelt like fresh, just baked wafers.  I took my first bite and was impressed with the rich and fresh flavor.  Even with the simple packaging, the wafer was (again) fresh.  I have tried quite a few snacks and sometimes the product taste flat and stale.  The wafer had a nice thin but yummy Greek yogurt filling.  I loved the ratio between wafer and yogurt.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes, I would.  I don’t know what do to do.  I love Lotte’s Yo Hi wafer, but I also loved the last one I tried.  Maybe I should stock up on both and rotate or maybe I should try both at the same time to see which one will win.  Either way, Lotte’s fresh tasting Greek yogurt waffle wafer was a delicious treat that had my taste buds singing their praises.

What was your favorite snack from the November Snack Fever box?

Lotte Yo Hi Greek Yogurt Waffle Wafer

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beautiFRIDAY: PUREDERM Vitalizing Orange Pads

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beautiFRIDAY: PUREDERM Vitalizing Orange Pads

Written by Ji | 15 December 2017

beautiFRIDAY: PUREDERM Vitalizing Orange Pads

It’s been windy lately and my face, especially my cheeks have been feeling the effects.  I needed something to help my cheekbones stay hydrated and bright during the winter season.  PUREDERM luckily had these affordable Vitalizing Orange Pads made especially for the cheek area.  A few months ago, I did a review on their cucumber pads and loved the outcome.  (Check out the review HERE).  I definitely had high hopes for this one.  According to their website, PUREDERM Vitalizing Orange Pads “are formulated with skin re-energizing ingredients such as orange, ginseng, ginkgo and aloe extract.”  Which are perfect ingredients for re-energizing my face.

When I opened the product, the scent of orange filled the air.  It was light but noticeably orange scented.  I don’t think the scent is too strong and while I had it on my face I didn’t feel overwhelmed with the scent.  Like the cucumber pads, it had a cooling sensation.  Which felt absolutely wonderful on my windburned face.  My favorite part, the packaging.  I love this packaging.  They have a nice press and seal closure, to keep your product fresh.   After 15 minutes I removed the product and patted in the extra serum.  I used this product for 5 days straight, and I loved the way my skin felt after using this product.  My cheeks looked and felt rejuvenated and had that summer glow.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes, I would.  This product is affordable and worked liked a charm.  Like all face mask, the glow is temporary, but after 3 days, I noticed a difference in my cheeks.  With continue use, you will see a difference.  Now that my cheeks have improved, I will most likely be using this 3-4 times a week to keep my cheeks hydrated during the winter.

Dreamkatchers Initiative | Snack Sunday

Snack Sunday: Haitai Cream Wafer

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Snack Sunday: Haitai Cream Wafer

Written by Ji | 10 December 2017

Snack Sunday: Haitai Cream Wafer

Last night, I started to feel ill and hoped that after 8 hours of sleep, some vitamin C, and a whole lot of water, would keep me from getting any worse.  Sadly, my attempts were futile.  I woke up with a sore throat, strong headache and a desire to stay in bed.  But before I take the day off and sleep the day away, I needed to eat something first before I take medicine.  When I’m sick, I normally don’t like to eat anything.  The thought of food makes me queasy.  I always have crackers in my pantry for this occasion, but for some unknown reason, they were not there.  I will figure out that mystery when I feel better but as for now Haitai Cream Wafer is the closest snack I have to crackers.

When I opened the package, I became amused.  It was wrapped again in a material similar to cookie sheets.  When I tore the strip off, I noticed that the wafers were divided into 2 sections.  A perfect snack to share for 2 people.

Snack Sunday: Haitai Cream WaferThe wafer had a nice vanilla scent, with a hint of something fruity.  When I took a bite, I instantly knew what that fruit was.  It was banana.  But there was something else too, something zestier.  When I first took a bite, I thought my senses were betraying me.  But when I looked at the ingredients, it confirmed.  It was vanilla, cream, lemon and banana.  I have to say, this was a nice surprising combination.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes, I would.  If there are any banana lovers out there, I would recommend this treat.  Haitai Cream Wafer has a strong banana taste with hints of vanilla cream and lemon. It’s surrounded by a nice layer of wafer, that had a nice fresh taste (maybe due to the cookie sheet wrapping).  If I could find this, in hazelnut or in chocolate, I would gladly buy a good chuck of it.

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beautiFRIDAY: Dr. Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution

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beautiFRIDAY: Dr. Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution

Written by Ji | 01 December 2017

beautiFRIDAY: Dr. Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution

It’s that time of year when my face becomes more dry than oily, my lips are chapped, and my skin care regime needs a little change.  Luckily, there are a few items to help keep your face fresh, bright and keep that glow you love so much.  On today’s BeautiFriday adventure, I explore Dr. Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution Sheet Mast.

This mask is a deep hydrating mask which is perfect for this type of weather.  The face sheet has a nice fresh clean scent that lightly lingered while I had the mask on.  The mask wasn’t drenched in serum, but it had enough to cover my face, neck, arms and hands.  Which is still lot.  After 20 minutes, my skin felt cool, refreshed and hydrated.  It left behind a nice healthy glow and my dry skin was rejuvenated.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes, I would.  My face felt and looked hydrated and in the morning I still had that nice dewy look.  I loved the way my face felt after, it was soft and fresh looking.  I’m very tempted to try this mask during the day to see how long the dewy look would last.  And for those who don’t like the scent of florals, this mask is perfect for you.