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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.

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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.

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KMUSIC: November Spotlight

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KMUSIC: November Spotlight

Written by Ji | 28 November 2017

 

November was filled with big hits and strong comebacks, choosing a few artists to spotlight this month was a total nightmare.  Since this is my birthday month, I decided to give myself a present and allow myself to give the spotlight to more than the allowed amount.  After all, how could I pick from senior artist like Shinhwa Kim Don Wan or Super Junior. And groups like Wanna One and BTS who came out swinging with their new releases.  Then there was KARD, Snuper, SEVEENTEEN, Red Velvet, EXID, and so many others.  I wish I could showcase everyone, as I believe they all deserve the spotlight.  But sadly, I could not.  Here are my favorite November comebacks.

First up, MONSTA X’s “DRAMARAMA”.  I was hooked the second that intro kicked it.  The song has a nice rhythmic danceable beat that makes me want to get up and dance.  Which during the holiday season, any extra ways to exercise is welcomed.  I appreciated the rap portion of the song, it gave out strong and powerful vibe that blended nicely with guitars melody.  Fun Fact, MONSTA X debuted in 2015 and received their first music show win on “The Show” for “DRAMARAMA”.

Next on my list is Wanna One’s “Beautiful”.  I fell in love with the melody and had this song on repeat.  It gave a familiar pop ballad feel with a medium tempo that made me want to bob my head to the beat.  I thought this song perfectly showcased Wanna One’s vocals while keeping it simple and perfect for the fall season.

Up next is Astro’s “Crazy Sexy Cool”.  When I first heard the song, I was a little shocked to know that it was Astro.  Normally their songs have a more fun bubble gum pop vibe.  Their new song showcased a mature, cooler yet still innocent side of them.  It was a simplistic song with a great chorus.  I was definitely snapping my fingers to the beat.

And lastly, a highly anticipated comeback from Super Junior.  Again, it’s my birthday month and I waited a long time for this, so I am choosing both their songs.  I maybe a “little” bias, but hear me out.  I know “One More Chance” is not their comeback song, but the pop-rock ballad just calls to me with their emotional mesmerizing vocals.

“Black Suit” on the other hand is the type of song we expect from Super Junior.  It’s an upbeat danceable track that is filled with energy.  It gives off that same Super Junior vibe that we know and love.

Honorable Mentions:

It really was hard to pick this month, and I am not bias towards boy groups but this month, they did speak to me more.  Like I mentioned earlier, there were just too many to list.  BTS new song was lit and the week that they were here in LA, they were the talk of the town.  However, they didn’t release a CD this month, only a song.  So that’s why they are under this category.

I also wanted to mention KARD.  KARD’s music usually has the same type of vibe but this one stands out to me.  The song was filled with powerful vocals which pared nicely with the strong rap portion.  However, that music video caught me completely off guard and I needed a moment to recuperate from it.

 

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

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Snack Sunday: Lotte Binch

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Snack Sunday: Lotte Binch

Written by Ji | 26 November 2017

Snack Sunday: Lotte Binch

Keys. Check!  Wallet.  Check!  Phone.  Check!  An awesome snack to help me get through Black Friday, check!  When trying to hustle to get those Black Friday deals, you need to stay hydrated and snack when you can.  Especially when you have a long Holiday list.

On today’s Snack Sunday adventure, I tried out Lotte Binch.   I have never tried this snack before, but I choose it because I needed something that went well with coffee.  Biscuits and coffee (or tea) is always a great combination.  I was impressed by Lotte’s packaging.  The box was sturdy and stayed closed in my bag while I was speed walking from store to store.  They also packaged each biscuit individually.

Snack Sunday: Lotte Binch

Which is perfect for those on the go. I can just snack on one, and not have to worry about crumbs getting everywhere.  But the best part of the snack was the rich chocolate flavor on the crunchy yet airy biscuit.  I love chocolate biscuits, and this was lovely treat.  I had to stop for a moment and open another bag.  Which is rare for me when I’m shopping.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes!  After a long morning of shopping, I actually went back to my local store and picked up a couple more boxes for my home.  Lotte Binch is a yummy bite size chocolate biscuit that I highly recommend to anyone.  I could eat this individually or I can open all the wrappers and place them on a nice plate to serve to my guests.

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beautiFRIDAY: A:CONCEPT Lipstick

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beautiFRIDAY: A:CONCEPT Lipstick (Rose Brown)

Written by Ji | 17 November 2017

beautiFRIDAY: A:CONCEPT Lipstick

On the last BeautiFriday article, I reviewed A:CONCEPT Shape of My Face Triple Contour and loved how well the product blended.  Check out the review HERE.  I try to remain unbiased when I try out new products, but I’ve been loving their contour compact, so I had high hopes when I tried out this lipstick.

The lipstick is lightly scented and had a nice medium pigmentation.  Sadly, on my lips the color was not a rose brown, but more of a coral.  Which is not bad and perfect for the spring and summer, but I was hoping for a rose brown color.  But if you check out the website it does state that the color is between a rose and coral.  When buying a product, it’s always good to read the print.  I for one, did not. My fault.

I drink a lot of water throughout the day, so the product didn’t last as long as I hoped.  Within 2 hours, it was already fading, and I needed to touch up quite frequently.  But I did learn a few things from the touch up.  The product is great as a base, it’s easy to blend and if you set it, it will last much longer. Lastly, I wanted to make a note about the packaging.  I loved the bottom half (even though it felt very light.  I would have loved a heavier case.), but the top, the transparent plastic part (at least for me), ruin the aesthetic.   It made it look cheap. If they could change a few things about this packaging, I would be more incline to buy.

 

Would I buy this again?

Maybe.  I know the article seemed negative, but in all honesty, it’s an affordable lipstick with a nice smooth finish that produced a decent color on my lips.  I would love to try out the other colors as well, to try to find my color.  When choosing a lipstick, I normally buy it because of the color and quality of the product.  While I did like the color of the lipstick, I did not like the plastic top.  It shouldn’t bother me, and I should give the product another go, but the plastic top really doesn’t help sell this product (at least to me).  But you never know, maybe when I finish this product, I may end up buying another.  If I do, I will let you know.

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Snack Sunday: LOTTE Pepero Choco Cookie

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Snack Sunday: LOTTE Pepero Choco Cookie

Written by Ji | 11 November 2017

Snack Sunday: LOTTE Pepero Choco Cookie

It’s that time of year again, where you gift Pepero to your friends and love ones.  Pepero Day (November 11) is similar to Valentines Days, where in South Korea they exchange these delicious snacks to show their affection to the people they care for.  This year, I decided to try out Lotte Pepero in Choco Cookie flavor.

I bought this box because it “looked” fancier than the other box, and I thought since it’s a special day, I might as well get the fancier looking box.  I already had an idea what Pepero sticks taste like, as it’s one of my favorite snacks.  Although I really try to limit myself because they are addicting.  Pepero Choco Cookie is a stick biscuit covered in chocolate and has bits of chocolate cookie added on top.  I love this combination.  This snack has a nice crunchy texture from the chocolate cookie, which also makes this type of Pepero sweeter than the other flavors.  I probably ate about half the bag before the snack became overly sweet to me.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes, I would.   This would be the perfect snack to share with your friends and love ones to express how much you care for them.  It’s sweet, tasty, and affordable.  Perfect for anyone on any budget.

 

Dreamkatchers Initiative | BewhY in Los Angeles – Review

BewhY: First US Tour ‘The Blind Star’ in Los Angeles – Review

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Who/Where/When: BewhY First US Tour ‘The Blind Star’ – Los Angeles, California, The Belasco, Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Highlight:  BewhY throwing gifts to audience and seeing his rapping in person.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

BewhY: First US Tour ‘The Blind Star’ in Los Angeles – Review

by Dennis & Dee

 

South Korean Hip Hop star BewhY  kicked off his First US Tour ‘The Blind Star’ at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, November 1st.

 

 

In 2015, BewhY was the winner of Korea’s top rap survival show, Show Me the Money 5,  and quickly became one of the hottest and most in-demand hip-hop stars to make a splash on the Korean hip hop world. This independent rapper has been associated with various hip hop acts such as CJAMM, Simon D & Gray, and has become even more well know due to his collaborations with G-Dragon and CL.  The last time BewhY performed in North America was at KTOWN Night market and SMTM5 Concert in Los Angeles, CA.

 

On his first stop of The Blind Star tour in LA, he burst onto the stage dressed in a blazer, leather pants and his favorite Balenciaga shoes. His first couple songs (Red Carpet, Bichael Yackson, 9ucci Bank) showed off his fast rapping skills and his charismatic stage presence. On stage, BewhY spoke Korean to the audience in a thankful manner tone and revealed more about how important of his first album and his fans are to him. He took the time after every couple songs talking to the audience and show off his witty humor.

 

At one point, he politely asked the audience to put the cameras during his talking sets so he can connect with them on a more personal level. The audience respected his wishes and BewhY continued to hype the audience with his close interactions and energetic moves.  In between the sets, a special guest named Justin Park  performed 3 songs and showcased his fancy dance moves and smooth vocals. 

 

Personally, one of the highlight performance to see in this concert was Forever. Although there was some technical difficulties during some of the songs transitions as well as a few microphone problems, BewhY handled them very professionally.  He also performed a couple songs from his mixtapes such as Time Goes On, In Trinity and brought back a SMTM5 song Who You?

 

BewhY graced his fans with a long encore of 5 songs, which he ended with two songs from SMTM5, Who You?, and Day Day – a big treat for the SMTM fans.

 

BewhY and his First US Tour ‘The Blind Star’ will move throughout six US cities before wrapping at New York’s Stage 48 on November 12th.

 

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beautiFRIDAY: A:CONCEPT Shape of My Face Triple Contour

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beautiFRIDAY: A:CONCEPT Shape of My Face Triple Contour

Written by Ji | 03 November 2017

A:CONCEPT is a relatively new company in Korea that was established in 2013.  They are a company I know very little of and don’t see much of in my local stores.  With little research, I was able to find out more information on the company and where to buy these products.  I first heard about A:CONCEPT at KCON (LA).  They handed out full size products for following their social media page and for posting a picture.  I don’t know about you, but for a full-size product I would have done more.

I like the packaging.  It’s black, light weight and simple.  For me, I like simple packaging because I don’t need it to have unnecessary embellishments that make the compact heavier or oddly shaped where it’s difficult to fit the product into my makeup bag.

I was happy with the pigmentation of the compact.  I find it easier to contour when the pigmentation isn’t too strong or sheer.  This is a good medium coloration that is easy to blend.  Not only can I use this compact for contouring, I used it for my eyebrows and for eyeshadow.  With this type of versatility, this product is a winner.

Would I buy this again?

Yes, I would.  It’s a great to go compact, perfect to bring to work for touch ups or on vacation.  You can pretty much use it on your eyes, face and eyebrows.  Now if this compact had an extra compartment for a mini brush, gold glitter (for a little pop of color for the eyes) and a lighter highlighter, my makeup life would be so much easier.  Well, at least in theory.

Have you tried A:CONCEPT Shape of my Face Contour?  What were your thoughts on it?

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KHorror: Halloween Movie Edition

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Asian horror films are known for their unconventional and disturbing storylines that will make your skin crawl this Halloween, and South Korea certainly is no exception.  Check out our Dreamkatchers Initiative staff picks of K-Horror movies below!

 

 1. Train to Busan    Feature Film – 2016
Starring Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, and Ma Dong-seok.  This zombie fest film takes place on a train to Busan, as a zombie apocalypse suddenly breaks out in the country.

 

2. White: Melody of Death    Feature Film – 2011
Starring Ham Eun-jeong, Hwang Woo-seul-hye, and May Doni Kim. Girl group “Pink Dolls” release their new song “White”, a remake from unknown origins their internal strife takes a back seat to death when as they continue to perform a cursed song.

 

3. A Tale of Two Sisters   Feature Film – 2003
Starring Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Soo-jung Lim, and Geun-young Moon. Two sisters, both of whom are returning to their old home for the first time since being released from mental institutions, are forced to deal with their cruel stepmother.

 

4. I Saw the Devil   Feature Film – 2011
Starring Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, In-seo Kim, and Bo-ra Nam. This film is about a secret agent of the National Intelligence Service who embarks on a quest of revenge when his fiancée is brutally murdered by a psychopathic murderer.

 

5. The Wailing   Feature Film – 2016
Starring Kwak Do-won, Hwang Jung-min, and Chun Woo-hee. About a policeman who investigates a series of mysterious killings and illnesses.

 

6. Wishing Stairs   Feature Film – 2003
Starring Song Ji-hyo, Park Han-byul, and Jo An. It is the third installment of the Whispering Corridors film series set in girls boarding school in Korea. There is a legend at the boarding school that if somebody discovers the 29th step in the 28 step stairway at the school they will be granted a single wish by a fox.

 

 

Which k-horror movies should we add to next year’s list?