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beautiFRIDAY: Dr. Jart + Ceramidin Lipair Tint

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beautiFRIDAY: Dr. Jart + Ceramidin Lipair Tint

Written by Ji | 09 February 2018

beautiFRIDAY: Dr. Jart + Ceramidin Lipair Tint

Before I start, I just wanted to say thank you to Dee for writing the past few articles for me.  She did an awesome job on both Snack Sunday and BeautiFriday.  I don’t know about you, but she convinced me to pick up a few new items to try out.

I have a confession to make.  I have not been doing my normal skin care routine.  I know, shocking.  Especially since it’s been my routine for many years now.  But sometimes life throws you a curveball, that hits you in the chest and knocks you out.  It was hard to get back to my routine since I neglected it for a couple of weeks, and face was undeniably showing signs of dryness.  As I sat in front of the mirror, trying to figure out where I desperately needed the most attention, I remembered that I was already in the middle of reviewing Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Lipair Tint.

beautiFRIDAY: Dr. Jart + Ceramidin Lipair Tint

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Lipair Tint is very similar to the Ceramidin Lipair.  Except, this one has a nice coral tint.  This specific tint is for dry and chapped lips and the directions say to “apply to lips as often as desired to moisturize and nourish.”  Which is a great concept, because by the time you need to reapply, you touch up your fading lip color.  This Lipair Tint, has no scent or flavor, which is good for those who are sensitive to smells.  I do like the color it produces on my lips, I think it’s a great color all year round.  I do feel that after I apply it repeatedly, it does become brighter.  When I first started using this product, I was unsure if it was working.  It didn’t really soften my lips, but it kept it moisturized.  After using it for a couple of weeks, I did notice a difference.  It feels like my lips were dry, but I think that has to do with the color.  I think what I feel is the color setting.  But my lips were certainly not dry.  After removing the tint, my lips do feel soft and smooth.  Which is nice because winter makes my lips look terrible.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes.  But I feel like I would prefer the non-color one.  Only because I had to reapply this product a lot.  Like most chapsticks or lip balms, you have to repeatedly apply all day long.  At some point during the day, my lip shade is a little to bright for my taste.  I feel like this product would be perfect for a day adventure or for spring or summer.  For winter, I like my lips with a little color but not too bright.

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KMUSIC: January Spotlight

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KMUSIC: January Spotlight

Written by Ji | 30 January 2018

 

The January comeback songs were full of longing, soul and heartbreak. I must admit, listening to them made my heart ache a bit but luckily there were some songs that lifted my spirit. Here are a list of comebacks that made my list for January KMUSIC Spotlight.

The first group on my list is Block B with their single, “Don’t Leave”. I love when Block B comes out with ballads. They are able to express such emotional words so perfectly with their vocals. The mix of their voices plus their beautifully done music video sets them apart from the rest of the contenders this month.

The next group is Mamamoo with their single, “Paint Me”. Mamamoo usually comes out with the same type of music, but this one had a different type of vibe. It was a different type of powerful and soulful that we normally hear from them. This song was strong and full symbolism. Each color represented a new emotion, a feeling, an expression. It was a simple but well done video that made a big impact on me.

I have listed two music videos for N. Flying, “Hot Potato”. This song brought me back to a happy state, especially their dance video. I am solely putting this on the list, because this song is awesome. Seriously, watch it. You welcome.

And lastly, Jonghyun “ Shinin”. I know, this is completely bias. He is after all my favorite in SHINEE. I always loved his voice and his ability to make music that speaks to me. (May he his soul rest in peace).

This month, like the past few month was filled with amazing comebacks from so many people groups. Here are some honorable mentions that I need to be mentioned.

Red Velvet “Bad Boy”. After watching countless videos of heartbreak and regret, this song had a different vibe of seduction and want. The beat caught my attention and the catchy chorus was stuck in my head for a few hours.

The next honorable mention goes to INFINITE, “Tell me”. By the time I got to the chorus I was hooked. INFINITE did not disappoint with their new song and their impressive dance moves.

I honestly wish I could add at least 10 more songs to this list. From Sunmi, Oh My Girl, iKON, 5TION, Kim Kyu Jong of SS501, Suzy, and many others. There were so many strong comebacks, it was hard to choose. Especially since so many of them are on my list of groups that I love to watch and listen too.

Did your favorite January comeback make the list? Let us know which groups made the spotlight 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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Adventure time with DKI: KCON Beauty Segment

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Adventure time with DKI: KCON Beauty Segment

Written by Ji | 01 September

 

KCON!!!  When I finally arrived to KCON, I quickly glanced and took pictures at every booth there.  My time at the convention was short but I’m pretty proud of what I accomplished.  According to my bank statements, I had a glorious spending spree at KCON.

 

Adventure time with DKI: KCON Beauty Segment

 

I know what you’re thinking.  That does not look like a shopping spree.  And for those that did go to KCON, will notice a few things that were given out for free.  I actually bought a lot of the same product.  Like I bought 10 of those cucumber eye patch but to fit all of them in one picture would be difficult.  And if you are wondering why I bought 10 of those, my review on the product will be up within a month.  But you can probably guess why I bought 10.

To simplify things, for this article, I’m going briefly go over some booths.  But honestly, for the rest of this year.  The theme is most likely going to be KCON.  For today’s article, I’m going to go talk about several booths that drew in a crowd at KCON.  KCON convention was divided into different zones.  I will start with the CJ Cultureplex zone.

SEP beauty is Korea’s number 1 sustainable make up brand that will launch on Nordstrom.com this fall.  At least that’s what the host has ingrained into my head while checking out their lipstick and nail polish line.   This booth was one of the best beauty booths at KCON.  The host were funny, got their point across and had a ton of testers out to try out their products.  They even gave out free nail polish with a nail filer.  I won’t give out all the details, but I am in love with the peel off nail polish.  Curious?  You should be.  They had a great market strategy at the event that bought in a mass of people who were curious about their products.

The next booth is Olive Young.  If you missed this booth, you totally missed out.  They were giving out so many types of samples, I just wanted to camp there (in the short time I was at the convention) and take all their goodies.  They gave out nail stickies if you posted a picture of the “one nail” you got done.  I thought that was hilarious.  But in order to save time, they only did one nail (of your choosing) and then they gave you a set of stickies to complete your look.  I have never been a fan on nail stickers, but these were not only super cute but they lasted a lot longer than I thought they would.  They also gave out a tons of different face mask, depending on which brand you posted on your social media.  My favorite part was picking a key and unlocking some goodies.  They had moisturizers, audience passes, face mask, and other skin care products.  I was a little greedy and tried for the passes but failed to win.  But they gave me more face masks just for trying.

Adventure time with DKI: KCON Beauty Segment

The next zone I will discuss is the Sponsor Zone.  In this zone, there was only one beauty booth.  But this booth constantly had a line.  But that line was completely worth it.  I believe there were 4-6 different ways to collect skin care goodies from them.   In that tiny booth, you could sign up for info, take picture with Lee Min Ho poster board or on their bench or backdrop.  They had a claw game I really wanted to try, but that line was always so long.  Out of all the booths, I felt rushed trying to get to each station to do my task.  But honestly, if I had more time, I would have done it again.  Because Innisfree has amazing products.

The next zone is the Korea Zone.  I will save this section for beautiFRIDAY, as this is the area that pretty much took all of my money.  But there is one booth I would like to mention.  Only because they didn’t sell any products, but if you posted on Instagram a picture of their product, they gave you a full-size product of your choice.

Adventure time with DKI: KCON Beauty Segment

I was allowed to do this twice and received a contour compact and a lipstick.

The last and final zone is the Beauty Block!!! Like the previous year, this area is made to sample and test out new products.  I am really happy with the way KCON had the booths arranged this year.  This area was more open than the previous year, making it easier to check out what each booth had to offer.  Like with the other zones, I will briefly pick out a couple of booths and on beautFRIDAYs, I will go over each booth in more detail.  It was really hard to pick out only a few booths because this area was amazing.

Adventure time with DKI: KCON Beauty Segment

I got my nails done at imPress booth, got my eyelashes done at the KISS both, and picked up some amazing products from all the other Beauty Block booths.  The imPress Booth had a good selection of press on nails you can try.  They even did your nails for you.  And it comes with 30 nails, so that means you got to take home the left overs.  I have tried press on nails before, and they don’t really last.  These ones lasted much longer and I was impressed with the quality and look of the product.  If I was pressed on time, and wanted my nails to look gorgeous.  I would use this product.  To top it off, I went to the MOYOU nail booth, and added more emblisments with their stencils.  They have an impressive selection that added a little flair to my already beautiful nails.  Next, I visited the KISS booth.  I love KISS eyelashes.

Adventure time with DKI: KCON Beauty Segment

I use them frequently.  They are easily accessible at my local stores, and their cost is very affordable.  Having them done by a professional was definitely a highlight.  I had so much fun picking out the perfect eyelashes for the concert.

And I wanted to give a shout out to My Beauty Diary booth, they had a great selection of beauty mask. Which by the way, if you spent $20, you got a free cute storage box.  I got two.

Adventure time with DKI: KCON Beauty Segment

Another booth I wanted to mention was Feather and Bone.  They are not a Korean brand, but her little booth was super cute.  I have yet to try the product out, but her skin looked amazing.  So of course, I had to buy it.

 

I really wish I could have spent more time at each both and really get a feel for what each one had to offer and what makes them stand out.  Hopefully next year I will be able to spend more time and money buying all things related to Korean skincare.

 

Dreamkatchers Initiative | Snack Sunday

Snack Sunday: HAITAI Roly Poly Green Tea Latte

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Snack Sunday: HAITAI Roly Poly Green Tea Latte

Written by Dee | 27 August 2017

 

Snack Sunday: HAITAI Roly Poly Green Tea Latte

Hello DKI family, I’m Dee. I’m covering for Ji on today’s Snack Sunday adventure as we try out HAITAI Roly Poly Green Tea Latte. I personally love nearly all things green tea, so I had been looking forward to this. I wasted no time, and ripped the box opened and found six individual packs of two cookies.

Snack Sunday: HAITAI Roly Poly Green Tea Latte

My first impression was of the sweet taste of the green tea and the crispiness of the cookie. I didn’t really notice any milk flavor for the latte aspect of it. If you’re looking for more a latte flavor and less green tea, this perhaps isn’t it. The more you eat it the more the green tea taste like a sweetened Matcha Green tea. If you love green tea, I would recommend this snack to you.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes, I would. The taste of green tea is just right and the  six individual packs in a box make it an easy and small snack to take a pack with me when I’m on the go.

 

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Snack Sunday: SEOJU ICE JU Strawberry Yogurt

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Snack Sunday: SEOJU ICE JU Strawberry Yogurt

Written by Ji | 06 July 2017

It’s a hot and humid 100-degree weather where I am, and I needed many things to cool me down.  Besides the pool, tons of ice water, and a fan, I also needed some sort of ice cream/popsicle.  For today’s Snack Sunday adventure, I tried out SEOJU ICE JU Strawberry Yogurt.

SEOJU ICE JU was deliciously sweet and milky.  The product had very little strawberries pieces.  By pieces, I mean little slivers of strawberries.  Just enough where you can see red bits, but not enough where you had to chew the strawberries.  The texture is similar to any yogurt ice cream but it has a nice flavor.  It’s more of a milky yogurt tasting treat with hint of strawberry.  Which I am find with, because I love yogurt ice cream.

 

Would I buy this again?

Yes, I would.  This yummy treat will definitely be part of my summer cool down.  With the delicious yogurt flavor and refreshing taste, this snack will put a smile on anyone’s face.

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Dreamkatchers Initiative| PEACEMINUSONE POP UP STORE

Fashion: PEACEMINUSONE Pop-up Store at Alchemist

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PEACEMINUSONE pop-up store at Alchemist

by: Dee

 

Having recently kicked off the USA leg of his ACT III: M.O.T.T.E. world tour, G-Dragon is bring his brand PEACEMINUSONE to the U.S.A for the first time ever. PEACEMINUSONE, which G-Dragon runs with his collaborator, Gee Eun, is essentially a creative and fluid extension of the singer’s image—an ever changing and developing manifestation of his aesthetic and style.

The PEACEMINUSONE pop-up store has landing at Miami Beach’s Alchemist concept store. The boutique has been redecorated by PEACEMINUSONE with their own artwork to match their current designs along with a limited amount of in stock items for purchase.

The PEACEMINUSONE pop-up will be opened from July 25 to July 30, 2017.

PEACEMINUSONE pop-up store at Alchemist
1111 Lincoln Road
Level 5
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Monday to Sunday: 12pm-8pm
305.531.4815

 

 

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CEO: GEE EUN

address : 2FL, DOSAN-DAERO 17-6, GANGNAM-GU, SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA 06072.

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Dreamkatchers Initiative: G-Dragon in San Jose July 14, 2017

G-Dragon ACT III: M.O.T.T.E³ 2017 Tour in San Jose – Review & Recap

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Dreamkatchers Initiative: G-Dragon in San Jose July 14, 2017

Who/Where/When: G-Dragon ACT III: M.O.T.T.E³ 2017 Tour in San Jose, California, SAP Center, July 14, 2017.

Highlight: Final encore of his 2017 single Untitled, 2014 .

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

 

G-Dragon ACT III: M.O.T.T.E³ 2017 Tour in San Jose – Review & Recap

by: Dee

 

South Korean pop star G-Dragon, or Kwon Ji Yong performed at the SAP Center in San Jose, California last Friday night.  G-Dragon has slowly been solidified himself in the ranks of celebrities as both the leader of Big Bang and as an style icon in the music and fashion world. He has even recently become the ambassador of Chanel. Big Bang has started their hiatus while the members take their turns serving their nation, G-Dragon share of himself in his latest self-titled album, Kwon Ji Yong.

Dreamkatchers Initiative: G-Dragon in San Jose July 14, 2017

The concert is part of his solo world tour, ACT III: M.O.T.T.E³, which kicked off on June 10, 2017 in Seoul. M.O.T.T.E stands for Moment Of Truth The End.  ACT III: M.O.T.T.E³ is about fans connecting with G-Dragon and getting a closer and more personal look at the Kwon Ji Yong side of him. The San Jose concert was a mind-blowing visual and audio experience of Kwon Ji Yong’s life in the spotlight told via three ACTs through the use of pyrotechnics, on point choreography and vulnerable yet compelling vocals.

 

From the moment the show kicked off, an hour late, the predominant color scheme seemed to be a bloody red that represented going back to the roots of Kwon Ji Yong’s birth. The concert starts off with an impressive pyrotechnic filled version of Heartbreaker. Even people seated felt the heat from the pyrotechnics.

 

G-Dragon was absolutely beaming as he introduced himself as Kwon Ji Yong to the audience and welcomed everyone to his show. The audience went wild as he launched into his intro for A Boy.

 

Dreamkatchers Initiative: G-Dragon in San Jose July 14, 2017

The Band Six

As an artist G-Dragon is full of swag and effortless energy yet oddly vulnerable as he performed, with a few exceptions, tracks from his discography in chronological order. Since the tour had a live band, The Band Six, fans were treated to remixed songs from One Of A Kind and Coup d’Etat before performing Kwon Ji Yong in its entirety.

 

The final encore of his 2017 single Untitled, 2014 was the most potent and humanizing song performed. He wandered off the stage as he interacted with the audience. He seemed so at ease and carefree.

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All photographs and video courtesy of Dee.  © July 2017 Dee.

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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.