Jiminel (AOA) Inspired Makeup Tutorial

Friday, August 31, 2012

If you have been following K-Pop this year, you will have noticed that like last year there are tons of new groups making their debut. This is a makeup tutorial inspired by Jiminel, the leader of the group AOA aka Ace of Angels. They debuted this past summer with the song 'Elvis' which kind of grows on you but does not become a favorite go-to song.

For this look you will need black eyeliner (gel or pencil), green eye shadow (preferably one that has shimmer or glitter), gold and silver glitter eyeliner (you only really need one), and black mascara.

After you prime your eyes, taking your black eyeliner you want to line your top lid and create a wing.
The next step is to line under your eye and connect the line with the top line.
Go over your bottom eyeliner with the green eye shadow then take your glitter eyeliner and go over your bottom line again.
The last steps are to line your water line then curl your lashes and apply mascara. Finished!



Ps. The picture of her eye shadow is a screenshot from the official music video for 'Elvis' so be sure to check it out!!

The Face Shop "Clean Face" Skin Care Line Review

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Face Shop "Clean Face" skin care line review

*Disclaimer: I bought all products with my own money!!~~*

The Face Shop is a Korean beauty store that sells both skincare products and makeup. Thankfully a store has opened up in Hawaii at McCully Shopping Center.

The "Clean Face" line consists of face wash, toner, lotion, essence, and cream. I also purchased the post acne brightening serum for scars. It is suppose to be good for those with oily skin and acne with tea tree oil as a main ingredient. I will review the products in the order they should be used.

The face wash does not dry out the skin but is able to clean the skin well. It is not foam or liquid formula but almost gel/cream like (don't really know how to describe it).
Unlike other toners, this toner does not dry out your skin and there is no unpleasant scent.
The serum was also very nice to use and had no strong scent either. When you put on the serum you only need one pump. There is no sticky feeling and your skin is able to absorb the serum quickly. Although the product is good in texture and scent, I do not see any result/change in my post acne scars.    
After the serum, you then apply the lotion. When applying this lotion there is no sticky feeling on the face but rather your hands (which goes away after applying the other steps). It is not very moisturizing but does provide some moisture. Despite the packaging, the lotion comes out quickly so you have to be careful.
The essence is the second to the last step and come in a bottle with a pump -- very irritating! So I like that this product is light and not sticky but it eventually gets harder to pump out. I actually have to take the pump out and try to shake some of the product onto my hand.
The last step of this line is the cream. Despite being called a cream, it has more of a gel like texture and does not moisturize very well.

Overall I love and hate this skin care line. It is not very moisturizing but it does a decent job at keeping my face less oily throughout the day. It does not help with the actual problem of my acne/pores as it is said to do. So i would give this product a C. 


PS. Don't forget that my opinion is based on my own skin. Everybody has different skin types that react differently. While this skin care line did not help my skin it does not mean it won't work for another person. 

Hyuna "Gangnam Style" Inspired Makeup Tutorial

This is a tutorial for Hyuna's (현아) makeup in the music video "Gangnam Style" (강남스타일) by PSY (싸이).  This is another simple look requiring only eyeliner (gel or pencil), black eye shadow, and black mascara. Let's begin!

 As usual the first thing you want to do is prime your eyes. For this look also prime under your eyes.
Then using either black gel or pencil eyeliner, line your bottom lash line and extend it out.

Then line your top lashes with a wing connecting the bottom line. Also fill in the triangular gap with your eyeliner.
Then taking a black eye shadow, go over the eyeliner.

Taking your black eyeliner again, line your water line.
Lastly curl your lashes and apply black mascara.

Another simple K-Pop inspired look finished ^.~


Lee Hyori U-Go-Girl Inspired Makeup

Friday, August 17, 2012

This is another K-Pop inspired makeup look from Lee Hyori's (이효리) music video "U-Go-Girl". For this look you need black eyeliner, mascara, and blue, green, and brown (or black) eye shadow. (For this look I used the colors Shattered, Mildew, and Smog from the Urban Decay Ammo palette I bought from Sephora.)

After you prime your eyelids use your blue eye shadow focusing on the inner third.

Then take a green eye shadow and focus the color on the outer third of your eyelid blending inwards.

If you want to deepen the outer corners take a brown or black eye shadow and focus the color on the outer V of your eye.  You can also reapply the blue if the color has faded.)

Apply your eyeliner drawing out a wing and go over it with black eye shadow.
Lastly curl your eyelashes and apply mascara.

Be sure to wipe off any eye shadow fallout!!~~


PS. Sorry that the colors looked faded towards the end, but you get the gist ^.~

Korean Movie: Deranged (연가시)

Monday, August 6, 2012

So here in Hawaii, the theater in Pearlridge is playing the Korean movie “Deranged” so my whole family went to watch it. Surprisingly it was very good/interesting especially for the sci-fi type genre that I usually do not enjoy watching. This movie starred Kim MyungNim (김명민), Moon JungHee (문정희), Lee HaNui (이하늬), and Kim DongWan (김동완).

Basically a mutated variant of the horseworm parasite, usually found in insects, infects thousands of people and causes them to literally commit suicide unknowingly. The huge death toll makes the situation an emergency health problem nationwide. With only one known cure a father tries to find the medicine for his wife and kids. His brother, a low level cop, is put on the case and discovers how far some people are willing to go for money.

This movie was well acted by the cast and the child actors were beyond adorable. Some moments in the movie are enough to bring tears to the eyes but no big sob fest will occur. There are areas in the movie that could have been better but when you look at the whole picture you do not even notice. My only concern was the translation because this movie was showed with English subtitles. The translation was perfectly fine, but to have an American appeal, in my opinion, they chose an unnecessary swear word. Given that the character was swearing Korean, he definitely was not saying F*** but something more milder. (This is not a big problem since there is almost no cursing but I just personally dislike translations that do that.) Before I forget, unlike some sci-fi thriller movies, this plot is not wild. There are no aliens or anything that could be 100% unrealistic, instead they take horsehair parasite that uses humans as their host rather than animals, and hence the whole mutated variant. Quite disgusting. Another thing I would point out on the side is the title of this movie. The Korean title of the movie is actually the name of the parasite and “Deranged” is the English title that still fits the movie (just think if they gave the movie the literal translation: “Horsehair Parasite” lol).  Anyways I give this movie an A- and definitely recommend this movie to others. The cast was good at playing their characters and the plot was interesting so if you live in Hawaii be sure to check out the movie playing at the theater in Pearlridge shopping mall.


PS.  Unfortunately the only drama I have seen with one of the actors from this movie was the daily drama “Daughter-In-Law” with Moon JungHee. For the others you could Google them and take a look at other dramas/movies they acted in. On a side note, Kim Dongwan is a member of the K-Pop group, Shinhwa. They have been in the business for such a LONG time and continue to promote together as one. Definitely check out their music and take a listen to their most recent song, released early 2012, Venus.

~~ Image from http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c7/Deranged-poster.jpg ~~

K-Pop: Girls’ Generation (소녀시대)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

In celebration of one of my favorite K-Pop group’s five-year anniversary, I decided that the first K-Pop group I would introduce is Girls’ Generation (소녀시대) aka SNSD (the abbreviation of their Korean name). Any K-Pop fan will know who they are and may or may not be a fan. But for those who do not know who they are here is a quick and simple introduction to the leaders of K-Pop.
SNSD debuted on August 5, 2007 with the song “Into the New World.” They are a group of nine girls whose names are: Taeyeon (태연), Tiffany (티파니), Hyoyeon (효연), Seohyun (서현), Sunny (써니), Jessica (제시카), Sooyoung (수영), Yuri (유리), and Yoona (윤아). Over the last five years they grew to become one of Korea’s top K-Pop group becoming the leaders of the Hallyu (한류) wave.
They found huge success in 2009 with their hit single “Gee.” Since then the popularity of SNSD has only continued to grow one album after the other. Their popularity also expanded overseas and after dominating the music scene in Korea they officially began their activities in Japan in 2011. They released their Japanese album that was met with great success proving they truly are the leaders of K-Pop. They have also released their single “The Boys” in English for the US market in January 2012. SNSD’s most recent activities were their unit promotion “TaeTiSeo” and release of their newest Japanese single “Paparazzi.” 
I definitely recommend you listen to their music and for more information on SNSD, feel free to use Google or check out soshified and snsdkorean (because that is what the internet is for lol ^.~) 



Ps. Some songs i recommend include: Gee, Twinkle, Love Sick, Sunflower, Be Happy, Tell Me Your Wish, My Best Friend, Run Devil Run (or just listen to all their songs)

Korean Movie: My Black Mini Dress (마이 블랙 미니드레스)

Friday, August 3, 2012

(This was originally posted on my wordpress blog)

Released in March 2011, My Black Mini Dress (MBMD) stars Yoon Eun Hye (윤은혜) as Yoo Min, Park Han Byul (박한별) as Hye JI, Cha Ye Ryeon (차예련) as Soo Jin, and Yoo In Na (유인나) as Min Hee.
Honestly I have no idea where to even begin with this movie. With the main female leads, there was tons of hype and excitement for this movie. MBMD is somewhere between boring and boring with rare interesting moments. It is basically about four college friends who have just graduated and going on with their lives hiding their own personal problems. Rather than leaning on each other, as friends should, they try to face their problems on their own and of course in the end they realize what friends are for and the bond between them strengthen. Cliché? Yes and although MBMD was able to make the characters and plot different, it was not interesting enough. Despite the fact that the cast acted well, it did not help the plot itself, so I would give this movie a C-. An okay movie but not worth the watch ^.~
Ps. Other dramas I watched with the actresses are “Coffee Prince” (Yoon Eun Hye), “Secret Garden” (Yoo In Na), “Couple or Trouble” (Park Han Byul), and “Dr. Champ” (Cha Ye Ryeon).

Korean Movie: Architecture 101 (건축학개론)

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~~ Image from http://www.hancinema.net/korean_movie_Architecture_101-picture_223486.html?sort=Most_Popular_Pictures#!prettyPhoto ~~
Architecture 101 aka Introduction to Architecture was released in March 2012. This Korean movie stars Uhm Tae Woong (엄태웅) and Lee Je Hoon (이제훈) as the older and younger version, respectively, of Lee Seung Min. The character Yang Seo Yeon is played by Han Ga In (한가인) and Bae Suzy (배수지).  The movie is another flashback film and follows the story of first loves, Lee Seung Min and Yang Seo Yeon who met in Architecture 101 as freshman in college.  They meet again after twenty or so years, Yang Seo Yeon now divorced seeking to hire the engaged architect Lee Seung Min, to rebuild her family’s home on Jeju Island.
From what I heard this movie was popular and did quite well in Korea, however I personally would give the overall movie a B. There was so much hype for the movie and positive reviews, but I did not really enjoy the movie as compared to the hype it got. The movie was dry in some areas but overall the plot was good. The chemistry was amazing between all the characters and really showed innocent first love.  I definitely enjoyed the movie and recommend you watch it.
PS. To see the actors/actresses in other good dramas check out “Dream High” (Suzy), Queen Seon Deok” (Uhm Tae Woong), and “The Moon that Embraces the Sun” (Han Ga In). All three of the dramas that I listed were enjoyable and my personal favorite (with the exception of “Dream High” which is not really a favorite but pretty good). The only drama that I saw with Lee Je Hoon was “Fashion King” whose acting was decent but the drama itself was very slow and ultimately not worth the watch – but if you enjoyed his performance in “Architecture 101” feel free to watch this drama! ^.~

SNSD Jessica Modified Makeup Tutorial

(This was originally posted on my wordpress blog)
This is a quick tutorial on the makeup look that SNSD’s Jessica wore for her photo shoot in Elle Girl Magazine, June edition. Unfortunately I don’t have a teal/green color so I used purple, but any color should be fine.

~~ These images of Jessica were from http://snsdpics.com/jessica-elle-girl-magazine/ ~~

Step 1: Apply an eye primer all over the eyelid and then take your eyeliner and draw the outline of your wing.

Step 2: Fill in your outline with your eyeliner.

Step 3: Apply the same color eyeshadow over the eyeliner and fix it up so it looks neater. Then curl your lashes and add mascara.

Simple right? Do ignore the fact that this was my first time ever doing a tutorial, but the look is simple it doesn’t even require a tutorial ^.~

T-ARA Soyeon Nail Tutorial

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It might be hard to tell by the screenshots (from T-ARA’s “Don’t Leave” perfomance on July 8, 2012) but Soyeon had really simple and chic nails. To achieve this look yourself all you need is 5 nail polishes – a base coat, top coat, white nail polish, silver nail polish, and glitter nail polish.
1)   First clean and cut your nails then apply your base coat.
2)   When the base coat is dried, paint all your nails white and your ring fingernail silver.
3)   Once your nails have dried paint a coat of silver glitter only on your ring fingernail.
4)   Lastly, paint two layers of your top coat and let your nails dry completely.
Simple and chic don’t you think?

Korean Movie: Sunny (써니)

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My extremely brief summary of the movie “Sunny”
This film was directed by Kang Hyeong Cheol (Speedy Scandal) and released in 2011. It stars (actresses listed by who played the older and the younger version of the character): Yoo Ho Jeong and Shim Eun Jyung as Lim Nami, Jin Hee Kyung and Kang Sora as Ha Chun Hwa, Ko Su Hee and Kim Min Young as Kim Jang Mi, Hong Jin Hee and Park Jin Joo a Hwang Jin Hee, Lee Yeon Kyung and Nam Bora as Seo Geum Ok, Kim Sun Kyung and Kim Bo MI as Ryoo Bok Hee, and lastly Yoon Jung and Min Hyo Rin as Suji.

“Sunny” is a flashback type film with the seven main characters now in their middle age living their lives and thinking back to when they were in high school. Back when they were in high school the seven girls were good friends but a situation occurs and the girls all lead separate lives. Years later one of the girls begin to search for all her friends to finally reconnect. By meeting with each other they begin to remember all their dreams and hopes that they once had as teenagers and find their inner selves that was hidden.
Personally, I would give this movie an A+, because I truly loved every part. The whole concept of the film, with the flashbacks was played out smoother than I had initially expected. The actresses had such good chemistry; it was as if you were really watching the interactions of true real life friends. Overall the movie was bittersweet, with there being many LOL moments and those that really touched the heart. The movie also gave a glimpse of the 1980’s and as a viewer you get a genuine feel of that time period thanks to the overall scene, background music, as well as the attire they wore. Although this movie is based solely on female characters, this is definitely a movie both guys and gals can watch. If you are searching for a good movie to watch, “Sunny” should be on the top your list!
Ps. Dramas (I watched) that some of the actresses have acted in include: Poseidon (Jin Hee Kyung and Kim Sun Kyung), Operation Proposal (Park Jin Joo), Dream High 2 (Kang Sora), Bad Guy (Shim Eun Kyung), The King 2 Hearts (Lee Yeon Kyung), Big (Ko Su Hee), and Rosemary (Yoo Ho Jeong).
~~ Image from http://www.hancinema.net/main-trailer-released-for-the-upcoming-korean-movie-sunny–2010-29148.html?showspoiler=1 ~~

Korean Drama: Big (빅)

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The Korean Drama for today is titled “Big” (빅) and stars Gong Yoo(공유) as Kang Kyung Joon/Seo Yoon Jae, Lee Min Jung(이민정) as Gil Da Ran, Shin Won Ho(신원호) as Kang Kyung Joon, and from the popular k-pop group Miss A, Suzy(배수지) as Jang Ma Ri. In this drama there is a spirit swap and a non-dramatic love triangle. Gil Da Ran is the teacher of high school student Kang Kyung Joon and the fiancé of Seo Yoon Jae. However Kang Kyung Joon and Seo Yoon Jae share a connection and their spirits get swapped. So the actor who plays the high school Kang Kyung Joon, Shin Won Ho, just lies in a coma for the vast majority of the drama. Jang Ma Ri is in love with Kang Kyung Joon and tries to keep the Kyung Joon Spirit inside Seo Yoon Jae’s body from falling in love with Gil Da Ran.
Confused? To make it simpler it’s like Freaky Friday except the other party is in a coma, there is a small love triangle, throw in some sad moments with lots of laughter and you got the Korean drama, “Big.”
With only 16 episodes, this drama is short compared to the average 20-24 episodes most dramas tend to be. It starts off slow, gets funny, and then slowly gets boring again. Overall, I would personally give this drama a C+. The actors were great with amazing chemistry but the drama plot itself was definitely lacking. With all the other great dramas that are playing, this is one that you do not have to watch (unless you have plenty of free time or just a fan of the actors ^.~).
Ps. If you want to see other dramas that the main leads, Gong Yoo and Lee Min Jung, have been in before then do check out “The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince” and “Smile, You.” Although the dramas came out 2007 and 2009, respectively, they were both amazing and are actually the dramas that help the popularity of both actors increase.
~~ Image was taken from http://www.koreandrama.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Big-05.jpg ~~


I decided to move from wordpress(coffeewithsoojee.wordpress.com) to blogger. To begin, here was my original introduction on wordpress!!
I needed something to do during my free time so I created this blog. I love watching Korean dramas, listening to k-pop, drinking coffee (preferably iced), reading, and other stuff but I am far too lazy to list them all.
So take a coffee break and feel free to read whatever I decide to write about.