The wonders of ETUDE HOUSE’s AC Clinic Pink Powder Spot Patch

I’m a late bloomer. Yes. That much I can say now. I didn’t realize it until recently. One of my high school friends dragged me over to the much talked about Korean beauty shop – ETUDE HOUSE last November and I felt like Charlie stepping into my very own version of the Chocolate Factory. LOL. But honestly, I prefer chocolates over cosmetics. 😀

I dunno but I’m not the type of girl who goes loco over cosmetic products. I don’t really know how to put on make up PROPERLY. I just sort of imitated my friends back in College. I don’t try out new make up simply coz my skin is sort of sensitive. I’m scared to get more pimples than I already have. I think it’s a slight trauma which I got from trying out too much skin care products back in high school which LITERALLY destroyed my face. No kidding. -.-

While the whole world was fussing about THE BB CREAM, I was still shopping for some baby powder for my face. ^^ While every woman clamored for that perfectly moisturized and pouty lips, I simply use lip balm. I don’t even regularly pluck my eyebrows or use blush on that much. It’s NOT that I don’t care about my looks. I’m quite vain most of the time but I just don’t like the idea of spending too much on cosmetics. Or shoes. Or bags. 😀 I’d rather spend it on food or books.

I tried out three products from ETUDE HOUSE. First was this Pearl Face Mask – which felt really great but I wouldn’t do it that often coz I’m scared that it might give me pimples… I dunno why but I have that crazy feeling that most facial products do not agree with my skin. They HATED my pores. T_T The other one, which I still haven’t used was the elbow mask thingy. It’s sort of like something to whiten and smoothen your elbows. ^^ Looking forward to using this. Last, but definitely not the least, was the  AC Clinic Pink Powder Spot Patch. 

I was just curious about this- like how it worked and what it does. My friend was also interested in this product so I gave it a try. I just had a full fringe at that time so I got this really irritatingly humongous  zits all over my forehead. -.-

I tried the   AC Clinic Pink Powder Spot Patch and I was surprised at how cute and ‘transparent’ they appeared. Haha. When you take a closer look you can actually detect them but from afar it simply looked as if you put a bit of powder on your zit and it’s starting to be ‘flaky’.

Basically, it’s just to cover up that humiliating shiny red zit but I guess it has more effects that I don’t know of. I noticed a slight change in that particular zit the next day. It shrunk a little. Just a little. It wasn’t that SHINY and BIG anymore too! ^^ From then on, I started loving this product and I continuously bought it. Sure it’s NO MIRACLE but for me who’s been having pimple problems for a decade now, this is REALLY something. It definitely alleviated  those life-ruining zits.

This  helpful skin care product also prevents the zit from getting any more gigantic than it already is. Sure it doesn’t completely erases the zit away but it PREVENTS it and like the saying goes, Prevention is BETTER than cure. 😉 You have to leave it on for 8-12 hours to maximize the effect. It might be more noticeable in some skin tones though. Mine’s a bit fair so it’s NOT that noticeable, but I guess those with a darker tone wouldn’t like the fact that they looked like they have tiny circles all over their faces. ^^

I’d still recommend it though for those who gets humongous zits like me… particularly at ‘that time of the month’~

Credits (for the pictures):  kikaytrekkie

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It’s always SUNNY somewhere in the world. :D

Sunny [2011] – Korean Movie

TRAILER

A story of friendship, love, family and LIFE in general. This movie moved me so much. I won’t be able to get over the emotions and memories it conjured. T__T As someone who sucks at staying friends with (or more like keeping in touch with) my friends back from school and the neighborhoods I’ve left long ago, this movie certainly touched a nerve. It has a coming-of-age plot focusing on a group of friends who met when they were teenagers trying to get through junior high. It implies the restlessness of youth and implies different facets of a typical junior high student.

   

There’s the “queen bee” – which in Korea pretty much refers to the “best bully” or the “best fighter” in her year. Chunhwa, played by Kang Sora, was the leader and the one who took interest in the protagonist of the story — Shim Eunkyung played the shy, heavily-accented, transfer-student-from-the-province, Nami. Nami avoided getting bullied thanks to Chunhwa and her friends. Geum-ok is the bookish and studious one. She’s in-charge of buying them bread at lunch time. Timid and cool Suji, played by the equally gorgeous Min Hyorin, is the ‘face’ of the group. She didn’t like the idea of Nami joining their little group just like that. Bok-hee has the looks and the confidence to be what she always wanted to be — a beauty queen. NEVER touch her hair though. XD Nothing good ever comes out of Jin-hee’s mouth. She’s very frank and she ends her sentences not with a period, but with a foul swear word. Then there’s chubby and homely Jangmi who is sort of like the “Vice-leader”. She’s good in fighting too. These group of friends call themselves “SUNNY”.

They had fun through the good times and comforted each other through the bad times. They laughed, cried, fought, sung, and danced. I like how the simple yet tragic lives of these teenagers were emphasized and sprinkled with  a twist of comedy. An incident happened during their school festival, where they were supposed to perform their sing and dance number, and it left a scar so deep (no pun intended) in their friendship…

Fast forward to 25 years later…

The grownup Nami is living what seemed to be the ‘perfect’ life. She’s rich and she has a beautiful family. But her daughter won’t talk to her and her husband never stays at home for more than a day. She started living a double life when she met Chunhwa in a hospital. She has cancer and she’s not gonna last that long. This drove Nami to search for the members of SUNNY. It was not that easy but she was able to pull it off. One by one, she witnessed what had become of each of them. She didn’t realize that she was in for a rude awakening. She always thought her life was so-so but upon seeing her friends, she felt lucky. I like how the movie went back and forth from past to present. It was very nostalgic and a bit creative. Plus, the setting of the movie and the background music made it even more exciting and makes you remember the ‘past’ regardless of your generation.

   

I especially liked the romantic tension between Nami, Junho (played by Kim Shihoo <3) and Suji. I think it’s one of the highlights of their teenage years. It added color and zest to the plot. It made me look back to those ‘moments’ as well. The feeling of butterflies in your stomach, the stolen glances, the can’t-sleep-at-night-thinking-of-him-all-day scenarios and of course the HEARTBREAKING moment when you realized he likes YOUR friend. T___T

The movie gave my heartstrings a bittersweet tug and a sentimental feeling overwhelmed me. Sure, it’s nothing new. There was nothing spectacular about the story. But what made me love it even more is the fact that it showed ME — my life as a teenager and maybe my ‘future’ in its simplicity and accuracy. I think a lot of people can relate to this movie well. We all went through what the girls experienced here. We all felt their emotions. We all uttered the words that came out of their mouths. It was an effortless and genuine display of our lives. Or what is to become of (most of) us.

I felt terrified upon seeing what happened to most of them. Even the one who studied hard, worked hard and the one who was full of ambitions unexpectedly tripped and stumbled somewhere along the way. It only goes to show that what happens to your future depends on YOU. You decided. It is not predetermined for you. Even the smartest kid in school can end up  in a miserable state; the prettiest girl in school may not be able to get into a good relationship. The richest kid may end up in helpless and unhappy in a hospital bed. Thinking about that sent shivers down my spine. That’s exactly how I’m feeling right now. I felt like I’ve wasted too much time on trivial things before and I didn’t focus on my life’s goals… so here I am. *sigh* Sunny not only brought back the good and bad memories, it also dwells on what’s ahead of us — the unknown, the things we don’t want to deal with and the things we are dealing with right now.

  

This is definitely a movie I’d recommend to my elementary and highschool friends. AND I’d watch it with them if I could. 😀 I wasn’t able to remember the lines in the movie well but there was this one that really got to me. It was in Chunhwa’s letter, after she died, she told her friends something like “Those of us who became successful, don’t you dare ignore us or look down on us. Those who didn’t get lucky in life, don’t you dare hide from us or be ashamed of what you are.” Yeah. Something like that. Pretty self-explanatory. 😀

RATING: 4.5 stars out of 5.

~Under the Music Radar~ [LED Apple]

[MV] I accidentally ran into you by LED Apple

In fairness to this ‘idol’ band, I really LOVE all the songs they released. I can say I’m a fan of their music no matter how TYPICAL Kpop it is. Although when it comes to their appearances, charisma & live performances, I’m not THAT amused. ^__^;;

This group met a lot of BAD incidents and accidents earlier into their career. I didn’t keep track of how many times they changed members, but from what I saw in this MV– the two vocalists and the bassists are NEW. 😀 They’re kinda cute… in their own way. Haha. The LED Apple that I came to know didn’t have any cute members before. 😀

So I stumbled upon them way back when I saw a pic of them over at soompi

I liked how they arranged Baek Jiyoung‘s hit ballad ‘DASH’ and made it sound cool and rock-ish. 😀 It was pretty cool. The vocals are NOT that amazing or breath-taking but it’s enough to keep me listening. Their second single “Who do you think you are” met criticisms due to the fact that it sounded like a CNBLUE song… and yeah, it DID… in some ways. But I still LOVED that song. It was catchy and the melody was easy to recall. ^^

Now they’re back with “I accidentally ran into you“. The intro sounded a bit like INFINITE’s DASI DORAWA. Hahaha. But well, well, well, the song is pretty good. I’m glad they didn’t lose their ‘touch’. I first watched the DRAMA VERSION of the MV starring the pretty, doll-like actress Nam Gyuri and I was really touched by the story… T__T Such beautiful tragedy. The guy in the MV was kinda cute, I think he’s the bassist — Kwangyeon. ^__^

Moving on… 😀

Probably the only thing that made me say ‘WTF?!’ when I first saw them perform was the fact that they were… DANCING. Yes. As in DANCING with a capital D. -.- They’re supposed to be a band but I dunno… I thought they’re trying to be different or something. Well, I was half-right. Their company, Story Ent., stated:

“Led Apple is unlike any other idol group that reveals their members before their actual debut. The group has been kept highly secretive in order to make sure their success is entirely dependent on their skills. They’ll become an idol group that can dance, sing ballad, rock, ballad, and play instruments all at once.”

OH… kay. ‘Nuff said. 😀 Let them be. As long as they make good music, music I can actually listen to and put onloop in my mp3 player, then so be it. Dance all you want boys. Haha.

Hope to hear more great music from these supposedly ‘idol-rock-band > ^__^ <

credit: gifs are from shikissun