Birthday Nails!

For my birthday, Kyndra took me out to get our nails done!
We wandered on Pinterest for a bit the night before to think about it. We both decided on tips with different colors. Instead of gel (because of the possible damage) we got regular polish but the results were beautiful and long-lasting!

We went to the salon located in the Ever 8 in Sinchon which I believe it was called Nail 8! Kyndra knew she wanted mint polish, but as most salons do, the variety of shades of mint make it difficult to choose.

I wasn’t sure what I wanted but glitter tends to hide chipping, so I chose pink from the variety of glitter. Here we are modeling our hands!image

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Kose Medicated Sekkisei – Emulsion

People have raved and raved about this on the Internet for some time as one of the best lotions out there.

Though it is a popular Japanese brands, even American sites like Allure and Cosmopolitan praise its magic. My friend Michiko picked it up for me on her last trip to Japan. She said she got it on sale – nice price for 35,000 won for this lotion! (Normally it seems to be in the 50 range)

All in all, I was surprised. The smell definitely gives it the “medicated” feel. As a result, my husband didn’t like it for that reason. I, on the other hand, am a fan. While it is light, it is also moisturizing. Appropriate for daytime use and now it is summer, so it still works well. (Unlike my other favorite – Guerrson creme – also popular these days but tooooo heavy for summer!)

The texture is light. I saw an improvement in my skin’s texture within three days.

I have applied it just now and I love this feeling.

Not sticky at all!

If you are sensitive to that “medical” smell, this product is not for you.

But all in all, I would recommend this product for all skin types, but ideal for combination skin.image

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Free Sample Kit for Foreign Visitors <3

Click the link for the free kit! Available for foreigners/visitors in Seoul. ^^
KitCoconut KIT contains the samples and discount coupon for the popular cosmetic brand.

COCONUT KIT participating brands for July

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Register for KIT(First, you need to enter your personal information. Then, you can receive KIT for free after showing your passport at the place of distribution.)

Major places for KIT distribution

Tourist Information Center at Incheon International Airport

Service time:
07:00 ~ 22:00 / Serviced language: English, Chinese, Japanese
Address:
In front of gate 5 and 10, 1st floor of passenger terminal of Incheon International Airport, 272, Gonghang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon
Phone number:
032)743-3270, 743-3272

Tourist Information Center at Gimpo International Airport

Service time:
10:00 ~ 22:00 / Serviced language: Japanese, Chinese
Address:
76, Haneul-gil, Gangseo-gu, Seoul (Entrance gate on the 1st floor of Gimpo International Airport)
Phone number:
02) 2660-2486~7

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Tourist Information Center at Myeongdong

Service time:
09:00 ~ 20:00 / Serviced language: English, Chinese, Japanese
Address:
181, Euljiro 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
Phone number:
02) 778-0333

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RAON storage for luggage at Hongdae

Service time:
9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.(Monday – Thursday,Sunday) 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.(Friday,Saturday)
Address:
RAON storage, Floor B2, Gate 7 of Hongik University Station, 190-1, Donggyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Phone number:
070) 8884-1251

Neogen 네오젠 – Facial Cleanser

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I went to Olive Young and was intrigued by this cleanser. It has five grain rice in the bottom! Actually, they had several varieties including green tea, cranberry, blueberry… I had to choose the best one for my skin type. Tough call. I ended up choosing the five grain rice and trying it out. I took some photos in the beginning, but I’ve been using it for 3 weeks.

The cost of one is about 13,500 won.

I’m sad to report that I’m not satisfied with this face wash. It’s just fancy looking foam soap. I saw no improvement in my skin and my man was also using it as well with no result.
Back to our favorite one instead – Perfect Whip!
I’ll be writing about that soon!

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Elizavecca Green Piggy Collagen Jella Pack

I can’t think of a product I’ve wanted to recommend more in a long time!
I bought this Elizavecca Green Piggy Collagen Jella Pack on a whim after finding it on sale for 11,500 won (at Boon’s in Myeongdong).

It usually runs for 25,000 won but I’ve found it on sale quite a lot. However, 11,500 won was the lowest I had ever seen. I got it because I had heard it was quite effective so for that price – why not give it a shot!?

WHAT A GOOD SHOT. BECAUSE – this is the product I’ve been waiting for!

I have such an issue with dry skin. I drink ALL the water, I apply ALL the moisturizer, but my skin is like nope, nope, nope. That’s why I turned to doing mask packs every day. But these days, I don’t have much time for them.

Applying this before bed helps you to wake up with moist skin. Applying it before my makeup makes my skin supple and absorb the makeup well. And lastly, applying it gently OVER my makeup freshens my look during the day (without messing up my makeup!)

i’ve been using it for roughly a week and I haven’t had a single “bad skin day” all week.

it’s a jelly material as it mentions and it is lightly fragranced. I hardly notice a smell, but it doesn’t have a sweet one. It comes with a little paddle to break into and apply the jelly. The jelly reforms itself after you scoop it.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING. GO. BUY. TRY! It’s amazing!

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Plus-sized and Proud – Korea Times

Passing this along – originally from The Korea Times. A friend and I were talking about the ‘plus-sized’ situation in Korea recently. Have a read if you’re interested!

2015-01-22 

Model Kim Gee-yang checks her appearance in a mirror during a photo shoot for the spring edition of 66100, a plus-size lifestyle magazine launched last summer. / Korea Times photos by Choi Won-suk

By Kim Bo-eun

Kim Gee-yang was ensconced in a puffy wedding dress for a recent photo shoot in Hannam-dong, Seoul, looking completely at ease and yet totally immersed in the moment.

The 29-year-old was comfortable in her own skin, despite not having a perfect complexion, or stick-thin arms and razor-sharp collarbones like many other models. Wearing the shoulder-bearing wedding dress, she looked positively radiant.

The shoot was for the spring edition of 66100, a plus-size lifestyle magazine that Kim founded last summer. The purpose of the shoot, and of the magazine, is to show that true beauty comes in all shapes and sizes ­ a concept that may be a tough sell in appearance-obsessed Korea.

Kim says that weddings are another chance for women to be beautiful, no matter what size they are.

“Korean brides-to-be come under so much pressure to lose weight and look thin for the photo shoot and ceremony. I wanted to send the message that you can be plus-size and still look beautiful in a wedding dress,” Kim said in an interview that followed the shoot.

Kim makes her way out of a makeup room during a photo shoot.

Transformation

“It’s not like I oppose the idea of wanting to be thinner or more beautiful,” said Kim, whose measurements are 39.5-32-39. “But I don’t support the idea of people losing weight or getting plastic surgery to become like someone else.”

Up until high school, Kim had what she considered at the time an “average figure.” But she started gaining weight when she moved away from her parents and entered Woosong University in Daejeon. Majoring in food service management, she says she gained weight while taking cooking classes.

After college she began working, but was fired soon after. During the stressful process, her weight shot up to 70 kilograms from her previous 54 kilograms.

In 2010, Kim was struggling to figure out what to do with her life when she came across a recruitment notice for the reality show “Korea’s Next Top Model.”

Although this was after she gained weight, she met the only specified requirement ― a height of 165 or above ― and went for it. Kim was eliminated in the second stage, but she had discovered her passion for modeling.

When she learned of the existence of plus-size modeling, she sent her profile to agencies in the United States and Europe and was eventually called to audition for the 2010 Full Figured Fashion Week in Los Angeles; and debuted on the runway.

Kim still weighs 70 kilograms but says she looks and feels entirely different. She attributes this partly to a more toned figure due to her modeling activities, but more so because of an inner transformation.

“I realized that I had spent my most beautiful years ― in my mid-twenties ― not knowing that I was beautiful,” she said.

“People say, ‘You’ll be so much prettier if you lose weight,’ but I realized that I didn’t have to wait until I became slimmer. I could choose to be pretty today.”

Kim poses as a photographer takes her picture.

Being plus-size in Korea

Given Korea’s reputation as a country obsessed with appearance, views toward Kim haven’t all been positive.

“There are a lot of hateful comments online,” Kim says. Asked if she ever feels an urge to lose weight because of such comments, however, she said she is now past that stage.

On the other hand, she has also received feedback from fellow plus-sized women in Korea who thanked her for making them realize it was okay to be bigger than others.

While Korea is hardly alone when it comes to a fixation on appearance, some scholars believe it is intensified here due to an ultracompetitive society.

Koreans say there is enormous pressure to marry at a young age and to a partner of high standing, making a person’s looks of utmost importance. Appearance is also important on the job market.

Kim says plus-sized people are a minority in Korea and subject to inconveniences. Most domestic apparel brands at department stores do not have sizes that fit people like Kim. Even foreign brands, which tend to offer a wider range of sizes, have begun reducing stocks for bigger sizes, as the majority of sales come from smaller ones, according to Kim.

“The thing is, people who wear smaller sizes can always opt for a larger size if their size is out of stock, but people like us can’t do that,” she said.

Still, Kim says she’s comfortable enough in her own skin that she doesn’t feel the need to lose weight.

Living as a plus-size person in Korea “is inconvenient, but that doesn’t make me unhappy,” Kim said.

A better future

Kim is not affiliated with an agency or company. Much of what she does, from modeling to publishing the magazine, is done at her own expense.

She recalls spending nearly 10 million won ($9,200) to travel to the United States for modeling jobs.

It occurred to Kim that she could be spending the same money in a way that benefitted a much larger pool of people, prompting her to launch 66100.

The title of the magazine represents the people who are on the border line of becoming marginalized, according to Kim.

The first two numbers in the sequence represent the women who fit into a Korean size 66, the equivalent of a U.S. size six. Korean sizes for women range from 44 to 77, and Kim says those who wear size 66 feel threatened because they are close the largest size.

The final three numbers represent men who wear size 100 clothes, who Kim says may also feel they are approaching too large of a size.

The magazine is beginning to turn heads. Kim says she is now receiving funding from a number of city-funded projects. The magazine is available at bookstores offering independent publications.

Kim says her next step is to create an online shop for plus-size apparel by bringing in brand-labeled products. Ultimately, Kim hopes to make a web portal for plus-sized people.

Korean society and its uniform standard of beauty “is not going to change all of a sudden, but I will go on with my endeavors until the country becomes more receptive of diversity,” she said.

Icy Winter Nails ♡

Hello everyone! This is Jem!

We are just two days away from Christmas and I’m sure you are busy getting prepared. I feel like I’ve barely gotten anything done o_o!

I came home to my hometown in New Jersey for the Christmas break! This will be my last time coming home to my hometown. My parents decided to move to Hawai’i after this, so starting from next year, it’s Christmas in warm weather.

Of course, even in warm weather, you can feel the Christmas spirit! Usually during the Christmas season, red is the popular choice for nail color. Red, gold, silver … I usually went this way too. But to celebrate winter itself, I went with blue this year. But I couldn’t stop there. GIVE ME GLITTER, ALL THE GLITTER!

I got blue mood-changing polish with rainbow glitter on top. ❤ When I’m cold, the nails are dark blue. When I’m warm, they are a light blue. And when I’m somewhere in between, the tips are dark blue and the bottom is light.

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Haha, and yes, done up in Walmart.image

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I wanted to include some inspiration for viewers out there for some nail ideas. ❤ Here come the icy winter nails!

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If you are not a fan of the blue, this is a nice subtle way to go! ^^

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I’ve never tried but this polish looks fun!

Keeping it cool… gorgeous blue color!

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