I Visit: A Picnic and Geocaching

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Hello friends!

During the short time that I had between classes ending and going back home, a few of my friends and I went on a picnic to a recreational area that had an amazing view. The weather was okay; it was sunny, but it got really windy at one point and it almost seemed like it was going to rain, but it skipped right past us.

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We packed a somewhat clumsy picnic basket with sandwich fillings and condiments but no bread, and way too much watermelon. After a short meal, we went Geocaching. Geocaching is kind of a massive scavenger hunt; you download the Geocaching app and look for little treasures inside a case that other people have hid near your area. We bought a nice scented candle from a dollar store and put it in one of the boxes and brought back a couple treasures that are on the windowsill of the guys’ house now. It was like a nice short hike/walk in the woods.

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We even took our friend’s dog along with us; he’s a sweetheart that doesn’t know what’s going on most of the time, but what he lacks in charisma he makes up in fluffiness.

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I hope next time we go back we can spend a whole day there, but I’ll remember to take a picnic blanket so we can all take a nap on the grass.

 

Yours truly,

Diane

(Otherwise known as Hye Joon)

Life Update: Mood Swingin’

Hello friends!

 

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything onto my blog, and I think it’s because I had another one of my phases end. I always find myself going through short phases of really liking something, and then losing interest and not coming back to it for a long time. Last summer, I had an “online beauty guru” phase that led to me starting this blog with a lot of beauty content, and I kept posting for a while, until I started losing interest and started posting less and less often.

I’m not particularly proud of this tendency, but I’m glad that I’m at least aware of it.

About a month ago school ended, and I went back home to Guatemala for a short while to see my family and meet up with some friends. Then I came back, and right now I’m over at a different state where my boyfriend (Wonderfru Boifriend himself) and his bestfriend/roommate are working during summer and fall. I’m just visiting for now, cos I’m hoping to find an internship myself to work at during fall.

We’ve been having fun; the three of us have been just hanging out, but we go out shopping, to get smoothies and ice cream, and we went to a Go Kart place last week. I had the boys plan a bunch of things to do while I’m down here, so we’re going to be tackling those one by one and making the most out of our time.

It’s really nice being here, because I’ve never really lived by myself before, and when I was back at New York, I was alone in the house for a while and it got really lonely. It’s so different being by yourself all the time and being by yourself for the morning and then having somebody come home at the end of the day. Initially the guys were convincing me to stay longer, but with each passing day I find myself wanting to stay longer without needing any convincing.

That’s it for major life issues, but I’m sure I’ll be back soon with some pictures when we go on a day trip somewhere.

 

Yours truly,

Diane

(Otherwise known as Hye Joon)

Makeup Look: It’s Snowing Outside

 

 

 

 

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Sunday

Hello friends! It’s been a pretty busy and exciting past semester for me so far. I just got back from a student conference which was a whole new thing for me. Recently I had some down time while it was snowing outside, so I decided to channel that mood into a makeup look and ended up with this. I’m not so sure where I was trying to go with it, but I kind of like the result, so I hope you do too.

 

 

Products Used

Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer #Light
Etude House Big Cover Tip Concealer #Sand
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush #Epic (holidaze 2015)
Innisfree Auto Eyebrow Pencil #Ash Brown

Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette

  • #Lily as base
  • #Heads Will Roll spread out over lid
  • #Cake over lash line
  • #Heads Will Roll in the eye hole
  • #Royal Flush for inner corner

Rimmel Colour Precise Eyeliner #White
Tony Tint #Cherry Pink

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Etude House: Look At My Eyes Single Shadow BE105 통기타여신

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Hello friends!

When coming to Korea I didn’t bring too much makeup to reduce my baggage, but since I’m going to Japan and I want to get some good pictures, I decided to open a couple shadows for daily use.

This shadow, Etude House Look at My Eyes #BE105 (Acoustic Guitar Goddess) is one of the shadows I was looking forward to trying out because I heard it’s the perfect shimmery daily shadow.

 

Etude House makes great eyeshadows – everybody knows this. But I personally think that Etude makes the best shimmer shadows. BE105 is one of the shimmer shadows. It’s a soft orange/brown and the shadow and the shimmer sticks right onto your skin.

This shadow can be used as a base for a dramatic eye look, or by itself for a more natural and sparkly look. The orange base makes it perfect for my skintone (warm autumn) and if layered lightly enough and blended, it could even be used as a highlighter.

Depending on the angle, this shadow looks like a light gold, shimmery orange, or dark copper.

Click here to purchase the shadow

 

…어쩌다보니 에뛰드만 두개 리뷰해버렸네요 에뛰드에서 의외로 엄청나게 많이 질러버려서…ㅎ

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Etude House: Play 101 Stick #12

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Hello friends! As some of you will know I’ve been in Korea for the last couple of weeks, and now that I’m starting to get settled and have some time to sit down and write another post, I have to start getting ready to pack up and leave to Japan (!!!!!!!!!!) and then quickly get back to the US for another semester at university.

Ever since my mom and I finalised our plans to come to Korea, I stopped buying makeup (for the most part lol) because I was going to spend it all on stuff at Korea. And spend I did.

You guys will be seeing all of these, albeit slowly. I feel like I’ve gotten myself enough things so that I could be doing product reviews for the next year.

 

 

Today I’ll be talking about the Etude House Play 101 Stick in #12.
The Etude House Play 101 Sticks are versatile stick products in various shades that can be used for contouring, blush, and highlighting. I purchased two other sticks in brown for bronzing, but I’ve been using #12, which is a stick blush.

#12 is a blush pink with a hint of coral. It almost looks a bit peachy. I swipe a small bit onto my cheekbones and buff the edges out with my fingers, and the product blends out to give the face a gorgeous pastel pink glow. I usually don’t go for pale pink blushes like this, but this product blends out so that it looks like the colour is shining from underneath the skin. It gives the face a delicate girlish blush.

Powder blush is merciless to the dryness that comes during the winter months, so this creamy stick blush is the perfect solution. It’s also so soft and blendable that I had no problem using it, even though I’ve never tried stick blush or cream blush before.

The packaging is not the best, but it’s not bad either. It’s just a round stick, perfect for popping into your bag for the day, and the lid is tight enough so it won’t open in your bag and streak everything. When twisting the bottom, the product rattles a bit in the tube, but the product makes up for this tiny flaw.

 

 

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I Visit: Jeonju, Korea + Quick Update

Thursday

Hello friends!

It’s about time for a little update of my travels in Korea, isn’t it? It’s been a busy couple weeks, what with all the business we had to take care of in Korea. I’ve gone out shopping downtown twice (I think) now and I have a massive haul that you guys can look forward to soon. I raided Etude House, Innisfree, Aritaum, to name a few. I’m so excited to show you!

Anyways, a week or so ago my mom and I visited the Jeonju Hanok Village. This is a small village in the city of Jeonju, in the North Jeon-la Province, famous for the traditional korean-style buildings that make up the entire small village. There is a small Korean palace and a couple other spots to visit that are wonderful if you want to walk around a village filled with the beauty of traditional Korean architecture.

There are 3 attraction points in the Hanok village:

1. The Architecture

As I mentioned, the buildings in the Hanok village are all built in traditional Korean style, also known as “Hanok.” Korean architecture has a distinct beauty that is unparalleled to other kinds of buildings, and the Hanok village is a great place to visit to see these.

2. The Food

Another important thing that you can’t miss out on in the Hanok village is the food. Jeonju is famous for its amazing bibimbap, which you can find in the village or anywhere in Jeonju, but in the village, walking down the street there are so many stores lined up that have great snacks. Ranging from handmade dumplings to cane-shaped ice cream, the snacks in the street of Hanok village are interesting and delicious.

 

3. The Hanbok

Remember a couple months ago when I posted an ootd with the Korean traditional dress ‘hanbok’? (Check it out here) In Hanok village, you can rent a hanbok (for both women and men) from any of the stores lining the main streets of the village. It’s not only a unique experience to wear a traditional Korean outfit, but the pictures will turn out awesome.

 

It was my first time in the Hanok village, and I forgot to take my camera so I had to use my phone, and to make matters worse, it rained all day. But still, somehow, the day was still enjoyable and I look forward to the next time I’ll be in the village. Hopefully next time I’ll also have a certain boi with me! 🙂

 

Love,

Diane

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Things People Don’t Tell You About Korea

 

Monday

Hello friends! Since I’m going to be travelling a bit for the next month, you guys will get a lot more chatty posts than usual, because I have a limitation as to how many pictures I can take.

I’ll be in Korea until January, and when I mention it, most people will think about KBeauty, all the cutesy things so particular of that area, Korean barbecue… etc. But today I’d like to talk about the things that people don’t tell you about Korea.

South Korea, or the Republic of Korea, is a nation that is built on respect for your elders. It is also one that is obsessed with its beauty standards and has trouble accepting other types of beauty. In Korea, the definition of beauty tends to mimic the general features commonly found in Caucasians, such as big, wide eyes, a tall nose bridge, a small face with a pointy chin, pale skin…

I talk to my friends about how sometimes my self esteem is hit hard when I go to Korea because my family members, especially older relatives, will not hesitate to call me out on my weight, or how tan I am, or my skin troubles.

Most of the time it comes from a good place – they worry that I will not look “pretty enough” in a society where being beautiful is strongly correlated to success in any field. Korean society is heavily tainted by lookism – when you type up “lookism” on Google, the first suggestion is “lookism in Korea.” But even comments out of concern often time are hurtful, as they are genuine and thus mean that my own family sometimes sincerely finds me “not pretty” or even “ugly.”

 

Another thing that people won’t tell you about Korea that is related to respecting your elders is the upperclassmen-underclassmen culture. One of the reasons I chose to go to university in the US as oppose to Korea is that I knew that I would have trouble dealing with the “school culture” for a lack of a better word.

Similarly to in Japan, in Korea your upperclassmen are your “선배” (suhn-baeh) and your underclassmen are your  “후배” (hoo-baeh). Underclassmen are expected to speak formally to upperclassmen and to treat them as “superiors” in general. There are definitely cases where upperclassmen are much more relaxed and don’t expect too many formalities from their underclassmen, but there are some universities in which the culture draws heavily from the army, where discipline and respect for your superiors is absolutely mandatory and there have been countless reports of accidents that happened due to the “disciplining” that goes on in some schools.

A similar vertical structure society exists in company culture, and it often times even continues on outside the office. Korean offices usually will go out to dinner as a group for a “회식” (hwei-shik). During one of these dinners, it’s disrespectful to refuse drinks that your “superiors” offer you and it is also deemed disrespectful to leave early unless you have an important issue or an emergency.

 

All in all, even though I disagree with the above things so present in Korean culture, these are also things that many in Korean society recognise as issues that must be fixed – there are many critics of the overbearing lookism in Korean culture as well as the excessive discipline and vertical hierarchy in many parts of society. But I wanted you guys to know that just like there are amazing cool things coming from Korea, there are also some distasteful things. And I don’t want you to think that I don’t like my country – I love my country, its rich culture, the people, and I love that I am from the beautiful nation of South Korea.

 

Thank you for reading;

see you soon!

 

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