So for those who have come across ‘kkk’ when talking to a Korean person online might wonder what it means – though it might be obvious to some, it may be less to others!
I for one thought that, because in English ‘kkk’ can mean ‘okay okay okay’ or ‘kay kay kay’, ‘kkk’ might mean the same thing and that this wasn’t a Korean thing they were typing. But it is indeed Korean!
‘Kkk’ is the Korean equivalent of ‘hahaha’ like ‘www’ is for the Japanese. The sound of kkk is one made with your tongue pressed against the roof of your mouth, it’s supposed to sound like a kind of stifled laughter. Obviously this doesn’t mean people actually laugh like this in real life, some do some don’t, it’s just text talk to show laughter. Like ‘haha’ or ‘lol’.
Just a lil’ post on how, obviously, kkk = heeheehee
Yoyo, gonna get straight into it babys because my final exam is next week and I’ve gotta revise EYYY!
But yes this is my review of the Lemon sheet mask (part of the Etude House ABC collection), which claims to tone and clarify your skin.
I used this mask after I’d had a shower and it specifies on the back to use toner on your skin before you apply it – which I did! I use toner by the brand Simple, it’s gentle and well, simple! I never use anything too crazy on my skin – personally the more expensive something is the less it makes me want to purchase it (unless it’s through delivery prices from Korea to England hohoho).
So, the instructions are:
1.) Apply toner to the skin after cleansing
2.) Apply the mask
3.) Remove after 15-20 minutes and lightly massage the remaining solution into your skin
This mask is fabulous! It felt so refreshing after I’d laid it on my face, my skin felt cool and hydrated and once I’d taken it off it definitely felt refreshed!
Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of my skin beforehand, all I can say is that it was pretty normal but dull and tired. Here is a couple of photos after the mask had been removed:
My skin was considerably brighter, it DID feel toned and clarified as well – they’ve got the description right!
Personally I have an oily T-zone so this didn’t really last all day when it came to keeping the balance of my skin as I has some oil production later on naturally but that’s not exactly what it was supposed to do anyway. It lived up to it’s name and I’d definitely use it again!
I’ve got 9 more of these masks to get through so I’ll be reviewing them m’dears, laters! :3
So, I wonder how many of you have come across ‘OTL’ before? (Orz, STO and Or2 are variations – scroll down for an explanation!)
Well I spent a whole week going ‘whatthefrigdoesitmean?!’ after my friend kept adding it to the ends of her sentences!
OTL doesn’t actually stand for anything, you’re not supposed to take each individual letter and assume it has a hidden meaning, look at it as a whole. A sideways…whole. yeah it’s meant to depict someone on their hands and knees in despair.
The O is the head.
The T is the back (horizontal line) and arms (vertical line).
The L is the legs which are bent!
When is it used? Well whenever you want to show you feel defeated or unhappy or exhausted. Something along those lines – it can be used, I suppose, in the same way that ‘smh’ (shaking my head) is used! Think of it as an equivalent. A clever one! I didn’t even realise the defeated looking person until I was told what OTL actually meant, till then I was searching for acronyms!
E.g. ‘I tried to find it in the shop but I couldn’t see it anywhere OTL’
ADDITIONALLY, OTL can be altered, there’s variations of it. They all depict someone on their hands and knees:
Orz = r is the arm and upper back, z is the lower back and legs
STO = T is the arms and back, S is the legs
Or2 = r is the upper back and arms and 2 is the lower back and legs
Personally I think Orz and STO add a bit of bum in there, love it. :3
USE IT PEEPS IT’S FUN AS HECK! And even funnier when I use all these Korean text talk thingymajiggies and my friends are like ‘what the heck does that mean?’
Okellydokelly – excuse the late post! Exam season luv! (The first review is at the bottom of this post!)
About 1 month ago I ordered a pile of Etude House shiz from yesstyle.co.uk (although I accidently used the .com site but it still came within a week!) and I’ve decided I should probably review it!
For those who don’t know Etude House is a popular Korean cosmetic brand and chain. According to E, Etude House is ‘cheap’ (used in a rather negative way) but there we go! Literally any cosmetic brand from Korea is better than a lot of Western brands in my eyes but we’ll see!
So as the list goes:
Dear Girls Cute Eyes Maker
The ‘Olive’ and ‘Royal Jelly’ Blending Sleeping Cream – the spoons!
5 pack of Aloe Moistfull sheet masks
10 pack of the ABC (alphabet) sheet masks.
The 5 free gifts I got with the 10% off and free shipping deal baby oh yeahhhh. Honestly it wasn’t much but I got an Etude House peel, a cream, a bb cream and two cleansing washes. All in packets the size of my palm.
What I’m going to do is review everything BUT the ABC sheet masks because it’s going to take me a while to get through all the masks and so whenever I use one I’ll just review it afterwards. Savvy?
SO DING DONG I’ll put a review in at the bottom here.
The Dear Girls Cute Eyes Maker.
The Packaging? Is so cute, it’s really adorable! I love the bouncy twist the sides have when you open them and it’s sweet and pink! :3
Here you can see it does provide brief instructions, stating that one side (darker brown) is step 1 and step 2 is the other (light shimmery pink). According to the instructions (which also came in the form of stickers next to ‘step 1 and step 2’ that I peeled off) you’re supposed to achieve cute eyes – puffy shimmery eyes – by applying the darker colour in thelower crease of your eyes that appears when you smile and squint your eyes (further below your lash line, almost under your eyeball) and the pinky colour should go just below your lash line and in the inner corners of your eyes as demonstrated below.
Many Korean groups have advertised for Etude House, here Sulli from f(X) models for this particular product.
Here’s a shot of the actual applicators and the colours(shimmery pink on the left and the brown on the right):
The product itself is actually stored in the lids that are removed (as shown above) which I’ll post below here (brown on the left, pink on the right):
So as for the application? If I’m being honest, the darker colour is harder to apply to the skin around the eyes than the pinky colour for me. Maybe it was my particular stick but I have to rub it a few times for the colour to be noticeable beneath my eyes but then again it is supposed to be subtle – a little is enough for a very subtle look I suppose. The shimmery pink appears after a couple of stroke as it’s glittery appearance makes it slightly more easily noticeable. It’s very pretty and does definitely wake up your eyes well!
Here are a couple of swatches on my hand, left brown right pink, I’ve done two swatches of each colour – the top swatch is applied with a light hand without much pressure at all – the swatch below it is applied with a little rubbing.
As you can see, and sorry if it’s slightly hard to get a good view of these swatches, the brown can appear nice and obvious when rubbed a bit but if no pressure is applied it’s very light and not noticeable really at all.
The pink, though it doesn’t seem much on the skin of a hand, doesn’t need much to appear obvious. It might be hard to see much of the first swatch which was applied with a light-hand but on eyes it’s not necessary to apply as much as the bottom swatch which was applied with a bit more pressure. Keep in mind that skin around the eyes is delicate and will move more than hand skin which can easily be pulled taut. For this reason rubbing too hard with the applicators doesn’t do much as the skin simply moves with the applicator if you know what I mean.
Anyhoodledoodle – this product isn’t bad but I don’t use it that often myself! It’s a lovely product but doesn’t give the exact looks many hop for sometimes and whilst it can make your eyes look very sweet the brown colour doesn’t seem to show up very well unless it’s applied well. So that’s my personal review here! Woowooo!
Laters homies. Myahaha!
So I saw my Korean friend E sending me all these ㅗ’s over whatsapp and I honestly thought it was just a typo every time! Maybe he was switching his keyboard language by accident or maybe he was messaging Korean friends and forgot to change it back when messaging me but noooooo.
I never actually asked, he told me! ㅗ is pronounced O yes but it’s an internet slang in Korea. You don’t read it as a word, you don’t speak it, it’s meant to depict ‘giving someone the finger’. Haha! Use it between close friends as you would in English, probably not people you’ve just met unless you’re using it to reference somebody else and you’re not using it against the person you’re talking to (even if it’s in a jokey way). You can never be too careful! Though of course mistakes equal knowledge. (:
So ㅗ meaning sticking your middle finger up at someone can be ‘internet slang defined’ as either saying ‘fuck off’ to someone in a jokey way or maybe in a serious way depending on the context. To be honest, not many of us send the angry emoticon online to anyone we’re genuinely irritated with, we tend to send no emoticons to show seriousness so I’d use this in the same way.
The way E used it though was in a way similar to ‘fml’ in English. We were talking about his college admission and how he didn’t like he had a communal bathroom and he was in a jokey-irritated mood, like not seriously irritated-irritated but irritated but joking about it too and he just sent ‘ㅗㅗㅗ’ to me after he’d had a rant – he was using it against the college because he was annoyed about how he didn’t have a single or ensuit bathroom and also in the sense that he felt his situation was a bit crap! For example; ‘God in this college I have to use a shared bathroom….ㅗ’. E said it against the college but also in a way that was like ‘…oh for gods sake I have to share a bathroom with other people….fml’.
In short – ㅗ = giving the middle finger – E encouraged me to use this with my friends, hohoho. They’ll never know what it means! So there you go, now you know what it means if a Korean person ever sends you one!
Why do Koreans have such perfect skin?
Why do Koreans care so much about their skin?
Why is skincare so important in Korea, why do even Korean men take such good care of their skin, why why why why why?!
There’s so many questions on Korean skincare and so many ways to word those questions. Let me go over the most common queries.
1.) Why is skincare such a big deal in Korea?
Well it’s not just Koreans that takes such close care of their skin, but I see your point. Korea is known for it’s attention to detail when it comes to skincare. There are a few reasons for this indeed, one of which is that Korea is very appearance centred. Now I don’t mean this in a bad way – again Korea has it’s reasons. But the overall image Koreans go for is naturally beautiful, and how can you uphold that image with visible breakouts and redness and cracks everywhere?
If there’s something on your skin, people will notice, especially in a society that focuses on looks quite often. To be honest, it doesn’t matter if you accentuate your eyes beautifully, or you wear a dramatic lipstick, if your skin doesn’t look healthy or clean, your art will be overlooked. Healthy skin is a sign of overall health, this doesn’t mean that everyone who experiences breakouts or pimples is unhealthy, it’s just that healthy skin most often means you’re a healthy person. So to achieve the natural and effortless beauty image, clear and, if possible, flawless skin is a must.
2.) Why do even men take such good care of their skin?
This has mostly been answered in the above response however it is also to do with the difference in Korean men’s beauty standards. In Korea, pretty much everything cosmetic nowadays is unisex. All make-up can be worn by both genders and, unless a product specifies a gender, hygienic, cleansing and moisturising products are also unisex. My male Korean friend E and I, as I mentioned in another post, are exchanging cosmetics from our countries and I ended up showing him the Revlon CC Cream that has recently been released. It’s clearly aimed at women, but he just said he didn’t care! I was like ‘okay!’ nyaha! In fact he even went as far as mentioning that a lot of men in Korea don’t go for ‘male cosmetics’ because they tend to smell too strong – LYNX is unheard of over there.
Men, as well as women, are usually expected to take care of their skin – cleansing is a no-brainer for them over there. All types of masks are used – clay, peel off and most commonly sheet masks are regularly applied to maintain hydrated and clean skin. In fact, if you check the packaging of most sheet masks, the majority will have come been made in Korea! As I mentioned above, additionally, using BB creams and CC creams is completely normal for men. When I mentioned that everything cosmetic was unisex in Korea, this includes beauty standards! Achieving the naturally attractive image is important for men as well so decent skin is again, a must!
3.) Why does Korea as a whole promote skin care so much more?
Again, a lot of this comes down to Korea’s society and how it views and holds appearance as an important aspect of somebody. I will write a blog post on this topic soon. But what I can mention is that appearance can affect someone’s chances of becoming employed. EYK talked about how Korea has acknowledged the unfair truth that people who tend to be slightly ‘more attractive’ in general also tend to have the advantage of using their looks to get their way, seem a better option or even more employable in some cases which is why Korean companies, employers etc. always require a photo of you on your CV. In response to this, Korea has tried to “level out the playing field” by providing and promoting plastic surgery. But plastic surgery is another story, one you have find blog posts about EVERYWHERE so there’s no shortage of information about that. Check out EYK’s tl;dr video on the subject of plastic surgery, they cover literally everything you could possibly ask about Korea in general and more. Skin care is one of many elements that can contribute to an attractive image as is plastic surgery. In short? Korea promotes skincare so much in order to encourage people to achieve healthy, clear skin. Whether that’s for their own personal health or because they want to appear attractive to other people – that’s up to them, as it is everywhere in the world!
4.) Why are Korean skincare products so good?!
Why do you think! Korean skincare industries want to produce attractive people or to create a certain image, this involves having clear skin. The best way to go about this, and to obviously keep their businesses running of course, is to listen to the consumer. There are TONS AND TONS AND TONS of different needs, conditions, skin types and of course consumers who each require a certain product that will tend to their own personal needs. Therefore, in order to keep all these different levels of skin conditions at a certain desirable stage, one must listen to what the consumer wants and needs and give it to them in order to actually achieve their aim – healthy, clear skin. Unlike other countries ,who may possess certain companies that produce products advertised as fantastic spot removers or that help to clear skin immediately but really do crap all in order to make money, Korea listens to the consumer and provides them with what is necessary to achieve their certain image. The reason Korea has less companies that produce products for money and more companies that genuinely listen to the consumer is because they have this aim of creating clear, healthy skin. Other western countries don’t have this aim, and even though we do have genuine companies that make the effort to tend to the consumers actual needs, we don’t have this goal to achieve like Korea does. It has been estimated that Korean skincare technology is 12 years ahead of US skincare technology. That’s how good they are!!
Now I’m not saying that European, Australian, American, or any other non-Korean brands of cosmetics don’t tend to the consumer or work very well because a lot of them do. The brand ‘Simple’ is great for me! I also have a Japanese moisturiser called Yu-Be which I reviewed and that’s fantastic for plump skin. It just depends who you are. I am however saying that since Korea spends so much time and effort into creating skincare products with the aim of actually effectively treating skin, their products are most likely going to be…well…very effective! They take advantage of natural resources, plants, rocks, clays, muds, certain waters, oils and juices and fish! Many other countries do the same thing, it’s just that Korea’s paid a lot more attention to this whole industry than anyone else for their own reasons and I know from personal experience that any sheet mask made in Korea is seriously the shiz.
So there’s a couple of the most common questions on Korean skincare which really only go over the basics I’m sure. Anyhoodledoodle! My favourite Korean skincare products personally are those from SkinFood and Laneige! I also lurve Innisfree oh my god, Innisfree peel of jelly softeners that remove the dead skin cells are amazing. Oft!
Personally I’m all for keeping healthy and ever since the beginning of 2013 I’ve been exercising a lot more than I used to. I came across Blogilates on youtube and my god Cassey Ho has changed my life. She’s the most motivating and fun Pilates instructor I’ve ever come across and she really puts in so much work to encourage people to become fit and healthy.
I came across her POP Pilates series in early 2013 and I’ve loved it ever since, dance cardio is probably the only cardio I enjoy doing and I cannot stop…because she has PSY cardio!
The Gangnam Style cardio is brilliant!! It’s sexy and fun and really gets your heart rate up but not to the point where you want to die – it’s so do-able and I LOVE Fridays even more now because both the PSY cardio workouts are on the January calendar that I’m following nyaha!
The Gentleman cardio is also fantastic, it’s all on the floor so if you don’t have carpet get.a.bloody.mat. or a towel or something! Also quite sexy and just as cheeky and fun as the song. I luuurveee PSY cardio and really really, hope Cassey does another PSY cardio when his next single comes out. OFT!
Check them out and when I come across any more KPOP workouts I lurve I’ll let you know!