What does kkk mean in Korean text talk?

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’.

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Just a lil’ post on how, obviously, kkk = heeheehee


ETUDE HOUSE: ABC Lemon/Tone Clarifying sheet mask review

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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


Etude House haul review!

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

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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):

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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):

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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.

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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!


What does ㅗ mean in Korean text talk?

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!

Eating live seafood- what’s it like?

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I’ve always been curious about eating live seafood like octopus and squid, how do you eat it? What does it taste like? Is it freaky? So I asked my friends from Korea and Japan about eating live seafood and they told me quite a bit actually. Some replies were online so I have had to edit the text a little and some I received in person. All of them have tried live seafood at least once in their life, this is what they told me!

I talked to my friend Yui from Japan about seafood and she asked me if I’d eaten octopus (cooked) before. I said I hadn’t and that it looked a bit scary and she said it’s good but it “only looks bad!” She said there’s also たこのおどりぐい (Tako no odori gui) which means literally ‘octopus that’s dancing food’ and that there are few people who challenge themselves to eat it. I asked her to elaborate on eating live seafood a bit more and she explained to me (in Japanese).

“There are mainly living octopus and squid/cuttlefish, shrimp/prawn/lobster etc and the these things you eat are called odorigui, dancing food! Say, octopus, you eat it’s leg in thin broiled seaweed in case it starts shaking. When I eat the moving octopus it sticks to my mouth.”

Another Japanese friend of mine, who will go by the name Rice, explained that he had eaten live seafood but couldn’t remember in detail as he was very young. He did explain that “we call that odorigui. Odori means dance and gui means food so food dances in your mouth when you are eating it!”

I asked my friend from Korea, Jungwon, what she thought of eating live seafood and she said: “OH YEAH! It is delicious when we eat that with 초장(Chojang).”

Chojang is a special sweet and spicy red-chilli pepper sauce.

“I didnt like it when I was young, but maybe I am being old…hahaha.  It just feels somewhat good when we are chewing that. And I use many sauce so I can feel just sauce!! But finally, it is delicious *.*”

Finally, my other friend from Korea, J.W, elaborated nicely after I asked him if he’s eaten live seafood before. “Yes I’ve eaten a live piece of small octopus. I’m not that into it though.” How does it taste? “Well it doesn’t taste bad because you have it with some sesame oil that has some salt in it so it tastes aromatic. You have it on a plate, yes it’s hard to chew but they
are served to be cut into small pieces so that you can eat them smoothly.”

Here I got a little confuzzled because he said it’s cut into small pieces and so I assumed after it’s been cut up it would be dead. Apparently not.

“Ahhhh it’s still alive but you know what? It means fresh, and when you chew in your mouth its almost gone. You don’t have to worry about it at all lol just very small pieces you’d swallow.”

Are there lots of places to eat live seafood in Korea?

“Yeah there are some but not everywhere on the street lol eating live octopus is somewhat common here but it doesn’t mean we love it. On the other hand there are also some koreans who cant handle it.”


So I guess summarised, in Japan it’s slightly less common to eat moving seafood than it is in Korea, but that does not mean it’s rare, good GOD no. Both countries have different styles of serving and eating and I suppose Korea is more on the hot and spicy side of the sauce than the cool seaweed in Japan. But who knows! It’s not like I’ve interviewed the whole population, in fact I probably could have done with a few more opinions, so this is not a generalized summary it’s just based on my friends experiences. If I hear of any more from other friends I will add it to this post and share it in an update. 🙂 Later guys!

(You can find tons of videos of people eating live seafood on youtube so check it out!)