My Favorite Things – March

I started my spring quarter the last week of March and went, “Wow, it’s already April.” I thought I would start off the month (on my blog) by talking about a few of the things I enjoyed this last month. Warning: Long post ahead.

Beauty/Skincare

I can’t believe there is even a beauty product on this list but it’s true. I decided I wanted to try and wear some more makeup. I didn’t want to start wearing full coverage makeup though (maybe one day), so decided to try out Dr. Jart’s Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment with SPF 30.

The cream is green to combat redness and has a bunch of skincare benefits (that I don’t know on the top of my head). If you’re hearing about color correcting for the first time, supposedly the theory is to combat the issue with the opposite color. So green to fight redness. You’ll often see this in primers or concealers.

For the Dr. Jart Tiger Grass cream, I can tell I’m wearing something on my face but it looks really natural. On certain areas of my face, the redness is really harsh so I wasn’t expecting the cream to fully cover the redness but I did find that the cream does help lessen the redness on my face.

I want to eventually ease into using primer and a foundation or BB cream/cushion but haven’t decided on the right product yet. Maybe eventually an oil cleanser since I started to put more stuff on my face.

For skincare, I’ve been consistently using the Son & Park’s Beauty Water and also Origin’s Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash. For moisturizer, I use Belief’s Aqua Bomb. If you have a Sephora nearby, all of these products can be found there. All of these products are amazing, so I highly recommend each and every one of them! For reference, I have combination skin but I’m pretty sure all of these products fit well with each skin type.

For instance, the Belief Aqua Bomb has a gel-like and lightweight consistency so I would also recommend this product for anyone who has oily skin.

Books

Kazu Kibuishi is one of my favorite artists. If you’re familiar with the anniversary edition of Harry Potter (the blue covers), he’s done the covers for that set. One of the graphic novel series he’s known for though is The Amulet series. I’ve only read the first volume so far but I’m really loving the series! I would say this is also a graphic novel series that can be enjoyed by a wide variety of ages, including children.

Here’s the summary for the first volume:

Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a giant robot—and two ordinary children on a life-or-death mission.

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids’ mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.

Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.

The only reason I’ve only read the first volume is because I want to buy a print version of each book. And I only had money for the one volume so I’m waiting until my paycheck to buy the second one.

I’ve also been reading The Stormlight Archive. I have probably mentioned this so many times that people are tired of hearing it but I can’t stop gushing how great the series is. I’ve been catching new things on my reread, such as how “voidbringers” (the enemy in the series) are seen as monsters but I’ve been thinking, are they really?

The summary for the upcoming third book is out and it briefly mentions “Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.” Parshmen are enslaved voidbringers (basically). And Kaladin probably relates to them, relates to the enemy, because he was a slave.

I think it brings up interesting questions. I really enjoy The Stormlight Archive because it brings up moral questions all from the character’s point and view and not the author’s. I feel like a lot of series sometimes fall into the problem where they’re talking about a theme or message but comes off as off-putting because the message or theme is told by the author’s voice and not the characters.

TV Shows

I’ve been loving the Korean drama Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. A criticism I’ve seen about the series is that there are too many plot lines. One of the plot line is too serious and the other is too light. But I actually enjoy the mix of seriousness and comedy! And of course, like most Korean dramas, the romance is super cheesy but still swoon-worthy, haha.

Bong-Soon (Park Bo-Young) was born with superhuman like strength. Her strength is hereditary and passed along only to the women in her family. Her dream is to create a video game with herself as the main character. One day, Bong-Soon helps out a bus driver who is being attacked by a thug. Soon, a small mob of thugs attack Bong-Soon, but she is easily able to wipe the floor with them. During this time, Min-Hyuk (Park Hyung-Sik) drives up to the scene of Bong-Soon beating up the group of thugs. Min-Hyuk is the CEO of video gaming company Ainsoft. He has recently received anonymous threats and even followed by an unknown person. Min-Hyuk believes Bong-Soon would make a great bodyguard with her amazing strength. Besides offering Bong-Soon high pay, he even offers her the chance of working in the planning department of his gaming company if she does well.

Meanwhile, crimes against women take place in the neighborhood where Bong-Soon lives. Detective Kook-Doo (Ji Soo) also lives in the same neighborhood. They have been friends since they were kids. Bong-Soon is also madly in love with him, but he has a girlfriend. Kook-Doo tries to solve the case and Bong-Soon and Min-Hyuk are pulled in.

In my last post, I talked about a few of the lows of Urban Fantasy as a genre and now that I think about it, Korean dramas also have a lot of tropes and cliches. And despite the fact that they exist, I (for some reason) still really enjoy watching them.

And that’s all for TV shows. I started watching Voltron on Netflix but I’ll reserve judgement until I’m done watching the series. One thing I really enjoy about Netflix is their offline viewing once you download an episode (or more). These days I’ve been watching an episode whenever I bus back home from work. And the bus ride is about an hour or so, so it’s the perfect amount of time to fit one episode in!

Misc

And that’s it for my favorites! One of my favorite K-Pop groups called Winner is coming out with new songs the first week of April which I’m really excited about!!

I’m actually leaving tomorrow to go to an out-of-state trip with my sister and a couple friends, so I’ll be documenting that as soon as my roll of film is developed! I’m really excited because it’s going to be my first trip without parent supervision, haha. Which some people might find weird, seeing as I am already in my mid-twenties but it’s not all that odd considering my dad is really strict. And this may mean I might not have a lot of time to do blog-related things but I’ll try to actively catch up on my blog-reading when I’m back.

Thanks for reading!

Wants to become a better reader and writer. Currently studying library and information science. Currently doing the 100 Books for 2017 challenge.

6 Comments

  • Tara says:

    I love Son & Park’s Beauty Water, but if I only use that, my acne flares up, I think, so I pair that up with Benton Aloe Toner, and it helps :D

    I know of Kazu Kibuishi, but not of The Amulet series, so thanks for the heads up of it :) Graphic novels/comics are things I love, so I’ll keep an eye on it.

    Enjoy your trip! I can’t wait to hear about your adventure! I can understand your strict dad, though. My mum was pretty strict and protective, too, but I rebelled against her. If it didn’t rest well with me, I would argue with her, haha!

  • Claudine says:

    That Korean drama is intriguing because it has a really fun premise! Maybe I should try watching it as well! :)

    Enjoy your trip, I bet it’s going to be really fun! I don’t find your situation odd at all, I can relate because my parents are also strict with me! Haha! I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures! :D

  • Chynna says:

    My best friend bought me a Mac makeover for my birthday last year and I remember the MUA was telling me about colour correcting. I was like “Photoshop?” Hahaha. The concept is pretty cool, though. Let us know how your makeup journey goes :D

    There are so many books I need to read! My list is neverending.

    I haven’t watched a Korean drama in a while. I go through phases where I’ll binge watch dramas for the longest time and then I’ll stop watching altogether for months at a time. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon sounds really interesting though. I know what you mean about Korean dramas falling into a lot of tropes and cliches – I think that’s what makes them so great, though. They’re familiar ones that people can usually relate too or just find cheesy and great in general.

    Have fun on your trip!

  • Cassidy says:

    I’m glad that you’ve found some products that work well with your skin. I have a redness problem too and I definitely hope to invest in some kind of primer to help with that.

    I’m familiar with Kazu Kibuishi and I love his artwork. I’ve heard of the Amulet series and I’ve wanted to get into for some time now. I guess I’ll have to make more of an effort.

    Have fun on your trip!

  • Nancy says:

    Skincare is great! You have to do whatever it takes to preserve your skin and keep it from wrinkling too early. Dr. Jart’s is probably something I need considering how I have some redness on my skin @__@. I’ve heard a lot about BB creams but never gave it a try before. I like how you’re not going straight for the super popular brands (unless these are super popular :p). Glad to hear that you’ve been having a great experience with these products so far.

    Glad that you’re enjoying The Amulet series so far. Hope you’ll have the chance to enjoy the rest of the volumes soon! When I was in high school, teachers are always asking what the author is trying to convey. They made it seem like the only way to tell a story is through the author’s voice, not through their characters. I wasn’t too much of a fan of it because it made the characters look like puppets rather than an actual character.

    I feel like all TV shows have a lot of cliches these days. Though, every time I watch a TV show, I see a love interest (Iron Fist). I’m here wondering if there will ever be a hit TV show without love interests :’)..

    Have fun with your trip! It’s fine that this is your first trip without your parents. We all have to experience it at some point. My parents are super strict as well and I fly alone because of work :’).

  • Georgie says:

    I’m in my mid-twenties and still live with my parents, so I completely understand feeling like you are supervised. :) You’re not alone, and definitely shouldn’t be ashamed about it :)

    I have dry skin most of the time. I have heard of what you can do to colour correct but I don’t know much about it. I don’t go beyond the moisturiser and sunscreen! I also have pretty clear skin so no problems with redness, either.

    I think you put this really well, I can’t explain how or why but you did:

    I feel like a lot of series sometimes fall into the problem where they’re talking about a theme or message but comes off as off-putting because the message or theme is told by the author’s voice and not the characters.

    I think it has something to do with the way the author writes, like in narration, rather than really expressing through the dialogue of the characters. You really want to feel like you are reading a story told from a non-biased point of view.

    I have never tried to watch a Korean drama but my brother enjoys them from time to time. As with any show, though, there are always going to be tropes and cliches but sometimes that seriously is just what gets you in! There are two similar shows in Australia called Home and Away, and Neighbours, and they are both soapie-style dramas about what happens in a small town. It’s a trope that everyone sleeps with everyone and when they break up they just move onto the next person, and there’s weird stuff like exes coming back into town, people going to jail… really stupid stuff but you can’t help but watch. Haha.

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