Thoughts on Korean Drama – Queen of the Ring

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Promotional Poster for Queen of the Ring

This post must feel pretty random to you guys since this blog is a beauty and skincare blog and not a Korean Drama blog like Dramabeans. But I’ve just finished watching this drama and have some thoughts on it which I would like to share with you. Queen of the Ring is a 6-episode South Korean television drama starring Kim Seul-gi and Ahn Hyo-seop. The drama is one of the “Three Color Fantasy” drama trilogy by MBC and Naver.

Anyway, the premise of this drama is this: Nan-hee (Kim Seul-gi) is smart and succeeds well in everything but doesn’t believe in herself because she feels that she’s not as pretty as others. Se-Gun (Ahn Hyo-seop) is handsome and confident, but very vain and shallow; he’s on a quest to find a girl who’s his ideal type (think beautiful leggy girls with long hair) and he won’t accept anyone who’s less than perfect. One day Nan-hee receives a ring from her mother which holds a family secret: if a man will put that ring on her finger, he will see her as his ideal woman. Due to the magical ring, she gets Se-gun to see her as his ideal type, as in he literally sees her as a completely different person when under the effects of the magical ring.

Below is the Trailer for the Korean Drama Queen of the Ring.

You can click here to watch the full episodes with English subtitles if you like.

Anyway, ignoring the fact that I think that the actress playing the role of Nan-hee is actually pretty darn cute, this drama takes me back to the time when I was still in high school and feeling insecure in myself all the time. Like the protagonist Nan-Hee, it didn’t matter so much that I’m doing alright in my studies or other areas. What mattered was whether or not I think I’m pretty, or whether that cute guy that I had a crush on thinks that I’m pretty etc. My friends would probably be surprised to hear me say that because I had always portrayed a very self-assured image externally. But beneath the calm surface of the duck swimming nonchalantly is a pair of webbed legs furiously paddling in the water just to stay afloat. In fact, it wasn’t until I entered my 30s (I’m 32 this year!) that I truly began to have a strong enough self-esteem that I could disregard the careless/mean random remarks of strangers or people who aren’t close to me.

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Kim Seul-Gi is so cute!

I believe that I’m not wrong in saying that in today’s society, the importance of good looks couldn’t be overlooked. After all that is why the beauty industry is a multi-billion dollar one. The importance of good looks is especially emphasized for girls or women in general. Why do we put so much pressure on girls or women to look good? Ever notice that whenever somebody talk about a leader whether it is a political leader or a business leader, if the person is a man, there’s never any emphasis on his looks. On the contrary, if the person is a woman, it doesn’t matter what kind of achievements that person has, there’s always extra scrutiny on what that woman wears, how she looks or whether that new hair style suits her?!

Anyway, I hope that if you are struggling with your self-esteem and you are reading this post, remember that it’s ok! You are enough! You are beautiful enough! You are strong enough! You are smart enough! Believe in yourself!

Thank you for reading!

Review – The History of WHOO Jinyulhyang Essential Massage Mask

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History of Whoo Essential Massage Mask comes with a gua sha tool!

Hi guys! Today I’m going to introduce you to a very special mask from Korean’s premium luxury skincare brand – The History of WHOO. The History of WHOO’s Jinyulhyang Essential Massage Mask utilises a 5,000-year old traditional Oriental massage therapy (Gua Sha) combined with modern skincare technology to boost the skin’s elasticity and radiance. The mask comes with a gua sha rosewood massage tool to allow the essence to be fully absorbed at the spots of the face’s vital energy pathways and boosts skin’s elasticity and radiance.

Usually I’ll inform you guys about the product’s ingredients. However, this time I must confess that I really don’t have the ingredients list. This is because I’ve had this mask for around one year and I’d thrown away the leaflet that was included with this mask. There’s also no ingredients list on the product packaging. I’ve tried to find the ingredients online but frustratingly, there’s no information whatsoever on it. The only thing that I could find on the internet about the product’s ingredients is that it has concentrated ginseng extract as well as various other herbal extracts.

How does the History of WHOO Jinyulhyang Essential Massage Mask fare?

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A gel-cream type of mask with golden specks in it!

As I’ve explained in the above paragraph, this mask is a massage mask that utilises gua sha to improve the absorption of the essence into the skin to correct the nutrient deficiency in the skin. It helps to relieve tension in the facial muscles through the gua sha massage and improves water retention in the face area. Through the gua sha massage, you’ll experience much better blood circulation in the face area resulting in a healthy glow to the skin. It’s also highly moisturising so people with dry skins or more mature skins will probably appreciate this mask more.

Below I’ve included a video of the Taiwanese beauty show “Women” or “女人我最大” whereby a famous Taiwanese beauty expert Niu Er (牛爾老师)aka the founder and owner of Naruko, demonstrates how he uses the History of Whoo’s Essential Massage Mask to do the gua sha massage.

As mentioned in the above paragraph, I’ve had this product for close to a year. However, I’ve not been very consistent with using it. This is partially my own fault as sometimes I’m too lazy to do the gua sha routine that is needed when you use this mask. Nonetheless, I must say that I do love this mask as every time I used it, it makes my skin so beautifully smooth, nourished and glowing.

Now, you might have this question in your mind as to whether or not you even need this mask to do a gua sha massage. And my very honest answer is that you can absolutely try to do gua sha with other moisturising cream masks. However, I would still recommend that you try this mask. I’ve tried using the rosewood gua sha tool with other moisturising cream masks and of course, the results are better than if I just leave the moisturising cream mask on its own. BUT.. When I paired the rosewood gua sha tool with the History of WHOO essential massage mask, I could still feel a marked difference in the suppleness of my skin than if I used other masks. That’s just something about this mask that places it in a league of its own. Therefore, I would highly recommend that you check out this product if you would like to try a different type of mask from your normal sheet masks or clay masks.

Note: One thing which I need to inform you  is that after you’ve used the rosewood gua sha tool to massage your face, you must not use any soap to wash it. You just need to wipe off the mask with a slightly damp cloth and air it before you put it back into the box with the mask. This is to prevent the rosewood from getting too damp and becoming mouldy. 

Where can you find it?

This product is available at the History of WHOO beauty counter in Tangs Plaza in Orchard area.

It retails at S$95 (100 ml sized).

Thank you for reading!

 

Review – PIXI Glow Peel Pads

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I bought the PIXI Glow Peel Pads about a few months ago because I was curious about how it compares to the relatively more famous PIXI Glow Tonic. Instead of being in a liquid toner form, this product comes in pre-soaked pads that you can just wipe all over your face. However, you’ll need to note that this is a rinse off product unlike the glow tonic which is a leave-on product. I believe that this product might be more convenient for traveling as there would be no restrictions on liquids.

Let’s check out its ingredients below, shall we?

Ingredients

Water, Glycolic Acid, Aminomethyl Propanol, Glycerin, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Polysorbate 20, SD Alcohol 40-B, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Phenoxyethanol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Arginine, Tocopherol, Sodium Hydroxide, Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Chloride.

You can see from the ingredients list that like its sister PIXI Glow Tonic, the majority of the  acid it contains is glycolic acid (AHA). However, it has additional salicylic acid (BHA), lactic acid (AHA) as well as retinyl palmitate (Retinol). This product is definitely a much stronger exfoliant than the Glow Tonic.

How does the PIXI Glow Peel Pads fare?

PIXI claims that these highly effective exfoliating pads contain 20% glycolic acid to reveal brighter, healthier, more radiant skin over time and that they should be used daily in the evenings. As I’ve mentioned as above, this product is a rinse off product so you just need to leave it on for around 2 to 3 minutes before rinsing with cool water to neutralize the peel. I remembered the first time I used this product, my face literally felt as if it was going to be burnt off! I thought that my skin was used to strong acids but OMG! This really burns! I definitely do not think that this product is for acid newbies! I bear with it for around 2 minutes before I rushed to the sink to rinse it off. When I looked into the mirror, my skin looked very glowy, fresh and smooth as a baby’s bottom. For me, this product is good to refresh your skin as a weekly treatment but I think that it’s too strong for me to use it as a daily treatment.

On the other hand, I need to tell you that while I had this product in my possession, my mother was also using it. She had melasma on the right side of her cheek and asked me for product recommendations to get rid of it. So I told her to try using this product. Now, when I told her to use this product, I didn’t expect her to use it daily. I thought that she would just use it as a weekly treatment in addition to using her Vitamin C serum daily. However, she started using this product daily and within one month, her melasma was significantly diminished. She actually told me that she loves this product much more than the other milder acid toner that I gave her. So I guess that this product does what it promised and I had already repurchased it for her use!

Where can you find it?

I bought the product from ASOS online. It retails at £24.00 (60 pads).

Thank you for reading!