How does one leave the blog alone for 9 months? Nine whole months?? It’s enough time to have a baby in! At first it was just pure laziness but since December, it’s been hectic and CRAZY. Got accepted into nursing school and the first semester was draining. Finished putting together the detailed weekly schedule and assignments for second semester and WOW… Zombie Sam commences… today. Ow owww!!
So quick updates from now on when I need a mental break – that’s how I’m motivating myself to write! Maybe I’ll add some tidbit-y information that I learn as I go!
This is my August Birchbox. Was charged for it on the 1st, didn’t receive it until the 20th (received it on the 10th the first month and then 13th and then 16th). I keep getting it later and later… And not impressed with this box either. If my September box isn’t satisfactory, I am so canceling!!
Look at this… August is almost over and I’m finally putting up a review for my JUNE birchbox. It contains some very interesting items but I wasn’t too excited about this one. The theme was travel/jet set, I believe. And… I wasn’t going anywhere. T_T <– crying emoticon for those who don’t get it.
Items in my June Birchbox:
- Beautyblender Cleanser
- Comodynes Self Tanning Towelette
- Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect
- the Balm Staniac
- tili bag
- John Varvatos cologne
The beautyblender is a teardrop shaped foam-ish? tool that you’re supposed to use to apply your foundation, I’m assuming. I do not currently own one (maybe I will try it out in future) so I used it to clean my makeup brushes. Since the bottle did not come with any instructions, I had to Google for some. Basically, saturate your beauty tool with water, add some of the cleanser, work it into the bristles, squeeze and rinse. I cleaned my powder brush that accumulated about a week’s worth of powder foundation (bad I know). Once I saturated the brush with water and added the cleanser, I squeezed and it seemed as if all the pigment went with it down the drain. I had to clean and rinse a few more times. The cleanser is effective but I find using my Aveeno foaming face wash way easier (cheat). Since this product is formulated specifically for the beautyblender, I don’t think using it this way is the most objective review on the product. So for now, I will continue using it on my brushes… it cleans them well and they’re soft and fluffy once dry.
Comodynes Self Tanning Towelette:
This is my first time using tan towelettes. I really wish I can say the picture on the right is me purposely streaking so you can see the difference it makes on my skin…. but I can’t. XD I was very leery of using them, for good reason. Directions were to apply on clean, dry, moisturized skin. So I took a shower, used an exfoliating cloth, moisturized, waited for everything to dry, and then cut open the packages (tearing did NOT suffice). I received two towelettes and ended up using both. Once opened, each was the size of a tissue/Kleenex. I applied it all over just fine, it dried quickly. I was thinking to myself, “Wow, this is awesome! Minimal trouble for a nice tan! A lot less work involved than Banana Boat sunless tanning lotion.” I had high hopes.
The color was to develop in three hours so I went to bed an hour after. Woke up to a fair, though not intense change in color… then I noticed my thighs. And my arms. And my back. I thought I had covered everywhere on my person evenly. Apparently not. Which brings me back to BB sunless tanning lotion… it gives an instant bronze color so you know where you have applied and where you have missed. A definite PLUS. The Comodynes color isn’t too bad. It’s just not uniform and streakless. Which is what you want!!!!! D: If anyone knows what I did wrong, do let me know, just in case it is all me and not the product. I really did want to love it because it is so much easier and less time consuming than lotion…
the Balm Staniac:
This lip and cheek stain is kind of a gel. I exfoliated my lips first so it won’t be so rugged. It was easy to apply and I blended and softened it with my fingertips. The stain is a gentle, layerable product. The color is fairly nice. I would like this more if the color was more intense, without having to layer it five times or so. The photo on the far right is two layers of the stain. Although easy to use, this does not hold a candle to Benefit’s Benetint.
Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect, tili bag, John Varvatos cologne:
The Number 4 Super Comb Prep and Protect had me spraying it onto my damp hair before styling. It had a very herbal smell to it, though I still cannot identify what herbs specifically. The ingredients were all vegan, a plus. I did not notice much of a difference, except my hair was slightly less frizzy. *Disclaimer* I let my hair air dry all the time so maybe it has more of an effect if I blowdried/flat-ironed it?
Th tili bag… what can I say… it’s a fancy ziploc.
The cologne I just gave to a coworker since it was around Father’s Day and I don’t wear men’s cologne.
Birchbox… always an adventure.
Arang and the Magistrate features Lee Jun Ki (who starred in Iljimae as Iljimae) and Shin Min Ah (who starred in My Girlfriend is a Gumiho/Nine Tailed Fox).
Basically, we start off with Kim Eun Oh (Lee Jun Ki) as a wandering noble accompanied by his manservant, Dol Soe (played hilariously by Kwon Oh Jung). At this point, he is heading to Miryang to look for his mother who has been missing. Then, we see Arang (Shin Min Ah) as a very spunky, memoryless ghost who is constantly fighting with the other ghosts and is on the run from the reapers. Eun Oh can see ghosts. And hear them. And touch them. As such, he is in high demand by those seeking favors so he tries to pretend they do not exist but it doesn’t get past Arang. Basically, through some manipulation, Arang gets Eun Oh to become a magistrate of Miryang so he could help her learn her identity and solve her murder. In return, he wants to learn what became of his mother from Arang, who has his mother’s hairpin, though she knows none of this yet.
By the end of episode 4, we have been introduced to: Nobleman Choi and his son Joo Wal. These two are poised as the bad guys. Bang Wool the hilarious shaman who only wants a “fierce warrior” as a spirit to communicate with instead of troublesome Arang. Moo Young, the lead reaper/Angel of Death, who seems to have a murky past and sister (from dialogue). Jade Emperor/Lord of Heaven and Lord of Hell, both who have hilarious interactions and dialogue (“I want your body”… lmao). And we have the three stooges… in the magistrate’s office who dance to Lord Choi’s tune but are obligated to follow Eun Oh as he is the magistrate.
We know Arang is Lee Seo Rim, the murdered daughter of the previous magistrate and ex-fiance of Joo Wal. Arang is given a second chance by the Jade Emperor and the Lord of Hell. She is given a human form and sent back to Earth to find her murderer. Somehow, this is the Jade Emperor’s plan to set everything aright, from what went awry 400 years ago.
Thoughts: I’m loving this drama already!! It’s exciting, captivating, and funny. There are little dark moments here and there but it is very light-hearted overall. Lee Jun Ki and Shin Min Ah have very good chemistry on and off screen (according to many articles, they’ve been complimenting each other non-stop and like to have fun on set) so I wouldn’t be surprised if they started dating in real life. I love that LJK has fight scenes in here and that SMA is so spunky. All of the characters have enough depth in them so far and I think they will be able to build upon it as the drama progresses. I love the little hints here and there, the layering of plot. Murder mystery ftw! I love that they have that fantasy aspect in here too, very reminiscent of Hong Kong/Chinese dramas that deal with the gods, fairies, etc. This drama has me intrigued!
So at this point, the audience knows a few things and has many guesses.
- We know Eun Oh and his mother were arguing. She wanted him to live at his father’s, a nobleman, while he wanted to live with her, a lowborn. The next day, she vanishes. Who is “that bastard” his mother referred to? His father? What does it have to do with them all living separately?
- We know Arang died from a stab would and was buried. We have now speculated and probably accurately guessed Joo Wal as the culprit. Why did he kill her? Seems to have some sort of relation to that mysterious woman locked in that house. Who is that woman?
- And the full moon? Nobleman Choi and Joo Wal seem to be agitated as the full moon approaches. Joo Wal searches desperately for a girl.. and that weirdly glowing ring…
- Moo Young seems to be interesting and have some connection to what’s happening… what is his story?
- Something changed the balance of the world 400 years ago. What is it and who was involved?
- How did Arang get Eun Oh’s mother’s hairpin? It had to be “given” and she wasn’t wearing it when she died. Therefore, just as the shaman “gave” Arang the clothing Eun Oh bought, thus she was able to wear it, I think Eun Oh’s mother gave it to her after her death. Maybe that’s how Eun Oh is able to see the dead, because his mother passed the gift to him.
- The full moon seems to be a deadline for Joo Wal to find a girl that makes his ring glow weirdly (Arang). It seems that the mysterious woman in the house is the one that commands it. And, it looks like he has to kill whoever this girl is to satisfy some command of the mysterious woman. I’m guessing since seeing her pretty smile, Joo Wal probably won’t be able to carry out his duty properly. Love triangle!!!
- This is gonna be kinda far out… but I wonder if the imbalance is because of that mysterious woman. Like, if she has been alive for 400 years because she absorbs the life energy of the women who have died (ones who light that ring). I wonder if that woman is Moo Young’s sister? I don’t think it’s Eun Oh’s mother as some people have hypothesized…
- Not sure what’s going on but there’s something weird about Eun Oh’s parentage. His relationship with his father didn’t seem awesome/close, he’s wandering around with ONE servant, and he’s part high part lowborn… this has to come into play right?
- Eun Oh’s father is the reason why Nobleman Choi lost his position and had to go back to Miryang. I expect a LOT of conflict coming up.
That’s all I have right now. So looking forward to the rest of the drama!!
Not gonna lie – I’m fairly easy to annoy. I have plenty of little pet peeves. So let’s get straight to it.
Pronounced correctly: seven five zero seven five.
Pronounced incorrectly: seven five o seven five.
In that particular sequence, “0″ is a number. Zero. Not the letter “O.” Do not mix up your letters and numbers. If I give you a set of numbers like say, “two one zero two” and you repeat back “two one o two” and I say incorrect… Then yeah I’m being a picky bitch but you know what? You’re the idiot. Maybe the same one that confuses “your” and “you’re”, “loose” and “lose”, “their” and “they’re” and “there.” I’m serious. I’ve seen it happen.
No, it does not negatively impact either of our lives if you interchange the two. I’d just have more respect for your intelligence and education if the above was used properly.
My July Birchbox came in!!! As unimpressed as I was about my June box (which is still lacking a review, but not for long), I am doubly happy with my July box. It contains products I actually like and find useful. Can’t wait to review this one!!
Got my June Birchbox yesterday! Whoohoo!! Again, time to test these babies out before posting a review!
What is in my box:
beautyblender – makeup applicator cleanser
Comodynes – Self tanning towelettes
Number 4 – leave in hair treatment
the Balm Staniac – cheek and lip stain
tili bag – fancy ziploc bag for carryon travel liquids
John Varvatos cologne sample for men