Current K-Drama: Trot Lovers

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This is the first post I’ve done on a Kdrama before and I think that is absolutely crazy because these shows are my primary form of entertainment. Sometime last year I did a post on kpop well I also love to watch dramas and Trot Lovers is the one I am currently watching. This is just a quick post with my thoughts on the show.

First this is my favorite type of drama. It has the dramatics of course but it is hilarious and also has romance. The cast I love them all and I am so surprisingly happy with Shin Sung-roc as Jo Geun-woo. The only other thing I had seen him in was My Love from Another Star and I hated him because you know he was the bad guy and did terrible things but in Trot Lovers he is one of the funniest actors in a drama I’ve seen in a while. Just his personality, how blunt he is and I think mainly how different in a good way he is from My Love from Another Star. I haven’t decided who I ship yet it is going to be a very tough choice between the two male leads. I will probably end up torn like with Boys Over Flowers.

I like that it has music. I loved Dream High 1 and 2. Monstar was also a great drama that centered around music. Since I love kpop so much when I know it is musically based I’m going to want to watch and this doesn’t disappoint whatsoever. The voices are very good.

From the loan sharks and how funny they are to the way Jang Joon-hyun is with Choi Choon-hee’s younger sister it makes me laugh and touches my heart. If you’ve never watched a Kdrama or are searching for a new one I highly recommend this one. It’s feel good and has such a happy vibe. If you’re also watching let me know your thoughts on the show and the cast!

Kelly

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Beauty on a Budget

I decided last week that I would break my habit of purchasing the more expensive make-up brands for the smaller tools of my make-up routine. After browsing the web and asking my fellow co-bloggers for advice, I stopped by Walgreens to try the following make-up.

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I’m using Revlon’s Photoready Concealer per Kelly’s suggestion, and I love it. The container, as you can see, lets you apply it like lipstick. You don’t need to use a lot, nor do you use too much since it’s not liquid. All you need to do to finish is use your finger to even it out. The coverage is smooth enough so that it doesn’t gather in your crinkles (not wrinkles!), but it does last all day and evening without having to reapply.

I was on the prowl for new liquid eyeliner too. I did use Estee Lauder’s in the past, but in order to save a few bucks I decided to test Revlon’s Skinny Liquid Liner. I haven’t had good experiences with other inexpensive liners, but this one wins my stamp of approval. It has a super thin applicator tip that allows for very fine lines, and after the first full day and night it stayed in place. It will smear if you get it wet and then rub it, but it won’t run simply from being wet. It lasted through a full day’s worth of my worst allergies, so it’s good stuff.

Retail Prices (Walgreens):

Revlon Photoready Concealer:  $10.79

Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner:  $7.99

 

Milani

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt the need the fill out my brows. I’m a natural dark blonde and so my eyebrows are sparse and fairly light. I think that nicely shaped full brows are what make a face, so to speak. Now I’ve always used a fine tipped pencil, but I’ve heard a lot of women say they use brow powder and/or gel.

Hence my recent purchase of Milani’s Brow Fix Kit and Brow Tint Pen. First I’d like to say that Milani’s Brow Fix Kit is a little bundle of awesome. It has three hues of powder. One hue is for highlighting, and the other two fill the brows. A magnified mirror and three tools come within as well: Angled brush, sponge tip, and teeny tweezers. You might think this is overkill, and normally I never use the miniature tools in these silly little kits. With this one, I do! I tweeze away the randoms, highlight with sponge tip, and fill with the angled brush all while using that nifty built in mirror. As for quality of the make-up, the powders really cling to the skin well and I don’t have to reapply during the day.

For a really defined look, I also purchased Milani’s Brow Tint Pen. This pen has a super tiny tip that allows you to get a more defined yet natural look. It really helps with the areas of my brow that are sparse as the tiny marks it leaves looks just like tiny hairs. The gel also helps the powder stick better and helps the whole look last longer. Good for a night out on the town!

Retail Prices (Walgreens):

Milani Brow Fix Brow Kit:  $6.79

Milani Brow Tint Pen:  $6.49

 

Let me know if you have any suggestions for good quality inexpensive make-up products!

Britney

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A Geek on Mars

When you live in an area devoid of everything you like and are interested in it makes you feel like a martian. Or at least I do anyway. I live in a very small town in the south where you have to drive at least an hour in any direction to get to a bigger city to do any sort of shopping or have any form of entertainment. I am no where near a city that has comic con or any sort of convention for that matter so I feel like I’m alone in my fandoms, I don’t have people to share these things with. Except for all of you of course and that’s what brought me to think about this topic. If you live in a rural area how do you stay connected to all of your favorite geeky things? For me the main things being anime and manga. It all comes from one source and that is my internet connection. Where oh where would I be without it. I need it to read manga I also need it for my streaming apps netflix and hulu to watch all of my favorite shows. Without it I would not be able to connect with any of you either. I find myself doing the same things over and over. Watch the show. Get to the checkpoint. It all becomes a bit repetitive. What are we to do without these things though? That’s where my hobbies come in. As geeks we think differently and are so very creative and in the midst of technology I think a lot of that gets lost. I wanted to share my hobbies with you guys because at times I wasn’t sure what to do with myself and it’s nice to have an outlet to channel my creativity with my own geeky spin on things.

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Drawing is my primary hobby. I love it because I can draw all of my favorite characters from the shows I watch. After drawing I always have such a profound respect for the artists that create and give life to these characters I’ve grown to care for so much. The subtleties that you may not have noticed before like the intricacies of their clothing. I don’t get to go to cosplay events or anime conventions but I feel connected  when I draw and it opens me up to a community online of others that also draw and love these characters just as much as I do. I don’t get to connect in person but in this way I’m still able to.  (These are both my drawings ^-^ I’m quite proud of them)

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My favorite colored pencils are prismacolor they blend out so well and glide effortlessly while giving you brilliant color. For markers I use both copic and prismacolor. I don’t have a preference with markers both brands work very well. For inking my drawings I do prefer pigma sensei because of the very fine tips you are able to get and it makes doing things like hair and detail work much easier than using a bolder marker with a light hand.

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My other hobby is crochet. I stumbled upon amigurumi dolls a few years back and thought they were the cutest things I had ever seen. I made this little guy for my dad for fathers day 2 years ago. I have also made a Sakura doll from Naruto and I am currently working on making Shikamaru. I like this hobby a lot because any character or geeky item that I like if I have yarn I can make it. I don’t have to travel anywhere or go out of my way to buy plushies I can just make them. I didn’t have anyone teach me I decided I wanted to learn how so I looked up videos on youtube and it taught me everything I know. Youtube is a very useful tool. I also watch drawing tutorials in hopes of bettering myself. Mark Crilley has excellent videos if you want to improve upon your anime drawings.

I don’t have a preference when it comes to crochet hooks mine are all boye brand but I think any would work just fine. My favorite yarn is called I Love This Yarn. Nice marketing lol but really it is very good quality yarn and is always very soft. The times I’ve made beanies with it they’re never itchy. For making amigurumi I do prefer a stiffer yarn and for that I like Red Heart. I like this very much because you can get it in bulk for quite cheap. Below is Ollie the octopus I made him well on a whim and I think he turned out adorable.

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These are the things I do when I’m not watching anime, reading manga, reading books, or playing video games. I believe we all have the ability to make wonderful things as long as we keep at it and practice. I have people all the time tell me that they suck at drawing. I wasn’t very good when I first started in fact I was awful but if you put in the effort it will show. With crochet I don’t look at it as a skill. People will tell me I’m talented but I think anyone can do it as long as you can follow instructions. Everyone can be great at what they want to be just put in the effort and all of your hard work will pay off.

If you also live in small town like me just know things like these hobbies help to feel connected. You are not alone. You are not weird because you’re the only one that likes the things you like. You are not the only one. There are millions of people just like you. You just have to find your own way to connect and that is one of our biggest goals here at geeky ‘n girly is connecting and bringing together those just like us. Thank you all for all of your continued support 🙂 If you also have a hobby that expresses your inner geek don’t hesitate to share them.

 

– Kelly

Kirby

 

 

Where All My Bad Girls At?

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Hello to all my bad girls out there it’s Kelly with this weeks makeup monday. If you haven’t guessed already today I’m doing a CL from 2ne1 inspired look. I watched her latest mv The Baddest Female and just loved her eye makeup and the way her hair was styled in the scene with the cars and you can see GDragon, Youngbae and Teddy. This look is quite different than hers I really wanted to play up some colors. I didn’t do a tutorial for the hair but don’t worry here is a video of Martina doing her hair the same way. Surprisingly she did this video months ago maybe CL watches EYK though they did criticize the video a lot it’s the only time I haven’t agreed with Simon and Martina still love them though 🙂

What I did different is I put my hair in high pig tails then rolled them under.

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Please excuse the allergy eyes it’s pretty much summer in florida lol. I started with benefit stay don’t stray eye primer and used my mac paint pot in painterly on top of that. I do that because my veins under my brow bone can be pretty visible with my fair skin and I just used a white matte eyeshadow on my lid.

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Here I’ve just put a pale matte salmon color over the white.

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I was forgetting to take the pictures (bows head) sorry so this is a few steps. On the outer portion of the eyelid meeting about in the center I used a hot pink shade and just patted it on with a stiff brush blending it after then I used a dark purple color on my crease extending out past the eye and up towards the brow bone. Then on the inner corner and my brow bone I used a soft shimmery beige color.

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I noticed CL had a second small wing on her lower lash line here I am using a small eyeliner brush I used the same dark purple and lined up under my lashes about a third of the way then created a wing going downward.

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Here I’ve used a white eyeliner on my lower water line and a black gel liner along my upper lash line extending slightly past in the inner corner and keeping it as thin as possible.

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Now just create a flick going upwards. I like to look at my lower water line and use that as my guide.

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Make a line connecting the tip to about the center of the eye making a straight diagonal line.

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Now fill it in and line your water line a third of the way.

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Add mascara and you’re done! CL had some blues and yellows to her shadows but I really wanted to work with pinks and purple plus it matched my bandana. Work with what you’ve got right lol. Also Britney and I both have green eyes mine are dark and hers are light but pinks go really well with green eyes. I just loved her new single and the video as well. It’s received some negative criticism but I absolutely loved it she’s so beautiful and just gets prettier and prettier. She’s such a strong young woman and someone to definitely look up to. Thank you for reading I’ll list all the products below. Have fun with you’re makeup and like I’ve said before just enjoy being a girl and do the unnie 🙂

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Eyeshadow:Loreal HIP studio secrets animated duo the matte white shade, Urban decay naked basics palette Venus shade on inner corner and brow bone, Urban decay Oz palette in Glinda magic is the hot pink shade and tornado is the purple, Ariel sephora storylook palette Sebastian is the salmon color

Eyeliner: Maybelline eye studio gel liner in blackest black and Rimmel london eye pencil in pure white

Mascara: Maybelline the falsies combined with Benefit bad gal lash

Kelly

K-POP

For this who, what and why Wednesday I am going to discuss one of my very favorite forms of entertainment and that would be music, but not just any genre of music today we’re talking kpop. I had heard it before but never really payed attention much it wasn’t until i discovered the ulzzang makeup style that I became absolutely obsessed. First I liked the japanese gyaru style then I saw the ulzzang makeup style and I liked it better so I would watch youtube videos on how to achieve the look and playing in the background was Ma boy 2 by Electroboyz feat. Hyorin of Sistar.

I was immediately hooked. I had to find the video to watch which I put above and from the super cute boys, pretty girls and just really fun happy styling of the song that’s where I fell in love with kpop. I know I know I’m a little late it’s been around for so long now but that doesn’t make me love it any less. I used to work all by myself in this big building on the weekends and when I got there I would go in turn everything on put my phone on Pandora and put it on my kpop station and blare it as I worked. Pandora is what really helped me find other bands that I like as well as just browsing around on youtube. Everyone has their favorite groups and so help you if bash their bias lol but my favorite of all time is Big Bang.

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G-dragon is and will always be my bias he’s so cute and incredibly talented I could go on and on. This group as a whole though is what makes me like it. I have yet to find a song that I don’t like and all of the members personalities are so great. I also have a favorite girl group and that would be 2ne1.

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I know keeping it in the yg family. I love this group so much just like big bang they have the cutest personalities and seeing them interact with each other is very entertaining. They are all so talented but my favorite from this group is Park Bom. She has a power house voice and is so beautiful. She’s my inspiration when it comes to my hair and makeup 🙂

What makes me love kpop so much is just the amount of work they really put in and all of the dances to the songs are amazing. The songs range from high energy getting pumped up to really soft and sweet emotional songs. It has a bit of everything I love all rolled into one phenomenal genre. Below I’ll list my top 10 Favorite songs for the guy groups then the girl groups. They are in no particular order except for the number 1’s. If you have a favorite song or group just leave me a comment I love discussing all that is kpop 🙂 -Kelly

Guys

10. Ma boy 2- Electroboyz feat. Hyorin

9. Turn off your phone- Jay Park

8. Know your name (acoustic version)- Jay Park

7. Beast- Bad girl

6. 2pm- Hands up

5. B1A4- Baby I’m sorry

4. Shinee- Shout out

3. Big Bang- Bad boy

2. Shinee- Ayo

1. Big Bang- Feeling

Girls

10. F(x)- Danger

9. Brown Eyed Girls- Abracadabra

8. Girls Generation- Baby Steps

7. Sistar- Push Push

6. 2ne1- I don’t care

5. T-ara- Lovey Dovey

4. F(x)- LA chA TA

3.Girl’s Day- Oh! My god

2. 2ne1- I don’t care

1. 2ne1- Lonely