Korean Wave Cinema: 6 South Korean Directors Changing the Game

Known for their gorgeous cinematography and ground-breaking stories rooted in tradition and culture, Korean movies are slowly but surely slipping into the Western hemisphere’s mainstream media. As Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite made history in the biggest movie award shows of the year, it is only fitting to introduce a few more South Korean film directors that have redefined modern cinema.

  • Park Chan-wook

His fans call him “Mr. Vengeance” and the Korean public regards him as one of the most influential filmmakers of the country; there is absolutely no denying that Park Chan-Wook has spent his entire career exploring and redefining Korean cinema. With ground-breaking films such as 2016’s The Handmaiden and the Vengeance trilogy (2002-2005), Park’s body of work is heavily influenced by his time as a philosophy student. He also has a  natural predisposition for smooth transitions as he explores themes of mesmerizing violence.

  • Kim Jee-won

Psychological horror as a movie genre has spent the last decade making waves across the world. In South Korea, directors like Kim Jee-Won are propelling it forward! Kim is known for his affinity for cold villains and his efforts toward redefining the “anti-hero” trope as he develops a wide variety of themes and tones throughout his works. 2003’s A Tale of Two Sisters is widely regarded as Kim’s best. The atmospheric psychological horror film is widely known not only for its complex plot (which is based on a Joseon-era Korean folktale), but also for Kim’s use of sharp cinematography, rich production design, and eerie music score.

  • Noh Young-seok

Comedy and suspense don’t exactly go hand-in-hand, but that has never stopped acclaimed director Noh Young-seok. Although his body of work may not be as large as some of the other directors on this list, there is no denying his influence. The indie lo-fi comedy Daytime Drinking (2008) came at a time when Korean cinema focused mainly on melodrama and provided much-needed relief from the heavier themes that plagued the media at the time. With its tagline “Things look different from the bottom of the bottle,” the film perfectly depicts the dreaded hungover state of mind. Noh manages to tell a compelling and universally relatable story, while still staying true to his roots as he spotlights many aspects of Korean culture.

  • Yeon Sang-ho

When speaking of range, Yeon Sang-ho’s transition from animated drama films to intense live-action movies presents the very definition of versatility. Earning a plethora of awards for both his animated and live-action works, Yeon’s body of work is composed of a number of cult classics — perhaps most popular among them is the 2016 blockbuster Train to Busan, the summer’s zombie movie that took over cinemas around the world and is still considered to be among the best zombie action films to date. Yeon is known for his raw and down-to-earth portrayal of violence. His first animated feature-length film, The King of Pigs (2011), was praised for its portrayal of bullying and systemic poverty and holds the honor of being the first Korean animated film to be invited to the Cannes Film Festival.

  • July Jung

With her directorial debut earning her the Best First Film award at the 25th Stockholm International Film Festival, as well as a number of other awards at international and local film festivals, July Jung has already marked herself as one of Korea’s finest directors and screenwriters. Jung’s honest look into regional politics is only one of the many defining features of 2014’s A Girl At My Door and part of what makes this movie — and Jung — stand out among the vast number of Korean films making waves across the world. Jung’s stunning writing and story-telling abilities are evident through the big screen which makes this LGBTQ+ film stand out even more.

  • Hong Sang-Soo

Making his directorial debut at 35 with 1996’s The Day a Pig Fell into the Well, Hong has made his mark as one of Korea’s most prominent art-house directors — some going as far as calling him the “Korean Woody Allen.” With many foreign directors choosing to venture into Hollywood and the American market, Hong chose a route of his own: French cinema. The incorporation of French actress Isabelle Huppert as the lead in 2012’s In Another Country only further proved Hong’s versatility as a director and his story-telling abilities.  Hong’s latest film, The Woman Who Ran, is already making rounds across social media, with fans from all over the world eager to see what Hong will do with such a rich and unusual story.

South Korean cinema gives viewers a wide array of themes and genres, with each director and screenwriter standing tall as they bring to life stories deeply rooted in culture and tradition, but simultaneously managing to break any and all stereotypes one may have regarding East Asian cinema. If Parasite‘s ongoing success is anything to go by, this may be the year the rest of the world embraces the Korean cinema wave. 

What do you think of Korean films? Were you familiar with any of the directors? Let us know in the comments below if you plan on watching any of these awesome movies!

Featured Image: Bong Joon-ho and the cast of Parasite, LA Times

Written by: Vale Papili

BTS Brings It ‘ON’ for Their Biggest Comeback Yet

“Find me and I’m gonna live with ya, the boy group claims as they roam the green pastures of a seemingly mythical land in their largest-scale music video to date.

BTS took their millions of fans by surprise with the sheer scale of Map Of The Soul: 7‘s title track “ON” and its previously-released Kinetic Manifesto film, but nothing could have prepared the avid fanbase for the song’s official music video.

With a length of nearly six minutes, “ON” departs from the band’s (and K-pop’s) usual format, choosing to focus completely on storyline rather than also depict official choreography. The video opens over a battlefield, bodies thrown across the land as member Jin looks down at a wounded dove and kneels down to help it. Whatever happened in the field that brought so much destruction is not included in the video, however the metaphor of BTS helping the wounded white dove is difficult to miss.

BTS are no strangers to intricate storylines spanning multiple music videos, but “ON” feels like something new entirely. Fans of the Maze Runner trilogy may find certain similarities to the books’ storyline and the aesthetic BTS plays with in their latest comeback, a sense of fighting for hope and freedom running clear through. As Jungkook runs away cuffed from an unseen threat, V stands in front of a set of massive stone doors, and RM leads the group past the doors caging them in, the video seems to reflect a variety of tropes common in literature, but that music videos rarely have — let alone explore as well in just five minutes and fifty-five seconds.

Map of the Soul: 7 is a celebration of the group’s upcoming seventh anniversary, a detail remarked upon with the members only coming together at the end of the music video as they finally cross the stone doors and rise as one. Like the group’s previous videos, the locations featured seem to play a large part in the storyline: beautiful green fields standing in contrast against the member’s battered up states only furthering the sense of something more, some bigger story, taking place. And while it isn’t exactly clear how this storyline plays into the group’s previously-established universe, it’s safe to say fans are more than eager to see where the group will go with it!

The group under BigHit Entertainment is currently enjoying promotional activities with schedules in the U.S., having recently gone viral with their participation in James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke as the group prepared for their biggest release to date. 

Earning over 11 million views within the first five hours of its release, fans expect “ON” and Map of the Soul: 7 will be the comeback that completes the group’s full transition into Western mainstream media.

What do you think of “ON”? Was it everything you expected? Let us know in the comments below!

Cover Image: BTS (BigHit Entertainment)
Written by Vale Papili

The Wonderful World of Satoori!

The complexity of languages can be difficult to grasp as a result of the multitude of factors that go into creating a system for speaking: syllables, intonations, and more add to a language’s depth. Dialects, a specific form of a language that is only used in a certain area or group, are particularly interesting, and the presentations people use can be surprisingly different! 

In South Korea, dialects are referred to as satoori, and while there is a myriad of them, here are some of the most well-known ones as well as the famous faces that use them!

Gyeonggi/Seoul

This dialect, which includes the district of Gyeonggi as well as South Korea’s capital, bears what is usually considered to be the “standard” form of Korean. Whether it’s in textbooks or in news reports, this dialect is usually utilized when people are addressing the general public. As a result of its universal nature, most everyone in Korea will understand it. While every idol is likely to speak the Gyeonggi dialect, only a few are from the district itself, including Shownu fo MONSTA X and Chaeyoung from TWICE!  

Busan

Busan dialect is well known for its straightforward and firm presentation, and the expressions used in this city represent this well. Often utilizing short and concise sounds to communicate, the difference in Busan dialect from the standard Gyeonggi dialect can be jarring for some to hear. For example, “What did you say?” may be expressed as mworakano in the Busan dialect rather than the typical mworago malhano. Some notable users of Busan dialect are Kang Daniel and BTS members Jimin and Jungkook. 

Daegu

While Daegu and Busan are located in the same province, Gyeongsang, the two dialects come with a few differences. Most notably, the intonations in the expressions within the satoori are often varied from one another. In addition, those in Daegu tend to utilize the “k” sound more than those in Busan, who will often use the “h” sound. Red Velvet’s Irene, as well as Cosmic Girls’ Bona, are well-known for their Daegu accents.

Jeju

As a result of Jeju being an island, the dialect itself is vastly different from the Korean dialects in the mainland of South Korea. In fact, some mainland Koreans may even have a hard time interpreting the Jeju satoori! While it may be difficult for the untrained ear to understand, the Jeju dialect is actually one of the best ways to take a look into the history of Korea, as it still includes various ancient Korean words. Cosmic Girls’ Dayoung and Gugudan’s Mina are known to show this unique speaking style from time to time.

It may be easy to think of South Korea as one homogenous country, but it should be noted that each part of Korea is unique in its own right, and satoori helps to show this. Even if the differences are subtle, those unique quirks that allow a person to differentiate one province or city from another.

Do you have a favorite accent or satoori? Let us know in the comments below!

Cover Image: BTS’ Jungkook & Jimin (BigHit Entertainment) 
Written by Kyle Voong

Beyond the Surface: Momoland’s B-Side Gems

Momoland’s popularity went Baam! in early 2018 thanks to their smash hit “Bboom Bboom;” its infectious beat was stuck in the heads of many, even now! Since then, Momoland has done well to maintain a formidable level of popularity and not fall into the “one hit wonder” abyss. They might have pretty catchy title tracks, but did you know that Momoland has some pretty strong B-sides on their albums?

The girl group is known for their peppy beats and colorful music videos, and we’re here to show you that their discography is actually pretty varied and shows another side of the girls. Without further ado, here are some of Momoland’s B-sides that are definitely deserving a thumbs-up!

어기여차 (Uh-Gi-Yeo-Cha)

From their first EP Welcome to Momoland, “Uh-GI-Yeo-Cha” is a playful song that has an absolutely delightful, earworm chorus that will definitely be stuck in your head after the very first listen! The song radiates a cute, summery vibe, and expresses the frustrations of young love.

Fly

From their EP GREAT!, this is another upbeat song that can put anyone in a good mood! The song is about the wonderful feeling of being in love, and how it makes you feel like you’re flying high in the sky, shining brighter than all the stars combined! Definitely title-track worthy.

Curious

Also from GREAT!, “Curious” is a chill song that you can casually groove to. As the name suggests, it’s about being curious about the one you love – your heart is all knotted up and you want to know why. You want to know everything about this person, so you’re always curious. Overall, a very cute song!

Falling U

“Falling U” is a track from Show Me, and does well to showcase the raw beauty of the girls’ voices. Unlike the previous tracks, “Falling U” is a relaxing song with a comforting guitar melody. The lyrics are more mature as well, perhaps signifying the emotional growth of Momoland. This is definitely an ideal song to listen to on a dinner date!

Which song out of these is your favorite? Are there any other Momoland songs you like? Let us know in the comments below!

Cover Image: Momoland (MLD Entertainment)
Written by Hamsini Pratapa

Bloom into Spring in K-Drama Style!

We can all agree that we’re ready for this long winter to be over. Even though we loved staying inside, watching K-dramas while wrapped in our soft blankets, we are so ready for spring. We can already feel the warm sun rays hitting our face, the temperature slowly rising, and the smell of freshly-bloomed flowers. But flowers shouldn’t be the only thing that bloom in spring!

After a bit of time watching K-dramas, we found some styles that will be perfect for your new spring closet. Perhaps you’ll find a new style and show to watch!


My ID is Gangnam Beauty

Oh, how we would love to be in Eunwoo’s arms too. My ID is Gangnam Beauty tells us the story of Kang Mi-rae (New Tales of Gisaeng‘s Im Soo-hyang), a girl who undergoes cosmetic surgery to make herself less insecure, but the plan backfires after she gets bullied for it. Thankfully, she meets a new classmate named Do Kyung‑seok, played by ASTRO’s Cha Eun-woo, who helps her gain the confidence she needs. 

We fell in love with the story, but we fell even more in love with the outfits worn by Kang Mi-rae, especially her jean dress and T-shirt ensemble. Jean dresses are a versatile piece of clothing you will want in your closet. They pair well with everything from T-shirts to more formal blouses while still making you look casual and comfortable.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon has three things we love: Park Hyung-sik (Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth), a strong female lead, and amazing outfits inspiration. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon follows the story of Do Bong-soon, a girl who was born with superhuman strength. She works as the bodyguard for An Min-hyuk (Hyung-sik), the CEO of a gaming company. 

One of the best things about this drama were the beautiful outfits Bong-soon wears. Patterned dresses are coming back in the best time possible, and for good reason! They give you a professional look while still keeping you fresh on those warm spring days. You can pair them with cute hair accessories and flats, or tennis shoes!

Be sure to watch Strong Woman Do Bong Soon on Netflix and the Viki app!

Memories of the Alhambra

Memories of the Alhambra! What can we say about this show? It’s perfect for those who love video games and love stories. It follows the story of an AR Game set in the medieval battles in Alhambra. Yoo Jin-woo, played by
Crash Landing on You‘s Hyun Bin, is the CEO of an investment company sent to Granada, Spain to find Jung Se-joo, played by EXO’s Chanyeol.  While on his journey, he meets Se-joo’s sister, Jung Hee-joo (Park Shin-hye), who owns the hostel where he stays and is a former guitarist. The fact that this takes place in Spain, unlike most K-dramas, gives us the chance to see a different style. 

Hee-joo’s beautiful, breezy outfits captured our attention throughout the series. Solid colors are a huge style addition to your spring closet, especially pastel colors such as pinks, yellows, and blues. You’ll look cute when you go out with friends; even flowers will envy you because you look so good!

Be sure to watch Memories of The Alhambra on Netflix!

Abyss

Abyss is the love story you didn’t know you needed. It tells the story of Cha Min (Dr. Romantic 2‘s Ahn Hyo-Seop) and Go Se-Yeon, who are brought back to life after untimely deaths with a device called “Abyss.” The thing is, the pair comes back in bodies they don’t recognize! They must try to solve a case and find out how exactly it is that Abyss works, but it won’t be that easy when no one recognizes them.

One thing we can recognize is the amazing style these characters had! Even though they had to look kind of formal, they did it in style. Se-Yeon and Cha Min always wore amazing blazers, which honestly made us want to get ten! Blazers are a good choice for your spring closet as you can match them with pants, jeans, and skirts. There are different styles and colors, and even sets, so you can wear them year round.

Make sure to watch Abyss on Netflix!

Hotel del Luna

Hotel del Luna was the one K-drama we had to stop ourselves from watching in one go. It tells us the story of the Hotel del Luna, a hotel located in Seoul, where its only guests are ghosts. The hotel is run by the beautiful, but ill-tempered, CEO Jang Man-wol, who can also be recognized as K-pop idol IU. She has managed the hotel due to an unforgivable sin she committed a millennium ago. Along the way she meets Koo Chan-sung, played by actor Yeo Jin-goo of Moon Embracing The Sun, whose father makes a deal for his son to work for her for twenty years. In return, she must give him his life and money back. 

We came for the story, but stayed for the amazing style shown by IU! In particular, we fell in love with the multiple statement pieces she wore throughout the series. From hats, sunglasses, and  long, intricate earrings, they truly made her already gorgeous outfits even more beautiful. Accesories are a MUST in your closet! You can always choose from the pearl hair pins, small sunglasses, unique earrings and many more. They are extremely helpful when you feel that your outfit is missing that something!

With so many choices and so many dramas to watch, this spring is sure to be an amazing one! Remember that spring is a time to let yourself bloom and try new things. Tell us in the comments below which was your favorite style and if there’s one you would add to the list! 

Cover Image: Abyss (tvN)
Written by Helena Diaz

Let’s Sing! Get to Know Noraebang

When people want to have fun with friends, are stressed, or just feel like singing they go to noraebang (노래방), which translates as “song room” and is a place for karaoke. Here are tips and tricks on how to enjoy them! 

Rooms in a noraebang are soundproof with remotes, songbooks, tambourines, microphones, screens, and comfy couches. People typically go in groups, but there are still those who choose to have a room to themselves.

Locations charge by the hour, and cost extra if there is a big group with “happy hours.” Happy hours usually start in the afternoon until early night time and prices can range from $20-$30 per hour. There are also “coin noraebangs,” which are more catered towards single or smaller groups that can charge based on the number of songs.

Korean karaoke appeals to all age groups as adults can stay late into the morning and drink. Each location has its own policy of bringing or buying alcohol from the building. Typically, alcohol like beer is consumed as opposed to hard liquor or soju. To keep minors safe from alcohol and late-night dangers, there are typically closing times for younger karaoke-goers. Snacks could also be sold by noraebangs with their own menus with foods ranging from chicken tenders to fries. There are also fancier places that could sell Asian food as special dishes. 

Even if someone is not fluent in Korean, many noraebangs offer assistance with romanization. Noraebangs don’t limit to songs in terms of language, offering songs from English to Japanese. Big songbooks can be found in the room with one half being in English and the other half written in Korean.

Some locations may not have certain songs but typically update with new, trending options. Many different genres are available from country to pop and ballads. There can be different versions of the same song, such as live versions or other song edition variations. Under the televisions, there are typically buttons with numbers to find the songs. 

For first-timers, the confusing part of noraebangs could be the remote controls as it is mostly in Korean. Although customers can look through the songbook and start with the numbers attached to the songs, it will take time away from singing. The most important functions to keep in mind are reserve, start, cancel, skip interlude, switching from Korean to English on the keyboard and language of songs.

The first step is to switch the keyboard by pressing Korean/English (한/영) and for the language of the song is the “nation” (국가) button. Songs can be found based on their title (제목) or artist (가수).

To start, (시작) should be pressed, and canceling is (취소) for songs. While it is possible to pick songs gradually, a way to save time is priority booking (우선예약). To finalize booking, (예약) must be pressed after priority booking.

Another way to save time is jumping (간주점프), which skips instrumentals or rapping and singing parts if desired. There are many more buttons on the remote, but the most used and basic ones are these nine buttons.  

While getting used to remotes and books in a different language can be hard, there are many options for customers speaking a different language. Karaoke is good for all environments and moods. Noraebangs are not just about the music, but are about a lively atmosphere. Tambourines, dancing, and cheering for friends or family is energizing activity. At the same time, someone is sad or stressed they can sing or rap their heart out. People go to karaoke to keep up their singing skills or can go after business — any situation is possible!

Have you gone to a noraebang before? Let us know in the comments below!

Written by Monica Park

Yerin Baek: The Hidden Gem

An ex-JYP artist, once dubbed as JYP’s hidden gem, Yerin Baek is a twenty-two-year-old solo singer. She is currently under her own independent record label called Blue Vinyl. 

Yerin Baek is not your typical girl. At an early age, she auditioned for JYP Entertainment and started her long training period. In 2012, She debuted in a duo group called 15& with fellow member, Park Jimin. The group went on to release many catchy songs and occasionally participated in TV shows, but were also hit by a long hiatus. After both of their contracts with JYP ended in 2019, 15& also gradually disbanded. 

In 2015, Yerin Baek made her first solo debut with an album called Frank. From then on, she continues to release songs one by one, slowly building her fandom. As much as there are gaps between her released albums, her songs are high quality and give off eloquent, soothing vibes. The mood, emotions, and vocal techniques that go into her album are just astonishing; not to mention that she composes and writes the lyrics to most of her songs. 

As the gifted musician that she is, Baek stays humble and true to her own personality. Although she keeps a low profile and shies away from the spotlight, her songs continue to top the chart. 

Moreover, Baek truly embodies the musical aesthetics in her music videos. The powerful yet soft aura she emits is nevertheless what makes her stand out amongst fellow female solo artists. 

Artist Signature 

One might have noticed the many body art she has, which is mostly flowers. Many of her album photos, attires, etc. are somewhat botanical and flowers are always present. Indeed, she reflects similarities to flowers in that she blossoms the biggest when she is in her own environment/ place, performing on stage.

Fan Service

She’s sweet, but she’s extra sweet when it comes to her fans. Although she doesn’t show it directly, her love and affection for her fans are undoubtedly shown through her effort to communicate with them.

The Volunteers

Yerin Baek is the alpha of her band, The Volunteers. At concerts and other events, you can expect to see the flawless chemistry between her and the band.

Famous Fancam

Like K-pop idols and their famous fancams, Yerin Baek also has hers, too! This video was taken in 2017 at an event in Hangang park where she sang “Square,” an unreleased song prior to 2019. The ways in which the weather, her attire, the atmosphere, and the song infused together, wonderfully made it seem like a movie scene.

Recommendations

These are some songs that highlight her vocals as well as her music style. 

  • “Maybe It’s Not Our Fault” (2019)

From Baek’s album, Our Love Is Great, this song resonates spring, flowery vibes. It talks about how lovers should stay strong during hard times and how overcoming these obstacles will make their relationship stronger.

  • “Our love is great” (2019)

This song is heavily groovy, characterized by reggae style. At the end of the song, you can hear Baek addressing those that make her “appreciation [grow] bigger everyday.”

  • “0310” (2019)

Guided by acoustic guitar, this song resonates hollow, bittersweet feelings. Baek really brings out the emotions after the last chorus, which is accompanied by the acoustic guitar instrumental. 

Yerin Baek is truly an artist who has the special ability to comfort those with her genuine lyrics, rhythmical voice, and sentimental emotions. She continues to leave her footprints in the K-R&B industry as an independent, female solo singer. You can also follow her Instagram: @yerin_the_genuine

What do you guys think? Would you give it a listen?

Cover Image: Yerin Baek (Blue Vinyl)
Written by Jessica Lee

5 Rising Webtoons to Add to Your TBR List

Over the past couple of years, webtoons have risen to popularity with comics such as True Beauty, which garnered 3.6 million readers and over 16 million likes; and the hilarious Lookism that has 1.2 million readers and a rating of 9.82 on WEBTOON. With more stories popping up and rising to the top of the charts, here are a couple of new ones that you should check out whether you’re a newbie or an avid webtoon reader. 

Devil Number 4 

A deal with the devil? More like the devil needs you. This webtoon has won over the hearts of romance readers in only a year. A devil giving a girl a wish, only for her not to have any. Hanna Yoon really is a match for this Devil and their journey into falling love isn’t easy but it’s enjoyable! 

Ghost Teller 

Warning: Ghost Teller isn’t for the faint of heart since it explores the darkness in humanity. Ghosts aren’t scary, humanity is the real threat. In this webtoon, it’s the ghosts that tell the ghost stories — literally. Join a group of ghosts as they spin morbid tales that leave you with philosophical questions and sometimes slight shock. 

Choco Latte

If you like heartwarming romance webtoons, then this comic is right up your alley! Choco Latte follows the story of Kyle and Lilly in their journey into falling in love. The comic doesn’t have a dialogue; instead, it relies only on the visuals. This leaves the reader to fill up the gaps, which creates a unique experience. As the creator puts it, “Choco Latte is for those who believe less is more and silence can be golden.”

Spirit Fingers 

With a rating of 9.90, which is nearly perfect, this slice-of-life comedy will leave you in tears of joy as well as pain because of the angst. Spirit Fingers is about a young girl who joins an art club filled with quirky characters as she’s growing up and figuring out who she really is. It’s heartwarming, zany, and hilarious. All you want in a webtoon!

A Good Day to Be a Dog 

This drama is also filled with comedy. Hana has never had a proper relationship because she doesn’t kiss and when she finally does kiss someone, let’s say the situation gets hairy. Her first kiss turns her into a dog and she can’t turn back unless she gets a second one. A little angst, a lot of love, and the perfect binge-read! 

We hope you keep an eye on these comics whether you’re a fan of romance, fantasy, comedy or all the above. They may become your next favorite! 

Are you a fan of webtoons? If you’ve read any of these, let us know your favorite in the comments below. If not, tell us which ones we should check out next! 

Cover Image: Devil Number 4 
Written byStephanie Lemus

More Korean Beauty Vloggers to Follow on YouTube

Makeup, makeup, and more makeup! It’s the love of many people, giving them a boost of creativity in their everyday routine. The epitome to beautiful forms expressions, it can transform any person into their best self or just tune their already-beautiful features.

These makeup artists will help you feel your very best, and also welcome you into the beauty community. Many of them teach you skills to improve your makeup while informing you of the best beauty and skincare items from Korean to Western. Oh, and don’t know Korean? Don’t worry! Many have you covered with English subtitles!

PonysMakeup (포니)

Among the many Korean makeup artists, Pony is a must. This creative and self-made woman will have you entertained with her assorted makeup looks. She can help you transform your everyday look into one inspired by your favorite K-pop idol. Known for her conversational approach with her subscribers, she makes everyone feel welcomed and immediately captivated by her aesthetically-appealing style.

 Heizle (헤이즐)

Heizle is known for her variety. Her channel is not only made up of makeup; once in a while, she has thrown in a few hairstyling or beauty tips that will give you a complete look! Heizle is know for her multi-dimensional-inspired looks, such as Harry Potter-themed and her extreme makeovers on her friends!

Jella (젤라)

Embracing her natural persona and imperfections, Jella will put a pep in your step! Jella makes content around the different types of outings you may encounter! For the natural looker or for those bold spirits wanting to test their looks, she’s a quintessential. Adding to her content are her recent mommy videos, giving a more relatable and comfortable atmosphere to her channel, sharing a little bit of personal life while empowering all women!

Sobong (소봉)

Sobong has a young and easy-going vibe with her channel, catching the eyes of many subscribers. Looking for someone to get ready with on weekends? Then she has you covered! Every Sunday morning, Korean time, she can accompany you in your Get Ready Sesh, and if you’re feeling uninspired or lost in how to pair your clothing with your makeup, she can show you how to form a completed makeup look!

Urishop (유리숍)

Want the set of makeup, skincare, and fashion outlet? Urishop can give you this! Her videos are mostly makeup based on an array of looks to fit everyone’s style, whether it’s your girl next door or a look to match the season’s tune. As an added bonus to her channel she also mixes it up with a few vlogs, hauls, and for the mukbang lovers, you can also get a bite of that!

Now go ahead and try these amazing looks yourself or just feed your creative hunger! Comment down below and share your favorite makeup product. What’s a must in your beauty routine?

Cover Image: PonysMakeup
Written by Kimberly Mendoza

Second Lead Syndrome: The Struggle is Real

It has been proven that a significant amount of K-drama watchers suffer a commonly known illness. Symptoms include: a state of shock, acute depression, and disappointment.

It’s known as Second Lead Syndrome, when the viewer would rather the lead character be with the runner-up in romance instead of the main love interest. Relatable?

Here are three of K-dramas biggest cases of Second Lead Syndrome:

Cheese in the Trap

Yoo Jung (Park Hae-Jjin) may have stolen the heart of Hong Seol (Kim Go-eun), but Baek In-ho (Seo Kang-joon) stole the hearts of many who have watched the K-drama, Cheese in the Trap. Baek In-ho was a bad boy with a soft heart, especially for Hong Seol. Even Hong Seol’s family enjoyed his company and treated him like he was a part of the family, but those signs were not enough for Hong Seol. Blinded by her love for Yoo Jung, she left Baek In-ho alone with a broken heart, but that did not stop him from caring about her.

She Was Pretty

Even though Hye-jin (Hwang Jung-eun) reunited with her childhood sweetheart, Sung-joon (Park Seo-joon), many individuals felt as though Shin-hyuk (Choi Si-won) would have been the better choice. Not only was Shin-hyuk funny and handsome, but he also accepted Hye-jin for who she was despite her looks and embarrassing moments. Whenever Hye-jin needed help, Shin-hyuk was always there, even if she didn’t ask for it, which made him perfect for Hye-jin. 

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

Sometimes playing hard to get can work unless you are In Kook-doo (Kim Ji-soo). After concealing his feelings for Do Bong-soon for so long, it became a disadvantage for winning her love and instead she went for An Min-hyuk (Park Hyung-sik). Kook-doo looked out for Bong-soon’s best interest at heart when it came to giving her life advice. So much so, he was almost like Bong Soon’s big brother or guardian even though she didn’t really need one. Kook-doo’s thoughtfulness and caring heart towards Bong-soon made viewers believe he was the right one for her. 

These are only a few examples of some K-dramas that have caused viewers to have Second Lead Syndrome. Can you think of some more? Let us know in the comments below! 

Cover Image: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (JTBC)
Written by Cris White