Halloween-ish K-Pop Playlist!

 

Dear Reader,

As Halloween is upon us, and because I have no blog scheduled today, I thought I’d share some of my favorite spooky or supernatural themes kpop songs! Hahaha–yes I know I’m right on top of things. So anyway, here we go!

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Janus by Boyfriend – if you like angels and demons, we watch twins Youngmin and Kwakmin as they handle rejected, like two sides of a coin. Tbh, this is one of my top ten kpop songs, and I wish more people knew about it and Boyfriend!

 

Full Moon by Sunmi – before she was a Siren, she was a Vampire. Full moon came out while she was still with JYP, and it’s sold gold.

 

Growl by EXO – okay, I know they’re just dancing in a basement (parking lot whatever), but I always imagined they were werewolves in this MV, so I have no regrets in including it🤷

 

Married to the Music by SHINee – just some classic monster throwing a party lol.

 

Error by VIXX – are cyborgs considered holloween-y? I’ll say yes, but either way this song is a bop.

 

Black Tinkerbell by Chocolat – okay, the rest of the world might have forgotten about Chocolat, but I most certainly have not. The song is about a jealous Tinkerbell, so I’m gonna say fairies are definitely Halloween worthy.

 

You and I by Dreamcatcher – so this is kind of witches meet dimension hoping meets haunted house, and tbh I’m here for it.

 

Hobgoblin by CLC – this is probably the most hip-hop song on my playlist, but CLC is soooo underrated. If you’re looking for something mischievous checkout their MV!

 

Like a Cat by AOA – spies, werecats, must I say more? (okay I don’t think they were aiming to be werecats, but we love it)

 

Okay guys! I hope you enjoyed the songs on my playlist, and have a spooky week everyone!!

Love,

Rin

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September Favorites 2018

Dear reader,

So, I’m trying to get back into lifestyle blogging, and I wasn’t really sure what to post? But someone on Instagram suggested I start doing monthly favorites! Which is definitely doable, as I’m always trying new stuff. So, without further ado, here’s what I loved during the month of September!

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Beauty:

I did go on vacation in September for a week in Las Vegas, and it was so hot! I honestly didn’t’ wear tons of makeup, but I wouldn’t have been able to live without my sunscreen. I used the Skin&Lab Dr. Vita Clinic Fre C Sun Lotion, which is a Korean brand of sun screen. What I person liked about it was how light weight is was, and it didn’t leave a white cast nor was it greasy. Major A++ in my book. Even my mom liked it!

On that note, I seemed to like a lot of Vitamin C products this month because I also loved the Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drops. It’s a very light serum that brightens your complexion and leaves you skin feeling super soft!

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As for makeup, I really liked the Labiotte Wine Lip Tint in CR01. which is a pretty coral color. I would basically wear eyeliner and lip tint everyday and call it good. But when I wanted to be extra, I really enjoyed using a tiny eye shadow quad from Canmake. I used the Perfect Stylist Eyes 14, which was just some purple and pink and a glitter shade.

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I’m honestly sooo basic. I watch so many makeup videos, and I own a lot of eye shadow palletes, but I end up using like the same three colors over and over again (usually copper, taupe, or brown).

This month I forced myself to do use different colors, and the results were okay (lol). But my go-to colors are still brown and copper.

This is why I’m not a beauty guru lol.

 

Anyway, moving on from beauty stuff.

Fashion:

Lol, I’m not the most fashionable person, because I live in Alaska and I don’t really care (there’s no one to impress here). But I am a handbag person, so for my birthday I bought myself some bags!

My favorite was this cute Michael Kors bag, that’s shaped like a backpack (but it’s a crossbody)!

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I’m super obsessed with it, and I use it everyday. It came in several colors, but I bought it in black for everyday use. 10/10 would recommend.

Books/Music/Media:

So, while I received manga for my birthday, I didn’t really read any. I was so busy in September (and a bit sick), I didn’t have that much time.

But I did read the The Governness Game: Girl Meets Duke by Tessa Dare, and tbh it was so good I read it in two hours. Tessa Dare is such a great writer that all of her stuff is an automatic download for me.

Meanwhile, for TV shows, I was OBSESSED with the Chinese drama Ashes of Love! Deng Lun is honestly so attractive I was drooling the entire time.

As for music, I really like Deja Vu by Wengie, the MV was super colorful, and the aesthetics were on point. I also liked Puzzle Moon by GWSN, which is a super cute song from a recently debuted kpop girl group.

 

Anyway~ those were my favorites from September! As always, the products listed were not sponsored (I mean I wish they were), and also, leave me a comment down below about your favorites from the month of September!

Thanks for reading my word vomit, and I’ll catch you later!

Love,

Rin

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Links:

Skin&Lab Fre C Sun Lotion

Labiotte Wine Tint

Klairs Vitamin C Drop

Canmake Eyeshadow

Ashes of Love

The Governess Game: Girl Meets Duke

 

 

My Favorite K-Pop Christmas Songs!

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Dear Reader,

I know quite a few people who follow me on social media really like kpop, but I wonder how many kpop Christmas songs you know? Here are ten of my personal favorite, which I am forever grateful for, because it’s a break from all the American songs I’ve heard ten million times.

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So, let’s go!

The Cube Family Christmas Song! It’s a little old, we got B2ST, Apink, 4Minute, and even G.na! among others lol, but to me this will always be OG Cube Family TT_TT

Starship Planet – Snow Candy! This is my favorite Starship Christmas song! God, I miss Boyfriend. And we got K.Will too, and so many other talented artists!

EXO (M) – Miracles in December. I’m crying, I miss OT12. You have no idea, Lulu, Kris, Tao. This song is so beautiful, and I miss them so much. Excuse me while I go cry in my corner…

TTS – Dear Santsa. Not gonna lie, I didn’t realize there was an English version of this. I’ve been listening to the Korean version, I was kind of shook when I searched it to add to this playlist.

Orange Caramel & Nu’est- Dashing Through the Snow in Highheels. Yeah, if you know me at all you, you know I stan Nu’est, ergo, enjoy this masterpiece!

JYP Nation – This Christmas. Yeah, OG JYP, must I say more??

Taeyeon – This Christmas. This song came out a few days ago, but I’m adding it to my library anyway! I really like the calming melody, and Taeyeon’s voice is majestic!

Starship Planet – Christmas Day. This years Starship christmas song! It’s really good! The best one they’ve had since 2013~

f(x) – 12시 25분 (Wish List). Hello, I stan f(x), and you should too! Jk(but not really), in all seriousness this is a dreamy song, and I’m still screaming over it years later~

SHINee – Winter Wonderland. This is a Japanese song, and it’s so good! SHINee are true kings.

TEEN TOP – Snow Kiss. I love Teen Top, they are so goofy and silly. This song is the cutest!

So there you have it, my top kpop christmas songs! I feel like this playlist made me look like the biggest SM Entertainment stan, but I’m really not 😂 I hope you liked it~ Have a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Holidays everyone!!

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Love,

Rin

 

NU’EST W – W. HERE Mini Album Review

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Dear Reader,

I’ve been a fan of Nu’est since I was fourteen (has it been that long ? (╥_╥) I feel old lol), and I’ve watched them fall, and now rise, and I’ve never been prouder to be someone’s fan! They’ve really worked hard, so I wanted to dedicate a post to them! Unfortunately (it’s bitter-sweet really), Emperor Hwang is promoting with Wanna One, so he couldn’t participate on this album, but I’m still giving him an honorable mention.

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So, without further ado, let me introduce you to the songs~🌸

1. 하루만 (haruman)

Translated as “Just One Day” I see this as their love song to Minhyun with lyrics like “you left without a single word, what can I do about that?” Minhyun had to leave to be in Wanna One but “give me a little bit of time, just one day” and “stay by my side, just for today, I feel like I’m going to go crazy, but I’ll bear it, because you will return.” I felt so sad hearing this song, I miss Emperor Hwang too, but he’ll be back, one day.

It’s a slow song, with a romantic melody, fun beat, and dramatic drop beat!

Find the full lyrics here!

2. Where You At 

 

I think this is my favorite song on the album, I will admit I was a bit skeptical when I first heard it, because it was so different from any of their older stuff, but it quickly grew on me! Now I listen to it all day everyday.

Plus, the lyrics are extremely nice and I relate, “while you weren’t here, my heart longed for you, now it’s bruised, black and blue” which is how I felt when they were away from fans while competing on Produce 101 Season Two, and also how I feel with Minhyun promoting with Wanna One. “I’m wandering here and there, looking for you
I run around, searching but I’m still only in my room,” seriously–me too.

The song is a calm melody with longing lyrics, and a boppy beat.

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Find the complete lyrics here!

3. Paradise (Ren Solo)

I felt like this was a song for fans, everyone knows how much Ren loves and appreciates his LOVES. So yeah, I mean it could be a song for someone special, but I know we’re special to him too, so I’ll just stick to that. “When I’m thinkin ’bout you, yeh yeh, you are my Paradise!” Oh thanks, what a precious bean 💖

The song has a heartfelt melody, and a flowing beat! Perfect for the times when you feel happy and want to listen to an equally happy song~

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4. Good Love (Aron Solo)

HAHAHA, this song is so American, it’s perfect for Aron! I don’t know why, but it’s so hard to find reliable translations for Ren and Aron’s songs! But either way, this was another song about appreciating someone, and how he loved the person in the song, and needed them, hence, he’ll give us “good love.” Which, is so sweet! Paradise and Good Love are tied for me in terms of best solo!

Good Love is a poppy song with a happy beat! Please give Aron some love, and give the song a listen!

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5. With (JR Solo)

This song is so emotional, JR is the rapper of the group, but he sang a lot in this song. Plus there is a choir in the background, and I was just so blown away by this song. I really felt this song was to Minhyun, because JR sings “I saw you shedding tears at the back, I turned away because I felt too cowardly to approach you.” Which, when Minhyun was the only one to make it into Wanna One, he cried so hard because he felt bad no one else made it in, especially JR because he was the most “promising” trainee. So, this song made me really emotional, and JR is such an angel that I can’t even.

The song is a slow and soft melody that will make your heart ache. You can really feel his feelings in this song, and you will ache with him.

Find the full lyrics here!

6. 지금까지 행복했어요 (Baekho Solo)

Ugh, this song is so good. (TW// death of family member) Baekho’s dad passed away this summer, and Baekho was surrounded by a controversy, which I’m going to say why, but this must have been a hard summer for him. The lyrics read, “I am not alone, you really don’t have to worry about me.” And “with how much of a child I always was, did I ever make you cry with my childish ways?” You can tell this is the song of a child to their parent, which I can empathize with as the oldest child of my family.

The song is a soothing song, with an angelic voice that will make you miss a loved one, or home if you live away from them.

Find the full lyrics here!

Bonus: from the Love Paint Mini Album

Daybreak – MinHyun feat. JR

Okay, technically this is JR and Minhyun’s song, but Minhyun did all the singing and JR did all the rapping, so we can all pretend this was Minhyun’s solo! I miss MinHyun a lot, but he’s promoting with Wanna One for the greater good, and I’ll just cheer him on until the end!

 

So, what’s my rating of the album? 10/10, of course! Seriously, all of the songs were really good, and they’ve worked so so so hard over the last six years, I’m so happy they’re finally experiencing popularity.

Buy the album on iTunesGoogle Play or find it on Spotify!

Thank you giving my loves a chance, and reading this fangirl rant! As always, see you next time~ Bye!

Love,

Rin

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Travel Playlist: Fairbanks 2017

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Dear Reader,

Whenever I travel, I always have jams to accompany me. I primarily listen to kpop and jpop, some j-rock, and some american rock. This trip I primarily listened to kpop and jrock. So, here is the music I liked while in Fairbanks.

Anna Tsuchiya – 黒い涙

I had just finished rewatching NANA the anime before leaving for my trip, so I had the soundstrack stuck in my head. Kuroi Namida is currently my favorite song!

BAND-MAID – Daydreaming

I discovered Band-Maid recently, and I’ve been obsessed ever since. Their music is so good, and their style is sooooo pretty and elegant, I feel so blessed by their existence.

BAND-MAID – Choose Me

Like I said, BLESSED.

BABYMETAL – KARATE

I was actually watching this PV when BAND-MAID was recommended to me. This is also a pretty good song!

B1A4 – Rollin

Love this song! B1A4 is a group I’ve been following since middle school, so give them a listen. They don’t usually do songs like this, but it worked out really well, and I enjoy it!

HyunA – Babe

HyunA is queennnnnn, so give her a listen. This is officially my favorite song by her (actually every song by her is my fave, but ya know lol).

Li Gikwang – I Know What You Like

I love Beast (aka Highlight), so I always listen to the individual members solo songs as well. If you’re looking for a good bop, this is the one for you!

BTS – DNA

Ha, while I have many qualms about their fandom, I really like BTS as musicians. So I’ve been listening to their latest song a lot, and it’s pretty cute!

So, there you have it, all the songs I enjoyed while staying in Fairbanks, and on the plane. I hope you enjoyed it, and it gave you some recommendations while on your own trip! As always, thanks for reading!

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Love,

Rin