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Korea’s Newest Beauty Trend: Wire Nails

I found these short articles on Koreaboo, AsiaOne and Cosmopolitan Germany on Korea’s newest nail trend and it kept me wondering. So it seems like “wire nails” or “metal nails” are becoming more and more a thing in Korean manicure studios. Inspiring nail artist Park Eunkyung is referred to as the source of new chic as she has kicked off other nail art trends before. She uses malleable wire in gold, silver, pink or black to form them onto the nail. Though the designs look pretty and dainty, I can’t help but doubt the practicability of some (see picture at the end of this post). Or maybe it’s just me who works on a daily basis or does unusual house chores like washing the dishes, cooking or laundry. And do wire nails go well with magnetic material? Just being curious! Well, you know, sometimes beauty overweighs practicability.
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8 Chicken Comics for a fun New Year

So, today is a big holiday in Korea and in many other Asian countries: it’s Seollal or Lunar Year – internationally better know as Chinese New Year. The use of the lunar calendar – which is based on the cycle of the moon phases instead of the solar based Gregorian calendar – is widely used throughout Asia (south, west and east!) and plays a large role for festivals and holidays. Korea doesn’t sport many public holidays, but Seollal is definitely in the top 2 with three whole days off work to visit family and celebrate. A well-known feature of the lunar calendar are the 12 recurring animals of the Chinese zodiac. This years’ new zodiac is the rooster (닭띠) and I found Continue reading

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Day 24, Jingle Bells by The Barberettes

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Christmas Eve is here and Santa is coming to town tonight in Germany! It’s the last day on the K-pop Christmas Calendar in 2016 and thank you all for staying tuned till the end. Tonight is going to be a festive eve and I hope you all celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day tomorrow in the happy way you do in your country. The Christmas Calendar says goodbye swinging with a really jolly and bouncy version of the carol classic Jingle Bells. However, this is not any version of Jingle Bells, it’s the three charming ladies of the time slip group The Barberettes who reproduce the sounds of the 50s and 60s in their music. Continue reading

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Day 23, Christmas For All by Jellyfish Artists

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It’s Jelly Christmas time – for six years the artists of agency Jellyfish Entertainment come together and release a special winter single and MV. Last year’s song Love In The Air was featured in our Christmas Calendar, this time it’s Christmas For All from the 2011 winter project. King of ballads Sung Si Kyung, Brian of the duo Fly to the Sky, Superstar K winner Seo In Guk, singer-song-writer Park Hak Ki, Park Jang Hyun and Hwang Project, all lend their voices for this track. Continue reading

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Day 22, Christmas Day by BTS’ Jimin & Jungkook

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Sometimes a cover isn’t a bad thing – especially not if BTS set their hands on it. With Christmas being only three days ahead Christmas Day spreads a smile on your face – even if sadly not the whole line-up of BTS perform the song. It’s only BTS‘ maknae-line Jimin and Jungkook who cheer us up in the hustle and bustle before the holidays, but as the two of them have so soothing voices, one can almost neglect Continue reading

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Day 21, Winter Story by LABOUM

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We hadn’t had too many cutesy Christmas songs this year yet, so I believe we are in urgent need for Winter Story by girly girl band LABOUM. Being only in the industry for two years, LABOUM still strongly hold their aegyo and innocent image which goes well with Winter Story‘s MV. The girls wear fairy-like dance outfits and dreamy stage close which Continue reading

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Day 20, SsSs by Dynamic Duo & Lena Park

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Let’s have ourself a funny little Christmas tune. Lena Park again finds herself in a collaboration and performing a cheerful song. This time hip hop double pack Dynamic Duo teamed up with she soloist for an end-of-the-year single SsSs (Sing Sung Saeng Sung). Continue reading

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Day 19, Merry Christmas in Advance by IU (feat. Thunder)

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It’s the last Monday before Christmas and who’d fit better to sound the bell for the last round of the Christmas K-pop Calendar than IU. IU is one of the most successful and beloved soloist female singers of Korea, also nicknamed “the nation’s (Korea’s) little sister”. Staring her career at the tender age of 15 she found her way to mainstream and nationwide success in 2010 with her album Real. Having always being ambitious Continue reading

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Day 18, When Winter Comes by Urban Zakapa

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Here comes a most talented vocal trio, it’s Urban Zakapa. Being friends since their teens singers Kwon Sun Il, Jo Hyuna and Park Yong In are rocking the indie scene with their acoustic jazz and R&B style since 2009. Park Yong In motivated the other two to join him in a band and in their first three years, Urban Zakapa counted four vocalists and five instrumentalists. Nowadays, the three friends Continue reading

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Day 17, Shooting Star by Star Empire Artists

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Sorry guys, I’m running late on this one. We had a splendid Christmas party at our house last night and therefore it took a while for this post to upload. I’ll keep it short then. Shooting Star is an older in-house collaboration of Star Empire Artists. As so we witness again a very simple tune and music video content. Park Jung Ah, Seo In Young, ZE:A, Jewelry, and Continue reading