[Comeback] Eric Nam – Interview (Highlight medley)

Korean-American singer Eric Nam is planning to comeback soon with a new album.

It was confirmed a few days ago that Eric Nam was going to make a comeback with his first ever mini album entitled “Interview“. The album will be composed of five songs, including three songs written and composed by Eric Nam. The album is set to drop on the 24th of March 2016 and it will be Eric’s first comeback since his last full album “Cloud 9” was released in 2013.

“Interview” – Tracklist

  1. Interview
  2. Good For You
  3. Stop The Rain
  4. No Comment
  5. Good For You (English version)

Eric Nam posted on his official YouTube channel a highlight medley for all four songs on his album. I’m sure you’re all happy to hear Eric’s voice again **

Stay tuned for more information!

Your Korean beauty guide with Erica Kim

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This is our first cosmetic article on the blog!!!

For our first cosmetic article, I thought it would be fun to interview one of my Korean friends and ask her what kind of Korean cosmetics she uses and why she likes them. I really hope it will help some people choose their Korean cosmetics.

Erica Kim, 18 years old, grew up in Gangnam, just south of Seoul in Korea. She moved near Boston two and a half years ago and is now living and studying in the United States. She’s a huge fan of BIGBANG and loves Super Junior. She is a big fan of road shop products and she’s still using them here, in America.


Korean Road Shops

Korean road shop cosmetics stores have a lot of varieties you can choose and I love how they have super cute designs. It’s not even that expensive and many students can afford to buy cosmetics. So if you go to Gangnam station, tons of road shop cosmetic brands will welcome you. They give out free samples and sometimes they have a huge bargain like 50% off for membership. I remember I used to make a bucket list before the bargain day and I would go to Gangnam to buy everything I wanted. I know a lot of Chinese tourists love Innisfree and they literally buy the whole store’s shelves *jokes*. That’s how popular it is.

Now you know where to go next time you visit Seoul. She also added,

It’s hard for me to keep up with Korean products nowadays, so I have to buy stuff from Sephora.

For people that do not know what a “Road Shop cosmetics stores” is, she defined it as:

All these cosmetic shops on the street like Etude, Innisfree, Nature Republic, TonyMoly, Skin Food, The Face Shop…. It’s less expensive there, than in department stores.

Now, let’s get to what kind of makeup and brand she uses for her daily makeup.


What kind of cosmetics do you use for your daily makeup?

Lotions and toners I use Innisfree and I also use Innisfree for makeup base. For lip tints, I like Etude House.

Because she uses an American brand for mascara and eyeliner, I asked her to recommend us a Korean brand that she would use for these items. She answered that for both she would use TonyMoly. She said she was also planning on getting TonyMoly cosmetics for her eyebrow.

A recap of what she uses or would use:

Mascara – TonyMoly

EyeLiner – TonyMoly

Eyebrow – TonyMoly

Lips – Etude House

Foundation – Innisfree


Her recommendations

  • For lips

I would recommend Etude for lips, obviously, because they have a lot of different kind and they have a really cute designs.

  • Lotions and Skin Toner

Innisfree is more of like lotion, skin toner and foundation because they really have a lot of colors and skin types. It’s really good, but it’s kind of expensive.

  • For cheap products

If you want to find cheap products, I would recommend Etude or Nature Republic.


Websites where you can buy Korean cosmetics

Newtle – They have a reward program with points and shipping is free everywhere in the world!

If you have an account on Kpopmart or Kpoptown you can check their cosmetic section and maybe use the points you have to get discounts. They often have promotions on their cosmetic articles.

Yesstyle (cosmetic section) – They have a huge variety of cosmetics and some are very cheap.

You can also check the official websites of Innisfree, TonyMoly, Nature Republic, Etude House, The Face Shop and others….

You can also try the K-Beauty boxes of MemeKorea Box and Birchbox. These boxes are monthly box coming with 5-8 different kind/brand of cosmetics.


Hope you enjoyed this article!

 

Meet the Kpop Fanboy…..

The Kpop Fan Boy

Hello to all you Kpop fans out there!

Before I get started on anything, I just wanted to let you guys know that this post will be a little different and special from our other ones!

Just recently we were able to chat with a group Kpop fans that love Kpop just as much as we do, but here’s the catch, this group of Kpop enthusiasts, are not only super outgoing and hilarious, but they also have not been recognized as much in the Kpop industry……..And they are your KPOP FAN BOYS!

With Skyler Jung, the founder of their page “The Kpop Fanboy”, the group (which consists of both fangirls & fanboys) have been writing Fanfic narrations, Hallyu News, Daily Idol Posts and much more (You can check them out here and here, SO DON’T MISS OUT!), and so we decided to ask a couple of questions to see/get some different perspectives and opinions on how they experience Kpop themselves. 

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So tell us a little about your group.

S: It’s a place for where fangirls and fanboys to come together and freak out over their loves for kpop and biases together. It is also to recognize that fanboys exist for male groups as well, just like how there are fangirls for girl groups too. We fanboys also quarrel with each other over our favorite male idol groups as well.

 Okay! So first question, how do you pick your bias in girl and boy groups? What do you pay attention to the most? (Looks, personality, type of voice, genre?)

K: Mix of everything, from the looks to the talent to the personality. I love it if they have a good personality as a person and take care of their fans well.

S: A mix of who steals him from his previous bias and captures his heart

N: I usually end up choosing by personality, looks and talent as well. But somehow I almost always end up having the rapper of the group as my bias *Zelo*

H: I try not to keep biases in groups only because there’s the bias wreckers making it pointless to even try having one. I tend to love and respect all members of the group.

 

#2: Do you prefer boy groups or girl groups?

K: I prefer boy groups more to be honest. I only like three girl groups, which are G.G, 2NE1 and F(x) and a little bit of Red Velvet

N: I definitely prefer boy groups but I can’t help but be a Twice trash at the same time

S: Boy groups are the best. They just have a more attractive aura to them, more charismatic and attention grabbing.

H: Boy groups. There are very few girl groups I enjoy and that’s only because I’ve found many of the girls groups to be a little too cutesy for me.

 

#3: How does it feel to be a fanboy when most of the Kpop fans are girls?

There are definitely pros and cons to being a fanboy, but first of all, there’s no way that a fan boy would ever be picked for an event like “win a date” or be brought up to the stage for the “intimate” fan sessions or even just the regular ones. Anything kpop related always only mentions girls. Even at events when they’re addressing the audience, they would usually say “Hello ladies…” but like, I’m not a lady??! Second of all, sometimes fangirls would get super creepy around us (fanboys) like when I used to have a hairstyle like Luhan, girls would repeatedly ask me if they could pretend I was him. Not to mention they also don’t respect the personal space at times, and be touching me as if they’re my girlfriend or something, which really really makes me uncomfortable.

The pros though, you get treated like a celebrity simply because you’re just a fan boy and they sometimes give me free food too.

 

#4: Do you feel comfortable being around/ dealing with fangirls?

S: Most of them are awesome, it’s just the ones that are a little creepy that make me a little iffy.

H: To be very honest, I’m totally fine with the sane ones, but the ones that sometimes go a little overboard, I’m not so okay with.

 

#5 : How do you feel when only fangirls are being addressed?

At this point, frankly speaking, really annoyed. Since it happens so often. Even at KCON people will say “Are you guys ready to fangirl” and if I say it annoys me to any girl, they’ll just say “Oh they’re still including you, it’s just an expression that they use…” or something along those lines. But sometimes they still do tend to at least mention us, but only after a thought, and we just wish that they would remember us male fans as well.

 

#6: If you had to pick a favorite concept for girl groups, would it be cute or sexy?

Instead of choosing between cute or sexy, the badass concepts are the ones we prefer; Neither cute nor sexy. We find that this concept suits our preferences way better, since sometimes the cute concept can be a little to cringeworthy for us and the sexy concept can go overboard and make others feel uncomfortable…

 

#7: Why was our group created?

Our group was created to give the awesome fan boys the same recognition that the fan girls get!

 

#8: Do you talk about your biases/favorite groups with non-kpop friends?

S: I don’t actually have non Kpop friends haha, unless if you count the people in my school, my family, and the cashiers at grocery stores.

K: I do, and they usually just listen to me and try to be interested even if they don’t know the group and I’m usually good at getting them into Kpop too.

H: Yep, I’m trying to spread the good word around.

 

#9: Why do you think fanboys aren’t recognized as much as fangirls?

H: Fangirls are the majority, and technically speaking, Kpop is still pop music, which is generally garnered towards pre-teen to teenage girls majority of the time. BUT, fan boys, older fans (people in their mid-twenties+) and younger ones still exists too.

K: Maybe because fangirls stand out more so the idols tend to see them or like it cause it seems more “normal” for girls to be freaking out about these kinds of things.

 

Last Question! If you had to choose between boy groups and girl groups?

H: Don’t do this to me.

K: This is hard.

S: My ultimate is just G-Dragon. He is all that matters. ❤

 

Aaand this concludes our interview! We had tons of fun interviewing them and seeing what their response was!

Don’t forget to check out their pages once again!

The Kpop Fanboy: https://www.facebook.com/thekpopfanboy/