Handmade jewelry: How to make, what you need, and where you can find jewelry making supplies in Korea

Hello everyone! Hope you guys had an amazing weekend! To brighten up your Monday here I am with something I am obsessed nowadays, which is jewelry! 😆 I guess most of the women have a thing about jewelry. I usually buy a lot of lockets whenever there’s a sale in the nearby marts. But being a South Asian girl, I am more into heavy jewelry set with tiara/tikli kinda head-wear, layered earring etc. than single locket or earring. So, I was searching thorough ebay, the cheap ones there are not that good looking, and I would rather kill myself than to buy something out of my budget. Lol 😂😂😂 Yup, I am a scrooge, I know 😎

So, I was searching for the alternate, and suddenly I remembered my Lab-mate’s sister often makes small jewelries, for her class projects, so may be it would be available somewhere nearby. But I always have a busy schedule and a big fan of online shopping because of the fact that they send those things just in front of your door. So I searched in G market, one of the biggest online shopping site in Korea. And guess what, there’s a varieties of options! From copper wire, elastic wire, beads (from size 4mm to 10mm), even stones of different sizes and colors are available. So I placed my order two times! Because I didn’t realize at first how much I need and so the first supplies were a little  short. Anyways, the seller was really responsible and I received the package within 24 hours. Here’s what I made:

For the round disks in the middle of the earrings and tiara I used the copper wire. But in the necklace, I used one of my old bangles. For the pearl string I used a thick thread from Diaso. And in the middle to hold the 10mm beads, I used glue. I bought the glue gun from Diaso. The finishing was not really as good as professional though. But it was ok for me lol 😉 The necklace ends could be joined with a necklace hook, which is also available in G market. But as this was my first time and there were 7 layers, I couldn’t find a better way of putting a hook without making a mess lol 😂 I used a stud earring of a small pearl to hold the round disk first and then I attached the layer of strings later.

Beads/ stones, wires are sold in set/ singly depending on the size. The price range is in between 1000KW. Here’s another picture:

I had to use around 1200 of 4mm beads, around 500 of 6mm beads, and around 60 of 10mm beads. I used around 20 cubic ziroconia of 5mm, 70 of 2mm. One wire bundle is more than you need to make one complete set 🙂

Hope you enjoyed the post! Let me know of your thoughts! ♥

Munira Chowdhury, 06/11/2017

Advertisements

Charcoal Mask & Pack I Am Using

So charcoal mask is the newest hype in the beauty world! Almost every day we see those ad online where someone peeling off those charcoal masks of their face while pulling off those stubborn white heads, black heads and all the dirt and debris! To be honest I find those videos quite satisfying! ♥ But to tell the truth, you can achieve the “pulling off unwanted stuff” effect just the same with other things like gelatin or egg white. But the advantage of any ready-made pack or mask is you do not need any preparation there. Just take the amount from the tube and apply directly. These days have been busy, and hardly I find any time for taking care of myself. So, most of the times, I rely on store bought masks. Also the reputation of Korean skin care products helped me made my decision to give them a try.

 

The first charcoal mask/pack I ever used was from Freemen, Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask. I bought this one from Mustafa Centre, Singapore. The price was  5.6SG$. The texture of the mask is like a regular scrubber with tiny exfoliators. The instruction in the packet says to put it in damp face for 5/6 minutes and to massage slowly afterwards. Though if I’m running late, sometimes I keep it for like 2 minutes. And I still find it quite efficient as of 5/6 minutes time. The mask really does some good cleansing, specially for clearing out the dead cells and skin. For me, it is such a good scrubber. But, it doesn’t fully clears out the white heads and black heads from the root. But if you need a quick cleansing before going somewhere, this one is such a good option. I would recommend to use a moisturizer afterwards as it dries your skin out like any scrubber. I usually use it 1 or 2 times a week.

Next one is from Coibana, Nasnon Charcoal Pore Clear Pack. This one is a peel off pack. It has a gel texture. This pack does a better a job of clearing black and white heads than the Freemen mask, but honestly I believe with a gelatin mask you get the best result. But most of the gelatin contains pork fat, and because of being a Muslim, it’s not allowed for me. Halal gelatin are not always available and also they are quite expensive. Like for 30 grams, you have to pay nearly 3.5$. I bought this pack on sale, it was a 1+1 offer in 9$. So, you see this was quite budget friendly offer! The instructions in the pack says to keep the mask for 20~30 minutes in a damp cleaned face and to peel it off afterwards. If you want better action try to make a thick layer while applying, but keep in mind that it would take more time to get dry. When I first applied three days ago, I created a thin layer and it dried within 30 minutes. But, the pack was only able to take the top of  the white and black heads. Last night I applied a thick layer, while it did pull off some of the white and black heads from the root, it took nearly 45 minutes to dry.


If you closely look at the pictures, you will see tiny white dots in the peeled off mask in my fingers. It definitely doesn’t work the way as they show it on those online/ TV ads. But still I think it does a good job.

Hope you enjoyed the post!

-Munira Chowdhury, 31/10/2017

Three ways to do eyeliner

 

Not sure about everyone, but my favorite part of the makeup is eyeliner! ❤ Specially winged eyeliner. Learning how to apply eyeliner was not really easy for me, but I never stopped practicing. I had an advantage, which was I started practicing eyeliner with a liquid eyeliner. So, no matter how messy it got at first, but with time I learned it all. The fact about applying eyeliner is, it can smell your fear. So, always be calm and steady. Anyways, today I’m going to show you three ways to do your eyeliner with wings. Though in this tutorial, I will use a pen eyeliner, if you want to see with a liquid eyeliner or gel eyeliner, please check my other tutorials. I will post a link to my channel below, for your convenience. 🙂

This tutorial includes the following types:

1.Upper lash line eyeliner with inner and outer wing
2.Upper & lower lash line eyeliner with connecting inner and outer wing
3. Upper & lower lash line eyeliner with double wings

So, here’s the tutorial:

 

The eyeliner is from It’s skin, it’s top professional no smudge professional eyeliner. I used a pen eyeliner because it falls into my everyday makeup category, so for convenience and quick finishing, I used a pen eyeliner. The eyeliner is great, no doubt, but the tip is not thin enough, so you gotta be careful about that. :/

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial, let me know of your thoughts!

-Munira Chowdhury, 11/10/2017

Life nowadays

The last couple of months have been busy, like really busy. I guess you could understand that by my longtime absence from blogging world. I was busy at work, had to prepare a research paper. I spent my free times roaming around the city with hubby and filming new tutorial for my channel. Will update them here, soon.

Anyways, things are little relaxed now. At first I decided to take my masters degree this semester, then my Professor offered that he will provide me fund if I want to stay one more semester. This was a good proposal for me, cause my husband needs another year to finish his PhD, so what we will do in future depends upon which step he takes next. And if I finish early, I will get bored in home. So, I thought it’s a good thing for me to have the chance to be in touch with my lab! 🙂 And, as I am taking my degree another semester later, I am not busy at all now!

So, I have decided to be regular both on blogging and vlogging. Though I started my youtube channel nearly a year ago, but never been was regular. I decided to post a blog and vlog at least once a week from now on. I am dealing with some thing, and I think getting busy with the things I love can only be the solution. Life in Korea has always been lonely, but time to deal with this in my own way. There’s another thing I’m tired of dealing with. I can’t stop looking back at the past.  There’s a saying that you can’t move forward, if you keep looking back at the past. And, I really can see how much harm these haunted memories are causing me. I guess no matter how much I love myself, at the end of the day I can be my own destroyer. I’ve always been stubborn, I was never able to accept a change in things. For example, I always complain about being lonely.  So, I should either get used to with it or make some friends. But you know what? I don’t wanna do either.

So, I was thinking, may be it’s time for a change. Or time to start pretending a change, if that helps!

-Munira Chowdhury, 28/09/2017

 

 

 

Life of a researcher

The biggest joke of my life is, I actually became an engineer. Wait, it’s not over yet, the greatest one is yet to come, which is….. “I am working as a researcher for more than a year”. Funny, huh? That girl, who barely passed the 4th grade, with two F grades in “English grammar & Literature” in two consecutive term exams (PS: We have three terms in the school curriculum of our country), is working as researcher lol :p Not only that, sometimes she even writes research paper! I think now you can understand why my English is so lame. 😉 How did I come here, it’s whole other different story, which I explained in parts in some articles in this blog. But here I will describe about the life of a researcher:

  • There are so many things in a researcher’s life, and the worst of the worst of them is, “I am supposed to work with something new, that no one ever heard of”. Like, seriously? Even when I am a makeup freak, I never did really buy anything without checking any review, that girl has to work with a new thing? You gotta be kidding me -_- So, the beginning of a any researcher life is all about searching!

giphy-downsized

  • Now, when you actually, find some topic, you need to make it work. C’mon, you have to let the world know about your research by writing a paper or an article, huh! 😉 That’s when you realize, even you have a topic, you have no idea, how to make it work!

giphy-downsized (1)

aww, poor researcher! 😦

  • Conflict of “what you are supposed to do” vs “what you actually do”.

Research laboratories usually have enough food and free WiFi, which makes them  a perfect resting place. -_-

  • Your parents and relatives will always assume that you are some kinda super hero, who alone is saving this planet by all her research and almost 8 hours of lab duty. Every time you talk with them over phone you will sense their anxiety about how you are managing all these big matter all by yourself and also that how proud they are about you.

200w_d (1)

where in reality:

giphy-downsized (2)

 

  • In research life, your Professor is always the boss. And to him/her, no matter how much study you’ve done, you are just ‘JON SNOW’, who knows nothing at all.

giphy-downsized (3)

After a long meeting of hearing your work progress and future work plan, his/her reply will be:

giphy-downsized (4)

  • The most difficult thing to cope with is when your partner is also a researcher, with a tight schedule. There will be days when he stays in his lab almost 20 hours in a day and comes home only to take rest and you’re like:

giphy-downsized (5)

But, no matter how much difficult it is, at the end of the day, life is beautiful and it will always give you a reason to live the best of it. 🙂

Hope you enjoyed the post!

Munira Chowdhury, 16/08/2017

 

 

 

Get rid of dry patch on the face overnight (oily skin routine)!

Korean weather is really weird and unpredictable. Specially if you move here from South East Asian part, it’s harder for you to get adjusted fully. Most importantly, you have to be really careful, conscious and  maintain a strict daily skin care routine to nurture your skin. Sadly for me, as a researcher, my schedule is really tight and little bit time I get for myself, when I get too lazy to try anything. So, my skin’s fate is on the hands of weather always, if the weather is good, my skin gets better, but if it’s bad, well my skin gets really bad. As I mentioned, Korean weather is weird, so even in summer, my face started developing some dry patches, which were giving me some hard time while blending foundations. I have super oily skin, but still my face is getting dry in some areas! >_< Mostly because of the hot weather we sweat a lot, which makes our skin dehydrated eventually. :/ So, after going home yesterday, I realized, it’s time to stop being lazy for an hour, take some proper care for my skin. So, what I did was following:

Moisture pack: First of all I needed something which will make skin feel moisturized. So, I made a pack with 3 tbsp of plain yogurt, 1 tbsp of honey & 2 tbsp of chick pea powder. Mix them well and put it on your face. Keep it for 20 mins at least and then wash it off.

Gelatin Pack:  This is for dealing with black heads and white heads. Take 1 tbsp of gelatin and 1-2 tbsp of milk, and microwave the mixture for 15-20 seconds. Put them on the areas of your face with black or white heads, like nose or chin area. Keep them till it get dry, till you really feel the dryness. Usually takes 15-30 minutes depending on the thickness of the layers of your applications. After that, peel it off slowly.

Black Charcoal Mask: Now, time to deal with the dry flaky skin. Take a small amount from any charcoal mask, and put them on your face. Keep it for 5-10 minutes. Then clean your face with warm water while rubbing and massaging with fingers. I used Freeman Black Charcoal Mask, you can use whatever is available to you. If you can’t find a mask, just a scrubber will do the job, but you may need to do the massaging for a long time.
At last, finish your routine with a watery moisturizer.  I used It’s skin clinical solution AC moisture emulsion. The picture below is taken this morning, and as you can see, my skin looks quite fresh! And this picture is without any edit or filter.

Other than these, I use a combination of It’s skin clinical solution AC (toner+ calming serum+ moisture emulsion) two times a day, in the morning and in the night.
Hope you enjoyed the post! 🙂

-Munira Chowdhury, 09/08/2017

Review: Take me to Brazil palette by BH Cosmetics

Hello everyone! I hope you had a great Saturday with friends and family, drinking and eating the best and still the great vibe is going on! As for me, after so many weeks my husband and I are staying the full weekend in house doing almost nothing and to be honest I kinda enjoying that 😄 Not everyday you get the chance to sit idly with your loved one and to me it’s one great opportunity.

Anyways, as I mentioned in my one post few days ago, My husband went to a conference couple weeks ago. He went for 4 days so I was home alone and as a penalty for leaving me here, he bought me a palette from BH cosmetics😍 Guess which one is that 😉 Yup, TAKE ME TO BRAZIL!!!! I first saw that one in Amazon, and I loved it the very first time I saw it. So when he asked me which palette I want, I immediately responded with take me to Brazil palette 😘

The palette has a combination of 30 vibrant and bright colors that are bound to remind you of a colorful Brazil festival. As we took it from Amazon with shipping it cost us a total of 34000 KW.  All the colors are really pigmented but you need the right brush because with the wrong one they may look like less pigmented. So, while putting them on the lids try using a flat eyebrow brush or your fingers will work just fine. And while putting them on your crease line try to use a blending brush which is not too fluffy or stretchy. The palette has the color combination just perfect for any occasion. You will find red, green, yellow, blue, purple everything in one palette. But if you are a fan of nude makeup, you totally should avoid this one 😁😁

Here’s a look of the palette and my pictures of trying it:

IMG_20170712_132624_084

IMG_20170714_075855_417

As you can see even on my brown skin they are shining like hell 😝😝

As you already know I have a small youtube channel, where I sometimes post makeup tutorials, I posted there a video of me using this palette 😜 So you can watch me using this palette 😃 And here’s the link:

This video also contain the full makeup routine of the picture above and details of the product is listed on the description box.

Have a happy holiday, people 😅

 

Munira Chowdhury, 23/07/17