beautiology101

InsiteTV, now OnStyle, has recently released a new mini beauty drama – beautiology101! Previously, I mentioned how Sweet 20s was a short, cute, and sweet beauty drama, sponsored by Innisfree of course haha. Similarly, beautiology101 features all Innisfree products only, but hey what’s not to like about yet another “Kdrama” to watch!? (I use Kdrama loosely here; it’s not really a full one, yknow?)

Each episode starts with a cutesy intro, featuring Taylor Swift’s We Are Never Getting Back Together! The drama revolves around the life of Lee Bongju, a freshman at K-Beauty School: May The Beauty Be With You! Bongju comes from a poor family, and is struggling her way through her first year as a K-Beauty major – and of course magically, she has two guys who’re always there for her. Ah, the classic Korean love triangle – the quintessential Kdrama.

Watch the series here:

Lee Bongju: played by Han Ji Eun
Won Namgung: played by Kim Jae Young
Jung Haein: played by Lee Cheol Woo
Oh Duyi: played by JunQ
Yoo Jungyeon: played by Cho Hye Won
Geurina Hwang: played by Choi Ji Heon
Nan Goh: played by Jinhyuk
And of course all the makeup and skincare products are sponsored by Innisfree…

Which team are you on – Team Namgung or Team Haein? I was really rooting for Team Haein!!!

!!SPOILERS!!
My few comments watching this:

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  • Prepare your skin before applying makeup. This was probably the most actually useful tip reinforced in my head – in the mornings, I’m often in a mad rush and I have 20 minutes to wash up, change, and do my makeup. I can only work that fast, and more often than not, I forget to apply skincare before makeup. If a hydrating primer does the trick, why bother applying a gel? Probably not the right mindset in my head! Bongju is adamant that makeup should not be applied on damaged skin, and she’s right. Since I have dry skin in this humid weather, skin flakes are a big no-no – getting the pre-makeup skincare step right is the only, and obvious solution to this 🙂

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  • Girls who don’t wear makeup are invisible. Okay, probably not explicitly so, but really!! Everyone makes fun of Bongju when she doesn’t wear makeup, but once she puts on a little lip tint, draws on some brows, she’s suddenly /human/ again?!

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  • …But even if they don’t wear makeup, their skin is perfect… Because they use Jeju lava seawater on their faces. Everyone’s skin looks so good?! Haha, I guess Innisfree is just trying to promote their new Jeju Lava Seawater skincare line – I’ll admit though, after watching this series I am fairly tempted to try their seawater essence! I’ve never been particularly drawn in by Innisfree’s skincare products, but I don’t quite mind trying it out, considering how good everyone looks.

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  • There is a line between makeup, and too much makeup. What I did like was that they featured Geurina, Bongju’s classmate who’s been told all her life that she wasn’t beautiful – and in turn she wore lots of heavy makeup to cover up her ~natural beauty~. Spoiler: she eventually discovers her inner beauty, and wears less makeup!! And is of course prettier!!

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  • If you’re ever given an opportunity to do makeup on a Beauty Chaebol Chairwoman, apply skincare instead. I get that she wanted to be novel and be true to herself, but Bongju, you knew full well that she was going to attend a fashion show after you applied makeup on her! Rubbing Jeju lava seawater on her face isn’t going to magically make her face ready for a public media appearance!

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  • Don’t forget the love triangle. Of course there are two guys vying for her attention, and of course she’s going to leave but NO SHE ISN’T!! Poor Haein, having his heart broken right there while assy Namgung gets Bongju’s attention. Of course he doesn’t have to wait for her either because she loves Namgung so much she’s going to drop her job opportunity working for the largest Beauty Chaebol in the world’s CEO and run off the plane to come back to do the final project with him.

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  • Every poor girl will meet a chaebol’s grandson in some strange, completely unlikely manner, and he will fall in love with her. Hahahaha, it’s a Kdrama, I’ll accept it, but I find it pretty hilarious how of course she has to end up with him!

Plot holes aside, I thought it was a really cute drama 🙂 GO TEAM HAEIN!!

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insiteTV: Sweet 20s Beauty Drama and Pony’s Beauty Diary + Other Favourites

Short post today! For some of you girls, I know makeup isn’t easy – so I’ll be starting a Beauty 101 Guides/Tutorials series soon 🙂 In the meantime, I just wanted to share a few YouTube channels/series that I really like. Before I got hooked down this path, I started watching makeup tutorials online and I found that videos were truly the most informative method for me to learn how to do makeup/skincare better!


Sweet 20s Beauty Drama

This series just debuted on insiteTV’s channel about a month ago, and I’m already hooked! It’s super cute – it focuses on Yoonha’s life (academic/romantic), and has special segments in each mini-episode where she does her makeup. Okay actually it’s kinduv just an advertorial for Innisfree’s cosmetics/skincare but I think the looks are gorgeous, and their products work great anyway! Either way, it’s mega cute if you like Korean Dramas! 🙂 I’ve linked the playlist below, but it’s not in order ok! Super super super cute I can’t wait for the next episode!! :>

EDIT: In case you’re interested, I’ve found the main cast on Instagram. Here is the cast list:
Bae Yoonha is played by Hwang Seung-Eon (황승언)
Kang Woo is played by Lee You Jin (이유진)
Tae-Jun is played by Shin Ji Hoon (신지훈)


Pony’s Beauty Diary

Probably every Asian Beauty fan’s favourite channel!! Pony is an amazing Korean makeup artist and she puts up extremely informative videos (on insiteTV) about both skincare and makeup application 🙂 She’s also recently started her very own channel, which you can find here. If you’re interested, you should definitely check out her attempt at transforming herself into the Black Widow/Scarlett Johansson – it was almost spot on!!! This is one of my favourite videos she’s posted – Rainy Day Makeup!


Get It Beauty

have to recommend Get It Beauty. Get It Beauty is one of Korea’s top beauty shows, recommending and reviewing the top products in various categories depending on the focus of the episode. They also have a segment called ‘Talking Mirror’ which I absolutely adore – it’s a mirror that interviews celebrities about their skincare/makeup/health routines!

2013/2014’s Get It Beauty Host was Yoo In Na, but they’ve since moved on to a new host for 2015, Lee Ha Nui.You can watch it on Soompi here, but you’ll have to use a VPN like Hola! Unblocker if you’re not in the USA. I’ve embedded a preview the Speedy Makeup episode from 2014 below:


Bonus: Meejmuse

My yiyi recommended her to me – she’s a Korean-Australian and she reviews both Asian and Western beauty products 🙂 Since I tend to prefer videos involving Asian products, I haven’t watched her entire ensemble – but you might enjoy the diversity in her reviewed products! Linked below is her top Korean products video.


Okay that’s all for today! I think that these videos will settle you for a long, long time – I haven’t even completed Get It Beauty, and Pony’s looooong history of videos took me months to finish! I hope these videos help you down your path of beauty 🙂