Lee Hyori’s Behind-The-Scenes Photos of Her DIY Wedding on New Lifestyle Blog

 

Gathering greens from her homemade garden at her quaint, new home on Jeju Island, South Korea, former Fin.K.L leader Lee Hyori has come a long way from her glamoured-up K-pop star days. On her new blog, she sheds her sexy pop star image and reveals what’s underneath — her organic, vegetarian lifestyle, her undeniable love for animals, and her insight on what it’s like to be a new housewife, as told by text and photographs.

“It’s been a long time since my friends from Seoul have come down [to Jeju],” she wrote in Korean, in her most recent blog post. According to Korea Times, the name of her blog, “so-gil-daek”, refers to her home in Sogil-li, Jeju Island. The site, which went live on May 29th, has already amassed more than 8 million views as of Thursday.

Scrolling through 20-some pages of her Naver blog reveals photos of her friends wandering the woods, her latest embroidery ventures, her adorable dogs (and her imaginary conversations with them) and what’s on her dinner plate, all accompanied by short and sweet blurbs about her day. There’s nothing glamorous about it. She’s almost — dare I say it? — one of us.

Surprisingly, Hyori has received some backlash from critics who say that she is making a fuss, using her fame to glamorize her “simple” life — a life that many ordinary people lead. Characteristic of her rather humble and honest demeanor that is apparent throughout her blog posts, Hyori responded to this criticism in her blog post titled, “Irony.”

“I am famous, but I want to live a quiet life,” she wrote. “I am living quietly, but I don’t want to be forgotten. I’m simple but rich, and I’m rich but nothing is really different. I confess to my ironic life.”

Don’t worry, Hyori — we’re all for it. Even without her fame and popularity, her blog holds its own. Imbued with an overall artsy, bohemian, hipster-esque aesthetic, her photos tell the story not of Hyori, the K-pop Queen, but a down-to-earth human being who just loves adventure with her husband, friends and dogs. She shares her life in simple and candid terms.

Speaking of her husband, here’s what you’ve been waiting for (unless you just skipped to the photos, because I wouldn’t blame you): the adorably adorable wedding photos of Hyori and Lee Sang-Soon! The two talented musicians tied the knot last September in a very private, intimate wedding at their home on Jeju Island, and Hyori recently uploaded exclusive behind-the-scene photos on her blog early July. The whole affair gave off strong vibes of DIY decorations and accessories — from floral crowns to homemade backdrops — that just may inspire your own bohemian, outdoor wedding.

 

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The caption under this last photograph reads: “When night fell, we were all exhausted. Everything that I was worried about fell away, and after drinking beer, my body just collapsed. ‘How will I live from now on, on this foreign ground bearing my husband’s name?’ I thought to myself, and my heart felt heavy. Then I saw a small light flying around a nearby bush. It was a firefly. It felt like it was the first time I saw a firefly since childhood, and it seemed like the firefly was dancing, flying in between and around us and shining its light all over the place. If I believe that the firefly was telling me that it will all be OK and that I will do a great job, would that be too sentimental? But I looked at the scenery around me, and I realized that there was nothing more that I could ask for. Then, my heart seemed to feel a little lighter.”

Damn. Leave it to Hyori to be beautiful, down-to-earth and poetic all at the same time.

All photos courtesy of Lee Hyori’s blog.

 

This Korean Makeup Vlogger Shows You How To Achieve the Perfect Dewy, Summer Look

With the summer heat bearing down on you, it’s easy for your makeup to look and feel, well, under the weather. You need a makeup regime that will boost the brightness level of your face so you can keep on shining all day long — by choice, and not by sweat.

South Korean girls seem to have mastered how to balance the dewy-and-not-clammy look, considering that they live in terribly humid conditions all throughout the summer. Popular South Korean vlogger, Dayeong Kim, shows you how to achieve this glowing look in her tutorial for a makeup routine that she calls “a natural, daily look.” Featured on her YouTube channel, Dayomi page, the video shows a step-by-step rundown of her makeup routine, with tips to follow — but it’s all in Korean. Well, if you’re not a native Korean speaker, then you’re in luck, because we’ve brought you a translated run-through of how to pull off this natural, glowing look in 12, relatively easy, steps.

Here’s what you’ll need …

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Step #1: Dab an ample amount of Botanic Hill bob Radiant Youth Ampoule Essence into your hands and vigorously rub it in between your palms. Then, gently press the essence into your cheeks, spreading it around your face in an upward fashion. (She applies this twice to show you how it’s done, but one application should be fine.) Dayeong says this essence gives your skin a sense of firmness, but it still allows the skin to be moist and flexible.

Step #2: Take Giorgio Armani’s UV Master Primer Mauve and apply to your cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead. Lightly spread and blend into your face. This orchid-hued primer doesn’t clog your pores, says Dayeong, and it provides a nice, dewy sheen all over your face.

Step #3: Dayeong explains the four-part process in applying her foundation. You’ll need Giorgio Armani’s Fluid Sheer (in 7), Giorgio Armani’s Lasting Silk UV Foundation (in 4), Vaseline Pure Petroleum Jelly Original, and L’Oreal Hydra Fresh Masking Lotion. Using the back of your hand as a palette, dab a little bit of each item into one large blob and blend well. These four components work together to bring out the bright, pearliness in your skin, and creates a smooth, natural finish.

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Step #4: Use Bobbi Brown’s Mineral Powder to help set the foundation and keep it from unevenly melting off.

Now, remember to take many moments during your makeup session to admire yourself in the mirror in interesting poses.

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Okay, let’s get back to it.

Step #5: With a small brush, lightly apply the smokey color in Urban Decay’s Naked 1 palette for eyebrows that are not too light, nor too dark. Fan out as you apply for an even finish.

Step #6: Next, take your eyelash curler and start curling from the bottom of your lashes to the top in a gradual, upward motion. Dayeong says that since this glowing makeup look doesn’t highlight your eye points, it’s imperative that you give your lashes plenty of support for a beautiful, wide curl.

Step #7: Take Innisfree’s Creamy Tint Lip Mousse 3 (an item that Dayeong says she is currently obsessed with) and dab a little onto your hand-palette. Then dab some Urban Decay Eye Primer, and combine the two together. With the blended mixture on your finger, dab gently onto a napkin, and then proceed to apply the color to your eyelids. Dayeong’s tip: the key is to apply the color, dab lightly, blend out, and repeat as needed to create a subtle pink sheen that delicately fans out on your eyelid.

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Step #8: Instead of using a black color for her liner, which Dayeong says is too harsh for this look, she uses a more natural brown hue for a softer touch. Take your eyeliner pencil and use Bobbi Brown’s Gel Liner in Espresso Ink. Lift your eyelid slightly and lightly apply the liner along your eyelash line, being careful not to go over the line. Finish it off by applying a very tiny wing to the corner end of each eye.

Step #9: Maybelline’s Falsies Mascara creates long, rich eyelashes that almost look like false eyelashes. As you’ll see in the video, Dayeong first applies the mascara downwards on the top eyelash first, and then applies upwards, for a more dramatic eyelash.

Step #10: Using Nars Love Blush, lightly apply to cheekbones as you would with any blush for a subtle, but romantic finish. It helps if you smile a little during the application, so your cheekbones are raised.

Step #11: Tone down your lips. Although many people use concealer to tone down their lips before adding color, Dayeong says that concealer reveals too much of the creases on her lips. If you struggle with this too, then use a lightly tinted lipstick instead. Dayeong uses Clio’s Diamond Lipstick in Pretty Pink to create a smooth under layer before applying her lip color.

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Step #12: Using Innisfree’s Creamy Tint Lip Mousse 3 again — she did say she was obsessed — smear a small dab in the middle of your lips. Spread the color by pressing your lips together for a gradated look, applying more color as needed, and then dab the edges with your pink finger to fill in any spots.

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Throw your hair up in a high pony, and voila, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 … 4, 5 …12 steps!

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With all jokes aside, this natural, glowing makeup routine is simply perfect to wear daily. And the best part is, it stays on all day long. Dayeong’s makeup in the beginning of the video was filmed more than two hours after she had applied her makeup, and it still stayed so fresh and so clean (clean).

 

(Photo credit: Screenshots from the video and the Kim Dayeong website.)

Leather In Summer Weather? This Fashion Blogger Shows You How

If you love the spunky and impossibly adorable fashion vlogger, Jenn Im (whose summer casual outfits can be found here), then you’ll love her equally fashionable, yet more edgy insta-sister, Eugenie Grey–because after all, opposites do attract. The chic pair has been spotted gleefully piggybacking each other and hanging out occasionally on Instagram, and just being two totally awesome Korean American trendsetters. I mean, just look how cute they are.

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More famously known by her Instagram handle feralcreature, Eugenie Grey often channels a rock-and-roll persona that acts almost like an alter ego to Jenn Im’s sweet charm–but let’s be honest, we all want to be a little bad ass from time to time. So here’s how to be unapologetically “sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll” in the summer heat with the 5 top rocker-chic looks by feralcreature. Start practicing your mean muggin’ face.

 


 

1) Keeping it Bare
Put away those high-wasted shorts and expose your midriff. The zip-up cropped turtle neck paired with the black leather duo of the jacket and boots give the outfit that bad-ass edge, but revealing the midriff graces the ensemble with an overall soft and cool look.

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2) Hang Loose
Let it flow by wearing loosely fit tanks and bottoms. The silhouette of the joggers gives the outfit a relaxed, summery vibe, but the leathery, “snake” effect will keep it on the edge. And don’t put away those beanies just because it’s summer–they give the perfect finish for a street-style look.

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3) Black and Gold
All black and gold, and that’s that.

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4) Add Some Color
If you need a little splash of something-something in an overall one-tone outfit, then throw a bright flannel around your waist to liven it up and wear lipstick to match.

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5) Laced
You don’t have to lose your edge when you put on a dress. Simultaneously gritty yet elegant, this lacey, see-through dress channels vampire-goth vibes, but it will still keep you cool in the summer heat.

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Grey, who is based in Los Angeles, is an active fashion blogger, model, and style icon in the Instagram realm. She has been featured in online fashion sites the likes of Vogue Italia, Nasty Gal, and Wasteland, as well as in print magazines, including Nylon Japan, Clin D’Oeil, Disfunkshion Magazine, and Kode Magazine.

(Photo credit: @feralcreature on Instagram and feralcreature.com)