Tuesday, 7 January 2014

J-Drama | Just Watched: Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu (私が恋愛できない理由)

Recently I've started trying to delve a little deeper into what Japan has to offer in terms of good television, and thanks to my reading of Tofugu, I've stumbled across the existence of Japanese Dramas, otherwise known as J-Dramas/Jdramas or J-Doramas/Jdoramas, and even found one that comes highly recommended: Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu (私が恋愛できない理由), or The Reason I Can't Find My Love.

I knew it was only one series long, but I didn't realise that there were only ten episodes, and therefore found myself watching the last 20 minutes of it with this sudden realisation that it was about to end, which I was severely unprepared for. I'd completely fallen in love with the three main characters Emi Fujii (Karina Nose), Mako Hanazuma (Yuko Oshima who is actually a member of the Japanese girl group AKB48), and Saki Ogura (Yuriko Yoshitaka), and had managed to burn through all ten episodes of the show in about a day and a half (although that's nothing remarkable, that's just how I watch TV series) by accident, as I just couldn't get enough.

The storyline is very sweet, it's about three young women who knew each other from their school's drama club who wind up living together. Each one has their own unique trouble with love, and gain support, comfort, and the harsh truth about whatever situation they're in from the other two. One of the taglines is that "women's friendship is thinner than ham", meaning that as soon as a guy comes along the girl starts ignoring her friends because she's loved up, which these three manage to thankfully disprove. It's all about trying to get out of the "love desert", and trying to find love, but knowing that staying true to yourself and following your own dream is what's most important.

Given the fact that I'm not Japanese *cry*, there were definitely some cultural parts that aren't mirrored in England which threw me now and again, but I can't exactly nitpick them as what was going on was always easy to understand (with the subtitles on... har har). It's given me the Japanese Drama bug, although I've done a 180 in terms of genre and have started watching a Detective show which I'll probably do a review on once I've watched a few more episodes. I decided I couldn't watch another romance-themed one, as I'm still in mourning over the ending of The Reason I Can't Find My Love.

Do you like J-Dramas? Have you watched 私が恋愛できない理由?

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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Beauty | No7 Beautiful Skin Normal/Oily Skincare Review

So I went to London about two months ago now, and whilst I was there I decided to treat myself to a little skincare. All my life, I have been an avid avoider of skincare; in the past, the most I have ever used is a few Clearasil blackhead removers, etc., which just dried my skin so badly after a couple of uses that I simply couldn't use them again. Lo and behold, my skin is not the greatest. In fact, I get quite self-conscious of it.

As I associated all skincare with drying my skin out and having to suffer with embarrassing peeling skin on my nose mostly, I used to just slap on concealer and powder for years, then added in foundation when I finally found one that was pale enough to not make me look like an umpa lumpa (my skin tone is quite ghostly ahahaha). Essentially, I was just clogging up my skin every day, for years now, up until about six to nine months ago, when I started a medication that made me physically exhausted, so much so that putting make-up on in the mornings was just too much for me. Since then I've switched meds a few times, but each time I have to go through the tiredness all over again as my body adjusts to them, as tiredness has been a main side effect of each. Therefore, I have not actually worn make-up for a regular day at work for many, many months.

Due to this tiredness and inability to find the energy required to put on make-up in the mornings every day, I decided to take advantage of letting my skin breathe, and try to clear it up a bit. Hence, with a push from an offer at Boots for 2 for 3 items on No 7 skincare, I took the plunge and invested in their Normal/Oily Skin range (as my nose looks undesirably shiny sometimes, and my foundation melts off sometimes). I bought their Foaming Cleanser, Purifying Exfoliator, and the Day Cream, as even though I hate moisturising and all that, I wanted it as a backup in case these products dried out my skin.

You can find the Foaming Cleanser, Purifying Exfoliator, and Day Cream online and in store at Boots.

I do really like these products, after using mainly the cleanser morning and night with alterations of the exfoliator for several weeks, my skin was definitely a great deal clearer and smoother than it used to be. Whilst I did still get spots on occasion, the frequency of them cropping up lessened, and with continued use even a few of my blackheads disappeared and the rest appeared minimised and were less noticeable! (*゚▽゚*)

I'm still using these products as they are definitely helping my skin, but I think I'm going to be on the lookout for more blackhead-oriented skincare products, as they're what I'm most self-conscious of. Do you use or like No7 skincare products? Let me know what you think in the comments below (○^ω^)

Bye! x
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