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Musical Friday – In the Bus

ZAZA/자자 – In the Bus/버스안에서

I go Karaoke a lot with one of my coworkers. This is one of the songs she sings a lot, and it has really stuck with me.

I actually liked the performance better than the MV, though it sounds like it was lipsynced.

Anyway, this same coworkers had a concussion earlier in the week, and had to be hospitalized. Miss her tons. Hoping that she will be back with us soon <3

Musical Friday – In the Bus

Chameleon Gels from Madam Glam

*Disclaimer: Products in this post were received for reviewing purposes. Views and opinions about the product are of my own experience with the product. If you intend on trying Soak Off Gels, please read up on proper application.*

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When I arrived home a few weeks back (Toronto Home), I looked at the pile and thought “Damn…I bought more than I thought I did.”

Madam Glam Thermals

Then I noticed the little black box, off to the side…

It kicked in.

Madam Glam had been able to ship these babies to me, just in time for my week in Toronto!

In the little box was Pop Goes My Heart, Dancing in the Moonlight, Love on Top, and Glam Me. These are all classified under the Chameleon Gel heading on their website. Basically, this is known as thermals/colour changing polish for the rest of the world :P

Thermals/colour changing polish, are polishes that change under different temperatures. Think Mood Rings.

I have two Regular polish thermals that I had a friend snag for me, but they were fairly on the weaker side. They didn’t seem to want to work with me at all.

This meant…I didn’t have true colour changing polishes in my collection.

Me…

a Polish hoarder, lacked this little type.

Until, I received a lovely email asking if I wanted to check them out.

My first experience with the brand was written HERE. The Deep Brown Red was my go to colour for my toes in the winter. It wore well, and looked lovely.

So, I had high hopes for the Chameleon line…and boy…was I far far FAR from disappointed.

One issue I have with gels in general, is that similar to some polish, you get drag marks. This can be a huge bummer when glitters are involved. 

Not. With. This.

Madam Glam Thermals
Madam Glam Thermals
Pop Goes My Heart
Blue glitters to purple, which first seems quite thick out of the bottle, but you quickly find that it is deceptive. It applies well. Two coater, though there was a slight VNL for me. The colour changes quite easily, and doesn’t look too chunky after it has been cured. The contrast is quite strong, so it might not be for everyone, but a great to stare and get lost in.

Madam Glam Thermals
Madam Glam Thermals
Dancing in the Moonlight
Is a lovely pink shimmer that changes to a pale/lavender purple (Or in MD’s description “blush pink to a soft lilac” ;P). This was SUPER pretty. What I enjoyed was that I could technically get away with one coat. It was pigmented enough, yet still gave you the satisfaction of the changing colours. I did two coats in the pictures, since I wanted to hide the VNL, which in truth distracts from the beauty of this gel polish. My only wish was that the pale purple/lilac would have been more prominent on the regular nail. However, the polish is just so pretty either way. I think I will have fun using this in the winter xD

Madam Glam Thermals
Madam Glam Thermals
Love on Top
It only gets better, since Love on Top was another love of mine. On that note, I am so happy that their computerized swatches are fairly accurate, and that they have real swatches up as well. In my view, Love on Top starts off as a sheepish white, that transitions to a bright pink. What I really liked about this polish, was that the bright pink shows up quite easily. It was sensitive, but persisted without having been introduced to cold water.

Oh, you can also see the broken pinky! I had been eager to shape my nails, and glam them up once I got home. On my way to Incheon International Airport, I broke the nail. I didn’t have a file with me, and drove me BANANAS on the plane ride over. Note to self: pack a file.

This was what remained on my nails when I came back to my Home in Korea. The kids were fascinated by the colour change :)

Glam Me
Glam Me was the last one I tried out. The thing is, I accidentally thought that they were the exact same! LOL. In reality, Glam Me is pale pink that shifts to a bright pink.

“Where are the pictures?”

Well…I thought that they were the same when I was editing…so I deleted them.

OTL

It also doesn’t help that it seems to be OOS or something, as it is not on the website at the moment.

In any case, these babies sell for $19.95 US. Yes, that may seem like a lot, however, you are not changing it up every day. That means you save that much. Plus, you don’t need to layer it a handful of times. The wear, when cured correctly, should last like any other gel. I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary.

You will, however, experience high shine, and gleefully look forward to washing your hands the full proper required time.

If you don’t think that the really bold ones will work in your daily routine, I would suggest Love on Top, Glam Me (if it comes back in stock), or Dancing in the Moonlight. Not too bold, but beautiful in their own way.

Thanks to the Madam Glam team for allowing me the opportunity to check these out! So glad to have colour changing, Chameleon Gels in my collection xD

Chameleon Gels from Madam Glam

Working with the Exfolikate

Disclaimer: Products in this post were purchases with my own funds. Reviews and experience are of my own, and I have not been compensated in any way.

Exfolikate

Ah…
I know. I shouldn’t be using scrubs. I’ve passed that age bracket now.

The problem is…ever since my days of St Ive’s, I have been a tad addicted.

I’ve actually reserved this for really important times…when I need that flakey skin dissolved quickly.

You apply very gently, and move it in circular motions. Let it sit for the required time (30 secs max), and get on your way.

Despite the warning, I don’t experience redness, and I can see that the edges of my recovering pimples have been removed a bit more. That means, when I apply my foundation, I won’t get the way too noticeable telltale signs lol

Exfolikate
I like that it has a foil seal.

ExfolikateExfolikate
Looks a little odd, with its interesting colouring…ha
It is a little on the thick side, but on wet skin, it moves quite well.

The problem is that it is expensive. For the price, I can probably use something else. Luckily I have gotten it as part of sample kits that Sephora has offered once in awhile. Since I only use it in certain areas, the small tubes last me quite the while.

Working with the Exfolikate

Musical Friday w The Noise


Noise 노이즈 – 상상속의 너 (Google translates this to “You Imagined”)

I remember the first time I heard this song quite well.

My cousin was getting married, and we went off to visit. She has a vast collection of cd’s, and I was browsing through it. Since this was in Korean, I was drawn to it. So much so…I basically listened to it the whole time I was there. I was attracted to the intro beat of it. Just such a happy song to listen to. Of course…the lyrics weren’t of any interest to me at the time, since I didn’t get it.


Apparently it was played for an Argentinean comedy show? They didn’t use the real band, but it was interesting to see on youtube lol

Musical Friday w The Noise

Korea: Friuli Venezia

Korea: Friuli Venezia

Friuli Venezia, Bupyeong / 프리울리베네치아, 부평 Naver MapsWebsite

Ah. I’m trying to save lately, but this is a place I have come to really enjoy. Friuli Venezia is a chain in Korea, which caters to more pasta/carb-y foods. What lured me in, was the pizza freebie promo that they had going on. Basically, you buy a main dish, and you got a pizza for free. Who could say no to that? My coworker at the time wanted to check it out, and so off we went to explore. The restaurant was set up quite nicely. I only had my iPhone4 at the time, so I didn’t take pictures of the interior. Anyway, I ordered the Carbonaea/Carbonara

Korea: Friuli Venezia
Loved it. Yes it was creamy. Yes I thought that the serving was too small (especially for a restaurant in Korea). However, once I was done, I didn’t feel gross for consuming something so creamy, nor did I feel hungry. It was a good balance.

Korea: Friuli Venezia
Coworkers meal. I don’t remember. I probably could have just read the menu on the website, but I’m lazy. Finished working a 6 day work week, and pretty tired…I know. Excuses, excuses…
(I think it is the Pomodoro…I checked the website lol)

We ordered the Chicago Deep Dish, as this was actually the main reason we came.

The problem?

It was made with BBQ sauce.

By that, I mean, the place where tomato sauce would be…was entirely replaced by BBQ sauce.

Korea: Friuli Venezia
This was our secondary pizza. The problem?

This was also sweet -_____- Coworker loves food just like me, but we just couldn’t get ourselves to eat it.

Lucky for them, I still REALLY enjoyed my pasta. Knowing the the pizza was a freebie in the first place, helped to ease the disappointment.

Korea: Friuli Venezia

Korea: Friuli Venezia

Musical Friday – I Thought I Knew


Nico & Vinz – Thought I Knew

So this is the song that I had heard on the plane. This was my gateway song to checking out the rest of their music. It was the intro that caught me. I wished that my screen could have allowed me to listen to just that one song over and over for 13 hours lol.

Musical Friday – I Thought I Knew