True Beauty OST album Unboxing

The True Beauty OST album is one of the most unique albums I’ve purchased because of its hexagonal shape. It also looks like a compact powder — when you open it, there’s a mirror inside. The design is very thoughtful and fits the overall theme of the Kdrama!

Check out my review of the Drama: True Beauty (2021)

True Beauty (2021)

Drama: True Beauty (여신강림)
Network: tvN
Episodes: 16
Release Date: December 9, 2020 – February 4, 2021
Runtime: Wed. & Thu. 22:30

A high school girl bullied for her looks learns how to use makeup and transfers to another school where students are nice to her. She gets caught in a love triangle between silent but strong Suho and cool guy Seo Jun. Who will she choose? And what will she do when everyone finds out her real face sans makeup?

Main Cast
Moon Ga Young – Lim Jukyung
Cha Eun Woo – Lee Suho
Hwang In Yeop – Han Seo Jun
Park Yoona – Kang Soo Jin

The best thing about this drama is of course Jukyung and Suho 🥰 I think even without the childhood connection they could have still worked the relationship. I love that Suho loved Jukyung for herself and Jukyung helped Suho come out of his shell. They were there for each other in good and bad times and they didn’t have to pretend to each other. they can just show their true selves – like how they both love horror comics.

Cha Eun Woo as Lee Suho is perfect!! I think his stint in All the Butlers is helping me grow and mature into a better actor. He’s getting exposed to different challenges and experiences and meeting various people. Plus i’m sure he is getting tips from his fellow cast mates Seunggi and Seungrok. He’s only 23 years old – I think give him a few more years and we will see an even better actor

Poor Seojun, he really is a good guy, but just not the right one for Jukyung. I was hoping for a cameo of someone pretty at the end so that Seojun will have his own happy ever atfer but i liked that he was able to debut! I know a lot of people loved Hwang In Yeop in True Beauty, but I honestly liked him more in 18 Again.

It’s hard for me to watch the bullying scenes but I love that Jukyung was able to stand up and accept herself with or without makeup. And I’m glad she found real friends like Soo Ah. School violence and bullying must really be prevalent in Korea. Is it because of the pressure that the kids face from society and their parents? I really hope they do something about it.

Jukyung’s family is weird but fun! I love the softhearted dad and the cute younger brother. The mom is a tiger mom and at first I didn’t like her for always not listening to Jukyung and putting her down because she is not “pretty” enough. Good thing she finally learned the truth and supported Jukyung. One thing I find weird is that the first thing that she thought of was to go to a plastic surgeon. I mean, she saw how pretty Jukyung can be in full makeup — she just needs a good dermatologist to help her with her skin care.

I loved the bromance between Suho, Seojun and Seyeon. Not just loved, but it was heartbreaking. I feel so sad that Seyeon killed himself after the false bullying accusations. That is why everyone and especially the media needs to be careful with what we post and write. it’s not always about the power, fame and money. We need to love and respect more.

I loved all the cameos from Extra You cast.. but why is Kim Young Dae’s cameo so short? (Maybe he was busy filming Penthouse). I love Gun Joo’s cameo is the longest. He is so cute!

The makeup PPL and the OST! I almost added to cart all the colorgram cosmetics in Lazada last weekend 😁 but restrained myself. But i bought the OST! the background music was a little distracting though because it was always loud.

The story was almost finished by episode 14 so I didn’t expect the time jump. The last two episodes felt like fillers, although they were able to wrap everyone’s story neatly. It did feel like it was more of appreciation episodes for Seo Jun as he got a lot of screen time.. he had a date with Jukyung and confessed his feelings, he still maintained his friendship with Suho and he debuted and sang twice.

I appreciated seeing the gang all grown up and living their lives after school. I didn’t necessarily hate the breakup, I thought it was the most sensible reason at that time. Suho didn’t know when he will be back and he didn’t want Jukyung to wait for him. I hoped instead of Suho breaking up with Jukyung like that, and going silent for 2 years, they could have mutually agreed to hold off the relationship until he was back. I think Jukyung would have understood it.

I missed Soojin and I was hoping she had a better ending than volunteering overseas. It felt like she was trying hard to atone for her past behavior. She can go back to school, do what she wants and be her badass self again.

I’m prolly the only one who didn’t like Hee Kyung and Mr Han’s romance. I mostly fast forwarded their scenes. I think it was too cute for their age, but it wasn’t bad.

I did wish to see more reconciliation scenes between Suho and dad.

Rating: 9/10 (8.5 for the story +0.5 for Eunwoo)

Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung (2019)


Drama: Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung (신입사관 구해령)
Network: MBC
Episodes: 40
Release Date: July 17 – September 26, 2019
Runtime: Wednesday & Thursdays 21:00 (35 minutes each / 2 episodes per day)
This drama tells a fictionalized story of the first female historians in Korea. Goo Hae Ryung is a smart, progressive female historian who is not afraid to speak up when necessary. One day, she meets and argues with Yi Rim, who she later founds out to be Prince Dowon, the son of the King. She is assigned to follow his daily activities in Nokseodang.
Main Cast
Shin Se Kyung – Goo Hae-Ryung
Cha Eun Woo – Yi Rim / Prince Dowon
Park Ki Woong – Yi Jin / Crown Prince
Lee Ji Hoon – Min U Won
Please check out my previous posts for my detailed review of each episode until episode 17. This is the only historical drama I watched all year and I was not disappointed. It took a lot of time for me to complete the drama, mostly because I was so busy with work and recording an audio comment for each episode was hard work, especially trying to fit everything in under one minute.
Gu Hae Ryung and Prince Dowon
I liked this drama, mostly for Gu Hae Ryung – I thought she was a great heroine — so ahead of her time. She was smart and compassionate, she apologizes when she’s wrong and speaks up when she’s right. I also liked Prince Dowon – he may be young and naïve but like Gu Hae Ryung, he stands up to his father/king when needed. I also loved their relationship, I didn’t even feel that the Prince was younger than Hae Ryung – they complemented each other well. The only thing I didn’t like with Hae Ryung was when she kept everything she knew hidden until around episode 17 or 18. She knew so much yet never spoke about it to anyone – maybe it wouldn’t have gotten that far had she talked to her brother.
The historians
I already mentioned in one of the episodes that I didn’t like the historians group. I don’t know if they made the team purposely funny/light hearted but I didn’t like how they were always looking down at the 4 female historians, esp. at the start, and they don’t seem like they are really working (they just kept complaining that they have too much work). Even when they finally stood up against the others since their historian pride is being trampled on, I still didn’t like the team. Even the girls, to be honest. Sa Hui and the two girls who kept whining. Even the stony faced Min U Won – was just okay, he let the team down so often by being silent and only in the end when he led the protest against this father did it feel like he finally got free from his father’s shadow.
I also liked how the drama tackled the role of historians in history. They say that the winners write the history and to some extent, it makes sense. I liked that topics such as how much and what kind of information need to be documented since these are the things that the future generations will read and learn from. Also, how much influence does the king have on what is being written and how independent should these historians be (what if they also try to manipulate the truth?)
The King, the Second State Counsellor and the Queen Dowager
Ugh. Hated them to pieces. especially the smug face of the second state counsellor. The story took some time to tell the story of what happened to HoDam and that night. Even now I still don’t understand the motivation of the second state counsellor and why he was so bad. But then I guess it’s really greed for power and being afraid of the change that Ho Dam was initiating that time. As for the Queen Dowager, it must have been terrible for her to find out her son killed her other son and she had to wait for so long to avenge her son’s death. Oh I didn’t particularly like or dislike the Crown Prince so I don’t have anything else to say except he would be a better king that his father. He is more just and listens to the people.
Mohwa and Jae Kyung
Another brave and bold woman ahead of the time was Mohwa. I love her and Jae Kyung. I thought all this time that Jae Kyung was a traitor but it turns out he had no choice that time and he was being biding his time when he can redeem himself. He’s a nice guy to take care and raise Hae Ryung all along.
Special mention
I loved Sambo, the two funny handmaidens and Hae Ryung’s hand maiden!! They are too hilarious and made the show easier to watch.
Overall, this drama is not the best historical drama but worth the watch once.
Rating: 7/10