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CNBLUE Lee Jonghyun’s Interview on Hanryu Pia Magazine 2016 August Issue

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Lee Jonghyun (from CNBLUE)

Jonghyun made his solo debut followed on Yonghwa from CNBLUE. The lead song of his solo debut album as a guitarist Jonghyun was SWING by big-band! He doesn’t play a guitar, but he dances in MV. Jonghyun, who tried new music style, told us his ruling passion.

“I’m an adult to admire child. I want to live more free”

26 years old adult who want to be pure. But we close up his view on love.

Yonghwa and Jonghyun. Both of them are vocalist and guitarist of CNBLUE, but they have an opposite temperament about their own music or stage performance. Jonghyun revealed long-awaited his solo debut followed on Yonghwa. Yonghwa composed all of songs for own solo album, but Jonghyun decided ‘SWING’ as a lead song that was composed by overseas composer.

“Because I didn’t think I could make a song like this, I chose this song. I think Swing is gorgeous and has an atmosphere of adult. In fact, there were 2 songs that we want to put as a lead song, and our staff recommended ‘Moonlight Swing’. I just respected their opinion because I stick nothing.”

Jonghyun wrote a prince who escorts a princess perfectly as a main character. And this lyric is very sweet that we never know as a CNBLUE.

He showed his lovey-dovey way with Gong SeungYeon in the Variety TV program in Korea ‘We Got Married’ tho, does he always do like that to a real girlfriend?

“I do like that for my lover. I only act gently in front of the girl I like. You know, the man who is gentle for every woman isn’t real gentleman. Because it is not kind if they make women to confuse, right? I wrote this lyric while I remembered my pure love. I’m living while I even want to be pure now, but I already 26 years old. I’m different from before, ain’t I?

Peter Pan appeared in his lyric. He explained that he wanted the character that everybody know, and Peter Pan is the pronoun who is dreaming.

“I’m an adult, but I pretend to not an adult. Well… I’m a man who wants to be a child. Don’t you think an adult is too much thinking? I suppose that It’s better we live simplier”

The songs that were composed by Jonghyun were 4 songs out of 10 songs in his album. He almost chose the songs that was composed by overseas composer. And more, he covered ‘I Love You’ by Yutaka Ozaki (*Yutaka Ozaki is a famous singer in Japan). His album has the world of various sounds.

“Because I thought that it was going to be a curious album than I composed all songs, I chose songs that not composed by me. There is a Blues that I like in my composed songs. I composed this song 2 years ago for CNBLUE, but members said that it was better to use for a solo. The songs for solo doesn’t have an impression different from the songs for CNBLUE, because I composed them both. It’s same at a base. This is why I chose the songs that were composed by overseas composer. I didn’t have a chance, but I want to make a song with another artist as a collaboration next time.”

Although he said not having a ruling passion, it could replace the word ‘flexibility’, and this flexibility might express Jonghyun. He also doesn’t have a ruling passion for guitar.

“I don’t have a ‘must use’ guitar. I lend my guitar that I used in CNBLUE’s concert mainly to Cha hun of N.Flying. I think it’s better to practice with various types of guitar for the young. Even if it is my precious, I don’t care. A guitar is just a guitar. (Laugh) It doesn’t mean that only an expensive guitar makes a good sound. Most important is a heart more than a good instrument or skill.”

Mini Q and A

*Name*

Lee Jonghyun

*Where and how situation do you want fans to listen to your album?*

From the morning to go to bed.

*Peter Pan appears in the lyric of ‘Moonlight Swing’. What is your most memorable picture book?*

Peter Pan

*How is Peter Pan for you??*

An enviable existence.

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CNBLUE 2nd Japanese Full-Length Album; Colors

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Music by Jung Yonghwa, Han Seunghoon

2. Supernova

Lyric by Jung Yonghwa, Takashi Ogawa

Music by Jung Yonghwa, Han Seunghoon

3. White

Lyric by Lee Jonghyun, Jung Yonghwa, Miwa*

Music by Lee Jonghyun, RYO, Go Jinyoung

4. Holiday

Lyric by Jung Yonghwa

Music by Jung Yonghwa

5. Hold my Hands

Lyric by Jung Yonghwa

Music by Jung Yonghwa

6. Irony

Lyric by Lee Jonghyun, RYO

Music by Lee Jonghyun

7. Realize

Lyric by Jung Yonghwa

Music by Jung Yonghwa

8. Daisy

Lyric by Lee Jungshin

Music by Jung Yonghwa, Lee Jungshin

9. Lucid Dream

Lyric by Lee Jonghyun

Music by Lee Jonghyun, Han Seunghun, Kim Jaeyang

10. Hold Me

Lyric by Jung Yonghwa,

Music by Jung Yonghwa, Han Seunghoon

11. My World

Lyric by Jung Yonghwa

Music by Jung Yonghwa, Han Seunghoon

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2014 FNC KINGDOM IN JAPAN -STARLIGHT-

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FNC artist performed together! They had a great stage on 2 venues and total 35,000 fans came

2014 FNC KINGDOM IN JAPAN -STARLIGHT- was held at Osakajo Hall on Dec. 27th after being held at Makuhari Meese on Dec. 20th, and it marked 35,000 fans for these two venues.

This was a second FNC KINGDOM for FNC entertainment, it consisted EMERALD STARLIGHT STAGE for daytime show and DIAMOND STARLIGFHT STAGE for the night time show. CNBLUE acted as a headliner for EMERALD STAGE and FTISLAND acted as a headliner for DIAMOND STAGE.

In the daytime show, FTISLAND brought the opening of the stage with ‘Beautiful’ and played ‘DISTANCE’ that got No.1 by fan vote. Hongki said that even Christmas was over, but I hope it would make warm your heart listening this song. But after singing ‘DISTANCE’, he broken the calm atmosphere, and excitation of fans, it was like to show his charisma.

4-pieces mixture rock band, N.Flying that they are planning their full-blown activity in Japan and Korea played three songs includes their new song ‘Knock Knock’. And Juniel who is the first singer songwriter of FNC sang three songs includes ‘I think I’m in love’.

The fourth appearance artist was AOA who debuted in Japan with ‘Mini-Skirt’ on last October. After they performed their debut song ‘Mini-Skirt’ with sexy black costume, they announced about their new song ‘Like a Cat’ that will be released on Feb. 25th. This is a Japanese version of 사뿐사뿐. Their further development is expected.

The collaboration stage was this event’s feature. Jaejin (FTISLAND) and Juniel sang ‘A Whole New World’, and Jimin (AOA) and Seunghyub showed the spicy and sexy stage. Jonghyun (CNBLUE) and Yuna performed ‘Lucky’ of Jason Mraz with mature atmosphere. Hongki (FTISLAND) and Choa (AOA) proceed to show keen stage singing ‘What I wanted to say’ that is the theme song of the bride of the Century and ‘Story’ of AI who is a Japanese singer.

CNBLUE started their daytime show with ‘Ring’ that is the song imaged winter. Yonghwa said “Honma ni Arigatougozaimsu (=Thank you so much/ He said this in Osaka accent) and sang some hot numbers. He sang ‘Foxy’ ‘s intro with Osaka accent, and enjoyed call and response with fans.

In the nighttime show, CNBLUE appeared as a first performer. They played ‘Ring’ first as same as the daytime show and played ‘Ryu Can Do It’ and ‘In My Head’. They said “a concert stage is my place! We are living for it!”, and played ‘Radio’ as a last song.

FTISLAND appeared as a last performer in the night time show. They showed their performance with their hot number like ‘FREEDOM’. Hongki said “We have experienced good things and bad things in this year. But this is all the same for us. So let’s leave only good things until we’ll die. We have to do ROCK to not regret next year too! Make some noise!” The fans became more and more hyper with his comment. They played ‘Flower Rock’ that was not planned in song list, but Minhwan proposed to sing it.

FNC artist showed the collaboration stage in both of daytime show and night time show. These mainly consisted of the band.

‘MochiMochi Band’ that was consisted by Yonghwa, Minhyuk (CNBLUE), Jonghoon, seunghyun (FTISLAND), Jimin, Yuna (AOA) and Kwangjin (N. Flying). They appeared under the concept of the guest performer of FNC KINGDOM, and they called their name to put ‘Mochi’ after each person’s name, it made fans laugh. They started their performance with ‘In My Head’ of CNBLUE, and kept performing a remix song with ‘I hope’, ‘Love,Love,Love’ ,‘Can’t Stop’, ’Love Girl’ and ’Short Hair’.

‘Sasurai Band’ that was consisted by Hongki, Jeajin, Minhwan(FTISLAND), Jonghyun,Jongshin(CNBLUE), Choa(AOA), Juniel, Seunghyub and Chahun (N.Flying) that was under the concept of the special band that was formed one month before and invited by FTISLAND and CNBLUE.

Fans were really excited with setting the situation that Hongki and Juniel are a couple of newlyweds and Johnhyun is the pickup truck driver. They sang a special remix song of ‘Short Hair’, ‘I hope’ and ‘I wish’.

At the end of the stage, all artists appeared on the stage and they performed together. Then 2014 FNC KINGDOM IN JAPAN-STARLIGHT-“ was successfully finished.

 

* for more photos please visit the korepo site

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CNBLUE Interview on B-PASS 2014 October Issue

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CNBLUE WAVE

We interviewed CNBLUE about their new song ‘Go Your Way’ in our last issue, and then we interview them about their new album ‘WAVE’ in this issue. Let’s read it.

Your new album in Japan ‘WAVE’ that is been 1 years and 1 month since your last album will be released in September!

Jungshin: I think this album is very good!

I think so. I think it’s going to be a famous album. So, why did you name‘Wave’ this album?

“Wave is the shape that has top, middle and bottom. We think our album includes various of songs like wave shape, so we named this album ‘WAVE’.”

Yonghwa: Our music expands the world like wave… forever…

Is this the meaning that the people who hear this album as if rides the wave, or your music rides the wave?

Yonghwa: That has lots of meanings. We think we want people who hear our songs will feel our music like they ride a wave, and we want our music spread out the world while involving other people. Personally, I think it is the best that CNBLUE’s music spread out far afield.

We think there are many songs that were felt fresh in this time’s your album. First of all, we would like to hear about Introduction that is the first track. You restore to put the introduction in your album. It is the same as your indie label album and your 1st album. We interviewed when you released your 1st album, you talked about an introduction that can express the world of your works like a concert starts with an introduction.

Yonghwa: This is not why we put an introduction in our album this time. We made a guitar riff first, and then we put a melody on it. So we started to think about an introduction.
Jungshin: An introduction has to come the first of the album, I think if we hear it, we can understand the atmosphere of the album.

How does Jonghyun think about it?

Jonghyun: I…
Yonghwa: do you think the same?
Jonghyun: An introduction makes an album stands out. We hear the whole album through the introduction, we can feel fresh aura.

By the way, we are going to ask the song that was composed by Yonghwa. About ‘Radio’, this is the lead song, isn’t this?

Everybody: Yes it is.

We think this time’s your album has the element of EDM (*Electric Dance Music) especially ‘Radio’

Jungshin: It might not so
Yonghwa: Jungshin, the interviewer is still asking.
Jungshin: ahaha… Sorry.

I’m keeping to ask. (Laugh) Especially ‘Radio’ has Dubstep (*repercussive electric sounds) that is used in EDM through the song and has the strong electro sounds. But its lyric is kind of…

Yonghwa: Kind of analog?

Yes. I am really interested these parallels between a digital and an analog. Where did you get this idea from?

Yonghwa: I had a consciousness of these parallels. There was already the word ‘Radio’ when I composed this song. The arrange has the elements of digital, but it has also the elements of analog sounds. That lyric is also an analog like, because I had an image that a sense of nostalgia. When we arranged it, I always remembered an image that an analog in a digital. I think that I could make this song interesting.

Except the ‘Radio’, ‘Lonely Night’ has lots of scratch sounds and ’Still’ has an electric sound before the bridge. Although I think this time’s your album has the elements of EDM through the whole album, what do you think a fusion with EDM and Rock?

Yonghwa: EDM and Dubstep are popular now, and I think EDM is similar to Rock in some part. The reason is rhythm. I think the rhythm is similar. EDM and Rock has a big difference for the instrument. But when we try to make use of their talents, they seem fit to each other. A digital and a band is only different from the color,
There are some similar elements, in fact.

On a personal note, I thought EDM is completed by oneself in a home. On another front, Rock is consisted as a band. It is a big difference.

Yonghwa: Because I like collecting equipments, I used to buy lots of instrumental and equipments and look up them. About a band, there is each member of each instrument and try to make one music. But DJ is a work by oneself, like work seriously thoroughly, right? For example, I can choose the melody’s length and when I take the effect, it’s depends on ourselves. This is the big difference. But I think EDM is easy to try. If I could just say without fear of misunderstanding, I think we can challenge EDM without study, because we used to express rhythm and melody using by instruments, but now digital can make these sounds using by one equipment. I know EDM or sounds of electronic coming from the sounds of connection of the equipments, originally. I think we must learn about EDM more because its sounds is do creative and has an element that we have to learn.

Are doing EDM sounds  too hard to play as a band?

Jungshin: I don’t think so. Our music has had various music styles like synthesized music and using only band sounds. So I don’t feel the difference of music style.

But will you feel the difference when you have a concert?

Minhyuk: Actually, there is a difference between a concert and recording. Especially at a concert, I usually feel that it’s hard. We can find the best way of playing for us with changing the playing style or a way of expression while recording. But on a concert, it’s like an all-or-nothing bet and we should challenge. So EDM is hard to try and has a limit to try in that way.

EDM and club culture is more popular in Japan than in Korea, we are happy that you released like that song that was like your challenge. Anyway, we were talking about only EDM, but we wonder, are you go  often to the club?

Everybody: No!
Jonghyun: We are totally not go there.
Yonghwa: I don’t like club (He said in English) haha~.
Jungshin: Daikiraide~su(He said in Japanese : I don’t like it)
Yonghwa: Are you sure?
Jungshin: Well. Honestly, I don’t like too much loud music.
Jonghyun: About me, It doesn’t meaning that I don’t like a club, but I rarely go there.
Yonghwa: Actually, I want to go, but I’m not feeling like doing this. Because I feel tired for the next day.
Jonghyun: We are the kind of people to like staying at home rather than to go out.

Are you  the type that you want to go but don’t go?

Jonghyun: actually not. We tried to go sometimes. But we were not able to dance like crazy.
Minhyuk: I just want to go there for listening music.
Yonghwa: Bounce, Bounce~
Jungshin: We have to drink…
Jonghyun: We like to play quietly.
Yonghwa: Of course we like club-music. We hear various of music without any reference to the genre, so anything goes for us. But as a playing place, we don’t like club… (Laugh)

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*Part to will be on Awesome magazine interview

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CNBLUE 2014 Arena tour “WAVE” in Budokan Event Report

CNBLUE held their solo concert at Budokan. 26000 fans attended their concert for 2 days!

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“Concert stage is our place”

CNBLUE, they debuted in Korea in 2010 and also debuted in Japan in 2011 (major debut) with the song ‘In My Head’, held their concert at Budokan that is the first time for them to hold there. 26000 fans came to there for 2 days. Yonghwa (Vocal) said this time’s concert is the best ever. They started their tour ‘CNBLUE 2014 ARENA TOUR “WAVE”’ in Japan.

It started with ballad song ‘Ring’. This time’s stage was the rotary center stage since 392 concert that is their last concert in indie label. Yonghwa said this is our first time to have our concert at Budokan, I feel fullness of my heart. Jonghyun (Guitar and Vocal) said in his fluent Japanese that we were thinking about the setlist. Because it is in Winter, we decided the songs that we can feel like this season. Although outside is not colder  than I thought, it doesn’t matter.(Laugh).

The setlist consisted of the songs in their latest album ‘WAVE’, and these were premiered in this time’s concert. Fans and they came to get a hyper! When Yonghwa said this is because the title of our album is ‘WAVE’, I want you to make the Wave!, Fans made big waves in Budokan. This was one of the performances that we felt we’re the one.

Yonghwa talked about FNC KINGDOM that will be held at year end in Japan. And Jonghyun said “since there are some special, like collaboration stage, please look forward to it”

Then they played ‘Foxy’, ‘I’m Sorry’ and ‘Radio’ without a rest. Yonghwa said with his big smile, “I really have fun! It has been a long time to have an arena tour, this is the most fun concerts so far!”
After singing ‘Can’t Stop’ in the encore, Yonghwa remarked. “We’ll do our best from here again. Already 5 years since our debut, we became to be strong. I really feel full of happiness. On the stage is our place”

‘CNBLUE 2014 ARENA TOUR “WAVE” ‘ continue, though Osaka, Fukuoka, and will be finished in Nagoya. FNC KINGDOM that all FNC artists appear will be held at the year end. We can’t wait it!

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CNBLUE An An Interview No.1922 Issue

CLOSE UP CNBLUE

Special interview with CNBLUE who will start the concert tour in Japan with their new album ‘Wave’!

Their involvement in the music world and themselves of each member, etc.…

Korean handsome 4 members rock band, CNBLUE. They joined a-nation and Summer Sonic in August that these are popular rock festival in Japan, and they showed their high music skill and performance to not only their fans but also to the music fun.

Their new album will be released on September 17th!

We talked about their new album, rock festival, and their concert tour that will be started from October.

What is the concept for your new album ‘WAVE’?

Yonghwa: In a word, ‘exhilaration that we feel’. This time, we made this song to have clear, fresh and refreshing image.

Minhyuk: All of songs that were composed by Yonghwa-hyeong and Jonghyun-hyeong are good as we couldn’t choose the lead song!

Jungshin: We were really thinking about it and finally chose ‘Radio’ that was composed by Yonghwa-hyeong. This song has the melody such feelings as running fast and the fresh sound, we could show our new dimension. And this is so cool song as I can image that we’ll jump with fans during our concert!

Yonghwa: I made this song that is rock and dancable with incorporating our taste into the trend of rock music now.

What is your memory for recording?

Yonghwa: This song has the chorus part like “wow wow~” though, the recording for this part was taken longer than I sing 1 song.

Who was to blame?

Yonghwa: Jungshin! (Everybody laughed)
Jungshin: Because I love this song so much, I felt became more and more hyper. I only ran around in emotional circles.

How many hours did it take?

Jungshin: 15 min?

Yonghwa: Huhhhhh?

Jungshin: Eh? It would be taken so, wouldn’t it?

Yonghwa: (Deep Breath) I can only say he worked hard for a long time.

Jungshin: ahaha.

By reading the lyric, it seems to be love song as well as not a love song…

Yonghwa: In my feeling, it’s like the feeling to reminisce about the analog days, not about a woman.

Minhyuk: But I think your (interviewer) point of view isn’t wrong. Our song sounds like a love song, but actually, most of our songs are like looking back ourselves or sing about painting a vision of the future.

Yonghwa: Exactly, in this time’s our album doesn’t have lots of love songs. ‘Still’ ‘Truth’, and ‘lonely night’ are love song that were composed by me.

Jonghyun: My composed song ‘How Awesome’ expresses the relationship of our fans and us. Depends on the situation or the feeling, our song has various faces, and it’s our lure.

Where do you write the lyric?

Jonghyun: In the airplane. Because we go to overseas frequently. The memo application on a cell phone is very useful.

Yonghwa: I write a lyric in the overseas hotel by using notebook at night. I wrote ‘Control’’s lyric in Japan.

If the environment changed, the idea could come into your head. By the way, let us know your ‘WAVE’ things after your album title.

Jonghyun: I am interested in a philosophy now. It is the question of human’s essential. The meaning that I am here now or the meaning I am alive…

Yonghwa: Aristotle ~! Socrates~.

Did you find the answer?

Jonghyun: If I could find the answer, I am not here (Laugh). I am looking for the answer while reading a book, search by internet and talking people. But the more I think about it, the more I don’t get to understand.

Minhyuk: It comes out soon. Because it is too difficult (Laugh).

Well, What kind of things is Minhyuk-ssi interested in?

Minhyuk: well… What is…

Jungshin: Ikebana! (Flower arrangement)

Ikebana!?

Minhyuk: Ahaha. I like flower. I get some flower from a market and arrange them myself. I learn to arrange them on my own, so I want to take a class and learn about it. Anything else I can say, I want to do clay shooting.

Jungshin: Minhyuk has a great deal of curiosity.

Yonghwa: He is on the way to find his own hobby. This is kind of the journey what fit for him.

Minhyuk: Yes I am. I want to find a hobby that I can keep it though my life.

Well, what is the WAVE that has come now among you guys?

Jungshin: ummmm, maybe nothing (Laugh) Because Yonghwa-hyeong and I are busy for drama shooting, we can’t take a time to do something with the other member.

Minhyuk: We used to play basketball together, but (pointing at Yonghwa and Jungshin) they don’t come back home at all.

Jonghyun: So, I am happy. Freedom~!

Jungshin: He said like that though, when we are not in a dorm with other work, he sends us a message ‘I love you’. Jonghyun-hyeong seems to get lonely easily.
Jonghyun: (with a serious look) Why do I send a message ‘I love you’ to members… oh, I run into a philosophical issue again. I can’t sleep today too.

Do you live together?

Jungshin: Yes. But we say it’s time to start to live apart.

Jonghyun: Yonghwa-hyeong and I live together for about 8 years.

Yonghwa: So long? It’s from I was 20 years old, so about 5 years, isn’t it?

Jonghyun: Oh? Sorry~.

If you lived apart, you would get miss to each other.

Yonghwa: I’d be better off on my own. Just kidding (Laugh). If we lived apart, it would be meaning only change the place that we sleep, so nothing will change.

Jungshin: If we lived apart for real, we would realize whether or not we miss to each other.

Jonghyun: We might understand the importance of the other members.

After that, there will be a chance to live together again?

Everybody: It never happens!

It would not have to be completely denied (Laugh). So, you can gather together only when having a concert. You joined the festivals a-nation and Summer Sonic in August. How do you think about them?

Minhyuk: It was fun! That says it all. I really had fun because it’s a chance to show our music not only our fans but also general people.

Jungshin: Since many bands joined in these festivals, we got inspired by them a lot.

Jonghyun: Since we experienced various festivals, we could come to be enjoyed the unique atmosphere offestivals. I enjoy the interaction with other Japanese band members.

Arena tour will be started from October.

Jonghyun: Our motto ‘Anytime to enjoy’ won’t change. Since it’ll be held in autumn to winter, we want to make our concert to be felt the sense of the season.

Minhyuk: It’s like the outside is cold, but inside the venue is hot. We hope the fans feel warm inside their hearts then.

The first place for your concert tour is the mecca of rock, Budokan.

Yonghwa: We are so proud that we can stand the stage of Budokan that has a long history. But our stance for music will never change. Since we will make unforgetable stage for the people who came our concert, we want everybody come to it. Here, say something, Jungshin!

Jungshin: Please come to our live, please~~!

Q1. What are you doing in order to keep your beautiful skin?
Q2. What kind of make-up do you like to have for a girl?

Minhyuk:

A1. I take lots of water. Not juice or tea, just water. And I try to use good quality moisturizing cream. Because I have dry skin, I have to moisturize to my skin.

A2 . It’s better to less is more, a gap between makeup face and no makeup. I like natural make-up . I don’t want to feel disappointed with unpainted face

Yonghwa:

A1. I drink a Chinese herb tea  brewed by my mother. I don’t know what kind of Chinese herbs in it though, I believe it’s good for my health and drink it.

A2. I like no make-up face or light makeup. I think it’s better not to strong eye lines. The man thinks so, right?

Jonghyun:

A1. I remove my makeup certainly. Because I was said that cleansing cream and oil disagree with my skin at a dermatologist, I remove makeup without them, wash my face twice. Wash my face thoroughly first, and next gently.

A2. I like light makeup. But if the girl does a sexy makeup, I might get excited.

Jungshin:

A1. I use moisturized cream every day and sleep well. I think sleep is the best for skin condition. When I slept well, my skin is resilient

A2. I don’t know about girl’s makeup well… Suffice it to say that I like better light eye makeup. I don’t like eyelash like false eyelash. It seems like bird’s wing.

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