Grace’s Grove | A New Card Game: Fish

A new card game has been going around lately, invented by our very own Cornellian, Kevin Zhang 21’. The game Fish is a mix between Go Fish and Kemps, except it is much more difficult. My friend group and I have been obsessed with this game this past month, and gladly sacrifice way too much of our studying time to play Fish. This game requires top-notch memorization and observation skills, and is great for building teamwork: my friends and I have definitely developed psychic mind-reading powers from playing so much. A basic rundown of how to play:

There are six players total. Every other player is on the same team (three people on each team.)
There are two half-suits for each shape (clubs, diamonds, hearts, spades) consisting of the numbers 2-7 and 9-A, for a total of eight half-suits.

GRACE’S GROVE | Muji: The No-Brand Brand

Since my first purchase of MUJI pens back in 2013, I’ve personally witnessed an exponential increase in the number of people carrying around the signature MUJI clear-bodied gel pens in class. While many of you probably have also been introduced to this brand’s signature stationery, there is actually a lot more to MUJI than meets the eye. The kanji characters in the MUJI logo, 無印良品, directly translate to “No Brand Quality Goods.” According to their website, the company actually originated when the country of Japan started to receive more influence from foreign, luxury brands back in the 1980s. At the same time, there was an increase in low-quality, cheap products. The founders of MUJI aimed to regain the middle ground between these polar opposite consumer trends by creating a brand that was “just enough.” They sought to create useful and high-quality products—without all the excess decorations.

GRACE’S GROVE | Boujee Freshmen Take on NYC

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving Break! Like 80% of Cornell’s freshman population, I headed over to New York City for a nice and homey friendsgiving. There’s a lot of things to do in the city, like chilling with family, going sightseeing, and doing touristy things. But it just so happens that my friends and I are all super boujee and decided to go to these Instagram-worthy spots. I highly recommend checking out some of these places, if not all of them, on your next trip to the city!

GRACE’S GROVE | Korean Beauty Products Review — Face Mask Edition

Welcome back to my list of cool, creative, and borderline exotic beauty products! I’m going to be giving reviews on some popular face masks in this article. For those of you who have not heard of face masks, they are a popular addition to skincare routines and provide intensive treatment for your skin! The masks fall into categories like sheet masks, clay masks, gel masks, and many more.  
Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask ($9.50)

Have you ever seen the picture on Facebook of a girl with a foaming “cloud” face?

GRACE’S GROVE | Korean Beauty Products Review – Makeup Edition

Korean cosmetics have been gaining popularity in recent years, and many of the products that used to be sold exclusively in Korea have started to become more accessible here in the US. From 20-step skincare routines to Chateau Labiotte lip tints, there’s definitely a lot going on with Korean beauty that everyone can experiment with. Here I’ve compiled a list of the five most commonly used products that I own (bought at Incheon Airport over summer.)

1. Etude House Play Color Eyes Juice Bar: Eyeshadow Palette ($17)

I had my eye on this one for a while before I had the opportunity to buy it, but now it’s on Amazon (I think for cheaper than when I got it directly in Korea!). First of all, most of you probably can’t read the names of the colors, but they are pretty darn strange (ex: Kissing Me Kissing Grammy).

GRACE’S GROVE | Decoration Inspiration

Whether you love to spend hours on dorm decoration or just want to do the bare minimum, it is undeniable that loving your dorm room is very important. After all, how comfortable you are with your personal space determines how much sleep you get, which affects your ability to get up for those 8am classes, which determines your GPA. I guess I’m going down a rabbit hole here, but I speak the truth. To help you find some decor inspiration before the semester gets too busy, I’ve compiled a list of a few commonly seen decor themes, as well as some essential items you’ll need for each. Check the Instagram handles for more inspo!