Will You Bee Mine? A Propolis Serum Comparison Review

Will You Bee Mine? A Propolis Serum Comparison Review

Ingredient trends come and go (anyone else remember when starfish had a brief moment in the sun?). That's why I'm so grateful when a trendy ingredient that works well for me ends up getting popular enough to stick around. Like propolis, the featured ingredient in the serums I'm going to compare today. I love propolis. [...]

The Best of 2020: Health, Fitness, and Haircare Faves

The Best of 2020: Health, Fitness, and Haircare Faves

In the first installment of my Best of 2020 list, I mentioned how the events of 2020 forced me to learn how interconnected all of our pursuits are and how important our habits can be for keeping our heads above water, mentally. Two of the three favorites in this list are health and wellness products, [...]

The Best of 2020: Skincare Faves

The Best of 2020: Skincare Faves

You know how I know 2021 is going to be a better year than 2020? Because it's January and I not only remembered that I want to write a best of 2020 roundup, but am actually doing it instead of pushing it aside for so long that it becomes pointless to even publish it (who [...]

Updated Review: Missha All Around Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++

Updated Review: Missha All Around Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++

High protection with a weightless, invisible finish: Missha All Around Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel almost has it all.

Self Care, Korean Skincare, and the Search for Inner Peace: The Official Book Announcement

Self Care, Korean Skincare, and the Search for Inner Peace: The Official Book Announcement

Ever since I could read, I've wanted to publish a book. I read everything I could get my hands on. Books assigned at school, books checked out from the library, books acquired for quarters at the school book fair, glossy magazines (paying special attention to the skincare and beauty editorials, because some things don't change), [...]

Sponsored: Kose SEKKISEI at Costco, a Japanese Skincare Surprise

Sponsored: Kose SEKKISEI at Costco, a Japanese Skincare Surprise

It's been a long time since I've fallen in love with a cleansing oil or an emulsion, but KOSE SEKKISEI did it.

Thoughts on the Purito Centella Unscented Sun Controversy

Thoughts on the Purito Centella Unscented Sun Controversy

Serious issues deserve serious consideration and serious responses, not hot takes and snap judgments. And the current controversy over the Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun sunscreen is a serious one indeed.

Review: COSRX Advanced Snail Radiance Dual Essence

Review: COSRX Advanced Snail Radiance Dual Essence

How does the new COSRX Advanced Snail Radiance Dual Essence compare to the beloved Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence?

Self Care at the End of 2020: How I’m Surviving

Self Care at the End of 2020: How I’m Surviving

Self care is more than buying fun shit and taking bubble baths. It takes discipline.

Productivity in the Time of Coronavirus: Work from Home Tips for Newly Appointed Remote Workers

Productivity in the Time of Coronavirus: Work from Home Tips for Newly Appointed Remote Workers

Right now, much of the world is fucked up. The COVID-19 global pandemic has turned our lives upside down (or at least it feels that way to me). The empty shelves at the grocery store sent me into a silent emotional meltdown the first time I saw them, and I know I’m not the only [...]