Review: NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1 (CAIS2)

Review: NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1 (CAIS2)

This review has been a long time coming. Not just because it typically takes me at least one or two months to determine whether a "serious" (e.g. anti-aging or spot fading) product actually does anything for me, but also because I've had a bias against Deciem brands for the longest time. Especially against NIOD, the [...]

Sponsored: Mellowing Out My Face with Cannatera CBD Skincare

Sponsored: Mellowing Out My Face with Cannatera CBD Skincare

Trendy skincare ingredients come and go, but truly great ones (like ginseng, snail, and propolis) stay in my routine forever. Unfortunately, it's been a while since I've found a new contender for favorite ingredient. My skincare ennui was part of the reason I accepted a sponsorship offer from CBD beauty brand Cannatera. Could these weed-adjacent [...]

HGs Revisited: Sulwhasoo US Lunar New Year Special Editions

HGs Revisited: Sulwhasoo US Lunar New Year Special Editions

After all the salt I spewed over the weekend, I'm glad to have something positive to talk about. The Year of the Dog is almost upon us, and that means Lunar New Year promotions and specials. Sulwhasoo's LNY promotions feature several of my longtime favorite skincare products, which I'm already determined to get onto as [...]

Summer 2017 Dud Awards, + Misc Fiddy News

Summer 2017 Dud Awards, + Misc Fiddy News

Find out why I detest Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil. Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum, and Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix.

Review: Amorepacific Time Response Skin Renewal Serum

Review: Amorepacific Time Response Skin Renewal Serum

Amorepacific Time Response Skin Renewal Serum is a high-end anti-aging serum that does have visible effects. The question is whether the effects are worth the price.

Spring 2017 Empties Report

Spring 2017 Empties Report

Today I opened my skincare closet and a massive pile of empties fell out, so I decided to divert some time and energy from the reviews I'm working on and write (some of) those empties up. Affiliate links are marked with an asterisk(*). Some of the products featured in this post were provided by Fifty [...]

Second Chance Review: Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Borabit Ampoule

Second Chance Review: Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Borabit Ampoule

After blogging for a couple of years and using Asian beauty products for a couple more before that, the vast majority of products I've tried have become a big shiny blur. Generally only the really great and really dreadful products stand out. But sometimes, a product sticks in my mind even when I didn't love [...]

Review: Shiseido White Lucent MicroTargeting Spot Corrector

Review: Shiseido White Lucent MicroTargeting Spot Corrector

For just about as long as I can remember, I've had a reverence for the Japanese cosmetics brand Shiseido. The 144-year-old(!!!and no wrinkles) company was pretty much the only Asian brand that was well known and widely available in the US when I was growing up. Shiseido became shorthand in my head for luxury and [...]

January 2017 Empties Report

January 2017 Empties Report

It's a new year, but I still got the same old face, and that face still needs to have things put on it and cleansed off of it on a regular basis, so I've got another batch of empties to show off! There are some classics in here, some new (to me) items, and one [...]

Review: Swanicoco Fermentation Snail Complex Care Serum

Review: Swanicoco Fermentation Snail Complex Care Serum

You may not have noticed, but I really like snail mucin in my skincare. So when my new friend Kevin from Korean beauty brand Swanicoco asked me which of the brand's products I'd be most interested in trying, I put their Fermentation Snail Complex Care Serum right at the top of my (probably unreasonably long) listof demands. [...]