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. [...]

Vitamin C Serum 101 + Timeless 20% Vitamin C+E+Ferulic Acid Serum Review

Vitamin C Serum 101 + Timeless 20% Vitamin C+E+Ferulic Acid Serum Review

I'm fighting the visible aging process tooth and nail to make up for decades of bad decisions, as you'll notice if you make it through even a couple of posts here or on my Instagram. So I'm often asked about my recommendations for the best anti-aging skincare products. My first answer will always be sunscreen, but [...]

The Best and Worst Skincare I Used in 2016: A Holy Grail Skincare Routine

The Best and Worst Skincare I Used in 2016: A Holy Grail Skincare Routine

2016 was a pretty wild year in a lot of ways. Even my face got a taste of the turmoil. I tried a lot of different products from a lot of different brands this year, and while some of those products were truly great (and I appreciate the opportunity to try them all), others...weren't. I took [...]

December 2016 Empties Report

December 2016 Empties Report

My skincare closet is overflowing with bottles and jars, and not all of them have stuff in them anymore. It's time for a purge! Some of the products in this post were provided by Fifty Shades of Snail sponsors and are disclosed individually in the text. Affiliate links are marked with an asterisk(*). Holy grail [...]

Fiddy’s Flops: The 2016 Dud Report

Fiddy’s Flops: The 2016 Dud Report

Amid the love and positivity of the holiday season, I think it's important to remember that everything is not, in fact, awesome. Actually, for every one stellar skincare product out there, there are probably about twenty duds. As hard as I try to avoid those duds, sometimes they land on my doorstep and then on [...]

Do You Need Actives, Part Deux: Sulwhasoo x2 (A Double Review)

Do You Need Actives, Part Deux: Sulwhasoo x2 (A Double Review)

A couple of weeks ago, I talked in a general way about how to decide whether to introduce actives into your skincare routine. Now, as promised, here are a couple of examples: one product that just didn't have enough oomph to get the job done, and one that doesn't need anything more than what it [...]

August 2016 Empties Report

August 2016 Empties Report

There's a bin on a shelf in my beauty closet where I hoard my empties until the bin is full. Then I take a picture of the containers before I recycle them. Usually that picture goes on my Instagram, but this time around, I felt I had more to say about the products I've used [...]