#Enabled: May Skincare Purchases and the Stories Behind Them (aka Shopping Habits of a Beauty Blogger)

#Enabled: May Skincare Purchases and the Stories Behind Them (aka Shopping Habits of a Beauty Blogger)

As a beauty blogger, I make a lot of skincare purchases. Many more, I imagine, than a typical non-blogger beauty consumer would. We've talked a bit about blogger shopping habits here and there on the Snailcast, and I'm sure I've mentioned mine in passing elsewhere, but I don't think I've ever sat down and walked [...]

Mid-Year Megapost: Fiddy’s Faves and Flops of Spring/Summer 2016, Part 1

Mid-Year Megapost: Fiddy’s Faves and Flops of Spring/Summer 2016, Part 1

This is my skincare basket. It's the sturdy workhorse that carries everyday essentials chosen out of my much more extensive skincare wardrobe. The contents of my basket change on a fairly regular basis. But I recently realized that some things never get banished from the basket, even for a night. That got me thinking about the ways my [...]

The Lord of the Herbs: The Fellowship of the Root (Ginseng Megapost)

The Lord of the Herbs: The Fellowship of the Root (Ginseng Megapost)

You've heard me talk about it on Twitter. You've seen it creeping inexorably, product by product, into my skincare wardrobe. You got a taste of it when I reviewed the L'Herboflore Ginseng Anti-Aging Mask. And if you follow my Instagram, you've watched it work its way into my nightly skincare routine until it seems like there's no way [...]

Review: Etude House Real Art Moisture Cleansing Oil

Review: Etude House Real Art Moisture Cleansing Oil

Of all the different product types assembled in my extensive skincare wardrobe, cleansing oil is the one I think about the least. I mean, there's just not that much to think about. You've got your oils to break down and loosen up makeup and sunscreen, your emulsifier(s) to enable easy rinsing with water, maybe a [...]

Quickie Review: Etude House Collagen Eye Patch

Quickie Review: Etude House Collagen Eye Patch

Good morning! At least, I hope it's a good morning for you. But if it isnt, if you haven't gotten enough sleep or you just aren't feeling your best, why not try to make time in your regular skin care ritual for an eye mask? Typically made out of either the same thin pulp or [...]

Lavender FOTD Take Two; Makeup (and Skincare) as Hobby and Art

Lavender FOTD Take Two; Makeup (and Skincare) as Hobby and Art

For those who don't share my passion, it must sound really weird to hear makeup called a hobby or an art. Over the last six months or so, however, those are exactly what the act of applying makeup has become for me. Makeup as art I can't draw or paint or decorate a house to save [...]

Quick Pink FOTD feat. Etude House Fresh Cherry Lip Tint

Sometimes there's just nothing like sheer pink for a fresh and easy springtime look. Products used: Skin: Missha M Signature Real Complete BB Cream in No. 21 Cheeks: Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink, Benefit Watts Up! Brows: Maybelline Color Tattoo cream eyeshadow, Tough As Taupe Lids: Maybelline Color Tattoo cream eyeshadow, Inked in Pink [...]

Wearable Lavender FOTD and Lioele, Peripera, and Too Cool for School Swatches and Mini-Reviews

Wearable Lavender FOTD and Lioele, Peripera, and Too Cool for School Swatches and Mini-Reviews

Lavender is one of my favorite colors (and fragrances), but I had a hard time finding wearable lavender makeup until I started checking out Asian products. Today I went for light lavender eyes and lavender blush to liven up a black T-shirt on a spring day. I call this look "I used a very light [...]

Sheet Mask Battle Royale, Citrus Edition!

Sheet Mask Battle Royale, Citrus Edition!

"Natural" and DIY skin care advocates have long recommended the use of straight lemon juice to brighten skin and fade dark spots. Unfortunately, that's really not a good idea. Undiluted citrus juices can be far too acidic, even capable of causing chemical burns; they can also be irritating and photosensitizing, leading to increased sun damage [...]

Line Spotlight: Etude House I Need You! Sheet Masks + Etude House Sale Alert

Line Spotlight: Etude House I Need You! Sheet Masks + Etude House Sale Alert

Sale alert! From today through this coming Sunday, March 26 - March 29 EST, Etude House is having a Spring Weekend Sale with free shipping on orders over $50! And since I've been falling more deeply in love with the Etude House I Need You! sheet masks with every mask I use, now seems like a great [...]