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 [...]

Casual Wednesday: Stress, Change, and My Skincare Routine

Casual Wednesday: Stress, Change, and My Skincare Routine

What do you get when you make a change-averse Fiddy move herself, her family, and her massive and ever-expanding skincare routine and beauty stash (also clothes and furniture and things) out of their home of three pretty accumulative years and into a brand new place? Disaster, apparently. Okay, it’s not that bad (though I am [...]

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 [...]

Dry Skin Megapost: 3 Great Facial Oils and 3 Ways to Use them

Dry Skin Megapost: 3 Great Facial Oils and 3 Ways to Use them

I'm not really a sucker for tradition (in skincare or anything else), but even I have to admit that when our ancestors weren't busy smearing mercury-laden blush onto their cheeks or dropping dead from makeup-related lead poisoning, they were doing some things right. Like moisturizing their skin with oils. Facial oils are some of the oldest beauty products around. From  ancient Egypt and [...]

The Fiddy’s Choice Awards, Part 2: The Best AB and K-Beauty Shops of 2015–and the Brand of the Year

The Fiddy’s Choice Awards, Part 2: The Best AB and K-Beauty Shops of 2015–and the Brand of the Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 2016 WOOOOO!!!!! Okay, with that out of the way, let's continue reflecting on the best that 2015 had to offer. The awards I'll be giving out below are my picks for the best shops in various categories--and my pick for the brand of 2015. You may notice that my winners overlap pretty closely [...]

Casual Tuesday: Enter the Acid Toner

Casual Tuesday: Enter the Acid Toner

Guys, I've added a new step to my skincare routine! And I know you may be wondering, Where do you even have room for a new step? or maybe Do you really need another step? Well, the answer to the second is up for debate, but I wouldn't be here blogging about it if it hadn't [...]