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

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

The last time I reviewed a Missha sunscreen, it didn't go well for either me or the sunscreen. Luckily, I had managed to block those bad memories out for long enough that when I was panic-shopping Amazon for a last-minute sunscreen replenishment a few months ago, I was willing to give the readily available Missha [...]

Review: Missha All Around Safe Block Mild Sun SPF 30 PA++

Review: Missha All Around Safe Block Mild Sun SPF 30 PA++

Have you ever put on a sunscreen so bad that you panic and cleanse it all off with just minutes left before you have to leave the house in the morning? I have, and I really want to talk about it. So without further ado, let's discuss Missha's All Around Safe Block "Mild Sun" SPF [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Ampoule Review Megapost: Missha Long Name Borabit, LJH Vita Propolis, & Banila Co Miss Flower & Mr Honey Essence Oil Reviews

Ampoule Review Megapost: Missha Long Name Borabit, LJH Vita Propolis, & Banila Co Miss Flower & Mr Honey Essence Oil Reviews

It's natural to be sad when the last drops of a favorite product have been dispensed and the bottle (or tub, or tube, or jar) is empty. A fresh, unopened skincare product is a thing of pristine beauty and endless promise. An empty one sometimes seems haunted by the ghosts of promises unfulfilled. But empties are [...]

The Worst Masks I’ve Ever Tried…

The Worst Masks I’ve Ever Tried…

Have all been from the same brand. You may have noticed that the vast majority of the reviews on this blog are at least somewhat positive. The reason's pretty simple: The more I learn about skincare ingredients, the easier it is for me to choose products that I know I'll find effective and probably enjoyable. [...]

Why I Stopped Using Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion

Why I Stopped Using Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion

Don't worry, Hada Labo fans. I didn't suddenly discover something bad about the famous and bestselling hydrating toner. The thing is, I just keep discovering other products that, for my purposes, are better. Here's why a toner like Hada Labo Super Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion can be so useful: Anti-aging isn't just about preventing wrinkles. [...]

Spring/Summer 2015 Routine Overhaul Status: Complete!

Spring/Summer 2015 Routine Overhaul Status: Complete!

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: flexibility is critical to maintaining healthy skin. Your skin is a complex living ecosystem, subject to all sorts of ever-changing influences, like diet, lifestyle, stress levels, living environment, overall climate, and day-to-day fluctuations in the weather. And if that wasn't complicated enough, just about anyone's skin [...]

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 [...]