SPONSORED: Papa Recipe Is One of the Best Korean Skincare Brands to Fly Under the Radar

SPONSORED: Papa Recipe Is One of the Best Korean Skincare Brands to Fly Under the Radar

Lately I keep thinking about how long I’ve been using and writing about Korean skincare. It’s been a looong time. Almost ten years, to be exact. I wandered into Reddit’s Skincare Addiction community sometime in 2013 and very quickly followed the mysterious mentions of “Korean snail essence” to the much smaller but already fervently dedicated [...]

Review: New COSRX Cica Foam Cleanser, Cleansing Balm, and Cleansing Oil

Review: New COSRX Cica Foam Cleanser, Cleansing Balm, and Cleansing Oil

It's been a big couple of years for COSRX. They've expanded beyond their beginnings as a small and relatively unknown brand focused on bare-bones AHA and BHA products, into a global name with a presence in brick-and-mortar retail chains like ULTA. Last year, the big COSRX news for me was the expansion of their Advanced [...]

The Best of 2020: Skincare Faves

The Best of 2020: Skincare Faves

You know how I know 2021 is going to be a better year than 2020? Because it's January and I not only remembered that I want to write a best of 2020 roundup, but am actually doing it instead of pushing it aside for so long that it becomes pointless to even publish it (who [...]

Sponsored: Kose SEKKISEI at Costco, a Japanese Skincare Surprise

Sponsored: Kose SEKKISEI at Costco, a Japanese Skincare Surprise

It's been a long time since I've fallen in love with a cleansing oil or an emulsion, but KOSE SEKKISEI did it.

Beauty Monogamy: My Long-Term (Skincare) Relationships

Beauty Monogamy: My Long-Term (Skincare) Relationships

Skincare products come and go, but these regularly repurchased holy grails are here to stay.

Amazon Skincare Buys: The Good, The Great, The Bad, and the Terrible

Amazon Skincare Buys: The Good, The Great, The Bad, and the Terrible

"Unfortunately, this sunscreen is laden with more alcohol than me after a KBBQ night with my coworkers. My liver might be able to take it, but my face wasn't."

A Good Low pH Cleanser Isn’t Hard to Find (Anymore)

A Good Low pH Cleanser Isn’t Hard to Find (Anymore)

It's funny thinking about it now, but I actually didn't get into skincare at all until I was 33. Before then, I typically washed my face with whatever decently priced and usually scrubby facial cleanser was on sale at the drugstore. I thought the dry, tight, desperate-for-moisturizer feeling I got after every wash meant my [...]

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: Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser

Review: Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser

Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser has several weaknesses that make it less than great.

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 [...]