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."

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.

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 [...]

Review: Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil

Review: Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil

When you've lived as long as I have, you realize that anything can change in a flash. Nothing is permanent. Not even cleansing oil dry spells. After my failures with Ciracle Deep Cleansing Oil and Nature Republic Forest Garden Chamomile Cleansing Oil, my horrifying encounter with Missha Perfect BB Deep Cleansing Oil, and a couple other [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]