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 [...]

December 2016 Empties Report

December 2016 Empties Report

My skincare closet is overflowing with bottles and jars, and not all of them have stuff in them anymore. It's time for a purge! Some of the products in this post were provided by Fifty Shades of Snail sponsors and are disclosed individually in the text. Affiliate links are marked with an asterisk(*). Holy grail [...]

Fermentation, First Essences, and that FTE Glow: Secret Key vs. Naruko Facial Essence Review

Fermentation, First Essences, and that FTE Glow: Secret Key vs. Naruko Facial Essence Review

Years ago in a meeting room in faraway Asia, hardworking cosmetics marketers discovered that the story they'd spun, of peasant sake brewers with mind-blowingly soft and youthful hands, could sell bottle upon bottle of the novel new skincare product they were tasked with promoting. And thus, the first essence (or fermentation essence, or facial treatment essence or first [...]