Skincare Routine Building Tip: Please Don’t Start a Full Routine All at Once

Skincare Routine Building Tip: Please Don’t Start a Full Routine All at Once

If you hang around online skincare communities long enough, you'll end up seeing at least a handful of variations on the "I Tried a 10-Step Korean Beauty Routine and My Face Burst into Flames" theme. And if you're newer to skincare or K-beauty, you may at some point be tempted to try this yourself. I [...]

There Are No Magic Ingredients, Part 1: The Limitations of Extracts in Skincare

There Are No Magic Ingredients, Part 1: The Limitations of Extracts in Skincare

Let's talk ingredients! Only this time, instead of talking about all the wonderful things that our favorite ingredients can do, let's talk about some of the times when those favored ingredients fail to do the thing. Because, let's face it, no ingredient is a magic bullet that makes any skincare product great. Nope, not a [...]

Do You Need Actives in Your Skincare Routine?

Do You Need Actives in Your Skincare Routine?

I know I haven't been great about answering comments and questions here latelyand I'm super sorry and am working to catch up!, but since I manually approve every comment that comes through, I have still been reading them. Lately I've noticed one particular type of question come up more often than most. Lots of you [...]

Smart Skincare Shopping: Managing Skincare Product Expectations

Smart Skincare Shopping: Managing Skincare Product Expectations

There's a predatory side to the beauty industry, a shadowy underbelly where cosmetics marketers reinforce societal pressures and exploit consumers' personal insecurities to sell product. One way to deal with this ugly reality is to trust no one and side-eye everything...but I don't have it in me to pickle myself in the salty brine of cynicism, and I don't [...]

Casual Quickie: My Skincare and K-Beauty Biases

Casual Quickie: My Skincare and K-Beauty Biases

While I'm not the most sciencey AB blogger (not by a long shot; I'm not even the most sciencey Snailcaster!), I do try to practice ingredient awareness both as a blogger and as a regular old skincare consumer. The more we understand ingredients and our skin's responses to them, the better we become at picking the products that can [...]

Debut Review: Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream

Debut Review: Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream

I don't generally participate in team kill reviews, where shops send a specific product out to a number of bloggers to deliberately generate hype. But I recently made an exception for Wishtrend, owner of the Klairs brand, when WT got in touch to offer me a jar of the new Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream for review. I like Klairs products, and the [...]

6 K-Beauty Myths to Chuck Like a Moldy Cream, Part 2

6 K-Beauty Myths to Chuck Like a Moldy Cream, Part 2

Okay, where were we? When we left off, we'd covered the first three of six K-beauty myths that I'd like to see put to bed...forever. We've established that K-beauty does not require a 23-step routine, that Korean skincare is not automatically superior to Western skincare, and that the K-beauty craze isn't just skincare consumers collectively going through [...]