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 [...]

Will You Bee Mine? A Propolis Serum Comparison Review

Will You Bee Mine? A Propolis Serum Comparison Review

Ingredient trends come and go (anyone else remember when starfish had a brief moment in the sun?). That's why I'm so grateful when a trendy ingredient that works well for me ends up getting popular enough to stick around. Like propolis, the featured ingredient in the serums I'm going to compare today. I love propolis. [...]

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 [...]

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

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

High protection with a weightless, invisible finish: Missha All Around Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel almost has it all.

Thoughts on the Purito Centella Unscented Sun Controversy

Thoughts on the Purito Centella Unscented Sun Controversy

Serious issues deserve serious consideration and serious responses, not hot takes and snap judgments. And the current controversy over the Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun sunscreen is a serious one indeed.

Review: COSRX Advanced Snail Radiance Dual Essence

Review: COSRX Advanced Snail Radiance Dual Essence

How does the new COSRX Advanced Snail Radiance Dual Essence compare to the beloved Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence?

Review: Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Invigorating Sleeping Mask

Review: Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Invigorating Sleeping Mask

I'm upset. I'm upset to have fallen in love with a product. I haven't been this upset since the last time I fell in love with a lavishly priced Sulwhasoo mask, the Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Creamy Mask, and that was back in 2017. The only reason I'm not more upset right now is that while [...]

Off-Blog: Book Update and New COSRX Reviews

Off-Blog: Book Update and New COSRX Reviews

Lately it feels as if all of my writing is for outlets other than this blog, whether it's for my Instagram (home for reviews and rants that can fit into a single caption and usually only require one picture) or for other sites (which I do have to do, because bills). But I am writing, and [...]

Off-Blog: 10-Minute Skincare Routines and BTS x Mediheal Mask Review

Off-Blog: 10-Minute Skincare Routines and BTS x Mediheal Mask Review

Lately I've been realizing that my writing is spread across a few different sites, so I should be better at linking articles here when I want to share them. Here are two recent ones I wrote for Beautytap! Back to School Beauty: 10-Minute Skincare for Busy Students I know I'm prone to very long skincare [...]

Updated Review: Save the Soo Ae Donkey Milk 3D Moisture Cream!

Updated Review: Save the Soo Ae Donkey Milk 3D Moisture Cream!

May 21, 2019 update: The Soo Ae Donkey Milk 3D Moisture Cream has been discontinued, but together we can bring it back! Soo Ae has offered to bring my favorite barrier-strengthening, all around nourishing, day- and night-appropriate moisturizer back if they receive 5,000 pre-orders for it. To make it easier to reach their goal, they've also [...]