Reviews: Sulwhasoo Age-Veil UV Protection Cream and Perfecting Cushion Intense

Reviews: Sulwhasoo Age-Veil UV Protection Cream and Perfecting Cushion Intense

Today I unboxed and arm swatched eleven different sunscreens. Summer is coming to my part of the world, and my part of the world gets serious sun. That means it's time to get even more serious about sunscreen than before. I've been getting tired of my usual sunscreens, so I thought I lucked out when Sulwhasoo US included [...]

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 [...]

Review: HERA UV Mist Cushion, My Favorite Base Makeup Ever

Review: HERA UV Mist Cushion, My Favorite Base Makeup Ever

Quickie Snail Disclosure: This product was originally given to me by Peach and Lily for unbiased review. You know how sometimes you put something off for no real reason, and then the longer you put it off, the heavier the burden of guilt grows, until your mind has blown up the task so much that [...]

June Korean Makeup Faves

June Korean Makeup Faves

Among the AB community, there's a pretty commonly held belief that Western makeup is better than Asian. Asian skincare offers far more variety and customization than Western, which is why many of us find that it works better to solve our skin problems, but Western makeup brands tend to offer more color choices, allowing for [...]

Baby’s First Innisfree Haul, Plus Goodies for Me

Baby’s First Innisfree Haul, Plus Goodies for Me

At long last, the day has come: Mr. Crazy Snail Lady has joined the Dark Side. I mean the Hydrated Side. The Balanced Side. The...the Bright Side? I don't know, forget about it. I tried. His experiment with the Innisfree Green Tea samples I started him on went so well that by the second night, [...]

Lavender FOTD Take Two; Makeup (and Skincare) as Hobby and Art

Lavender FOTD Take Two; Makeup (and Skincare) as Hobby and Art

For those who don't share my passion, it must sound really weird to hear makeup called a hobby or an art. Over the last six months or so, however, those are exactly what the act of applying makeup has become for me. Makeup as art I can't draw or paint or decorate a house to save [...]

Wearable Lavender FOTD and Lioele, Peripera, and Too Cool for School Swatches and Mini-Reviews

Wearable Lavender FOTD and Lioele, Peripera, and Too Cool for School Swatches and Mini-Reviews

Lavender is one of my favorite colors (and fragrances), but I had a hard time finding wearable lavender makeup until I started checking out Asian products. Today I went for light lavender eyes and lavender blush to liven up a black T-shirt on a spring day. I call this look "I used a very light [...]

5 Ways Your Makeup Could Be Aging You (And How to Fix It)

5 Ways Your Makeup Could Be Aging You (And How to Fix It)

I talk a lot on this blog about anti-aging skin care ingredients, products, and routines, and I've even covered some good habits for healthy skin. There's no doubt about it, the best way to prevent visible signs of aging is to take proper care of your skin. But I've also shown you some of my [...]

Feels Like Summer FOTD feat. Japanese Blush Fail

Feels Like Summer FOTD feat. Japanese Blush Fail

The other day, I read an article on Refinery29 about a Japanese blush style that sounded like it might work for me. The method involves placing the blush quite high up on the cheeks and blending it out horizontally rather than at the angle of the cheekbones. It creates a more youthful, soft, and round-cheeked appearance [...]

Review: Missha M Signature Real Complete BB Cream

Review: Missha M Signature Real Complete BB Cream

Note: This post was updated on March 9, 2015 with some additional notes on product fragrance. It took me a long time to get over my resistance to BB creams. I've always thought of BB creams as just another variety of "concealment" makeup, which isn't my thing. My approach towards makeup focuses on enhancement rather than concealment. [...]