The Best of NIOD and The Ordinary 2021: My Picks for Deciem’s Slowvember Sale

The Best of NIOD and The Ordinary 2021: My Picks for Deciem’s Slowvember Sale

It's that time of year again! The clocks have shifted back an hour, darkness falls before 6pm, Mariah Carey has risen from her slumber to lay claim to her rightful season of power, and the days have begun their inexorable march to that date that basically every brand and retailer in the United States waits [...]

The Clay Mask that Ruined My Night, Plus Some Gentler Pore Cleaners and My Rescue Masks

The Clay Mask that Ruined My Night, Plus Some Gentler Pore Cleaners and My Rescue Masks

I've had a few bad reactions to products in my time as a K-beauty and skincare enthusiast, but never have I ever had a reaction as immediate and as bad as I did to the clay mask I used tonight. Within minutes after putting the thing on, I was in full ABORT! ABORT!! ABORT!!! mode. Let's [...]

Spring/Summer 2015 Routine Overhaul Status: Complete!

Spring/Summer 2015 Routine Overhaul Status: Complete!

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: flexibility is critical to maintaining healthy skin. Your skin is a complex living ecosystem, subject to all sorts of ever-changing influences, like diet, lifestyle, stress levels, living environment, overall climate, and day-to-day fluctuations in the weather. And if that wasn't complicated enough, just about anyone's skin [...]

How to Shrink Pores (Temporarily), Plus 3 Pore Myths

How to Shrink Pores (Temporarily), Plus 3 Pore Myths

Visible pores rank as one of the most common complaints people have about their skin, and photos of models and celebrities with their pores Photoshopped into oblivion make pore problems seem even worse. "Pore-shrinking" toners and masks are always popular, but can they really work? Find out why not and learn how to safely shrink [...]