Review: Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Mask (plus Special Event Masking Tips)

Review: Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Mask (plus Special Event Masking Tips)

My latest delivery from Sulwhasoo US caused me extreme mixed emotions. The 20th anniversary limited edition First Care Activating Serum EX made me feel like my son last Christmas when his cool uncle got him the Cozmo. The newly launched First Care Activating Masks, on the other hand, gave me a shiver of mingled excitement and [...]

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The Burdens of Originality: A Beautibi Box Review (and Giveaway!)

The Burdens of Originality: A Beautibi Box Review (and Giveaway!)

In the past couple of years, Asian Beauty e-boutiques have popped up across the US and Canada like adorable mushrooms after a hydratingtoner rain. Which is awesome, if you can't get enough of mushrooms. But I've started to notice that most of these mushrooms are painfully similar. Really special mushrooms are rare. It's understandable. Originality is difficult and risky. [...]

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 [...]

Review: Sulwhasoo Radiance Energy Mask

Review: Sulwhasoo Radiance Energy Mask

December 28 update: I've been told that the spatula may not be real jade. Checking on that now. Precious gems in skincare tend to leave me cold, since the skincare benefits of ground up jewelry are, at best, both questionable and temporary. But I have an irrational reverence for jade. My first piece of real jewelry was a classic plain [...]

Reader Questions: Why I Use Sheet Masks After Serums

Reader Questions: Why I Use Sheet Masks After Serums

I use my Instagram account partly as a public skincare diary. I take and post photos of my morning and night routines to show how I put all those things in my beauty stash together on a daily basis. With my evening routines, there's almost always a mask involved. That has led to many people asking me [...]

Fiddy’s Flops: The 2016 Dud Report

Fiddy’s Flops: The 2016 Dud Report

Amid the love and positivity of the holiday season, I think it's important to remember that everything is not, in fact, awesome. Actually, for every one stellar skincare product out there, there are probably about twenty duds. As hard as I try to avoid those duds, sometimes they land on my doorstep and then on [...]

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Skincare Gifting Dos and Don’ts & Gift Ideas for Asian Beauty Beginners

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Skincare Gifting Dos and Don’ts & Gift Ideas for Asian Beauty Beginners

Holiday gifting season is almost here (AGAIN, wtf, where did the year go?). If you're anything like me, you're feeling the temptation to use the gifting season as a reason to spread the love...of skincare! Be warned, though. Gifting skincare can be hazardous, especially if you're giving it to a skincare newbie. It can be [...]