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 [...]

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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 [...]

My Beauty Diary 2016: Is the Update an Upgrade?

My Beauty Diary 2016: Is the Update an Upgrade?

In the insanely crowded and competitive Asian skincare industry, product repackaging and/or reformulation are common tactics for brands fighting the never-ending fight to retain customers' interest in their products. Sometimes the product updates work, like when My Beauty Diary revamped their main sheet mask line last year. Other times, though, a product update feels like when [...]

My Top 9 Sheet Masks on Amazon Prime

My Top 9 Sheet Masks on Amazon Prime

While recording the Snailcast a while ago, Chel and I got to reminiscing about the early days of AB life. Just a couple of years ago, hauls were major events that demanded planning, patience, and possibly a Hangul cheat sheet. These days, US-based Asian skincare fans can get a solid routine and plenty of extras, like [...]

Review: Naruko DermaLane Zero Dark Spot Brightening Renewal Mask

Review: Naruko DermaLane Zero Dark Spot Brightening Renewal Mask

I don't break out often, but when I do, I'm off to PIH City for weeks afterwards. That's just how skin rolls. (Straight to PIH City.) Then again, a ticket to PIH City gives me a chance to really put "brightening" products to the test. So when my experiments with a 20% mandelic acid serum convinced a clog [...]

Oh My Snails! The COSRX Holy Moly Snail Mask Review

Oh My Snails! The COSRX Holy Moly Snail Mask Review

It's here! The COSRX snail sheet mask that COSRX snail lovers like me have been dreaming of ever since our favorite kooky-clinical-affordable-whimsical K-beauty skincare brand let me announce it all the way back in May is finally here! I've had mine since Saturday, and I've been busily masking and thinking and second-guessing what I've been thinking. Now down to just a [...]