Weekend Project: Get Your Skin Under Control with a Skincare Log

Weekend Project: Get Your Skin Under Control with a Skincare Log

Fiddy apologies for the text-heavy, picture-light nature of this post. Fiddy's tablet is currently on strike. Her terrible tablet photography will be back to enliven Fifty Shades of Snail posts very soon. Skincare can be confusing and overwhelming. This gets worse when you step (metaphorically) out of the familiar aisles of CVS and into the vast and varied world [...]

Midsummer Routine Check + Sample Routines

Midsummer Routine Check + Sample Routines

As you may have noticed, my routine is an ever-evolving thing. Our skin condition isn't static, and for best results, we should adapt our routine on a day-to-day basis to account for things like weather and other environmental changes, as well as for our own health and skin conditions and anything else that might affect [...]

Asian Makeup Collection: Evolution (with Swatches!)

Asian Makeup Collection: Evolution (with Swatches!)

Crazy Snail Disclosure: Some of the products in this post were sent to me for review. If you'd like to learn more about my personal rules for accepting gifts from retailers, read my sponsorship policy here. Once upon a time, I didn't have much makeup, and what I had came mostly from the Walmart down [...]

Get your own sheet mask spreadsheet! + News and New Readers Welcome

Get your own sheet mask spreadsheet! + News and New Readers Welcome

Some time ago, I had a request on Reddit to make my sheet mask spreadsheet available. I've been thinking about the best way to do it, and I've decided to make it super easy for you! Click this link to download a copy of my current sheet mask spreadsheet. It's in Excel format and hosted on [...]

Always Lose Spatulas? Try This.

Always Lose Spatulas? Try This.

I really like using spatulas to dispense products that come in jars. It's not that I'm overly worried about contamination, as products formulated with appropriate preservatives are perfectly safe in jars. It's just that I don't like using my fingers to scoop things out because I hate getting creams under my nails. That drives me [...]

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 [...]

Innisfree Haul and Summer Prep Routine Changes

Innisfree Haul and Summer Prep Routine Changes

Tinfoil time! Innisfree either has psychics on staff or a deal with the NSA, because they always seem to have a great deal or promotion going just when I'm running out of my staples and looking for a change. Check out what I got and how my routine will be changing (spoiler: I'm replacing some [...]

I Solved My Blush Storage Problem

I Solved My Blush Storage Problem

Blushes are cheap, and I've somehow accumulated a lot of them. I've gotten so many different colors and have become so comfortable with applying them that I've started planning looks around which blush I feel like wearing on any given day. And I like blush so much that storing them in a makeup bag out of [...]

Having It All, or: Multitasking and the Full Korean Skin Care Routine

Having It All, or: Multitasking and the Full Korean Skin Care Routine

If you're fairly new to the Asian cosmetics scene, a lengthy skin care routine like mine can seem overwhelming and totally impractical. 8 steps in the morning, 12 steps in the evening plus a sheet mask most nights--yes, it sounds like a lot, and I'm aware that I have at least a few readers who [...]

On Product Testing, Record Keeping, and Sheet Mask Collections (plus Big Project Preview)

On Product Testing, Record Keeping, and Sheet Mask Collections (plus Big Project Preview)

I never bothered to develop any record-keeping or organizational skills beyond what I needed to succeed in school and at work--that is, not until I caught the skin care blogging bug. It's too bad, because I could have made much better progress at understanding what works for me and what doesn't if I had started [...]