New and Reviewed: COSRX Balancium Comfort Cool Ceramide Soothing Gel Cream

New and Reviewed: COSRX Balancium Comfort Cool Ceramide Soothing Gel Cream

Over the past couple of years, I've developed a pretty serious addiction to gel creams. I generally have at least a couple of gel creams open and in active rotation in my everyday skincare routines, because now that my skin is fully adjusted to my very high (0.14%) Curology tretinoin prescription, I don't need heavier [...]

UPDATED: Review: NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1 (CAIS2) and CAIS3

UPDATED: Review: NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1 (CAIS2) and CAIS3

9/16/2021 Update: NIOD CAIS2 is no more. It has been replaced by Copper Amino Isolate Serum 3 1:1*, which I reviewed on my IGTV here, and which I love just as much! If you still prefer to read a text-based review, read on. CAIS3 feels and performs exactly the same for me and contains the [...]

Review: New COSRX Cica Foam Cleanser, Cleansing Balm, and Cleansing Oil

Review: New COSRX Cica Foam Cleanser, Cleansing Balm, and Cleansing Oil

It's been a big couple of years for COSRX. They've expanded beyond their beginnings as a small and relatively unknown brand focused on bare-bones AHA and BHA products, into a global name with a presence in brick-and-mortar retail chains like ULTA. Last year, the big COSRX news for me was the expansion of their Advanced [...]

Will You Bee Mine? A Propolis Serum Comparison Review

Will You Bee Mine? A Propolis Serum Comparison Review

Ingredient trends come and go (anyone else remember when starfish had a brief moment in the sun?). That's why I'm so grateful when a trendy ingredient that works well for me ends up getting popular enough to stick around. Like propolis, the featured ingredient in the serums I'm going to compare today. I love propolis. [...]

The Best of 2020: Health, Fitness, and Haircare Faves

The Best of 2020: Health, Fitness, and Haircare Faves

In the first installment of my Best of 2020 list, I mentioned how the events of 2020 forced me to learn how interconnected all of our pursuits are and how important our habits can be for keeping our heads above water, mentally. Two of the three favorites in this list are health and wellness products, [...]

The Best of 2020: Skincare Faves

The Best of 2020: Skincare Faves

You know how I know 2021 is going to be a better year than 2020? Because it's January and I not only remembered that I want to write a best of 2020 roundup, but am actually doing it instead of pushing it aside for so long that it becomes pointless to even publish it (who [...]

Updated Review: Missha All Around Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++

Updated Review: Missha All Around Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++

High protection with a weightless, invisible finish: Missha All Around Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel almost has it all.

Sponsored: Kose SEKKISEI at Costco, a Japanese Skincare Surprise

Sponsored: Kose SEKKISEI at Costco, a Japanese Skincare Surprise

It's been a long time since I've fallen in love with a cleansing oil or an emulsion, but KOSE SEKKISEI did it.

Review: COSRX Advanced Snail Radiance Dual Essence

Review: COSRX Advanced Snail Radiance Dual Essence

How does the new COSRX Advanced Snail Radiance Dual Essence compare to the beloved Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence?

Review: Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Invigorating Sleeping Mask

Review: Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Invigorating Sleeping Mask

I'm upset. I'm upset to have fallen in love with a product. I haven't been this upset since the last time I fell in love with a lavishly priced Sulwhasoo mask, the Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Creamy Mask, and that was back in 2017. The only reason I'm not more upset right now is that while [...]