Amazon Skincare Buys: The Good, The Great, The Bad, and the Terrible

Amazon Skincare Buys: The Good, The Great, The Bad, and the Terrible

"Unfortunately, this sunscreen is laden with more alcohol than me after a KBBQ night with my coworkers. My liver might be able to take it, but my face wasn't."

Review: Naruko Jingcheng 60 Actives Youth Activating Enhancer

Review: Naruko Jingcheng 60 Actives Youth Activating Enhancer

They may not be as exciting as serums and ampoules, but hydrating toners are some of my favorite Asian beauty products. One such hydrating toner is the very clearly named Naruko Jingcheng 60 Actives Youth Activating Enhancer. Personally, I think we should all know from the name exactly what this thing does, but just in case you're [...]

January 2017 Empties Report

January 2017 Empties Report

It's a new year, but I still got the same old face, and that face still needs to have things put on it and cleansed off of it on a regular basis, so I've got another batch of empties to show off! There are some classics in here, some new (to me) items, and one [...]

Fermentation, First Essences, and that FTE Glow: Secret Key vs. Naruko Facial Essence Review

Fermentation, First Essences, and that FTE Glow: Secret Key vs. Naruko Facial Essence Review

Years ago in a meeting room in faraway Asia, hardworking cosmetics marketers discovered that the story they'd spun, of peasant sake brewers with mind-blowingly soft and youthful hands, could sell bottle upon bottle of the novel new skincare product they were tasked with promoting. And thus, the first essence (or fermentation essence, or facial treatment essence or first [...]

Just some quick COSRX news

Just some quick COSRX news

Very quickly, because I'm too excited to hold this in anymore: I have permission from the lovely Hye Young at COSRX to drop some news about a couple of upcoming COSRX product releases. Sometime this summer, COSRX, makers of my favorite snail products, will be releasing... A snail toner. And A SNAIL SHEET MASK. Excuse me while [...]

Mid-Year Megapost: Fiddy’s Faves and Flops of Spring/Summer 2016, Part 1

Mid-Year Megapost: Fiddy’s Faves and Flops of Spring/Summer 2016, Part 1

This is my skincare basket. It's the sturdy workhorse that carries everyday essentials chosen out of my much more extensive skincare wardrobe. The contents of my basket change on a fairly regular basis. But I recently realized that some things never get banished from the basket, even for a night. That got me thinking about the ways my [...]

Of Moms and Miracles: A (Somewhat Maudlin) Beautibi Unboxing and Review

Of Moms and Miracles: A (Somewhat Maudlin) Beautibi Unboxing and Review

If there is an afterlife and it has Internet access, then my mom is about to be either really amused or really annoyed when she finds out it's her fault I'm a skincare fanatic who can't sleep if I don't at least remove my makeup and moisturize every night and cleanse and wear sunscreen in the morning. I [...]