December 2016 Empties Report

December 2016 Empties Report

My skincare closet is overflowing with bottles and jars, and not all of them have stuff in them anymore. It's time for a purge! Some of the products in this post were provided by Fifty Shades of Snail sponsors and are disclosed individually in the text. Affiliate links are marked with an asterisk(*). Holy grail [...]

My Fast Morning Skincare Routine

My Fast Morning Skincare Routine

I originally planned to title this post "My Busy Mom Skincare Routine" but changed my mind because you don't have to be a parent to want your skin to look its best yet rarely have time (or energy) in the morning for a multi-layered AB routine. My morning rush is dictated by the need to [...]

August 2016 Empties Report

August 2016 Empties Report

There's a bin on a shelf in my beauty closet where I hoard my empties until the bin is full. Then I take a picture of the containers before I recycle them. Usually that picture goes on my Instagram, but this time around, I felt I had more to say about the products I've used [...]

2016 Sun Care Megapost: Fighting Wrinkles with After-Sun Skincare

2016 Sun Care Megapost: Fighting Wrinkles with After-Sun Skincare

Yesterday was a hideously beautiful SoCal day, so I dragged the family to the beach for a few hours. Lord Fiddy came home with a vibrant sunburn ("Hey look! I got some color!"). Young Master Fiddy and I were, of course, wearing sunscreen and remained Unburnt. I was, however, sandy and desperate for a shower, so I did [...]

How to (Safely) Fade a Tan (If That’s What You Want to Do)

How to (Safely) Fade a Tan (If That’s What You Want to Do)

If there were an official AB FAQ, "How do I fade a tan?" would be right near the top, yet it's one of the easiest to answer (though not to do). To fade a tan, you don't need products marketed as "whitening." You'll need sun protection, progressive exfoliation, melanin inhibition, and a buttload of time and patience. Affiliate [...]

Dry Skin Megapost: 3 Great Facial Oils and 3 Ways to Use them

Dry Skin Megapost: 3 Great Facial Oils and 3 Ways to Use them

I'm not really a sucker for tradition (in skincare or anything else), but even I have to admit that when our ancestors weren't busy smearing mercury-laden blush onto their cheeks or dropping dead from makeup-related lead poisoning, they were doing some things right. Like moisturizing their skin with oils. Facial oils are some of the oldest beauty products around. From  ancient Egypt and [...]

Casual Tuesday: Enter the Acid Toner

Casual Tuesday: Enter the Acid Toner

Guys, I've added a new step to my skincare routine! And I know you may be wondering, Where do you even have room for a new step? or maybe Do you really need another step? Well, the answer to the second is up for debate, but I wouldn't be here blogging about it if it hadn't [...]

Review: Haishen 80 Sea Cucumber Nutritive Fresh Cream

Review: Haishen 80 Sea Cucumber Nutritive Fresh Cream

The product featured in this post was provided for review by BeautyKorea Mall. All opinions and recommendations in this post are my own unless otherwise noted. Learn more about my rules for store partnerships by checking out my sponsorship policy and sponsor list. Being of Taiwanese descent, I will eat just about anything as long as it's supposed [...]

How to Shrink Pores (Temporarily), Plus 3 Pore Myths

How to Shrink Pores (Temporarily), Plus 3 Pore Myths

Visible pores rank as one of the most common complaints people have about their skin, and photos of models and celebrities with their pores Photoshopped into oblivion make pore problems seem even worse. "Pore-shrinking" toners and masks are always popular, but can they really work? Find out why not and learn how to safely shrink [...]

Feels Like Summer FOTD feat. Japanese Blush Fail

Feels Like Summer FOTD feat. Japanese Blush Fail

The other day, I read an article on Refinery29 about a Japanese blush style that sounded like it might work for me. The method involves placing the blush quite high up on the cheeks and blending it out horizontally rather than at the angle of the cheekbones. It creates a more youthful, soft, and round-cheeked appearance [...]