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 It has been replaced by Copper Amino Isolate Serum 3 1:1*, which I reviewed on my IGTV here, and which I love just as much!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 [...]

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. [...]

Off-Blog: My Dewy Skin Tips at GlowieCo

Off-Blog: My Dewy Skin Tips at GlowieCo

As many of you may know, I do some freelance writing, both because I like money and because I like having additional platforms from which to spew my never-ending thoughts about skincare. I've recently taken on the new AB e-tailer GlowieCo, which launched with a selection of awesome Taiwanese and Japanese skincare products. I really [...]

The Super Seven: Skincare Classics I Never Want to Go Without

The Super Seven: Skincare Classics I Never Want to Go Without

These seven Korean and Japanese skincare products stand the test of time.

I Got Snail on My Eye: COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream as Eye Cream

I Got Snail on My Eye: COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream as Eye Cream

One night a few months ago, a terrible thing happened. I went to put on my eye cream--at the time, I was using the Su:m37 Secret Repair Concentrated Eye Cream--and discovered that I'd scraped the entire jar empty. I further discovered a distinct lack of other eye creams in my beauty product black hole of [...]

Review: My Beauty Diary Moisture Power Brightening Black Pearl EX+ Mask

Review: My Beauty Diary Moisture Power Brightening Black Pearl EX+ Mask

There are brands so familiar that despite regular use, I hardly ever think about reviewing them anymore. I take them for granted and project my shameful lack of appreciation on everyone else, too. My Beauty Diary, the first brand I ever wrote about on this blog, is one of the brands I often forget to [...]

Review: Skin Aqua UV Super Moisture Milk SPF 50+ PA++++, Plus Sunscreen Reminders

Review: Skin Aqua UV Super Moisture Milk SPF 50+ PA++++, Plus Sunscreen Reminders

It's the middle of winter in the northern hemisphere, but that doesn't mean the quest for a good sunscreen can stop. If you're trying to minimize visible skin aging, fight hyperpigmentation, and/or prevent skin cancer, then the sunscreen quest never stops. UV radiation (particularly the deeply damaging UVA radiation) is present whenever the sun is, [...]

A Good Low pH Cleanser Isn’t Hard to Find (Anymore)

A Good Low pH Cleanser Isn’t Hard to Find (Anymore)

It's funny thinking about it now, but I actually didn't get into skincare at all until I was 33. Before then, I typically washed my face with whatever decently priced and usually scrubby facial cleanser was on sale at the drugstore. I thought the dry, tight, desperate-for-moisturizer feeling I got after every wash meant my [...]

Summer 2017 Dud Awards, + Misc Fiddy News

Summer 2017 Dud Awards, + Misc Fiddy News

Find out why I detest Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil. Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum, and Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix.