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

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

This review has been a long time coming. Not just because it typically takes me at least one or two months to determine whether a "serious" (e.g. anti-aging or spot fading) product actually does anything for me, but also because I've had a bias against Deciem brands for the longest time. Especially against NIOD, the [...]

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 [...]

Sponsored: Mellowing Out My Face with Cannatera CBD Skincare

Sponsored: Mellowing Out My Face with Cannatera CBD Skincare

Trendy skincare ingredients come and go, but truly great ones (like ginseng, snail, and propolis) stay in my routine forever. Unfortunately, it's been a while since I've found a new contender for favorite ingredient. My skincare ennui was part of the reason I accepted a sponsorship offer from CBD beauty brand Cannatera. Could these weed-adjacent [...]

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 [...]

Comparison Review: Krave Beauty Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser vs. Whamisa by Glow Recipe Green Tea Foaming Cleansing Gel

Comparison Review: Krave Beauty Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser vs. Whamisa by Glow Recipe Green Tea Foaming Cleansing Gel

Trying to choose between Krave Beauty Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser and Whamisa by Glow Recipe Green Tea Foaming Cleansing Gel? I know the feeling.

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.