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 [...]

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.

Review: Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser

Review: Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser

Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser has several weaknesses that make it less than great.

Review: Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment

Review: Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment

I almost didn't write this review. A couple of months ago, my friend Tracy at Fanserviced-B published her extensive and detailed review of Sunday Riley Good Genes, and I wasn't sure, when I started testing the product, that I'd have anything to add to the conversation. The more time I spent with Good Genes, however, [...]