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 [...]

Casual Sunday: My Morning Skincare Routine Explained

Casual Sunday: My Morning Skincare Routine Explained

The skincare routine post is a staple of AB blogs, and I've done my fair share. Routine posts are challenging for me because my own routine changes constantly as I choose what my skin needs the most from my unreasonably large beauty stash. Most of the time, I prefer to document what I'm using on my Instagram instead of [...]

Spring/Summer 2016 Flops and Faves, Part 3: Yet More Hanbang + the Return of the AHA

Spring/Summer 2016 Flops and Faves, Part 3: Yet More Hanbang + the Return of the AHA

Previously: Part 1: Classics and New Faves | Part 2: Best and Worst Ginseng Skincare This final installment of my spring/summer 2016 skincare routine update took me a very long time to write because so much has been happening with my life and my skin! Which sounds dire but in reality isn't. Even when I've been let down by something I'd been [...]

Review: Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Cream, + Springtime Day and Night Skincare Routine Building

Review: Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Cream, + Springtime Day and Night Skincare Routine Building

I'm not normally a fan of single-line skincare routines, since they tend to be redundant and reduce opportunities for your skin to benefit from a wide variety of actives and beneficial supporting ingredients, but when I have a good experience with one item in a line, like, say, Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Essence, it makes [...]

SNS Saturday: Big Global Mother’s Day Giveaway!

SNS Saturday: Big Global Mother’s Day Giveaway!

Happy weekend, everybody! I have a nice SNS Saturday giveaway for you this week, featuring the biggest SNS Saturday prize yet, and, for the first time since SNS Saturdays began, open to international entries! Are you ready to win? This giveaway is sponsored by Beautibi. This week's prize, in case you missed it, is the [...]

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 [...]

Review: Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Essence, aka Mermaid Potion

Review: Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Essence, aka Mermaid Potion

If mermaids were real (but not fish-faced Lovecraftian monstrosities), would they have nice skin? They're always luminous beauties in the stories and legends, of course, and would benefit from the skin benefits of seaweed and possibly other marine substances too, but at the same time, you'd think they probably get a fair amount of sun exposure [...]

My Spring 2016 Asian Skincare Routines Explained, Face Mask Tips and Tricks, and Lord Fiddy’s Manly AF Skincare Routine

My Spring 2016 Asian Skincare Routines Explained, Face Mask Tips and Tricks, and Lord Fiddy’s Manly AF Skincare Routine

Are you having trouble understanding how K-beauty skincare routines like mine come together? I often link to my skincare wardrobe to demonstrate the variety that makes Asian skincare and K-beauty in particular so great, but if you're new to skincare routines that change by the day, it can be hard to visualize how that works. Looking at people's skincare [...]

Review: Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil, an “Oil” for Those Who Aren’t Ready for Oils

Review: Goodal Waterest Lasting Water Oil, an “Oil” for Those Who Aren’t Ready for Oils

I love AB blogging because it gives me an excuse to jump from product to product instead of settling down like a normal person. I definitely have that itch for the new. So when I like a product enough to repurchase it instead of putting my hunting goggles on and skipping happily back out into the wilderness [...]

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 [...]