Review: New COSRX Cica Foam Cleanser, Cleansing Balm, and Cleansing Oil

Review: New COSRX Cica Foam Cleanser, Cleansing Balm, and Cleansing Oil

It's been a big couple of years for COSRX. They've expanded beyond their beginnings as a small and relatively unknown brand focused on bare-bones AHA and BHA products, into a global name with a presence in brick-and-mortar retail chains like ULTA. Last year, the big COSRX news for me was the expansion of their Advanced [...]

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. [...]

The Best of 2020: Health, Fitness, and Haircare Faves

The Best of 2020: Health, Fitness, and Haircare Faves

In the first installment of my Best of 2020 list, I mentioned how the events of 2020 forced me to learn how interconnected all of our pursuits are and how important our habits can be for keeping our heads above water, mentally. Two of the three favorites in this list are health and wellness products, [...]

The Best of 2020: Skincare Faves

The Best of 2020: Skincare Faves

You know how I know 2021 is going to be a better year than 2020? Because it's January and I not only remembered that I want to write a best of 2020 roundup, but am actually doing it instead of pushing it aside for so long that it becomes pointless to even publish it (who [...]

Review: Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Invigorating Sleeping Mask

Review: Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Invigorating Sleeping Mask

I'm upset. I'm upset to have fallen in love with a product. I haven't been this upset since theĀ last time I fell in love with a lavishly priced Sulwhasoo mask, the Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Creamy Mask, and that was back in 2017. The only reason I'm not more upset right now is that while [...]

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 [...]

(Bad) First Impressions: Sunday Riley Auto Correct

(Bad) First Impressions: Sunday Riley Auto Correct

This will be quick, much like my time with Sunday Riley's Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream. One week after starting this product, I'm throwing in the towel. Auto Correct is nearly unbearable for me to use, and my experience has made me so churlish that I need to share my reasons why. [...]

Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Creamy Mask: The $24 Mask I Gave to My Boss

Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Creamy Mask: The $24 Mask I Gave to My Boss

Are the Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Creamy Masks worth the money?

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.