Skincare Routine Building Tip: Please Don’t Start a Full Routine All at Once

Skincare Routine Building Tip: Please Don’t Start a Full Routine All at Once

If you hang around online skincare communities long enough, you'll end up seeing at least a handful of variations on the "I Tried a 10-Step Korean Beauty Routine and My Face Burst into Flames" theme. And if you're newer to skincare or K-beauty, you may at some point be tempted to try this yourself. I [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Reader Questions: Recognizing and Treating Overexfoliation

Reader Questions: Recognizing and Treating Overexfoliation

Recognize the signs of overexfoliation and learn how to treat and prevent it for improved skin health.

Review: Missha All Around Safe Block Mild Sun SPF 30 PA++

Review: Missha All Around Safe Block Mild Sun SPF 30 PA++

Have you ever put on a sunscreen so bad that you panic and cleanse it all off with just minutes left before you have to leave the house in the morning? I have, and I really want to talk about it. So without further ado, let's discuss Missha's All Around Safe Block "Mild Sun" SPF [...]

Updated: The Burdens of Originality: A Beautibi Box Review

Updated: The Burdens of Originality: A Beautibi Box Review

September 30, 2019 update: Unfortunately, Beautibi is no longer carrying this box and is in the process of closing down. However, 23.5N products can now be found at GlowieCo, and I've updated my links to reflect that.  In the past couple of years, Asian Beauty e-boutiques have popped up across the US and Canada like adorable [...]

Review: Swanicoco PHA 10% Coco Peeling Cream

Review: Swanicoco PHA 10% Coco Peeling Cream

There's a fine, fine line between effective exfoliation and too much exfoliation. (Finer than the fine lines that we're trying to minimize here.) Finding that line can be a challenge, since it's so fine and its location varies so much from person to person. Some people do best with little to no exfoliation. Others like to use [...]

Review: Olivarrier Dual Moist Hyaluron Essence

Review: Olivarrier Dual Moist Hyaluron Essence

Lately I've felt conflicted about new beauty brands. They simultaneously attract and repulse me. Attract because who doesn't love a new shiny? But repulse because there are just so many duds out there that I mostly want to hide in a cave lined with Sulwhasoo and Naruko and COSRX and forget the world. But that wouldn't be [...]

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Skincare Gifting Dos and Don’ts & Gift Ideas for Asian Beauty Beginners

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Skincare Gifting Dos and Don’ts & Gift Ideas for Asian Beauty Beginners

Holiday gifting season is almost here (AGAIN, wtf, where did the year go?). If you're anything like me, you're feeling the temptation to use the gifting season as a reason to spread the love...of skincare! Be warned, though. Gifting skincare can be hazardous, especially if you're giving it to a skincare newbie. It can be [...]