Review: Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid

Being a person whose skin (before k-beauty, that is) frequently resembled a 2000-year-old sheet of parchment, my biggest skin problem has always been the same: Dry, dry, dry. One of the reasons I was drawn to k-beauty years ago was because everything I read, from 10-step routines to reviews of products, seemed to have a…

#sheetmasking: Get pretty on the cheap

I think one of the first things I discovered in the K-beauty world were sheet masks. At first, I didn’t really believe they were doing a lot for my skin — they were so cheap, and I felt ridiculous wearing one (people typically look pretty terrifying wearing them, so prepare for your significant other/mother/dog to…

Making a beauty routine truly fun!

I don’t know about you, but before getting into K-beauty I always thought taking care of my skin was a drag. In my twenties I frequently fell asleep in a full face of makeup (The horror!) and my skin never SEEMED to suffer, as it was made of powdered unicorn horns at the time. Ah,…

RAVE: Manefit Soothing Aqua Collagen Mask

After years of using mostly cloth sheet masks, I’ve come to the realization that I’ve been using the wrong ones all along. Well, maybe not the WRONG ones (I think it’s hard to go wrong with a sheet mask for me), but being a super dry skin type, the hydrogel masks feel so much better on…

Change how you wash your face right now.

One fairly humiliating thing I learned only on in the kbeauty game was that not only was I washing my face completely wrong, but I was regularly using products that were damaging it. And there I was, lollygagging along, wondering why no matter how much moisturizer I slapped on my face I had dry patches…

Gwiyeowoyo! The cult of k-beauty packaging

A few decades ago, I fell in love with all things Japanese for a number of reasons, but one of the biggest was the kawaii factor – my love of super cute things, which you may have noticed is a thing by now if you follow me on any social media outlet. That love of…

WTF is donkey milk? A primer on “weird” ingredients

There’s a breaking point in Korean beauty: The moment you find out that one of the magic ingredients is snail slime. At that point, you may yell “EW GROSS WHAT THE FUCK” and go running back to your precious Clinique counter. Byeeee. Or, you may go “Fascinating, I’d like to give that a shot.” So you’re brave…

Why I’m starting a Korean beauty blog

Despite a three year love affair with Korean beauty products, I’ve been loath to start a blog about them even after being urged by many people. “You have a real passion for this!” “You’re a writer, this would be perfect for you!” “You could really help people!” That last one may have motivated me the most, but in…

The 3b Beauty Box: Do you need it?

So there are a lot of beauty boxes out there right now, and several catering specifically to the Asian beauty trend. I have been very cautious about these as I actually DON’T want to end up with a big pile of products I don’t need (I hate clutter), and I also know my skin very…