Review: The MIRApack Hydrogel mask

I’ve been doing sheet masks for years now, and as much as I still believe the majority of the masks out there are more aimed at novelty than true anti-aging effects, I still really enjoy them. I have quite the collection at home, and it’s fun to have a bunch of different kinds to choose from…

Oh, look what it is: My spring routine!

HI GUYS. I’ve been way busy lately and haven’t been here much to prattle about what my boyfriend calls “my potions,” but I have a fantastic new job that I’m loving very much to blame for it, and I can’t really be sad about that. That said, I’ve had a few things in the testing…

Skincare Confessions: I’m scared of actives! (well, I WAS)

So it’s been over three years now since I started slathering layers of product on my face like an elaborate wedding cake, and I feel much more savvy when it comes to what I choose and why. I’ve learned what ingredients I like, and what makes my skin happy. I’ve overcome the desire to buy every…

Review: Goodal Moisture Barrier line

I went to New York in October with a few major, clear objectives: See BIGBANG live (mission accomplished, G-Dragon’s face in person is that of a chiseled god), and go to every k-beauty shop I could get my hands on, specifically Tony Moly and Club Clio. While the Tony Moly store was very cute in…

Fuck off, Father Time, or: My winter skincare routine

As 2015 really was the year my Asian beauty passion went into high drive, I feel like this is the year I’ve experimented the most. I really did enjoy playing around, trying lots of samples, and truly befriending my skin. I’d heard lots of talk about “knowing what your skin needed,” but for a long time,…

Sleeping in makeup to 10 steps: Why change?

I recall an experience a few years ago when my mother (an esthetician for decades) tried to introduce me to a line of products she was carrying, created by a dermatologist. As I recall, the routine was a cleanser, a toner, a moisturizer and a sunscreen. To me at the time, that was a INSUFFERABLY…

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…

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…