Review: J’ers J:Dew Green Moist Essence

Over the last six months or so, I’ve been using a lot of multitasking products (such as the Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid, reviewed here) to combine the toner/essence/ampoule part of my routine. I chose these partially because I am lazy and partially because I wanted to see if they actually worked. Anything that sounds too…

Hey y’all, I put #kbeauty on national news!

As some of you already known, by day when I’m not sheet masking, I write for CNN and its sister network, HLN. I’ve been hassling them to let me write a feature on Korean beauty for some time now, and lucky for me they finally folded and let me do it. (I think seeing NBC…

Who do I follow to keep up with Asian beauty?

A friend recently asked me where I get all my information about what’s up in the world of Asian beauty. It was a good question and made me realize that while I may be giving people the illusion that I’m getting direct transmissions from Japan and Korea in my email, all I’m really doing is…

Review: Mogongtox Soda Bubble Sheet Mask

Hello my skincare-loving friends! I am so far behind on reviews. So, so far. There have been some shifts in my writing career as of late that may lead to very exciting new opportunities, but it doesn’t leave me much time to test or blog about skincare. Boo to that. I am finally playing catchup…

Review: Jini Beauty Box, February 2016

Hi AB sisters! As I said in my last post, I’m still on a low/no buy on new products, so keeping the blog fresh has been harder since I don’t have any goodies to tell you about. However, I have been chatting with a few companies who asked me to review products, and that I am…

How to Manage a 10 Step Routine on the Go

Having a complex skincare routine is terrific when you have a roomy bathroom. If you’re into bottle porn (and let’s be real, who isn’t), maybe you ever made a little vanity space for your burgeoning collection of Asian skincare potions. Then, you try to go on a vacation, and you have a problem. I carry…

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,…

How you touch your face is more important than what you put on it

In my first few years of interest in Korean beauty, I was naturally drawn in by the products and their presentation. Any woman that admires cuteness, elegance, or both would be, as Korea especially is terrific when it comes to beauty marketing. Now, a few years into my skincare journey, I’m starting to become less…