The great myth of sunscreen, or why UVA is ruining your life

I’ve been thinking about sunscreen a lot lately. This started when my co-worker Cynthia wrote a feature on sunscreens and how they work – or, more appropriately, why they don’t work. She worked with a friend I referred her to who many of you know from the kbeauty community, cosmetic chemist Stephen Ko. As those…

The secrets of my summer skincare routine!

Wow, that title has so much alliteration. Also, hi! I was thinking this morning about how I’ve sort of evolved my skincare routine from the spring version to summer without thinking too much about it. But! My skin is so,so gloriously happy right now I realized I had to share it with you all. Now that…

RAVE: Skinfood’s Hydro Fitting Snail Mask Sheet

I haven’t posted in a month, and I’m so, so sorry. I feel terribly guilty to admit that I went through a brief season of skin neglect, doing the bare minimum or sometimes skipping the routine altogether. I’ve noticed since my k-beauty journey started three years ago that this happens periodically. I can understand why,…

Review: Memebox’s Nooni’s Pink Snowflake cleansing line

I have insane luck with Korean beauty contests. Literally INSANE. Counting the set above, it’s the 4th time I’ve won an Instagram contest for free shit. I looked at how many other people entered this particular contest, which was held by Memebox, and it was close to a thousand. A THOUSAND. If I had this…

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…

Review: The Pink Seoul Plus box

If you want a k-beauty box to get you started in the skincare world, there’s no shortage of them these days. It’s caught on that people are all about sampling k-beauty, and everyone’s cashing in trying to offer their own thing. We’ve also reviewed a few, and found them pretty fun on the whole. Pink…

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…

RAVE REVIEW: Banobagi Vita Genic Hydrating Jelly Sheet Mask

HOLY FUCKS, THIS MASK. A dear friend sent a k-beauty care package my way recently and included this mask in the box. I finally decided to give it a shot last night. I’d like to apologize for not having any pics of the actual mask as I was not expecting this to be anything other…

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…