Awhile ago, I posted about the Muji sensitive skin cleansing oil, still one of my favorites. Since then, I have gone through three different bottles of it (in various sizes) and have noticed that there are (at least) two versions. After cross-referencing the English ingredients (provided on stickers applied to the bottles), it seemed that … Continue reading PSA/Rant: Do NOT trust Muji Ingredient Stickers
Gifting cosmetics and skincare of any sort is tricky because it is such a personal thing. I have tried to recruit friends to join the Asian Beauty club in the past only to have messed up by doing things such as overhyping cushion technology or introducing snails and horse oil waaaay too soon. As such, I've … Continue reading Holiday Shopping Guide for Introducing Friends and Family to Asian Beauty!
You guys may have noticed that this blog has been neglected for a few weeks now. This is not because I've given up on skincare or blogging, but simply because both my skin and its care routine are under-going some changes right now. Namely, after a lot of pussyfooting around the idea of prescription skincare, … Continue reading How to Survive Tretinoin without Molting – a Dry Skinned Girl’s Guide to Curology (fka Pocketderm)!
TesterKorea is famous for two reasons: cheap samples of expensive stuff and insanely slow shipping speeds. Due to the latter reason, they've been blacklisted in my mind. Today, while shopping around for the Mondrian Missha cushion, I found myself on TK's pages and was really surprised by the breadth of their selection! Here are some … Continue reading PSA: TesterKorea Now Carries Cremorlab, Whamisa, The Yeon, and a few other Miscellaneous Good Finds!
Inspired by Cat Cactus's super useful post about dehydrated, combination-oily skin and pegged as a dry-skin reference, I thought I would quickly share some tips on things that have made a difference for my skin. Also, I updated my skincare routine to reflect some new things I'm testing out so take a look! The timing … Continue reading Got Dry Skin? Try These Three Things!
I'm obviously ok with putting a lot of stuff on my face that may make others cringe, but there are a handful of ingredients I actively avoid. This is my current, very short list of those items. This is not an attempt to fear-monger or talk others into not using certain things, but an attempt … Continue reading Ingredients I Avoid: Papain, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Polyethylene
In part 1, I wanted to see what the cost savings for buying samples in place of full size products were. In short, it's a lot. In my day job I have a good amount of experience with variability control and wanted to know if the sample packages live up to their advertised volume of product. … Continue reading Samples Part 2
Greetings from the air! In a few hours, I will be stuffing my face with croissants in Paris! In the meantime, I thought I would do a short post on the skincare planning I did for the trip. Surviving the Flight I’ve no fear of flying but dread the experience of being on a plane. My … Continue reading Packing for Paris!
Lately, it’s been pointed out that for some products, the per unit price of samples is cheaper (sometimes significantly) than the full size price. I gathered some data on a few brands and product categories I was interested in. Here are the results. The results by brand largely confirm what I already suspected. The more … Continue reading Samples Project Part 1