7 types of Vitamin C compared – which one is right for your skin?

If you've been reading this blog long enough or follow me on Instagram, you know my woes with Vitamin C. It's an incredibly powerful skincare ingredient, yet my skin just doesn't quite react to it like others do. Is it the type of vitamin c I'm using? Is it the formula? All this thinking lead me down the rabbit hole of hours of reading and research, and of course, a blog post with all my findings. KEEP READING →

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Spring skincare discoveries (that I’ve been loving)

Asides from the dumb snowstorm that hit a last week, the temperature in general has been rising, which means my skin has been changing, and as a result, so has my skincare routine. Today’s post features some of my recent discoveries that I’ve been enjoying for this warmer weather!


5 times when shopping in store makes more sense

With the online shopping’s convenience, super fast and free deliver, and nearly limitless product selections, shopping in store sounds almost archaic and counterintuitive. But even with all these benefits, there are times when it just makes more sense to shop in person.


Beauty empties #12 feat. Naruko, Glossier, and Sulwahsoo

Despite clearing out another box of products, I feel like my stash is never ending, and it’s driving the minimalism side of me bonkers. But on the bright side, at least I finally get to throw out all these bottles and offer my unsolicited opinions on them! 😎


Holistic skincare discovery – Alba1913 and more!

I’m a big believer of skin and body care being a holistic experience. From the scents to the textures, the products should nurture both our skin and our emotional well-being. One brand that resonates with this belief? The Poland-based Alba1913.


Bye bye period woes – my 7 natural pms and cramp remedies

Ah yes, that lovely time of the month with many as names – Aunt Flo, shark week, the Red Wedding (high five GoT fans!) – as symptoms, which range from mildly annoying to downright agonizing. While a quick solution is to pop pain killers around the clock to get through the misery, today I’d like to share my alternative remedies that have helped me overcome my period pains.


I used the $1 Nivea Creme on my face, and here’s what happened

You’ve probably seen the simple blue jar on your grandma or mom’s vanity or tucked away on the bottom shelf at a drugstore. It looks bland, feels bland, has a bland ingredient list, but its impact on my skin is anything but.


The big (blog) photography guide: my tools, setup, and tips

Taking pictures is my favorite part of creating blog posts and one of the main reasons why Instagram will still be my favorite platform despite its wacky algorithm. Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about my photos – what equipment I use and how I take them, so I figured it’d be easier share all the details with you guys here rather.


Physical sunscreens, yay or nay? The Skin Actives Daily Defense Anti-Aging Day Cream SPF30 review

For as long as I’ve been a proponent of SPF, I’ve been partial to the more elegant texture of chemical sunscreens, particularly those from Asian brands. So for the first time in…10+ years, I’m using a Western brand physical sunscreen and ready to share my thoughts on it.


Unconventional skincare advice: stop exfoliating (and why I did it)

I feel like chemical exfoliants really exploded in the skincare scene these past few years. Now every brand is touting their latest and greatest exfoliant that promises to brighten, smooth, soften, and at this rate cure every disease under the sun. Yet here I am boldly proclaiming “stop exfoliating!”


2017 hair (and body) care favorites: Bumble & Bumble, Christophe Robin, and more

I don’t have the best luck when it comes to hair care products. Of the countless products I’ve tried to date, only a few have really stood out for me and made me go WOW in a good way. By the end of 2017, I’ve finally discovered enough great products to put together my first annual (albeit 1-month-late) hair care favorites roundup!


Beauty empties #11 feat. Bumble & Bumble, Instytutum, and La Roche-Posay

The pile of empty bottles and jars were spilling over in my bathroom cabinet and frankly getting kind of gross, which means it’s time for another empties post featuring 25 products from skincare to makeup to body/hair care!


Beauty from within: a first look at the Instytutum Flawless Inner Beauty Ageless Complex and more!

When you’re a fan of a brand, you get excited when they release a new product. And since I’m a big fan of Instytutum’s products, I was excited x2 when I got the chance to try two of their newest products these past few months: the Flawless Age Pads and their just-released Flawless Inner Beauty Ageless Complex Supplements!


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