My skincare empties bin has been piling up so you know what that means – a review of all the good, bad, and uglies I’ve used up since my last empties post 3 months ago

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Not beauty related, but rather an update on recent happenings and the future direction of this blog. Warning: long post ahead.

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If you’re familiar with Korean skincare, you’ve probably heard of Jeju Island – the source of ingredients boasted by many brands due to the ecological diversity and lack of pollution of the region. VIALE is one of these brands, and they’ve created their products using active ingredients exclusively from Jeju Island. One of their key active ingredients? Horse placenta. *queues the shocked faces and gags*

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Whether your travel a lot or very rarely, putting together a travel-proof skincare routine can make the difference between ok skin and great skin when on vacation. Here are my tips to putting together a good routine as well as what I’m bringing with me to my Europe trip…

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I love sheet masks, and I love them more when they work well AND are affordable – as in under $2/sheet affordable. Yes, these sheet masks totally exist and no, you definitely should not have to pay $30 a sheet, unless you’re ballin’ like that…

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Does anyone else get excited when they look at the ingredient list for a skincare product and see 20 different extracts + 5 different vitamins? More is always better…right?

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Spoiler alert, it’s the Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner. I know, I’m no fun. But you know what is fun and f*cking fantastic? This toner! It’s everything I could hope for in a hydrating toner, with none of the negatives.

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For me the 2 most important things in skincare are 1) always applying sunscreen 2) thoroughly cleansing your skin at night using the double cleansing method. So now the question is, which first cleanser/makeup remover should you use?

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Korean beauty retailers are a dime a dozen, so I’m imagining some of you rolling your eyes, groaning, and probably thinking “uh, thanks but no thanks”, and to that I say “don’t be so quick to judge folks!”. Seriously, I had my initial doubts about Althea, but after shopping there, I was very pleased with my overall experience.

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