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. KEEP READING →

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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!


2017 skincare favorites: SK-II, Instytutum, and more

Not to sound cliche, but omg it’s 2018! And what better way to start off the new year than to reflect on my favorite skincare products from the past year, right?


2017 makeup favorites: YSL, Marc Jacobs, and more

2017 has been an incredible year in terms of makeup discoveries, so of course I had to dedicate a whole post to my favorites from this category. Most of these won’t come as a surprise since I rave about them frequently on Instagram, but I’m excited to share them nonetheless!


By Wishtrend TECA 1% Barrier Cream review

After a disastrous experience with the By Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash where my skin pretty much molted, I was in need of some desperate barrier repair. The stars must’ve been aligned because I had just received this cream a few days before and this was the perfect occasion to test it out.


2017 lifestyle favorites: jewelry, candles, and more

It’s that time of the year when I start doing my favorites series, and this year I decided to include a new category: non-beauty lifestyle favorites! Yes I know this category is ridiculously broad and includes a bazillion products, so you know if something is listed here it’s pretty friggin’ awesome.


Second time’s a charm: the Activist Skincare Custom Hyaluronic Acid Serum review

A while back I reviewed my experience of creating bespoke serums with Activist Skincare and I mentioned that the Hyaluronic Acid Serum didn’t quite meet my needs. They offered to reformulate it free, and after using the second version, I’m now ready to give this serum the review it deserves.


2017 in review: a year of gratitude, beauty discoveries, and more

Usually time flies because there’s a lot going on, and that could definitely be said about 2017, in both good and bad ways. Today’s post is a reflection of these events, an overview of some of my favorite beauty discoveries, and really just a giant post of appreciation with a surprise at the end ;)


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