A Slice of Vitamin C + Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop Review

I feel like I’ve had spots, scars, and acne-induced post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) on my face ever since I was born. Now that my acne is a bit more under control, meaning I don’t get as much new PIH as I used to, I figured now is a good time to try something new to even out my skin … More A Slice of Vitamin C + Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop Review

Starting My New Year’s Mask-olution: My Scheming Snail Essence Hydrating Mask Review

How’s your new year going so far? I’ve been motivated by all of the goals, err, “new year’s resolutions” I’ve been hearing so far, from watching one movie per week for a year, to applying to grad schools, to getting a solo apartment. Exciting stuff! But one of my most achievable self-improvement promises to myself this new year is to … More Starting My New Year’s Mask-olution: My Scheming Snail Essence Hydrating Mask Review

Empties, Pans, and Retirees of 2015 (with Micro-Reviews!)

As much as we like to enable each other with haul posts, raves, rants, and reviews, I like to pause every now and then to re-orient and ask myself: What have I used up this year? Have they gotten me further along my journey to improve my skincare, lifestyle satisfaction, and overall wellness? Well, I like … More Empties, Pans, and Retirees of 2015 (with Micro-Reviews!)

Keeping Up with the Konjac Sponges + Missha Natural Konjac Cleansing Puff Review

You know, I should hire a new title writer. Anyway, the Missha Natural Konjac Cleansing Puffs (sometimes called “Soft Jelly Cleansing Puff”) in white clay and bamboo charcoal are among the first konjac sponges I ever tried. As someone who used to violently scrub and alcohol-toner the heck out of my skin, I fell in love with the idea … More Keeping Up with the Konjac Sponges + Missha Natural Konjac Cleansing Puff Review

Skincare Routine Update: 2015~2016 Winter

I absolutely love colder seasons. Yep, even in Hawai‘i. ESPECIALLY in Hawai‘i. They mean the end of sweltering, dripping, hellishly humid heat, the beginning of sweaters and coats (because 75 degrees is chilly for us, apparently), and the onset of some serious holiday sales. It means I can finally shop for clothes that aren’t in eye-watering neon … More Skincare Routine Update: 2015~2016 Winter

Soaking Up Kukui Nut Oil + Hawaii LuLuLun Plumeria Face Mask Review

Being from Hawai‘i, I am no stranger to kukui nuts. They are very commonly used in lei-making (though many of the ones sold to tourists, I’m sorry to say, are actually just plastic); I’ve received my fair share of kukui nut leis during special events like graduation and parties. They also make a strangely pleasing clacking sound … More Soaking Up Kukui Nut Oil + Hawaii LuLuLun Plumeria Face Mask Review

Quick Guide: Ongoing Black Friday 2015 Deals in Asian Beauty

As Asian beauty products continue to become popular internationally, sellers both in and out of Asia are increasingly participating in “Western” consumer-driven holidays—like Black Friday! Many are participating until the end of November. Here are some upcoming deals I found from popular Asian beauty shops online: Missha US Thanksgiving Sale + Win the M Magic Cushion … More Quick Guide: Ongoing Black Friday 2015 Deals in Asian Beauty

‘Tis the Season! Online Shopping Reminder: AmazonSmile

Have you started your gift shopping yet? Hopped on those holiday sales? Put together an Asian skincare package for everyone in your family including your dog? Just a friendly reminder for my fellow U.S.-based online shoppers this consumerism-heavy season: There is a more charitable alternative for all of your online shopping needs. Use AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) instead … More ‘Tis the Season! Online Shopping Reminder: AmazonSmile

“Happiness!” My Halloween in Waikiki + Quick Tips for Comfy Costuming on All Occasions

Wow, super late post. I dedicate this post to my best friend, Lauren, who inspires me to be the best version of myself every day. Or sometimes, the best version of other interesting characters…   Now, I won’t get deep into the semantics of the differences between costumes and cosplay, but let me tell you: My … More “Happiness!” My Halloween in Waikiki + Quick Tips for Comfy Costuming on All Occasions