Favorite Skincare & Beauty Products of 2019

Favorite Skincare & Beauty Products of 2019

Why not do a round-up post of my favorites from 2019? The only trouble with making this post was choosing just one answer for each category. But...I finally managed to (mostly) narrow it down. Skincare Moisturizer: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair CreamCleanser: Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip CleanserToner: Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin TonerSerum: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid [...]

Review: Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Glycolic Essence

Review: Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Glycolic Essence

I bought this essence because I wanted to incorporate glycolic acid, a chemical exfoliator, into my routine. For reference, I have normal skin with dry spots due to eczema ("combo" skin, as I am prone to minor acne). As such, I always aim for more moisturizing products. Benefits of Glycolic Acid Glycolic acid is a [...]

Thoughts on Skincare’s Contradictory Views of Science

Thoughts on Skincare’s Contradictory Views of Science

There is a contradictory attitude in the skincare and beauty world towards science. On the one hand, brands and "influencers" try to promote products by backing them with "scientific" claims. For instance, they use studies for their products, and include ingredients that are supposedly backed by science. Or consider the infographics and videos that brands [...]

Beginner’s Guide to The Ordinary’s Vitamin C Products

Beginner’s Guide to The Ordinary’s Vitamin C Products

Do keep in mind that I am not a scientist, doctor, or skincare expert. I just love talking about skincare! I've spoken to many people who avoid using The Ordinary's Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) range because they essentially find the titles of the products too intimidating or confusing. The Ordinary is a no-nonsense brand, as [...]

Review: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Wild Oat Hydrating Toner

Review: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Wild Oat Hydrating Toner

I've really come to appreciate toners. I wasn't sure what purpose they served for me besides maybe removing residual dirt and makeup after cleaning, but now I see that a good toner can make all the difference in the effectiveness of your other products and in how your skin feels for the rest of the [...]