[UPDATE: Winner announced!] ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY: Celebrating one year with A River Lily!

Update: This giveaway has ended. And the winner is…Sarah L.! Congratulations! Thank you all for entering and sharing your goals and stories. I read all of them. ❤ Stay tuned for the next giveaway… And the winner is… @sooloo93! CONGRATULATIONS! 🎉🎉🎉 I hope you enjoy this little package of my likes and faves. You should … More [UPDATE: Winner announced!] ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY: Celebrating one year with A River Lily!

Japanese Shampoo Brush + 3 Easy-Peasy Hair-Washing Tips

Don’t tell anyone, but I need to take a break from reviewing sheet masks. Oh dear. I’m still using them 2-3 times a week and blabbing about them on the Instagrams; that’s pretty much forever a thing. But lately, I’ve been complaining more about how long and annoying my hair is now compared to my old hair … More Japanese Shampoo Brush + 3 Easy-Peasy Hair-Washing Tips

Travel Diary: พุทธมณฑล (Buddhamonthon Park) in Nakhom Pathon, Thailand

We take a quick break from our regular programming of Asian skincare products galore to take a stroll in the park. Lately, my heart has been aching, remembering the three months I spent living in Thailand more than a year ago. Typical American, right? I know, I know; it can be difficult to dissociate your perceptions as … More Travel Diary: พุทธมณฑล (Buddhamonthon Park) in Nakhom Pathon, Thailand

For the Love of Collars and Colors: OOTD from My Almost-Capsule Wardrobe

Are y’all youngsters still saying “OOTD”? What’s trending lately? I feel like I can’t understand half of the things teens are saying these days. Is this what getting old is like? Speaking of trends, honestly, I don’t think I can stand any more of the halter top trend. I’m sure it was cuter when it … More For the Love of Collars and Colors: OOTD from My Almost-Capsule Wardrobe

In Defense of Asian Beauty Blogging: Because I Shouldn’t Even Have to Write This Post

It’s been a rollercoaster recently in one of my favorite Asian Beauty (AB) communities. The latest topsy-turvy topic? The blind anti-blogger-poster sentiment. Here’s the gist of this issue. Some folks are highly suspicious of bloggers, especially the ones whose names are relatively out of the limelight. Plus, there seems to be an influx of new Asian Beauty bloggers. … More In Defense of Asian Beauty Blogging: Because I Shouldn’t Even Have to Write This Post

Photo Story: The Inaugural r/AsianBeauty Hawai’i Meetup!

I’m so happy! Last Sunday, we had our very first r/AsianBeauty meetup on O’ahu, the island also rightly known as “The Gathering Place.” The Brown Eyed Fox kindly took the initiative to plan and organize. Here’s my own recap as we had some adventures at Ala Moana Mall, featuring Nature Republic, Sephora, and Bloomingdale’s Aritaum counter. (Also posted … More Photo Story: The Inaugural r/AsianBeauty Hawai’i Meetup!

The Beauty Blogger Award: Me, Myself, and Awkward Answers

This fun little tag has really been making the rounds around our wonderful beauty blogger community. And I’ve just been nominated by Lilian at White Black Blank Spaces! Woohoo! Here goes nothin’: 1. Ideal vacation place, if you were given an unlimited budget? This is a tough one, seriously. I love traveling. But I don’t want to cheat … More The Beauty Blogger Award: Me, Myself, and Awkward Answers

‘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

Solidarité Around the World: A Caution About Internet Activism

This isn’t my usual topic here. Feel free to ignore this post, but I hope you won’t. As someone with a blog on the big, bad, great internet, I urge us all to be mindful of when we speak, what we say, and how we say it. This applies to not just blogs, but everywhere we post on … More Solidarité Around the World: A Caution About Internet Activism