Merry New Year, Ya Filthy Animal: The Zoo Pack Sheet Mask Pack Review

Clearly, I missed out on greeting y’all a merry Christmas, so here’s your Gregorian and Chinese new year greeting, a’ight? OK, I realize Chinese New Year was also a month ago, but don’t think too hard about that, OK? It’s the year of the fire rooster, A.K.A. Lily’s year! As 2016 was my Year of … More Merry New Year, Ya Filthy Animal: The Zoo Pack Sheet Mask Pack Review

[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!

Oh, BB: Dear Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream Review

Sadly, it’s about that time of the year when I run out of my current BB cream. Now, I’m not a makeup addict as much as a skincare addict—I pretty much, like, buy one or two makeup things every year or so and then receive Sephora rejects from my more addicted friends. However, I’ve been lazily shopping around for a new BB, … More Oh, BB: Dear Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream Review

5 Ways to Improve Your Concealer Game + Dear Klairs Creamy & Natural Fit Concealer Review

Ahh, makeup. I actually started my Asian Beauty journey not in skincare, but in makeup with Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream. Recently, I’ve been on the hunt for this staple of makeup wardrobes around the world: Concealer. My favorite drug-store concealer was discontinued and is now a true holy grail (though still available online). … More 5 Ways to Improve Your Concealer Game + Dear Klairs Creamy & Natural Fit Concealer Review

Calm to a Tea: Naisture Tea Tree Mask Pack Review

I don’t know about you, but I didn’t realize seasonal change could affect my skin like this. It was cool—okay, Hawai‘i’s version of cool—for a good long while, but spring and summer have suddenly melded together in a hot steamy mess right in front of my face. And sometimes, the sky just decides to cry. No … More Calm to a Tea: Naisture Tea Tree Mask Pack Review

Guest River-iew! TonyMoly Regencia Homme Multi Fluid

Guest on the River ahoy! My significant other (SO) shares his experience and thoughts on one of his first Asian skincare products, the TonyMoly Regencia Homme Multi Fluid. I’ve contributed some basic information including ingredients and prices. He chose the name “jlow,” for some reason. Here goes nothin’! The Claims From TonyMoly’s product listing (Korean site): Their … More Guest River-iew! TonyMoly Regencia Homme Multi Fluid

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