[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

A Lesson in Desperate Consumerism + Mediheal H.D.P. Pore-Stamping Charcoal-Mineral Mask Review

Welcome back to the TJ Maxx sheet mask review series! I find it really interesting that the availability of Korean and Taiwanese sheet masks is just nonchalantly increasing in the U.S., albeit inconsistently. I’ve noticed that Mediheal masks are generally more popular than Naisture; although both brands, plus IPKN New York, Leaders, and My Beauty Diary, are reportedly … More A Lesson in Desperate Consumerism + Mediheal H.D.P. Pore-Stamping Charcoal-Mineral Mask Review

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

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

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

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

“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