If You Like Piña Colada… 3 Lip Care Tips + IQ Natural Lip Care Kit Review

No, no, this is not a personal ad looking for an affair… I wanted to take a little foray into non-Asian beauty products and chat about a sometimes-neglected topic: lip care. Yeah, yeah, a gorgeous rouge can work wonders to brighten your face, but like I always say, the best foundation is healthy skin under all of the … More If You Like Piña Colada… 3 Lip Care Tips + IQ Natural Lip Care Kit 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

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

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

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

‘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

“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

The 5 Stages of Skincare Product Grief: Letting Go When Things Don’t Work

It’s not easy to accept that something isn’t working. How can it be? You spent days researching until you decided to buy that moisturizer! You almost spent a beautiful arm and leg for shipping. You waited weeks, nay, months for it to arrive on my doorstep. Literally dozens of people have said it works for them. How … More The 5 Stages of Skincare Product Grief: Letting Go When Things Don’t Work