Totally Normal Features of the Skin: Sebaceous Filaments

Hi everyone and happy Wednesday! When you hang out in skincare communities as much as I do, you eventually see lots of questions about totally normal skin features, such as the one I want to talk about today: sebaceous filaments. Or as you may know of them: the blackheads on your nose. Sebaceous filaments are […]

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Review: Laneige Water and Lip Sleeping Mask

My relationship with Asian Beauty has been a mixed bag. I’ve had great results with some products, like the My Beauty Diary Black Pearl sheet masks, but I’ve also had tragic results with others, such as the Scinic Honey AIO. When I first bought the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, I had just gotten back from […]

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Review: Ialuset Hyaluronic Acid Cream

When I was in New York City, I purchased a lot of things: Marvis toothpaste, blue foundation (for uh, STAR WARS cosplay), a tube of Embryolisse, sheet masks, and some French skincare favorites. More specifically, Hexomedine, a topical acne medication, and Ialuset, a hyaluronic acid cream.   My skin loves hyaluronic acid. I’ve gone through […]

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Become a Patron

For the last ten years, I have been a part of the video game industry — working on titles like STAR WARS: The Old Republic, Marvel Heroes, and more recently League of Legends. Over that time, I struggled with skin issues and became a regular contributor in skincare and beauty-centric communities, such as MakeupAlley and […]

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I Visited Glossier in Los Angeles

Glossier smells like the color pink. It is warm, powdery, with notes of rose and delicate musk — like the way we imagine our grandmother’s vanity smelled. It wafts out of the store and into the sunny, Los Angeles street corner, inviting you to step in. Glossier opened their store in Los Angeles on Tuesday, in […]

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Evaluating Your Routine: Hydroxy Acids

When I was younger, I spent almost every waking moment browsing skincare communities. Most posts in those communities boils down to routine help, selfies, or general questions, but sometimes, skincare routines in popular media come up. One such routine was displayed in the film American Psycho with Christian Bale. You can do a quick Google search and […]

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Review: Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

Last month, I spent a week in New York City. While there, I visited the beautiful showroom for Glossier. Every product is laid out neatly for visitors to test, organized roughly by function. Moisturizers, primers, serums, and balms at one; powder, foundation, and concealer at another; and lip, cheek, and eye products at another. At […]

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A Life With Eczema – Michael’s Routine

When I first met Michael, he revealed to me that he had pretty severe eczema. From head-to-toe, he had suffered since he was a child with the itchy, scaly patches of dry skin. It had left him scarred in unusual places, like his ankles and elbows. Carrying around a bottle of Aveeno was a must, […]

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Free Skin Cancer Screenings in the Month of May (US)

The month of May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Since the 1980s, the American Academy of Dermatology has run an awareness campaign surrounding skin cancer, providing free cancer screenings at participating dermatologists. I talked about skin cancer heavily in my sunscreen post, but just to recap, skin cancer is one of the most common types […]

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My Journey with Dermal Fillers

Warning: This post contains minor references to anxiety, depression, and suicide.  Ever since I can remember, I’ve had dark under-eyes, particularly beneath my left eye. For years, I thought this was merely due to lack of sleep or allergies (which I have in spades — I frequently missed school due to hives). As I’d get […]

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