PIE vs PIH – Or “why did this acne spot leave a mark?”

Perhaps the worst part about acne is not simply having the spot itself, but that the spot remains red or brown for a long period of time after the initial spot has been… ahem… dealt with. For many, these spots of discoloration hang around for weeks or even months after, and depending on the severity of […]

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Skincare Oils: Sea-Buckthorn Oil

Not too long ago, it was thought that oil was bad for skin and the primary cause of acne. Oil-free moisturizers dominated the market, and everyone I knew with acne (myself included) scoured, scrubbed, toned, and moisturized their acne-prone skin with oil-free products and astringents. Fast-forward to the 2010s and oil-based products and luxury facial […]

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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 numerous […]

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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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