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Tea Tree Trials: Comparrison Review Between LJH Tea Tree Essence, Naruko Tea Tree Serum, and Pure Tea Tree Oil

Within the Asian Beauty community, you’ve probably heard a couple of horror stories of how people mistreated their skin as misguided teens. Getting a chemical burn from lemons, using a kitty liter face mask, etc.

I did them all.

This one time I made a DIY toner from brewed green tea and apple cider vinegar. I brewed a whole two cups and kept it for months, never thinking that the toner might go rancid.

Another time, I made a mixture of toothpaste and straight rubbing alcohol to use as a spot treatment. The spots I chose were my nose, left cheek, right cheek, chin, and forehead.

Needless to say I kicked these habits to the curb as soon as I started taking skincare more seriously and found more reliable sources to take advice for treating my acne, but the one thing that’s stayed consistent from my routine from then until now, over a decade, is tea tree oil. Thank god for small victories.

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Coming home to chicken nuggets: Zeroid Intensive Cream Review

A while back I read an autobiography about a woman who’s brother was a professional chef at a five star restaurant but came home everyday and ate Costco microwave chicken nuggets.

Zeroid Intensive Cream is my chicken nugget.

There’s nothing exciting about the plain white packaging, though I definitely appreciate the tube over a jar, and the ingredients don’t feature any vaguely-maybe-effective-organism-parts like starfish urine. That being said, it’s nice to have a reliable product that does its job–does it very well in fact–always there for you. Intensive Cream is a lipid, a cream, an occlusive, sometimes a one-product routine, and a saviour for my dry skin.

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My Solution to Having Super Dry Skin and Being Active Happy: Dr. Jart Ceramidin Liquid Review

This will be a shorter, more rambley, review-esque post mostly because this product has already been discussed so thoroughly. It’s one of the KBeauty products available at Sephora, for their horrendously marked up prices, as a testament to its popularity. I wanted to focus a little less on the product breakdown, and more about how I’ve incorporated it into my routine besides just slapping it in.

Included in this post:

  1. Basic overview
  2. Why I use this product
  3. How I use this product at different points in my routine

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Fast Masking: Mirae 8 Minute Extreme Hydro NMF Sheet Mask Review

Sheet masking is a gateway drug to many for Asian Beauty and it has a lot of benefits–the convenience of not having to wash anything off afterwards, the no-mess single serving packets, the pampering spa-esque experience, and of course the extra hydration boost that’s especially helpful since it’s winter here in the good ol’ Northern hemisphere. One definite downside to masking, however, it the long-ass time it can take and the limited mouth-mobility while we do so (I am a compulsive snacker). And that’s where the Mirae 8 Minute masks come in!

I saw these on Crystal Cove Beauty in November of 2016 and was curious about the advertised 8 minute masking period, which is significantly shorter than the 30-45 minutes I usually keep a sheet mask on. Are these just normal masks you take off after 8 minutes? Do they provide as much moisture as a 40 minute masking session? What makes these masks different? Curious, I bought a couple and here we are with the review!

Included in the post:

  1. Basic Information and Claims
  2. Experience: 8 minute Masking Session
  3. Experience: As long as possible masking experience

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Celebrity Skinvestigation 1: Integrating Massage Creams into a Skincare Routine // ft. Sistar’s Soyou and the About Me Skin Tone Up Massage Cream

Celebrity Skinvestigation

Long story short, I wanted to start a series on this blog looking at celebrity skincare routines and products they’ve agreed to promote. Why? It sounds a bit counter-intuitive, to look into products people are paid to promote when most beauty junkies have been growing increasingly annoyed with the consumerism theology in marketing campaigns and tired of sponsored blog/vlog content, but these two worlds just naturally came together for me because I follow entertainment media, and I follow skincare releases. I’m not taking these stars at their word, but using them as a stepping stone to introduce myself to new brands/products; this method of research also allows me to take an interesting angle during reviews–what was the marketing behind this product? Why did they frame the product in this light? How does the company’s vision for the product align, or conflict with, the product’s place in my own skincare routine?

To kick off this series, I wanted to focus on a celebrity with a lot of content to work with, so I started by watching old episodes of Get it Beauty. Not old enough that it was more beauty show than advertisement, but old enough that someone will probably scoff and call me late to the game with this one. I concede, but will be reviewing About Me’s Skin Tone Up Massage Cream, pimped by the gorgeous Soyou of SISTAR,  regardless!

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Photo from Naver

In the remainder of this post you’ll find:

  1. Celebrity Introduction
  2. Soyou’s Skincare “Routine”
  3. Skin Tone Up Massage Cream Review (read: Ramble)
  4. Summary

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How Much Niacinamide Do You Really Need? Deciem The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Serum REVIEW

As a cheap as hell student who wants both quantity and quality at no cost, Deciem’s The Ordinary line seemed like an actual gift from God. And the initial free shipping they had? Be still my heart.

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