What Are Occlusives and Why Do We Need Them?

Let’s talk about occlusives! What exactly are occlusives and why is everyone talking about them? Because they’re important. That’s why. Now let’s answer the first part. Occlusives are a type of moisturizing agent that form a coating on your skin to help prevent transepidermal water loss (or, TEWL). And that means… Transepidermal water loss is … Read moreWhat Are Occlusives and Why Do We Need Them?

Ingredient Spotlight: The Skin Benefits of Mugwort (Artemisia)

Let’s talk about mugwort! Mugwort or, Artemisia (sometimes labeled as this), is the current “it” skincare ingredient coming out of South Korea. Previous “it” ingredients include things like snail mucin, donkey milk, and centella (cica) (all of which are still fairly popular). If there’s one thing for sure, it’s that when a specific ingredient becomes … Read moreIngredient Spotlight: The Skin Benefits of Mugwort (Artemisia)

Mini Fridges for Skincare: Brilliant or BS?

If you follow any beauty influencers on social media, you probably would have noticed the flurry of “shelfies” (a photo of a shelf of skincare or makeup, for those unaware) that take place inside a mini fridge. #minifridgeshelfie #skincareshelfie Basically, storing many skincare products in a mini refrigerator has become very popular. The most popular … Read moreMini Fridges for Skincare: Brilliant or BS?

In-flight Skincare: Why you shouldn’t apply skincare during a flight

In a few days I will be taking a 13 hour direct flight from Seoul to Toronto. That’s a long-ass time to be on an airplane, but I tend to prefer direct flights rather than wasting time with layovers. However, 13 hours stuck on an airplane can be pretty brutal to your skin, so I … Read moreIn-flight Skincare: Why you shouldn’t apply skincare during a flight

Understanding the PA + Sunscreen Ratings on Asian Sunscreens

When I first moved to South Korea, I noticed a difference in how sunscreen was listed on products. In Canada I was accustomed to only seeing “SPF” listed (example, SPF 30) and an indication that the product was “broad spectrum”. In South Korea, I was surprised to see two different ratings, the usual SPF rating, … Read moreUnderstanding the PA + Sunscreen Ratings on Asian Sunscreens

Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream Review

This review is for the Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream. TL;DR OK…are you ready for an unpopular opinion? Let’s talk about my experience with the Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream. Warning! If the Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream is a ‘Holy Grail’ product for you then I strongly encourage you to close … Read moreHolika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream Review

innisfree Olive Real Cleansing Oil Review

This review is for the innisfree Olive Real Cleansing Oil. What is it? The innisfree Olive Real Cleansing Oil is an oil-based cleanser. The first step in a two step cleansing routine if you are familiar with double-cleansing. Not only do oil-based cleansers help remove oil-based debris from your skin, but they’re also amazing makeup … Read moreinnisfree Olive Real Cleansing Oil Review