Review: Le Marc by Marc Jacobs

This#LeMarcLiquidLipCrème by Marc Jacobs was #gifted by Marc Jacobs and#Influenster for review. No other compensation was provided. This blog contains affiliate links.   Today I had the absolute pleasure of testing the #LeMarc lip kit by Marc Jacobs. Actually, it’s not a kit, but it was sent to me as one. I’m not a big … Read more

Afraid of Face Oils? Herbivore’s Lapis Facial Oil Does the Balancing Trick

I can’t tell you how many times a month I get an email that says: “I want to try SHINE for my dark spots, but I’m afraid it will break me out. Help!” These aren’t teenagers; they’re women of all ages. That’s because acne is always a concern, regardless of age. And we’re all a little afraid … Read more

Now Testing: Hello Kitty’s 3-in-1 Brow Color + Eyeliner by MiniSo

Are you ready for this totally kawaii review? Last week a friend and I dropped by Miniso–Japan’s unbelievably cute version of a “dollar store”–when I came across their new Hello Kitty makeup line. While the colors are usually not in range for me (Miniso is only sold in Southeast Asia), today I thought I’d give … Read more

Review: Effectiveness of Plant Stem Cells in Skincare

When I came across the Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Mask, it was quite possibly the most interesting skincare proposition yet: Could plant stem cells rejuvenate skin the same way human stem cells could? When we think of stem cells, it automatically calls people to pick sides; but plant stem cells are a different … Read more

Moor Mud in Skincare: Research + Product Review

Today I’m reviewing another celebrity favorite treatment: Moor Mud. Moor mud isn’t just one extract: it’s a thousand extracts in one. Moor mud is composed of decomposed herbs, flowers and grasses in special (moor-like) conditions over the course of thousands of years. Over 1,300 natural, organic plant enzymes, bio-minerals, trace elements, amino acids, fatty acids and vitamins … Read more

Deep Sea Skincare: Blue Marine Algae Intense Hydrating Mask Review

After a brief pause, in which I wanted to share some newly discovered beauty and wellness tips from Thailand, we’re back to the Peter Thomas Roth Mask Vault. After all, we still have 3 masks left to review! In case you missed the other reviews, you can find them here: Introduction to Face Masks Rose … Read more

Deep Dive on Exfoliation: The St. Ive’s Controversy, Chemical Exfoliation, AHAs/BHAs and Pumpkin Enzymes

Before I started blogging, I had no idea what the difference between chemical and physical exfoliation was. Nor did I realize that one could safely chemically exfoliate at home. My–albeit outdated–idea of exfoliation was from my childhood and teenage years looked like this and only this: We all know this product, right? And those that … Read more

Review: Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus) in Skincare + Peter Thomas Roth’s Cucumber Gel Mask

When I think of cucumber in skincare, a scene from Legally Blonde comes to mind, in which the lawyers walk in on the ex-wife “at the spa” and she’s wrapped in a space blanket, looking like this:   And if you ever Google about the practice seen above, you’ll read: “cucumber slices are placed on … Read more