Is Facial Feminization Safe? Check The Risk Factors!

Facial Feminization

Facial feminization surgery (FFS) refers to a set of cosmetic procedures that alter typically masculine facial features to appear more feminine. FFS can be an important step for transgender women in their transition process to help affirm their gender identity. However, like any surgery, FFS does carry risks that need careful consideration. In discussing the … Read more

Today I Tried a Bee Venom Facial + I Cried a Lot

Bee venom has become a very popular alt-wellness anti-aging treatment, presumably since the Duchess of Cornwall openly attributed her age-defying wrinkle-reversing results in 2010 (source), and gaining popularity again in thanks to Goop founder Gwenyth Paltrow’s 2016 interview with the NYT, where she mentioned that she’s tried “apitherapy,” or bee-stinging therapy. What exactly is a bee venom facial, … Read more

Everything You Need to Know About Collagen + A Review of Watson’s Collagen Line

  Today I want to dive into a brand that is massively popular in Hong Kong and China, but maybe not so familiar to my US readers: Watson’s. Specifically, Watson’s Collagen Line. Now hold on.. before you click off the page – even if you don’t know the Watson’s brand, today I’m going to spill … 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

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