Beauty 101: The Necessary Evil of Patch Testing

Deciding whether or not a product works for you is obviously an important part of establishing a routine. Before you can figure out if it will help improve your skin, you need to be certain it won’t cause an allergic reaction or make skin problems worse. The best and safest way to do this is to follow a process called patch testing.

Colored flasks with test tubes
It’s not this scientific, I promise.

The patch testing steps I’m going to outline might seem tedious, but if you’re someone with sensitive or picky skin, it can save you a lot of time and headache in the long run. Fixing the damaged caused by a bad reaction takes way longer than patch testing, trust me.

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Beauty 101 – The Myth of the 10 Step Korean Beauty Routine

Today, we’re going to talk about The Mythical Korean Multi-Step Beauty Routine™.

Full disclosure guys: My nighttime skincare routine is EXTRA. If I go all-out, I gotta start by 10pm so I’m hopefully done by midnight.

Pink Panther drunk on a bench with empty bottles
Actual photo of me with my skincare bottles.

Is that crazy? Possibly.

Is it necessary? NO! Not for everyone. It isn’t. I know it isn’t. Honestly, I could (and often do) skip a few steps and be just fine.

For me, skincare is a hobby and my greatest act of self-care, so I don’t mind spending a considerable amount of time and money on it.

Honestly, I don’t blame a single one of you for clinging hard to the Clean and Clear microbead facewash and lotion combo you’ve been using since highschool. After all, the alternatives can sound kind of out there.

For most people, and beginners especially, the perception that they need a dozen products and a flowchart just to deal with their face every night is a huge turnoff. Rightfully so.

My goal for this entire blog is simply to pull back the curtain and let everyone into the Good Skin Club. For me, the South Korean philosophy of beauty and skincare is what works, but it isn’t really the complex, ancient, hours-long ritual that so many bloggers and beauty magazines make it out to be.

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Product Review: Etude House Moonlight in Spoon Blending Sleeping Cream

The packaging for these has been living in my skincare basket for an embarrassingly long time, reminding me nightly that I’ve been putting off my review of them.

The Etude House Moonlight in Spoon Blending Sleeping Cream is kind of neat because it’s a spoonful of watery gel with a dollop of thicker cream that you have to mix together. Hence the name “blending cream.”

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