Review: Biossance Squalane + Tea Tree Cleansing Cleanser

A refreshing cleansing gel made with tea tree to deeply purify pores, help balance skin and reduce excess surface oil. This cleansing gel removes makeup while leaving skin healthy-looking and visibly clearer. Sulfate-free, non-drying formula features squalane to boost the performance of tea tree and help keep skin feeling ultra-soft. – Biossance I received two sampleContinue reading “Review: Biossance Squalane + Tea Tree Cleansing Cleanser”

Review: Wayward Lives: Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman

Wayward, related to the family of words: errant, fugitive, recalcitrant, anarchic, willful, reckless, troublesome, riotous, tumultuous, rebellious and wild. To inhabit the world in ways inimical to those deemed proper and respectable, to be deeply aware of the gulf between where you stayed and how you might live. Waywardness: the avid longing for a worldContinue reading “Review: Wayward Lives: Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman”

Review: Adagio Wild Child Tea

This tea is wild right out of the bag, what a great scent! It’s very fragrant in the cup but the taste itself is delightfully fresh, smooth and fruity. – Adagio Tea Fruity without being overly sweet, Wild Child is a unique and delicious blend, the mix of green teas complimenting each other magnificently. ModeratelyContinue reading “Review: Adagio Wild Child Tea”

Recommendations: Black-Owned Skincare Products

Most beauty journalism still assumes readers are white. Cosmetic brands are making an effort in their marketing, but most skincare brands are not – by only featuring white women in their campaigns, they also assume their audience and consumer is white. At the majority of the big beauty companies, all the key decision-makers are white, whichContinue reading “Recommendations: Black-Owned Skincare Products”

Review: Mean by Myriam Gurba

A possessive part of me wants to hoard this story. I want to chipmunk or squirrel away the memory of this event, place it in a tree trunk with the memories of all the other rapes, attempted rapes, and gropes, memories that will never be released or consumed. When a man asks, “What did heContinue reading “Review: Mean by Myriam Gurba”

Review Biossance 100% Squalane Oil

A weightless, multi-tasking oil that instantly hydrates while locking in essential moisture.  Biossance For body, hair, and face, the Biossance 100% Squalane Oil is a dense oil meant to be delicately patted into the skin for intense added moisture. For my face, I found this oil to not be particularly effective – and for theContinue reading “Review Biossance 100% Squalane Oil”

Review: Adagio Hojicha Green Tea

Green tea from Japan that is rendered brown by roasting Bancha (a summer crop tea, harvested after Sencha) tea leaves. An Adagio customer favorite, with a toasty nutty flavor and slightly mesquite note. Earthy and warm quality, soothing, clean finish. – Adagio Tea A deep, almost savory green tea, this unique blend may take someContinue reading “Review: Adagio Hojicha Green Tea”

May Reads

For Asian Readathon and AAPI heritage month I read a diverse selection of stories, alongside some other pieces in-between selections. In total I read about 18 books (one being the next installment of Yona of the Dawn, which I did not include here), all of which provided a plethora of unique narratives, even if IContinue reading “May Reads”

Review: COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50+

Formulated with Aloe Arborescens Leaf Extract, the daily soothing sunblock is so lightweight that is feels like a moisturizer, and it does not leave any white cast. – COSRX I was really excited to try COSRX’s Aloe sunscreen, hearing a variety of positive reviews and trusting in many of the brand’s previous products. However, IContinue reading “Review: COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50+”

Review: Adagio Pu Erh Hazelberry

The earthy smoothness of Pu Erh creates a warm foundation for the rich flavor of hazelnut while playful, tangy-sweet strawberries peek through the nutty opulence. A hint of cream adds a soft, dreamy note to the blend. – Adagio Sweet when cold and somewhat bitter when hot, Adagio’s Pu Erh Hazelberry carries a sweet hazelnutContinue reading “Review: Adagio Pu Erh Hazelberry”