WTF is Squalane + Squalane Smackdown


When I first started learning about squalane, I was perplexed why anyone would pay $50 for a bottle of squalane when the ordinary makes one for under $10. It's only composed of one ingredient: squalane so why the hell would there be so many different ones at so many different price points?

But then I realized what a dumbass I was being.

Just because something is made out of the same ingredient, doesn't mean that they're the same exact thing. Let's take olive oil for instance. There are so many variables that affect the final olive oil product. Where were the olives grown? What type of olives were used? How was the oil pressed? The questions are endless and therefore the oils that are ultimately produced are endless. The same goes for squalane oil. Yes, they are all produced out of one singular ingredient: squalane, but that doesn't mean that they're all exactly the same thing. And from that, this post was born.

Winter is Coming | How to Transition Your Skincare Routine


If you read the title of this post and thought, "fool, it's September, winter is not coming yet" you're correct, but also missed my Game of Thrones reference.

Here on the east coast of the US, the weather is all over the freakin' place. One day it's 80 degrees with sunny skies and the next day it's 55 degrees and dry as fuck. And my skin is not having it. So I've started transitioning my skincare for the colder months and thankfully it's helped calm my skin down.

I don't think it's necessary to buy a whole new wardrobe of skin care for the winter months, but there are a few changes and additions that I personally like to make. Honestly, my skincare isn't actually dictated by what season it is but rather is dependent on how my skin is behaving. Like most people, my skin gets drier as winter settles in and my skincare changes accordingly.

Summer Beauty Favorites: Basic Bitch Edition


I'm one of those basic bitches who uses the arrival of September as an excuse to usher in all things fall related-- pumpkin spice lattes, dark nails, vampy lips, all black clothing, and blanket scarves despite the fact that it's still 80 degrees outside half the week. But the reality is that it isn't officially fall until the Autumn Equinox which isn't until the 22nd. Regardless, even if fall hasn't officially arrived yet I've accepted that summer is over. And since it's over, it's time for me to share my summer favorites from the past few months!

Sunscreen Hoopla! | Reviewing a Bagillion Sunscreens for Dehydrated/ Dry Skin


Summer has come and gone...ish, and my sunscreen post has yet to be seen. All that changes today.

Initially, I had planned on making this a two-part post. The first one a "WTF" style post where I talk about sunscreen ingredients and general sciencey stuff, but as I started writing it I realized I don't have enough knowledge to confidently share such a post. And it's going to take me more time than I have to properly research the post and publish it.

Instead, I decided I would focus on post number 2 which is reviewing all the sunscreens I have in my stash at the moment, and there are a lot. If you are interested in learning more about the sciencey aspects sunscreens, I would recommend reading Jenny's sunscreen guide or watching Gothamista's videos on sunscreens.

Hopefully next summer I'll have picked up the info to share a proper WTF sunscreen post 😎

sunscreen review, best asian sunscreen, best korean sunscreen for dry skin, best sunscreens for dry skin, best sunscreens for dehydrated skin, best suncreens for dry acne prone skin, best alcohol free sunscreens,

© sharmtoaster • Theme by Maira G.