What I’m Reading 3.22.17


Fifty Shades of Snail

Guest Post: On Asian Beauty Hype, Appropriation, and a Global Skincare Routine

Those of you who read Fiddy’s blog regularly are no strangers to Asian beauty. Since beginning my own skin care journey years ago, I’ve found myself drawn to Asian products and beauty philosophies. The ritual of applying skin care and the minimalist approach to makeup appeals to my vintage side as well. But incorporating Asian skin care philosophies and products into a Western beauty routine comes with its own special set of pitfalls to navigate, particularly because I am not of Asian descent. I want to draw on these traditions, but not in a way that feels appropriating or exoticizing, which can be a fine line to walk.

Now, the last thing the world needs is to hear the thoughts of another white lady blogger, but I thought perhaps some of Fiddy’s readers would be interested in hearing about my experiences building a routine that includes Asian inspiration, without falling victim to common misconceptions about the Asian beauty world.

The Lab Muffin

Purging vs. Breaking Out: When to ditch your skincare

Have you ever tried a new skincare product, only to discover that it makes your skin flare up with pimples? This could be one of two things:

Purging: When your skin is adjusting to the new product, and persevering with the product will eventually make your skin better – in fact, the sudden crop of pimples means that it’s working as intended.

Reacting: When your skin is breaking out because it’s sensitive to something in the product. It could be clogging your pores, or causing an allergy, or just plain old irritation. Continuing with the product will just make the situation worse.

How To Protect Your Skin From Pollution

Move over UV and sunscreen, the next big thing in anti-aging is pollution and pollution prevention. Many types of pollution are well known to be harmful when inhaled, but there hasn’t been much information about how they interact with skin until quite recently. A handful of newer studies have shown that pollution is linked to skin allergies, aging and slower recovery from damage.


Korean Beauty New Releases (that I won’t be buying)

I freaking love the anti-haul trend where people share what they won’t be buying. Korean beauty new releases are so tempting, and it’s really tough as a blogger to sit new stuff out, but I’ve had to become more cautious over the years as products have piled higher and higher in my house. I don’t think it’s necessarily easier as a non-blogger, especially since the lines have blurred with the rise of Instagram and Facebook, where people can share looks, hauls, and mask selfies in shorter posts.

These Korean beauty new releases legitimately tempted me, so I’ve shared what I know about them, where to find them now, and why I won’t be buying…yet. If you’re grabbing some of these, let us know in the comments — I may end up swayed!

Cosmetics Business

Lifestyle Matters More Than Genetics in Latest Aging Report

Sunscreen and a positive attitude is the key to younger-looking skin, according to research by P&G brand Olay and 23andMe.

Over 155,000 participants took part in the study, which revealed that external factors had a larger effect on youthful skin appearance than genetics.

The two companies found that 10,839 of the participants claimed they were often told that their skin looked ten or more years younger than their biological age, and most of these women were over 60.

These younger looking women almost always used sunscreen while women who reported they had a positive attitude towards themselves were 30% more likely to have youthful-looking skin.

The Beauty Brains

How Does Color Changing Makeup Work? – Episode 158

Julia asks…I’m a make up artist and my question is how does color adjusting makeup work? I’ve tried a few and they didn’t adjust very well. Also, what are both of your favorite ingredients to use on your own skin?

Thanks for bringing this up Julia! Color changing makeup has never come up on the podcast before but we’ve written about it a couple of times. On our website someone once asked “People have called self-adjusting makeup the mood ring of makeup, does it actually change with your mood?” Great way to rephrase Julia’s question…So, Perry, what say you?


7 Innovative Beauty Treatments You’re Going to Want to Try in 2017

The beauty sphere is constantly changing — so much so that keeping up with every new product and technology hitting the market can be a challenge. 2017 is taking beauty services to the next level: The industry has ushered in a host of  innovative, new beauty treatments worth trying to reveal your most beautiful, refreshed you.

There’s no getting around the tried and true old school beauty treatments that never fail. Using apple cider vinegar for toner, whipping up a mayonnaise hair mask, and other home remedies give DIY beauty treatments their good rep. But the latest beauty services and advancements in skincare technology give an at-home spa day a run for its money. You just may be an appointment away from no-fail brows, luscious lashes, and a clear complexion. In fact, you could stumble upon the next big beauty treatment you never knew you needed and now don’t want to live without after giving it a try.

4 Ways to Extend The Life of Your Manicure

Leaving a salon or even your bathroom with a fresh paint job— a matching manicure and pedicure that is, can help you feel refreshed and put-together. But why is it, regardless of who does your nails, your tips can barely survive changing the channel on your remote while the polish on your toes could survive an apocalypse? Well, as Smith & Cult Beauty Ambassador Sarah Bland tells me over email, it has to do with how much we use and abuse our hands compared to our feet.

The Snailcast

Episode 28 – Year 3000 Skincare

The snail unit dreams up fantastical futuristic skincare, and end up talking about catfishing, commercial cannibalism, and copycat curation.


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