There are lots of beauty blogs out there, so why start this one? The short answer is: because when I (a veritable Snow White living in the desert) needed it, it wasn't there. I wanted detailed reviews on Asian beauty products from a western perspective.
Because I am a really pale girl, as in NC10-15 pale; only my freckles tan, the rest of me stays stubbornly white. For anyone who isn't familiar with MAC shades, those numbers mean that I am really damn pale. All my life, I have avoided wearing foundation and concealer, even though I have mild to moderate acne. It's not on principle, it's because everything readily available to me was just too dark for my skin.
Also, I lived in the desert. You can read about how my skin reacted to living in dusty hell here: Skin type/history
I just couldn't wear makeup without breaking out. Then I learned of an Asian beauty product called BB cream. I heard it was bottled magic that was a skincare, sunscreen, foundation, primer, concealer, and all sorts miracle in a bottle (or tube) but the biggest complaint was that it was just too pale for most westerners to wear.
Of course I was immediately interested, because if it was too pale for everyone else, there was a chance it might work for me! Thus began my months-long research journey, which eventually moved from BB creams to Asian cosmetics in general.
I learned, to my delight, that some cultures embrace being pale instead of the usual cries of "get a tan!" and "you look like a corpse!" and similar mantras about how exposing yourself to harmful sun radiation was the pinnacle of healthy beauty.
Asian beauty products have been my saving grace. From BB creams with high SPF to moisturizers that helped lighten my sun damage, I've had skincare success that has always eluded me with western products. However, there are not a lot of reviews out there for Asian beauty products outside of BB creams, which is a shame because they're so wonderfully suited to pale women like me.
So here's my blog of Asian products that make it possible to survive being Snow White in the Desert.