A blog that gets nerdy for beauty

Author: Anne Porter

Korean skin care ingredients: The Science of Bee Venom and other unusual ingredients

From kimchi, korean noodles, k-pop music to your “oppas” from your favorite k-drama, Korean skin care products are no exemption to the things we embrace from Korean culture. So, what’s up with this rave for Korean skin care products? Why do bloggers and skin care fanatics swear by these? If you’ve seen Korean dramas, I'm sure you’ll notice something about every Korean celebrity: Perhaps this made you think: Maybe their stuff does work, No? If you are new to Korean skin care, one thing that would probably surprise you is the unusual ingredients they use in their skin care products.…
how to get rid of blackheads

How to (and how not to) get rid of your blackheads

Blackheads are total bummer. I understand how frustrating stubborn blackheads can be. The golden age of my blackhead-infested face was during my high school years. Even if back then I could afford an expensive full-coverage foundation, it still cannot hide those tiny facial potholes.  It covered the whole surface of my nose - almost like a strawberry. My blackheads and my frequent acne breakouts was then the beginning of my mild obsession to skin care products (that later on got to its peak during college). As my college professor says “a well-defined problem is a problem half solved”. If you…

Your ultimate guide to shopping cosmetic products online

90% is a pretty good estimate of the skin care and make up products I own that were bought online. Besides feeling the excitement of a 12-year old while waiting for my packages to come, I see several advantages why I prefer shopping cosmetics online. WHY ONLINE SHOPPING IS PLAIN AWESOME Aaah, the convenience – This is how online stores have revolutionized consumer shopping experience. Who doesn’t want to avoid the traffic, cashier ques, and lifting your ass up to walk in to the store? Reviews and Ratings – Go to the mall beauty department and every sales lady you encounter will…

Collagen Supplements: Everything you need to know

Though some people may be skeptical about efficacy of oral supplements for skin, let me start with this statement: I am a firm believer of holistic approach to skin care. While  a separate topic on beauty supplements is discussed elsewhere, in this article I will be talking more about the cult-favorite beauty supplement : COLLAGEN. Yeah, I'm pretty sure this isn’t the first time you’ve heard about it and there’s a reason why: it pretty damn works (got a handful of science to prove it). Before we proceed,  I would also like to remind everyone that just like how the effect of topical…

UV damage: The main culprit in early signs of aging

SUN AS A CULPRIT OF UV DAMAGE UV  damage happens when the electromagnetic waves from the sun comes in to contact with unprotected skin. Electromagnetic waves come at different wavelength, the visible light is what we see when the sun is shining. UV, the one that causes skin damage, is not visible to the human eye and is present even when its cloudy outside. UV (ultra-violet) can be classified as UV-A, UV-B and UV-C.  UVB  causes burning and reddening of skin (sunburn) and targets the outermost layer of the skin. It contributes to skin darkening, when exposed to sun. UVA…

Skin care products that you should (and shouldn’t) splurge

I always perceive the world of skin care as a massive hell hole where if you allow yourself to be swallowed in, the journey will be a mixture excitement, satisfaction, frustrations and confusion. If you believe every brand’s claim and follow every celebrity (or blogger’s) skin care routine, it will leave your wallet empty and your shelf populated with unused skin care products nearing their expiration dates (and also probably hating yourself for what you have got yourself in to). Good news: You don’t have to splurge on every skin care product there is, and this is what this article…

Whey protein and Acne: Is your fitness goal taking its toll on your skin?

What we eat and drink affects our skin condition. In the fitness world, whey protein is a basic commodity for increased muscle mass and fat loss. Whey protein is recommended for athletes aiming to accelerate muscle development and repair. However, there are recent studies  investigating the relationship of whey protein in development and aggravation of acne. If that’s the case, Is your fitness goal taking its toll on your skin? WHAT IS WHEY PROTEIN? Whey protein comes from a liquid remaining after milk is curdled and strained during cheese production. The process is followed by drying to remove liquid and…
Dealing with Brassy Hair

Brassy Hair: What Causes It and Tips From An Expert

Have you ever wondered why your caramel brown hair ends up being orange, or your ash blonde turns yellowish within a few months? This discoloration is generally referred to as brassy hair. If you have colored your dark hair to a lighter shade, brassiness is a common problem. What causes brassy hair? First Culprit: Your Hair Chemistry Click here to skip science There are several reasons why your hair color is turning orangutan orange. One of which is your hair chemistry, caused by genetics. Yes, being Asian could be a factor. But it has nothing to do with the fact…
What You need to know about Hair Bleaching

Bleaching (Part 1): What you need to know about hair bleaching

Ash blonde, silver, pastel pink or rainbow hair colors are some of the major hair goals you must have come across Instagram, Facebook or your favorite beauty blogs. Whether you like it in ombre, highlights or full color, if you have dark hair, the only way to go is some serious bleaching. You might have heard or read somewhere that bleaching is damaging, Is it? What does bleaching actually do to your hair? Either you’re someone who already have your hair done or still thinking about it, this is definitely worth a read. How Does Bleaching Work? You must be…
Saving Bleach damaged hair

Bleaching (Part 2): The most helpful guide to saving your bleach damaged hair

Bleaching your hair can damage your hair cuticle, the outermost layer of your hair. If not managed correctly, your hair can get dry, rough and brittle – a total nightmare. If you have found yourself in this hairy ordeal or feel like you’re getting there, don’t get yourself defeated. There is still a way of saving your bleach damaged hair. Remember though that damage has been done and you can't restructure hair to its original state. The following is a helpful guide to make the damage less visible. Let's start with the Do's of Post-bleaching   Feed your hair with proteins Proteins…