Mia Peterson

Director of Content

I'm a thirty-eight-year-old Australian-born, California-raised woman undertaking my Master's in Biochemistry.

My perfect day is a combination of the following: waking up early but without an alarm, drinking coffee on the deck in the cool morning air, an adventure, whether it be hiking a new trail, checking out a new town or a new part of town, taking a trip to a new city, etc., reading in a coffee shop, finding a hole-in-the-wall book store and buying as many books that fit in my arms, walking the dog, and making dinner with my best friend.

I have a passion for all things creative, though my ability often needs to catch up to my enthusiasm. I love all things "kawaii" and collect overpriced Korean stationery. Pieces of paper have a habit of transforming into origami swans around me.

I am the founder and editor-in-chief of Garden of Muses. I test all the products I review, take photos, and create the content. All products are tested for quite a while before being mentioned in the magazine.

I have dehydrated aging skin, and I have begun using more and more anti-aging products. I have recently started tretinoin for anti-aging purposes.

Beauty of Joseon Ginseng Moist Sun Serum Review

Beauty of Joseon Ginseng Moist Sun Serum Is Good, Not Marry-Me-Good

I cannot stress enough the importance of applying sunscreen daily, although many people, including myself, are reluctant to slather that ...

Beauty of Joseon Matte Sun Stick Mugwort Camelia SPF 50 PA++++ Review

Beauty of Joseon Matte Sun Stick Mugwort Camelia’s Finish Is a Silky Dream

I love sunsticks for their convenience and portability, but finding a good one can be tricky. Because Most of my ...

Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun Rice Probiotics Review

Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun: Rice + Probiotics Lives up to the Hype

One of the hardest things I find to buy is sunscreen. I have a love/hate relationship with sunscreen. I know ...

Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream Review

Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream – Hanbang in a Jar

It was a winter night when I went on my usual late-date-night with a shop called Amazon (you might have ...

Beauty of Joseon Ginseng Essence Water

Beauty of Joseon Ginseng Essence Water – The One I Just Didn’t Like

Sometime last summer, I received a message from one of my followers asking if I had tried the Beauty of ...

RNW Der. Concentrate Ceramide Serum Plus

RNW Der. Concentrate Ceramide Plus Serum Nurtures My Skin

Being a person whose skin (before the RNW Ceramide serum) frequently resembled a 2000-year-old sheet of parchment, my biggest skin ...

Seoul Ceuticals Day Glow Vitamin C Review kiwis

Seoul Ceuticals Day Glow Serum Vitamin C Serum – Dud or HG?

Over the last few years, the buzz for vitamin C regarding anti-aging has been insane! Even with this craze, many ...

Thank You Farmer Rice Pure Essential Toner - The Best Rice Toner

Thank You Farmer Rice Pure Essential Toner – Best Korean Rice Toner

I am a big fan of the Thank You Farmer brand. It has slowly become one of my first choices ...

Needly Daily Toner Pad

Needly Daily Toner Pad – Pores Be Gone In 60 Pads

There is a time in our lives when we believe that if something’s burning, it’s working. That time is usually ...

Dr. Wu Intensive Renewal Serum With Mandelic Acid 18 Review

Dr. Wu Intensive Renewal Serum With 18% Mandelic – That AHA Moment!

I started using Dr. Wu Intensive Renewal Serum With Mandelic Acid 18% about eight months ago. I started with the ...

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