Thursday, December 27, 2012

REVIEW: Daiso Oil Blotting Paper

Hello, today i will be reviewing another item i got at Daiso. The bag calls it "Desk-Top Facial Oil Blotting Paper'' They cost $1.50 for 250 sheets, which i believe is pretty cheap. they had smaller packs of 150 sheets for the same price, but why would anyone want to buy 150 sheets when they can get 250 sheets for the same price?! it also says made in japan, so i do not think the product would be any bad.

two of the designs that i got. these actually sold out really fast; I got two packs and when i went back it was all sold out. :/ 

back of the bag gives instructions as to how to open the box. the top of this also has some notes, which i forgot to include in the picture: 
  • high class "washi" that is gentle to skin 
  • absorbs tough oil 
  • convenient to keep at your office or make up desk 

i was not really sure what washi was so i looked it up and apparently its just paper lol. 

this is what it looks like when its opened. personally, i do not like the design because every time i need a piece i have to open the lid to take a piece out. and no, i do not think you can pull it out from the hole. even if you can, it will probably end up being disastrous. 

the left side is the sheet i used and the right is a brand new unused sheet. sorry if the pics are really bad, i used my tablet :( 

the oil blotting sheets are a somewhat light brown/beige color. it is thin and has a really soft and smooth texture. 
honestly, i have never tried any other brand of oil blotting sheets before so i cannot compare this with other brands but i think it is pretty good. i usually have really oily areas around my mouth and forehead and the sheet shown in the picture above was used only around my mouth alone! i remember the first time i used it, the whole sheet was oily. 

$1.50 for 250 sheets is definitely a bargain and i will check again to see if they have this in stock! 

thank you for reading and i hope this helped you. :) 
comments are welcomed as well! 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

REVIEW: Daiso BB Face Mask with Collagen vs. My Beauty Diary Face Mask

Before i start this review, i want to state that i am NOT affiliated with ANY of the products that i review at all. okay, so i have a variety of things to blog, but i will start with the beauty masks. A Daiso Japan store recently opened near my area, so i bought a bunch of items from there. (For those who do not know what Daiso is, it is like a dollar store that sells most goods for $1.50). This face mask was sold in a pack of 2 for just $1.50!

  Daiso BB Face Mask with Collagen
The front of the package states that it "contains about 23ML of moisture filled essence".

Back of the package. 
The instructions are as stated:
  1. Remove it from the bag and spread it out after applying face lotion.
  2. closely attach to the entire face after aligning it with the eye positions and then aligning it with the mouth position.
 3. remove the mask after keeping attached for 5 to 15 minutes.
  4. allow it to become accustomed by patting the essence remaining on the skin.

 The bottom also says MADE IN KOREA.

 I tried this mask last night, but i forgot to take pictures so please forgive me. Upon opening it, i was a bit disappointed that it did not have the plastic lining attached to the mask for easier unfolding. I had to carefully unfold the mask, which wasted some time... There was a LOT of essence though and it was dripping out as i tried to unfold the mask. There was also a lot of essence leftover inside the bag. The smell of the essence was not bad, it was sort of flowery? What i really liked about the mask was that it fit my face perfectly except near the bottom-it was a bit too long and could even cover a bit under my chin. perhaps those who have longer faces will find that good. The instructions said to place the mask on for 5 to 15 minutes but i felt that it was not enough time to actually let the essence soak into my face. After 15 minutes, the mask was still soaking wet. I had the mask on for about 40 minutes and the mask was still pretty moist. I felt that the mask stuck to my face pretty well and i actually felt my face go firm when i had the mask on as well.

 Aftermath: My face was actually pretty dry before i put on the mask. I don't have pics to prove it but I had skin peeling on the area between my eyebrows and around my mouth. During the time when i had the mask on, i felt these tingly sensations on my face, it also hurt a bit. kind of like when your face is really dry and you put lotion on and it burns. not sure if thats a good thing or bad thing but after using the mask, my dried skin disappeared and my face felt really soft and moist.

  My Beauty Diary Face Mask
I was highly curious of this product because it seemed really popular in Asia so i decided to give it a try. These masks come in packs of 7 or 10 depending on what you buy and it comes in a variety of flavors and different uses. I wouldn't say that these are inexpensive; I've seen them at prices ranging from $16 to $12 for a box of 10.
Here i have earl grey and macaron, black pearl and bird's nest. so the uses for these are:

EARL GREY AND MACARON- This limited release mask contains essence from earl grey tea, as well as extracts from macaron. It helps illuminating & clarifying skin, while also remove dullness and revitalize it, leaves you a brightening skin finish.

BLACK PEARL- whitens skin and restores elasticity for skin. It is ideal for all skin types, especially dull and loose skin. it activates skin's natural hydrating and whitening mechanism, leaving skin silky and radiant.

BIRD'S NEST- This formula improves skin hydration, provides rich nourishment and energy to heal Expression lines, smoothen dull and rough skin to make it translucent, tender and smooth. Hydrolyzed soy bean, rice proteins and other skin friendly moisture extracts combine to moisturize dry skin and promote skin defense strength and flexibility towards the restoration of a smooth, fresh and revitalized skin. With the Swiftlet's Nest Mask, your skin will be invigorated and refreshed like the soft white skin of a new born baby.

(taken from amazon)

 First off, i want to state that the flavors of these items are really faint? They all seemed to smell the same to me with the exception of the earl grey-i smelled a bit of tea on the mask. What i liked about the mask was the ease of unfolding; the mask is aligned with with a plastic sheet. What i did not like was that it was too big for my face. The mask went over my forehead and the area that was meant to go between my nose and mouth was too big and it kept slipping into my lips. The instructions say to leave the mask on for 20-30 minutes but i usually leave it on for about an hour or until the mask starts drying off. I wouldn't say that the masks does what it states it does, such as whitening the skin(perhaps it is because i do not use it a lot and it needs to be used regularly for the effect to take place) but i do feel that it moisturizes the skin. What i did not like was that their essence makes my face REALLY REALLY SHINY and sticky. :/

  Verdict: Both contain 23ML of essence but I felt that the Daiso mask had more because the essence was a bit more watery compared to My Beauty Diary's essence. The Daiso essence did not leave my face really shiny or sticky, but left my face looking moist and soft. Upon using Daiso for the first time, i seriously felt that even though it is inexpensive, it did its job really well. It is also a perfect fit for my face compared to My Beauty Diary and i will definitely start to buy these Daiso face masks in the future after i finish using up all of My Beauty Diary face masks.

 Thanks for reading and I hope you find this review useful! :)

Hello and Welcome!

Hello all, I have decided to create a blog to review beauty products and goods that I buy in this blog. I have created all sorts of blogs before, but they have never lasted long because I get lazy to post pics and so forth. :( Hopefully this blog will last! haha. I also hope this blog will help people as well. Thanks for stopping by!