If you haven’t heard about charcoal masks, you are either :-
a) A beauty noob! In that case, I would advise you to subscribe to my beauty blog right now! *shameless plug alert*
b) A very very lucky girl with flawless skin with no blackheads and no pores! I hate you! Nah, just joking…I envy you!!!
Anyway, charcoal masks contain charcoal (duh!) which help draw out impurities from skin and unclog pores. Sounds awesome, right? Well, I have been trying out a couple of charcoal masks and here’s my review of the Daiso Charcoal Mask in the Get or Forget format.
Get Daiso Charcoal Mask if :-
- You have a local Daiso store (I do! And my mask only cost me AU$2.80 :P)
- You have enlarged pores
- You have blackheads
- Your boyfriend / husband has enlarged pores and blackheads (it’s fun to do the mask on them too!)
Forget Daiso Charcoal Mask if :-
- You don’t have a local Daiso store (I am sorry!)
- You are a skincare snob and using a cheapie skincare product gives you the heebie-jeebies! Go and spend your money on expensive shizz instead
Daiso Charcoal Mask is really easy to use but it is ultra-messy because black goop can get everywhere and it is impossible to remove…until it is dry which depends on how thick you apply the mask. Peeling the dried mask from my nose was so satisfying…and it was even more satisfying to see all the gunk and blackheads it removed from my nose. YES! I bet it would be great for those with ‘bacne’ (= back acne) too.
Have you tried charcoal masks before? And how awesome is Daiso, huh?
Daiso is a Japanese store which arrived in Australian shores recently. It sells all-sorts from household items to stationery to beauty items, all at $2.80 AUD each. The Husband and I always wander into the Doncaster Shoppingtown branch because there’s always new cool and kooky Japanese goods to gawk at. Of course, it doesn’t contain all the goodies available in its Asian counterparts and it isn’t as cheap, but at a mere $2.80, it doesn’t break the bank. (You may remember that I reviewed the Daiso Double Eyelid Stickers recently.) Anyway, here’s my recent wee haul from Daiso…
My name is Ling and I am Asian and I have a stupid eyelid. Before I tell you more about my stupid eyelid, please allow me to give you a quick intro on Asian eyelids – there are the monolids (one type) and the double lids (many types). If you have monolids, you will most likely desire double lids (please correct me if I am wrong) and if you have double lids, you will be happy and you will not desire monolids (again, correct me if I am wrong). However, it’s not that simple…because your right eyelid may not be the same as your left eyelid! As a result, Asian eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is the most common facial surgical procedure amongst Asians.
(In fact, I was speaking to a girlfriend today. She has just returned from a trip to Singapore and she got her eyelids stitched there for $1800 AUD and it looks AMAZING! I WANT!!!! She said it hurt like Mother F when local anaesthetic was administered to the inside of her eyelid.)
Types Of Asian Eyelids
a) Asian eye with single eyelid, no crease (aka : monolid)
b) Asian eyelid with crease (aka : double lid)
c) Asian eyelid with broken or non-continuous crease
d) Asian eyelid with partial crease
e) Asian eye with multiple eyelid creases
f) Asian eyelid with nasally tapered crease and some widening on the outer end
g) Asian eyelid with parallel crease
h) Typical Caucasian eyelid crease (semi-lunar) (Note : non-Asian)
My Hooded Eyelid
Now I was born and blessed with double eyelids – both of type f). But in recent years, my right double eyelid has turned from an f) into a d) and if you add the ageing process and gravity into the equation as well, you will notice that my beautiful right double eyelid has indeed turned into a stupid hooded right eyelid!!!
This hood makes my eye look tired and droopy. My upper lashes don’t curl up as well. *cries*
Instead of jumping on the next plane to Asia and paying a top Asian surgeon to give me eyelid surgery, I went to my local Daiso store (Daiso is a Japanese store and every product is $2.80 AUD in Australia) and bought a packet of their eyelid tape. Obviously I would prefer the former option, but we have no moolah for such luxuries – sigh!!
The packet comes with 30 pairs of eyelid tape and a white plastic stick (which is used for pushing, apparently). I followed the instructions as best as I could…( read : I did NOT wipe my eyelids and I did NOT measure my eyelid and cut the tape as instructed. I just took out a piece of tape and stuck it on my lid and poked my eyeball with the stick!)
Trust me! It looks more difficult than it looks to use eyelid tape. It was my first attempt and because I did not follow the exact instructions, the tape didn’t stick on so well at the edges…even though it was a bit of a fail, I could see an improvement already. Check it out!
I googled the use of eyelid tape and some recommend using it on top of make-up and some recommend a thicker type and some recommend a different brand. There’s a whole new world on eyelid tape on the internet!!!
I just need a bit more practice to perfect the eyelid tape placement…but at the same time, I’m a bit apprehensive about using it in public. I mean, it’s pretty hard to conceal…and what if it started unpeeling at the edges…hmmm…?? Time to start saving for eyelid surgery methinks!!!
Have you used eyelid tape before? Or have you had your eyelids stitched? Please share your experiences or recommendations.
I haven’t watched Black Swan nor Burlesque, but that doesn’t stop me from wearing outfits which are inspired by them.
The feather hairband in a semi-bun and black lacy dress are inspired by Black Swan.
The fake eyelashes, red lipstick and red peep toes are inspired by Burlesque.
From Top To Toe
Feather hairband purchased in Seoul, Korea
False eyelashes from Daiso
Red lipstick from MUA
Black lacy tunic dress from Pussycat London
Black lace overlay 3/4 sleeve jacket from Primark
Red peeptoes from Tony Bianco
(EDIT : Doh, spelt Outfit wrong in the title!)