The Face Shop Sheet Masks: Calendula and Green Tea Real Nature

Hi All,

I’m back with another update on those sheet masks. This week I got to try the Calendula sheet mask, which has to be my favourite sheet of all time! I am so glad I got these on sale at Nykaa- totally worth the investment!

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Real Nature Calendula

I don’t think i’ve ever enjoyed the scent of any sheet mask as much as the Calendula one, which is surprising considering I thought I’d hate all the floral sheet masks. This one was a  bit different to the other ones I reviewed in that it was a lot more creamy than serum-based. It felt more like slapping on moisturizer. It claims to smooth skin which I guess it did, considering my after photo (which is filter free btw!) so it clearly didn’t make claims it couldn’t fulfill. It also felt really refreshing.

Real Nature Green Tea

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Let me just say that I’ve tried a lot of green tea masks, and by far this was the most “realistic”. Have you ever tried a green tea sheet mask where the liquid is completely clear and you’re like “bruh, that’s not green tea? You definitely meddled with that shit!” Not with this one. The second I opened it, it looked like it was soaked in green tea and had that yellow/green-brown tint. It was not overwhelmingly scented, which makes me think this one was the most natural of the lot. Overall, a decent purchase especially compared to Innisfree. I love me some Innisfree, and i love their sizes, but this Face Shop green tea one has them beat.

As you can see, I finally learned how to get my mask on. Still too large for my face though.

That’s all from me for now!

-D

The Face Shop Sheet Mask Reviews

Hi all,

So as promised I am going to write about the few sheet masks I’ve used from the ones I bought the last time. My mom ended up using the pomegranate one so unfortunately I can’t really review it, but according to her it was “nice” and “smelled great!”. Mothers!

I got to try the Goji Berry, Lemon, and Olive sheet masks. So without further ado, let’s hop right into this.

 

The first one I tried a couple of weeks ago was Lemon. It was a standard sheet mask, no tingling and claimed to brighten your skin.  Honestly, I am always very skeptical with products that tell you they will lighten your skin tone because it hardly ever does that, but considering lemon has the ability to do this I paid closer attention to my skin. It didn’t so much brighten it as even out the pigments in my skin (not to a drastic extent though) although I think i’d be able to see more of a result if I used this sheet mask consistently for a month or so.

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Goji Berry was the one I really enjoyed using so far. It smelled great and really hydrated my skin. I’ve included pictures so you can see what I’m talking about, but my skin just felt really plump after using it! Totally worth it to get the grey sheet mask line with the flowers and berries I think, but I will have to try more.

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The one I tried on today was Olive. I’m not gonna lie, it was my least favourite when it came to the scent. It was almost stale-smelling, but that’s definitely the olive. Whatever it lost in scent it more than made up for in how wonderful the product actually was. Not only was it hydrating, I felt a slight tingle as the product got to work on my skin. Usually when I take off a sheet mask, the product tends to totally dry up as the sheet is soaked in an essence. After I took this one off, I could feel a residue as though there was still some product left on my face and it felt almost as though I had put olive oil on. I think oily-skinned people might find this annoying or off-putting, but as a dry-skinned person I loved this because it really did feel like it hydrated my skin and that it would stay hydrated for quite some time. It’s been 15 mins since i took it off and when i rub the side of my face it still feels silky smooth. Definitely the most effective and long lasting one of them so far.

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One thing about these sheet masks is that they’re not great for small faced people like me. The mask is always over the perimeter of my face till my hair, although it fits the forehead fine. As you can see in the picture above, I kinda look ridiculous whenever i wear them. Beauty is pain.

Stay tuned for more on these sheet masks!

Divija

The Face Shop Real Nature Mung Bean Sheet Mask: A Review

Hi All!

I’m back with a review, although this one is gonna be a review I will keep updating every time I try one of these amazing sheet masks. For those of you that are new to the sheet mask game, it’s basically a great way to hydrate and keep your skin firm and fresh, while also pampering yourself at home. Each of these sheet masks I have from the Face Shop do something slightly different, whether it’s revitalizing, purifying, hydrating or cleaning the pores of your skin. They’ve been a staple of Korean skin care and made their way to the West, but they’ve finally landed on our shores here in India through Nykaa, so I am just E-X-C-I-T-E-D.

For those of you that know anything about Korean beauty, you’ll recognise the Face Shop for more than one reason. While it’s a pretty popular store in Korea itself, its ambassador is Suzy, a pop-idol in Korea and also the girlfriend of that elusive hunk Lee Min Ho (Legend of the Blue Sea anyone?) While I don’t know as much about her as  Lee Min Ho, I’m told she’s a mega deal, has killer fashion sense and is the “nation’s first love”.  How much that has to do with our sheet mask review, I don’t know, but I digress.

I will be listing the sheet mask by each “flavour” (is that even the correct term) and the skin care benefits they brought me. This is NOT an endorsement nor sponsored, but my original, unfiltered thoughts. As The Face Shop just launched, they’re having a sale on Nykaa (500 Rs. for 5 masks with another 5 free, which is a killer deal at 50 Rs. a mask) I picked up as many as I could, which turned out to be 23. I did not take the Shea Butter and Blueberry one, as I had already tried one in Innisfree and wanted something different. For your reference, I have dry skin which occasionally breaks out (probably due to bad diet) and tiny pores. Without further ado, let’s get right into this.

Mung Bean

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Mung Bean was the first one I tried from the collection, it claims to cleanse the pores of the skin and hydrate the skin. It turns out I was totally ignorant and didn’t realize that Mung Bean was Moong, the dal/lentil that we eat in India. Who knew it had amazing skin care benefits? I sure didn’t. Apparently it has a way of drawing out dirt from the pores and providing radiance to the skin. It’s also has anti-ageing qualities. If you look at the top right corner of the packet, you will see a tag that tells you what it’s used for (in this case, it’s pore) I found that pretty useful when deciding what sheet mask to use, considering a good chunk of it is still in Korean. As for what it did to my skin; it made me feel refreshed and made my skin dewy and glowy, which is always a good thing. I can’t tell if it’s done much for my pores, because I usually use a mask or pore strips for that. I’ve put a picture up (with no make up) so please ignore the juice as I was on a juice cleanse yesterday, but you can see the results pretty clearly on my skin. All in all, a strong contender.

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I recognise that on a basic level, this is just what sheet masks do and they will hydrate your skin no matter what, so I am trying to focus more on whether it does achieve its purpose that’s written on the top right. In this case, I really couldn’t tell what the difference was in my pores, maybe someone with porous skin could tell if it helped?

That’s all I have for now, thanks for reading!

 

 

 

The Kat Von D Shade+ Light Eye Palette: Desi Approved?

Hi All,

I’ve finally started swatching all my make up for you so that you can get an idea of a) what I feel about them b) how they perform. Pretty standard really! I’ve tried to swatch them and photograph them in flash and no flash (or shade and light, as KVD would say!)  I’ve got my own little rubric on how I will be rating this, so if it’s TL;DR (too long; didn’t read) for you as I go on, you can just use my little report card! I grade these on texture, pigment, longevity, product packaging, value for money, versatility (can it double as anything else?) and wearability. By wearability I mean can it perform in a diversity of occasions? Work, nights out, weddings, casual day etc. Of course this doesn’t stand if you’re a person who rocks a purple lip at work (also lucky you!)

THE LONG

The Shade+ Light Eye Palette has twelve eyeshadows that are broken down into warm, neutral and cool quads. I feel that the majority of these shades are on the warmer side though, so they’ll definitely work with Indian undertones. They are all matte and that itself makes it quite work appropriate. The quads are broken down by a highlight shade on the top, followed by three shades set below which are your contour, lid and crease shades. The majority of this palette is very finely-milled and extremely silky to the touch, but there are a few that can be quite chalky and powdery. When an eyeshadow is either chalky/powdery, it can often lead to the shadow to turn patchy on the lid or sheer out the more you blend. This can be a bad thing especially when you’re trying to build colour and intensify in a certain area, so you can use an eye primer of your choice to combat this. Another wonderful thing about this palette is that it is so multifaceted. I’ll explain as I go along, so first:

Texture

There’s really no way you can go wrong with the texture of these shadows. I rate the majority of them an A+ with a few Bs for the chalky ones (namely, Ludwin and Lucius. Damn it Malfoy, get it together!) They’re totally matte and buildable, and many of them are perfect transition shades especially if you want to use other single glitter eyeshadows and just need a warm palette on your side that’s not shimmery.

Pigment

Not too problematic. Blendable. Some are sheer (Liberatus) as you blend them out. All of this can be fixed with a primer.

Longevity

All of these last an average work day, provided you have air conditioning in the office and as long as you don’t work in a construction site. I’ve work these on nights out and they’ve still been there when I came back home 5-6 hours later.

Product Packaging

It’s Kat Von D. Can she possibly go wrong? If there’s an artist out there worth her salt, it would be her. I don’t think I’ve seen a single palette of hers that’s not been meticulously planned packaging-wise. She’s usually spot on with these and the Shade+ Light is no different.

Value For Money

It’s 46 USD (In INR currently that’s 3104) which I think is fine for a palette that’s this useful and has this kind of quality. The majority of the palettes out there are in the 1500-2000 range and the even higher-end brands go way above that. Frankly speaking, you get more shades, more product in the pan which will last you a long way, and better quality than any MAC palette so definitely buy it. It’s been one of my most useful palettes thus far, and I don’t think there’s a single all matte palette that is its equivalent in the Indian market. That being said, I recognise that’s quite steep for some people so whenever I find Indian dupes of certain shades I’ll just attach them to this post! You can also try the Maybelline The Nudes Palette. It doesn’t have all the shades in the the KVD palette but you can definitely dupe some.

Versatility

I’ve used these on my face and collar bones to highlight and contour so you really do get a lot of use out of this product. I even used it to darken a lip colour once.

Wearability

I’ve worked this palette at get togethers, regular days, work and nights out. You really can’t go wrong with a solid neutral/cool/warm palette.

Where can you buy this?

Right now I don’t think this product is available in India. You can buy it off instagram dealers online (just tweet me at DivijaMohan or tag me on instagram @divijamoh and i’ll send you the profiles of people I’ve bought from) and you can get it on Sephora and Ulta US. It’s a shame that we have Sephora in India but no Kat Von D. With the number of adoring women in India who love make up, I’m sure she’ll open up shop soon so don’t be disheartened!

That concludes the long portion of my review. I am going to include the photos and the report card below. Thanks for reading!

THE SHORT

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Photo Credit: Sharanya Krishnan

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Without Flash. Photo Credit: Sharanya Krishnan

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With Flash Photo Credit: Sharanya Krishnan

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Highlight Shades. With Flash. Photo Credit: Sharanya Krishnan

TL; DR Edition

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Thanks for reading, if you liked my review please do me a solid follow me on my social media to get an update whenever I put up a new one.

Love,

Divija

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MIA: The New Girl @ Desi Bitches

If you’ve been with me from the start, you’re a saint and I’ll never forget you… mostly because you were probably one of 20 people who read my blog here, but I am grateful nonetheless. A lot has happened in the year (or is it 2 years?) that I’ve been MIA, but probably the biggest change is my Youtube channel (yes you heard right, I have a Youtube channel, live and let live)

I don’t have much out, but I’m working on it. The team I work with (who designed that super duper logo you see in my feature image) are on a bit of a break, so you’ll probably see new content out in January, but for now you can catch some of my stuff on instagram and this page.

I really started getting into beauty and make up a year ago too. Now that I look back ,I see hints of it here on this page, but what I have now is the stage-4, level-of-no-return, beauty devotion that’s very incurable. Bye bye wallet, hello Sephora.

I’m going to update you with bits and pieces of my life; the kind of skin care I use, what make up I’m loving the most right now, and anything else on my mind. You know the drill, this was always the place for random. Hope you’re doing well too.

Love,

D

E.L.F and The Body Shop Haul

Hi Everyone!

I went to E.L.F yesterday and the body shop to buy some brushes and other products. I’ve found that I like the ELF brushes, they’re affordable and good quality for the price point (and even if the brushes wear down, you can replace them and not feel guilty about having spent a lot! at 3-6$ it’s really a steal),  I have 5 brushes from E.L.F now: the concealer brush, blush brush, angled blush brush, eyeshadow brush and the contour brush. I just used the contour brush today and loved it! It’s incredibly soft and it’s great for the placement of your contour, but I still prefer using my angled blush brush for blending the harsh lines away. I also go over my make up with a Beauty Blender, but I’m going to go over my whole make up collection in another blog post! The beauty blender, or bb, is just amazing! I’ve been using it for over 2 months now and it helps with removing the extra product off your face and spreading it evenly to and giving you a very natural look. I use the blush brush for my actual blush (I use Hot Mama by the Balm Cosmetics, which is a beautiful pinky-peach, less-shimmery dupe for Nar’s Orgasm) and to spread my base foundation. I bought an eyeshadow brush because I tend to use the brushes that come along with my eyeshadow and they’re getting far too dirty, even with cleaning them, for me to use them. I can finally mix different products without worrying about permanently mixing my colors. By far the most versatile of my brushes is my concealer brush, I use it to place smudgy eyeliner and to do a smoky eye on my eyelids, for concealing blemishes and for placing my bb cream/foundation in different parts of my face. I’ve also used it to place my contour before but it’s a very sturdy tiny brush and it’s really uncomfortable to use that way.

I’ve heard criticism of the E.L.F brushes where people have said that the metal part of the brush has fallen off before, but so far I haven’t experienced that with my older brushes. I’ve had my blush brush for a year, and my angled brush for over 6 months and I’ve deep-cleaned them a bunch of times and haven’t faced that yet; there may just be some defective ones around.  I’m sure that can be fixed with super glue. Also, these brushes are 3$-6$! They are not going to behave like other professional brushes! So keep that in mind when you’re buying them. I also purchased the E.L.F Daily Brush Cleaner which I use for spot-cleaning for my eyeshadow and concealer brush and I really like it! The smell is very clean and the scent of the brushes after isn’t overpowering. I tend to spot clean smaller brushes because I find it to be more effective, I’m more comfortable deep-cleaning my larger brushes. I don’t own a lot, so I don’t really find deep-cleaning as time-consuming.

Another product I HAVE to recommend from E.L.F is super unique and cool! It’s the elf eye primer and liner set. Basically it’s a clear liner gel that you can dip into your eyeshadow and convert into a liner! The primer part is your regular beige primer.

I also made a trip to the Body Shop as I’ve been using a ton of their products recently and really enjoying them. I currently use the Glow Boosting Moisturizer with Vitamin C in the morning and it’s done great for my skin (Also, the scent is yummy!) I bought the Brow and Lash Gel and an eyeshadow in the the shade Fig Leaf. I’ve heard from people that the brow gel smells off but I don’t think this is true. I used it on my brows today and I couldn’t smell a thing. You can’t smell the product unless you’re smelling the wand and I don’t know anyone who buys brow products to smell them. The Fig Leaf eyeshadow is a beautiful two-toned green which I bought for my make up this Halloween. I’m went as Princess Fiona 🙂 It is super pigmented and rich when used wet! (Though I also used it dry and it was just as good)

I know this has been a long post, but I have to send a shout-out to LUSH cosmetics for their amazing Aliens and Monsters bubble bar! It’s 6-ish dollars and smells divine! I didn’t think I’d like it when I first sniffed it out as I don’t take to spicy scents, but it’s a great scent and makes your bubble bath a lot more pleasant. It’s made with pepper and patchouli oil.  The smell just wafts into the house from the bathroom and it’s just a perfect fall scent. I also recommend this for parents with little kids (or adults who like to feel like children) as you can mold the alien and monsters bubble bar into whatever you want before you use it. It’s also multi-use, you can use it for your hair, body, bath and face (though personally, I don’t use it on the face.) For people who like the scent, but don’t have a bathtub, fret not! They also have the scent in their new shower cream Lord of Misrule.

That’s all from me! Hope you all had a lovely Halloween.

Love,

D

Latest Beauty Haul in Lieu of Bad Blogging Etiquette

Since I’ve been MIA from writing for the past several months, I think it’s only fair I come back to you with what’s been going on in my life. I recently started working for Twitter (:O I know) and I love it here! If there’s any social media platform I can say I’ve used for almost every need, it would have to be Twitter. I’ve used it for jobs, stalking celebrity boyfriends and comedians, posting up random thoughts that everyone else on Facebook would ignore. I’m doing a lot of interesting things out here which I will refrain from posting about as I don’t know if that’s okay or not just yet. So far so good… It’s been a whirlwind of 3 months where I’ve been moving from apartment to apartment. I was in Williamsburg for six months and then moved to Bushwick. I’m now in the Lower East Side but heading back to Williamsburg again at the end of the week. Deep down, I’m still a Shoreditch girl at heart.

I had been looking for a job for over 6 months (well technically 2 since my visa arrived late April) when I finally heard from them in July. I started working here in August. As I don’t think I can talk about work just yet, I’m gonna mention the biggest perk of this office: the food. I can’t stop munching on the snacks and drinks they offer here. #TwitterTwenty is a real thing.

Another hobby of mine in the past few months has involved meddling with beauty products, which is so strange considering my aversion to experimentation in the past years. I got a Birchbox subscription (the link takes you to my invitation page, so please subscribe so I can get more points and fuel my addiction) My latest haul has involved getting a lip scrub from Lush Cosmetics called Popcorn. It smells like you’re standing in a concession stand at a cinema. I also got the Watts Up Highlighter from Benefit and the Curvy Contour stick from Clinique (Medium skin girls, you’re gonna have to build your contour a bit more if you want it to show as it’s a universal shade). The scent I’m most obsessed with right now is Hello by Harvey Prince. It’s got a warm gardenia scent which works great for summer, but I have a feeling I’m still going to love it in the fall. I’m thinking once I save up enough points I’m gonna buy the huge bottle. Another intoxicatingly good product is the Beauty Protector and Detangler, I can’t tell you how great this product smells and it makes my hair so soft. Still got a whole bunch of stuff in my wish list but that may change soon enough!

Also, is anyone else excited about the LA Splash collection of Harry Potter Lip Stains? I just went to Rickys NYC today and tried the Lovegood shade.

Beauty Protector and Detangler

Beauty Protector and Detangler

Watts Up Highlighter

Watts Up Highlighter

Hello by Harvey Prince

Hello by Harvey Prince

Curvy Contour Stick by Clinique

Curvy Contour Stick by Clinique

Popcorn Lip Scrub

Popcorn Lip Scrub