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theFACEshop cereal rice mask sheet

Well I promised I’d be doing a few posts, right? πŸ˜‰

Before I forget, I want to let readers know that I have some more guy’s product reviews coming up soon. Just letting people know so that people don’t think I’ve forgotten about that aspect of the blog!

I’m a big fan of face mask sheets. (For those who haven’t seen or used them, they are usually a thin cotton sheet the size of your face with holes cut out for your eyes, lips etc and the sheet is soaked in serums and other goodies for your skin.) Why?

  • They’re efficient – simply whip them out of the packet and pop them on your face;
  • Less mess – after removing from your face usually you can simply throw the mask in the bin and pat excess serum/mask ingredients into your skin rather than having to fuss about washing the mask off;
  • You can usually buy several different types of sheet mask for the same price as one tube of multiple use facial mask pastes/lotions (good if you’re not sure what suits you!); and
  • They look cool! (Well, when I put them on I look like an alien but I think it’s funny ;))

I do, however, concede that they are not as environmentally friendly as masks that you use out of a tube or pot.

There are 3 sheet face masks that I’m a big fan of at the moment – one I’ll save for a future review, one is THEFACESHOP’s Vita B mask (they have been out of stock for aaaages at my local store :’-( ) and the third is the THEFACESHOP’s Cereal Rice Mask Sheet.

Below are some photos of the packaging for this product – both front and back – so that you can also get an idea of what the mask looks like (it’s a dark colour on the packaging but is actually white when you take it out of the packet):

Price range: these are approx. $4 AUD each however at my local THEFACESHOP outlet they currently have a “buy 3 get 1 free” promotion which makes it even better value!

Where can I get it? Exclusive to THEFACESHOP

This mask does not have any particular perfume or fragrance, which I liked (less likely to irritate the skin!). I found that the particular shape of these masks (see the image above – the shape is exactly like that!) is a little small in some places and a bit too big in others, but you can usually easily move it around or fold pieces of the mask out the way so it sits comfortably.

I’ve bought several of these masks (they are designed for 1 use only) and every time have found it to have a soothing and moisturising effect on my skin, without making my skin too oily. My face always feels both soft and nice and refreshed when I use this mask.

There are many different face mask sheets that you can get at THEFACESHOP and if you have a store in your area I recommend taking a look as the variety is quite interesting! In this particular range I noticed they also had a cherry and an acerola (what is that?!) variety, as well as several others.

I will keep buying this mask unless I find one I like better from THEFACESHOP or elsewhere. (I have a bit of a routine where I use a mask once a week – each week I rotate through the different ones I have so it provides my skin with some variety! :)) However, it’s best to get them when they are on sale (as I do!) because the cost can add up fast.

Beautiful rating: quality 5/5, value 4/5 (if paying full price; I’ve noticed another Korean brand, Tony Moly‘s sheet masks, are RRPing cheaper in Adelaide shops – haven’t tried that brand yet but I want to! πŸ™‚ Has anyone else tried Tony Moly???)

1Q84 – on my chrissie wish list!

Yep going off of the topic of beauty for a sec!

I’m a bit of a bookworm. One of my favourite authors of late is Haruki Murakami. He’s a Japanese author who’s been writing for decades but I only found out about him by chance approximately 2 years ago. (I happened to notice the front cover of one of his books at my local library, borrowed the book, and loved it! That book was After Dark.) He writes novels as well as short stories.

Each of his books are unique in their own way but at the same time there are some common patterns. Often he writes about parallel worlds/alternate realities, and there is a philosophical flavour to a lot of his work (in my opinion). Usually the story is set in the modern day and the main characters can often be quite unassuming types, on the surface. The way in which he describes very simple or seemingly ordinary things is pretty awesome – too bad my Japanese is nowhere near good enough to read any of his works in the original Japanese format! 😦

One of his most famous books is Norwegian Wood which was recently made into a feature film. I haven’t seen it yet as I’m not sure I want to; it’s a great book but SO sad! 😦 Also I can get a bit fussy with films that are based on movies as if the plot doesn’t quite match what I am expecting (i.e. the plot of the original book) it throws me off! LOL πŸ™‚

Earlier this month his latest book, 1Q84, was officially released in Australia. I’ve seen it, I’ve read about it, and I can’t wait to actually read it for myself!!!! *fingers crossed tight* Hopefully my hints to family and friends will be picked up and I’ll get it for Christmas (“chrissie” = Christmas in Aussie English). πŸ˜‰

I’m wondering if any of my readers and/or page visitors have read any of Murakami’s books? Who is your favourite author? πŸ™‚

If you celebrate Christmas, what’s on your Christmas wish list???


(I sourced the above image from – if you click the link to their site HERE you can read an excerpt of 1Q84 for free!)

lady in red: face of australia (FOA) colour pro triple action nail enamel

Hey! πŸ™‚ How’s everyone’s week been so far?

I’ll be putting up a few posts today and tonight as I won’t have time to write over the weekend. On Saturday I’m going to TED x Adelaide – which is a free event organised by fans of the TED concept (which I think originated in the USA – basically it showcases a variety of speakers on a whole heap of interesting topics – some are health related, some science related, some politics related, and muchΒ  more). I am not sure if there are any more tickets available but you can find out and read more about it at πŸ™‚ You can also watch recordings of various TED speakers at or on their YouTube channel.

If people would like to know how TED x went let me know and I’ll do a post on it. πŸ™‚


I have a loooooooot of nail polish. I confess, I’m not usually fussy about the brand I use but once I find a polish I really like I am loyal to the particular brand for that particular colour. However, I am yet to find a nice rich red polish that I like.

This led me to try FOA’s Colour Pro polish. When I saw this product I thought great no need to spend extra time doing a top coat, as it is reportedly meant to be a 3-in-1. As described on the bottle: “intense, durable colour with professionally formulated three-in-one base, colour and top coat.” It is also toulene, formaldehyde and dibutyle phthalate free (not sure what the last one is but it doesn’t sound nice does it?!). I love the name of the shade too: lady in red.

swatch of nail polish "lady in red"

Price range: I picked up my bottle for around $7.00 AUD

Where can I buy it? most chemists and stores like Big W and Kmart.

The colour of this polish is absolutely beautiful. It was just what I was wanting; not too dark and not pinky! It went on well and had a super glossy finish.

I was very tempted to apply a seperate top coat out of habit but I didn’t as of course I wanted to test its staying power! After a day of working in an office environment, and cooking dinner from scratch, there was some slight wear on the tips of the index fingernails. By day two, chipping on the index fingernails was noticeable and needed a touch up and by day three my middle fingernails were the same (on my hands I find that my ring and pinkie fingernails as well as my thumb nails tend to chip last)! That wasn’t *too* bad however I have other polishes which seem to last better and are cheaper, believe it or not!

When I next use this I will be applying a seperate top coat despite FOA’s claim that it has built in top coat properties. πŸ˜›

Beautiful rating: quality 4/5 (it could be more chip resistant seeing it’s meant to have a built in top coat), value 5/5 (it’s reasonably priced and is also free of several nasty chemicals!).


November 2011




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