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The Body Shop Tea Tree Concealer

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Hello everyone! I hope you guys are having a good day; we got blasted with another winter storm today and thus classes were cancelled and outside looks like a winter wonderland! I’ve been meaning to review this concealer but wanted to wait until I’ve used it a lot so I’d give a thorough review of it.

I bought this when I bought a bunch of products from the Tea Tree Line from The Body Shop. I needed a new concealer because I’ve been using my MAC Studio Fix as a concealer (it works better than you think) since I ditched my Stila concealer. I was surprised because this concealer comes in a lipstick tube and is shaped like a lipstick itself. At first the smell was a bit off putting, it smelled kind of like old makeup and I could get faint hints of tea tree here and there. After getting over the initial smell, I decided to try it and I ended up really liking it. The consistency is very good and it’s very creamy and easy to blend. It has medium-full coverage and it’s very build-able. I got mine in Shade 02 which is darkest of the 2 shades that The Body Shop offers.

Image                                            Here’s a swatch of it on my hand

It’s kind of hard to see but the consistency really sinks into your skin. One of the reasons why I like this concealer so much is because it is very hydrating and creamy. So if you try to apply it on blemishes or dry patches on your skin, it does a good job of moisturizing the dry skin and makes it pretty invisible to the naked eye. This concealer is also very easy to apply; it’s just like applying a lipstick. Take off the cap wind the tube up and start marking away. I like that I can just hold the tube and dab it on areas that need concealing and just use my finger to blend. It really is a no-fuss application.

The main point of this Tea Tree Concealer is that it contains tea tree oil which helps to heal blemishes and reduce redness. Since most people concealer blemishes and breakouts with regular concealer that may contain additional oils and parabens, I think this is a very genius idea to have a concealer that contains a blemish fighting ingredient so it acts as a spot treatment as well as a concealer. I know regular spot treatments cannot be worn with daily makeup because they are usually white gels or tinted and don’t blend with makeup; therefore this is a great alternative that could be worn when going outside.

Pros:

– Very blend-able

– Creamy and hydrating consistency

– Helps heal blemishes and conceal redness

– Easy application

– Very travel friendly

– Medium – Full coverage

– Affordable

Cons:

– There are some issues with winding the tube

– People who are sensitive to smells will not like it

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The Body Shop: Tea Tree Oil

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One of my New Year’s resolutions was to take better care of my skin and so I got right on that by ordering a bunch of products from The Body Shop’s Tea Tree line. Now I have previously used the Tea Tree Toner from The Body Shop but it was just way too harsh for my skin and so I never repurchased. I needed a spot treatment and picked up this little bottle of tea tree oil. The reviews for it are great; many people swear by it and its abilities to combat breakouts. Here’s my two cents. 

In terms of controlling and helping acne blemishes go away, it does a decent job for new blemishes now popping up under the skin. But for pesky ones that like to stay a while and not go away, it doesn’t work as well. I find that it doesn’t actually perform as well as the Etude House AC Clinic Red Spot Balm and it doesn’t last nearly half as long. There’s only 10 mL of product in the bottle and after using it everyday for the past 2-3 weeks I’m about halfway through. It’s tricky to put on because you have to either use a cotton swab or your fingertip and place it on the head and tilt it so enough product comes out. That being said, you don’t really know how much you’re pouring until you see it dripping down. So the packaging is a bit iffy, in my opinion. 

It smells strongly of tea tree oil and once you put it on, it stings a bit then goes away. I do like that it’s a clear liquid so when you put it on your face you can still go about normally without having to worry about white or tan spots from other spot treatments all over your face. I know we’ve all been there and probably have freaked out a bunch of people as well. Aside from it’s decent job of clearing blemishes, I would not repurchase this product. It was nice to try to see if it works but in the end, my skin needs something a bit better and stronger. 

Pros:

– Made from Community Fair Trade organic tea tree oil

– Clear spot treatment 

– Does a decent job of combating pimples 

Cons:

– Dries out the skin

– Packaging is a bit difficult

– Finishes quickly

– Does not work as fast

Rate: 3.5/5

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The Body Shop: Mineral Powder Blotting Papers

ImageImageBlotting papers are a life-saver for an oily-skinned person like me. Two hours after cleansing and applying makeup, my face would start to look very, very ‘dewy’. Given a couple more hours, I have an oil slick going on. LOL it sounds gross to describe but it is what it is. That’s why I always carry a pack of blotting sheets with me where-ever I go. I really like the Clean and Clear oil blotting sheet because they’re superb at getting all the oil off, but even though it says it doesn’t smudge makeup, when I look at the paper after blotting…lo and behold there’s makeup on it. Welp. Can’t expect it to stay on forever. 

But these Body Shop Mineral Powder blotting papers have something that the Clean and Clear sheets don’t. Each sheet has actual mineral powder on them so when you blot, the powder absorbs the oil and you get a nice touch-up. They’re great for when you need to mattify your face in a jiffy and won’t have time to retouch the rest of your makeup. However sometimes the powder transferred onto your face looks a bit uneven so you would have to take care of that. Unless you want to be walking around with weird patches of powder on your face. But, I do think that it’s all in the way you blot it on your face, so it is preventable. The sheets also have a powdery scent…and it’s not that nice baby powder scent. It smells like makeup, more precisely like mineral powder, so that might be a turn-off for people who are sensitive to smells. 

Overall I’d give these sheets a 4/5. 

 

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The Body Shop: Aloe Soothing Day Cream

ImageI’m constantly on the hunt for new, better moisturizers and though I was doing fine with my previous one, I wanted to switch things up a bit. So I picked up this little jar from The Body Shop not exactly sure how it would work for my skin. As it turns out, this cream doesn’t disappoint.

Since it’s summer I didn’t want a thick cream to lather on my already oily, acne-prone skin, so this cream provides moisturisation while being light and absorbent. This aloe line is catered towards people with sensitive skin so it doesn’t irritate my skin at all. It actually helps the redness that I usually have around my nose area and it feels like velvet when I put this on after exfoliating. Yes, like velvet (Weird analogy I know).

Like the information says, it is gentle and calming, particularly because the main ingredient is aloe gel. Aloe gel is supposed to be extremely soothing and helpful to the skin, calms redness and inflammation and even helps with acne. It doesn’t contain any perfumes or fragrances, so if you’re someone who despises putting fragranced lotions/cremes on your face, this is great. I’ve been using this cream for more than a month and it hasn’t broken me out, which for me is amazing.

 

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The Body Shop: Vitamin E Eye Cream

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So I picked up this eye cream during The Body Shop’s Earth Day sale, along with a bunch of other things and thought I should give it a shot. Now, I’m not an avid eye cream user because I don’t think I’m at that point where I need to be regularly using eye creams. However, when I do get there I’ll pick up a more high-end eye cream to fight fine lines and wrinkles and all that good stuff. So this eye cream is a good place to start I guess. It retails for $18 and comes in a little tube. However, a tiny dot is all you need so I think that this will last a while.

One of the reasons why I picked this up is because it’s part of the Vitamin E line, which I love because of how moisturizing and amazing it is for your skin. It’s marketed as helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and dark circles. It doesn’t make any other tall claims like “X amount of women see improvement after X weeks” or whatever some eye creams do, so I don’t expect it to be that holy grail eye cream. And it isn’t. What it is, is a nice moisturizing cream for your under-eyes and outer corners. It does a great job of moisturizing and keeping the area soft and hydrated, which is important because our under-eyes are one of the driest parts of our face.

So overall, it’s nothing amazing and OMG but it does do the job. The main selling point of this eye cream is that it’s very hydrating and contains shea butter and rose hip oil to pack in the moisture. By keeping the area moisturized, the appearance of fine lines and puffiness are reduced and the aging process is slowed down a bit. This is a good starter eye cream for someone who’s in their early 20s or even late teens, but not for someone who actually wants to or is battling the aging process.

Rate: 4/5

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The Body Shop: Honey and Oat 3-In-1 Scrub Mask

IMG_1964I recently (well a while ago) ordered some things from The Body Shop during their awesome Earth Day sale and among them was this honey and oat scrub mask. It was originally $18 but I ended up getting it for $10, which is amazing. The container is a little small, it’s only 3.6 oz but it should last for a very long time because I don’t use it everyday. IMG_1966The consistency is kind of like soft oats. A huge plus for this mask is that it SMELLS SO GOOD. I have never used a mask that smells this good and probably never will. It’s the kind of product that makes you want to eat it, but don’t! It’s bad for you. 😀 The smell is amazing though. When you apply it, the consistency is thicker but as it dries, it dries to a fine, smooth finish, which I love. When washing it off, I try to rub in the little granules of oats into my skin because it’ll help buff away at the dry, dead skin cells. However, after washing it off I still feel like there’s a bit of residue left so I buff it away with my cleanser and scrubby pad. Then my face feels squeaky clean.

After using this my skin feels softer and smoother and it has a soft glow to it; it also makes my moisturizer blend in like butter. It smells really good, the consistency is gentle and it moisturizes your skin very well. This mask is perfect for those with dry to normal skin but that doesn’t mean combo/oily skin can’t benefit from it as well!

Have you tried this scrub mask before? Tell me about it! 😀

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I’m back!!! (Sort-Of)

Hello guys, I’ve been really MIA lately, mostly because of school…oh wait it’s all because of school. However, I will be back posting regularly soon enough (after finals) and I hope to get right into it! I’ve got a lot of reviews coming up so please stay tuned! For starters: I ordered some stuff from The Body Shop, and I’m really excited to review and tell you guys all about these products. I love The Body Shop because they definitely do not disappoint with their products and believe me I was not disappointed!

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I actually ordered 3 packs of blotting tissues (yes they’re amazing) but I dug this one out of my makeup bag to get a quick shot. 

 

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The Body Shop: Tea Tree Toner UPDATE

So after purchasing this toner and making a First Impressions post about it, I told you all that I would continue to use it and see if it actually did anything. Now my first impression of this toner was anything but impressive. It burned and stung my face like no other. But I still stuck with it to see if it would do any good. Here’s how it went: The stinging sensation is not as strong as the first couple of times that I’ve used it. It still burns a tiny bit when I use it but it’s not to the point where I feel like I have to wash my face again. I’ve used quite a bit of this toner, I’ve managed to finish about an inch worth of product in just 2 weeks. LOL. I use it daily, twice a day and in my opinion, I think if you’re using a cotton ball with this product then more of it gets absorbed and wasted. When I purchased this toner my skin was finally beginning to recover from a terrible, testy summer of skin problems. Using this toner actually helped to get rid of every single breakout on my face as well as prevent new ones from forming. Yup. If I feel or see a bump coming on, I dab some of this toner on, and the next day it’s gone. It dries fast so you don’t have to fan your face with your hands while waiting to apply your moisturizer and makeup. However, the cap is very hard to open. It has a pop up cap and usually most pop up caps are easy to pop open but this cap is very hard to open and I have to dig my nail into the groove to pull it up, and end up chipping my nail polish. LOL. The one thing this doesn’t seem to do for me is mattifying my face. I still get shiny and oily during the day, even when using the toner twice a day. I don’t think any skincare or beauty product could ever keep your face from producing oil because well, your skin needs to produce natural oils to maintain elasticity and such. For some of us, our sebaceous glands on our face just produce more than the normal amount and so we have ‘oily’ skin. Not to worry though, I’ve got my Clean and Clear Oil Blotting Sheets, which does the job just right.

The rundown:

Smell – Very strong 3/5

Packaging – I hate the cap! 2/5

Mattifying abilities – 2/5

Skin clearing/breakout preventing abilities – 5/5

 

While I don’t mind the smell or lack of mattifying abilities, the cap is definitely not use friendly. However, as for what it has done for my skin, I 100% satisfied.

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The Body Shop: Vitamin E Moisture Cream First Impressions Review

Following my recent trip to The Body Shop, I picked up this lovely jar of moisturizer for the first time. I’ve never used anything from the Vitamin E line because I wasn’t into intense hydration because I have oily skin. But, I decided to give this a try. This Vitamin E Moisture Cream is also happens to be one of The Body Shop’s bestsellers as well.

This product is  lightweight yet has the intense hydration of a cream. Now the texture isn’t runny or light, it feels like a cream and should of course act like a cream as well. But it has that lightness to it when applied to your face. LOL. You really have to try it to understand what I’m talking about. It smells like Johnson’s baby lotion to me but it’s a very pleasant smell so I don’t mind. Now, I’ve only been using this cream for one day. Yup, once in the morning and once at night. And I was already complimented on how great my skin looked. (After having a terrible skin summer, my skin is looking far from the usual.)  To which, I was like…o.O because my routine hasn’t changed at all, with the exception of the Tea Tree Toner and this cream. But even I had noticed a difference as well; after applying this cream my face looked tons healthier and more radiant. I’m attributing this to the very moisturizing property of this cream because I never put hydrating creams on my face because with oily skin who needed more moisturization? Turns out, I was wrong. Lots and lots of moisturization is great. My skin looked and felt so healthy and so much better than when I was using very light moisturizers. A little bit really goes a long way, you just need to dot a small amount on your forehead, cheeks and chin and rub. So don’t get thrown off by the size of the jar. This cream is very good for day or night, it’s light enough for day and intense enough for night. It hydrates superbly, and leaves skin feeling soft and looking healthy. Whatever they put into this cream is doing wonders for my skin and I have no objections. 😀 In terms of oil control, I had no expectations because it is a very hydrating cream, so I did get a bit shiny.

So far, I will definitely continue using this cream and will update on how my skin is reacting to it.

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The Body Shop: Tea Tree Toner. First Impression.

So I went to the mall today and picked up this tea tree toner that I’ve always wanted to get. This toner is supposedly very suitable for oily, acne prone skin and it’s supposed to help with breakouts and shine. Now, I was really excited to try this toner because I heard so many good things about it. It is made with lemon tea tree oil and Kenyan Fair Trade tea tree oil, as well as witch hazel and corn starch. The corn starch sinks to the bottom of the bottle so to ‘activate’ the toner you have to shake it up and use immediately. Upon opening the bottle, it smelled quite okay. I could tell it was strong though by the scent. So, starting off my skin routine I applied the toner on a cotton sheet and rubbed it all over my face…
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Seriously, my face felt like it was on fire. It especially burned near my nose and mouth area. It said on the bottle that it contained tamanu oil which is supposed to calm inflammation and irritation, but after using, my face actually felt irritated and inflamed. I don’t know if I’m allergic to any of the ingredients or my skin is just way too sensitive, but I hope The Body Shop has a good return policy. I will give this toner another try and see if anything changes.

Has anyone tried or used the Tea Tree Toner by The Body Shop? If so, what were your experiences with it?