I’m starting to get to my backlog of reviews. Good news, right? I’ve had my products from The Body Shop since my epic haul back in November (read about that here), so I’ve had a lot of time to try them and now I’m ready to start sharing with you guys what I learned.
 

image is a photo of the body shop tea tree face mask. It is in a round greenplastic jar with the green product visible through the package. The label is green with green tea tree graphics.
 
$15.50USD, comes in a 100ml (3.38oz) jar.
(I paid about $6 for mine due to epic sale abuse).

 

I bought the Tea Tree face mask because I have acne-prone skin and I thought trying another anti-acne skin product would be a good idea. If it worked well it could help when I get breakouts, or keep me from getting breakouts!
 

image is a photo of the body shop tea tree face mask open jar. The green creamy contents are clearly visible.
 
Check out this sweet texture.

 

When you put it on your skin, it’s very light, fluffy, and the texture is pleasant to work with. The smell will clear your sinuses (this mask also contains menthol), but for a tea tree product it’s not the worst I’ve smelled. I didn’t expect much, as tea tree is really only shown to be effective against acne at concentrations of at least 5%, and this product doesn’t say how much their concentration is (so it’s probably very low).
 

Image is a photo of the cakepie with the tea tree face mask on her face. She is fair skinned with blue grey eyes, she is making a neutral expression. The product is a semi sheer light green and very thin.
 
The mask is thin and semi-sheer on the skin.
Dries lighter in color than what you start with.

 

Normally when my acne is problematic I like sulfur masks (Proactiv’s best product is their sulfur mask imho), or the Queen Helene Mint Julep mask. My skin is oily and also my skin sheds too fast (my two big causes of acne), so I exfoliate and then apply anti-acne masks to improve my skin.
 

When I first applied the Tea Tree mask it felt a bit burn-y, which I think is strange. I can’t be sure what ingredient causes that.
 

INGREDIENTS
Water, Kaolin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Myristyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Propanediol, Alcohol Denat., Caprylyl Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Cyclohexasiloxane, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Menthol, Limonene, Leptospermum Petersonii (Lemon Tea Tree) Oil, t-Butyl Alcohol, Denatonium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Iron Oxides.
 

If we look at the ingredients we’ll notice it has Kaolin clay (drying, ie good for my purposes!), cetearyl alcohol (this is not drying; it’s a fatty alcohol), glycerin (one of my fave moisturizing ingredients), myristyl myristate (emollient/thickener, softening). Exactly 15 ingredients in, you have Tea Tree oil. I’m not really sure it’s a high concentration due to its low placement on the list (ingredients are listed by concentration). I also didn’t see any particularly effective preservatives (the safest and best studied, also the most effective are in the paraben category) so ironically this may lead to the product CAUSING acne if the jar becomes contaminated.
 

image is a photo of a tiny white plastic spoon with a little bit of the tea tree face mask product in it. Below you can see the jar it comes in with product visible.
 
I used my cute Baviphat spoon to prevent contaminating this jar of spoilable product.

 

How did it work, though? It definitely “feels” like it’s doing something (burning?), but is it really helping my skin?
 

First let’s make a note about what the product CLAIMS to do. It says it’s “suitable” for blemished skin, not that it treats it in any way, or that it does anything actually (clever marketing!). It also says it “instantly cools and lifts away impurities”, but I’m not sure how it would do any lifting, because it’s a wash-off mask. As for cooling, a cooling “effect” is probably because of the menthol in the product, and ice will “cool” skin for free so I’m not sure what the benefit there would be.
 

The Good:

  • Unlike most acne masks, it doesn’t dry hard, which means it doesn’t start to hurt if you accidentally leave it on too long. (I do this a lot)
  • Fun to work with, product in the jar has a “whipped” sort of texture.
  • Mild/tolerable smell, unlike some tea tree products.
  • My skin felt noticeably softer and smoother after use, probably thanks to all the emollient ingredients

The Bad:

  • Smells stupid, like all tea tree products. Bearable but not exciting
  • Burns a little. And that’s strange considering how impenetrable my skin is. Sensitive skin people be warned.
  • Weak preservatives mean you should try to use it up before germs grow in it. This can cause acne!
  • Comes in a jar, so please don’t use your hands or you will infest your product with germs.
  • Terpinen in tea tree oil can cause allergic reactions
  • Concentrations of tea tree oil at 5%+ are shown to be effective, but lower concentrations are not. The amount in this mask is unknown, and could be too low to be effective.

 

COST: One of the more reasonably priced masks from The Body Shop at $15.50USD (as of this posting)
 

Bottom line: Without knowing the concentration of tea tree (but having reasons to think the concentration is low) it seems like the marketing story is just to sell a product. It does soften my skin nicely, but My Beauty Diary Bird’s Nest masks do a better job. The Tea Tree mask isn’t bad, but it’s a waste of money if you need an acne product. If you just want a good mask to relax at night, this an option but there are MUCH better options available and for less. I will not be repurchasing this but I’m glad I was able to try it out.
 

Have you used this tea tree mask before?
 
Have you ever tried a tea tree product?
 
This product was purchased by me. Read my Disclosure here.
 

Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 27th February 2013
Filled Under: Beauty, Reviews
Comments: 20 Comments

Hey guys, been a while! I couldn’t post because my Lyme Disease was bad again >: (read about my struggle with Lyme Disease here). *Apparently* the meds I was on to help control infections were ineffective, so I felt much worse than I should be feeling. My doc switched me to some new ones and says I should be feeling great soon. Besides that being amazeballs excellent news it also means more blog posts!!
 

Next posts coming up:

  • Lipsi Aphrodite Powder review
  • The Body Shop Tea Tree Mask review
  • Coastal Scents 88 Shimmer Palette Review
  • ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN

 
If I get my way, you’ll see a new post every day ^_^ and if that happens you’ll know I’m feeling GOOD ^_^
 

Beauty Samples Swap!

 

Around the December holidays, my blogger friend Natasha from Confessions of a Skincare Junkie and I talked about our first world problem (having far too many beauty product samples) so we agreed to swap!! I sent her my package late ; _ ; (click here to see what I sent Natasha!), and honestly she gave me WAY better samples! In fact, she sent me 2 packages!! What a total sweetheart!
 

image is a photo of 3 clear packages with beauty samples on the right and sheet masks from asia on the left. The image reads: everything packaged neatly; and on the lower right corner below a bag with a heart shape on it the image reads: cute.
 
All arrived safely! I’m so excited ^_^
 
 
 

image is a photo of 4 packages of sheet masks from asia. They also have post its translating a few Chinese characters. Upper left is a white mask package with a giant orange graphic (no post it); upper right is a red eye mask package with a post it that reads beauty, white, eye; lower left is a white package with aloe plant graphics (post it reads: this came from our local korean grocer, $2), and the lower right is a white package with green and white flower graphics (post it reads: white).
All mask products!

  • Epielle Facial Essence Mask Firming and Lifting with Vitamin C
  • Watson’s Whitening and Moisturizing Eye Mask (post it says: Beauty, White, Eye)
  • Epielle Facial Essence Mask Green Tea and Aloe (post it says: These came from our local Korean grocer, $2 ea)
  • Rolanjona Green Tea Whitening Mask (post it says: white) I reviewed this mask already: “Rolanjona Black Green Tea Whitening Mask AKA Evil Ink Staining Mask of Eyebrow Killing

 
 
 

image is a photo of a large array of korean beauty samples. Products from etude house, skinfood, skin79, and sulwhasoo are marked as such.
All Korean brands.
  • Skinfood: (top to bottom, left to right) Deep Sea Water Multi toner, Platinum Grape Cell Illuminate Essence, Platinum Grape Cell Cream, Platinum Grape Cell Eye Cream, Gold Caviar Collagen Serum.
  • Etude House: BB Cleanser, Fresh Cherry Tint, Aloe Moistfull Soothing Cream, Flower Moistfull Cream.
  • Sulwhasoo: Balancing Emulsion, Balancing Water, Snowise Whitening Fluid, Snowise Balancing Water.
  • Skin79: Super BB VIP Gold, Vital Super+ BB Triple Functions, Hot Pink Super+ BB

 
 
 

Image is a photo of Sulwhasoo skincare samples. They are small, about the length of  3-4 inches, and in tiny bottles. Four are pictured with a human thunb for comparism. The ones on the left are a goldenrod orangish yellow, and the ones on the right are white. Text in the photo reads (top): Tiny Little Friends; (bottom) Sulwhasoo Samples
 
I’ve never used a Sulwhasoo product, so I’m excited to try these.
 
 
 

image is a photo of several beauty samples. Text in the photo reads: Bonus Box. The photo is decorated with heart outlines in black.
The Extra Bonus Box Natasha sent me ^_^

 

  • Loreal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair Ceramide (Shampoo, Conditioner, Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm)
  • Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in 21
  • Nature’s Gate Face Block SPF25 Sunscreen Lotion
  • Skinfood Gold Kiwi Gift Set
  • Anastasia Lash Genius (Mascara Waterproofer)

 

 
I was so happy to get all of these samples! I’m looking forward to trying them out and sharing with you guys what I learn ^_^
 

Have you ever done a beauty sample swap? They’re very fun and a good way to weed out samples you have too many of!
 
Let me know in the comments what you’d like to see a review of!
 

Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 26th February 2013
Filled Under: Beauty
Comments: 10 Comments

I’ve set up swaps twice now, though like a jerkbag I’ve mostly been receiving swaps because I suck and I haven’t mailed my stuff on time. One was with Natasha from Confessions of a Skincare Junkie (Samples Swap), and the other was with Eva from Bunnykisskawaii ($20USD/$20Euro Swap). I sent Natasha my package so I totally don’t suck anymore, and tomorrow I’ll show you what I got from Natasha (she sent me TWO lovely packages, actually). But today, let’s reveal the glorious awesomeness that I got from sweetiepie Eva.
 

We had originally set this swap up MONTHS ago, but due to my unpredictable illness, and her CROSS-COUNTRY move (Greece to Northern Ireland) we kinda took our time. I like that we did it that way because I got to have more time selecting great stuff to send out (: If you’re like me and hate being rushed, I recommend lots of time as a swap tactic!
 

For the swap we agreed on spending $20 (USD for me, Euro for Eva), but it seems apparent that Eva was a bad, bad girl and spoiled the absolute crap out of me (don’t worry Eva, I think I did more than $20USD too >_> so it’s really okay!). We originally were going to include a lot of awesome nail polishes but apparently you can’t do that anymore >: Neither USPS nor Royal Mail allow that, and I was gonna be a rebel and totally defy that rule (eff the police, and whatnot) but Eva said that if we sent it and our packages were x-rayed or discovered to have nail polish they could be destroyed >: I relented to be lawful-good this time.
 

ON to the SWEETNESS!!!
 

image is a photo of the total contents of the swap from Eva from bunnykisskawaii. There's a ton of stuff, lots of makeup, eyeshadow palettes, asian beauty samples, stationary, and randomness.
 
The products Eva sent me, in all their splendor.
 
 

image is a photo of two hello kitty eyeshadow quads from sanrio. They are shaped like hello kitty and they have pink blue and orange graphic art. The cases themselves are white. The one on the left is a black, brown, grey, and light tan quad, the one on the right is a brown, plum, amethyst, light tan quad. There is text in pink added to the photo that reads: Cute Cute Cute!!
 
Oh man, she totally knows about my Hello Kitty weakness. Aren’t these shadow quads cool? I love the graphic art. [Left: “This show ain’t ova”, Right: “Pretty punk”]
 
 

image is a photo of vaseline limited edition pink bubbly lip therapy. it comes in a round tin, the product is a waxy fair pink. the packaging is half black and half pale pink, the font has a standard boring font for the vaseline word but pretty calligraphy style font for the pink bubbly word. A phrase has been added into the photo, it reads: This smells like my childhood
 
When I was a kid I got some kind of doll that came with it’s own perfume. I swear it smelled just like this Vaseline Lip Therapy. Not the kind of smell I usually go for (kinda flowery) but the nostalgia makes it fun! Oh and especially nice because despite all the goo I hoard, I had nothing therapeutic for my dry lips until now!
 
 

image is a photo of three products. The two on top are the body shop born lippy lip butters in raspberry (fuchsia) and passionberry (purple). Both of those have giant cartoon lip graphics. The third item is the body shop white musk libertine solid perfume. it comes in a heart shape tin and it is pretty light pink with white lettering.
 
The White Musk Libertine Solid Perfume is a sweet gift in a sweet heart, how cute is this? Oh and I got a set of these lippies (5 I think) to give to friends for the holidays, but this is great because now I have some I can keep ^_^ [All from The Body Shop]
 
 

Image is a photo of two eye makeup palettes and one bronzer quad from Makeup Academy. They are in a black case and the eyeshadows are in circular pans. The bronzer is in a square with each of the shades in a square shape. The shadow palette on top is called Heaven and Earth, the shadow set on the bottom is called Glitter ball.
 
I almost ordered these exact shadow palettes a while back, I wanted to try out MUA and I have an eyeshadow problem (I have too many). The Glitter Ball palette is all glittery (duh, right?) perfect for a German Sparkle Party!! I gave the bronzer set a little go, and so far I enjoy the top left and bottom right as nice highlighters. I’m stupid at bronzing but maybe this will learn me. [All from Makeup Academy Professional]
 
 

image is a photo of two products, on top is a coral-color lip gloss and the bottom product is a sky blue eye pencil, both are from Barry M.
 
Okay so I know this gloss is totally a “pink” (Passion Pink #11) but I couldn’t help but see coral a bit. As for that eye pencil (Sky Blue #16), I like pastels a lot, if only spring would get here (: [Both from Barry M.]
 
 

Image is a photo of a comparison between the Barry M lipgloss in pink passion and the sephora lip stain in coral. The sephora color is discontinued and the barry m lipgloss is a little pinker but they are similar colors.
 
Don’t these look similar you guys?? I miss this Sephora lipstain (coral) so much, it was such the perfect color, and it brightened up my face so much. Old Man Cakepie shakes her fist and gripes: “Dang you Sephora for discontinuing my favorite color!”
 
 

Image is a photo of korean beauty products, mostly from etude house. The right there are three green tea sheet masks, and on the left is a small bottle of tear eye liner which is pearly white. Below these there are tiny little circle pellets, they are blank sheet masks but look like little candies.
 
So glad to get sheet masks (Green Tea)! I haven’t tried Etude House masks yet, this will be fun! The Tear Eye Liner (#01 I think) is also from Etude, this is so glittery! Oh and guys, I bet most of you won’t know what those little “pellets” are, but they’re blank sheet masks! You soak them in whatever you want (some people use glycerin, soak them in asian toner, essence, or serum) and wear them My Beauty Diary-style. [Blank masks are from Maggier]
 
 

Image is a photo of two black charcoal masks, one for the chin and one for the nose. The one on the right is by etude house and is for the chin, it's a pink package with a cute girl graphic. The one on the right is by nesura and is a small white package with a graphic of a redheaded lady wearing a nose pack.
 
I don’t officially hate charcoal black masks just because I had a bad time with the last one (read about that for your amusement), but I will take care using these two packs! [Nose pack from Nesura; chin pack from Etude House]
 
 

Image is a photo of several stationary goods. On the left there are three stacks of chococat themed note paper, light brown, peach, and light pink. On the right there is a cute notebook with an owl print. And below that is two sheets of hello kitty themed white stationary paper.
 
CHOCOCAT, so cute right? I just found out about Chococat today ^_^ What a great Sanrio character. All of the stacks on the left are note papers featuring the curious little kitty. You can also see that awesome owl pattern notebook, I was glad to get this because I was looking for a small notebook but I’m picky about covers, they have to be cute or awesome and this is a little of both. Also, you guys can’t read my letter sorry ^_^
 
 

Image is a photo of the owl notebook opened. The inside is white and the pages are lined. Added to the photo are words that read: Write sweet and awesome things here. A heart is also added to the bottom of the page and isn't a normal part of the picture.
 
Inside the book is normal.
 
 

Image is a photo of the beauty samples from korea. Most are from etude house, but two are from missha and one is from skinfood. Pore products, cleansers, serums and more.
 
I love all of these samples and I can’t wait to try them, especially the Moistfull Collagen Peeling Wash and Skinfood Peach Sake Pore Serum!! [Top two rows are all Etude House, the bottom left two products are Missha, and the bottom right is from Skinfood]
 

 
 
Isn’t this such an awesome, sweet, amazing pack of gifts? I was so impressed and grateful, it’s like Eva is inside my mind! I hope you love your package too Eva ^_^ thank you again for knowing what to get me (:
 
Have any of you guys ever done a swap? What was it like?
 

For those who are interested in swaps there’s a swap thread going on in the Asian Beauty Subreddit (don’t be intimidated by reddit!!) you can find that here, so please post your own right there if you’re looking to do a swap too ^_^
 

Hope you liked this post, let me know in the comments what you think is the most interesting and I’ll try to review it! You’ll see some requested reviews THIS week (Lipsi face powder, some more items from my Body Shop haul, and if I’m not too sick I can finally get to the Coastal Scents palettes this month!) so even if I take a while understand that I will always get to it so be patient ^_^
 

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Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 5th February 2013
Filled Under: Beauty
Comments: 23 Comments