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, you might be saying to yourself wow a second blog post? Sometimes Cake-pie makes 2 posts in a month, how crazy is it to see two in one DAY?? Well, ordinarily you won’t see this much posting, but there’s a DEAL you HAVE to know about if you’ve been interested in Pixi brand makeup but couldn’t afford their high prices.
 

Today on Hautelook you can get Pixi (and POP Beauty) products for huge discounts, some products are 70% off or more, and the majority are UNDER $10!! If you check it out and buy anything, use my link! It gives me a $10 credit if you do, and I will be very thankful to you for doing so.
 

I’ve been an Hautelook member for a while, but I’ve never purchased anything before (despite there being good sales before), timing wasn’t always right (their sales are limited time), or I didn’t have it in the budget (I’m on a fixed income).
 

The sale goes until THURSDAY AT 8AM PACIFIC, but I wouldn’t hesitate because shit is selling out already. It’s a popular brand and a lot of people are cheapskates like us and want the good prices, haha.
 

I hauled some stuff today, and I’ll share with you what I picked up!
 

image is a stock photo of the pixi nail polish in opal sheen, a pearly white color. It is in a clear glass bottle with a light green-grey cap.

image is a stock photo of the pixi nail polish in pink pirouette, a pearly neon pink color. It is in a clear glass bottle with a light green-grey cap, with a graphic of what looks like tinkerbell th fairy on the cover. She has blonde hair a white wings.

image is a stock photo of the pixi nail polish in fresh red, a pearly red color. It is in a clear glass bottle with a light green-grey cap.

image is a stock photo of pop beauty glitz blitz eyeliner in the color black blitz. Two pencils are shown, both are black with white lettering.

Image is a stock photo of a super pale green squeeze bottle of pixi brand fresh face healthy skin booster in peach. The cap is slightly goldish, and the lettering is a gold foil color.
Image is a stock photo swatch of the Pixi brand fresh face healthy skin booster in peach. It's a smooth peach colored silky liquid smudged across a white background.

Image is a stock photo of the Pixi brand brightening primer bottle. It is a very fair green, with a lighter green cap. The lettering is a sort of gold foil color.

Image is a stock photo of the pixi brand flawless beauty powder in shade #1, fair. Two packages are shown, one is closed the other is open. They are both light green with gold foil accent graphics and labels. The closed one features a silhouette of a fairy on the cove of  the package, the open one shows the contents and a small mirror inside. Both cases are square shaped.

 

Pretty nail polishes right? It’s like nail polish week with this and the Zoya Freebies I hauled a few days ago. I was interested in the powder because it looks fair enough to work on my stark white skin (my current powders are almost out, oh noes!). The eyeliner was pretty cheap, and I wanted to try at least one POP Beauty product from this sale. I’m not 100% sure what the Fresh Face skin booster does but I intend to see if it makes sense as a highlighter or maybe a totally natural blush look. I already have a few brightening primers, but they’re both a bit pinkish and I want to see what a pearly white one will do with my already white face (hopefully make it glow like the moon, not make it ghostly!).
 

That’s my selection, did you haul anything from this sale? If not, does anything look exciting or interesting to you? Tell me what you think of Hautelook.
 

This post is not sponsored, everything was purchased with my own money. See my Disclosure!
 

Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 8th January 2013
Filled Under: Beauty
Comments: 9 Comments

Image is a photo of 10 products, each one is numbered. 1 is Softsoap body butter coconut scrub, 2 is softsoap body butter strawberry smoother, 3 is freeman feeling beautiful clay mask, 4 is freeman feeling beautiful peel-off mask, 5 is sinful colors nail polish in glass pink, 6 is sally hansen diamond strength nail polish in wedding crasher, 7 is wet n wild lipstick in fuchsia with blue pearl, 8 is wet n wild nail polish in white, 9 is wet n wild nail polish in black, and 10 is revlon nail art stencils in bows.Today I’ll share with you some goods I purchased recently from Walgreen’s drugstore. I shop anywhere I think I can buy good products, and this time I wanted to check out what Walgreen’s had. This was my first time in a Walgreen’s, actually, and I found it to have a good selection, about what you’d expect at any drugstore. I bought these products almost a month ago, so I’ve had a chance to try most of them out, so I’ll also be including my first impressions of many of the products. As always, note my special circumstances that may affect reviews or impressions of products, they may affect my opinions. Even better, you may share some of my circumstances! Read more…
 

Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 10th November 2012
Filled Under: Beauty, Reviews
Comments: 6 Comments

Image is a photo of a white-skinned female model of unknown ethnicity with short, white-blonde straight hair. She is making a neutral expression.Remember: bleach can be dangerous. The only way to know how your scalp and hair will react is to try things out on your own body/head/hair, but don’t sacrifice your safety. Testing your personal reactions can be done smartly. To do this responsibly like a real adult, consider performing a strand test.
 
What this entails is choosing a tiny portion of your hair no one will see (behind your ear is a good spot) and trying the bleach there first before you do a large amount of your hair. It’s the only reliable way to know if you’re allergic, if your scalp will burn, if your hair will survive, and what color it will turn out to be, and it’s also a good idea if you’ve done things to your hair already (coloring, perming, relaxing). Read more…

Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 27th September 2012
Filled Under: Beauty, Solutions
Comments: 19 Comments

 
image is a picture of actress Emilia Clarke playing Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones. She is white blonde, and has a pensive or inquisitive look.Change is fun. It’s exciting and adventurous experimenting with your looks, imagining yourself in a new light, and then making that into reality. It’s somewhat less exciting if all of your hair falls out and you burn your freaking scalp. Here’s why people write guides.
 
With my guide you will need to spend somewhere between 30 and 55 US dollars. I’ll be including links so you can see examples but if you want to find cheaper products you probably can. Truly frugal and clever people could probably do this bleaching stuff for about $20. If you’re a first-timer there’s no shame in spending slightly more for now so you can do it right, though. Pick the option that’s right for you and keep in mind that some of these are one-time costs for shit like bowls. Also you will likely have enough product for bleaching more hair or retouching your roots for 1-2 years. When I started I literally could not believe how cheap these products were. Read more…

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Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 22nd September 2012
Filled Under: Beauty, Solutions
Comments: 6 Comments