The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask Review

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Hey guys! It’s been a long time since I last wrote anything about The Body Shop. It’s one of the readily-available brand in my country thus I have a lot of products from them my stash. This clay mask in particular, is actually the very first clay mask that I have ever owned my entire life. IMG_9446

I particularly chose The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask because upon buying this, I had been using their Tea Tree Oil and it did wonders in helping me get rid of my acne. Also, since it says “suitable for blemished skin,” I was hoping that it would also help in improving the overall appearance of my skin–which involves getting rid of my acne marks and other imperfections.

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I would normally use this particular mask at least once a week, usually on days when I feel like my face had gathered extra dirt and/or I feel that there’s an incoming pimple. The label here says “Apply a generous layer unto cleansed akin. Leaver for 10-15 minutes, rinse off.” and that’s exactly what I do. They say generous, thus I apply generously. IMG_9434

I just realized that it looks like cake frosting in this photo… yum! But it has a completely different consistency. Unlike frosting, this clay mask has a muddy texture and feels very smooth upon contact–making it easier to glide the product through my whole face. It is in mint green color which reflects the properties of the product itself. Green is commonly the color used for Tea Tree products, and this particular mask is in a cool, refreshing shade just like how it gives a cooling sensation to the skin.

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Unlike other clay masks that gives a tight feeling as it dries, this one somehow manages to make the skin feel hydrated the whole time as it sits on the skin while it does its wonders. You will still feel the skin tighten, and I don’t really know how to explain this, but this product is so cool and hydrating that you actually need to touch your face to check if the mask has dried yet. Also, the clay may appear quite thick and pasty, but it turns transparent as it dries. On some areas where there are more clay than the others, it simply turns greener.

To be honest, I really didn’t appreciate this product on the first few months that I started using it because I thought that it was really difficult to remove and I was not really sure if it does its work well. However, as time passes by, I realized that ALL facial masks are difficult to apply and the wonders of clay masks does not happen overnight. You have to be very religious and consistent in applying it on your face on a weekly basis to realize its effects. I noticed that this Tea Tree mask does help in preventing breakouts because there was a time when I would only use this after I come back from a travel and still the after effects of not focusing on skincare for a short 2 to 3-day trip would haunt me. However, when I started using this BEFORE and AFTER I travel, I don’t get breakouts anymore! Which is quite surprising because I always expect a pimple to suddenly somewhere in my face in the middle of my trip. Now, it’s either I get a small red mark or two–which simply goes away after a few days, or none at all. Amazing, right? Soon after, I’ve learned to love this product and use it more often.

I would totally recommend this product for anyone who has dry, acne-prone skin. This mask is our savior.

XOXO,

Meesh ❤

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Product Review: Skinfood Bitter Green Clay Soothing Mask

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Hello everyone! Let me tell you about my least used clay mask. Before you think about forgetting about giving this product a try, I would rarely use this mask because I decided that this would be my going home mask–which is the mask that I would be using whenever I go to my family’s home. Thus, I purposely left it there to save myself from the hassle of bringing it every time I go home. I only stay there during weekends, but there are also times when I have something else to do during Saturdays and Sundays. So, I would only get to use this product at least once or twice in two weeks.

This setup does not really have a relation on how effective this product is. It just so happened that among all my clay masks, this wasn’t handpicked (I got this from Althea’s Anti-Pollution Box), thus, to put it frankly, I wasn’t as excited to use this compared to the other masks that I have, making it easier for me to leave this at home and to be separated from it for weeks. After all, the promised effects of this product perfectly fits my clay mask needs whenever I’m home.

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Skinfood’s Bitter Green Clay Soothing Mask has wheat sprout, kale, celery, broccoli, and cabbage which are effective ingredients for detoxification and removing impurities. Perfect for a weekend relaxation treat! However, due to all the bitter green food used for the creation of this product, the scent of this mask can be quite off-putting. Just imagine–all five vegetables put in a blender and mixed together–imagine how that would smell and that’s probably close to the scent of this product. Eek. But I was able to get used to it after a couple of uses.

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The clay comes in a light green color and light consistency. It also contains luffa powder which made it quite grainy, but still gentle on the skin. A small amount of this product can go a long way, which actually made me doubt how to use this product at first because it’s super light and the whole tub was 145mL, more generous than the other masks that I see around. It seemed like it can be for every day use, or it has another purpose that I still don’t know up until now. However, since this product is a clay mask, I used it the way I would normally would with masks.

After cleansing, I would put a small amount enough to cover my whole face and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, and then I rinse it off any carry on with the rest of my skincare routine.

This product does not feel heavy on the skin. It does give off a very light cold sensation (or probably this feels cooler than other clay masks because it’s lighter than them). It’s not difficult to move my face with it because it does not give that tight uncomfortable feeling. It’s very easy to rinse off, and I like how the grainy particles act like gentle exfoliators on the skin.

After washing this mask off, my face feels calm and smooth. It does not irritate the sensitive parts of my face (my cheeks and nose area.) It does not cause any stinging sensation when applied.

I would love to use this more often, but my face needs the extra care that this clay provides when I’m home. Simply because first off, before going home, I commute a lot. Therefore my face is exposed to more pollutants compared to my daily office-home-mall/gym routine. Also, I don’t have with me my usual skincare products so the change of chemicals might cause a little redness and irritation.

Overall, this is a really great product and I would recommend this to everyone who loves at-home pampering. The only downside is the pungent smell, but it wears off after a few minutes of wearing this mask. I wasn’t a total fan of the scent but surprisingly, my sister loved it (a guilty pleasure? lol). But I think it would be better to get samples of this product first to know if the scent is tolerable because there might be some people out there who has a sensitive sense of smell.

That’s all for this review and if you have your personal clay mask favorites, let me know through the comment box!

To flawless skin,

Meesh ❤

Sample Review: Origins Rose Re-texturizing Mask

Hello guys! This is the third and the last mask sample that I bought from Origins. I wasn’t really planning on buying this, but the saleslady insisted that I should purchase this because I bought the charcoal mask. The charcoal mask was intended to open up and clear the pores while this one is meant to tighten them.

(And if you guys noticed, I tend to believe in what salesladies tell me. They never fail to tempt me.)

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I’m not really a fan of the rose floral scent which I expected from this product so I chose to try this last among the three.

If you want to see my review on the Charcoal mask, click here. If you want to read my review on the Out of Trouble 10-minute mask, click here.

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This was my face before application. Sorry for the hand, my shirt was wet because I just washed my face. (I know, I can’t do things right! Lol)

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It’s a really rich mask in baby pink that has a very strong rose fragrance which I personally didn’t like. The mud had tiny bead particles on it which I didn’t expect, so I guess this product can also double as an exfoliator. I didn’t really enjoy the time that I had the mud on my face because first of all, I didn’t like the scent and second, it really stings. I was afraid that the stinging sensation was actually a signal that this product was doing more harm than good so I simply took it off the moment I was done taking this photo.

(The things I do for blogging, *sighs*)

After taking the mask off, my skin did feel tighter. This proves that the product does indeed “re-texturize” the skin because even though I only had it on my face for two minutes or so, the effect was instant. It’s good and bad at the same time because yes, it is indeed effective, but if the product came in too strong for me so if I allowed it to sit on my face for the usual 10 minutes, it might actually cause some major damage. Also, I don’t think the stinging sensation will go away while the product is still on my face, and I don’t want to risk my skin or to endure any more pain for a product review.

Anyway, I can still feel the bead particles as I was applying toner. This could only mean two things: either I didn’t wash off the product well, or the beads were meant to stay. Either way, none of these two were a plus for me.

The verdict? Will not purchase. However, I would still recommend this product because it has immediate results. This is best for people with large pores as this mud mask is meant to shrink them and tighten the skin. I wouldn’t recommend this for people who don’t like fragrant products especially those who are allergic to floral/rose scents.

After this, I gave this sample to my sister. She didn’t say anything about it yet so I can’t really tell if this works for other skin types better. She has oily skin, and I have normal skin with dry patches along the T-zone area.

I hope you liked this review 🙂 Until next time!

XOXO,

Meesh ❤

 

 

TO PURCHASE OR NOT TO PURCHASE? Origins Out Of Trouble 10 Minute Mask

Hello everyone! I recently got myself samples of Origins masks at SM Mall of Asia for 199php each. I know that I have mentioned from my earlier post that as much as possible, I would avoid spending cash for samples, but this one is an exception. Getting freebies from Korean skincare products are easy as pie because they give them out like there’s no tomorrow. US brands, on the other hand, do not have the same practice in giving away samples. Though I know for a fact that they do give out free stuff, they’re not as generous as Korean brands. I’m just thankful that they have these products in small sample sizes so I wouldn’t have to purchase them in full size and possibly regret shedding some cash on it. I bought three samples and will be reviewing them individually in this blog. As stated in the post’s title, I will be reviewing the Out Of Trouble 10 Minute Mask for this entry.

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Out of all the three products that I purchased, this mask caught my interest the most because it says that it can rescue your skin from acne. One of my major skincare problems is acne and I would love to discover the best products that would help me with combating those pesky little imperfections.

This was how my face looked like prior to application:

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(I know, I don’t have the smoothest face in town! Forgive me, I’m working on it. Huhu)

As you guys can see in the photo, I have a small pimple on my chin. I had three other pimples in that same area that already minimized into a scar but this one just popped up when I thought I was finally getting rid of my acne. It was really frustrating for me because I don’t usually get pimples on that area of my face–it’s usually on my nose or right cheek–and somehow all those oil and dirt managed to find another home in my beloved face! Which is why I was really excited to try this mask, I’m really hoping that it would help me with my problem.

Aside from that pimple, I have a few little bumps scattered around my face especially on my nose, forehead, and cheeks. I honestly feel horrible every time I see them in the mirror because they just remind me of how far away I am from my fantasies of having smooth and flawless skin. I’m not quite sure if this product can help in that area as well, the least I can hope for is for it to not worsen anything.

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The product had a thick paste-like consistency. When I was scooping some of it from this small container, it felt quite heavy. But contrary to that, it was very easy to apply and to rinse off.

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It felt like I had toothpaste all over my face during application because of its consistency and the cool menthol feeling it gives. It didn’t harden in 10 minutes like how I thought it should, it’s either because I applied more product than I was supposed to or because the temperature of the room didn’t cooperate–either way, I don’t think this small issue affected the efficiency of the product. I didn’t wait for it to dry anymore because I wanted to follow the instruction and I’m afraid that it’ll damage my face if I don’t remove it after the recommended 10 minutes.

I think this product is best for people with oily skin because it effectively sucks out all the dirt, oil, and sebum from the skin. However, this mask does not leave your skin feeling dry nor dehydrated. It sucks out all the impurities and leaves all the good stuff on your skin.

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This is how my face looked like after application. I know that the changes weren’t that evident in this photo, and I surely can’t captivate the feeling that I had after I rinsed off the mask. But my skin looked lighter as well as the redness of my pimples lessened. The rough areas of my face felt smoother and I can really feel that this product helped in lessening my troubles with my face. I’m pretty much sure that with frequent use of this mask, it will give out satisfying results.

Sooo…. TO PURCHASE OR NOT TO PURCHASE? To purchase. 

After trying this on, I actually used this product overnight for two consecutive days as a spot treatment for my acne. My acne is now gone but I’m still left with a scar that I will still have to figure out how to get rid off.

Also, the saleslady told me that this sample is only good for one to two applications, but I think this can last for at least five applications. the 199php that I spent for this sample is totally worth it.

Until then! XOXO,

 

Meesh 🙂