Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Face Wash and Toner


I have more time today!
I shall review The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Face Wash and Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner today~
I have been putting this review off since God knows when, so I shall finally get down to it today ._.

Unfortunately, I have finished off all the contents so you’ll have to satisfy yourselves with a not-so-personalised web image from The Body Shop :(





I’ll add my own pictures when I repurchase hahaha!
(that statement should tell you how great this product is)

The facial wash is very mild, non-soapy, so you may feel that you don’t get the ‘squeaky-clean’ feeling from this cleanser if you have very oily skin. What I usually do is wash my face with some other cleanser (any one is fine, just make sure you get all the dirt out) then continue with this facial wash and make sure it reaches every inch of your face (don’t forget the chin!) and rub thoroughly (and gently).

After washing off, you'll have a super refreshed skin and your skin will feel fresh and tingly! Some people say that it stings, but I have no issues with the cleanser. It's only the toner that may sting. I think that's part of its job anyway- if it stings, it means its doing its job and killing off all the pimple bacteria!

Now on to the toner. You know most toners now are touting the wonderful properties of salicylic acid and what it does etc etc.? (like my E.L.F zit zapper)
Well, the toner contains naturally-occuring salicylic acid in the willow bark extract this toner has (you have to shake the container as the willow bark will settle at the bottom, it's a whitish layer). You can't really see this in the picture above but pop in to any The Body Shop store, you can see it for yourself.

But I digress. Anyway, the weird thing about this toner is that it heats up then cools after application, so you get a warm feeling on your face and you get such pretty red cheeks :) I think it's waaaay cool! Your skin will tingle a bit. Of course if you lather this toner on directly it will feel like you have first-degree burns or something, that's why you should follow the instructions on the bottle and use a piece of cotton wool and cloth. I was naughty and just slapped it on directly the first time- and my face felt like it was on fire for the first five seconds! I do that still in the morning when I really need a little waking up, but DO NOT FOLLOW ME if you have sensitive skin.

Anyway, after I started using this range my blackheads have subsided and my pimples subside quicker. You may feel that your pimples look reddish after using the toner, but they will disappear almost overnight! I think there is sodium lauryl sulfate in this though, which makes me a trifle uneasy- you know how people say putting toothpaste on zits will make them better and how your face burns and yet feels cool to the touch? This toner is exactly like it, so I'm wondering if that is the work of sodium lauryl sulfate ._. Hmmmm.

I like how your face feels matt after applying the toner ^^

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Loves: Heating feeling, cooling feeling
Hates: Only small issues, like how the bottle is quite big >< so you'll have to take a chance and go for it!
Rating: 8.5/10
Would I purchase it again?: Yes, I will :)
Pricing: 20.90 SGD
Try Also: Tea Tree Oil, 18.90SGD to effectively target zits! (award-winning)





Lip Ice Sheer Colour Lip Balm


Hey guys!
As promised, the Lip Ice Sheer Colour Lip Balm review!
I purchased the variation with no strawberry scent or shimmer, so I can wear it to school undetected :P



This is my must-have base lippie, under my Burt’s Bees Lip Balm (see review, HERE)
As you can see, the balm is sheer/colourless, but turns pink immediately upon application (I'm not sure how that works).

It's super cool and there must be some long explanation on how it works, like the balm being exposed to the air and whatnot, (I'm a lousy Chemistry student), since the tip of the balm sometimes turns pink after application and that annoys me, 'cos it doesn't look clean and pretty.

But that's just a small issue.


It provides such a natural pink tint, that stays on long and even after it fades, it gives 

your lips such a wonderful pretty pink that looks natural.


If you think the colour looks too glaring on your lips, apply a coat over and wipe it off 

immediately- a hint of colour will remain and you will have totally natural-looking lips 
:) If I keep harping about this, it's because they are waaaay KISSABLE!

The colour differs according to your own lip colour, so this colour may not be the same 

for everyone. I think it looks wonderful on mine, if I may be so bold.

 before

  after 

(I photoshopped away my cheek zits to the best of my ability,
so I won't hurt your eyes. Didn't touch anywhere else though)


On some days, my lips are already quite red (no idea why) so putting on this balm gives it an even deeper red which is pretty inappropriate for school *teehee*

My friend has this balm too, and she says it makes her lips pinker (she has very dark lips, like brown-y because she’s a coffee addict) but I can’t back up that claim.

I know that there are lip and nipple (lol) balm stains out there that claim to restore your lips and nipples to their natural baby pink colour, but I haven’t bought any of them, because I like my lip colour, thankyouverymuch; and I can’t say that this balm does the same, but who knows?
I think all it does it makes it darker ._.

But that’s for you to find out :) Give it a try! It’s a bit more expensive than normal lip balms, but it doubles as a lipstick (if you want a darker colour, put on a few more coats)



I don't use it much as a mosturising balm because I just add my Burt's Bees balm over it :) it mosturises pretty well, though, but if you are looking for something for really chapped lips, I would suggest you work on the dry problem before using this.



I love how they made it at an angle so it makes for easy application, like a lipstick, instead of the flat thing they do for most lip balms.



It twists up and down super smoothly, and the cap is long, so there is no issue of the cap coming off in your bag, which really put me off Maybelline lip balms, no matter how much I adored the scent of the cherry ones.



Note: 


Maybelline has released a series of lip balms called Pink Glow that work the same way as Lip Ice's Sheer Colour lip balm. Two colours, if I'm not wrong- Baby Pink and Pink Blast.

They work EXACTLY the same way, but I'll be sticking with Lip Ice because Maybelline's balms tend to give me a heavy, oily feel which I hate on my lips, especially if I'll be eating/ studying/ whatever.



Baby Pink and Pink Blast (in order)
swatches from Maybelline




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Loves: The colour! The cute design! The convenient application!


Hates: Nothing at all


Rating: 9.5/10 (tied with Burt's Bees lip balm)


Would I buy this again?: ABSOLUTELY! What's not to love?


Pricing: Around 7 SGD, but I purchased it in Brunei for about 5.90 SGD. I haven't seen it being sold online, though ._.