Bye Bye Breakouts: Using Tea Tree Face Mask

No matter what day of the week it is, I love setting aside some time for a good face mask. I find them so relaxing and calming, especially after a long day at work. I have many favorites and am always trying new ones on the market, but the one I always come back to is the The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Face Mask. I was first introduced to The Body Shop’s Tea Tree line back in the summer of 2014. At the time, I was dealing with random breakouts and wanted to minimize the issue as much as possible. An associate there (with mighty glowing skin) recommended the line to me and I’ve been hooked ever since. Hooked, meaning I own every product in the Tea Tree line. Yeah, never turn down advice from someone with amazing skin.

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This is my go-to mask. After applying it all over my face, my skin feels so refreshed from the tingling and cooling sensation that it delivers. You’re supposed to remove it after 15 minutes, but I like to keep it on for an extra 5 minutes, just because. After removing the mask with warm water, my skin looks plumper, and feels extra smooth to the touch. The ‘plump’ look is due to an ingredient called Cyclopentasiloxane. Used mainly in beauty and hair care products, it’s a chemical that smoothes the skin by locking in the moisture. I feel like I’m saying hello to gorgeous skin, and waving a big fat goodbye to breakouts… you know, the breakouts that I’m currently keeping at bay with this face mask.

What’s your favorite face mask? Does it target any of your skin concerns/issues? Tell me in the comments section below! 

My Top 5 Beauty Items

Last week, my friends tagged me on a challenge to pick my top 5 beauty items that I can’t live without. My list is not that long, but the number of products that I own has tripled in size ever since I started blogging. Some products have rotated off my dresser, and others have made it into my daily regimen. It’s actually kind of embarrassing because I’m always carrying 3 or 4 makeup bags around since I never know what I will need, and when I will need it. I’m still trying to figure it out, but I do have a couple of products that I absolutely love. Here are the five products that I use on a daily basis…and figuratively speaking, I probably could not live without:


Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub (The Body Shop)

Laser FX Bright Serum (Dr. Brandt)

Prep & Soothe Daily Moisturizer (Clear Clinic)

They’re Real! Mascara (Benefit Cosmetics)

Tinted Lip Balm in Hibiscus (Burt’s Bees)

When I first started this beauty journey, I was pretty lost about what to try, when to try it, and sometimes, even how to try it. I have not been blogging for very long, but I have one very strict rule that I abide by since I’ve started –  cleansing my face twice a day. For some people, it’s suggested that they only wash their face once a day, in the evening, to prevent dryness. But I have fairly normal skin (holla!) and my skin benefits from two thorough washes a day. Read More…