The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimizer

The heat and humidity have really been making my skin so much oilier than usual. The worst part is doing my makeup and by the time I get to work it seems like everything’s melted off. I’m a big fan of primers and I thought it might be a good idea to try out a new one – one that caters to oily skin. I came across TBS Tea Tree Pore Minimizer — it claims to smooth, prime and mattify the skin, leaving it feeling fresh. Sounded exactly like what I was looking for!

I’ve been using this under my makeup for about 3 weeks now and I do think this helps to control the oil on my face. I apply a thin layer of this all over my face, let it dry/absorb into my skin for about 30 seconds and apply my foundation.

This has a serum-like texture, like a lightweight moisturizer. It obviously smells of tea tree oil, so if you don’t like the smell, you won’t like this (although once absorbed into my skin, the scent disappears). As for minimizing my pores, I’m not convinced that it does that — but maybe it does, because it does control the amount of oil I have to contend with during my day.  I can say that it definitely smooths (creates a great surface for applying makeup); it primes (makes my foundation last longer on); and mattifies.

I think for as long as we’re having humid weather, this is going to be a must-use for me every day.

This retails for $19 Cdn for 30ml.

I give The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimizer: a HIGH FIVE

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L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 16HR Powder

Back in March, I did a review on the L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation and was very impressed. I finally picked up the matching L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte setting powder to see if I would like it as much as I do the foundation.


The range comes in 8 shades. I picked up the shade 300 Nude Beige. At first glance I thought it might be a little too light for me and unfortunately the drugstore I went to didn’t have the next shade up 400 True Beige for comparison, and the 500 Sun Beige looked way to dark for me. The one I picked up actually works for my skintone pretty well!

For reference, I am an NC40 in MAC and use the Medium-Dark MAC Mineralize Skin Finish powder.

On the L’oreal website:

Absorbs excess oil and reduces shine on the skin’s surface for up to 16 hours. The lightweight pressed powder can be used alone, to set foundation after application, and/or throughout the day for quick touch-ups

First off, this powder is lightweight. Very easy to blend and picks up easy with a brush or the sponge applicator it comes with.  To set my makeup, I use this with a big fluffy powder brush, swirl it around the compact a couple times, tap off the excess and dab lightly onto my face — concentrating on my forehead, nose and chin. With this type of application — just a light dusting to set my makeup — I find that I can get about 6 hours of oil-control before I need to touch up.

My nose is always the first to go oily — touch up with this powder after 5-6 hours on my nose is pretty much required; on the other parts of my face, I found that after about 8 hours, I’m still OK. I use the sponge it comes with to touch up and it works great to pat on the powder to get rid of excess shine. Careful not to apply too much as it can start to look cakey.

I’ve tried this over different foundations, including the L’oreal Pro-Matte foundation, and it works well over top any. I did notice that pairing it with the L’oreal foundation did help to keep my face more matte for longer — as far as the 16-hour claim though… first of all, I wouldn’t wear makeup for 16 hours straight and second of all, in my experience I’d say overall a good 6-7 hours maximum (and that’s pushing it), is the most I’ll get out of this powder for a mattifying effect.

Out of all the drugstore powder compacts I’ve tried so far, this one is coming up Number 2 on my faves (Number 1 is still the Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder). Loving the size of the compact, finish of the product on my skin and performance.

I purchased this at SDM for $14.99 Cdn.

I give the L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 16hr Powder: a HIGH FIVE

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Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Face Protector SPF 25

In the market for a new daytime face moisturizer, I had my sights set on the Clinique City Block SPF 25 lotion for a while.  I’ve read very good reviews on this day lotion and with Clinique ‘Bonus Time’ happening as I passed by the Clinique counter one day, it was the perfect time to buy!

Firstly, I’m a BIG stickler for using face moisturizers with SPF. Must Must Must!  Having a few sun spots popping up on my face over the last few years, I’ve made it a point to always wear a sunscreen on my face all year round — do my best to prevent any further sun damage as I get older.

I was always hesitant to use a face moisturizer with anything greater than an SPF 15 — I’ve had bad experiences in the past with higher SPF products either “pilling” on me or just feeling too heavy, looking too shiny, feeling too greasy. Blech.  But in reading a few good reviews on the Clinique, I thought I’d give this one a try.

So far, really good!  Not only does this moisturizer have a good amount of SPF, it’s formulated with antioxidants.

This lotion is tinted slightly (to offset the whitecast the SPF can leave) and the colour disappears to nothing on my face.  I do find the formula a bit thick for my liking so what I actaully do is mix a half pea-size amount of my Body Shop Vitamin E Serum with about a pea size amount of the Clinique lotion and I have a consistency that is a bit more “lotion-y” and easier to spread and absorb into my skin.  I don’t find this overly shiny or greasy looking (with some SPF facial lotions this can be a problem) which is awesome.

Trying to blend this onto my face alone I actually find quite difficult. It does have a thicker consitency (like you would expect a sunscreen product would have). So “diluting” it with my vitamin E serum really helps me apply this evenly and easily.

As with all Clinique products this is fragrance-free.

I purchased this for $26 Cdn.

I give the Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-free face protector: a STANDING OVATION

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