A look into beauty, that doesn't harm our furry friends
I’m really excited about this section: Sample Sundays!
Do you ever ask for samples from stores? I never did- until I went to Lush. They were practically throwing them at me! It’s not like that at every store, most of the time you need to ask. Rarely you’ll get turned down though (I couldn’t get a sample of the Big solid conditioner, and I doubt you can with the solid shampoo bars/henna bars/perfume). Ever since Lush though, I’ve felt more confident in asking other retailers in things I may be curious in. This includes Melvita, Apivita, and today’s feature: Aesop.
Aesop is a skincare company that started in Melbourne back in 1987. Since then, they’ve expanded internationally, and sell online. They focus their ingredients from plant-based options, along with synthetically made ingredients from laboratories. I was pleasantly surprised to find more than one shop here in HK, along with being stocked in other beauty and department stores. In the states, you most likely won’t find this brand unless you’re in a big city- but oh the joys of online shopping!
I was interested in the Parsley Seed face mask and stepped into a shop one day, and after a quick consultation with an associate and a walkthrough on the entire Parsley Seed face line, he was kind enough to give me samples of both the Parsley Mask and one I didn’t even ask for- Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque (hmmmmmm did my face look that bad?).
The packaging says:
Astringent clay-based masque to minimize blemishes and breakouts. After cleansing, apply a thin layer over face, excluding the eye area. Leave for at least 10 minutes, before rinsing thoroughly with tepid water.
Even though it’s a clay mask, it’s not a thick texture, and applies easily over the face. The sample packet had a perfect amount for one use (sometimes I can get more than one- ohs wells). With its pinkish color, it looks like almost nothing when you apply it on. After drying though, it goes almost white. There is only a faint fragrance, mainly contributing to the chamomile, smelling mild and herbal. It doesn’t give your face that tight feeling most clay masks do once you wash it off, which is a definite perk in my book. Plus since its a thinner/more watery consistency, it wasn’t a pain getting it off.
I think this mask….er…masque(?) is perfect for those that want to gently heal a blemish and control the oil on their face. I don’t think I have particularly oily skin- I’m more on the normal side. But even with having hormonal acne, I believe this mask calmed my acne down quite a bit. I really saw a difference from my first use- I applied during my evening skincare, and went to sleep. When I woke up the next day, my acne didn’t seem as red, and reduced in size. If you’re not familiar with the face washing steps, do this mask after you cleanse and exfoliate, so it will really penetrate into your skin.
Regular size = 60ml/2.43oz
US: $50.00 UK: £33.00 HK: $380.00
Bottom line: Blushing Biddies APPROVED! 😀