Review of Mild Papaya Peeling Scrub from The Face Shop


I used for the first time the mild papaya peeling scrub from The Face Shop yesterday. This company is from Korea and has a global reach with stores in 29 countries around the world. I believe it came to Canada just on a year ago and took over the Fruits and Passion location in the Rideau Centre.

It comes in 150ml / 5.07 fl. oz. pump pack and I call it a scrub even though on the packaging it isn’t described as such. It’s a simple white container with a black pump system and a picture of a papaya on the label. The lotion is creamy white in colour and the smell was mild and pleasant, if maybe slightly soapy in a fruity way. The gel like consistency was easy to work with on the skin and becomes almost watery as you work it into your skin. This product wouldn’t be useful to take off cosmetics, but rather it to be used after cleansing the skin.

Initially I was somewhat hesitant to use the scrub on my face (I tried it on the back of my hand in the store) as I’ve had bad experiences before where the lotion is too harsh but I bought it primarily to work on the pores in my T zone as they tend to get dirty easily and need something with a bit of power to it. I did wonder if the lotion itself was what was producing the little gobules of gunk but repeating the scrub a few times resulted in less and less globules so I think that maybe this product really works as it claims.

It wasn’t hard on my sensitive facial skin as I feared it might be and it scrubbed off what can only be described as yucky white chunks from my skin without it feeling as if it were stripping my skin raw. After washing off the remaining gel with warm water my skin had no tell-tale tingling which is often the case when products are made to scrub the skin and I felt my skin was soft and not at all red or irritated.

The scrub was CAN$17 + tax and is a good budget range skin care product.


La Mer Spa Day


So I’m feeling all girlyfied and delightful. Hmmmm, is that even allowed if you are a mother?

I had a full on facial. Lying down in a fluffy towel wrap, dimmed lights, wave machine on in the background facial. Oh my goodness it was soooo nice and it’s been years since I’ve had a proper facial. I’m not sure why I don’t think to go and get them now days; I guess the guilt thing of thinking ‘I should do something for Bronwen rather than wasting money on myself’ comes into it. It’s one of the easiest parenting traps to fall into I find. We tend to forget about ourselves when we start raising children and that’s not a good thing.

Today the facial was using La Mer products. Oh la la! Nice stuff if you can afford it. A 29.5ml / 1oz jar of one moisturiser was $170+ and there were huge jugs of the moisturiser that cost thhhhhhousands of dollars. Can we all just gulp together? The sales ladies seriously tried for a few milliseconds to sell me a $350 package; all I can say is I wish. I really wish I had that kind of spending power right now as the products left me looking dewy and just perfect. I can say I liked the products enough to seriously consider saving up for them, one teeny tiny pot at a time as the sales ladies assured me that a little bit of product goes a long way!

I can’t tell you all the products they used on my face because I was lying down with my eyes closed enjoying the massages and attention and didn’t for a minute think to ask what she was using step by step. But I know they used serums and moisturisers and a couple of eye creams and I know she used the lip balm on me which at $55 is the cheapest product in the whole collection I’m sure.

I think having a facial on a semi-regular basis would be worthwhile for my skin and I can justify it as I’m getting older more mature and it’s time to take the anti-wrinkle fight seriously now. Don’t want to embarrass the child at the school pick up time after all.  I have to confess that I’ve never even looked for a salon for facials in Ottawa. Anyone got any suggestions as to where I should look?

My thanks to Nordstrom Ottawa for the wonderful day I had today.

Origins Face Mask Review



I’ve been using the facial serum from Sephora for around a week now and I am not sure if my skin is softer or not. If I’m being honest I would have to say probably not as it realistically is a two month commitment of using a serum before any changes can be really seen. Poopers; I wanted some instant payback being the impatient being that I am. I should do a face mask and see what kind of difference that makes on my skin because they tend to be instantaneous.

Now there is an idea. I’ll do a facemask.

Anyone ever used Origins products before? It’s the first time for me. I have fairly normal skin with an occasional oily T zone, where most of my black and white heads gather. I’m using a Clear Improvement mask based on white china and charcoal.It’s more of a silver grey in colour than the black I expected it to be and it’s a lovely smooth texture. It’s beautiful on and it has a slight tightening effect as it dries on the skin.

I didn’t have to use the whole of the 5ml pot so instead of four face masks in the sample container I bought there could potentially be eight face masks if I can seal up the pot again.Wouldn’t that be awesome for $10? A whole tube of the mask is only $29, so that seems quite reasonable for the amount of product it contains (100ml / 1.7oz / 3.4oz).


Yes, the mask is really tightening up now. I feel as if I tried to open my mouth the mask would crack; I love these types of things. It reminds me of my primary /elementary school days in the art room and brushing the PVA glue over the backs of my hands and letting it dry on my skin. Wish it was a peel off mask – that would have made it the ultimate mask, but alas it’s a wash off type. I’ve taken a couple of really flattering photos of myself for fun.

Got to go wash off the mask and find my beautiful skin underneath. Back in a moment.

First things first. Do not use a light yellow face cloth to wash the mask off… it seems to stain the fabric with the greyness. Drats. The best thing was that it did make the satisfying cracking marks across my face as I smiled before I washed it off.

But you know what? I think that mask has made a difference to my pores on my nose. They seem finer than they were before. Whilst they are visibly reduced they haven’t totally disappeared or anything so fabulous, but I think that if I use the product on a continual basis the pores will grow smaller and smaller. My skin feels cleaner; refreshed somehow.

Oh… that was worthwhile I think. Do you use face masks? Whats your favourite brand and what do you like about it?