One thing many people may not know about me at first glance is the fact I am a city girl – I was born a city girl, raised a city girl, and when confronted with big cities like London and Sydney I am in my element! Just you wait til I hit up New York later this year.
The benefits of being raised in a city is that shopping is just part of the lifestyle, and back in the 90’s when I was a teenager, before online shopping was a thing, I would spend my spare time wandering around my local Westfield, and adjoining mall, taking in all the fashion, beauty, and shoes that was within my reach.
One of the stores my teen self would frequently visit was The Body Shop because for any teens and young people at that time it was the epitome of luxury, natural skin care. My hyper conservative baby boomer mother hadn’t raised me with the knowledge of any of these things. She was very much a soap and water type, so The Body Shop was a revalation, I tell you!
I would regularly wander through the store, enjoying the bright colours, and indulging in the rich aromas of the available ranges. My first body shop purchase, and something that has always been in my beauty bible since, was the Shea Body Butter which would be put to use religiously throughout the dry summer heat of Sydney.
Unfortunately, when I moved to the UK, The Body Shop did fall off my radar a bit, because sometimes life gets in the way.
Anyway, earlier this month The Body Shop invited me (and some fellow Glasgow bloggers!) to view their latest releases (accompanied by a glass of bubbly, no less). Remembering how much their products were part of my life back home, there was no way I was going to turn down the invitation.
Of course, it was snowing on the day, but as we all settled in to enjoy our time within the store, I felt myself taking a trip down memory lane, back to those teenage years back in Sydney. As I wandered through the displays, I was reacquainted with so many of my favourites (hello, black musk body mist!) as well as introduced to some new beauty teats.
When I came to the display with their amazing face masks though, I came to a dead stop.
This was where I wanted to be, wanted to stay forever, cause we all know I love me a face mask!
The amazing, effervescent, glorious form that is Dawn (marry me, please?) assisted me with the masks and talked me through all their benefits. Although tempted by a Ginseng mask (we all know how good Ginseng is for the skin), I couldn’t pass up the Matcha Mask.
Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask
The Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask is bright green, smells just like matcha, and is a gentle exfoliant that penetrates deeply into the skin to remove built up impurities. And being a city girl, my skin has spent its entire life around pollution! What more could I want in a mask?
In their own words:
Enriched with matcha green tea from Kakegawa, Japan, dandelion extract and soul-soothing Community Trade aloe vera from Mexico, our indulgently creamy, 100% vegan masking formula deeply purifies, gently exfoliates and liberates your skin from the weekly build-up of city pollutants and everyday impurities.
Not only does it promise to remove built up impurities, the cocktail of beneficial ingredients will also improve radiance, and who doesn’t want to come away from a face mask with radiant skin?
Although in store I was only able to test this on the back of my hand, the first chance I got to try the full product at home all over my face, I was looking like the hulks smaller sister, but with less anger management issues.
Anyway! When I applied this mask to my face at home the first thing I noticed was an immediate cooling effect, that made my skin feel thoroughly energised. It’s actually one of the first masks where I believe I could actually feel it penetrating deep into my skin, which isn’t a feeling a lot of masks give, believe it or not.
After leaving it on my skin for a while, I could see that a lot of the mask had been absorbed into my skin, leaving only the lightest hint of green and exfoliant ready to be washed away.
The mask is washed off easily, and the small exfoliating particles aren’t harsh against the skin and give it that final polish, leaving my skin absolutely glowing from within.
I am in love with the Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask, and will definitely be treating my skin to it once a week as more as a self care treatment, to compliment some of my more serious masks (which involve acids and time limits!).
And if you’re looking for a mask from The Body Shop that doesn’t involve Matcha, they were five others in their series – all which are absolutely decadent and divine in their own rights!
Are you a fan of The Body Shop? What type of mask is your favourite?
xx Bry Jaimea