These two items might seem like a random pair, but they are both exfoliators that I picked up recently. I was feeling spendy, and in recent times, that usually results in me picking up skincare. I have mentioned it before, but I am trying to spend more time treating myself and I have found that skincare is a great way to do this. I get to apply luxurious items to my face, which will hopefully improve its appearance in the long run, and I also get to stop and relax while it does its thing. After giving these two a try, I decided to do a little skincare review.
This is my first item from the indie skincare brand, Herbivore. I’ve seen Herbivore popping up in stores and online here and there, and in my recent hunt for a solution to my dry, flaky lips, I decided to pick up the Herbivore Coco Rose Lip Polish. I won’t lie, I definitely thought I had purchased the Herbivore Coco Rose Lip Conditioner and was really confused the first time I put it on my lips and it felt waxy and a little gritty (silly, Sam). Why did I choose this product in particular? Last year around this time, I was having serious issues with my lips. They were inflamed and painful and I couldn’t heal them no matter what I tried. After some research, I decided that it might be a beeswax allergy (more specifically the propolis) and have been avoiding using products that have beeswax in them.
My lips had gone almost back to normal over the last year or so until I purchased the Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream and used it for just about 24 hours. My lips began to get bumpy around the edge and started to hurt. I immediately stopped using it but my lips were left super dry. I was desperate to purchase something else to try, and by a happy accident, ended up with this lip polish. I use it a couple times a week when I am washing my face, and it washes away my dry flakes without causing further irritation. This makes it a win in my book.
My decision to purchase the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask can definitely be attributed to YouTube (and more specifically Anna from The Anna Edit). I have never tried anything else from this brand so I decided it was worth picking up a product that I’ve seen recommended (especially a mask because I just really can’t get enough of them). I knew this mask was hardcore and let me just tell ya, they weren’t kidding. There’s something really pleasant about smearing your face with an orange paste and the pumpkin pie scent really is heavenly. After 15 seconds or so, I had to fan myself to tame the stinging. I only left it on for the recommended seven minutes to start out, and by time I took it off, it definitely didn’t sting anymore as intensely as when I first put it on.
Once rinsing by face, I was left with noticeably smoother skin. I was a bit shocked a few minutes later when I looked in the mirror and my face was BRIGHT red (even Chris made a comment about it). The next couple times I used it, however, it didn’t sting quite as bad, nor did it leave my face as red. I really like how my skin looks and feels after using this mask, so I will definitely keep using and highly recommend it to others.