Monday, 2 June 2014

The Aesop Parsley Seed range

Aesop is a Melbourne-born skincare brand that I have held in extremely high regard for over 10 years now. Fusing natural ingredients with serious efficacy, and a strong appreciation for design (evident in product packaging and their uniquely designed stores), Aesop is a truly beautiful brand.

I have tried many of their products over the years, and I currently have my fair share in rotation within the medicine cabinet and my skincare shelf. Dean too, has maintained a love affair with this brand, which in aesthetic and scent suits men and women equally well. Even our bathroom hand soap and lotion are Aesop (pretty common amongst a whole heap of Aussies I know, whether still in Australia or not!).

My most recent foray is a result of being gifted the totally luxe New York travel kit by a dear friend, which alongside a shampoo, conditioner and body cleanser, also contained the three mainstays of the parsley seed range.

  • Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser: A gentle gel cleanser for use on all skin types, with mild exfoliation from Lactic Acid, and balancing from Jojoba oil. A non-drying gel cleanser that is surprisingly effective at removing makeup (mascara included). A little goes a long way.
  • Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Toner: A refreshing anti-oxidant toner to calm, balance and even skin tone. Suitable for all skin types. This is full of good-for-skin ingredients. I patted it in with hands, and while it feels a little tacky to the touch it posed no problems whatsoever for layering skincare or makeup on top.
  • Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum: An anti-oxidant rich, daily-use serum moisturiser for dry, combination and sensitive skin types. Even though this feels like a light weight serum, it provided adequate hydration for my skin, without any additional lotions or creams. My makeup applied well on top and stayed looking good and lasted longer than over any other skincare product in recent memory.
For those who are familiar with my blog, these 3 join their cousin and my long-term favourite, the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque, which I also highly recommend for clarifying the skin without leaving it dry or stripped.

I used these products exclusively, day and night, during my recent trip abroad and my skin looked the best it has in months. Clear, smooth and nourished without being dry nor greasy. I'm not usually one to get all matchy-matchy with my skincare, but this range really has me hanging to buy the full-size lineup, and I would very much recommend looking into whether they may suit your skin as well.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Buying-ban update + some thoughts on 'Consuming Beauty'

A little over 6 weeks ago I pledged to go on a 3-month+ buying ban. See why here. So, I thought I'd give a bit of an update on how I've got on.

Rewind just a little bit. The name of my blog originated out of a certain tension between enjoying and deriving pleasure out of using and shopping for cosmetics, and the discomfort of contributing to an ever expanding culture of consumption. Tack on the equally uncomfortable reality that for many beauty has become an all-consuming concern, or, the idea that beauty is something that can be achieved through purchasing the 'right' products, and Consuming Beauty seemed at least a tad clever. I'll be the first to admit that despite some lofty intentions to (re-)consider/discuss/debate some of these issues on my blog, my content has almost exclusively been about the fun but superficial side of this tension.

My buying-ban was instigated more by the sheer realisation that I have too much makeup and by a desire to be frugal leading up to our overseas move, as it was by any of the above considerations. But, the outcome so far has been a bit of a heads-up! In the early days of this little endeavour I found myself browsing websites, filling carts, and deleting them, somehow fulfilling the desire to indulge through window shopping alone. Fast-forward, and a few weeks later the tables have turned. With the possibility of buying new products resolutely off the table, I've found myself far less interested in browsing the latest collections or even reading other beauty blogs. I enjoy getting ready in the morning just as much as ever, and I've found that without the ongoing exposure to that which is 'new' I don't find myself 'needing' anything I don't already have. I'm officially off the hamster wheel!

This post risks reading like the admissions of a recovering addict, which I promise is a bit dramatic. I'm in no position to make judgments about what anyone wants or needs or spends their money on. But I am pretty sure that nobody other than you will notice if the peachy-pink blush you're wearing is the one you 'had' to have this year or last. So if you are one of the inevitable readers that has pulled out a credit card to purchase your 20th pink blush because this one is the one, perhaps think again. Your wallet and your sanity may thank you for it.