Come Back To Me, Charcoal & Black Sugar Dual-Action Scrub Facial Mask: A Plea
While fancy products are often a joy to pine over (Brianna proved it), it always brings me so much happiness to find that an on-a-whim beauty buy ended up being a hidden gem. Yeah, this is tied to the fact that it so rarely was, but still. It is magical.
Now, moving to France has been a roller-coaster in a lot of ways and throwing a wrench into my beauty routine is just one. I wish someone would have clued me into the fact that makeup, hair and skin products are just, across-the-board, way more expensive here. And that buying my precious witch hazel—which I used to just grab on Target runs with friends—now requires trekking to a pharmacy and lots of hand gesturing to annoyed clerks...and paying a much-higher price tag too. Also, people do NOT like when I apply my makeup on the metro. Like, yes, you are all soooooooo fancy. Calm down, metro-riders.
But the number one product I miss is a charcoal scrub face mask from, of all places, CVS. I actually mentioned it in our "empties" collab piece back in March. It seems to be the off-brand version of Freeman's Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask.
You might be wondering what is so special about this mask and why I can't just start using another one. Good questions.
Well, the fact that it contains charcoal means that it left my skin feeling soooo clean and clear. Charcoal is kind of known for this. The brown sugar helps to exfoliate my skin, leaving it feeling super soft. And it is a mask and a scrub. It's a winning combo, damn it.
Plus, it doesn't irritate my ridiculously sensitive skin. At this very moment, my face is irritated and blotchy because I attempted to DIY a skincare product that I can't pick up here even though I literally just mixed together everything on its ingredient label. Mysterious.
I am currently trying out a placeholder mask and it is...fine. It's fine. But it's not the same. People that aren't me are really into it though. It's Laino's Green Clay Paste, in case you're curious.
I guess the makers of my favorite mask somehow knew how to address my super specific skincare needs. And that CVS doesn't mess around with their country-specific order lock-downs.
My lovely mother is going to be bringing a few of these scrubs with her when she comes to visit me later this month, because she is wonderful and kind. And possibly because she is tired of hearing me talk about it (just like you probably are. #Twinsies). So those should tide me over for a while. But a scrub-free future will always be just around the bend. No, I can't tone it down. I have a flair for life, okay?
Maybe I'll just start bringing crates of it back with me every time I pop back to the US. I'm sure the airport security will be really ecstatic with this plan.