It had been a bit of a gloomy weekend, and so I stopped by my local Skin Food to buy some bright new nail polish. Skin Food is a fabulous store that’s a bit like the Body Shop only cheaper and Korean.
As I went to pay for my new nail polish, the sweet young thing behind the cash pointed to some packages beside her.
“Sah-beece!” she explained, smiling. (Sah-beece or service, is Korean for on the house.)
The free gift of the day was a face mask. But which one did I want? Mung bean? Rice? Mugwort? Yellow pine and charcoal? They all sounded like something out of a Harry Potter novel. I settled on the broccoli mask. I wasn’t sure I wanted to smear it all over my face but at least I knew what it was.
Astonishingly, the mask came with English instructions.
I opened the package and discovered the mask really was a mask. It wasn’t something to smear, it was something to wear. So wear it I did. And discovered how differently-shaped my face is from the average Korean’s.
According to the package, I was supposed to use the leftover serum on other body parts. (Serum is a bit of a creepy word. Fits in with the horror movie theme though I suppose.) I’m not sure which body parts the manufacturers had in mind; there was A LOT of serum. I decided to see how my face turned out before I put it anywhere else.
After 15 minutes, I peeled the mask off, eager to see if I had achieved a “healthy glow”. Perhaps something had been lost in translation. My face was red, shiny and sticky. Was I supposed to wash it off? I didn’t know. Maybe that’s what the other free gift was for?
** Several hours later, my face is still a bit red but it is lovely and smooth. Maybe I’ll try mung bean next. 😀