Destination: Mosmoth Harmony Pharmacy for MV skincare facial
Inspiration: Alice Eisenberg (and Maggie Gyllenhaal): “The best skincare and she is a sweetie, tell her I sent you, go and get a facial and try her products!”
Actualization: In no shape to be going for a facial, I was making the moment. If you remember my last attempt in Sydney, I got lost on a run and missed the appointment. So 2 glasses of Rose were not holding me back. It took only a cab, bus, walk, and bus again to get there.
1:45pm: TAXI – The cab got me downtown to catch the bus over the bridge. He dropped me right as a bus had pulled up.
2:05pm: BUS – The bus driver laughed at me as I tried to explain where I was going. I just jumped on hoping it was the right bus, but he had no answers for me. Was it me? I think not, Australian transportation just never understands when you tell them where you are going. We crossed the bridge and got halfway through town before he told me it was time to switch buses.
2:20pm: PEE – After waiting 5 minutes for the next bus, I couldn’t hold it anymore and decided to sidetrack and pee. That rose goes right through you. I found a bathroom, grabbed a granola bar and went back to waiting for the bus. When I saw I was on Military Street, the same street as the pharmacy, a cab seemed smarter. Who even knew if the bus driver knew what he was talking about anyway?
2:35pm: WALK – I couldn’t chance being too late for the appointment, so I threw my arm up and started hailing cabs. Well tried. Walking in the direction while hailing seemed to be the best plan. As I started speed walking or what felt like it in my tipsy state, I saw that the numbers weren’t getting much higher each block. I was having absolutely NO LUCK.
2:45pm: BUS – 8 blocks later, I happened to approach a bus stopped and I jumped on hoping it might just be my saving grace. Again, the bus driver broke into a huge grin as I described where I was going. I could tell he was trying not to laugh. As we putted along, I thought to myself I can walk faster than this. I tried to sneak off the bus but the grinning driver said, wait at least one more stop dear. At this point, I was already later than late and listened to the man. Next stop I was off and running towards the pharmacy.
2:50pm: FACIAL – Only 20 minutes late, I find myself sitting in the facial room with Sharon chitchatting about woman role models and finding balance with career, family, and life. Thank god my walking and run had sobered me up. Her facial was a bit of a therapy lesson for me as well.
I’ve never been a fan of the facial. My face doesn’t do well with prodding, squeezing, and scrubbing. I was nervous about all this but as suspected Alice’s moment was worth every bit of the journey. Sharon left me with not just beauty tips but a bit of soul-searching knowledge. There was never a squeeze or pinch involved. Sharon’s process was soothing with different oils. All very calming. Calming to the point that I woke up snoring on the facial bed. I passed out. SO EMBARRASSING. For someone who has trouble sleeping, Australia has helped me get to a place that allows me to slow it down. It’s been 3 weeks since I’ve dreamt of a superhero, a spider, or a monkey on my head. Sharon’s facial helped me catch up on sleep and my quick nap felt like a 4 hour rejuvination. My face was glowing sans makeup and I was ready to continue my day. The last few days, my face has cleared up and I’m obsessed with the products. It’s a simple and organic clean mosturize and effective.
Realization: Never let the Rose slow you down, just let it enhance the experience…and the story.