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My MUSE | Ashleigh Scott - The Facialist

My MUSE | Ashleigh Scott - The Facialist

Hello everyone,

Olivia here, to introduce you to the queen of Auckland’s skincare scene – the gorgeous owner and founder of The Facialist, Ashleigh Scott.

Having worked in beauty since her late teens, Ashleigh is an expert in all things skincare. In 2014, after honing her craft in London, she decided to bring her passion for facials, skincare and healing back to New Zealand – and turn them into something extraordinary.
The Facialist.



Ten years on, Ashleigh is one of the most influential people in New Zealand’s world of beauty. Believing firmly in the power of nature for inner healing and outer beauty, Ashleigh and her team are celebrated for their thoughtful, decadent and transformative treatments – designed to relax, renew and restore.


We adore Ashleigh and are endlessly inspired by everything she does. Innovative, radiant and incredibly generous (she is offering MUSE customers $25 off one of her beautiful facials – further details below), she is a muse through and through.


I sat down with Ashleigh to talk business, skincare tips, and taking a four-month-old to meetings.



 Tell us how you came to start The Facialist? 


I have always worked in beauty – since I was 17. For a couple of years in my early 20s, I lived in London and worked as a facialist. When I moved home, I decided to set up my own salon. I have always loved facials and skincare and I wanted to create a salon that just specialised in just this. At the time, it didn’t really exist. Beauty therapists did all services. To begin with, it was just me in the downstairs of a hair salon. Within six months, I opened a small space in City Works Depot and hired my first staff members. Three years later, we moved into a bigger space in City Works Depot, and I have been able to slowly build my amazing team.



2NDSKIN the label -  Gemma Leather Joggers in Mocha, Alemais - Mia Puff Blouse, Anine Bing - Lizzie Slides in Black



What does a usual week look like for you? 


I’m currently on ‘maternity leave’ with my second baby, who is now four months old. Although, there is no such thing as maternity leave when you run a business, so he is carted everywhere with me! My days are super varied – from cramming in laptop work at home while he naps, to meetings with our marketing or design teams on upcoming projects. At the moment, I still like to spend a couple of days a week in the salon. I’m not currently taking clients, but I like to spend time in reception talking to customers or running trainings for my team.  I love the variety of my work, and love how diverse my workdays can be.



Proenza Schouler - Pipe Slide in Oak, Theory - Zip Sweater in Pink Orchid2NDSKIN the label -  Gemma Leather Joggers in Mocha



What’s next for The Facialist? 

 We’re currently working on a range of skincare products – with the first being launched next month! We can’t wait to share them with everyone.



Alemais - Lucianna Lace Mini Dress, Rebe - Paris Over the Knee Boot in Ivory, Stone and Strand - Teeny Diamond Stud Pair 


 What’s on your Muse wishlist?


A blazer – I have my eye on one of the Anine Bing ones. And the gorgeous Rebe Paris Boots in black.



Anine Bing - Lizzie Slides in Black, Lee Mathews - Gina Mini Dress in Sage, Christopher Esber - Dual Band



Can you share your top skincare tips with our customers?


Always double cleanse your skin at night.

A serum will transform your skin, so make sure you invest in a good one.

Your skin reflects what is going on in your body, so make sure you eat well and drink plenty of water.

Sunscreen. Every day!



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