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Mask Monday – Glamglow

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Oh, Glamglow. So expensive. So luxurious. But is it worth the hype?

For me, not so much.

Don’t get me wrong, these were nice masks, and neither of them irritated my skin. But I didn’t see the kinds of immediate benefits other bloggers and reviewers seem to experience.

I actually used these together – the Thirstymud on the dryer parts of my face and the Youthmud on the t-zone. The Thirstymud’s texture was smooth – somewhere between a gel cream and a primer. It left my face feeling slightly softer, but because of all of the hydrating products I layer on at night, I couldn’t really tell what it truly did. The best I can say is it couldn’t hurt, but I’m not sure it helped.

Because the Youthmud was full size, I used it much longer and in a couple of different ways. I didn’t like it as a spot treatment. It didn’t make impending or already established blemishes develop or heal any faster than nothing at all.

As an all-over mask, it sure did tingle! Not painfully so, but folks with more sensitive skin than mine might have a hard time. It dried fairly slowly. It contains…leafy bits? Some sort of plant material that’s meant to aid in exfoliation, but I didn’t notice much of a difference. I’m an avid exfoliater, though, so someone who’s a novice might.

Novices, however, might shy away from the price. I got mine at T.J. Maxx for $40.00, but Sephora sells it for almost $70.00.

If you’re looking for effectiveness over everything else, I wouldn’t shell out the money for Glamglow. I have had much better results from Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay mask, The Body Shop’s Tea Tree mask, and Garden Girl’s Cookies & Cream mask.

If you’re looking for a luxurious experience, though, Glamglow is an option. The jar is weighty, the box shiny and unusually-shaped. It calls you sexy. It has plant bits in it. The experience might be enough for some, but not for me.

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De-stash & Trash – April 2015

I used up some interesting things in April!

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First off is a bottle of Simple Micellar Water. I’ve been a Bioderma user for a year. I did the math on cost-per-ounce¬† and found that Simple and Bioderma are comparable. (I usually spring for the 500 ml bottle of the Bioderma.) Simple is a lot easier for me to get my hands on because so many of my local stores have it now. Performance-wise, though, I actually like the Simple brand a little bit better. Both brands are very gentle on the skin. I can use both on eyes and face, but Simple’s version feels slightly more moisturizing on the skin.¬† I am so excited to have a drugstore option that I really love. Kudos, Simple!

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I finished off a bottle of non-acetone remover. I use this to remove non-glitter polish and for any post-stamping cuticle mess I wasn’t able to prevent.

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I really, really enjoyed Cover Girl’s Professional Remarkable Waterproof mascara. I stumbled across it while researching tubing mascaras and picked it up when my Kmart had them on clearance. (I don’t think they’re discontinuing it – it’s still on the CG website.) It doesn’t transfer on me at all, and actually gives me a little volume. It’s very similar to the Clump Crusher in formula, but is waterproof and has a natural brush.

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This was a lemming purchase that I wound up regretting. On my eyes, it was in no way extreme. It wouldn’t build, it transferred, and I lost a lot of lashes the one day I wore it. Which could totally have been coincidental, but it was odd and I don’t want to risk it.

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This scrub was a little messy, but very effective and had a lovely scent!

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I used up some samples this time around. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this cleanser, as I was a bit underwhelmed with the mud mask. I don’t know if it’s worth the price for me just yet, but I would probably snag it if it ever showed up at TJ Maxx in future.

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This serum was okay. There’s no way to judge its lifting properties in the week or so the sample lasted (which are dubious to begin with in my opinion), but it didn’t break or dry me out, which is great!

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Bioderma! Probably my last bottle for a while, thanks to Simple.

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I can’t remember where this sample came from. As micellar waters go, this one is unimpressive. It was heavily fragranced. I had to use the whole bottle over multple applications to get anything off my face, and ended up having to follow up with another one to remove everything.

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I probably got the fail of a micellar water in the same batch of samples that this All Nighter bottle came from. It was nice. I don’t think I like it more than other sprays I have used. I probably won’t end up buying it that often because of the price.

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This serum was one of the products that got me through the worst of the winter. It does have a little dimethicone in it, which I’m trying to stay away from in my nighttime routine, but I don’t think that weensie amount of ‘cones hurt anything in the long run.

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And, finally, I cracked this open and used it as a moisturizer/primer before makeup. It was very creamy and very slippy. Midway through the day, I started looking and feeling very dry. Probably thanks to the dimethicone and alcohol high up on the ingredient list. (6 & 7 out of a few dozen.) My skin didn’t like it much. But it was worth a try!