GlamGlow GravityMud

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The only true way to use a face mask is to integrate it into your skincare routine. None of this ‘oh I use this one day, this one another day, I use them for fun’ nonsense. A face mask should be a treatment, a necessary component to your regular routine that gives your skin a boost. Does that mean you have to use the same masks all year round, no, but it does mean you should pare down your collection and stick to one for a long while to avoid throwing your skin out of balance.

Inherent in this is the assumption that the mask that you choose does something to your face. Maybe it removes impurities (NIOD FM, anyone?), hydrates (all eyes on this NeoStrata Hydrating and Plumping Sheet Mask), or topically exfoliates (Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask is a gem); it should do something. Now, there is an exception to this rule, and that is GlamGlow GravityMud Firming Treatment which does little for my skin but I love it nonetheless.

Purpose

To firm, lift, and tighten skin while softening fine lines.

What’s so special about it?

A load of trademarked terms for common ingredients. Vizitight (firming matrix?, marine algae plasma, biodefine polymers?), Teaoxi Complex (licorice and marshmallow leaf), Lunarlift (soy isoflavone liposome red algae extract), and Cosmiplexion (Icelandic kelp, hyaluronic acid, glacial clay).

How does it work?

From the ingredient list I assume the ‘tightening’ effect comes from alcohol, witch hazel, clay, and polymers. Essentially this is tightening the skin by removing topical oils but compensating for that by infusing the skin with hyaluronic acid and drawing water to the skin with glycerin.

How often would I use it?

They recommend using it twice a week to maintain the results, and I would tend to agree.

Results and thoughts

Honestly the only reason I use this is because nothing bad happens when I wear it and I look damn good while doing so. I find my skin appears to be more even in texture and tone after wearing this, and yes I do feel a tad bit more lifted, but I would not say the results are dramatic enough to warrant the price. Realistically this is a mask I grab when I am feeling less-than-hot because I think the metallic silver is sexy to wear.

Find GlamGlow GravityMud Firming Treatment at Sephora.

Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post was given to me free of charge. I receive countless products each month, and say nothing about the majority of them; I will only review a product if I think it is worthy of words, either negative or positive. Links are to the easiest and most common retailer. All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of the companies mentioned, nor my employer.

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Skincare Journal No. 2

A few moisturizers found their way to my vanity this last week. I rarely find moisturizers which meet my standards, and so I often skip them and choose hydrating serums and carrier oils. That being said, the formulations coming out lately have been interesting.

Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream has been my favourite. It blends six carrier oils together in a cream texture, which layers well over skin and I can only describe it as comforting. A skincare wardrobe staple from now on, though one too rich for my balanced skins to use daily.

GlamGlow Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturizer is a pressed cream designed to minimize topical sebum while giving a satin finish. I appreciate the vitamin B5 (water retention) and prickly pear extract (antioxidant), and the silicone-heavy formulation did have a mild blurring effect to pores and minor imperfections. I did not notice a reduction in topical sebum, which was disappointing, though skin had a reflective glow. I see this as a great lazy morning cream.

6 Beauty Products To Try In 2017

6 New Beauty Products for 2017

It could be just me, but 2017 sounds like the future. It may be the way ‘7’ is drawn, but just writing the number has an air of mystery to it. No matter what lies ahead, there is no better time to discover something new than when beginning a new year. Here is an assortment of six skincare, fragrance, and even a cosmetic product to try. All are on my wishlist, needless to say.

From top

CCC Cream by CLE Cosmetics. Moving beyond the swoon-worthy packaging—a minimalist’s fantasy, I daresay—is said to bring life to a problematic complexion by blurring imperfections. Five shades are available, and it features not only SPF 45+ but also niacinamide—to even skin tone and calm inflammation—and a host of support botanicals like chrysanthemum, camellia, and blueberry. Find it at Cult Beauty.

Super Seed Facial Oil by Votary. I tried to buy the entire collection, but my financial conscious got the best of me when I saw the customs and duty charges. Votary—sold exclusively by Anthropologie, Liberty, Badezimmer, and Votary itself—is a luxury brand focusing on natural plant oils and actives. Their Super Seed collection, crafted from 21 seed oils, does away with the notion of traditional essential oils and harnesses seeds from grape, pumpkin, cranberry, chia, strawberry, pomegranate, broccoli, and other plants to calm inflammation, soothe irritation, and nourish the skin. They have even launched a nutritional supplement (which I only just realized and now need). Find it on the Votary website.

EradiKate Daily Cleanser by Kate Somerville. A launch I knew was coming months ago, yet surprised me when I noticed it in an email recently as having launched, this cleanser is a nice departure from the traditional ‘acne’ cleansers. Rather than drying the skin or subjecting it to a constant army of acids, this makes use of sulfur to exfoliate the skin, oat extract to balance sebum production, and a bundle of honey extract to calm inflammation, frankincense to reduce scarring, and rice bran to hydrate. I love the concept, and am very excited to give it a try. Find it at Sephora.

Black Leather by Clean. I would never purchase a fragrance in an ugly packaging, so Black Leather is clearly on my list of fragrances to try. With notes of bergamot, black peppercorn, black orchid, juniper, and amber this is sure to be a delight for fans of Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb. Oh, and this black and white packaging? I appreciate it. Find it at Sephora.

Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturiser by GlamGlow. I hesitated on Cyber Monday when this was available for a limited time, and lived in regret ever since. Fortunately it is back in time for the new year, and oh is this one interesting. A solid balm that melts when spread onto the skin, Volcasmic is formulated to create a matte-yet-natural finish on skin through the use of volcanic minerals and a base of cyclopentasiloxane and dimethicone. I am a tad bit worried about the inclusion of cyclopentasiloxane, which you can read more about on EWG, but I will have to do a bit more research prior making a final call. The TEAOXI Complex in Volcasmic consists of cherry tomato leaf, prickly pear, and vitamin B5 for antioxidants and moisture barrier support. Find it at Sephora.

ZIIP Nano Current Device by ZIIP Beauty. Devices have interested me a great deal in 2016, and I imagine that will continue through the new year as they become more refined and more widely available. Inspired by microcurrent procedures performed at the clinic, ZIIP uses a combination of electrical currents to firm, tighten, brighten, decrease puffiness, reduce under-eye darkness, and prevent acne. So … essentially every skincare concern known to humankind. You can bet any amount of money I will be eyeing this for a while. Find it at Violet Grey or Cult Beauty.

And because I can never restrict myself, here are a few rapid-fire releases on my list.

Pestle & Mortar Double Cleansing System, Oskia Renaissance Mask, Hannes Dóttir Elixir of Minerals, Sunday Riley C.E.O (unreleased), Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser, Perricone MD Pre:Empt Series, Allies of Skin, January Labs, Milk Makeup, RMS Beauty highlighters, MAKE Beauty.

April Favourites


I suppose this is closer to a ‘this year thus far’ favourites roundup, because I have been rather tardy in the filming business. So many things have happened recently, and as this blog is more of a personal hobby than a profit-generating job I tend to push it to the back burner. So, before I go into my recent favourites I will catch you up with my life.

01. I work at Sephora. Yes, the dream has come true; I am training to be a skincare consultant at Sephora. That means I can do what I love, which is chat about skincare with anyone and everyone, every day. Yes, please. As an employee of Sephora I do have to make it clear that, as always, the views expressed on this blog and anywhere else on social media are my own opinions; not of Sephora’s. I do not speak for Sephora, nor any of its brands/vendors. I have always refused compensation for product reviews here, and I will continue to do so, but I may mention a product that I received as gratis from Sephora or a brand during the normal functions of my job. As always it will be clearly noted as such.

02. I moved. The changes, I know, but I am now living in a house to be shared with a few other people. During the summer, however, it will be just me and that hopefully means more videos and content here on the blog. I also have my own fully-functional kitchen, so prepare yourselves for the return of baking. I have a few ideas for content already, so keep your eyes peeled.

I believe that to be everything of importance, so on to the favourites. I have a wide assortment of things to share, from skincare and cosmetics to housewares and literature. As always, you can watch the YouTube video here or skip directly to the links below.

Products mentioned

Skincare

Perricone MD Nutritive Cleanser
Clinique Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam
La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water
GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment*
Indeed Laboratories Facial Powder Exfoliator
Hylamide Sensitive Fix Advanced Calming Complex Booster
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil*

Body care

Everyone Soap Shampoo + Body Wash + Bubblebath in Coconut and Lemon
Crest 3D White Deep Cleansing Toothpaste and Whitening Treatment

Cosmetics

Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Hydrating Foundation
NYX HD Concealer in 01 and 12 Green
Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Flax*

Houseware

White basket from IKEA, similar here
GURLI throw in grey from IKEA

Books and literature

‘Disclaimer’ by Renée Knight
Vogue, May issue with Taylor Swift
What to Bake and How to Bake It’ by Jane Hornby

Disclaimer: Products marked with an asterisk (*) were given to me free of charge. I receive countless products each month, and say nothing about the majority of them; I will only review a product if I think it is worthy of words, either negative or positive. Links are to the easiest and most common retailer. All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of the companies mentioned, nor my employer.