posted on: 9 April 2014
A Hollywood facial in a jar they claim, great skin and a glowing complexion they say, must have beauty product they rave, now lets see what all the fuss is about. So this little (15g) jar of mud mask cost me £25. It's even smaller than I imagined, around the size of a golf ball if they're more square. They do make larger jars but I opted out, just incase it wasn't for my skin. I'm not gonna try and condense their claims (I would be here all day long) so here is what GlamGlow claims:
"There’s nothing GLAMGLOW doesn’t do for your skin:
- Skin Collagen Synthesis for a noticeable 3 day glow.
- Brighter, radiant skin in minutes.
- Leaves skin noticeably soft and smooth.
- Multi-level resurfacing exfoliation.
- Penetrates into the deepest layers of the skin to soften fine lines and wrinkles.
- Tightens, tones and lifts the skin.
- Relives dark circles and minimises pores.
- Absorbs impurities without removing natural oils.
- Helps protect against everyday environmental aggressors.
- Suitable for all skin types, all ages and for both women and men.
- Contains no artificial colours or fragrances.
- Cruelty-free, and suitable for vegans. "
This facial in a jar contains
Volcanic Rock, Volcanic Mineral Ash, French Sea Clay, Purified Clay, Real Pieces of Green Tea Leaf, Green Tea Seed Oil, Grape Seed, Chamomile Flower, Marigold Flower, Cucumber, Ivy, Herb Leaf and Lavender Oil.
So let's get down to the most important question, does it work and is it worth it?
BEFORE: Cleansed face
The mask had green tea leafs in which felt weird but bearable. The mask itself dried really quick. It took me around 2-3 minutes to apply a thin layer and before I could even sit down to switch my camera back on, parts of my face was already dry.
10 Minutes laters the mask had completely dried. My face felt tingling and tight but as an avid mud mask user, I was used to it.
The mask soaked up the oils in my pores and whilst washing it off, the green tea leafs gave my skin a good exfoliate. I did have to be gentle though as my face felt rather sensitive and sore around my nose area.
Photo taken in the same room, same light, same position and same camera settings.
After I had washed it all off, my face felt a little dry but also a little tight. Pores were noticeably smaller and tighter, skin looked and felt super smooth and my overall complexion looked a lot brighter. It wasn't until I looked back at the pictures that I realised how much of a difference it made! It almosts looks like I whacked a filter onto my after picture. I can't say it gave me a 3 day glow though, more of a 1 day glow.
Overall I love it! However next time I will only be using it on my t-zone. I felt like my cheeks didn't benefit much and only made them feel dry and tight. It definitely does work and I will without a doubt be using it again. But only for special occasions. It is pretty expensive, my little 15g jar will only last me around 3/4 uses. I would be careful using this if you have sensitive skin as it may aggravate your skin.
What do you think? Can you tell the difference? Will you be trying it?
posted on: 7 April 2014
Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray* | Charles Worthington Texturising Spray | KMS de-frizz oil*
Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray | I like to use this before I blow dry my hair. I spray it into my roots then blow dry my hair upside down. It really does add volume and thickens up the hair in a non explosive way, just the right amount. It's so easy to use and this mini size means I can take it travelling too.
Charles Worthington Texturising Spray | This need no introduction. It's been doing it's rounds on the beauty blogosphere lately and it deserves every second of attention it gets. This baby gives instant texture without being greasy or heavy, not gonna lie though, it does make the hair feel 'gritty' but I suppose that's how you get the texture. It's only £7 too and 1 month on, I am still on my first can! Many have claimed it to be the dupe for the infamous Oribe Texturising Spray and for that, I can't comment. I haven't tried the Oribe spray and I highly doubt I will be doing so either. At nearly £40, I find that eye popping expensive.
KMS De-Frizz oil | Hair oils are ESSENTIAL for me. I have thick, dry, colour treated hair that needs extra attention when it comes to styling. I apply a few drops the the ends of my DAMP hair, blow dry it then apply another few drops to the ends of my DRY hair. It helps add nourishment and gives my hair a beautiful shine. It tames frizz like it proposes and helps hide my dry split ends. \
posted on: 5 April 2014
We all know that the mother of cleansing waters is the Bioderma H20 but before it was widely available, it was kinda troublesome to get my hands on it. This is when I opted for the HaruHada cleaning water. Its similar to the Bioderma in terms of usage, simply pour onto a cotton pad and wipe away the war paint. However it does feel different to the Bioderma H20. It doesnt feel as 'pure'' and it has a slight scent to it. The after effects are slightly tingly too, not that it bothers me.
After a few months of usage and the fact that I am still using it, means a lot. I often breakout when using new skincare but this didn't cause any reaction whatsoever. It does the job and if you can easily get your hands on it, I would recommend it. If you need to purchase it online and pay shipping fee's etc, then maybe stick to Bioderma. There are so many cleansing waters on the market today and with Bioderma being so widely available, everyone should own/try at least one cleansing water.
Let me know which is your favourite cleansing water.