Mask Monday: GlamGlow Thirsty Mud Hydrating

 

Claims
–Non-drying hydration mask that delivers instant, extreme moisture
–Moisturizes, restores, replenishes, and calms the skin
–Dewy, glowing complexion
–Leaves skin with an instant silky, soft, and supple feel

Price
–$25 for 0.5 oz (what is shown above)
–$59 for 1.7 oz
–$79 for 3.5 oz
Sephora & Nordstrom

Pros
–No parabens, sulfates, phthalates
–Contains hyaluronic acid which my skin loves
–Leaves my skin feeling soft and supple

Cons
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I think this is a good mask and I like how it makes my skin feel, but I don’t think it’s worth the price. The Neutrogena sheet masks have the same effect and are so much cheaper. I’m glad I got the small jar and I enjoyed using it, but I wouldn’t buy it again or buy a bigger size. If you want to treat yourself or have been wanting to try it, give it a go!

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The 0.5 oz jar is tiny!

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Mask Monday: Philosophy Purity Clay Mask

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Claims
–Draws out impurities, scrubs away blackheads, and shrinks the look of pores
–Skin is left refreshed, glowing, and appears virtually blackhead free

Price
–$35 for 2.5 oz
–$18 for 1.0 oz
Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, philosophy.com

Pros
–Smaller size for travel and/or testing
–Smells good
–Effective
–Leaves skin feeling soft and smooth but not stripped
–Cruelty free
–Good ingredients: sailicylic acid, bentonite, and titanium dioxide

Cons
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I really LOVE this mask. I bought the smaller size to test it out, but I would definitely buy the full size. I don’t think it is as effective as my beloved GlamGlow Super Mud, but it still does a great job and is much cheaper.

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Dollar Shave Club Review

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What is it?
A monthly subscription service i.e. Birchbox, Ipsy, etc.
–Starter set is $5, each additional month is $9
–Can cancel any time and change delivery frequency
Starter set includes razor handle, 4 blades, and shave kit products. After that, you receive 4 new blades each month for $9 (1 blade per week)
–100% money back guarantee

What I received in my starter kit:
–Razor handle
4 blades (the Executive)
Prep scrub
Shave butter
Post shave dew

Thoughts 
–This is targeted towards men, but I prefer to use men’s razors because I get a closer, smoother shave
–I like the scrub, didn’t like the shave butter, and the post shave dew was nothing special
–This is the BEST RAZOR EVER and I’ve tried so many different ones. I think the scrub + razor gave me the smoothest legs!
–I don’t think you need to use one blade a week though, I think that’s a little wasteful. However, I don’t shave my legs every day. #lazy #single
–I will definitely repurchase blades and would consider buying the Prep Scrub.

Note
Billie is the same concept, aimed at women. Their starter kit is $9 and comes with the handle, razor holder, and 2 blades. It’s $9 each month for 2 blades. You can adjust, skip, or cancel anytime.
–I personally think the Dollar Shave Club is better deal and though I haven’t tried Billie, I would think quality is on par.

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Shea Moisture Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Cleansing Balm Review

Claims
–Melt away makeup, impurities, and pollution residue
–Purifying and hydrating

Price
–$10.99 at Ulta and sheamoisture.com for 3.5 oz

Pros
–Smells good
–Removes all makeup easily
–Affordable (comparable to Clinique Cleansing Balm that is $29.50 for 3.8 oz)
–Cruelty free
–Don’t need a lot of product
–No parabens
–No phthalates
–Organic and fair trade ingredients
–10% of sales go to women-led businesses
–Removes eye makeup with no irritiation

Cons 
–Can leave an oily feel/film on the skin if used alone. I use this and follow up with a cleanser so it’s not an issue for me.
–From my research, which was not overly extensive, you can only get this at Ulta or the Shea Moisture website

Final Verdict
I’ve been a long time fan of the Clinique Cleansing Balm and one from The Body Shop, but I don’t love the price tag that come with them. This is the first affordable cleansing balm I’ve seen. It’s just as effective as the aforementioned, more affordable, and I love the mission of Shea Moisture. I love this product and I highly recommend it. I’m almost out and I may try something new this time, but I would (and may end up) repurchase this.

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Full face :: Cleansing balm applied and rubbed in :: Rinsed and all clean!
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A quarter sized amount is all it took to remove that full face of makeup I had on. You could definitely use less, but I have a bad habit of using more than necessary. I wiped off the product with a damp wash cloth and you can see everything it removed. I then used a cotton round soaked with Micellar Water to remove any remaining makeup residue and there was none. THAT’S HOW GOOD THIS STUFF IS

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Mask Monday: elf Pore Clearing Glitter Peel Off Mask

 

Description (elfcosmetics.com)
This shimmering black peel-off mask strips away dirt and oil to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and reveal soft, clear looking skin. Enriched with charcoal, witch hazel and lavender to reveal a more refined complexion.

Price
$8 for 2.47 oz @ elfcosmetics.com
Compared to Too Faced $42 & GlamGlow $59

Pros
–Affordable
–Cute & fun
–Paraben, sulfate, phthalate free
–Cruelty free
–Good ingredients (for my skin at least)–>charcoal & witch hazel
–Leaves skin feeling SO smooth

Cons
–Very thick, can be hard to apply (I recommend using a brush)
–Online only? Not sure about this but I haven’t seen it in any stores near me

Final Verdict
I LOVE glitter so when glitter masks became a thing, I immediately wanted to try one. My excitement quickly faded when I saw the large price tag. Leave it to elf to rescue us with a cheaper option! I think it’s a fun, peel off mask that does what most peel off masks do. My skin feels so smooth after I use this mask. I don’t think it’s anything special or life changing, but it’s worth $8. I recommend it.

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My Mask Collection

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GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment
–$24 for 0.5 oz, $69 for 1.0 oz :: Sephora, Nordstrom, glamglow.com
–I mainly use that as a spot treatment
–So expensive, but so worth it
–Not for the faint of heart, you feel a slight burn and it will leave your skin red
–Will continue to repurchase this. I’m on my 3rd jar now.
*****

GlamGlow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment
–$24 for 0.5 oz, $69 for 1.0 oz :: Sephora, Nordstrom, glamglow.com
–Don’t notice any changes when I use this
–Makes my skin feel soft and smooth but that’s it
–Will use up but won’t repurchase
**

Neutrogena Deep Clean Clay Cleanser Mask
–$2.50ish for a pod, $8ish for full size :: Target, Walgreens, Wal Mart
–Like the scent and cooling sensation
–Not a strong, deep cleaning mask like the GlamGlow, but gentle enough to be used a few times week
–For bad breakouts and acne, I don’t know that it’d do much good, but it’s a good preventative mask
–Will use up and would consider repurchasing
**

Hell Pore Peel Off Mask
–$10sih :: Amazon
–Dubbed the “most painful mask”
–Doesn’t pull out my blackheads or clean my pores
–Does leave my skin feeling super smooth and exfoliated
–My favorite peel off mask
–Will use up and repurchase
****

fresh Rose Face Mask
–$25 for 1 oz, $62 for 3.3 oz :: Sephora, Nordstrom
–Love the scent
–Leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturize, but nothing life changing
–Will use up but won’t purchase (received in Play! box)
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Philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask
–$18 for 1 oz, $35 for 2.5 oz :: Sephora, Ulta
–Love the scent
–Don’t notice any changes in pore size
–Great exfoliating and deep cleansing mask
–Will use up and repurchase
*****

Neutrogena Hydro Gel Sheet Masks
–$3ish :: Ulta, Target, Wal Mart, Walgreens
–Finally a sheet masks that actually fits my faces and stays on
–Comes in 2 separate pieces, easy to apply and fit to your face
–Feels AMAZING on and my skin feels AMAZING after
–Have repurchased and will continue to
*****

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Overnight Gel Mask
–$3ish :: Ulta, Target, Wal Mart, Walgreens
–Felt a little sticky till set/dried down
–Was hesitant to sleep in it, but it didn’t bother my skin
–If you touch your face, the mask will ball up and peel off
–Skin didn’t feel or look any different
–Will not repurchase, I’ll stick to the sheet masks
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Current Skincare

I LOVE skincare and trying new products.

I used to have super OILY skin, but now I more dry/normal, sensitive, acne prone skin which makes shopping for skincare and makeup really fun. Not.

You will notice that I’m a huge fan of the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Line. I feel like it’s so underrated, but the rpoducts are SO good and SO affordable.

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My nighttime skincare is more complex and I will admit, I don’t do these steps every single night. I try to do it most nights, but sometimes I’m just too tired and all I do is remove my makeup. I NEVER sleep in my makeup. EVER. You shouldn’t either.

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