The benefits of mud in skin care is evident in the long line up of mud masks from both the drug store and high end shops. As well as from the long and ever growing list of spa treatments that involve mud. But the idea of slapping some mud, or mud-based product, on your face on a daily bases was a bit of a turnoff for me. As much as I agree with the moisturizing benefits, I did truly believe that the use of mud every day would clog my pores since, well….mud is dirt, right?!
Yet all these thoughts were pushed aside after falling in love hard for the GLAMGLOW ThirstyCleanse Mud to Foam Cleanser; and AHHHHMAZING daily face cleanser that leaves my face feeling cleaner and smoother than ANYTHING I’ve ever used before. I’m serious. I was a little intimidated by the name (GLAMGLOW) and even the packaging at first. It’s bright colours and shiny stars actually led me to believe it was targeted to a completely different audience. That teaches me not to judge a book….
The cleanser smooths on dry and thick like a good mask, and I apply it as such. I use about two pumps from the bottle and cover my whole face. Then I wet just my finger tips and start massaging the cleanser in. It instantly turns into a silky cleanser that I could spend hours massaging in. It feels amazing on my face. Then I simply splash a few handfuls of water on my face to remove the cleanser and pat my face try with a face cloth. I can then skip the moisturizer…no joke! My face feels so fresh, clean, and moisturized all at the same time! I’ve put aside my Una Brennan Super Facialist Oil for the time being (although my love for that runs deep as well), and I’m spending some time with my new love, the GLAMGLOW Mud to Foam cleanser.
I’ve also sampled the ThirstyMud Hydrating Mask and I have a feeling more than my little sample sized will be needed for the future. What other GLAMGLOW products can you suggest for me?
As the pile of empty products can no longer be contained in its storage container, and the urge for Spring cleaning overcomes me, I’ve come to realize it’s time for another empties post. Corey thinks it’s silly that I pile my beauty and makeup garbage in a box (true the idea of it may seem silly) but this is my way of showing you what I have used all the way up to the last drop and what my thoughts are. Will I be repurchasing? Have I already repurchased? Will I move on to try new things? I digress…
I’ve used up quite a few haircare products over the past few months. Some are old favourites that can be seen time and time again in these empties posts such as the Catwalk Curls Rock Amplifying Curl Cream and the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Colour Protecting Conditioner. I love both of these products and are always repurchased. New for the hair this round was the Deva Curl Set It Free leave in conditioner spray. My hair NEEDS leave in conditioner and I’m always looking for a new favourite. I’ve since moved on to a new one but I did enjoy the Deva Curl. I can’t find it in Canada but I’m looking forward to trying some more of their products, all specifically for curls.
In the face department we’ve seen a few lately as well. I finally got through my Body Shop Foaming Aloe Cleanser which I was not a fan of. It foamed coming out of the container but seemed to disappear on my face. But of course I do love the Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub, which you’ve probably seem a few times on this blog and will probably see a few times again. I finally got through my second ever bottle of Clinique Clarifying Toner 2, which has lasted me years, and although I’ve loved this I believe my skin has matured a bit and needs something a bit less harsh. In the market, any suggestions? And last for the face I’ve become hooked on the Body Shop’s Vitamin E Face Mist, which I used daily just out of the shower as well as a spray here or there for a fresh dewey look over my makeup. I’ve already purchased my second bottle.
Then there are a few for makeup. The typical empty L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara and a few new ones. I loved the Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer and am waiting to use up a few more before repurchasing. I had a very up and down love/hate relationship with my No7 Beautifully Matte Face Base, as the thick, tacky primer sometimes worked wonders and sometimes felt horrible. I’m happy with the times we had together but I’m moving on to other friends, sorry No7. And new to my all-time favourites was the Avene Micellar Lotion, for the most gentle, nourishing makeup removing I’ve yet to experience! I’ve been trying to get through a bottle of something else before repurchasing, but I’m about to break. It’s the best.
And a few body bits. Of course and empties post isn’t complete without a Body Shop’s Body Butter, this time in Satstuma. I received this one in a big bag of Body Shop gifts recently and although I love Body Butters I didn’t quite love this scent. I enjoy the Satsuma line for body scrubs, etc. but I find Body Butters stick with you a little longer and I’m not a fan. Corey loved that I smelt of oranges though. My never-ending tub of St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub has also come to an end; a great product but with so many other scrubs out there this didn’t stand out. And finally, a good ‘ol bag of Epsom Salts and a Body Shop Rose Handcream.
Thats a lot of stuff. I should do these posts a little more often. Phew! What have you been using up lately? Have you tried any of these? Any new toner suggestions?!
For all of those skincare lovers out there who drool over the Clarisonic but think $300 for a face brush is ridiculous, there is a solution for you! The Conair True Glow. Coming in just under $100, this little beauty has almost all the benefits of the Clarisonic without the high end brand name.
Now, to be honest, I’ve never tried the Clarisonic. So doing a comparison here would be highly inaccurate. But from reading many reviews and comparison of these two products, I’ve come to see that the only true differences that stand out is with regards to the charging dock. Other than that the Conair True Glow works in the exact same way. A sonic oscillation brush to deliver amazing results and the softest face achievable!
The device came with two different heads: one smaller head with incredibly soft bristles for the face, and one larger with coarser bristles for the body. And it’s really easy to use. Once I smooth some Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser all over my face, I wet the brush a little then use the brush to do the rest of the work. It’s got three settings: High, Medium, and Low. I would suggest starting on the low setting if you’re not used to face brushes. The brush will run for 60 seconds and will beep after every 10 seconds, an indication that you should move on to another ‘zone’ of your face. Conair gives pretty detailed instructions and suggestions on how to use the brush, including breaking the face down to 6 specific zones for cleaning (each cheek, two sides of the forehead, the nose, and chin). After a quick rinse and a return to the docking station, I’m happy to say I have the softest face ever!
So who needs to drop $300 on the big names when the little guys do the job just as well? Have you ever tried the Clarisonic or the Conair?