Thursday, 27 August 2015

Is GlamGlow Really Worth It?

Well, we all have our lemmings days. And when it comes to beauty I have a lot! GlamGlow Youthmud masks has been a bloggers favourite for some time now and when I last went to Sephora back at the end of Winter, I decided to try it and see for myself. As a oily skin girl, I always love a mud or argile mask to suck that oil out of me!

This mud mask leaves skin noticeably radiant and glowing. It works with the body's natural moisturizing collagen to provide gentle resurfacing exfoliation and helps to leave skin smoother, brighter, and softer. While providing tighter skin texture and tighter pores, it provides a more youthful appearance and absorbs impurities without removing natural oils. 

So I've wanted to try this for a while, but overtime I was at Sephora other things caught my eyes and with its steep price (around $70), well I let it in my wishlist. But last Winter I decided to  buy the sample size, which is $20.

The first thing you notice when you open the pot is the relaxing, herbal scent. It is really spa-like. The you see tiny fleck in the mixture. From what I gather from the ingredients list, these are green tea leaves. To be honest, they kind of annoy me. They never get in the mixture properly, and just stay on your fingers when you apply the mask. What is nice though is that whatever is leftover when you take the mask off, you can gently scrub it and it acts as an exfoliant.

Other thing I'm not fond of is the tingling sensation. Some might like it, and I'm not against tingling, but this one hurts a bit I find. Hopefully it only last 1-2 minutes.

As I said, I've had this for a little while, using it only to pamper myself in luxury, but in the last few days I used it more regularly, as we had a heatwave that resulted in me having those bumps on my skin from the heat. This did a good job at calming my skin and getting rid of those nasty bumps. 

Now, it is a good mask. But is it worth the price? Not really. If you want a product to use once in a while as a treat, this is good. If you want a more regular mask, other does the job as efficiently. The only thing you will not have is the herbal scent, that is quite pleasing.

I'm not saying I'm not going to repurchase, but I might try another type of GlamGlow mask next, time, just to compare. 

Monday, 17 August 2015

Monday Manicure: Essie Urban Jungle

I have wanted to try today's polish for a while now (I bought it in the beginning of Summer) but to be honest, I haven't manicured my nails that much since I have both my jobs.

Essie Urban Jungle is a nice pale nude, almost white, but more wearable, as it has a little bit of beige in it. I think the name is not appropriate, as I always have in my mind that it's Marshmallow or something with Marshmallow in it! Essie describes it as an irresistible alabaster orchid.

I applies well, and was opaque in two coats. Drying time was not too long either.

Essie Urban Jungle, around 10$.

Friday, 14 August 2015

June and July Empties

And here are my Empties for June and July!

I didn't post the June ones, because frankly it is quite boring, it's just some soap bars and two other things. Here they are:

Yankee Strawberry Buttercream Candle:  I liked the scent of the small one, so when I passed an order I grabbed this, and they were saying it would be discontinued (It's not, it's now an online exclusive). Well, I think in a big jar it's too sickly sweet. And it didn't burn properly, the wick is now gone, but I have lots of wax left.

L'Oréal Féria Conditionner: I got this from my home dye. I liked the scent, it reminds me of banana pudding I had when I was young. The conditionner is good.

Total for June: 7 (oh well)

And now for July, I am quite chuffed! In addition of soap bars, I got:

Nivea Sheer Comfort in Jasmine: This smells nice, but the product is rubbish. I find that Nivea deodorants can be hit or miss. Unfortunately this one is a miss.

Soft-soap Sweet Honeysuckle & Orange Peel Body Wash: This was a gift, it's normally not a scent I would get for myself, but it was nice. As a shower gel, it is nice as well, not much to be said about that! I would not repurchase because I was tons to finish now and the scent is ok, but not my favourite.

Nutrisse Intense Nourishing Intense Colour in LB2: So I continued my blonde ombré! I should post a pic, because it's way different than my natural colour, I'm surprised every time I look at old pics! Now I think I went overboard though because my hair lacks brilliance :( But I got a few backups of this dye.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Original: This was a gift, because I would never purchase the Original for myself. The other ones are way better, I don't know why people go crazy over the Original Batiste.

Collection 16 Hour Lasting Perfection Concealer: I got the shade Medium 3. They changed the packaging a bit and maybe the colour names. I loved this! This product is rightly raved about. Unfortunately it is not sold in Canada, but when I go back in the UK, I will stock up!

Sephora + Pantone Universe Black Magic Eyeliner in Raven: These are my all time favourite eyeliner for my water line. Unfortunately, they were limited edition and I only have one left :( Bring it back!!!!

Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara: This is a good mascara, the wand is not too big like most nowadays and it's a great one to lengthen and it goes well in a combo with a volominous one. I think I still have a tube of that one somewhere.

Cover Girl Bombshell Volume: This is what I'm talking about when I say big wands. This is just to big, I poked my eyes every time I used it. I could only use the first part because on the second one the wand is rubbish and doesn't pick any product. Big fail!

The Little Alchemist Papaya Cleansing Milk: Even though the name is papaya, this smells heavenly like lemon. I got this sample from Julie when I ordered from her shop, the Green Jungle. Now I want to order this, and it is always sold out!

St. Ives Apricot Scrub: This has been a staple in my skincare regime since high school. This particular tube is old though, they changed the packaging. I would repurchase it, but right now I have other facial exfoliants, but also I am looking into cleaner and less harsh alternatives.

Willow & Bloom Avocado Olive Hand Wash: This is from Dollarama and is a good soap. The scent is not what I would choose (my dad did) but is nice in the kitchen. We repurchased, but in Lavender!

Total for July: 16

Have you finished a lot of products these past months?