5 Reasons Why I Love the Glamglow Supermud Mask

5. It lives up to the hype!

I’ve been hoarding samples of the Glamglow Supermud mask for this reasons. Every time I go into Sephora with someone I find myself grabbing a sample of it to show them the amazing effects of the product, and normally end up with enough to do my face as well as theirs, plus some extra for spot treatments. Basically, this stuff is magic. It doesn’t dry out my already insanely dry skin, nor do I break out the next day. In fact in the three times I’ve been able to use it in the past week (which is how often the Glamglow websites “prescribes” it), it has changed the texture of my skin dramatically. My pores are smaller, my skin doesn’t feel like sandpaper to the touch, and my blackheads are either improving or are gone altogether in some places.

4. It’s actually a great value.

The price tag on this tiny jar is impressive. It’s a whopping 69 dollars for 1.2 fl. Oz. of product. However, when applied with a clean foundation brush, I can make one tiny sample size last me a whole week (using it 3 times a week per the website’s suggestion).  Considering the fact that some weeks I may use it less or not at all, and that I’ll spend more money buying different products trying to find something that works as well, 69 dollars isn’t a bad price for a jar I’m estimating could last me 6-12 months.

3. Watching the gunk being removed from your pores is grossly addicting.

I’ve got to admit what initially drew me to try the product was a picture I saw on Pinterest of this product drawing the oils out of the pores on a person’s nose. It was genuinely disturbing, so of course I had to have it. Without a doubt, it’s incredibly satisfying being able to see what it’s doing. Admittedly, it doesn’t rid your face of blackheads and blemishes in one use, but there is an improvement.

2. The drying time is next to nothing.

From the second you start spreading the mask onto your skin it starts drying. The instructions say you can leave it for 5, 10, or 20 minutes. I always try to leave it on for the 20 but I don’t think I’ve ever made it past 15. It doesn’t hurt but I’m not a fan of the tight feeling masks create when they’re dry. I integrated this into my beauty routine today while getting ready for Thanksgiving, and it didn’t add more than five minutes to it. Not only does it dry quickly but it rinses off easily with warm water and the help of a rag for the little nooks and crannies of your face (I’m looking at you, nose crease).

1. There aren’t a crazy amount of unnatural products in it.

This is massively important to me recently. I noticed that the more natural the product I use on my face, the better it feels. I’ll be doing a whole separate post about my skin care routine eventually, but for now let’s just talk about what this mask doesn’t have. Glamglow says their supermud mask does not contain:

  • Sulfates
  • Synthetic Dyes
  • Petrochemicals 
  • Phthalates 
  • GMOs
  • Triclosan

Guess what? All of those ingredients are not that good for you.

In conclusion, get the mask, but definitely make sure you try it out at least twice before investing that much money in it. While the mask works for me, it’s probably not going to work for everybody. 

Disclaimer: I was not given anything for this post, I'm just very enthusiastic about the product!

Younique Thoughts (Part 1.5)

     Today’s quick post is something I’ve been thinking about writing since the Younique party two weeks ago. This isn’t my part 2 post on the subject, but it’s about the Moonstrucks 3D Fiber Lashes that I got to try that day. We’ll call this Younique Thoughts (1.5). More specifically, it’s my first impression and why I chose not to purchase the product that the company seems to be most famous for. 

That is 1 coat of the 3D Lashes
      Don't worry Younique reps who read my blog, this is not a review of shame! Personally, every time I see people with naturally long eyelashes wearing this mascara, they always seem clumpy and spidery to me. It's likely that they're applying it the way someone who REALLY needs the fuller lash look would and are getting something that isn't soft or pretty (in my opinion), so for all you girls out there with long, full lashes, definitely take it easy on the fibers. The product is good, it's waterproof, and looked wonderful on many of the other women at the party, this is just a case of personal preferences, as well as proving that while a product may be wonderful, it's not always for everyone! Some of you girls may love the way that this looks, and if you do I say go for it! It's a great product that definitely lives up to the hype. In the several hours that I wore it, it did not flake, smear, or run when I started to tear up (no I wasn't crying, I was yawning)! So my verdict on the 3D lashes are if you really need the extra boost, or feel like you need it. It's definitely worth the money. However if you already have long full lashes you may be better off investing the money in another product that would benefit your more in the long run.

Blog Update!

Hello fellow beauty fanatics (AKA friends and family I’ve made read this blog)! I haven’t done much in the past week to create a cohesive blog post with one specific theme, so I figured I’d make this a sort of Update. I haven’t been posting this week because, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’ve been working really hard on making my blog look more visually appealing. When I say working hard, I mean I had to watch a million and one tutorials on how to do certain types of coding! See those fancy social media buttons to the right of the page that have replaced the cheesy “Like me! Follow me! Love me!” buttons that the websites provide? Yeah, those took me a good 3 hours to figure out how to do properly. Thank god for Google and Youtube! After going through and reading other popular beauty blogs I realized there was definitely something… off about my aesthetic. I’ve probably said it before but I’ll say it again now, if you clicked on it, it would feel like you stumbled on an old Myspace page… awkward. That being said it will probably change some more over the next few weeks, but nothing as drastic as the current update.

My blog as of this post!

In post related news, I’ve got some really exciting ideas, plus a few suggestions/requests. I did start to do a big post on eyeliner and how NOT to resemble a panda while wearing it, however as great as the iPhone 4 is, it is not ideal for filming tutorials or shooting pictorials. If people ask very nicely I might consider posting a few of the fails, just for a laugh. My Younique makeup came in this week, so once I have used those products for a good amount of time I will definitely write Younique Thoughts (Part 2). Part 1 can be found here.

My next proper product review will be one in a rather large series. Greta from Gbubbles soap (the soap I briefly mentioned in my makeup brush tutorial) has given me a sample of every soap she is currently selling in person at gun shows, and I will be reviewing all of them! Those will probably be catalogued on a static page, as there are so many of them. Because there are so many I will not be writing a post for each one individually, though there will be one review a week of 1-2 of them per week. This week’s will be on her Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey and her Virginia Honey bars (her full list of scents can be found here). Keep a look out for that on either Saturday or Sunday of this week.

I'm currently in possession of all of those small bars you see.

Finishing up, I’m considering keeping a tab of every beauty product I own as well as swatches for them all. Also the thoughts are bouncing around my head for a Twitter, but with everything else I have that’s definitely something I’m going to wait until I have a slightly more establishes schedule/abundance of posts. Until then, I’m going to post some of the looks I haven’t posted before below, with details of the products I used.

Blue and teal with cut crease, this was my first attempt at this style!
Products Used
 Urban Decay Deep End and Maui Wowie
e.l.f. Wicked Beauty Book Black
e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Black
Covergirl Lastblast Volume Mascara.

My take on a classic cat eye with red lip! I love the picture in the bottom right!
Products Used
e.l.f. 150 Geometric Pallet (white, nude, cocoa shadows)
e.l.f. 150 Geometric Pallet (dark brown shadow for eyebrows)
e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Black
e.l.f. Lengthening and Defining Mascara in Black (1 coat)
Covergirl Lashblast Volume Mascara in Very Black (2 coats)
e.l.f. Mineral Color Correcting Primer
e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation in Porcelain
Bare Minerals Mineral Vale (to set foundation)
e.l.f. Shimmering Facial Whip in Pink Lemonade
Rimmel London Kate Moss lipstick in 01

A very natural everyday look using my favorite everyday lipcolor.
Products Used
Urban Decay Naked Pallet (Virgin and Buck)
e.l.f. 150 Geometric Eyeshadow Pallet (dark brown on brows)
e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Black
Covergirl Lashblast Volume Mascara in Very Black (2 coats)
e.l.f. Mineral Color Correcting Primer
e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation in Porcelain
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
Ulta Blush in Sweet Cheeks and Flushed
e.l.f. Matte Lip Color in Praline

Now it's your turn! Leave a comment below with your favorite look, and I'll create a tutorial on how I did it!

Younique Thoughts (Part 1)

Younique makeup products have become increasingly popular since their start a couple years ago. If you don’t know the couple by name, you probably know about their Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes. This mascara has become huge thanks to bloggers and other social media icons discovering it. The before and after pictures of this product are definitely nothing to bat your eyelashes at. Today I had the pleasure of attending a makeup party hosted by the friend of a Younique presenter. Normally, Younique parties in the past have always been held online, and presenters still aren't instructed or equipped properly to host a physical party. As a (soon to be) customer of the company, I find this really confusing. True, it’s easy to see the payoff of their famous mascara, but there are many other products that they sell that a person wouldn't be too keen to buy without an in person presentation of the product. It would be awfully easy for someone to buy the wrong shade of bb cream, foundation, or powder, and while Younique does have a good return policy, that’s just putting more stress and responsibility on their customers. This level of personal responsibility that comes with not being able to see a product in reality will automatically turn many people away. Which is a shame because the quality of product that Younique offers is for the most part worth the price tag. The presenter who did this party did an excellent job at explaining each product, the different uses, and then at the end of her little sales pitch we all had time to socialize, play with the makeup, and get a feel for the products we could be spending as much as 60 dollars on per item.

This woman's set up was lovely! From the moment I arrived I knew I had to have something!

 The day finished in laughter in smiles as we all looked at each other and marveled at the makeup products we had a chance to try out. A couple of women at the party didn't wear makeup consistently, and while they weren't likely to purchase enough makeup to do their whole face, everyone had one product that they enjoyed enough to place an order for. Younique definitely needs to consider making home parties the norm for their company. While their ideology is sound. Making everything electronic definitely does save money, they're losing money by not letting women get together and test out some of their products in an environment they're comfortable in. It'll be interesting to see how Younique addresses this in the future as more and more presenters start to do this without company backing.

Makeup Brush Cleaning Tutorial

Look how dirty they've gotten!
    Today's post will be on how to clean your makeup brushes. the majority of my brushes get completely demolished. Somehow, I manage to use almost every brush in my 24 piece kit in a week. This amount of usage can create some very nasty brushes. A lot of makeup brands sell a brush cleaner made specifically for this purpose, and there are a plethora of different DIY recipes. I don't use any of these, rather, I use a bar of soap (mine is a home made glycerin base I buy from a woman named Greta I met while working gun shows) and some water to restore the soft clean status of my brushes at the end of a week.  Read below for a fairly basic step by step and (provided I can get it to work) a video showing the simple process.

Gbubbles soap in Grandfather's Pipe
My poor babies

Must Haves
 -Bar of soap (not anti bacterial)
-Dirty brushes

How To

Wet your brush. Don't squeeze off excess water.

Soap it up. Use the water in the brush to scrub and clean the bristles.
 Swirl it around until the brush is soapy.
Rinse your brush. Let your fingers work through the bristles to make sure it gets nice and clean.
Once clean squeeze it gently and reshape the brush.

Important note: Always let brushes dry vertically with the brushes pointed downward!!!

Video Tutorial