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Saturday Sample - GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment Mask.

9 August 2014
Late last month I posted the contents of my Mecca Beauty Loop Box and in that post I mentioned that I was really wishing that the GlamGlow sample I received had been the face mask version instead of the eye mask version. Well, as it turns out one of my readers got in contact with me and offered to send me a sample of the Glam Glow YouthMud Face Mask.

I'd just like to say a big thank you to Jacqueline, this post wouldn't have happened without her because I wouldn't have purchased the mask without knowing that I liked it and the girl knows what I like because she included a little tea sample for me to enjoy as well. You're a gun Jacqueline!

The Glam Glow mask claims:

  • Leaves skin noticeably radiant and glowing
  • Activates collagen synthesis
  • Provides gentle resurfacing exfoliation
  • Helps to leave skin smoother, brighter and softer
  • Provides tighter skin texture and tighter pores
  • Helps to provide a more youthful appearance
  • Absorbs impurities without removing natural oils
  • Helps to protect against free radical damage

Directions of use are: Apply a thin layer to clean face. Expect a tingle-tastic tightening effect in 10 mins or less. Remove mask with water in circular motions to exfoliate. Use twice a week or as often as desired.

To start off with my skin wasn't really bad but it is recovering from the nightmare that was my recent run in with Nivea products, congested pores on my chin have been an issue for a few years now but I mostly keep that kind of controlled, I also have a nose full of wonderful blackheads which I didn't photograph up close because I didn't think it would be necessary (ie; I didn't expect amazing results and figured this would be a quick post).

My first impression when I felt the texture of the mask is that it's not as thick as I thought it would be which actually makes it super easy to smooth over your face. It has this gorgeous fresh scent which is actually kind of surprising because it looks like green sloppy mud and I expected it to smell along the lines of that too

It contains little granules that feel like sand but finer and little chunks of what looks like seaweed but I believe are pieces of green tea leaves. It also contains the occasional twig like piece that will fall off your face during application. Good for giggles.

After about a minute I began to feel the 'tingle' but what I felt was not a tingle, it was a burn, full blown and powerful enough to concern me before I said fuck it and went to make my cup of tea, it subsided as the product started to dry and after that my skin felt fine. The mask does get tight as it dries which makes facial movement feel awkward and may result in people laughing at you when you try to have a conversation with them but it's not like you're gonna go to a bar with this on so that's probably not going to be an issue for people.
Ahh tea..
I had a good time watching my face while the mask was doing it's thing, I felt like I could see a few spots where the gunk looked like it was actually being drawn out of my skin and in to the mask.

After enjoying my delicious tea I went to wash the mask off, I used warm water and followed the instructions in relation to using circular motions. The scrub aspect of this mask is hard core, if you have sensitive skin and need to use gentle scrubbing products then you are going to want to use a super light touch during this part

After washing the mask off my skin felt so soft and smooth and on closer inspection I can see that my pores that are usually blocked look significantly clearer (oh my nose!), also my skin didn't feel as dry as I thought it would which really surprised me, although they say it doesn't remove the natural oils I didn't actually expect that to be true.

My chin is still sad but I seriously didn't expect it to repair the damage there, but it did help with the congested pores a lot.

So to sum it up I really liked this mud mask and I would totally use it again on a regular basis but the price is still an issue for me. I did a little math and worked out that a full size jar would work out to about 10 applications, each application would cost $7.50 and if I applied it twice a week as suggested it would only last me 5 weeks, if I wanted to make this a permanent part of my routine that would work out to buying about 10 jars a year and a whopping $750.00 out of my pocket! Now I probably wouldn't use this twice a week on a regular basis, I'd likely apply it that often until I felt my pores were spotless and then follow up with a weekly mask so lets do that math:
1 jar used twice a week to clear pores leaving 47 more weeks in the year, say I used it once a week I would need approximately 5 more jars to get me through a year, so a total of 6 jars a year costing a total of $450.00.

Four Hundred and Fifty Fucking Dollars. This mask is great but I also think it's price is above it's self. Even if I could half that amount of usage with targeted application it is still a damn expensive mud mask.

There is another mask that is similar that was reviewed by Kat who writes Kitsch Snitch, the Cellilux Glacial Mineral Gel, her review can be found here. I think I would be more likely to purchase this one to try first to see if I could find a cheaper alternative but I'll honestly admit that I am seriously tempted to pay the $75.00 to have this mask in my life, I really, really like it.

Thank you again to Jacqueline for sending me this sample and the tea! I enjoyed both immensely and it is quite possible that you have just created a very expensive monster with this product, I'm so torn!!

GlamGlow products can be purchased at any brick and mortar Mecca Store or online at MeccaCosmetica.
A 50g jar will set you back $75.00AUD while a 15g travel size will cost you $22.00AUD (which works out 12 cents cheaper per application if we follow the general rules of my maths above).

Have you tried the GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment Mask? If so let me know your thoughts in the comments, I'd love to know others opinions on this pricey product (even if you haven't tried it and want to vent about ridiculous prices!).

Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying. Items marked * were sent to me for trial and consideration, all other products were purchased by myself and I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Integrity Always..

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2 comments on "Saturday Sample - GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment Mask."
  1. Heeeey! You're more than welcome!

    I'm glad it worked so well on your skin but the price was why I sent the sample to you (so slack of me I know), I knew if I fell in love with it I'd be heartbroken knowing I'd never buy the full size. Somebody needs to break into their labs and steal the recipe. I'm not sure how clay with a few leaves can add up to be so expensive.

    If it were really THAT good, wouldn't you only need to use it rarely? Like once a month? The results don't seem to last very long and with masks you slap 'em on then rinse them down the drain after 10 min, rinsing money down the's really up to you :)

    It's such an interesting mask, I want to know exactly how it works.

    1. If anyone want to volunteer for breaking in to their labs I won't complain about that hahaha.

      I wrote this review on friday and had it set to publish on saturday morning so it's only been 2 days since using it but my skin is still so damn soft, my pores still look quite clear and my existing spots diminished overnight as well, I'm not sure how long that will last though, it could be that one jar really would last you quite a while depending on how you care for your skin afterwards, so using it once a month or once a fortnight may be totally plausible, I expected my pores to start to look a bit yuck and my skin texture to return to it's usual state shortly after like most masks but it hasn't, so you could be dead right about that.

      I'm beginning to think masks have come a looong way since my days as a mid teen where they didn't really seem to do anything because these days when I use them I'm impressed more often than not. But the price of this really is difficult for me to swallow, I can justify spending $50-$100 on a cleanser because I know I'll only need the smallest amount and it'll last me forever but with only 50 grams of product this one is right up there with the priciest product I've been tempted by.

      I still might buy it though, I'm thinking a Xmas treat from me to me hahaha, it's a great mask but I am kind of sad that I tried it because now I want it in my life!