December 15, 2013

Review: GLAMGLOW SuperMud Clearing Mask and Gift Sexy Gift Set


 GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment

My skin is a real Sensitive Sally and has way more acne related issues than it should after 23 years. A full year ago I decided to take a break from the medication I take to keep my acne in check. It was a mistake of epic proportions. I took several Photobooth pictures that will never see the light of day just purely to remind myself to never do anything like that ever, ever again. I literally looked like I had chicken pox - my face was entirely covered in deep, painful cysts and patches upon patches of acne. It actually hurt to lay my face against my pillow at night. Even with my medication, I have to take extra care to prevent breakouts. I use Cetaphil cleanser with cold water every morning and night and apply Cetaphil moisturizer at night. Anything stronger and my skin will both develop patches of acne AND dryness - half of it will be peeling off in chunks and the other half will be oily and zit ridden. But this gentle cleanser + moisturizer + medication cocktail keeps my breakouts in check.

A problem that I haven't figured out how to combat is blackheads. My pores are apparently really hospitable hosts for dirt and bacteria. Blackheads just camp out all across my cheeks and nose like some kind of horrible, uninvited house guest who just sits on your couch all day and hogs your cable and food. I've tried everything to rectify this - pore strips, exfoliaters, those metal blackhead extractors, drugstore products, high end products, prescription products - they either yield jack shit or yield jack shit AND dry my skin out. I don't know how the gunk manages to burrow so deep and hang on so tightly. You'd think I had flawless Barbie skin if you were to look at my used pore strips but staring me plain in the face tells a very different story.

I believe that bettering your skin is the best thing anyone who is committed to beauty and makeup can do for themselves. What's the point of slathering the perfect shade of $42 foundation all over yourself if the canvas you're working on has pores that are visible from space? Makeup can only do so much. You eventually have to confront your skin issues head on and with a vengeance and don't feel that this is hyperbole or anything. You absolutely have to go up against acne like you're going into battle, especially when it's insisting that it still wants to be a part of your life past your awkward teenage years. I would probably bathe in the blood of slain virgins if that's what it took to give me flawless skin - like, maybe Elizabeth Bathory had the right idea. I'm certainly not going to pass judgement against her for trying.

Luckily, it doesn't take virgin blood to give you good skin nowadays. Like most things, it just takes money - namely, dropping a small stack of cash on a measly looking 1.2 fl oz of product. The beauty committee has been abuzz over GLAMGLOW masks for the past month or so. The SuperMud Clearing Mask has received a lot of praise and I decided to try it out. The $69 price tag was pretty alarming but Sephora is currently running a BOGO sort of deal with their GLAMGLOW Gift Sexy gift set.

 GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment

You pay $69 for both 1.2 fl oz of the SuperMud Clearing Mask and 0.5 fl oz of the YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment. The regular size of the later is 1.7 fl oz and retails for $69 so you're essentially receiving a free sample size along with a full priced full size amount of the Clearing Mask. I picked up this gift set as a gift to my skin. I'm indifferent towards the exfoliating treatment and haven't used it yet but an add on is an add on.

 GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment

 GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment

 GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment

 GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment

I was barely home from Sephora for a full two minutes before I was ready to try out the SuperMud Clearing Mask. I used an old foundation brush to paint the mask onto my skin, after removing my makeup, of course. I made the mask way too thick on my first try. A thin layer yields better results and, luckily, wastes less product. Trust me, if I'm paying more than $50 per fl oz of something I'm going to guard that shit like I'm a dragon guarding gold.

 GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment

 GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment Before During Review
Initial application and crazy eyes. Sorry. I look like someone who just found a camera and accidentally took a selfie, surprising myself in the process.
 GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment before during review
As it dries

 GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment before during after review

The mask initially goes on as a very dark gray and fades into a light gray. It has some chunkier particles but goes on very smoothly. Again, a little goes a long way. Apply it, let it work it's magic for about 15 minutes and rinse off with cold water. Now here's the money shots. As a warning, these shots are close ups of my disgusting pores. What you're about to see may shock and disturb you.

See all those little dots? That's oil. That's the contents of my pores that have been pulled out by this mask. These little dots will appear anywhere your face is hoarding dirt and oil. My problem areas with my pores are definitely the sides of my nose, my cheeks and the tip of my nose. As you can see, these areas are covered in dots because all the nasty shit has been pulled out.

 GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment before during after review

For best results, take a hot shower to open up your pores and then apply a thin layer of this mask. I've used this mask three times since I've purchased it - once in a too thick layer, one in a properly applied thin layer and once more after a shower. The difference it has made is astounding. My pores are normally visible. When you're looking at me, you're looking at gaping pores on my nose and cheeks. Now, my pores look like pinpricks. My skin actually feels like real Barbie skin when I apply my foundation. Everything just feels and looks smoother and tighter. I've kept the rest of my skin routine as is and I haven't even experienced any kind of flaking or dryness. My pores just look purged of all the crap they've been holding onto for years. A literal three experimental uses of this mask and my pores are seemingly empty.

This mask is probably going to ruin my life. I could honestly quit my job and all my hobbies just so I could apply this every hour and watch it work. Seeing all these dots of oil appear in the mask is addictive. It's great if you're a disgusting human being like me and take sick pleasure from popping zits. You literally watch your pores empty before your eyes as the mask dries. You can see that the packaging promised "fast results" and it wasn't fucking around. You're purging your skin of all this shit in less time than it takes to watch 3 chapters of R Kelly's "Trapped in a Closet".

 GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment before during after reivew

 GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment before during after review

You can use this all over your face, as a spot treatment to suck the excess oil out of zits or just keep it contained to your problem areas like I did. I almost don't even know why I'm writing words right now. I feel that the pictures do all the talking. This mask visibly pulls dirt and oil out of your pores and then you wash it off your face like it was no thing to begin with. I haven't checked the ingredients list but the first one is probably "sorcery" because I don't know how this works so well otherwise.

They also make a "for guys" version which is exactly the same, except with blue packaging so men don't end up, like, totally demasculinized by the color pink. I almost shit myself when I was playing around with the box my products came in - if you pull open your already opened box, it turns into the "for guys" box. So, really, exactly the same product. Literally.

IT'S NOT FOR WOMEN
I'd recommend this mask for guys - they can use it as a spot treatment if the idea of a full mask brings fluffy robes and cucumbers over their eyes to mind. This is really an acne treatment at its core and acne is like the ultimate social justice warrior - it doesn't discriminate due to gender or sexuality or race or religion. Men are getting acne. I mean, People's Sexiest Man Alive is the goddamn face of Proactiv - even allegedly hot guys are getting acne. I applied some of this mask to my boyfriend's nose and the results were nothing short of amazing. He spent about 10 minutes hunched over my magnifying mirror, staring at the oil dots forming all over his nose. He says that the GLAMGLOW Super Mud mask is a "miracle product" and that dermatologists' treatments have never made his skin look as good. My boyfriend knows next to nothing about beauty and skincare so this testimonial should mean a lot to you. Why would he lie?

Buy this mask for yourself or as an extravagant gift for someone you love. It's fun to you and amps your skin up to levels of beautiful you never knew were possible. I've been trying to find something to unclog my pores for about 7 years now and this mask did it in 3 uses. I've taken these gross photos of my nose so you can see for yourself and better your life immediately. Don't let it be in vain. Buy the gift set here.

1 comment:

  1. Oh wow, I need this. I have so many blackheads that those Biore strips won't remove.

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