GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD® TINGLEXFOLIATE TREATMENT

Originally designed as a 10-minute professional ‘facial in a jar’ for behind-the-scenes use in Hollywood’s Entertainment, Music, Fashion & Award industries. YOUTHMUD® provides gentle resurfacing exfoliation and helps to leave skin smoother, brighter, and softer resulting in immediate camera-ready glowing skin. For Men & Women. Get your Youthful Sexy Glow back in just 10 minutes. YOUTHMUD® for Super Sexy Super Radiant Skin™.

GlamGlow YouthMud was literally the most talked about face mask, ever… and might still very well be. All the well-established magazines kept featuring it. Well-known blogs were constantly mentioning it. Makeup Girls on YouTube were churning out video after video on how to apply it. Everyone was obsessed with GlamGlow Mud Masks! Quite frankly, they made it sound like it was the second coming. Naturally, I was dying to get my hands on a jar of this miraculous product. Sadly, Aramex have confiscated or straight up refused to ship my packages in the past (due to the shipping restrictions) so I wasn’t sure that they’d deliver this little miracle-worker in a jar. So I bided my time and waited… and waited… and waited (very patiently, if I do say so myself… which I do). Finally, this stuff made it to Kuwait and I quickly snatched up a jar of magic (can’t remember the exact amount I shelled out but it felt overpriced) for yours truly from Sephora.

How To Use
Apply a Thin Layer to Clean Face. Expect a Tingle-tastic Tightening Effect in 10 minutes or less. Remove Mask with Water in Circular Motions to exfoliate. Use Twice a Week or as often as Desired.

Like the rest of us sheep beauty product junkies, I am a sucker for cool packaging (and/or pretty presentation) and this GlamGlow stuff did not disappoint. It came in an all-black box (as shown above) with holographic print including their logo, a single star. The jar was safely nestled inside amidst cardboard or whatever, so it wouldn’t get banged up inside the box. The jar looked pretty cool as well and had sustainable weight to it (like if you threw it at someone, it would hurt, although there’s no need to be hurling it anyone but I’m just sayin’). The jar was also air-tight which I seriously appreciated because nobody wants their face masks to dry up, especially not at the price I payed for it. It even came with a tiny pamphlet (the kind you unfold to reveal 10,000 pages) with instructions on how to use the stuff. I couldn’t wait to use the stuff so I carefully snapped a few photos using my iPhone, tore the thing open, and slapped it on, felt my face starting to burn, freaked out, washed it off, and hopped in the shower. Sadly, my iPhone died shortly after (unrelated reasons) which meant I lost all the photos because I don’t believe in backing up my data on account of my paranoia (we’re being watched, I tells ya’!) which is why I had to resort to stealing the photo above of the box (which I’d thrown out) from google. On my second try, I decided to actually read and follow the directions as opposed to just winging it, like the first time.

Not gonna’ lie, this was quite fun to use… at first. I’d apply a thin layer (which would apply as a dark green, just like the way it looks in the tub) to my face. My face would start to to burn tingle for a few minutes. Then, the mask would lighten to white-based green (several shades lighter) with little patches of dark green, as it dried down. I could feel my face becoming stiff (I usually attempt to smirk) but once it’s fully dry, the mask will have completely hardened. It should be fully dry after about 10 minutes (depending on how generously you applied it). Ideally, that would be when you would wash the whole thing off. The visible changes in the mask while it’s applied to your face can be fun to watch, especially when you can feel the difference while it’s changing! At one point, I felt like all I was missing was a Ghillie Suit to complete the whole look! The fact that this mask had what looked to be like little twigs and leaves in it further cemented the notion.

Worthy of note, this stuff has a strong, herbal, somewhat earthy scent which isn’t the most horrible thing in the world but it’s not exactly what I would call a pleasant scent. Unfortunately, the scent does tend to linger. This mask did leave my face feeling softer but only marginally so (I believe you can get the same result from other lesser-priced products). A lot of people claim that this stuff shrinks their pores but I didn’t notice a difference, honestly. I did not appreciate the burning or “tingling” as they call it. I mean, I’ve gone on and on …er, on this blog about my love for products that have a cooling sensation/tingly feeling on the skin and such but this straight up burned my face, and I don’t even have sensitive skin! It wasn’t just a one time thing either. I’ve tried this stuff on several occasions trying to pinpoint the reasoning. I’ve used different amounts (decreasing it in small increments or whatever) but nothing worked. This stuff straight up burned my face. It’s not an “OMG I’m dying!” burn but it’s not a “fun” (teehee this stuff really is working) burn, either. I dunno… I just found it unpleasant. Most unforgivable of all however is the fact this wasn’t gritty enough (regardless of all the sticks and leaves and whatnot) for my taste. I love a good physical exfoliant and I realize that that’s not what this is but still I was expecting a lil sum’in but got nada’. Overall, I’ll be sticking with my MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator (Holy Grail Status, y’all!), thank you very much. In fact, once the novelty of the GlamGlow YouthMud wore off, I went back to my MAC one, which is why the GlamGlow one eventually dried out (I’ve had it for a minute) as you can see from the cracks in the product.

I wanted to love this stuff. I really did. Especially at $69 a tub (which converted to Kuwaiti Dinars should be KD 20 but I’m pretty sure I purchased it somewhere around the KD 24-28 mark) for 50grams, which I felt was quite dear for an insanely over-hyped product. The main ingredients are Volcanic Rock, French Sea Clay & Active Green Tea Leaf which should explain the unpleasant scent and the hidden twigs and leaves in the mask itself. However, aside from feeling uncomfortable on my face, the unpleasant scent that lingered on my face, the mess that the little sticks and leaves created in my sink and shower (depending on where I was washing this stuff off), the texture (not gritty at all) of this mask despite said twigs and leaves, and finally the hefty price tag, I did not feel the end result was worth it. #sorrynotsorry

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