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5 Reasons Your Skincare Isn’t Working

5 Reasons Your Skincare Isn't Working Titles

Lack of Consistency

Some products and regimens take weeks to work and the waiting game sucks. You may have to do it though. So using/doing it here or there when it says do it several times a week isn’t going to help you in the long run. On the flipside, don’t let this be a license to go extra hard. The key is being consistent, not overdoing it. Continue reading 5 Reasons Your Skincare Isn’t Working

A Skincare Winner: St. Ives Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Scrub

If you’re anything like me, you try products, use it for awhile, then move on to something else. It’s not the product is bad you just want to check something else out. Sometimes those abandoned products end up languishing under your sink and others times you end  up revisiting them and wonder how you lived without it. I’m in the latter category with St.Ives Even & Bright Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Scrub.

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Walgreens Haul Going Up…On a Wednesday

Walgreens IGThis is just a quick post of my Walgreens haul. It’s a little bit of skincare, a little bit of lipstick, and a non-beauty fave I haven’t shared here before, office supplies. Continue reading Walgreens Haul Going Up…On a Wednesday

5 Products I'm Bringing With Me Into 2015

2014 is coming to a close. While some of us are thinking about what we want to leave behind I wanted to share some beauty products that are coming with me into 2015.

OCC Pagan and Technopagan
OCC Lip Tars($18.00)

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Freeman Beauty Charcoal and Black Sugar Polishing Mask Review

Freeman Beauty Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask

I feel like I’m turning into a Freeman product junkie. Yesterday I hit up 3 different stores just to find the Charcoal and Black Sugar Polish Mask, the subject of today’s post. A few days ago I finished off my 3rd travel size packet of the product and realized I needed the full size in my house ASAP because I felt such a difference in my skin after using it. Continue reading Freeman Beauty Charcoal and Black Sugar Polishing Mask Review

Let This Be Your Best Friend: Freeman Diamond Mineral Rinse Mask

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Feeling Beautiful Diamond Mineral Rinse Mask

I picked up another Freeman Feeling Beautiful product. This one is the Diamond Mineral Rinse Mask.

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Diamond Rinse Mineral Rinse Mask
Freeman Feeling Beautiful Diamond Rinse Mineral Rinse Mask($1.99)

The last mask I reviewed was the Rose Brightening Paper Mask. I like it and I like this Diamond Mineral one as well. This one is a clarifying clay mask with the antioxidant Sparkleberry and perfect for all skin types. It’s also paraben-free. Continue reading Let This Be Your Best Friend: Freeman Diamond Mineral Rinse Mask

Glam Glow Youth Mud Tinglexfoliate Treatment Review

My birthday was last month so I received a Sephora gift card. I decided to spend on the Glam Glow Youth Mud Tinglexfoliate Treatment. This particular product comes in two sizes, a .5oz size that retails for $19 and a 1.7oz size that retails for $69. I purchased the .5oz because I only had a $25 gift card.

Glam Glow Youth Mud
Glam Glow Youth Mud Tinglexfoliate Treatment

Product Claims

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.

My Take

The first thing I noticed was its citrusy smell. It has a gritty texture which makes sense because it is supposed exfoliate. I definitely felt a tingle after I applied it to my skin and even after it dried. The tingle doesn’t bother me but someone with sensitive skin may want to keep that in mind.

The mask has green tea leaf pieces in it that makes it a bit weird to apply. The tea leaves are pretty large and they fall off if you rub them too hard. The tea leaves are supposed to infuse the mask with super antioxidants and Polyphenols, so I don’t think it matters if they stay on your face or not.

 

youth mud tea leaf
The tea leaf covered in the mask.

It rinses off easily. It goes from grey to white so it’s easy to know when to rinse it off. To get the exfoliating benefits the skin should be rubbed in a circular motion. After rinsing I could tell that my skin felt tighter. I won’t go so far as saying that my skin looks more radiant. I dislike those kinds of claims because it just makes me wonder “What does that even mean?” I can say that my skin feels smoother as I apply my moisturizer immediately after use. I don’t think my skin’s texture is terrible but noticing a difference is noticing a difference.

I could see myself buying this product again or even moving on to one of Glam Glow’s other products like the Super Mud which is more skin clearing than exfoliating. By no means is it cheap, but I think the amount I need to use and how well it seems to work outweighs the price for me.

Have you tried any Glam Glow products? Please leave a comment below.

Glam Glow Youth Mud Tinglexfoliate Treatment(.5oz) retails for $19 at Sephora.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Montmorillonite (Volcanic Minerals), Kaolin (French Sea Clay), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (Purified Clay), Polyethylene, Pumice (Micro Volcanic Rock), Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea Leaf), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (Green Tea), Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract (Chamomile), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Marigold), Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract (Cucumber), Hedara Helix Extract (Ivy), Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract (Comfrey Herb), Lavandula Hybrida Oil (Lavender), Glycerin (Vegetable), Parfum, [Benzyl Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool], Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

The Olay Pro-X Brush Is Enough For Me

This is definitely not a post that will disparage any of the other automatic cleansing brushes on the market. For one, I haven’t tried all of them. And two, I believe on some level they all work to the best of their ability, so if you have one that you love by all means stick with it. I happen to love my Olay Pro-X brush.

What do I love about it? I love how it exfoliates my skin. Years ago, I thought flaky patches I would see after I applied my makeup were dry skin. I would moisturize and moisturize those areas to counteract the less than pretty look I’d get with foundation or powder. I now know that it probably wasn’t dry skin but skin that needed to be sloughed off. It’s one problem that I do not have anymore and this brush works better than any washcloth or exfoliating cleansers I’ve tried.

I’ve read reviews about the Olay Pro-X brush and some people complain about the battery compartment being hard to remove. I didn’t have that problem. Others complained about not being able to apply cleanser directly to the brush. In my opinion, applying cleanser to the brush is a mistake because the bristles aren’t dense enough so your cleanser will fall to the base of brush. You’re much better off working the cleanser onto your face with your hands then using the brush. And since the brush spins rather than oscillates, lather may go flying if you’re not too careful.

The Olay Pro-X retails for $29.99 and comes with a replacement brush head and cleanser.
The Olay Pro-X retails for $29.99 and comes with a replacement brush head and cleanser.
Can you see all that space between the bristles? Put the cleanser on your face then use the brush.
Can you see all that space between the bristles? Put the cleanser on your face then use the brush.

I know a lot of people use automatic cleansing brushes to remove make-up. This brush probably could do that, but it doesn’t seem like it’s a good idea. If you’re washing off a full face of make-up you might have to make more than one pass. If you make multiple passes with this brush you run the risk of over-exfoliating so be careful. I prefer to get as much make-up off as I can with make-up remover wipes before I move on to using the brush because I only use it for 1-2 minutes on my face.

I used to really want the higher end cleansing brushes because I heard so many great things about them. Over time I’ve learned that this brush is doing what I want it to do so I want the other brushes less. Don’t get me wrong, I would totally try all of them, but I don’t have this longing for them anymore.

Have you tried this brush?

The Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System retails for $29.99 and can be found where Olay products are sold and online.