As I’m starting to get older, i’m keen as mustard to try and keep my skin looking as youthful as possible. I’ve finally got a good cleansing routine in place, but I sometimes need just a little extra… something.

I love a good face mask. They are probably one of my favourite ways to unwind. To me, it feels relaxing – especially if I can just slap one on, jump in the bath and then lay back with a glass of wine and a good book for half an hour. But sometimes, I just want to be extra, for the sake of being extra. And that’s where the GlamGlow #GlitterMask comes into play.

I was only vaguely aware of the GlamGlow brand from seeing it being talked about on YouTube by some of the bigger ‘beauty bloggers’. I’m certain a while a go, I had googled them and then balked at the prices. Holy crap, that’s expensive… $$$. However, recently I couldn’t resist the call, and after seeing the #GlitterMask… I knew I had to have it. So I hopped in the car and took a trip to the nearest retail outlet that stocked GlamGlow (which happened to be Boots in the Reading Oracle) and picked it up. As I was there, I had a browse through the rest of the GlamGlow range and also grabbed the Galacticleanse Jelly-to-Milk Hydrating CleanserΒ (review soon) and the Waterburst Hydrating Glow MoisturiserΒ (review also soon). The three products came to OVER Β£100. Shit. This stuff had BETTER be good…

Why so expensive?

Originally, the treatments crafted by GlamGlow were designed for professional use backstage in Hollywood; the story is a famous ‘actor’ friend of the company founders was complaining about not being able to find a treatment that would instantly give visible results, making their skin ‘camera ready’. The founders, Glenn & Shannon, began work on formulating something – something that was not for retail, but for their actor friends. Apparently, their actor friends were so blown away by the results that they requested more, and before long, a luxury retailer got word and requested to carry the product… and thus GlamGlow was born.

#Glitter, #Glitter and more #Glitter

So the #GlitterMask is actually just a special version of the standard GravityMud Firming Treatment Mask. The glitter in this mask is purely for fun and naturally serves no real purpose, other than giving you some great instagram selfies. The box the product comes in is black and silver, with loads of glitter and holographic detail. Like, I can’t deny it’s actually a really cute little box. Inside, you get the treatment inside a metal jar which feels really sturdy and looks really boujee too (as it should, for Β£42 a box!).

You also get a little brush applicator, as well as a little instructional leaflet. There is also a little sample sachet of the original GravityMud formula, that has enough product to do one treatment with (which I think is a very nice touch). You get 50g of product, which from experience so far, should amount to around 6-8 treatments. That’s not really a lot, especially when you consider the price. But they claim this is ‘spa quality’ skin care… so let’s just see, shall we?

Water\Aqua\Eau, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Alcohol Denat., Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Montmorillonite, Pentylene Glycol, Illite, Polysorbate 20, Canadian Colloidal Clay, Caprylyl Glycol, Althaea Officinalis Leaf Extract, Tapioca Starch, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Colloidal Platinum, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Alcohol, Ascophyllum Nodosum Powder, Polysorbate 80, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Citric Acid, Lecithin, Pullulan, Porphyridium Cruentum Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance (Parfum), Coumarin, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163)Formulated without: paraben, sulfate

Instagram Moment

I live for an instagram moment, and the product comes with a hashtag already. After cleansing my face and giving my facial hair a little bit of a trim, I got ready to apply the product. I had read some varying reviews from other people; some that could sing nothing but the masks praises; others warned of burning, itching and loose glitter being found in various places it shouldn’t be. I have to admit, I was concerned as my skin is perhaps may a little more on the sensitive side. However i’ve been noticing improvements since I upped my skincare game; so I had hoped it would all be fine.

I opened the jar, peeled off the seal and immediately was greeted by the scent. I cannot describe it exactly, but it smells… tropical. Kind of like, coconut mixed with pineapple and something else… like I really like it. If you are someone who doesn’t like overly fragranced products, then you will not like this. But for me, I love it; I could literally just sit here and sniff it all day. Suspended in the mixture is all of the glitter and some rather large stars… I dipped the brush in and it has a consistency of… well, like slime. According to the box, you need to apply using upward brush strokes; and so that’s what I did. I began covering my face in glitter.

It Tingles!

As soon as I started applying, I could feel a tingling sensation. Uh oh, I thought… it’s going to start burning me. It’s not good for my skin. Holy crap… but I persisted. In this instance, for me, the tingle never really went further than that. It didn’t ‘burn’, if anything, it felt… cooling. Which, I have to admit, in this current heatwave we are going through, was actually pretty nice! The box advises to not go ‘too’ heavy with the mask, as it will take longer to dry – the idea is you want it to dry down completely so you can then just peel it off. Once I had applied, I passed it over to my husband, so he could do it as well.

I then proceeded to lay on the bed, popped up twitter and just relaxed for 30 minutes, with the fan blowing on my lightly to keep me cool (and help the mask dry). So what is this mask supposed to do? It claims to Firm, Life, Tighten, Tone and give your skin ‘Sexy Contours’. I’m not quite sure what that means. But I have a round face, so any contour would be great, let alone a ‘sexy’ one. Inside the mask, is a patented TEAOXI complex of Licorice and Marshmallow leaf, designed to firm up the skin.

PEEL ME!

As the mask dries, I can definitely feel it tightening on my skin. Now was the time to peel. I was really scared. Whilst the tingling sensation hadn’t bothered me, what if when I peeled this off, it was also going to peel my face off? I was a little worried but I began to carefully rub away at the edge of the mask on my forehead. It started to come away, and then very slowly, I began to peel it off.

I took it nice and slow, as I was looking to try and peel it off in one piece. As my skin underneath was being revealed, I was relieved to see it definitely wasn’t read or blotchy. We had a slight issue were a little bit of my hair around my ear had moved and gotten ‘stuck’ so there was a little but of pulling (but that was my fault). I had shaved my faced hair down to mild stubble, and the mask peeled off from there with ease and without pulling either. I was actually really impressed with how smoothly the mask peeled off. And it’s oh so satisfying. I’ve never used a peeling mask before but now I am obsessed.

Once it had all been removed, there were a few little black patches on my skin, but this is normal and just needs to be rinsed off with some warm water (and maybe a soft cloth). Once I had done that and patted my skin dry, I could already feel a difference. I wasn’t expecting my face to feel as soft and smooth as it did; but damn… my cheek area also felt a little firmer as well. I popped on a little of the Waterburst moisturiser and then admired the results in the mirror. No blotchiness, no redness – just clear and refreshed looking skin that felt lifted and glowing. I’m sold.

But it’s a gimmick…

But you know, the glitter is definitely just a gimmick. Which is why I am really grateful for GlamGlow including a sample of the original GravityMud inside the box. I did a second treatment using that mask. This one goes on white and then dries down to a bright chrome finish (I looked like the Tin Man). The original formula peeled off possibly slightly easier (as there is no particles in the mix) but the results were pretty much the same. My skin felt brighter, firmer and really soft – and that’s before i’ve put on my moisturiser. I feel that once i’ve used this, i’m going to have a great skin day.

I’ve almost gone through the #GlitterMask – would I buy it again? Probably not. Whilst the concept is fun and great for some insta selfies; my concern is how biodegradable the glitter actually is. I know the mask is meant to be peeled off and washed off; but that glitter has to go somewhere once it’s trashed. I’ve yet to find any information on the nature of the glitter. If that’s a concern for you, then you might want to stick with the original GravityMud.

Story Time

After trying the original formula though, I am a firm believe in the power of GravityMud and I am keen to try out some of the other treatments from the GlamGlow range. The price is certainly ‘up there’ but it *is* a luxury product and the results are pretty good. GlamGlow do offer smaller pots of their products for around Β£16 that might be a nicer way of trying out the product at a more affordable price.

Where to Buy

I picked up the #GlitterMask from Boots for Β£42. This version is no longer available from the UK site, but can still be found on the international GlamGlow site.