Question: how can you resist a name like GlamGlow YouthMud TingleExfoliate Treatment ($19/0.5oz) when it covers all these bases: glam, glow, youth, tingle, exfoliate? Answer: you.cannot. I received a sample from Sephora, instantly loving the name and the sleek black/silver packaging it comes in. "Designed as a 10 minute professional facial in a jar," many famous folk in Hollywood use it for "immediate camera-ready glowing skin." It promises a slew of all things fabulous to the skin: radiance, glow, smoother/tighter texture, a more youthful appearance, absorption of impurities without removing natural oils and protection against free radical damage. Ingredients include volcanic minerals (!) kaolin clay, purified clay, pumice, green tea leaf, green tea, chamomile, marigold, cucumber, ivy, comfrey herb, lavender and glycerin. It has a patent pending Teaoxi green tea leaf that "delivers super antioxidants, polyphenols and super squalene via the real pieces of tea leaf contained in the mask" which brings on the anti-aging/anti-wrinkle goodness (this is a lotta stuff to wrap your brain around, no?) It has no parabens, sulfates or phthalates and has a fresh, mildly clean scent. It is darker gray in color with a hint of gritty texture. It definitely contains green tea leaves as they come out in clumps from the tube. It spreads on thickly and easily. It is to be left on for 10 minutes tingling and tightening as it works its magic (fun!) After 10 minutes passes, it is removed with water in circular motions to start the exfoliation process. So, was I left with a "GlamGlow" on my face after use? More importantly, should I get ready for my close-up?
Verdict: Just the thought of a close-up on my face gives me the friggin' chills and a queasy stomach! Back to GlamGlow, I liked this stuff. I liked the ingredients and scent, definitely enjoyed the tingle and tightening sensations as the mask dried down and thoroughly enjoyed exfoliating it off my face as the final step. Some reviews on Sephora stated the tingling was too intense especially for sensitive skin, however, I did not find this to be the case for me. I didn't notice a huge difference in my skin in terms of smoothness, clarity or texture but it didn't cause any problems either. I found it fun to use especially when I walked around with tea leaves stuck all over my grayed out face.
To purchase or not to purchase? This is a fun, unique, multi-purpose product with some interesting ingredients mixed in. I did not experience noticeable difference in my skin in a good or bad way, however, it was enjoyable to use. It is a pricey beauty pick so maybe purchase this when you want to shake it up and add something different to your skincare routine. Everyone should experience tea leaves stuck to their face at least once in the name of beauty. For info/purchase, head to sephora.com. **It's also availabe in 1.7oz for $69.
**This is a sample size in the picture below:
**You can see some of the tea leaves below: