Hollywood's Best Kept Beauty Secret Revealed: GLAMGLOW® (Updated)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

#spotlight #skincare

What do Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman, Michael Buble and even Usher have in common? These Hollywood A-listers and many many more, share one amazing secret to glowing, even and perfect complexion that grace the silver screen: GLAMGLOW®. And now finally, it hit the shelves in Manila readily available for us brought in by Scent and Beauty Concepts.

If you are like me, every time I watch the Oscars and the faces of Hollywood celebrities are flashed in the screen, I gawk at their perfect hair, flawless skin with minimal makeup. It has been revealed that their secret is not in cosmetic surgery or expensive laser treatments, but instead, it comes in a one little jar.


Packed with ancient volcanic pumice rock, super antioxidants and minerals. GLAMGLOW® was created for the Hollywood industry, it’s a gentle exfoliating mask made of mud from Southern France, using the patent-pending TEAOXI® technology. It gently exfoliates the skin, moisturizes and promotes collagen synthesis. Natural pieces of tea leaf, contained in this mask, deliver ‘Super-Squalene’ and ‘EGCG Super-Antioxidants’ to slow down the process of aging and promote illuminated, brighter and radiant skin. Many other benefits include correcting discoloration, blurring fine lines and wrinkles, and balancing natural oils in the skin. (From Press Release)


GLAMGLOW® was originally designed for exclusive professional backstage use in Hollywood. In 2011, GLAMGLOW® became available to consumers worldwide and is now one of the hottest brands in skincare. Known for fast-acting and innovative mud treatments, their patent-pending formulas combine real pieces of leaf with high-end technology to deliver instant, visible results.

Now let's get right to it! As usual, I will start with packaging. First class packaging for a first class product. I love the elegant black and silver color scheme. It just screams elegance and Hollywood Glam.


Easy to read labels so you can assess and see which mud is designed specially for your individual needs.


The box is too big for such a tiny 15g bottle. But check out the packaging! I feel pretty already!


Remember the cliche, "It's not about quantity, it's about quality"? Sometimes it's just a cliche, but sometimes, it's true. It really is not about quantity, but it's what it's composed of that you are paying for.

Inside, the pamphlet explains everything about the product in 14 different languages. Now that's what I'm talking about. Cosmetic brands should always provide English instructions or whichever language you are selling your products.



Now the following information is from the press kit. Who can better explain what's in it than them?

CONSUMER STUDY RESULTS
100% Agree it brightens dull skin
99% Agree skin is noticeably softer & smoother
97% Agree it produces immediate results

*Results obtained following a consumer use study of 100 individuals.


GLAMGLOW® Youthmud Original 15g, Press Sample Only
50g, PhP 3,750
"GLAMGLOW’s revolutionary YOUTHMUD TINGLEXFOLIATE TREATMENT is taking Hollywood by storm. Designed for backstage use in the entertainment, music, fashion and award industries for immediate camera-ready skin. GLAMGLOW® is popular with celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Natalie Portman, Miley Cyrus, Ryan Seacrest, Giuliana Rancic and more. Just 10-minutes of using this mud mask treatment gives you instant results including a noticeable 3-day glow by stimulating the skin’s collagen synthesis. GLAMGLOW® contains mud from France’s Mediterranean Sea (home to glamorous Cannes, St. Tropez and Monaco) ancient volcanic pumice rock and TEAOXI® GLAMGLOW’s groundbreaking patent pending time-release technology. TEAOXI® delivers a blend of time-release antioxidants containing fresh Super-Squalene, EGCG Super-Antioxidants & Polyphenols directly into the mud from real pieces of tea leaf contained in the jar."

Most skin care products have plastic protective covers. I think it's to keep the moisture in and so the product won't dry out. So it is best to keep them covered like so.

"GLAMGLOW’s original mud treatment provides gentle resurfacing exfoliation leaving skin smoother, brighter, and softer. GLAMGLOW® absorbs impurities without removing natural oils, providing tighter skin texture and tighter pores. Designed for men and women of all ages & all skin types. Use a couple of times a week or simply when you need GLAM-tasticTM skin. Contains no sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs or triclosan." [From official Press Release]

YOUTHMUD contains Green Tea, Volcanic Pumice Rock and Minerals, and French Sea Clay. So now the moment you have been waiting for. I am going to apply this product on myself!

I received these two sample sachets from GLAMGLOW® at the launch along with a 15g product of the original GLAMGLOW® Mud. The product for retail come in 50g jars for PhP 3,750.


Let's start with the original treatment. Each original mud sachet contains 5g of product.

GLAMGLOW® Youthmud Original 5g sachet, Free
Their promise: It only takes 10 minutes to achieve radiant and glowing skin.


This is my skin before applying GLAMGLOW®. I had makeup on so I made sure my face was makeup free and cleansed my skin with facial wash and water.

Don't forget to click on the photos to view them bigger and closer!


According to the demo, the 5g can be divided into two uses, but I didn't want to save the half because it might dry out and I will just end up wasting the product. It contains a lot of grains and has a slight thick consistency so it kinda hurts to put it on. The product is actually darker than in this photo like dark gray.

This one smells like skin care. It has a slight fruity smell. Marine-ish smell. I can't really describe it.


You will feel a tingling sensation just as the packaging says it would. For me though, I found that it stung a little. After about 3 minutes, my T-Zone was throbbing. Literally throbbing, I could feel my heart beat there but it actually felt good because it felt like the mud was doing its job.

It goes away when you are nearing 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, the mud dries a light gray. The chunks you see are actual tea leaves.


Pat some water to soften the mud and dampen and loosen the mud in circular motions until it's all loose and you can start exfoliating your skin lightly. After about 2 minutes of massaging the product on your face, rinse very well.


Immediately, my face felt taught but not dry. Very supple and my skin is just brighter! Not whiter, but brighter, like a glow-from-within look. I know that sounds too good to be true, but these photos don't do justice to the after effects. I love that the tiny bumps on my face that I usually pick on (and eventually bleeds) is gone.

My skin is smoother like baby skin. Of course it doesn't look like baby skin but my skin is softer to the touch.


Here is my before and after pics side by side so you can see the difference.


And here is a closer look at my nose. My BEFORE picture clearly shows my blackhead-infested nose. When you look at the AFTER photo, you will see that my blackheads have lessened and my pores are tighter.

A few more uses of this product and I know that my nose will eventually clear up!


HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS ON THE ORIGINAL MUD:

PROS
  • Instant smooth skin!
  • Skin is visibly more radiant after use.
  • Can be used 10 minutes before makeup application and achieve beautiful glowing skin.
  • Exfoliates dry dead skin that makes skin look dull.
  • Aids in making the skin tone look even.
  • Removes bumps on skin that traps hair.
  • Nose is visibly tighter.
  • Skin is taught but not dry.
  • Skin's texture improves also by making it look more elastic.
  • For such a fantastic product that works, this is affordable!


NEUTRAL
  • Makes skin really tight so you have to apply moisturizer.
  • Tingly sensation is a little uncomfortable but goes away in 10 minutes.


CONS
  • N/A


Will I re-purchase? Most definitely.
Will I recommend it? Absolutely.


MY OVERALL RATING: ★★★★

Now let's move on with the clearing treatment. The mud that supposedly clears the pores, problematic skin, blemishes, pimples, breakouts, zits, spots, black and white heads, razor bumps and in-grown hair.

GLAMGLOW® Supermud Clearing Treatment 2.5g Sachet, Free
15g, Press Sample Only
50g, PhP 3,750

When you apply this mud, it's easier to spread on your face because it contains a lot less of the grains. I love the smell of this mud better because it smells of Green Tea and some kind of mint. I love how relaxing it is!

The sachet contains half of the original mud because this one can be used thinner and it spreads better because of the thinner consistency.


I let the mud sit on my face for a full 10 minutes. You can see that my T-Zone looks very porous. Let me explain to you what that is all about:
[Image from www.orlabyrne.com]
Yes, those dark spots are dirt and oil drawn out from deep under my pores. You can also see that they are concentrated in my T-Zone where my problem usually is when I am wearing makeup.


Use the same method in removing the mask like what I did from the original mud: Pat some water to soften the mud and dampen and loosen the mud in circular motions until it's all loose and you can start exfoliating your skin lightly. After about 2 minutes of massaging the product on your face, rinse very well.


According to some reviews I read online, you can skip the skin care but I still applied moisturizer after the treatment. After about 10 minutes, my skin felt uncomfortably tight so I had to moisturize my skin.

My pimples didn't actually clear up, but I didn't expect them to because with skin care, you have to treat it several times before they really go away. I love that my skin looks glowing after the treatment. My acne levelled out and is not that raised anymore.


The redness of my pimples are not so red anymore. My skin is makeup ready and I just love how even my skin looked.


HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS ON THE CLEARING TREATMENT:

PROS
  • Easy to use!
  • Instant results! Only takes 10 minutes for the most perfect base for makeup application.
  • Raised pimples go down.
  • Red marks on pimples are instantly reduced.
  • Reduced swelling on pimples.
  • Leaves skin soft and supple.
  • Gives an instant glow-from-within result.
  • Pushes dirt that is deep in our pores out to the surface.
  • Balances oil in our skin to prevent breakouts.
  • Gently exfoliates the skin.
  • Detoxifies the skin from pollutants and irritants that sits stubbornly in our skin.
  • Smells fantastic!
  • Erases dark spots and acne scars with continuous use. 
  • Tightens pores making them look less visible.
  • Again, for such a fantastic product that works, this is affordable!

NEUTRAL
  • N/A


CONS
  • N/A

Will I re-purchase? Most definitely.
Will I recommend it? Absolutely.

MY OVERALL RATING: ★★★★★


Between the original mud and the clearing treatment mud, I prefer the treatment because it treats dark spots and other skin pigmentation. I want to achieve luminous glowing skin! Although both products are top notch, and it would be ideal to use them both!


GLAMGLOW® is available in SM Makati. LIKE their Facebook page for more product info, updates, and promos on GLAMGLOW®



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4 comments

  1. very thorough review... makes me want to try this out even if it's pricey... :D

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  2. wow what an amazing review! I have seen people use these masks before but I was not so sure about them. After this review I really want to go out there and buy me one! Awesome results!! Thanks so much for this review

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  3. and this is the power of MUD PACK =) medyo heavy lang sa bulsa..

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