REVIEW: Glamglow Face Masks

REVIEW: Glamglow Face Masks

Hi All!

Today I wanted to share with you a couple of face masks that I’ve found success with so far this year.  These aren’t new to the market products, but I didn’t start using them until recently so they are fairly new to me.  I received samples of both of these masks in December of last year, and I had seen Glamglow all over social media for a while, so I decided to give it a try.   I mean, no sleep would be lost over trying out a couple of freebie products, right?  Both samples lasted me about 3-4 applications, and that’s all that it took for me to fall in love with Glamglow’s SUPERMUD & THIRSTYMUD!

On nights that I decide to pamper myself, or when I feel my skin really needs the extra TLC, I’ll use these 2 products and know that my skin will look and feel better by the next morning.  For my face mask routine, I start with the SUPERMUD mask (here).  This is great for de-clogging the skin and minimizing pores – two things that I definitely need the help with, and I’m happy to say this mask does the trick!  It claims to also help with pigmentation and scarring, but I have not had any luck in those departments with this mask.


I like to apply the mask with a flat foundation brush to try to get as even of an application as possible.  When you first apply it to the skin, the mask stays dark, like the way it looks in the container.


As the mask starts to dry and tighten on your skin, it also begins to lighten in color.


At this stage of the mask, you begin to see tiny dots where the mask is starting to suck the dirt out of your pores.  I typically leave the mask on for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off, and this is what it looks like around that time mark.


Here is a close up of the tiny dots / my pores at the end of the 20 minutes – sorry for the scary close up!  I believe that the more dots that appear on your face, the more your skin needed to be unclogged, which I clearly (⬅️ see what I did there) needed!  I have combination-oily skin and am acne prone, so I love that this helps to get rid of the built up dirt and oil.


It is recommended that you use SUPERMUD 1-3 times per week.  I’ll usually do it just once (because it is pretty pricey), but if my skin is feeling really clogged I’ll use it more frequently.  There is a slight scent to it, I’d describe it as a minty-tea like scent, but nothing that is overwhelming.  Also, there are tiny, leafy ‘flakes’ in the mask as well (they’re supposed to be there), which is what you see in the smaller darker spots on the dried mask.

After the SUPERMUD mask, I like to hydrate my skin and put moisture back into it, so I’ll follow up with the THIRSTYMUD mask (here).  I mentioned this mask in my ‘What’s In My Bag: Carry On Edition’ (click the link if you haven’t seen it!) as it is so nice to apply at the beginning of a flight to avoid dryness.


In its container it has a mustard-y color, but when applied to the skin, it goes on colorless.  I like to apply this mask with a flat foundation brush as well.  I haven’t done pictures of the THIRSTYMUD mask since you know what putting on any old moisturizer looks like!  With this mask, it’s recommended use is 2-3 times per week.  You can either use it as a day application by leaving it on for 10-20 minutes and then rinsing it off, OR as a night mask and leave it on overnight.  I use this in combination with any of my other skincare products too, not just on nights when I use SUPERMUD, and it works just as great.  You can use it on other areas of your body that may need the extra moisture as well, such as your elbows or hands.  The scent to this one is unique, I don’t know how to describe it, but it’s even more subtle than the SUPERMUD so I don’t really notice it.  I use this mask at least twice a week, because one – it feels AMAZING!  Secondly, my skin looks more plump and youthful after each use – double win.

Unfortunately, these are pricey, but the way my skin looks and feels after I use these products make the splurge worth it in my book!  I definitely notice a difference in the ease of applying my foundation, and the way that the foundation looks, after I use this combo.  With the success that I’ve had with these masks, there is a 3rd Glamglow mask that I have my eye on, it’s the FLASHMUD in the orange container (here).  This one claims to make your skin brighter and more luminous!  If you’ve used this one, what are your thoughts on it?  If I ever purchase it, I’ll be sure to keep you updated!

What are your go-to face masks that you stand by?



My Go-To Bright Summer Nail Polishes

My Go-To Bright Summer Nail Polishes

Hi All,

I’m kicking the week off with something bright and colorful to bring a bit of happiness to your Monday!  I love being able to wear bright nail polishes in the summer because they’re just so much fun.  I know bright / neon colors may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but I wanted to quickly share these 6 vibrant polishes that I constantly reach for this time of year!  (I have not edited any of the following photos to try to show as close to the in-person color as possible.)

First up, we have ‘Pink-y Swear’ by Salon Perfect (here).  This retails for $3.98 USD and I can only locate this brand at my local Walmart.

What I love about this polish is that it’s the most inexpensive of the group, but lasts just as long, if not longer, than some of the pricier polishes.  It also dries very quickly in between coats which is another great feature!  I can get a good 6-7 days of wear before this polish chips.


Up next, we have another pink, ‘Beach Cruiser’ by ORLY which is $7.99 USD ((here).

I love pink so I had to include 2 different shades in this post!  Where ‘Pink-y Swear’ is a cool-toned pink, ‘Beach Cruiser’ is more of a warm-toned bright pink (I hope you can tell in the pictures; my boyfriend thinks there’s no difference in color, but I swear they’re different)!  Similar to ‘Pink-y Swear’, ‘Beach Cruiser’ also dries pretty quickly in between coats, and I can also get a good 6-7 days of wear before I start to notice chips.


For another ORLY favorite, I love reaching for GLOWSTICK (here) because it is such a fun, in-your-face color!  It’s basically like having the color of a tennis ball on your nails.

While this is the most fun color of the bunch (in my opinion), it’s also the most annoying to apply and does not have the greatest wear time.  In order to achieve the highlighter-yellow brightness of this polish, you HAVE to apply a white polish first.  To get the opacity that I like, I then have to apply another 2 coats of the actual GLOWSTICK color.  So with base coat and top coat, it’s 5 layers total to get the look in the picture.  And after all of that, I usually only get about 3 days of wear before chipping starts to happen.


I never thought I’d be attracted to an orange nail polish, until I came across ‘Pool Party’ by China Glaze (here).  When I Googled the color to find a link for it, it was described as a pink in multiple locations, but the bottle that I have is orange, and on me, the polish is orange – so I’m calling it an orange!  I even had to double check the bottom of the bottle a couple of times to see if I was linking the right name for the color (I did)!

This is another highlighter-like color and also another polish that dries quickly in between coats.  I love this polish because I can get a good 5-6 days of wear out of it before chipping.


I typically stick to purples, especially darker purples, in the fall so when I picked this color up I was happy to have a bright shade for spring and summer!  My go-to warm weather purple is ‘That’s Shore Bright’ by China Glaze (here).

Like the other China Glaze polish, 5-6 days is the typical amount of time that this polish will last before chipping.


Last but not least we have a gorgeous and bright blue – ‘Fearlessly Alice’ by OPI.  Unfortunately, this was a limited edition collection so I cannot find a link to it.  A fairly close dupe for it that is still available would be ‘Strut Your Stuff’ by Essie (here).

I feel like jumping into a pool whenever I look at this color.  Is’s just so vibrant and pretty, and being by the water always makes me think of summer!

That’s it for today’s nail post!  Would you wear any of these colors?  If not, what are your favorite summer polishes to wear?



Friday Favorites: Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit

Friday Favorites: Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit

Hi All and Happy Friday!

I don’t think of myself as a sneaker head, but I am a big fan of comfortable shoes, especially Nike!  Since I grew up playing sports, I’ve spent a lot of time in different types of athletic shoes ranging from soccer cleats, to track spikes, to basketball shoes, and my most commonly used – running shoes.  I’ve tried a bunch of different brands of shoes over the years, but my feet just love the feel of Nikes so I’ve always gravitated back to this brand.

For this Friday Favorites post, I thought I’d share with you all what my current favorite sneakers are: Nike’s LunarEpic Low Flyknit.  I’m not an avid runner so my opinions are not from that viewpoint, but rather from someone who exercises 3 times a week just to stay healthy, and looks for a comfortable shoe to do just that.  Just as a heads up, I’m going to be sharing details on the first version of this shoe (as that’s the only version that I own), but it is being phased out as the version 2 is what’s currently for sale.  They are overall the same shoe, except for a few features which I’ll point out at the end.  I will link both models to this post for you to check out if you’re interested!

The first thing that drew me in was the array of color options that were available.  I used to purchase basic black and white sneakers since they don’t show wear and dirt easily, but I loved the way that colors looked on this particular shoe (Women’s 1Men’s 1).    (I have a pretty neutral toned wardrobe for the most part, so my version of a colorful shoe may not be the same as yours!)

Next up was the technology in the shoe.  I know most people won’t find this section to be extremely fascinating (I only do because I used to work for Nike 😄), so I’ll get straight to the (bullet) point!

  • Flyknit upper: Rather than the traditional stiff upper body of a running shoe, Nike’s Flyknit technology offers a snug, sock-like feel while still being supportive, lightweight, and breathable.

Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit

  • Laser-cut sides: this mainly allows for increased flexibility with each step that you take.

Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit

Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit

  • Laser-cut outsole: This provides responsive cushioning based on where your foot lands as it hits the ground.  (P.S. – I apologize for the following picture of the dirty bottoms of my shoe 😖, but I wanted to show you how cool the bottoms look because I had never previously seen anything quite like this!)

Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit

I went a little crazy by purchasing this shoe in 3 different colors because I fell in love with how insanely comfortable they are, and that is the most important feature that I look for in athletic footwear.  I’ve actually only used my LunarEpics on all of my recent trips to Disneyland because my feet DO NOT get sore in these babies, even after a 12-plus hour day of walking!  I’ve also owned these shoes for about a year now and use them constantly, and they have held up great; I have no issues or complaints with their quality!

Now since the version 1 is almost phased out, the version 2 has all of the great features that the version 1 offered, but added a few enhancements.  The main differences that I’ve noticed are the following in the version 2 (Women’s 2) (Men’s 2):

  • There are larger perforations in the Flyknit upper to allow for even more breathability.
  • The tongue is attached in the version 2 to provide even more of a snug, sock-like fit.
  • Nike Flywire (another one of Nike’s fancy technologies) is combined with the laces to provide more support.

The version 2 is offered in a wide array of colors, and if you like the shoe but don’t like the colors that are offered, you can create your own look with NIKEiD!

If you’re looking for a shoe that provides a great amount of support and stability, or if you’re looking for a shoe with minimal support and extreme flexibility, I wouldn’t recommend the LunarEpic line to you as this is more of a neutral support shoe.  If you’re in the market for a new pair of shoes and are looking for something lightweight with neutral support and amazing cushioning, then I definitely recommend this to you!

Have a great weekend!



What’s In My Bag: Carry On Edition

Louis Vuitton Neverfull

Hi All!

With everyone’s summer adventures coming up, I thought I’d share with you all what my carry on MUST HAVES are when I  travel.  I am not a frequent flyer by any means, but I’ve traveled enough to the point that I’ve completely narrowed down the essentials that I need to pack in my carry on when I do take a trip!

Let’s get started with electronics.  In addition to my phone, I cannot travel without these following items and here’s why!

Apple MacBook Air

  1. Laptop – I reach for my laptop each and every day, so I love bringing this part of my routine with me wherever I go.  It’s great for checking emails and seeing what the latest and greatest video is on YouTube, but I especially love it for watching movies on a decently sized screen in-flight!  Also, since Netflix added the download and watch feature, I love binge watching TV series to pass the time on those longer flights.
  2. Headphones – On a day to day basis I prefer in-ear headphones, but when I travel I prefer over-ear headphones.  I love larger headphones mainly because they do a better job at blocking out different types of noise (i.e.: the loud plane engines, the snoring passenger to the left, or the crying baby that’s just a few rows ahead).
  3. Nintendo 3DS XL – This is a must have for me because if I get bored of watching movies, but I’m not quite ready to start reading a book (which eventually leads to me falling asleep), I LOVE to play Pokemon or Super Mario on this little thing.  I can very easily get lost in a few hours of gameplay.
  4. iPad Mini – I have had this sucker for about 4 years now, so it’s not the newest or the fastest iPad and therefore I can’t really do much on it, but I do love it for reading books on my Kindle App.


Next up are my must have beauty items that I prefer to have within my reach while traveling.


(From left to right…)

  1. Hand Sanitizer – Being stuck in a confined space for hours can sometimes lead to a minor cold, so I like to be as proactive as possible with avoiding as many germs as I can.  I love Bath & Body Works travel-friendly sized hand sanitizers, and it’s great that they have so many scents to choose from.
  2. Tinted lip balm – Plane rides suck the moisture right out of me, so I always travel with a lip balm.  I usually don’t wear any makeup when I travel, so the tinted lip balm is also great because it brings a little color and life back to my face after a long flight.  (One of my recent posts was on my favorite tinted lip balms for the summer, so check that out if you haven’t already!)
  3. Travel sized perfume or body spray – Nobody likes to smell like the cabin of a long plane ride!  My current favorite perfume, shown above in a travel sized version, is Jo Malone’s ‘Peony and Blush Suede’ (here).  It’s fresh, light, and perfect for the summer!
  4. Face moisturizer – Again, I typically don’t travel with makeup on, so on longer flights where my face gets that thirsty feeling, I like to apply a moisturizer in-flight.  I received a couple samples of my favorite Glamglow mask, Thistymud (here), which I recently found to come in very handy on my travels back in April!
  5. Eye drops – I wear glasses/contacts, so I always like to keep my peepers hydrated.
  6. Hand lotion – More moisture, moisture, moisture!  If you couldn’t tell by now, I like to stay moisturized – my hands included!  I love the Look Ma, New Hands from Bath & Body Works (here) as I find it doesn’t wash off as easily as other hand lotions that I’ve tried.


Last but not least, my boring essentials.


(Clockwise from the top…)

  1. A scarf – I always get cold during flights.  Even if I’m wearing pants, a tank, a long sleeve shirt, and a sweatshirt, I’ll still get cold.  My favorite scarf is lululemon’s Vinyasa Scarf (here) because not only does it provide an extra layer of warmth, but you can actually wear the scarf 7 different ways!  It’s more bang for your buck and a nice little way of sprucing up, or even changing the look, of a few outfits!  lululemon even has a YouTube video to show you how to do this on their website (in the link above).
  2. A small brush – After I catch some zzz’s on a flight, my hair inevitably becomes disheveled.  I like traveling with this compact Tangle Teezer brush (here) because it’s A) compact, and B) it has a little cover so the bristles don’t damage any of the other items in my purse.
  3. The next 3 items are not only travel essentials, but are some of my day to day essentials as well:  my keys, wallet, and planner.  You can’t go anywhere without these items, right?!
  4. Snacks – If I don’t eat I get hangry, and nobody wants to deal with that (so I’ve been told)!  Whether it be a protein bar or a small bag of chips, I like to keep a small snack on me to take the edge off just in case I unexpectedly get hungry.


Hopefully this may have given you a few ideas for items that you may want to add to your carry on during your upcoming travels.  I’d love to know what some of your must-have travel items are!



Review: NARS Narsissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette

NARS NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette

Hi All!

Fun fact about me – neutral toned eyeshadow palettes to me are essentially what kryptonite is to Superman – my biggest weakness!  When I first saw the NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette (here), my immediate thought was: I must have it!  Previous to this, the only NARS eyeshadow that I’ve ever owned, or tried for that matter, was the NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Isolde (here) which I absolutely loved, so I thought why not give this larger palette a shot.  I’m glad I did for a few reasons!


NARS NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette


First off, the packaging is gorgeous, but most importantly, it’s travel friendly!  When I go on trips, I take just one palette with me due to the following…

  • It’s less space and weight in my luggage – I am one of those people who relates to the meme where when I’m at home, I wear the same outfit all the time, but when I go on vacation I have to pack 10 alternative outfits that I of course will never use, so I need all that extra space in my suitcase for unnecessary clothes!
  • It makes it less confusing when I’m trying to decide on makeup looks when working with a limited wardrobe – when I’m on vacation, I like to spend my time exploring and being out of the hotel, so by limiting my options and bringing just one trusty eyeshadow palette with me, I find that it cuts down on my get-ready time.
  • The less items that I take with me, the less items I have to worry about breaking en route.  When packing, I always make sure that my makeup bag is well protected and surrounded by softer items (ding: added bonus to bringing along those 10 extra outfits), but somehow something usually tends to break, so I’d rather bring just one palette as opposed to a bunch of individual shadows.


NARS NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette

(from left to right: ROW 1: Newbury Street, Windsor, Privilege, Dover ROW 2: Foix, Castille, Alnwick, Beaumaris ROW 3: Splendor, Versailles, Montaillou, Reale)


Secondly, just like the Isolde Duo Eyeshadow, the quality of NARS eyeshadows is impeccable.  I’ve had this palette for about a month and a half now and I’ve made good use of it so far, and the main qualities that I hope for when purchasing any eyeshadows are met by this palette.  The color payoff is top of the line, there is a mix of both matte and shimmery finishes, the shades blend like a dream, and lastly the ease of application is as smooth as buttah.  If I were to caution you on one thing in terms of the quality, it would have to be that the shadows can have a bit of fall out, but as long as you tap the excess off the brush before applying to the lids, there should be no problem!




Lastly, in the realm of NARS eyeshadows, this is a bargain (again, in terms of NARS shadows).  With this palette you get 12 different shades for $59.00 USD.  The NARS duo eyeshadow option costs $36.00 USD, and each individual shadow will run you $26.00 USD.  The shadows are so pigmented and a little goes a long way, therefore I don’t need much product to get great color payoff and because of that, I know the palette will last me a long time.

Let me know what some of your favorite eyeshadow palettes are and I hope you have a great start to your week!



Friday Favorites: Tinted Lip Balms

Tinted Lip Balm

Hi All and Happy Friday!

Growing up, one thing I’d never thought I’d ever admit to was becoming addicted to lip products.  It was something that I gradually became obsessed with and now I have more lipsticks / lip balms / etc. than I know what to do with!  As we head into summer, as with the rest of my makeup routine, I like to tone everything down and go for more of a natural look.  Where I don’t like thick layers of foundation packed onto my face when it’s warmer out, I also don’t care to apply a lip moisturizer, then a lip liner, then a lipstick, then some gloss to achieve a polished lip look.  So for my first ever “Friday Favorites” post, I thought I’d share my top 3 favorite tinted lip balms that I’ll be reaching for all summer long!


Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviving Lip Balm

Starting with my  #3 choice – the Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviving Lip Balm (here) in the shade 001 Sheer Pink ($33.00 USD).  This was introduced to me as a product that works with your own lip chemistry to give off a unique shade of pink to each individual user.  My lips turn very pink when I use this; not in a MLBB (my lips but better) type of way, but in a BAM – here’s some tinted pink lips for you, type of way.  It’s fairly moisturizing, but I would have to say that it provides the least amount of moisture out of the three products that I’ll mention.  I’ll reach for this product more than the next two on days when I want a pretty pink lip that will last for hours.  This lip balm is not advertised as a stain, but that’s exactly what it does to my lips, it stains them pink.  I’ve noticed that I can apply it, eat, drink, and 4-5 hours later my lips will still have a flushed pink look to it.  I like using this when I’m going to the beach or to a theme park because I can just swipe some on and not have to worry about the color disappearing!  This product is also offered in 3 other shades if pink isn’t your jam.


IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush

My #2 choice is by IT Cosmetics and it is their Vitality Lip Flush (here) in the shade Je Ne Sais Quois ($20.00 USD).  Similarly to the Dior lip balm, this is another lip product that reacts to the user’s lips to create a natural, pretty flush of color.  This, on me, turns out to be a much more subtle pink than the Dior, so I find this to be more wearable in terms of an everyday color.  This is advertised as a 4-in-1 product and claims that out of this one lippy, you will get a moisturizing balm, the color of a lipstick, the extended wear of a stain, and the shine of a gloss.  The reason I reach for this lip product is because I find that it does live up to that.  It is very moisturizing, I love the color that I get out of it, the stain power in my experience is about 3-4 hours, and it definitely provides a subtle glossy sheen.  Another main reason that I love this product is due to some of the all natural ingredients that are listed in it.  It contains Shea Butter, Jojoba, and Aloe to provide moisture, as well as Acai, Green Tea, and White Tea for anti-aging benefits.  You can’t go wrong with putting all that goodness on, and it does come in 5 other shades as well!


Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescue

I saved my favorite for last – my #1 pick is actually the newest to my collection and it’s the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescue (here) in the shade Nude ($19.00 USD).  On top of it being the most cost effective, it is my perfect MLBB color in an intensely hydrating formula.  This is by far the most hydrating of all 3 products, and it also gives me the most natural color to match my skin tone, so I have been reaching for this constantly!  It has a nice minty scent to it, but it’s not one of those products that’s infused with peppermint to plump the lips.  This lippy is also filled with beneficial ingredients; another reason that makes it my favorite!  Some of the listed ingredients are marine flower and algae to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, coconut oil for intense moisture, and Vitamin E which acts as an antioxidant barrier.  This is also my favorite because when I apply this product, it is so dewy that it looks like I actually took some extra time to add a lip gloss, when I didn’t!  The wear time of this product is the most minimal, so I do find myself having to reapply every 2 hours or so.  Lastly, it does come in 7 other shades as well ranging from a clear to a dark berry, so there’s quite a few to pick from!

I do want to point out that none of the above mentioned contains an SPF, so I do apply this Maybelline Lip Balm (here) as well for the SPF 20 benefit.  I’ve included swipes of each color on my forearm rather than what each looks like on my lips, mainly because the Dior and IT Cosmetics lippies will appear different on each user, and the color even differs on my forearm vs. when I apply it to my lips.

WITHOUT FLASH (top to bottom: Dior, IT Cosmetics, Tarte)


WITH FLASH (top to bottom: Dior, IT Cosmetics, Tarte)



Have a great weekend!



Review: essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in ‘Lace to the Altar’


Hi All!

Whenever I make a quick trip to CVS, my local drugstore, I somehow always end up in the nail polish aisle.  There’s something about those row-after-row displays of pretty colored polishes that just draws me in!  I normally stick to perusing what’s new with OPI or Sally Hansen polishes, however on my last visit, I wandered over to the essie Gel Couture display as I was drawn to a beautiful white pearlescent color called ‘Lace to the Altar’ (here).  I’m not heading to the altar anytime soon, but the color was just too beautiful to resist and I thought it’d be a great spring/summer color to add to my collection.

This was my first time trying essie’s Gel Couture line, which claims that you can have up to a 14-day gel-like manicure with no UV lamp necessary.   The display seemed to be pretty picked over, so I felt safe in splurging on the $11.50 price tag.  I’m glad I gave it a try because I have nothing but great things to say about ‘Lace to the Altar’ for a few reasons!

  1. One of the first things that I noticed was that the brush is wider than the regular essie nail polishes that I own, which I thought made for an easier application.
  2. At first sight, I was slightly expecting the color to stay sheer, but it only took 2 coats for me to reach the opacity that I wanted.  The first coat was fairly sheer, but as soon as I applied the second coat I could not see any of my natural nail showing through.
  3. The drying time was pretty fast; I’d say it took about 30 – 40 minutes before I could go back to not worrying about any smudging.
  4. In terms of the last step, I actually skipped on buying the line’s recommended top coat because I just recently restocked on my Seche Vite, so I cannot speak to its longevity with the “Step 2” top coat from the Gel Couture line.  With using Seche Vite as the top coat, I got 5 days of wear from the polish before the tiniest chip appeared on one finger (so tiny that you wouldn’t notice it unless you were looking closely at that specific nail).  I made it to 7 days before a noticeable chip actually happened.  I typically get bored of polish color on a weekly basis, so this was perfect for me as I normally would’ve been changing the color around that 7 day mark anyway.

If you are racing to the altar yourself and are looking for that perfect pearlescent polish for your big day, or if you just like shimmery white polishes in general, I definitely recommend ‘Lace to the Altar’!  I’ll be trying more colors from essie Gel Couture in the future, so please let me know if you have any recommendations!





1st Coat:


2nd Coat:


With Seche Vite top coat: