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A friend of mine, who read the review I wrote on the Sephora Bite Beauty Birthday Gift, contacted me. She said none of the birthday gifts really interested her so she decided to grab the one with the highest value for re-gifting purposes. Funny enough, this is a friend who is adamant that GLAMGLOW is not a good skincare brand. It surprised me that she selected the GLAMGLOW gift from the options. Then again, she owns a lot of Bite Beauty products and may have already owned the items from that gift. Some of you may know I never accept things from friends without sending things in return so we did a small trade. By getting this gift now, I can redeem for the shampoo and conditioner when my son’s next birthday comes in December. The value of that one is so much lower than the others that thought of redeeming it feels strange. Then again, it is the only one I still need to review.
As I mention on my Birthday Beauty Deals page (which you should visit if you have a birthday coming), Sephora has a choice from three options for the 2018 Birthday Gift. Any Beauty Insider (join if you have not already) with a birthdate on file can redeem a birthday gift at Sephora. Prior purchases are not required, and there is no purchase required to pick up a gift in-store. Online redemption requires a purchase, and it is subject to whatever free shipping minimum you have. Paying for shipping is never a good idea when a free shipping offer with a minimum purchase is available, but it also defeats the purpose of a free gift if you pay to have it shipped to you. VIB Rouge customers and anyone who purchased Flash have no free shipping minimum. There has not been a Rouge bonus since 2014. Everyone gets the same choices.
The Bumble and bumble gift set is online only. It includes a 1oz Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo ($6.50), and a 1oz Conditioner ($6). This is also the least valuable of the gifts at $12.50.
Again, I selected the Bite Beauty gift from my account and reviewed that separately. The 4-piece Bite Beauty gift includes: a 0.031oz Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Glace ($14.88), a 0.05oz Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai ($8.67), a 0.018oz foil of Agave Lip Balm ($0), and a 0.018oz foil of Agave Sugar Lip Scrub ($0). This gift has a $23.55 value.
Thanks to a lovely friend, I was re-gifted this birthday gift. The GLAMGLOW hello sexy Birthday Gift includes: a 0.5oz GLAMGLOW Supermud ($24), and a 0.5oz Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow ($14.41). This is the most valuable gift at $38.41.
The ingredients are on the back of box.
Like the other gift, there is an adorable bow on top of the box. This puts my hoarding tendencies into overdrive, but I will recycle this.
Although I owned both before receiving this, I had only tried Supermud.
I love that these are generous sample sizes.
According to this, the moisturizer is good for 24 months after opening it. The mask will go bad in no time if you try to stretch out its life. Use it (and all clay masks) in a timely manner once opened. They dry out.
There is definite illumination from the moisturizer.
It presents almost as shiny skin; not the highlighter looking effect you think you will get when you see the color of the cream. This moisturizer feels slightly tacky and looks shiny until it full absorbs into the skin, which takes many hours. That does not bother me. Whether you want a tacky moisturizer under makeup or not is personal preference. My skin is really dry so most of my moisturizers are tacky. Makeup or not, I actually enjoy it. The cream is moisturizing. As I just started using it yesterday (so I only have 2 days under my belt), I have never tried it in the heart of winter. For dry skin, I think this would not be moisturizing enough outside of warmer months.
While I like the white mask, SuperMud, it is not my favorite GLAMGLOW mask. My favorite is actually one that is no longer made, Brightmud. Thankfully, I had purchased some (and hoarded it) before it got discontinued. I have some left before I have to risk buying possibly old, counterfeit product from third-party resellers or find something else I like just as much. Of the ones still sold, Youthmud is probably my favorite. It leaves my skin feeling softer and brighter as promised. Supermud goes on a dark charcoal color.
As it dries, it turns gray. When I remove this, my face feels a little tight (as it does with most clay masks). This mask cleans out your pores nicely. People with oily skin are more likely to love this mask, because it might not even leave them feeling dry as it does to me. For some reason, my pores have been larger than usual lately. That leads to more breakouts and places for this mask to do its work. One thing I like about this mask is you can see where it worked its magic before you even remove the mask. You will see little holes where the product once was. Those holes pop up as the product cleanses the pore. To preserve this mask, I’d suggest only using it around places with larger pores. The outskirts of my face have no holes so they did not need much work. At least this mask confirmed it. If you want to see an after picture, scroll up. That plain faced picture above is after I removed the mask and applied the moisturizer. I am getting over a hormonal breakout, but that has nothing to do with these products.
During the VIB sale (yes, I shopped the Rouge sale as well), I purchased a skincare set from GLAMGLOW with the VOLCASMIC™ Matte Glow Moisturizer. My friend and I obviously disagree about GLAMGLOW being a skincare brand. She’s probably reading this so I will drop in a thank you here. Even though it claims it is for normal, combination, and oily skin, I really wanted to try it. It did not hurt that it came with some freebies I also wanted for the same price as purchasing a full-size moisturizer. I started using that moisturizer during the coldest part of the winter. The week after I purchased this the price dropped by $10. That is about what I saved with the 20% off so it was not too big of a deal.
My gut was spot on, because I love this moisturizer. The best part is it smells like orange sherbet, or Skittles if you ask my six-year-old. It is thick for a cream not meant for dry skin. Whenever I use that cream, my skin feels moisturized all day. Surprisingly, the Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow from the birthday gift is not as thick or as moisturizing. Now that the weather is warming up, I can use it, but I would not reach for it at all in the winter. Considering it claims its for dry skin in addition to the other skin types as the one I purchased, I think it is interesting that it does not moisturize as well. If I had to choose between the two, I’d opt for the one I purchased every time. Yes, my skin looks more dewy with the one from the birthday gift, and I do like that on no makeup days. After a few hours, my skin looks matte again. On dry skin, the dewy look only lasts until your skin absorbs every drop of moisture.
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