Sampling Saturday: GlamGlow Super-Mud Clearing Treatment

Welcome to Sampling Saturday! Today’s sample is The GlamGlow Super-Mud Clearing Treatment. I love my Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask, but I am never one to turn down a sample and this one has 4.3/5 stars on Sephora.com.

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Here I am with it smeared all over my face, just after application. It is similar in color to the Boots mask; however this one has strange chunks in it that are beyond my explanation. Image

After the mask begins to dry, you can see the dark spots where it has “identified” oil buildup and clogged pores. This is also the same as the Boots mask.

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For your disgusting viewing pleasure, a closeup of my apparently filthy nose. ImageImage

These last two are after removal. I should have thought about doing a before picture, but my pores are much less noticeable and my skin is smooth to the touch.

Final Thoughts: While this mask was wonderful and did everything it promised, Its price tag of $69 for 1.2 oz is definitely a turnoff. At $9.39 for 3.3 oz and just about identical results, I think I will stick with my Boots mask and feel less guilty about using it.

Do you use either of these masks? Does my experience match up with yours! Let me know!

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RAVE REVIEW: Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask!

Today I am going to be bringing you scary faces from the black lagoon! Not really, but I did get to smear this lovely green clay mud on my face and it is seriously one of the best face masks I have ever used!

Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask

This is from the Boots Botanics line that recently emigrated from the UK to US stores such as pharmacies and Target. I was already familiar with the Boots store and products, having traveled abroad quite frequently as a youngster, so when I heard that Boots was coming here I was positively thrilled!

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So here is my lovely face midway through the process. The clay starts as a dark evergreen shade, than dries to this lovely seafoam shade. It applies in a fairly standard fashion, and feels as you would expect drying mud to feel. But wait! There’s more!

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Pardon me for my large-looking pores, but I include this obnoxious closeup for a purpose. Notice those dark wet-looking spots on my nose and cheeks? That is where the mask is actually EXTRACTING the excess dirt and oil out of my clogged pores! (Fun fact, you can’t shrink your pores, but they look larger when clogged so keep them clean!) I love this mask so much that I took it to the beach and had a spa night with my younger sister, her best friend, and my younger brother’s girlfriend–I tried to get it on him, but he was having NONE OF IT. 🙂

Afterwards my face feels so exquisite. If it was recommended to do this every day I absolutely would. A+, Boots Botanics! Find this at your local stores now, it runs in the $9-$10 range but with the abundance of coupons and such at stores I’m sure you can find a deal!

Have any of you tried it??