Disappointment: GlamGlow 'My Little Pony' Masks

Last month, GlamGlow came out with a limited edition set of masks in a partnership with Hasbro, featuring three of the My Little Pony characters. The masks use the same formula as their GravityMud Firming Treatment, but with gobs of glitter packed in.

There are three versions, with glitter colors corresponding to the character names - Princess Luna (black), Twilight Sparkle (purple) and Pinkie Pie (pink). The packaging includes a small rubber spatula for application, and you'll definitely want to use that unless you want glitter all over your hands.

I was hesitant about a lot of things, but ultimately the gimmick got to me and I, heh heh, ponied up $59 for the Pinkie Pie version.

I wish I had been able to sample it beforehand, and I definitely wouldn't buy it again. To be fair, I've never used the original GravityMud, so I don't know how they compare. I did not find the glitter mask to be that effective, though - only inasmuch as any peel-off mask is physically useful at pulling gunk from your pores.

And if all you want is that, you can do it for a lot less money.

What you're really paying for is the fun experience of having pink glitter all over your face, which, fine, maybe it's worth that much to some people?

But be warned that this mask might not be the best for sensitive skin. I felt a little bit of burning while it was on, and it left my skin with some redness (although that faded eventually once the mask was off). If you're determined to try this mask, do try to get a sample beforehand.

Also, be aware that the glitter in these masks is not biodegradable. GlamGlow gets around explaining that by urging users to peel off the mask and throw it into the trash instead of rinsing down the drain, but then it still ends up in a landfill doesn't it? That answer in their FAQ is a bit of a dodge, and, in fact, you won't find that FAQ on the GlamGlow site - I've only seen it in the description on the Sephora product page.

(Psst! Want some products infused with glitter that won't actually hurt the environment? Check out Sunshine & Glitter!)

Inglot Las Vegas!

I went to Las Vegas last weekend!

Whenever I go, I try to visit the Inglot store. Inglot is a cosmetics company based in Poland. They have around 40 boutiques in the U.S., and one of the largest is in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace (there is also one at the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian).

What I love about Inglot is the range of colors they offer, particularly in their eye shadows. When I discovered them a few years ago, their product line was a little limited - mainly lip glosses and shadows - and the quality wasn't always there (the first shadows I tested from Inglot were a little chalky and not very pigmented).

Since then, the quality has improved a lot, and I'm happy to say that their product range has expanded too. Their signature line is arguably the Freedom System palettes. They offer a few dozen different blank palette configurations, and then most of their shadows, blushes, highlighters and powders (and even a few lipsticks and solid fragrances) come in pans that fit interchangeably, so you can really customize to create whatever you want.

The Freedom System Palette EB is my favorite configuration. It holds three eye pans and one longer blush/highlighter pan, so it's perfect if you want to economize and mix & match to create a full face palette.

This older palette is one that I often take when I travel. The greens and golds work well together for evening eye looks, so with the bright pink blush it's really all I need. I don't remember the shade numbers or formula name, but as you can see the eye colors are all shimmers.

My newer palette, the one I picked out last weekend, has the Fusion Blush and Illuminator in shade number 201, and the Matte Eye Shadow in shades 288, 289, and 290. These are not eye colors I'll ever wear together - the green works well on its own, as a swipe of color for a spring day, but the blue and purple will probably be used as crease colors for lighter purples or frosty blues.

On this last trip, I did also pick up a few standalones. I love this pink highlighter - it gives me a rosy glow, but it's subtle and not too over the top for my older skin:

I'm also trying out their Everlight Mousse Foundation. The shade range is limited (their other foundation formulas do have ranges that are more inclusive), but I love the finish. The texture is thick for a mousse, so a little goes a long way. I've also found that the formula needs a little warming up on the skin, otherwise it can be hard to blend. I don't usually use my fingers to apply foundation, but with this one I've been dabbing it on and just doing the initial blending with my fingertips (you might also warm it on the back of your hand first, before applying to your face). Once it's warmed, I can blend the rest of the way with a brush or sponge and it melts into the skin, leaving a really nice, naturally silky finish.

Oh, what a coincidence! A few days after getting back, I spotted this news:

Jennifer Lopez's Beauty Line Is Coming Just In Time For Your Spring Glow-Up [Refinery29]

I don't share J.Lo's gorgeous complexion, but I'm excited to get a look at the products they've come up with nonetheless. I mean, the collection is going to include 70+ pieces - I may not wear the bronzer, but maybe there's a lipstick or a blush in there for me? It launches on April 17th, and you can check in with the countdown clock at http://jenniferlopezinglot.com/.

My Morning Routine

Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes

I do all of my serious cleansing at night, and even then I would never use wipes as my main cleansing method. Still, they're great to use in the morning for clearing off oil and any excess product from the night before.

These wipes from Yves Rocher are as moisturizing as they claim, leave almost no residue, and they smell so green, it's a real burst of freshness in the morning.

I don't love everything from Yves Rocher's Vegetal skincare line, but I'll order these over and over again.

Cedar + Stone Rose Water

Facial mists aren't as useful as they seem - any mist that only contains water will actually draw moisture towards itself and away from your skin. A spritz to cool your face on a hot day probably won't hurt, but as a remedy for dry skin it's the opposite of helpful.

This is one of those kinds of mists - nothing but water, albeit fragranced (a byproduct of the fragrance distillation process). That's why I spray this on only as a first layer, give it about 30 seconds, and then follow immediately with moisturizer.

This is the one part of my routine that I do strictly for the aesthetic value. I love the fragrance, and the cool mist sensation is really reviving on a sleepy morning.

100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

No doubt, a caffeine-based product is what you need to de-puff swollen eyes in the morning. I'm surprised that there aren't more caffeine infused creams and oils on the market. There are a few, and this is my favorite - it absorbs so quickly that you can really see it working, smells faintly of coffee, and it's emollient so it works as a moisturizer for the delicate eye area as it's doing its depuffing work.

Another caffeine eye product I've tried lately and liked is the caffeine solution from Deciem (The Ordinary). It's an oily serum with a high concentration of caffeine as well as hyaluronic acid. I don't find it to be as effective as the 100% Pure cream, but it is affordable and might suit you better if you'd rather have something unscented.

(I didn't realize until I started this write-up how much I rely on fragrance in the products I use in the morning!)

Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream

I get just a slight amount of redness in my cheeks and chin - it's not rosacea, I think my skin is just a little sensitive. I've been using this daytime moisturizer for about six months now, and I'm happy with the results but I'd be open to trying something new.

Although it's labeled as a cream, this product is definitely lightweight enough for daytime. When I use it, I don't see a dramatic decrease in the redness, and I think some of its positive impact comes from the fact that the cream itself is tinted green, so there's a bit of a masking/color correcting effect. It feels great though! It really is the most soothing cream I've used, with the possible exception of Nivea creme.

Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50

And what can I say about sunscreen? You should always use it, whether you spend a lot of time outdoors or not. This one is fine - it does absorb quickly, and it doesn't leave a white cast as far as I can tell (but I have super pale skin, so). I might try something new once I finish this tube, but I just bought it so that's a long way off. I'll let you know when I get there.