Let me start by saying I don’t know how this product appeared one day in my stash, but it did. Let me also preface this by saying that I haven’t felt the need to spend almost RM300 on a jar of mud so I know for a fact I didn’t actually buy it. Perhaps it’s my little pixies being generous LOL!

But I know Glamglow gets loads and loads of raves so when I stumbled across it, I felt the need to give the product a go to see what it was all about.

glamglow supermud clearing treatment mask

There are a few different versions, but the brand Glamglow itself hails from Hollywood California, where it is said that these mud masks are used behind the scenes as quick pick-me-ups for skin. To give it a glam glow, as it were.

The one I found was the Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment, which you will see below, promises you the moon and the stars. This product, if it is believed, will give you smoother skin, smaller pores, clear breakouts and blemishes, deal with spots, pimples, zits (3 words that all mean the same thing, don’t be fooled!) and clear black and white heads. It has glycolic, salicylic, lactic, mandelic, pyruvic and azelaic acids; and I don’t even know what those last 2 were 😛 Let’s just say, it promises to do a HELL OF A LOT! So, let’s see if it does.

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I love wearing lipstick, but I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to lipstick. I prefer using the actual solid bullet form. There’s something just more adult, or even sexier, applying lipstick from the bullet. That, and texture, is why I never really warmed to wearing lip gloss.

Then a few years ago, we saw liquid lipstick appear on the scene. All the opacity and strength of colour of a lipstick, in a liquid form. I never took to it. Sure, there were the odd ones I liked, but they don’t turn my head the way a regular lipstick would. In my mind, they were always, almost like a beginner lipstick; or even a transition product, for those who prefer lip gloss, to ease their way into wearing lipsticks.

So I was rather surprised to see that the Estee Lauder Pure Envy Color lipstick stable now sports the Liquid Lip Potion, a liquid lipstick.

esteel lauder pure envy lip potion cold fire

It has been available since August, I believe, but I’ve taken a while to decide how I feel about it, or if my prejudices against liquid lip products would rear its ugly head.

The Pure Envy Color Liquid Lip Potion is a liquid lipstick. Imagine, if you will, a lipstick melted into a liquid form which you then apply with a doe foot applicator, very much like a lip gloss. You get all the pigment of a lipstick, in the form of a liquid. Now, if I’m to be honest, I don’t get why Estee Lauder needed this product.

They already have an excellent range of Pure Color Envy and Pure Color Envy Shine lipsticks. Both are lightweight in texture, comfortable to wear and have good colour pay off, or shine as the case may be. I wasn’t quite sure where the Liquid Lip Potion fit; and that pretty much sums up how I feel – confused.

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I haven’t talked about cleansing balms for a while, have I? The reason is because I’d been working very hard to finish what I had opened, so I could justify a) buying a new one and b) opening a new tub from my stash. It’s a never ending cycle, this!

But I eventually did finish up my open cleansers and gleefully dug right into this tub that I’d had for a while and had been itching to use.

emma hardie amazing face moringa cleansing balm

This is the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm and comes highly raved online, so naturally, you know how it is. I fell for it, hook, line and sinker! 😀

Emma Hardie is a brand from the UK and is a range of natural skincare products developed by Emma, who is an aesthetician. I haven’t tried any of the other products in the Amazing Face range, mostly because it’s a brand we don’t get locally, and it’s a wee bit pricey for me to make a mistake with (or to get addicted to) But never say never! I’m open to trying more, if you have a rec or two :)

But about this balm – did I like it and why does it come so highly raved?

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Every year at about this time, we are blanketed by a haze that not only irritates our breathing passages, it plays merry hell with our skin. So, it is at this time of year that you will see a lot of articles and advice for you to drink more water because staying hydrated helps keep your nasal passages clear.

We also need water to keep ourselves hydrated and to well, literally stay alive! But not long ago, I had a bit of problem that saw me drinking less water in a day than I should. I was only drinking about 2 mugs a work day, which was really ridiculous. Slowly but surely, I later noticed some effects on my body that troubled me, but went away when I started upping my water intake.

signs you're not drinking enough water

At work, I usually have a bottle on my desk to keep myself hydrated. It saves me from walking up and down (although that’s actually one way to keep myself from dozing off!) But what it also does is remind me that I have to drink, and I do.

But following the trouble I had not long ago, I stopped this habit of keeping a bottle on my desk. After just a week or so, I started noticing some negative signs in my body that had me wondering what was wrong. It didn’t strike me it was my reduced water intake until much later.

So here are the 8 signs my body was telling me that I wasn’t drinking enough water. I’m no medical or science expert, so this is purely based on my personal experience. If you are noticing any one of them, before you run out and buy that latest skincare or health supplement, think instead of your water intake. Have you experienced any of these symptoms?

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