What to do when your oil moisturizer has failed you.

9.02.2015

I have a love, hate relationship with oil moisturizers.  On paper, they're one of the best hair products ever existed.  A perfect hybrid of oil and cream that bathes the hair in moisture.  It's exactly what girls with thick, dry hair long for.

The only problem I have is they don't deliver as expected.  I mean, sure, the hair may respond well when first applied. But then things seem to change.  A little time passes and your hair may start to feel greasy.  Some oil moisturizers sit on top of the strand causing unwanted build up.  The problem with oil moisturizers is that they don't really seem to moisturize.

Not long ago, I reunited with the KeraCare brand.  After getting my hands on a 5lb bucket of Humecto, I wondered if there were other products from the line that I was missing out on.  Sure enough, I tried their sulfate free shampoo and feel in love.  I was on a roll. So I thought, what the heck, I'll give their oil moisturizer a go.

When I examined the 16 oz bottle, I thought to myself, I'm set for life." Many of the ingredients were natural plant oils so I expected good things from it.  But, once again, I was let down.  For some reason, whenever I use oil moisturizer, my hair sometimes feels dryer after application. It's the weirdest thing.  Once the initial feeling of moisture wears off, my hair seems a bit more brittle.  You might say to me, "then stop using them."  That's great advice, but I absolutely love the idea of an oil moisturizer. I want access to a heavy duty moisturizer with a liquid consistency that leaves the hair feeling healthy and amazing.  Unfortunately, most commercial oil moisturizers don't do it for me.  (Actually, I do remember using Motions Oil Moisturizer for a few years so it must have been ok.  A small part of me wants to buy another bottle but I'm afraid of being let down again).

Instead of purchasing yet another oil moisturizer, I decided to take matters into my own hands.  As I stood in front of my dresser, I grabbed a bottle of Aveda's Daily Leave In with one hand and Gleau Oil Blend with the other.  Without hesitation I devised a plan to combine the two to create my own oil moisturizer formula.  My hair adores these two products so pairing them together seemed like the right thing to do.  After squeezing a quarter size amount of Aveda's moisturizer into my palm, I saturated it with Gleau Oil, then rubbed my hands together to create a creamy hybrid of the two.

I thoroughly enjoyed rubbing the mixture into my hair.  Immediately, all signs of dryness and brittleness went away, leaving me with heavily moisturized hair.  I felt like my moisture levels had increased 10X.   Not too greasy or oily....just right.  Gleau is designed not to be greasy on the hair, so it it worked perfectly for my little experiment.  And, of course, I adore Aveda's moisturizer which is why everything turned out better than I expected.  I should also mention that I'm close to 5 months post so heavier moisture is something my hair craves.

I tried this new concoction last night.  It's now the next morning and my hair still feels soft and hydrated. Moisturizing and sealing one step at a time is great (L.O.C). But sometimes, you need something a little more powerful to get the job done.  It only makes sense to pair two products that your hair currently loves. Your other option is to try an entirely new formula while crossing your fingers hoping that things work out.

I think this new strategy will be sensational in the drier months of fall and winter.  Anyone else a fan of oil moisturizers?  What's been your experience?



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What I hope to experience by floating in a sensory deprivation tank.

8.31.2015

This afternoon, on a whim, I decided to purchase a session in a sensory deprivation tank (float tank).  Actually, I grabbed a package of four 90 minute sessions.  This was literally an on the spot decision.  So why did I do it?

There's a ton of reasons why I'm interested.  But let me first start off by saying that if I had lots of disposable income, I'd fill my life with unusual experiences like float tanks, cyrotheraphy, plasma facials, and whatever else is out there that I don't yet know about.  Today I decided to follow my own advice of putting my money where my goals are.  I love experiences but I tend to spend my money on the same purchases over and over. This time I chose to break out of my pattern and try something new.

While working, I had a video playing in the background where a woman talked about the early stage of launching her business.  At one point in her rant, she mentioned the insights gained from her float tank experience.  Instantly something in my mind clicked and I immediately found a nearby location and secured an appointment.  One thing I should clarify is that I watched over a dozen deprivation tank videos about a year ago.  I was really interested at the time but failed to take any action.  Today was different.

For those of you who aren't familiar with float tanks, basically they are tanks filled with around 10 inches of water and 1000 lbs of epsom salt.  The water is heated to the same temperature as the skin and the salt causes you to float.  The end result is the removal of all senses as you float in the water.  You're in a sound proof tank, naked, in the dark, with no sensations.  The only thing you're left with are your thoughts.  It's described as one of the most relaxing experiences ever.  Some say it's like meditation on crack.  There are also a host of health benefits that one can experience such as lower cortisol levels, pain management, and improving physical performance.

Then there are beauty benefits from the medical grade epsom salt.  The salt is a natural exfoliator,  emollient, and detoxifier.  As you lay in the water, your body absorbs magnesium from the salt.  Magnesium is the second most abundant mineral in the human body (behind calcium) and helps regulate the activity of more than 325 enzymes. I've heard testimonies of how people have enjoyed highly restful sleep following float tank sessions partially due to absorption of magnesium in their system.

The real reason why said "yes" to this experience is for the meditative qualities.  I hope to engage in a powerful visualization exercise that will help me see clearly the outcomes that I wish to experience.  I also hope this will help me get into a deeper meditative state at home during my morning practice.  One huge supporter of float tanks says that it's helped increase his mental capacity and nurture his creativity.

My session is in a couple of days and I'm really excited. Basically every one who left a review on Youtube said they'd do it again. I hope my experience is just as exhilarating.  Lookout for a short review after my first experience.

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Monday Motivation | Work on behalf of your future self

A while back, I brought up the concept of the future self.  In the post, Yesterday you said tomorrow, I talked about the future self as someone we whom we trusted to somehow miraculously do the things that we weren't willing to do today.  If I say to myself "next week, I'm going to the gym everyday," I'm handing off action to my future self. And time after time, our future self continues to let us down.

The problem with our logic of relying on our future self is two fold:
1. The future self we speak of resides in the short term future.  Yet we somehow believe that within a few hours, days, or weeks, we'll make vastly different decisions than we do now.
2. Delegating work to someone who doesn't want to do it now is a bad idea.

May I present to you an alternative method that might be much more effective.  Instead of relying on your future self, know that your future self is actually RELYING ON YOU.  Every time you have a goal you want to achieve, you're actually saying "in the future, I want to experience this."  You're (long-term) future self has high standards and wants so much for herself.  She's relying on you to take the steps today that give her what she wants tomorrow.

There's a price for everything.  If we want bottle of a soda, we reach into our purse and pay a dollar for it.  We should think of our intentions in the same way.  There's a cost.  Sometimes it involves money, sometimes the cost is action, often times it's a combination of the two.  We pay now so we can enjoy it later.   Our job is to work diligently to give our future self everything she wants.  If you identified goals at the start of the year that aren't yet a reality, it means that you aren't allocating enough of your resources (time & money) to achieve it.  If you truly want those things on your list, then get to work.  A portion of your daily activities should be geared towards meeting the objectives of your future self.

This weekend, I took a look around my office and had the revelation that my current environment was a representation of my past self.  There were books on the shelf that I hadn't looked at in years.  File cabinets containing reference materials from over 5 years ago.  There was nothing that signified where I want to be. This, to me meant that my future self wasn't a priority.  After I made that realization, I started to quickly plan out my next steps.  I'm trashing the file cabinet and all of its contents and will remove the old books from the shelf and decorate in a more modern way in alignment to the kind of environment that my future self will enjoy.

The reality we experience today is a bi-product of every decision we've made in the past.  Let's be grateful to our past selves for our current experiences. And, let's adjust our present actions so to make our future selves proud.









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Cleanse with this if you want clear, acne-free skin

8.29.2015

Recently I shared an article where I highlighted the role of probiotics in cleansing products to combat acne causing bacteria on the surface of the skin.  Today, I'd like to offer up another option.  When I battled acne, one thing that never worked for me was typical acne fighting ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.  But not a lot of other options were available.

Times have changed.  According to the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, mild acne can be treated via your cleanser.  But not just any cleanser.  In order to experience the best results, you should be on the look out for a cleanser that has glycolic acid + one with a low pH.

In their study, they recruited patients who used the cleanser exclusively, twice a day, for 6 weeks.  At the end of the 6 week trial, the "mild acne improved significantly" as judged by a doctor's assessment.
A couple of years ago, I found myself at the Nutra Bisse counter at Neiman Marcus.  This was immediately after I learned that Beyonce & Kelly Rowland both enjoyed slathering Diamond Cream on their flawless skin.  I walked away from the counter with samples of Diamond Cream and their Glyco Extreme Peel.  I had active breakouts at the time so didn't bother trying the peel for fear that it would further aggravate my skin.  I happen to stop by the counter again and let her know that I enjoyed the cream but didn't use the peel because of my breakouts.

"No," she responded "peels are good for acne."  "The acids will help remove the dead layers and clear your skin."  Wow. I had no idea. So I went home and did as I was told.  Then there's the time I visited Lady Dee for my first ever skin peel.  After hearing that flawless celebrities frequented her spa, I had to experience it for myself.  I remember taking before pics just hours prior to the peel.  My skin was troubled and had active breakouts.  Days later, when the peel came off. Absolutely clear. Not one breakout in sight.

So perhaps using an acidic cleanser is the way to go.  The abstract of the article didn't explain why the combination of glycolic acid and a low pH worked well but we can figure it out.  First off, a low pH is the ideal environment for the skin.  I suspect this helps keep unwanted bacteria from wreaking havoc.  Then we pair the low pH with  exfoliation to remove blockage & dead skin. What we're left with is clear, happy skin.  I did a quick look around the internet and Glytone Mild Gel Wash seems to formulated with 4.7% glycolic acid and has a pH of 3.8.  And the reviews are pretty stellar.    I first stumbled on this brand while researching for skin evening body products.  Since then, I've always wanted to try Glytone.  Now I have even more reason to give it a shot.    If you already have a favorite cleanser, you can try implementing a glycolic acid toner with low pH like this one from Derma Cosmetic and see if it works for you just a well.  Thanks to the commenter below for also recommending Anthony's Glycolic cleanser.



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NEW IN.

8.28.2015

A short list of some new items I'm currently loving.

I'm one of those people who will sometimes get themselves something for their birthday.  I celebrated this year by treating myself to yet another handbag.  After being captured by the beauty of this black caviar YSL clutch w/black hardware (also w/black chain - not shown), I knew I'd be taking it home.  I think I'm gonna go back into handbag retirement.  No wait,  there's only one other handbag that needs to come off my list before I put myself on lock down again.  If I reach my 4th quarter goals, I'd love to grab the larger version of the Balenciaga City Bag.   The Balenciaga City is my every day bag and I'd love to have the larger version to carry my laptop and, planner and other work related stuff when I'm on the go.  

Also pictured above is my new favorite pink lip liner. NARS' Rikugien.  It's the only pink shade that works on my two toned lips.  Plus it's a satin finish so it feels hydrating. This means that I don't have to pair it with gloss.  I received it as part of a birthday gift package at Sephora and loved it so much that I purchased a full size.  I highly recommend this shade if you want to add the perfect pink to your collection. 
Fall will soon be upon us. I absolutely hate cold weather but I'll bear it in exchange for the chance to wear cute jackets again.  There's already another "leather" jacket in my closet but it doesn't really get that cold here and I wanted a lighter weight one to wear on cool days.  I grabbed this one at Express.  If you're petite like me and have a hard time finding fitted leather jackets, I suggest you give this one a try. Oh, there's also one with quilted sleeves on sale.
I woke up one day and was like "I want some platform shoes." But not like 70's platform shoes. I wanted platform with a modern silhouette. Back when platform shoes where in style, I was a really happy girl.  Platforms give tiny gils like us some height without having to sacrifice comfort.  After putting the thought vibes out there, I walk into a boutique, find these black laser cut DVS black platforms and purchased immediately.   They're beyond comfortable and make a great statement.
I was inspired by Beyonce's make up artist who recommended eye cream as an all over moisturizer. So I picked up StiVectin-SD's Intensive Eye Concentrate for wrinkles.  I love the tube packaging.  I just squeeze a little on the back of my hand and apply on my face.  So far, I love the product. It's a nice, rich consistency which will be even more perfect as the air gets a bit dryer.  And my skin looks pretty good after only a couple days use.  Thinking about picking up another tube.
Another birthday addition.  The Louis Vuitton key pouch is probably my favorite acquisition.  Before the key pouch came into my life, I would walk around the house asking "have you seen my keys?"  'Cause I carry large bags, I'd have a hard time finding my keys at the bottom of the bag. It's been over a month and that problem no longer exists.  This accessory is super useful.  I can carry money, Iphone earbuds, and Iphone charger cable, hair pins and my I.D. with ease.   If I wanted to, I could use it as a mini makeup pouch to throw in a clutch bag.  I get so much use out this thing. Totally worth the investment.


Last year I swore off using lotions after discovering Johson's Baby Oil gel, Capriclear Coconut Oil Spray and Palmer's Coco Butter Oil.  But yesterday, someone recommended I try Aveda's Stress Fix Body Creme. Before I had a chance to decline, she placed a little in the palm of my hand.  As soon as I rubbed my hands together, I was sold. I immediately wanted a travel size to have in my handbag at all times. It's so luxurious and effective.  Not only does it hydrate extremely well, it soothes and softens.  She told me that I can also try putting some on my feet at night and covering them with socks as an overnight treatment.  Can't wait to test it out.
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Life Elevated | Why I decided to get a cleaning lady

8.26.2015

Clean Home Inspiration
Yesterday, I made the decision to hire a cleaning lady.  As soon as the decision was made, I took immediate action to schedule an appointment before I talked myself out of it.  The idea of hiring someone to come in on a regular basis to clean my house is something I've resisted forever. Growing up, my mom kept a spotless home.  She'd often wake up early in the morning and scrub down the house until exhaustion.  When she was done, the house was immaculate and I absolutely loved the feeling of being a clean environment.  And when I traveled weekly, I became accustomed to the neatness of a well maintained hotel room.

Since I've been on my own, I've maintained a clean environment as best as I could. But the amount of time required to keep the house to the level of cleanliness that I desire is not feasible.  Even if I had that much time on my hands, I don't want to spend it cleaning.  I'm not talking about doing the dishes, sweeping floors and making the bed.  No, I'm referring to the deep down work.  The kinda stuff that my mom would do all weekend.  I really wish that I was one of those people that enjoy getting on my hands and knees and scrubbing until everything shines...but I'm not.  But I'd love to live in a pristine environment. So what's a girl to do?

Outsource.  Yep, I'm handing the job over to the professionals.  I do feel a little a guilty that I didn't turn out like my mom. But I had to get over it.

Now I have a new expense.  My goal is to see how I can turn this new expense into income. Well, not directly.  But I'm hoping that working in a well organized and clean environment will have a direct impact on my focus.  Just recently I received an email from a coaching client of mine who shared how she found herself to be more productive in building her business when she stayed at a hotel.  Why? Because an organized space helps sparks creativity.  When our environment is dirty or cluttered, it takes up our mental energy. Remember the scene in Limitless when Eddy cleaned his entire home, the very next thing he did was sit down and write the book he'd been avoiding for months.

I suspect that I'll respond favorably as well. Whenever I clean my environment, I work at a higher level so I know that living in a professionally cleaned home will somehow influence my income.  One challenge I'm creating for myself is to calculate the cost of regular cleaning for a year and create ideas on how to generate enough income to cover the investment (including gratuity).  My intention is that this decision to hire help will actually increase my income.

We'll see what happens.  Maybe I'll change my mind and cancel after the first couple of cleanings. Maybe having a maid service will transform my life.  I just look forward to living in a spotless environment again.

Do any of you have experience with a maid service?  Please share.
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Here's how to upgrade water in your L.O.C. moisture routine

8.25.2015

Hopefully by now, all of you ladies are fully utilizing the L.C.O (liquid, cream, oil) method of moisturizing.  For those of you who aren't familiar with L.C.O., it's like Korean skin care layering, but for the hair.  Basically, our goal is to maximize the amount of moisture on the hair by first applying a liquid then a creamy moisturizer and wrapping it up with a lightweight oil (or liquid, oil, cream).

Sounds good, right?  But what if we could tweak the formula to make to make it even better?  The first step in the L.O.C. formula involves a liquid.  When I first introduced this method, my hair was insanely dry so water was my first choice.  I figured that my hair would just drink up the moisture in preparation for my favorite moisturizer  and oil.  Water is good but it also has its downside.  Sometimes, too much water has an opposite effect of what we want. Meaning water can open cuticle layer causing frizz and rough, unsexy hair.

The moisturizer can help remedy some of this but, too be honest, it too might have a high water content and may not be powerful enough to actually change the condition of the hair.  The solution to this is to utilize a powerful water-substitute.  Let's discuss options.


If you'd like to graduate hydrating and desire to actually condition the hair, may I suggest you try substituting water with your favorite light weight leave-in conditioner.  One option I'm loving is Phillip Kingsley's Daily Damage Defense Conditioning Spay.  It's really light.  Like water, but better.  Another benefit of Kingsley's daily defense is that it doesn't build up.  Other options I also like include Biolage's Daily Leave-in Tonic for greater conditioning or Tiger Grund's Protein Recontructor if I need to fortify my hair with a little protein.  All three are great choices and give my hair a little more support than water alone.



Lately, my hair has been pretty rebellious.   I'm enduring a long stretch and my hair was feeling rough and tangled easily.  After a little bit of thought the answer came to me in a flash "I NEED TO SEAL MY CUTICLE LAYER!"  Next I wondered if I had enough time to head to the alkaline water store to grab a bottle of acidic water.  But then I looked down and saw the coconut vinegar staring back at me.  "Of course!" Coconut vinegar is acidic and, when mixed with water, could lower the pH thereby creating sleeker strands.  After mixing some water and coconut vinegar in an aluminum sprayer, I misted my hair, layered moisturizer & Gleau Argan oil then tied a silk scarf to seal in all the goodness.  Minutes later,  I removed the scarf to reveal soft, smooth hair.  Those massive tangles melted away. Perfecto!

Other options to boost your L.C.O routines is to start of with a watery moisturizer like Kinky Curly Knot Today, then layer with a thicker moisturizer and finish off with oil.  Or use healthy hair faves  already in liquid form like aloe vera juice, which also has a low pH for sealed, happy cuticles.  I still believe that water is a powerful moisturizer so perhaps you might even considering experimenting with water--leave-in--cream--oil  (W.L.C.O) and see how your hair responds.





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Monday Motivation | Use the "Micro-Method" to beat procrastination

8.24.2015

Procrastination is something that we all deal with to some extent.  Even people with clear goals & action steps on how to achieve them still have to overcome it.  Each Sunday or Monday, I reflect on what I want to accomplish for the week ahead.  Many times I find myself carrying over some of the same "to-dos" that were on the list last week (and even the week before). That's when I've gotta to come to grips with the fact that I've been avoiding these tasks.

Sometimes I try to pump my self up to do it, or I'll even assign a day and time when I'll get it done, but it rarely seems to work.  And, the longer it stays on my list, the more I tend to procrastinate.  So I'm trying a new strategy.  Instead of re-writing the same actions over and and over again, I plan to practice acting with urgency.

I'll employ what I coined as the "micro-method" to move myself into quick action.  The micro-method looks something like this:

Unreasonable Deadlines//
One mistake I've been making is not including a deadline/due date, when I write down my goals.  Instead of saying that I'll get this thing done on Wednesday, I just write it down and hope that I somehow do it.  Using the "micro-method I basically set unreasonable deadlines to get something done.  For example, on my list of actions was to take some updated product images and format them for upload online.  Days passed and still no images.  At 4:20 pm I decided to employ the micro-method.  I had until 4:35 pm to get it done!  Yep, I had only 15 minutes to have a finished image.  Off I went to meet this ultra tight deadline.  And, to be honest, it was kinda fun...like a game.  Needless to say, I got it done.

With ultra short deadlines, we shift our mindset from making excuses to figuring out how to get it done quickly.  Time is ticking....

Take Micro Actions//
The other aspect of the micro-method for overcoming procrastination is to take micro actions.  Sometimes our minds tend to have the tendency to over exaggerate how hard it is to do something.  We  listen to the excuses and put of the action for another day.  Instead, I urge you to take a micro action.  I've been putting off meditating lately because I lied to myself  convinced myself that I just don't have enough time.

So I asked myself, do you have 1 minute to meditate?  Of course the answer is yes.  So I set my timer for a minute and meditated.  Suddenly, the activity that I had no time for was over in what seemed like record time.  Immediately, I reset the clock for 3 minutes.  Again, the minutes seemed to breeze by.  At first I "had no time" to meditate, now, I wanted to do it even longer.    The same method could be used for physical exercise or writing your book.  Writing is definitely one of those actions that seems daunting if you just sit around thinking about it.  But when you start, you find yourself in  a state a flow and want to keep going.  The hardest part is starting and the micro-method may just be the way to get started.

The absolute best part of the Micro-Method is that it's like a gateway drug to greater levels of action.  You can't have just a little.  Once you start doing what you've been putting off, you feel great and you build momentum. Soon you'll find yourself doing more and more.  It becomes addictive.  Taking the micro-action of jumping on the trampoline led to a walk at a nearby park, which lead to a early gym session this morning.  Last week, I thought I was too busy to work out.  Today, I can't wait to incorporate more physical activity into my day.

 This micro-method is really powerful.  I urge you to become a user (sorry for bad pun).
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Style Inspo| What to Wear (or buy) This Weekend

8.21.2015

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I placed a small online order of a few clothing pieces. Two of the four items I purchased was in grey.  Why?  Because I'm realizing how easy to style the color grey is.  It's like the casual version of black.  Grey serves as the perfect back drop to your colorful accessories.  Unlike black, grey, has a casual "daytime" feel that can be dressed up with heels and a statement bag.  I'm also loving the fact that grey can easily transition from summer to fall.  
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It stays pretty hot most of the year where I live so I don't get the chance to really rock my outer wear like I want.  Sometimes I'll grab a lightweight jacket in the morning and have to remove by afternoon as the temperature climbs.  Let's not forget those days when it's too hot to wear a jacket but you still want to layer pieces and elevate your look.  The solution to all of our problems is in the sleeveless jacket which Laura Govan is wearing flawlessly.  Her military vest/jacket really makes the look.

Now I'm obsessed with acquiring sleeveless versions of my favorite jackets.  This may require some tailoring but I'm open to the idea of altering an old coat if necessary.   Last year, I picked a denim vest after being inspired by this look and I wore it almost daily.  Now I'm on a mission to add a few more vests to my collection.
Wearing Beautiful Flower Dress | More Ankara Dresses


The only print I'm attracted to lately has been tribal inspired looks.  If I could own an entire closet of tribal print dresses, I'd be elated.  I'm slowly making my way there since I picked up two print dresses over the summer.  They make me feel so regal whenever I wear them which is why I'm getting a few more.

If Diddy were to call you and invite you to a white party he's having this weekend, would you be ready?  No, but seriously, in every closet there should be at least one standout all white outfit.  It could be perfectly tailored white slacks or an impeccable white skirt.  Whatever you decide.  A white outfit, when done right, looks so clean, expensive, and minimal.  It also causes you to behave differently 'cause you're now tasked with the responsibility of keeping your look flawless your entire night out.
head wrap
Keeping your hair perfect in this summer heat can be darn near impossible.  Sometimes it's easier to accessorize with a gorgeous statement head wrap and keep it moving.  Head wraps are perfect for accentuating your look.  I love how she paired with a multicolored wrap with playful sunnies and cute earrings.  Last summer I  wore different head wraps for about a week and totally felt like a different person.  It saved time, protected my hair from the harmful summer sun, and garnered a few compliments in the process.  It was just the change I needed. It's definitely time to rock this again.



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First Impressions | GlamGlow Youthcleanse Exfoliating Cleanser

8.20.2015

My ravenous shopping habits have lead me to reach the status of Sephora VIB (very important beauty insider). Every once in a while an email lands in my inbox with an exclusive offer for VIB members.  Most often, I ignore them, but this time I had to take full advantage.  They were offering various free samples with a minimum purchase.  On the list of offers was GlamGlow's Youthcleanse.

Y'all know that I'm a fan of GlamGlow.  The clearing mud has got to be one of my all time favorites.  So when I saw the opportunity to try their cleansing, exfoliating mud, I was all over it.  Luckily for me, I stumbled upon NARS satin lip pencil in Rikugien days earlier and absolutely need to add it to my beauty collection.  After adding the lip pencil, the special sharpener and a mascara to my basket, I'd reached the minimum required to get my free sample of GlamGlow.

What intrigued me about YouthCleanse is that it cleanses, exfoliates and has mask-like qualities all in one.  Sometimes one doesn't have the time to execute three separate steps in your facial regimen.  Feels good to know that one product can save a little time and change the look of your skin in one session.

Here's a little background about the product:

YOUTHCLEANSE™ is a revolutionary Mud to Foam™ daily cleanser that combines the power of mud and the performance of foam for an innovative cleansing experience. It transforms into a gentle and effective foaming lather that dissolves makeup and impurities while removing dead surface cells. 

It is formulated with Brazilian superfruits acai, guarana, and acerola to provide potent antioxidants and flaxseed and quinoa, which are rich in omegas 3, 6, and 9 for stronger, healthier-looking skin. French sea clay revitalizes skin, microalgae scrub and phytic acid extreme gently exfoliate, and TEAOXI® green tea leaf delivers EGCG super antioxidants to protect against free radicals—working with ground ginkgo biloba leaf to optimize the skin’s natural renewal process. YOUTHCLEANSE™ helps to maintain the results of your current weekly GLAMGLOW® treatments. 



This morning I had the chance to try it for myself and here are my initial thoughts.  The product itself has a thick liquid consistency.  Sorta like a lotion (but not).  The creamier consistency allows for easy application on a dry face (per instructions).  Once the product is completely applied, you then dampen your hands and rub them together, causing the product left on your hand to foam.

As you apply the YouthCleanse to your face and when you massage the product, you'll feel the tiny grains that work to exfoliate.  Although it kinda feels like a mask on the skin, the instructions state clearly that it's not meant to be used as a mask.  Meaning, it doesn't dry onto the skin and you don't have to wait forever for it to dry before removing.

After a few moments of massaging the product in, I rinsed it off pretty easily.  Immediately, I touched my skin which felt smooth and exfoliated.  Overall, I was really pleased with how YouthCleanse performed.  According to the product info, this is meant to be a daily cleanser.  In my experience, the product was a little too drying to be used daily.  I mean, it cleanses, exfoliates, and has mask-like qualities all in one.  Of course could be a little drying.  This product would have been perfect back when I traveled a lot.  Instead of having to pack a mask, exfoliating products and a cleanser, I'd grab my YouthCleanse and be set.  I also see this as a perfect product for after working out or a steam room session.  GlamGlow Youthcleanse is made for those moments you're short on time but want to do a quick exfoliation and cleanse at once. Or when you're feeling lazy and don't want to conduct a full on at home facial.

 I will definitely purchase the full size.



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