Hello, My Pretties

So … I’ve been on a bit of a jewelry spree lately. Allow me to introduce you to my new babies:

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Let’s start with these two beautiful little ballerina rings. The one on the left has a baby pink pearl in the middle of her white sapphire skirt, and she’s gorgeous – I happened across her at the International Gem and Jewelry Show and she just had to come home with me.

The blue sapphire ring on the right has a more personal story, as the ring mounting is actually one of my mother’s sapphire and diamond earrings that she gave me when I was little because she lost the mate. I was absolutely enchanted at such a young age to own such a beautiful, fancy little gem. I’ve kept it all these years, and I recently took it to Shane Co. and asked them to mount it in an east-west setting on a simple gold band. I simply love the results. #TeamShaneCo!

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A close runner up for my favorite pieces are my new Stella and Dot Somervell necklace and matching Nancy stud earrings. They’re a gorgeous shade of peach that complements my skin and hair perfectly:

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Next up? Lucky Brand! I really love their jewelry and I frequently find it on sale at HauteLook or Macy’s, which means I can justify buying a lot of it – wheeeee! Both of these pieces were $10 each – BARGAIN. I just love this cross bracelet and matching teardrop earrings:

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I’ve been starting to collect a lot more bracelets recently as well. I think this means I’ve finally been brainwashed by the stacking trend. This champagne baguette bracelet is from Baublebar, and the other three came from a random brand I can’t remember on Hautelook, but they look fantastic together and with a few of my other older Lucky Brand bracelets thrown in as well.

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These pretty little earrings came from Hautelook too. I’m not quite as impressed with them, as I rather suspect they’ll fall apart soon from the appearance of the in person construction, but they were cheap and will be cute while they last:

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And last but not least, you can see in the middle my new rose gold heart beat necklace from the Etsy shop Great Lakes. I love layering this little beauty with other necklaces or alone for a dainty little touch. It’s so. damn. cute:

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Clearly I don’t have enough jewelry, amiright? I’m right. Let’s get more.

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Let’s Talk: GlamGlow Review

GlamGlow. You know what I’m talking about – that insanely expensive little pot with a star on the lid that you pass in Sephora. The one that has rave reviews, but you simply can’t bring yourself to drop $69.00 plus tax on 1.7 oz, even though it purports to be made with unicorn magic and baby angel kisses.

Up until now I’ve only sucked it up enough to buy the wee little sample size of the original YouthMud Tinglexfoliate mask – still a whopping $25, in case you were wondering. And you know what? It’s amazing. In addition to the unicorn magic and baby angel kisses, I would probably also guess at ingredients such as children’s laughter and rainbows. Worth every penny.

BUT. Those sneaky little GlamGlow people just came out with a holiday gift set, priced at $69, with not only one full sized pot of the ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment mask, but also two small pots of the original YouthMud and the SuperMud Clearing Treatment. I mean, come on. I broke down. You would too.

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Let’s break it down here for you, from left to right:

1. YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment: the original GlamGlow in the little black pot, I’ve tried this a million times and it is firmly cemented as my favorite face treatment of all time. Yes, it is a nasty green color, but it smells like a delicious, minty herbal-y drink so you won’t mind schmearing it all over your face. You pop this sucker on, and it’ll tingle (pleasantly, not ouchy) for a while, then it’ll dry down to a gray-green clay-like texture all over your face, and you leave it there for as long as you damn well please.

Technically, they say to leave it on for about 10 minutes, but I usually leave it for closer to 30 minutes to an hour, and I’ve heard people sleep with it on, my mother included. When you take it off, your skin will feel tighter, glowing, smooth and wonderful. By the next day I can always see improvement in any blemishes as well, both reduction in size and redness.

Conclusion: Buy this. Run, don’t walk. You will not regret it.

2. SuperMud Clearing Treatment: this is the black mask in the middle in the little white pot. I must say, I am not nearly as impressed with this little sucker as I am with the original YouthMud. It’s a clearing treatment, right? So it must be even better at dispelling blemishes, right? Wrong. This little guy just has some sort of vague herbal smell, tingles a little (not as much as the YouthMud) and dries down, again, to a black clay like consistency on your face. However, there is no post mask glow, no tightening, no reduction of blemishes.

Conclusion: it didn’t do anything bad, but neither did it do anything wonderful. I won’t buy it again.

3. ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment: this is tan/yellow mud on the right in the large blue pot, which is said to have wonderful hydrating powers for your skin. Again, it doesn’t look very nice, but it smells of honey, fruit and oats, which I am a fan of. When you smear it on, it does not dry down – instead it stays pretty wet and tacky. Interestingly, the tingle sensation is not as intense as the YouthMud, however, I did find that it lasted the entire time I left the mask on (about half an hour), instead of dying down after the first 5-10 minutes. After rinsing this off, I definitely noticed the whole same glowing thing going on as with the original mask, and my skin was soft as a baby’s butt. It didn’t seem to do much for blemishes, but then it’s a hydrating treatment, so whatever.

Conclusion: this was nice. I’d say made with less unicorn magic than the original, but still a good mask. I’d buy it again, especially during drier months, climates, etc.

Overall impressions: The original YouthMud Tinglexfoliate treatment is still the best in my eyes, with the ThirstyMud coming in second and the SuperMud third. I will definitely still be buying the YouthMud regularly, and will probably buy the ThirstyMud again as well for when my skin is feeling parched (I think it’ll be great for winter, and potentially for long plane rides). SuperMud, unfortunately, is dead to me.

GlamGlow also has a new PowerMud DualCleanse treatment in a little green pot as well as a BrightMud Eye Treatment left for me to try – have you tried them? What do you think?

Find GlamGlow here: www.glamglowmud.com or here: www.Sephora.com