Friday Flash Review: GlamGlow Mud Mask

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Prepare yourselves for today’s rambling train of thought. Are you sitting comfortably? Do you have a notebook and pencil? A cup of tea? A Jaffa Cake? (Yes, it must be a Jaffa Cake, they’re the only biscuit-stroke-cake that is permitted. You may have two.)

“I’m off out for dinner and my skin is looking a little bit jaded. Probably because I’ve just made it sit through thirteen hours (straight) of video editing and I couldn’t be bothered to fetch my glasses. I’ve been straining and squinting and frowning, and all of the colour has drained out of my face. I have also eaten a naughty number of Jaffa Cakes and drunk too much Diet Coke. Despite trying to balance this out with Detox Tea (Dr Stuart’s, amazing) I look a little bit…grey.

What can I do to perk my skin up a bit? I need it to be smooth, fresh and bright. It feels a bit bumpy and rough. I’ll tell you how I feel about it: I feel as though I want to gently rub a brillo pad over it, or a bit of sandpaper, and just kind of polish it up a bit. Like you would with an old table-top. Like at school when you used to have to sand off all the graffiti and scratched bits from your desk lid and clean up the ink-well cover that was bent downwards so that you couldn’t slide it backwards and forwards really fast to make a racket…

Sorry! Where was I? Sandpaper. No, I won’t sandpaper my face. I was going to reach for my trusty Liz Earle Brightening mask, which I have mentioned a zillion times (haven’t I?) but I have just spotted the latest little package to have arrived at my desk, the GlamGlow Mud Mask.

Nice little jar. And a little bit of info. Let’s have a read. Ha! Nina Dobrev, lead actress in the Vampire Diaries says “GlamGlow is my new best friend.” Dear God woman! I know that Hollywood stars find it difficult to ‘connect’ with others sometimes, but a little jar? Your best friend? Where do you go together? Does it get its own seat? Does it speak? Does it share waxing tips with you over a bottle of wine?

I jest of course! I have no idea who Nina Dobrev even is! God bless her and her posh-lidded little friend. (Sorry Nina, I had your name wrong before but I have now corrected it. I shall watch Vampire Diaries as penance. I’m sure you have incredible skin.)

Hold on a sec – Tommy Lee, Rocker, oh – sorry, Rockstar, is IN LOVE WITH IT! “I am in love with it” he says. (My italics, not his.) “It feels so refreshing and gives U a refreshing glow at the end.” Urm…I’m sorry? “U”? Did Tommy text his quote in to GlamGlow? If so, surely it should read “it fls so refrshin + givs U a refrshin glo at the end x x x”

I digress. For about the seventieth time. I’ll tell you some important stuff now: Designed for Hollywood’s Entertainment, Music, Fashion and Award industries for camera-ready soft glowing skin. Dredged off the coast of Southern France, home to glamorous Cannes, St. Tropez and Monaco. GLAMGLOW is an amazing rapid gentle exfoliant mud mask for men and women, high in ancient volcanic pumice rock, super antioxidants and minerals. GLAMGLOW’s moisturizing collagen synthesis is for the face, neck and décolleté. Nice. I like the sound of this. By the looks of it from my search on t’internet, it has a bit of a cult following. Let’s slather this baby on!

Hold on though, let’s not be too hasty – it’s not an enormous jar by any means, so let’s not slather, let’s smooth and pat. Smooth and pat, that’s the way. Smells nice! Smells absolutely delicious as a matter of fact. It’s extremely grainy, a bit like a microfoliant or a very effective scrub. But I’m not really massaging it in, I’m smoothing it on, so I’m getting a bit of a ‘scrubby’ feel, but nothing too serious. It’s a rather fetching shade of sludge green, and there are flakes of something stuck in there that are starting to show up as the mask dries, which is fast. Oh! They’re real pieces of green tea leaf! What the heck will they do then? ‘Nothing’ is what I have my money on.

It really tingles! Nice. It’s drying into a mask and I literally cannot move my face.


Holy crap, that’s the doorbell. It’s Amazon. It’s my camcorder auxiliary light and I need it. Can I answer the door in an Umbro tracksuit (don’t ask) and a face of clay? YES I CAN.

“Delivery for Crilly.”




“Is that you then?”


“Sign here then.”

[Shut door.]

That was interesting. I literally could not move my face to speak! How bizarre-yet-fun-yet-ultimately-embarrassing!

Oh well! I have my light! What’s going on with this mask? It’s definitely tingle-tastic. Victoria Health claim that it “Illuminates, smoothes, softens, exfoliates, brightens and moisturises for noticeably super radiant skin.It had better do, because I have just ruined my already rocky relationship with the Evening Amazon Man.

[15 minutes interlude where I mess about with my new light. Feel free to have a loo-break, make another tea, do some power lunges.]

My face is now set solid as a rock-face. If my life depended on it, I couldn’t pull a facial expression out of the bag. So I’m in good company – most of Hollywood, in fact. Time to have a little rinse! I’m using warm water and a flannel. A white flannel, which is probably a little ill-advised. It’s going to look like a newborn’s nappy by the time I’ve finished!

A little warm water splashed onto the mask and it’s beginning to loosen a little (and breathe) so I am taking the opportunity to massage the grainy bits in a little bit, give myself a gentle bit of exfoliation. The flannel is doing a great job of wetting/massaging/removing and I can thoroughly recommend the use of one for GlamGlow removal!

How’s my skin? I can categorically say that it looks incredible. After all of my joking about I am utterly speechless. It’s a completely different texture – smooth, soft and bump-less. It’s brighter – slightly lighter, I think, if that’s possible? It doesn’t feel dry or tight, it doesn’t feel oily on the T-Zone, it doesn’t feel irritated. I am gobsmacked.

I wish that I had popped something on my eye area now, because I have been left with the face of a twenty year old and the eyes of an eighty year old. Rather incongruous to say the least!


I am impressed. Have I said that? This stuff is très expensive but amazing. I perhaps wouldn’t use it if I had very sensitive skin – although there aren’t any nasties in the formula the gritty texture and intensive nature of the treatment (fast exfoliation) might be a little too much for faces that tend to react. I’m speculating here, obviously, as I don’t have very sensitive skin, but if I did, I’d try and do a little patch test.

Overall, I’m very, very impressed. Can you tell that? The GlamGlow mask sells for £69 at Victoria Health. That’s for a 50ml jar, so…quite steep. But well worth it, I think. One generous application used up about a tenth of a jar (by my rough estimation) and so each treatment would be around £7. That’s generous usage. For a result that’s actually right up there with some pretty thorough facials I’ve had, I don’t think that the price-per-use is inflated whatsoever.

Oooh! I got all serious towards the end there! Can I just finish by giving a little quote for GlamGlow?

Ruth Crilly, (Model, Writer, Puller of Facial Expressions) “GlamGlow is bloody amazing. It’s my new adopted child. I love it with all my heart.”

The first and last sentences are true.”

**UPDATE: sell this mask for £49.99 with free worldwide delivery**

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  1. Yvonne
    February 25, 2011 / 9:49 am

    wow this sounds amazing and perfect timing too because I am looking for a new mask that delivers.Ruth, do you think I can purchase this from Australia?

    • February 25, 2011 / 3:19 pm

      Maybe check the shipping on Victoria health – they might deliver!

  2. Kate
    February 25, 2011 / 10:24 am

    Very funny! I love your witty reviews. Sounds like a great product too. I better check some recent pictures of Tommy Lee before investing…

  3. thumbalins
    February 25, 2011 / 10:37 am

    Great blog post! And very interesting product!

  4. Rachel
    February 25, 2011 / 11:21 am

    Hi Ruth, I read you all the time and wanted to give you a big thank you today. My guy and I wanted to hurl the laptop at the cat this morning as the internet seemed to be jinxing our Eurostar and hotel bookings simultaneously while our cat nibbled the computer cords. (Two birds, one stone.) I thought nothing could make me smile. But ha! A cup of coffee and this funny review and… a smile! So thank you!

  5. Nicole
    February 25, 2011 / 11:35 am

    You truly are hilarious! Yes, definitely Funniest Model in the World, or should that be Most Funny Model in the World? Anyway, you now have me coveting GlamGlow, despite the fact that it is ‘dredged’ from the polluted and over populated waters of Cannes & St Tropez!

    • February 25, 2011 / 3:18 pm

      Hahaha….floating condoms etc etc x

  6. Tila
    February 25, 2011 / 12:38 pm

    wow sounds incredible, I really want to try it out now. I’ve got clogged pores and a pimple here and then, would you recommend this product for skin?

  7. Kristin
    February 25, 2011 / 1:23 pm

    so funny. my boss already looked over to me to see what´s so funny. must stop now and look serious. …

    thx for reviewing! :)

  8. February 25, 2011 / 2:42 pm

    I’ve never thought adoption was for me…this could change my mind. Like, every GlamGlow Mud Mask needs a good home, right?! x

  9. Esther
    February 25, 2011 / 4:37 pm

    I haven’t actually seen the Vampire Diaries, but I believe the “poor girl’s” name is Nina Dobrev, not Dobrey.

    • February 25, 2011 / 4:45 pm

      I had better go and edit that then!

  10. lindseyb498
    February 25, 2011 / 8:30 pm

    After a difficult week, I feel like I need to submerge myself in a vat of it but I’ll have to make do with good old epsom salts.

    I love a good, tight mask (!) but it spins my dog out. Talk about frightening the postie, my usually placid pooch barks at me if I don a mud-type mask.Lx

  11. Pj
    February 25, 2011 / 10:29 pm

    Have you tried Borghese Fango active mud… for me it has the same effect as your review.. if you haven’t tried it you should.

  12. Daphne
    February 26, 2011 / 10:38 pm

    I just love your Friday flash reviews! They always make me smile :) And now i’ve got to start saving up my pennies for this stuff! Sounds amazing.

  13. Snezhinka
    February 27, 2011 / 2:19 am

    I muuust try this! Btw, I also love Dr Stuart’s, have you tried the ‘skin purify’? It’s amazing, works so well. Should try the detox one too, sounds great.

    I live in student acommodation and one evening I applied my monthly omorovicza mask and then get a call from reception, saying I have an urgent parcel that I need to pay some tax for; I thought scaring the hall reception staff half to death was less costly than washing off my layer of precious mask, so I appeared before about 5 people with a face covered in mud (yes, its Hungarian, but its still mud), and was pretty short with the poor UPS man. Lol!

  14. nana
    March 21, 2011 / 1:28 am

    hi ruth. do you recommend the glam glow or the omorovicza’s detox mask?
    im planning to get either one but want to know what you’d prefer. thankx!

    • March 21, 2011 / 10:44 am

      The Glam Glow leaves skin much brighter instantly, but the Omorovicza pulls out more grime and dirt. You do get spots coming out though… I’d say GlamGlow for a quick fix but Omorovicza if it’s a more ‘long-term’ facial product that you need! x

      • Sammi
        July 15, 2012 / 10:21 pm

        Cudnt decide, but Glamglow it is! And got £5 off at Feelunique with code VCFIVEVC!! Bargain! :-D

  15. sana
    April 15, 2011 / 9:08 am

    hey Ruth! can i use this mask for sensitive skin?i have a very sensitive skin.plz recommend

    • April 15, 2011 / 11:53 am

      I’d be careful with it. Try the Avene – there’s a review on here somewhere!

  16. Ali
    May 10, 2011 / 8:24 pm

    I’d really like to try this but is there a way I can get a sample first? Do you know where I could get one?

    • May 10, 2011 / 11:32 pm

      @Ali not sure…their website perhaps? I’ll try and find out!

  17. October 5, 2011 / 4:02 pm

    wow! That’s freaking amazing o_o I’m so going to try it. Just a heads up for anyone who is interested, Glam glow is sold at for $69. Check it out. But i’d advice you to buy it when you have racked up a big order cause shipping is mad :/

  18. ei
    May 4, 2012 / 12:00 pm

    have bought this (this blog is bad for my bank balance) but I agree it is worth every penny. BTW I bought it for £50 in Selfridges Birmingham? (50 ml too). And the glow does last, i agree with a blurb on the back. It is going in my expensive beauty saviours make up bag where it will sit with my guerlain super aqua eye masks and Filorga Liss and Go’s!!

    • Ruth
      May 4, 2012 / 2:16 pm

      Ooooh, so glad you like it! Yes, I think the price has dropped. I will amend when I get the chance! x

  19. June 16, 2012 / 8:00 pm

    Can I say that I literally had tears of laughter streaming down my face as I read this?! Love the way you set the entire scene up and described the process; I just picked up a jar of this stuff today and while I had heard some great things about it, I wanted to dig a little deeper – thank you for such a thorough review.

    PS: you may have to pay for therapy for the Amazon delivery guy!!!

  20. October 30, 2012 / 6:00 pm

    I have just had a jar for a prezzie and did not even know what the stuff was. After reading this hilarious review I a m going to use it at the weekend where I have a party with all the ( as I call them) the oochie Gucci Ives San la ruchie mob there…so watch this space..

  21. julia
    April 5, 2013 / 8:11 pm

    Hahahaha Ooooh I’m dying, I love you Ruth don’t ever change! I lol’ed when I read that… No really, I actually laughed hysterically! Ps. Nina Dobrev is sooo amazingly beautiful, I actually got interested in this product because of that annoying woman ^^

  22. May 6, 2014 / 1:54 am

    Love the GlamGlow masks SO much! If you haven’t tried the new one, Thirstymud, you must! It is so amazing for dry skin! You can check out my review here >>

    Megan of Truth Be Told

  23. December 2, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    I love GlamGlow and their masks. It was one of the first masks I had reviewed for my blog

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