Sunday, January 27, 2013

Hollywood Secrets or Aztec Secrets?

Soo this product sounds promising.
Supposedly it is a "super-clearing mud mask" that vacuums out everything in your pores and can also be used as a spot treatment, literally sucking out pimples. Kind of gross but it gets my attention.
Want to see the vacuuming action? Take a look at this picture...
All of those little bubbles are said to be the gunk being sucked out of your pores.
The only problem? It's $69!
Needless to say I am definitely on the fence when it comes to buying this product, I need to be sure it is as awesome as it sounds before shelling out that kind of cash.
I have read all of the Sephora reviews, and honestly, I have never seen so many five-star reviews for one product. I think pretty much every single person gave this product five stars except for maybe one person. You can check it out for yourself here.
This mask came out of Hollywood and one of the big fusses about this product is so many movie stars swear by it. It is packed with tons of good ingredients for your skin and it utilizes this new PORE-MATRIX™ technology saying:

"NEW PORE-MATRIX™ Our Activated-X Charcoal is an Xtreme absorption carbon, attracting toxic substances into its mass up to 500 times its volume from all skin types, within the deepest & toughest areas. Our new proprietary K17-Clay™ will better extract & encapsulate excess sebum oils, bacteria & toxins in a controlled stasis state, revealing a Pore-Matrix™ of extraction dots & areas, ready to be washed away for seemingly poreless skin."
If you want to read more about it, please visit Ivory and Olive's review on this product here.
They go into even more depth about the ingredients in this mask and how it came about.
Now, one reason I really really hesitate to go grab this product, even the sample which you can check out here,  (even the sample packets are a lot of mulah), is because I use this super magnetic Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay mask that suctions everything out of my pores. It deep cleans and detoxifies and also improves circulation to your skin. The best part? It is only about $6 for a huge 1LB jar of it! The GlamGlow at $69 per jar is not even one pound.
I usually mix some of this clay with some raw apple cider vinegar (which works wonders for skin even on its own) and put it on my face and back until it dries completely--you will know when it is dry because the skin on your face is being pulled by the mask. It works wonders. It detoxifies and clears and heals.
It does not, however, contain all of the wonderful ingredients that GlamGlow clay has, but it is natural and it works, so do I really need all that extra stuff in the GlamGlow mask?
I mean, it does sound enticiing, but I am not sure that it is really necessary to drop $69 v.s. $6 if the difference in results are not going to be that huge.
Most of us really have no choice--we simply cannot afford the $69 little jar of supposed skin miracles. If you are in that boat, then definitely try this Indian Healing Clay. I think that it is a great, very cheap alternative/substitution for the expensive stuff.
This is the back of the jar.
 It is normal for your skin to be a little red or flushed for about a half hour after you use it, but a week goes by and suddenly your skin it starting to looking glowy and clear.
If you have really sensitive skin, do not mix it with raw apple cider vinegar, mix it with water instead. You choose the consistency of your own mask--how thin or thick you want the mask to be, the ratio of water or vinegar you use to the clay--thin masks will be a little more gentle.
You can find this Indian Healing Clay at really any health store around. I have even seen it in a few drug stores like CVS. I get mine at Sprouts but I am sure they have it at places like Whole Foods and New Leaf. If you cannot find any near you, you can order it online here. Here is also a link to the organic apple cider vinegar I use by Bragg.
Don't buy this jar for more than $8 on Amazon, that would be a rip off. I bought my jar for only $4.95 at Harvest House on Monument in Concord, CA.
Hope this helps for all you ladies on a budget, yet drooling over those little jars of GlamGlow like me!


  1. Girl we are in the same place. Glam glow looks amazing but why pay that money with the Aztec is working wonders for me at home? I am hoping someone breaks it down for us soon, but I might have to buy a sample of this stuff! Great post!

    1. Thanks! Right Lilly? It just seems too expensive to be worth it...but I have a sad, sorry, but at the same time A-MAZING update: GlamGlow is totally a wonder. I decided to fork over the cash because I found GlamGlow on Amazon for $35 instead of getting it from Sephora or Ulta for $69. You can also buy sample packets of this mask. But it seriously makes your skin and pores look flawless. I think that the Aztec mask would ultimately give you the same results over time--but GlamGlow works immediately! Ah *sigh* I guess the expensive stuff is expensive for a reason after all...(at least in this case!) I am still going to hunt for something cheaper that gives results like the GlamGlow mask does. I hope it exists!

      Here's a link to the $35 Amazon sale:

  2. The questions about facials never end, do they? Why should I get it? How often should I get it? Where should I get it? Well, if you live in Hollywood then you don’t really need to worry about the last one as there are so many salons which specialize in facials Hollywood .

  3. You can get activated charcoal at wal-mart or any drug store for $10 or so, mix that with the aztec clay or any bentonite clay you like add some essintial oils and its the same thing. Our special activated x charcoal and k17 clay, come on. they are selling a product for $ 70 that you can make yourself for under $20.

    1. It's true you really can buy capsules of activated charcoal for cheap, buy some bentonite clay for relatively cheap, and add some essential oils..which I have done. And I love making a face mask with those ingredients. Maybe it's mental, who knows? But, whenever I splurge and decide to use the GlowGlam mask instead, the results always seems so much better. I wish they didn't! Then I would have no excuse for buying this crazy expensive face mask!

  4. This is an awesome mask that lasts forever! My skin isn’t nearly as rough, red, or broken out as it used to be. Highly recommend.