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Global Goddess ‘Goddess Glow’ South Pacific Shimmer ($32.00) looked like a really pretty glowy blusher-highlighter. I was drawn to it because of the designs found on top of the powder, but unfortunately, the design really is just on top. The white line pattern disappears as soon as your brush hits the product. I found that this just gave me a subtle shimmer, which is nice, but it’s not something I haven’t seen before. I think I was disappointed, because I saw it having a lot of potential, and in reality, it doesn’t do anything different from products I already have. (The shimmer, also, seemed more whitish-silver, so it didn’t complement my warmer skin tone; but perhaps it would work better on cooler skin tones.) This product definitely gives you shimmer, and it really just lets me down because of the design fading away instantly–otherwise, it’s your average highlighter.
Global Goddess ‘Sizzling Serengeti’ Tribal Eyeshadow Quad in Arusha ($42.00) made me drool for months! The cool tribal pattern looks fun and lovely, and while the designs are imprinted, so they will stick around longer, the quality itself is lacking. The color pay off is decent, though the colors are somewhat subtle by nature, so I wasn’t expecting a neon purple or anything. My problem with this quad is the eyeshadows do not go on smoothly. I used a creamy neutral base before applying these, and I think I had more eyeshadow under my eye than on my eye. I’m not a makeup beginner — I know enough to be able to slap shadow on my eyes, y’know? The fact that I was using a quality brush (MAC 239, which I love and use all the time) and could barely get this to work is just not what I was expecting.For a product with this price tag, I was expecting quality closer to Chanel, Dior, etc. – not below average quality like I got.
BUT! despite these products not impressing me, the founder of Global Goddess, Shalini Vadhera, wrote Passport to Beauty, which I have been reading lately, and it is definitely worth checking out. It is filled with beauty tips from around the world, broken down by region/culture. There are a lot of home remedies/natural beauty tips, so it’s been a great read thus far. Now the book, I definitely recommend to you!
For months, I have been drawn to Global Goddess’ products, because they just look so pretty. I recently received a few items from the brand to try out, and I am glad that I didn’t fork over the bucks myself. The review will follow this entry, so you can read about my experience with it, but suffice to say I wasn’t impressed and I think this look can even show you some of the trouble I had with it.
On a more positive note, it’s Thursday! The week is almost over — hang in there ladies
I used Global Goddess’s Sizzling Serengeti Tribal Eyeshadow Quad in Arusha on the eyes. I used the lightest color on the inner lid, the light purple on the middle of lid, and the brown color on the outer lid and crease. I used the lightest color to highlight the brow bone, and I finished using Graphblack technakohl and Plushlash mascara for lashes. I wore global Goddess’s Goddess Glow South Pacific Shimmer on cheeks, over Gentle mineralize blush (LE). I wore Cafe Matte Mattene (LE) with Red Romp lipglass (LE).
** These are recommendations for dupes based on permanent colors available — may not necessarily be identical; they are the closest I can think of!
Gentle = Plum Foolery; Cafe Matte = Spirit; Red Romp = Venetian
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Last week, when I shared with you what I kept in my shower, I briefly told you of the merits of MAC’s Volcanic Ash Exfoliator ($19.00). It’s such a great product that it deserves its own, official review. Volcanic Ash is both a foaming and exfoliating scrub, which makes it different from the typical exfoliator (most do not have any foaming action). The exfoliants the product use are the volcanic ash and sugar crystals. The volcanic ash is from the island of Vanuatu, and it contains minerals and sulfur from “deep within the earth.”
While all that fancy-speak may or may not be marketing (or some combination of marketing and truth), one usage and the results speak for themselves. The exfoliators dissolve as you gently massage it into your skin, and when you add a little more water, the cleanser will foam up. I personally like that they dissolve, because it helps you time your cleansing; plus, you don’t get little grains or beads stuck on your face post-use. The only downside of the product is that it is a messy/dirty product in the sense that it is black ash that you put on your skin, so it’ll turn your face a dirty gray/black. This in turn makes it difficult to wash over the sink sometimes. I tend to use mine in the shower, because then I don’t have to worry about dirtying up my sink area. It’s really a minor point, because after a few usages, you get pretty good at rinsing and not making a mess.
I love this product so much, I wish I could use it everyday, but alas, you are only supposed to use it one to three times per week. You can use this product on your face or body, which makes it a multi-tasker. To be honest, I love it too much (and it’s sold out everywhere near me), I save it for my face. It’s a good-size tub of product (4.5 oz), but if I started using it for my body, I’d go through it much too fast. I really hope MAC brings this back and makes it permanent–it could be such a cult product, I know it.
Bottom line, this stuff makes your face feel soft as buttery silk. Get it if you can get your hands on it! (C’mon, $19? It’s a total steal!)