WHO IS JOSE MARAN?
This is ANOTHER company that I was REALLY glad I looked into, did some research, and decided to give them a try! Josie actually looked for almost 20 years for her own non-toxic beauty products only to discover that most beauty products contain a vast amount of toxic chemicals that are not even good for your skin at all! I've personally found this to be true as well! She decided that was NOT something that she could accept, so she DID something about it and made her OWN company as a result :) She once met a woman in an area south of France who was in her 70's-yet looked as though she was in her 40's! Josie found out that the woman's secret was pure organic Argan Oil = what she calls "liquid gold"! In 2007, she started her company with the motto: "Luxury with a Conscience". I absolutely LOVE that kind of motto!!
WHAT KIT DID I GET?
JOSIE MARAN-BLOSSOM & BLOOM ARGAN HYDRATING COLOR COLLECTION: $62
This set contains:
- 1.7 oz 100% Pure Argan Oil Light
- 0.5 oz Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil
- 0.095 oz Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée in Poppy Paradise
- 0.12 oz Love Your Lips Hydrating Lipstick in Playful Pink
- 0.17 oz Argan Black Oil Mascara
*CONTAINS NO: PARABENS, SULFATES, & PHTHALATES!!! :)
THE BOTTOM LINE....MY VERDICT:
As for what I did NOT like, it's very easy to quickly pick that out as I didn't care the color of it all :( The lip stick just did not impress me as far as color goes- IF you are a fair to light-skinned woman as myself, I advise to steer clear of the lip stick as it didn't bode well at all for the coloring of my super fair skin tone! I can wear darker pinks and poppy colors, but this one was just the wrong shade ...period :( It was however, beautifully packaged and felt fantastic on my lips. It also has a very unique clear "wrapping" of a hydrating layer that does make for a nice application and soft lips!
As for the cheek stain, the color does look like it wouldn't be the right color either, but I was actually very wrong about the product! It has a great color that is actually much more toned down that what you see in the container and seems that it would compliment most skin tones. The only drawback that I felt it had was the container's size and not so much for the amount which was actually decent, but for the fact that it's difficult to get it out to apply. A small brush would be the easiest way but I would not suggest of course using that to directly apply to your cheeks, but rather your finger. I was able to use my pointer-finger to apply, but I had to pat lightly inside the container and then go into circular motions on my cheek in order to apply well. The overall application method or container could be improved but the product itself and the color are great!
The mascara is fairly good, but it does seem to be designed with more of the fullness and lift in mind rather than length and separation. As that is the case, it would not be one that I would put at the top of my list as I usually look for a separating and lengthening formula in my mascara, but Josie Maran did do an excellent job of making a mascara that is a good natural alternative to a lot of the more toxic formulas of many other mascaras! It's also made with 100% Argan Oil so it does a nice job of conditioning lashes which many mascaras can cause the opposite and your lashes become quite brittle!
The Intensive Creamy Oil and the 100% Argan Oil Light are going to be the BEST items in the kit and really contain the most value- these two products are in themselves worth the price of the kit :) The Argan oil is great- no bad smell and will really leave your skin feeling conditioned. I do have a tendency to break out, so I was somewhat hesitant in using this oil on my face, but I actually had no issues with breakout and my skin felt super soft as a result! The Intensive creamy oil is great for rough spots like your elbows, knees, and other really rough areas or dry areas of your skin and does a pretty good job of conditioning and locking in moisture. It comes in a small tube, but you do NOT need very much of this product as a little goes quite a ways!
Overall, I was happy with the kit and really glad that I gave the brand an opportunity and I will purchase more products for Josie Maran in the future :) She makes good, high-quality, organically conscious products that are moderately priced too! Look out for me to review more of her products in the near future.