I love this; it smells exactly like almond extract, so if you dont like that then dont buy this. It moisturizes very well and I love the consistency too; it's thick but not too thick and it does leave a layer on your hands, but I dont mind that. I use it at night or when Im not going to be touching things. The ingredient list is very nice too, natural. Ingredients: (listed in order as on the front of the tub) water, cocoa butter, body butter emulsifier, coconut oil, shea butter, fragrance, natural preservative, glycerine, and macadamia nut oil. That's it! There is a discrepancy on their website as the ingredients are listed in a different order on the page but when you look at the picture of the actual product (or if you have one and just look at the top of it) then the ingredients are as I listed here. It is a tad pricey, at $17 for 4 oz but I would buy again I think. It's $10 avg to have them ship to you and they have very limited stores-only in Nevada and Florida, which is a con in my book.
Highlighters -Josie Maran Cosmetics - Argan Illuminizer
lunalove 1/12/2013 11:07:00 AM
I love to blend this with foundation or under foundation for a lit from within glow. I would not use it on top of foundation because I think it would be too much. I apply moisturizer first, then one pump of this over my whole face and then foundation on top. This doesnt make me look oily but like I said just a pretty lit from within healthy glow. I do think that I look washed out if I dont apply blush or bronzer when using this, not entirely sure why...I also didnt have an issue with the pump like many other reviewers; I only had to do a few, maybe 5, to get it to come out. This has not broken me out.
Moisturizers -Josie Maran Cosmetics - Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 40
lunalove 1/12/2013 11:01:00 AM
I agree with other reviewers who said that this is def. not water proof :) It is white when you pump it out but I use 2 squirts on my whole face and neck and it doesnt leave me with a white cast to my face. It does protect from sun and esp if you are using a product like retin a or many acne meds, they make you more sun sensitive so high daily spf is a must-have. I think that if you have dry skin this might not be moisturizing enough for you, but for normal to oily skins, this should be enough. I apply this, then my foundation, and finish with powder and have had no problems with it breaking down my foundation or anything and as long as Im not sweating profusely or in rain, it does just fine. If I dont find anything I like better I will be repurchasing once I run out.
I was hesitant to try this because I have oily acne prone skin that still manages to be sensitive and peeling and flaky! I tried it one night in desperation because nothing else was working and my whole face was flaking. I was searching through all of my things to find something, anything, that would be hydrating enough to get rid of the flakes when I found a deluxe sized sample of this stashed away. I washed my face with cetaphil, smoothed 5 drops of this all over my face and part of my neck and went to bed. In the morning I woke up and my skin was NOT tight and there were no flakes! After using every night for a week, I immediately bought the kit that comes with a full size (1.7oz) argan oil and smaller sizes of her other products and I love them all except for her cleansing oil. Now when I am really dry I smooth the argan oil on and then apply laura mercier tone perfecting cream (a thick rich cream) on top of it for extra hydration and this works really well for me. In the am I use the spf argan cream from her line, not this oil.
Cleansers -Josie Maran Cosmetics - Argan Cleansing Oil
lunalove 1/12/2013 10:32:00 AM
I have tried many different cleansing oils, including DHC, Mac, Dermalogica precleanse, Shu pink and green, boscia, etc. DHC broke me out, pink shu was too drying, precleanse is my favorite, the others are a good solid choice. Other than DHC and Shu pink, josie maran's argan oil is at the bottom of the list for me because it does not cleanse as well as all my others. It smells like orange blossom (?) and is quite thick as others have stated, but my main gripe is that it did not leave my face feeling as clean as my others. I will suggest that you use a separate eye makeup remover especially if you wear waterproof mascara when using a cleansing oil, but it should cut right through your spf, foundation, face powder and even setting spray.
Nocturne is a wonderful deep red that I love with a cat eye or neutral eye. Nymph is for me a work day color, as it is just slightly darker and rosier than my natural lip but still very subdued. Drama is a brighter cooler red than nocturne, and I always receive compliments on my "perfect red lip" when I wear it :) The description of these is accurate- intense color and deep luster! The formula is quite thin, and I use a lip brush with angles to help apply it correctly to the bow on my upper lip and it stays creamy and doesnt dry my lips out. If you arent eating or drinking from a glass, it also stays and stays on. The only con for me (and reason I removed one star) is that it comes off on everything so easily! If you touch it after you apply it, it will smear. This is frustrating if you have to sneeze or even accidentally touch a corner of your mouth when brushing your hair out of the way...because it will get on your hands, smear to your cheek, and end up on the tissue. It is still the best deep red and red Ive found and it doesnt dry my lips out and it looks fantastic on. So I would repurchase, I am just very mindful of not touching it :)
I like this, it is a warm pink that I like as a neutral lip (MLBB?) to some smoky eyes or an everyday work look. It is like a mostly matte lipstick, and it does come in a glass pot that you have to already have a lipstick brush for as it doesnt come with one. I dont have the same drying problems that others seem to have with this. I line my lips and fill them in with LM plumberry lip liner and then top it off with this stain in shy pink, using a lip brush. This combination lasts me half the day, after which I just swipe on a non sticky, non slippery lip balm and then top off again with shy pink.
As other reviewers have mentioned, I cant get this to last without topping it with a powder blush. I use cargo catalina, as I think they complement eachother. I only use this as a blush so I cant comment to other uses, but it is a pretty pink with shimmer in it. I apply it with my fingers and pat it onto my cheeks so that I dont smear my foundation, then gently pat/smudge it out where I want it. I have not had any issues with it getting "muddy" but then again, I am careful with it. If I dont top it off with a powder blush, then it doesnt last and just slides away, but I do have oily skin and live in a humid climate. I wouldnt buy again as there are other formulas that do last (MUFE) or simply powder ones that dont require two steps, but I am also not returning it because it is a flattering color on me.
I have this in #10, raspberry. I think it is a decent lip stain, better than mac's and benefits and worse than hourglass. It does not last through eating an oily meal but will last through drinks with friends. When I go out to eat, I take it with me and only have to re-apply once, which I think is pretty good. The color itself is very pretty on me, and I have gotten compliments when I wear it. I have also had a friend buy it after trying mine who has very similar coloring to mine. My favorite lip stain remains hourglass, because it just lasts the longest on me and doesnt come with two parts.
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Glam Rock
lunalove 1/1/2013 6:15:00 PM
I wore this to my wedding, spur of the moment, and received compliments on it all night because it "matched" my headband and the detailing on my dress. I will say that there are two slight issues with this eyeliner- for me, this stuff burns for about 15 minutes after application. I have no idea why, but when I apply it to my top lashline, which I have to do about 5 times to get the desired sparkle look I want, it really burns. But when I leave it alone and fan my face, it goes away within 30 minutes and then it lasts until I take it off, assuming I dont go crying and/or end up swimming/in a monsoon. I do use a setting spray for the nights I use this, so I cant comment on what it holds up like without one, but I had no issues other than needing to draw it on multiple times to get the desired intensity of sparkle and it burning for a while. Very nice if you want sparkley silver eye liner. Note that this is NOT a shimmer eyeliner, but straight up small glitter.
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - Cuccio Naturale milk & honey butter blend
lunalove 1/1/2013 6:01:00 PM
I have bought 6 of these over the years, both for me and for my stepmom and my dad who both became addicted to it after borrowing mine! I have also tried their other scents as well. Initially I only found this in a nail salon, but then you can find it on amazon too! I am not that fond of the smell but I love how silky smooth it is and how it glides over my hands and feet. I dont use it all over, just hands and feet. It is great for summer, but in winter I find I need more moisture.
Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Almond Body Butter
lunalove 1/1/2013 5:58:00 PM
I like almond smells :) and this body butter is nice, it is thick while still sinking in quite well and my favorite use is right before sleeping at nigh because it does leave a light greasy film (bad enough that I dont want it on my books, not so bad that it bothers me). Only reason I probably wont buy again is I am always trying out new things! I do like this scent better than the mango one I had before.
I may have an updated version of this pencil because mine does not look like the picture. I bought this in two colors, ultramarine and amazon green, and while I love the colors and how smoothly they apply, I am sad about the issues with it; I can only carefully apply this to my top lashline but if I dare to put it anywhere near the bottom lashline or get too close to the top lashes, it coats my contact lenses within 2 hours and I cant see out of them anymore. I took them out and rinsed/washed them with the saline solution but the film would not budge so I had to use my emergency glasses I keep in the car. I have tried this twice just to make sure that it was this eyeliner that was the culprit. It also smudged onto my browbone within a few hours of wear, but I do have very oily lids and slightly hooded eyes as well. Still, there are other eyeliners that dont budge on me and dont transfer, like noir cosmetics and most UD liners. I do like the YSL potted gel eyeliner because it does not have these issues, I just cannot recc. this pencil. It is also very soft, which means you have to sharpen it every time if you dont want a huge thick line across your eyelid, making this a very pricey eyeliner.
I bought a pack of these when I bought my cleanse and polish, and I was surprised at how soft they were. I thought that since they are supposed to be exfoliating that they would be a tad...rougher or something. I make sure that they are completely wet in hand hot water and then I place over my face and then proceed to run in small circles everywhere and rinse, then wipe and repeat til I feel that Ive gotten off all my makeup and had enough. Then splash with cold water! I rinse them out really well and hang them over my towel rack (which is heated) so that they are dry by the next morning. I have had no issues with the cloths getting stained, I just rinse really well every evening, dry them, then wash them all once a week with the rest of my towels in hot water, no fabric softener though or it will get too soft and hinder the absorbency of your towels.
Moisturizers -Liz Earle - Liz Earle - Skin Repair Light
lunalove 12/10/2012 3:45:00 PM
I wish there were a maybe button when they ask if you would buy it again... While I really love the cleanse & polish and toner, I am so-so on this moisturizer. It works well in tandem with the other two at night (if for no other reason than the scent) but I am still looking for an HG daily (under makeup) moisturizer. I do love the pump bottle and that the scent is the same as the other two products but it does still sometimes sting a tad (but be aware this is bc of my dermatologist prescribed acne meds) and doesnt completely do everything I "need" it to do. I want moisture without shine and breakouts, as well as no stinging sensation. So far, I havent found it yet!