Category Archives: Josie Maran Cosmetics

Josie Maran Pure & Simple Argan Skincare Ritual

There’s something rewarding about taking away all that makeup, dirt and grime at the end of the day, it is one of my favorite rituals at the end of the day. The Josie Maran Pure & Simple Argan Skincare Ritual kit breaks things down into three easy steps to help you form your own ritual and it is tomorrow’s QVC Today’s Special Value.

This kit includes four full size Josie Maran products, some we already know and love:

  • Argan Cleansing Oil – this cleanser is enriched with olive, safflower and grape seed oils to gently cleanse the skin without making it feel dry or tight afterwards.
  • 100% Pure Argan Oil – this is the oil that started the whole Argan oil craze! It’s a fantastic multi-tasker, use it as an anti-aging moisturizer, to treat split ends or even to moisturize your cuticles. If you have skin dryness, Argan oil can help.
  • Argan Daily Moisturizer Protect + Perfect Tinted Lotion – a new Argan moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF 40 and a tint to correct imperfections and even out skintone. This one is new to me and I’m excited to try it.
  • Argan Color Stick – last but not least, a color multi-tasking stick in Beautiful that you can use on lips, cheeks and even on the eyes for a bit of a youthful glow. This soft pink shade will look great on everyone.

If you’re new to Josie Maran, this kit is a great way to see for yourself what her line is all about. These four products really say it all and they are full sizes! My favorite thing about this kit is Argan Color Stick, a shade that will look great on any skintone and helps me get away with wearing less makeup this summer. How about you? What do you love most about this kit?

Beauty VIP of the Week: Josie Maran Argan Balm

This picture is definitely “the before.” I’ve since dipped my hands in excitedly and slathered this everywhere, to so much satisfaction. Josie Maran Argan Balm is this week’s Beauty VIP and a product I am so happy about! Josie’s Argan Oil is a legend in its own right and “my first” facial oil. You always remember your first, right?  The Argan Balm is like Josie’s “thank you” to her loyal fans —- it’s packed with so much delicious argan oil, shea butter (second ingredient) and other fruit extracts, essential oils and antioxidants. It is also completely fragrance free — as in 100% odorless.

And the real treat is for the skin. Josie made VIP status with this product because it has not only brought my dry, callused feet back to life but it gives my skin supermodel status. My post-vacation tan is wearing well! At the advice of the brilliant Beauty Huile, I slathered a thick layer on my feet and put socks on. This is a an old trick for many, but Josie’s Argan Balm outdid the other lotions and salves by a mile. I’m not claiming lilypad soles or anything, but a substantial improvement for sure.

Other amazing tricks this cushy Balm has up its sleeve is treating flaking skin, chapping, sunburn, windburn, cracked lips and even flyaway hairs. So yeah, pretty much everything. Josie Maran crafted  this with love, and be assured, we are using it with love, too! Check it out here.

GoodeBox, Not Just Goode…but Great

Forget the goody bag, we’re all about the GoodeBox, a new sampling service with a sustainable focus. Each month, subscribers are treated to eco-friendly beauty and personal care products and the occasional natural and organic health product. Everything is good for you and the planet. The service launched in March, and judging by the box I received, it’s not just another box. The contents were curated by “green” celebrity makeup artist Kristen Arnett.

I was so thrilled to see Stark Skincare products in the GoodeBox. You may recall my obsession with this newly-launched line of skincare (here, here and here!) Other highlights include samples of Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Blush and Powder, Clairvoyant Beauty skincare and a travel pack of Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes.

Subscriptions are $16/month. We have a feeling there is a lot more GOODEness to come based on the amazing list of eco brands listed on their website. To name a few, Tata Harper, Revolution Organics and Weleda.

What do you think?

Product Girl Green Guide: 6 Eco Beauty Must-Haves

With Earth Day right around the corner, Sunday, April 22, now seems like the natural time to share our top picks in eco beauty. All week long, we’ll be sharing our green recommendations in makeup, shower staples, skin care and more. Today, we’re bringing you our thoughts on eco-friendly makeup. Read on to find out about the perfect cheek color, an organic highlighter and the juiciest tinted lip balm that’s good for you, too.

1. Tarte gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara. Lashes are gifted with this mascara — healthier with each use and the appearance of majorly lengthened fringe (by 121% according to Tarte). Amazonian clay works to hydrate and repair lashes, and reads and treats your lash concerns giving you what you need (hence the “smart”) It’s all legit. We are huge fans of this at Product Girl. ($19, Tarte Cosmetics)

2. Josie Maran Argan Color Stick. Have you ever seen Josie demo these on QVC? Josie and her crew of models always look so radiant and healthy. That’s exactly the effect of the color stick – it brightens the complexion and cheeks are hydrated and dewy. Free of fragrance and parabens and full of essential oils, vitamin E and of course, argan oil. Rosey is the perfect shade for all skin tones, but we recommend trying them all (check out this sampler!) ($22, Josie Maran Cosmetics)

3. RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up. A foundation, concealer, skin healer all in one. RMS redefines makeup with this product, helping treat and nourish the skin where you need it most. Coverage is beautiful, all signs of sallowness, redness, blemishes and uneven skin tone are instantly gone. Blend with your fingers and watch “Un” Cover Up become your skin, but better. ($36, Spirit Beauty Lounge)

4. Vapour Organic Beauty Trick Sticks. Made with 70% certified organic ingredients and 30% natural mineral pigments and vitamins, think of these are the green version of a NARS Multiple. We like that they are tiny and can be used directly on the brow bone, inner corner of the eyes and just about anywhere you want to highlight on the face. ($20, Vapour Organic Beauty)

5. Alima Pure Nourishing Lip Balm. There’s many a tinted balms with peppermint oil out there, but we have a special spot for Alima. When you put these on, a rush of moisture fills lips and makes them looks super juicy. Not a surprise, since Alima formulates these with soothing antioxidants, organic plant oils and butters. Rhubarb is the perfect pink! ($7, Alima Pure)

6. EcoTools Mini Kabuki brushes. EcoTools uses earth-friendly, cruelty-free materials to make its brushes. These mini kabukis, part of a 4-piece set, are both the cutest brushes we might own and probably among the most used. Quality is gained with EcoTools, not sacrificed. Don’t you love when you get both effective and adorable? ($14.99, Drugstore.com)

Ski Weekend Packing List

I’m heading to Breckenridge this weekend and to be completely honest I think I’m more excited for the après-ski drinks than the actual skiing part. This is probably because I possess the skills for the former, not so much the latter. Even though I’m not much of a skier I’m going to take the “fake it ‘til you make it” approach and at the very least try and dress the part while in the Rockies!  I’ve packed cozy neutrals: slouchy sweaters, knit leggings, boots and basic accessories. When it comes to makeup, it’s all about moisture and SPF protection!

What are your must-haves when you hit the slopes, or if you’re like me, the ski chalet?

Clockwise from top left: Madewell Trapper Hat; A.L.C. Cropped Sweater; Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Tint; Sperry Trinity Boot; Gorjana Graham Leather Studded Wrap; Ray-Ban Sunglasses; Josie Maran Argan Oil

Cyber Monday Beauty Deals

Just when you thought you did enough damage to the wallet on Black Friday, Cyber Monday deals start rolling in! The sheer volume of sales and promotions is straight up overwhelming, but there are some fabulous buys to be made. Here are the deals that caught our eye.

Amika is offering a special Cyber Monday deal to its Facebook fans — a whopping 40% off! Amika stylers are AMAZING, as is their Oil Treatment (see our review here). This deal does not come around very often, so this is one to act on a.s.a.p. Visit Amika on Facebook and become a fan to access the promo code.

June Jacobs is offering 40% off all products through Monday, November 28. I’m totally eyeing up the new Perfect Pumpkin Enzyme Polish, and its powerhouse list of ingredients. Another must have? The Intensive Age Defying Hydrating Masque – check out our review on this Beauty VIP.

This one is technically not a Cyber Monday special, but it’s too good not to include. By Elizabeth Dehn‘s The Serum is buy one get one half off through Sunday, November 27. This fits beautifully with the “one for you, one for me” mentality that I am guilty of when holiday shopping! But, seriously, The Serum is heavenly. The gift of healthy, glowing skin is something every woman wants in her stocking, no?

Josie Maran is offering 25% off through end of day Monday, November 28 with code giveback at checkout. Plus, free shipping on orders of $25. I love to give the travel sized Argan Oil as a gift, so will be stocking up!

It’s baaack! Stila‘s cyber Warehouse Sale is coming, beginning Monday, November 28 through Friday, December 2. Our advice, check it out early to take advantage of the best deals. Prices will be up to 80% off.

Kate Somerville is offering 30% off with promo code HOLIDAY2011 through Monday, November 28. Obviously, you need to pick up some Exfolikate. Another Product Girl fave is Kate’s Cytocell Dermal Energizing Treatment, which is a crazy effective innovation!

Happy shopping!

Love the Sun, But Love SPF More

I can get pretty preachy when I’m passionate about something. Like how Boston Terriers are the cutest breed of dog and how The Bachelorette is quality television, for example. The importance of wearing SPF is also something I step on my proverbial pulpit for. It’s the single most important step in preventing skin cancer, and if that doesn’t quite resonate, hello, the anti-aging benefits should!

Here’s our picks for the best sunscreens of summer, and beyond.  Remember, SPF is a year-round necessity!

Best in Multitasking. Kate Somerville SPF 55 Serum Sunscreen. We trust our faces with Kate completely, and SPF is no exception. We especially love that this antioxidant-rich sunscreen doubles as a serum, eliminating an extra step in our morning routine. $45 for 2oz. KateSomerville.com

Best in Natural. Josie Maran Protect Daily Sun Protection Argan Oil Infused SPF 40+. Sometimes natural sunscreens can be tough to blend, but not this one. This is infused with Argan Oil, and works to repair skin and improve skin tone. I love the mild, lightweight formula. I find it’s a great base for makeup in the summer, too! $32 for 2 oz. Sephora.com

Best in Texture. SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50. Absolutely weightless, this is a powerhouse at fighting off the sun’s harmful rays. It contains only physical blockers, as well as a plankton extract (called artemia salina) to increase the skin’s ability to defend against UV and heat stress. As an added bonus, it comes in a universal tint that makes makeup-free days a reality. $30 for 1.7 oz. SkinCeuticals.com

Best in Powder. Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF™ Dry Sunscreen – SPF 30. Ancient clay rich in minerals is at play in this product, and this might be my favorite for the purse. It starts working upon application, and layers well over moisturizer and other products. The tanned version is great for giving arms and legs some sculpt, and the translucent seamlessly disappears while protecting. The only downside? It’s kinda pricey. $44, Jane Iredale

Best in Lips. Bobbi Brown Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15. This formula covers off on the SPF, and is the perfect summery lip. Bright colors in a sheer, juicy formula that’s packed with cocoa and shea butters and jojoba, apricot kernel and avocado oils. It really is a treatment for your lips! $23, BobbiBrownCosmetics.com

Best in Budget. Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer SPF 30. Aveeno does sun protection very well, and I really appreciate how they included SPF 30 in the Smart Essentials day moisturizer. Another multitasker! The star ingredient is southernwood extract, an antioxidant that helps soothe stressed skin. $15 for 2.5 oz. Ulta

Best in Ingredients. PCA Skin Perfecting Protection SPF 30. There are so many rock star ingredients in here, it’s mind-blowing. Caffeine, Silybin (a.k.a. milk thistle), bearberry, licorice root extract, lactic acid, kojic acid, among others, work to reduce skin discoloration and prevent future hyperpigmentation. Sun spots, you’ve been warned. I use this mainly on my arms, chest and neck but it is also good for the face. $24 for 1.7 oz. Dermstore.com

What are your SPF must-haves? Share with us, and tell us why!

 

QVC TSV for Tomorrow: Josie Maran Natural Beauty Argan Collection

Ladies, get ready to open your wallets at midnight! For one day only, Josie Maran is inviting us to unveil our inner glow with her Natural Beauty Argan collection exclusively on QVC. Just tune in or go online before midnight tomorrow and you can take part too.

Here’s what is in the set:

  • 100% Pure Argan Oil
  • Argan Illuminizer
  • Argan Lip Treatment in Sweet Pea
  • 2 in 1 Easy Writer Shade & Liner in Sugar & Spice
  • Triple Volume Argan Mascara
  • Argan Color Stick in Sweet Pea

This set is tempting me because I want to try the Sweet Pea lip treatment, I wouldn’t mind the 2-in-1 either. How about you? Are you tempted? Only a few more hours until you can order. The set goes for $64.14 ($166 value) and you have until tomorrow at midnight EST.

Faux Glowing: The Best Self Tanners at Every Price

Sunless tanning is a way of life. From the maintenance, like regular exfoliation, and of course, proper application. No sugar coating here, a lot can go wrong in the self tanning process. Everything from streaking and patchy spots to orange skin and burnt looking hands. It’s all of these factors that lead me to take great pride in my faux tan. In fact, most everyone mistakes it for the real thing. But I’ve got no interest in exposing my skin to actual sun – at least not without my SPF 30! Here’s my tips, tricks and product recommendations for achieving that perfect faux glow.

Best in Skin: Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads. I cannot say enough good things about these. I pretty much use these exclusively to tan my face. The color I get is natural looking and healthy, and it’s fragrance free. I love that it’s not only a sunless tanner, but skin care. It has anti-aging properties and encourages that much needed cell turnover. Oh, and it contains active Vitamin D. $32 for a box of 20 at Sephora.

Best in Longevity: TanTowel. I actually am not the hugest self-tanning towelette fan, believe it or not. I find that this is where streaking and blotching is most likely to occur. But I do like TanTowel, a lot. I get amazing colorwith these, and it seems to lasts longer than any other iteration of this style of product. I’d say I can get about 4-5 days out of this until it really starts to fade. And even then, I get a few more days of semi-tanned skin. The key here is apply in circular motions repeatedly to ensure you’re not missing a spot, and to open a new towel if it starts to dry out. I use about two TanTowels at a time, at night only. The citrus smell is lovely at application, but the self tanning smell does appear once the color develops. $27 for 10 applications, Ulta.

Best in Budget: Jergens Natural Glow Express. This gets our vote for best drugstore self-tanner. It transforms your skin shades darker in just three days (I was satisfied after just two!), and there’s two different versions based on skin tone, so no worries if you’re on the fair side. When I first used this earlier this spring, I was winter white and it worked magic. $8 at the drugstore.

Best in Natural: Josie Maran Argan Self Tanning Cream. Not only is this the first self-tanner to contain 100% organic Argan Oil, the natural formula is infused with caffeine molecules to wake up cells and tone the skin’s surface. It can be used head to toe, and is scent-free! The secret is DHA derived from sugar beets and sugar cane that work together with your skin’s proteins to create a natural-looking tan. $32 for 4oz., Josie Maran.

Best in Maintenance: St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan for Body. St. Tropez gets the gold star for its self-tanning products – it’s what they’re known for. I especially love the Everyday Gradual Tan lotion for maintenance. I use it as a body lotion post-shower (no tanning smell, at all – promise!) and it deepens and maintains the tan I’ve already built daily. I use the Light/Medium. $30 for 6.7 oz., Sephora.

Best in Temporary: MAC Skinsheen Leg Spray. There are times where a temporary tan is needed. When you’re wearing a skirt, shorts or just out for the night. I love MAC’s formula – it’s a hybrid mousse gel that looks so good on the gams. This offers a subtle sheen and evens everything out very nice. It can also be used on other areas on the body if needed. Once it dries, it stays until you wash it off. Your white clothing is safe. $26.50, MAC.

Any self-tanning tips and tricks to share? Or…any horror stories? We’re all friends here – dish!

Eye Love the Earthy Neutrals in Josie Maran's Argan Eye Love You Too Eyeshadow Palette

There’s not much we don’t love about Josie Maran. So it came as no surprise that we fell in love with her Argan oil-infused palette of eyeshadows in her Argan Eye Love You Too Palette the moment we tried them. These shadows are smooth and long-wearing, and the ingredient to thank is pure Argan Oil. All eight shadows remind me of nature, with shades of espresso, bronze, sage and vanilla. These shades are made for blue-eyed gals — they really bring out my eye color!

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