Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Josie Maran: Beauty In a Box

There are loads of things waiting to be discussed, but I thought I would start with this one as it's only available for a limited time. I've never been a fan of Sephora's Beauty In a Box sets, as I'm usually just fine choosing items that I'd like to to test on my own. Typically, I find that the box sets are either a bit too generic, or they have sample-sized products (I mean, really?) that are meant to make the purchaser happy that they dropped a fifty. Either of these things make sense in my mind.

Lately, I've been on a bit of a Josie Maran kick (more coming your way). The way that she incorporates argan oil into her products always turns up sun-kissed and fresh. Nothing about her line feels heavy or cakey--just really good for you. It's as though you are actually making a healthy and intelligent move by applying the makeup to your skin.

The first thing that struck me about the Josie Maran Fresh-Faced & Romantic kit, was the duo bronzer/blush compact. I love when both can be found in the same compact--it makes it so much easier during travel, but also when finding the perfect pairing at your dressing table. When I realized that the kit came with several full-sized (and a few nearly full-sized) items, I thought the $52 price tag was a steal. After all, many of the items--the ones that can be sold separately--are priced at nearly half that, each. After searching a handful of Sephora locations, I found one today. They are no longer available online, so if you are interested, I'd run to your nearest Sephora, or call around to check stock.

100% Argan Oil Moisturizer, Instant Natural Volume
Argan Mascara, Argan Illuminizer, Argan
Color Stick, Argan Natural Volume Lipgloss, Blusher/Bronzer,
Argan Oil Hair Serum

I've used the colorless argan sticks in the past, but this has a twist--this full-sized product is tinted a rose hue. It has a slight minty scent to it, and is packed full of vitamin e and argan oil. This can be used on cheeks and lips.

Argan Color Stick - Rosey

The plumping gloss in Soledad, smells a bit like cookie dough and is a creamy peach bellini shade. This is perfect for Spring and Summer, and the only thing I'm not loving is the brush applicator. It splays a bit, and I noticed that the in-store testers were even worse. I can deal...or I can get crafty and snip those few hairs off.

Natural Volume Lipgloss - Soledad

The blush/bronzer duo is limited edition for this set. Hopefully it will be released in the full line, as it is so convenient. The colors blend very easily and wear well on the skin. Because this product is also infused with argan oil, the effect is very moisturizing--yet doesn't leave the skin shiny or too dewy.

Blush/Bronzer Duo - Flushed/Contoured

As of late, illuminzing products have been the first thing I think about when planning out a daily look. It may be that because Spring is now here, I feel the need to pretend that the sun shines every day...or it may just be that they brighten the skin so well, and add that subtle glow. This one is no exception. It's a liquid form (my favorite), and has a slightly gold tint to it. It's appropriate for cool or warm toned skin, as it's not a yellow gold.

Argan Illuminzer

Argan Illuminzer (blended)

The 100% argan oil dropper bottle can be used multi-purposely for skin, hair, rough patches, and even in the bath. However, there is also another hair serum that is meant to be used specifically for hair. I will give this a go in the same way that I use my Moroccan Oil. Additionally, the mascara is touted as being conditioning and plumping--but the best thing is that if you purchase a full-sized tube, the company gives one also to a cancer patient/survivor. Love that!

I can appreciate a company that keeps their line straightforward and simple, while still being philanthropic. The packaging is clean and uncomplicated and every product contains good-for-you elements.

What do you think of Josie Maran cosmetics? Do you have a favorite from the line?

31 comments:

Rocaille said...

I'm so happy you managed to find one! I was oogling it online yesterday and agree that it's the best 'Beauty in the Box' offering atm... well, if you can still find it. x

fantastic said...

@rocaille: i was shocked to find it...westfields @ southcenter, if you are looking ;)

Fehi Tuivai said...

Just FYI I love going to Sephora with you...its the best way to experience it :) and why do you not manage a Sephora/MAC yet?? lol

fantastic said...

@fehi: hahaha! we need to go again!!!! now i'm thinking of deborah lippman polishes..hehe

Kajal Couture said...

glad to have you back and blogging! missed you dear!

DSK Steph said...

I'm so tempted now to go search for this set!

fantastic said...

@kajal couture: helloooo stranger! how are you?

@dsk_steph: southcenter - westfields! they had two left yesterday...you could also check alderwood if not :)

ladyb said...

I saw this, thought I would come back for it at another time, and now its MIA :) As usual!

So glad you picked it up, I've yet to try any of her products - so def looking forward to more of your reviews

fantastic said...

@ladyb: more coming your way! i think the line is generally very good--haven't had many complaints yet!

Muhsine said...

That set looks amazing, why oh why don't we have sephora in the UK anymore I will never know. xxx

fantastic said...

@muhsine: is it true that they may be bringing it back? we've had a few really great shops come back that i think the city just didn't understand during their original debut--it's nice to have them back, and i'm sure sephora will eventually do the same ;)

Rowena said...

Ahh so lovely! I've never tried Josie Maran, I know she's the pretty model who went out with David Blaine! x

Tina said...

First of all GREAT to see a post from you!!! Hopefully many will follow! :))) ;)
Love how the argan illuminizer glows against your skintone!!!
Definitely a handy little (or not so little) selection of items!!! ;)
I've no idea if we get those "beauty in a box" sets here... need to check out tomorrow!!!

xxx

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