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 (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?