Friday, April 24, 2009

Josie Maran Cosmetics (Review)

Since this is my first Earth Week as a fully-fledged (well mostly-fledged) beauty blogger; I am having a great time trying out stuff from companies I have only heard about in the past. Writing almost every day is a great big incentive to just dive in.

I've finally gotten around to checking out 2 products from Josie Maran Cosmetics. I love her motto, "Luxury with a Conscience." Here are some of her values, summed up as Being responsible: …Josie Maran Cosmetics is just getting started, but it is our goal to be known for the responsible choices we make. Our products, packaging and processes are only the beginning, as we endeavor to broaden our scope of responsibility each day. Our efforts include small but important steps – printing only when necessary and using recycled paper and eco-friendly products in our day-to-day operations. Our display units at our retail counters have been constructed from sustainable materials and we do our best to be responsible in our manufacturing and shipping materials. We learn as we go and these things take time, but we're getting there. I want to prove that a cosmetics company doesn't have to sacrifice luxury and performance in order to create products that are kind to the natural and social environment. And if we make the world– not to mention women's cheeks and lips– a little rosier while we're at it, even better.

I tried two of her color products and I am so impressed!

#1 Blush in "Fever" (soft brown)

Blurb: Long-wearing, blendable cheek color in shades that mimic your natural flush. The sheer consistency allows for complete control. Start with a subtle veil of color, then layer until desired intensity is achieved. The innovative formula contains natural, non-toxic ingredients - no fragrances or parabens.

This is a beautiful, high-quality blush. The color was indeed a "soft brown," and looked pretty and natural. The powder glides on (a little goes a long way) and has great staying power. The little compact is beautiful, well made and very portable. This blush has a new home in my bag.

#2 Plumping Lip Gloss in "Optimism" (nude gold)

Blurb: Instead of irritants or stimulants which cause lips to temporarily swell, this truly effective plumping gloss relies on gentle but effective Marine Collagen to pump up pouts for lasting results. Extracted from sea plants, Marine Collagen has been proven to help lips retain their moisture.

Okay, I only put the blurb up there for consistency's sake. My review can be summed up in 4 words: Glamorous Movie Star Lips. Okay, maybe 5: Sexy, Glamorous Movie Star Lips. The shade is a shimmery "nude gold," so it goes with everything. It has a nice fragrance/flavor and plumps slightly without stinging. But who cares? What really matters is (repeat after me): Sexy…Glamorous…Movie…Star…Lips.

Nuff said.

1 comment:

  1. Yay!!! You've got the "trac" connection now, my love! Great reviews on Josie (one of my faves, isn't that plumping gloss in optimism just divine!) and philip B.

    Can't wait to read more!