[Review] Holocuren Miracle Lips Serum and Salve

I was granted an opportunity to try Holocuren’s holistic line of lip and mouth products. Holocuren’s product line uses the anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and healing powers of Australian Tea Tree Oil and Brazilian Bee Propolis to protect, treat, and heal dry, chapped lips. The lip serum and salve both not only heal dry, chapped lips, but also claims to prevent and heal cold sores, fever blisters, and other blemishes, bites, cuts and scrapes. With a claim like that I knew I had to check it out. After all, I care about my lips, and I’m always up to try out a lip treatment, especially one that uses over 25 natural and organic ingredients to make my lips look gorgeous!

Holocuren, was the creation of Dr. Bob Heinman, the founder, and formulator for the internationally famous skin care line, Epicuren Discovery. An ultra luxurious anti-aging natural Skincare line based on research on enzymes working at the molecular level to heal and treat the skin in a whole new way. What started out as treatments for serious burn patients, developed into a line of potent natural products that increase cell-renewal, prevent wrinkles and rejuvenate the skin with its enzyme protein complexes. A whole other line of products I would love to try out!      Paging Dr. Bob……Dr. Bob….

The science behind the effectiveness of the serum and salve is due to the active ingredients, Australian Tea Tree Oil and Brazilian Bee Propolis. While other products out there claim to use similar ingredients, Holocuren’s line uses them at potent active levels, without the expected irritation that tea tree oil can be associated with. Australian Tea Tree Oil is a widely used topical ingredient that has been used to treat anything from acne, fever blisters, psoriasis, and even issues with the lady-bits down below.  Propolis is a resinous mixture made by bees to seal up hives and protect their homes from foreign intruders. Together, they make an ultimate fighting duo against infection and promote healing.  The treatment is formulated in an organic Shea butter base, along with other nourishing oils to keep the thin skin of lips moisturized and softened.

[Review]  I was open to finding out what the serum and salve would really do. After all, it’s an “all-natural” product which can sometimes be hit or miss. Especially with claims to actually heal and prevent–that I had to see for myself.

holocuren miracle lips salveThe Miracle Lips Skin and Lip Salve actually ended up being my favorite product of the two. I honestly thought a serum would be the winner but I preferred the matte coat of the salve to the liquidity of the serum.  The salve is yellow-clear but goes on 100% clear and is not noticeable to anyone you speak to– it’s literally like applying any other jelly to the lips.

holocuren miracle lips salve yellow clear jelly

 I was able to use a tester size and the full size and I’m not sure if there was a difference in the hole size but I found the slanted lip applicator on the tester allowed the product to flow more easily—I have no idea why— the full size tube just shot-out like a cannon ball after giving it a really good squeeze- I suspect it may be the propolis crystals that may clog the hole? Anyhow, I applied to my lips daily for about a week, just as I would with any other lip balm; a couple of times a day, throughout the day.  I ended up applying the salve to a few cuts I had on my legs also to see what would happen there. Hey, might as well put it to every test I could.

holocuren miracle lips salve applied

holocuren mircle lips serum

I also put the Miracle Lips Roll-on Serum to the test for a week to see how that differed from the salve.  I used the roll-on serum only on the lips and loved applying it over and over.  The serum comes in a very sleek glass tube with a metal roller ball applicator.

holocuren miracle lips serum roller ball

The serum goes on cool and smooth and almost spreads out to 100% liquid on the lips when it hits body temperature.  Also, I noticed that the propolis is visible in the tube.  No worries, as this has nothing to do with the formula, just that its oil and appears as a few brown droplets within the tube, I just roll the tube around in my hands so I make sure it’s all mixed in there before I put it on.  The serum applies with a super glossy finish.

holocuren mircle lips serum tea tree oil visibleholocuren miracle lips serum appliedHow does the Serum and Salve feel on?  They actually feel quite different from anything else I’ve used on my lips, mostly due to the inclusion of tea tree oil and camphor which gives it a cooling effect where applied.  Invigorating may be the word to use here because it wasn’t tingly, it just feels good.  I do have to say that the tea tree oil has a distinctive scent and taste which was hard to ignore–at first.  I would prefer if there was some sort of mint or vanilla flavoring (organic, of course) to help.  My solution?  Put a quick swipe of lip gloss or lipstick on top to tone it down a bit. There. All fixed.  Update: My boyfriend does not detect the scent or taste when we kiss 🙂 hehe…good to know.

So? Results? Anything happen to my lips? The cuts?
While I wasn’t suffering from a fever blister (which I would really like to know how well it works with), I did have dry chapped lips due to the ever-changing weather and humidity levels between my home, office and outside.  I also have to deal with some skin irritations I get on my lower lip from biting it all day when I’m thinking. Well guess what? It smoothed it out, there was no longer an itch, no redness– I actually forgot about it -which is exactly what I hoped for.  My lips were no longer chapped and didn’t look all gross and peely with lipstick on top. Yay!  The cuts?  I think I needed to apply more often to the cuts on my legs.  They weren’t very big, but I think I would have seen more improvement if I applied more than once a day, I just kept forgetting until it was time to shower.

Would I recommend this product to anyone else?
I certainly would–as long as the scent of tea tree oil does not bother you.    I find the salve very comforting to put on and I truly love how much better my lips feel.  I think the salve has more applications versus the serum which I would really only use for my lips.  I think it also has longer staying power.  And if you totally into the tea tree oil thing, then I suggest you look at Holocuren’s Propolis Toothpaste and Tropical Resilience lotion, two other products from the line that harness the power of TTO and Propolis.

**warning, these products are not recommended to those who are allergic to bees or be products

Company website: www.holocuren.com or  Holocuren’s Facebook page

 Check out the FAQ’s I posted on Google Docs!

Miracle Lips Skin and Lip Salve can be purchased directly from their website for $12.95

Miracle Lips Roll-on Treatment can be purchased directly from their website for $14.95

Better yet, buy the combo pack and get a discount for purchasing both for only $25.95

So iliketotalkalot’ers, what do you think? Would you like to try these products?  Which do you think you would prefer?

**these products were provided to me for honest review**

Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara Set : A package from Bloomies arrived

I’ve been holding onto a gift card to bloomingdale’s for a couple of years.  I had spent most of it on my actual birthday years ago, but always hung onto about 50 bucks on the card.  Figured I might as well use it before I end up losing it or they decide to expire 5+ year old gift cards- why risk it- spend it now!

bloomingdales gift card

I looked online and really wanted to get the Nars Trio Eye Shadow in Arabian Nights Trio until I read enough reviews to tell me that it was a smokey back with very minimal glitter and little to pretty much no difference in color.  At that price, I’d expect something better.  Disappointed, I searched on, looking for something that would fit the 50 dollar or so limit and not have to pay to much for shipping kinda thing.  I finally decided on two things:

MAC’s Viva Glam IV Lipstick – $14.50

Lancome’s Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara Set. – $29.50

I got the MAC lipstick because I previously had the lip gloss in the same color and loved it.  And since I’m on a lipstick kick lately, I figured what a perfect one to try out and see if it looked any different.

I was excited to get a Lancome mascara set since I cant remember using one since raiding my mom’s bathroom years ago.  I just remember being told it was one of the best mascara brands out there and I remember them making my lashes super black and super long–whichever one I was playing with.  The Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara claims that it would volumize, extend (lengthen), and Lift (curl) the lash.  Im down for all of that! Volumize, lift and extend away! Weeeeeee!  More specifically, the mascara I got was: HYPNÔSE DOLL LASHES Doll Lash Effect Mascara Wide Eye Look in So Black.

Lancome Hypnose Mascara

This mascara has a cone shape brush so that its gets ever lash-even in the corners!  It also features some handy dandy technology “FibershineTM” that helps in shaping the lash.  It also imparts a shine to the lash making them look “wet”.

Included in the kit was also:

 Lancome BI-FACIL eye makeup remover

Lancome Eye Makeup Remover

This two-phase eye makeup remover helps break up stubborn eye makeup–including waterproof, all while conditioning the delicate skin of my eyes.  Also note* OPHTHALMOLOGIST -TESTED FOR SAFETY.

Lancome CILS BOOSTER XL mascara base

Lancome mascara Base

This mascara base is a primer to give your mascara something to cling onto.  Micro-fibers lengthen lashes while the wand is supposed to separate.  I’ll have to agree that when you first apply just the primer you can see that it lengthens the lashes by just a bit.  I’ve found that applying to the full lash does NOT help and just brushing the tips worked best for me.

  Lancome Le Crayon Eye Pencil in Black Ebony

Lancome Eye Pencil

This creamy black pencil glides on easily and doesn’t tug at the skin.  I hate that. That tells me dried out or cheap. In any case- why would I be receiving/purchasing a dried out pencil on purpose.  You can salvage them by running a hot dryer over the tip for a few seconds to soften the pencil–just be care to not heat the pencil too long or you may hurt your eyes.

Here I am with no eye makeup on yet:

I then applied a Tarte’s Diva and Leading Lady Shadow to the lid:

Apply Tarte EyeShadow Diva Leading Lady

I then applied the mascara primer to just my left eye:

Here you can see how the primer added length to my left eye lashes.  You can also see they already have a curl, or lift to them. Weird, huh?

Now I added Mascara to both eyes so you can see the difference:

Lancome Hypnose Mascara

Lancome Hypnose doll lashes

Ok, so on YOUR LEFT (and my right) I am NOT wearing primer.  On YOUR right, (and my left), I AM wearing it all.  It looks kinda chunky with the primer, right?  Not really what I was going for.  Mimi spider lashes.  Anyone have tips on how to separate these more?

 Close up of eye with only mascara (no primer) – above

Close up of eye with primer, mascara

And then I used the liner and finished the look:

I’m not 100% happy with this set.  For one, the primer made my lashes feel like they WERE dried out and very stiff.  Almost like they were capable of breaking off?  The mascara wand did not separate as much as I hoped and I spent a lot of time using a mascara brush/comb trying to separate my lashes.  The mascara plus primer definitely helped curl the lash though, I will give it that.  You can even tell in the photos that the lashes looked “lifted” with the primer on. Bah. Double-edged sword. If I’m going to use this mascara it will not be with the primer.  Maybe the primer will work better with another brand mascara. As for doll lashes?  Eehhhhhhhhhh…not what I was expecting, really.    They did make my lashes very black which I love, but I’m not sold on buying this one again  for the price tag it had–let alone that it leaves my lashes slightly clumpy if used together. What do you think?  Worth it?  Whats your favorite mascara?  Do you go for Volume? Length? Color?