[Review] Miracle Skin Transformer: Healing Balm

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It’s absolutely no secret. I am a HUGE fan of Miracle Skin Transformer and have been using their face tint for a couple of years now. I never heard of the brand before I saw it on Beauty Undercover, but it has become a staple in my makeup routine since then. I also did a review of the concealer on the Beauty Collection blog before! But it was only recently that I had an chance to test out a few more of their products and I cant wait to share them all with you. I’ve been using this stuff for about 3-4 weeks now and can truly attest that I have loved everything so far, and would love to try out more from them. Sarah McNamara has got me all figured out, and I’ll continue to thank her by purchasing her products for a very long time!

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I need to tell you about the Healing Balm first though. Aside from MST makeup, this became my second love. The Healing Balm is to hydrate sensitive, or irritated skin by soothing with sometimes instant relief. Just to recap, I have skin that is normal-combo but sensitive at times. I was using Atralin (tretinoin for acne) for a while, but go on and off because it costs a lot for me without insurance. I try to keep my skincare routine pretty simple to avoid outbreaks and dry, itchy skin. MST’s Healing balm is well, just bomb! My cheeks have been getting a little wind burned by this random icy SoCal weather we have been having and they were turning a little pink. My hands were also getting extra dry at times so I thought I would give this puppy a whirl.

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courtesy of Miracle Skin Transformers email blasts

The balm is almost like a thin paste when it comes out of the tube. It has a blend of 30 moisturizers and emollient ingredients that help protect and repair the skin in it, so I like to squeeze the tube for a few seconds before using. While anything having to do with putting oil on my face would usually make me turn and run the other way, this balm had me going back for more and more. It become a daily treat for my skin, serving as a primer for makeup in the morning, and sealing in moisture after cleansing before bedtime.

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It also came in handy for use after using the MST Hydroactive Microderm product. (My) freshly exfoliated skin is ultra-sensitive to drying out quickly and can look a little red after a scrub. This balm my my skin feel protected, smooth and moisturized without feeling sticky, or slathered on. I also want to note that you don’t have to worry about looking like a grease ball using this stuff. Even though it has oils in it, it doesn’t leave a greasy sheen. My skin looks perfectly moisturized and matte at the same time- all while helping with redness. Lets take a look whats inside this awesome stuff.

Manuka Honey: Originating in New Zealand. Manuka Honey has antibacterial properties due the high levels of antioxidant phenols such as MGO, (Methyglyoxal) which fights bacterial infections. It has been used for years to treat burns, cuts, and other skin problems. It also stimulates the release of anti-inflammatory agents in our cells to heal and soothe itself.

Tamanu Oil: Known for its skin-soothing properties and has been widely used to treat skin burns, rashes, and inflammation. Naturally germicidal, making it great for healing skin, Tamanu oil also relieves dryness, and has high levels of antioxidants.

Evening Primrose Oil: A highly skin-nourishing oil that contains essential fatty acids (such as GLA) that fight against infection and inflammation while promoting healing. It is also known to have a pain-relieving effect and has been used for things like headaches and PMS (say wha?), while making dryness, itchiness a thing of the past.

Japanese Licorice Root: Wonderful for sensitive skin. Licorice root contains Glycyrrhizic acid which has anti-viral properties. It is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties, reducing irritation on the skin, and stimulates the adrenal glands in our bodies to go to work, producing anti-inflammatory, immune-supporting corticosteroid-like actions for the skin.

Some other wonderfully healing and moisturizing ingredients included in the formula are: Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Panathol, and Allantoin. All amazing stuff for your skin!

Would I purchase this stuff again? It’s really not even a question because I know I will. I’m only wondering how long the tube will last since it looks like it’s the smallest product out of the bunch. I am happy to report that I didn’t get any breakouts from the MST products I am using and found so sensitivities develop. At $26 per tube, I think thats a fair price for something that works and feels like it does. You can purchase it from a variety of places but I would suggest checking out their site first since they’ve been having some good deals on buy one product and try a few others with it.

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courtesy of the miracle skin transformer website – please check the official site to confirm deal is still available

Are there any other MST fans out there? What’s your favorite? Stay tuned for

XOXO

Claudia

 

[Review] Generation Klean Gray Disappear Hair Mascara

Generation Klean is a recently launched company that not only addresses your beauty concerns, but also looks out for your health. Believing that what we put on or in our bodies can have an overall effect on our health is not a new thing—however, founders JD Larson and Jasmine Abedi noticed that many of the products we use today are laden with toxic chemicals such as parabens, sulfates and other ingredients that have been linked to cancer. They knew there had to be another solution and set forth to create a product line that is embraced by dermatologists, skincare professionals and customers alike.

Using only pharmaceutical grade ingredients to give the best results possible, and the least amount of toxicity risk, Generation Kleans’ Gray Disappear claims to cover stubborn gray in hair shades ranging from blonde, red, brown and black. The colorant is encased in a mascara-wand type container and can be used in between visits to the salon for touch ups. And men? Don’t think they forgot about you and your needs. Is that beard getting a little salt n’ peppery for your taste? Generation Klean’s Gray Disappear works on mustache’s and beards too, and can be washed out easily with just a shampoo.

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Gray Disappear is paraben-free, sulfate-free, PG(propylene glycol) free, and is rich with antioxidants, Vitamin E, and Panethol to condition the hair and skin. They are in the process of developing a larger line that will include cosmetics and body products. In just the short time that Gray Disappear has been introduced, it has garnered additional attention on the nationally syndicated talk show, “The Doctors”, “The Today Show”, and “America Now” with Leeza Gibbons, and I just got word they are gearing up for another appearance on Bethany Frankel’s show! Awesome!

I was offered a sample of the company’s product for my honest review. I requested blonde to try on someone who offered to model for me.

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Because I don’t have gray hair myself, I decided to test it out on someone who did have gray roots and was willing to let me go wild with the stuff. One thing that both me and the tester noticed was that there was no scent coming from the tube which is nice because we all know what hair dye really smells like right? Ammonia and burning is how I can best describe it. Back in the day I was a bleach blonde, I know all about that smell.

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I have to be honest I was a little skeptical that a little mascara wand would do some serious coverage. The gray was dark compared to the blonde and I didn’t understand how something just painted on would immediately lighten and cover it up. I began to comb the brush onto the top layer of hair at the root, near her parts. I even would do an under stroke so that the hair was covered on all sides. I tried not to go heavy and instead go for very fine layers of brushing with the mascara wand.

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At one point we let it dry, and decided that I could add a little bit more and see how it would do. I did let her hair get a little bit saturated in some areas but I just blew some air and combed it with my fingers to help it dry.

I am pretty pleased with the results. It did cover the gray and help blend it a lot. It totally ended up blending with her hair when she fully brushed it out and re-did her part. I was updated with the results by the time I got home.

 

“After you left I combed through the now totally dry hair to change the middle pat to my usual mostly side-part. My hair wasn’t gummy or sticky and there was NO trace of obvious gray. Golden color matched my blonde hair perfectly.”

“After washing my hair the next morning, the gray was back so looks like it lasts about 24 hours or when you wash you hair. There was no residue left on my pillow though, so that was nice!”

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In my opinion I thought it covered up the gray with blonde very well. It may not be something you can do every day, but I can see how it would help in between color visits giving you longer breaks between dye jobs. It didn’t take long to apply at all, and did the job well.

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Gray Dissapear retails for $15.99 on their site, and can also be found at all Whole Foods locations in the Los Angeles area, and several other locations listed on their site if you want to see the product in person before buying.

 

Want more info? You can follow Generation Klean on facebook, twitter, or youtube.

And if you want to see MOOOORRREE photos and feed back on other colors of hair mascara, check out my friend Sam’s page. She’s testing out the other colors so I’m excited to see her results also! Here is a link to her article about the company…but stay tuned to see the best part..photos!