Review: Josie Maran Cosmetics – Natural And Effective

I’ve always been an advocate for healthy eating and natural living and now as a wife and as a mother to two young children, living as organically as possible is something I strive for every day. We try to live as naturally as we can however sometimes it’s hard to find products that work as well as their non-organic counterparts. When I first heard about Josie Maran Cosmetics, I was really excited! Founded by Josie Maran, the former model for the wildly popular brand Maybelline Cosmetics, this cosmetic line uses products that are pure and gentle. There are 0 toxins or ingredients that damage the planet – in fact the packaging itself is fully recyclable, some of which is made from biodegradable plastic.

As a MAC junky, I’m pretty particular when it comes to eye shadows and cosmetics in general and I have to say, I was truly impressed with this line! The Josie Maran Eye Shadow ($20) comes in quite a few shades that are all gorgeous. They are very velvety and glide on with ease (not ‘dusty’ in the least). The pigmentation is good and lasts fairly long. You can apply them dry or wet for more intensity.

The Plumping Lip Gloss ($20) uses gentle Marine Collagen as opposed to irritants and stimulants. The product is supposed to help lips retain moisture and keep them visibly volumized after 30 days of usage. I really liked the texture of this gloss and it didn’t feel ‘numbing’ or plasticky. It is very effective for dry lips and the smell is quite pleasant. Ingredients in this formula include: ginger root oil, olive oil, soybean oil, jojoba seed oil and coconut cream.

My all-around favorite product is the Argan Oil ($48). When we interviewed Josie Maran a couple of months ago, she told us this was her “Number 1, can’t live without product” and after testing it myself for several months I can understand why!

Grown organically in Morocco, Argan oil is a natural, lightweight oil rich in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids. You can use it for pretty much everything. I was hesitant to use this as a moisturizer because oils tend to make me break out, but after using this product for quite some time now I have yet to experience one break out! Interestingly enough, Argan oil was used to treat acne, stretch marks and skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis!

Unlike many natural or organic cosmetics, these are high quality products that are also very effective. Not only are they gentle, they are actually good for your skin!

You can find Josie Maran cosmetics at your local Sephora, Sephora.com or you can purchase directly through JM Cosmetics.

*Company sent us samples to facilitate this review*