Posts Tagged ‘smooch lip detox’

Glow on: Beauty miracles with emu oil-infused products

In Philippine Star Column on February 3, 2012 at 12:24 am

Skin superheroes: Pure Emu Oil and Poppy Plush beat-up the beauty bad guys

Do you have a little beauty find? My newest “treasure” came in the form of a gift. A small package that had a lot of punch so to speak and it was called V&M Naturals Smooch Lip Detox. My friends had raved about it so much they decided to give me one so I could see (and feel) for myself its effects. This lip balm went on smoothly, without that greasy over-oiled texture and had a minty ting to it. I’ve now been using it before I go to bed and after I brush my teeth in the morning; it’s so pleasurable to use that I sometimes don’t want to put lipstick over it. Thankfully this problem was solved when I tried out the same brand’s Butter Lip Tints. They could be worn over the lip balm and even added more moisture and protection (the Smooch Lip Detox has SPF) in a shade of either pink, salmon, wine or berry that got richer the longer you left it on. My two favorites were the Pink Posies that made me feel like I was a teenager again, giving me a bright pink pucker and the Cherry Berry, a deeper (yet subtle) shade for evenings out. Best of all I could keep reapplying these tints without fear they would dry my lips out.Eventually, I was able to get a hold of V&M (which stands for Venus and Mars) Naturals’ founders Jamie and Justin Tan, siblings who had the vision to promote wellness in beauty for both men and women. “We got inspired when our cousin who suffered from skin asthma and psoriasis for almost 30 years saw the wonders of Emu oil.” explained Jamie in an e-mail interview, “We let her try our (now) famous Poppy Plush Emu-based soap and 100% Pure Emu oil on her skin allergies and wounds for two weeks. She came back to show us that it healed, with no marks or scars. From then on, our determination to reach out to people like her was so strong and now thousands of our clients are living proof that it worked wonders on them, too.” This story from Jamie intrigued me and I asked for some samples of their products, with the Emu Oil at the top of my list to review.

Eyecandy: Mineral eyeshadows in myriad shades

A little background: I was developing a rather angry zit on my chin, so this area became my “patch test” for the Emu Oil that same night. The oil itself was pretty nondescript and light — and, well, effective. In 24 hours my zit was gone! Don’t ask me how, that same spot on my chin just felt “smoothed out” by the time I went to bed the next night.

Soap opera: Best-selling emu oil-infused bars of Lulur, Poppy Plus and Jagermeister

Needless to say, I got excited to try more of the products. There was the Jagemeister Soap that indicated it was good for open pores and clearing out blackheads and whiteheads and there was also the new Mineral Makeup Line (MMU) to dig into. I am a stickler for reading labels so I took note that almost all the products contained the “magical” Emu Oil. Further research led me to find out that it was regarded as one of the best elixirs to cure all kinds of skin ailments such as pimples, insect bites, wounds, burns, bleeding gums, hair loss, dandruff problems and even lessen the visibility of dark circles. I’ve been using the soap for almost a week and although I haven’t seen it wipe out my blackheads, it has certainly done something for my pores (along with an after application of the Emu Oil) I’ve know been asked what foundation I’m using even if I have nothing on. In terms of the MMU Line it’s only the blush that I’ve gotten to try and the V&M Shades of Hue Mineral Blush in Hot Pinch is a very complimentary shade for Filipina skin. I do plan to look more into using their makeup as their products do not contain boron nitride, bismuth and even talc, which have long-term damaging effects on not only the skin but even the internal organs.

Aside from using ingredients that are not harmful and effective, the products are also reasonably priced. The Smooch Lip Detox for example sells for P170 and the famed Pure Emu Oil goes for P425 for a 30 ml bottle and P700 for a 50 ml bottle. The Tan sisters also told me that most of their products are made for men, women and even kids. V&M Naturals are proven to be hypoallergenic and are used by some parents to treat cases of skin asthma on their children. Since my early experiment (Operation: Zit on Chin) I have seen a continuous improvement in my skin and my lips, and I feel

that the more I use these products, the healthier my beauty regime has become. At the end of the interview Jamie remarked, “We decided to launch the line to serve as an inspiration to many, to remind them that no matter how depressing their skin condition is with their skin problems, there is still hope to recover.” I guess in this particular situation hope can be bottled.

Tinted love: Different shades for the prettiest pucker

To order, call 0917-5859861 or visit or email V&M Naturals will open its own spa in March.

SOUL TRAIN By Katrina A. Holigores (The Philippine Star) Updated February 03, 2012

Smooch-ify your lips with this buttery balm!

In Living a Life Off-Center on January 18, 2012 at 7:14 am

Lip-locked and loaded

Dry lips, chapped lips, flakey lips is nobody’s idea of sexy. With bi-polar weather, extreme indoor and outdoor conditions due to arctic temperature controlled a/c’s to sweltering humidity, all contribute to the state of your pucker so lip balm I find to be a mainstay in anyone’s grooming or vanity kit. Yes, men, you are not exempt from this rule, a six pack will not make up for a shedding lip (shiver).

Two good friends of mine were bazaar regulars during the Holidays and came upon this natural lip balm. Their testimonials to me were very convincing “It feels so good, not oily or ‘heavy!” said one, who was a former beauty editor of one of the country’s most read lifestyle magazines. The other, a former editor-in-chief of a wedding magazine remarked on how pink her lips became after regular use. I was sold. I’m always on the lookout for lipbalm since I travel so much and I’m always in and out establishments that I sometimes feel are doubling up as meat lockers.

I searched high and low for this charmingly named Smooch Lip Detox by V&M Naturals, but since I had given most of the Christmas and weekend bazaars a miss, it was proving an impossible find. I asked my two girlfriends to help in the search and they surprised me with an early 2012 gift of the lip balm! I was so excited to try it I actually unscrewed the cap and applied it right away. The immediate effect was a minty, cool feel on my lips. It was also not sticky and runny and I appreciated the fact that it came with a SPF of 15 and was marked “proven hypoallergenic”. It’s been almost a month now of regular use and I can safely say I can’t wait to use it when I have the chance. It’s almost like a beauty crutch and I try to apply it 5-10 mins before putting on my usual lipstick. I also apply it right before going to bed and have noticed less lip “lines” and a smoother texture.

Now, if only to be able to find a new tube when this one runs out! There is a website listed but last time I clicked on it, it was still under construction. If any of you have any leads, I would surely appreciate it!

May you have smooch-ready lips at all times, especially as Valentine’s is just around the corner. 😀

Just found a lean to V&M Naturals a FB page: in case any of you are interested!