Max and Me Skincare Review + GIVEAWAY (2 WINNERS)

Max and Me is an eco-luxury high-vibrational skincare line hailing from Austria. using only the purest most high quality ingredients in their masterpieces The founders are a husband-wife duo who pour their love for each other and for skincare into their products from start to finish and beyond. As a Max and Me blogger I’ve had the opportunity over the past year to try several products from their exquisite line including the Enchanted & I am the Light Face Oils, Sweet Serenity Face Mask, Rescue Balm & Beauty Balm, Purity & Grace Cleanser as well as samples of their body oils. In this post I’ll be highlighting the Sweet Serenity Face Mask & Wash and the Enchanted Oil, recent winner of Best Facial Oil at Indie Beauty Expo 2016.

They’ve just released their newest product, a Limited Edition 30ml version of Sweet Serenity Face Mask & Wash, their holy grail product. It’s available for pre-order on their site. Read on to find out my thoughts AND how to enter our giveaway for 2 winners ($330 value)!

The Sweet Serenity Mask & Wash revitalizes dull, tired & irritated skin with a base of White Kaolin Clay, Manuka Honey, Shea Butter & Mangosteen powder, oils of immortelle, neroli, ylang ylang, lavender, palmarose & rose. Not only does it work to improve your skin it also helps restore your skin’s harmonious rhythm.

WHAT IT DOES:

soothes, calms & balances sensitive, irritated, flaky, thirsty skin
benefits hard to treat skin issues (acne, rosacea, couperose)
Provides optimum hydration
Brightens and evens out skin tone
Stimulates collagen
Gives a major glow
Counterbalances hyperpigmentation
Boosts skin´s self-healing abilities

HOW I USE IT:

This product is a dry slightly creamy paste and I mix it with just a few drops of water to turn it into a smooth & more creamy paste. The shade will go from dark brown to light brown. I then apply and leave it on for about half an hour and sometimes a few hours if possible. They say to use a warm towel but I wash it off with warm water and make sure to massage the product in circles into my skin for an exfoliating effect. My skin is left looking radiant, brighter and more even toned. The skin’s texture and clarity look improved.

INGREDIENTS

White Kaolin Clay, Leptospermum Scoparium Mel (Raw Manuka Honey), Butyrospermum Parkii Butter1, Garcinia Mangostana Pericarp Powder1, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil1, Cranberry Seed Oil1, Theobroma Cacao Seed Powder1, Cocos Nucifera Oil1, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil1, Tocopherol, Prinsepia Utilis Seed Oil1, Glycine Soja Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil1, Punica Granatum Seed Oil1, Nigella Sativa Seed Oil1, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Helichrysum Angustifolium Flower Oil1, Santalum Album Oil2, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil1, Leptospermum Scoparium Oil3, Citrus Aurantium Flower Extract1, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil1, Pogostemon Cablin Leaf Oil1, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil1, Lavandula Angustifolia Herb Oil2, Cymbopogon Martinii Herb Oil1, Linalool4, Geraniol4, Citronellol4, Limonene4, Alcohol, Farnesol4, Benzyl Benzoate4, Propolis Cera, Benzyl Salicylate4, Citral4, Eugenol4

The Enchanted Oil will surely enchant your skin & soul with its nourishing, regenerative, calming properties.  argan, marula, rosehip, pomegranate, evening primrose with essential oils of jasmine, frangipani, champaca, rose, sandalwood and lavender. It has the most lush jasmine scent, does not cause me any breakouts and leaves my dry skin looking radiant in the morning.

WHAT IT DOES

Nourishes & restores
Soothes, calms & balances
Benefits sensitive, irritated & mature skin
Resonates beautifully with the heart chakra

HOW I USE IT

I place a few drops on my fingers and then press together to “activate” the oil. Then I inhale the oil as part of my selfcare ritual so the beautiful scent will calm my mind & prepare it for sleep. I apply all over my skin massaging it gently in. I then make sure to press the oils into my skin so it can penetrate deeper.

INGREDIENTS

Argania spinosa Kernel Oil1, Rosa moschata Seed Oil1, Sclerocarya birrea Kernel Oil2, Oenothera biennis Oil1, Macadamia ternifolia Seed Oil1, Punica granatum Seed Oil1, Rosa damascena Flower Oil1, Jasminum sambac Flower Extract1, Lavendula angustifolia Herb Oil2, Santalum album Oil3, Michelia champaca Extract, Cananga odorata Flower Oil1, Plumeria alba Flower Extract, Benzyl Alcohol4, Benzyl Benzoate4, Benzyl Salicylate4, Citral4, Citronellol4, Eugenol4, Farnesol4, Geraniol4, Isoeugenol4, Limonene4, Linalool4, Tocopherol5

GIVEAWAY

Win the full size Max and Me Sweet Serenit Mask (value $240) over on my Instagram! We will have 2 winners: 1 for the full size and 1 runner up for the limited edition 30ml version!

TRIESTA ORGANICS HAIRCARE + FREE SET ($110)

This post was kindly sponsored by Triesta Organics, whose funding will help with running OBL CLUB, a product testing platform for organic beauty lovers.

Triesta Organics is a brand new haircare line that’s 100% Organic, Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Non-GMO & Gluten-free & features a Clarifying Treatment, Shampoo, Conditioner & Styling Gel – and today you’ll be able to try out the entire full-sized set (value $110) for FREE! (US only).

 

I’ve been using this set for about 7 weeks now and wanted to wait a little longer before writing my thoughts but since this special offer is for a very limited time, here goes..

CLARIFYING TREATMENT

I really appreciate that the line has a Clarifying Treatment which works to remove build up from styling products, lift away mineral deposits from hard water, and the chlorine and other chemicals that stick to hair from swimming pools. It’s like a detox treatment for your hair & scalp and is designed to clean more thoroughly than a shampoo. It’s also great as a pre- hair mask step (think of how it’s essential to exfoliate your skin before doing a face mask & exfoliate in general), helps prevent blonde hair from turning brassy and helps jumpstart your hair regimen when nothing seems to be working. As a skincare fanatic it’s easy for me to neglect my hair which actually needs a lot of help since I do a lot of balayage, I do believe that haircare needs to be switched up often because hair just like your skin adapts to the products you’re using and you see less benefits over time. So onto how I use the clarifying treatment – I apply a dime sized amount to my fingers and massage through my scalp and hair for a few minutes before rinsing it out. For me, it does lather well.

Ingredients

*aloe vitamin gel; African black soap; saponified coconut oil; *oils of: *argan, *jojoba, *babassu, *maracuja and *evening primrose; *herbal infusion of: *rosemary, *alfalfa, *nettles, *burdock root, *calendula, *linden, *catnip, *peppermint, *chamomile, *rose hips, *dandelion and *yucca; *vinegar; plant sourced kosher vegan xanthan gum & potassium sorbate; organic essential oils of: orange, litsea cubeba, bergamot, rosemary & ylang ylang.
* = Certified organic

MOISTURIZING SHAMPOO

This shampoo reminds me of Josh Rosebrook’s shampoo in terms of texture and consistency. It’s an aloe vera -based formula (promotes hair growth, rejuvenates the hair follicles & reduces thinning) with African Black Soap (natural source of vitamins A & E), evening primrose and maracuja (absorbs moisture & works with natural proteins to prevent hair breakage and stimulate healthy hair growth). Then it also contains Argan, Jojoba & Babassu whic are all rich in vitamins E and C, Omegas 3 and 9. This shampoo lathers extremely well for me, has a fresh crisp citrus scent & does its job of cleaning my hair. I haven’t had any issues of dandruff developing either.

Ingredients

*aloe vitamin gel; African black soap; saponified coconut oil; oils of: *argan, *jojoba, *babassu, *maracuja and *evening primrose; herbal infusion of: *rosemary, *alfalfa, *nettles, *burdock root, *calendula, *linden, *catnip, *peppermint, *chamomile, *rose hips, *dandelion and *yucca; plant sourced kosher vegan xanthan gum & potassium sorbate; organic essential oils of: rosemary, bergamot, orange & ylang ylang.

MOISTURIZING CONDITIONER

The conditioner is lightweight and does a decent job of conditioning my hair & leaving it soft and manageable. I’m not going to say it transforms my hair – their Hair Conditioning Masque has a more dramatic effect on my hair- but as a basic conditioner to alternate between conditioning & masks I can recommend it.  It contains Sustainable palm oil extract and vinegar to remove dirt and oil from hair while replenishing it with vitamin E and vitamin A, Gum Arabic and Guar Gum to provide calcium & prevent hair breakage and oils to nourish.

Ingredients

Vitamin infused *aloe juice; oils of: *argan, *jojoba, *babassu, *maracuja and *evening primrose; herbal infusion of: *rosemary, *alfalfa, *nettles, *burdock root, *calendula, *linden, *catnip, *peppermint, *chamomile, *rose hips, *dandelion and *yucca; sustainable palm oil extract; *vinegar; plant sourced kosher vegan xanthan gum & potassium sorbate; *gum Arabic; *guar gum; organic essential oils of: rosemary, bergamot, orange & ylang ylang.
* = Certified organic

BLOW DRY STYLING GEL

I don’t blow dry my hair ever, but this product can also be used as a heat protectant so I apply just a tiny dime sized amount through the ends of my hair before I go in with my curling iron. It’s a lightweight bouncy clear gel that also has a subtle citrus scent.  It comes in a gigantic bottle – the same size as the rest of the products from the collection – which I feel is way too much product.

Ingredients

Vitamin infused *aloe gel; *argan oil; oils of: *jojoba, *apricot, *grapeseed, *meadowfoam, *hempseed and *evening primrose; herbal infusion of: *rosemary, *alfalfa, *nettles, *burdock root, *calendula, *linden, *catnip, *ginseng, *peppermint, *chamomile, *rose hips, *dandelion and *yucca; plant sourced, kosher and vegan potassium sorbate; organic essential oils of: lavender, rose and pine needle.

This line is safe for color-treated hair.

GET THE ENTIRE FULL SIZED COLLECTION FOR FREE!

1. Head to their website and add the “Moisturizing Collection” to your cart (value $110)

2. Apply code SHINE17

3. Pay for shipping/handling (approx $16-$22)

CODE SHINE17 EXTENDED TIL APR 30, 2017!

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