Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A (Skincare) Winter Vacation

Up until this point, it's been a pretty mild winter up here in the Northeast. While I honestly can't complain about having 60 degree days in December, I will say it has made the current transition to frigid temperatures more than a little alarming. So much so that, more and more recently, I've been finding myself craving a little tropical weather like no other. Seriously, what I would do to be at a beach right now.

While I might not be able to afford a flight for a mini vacation of my own (sob), I have managed to incorporate my love of the beach into my beauty routine, thanks in no small part to the beautiful Mahalo Skincare. Hailing from gorgeous Hawaii, this line of products uses stunning ingredients to create genuinely great skincare, infused with a a bit of tropical flair.

Rare Indigo Balm*
First I want to talk a bit about the newest product from the brand, a gorgeous soothing beauty balm that takes care of a variety of beauty needs. Upon first viewing, I expected the formula to be similar to May Lindstrom's Blue Cocoon but, while there are some similarities, this dreamy formula brings its own unique abilities to the table. The blue shade of this beauty comes from the use of blue indigo, a rare extract the helps give this balm not only a lovely color but also scent. Combined with tons of hydrating and nourishing oils, this balm melts upon contact with your skin, creating a truly relaxing pampering experience.

I've personally been using this lovely gem nightly as an overnight skin treatment, and my usually dry skin has been drinking it up. Every morning I wake up to a refreshed and rehydrated complexion, and I truly credit that to the use of this beauty. You truly only need a tiny amount of this concentrated balm for your face, as well, which means I've barely made a dent in my trial size. Honestly, if I hadn't just bought a full-size of my beloved Blue Cocoon for myself, I would have bought the full size for this in a heartbeat. It's just as nourishing as my other blue fave, but with a slightly lighter consistency that I think would make it a better option for daytime wear. While I haven't worn a full face of it underneath makeup, I have worn it as an eye moisturizer underneath concealer, and have found that my makeup sat quite well on top of it, as the formula immediately absorbed into my skin. Overall, I can see why this beauty has gotten so much love, and I'm just gonna throw my own rave for it into the mix.

Vitality Elixir*
I'm more than a bit of a facial oil floozy, as I'm sure long-time readers have gathered. I can't get enough of the results I find with serums and oils, and it's a rare thing for me to finish a bottle of one. That being said, the never ending quest to find one that's bigger and better has given me a pretty good perspective on what does and does not work, which makes me all the more confident in giving this particular facial oil my seal of approval.

With oils of chia, black cumin, sea buckthorn, carrot and turmeric, I knew straight off the bat this would be something special. The site claims that this elixir provides a plethora of benefits, from anti-aging to regenerating properties, so I was curious to see if it held up to its claims. While I can't say that I saw any anti-aging or firming benefits from a few weeks of use (which very well might just come with my age, not the product itself), I can attest that it is both superbly hydrating and soothing, nourishing my often irritated skin with ease. It's a fairly thick oil, so I very much recommend using it sparingly. I personally could only use it at night which, with its beautiful aromatherapeutic fragrance, made for quite the treat to apply around bedtime.

It caused me no breakouts or adverse effects in my time using it, only healthier, glowing skin. Honestly, I have nothing but great things to say about this one. But, as much as I enjoyed it and would love to get a full size, at this point I just have far too many oils to finish off to justify adding another to my collection. That said, f you're someone looking for a super moisturizing, nourishing nighttime oil, this would be near the top of my list of recommendations.

Vacation Glow*
As much as I adored the Rare Indigo Balm*, I'd be lying if I said it was the product I fell hardest for. That honor goes to this unbelievable body elixir, which imparts your body with completele hydration, as well as a gorgeous added glow. The formula is described on the site as being "molten sunshine", which I include only because it's a far more accurate description than I will ever be able to give. The thick, concentrated formula contains oils such as sea buckthorn, Argan, avocado, macadamia and CoQ10, among others - truly a powerhouse lineup.

Powerful ingredients aside, my real selling point behind this dreamy gem is the scent, a mix of tuberose, Hawaiin jasmine and ylang ylang that makes my heart skip a beat with just a sniff. Oh my gosh, you guys, this is the best scent I've ever smelled. Truly, Mahalo couldn't have come up with a better name, because this is vacation in a bottle.

The scent alone was enough to sell me, and the amazing results it provides are just an added on bonus. But, boy, those results are something else. This stuff is like an Instagram filter in a bottle, providing a combination of hydration and an almost soft-focus effect to your skin. The golden formula has a slight (yet undetectable on the skin) shimmer to it, with a slight tint that just adds a healthy, luminous glow to your body. Believe me, my dry, pale-as-it-comes skin was the ultimate test for this guy, and the lovely formula managed to make even that look fantastic.

All that being said, it should come as no surprise that I'll be saving up every last penny for this incredible product. It's certainly pricey (I can already hear my wallet sobbing), but it is just so worth it.

Have you guys tried anything from Mahalo Skincare? I'd love to hear your experience with the brand!


1 comment

  1. I never try this brand but I love your review. I would like to try!

    DadieB. ~


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