For some odd reason, I’ve always been a fan of detoxing. When I was young and thin and completely unaware of how young and thin I was, I would go to Whole Foods in Chelsea (where I grew up) and buy all of these supplements that claim to detox your system. I don’t know if they really did anything but my love of detoxing carried over to my skin.
When living in Manhattan, I would get facials at this cute little place in Soho called Let’s Face It. A woman named Marcia Kilgore owned it and did the absolute BEST facials ever. Eventually she became famous for some brand called Bliss. Maybe you’ve heard of it?
Well the star Esthetician these days is named Boldijarre Koronczay. Now I’m glad I’m writing this because I cannot for the life of me figure out how to pronounce his last name. Boldijarre is a surivor of Leukemia and he has held steadfast that his organic lifestyle is a major factor in his recovery. He’s passionate about natural ingredients and skin care and has combined his love of both in Eminence.
Eminence uses pure, organic ingredients that are grown holistically in Hungry, where his family came from (You can see him HERE speak about an Eminence Powder Scrub). And because I’m such a freak when it comes to skin care, I have heard buzz about Eminence and have started to obsess over buying their products.
Now usually when I start to use anything from a new brand, I like to start slow. I’ll buy a starter kit that has some trial size products for my skin type. BUT I saw that Eminence had a DETOX KIT for your skin. I probably got more excited than was reasonable. So I decided on that and waited (and waited) for it to come.
There are a few products that come with this kit:
Citrus Exfoliating Wash
(notice the ‘exfoliating’ word in there? I told you… I’m scrub obsessed)
Per the pamphlet, this wash refines and cleanses the skin, removes surface impurities by buffing away dead skin cells and unclogs pores.
Pear & Poppy Seed Microderm Polisher
(Yep another scrub but this one is more intense)
The Polisher is more abrasive than the wash. It exfoliates uneven, dry and rough skin while minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. Think more Microdermabrasion.
Lime Stimulating Mask
So this little guy has a red symbol next to it that says hot. I’m not sure I truly understood that. More on that later. However this mask stimulates and detoxifies the skin while increasing oxygenation and clears blemished or acne skin.
Pink Grapefruit Vitality Masque
Not hot symbol here, this masque enriches and firms the skin while reducing the signs of aging (hell yeah!). it also has high levels of Vitamin C (I told you why I was obsessed with that HERE) and restores hydration.
Sour Cherry Whip Moisturizer
I cannot wait to try this. Sour Cherry? I want to eat that not put it on my face. And with benefits like nourishing, protecting against free radicals and toning and firming… who wouldn’t want to use that?
So yes you’re reading again about a Vitamin C type serum but listen, I told you I was obsessed with collagen making and you need C to make collagen. If I’m going to age, I’m going down fighting (naturally not with surgery… right now).
So I decided to first use the Lime Stimulating Masque. And there’s this special little way that you have to use it. After washing, you’re supposed to apply the polisher and leave it ON your skin for 5-10 minutes. THEN you apply a layer of the Lime Stimulating Masque on top of that and wait another 5 minutes then wash off.
Now there is that little hot warning and there’s some verbiage saying that you’ll experience a hot sensation but I was thinking warm like that Biore mask, remember that? Yep, so NOT like that. MY skin was on fire. But I was determined that Boldijarre knows more about skin than I do and waited the full 5 minutes to wash it off. The directions instruct you to remove it with a lukewarm face cloth, which I did.
My skin was 100% clear and detoxed. It was also BRIGHT RED. Like lobster, sunburned red. The color went away in about 2 hours though, which is what the booklet said would happen. I finished with Mario’s Vitamin C Serum (because it just ROCKS!) and Josie Maran’s Argan Oil to help nourish the area.
Oddly enough, I loved the mask. Even with the OMG factor. And trust me there is one. This is not a warming masque. This is a HOT masque. It’s not a burning sensation where you’re thinking your skin is peeling off but your skin does become very hot feeling and it’s a tad disconcerting but not painful at all. My skin has never been more clear. I usually experience a minor breakout or two after an intense scrub or masque and I have experienced nothing but radiant, glowing skin.
The Detox Tube cost $69 and I would love to try more Eminence products. I can’t wait to try the rest, especially since there won’t be any burning sensations with them!