On the road to even skin tone | Thriftanista in the City


On the road to even skin tone

Before I show you the raw real close-up of my face, here's a picture of what my skin normally looks like in pictures. I absolutely cannot have the lead picture be the one of me in my bare face.

Now take a look at what my REAL skin looks like. It's dry and flaky skin and always decorated with post breakout discoloration spots.

I've used creams in the past to try and fade the spots but I think the hydroquinone was making my face even more susceptible to breakouts creating a never ending cycle. Lately I just cleanse, moisturize and go.

I was obsessing over the spots a bit last week when the universe put the Makari line in front of me. Well look at that! A whole line of products to even and brighten skin tone. I had heard of Makari via twitter so I visited the website to check them out. I was apprehensive about using skin brightening creams because I naturally assumed it would be some kind of skin bleaching formula.

I was pleased to read that Makari makes 100% bleach and hydroquinone free skin care products for people with dark skin tones. As you can see below, they have a few product lines including hair care, cosmetics, fragrance, baby products, and accessories too! After reading the "about" and "faq" page, I decided to give it a try.

My order was placed on a Friday and I received my goodies on Monday. The shipping was super fast.
 (SN: Don't you just love getting packages in the mail?)

I received the discoloration kit which includes the Clarifying Exfoliating Antiseptic Soap, the Body Beautifying Milk, and the Skin Repairing Clarifying Serum. 

According to the website, the antiseptic soap is for exfoliation of the face and body, the beautifying milk gently hydrates, even tones, and protects the skin.  The clarifying serum is a repairing gel to help remove unwanted pigmentation, discoloration, dark spots, acne scars, etc. 

I've been using the product for 3 days so I can't speak on the products' ability to fade dark spots yet. According the website, it takes 2 weeks. I will say using all 3 products make my skin feel soft and hydrated. I look brighter too. I can see that the soap removed some of the peeling dead skin. Can you tell in the picture below? My face looks and feels like it does after a facial. I'm excited to see the spots eventually fade.

While I like my experience using the products, I do have some issue with the heavily perfumed scent. I tend to use fragrance free products on my skin. I could just be highly sensitive to the smell but I thought it was pretty strong. 

The price is on the higher end at $99 for the 3 piece kit. You do get a lot of product though. I'm sure the milk and serum will last at least a year. The beautifying milk alone is 3 times the size of my regular moisturizer. The soap is at least twice the size of a regular bar of soap. I've been using it all over so it probably won't last until the end of the year unless I use it strictly on my face.

Makari is currently running a summer promotion that is 30% off the regular price. It includes the body beautifying milk, hand and body lotion, clarifying exfoliating soap and Makari perfume. Still pretty steep but you're getting lots of product so I think it's a bargain. 

Personally, I'd like to check out the baby bath time essentials in the "bebe" section for Ms.V. Not a bad price at $51.95.

If you'd like to hear more from Makari, you can check them out on Twitter and Facebook.

You can see more photos of my Makari experience in my Google+ album.

Are you familiar with Makari? Have you tried any of the products?

I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This content has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™and Mikari.
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All opinions are my own.


Megan, The Frugalista Diaries said...

ah, see someone else who struggles with this 'crap' skin throws at us. well i feel not alone and better ;)
Xo Megan

kt said...

Can I tell you that you have the cutest lil ears... As far as skin, what I used to clear up that dark mark near my brow is old fashioned baking soda scrubs. You do them every other day and moisturize with vitamin e oil. Works fast and natural.

Splendor said...

I have never heard of Makari but if it's already making your skin feel better it's worth the price.

Mama Violet said...

LOL! thank you. I have never been complimented on my ears.

I've never done a baking soda scrub, I'll have to put my googling fingers to work. Thanks!

Mama Violet said...

I'm willing to shell out money on quality products. Good thing I'm a thrifter. I can splurge in other areas.

Lala said...

I just ordered mine last week and can't wait to get it in. Thanks on the heads up about the scent. I don't mind scents usually but good to know. I think the price point for me works out because buying the less expensive usually goes quicker and I can see this lasting for a while. And I know about being frugal..it's my middle name! You are beautiful BTW :-)
Would love to invite you because I am hosting a Makari twitter party this Thursday August 2 at 1pm EST. Would love to have you all. You can register here: http://cbi.as/8sbzv

Sheena @ Sophistishe said...

We are skin twins and seriously? It's not bad at all!

Ditto on your cute ears!

MissRockwell said...

I have always struggled with the same issues and I have tried everything under the sun. I truly think the key is to continuously rotate and try new products because once your skin becomes immune to one product, the breakouts come back. I'm experiencing that now. It's so aggravating. I can't wait to see an updated post.


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