Sunday, November 4, 2012

REVIEW: VMV HYPOALLERGENICS Very Merry Mistle-Glow Gift Box Set


The VMV HYPOALLERGENICS Very Merry Mistle Glow Gift Box is one of my favorite holiday picks for a beauty stocking stuffer or holiday gift for the beauty lover.  And, it is a perfect special treat for yourself so you look sensational throughout the holidays!  The creative team at VMV HYPOALLERGENICS are truly artistic geniuses who not only offer a state of the art line of beauty products, but they have put together this sensational and I must add darling gift set that has so many charming elements to it that it is sure to wow even the most difficult of gals to buy presents for.  They are going to fall in love with this dynamic duo!

The Very Merry Mistle Glow Gift Box is just one of several enchanting limited edition holiday gifts sets available this season and each one has specially selected combinations of VMV HYPOALLERGENICS most popular and innovative fine products in them.  Throughout the next week I will be posting about a few of them that I know you will enjoy learning about.  Let me introduce this fabulous company to you:

{Adapted from the VMV HYPOALLERGENICS Website}

VMV HYPOALLERGENICS® is the only brand to validate its hypoallergenicity: our VH-Rating System (an original VMV skinnovation) is based on objective, independent references for allergens: the North American Contact Dermatitis Group + European Surveillance System on Contact Allergies.

VMV is included as a safer product alternative in CAMP, the Contact Allergen Management Program of the American Contact Dermatitis Society. Our claims are backed by randomized, double-blind, evidence-based clinical studies, many of which have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals (dozens clinical studies in the likes of Journal of Drugs and Dermatology, Dermatitis) and awarded at international dermatology symposia like the World Congress of Dermatology. Our studies are so good that we do clinical trials for some of the largest pharmaceutical, cosmetic and laser companies. In addition to proven efficacy, our products are as skin safe as you’ll ever see: Validated Hypoallergenic VH -76 (sans all 76 common allergens), 100% All-Types-Of-Fragrance-Free,100% Phthalate, Dye, Paraben + Preservative-Free, and Non-Comedogenic.

Created in 1979 (and still formulated + tested) by a widely-published, renowned dermatologist-dermatopathologist, we understand both the skin’s surface + its microscopic structure. Each individual raw material, ingredient, brush—every little thing that goes into or touches a product, and the product itself—is patch tested for skin safety. And that’s just the beginning! What follows is a dizzying barrage of clinical tests, both in laboratories (in vitro) + on volunteers (in vivo), never on animals. We’re a hypoallergenic, cosmeceutical doctor brand with oodles of products. Because for us, skin safety isn’t a nice perk: at VMV, hypoallergenicity is a lifestyle.

We care for men, women and children of all ages, from head to toe + cell to surface ... which is also why so many of our customers stay with us from diapers to dermabrasion, across generations.

What makes us so skinimitable?

There are many things that make VMV HYPOALLERGENICS® such a one-of-a-kind find. But if we had to whittle it down to what really differentiates us from everybody else, these are the six core characteristics that make VMV so unique.

1) Proven Hypoallergenic VMV HYPOALLERGENICS® is the only brand to validate and rate its hypoallergenicity. The VH-Rating System was created by VMV’s founding dermatologist-dermatopathologist, is proprietary, and is the only system in use to regulate a product’s claim of hypoallergenicity.

2) Published Studies Our products are proven to do what they say they do. Our claims are backed by randomized, double-blind, evidence-based clinical studies (both in vitro + in vivo).

3) Created + formulated by a world-renowned dermatologist-dermatopathologist This gives us a strong cellular understanding of the skin, its behavior, and its various conditions. This unique background helps us at VMV HYPOALLERGENICS® understand not just the skin’s surface appearance, but its structure, how it behaves underneath, at a microscopic level. This is why our products are designed to work towards cell-to-surface healthy, microscopically-sound skin. Another important note: Our founding physician actually creates all VMV formulations herself with our own team of pharmacologists and chemists—she doesn’t put her name on products done by external laboratories. She also conducts all the studies for VMV HYPOALLERGENICS® products. She is a respected researcher who performs clinical trials on cosmetic ingredients, laser and advanced therapies, and pharmaceuticals through her own research protocols—multiple clinical trials annually—for VMV HYPOALLERGENICS® as well as for some of the leading pharmaceutical, cosmetic and laser companies. At VMV HYPOALLERGENICS®, you’re not getting a doctor’s name stamped on a product; you’re getting a dermatologist-dermatopathologist’s original formulations and clinical research, plus case studies from many (often hundreds) of her patients. Want to know more about your doctor?

4) Each product tested to within an inch of its life We don’t just focus on final formulations. At VMV HYPOALLERGENICS®, each individual raw material, ingredient, puff, sponge, brush—every little thing that goes into or around, or that touches a product (then the product itself)—is patch tested for skin safety. And that’s just the beginning! What follows is a dizzying barrage of clinical tests—both in laboratories (in vitro) and on human volunteers (in vivo) with relevant skin conditions—including tests for stability, microbiological safety (for each and every production batch, when first produced, and repetitively throughout the life span of the product), comedogenicity, real-life usage, and efficacy. And it’s still not over: even after we launch a product, we maintain case studies for years—for the product’s entire lifetime—to make sure it performs as well as it did when it was first formulated.

5) Regularly Updated Formulations Each new allergen list sends us scrambling to the lab. Whenever they publish an updated list of allergens, we review our formulations to see if any ingredients have become common allergens. If even just one ingredient becomes an allergen, we reformulate. As you can imagine, reformulating—especially with our tests and to our standards—is no walk in the park. It’s not something that many brands want to do at all, much less on a regular basis. But at VMV HYPOALLERGENICS&trade, we’re committed to abiding by what the experts decide is safe and effective. The experts say, “Jump!”, we say, “How high?”. And if that means “back to the drawing board” every few years, so be it.

6) Head-to-Toe Care from Diapers to Dermabrasion No hypoallergenic, cosmeceutical doctor brand has as many products as we do. That’s because for us, skin safety isn’t a nice perk—at VMV, hypoallergenicity is a lifestyle.


The Very Merry Mistle Glow Gift Box comes packaged in the most delightful manner.  The outer packaging has the cutest graphics to depict the collection inside, it makes for such a pleasant fun first impression.  But it doesn't end there.  Inside the festive packaging is an inner box that has been meticulously put together to hold VMV HYPOALLERGENICS logo tissue paper, a company logo ribbon with berry decoration and the two sensational VMV HYPOALLERGENICS full size make up items.  Opening the gift set for the first time left me with such an exciting fun memorable impression that it made me want to hurry on up and try the products right away, sensing how outstanding I felt they were going to be.  And, I wasn't wrong, they are amazing!  Here is what you get:

Very Merry VMV: Mistle Glow
Price: $35 for the Set (a $48 Value)


Oh by gosh by golly, it's time for some mistle-glow and … pretty!

This “vanity pair” — beautifully boxed and ready for gift-giving — includes our best-selling, beauty editor-fave Ooh-La-Lash! Volumizing Mascara and Glitz Lipstick.  Two tubes, fantabulous holiday glamour. Happy “glow”-idays!

Each box contains full-sizes of (1 each):

-Skintelligent Beauty Glitz Lipstick:

Brilliant. Rich, glistening color is playful and sexy, lifting spirits on a daily basis.

100% free of all-types-of-fragrance, irritating waxes, phthalates, parabens + preservatives.

With green tea for antioxidant benefits plus virgin coconut oil for moisturization.

In Drama Queen, our most popular shade. This sophisticated, deliciously deep pink is perfect for the holidays and flatters all skin tones.


Skintelligent Beauty Glitz Lipstick:

To Use Apply on lips as often as necessary.


The color of this VMV HYPOALLERGENICS Skintelligent Beauty Glitz Lipstick is so feminine and pretty.  It is the perfect blend of rose and red, and brings out the natural beauty of my own lip color!  It is great for wearing by day or by night, it is radiant, yet soft and subtle.  It is luxuriously smooth and creamy on your lips, it glides on so effortlessly and a little of the product goes a long way.  It does not weigh down on your lips or feel the least bit dry and cakey.  It feels hydrating and moisturizing while giving you such a lovely sweet rose color that I immediately have fallen in love with.  It is an ageless, timeless classic color that a woman can wear whenever she wants to add that touch of glamour and spice to her look.  It will work great when you are all made up, or you can easily wear this lipstick alone without any makeup to brighten up your face and make you glow!  It is going to be wonderful to wear throughout the holidays, but I am not waiting for them to come, I am wearing it all the time right now!


-Ooh-La-Lash! Volumizing Mascara:

Our best-selling tubing mascara! With a special compound that swells up and surrounds each lash strand in a tube — a physical sleeve — of its very own. Each application builds an ever-thicker cocoon of rich, beautiful color.

Non-clumping, smear-free friendlier). Easy to remove.


TO USE:  Ooh-La-Lash! Volumizing Mascara:

Take mascara wand and apply Ooh-La-Lash! on lashes. Start at the base and swipe outwards in a smooth motion. Repeat until desired volume is achieved.


I am always on the hunt for an exceptional mascara.  Not only does the formula have to be just right; not too dry, not too thick, and healthy for my lashes, but the application brush has to be equally perfect; long, narrow and small and easy to reach and coat each lash.  Many of the mascara wand brushes are too big and bulky and because of this I hit areas around my eyes leaving a black mess on my skin or nick the inner part of my eye, ouch!  As you can see from the picture of the VMV HYPOALLERGENICS Ooh-La-Lash Mascara Wand, the application brush in very thin, long and the actual bristles of the brush are short and fine.  The brush is so pefectly designed and constructed that is makes building your lashes to make them pop effortless and a breeze!

My eyes are my favorite feature to make up.  I cannot believe how just a few coats of this dreamy mascara truly makes me look like I have a million lashes!  It coats each lash so evenly and naturally that my lashes looked like they did when I was 12 years old, full, supple and lush!  The precisness of the brush made it possible for me to easily reach every lash with a single stroke.  This is my new favorite dream product!

This concludes my review.

You can visit the VMV HYPOALLERGENICS website to learn more about the company, why they are so terrific and discover all the wonderful products that they have to offer.  You can CLICK HERE to go there.

A very special THANK YOU to VMV HYPOALLERGENICS for providing me with the products to use for this review.

Disclosure: I received the Very Merry Mistle Glow Gift Box  from VMV HYPOALLERGENICS for the purposes of this review.  This has no bearing on my completely honest review above and was not influenced by any type of monetary compensation. The opinions and experiences I’ve shared with this product are my own and yours may differ. I am not employed nor affiliated with VMV HYPOALLERGENICS in any manner. Registered & Protected

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