July 11, 2013

May Lindstrom Skin - The Problem Solver Correcting Masque - pics, swatches, review - plus the brush & clay bowl

Hello, Beautiful!

I am so excited to share this product with you today because it is one of the few face masks that really work and deliver results instantly. From a new-to-me skincare line, May Lindstrom Skin, her correcting masque - called The Problem Solver - is an instant winner in my book! This face mask beings its life as a powder and transforms into a mousse - but you can adjust the consistency based on what you want. In this post I'll also share with you her Treatment Duo, which are two tools to make your skincare routine turn into an at-home spa experience. Check out my full review below, including all the product info, after the pics.

May Lindstrom Skin
The Problem Solver - Correcting Masque

May Lindstrom Skin The Problem Solver Correcting Masque Info & Review:
Cost/Availability: $90.00 (8.45 oz/250 ml full size). Available on the May Lindstrom Skin website.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Kisses!!!!

A jet-black fusion of antioxidant-rich raw cacao, healing bamboo charcoal, soil nutrients, salts, and exotic warming spices go deep on a mission to reveal your most radiant self.

This intense treatment masque effectively purifies and tightens pores, extinguishes inflammations, fights and heals blemishes, jump-starts circulation in the epidermis, and detoxifies skin with delightful ease and power.

The radically different powder-to-mousse formula activates on contact with water - only releasing its magic at the exact moment of use so you experience full potency every time.

This mask can be summed in in three words: Hero, Over-achiever, Superstar.

Seriously... this is amazing. It was an instant winner to me right after I washed it off my face. Yes, I know the $90 price tag may not be in everyone's budget, but trust me, if you can work this in your budget you won't regret your purchase. This is one of those masks that does what it says - and you can actually see and feel a difference in your skin. After I washed this off my skin was brighter, had a glow, my pores looked smaller, I felt like it drew out the impurities, and it felt healthier as well.

As for how to get the mask going, you'll just scoop out a tablespoon of product and mix it with equal parts water. Once it fluffs up to a mousse, apply to your face. When you open the jar, or dump the powder into a bowl, there may be some powder-cloud that comes out so don't open it too close to your face. I found it made me sneeze a bit, but that's okay.

When you apply the mask to your face you may feel some heat -- I didn't feel much heat, maybe a little - but you will feel a tingle. It's nothing super crazy, but it does get intense as the mask goes to work. You will need to leave this mask on for a good amount of time - about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how thick you applied it. You'll just want to make sure it's fully dry and when it is dry, the mask will dry down to a green color (it starts off as a black-brown color).

Once it's dry, just rinse it off. I take a wet paper towel and wipe it off - and it comes off easily (which is always nice). Then you'll look at your face and be like "wow" because you will notice a difference!

I absolutely LOVED this mask and will purchase another one once this one is gone. I would recommend this to anyone - but especially those with problematic skin or anyone who just needs a pick-me up.

Here is some additional information from May herself...

It will feel hot as it goes to work tackling your every skin dilemma, but is actually quite safe and effective, even for sensitive skin. Think of it like what happens when you go to a sauna or work out really hard -- your blood circulation is increased, sending oxygen racing into your cells, which encourages major healing and gives you that "glow" everyone is striving for.

She formulated this mask for results, but she also strives to create an experience. She loves feeling her skin respond in the moment of the treatment. Warming spices are very powerful; not only do they provide an invigorating heat and tingle as they increase your circulation, but these plants have serious beauty benefits....

Cayenne pepper stimulates the blood flow to the skin, which enables oxygen and necessary nutrients to reach the cells. It reduces inflammation and swelling and delivers antioxidant carotenes, flavonoids and vitamins A and E. Nutmeg and clove are both anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, stopping acne in its tracks. Nutmeg is also a natural skin brightener, softening age spots and discolorations. Clove as a stimulating effect on the mind, which eliminates mental exhaustion and fatigue. Cinnamon facilitates the synthesis of collagen in the skin, the breakdown of which is partially responsible for the skin's appearance as we mature in years.

The Problem Solver gets it's signature black hue from activated bamboo carbon charcoal. In many parts of Asia this sexy sounding ingredient has been used for centuries for its ability to deeply and gently cleanse your pores, absorbing minerals, toxins, impurities, and other harmful substances from your skin. It is known as the "black diamond" of healer and addresses everything from acne to eczema with grace and ease. Once brought to life with water, the bamboo charcoal releases many beneficial minerals, such as calcium, potassium and magnesium. This creates a soothing and powerful true spa experience that goes beyond the effects you will notice on the surface.

The Problem Solver is a powder to mousse formula. Water-free formulas are wonderful. By leaving out any fillers or water, May is able to skip questionable preservatives entirely -- delivering serious results in the most body and earth conscious way. An added bonus is that the product becomes adjustable - you can customize the density and texture of every treatment depending on the state of your skin or mood. The Problem Solver will bubble and fizz and puff up to a soft mousse texture upon hydration, adding major fun factor along with the highest potency possible!

If you are looking for immediate results, this is the mask for you. From night one, you will notice a difference in the overall texture of your skin, a relief of dullness and congestion and added glow. Over time, issues like inflammation, acne, irritation and discoloration will be addressed.

To use: Activate a tablespoon of powder formula with equal parts water in a bowl, blending to form a soft mousse. Massage over skin and relax. Treatment time is 45 minutes - or until fully dry. Expect a slightly hot and tingling sensation. Once dry, rinse and follow up with the May Lindstrom Skin The Youth Dew.

May Lindstrom Skin
The Treatment Duo: Tools for your Ritual

May Lindstrom Skin The Treatment Duo: Tools for your Ritual Info & Review:
Cost/Availability: $30 for the brush; $32 for the bowl. Available on the May Lindstrom Skin website.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Kisses

This duo of tools make applying the May Lindstrom Skin The Problem Solver Correcting Masque simple, easy, and gives the entire experience a more spa-like feel. It adds that extra-special pampering touch.

The brush is a must-have tool for creating your perfect facial experience. It feels good in your hand and is sturdy as well as beautiful. Crafted with vegan-friendly Taklon fibers, recyclable aluminum ferrule and a natural wood handle. Even though this brush is made for applying a face mask, you can use it for other skin care products too -- or even switch it up and apply your foundation with it!

The limited quantity handmade clay bowl is the perfect vessel for bringing your skin treatments to life. This is truly a piece of art, brought to us by local clay magician Melissa Brown. Each bowl is unique, with beautiful texturing in the natural clay and a subtle dandelion in antiqued 24K gold fired into its center.

Sure, you don't need these two tools to use the masque - or any other of the May Lindstrom Skin products -but if you're in need of some serious at-home spa pampering, then these two tools will take you there. You can use them with other skincare products you currently own - and because they're of such good quality, they'll last you a long time, if not a lifetime.

Now let me know what you think...
What do you think of this face masque? What about the tools? Have you heard of this brand or tried anything from the line? Do you plan to add any of these items to your wish list? Discuss in the comments below.


  1. oh my another rave review for may..its been quite a while i am lusting after her products ..am saving hard to buy her products..soon i will

  2. @ anusha: You won't regret investing in her products -- this mask is amazing and yes, $90 isn't exactly cheap, but you get a lot of powder in there and you see results! Love this mask and I am going to try some of her other products too (I have some samples).


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