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Oh – when it comes to skin care devices and products that state heavy claims on how they can tone my skin, make it look youthful and help with anti-aging, I’m always excited to try them out.  I’m said it many times before, but I’m almost 40 (36 to be exact) and over the years I have always believed that proper skin care is the best way to prevent the signs of aging.  So, when I read about and watch late night commercials (yes, I am a late night commercial person), I tend to really gravitate to the products to see if they really are what they claim.  While up late a few months ago, I came across an infomercial regarding the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System.  To say I was interested to not only test it out but to see how it worked on my skin, was an understatement, I was definitely intrigued.  I was absolutely ecstatic when the PR Company for  Conture reached out to me a few days later asking me to review and test out their product and I couldn’t wait till it arrived so I could test it out for myself.

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Now, if you’ve been on my site before – you know that when it comes to skin care, I have tried my fair share of products, gadgets and everything in between… you name it – I have probably tried it.  But, this is the first of its kind.  The Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System is the first of its kind type of Anti-Aging device that brings the Professional Medical Spa technology to consumers in a safe, painless and affordable way.  Having worked in the plastic surgery industry and seeing these types of treatments first hand, I was very excited to see how it would live up to its claims and I couldn’t wait to try out the system for myself.

So what is the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System?  

It’s an anti-aging device (as I stated earilier) that you can use in the comforts of your own home.  It’s a non-invasive revolutionary preventative and anti-aging cosmetic device that you can use at home.  The Conture utilizes a unique combination of Ultra-Low Sonic Vibrations combined with Isometric Copressions (Vacuum) to safely, gently and easily stimulate the skin.  It’s similar to Pro Services that can cost hundreds or more per visit and that require 10 visits or more to sometimes see results.

The Conture is clinically shown to dramatically increase skin radiance, smoothness, lift and texture while decreasing the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles.  In just one use you can immediately see noticeable results and you literally only need to use the unit for about 2 minutes per treatment.  When I first heard all of this information, I’ll be honest, I didn’t think that it would even be possible, let alone effective enough to see results in one treatment without hurting my already sensitive skin.

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So, what do I think about this product?

Since I’ve given you the break down on the claims for the Conture, after using this unit for about 2 weeks, here’s what I think.  First of all, let me tell you what I thought after the first use.  I didn’t expect to see results at all after the first session of using Conture, but I did and I really was pleased with what I saw.  I don’t really have much wrinkles, but do have lines from weight loss and weight gain as well as some minor crows feed and fine lines and wrinkles that are from smiling, wearing my glasses and rubbing my eyes from my allergies.  All of which I have been able to keep under control with daily use of serums and my favorite skin care.  After the first use of using Conture, I noticed that my smile lines had decreased quite a bit.  The Conture literally added life to them,  with it’s vacuum like suction I felt it plumped those lines up so that it was not as visible as it had been prior to the treatment.

“The system utilizes a unique combination of isometric compression, which gently lifts and releases targeted skin areas, and low sonic frequency vibrations which together safely, and gentle stimulate and tone dull, aged looking skin. The device safely stimulates the skin from a sluggish state by gently lifting and releasing targeted skin zones using a gentle vacuum, resulting in clinically visible enhancements to skin appearance, absorption, and overall skin health.”

After using the unit on my forehead, I also noticed that the fine lines on my forehead seemed like they were plumped up and not as noticeable too.  It is such a relief when you are using a product and notice just a few minutes later how much it has made a difference.  My jaw line also seemed to have shrunk some, or at least looked like I was not as chunky in that area as I had been before I had started the treatment.  All of these results I am talking about happened within a 2-3 minute time period and I noticed immediately after the treatment using the Conture for the first time.

I continued using the product 2x a day for the last two weeks.  I noticed over the course of the last two weeks how the texture of my face had improved.  My skin looks brighter, is much more even in tone and feels smoother than before.  It feels like my skin is much more accepting to my skin care products, and skin absorption is better than it had been in a long time.  Since I naturally have dry skin, I layer on several types of skin care products as a part of my daily regimen and I started noticing that the absorption of the products was taking longer than it normally did to drink up my serums.  With the first week and into the second week of using the Conture, I noticed my absorption of my skin care serums was quick and fast… like my skin was drinking up the greatness once again.

Learn about how to use the Conture in their easy to follow tutorial:

Some cons of using this product are not necessarily cons because my skin tends to freak out some at the beginning of a new skin care add on.  I noticed a few days after using the Conture on my face that I started breaking out.  But do not fear, because my skin has done this each and every time I have tried something new.  I tend to consider it my… “skin has to get worst before it gets better phase” and while it’s a con now, I am already noticing some improvement in the whole treatment process.  I break out a lot when I start new treatments and it can proceed well into a month before I notice that my skin is actually just cleansing itself.  It happens with masques or new products, so I do not contest that it has to do with the product itself.  After just two short weeks, I noticed such a huge difference in how my skin feels – I know that the Conture is working for my skin.

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My Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System included:  The Conture Device, Kinetic Treatment Serum, AM Ignition Lotion, PM Recovery Creme and US Charging Cord and Adapter.  I have been  using the Kinetic Treatment Serum prior to each Conture treatment to help prep my skin and to allow the device to glide across my skin easily.  I use the AM Ignition Lotion in the morning after my Conture treatment along with my morning AM skin care regimen and serums and then the PM Recovery Creme in the evening after the Conture treatment along with my PM skin care regimen.  I use different products in the AM and PM already.  My skin care products I currently use and have been using seem to work okay with those that came with my Conture.

I have been using the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System on the Mild setting for my face the first week but have since started using the “Face” setting after using the system for a week.  I haven’t had any sensitivity issues at all using this product which is a huge plus.  Being Eczema prone and having such sensitive skin, I have had so many products cause flare ups and I haven’t had any problems with the Conture.  What I love the most is that Conture is developed by a brand that I have know and love – Luminess Air.  Luminess Air is a brand I have used for years and as a makeup artist, it is one I have stocked in my kit to do bridal work and shows for years on clients.  I knew that the Luminess Air brand was a favorite, but now after trying Conture for 2 short weeks, I have found that they are great at taking care of my skin.

This post is just my first impressions.  In about 3 weeks I’ll be sharing with you my full review after using this product for just over a month.  You’ll be seeing before and after pictures as well as a full review on the product and whether or not it lived up to the hype over the month.  Overall – having used this product for two weeks, I can honestly say – it’s wonderful and I love it so much I’m looking into getting one for my mom.  She’s a skin care lover like myself and I know she’ll just love it.

Want to see before and after photos?  Come back in a month for a full reveal and review!

Have you tried this product before?  If not, are you like me and stay up late to watch infomercials and have seen the Conture featured?  Stay tuned in the next few weeks for a full review with before and after photos of my results after using the Conture for just a month.

 

 

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I must admit, I’m a terrible blogger sometimes.  For example – I have been sitting on these beautiful products from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics for months now, and I’m only getting around to writing and featuring them now.  Life tends to get the best of me and I find myself consistently playing catch up on many things.  But, the plus side to waiting months to write about these gorgeous cosmetics, is that I have had the chance to really try them out, test them out and really figure out how they work for me.  Today I share with you a look I created using some of the products from Youngblood Cosmetics as well as swatches of the products I received.  This is a brand that you may read about in the blogger realm, but it is not talked about much in the YouTube community.  I’m not sure why – the products… they’re gorgeous.

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Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics offers a wide range of cosmetic product from eye shadows and blush to bronzer and foundations.  They are a high quality brand offering pigmented products that are luxe and gorgeous.  Created and founded by Pauline Youngblood, these products were formulated to help conceal and correct imperfect complexions while offering products that would be good for the skin.

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After years of working with patients who suffered from traumatized skin from harsh laser treatments, acne, rosacea and cosmetic surgeries, Pauline Youngblood decided it was time to create a line of cosmetics that were not just mineral based, but good for the skin.  Youngblood provides the healthiest, highest quality products while empowering women to look and feel their best.

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So let’s chit chat about some of the products I’ve been testing out and using and my thoughts on each one.  I love when I can try a range of products from a brand and since I has not tried anything from Youngblood Cosmetics before, this was my opportunity to see what they had to offer.

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The Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow Quad in Shanghai Nights ($43.00) comes with 4 gorgeously pigmented eye shadows and a Net Wt. of .14 oz / 4g.  The four complementary shades come in a sleek and stylish mirrored compact and are perfect for your vanity or on the go.  I love that each compact comes ready for a look and includes matte, pearl and shimmery finishes that blend perfectly together.  There are 7 different eye shadow quads to choose from so you can easily find one that will be perfect to suit your style.

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Left to Right – Shitake, Beige-Ing, Cherry Blossom, Bamboo

I tend to gravitate to warm shades vs cooler tones, but I really enjoyed using this palette.  The shade range offered you everything from a crease and transition shade to a lid and browbone / highlight shade all in one palette.  Each color feels like silk and applies easily.  I especially love that they are mineral based, but they are in pressed form which make using these really easy.  Used over a primer I can easily get hours of wear out of the shades – I wore them for at least 8 hours over a primer and they lasted and was as vibrant as ever.  The compact is well made with a sturdy magnetic closure so this makes for a great palette for travel.

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The Youngblood Cosmetics Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen in Noir ($26.00 Net Wt. 0.59 mL/0.02 fl.oz.) is Vegan and a showstopper.  This liner has a precision tip and offers great control and beautiful bold color in one swipe.  I love a great liquid liner with a tip that will allow me to create a wing easily and this is definitely it.  The liner dries quickly and stays put for hours.  Even with my watery eyes, I found that I could wear this eye liner all day without smudging.  I was quite impressed with its staying power and loved the precision point.  But what I love the most is that creating the perfect wing was easy with this liner, it applies nicely and made my job perfection.

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If you are looking for a liquid eye liner that is easy to use and control with bold color in one swipe and no streaking, I think you’ll definitely enjoy this one.  I love that it’s so long wearing and perfect to create a thick or thin line.

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The Intimatte Mineral Matte Lipstick in Vain ($19.00 – Net Wt. 4g. / 0.14oz) is also Vegan.  I have a beautiful burgundy shade that is an absolute show stopper.  I can’t wait to really get some use out of this color during the Fall and Winter months.  This lip color is super-rich and provide high-impact payoff with ultra pigmentation.

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This color is bold, so I would love to see how vibrant the more neutral shades are.  From what I can see on the site, there are 9 shades available and all in beautiful tones from pinks and nudes to plums, corals and reds.  There is a shade for everyone.  Vain was absolutely comfortable on the lips.  While it is a matte shade, it was very comfortable on my lips and left my lips still feeling hydrated and moisturized.  The formulation on this lip color is awesome.  Like with most lipsticks, they do come off with drinking or eating – but where time offered quite a few hours on its own and I love that my lips were so soft after removing it.

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Youngblood Mineral Radiance in Splendor is probably one of my favorite product sin the bunch I have tried.  Retailing for $43.00 (Net Wt. 9.5g / 0.335 oz.) the compact includes Vegan and Gluten Free products and is an absolutely gorgeous product.  These products represent a mesh of colors that are reminiscent of a tropical vacation and used together on your face or body or individually will give you a great and wonderful glow.

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Each shade in this compact is gorgeous.  I love to pick out the colors I want to use and use them separately on my cheeks or as a highlight and when I’m feeling like I want to go bold and shimmery, I swirl my brush over all the shades to create a gorgeous shade.  This compact is super pigmented and offers rich color with lots of great staying power.  If I apply this over a primer or use on its own – I get great lasting power for hours without needing to touch up.  I love blushes with a golden hue and a few of these shades have a gold sheen offering the perfect glow on my cheeks.  I can build up the color for a punch of pow or lightly tap my brush into the compact for a soft summer glow.

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My entire look (above) was created using the Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics I featured in this look (with exception to my eyebrows).  These photos were taken with my phone (as with all of the images on my blog lately) and as you can see – the colors are soft but gorgeous.  The lips are bold, but still wearable.

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The wing liner in my look was done using the Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen, which I absolutely LOVE.  And, I am looking forward to trying out many more cosmetics from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics.  Overall – I think the quality of these products are superb and I love how they feel against the skin.  I have naturally sensitive skin, dry and eczema prone so some cosmetics can really dry out my eyelids or cause my skin funky flareups.  I love a product line that offers quality ingredients and great products.  Yes, the price point on their products are quite high – but considering the quality and “good for your skin” feel you get when using these gorgeous products, I would buy them in a heartbeat.

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I can’t wait to order and try more products from Youngblood Cosmetics.  I find that I pull for this brand’s products often because I don’t have to think about what to pair with my eye shadows – I have the colors I want and need for a soft summer look without having to overthink the whole situation.  If you are a blush and highlight lover like I am – I highly suggest checking out the Youngblood Mineral Radiance Compacts – they come in a few gorgeous colors for you to choose from.  And, if you are looking for a great liquid liner – check out the Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen.  Heck, check out all of their cosmetics, I know you’ll enjoy them as much as I have.

You can check out Youngblood Cosmetics on their website to see what else they have to offer: https://www.ybskin.com/

Have you heard of or tried anything from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics?  If so – what are your thoughts?  If not, are there any products you are interested in checking out?

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Disclaimer:  The products featured and mentioned in this post were sent to me for review consideration.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased.  Affiliate links are posted through out.  Thank you Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics & PR for all your patience in waiting for me to feature these products.  I truly love them and apologize for taking so long to post about it.