Wednesday, 3 May 2017

30 GOING ON 60: WE'VE USED MERUMAYA LIP RESTORATION TREATMENT FOR 30 DAYS & HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED (WITH BEFORE & AFTER SHOTS)

Merumaya Lip Line Restoration Treatment before & after


Nothing gives me more pleasure than spending a girly night in with my Mum. We are both obsessed with face masks so we sit, play cards & apply various beauty products to our faces. When I was contacted by Merumaya about their new release, I knew I NEED to test it alongside my Mum. Merumaya Lip Line Restoration Treatment seemed perfect to start a new series on my blog where a 30ish and 60-year old try and test beauty products together. It's easy to test skincare knowing that my skin is still fairly young, but will the product even work for someone with a mature skin? 
Merumaya Lip Restoration Treatment promises to fill in the vertical lip lines caused by dryness and ageing. So we embarked on over a month long journey to fight lip wrinkles. If you're interested to see the effects, I'll have before and after unretouched photos for you at the end.



Little introduction.


My Mom's (Adela) turning 60 this August and have worked hard all her life. She has sadly taken very little care regarding sun protection (she loves to be in the sun, she does!) and I literally have to scream at her to top up her SPF! She's also a smoker which resulted in bad lines around her mouth and lips. She does take care of her skin otherwise and other than deep wrinkles, her skin is super soft. She has super dry skin (hey genes!) and opts for acid treatments, oils and firming retinol usually. 

I'm 31 years old (Dorota) with dry and sometimes problematic skin with dehydration tendencies. I love skincare and I'm super pale, thanks to many and many SPF top up throughout the day. I rarely tan and if I am in the sun, I tend to shade myself from the rays. I have some lip lines but mainly suffer from dry lips due to my love of matte lipsticks. 

Merumaya Lip Restoration Treatment* | £19.50 for 9ml 


Merumaya Lip Line Restoration Treatment promises to target the vertical upper lip lines, also known as bar code lines. This lip treatment is a combination of lip balm, lip plumper & temporary fillers. This almost dry rich cream formula fills in the lines instantly and prepares the lips for lipstick better than any other product I've ever used. It works mysteriously, as you don't really feel the moisturising 'wet feel' of lip balm/oil but it's there as the lips feel plumped and soothed. It works both immediately with instant tightening and smoothing as well as long term filling in and plumping out bar code lines. In the morning the treatment will prep your lips for the lipstick application and will make it stay on longer whilst working underneath hydrating your lips. It will prevent the bleeding of the lipstick as it temporarily fills in the area making lips appear fuller without any slip as the dry formula stays put. 

In terms of application, this also is a little different. You apply the dry cream on and little around the lip line by patting the product in. It takes seconds to sink in but I prefer to finish my skincare routine with it, then move on to eyes and do lips in the end. This allows the product to work its magic before lipstick application. It is recommended to use at least twice a day but you can also re-apply throughout the day. We used it twice a day as recommended and little more on the weekends. 

You know I love educating myself (and you hopefully!) on the magic of active ingredients and I don't see how we can avoid it now. Let's have a little look at them shall we?

Dermaxyl is a mixture of complex Ceramide II and Matrikine (fragment of elastin) which together work hard at erasing the wrinkles by decreasing deep wrinkle depth and rough skin around the lip contour.

Epidermosil is a combination of Silicium (ensures the integrity of the way skin is built) and Hyaluronic Acid. Both are natural components found in our bodies that tend to decrease with age. Epidermosil works at reducing the wrinkles and improving firmness of the skin as well as elasticity.

Seacode is designed to improve the appearance of fine lines in the lip contour area. It works by enhancing the synthesis of Collagen reducing the visible signs of ageing in the short and long term.

PEPHA®-TIGHT tightens the skin and builds fibres to improve elasticity, which helps to reduce lines and wrinkles. Think of it as a fibre mascara, but Pepha-Tight has instant tightening effects

Sodium Hyaluronate helps to retain over 1000 times its weight in water within the cells of the skin. No other naturally found substance can retain as much water. Hyaluronic Acid increases smoothness, softening, plumping and decreases wrinkles. It also removes waste matter from cells, where it works as a cleansing particle. Most of the hyaluronic acid weight in our bodies (over 50%) is located in collagen which means HA also stimulates the production of this important protein.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant which fights free radicals damage.

Oat Lipid E is an Oat Oil, rich in skin identical lipids including ceramides and sterols. It helps support the skin’s natural lipid barrier & moisturises, improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture.

INGREDIENTS : Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Nylon-12, Oryza Sativa Starch, Cetearyl Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan Olivate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Avena Sativa Kernel Oil, Methylpropanediol, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Pullulan, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tribehenin, Algae Extract, Citric Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ceramide Ng, Butylene Glycol, PEG-10 Phytosterol, Lactic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Silanetriol, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide MEA, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Salicylic Acid, Tocopherol, Sodium Salicylate

Dorota's story (before & after)

Merumaya Lip Line Restoration Treatment before unretouched 

Merumaya Lip Line Restoration Treatment after unretouched


I'm writing this without looking and comparing the before and after shots as I want this experience to be a surprise. Whilst I can't vouch for the Lip Restoration Treatment ability in reducing the deep lip lines, I love how instantly plumped my lips are after using this product. I no longer use lip balms to prep my lips in the morning and use this instead. The dry formula works perfectly at keeping my lips hydrated under the lipstick all day long. It fills in the lines instantly and plumps my lips a little. In the evening I tend to scrub my lips first with my trusty Sylveco 2in1 Lip Balm & Scrub and then remove the oil residue and apply the treatment. I'm always amazed at the weird dry formula that actually works at hydrating my lips. If you hate to have any oily residue on the lips, this is something you should most definitely try for yourself. Over the 30 days, my lips feel slightly fuller and most definitely better cared for, as I no longer suffer from painful dryness. 

Adela story (before & after)

Merumaya Lip Line Restoration Treatment before unretouched 

Merumaya Lip Line Restoration Treatment after unretouched

I'm writing this without looking at after shots but I feel even, without them, that my lips, lip contour and the skin around them feel little smoother. I have started the treatment not knowing what to make of the dry formula but I learnt to love it. I apply it as a first step in the morning by patting the product in and see instant plumping. It's hard to see the results clearly as my lips have always been very thin, but I feel like the lines appear not as deep after the full 30 days with the Lip Restoration Treatment. It is nothing sensational and maybe the difference is minimal but being 60 years old any difference is a step towards and not backwards. I feel my lips are softer after the treatment and I stopped having to overuse lip balms and even tried matte lipsticks which I hated to use before as they made my lips dry. I look forward to continuing to use the treatment and to see if true long term effects come to play. 

Our reaction:

I think it's fair to say that we are both happy with the way our 30+ days with Merumaya Lip Line Restoration Treatment have gone. The difference in the way my lips look is massive, as they appear fuller and evener. In terms of my Mum, she enjoys using the treatment and noticed a slightly more body to her lips, they appear little plumper. The difference is harder to notice with such heavy deep wrinkling my Mum experiences but it's noticable and at that age, it's pretty good. Thank you once more to Merumaya team for letting us experience and test the treatment together. It has inspired us to do similar tests across skincare. The results are in and we are not only super happy with them, but it also means we get to enjoy this experience together. And in life, every day counts :)

Merumaya Lip Line Restoration Treatment before and after

*gifted, all opinions are my own
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9 comments

  1. I love this detailed post of a product I also love, but this is making me see it and appreciate it in a whole new light. I am so glad you used it for 30 days straight and that you could tell there was a difference even without the pictures. Of course the results are amazing to look at, especially on your lovely Mumma :) and its great to know there is a product that actually achieves this xxx
    UmmBabyBeauty

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    1. Thank you Sal! Your kind words mean everything! Mom was really nervous about any pictures so nice feedback is truly appreciated :)

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  2. The differences are incredible! Loved this post!

    Kirstie | www.behindthescent.co.uk

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  3. Such a great thing that your mother agreed to participate. Roping my mum in for these things is something Imlove to do as well, it is way more fun to do it together.
    And I think the results on her are amazing. Of course these wrinkles don't disappear, but they look a lot bettet and her lips look plumper.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  4. Brilliant post & I'm really looking forward to the whole series.

    There is a definite difference in both you & your Mum's lips! I'm very tempted to buy this for myself! xx

    Beautylymin

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  5. Such a great idea to test the same product alongside your mum, Dorota! There's definitely a difference in how your and your mum's lips look. I need to get this lip treatment! x

    Mummy's Beauty Corner

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  6. Before and after photos are so helpful in a review so thanks for this. You can definitely see a difference. Great post! Xx

    Toni | sheergloss

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  7. Great results & I need to try something from the brand :) I would love something for eye area

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