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    HOT SUMMER PRODUCTS YOU NEED!

    Sharing my top Summer ’18 products. Some are new to the line up and some are old favourties (hello $6 elf highlighter)!

     

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    1. Esqido Voila Lash Gorgeous mink reusable lashes
    2. Glossier Cloud Paint  has become my new favourite brand! I don’t know what took me so long to jump on the Glossier trend. The Cloud Paint is a cream-gel  super lightweight formula but adds the perfect amount of tint to your cheeks. It comes in 4 shades and they are all perfect !
    3. ABH Soft Glam Palette  is my go-to this Summer. You can create endless soft looks with these easy to blend and highly pigmented shadows!
    4. Maybelline Total Temptation Eyebrow Definer Deep brown. is perfect for travelling . Throw it in the makeup bag and use it without any need for an extra brush!
    5. IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce  is a thick rich moisturizer that absorbs into the skin quickly! It reflects light so you always have a nice radiance to your face!
    6. Glossier Lip Gloss is a necessity in every makeup bag this Summer! I reach for lip gloss more in the Summer than I do any other time…not sure why! I have a lip gloss in every bag I own!
    7. IT Cosmetics  Miracle Water 3 in 1 Tonic acts as a radiance booster, fights fine lines and cleans your skin. Another product I’ll take with me while travelling this Summer as it does the job of 3 products!
    8. Hourglass Veil Translucent Powder  is an old-y but a good-y for me! I find I reach for this product more in the warmer seasons. I just like how it sets my foundation all day. It doesn’t really mattify my face, but it gives me an overall even complexion with a bit of radiant glow.
    9.  Pixi Extra Eye Bright , besides Venti black coffee,  is a can’t live without product for me. I look, not feel, wide awake! It lasts all day and I don’t have to set with eyeshadow like I do any other nude pencil. It won’t smudge or smear through out the day and it’s at a great price point! It’s a must have!
    10. IT Cosmetics, Bye Bye Undereye Full Coverage Concealer  I ‘ve been using this concealer for years now. I briefly mention this product in my last post which you can read here. I’m hoping to write a more extensive review on this concealer in the near future, but for now let me tell you how great this product is. A little goes a long way. I have had mine for over a year now and it’s still half full. I really like the shade range ( I’m medium tan in the Summer) and I can apply it with my index finger perfectly so no need for a brush! Again, the amount of coverage you get from this concealer is like no other !
    11. Milani Colour Statement Lipstick, Sweet Nectar  is for the wild ones this Summer! Don’t be boring,  try out a vibrant colour to showcase your true personality! I am obsessed with Milani Lipsticks. The Colour Statement lipsticks are super super pigmented and totally affordable! I love that they are non-drying and super hydrating, but most of all I love the different shades they have. I think I’ll pick up uptown mauve next 🙂
    12. Dermalogica SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen isn’t the sexiest product I have on this list, but IMO it is the most important! I never ever leave the house without sunscreen and neither should you. This is an oil free , board spectrum sunscreen that won’t clog your pores and it’s super lightweight so you can wear it under makeup without any problems!
    13. Essie Nail Polish, Backseat Besties,  is my favourite essie nail colour and essie is become my favourite nail brand! I have accumulated so many little bottles! I wear a different colour every other week. I really enjoy wearing bright nail colours during the warmer weather. Paired with a  mani / pedi these colours look so cute!
    14. e.l.f. cosmetics Moonlight Pearl baked Highlighter  is only $6 dollars ! For $6 this highlighter is amazing! It’s always sold out when I go to pick it up so when I do see it at my local drugstore I make sure to stock up. It applies really nicely and looks really subtle on the face. You can definitely be heavy handed and apply more to the face if your going for a glam look. As I wear it during the day, I prefer to apply it softly on the high points of my cheeks and cupids bow.
    15. NYX Makeup Setting Spray, Dewy Finish  Nothing too exciting about a setting spray to be honest but this one is a keeper in my makeup bag. I use the Matte finish spray during the colder months and when the sun comes out, I bring out it’s more outing , lovable sister  the Dewy finish spray! After I apply my makeup, day or night, I spray once, twice and thrice for good luck 🙂 This long lasting spray is around $8-10 dollars and rivals the most prestigious setting prays on the market. NYX ain’t kidding around when it comes to making your makeup last longer folks. This is the real deal!
    16. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, Medium  When the sun comes out I put away the heavy foundations. No need for them. If I have any imperfections on the skin, I colour correct and then use concealer. NARS sheer Glow is one of the best on the market, IMO 🙂 It applies nicely and evenly. It’s not too thick or too watery as some lightweight foundations can be. It’s the perfect texture. A quarter sized drop and a half is good for me , but you can apply more if you feel necessary. Some advice from me,  this foundation will have a learning curve to it. You may think 2-3 drops is good for you but as the day goes on the foundation settles and you may realize you put too much on or not enough. I suggest start with a quarter sized drop and half and see how your skin looks mid day. It’s makeup , it’s meant to be played with.

    XO, MAHA

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    IT COSMETICS SKIN CARE…IS IT REALLY THE SECRET TO BEAUTIFUL SKIN?


    I had the pleasure of reviewing a few products from IT Cosmetics recently and I wanted to share my thoughts with you 🙂

    IT COSMETICS SKIN CARE PHOTO

    If you’re not familiar with IT Cosmetics, let me bring you up to speed. This cosmetics brand is headed by Boss Lady Jamie Kern Lima. As CEO and Founder she has made a name for herself and her products all over the globe!  She has created an award winning brand of skincare and makeup that relates to real woman. Bye Bye under eye, in my opinion, was the cult product that put IT Cosmetics in the forefront of the beauty industry. This little tube of concealer is in every one of my friends makeup bag. You know it’s a clear winner when 10 women can  unanimously agree that it’s the best damn concealer out on the market so far.

    So of course being a loyal consumer, I was really grateful that Jamie gifted me the following products:

    Confidence In A Cream – Moisturizer

    This moisturizer can be used on all skin types. It’s super thick, contains antioxidants, quickly absorbs into the skin and can be used morning and night. I am a huge fan of super thick moisturizers, but I know some people aren’t. It helps when the moisturizer absorbs into the skin quickly as I like to apply my foundation in the morning right after moisturizer and since I’m most likely already behind schedule I detest having to wait for the moisturizer to absorb!

    IT Cosmetics claims that the Hyaluronic Acid will plump fine lines and wrinkles and minimize pores. I do believe that’s true as I have had great experiences with products that contain Hyaluronic Acid. I noticed the moisturizer helped greatly with my makeup application as well. My foundation looks more dewy than usual, which I love!

    This is a well created moisturizer if you don’t mind the super thick consistency.

    IT COSMETICS SKIN CARE PHOTO

    Confidence In A Cream – Eye Cream

    Since Confidence In A Cream – Moisturizer was such a big hit with consumers,  I’m not surprised that there was a demand for a similar product specifically for the eyes!

    This eye cream has quickly climbed up the ranks of my favourite eye creams of all time! For good reason too. It’s formulated with the typical anti-aging agents such as Peptides, Hyaluronic Acid and collagen but what this product has that sets it apart from the others is the inclusion of licorice root, squalene, green coffee & tea, as well the product has an apricot tint to colour correct and brighten the under eye area.

    Just like the moisturizer, the eye cream absorbs quickly into the skin, so there’s no need to wait to apply concealer. I find the product allows my concealer to glide on really easily and acts as an adhesive for the makeup!
    I can’t tell you enough on the impact this cream has had on my under eye area. It really does brighten and plump up the skin to give you a very youthful look.

    Confidence In A Cream – Cleanser

    This cleanser is a really unique product as it’s a cleanser and serum in one!

    It cleanses, moisturizes and hydrates your skin. I am an absolute fan as it’s really gentle on my skin. It’s sulphate free ( so won’t sting your eyes) and has Hyaluronic Acid and colloidal oatmeal. A few days ago, I had to much in the sun and  I managed to get a little sunburn on my face and before I went to bed I cleansed ,as usual, and I could feel the Confidence In A Cleanser soothing my face and I’m pretty sure it’s because of the oatmeal! It Felt really good against my skin. Basically, if your looking for a well rounded cleanser that won’t dry out your skin and will help keep your skin hydrated, this one is great to include in your skincare regime!

    IT COSMETICS SKIN CARE PHOTO

    IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce Anti- Aging Moisturizer

    What is the secret in this Secret Sauce Moisturizer? Straight from the IT Cosmetics websites :

    “The Secret Sauce is 7 clinically advanced, penetration-enhancing fermented ingredients that help to increase absorbency and maximize the ultra-hydrating, anti-aging benefits of Secret Sauce™. Well that doesn’t tell us much , but I can tell you that this Moisturizer is another winner for me. It’s super thick and creamy. Contains anti-aging peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and licorice root.  It also contains IT Cosmetics trade marked Drops of Light  Technology which give you the “lit-from-within-glow” that we all crave!

    IT COSMETICS SKIN CARE PHOTO

    I love this moisturizer as I always have a nice glow to my face when I have it on. While I have this on, I feel really confident in my natural skin so I find I don’t really need to wear any foundation. It doesn’t mask any imperfections but because it adds subtle radiance ( just in time for Summer weather) and over time helps minimise any fine lines. Again, if you are not a fan of super thick moisturizer (even quick absorbing ones) than this is not for you.

    IT Cosmetics Miracle Water

    This is the one product I think I’m most in love with. The Miracle Water is a 3 -in-1 is a Radiance Booster + Anti-Aging treatment + Micellar Cleanser.

    IT COSMETICS SKIN CARE PHOTO
    So where to begin ..hmmm.

    This product as a radiance booster is great as it uses some really potent skin smoothing and brightening ingredients. I apply a small amount on to a cotton pad and gently apply it to my face. I don’t rinse it off as it’s a rinse free product. The Miracle Water doubles as an anti-aging treatment as well since it has loads of anti-aging properties such as IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce Complex, Peptides, Collagen, Green Tea Water , Vitamin C and Licorice Root, so I know while I’m rocking a nice radiant glow, the Miracle Water is hard at work diffusing any fine lines I may have!

    As a cleanser, dirt, oil and all impurities are trapped and removed onto the cotton pad. What I love most about Miracle Water and I’m sure many of you noticed as well if you have tried this product is the absence of detergent agents. Since this is a rinse free product, a.k.a no need to use water to activate the powerful ingredients , there is no need for any hard detergents that are used to create the lather to cleanse the skin. I love this concept as I feel detergents are meant for laundry NOT my face!!!

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    Is IT Cosmetics really the secret to beautiful skin ?

    Overall, I love IT Cosmetics products because they actually do what they claim they are meant to to do. The Moisturizes hydrate the skin. The Cleansers clean the skin without stripping away any hydration. The eye cream is full of botanical ingredients that help fade away fine lines and brighten the under eye.

    These products all contain anti-aging properties that when used over time and with consistency your skin will benefit greatly and you will see a change in the texture and overall appearance in your skin.

    Hers’s the deal, I know these products are a bit pricey so if  you want to achieve good skin and not break the bank, I would highly recommend the Secret Sauce Anti- Aging Moisturizer and Miracle Water. Your skin will still benefit greatly from the active anti-aging ingredients. If you want to splurge and buy the whole line of Confidence In A Cream line I doubt you will not be disappointed and your skin will benefit over time ,but again consistently is key!

    On a side note, I am a huge fan of BYE BYE Under Eye Concealer as that was the first product I ever bought from this brand. Since then I have repurchased it several times and and would recommend it to anyone who has dark circles that need concealing or who want a brighter more youthful under eye.

    Have you tried any IT Cosmetics products? If so, leave me a comment below! I love hearing from you guys!

    XO, MAHA
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    Caryl Baker Visage- Free Spirit Spring 2018 Collection

    I LOVE ME, Creamy Pinkish Nude STRAWBERRY MOUSSE, Blushed Rose Nude CONFESSIONS, Sheer Golden Shimmer Nude
    Take a deep breath and exhale, Spring is here 🙂

    If you live in Ottawa, Canada it doesn’t actually feel like Spring. We’re still dealing with winter like temperatures and we’re expecting snow tomorrow ! Since I can’t count on the weather to get me in the Spring spirit, I’ve decided to rely on some Caryl Baker Visage goodies to help out!

     

    This is Caryl Baker Visage’s new Spring Collection eloquently named Free Spirit.

    Caryl Baker Visage makeup spring collection free spirit

    It’s functional, affordable and most definitely worth exploring.

    The collection has a mirrored palette that contains blushes, eye shadows and a highlighter + 3 neutral lip glosses + 3 lipsticks, all made with professional formulas and all perfectly curated for Spring 🙂

    The reusable mirrored palette will be your go-to this season. It has everything you could possible need for a day to night look in one sleek travel worthy compartment.

    Blush

    AURA is a barely beige-pink shade and  Out To Lunch is a rosey-pink shade. Both buildable and wearable for day to night wear. I personally love wearing Aura as it gives you just enough colour to look natural and flushed. You can always build up the colour but I prefer my blush to look as if the colour is coming from within. Aura is the perfect shade for this. Out To Lunch is not a new shade to the CBV brand but it’s one of their popular ones that I don’t actually have so I’m happy it was included in this collection.

     Highlighter

    This multi-dimensional highlighter captures light perfectly and can be used on the high points of the face to add radiance. This shimmery blushed gold highlighter is a limited-edition called MoonLit. Since the formula is super creamy I can apply this highlighter using the best tool I have, my fingers  🙂 One swipe of this creamy formula and you’re a golden goddess!

    Caryl Baker Visage makeup spring collection free spirit

    Eye Shadows

    5 silky and blendable neutral shades that can be worn alone or mixed together to create a unique look.

    ( left to right ) MIRAGE, Sheer Pearlescent Peachy-Coral; VISION, Frosty Copper, IN THE BUFF, Pearlescent Natural Peach; TAN, Matte Earthy Buff; EXPOSED, Matte Henna Brown.

    TAN is the perfect crease colour and MIRAG is the peachy coral I’ve been seeking out to wear alone on my lids.

    Caryl Baker Visage makeup spring collection free spirit

    Lip Gloss

    (left -right) I LOVE ME, Creamy Pinkish Nude, STRAWBERRY MOUSSE, Blushed Rose Nude, CONFESSIONS, Sheer Golden Shimmer Nude.

    The CBV lip glosses are highly pigmented and super hydrating. Personally,  I instantly gravitated towards I LOVE ME! It has a pink hue that looks so natural on the lips and it’s perfect for day wear for me in the office. Confession is great for a night out and layered over Stargazer lippie!

    The CBV lip glosses are highly pigmented and super hydrating photo

    Lipstick

    The Free Spirit collection has 3 lippies that are also in neutral and classic shades. All hippies are infused with shea butter and avocado oil to help keep your lips hydrated while wearing them.

    STARGAZER, Glitter-infused Amaretto Gold, SERENITY, Deep Velvet Pinky-Nude, WILD FLOWER, Velvet Pinky-Rose.

    So can you guess which shade I gravitated to first? If you said Serenity you are bang on. I’ve been wearing Serenety + I Love Me gloss all week to work and I got a lot of complements on how it suited my skin tone and looked so radiant ( yes my co-workers  and I talk makeup talk!!) I love it!

    I’m not surprised that CBV has another winner on their hands as they are one of those brands that consistently make progressional grade makeup that flatters everyone. I hope you go out and give this collection a try as I know you won’t be disappointed in the quality and wearabiltiy of these products.

     

    XO, MAHA

     

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    6 Tricks to Wake Up Tired and Dull Looking Skin Instantly !

    We all have had those days where we’ve missed a few hours of sleep or ate super fatty foods the night before and it shows on our face the next morning or during the day your face just looses it’s glow and starts to look tired and dull.  It’s really nothing earth shattering but super annoying right? No one wants to look puffy or lack luster when it can be minimized or avoided completely.

    Here are 6 tricks that can have an immense impact on help banish tired, dull skin days and blemishes.

    Face Mist the day away

    I always carry a face mist with me at all times. Throughout the day when I feel like my face is looking dull and I just need a refresher, I take it out of my bag and it saves the day.

    Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist 4 oz/ 118 mL

    Reapply tinted moisturizer

    A MUA friend of mine gave me this little piece of advice , which he received from his MUA BFF who works on the set of a reality show ( he said it was a super covert operation so he couldn’t name the reality show…OMG), but he suggests to apply tinted moisturizer with SPF on top of your makeup throughout the day , if your skin needs a refresher without having to reapply foundation. You can easily use your fingers to rub the tinted moisturizer in to relieve you from any dry patches you may have.

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    Exfoliate the dead skin away

    Gently Exfoliating every day or every other day will shed away all the dead skin and leave you with skin that reflects more light and looks healthier and brighter. Exfoliating is key to having better skin days.

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    Go super thick with your moisturizer

    Choosing a super thick moisturizer will awaken your soul! Ok that’s a bit of a stretch but I love love a good super thick moisturizer to freshen up my complexion, especially if I’ve had a sleepless night. A thick moisturizer does take a bit more time to absorb into the skin, but, it’s well wroth the extra minute or two. Along with super long lasting hydration, some ultra thick moisturizer will give you added firmness to your skin.

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    Add glow boosting ingredients such as a concentrated Vitamin C product to your routine

    By adding aVitamin C to your skin care routine you’re taking preventive measures to protect your skin from sun damage and giving your skin anti-aging benefits. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, so it naturally helps to strengthen your skin and repel things that could damage it. I find when I started giving my skin a daily boost of Vitamin C in the morning, I saw clearer skin and a more radiant complexion. Now be careful, not all topical Vitamin C products are created equally so do your research.

     

    https://www.mdedge.com/edermatologynews/article/130640/aesthetic-dermatology/beauty-sleep-sleep-deprivation-and-skin

    Sleep, Sleep and More Sleep!

    Now I know you’ve heard this before, BUT, a good nights rest is super essential and contributes to healthy, radiant and blemish free skin. It’s not jibber jabber, it’s a fact!

    According to Dr. Lily Talakoub:

    “The reduction of sleep time affects the composition and integrity of the skin. Sleep deprivation increases glucocorticoid production. The elevation of cortisol inhibits fibroblast function and increases matrix metalloproteinases (collagenase, gelatinase). Matrix metalloproteinases accelerate collagen and elastin breakdown, which is essential to skin integrity, and hastens the aging process by increasing wrinkles, decreasing skin thickness, inhibiting growth factors, and decreasing skin elasticity.” *

    XO, MAHA

     

    *https://www.mdedge.com/edermatologynews/article/130640/aesthetic-dermatology/beauty-sleep-sleep-deprivation-and-skin

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    Say Hello To My Spring Loves: Makeup + Skin Care

    photo of makeup and skincare

    With a new season comes new makeup!

    As you can see my obsession with Charlotte Tilbury ( and roses lol) continues well into Spring. I’ve accumulated quite a collection of CT makeup and I can’t decide what product I love most…the lipsticks, glosses or shadows .

    Who am I kidding, I love them all.

    Mid February I had the opportunity to try out the CT Magic foundation for the first time. Besides the fact that the Medium shade is a bit too dark for my skin tone, I was overall impressed with it. It applied nicely on the skin and gave me about a good 8-10 hours of wear.. Applying it for the first time I saw why CT calls it “Magic Foundation”, it hides blemishes and covers up redness on the skin surprisingly well !

    Even though this is a full coverage foundation it didn’t feel like I was wearing a mask ,in fact it blended beautifully on my skin! I’ll have to wear the foundation more in the summer since it is a bit dark for me right now, I hope with a light tan it will fit me perfectly. If you are a fan of Estee Lauder double wear then you will LOVE this foundation. They are my top 2 but CT is just perfect for a natural Spring look!

    photo of skin care products to use in the Spring

    Light Wonder Medium #7 has been my got-to day wear since mid February. Light Wonder is not a typical  foundation, I would consider it to be a really good tinted moisturizer. It is buildable, and gives a natural coverage and makes your skin super hydrated so if you have oily skin, this may not be the foundation for you.  If you have dry or normal skin , this will work wonders for you! Since the foundation contains Pseudo-ceramides,  it illuminates the skin quite a bit to give you a nice all day lasting glow. I’ve become a bit obsessed with it and I just wish the bottle was a bit bigger ( 1.4 fl oz) as I have gone through it fairly quickly…oops!

    After I use Light Wonder I like to powder my T-zone and cheeks a bit so I started using the CT Airbrush Flawless Finish in Medium shade. This sheer pressed powder not only looks like a million bucks it really feels like it on the skin. It’s buildable and  leaves skin glowing without a shimmery look to it.

    I apply this powder throughout the day and it never looks cakey. For even distribution of the fine powder you can use a brush or a sponge but my preference is a big fluffy brush. CT claims that it blurs out pores and fine lines, I think that is true to an extent but only when I use the Magic foundation underneath this powder. Still, one of the best powders I have used in a long time and highly recommend the invest.

    The first product I fell in love with from the CT brand was their eyeshadows.  They are long lasting, versatile (apply less or more and they still look good) and they come in so many glorious colour ranges. I love that each quad has an all over shade, a crease shade, a lid shade, and a “outer v” for the eyes. Any newbie can pick up a quad and use it, it really is simple. But what I love most is you can wear these colours day and night. For day wear, obviously, be light handed when applying and for night wear go all out…smoke that colour out baby!!!

    photo of skin care products to use in the Spring

    If you have never heard of Rocky Mountain Soap Company (RMSC), where you been hiding love?

    They have some of the best natural, organic skincare and body care products I have ever tried. My new favourites are the Beech Tree Bud  eye cream and the Sugar Scrub.

    The eye cream is 100 % natural, toxin and paraben free and can be used day and night to get rid of puffiness and regenerate the skin under the eyes. It’s very light in texture and has a faint fragrance to it.

    The Sugar scrub is my new BFF in the shower! It’s 94% organic and 100% natural and Toxin free and smells of French Lavender! Basically  heaven in a bottle! It’s the perfect exfoliant in preparation for sundress season!! The Wellness bath salts are great to use in the tub to relax your body after a long day!

    After I exfoliate with the sugar scrub I spritz the vanilla coconut body oil. It’s 85% organic and 100% natural and toxin free. I am usually not a fan of body oils because I find they don’t seep into the skin quickly and I feel greasy. The RMSC body oil is the complete opposite. It not only smells great but it absorbs into your skin quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy residue.

    Quick tip for you: If you feel like your catching a cold, you need to reach for the RMSC Wellness Balm – Breath easy to relive cough and cold symptoms. Spritz a few drops onto your fingers and massage onto the temples and back of neck and other pulse areas to relive the symptoms. This liquid balm is loaded with eucalyptus and rosemary so you know they ain’t playing around!!!

    photo of skin care products to use in the Spring

    I have a love affair with Pixi Beauty and the Rose Flash Balm is the newest addition to my pixie lineup! It can be used as a mask +moisturizer+primer. I have only used it as a primer + moisturizer. It ‘s a lightweight moisturizer and can be used underneath makeup.  If after the cold months you are in dire need of a skin pick me up , grab this oil free balm and slather it on. Works great to brighten and revitalize the skin and it’s loaded with roses so you know it has to be good 🙂

    The last 2 products are from Nip+Fab I have already discussed in this post here.  but I wanted to include them as they have become a staple for me during the winter and I will be using them still this spring.!! They are really inexpensive and work so so  well!

     

    XO, MAHA

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    MY MOM REVIEWS A PRODUCT! Vichy Neovadiol Rose Platinum Luxury Moisturizer for Mature Skin

    Vichy Neovadiol Rose Platinium luxury Moisturiser cream for mature skin

    Growing up my mom was my beauty inspiration. She wasn’t always glamorous but was well dressed and always took impeccable care of her skin. What I took away from my childhood regarding beauty is that your skin is the foundation to eternal youth. I recall my mother would rub coconut oil on her skin and use the dead sea masks every morning and night. These beauty methods are very traditional and fall in line with the middle eastern cultural . As my mother matured into her 40’s she started to incorporate anti-aging skincare into her routine and of course like mother like daughter she fell in love with Vichy products and has used their skincare since she was in her 40’s! Now at 65 she is still a Vichy lover and loves that I followed in her footsteps and made Vichy my go-to skincare brand. Read more

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