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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.

    photo of tinted moisturizer

    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.

    photo of moisturizer

    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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    Do you belif™ in REALLY hydrated skin this winter?

    This winter has been harsh to us in Canada! I believe we broke a few records in December. December 28 Ottawa was the coldest capital in the world!

    How is this possible? 

    I can definitely see the the damage the cold weather has done on my hair, my nails and most of all my skin. It’s become so absurdly dry that I’ve decided to shake up my skincare regime and get my skin back to healthy!

    I’ve introduced the belif™skincare system to my day to day routine . For those who are unfamiliar with belif™, they are a Korean skincare brand that combines modern science with herbal traditions. The results are amazing products that help nourish and heal the skin, fast! Read more

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    NEW PRODUCTS I’M LOVING! Natasha Denona Palette + Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Stain + IT Cosmetics BYE BYE Under-eye

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    New Products I’m loving!

    As I was rummaging through my makeup bag the other day, I realized that it was missing something…I needed a bold red lipstick! To be honest, I specifically needed aka wanted, the Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint. I have been eyeing this baby for weeks now and I finally made my way to Sephora and gave them all my money!  This fiery red lip paint is a one shade fits all product and it’s amazing!

    Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint photo

    Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint

    At fist, I found it difficult to apply because the round ball applicator and I just didn’t jive!  I found myself over applying the lip paint outside my cupids bow, so I decided to ditch the applicator it came with and used my own Mac Lip brush. I dipped it into the lip paint and extracted the quantity of product I needed and applied it to my lips starting from the middle of the lip and working outwards. Applying the product to the middle of the lips first, guarantees the majority of the product will be applied there. I found using a brush and this technique work great for me. There is nothing wrong with the applicator it comes with but I feel I have better precision using a brush. Read more

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