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    NIP + FAB Skincare , You need to know this brand!

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    It seems like forever since I sat down in front of my iMac and actually blogged! Due to an injury I was restricted from my computer but I AM BACK and feeling great! Now to get back to business, I need to share with you my love for the brand NIP+ FAB and their skincare products.

    NIP + FAB is a brand that fuses new technology with innovative ingredients that give us unique products such as the Dragon’s Blood Plumping mask. NIP + FAB recently signed on Sophia Richie as the Brand Ambassador and who, in my opinion, represents the brand perfectly. She’s fearless, cutting edge and always in the spotlight!

    My skin looks a bit out of sorts lately. I believe it’s because I’m on crazy pain meds that are reaping havoc on my skin. I’ve been having severe dry patches around the chin area, dullness and redness around the nose and cheek area and I’m super oily in my T-zone. Usually, I have normal to dry skin so having severe dry patches and oily skin was worrisome to me so I ditched my usual  go-to skincare routine and started using the NIP+FAB to clear up this mess.

    Along with a big cup of java, my morning skincare lineup looks like this.

    NIP+FAB MORNING ROUTINE PHOTO OF PRODUCTS

    I use this mild cleanser on my skin because it works and does not irritate me. Next up I like to exfoliate with the Glycolic Scrub Fix.

    NIP+FAB product photo

    I find it really gentle on the skin and has a nice light fragrance to it , almost smells like grapefruit. The exfoliator acts as a 3-in-1 product. It exfoliates with glycolic and salicylic acids, brightens and renews the skin. I use it everyday as I feel it’s gentle enough on my skin to do so. What I really find interesting about this product is after using it adds moisture to my skin and doesn’t dry it out.

    Immediately after the Glycolic Scrub Fix, I like to use the Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Mask.I squeeze a pea sized amount onto my fingers and gently smooth it onto my face. I love the immediate cooling sensation the mask gives me and I leave it on for about 10 minutes.

    NIP+FAB PRODUCT PHOTO

    The mask has 3 main components to it:

    Hyaluronic acid hydrates to plump up the skin ; Amino acid to brighten the skin and lastly; Dragon`s blood to restore and comfort skin back to it`s natural hydrated state.

    I know what your all thinking!  Is the mask made with real Dragon`s blood ?

    Obviously not 🙂 It’s made with  sap from the Croton Lechleri tree. This mask has become one of my faves to use because I see how quickly it works to get rid of the redness. Has it helped to plump up my skin? I would say yes, but only for a very short time as I don’t believe it’s a long lasting effect.

    Lastly to get rid of the excess oil I have in my T-zone I use the Glycolic Fix Night Pads three times a week before bed. I would recommend to only use these pads if you have oily skin. Within a week I noticed less oil around the T-zone even though I was till on my strong pain meds!

    NIP+FAB product photo

    The pads contain :

    5% glycerin acid to aid to smooth skin texture; salicylic acid to unclog congested skin; and lactic acid get rid of dead skin and oil.

    So overall I have to say I am really impressed with these products. I found them to be really effective and I can see myself buying them repeatedly. It doesn’t’ hurt that they are super affordable and can be purchased either online or in Canada at any Shoppers Drug Mart 🙂

    Have you tried any NIP + FAB skincare products? If you have leave a comment below 🙂 I would love to hear from you.

     

    XO, MAHA

     

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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!

    This is my belif™ day to day routine:

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    Creamy Cleanser Foam Moist

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    Vitamin-C packed cleanser that removes all impurities without harming your skins natural balance. I cleanse my skin twice daily, in the a.m. and p.m. I fully believe cleansed skin is the key to great skin. You can not add the rest of your skincare products if you have not fully cleansed your skin and removed makeup and dirt and all other pollutants that we’re exposed to everyday!

    Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner

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    Fast-absorbing gel-liquid toner that contains sage and bergamot which are apothecary herbal ingredients to help to clarify and hydrate the skin. 3 reasons why toners are essential to any skincare routine:

    #1 removes excess oil from your skin therefore leading to less acne

    #2 balances the PH level on your skin, basically that’s where your glow-y complexion comes from

    #3 tightens pores; Along with a tighter butt , tighter pores are a must  !

    All joking aside, I never ever not use a toner in the a.m!

    Hungarian Water Essence

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    You all know my obsession with serums! I use them every morning and night. They are an indispensable part of skincare. This super light-weight hydration serum penetrates deep into the skin to ensure your skin is fully hydrated. A serum, specifically this one, works quickly to ensure no hydration is lost between he cleansing and toning of the skin. The days I forget to put on this serum, I can feel the difference in  my skin. It feels drier and looks lacklustre. Rosemary and Lavender are key ingredients in this serum and they act as powerful antioxidants for the skin. In a nutshell, you get loads of anti-aging benefits and super long lasting hydration.

    Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream

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    A  lot of people assume that eye creams are not essential. Ok fair enough, but did you know the skin around our eyes is the thinnest layer of skin you have? I didn’t know that either till my aesthetician informed me of this and tried to sell me a 24K gold infused eye cream for $220! Sorry lady, the only 24K gold I need are my earrings :). I have been using eye creams since I was 22 and I have no regrets about it. Over time, that layer of skin will begin to develop bags, age spots, and wrinkles. Ensuring the under eye skin is hydrated at all times will help lessen and maybe prevent these early signs of aging.

    The True Cream – Aqua Bomb

     

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    This right here has been my life saver all winter! As soon as I apply this cream in the morning, it feels like burst of cool hydration to my skin. It’s a gel like cream but thicker in texture. Once applied, the skin absorbs it quickly which is great and in no time you’re then ready to apply the next belif product. It’s really perfect for any skin type from normal – dry and sensitive – oily. I find it adjusts to whatever your skin needs are at that moment.

    Belif uses  Lady’s Mantle , which is a plant , as a primary ingredient in the Aqua bomb cream. I had never come across this plant in any other product ( to my knowledge) so being a curious and forward thinking blogger I did some research and la-dee-daa am I impressed 🙂

    Check this out. Lady’s Mantle was used back in the 15th and 16th century to heal wounds, stop bacteria growth and was considered a sacred plant for it’s quick healing abilities when applied topically. OK Belif, you got me .I’m a belif-er now! By  having Lady’s Mantle in a product the skin benefits include, healing, cleansing, protecting , pore -reduction and anti-aging of the skin.

    The True Cream Aqua Bomb is a 2015 Self Approved Beauty award winner!

    Modern day science + traditional Korean ingredients such as Lady’s mantle definitely set these products and this company apart from the others. I’m super excited to experience all the other Belif™ products. If you too are curious about these products, you can order them online here or in store at www.thefaceshop.ca.

     

    XO, MAHA

     

     

     

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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.

    The lip paint is a thick product and it applies matte and does not budge!! It was literally stuck to my lips for a good 8 hrs before I had to wash it off. I had to use 2 cotton pads with my Bioderma makeup remover to remove every bit of the stain from my lips.

    This is one of those products you either automatically like or don’t like how it looks on you. Fortunately for me, this shade of red looked great on me (at least I think so lol) and once I learned how to apply it properly I was even more in love with it. The 8 hour staying power of the Stunna is definitely a plus!

    Another good trick I have to applying it is to line your lips with a similar shade so you don’t overextend the lip stain to the outer part of your lip, like I did on my first attempt! I found the Make Up Forever Aqua Lip 8C is the perfect shade to compliment Stunna.

    This is the only Fenty product I’ve tried so far. Next on my list is the the Fenty Beauty Matte Foundation, whenever Sephora decides to stock my shade, 330!

    Another product I picked up, because my makeup bag so badly needed it * wink wink*,  was the Natasha Denona Holiday palette. I know I’m kind of late the party on this one but hey it’s never too late to show support to a great artist as she is one I definitely admire.

    Natasha Denona Holiday Palette photo

    Natasha Denona Holiday Palette

    This palette is just gorgeous and stays true to the Natasha Denona quality. I picked up this palette shade as opposed to Aeris 2 which is the other holiday palette. These shades are more wearable for  me and I just love love the burnt terracotta and ice blue!

    These are all metallic shades except for burnt terracotta which is matte. They are buildable and have little fallout. The only shade that gave me more fallout than I expected was Nude.

    This palette is definitely one that I know i’ll get a lot of use out of. I just can’t explain to you guys just how gorgeous ice blue is! Below is a look I created using burnt teracotta on the crease, nude in the inner corner, red bronze on the outer corner, ice blue on the lower lashes line and Stunna on the lips.

    To cover up my over caffeinated and sleep deprived dark circles, I used,for the first time, the IT cosmetics Bye Bye Under-eye concealer. This concealer is full coverage , waterproof, paraben and cruelty free. It dispenses very thick but once you warm it up between your fingers it will thin out. A little bit of this product goes a long way.  I’m using the shade medium tan but I could also wear medium.

    So far I really like this product because it’s long lasting as I wore it for around 8-9 hours and it didn’t separate through out the day.It comes in a variety of shades so as my skin gets darker during the summer I can still find a shade that suits me well! I made sure to apply powder over the concealer to set it. I usually wear a colour corrector under the concealer but for this look I forgot to apply it and to my surprise I didn’t need it. This is a good product to try out if you are looking for full coverage and a brightened under-eye!

     

     

    Natsha Denona Holiday Palette & Fenty Beauty Stunner Lip stain photo

    Natsha Denona Holiday Palette & Fenty Beauty Stunner Lip stain

    Have you tried any of these products? If so, which ones and what did you think of them?

    Natsha Denona Holiday Palette & Fenty Beauty Lipstick

     

    XO, MAHA 

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    The Most Underrated Makeup Products Beauty Bloggers Use But Never Talk About!

    It’s 2018 and I’m ready to spill all my blogger secrets! 

    Do you ever wonder if beauty bloggers share everything with you all?  The answer is HELL NO honey! 

    Apparently we do not and this came to light for me this past weekend!

     There are some makeup products I don’t really share with my readers because I either think no one else really cares to know about them or no one else likes them as much as I do so why bother to discuss them. Well that changed on New  Years Eve when I lent my sister a setting powder and lipstick to borrow for the night as she couldn’t find hers and all the stores had closed early since it was New Years Eve.

    Throughout the night I started to received these one liner texts such as ” You skank ” (yes, we talk like this to one another… if you are offended please stop reading and abort this blog post because It doesn’t get any cleaner lol).

    This is the play by play of our texts:

    Sister: You skank!

    Maha: Yes ( lol)!

    Sister: Where the heck have you been hiding this bomb ass makeup!

    Maha: Umm … my makeup bag … what’s up?

    Sister: Oh  yeah ! Must be nice. When did you buy them? 

    Maha: Two weeks ago but I’ve been using them for awhile now. Is something wrong with them?

    Sister: No * eyeroll * absolutely nothing wrong with them but why have you been hiding them from me? Like why you not sharing with me?  Hmara! ( donkey in Arabic)

    Maha: LOL! I share everything with you…even my heart lol! 

    Sister: Shut up ! Stop changing the subject …me too love you long time boo boo..but that’s not the point! Why haven’t you told me about the setting powder before and the thing there.. the lipstick. I didn’t read about them on your blog.  So if you’ve been using them for a long time…how come you keeping secrets? Like why are you so greedy and secretive with your makeup stuff?

    Maha : LOL! Actually I’m not greedy or secretive with my makeup stuff. My entire blog is dedicated to makeup so really there’s no secrets! lol! I swear I just didn’t think you or anyone else would be going crazy over a setting powder and a lipstick that not a lot of people have heard of before!. 

    Sister: Biatch you know I live for your blog stuff….stop acting like this and don’t keep secrets no more! I swear! Ok gotta go….love you lots and Happy New Year!

    Maha: Ok Habla ( crazy in Arabic) love you too and Happy New Year … see you tomorrow for breakfast and make sure you bring my stuff back and don’t try to jack it like you do everything else. Love you loads xo.

    That was basically my text convo with my younger sister. She’s actually super nice just don’t keep secrets from her !

    So this got me thinking. Have I been totally honest with you guys? I thought I had been but I guess I’ve been keeping secrets! Thanks little Sis for keeping me in check :). So as you can see by my blog post title, I’m totally spilling all my secrets about the most underrated makeup products bloggers use BUT don’t really talk about!

    First up is MAX FACTOR eyeshadow. In Ottawa, MAX FACTOR is not sold in drugstores or department stores. I don’t actually know where you can buy MAX FACTOR products, but I did pick up a few eyeshadows when the REVLON sale was on at a local arena in my neighbourhood. The shadows are really creamy and the staying power is amazing! Honestly, I was so so happy that I found this brand as I have heard some, bloggers rave about them on youtube . If you have a chance to buy a few shadows I highly recommend them. They come in over 10 shades and I would compare the consistency and longevity to Urban Decay shadows. I will be in San Diego in April so I will seek out a department store that sells MAX FACTOR and hopefully buy more of these shadows and also pick up a few of their other most popular items. 

     

    MAX FACTOR PHOTO

    This is the setting powder that got me in trouble with little Sis! Honestly , what was I thinking not mentioning this flour setting powder on the blog before ? Beauty Bakerie is a fun , flirty and 100% cruelty free brand that is really well known in Europe. My friend who knows I’m crazy about all things makeup bought me my first Beauty Bakerie setting powder and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s not easy to get a hold of these items if you don’t live in the US or UK. A few of their very popular products can be bought off of ASOS.com as well.  Their branding is very tongue-in- cheek and very reminiscent of Benefit Cosmetics.  The setting powder is vegan, comes in 4 shades and leaves a slight glow to your complexion. I use the translucent shade and I would say it is very comparable to Laura Mercier translucent powders but flour is much finer than Laura Mercier powders.  To apply use a beauty blender or a fluffy powder brush.  Soon, I hope to try out Beauty Bakerie’s latest ” do it for the graham” eyeshadow and “nude-tella” lipstick collection . I may just place an order and suck up the shipping costs!

    FLOUR BEAUTY SETTING POWDER

    In this collection , I own both the blushed NUDES  and NUDES shadows by Maybelline  that I received as a  gift from my amazing nieces who wanted to shower me with love via makeup! YUP! Pretty much sums up my whole existence right there. I wasn’t sure I would reach for this palette as I already had  a neutral palette for everyday wear that I really like but it was such a lovely gesture nevertheless. I use the blushed nude palette more than the nude but both are amazing for everyday wear. The pigmentation is great for day wear and if I want to use these shadows for an intense look I would wear eyeshadow primer and apply them with a wet brush. Both palettes are easy to travel with or throw in my purse to bring with me to work.  I have hit pan on the majority of the shades in the NUDES palette and most likely I will need to restock blushed Nudes by mid March. I know Maybelline is really not well known for their shadows and the packaging isn’t exciting or even original but I think these two palettes are really necessary for a woman like me who has a busy schedule but enjoys her sleep so she only has 10 minutes in the morning to apply her whole makeup routine! One swipe of natural beige on the lid and a burnt brown on the crease then blend blend blend and she’s good to go ! I also know many bloggers who opt for the  Nudes palette for their day to day makeup wear as this is very reminiscent of a certain UD palette but without the big price tag! #spillingallthebloggerteahere

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    Black Label Cosmetics has been my secret little gem for awhile now! Actually, I’ve shared this little gem with some of my  fellow makeup enthusiasts and trust me my makeup obsessed peeps didn’t waste any time in taking up on my recommendation to order from BLC.  BLC is an indi company that started out as the brainchild of photographer Bridgette Sifton, who wanted to share her passion for artistry and quality in one great product . BLC is a vegan and cruelty free brand…..yeah for brands who believe in ethics right! The shade I wear is NYLON and it’s a warm neutral with grey undertone. The formula is matte and is not 100% transfer proof so you will still have hydration on the lips. I love supporting smaller more conscious brands such as BLC and I can’t wait to see what products they come up with next!

    Elf is a really well known budget friendly brand but did you know that they carry amazing baked highlighters ? No seriously they do! I don’t think I’ve ever discussed how amazing their highlighters are and I think the $4 price tag had something to do with it.  Some people just can’t fathom that a $4 highlighter is better than a $60 one. It really depends on your opinion but don’t knock it till you try it! If there is one item on this list that will blow your mind, it will be these highlighters. So many bloggers use them for highlighting the high points on their face, but also to highlight underneath their brows. I love Moonlight Pearl because it’s great on olive skin tone. For a $4 highlighter it contains some great quality ingredient such as  Vitamin E, hydrating jojoba, rose hip, sunflower, apricot, and grape oils to nourish your skin. The highlighter can be applied wet for a vibrant effect or dry for sheer pigmentation.

    ELF highlighter photo

    Another Maybelline product that bloggers love to love but not talk about too often is the color tattoo eyeshadows. I have them in every colour Maybelline offers. I use them all the time on myself and I love creating various looks with these long lasting cream shadows. Maybelline aint’ playing when they said long lasting 24hr wear! Seriously these guys are long lasting. They are very comparable to Charlotte Tilbury “Eyes to Mesmerize” line of cream shadows but are obviously the budget friendly choice. Bold Gold is one of their most popular colour tattoo shade and I can’t ever imagine them discontinuing it. It’s really amazing to wear over another gold shadow to intensify the look or you can wear it alone as a daytime look as well. Underrated products beauty bloggers photo

    Maybelline has my heart I know! The Pumped up Colossal mascara is my #1 favourite and regardless of how many other mascaras I try and like I always go back to Colossal! I have very short lashes and this mascara lifts and lengthens every single lash. Many bloggers will try the name brand mascaras but I truly believe that  they all secretly love a good drugstore mascara.

    Colossal mascara maybelline

    I’ve been using the Rimmel Natural Bronzer for years now. I own a lot of different bronzers but this one is my most used. It’s very wearable as it doesn’t contain any shimmer so it can definitely be worn during the day without looking overdone. This bronzer is my go-to especially during the winter as I prefer to not look like ghost! It gives you a natural bronzed looked and you have the choice of 3 shades. I prefer the medium as the light is too light for my olive skin. According to Allure magazine, this is the most popular drugstore bronzer among makeup enthusiasts so you can definitely bet that your favourite blogger, besides me of course, is using this bronzer!

     

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    The Gosh foundation drops are the most underrated product ever! Many brands have come with the droplet concept and have been successful but the GOSH  foundation drops are the real deal! GOSH has a really loyal influenster following but I don’t see a lot of  blog posts or youtube reviews on them so this has me perplexed. Why is the blogging community not all over this great product? These are the questions that keep me up at night 🙂  No but seriously I don’t get it. It’s fine by me because I like them a lot and I find they give really great coverage and last a long time as you don’t need to use up a lot of the product to achieve a flawless base when using the Gosh foundation drops.

     

    Gosh foundation drops photo

    A few years back Milani blushes were on every bloggers posts / youtube channel but now I don’t see a lot of commotion about them. I wanted to ensure that all you makeup obsessed folks out there don’t forget how amazing these blushes are so I included them in this post. Are they truly underrated ? No I don’t think so. I think people really do know how amazing Milani blushes are . They have great pigmentation and come in a variety of different shades so you can definitely find a shade that suites your skin tone perfectly! I own a few of these blushes and I use them all the time.

     

    Underrated products beauty bloggers photo

    OK. So. Here we are with a bit of a controversial product. At least for me it is. I ran out of my MAC fix + one day and I needed a setting spray quickly as I was on the way to a clients photoshoot. At the drugstore, I grabbed this product as it was the first thing I saw as I walked in. I get to the cash and it rang up at $20! $2o for a drugstore setting spray? Seriously? MAC Fix + is $20 ! As I was desperate I paid the $2o and ran out of the store. I was infuriated that L’Oreal honestly thinks their setting spray is worth $20. Well I didn’t think much about it again until I needed to use the setting spray on another client. This shoot was outdoors and it was hot and we were all sweaty including the poor model. She was so worried that her foundation was going to separate and look horrible in photos and her worrying started to worry me. Well to my surprise , L’Oréal Pro Mist & Fix kicked ass that day! This baby is still not worth the $20 price tag, in my opinion,  as it still is considered a drug store brand and $20 is more of a brand name price tag but I would dish out the money again for this product. It really is that good! This is another product that I know lots of  makeup artists  and bloggers use but don’t talk about. But why ?

    L'oreal infallibile mist photo

    Another L’Oréal product that has left me super excited and I needed to share this with you all. I recently insta-storied that this product was the most underrated product I have ever come across and I still truly believe this. The L’Oréal Magic Nude Liquid Powder foundation is amazing. I bought this foundation at the Revlon sale at the same time I bought the MAX FACTOR shadows. I’ve never used this foundation before but did hear a small buzz around it so of course I had to try it. It’s been a few weeks since I first tried it and I was so blown away at the amount of coverage it gives for such a thin and runny foundation. I really think everyone should have this product in their possession. It gives you a natural yet strong coverage and is buildable. It doesn’t feel like you’re wearing foundation, It isn’t cakey and blends really nicely. I love it! Again,  this is another product I haven’t heard a lot of hype about but I am sure other beauty bloggers are in love with it as much as I am! .

    Underrated Makeup Products Bloggers Use

     

    DISCLAIMER : THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST. I PAID FOR ALL THESE PRODUCTS AND I DID NOT RECEIVE ANY COMPSENATION FOR THIS POST

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    HYPED UP PRODUCTS I REGRET BUYING IN 2017!

    I hate leaving 2017 on a negative note, but honestly guys I had to share my experiences with you on these hyped up products I regret buying in 2017!  Usually, I don’t follow the masses but with some of these products I was really curious so I took the plunge and bought them and regret quickly sank in. Usually if I don’t like a product I have no problem returning the item BUT sometimes I get a bit too lazy to make it back to the store or it’s an online purchase and I don’t want to waste more money returning it, so I end up blogging about my experience! Win -Win I say!

    Photo of makeup products I regret buying

    Morphe 350M Palette

    First up on my list is the über popular Morphe 350M palette. Funny thing with this palette is I actually bought it in 2016 but never used it till 2017.

    So why do I have regrets buying it? 

    Well first off the colour payoff is not so great. I find the formula of these shadows to be very chalky and sometimes my brush doesn’t pick up enough product,  meaning I have to really dig into the palette to get any colour on my brush. Before purchasing , I did do some research and I found mixed reviews but decided that I needed to form my own opinion on this palette. What really drew me to want to buy it is the amazing matte colours. I love the rich burnt oranges and browns in the palette but unfortunately they don’t last long on. Is it worth the $45 CDN I paid for it? No absolutely not and I regret spending my hard earned money on it tbh!

    SimpleGlamGirls Makeup Brushes

    These brushes were on my insta feed all the time! Bloggers were comparing them to Artis brushes for a fraction of the cost. I used a discount code that one of my blogger friends sent me and I ordered them. I was really happy because I had always wanted oval brushes and with the discount they were really affordable so why not!

    I used them several times and they were fabulous until the largest foundation brush, not pictured above, literally broke in half. After a closer look, I found that where the head of the brush and handle/body connect is very weak and can snap at any time. Overtime they will all snap I’m sure of it. I am not sure why I didn’t notice this before. It’s too bad though because the fibre of the brushes are soft and work really well blending my foundation and makeup. I don’t travel with these brushes in my kit or makeup bag anymore as I feel they are too delicate and can crack easily if transported. For $40 CDN after my blogger discount I really shouldn’t have expected Trish McEvoy quality! Still mad about it though 🙁

    Mario Badescu Facial Spray 

    Ok so do we all remember when the youngest of the Kardashian/Jenner clan snapchatted about Mario Badescu drying lotion and facial spray? Ok sooo was I the only one that ran out and bought the spray within minutes?

    Well I wish I didn’t. At $7 a bottle, it didn’t break the bank but man was I ever disappointed. The spray is used to hydrate skin, set makeup and freshen up your face when in need. After I used the spray for the first time, I instantly felt my face become itchy. I realized after reading the ingredients that it has a high concentration of rose water and most likely my skin didn’t like it.  As soon as I applied it again to set my makeup on another occasion I got the same reaction so I washed it off right away.  This surprised me as I have used other products that contained rosewater as the main ingredient but felt that the rosewater parfume in this spray was just too overbearing for my skin to tolerate.

    Hard Candy

    Hard Candy has been trying tp reinvent themselves with their metallic line of makeup. I have seen some youtube videos where a few bloggers praised the new metallic line so of course I need to see for myself what the hype was about. I picked up a few Hard Candy products :  2 Metallic Mousse Lip colour and the Glitter Gel Palette called Rock my World.

    Both products have really great packaging and I think that’s what further intrigued me purchase them. The Matte Metallic Mousse lip colour were $8 CDN each. They go on really nicely but dry out your lips within a few minutes. I couldn’t tolerate the dryness anymore so I wiped the colour off right away and applied lip balm ! I have loads of matte lip stains and lipsticks and they all have some hydrating properties to them but not these. They have a metallic finish and would be great for a fall goth or halloween look. I can’t see myself wearing it day to day though.

    The Glitter Gel palette is gorgeous to look at! I had really high hopes of creating a gorgeous party look with the glitters but it was a no go. The gel shadows are really low quality. You cannot pick them up with a brush and must use your fingers, which is ok with me but even when using my finger to pick up the product, it wouldn’t apply to my eyelids.When it finally did apply to my eyelids (after several tries) it applied patchy. It was as if the glitter just didn’t want to stay put in one place lol! It’s just too much work for me. I’ll just stick to MAC glitter. It’s easier to work with and you get your moneys worth!

    Reversa Brightening Serum

    Reversa is a very popular skincare line in Canada and are advertised in many magazines and online promos. I have used some of their other products and loved them but this $48 brightening serum didn’t work for me. I used the whole bottle on a few spots on my face and after one month of continuous use I saw no  progress.  This is why I regret buying this product 🙁 It was pricey and I saw no results. 

    Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Palette 

    ABH made two of my favourite palettes ever : Master Palette by Mario and Modern Renaissance palette which I use all the time. I originally bought the subculture palette, , but returned it unopened for the Prism palette a few days later. Trust me it had nothing to do with all the hype it received on the palettes shadow quality, I just didn’t like the shadow colours.

    This palette is not for me. I find it hard to work with the shadows. There is a lot of fallout (which I have in the modern renaissance) but the staying power of the shadows in MR is worth the fallout. The shadows in Prism are not long lasting and apply sheer at first. You have to really build up the colour that you want. I am used to the high quality of MR and Master Palette so I expected the same with Prism. I was told I need to adjust to Prism and eventually I will “learn” how to use it. Ok, I guess I will carry on and learn how to use it properly as I do love the colours in the palette.

    KKW BY KYLIE COSMETICS PHOTO Products I regret buying

    KKW BY KYLIE COSMETICS

    KKW x Kylie Cosmetics Lipsticks

    My biggest purchase regret is buying these very overhyped and low quality lipsticks from MRS. K.W herself! I dedicated a whole post where I clearly articulate my disappointment with this product. You can read it here. FYI I gave my niece the KKW lipsticks and she was overjoyed! At least it made her happy but I won’t order anything hyped up by KKW or Kylie Cosmetics again. Honestly they won’t miss me so why waste anymore of my cash on them! I was truly disappointed with their products and customer service.

    Have you tried any of these products? Did you like them or did you regret buying them? Leave me a comment and tell me your opinions!

     

    XO, MAHA 

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    Gold New Years Eve Glam look!

    Who’s ready to welcome 2018 ? I am !!! 2017 was a great year and I saw lots of professional and personal growth I’m hoping 2018 brings more growth for my blog and my makeup artistry business, which I have to say brings me so much joy! I’m m so happy I found this passion of makeup + blogging , albeit even if it was later on in my life.  Truly I believe that if you have a dream  and it makes you happy you should chase it at all costs!

    I used to always worry about failing in this industry. At first when I started doing makeup I had a small kit with all drugstore brand makeup ( Maybelline masacara is life people!!)  I was practising on my sisters, mom and friends and I didn’t have any paying clients and I was ok with that.  But then it came to a point where I really wanted to get paid as a makeup artist because I had invested so much time, effort and money into my skills, so one day I answered an “ad” on facebook for a bride looking for a makeup artist for her wedding which was the next day as her makeup artist backed out on her last minute. On a whim, I PM’d her and she responded back with “let me see some of your work”. I sent her some pics and she liked them and booked me. I was ecstatic,  she was super super sweet and the appointment went well and I couldn’t have been prouder of myself !!

    I have this passion that I love so much and this year is the year I grow my skills and my client base, god willing of course!  There is no time to worry about failure ! There are so many people I admire in this industry of blogging + makeup artistry and they all started with a dream and passion for the craft and mostly likely they had a funny meme to inspire them too lol! 

     

    FUNNY MEME

    I created this soft gold look to enhance the eyes as the eyes are the door to ones soul right?…I know ,I know I should have been a poet instead lol!

    MAKEUP LOOK PHOTO for NEW YEARS EVE LOOK

    These are the products I used to create this soft gold new years eve look. 

    MAKEUP PRODUCT PHOTO for NEW YEARS EVE LOOK

    1.Morphe 350 palette   2. Laura Mercier Powder  3. Rodial GlamLash Masacara  4. Rodial Instaglam  5. Rodial Blusher 6. L’Oreal True Match Foundation 7. Mac blush brush 8. Rodial Airbrush Foundation brush  9. MAC Soft and Gentle highlighter  10. Anastasia Prism Palette  11. Sephora Countour Brush  12. Anastasia DipBrow Pomade in Dark Brow  13. Smashbox Countour + Highlight Duo  14. NYC Liner

    XO, MAHA 

     

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    2017 #musthave products!

    As we bid farewell to 2017 I wanted to leave you guys with some of my favourite #musthave products that :

    #1 I used up completely and repurchased in 2017;

    #2  I loved so much I tried not to use them up too quickly (failed miserably)  and;

    #3 they will most likely continue to be my #musthaves in 2018!

    If you click on the product names below you will be redirected to the blog post that I dedicated to these products so you can gain an appreciation as to why  I selected them as my 2017 #musthave products! 

     

    photo of #musthave products of 2017!

                                                                 2017 #musthave products!

    1. Maybelline Master Strobing kit, 2. Pixi Glow Tonic 3. Caryl Baker Visage Matt liquid lipstick  4.Vichy Idélia Serum  5. Fresh Rose Face Mask   6.Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Palette  7.L’Oreal Better Skin Concealer  8. Pixi ITSEYETIME eyeshadow palette  9.Vichy Idéalia moisturizer   10. Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow palette  11. Pixi Peel and Polish  12.Fresh Sugar Face Polish  13. Rodial Air Brush foundation   14.Chanle CC Cream  15. Rodial Stem Cell Booster oil

     

    XO, MAHA

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