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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 ūüôā

    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 ūüôā

    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 ¬†ūüôā 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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    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 ūüôā

    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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    Do you belif‚ĄĘ 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‚ĄĘskincare system to my day to day routine¬†.¬†For those who are unfamiliar with belif‚ĄĘ, 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

    New Products I'm loving photo!

    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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    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: Read more

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    Glow with Fresh + Last minute Gifts Sets !

    As a beauty blogger I get to try out the latest and innovative skincare products  and trust me when I say that I am always humbled and so honored when I receive a package from such a reputable company like Fresh! 

    Fresh is a company that infuses natural ingredients with modern day science and the results are magnificent! This company started out small making soaps in Boston but now has a full line of skincare as well as hair and body care and is now based in my favourite city, New York!

    Fresh photo products

    The Sugar Face Polish is created with real brown sugar, wild strawberry seeds and seed oil. After gently scrubbing my face with the polish I feel like I’ve had a mini microdermabrasion session! Your skin will feel so clean and smooth, thanks to the brown sugar and completely hydrated and that’s due to the seed oil properties that work at nourishing ¬†your skin so you don’t lose any moisture in the cleaning process. I have used to her exfoliators or face polish in the past but this one tops them all. I love the idea of using natural ingredients on my skin. I also have to warn you that the Sugar Face Polish smells like a cupcake! I’m totally addicted to the smell and you might soon be as well! This is one of my ¬†#musthave products of 2017!

    Sugar Face Polish photo Fresh

     

    The Rose Face Mask is unique in texture and I`m not going to lie to you,I don`t like the smell of it, but the results are worth it. The mask uses real rose petals to tone, hydrate and add radiance to your complexion. How can I describe it…it basically feels like you`ve wrapped your face in vecuna fabric. If you know your fabrics then you know¬† that vicuna fabric is very luxurious and rare . This is the feeling I have when I apply the Rose Face mask.¬† So luxurious! I combined the Sugar face polish + Rose face mask twice a week and I feel like my skin is really benefiting from this surge of hydration!

    Rose Face Mask Fresh photo

    Fresh is really well known for their amazing well formulated masks¬†so it’s no surprise that their Vitamin Nectar mask won Brides magazine 2017 Best Beauty Award !¬† This mask is quite intriguing as it contains a blend of clementine, oranges and lemons. Real citrus fruit…not citrus extract! The citrus blend exfoliates tired skin to gently reveal softer , brighter skin.

    What I love most about this mask is that you actually can feel and see the difference on your skin. If you’re like me and you truly care about having ” glowing” skin throughout the year then you need to try this mask. I use masks almost every single day ¬†and to some that sounds crazy but I just don’t want ¬†my skin to look dull, especially during the harsh grey winter months that we experience in Canada. I use this mask on the days I don’t use the Rose Face mask. ¬†This is a definite #musthave product in your routine to keep your skin glowing and radiant!

    The ingredients list for this cleanser resembles a fresh salad recipe more so than¬†a skincare product! With Soy , Rosewater and¬†cucumber extracts the cleanser soothes my face and washes away all my makeup! My mother who is in her early 60’s ( but looks nowhere close to 60) swears by Rosewater and has been using it on her skin for decades! ¬†Why am I just learning about this ? Rosewater has powerful hydrating and toning properties and I now I look for it in all my skincare products. The Soy Face Cleanser is a #powerhouse product and I just wish they sold it in bulk at Costco!!!

    Fresh Sets Photo

                                                                            

    If your tempted to try out any of these products, which I highly recommend you do, Sephora and Fresh.com  offer great gift sets just in time for Christmas !  I love these gift sets because they really are the best value! My favourite is the Best of Beauty Bundle set which includes :

    – 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Soy Face Cleanser
    – 1 oz/ 30 mL Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask
    – 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex
    – 0.16 oz/ 5 mL Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate
    Р0.07 oz/ 2.2 g Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment  for $50 ( originally $96) !

    They make great last minute gift ideas for your skincare obsessed friend/ relative or you can treat  yourself ( hey we all need to spoil ourselves once in awhile!).

     

    Happy Holidays !

     

    XO, MAHA

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