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    Mini Size , Big Impact : Drunk Elephant Edition

    I take pride in my independent way of thinking and prefer to call myself a leader rather than a follower. Unfortunately, being a beauty blogger I’ve become a follower at times and I’m ok with that. You see, there has been so much hype surrounding drunk elephant products that I had to follow all the hype and figure out for myself what all this madness was about.

    drunk elephant product photo

    I’m super happy I jumped on the Drunk Elephant hype, as I’ve become obsessed with these products. Since DE products are a bit on the pricey side ( I ain’t complaining, just stating a fact), I wanted to test them out before committing so I was elated when Sephora had these mini beauties as their birthday month gift.

    Why not I thought. Give them a go!

    So happy I did ūüôā

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    The Best No.9 Jelly Cleanser ($40)

    This cleanser earns 4.5 / 5 stars in my eyes. It’s a clear, non- bar cleanser that contains Marula oil so your skin feels soft, clean and not stripped of its natural oils. As well skin isn’t dry or itchy after use. It’s fragrance free and with water forms into a light foam. I always remove my eye makeup with makeup remover and then have to use a gentler cleanser on my eyes as I have sensitive eyes. With this cleanser, I still prefer to remove my eye makeup with makeup remover, but this time I use this cleanser around my eyes and it doesn’t irritate them. I don’t find this product removes eye makeup such as mascara very well, that’s why I gave it a 4.5 out of 5.

    Still a fantastic product in my eyes!

     

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    Protini‚ĄĘPolypeptide Cream ( $84)

    Protini is an anti-aging moisturizer that contain¬†peptides and gets a rating of 5/5 from me! Peptides can reduce wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin tone, and dullness. Marula oil is added to this amazing product to hydrate the skin. Those with dry and itchy skin will benefit a great deal from Marula oil as it seeps into your skin effortlessly and hydrates all day. ¬†Those with combo, oily and normal skin can also use Marula oil. It will not make you look greasy. Skin feels so soft and subtle after use. ¬†Protini‚ĄĘ is vegan and gluten-free.

    From DE website:

    In an independent consumer testing panel of 50 women age 25 to 55: 
    Р100% agreed their skin felt replenished and nourished 
    Р97% agreed their skin felt moisturized 
    Р97% agreed their skin texture felt soft and smooth 
    Р88% agreed their skin was strengthened 
    Р85% agreed their skin looked plumped and youthful 
    Р73% agreed their skin felt firmer and elastic 

     

    I definitely agree that my skin felt moisturized, nourished , plumped and firmer. These were my results with a 15ml bottle, I can’t wait to see the results after continuous use of a full bottle sized ¬†Protini‚ĄĘ anti-aging moisturizer.

    I’m definitely happy I followed the hype. I wasn’t expecting these little mini samples to make an impact on my skin and my thoughts towards DE but they sure did and now I have a long list of DE products I need asap!

    Next up on my DE ” to buy” list are the following:

    drunk elephant products

    Have you used any DE products? Are you fan?

    Leave me a comment below and tell my why or why not!

     

    XO, MAHA 

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    BYE BYE SUMMER, HELLO FALL : New Makeup + Skincare

    I can’t believe we are saying goodbye to the blazing heat in Ottawa and shifting our thoughts to PSL, pumpkin pies and riding boots! Fall is on the horizon and I am not sure how I feel about that, however, since your an avid reader of my blog you probably already know how much I look forward to switching up my makeup and skincare products with each season. ¬†Fall 2018 is the season I amp up my skincare and become more adventurous with my makeup looks! Here are the Fall products I’m loving and living for!

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    Skincare for me is so essential. I have friends that don’t use any skincare and I’m shocked and ask myself :

    #1 Рhow are we friends again?  and

    #2 – so you like aging rapidly?

    Nope sorry. Not I.

    I am a strong believer that skincare can and will help you slow down the aging process ( of course eating healthy, drinking ¬†loads of water , minimizing stress also help ūüôā ).

    This is why I religiously wash, exfoliate, serum and moisturize every morning and night!

    I was happy to receive the Rodial Dragons Blood Micellar cleansing water and Dragon’s Blood essence mist to help me NOT age rapidly ūüôā. I’m a huge fan of this brand because they use innovative ingredients in their products that actually work great together to¬†deliver results.

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    The cleansing water contains

    Rose water to cleanse and refresh skin,

    Vitamin b3 to helps brighten skin,

    and

    Hyalronic acid to lock in hydration while preventing moisture loss while helping plump up the skin.

    This is now the first step in my morning and night routine, I dampen a cotton pad and wipe off my makeup. I like to use another cotton pad soaked in the cleansing water a second time to ensure everything is removed. I’m just paranoid like this! Give this a try if your looking

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    The Dragons blood essence mist is a triple threat. It can be used as

    Makeup Primer,

    Setting Spray,

    Serum substitute

    Truthfully, I use this mist as a setting spray only and I love it! I love how with one pump I get so much mist and it absorbs into my skin quickly and leaves it really refreshed, glow-y , and helps my makeup stay. On really hot days when I’ve worn makeup I’ve spray the essence mist on to freshen up my look. I love his spray. I didn’t know that it comes in a mini size, but now that I do know this I’ll be buying it in mini so I can carry it around in my makeup bag this Fall.

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    “Born This Way” medium to full coverage foundation from Too Faced is the fist product I’ve tried from this brand. I didn’t really know what to expect because all the reviews have been amazing for this foundation, but of course I needed to form my own opinion.

    Day 1 wearing this foundation wasn’t the greatest experience. I felt it oxidized rather quickly and by the time I got home that day it didn’t look like I had any foundation on. My face looked rather dull. ¬†I instantly regretted buying it, but I said I would have another go at it as almost everyone I know has loved it from the get-go!

    Day 2 was better. I realized on Day 2 that on Day 1 wasn’t wearing any of ¬†my usual skincare ( testing out some PR products) and the products did NOTHING for my skin and made my skin look really dull, dry and just plain gross! If your skin prep is off even using¬†a foundation made with the tears of the last unicorn wouldn’t make your skin look good!

    ¬†Day 3 I realized why I didn’t like the foundation as much as I thought I would. I wasn’t pumping enough foundation onto my brush. 2 pumps of the “Born This Way” foundation was not enough for my liking so I tried 3.5 pumps and VOILA, it was magic! Thank god this product is buildable. After trial and error I finally found the right ratio of pumps for my liking and I have to say I am IN LOVE with this foundation. It covered imperfections beautifully and gave me a semi – matte look. I just hope going into the colder months it holds up!

     

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    ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† My skin in natural light wearing “Born This Way” Too Faced foundation.

    Esqido is a brand that I was introduced to this year when they sent me their best selling lashes to experiment with. You can read my thoughts on the lashes  here.

    They recently sent me their new gel liners in brown and black . Esqido gel liners are no joke folks ! They are

    long lasting.

    glide smoothly,

     have great colour payoff,

    and

    formulated without latex,sulphates and parabens.

    The liners have a twist dispenser and a precision sharpener.

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    I’m a big fan of lining the inner eyelids and sometimes I find that some eyeliners don’t glide on smoothly in that area so I end up tugging a bit on the lid to ensure I get the liner in place, but with the Esqido liners there was no need to tug as the liner glided on effortlessly! The black liner is really a rich black and you can create a long lasting cat eye with minimum effort.

    I used to be obsessed with the MAC lip liners. Soar was my absolute favourite as it matched all my lipsticks. I was never crazy about paying $22 for a lip liner but I did anyway because there wasn’t any other product I liked more¬†until I started using the NYX Suede Matte Lip Liners! I FREAKING love them ! I’m sure I’ve blogged about them before but I wanted to reiterate in this post how amazing these $6 lip liners are.

    Going into Fall, matte shades are a must for me so I picked up Dainty Daze ( shown below) and KYOTO. I like to line my lips first and then shade the top and lower lip with the liner, then apply the lipstick. I find it lasts longer and deepens the colour of the lipstick. For $6 you cannot go wrong with this amazing liner!

     

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    I don’t usually talk about hair care on the blog, ¬†but I really should as I get asked all the time what I use on my curly, and unruly hair!

    If there is one product I can’t live without to tame my hair it would have to be the K√©rastase Nutritive K Ol√©o-Relax serum ( some people call it an oil but I don’t like to call it that).I have been using this serum for years and years. It’s an amazing product that can be used on your hair wet or dry, curly or straight , frizz or no frizz. It can be used to add shine to your hair or use it for it’s original purpose which is to control frizz.

    I have repurchased this product at least 4 times and lasts me about a year. I only use one or two pumps depending on the length of my hair at that time. When I wear my hair curly , I apply the serum to my wet hair before applying any styling products. When I wear my hair straight, I apply one pump before and after styling.  This is my HG for taming my frizz! I know it carries a steep price ( $45 ) but it is well worth it for me as it lasts me a whole year!

     

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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 ūüôā

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    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‚ĄĘ. 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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    Rejuvenate Your Look This Season With My Autumn Favourites!

    Well hi there!

    Yes, it’s been a long time since we last spoke my¬†dear¬†friends ūüôā

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve missed¬†blogging and interacting with you all!

    Just a quick update on my life so far. As some of you noticed, I hope all of you noticed, my blog has been a bit dry lately. Trust me, it was not done intentionally…well it kind of was but it was for the best …trust me again. I was on an intensive course for 10 months that required ¬†100% of my attention. Thankfully after loads of coffee, long sleepless nights , some tears and many missed family gatherings I can say I was successful and this opportunity has opened many doors for me. I’m so blessed and happy that it is now behind me and I can now concentrate, once again, on the things I love like family , makeup, blogging about makeup and eating good food…in that exact order ūüôā

    ( I have to warn you, there is a lot of content in this blog post because I thought since I’ve been MIA I owed you a good read ! So go ahead grab a cup of coffee, tea, wine and get comfy because this one is worth the wait! )

    So now we’re deep into October and just last week it started to feel like Autumn in Ottawa. I spent a whole day switching out my closet to warm, cozy sweaters, boots, and scarfs and of course I didn’t neglect my makeup and skincare stash!

    Every new season I incorporate a few new items to my makeup and skincare routine and this season is no exception.

    Let me introduce you to just a few of the new Caryl Baker Visage Nirvana fall collection. The whole collection has the deep rich pigmented fall colours that we all love like the coppers, golds, deep reds and burgundies. Perfect for Autumn !

    I’ve used the CBV makeup in the past and loved it and this collection is perfection. So far I’ve used¬†Faith, Shrine, and Stone eye shadows¬†as well as Good Vibes lip lacquer. The shadows are pigmented ,long lasting with or without primer, but since I’m a creature of habit I always prime my lids regardless! I would have to say that Faith is my favourite shade. I use it as a base or worn alone for a romantic look. Stone has to be the deepest black I’ve tried. I compare the depth of black on Stone to the¬†Inglot Cosmetics¬†Gel liner pot, which in my opinion, is the blackest gel liner on the market so far. It’s that black! Shrine is gold perfection. It’s what I call a true gold. Not a yellow gold but more of a copper gold which I love!

    The Good Vibes lip lacquer is¬†the essential lip colour for fall. It’s a deep plum that dries on matte and hydrates the lips. You will probably get a good 5 hour wear before you may need to reapply. I paired Good Vibes with a basic smokey eye¬†using Stone and Shrine on the lower lash¬†and¬†the look was fire!¬†¬†I’m really interested in trying the shade Lava¬†which is a coral red lip lacquer.¬†Two great colours for fall!

    Next up is my favourite makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury’s uber successful Hollywood collection which includes contour / highlight wands as well as matte liquid lipsticks. Of course I gravitate towards the lip products because I’m such a lip product junkie. Showcased here are Hollywood lips in Pin Up Pink and Rising Star. Both shades are more on the neutral side which I adore in any season! The staying power on the Hollywood Lip glosses are ridiculous … in a good way! I also love that they contain beeswax to ensure your lips stay hydrated as many matte products dry out your lips. The lip wand is shaped in a crescent to mimic the natural curves of the lip for easier application. This is genius!

    I also have the Hollywood Contour wand in a medium – dark shade. It is the perfect contour shade for my olive skin, however I’ve only used it once straightly from the tube and the other 5 or 6 times I’ve used the contour wand I had to dispense the product on the back of my hand and then onto a brush to apply. I feel like the wand dispenses too much product at once. Other than that I love this contour wand and it’s so compact that you can literally throw it in any bag and take it with you. If you are light-handed with this product it will last you a looong time!

    Makeup forever is one of my go-to trusted makeup brands. My pro kit is 80% makeup forever so of course I had to try the new Artist Face powders. I’ve tried out Gold Copper and Shimmery Champagne. This product is so multipurpose. I’ve used both shades as a top coat for eye shadow to add extra “pop” to¬† a look (kind of like¬†glitter). You can also use them¬†as highlighters and¬†if I had the right shade I could have¬†used¬†them¬†as a blusher¬†!

    This past Summer I started using the Dermologica Daily Superfoliant to get rid of the dead skin cells that build up over time and it worked really well so I ‘m going to continue to use it this Fall as well.¬†The superfoliant is a powder and¬†once you add water it becomes a paste that is gentle enough to use everyday and I truly use it everyday. My face feels so fresh and so clean after.

    Another daily product that I now love and simply have to add to my skincare routine is the Vichy Pureté Thermal cleansing gel as well as the Vichy LIFTACTVE Vitamin C hydraulic acid for intense anti aging benefits. The cleansing gel is now in my top 5  must have products of all time. I knew it was a good cleanser once it passed my cotton round test.

    What’s the cotton test you ask? Great question! I knew I had smart readers ūüôā

    The cotton test is when you take a cotton round and after washing with a cleanser and drying your face, you take a cotton round and swipe it on your forehead. If you have any dirt or impurities that come off on the cotton round than the cleanser is no bueno ( not good in Spanish) ,¬†however if you swipe and nothing comes off onto the cotton round then you have yourself a winning cleanser! This is my cotton round test! Go ahead , it’s yours to use. As well, I think it’s really important to mention that my skin did not dry out after using the cleansing, actually it felt really fresh and radiant.

    The Vichy LIFTACTIVE Vitamin C is not going to be for everyone. Some of you may find it too strong for your skin, but my skin absolutely loves it! As soon as I apply the Vitamin C it seeps into my skin without any irritation. ¬†I wanted to add a Vitamin C product to my routine because I am so sick of my brown / sun spots that have formed these past 2 years. I’ve used the LIFTACTIVE Vitamin C for a few weeks now and it seems to be diminishing the brown spots. They are still there but it looks like they are less visible. For sure I’m gong to keep using the product until these darn brown spots are no more!! ¬†As well this product is great for lifting and plumbing your skin so you look more awake and youthful!!

    Since I’m still loving the Rocky Mountain Soap Co. products I definitely wanted to include them in this post, but if you want an in-depth review of these products you can read all about them¬†here.¬† Same goes for the Ordinary products that have literally saved my skin this Summer. You can read about those products here.

    That’s a wrap on my Autumn favourites! Again, Thank you guys for supporting ¬†my blog and I am so happy to be back sitting in front of my computer, with a bowl of vegan mint chocolate chip ice cream and blogging about what I love most! Thank you so much !

     

    XO MAHA

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    7 Skin Saving Products I ‘m Dying To Try and So Should You!

    With Summer coming to a close and the colder temperatures approaching, it’s time to start thinking about switching up your skincare routine. I’m a firm believer that every season you should swap out a skincare product and introduce a new one to your¬†already extensive day + night ritual to achieve new results. According to Dr. OZ “healthy skin is important because it’s your first line of defence from bacteria and other environmental pollutants”. Let’s not forget to mention that your makeup applies and looks impeccable when your skin is¬†healthy!¬†That’s why this Fall I’m looking at incorporating one or two of these skin saving products to maximize my results!
    $88
    This extra strength peel contains 3 high potency acids ( AHA, BHA and Mandelic Acid) that exfoliate the skins rough patches to reduce the look of fine lines and uneven skin tone. I have had great experience¬†using BHA¬†and AHA, but at 40% acid potency I think you are almost at professional grade quality. I’m definitely¬†interested in trying¬†this at home peel.
     
    $115
    I’ve¬†developed a few sun¬†spots around my eye area and it’s¬†irritating me because I use¬†SPF 30¬†sunscreen¬†every single day,¬†but that’s still not enough to deflect them. In my defence though, I don’t put¬†sunscreen too close to my¬†eye area as it really¬†irritates me. I have read amazing¬†reviews¬†on this serum that targets sun spots and makes your skin luminous. I’m willing to pay the hefty price tag to test it out and¬†hopefully banish them forever! I’m not yet¬†ready to have a laser treatment such as IPL so I think this is my best non-invasive¬†option!
     
     
    $33
    As important as it is to take care of your face, it’s equally as important to nourish the rest of your body. This is another Murad product that has¬†received rave reviews online from bloggers and woman around the globe (yes I also read beauty blogs lol). What’s unique about this body cleanser¬†it that it’s formulated to draw out all impurities from your body. I read online that this white clay cleanser detoxifies your body like an Epsom salt bath would but in the shower! I’m definitely up for that.
    $30
    This product blew up on my Instagram feed(insert shameless plug here)so of course¬†curiosity¬†got¬†the¬†best of me and I had to¬†check it out online. This overnight mask leaves a thin film on the face as it hydrates, replenishes and soothes. It contains ylang ylang, sandalwood oil, and orange flower to promote deep sleep.¬†This is a¬†huge Korean beauty favourite so of course I’m already intrigued!
     
    $58
    boscia is a botanically based , preservative free skincare line. I’ve always been curious about this brand and the more I researched them the more I like their philosophy.¬†
    This product is made from the low-alcoholic Japanese drink, Sake. Sake has been proven to provide great skin benefits such as hydration and luminosity. It also contains jojoba leaves to prevent free radical damage. This¬†moisturizer is another K-Beauty hit so of course¬†it’s on my list of¬†products to¬†experiment with.
    $245
    It’s no secret that Rodan¬†+ Field
    s has become a phenomenon in the skin care industry that even caught the attention of Ms. Britney Spears herself. She is praising the brand for keeping her skin subtle, youthful and free of blemishes. I’m very¬†interested¬†in trying the complete¬†REDIFINE line as I’m already using the¬†REDEFINE¬†Multifunction eye cream and I see a huge difference in my eye texture and dark circles. It’s recommended to use the whole system¬†together to truly achieve amazing results, so I may just¬†go for it and order the¬†complete REDEFINE Line!
     
    $8
     
    I never cared much for¬†facial toners till I read in a magazine how advanced toners have become and how essential they are to a daily skin care regime, especially in the colder months. The more sophisticated toners will add moisture, soothe redness and are packed with antioxidants ( a.k.a. anti-aging). This one is a no brainer and I will be picking this up¬†sometime this week. I ‘m a fan of Simple¬†products¬†because¬†they’re very¬†affordable and are proven to work!
     
    DISCLAMIER: I was not paid for this post and I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned above.
     
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    3 Essential Steps To Becoming Spring Ready !

    Spring is almost here – so some changes are in order! Not just your wardrobe needs an overhaul but so do your skin, makeup and hair. Let’s start by swapping our winter coats and boots for a light spring jacket and rain boots(ankle boots as well!).I’ve compiled for you an easy 3 step guide that will take you from feeling damp and dreary to feeling beautiful, refreshed and ready for Spring!


    PREP SKIN


    \ Clarisonic Mia \
     
    Your skin is your biggest organ(yes it’s an organ,look it up!) and should be taken care of just as you do your heart. We all know good skin is highly sought after. It all starts within. It’s been proven that a well hydrated body emits a natural glow that rivals the best highlighter on the market. For your body to be well hydrated you need to ¬†drink at least 6-8 glasses of water. By consuming water you are flushing toxins out of your system and allowing your glow to come thru. It’s not magic, it’s science!¬†


    At times, drinking 6-8 glasses of water isn’t enough or practical so you need the help of exfoliating¬†products.¬†A cleansing power tool¬†helps to rapidly¬†exfoliate the body to reduce dry patches and leaves skin feeling very smooth.


    Cleansing your skin is so important first thing in the morning as well as at night to ensure all the products and environmental toxins are removed from your pores. Choose a cleaner that is right for your skin type.


    Using a reliable water based toner after cleansing helps to ensure your skin is receiving a healthy dose of antioxidants for the day.


    Weekly exfoliating of the skin is necessary!¬†Since many of us¬†can’t make it to the¬†aesthetician¬†on a weekly basis, it’s great to rely on a solid BHA¬†exfoliating¬†product that improves skins texture, appearance and gets rid of blackheads. As well a decent BHA¬†product will help with¬†collagen production.¬†

    A serum loaded with antioxidants will help to firm, brighten and hydrate your skin all day.


    If dryness around the eyes during allergy season is a factor then adding an eye cream to your Spring prep routine will definitely help. An effective eye cream will hydrate the under eye and reduce puffiness.

    There is no excuse for leaving the house without sunscreen. Sunscreen is the #1 defence against ageing skin and skin cancer.


    Update Makeup Bag
     

    \ Mac Face Bronzer  \
    \ M.A.C Eyeshadow \
     
    Put away¬†those matte lipsticks and reach for a coral lippie! Spring is the time of new awakenings and¬†rejuvenation so¬†don’t hesitate to be¬†inspired and try different colours.
     
    Adding a soft cheerful pastel shade to your lids is not only fun, but will also make them pop. Adding a bright bold colour to your inner and under waterline will tie the look together. If a bright purple in your waterline is not your thing, you can always reach for a nude toned eye pencil to give a bright eyed and awake look!
     
    Feeling like winter took away your colour ? Add a soft bronzer + highlighter to your makeup routine to liven up your colour and give the illusion you just came back from the islands!
    Blush is magic! It’s an¬†instant “pick me up” and if applied¬†properly ¬†can easily¬†transform your look. During¬†the winter months the plums, golds and nudes were in high demand.¬†This Spring, go after the pinks, purples and corals.
     
    Wearing a lightweight concealer and foundation as a base will help¬†enhance your natural beauty and won’t make you look overdone.¬†
     
    Applying a coat or two of black mascara always pulls the look together. If your feeling adventurous, teal and pink mascara(a light coat obviously) is a big hit this season. 
     
    Pampering your feet and nails is a luxury.¬†Schedule a mani – pedi as soon as you can. Once¬†the sun starts¬†shining you’re going to want to wear sandals and open toe heels so it’s best to be prepared. If you can’t make it to an esthetician, read¬†this¬†article for a DIY mani –¬†pedi at¬†home!¬†When choosing colour go for the pinks, reds¬†and pastels.
     
    When¬†choosing a¬†Springtime scent, ensure¬†that it represents¬†your¬†personality. If¬†you’re not a flower lover¬†than¬†don’t choose a citrus or fruity scent.If you don’t like attention than a bold scent¬†such as musk or amber is most likely not for you! If you’re Vegan or a Naturalist, there are many¬†companies that offer¬†natural organic scents. Whatever scent you¬†choose, ensure it¬†represents your style and personality well. A lingering scent is at times how¬†people remember you, so make it¬†fabulous!
     
    Transform Hair

    \ Otto-Keunis Intensive Mask \
    \ L’Oreal TecniArt Volume Mousse\
     
    We can finally say goodbye to Winter hat hair,¬†frizzy and unmanageable tresses! It’s time to¬†pamper your hair. Your hair says a lot about you so ensuring it¬†looks¬†healthy and shiny should be a top priority this Spring.¬†
     
    At the start of every new season you should trim your ends. This will promote hair growth without breakage and thinning. If your  fearless and ready for a change you may want to try a sexy pixi cut or a cute and very wearable LOB (longer bob).
     
    Using a sulfate and paraben free shampoo and conditioner will help hydrate the hair and clean your scalp. A clean scalp ensures your hair can breath and in turn can grow easily. 
     
    An intensive repair mask should be your best friend this Spring.
    A hair mask will help heal the damage from the cold Winter months. Once or twice a week is necessary to bring life and hydration back into your hair.
     
    Styling your hair is always fun, but at times can damage your hair. Constant heat and tugging at the tresses weakens the follicles and over time destroys vital proteins needed for hair repair and growth.
    This¬†Spring go “Oh¬†Natural” with your hair!If you¬†have curly or wavy hair, shampoo your tresses, let it air dry and add a bit of volumizing mouse to your roots and ends. If you have¬†naturally straight hair,¬†towel dry the hair and comb out any frizz that may have ¬†developed from the towel.¬†
     
    If you must add heat to your hair, ensure you keep the hair dryer as far from your hair as possible to reduce damage. Coating your hair with heat styling products beforehand will minimize the damage.
     
    Applying a shine spray to your hair will create a luminous shine and this will give the illusion that you have natural healthy hair. A good quality shine spray will also offer UV,thermal and environmental toxin protection.
     
    If you decide to tackle any or all of these 3 essential steps, leave a comment below and let me know how it goes! I love hearing from you all!
     
    Happy Spring ¬†ūüôā
     
     
    XOXO
    MAHA
     

     

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