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    Wet n Wild -Ridiculously inexpensive but is it any good ?

    Beauties!

    It’s been a while since I’ve blogged! ¬†It feels great to be back ūüôā

    Sorry folks, but I had to take a much needed mental break and disconnect from social media, technology and basically life in general ūüôā OK I’m being a drama mama, but honestly I did take some time off and now I ‘m back doing what I absolutely love most! *miss you*

    So what’s up you ask? Before I took my break ( more on that in my next blog post so stayed tuned), I had purchased a few wet n wild products but never actually got to try them out, so I decided today was the day to discover what the hype was all about!

    wet n wild has had a makeover the past 2 years introducing new and innovative products to their brand but I still remember buying their lipsticks and nail polish as a teeny bopper for .99 cents!

    Does anyone remember that?

    Man I loved their vibrant lipsticks and funky coloured nailpolish. Mind you , I wasn’t allowed to actually wear lipstick as a young teen but oh well…don’t tell my parents ūüôā

    A few tidbits about wet n wild that I didn’t know :

    Their clear nail polish top coat is their #1 BEST SELLING product ( I’m a huge fan); was the first brand to introduce black¬†nail polish to the market;
    they are cruelty free and have ALWAYS been; is the #1 Value brand in America ( true fact..look it up)!

    With any product line, I gravitate to the foundation, highlights and lipsticks and wet n wild was no exception.

    I picked up the following products:

    Photofocus foundation – Golden Beige

    Photofocus concealer – Medium Peach

    MegaGlo highlighting powder – Precious Petals

    Gel Lip Liner – I Got The Juice

    wet n wild blog photos

    So first off let’s talk about my photo *LOL*.

    I had about 10 minutes to take a photo good enough to use on this post and this one was it. I have no clue why I’m not smiling and I definitely over-lined my lips! Oh well…can’t win all the time but I believe it’s still a good representation of the products .

    Photofocus foundation – Golden Beige $8

    The photofocus foundation was a dream to apply. I can’t stress enough to you how truly shocked I was that I liked it so much.I t blew me away! I am making a bold but truthful statement right now. Are you ready for it?

    Photofocus Foundation is one of the best drug store foundations on the market to date!

    Yes it is! For $8 I had medium, semi-matte coverage throughout the day. There was no creasing or dry patches even after an  8 hour day.  I was able to apply highlighter, powder and brush over it and it still looked fresh and not dry!

    The foundation is formulated with matte, light diffusing particles and is supposed to mimic a filtered look. I can’t really agree that you will look like you have an instagram filter on your face but damn you will look polished. This product was tested under 7 different light conditions with and without flash to ensure you do not have a white cast on your face when photographed.¬†As you can see by my mugshot…I mean photo above, I used my ring light to take this photo and I did not experience a white cast. If you have normal to combination skin you will really benefit from this well priced foundation but if you have dry to really skin it’s best to maybe moisture really well before using this or look for something more hydrating.

    The foundation comes with a spatula tip so applying the product is super simple. The foundation is bit watery when applied and I found it was best to use a wet beauty sponge to press the foundation into your skin for best results. After application, I looked at my semi-matte skin and really appreciated how good this foundation is. It hid 95% of my imperfections and I am good with that! 

    The only negative I have about the foundation is that it has a slight fragrance to it that didn’t bother me but I would prefer non fragrant foundation.

    Overall a real winner ! 

    Photofocus concealer – Medium Peach $6

    Unfortunately, I didn’t have the same reaction to the photofocus concealer as I did the foundation. I was hoping for a creamy texture that didn’t drag on the skin, but that is not what I discovered. I had to apply several coats of the concealer to hide my dark circles ( which weren’t that bad that day to be honest). As you can see from the photo above, the blue tint of my under eye circle is coming through. Other drug store brand concealers have been able to hide them very well. As well the concealer dragged on my skin and for such a delicate area I was just not up for that. Like the phootfocus foundation, the concealer had a really good shade selection for fair , medium and deep skin tones. Inclusion is everything and wet n wild recognizes that!

    MegaGlo highlighting powder – Precious Petals $12

    The star of this brand is most definitely their buttery , non fragrant highlighting powders! In the photo below, I am wearing precious petals over blush. I am also wearing it on my brow bone, inner corner of eyes and as eyeshadow (photo above). So let me tell you a little secret. I recently bought this highlighter¬†and honestly the wet n wild one is the one that blew me away and I will be reaching for it for awhile! It’s that good ! It stayed put all day, even in -20 weather ( damn Ottawa you a cold one!).

    The hightlither comes in 8 shades, and I’ve linked them all for you here ! They are super buttery, shimmery, are buildable and last all day!

    My local Walmart only had this one highlighter in stock. I was ok with that because it was absolutely what I was looking for. It’s more on the rose gold hues and it’s stunning. I don’t think my quick 10 minute photoshoot really showed them off as well as I would have liked too, but if you’re in the market for an inexpensive, creamy textured and good as the name brand highlighter than pick these up because they re so so good!

    wet n wild blog photos

    Gel Lip Liner – I Got The Juice $4

    So as you can see from my first photo, I really went to town with this lip gel! I’m basically just wearing the gel liner all over my lips and topped it off with lip gloss. ¬†I know it’s a clear winner for me because the day I applied it I had really dry lips, as it’s cold as the north pole in Ottawa, and the liner didn’t skip or drag on my lips. Actually it went on smoothly and effortlessly.¬†Here are the different shades that wet n wild carries and I will be purchasing them all. I will have to order them online as there wasn’t a variety of shades in the store and at $4 for this type of quality it’s worth it for me to have them all!

     I would love to hear feedback from you on what your favourite wet n wild products are!

     

    XO, MAHA 

     

    Note: These products were not sent as PR. I purchased them all.

     

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    BEAUTY, BRAND TALK

    MAYBELLINE LOVE!

    I’ve started a new segment on my blog called – Brand Talk which is dedicated to what else … brands! I thought this would be a great idea to introduce ¬†brands that I love ( some well known and some not). They won’t all necessarily be beauty brands as I’ve started to branch out into some¬†lifestyle but more on that in the next few posts.

    This new segment is not a review per se of the brands products, just an introduction of the brand and what they have to offer and most importantly what products from the brand I use¬†because honestly why talk about a brand¬†¬†if #1, I haven’t tried their products and #2, if I don’t like their products.

    First up on this new blog segment ( that I’m super stoked about btw ) is Maybelline New York. If you’ve never heard of Maybelline then I don’t know what to tell¬†ya…where have you been hiding? ūüôā¬†

    Maybelline New York is by far my favourite “true” drugstore product. When I say ” true” drugstore I’m referring to the budget friendly products sold at the¬†drugstore and not the $80 moisturizer also sold at the drugstore.¬†

    MAYBELLINE FAVOURITES product photo

    MAYBELLINE FAVOURITES

    Maybelline New York is the top selling cosmetics brand and is sold in in over 1oo countries. So basically you can hear¬†” Maybe She’s Born With It. Maybe¬†It’s Maybelline. ” in over 60 ¬†languages!

    Fun fact: Maybelline is named after the founders sister Maybel ,who invented mascara! Maybelline Great Lash mascara is the worlds most iconic mascara ( fact) and this pink tube of mascara is sold every 1.7 seconds!

    Maybelline also has you covered from eyes, face¬†to¬†lips! I’ve used many Maybelline products¬†but my absolute favourite product, and I’ve talked about this product before, is the “Pumped Up Colossal” Mascara. I always go back to this particular one because it just works for me. I hope they never discontinue it as it’s my go-to for life!

    A few Maybelline products that I rely on religiously have to be:

    If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen the product picture above. I took this photo after purchasing and using a few new Maybelline products. The new products are:

    In this non-photoshopped¬†photo above¬†I used the colour correcting kit to conceal my dark circles and then the Master Conceal in medium. I blended them in with a damp beauty blender and they melted into my skin! ¬†What surprised¬†me the most actually¬†was how well the Illuminating highlighter worked. It has a creamy texture¬†and on applies effortlessly on my skin and the highlight effect lasted all night ! You notice in the picture the highlight suits¬†my overall look. I didn’t want to go overboard with it but added a bit of highlight to draw light to my face.I achieved this look with only one swipe of the highlighter and it was enough for me.¬†For another occasion I layered the illuminating highlighter on-top of another cream based highlighter and it looked even more gorgeous. The micro -fine pearls in this product definitely come¬†through¬†even when layered.¬†¬†This actually is my first creamy highlighter that I¬†¬†have totally fallen in love with. I usually stick to powder based highlighters but I’ve been converted. I also love that it’s small enough to carry in a teeny tiny clutch in the event that a touch up is needed!¬†

    Here are a few MAYBELLINE NEW YORK products that I haven’t tried yet¬†but are next on my list:

    MAYBELLINE PRODUCT LIST

     

    What are your favourite Maybelline products ? Let me know in the comments below !

    *This is not a sponsored post. I bought these products and all opinions expressed are my own

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    BEAUTY

    First Impressions: MAKE UP FOR EVER ULTRA HD CONCEALER

     

    The launch of the Make Up Forever HD concealers was for me, the most anticipated makeup launch of 2016. I’ve been using the same¬†brand name concealer now for about a¬†year and I wanted to try¬†something different. If you¬†haven’t noticed already, I have a¬†love for Make Up For Ever products and I¬†couldn’ wait for them to launch their new ULTRA HD concealers.
     
     
     

    The ULTRA HD concealer is available in 10 shades:

     
    Color Correct: neutralize dark circles with a peach shade: 

    R20: Light Skintones 
    R22: Light to Medium Skintones 
    R30: Medium Skintones
    R32: Medium to Tan Skintones 
    R40: Tan Skintones 

    Conceal: brighten and awaken undereye area: 
    Y21: Light Skintones 
    Y23: Light to Medium Skintones 
    Y31: Medium Skintones 
    Y33: Medium to Tan Skintones 
    Y41: Tan Skintones 


    The concealer is housed in a slender 7ml black circular tube, making this very convenient for travel. I bought the Y31 shade and R30 corrector (at the time I took the photos, I couldn’t find my R30 and may have to repurchase it!).The concealer is very liquidy¬†so be careful when squeezing the tube as you may receive more product than you really need. The formula itself, according to Make Up For Ever, “reflects light to erase shadows and fills & smooths fine lines, and¬†Hyaluronic Spheres help hydrate skin”. I can¬†definitely agree that it does¬†reflect light and hydrates the skin. I have minor fine¬†lines and some dark circles and I did¬†notice the fine¬†lines were¬†considerably less¬†noticeable¬†after application.I found the coverage to be more of a medium coverage and I used my¬†finger to lightly dab a pea sized amount under the eyes. As per usual,¬†I set this concealer with the Laura Mercier¬†translucent¬†powder.
     
     

    My final¬†thoughts on the MUFE Ultra HD Concealer is that his¬†conceler is going to be in my makeup routine for a very long time! I’ve been using itfor 2 weeks straight and noticed my¬†under eye area always felt hydrated and looked exceptionally bright! I¬†didn’t find my skin to feel cakey after setting with translucent powder.¬†My eye area felt very smooth and hydrated all day. This concealer did not set into my fine lines, even after 6¬†hours of wear! I would¬†recommend you use a small brush or your fingers to¬†blend the¬†product and not to use a sponge( i.e beauty¬†blender). I¬†found the sponge absorbed a lot of¬†the¬†product quickly. This could be¬†because the formula is liquidy. I also don’t like how the concealer extracts from¬†the tube.I find it a bit messy and at times too much product comes out.It’s a bit of a waste as you only need a pea sized amount to achieve great coverage. Overall, this is a great ¬†product that delivers on it’s promise to give the consumer a well formulated , easy to use¬†product that delivers exceptional coverage and hydration to the under eye area. If you decide to try out the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD concealer, leave a¬†comment below to tell me how you like it ūüôā

     
     
    xoxo
    Maha
    This is not a sponsored post.I bought these products with my own money. The opinions expressed here are mine.

     

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