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    My Brutally Honest Review on theBalm Meet Matt(e) Ador Palette

    This is the first review of any theBalm Cosmetics products on the blog! I don’t really know why I waited so long to review these über popular products. theBalm Cosmetics is really famous for their catchy branding and witty product names.

    MEET MATT(E) ADORE theBALM eyeshadow palette photo

    I picked up the “Meet Matt(e) Ador”matte eyeshadow palette from my local drugstore. Yes, in Canada theBalm Cosmetics is sold at the drugstore. I definitly don’t consider their price points drugstore prices but oh well, I really wanted the palette so I picked it up.

    The “Meet Matt(e) Ador” is the 3rd palette in theBalm “Meet Matt(e)” palette trilogy:

    The Balm Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette

    The Balm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Palette

     The Balm Meet Matt(e) Ador Palette

    theBalm “Meet Matt(e) Ador”consists of 9 matte, talc free, vegan eyeshadows that range from naturals to dark shades. The shadows are true matte shades, as there is zero shine in these shadows. I love it when a brand can produce a true matte eyeshadow. Each shade contains a variation of the name “Matt” as it’s a play on the word  “Matte”.

    I instantly fell in love with all the shades and knew right away that I needed this palette in my life. It was going t be my go-to Fall palette. It was love at first sight with “Matt Jones”. He’s a matte orange shade that I don’t have in my collection so I was happy to add him to it!! “Matt Soto” also became dear to my heart as he’s the perfect green shade to use for a dark smokey eye look!

    Sadly, my love affair with “Meet Matt(e) Ador” palette ended when I tried to apply the shadows for a dramatic look. You see matte shades, if too powdery or chalky, can give you a hard time when picking up the product onto a brush and applying or blending them.

    Brace yourselves…this is not pretty:

    MEET MATT(E) ADORE theBALM eyeshadow palette photo

    As you can see from the photo above. I had a hard time applying and blending the shades. At first I thought my shadow primer was the problem, so I washed off the shadows and applied them again using this primer.

    No, that didn’t work either.

    The shadows applied were chalky, not blendable at all. It took me a long time to achieve the results below and I was not happy with it AT ALL! I was so frustrated that I wasn’t going to post theses photos but I changed my mind because I really wanted my readers, you guys, to really grasp what I am writing about when I say things like chalky or overly powdery texture.

    For $42 and all the rave reviews I read online about thebalm cosmetics, I expected more from this palette.

    MEET MATT(E) ADORE theBALM eyeshadow palette photo

    I went online to see if anyone else had the same issues as me and it turns out this palette, out of the 3 in the “Meet Matt(e)” palette trilogy, was the least favourite. Apparently the formula was changed in this palette and makeup lovers everywhere have noticed and voiced their opinion.

    So, where do I stand? Here are the pros and cons of this palette:

    Pro:

    I love the branding and packaging;

    it’s a vegan palette, the shades are so so nice;

    versatile so you can go from day to night

    Cons:

    Too chalky and overly powdery;

    difficult to pick up on a brush; does not blend well;

    too much fallout and expensive AF!

    I hope I can return this platte since I’m so disappointed with it.  I thought that since my last palette purchase was a dud ( read that post here ) this one would blow me away. It clearly did not.

    How hard is it to find the perfect Fall palette!! Agh!

     I had a bad experience with this palette, but that doesn’t mean I’m opposed to trying out any other products from thebalm Cosmetics. I’m hoping to pick up “Meet Matt(e) Nude” and “Meet Matt(e) Trimony” Palette as well as Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter. I’ve heard AMAZING reviews on all these products and I truly want to fall in love with theBalm!

    I do, really! It just didn’t happen with this product.

    Have you tired any theBalm Cosmetics products? If you have leave me a comment below.

    I love hearing from you.

    XO , MAHA 

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    HUDA BEAUTY Coral Obsessions Palette Review with Swatches

    On my lunch break from my 9-5, I decided to take a stroll to the mall next to me which so happens to have a Sephora. Lucky me! Not so lucky for my husband  🙁

    He always asks me what I did on my lunch break because it’s either 2 things:

    Went to the Mall

    or

    Went to the Gym

    He would like to hear ” went to the gym” more often but off to the mall I go!

    You see, Sephora truly puts me in a euphoric state and I’m not ashamed to say that it is my happy place. I know I’m not the only one!

    As I walked around Sephora, I stopped in front of the Huda Beauty cosmetics stand and was instantly drawn to her Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette collections.  The collection consists of 11 palettes with 9 shades which are a mix of mattes and shimmers. The tones range from warm brown, mauve, smokey, and electric! They are all gorgeous and I wanted them all, but at $35 for a mini palette, I had to control my inner diva and I settled on Coral Obsessions.

    I was instantly drawn to the burnt orange ,vibrant yellow and dusty pink shades. This palette is screaming SUMMER! I quickly added the mini palette to my shopping tote and went on my way.

    I was so excited to get home and try on these gorgeous colours!

    Huda Beauty Obsession Palette photo, review and swatches

    Amazing shades right!

    Huds Beauty Obsession Palette review with swatches and photo

     Coral Obsessions Palette Look:

    Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions Palette photo and review

     

    So, what did I think of the final look you ask ?

    Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions Palette photo and review

    I am somewhat happy with the final results of the eyeshadow application.

    Truthfully, I really really wanted to love this palette. I wanted to love it so much, I was going to budget for another 2-3 palettes because the shade ranges are absolutely amazing! The idea of mixing burnt orange and deep red together sounded so good in my head.

    But then reality hit me…hard!

    The matte shadows are very powdery, chalky and a nightmare to blend out. There was so much fall out. I was constantly dusting away the fallen shadow. The shimmery shades were better to blend but not great. I had difficulty picking up product onto my blending brush. I must have dipped the brush into each shade a good 2-3 times before I saw enough product on my brush to apply.

    Did I get a defective palette?  Hoping I did.

    I read a few other reviews online and I think the mass opinions on the obsession palettes is in favour of them, but there are some makeup gurus on youtube who are experiencing the same issues as I am.

    So here’s my final  verdict on this palette:

    I fell in love with the the shades , they are stunning. It’s miniture size make is so convenient for travel and Huda Beauty herself picked out every single shade in each palette. That’s pretty cool I think!

    But dear Huda, $35 for a palette that you may get 3-4 uses out of it ( if that) before hitting pan due to crazy fallout is not cool ! Not cool at all . The matte shades are too chalky and the pigmentation is barely there when blending out. Even my UD shadow primer wasn’t able to save me.

    But since my mamma didn’t raise a quitter and I’m always up for a challenge, I’ll give it one more try! I’ll probably pick up another palette, maybe from the smokey range, to compare the two.

    If you have used any of the Obsessions Collection palettes,  I would love to hear from you. Do we share the same experience? Do you like it or hate it?

    Leave me a comment below!

    XO, MAHA 

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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

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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! 

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    NATASHA DENONA PALETTE REVIEW!

    There are some common things I feel as women we collect ; jewellery, purses, gorgeous decorated parfume bottles and for some (like myself) eyeshadow palettes. There is something so alluring about a little box with beautiful pigment stored inside ! I’ve accumulated quite a collection and now I’ve added the Nathasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette (5) , shade #12 to my collection.

    Natasha Deanna Palette

    Natasha Denona Palette

    Shades from left – right  Golden Flesh, Smoky Plum, Sienna, Electric Violet and Deep Slate Gray

    Let me step back a bit and introduce this brand to anyone who isn’t familiar with it. Natasha Denona is a world renowned makeup artist who has worked with top fashion brands in collaboration with some of the worlds best known photographers and has styled world-famous models and actresses. Her looks are unique and her concept of healthy glowing skin  is mimicked and admired by many in the beauty industry. I was first introduced to her line by a fellow makeup artist friend who was raving about her products and how I needed them in my kit. Curiosity got the best of me so I did a bit of research on my own and…

     I instantly fell in love with her idea of beauty! She believes in creating makeup for everyday women that can help empower and enhance their looks and is not a fan of layers upon layers of makeup! I too share this philosophy!

    Natasha Denona Palette photo

    Natasha Denona Palette

     I watched several of her YouTube videos and decided to invest in one of her palettes. I was lusting over the ND Eyeshadow palette shade 28 but it was a bit over my budget so I decided to purchase the 5 palette  instead!

     

    This particular palette is shade #12 and is warm toned. The shadows are very creamy and feel like butter (seriously!) , are highly pigmented and last all day. This particular palette is very shimmery/sparkly but this brand does carry some matte and metallic shades as well.

    The shadow transfer from the palette to my brush/finger is by far the best I’ve ever experienced. With literally one swipe on my finger (because this is my personal palette and I can do that lol!) was all it took to achieve amazing colour pay off.  The shadows goes on silky smooth and blend very well. The colours you see in the pan is what is transferred to your lids. You do not lose vibrancy or impact with this palette once applied. The 5 shadow palettes are perfect for travel! I slipped this one in my small makeup tote to haul around with me one day and it worked out great!

    Natasha Denona Palette 5 photo

    Natasha Denona Palette 5

    With all the great attributes of this palette, I did find one less desirable one. There is a lot of fallout with this palette. I would say more than what I experienced with the Anastasia Beverly Hills palettes and if you read my reviews on them you would know that is my #1 pet peeve with ABH!. Most shimmer/sparkly shadows do have fallout so I wouldn’t let this deter you from buying this palette but I did need to mention it in my review. I would have liked to have one true matte shade in this #5  palette to offset the amount of shimmer shadows but that’s more of a preference and not really a flaw with the palette. Electric Violet shade feels and looks like a matte but once applied I found it to have more of a shimmer to it.

    Overall I am really impressed with this palette and I would like to pick up shade # 10 in the 5 palette. I will at some point invest in the Eyeshadow 28 palette  for my kit. If I do the math, I would be investing in 28 shades for about $10 per shade and that in my opinion is very reasonably priced for high quality shadows, but for right now I’m content with the palette I have as I’m astill ble to recreate several versatile looks.

    Have you used any Natasha Denona products or are you interested in using any ?

    If so, leave a comment below  🙂

    XO, MAHA

    *I bought this product with my own funds and the opinions expressed in this post are my own.*

     

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    Trade Secrets: Pro Finish Brush Obsession!

    As a freelance make up artist I’m always reaching for my tools. By tools I mean brushes. I need to have them with me at all times cleaned and ready to use.  I have become so selective with which brushes I take with me on bookings so I must rely on the best tools that will help me create a flawless and beautiful face. For years I’ve  been using brushes from a very well known celebrity infused brand because they were a cult favourite among all makeup artists. Now it seems everyone is creating and selling brushes online. That’s great for the consumer as it offers many options but this can become overwhelming when there are too many options out there.

    TRADE SECRETS PRO FINISH BRUSHES

    TRADE SECRETS PRO FINISH BRUSHES

    I have tried a lot of brushes and have come to the realisation that because it’s sold in a fancy department store or its a brand associated with many influencers doesn’t necessarily mean the brushes are a) well made and b) worth the money. I can tell you that I have bought many brushes that have been hyped up by influencers and some have been great and some most definitely not. I fell into that trap where I’ve bought a product because my favourite beauty guru told  me  it will change my life. The reality is…no product will change your life…it may make it easier for you to apply your makeup or enhance your beauty but will not change your life , sadly 🙁

    Back to brushes 🙂

    We all need them, but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg for them . I need more than the average user but I’m not willing ( anymore) to spend a crazy amount for them.

    Well it seems my prayers were answered because Trade Secrets sent me a PR sample of their Pro Finish brush collection. Now, now , I know what your thinking…here goes another influnencer trying to sell me a product. I’m not selling you this product. I was not paid for this blog post nor do I receive a commission( ding ding no affiliated links!), BUT, I am writing this post because I do love these brushes and as a blogger I must share these hidden treasures with you!

    Here’s why I use them:

    1. they are all made with the highest  quality of synthetic and natural fibres
    2. the handles are very sturdy ( so important for the longevity of the brush)
    3. fibres did not shed even after being washed over and over again ( BONUS!!) so again longevity!
    4. quick drying time
    5. affordable as Trade Secrets has them on sale at times for 40% off

    If you follow me on Instagram, which you totally should by clicking here , you would have seen my post on these brushes and my declaration of love for the Pro Finish fan brush. I love all the brushes for their high quality but I had been on a search for a good fan brush within my budget ( around $30) and I  found it in the Pro Finish collection. I have become a wee bit obsessed with highlighting lately so whenever I need to apply highlighter on a client I reach for this brush and it does the work for me. It picks up the product very well because the natural fibres are very sturdy so you are guaranteed even pickup and distribution of product. This is so important to me as I don’t want my work to look sloppy! Many fan brushes I have used in the past have weak fibres so the application looks uneven and not professional so in turn this means more work for me.

    I love the fan brush so much that I ended up buying another one to use on myself. Now I own 2 🙂  That’s how good this one is.

    On my most recent booking I used the Pro Finish brushes on my model. I first used the ultra soft foundation brush to blend the foundation and then the luxurious powder brush to apply translucent powder. The blending brush was used to apply 2 different shadows to the eyes. This brush has tapered ends so it does the blending work for you. To finish off the look I used the retractable lip brush to lightly apply a nude colour to her lips.

    Model : @HelenaAlexis Photographer: @Soul.Kreativity

    If you decide to give them a try,  you can order them online here or in store.

    Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!

    XO, Maha

    * These  products were sent to me as PR sample, but as always the opinion expressed on this post are always my own 

     

     

     

     

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    Recreate the Look : Olivia Culpo Golden Globes Makeup

    Some of you may know Olivia Culpo as Miss Universe 2012 but I recently discovered Miss. Culpo because she totally slayed my whole world when I saw this picture of  her on the red carpet at the Golden Globes ( yes I know, I’m being a bit dramatic!). I ‘m a sucker for rose gold and this beautiful lady was dripping in it! I was inspired to recreate this Golden Globe look for the blog!

    Olivia Cuplo Makeup Look

    Olivia Culpo Makeup Look

     

    After a bit of research on Miss Universe 2012 , I was pleasantly surprised that we share the same  “less is more” philosophy regarding makeup. This clearly shows in her makeup choices for red carpet and media events. For the Golden Globes, Olivia wore an intricate floral Zuhair Murad couture gown with a French braided hairstyle.

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