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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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    Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Foundation Review

    Make Up For Ever holds a very special place in my heart!

    When I started out in makeup artistry, Make Up For Ever ( MUFE) was the ONLY brand I used in my kit. I had 2-3 of the HD foundation to start, a few loos eyeshadows and 3-4 of their ¬†blushers. I also invested in 2 MUFE brushes and of course I was introduced to the HG of lip gloss, the Glossy Full lip gloss, which I’ve raved about before and to this day still use on myself and clients.
    MAKE UP FOR EVER MATTE VELVET SKIN PHOTO

    MUFE was kind enough to send me their latest innovative product, the Matte Velvet Skin foundation in shade Y405 Golden Honey and the 108 flat brush, which I already owned because I really am a huge fan of their brushes!

    The Matte Velvet foundation comes in 40 shades, is full coverage and is meant to look and feel like your own skin. The launch of this product is huge!

    Everyone, including myself, is so excited for the release of Matte Velvet. For me personally it means I get to add more great products from MUFE to my ever growing pro kit! Some brides prefer a matte -velvet finish on their big day and now I can truly deliver their wish.MAKE UP FOR EVER MATTE VELVET SKIN PHOTO

    As I mentioned above, the foundation is available in 40 shades ,Y205 Alabaster is the lightest and R560 Chocolate is the darkest. Due to the foundations unique formula the foundation adapts to the movements of your face and resists cracking and caking.
    Make Up By Maha Matar wearing MUFE MATTE VELVET FOUNDATION

    This is a photo of me wearing the MUFE Matte Velvet Skin foundation in shade Y405.

    I love how the foundation matched my skin tone perfectly and how it evened out my skin with just one dollop of the product. It holds up to the medium to full coverage claim as it hid a few blemishes I had really well with just a dime sized dollop. *love*

    I realized after I inserted this photo to the post that

    #1 there is a glare and lots of sun coming in from the Gondola we were on going up the mountain at Tremblant so my face looks really “bright” but regardless of the extra light coming in, the coverage was flawless!

    and

    #2 I had to crop my gorgeous husbands face out fo the photo! He was not impressed with me when I told him he wouldn’t be featured in the post.¬†

    I am a bit tan here so Y405 fits me perfectly now, but come winter time I will need one shade lighter. I truly love this foundation because I am not a full matte, full coverage type gal. I prefer a semi-matte finish and this one delivers. It dries matte-velvet so it has a tiny bit of sheen to it.

    If you like a dewy finish this foundation is probably  not for you.

    I would consider it long wearing as I applied it at 6:08 am and removed it at 11:38 pm and it looked great right till the end. It did seep into my smile lines a tiny bit towards the end of the day but we got rained on and sweated on all day so overall I would say it held up really well and exceeded by expectations.Makeup For Eve 108 Straight Brush

    I used the versatile 108 flat brush to apply the Matte Velvet Skin foundation but if you don’t have this brush, don’t worry, you can use any tool. I always use a MUFE brush to apply MUFE foundation. I guess I’m weird that way, but they work well together.

    This is a large flat brush used to apply foundation quickly and I use it apply both liquid or cream foundation. I call it a versatile brush because it can be used to apply makeup to the shoulders and décolleté too.

    The 108 flat brush is part of the MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Brushes collection. Each brush passes through 25 production stages and is checked 50 times for quality. I own 4 of the Artisan brushes and they are fantastic. The price is a bit steep but if you are willing to take care of your brushes and wash them regularly then the long term investment is worth it! 

    I think the saying goes – an¬†artist is only as good as his tools ¬†ūüôā

    I hope you’ve enjoyed by blog post.

    If you purchase the MUFE Matte Velvet Skin liquid foundation or Artisan  Flat brush please let me know. I love hearing your comments! 

    XO, MAHA

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    HOT SUMMER PRODUCTS YOU NEED!

    Sharing my top Summer ’18 products. Some are new to the line up and some are old favourties (hello $6 elf highlighter)!

     

    SUMMER PRODUCT PHOTO

    1. Esqido Voila Lash Gorgeous mink reusable lashes
    2. Glossier Cloud Paint¬† has become my new favourite brand! I don’t know what took me so long to jump on the Glossier trend. The Cloud Paint is a cream-gel ¬†super lightweight formula but adds the perfect amount of tint to your cheeks. It comes in 4 shades and they are all perfect !
    3. ABH Soft Glam Palette  is my go-to this Summer. You can create endless soft looks with these easy to blend and highly pigmented shadows!
    4. Maybelline Total Temptation Eyebrow Definer Deep brown. is perfect for travelling . Throw it in the makeup bag and use it without any need for an extra brush!
    5. IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce  is a thick rich moisturizer that absorbs into the skin quickly! It reflects light so you always have a nice radiance to your face!
    6. Glossier Lip Gloss¬†is a necessity in every makeup bag this Summer! I reach for lip gloss more in the Summer than I do any other time…not sure why! I have a lip gloss in every bag I own!
    7. IT Cosmetics ¬†Miracle Water 3 in 1 Tonic¬†acts as a radiance booster, fights fine lines and cleans your skin. Another product I’ll take with me while travelling this Summer as it does the job of 3 products!
    8. Hourglass Veil Translucent Powder ¬†is an old-y but a good-y for me! I find I reach for this product more in the warmer seasons. I just like how it sets my foundation all day. It doesn’t really mattify my face, but it gives me an overall even complexion with a bit of radiant glow.
    9. ¬†Pixi Extra Eye Bright , besides Venti black coffee, ¬†is a can’t live without product for me. I look, not feel, wide awake! It lasts all day and I don’t have to set with eyeshadow like I do any other nude pencil. It won’t smudge or smear through out the day and it’s at a great price point! It’s a must have!
    10. IT Cosmetics, Bye Bye Undereye Full Coverage Concealer¬†¬†I ‘ve been using this concealer for years now. I briefly mention this product in my last post which you can read here.¬†I’m hoping to write a more extensive review on this concealer in the near future, but for now let me tell you how great this product is. A little goes a long way. I have had mine for over a year now and it’s still half full. I really like the shade range ( I’m medium tan in the Summer) and I can apply it with my index finger perfectly so no need for a brush! Again, the amount of coverage you get from this concealer is like no other !
    11. Milani Colour Statement Lipstick, Sweet Nectar¬†¬†is for the wild ones this Summer! Don’t be boring, ¬†try out a vibrant colour to showcase your true personality! I am obsessed with Milani Lipsticks. The Colour Statement lipsticks are super super pigmented and totally affordable! I love that they are non-drying and super hydrating, but most of all I love the different shades they have. I think I’ll pick up uptown mauve next ūüôā
    12. Dermalogica SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen¬†isn’t the sexiest product I have on this list, but IMO it is the most important! I never ever leave the house without sunscreen and neither should you. This is an oil free , board spectrum sunscreen that won’t clog your pores and it’s super lightweight so you can wear it under makeup without any problems!
    13. Essie Nail Polish, Backseat Besties,  is my favourite essie nail colour and essie is become my favourite nail brand! I have accumulated so many little bottles! I wear a different colour every other week. I really enjoy wearing bright nail colours during the warmer weather. Paired with a  mani / pedi these colours look so cute!
    14. e.l.f. cosmetics Moonlight Pearl baked Highlighter¬†¬†is only $6 dollars ! For $6 this highlighter is amazing! It’s always sold out when I go to pick it up so when I do see it at my local drugstore I make sure to stock up. It applies really nicely and looks really subtle on the face. You can definitely be heavy handed and apply more to the face if your going for a glam look. As I wear it during the day, I prefer to apply it softly on the high points of my cheeks and cupids bow.
    15. NYX Makeup Setting Spray, Dewy Finish¬†¬†Nothing too exciting about a setting spray to be honest but this one is a keeper in my makeup bag. I use the Matte finish spray during the colder months and when the sun comes out, I bring out it’s more outing , lovable sister ¬†the Dewy finish spray! After I apply my makeup, day or night, I spray once, twice and thrice for good luck ūüôā This long lasting spray is around $8-10 dollars and rivals the most prestigious setting prays on the market. NYX ain’t kidding around when it comes to making your makeup last longer folks. This is the real deal!
    16. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, Medium¬†¬†When the sun comes out I put away the heavy foundations. No need for them. If I have any imperfections on the skin, I colour correct and then use concealer. NARS sheer Glow is one of the best on the market, IMO ūüôā It applies nicely and evenly. It’s not too thick or too watery as some lightweight foundations can be. It’s the perfect texture. A quarter sized drop and a half is good for me , but you can apply more if you feel necessary. Some advice from me, ¬†this foundation will have a learning curve to it. You may think 2-3 drops is good for you but as the day goes on the foundation settles and you may realize you put too much on or not enough. I suggest start with a quarter sized drop and half and see how your skin looks mid day. It’s makeup , it’s meant to be played with.

    XO, MAHA

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    Worth the hype? Deciem, The Abnormal Beauty Company!

    Deciem Haul

    The Ordinary Haul

    This post is long overdo I know! This so far has been one of my most requested post this year. I don’t blame you all for being so curious about Deciem! This cruelty free Toronto based brand is so popular among millennials that their “The Ordinary foundation” had a 25,000 person wait list! That is insane! Their packaging is no fuss, simple, clean and to the point.

    Deciem “the abnormal beauty company” ¬†as they lighthearttly call themselves introduced their current line of serums and foundation under The Ordinary umbrella to major success! This line introduced high coverage foundation for $7 and serums for under $15. How do they do this and do the products work?¬†The founder Brandon Truaxe explained that because of the low number of ingredients in each product, it is possible to produce and sell affordable skincare to the masses. ¬†Of course I was intrigued so I placed my order as quickly as possible. I waited 5 weeks for my products to be shipped because the company was out of stock…hello wait list ! Fair enough. I wanted to get my hands on¬†these¬†foundations that some were saying online could be considered life¬†changing. Really..life changing? Well I had to see for ¬†myself so bring it on Deciem!

    I ordered the following from Deciem:

    100% Plant -Derived Squalane  is a hydrator which is found naturally in the skin. You would use Squalane if you want to increase hydration or prevent depletion of hydration in your skin.  You can also use this product on your hair to prevent breakage and add shine.100% Plant Derived Squalene

    100% Plant Derived Squalane, $8

    My thoughts: ¬†I found that the Squalane did a great job ensuring my skin stayed hydrated. I was so surprised that the Squalane only had one ingredient listed .. Squalane!. That’s all there is to it. It doesn’t get more simple than that. I used it every day before I applied my moisturizer. I found the best way to apply this emollient is to place the dropper directly on your face, but not touching your face. Applying the product on your hand first, ¬†I found, was wasteful because it has a runny consistently and is absorbed quickly into any surface it touches. ¬†I only ¬†have a bit left in the bottle so I placed an order for 2 more bottles.¬†

    Argireline Solution 10% is clear lightweight Serum with 10% Argireline Peptide Complex. Argireline benefits the areas on the face that are prone to folds (wrinkles!!) such as eyes and the forehead area. To use, apply a few drops on the forehead and around the eyes twice daily. 

    Argireline Solution 10% photo

    Argireline Solution 10% $8  

    My thoughts:¬†The solution feels like water on the face. It’s extremely lightweight and odourless. I was skeptical at first because I have never tired a serum that basically looked like water but I was assured that it wasn’t water. In one and half months time I had used up the whole bottle as I used it religiously every morning ( before the Squalene in the morning ) and night. ¬†I can’t say that I see a dramatic difference in the minor crows fee that I have around my eyes but I do feel it has diminished them slightly. I believe if I had another bottle of the Argireline Solution 10%I would have seem a greater difference but I didn’t plan ahead of time to order a bottle. I am now awaiting my 2nd and 3rd bottle to arrive! At $8 per bottle it’s so affordable to give it another chance.

    High-Spreadability Fluid Primer  is from the Ordinary Colours line under Deciem and is made up of high flexibility silicones that help hydrate the skin and give an overall dewy look. Used as a makeup primer it ensures long lasting makeup wear and Ordinary Colours claims that this primer helps spread your makeup evenly to avoid blotchiness.

    Ordinary Colours High Spreadability Fluid Primer photo

    High-Spreadability Fluid Primer, $8

    My thoughts:¬†My first reaction was ” holy heck this is good”! It took me a few days to understand why I loved this primer so much. It’s almost identical to this¬†staple¬† primer that I use on myself and my clients for $36 less! ¬†You better believe I ordered another 2nd , 3rd and 4th bottle. ¬†It’s perfect on the skin. It does exactly what it claims to do. It smooths your face and ensures your makeup lasts through out the day. As for the claim that it helps disperse complexion makeup evenly, I can see some truth to this definitely as it’s a very light weight formula that smooths out the texture of your skin allowing the makeup to glide on smoothly without the need to tug or pull to get the desired effect. The only negative feedback I have on this primer is not about the product itself but the drop dispenser packaging. I wish at some point Deciem will decide to package it in a squeeze tube instead of a dropper. It’s not easy to dispense. Overall this product is definitely worth $8 ! I can’t stop raving about how much I love it.

    The Ordinary Lightweight Serum Foundation photo

    The Ordinary Lightweight Serum Foundation, $7

    The Ordinary Lightweight Serum Foundation  shut the internet down!

    This $7 bottle had a 25,000 person waitlist as well as orders for 250,000 units it’s first week of launching and literally crashed the Deciem servers! It offers lightweight coverage but buildable to sheer-medium coverage and is formulated in a way that allows the pigments to look natural on the skin, serum like, and this does not settle in fine lines. It has a matte finish and works extremely well over any primer offered by The Ordinary. Only in Europe is this foundation available with SPF. This foundation and all Deciem products actually, are free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, animal oils, coal tar dyes, (WTF?) and a bunch of stuff I’m too lazy to type out…but honestly just trust me when I say your face will thank you for omitting junk from your makeup! The Ordinary Colours offers this foundation in 21 shades divided into 3 categories. I strongly recommend you visit their shade guide for a comprehensive breakdown of shades as well as swatches.

    My thoughts: Every woman should have this serum foundation in her makeup bag for the days/nights she wants to feel good and natural in her own skin ! They are 100% right to claim this looks serum like on the skin. The foundation comes in a plastic bottle with a pump for easy application.

    I apply The Ordinary Fluid Primer first and then I use about 1.5 pumps worth of serum foundation on a damp beauty blender to achieve the coverage I’m comfortable with. I ordered 2.1Y which I find is a good choice for the Summer months but once my tan fades I know I will have to go at least a shade lighter.

    Every time I wear this foundation I am guaranteed over 7 hours of wear. It looks natural on the skin so if you have imperfections you want to hide, it would be a good idea to conceal those first before applying this foundation. If you are looking for a soft conceal of imperfections than you’re good to just use this foundation alone. For those that have oily skin you may need to touch up with some powder once through out the day but that’s probably after 6 hours of wear.

    The Ordinary High Coverage Foundation photo

    The Ordinary High Coverage Foundation, $7

    The Ordinary High-Coverage Foundation offers a semi-matte finish with more pigmentation than the serum foundation therefore provides more coverage yet still does not feel or look cakey on the face. 

    My thoughts:¬†I don’t wear this foundation as much as I do the Serum foundation only because I am, knock on wood, having really great skin these days so I don’t feel the need for that extra coverage. When I do wear it I love it. It still feels light on my skin but I know I have that extra coverage. I apply it the same way I do the serum foundation but I only use 1 pump for my entire face. This foundation is also buildable and hides imperfections well!

    Overall thoughts:¬†I’m really impressed with this company and how they managed to stay true to themselves while still offering great working products to their consumers! Deciem and The Ordinary line are definitely worth the hype. Their price point, products and overall social awareness is refreshing. I look forward to trying out a few other products from them and hopefully will love them just as much as I love these!

    Have you tried any Deciem products? If so, leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you !

    Disclaimer: I purchased these products. They are not PR samples.

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    My Vichy Tient Idéal Collection Review + Experience!

     

    VICHY TEINT ID√ČAL Collection makeup

    VICHY TEINT ID√ČAL COLLECTION

    If you’ve been reading my blog for some time now than you’re familiar with my makeup and skin routine; if you’re not a regular reader , why not ?. ¬†OK, ¬†I’ll fill you in. I like to introduce new products to my routine every new season. This way my skin never gets too accustomed to a product that it stops working for me.¬†Same rule applies for makeup. I always switch up my foundation ( day / night) ¬†every season. This Spring for day/night wear I’ve incorporated the Vichy Teint Id√©al illuminating collection. I’ve heard numerous good things about this collection from my friends and other bloggers so I was really happy to test out these products for the blog.¬†Before I was asked to review the collection¬†I was already a loyal Vichy customer¬†and I’ve been highly addicted to their LiftActive Serum 10 ever since a beauty Youtuber recommended it. I use it every night and I love it!

    This collection of new products consists of :

    Teint Idéal Fluid Foundation

    Water based, light to medium coverage and gives off a luminous shine, 5 shades to choose from

    Teint Idéal Cream Foundation

    Best for dry skin, medium coverage , ultra hydrating and gives off a velvety finish, 5 shades to choose from

    Teint Idéal Compact Powder

    Good for all skin types, light to medium coverage, natural finish, 3 shades to choose from

    Teint Idéal Illuminator 

    Great on all skin types, not tinted, reflects light, universal shade

    In this non filtered, non edited ¬†photo I used the Teint Id√©al fluid foundation. I prefer medium coverage and this foundation was perfect to use with this look for a night out.¬†If¬†I had blemishes on my skin I definitely could still use this foundation with a bit of spot concealing of the blemishes. If I was going through an acne breakout I wouldn’t have worn this¬†foundation as it wouldn’t have given me the coverage I¬†needed. It truly is a medium coverage foundation. I applied the foundation with a wet beauty blender and it melted into my skin beautifully. I didn’t need to dispense too much foundation; 2 pumps was good to cover my whole face. I am super impressed with the amount of coverage I got from it, ¬†but what I loved most about this foundation was the luminous shine it was giving me.¬†It looked and felt like my skin, not like a mask.

    I refuse to wear foundation that feels and¬†looks like a ” mask”. This did not!

    I also used the Teint Id√©al compact powder to hold my foundation in place and to mattify a few areas on my face. I don’t place powder all over my face; only on places where I have more shine which is on my forehead and the bridge of nose as well as my chin. I don’t apply the powder on my cheeks ( I don’t want to loose the highlight!). The¬†Teint Id√©al powder kept my forehead shine-free all night! This powder contains the ingredient Perlite which helps to absorb sebum ( oil on the skin) . Some pressed powders become cakey after a few hours of wear on the skin, but I didn’t experience any of this with this pressed powder.

    That highlight in this photo is courtesy of the Teint Id√©al illuminator. This little baby is portable and can be easily hidden in your purse to be¬†used at anytime, anyplace. At first I applied it with a light hand and I realized after the first few photos that I took¬†that I needed to be a bit heavy handed with the illuminator. I applied it only on the high points of my cheekbones, but you can apply it on your temples, cupids bow, bridge of your nose ( lightly here!!) and corner of your eyes for a wide awaken look! The illuminator glides easily on the skin and because it’s colourless it really suites all skin tones. You apply it directly from the tube and¬†gently rub it so it disappears into your skin and your left with a gorgeous luminous glow.

    In this photo I decided to wear the cream foundation. As you can see here, my skin looks more velvet and matte than luminous. The cream foundation was really easy to work with. At times, I find cream foundation a bit challenging to blend and to achieve an even coat on the skin, but this formula was really easy to work with. Again, I used my trusty wet beauty blender to ensure it was evenly distributed onto my skin. The cream foundation I found lasted longer on my skin than the fluid. Both cream and fluid foundation lasted a good 10 hours on my skin but the cream looked more fresh at the end of the day than the fluid.Neither the fluid or cream foundation seeped into the  (minor) fine lines around my eyes.

    Overall I’m so thrilled that I was able to review the collection for the blog. ¬†I received so many compliments on how ¬†flawless my skin looked. I would recommend this collection to women that want products that offer superior coverage and¬†radiance¬†with little fuss.¬†I’m definlty looking forward to the next collection!

    Have you had a chance to try out any of the Teint Idéal products? If so, please leave me comment below and tell me how you like them!

     

    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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    Mini Drugstore Makeup Haul + My Life so far..

    So it’ s no surprise that I’ve been lazy on the blog lately. Life has changed slightly for me. I’m back at school and adjusting to adult-student life. School during the week days and taking care of a family¬†+ side hustle is a bit stressful…Thank the good lord for¬†chocolate and coffee! I seem to be fine after shoving handfuls of dark chocolate in my mouth ūüôā
     
    I’ve missed blogging oh so much though! It really is my favourite hobby and when I’m blogging I feel less stressed and a bit free if that makes any sense. It’s my little domain of creativity and I love it!¬†
     
    So back to it…
     
    I did a little drugstore shopping last weekend to pick up 1 thing (baby shampoo) and I ended up walking out with MANY things and forgot the baby shampoo (typical Maha) ! 
     
    I had never tried any of these products before, so here’s what I think about them.
    L’Oreal Paris “Caress Wet” Shine Lip Stain in Iinfinite Fuchsia
    Infinite Fuchsia looks very bold in the applicator but ones applied it’s a very subtle colour!This product has a small applicator that is contoured for easy application on the lips. This is very handy and I wish all the glosses, stains had the same applicator. The stain once applied to the lips is very pigmented and almost feels silk-like on the lips. It doesn’t give you a “Wet” look even though this is the marketing angle for this product. It lasted about 3-4 hours on my lips before I had to reapply which I think is pretty good for a non-matte stain. For $6, it was a good purchase and I would buy it again but maybe in a more neutral¬†colour.

    L’Oreal Paris Extraordinaire in Plum Adagio

    This is a hybrid of lipstick + stain¬†+ balm! At least for me that’s what it felt like. I loved wearing “Extraordinaire” and I’m so surprised I hadn’t picked it up sooner. I chose Plum Adagio to wear this season and it really is a beautiful rich fall colour. It’s very reminiscent of MAC Hang up, which I lurvvv!! “Extraordinaire” also comes with an amazing short applicator for ease of use. The product is thick once applied so you don’t need a lot of product to achieve a good colour or pigmentation. This formula, I found, was much glossier than “Caress Wet”. “Extraordinaire” will also hydrate your lips tremendously and last around 4-5 hours before you have to reapply.The colour looks very rich and plump on the lips.A great¬†product all around! I¬†will be¬†investing in other shades soon.
     
     
    This product is from a company called Know Cosmetics and I heard about it¬† on a few beauty blogs that I read so during my drugstore shopping frenzy I picked up! It’s a colourless lip liner that is used to prevent lipsticks, lip stains and gloss from bleeding and feathering! I used it only once and it worked well! I was wearing brown script and it didn’t bleed or feather out. This product did exactly what is was supposed to do. The true test will be when I wear a bold red lip come x-mas time. Then and only then I’ll be able to see if it truly is as fantastic as the reviews online say it is! Will keep you updated on this product, but so far¬†it works well.
     
    Last week was my first time using the Fit Me concealer from Maybelline. I think I’m the last beauty blogger on earth to try out this concealer. I had been using L’Oreal true match as well as Nars Creamy concealer before that. Both are great concealers but I wanted to try something different. I found the Fit Me concealer to be just as creamy as Nars but not as great at hiding my dark circles¬†completely¬† I was a bit disappointed because I had high hopes for this one but then quickly remembered that I know how to colour correct for under eye darkness! Duh ! ¬†This is where my next drugstore item came in handy, but first I’ll finish off with this concealer. I found it to be a good product to conceal average dark circles from a few restless nights sleep, however, I don’t consider it to be a heavy duty concealer(on it’s own!). A negative point¬†about this concealer is that I had only used it 3 times and already ran out of the product. To me this indicates 2 things: 1) there¬†isn’t enough¬†product in the tube(.25 oz) and 2) I used way to much product to conceal my dark circles so it probably wasn’t the best concealer for me.
     
    It’s no surprise that I love NYX cosmetics and in Canada you can buy this brand at the local drugstore. I picked up the NYX Dark Circle concealer as it had a salmon /peach tint to it and I instantly knew it would be great to use as a corrector. This product is actually a concealer and not a true corrector, but products can be manipulated and used in other ways. So I use this concealer to first colour correct my under eyes and then I apply the Maybelline Fit me concealer. BAM! Match made in heaven ūüôā¬†You can also use any other concealer you like, but I was testing out the Fit Me¬†concealer for this post. The NYX concealer is very very creamy and almost melts onto your skin as you apply it. I have never used this concealer on it’s own as a true concealer so I don’t know how well it covers. If you decide to use this concealer as a corrector, only apply it to the areas under your eyes that need the colour correcting.¬†
     
    Side Note: Confused about colour correcting ? I have a post coming up that will explain it all!
     
    I picked up this lipstick in the clearance bin and that should have been a clear indication on the quality of this product. I was not impressed with this lipstick at all! The colour should be close to a true brown and it was not at all. It didn’t glide on like a¬†lipstick, more like a dollar store gloss.¬†The colour didn’t last more than an hour and I felt it looked muddy on my lips.All that to say, I¬†was not happy with this¬†product at all. As I was typing¬†out this post I was searching¬†on the NYX site for a link to add and I¬†noticed that they changed the¬†packaging of this¬†product and now it’s called Turnt UP! Lipstick and not High Voltage. I’m not sure if this means they also changed the formula, regardless, it’s not good! I¬†would not buy it¬†again.
     
    L’Or√©al refers to this foundation as a liquid powder. Hmm…. it’s clearly a liquid so I was intrigued and added it to my cart. I applied this foundation with a wet¬†beauty blender and then I realized why it’s called liquid powder. It really does feel and look like a powder once applied on the skin. I instantly fell in love with this hybrid foundation and have worn it to school everyday! It’s supposed to¬†mimic a no makeup look which is does effortlessly.¬†This is a true lightweight¬†foundation that gives the skin a natural satin finish (so not matte and not dewy).¬†It¬†won’t cover redness or imperfections very well as it is a¬†very light. It lasts about 7¬†hours before it starts to¬†separate¬†slightly. If you are seeking out a natural¬†inexpensive foundation, I would highly¬†recommend you try this product out. This isn’t a new product to the L’Or√©al line up but it was knew to my makeup bag ūüôā
     
    essence gel eyeliner
     
    I’ve used many essence¬†products, some I’ve loved and some I would never buy again. The gel eyeliner is¬†definitely¬†a¬†product¬†I would buy again. It reminds me of Maybelline gel eyeliner but $5 cheaper. It almost can be compared to MAC fluid line if it dried a bit darker. The essence gel liner is very smooth/creamy and can¬†easily be picked up by a MAC 208 brush , which is what I use to create a winged liner. The cost and the longevity of the liner is great. You may feel you have to go over the wing a second time¬†just¬†to deepen the¬†colour but other than that it’s a¬†real winner!
     
    I’d love to know what new drugstore products you’ve tried and recommend?
     
    XO,
    MAHA
    Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I paid for these products with my own money and I have no been compensated for this post.
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    BEAUTY

    First Impressions : Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup

    Have you¬†ever stayed in an upscale hotel or driven in a luxury car and felt that from now on you¬†can’t settle for anything less than this experience? This is how I feel about the Est√©e Lauder Double Wear, Stay-In-Place Makeup. I truly believe I have found the Maserati of all foundations! Double Wear exudes glamour and luxury and I desperately need it in my life from now on!
     
    Double Wear is long wearing, 15 hours to be exact, has a fluid texture, provides medium coverage, very lightweight and gives a semi-matte natural finish. This foundation comes in 3 tones (C) cool, (N) neutral, and (W) warm and has over 30 shades to choose from. 
    //Wearing Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup in Ivory Beige. Soft lighting and NO editing//
     
    I was introduced to the Double Wear Makeup on one of my lunch break visits to Nordstrom. I¬†really wasn’t shopping for a new¬†foundation, but sometimes¬†god has plans for you and you must accept it¬†(¬†I’m being a bit dramatic I know). The overly exuberant sales lady insisted I¬†test it out and promised me I would be pleased. I had a hard time saying no, so I reluctantly¬†propped myself onto¬†her mini stool and waited while she matched me to a shade. I convinced her to let me take the lead and I applied the makeup the best way I knew how to apply foundation. I warmed the foundation¬†on¬†the back of my hand in circular motions and applied it to one side of my face with a flat brush. I stepped into the light she had setup beside her counter and was pleasantly surprised at the¬†overall natural finish + semi sheen I saw¬†to my skin after one coat. I liked how silky and soft it felt on my skin and how even my complexion looked. I was impressed but wasn’t blown away. I did the other side of my face and told the sales lady, ” I would think about it, I like it but I don’t love it”. Back to office I went with a fresh foundation application. As a¬†coincidence, Ottawa that day¬†hit temperatures of¬†30 degrees and to¬†my surprise¬†my foundation¬†stayed in place. It didn’t separate, oxidize or become patchy. Actually , it looked better 4 hours after the initial application. I was a bit perplexed as I had never experienced this with a foundation. How is it that it looked better now than when I applied it at noon? ¬†I researched¬†this magic of a foundation online and it seems that Double Wear was formulated to provide built in long lasting wear. The longer you wear the foundation, it starts to look better on the skin. My skin¬†looked airbrushed 4 hours after I applied it!I have worn the foundation almost every day ¬†since I first purchased it 3 weeks ago and it hasn’t let me down.
     
    Final Impressions: I like how soft it feels on my skin and doesn’t dry out my already dry skin.I love the fluid rich texture and I’m very pleased with the variety of shades available. I appreciate how it evens out my complexion and provides great medium coverage. I did have to use concealer on a few areas but this is expected with any medium coverage foundation. At $53 it’s very comparable cost-wise with other brand name foundations, but I believe Double Wear is best value for your money because not once did I have to “freshen up” my face while wearing this foundation. So I never used any powder to prolong the life of my foundation. The only setback I have with Double Wear is that it doesn’t have a pump to extract the foundation. I don’t like having to dig into the foundation to get the product. Overall, I can say I have found my HG of foundations! It works so well on my olive toned skin and gives me that perfect fresh, natural and even complexion that I lust after. I truly enjoy wearing this foundation as it does add a bit of luxe into my life and who doesn’t want that!
     
     
    DISCLAMIER: I bought this product with my own funds. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not affiliated with Estée Lauder
     
     
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