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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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    e.l.f. Makeup : 1 Winner + 3 Losers

    Several weeks back I bought a few e.l.f products from my local Walmart. I was super excited as the selection was huge! e.l.f. is one of those very affordable brands that has a great line up of products and a good handful of their products I’ve tried and loved. A few products like this one and this one are a staple in my skincare and makeup routine.¬†
    I picked up the Dark Blush Palette , Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in black, Small Stippling Brush and Instant Lift Brow Pencil in neutral brown. Unfortunately this e.l.f shopping trip wasn’t as worthwhile as I had hoped. The title of this posts says it all.¬†

     

     
    Let’s start with the clear winner! This e.l.f stippling brush is the bomb.com! It’s small enough to fit in an average sized makeup bag. It’s a classic black colour and has short bristles. It looks very much like a the MAC 130 short stippling brush. I used the e.l.f stippling brush to blend in my NARS creamy concealer on the under eye area. It’s small enough to use under the eyes and around the corner of the nose. The bristles are very soft against the skin and I picked up product very easily with it. I also used this brush to apply cream blush. Overall I’m¬†really impressed with the brush considering it was only $5! I haven’t washed it yet so I hope after I wash it for the first time it still holds it’s shape and the bristles don’t fall¬†out. I will be¬†going back to buy¬†another small stippling brush to add to my professional kit as well as¬†trying out some other e.l.f. brushes. I just hope they are as good as this one!
    With the assortment of colours available in the ¬†e.l.f Instant Lift Brow pencil and the¬†spooly at the end this product could have been the front-runner for an ABH brow wiz dupe, but¬†unfortunately this¬†product doesn’t work very well. ¬†First off the¬†spooly is way to harsh and dense. I used a very light hand and it still¬†felt rough against my skin. I had to apply several strokes of the pencil in the¬†same area to have it show on my skin.¬†The colour didn’t last long( 2 hours) on my brows. I started to see it fade on one of my brows while the other one took a half hour longer to fade. I felt¬†the pencil was too waxy¬†therefore not allowing the colour to properly adhere to the brows and skin. I would probably recommend this to brow pencil to anyone who is just starting to experiment with makeup. If you are a seasoned makeup wearer please skip this product as it will¬†frustrate you during application.¬†
     
    The e.l.f. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen looks very sleek and functional.¬†It’s also very deceiving. The tip looks very pointy but it’s¬†actually flimsy and bends if you add a bit of pressure to it.My first¬†experience with the pen wasn’t the¬†greatest.I had to shake it a few times to have the¬†liquid¬†dispense out of the pen and after 10 minutes of sheer¬†frustration I managed to achieve a so-called line but had it rub off on me an hour into my¬†work¬†day! I may have gotten a defective pen ,to be honest ,but I¬†wasn’t going to buy another one. It’s not worth the¬†hassle. I’ll¬†just stick to this e.l.f.liner instead. I know it works and I love it!
     
    Out of all the products I purchased,¬†I would have to say this blush palette was my biggest¬†disappointment. I had such¬†high expectations since I read all the great¬†reviews on it. I’ll start off¬†with¬†the PROS of this palette.¬†The cost,¬†obviously, was very¬†affordable at $7. You¬†receive 4 wearable colours and it comes in a nice sleek black palette that can easily be thrown into a travel case and off you go! This palette will¬†take you from season to season. Here are¬†the CONS of this palette. The colours are wearable but not pigmented¬†enough for my taste. It takes a few swipes of the blush to achieve “enough” colour. The description of the palette says it has matte and shimmer shades but I¬†noticed all the shades have somewhat of a shimmer to them. There¬†isn’t¬†true matte shade in the palette. The blush¬†doesn’t last long on the skin. I do not have oily skin and about 3 hours in to my work day I needed a touch up.¬†
    Overall this isn’t an¬†atrocious, yes I’m being dramatic again,¬†blush palette to¬†have in your makeup bag. However, with the limited space I have and the mass variety of makeup available on the market I have to be picky of what I carry around.¬†
    //swatches of the dark blush palette.3 swipes to achieve this pigmentation//
     
     
    e.l.f.¬†used to make an amazing HD¬†cream¬†blush that I¬†have bought in the past and would love to¬†repurchase but I can’t find it at my local store. If you know¬†where I can¬†buy it, please leave me a comment below!
     
    Happy e.l.f shopping!
     
     
    DISCLAIMER: I purchased these products with my own money. I was not compensated for my review and my opinions are my own. I am not affiliated with e.l.f cosmetics.
     

     

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