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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!

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    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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    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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    First Impressions : Drugstore Matte Lip Stains

    2015 was the year of Matte liquid lip stains! Everyone from Anastasia Of Beverly Hills, Stila, and Kat Von D came out with new formulations and colours of their already cult favourite matte liquid lip stains. The youngest of the Kardashian Klan(lol), Kylie Jenner jumped on the bandwagon and brought along with her a new younger crowd of matte liquid lip stain lovers. In 2016 this trend is still going strong and I couldn’t be¬†happier as I’m a huge fan of matte lipsticks/stains. I would change my outfit to match my lipstick colour…no joke…the struggle is real people. Pure Hollywood from Anastasia of Beverly hills was my first matte liquid lip stain purchase. I was so impressed by the long lasting formula. I loved it so much that I used up the .11oz tube very quickly. What does a girl do when she doesn’t want to spend another $26 on a .11 oz tube of beautiful smooth, long lasting matte lip stain ? Look for equally impressive drug store options, right! I picked up a few options in the hopes of finding my drugstore holy grail liquid lip stain.

    NYX brand is vastly becoming a house hold name, if not so already. I blog about NYX products all the time as I love the higher end quality¬†of their products.¬†I was so eager to try out the Liquid Suede that as soon as I¬†paid for the¬†products,I got in my car and applied liquid suede,¬†Pink Lust right away.¬†The¬†formula is very creamy and feels nice when applied. The¬†applicator is easy to¬†use but doesn’t pick up a lot of ¬†product at first so you need to dip back in a few times.¬†The formula¬†doesn’t have any scent to it, bonus!. I had to reapply the¬†lip stain a few times through¬†out the day as it transferred onto cups easily.3 hours after my initial application I still didn’t feel that it dried into a true matte formula. It applied creamy and settled into more of a silky look.¬†Overall I like this¬†product but I felt it¬†wasn’t a true matte finish¬†and not¬†something I would purchase if I was looking for a matte finish.
     
    ¬†As of¬†today, Revlon has 8 shades in this line of matte lip colour. I bought HD Temptation. The tube is rounded flat and¬†resembles the hourglass liquid lipstick. The applicator is¬†shorter than the NYX liquid¬†suede so it allows for more control in the application. As soon as I applied the lipstick I was hit¬†with a sweet smell. I don’t mind the smell but I know many people prefer to not smell and taste their makeup. It wasn’t a showstopper for me, but I¬†could do without it. Once applied the lip stain felt very creamy and I noticed it instantly hydrated my dry lips. As with the NYX liquid suede, I¬†can’t say it dried to a true matte stain but it¬†definitely dried to a semi-matte. It still felt great on even after a few hours of wear. I didn’t find it transferred colour easily, which is great! I only had to¬†reapply, lightly, once¬†through out the day.¬†This formula¬†is¬†definitely¬†a¬†hybrid of a lip balm/gloss/lipstick¬†because it’s¬†moisturising, semi-glossy and long¬†wearing. I would¬†definitely purchase this¬†product again. I think¬†REVLON is re branding themselves with fresh new products and I love the direction they’re taking.¬†
     
     
    Have you ever¬†bought a¬†product and you thought to yourself, what did I use¬†before¬†this ?¬†This is how I feel about the L’oreal Infallible Matte ¬†”¬†Gloss”. To be honest, I didn’t¬†have high¬†expectants for this gloss¬†because¬†the packaging¬†didnt excite me very much. Yes, I’m one of those people that enjoys good¬†packaging, I’ll admit it! I like to display my¬†makeup on my vanity as I find it adds a bit of glamour. Ok, let’s get back on track now ūüôā This¬†product comes in 12¬†shades and I bought Forbidden Kiss. Love the name! I thourghly enjoyed using¬†this¬†product. The applicator itself is short so precise¬†application is¬†made easier. I love that the sponge tip is heart¬†shaped(at least to me that’s what it loos like).It¬†actually allows me to¬†lightly¬†line my lips with the tip because of¬†its unique shape.¬†You have to apply this procdut with precision¬†because it dries FAST! You better¬†have a Q-Tip¬†handy to¬†wipe away any mistakes quickly! There was no transfer of¬†product onto my coffee cup at 2pm (applied it at 9:30 am). At 4 pm¬†the colour was still¬†going strong¬†with a bit of bleeding int he middle, but¬†nothing a small touch up can’t’¬†fix. L’Oreal markets this¬†product as a matte gloss and they I think it’s true matte lipstick.¬†I¬†didn’t find it was very hydrating to the lips and it¬†definitely¬†didn’t give off any
    ¬†“gloss”¬†resemblance. ¬†In my¬†opinion this¬†product is the¬†truest¬†matte liquid lip stain that I’ve tried so far.I’ve been wearing it almost everyday now and went back to¬†purchase¬†Sunset and Barely Nude. A great drugstore alternative to the brand named liquid stains.
     
    It’s no surprise that Maybelline is one of my favourite drugstore brands. I blog about¬†them often and NO, I am not sponsored by them!I¬†just love that they make well formulated¬†products that work¬†for the masses. When I heard they came out with a new lip stain, I ran, no joke, to Shoppers and¬†picked up heir latest¬†product. Vivid Matte liquid comes in 10 high pigmented shades. I picked up Nude Thrill, Rebel Red and Pink Charge. The.26 oz tube is¬†rectangular shaped and there’s nothing to exciting about it. The formula itself is very creamy and has a sweet rose smell to it.It’s not an overbearing smell but it’s¬†noticeable. The formula itself is creamy and long lasting. It doesn’t dry to a true matte finish, but borderline semi matte. It¬†definitely¬†will hydrate your lips and there is¬†some¬†colour¬†transfer of the product. I didn’t have to¬†reapply¬†the¬†product more than once through¬†out the day.¬†Even¬†though¬†this¬†wasn’t a true matte lip stain¬†product, I would repurchase as the¬†colours are very pigmented and hydrated my lips very well.
     
    essence liquid lipstick was the most budget¬†friendly¬†product¬†of the bunch. At $3.99 a tube, it’s very affordable. The¬†product comes in 6 shades and I purchased Make a Statement and Colour Party.¬†The shades¬†aren’t too pigmented. They come in baby pinks, nudes and plum. The.13oz tube is transparent and short. The applicator is also very short making application, in my¬†opinion, easier. The¬†formula is creamy and not very long lasting. I¬†believe essence should be marketing these¬†products¬†as lipgloss and not lipsticks. I wasn’t too¬†excited about¬†this¬†product, even though I do enjoy a lot of other essence¬†products. This one just didn’t excite me. I¬†won’t be repurchasing this¬†product. Due to the sheer colour of these lipsticks,I¬†ended up giving them to my daughter as they really are more of a gloss based¬†product.¬†
     
    I always want to be transparent with my readers so I will tell you that I have gone back and repurchased Anastasia Beverly Hill, Pure Hollywood and Stila, Stay All Day liquid Lipstick in Caramel. I think these brands make the best higher end liquid lip stains. I thoroughly enjoy these lip stains and will be doing a review on them shortly.
     
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