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    FIRST EVER EMPTIES POST – MOISTURIZER EDITION!

    I’m more excited than I probably should be about this post ūüôā

    This is my first ever empties post. I don’t know why I never did one before but here it is now.

    Obviously, I’ve saved these products over the course of many months. Traditionally, an empties post is done on products used up within that month but we’re rule breakers over here so we do what we like ūüôā

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    Confidence In A Cream- IT Cosmetics

    I did a full review on this product and you can read about it here.¬†Bottom line is this product got me through a very harsh winter. It’s a very creamy and thick moisturizer which may turn some people off, but I loved it. It kept my skin hydrated and looked healthy and glow-y all day, every day. I ran out of it fairly quickly as I used more than I should but it just felt so good on the skin and helped me avoid the dreaded dry patches I usually get ūüôā

    YES to repurchase!

    Secret Sauce – IT Cosmetics

    Secret Sauce is another IT Cosmetics winner. It’s full of amazing anti- aging ingredients like peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and licorice root. You know how much I love my Hyaluronic Acid.I loved how creamy this product was as well. If I put on moisturizer and I can’t actually feel the product on my skin or if it feels runny, it turns me off of it. I need to feel like my face is being coated with the softest most luxurious cotton money can buy, and Secret Sauce feels like this! ¬†I also did a full review on this product here.

    YES to repurchase!

    Belif

    I use ¬†a lot of moisturizer during the cold months. My skin becomes extremely dry so a good moisturizer is a necessity for me Belif moisturizing bomb is a great product if you’re like me and need extra hydration to your skin. I wouldn’t say this moisturizer has any anti-aging properties, but it will keep your skin looking plump. I wrote a whole review on this product and you can read about it here.

    YES to repurchase, but for the Spring / Summer I would switch to a product that has a thinner consistency as this moisturizer is really thick for warmer weather.

    YEHWADAM HEAVEN GINSENG REVITALIZING CREAM

    This line was formulated to prevent the signs of premature aging. The packaging of this product is very pretty and feminine. The Revitalizing Cream contains a blend of very exotic Korean based ingredients such as Safflower from Sancheong, Jiri Mountain that improvise skin tone and complexion ; Ginseng from Punggi and Goji Berry from Cheongyang that give long lasting hydration to the skin. I have repurchased this product about 3 times and have never been disappointed. Full review on the blog here

    YES to repurchase! I am obsessed with K-Beauty and this by far has been one of my fave moisturizes. I highly highly recommend this product if you want to brighten up your complexion. 

    SHISEIDO FUTURE SOLUTION XL NIGHT CREAM

    ¬†This product was gifted to me by SHISEIDO. I don’t have a lot of experience with the brand but have tried a few makeup products that I liked but, never repurchased any of them as I wasn’t totally blown away by their effectiveness. I’m not stating that they aren’t good products but they didn’t work out for me. This moisturizer on the other hand I fell in love with. I loved¬†how luxurious it felt on my skin, and its fragrance was divine. As a night cream, it works very well as my skin felt brand new the next morning.

    I can’t comment on the anti-aging effectiveness of the products as I’ve only had the opportunity to use up one bottle. The reason I never repurchased is because of the price tag. You guys, this night moisturizer is $375 CDN! ¬†For that price I better wake up with a whole new face!!! #sorrynotsorry¬†

    NO to repurchase due to the hefty price tag. It definitely is a luxurious item and feels AMAZING on the skin, that I cannot deny but I simply cannot justify the cost.

    Have you used any of these products? What are your thoughts? Leave me a comment below.

     

    XO, MAHA

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    BYE BYE SUMMER, HELLO FALL : New Makeup + Skincare

    I can’t believe we are saying goodbye to the blazing heat in Ottawa and shifting our thoughts to PSL, pumpkin pies and riding boots! Fall is on the horizon and I am not sure how I feel about that, however, since your an avid reader of my blog you probably already know how much I look forward to switching up my makeup and skincare products with each season. ¬†Fall 2018 is the season I amp up my skincare and become more adventurous with my makeup looks! Here are the Fall products I’m loving and living for!

    FALL SKINCARE AND MAKEUP photos

    Skincare for me is so essential. I have friends that don’t use any skincare and I’m shocked and ask myself :

    #1 Рhow are we friends again?  and

    #2 – so you like aging rapidly?

    Nope sorry. Not I.

    I am a strong believer that skincare can and will help you slow down the aging process ( of course eating healthy, drinking ¬†loads of water , minimizing stress also help ūüôā ).

    This is why I religiously wash, exfoliate, serum and moisturize every morning and night!

    I was happy to receive the Rodial Dragons Blood Micellar cleansing water and Dragon’s Blood essence mist to help me NOT age rapidly ūüôā. I’m a huge fan of this brand because they use innovative ingredients in their products that actually work great together to¬†deliver results.

    FALL SKINCARE AND MAKEUP photos

    The cleansing water contains

    Rose water to cleanse and refresh skin,

    Vitamin b3 to helps brighten skin,

    and

    Hyalronic acid to lock in hydration while preventing moisture loss while helping plump up the skin.

    This is now the first step in my morning and night routine, I dampen a cotton pad and wipe off my makeup. I like to use another cotton pad soaked in the cleansing water a second time to ensure everything is removed. I’m just paranoid like this! Give this a try if your looking

    FALL SKINCARE AND MAKEUP photos

    The Dragons blood essence mist is a triple threat. It can be used as

    Makeup Primer,

    Setting Spray,

    Serum substitute

    Truthfully, I use this mist as a setting spray only and I love it! I love how with one pump I get so much mist and it absorbs into my skin quickly and leaves it really refreshed, glow-y , and helps my makeup stay. On really hot days when I’ve worn makeup I’ve spray the essence mist on to freshen up my look. I love his spray. I didn’t know that it comes in a mini size, but now that I do know this I’ll be buying it in mini so I can carry it around in my makeup bag this Fall.

    FALL SKINCARE AND MAKEUP photos

    “Born This Way” medium to full coverage foundation from Too Faced is the fist product I’ve tried from this brand. I didn’t really know what to expect because all the reviews have been amazing for this foundation, but of course I needed to form my own opinion.

    Day 1 wearing this foundation wasn’t the greatest experience. I felt it oxidized rather quickly and by the time I got home that day it didn’t look like I had any foundation on. My face looked rather dull. ¬†I instantly regretted buying it, but I said I would have another go at it as almost everyone I know has loved it from the get-go!

    Day 2 was better. I realized on Day 2 that on Day 1 wasn’t wearing any of ¬†my usual skincare ( testing out some PR products) and the products did NOTHING for my skin and made my skin look really dull, dry and just plain gross! If your skin prep is off even using¬†a foundation made with the tears of the last unicorn wouldn’t make your skin look good!

    ¬†Day 3 I realized why I didn’t like the foundation as much as I thought I would. I wasn’t pumping enough foundation onto my brush. 2 pumps of the “Born This Way” foundation was not enough for my liking so I tried 3.5 pumps and VOILA, it was magic! Thank god this product is buildable. After trial and error I finally found the right ratio of pumps for my liking and I have to say I am IN LOVE with this foundation. It covered imperfections beautifully and gave me a semi – matte look. I just hope going into the colder months it holds up!

     

    FALL SKINCARE AND MAKEUP photos

    ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† My skin in natural light wearing “Born This Way” Too Faced foundation.

    Esqido is a brand that I was introduced to this year when they sent me their best selling lashes to experiment with. You can read my thoughts on the lashes  here.

    They recently sent me their new gel liners in brown and black . Esqido gel liners are no joke folks ! They are

    long lasting.

    glide smoothly,

     have great colour payoff,

    and

    formulated without latex,sulphates and parabens.

    The liners have a twist dispenser and a precision sharpener.

    FALL SKINCARE AND MAKEUP photos

    I’m a big fan of lining the inner eyelids and sometimes I find that some eyeliners don’t glide on smoothly in that area so I end up tugging a bit on the lid to ensure I get the liner in place, but with the Esqido liners there was no need to tug as the liner glided on effortlessly! The black liner is really a rich black and you can create a long lasting cat eye with minimum effort.

    I used to be obsessed with the MAC lip liners. Soar was my absolute favourite as it matched all my lipsticks. I was never crazy about paying $22 for a lip liner but I did anyway because there wasn’t any other product I liked more¬†until I started using the NYX Suede Matte Lip Liners! I FREAKING love them ! I’m sure I’ve blogged about them before but I wanted to reiterate in this post how amazing these $6 lip liners are.

    Going into Fall, matte shades are a must for me so I picked up Dainty Daze ( shown below) and KYOTO. I like to line my lips first and then shade the top and lower lip with the liner, then apply the lipstick. I find it lasts longer and deepens the colour of the lipstick. For $6 you cannot go wrong with this amazing liner!

     

    FALL SKINCARE AND MAKEUP photos

    I don’t usually talk about hair care on the blog, ¬†but I really should as I get asked all the time what I use on my curly, and unruly hair!

    If there is one product I can’t live without to tame my hair it would have to be the K√©rastase Nutritive K Ol√©o-Relax serum ( some people call it an oil but I don’t like to call it that).I have been using this serum for years and years. It’s an amazing product that can be used on your hair wet or dry, curly or straight , frizz or no frizz. It can be used to add shine to your hair or use it for it’s original purpose which is to control frizz.

    I have repurchased this product at least 4 times and lasts me about a year. I only use one or two pumps depending on the length of my hair at that time. When I wear my hair curly , I apply the serum to my wet hair before applying any styling products. When I wear my hair straight, I apply one pump before and after styling.  This is my HG for taming my frizz! I know it carries a steep price ( $45 ) but it is well worth it for me as it lasts me a whole year!

     

    FALL SKINCARE AND MAKEUP photos

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    IT COSMETICS SKIN CARE…IS IT REALLY THE SECRET TO BEAUTIFUL SKIN?


    I had the pleasure of reviewing a few products from IT Cosmetics recently and I wanted to share my thoughts with you ūüôā

    IT COSMETICS SKIN CARE PHOTO

    If you’re not familiar with IT Cosmetics, let me bring you up to speed. This cosmetics brand is headed by Boss Lady¬†Jamie Kern Lima. As CEO and Founder she has made a name for herself and her products all over the globe! ¬†She has created an award winning brand of skincare and makeup that relates to real woman. Bye Bye under eye, in my opinion, was the cult product that put IT Cosmetics in the forefront of the beauty industry. This little tube of concealer is in every one of my friends makeup bag. You know it’s a clear winner when 10 women can ¬†unanimously agree that it’s the best damn concealer out on the market so far.

    So of course being a loyal consumer, I was really grateful that Jamie gifted me the following products:

    Confidence In A Cream – Moisturizer

    This moisturizer can be used on all skin types. It’s super thick, contains antioxidants, quickly absorbs into the skin and can be used morning and night. I am a huge fan of super thick moisturizers, but I know some people aren’t. It helps when the moisturizer absorbs into the skin quickly as I like to apply my foundation in the morning right after moisturizer and since I’m most likely already behind schedule I detest having to wait for the moisturizer to absorb!

    IT Cosmetics claims that the Hyaluronic Acid will plump fine lines and wrinkles and minimize pores. I do believe that’s true as I have had great experiences with products that contain Hyaluronic Acid. I noticed the moisturizer helped greatly with my makeup application as well. My foundation looks more dewy than usual, which I love!

    This is a well created moisturizer if you don’t mind the super thick consistency.

    IT COSMETICS SKIN CARE PHOTO

    Confidence In A Cream – Eye Cream

    Since Confidence In A Cream – Moisturizer was such a big hit with consumers, ¬†I’m not surprised that there was a demand for a similar product specifically for the eyes!

    This eye cream has quickly climbed up the ranks of my favourite eye creams of all time! For good reason too. It’s formulated with the typical anti-aging agents such as Peptides, Hyaluronic Acid and collagen but what this product has that sets it apart from the others is the inclusion of licorice root, squalene, green coffee & tea, as well the product has an apricot tint to colour correct and brighten the under eye area.

    Just like the moisturizer, the eye cream absorbs quickly into the skin, so there’s no need to wait to apply concealer. I find the product allows my concealer to glide on really easily and acts as an adhesive for the makeup!
    I can’t tell you enough on the impact this cream has had on my under eye area. It really does brighten and plump up the skin to give you a very youthful look.

    Confidence In A Cream – Cleanser

    This cleanser is a really unique product as it’s a cleanser and serum in one!

    It cleanses, moisturizes and hydrates your skin. I am an absolute fan as it’s really gentle on my skin. It’s sulphate free ( so won’t sting your eyes) and has Hyaluronic¬†Acid and colloidal oatmeal. A few days ago, I had to much in the sun and ¬†I managed to get a little sunburn on my face and before I went to bed I cleansed ,as usual, and I could feel the Confidence In A Cleanser soothing my face and I’m pretty sure it’s because of the oatmeal! It Felt really good against my skin. Basically, if your looking for a well rounded cleanser that won’t dry out your skin and will help keep your skin hydrated, this one is great to include in your skincare regime!

    IT COSMETICS SKIN CARE PHOTO

    IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce Anti- Aging Moisturizer

    What is the secret in this Secret Sauce Moisturizer? Straight from the IT Cosmetics websites :

    “The Secret Sauce is 7 clinically advanced, penetration-enhancing fermented ingredients that help to increase absorbency and maximize the ultra-hydrating, anti-aging benefits of Secret Sauce‚ĄĘ. Well that doesn’t tell us much , but I can tell you that this Moisturizer is another winner for me. It’s super thick and creamy. Contains anti-aging peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and licorice root. ¬†It also contains IT Cosmetics trade marked Drops of Light ¬†Technology which give you the “lit-from-within-glow” that we all crave!

    IT COSMETICS SKIN CARE PHOTO

    I love this moisturizer as I always have a nice glow to my face when I have it on. While I have this on,¬†I feel really confident in my natural skin so I find I don’t really need to wear any foundation. It doesn’t mask any imperfections but because it adds subtle radiance ( just in time for Summer weather) and over time helps minimise any fine lines. Again, if you are not a fan of super thick moisturizer (even quick absorbing ones) than this is not for you.

    IT Cosmetics Miracle Water

    This is the one product I think I’m most in love with. The Miracle Water is a 3 -in-1 is a Radiance Booster + Anti-Aging treatment + Micellar Cleanser.

    IT COSMETICS SKIN CARE PHOTO
    So where to begin ..hmmm.

    This product as a radiance booster is great as it uses some really potent skin smoothing and brightening ingredients. I apply a small amount on to a cotton pad and gently apply it to my face. I don’t rinse it off as it’s a rinse free product. The Miracle Water doubles as an anti-aging treatment as well since it has loads of anti-aging properties such as IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce Complex, Peptides, Collagen, Green Tea Water , Vitamin C and Licorice Root, so I know while I’m rocking a nice radiant glow, the Miracle Water is hard at work diffusing any fine lines I may have!

    As a cleanser, dirt, oil and all impurities are trapped and removed onto the cotton pad. What I love most about Miracle Water and I’m sure many of you noticed as well if you have tried this product is the absence of detergent agents. Since this is a rinse free product, a.k.a no need to use water to activate the powerful ingredients , there is no need for any hard detergents that are used to create the lather to cleanse the skin. I love this concept as I feel detergents are meant for laundry NOT my face!!!

    IT COSMETICS SKIN CARE PHOTO

     

    Is IT Cosmetics really the secret to beautiful skin ?

    Overall, I love IT Cosmetics products because they actually do what they claim they are meant to to do. The Moisturizes hydrate the skin. The Cleansers clean the skin without stripping away any hydration. The eye cream is full of botanical ingredients that help fade away fine lines and brighten the under eye.

    These products all contain anti-aging properties that when used over time and with consistency your skin will benefit greatly and you will see a change in the texture and overall appearance in your skin.

    Hers’s the deal, I know these products are a bit pricey so if ¬†you want to achieve good skin and not break the bank, I would highly recommend the Secret Sauce Anti- Aging Moisturizer and Miracle Water. Your skin will still benefit greatly from the active anti-aging ingredients. If you want to splurge and buy the whole line of Confidence In A Cream line I doubt you will not be disappointed and your skin will benefit over time ,but again consistently is key!

    On a side note, I am a huge fan of BYE BYE Under Eye Concealer as that was the first product I ever bought from this brand. Since then I have repurchased it several times and and would recommend it to anyone who has dark circles that need concealing or who want a brighter more youthful under eye.

    Have you tried any IT Cosmetics products? If so, leave me a comment below! I love hearing from you guys!

    XO, MAHA
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    Finally, Drugstore SkinCare Products that work !!

     
    I tend to be OK with paying a lot more for higher end department store skincare¬†treatments or¬†products because I know¬†I’m paying for better¬†formulation of ingredients, higher quality ingredients and the science¬†behind¬†the product. Even though I adore my higher end skincare products, I still jumped at the chance¬†to test out the L’Or√©al Revitalift Bright Reveal‚ĄĘ treatments for 6 weeks when Influenster offered¬†them to me. I thought to¬†myself, can I¬†truly find products that can deter the signs of¬†aging, brighten, hydrate my skin and not break the bank?¬†

    Read on to find out!


     
    Influenster sent me the Bright Reveal‚ĄĘ scrub cleanser,daily lotion, dual overnight moisturizer, and daily peel pads (not pictured).
     
    The timing of receiving this package was impeccable as I had just 
    written a post on the importance of adding new products to your 
    skincare routine at the turn of every season! As I truly wanted to provide a thorough review I dedicated 6 weeks to only using these products day and night. 
     
     
     
    The Bright Reveal ‚ĄĘscrub cleanser¬†provides¬†gentle exfoliation to reveal new skin. This is done by the micro-pearls in the scrub that contain Glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is a powerful compound that penetrates deep into the skin to address any concerns such as blackheads and wrinkles. L’Or√©al recommends you use the cleanser scrub once in the morning and once at the end of the night.
    ¬†I ‘m usually not a fan of the micro-beads found in scrubs or exfoliators as I find they are too abrasive on my skin. I don’t have sensitive skin, but my skin just doesn’t react well to them. ¬†Fortunately, I didn’t experience any abrasions with this cleanser scrub. The micro-pearls are so fine that my skin wasn’t irritated. Even though I found this cleanser scrub gentle enough to use everyday, I decided to use it three times a week in the morning.
     
     


     
    The Bright Reveal ‚ĄĘ peel pads are pre-soaked with powerful amounts of gylcolic acid to help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles , brighten complexion, rejuvenate dull skin and exfoliate, at a higher concentration than the cleanser scrub, dead skin cells. I used the peel pads every night before applying the overnight moisturizer. I definitely saw a more even toned complexion in the morning after using it consistently for one week straight. After raving about this product for two weeks my sister snatched it from me before I could snap a photo of it for this post. I’m not mad at her though, ¬†sharing really is caring ūüôā


     
     
    Bright Reveal‚ĄĘ Brightening daily lotion with SPF 30 can be used every morning after cleansing the skin with the scrub or pads. This lotion is very lightweight and definitely has become my favourite daytime lotion. Since it has SPF it’s also become my only protection against the sun’s harmful rays. The lotion is great under makeup and it doesn’t give off a white cast due to SPF ingredients. I like to wear Est√©e Lauder double wear foundation during the day and this day lotion is the perfect base for it. Anytime I wear it I see my face has a glow to it¬†regardless of what makeup I apply on top!
     


     
    Bright Reveal ‚ĄĘ Dual Overnight Moisturizer¬†can be used after the reveal pads or the cleanser scrub. This overnight moisturizer is a brightening¬†+ anti-wrinkle night treatment. This treatment contains a powerful combo of Glycolic acid¬†+ Vitamin C¬†+¬†Retinol to combat wrinkles and uneven skin tone while you sleep.I’m exceptionally surprised by the high level of Retinol contained in this overnight moisturizer. Usually drugstore¬†products do not have high concentrations of retinol and therefore¬†are¬†not as effective on the skin.¬†This is not the case with the this moisturizer!¬†
     
     Do I love these products?

    ¬†Yes, I sure do! I¬†especially love the brightening peel pads and day¬†lotion! I think they are the stars of the set! I am on my second bottle of day lotion¬†already and I love how it feels on my skin and under my makeup. It gives my skin a surge of¬†moisture and brightens up my complexion¬†instantly. The brightening peel pads are doing wonders at shedding away dead skin. After using¬†them every night I can see that they are more concentrated than the scrub but still gently enough to use everyday. The overnight¬†moisturizer feels great when I apply it after cleansing my face. It’s a light and silky lotion that¬†doesn’t¬†have a¬†fragrance. I have very small fine lines on my forehead and I wanted to see if¬†after 6 weeks of continuous use they would be less visible , as per L’Or√©al claims with this¬†product. Unfortunately, I can’t say¬†the claims about reducing fine lines are true, at least for me they were not. I didn’t notice any change with the fine lines. I may need to¬†use the product longer, which I am doing anyway¬†because I did notice that the little sun spot on my right cheek was diminishing slightly! Yeah no more sun spots, boo, still have fine forehead lines!¬†

    I will¬†continue to use the L’Or√©al Revitalift Bright Reveal ‚ĄĘ¬†products as a set for the the simple fact that I have seen a¬†change in the overall tone of my skin. My sunspots are diminishing and hopefully with¬†extended use¬†they will¬†disappear, but the #1 reason I will continue to use these products is because I have¬†noticed that my skin is more radiant than ever before.¬†

    As I am always open and honest on this blog (and life in general) I want to finish off this post by stating that if Influenster didn’t¬†send me these products to test out, I¬†probably wouldn’t have picked them up on my own. Why?¬†Because I had the mind set that any¬†product under $25 was not powerful and¬†concentrated enough to make a difference on my skin. You see, I am that girl that spends atrocious¬†amounts of money on makeup products so if I can find a¬†drugstore dupe for some of the higher end¬†makeup that I fancy then I go for it and buy the $8 mascara that will give me voluminous lashes like Lancome¬†Hypnose can. I need to start applying the same way of thinking to drugstore¬†skincare¬†products as well. Just because it’s sold at Walmart or Shoppers doesn’t mean it’s not as¬†effective as the¬†product sold at Nordstrom or The Bay. I’m not saying that all drugstore skincare¬†products will do as they claim¬†on the packaging but I won’t dismiss them as quickly as I used too.
     
    XO, MAHA 
     
    Disclaimer: I was sent these products for review by Influenster, but I was not asked for a positive review on my blog. All the  opinions expressed are my own.
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    9 Products That Will Get You Summer Sexy NOW!

    Summer Summer Sumertime, time to sit back and unwind….¬†Did you sing the song to the right beat? ūüôā

    It’s that time of year again when the temperatures are high and days are long! I’m not complaining, I enjoy the sun rays on my skin and the good vibes that come with the season. July is when I start to feel that Summer is officially here in my hometown, so that’s
    usually when¬†I start my search for beauty products that can transition me from Spring pretty to Summer sexy !¬†Everyone’s¬†vision of sexy is different, of course, but my¬†vision definitely¬†includes¬†iridescent soft skin,¬†well manicured nails, long voluminous lashes and of course a killer smile! I thought why not¬†share with all of you the¬†products that make me feel amazing, sensual¬†sexy, gorgeous …(you get the picture) in the Summer!



    This past year I started experimenting with tanning lotions because I wanted to deepen my already tanned skin. I have medium olive skin and I tan fairly easily but baking in the sun is a huge no-no, so I had to find another alternative to get my JLo’esque glow on! I really like the St.Tropez self tanning products as they are the only products that I’ve been satisfied with that offer a more natural and gradual looking tan.¬†The Prep and Maintain moisturizer is the first step in preparing your skin for that sun kissed glow. The enhancing moisturizer also prolongs your tan and hydrates your skin.
     
    This is St.Tropez¬†most popular tanning mousse. It’s to be used after the Prep and Maintain moisturizer. This mousse is very lightweight, streak free and simple to use. I’m a self tanning¬†newbie and I didn’t find it complicated at all.¬†St.Tropez products do not have that tanning salon smell¬†that other tanning¬†lotions have.The tanning mousse promises to give a streak free and natural looking tan. You will not look orange with this mousse and if you use it properly¬†
    you’ll experience a glowing tan for up to¬†10 days. It’s best to apply it with the St.Tropez tan applicator mitt to ensure you get a well blended tan.
     

    The good folks at Coppertone sent me this product to try out. The Clearly Sheer Face lotion is part of the new formulated line that¬† also includes lotion and spray for the¬†body. I know¬†what your thinking, how is sunscreen sexy? Well first let me tell you what isn’t sexy; sun spots and skin cancer! To protect yourself against the harmful sun rays, you¬†need to¬†apply a¬†broad spectrum¬†sunscreen¬†with an SPF 30 or higher, such as the Coppertone Clearly Sheer Face.¬†It absorbs quickly into the skin and feels very light. I like that the formula will not¬†clog my pores or cause breakouts and it’s specially formulated so it can be used on sensitive and acne prone skin. By taking a¬†few minutes every morning to apply this sunscreen¬†you’re well on your way in keeping¬†wrinkles and dry patchy skin at bay. I was¬†pleasantly surprised at how wearable this particular sunscreen¬†was under my makeup. I didn’t experience any white cast on my face and when photographed wearing this sunscreen there wasn’t any flashback in the photos! If you want to see for yourself, check me out here¬†! I¬†found out that¬†Coppertone actually created this specific formula with women in mind to wear alongside their favourite makeup !It dries quickly to¬†a matte finish and is so sheer and light you can actually mix it in with your foundation. As well, if you¬†want to take a dip in the pool¬†Clearly Sheer face and body¬†offer 80 minutes of water resistant protection.¬†
    In recognition of their outstanding¬†product Coppertone Clearly Sheer Face won Allure Magazines Best of Beauty award in 2015! After¬†wearing it for 3 weeks straight I can defiantly see why it’s¬† a winner.


     
    During¬†the Summer, I rarely wear foundation. Actually, I have been wearing foundation for¬†the past¬†4 days but only because I’m¬†reviewing a brand name foundation for the blog.¬†If it¬†wasn’t for the review I would be¬†wearing this tinted¬†moisturizer!.It glides on effortlessly because it’s a liquid formula but has a creamy texture and gives you a dewy finish. I love how it evens out my skin tone without “masking” my skin. The coverage is minimal with this tint and I LOVE this because I feel like¬†my skin looks it’s best in the Summer months and I actually want to show it off! I don’t want to hide behind¬†full coverage makeup.¬†The Nars Pure Radiant tint will give you healthy looking skin but it will NOT cover¬†imperfections. Another great tinted¬†moisturizer that I LOVE to wear is this one.
    Lashes Lashes, Lashes!
     If you want to amp up the sultriness this Summer than invest in some lashes! Excessive Lash mascara gives you long, voluminous and and full lashes. The first time I used this mascara was at a recent night out with my husband and he actually commented that my eyes
    looked “bigger”!. I didn’t experience any smudging or clumping because of the heat that night but this is a¬†Make Up For Ever mascara and these professionals know what their doing with pro-grade products! This is my go-to Summer mascara!
    Maybelline has once again come out with a winner! The Master Hi-Light Blush is a must in your makeup kit this Summer. Why? Well first off it doubles as a highlighter and blush. Yay! Cost savings!
    The soft milled powder feels creamy and applies like a dream. It’s buildable, meaning you can apply several layers until you reach your desired intensity without it looking cakey. It comes in 6 different illuminating combos. I’ve used Nude and Mauve! Mauve is by far my favourite!.Like I mentioned it can be used as a blush and a highlighter. As a highlighter it will not make you glow like a disco ball! That isn’t sexy to me ( my opinion only no need to be offended)! I apply the Nude shade above¬†my cupids bow, at the high end of my cheekbones and temples. It gives me the right amount of highlight during the day and for night time I amp it up a bit with a few layers! As a blush, it offers a subtle fresh colour¬†OR¬†you can turn the heat up and layer it on! ¬†All the shades can be worn with any skin tone. This product is gorgeous in daylight with the sun glistening on your skin. Side Note: Went to my local drugstore yesterday to pick up Pink Rose ( for the 2nd time now )but it still sold out the day it restocked!
     
     
    I received this stain in the shade “Energy Shot” as part of a gift that I won at an event. I wasn’t too thrilled with the colour as it was a bit too pale for my olive skin, but I¬†was intrigued with the formula and¬†the¬†union of a lipgloss +¬†lip stain.¬†I ended up ordering “Preserving Passion” and “Long Live the Night”. I would categorise this product more of a stain rather than a lipgloss as the glossiness of a typical gloss (say that 5 times fast)wasn’t there, however the staying power of the stain is worth picking this product up! Because I wanted a bit more sultriness to my lips, I¬†overlined¬† ¬†my lips a bit and added a coat of”Long Live The Night” and topped it off with a lipgloss. Wore it all night and received many compliments on it!
     
     
     
    ¬†A polished¬† manicure in the Summer is a must for me. Add a romantic hue to the nails,sandals, maxi dress,and a floppy¬†brim¬†fedora¬†and you’re on your way to channelling the effortlessly styled Kate¬†Hudson! I love wearing essie¬†“spaghetti strap” because it’s a romantic pink peony¬†colour that makes me feel girly and sweet!¬†What¬†nail¬†colour do you reach for when you want to feel sultry and a¬†bit wild?¬† Of course, classic red! I truly believe any red lipstick and fiery red nail polish can ignite a¬†woman’s confidence, so no need to shy away from this powerful shade!¬†Wear it with¬†grit!¬†I’ve been an essie lover since I first¬†laid my eyes on their vast¬†array of colours years back but lately I’ve been swooning over butter London nail lacquer.¬†Come To Bed Red is one of their most suggestive names and is befitting of this gorgeous colour!

     
    Let’s talk about hair b.a.b.y! Let’s talk about you and me….
    I’m feeling really nostalgic while writing this post today. For all the millennial generation readers¬†just ignore me! So I take great pride in removing every bit of hair , not on my head, off my body! I do it every 2.5 to 3 weeks. I like the feeling of having super smooth skin and I just feel so much better and cleaner.Ok, now I’ve shared a bit too much info but I told you I was going to share my secrets with you! I was sent the wax ready strips as a PR sample to try out and if I liked the product to write a post about my experience. What the good folks over at Nair don’t know is that this is what I’ve been using for a¬†while now and this product is my go-to hair removal product. Because of my middle eastern decent, my hair grows really fast, I mean super lightning fast! I find the ready strips super easy to use as there¬†is no need to warm up the product before use. The strips¬†don’t dry out my skin at all and I don’t’ haven’t experienced any pain or discomfort when removing the strips(even in the most delicate areas but this may differ for each individual).The typical results last about 3-4 weeks.¬†My results last about 2 weeks(remember super lightning fast hair growth)!. For the price point of the product you’re receiving 40 wax strips so you get a few sessions out of each box. If you compare Nair value vs salon value you’re spending $8 for half leg and bikini compared to half leg an bikini for the $70 at the salon(in Ontario). If your interested in trying the wax ready-strips, Nair has offered a $2 coupon on their site. I’ll link it for you here!


     
     
    What products do you use to get Summer sexy? Let me know by leaving a comment below!
     
    Maha
    XOXO
     
    DISCLOSURE: The Coppertone Clearly Sheer Face lotion and the NAIR Ready-Wax strips were sent to me as a PR sample. I was not paid to discuss them in this post.The other products discussed were bought with my own funds. I am not affiliated with any brands discussed in the post and my opinions are my own.
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