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

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

    MEET MATT(E) ADORE theBALM eyeshadow palette photo

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

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

    The Balm Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette

    The Balm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Palette

     The Balm Meet Matt(e) Ador Palette

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

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

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

    Brace yourselves…this is not pretty:

    MEET MATT(E) ADORE theBALM eyeshadow palette photo

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

    No, that didn’t work either.

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

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

    MEET MATT(E) ADORE theBALM eyeshadow palette photo

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

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

    Pro:

    I love the branding and packaging;

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

    versatile so you can go from day to night

    Cons:

    Too chalky and overly powdery;

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

    too much fallout and expensive AF!

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

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

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

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

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

    I love hearing from you.

    XO , MAHA 

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    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 🙂
    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 🙂 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 🙂 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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    NATASHA DENONA PALETTE REVIEW!

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

    Natasha Deanna Palette

    Natasha Denona Palette

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

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

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

    Natasha Denona Palette photo

    Natasha Denona Palette

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

     

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

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

    Natasha Denona Palette 5 photo

    Natasha Denona Palette 5

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

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

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

    If so, leave a comment below  🙂

    XO, MAHA

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

     

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    Darling, you need this makeup! Charlotte Tilbury Edition

    I’ve been lusting over the Charlotte Tilbury makeup ever since I saw an advertisement for the “FilmStar Bronze and Glow” palette in a magazine! The Charlotte Tilbury brand exudes glamour and luxury. Gleaming rose gold lipstick tubes and gorgeous streamlined rosy palettes *swoon* ! Yes it was love at first sight, but how do the products add up? Are they worth investing in ? I was given the opportunity to experiment with a few products such as lipsticks, an eyeshadow palette and a multitasking “Beach Stick”. Here are my thoughts on the products.

    Charlotte Tilbury Matte Lipsticks

    Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks

     

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    MY MAKE UP FOR EVER ESSENTALS!

    Make Up For Ever (MUFE)is a PRO makeup line aimed at attracting artists in fields such as cinema, cabaret, TV , fashion and dance, but you don’t have to be a professional artist to use and appreciate this iconic brand. Trust me when I say that every make up artist, staring out or a veteran in the industry has a MUFE product in their kit. For my professional kit, I started off buying all MUFE products because I was told, if you wanted to be respected in the industry, you better start working with the right tools right away. Every artist I asked at that time recommended MUFE for their versatile  product options and wide colour ranges in foundations and concealers.I not only picked up a few items for my kit, but I also added many items to my everyday makeup bag. I call these products my essentials because they make makeup application so much easier for me. I’ve become dependant on them and even though some of the products have been around for a while I still ❤ them.

    Can you tell I use these palettes a lot!I think I’m on my 2 palette of each.I use them on almost everyone.I have the dark complexion in my personal makeup bag as well as I am obsessed with the orange for correcting my under eyes.

    The sculpting blush is a fave of mine! The pigmentation is so strong that you only need to lightly dab the tip of your brush in the compact to pick up a good amount of colour. I’m impressed by the colour range in these sculpting blushes. The colours are very soft almost pastel like and would flatter just about any skin tone.
     
    //Sculpting Blush,Matte Raspberry Brown//

    I’ve been using the Glossy Full Gloss since I was first introduced to it 2 years ago. I like the shine it gives off and it doesnt’ feel sticky on. I don’t say this about a lot of glosses, but this particular one is long wearing. I love to pair nude lipsticks on top of this gloss, it looks really good! Anytime I wear it I get asked “what’s that gloss?”. I don’t know what the technology is behind this gloss, but it’s a great product and a little goes a long way so you definitely get you monies worth.

    The original HD foundation was a dream to use and very iconic in the beauty industry. When MUFE announced they were reformulating this product I really didn’t believe it could get better than the original, but it did! This foundation comes in 40 shades, yes you read that correctly,40! You are bound to find your perfect match with such a wide range. I still like the fluidity of this product. I still blend it out with my damp beauty blender as I like the sheer look on me and I find the beauty blender is great in achieving this. I ONLY use 1 pump and that is enough product to cover your whole face. 2 pumps would be ideal if you want a full coverage look. This foundation dries to a satin finish and definitely feels and looks natural on the face. I use the HD foundation in my personal makeup bag and professional kit. I use it on clients with normal to slightly dry skin. I don’t use this on oily or very dry skin as I find it further dries the skin.

    The SENS’ EYES cleanser is the ONLY product I use to remove waterproof makeup. I don’t have to tug at my skin to remove the makeup as this works quickly and efficiently. I dab a bit of the liquid on to a cotton pad and with one swipe my eye and lip makeup is gone!. Again, like so many other MUFE products, a little goes a long way. The bottle I have is only 30ML and it’s lasted me about 6 months.

    The HD face Primer pictured is my favourite high end primer. I have so many of these tubes in my kit as I use it on everyone ! When I like a product, I LIKE a product :).This HD primer has a lightweight  yet silky texture, almost comparable to Benefits Porefessional face primer. This primer adds a nice glow to dull complexion and I feel on some people it corrects uneven skin tone. Sometimes I love wearing it alone, after moisturizing just because it adds a nice shine. MUFE doesn’t produce this specific primer any longer as it’s been replaced by STEP 1 SKIN EQUALIZER line. Stay tuned for a dedicated post on the STEP 1 line!

    //Glossy Full Lip Gloss//
    //Ultra HD Foundation//
    //SENS Eyes Cleanser//
    // HD MicroPerfecting Face Primer//


    I have so many MUFE products on my list to buy and try out including the STEP 1 Primers , HD Face Sculpting kit,PRO Sculpting Duo,and the Ultra HD Concealer! Of course, you will be able to read my full review on these products soon 🙂

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