Part 2: Summer Essentials – MakeUp


Hi Beauties 🙂

I’m back with Part 2 of my 3 Part Summer Essentials Post. Before I continue with the post, I wanted to Thank you all for your supportive comments via Intstagram (@MakeupByMahaMatar) and e-mail ( It means a lot to me and encourages me to keep going. This blogging business is so very new to me and I’m learning so much along the way,  so THANK YOU 🙂

Makeup Products

1. Clinique Perfectly Real Makeup

If you read my last post  ( of course you did!!) you know that I love my BB creams for Summer time, but there will be days when I want or need a little bit more coverage so I reach for my Clinique Perfectly Real Makeup foundation! This stuff is so lightweight and feels like I have nothing on. It covers beautifully, has a very natural looking finish and comes in 17 shades so your bound to find a perfect match. My only suggestion when wearing this foundation is to lightly powder over it to make it last all day. 

2. Rimmel London Natural-bronzer

On one of my frequent trips to the local drugstore I was lured into the cosmetics aisle by a well lit and beautifully placed display (darn displays get me every time!!). To my surprise it was a Rimmel display and the bronzer’s were the first thing I noticed. I wasn’t in need of a new bronzer but thought for $6.00 why not, and added it to my shopping cart. I have always been loyal to  this bronzer but I have to say the Rimmel bronzer has become a favourite in my makeup routine. I picked up Sun Bronze ( I have olive skin tone).  It has a slight shimmer but nothing too crazy and the texture is very soft. It’s easy to apply and feels good on my skin. It gives me that sun kissed glow and the small amount of shimmer that this bronzer contains is a very nice touch! I wear it on my cheeks and around my hairline. Again, there is a slight shimmer with this bronzer so if you contour with your bronzer,  I wouldn’t recommend using this bronzer for contouring. It is best if you purchase a full Matte bronzer. Oh yeah it also contains SPF!

(Just a tip….your bronzer should be 1 to 2 shades darker than your natural skin tone).
I have to say NARS is one of my favourite cosmetics brand.From their creamy under eye concealer to their lip glosses they can do no wrong. This blush is no exception. It’s a winner! It truly suits every skin tone and looks good on everyone. It gives you that hint of a natural flush making it ideal for everyday use. It can be layered with other blushes for an intensified look if your going out on the town. To be honest , I love this blush for all seasons not just Summer!

In the Summer I tend to not wear lipstick , except for weddings or a night out with the hubby. I feel more” Summer ready ” with a nice gloss on my lips like the NYX extreme lip creams . These creams have taken on a life of their own. Everyone that uses them raves about them, including me!  The colour payoff of these glosses is phenomenal. NYX calls these lip creams a  hybrid of lipstick and lip gloss with intense pigmentation all-in-one”. I couldn’t agree more. They are highly pigmented, silky , long wearing for a lip cream/gloss and are easy to apply. But I have to say the  biggest bonus of all is that they are extremely affordable. I believe in Canada they sell for $4.99. That’s a great deal for the quality of these products. In Ottawa, you can buy these lip creams and other NYX products at Rexall or at My favourite are Dolly Girl and Natural. 

5. SEPHORA COLLECTION Mixed Metals Baked Eye and Face Palette

This  9 shadows in this metallic palette can be worn wet or dry. There are 2 blushes  as well as a highlighter. You can layer the shadows if you want an intense look or keep it simple with one colour on the lid.  Copper and Shale are such unique colours and  I love pairing them together!This palette is easy to carry around and so versatile. I definitley have gotten good use out of it so far. I can’t forget to mention what a good value this palette is. Definitly worth having in your Summer makeup collection

6. EOS Organic Lipbalm

Who hasn’t heard or tried EOS organic Lipbalm ? These cute sphere ( or egg heads, as my daughter likes to call them) shaped balms are definitely a big hit with anyone that likes to have silky smooth lips.  According to the company these lip balms are “95% organic, 100% natural, paraben and petrolatum free”. They lock in moisture and contain Shea butter. I use these babies all year round. I have them everywhere;  at the office, in the car, in my purse, in my gym bag……..everywhere!! They are perfect for carrying around in my cross body and whenever my lips are feeling dry, these egg heads save the day!

Thank you Beauties for checking out my post. 

Part 3 coming soon!

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