I’ve had the privilege of using  some really cool makeup and skincare products recently and I’m ecstatic that I can finally talk to you all about them!

Vichy Idéal Collection photo

Vichy Idélea Collection

First up is the Vichy Idélea collection. The Idélea collection was formulated to be used to combat the first signs of aging such as uneven skintone, fine lines and dull complexion. It consists of the Idélea Radiance Boosting Antioxidant Serum($49), Smoothness and Glow Day Care moisturizer($45), Radiance Activating Night Peeling($40) and the Idélea Gel Cream($36). The packaging is as per Vichy style ; simply gorgeous!.The products are housed in glass bottles (except for the Gel Cream) with the moisturizer having a mirrored lid.

Fermented Black Tea + Blueberry Polyphenols are the main ingredients in this line and for good reason. Black Tea has been proven to aid in better skin by fighting free radicals and by helping to accelerate skin rejuvenation. Bluberry Polyphenols help to reduce inflammation (if consumed) , help minimize redness and is basically an anti-aging powerhouse!! I’ve been using the full line now for 2.5 weeks now and as with other Vichy products I’ve tried;  I’m a fan.

After 2.5 weeks of using the IdĂ©ala line my complextion has been very smooth and looks brighter. I attribute this to the consistent use of the Night Peeling liquid  + Serum! This combo is heaven! If you read my other blog posts or follow me on Instagram ( which you totes should!) you would know that I am serum lover! I DO NOT sleep or leave the house in the morning without my serum! I am consistent in applying it as I truly believe it nourishes, moisturizes and gives my skin life! Now before I started using the IdĂ©lea  Radiance booting serum I was using this serum. Yep, another Vichy product! Are you surprised? Don’t be. I’ve been using Vichy serums for years now even before I became a blogger. I love their products simply because they have well formulated ingredients that actually work!


Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In a Palette Natural Beauty Photo

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In a Palette Natural Beauty

It’s no surprise that I have fallen in love with another Charlotte Tilbury product! I am serioulsy obsessed with this brand and heres why. Firstly, the products are best of the best ( CT Magic Cream I’m a come’n for ya!!). I have acquired a good amount of CT products and I have never been disappointed in any one product. The lipsticks glide on effortless without having them tug at your lips ( mattes included , read this post , trust me it’s worth it). Legendary Lashes mascara has now replaced my iconic DiorShow ( sorry not sorry!) and her eyeshadow palettes are amazing and easy to work with. Secondly, the packaging is oh so glamorous and are made for fabulous flatlays (all bloggers will agree to this!!) and thirdly, Miss CT herself is my makeup artist icon/mentor!

So, the subject of this post is not Charlotte herself, ( sorry got distracted a bit) but the gorgeous Instant Look in a Palette , Natural Beauty!

This limited edition palette has 7 shades that can be used by any age group as the colours are universal and transcend age. The shades are soft yet effective and super silky so they glide on your face easily. I love that the palette itself tells you the placement of the shades, hence why anyone can use this palette. It’s super quick to use and CT markets it as 5 -minute makeup Magic and it kinda is! I do whish however that they had a deeper ” Eye Smoke” just to add more depth to the look but overall I love this palette.I’ve used it on myself and my 63 year old mom and it looked amazing on us both. I throw it in my gym bag and freshen up after a workout if I plan to meet up with friends afterwards. It’s a very universal palette that I hope becomes a permanent product on the CT site as I can see myself repurchasing it many times over!


Tweezerman DermaPlaner and Complexion Cleansing Brush photo

Tweezerman DermaPlaner and Complexion Cleansing Brush

Tweezerman has come up with the next big at home facial product! The Dermaplaner has made a huge splash on the internet these past few weeks and I was lucky enough to snatch one up!   Yay me! The Dermaplaner( $40) exfoliates dead skin cells for a brighter and glow-esque complexion. The Dermaplaner comes with 3 extra blades( 4 total) and each blade can be used for 3 months each.

For those who don’t know what Dermaplaning is , let me fill you in :).  Dermaplaning is usually performed by a dermatologist. It was originally used to remove vellous hair or what we non-doctors call it ” peach fuss”!  During the peach fuss removal process the top layer of the skin is also removed in the process to reveal new top layer skin. Some key benefits of Dermaplaning are :

  • exfoliates skin effectively to reveal new skin
  • temporarily removes fine hair
  • rejuvenates skin complexion

The Dermaplaner treatment you would receive in a Doctors office is a bit more invasive than the in home treatment so I cannot compare the two but here are my thoughts on the Tweezerman Dermaplaner at home tool.  I use it twice a week and I have become a fan of this little blushed tool!  I can literally see my dead skin in the blades, gross, I know, but it’s great to see the product actually works. If you have sensitive skin may be try the product out on your legs first before to see if you are sensitive to it. My face is a bit red after each use but only because I have a bit of sensitively in the my skin. The redness subsides after a few minutes. I found the Dermaplaner really easy to use and it’s just like shaving your legs or underarms. No difference.

In combination with the Dermaplaner , Tweezerman also has the Complexion cleansing brush. The bristles are long and dense but not too dense where it hurts your face when using it. You can use the Complexion brush before the Dermaplaner ( or on its own for a great facial massage and thorough cleanse) . I personally enjoy using it with the Dermaplaner. Here’s step by step how I use these 2 tools together :

  • I add cleanser to the body of the brush and massage the cleansing brush on my skin. The  cleanser on your face acts as a “shaving cream ” for the Dermaplaner.
  • To exfoliate my skin I would gently pull the skin area I wanted to exfoliate down and with short strokes I would glide the Dermaplaner on that area.
  • If I wanted to get rid of some peach fuss I would use the exact same procedure but pull the skin upwards and use the dermplaner in the other direction ( so against the hair growth). Please do not use it around the eye area as this area is uber sensetive!

I didn’t experience any discomfort while using it on my face and it felt very safe to use. The Dermaplaner was very gentle on my skin and my face felt very smooth afterwards because it got rid of the peach fuss I had around my lips and hair line ( lol), so you’re not only exfoliating your skin but also getting rid of that peach fuss too! Bonus!

I highly recommend that after using the Dermaplaner you moisturize your face very well as you just revealed new outer skin so you should keep it hydrated and plump looking. After each Dermaplaner session I was able to continue with my usual skincare routine ( cleanse, toner, serum etc , etc) just fine without any sensitively.

If you’ve used any of these products or thinking about using them leave me a comment below!


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  • Reply Japji

    Soooo many great products! I am obsessed with the new Vichy line, especially the night peeling product! Also love everything Charlotte Tilbury – she can do no wrong!

    April 15, 2017 at 7:15 pm
    • Reply Maha Matar

      I’m totally obsessed with CT!!!! I want to buy all her stuff!!!

      April 18, 2017 at 7:08 am
  • Reply Diana

    I love the Vichy products

    April 15, 2017 at 7:29 pm
  • Reply Catherine

    I got samples of that Vichy line from my Shoppers Drug Mart and I was totally obsessed! I had no idea Tweezerman came out with those products. Have you noticed any problems after a few days using the dermaplaner kit??

    Catherine | Beauty by Catherine

    April 16, 2017 at 9:15 am
    • Reply Maha Matar

      No I Haven’t experienced any issues after using it! I had to cut back to only using it three times a week as I did notice I may be using it too often!! lol!

      April 18, 2017 at 7:08 am
  • Reply Renee Clement

    Some great products in this lineup! I really want to try the new Vichy line!

    April 16, 2017 at 10:25 am
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