Rejuvenate Your Look This Season With My Autumn Favourites!

Well hi there!

Yes, it’s been a long time since we last spoke my dear friends 🙂

I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve missed blogging and interacting with you all!

Just a quick update on my life so far. As some of you noticed, I hope all of you noticed, my blog has been a bit dry lately. Trust me, it was not done intentionally…well it kind of was but it was for the best …trust me again. I was on an intensive course for 10 months that required  100% of my attention. Thankfully after loads of coffee, long sleepless nights , some tears and many missed family gatherings I can say I was successful and this opportunity has opened many doors for me. I’m so blessed and happy that it is now behind me and I can now concentrate, once again, on the things I love like family , makeup, blogging about makeup and eating good food…in that exact order 🙂

( I have to warn you, there is a lot of content in this blog post because I thought since I’ve been MIA I owed you a good read ! So go ahead grab a cup of coffee, tea, wine and get comfy because this one is worth the wait! )

So now we’re deep into October and just last week it started to feel like Autumn in Ottawa. I spent a whole day switching out my closet to warm, cozy sweaters, boots, and scarfs and of course I didn’t neglect my makeup and skincare stash!

Every new season I incorporate a few new items to my makeup and skincare routine and this season is no exception.

Let me introduce you to just a few of the new Caryl Baker Visage Nirvana fall collection. The whole collection has the deep rich pigmented fall colours that we all love like the coppers, golds, deep reds and burgundies. Perfect for Autumn !

I’ve used the CBV makeup in the past and loved it and this collection is perfection. So far I’ve used Faith, Shrine, and Stone eye shadows as well as Good Vibes lip lacquer. The shadows are pigmented ,long lasting with or without primer, but since I’m a creature of habit I always prime my lids regardless! I would have to say that Faith is my favourite shade. I use it as a base or worn alone for a romantic look. Stone has to be the deepest black I’ve tried. I compare the depth of black on Stone to the Inglot Cosmetics Gel liner pot, which in my opinion, is the blackest gel liner on the market so far. It’s that black! Shrine is gold perfection. It’s what I call a true gold. Not a yellow gold but more of a copper gold which I love!

The Good Vibes lip lacquer is the essential lip colour for fall. It’s a deep plum that dries on matte and hydrates the lips. You will probably get a good 5 hour wear before you may need to reapply. I paired Good Vibes with a basic smokey eye using Stone and Shrine on the lower lash and the look was fire!  I’m really interested in trying the shade Lava which is a coral red lip lacquer. Two great colours for fall!

Next up is my favourite makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury’s uber successful Hollywood collection which includes contour / highlight wands as well as matte liquid lipsticks. Of course I gravitate towards the lip products because I’m such a lip product junkie. Showcased here are Hollywood lips in Pin Up Pink and Rising Star. Both shades are more on the neutral side which I adore in any season! The staying power on the Hollywood Lip glosses are ridiculous … in a good way! I also love that they contain beeswax to ensure your lips stay hydrated as many matte products dry out your lips. The lip wand is shaped in a crescent to mimic the natural curves of the lip for easier application. This is genius!

I also have the Hollywood Contour wand in a medium – dark shade. It is the perfect contour shade for my olive skin, however I’ve only used it once straightly from the tube and the other 5 or 6 times I’ve used the contour wand I had to dispense the product on the back of my hand and then onto a brush to apply. I feel like the wand dispenses too much product at once. Other than that I love this contour wand and it’s so compact that you can literally throw it in any bag and take it with you. If you are light-handed with this product it will last you a looong time!

Makeup forever is one of my go-to trusted makeup brands. My pro kit is 80% makeup forever so of course I had to try the new Artist Face powders. I’ve tried out Gold Copper and Shimmery Champagne. This product is so multipurpose. I’ve used both shades as a top coat for eye shadow to add extra “pop” to  a look (kind of like glitter). You can also use them as highlighters and if I had the right shade I could have used them as a blusher !

This past Summer I started using the Dermologica Daily Superfoliant to get rid of the dead skin cells that build up over time and it worked really well so I ‘m going to continue to use it this Fall as well. The superfoliant is a powder and once you add water it becomes a paste that is gentle enough to use everyday and I truly use it everyday. My face feels so fresh and so clean after.

Another daily product that I now love and simply have to add to my skincare routine is the Vichy Pureté Thermal cleansing gel as well as the Vichy LIFTACTVE Vitamin C hydraulic acid for intense anti aging benefits. The cleansing gel is now in my top 5  must have products of all time. I knew it was a good cleanser once it passed my cotton round test.

What’s the cotton test you ask? Great question! I knew I had smart readers 🙂

The cotton test is when you take a cotton round and after washing with a cleanser and drying your face, you take a cotton round and swipe it on your forehead. If you have any dirt or impurities that come off on the cotton round than the cleanser is no bueno ( not good in Spanish) , however if you swipe and nothing comes off onto the cotton round then you have yourself a winning cleanser! This is my cotton round test! Go ahead , it’s yours to use. As well, I think it’s really important to mention that my skin did not dry out after using the cleansing, actually it felt really fresh and radiant.

The Vichy LIFTACTIVE Vitamin C is not going to be for everyone. Some of you may find it too strong for your skin, but my skin absolutely loves it! As soon as I apply the Vitamin C it seeps into my skin without any irritation.  I wanted to add a Vitamin C product to my routine because I am so sick of my brown / sun spots that have formed these past 2 years. I’ve used the LIFTACTIVE Vitamin C for a few weeks now and it seems to be diminishing the brown spots. They are still there but it looks like they are less visible. For sure I’m gong to keep using the product until these darn brown spots are no more!!  As well this product is great for lifting and plumbing your skin so you look more awake and youthful!!

Since I’m still loving the Rocky Mountain Soap Co. products I definitely wanted to include them in this post, but if you want an in-depth review of these products you can read all about them here.  Same goes for the Ordinary products that have literally saved my skin this Summer. You can read about those products here.

That’s a wrap on my Autumn favourites! Again, Thank you guys for supporting  my blog and I am so happy to be back sitting in front of my computer, with a bowl of vegan mint chocolate chip ice cream and blogging about what I love most! Thank you so much !



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  • Reply Taylor Doucette

    These photos are gorgeous! I looooove the Charlotte Tilbury products you featured!

    October 24, 2017 at 12:48 pm
    • Reply Maha Matar

      I have a crazy love affair with CT makeup! I’m dying to try her Magic Cream but it’s so expensive!! I’ll put it on my birthday list for the hubby!!!

      October 25, 2017 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply CrystalCandy

    I agree, the Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color powders are fabulous! Your photos are gorgeous by the way 🙂

    October 24, 2017 at 1:01 pm
    • Reply CrystalCandy

      aaaand I just noticed the other comment about your gorgeous photos hahah

      October 24, 2017 at 1:01 pm
      • Reply Maha Matar

        You’re so sweet!! Honestly I die for your photos….seriously the best blog photos IMO!

        October 25, 2017 at 12:36 pm
    • Reply Maha Matar

      Anything MUF is outstanding maybe that’s why my pro kit is like 80% MUF products! they just work so well.

      October 25, 2017 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Melanie

    Nice roundup of products and congrats on achieving your goal! Woo hoo! Looking forward to seeing your posts more frequently!

    October 24, 2017 at 4:33 pm
    • Reply Maha Matar

      Thank you Melanie! I am definitely going to try really hard to blog regularly!

      October 25, 2017 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Tori - Doll And Dye

    Welcome back! I missed your gorgeous flatlays!
    I don’t know how I’ve never tried the cotton test before, I’m definitely going to do this for cleanser testing in the future!

    October 25, 2017 at 12:19 pm
    • Reply Maha Matar

      Thank you Tori! It’s good to be back 🙂 You don’t realise how much you love something till it’s not there anymore…a bit dramatic about blogging but it’s my true feeling.

      October 25, 2017 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply Jenn

    yeah welcome back!! great post!! Can’t wait to read more amazing advice and reviews from you!!

    October 29, 2017 at 9:31 am
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