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    BEAUTY, BRAND TALK

    Makeup By Mario Collection

    Mario Dedivanovic released his new collection at Sephora and I quickly snagged a few items to take home to my makeup collection 🙂 He’s a well known makeup artist who has painted the faces of many celebrities including KKW, the Jenner Klan and Gab Union to name a few. He’s also one of my favourite makeup artists and I admire his techniques and work ethic so much. He also grew up feeling like an awkward and didn’t know how to channel his creativity so I relate to him on that level so much. 

    I picked up the Master Mattes™ Eyeshadow Palette, Master Eye Prep & Set™ and Master Secret Glow™ Highlighter.

    First off the packaging is a minimalist dream and very instagram worthy. The palettes are sleek, matte, crisp white with “By Mario” etching on the bottom right. The packaging is extremely sturdy as I dropped one of the palettes on my ceramic tiles and not a single dent was made nor was the product shattered or damaged in anyway!

    Makeup By Mario palette

    Master Mattes™ Eyeshadow Palette $64

    Master Mattes is made up of 12  neutral matte shades that are universal on all skin tones ranging from light too deep tones. The shadows were not too creamy and not too dry for matte shades. Most shadows tend to lean towards a chalky texture but I didn’t have this experience with these shadows except for the darkest shades simply called Matte 11 (deep cool brown) and Matte 12 (intense black).  This palette is fairly pigmented and a little product goes a long way. Matte 11 and 12 were a bit more difficult to blend out which is perfectly normal for darker matte shades so take your time when blending them out.  I was able to create a light makeup application for daytime and then smoked it out easily for a night look. I did find that there was some fall out with the shadows but since I do my eye makeup first it didn’t bother me as I just wipe off the excess prior to foundation.  I find neutrals are the PERFECT shade for effortless day to night makeup wear and Makeup By Mario eyeshadow palette did hit the mark. 

    Would I recommend this palette?

    Yes and No.

    I would recommend this palette to someone that is seeking a well formulated matte palette and does not already own anything similar to these neutral shades. The shadows except for Shades 11 & 12 are easy to blend. The formula is perfect for what a matte shadow needs to be ( not too creamy, not too dry) and you can easily build on the shadows. If you already own a neutral matte palette, like the majority of us do, then I would pass. There isn’t anything extra magical about this formula to make you cough up $64.  It’s a nice to have palette. 

    Makeup By Mario Look

    Master Eye Prep & Set™ $37

    I have to admit when I purchased this palette I thought it was a concealer but learnt after that this was an eye prep palette. I’ve been prepping my eyes with NARS Creamy concealer  for years so I was curious to see if the Eye Prep and Set would make me change my mind. This palette is offered in 3 shades: Light, Medium and Deep to Prime, Prep and Conceal your eyelid. I selected shade medium and Mario also suggests you can use this palette to cut your crease or shape your brows. 

    There are 2 cream formulas to prep and cover your lids and then a powder formula to set the cream. I found the cream to be a bit thick and a little goes a long way. Less than a pea size amount was good enough to cover both my eyelids. I found the medium shade to be an exact match for my olive skin tone on my lids ,however, found it to be too dark carve out my brows. Once I concealed the lids I set it with the powder. The powder was very fine and silky. It applied beautifully and gave me a really nice matte finish.  I can’t stress enough how little of this product you actually need! I wouldn’t suggest using this product as a concealer as the formula is too thick for such a sensitive area and you don’t want to be tugging at your under eye to blend it into the the skin.  My shadows lasted all night and at one point I topped up my eye makeup for fun and I was able to blend the shadow without any issues. I’m fairly confident it’s because of the meticulous Eye Prep and Set layering I did. 

    Would I recommend this palette?

    Yes, I would recommend this palette! This palette has replaced my Nars creamy concealer for eyeshadow prep.

    The Master Eye Prep & Set is a great tool to have! If used correctly ( not too much cream and powder) you can definitely achieve the perfect canvas for eyeshadow application!  For better application, it’s best to apply the creams in thinner layers with a flat dense brush. 

     

     

    Master Secret Glow™ Highlighter $29

    This is an interesting product. I say it’s interesting because I didn’t know if I was using it correctly. 

    The Secret Glow Highlighter is “A translucent balm that gives a dewy glass-like glow for the eyes and face in a nourishing, emollient formula.”   I felt the texture of the highlighter to be a bit sticky / tacky and hard to work with. I applied the balm to the high points on my cheekbones and brows and also cupids bow. I didn’t see any of the product on my skin so I applied a bit more…then a bit more…then a bit more. I finally gave up, wiped it off and used my Charlotte Tilbury highlighter instead.

    I felt this product was more of a gloss than a highlighter. It felt sticky on the face and I actually would prefer it on my lips. 

    Would I recommend this palette?

    No, I wouldn’t recommend it.

     It was difficult to apply with a brush and my ring finger. I found it super sticky and it dried quickly on my face. Again, I don’t know if i was using the product properly or I just wasn’t using enough product. I just know that it should’t be this challenging to highlight my cheekbones!

     

    Overall, the star out of the items I purchased was definitely the Master Eye Prep & Set. The eyeshadow palette is a nice to have if you currently don’t own a matte shadow palette or you want to support Mario. The Master Secret Glow Highlighter was a big mystery to me. 

    If you’ve used any of these products, I would LOVE to hear your feedback!

     

    XO, MAHA

     

     

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    LIFESTYLE, WELLNESS

    Four Reasons To Start Running Aside From Weight Loss

     

    Most people tend to start running due to the well-known physical health and fitness benefits, such as improved cardiovascular health and weight loss. But aside from looking great, here a few lesser-known reasons to take up this calorie-blasting, fun, and versatile workout that’ll make you want to put on your running shoes and start now.

     

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    It improves both your mental health and quality of sleep

     

    It is well known that exercise results in the release of happy hormone endorphins, and running is no exception to the rule meaning that it will make you happier. It also boosts your overall brain power, allowing you to noticeably function better throughout the day. This is thanks to two other chemicals that we release while running – dopamine and norepinephrine, responsible for increasing your attention and learning capacity, as well as your motivation. Once you start, running regularly results in an extremely positive effect on your mental health as well as physical and even improves your quality of sleep. This is due to your body being tired due to the increased physical activity, allowing you to sleep better and deeper, which is also great for reducing overall stress levels. 

     

    You will have more energy!

     

    Even though it will tire your body out so that you get a better night’s sleep, it also gives your energy levels a real boost! If you feel tired or sluggish, then going out for a run is a really great wake to wake yourself back up again. If you are after excess energy, in particular, try running in the morning – morning runners have reported feeling improved energy levels during the day, so set your alarm an hour earlier than when you’d usually wake up. Even if it’s a bit painful at first, the results will be worth it.

     

    It’s for free

     

    People often feel like they need to pay tonnes of money on gym memberships and classes to get fit and look their best. The problem is that many gym memberships can be quite costly, and not everyone can afford it – this is where running comes in. While you can, of course, run on a treadmill inside a gym, running outside equals more exciting and versatile routes as well as fresh air, and the beauty of it is that anyone can do it anywhere and at zero cost. All you need is a pair of comfortable leggings and sports tops via retailers such as Curves N Combatboots, a pair of running shoes, and a bottle of water to take with you, and you are good to go. 

     

    It’ll boost your self-esteem

     

    Aside from the obvious health and fitness benefits that come from running regularly, many runners also report an increase in their self-esteem. Not only does this new boost come due to improved fitness and body confidence thanks to running resulting in inevitable weight loss and leanness, but also due to the various goals you will meet over time. The more you run, the longer you will be able to run for and at greater distances, going from 1K to 5K to half a marathon and then a full marathon. Seeing these physical accomplishments play out right before your eyes will increase your confidence and faith in yourself that if you can do this, you can accomplish just about anything, inspiring you to make and hit goals in other parts of your life.

     

    XO, MAHA

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    BEAUTY

    ARE YOU LAYERING YOUR SKIN CARE PRODUCTS CORRECTLY? (NIGHT ROUTINE)

    We get asked ALL the time, ” Is there a correct order to applying skin care? ” 

    Yep, there is!

    We cannot emphasis enough how super important it is to layer your skin care products correctly,  especially if your routine is as extensive as ours !

    Here’s why:

    1. Products won’t penetrate properly if the order is out of whack. If you’re putting water based or thin products on top of thick or oil based products, you’ve basically created a barrier and the thin products won’t be able to reach the essential layer of the skin to treat it!
    2. You may be causing harm to your skin or creating new skin ” issues”. Applying serums on top of oils could leave your skin dry and dehydrated, since not enough water is reaching your skin. If you’re applying oils or serums on top of your sunscreen, you’ve basically voided the sunscreens ability to protect you and you may be causing premature aging.

    Here’s the layering process we use for our night time routine, to ensure our skin is always radiant, healthy and free from pesky zits and blemishes ! Just remember, since everyones skin is vastly different you may not need to use all the products we’ve listed so adjust to meet your needs.

    OK? 🙂 

     

    picture on how to layer skin care products for night time

     1+ 2 Double Cleansing

    First cleanse is always a cleansing balm  to remove surface grime such as sunscreen, sweat, makeup, and other impurities that may have accumulated on the skin throughout the day. A  cleansing balm should have a good mix of anti-aging ingredients such as rose hip and açai fruit oils and should be free of parabens and formaldehydes. A cleansing balm comes in a solid form but when rubbed onto the skin transforms into a soft luxurious oil.

    Second cleanse ( hence why it’s called double cleansing) is always a water based cleanser that penetrates deeper into the pores to remove any dirt or bacteria caught in the pores. When using a water based cleanser, it’s best to cleanse for at least 60 seconds to ensure you are benefiting from the array of ingredients in the product. Don’t rush this step! 

    3 Exfoliating

    You should be exfoliating your skin at least 1-2 times per week to get rid of dead skin build up, oil and other impurities you may not be seeing in the mirror. Exfoliating also unclogs pores, smooths skin texture and enhances absorption of skin care products.

    Exfoliating really is the key to glow-y, luminous skin!

    There are two types of exfoliating products on the market: Chemical and Physical.

    Chemical exfoliating works from within pores to help loosen and remove dead skin cells, bacteria and other really gross stuff!

    Physical exfoliation uses grainy ingredients that slough off skin ( think back to early 2000 when EVERYONE was using St.Ives Apricot Scrub) . 

    We prefer to use chemical exfoliation every other day and only at night as the sun can irritate the skin. At times physical exfoliation is necessary when we notice our skin needs just a bit of extra T.L.C. that day !

    4 Toner

    We love toners over at Makeup By Maha Matar!  They really are a necessary addition to any routine and come with so many benefits;  restores your skin’s pH balance, is a great way to add active ingredients like retinoids, antioxidants and exfoliants to your existing products , and minimizes the look of pores! You do not need to wash off the toner, however,  you should let it dry before applying the next product. 

    5 Essence

    An essence is a cross between a toner + serum. Toners balance the skin, serums treat the skin and an essence product will hydrate/treat the skin. Essence products are super popular in Korean skincare and now have a massive following in the US and Canada. Korean essences usually contain an active ingredient that optimizes your skin’s natural cell turnover rate. A good trick we learned from our fave Korean website “SOKO GLAM” ; never apply the essence to a cotton pad as it’s fairly watery, instead, transfer the product to a spritz bottle and spray directly onto your face. Like toner, essences do not need to be rinsed off, however, should dry before applying the next product. 

    6 Serum

    Face serums are lightweight moisturizers that penetrate deeper to deliver active ingredients into your skin. Serums can boost the effects of other products you are using and tend to be pricier than other products because they can target specific concern and are full of powerful ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, and ceramides that deliver results. According to my fave online beauty site ” Into The Gloss” there are two types of serums:

    “You have the water-based serums and oil-based serums. Water-based serums go under the cream and they are so important. They nourish the inner layer of the skin because the molecule is very small so it penetrates. The oil-based serums (aka Face Oils)  go on top of the moisturizer because they have a bigger molecule. They’re supposed to keep the cream and whatever you put underneath moist during the entire day/night.”

    7 Eye Cream

    An eye cream is not really a necessity, however, can be beneficial if you use a product with a good mix of ingredients. We use eye creams that contain retinol or hyaluronic acid to combat the signs of aging .

    8 Treatment

    This is the step where you can treat specific concerns such as enlarged pores, wrinkles , and dark spots. You can use a product that contains, niacinamide, which is also an antioxidant, and treats pigmentation, wrinkles, acne, redness and dryness. Vitamin C for brightening, fading dark spots and even building collagen. Approach this step with caution as some ingredients do not mix well together so please ensure you research carefully.

    9 Retinol

    Retinol has been dubbed as a “miracle product in achieving youthful, radiant skin”. It’s a vitamin A derivative and works by increasing collagen production as well as increasing the rate of skin cell turnover.

    We wanted to highlight retinol as an individual step as there are so many questions surrounding this potent, active ingredient. We wanted to emphasize that you can use retinol after a moisturizer if your skin is extremely dry or even before a moisturizer as we have it listed. Retinol has been known to dry out the skin, so if you’re prone to dryness it’s a good idea to use after a moisturizer to prep your skin for reitonol.

    As well, many brands recommend you use a pea sized amount and only use it once to twice a week to start. Many skincare experts and doctors recommend you use Retinol at night as your skin can become uber sensitive to the sun. As well, it’s recommended that if you are using Vitamin C, then it’s best to use it in the morning and Retinol at night.

    Remember, these are active ingredients and if not used accordingly to manufactures instructions you can cause sever damage to your skin.

    10. Moisturizer

    A good rich moisturizer is an absolute necessity in a morning and night skin care regime! The well formulated moisturizer will boost hydration, prevent flaky skin from occurring, and creates a protective layer of moisture that hopefully lasts all day!

    11. Face Oil

    Oils are packed with essential fatty acids and antioxidants. They penetrate the skin to protect and enhance while building a stronger lipid layer. We prefer to add a few drops of face oil in our moisturizer or serums. It’s super easy to go overboard with face oils, so use 3-4 drops max.

    With so many oils on the market,  how do you choose the correct one? This is another question we get asked a lot.

    Well here’s a quick rundown of oils:

    Agin Skin: Rose hip seed or Argan oil

    Dehydrated/dry skin: Argan, Jojob, Maracuja, or Marula oil (our fave!)

     Oily/acne prone skinjojoba, tea tree oil

     

     

     

    XO, MAHA

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    WELLNESS

    Boring but Essential Health Stuff You Should Never Ignore!

    Whether you’re twenty, thirty, forty or somewhere in the ballpark (whatever ballpark that may be), you’re likely guilty of the same thing as the rest of us: occasionally neglecting your health, because, well…certain things are boring. 

     

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    None of us enjoy going to the dermatologist, or to the dentist…it’s not like getting a massage or your nails done; there’s no real payoff, or at least not an immediate one. And when you have a busy, hectic life, cramming the fun things in is hard enough, much less the stuff that’s not always so fun. And when you’re a woman, you’re often encouraged to put your own needs to the side. 

    Well, ladies, it’s time to unlearn that behavior and start taking care of yourself. And that means all the things, not just the fun ones, or the ones that are an immediate danger. Preventative care and maintenance are a good thing for everybody, after all. 

    Below are a few areas that us women tend to neglect, and how we can do better at, you know, not doing that anymore: 

     

    Your Teeth

    Yes. We all hate going to the dentist. And for good reason. Dental visits are often lovely shaming activities where we apologize profusely for not flossing. Sometimes there’s pain. And there’s always lots of money involved (seriously, does anyone’s health insurance have a decent dental plan? Apparently not). We’ve all built the dentist up to be some kind of massive bummer, and because of this, we don’t go. And the more we don’t go, the more problems build up, making the inevitable visit worse…you get the drill. 

     

    But the teeth are actually much more important than you think, and it’s not all aesthetic. Your teeth are directly related to your nerves, your blood, and your heart. Ignoring things like teeth pain, abscesses and cavities can directly impact your health. You might think it’s no big deal, but putting off a dental visit can do irreparable damage. 

     

    So call your dentist, schedule that cleaning or tooth bridge appointment, bite the bullet (figuratively) and take care of your teeth. 

     

    Your Skin

    That eight-step skincare routine is great (and nope, we totally don’t judge if you skip a night – or three – a week), but taking care of your skin is about more than just buying a miracle moisturizer and removing your makeup before bed. 

     

    Seeing a dermatologist every now and then to have things like irregular moles and odd blemishes checked out is a really good idea. Skin cancer is a big risk factor for women, especially if you spend a lot of time outside (always wear sunscreen; every day, no matter the weather or season!). Taking the time to get your body’s largest organ checked out for any potential problems is a really good idea. Don’t wait until it’s too late. 

     

    Your Heart

    We all know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. Unfortunately when we hear that statistic we often immediately think of elderly women. And that’s just not accurate – women are having heart attacks at younger and younger ages, due to stress, chronic illness, dietary issues and more. 

     

    Put simply, we need to take better care of our heart. It’s true that panic attacks and anxiety can mimic heart attacks, which is why a lot of young women just ignore pain and discomfort and don’t see a doctor – often with disastrous consequences. Take your heart health seriously and see a doctor at the very first sign of something wrong. 

     

    Your Diet

    We’re not talking about fad diets and crash diets, here. Newsflash: they don’t work. We’re not talking about dieting for weight loss, either. 

     

    We’re talking about eating a balanced, nutritious and healthy diet that is primarily composed of natural foods that you’ve prepared at home. 

     

    Taking the time to cook is not only a stress relieving activity, but because you control the ingredients, those meals tend to be healthier and cheaper. Your diet should be full of leafy greens, crunchy vegetables, ripe fruits, lean protein, a few whole grains and healthy fats, and yep, a treat or two for snacking or dessert. Everything in moderation! Including going out for pizza at the weekend. 

     

    Taking the time to look after your health – yes, even the boring parts – will pay off in the end when you have more energy, clearer skin, a bright smile, and are sleeping like a baby after your long, successful day of being a responsible human who loves the skin she’s in.

     

    XO,MAHA

     

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    The Eyes Have It! Simple Techniques To Shake Up Your Look!

    The eyes are the windows to the soul. Whether you’re looking to give your health a fine-tuning or you need to shake up your look, the eyes give so much away, but making them stand out can prove to be quite a complicated task. But when there are so many different ways to define your eyes using shadowing, highlighting, or contouring, it can be incredibly confusing. What are the best ways for us all to make our eyes stand out using some of the best tricks of the trade?

    Don’t Connect Your Eyeliners

    One of the best tricks to make your eyes look wider, separating the top and bottom eyeliners. If you leave a gap between the two, this will create the illusion that they are bigger. And if you want to add more to this, go for a nude eyeliner or cream color. You can find cream color eyeliner in every shade to suit your skin tone. If you want to look more awake, especially those people out there that aren’t getting much sleep right now, creating the gap between the bottom and top eyeliners will work wonders.

    Defining Your Eyebrows

    It’s a very difficult task, filling in your eyebrows properly. But filling in your eyebrows doesn’t have to be complex. As long as you start with clean brows, brush upwards and then fill in the gaps carefully, you’ve got the bulk of the job done. Adding to the tail creates a more dramatic look. And after you fill in the brow, use the spoolie once again to brush the brows outwards towards the “10” and “2” positions as if your face was a clock.

    Curling Your Eyelashes

    Using mascara to define your eyes is a tried and tested method. But if you want to open your eyes out more, using a lash curler will go even further. Just make sure you use the color before you apply the mascara because this could cause you to pull out your lashes. As far as definition is concerned, your eyelashes could do with opening up.

    Use Tape When Applying Eyeshadow (my favourite trick)!

    It’s a very easy way to make a lot of mess under your eyes. But when you apply eyeshadow, put a small piece of tape under the eyes and when you have finished applying your eyeshadow, peel it off and there is no fallout at all. No fuss, no mess!

    Holding Your Brush Vertically

    If you want to add extra definition to your lashes, hold the brush vertically. This will catch the really small ashes along your bottom lash line. It also catches the outer top lashes and the inner corners. This gives you a wider depth of definition.

    The Power Of Concealer

    Adding a quick layer of concealer to your eyelids will minimize the veiny look everyone dreads. If you are looking particularly tired, this gives them an instant lift.


    There are so many different techniques that you can transform your eyes in so many ways. In fact, you could say that you can do them with your eyes shut!

    XO, MAHA

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    How to achieve better Skin Elasticity?

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    Ever wondered how to achieve younger looking skin? Well, you’re certainly not alone there! The key to retaining a healthy and youthful complexion is all about improving the elasticity of your skin. As we age, our skin loses elasticity and so we are more prone to wrinkles and fine lines. Luckily, there are plenty of products that you can use.

    1 . Evening Primrose Oil

    Evening primrose oil is made from primrose seeds, traditionally found in North America. It’s a good idea to mix the oil with a carrier oil (like coconut) before applying it to your skin. Apply the oil every evening and in a few weeks you should start to notice the firming effects. Primrose oil is not just great for elasticity, it’s also beneficial to heal eczema and soothe inflammation.

    2. Hyaluronic acid 

    Hyaluronic acid helps our skin to stay lubricated and moisturized. The substance actually occurs naturally in our bodies, however our skin can lose hyaluronic acid as time goes by. This is mostly due to UV rays and the natural aging process. When you are next shopping for your beauty products try purchasing a cream or serum which contains this active ingredient. Neutrogena sell a great serum called ‘Hydro Boost’ which is well worth a try.

    3. Vitamin A

    To keep the wrinkles at bay, vitamin A is exactly what you need. It’s found in foods such as carrots, spinach, or salmon. You will likely see skincare products on the market which contain ‘retinol’ and this is the same thing as vitamin A1. Vitamin A1 is also found in foods like cheese or beef. To improve your skin’s elasticity it’s important to get lots of vitamin A in your diet and to use a retinol infused serum as part of your daily skincare routine. You can also purchase vitamin A supplements if you prefer.

    4. Witch hazel

    Witch hazel is a plant that grows in North America, it’s been used for its health benefits for thousands of years. Skin care products containing witch hazel will work wonders on your skin’s elasticity. There are many options out there including Mario Badescu’s rose and witch hazel toner or Murad’s pore face wash.

    Some studies have indicated that regular exercise can boost the overall health of your skin. It’s suggested that exercising may in fact be able to reverse cell changes which contribute to aging. A good exercise regime in general will help you to stay in shape, and therefore look and feel great. If you are looking for alternative ways to improve your appearance and combat the signs of aging, take a look at http://somaplastics.com/. You’ll find a wide range of options that may help you improve your appearance.

    Where skincare is concerned, it’s often the simple things that count. Be sure to drink plenty of water, get 7-8 hours of sleep and try natural products such as coconut oil and aloe vera 🙂

    XO, MAHA 

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    DRUNK ELEPHANT Products you need…NOW!

    We’re hoping 2020 is the year our skin sees some serious long term results so we’re putting all our faith into the highly coveted and beloved Drunk Elephant Brand.

     

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    We wanted to feature for the first time on our platform these powerhouse products as we’re consistently hearing the buzz surrounding them. For those who don’t know,  Drunk Elephant (DE) is a brand that focuses on simplicity and believes in using clean, natural, well formulated ingredients that benefit the skin and environment. DE has a cult following on social media thanks to their powerful products and creative packaging. DE is the fastest growing skincare brand in history and have been praised for kicking off the massive Clean Beauty trend. Personally, a trend I am happy to jump on 🙂

     

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    B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum $63

    By-Hydra is a serum that improves skins texture, tone and delivers maximum hydration as it contains powerhouse ingredients such as :

    Pro-Vitamin B5: Ensures hydration stays in the skin holds hydration to the skin, supporting skin’s barrier function.
    Pineapple Ceramide:  Improve the appearance of skin texture and tone.
    Sodium Hyaluronate: Delivers superior hydration to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

     

     

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    Why do I need this product?

    Everyone can benefit from a well formulated light serum such as this one. If you are concerned with dry patches, dullness of skin and wrinkles than B-Hyrda is for you. Hydration is key to healthy skin. During the cold months in Canada, some of us experience what is known as wind burns, burning and redness to the face, when engaging in outside activities such as skiing, skating or simply walking 🙂  Very Canadian, I know!

    Now, B-Hydra won’t stop us Canadians from experiencing wind burns, that would just be a miracle, however, if you apply B-Hydra to those areas on the face that are burning or feel tight due to the cold climate, you instantaneously will feel a very soothing and refreshing feeling. 

    How to use?

    One or two pumps of B-Hydra should be used after cleansing and works well combined with other serums, creams and moisturizers. DE suggests C-Firma + B-Hydra as a powerful combination that will dramatically improve your complexion and bring skin back to life! At the time of writing this article, we had just bought C-Firma and had not yet used it in combination with B-Hyrda. We were using another Vitamin C formula that wasn’t quite right for us therefore made the switch to C-Firma. 

    T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum $118

    T.L.C Framboos is a powerful overnight chemical exfoliator that rids your skin of dead cells. 

    Framboos contains a potent concoction of AHA/BHA.

    AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acid. BHA stands for beta hydroxy acid. They help peel away the surface of your skin so that new, more evenly pigmented skin cells may generate and take their place.  The T.L.C. Framboos blend includes glycolic, lactic, tartaric, citric, and salicylic acids, with raspberry extract.

    Why do I need this product?

    T.L.C Framboos fights dullness, wrinkles, fine lines, discolouration and even excessive oiliness. With continued use it may diminish the appearance of pores. This product is free of fragrance, essential oil, silicone, and irritants so works well on sensitive skin as well as dry, combination and oily.

    We have been using this product for over 2 months now and we can see a huge difference in the overall skin health, even after just one use. We used to have little bumps on our forehead that never went away regardless of the product used, until Framboos. No more little bumps! We’ve used many glycolic acids before to treat stubborn skin problems but truly nothing as effective as DE Framboos. A huge new favourite on this platform! We will repurchase over and over again.

    How to use?

    We like to mix one pump of T.L.C. Framboos with Marula oil ( DE recommends mixing with Marula oil for best results) but you can really use any oil you’re comfortable with.  At first use you may experience a slight tingling of the skin but this will diminish or completely be eliminated with continued use. It’s best to use Framboos every other night for a week or so to allow your skin to adjust to it.  Remember for best results, consistency is key 🙂

     

    A-Passioni™ Retinol Cream $98

    DE launched A-Passioni™ retinol cream to a lot of warm welcome and love! If you google  “retinol” within the top searches you will see DE A-Passioni™ retinol cream. It is a fan favourite and deserves the recognition and awards it’s received.

    According to the internet, “Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, an ingredient that promotes skin renewal and enhances collagen production (which starts to decline in your 30s). As well as lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, retinol can also reverse some of the side effects of sun damage.”

    A-Passioni retinol contains 1% pure vegan retinol, which is high for a non prescription retinol. Along with retinol, A-Passioni™ contains:

    Triple Peptide Blend: A potent trio of peptides that helps firm and strengthen, boosting the age-fighting benefits of retinol.*
    Vitamin F: Soothing fatty acids (linolenic and linoleic) that work to improve skin’s texture and suppleness and help calm signs of sensitivity*.

    Why do I need this product?

    To fight collagen loss and eliminate/diminish the look of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and dryness effectively a retinol is required. We have been using A-Passioni™ for only a few weeks and have not seen any dramatic changes in our skin, BUT  that is not because DE A-Passioni™ is not working.  A well formulated retinol such as A-Passioni™  takes 2-3 months to show improvement in the skin. Retinol works in the most inner layers of the skin. Patience is key when using Retinol. 

    How to use?

    A pea sized amount of A-Passioni™ or less can be applied day or night. For maximum results, DE recommends using them in a DE smoothies. DE smoothies are combinations of DE products that work well together. A few DE smoothie are:

    Mix A-Passioni™  with B-Hydra™  for an extra shot of hydration and vitamin B*

    ABC Smoothie” for smoother, brighter, more hydrated skin. Mix a pea-size amount of A-Passioni™ , one pump of B-Hydra™, and one pump of C-Firma™

    To ensure no irritation occurs , less than a pea sized amount should be used and frequency of use should be limited to one a week and work up to 2-3 times a week. It’s also important to mention that SPF should always be used when using retinol.

     

    Have you used any of the DE products? If so , I would love to hear from you in the comments below!

    XO, MAHA 

    *Sephora site

     

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