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    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

     

     

    DRUNK Elephant photo

    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

     

    Disclosure: Products were purchased and not gifted to this platform.

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    SKINCARE PRODUCTS I LOVED IN 2019!

    I know this post is a bit late….. 20 days late to be exact 🙂

    Here are my absolute favourite skincare products from 2019 that I’ve carried over into 2020! These are skincare products I’ve bought over and over again. #1 DAMN IT THEY WORK and #2 they didn’t break the bank!

    Pixi Beauty DetoxifEYE ($30)

    First up are the Pixi’Beauty DetoxifEYE patches. I  wrote a full article on them here!

    I use them twice a week and I think I’ve on my 7th or 8th jar. They have a great mix of ingredients such as hyaluronic acid +caffeine to supercharge the under-eye to lift, hydrate and get rid of the  puffiness! At 41 I started to see more puffiness around my eyes and after every use of the DetoxifEYE patches the puffiness was no more ! These patches are great as a pick me up after a long haul flight or when you’re getting ready for a special event and want to ensure your eyes look youthful and healthy! I can go on and on about these that’s how much I adore them. 

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    Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel ($70)

    A new addition to my routine that I’ve become obsessed with is the Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel . It was a sample I received from Sephora and instantly fell in love with the results. This was my first intro to the BIOSSANCE brand. I’m sure you’ve seen or heard a lot about Squalane lately, but this isn’t a new ingredient, but more and more cosmetics companies are incorporating it into their products as it’s been proven to deliver results. Squalane is an antioxidant that delivers fatty acids to your skin to keep it hydrated, supple and full of moisture. Peptide acetyl tetrapeptide-5 also plays a huge part in decreasing puffiness and smoothing out wrinkles.  

    I saw the BEST results using this product morning and night. Literally, one half pump was enough to cover both eyes. My under eye is now brighter, looks younger, healthier and I was able to apply concealer on top and not have it crease or look cakey. I haven’t had healthy looking under-eyes in a long time and truly feel this guy right here is the reason why I feel better about my skin. The key is to use it morning and night ! 

    I wasn’t planning on discussing this product in this particular post as I really wanted to showcase the amazing benefits of the peptides and Squalane  in a dedicatee post but oh well, I was too excited and decided I needed to share this find  right now 🙂 BTW, I loved this eye gel so much I ended up buying the full sized product.

    Biossance Squalane Peptide Eye Gel

    IT Cosmetics Miracle Water 3-in-1 Tonic -Cleanser($50)

    I haven’t talked about this product in a long time, but I can honestly say that I use this micellar cleanser every single morning and night and have done so since I received it in PR back in 2018. I have repeatedly  purchased a bottle every  3 months. So if you do the math, that’s a lot of bottles 🙂 I have tried other micellar cleansers and I always regret it and go back grovelling to my Miracle Water. To truly appreciate the this product you will need to read my article here.  

    This product is such an important part of my routine that if I skip it for some odd reason I immediately regret it. IMO it really cleanses the face and gives it a nice glow that even after applying makeup I can still see. Love this so much ! I pray they never stop making it!

    IT Micellar water

    CERAVE MOISTURIZER ($20)

    This is the only moisturizer I’ve been wearing for over a year now. It’s a very lightweight with SPF 30. I wear it every day under my makeup and I believe it helps protect my skin form the suns harmful rays.It has zero fragrance and applies really nicely. There’s nothing really outrageous about this moisturizer but it works so I repeatedly buy it. Because ( I hate starting a sentence with ” Because”but oh well ) I use separate anti- aging serums and oils  I like my moisturizer to only have SPF. I don’t really need any anti-aging properties in my daily moisturizer. Does that make sense? Some folks think I’m crazy but honestly I don’t think it’s done me wrong so far. 

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    THE INKEY LIST

    This brand is new to my lineup and I have been wanting to experiment with them for a long long time so I ordered a bunch of products from my local drugstore.So this post is not an in-depth look into the brand and the products but let me tell you I am working on an in – depth article discussing The Inkey List and I think a lot of people will benefit from it!  I didn’t want to include them in this lineup of must have 202o products , even though they are truly worthy of this exposure, as I wanted to introduce them to the blog with their own solo article but I would be hiding the good stuff from you and I just couldn’t do it. So if your’e interested in trying any of their products, I highly recommend the following:

    • Rosehip Oil ($10)
    • Squalane($10)
    • Niacinamide($9)
    • Hyaluronic Acid ($9)
    • Retinol ($12.99)https://www.makeupbymahamatar.com/2018/06/04/it-cosmetics-skin-care/

    There are so many things I love about these products. Off the bat you can see they are budget friendly. I don’t think I saw any product over $15!.  I also love that they are super easy to layer on-top of one another and their versatility. If one day I feel very dry I add a bit more Squalane and Rose hip oil, if I’m not dry that day, I may only add Rosehip and skip the Squalane.

    The InKey List Retinol ( 1%) was my first experience with Retinol and I think I found the one! I didn’t experience break outs or develop dry patches like most people said might happen. I’ve had such a great experience with this brand so I’ll stop talking about them now as I need to leave content for the dedicated Inkey article 🙂

     

     

    XO, MAHA 

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    Best Foundations For Anyone In Their 30’s !

    There are so many foundations to choose from. How do YOU choose the perfect foundation? You know, that foundation that doesn’t settle into the fine lines or dries out your skin a few hours after applying it! Well for me, in my twenties ,it was easy. I wore anything I wanted to, if I wanted to. In my thirties I struggled a bit as I started to see my skin dry out more.Well hello 40’s! I seem to be holding steady at just the drying out of the skin. Still no deep wrinkles or saggy skin…thank god for them good genes!

    When we beautiful woman hit our 3o’s our skin starts to lose collagen fast and all those years in the sun slowly start to creep up on us. That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy time in the sun, it just means we need to be aware of the damage it may cause to our skin. I digress, this post is not about sun protection, it’s about finding the best foundation for anyone over 30! Even if your not in your 30’s this is still a very good read! 

    Here are my suggestions on what you need to look for in a really good foundation now that you’re no longer in your 20’s!

    1. Choose a lightweight formula. You can still achieve good coverage with a lighter formula such as Georgio Armani Luminous Silk or L’Oreal True Match foundation. Both have buildable coverage, and won’t dehydrate your skin or sit in those fine lines.
    2.  Foundations that contain Hyaluronic acid instantly plump and hydrate your skin! Charlotte Tilbury “Magic Foundation” and Lancome “Skin Feels Good” are both loaded with good ingredients to give your skin extra moisture and that lifted effect.
    3. Serum infused Foundations are so impressive. Their multitaskers as they are infused with  face oils and powerful antioxidants to help fight away free radicals all while covering up your minor imperfections . My favourite serum infused foundation is the Estée Lauder “Double Wear Makeup”.
    4. Seek out a foundation that contains more natural ,yet active, ingredients such as white tea and thyme extracts. Arbonne makes a beautiful  foundation that literally melts onto your skin

    Kat VOn D foundation photo

     

    My top foundations that I have on rotation ALL THE TIME are:

    1.Estée Lauder “Double Wear Makeup”

    2.Charlotte Tilbury “Magic Foundation”

    3.L’Oreal “True Match” 

    4.Arbonne  “Perfecting Liquid “

    5.Milani” 2-in-1 Conceal+Protect”

    6.Kat Von D ” True Portrait  Foundation”

     

    photo of model wearing Kat Von D foundation

    In this photo I’m wearing the Kat Von D ” True Portrait  Foundation” and I just love how it looks on my skin and is definitly a new favourite of mine. Super hydrating, lightweight formula with a semi-matte finish that lasted all day on my skin! It applied as a liquid but then dried to a powder finish. I added some blush, highlighter, lipstick, eyeliner and I was good to go for the day! My skin has a new BFF!

    Remember, age is just a number we see on our drivers licence and nothing more!

    Don’t believe me ?  Google JLo, Queen Rania and Ms. Janet Jackson! All woman that have aged with grace and style!

     

    XO, MAHA 

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