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Maha Matar

    BEAUTY, SKIN

    Natural ingredients that help soothe dry, inflamed skin

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    First post of 2021 🙂

    What a great way to start the new year! I woke up with inflamed skin and a bit of redness. This usually happens to me when I’ve over indulged in sweet & savory treats and dryness in our home, since it’s a wee bit cold outside, we turn up the furnace to warm up the house.

    So how do we combat redness and irritated, inflamed skin? With natural ingredients of course 🙂

    Oatmeal

    You can use a natural concoction such as an oatmeal paste made of 1 Tbsp oatmeal + tsp milk and leave it on my skin for 20 min. Oatmeal has amazing skin benefits and has been proven to be a natural skin cleanser, exfoliator and hydrating agent. Oatmeal contains polysaccharides, which are long chain of sugar molecules , a.k.a complex carbs, so when ingested equipe your body with energy . However,when used topically  they help with the natural hydration process of the skin. One particular study that proves the benefits of polysaccharides on the skin is this one here published  in Brazilian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

    Aloe Vera

    If your skin is itchy and irritated a cooling agent such as Aloe Vera is fantastic! I use Aloe Vera masks one a week even if my skin isn’t feeling itchy because it has cooling and healing properties that we can all benefit from. It just feel good on the skin OK 🙂 You can also buy an Aloe Vera succulent plant and harvest the gel directly. Here’s a  fantastic step by step  on  how to harvest Aloe Vera gel directly from the plant.

    Alo Vera MAsk

    Milk

    Have you ever bathed in milk? Milk baths have become extremely popular as a way to calm and soothe itchy, dry skin. Milk baths can feel so luxurious, especially if you add a few drops of your favourite essential oil in the mix. Soaking in milk actually has many skin benefits. Milk contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that can help loosen the bonds that hold old, dead cells to the surface of the skin. Also contains fats and proteins so actually works to help boost your skin moisture. I take milk baths more in the winter and my absolute favourite product to use is the HERBIVORE Coconut Milk bath Soak. No one said it had to be animal milk. Plant based milk such as coconut, soy and almond milk have calming properties as well. If you choose to use animal milk, Crabtree & Evelyn make a fantastic product made with powdered goats milk. If you choose to make your own milk bath at home, any full fat powdered milk such as cow or coconut will dissolve well under hot water.

    Herbivore Milk bath picture

    Another way you can benefit from milks great healing properties is to use products such as Pixi Beauty Hydrating Milky collection. It was created to re-balance and replenish hydration back into your skin.It contains coconut, oat extracts, jojoba milk and green tea extract. I have been using these products for awhile now, and they work so well to calm my skin and reduce redness.The Hydrating Milky Mist, not shown in the photo below, is my absolute favorite for when I need quick relief from itchy skin. It sinks right into my skin and gives me that cooling effect.

    pixi beauty milky collection

    Let me know in the comments if you have used any of these natural remedies or if you’re a fan of Pixi Beauty’s Milky line.

    XO, MAHA 

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    Where do you get your Vitamin C? Drunk Elephant vs OLE HENRIKSEN

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    Awhile back I posted on IG that I started incorporating Vitamin C to my daily skin routine and I received questions on which product I recommend. Since I was a novice I wasn’t able to provide a fair response, but since then I’ve tried out the 2 most popular Vitamin C serums on the market and here are my thoughts and comparisons of the two products:

    DRUNK ELEPHANT C-FIRMA DAY SERUM

    This Vitamin C serum contains 15 percent L-ascorbic acid which is a potent form of vitamin C for antioxidant protection, fading dark spots, brightening, and accelerating collagen production.

    • Also includes ferulic acid and vitamin E (tocopherol), which are great at treating sun damage and fine lines
    • Has an acidic pH of 3.3, which is ideal because L-ascorbic acid has been shown to penetrate best at pH levels less than 3.5.
    • It can oxidize within 3 months and oxidized Vitamin C can age your skin, according to dermatologists. Rate of oxidation differs from product to product so I can’t tell you exactly when it will ” expire” however 3 months is usually 
    • Unfortunately, the rate of oxidation is not easy to gauge because it has a light golden tint even when fresh. Once it turns darker and more orange, it has probably oxidized, so I would discontinue use.
    • Contains Marula oil, which is a heavier oil with a thick consistency that may clog pores so maybe not best for acne prone skin. 
    • Stays on the skin for up to 72 hours, even if you wash your face..that’s pretty cool!
    • Uses natural and synthetic ingredients
    • Fragrance Free
    • It’s expensive at $105 for 30ml bottle

    Overall, I really liked the DE C Firma Vitamin C serum and would recommend to anyone who wants to firm, brighten and improve the overall look of your skin. It is expensive for a serum but definitely does deliver on it’s promise to give you a glowing complexion.

    It has a good amount of antioxidants + ingredients. Contains high amounts of Vitamin C and absorbs right into the skin without that sticky feeling some serums leave behind.  You can easily layer other products such as The ordinary ” B ” Oil and/or Squalane Oil without having the feeling that you have too many products or irritation on your skin. I used up the whole bottle within 2 months and that was everyday morning use, one small pump for the entire face followed by B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum. I saw some changes in the nasolabial folds ( fine lines around the mouth) but the big change happened with the overall texture and plumpness of the skin, however, I believe that’s attributed to the use of B- Hydra + C Firma together. I call these my powerhouse couple!  I feel this product would work great on all skin types except for oily skin. The Marula oil is heavy and may clog your pores, so proceed with caution.  The texture of the serum feels silky but watery so work quickly when working it into your skin. If you want long term results from the DE C-Firma Vitamin C then consistency ( every day or other day) should be your goal! 

    vitamin C serums

    OLE HENRIKSEN BANANA BRIGHT VITAMIN C SERUM

    This serum contains 15% Vitamin C which is highest concentration of vitamin C for daily use.

    • 5% PHAs (Polyhydroxy Acids) A plumper alternative to AHAs that helps even skin tone and texture through chemical exfoliation, loosening the “glue” that binds the surface layer of skin together, and reveal the newer, fresher skin beneath.
    • Vegan, cruelty free
    • plump skin’s surface with hydration and reinforce skin’s moisture barrier.
    • Contains Hyaluronic Acid that helps plump skin’s surface with hydration and reinforce skin’s moisture barrier.
    • Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps nourish and condition skin; also helps stabilize the vitamin C in the formula.
    • Again, 3 months is probably all you’re going to get form this product before it “expires”. 
    • Contains Orange Peel oil – used to achieve the orange colour, may irritate some skin types.
    • Fairly priced compared to to other leading brands at $86 for 30 ml

    Overall, I would say the Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Vitamin C serum will give you the best glow you have ever had. I do find that it takes longer to absorb than DE C Firma. This wasn’t a deal breaker for me but might be for some. The texture of this serum feels silky, smooth and isn’t a watery serum so you have time to work it into the skin.

     

    VITAMIN C SERUM

    Left – DRUNK ELEPHANT

    Right- OLE HENRIKSEN

    The type of vitamin C serum you decide to use in you routine will depend on the results you want and your price point. I use both interchangeably as I feel they both benefited me greatly! 

     

    XO, MAHA

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    BEAUTY, BRAND TALK

    Makeup By Mario Collection

    Makeup By Mario palette

    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)

    picture on how to layer skin care products for night time

    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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    BEAUTY

    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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