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    Products I’m loving ATM!!

    I get to test out a lot of products but I don’t always love them all. When I find a product I love, I tend to overuse it until I find another I like more ūüôā I know I ‘m not the only one right?

    The following products are what I’m loving ATM!

    Vichy Minéral 89 Eyes $35

    You all know I’m a huge fan of Min√©ral 89 Serum and once Vichy launched the eye equivalent I knew I had to get my hands on it ASAP! Min√©ral 89 Eyes is loaded with pure caffeine and hyaluornic acid to hydrate, brighten and reduces eye bags. I’m about 5 weeks into the my first bottle and I’m impressed. My eyes look brighter and more awake. ¬†There’s significant ¬†hydration in this area but I’m still struggling with eye bags, albeit they are not as pigmented as as usual.¬†I’m hoping with continuous use of the Min√©ral 89 Eyes the pigmentation will reduce.

    Vichy Minéral 89 Eyes

    You can wear the eye serum alone or under makeup. Personally during the week I add some concealer but on weekends, it’s a bare face ( with sunscreen of course) and thanks to this gem, I feel confident and my little issues that I have with my eye area ( minor fine lines, dullness, flakiness) aren’t noticeable!

     

    Make Up Forever Artist Nude Creme Liquid Lipsticks $25

    Make Up Forever sent me these very wearable and long lasting Artist Nude Creme liquid lipsticks!

    Makeup Forever

    Exposed, on the left, is a medium warn coral beige and Bluff, on the right, is a light warm pinky brown shade.

    They are A-mazing!

    Artist Nude lipsticks come in 12 nude shades and have a satin finish. These are long lasting , non drying, non bleeding and so so creamy. I would definitely call these a hybrid of gloss + lipstick.¬†¬†They don’t have a sticky or tacky feel to them, and thanks to the small, precise applicator, they apply easily with no skipping on the lips. I’ve been wearing them all Summer! They compliment all skin tones and I will definitely be purchasing a few other shades to take me into the Fall season. I will have to repurchase Buff because I’m down to my last few swipes ¬†ūüôā¬†

     

    Pixi Beauty DetoxifEYE $34

    I have instagrammed my love for Pixi’s DetoxifEYE several times and continue to preach my *love* for them on the blog!

    Honestly, they are my fave product from the entire Pixi line. Here’s why I love them so much. Each hydrogel patch is loaded with hyaluronic acid and caffeine to intensely hydrate, smooth and depuff your dark circles and eye bags. Did you notice I said , intensely?¬†If I ‘ve had a sleepless night , which often I do, I apply these in the morning and I feel and look refreshed!


     I have used many different eye patches to hydrate my delicate eye area and none of them ( which were more $$) worked to hydrate as much as DetoxifEYE did. 

    There are 30 pairs in a pack and comes with a spatula to help lift the delicate patches out of the container. I like to leave mine on for as long as I possibly can, around 30 minutes, but the suggested time is 10 min. I do house work with them on, surf the net and most often, I blog with them on just like I’m doing now. Yep that’s me, blogging and detoxifEYEing! They adhere to your skin quickly and feel very comfortable without irritating the eyes. I am on my 2nd package as I go through them very quickly. I absolutely cannot live without my detoxifEYE patches.

    Pixi Beauty DetoxifEYE patches

    Essie ” Watermelon” Nail Polish $10

    All Summer I’ve worn one nail polish colour and it’s this one here,” Watermelon” by Essie.

    Essie " Watermelon" nail polish

     

    It’s a flirty, fun, colourful shade that can be worn with anything. It’s not a true red or pink, it’s a mix of ¬†both IMO! I’ve worn it to the office as well as to weddings. It’s super versatile and I’m basically obsessed! Come Fall , I will transition into something more neutral. I’m also in love with these shades from Essie :

    “Model Citizen”

    model citizen

    “Pin Me Pink”

    essie pin me pink

    ” Dress Call”

    SSIE-gel-couture-dress-call-swatch

    Sephora Face Mask Applicator $10.50

    I feel this name is not really suited for the tool. I bought this little gem on the recommendation of a very talented Sephora makeup artist who uses it to gently exfoliate the skin.

    Sephora face mask applicator

    I’ve¬†become obsessed with exfoliating my face with this little tool. It’s super gentle and sometimes I only use it to massage my skin with water. It’s great for getting rid of dead skin in a very gently and relaxing method. I start with adding the exfoliator product, which is currently¬†Dermalogica Superfoliant Powder Exfoliant¬†to my palm and pick it up with the mask applicator tool. This is just preference, but I prefer to have the skin a bit moist/wet before applying any exfoliator. ¬†In circular motions starting at the top of the forehead, start to work the product , gently, onto the skin, always in circular motion never side to side or up and down. Then move on to the temples, cheeks, nose, chin ¬†and end with the neck area. Remember, ¬†your neck and d√©colletage need some TLC also!

     

    Have you found a few of your favourites on the blog today? Let me know in the comments below. I love hearing from you!

     

    XO, Maha 

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    L’Or√©al Fine Flowers Collection

    I ¬†have to admit I was pretty excited to see L’Or√©al Paris new Fine Flowers Collection on the shelf at my local drugstore. This collection has been out for about a year now but I have never seen it stocked so of course, out of curiosity, I purchased the 3 products in the collection because #1 I needed to test these out for myself to see what all the hype was about AND¬† #2 I’m a sucker for cute packaging! Into the cart they went ūüôā

     

     

    I purchased the L’Or√©al Fine Flowers Cleansing Milk, Cleansing Wipes and Cleansing Gel.

     

    L'Oeral Fine Flowers collection

     

    Cleansing Milk $10.97

    This cleansing milk has extracts of Rose and Jasmine flower which are known for their calming properties. The texture of the cleansing milk is creamy and not runny as some people would think since it has the word “Milk” in the name. A pump or two is all you need to remove makeup, impurities and to achieve a good cleanse to your skin.

    I apply it first thing in the morning to take off my night time skin care ( I could just use water but I like being a bit extra!) or at the end of the night to take off my makeup. A cleansing milk is always the first or second step in my skincare routine. If I had a lot of makeup on then I would definitely use a wipe or makeup remover first but honestly, lately I haven’t reached for any make up remover as my makeup has been B.A.S.I.C and I ‘m loving it!

    I am a big fan of cleansing milk and have been a loyal fan of Nivea Daily Essentials cleansing milk for years now and never thought I would replace it , but I think I found it’s ¬†replacement. The L’Or√©al fine flowers cleansing milk will leave your skin feeling smooth, clean and not drying.

     

    L'Oeral Fine Flowers collection

    Cleansing Wipes $10.97

    The cleansing wipes also have a mix of Rose and Jasmine flower to sooth and clean the skin. Out of all 3 products in this collection, I would say the wipes are not my favourite and I will not repurchase them. I found them to be a bit thin compared to other wipes I have used and to get every last bit of makeup on my skin including shadow and foundation I had to use more than one wipe. I don’t’ know why but I also found the wipes themselves to be a bit small in size. The wipes have a slight fragrance thanks to the Rose and Jasmine flower extract and¬†¬†left my skin feeling smooth but that’s about it for these wipes. I didn’t feel they fully removed my makeup.

    For $11 /25 wipes you’re still getting a great deal, however I did not feel it removed all my makeup and the cloth are too thin for my liking. I won’t be switching from my L’Or√©al Ideal Clean makeup wipes to these.

     

    L'Oeral Fine Flowers collection

    Cleansing Gel $10.97

    This Cleansing Gel is a combo of gel and cream texture. It cleans like gel product and moisturizes like a cream product. Does that make sense? It’s a bit runny to dispense with caution as you may get more than what you actually need to use.

    The cleanser has the Rose and Jasmine extracts and is soap, alcohol and “fragrance free” but there definitely is a slight hint of flower in the cleanser.

    I used the cleanser gel after the cleansing milk a few times and honestly did not feel I needed the cleanser gel. The cleanser milk did such a good job, I decide to forgo the gel after a week.

    If you prefer to use gel to take your makeup off and give yourself a clean faced fresh feeling , then this would be a good inexpensive product for you. I personally did not see the benefit since the Cleansing milk did the job for me so well. I have since given the cleanser gel away to a friend of mine as I did not  want it to go to waste.

    Overall I was a but underwhelmed by the L’Oreal Fine Flowers collection. Clearly the big winner for me is the cleansing milk. I was really disappointed with the cleansing wipes as I have used L’Or√©al wipes in the past and have raved about how great they are to remove makeup in one shot, but sadly these were a no-go for me.

     

    Have you tried any of the L’Or√©al Fine Flowers products? If so please share your thoughts in the comments below !

    XO, MAHA

     

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    Introducing Skin Chemists London – Caviar For The Skin!

    Skin Chemists is a new brand to the blog and I ‘m pretty excited to be collaborating with them. Their main headquarters is in London, UK with satellite presence in the United States. I was gifted with the following¬† products to test out for blog: Anti-Aging Day Moisturizer and Caviar Facial Serum.

     

    SKIN CHEMISTS PHOTO

     

    The Anti-Aging Moisturizer ($69) was created to hydrate, smooth and ¬†brighten the skin. It’s very lightweight and doesn’t pill if worn under makeup. What I really enjoyed about this moisturizer is that it has anti-oxidant benefits and can be massaged and absorbed easily on the skin. 1.5-2 pumps was all I needed to cover my whole face.¬† This formula does not have SPF so that’s a drawback for me but I can easily add SPF on it’s own and we’re good to go.

     

    skin chemists photo

    Skin Chemists Anti-aging Caviar Facial Serum ($88) was created to hydrate, plump and improve overall skin complexion.

    The serum contains ingredients such as Caviar extract which aids in improving skins elasticity and reduces the appearance of fine lines.  Aloe Vera works wonders at soothing and moisturizing the skin instantly and seaweed extract deeply hydrates the skin and contains ant-oxidizing properties.

    My thoughts on this product are a bit mixed. I loved how the moisturizer and serum felt on my skin. It felt as if I was rubbing silk into my skin, no joke! It’s a great formula and my skin really did look brighter, more radiant and hydrated. The mix of the potent ingredients definitely benefits your skin and the overall look and feel is amazing. What I didn’t’ like about the products is that I used them up quicker than expected. I don’t know if I pumped too much product or if the bottle dispensed too much product. I’m leaning towards me dispensing too much product.

    Overall, I’m super excited to see the long-term effects of the moisturizer + serum as I’m hoping to grab another supply of these products to fully ascertain their true benefits.

    Have you tried any Skin Chemists products? Please share your experiences in the comments !

     

    XO, MAHA

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    WINTER SKIN SAVIOUR – L’Or√©al Revitalift Derm Intensive 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid

    I’m not sure what part of the world you’re reading this blog from but if you’re in North America than you would know what a drawn out, cold and dreary winter we recently experienced. When winters are this harsh, skin definitely needs a surge of healthy ingredients to bring it back to healthy! I know mine does !

    I’m so excited to¬† introduce you to L’Or√©al’s Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, gosh that’s a long name!¬†L’Or√©al HA serum is new to the Revitalift product line up and it had such great reviews we had to test it out for ourselves¬† and obviously give our 2 cents ūüôā

     

    hyaluronic acid L'Oreal serum

    First, let me tell you why Hyaluronic Acid is important. HA occurs naturally in our system and keeps skin hydrated, smooth and plump. Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever right?¬† Ageing and environmental factors contribute to the decrease of¬† HA levels and due to the loss of moisture you start to see the fine lines , dullness and uneven tone on your skin.¬† HA¬†helps repair the skin‚Äôs barrier and attract water to the surface, which results in a plumping effect. It’s completely safe to use even though it’s an acid. It’s not the same acid as¬† lactic or glycolic which are used to exfoliate dead skin¬† and sometimes can cause irritation. HA is completely¬†safe to use on the surface of your skin.

    The fragrance free serum contains 1.5% of Hyaluronic Acid ( that’s a potent amount ) and can be used morning and night, alone or under makeup. The product absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves a slight tacky feeling on the skin, but once you apply moisturiser and/or foundation, depending on your skincare routine, you won’t be able to feel the tackiness.

    L'Oreal hyaluronic acid serum photo

    All the claims, L’Or√©al has made with this product are true! My skin instantly felt hydrated, plumped, and looked healthy and refreshed. You would never have noticed I had dry, dull, and lacklustre skin caused by harsh winds and frigid temperatures. After 2 weeks of consistent use, my skin looked and felt more supple, hydrated and had a¬†very nice radiant glow. My smile lines were less noticeable because my skin had extra moisture in it due to a few drops of HA in the morning and night! ¬†

    More moisture = less noticeable fine lines

    The HA serum is 2nd in the Revitalift Triple Power LZR product line up after cleansing and before Vitamin C serum. I would have loved to test out the Vitamin C + HA serum together, however, I had no luck in purchasing the Vitamin C serum as it was sold out in every drugstore I visited. L’Or√©al Paris must be on to something if their products are selling out.¬†
    L'Oreal serum hyaloronic acid

    With the great results I’m seeing daily,¬†I’ll definitely continue to use the Hyaluronic serum in my routine and at $32 per 30ML bottle it really is affordable and sustainable!

    Have you used any product from the REVITALIFT line? What are you thoughts on them?  Leave me a comment below as I love hearing from you!

     

    XO, MAHA 

     

     

     

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    Too Faced #Chocolatebarpalette Review

    A friend of mine gifted me the “Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons “palette for my birthday back in November and I just recently opened it up.¬†

    too faced palette bon bon

    Too Faced released this palette back in 2015 and since I never really got into their eyeshadows I didn’t have this in my collection. My lovely friend who is not a makeup connoisseur but enjoys these cheeky type products couldn’t believe I had never tried it so she made sure I had one to call my own.

    The only Too Faced product I own is the” born this way” foundation and it was a good introduction to the brand. Even though this is not a new , just released palette we wanted to test it out on the blog and give is a fair review.¬†

    The packaging is super cute and feminine! Pink all the way baby. The shadows are housed in heart shaped containers and smell devine! This palette is nicknamed #chocolatebarpalette for a good reason.

    Too faced chocolate bon bon eyeshadow palette swatches

    top to bottom

    Almond Truffle

    Sprinkles

    Molasses Chip

     

    Too faced chocolate bon bon eyeshadow palette swatches

    left to right

    Maleted

    Cashew Chew

    Cotton Candy

    Too faced chocolate bon bon eyeshadow palette swatches

    left to right

    Café Au Lait

    Bordeaux

    Mocha

    Too faced chocolate bon bon eyeshadow palette swatches

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    Black Currant

    Dark Truffle

    Pecan Praline

    Too faced chocolate bon bon eyeshadow palette swatches

    left to right

    Totally Fetch

    Earl Grey

    Satin Sheets

    Divinity

    bon bon too faced palette

    When I first opened up the packaging the cocoa powder fragrance is intense, but a sweet surprise. There are a total of 16 shadows , a mix of mattes and vibrant satin shimmers.

    The matte shadows are soft, bendable, have good colour pigmentation and work even better if you use an eyeshadow primer underneath. A few matte shades were ¬†powdery and blotchy upon first application, but get better once you add more product and blend out. Malted gave me the most trouble to apply but that’s expected with intense dark matte colours Molasses Chip had the most pigmentation of all the matte shades and applied quite easily with little fall out. Overall, ¬†I really liked the matte shades and Almond Truffle is the perfect neutral all over colour for olive skin tone. It’s my new favourite for a quick, well refined look.

    The satin shimmers are Totally Fetch, Cotton Candy,Black Current, and Café au Last. The first two, of course, being the most vibrant and in my opinion should be single shadows as they down fit into this mostly neutral palette. The shimmer shadows are OK. I experienced more fall out with these shades and they seemed more powdery then the mattes, which was really unexpected.

    ¬†Surprisingly, all the shades last a good 7 hours before I started to notice them sheering out on the lid. I don’t want to be repetitive but a good eyeshadow primer is necessary with this palette as I doubt they would have lasted without one.¬†

    Overall, I am not mad at this palette, but doubt I will repurchase. I enjoyed the mattes more so than the shimmer shades. I LOVE Almond Truffle and would buy it a single shadow. My next favourite would be Black Current, for the Fall season would be lovely.

    I doubt I will be hitting pan on this palette anytime soon, but would use it more often if they swapped out the vibrant shimmer shades and stuck to an all neutral palette with less powdery matte shades. Oh and ,of course, they MUST keep the cocoa fragrance ¬†ūüôā¬†

    Have you tried this palette before? What are your thoughts?

     

    XO, MAHA 

     

     

     

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    FIRST EVER EMPTIES POST – MOISTURIZER EDITION!

    I’m more excited than I probably should be about this post ūüôā

    This is my first ever empties post. I don’t know why I never did one before but here it is now.

    Obviously, I’ve saved these products over the course of many months. Traditionally, an empties post is done on products used up within that month but we’re rule breakers over here so we do what we like ūüôā

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    Confidence In A Cream- IT Cosmetics

    I did a full review on this product and you can read about it here.¬†Bottom line is this product got me through a very harsh winter. It’s a very creamy and thick moisturizer which may turn some people off, but I loved it. It kept my skin hydrated and looked healthy and glow-y all day, every day. I ran out of it fairly quickly as I used more than I should but it just felt so good on the skin and helped me avoid the dreaded dry patches I usually get ūüôā

    YES to repurchase!

    Secret Sauce – IT Cosmetics

    Secret Sauce is another IT Cosmetics winner. It’s full of amazing anti- aging ingredients like peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and licorice root. You know how much I love my Hyaluronic Acid.I loved how creamy this product was as well. If I put on moisturizer and I can’t actually feel the product on my skin or if it feels runny, it turns me off of it. I need to feel like my face is being coated with the softest most luxurious cotton money can buy, and Secret Sauce feels like this! ¬†I also did a full review on this product here.

    YES to repurchase!

    Belif

    I use ¬†a lot of moisturizer during the cold months. My skin becomes extremely dry so a good moisturizer is a necessity for me Belif moisturizing bomb is a great product if you’re like me and need extra hydration to your skin. I wouldn’t say this moisturizer has any anti-aging properties, but it will keep your skin looking plump. I wrote a whole review on this product and you can read about it here.

    YES to repurchase, but for the Spring / Summer I would switch to a product that has a thinner consistency as this moisturizer is really thick for warmer weather.

    YEHWADAM HEAVEN GINSENG REVITALIZING CREAM

    This line was formulated to prevent the signs of premature aging. The packaging of this product is very pretty and feminine. The Revitalizing Cream contains a blend of very exotic Korean based ingredients such as Safflower from Sancheong, Jiri Mountain that improvise skin tone and complexion ; Ginseng from Punggi and Goji Berry from Cheongyang that give long lasting hydration to the skin. I have repurchased this product about 3 times and have never been disappointed. Full review on the blog here

    YES to repurchase! I am obsessed with K-Beauty and this by far has been one of my fave moisturizes. I highly highly recommend this product if you want to brighten up your complexion. 

    SHISEIDO FUTURE SOLUTION XL NIGHT CREAM

    ¬†This product was gifted to me by SHISEIDO. I don’t have a lot of experience with the brand but have tried a few makeup products that I liked but, never repurchased any of them as I wasn’t totally blown away by their effectiveness. I’m not stating that they aren’t good products but they didn’t work out for me. This moisturizer on the other hand I fell in love with. I loved¬†how luxurious it felt on my skin, and its fragrance was divine. As a night cream, it works very well as my skin felt brand new the next morning.

    I can’t comment on the anti-aging effectiveness of the products as I’ve only had the opportunity to use up one bottle. The reason I never repurchased is because of the price tag. You guys, this night moisturizer is $375 CDN! ¬†For that price I better wake up with a whole new face!!! #sorrynotsorry¬†

    NO to repurchase due to the hefty price tag. It definitely is a luxurious item and feels AMAZING on the skin, that I cannot deny but I simply cannot justify the cost.

    Have you used any of these products? What are your thoughts? Leave me a comment below.

     

    XO, MAHA

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    Spring Ready Makeup From Rodial!

    I’ve had a busy March with a few photoshoots and trials for upcoming weddings so I haven’t had a lot of time to blog recently. I always feel bad about this because not only do I LOVE blogging and miss it but also because I don’t get to put my photography skills to the test and as you know,I love me some beautiful flat-lays!

    rodial glow and makeup

    Today was a good day as I made a conscious effort to set aside time to snap some product photos and it felt so good. These photos are the result of a productive and creative day.

    I’ve raved about Rodial’s skin and makeup products before and I’ve finally had the chance to discover their ¬†collagen boost lip lacquer. Rodail describes them as “cr√®me glosses that have been expertly formulated to support collagen production, encouraging a boost of volume for visually plumper looking lips.”

    I have become quite obsessed with them ¬†and now use them often. With Spring finally here in Ottawa, they are the perfect way to welcome a healthy amount of colour back onto the lips! From my experiences,¬†I would describe the cr√©me glosses as non sticky, nourishing and hydrating to the lips. They ¬†give off just enough colour and super high gloss shine! In my opinion it’s the perfect gloss+lip colour balance for days I don’t want to wear lipstick to work but still want a polished look.

    I don’t really see the plumping effect while wearing them , but regardless they are super wearable, comfortable and versatile so you can layer them together. Intimate and Stripped will be my go-to this Spring for sure.

    Rodial sent over their top 4 shades :

    Intimate is a warm rosy pink shade

    radial intimate lip lacquer

    Stripped is a muted rose nude shade

     

    stripped, Rodial muted rose toned nude

    Spice Spice Baby is a deep brown nude shade

    radial, deep brown nude shade

    Champagne Showers is an iridescent champagne shimmer shade

    radial photo of lacquer

     

    Rodial Soft Focus Glow Powder

    Soft Focus Glow Powder is a universally flattering, verstaile “highlighter” that can be used to add glow to your face or can be worn alone on bare skin for a polished look. The powder applies easily as it is a velvety finish and won’t seep into your fine lines.

    I use the powder as a highlighter, as under-brow and cupids bow illuminator and it looks gorgeous. I haven’t had the opportunity yet to wear it on a bare face but I think this technique will come ¬†in handy in the Summer when I want to rock a “makeup free” look.

    Soft Focus Glow Drops

    Radial describes this product as ¬†a ” skincare/makeup hybrid, a next generation wonder serum formulated with active ingredients to brighten the complexion and add gentle shimmer to instantly boost luminosity and glow.”

    Yes, I agree with Rodial 100%. I wore this under very heavy makeup a few nights back and I could still see the effects of the glow drops through the foundation.¬†My foundation applied beautifully over the glow drops and since it’s a hybrid of a primer and serum , I definitely can see myself incorporating this into my routine long term.

    My skin felt smooth and very dewy after each use. Soft Focus Glow Drops  also contain antioxidant properties which are uber important for the health of your skin and support the fight against premature aging.  Primer + Serum + Antioxidant booster = My top rated product!

     

    Have you used any of these products? If so, please leave me a comment ! I would love to hear about your experiences.

     

    XO, MAHA

     

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