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    A RADIANT GLOW WITHOUT LASERS!

     SOCIAL MEDIA: “Who wants a blushing glow from within ?”

    THE ENTIRE WORLD: ” Us”

    Is anyone surprised by this?

    It seems as if our society has gone absolutely bonkers when it comes to achieving a healthy, natural glow and to be fair, why the heck not? No one wants dull, flakey, dried up skin, right?

    Now,  the question that we need to ask ourselves is how do you achieve the “touched by the light of an Angle” type glow without lasers , surgeries and a hefty price tag?

    Would you believe me if I said you can achieve a beautiful GLOW with quality skincare and a consistent routine in your own home?

    SkinChemists Advanced Brightening Collection lasers

    Here’s the deal, my good friends at Skin Chemists intuitively knew that my skin was in dire need of a pick me up, so they did what all good friends would do. They sent help. Help came in the form of their new and  innovative Advanced Brightening Collection.

    The Collection consists of:

    Advanced Brightening Micellar Water

    This cleanser gently removes make up, oil and dirt from the skin. It contains Vitamin B3 and Vitamin C which are potent ingredients used to brighten the skin. There are other potent ingredients present in the cleanser but the one that stands out the most for me is the Summer Damask Rose Water.

    Rose water is made by steeping rose petals in water. After the petals are steeped, the water is filled with the roses’ natural oils. In ancient Egypt, rose water was used only by wealthy and influential woman, like Ms. Cleopatra, to achieve gorgeous glowing skin. Rose water maintains the skins natural moisture, regulates pH balance, tones and softens the epidermis.

    Rose water can now be found as an active ingredient in loads of skin care products and is still used ALL over the Middle East and Egypt to hydrate the skin and maintain a youthful glow.

    Advanced Brightening Toner

    The Advanced Brightening Toner balances, hydrates and minimizes redness.

    The active ingredients are Vitamin B5 to hydrate the skin; Niacinamide to maintain skin elasticity; and Vitamin C to help increase the skin’s suppleness and protect from free radicals.

    Advanced Brightening Lotion

    The Brightening Lotion contains Vitamin C to help increase the skin’s suppleness and Niacinamide. According to Skin Chemists, another active ingredient is Poreaway. “Poreaway is a new innovative active ingrdient, which visibly reduces the appearance of pores, fights shininess, blemishes and clogged pores, creates a smooth, matte finish, manages imperfections effectively for purified skin all day long and keeps skin clear and refined”.

    So now we know that these products are formulated with potent , effective ingredients. Now what? Well, now you have to put the work in if you truly crave a healthy glow.

     I’m going to tell you exactly how to use these products.

    SkinChemists Advanced Brightening Collection lasersStep 1:

    Soak a cotton pad with the Advanced Brightening Micellar Water and remove all makeup and dirt.

    Step 2:

    Drop 1-2 dollops of the Advanced Brightening Toner onto a clean cotton pad. Gently smooth all over face. Let the product sink into your skin. 

    Step 3:

    Pump 1-2 pea sized amount of Advanced Brightening Lotion onto your fingers or cotton pad and smooth it all over your face.

    Step 4: 

    In the morning, use a serum that contains a mix of anti-aging ingredients and a moisturizer with SPF. At night, use products that contain a blend of AHA/BHA to lift away dead skin cells and a thick moisturizer to lock in the moisture.

    Step 5:

    Repeat Steps 1-4 every morning and night.

    I know at times we all get lazy and unfortunately it’s our skincare regime that suffers ,however, I strongly encourage you to stick to this routine if you want radiant skin. When the photos above were taken, I had already been using the full collection for 3 weeks. I definitely was feeling myself  and I felt confident in my skin 🙂 Clearly I’m wearing makeup but only a very little wash of tinted moisturizer and blush. Oh yeah, mascara…but that doesn’t count ! 

    I am always 100% transparent with you all so I won’t tell you that these specific products will remove your wrinkles or fix any deep acne scars. The Advanced Brightening Collection was created to help you achieve radiant, hydrated, clear, subtle, glowing skin. It really is that simple!

    I’m really happy with the Advanced Brightening Collection. With consistent use my skin feels hydrated, radiant and most of all I feel confident in my own skin.

    XO, MAHA

     

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    My real experience with the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer

    Here’s something you probably don’t know about me. I have zero coordination!  Wasn’t great at sports or dance or anything that required stability or use of any muscle in the arms . That sounds very MD.com but here’s where I’m going with this…I’ve never straightened my hair, let me clarify, I’ve never ever straightened my hair on my OWN

    I do not have the patience or the coordination to hold a hairbrush and hairdryer simultaneously. For a good 16 yrs, my sister was my “hairstylist” and had given me the best blowouts ever! We truly appreciated the bonding time we had. We would chit chat about our lives and laugh like sisters do for about an hour to 1.5 hours depending on how co-operative my hair wanted to be that day.  

    Lately, with both our crazy schedules we haven’t had the time to bond over a good hair session, so, I took it upon myself to learn how to do my own hair. I put my big girl pants on and bought a $200 blow dryer and a frizz free round brush with the hope that I too was talented like my sister and able to work miracles on my course, curly hair ALL BY MYSELF!

    Quickly, I realised that I had no talent to be doing this all by myself and really shouldn’t be allowed near a hairdryer and brush! I tangled the brush in my hair, the smell of burnt hair consumed my bathroom and my kids basically were left to fend for themselves for 2.5 hours. The result?  A very tired and overly emotional woman with lacklustre hair. All this sweat and literal tears for a disastrous blowout ? NO sorry this wasn’t for me.

    Well I’m positive the hair Angels were watching over me that crazy Sunday afternoon because within a few weeks Revlon sent me THE gift that would change my hair game forever!

    The Revlon One – Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer is a serious game changer! 

    Revlon One Step Volumizer

    Revlon One Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer $64.97

    This one step hair dryer is insanely popular on Amazon. It has over 5000 reviews with 4000 of those reviewers giving it  5 star rating. The lightweight, portable, One – Step design is unique as the oval shape allows for two different types of brushes to work together simultaneously. The longer, flatter side acts as a hair-straightening paddle brush, while the rounded corners lift the hair from its roots and create volume like a round brush does. Compared to a conventional blow dryer, this hair dryer will give you straighter, smoother and shinier hair in less than half the time ! It has 3 heat settings –  High, Medium,Cool and ceramic coating for even heat distribution. Since the One – Step hair dryer is coated with IONIC  Technology, the hair dries faster and with less damage.

    As I stated above, I have curly coarse hair that doesn’t always cooperate with me. With this powerful hair dryer I was able to achieve the look below in about 25- 30 minutes. Besides the fact that my hair needs a GOOD trim, I would say I didn’t do too bad for my first time using the Revlon One – Step hair dryer! 

     

    What do you think?

     

    revlon one step tool

    I decided to step it up a notch and add a few curls to the hairstyle. Since I was feeling fabulous , my husband and I ended up going out for an impromptu date night!

    revlon one step hair dryer

     

    This is me #WINNINGATLIFE.

    I was able to save myself over an hours worth of work AND achieve the look with no tears. Do yourself a favour and test out the One – Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer. I can’t stress how easy and fast you will achieve gorgeous and shiny hair!

    P.S. You can purchase the Revlon One – Step at Walmart, Bed , Bath and Beyond and Long Drugs 🙂

    If you’ve used the Revlon One -Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer, please leave me your thoughts on it.

    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’Oréal 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’Oréal’s Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, gosh that’s a long name! L’Oréal 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 🙂

     

    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’s 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’Oréal 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’Oréal 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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    Mini Size , Big Impact : Drunk Elephant Edition

    I take pride in my independent way of thinking and prefer to call myself a leader rather than a follower. Unfortunately, being a beauty blogger I’ve become a follower at times and I’m ok with that. You see, there has been so much hype surrounding drunk elephant products that I had to follow all the hype and figure out for myself what all this madness was about.

    drunk elephant product photo

    I’m super happy I jumped on the Drunk Elephant hype, as I’ve become obsessed with these products. Since DE products are a bit on the pricey side ( I ain’t complaining, just stating a fact), I wanted to test them out before committing so I was elated when Sephora had these mini beauties as their birthday month gift.

    Why not I thought. Give them a go!

    So happy I did 🙂

    photo of drunk elephant jelly beste cleanser

    The Best No.9 Jelly Cleanser ($40)

    This cleanser earns 4.5 / 5 stars in my eyes. It’s a clear, non- bar cleanser that contains Marula oil so your skin feels soft, clean and not stripped of its natural oils. As well skin isn’t dry or itchy after use. It’s fragrance free and with water forms into a light foam. I always remove my eye makeup with makeup remover and then have to use a gentler cleanser on my eyes as I have sensitive eyes. With this cleanser, I still prefer to remove my eye makeup with makeup remover, but this time I use this cleanser around my eyes and it doesn’t irritate them. I don’t find this product removes eye makeup such as mascara very well, that’s why I gave it a 4.5 out of 5.

    Still a fantastic product in my eyes!

     

    photos of drunk elephant Protini

    Protini™Polypeptide Cream ( $84)

    Protini is an anti-aging moisturizer that contain peptides and gets a rating of 5/5 from me! Peptides can reduce wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin tone, and dullness. Marula oil is added to this amazing product to hydrate the skin. Those with dry and itchy skin will benefit a great deal from Marula oil as it seeps into your skin effortlessly and hydrates all day.  Those with combo, oily and normal skin can also use Marula oil. It will not make you look greasy. Skin feels so soft and subtle after use.  Protini™ is vegan and gluten-free.

    From DE website:

    In an independent consumer testing panel of 50 women age 25 to 55: 
    – 100% agreed their skin felt replenished and nourished 
    – 97% agreed their skin felt moisturized 
    – 97% agreed their skin texture felt soft and smooth 
    – 88% agreed their skin was strengthened 
    – 85% agreed their skin looked plumped and youthful 
    – 73% agreed their skin felt firmer and elastic 

     

    I definitely agree that my skin felt moisturized, nourished , plumped and firmer. These were my results with a 15ml bottle, I can’t wait to see the results after continuous use of a full bottle sized  Protini™ anti-aging moisturizer.

    I’m definitely happy I followed the hype. I wasn’t expecting these little mini samples to make an impact on my skin and my thoughts towards DE but they sure did and now I have a long list of DE products I need asap!

    Next up on my DE ” to buy” list are the following:

    drunk elephant products

    Have you used any DE products? Are you fan?

    Leave me a comment below and tell my why or why not!

     

    XO, MAHA 

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    e.l.f New Products Review + swatches

    I have to say e.l.f has come a long way from the cosmetics brand I once used many years back. They definitely have stepped up their game and I’m so glad they did as some of these products are my new go-to. Not only because they are uber affordable but because they have proved themselves to work just as well as my higher end products.

    Flawless Finish Foundation in “Nude”

    Prep & Blur stick

    Liquid Matte lipstick in “Blushing Rose”

    16HR Camo concealer in “Tan Sand”

    Dewy Setting Mist

    18 Hit Wonders Eyeshadow Palette

    Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint Finishing Powder in “Medium-Dark”

    Here’s how I tested the wearability of the products listed above. I wanted to create a “no makeup makeup look while looking polished and well rested, and definitely not made up. Here is the final look:

    makeup no makeup look makeup no makeup look

    (Unedited, NO photoshop, NO Facetune, Raw image of me in e.l.f cosmetics base makeup)

    16 Hr Camo Concealer $9

    I was really really really  impressed with the 16hR camo concealer. It reminded me of NARS creamy concealer but without the hefty price tag. Done’t get me wrong, I don’t mind paying for good quality makeup but if I can find something that works just as well for less than 90% of the cost, ” Imma go buy it” real quick 🙂

    elf concealer camo 16 hr

    The concealer is super creamy and thick so a little goes a long way to achieve full coverage. It covers redness, blemishes and under eye darkness beautifully and literally melts into your skin. As I applied it, I had to keep checking the label to ensure I didn’t pick up my Chanel or Nars concealers because I was so surprised at the quality of this product. I paid $9 for this tube of golden creamy goodness! One swipe was all I needed to fully cover my mommy bags. I’m shook! 🙂

    It’s sold in 18 different shades. I bought “Tan Sand” but I could probably wear a shade lighter. The coverage lasted a good 10 hrs and I used “Beautifully bare sheer tint “in medium-tan to set it. I honestly can go on and on about this concealer but I don’t have too because I know you guys trust me so just go get it and try it out for yourself and let me know what you think.

    Prep & Blur stick $8

    If you use makeup primer before makeup application then the prep and blur is going to be your best friend.
    It’s a sheer, silicone free product that claims to blur imperfections and fills in pores. I can’t really comment on the blurring claim e.l.f makes with this product but I agree that it preps your skin for foundation very nicely. It really smoothed out my skin and my foundation applied effortlessly even with a dry beauty blender (oops I forgot to wet it)!

    prep and blur stick e.l.f

    Overall I really liked the prep & blur stick, but I use it more for prepping my skin and not so much for filling in pores. It gives you a nice smooth finish.

    Flawless Finish Foundation $8

    This foundation comes in 40 shades. I bought shade “Nude”, but could have also matched “Sand”. This foundation is e.l.f.’s best seller. It’s a lightweight, oil-free formula that dries to a semi-matte finish.

     

    e.l.f foundation photo“Flawless Finish” for a drugstore brand foundation is exceptionally good.  It ‘s a hydrating, buildable foundation that blends out really nicely, not streaky. You can use a beauty blender or brush and the results will be good either way. I wouldn’t say this is my HG foundation but it does cover redness, and imperfections really well. For the price tag, it’s a good purchase.

    Liquid Matte Lipstick $7

    “Blushing Rose ” is a darker pinkish matte shade. The formula contains vitamin E so it’s supposed to be hydrating to the lips, but unfortunately it really didn’t live up to that claim. My lips did feel a bit dry but that’s mostly the case with a lot of matte lipsticks.

    The matte finish lasted a couple of hours and did start to weaken after a meal, which has happened even with luxury brand matte lipsticks. I just reapplied and the colour looked great again with no cakey feeling. I would definitely purchase this in various colours as I’m the type that likes to have multiple shades within my reach and for the price tag can you blame me ?

    e.l.f. tea rose photo matte lipstick            e.l.f. tea rose photo matte lipstick

    Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint $8

    This product, IMO, is the real star of my post!

    I’m a loyal MAC pressed powder ( medium dark ) and now I’ve been converted to this amazing product. As you can see from the photos above, I look a bit more tanned than usual, and that’s because I’m wearing Medium-Dark in Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint. I didn’t really notice that it was too dark for me until I took the photos, so the next day I went out and bought Light-Medium and it’s so so good on the face! Perfect match!

    e.l.f beautifully bare sheer tint photo

    I’m obsessed! 

    It’s a silky mattifying finishing powder that gives you light – medium coverage and comes in 5 shades. I know the name of the product is “Bare Sheer tint” but that’s not the case. You actually get light – medium coverage. I used it to set my “16 HR Camo concealer” and foundation. I don’t know if it’s supposed to do this but it smoothed out my skin and accentuated my olive skin tone. I like that my natural skin tone wasn’t masked, it just made it look better! I don’t know how, but it did. It’s a matte formula so if you like to shine bright like a diamond, this may not be for you.

    This is an amazing product that I will be buying from now on. It’s that good. No joke. Go try it out!

    Dewy Setting Mist $11

    I think by now I have around 15-20 setting sprays, but I decided to add one more to my collection.  After several uses of this setting mist, I didn’t like it. Aside from the amazing fragrance, coconut, the product itself fell short for me. It sprayed out way too much product, which I believe is a waste. I didn’t notice my skin was dewy even after using it on a bare face. I actually prefer e.l.f’s original setting spray, “Makeup Mist & Set “over this one. I’ll continue using it but I don’t think I will repurchase.

    e.l.f dewy setting mist

    18 Hit Wonders EyeShadow Palette $14

     I’ve used e.l.f eyeshadows in the past and I wasn’t too impressed with them. They were chalky, didn’t blend well at all and the pigmentation was not great. I think e.l.f cosmetics took notice of this and decided to revamp their shadows because HOLY MOLY they have a real winner with this gorgeous palette!

    e.l.f cosmetics 18 wonder palette

     

    From the e.l.f website I quote:

    This vibrant, colorful 18-pan palette contains only the best, most swatch-worthy shades, designed to inspire bold, vibrant eyeshadow looks. We included a mix of matte, satin and shimmer shades. The luxe formula is smooth, creamy, blendable and ultra-pigmented for effortless application.

    So everything e.l.f cosmetics mentioned above is REAL! They are super creamy, super bendable, ultra-pigmented and easy to apply. I couldn’t have described it better myself, I wasn’t expecting to love this palette as much as I do. I was in need of a vibrant spring palette and I found it. So so good! 

    e.l.f cosmetics 18 hour wear palette

    e.l.f palette photo

    “Heat”, “Shade”, “Royal”

    So to sum up my post, I am really happy to see that e.l.f cosmetics has stepped up their game. There are a few products I will be repurchasing, especially the ” Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint”, “16 HR Camo Concealer “and  ” 18 Hit Wonders Eyeshadow Palette”. 

    Have you used any of these e.l.f cosmetic products? If so , please leave a comment below !

     

    XO, MAHA

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