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    Do you belif™ in REALLY hydrated skin this winter?

    This winter has been harsh to us in Canada! I believe we broke a few records in December. December 28 Ottawa was the coldest capital in the world!

    How is this possible? 

    I can definitely see the the damage the cold weather has done on my hair, my nails and most of all my skin. It’s become so absurdly dry that I’ve decided to shake up my skincare regime and get my skin back to healthy!

    I’ve introduced the belif™skincare system to my day to day routine . For those who are unfamiliar with belif™, they are a Korean skincare brand that combines modern science with herbal traditions. The results are amazing products that help nourish and heal the skin, fast! Read more

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    NEW PRODUCTS I’M LOVING! Natasha Denona Palette + Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Stain + IT Cosmetics BYE BYE Under-eye

    New Products I'm loving photo!

    New Products I’m loving!

    As I was rummaging through my makeup bag the other day, I realized that it was missing something…I needed a bold red lipstick! To be honest, I specifically needed aka wanted, the Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint. I have been eyeing this baby for weeks now and I finally made my way to Sephora and gave them all my money!  This fiery red lip paint is a one shade fits all product and it’s amazing!

    Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint photo

    Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint

    At fist, I found it difficult to apply because the round ball applicator and I just didn’t jive!  I found myself over applying the lip paint outside my cupids bow, so I decided to ditch the applicator it came with and used my own Mac Lip brush. I dipped it into the lip paint and extracted the quantity of product I needed and applied it to my lips starting from the middle of the lip and working outwards. Applying the product to the middle of the lips first, guarantees the majority of the product will be applied there. I found using a brush and this technique work great for me. There is nothing wrong with the applicator it comes with but I feel I have better precision using a brush. Read more

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    The Most Underrated Makeup Products Beauty Bloggers Use But Never Talk About!

    It’s 2018 and I’m ready to spill all my blogger secrets! 

    Do you ever wonder if beauty bloggers share everything with you all?  The answer is HELL NO honey! 

    Apparently we do not and this came to light for me this past weekend!

     There are some makeup products I don’t really share with my readers because I either think no one else really cares to know about them or no one else likes them as much as I do so why bother to discuss them. Well that changed on New  Years Eve when I lent my sister a setting powder and lipstick to borrow for the night as she couldn’t find hers and all the stores had closed early since it was New Years Eve.

    Throughout the night I started to received these one liner texts such as ” You skank ” (yes, we talk like this to one another… if you are offended please stop reading and abort this blog post because It doesn’t get any cleaner lol).

    This is the play by play of our texts: Read more

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    Glow with Fresh + Last minute Gifts Sets !

    As a beauty blogger I get to try out the latest and innovative skincare products  and trust me when I say that I am always humbled and so honored when I receive a package from such a reputable company like Fresh! 

    Fresh is a company that infuses natural ingredients with modern day science and the results are magnificent! This company started out small making soaps in Boston but now has a full line of skincare as well as hair and body care and is now based in my favourite city, New York!

    Fresh photo products

    The Sugar Face Polish is created with real brown sugar, wild strawberry seeds and seed oil. After gently scrubbing my face with the polish I feel like I’ve had a mini microdermabrasion session! Your skin will feel so clean and smooth, thanks to the brown sugar and completely hydrated and that’s due to the seed oil properties that work at nourishing  your skin so you don’t lose any moisture in the cleaning process. I have used to her exfoliators or face polish in the past but this one tops them all. I love the idea of using natural ingredients on my skin. I also have to warn you that the Sugar Face Polish smells like a cupcake! I’m totally addicted to the smell and you might soon be as well! This is one of my  #musthave products of 2017!

    Sugar Face Polish photo Fresh

     

    The Rose Face Mask is unique in texture and I`m not going to lie to you,I don`t like the smell of it, but the results are worth it. The mask uses real rose petals to tone, hydrate and add radiance to your complexion. How can I describe it…it basically feels like you`ve wrapped your face in vecuna fabric. If you know your fabrics then you know  that vicuna fabric is very luxurious and rare . This is the feeling I have when I apply the Rose Face mask.  So luxurious! I combined the Sugar face polish + Rose face mask twice a week and I feel like my skin is really benefiting from this surge of hydration!

    Rose Face Mask Fresh photo

    Fresh is really well known for their amazing well formulated masks so it’s no surprise that their Vitamin Nectar mask won Brides magazine 2017 Best Beauty Award !  This mask is quite intriguing as it contains a blend of clementine, oranges and lemons. Real citrus fruit…not citrus extract! The citrus blend exfoliates tired skin to gently reveal softer , brighter skin.

    What I love most about this mask is that you actually can feel and see the difference on your skin. If you’re like me and you truly care about having ” glowing” skin throughout the year then you need to try this mask. I use masks almost every single day  and to some that sounds crazy but I just don’t want  my skin to look dull, especially during the harsh grey winter months that we experience in Canada. I use this mask on the days I don’t use the Rose Face mask.  This is a definite #musthave product in your routine to keep your skin glowing and radiant!

    The ingredients list for this cleanser resembles a fresh salad recipe more so than a skincare product! With Soy , Rosewater and cucumber extracts the cleanser soothes my face and washes away all my makeup! My mother who is in her early 60’s ( but looks nowhere close to 60) swears by Rosewater and has been using it on her skin for decades!  Why am I just learning about this ? Rosewater has powerful hydrating and toning properties and I now I look for it in all my skincare products. The Soy Face Cleanser is a #powerhouse product and I just wish they sold it in bulk at Costco!!!

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    If your tempted to try out any of these products, which I highly recommend you do, Sephora and Fresh.com  offer great gift sets just in time for Christmas !  I love these gift sets because they really are the best value! My favourite is the Best of Beauty Bundle set which includes :

    – 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Soy Face Cleanser
    – 1 oz/ 30 mL Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask
    – 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex
    – 0.16 oz/ 5 mL Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate
    – 0.07 oz/ 2.2 g Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment  for $50 ( originally $96) !

    They make great last minute gift ideas for your skincare obsessed friend/ relative or you can treat  yourself ( hey we all need to spoil ourselves once in awhile!).

     

    Happy Holidays !

     

    XO, MAHA

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    PIXI BEAUTY LOVE!

    Pixi Beauty Product photo

    I’ve discussed Pixi Beauty on my blog before , but I wanted to dedicate another post to them because #1 I love their products  and #2 they are against animal testing, and I’m trying to make a conscious effort to feature more brands in this category!  I have highlighted a few of their products that I’m currently using and loving in this post.

    The Geltint & Silkgloss set were sent to me as a PR sample by Pixi ( #thankful). I threw one of them in my gym bag, the other in my work bag and the other is on my desk in my office, you know in case I want to freshen’ up at some time during one of my late night blogging sessions!

    One side of the stick is the Tint and the other side is the Gloss. The tint is so subtle and adds a nice dose of color to your lips. , I found the tint somewhat hydrating but not too much. The gloss adds more hydration and compliments the tint. The gloss is not sticky and fragrance free. As both products deliver a light dose of colour to the lips, they are totally buildable and can be worn during the day or night if you prefer for a polished look.

    Peel & polish is also another PR sample from Pixi. This enzyme peel can be used 2-3 times a week to help you reveal smoother more radiant looking skin.  It  will polish away all dry skin cells and impurities that have built up on your skin. The peel is made with natural fruit enzymes that help exfoliate  the skin in a very gentle manner.

    I think the one product most people are curious about when I bring up Pixi is the glow tonic. For those who haven’t tried it yet ( not sure what your waiting for), it’s a glycolic acid toner that exfoliates and purifies the skin for a more radiant complexion. I use it every other night before I apply my night moisturizer, but it’s safe to use everyday. Love this stuff!

    Pixi collaborated with 4 amazing beauty and lifestyle influencers. First up is their collaboration with influencer Maryam Maquillage. She’s such a doll and I always admired her so when the two teamed up I was so excited to see what the collaboration would be. Of course it’s the very popular Glow & Bronze palette. The highlighters are very wearable and more on the natural side which I adore! It’s very versatile and used it everyday this past Summer to add a sun kissed glow to my face.

    Pixi also has a collaboration with influencer Aspynovard. Together they created a set of highlighters and  blush .I own Rome Rose blush. It’s the perfect peachy shimmery blush that I also wore the majority of the Summer. It really gives a natural flushed look to your skin. As much as I layered the blush I never felt it was overdone and blends beautifully on the skin.

    The last product I own is from influencer Judy from ” It’s Judy Time”. Together these powerhouses came up with not one but two crazy popular palettes ; Get The Look : ITSEYETIME and ITSLIPTIME. One is an eye shadow palette and the other is a lip palette, obviously!  I have not had the chance to try the lip palette yet but I have used the eye shadow palette many times! The palette has 12 shades, mostly neutral , some shimmery but the majority are matte. I love that they included a mix of shimmery and matte shades. It makes the palette so versatile and worth spending the dollar bills on !! Right? I can’t ever see myself buying a palette with just shimmery shades or matte shades. It has to give a wide range of possibilities so you can come up with various looks using only one palette. The ITSEYETIME definitely delivers in that department. The shadows themselves are smooth almost buttery and blend really well. My favourite shade is Honey Bear. I use it as a transition shade and sometimes I just wear it all over my lid for a more “laid back I but still got my stuff together look”

     

     Here I used ITSEYETIME palette to create this look. I used Honey Bear and Bubbly to create a very wearable everyday look. It literally took me 2 minutes to apply the shadows.  I saturated my brush with Honey Bear + Bubbly and one quick sweep over my eyelids was all it took. I decided to be a bit more dramatic, but still wearable , and swiped the colours on the bottom as well. I also used the Rome Rose blush to accentuate my cheekbones and cheeks. I freaking love this blush, pardon my language , but it’s so darn nice. It looks like I have a nice flush to my face with just the right amount of colour. Very wearable and low maintenance for this mom of 3!

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