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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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    Whats Up Nails GIVEAWAY!!!!

    Who’s ready for Halloween!

    I’ve teamed up with Nail Polish Canada to give 10 lucky readers with their own free set of Graveyard Nails just in time for Halloween!! Nail Polish Canada is a one stop shop for all you nail polish fanatics. You can find all the nail polish brands you love under one roof. Their customer service is amazing and they have a huge selection of nail brands for you to choose from.

    I’m not very good at applying nail polish so when Nail polish Canada reached out to me to gift me with a set of Halloween themed nail vinyl’s I was super ecstatic. How can I possibly mess up nail vinyl’s!  Even better they offered to gift * my first 10 readers a set as well.

    It’s super easy to claim your free pack of graveyard nails.

    The first 10 readers can click on this link : //www.nailpolishcanada.com/products/free-graveyard-nail-vinyls-1-sheet-20-stencils-by-whats-up-nails.html and enter my special coupon code: L383EOAL4G  and they are yours free of shipping charge and no strings attached!

    I hope you really enjoy them as they are the perfect accessory to your Halloween costume. Oh and by the way don’t forget to take advantage of  Nail Polish Canada’s free shipping of any orders over $19!!

    *Please note the giveaway is open to Canadian residents only *

      XO, MAHA

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    Dull Skin Be Gone with Rodial’s New Innovative Makeup and Skincare!

    I love receiving products from a brand that I’ve always been curious about but never got around to trying their products. Rodial is one of these brands.  This innovative skincare brand that uses tongue and cheek product names such as Bee Venom and Dragon’s blood is a favourite among many celebrities such as Heidi Klum, Lily Aldridge, and Kylie Jenner. I was ecstatic to try these products out and of course “spill the tea” on them! Finally, I found a reason to use this overused cliche! Read more

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    Skin Woes + Cetaphil Giveaway!

    Cetaphil skincare product photo

    I was really fortunate to team up with Cetaphil this month to bring to you their well known skincare duo for combating  skin irritations / concerns. They were kind enough to send me the Oily Skin Cleanser and Daily Facial Moisturizer to test out. I used these 2 products religiously for 1 month.

    At the time I was sent the products, I was already looking at switching up my skin care routine. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that every season I switch up my routine by rotating in 1 or 2 new products. I do this for 2 reasons: Read more

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    Worth the hype? Deciem, The Abnormal Beauty Company!

    Deciem Haul

    The Ordinary Haul

    This post is long overdo I know! This so far has been one of my most requested post this year. I don’t blame you all for being so curious about Deciem! This cruelty free Toronto based brand is so popular among millennials that their “The Ordinary foundation” had a 25,000 person wait list! That is insane! Their packaging is no fuss, simple, clean and to the point.

    Deciem “the abnormal beauty company”  as they lighthearttly call themselves introduced their current line of serums and foundation under The Ordinary umbrella to major success! This line introduced high coverage foundation for $7 and serums for under $15. How do they do this and do the products work? The founder Brandon Truaxe explained that because of the low number of ingredients in each product, it is possible to produce and sell affordable skincare to the masses.  Of course I was intrigued so I placed my order as quickly as possible. I waited 5 weeks for my products to be shipped because the company was out of stock…hello wait list ! Fair enough. I wanted to get my hands on these foundations that some were saying online could be considered life changing. Really..life changing? Well I had to see for  myself so bring it on Deciem!

    I ordered the following from Deciem:

    100% Plant -Derived Squalane  is a hydrator which is found naturally in the skin. You would use Squalane if you want to increase hydration or prevent depletion of hydration in your skin.  You can also use this product on your hair to prevent breakage and add shine.100% Plant Derived Squalene

    100% Plant Derived Squalane, $8

    My thoughts:  I found that the Squalane did a great job ensuring my skin stayed hydrated. I was so surprised that the Squalane only had one ingredient listed .. Squalane!. That’s all there is to it. It doesn’t get more simple than that. I used it every day before I applied my moisturizer. I found the best way to apply this emollient is to place the dropper directly on your face, but not touching your face. Applying the product on your hand first,  I found, was wasteful because it has a runny consistently and is absorbed quickly into any surface it touches.  I only  have a bit left in the bottle so I placed an order for 2 more bottles. 

    Argireline Solution 10% is clear lightweight Serum with 10% Argireline Peptide Complex. Argireline benefits the areas on the face that are prone to folds (wrinkles!!) such as eyes and the forehead area. To use, apply a few drops on the forehead and around the eyes twice daily. 

    Argireline Solution 10% photo

    Argireline Solution 10% $8  

    My thoughts: The solution feels like water on the face. It’s extremely lightweight and odourless. I was skeptical at first because I have never tired a serum that basically looked like water but I was assured that it wasn’t water. In one and half months time I had used up the whole bottle as I used it religiously every morning ( before the Squalene in the morning ) and night.  I can’t say that I see a dramatic difference in the minor crows fee that I have around my eyes but I do feel it has diminished them slightly. I believe if I had another bottle of the Argireline Solution 10%I would have seem a greater difference but I didn’t plan ahead of time to order a bottle. I am now awaiting my 2nd and 3rd bottle to arrive! At $8 per bottle it’s so affordable to give it another chance.

    High-Spreadability Fluid Primer  is from the Ordinary Colours line under Deciem and is made up of high flexibility silicones that help hydrate the skin and give an overall dewy look. Used as a makeup primer it ensures long lasting makeup wear and Ordinary Colours claims that this primer helps spread your makeup evenly to avoid blotchiness.

    Ordinary Colours High Spreadability Fluid Primer photo

    High-Spreadability Fluid Primer, $8

    My thoughts: My first reaction was ” holy heck this is good”! It took me a few days to understand why I loved this primer so much. It’s almost identical to this staple  primer that I use on myself and my clients for $36 less!  You better believe I ordered another 2nd , 3rd and 4th bottle.  It’s perfect on the skin. It does exactly what it claims to do. It smooths your face and ensures your makeup lasts through out the day. As for the claim that it helps disperse complexion makeup evenly, I can see some truth to this definitely as it’s a very light weight formula that smooths out the texture of your skin allowing the makeup to glide on smoothly without the need to tug or pull to get the desired effect. The only negative feedback I have on this primer is not about the product itself but the drop dispenser packaging. I wish at some point Deciem will decide to package it in a squeeze tube instead of a dropper. It’s not easy to dispense. Overall this product is definitely worth $8 ! I can’t stop raving about how much I love it.

    The Ordinary Lightweight Serum Foundation photo

    The Ordinary Lightweight Serum Foundation, $7

    The Ordinary Lightweight Serum Foundation  shut the internet down!

    This $7 bottle had a 25,000 person waitlist as well as orders for 250,000 units it’s first week of launching and literally crashed the Deciem servers! It offers lightweight coverage but buildable to sheer-medium coverage and is formulated in a way that allows the pigments to look natural on the skin, serum like, and this does not settle in fine lines. It has a matte finish and works extremely well over any primer offered by The Ordinary. Only in Europe is this foundation available with SPF. This foundation and all Deciem products actually, are free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, animal oils, coal tar dyes, (WTF?) and a bunch of stuff I’m too lazy to type out…but honestly just trust me when I say your face will thank you for omitting junk from your makeup! The Ordinary Colours offers this foundation in 21 shades divided into 3 categories. I strongly recommend you visit their shade guide for a comprehensive breakdown of shades as well as swatches.

    My thoughts: Every woman should have this serum foundation in her makeup bag for the days/nights she wants to feel good and natural in her own skin ! They are 100% right to claim this looks serum like on the skin. The foundation comes in a plastic bottle with a pump for easy application.

    I apply The Ordinary Fluid Primer first and then I use about 1.5 pumps worth of serum foundation on a damp beauty blender to achieve the coverage I’m comfortable with. I ordered 2.1Y which I find is a good choice for the Summer months but once my tan fades I know I will have to go at least a shade lighter.

    Every time I wear this foundation I am guaranteed over 7 hours of wear. It looks natural on the skin so if you have imperfections you want to hide, it would be a good idea to conceal those first before applying this foundation. If you are looking for a soft conceal of imperfections than you’re good to just use this foundation alone. For those that have oily skin you may need to touch up with some powder once through out the day but that’s probably after 6 hours of wear.

    The Ordinary High Coverage Foundation photo

    The Ordinary High Coverage Foundation, $7

    The Ordinary High-Coverage Foundation offers a semi-matte finish with more pigmentation than the serum foundation therefore provides more coverage yet still does not feel or look cakey on the face. 

    My thoughts: I don’t wear this foundation as much as I do the Serum foundation only because I am, knock on wood, having really great skin these days so I don’t feel the need for that extra coverage. When I do wear it I love it. It still feels light on my skin but I know I have that extra coverage. I apply it the same way I do the serum foundation but I only use 1 pump for my entire face. This foundation is also buildable and hides imperfections well!

    Overall thoughts: I’m really impressed with this company and how they managed to stay true to themselves while still offering great working products to their consumers! Deciem and The Ordinary line are definitely worth the hype. Their price point, products and overall social awareness is refreshing. I look forward to trying out a few other products from them and hopefully will love them just as much as I love these!

    Have you tried any Deciem products? If so, leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you !

    Disclaimer: I purchased these products. They are not PR samples.

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