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    HOT SUMMER PRODUCTS YOU NEED!

    Sharing my top Summer ’18 products. Some are new to the line up and some are old favourties (hello $6 elf highlighter)!

     

    SUMMER PRODUCT PHOTO

    1. Esqido Voila Lash Gorgeous mink reusable lashes
    2. Glossier Cloud Paint  has become my new favourite brand! I don’t know what took me so long to jump on the Glossier trend. The Cloud Paint is a cream-gel  super lightweight formula but adds the perfect amount of tint to your cheeks. It comes in 4 shades and they are all perfect !
    3. ABH Soft Glam Palette  is my go-to this Summer. You can create endless soft looks with these easy to blend and highly pigmented shadows!
    4. Maybelline Total Temptation Eyebrow Definer Deep brown. is perfect for travelling . Throw it in the makeup bag and use it without any need for an extra brush!
    5. IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce  is a thick rich moisturizer that absorbs into the skin quickly! It reflects light so you always have a nice radiance to your face!
    6. Glossier Lip Gloss is a necessity in every makeup bag this Summer! I reach for lip gloss more in the Summer than I do any other time…not sure why! I have a lip gloss in every bag I own!
    7. IT Cosmetics  Miracle Water 3 in 1 Tonic acts as a radiance booster, fights fine lines and cleans your skin. Another product I’ll take with me while travelling this Summer as it does the job of 3 products!
    8. Hourglass Veil Translucent Powder  is an old-y but a good-y for me! I find I reach for this product more in the warmer seasons. I just like how it sets my foundation all day. It doesn’t really mattify my face, but it gives me an overall even complexion with a bit of radiant glow.
    9.  Pixi Extra Eye Bright , besides Venti black coffee,  is a can’t live without product for me. I look, not feel, wide awake! It lasts all day and I don’t have to set with eyeshadow like I do any other nude pencil. It won’t smudge or smear through out the day and it’s at a great price point! It’s a must have!
    10. IT Cosmetics, Bye Bye Undereye Full Coverage Concealer  I ‘ve been using this concealer for years now. I briefly mention this product in my last post which you can read here. I’m hoping to write a more extensive review on this concealer in the near future, but for now let me tell you how great this product is. A little goes a long way. I have had mine for over a year now and it’s still half full. I really like the shade range ( I’m medium tan in the Summer) and I can apply it with my index finger perfectly so no need for a brush! Again, the amount of coverage you get from this concealer is like no other !
    11. Milani Colour Statement Lipstick, Sweet Nectar  is for the wild ones this Summer! Don’t be boring,  try out a vibrant colour to showcase your true personality! I am obsessed with Milani Lipsticks. The Colour Statement lipsticks are super super pigmented and totally affordable! I love that they are non-drying and super hydrating, but most of all I love the different shades they have. I think I’ll pick up uptown mauve next 🙂
    12. Dermalogica SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen isn’t the sexiest product I have on this list, but IMO it is the most important! I never ever leave the house without sunscreen and neither should you. This is an oil free , board spectrum sunscreen that won’t clog your pores and it’s super lightweight so you can wear it under makeup without any problems!
    13. Essie Nail Polish, Backseat Besties,  is my favourite essie nail colour and essie is become my favourite nail brand! I have accumulated so many little bottles! I wear a different colour every other week. I really enjoy wearing bright nail colours during the warmer weather. Paired with a  mani / pedi these colours look so cute!
    14. e.l.f. cosmetics Moonlight Pearl baked Highlighter  is only $6 dollars ! For $6 this highlighter is amazing! It’s always sold out when I go to pick it up so when I do see it at my local drugstore I make sure to stock up. It applies really nicely and looks really subtle on the face. You can definitely be heavy handed and apply more to the face if your going for a glam look. As I wear it during the day, I prefer to apply it softly on the high points of my cheeks and cupids bow.
    15. NYX Makeup Setting Spray, Dewy Finish  Nothing too exciting about a setting spray to be honest but this one is a keeper in my makeup bag. I use the Matte finish spray during the colder months and when the sun comes out, I bring out it’s more outing , lovable sister  the Dewy finish spray! After I apply my makeup, day or night, I spray once, twice and thrice for good luck 🙂 This long lasting spray is around $8-10 dollars and rivals the most prestigious setting prays on the market. NYX ain’t kidding around when it comes to making your makeup last longer folks. This is the real deal!
    16. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, Medium  When the sun comes out I put away the heavy foundations. No need for them. If I have any imperfections on the skin, I colour correct and then use concealer. NARS sheer Glow is one of the best on the market, IMO 🙂 It applies nicely and evenly. It’s not too thick or too watery as some lightweight foundations can be. It’s the perfect texture. A quarter sized drop and a half is good for me , but you can apply more if you feel necessary. Some advice from me,  this foundation will have a learning curve to it. You may think 2-3 drops is good for you but as the day goes on the foundation settles and you may realize you put too much on or not enough. I suggest start with a quarter sized drop and half and see how your skin looks mid day. It’s makeup , it’s meant to be played with.

    XO, MAHA

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    Luxurious Spring Makeup Wish List!

    Every Spring I like to add some new makeup and skin products to my makeup bag and routine. This Spring is no exception as I’ve had my eye on a few very popular products. I’m dying to try them all! Tom Ford is definitely a brand I’m very interested in experimenting with. I hear from other bloggers that his lipsticks are like no other and are a must. The Farsali Gold Elixir is also another youtube and blogger favourite. There are other brands that produce a gold elixir but I really want to try this out the most. Charlotte Tilbury FilmStar bronzer is not only aesthetically beautiful but is the perfect contour / highlight combo for Spring. The Viseart palette is definitely a splurge and will most likely be my most expensive eyeshadow palette, but I have my heart set on it and you only live once. 🙂

    SPRING MAKEUP WISH LIST

    SPRING MAKEUP WISH LIST

     

    1.Charlotte Tilbury FilmStar Bronze & Glow Light to Medium

    2.Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum

    3.Tom Ford Cream Cheek Colour

    4.Farsali Rose Gold Elixir

    5.Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow

    6.Viseart Eyeshadow Palette Warm

    7.Tom Form Sheer Cheek Duo

    8.Tom Form Complexion Enhancing Primer

    9. Tom Ford Soleil Lip Foil

    I’m really curious to hear what new products you’ll be adding to your makeup bag this Spring. Leave me a comment below 🙂

     

    XO, MAHA 

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    Darling, you need this makeup! Charlotte Tilbury Edition

    I’ve been lusting over the Charlotte Tilbury makeup ever since I saw an advertisement for the “FilmStar Bronze and Glow” palette in a magazine! The Charlotte Tilbury brand exudes glamour and luxury. Gleaming rose gold lipstick tubes and gorgeous streamlined rosy palettes *swoon* ! Yes it was love at first sight, but how do the products add up? Are they worth investing in ? I was given the opportunity to experiment with a few products such as lipsticks, an eyeshadow palette and a multitasking “Beach Stick”. Here are my thoughts on the products.

    Charlotte Tilbury Matte Lipsticks

    Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks

     

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    e.l.f. Makeup : 1 Winner + 3 Losers

    Several weeks back I bought a few e.l.f products from my local Walmart. I was super excited as the selection was huge! e.l.f. is one of those very affordable brands that has a great line up of products and a good handful of their products I’ve tried and loved. A few products like this one and this one are a staple in my skincare and makeup routine. 
    I picked up the Dark Blush Palette , Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in black, Small Stippling Brush and Instant Lift Brow Pencil in neutral brown. Unfortunately this e.l.f shopping trip wasn’t as worthwhile as I had hoped. The title of this posts says it all. 

     

     
    Let’s start with the clear winner! This e.l.f stippling brush is the bomb.com! It’s small enough to fit in an average sized makeup bag. It’s a classic black colour and has short bristles. It looks very much like a the MAC 130 short stippling brush. I used the e.l.f stippling brush to blend in my NARS creamy concealer on the under eye area. It’s small enough to use under the eyes and around the corner of the nose. The bristles are very soft against the skin and I picked up product very easily with it. I also used this brush to apply cream blush. Overall I’m really impressed with the brush considering it was only $5! I haven’t washed it yet so I hope after I wash it for the first time it still holds it’s shape and the bristles don’t fall out. I will be going back to buy another small stippling brush to add to my professional kit as well as trying out some other e.l.f. brushes. I just hope they are as good as this one!
    With the assortment of colours available in the  e.l.f Instant Lift Brow pencil and the spooly at the end this product could have been the front-runner for an ABH brow wiz dupe, but unfortunately this product doesn’t work very well.  First off the spooly is way to harsh and dense. I used a very light hand and it still felt rough against my skin. I had to apply several strokes of the pencil in the same area to have it show on my skin. The colour didn’t last long( 2 hours) on my brows. I started to see it fade on one of my brows while the other one took a half hour longer to fade. I felt the pencil was too waxy therefore not allowing the colour to properly adhere to the brows and skin. I would probably recommend this to brow pencil to anyone who is just starting to experiment with makeup. If you are a seasoned makeup wearer please skip this product as it will frustrate you during application. 
     
    The e.l.f. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen looks very sleek and functional. It’s also very deceiving. The tip looks very pointy but it’s actually flimsy and bends if you add a bit of pressure to it.My first experience with the pen wasn’t the greatest.I had to shake it a few times to have the liquid dispense out of the pen and after 10 minutes of sheer frustration I managed to achieve a so-called line but had it rub off on me an hour into my work day! I may have gotten a defective pen ,to be honest ,but I wasn’t going to buy another one. It’s not worth the hassle. I’ll just stick to this e.l.f.liner instead. I know it works and I love it!
     
    Out of all the products I purchased, I would have to say this blush palette was my biggest disappointment. I had such high expectations since I read all the great reviews on it. I’ll start off with the PROS of this palette. The cost, obviously, was very affordable at $7. You receive 4 wearable colours and it comes in a nice sleek black palette that can easily be thrown into a travel case and off you go! This palette will take you from season to season. Here are the CONS of this palette. The colours are wearable but not pigmented enough for my taste. It takes a few swipes of the blush to achieve “enough” colour. The description of the palette says it has matte and shimmer shades but I noticed all the shades have somewhat of a shimmer to them. There isn’t true matte shade in the palette. The blush doesn’t last long on the skin. I do not have oily skin and about 3 hours in to my work day I needed a touch up. 
    Overall this isn’t an atrocious, yes I’m being dramatic again, blush palette to have in your makeup bag. However, with the limited space I have and the mass variety of makeup available on the market I have to be picky of what I carry around. 
    //swatches of the dark blush palette.3 swipes to achieve this pigmentation//
     
     
    e.l.f. used to make an amazing HD cream blush that I have bought in the past and would love to repurchase but I can’t find it at my local store. If you know where I can buy it, please leave me a comment below!
     
    Happy e.l.f shopping!
     
     
    DISCLAIMER: I purchased these products with my own money. I was not compensated for my review and my opinions are my own. I am not affiliated with e.l.f cosmetics.
     

     

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    3 Essential Steps To Becoming Spring Ready !

    Spring is almost here – so some changes are in order! Not just your wardrobe needs an overhaul but so do your skin, makeup and hair. Let’s start by swapping our winter coats and boots for a light spring jacket and rain boots(ankle boots as well!).I’ve compiled for you an easy 3 step guide that will take you from feeling damp and dreary to feeling beautiful, refreshed and ready for Spring!


    PREP SKIN


     
    Your skin is your biggest organ(yes it’s an organ,look it up!) and should be taken care of just as you do your heart. We all know good skin is highly sought after. It all starts within. It’s been proven that a well hydrated body emits a natural glow that rivals the best highlighter on the market. For your body to be well hydrated you need to  drink at least 6-8 glasses of water. By consuming water you are flushing toxins out of your system and allowing your glow to come thru. It’s not magic, it’s science! 


    At times, drinking 6-8 glasses of water isn’t enough or practical so you need the help of exfoliating products. A cleansing power tool helps to rapidly exfoliate the body to reduce dry patches and leaves skin feeling very smooth.


    Cleansing your skin is so important first thing in the morning as well as at night to ensure all the products and environmental toxins are removed from your pores. Choose a cleaner that is right for your skin type.


    Using a reliable water based toner after cleansing helps to ensure your skin is receiving a healthy dose of antioxidants for the day.


    Weekly exfoliating of the skin is necessary! Since many of us can’t make it to the aesthetician on a weekly basis, it’s great to rely on a solid BHA exfoliating product that improves skins texture, appearance and gets rid of blackheads. As well a decent BHA product will help with collagen production. 

    A serum loaded with antioxidants will help to firm, brighten and hydrate your skin all day.


    If dryness around the eyes during allergy season is a factor then adding an eye cream to your Spring prep routine will definitely help. An effective eye cream will hydrate the under eye and reduce puffiness.

    There is no excuse for leaving the house without sunscreen. Sunscreen is the #1 defence against ageing skin and skin cancer.


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    Put away those matte lipsticks and reach for a coral lippie! Spring is the time of new awakenings and rejuvenation so don’t hesitate to be inspired and try different colours.
     
    Adding a soft cheerful pastel shade to your lids is not only fun, but will also make them pop. Adding a bright bold colour to your inner and under waterline will tie the look together. If a bright purple in your waterline is not your thing, you can always reach for a nude toned eye pencil to give a bright eyed and awake look!
     
    Feeling like winter took away your colour ? Add a soft bronzer + highlighter to your makeup routine to liven up your colour and give the illusion you just came back from the islands!
    Blush is magic! It’s an instant “pick me up” and if applied properly  can easily transform your look. During the winter months the plums, golds and nudes were in high demand. This Spring, go after the pinks, purples and corals.
     
    Wearing a lightweight concealer and foundation as a base will help enhance your natural beauty and won’t make you look overdone. 
     
    Applying a coat or two of black mascara always pulls the look together. If your feeling adventurous, teal and pink mascara(a light coat obviously) is a big hit this season. 
     
    Pampering your feet and nails is a luxury. Schedule a mani – pedi as soon as you can. Once the sun starts shining you’re going to want to wear sandals and open toe heels so it’s best to be prepared. If you can’t make it to an esthetician, read this article for a DIY mani – pedi at home! When choosing colour go for the pinks, reds and pastels.
     
    When choosing a Springtime scent, ensure that it represents your personality. If you’re not a flower lover than don’t choose a citrus or fruity scent.If you don’t like attention than a bold scent such as musk or amber is most likely not for you! If you’re Vegan or a Naturalist, there are many companies that offer natural organic scents. Whatever scent you choose, ensure it represents your style and personality well. A lingering scent is at times how people remember you, so make it fabulous!
     
    Transform Hair

    \ Otto-Keunis Intensive Mask \
    \ L’Oreal TecniArt Volume Mousse\
     
    We can finally say goodbye to Winter hat hair, frizzy and unmanageable tresses! It’s time to pamper your hair. Your hair says a lot about you so ensuring it looks healthy and shiny should be a top priority this Spring. 
     
    At the start of every new season you should trim your ends. This will promote hair growth without breakage and thinning. If your  fearless and ready for a change you may want to try a sexy pixi cut or a cute and very wearable LOB (longer bob).
     
    Using a sulfate and paraben free shampoo and conditioner will help hydrate the hair and clean your scalp. A clean scalp ensures your hair can breath and in turn can grow easily. 
     
    An intensive repair mask should be your best friend this Spring.
    A hair mask will help heal the damage from the cold Winter months. Once or twice a week is necessary to bring life and hydration back into your hair.
     
    Styling your hair is always fun, but at times can damage your hair. Constant heat and tugging at the tresses weakens the follicles and over time destroys vital proteins needed for hair repair and growth.
    This Spring go “Oh Natural” with your hair!If you have curly or wavy hair, shampoo your tresses, let it air dry and add a bit of volumizing mouse to your roots and ends. If you have naturally straight hair, towel dry the hair and comb out any frizz that may have  developed from the towel. 
     
    If you must add heat to your hair, ensure you keep the hair dryer as far from your hair as possible to reduce damage. Coating your hair with heat styling products beforehand will minimize the damage.
     
    Applying a shine spray to your hair will create a luminous shine and this will give the illusion that you have natural healthy hair. A good quality shine spray will also offer UV,thermal and environmental toxin protection.
     
    If you decide to tackle any or all of these 3 essential steps, leave a comment below and let me know how it goes! I love hearing from you all!
     
    Happy Spring  🙂
     
     
    XOXO
    MAHA
     

     

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    CURRENLTY COVETING

     

    Feeling so inspired by my internet obsessions and loves this week! Are you?
    \ Donuts + Gold Glitter //
    \ Necessary Immune Boosting Water //
    \ This Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake is LIFE! //
    \ These stairs may lead you to heaven. So inviting! //
    \ How dreamy is this gown. Just Stunning! //
    \ Can’t wait to pick up these aviators //
    Black + White + Gold = Glamour!//
    \ I wonder what adventure awaits behind these doors? Marrakech, Morocco //
    \ How relaxing does this look ! //

     
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    CURRENTLY COVETING – Spring Obsessions

    The more I obsess over the arrival of Spring , the more snow falls in Ottawa! Here are my internet obsessions and inspirations for the week. I have a thing for Blush Pink!



    // Aviators are a must  this spring! //
    // The mix of rose gold and blush has me swooning! //
    // Kate Spade knows what a girl wants! //
    // Heels are a girls best friend! //
    // This draped coat needs to join my wardrobe!//
    // Did you know you could rent this Elizabeth & James bag? The site is called rent the way and it’s pretty darn cool! //
    // Dame from MAC, a classic blush! //
    // Louboutin obsession just got deeper! //
    // Rimmel Pink Blush lipstick is the perfect shade for Spring 2016! //
     
     
     

     

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