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    MY FALL 2019 ESSENTIALS

    Fall is officially here!

    Yeah !

     I’m sad to bid farewell to super hot lazy days around the pool with the kids. I always dread the colder weather but honestly,  who doesn’t love watching the leaves change colours!

    I also feel like FALL is a chance to renew yourself and sets the tone for comfort. When talking about comfort, obviously, I mean oversized scarves, sweaters, gorgeous booties and of  course a coat that is not only stylish but so cozy!

    Hope you enjoyed this quick read on my Fall essentials 🙂

    Fall Essentials 2019

    1. “on the bright cider” Essie , 2. Babaton”Stedman” Wool Coat, Aritzia

    3.Dark Brown Tote Bag, Amazon,  4. High Neck Black Sweater, H&M

    5. “Paper Bag pants”, J.Crew 6.” Teddy Black “Ankle Booties, LuLus

    7.Wilferd “Shirt Dress”, Aritzia, 8.Wilfred “Diamond Mosaic Triangle Scarf”, Aritzia, 9.  “Confidence in a Cream”, it Cosmetics

     

    XO, MAHA 

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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 🙂 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 Minéral 89 Serum and once Vichy launched the eye equivalent I knew I had to get my hands on it ASAP! Minéral 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 Minéral 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  🙂 

     

    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 décolletage 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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    9 Products That Will Get You Summer Sexy NOW!

    Summer Summer Sumertime, time to sit back and unwind…. Did you sing the song to the right beat? 🙂

    It’s that time of year again when the temperatures are high and days are long! I’m not complaining, I enjoy the sun rays on my skin and the good vibes that come with the season. July is when I start to feel that Summer is officially here in my hometown, so that’s
    usually when I start my search for beauty products that can transition me from Spring pretty to Summer sexy ! Everyone’s vision of sexy is different, of course, but my vision definitely includes iridescent soft skin, well manicured nails, long voluminous lashes and of course a killer smile! I thought why not share with all of you the products that make me feel amazing, sensual sexy, gorgeous …(you get the picture) in the Summer!



    This past year I started experimenting with tanning lotions because I wanted to deepen my already tanned skin. I have medium olive skin and I tan fairly easily but baking in the sun is a huge no-no, so I had to find another alternative to get my JLo’esque glow on! I really like the St.Tropez self tanning products as they are the only products that I’ve been satisfied with that offer a more natural and gradual looking tan. The Prep and Maintain moisturizer is the first step in preparing your skin for that sun kissed glow. The enhancing moisturizer also prolongs your tan and hydrates your skin.
     
    This is St.Tropez most popular tanning mousse. It’s to be used after the Prep and Maintain moisturizer. This mousse is very lightweight, streak free and simple to use. I’m a self tanning newbie and I didn’t find it complicated at all. St.Tropez products do not have that tanning salon smell that other tanning lotions have.The tanning mousse promises to give a streak free and natural looking tan. You will not look orange with this mousse and if you use it properly 
    you’ll experience a glowing tan for up to 10 days. It’s best to apply it with the St.Tropez tan applicator mitt to ensure you get a well blended tan.
     

    The good folks at Coppertone sent me this product to try out. The Clearly Sheer Face lotion is part of the new formulated line that  also includes lotion and spray for the body. I know what your thinking, how is sunscreen sexy? Well first let me tell you what isn’t sexy; sun spots and skin cancer! To protect yourself against the harmful sun rays, you need to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher, such as the Coppertone Clearly Sheer Face. It absorbs quickly into the skin and feels very light. I like that the formula will not clog my pores or cause breakouts and it’s specially formulated so it can be used on sensitive and acne prone skin. By taking a few minutes every morning to apply this sunscreen you’re well on your way in keeping wrinkles and dry patchy skin at bay. I was pleasantly surprised at how wearable this particular sunscreen was under my makeup. I didn’t experience any white cast on my face and when photographed wearing this sunscreen there wasn’t any flashback in the photos! If you want to see for yourself, check me out here ! I found out that Coppertone actually created this specific formula with women in mind to wear alongside their favourite makeup !It dries quickly to a matte finish and is so sheer and light you can actually mix it in with your foundation. As well, if you want to take a dip in the pool Clearly Sheer face and body offer 80 minutes of water resistant protection. 
    In recognition of their outstanding product Coppertone Clearly Sheer Face won Allure Magazines Best of Beauty award in 2015! After wearing it for 3 weeks straight I can defiantly see why it’s  a winner.


     
    During the Summer, I rarely wear foundation. Actually, I have been wearing foundation for the past 4 days but only because I’m reviewing a brand name foundation for the blog. If it wasn’t for the review I would be wearing this tinted moisturizer!.It glides on effortlessly because it’s a liquid formula but has a creamy texture and gives you a dewy finish. I love how it evens out my skin tone without “masking” my skin. The coverage is minimal with this tint and I LOVE this because I feel like my skin looks it’s best in the Summer months and I actually want to show it off! I don’t want to hide behind full coverage makeup. The Nars Pure Radiant tint will give you healthy looking skin but it will NOT cover imperfections. Another great tinted moisturizer that I LOVE to wear is this one.
    Lashes Lashes, Lashes!
     If you want to amp up the sultriness this Summer than invest in some lashes! Excessive Lash mascara gives you long, voluminous and and full lashes. The first time I used this mascara was at a recent night out with my husband and he actually commented that my eyes
    looked “bigger”!. I didn’t experience any smudging or clumping because of the heat that night but this is a Make Up For Ever mascara and these professionals know what their doing with pro-grade products! This is my go-to Summer mascara!
    Maybelline has once again come out with a winner! The Master Hi-Light Blush is a must in your makeup kit this Summer. Why? Well first off it doubles as a highlighter and blush. Yay! Cost savings!
    The soft milled powder feels creamy and applies like a dream. It’s buildable, meaning you can apply several layers until you reach your desired intensity without it looking cakey. It comes in 6 different illuminating combos. I’ve used Nude and Mauve! Mauve is by far my favourite!.Like I mentioned it can be used as a blush and a highlighter. As a highlighter it will not make you glow like a disco ball! That isn’t sexy to me ( my opinion only no need to be offended)! I apply the Nude shade above my cupids bow, at the high end of my cheekbones and temples. It gives me the right amount of highlight during the day and for night time I amp it up a bit with a few layers! As a blush, it offers a subtle fresh colour OR you can turn the heat up and layer it on!  All the shades can be worn with any skin tone. This product is gorgeous in daylight with the sun glistening on your skin. Side Note: Went to my local drugstore yesterday to pick up Pink Rose ( for the 2nd time now )but it still sold out the day it restocked!
     
     
    I received this stain in the shade “Energy Shot” as part of a gift that I won at an event. I wasn’t too thrilled with the colour as it was a bit too pale for my olive skin, but I was intrigued with the formula and the union of a lipgloss + lip stain. I ended up ordering “Preserving Passion” and “Long Live the Night”. I would categorise this product more of a stain rather than a lipgloss as the glossiness of a typical gloss (say that 5 times fast)wasn’t there, however the staying power of the stain is worth picking this product up! Because I wanted a bit more sultriness to my lips, I overlined   my lips a bit and added a coat of”Long Live The Night” and topped it off with a lipgloss. Wore it all night and received many compliments on it!
     
     
     
     A polished  manicure in the Summer is a must for me. Add a romantic hue to the nails,sandals, maxi dress,and a floppy brim fedora and you’re on your way to channelling the effortlessly styled Kate Hudson! I love wearing essie “spaghetti strap” because it’s a romantic pink peony colour that makes me feel girly and sweet! What nail colour do you reach for when you want to feel sultry and a bit wild?  Of course, classic red! I truly believe any red lipstick and fiery red nail polish can ignite a woman’s confidence, so no need to shy away from this powerful shade! Wear it with grit! I’ve been an essie lover since I first laid my eyes on their vast array of colours years back but lately I’ve been swooning over butter London nail lacquer. Come To Bed Red is one of their most suggestive names and is befitting of this gorgeous colour!

     
    Let’s talk about hair b.a.b.y! Let’s talk about you and me….
    I’m feeling really nostalgic while writing this post today. For all the millennial generation readers just ignore me! So I take great pride in removing every bit of hair , not on my head, off my body! I do it every 2.5 to 3 weeks. I like the feeling of having super smooth skin and I just feel so much better and cleaner.Ok, now I’ve shared a bit too much info but I told you I was going to share my secrets with you! I was sent the wax ready strips as a PR sample to try out and if I liked the product to write a post about my experience. What the good folks over at Nair don’t know is that this is what I’ve been using for a while now and this product is my go-to hair removal product. Because of my middle eastern decent, my hair grows really fast, I mean super lightning fast! I find the ready strips super easy to use as there is no need to warm up the product before use. The strips don’t dry out my skin at all and I don’t’ haven’t experienced any pain or discomfort when removing the strips(even in the most delicate areas but this may differ for each individual).The typical results last about 3-4 weeks. My results last about 2 weeks(remember super lightning fast hair growth)!. For the price point of the product you’re receiving 40 wax strips so you get a few sessions out of each box. If you compare Nair value vs salon value you’re spending $8 for half leg and bikini compared to half leg an bikini for the $70 at the salon(in Ontario). If your interested in trying the wax ready-strips, Nair has offered a $2 coupon on their site. I’ll link it for you here!


     
     
    What products do you use to get Summer sexy? Let me know by leaving a comment below!
     
    Maha
    XOXO
     
    DISCLOSURE: The Coppertone Clearly Sheer Face lotion and the NAIR Ready-Wax strips were sent to me as a PR sample. I was not paid to discuss them in this post.The other products discussed were bought with my own funds. I am not affiliated with any brands discussed in the post and my opinions are my own.
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    Currently Coveting : Beauty Wish List

    I put myself on a self inflicted ” no makeup buy” for 2 weeks. It’s been a struggle and I had to rely heavily on will power but I survived! Now that the ban has been lifted I’m back online creating my wish list. What can I say? I’m a true beauty junkie! So many of these  products have been on my radar for awhile and I can’t wait to try them out. With Summer coming I know I’ll be putting these products to good use! As well, be on the lookout for new product reviews on the blog !

    // Kiehl’s Tumeric and Cranberry brightening masque //
    // Charlotte Tilbury Miracle Wand //
    // BITE Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstik //
    // CHANEL brightening base //
    // Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer //
    //Minerlize SkinFinish Future M.A.C (highlighter )//
    // Soleil Tan De CHANEL //
    //  Fist Timer essie nailpolish //
    // Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Blush Parfume //
    // L’Oréal Extraordinary Oil //
    // Bio Ionic 10X Pro Ultralight Speed Dryer //
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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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