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    Recreate the Look : Olivia Culpo Golden Globes Makeup

    Olivia Culpo Golden Globes Makeup

    Some of you may know Olivia Culpo as Miss Universe 2012 but I recently discovered Miss. Culpo because she totally slayed my whole world when I saw this picture of  her on the red carpet at the Golden Globes ( yes I know, I’m being a bit dramatic!). I ‘m a sucker for rose gold and this beautiful lady was dripping in it! I was inspired to recreate this Golden Globe look for the blog!

    Olivia Cuplo Makeup Look

    Olivia Culpo Makeup Look

     

    After a bit of research on Miss Universe 2012 , I was pleasantly surprised that we share the same  “less is more” philosophy regarding makeup. This clearly shows in her makeup choices for red carpet and media events. For the Golden Globes, Olivia wore an intricate floral Zuhair Murad couture gown with a French braided hairstyle.

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    WORTH THE HYPE? : ANASTASIA MODERN RENAISSANCE PALETTE

    I finally had to chance to grab the highly hyped up Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette. This palette is comprised of 14 shadows with mostly matte and a few metallic shades in neutral and berry tones. You have a mix of vibrant red, pinks,oranges and browns. The variety is just fabulous!

    The palette itself is vanity display worthy!. It’s a pink/lilac velvet compact that looks very regal and has the Anastasia Beverley Hills logo in the middle. The shadows are .02 oz each and were produced in a cruelty free environment. The palette also comes with a well constructed dual ended brush. Bonus!

    Shades


    top row:

    Tempera (matte), Golden Ochre(matte), Vermeer(metallic), Buon Fresco (matte), Antique Bronze(metallic), Love Letter(matte), Cyprus Umber(matte)

    bottom row:

    Raw Sienna(matte), Burnt Orange(matte), Primavera (metallic), Red Ochre (matte), Venetian Red(matte), Warm Taupe(matte) , Realgar(matte)


    I ‘ve ben wearing this palette now for over 2 weeks straight and my favourite combo at the moment is Antique Bronze + Love Letter + Venetian Red + Warm Taupe. I didn’t think I would be a fan of the berry tones but I’ve been converted! How great is it to have neutral matte shades( taupes and browns) in the same palette as matte oranges and reds! This palette is feminine and romantic but most importantly wearable! Because they’re matte shades you can layer them on until you find the intensity and combo of colours you’re comfortable wearing.You can apply these shadows with a light hand for day /work wear or heavy handed for a night out. 

    The shadows themselves applied very well with little to no fall out.  They went on smoothly and layered well. Out of the 14 shades my absolute favourite is Red Ochre! I love applying it on the outer crease to add a bit of drama to my daytime look! Gives me just enough “pop” for day wear!


    Tip: You can spray MAC Fix + on your brush and dip into any shade to make it more vibrant if you wish. 

    Overall I’m really impressed with this palette. I was hesitant at first because I wasn’t in love with my very first Anastasia palette that I purchased awhile back. I felt it had crazy fallout and poor pigmentation of the shadows, however, I feel this brand has come a long way with their eyeshadows since my last ABH shadow purchase and they are becoming a force to be reckoned with if they continue to be innovative with colours and combos in their palettes. Amazing palette ABH!


    Worth the Hype? Yes it is beauty lovers!
    If you’re shopping around for a palette with a variety of warm bold and neutral shades, go ahead and give this one a try.

    DISCLAMIER: I was not compensated for this post. I bought the palette with my own money.The opinions expressed are my own.

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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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