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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 ūüôā 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 Min√©ral 89 Serum and once Vichy launched the eye equivalent I knew I had to get my hands on it ASAP! Min√©ral 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 Min√©ral 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 ¬†ūüôā¬†

     

    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 d√©colletage 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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    First Impressions: Curl Keeper Styling Collection

     

    The generous team at Trade Secrets sent me¬†the¬†Curl¬†Keeper Styling Collection to experiment with.I was under no obligation to write a post about these products or provide a good review, just my honest opinion. I’ll get right to point and not keep you all in agonising anticipation.I Love these products! I don’t recall the last time I was so excited about a hair styling product. Finally, I’ve found my holy grail solution to taming my unruly frizzy curls! I know I sound like an infomercial but¬†holy moly these products work. They¬†REALLY¬†work(in my¬†infomercial voice of course)!
     
    The Visionary Behind Curl Keeper:
     
    Jonathan Torch, the Master of Curls, as he’s referred to in the industry, is the man behind Curly Hair Solutions that led to the creation of Curl Keeper¬†Styling Collection. He¬†has¬†over 25 years experience with curly hair and has revolutionised how curly hair is cut, styled and cared for. He’s so dedicated to helping people maintain their curly locks that he runs the uber successful Curly Hair Institute on Shepard Avenue West in Toronto.¬†Yes ladies and gents¬†, you read that correctly, there is a salon exclusively for us curly haired peeps! Excuse me as I squeal with excitement!
     
     
    The Products:
     
     
     
    The package that I received included:


    The Curl Keeper Styling Cream is not like any other styling product you have ever used before. It’s not a gel or foaming mousse, it’s a lightweight fluidic styling cream that allows you to manipulate your curls while never drying your hair out, creating frizz or build up on your scalp. The cream has a light aroma and adds some shine to your locks.
     
    Curl Keeper Original is the ¬†recipient of several beauty awards in the industry including 2006 Readers Choice Beauty Award.Curl Keeper Original provides all day frizz control and gives you major curl definition. This product is water based so it’s safe to use everyday and it will not draw out any moisture from your hair or cause build up. As it doesn’t cause build up on your scalp you can re-apply it as many times as you like in a day. On average with CK Original your curls will last 4-5 days and can be reactivated by simply applying water with a spray bottle to your hair.¬†
     
    Curl Keeper Slip, 30 second detangler is a “silicone free detangling leave in conditioner that will instantly loosen hair knots”.
     
    Curl Keeper Leave in Conditioner smooths the hairs that are responsible for causing fly aways. This product is not meant to be washed out and works wonders under high humidity.
     
    First Impression:
     
    I¬†received the Curl Keeper package early on a Monday morning and I had just woken up. I thought what a great opportunity for me to try the products out right away! I quickly showered, combed my hair and applied all the¬†products while following the directions on the bottle and…was¬†disappointed. Yeah, I know, I¬†wrote earlier that I loved these revolutionary products so what’s with the conflicting statement right? You see , when you are dealing with innovative formula’s such as the Curl Keeper products there¬†comes with it a learning curve. I just assumed¬†because I had been¬†using mousse and gel my whole life along with¬†shampoos, conditioners¬†and detanglers that they all work¬†the same way so they should be applied the same way right? WRONG! To fully benefit from Curl Keeper¬†products you need to watch these very short and extremely helpful¬†tutorials on how to use specific techniques to style your hair so you can achieve maximize results from Curl Keeper.Once I learned and applied these easy techniques I was in love with my hair results!
     
    My hair is very thick, heavy, curly and long (the longest it’s been in years)! My curls have a mind of their own and sometimes they want to curl and other times they want to separate, which is normal for curly hair. I wanted a set of products that allowed me to have control over my curls, reduce my frizz and achieve all day volume
    and hold without the damage.
     
     
    To achieve these spiral results above, I ONLY¬†used Curl Keeper Original +¬†twirling technique¬†that is mentioned in the tutorials(life changing)!. As a teenager I had crazy spiral curls like these and loved them, however the only way to keep the curls in place all day was to use mousse or gel. It gave me a bit of the results I wanted but also made my hair very crunchy and caused a great deal of build up.¬†Because of¬†the high alcohol content in the mousse and gel my hair became very dry and unfortunately caused me quite a bit of damage. After using Curl Keeper Original¬†+ twirling technique I was able to achieve these bouncy well defined curls that lasted all day. I haven’t seen these curls in years!! I was ecstatic. As I had a coffee date with my friends later that night, I decided to loosen some of the curls a bit by separating the bigger ones. The results were beautiful and my friends complimented me endlessly over the curls *blush*! They have always loved my curls but I hadn’t worn my hair curly in so long because of the hassle and time it took to actually achieve the results I wanted. With Curl Keeper products it took me 20 minutes including drying time to achieve these curls. For a mom of 3 this is life changing.¬†
     
    P.S My friends are now CK girls!
     
     
    This picture above was taken 2 days after the 1st picture in this post. As you can see I did seperate my curls that night to achieve a looser curl. Even on day 3 with no added water to my hair to reactivate the Curl Keeper, my curls still had volume and bounce.
     
     
     
    The big waves in this picture were achieved by using Curl Keeper Original + Styling Gel + 30 Sec Detangler + Crunching technique from the tutorials online. I did not add any heat to my hair as I let it air dry. Even without the heat I was able to achieve volume and bounce in my hair.
     
    I’ll leave you with my final impression of the Curl Keeper Collection as I know I can go on and on about these products. I’ve really benefited from CK products because they are so easy and quick to use. I can depend on them to achieve bouncy, healthy lightweight curls without the crunchy texture and without sacrificing volume. I love that the CK Original doesn’t weigh my ¬†hair down. Usually because of the thickness of my hair, ¬†volume boosting products don’t work on me but this was not the case with Curl Keeper. Try these products out for yourself and see the difference in the silicone free formula and quality for yourself. Even if you have a slight curl and want to enhance that, CK will help you achieve envious curls. I strongly suggest you watch the tutorials on the site and experiment with the technique that best suits your curl definition. To continue to see my curls evolve while using Curl Keeper, please follow me on Instagram here. As well I’ve uploaded a short clip of Jonathan Torch, founder of Curl Keeper, demonstrating the Curl Keeper techniques used in his salon on me. It’s on my new Youtube Channel here!
     
    Curl Keeper Styling Collection can be bought from Trade Secrets.
     
    Maha
    XO
     
    Disclaimer: Trade Secrets gifted me the Curl Keeper Styling Collection, however I was not obligated to write a positive review of the product. The opinions and experiences described on this post are my own.
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    CURRENTLY COVETING

    It’s that time of week again where I share all my internet loves and obsessions. I hope you enjoy!¬†

    P.S. Spring in 7 days YEAH!

     
    \Inspo Pic, Blunt LOB ( longer¬†version of a bob) + Colour¬†in 2 months, can’t wait\
    \A beautiful mess¬†is one of my favourite “jack of all trades” website.¬†Highly¬†recommend adding them onto your favourites tab!//
    \Spello, Italy is definitely on my bucket list of places to visit//
    \The Story of a Cake is a beautiful mesmerising website dedicated to cakes and pastries. The photography is enticing. I wish I could read Slovak!//
    \Can’t¬†wait to do this¬†again this Summer//
    \Obsessed with this flower crown. Hoping I can make one just as pretty\
    \Vanilla Pineapple Popsicles, yummy!//
    \ My 2016 motto!//
    \A¬†therapeutic and helpful¬†read¬†if¬†you’re in¬†the midst of a life slump! We’ve all been¬†there right?\
     
     
     
    XOXO
    MAHA
     
     



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