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    Makeup By Mario Collection

    Makeup By Mario palette

    Mario Dedivanovic released his new collection at Sephora and I quickly snagged a few items to take home to my makeup collection ūüôā He’s a well known makeup artist who has painted the faces of many celebrities including KKW, the Jenner Klan and Gab Union to name a few. He’s also one of my favourite makeup artists and I admire his techniques and work ethic so much. He also grew up feeling like an awkward and didn’t know how to channel his creativity so I relate to him on that level so much.¬†

    I picked up the Master Mattes‚ĄĘ Eyeshadow Palette, Master Eye Prep & Set‚ĄĘ and Master Secret Glow‚ĄĘ Highlighter.

    First off the packaging is a minimalist dream and very instagram worthy. The palettes are sleek, matte, crisp white with “By Mario” etching on the bottom right. The packaging is extremely sturdy as I dropped one of the palettes on my ceramic tiles and not a single dent was made nor was the product shattered or damaged in anyway!

    Makeup By Mario palette

    Master Mattes‚ĄĘ Eyeshadow Palette $64

    Master Mattes is made up of 12¬† neutral matte shades that are universal on all skin tones ranging from light too deep tones. The shadows were not too creamy and not too dry for matte shades. Most shadows tend to lean towards a chalky texture but I didn’t have this experience with these shadows except for the darkest shades simply called Matte 11 (deep cool brown) and Matte 12 (intense black).¬† This palette is fairly pigmented and a little product goes a long way. Matte 11 and 12 were a bit more difficult to blend out which is perfectly normal for darker matte shades so take your time when blending them out.¬† I was able to create a light makeup application for daytime and then smoked it out easily for a night look. I did find that there was some fall out with the shadows but since I do my eye makeup first it didn’t bother me as I just wipe off the excess prior to foundation.¬† I find neutrals are the PERFECT shade for effortless day to night makeup wear and Makeup By Mario eyeshadow palette did hit the mark.¬†

    Would I recommend this palette?

    Yes and No.

    I would recommend this palette to someone that is seeking a well formulated matte palette and does not already own anything similar to these neutral shades. The shadows except for Shades 11 & 12 are easy to blend. The formula is perfect for what a matte shadow needs to be ( not too creamy, not too dry) and you can easily build on the shadows. If you already own a neutral matte palette, like the majority of us do, then I would pass. There isn’t anything extra magical about this formula to make you cough up $64.¬† It’s a nice to have palette.¬†

    Makeup By Mario Look

    Master Eye Prep & Set‚ĄĘ $37

    I have to admit when I purchased this palette I thought it was a concealer but learnt after that this was an eye prep palette. I’ve been prepping my eyes with NARS Creamy concealer ¬†for years so I was curious to see if the Eye Prep and Set would make me change my mind. This palette is offered in 3 shades: Light, Medium and Deep to Prime, Prep and Conceal your eyelid. I selected shade medium and Mario also suggests you can use this palette to cut your crease or shape your brows.¬†

    There are 2 cream formulas to prep and cover your lids and then a powder formula to set the cream. I found the cream to be a bit thick and a little goes a long way. Less than a pea size amount was good enough to cover both my eyelids. I found the medium shade to be an exact match for my olive skin tone on my lids ,however, found it to be too dark carve out my brows. Once I concealed the lids I set it with the powder. The powder was very fine and silky. It applied beautifully and gave me a really nice matte finish.¬† I can’t stress enough how little of this product you actually need! I wouldn’t suggest using this product as a concealer as the formula is too thick for such a sensitive area and you don’t want to be tugging at your under eye to blend it into the the skin.¬† My shadows lasted all night and at one point I topped up my eye makeup for fun and I was able to blend the shadow without any issues. I’m fairly confident it’s because of the meticulous Eye Prep and Set layering I did.¬†

    Would I recommend this palette?

    Yes, I would recommend this palette! This palette has replaced my Nars creamy concealer for eyeshadow prep.

    The Master Eye Prep & Set is a great tool to have! If used correctly ( not too much cream and powder) you can definitely achieve the perfect canvas for eyeshadow application!¬† For better application, it’s best to apply the creams in thinner layers with a flat dense brush.¬†

     

     

    Master Secret Glow‚ĄĘ Highlighter $29

    This is an interesting product. I say it’s interesting because I didn’t know if I was using it correctly.¬†

    The Secret Glow Highlighter is “A translucent balm that gives a dewy glass-like glow for the eyes and face in a nourishing, emollient formula.”¬† ¬†I felt the texture of the highlighter to be a bit sticky / tacky and hard to work with. I applied the balm to the high points on my cheekbones and brows and also cupids bow. I didn’t see any of the product on my skin so I applied a bit more…then a bit more…then a bit more. I finally gave up, wiped it off and used my Charlotte Tilbury highlighter instead.

    I felt this product was more of a gloss than a highlighter. It felt sticky on the face and I actually would prefer it on my lips. 

    Would I recommend this palette?

    No, I wouldn’t recommend it.

    ¬†It was difficult to apply with a brush and my ring finger. I found it super sticky and it dried quickly on my face. Again, I don’t know if i was using the product properly or I just wasn’t using enough product. I just know that it should’t be this challenging to highlight my cheekbones!

     

    Overall, the star out of the items I purchased was definitely the Master Eye Prep & Set. The eyeshadow palette is a nice to have if you currently don’t own a matte shadow palette or you want to support Mario. The Master Secret Glow Highlighter was a big mystery to me.¬†

    If you’ve used any of these products, I would LOVE to hear your feedback!

     

    XO, MAHA

     

     

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    Too Faced #Chocolatebarpalette Review

    too faced bon bons palette

    A friend of mine gifted me the “Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons “palette for my birthday back in November and I just recently opened it up.¬†

    too faced palette bon bon

    Too Faced released this palette back in 2015 and since I never really got into their eyeshadows I didn’t have this in my collection. My lovely friend who is not a makeup connoisseur but enjoys these cheeky type products couldn’t believe I had never tried it so she made sure I had one to call my own.

    The only Too Faced product I own is the” born this way” foundation and it was a good introduction to the brand. Even though this is not a new , just released palette we wanted to test it out on the blog and give is a fair review.¬†

    The packaging is super cute and feminine! Pink all the way baby. The shadows are housed in heart shaped containers and smell devine! This palette is nicknamed #chocolatebarpalette for a good reason.

    Too faced chocolate bon bon eyeshadow palette swatches

    top to bottom

    Almond Truffle

    Sprinkles

    Molasses Chip

     

    Too faced chocolate bon bon eyeshadow palette swatches

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    Maleted

    Cashew Chew

    Cotton Candy

    Too faced chocolate bon bon eyeshadow palette swatches

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    Café Au Lait

    Bordeaux

    Mocha

    Too faced chocolate bon bon eyeshadow palette swatches

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    Black Currant

    Dark Truffle

    Pecan Praline

    Too faced chocolate bon bon eyeshadow palette swatches

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    Totally Fetch

    Earl Grey

    Satin Sheets

    Divinity

    bon bon too faced palette

    When I first opened up the packaging the cocoa powder fragrance is intense, but a sweet surprise. There are a total of 16 shadows , a mix of mattes and vibrant satin shimmers.

    The matte shadows are soft, bendable, have good colour pigmentation and work even better if you use an eyeshadow primer underneath. A few matte shades were ¬†powdery and blotchy upon first application, but get better once you add more product and blend out. Malted gave me the most trouble to apply but that’s expected with intense dark matte colours Molasses Chip had the most pigmentation of all the matte shades and applied quite easily with little fall out. Overall, ¬†I really liked the matte shades and Almond Truffle is the perfect neutral all over colour for olive skin tone. It’s my new favourite for a quick, well refined look.

    The satin shimmers are Totally Fetch, Cotton Candy,Black Current, and Café au Last. The first two, of course, being the most vibrant and in my opinion should be single shadows as they down fit into this mostly neutral palette. The shimmer shadows are OK. I experienced more fall out with these shades and they seemed more powdery then the mattes, which was really unexpected.

    ¬†Surprisingly, all the shades last a good 7 hours before I started to notice them sheering out on the lid. I don’t want to be repetitive but a good eyeshadow primer is necessary with this palette as I doubt they would have lasted without one.¬†

    Overall, I am not mad at this palette, but doubt I will repurchase. I enjoyed the mattes more so than the shimmer shades. I LOVE Almond Truffle and would buy it a single shadow. My next favourite would be Black Current, for the Fall season would be lovely.

    I doubt I will be hitting pan on this palette anytime soon, but would use it more often if they swapped out the vibrant shimmer shades and stuck to an all neutral palette with less powdery matte shades. Oh and ,of course, they MUST keep the cocoa fragrance ¬†ūüôā¬†

    Have you tried this palette before? What are your thoughts?

     

    XO, MAHA 

     

     

     

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    Spring Ready Makeup From Rodial!

    Rodial makeup photo

    I’ve had a busy March with a few photoshoots and trials for upcoming weddings so I haven’t had a lot of time to blog recently. I always feel bad about this because not only do I LOVE blogging and miss it but also because I don’t get to put my photography skills to the test and as you know,I love me some beautiful flat-lays!

    rodial glow and makeup

    Today was a good day as I made a conscious effort to set aside time to snap some product photos and it felt so good. These photos are the result of a productive and creative day.

    I’ve raved about Rodial’s skin and makeup products before and I’ve finally had the chance to discover their ¬†collagen boost lip lacquer. Rodail describes them as “cr√®me glosses that have been expertly formulated to support collagen production, encouraging a boost of volume for visually plumper looking lips.”

    I have become quite obsessed with them ¬†and now use them often. With Spring finally here in Ottawa, they are the perfect way to welcome a healthy amount of colour back onto the lips! From my experiences,¬†I would describe the cr√©me glosses as non sticky, nourishing and hydrating to the lips. They ¬†give off just enough colour and super high gloss shine! In my opinion it’s the perfect gloss+lip colour balance for days I don’t want to wear lipstick to work but still want a polished look.

    I don’t really see the plumping effect while wearing them , but regardless they are super wearable, comfortable and versatile so you can layer them together. Intimate and Stripped will be my go-to this Spring for sure.

    Rodial sent over their top 4 shades :

    Intimate is a warm rosy pink shade

    radial intimate lip lacquer

    Stripped is a muted rose nude shade

     

    stripped, Rodial muted rose toned nude

    Spice Spice Baby is a deep brown nude shade

    radial, deep brown nude shade

    Champagne Showers is an iridescent champagne shimmer shade

    radial photo of lacquer

     

    Rodial Soft Focus Glow Powder

    Soft Focus Glow Powder is a universally flattering, verstaile “highlighter” that can be used to add glow to your face or can be worn alone on bare skin for a polished look. The powder applies easily as it is a velvety finish and won’t seep into your fine lines.

    I use the powder as a highlighter, as under-brow and cupids bow illuminator and it looks gorgeous. I haven’t had the opportunity yet to wear it on a bare face but I think this technique will come ¬†in handy in the Summer when I want to rock a “makeup free” look.

    Soft Focus Glow Drops

    Radial describes this product as ¬†a ” skincare/makeup hybrid, a next generation wonder serum formulated with active ingredients to brighten the complexion and add gentle shimmer to instantly boost luminosity and glow.”

    Yes, I agree with Rodial 100%. I wore this under very heavy makeup a few nights back and I could still see the effects of the glow drops through the foundation.¬†My foundation applied beautifully over the glow drops and since it’s a hybrid of a primer and serum , I definitely can see myself incorporating this into my routine long term.

    My skin felt smooth and very dewy after each use. Soft Focus Glow Drops  also contain antioxidant properties which are uber important for the health of your skin and support the fight against premature aging.  Primer + Serum + Antioxidant booster = My top rated product!

     

    Have you used any of these products? If so, please leave me a comment ! I would love to hear about your experiences.

     

    XO, MAHA

     

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    e.l.f New Products Review + swatches

    e.l.f product photo

    I have to say e.l.f has come a long way from the cosmetics brand I once used many years back. They definitely have stepped up their game and I’m so glad they did as some of these products are my new go-to. Not only because they are uber affordable but because they have proved themselves to work just as well as my higher end products.

    Flawless Finish Foundation in “Nude”

    Prep & Blur stick

    Liquid Matte lipstick in “Blushing Rose”

    16HR Camo concealer in “Tan Sand”

    Dewy Setting Mist

    18 Hit Wonders Eyeshadow Palette

    Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint Finishing Powder in “Medium-Dark”

    Here’s how I tested the wearability of the products listed above. I wanted to create a “no makeup makeup look while looking polished and well rested, and definitely not made up. Here is the final look:

    makeup no makeup look makeup no makeup look

    (Unedited, NO photoshop, NO Facetune, Raw image of me in e.l.f cosmetics base makeup)

    16 Hr Camo Concealer $9

    I was really really really¬† impressed with the 16hR camo concealer. It reminded me of NARS creamy concealer but without the hefty price tag. Done’t get me wrong, I don’t mind paying for good quality makeup but if I can find something that works just as well for less than 90% of the cost, ” Imma go buy it” real quick ūüôā

    elf concealer camo 16 hr

    The concealer is super creamy and thick so a little goes a long way to achieve full coverage. It covers redness, blemishes and under eye darkness beautifully and literally melts into your skin. As I applied it, I had to keep checking the label to ensure I didn’t pick up my Chanel or Nars concealers because I was so surprised at the quality of this product. I paid $9 for this tube of golden creamy goodness! One swipe was all I needed to fully cover my mommy bags. I’m shook! ūüôā

    It’s sold in 18 different shades. I bought “Tan Sand” but I could probably wear a shade lighter. The coverage lasted a good 10 hrs and I used “Beautifully bare sheer tint “in medium-tan to set it. I honestly can go on and on about this concealer but I don’t have too because I know you guys trust me so just go get it and try it out for yourself and let me know what you think.

    Prep & Blur stick $8

    If you use makeup primer before makeup application then the prep and blur is going to be your best friend.
    It’s a sheer, silicone free product that claims to blur imperfections and fills in pores. I can’t really comment on the blurring claim e.l.f makes with this product but I agree that it preps your skin for foundation very nicely. It really smoothed out my skin and my foundation applied effortlessly even with a dry beauty blender (oops I forgot to wet it)!

    prep and blur stick e.l.f

    Overall I really liked the prep & blur stick, but I use it more for prepping my skin and not so much for filling in pores. It gives you a nice smooth finish.

    Flawless Finish Foundation $8

    This foundation comes in 40 shades. I bought shade “Nude”, but could have also matched “Sand”. This foundation is e.l.f.’s best seller. It’s a lightweight, oil-free formula that dries to a semi-matte finish.

     

    e.l.f foundation photo“Flawless Finish” for a drugstore brand foundation is exceptionally good. ¬†It ‘s a hydrating, buildable foundation that blends out really nicely, not streaky. You can use a beauty blender or brush and the results will be good either way. I wouldn’t say this is my HG foundation but it does cover redness, and imperfections really well. For the price tag, it’s a good purchase.

    Liquid Matte Lipstick $7

    “Blushing Rose ” is a darker pinkish matte shade. The formula contains vitamin E so it’s supposed to be hydrating to the lips, but unfortunately it really didn’t live up to that claim. My lips did feel a bit dry but that’s mostly the case with a lot of matte lipsticks.

    The matte finish lasted a couple of hours and did start to weaken after a meal, which has happened even with luxury brand matte lipsticks. I just reapplied and the colour looked great again with no cakey feeling. I would definitely purchase this in various colours as I’m the type that likes to have multiple shades within my reach and for the price tag can you blame me ?

    e.l.f. tea rose photo matte lipstick            e.l.f. tea rose photo matte lipstick

    Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint $8

    This product, IMO, is the real star of my post!

    I’m a loyal MAC pressed powder ( medium dark ) and now I’ve been converted to this amazing product. As you can see from the photos above, I look a bit more tanned than usual, and that’s because I’m wearing Medium-Dark in Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint. I didn’t really notice that it was too dark for me until I took the photos, so the next day I went out and bought Light-Medium and it’s so so good on the face! Perfect match!

    e.l.f beautifully bare sheer tint photo

    I’m obsessed!¬†

    It’s a silky mattifying finishing powder that gives you light – medium coverage and comes in 5 shades. I know the name of the product is “Bare Sheer tint” but that’s not the case. You actually get light – medium coverage. I used it to set my “16 HR Camo concealer” and foundation. I don’t know if it’s supposed to do this but it smoothed out my skin and¬†accentuated my olive skin tone. I like that my natural skin tone wasn’t masked, it just made it look better! I don’t know how, but it did. It’s a matte formula so if you like to shine bright like a diamond, this may not be for you.

    This is an amazing product that I will be buying from now on. It’s that good. No joke. Go try it out!

    Dewy Setting Mist $11

    I think by now I have around 15-20 setting sprays, but I decided to add one more to my collection. ¬†After several uses of this setting mist, I didn’t like it. Aside from the amazing fragrance, coconut, the product itself fell short for me. It sprayed out way too much product, which I believe is a waste. I didn’t notice my skin was dewy even after using it on a bare face. I actually prefer e.l.f’s original setting spray, “Makeup Mist & Set “over this one. I’ll continue using it but I don’t think I will repurchase.

    e.l.f dewy setting mist

    18 Hit Wonders EyeShadow Palette $14

    ¬†I’ve used e.l.f eyeshadows in the past and I wasn’t too impressed with them. They were chalky, didn’t blend well at all and the pigmentation was not great. I think e.l.f cosmetics took notice of this and decided to revamp their shadows because HOLY MOLY they have a real winner with this gorgeous palette!

    e.l.f cosmetics 18 wonder palette

     

    From the e.l.f website I quote:

    This vibrant, colorful 18-pan palette contains only the best, most swatch-worthy shades, designed to inspire bold, vibrant eyeshadow looks. We included a mix of matte, satin and shimmer shades. The luxe formula is smooth, creamy, blendable and ultra-pigmented for effortless application.

    So everything e.l.f cosmetics mentioned above is REAL! They are super creamy, super bendable, ultra-pigmented and easy to apply. I couldn’t have described it better myself, I wasn’t expecting to love this palette as much as I do. I was in need of a vibrant spring palette and I found it. So so good!¬†

    e.l.f cosmetics 18 hour wear palette

    e.l.f palette photo

    “Heat”, “Shade”, “Royal”

    So to sum up my post, I am really happy to see that e.l.f cosmetics has stepped up their game. There are a few products I will be repurchasing, especially the ” Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint”, “16 HR Camo Concealer “and ¬†” 18 Hit Wonders Eyeshadow Palette”.¬†

    Have you used any of these e.l.f cosmetic products? If so , please leave a comment below !

     

    XO, MAHA

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    My Brutally Honest Review on theBalm Meet Matt(e) Ador Palette

    This is the first review of any theBalm Cosmetics products on the blog! I don’t really know why I waited so long to review these √ľber popular products. theBalm Cosmetics is really famous for their catchy branding and witty product names.

    MEET MATT(E) ADORE theBALM eyeshadow palette photo

    I picked up the “Meet Matt(e) Ador”matte eyeshadow palette from my local drugstore. Yes, in Canada theBalm Cosmetics is sold at the drugstore. I definitly don’t consider their price points drugstore prices but oh well, I really wanted the palette so I picked it up.

    The “Meet Matt(e) Ador” is the 3rd palette in theBalm “Meet Matt(e)” palette trilogy:

    The Balm Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette

    The Balm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Palette

     The Balm Meet Matt(e) Ador Palette

    theBalm “Meet Matt(e) Ador”consists of 9 matte, talc free, vegan eyeshadows that range from naturals to dark shades. The shadows are true matte shades, as there is zero shine in these shadows. I love it when a brand can produce a true matte eyeshadow. Each shade contains a variation of the name “Matt” as it’s a play on the word ¬†“Matte”.

    I instantly fell in love with all the shades and knew right away that I needed this palette in my life. It was going t be my go-to Fall palette. It was love at first sight with “Matt Jones”. He’s a matte orange shade that I don’t have in my collection so I was happy to add him to it!! “Matt Soto” also became dear to my heart as he’s the perfect green shade to use for a dark smokey eye look!

    Sadly, my love affair with¬†“Meet Matt(e) Ador” palette ended when I tried to apply the shadows for a dramatic look.¬†You see matte shades, if too powdery or chalky, can give you a hard time when picking up the product onto a brush and applying or blending them.

    Brace yourselves…this is not pretty:

    MEET MATT(E) ADORE theBALM eyeshadow palette photo

    As you can see from the photo above. I had a hard time applying and blending the shades. At first I thought my shadow primer was the problem, so I washed off the shadows and applied them again using this primer.

    No, that didn’t work either.

    The shadows applied were chalky, not blendable at all. It took me a long time to achieve the results below and I was not happy with it AT ALL! I was so frustrated that I wasn’t going to post theses photos but I changed my mind because I really wanted my readers, you guys, to really grasp what I am writing about when I say things like chalky or overly powdery texture.

    For $42 and all the rave reviews I read online about thebalm cosmetics, I expected more from this palette.

    MEET MATT(E) ADORE theBALM eyeshadow palette photo

    I went online to see if anyone else had the same issues as me and it turns out this palette, out of the 3 in the¬†“Meet Matt(e)” palette trilogy, was the least favourite. Apparently the formula was changed in this palette and makeup lovers everywhere have noticed and voiced their opinion.

    So, where do I stand? Here are the pros and cons of this palette:

    Pro:

    I love the branding and packaging;

    it’s a vegan palette, the shades are so so nice;

    versatile so you can go from day to night

    Cons:

    Too chalky and overly powdery;

    difficult to pick up on a brush; does not blend well;

    too much fallout and expensive AF!

    I hope I can return this platte since I’m so disappointed with it. ¬†I thought that since my last palette purchase was a dud ( read that post here ) this one would blow me away. It clearly did not.

    How hard is it to find the perfect Fall palette!! Agh!

    ¬†I had a bad experience with this palette, but that doesn’t mean I’m opposed to trying out any other products from thebalm Cosmetics. I’m hoping to pick up “Meet Matt(e) Nude” and “Meet Matt(e) Trimony” Palette as well as Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter. I’ve heard AMAZING reviews on all these products and I truly want to fall in love with theBalm!

    I do, really! It just didn’t happen with this product.

    Have you tired any theBalm Cosmetics products? If you have leave me a comment below.

    I love hearing from you.

    XO , MAHA 

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    HUDA BEAUTY Coral Obsessions Palette Review with Swatches

    Huda Beauty Obsession Palette photo, review and swatches

    On my lunch break from my 9-5, I decided to take a stroll to the mall next to me which so happens to have a Sephora. Lucky me! Not so lucky for my husband ¬†ūüôĀ

    He always asks me what I did on my lunch break because it’s either 2 things:

    Went to the Mall

    or

    Went to the Gym

    He would like to hear ” went to the gym” more often but off to the mall I go!

    You see, Sephora truly puts me in a euphoric state and I’m not ashamed to say that it is my happy place. I know I’m not the only one!

    As I walked around Sephora, I stopped in front of the Huda Beauty cosmetics stand and was instantly drawn to her Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette collections.  The collection consists of 11 palettes with 9 shades which are a mix of mattes and shimmers. The tones range from warm brown, mauve, smokey, and electric! They are all gorgeous and I wanted them all, but at $35 for a mini palette, I had to control my inner diva and I settled on Coral Obsessions.

    I was instantly drawn to the burnt orange ,vibrant yellow and dusty pink shades. This palette is screaming SUMMER! I quickly added the mini palette to my shopping tote and went on my way.

    I was so excited to get home and try on these gorgeous colours!

    Huda Beauty Obsession Palette photo, review and swatches

    Amazing shades right!

    Huds Beauty Obsession Palette review with swatches and photo

     Coral Obsessions Palette Look:

    Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions Palette photo and review

     

    So, what did I think of the final look you ask ?

    Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions Palette photo and review

    I am somewhat happy with the final results of the eyeshadow application.

    Truthfully, I really really wanted to love this palette. I wanted to love it so much, I was going to budget for another 2-3 palettes because the shade ranges are absolutely amazing! The idea of mixing burnt orange and deep red together sounded so good in my head.

    But then reality hit me…hard!

    The matte shadows are very powdery, chalky and a nightmare to blend out. There was so much fall out. I was constantly dusting away the fallen shadow. The shimmery shades were better to blend but not great. I had difficulty picking up product onto my blending brush. I must have dipped the brush into each shade a good 2-3 times before I saw enough product on my brush to apply.

    Did I get a defective palette?  Hoping I did.

    I read a few other reviews online and I think the mass opinions on the obsession palettes is in favour of them, but there are some makeup gurus on youtube who are experiencing the same issues as I am.

    So here’s my final ¬†verdict on this palette:

    I fell in love with the the shades , they are stunning. It’s miniture size make is so convenient for travel and Huda Beauty herself picked out every single shade in each palette. That’s pretty cool I think!

    But dear Huda, $35 for a palette that you may get 3-4 uses out of it ( if that) before hitting pan due to crazy fallout is not cool ! Not cool at all . The matte shades are too chalky and the pigmentation is barely there when blending out. Even my UD shadow primer wasn’t able to save me.

    But since my mamma didn’t raise a quitter and I’m always up for a challenge, I’ll give it one more try! I’ll probably pick up another palette, maybe from the smokey range, to compare the two.

    If you have used any of the Obsessions Collection palettes,  I would love to hear from you. Do we share the same experience? Do you like it or hate it?

    Leave me a comment below!

    XO, MAHA 

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    BYE BYE SUMMER, HELLO FALL : New Makeup + Skincare

    I can’t believe we are saying goodbye to the blazing heat in Ottawa and shifting our thoughts to PSL, pumpkin pies and riding boots! Fall is on the horizon and I am not sure how I feel about that, however, since your an avid reader of my blog you probably already know how much I look forward to switching up my makeup and skincare products with each season. ¬†Fall 2018 is the season I amp up my skincare and become more adventurous with my makeup looks! Here are the Fall products I’m loving and living for!

    FALL SKINCARE AND MAKEUP photos

    Skincare for me is so essential. I have friends that don’t use any skincare and I’m shocked and ask myself :

    #1 Рhow are we friends again?  and

    #2 – so you like aging rapidly?

    Nope sorry. Not I.

    I am a strong believer that skincare can and will help you slow down the aging process ( of course eating healthy, drinking ¬†loads of water , minimizing stress also help ūüôā ).

    This is why I religiously wash, exfoliate, serum and moisturize every morning and night!

    I was happy to receive the Rodial Dragons Blood Micellar cleansing water and Dragon’s Blood essence mist to help me NOT age rapidly ūüôā. I’m a huge fan of this brand because they use innovative ingredients in their products that actually work great together to¬†deliver results.

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    The cleansing water contains

    Rose water to cleanse and refresh skin,

    Vitamin b3 to helps brighten skin,

    and

    Hyalronic acid to lock in hydration while preventing moisture loss while helping plump up the skin.

    This is now the first step in my morning and night routine, I dampen a cotton pad and wipe off my makeup. I like to use another cotton pad soaked in the cleansing water a second time to ensure everything is removed. I’m just paranoid like this! Give this a try if your looking

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    The Dragons blood essence mist is a triple threat. It can be used as

    Makeup Primer,

    Setting Spray,

    Serum substitute

    Truthfully, I use this mist as a setting spray only and I love it! I love how with one pump I get so much mist and it absorbs into my skin quickly and leaves it really refreshed, glow-y , and helps my makeup stay. On really hot days when I’ve worn makeup I’ve spray the essence mist on to freshen up my look. I love his spray. I didn’t know that it comes in a mini size, but now that I do know this I’ll be buying it in mini so I can carry it around in my makeup bag this Fall.

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    “Born This Way” medium to full coverage foundation from Too Faced is the fist product I’ve tried from this brand. I didn’t really know what to expect because all the reviews have been amazing for this foundation, but of course I needed to form my own opinion.

    Day 1 wearing this foundation wasn’t the greatest experience. I felt it oxidized rather quickly and by the time I got home that day it didn’t look like I had any foundation on. My face looked rather dull. ¬†I instantly regretted buying it, but I said I would have another go at it as almost everyone I know has loved it from the get-go!

    Day 2 was better. I realized on Day 2 that on Day 1 wasn’t wearing any of ¬†my usual skincare ( testing out some PR products) and the products did NOTHING for my skin and made my skin look really dull, dry and just plain gross! If your skin prep is off even using¬†a foundation made with the tears of the last unicorn wouldn’t make your skin look good!

    ¬†Day 3 I realized why I didn’t like the foundation as much as I thought I would. I wasn’t pumping enough foundation onto my brush. 2 pumps of the “Born This Way” foundation was not enough for my liking so I tried 3.5 pumps and VOILA, it was magic! Thank god this product is buildable. After trial and error I finally found the right ratio of pumps for my liking and I have to say I am IN LOVE with this foundation. It covered imperfections beautifully and gave me a semi – matte look. I just hope going into the colder months it holds up!

     

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    ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† My skin in natural light wearing “Born This Way” Too Faced foundation.

    Esqido is a brand that I was introduced to this year when they sent me their best selling lashes to experiment with. You can read my thoughts on the lashes  here.

    They recently sent me their new gel liners in brown and black . Esqido gel liners are no joke folks ! They are

    long lasting.

    glide smoothly,

     have great colour payoff,

    and

    formulated without latex,sulphates and parabens.

    The liners have a twist dispenser and a precision sharpener.

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    I’m a big fan of lining the inner eyelids and sometimes I find that some eyeliners don’t glide on smoothly in that area so I end up tugging a bit on the lid to ensure I get the liner in place, but with the Esqido liners there was no need to tug as the liner glided on effortlessly! The black liner is really a rich black and you can create a long lasting cat eye with minimum effort.

    I used to be obsessed with the MAC lip liners. Soar was my absolute favourite as it matched all my lipsticks. I was never crazy about paying $22 for a lip liner but I did anyway because there wasn’t any other product I liked more¬†until I started using the NYX Suede Matte Lip Liners! I FREAKING love them ! I’m sure I’ve blogged about them before but I wanted to reiterate in this post how amazing these $6 lip liners are.

    Going into Fall, matte shades are a must for me so I picked up Dainty Daze ( shown below) and KYOTO. I like to line my lips first and then shade the top and lower lip with the liner, then apply the lipstick. I find it lasts longer and deepens the colour of the lipstick. For $6 you cannot go wrong with this amazing liner!

     

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    I don’t usually talk about hair care on the blog, ¬†but I really should as I get asked all the time what I use on my curly, and unruly hair!

    If there is one product I can’t live without to tame my hair it would have to be the K√©rastase Nutritive K Ol√©o-Relax serum ( some people call it an oil but I don’t like to call it that).I have been using this serum for years and years. It’s an amazing product that can be used on your hair wet or dry, curly or straight , frizz or no frizz. It can be used to add shine to your hair or use it for it’s original purpose which is to control frizz.

    I have repurchased this product at least 4 times and lasts me about a year. I only use one or two pumps depending on the length of my hair at that time. When I wear my hair curly , I apply the serum to my wet hair before applying any styling products. When I wear my hair straight, I apply one pump before and after styling.  This is my HG for taming my frizz! I know it carries a steep price ( $45 ) but it is well worth it for me as it lasts me a whole year!

     

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