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    9 MakeUp Artist Secrets YOU Need to Know !

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    Cosmetics Stash!

    1. No primer to tame your oily skin? Desperate times call for desperate measures! Add a thin layer of cornstarch to the oily areas only.
    2. Add your blush before foundation. This gives the illusion that the glow is coming from underneath the skin ( this trick is best for minimalist makeup applications).
    3. No need for gel or eyeliner pens, create a soft cat eye using only eyeshadow.  Soft liner with eyeshadow is best used when you want a romantic look with loads of focus on the eyes.
    4. To get rid of under eye puffiness instantly; store your eye cream in the freezer for 5 minutes then apply right away and watch the puffiness vanish!
    5. Don’t have a matte lipstick handy? Apply your lipstick as per usual, grab a tissue and place over your lips then pat translucent powder over the tissue. Instant matte lips!
    6. Apply a white or a flesh tone eyeliner to your inner rims to look more awake ( celebrity makeup artists love doing this!)
    7. For a fuller pout, outline the outer rim of your lips with your concealer shade.This technique will not only give the illusion of fuller lips, but also lift them up!
    8. Dab colour corrector to your lips to neutralize the colour and make your lipstick shade more vibrant. ( Petra Strand, founder of Pixie by Petra, swears by this)
    9. Always , Always use a freshly sharpened lip liner to outline your lips. A  pointy tip provides better precision and you’re guaranteed a gorgeous pout!

     

     

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    Mini Drugstore Makeup Haul + My Life so far..

    So it’ s no surprise that I’ve been lazy on the blog lately. Life has changed slightly for me. I’m back at school and adjusting to adult-student life. School during the week days and taking care of a family + side hustle is a bit stressful…Thank the good lord for chocolate and coffee! I seem to be fine after shoving handfuls of dark chocolate in my mouth 🙂
     
    I’ve missed blogging oh so much though! It really is my favourite hobby and when I’m blogging I feel less stressed and a bit free if that makes any sense. It’s my little domain of creativity and I love it! 
     
    So back to it…
     
    I did a little drugstore shopping last weekend to pick up 1 thing (baby shampoo) and I ended up walking out with MANY things and forgot the baby shampoo (typical Maha) ! 
     
    I had never tried any of these products before, so here’s what I think about them.
    L’Oreal Paris “Caress Wet” Shine Lip Stain in Iinfinite Fuchsia
    Infinite Fuchsia looks very bold in the applicator but ones applied it’s a very subtle colour!This product has a small applicator that is contoured for easy application on the lips. This is very handy and I wish all the glosses, stains had the same applicator. The stain once applied to the lips is very pigmented and almost feels silk-like on the lips. It doesn’t give you a “Wet” look even though this is the marketing angle for this product. It lasted about 3-4 hours on my lips before I had to reapply which I think is pretty good for a non-matte stain. For $6, it was a good purchase and I would buy it again but maybe in a more neutral colour.

    L’Oreal Paris Extraordinaire in Plum Adagio

    This is a hybrid of lipstick + stain + balm! At least for me that’s what it felt like. I loved wearing “Extraordinaire” and I’m so surprised I hadn’t picked it up sooner. I chose Plum Adagio to wear this season and it really is a beautiful rich fall colour. It’s very reminiscent of MAC Hang up, which I lurvvv!! “Extraordinaire” also comes with an amazing short applicator for ease of use. The product is thick once applied so you don’t need a lot of product to achieve a good colour or pigmentation. This formula, I found, was much glossier than “Caress Wet”. “Extraordinaire” will also hydrate your lips tremendously and last around 4-5 hours before you have to reapply.The colour looks very rich and plump on the lips.A great product all around! I will be investing in other shades soon.
     
     
    This product is from a company called Know Cosmetics and I heard about it  on a few beauty blogs that I read so during my drugstore shopping frenzy I picked up! It’s a colourless lip liner that is used to prevent lipsticks, lip stains and gloss from bleeding and feathering! I used it only once and it worked well! I was wearing brown script and it didn’t bleed or feather out. This product did exactly what is was supposed to do. The true test will be when I wear a bold red lip come x-mas time. Then and only then I’ll be able to see if it truly is as fantastic as the reviews online say it is! Will keep you updated on this product, but so far it works well.
     
    Last week was my first time using the Fit Me concealer from Maybelline. I think I’m the last beauty blogger on earth to try out this concealer. I had been using L’Oreal true match as well as Nars Creamy concealer before that. Both are great concealers but I wanted to try something different. I found the Fit Me concealer to be just as creamy as Nars but not as great at hiding my dark circles completely  I was a bit disappointed because I had high hopes for this one but then quickly remembered that I know how to colour correct for under eye darkness! Duh !  This is where my next drugstore item came in handy, but first I’ll finish off with this concealer. I found it to be a good product to conceal average dark circles from a few restless nights sleep, however, I don’t consider it to be a heavy duty concealer(on it’s own!). A negative point about this concealer is that I had only used it 3 times and already ran out of the product. To me this indicates 2 things: 1) there isn’t enough product in the tube(.25 oz) and 2) I used way to much product to conceal my dark circles so it probably wasn’t the best concealer for me.
     
    It’s no surprise that I love NYX cosmetics and in Canada you can buy this brand at the local drugstore. I picked up the NYX Dark Circle concealer as it had a salmon /peach tint to it and I instantly knew it would be great to use as a corrector. This product is actually a concealer and not a true corrector, but products can be manipulated and used in other ways. So I use this concealer to first colour correct my under eyes and then I apply the Maybelline Fit me concealer. BAM! Match made in heaven 🙂 You can also use any other concealer you like, but I was testing out the Fit Me concealer for this post. The NYX concealer is very very creamy and almost melts onto your skin as you apply it. I have never used this concealer on it’s own as a true concealer so I don’t know how well it covers. If you decide to use this concealer as a corrector, only apply it to the areas under your eyes that need the colour correcting. 
     
    Side Note: Confused about colour correcting ? I have a post coming up that will explain it all!
     
    I picked up this lipstick in the clearance bin and that should have been a clear indication on the quality of this product. I was not impressed with this lipstick at all! The colour should be close to a true brown and it was not at all. It didn’t glide on like a lipstick, more like a dollar store gloss. The colour didn’t last more than an hour and I felt it looked muddy on my lips.All that to say, I was not happy with this product at all. As I was typing out this post I was searching on the NYX site for a link to add and I noticed that they changed the packaging of this product and now it’s called Turnt UP! Lipstick and not High Voltage. I’m not sure if this means they also changed the formula, regardless, it’s not good! I would not buy it again.
     
    L’Oréal refers to this foundation as a liquid powder. Hmm…. it’s clearly a liquid so I was intrigued and added it to my cart. I applied this foundation with a wet beauty blender and then I realized why it’s called liquid powder. It really does feel and look like a powder once applied on the skin. I instantly fell in love with this hybrid foundation and have worn it to school everyday! It’s supposed to mimic a no makeup look which is does effortlessly. This is a true lightweight foundation that gives the skin a natural satin finish (so not matte and not dewy). It won’t cover redness or imperfections very well as it is a very light. It lasts about 7 hours before it starts to separate slightly. If you are seeking out a natural inexpensive foundation, I would highly recommend you try this product out. This isn’t a new product to the L’Oréal line up but it was knew to my makeup bag 🙂
     
    essence gel eyeliner
     
    I’ve used many essence products, some I’ve loved and some I would never buy again. The gel eyeliner is definitely a product I would buy again. It reminds me of Maybelline gel eyeliner but $5 cheaper. It almost can be compared to MAC fluid line if it dried a bit darker. The essence gel liner is very smooth/creamy and can easily be picked up by a MAC 208 brush , which is what I use to create a winged liner. The cost and the longevity of the liner is great. You may feel you have to go over the wing a second time just to deepen the colour but other than that it’s a real winner!
     
    I’d love to know what new drugstore products you’ve tried and recommend?
     
    XO,
    MAHA
    Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I paid for these products with my own money and I have no been compensated for this post.
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    First Impressions : Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup

    Have you ever stayed in an upscale hotel or driven in a luxury car and felt that from now on you can’t settle for anything less than this experience? This is how I feel about the Estée Lauder Double Wear, Stay-In-Place Makeup. I truly believe I have found the Maserati of all foundations! Double Wear exudes glamour and luxury and I desperately need it in my life from now on!
     
    Double Wear is long wearing, 15 hours to be exact, has a fluid texture, provides medium coverage, very lightweight and gives a semi-matte natural finish. This foundation comes in 3 tones (C) cool, (N) neutral, and (W) warm and has over 30 shades to choose from. 
    //Wearing Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup in Ivory Beige. Soft lighting and NO editing//
     
    I was introduced to the Double Wear Makeup on one of my lunch break visits to Nordstrom. I really wasn’t shopping for a new foundation, but sometimes god has plans for you and you must accept it ( I’m being a bit dramatic I know). The overly exuberant sales lady insisted I test it out and promised me I would be pleased. I had a hard time saying no, so I reluctantly propped myself onto her mini stool and waited while she matched me to a shade. I convinced her to let me take the lead and I applied the makeup the best way I knew how to apply foundation. I warmed the foundation on the back of my hand in circular motions and applied it to one side of my face with a flat brush. I stepped into the light she had setup beside her counter and was pleasantly surprised at the overall natural finish + semi sheen I saw to my skin after one coat. I liked how silky and soft it felt on my skin and how even my complexion looked. I was impressed but wasn’t blown away. I did the other side of my face and told the sales lady, ” I would think about it, I like it but I don’t love it”. Back to office I went with a fresh foundation application. As a coincidence, Ottawa that day hit temperatures of 30 degrees and to my surprise my foundation stayed in place. It didn’t separate, oxidize or become patchy. Actually , it looked better 4 hours after the initial application. I was a bit perplexed as I had never experienced this with a foundation. How is it that it looked better now than when I applied it at noon?  I researched this magic of a foundation online and it seems that Double Wear was formulated to provide built in long lasting wear. The longer you wear the foundation, it starts to look better on the skin. My skin looked airbrushed 4 hours after I applied it!I have worn the foundation almost every day  since I first purchased it 3 weeks ago and it hasn’t let me down.
     
    Final Impressions: I like how soft it feels on my skin and doesn’t dry out my already dry skin.I love the fluid rich texture and I’m very pleased with the variety of shades available. I appreciate how it evens out my complexion and provides great medium coverage. I did have to use concealer on a few areas but this is expected with any medium coverage foundation. At $53 it’s very comparable cost-wise with other brand name foundations, but I believe Double Wear is best value for your money because not once did I have to “freshen up” my face while wearing this foundation. So I never used any powder to prolong the life of my foundation. The only setback I have with Double Wear is that it doesn’t have a pump to extract the foundation. I don’t like having to dig into the foundation to get the product. Overall, I can say I have found my HG of foundations! It works so well on my olive toned skin and gives me that perfect fresh, natural and even complexion that I lust after. I truly enjoy wearing this foundation as it does add a bit of luxe into my life and who doesn’t want that!
     
     
    DISCLAMIER: I bought this product with my own funds. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not affiliated with Estée Lauder
     
     
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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.


    Update Makeup Bag
     

     
    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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    MY MAKE UP FOR EVER ESSENTALS!

    Make Up For Ever (MUFE)is a PRO makeup line aimed at attracting artists in fields such as cinema, cabaret, TV , fashion and dance, but you don’t have to be a professional artist to use and appreciate this iconic brand. Trust me when I say that every make up artist, staring out or a veteran in the industry has a MUFE product in their kit. For my professional kit, I started off buying all MUFE products because I was told, if you wanted to be respected in the industry, you better start working with the right tools right away. Every artist I asked at that time recommended MUFE for their versatile  product options and wide colour ranges in foundations and concealers.I not only picked up a few items for my kit, but I also added many items to my everyday makeup bag. I call these products my essentials because they make makeup application so much easier for me. I’ve become dependant on them and even though some of the products have been around for a while I still ❤ them.

    Can you tell I use these palettes a lot!I think I’m on my 2 palette of each.I use them on almost everyone.I have the dark complexion in my personal makeup bag as well as I am obsessed with the orange for correcting my under eyes.

    The sculpting blush is a fave of mine! The pigmentation is so strong that you only need to lightly dab the tip of your brush in the compact to pick up a good amount of colour. I’m impressed by the colour range in these sculpting blushes. The colours are very soft almost pastel like and would flatter just about any skin tone.
     
    //Sculpting Blush,Matte Raspberry Brown//

    I’ve been using the Glossy Full Gloss since I was first introduced to it 2 years ago. I like the shine it gives off and it doesnt’ feel sticky on. I don’t say this about a lot of glosses, but this particular one is long wearing. I love to pair nude lipsticks on top of this gloss, it looks really good! Anytime I wear it I get asked “what’s that gloss?”. I don’t know what the technology is behind this gloss, but it’s a great product and a little goes a long way so you definitely get you monies worth.

    The original HD foundation was a dream to use and very iconic in the beauty industry. When MUFE announced they were reformulating this product I really didn’t believe it could get better than the original, but it did! This foundation comes in 40 shades, yes you read that correctly,40! You are bound to find your perfect match with such a wide range. I still like the fluidity of this product. I still blend it out with my damp beauty blender as I like the sheer look on me and I find the beauty blender is great in achieving this. I ONLY use 1 pump and that is enough product to cover your whole face. 2 pumps would be ideal if you want a full coverage look. This foundation dries to a satin finish and definitely feels and looks natural on the face. I use the HD foundation in my personal makeup bag and professional kit. I use it on clients with normal to slightly dry skin. I don’t use this on oily or very dry skin as I find it further dries the skin.

    The SENS’ EYES cleanser is the ONLY product I use to remove waterproof makeup. I don’t have to tug at my skin to remove the makeup as this works quickly and efficiently. I dab a bit of the liquid on to a cotton pad and with one swipe my eye and lip makeup is gone!. Again, like so many other MUFE products, a little goes a long way. The bottle I have is only 30ML and it’s lasted me about 6 months.

    The HD face Primer pictured is my favourite high end primer. I have so many of these tubes in my kit as I use it on everyone ! When I like a product, I LIKE a product :).This HD primer has a lightweight  yet silky texture, almost comparable to Benefits Porefessional face primer. This primer adds a nice glow to dull complexion and I feel on some people it corrects uneven skin tone. Sometimes I love wearing it alone, after moisturizing just because it adds a nice shine. MUFE doesn’t produce this specific primer any longer as it’s been replaced by STEP 1 SKIN EQUALIZER line. Stay tuned for a dedicated post on the STEP 1 line!

    //Glossy Full Lip Gloss//
    //Ultra HD Foundation//
    //SENS Eyes Cleanser//
    // HD MicroPerfecting Face Primer//


    I have so many MUFE products on my list to buy and try out including the STEP 1 Primers , HD Face Sculpting kit,PRO Sculpting Duo,and the Ultra HD Concealer! Of course, you will be able to read my full review on these products soon 🙂

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    ULTIMATE GUIDE : BEST DRUGSTORE SKINCARE PRODUCTS

     

    This creamy cleanser is fragrance free, lightweight and does not foam when you add water to it. I find the cleansers that foam to be a bit drying on my skin, but that’s just me. I’ve used this cleanser for years, not only because it’s super affordable but it really is the only drugstore cleanser that does not dry out my skin. I’ve tried Kiehls and Clarins cleansers and both products are good products, but were drying my skin out quickly. I would love if Neutrogena made a bigger bottle, as this one is only a 354 ml and I tend to use it up fairly quickly. Also this specific formula(creamy) is not sold in Canada! I know…why rave about it if you can’t buy it here? Because, it’s that good! When I travel to good OL’ Ogdensburgh, NY I stop off at the Walmart and I STOCK UP! In Canada Neutrogena does sell the Ultra Gentle Cleanser Foaming Formula. It’s similar to the creamy formula but foams when you add water to it. Another equally impressive cleanser is this one. It’s for Normal to Dry skin and non-foaming. If you do find the creamy formula sold in Canada, please let me know!
    This is an outstanding moisturizer for the eyes. This formula is loaded with anti-ageing ingredients such as niacinamide, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid. I mostly use this product in the winter months when my face and eye area are extremely dry and need a bit more love! I find this formula to be very moisturizing but not greasy and I’ve never experienced any irritations with it. I’ve tried very expensive high end eye creams and by far this product is my favorite eye cream!
     
     
     
    If you love healthy, hydrated glowing skin then you’ll love facial oils. I started experimenting with facial oils years back. I would mix virgin olive oil (voo) and vanilla essential oil and apply it to my face before bed. I had great results the next morning. I had a natural glow and any blemishes I had seemed to diminish slightly. There are numerous benefits to applying voo on your skin; however  the oil is just too thick to wear underneath makeup or even alone as you’ll look greasy. It did work in keeping my skin hydrated and plump but it wasn’t a practical solution. Fast forward a couple years and voila…Facial Oils are being sold everywhere now! Facial oils have natural antioxidants and protect your skin from harsh external factors (pollution, cold weather, over cleansing). They instantly absorb into your skin to give you a nice glow. In the colder months I absolutely do not leave my house without applying facial oil. If I go without it, within minutes my face will feel tight and it’ll bother me the whole day. Before I found Acure Marula Oil, I had tested out about 3 o r 4 facial oils and none of them felt great on my skin. Acure Marula Oil is paraben and pesticides free (also Vegan). The oil is harvested in South Africa by local women as part of the Marula Project that economically empowers all women of South Africa. Many people compare the Marula oil to Argan oil and both are amazing naturally derived oils; however my results with Marula oil outweigh the results I achieved with Argan oil. As with Argan, Marula oil can be applied to the tips of your hair, your cuticles and any other dry areas you may have. This product can be found at Target or online here.
    Beauty Tip: If you have oily skin YES you can use facial oils! To be on the safe side, apply one drop at first and work up to about 2-3 drops with each application.
     
     I was deliberating whether or not to include this mask in my drugstore post. I wasn’t sure if it would be considered a drugstore product for 2 reasons: it’s sold at select few drugstores (mostly health food stores like Kardish and Rainbow Foods) and because it’s pricier that most drugstore items I’ve previously mentioned. But in all honesty, I really like this mask and I haven’t been able to find  a drugstore product that gives me the same results! It leaves your skin plumped, soft and radiant. I leave this mask on overnight once a week, but in the colder months I definitely use it twice a week for extra hydration. There are a lot of great ingredients in this product that will nourish your skin but the star ingredient is Hyaluronic Acid. This ingredient “can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water” which basically translates too MAJOR HYDRATION for your skin. The company claims that this mask will treat wrinkles. I don’t know how true this claim is but it definitely works to hydrate my skin and get rid of any blackheads and redness I may have. I wanted to also mention that this is also a vegan and sulphate free product.
     
     
    If you haven’t noticed already by reading any blog post of mine, I’m a huge fan of glowing skin and I’m not talking about that Instagram glow you achieve from a kick ass highlighter! That’s great as well, but I want the natural glow that my body can achieve with the help of a good product. That’s why I use products like Derma e. I’ve tried many toners from drugstore brands, department store to the absurdly expensive (Hello CHANEL LOTION DOUCER!)and this toner simply trumps them all. This product is alcohol and fragrance free. It contains niamicide and cell repairing ingredients. It’s helps with uneven skin tone and it really aids your skin in absorbing any other product you apply after.
     
    This is a great moisturizer for someone who has normal to combination skin. This is a lightweight moisturizer and works well when used under makeup. I don’t recommend this product for dry skin but definitely worth looking into if you like lightweight products. I found that it does have a slight fragrance to it but nothing overwhelming, however if you are sensitive to fragrance then this may not be a good option for you. As you know sunscreen is really important, so the added benefit of using this moisturizer is the protection from the sun’s rays. IMO this is another great product from Aveeno.

     

    This is a drugstore moisturizing lotion that can be used on the face and body. It’s fragrance free , lightweight and IMO great for wear underneath makeup. It has loads of ceramids that help restore and maintain the skins natural barriers. I love this moisturizer because I do feel it helps my combination skin (dryer in the winter months) stay plump and hydrated all day. The only drawback is that it does not contain SPF so I mix a bit of this sunblock with the moisturizer and I’m protected from the sun! I have to say that switch back and forth between Cerave lotion and Paula’s Choice Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer with SPF 25. Both are great products but Cerave can be bought at your local drugstore.

     

    For years I wasn’t able to find a makeup remover that didn’t irritate my eyes. All the products either contained oils or alcohol and my eyes, being so sensitive, would swell up for hours after just one use. I received a sample of Simple Kind to Eyes makeup remover on a trip to the drugstore and the sales associated reassured me that this product would not irritate my eyes and it definitely would not leave me with a greasy residue. I was apprehensive at first but she was 100% right! That night as I applied the product I braced myself for the initial “burn” I was accustomed to when using eye makeup remover but the “burn” never happened. I was pleasantly surprised. It removed all of my eye makeup without any swelling or irritation. Simple also produce makeup remover wipes but I still prefer their liquid over the wipes.
    I need to mention that I do use use this product to remove the rest of my face makeup. Even though it’s at the top end of my budget for a makeup remover it has lasted me awhile (over a year) as a little goes a long way. It’s a very well formulated product and similar to the Simple brand makeup remover, this is also an award winner. 
     
    If you haven’t heard of this facial cloth then you most likely have been living under a rock. I read somewhere that these are the most purchased facial cloths in all of Europe and America. One side of the cloth is smooth for cleansing and the other side is slightly textured for exfoliating. I really like them because of the convenience they offer. At the end of the night you’re tired and can’t be bothered with your regular bedtime beauty ritual, grab one of these wipes and you’re good to go! According to Olay these cloths can be used as your cleanser, toner, mask and scrub. I can definitely agree that they do a good job as a cleanser and I have used the textured side for exfoliating but I won’t be replacing my toner, exfoliator and mask for these. They are just for convenience on days where I need to clean my face quickly. Don’t get me wrong, these cloths do a superb quick job at cleaning my face, but in order to maintain youthful healthy skin you need skin care products that are formulated to target specific skin concerns.
     

    I love this product! It feels so luxurious on the hands and it smells so good! If you don’t like the smell of coconut then stay away 🙂 This cream will restore cracked and chapped hands without leaving a greasy residue. Its formulated with virgin coconut oil, vitamin A, C , E and Shea butter! I keep this product on my bathroom counter to remind me to apply the hand and cuticle cream before bed! It’s a nightly ritual for me. 
    I fell in love with Aveeno products when my daughter was born. To treat her extremely dry skin my doctor recommended I bathe her with Aveeno Baby Cleansing Therapy Wash. I instantly noticed a difference in her skin and since then I’ve only used Aveeno products on my kids. Soon after having her, I noticed I also developed very dry skin, so of course I did what the doctor recommended and starting using Aveeno hydrating body wash. It’s an award winning product for good reason. The natural fig and Shea butter in this product help soothe and hydrate dry skin for hours after you’ve rinsed this product off. It never leaves a residue on your skin or around your shower, it smells divine and for the low price tag definitely worth trying it out. I think I’m on my 12th bottle already!
    I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my post!
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