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    First Impressions : Drugstore Matte Lip Stains

    2015 was the year of Matte liquid lip stains! Everyone from Anastasia Of Beverly Hills, Stila, and Kat Von D came out with new formulations and colours of their already cult favourite matte liquid lip stains. The youngest of the Kardashian Klan(lol), Kylie Jenner jumped on the bandwagon and brought along with her a new younger crowd of matte liquid lip stain lovers. In 2016 this trend is still going strong and I couldn’t be happier as I’m a huge fan of matte lipsticks/stains. I would change my outfit to match my lipstick colour…no joke…the struggle is real people. Pure Hollywood from Anastasia of Beverly hills was my first matte liquid lip stain purchase. I was so impressed by the long lasting formula. I loved it so much that I used up the .11oz tube very quickly. What does a girl do when she doesn’t want to spend another $26 on a .11 oz tube of beautiful smooth, long lasting matte lip stain ? Look for equally impressive drug store options, right! I picked up a few options in the hopes of finding my drugstore holy grail liquid lip stain.

    NYX brand is vastly becoming a house hold name, if not so already. I blog about NYX products all the time as I love the higher end quality of their products. I was so eager to try out the Liquid Suede that as soon as I paid for the products,I got in my car and applied liquid suede, Pink Lust right away. The formula is very creamy and feels nice when applied. The applicator is easy to use but doesn’t pick up a lot of  product at first so you need to dip back in a few times. The formula doesn’t have any scent to it, bonus!. I had to reapply the lip stain a few times through out the day as it transferred onto cups easily.3 hours after my initial application I still didn’t feel that it dried into a true matte formula. It applied creamy and settled into more of a silky look. Overall I like this product but I felt it wasn’t a true matte finish and not something I would purchase if I was looking for a matte finish.
     
     As of today, Revlon has 8 shades in this line of matte lip colour. I bought HD Temptation. The tube is rounded flat and resembles the hourglass liquid lipstick. The applicator is shorter than the NYX liquid suede so it allows for more control in the application. As soon as I applied the lipstick I was hit with a sweet smell. I don’t mind the smell but I know many people prefer to not smell and taste their makeup. It wasn’t a showstopper for me, but I could do without it. Once applied the lip stain felt very creamy and I noticed it instantly hydrated my dry lips. As with the NYX liquid suede, I can’t say it dried to a true matte stain but it definitely dried to a semi-matte. It still felt great on even after a few hours of wear. I didn’t find it transferred colour easily, which is great! I only had to reapply, lightly, once through out the day. This formula is definitely a hybrid of a lip balm/gloss/lipstick because it’s moisturising, semi-glossy and long wearing. I would definitely purchase this product again. I think REVLON is re branding themselves with fresh new products and I love the direction they’re taking. 
     
     
    Have you ever bought a product and you thought to yourself, what did I use before this ? This is how I feel about the L’oreal Infallible Matte  ” Gloss”. To be honest, I didn’t have high expectants for this gloss because the packaging didnt excite me very much. Yes, I’m one of those people that enjoys good packaging, I’ll admit it! I like to display my makeup on my vanity as I find it adds a bit of glamour. Ok, let’s get back on track now 🙂 This product comes in 12 shades and I bought Forbidden Kiss. Love the name! I thourghly enjoyed using this product. The applicator itself is short so precise application is made easier. I love that the sponge tip is heart shaped(at least to me that’s what it loos like).It actually allows me to lightly line my lips with the tip because of its unique shape. You have to apply this procdut with precision because it dries FAST! You better have a Q-Tip handy to wipe away any mistakes quickly! There was no transfer of product onto my coffee cup at 2pm (applied it at 9:30 am). At 4 pm the colour was still going strong with a bit of bleeding int he middle, but nothing a small touch up can’t’ fix. L’Oreal markets this product as a matte gloss and they I think it’s true matte lipstick. I didn’t find it was very hydrating to the lips and it definitely didn’t give off any
     “gloss” resemblance.  In my opinion this product is the truest matte liquid lip stain that I’ve tried so far.I’ve been wearing it almost everyday now and went back to purchase Sunset and Barely Nude. A great drugstore alternative to the brand named liquid stains.
     
    It’s no surprise that Maybelline is one of my favourite drugstore brands. I blog about them often and NO, I am not sponsored by them!I just love that they make well formulated products that work for the masses. When I heard they came out with a new lip stain, I ran, no joke, to Shoppers and picked up heir latest product. Vivid Matte liquid comes in 10 high pigmented shades. I picked up Nude Thrill, Rebel Red and Pink Charge. The.26 oz tube is rectangular shaped and there’s nothing to exciting about it. The formula itself is very creamy and has a sweet rose smell to it.It’s not an overbearing smell but it’s noticeable. The formula itself is creamy and long lasting. It doesn’t dry to a true matte finish, but borderline semi matte. It definitely will hydrate your lips and there is some colour transfer of the product. I didn’t have to reapply the product more than once through out the day. Even though this wasn’t a true matte lip stain product, I would repurchase as the colours are very pigmented and hydrated my lips very well.
     
    essence liquid lipstick was the most budget friendly product of the bunch. At $3.99 a tube, it’s very affordable. The product comes in 6 shades and I purchased Make a Statement and Colour Party. The shades aren’t too pigmented. They come in baby pinks, nudes and plum. The.13oz tube is transparent and short. The applicator is also very short making application, in my opinion, easier. The formula is creamy and not very long lasting. I believe essence should be marketing these products as lipgloss and not lipsticks. I wasn’t too excited about this product, even though I do enjoy a lot of other essence products. This one just didn’t excite me. I won’t be repurchasing this product. Due to the sheer colour of these lipsticks,I ended up giving them to my daughter as they really are more of a gloss based product. 
     
    I always want to be transparent with my readers so I will tell you that I have gone back and repurchased Anastasia Beverly Hill, Pure Hollywood and Stila, Stay All Day liquid Lipstick in Caramel. I think these brands make the best higher end liquid lip stains. I thoroughly enjoy these lip stains and will be doing a review on them shortly.
     
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    ESSENTIAL DAY+ NIGHT LIP CARE

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    We have a hair care routine, feet care routine, and skin care routine (day+night) but how many of us have a lip care routine? In the Winter months your lips will take a lot of abuse because they lack natural protection. Your lips don’t have any oils for sweat glands needed for protection from the cold and wind.They can become chapped, blistered, and sometimes even bleed from wind burn, Ouch! Let’s show our lips some TLC this winter by following this routine. 

    Start off by exfoliating your lips to get rid of all the dry skin that builds up over time. As you know I’m a DIY beauty concoction enthusiast( does that even make sense?) so of course I have a basic but effective lip scrub recipe to share with you:

    LIP EXFOLIATING SCRUB

    2 TBS Brown or White Sugar
    1 TBS Organic Coconut or Almond Oil (I prefer Coconut)
    1 TBS Organic Honey or Maple Syrup

    Mix the sugar and coconut oil in a small bowl. Ensure they are mixed well as this will become the base of the scrub.Combine the honey or maple syrup to the bowl and mix well. Transfer the scrub into a small jar( a baby food jar will do). The lip scrub can be used 2-3 times a week and should be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

    After all the dead skin cells have been scrubbed off, you need to add some hydration back to your lips as they may feel a bit “parched”. In the daytime you should use a lip balm that has at least SPF 20. I recently started to use Jack Black intense therapy lip balm with SPF 25 and I really like it. Maybelline Baby lips SPF 20 is also a really good product to use. 

    In the night time I HIGHLY recommend using a product that will help your lips heal from the day’s stress. I just started to incorporate a lip balm into my night time routine (by now my night time routine ends as the sun is rising…beauty is work!). On a recommendation from a dermatologist I started using Sally Hansen overnight lip recovery balm. The company states that ” this product will revitalise and repair your lips as you sleep”. It helps combat night time water loss so your lips stay super hydrated and plumped in the morning. I have to say I’m really happy with the Sally Hansen lip balm. It has surpassed my expectations as my lips in the morning not only feel super hydrated and smooth, but I noticed my lips are a brighter pink than usual. This may be because they are really hydrated. I love it and I’ll definitely continue to add this balm into my routine.

    If you wear lipstick during the day, you can still ensure your lips stay hydrated and smooth by using a moisturizing lipstick. A drugstore brand I really like is Rimmel London Moisture renew  is Estèe Lauder long lasting lipstick.

    I hope you take my advice and add a day+night lip care routine, your lips will thank you in the morning 🙂

    Maha 
    xoxo




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    GLAM NYE LOOK

     

    I can’t believe 2015 is coming to an end! For all of you that live in Ottawa,don’t you love all the snow that finally landed on our beautiful city! I know you won’t let a little snow distract you from your New Years Eve plans. To ring in the NY I collaborated with Rania Abdullah from The Wardrobe Stylist, HairByNadine and our model Simar from Mini Me City to put together Makeup + Hair + Styling tutorial on how to pull off an easy but GLAM NYE look!
     
    Trust me when I say this is easy to do. 
     
    It was our first go at it and I have to say we really enjoyed ourselves(a bit too much) and I believe we truly accomplished some work worth sharing. 

     

    MAKEUP LOOK

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     


     
     
     
     
     
    The key to a great cut crease is patience, and a bit of practise!
    1. Apply eye primer such as MAC PRO LONGWEAR PAINTPOT in soft ochre to the entire lid.
    2. Apply a highlight like Gesso on the inner corner of the eye and brow bone.
    3. Along the crease area, draw a line from the outer corner of the eye to the inner corner with a kohl pencil or eyeliner.
    4. Use an eye shader brush like the Eco tools brush to blend the eyeliner out. Use small windshield wiper movements to blend the kohl or eyeliner.
    5. Apply any eye shadow colour you like over the line ( I used Naked from the UD NAKED palette). You can go a bit above the line as well. Ensure you are blending the colour toward the inner corner of your eye.                                                                                             
    6.  TIP: I wanted a dramatic cut crease so for the step above I thickened the eye shadow line with the NAKED shadow.
    7. Apply shadow all over the lid to add colour to the look. I used Half Baked from the UD NAKED palette.
    8. Create a winged look with any liquid/gel liner you have on hand. I used Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner in Black.
    9. For a more dramatic look add glitter on top of the Half Baked Shadow. I used Annabelle Glitterama in Solar Flare. 
    10. For added drama, apply Naked from the UD NAKED Palette to the lower lashline and go over it with a bit of Darkhorse, also from the NAKED palette.
    11. Line your inner lashline with kohl black pencil.
    12. Finish the look off with falsies and a good coat of mascara. I used Maybelline Volume Express Colossal 
    STYLING
     
    To achieve an ultra GLAM look Rania, from The Wardrobe Stylist, suggests adding these accessories to your outfit of the night.
     
    1. Aqua stone ring (this one has a silver frame though)
    2. Cuff bracelet
    3. Hair chains
    4. Ankle bracelet
    5. Kaftan paired with pants and ultra comfortable tank
    6. Bangles
    7. Slave bracelets
    8. Cuffs
    9. Arm band
    10.Oversized rings in natural stones
    11.Simpler rings such as the criss cross x ring
    12.Head chains (These can be found on Etsy at great prices)
    14.Ankle bracelet or ankle slave bracelets
     
    You can read more about the Styling for this specific look over on The Wardrobe Stylist
    HAIR
    1. Blow out the hair before styling
    2. Section by section curl hair with the curling iron or wand
    3. Once all the hair is curled, loosely pin up each curl with a bobby pin
    4. Let the hair set for 15-20 minutes
    5. Take the pins out and brush each curl out seperatetly to create a wave look
    6. Spray with light hold hairspray if desired
    7. Clip the hair chains underneath the hair strands close to the ears to hide the attaching clips
    8. Add the top head chain and align with the hair partition. 
     
     
    Voila! You’re all Glammed up for NYE!!!
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    ULTIMATE GUIDE : BEST DRUGSTORE MAKEUP PRODUCTS

     

    I have so much to write about that I had to divide this post into two parts. Part 2 ULTIMATE GUIDE : BEST DRUGSTORE SKIN CARE PRODUCTS

     

     

     

    I’ve had a long term loving relationship with my local drugstore.I visit the makeup aisles so much that I know the cosmetic counter ladies by name. This love affair blossomed when I started wearing makeup in grade nine. All my girlfriends were into M.A.C and I honestly couldn’t afford it so the drugstore was my best friend! My makeup bag was full of Covergirl, Maybelline, Revlon, Jane, and Bonne Belle ( as well as scrunchies and butterfly clips). These were all very affordable brands. I was constantly asked what lipstick is that your wearing or how come your eyeliner doesn’t smudge like mine ? How you apply a products is important but the product itself and the quality of the product is key. To this day, if I need an eyeliner or blush I hit the drugstore first to see what’s on the market before I go to Sephora or M.A.C. So it was only fitting for me to write a post about drugstore products that I personally use, love and repurchase over and over again! 







    I’ve talked about this mascara on the blog before. I have this product in my personal and professional kit. It doesn’t clump or flake even after a 7.5 hr day. The wand itself is comfortable to hold and easy to use. Your lashes will look extra thick or as Maybelline promotes, Pumped UP!Hands down the best mascara at the drugstore!

     
    I’ve been using this liquid liner for about 10 years now. No joke. The packaging has changed slightly, but Revlon has kept the same great formula.I love how the super skinny tip makes drawing a cat eye simple and quick. I don’t feel the tip drags on your skin like other liners do. The staying power is great for a drugstore brand and I have this product in a brown and black. This is my most repurchased drugstore product.
     
    I have to admit, the first time I tried these shadows I wasn’t a fan. I was comparing them to the Mabyelline Tattoo shadows , which I  still love and use.I don’t know if L’Oreal changed the formula or if I just didn’t give them a fair chance, but now I have quite a collection. I love how creamy they feel and when applied change to a powder consistency. You can wear them sheer or layer them on for a more intones look. The pigmentation is ridiculous, especially Purple Obsession and Glistening Garnet. These are not matte shades so there is a shine to them. These shadows remind me of the Urban Decay single shadows. My favourite combo is Pink Sapphire and Iced Latte.


     
     
    I love how silky the formula feels and once applied isn’t too drying or too dewy. It melts into the skin very easily when patted down with a brush or a beauty blender. The applicator tip on the wand is great to use as well. I dab the product onto the back of my hand to warm it up and then apply it with the beauty blender. As with any concealer there is a bit of creasing after about 7 hours of wear. This is normal. It’s a great everyday concealer and because of the variety of shades available you can definitely find your perfect shade.
     
    I know what your thinking, another Maybelline product ? I can’t help it, Maybelline has some of the best drugstore products out there. The quality of the products IMO is very comparable to some of the higher end products that you may buy at Sephora or Ulta. This foundation is another example of how a drugstore product can work wonders of you.The whole FIT me! line is great and this is my favourite MATTE foundation. I’ve reached for my Becca Ever Shine Proof Foundation less and less since I discovered the FIT me! collection. It’s much cheaper and does a great job! Will if dimish your pores? It’ll help blur them slightly but not get rid of them.  This foundation is medium coverage but it is very buildable and won’t look cakey with more than one application. I also use my trusty beauty blender to apply it. I find it dries super matte and lasts about 8 hours before you may have to reapply powder. This is very impressive!
     
    Yes, another star product from Maybelline and No, they are not sponsoring this post! I have this matte lipstick in the shades Divine Wine, Burgundy Blush( for olive skin tones wow!), Daringly Nude and I’m trying to get my hands on Rich Ruby. This creamy matte lipstick is exactly that…it’s creamy and its matte. It’s non drying even while applying it. There’s no dragging of the lipstick as per usual practise with matte lipsticks. I love the bold colour choices Maybelline offers with the product. You will have no problems finding a shade or two or three ( like me) for every season. If your lips tend to be on the dry side, you can apply a bit of Vaseline to your lips before applying the lipstick, however the matte formula will take a bit longer to settle in. I notice towards the end of the day the formula does start to become dry but I reapply the lipstick and it looks as if I just applied it for the first time. This is how good this product is. My sister and I adore these lipsticks so much that one Summer we bought upwards of ten different shades and gave them away as gifts to relatives overseas. They still request and rave about these lipsticks. For the price, you can’t go wrong!
     
     
     
    I’m a M.A.C pressed powder girl and have been for many years now. With that being said, I have tried drugstore brand pressed powders.I’ve tried this , this and L’Oreal true match. By far my favourite is the true match. The true match formula contains no oils  or fillers so you always have a weightless application with great coverage. L’Oreal offers this super-blendable powder in 18 shades.  Combine this powder with Super Blendable True Match Foundation and you have yourself a winning combination with flawless coverage. I love to pack this powder with me when I have a small evening purse,it’s the perfect size and gets the job done ver well. 
    I wasn’t going to include any NYX products to this post because I already dedicated a whole post to NYX Products(you can read it here), but since I promised you the best of the best drugstore products I had to include it. Hands down the best drugstore blush on the market. The texture is very silky and goes on sheer but you can build it up for more intensity. These are great for all skin tones as they have a wide variety of shades to choose from. My last post I was up to 3 of these blush’s but I recently added Red. It’s one of their more vivid colours. I haven’t worn it yet and I honestly can’t wait to try it on!
     
    I had to add another one of my favourite drugstore blush’s. This one is fairly new to the market (at least to the drugstores I frequent) and the packaging just got me! Physicians Formula packaging is just the best! It’s very reminiscent of BENEFIT packaging. According to the instructions ,this blush can also be used to highlight and contour, but I just use it as a blush. I used it a lot in the Sumnmer just to achieve a healthy glow as I picked up the natural shade. It does have a soft iridescence shine to it which I really like in the Summer and it looks very natural! The blush is super soft and it’s finely milled so you don’t need a lot of product to achieve a nice glow. The technology behind this product is actually pretty cool. According to the company the blush is “infused with our Happy Boost Blend, featuring Happy Skin and Euphoryl, natural plant extracts which have been shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of Endorphins and helping protect the skin from environmental stress”. OK so now I know why I’m so happy when I wear this blush 🙂
    This bronzer is well deserving of it’s ELLE 2015 Beauty Grand Prix win. This is another product that I’ve repurchased many times. It’s very soft, has a silky texture and is buildable. This bronzer comes in a matte and shimmery tone and is offered in 5 different shades.  I usually scoop up Sun Dance which does have a bit of shimmer in it but nothing too crazy. As for the packaging , it’s very basic but for $8-$9 you get an award winning product so who cares about the lacklustre packaging.
    I think this is the product that I’m most excited about! It’s a new product but I defiantly see myself repurchasing this so that’s why I wanted to share this. I have used a few of the essence products in the past(mascaras, eyeshadows) and I liked them. I wouldn’t say that they’re my favourite drugstore brand, but they’re good. Then I discovered this amazing product. I don’t know how long they’ve been at my local drugstore but I only discovered them a month ago. I quickly fell in love with their non sticky consistency as well as the colour payoff!. One swipe was all that I needed for full lip coverage. The liplgloss also contact Vitamin E to keep your lips hydrated. I’ve never liked spending upwards of $20 on a lipgloss,so this find right here is the find of the year! These glosses are definitly on rotation now! I’m in LOVE with Red Blossom, Big Night Out and Fabulous Fuchsia( which I have only seen on other bloggers but can’t seem to find).
     
    XO
    MAHA
     
     
    Stay tuned for Part 2 ULTIMATE GUIDE : BEST DRUGSTORE SKIN CARE PRODUCTS
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

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    What’s In My EveryDay Makeup Bag ?

     

    I tend to stick to the basics when it comes to my everyday makeup. If I know I’ll be heading out to a function after work and not heading home first, then I’ll include my Urban Decay naked 2 palette and Urban Decay all nighter setting spray in my bag to glam up my day look to a night look.I didn’t include any liquid foundation and eyeshadow in this post as it would be deceiving to include them because 90% of the time in the Fall/Winter I don’t wear liquid foundation and eyeshadow on a daily basis. I’ll wear them on the weekend or if I’m going out to an event. I’ll do an updated “What’s in my makeup bag ” post in the Spring as the items in my bag will change from season to season.

     

     
     
    I love this makeup bag. It was a free gift with purchase from Clinique.I love the pattern and it’s a really good size and fits all my makeup.
    ( not shown but I use this sunscreen before apply moisturizer)
     
     
     
     
    Before I forget,I wanted to include a picture of my handbag. As you know, I was on the hunt for an everyday handbag for months. I finally found something practical, stylish and reasonably priced. Funny story about this particular handbag; I found the brand Tutilo online and I really liked the style, practicality and affordability of their handbags but of course never found the time to actually purchase the bag online. A few weeks later I walk into Marshall’s and what do you know…the bag is staring me in the face. I was so excited! Marshall’s and Winners now carry a few of the Tutilo product line. I absolutely love the bag and highly recommend it. It’s faux pebbled leather,includes a take-away clutch,very roomy, and super stylish. I have received so many compliments on this bag. My next purchase will be this Tutilo handbag. 
    P.S. To my readers who look forward to my monthly favourites, I’m sorry but I skipped it for October. I didn’t do a lot of purchasing this month and the items I did buy I didn’t feel were really that great to write about, so I’ll be combining my October and November favourites. I already started working on this post so you know it’ gonna be good!!!
     
    Maha 🙂
     
     
     
     
     
     
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