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    PR PRODUCTS I RECEIVED FOR FREE AND I LOVE…NO STRINGS ATTACHED!

    Pr Products PR Products I LOVE!

    Honestly I can’t complain! I have a pretty sweet gig. Sometimes a really great company sends lil ‘ol me a few products for free to sample. It’s also a better feeling when the products are actually great!

    Vichy Aqualia Thermal serum and moisturizer photo PR Products I LOVE!

    Vichy is my go-to skin care brand and it never disappoints! They recently introduced the Aqualia Thermal Serum and Gel Creme Moisturizer. This line is formulated with 97% natural ingredients and Mineralizing thermal water. 

    Vichy Aqualia Thermal serum and moisturizer photo PR Products I LOVE!

    I love how the serum can be worn under makeup and doesn’t dry out my skin. I truly believe that Vichy makes the best serums on the market. My all time favourite serum is still the Idéalia Serum with is the Vichy Radiance boosting Serum. I think I’m on my 15th or 18th bottle. It’s a staple for me! Like I said, Best skincare are brand out there!

    Pixi Fairy Lights eyeshadow PR Products I LOVE!

    Pixi by Petra is so generous to us bloggers! This brand also never dissapoints me and I’ve grown to love the majority of the products Pixi has. If I was only able to pick one type of product form Pixi to use, it would have to be their highlighters. I absolutely adore them. They have great wearability and longevity as well they suite a variety of skin tones. Oh, I can’t forget that they really are versatile. I can use the highlighters as shadows to add a bit of colour to my lids. The new products Pixi sent me are the Glow-Y Gossamer Duo highlighters and the Liquid Fairy Lights eyeshadows.

     

    Pixi Fairy Lights eyeshadow PR Products I LOVE!

    The highlighters are another hit by Pixi. I gravitated towards Subtle Sunrise as it adds a really nice natural glow on the skin. Both highlights though felt really nice on the skin and didn’t dry me out at all even after wearing it all day.

    Pixi Fairy Lights eyeshadow PR Products I LOVE!

    The Liquid Fairy Lights are liquid shadows. They can be worn alone or layered to create a 3D effect. My favourite out of the 5 are the shades Rose Gold and Bare Brilliance. Layer them both for a metallic look or alone for a more subtle look. The shadows are shimmery but if you apply them with your finger and pat the colour onto your lid you would be diffusing the shimmery impact. I prefer this method of applying the Fairy Lights as I am not so keen on having metallic lids.

    I’ve heard many bloggers compare the Liquid Fairy Lights shadows to Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Liquid eyeshadows. I believe that’s a fair statement to make but I would say that the Pixi liquid shadows aren’t as concentrated in colour as the Stila liquid shadows, but for less than half the price you can achieve a similar look so why not!

    IT Cosmetics liner and mascara PR Products I LOVE!

    It Cosmetics has been on my radar lately and I can’t be happier that I received a few products from them to sample. They recently sent me the Superhero Mascara and Superhero liquid liner.

    IT Cosmetics liner and mascara PR Products I LOVE!

    I had originally heard of  the Superhero mascara from a video Jefree Star posted online and I thought how much I would love to try it out because of the amazing review he gave. Well , the next day what do you know the IT Superhero mascara and liner show up on my doorstep! So here’s the honest honest truth. I would never ever lie to guys. So the low down is this. The Superhero mascara is the best I have tried in a very long time. I don’t know what it is but my lashes love this mascara. It literally grabs every fibre of my lashes and stretches them out to the max! It deserves the rave reviews it’s received. 

    With that being said….I can’t say the same thing about the liner. I know the title of this post is “… products I love”, but I have to keep it real with you all! The IT Superhero liner is good, but it won’t be replacing my Kat Von D ink tattoo liner any time soon. It glides nicely, has a sturdy fine tip and it’s a deep black, but throughout the day the liner straits to fade and transfers. The liner starts out looking good and sharp but about 3 hours in I noticed a bit of liner on my upper eyelids. I thought well I don’t have any eye primer on so I’ll try it again the next day with eye primer but sadly that didn’t help the problem. *sigh*

    Esqido lashes photo PR Products I LOVE!

    Esqido Lashes   are mink lashes that are super wearable and are loved by loads of influencers and celebrities including Gigi Hadid, Shay Mitchell and model Candace Swanepoel. These are the VOILA LASH and add a lot of volume to your look and are one of the bestsellers on the Esqido site.

    esqido lashes photo PR Products I LOVE!

    Esqido Lashes are best applied with it’s Companion eyelash clear glue! The glue has all day hold , is fast drying, latex free and can be used on sensitive skin.

    esqido lashes photo PR Products I LOVE!

    The eyelash glue applicator is easy to use and one or two swipes on the lash band is all you need to secure these lashes to your natural lashes for an all day hold. I LOVE this lash glue because it dries quickly and it’s super easy to apply onto the band. Overall I am really impressed with the Esqido lashes. The variety is amazing and they feel so great on and best of all I  don’t even feel that I’m wearing falsies !

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     I just received these two products today  from Rodial, so I can’t say much about them but I wanted to include them in the post. Everything  I’ve ever bought  or received from Rodial has been a huge hit so don’t be surprised if I end up raving about these two products here. The Dragons Blood Micelllar Cleansing Water and Essence Mist are new to the Rodial line up so be ono the look out for a review of these two products coming soon !

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    Say Hello To My Spring Loves: Makeup + Skin Care

    photo of makeup and skincare

    With a new season comes new makeup!

    As you can see my obsession with Charlotte Tilbury ( and roses lol) continues well into Spring. I’ve accumulated quite a collection of CT makeup and I can’t decide what product I love most…the lipsticks, glosses or shadows .

    Who am I kidding, I love them all.

    Mid February I had the opportunity to try out the CT Magic foundation for the first time. Besides the fact that the Medium shade is a bit too dark for my skin tone, I was overall impressed with it. It applied nicely on the skin and gave me about a good 8-10 hours of wear.. Applying it for the first time I saw why CT calls it “Magic Foundation”, it hides blemishes and covers up redness on the skin surprisingly well !

    Even though this is a full coverage foundation it didn’t feel like I was wearing a mask ,in fact it blended beautifully on my skin! I’ll have to wear the foundation more in the summer since it is a bit dark for me right now, I hope with a light tan it will fit me perfectly. If you are a fan of Estee Lauder double wear then you will LOVE this foundation. They are my top 2 but CT is just perfect for a natural Spring look!

    photo of skin care products to use in the Spring

    Light Wonder Medium #7 has been my got-to day wear since mid February. Light Wonder is not a typical  foundation, I would consider it to be a really good tinted moisturizer. It is buildable, and gives a natural coverage and makes your skin super hydrated so if you have oily skin, this may not be the foundation for you.  If you have dry or normal skin , this will work wonders for you! Since the foundation contains Pseudo-ceramides,  it illuminates the skin quite a bit to give you a nice all day lasting glow. I’ve become a bit obsessed with it and I just wish the bottle was a bit bigger ( 1.4 fl oz) as I have gone through it fairly quickly…oops!

    After I use Light Wonder I like to powder my T-zone and cheeks a bit so I started using the CT Airbrush Flawless Finish in Medium shade. This sheer pressed powder not only looks like a million bucks it really feels like it on the skin. It’s buildable and  leaves skin glowing without a shimmery look to it.

    I apply this powder throughout the day and it never looks cakey. For even distribution of the fine powder you can use a brush or a sponge but my preference is a big fluffy brush. CT claims that it blurs out pores and fine lines, I think that is true to an extent but only when I use the Magic foundation underneath this powder. Still, one of the best powders I have used in a long time and highly recommend the invest.

    The first product I fell in love with from the CT brand was their eyeshadows.  They are long lasting, versatile (apply less or more and they still look good) and they come in so many glorious colour ranges. I love that each quad has an all over shade, a crease shade, a lid shade, and a “outer v” for the eyes. Any newbie can pick up a quad and use it, it really is simple. But what I love most is you can wear these colours day and night. For day wear, obviously, be light handed when applying and for night wear go all out…smoke that colour out baby!!!

    photo of skin care products to use in the Spring

    If you have never heard of Rocky Mountain Soap Company (RMSC), where you been hiding love?

    They have some of the best natural, organic skincare and body care products I have ever tried. My new favourites are the Beech Tree Bud  eye cream and the Sugar Scrub.

    The eye cream is 100 % natural, toxin and paraben free and can be used day and night to get rid of puffiness and regenerate the skin under the eyes. It’s very light in texture and has a faint fragrance to it.

    The Sugar scrub is my new BFF in the shower! It’s 94% organic and 100% natural and Toxin free and smells of French Lavender! Basically  heaven in a bottle! It’s the perfect exfoliant in preparation for sundress season!! The Wellness bath salts are great to use in the tub to relax your body after a long day!

    After I exfoliate with the sugar scrub I spritz the vanilla coconut body oil. It’s 85% organic and 100% natural and toxin free. I am usually not a fan of body oils because I find they don’t seep into the skin quickly and I feel greasy. The RMSC body oil is the complete opposite. It not only smells great but it absorbs into your skin quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy residue.

    Quick tip for you: If you feel like your catching a cold, you need to reach for the RMSC Wellness Balm – Breath easy to relive cough and cold symptoms. Spritz a few drops onto your fingers and massage onto the temples and back of neck and other pulse areas to relive the symptoms. This liquid balm is loaded with eucalyptus and rosemary so you know they ain’t playing around!!!

    photo of skin care products to use in the Spring

    I have a love affair with Pixi Beauty and the Rose Flash Balm is the newest addition to my pixie lineup! It can be used as a mask +moisturizer+primer. I have only used it as a primer + moisturizer. It ‘s a lightweight moisturizer and can be used underneath makeup.  If after the cold months you are in dire need of a skin pick me up , grab this oil free balm and slather it on. Works great to brighten and revitalize the skin and it’s loaded with roses so you know it has to be good 🙂

    The last 2 products are from Nip+Fab I have already discussed in this post here.  but I wanted to include them as they have become a staple for me during the winter and I will be using them still this spring.!! They are really inexpensive and work so so  well!

     

    XO, MAHA

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    2017 #musthave products!

    As we bid farewell to 2017 I wanted to leave you guys with some of my favourite #musthave products that :

    #1 I used up completely and repurchased in 2017;

    #2  I loved so much I tried not to use them up too quickly (failed miserably)  and;

    #3 they will most likely continue to be my #musthaves in 2018!

    If you click on the product names below you will be redirected to the blog post that I dedicated to these products so you can gain an appreciation as to why  I selected them as my 2017 #musthave products! 

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    PIXI BEAUTY LOVE!

    Pixi Beauty Product photo

    I’ve discussed Pixi Beauty on my blog before , but I wanted to dedicate another post to them because #1 I love their products  and #2 they are against animal testing, and I’m trying to make a conscious effort to feature more brands in this category!  I have highlighted a few of their products that I’m currently using and loving in this post.

    The Geltint & Silkgloss set were sent to me as a PR sample by Pixi ( #thankful). I threw one of them in my gym bag, the other in my work bag and the other is on my desk in my office, you know in case I want to freshen’ up at some time during one of my late night blogging sessions!

    One side of the stick is the Tint and the other side is the Gloss. The tint is so subtle and adds a nice dose of color to your lips. , I found the tint somewhat hydrating but not too much. The gloss adds more hydration and compliments the tint. The gloss is not sticky and fragrance free. As both products deliver a light dose of colour to the lips, they are totally buildable and can be worn during the day or night if you prefer for a polished look.

    Peel & polish is also another PR sample from Pixi. This enzyme peel can be used 2-3 times a week to help you reveal smoother more radiant looking skin.  It  will polish away all dry skin cells and impurities that have built up on your skin. The peel is made with natural fruit enzymes that help exfoliate  the skin in a very gentle manner.

    I think the one product most people are curious about when I bring up Pixi is the glow tonic. For those who haven’t tried it yet ( not sure what your waiting for), it’s a glycolic acid toner that exfoliates and purifies the skin for a more radiant complexion. I use it every other night before I apply my night moisturizer, but it’s safe to use everyday. Love this stuff!

    Pixi collaborated with 4 amazing beauty and lifestyle influencers. First up is their collaboration with influencer Maryam Maquillage. She’s such a doll and I always admired her so when the two teamed up I was so excited to see what the collaboration would be. Of course it’s the very popular Glow & Bronze palette. The highlighters are very wearable and more on the natural side which I adore! It’s very versatile and used it everyday this past Summer to add a sun kissed glow to my face.

    Pixi also has a collaboration with influencer Aspynovard. Together they created a set of highlighters and  blush .I own Rome Rose blush. It’s the perfect peachy shimmery blush that I also wore the majority of the Summer. It really gives a natural flushed look to your skin. As much as I layered the blush I never felt it was overdone and blends beautifully on the skin.

    The last product I own is from influencer Judy from ” It’s Judy Time”. Together these powerhouses came up with not one but two crazy popular palettes ; Get The Look : ITSEYETIME and ITSLIPTIME. One is an eye shadow palette and the other is a lip palette, obviously!  I have not had the chance to try the lip palette yet but I have used the eye shadow palette many times! The palette has 12 shades, mostly neutral , some shimmery but the majority are matte. I love that they included a mix of shimmery and matte shades. It makes the palette so versatile and worth spending the dollar bills on !! Right? I can’t ever see myself buying a palette with just shimmery shades or matte shades. It has to give a wide range of possibilities so you can come up with various looks using only one palette. The ITSEYETIME definitely delivers in that department. The shadows themselves are smooth almost buttery and blend really well. My favourite shade is Honey Bear. I use it as a transition shade and sometimes I just wear it all over my lid for a more “laid back I but still got my stuff together look”

     

     Here I used ITSEYETIME palette to create this look. I used Honey Bear and Bubbly to create a very wearable everyday look. It literally took me 2 minutes to apply the shadows.  I saturated my brush with Honey Bear + Bubbly and one quick sweep over my eyelids was all it took. I decided to be a bit more dramatic, but still wearable , and swiped the colours on the bottom as well. I also used the Rome Rose blush to accentuate my cheekbones and cheeks. I freaking love this blush, pardon my language , but it’s so darn nice. It looks like I have a nice flush to my face with just the right amount of colour. Very wearable and low maintenance for this mom of 3!

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    Spring Makeup Products I’m Loving + Makeup Look!

    At any minute now Spring will pop up in Ottawa…any…minute…now… 🙁
    The cold weather and snow still on the ground hasn’t stopped me from diving into my Spring makeup.  There are few new things I’ve added and some are old favourites that I carry with me from season to season.

    Spring Makeup Round Up!

    Spring Makeup Round Up!

    1. Charlotte Tilbury Rebel Eye Palette, $66 
    2. Soleil Tan De CHANEL Makeup, $54
    3. CHANEL Rouge All Gloss Colour and Shine Lipgloss, $43
    4. Anastasia Beverly Hills, Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood, $26
    5. Pixi Beauty, Glow Tonic, $23
    6. DIOR, Lip Sugar Scrub , $40
    7. Vichy, Teint Ideal Cream Foundation, $38
    8. Charlotte Tilbury, Kim K. West Matte Lipstick, $39
    9. Pixi Beauty, Rose Gold Blush Duo,$20

     

    The new products I’ve added for this Spring are the :

    Charlotte Tilbury Rebel palette and Kim K West Matte lipstick

    Vichy Tient  cream foundation

    Pixi Glow Tonic 

    Anastaisia Pure Hollywood liquid lipstick

    Pixi Rose Gold Blush Duo and DIOR lip scrub/tint.

    I continue to use the CHANEL bronzer because IT IS THE BEST cream bronzer I have every used and I can’t live without it! It’s perfect for layering on top of fountain to add colour to your complexion.

    The CHANEL lip gloss is a clear gloss and is always in my bag for those essential moments were my lips need a touch up!

    For this look I used the green and gold toned Charlotte Tilbury Rebel Palette. I love a good easy smokey eye for daytime and this palette is perfect for the new season. I’m also wearing The Vichy Tient cream foundation in shade #45. The foundation is perfect as well as it’s not too heavy but has enough coverage to wear during the day.  If you have dry skin, as I do, you will love the hydration this cream foundation will give your skin. It dries to a satin finish and lasts all day ( I have a full review on the Tient Ideal Makeup Range coming up!).  I filled in my brows with the amazing Milani Easy Brow in dark brown and added the Pixi Rose Gold blush to the apples of my cheeks to give just enough colour for the day. I also applied Anastaisa Pure Hollywood liquid lipstick to finish off this look. The colour is just perfect for Spring( all the time actually!). It’s a gorgeous light peach with a bit of pink. 

    Spring Makeup Look

    Spring Makeup Look

     

    Spring Makeup Look

     

    Anastasia Pure Hollywood is ” heaven”!

    I love this soft smokey look for a brunch outing or just for running errands really!

    What products will you you will wearing this Spring ?

    XO, MAHA

    * A few of these products were sent to me as PR sample, but as always the opinion expressed on this post are always my own 

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    AMAZING PIXI BY PETRA SKIN CARE PRODUCTS THAT WORK!

    To all my fellow Canadians, if you haven’t heard yet, Pixi by Petra is now available at Shoppers Drug Mart!  Yes, finally we can get our Pixi glow on anytime we want ! I’ve been a huge fan of Pixi ever since I tried the cult favourite ” Glow Tonic”. It’s on repeat in my skin care regimen and I’m loving the results! I wanted to introduce to you my current favourite skin care products from Pixi that I’ve been using lately and loving. 

     

    Pixi by Petra Skin Care

    Pixi by Petra Skin Care

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    3 Valentines Day Makeup looks YOU Can Rock!

    I love Valentines day ! It’s a beautiful celebration of love and friendship. It’s also a good excuse for a date night and the hubby and I take full advantage of it! What I love more than date night is actually getting ready to go out! I had a lot of  fun creating these 3 valentines day makeup looks that anyone can recreate and wear for any occasion! I hope you find inspiration in them!

    Makeup Look # 1 Natural

    Valentines Day Makeup Look Natural

    Valentines Day Makeup Look Natural

    This look is super easy and quick to create.   This is a perfect look for a v-day brunch date or a get together with your girlfriends to celebrate Love! I wanted glowing skin and romantic eyes so I reached for the Pixi By Petra Rosy Radiance palette.

    Products Used:

    Skin

    CHANEL CC Cream

    Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

    Pixi by Petra Rosy Radiance Palette Cheek Blush

    Pixi by Petra Rosy Radiance Palette Cheek All Over Glow

    Pixi by Petra Rosy Radiance Palette Cheek Enhancing Contour

    Eyes

    Pixi by Petra Rosy Radiance Palette Day Lid Shade and Eye Contour Shade ( one sweep of the shades on your lid is all you need)

    Lips

    MAC Hip’N Happy Lip Liner and Vaseline ( yep that’s all I used!)

    Brows

    Pixi by Petra Rosy Radiance Palette Cheek Brow Hues in medium brown

     

    Valentines Day Natural Day makeup

    Valentines Day Natural Day makeup

     

     

    Makeup Look # 2 Romantic Glam

    This is my go-to date night romglam look ( romantic and glam lol) .  It’s for anyone who still wants a romantic look but needs to take it up a notch for a memorable occasion. This makeup look was super easy to create because I already had the natural makeup done so all I had to do was emphasize my eyes and lips to achieve this romglam look.

    Valentines Day glam look

    Valentines Day glam look

    I emphasized the eyes in this look with a winged out liner and I smoked out the eyeshadow a bit more. I still used the same shadows from the Pixi Rosy Radiance palette, I just used a bit more on the outer edges of the eyes. The shade I used is a plum/brown shade ( unfortunately the shades don’t have individual names on the palette).

     

    Valentines Day Glam Eye Look

    Valentines Day Glam Eye Look

     

    That glow tho!!! I didn’t add any additional Pixi all-over glow to the high point of my face, I didn’t need to as the all- over glow and enhancing contour stayed put the whole day!

     

     

    Valentines Day Glam Look

    Valentines Day Glam Look

     

    Valentines Day Glam Look

    Valentines Day Glam Look

    A close up of the winged out liner and lips. No look is complete without  a beautiful pout! This is the Charlotte Tilbury Hel’s Bells modern matte lipstick. It’s gorgeous and has become my go-to date night lippie!

    Products Used:

    Ski

    CHANEL CC Cream

    Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

    Pixi by Petra Rosy Radiance Palette Cheek Blush

    Pixi by Petra Rosy Radiance Palette Cheek All Over Glow

    Pixi by Petra Rosy Radiance Palette Cheek Enhancing Contour

    Eyes

    Pixi by Petra Rosy Radiance Palette Day Lid Shade and Eye Contour Shade (Smoke out the shades at the outer corner of the eye)

    Makeup Forever Ink Liner in Black

    MAC Feline Kohl Power Eye Liner

    Lips

    Charlotte Tilbury Hel’s Bells Modern Matte Lipstick

    Brows

    Pixi by Petra Rosy Radiance Palette Cheek Brow Hues in medium brown

    Makeup Look # 3 Cut Crease Glam

    This is a look that some may find a bit more challenging to recreate but can be done. I freehanded the cut crease but you can use scotch tape to outline the cut crease. I hope to have a full tutorial on how to achieve this look in an upcoming post but wanted to feature it in this  post because it’s such a glamorous and sexy look for evenings out.

    Valentines Day Cut Crease Makeup

    Valentines Day Cut Crease Makeup

    Valentines Day Cut Crease Makeup

    Valentines Day Cut Crease Makeup

    I love how the pop of gold pigments just make the eye pop! Since there was so much drama on the eyes, I decided to leave the lips neutral. To complete this look I would suggest wearing lashes but unfortunately I can’ t wear lashes as often as I used  too 🙁

     

    I neutral lip , for me, totally suits an exaggerated eye. I know some will disagree but that’s the amazing thing about makeup , you can choose and wear whatever colour you prefer. There isn’t a wrong or a right, at least to me there isn’t!

    Products Used

    Skin

    Estée Lauder Double Wear Makeup in Ivory Beige

    Makeup Forever Ultra HD concealer in Y31

    Pixi by Petra Cheek Blush ( love love this blush)

    Makeup Forever Pro Light Fusion in shade 02

    Soleil Tan De CHANEL Bronzer

    Eyes

    MAC Some Silke transition shade

    MAC Saddle in the crease

    MAC Embark in the crease over Saddle

    Pixi by Petra loose Pigments in Gold on the lid

    essence Gel liner in black

    Lips

    Charlotte Tilbury Modern Matte in Kim K.W ( in love with this shade)

    Brows

    Anastasia DipBrow Pomade in Dark Brown

     

    I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and if you would like a step by step on how to achieve any of these looks, please leave me a comment below!!

    P.S ALL THE PHOTOS ARE NON EDITED AND DO NOT HAV ANY FILTERS ON THEM 🙂

     

    XO, MAHA 

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