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    SKINCARE PRODUCTS I LOVED IN 2019!

    I know this post is a bit late….. 20 days late to be exact ūüôā

    Here are my absolute favourite skincare products from 2019 that I’ve carried over into 2020! These are skincare products I’ve bought over and over again. #1 DAMN IT THEY WORK and #2 they didn’t break the bank!

    Pixi Beauty DetoxifEYE ($30)

    First up are the Pixi’Beauty DetoxifEYE patches. I  wrote a full article on them here!

    I use them twice a week and I think I’ve on my 7th or 8th jar. They have a great mix of ingredients such as hyaluronic acid +caffeine to supercharge the under-eye to lift, hydrate and get rid of the ¬†puffiness! At 41 I started to see more puffiness around my eyes and after every use of the DetoxifEYE patches the puffiness was no more ! These patches are great as a pick me up after a long haul flight or when you’re getting ready for a special event and want to ensure your eyes look youthful and healthy! I can go on and on about these that’s how much I adore them.¬†

    pixie eye patches

    Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel ($70)

    A new addition to my routine that I’ve become obsessed with is the Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel . It was a sample I received from Sephora and instantly fell in love with the results. This was my first intro to the BIOSSANCE brand. I’m sure you’ve seen or heard a lot about Squalane lately, but this isn’t a new ingredient, but more and more cosmetics companies are incorporating it into their products as it’s been proven to deliver results. Squalane is an antioxidant that delivers fatty acids to your skin to keep it hydrated, supple and full of moisture. Peptide acetyl tetrapeptide-5 also plays a huge part in decreasing puffiness and smoothing out wrinkles. ¬†

    I saw the BEST results using this product morning and night. Literally, one half pump was enough to cover both eyes. My under eye is now brighter, looks younger, healthier and I was able to apply concealer on top and not have it crease or look cakey. I haven’t had healthy looking under-eyes in a long time and truly feel this guy right here is the reason why I feel better about my skin. The key is to use it morning and night !¬†

    I wasn’t planning on discussing this product in this particular post as I really wanted to showcase the amazing benefits of the peptides and Squalane ¬†in a dedicatee post but oh well, I was too excited and decided I needed to share this find ¬†right now ūüôā BTW, I loved this eye gel so much I ended up buying the full sized product.

    Biossance Squalane Peptide Eye Gel

    IT Cosmetics Miracle Water 3-in-1 Tonic -Cleanser($50)

    I haven’t talked about this product in a long time, but I can honestly say that I use this micellar cleanser every single morning and night and have done so since I received it in PR back in 2018. I have repeatedly ¬†purchased a bottle every ¬†3 months. So if you do the math, that’s a lot of bottles ūüôā I have tried other micellar cleansers and I always regret it and go back grovelling to my Miracle Water. To truly appreciate the this product you will need to read my article here. ¬†

    This product is such an important part of my routine that if I skip it for some odd reason I immediately regret it. IMO it really cleanses the face and gives it a nice glow that even after applying makeup I can still see. Love this so much ! I pray they never stop making it!

    IT Micellar water

    CERAVE MOISTURIZER ($20)

    This is the only moisturizer I’ve been wearing for over a year now. It’s a very lightweight with SPF 30. I wear it every day under my makeup and I believe it helps protect my skin form the suns harmful rays.It has zero fragrance and applies really nicely. There’s nothing really outrageous about this moisturizer but it works so I repeatedly buy it. Because¬†( I hate starting a sentence with ” Because”but oh well )¬†I use separate anti- aging serums and oils ¬†I like my moisturizer to only have SPF. I don’t really need any anti-aging properties in my daily moisturizer. Does that make sense? Some folks think I’m crazy but honestly I don’t think it’s done me wrong so far.¬†

    cerave moisturizer

     

    THE INKEY LIST

    This brand is new to my lineup and I have been wanting to experiment with them for a long long time so I ordered a bunch of products from my local drugstore.So this post is not an in-depth look into the brand and the products but let me tell you I am working on an in – depth article discussing The Inkey List and I think a lot of people will benefit from it! ¬†I didn’t want to include them in this lineup of must have 202o products , even though they are truly worthy of this exposure, as I wanted to introduce them to the blog with their own solo article but I would be hiding the good stuff from you and I just couldn’t do it. So if your’e interested in trying any of their products, I highly recommend the following:

    • Rosehip Oil ($10)
    • Squalane($10)
    • Niacinamide($9)
    • Hyaluronic Acid ($9)
    • Retinol ($12.99)https://www.makeupbymahamatar.com/2018/06/04/it-cosmetics-skin-care/

    There are so many things I love about these products. Off the bat you can see they are budget friendly. I don’t think I saw any product over $15!. ¬†I also love that they are super easy to layer on-top of one another and their versatility. If one day I feel very dry I add a bit more Squalane and Rose hip oil, if I’m not dry that day, I may only add Rosehip and skip the Squalane.

    The InKey List Retinol ( 1%) was my first experience with Retinol and I think I found the one! I didn’t experience break outs or develop dry patches like most people said might happen. I’ve had such a great experience with this brand so I’ll stop talking about them now as I need to leave content for the dedicated Inkey article ūüôā

     

     

    XO, MAHA 

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    A RADIANT GLOW WITHOUT LASERS!

    ¬†SOCIAL MEDIA: “Who wants a blushing glow from within ?”

    THE ENTIRE WORLD: ” Us”

    Is anyone surprised by this?

    It seems as if our society has gone absolutely bonkers when it comes to achieving a healthy, natural glow and to be fair, why the heck not? No one wants dull, flakey, dried up skin, right?

    Now, ¬†the question that we need to ask ourselves is how do you achieve the “touched by the light of an Angle” type glow without lasers , surgeries and a hefty price tag?

    Would you believe me if I said you can achieve a beautiful GLOW with quality skincare and a consistent routine in your own home?

    SkinChemists Advanced Brightening Collection lasers

    Here’s the deal, my good friends at Skin Chemists intuitively knew that my skin was in dire need of a pick me up, so they did what all good friends would do. They sent help. Help came in the form of their new and¬† innovative Advanced Brightening Collection.

    The Collection consists of:

    Advanced Brightening Micellar Water

    This cleanser gently removes make up, oil and dirt from the skin. It contains Vitamin B3 and Vitamin C which are potent ingredients used to brighten the skin. There are other potent ingredients present in the cleanser but the one that stands out the most for me is the Summer Damask Rose Water.

    Rose water is made by steeping rose petals in water. After the petals are steeped, the water is filled with the roses’ natural oils. In ancient Egypt, rose water was used only by wealthy and influential woman, like Ms. Cleopatra, to achieve gorgeous glowing skin. Rose water maintains the skins natural moisture, regulates pH balance, tones and softens the epidermis.

    Rose water can now be found as an active ingredient in loads of skin care products and is still used ALL over the Middle East and Egypt to hydrate the skin and maintain a youthful glow.

    Advanced Brightening Toner

    The Advanced Brightening Toner balances, hydrates and minimizes redness.

    The active ingredients are Vitamin B5 to hydrate the skin; Niacinamide to maintain skin elasticity; and Vitamin C to help increase the skin’s suppleness and protect from free radicals.

    Advanced Brightening Lotion

    The Brightening Lotion contains¬†Vitamin C to help increase the skin‚Äôs suppleness and Niacinamide. According to Skin Chemists, another active ingredient is Poreaway. “Poreaway is a new innovative active ingrdient, which visibly reduces the appearance of pores, fights shininess, blemishes and clogged pores, creates a smooth, matte finish, manages imperfections effectively for purified skin all day long and keeps skin clear and refined”.

    So now we know that these products are formulated with potent , effective ingredients. Now what? Well, now you have to put the work in if you truly crave a healthy glow.

    ¬†I’m going to tell you exactly how to use these products.

    SkinChemists Advanced Brightening Collection lasersStep 1:

    Soak a cotton pad with the Advanced Brightening Micellar Water and remove all makeup and dirt.

    Step 2:

    Drop 1-2 dollops of the Advanced Brightening Toner onto a clean cotton pad. Gently smooth all over face. Let the product sink into your skin. 

    Step 3:

    Pump 1-2 pea sized amount of Advanced Brightening Lotion onto your fingers or cotton pad and smooth it all over your face.

    Step 4: 

    In the morning, use a serum that contains a mix of anti-aging ingredients and a moisturizer with SPF. At night, use products that contain a blend of AHA/BHA to lift away dead skin cells and a thick moisturizer to lock in the moisture.

    Step 5:

    Repeat Steps 1-4 every morning and night.

    I know at times we all get lazy and unfortunately it’s our skincare regime that suffers ,however, I strongly encourage you to stick to this routine if you want radiant skin. When the photos above were taken, I had already been using the full collection for 3 weeks. I definitely was feeling myself ¬†and I felt confident in my skin ūüôā Clearly I’m wearing makeup but only a very little wash of tinted moisturizer and blush. Oh yeah, mascara…but that doesn’t count !¬†

    I am always 100% transparent with you all so I won’t tell you that these specific products will remove your wrinkles or fix any deep acne scars. The Advanced Brightening Collection was created to help you achieve radiant, hydrated, clear, subtle, glowing skin. It really is that simple!

    I’m really happy with the Advanced Brightening Collection. With consistent use my skin feels hydrated, radiant and most of all I feel confident in my own skin.

    XO, MAHA

     

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    Spring Ready Makeup From Rodial!

    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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    Mini Size , Big Impact : Drunk Elephant Edition

    I take pride in my independent way of thinking and prefer to call myself a leader rather than a follower. Unfortunately, being a beauty blogger I’ve become a follower at times and I’m ok with that. You see, there has been so much hype surrounding drunk elephant products that I had to follow all the hype and figure out for myself what all this madness was about.

    drunk elephant product photo

    I’m super happy I jumped on the Drunk Elephant hype, as I’ve become obsessed with these products. Since DE products are a bit on the pricey side ( I ain’t complaining, just stating a fact), I wanted to test them out before committing so I was elated when Sephora had these mini beauties as their birthday month gift.

    Why not I thought. Give them a go!

    So happy I did ūüôā

    photo of drunk elephant jelly beste cleanser

    The Best No.9 Jelly Cleanser ($40)

    This cleanser earns 4.5 / 5 stars in my eyes. It’s a clear, non- bar cleanser that contains Marula oil so your skin feels soft, clean and not stripped of its natural oils. As well skin isn’t dry or itchy after use. It’s fragrance free and with water forms into a light foam. I always remove my eye makeup with makeup remover and then have to use a gentler cleanser on my eyes as I have sensitive eyes. With this cleanser, I still prefer to remove my eye makeup with makeup remover, but this time I use this cleanser around my eyes and it doesn’t irritate them. I don’t find this product removes eye makeup such as mascara very well, that’s why I gave it a 4.5 out of 5.

    Still a fantastic product in my eyes!

     

    photos of drunk elephant Protini

    Protini‚ĄĘPolypeptide Cream ( $84)

    Protini is an anti-aging moisturizer that contain¬†peptides and gets a rating of 5/5 from me! Peptides can reduce wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin tone, and dullness. Marula oil is added to this amazing product to hydrate the skin. Those with dry and itchy skin will benefit a great deal from Marula oil as it seeps into your skin effortlessly and hydrates all day. ¬†Those with combo, oily and normal skin can also use Marula oil. It will not make you look greasy. Skin feels so soft and subtle after use. ¬†Protini‚ĄĘ is vegan and gluten-free.

    From DE website:

    In an independent consumer testing panel of 50 women age 25 to 55: 
    Р100% agreed their skin felt replenished and nourished 
    Р97% agreed their skin felt moisturized 
    Р97% agreed their skin texture felt soft and smooth 
    Р88% agreed their skin was strengthened 
    Р85% agreed their skin looked plumped and youthful 
    Р73% agreed their skin felt firmer and elastic 

     

    I definitely agree that my skin felt moisturized, nourished , plumped and firmer. These were my results with a 15ml bottle, I can’t wait to see the results after continuous use of a full bottle sized ¬†Protini‚ĄĘ anti-aging moisturizer.

    I’m definitely happy I followed the hype. I wasn’t expecting these little mini samples to make an impact on my skin and my thoughts towards DE but they sure did and now I have a long list of DE products I need asap!

    Next up on my DE ” to buy” list are the following:

    drunk elephant products

    Have you used any DE products? Are you fan?

    Leave me a comment below and tell my why or why not!

     

    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.

    FALL SKINCARE AND MAKEUP photos

    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

    FALL SKINCARE AND MAKEUP photos

    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.

    FALL SKINCARE AND MAKEUP photos

    “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!

     

    FALL SKINCARE AND MAKEUP photos

    ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 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.

    FALL SKINCARE AND MAKEUP photos

    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!

     

    FALL SKINCARE AND MAKEUP photos

    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!

     

    FALL SKINCARE AND MAKEUP photos

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    HYPED UP PRODUCTS I REGRET BUYING IN 2017!

    I hate leaving 2017 on a negative note, but honestly guys I had to share my experiences with you on these hyped up products I regret buying in 2017!¬†¬†Usually, I don’t follow the masses but with some of these products I was really curious so I took the plunge and bought them and regret quickly sank in. Usually if I don’t like a product I have no problem returning the item BUT sometimes I get a bit too lazy to make it back to the store or it’s an online purchase and I don’t want to waste more money returning it, so I end up blogging about my experience! Win -Win I say!

    Photo of makeup products I regret buying

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