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    L’Oréal Fine Flowers Collection

    I  have to admit I was pretty excited to see L’Oréal Paris new Fine Flowers Collection on the shelf at my local drugstore. This collection has been out for about a year now but I have never seen it stocked so of course, out of curiosity, I purchased the 3 products in the collection because #1 I needed to test these out for myself to see what all the hype was about AND  #2 I’m a sucker for cute packaging! Into the cart they went 🙂

     

     

    I purchased the L’Oréal Fine Flowers Cleansing Milk, Cleansing Wipes and Cleansing Gel.

     

    L'Oeral Fine Flowers collection

     

    Cleansing Milk $10.97

    This cleansing milk has extracts of Rose and Jasmine flower which are known for their calming properties. The texture of the cleansing milk is creamy and not runny as some people would think since it has the word “Milk” in the name. A pump or two is all you need to remove makeup, impurities and to achieve a good cleanse to your skin.

    I apply it first thing in the morning to take off my night time skin care ( I could just use water but I like being a bit extra!) or at the end of the night to take off my makeup. A cleansing milk is always the first or second step in my skincare routine. If I had a lot of makeup on then I would definitely use a wipe or makeup remover first but honestly, lately I haven’t reached for any make up remover as my makeup has been B.A.S.I.C and I ‘m loving it!

    I am a big fan of cleansing milk and have been a loyal fan of Nivea Daily Essentials cleansing milk for years now and never thought I would replace it , but I think I found it’s  replacement. The L’Oréal fine flowers cleansing milk will leave your skin feeling smooth, clean and not drying.

     

    L'Oeral Fine Flowers collection

    Cleansing Wipes $10.97

    The cleansing wipes also have a mix of Rose and Jasmine flower to sooth and clean the skin. Out of all 3 products in this collection, I would say the wipes are not my favourite and I will not repurchase them. I found them to be a bit thin compared to other wipes I have used and to get every last bit of makeup on my skin including shadow and foundation I had to use more than one wipe. I don’t’ know why but I also found the wipes themselves to be a bit small in size. The wipes have a slight fragrance thanks to the Rose and Jasmine flower extract and  left my skin feeling smooth but that’s about it for these wipes. I didn’t feel they fully removed my makeup.

    For $11 /25 wipes you’re still getting a great deal, however I did not feel it removed all my makeup and the cloth are too thin for my liking. I won’t be switching from my L’Oréal Ideal Clean makeup wipes to these.

     

    L'Oeral Fine Flowers collection

    Cleansing Gel $10.97

    This Cleansing Gel is a combo of gel and cream texture. It cleans like gel product and moisturizes like a cream product. Does that make sense? It’s a bit runny to dispense with caution as you may get more than what you actually need to use.

    The cleanser has the Rose and Jasmine extracts and is soap, alcohol and “fragrance free” but there definitely is a slight hint of flower in the cleanser.

    I used the cleanser gel after the cleansing milk a few times and honestly did not feel I needed the cleanser gel. The cleanser milk did such a good job, I decide to forgo the gel after a week.

    If you prefer to use gel to take your makeup off and give yourself a clean faced fresh feeling , then this would be a good inexpensive product for you. I personally did not see the benefit since the Cleansing milk did the job for me so well. I have since given the cleanser gel away to a friend of mine as I did not  want it to go to waste.

    Overall I was a but underwhelmed by the L’Oreal Fine Flowers collection. Clearly the big winner for me is the cleansing milk. I was really disappointed with the cleansing wipes as I have used L’Oréal wipes in the past and have raved about how great they are to remove makeup in one shot, but sadly these were a no-go for me.

     

    Have you tried any of the L’Oréal Fine Flowers products? If so please share your thoughts in the comments below !

    XO, MAHA

     

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    WINTER SKIN SAVIOUR – L’Oréal Revitalift Derm Intensive 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid

    I’m not sure what part of the world you’re reading this blog from but if you’re in North America than you would know what a drawn out, cold and dreary winter we recently experienced. When winters are this harsh, skin definitely needs a surge of healthy ingredients to bring it back to healthy! I know mine does !

    I’m so excited to  introduce you to L’Oréal’s Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, gosh that’s a long name! L’Oréal HA serum is new to the Revitalift product line up and it had such great reviews we had to test it out for ourselves  and obviously give our 2 cents 🙂

     

    hyaluronic acid L'Oreal serum

    First, let me tell you why Hyaluronic Acid is important. HA occurs naturally in our system and keeps skin hydrated, smooth and plump. Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever right?  Ageing and environmental factors contribute to the decrease of  HA levels and due to the loss of moisture you start to see the fine lines , dullness and uneven tone on your skin.  HA helps repair the skin’s barrier and attract water to the surface, which results in a plumping effect. It’s completely safe to use even though it’s an acid. It’s not the same acid as  lactic or glycolic which are used to exfoliate dead skin  and sometimes can cause irritation. HA is completely safe to use on the surface of your skin.

    The fragrance free serum contains 1.5% of Hyaluronic Acid ( that’s a potent amount ) and can be used morning and night, alone or under makeup. The product absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves a slight tacky feeling on the skin, but once you apply moisturiser and/or foundation, depending on your skincare routine, you won’t be able to feel the tackiness.

    L'Oreal hyaluronic acid serum photo

    All the claims, L’Oréal has made with this product are true! My skin instantly felt hydrated, plumped, and looked healthy and refreshed. You would never have noticed I had dry, dull, and lacklustre skin caused by harsh winds and frigid temperatures. After 2 weeks of consistent use, my skin looked and felt more supple, hydrated and had a very nice radiant glow. My smile lines were less noticeable because my skin had extra moisture in it due to a few drops of HA in the morning and night!  

    More moisture = less noticeable fine lines

    The HA serum is 2nd in the Revitalift Triple Power LZR product line up after cleansing and before Vitamin C serum. I would have loved to test out the Vitamin C + HA serum together, however, I had no luck in purchasing the Vitamin C serum as it was sold out in every drugstore I visited. L’Oréal Paris must be on to something if their products are selling out. 
    L'Oreal serum hyaloronic acid

    With the great results I’m seeing daily, I’ll definitely continue to use the Hyaluronic serum in my routine and at $32 per 30ML bottle it really is affordable and sustainable!

    Have you used any product from the REVITALIFT line? What are you thoughts on them?  Leave me a comment below as I love hearing from you!

     

    XO, MAHA 

     

     

     

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    FIRST EVER EMPTIES POST – MOISTURIZER EDITION!

    I’m more excited than I probably should be about this post 🙂

    This is my first ever empties post. I don’t know why I never did one before but here it is now.

    Obviously, I’ve saved these products over the course of many months. Traditionally, an empties post is done on products used up within that month but we’re rule breakers over here so we do what we like 🙂

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    Confidence In A Cream- IT Cosmetics

    I did a full review on this product and you can read about it here. Bottom line is this product got me through a very harsh winter. It’s a very creamy and thick moisturizer which may turn some people off, but I loved it. It kept my skin hydrated and looked healthy and glow-y all day, every day. I ran out of it fairly quickly as I used more than I should but it just felt so good on the skin and helped me avoid the dreaded dry patches I usually get 🙂

    YES to repurchase!

    Secret Sauce – IT Cosmetics

    Secret Sauce is another IT Cosmetics winner. It’s full of amazing anti- aging ingredients like peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and licorice root. You know how much I love my Hyaluronic Acid.I loved how creamy this product was as well. If I put on moisturizer and I can’t actually feel the product on my skin or if it feels runny, it turns me off of it. I need to feel like my face is being coated with the softest most luxurious cotton money can buy, and Secret Sauce feels like this!  I also did a full review on this product here.

    YES to repurchase!

    Belif

    I use  a lot of moisturizer during the cold months. My skin becomes extremely dry so a good moisturizer is a necessity for me Belif moisturizing bomb is a great product if you’re like me and need extra hydration to your skin. I wouldn’t say this moisturizer has any anti-aging properties, but it will keep your skin looking plump. I wrote a whole review on this product and you can read about it here.

    YES to repurchase, but for the Spring / Summer I would switch to a product that has a thinner consistency as this moisturizer is really thick for warmer weather.

    YEHWADAM HEAVEN GINSENG REVITALIZING CREAM

    This line was formulated to prevent the signs of premature aging. The packaging of this product is very pretty and feminine. The Revitalizing Cream contains a blend of very exotic Korean based ingredients such as Safflower from Sancheong, Jiri Mountain that improvise skin tone and complexion ; Ginseng from Punggi and Goji Berry from Cheongyang that give long lasting hydration to the skin. I have repurchased this product about 3 times and have never been disappointed. Full review on the blog here

    YES to repurchase! I am obsessed with K-Beauty and this by far has been one of my fave moisturizes. I highly highly recommend this product if you want to brighten up your complexion. 

    SHISEIDO FUTURE SOLUTION XL NIGHT CREAM

     This product was gifted to me by SHISEIDO. I don’t have a lot of experience with the brand but have tried a few makeup products that I liked but, never repurchased any of them as I wasn’t totally blown away by their effectiveness. I’m not stating that they aren’t good products but they didn’t work out for me. This moisturizer on the other hand I fell in love with. I loved how luxurious it felt on my skin, and its fragrance was divine. As a night cream, it works very well as my skin felt brand new the next morning.

    I can’t comment on the anti-aging effectiveness of the products as I’ve only had the opportunity to use up one bottle. The reason I never repurchased is because of the price tag. You guys, this night moisturizer is $375 CDN!  For that price I better wake up with a whole new face!!! #sorrynotsorry 

    NO to repurchase due to the hefty price tag. It definitely is a luxurious item and feels AMAZING on the skin, that I cannot deny but I simply cannot justify the cost.

    Have you used any of these products? What are your thoughts? Leave me a comment below.

     

    XO, MAHA

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    Serums…what are they and do I need one?

    I received such great feedback on my last post that I decided to write another one highlighting another product I believe is fundamental to achieving a flawless ( or darn close to one) complexion. I introduce to you , the world of serums. 

    What is a serum?

    A Serum can be applied to your skin after cleansing but before moisturizing. Serums are made up of smaller molecules so a well formulated serum delivers loads of powerful active ingredients directly into your skin. They literally have one job and that’s to penetrate into the outer layer of your skin to deliver these active ingredients. I like to think of a serums like boosters for your skin. Yes, of course you can do without one and you’ll be fine, but after knowing the benefits of using a serum, why would you skip it? It literally elevates your skincare regime to supreme status!

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    HOLY MOLY THIS STUFF IS GOOD! IT COSMETICS CC+ CREAM + BYE BYE UNDEREYE BRIGHT

    The first time I heard of IT Cosmetics, I was watching TSC (The Shopping Channel ) late one night and ordered the BYE BYE Undereye full coverage concealer. I’m always skeptical when I order something off a commercial because you never really know what your going to get. Lucky for me, I fell in love the first time I applied it!

    IT COSMETICS BYE BYE UNDER EYE AND CC CREAM PHOTO AND REVIEW

    A few years after the initial launch of BYE BYE Undereye concealer, IT Cosmetics launched Bye Bye Under-Eye Illumination Anti-Aging – Brightening Concealer. WOW that’s a long name!

    The new illuminating formula still delivers the same amazing results but makes your under eye brighter for a more youthful look. I am madly in love with the new formula. Bye Bye Undereye Illumination comes in 6 shades. I have warm, olive skin so I am perfectly matched with Tan. If I tan a bit more, I would have to pick up Deep as I like to cover any discolouration on my skin with this concealer.

    So here’s why I love it 🙂 It’s so thick that it doesn’t budge all day! It literally is stuck to your skin and doesn’t seep into fine lines as much as other concealers do. I won’t tell you that it won’t seep into fine lines because from my experience all concealers will do this but this one doesn’t do it as much as others. It uses “drops of light technology” so you have this amazing glow and illumination around your eyes. You look more awake so people will think you had a good nights sleep! The formula is full coverage and TRUST ME this is no lie!

    It completely hides dark circles. As the formula is very thick you only need to use a small amount of the product so it ends up lasting you a long long time! I honestly love both the original BYE BYE Undereye as well as the newer Illuminating one equally.

    IT COSMETICS BYE BYE UNDER EYE AND CC CREAM PHOTO AND REVIEW

    Up next I picked up the “Your Skin But Better CC +”cream from Sephora, but truly couldn’t decide between the IT Cosmetics CC cream or another brands BB cream!

    What’s the difference you ask?

    A CC cream typically is lighter in texture and consistency and is used to target one main concern such as redness.

     BB creams are lighter foundations that can be used as moisturizers, primers, and concealers.

     I picked up the CC+ cream in shade “Tan” and “Medium Tan” to mix them both together to achieve , what I think , is my best shade. This CC+ cream was Allures Reader’s Choice award winner and I can definitely attest to it’s claims that it’s a full coverage product that doesn’t dry out your skin and does indeed address the discolouration in the skin.

     I use 1 pump of “Tan” and 1/2 to 1 pump of “Medium Tan” and blend them with a kabuki brush, then apply it to my skin with a sponge. I have rednesse around my cheeks, nose area and sometimes chin. This cream covers it amazingly well without feeling heavy and I truly feel my skin is breathing under a layer of CC+ cream.

    Since it has SPF 50+ skin is protected from the sun. I believe the “+” is to signify that it’s an anti-aging product…at least I believe that’s what it represents 🙂

    I’m really in love with these brands, such as IT Cosmetics, that develop products that just work.  Yes, I think that the prices are a bit steep especially if you are like me and need to buy 2 shades to come up with your ideal shade, however, since the products are so thick you need to only use 1 pump to achieve the desired results so the product should last longer than usual.

    I’m so excited to test out a few other products that I’ve had my eye on for awhile now!

    Have you tested out any IT Cosmetics lately? If so, leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you !

    XO, MAHA 

     

     

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    HUDA BEAUTY Coral Obsessions Palette Review with Swatches

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

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

    Went to the Mall

    or

    Went to the Gym

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

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

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

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

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

    Huda Beauty Obsession Palette photo, review and swatches

    Amazing shades right!

    Huds Beauty Obsession Palette review with swatches and photo

     Coral Obsessions Palette Look:

    Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions Palette photo and review

     

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

    Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions Palette photo and review

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

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

    But then reality hit me…hard!

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

    Did I get a defective palette?  Hoping I did.

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

    So here’s my final  verdict on this palette:

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

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

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

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

    Leave me a comment below!

    XO, MAHA 

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    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 !

    Rodial Products photo

     

     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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