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    Is Natural Skin Care Worth The Hype ? Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Review

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN SOAP COMPANY

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN SOAP COMPANY

    I love a good skincare regimen and for the most part I try to stick to what I know works well on my skin and doesn’t break me out.  My routine is fairly simple ( not) : cleanser, toner, serum , anti-aging eye product, mask, moisturizer and finally lip balm. I told you it was simple ! Unfortunately, I can’t stop or turn back time (the things I would do if I could though…lol) so I’ve been finding lately that my skin is changing slightly and a few of my go-to products have been irritating me a bit. Maybe it’s the change of season or it could be that as my skin is changing it’s also becoming sensitive . So I knew  it was time to change of the skin care regimen.

    The Rocky Mountain Soap Co. came to my rescue! They sent me these products to sample and I couldn’t have been happier to receive them just as I was looking to switch up my skin care.Before being sent the products I didn’t know much about this company, only that it was sold at Rainbow Natural Foods in Ottawa. I dug deeper to learn that Rocky Mountain Soap Company only use Toxin Free products to create their vast lineup of All Natural products. As well the products are handmade in Alberta, Canada! I’ve never used 100% natural skincare products  so I thought why not, let’s give it a go.

    I was sent the following products to sample:

     

    CALMING TONER

                   CALMING TONER

    Lavender and Arnica are known skin soothing ingredients so once I started using this toner I knew my skin  instantly liked it! I didn’t have that dry feeling I had before applying the toner and since I only apply toner at night, I woke up the next morning to very hydrated but more specifically non-itchy skin. I definitely think the lavender did the trick! As well it helped a lot that this toner smelled like heaven and I woke up smelling like a flower!

     

    POMEGRANATE DAY CREAM

        POMEGRANATE DAY CREAM

    Pomegranate is superfood for your skin, just don’t eat the jar even though it does smell good enough to nibble on! The moisturizer is very hydrating when used with the toner or alone. As with all the Rocky Mountain Soap Company products, the moisturizer is 100% natural and toxin-free.If I could bathe in this moisturizer I would!!! The only drawback I found was that it didn’t have any SPF , but then it wouldn’t be considered all natural. Still, I couldn’t justify leaving the house with out SPF so I layered an SPF product on top of this moisturizer.

    AFTER SUN BODY BUTTER

          AFTER SUN BODY BUTTER

    Since there’s not a lot of sun in Ottawa lately, except for a day here and there, I haven’t used this product for it’s intended purpose which is to soothe skin after too much sun exposure. Since I didn’t have that problem I started using this product on my legs after shaving! I get crazy little red bumps  and since this body butter contains Aloe, beeswax, coconut and castor oil ,which are all known hydrating ingredients, I knew it would sooth my legs! Voila, it worked! Now instead of applying lotion, I’ve started to reach for the body butter stick! It hydrates and gives my legs a nice glow as well.

    RESTORATIVE FACE MASK

    RESTORATIVE FACE MASK

    Who doesn’t love a good face mask! This mask contains Ginseng and Spirulina which a are known to soften skin and give your skin a healthy glow by infusing it with organic botanicals. The first time I used this mask, I was a bit taken back by the smell. It wasn’t bad but didn’t smell great. It did smell like vanilla and coconut with a green powdery consistency. Once you add water to the powder it creates a paste and you leave it on your skin for 10-15 minutes. Don’t add too much water ,  a tiny bit goes a long way. It was easy to remove after the time expired and my skin felt very nourished and hydrated. The package is only 40 grams so you can get 4 uses out of the one package.

    So for the past 2 weeks and half I’ve been using these products and I’v truly enjoyed the 100% natural and non-toxic products that the Rocky Mountain Soap Co. sent me to sample. I am obsessing mostly over the toner, moisturizer and body butter as I feel they really worked well and quickly to sooth my irritated skin. Now I’m not saying I will go all natural with my skincare from now on, but I am making a continue effort to introduce more natural and toxin-free products in my life. I have to say it does feel good to know that I have absolutely no chemicals on my face! I would highly recommend these products to anyone who is against chemicals in their skin care routine and who is looking for a well rounded skin care line that can fight the aging process and still keep skin hydrated and plump. I will definitely continue to use the toner and moisturizer in my routine ( LOVE LOVE!) now that I know they are instantly soothing my skin!

     

    Have you tried any of the Rocky Mountain Soap Co.products? If you have or are interested in trying any of them, leave me a comment below!

    *Rocky Mountain Soap Co.sent me the products to sample but the opinions expressed in this post are my own and were not influenced by the company.*

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    Luxurious Spring Makeup Wish List!

    Every Spring I like to add some new makeup and skin products to my makeup bag and routine. This Spring is no exception as I’ve had my eye on a few very popular products. I’m dying to try them all! Tom Ford is definitely a brand I’m very interested in experimenting with. I hear from other bloggers that his lipsticks are like no other and are a must. The Farsali Gold Elixir is also another youtube and blogger favourite. There are other brands that produce a gold elixir but I really want to try this out the most. Charlotte Tilbury FilmStar bronzer is not only aesthetically beautiful but is the perfect contour / highlight combo for Spring. The Viseart palette is definitely a splurge and will most likely be my most expensive eyeshadow palette, but I have my heart set on it and you only live once. 🙂

    SPRING MAKEUP WISH LIST

    SPRING MAKEUP WISH LIST

     

    1.Charlotte Tilbury FilmStar Bronze & Glow Light to Medium

    2.Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum

    3.Tom Ford Cream Cheek Colour

    4.Farsali Rose Gold Elixir

    5.Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow

    6.Viseart Eyeshadow Palette Warm

    7.Tom Form Sheer Cheek Duo

    8.Tom Form Complexion Enhancing Primer

    9. Tom Ford Soleil Lip Foil

    I’m really curious to hear what new products you’ll be adding to your makeup bag this Spring. Leave me a comment below 🙂

     

    XO, MAHA 

    PINTREST " SPRING MAKEUP" BANNER

    PINTREST ” SPRING MAKEUP” BANNER

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    LIFESTYLE

    First Impressions : Firmoo.com

     
    Firmoo.com, a global online eyewear store, contacted me offering to send me a pair of glasses and If I liked the sunglasses to kindly write about them on my blog. As I was under no obligation to write a positive review, I accepted their generous gift and my gold aviator lenses were shipped 1 week after I placed my order. 
     
     
    About Firmoo.com
     
    A global eyewear online store that has many years of experience in the optical industry and offers a variety of male and female perscription and NON-perscription frames. Firmoo.com caters to the fashion-conscious consumer by making high quality fashionable eyewear available at affordable prices. 
     
    Frames
     
    Firmoo.com offers hundreds of frames such as Cat Eye, Round,Wrap Around,Titanium, Square, Clear, Aviator and Wayfarer,Computer, Reading and Bifocal.. just to name a few! 
     

    Customer Service
     
    I had never ordered eyewear online so I was apprehensive as to which frames would suite me. I contacted the customer service for some advice and they ultimately helped me decide on my gold rimmed aviators. They were polite, friendly and helpful as they answered all my questions about the ordering process (which is super easy btw). 
     
    Virtual Try-On Feature
     
    Customer service also kindly pointed me to the Virtual Try-On Feature on the Firmoo.com site. With this feature, you can upload a picture of your face to virtually TRY ON any style of frames you like to see how they look on you. It’s a helpful feature and you’ll get some giggles out of it as well. I now know I look hideous in  round frames!!
     
    How To Place an Order
     
    Placing an order on Firmoo.com is quick and easy. It’s a 7 step process and Firmoo.com makes it easy by highlighting the steps for you so you’re not wasting time navigating the site wondering ” what do I do next?”. For a detailed explanation and tutorial on how to place an order, read here.
     
    Signing Up
     
    Firmoo.com allows you to sign up to their site via Facebook. This makes log-in simple and easier as you don’t need to create a completely new account. As well Firmoo.com will save your prescription(s) for the next time you want to place an order.
     
    Order Status
    Firmoo.com likes to keep you well informed on the status of your order. You will receive emails to keep you updated on wether your order is Pending, New Order, In Process,  Shipped and Delivered! I found this very helpful as I anxiously awaited my order. 
     
    First Impressions on Aviator #SC1611
     
    A week after I placed my order on Firmoo.com my non prescription sunglasses were shipped. I received the sunglasses,a case, cleaning cloth and a mini screwdriver. The sunglasses were in great condition, no scratches or deformities on them from the shipping process. Firmoo.com suggest that you tighten the screws on the sides of the glasses to ensure they fit you best (hence the reason for the mini screw driver)! The aviators are lightweight, sturdy and definitely a step out of my comfort zone but I think they look good and I’ve received many compliments on them.
     
    I’m really pleased with my first Firmoo.com experience. I’m also very pleased that Firmoo.com has graciously decided to give my first 10 readers a voucher code, makeupblog2, that covers a complete pair of glasses from this page http://www.firmoo.com/promo-free-glasses-samples.html 
    (Shipping and handling fees are extra.Free frame + single vision lenses.Must be first time Firmoo.com customer and voucher expires April 15).
     
    If you are one of the lucky ones that received a free pair using the voucher code, let me know how you like them in the comments below 🙂
     
    Enjoy!
     
    XOXO
    Maha 
     
     
     

     

    DISCLAIMER : Firmoo.com gifted me these sunglasses. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. I have not been paid for this post. 
     
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    3 Essential Steps To Becoming Spring Ready !

    Spring is almost here – so some changes are in order! Not just your wardrobe needs an overhaul but so do your skin, makeup and hair. Let’s start by swapping our winter coats and boots for a light spring jacket and rain boots(ankle boots as well!).I’ve compiled for you an easy 3 step guide that will take you from feeling damp and dreary to feeling beautiful, refreshed and ready for Spring!


    PREP SKIN


     
    Your skin is your biggest organ(yes it’s an organ,look it up!) and should be taken care of just as you do your heart. We all know good skin is highly sought after. It all starts within. It’s been proven that a well hydrated body emits a natural glow that rivals the best highlighter on the market. For your body to be well hydrated you need to  drink at least 6-8 glasses of water. By consuming water you are flushing toxins out of your system and allowing your glow to come thru. It’s not magic, it’s science! 


    At times, drinking 6-8 glasses of water isn’t enough or practical so you need the help of exfoliating products. A cleansing power tool helps to rapidly exfoliate the body to reduce dry patches and leaves skin feeling very smooth.


    Cleansing your skin is so important first thing in the morning as well as at night to ensure all the products and environmental toxins are removed from your pores. Choose a cleaner that is right for your skin type.


    Using a reliable water based toner after cleansing helps to ensure your skin is receiving a healthy dose of antioxidants for the day.


    Weekly exfoliating of the skin is necessary! Since many of us can’t make it to the aesthetician on a weekly basis, it’s great to rely on a solid BHA exfoliating product that improves skins texture, appearance and gets rid of blackheads. As well a decent BHA product will help with collagen production. 

    A serum loaded with antioxidants will help to firm, brighten and hydrate your skin all day.


    If dryness around the eyes during allergy season is a factor then adding an eye cream to your Spring prep routine will definitely help. An effective eye cream will hydrate the under eye and reduce puffiness.

    There is no excuse for leaving the house without sunscreen. Sunscreen is the #1 defence against ageing skin and skin cancer.


    Update Makeup Bag
     

     
    Put away those matte lipsticks and reach for a coral lippie! Spring is the time of new awakenings and rejuvenation so don’t hesitate to be inspired and try different colours.
     
    Adding a soft cheerful pastel shade to your lids is not only fun, but will also make them pop. Adding a bright bold colour to your inner and under waterline will tie the look together. If a bright purple in your waterline is not your thing, you can always reach for a nude toned eye pencil to give a bright eyed and awake look!
     
    Feeling like winter took away your colour ? Add a soft bronzer + highlighter to your makeup routine to liven up your colour and give the illusion you just came back from the islands!
    Blush is magic! It’s an instant “pick me up” and if applied properly  can easily transform your look. During the winter months the plums, golds and nudes were in high demand. This Spring, go after the pinks, purples and corals.
     
    Wearing a lightweight concealer and foundation as a base will help enhance your natural beauty and won’t make you look overdone. 
     
    Applying a coat or two of black mascara always pulls the look together. If your feeling adventurous, teal and pink mascara(a light coat obviously) is a big hit this season. 
     
    Pampering your feet and nails is a luxury. Schedule a mani – pedi as soon as you can. Once the sun starts shining you’re going to want to wear sandals and open toe heels so it’s best to be prepared. If you can’t make it to an esthetician, read this article for a DIY mani – pedi at home! When choosing colour go for the pinks, reds and pastels.
     
    When choosing a Springtime scent, ensure that it represents your personality. If you’re not a flower lover than don’t choose a citrus or fruity scent.If you don’t like attention than a bold scent such as musk or amber is most likely not for you! If you’re Vegan or a Naturalist, there are many companies that offer natural organic scents. Whatever scent you choose, ensure it represents your style and personality well. A lingering scent is at times how people remember you, so make it fabulous!
     
    Transform Hair

    \ Otto-Keunis Intensive Mask \
    \ L’Oreal TecniArt Volume Mousse\
     
    We can finally say goodbye to Winter hat hair, frizzy and unmanageable tresses! It’s time to pamper your hair. Your hair says a lot about you so ensuring it looks healthy and shiny should be a top priority this Spring. 
     
    At the start of every new season you should trim your ends. This will promote hair growth without breakage and thinning. If your  fearless and ready for a change you may want to try a sexy pixi cut or a cute and very wearable LOB (longer bob).
     
    Using a sulfate and paraben free shampoo and conditioner will help hydrate the hair and clean your scalp. A clean scalp ensures your hair can breath and in turn can grow easily. 
     
    An intensive repair mask should be your best friend this Spring.
    A hair mask will help heal the damage from the cold Winter months. Once or twice a week is necessary to bring life and hydration back into your hair.
     
    Styling your hair is always fun, but at times can damage your hair. Constant heat and tugging at the tresses weakens the follicles and over time destroys vital proteins needed for hair repair and growth.
    This Spring go “Oh Natural” with your hair!If you have curly or wavy hair, shampoo your tresses, let it air dry and add a bit of volumizing mouse to your roots and ends. If you have naturally straight hair, towel dry the hair and comb out any frizz that may have  developed from the towel. 
     
    If you must add heat to your hair, ensure you keep the hair dryer as far from your hair as possible to reduce damage. Coating your hair with heat styling products beforehand will minimize the damage.
     
    Applying a shine spray to your hair will create a luminous shine and this will give the illusion that you have natural healthy hair. A good quality shine spray will also offer UV,thermal and environmental toxin protection.
     
    If you decide to tackle any or all of these 3 essential steps, leave a comment below and let me know how it goes! I love hearing from you all!
     
    Happy Spring  🙂
     
     
    XOXO
    MAHA
     

     

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    CURRENTLY COVETING – Spring Obsessions

    The more I obsess over the arrival of Spring , the more snow falls in Ottawa! Here are my internet obsessions and inspirations for the week. I have a thing for Blush Pink!



    // Aviators are a must  this spring! //
    // The mix of rose gold and blush has me swooning! //
    // Kate Spade knows what a girl wants! //
    // Heels are a girls best friend! //
    // This draped coat needs to join my wardrobe!//
    // Did you know you could rent this Elizabeth & James bag? The site is called rent the way and it’s pretty darn cool! //
    // Dame from MAC, a classic blush! //
    // Louboutin obsession just got deeper! //
    // Rimmel Pink Blush lipstick is the perfect shade for Spring 2016! //
     
     
     

     

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    Currently Coveting

     

    I haven’t been so great with my monthly favourites these past few months(life got in the way!).So I decided that every Friday I’ll share some of my internet loves and obsessions with you all! Why not right? 

     
















    \ Obsessing over Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick //
    \ C’mon Spring! This dress just needs a cardi with flats and we’re good to go! //
    \ Coconut Latte…Yes Please!//
    \ One Day You will be mine //


    Anything caught your eye this week?
     
    XOXO Maha 
     
     
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