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    Products I’m loving ATM!!

    I get to test out a lot of products but I don’t always love them all. When I find a product I love, I tend to overuse it until I find another I like more ūüôā I know I ‘m not the only one right?

    The following products are what I’m loving ATM!

    Vichy Minéral 89 Eyes $35

    You all know I’m a huge fan of Min√©ral 89 Serum and once Vichy launched the eye equivalent I knew I had to get my hands on it ASAP! Min√©ral 89 Eyes is loaded with pure caffeine and hyaluornic acid to hydrate, brighten and reduces eye bags. I’m about 5 weeks into the my first bottle and I’m impressed. My eyes look brighter and more awake. ¬†There’s significant ¬†hydration in this area but I’m still struggling with eye bags, albeit they are not as pigmented as as usual.¬†I’m hoping with continuous use of the Min√©ral 89 Eyes the pigmentation will reduce.

    Vichy Minéral 89 Eyes

    You can wear the eye serum alone or under makeup. Personally during the week I add some concealer but on weekends, it’s a bare face ( with sunscreen of course) and thanks to this gem, I feel confident and my little issues that I have with my eye area ( minor fine lines, dullness, flakiness) aren’t noticeable!

     

    Make Up Forever Artist Nude Creme Liquid Lipsticks $25

    Make Up Forever sent me these very wearable and long lasting Artist Nude Creme liquid lipsticks!

    Makeup Forever

    Exposed, on the left, is a medium warn coral beige and Bluff, on the right, is a light warm pinky brown shade.

    They are A-mazing!

    Artist Nude lipsticks come in 12 nude shades and have a satin finish. These are long lasting , non drying, non bleeding and so so creamy. I would definitely call these a hybrid of gloss + lipstick.¬†¬†They don’t have a sticky or tacky feel to them, and thanks to the small, precise applicator, they apply easily with no skipping on the lips. I’ve been wearing them all Summer! They compliment all skin tones and I will definitely be purchasing a few other shades to take me into the Fall season. I will have to repurchase Buff because I’m down to my last few swipes ¬†ūüôā¬†

     

    Pixi Beauty DetoxifEYE $34

    I have instagrammed my love for Pixi’s DetoxifEYE several times and continue to preach my *love* for them on the blog!

    Honestly, they are my fave product from the entire Pixi line. Here’s why I love them so much. Each hydrogel patch is loaded with hyaluronic acid and caffeine to intensely hydrate, smooth and depuff your dark circles and eye bags. Did you notice I said , intensely?¬†If I ‘ve had a sleepless night , which often I do, I apply these in the morning and I feel and look refreshed!


     I have used many different eye patches to hydrate my delicate eye area and none of them ( which were more $$) worked to hydrate as much as DetoxifEYE did. 

    There are 30 pairs in a pack and comes with a spatula to help lift the delicate patches out of the container. I like to leave mine on for as long as I possibly can, around 30 minutes, but the suggested time is 10 min. I do house work with them on, surf the net and most often, I blog with them on just like I’m doing now. Yep that’s me, blogging and detoxifEYEing! They adhere to your skin quickly and feel very comfortable without irritating the eyes. I am on my 2nd package as I go through them very quickly. I absolutely cannot live without my detoxifEYE patches.

    Pixi Beauty DetoxifEYE patches

    Essie ” Watermelon” Nail Polish $10

    All Summer I’ve worn one nail polish colour and it’s this one here,” Watermelon” by Essie.

    Essie " Watermelon" nail polish

     

    It’s a flirty, fun, colourful shade that can be worn with anything. It’s not a true red or pink, it’s a mix of ¬†both IMO! I’ve worn it to the office as well as to weddings. It’s super versatile and I’m basically obsessed! Come Fall , I will transition into something more neutral. I’m also in love with these shades from Essie :

    “Model Citizen”

    model citizen

    “Pin Me Pink”

    essie pin me pink

    ” Dress Call”

    SSIE-gel-couture-dress-call-swatch

    Sephora Face Mask Applicator $10.50

    I feel this name is not really suited for the tool. I bought this little gem on the recommendation of a very talented Sephora makeup artist who uses it to gently exfoliate the skin.

    Sephora face mask applicator

    I’ve¬†become obsessed with exfoliating my face with this little tool. It’s super gentle and sometimes I only use it to massage my skin with water. It’s great for getting rid of dead skin in a very gently and relaxing method. I start with adding the exfoliator product, which is currently¬†Dermalogica Superfoliant Powder Exfoliant¬†to my palm and pick it up with the mask applicator tool. This is just preference, but I prefer to have the skin a bit moist/wet before applying any exfoliator. ¬†In circular motions starting at the top of the forehead, start to work the product , gently, onto the skin, always in circular motion never side to side or up and down. Then move on to the temples, cheeks, nose, chin ¬†and end with the neck area. Remember, ¬†your neck and d√©colletage need some TLC also!

     

    Have you found a few of your favourites on the blog today? Let me know in the comments below. I love hearing from you!

     

    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 Id√©alia 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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    MY MOM REVIEWS A PRODUCT! Vichy Neovadiol Rose Platinum Luxury Moisturizer for Mature Skin

    Vichy Neovadiol Rose Platinium luxury Moisturiser cream for mature skin

    Growing up my mom was my beauty inspiration. She wasn’t always glamorous but was well dressed and always took impeccable care of her skin.¬†What I took away from my childhood regarding beauty is that your skin is the foundation¬†to eternal youth. I recall my mother would rub coconut oil on her skin and use the dead sea masks every morning and night.¬†These beauty methods¬†are very traditional¬†and¬†fall in line with the middle eastern¬†cultural¬†. As my mother matured into her 40’s she started to incorporate anti-aging skincare into her routine and of course like mother like daughter she fell in love with Vichy products and has used their skincare since she was in her 40’s!¬†Now at 65 she is still a¬†Vichy lover and loves that I followed in her¬†footsteps and made Vichy my go-to skincare brand. Read more

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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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    Rejuvenate Your Look This Season With My Autumn Favourites!

    Well hi there!

    Yes, it’s been a long time since we last spoke my¬†dear¬†friends ūüôā

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve missed¬†blogging and interacting with you all!

    Just a quick update on my life so far. As some of you noticed, I hope all of you noticed, my blog has been a bit dry lately. Trust me, it was not done intentionally…well it kind of was but it was for the best …trust me again. I was on an intensive course for 10 months that required ¬†100% of my attention. Thankfully after loads of coffee, long sleepless nights , some tears and many missed family gatherings I can say I was successful and this opportunity has opened many doors for me. I’m so blessed and happy that it is now behind me and I can now concentrate, once again, on the things I love like family , makeup, blogging about makeup and eating good food…in that exact order ūüôā

    ( I have to warn you, there is a lot of content in this blog post because I thought since I’ve been MIA I owed you a good read ! So go ahead grab a cup of coffee, tea, wine and get comfy because this one is worth the wait! )

    So now we’re deep into October and just last week it started to feel like Autumn in Ottawa. I spent a whole day switching out my closet to warm, cozy sweaters, boots, and scarfs and of course I didn’t neglect my makeup and skincare stash!

    Every new season I incorporate a few new items to my makeup and skincare routine and this season is no exception.

    Let me introduce you to just a few of the new Caryl Baker Visage Nirvana fall collection. The whole collection has the deep rich pigmented fall colours that we all love like the coppers, golds, deep reds and burgundies. Perfect for Autumn !

    I’ve used the CBV makeup in the past and loved it and this collection is perfection. So far I’ve used¬†Faith, Shrine, and Stone eye shadows¬†as well as Good Vibes lip lacquer. The shadows are pigmented ,long lasting with or without primer, but since I’m a creature of habit I always prime my lids regardless! I would have to say that Faith is my favourite shade. I use it as a base or worn alone for a romantic look. Stone has to be the deepest black I’ve tried. I compare the depth of black on Stone to the¬†Inglot Cosmetics¬†Gel liner pot, which in my opinion, is the blackest gel liner on the market so far. It’s that black! Shrine is gold perfection. It’s what I call a true gold. Not a yellow gold but more of a copper gold which I love!

    The Good Vibes lip lacquer is¬†the essential lip colour for fall. It’s a deep plum that dries on matte and hydrates the lips. You will probably get a good 5 hour wear before you may need to reapply. I paired Good Vibes with a basic smokey eye¬†using Stone and Shrine on the lower lash¬†and¬†the look was fire!¬†¬†I’m really interested in trying the shade Lava¬†which is a coral red lip lacquer.¬†Two great colours for fall!

    Next up is my favourite makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury’s uber successful Hollywood collection which includes contour / highlight wands as well as matte liquid lipsticks. Of course I gravitate towards the lip products because I’m such a lip product junkie. Showcased here are Hollywood lips in Pin Up Pink and Rising Star. Both shades are more on the neutral side which I adore in any season! The staying power on the Hollywood Lip glosses are ridiculous … in a good way! I also love that they contain beeswax to ensure your lips stay hydrated as many matte products dry out your lips. The lip wand is shaped in a crescent to mimic the natural curves of the lip for easier application. This is genius!

    I also have the Hollywood Contour wand in a medium – dark shade. It is the perfect contour shade for my olive skin, however I’ve only used it once straightly from the tube and the other 5 or 6 times I’ve used the contour wand I had to dispense the product on the back of my hand and then onto a brush to apply. I feel like the wand dispenses too much product at once. Other than that I love this contour wand and it’s so compact that you can literally throw it in any bag and take it with you. If you are light-handed with this product it will last you a looong time!

    Makeup forever is one of my go-to trusted makeup brands. My pro kit is 80% makeup forever so of course I had to try the new Artist Face powders. I’ve tried out Gold Copper and Shimmery Champagne. This product is so multipurpose. I’ve used both shades as a top coat for eye shadow to add extra “pop” to¬† a look (kind of like¬†glitter). You can also use them¬†as highlighters and¬†if I had the right shade I could have¬†used¬†them¬†as a blusher¬†!

    This past Summer I started using the Dermologica Daily Superfoliant to get rid of the dead skin cells that build up over time and it worked really well so I ‘m going to continue to use it this Fall as well.¬†The superfoliant is a powder and¬†once you add water it becomes a paste that is gentle enough to use everyday and I truly use it everyday. My face feels so fresh and so clean after.

    Another daily product that I now love and simply have to add to my skincare routine is the Vichy Pureté Thermal cleansing gel as well as the Vichy LIFTACTVE Vitamin C hydraulic acid for intense anti aging benefits. The cleansing gel is now in my top 5  must have products of all time. I knew it was a good cleanser once it passed my cotton round test.

    What’s the cotton test you ask? Great question! I knew I had smart readers ūüôā

    The cotton test is when you take a cotton round and after washing with a cleanser and drying your face, you take a cotton round and swipe it on your forehead. If you have any dirt or impurities that come off on the cotton round than the cleanser is no bueno ( not good in Spanish) ,¬†however if you swipe and nothing comes off onto the cotton round then you have yourself a winning cleanser! This is my cotton round test! Go ahead , it’s yours to use. As well, I think it’s really important to mention that my skin did not dry out after using the cleansing, actually it felt really fresh and radiant.

    The Vichy LIFTACTIVE Vitamin C is not going to be for everyone. Some of you may find it too strong for your skin, but my skin absolutely loves it! As soon as I apply the Vitamin C it seeps into my skin without any irritation. ¬†I wanted to add a Vitamin C product to my routine because I am so sick of my brown / sun spots that have formed these past 2 years. I’ve used the LIFTACTIVE Vitamin C for a few weeks now and it seems to be diminishing the brown spots. They are still there but it looks like they are less visible. For sure I’m gong to keep using the product until these darn brown spots are no more!! ¬†As well this product is great for lifting and plumbing your skin so you look more awake and youthful!!

    Since I’m still loving the Rocky Mountain Soap Co. products I definitely wanted to include them in this post, but if you want an in-depth review of these products you can read all about them¬†here.¬† Same goes for the Ordinary products that have literally saved my skin this Summer. You can read about those products here.

    That’s a wrap on my Autumn favourites! Again, Thank you guys for supporting ¬†my blog and I am so happy to be back sitting in front of my computer, with a bowl of vegan mint chocolate chip ice cream and blogging about what I love most! Thank you so much !

     

    XO MAHA

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    My Vichy Tient Idéal Collection Review + Experience!

     

    VICHY TEINT ID√ČAL Collection makeup

    VICHY TEINT ID√ČAL COLLECTION

    If you’ve been reading my blog for some time now than you’re familiar with my makeup and skin routine; if you’re not a regular reader , why not ?. ¬†OK, ¬†I’ll fill you in. I like to introduce new products to my routine every new season. This way my skin never gets too accustomed to a product that it stops working for me.¬†Same rule applies for makeup. I always switch up my foundation ( day / night) ¬†every season. This Spring for day/night wear I’ve incorporated the Vichy Teint Id√©al illuminating collection. I’ve heard numerous good things about this collection from my friends and other bloggers so I was really happy to test out these products for the blog.¬†Before I was asked to review the collection¬†I was already a loyal Vichy customer¬†and I’ve been highly addicted to their LiftActive Serum 10 ever since a beauty Youtuber recommended it. I use it every night and I love it!

    This collection of new products consists of :

    Teint Idéal Fluid Foundation

    Water based, light to medium coverage and gives off a luminous shine, 5 shades to choose from

    Teint Idéal Cream Foundation

    Best for dry skin, medium coverage , ultra hydrating and gives off a velvety finish, 5 shades to choose from

    Teint Idéal Compact Powder

    Good for all skin types, light to medium coverage, natural finish, 3 shades to choose from

    Teint Idéal Illuminator 

    Great on all skin types, not tinted, reflects light, universal shade

    In this non filtered, non edited ¬†photo I used the Teint Id√©al fluid foundation. I prefer medium coverage and this foundation was perfect to use with this look for a night out.¬†If¬†I had blemishes on my skin I definitely could still use this foundation with a bit of spot concealing of the blemishes. If I was going through an acne breakout I wouldn’t have worn this¬†foundation as it wouldn’t have given me the coverage I¬†needed. It truly is a medium coverage foundation. I applied the foundation with a wet beauty blender and it melted into my skin beautifully. I didn’t need to dispense too much foundation; 2 pumps was good to cover my whole face. I am super impressed with the amount of coverage I got from it, ¬†but what I loved most about this foundation was the luminous shine it was giving me.¬†It looked and felt like my skin, not like a mask.

    I refuse to wear foundation that feels and¬†looks like a ” mask”. This did not!

    I also used the Teint Id√©al compact powder to hold my foundation in place and to mattify a few areas on my face. I don’t place powder all over my face; only on places where I have more shine which is on my forehead and the bridge of nose as well as my chin. I don’t apply the powder on my cheeks ( I don’t want to loose the highlight!). The¬†Teint Id√©al powder kept my forehead shine-free all night! This powder contains the ingredient Perlite which helps to absorb sebum ( oil on the skin) . Some pressed powders become cakey after a few hours of wear on the skin, but I didn’t experience any of this with this pressed powder.

    That highlight in this photo is courtesy of the Teint Id√©al illuminator. This little baby is portable and can be easily hidden in your purse to be¬†used at anytime, anyplace. At first I applied it with a light hand and I realized after the first few photos that I took¬†that I needed to be a bit heavy handed with the illuminator. I applied it only on the high points of my cheekbones, but you can apply it on your temples, cupids bow, bridge of your nose ( lightly here!!) and corner of your eyes for a wide awaken look! The illuminator glides easily on the skin and because it’s colourless it really suites all skin tones. You apply it directly from the tube and¬†gently rub it so it disappears into your skin and your left with a gorgeous luminous glow.

    In this photo I decided to wear the cream foundation. As you can see here, my skin looks more velvet and matte than luminous. The cream foundation was really easy to work with. At times, I find cream foundation a bit challenging to blend and to achieve an even coat on the skin, but this formula was really easy to work with. Again, I used my trusty wet beauty blender to ensure it was evenly distributed onto my skin. The cream foundation I found lasted longer on my skin than the fluid. Both cream and fluid foundation lasted a good 10 hours on my skin but the cream looked more fresh at the end of the day than the fluid.Neither the fluid or cream foundation seeped into the  (minor) fine lines around my eyes.

    Overall I’m so thrilled that I was able to review the collection for the blog. ¬†I received so many compliments on how ¬†flawless my skin looked. I would recommend this collection to women that want products that offer superior coverage and¬†radiance¬†with little fuss.¬†I’m definlty looking forward to the next collection!

    Have you had a chance to try out any of the Teint Idéal products? If so, please leave me comment below and tell me how you like them!

     

    XO, MAHA

     

    * 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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