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Swatch: OPI - Mexico City Collection (Spring 2020)*

This Spring, OPI heads on over to Mexico City to bring  you the vibrant and colorful hues of the city and shake you out of the winter blues and add some pep to Spring! Mind you. these colors could easily transition you well into the Summer as well and I am so excited to swatch them below for you. 

First Row (Left to Right):
Hue is the Artist? - White with the slightest hint of lavender (cream)
Don't Tell a Sol - warm yellow (cream)
Coral-ing Your Spirit Animal - warm coral (cream)
Suzi's Slinging Mezcal - metallic gold (shimmer)

Second Row (L to R):
Mural Mural on the Wall - coral pink tone with gold reflects (jelly like)
Mexico City Move-Mint - beautiful baby turquoise pastel (cream)
Verde Nice to Meet You - seafoam green (cream)
My Chihuahua Doesn't Bite Anymore - orange (cream)

Third Row (L to R):
¡Viva OPI! - bright vibrant red (cream)
Telenovela Me About It - hot pink with lilac purple micro shimmer (shimmer)
Mi Casa Es Blue Casa - royal blue (cream)
Mariachi Makes My Day - deep purple (cream)

The standouts for this collection for me would have to be Mural Mural on the Wall, My Chihuahua Doesn't Bite Anymore and Telenovela Me About It. 

What are your thoughts on this collection?

Until next time, XO - M.

*products were sent to me for consideration, all opinions are my own. 

Swatch: Zoya - Calm Collection (Spring 2020)*

For Spring 2020, Zoya has released six new elegant pastel shades and named it the Calm Collection which I find the name to be very fitting. It has a combination of their creme and shimmer formula and is perfect for those who love a good nude, or a bit of color that isn't too bold.

The six shades are listed below:
Laura - true beige nude (cream)
Colleen - warm pastel pink (cream)
AJ - subtle pink with copper micro-shimmer (shimmer)
Vee - muted lilac (cream)
Emerson - cotton pastel blue (cream)
Leif - saje green (cream)

Below you will see the shades swatched at two coats each. Result: no streaks with full opacity! WOO!

Of the six shades, the three I'm gravitating to are Leif and AJ because they are more unique ones that I haven't seen before.

Would love to hear which ones are your favorite!

Until next time, XO - M

*products were sent to me for consideration, all opinions are my own.

Review, Swatch and Tutorial: CATRICE x EMAN Collection*

I was so excited to learn that the cult favorite German drugstore makeup brand Catrice was coming to Canada - and to actually see this on shelves at Shoppers Drug Mart was fantastic! I have heard so much about this brand, and seen enough tutorials on YouTube to know that this is definitely a product worth trying. 

I was graciously sent the following products to review and test out, and what better way to do that then to do a makeup tutorial and do some swatches for you! 

The Catrice x EMAN collection includes 3 palettes featured below, from left to right - Eyeshadow, a Highlighter and Blush, each retailing $14.99 cad. Each palette swatched beautifully with one finger swipe onto my arm (as pictured below) and was done on my bare skin, not on top of any type of primer.  It is extremely pigmented and my goodness, I have honestly found a new drugstore favorite and the bonus is the price tag, it is actually affordable. I find that so many drugstore brands in Canada now are priced very high and is almost close to department store prices which doesn't help the budget-conscious consumer. Catrice is really shaking the drugstore market and I'm all for it!

The Eyeshadow palette - comes in 9 shades housed within a thick coardboard package with a solid mirror. It contains 5 mattes, four shimmers and are all equally pigmented and the mattes are buttery and easy to blend out. These shadows have performed better than even some high-end shadows so I am very excited to add this neutral palette to my collection (I'm all about neutrals for those who know me). 

The Highlighter palette comes in four different shades that can rightfully cater to all skin tones from fair to dark. Very pigmented with one swipe so this is definitely buildable from a subtle sheen to a blinding highlight that can be seen a mile away. 

The Blush palette is also extremely pigmented (can you see a common theme by now?) and literally requires the most gentle tap with the brush on the pan to achieve a flush of color to the cheeks. 

As for the rest of the face products that were sent to me to try out for my look include
1. Prime and Fine Multitalent Fixing Spray ($9.99) - I used this as a setting spray to seal in my look and I lasted through an entire workday with no issues. My make-up didn't budge and I did not have to touch up at all.
2. Keep Me Matt - Prime and Fine Pore Refining Anti-Shine Base - This helped my makeup not look greasy as the day went on. It filled my pores as well and created a smooth canvas for my foundation to go on. Another win!
3. Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer ($7.99) - A bit thicker in consistency but blended out like a dream and covered my dark eye circles like a dream (as you can see in the photo below I don't even have a hint of panda eye bags - woo!). The concealer is also a tad peach in tone? so it worked to counter the darkness and color correct.
4. Generation Plump and Shine Lipgloss ($7.99) - LOVE this gloss, it wasn't sticky or tacky which I really like. I hate it when I feel like I have a thick paste on my lips so this one felt almost like water? weightless and comfortable with a cushion like feel. It also helped to make my lips look a bit fuller so woo!

Below I have used the palettes to create two different looks for you - on the left we have a blown out neutral smokey eye perfect for date night and on the right, an everyday look I would wear to work with a subtle cut crease. 
Honestly, every product I have tried by Catrice is a slamdunk and I am so excited to try out more products from them. For those of you have previously read my blog or know me in person, will know that I always say that brands rarely have the ability to make every product perform consistently but I think that Catrice is a true exception. Of the 7 products sent to me, I have nothing bad to say about them so truly, I want to try out even more products form them as soon as possible!

Until next time, XO - M.

*products were sent to me for review, all opinions are my own.

Review: Vichy - Mineral 89 Skincare Collection*

The Vichy Mineral 89 Skin Booster has been so good to me over the past year that I've been sharing this with my coworkers and friends anytime I have an extra sample give out. I know that when I give it to them, they will become in love with it as well thereby leading them to go out and repurchase it. It's true! I just got one of my coworkers addicted to it and she even said that it is better than some of the higher end stuff she's tried, and that speaks volumes as you can buy this at your drugstore and at a super reasonable price! If you're interested in learning all about the product, you can read about it on my previous post or on their site Vichy Mineral 89 Fortifying and Hydrating Daily Skin Booster with Hyaluronic Acid  which retails for $39.95/50mL. 

I was super excited to learn that they added a new product targeting eyes to the Mineral 89 line, which is called the Vichy Mineral 89 Eye Repairing Fortifier with Prue Caffeine and Hyaluronic Acid. It retails for $34.95 and you get 15mL. To use, I apply one pump (yes you read correctly, one pump) on my fourth finger and then dot it on both my eyes in the eye bag region and gently massage and disperse the product around my eyes. It contains the same lightweight texture that is non greasy and cooling. 

Did you know that it is called Mineral89 because it contains 89% Vichy Thermal Water in its formulation in conjunction with hyaluronic acid (to hydrate) and pure caffeine to depuff, brighten and decrease the look of dark circles. 

The formulation is also hypoallergenic, free of parabens, fragrance, alcohol, silicone and oils, which is suitable for those with sensitive skin.

I can't wait to share this with my friends and coworkers again, I know they will love it as much as I do! 

Until next time, XO - M.

*products were sent to me for consideration, all opinions are my own.

Giveaway: Benefit Cosmetics - Brow Superstars!*

Benefit Cosmetics sure makes the cutest gift sets for the holiday season! I mean normally they're packaging is already beautiful, but their holiday stuff is always the perfect time to try various items at an amazing price point! The Benefit Brow Superstars! set is no exception, you get 6 full-sized items specifically tailored to help you deliver the best brows you can possibly attain at home for $79 canadian (right now it is on sale for $66 on sephora! woo!)

I am in shade 4, and to be honest I have a use for each and every item provided in the kit! I don't do my brows the same everyday, I mean okay I use the brow gel everyday and the 24-hour brow setter, but sometimes I do alternate between the Goof Proof Brow Pencil, Ka-Brow and Precise, My Brow depending on how strong of a brow I'd like. What I am really trying to say that this kit is truly customizable to what type of brow routine you would like. 

You can even house the products in the stand it comes in and it'll look beautiful on your vanity!

The lovely team at Benefit Cosmetics Canada has offered two of my readers a chance to win their very own Brow Superstars! set!! The two shades available are shades 2 and 4 - the winner will get the chance to pick between the two shades. 

1. Please do not follow just to unfollow on Instagram, it's unkind and dishonest! I will be checking if you have followed both accounts (mine @mirandachan and @benefitcanada) when the winner is selected. 
2. Giveaway is open to Canadian Residents Only! 
3. Winners have 48 hours to respond to my notification e-mail, failure to do so will result in me selecting a new winner (this is to just keep the ball rolling and not hold-up the process)
4. Prize pack is not mailed out by me, but I will be facilitating with the process with the winner.
Good Luck everyone!

Until next time, XO - M.
*prize pack is provided by Benefit Cosmetics Canada

Review & Tutorial: AVON x THE FACE SHOP*

Breaking New: the AVON x THE FACE SHOP is now live and I am super excited. This collaboration was a total shock to me and I'm not mad at it. I am so excited in fact because this means that it is a great platform for both companies to be able to showcase each others products. I'm sure alot of AVON clients may not have heard of THE FACE SHOP before, and now they can get introduced to it which is fantastic! 

I was set a few items from their collection to try! First is the skinscare set which features generous deluxe sizes of four different products to try: 
The Therapy Oil Blending Cream
Rice Water Bright Foaming Cleanser
Dr Belmur Cica Recovery Cream 
Veilment Natural Spa Black Rose Body Scrub and Cleanser 

Next, I received a box of make-up items that features products to create a nice complexion:
1. Ink Lasting Cushion Foundation - love this cushion foundation, it makes it look like second skin, a better version of me. It has a natural matte finish that is cooling on application and dries down fairly quickly and does not dry tacky. 

2. Moisture Cushion Blush - great applicator, the cushion pad itself is smaller so it can really focus on just the cheeks. It gives a natural flush to the cheeks and lasts all day.

3. Ink Lasting Primer - a gel primer that helps to minimize pores and make your makeup last all day. It is said to brighten your skin and smooth uneven texture. I liked how lightweight this was on the skin and how it dried down quick meaning no wait time for the makeup application. It did smooth out the pores on my nose/cheek area. 

4. Flat Velvet Lipstick - as the name indicates this is a velvet matte lipstick. Feels lightweight on the lips and is opaque and only requires one swipe. 

Below is all the products in action (plus my own black liner and brows)

Until next time, XO - M.

*products were sent to me for consideration, all opinions are my own. 

Swatch: OPI x Hello Kitty (OPI Holiday 2019 Collection)*

This holiday, OPI is collaborating with Hello Kitty once again to bring to you a beautiful line of 15 polishes as well as SUPER adorable gift sets that you must check out. I grew up LOVING Hello Kitty and that love never did quite go away with age - haha! my friends could definitely attest to that. 

I am super excited about this collection and have them all swatched below for you. In addition, I also showed you how you could easily do some polish layering to use the glitter top coats. I definitely would love to know which ones are your favorite shades!

Left to Right:
Glitter to My Heart - clear base with white and silver glitter chunks throughout
Let's Be Friends! - a creamy pastel baby pink
A Hush of Blush -  baby pink pearl finish
Born to Sparkle - clear base with rose gold glitter reflects
Let's Celebrate! - hot pink clear polish with iridescent glitter throughout
All About the Bows - bright pink toned red - cream base
Glitter All The Way - true gold glitter of different sizes throughout
Many Celebrations To Go! - gold pearl polish

Left to Right:
Isn't She Iconic! - gunmetal silver pearl finish
Let Love Sparkle - baby blue pearl finish with glitter reflects
Pile on the Sprinkles - light purple clear based with glitter reflects
Hello Pretty - cream based eggplant purple
My Favorite Gal Pal - dark navy blue, cream based
A Kiss on the Chic - the perfect holiday red
Dream in Glitter - clear base with red glitter - perfect to layer with A Kiss on The Chic
Below are two of the little gift sets I received that I think is super adorable to give to any Hello Kitty fan, especially the little one in your life even as an ornament to hang on the tree with a mini baby pink polish! 

My favorites from this collection include: A Hush of Blush, All About the Bows, My Favorite Gal Pal 

Until next time, XO - M.

*products were sent to me for review, all opinions are my own.

Holiday Gifting with Real Techniques and Ecotools*

If you are looking at holiday gifting ideas for the makeup lover in your life may I suggest these beauties from Real Techniques and EcoTools? This is perfect for any type of make-up lover - from beginner who is looking for some high quality makeup application items and essentials, to the well-versed make-up user who already has a kit built out but just wants some new brushes, because who can pass up some new brushes?! 

I have been a user of Real Technique brushes for years - I want to say I've been using it for 8 years? I was such a huge fan I even met the PIXIWOO sisters (creators) at IMATS in Toronto and Nicole and I chatted about Suits, the TV show. They are super down to earth and are make-up artists with a YouTube Channel that started their own make-up brush/tools brand. 

This set, the Everyday Essentials Makeup Brush Set has everything you will need to get your basics done:
1. The RT400 Blush brush can be used for loose powders (powder foundation/setting powders/blush/bronzer)
2. RT 402 Setting can be used for contour, highlight 
3. RT 300 - can be used for shadow application and concealer blending 
4. RT 200 Expert Face is used for liquid product as the bristels are quite dense, so I like to use it for liquid foundation or cream blush/bronzer. 
5. Miracle Complexion Sponge is a great beauty sponge to help ensure all your makeup is blended.

Next is the EcoTools Total Perfecting Blender - it is an amazing blender with this really straight edge as you can see which is GREAT for forming lines on the nose for your contour or to create a contour line on the cheekbones. I LOVE this sponge and as you can see I'm again, already a user of this product as well. I didn't want to open the one I because I want to save it for use later on, I still have this one that is in good condition. 

These gifts are perfect for gifting this holiday season, or just even for a gift to yourself! 

I am a huge fan of both brands and you will honestly not regret buying these.

Until next time, XO - M

*products were sent to me for consideration, all opinions are my own.

Review: Radiant Skin Essentials with OLEHENRIKSEN*

OLE HENRIKSEN... OLE HENRIKSEN...OLE HENRIKSEN... honestly, where have you been all my life. I have been using this trio lately and my god, my skin has never looked or felt better. I can't even begin to describe it. It looks plump (in a youthful way) like I just got a facial and had a nice hour long TLC treatment done to it and there's life put back into it. The uneven-ness is gone in terms of color patchiness, or discoloration? I honestly believe that it is the use of these three products that has transformed my skin to its current state. I actually feel comfortable going out without foundation, just with a bit of concealer and blush and my brows. 

Review: Multi-Masking with Jowaé*

Jowaé recently launched 3 new masks to their skincare line and you can read all about them here. They retail for $24 Cad each and contain 50mL of product are made with 96-98% ingredients that are of natural origin.