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Swatch: OPI - Good Girls Gone Plaid Collection (Fall/Winter 2019)*


This Fall/Winter collection from OPI is called Good Girls Gone Plaid. The nailpolishes retail for $13.30 canadian each and come in the following formulations: GelColor, Infinite Shine and Nail Lacquer. There are 12 shades total in this collection in a mixture of cream and shimmers that contain various shades of purple, blue, red and other pops of fall colors like orange, dark green and dusty a gorgeous pinky mauve taupe shade. 


Left to Right:
You've Got That Glas-Glow - A muted dusty nude pink (cream)
Edinburgh-er & Tatties - Brown Beige nude (cream)
Boys Be Thistle-ing at Me - Eggplant Purple with silver iridescent glitter (shimmer)
OPI Grabs The Unicorn By The Horn - Ocean Blue (cream)
Nessie Plays Hide & Sea-K - Indigo Blue with duochrome shimmer that reflects green/gold (shimmer)
Things I've Seen in Aber-Green - Olive Green (cream)



Left to Right:
Suzi Needs a Loch-Smith - pumpkin orange (cream)
Red Heads Ahead - true red (cream)
A Little Guilt Under the Kilt - ruby red with red glitter (shimmer)
Nice Set of Pipes - gray purple (cream)
Good Girls Gone Plaid - dark purple (cream)
Rub-A-Pub-Pub - dark grey (cream)


Review: CILQUE - Pillowcase*


My entire life, I had been using your traditional cotton pillowcases and really saw no need to invest in satin or silk ones, no matter how luxurious they looked, I just didn't know if it was worth the price tag. I thought they were only for aesthetic purposes vs. having actual beneficial properties. When I had the chance to try the CILQUE 100% silk pillowcases, I definitely had to say yes. I took time to educate myself on the benefits, that it helps to defy wrinkles, sleep creases and prolong blowouts. It is hypoallergenic and breathable and helps to cool you in the summer and warm you up in the winter. In addition to all those traits, you are said to get a soft and luxurious sleep. 

The pillowcase I received fits a standard/queen size pillow, is made of 100% silk and is crafted very well. I appreciate the fine details like the piping, the small brand tag on the corner of the case as well (all pictured below). I'm so happy that these are machine washable as well, therefore the maintenance of these items is not as intimidating as I think they would be. 

Another detail I like is that all of their packaging for the pillowcase is made from recycled boxes. They come in a variety of colors like black, blush pink, white, cream (all subject to change), and they retail for $79-$99.





So after testing out this product, I do say that I agree with the statements above, I am a stomach or side sleeper and sometimes I wake up with the worst sleep-lines on my face which takes hours to subside. With this pillowcase, I had never got it once so yay. I loved the feeling of the silk on my face, it does feel very luxurious. One thing that made me paranoid was drool stains, I do drool, yes when I'm super tired and sleeping on my stomach - name me someone who doesn't do that, so usually even with cotton pillowcases I like to put a little towel on top it for me to lie on.  Honestly though, I can't speak to the claims of wrinkles because I think that would take a long test period (years) to validate, but I can attest to the fact that I got a very comfortable sleep, my hair felt smooth in the morning and not knotted or messy, and I had no sleep lines!

Until next time, XO - M

*product was sent to me for consideration, all opinions are my own.

Review: Garnier - Whole Blends Oat Delicacy Collection*


Do you have a sensitive scalp and want to find an affordable product that works? The Garnier Whole Blends Oat Delicacy line offers a collection of products that are gentle enough and helps nourish, cleanse and hydrate. The products have a very gentle powdery soft fragrance of oat milk and rice cream, it is relaxing and doesn't overpower or overwhelm. 

Oat Delicacy Shampoo
This shampoo is a creamy formulation that lathers beautifully. You only need about a nickel size on the palm of your hand and I find that it is enough to cleanse my medium length hair. It cleanses the scalp well and doesn't leave behind any residue nor does it feel stripping. 

Oat Delicacy Conditioner
The conditioner works well to detangle the hair and smooth everything out, it has the same scent as the shampoo and I typically like to use a bit more of this product than the amount of shampoo just because I want to make sure my bleached ends get some extra nourishment.

Oat Delicacy Dry Shampoo
This dry shampoo works amazingly well to suck up and absorb any oiliness in the scalp. I spray it in the roots, let it sit for 2-3 minutes and then massage it in. It adds a bit of volume, texture while refreshing the hair. It does not leave behind a white residue (make sure you massage well) and it helps me go an extra day between washes. 

Oat Delicacy Gentle Rinse-Out Mask
Once or twice a week, I like to go for the extra hydration and treat my ends to a hair mask. I take a dollap of the mask, and massage it from mid to ends of my hair and let it sit for 5 minutes or so. I typically apply this, then wash my body and face and then rinse everything off together. This mask works wonders and I no longer purchase expensive hair masks anymore as this honestly works just as well at a fraction of the price. 

Have you tried this line from Garnier? What's your favorite Garnier hair product? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review: Soul Story Beauty*


Soul Story is a skincare brand that uses high quality ingredients sourced from Korea and Europe. Their products are said to give you healthier, smoother and more radiant skin. Is natural and suitable for all skin types and delivers a brighter and more youthful complexion. The products are formulated and manufactured in Korea and are free from toxic ingredients, parabens, ethanol, mineral oil, talc, synthetic pigments, sulfates, lanolin (and more) . Being free of these harmful products truly means that you are getting quality ingredients with no compromises and which is why it will also work for those with sensitive skin. 

I was generously gifted with the Sun Warrior as well as the Purifying Cleansing Foam.

Of the two products, if I had to pick the Sun Warrior is my favorite. I can admit that I usually avoid sunscreen products on my face because I hate the heavy or greasy feeling, and if I found a product that didn't have those two traits, I didn't like that it gave me flashback or that it was just one more thing I had to put on in addition to my primer, etc. I just find that sunscreen makes my oily combo skin even oilier? If that makes sense. Well, this product has changed all of the above for me. It is so lightweight, it blends out to a weightless finish on the skin and best of all it has a silky matte and smooth finish that acts like a primer as well. It can be used on both the face and neck and protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays.  This product is truly amazing and I can proudly say that I use sunscreen now! OH! bonus fact, it has SPF 50+!
Next we have the Purifying Cleansing Foam, it has a rich whipped texture that is pH balanced to gently yet effectively rid your skin of dirt and bacteria. It is suitable for all skin types, is fragrance free and has properties in it to help calm and gently brighten the skin and add some natural radiance to it. This product did effectively help rid my skin of all traces of dirt and makeup as when I use a cotton pad to it with toner afterwards, there was no evidence of any makeup. I did use micellar water to remove eye makeup first (but that is something I do no matter what cleanser I use). 

Overall, these two products are fantastic, their price point is also very reasonable - the cleanser is $12 and the sunscreen is $30. You can also purchase it together $37.50 and save some $. The cleanser is compact and great for travelling to take on the go, and the sunscreen comes in a durable yet sleek harder case that feels sturdy and luxurious. It's solid so when I shake it up to use it, it won't go flying out of my hand or get damaged if I take it in my makeup bag with me on the go.

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review: My Current Skincare Routine - September 2019*


I have been using the above products to help my skin transition into the colder weather and I have to say these items have been key in calming down the break-outs I was getting before. Near the end of the hot summer season, my skin started freaking out and I was trying to find different ways to tame it, and I think the above products really did that job for me so of course I had to share it with you guys.

I have previously in detail written about my skin routine/regiment, the steps involved etc, so this blog post will really just focus on products and why I like them!

Exfoliators:
This exfoliator starts off with very granular exfoliating bits (sugar) that melts away when massaged on the face. It says it can be a face wash but I do not go near my eyes with this (just in case). I use it on my t-zone area especially around my nose and I find that it does a really good job keeping my black heads at bay. It doesn't dry out my skin either and has a very light almost citrus scent.

This is my favorite facial scrub I have ever tried. It warms upon contact and legit feels like a spa experience in a tube. It does an amazing job clearing out any congestion or black heads in my problem areas and also helps regulate the oil production. LOVE LOVE LOVE, I want a lifetime supply of this!

Cleanser:
This is a very light weight gel cleanser that helps rid my face of all traces of makeup while hydrating it at the same time. It does not strip the skin or leave it feeling squeaky and dry/tight. This is suitable for all skin types and has a nice consistency to it, not too runny which means you won't use too much. I use about a dime size each time so this will last me a while!

Toner:
To truly rid my skin fo black heads and any uneven parts/discolouration this has been a life saviour. It contains witch hazel water to brighten and refine the skin, and ingredients like lemon, sugar cane, licorice root, chamomile to soothe and condition the skin.AHA (glycolic and lactic acid) help to gently exfoliate the skin to reduce the dark spots I mentioned above, fine lines and wrinkles. Give me a litre bottle and a pump for this baby. I need it!

Serum, Lotion and Eye Cream:
Very gentle scent, light weight and hydrates the life out of my skin while being thin and absorbs quickly therefore not prolog-ing the rest of my skincare routine. I usually use one pump and gently massage it to the face in an upwards motion.

I recently wrote a post about Jowae products and how they have been such a pleasure to work with and agrees with my skin. This lightweight cream melts onto the skin, absorbs quickly and allows me to then proceed with my makeup application effortlessly. 

This is pricy I have to admit but it works! It is super light-weight (notice a theme? I love light-weight products that don't make me feel greasy or heavy). I use one pump on my fourth finger and share it with the other fourth finger and gently pat on my panda eye bags. It helps to keep the area moisturized, improves on any look of tiredness/sagginess and just makes me look more put together, less like I only sleep 3-4 hours a night.

Have you tried any of these products out? How often do you change your skincare routine?

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review & Swatch: What's new to Avon - August 2019*


Avon has launched some new makeup items that I'm excited to share with you! The mattitude/soft matte liquid lipsticks are weightless, non-drying, and are super pigmented. One swipe gives you even color distribution to the lips and I love how my lips do not shrivel up and feel tight. These liquid matte lipsticks are infused with poppy seed oil and vitamin E to help nourish and smooth out the lips. Added bonus is that they are paraben, sulfate, and phthalate-free and retails for $15 cad each and comes in 8 shades.

The Glimmershadow Liquid Eyeshadows retail for $10 each and is available in a shimmer or glitter formulation. It is silky, light-weight and is a water-infused butter base which blends easily, dries smoothly and layers well without being patchy. It is paraben free and comes in 8 different shades. 


Above are the new True Color Glimmersticks Eyeliners that retail for $9 each and offers 10 hours of shimmery color.  Once applied you do get a few seconds of wiggle and playing room and then after that it is set and is waterproof. It is retractable so you dont have to worry about carrying a sharpener with you. 

Out of each of the new collections launched, my favorite are the Devoted liquid matte lipstick, Fools Gold and Bronze Age liquid eyeshadow and Toasted / Olive of the eyeliners. Which ones speak to you?

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review& Swatch: Zoya - Sensual Collection (Fall 2019)*


You can't deny it even you wanted to, the temperatures are dropping, the air is cooler, evenings and mornings are more crisp and the leaves are changing colors and i'm all for it. Sign me up for the leggings, oversized sweaters and fall colors, the burgundies, berries, darker hues and a good old neutral shade. 

Zoya's Fall 2019 collection just about sums up my color palette for this season and the formulations come in cream and metallic. 

From left to right: 


Joss - a beautiful baby pink neutral (cream)
KInsley - caramel beige with a slight blush tone (cream)
Foster - the shade of milk chocolate, mmm (cream)
Briar - red-toned teracotta (cream)
Margaret - vivid aubern red (cream)
Rashida - ruby red with red micropearl (shimmer)


Etta - dark cabernet with violet micropearl (shimmer)
Michaela - dusty purple taupe (cream)
Ripley - rich boysenberry (cream)
Vesper - violet grey (cream)
Elliot - dark ocean blue (cream)
Ashton .- silverish black tone with a scattered silver micropearl (shimmer)


These polishes have an amazing formulation, I've said this before with all of my past Zoya posts, their cream tones can often give you a flawless finish in one layer. Their shimmers I would recommend two. 

My favorite shades are Foster, Kinsley, Vesper and Ashton - what are yours?

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review: Royal and Langnickel OMNIA® Professional Makeup Brushes*


The Omnia Professional make-up brushes are made of 100% Omnilux filaments, which is a revolutionary new vegan synthetic hair produced using patented nanotechnology.Each hair filament is manipulated at a molecular level to be superior to natural hair. 

I personally own a wide variety of make-up brushes, some luxury ones handmade by Japanese artisans with real hair, as well as synthetic ones. When I use these brushes and compare them to my Japanese real hair brushes, it really is a hard time for me to find and notice a difference between the two.

The hairs on this brush are super soft and perform the same in terms of product dispensing and placement/pick-up. 

Below I have included a photo of all the brushes sent to me, as well as a description from their site on each brush, and a short review from me as well as what and how I like to use these specific brushes.


Each brush comes individually packaged and some of the bigger brushes have a plastic holder for it. The other luxurious feeling of the brush is the handle, that it is really sturdy and feels almost like a matte rubber-like texture. It gives it such a posh feel as opposed to your regular standard slippery handle.


From left to right:


Omnia Professional BOM-195Bronze the face delicately or brush off excess powder with this deluxe-sized fan brush.
Thoughts: The wide fan of the brush allows for a very diffused look of bronzer around the circumference of the face. It makes the bronzer look very diffused and airbrushed with no harsh lines. You can easily use this as a highlight on the cheekbones brush as well.

Omnia Professional BOM-130This long, round brush tapers into a pointed tip to apply powder product with expert precision
Thoughts: This brush performs and is used for exactly what it says - powder application, whether it be a powder foundation or setting powder. I pick some up with the brush and gently roll and press onto my face if it is for setting powder. If it is for foundation I gently buff it and swirl the product on my face.

Omia Professional BOM-251This large duo-fiber style brush stipples powder, cream, or liquid product for a light, airy finish.
Thoughts: This brush is pretty wide so I like to even use it for bronzer application for a diffused look, and also for any cream based product like cream blush or powder foundation if I am going for a sheer natural coverage.

Omnia Professional BOM-185: This smaller, dense, dome-shaped brush meticulously blends complexion makeup into small areas of the face. Its narrow shape also makes it perfect for contouring.
Thoughts: I like this for cream contour or bronzer products as well as liquid foundation application. It has a smaller more defined dome shape to it that allows for more precise application to the face. 

Omnia Professional BOM-265Apply a concentrated, dazzling highlight to the face for a radiant look
Thoughts: This powder is perfect for precise highlight application on my cheekbones - it has a medium density so it picks up a good amount of product but can also give you a more sheer finish when you tap off some product.

Omnia Professional BOM-415This traditional eyeshadow brush features an oval shape that uniformly blends color over the entire lid.
Thoughts: This is a pretty straight-forward all over the lid eyeshadow brush. 

Omnia Professional BOM-490: Ideal for creating clean, precise lines, this small-sized brush features a narrow, angled edge
Thoughts: This is great for brows and eyeliner!

Omnia Professional BOM-435The expertly tapered bristles on this small brush allow for flawless, detailed smudging at the lash line.
Thoughts: I like this for more precise crease work, like a defined crease or cut crease. The brushes are dense and so it dispenses the product very well. 

Omnia Professional BOM-460Create bold definition in the crease and outer corners of the eyes.
Thoughts: This brush is very unique to me as I do not believe I have ever used one that shape. This makes buffing out color to your outer V and crease a breeze! as well as diffusing any harsh lines!

Omnia Professional BOM-420Intensify your look by lightly smudging liner and shadows with the tapered tip.
Thoughts: I use this just for my outer V to put color into it and create definition and contrast or to smoke out a look. 

I definitely recommend that you take a look at these brushes as they are priced very reasonably as well - you can get a face brush like the large duo-fiber brush for $18.99 usd and an eye brush, the traditional eyeshadow brush (BOM-415) for $9.99 usd which is all very reasonable and fair!

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review & Swatch: Bio Sculpture - On The Reef Collection*


This beautiful and vibrant nail polish set from BIO SCULPTURE is called the "On The Reef" Collection. It comes in both gel and polish formulations, the gel one is available only for professional salon-only use and the nail polish is for everyday at-home use. 

Below I have all five of the polishes swatched - we have:
248 - Tropical Sunray - vibrant yellow lemon shade
246 - Island Surf - peach tone
249 - Coral Cluster - coral orange-toned pink
250 - Radiant Starfish - vibrant hot pink
247 - Mermaid's Tale - silver shift with reflect sequins and glitter flecks.

The polishes are not only beautiful to look at, but you can typically get away with one coat. The swatches below are done with one and it has a wide brush tip for effortless application. In addition, the formula contains a nourishing vitamin-fortified blend so you are also getting added benefits to your nails.


You can always use these polishes to create your own designs, or even by layering like I did with shades 246 & 247. I am loving the formulations of these polishes and am looking forward to trying more out in the future!!

Until next time - XO, M

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

Review: Mugler - Aura Mugler Sensuelle Eau de Parfum*


Most recently to join the Mugler family is Aura Mugler Sensuelle Eau de Parfum, a unique perfume that is woodsy, floral and warm. It is Made in France, retails for $105 and you get 50ml in a bottle. The photo truly does no justice to the beauty of this bottle. It looks like a precious stone and reflects light beautifully and stands as a statement piece on your dresser and is the size of your palm.

Truth be told, I was always a fan of Mugler fragrances, I loved smelling them from the bottle and when I smell this on someone, I always ask what it is and they would tell me it was a Mugler Perfume, and I would be so surprised because I was never able to pull off the scent. However, this new fragrance has notes of the original but is almost a lighter version mixed with a "fresher" twist. This perfume sits really well on me and I love that I am finally able to find a Mugler fragrance that compliments me.

Notes of this perfume include: Gardenia, Cinnamon Leaf, White Musk and Sri Lankan Sandalwood.



The perfume that I reference to above that I love the smell of but could never wear is Angel Eau de Parfum. Below, we have the new Angel Standing Star Eau de Toilette. It is a lighter version of the original Angel, a fresher 2.0 and is Made in France. It is 50ml and retails for $96. This has fruitier notes of mandarin and natural apple and the floral note of peony (my favorite flower). It is all wrapped in a warmer note of praline and patchouli to balance it all out without making it too sweet.



 I am so happy to have two lighter versions of the original Angel Eau de Parfum to add to my rotation now! Which Mugler fragrance is your favorite? Which of the two are you excited to try out!?

Until next time, XO - M.

*products were sent to me for review/consideration. All opinions are my own.