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Review: Guerlain - Abeille Royale Collection*


Are you looking to add some luxury to your skincare routine? the Abeille Royale Collection from Guerlain is exactly that, not only in the elegant and ultra luxe packaging they offer in their skincare but also the ingredients that they use. I have been a user of Guerlain for many years and you can see that through the history of my blog, as far as back to 2014 when I had the chance to meet the amazing Dr. Frederic Bonte, head of research at Guerlain who taught us the intricate process and story of their bees who produce the honey and royal jelly that is the core of its ingredients in Abeille Royale to minimize signs of aging on the skin.

This product aims to firm up your skin as well as bringing out your radiance. Formulated with the Abeille Royale technology, it helps to repair the skin, restore firmness and elasticity, wrinkles, dullness and also eliminate imperfections and reduce large pores. This serum also contains Black Bee Honey from the Island of Ouessant  and Royal Jelly, their pride and joy ingredients. You apply this to the face and neck twice a day before your face cream and use the upwards motion from neck and chin to face and from nose to chin and then up to forehead. 

This oil contains Ouessant Black Bee Honey and the famous Royal Jelly and works like a serum and oil together to help plump and smooth the skin while adding moisture. It absorbs quickly into the skin and feels absolutely weightless and the scent itself is also a very light honey like scent that is divine. The result is baby-soft skin as well as a radiance and glow that honestly I have not been able to achieve with other products, like I've mentioned above, I have been a user of Guerlain for so many years, I sing its praises to my friends, colleagues and family and I will continue to use it in years to come. I like to take 2-3 drops of the oil directly on my fingertips, gently rub together to warm it and then apply in upwards massage motions to the face from the neck and jaw - make sure you shake the bottle before use. The upwards massaging technique helps to stimulate the muscles to increase firmness, and also by massage upwards it helps to prevent premature sagging of the skin. 

This fortifying lotion is 25x more concentrated in royal jelly due to microencapsulation and helps the skin protect itself from stressors and pollution while hydrating it and providing radiance to it as well. It contains 98% naturally derived ingredients and with each use your skin gets stronger. I like to use this after I have cleansed my skin - I put a few drops on the palms of my hands, gently rub together and then pat on the skin and neck by going palm to finger on my face and going in slow rocking motions so that I am not aggravating it. After this, I follow through with the rest of my skincare routine. 

If you are interested in trying out the skincare from Guerlain, I would recommend doing so during the holiday season as there are some great gift sets out right now like the Double R Age-Defying Serum Set as well as the Age-Defying Oil Set. With both you get a chance to try out five different products and get a feel of just how wonderful they are! 

Words cannot describe just how much I truly love Guerlain and I am so thankful they have sent me the items above to try, as mentioned before I have used Guerlain skincare and makeup since 2014 (or a bit before) and I will continue to use it for years to come. I am sure that if you try it yourself, you will be converted as well and be just as big of a fan as I am. 

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review: AVON - ARTISAN*


AVON has recently launched their LYRD ARTISAN Eau de Parfum Sprays, both gender neutral and crafted by master perfumers using the finest ingredients to create a unique and unexpected blend - these can be worn alone, or layered together. They retail for $75cad/50ml and curently on their site it is on sale for $60cad**

On the left is the LYRD Artisan Santal Musk Eau de Parfum that is described to be warm and exotic. 
Top notes: Asian pear, peony, peach nectar & bamboo.
Middles notes: Matcha tea, dewy violet, raspberry blossom & rose santal absolute.
Base notes: Australian sandalwood, guaiac wood & white mu
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The red bottle on the right is the LYRD Artisan Cherry Vetiver Eau de Parfum that is described as warm and indulgent. 
Top notes: Wild cherry, fresh raspberry & crisp pear.
Middles notes: Heliotrope, violet & marshmallow.
Base notes: Vetiver, cedarwood, ambrox & fluffy musk.

Of the two, I personally graviate to the Cherry Vetiver as it is a beautiful blend of fruity notes as well as having the warmer notes of marshmallow and vetiver blended together. If you are interested in these fragrances, remember that you can purchase them yourself on their website now and no longer need to go through an AVON sales rep.

Until next time, XO - M.

*products were sent to me for consideration, all opinions are my own.
**prices subject to change depending on when you are reading the post.

Review: Lancôme - Advanced Génifique Collection*

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I truly believe that once you are in your mid-20s, it is a pretty suitable time to start working on preventative anti-aging care for the skin - this can be either with facial massages, skincare products or a combination of both. My mom and grandmother have always been a firm believer of this, and passed on that lesson to me and naturally I wanted to share it with my readers. Lancôme graciously sent me their Advanced Génifique Collection to try out and review, if you are interested in my thoughts then please keep on reading.

Review & Swatch: Zoya - Intriguing Collection (Holiday 2020)*


This year for the Holidays, Zoya brings us the Intriguing Collection which features 12 shades in various finishes like glitter, cream and shimmer. Personally, I find that these shades are a great transition from fall into winter seasons with a variety of jewel tones and richer deeper shades as well mixed with a beautiful pearl and gold. 


A breakdown of the shades are below from top row down, left to right:
Lottie - champagne pearl with glitter
Nico - champagne gold pearl with silver shimmer 
Eunice - chartreuse metallic green
Soko - poinsetta wintery red cream
Koley - metallic pink toned red
Beverly - burgundy cream
Isti - wintery steel blue with a textured PixieDust royal blue
Meredith - sapphire blue with icy blue glitter reflects 
Nisha - deep royal metallic purple toned blue
Regina - dark emerald metallic
Avi - rich eggplant purple cream
Brett - charcoal indigo cream

My stand-out shades in this collection are Joley, Meredith, Nisha and Regina - what are yours? 

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review: Belif - Youth Creator - Age Knockout Bomb*

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This month, I bring to you from Belif, the Youth Creator - Age Knockdown Bomb, which is an anti-aging serum to help combat fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores and loss of elasticity of the skin. I always tell people that it is never too early to use anti-aging products (I started in my late twenties), I learnt this from my mom and grandmother. It is easier to help prevent, vs. trying to treat afterwards when you see crows feet developing around your eyes. This is a great product, it is light weight, absorbs quickly on the skin and has that wonderful spa-like scent that I love from belif products. I will be a continued user of this product and even gift some to my girlfriends and mom as well for Christmas. Lastly, I loved how hydrated my skin felt afterwards, so layering this in the colder months with your moisturizer would really help protect the skin from the elements. If you are interested in trying this product out, you can purchase it at The Face Shop or Sephora Canada - also! Sephora has their sale right now - the 10%/15%/20% depending on which tier you are, so what better time to try a new product out while being able to save a few dollars!

Until next time, XO - M. 

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

Review: KORRES - Skincare Collection and Routine*



I have previously tried some products out from KORRES and have reviewed them here on the blog, if you are interested in revisiting them, please click here. For those of you who are not aware, KORRES products are created from the cleanest, most natural ingredients. They are made in Greece from pure botanicals and they strive to protect your skin and the planet simultaneously. To learn more about the history of the company and their products, please click here, it is definitely a fascinating read.


I was graciously sent the above 5 products to try out, if you're interested in learning more about each item, and to see what my thoughts are then keep on reading below:

This is a gentle cleanser that helps me remove any traces of makeup left on my skin while leaving it feel hydrated which is very important to me. This would be perfection for the colder months, especially winter in my opinion! It cleans my skin efficiently without the need of a second follow-up cleanser. I have used this before and will definitely stay on my regular rotation.

This mask has been a saviour in my battle with mask-acne that took over my face in the past few months. This is a natural resurfacing mask with AHA, BHA and Pomegranate enzymes, all exfoliators that help to cleanse the skin while promoting cell renewal. It also contains Salicylic acid, Kaolin clay and White Willow Bark extract to control oil production on the face, and treat those nasty pimples and flare-ups. To use, you massage this onto the face and leave on for 10-15 minutes and is to be used 1-3x a week. 

This sleek black packaged product houses this magical serum to help combat my dark panda eye circles. One pump is all it takes for both eyes, and you should use it to massage around the entire eye area. It contains Black Pine Extract which works to combat fine wrinkles, eliminate wrinkles and lift sagging upper eyelids. It works to brighten and lift the eye area to make you look more youthful and less tired.

This serum contains two products - a 10% wild rose oil and 15% vitamin super C to brighten and even out skin tone, the second product is a 5% dark spot correction complex to target skin discolouration and dark spots. This product is perfect for those want to brighten their skin, and as previously mentioned, even out any skin discolouration on their skin.

Lastly, this is a repeat product for me, their gel-cream has a whipped like texture that is rich yet light weight and melts instantly into the skin. It is said to keep the skin hydrated for 48 hours and will not clog the pores. The yoghurt properties help to deliver a healthy glow to the skin.

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review & Swatch: OPI - Shine Bright Collection (Holiday 2020)*


I was recently sent a selection of the OPI Holiday 2020 collection for swatching and review, and of course I had to share it with you! To note, there are twelve shades total in the collection, but I was sent six of them to share with my readers!

Top Row - Left to Right:
Naughty or Ice? - an icy glitter champagne shade
This Gold Sleighs Me - true metallic gold
Snowfalling for You - pearlescent light peach toned pink


Bottom Row - Left to Right:
This Shade is Ornamental! - pearlescent darker rose pink
Gingerbread Man Can - a neutral brown mauve pearl
Dressed to the Wines - dark wine berry pearl 

Of course, I had to share with you the matching base and top coat that will help elevate your at-home manicure to be one of salon quality.  The Infinite Shine base and top coat are my always must haves as it allows for my polish to go on smoother, and for it to stay for a week on my nails without chipping. To help my polish dry in record time so I can go about my day, the Drip Dry helps to dry it quickly and finally, the cuticle oil nourishes my nail beds. 


Of the six sent to me, my favorite shade would have to be Dressed to the Wines, it is the most perfect shade for the holidays and you bet I will be wearing it all the time! 

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review & Swatch: OPI - Muse of Milan (Fall 2020)*


The weather in Toronto has definitely signalled that Fall weather is to come, the nights are cooler, mornings are crisp and it's the perfect time to transition into the Fall wardrobe - bring out the leggings, sweaters and scarves. OPI has graciously sent me their Fall 2020 collection for review and swatching and these colors just really and truly sum up what you would expect for Fall with its variety of tones. 


There are 12 shades in total in a variety of formulations, cream, metallic, glitter and I am LIVING for them all. This time I was sent two variations to try, their Infinite Shine (in silver cap bottles) and their Classic Lacquer (black cap bottles). Keep scrolling to see all these swatched as well as a brief description of the colors/shades, it is also important to note that I used two coats for each swatch.

Have Your Panettone and Eat It Too - pumpkin orange cream 
Fall-ing for Milan - bronze nude polish with copper gold-hued shimmer
This Color Hits All The High Notes - light blue polish with pearlescent hues
My Italian Is A Little Rusty - chestnut earth tones

Galleria Vittorio Violet - pearl-like amethyst purple
Addio Bad Nails, Ciao Great Nails - pale lavender with darker purple shimmer
Suzi Talks With Her Hands - slate grey cream polish
Duomo Days, Isola Nights - cream based, denim blue

OPI Nails the Runway - granite grey shimmer with copper and blue toned shimmer reflect
Drama At La Scala - cream based dark teal
Complimentary Wine - rich burgundy - almost jelly like in formulation
Leonardo's Model Color - multi-dimensional purple glitter

Of all the polishes swatched, I have so many favorites - I think I love them all to be honest but if I was really forced to choose, they'd be:
- Have Your Panettone and Eat It Too
- Fall-ing for Milan
- Galleria Vittorio Violet
- Addio Bad Nails, Ciao Great Nails
- Suzi Talks With Her Hands 
- OPI Nails the Runway 
- Leonardo's Model Color

What are some of the shades you're loving? 

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review: My introduction to Antipodes Skincare*


I was recently introduced to some skincare items from Antipodes to try out and after learning about the company's values I was even more excited to try these products out. 

"Antipodes® is a Scientific Green Beauty™ company from New Zealand that uses pollution-free, results-driven native New Zealand ingredients in its award-winning plant-powered vegan beauty™ and certified organic premium skincare range.Founder and CEO Elizabeth Barbalich has a background in science and innovation so understands how to bridge the gap between natural and prestige formulations - by using only those products made from sustainable healthy ingredients with skin-enhancing properties that pass robust scientific testing."

In addition to the above stated views on the ingredients and products, they have a fantastic view on their packaging of products as well. They are committed to repurposing, reusing and recycling which includes using recyclable boxes and paper in your shipment. The cardboard is made with 100% biodegradable cardboard derived from sustainable forests and all printing is done with 100% eco ink from vegetables. 

With a company that has such strong values on maintaining their integrity in their ingredients as well as reducing their ecological footprints, what isn't there to love and admire about this company? 


Below are the items that were sent for my review, and my thoughts on them are there as well:
This natural anti-ageing night cream helps to stimulate collagen production thereby helping you to gradually repair your skin as you sleep. Having 100% pure avocado oil, it replenishes essential Fatty Acids and  Vitamin A & C. In addition, it is enriched with Calendula Oil derived from Marigold Petals which has healing and repairing properties. Active Manuka Honey soothes the skin while providing moixture and the antioxidant rich Vinanza Grape helps to neutralize free radical damage and improving elasticity, firmness and preventing moisture loss. The cream has a light scent of Ylang Ylang, Jasmin and Sandalwood to helps to relax you as yo drift off to sleep. 

Perfect for dry and damaged skin, this is a rich yet light-weight and quickly absorbing oil that is organic and vegan. While they say that this is for the face, I sometimes mix it with a lotion to apply on the arms, hands and legs. The nutrient-rich avocado oil is grown in New Zealand and is blended with pure rosehip and macadamia oil. It has a subtle fragrance of sweet orange, ylang ylang and jasmine petal and is suitable for all skintypes. 

One of their popular items, this is a rich in texture but yet light-weight upon application cream. It is very soothing when applied and contains Kiwifruit, rich in Vitamin C which helps to brighten and reduce the appearance of fine-lines while moisturizing at the same time. This item is fragrance free and is suitable for all skintypes. Fun fact: One jar of this eye cream is sold every 60 seconds on average - wow! 

If you're interested in trying out some Antipodes products , they are available for purchase at The BayWell.ca and Amazon.

Items I'm excited to try out in the future include:

Until next tine, XO - M.

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

Review and Swatch: Zoya - Luscious Collection (Fall 2020)*


The fall collection from Zoya, Luscious, contains 12 polishes in what can be described as true fall tones of neutrals, earthy tones and a few splashes of berry shades. There are a variety of formulations in this collection, cream, microshimmer, shimmer, duo-chrome and metallic and as always I have these babies all swatched for you below. 



Bentley - royal eggplant purple (cream)
Lisa - deep garnet red (cream)
Sharon - wild berry (cream)
Teresa - berry toned purple with pink micro-shimmer (micro-shimmer)
Tommy - blue toned slate grey (cream)
Patrice - neutral mauve/blush tone with golden shimmer (shimmer)
Tasha - dark brown metallic (metallic)
Andrea - cool-toned duo-chrome that has a purple/green shift (duo-chrome)
Mel - forest olive green (cream)
Lou - spruce blue tone with a tint of green (cream)
Wanda - cool toned bubble gum pink with golden shimmer (shimmer)
Soleil - copper metallic (metallic)

All the shades swatched are with two coats of polish.

My favorite shades from this collection are: Andrea, Mel and Patrice as they are unique and I have not seen them yet or own them in my current collection.

What are some of your favorites? 

Until next time, XO - M.

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