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Review & Swatch: SUVA - Moisture Matte Liquid Lipstick*

SUVA Beauty is a brand that I was introduced to via social media, and I was really proud to learn that they are also Canadian! I was graciously sent their Block Party Eyeshadow Palette as well as their entire new collection of the Moisture Matte Liquid Lipsticks. This review is focused just on the liquid lipsticks as I have swatched them both on my arm and on the lips so that you can see how they perform and look. 

There is a total of six liquid lipsticks so far, I really hope that they will make more shades!  The swatches below are with one swipe - both on the lips and on the arms. They retail for $22 CAD each and wear like a dream. I'm very picky in terms of my liquid lipsticks, as most of them either dry down too dry and shows all fine lines and becomes uncomfortable, or they have a weird metallic scent to them when dried. This formulation however is GOLD. I love it so much! It feels like a creamy whipped formula when you first apply it, and so it glides like butter on the lips. It is actually hydrating on the lips, it never feels dry and tight. It is opaque with one swipe, as mentioned above and their colors pack a punch. The bonus, it smells like cotton candy - it's subtle, lasts for about 15-20 minutes after application and is not overwhelming at all.

I personally feel like they did each shade perfectly, the nude tone Awakening doesn't make me look washed out and ghostly (like most nudes do), Dreamer is a beautiful baby pink perfect for the everyday natural look, Strange is a bold red that makes a statement, The Unconscious is a true purple, Imagination is what I always gravitate to in terms of lipsticks - a mauvey berry tone and Abstract Thoughts is a hot pink.

Honestly, it is so hard for me to pick a favorite - but I think Imagination and Awakening will have to be it. I finally found a nude that I can pull off and that makes me so happy! It is also important to note that their products are formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates and Gluten. They are Cruelty Free and Vegan Friendly. 

Which shade is your favorite?

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review: Asian Holistic Beauty & Skincare with Sulwhasoo*

Sulwhasoo is an indulgence, a luxury product that I have seen before and sample tested, but never had the opportunity to purchase and use. I had to fully put the product to the test by spending the last few months trying out the items that were generously sent to me for review/consideration. If you're interested in reading my thoughts and learning more about the brand - then keep on reading below!

For those who know me personally will know that I am a firm believer of holistic health care, I had many incidences of going to my holistic doctor and seen proof of its wonders that has actually translated to show up in my bloodwork. Anyways, that's for another story. When I was approached with the opportunity to review products from Sulwhasoo and after learning that their brand and idealogy stems from the inside, offering holistic beauty solutions that are combined with advanced modern medicine to bring balance to the skin, I had to say YES immediately!

The products that I was sent to try include the:

Review: My Favorite Fall Fragrances of 2018

Perfumes are such a personal touch and when worn can evoke a specific memory or feeling, which is why I typically like to switch things up as seasons change. Perfumes work differently on each person's skin when worn and mixed with your natural body chemistry and oils. In addition, I find that as the seasons change, especially in Canada when we have extreme cold and hot months, fragrances can just smell differently on a cold winters day, a crisp fall day or a hot summer's day. These are the reasons as to why I rotate my staples. To find out what I like to use during fall, then keep reading below - I think that I will actually keep this series going with each season as I do tend to get asked what scents I like. 

Review, Swatch & Tutorial: Urban Decay - Naked Cherry Collection*

Urban Decay recently launched their Cherry palette (after retiring their original Naked Palette that was my holy grail for so many years when I first decided to seriously dive into beauty blogging), retailing for $66). It features 12 never-before-picked neutrals in a warm tone color spectrum. There are 7 mattes and 5 shimmer/metallics in total and I have them all swatched below for you!

The mattes buff and blend like a dream on the lid (there is kick-off when you dip your brush in the pan but there is no fallout on the lid - so that doesn't affect me at all). The shimmers/metallics are beautiful when foiled with a setting spray. I personally found the darker hues more vibrant in tone - the ones all swatched in the right photo below. The lighter shades did well as a highlight or shadow for a halo effect. I used the shadows exactly as divided below in my two different eyelooks that I created and paired with the three lipsticks that I swatched as well. This palette can help you easily create a neutral eye look and transition into something darker and more dramatic - the full size mirror makes this ideal for travelling as well. 

Urban Decay also created two new shades of 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils that pair nicely with the shadow palette. These eyeliners are the only high-end pencil liners that I go to all the time - once applied, they stay on all day and do not budge! The two shades are Love Drug - a deep wine metallic and Black Market - a black satin shade. These can also be used as a shadow base - just build it on the lid and buff out quickly before it dries, you have about 30 seconds! These retail for $25 each.

Lastly, you also have three limited-edition lipsticks in two metallized and one cream formula. Juicy is a light peach-pijnk with copper micro-shimmer, Devilish is a berry pink with tonal micro-shimmer and Cherry is a deep berry wine. These retail for $22 each.

Below you will find the two looks I have created - a neutral one with the lighter palettes, more of a daytime look, on the top row and a darker more dramatic one done with the darker mattes in the palette on the bottom row. All three lipsticks are also swatched with both looks to show that they do indeed go with any eyelook you create with this palette and they really compliment each other.

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review & Swatch: PIXI - MatteLast Liquid Lip*

PIXI has recently added some matte liquid lipsticks to their collection, eleven in total to be exact and I have them all swatched for you below! These are said to be very long wearing and comfortable as it is infused with rosehip oil. Having the oil in the formula means that it will leave your lips hydrated without feeling like they are so dry and stretching it out. The applicator itself is their unique PixiPetal applicator that makes outlining the lips with ease and can trace the cupid bow area with precision. The formulation is also paraben free and not tested on animals. 

To apply, they recommend using the tip of the applicator to outline the lip first, then using the flat part to apply a thin layer to the lips and let dry.  What I really appreciated about this product was in fact that it is hydrating and did not settle in all my fine lines on my lips when dried. I have experienced so many matte liquid formulas where they are double the price point or more, and just completely dry down to the point of making my lips look dry and flakey. This does not do that. There is also longevity in this formulation, it stays all day unless I eat something super greasy, and even then it only loses a bit of color on the inner rim of the lip. 

These lipsticks retail for $20 cad and can be purchased at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada. My favorite shades are: Prettiest Pink, Real Red, Pastel Petal and Really Rose. I would really recommend that you purchase one of these if you are on the hunt for a good quality, affordable liquid lip!

Which one is your favorite shade? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, XO - M

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

Review: My Sephora Brush Collection*

If you are ever on the hunt for some good quality and reasonably priced makeup brushes, look no further than the place that you already get most of your makeup - Sephora! Sephora themselves, have always carried make-up brushes, and I feel like they are not talked about enough! I had started using the Sephora Collection Makeup Brushes just before I started to pursue my passion in make-up by starting my blog - that was about 4-5 years ago. Their brushes then had the silver handle as you can see in the photo above, and then it evolved into the all black packaging on the left and the finally to the perfect combination of black and silver now. 

I had used the original foundation and concealer brushes almost everyday for the first 2-3 years and on occasion now, and you can see that through all the cleaning and use it has still remained in excellent shape. These brushes are honestly such a good investment if you are thinking of purchasing some make-up brushes and you do not know where to start. They sell them individually, but also in bundles and in all these pretty patterns and packaging especially in the holiday season, so this would make for a great gift as well!

Sephora also does a wonderful job packaging the brushes when you purchase them. They come in plastic protectors that you can actually re-use when you take them to travel with you, so do not throw them away! I really appreciate this aspect of the packaging as most brands would just come in a cardboard box and you toss that when you get home. Having a re-usable protector case just makes everything better. It isn't extra bulky either so it is practical. 

I tend to be a visual person so when I purchase my brushes, I do like to see how they fit on the face as a size ratio perspective, so I hope that the images above will help you. From left to right we have the Sephora Collection: 1) Pro Contour Brush no.79 ($43cad) 2) Pro Highlight Brush no.98 ($35cad) 3) Pro Concealer Brush no.71 ($28cad)  and 4) Pro Airbrush Crease no.31 ($27cad). 

The contour brush is soft but firm enough to pick up the contour powder to buff evenly onto the skin. The highlighter brush actually picks up enough highlight to apply it on my cheekbones - I have had such a difficult time finding a good highlight brush and this one has been so great! The concealer brush is flatly tapered on one side making concealer application and diffusion a breeze. It can pack on the cream or liquid if needed and just buff it out to look airbrushed. Lastly, the crease brush is tapered on the tip so I can really get into the crease/fold of my eye to deliver and distribute color. When I add a bit more pressure, it just blends the colors out to my brow bone leaving behind no harsh lines.

Above you will see my collection of individual brushes from Sephora, labelled for your convenience. I do own a few bundle sets as well, if you're interested in seeing them I can upload a photo or do a separate post!

Honestly, are these worth it? Yes, 100% yes. I am a brush snob - seroiusly, I love makeup brushes and I own too much of it. I have high end ones that I bought made from handmade Japanese artisans when I was in Tokyo and I also have drugstore brands. In my honest opinion, a good brush is not defined by the brand name - high end ones aren't always better, you can also find great ones at reasonable prices - which is what we have here. I would say buy the Pro line from Sephora, you won't regret it!

Until next time, XO - M.

*makeup brushes from then newest pro line (black and silver packaging) were sent to me for consideration, all opinions are my own

Review & Swatch: Avon - True Color Lipsticks (Autumn Shades)*

AVON's True Color Lipsticks are some of the best lipsticks I have tried. They are pigmented, hydrating (no matter the formulation) and are at a very good price point of $10 each. If you are not already aware, you can now purchase AVON products directly through their website without going through a representative, which makes things alot more convenient!

I was recently sent their top fall shades, three in their satin/matte formulation, and the other three in their shimmer/shine formulation. Below I have them swatched both on the arm and on my lips so that you can see how they show. It is also very important to note that the swatches on my arm are with one swipe only which is fantastic. Their satin/matte formula is so buttery and is great because I find most mattes very drying - this is not the case at all. Both formulas stay well on the lips and do not bleed out of the lip lines which is important to note, you do not want a lipstick that will slip and slide and require you to constantly to check in the mirror. Of course the matte stayed on my lips longer than the shimmer. 

The top three shades belong to their satin finish which is more like a hydrating matte, and the bottom three shades are their shimmer collection. Please note that though it says shimmer, they aren't actually shimmery, it's more of a gloss shine finish.

Acrylic holders are all so popular these days and instead of paying an arm and a leg on certain websites to purchase one, the AVON Lipstick Caddy is a cute and compact one that holds 12 of your favorite shades right on your vanity. 

Which of the above is your favorite shade? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review & Giveaway: Baby Bath-Time Essentials*

Caring for your newborn and your baby can be one of the most blessed yet nerve-wrecking moments. Knowing and learning how to dress your baby, what to feed them, how to take care and bathe time are all things you learn in time. If you are a reader of my blog, you will know that I have been a user of Live Clean products for a while now, and naturally when I was pregnant and researching bath products for my little one, Live Clean was one of the brands that consistently popped up. I have gone through my fair share of sample products through various baby sample kits that were sent to me, but honestly Live Clean was one that I loved. I had actually purchased everything for my baby before I was contacted by Live Clean to do any type of product review for them, that's how you know that I was a fan of their products. 

To start off, I have listed below the products I like to bathe my baby in, what to moisturize him with and then what I like to use for extra protection in the bum area. So if you're interested in reading about it, plus how to enter the GIVEAWAY, then keep on reading below!

Review: Vichy - Mineral 89*

Vichy's Mineral 89 recently celebrated it's 1 year anniversary this past June and was officially named a Most Loved Product in Canada! This is no surprise as I have been using this product on and off for the past year and I absolutely love it. Being a beauty blogger, I do get exposure to many different types of skincare by different brands, but I always come back to this. The reason is that it has a non-greasy gel formula that almost feels like water on the skin when applied. It contains a high-dose (89%) of Vichy's Mineralizing Thermal Water, born in the French volcanoes, and hyaluronic acid to strengthen the skin's barrier function to protect it from daily environmental stresses. It boosts the skin's health and keeps the moisture locked in and helps to transform your skin to a better version of itself day by day. 

When I use this, especially in the colder months, my skin is less chapped, dry and looks more plump and youthful. It looks radiant, makes me look like I just got that fresh from a facial look. This product is suitable for all skin types - it is paraben-free, fragrance-free, alcohol-free, oil-free, non-greasy and silicone-free. It is hypoallergenic as well so honestly, what do you have to lose? This product sinks into the skin so quickly that it does not affect your makeup application afterwards. In fact, it acts like a hydrating primer if need be! 

Seriously, pick one of these babies up! You won't regret it!

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review, Swatch & Tutorial: Too Faced - Tutti Frutti Collection*

Too Faced Cosmetics will never cease to amaze me with how cute and adorable their products are. First with the chocolate bars, then the peach and now the Tutti Frutti Collection. These items in this collection are just as you would imagine they would be, scented like the fruit their packaging indicates and comes in a wonderful array of colors, finishes and products. You have highlighters, foundation, setting powder, blushes, eyeshadow palettes and lip products. I had received a few items for review, so if you're interested in reading my thoughts as well as seeing the three looks I created with the one shadow palette, then keep on reading below.

Above you will see the Razzle Dazzle Berry Eyeshadow Palette, It's Bananas Setting Powder, Fruit Cocktail Blush Duo (Strobeberry) and Fresh Squeezed Highlighting Drops (Sparkling Pina Colada). I have these items swatched for you below as well. 

The Razzle Dazzle Berry Shadow Palette consists of 7 eyeshadows that are super creamy, blendable and buttery smooth. Razzle is almost a cream foil finish that really packs a punch in a beautiful metallic kind of way. All of the swatches above are done with ONE finger swipe, so you can definitely see that there is zero patchiness and fallout. It has a subtle raspberry scent that fades with time, it is great and not overwhelming at all. This palette can be used to create a simple neutral look or amp it up with a berry/purple look. As mentioned above, I have created three different looks below for you to see how versatile this palette really is. Lastly, the packaging is A+ ~ there is a big mirror inside, and is very secure and easy to take along with you in your makeup bag (which is what I have been doing!).

It's Bananas Setting Powder is a great setting powder that works to give your face that "airbrushed" finish. It is lighter in shade, as you can see from the swatch above, and can be used under the eye to brighten the area or all over the face.

The Fresh Squeezed Highlighting Drop is weightless, watery in finish and buildable as well. I mixed this in with my Born This Way foundation as well as applying it blended out on my cheekbone area. It adds a dash of luminescence to the skin and even thins out the foundation a bit for a sheerer coverage. This smells faintly of pina colada as well (my favorite cocktail, next to a margarita!) and I can see this be used on the body as well, on the arms and legs! Mixing it with your lotion, or on its own.

Lastly, the Fruit Cocktail Blush Duo in Strobeberry, this is said to be a highlighter and blush in one, however I do enjoy using this more as a blush. These are very buildable, so even if you think this looks quite intimidating and dark in the pan, with one swipe you get a radiant and youthful pink glow (like in the makeup look photos below).

For the look above, I have: Razzle on the main lid, Pink Suede on the crease, Berried Treasure on the bottom waterline and Bad to the Berry on the outer V.

Main Lid: Boys n Berry, Bad to the Berry on the outer V and bottom water line, Pink Suede on the defined crease and Dazzle to blend out any harsh lines.

That's my Jam all over the lid and bottom waterline, Boys n Berry on the crease, Pink Suede to blend everything out mixed with Dazzle

Below are all the products I used to create the makeup look you see above (minus the lashes):
Foundation: Born This Way Foundation - Natural Beige
Eyebrows: Brow Quickie - Universal Brunette
Blush: Fruit Cocktails Blush Duo - Strobeberry
Setting Spray: Festival Refresh Mystical Effects Setting and Refreshing Spray
Highlighter: Fresh Squeezed Highlighting Drops - Pina Colada
Lip Balm: Peach Lip Balm
Lipstick: Natural Nudes - Throwin' Suede

Overall, the items I have tried from this collection are a total win! I would definitely recommend purchasing any of these products, if not all! They make for a cute item on your vanity or for your collection if you're a makeup lover!

Until next time, XO - M.

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