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Review and Swatch: Mary Kay Chromafusion*

Mary Kay has recently launched a HUGE collection of products known as Chromafusion, which has 12 hours of stay true color for the eyes and face. These colors are said to last through anything you put it through - whether it may be a workout or hot weather. It is Dermatologist and Ophthalmologist tested for skin irritancy and allergies, so it is suitable for those with sensitivities or for those who wear contacts as well. The colors claim to stay as pigmented as you first put them on, and has no fallout.

Review: Design.Me Hair - Quickie.ME Dry Shampoo and Foam*

Design.Me Hair has developed some brand new products to add to their existing roster - introducing the brand new Dry Shampoo Sprays (for Blonde/Pastel Hair & Darker/Brunettes) as well as a Dry Shampoo Foam, retailing for approx $22 cad each - these are great to use a dry shampoo for combating that second day oily hair, or for me what I have been using the sprays for is actually as just a hair refresher. Nothing bothers me more than having washed my hair, styled it to go out for a meal or run errands and it ends up smelling less than fresh. I spray the brunette one in my hair when I get home, tousle it a bit and it helps deodorize and refresh! I have previously tried the Puff.Me spray from Design.Me before and I wrote about it in this post if you're interested, if you're looking for a great texturizing volume spray that isn't housed in an aerosol container than you may consider looking at that.

Review and Tutorial: SUVA Beauty - Block Party Palette*

I have previously reviewed the Moisture Matte Liquid Lipsticks before on the blog, if you're interested in reading it, then click here. When I was graciously sent the liquid lipsticks to test out, the amazing team at SUVA also sent me their famous Block Party Palette to play with as well. What I really liked about this palette was the fact that I was able to experiment and test out my creative side. For those who know me, will know that I naturally gravitate towards a neutral eye, even my more dramatic looks feature more neutral tones but smoked out.

As this palette has launched a while back, I am sure that you can find swatches of the palette online if you needed to, as well as on their site. They are true to color, swatch perfectly with one swipe to deliver pigmented color and their mattes are buttery and not patchy and their shimmers are beautiful and foiled looking.

Below I have created five different looks for you to see just how this palette can be used - whether it is to just add a subtle pop of color to the lid, or to go bold and dramatic. Just an FYI: The first photo on the left hand of the first row, is actually the same look as the last photo on the bottom row to the right.

If you're interested in seeing what shades I have used in the below looks, then just keep on reading:
From Left to Right: 
Left: see description on bottom row, left photo.
Middle: Milkshake on the inner half with Flash Mob layered on top and Popsicle on the Outer V.
Right: same with the above look but to add more color I added Lemonade to the inner third corner and dabbed Nachos on the middle of the lid as an accent color.

From Left to Right:
Left: Drunk Love on the inner half of the lid and Mix Tape on the outer half
Middle: Drunk Love on the inner Third, Popsicle in the middle and Dancing Shoes on the outer V
Right: Lemonade on the inner third, Mix Tape on the outer V with Boombox on the outer Corner pulling through to the upper inner corner to encase the yellow in the center and finally Dancing Shoes is used on the waterline to darken the look and smoke it out.

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review: Vichy - Dercos Desi-Solutions*

Vichy Canada introduces their brand new range called Dercos Densi-Solutions, which is aimed at those who have experienced or is experiencing loss of hair mass. I for one, know that this is so applicable to me as I am currently post-partum. This topic touches so many people, in all age groups so I hope that this blog post will be able to introduce you to something that could potentially help you in the long run. These products could help those of you who have noticed that your hair seems to not be covering your scalp as much as it did before, it is weaker than it used to be or that it is less thick/dense as it used to be, for me I really notice this especially when my hair is in a ponytail, it seems to be 3/4 of its width and it's so defeating. Below I will provide more information on the three different products in the range, so if you're interested in learning more than keep on reading.

Giveaway: Live Clean Body Care Products*

I have been a big fan of Live Clean products as mentioned on the blog several times in the last year or so, I used them during my pregnancy and now use it with my baby boy. My husband also enjoys their products as well and we use them as much as possible in our household - from handwashes to haircare and body products. I have partnered up with Live Clean for another giveaway - this time with body products - three body washes and three body lotions. If you're interested in learning more about the giveaway, and about the brand and prize, then keep on reading below.

Event Re-cap, Review & Swatch: NARS Holiday 2018*

NARS Holiday collections are always beautiful and worth the splurge in my honest opinion. I was fortunate enough to be invited to their recent Holiday 2018 Launch/Preview event in Toronto and I had to say yes and go! It was my first event ever since being pregnant/having my baby so I dolled up and head on down with my other blogger girlfriend. I have some photos of the event at the bottom of the blog to share with you. This year's collection is edgy with their spiked bold packaging which I adore, but honestly their makeup is even better. The collection contains cheek and shadow palettes, lip sets, duo sets of lipsticks, blushes, highlighters and bronzers and single powermatte lip lusters in limited edition shades. I was lucky enough to be sent a few items so if you're interested then keep on reading below as I have them swatched and reviewed for you!

Clarins - Joli Rouge Lipstick Formulations and Swatches*

Clarins has recently added a new formulation to their existing Joli Rouge line, which is the Joli Rouge Velvet, a true matte lipstick that is hydrating on the lips and has a velvet finish. The lipstick glides on seamlessly onto the lips and provides a opaque color delivery with no patchiness in one swipe. This lipstick formulation is marked with a V after the lipstick color number and it retails for $29 cad each. 

The other two formulations are the Joli Rouge and Joli Rouge Brilliant, which is priced as the same as the matte formulation. The Joli Rouge is a hydrating lipstick that is a satin finish and offers a opaque color deposit on the lips. It contains Salicornia extra and mango oil to hydrate the lips. The Joli Rouge Brilliant (marked by an S after the color number) offers a more sheer to medium finish compared to the previously mentioned Joli Rouge formulation. It contains fine micro pearls that are not visible to the eyes, it just gives a more light reflect to the lip to make it look a little fuller in my opinion.

The Joli Rouge and Joli Rouge Brilliant are quite similar in the photo,  the main different is that the Joli Rouge Brilliant is a bit more sheer to medium buildable coverage,  and the Joli Rouge is just a true opaque satin finish.

In the above swatches, which formulation is your favorite? I love them all and the Velvet one especially is one of the most comfortable matte lipsticks I have worn to date so I definitely want it n more colors!

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review and Swatch: Zoya Jubilee Collection - Holiday 2018*

Tis the Season to be Jolly, Fa-la-la-la-laaaaaa-la-la-la-la!!! Zoya is getting you ready for this Holiday season with their Jubilee collection, which contains a mix of 12 polishes in a range of creams, luxe metals and a special effect topper (black leopard print - ooo!). There's something for everyone in this collection, from nudes to rich and brilliant jewel tones. If you're interested in seeing them all swatched, then keep on reading below.

Review, Swatch & Tutorial: Holiday Makeup Look with YSL*

I had recently received some goodies from YSL and you know I'm always down to create a one-brand tutorial! With Halloween coming this week, that means that the Holidays are right around the corner and what better way than to bring around some elegance to your Holiday look with YSL. I have created three looks with their YSL Couture Palette Collector Yconic Purple and two of their Tatouage Couture Metallics Liquid Lips (that I LOVE and have done a previous post about before). If you're interested in seeing some swatches and the look I created, then keep on reading below.

Review & Swatch: SMASHBOX Holidaze - Always On Liquid Lip Mini Set

Oh I can't believe it, Halloween hasn't even arrived yet and we're already looking at HOLIDAY collections! If you are a follower of my blog, you will know that Holiday Sets are my favorites! Usually you get to try out a variety of smaller items from different brands at a greater value. I know myself that I never finish an entire regular sized anything let's be honest when it comes to make up, so having these smaller sized products are excellent for me.

Here, we have the SMASHBOX Holidaze Always On Liquid Lip Mini Set. The entire set of six liquid lipsticks retail for $36 and it contains three matte metallic shades and three matte shades. This year, they collaborated with L.A. Artist Jen Stark to bring to you these fun designs on their packaging. You can see a whole series of them right now - and it just brings a great visual and fun component to your vanity or makeu-up bag and collection. A full size liquid lipstick on its own retails for $26 so as you can see, for just $10 more you get to try five other shades and all in smaller volumes. Again, this is great for me because I get exposure to six different shades here (three being metallic and I am really intimidated with metallics to ever just purchase a full sized product on its own). 

I have actually written about their liquid lipstick formulations before and they are excellent. I like their wand especially as it has a very firm and pointed precise tip to allow for precise lines and for you to shape the lip lines before applying the product to the entire lip. They are light weight, non-drying and non-flaking. It wears off evenly which is key - nothing is worse than having a product that only wears out on the center of the lip, you end up looking silly. It also doesn't settle in fine lines and has a very light almost subtle sweet scent to it that you probably won't really notice as it doesn't bother me at all and I am quite sensitive to scents. As an FYI, their products are also paraben and phthalate free!

Below I have all six shades from the collection/kit swatched for you - the top row are all the mattes and the bottom row are all the metallics. They all perform great with one swipe except for Miss Conduct that was a bit sheer and therefor patched a bit and requires a solid drying between the first layer application before applying the second one to deliver the same result as Stepping Out and Babe Alert.

Which shade is your favorite? For me it would have to be Babe Alert, a neutral pink shade for effortless everyday wear and Maneater, a beautiful metallic red for the upcoming Holiday Season!

Until next time, XO - M.