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Review: Schwarzkopf Professional - BC Bonacure*

I was recently sent a few new items to try from Schwarzkopf Professional and after using it a few times, I have my review of the products below. 

Review, Swatch & Tutorial: Tarte - Tarteist Remix Collection*

Happy 2019 my lovely readers and Thank You so much for bearing with me while I took a week off to just relax and spend some time with my husband, baby and furbaby. Hubby took the week off and we had a staycation, running errands and getting ready for my transition back to work soon. I will be trying to still continue blogging 3x a week, if I can, it may be rocky right when I get back to work to figure out a balance to my schedule, but let me know what you would like to see and I will make it happen! I think that the best way for me to continue with the 3x/week post is to pre-schedule a bunch like I did near the end of my pregnancy and I was set for about 2-3 months without having to worry! Anyways - enough of the long-winded introduction and lets get started to this beautiful new collection from Tarte Cosmetics!

For those of you who are already fans of Tarte, will know the original Tarte Pro Palettes - the Pro Amazonian Clay Palette and the Pro Glow Highlight and Contour Palette, will know that they came up with the REMIX collection which contains a colourful eyeshadow palette as well as a blush, bronzer and highlight palette that is literally my dreams in one palette - this is perfect for vacation, take this on the go with you and you will have everything you need. I have everything swatched below for you, and have also created two different looks as well. 

Not only does the REMIX collection include the eyeshadow and face palette, but also from the original Double Take Eyeliner. This REMIX includes a Bronze and White Gold addition that is beautiful. Of the two, I highly recommend the White Gold which is truly unique and a stand out. The liquid liner can create both a thick line, as well as a fine one (as demonstrated below) - it delivers a matte and opaque product and makes cat eyes effortless. 

The micro glitter reflects in the REMIX Lip Gloss helps to add a subtle extra plumpness to the lip while providing it with hydration as it contains one of my favorite ingredients which is hyaluronic acid. It has a subtle vanilla cake scent and isn't heavy or tacky.

The Tarteist Pro REMIX Amazonian Clay has 20 stunning and vibrant eyeshadows that allow you to be as creative as you want (and also as natural as needed as this palette does have a wide variety of shades) with its six unique finishes: matte, luster, metallic, duochrome, shimmer & floating glitters. 

The Tarteist PRO Glow and Blush, as mentioned above contains four blushes, a highlight and bronzer. All buttery, smooth and pigmented and you can either use it alone or mixed together to form your own customized shade.

For the below two looks, the shadows I used are listed below each picture, and the products used on my face are here (as it is the same for both):
All over the lid: Artist
Crease: Wall Art
Brow Bone: Mixed Media
Middle of the lid: Art Deco
Lower Lash Line (Outer): Artist 
Lower Lash Line (Inner):  Double Take Eyeliner (White Gold) 

Crease: Wall Art
Defined Crease: Mic Drop
All Over the Lid: Graphic
Lower Lash Line: Graffiti

On the Face:
Foundation: Tarte - Clay Stick Foundation (light-medium neutral)
Concealer: Tarte - Shape Tape (light-medium)
Eyeliner: Double Take Eyeliner (Liquid Eyeliner - Black) 
Bronzer/Blush/Highlight - Tarteist PRO Glow and Blush
Setting Powder: Tarte Creamy Powder Foundation (light-medium neutral)
Lashes: Tarte Wifey 
Brows: Tarte - Arch Architect 

On Vacation

Happy New Year my lovely readers! I am currently taking some time off from the blog in order to spend some time with my little one (my maternity leave is finally coming to an end, and I'd love to just spend some unplugged time with him) and also, to brainstorm some awesome content in my notebook for you guys for 2019! Please feel free to e-mail me or connect with me if you have anything you'd like to see!

With lots of love, and thanks for understanding - M.

How I Maintain my Balayage at Home*

Near the end of 2018, I decided to balayage my hair - with it, I knew would come alot of upkeep (especially since I am a brunette) and so began my journey in finding the products that I know would work for me. I think that I have narrowed it down to my tried and true so far, so if you're interested in knowing what they are, then keep on reading below.

Tutorial: New Years Eve Glam with LANCÔME*

For those of you with plans for New Years Eve and want to keep things easy, minimal and quick in the make-up front, then this tutorial would be great for you! 

I wanted to add some sparkle of course to the lids, and pair it with a glossy fuschia lip! The one great thing about this lip lacquer is that even though it may wear off through the night, it is a stain so your lips will still retain the color all night long! 

My favorite part of this look honestly though is the highlighter, can we take a moment to appreciate how truly popping and gorgeous this is? It's buttery smooth and can be worn subtly with a sheer wash or layered to give you even more of that glow! In this look, I layered it twice but as you can see it does not look powdery or cakey at all. I truly just need to own more of these. 

If you're interested in the tutorial and my review, then keep on reading below....

Products Used:
LANCÔME - Blur & Go Stick* ~ If you want to have a smooth and flawless canvas, you need this. It fills in any enlarged pores you have on the face and just makes makeup application effortless. I really hope they do not discontinue this because I will keep purchasing this. 

LANCÔME - Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation (270 Bis W)* ~ I had gotten my friend hooked on this a few years back, and if I was a fan then, I'm still a fan now. This is a great buildable coverage that can help you out if you want a light coverage day to something more full if needed without ever looking cakey and thick. It makes me look airbrushed and I love it - the photos you see above are in NO WAY retouched at all. I wanted you to see how everything performs as is. 

Tarte - Shape Tape Concealer (Light Medium)* ~ a tried and true concealer, will always be my ride or die holy grail. 

LANCÔME - Long Time No Shine Loose Setting Powder* ~ does what it needs to, smoothes out the makeup you applied so that you can continue to layer on other products without anything grabbing to any liquids you put on previously (in this case I used it to set my liquid concealer + foundation). 

Smashbox Cosmetics - The Cali Contour Shape Bronze and Glow Palette ~ I appreciate the all in one slim packaging of this product. Great for travel and on-the-go without having to pack multiple items. This one palette can offer you a contour, highlight (matte and shimmer) and a bronzer with a blush. They are all pigmented, buttery smooth and do not pull orange on me at all. 

LANCÔME - Dual Finish Multi-tasking Illuminating Highlighter (05 Sparkling Peche)* ~ this is a MUST BUY. I want them all! This product is not raved about enough, I swear. In the tutorial you will see it applied in real time, it's GORGEOUS.

LANCÔME - Color Design (Embers)* ~ I have been using their shadows for a LONG time, I still remember I had a satin/shimmer purple finish one that I wore every day when I worked retail and would always get compliments on it, this was about 10 years ago. Embers is a copper matte tone that is pigmented, a little goes a long way as you can see. 

Marc Jacobs Beauty - See-quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow (Gleam Girl)* ~ A great shimmer product that you pat on with a finger. It reflects light in a beautiful way and stays put without flaking off everywhere. 

Fenty Beauty - Flyliner Longwear Liquid Eyeliner ~ tried and true, raved about this alot on my blog!

LANCÔME - Cils Booster XL* ~ a great primer for the lashes that helps the short itty bitty lashes like mine lengthen and thicken.

LANCÔME - Hypnose Volume-A-Porter* ~ Lancome makes some of my favorite mascaras and this one is no different. I like how this brush really seperates my lashes while being able to grab and quote each lash as well and lengthen it. 

KOKO Lashes - KOKO ~ I have used these lashes for years, again, tried and true. I have backups of this!

LANCÔME - Fix It Forget It Setting Spray* ~ A great setting spray that feels comfortable on the face without making it feel tight, or dry. It helps my makeup last all day and also does a great job in making the makeup look cohesive and blended together as one without altering the look.

LANCÔME - L'Absolu Lacquer (378 Be Unique)* ~ beautiful high gloss lip lacquer that leaves behind a stain. This is not sticky which is a bonus and having a stain left behind means I won't have to worry about having to reapply product on my lips to make sure I don't look ghastly.

Have you tried any of these products before? I would love to hear from you! If not, is there anything from this video that wow-ed you or made you want to go grab it!

Happy New Year everyone! See you in 2019!

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review: The Body Shop Holiday Collection 2018*

The Body Shop is currently having their Holiday Sale which features up to 50% off on select items, so if there was anything you were eyeing, I would suggest checking to see if they are currently on sale right now. I have always wanted to try the Banana series, I have heard such great things about it, and their shampoo, conditioner + mask are all 50% off too but it seems like their shampoo is sold out online! BOO :( 

Review & Swatch: OPI Nutcracker and The Four Realms Collection*

This Holiday Season, OPI has released its limited edition Nutcracker and The Four Realms collection, that features 12 shades and 3 additional glitter top coats.  I have these babies all swatched in this blog post below, and will also let you know how many coats are needed to achieve full opacity! To learn more about these babies, then keep on reading below!

Review and Tutorial: Blue Smokey Eye ft. Brand New Makeup (December 2018)*

Here's another tutorial for my Makeup Monday series featuring more brand new items that were recently added to my collection - mostly it includes Tarte products, Make Up Forever, Charlotte Tilbury and Pat McGrath. If you want to see my thoughts on these items, and whether they are worth the purchase, then keep on reading below!

Product Empties and Review: July - December 2018

In the past 5 months, I am quite proud of the amount of products used up. As usual, I have separated my review in different categories for convenience - facial wipes/puffs, cleansers and moisturizers, body products, haircare, makeup and miscellaneous. 

Holiday 2018 Gift Guide - Home Fragrances*

While my blog focuses on beauty related items, I do know that there are alot of my readers who want to gift items to those in their lives that may not be avid makeup/skincare users. Therefore, this gift guide is dedicated to you!

I am personally a big fan of home fragrances, I used to use candles all the time (before I had my baby), however since then I have transitioned into using diffusers and room sprays. Below I will be introducing you to my favorite brands and products, so if you're interested in learning what they are, then keep on reading below!