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Review & Swatch: Zoya - Barefoot (Summer 2019)*

The warmer weather is here, and so are the shorts, the t-shirts and the sandals. Wearing sandals means having an extra set of nails to show off some gorgeous colors, and well if you like either neutrals, bolds or berries and reds - I think the Summer 2019 Barefoot Collection is perfect for you. There is literally a shade for everyone! 

If you are a follower of my blog, you will know by now that Zoya makes some of my favorite nail polishes, their formulations are A+ and I am such a big fan - you can see my past posts here.

This collection has 12 polishes total and has a range of creams, satin shimmer finishes as well as glitters and a chunky glitter top coat. All swatches below are done with two coats but please note that most of their cream finishes can pass with one coat.

From Left to Right:
1. Joey - warm light pastel pink (cream) 
2. Tessa - a salmon pink tone with micro gold and coral shimmers 
3. Keira - champagne sandy taupe shade with fine copper shimmer 
4. Marcy - bright hot red coral shimmer
5. Liza - a deep rich red (cream)
6. Robbie - raspberry pink with golden flecks inside - one coat is a bit sheer like a jelly donut finish, two makes it fully opaque. 

From Left to Right:
7. Dacey - hot pink (cream) 
8. Rie - grape purple (cream)
9. Walker - deep ocean blue (cream)
10. Eleni -  seafoam pastel baby blue (cream)
11. Bee -  pastel yellow (cream)
12. Dallas - clear polish with silver and white glitter, with larger white hexagon-shaped glitter

Which shades are your favorite? Mine has to be Eleni, Dacey, Bee and Keira. 

Until next time, XO -M.

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


And L'Oreal does it again! They have created a new collection of mini palettes, there are 6 palettes total, and wow am I impressed! I was fortunate enough to be sent four of them to try and test out for you guys! If you're interested in looking at the rest of the colors in the La Petite Palette collection, then click here

These palettes are small, compact and ultra portable to pack in your make-up bag to take on the go with you. They are very soft and creamy, especially the satin metallic formulations. They are said to last for 12 hours (which I cannot attest to because I usually just keep my makeup on for about 8 hours, which I must say it did last that long!). They contain 4 everyday shades in one palette that work together for a cohesive look and one statement color for when you want to add a pop of color to your look. 

 I have all four palettes for you swatched below on my arm - one swipe, no primer so you can get the effect of how it looks. 

Below, I used the "Stylist" Palette to create the look for you, as you can see the blue makes for a beautiful pop of color on the lids and this was created without any base or primer. I am honestly loving how the drugstore is totally upping their game in terms of formulations and color pay-off.

One thing to note is just how beginner friendly these palettes are with how they are laid out, in terms of color coordination and how it is presented to the consumer, there would be no way to mess up or stress that the colors don't work well together! This is a definite recommend for purchase and especially at a drugstore price point of around $12 cad each. 

Which palette above is your favorite? I would love to hear from you!

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Tutorial: The Importance of Brows to Complete Your Makeup Look*

When I was younger, I could get away with not having to do my brows and still looked put together, however as the years go by and I lose that density in my brows, I have come to learn that the brows really do frame the face. In the picture below, on the left you can see my brows... bare, naked with nothing on it. I do have a full face of makeup on (minus lipstick), but you can see that it just looks thin, sparse and uneven. On the right, I filled my brows in with the Benefit Cosmetics - Goof Proof Brow Pencil in shade 4.5 to help fill in the thin parts on my brow and to just finish up the face. 

The reason I go for the Goof Proof Brow Pencil is because it has a triangle applicator pencil - you can use the tip to create fine lines (as you can see in the swatch photo below), or you can use it flat to just fill out the larger areas. The formulation of the pencil is stiff, yet it evenly dispenses product and helps to give off a realistic look to the brows. 

Benefit Cosmetics truly are the brow guru's! If you are looking for something to help your brows look more put together, you will for sure find something that will suit you from Benefit. They have powders, pomade/gel's, thin pencils and the one I'm using now. So yes, definitely something for everyone's comfort zone 

Also, To help highlight the brow bone, I used the Luminous Brow Highlighting Pencil right below the arch on the brow bone. As you can see, it helps to highlight that area for a more lifted look. I run the pencil right in that area and just blend it out with my finger. 

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review: Marc Anthony - Dream Big Volume Collection*

If you are looking to get some major volume in your hair, then the Dream Big Volume collection from Marc Anthony True Professionals is for you. If you have been a follower of my blog, you will know that I have always had thin hair, and being postpartum and suffering hair loss while already having thin hair to begin with, you can imagine my dilemma. 

When I was sent this collection recently, I immediately incorporated it into my shower routine. I have used this enough times to be able to give a fair review I believe, so if you're interested in reading my thoughts then keep on reading below!

Review and Swatch: OPI - Always Bare For You Collection (Spring 2019)*

This Spring, OPI brings to us a beautiful collection called Always Bare For You, which features six sheer, soft and neutral shades perfect for the upcoming wedding season, and well of course also catered to those of you who love a more natural look to your nails. 

This collection is meant to have a sheer romantic look to the nails, so I did not layer the polish to make it opaque, it would defeat the purpose of the collection. Instead, I stuck to my typical two layers and let the polish speak for itself. 

Baby, Take a Vow - a true sheer baby pink.
Throw Me A Kiss - light pink base with an iridescent glitter finish. 
Bare My Soul - a sheer tan neutral with a hint of pink finish.
Engage-meant to Be - sheer light grey
Chiffon-d of You - a metallic baby pink finish
Ring Bare-er - sheer sage green

While some of you may think, oh sheer polish, why? honestly when applied it looks beautiful. Engage-meant to Be is quickly becoming one of my favorites, it's just so unique I've never seen anything like it, same with Ring Bare-er. The other day I wore Bare My Soul at the office, and received a few compliments as well. Remember, with shades like Bare My Soul and Baby, Take a Vow - you can easily use them as a base, one coat, for a french manicure as well if you like!

Which shade is your favorite? 

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Giveaway: Earth Day Live Clean Prize Pack*

Happy Earth Day everyone! I am so happy to bring to you another amazing giveaway from Live Clean Canada! For those of you who are followers of my blog, will already know that I am a huge fan of their products and my entire family, including my son has been using their products since birth! 

This time, to honour Earth Day, they are offering TWO of my followers the opportunity to win the "Original Six" prize pack. These are the products that started off Live Clean and remain as favorites to this day. The prize pack includes:

This collection is aimed to gently cleanse and restore moisture to the hair. It contains Vitamin E, Panthenol and certified organic botanicals of Rosemary and Chamomile to give your hair a healthy vibrant feel.

This duo stimulates your scalp with the shampoo and then hydrates and nourishes with the conditioner. It helps tame any flyaways or frizz that you may have (for me it's those pesky baby curls I still have that go in every direction). This formula contains certified organic Lavender and Eucalyptus (my favorite!).

Lastly, this duo helps to cleanse the hair and add volume and strength (which is what I need with my postpartum hair). It also hydrates the hair and doesn't feel heavy. It contains a blend of emollients and moisturizers to strengthen and add shine, and oat proteins help to build body and volume for fuller hair.

As always, their products are: Plant derived * With Certified Organic Botanicals * SLS Free * Petrolatum Free * DEA Free * Paraben Free * Silicone Free * Phthalate Free * Phosphate Free * Dye Free * Pure Vegan * Never Tested on Animals * Package Recyclable * Contains Biodegradable Ingredients * Hypoallergenic * Dermatologist Tested

1. Please do not follow just to unfollow, it's unkind and dishonest! I will be checking if you have followed both accounts when the winner is selected.
2. Giveaway is open to Canadian Residents Only!
3. Winners have 48 hours to respond to my notification e-mail, failure to do so will result in me selecting a new winner (this is to just keep the ball rolling and not hold-up the process)
4. Prize pack is not mailed out by me, but I will be facilitating with the process with the winner.

Good luck everyone!

Until next time, XO - M.

*prizepack is provided by Live Clean Canada

Review: Scentuals Natural and Organic Skincare Review*

I was recently graciously sent the above products from Scentuals to try out, they are a brand that produces Natural and Organic Skincare products, and it is my first time trying out their products. If you're interested in knowing my thoughts, and which products I would recommend then keep on reading below! I have included descriptions of the products directly from their site for your convenience!

Review: Live Clean Natural Deodorants*

Live Clean is honestly on a roll the past few months, launching their foaming hand washes, then foaming body washes and now deodorants! This is so exciting as I feel like this was much needed in their range of body products. I have very sensitive armpits, I've written about this on my blog before, and using generic brands irritate and causes rashes (so attractive, I know). I am currently using LaVanilla Sport Luxe Deodorant which works amazingly, but hey it has quite a hefty price tag. I was very interested in trying these out the minute I got it, so if you're interested in seeing what I think, then keep on reading below!

They have launched four different scents - from left to right in the photo above, you have Fragrance Free, Sparkling Citrus, Cool and Fresh and Powder Clean. These are made with 99% naturally derived ingredients and is said to provide you with freshness, comfort, leaving behind no white residue and providing odour control. 

The formula contains baking soda, corn starch, soothing aloe and vitamin E. Certified organic parsley, rosemary and sage will also leave your underarms conditioned and fresh all day. 

Lastly, the most important part, which I believe is essential into making sure that irritation does not occur (especially in circumstances like mine), is that this deodorant does not contain aluminum, propylene glycol and triclosan. It does not contain parabens, petrolatum, phthalates, phosphate or silicone. It also does not contain artificial dyes or colors. 

These are available for purchase at Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaws and retails for approximately $6.99 - $7.99 each.

My personal favorite is the Sparkling Citrus - Fragrance Free wouldn't work for me as I do need some scent as back-up to feel fresh and clean. So far, I have not experienced any irritation, I don't sweat alot so it is doing the job for me and I am quite pleased that I now have a more affordable option for purchase at the drugstore. 

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review, Swatch & Tutorial: Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Collection*

Physicians Formula is a brand that has recently added quite a few things to their skincare and makeup collection - I thought that I would focus just on the makeup portion here and bring to you some swatches from their Murumuru Butter Eyeshadow Palette , the bronzers, blushes and lastly the lip creams - all of these items can be found in their Murumuru Collection page. 

I am so happy that they have decided to expand the range of bronzer shades - it comes in 8 shades now, and you can use these as bronzers or contour powders. They smell faintly of coconuts and as the name suggests, it is like butter on the skin. You only have to gently tap your brush in the pan and it delivers an even sweep of sunlit glow on ur face. This will last you a long time for sure!

The blushes, come in 7 shades total and applies just like the bronzer above and contains the same faint coconut scent. You need to just gently tap your brush in the pan, and it gives you an almost ethereal glow of flushed colors to the cheeks. It looks shimmery on the swatch, but when applied to the face, it just adds dimension to your cheeks, doesn't leave you looking flat and makes you look like you have a healthy glow.

Left: the Tropical Days MuruMuru Butter Eyeshadow Palette comes in two different color variations - this one is called Tropical Days, and the other one is called Sultry Nights (which has more earthy, smokey tones). It contains 12 shades with a mix of mattes, shimmers and swatches just as beautifully on the hand and blends on the lids like a dream. They can be used wet or dry (even though I found the shimmers fine without being wet). 

Right: Murumuru Butter Lip Cream contains SPF15, which is a great two in one product, it applies like a smooth balm like texture, it is weightless and has a slick to it, and the pigmentation is beautiful and opaque. It contains lots of hydrating properties to leave your lips soft, moisturized and supple. It also comes in 10 shades, so you will find something that will suit you.

I used the palette above to create a natural daytime look (that can be paired with the nude lip) and showed how easily it is to just create a more dramatic look as well.

I highly recommend these products, you really need to grab one or two considering they're available at the drugstore! 

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review: Belif - Pore Cleaner Skincare Collection*

Did you hear the news? Belif is now sold at Sephora! This is so exciting ~ and with that, Sephora is carrying exclusive items from Belif that you can't find elsewhere. I was recently lucky enough to be sent the Pore Cleaner collection (above) and if you're interested in learning more about it, then keep on reading below!

From left to right, we have: 
Pore Cleaner Foam Cleanser ($25cad) ~ as the name suggests, this is a foaming cleanser that has a very light whipped consistency. It is said to help balance the skin's pH levels while helping you remove dirt and makeup. Ingredients consist of dandelion root extract, known for its soothing properties, and rosehip, apple mint and eucalyptus to help control sebum production on the skin without irritating it during the cleansing process.

Pore Cleaner Bubble Foam ($45cad) ~ this is my favorite product of the three, it comes in a push top bottle that dispenses gel initially and it slowly bubbles to a foam and you feel it subtly bubbling on your face (nothing too crazy) but it feels like it's actually lifting the dirt from your face. It contains the same rosehip, apple mint and eucalyptus ingredients from the Foam Cleanser above. In addition, it contains moringa oil extract known for its detox properties. 

Pore Cleaner Moisturizer ($40cad) - this is a light weight watery gel moisturizer that is an all in one product. It combines toner and essence with the moisturizer and helps to reduce pores and sebum production. It contains dandelion root extract, rosehip, apple mint and eucalyptus (like the Foam Cleanser). This sinks into the skin really quickly and can be used both day and night without feeling heavy or affecting your makeup application. 

Belif is a brand of skincare that I have been using for quite a while now, if you're interested in reading past posts, you can find them here. I highly suggest that you try their products out because I'd love to know what you think!

Until next time, XO - M.

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