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Review & Swatch: Zoya - Darling (Spring 2021)*

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I was sent the Spring 2021 Darling Collection for review and I have them all swatched for you below. This collection features 6 polishes all in a cream finish in a combination spring pastel tones with one vibrant pop of hot pink.

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Swatch shade descriptions:
Mara - nude 
Val - pastel grey blue
Kayleigh - pastel light grey
Ella - coral
Tweedy - true bold pink
Joyce - bright pink

Of the shades, my favourite would be Mara, Kayleigh and Joyce - what about you? 

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review & Swatch: OPI - Hollywood (Spring 2021)*

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The Spring 2021 OPI Collection has launched which features 12 shades in total - I was sent 6 of them and I thought that I would swatch them for you so you can get a taste of how this collection is! The theme is centered around Hollywood and all their names as usual coordinate with them.

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From left to right top down we have:
Bee-hind the Scenes - pastel yellow (cream)
Movie Buff - pale pink (cream)
Suzi Calls the Paparazzi - rose-toned pink (cream)
I'm an Extra - pale terracotta (cream)
Hollywood & Vibe - vibrant pastel pink (cream)
Destined to be a Legend - pastel grey blue (cream)

The other 6 in the collection include:
I'm Really an Actress - Red with Red and Gold Glitter (Metallic)
Oh You Sing, Dance, Act and Produce? - cornflower blue (cream)
Rated Pea-G? - rich emerald green (cream)
15 Minutes of Flame - fuchsia (metallic)
Award for Best Nail goes to .... - rich navy blue (cream)
Emmy, have you seen Oscar? - bright red (cream)

The other 6 are much brighter and rich shades to balance out the pastel spring hues of the ones I was sent. There truly is something for everything, and I am sure you will find something that suits you! The formula is solid, I would not expect anything less from OPI - all swatches are done with two coats of polish.

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review & Swatch: Guerlain - KISSKISS Tender Matte Lipsticks*

 

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Guerlain has recently launched their brand new matte lipsticks that feel luscious and comfortable - KISSKISS TENDER MATTE, available in 15 shades and retails for $48 each (price subject to vary from vendor to vendor). The lipsticks are housed in a chic and sleek glossy black component that has a beautiful weight to it. Everything from the formulation to the packaging screams luxury and I LOVEEEE it!! 

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Below are the three shades that I have received and have swatched both on the arm and on my lips for you to see how they are. 

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Of the three shades sent, my favorite would have to be 775 a true red followed by 940, the cherry red which is a shade darker. These lipsticks truly glide on effortlessly and they are all comfortable on the lip, non-drying, and is pigmented - one swipe is all it took!

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What are your thoughts on these lippies? I already checked the Sephora site and some shades are already sold out, so really go and buy yourself at least one .. or MORE to try out!

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review, Swatch and Tutorial: Effortless Holiday Look with Quo Beauty*


I've been using Quo Cosmetics since I was first wearing makeup, I still remember my first purchase from this brand, it was a cream bronzer, blush and highlight palette and I loved it so much. Fast forward now to 2020, they have relaunched their entire collection, repackaged it and reformulated it as well. I was recently sent their collection to try out and since it's been a hot minute from my last makeup tutorial I thought why not take the opportunity now! I have these beauties swatched below and I will also list out what products I've used to create the looks below.

Here is a classic before and after shot of my face - left, super tired panda circle eyed mom and right, my "effortless" clean-ed up look! To create this, I used the:
- Quo - Brow Defining Gel 
- Quo - Sheer Lip Paint (Poised)
- Quo - Pump Up The Volume Maxi-Volume (Black) 
- Quo - Golden Glow Primer 
- Quo - Skin Perfector (Golden Hour)
- Quo - Blush (Rose Water)
- Quo - Featherweight Cream Blush (Angelic)
- Quo - Cosmic Cream Shadow (Dark Matter)
- Quo - Liquid Precision Marker (Jet Black)
The only product that I used that isn't Quo is the foundation, concealer, lashes and Brow pencil (as one wasn't provided)
I am truly in LOVE with the reformulated, and repackaged products - they are so girly and in touch with current trends and honestly priced at a drugstore price point also makes this very affordable. I wish I could tell you I liked one thing over another, but for the lip/cream products below I truly LOVE THEM ALL. The Featherweight Cream Blush is a great dupe for this higher end competitor product out there in the market now, and the Sheer Lip Paints are weightless on the lips and feel so comfortable. The lipsticks glide on effortlessly, are pigmented and lasts me a few hours (until I eat or drink).
Below are the face and eye products that were used to create the look as well. The liquid liner is black and opaque, pigmented and can do a thin or thick line equally. The Cosmic Cream Shadow blends out like a dream and stays put all day and also layers wtihout getting caught and patchy. The Skin perfector powder is a beautiful diffused highlighter and the Golden Glow Primer is DEWY. It is like a liquid highlight so use with caution, I would not just use this directly on its own as a primer as you will end up looking like edward cullen when the sun hits - haha! I actually mixed this with my foundation and it was perfect! Lastly, the Blushes are buttery and pigmented as you can see the swatches are only one swipe. 
I decided to include swatches fo the three lipsticks for you below (oh and yes I did go darker, say goodbye to the blonde balayage hair). I used a lipbalm under the lipstick to give it a bit of shine and I really have to say its beautiful. You can see how truly pigmented they are and it only took one swipe.
Which products are you looking forward to? Have you tried anything from Quo yet? 

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review & Swatch: Zoya - Naturel 4 (Transitional 2020)*


I was sent the Transitional 2020 collection from Zoya to swatch recently and if you know me well, this is right up my alley, purples... lilacs.. pinks.. my favorite! The collection is called Naturel 4 and I have swatched all six of them below for you, which one is your favorite shade? 


Left to Right:
Evelyn - a cool soft pastel pink in a cream finish
Cami - a pale mauve pink with a cream finish
Barrett - taupe violet cream
Vivian - dusty grape cream
Adeline - deep fig eggplant purple cream
Marlowe - a duochrome rose-gold finish with and a jewel-toned blue base 

My favorite shade in this collection would be Adeline (I've been wearing it daily) and Barrett.

Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review: Benefit Cosmetics - Magnificent Brow Show*


Every Christmas, I always love to keep my eye out on the brow value sets from Benefit Cosmetics and this year the Magnificent Brow Show that is available for purchase at Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora and TSC.ca. It comes in 4 shades (2 - Blonde, 3 - Light Brown, 4 - Medium Brown and 5- Deep Brown), it also contains 5 full sized items and retails for $66 (combined value of $160). This is such an incredible deal and you best get a hold of it if you're smart!


Attached below is a photo of the before and after of what my brows look like when I use the Benefit Good Proof Brow Pencil. That is my go-to favorite one that I've been using for a very long time and continue to repurchase. I love the triangle tip that goes from thick to thin so you can angle it how you wish to fill in the bulk of the brow and then use the thin tip to draw in the individual brow hairs. I then like to take the 24-HR Brow Setter to set the brow hairs and the small brush helps to get the smallest hairs and set them into place without giving it a crunchy texture afterwards. On days I am lazy, and just going for a natural look, I will only use the Gimme Brow that is a tinted brow gel and just run that through my brow hairs to fluff them out, give it some color and illusion of thickness and I'm ready to go!

 
 
Below is the list of all 5 brow products that come in the set - it is a great set that is perfect for anyone who wants to test out what brow products work for them and which formulation they want to work with, whether it be a gel/pomade formula, a thin tip pencil or the triangle angular one I spoke about above. Lastly, the two brow gels also let you see which one you gravitate towards, a small tinted one or the bigger traditional brush. 


Until next time, XO - M.

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

Review: Empties: January 2019 - November2020*


It has been almost two years since my last empties post, so I have accrued alot of items to share with you all. As always, I will post the name of the item, a brief and quick round-up of my thoughts and whether or not I would repurchase it. I would say that this is about 80% of my empties? there are some that I have just tossed and forgotten to save, so below you will find a combination of baby, hair, skin, cosmetics and other misc products. Buckle up, it's going to be one long post!

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.