Review: Espira by Avon*

To start off a brand new year, AVON has released a whole new line of health and wellness products named Espira. It includes various forms of supplements to help you customize what works with your personal lifestyle and needs to boost and promote your natural energy levels and supporting your overall health. They have two areas of focus right now - one which is Boost, the other is Restore. Boost gives you the natural energy kick to help you perform your best while Restore supports your overall health and well-being.

Espira provides essential minerals, vitamins and nutrients to the body and is made from trusted, non-genetically engineered ingredients, does not contain preservatives and has no artificial colours or flavours. 

To see which products suit you and what their benefits are - you can refer to this chart that breaks down how the product works for you, what it does as well as what ingredients are inside. What I like as well, is that they also have various recipes on their site to help you get the most out of your protein shake for example. 

I was recently sent the Espira Vanilla Plant Power Protein to try and I had it for breakfast. The vanilla taste is subtle and doesn't taste overly artificial. I had it with coconut milk which was a bit overwhelming but with soy or almond milk it was great. It is thick in texture so it filled me up and is a great on the go item especially for when I get back to work. 

I'd actually love to try their chocolate one as well as most items on their Boost line - the metabolism boost, hunger block and natural energy - I think these items will really give me the kick for those long days back at work and then mommyhood again in the evenings and afternoon. 

Until next time, XO - M

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

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.