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 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!