Mario Badescu: little powerful magic potion…

So we all know the big stress we go through sometimes before a big event and our skin just goes out of control, then pimples start to surface and throw on a party on your face…it’s the most annoying feeling ever to put foundation over bumpy skin…because you know those little suckers will show up even more with foundation on top. For my wedding, I prepped myself ahead of time and knew that I needed to have one of those in hand. It is seriously magic in a bottle. I used this cream whenever I had bad skin days and woke up with healed, brighter skin.

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Whenever you have a zit or little sucker pimple on the surface just put a little on the spot and leave it overnight and when you wake up, it’s not there anymore! I am just not making this up…the drying cream is literally magic. I know it’s called drying and it does exactly that without actually drying or cracking your skin. It’s a thick cream and a little goes a long way. You can either put this on the spot directly and leave it or you can do like I do and put a very think, even layer all over the face and sleep with it. I use it as an overnight sleeping mask and when I wake up in the morning, my skin is clear and radiant.

I used this the week before my wedding because I was breaking out like crazy from the stress and because I am pmsing and getting closer to my period…sucks but when I got to the wedding day, I woke up with much clearer skin and my makeup applied evenly and I was super pleased with the results. Plus, I have uber sensitive skin, so if this doesn’t damage my skin, then I know it’s worth the investment.

This Drying Cream is made to help shrink the appearance of pimples and small, under-the-surface bumps (it really does help with that!!!!). This unique, magic product is formulated with Sulfur and Zinc Oxide to clarify skin and draw out pore-clogging impurities. It also contains a soothing blend of Aloe Vera, Biotin, Lemon Extract, Lysine, and Vitamins B and E  which all help ensure that skin remains balanced.

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This has been a part of skincare routine for the past year and it is staying there because it acutally does work…and the thing is that you don’t need to use it on a daily basis, you just use it on your bad skin days and it works perfectly fine. I went through 5 or 6 tubs of this over the past year because I was going through some stressful times but now…my current tub has lasted me 3 months and I still have loads left…it runs for 17$ USD for 0.5oz, so the price isn’t bad for something that actually works.

If you are looking for something that will beat the bad break outs without damaging or drying your skin, then you should invest in this little magic potion because it works!

 

The sunscreen that saved my life…

Preparing and protecting my skin for the wedding was a must for me and keeping it safe from the sun was my #1 priority. Since doing a chemical peel at the dermatologist a little over 4 years ago, my skin has become very sensitive to sun exposure and the general weather elements, which is kinda annoying as hell because I always have to be aware. Being in the cold too much will dry out my skin till it cracks and being in the sun too much will burn my skin till it’s tight and extremely dry. Either way, I’m screwed. Since I wanted to avoid having skin issues on my wedding day, I decided to invest in a proper skincare regimen a few month prior to that and that required research and making sure that I would not end up having a reaction to the products I used.

Having the right SPF was such a struggle for me because I break out easily to them and for the longest time I did not use them…but since the skin regenerates better when protected from the sun, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and find myself something fantastic. After loads of reading and researching, I came across the Shiseido Future Solution LX SPF 50+ and this has rocked my world. I do not go a day without it! The price is very very steep, at a huge 115$ cad, it comes in as a very high end/expensive product. Since knowing that I could try product at Sephora before committing and having a flexible exchange/return policy, I took the dive and bought it.

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I bought it since April and have been using it on a daily basis including days where there wasn’t much sun peaking through and I have to say that since using it, I have seen improvement in my skin and it’s healing process. Hyper-pigmentation is not much of an issue for me because I protect my skin well. I didn’t want to go for a chemical sunscreen because I prefer physical ones. I feel like my skin doesn’t break out to those. This Shiseido sunscreen is prefect because it is a mix of both. Physicals sunscreens have a mix of both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Therefore, physicals blockers are mineral and they protect the skin from the sun by blocking the sun’s rays. Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the sun’s rays.

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The consistency of this cream is good, I feel like it somehow hydrate my skin. It’s not too thick and it doesn’t leave a white cast after application or have flashback in photos. The skin absorbs this product well and it doesn’t feel greasy at all!

For the price, I would say it’s worth every penny…50ML is a good amount and there’s still so much product left in the tube. Overall, after 4 months of use, I can safely say that is a holy grail product for me and I will definitely repurchase…living in the Middle East requires SPF on a daily basis and this will help my skin stay youthful and happy 🙂 There was no dryness of cracking this summer, so I am totes a happy camper!

 

Les Sahariennes: perfect summer bronzer!

I’m not a huge makeup girl…by all means. I do not like to spend times prepping and primping myself in the AM. I just like to add a little mascara and a colored matte lipstick and this does the trick. But for some reason…I wanted to get on the bronzer train because I knew I was moving to the Middle East and having a glow and bronzy skin would look killer…you know without having to expose myself to the sun too too much. SOooOO, then I came across this bad boy…the Sun-kissed Blur Perfector by Yves Saint  Laurent! OMG!!!! Like this is just so creamy and so amazing. It’s rich, it’s glowy, it’s bronzy and it’s beautiful in the most subtle, natural way. It’s not crazy orange and it does not make you look like David Hasselhoff. A little goes a long long way.

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I just for kick decided to invest in a 55$ bronzer that wasn’t very necessary for me to have., but when I tried it, I knew that it was going to be a long-term relationship. I cannot explain how this makes the skin look..I mean it claims to blur imperfections, to diminish the size of your pores and smooth out the skin…I don’t really see the hiding imperfection part because I do not have many at the moment as my skin is doing great..but it does somehow smooth out the skin. It came with a small and thin contour brush but I didn’t like the grip on it and so I decided to invest in a good brush as well…with is this lovely solid PRO Contour Sweep brush from Sephora. It’s a whooping 43$ but it’s totes worth it in my opinion…only because I bought it when there was the 20% off deal. It’s a brush that I will keep in my collection for a very long time! The bristles are soft but they are packed so tight that they’re firm enough to blend out your cream or powder bronzer to perfection.

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I do have to admit that going to so many weddings this summer gave me a little positive oomph and energy to perfect my makeup application skills and I do have to admit that I came a long way from where I was before. I am now a highlighter whore…omg, what a shame! But it does look freaking awesome with a sexy tan.

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I know that my pan looks grubby and disgusting but as you can see above it is well loved and well used. The sun-kiss blur perfector really does give you a sun-kissed look..as you can see in my little swatch above, it adds just a small hint of bronzed color to my skin and the amazing part of it is that you can go light or heavy on it..so sometimes, I end up contouring with it whenever I sport a turban look and other times, I just add it across my nose and cheeks to give just a hint of bronzed glow. There’s however one small negative comment about this and it is definitely the smell…I have no idea why high end brands love to stuff their products with a tons of old granny/floral-y smells which is quite a turn off really…but I get passed that because the smell doesn’t linger.

Now, do I recommend this? A big yes, if you’re looking to invest in a good creamy bronzer, then do it, buy this and enjoy it..because YOLO! one obviously because it’s a freaking amazing product and well worth it!

 

Cosrx Low Ph Good Morning Gel Cleanser

I found this cleanser on a whim…I was really annoyed having tight skin every time I washed my face. I was looking for something gentle yet efficient and stumbled upon this baby; been using it for 5 months now and I can honestly say that this is MY cleanser…I ain’t using anything else, ever!

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The Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser is absolutely wonderful. Why??? Because of its low pH for one and it has tea tree oil for two. Tea tree oil is an amazing anti-inflammatory and antiseptic product; it helps tremendously with acne-prone skin as it heels wounds and cuts. So, this cleanser has a particular smell but it’s not invasive, because it smells like tea tree but ever so slightly. This cleanser’s natural ingredients are gentle but super effective. What I like about this cleanser in particular is that the low pH of 5.0-6.0 is optimal for the skin because it restores its balance and helps to reduce irritations. It’s so gentle you barley notice it deeply cleansing your skin! It gently removes build-up of sebum and dead skin cells. I know it is to be used in the AM only, as it is written on the bottle, but that doesn’t stop me for using it in the PM as well. And, what’s even more awesome is that it’s pretty affordable (12.38$ on Amazon). This cleanser is bomb, seriously.

I have used COSRX products before and never have been disappointed. I am super happy with the fact that it doesn’t leave my sensitive skin tight or dry. I use it hand in hand with my FOREO brush and this is what I will be using for a while. I am very very satisfied and will not change it.

If you have sensitive acne-prone skin, then this is your guy!

Red Lip: my top picks <3

A classic red lip is always a good idea to finish up a glamorous outfit! I always had a super special place in my heart for a red lip. It’s the effortless way to make any look extra polished. It’s always a good idea to opt for a cool Parisian vibe. 2 minutes and voila, you head out the door looking like the hottest woman in town. I always like to opt for a matte lip color, because I find it suits me better.

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But how, oh, how do you find the perfect shade for you??? I know red lipstick can be tricky and some people might think that it doesn’t work for them..but that’s wrong. You can find the perfect shade for you depending on your skin tone. The undertone of your skin is important when choosing lip colors, especially darker colors. You are either a cool (pink), neutral or warm (yellow) undertone . Eventually, you will discover through trial and error what your undertone is. Or, you could always ask for assistance at any beauty counter.

A good and simple way to know if the red color works for you…you just smile and see if the lip color emphasizes the whiteness/yellowness of your teeth. If your teeth appear whiter, then you know that the color you picked is perfect for you.

As you all know, obviously, the red lipstick has been an iconic beauty staple since Ancient Egypt…So, here are my picks:

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The Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are honestly the best of the best lipsticks out there. one major reason why I love these so much is that they’re in pencil form, which means that you don’t need a lip liner. For anyone who’s lazy, like me, will love this. The formula is amazing! It’s outstanding even!  These pencils offer a matte lip, but they are infused with Vitamin E and that offers a ton of moisture. You don’t have that icky cracky feeling. They’re so velvety as the name suggests; they glide on like butter when applied. My go-to Nars red lip color is Cruella. I love this color because it’s a cherry red and it works perfect with my skin tone. It’s matte, it’s pigmented and it stays on for hours. This is a total win-win product!

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I know I was kinda bashing the Stila mascara in my last post, but this product is amaaaazing! The Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick is seriously no joke. OMG!! This is seriously a long lasting lipstick…like all day and the day after even. I put it on, ate, took my shower, came out and it was still there….beautifully intact. Beso is a beautiful true red color. I believe it would suits loads of skin tone. It’s super bright and super red. These lipsticks are creamy and are super full-coverage. It’s also matte, yayy!!! The texture is comfortable and it feels lightweight on lips. So far, this red color is aces!!! I cannot stop loving this. Bonus: It is enriched with vitamin E and avocado oil…so there, your lips will for sure be happy.

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Colourpop…ugh! Such a good brand and super affordable! This yet another beautiful matte red color I go for on a daily basis. Bossy is a blue red, which suits warmer skin tones better. It’s a gorgeous matte formula that doesn’t dry out the lips. For it’s huge 5$ US price tag, it delivers what it promises…giving you luscious matte red lips’ lips that aren’t cracked or dry. The only down-side to this is the fact that you need to reapply a lot for often than the other 2 brands I mentioned above. But, honestly, for the price.. I can’t complain.

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Last, but definitely not least, the Marc Jacobs  Le Marc Lip Crème Lipsticks are to die for! If I had to choose one makeup brand to use for the rest of my life, it would totes be Marc Jacobs. Goddess is a bright red, almost with a gold undertone. It’s the very definition of a yummy luxurious lipstick. Marc is my man! He’s got the formulas all done; from lipstick to eye shadows to eyeliners…Goddess is a creamy lipstick that delivers indulgent color that lasts all day long. The pgmentation is insane! Anddd the formula is triple-milled and is enriched with hydrating ingredients. Helllooo moisture! My favorite part about this range is obviously the packaging; it’s super sleek, sexy and it’s magnetic (no fear of it opening randomly in your bag).

 

If any of you are looking for a statement, signature red lipstick…then definitely check these out! They’re super worth it for one and they’re the perfect way to make any outfit and any makeup look punchier.

 

 

The mascaras battle

I got these 2 mascaras as samples from a Sephora purchase a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to test them out to see how good they were. I was looking for something new to replace my Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara..you know just for the fun of find something new and exciting. Then I got these 2 as samples and I thought, what a perfect opportunity to test them out..maybe they’ll be even better than my holy grail mascara.

I got the Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara and the Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara. The names are pretty heavy and seems to me like they promise to deliver amazing results. Well, not really, because I wasn’t super impressed.

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The Stila mascara was too wet and heavy for my taste. I got it everywhere and if I didn’t give it enough time to dry on my lashes, I would find it all over my lid. Super not cool! Plus, the wand has so much product on it, I almost needed to get some off with a Kleenex to be able to use it without excess product. The result was nice, but I feel like it clumped up a little too much for my taste. Like, it was beyond spider lashes…not a look I like to go for. It was hard to get clean off and even if I went over it twice with a makeup remover, I still had some product left the next day. What I didn’t really like too was the fact that throughout the day, I had fall out all over my face…That was the biggest turn-off for me.I want my mascara to stay on my lashes..not all over my face! For 30$ CAD, I want my mascara to deliver what it promises to do. This doesn’t give me huge extreme lashes, it just gives me a huge mess to clean up. So not worth it for me..so that was a big no no for me.

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The Lancôme mascara was pretty much the same for me. Too much clump and no volume or body. It weighed my lashes down so much, there was no curl left. It almost made my lashes look short, if that makes sense. Too much wetness for me and it also gave me the same spider lashes, which I do not like at all! Oh annnddd, it has an awful smell!! Ugh, the minute I get the wand out of the tube, I want to puke. It smells like baby powder or like a chemical…I can’t put my finger on it, but it’s bad! This runs for 34$ CAD and I, sincerely, think this so not worth the money.

 

I don’t know if it’s just me and I can’t seem to use these properly, but they both sucked just a little. I usually love Stila and I was super surprised this didn’t deliver. Maybe I got bad tubes, but I will not be changing my mascara anytime soon. I will totes be sticking to my Marc Jacobs mascara for now, until I find something better.

Have you guys used these mascaras? Do you like them? Let me know!

The Foreo experience

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I’m not one to spend so much money on little gadgets and beauty tools…but my skin had a little bit of unwanted texture over the end of the summer and carried on like this till October. It was gross to the touch; almost felt like a sidewalk or something. I used to wash my face with the Olay Pro-X Microdermabrasion Plus Advanced Cleansing System for the longest time and I was quite satisfied with it. However, when I felt like my skin got drier and more sensitive, I knew that the bristles were irritation and stripping my skin for its natural oils. I stopped it for a while but I couldn’t get rid of the dead skin. I had seen and heard about the Luna device but never wanted to invest it because of the steep price (299$). I heard so many people rave about it and swear by it in their daily skincare routines. When I got notification of a 20% discount at the Sephora VIB Rouge sale, I though this is the chance to risk it and try it out. It’s now or never!

I wanted to try the product for a little while before I shared my opinion and thoughts with you guys. I have been using it for a little over 3 months now and it is safe to say that this little baby changed my life. Literally! It helped improve my skin texture, remove dirt gently, exfoliate lightly and improve circulation. I can honeslty attest that the Foreo Luna 2 changed the way I clean my skin! It’s super safe to use on sensitive, eczema-prone skin. ANDDD I use it morning and night! So far, my skin loves it.

 

A The Luna is made with a thick silicone material, which makes it easy to clean, easy to use and makes it gentle on the skin. It’s waterproof! So it’s totes safe to use freely under water…which I don’t usually do, but this is a good option to have. The device comes with 2 sides, the one with the little bristles and the one with the big waves. One side for cleaning and one side for massaging your products into your skin. I do not ever use that side, but that’s an option for those who want to get the full experience. This device pulsates and allows you to clean your skin everywhere on a timed frame…which means that you do not over-clean and strip your skin or hurt it.

Now, this device claims to help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and it helps obtain radiant, firm, youthful-looking skin. Now, I don’t know about the wrinkles and fine line, but I do know that I have radiant, healthier looking skin. What I like about it is the shape, I feel like its shape is perfect enough for you to get those little narrow ridges clean. Like around your nose or under your lips. It honestly feel like you’re getting a baby massage every time you clean your face. It gives you the right amount of clean with the right amount of fresh and plump. I feel like products skin better and absorb better with the help of this device.

I am super surprised that I would like this so much, but I really do! Plus I do not have to change batteries or charge it. I have been on the same charge for the past 3 months. This is always a plus for me!

If you’re looking into investing in the Luna device, I recommend it! Annnnd on top of it, there’s a little offer right now on the Sephora website, where you can get the Luna in a package with products for 199$. They have the sensitive skin one and the combination skin one.

It’s truly a good investment, especially that it gives you results. It’s totes a keeper!