Well hello there. I’m Maeve and I am stoked to be coming at you via this lovely blog, by my good lady friend Miss Wren. Wren has invited me to be a reoccurring guest blogger to give you my professional thoughts and opinions on all things beauty. Now you may be wondering what qualifies my professional opinion, other than me claiming it so. I am a certified Esthetician and Cosmetician (diplomas in both!) who has spent the last 6 years of her life making the world a better place, one makeover at a time. I have worked exclusively for brands such as Cargo, Clarins, Shiseido, Biotherm and Elizabeth Arden. I currently work for an unbiased national retail chain with brands like Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Stila, Guerlain, Lancome, Estee Lauder and Nars to name a few. My job mainly consists of esthetics such as facials, facial waxing and nail painting but I also do makeup applications and makeup/skincare sales. In my own time I also do freelance makeup services, mainly for weddings but also the odd fashion show/shoot. I am lucky to work in an industry I adore and will be using this blog space to share my passion with you all.
Now, I receive an exorbitant amount of free swag from the
brands at my store. Perhaps for a future post I’ll snap some pics of my
collection, which literally is in the tens of thousands of dollars range
(look at me bragging). People that I like benefit from this as well, as
I am constantly giving my hauls away. With that said, I have put
together a few things to give away to one lucky person reading this.
Sorry this haul is pretty much all skincare, but that’s what I’ve got at
the moment. With the holidays coming up, aka gift time from all the
brands, I am sure I’ll have a more makeup-y prize lot next time.
On to the giveaway!
B.Kamins Nia-Stem Eye Cream $90 CAD
Kamins is a brand you may not have ever heard of. They’re a Canadian
spa brand that focuses on result driven products. Meaning they actually
do what they claim. They’re well known for their multitude of treatment
products that deal with concerns for everything (aging, sensitivities,
menopause, acne, eczema , extra dry and normal skin types). They’re
also a very innovative brand that features their patented Bio-Maple
complex that is derived from maple sap, which hydrates, exfoliates and
protects the skin. The Nia-Stem eye cream features niacin, plant stem
cells, hyaluronic acid and the Bio-Maple complex. Basically this cream
will hydrate, soften lines, and tighten skin for a lifted effect.
Eve Lom Hand Cream $38 CAD
spa brand, this one from the UK. Eve Lom is known for their award
winning cleanser, called ‘probably the best cleanser in the world’ by
Vogue magazine. Eve Lom is an actual person, a fellow esthetician, who
opened her own beauty biz in the 80’s. This brand is new to me, but I
like what I’ve tried so far. This hand cream not only hydrates, it also
brightens and evens the skin tone, plumps the skin (so hands don’t look
too vein-y), and has an SPF of 10 to protect from sun damage.
Caudalie Teint Divin Tinted Moisturizer $39 CAD
love Caudalie. This French brand began on a vineyard in the early 90’s
when a doctor mentioned to the winemaking family, that they could use
the leftover grape scraps to create skincare. Caudalie has since gone on
to patent grape seed Polyphenols, Resveratrol and Viniferine all of
which combat the aging process in a natural way. In fact if you’re
looking for natural skincare this is the brand for you as they don’t use
the majority of harsh chemicals found in most skin care brands. This
tinted moisturizer gives the look of tanned, glowing skin without having
to wreak your complexion with an actual tan. The shade in this giveaway
is the light as I’m a pasty Irish gal and am always given the lightest
of light shades.
StriVectin Replenishing Cleanser $33 CAD
from the states, StriVectin is known for their NIA-114 concoction,
which is basically a derivative of niacin. Niacin is excellent for
anti-aging purposes and is suitable for almost all skin types including
sensitive. This cleanser is excellent for everyone as it is gentle yet
deep cleansing and is especially great in the winter time as it is
Cargo Jet Lag Concealer $32 CAD
company based out of Toronto, known for their innovative packaging and
professional quality. This undereye concealer not only conceals but
highlights. It is also a makeup/skincare hybrid as it helps to tone down
puffiness and decrease dark circles while concealing. Once again the
shade is light (sorry if whoever wins this is not as pale as I!).
SpaRitual Nail Polish in ‘Effervescent’ $11.95 CAD
all decent polish brands these days SpaRitual is free of DBP, Toleune
and Formaldehyde. On top of that they are also 100% vegan. This shade is
a very sheer red that I find looks cool on top of darker shades.
those are all the wonderful full size items that could be yours (value
of $243.95!!!). I’ve also thrown in some deluxe samples/travel sizes of
the following products. Clinique Moisture Surge Intense, 7 ml. Darphin
(love, love, love this brand) Intral Toner, 50 ml. Bioderma Light
Cream, 15 ml.
Here is how you can enter to win:
1.You can get one entry to this contest by simply commenting " I Love The Make-Up Maeven!" on this blog entry
2.You can also get an entry by adding me on Twitter and tweeting the following " Dearest @MissWrenxo and @The_Maeve I want to win the $240 #MakeUp Maeven #Giveaway #Contest"
3. Post the giveaway photo on Instagram along with " Dearest @MissWrenxo and @The_Maeve I want to win the $240 #MakeUp Maeven #Giveaway #Contest"
*plz make sure you guys are leaving me a way to get a hold of you if you win*
That gives you all 3 chances to win this awesome little bundle of goodies!! We will be drawing for this on December 11th! Good luck everyone!
For this first post I just wanted to introduce
myself and give one of you a treat. In the future I will be providing
more specific reviews and perhaps the odd tutorial. Speaking of which,
if anyone has any makeup/skincare related queries don’t hesitate to ask
in the comments or shoot Miss Wren an email.
Check out my pro site www.makeupbymaeve.com and my blog that I constantly neglect at themaevemc.blogspot.com