Nordstrom Coupon Codes: Holiday Gift Guide

All the coupons you will need to shop ’til you drop this coming holiday season!

If you’re anything like me, you love shopping with coupons, whether they’re from Raise or a local grocery store. However, you will also know what it’s like to be bombarded by emails from all your favorite shops but never have time to sift through them for coupon codes and promotions you may be interested in. That is why I decided to add a deals and steals portion to my blog! The first posts of this section will be a holiday gift guide because it’s finally that time of year, and I know you all have loved ones/special people you need to shop for.

Currently, I have been drooling over various arm candy inspiration photos and I decided I want to start building my collection. Here are some of the watches I have been eying!


One of my many New Years resolutions is to be better accessorized (seriously). Stay tuned for the next post in which I share some of the jewelry I have been eying, both fashion and statement pieces, that can truly take even the most basic outfits to the next level.

Like a friend of mine used to say, “You can’t receive with a closed fist.” So here’s to giving! I hope this Holiday guide was helpful, feel free to comment below with any specific shopping guides you would like to see.

Click HERE to get at least 10% off Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs watches!

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Rebel Princess: Dark Purple Lipstick Makeup Tutorial

Dark Purple Lipstick Makeup tutorial perfect for a sultry winter look!

Dark Purple Lipstick

Deep Purple Lipstick paired with an Icy purple eye for a sultry winter look!


Hey guys! So it feels like it’s been forever since I uploaded a post! I know it’s only been like a week, but I seriously missed it and it is so good to be back.   I am so excited to finally get this look up.  I saw a lot of punk/goth makeup on the runways during NYFW, but I decided to put off playing with these colors until the winter.  The winter is finally right around the corner!  It took me a while to find a way to wear this look that was fun and pretty, but still featured a strong lip without being overpowering.  I finally found a way! This look is inspired by Shaaanxo, one of my fave Youtubers, and when I saw it I knew I had to recreate it right away because of how pretty wearable the overall look is when these eyeshadows are paired with the lipstick.

I really loved playing with this look and I hope you will all try it out!  Here’s a list of everything I used:


Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation, Cappuccino

L’Oreal True Match Concealer Crayon, Medium/Deep N6-7-8 icon

Ben Nye Banana Powder

LORAC Pro Palette, Expresso

LORAC Unzipped Palette, Unbridled


L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner, Charcoal icon

LORAC Pro Palette, Sable, Expresso, Pewter

Sleek “Bad Girl” Palette, Rebel (#12)

BH Cosmetics Take Me to Brazil Palette


Wet’n’Wild Megalast Lipstick, Vamp It Up

Translucent Setting Powder


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What is Maha Maven?

All about why I chose the name for my beauty and lifestyle blog!


A lot of people have asked me why I chose to start a blog and name it  “Maha Maven.”

maha maven definition

Maha means “woman with beautiful eyes,” and Maven  means “expert” or “connoisseur.”


I taught myself the tricks and techniques to enhance the things I loved about my appearance.  My eyes are my favorite physical traitso you will notice that most of my makeup tutorials revolve around eye makeup, drawing attention to my eyes and making them stand out.

People always stop me on the street to ask what foundation I am wearing, tell me they love my eye makeup, or to ask me what I use on my hair.  I have been asked to share makeup tips, recommend makeup looks, and help tweak application techniques to achieve a flawless makeup look.  This led me to put all the knowledge and expertise I gained through experience in one place:


Through this blog, I am talking to women like me.


Women who have always been different, but refuse to fit the mold.  I am writing to women who, like me, look around their world and don’t see faces, bodies, or stories like theirs on the front pages of major magazines.  I created Maha Maven for women who open these same magazines, and wonder why they are missing from the centerfolds.


I am writing to women who challenge the assertion that they have to choose…intelligent or stylish, academic or creative.


I am writing to women who have been told that they can’t be both.  Who were made to believe that they cannot have it all.


This is for women who want to be taken seriously as students and professionals, but who also have a passion for creativity, beauty, and style.


I learned to resist the urge to try to fit in.  I learned to be and love myself, as I strived to be a person whom I could respect.



“Maha Maven” basically means “beautiful eyed expert,” and this embodies what I want this site to be about: empowering women to find their best traits, enhance them, and own them.  You are an expert at being you.  It’s about teaching women to be and look their best, and assert their best selves to the world. No apologies, and no questions asked.


I started this blog to share what I have learned.


Here are my tips, my advice, and my stories. Here is my journey.


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Hooded Eye Makeup Tutorial: Holiday Makeup

Hooded Eye Makeup Tutorial just in time for the Holidays!

hooded eyelid makeup

This makeup tutorial hits pretty close to home for me guys!  When I first started experimenting with makeup, I struggled with nailing some of the gorgeously complex eyeshadow looks I saw in pictures and on celebrities.  It wasn’t until college when people started making fun of me for my “bedroom eyes” that the lightbulb went off for me…I have slightly hooded eyes!  This realization was a major game changer for me. The more I learned about hooded eyes, the easier my makeup application became and the happier I was with my results!

The name of this blog is Maha Maven afterall, so it’s about time I start honing in on those peepers.


What is a hooded eye?

A hooded eye is defined by an eyelid that becomes “hooded” by the skin on the brow bone, leaving less visible eyelid space when looking straight ahead.  Some people confuse a hooded eyelid with a monolid, but they really are not the same.  A monolid is one in which the eyelid is completely hidden, while with most hooded eyes the lid remains at least partially visible.


How can I tell if I have a hooded eye?

When looking down, hooded eyes become very noticeable: the crease is less defined, if it is defined at all, and the space between your brow and you upper lash line is either flat or slightly convex.


My eyes are “hooded.”  What now?

Consider yourself lucky! I know I do.  Bedroom eyes are beautiful, sultry, and intense.  It’s just all about learning how to tweak your makeup techniques to really play them up.  Notable celebrities with hooded eyes are Blake Lively, Jennifer Lawrence, Nia Long, Taylor Swift and Camilla Belle.  All gorgeous women!

PRO Tips

Start your eye makeup by laying down your crease and transition colors to define the area, and also give yourself a visual barrier for your eyeshadow.

I like to keep the darkest colors on the outer corner of you eye, and focus my brightest colors on my inner and center eyelid.  This enhances the sultriness of my eyes without making them look smaller, while enabling me to maximize lid space for intricate eyeshadow looks.

Without further ado, here’s the makeup!


Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation, Cappuccino

L’Oreal True Match Concealer Crayon, Medium/Deep N6-7-8 icon

Ben Nye Banana Powder

LORAC Pro Palette, Expresso

LORAC Unzipped Palette, Unbridled


Maybelline Gel Studio, Black icon

Urban Decay Book of Shadows, Hijack

Sleek “Bad Girl” Palette, Intoxicated (#7) and Blade (#3)

Sleek “Storm” Palette, #9


LORAC Lip Pencil, 04

NARS Lip Lacquer, Eros


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Nigerian Traditional Wedding Makeup Tutorial

Nigerian Traditional Wedding Makeup Tutorial

Welcome to my international series! I love weddings and so I decided to do a series dedicated to various makeup looks from traditional weddings all over the world.  I love going to events where I know I will be able to soak up a different culture, and eat amazing food.  I also always look forward to seeing the bride’s makeup and attire.


nigerian traditional wedding

Maha’s Eyes: Nigerian Traditional Wedding Makeup


A Nigerian traditional wedding is usually a weekend long occasion consisting of the traditional wedding on the first day, and an English wedding on the next.  My favorite part of the wedding celebration has to be the traditional wedding! They are always so vibrant and exciting!

The traditional wedding is a cultural practice in which the bride is presented and picks her groom out of a crowd.  She dances around the room while he “hides” and once she find him, she kneels before him and presents him with a cup of palm wine.  He sips, then she sips, then he finishes the cup and puts some money inside of it for her people back home.



These weddings vary by tribe and region of origin, and it is always so exciting to watch.  I could go on and on about the intricacies of this ceremony, but I will save that for later posts! In the meantime, lets get to the tutorial.  I decided to use reds because as you will see from the photos of other Nigerian traditional wedding ceremonies, red is a really important color in these ceremonies.  The ceremonial beads are red, and even if brides opt to wear other colors they almost always use the red beads as accessories, as do the grooms and bridal party.



Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, Warm Almond
Maybelline Fit Me! Setting Powder, Cappuccino
L’Oreal True Match Concealer Crayon, Medium/Deep N6-7-8
Ben Nye Banana Powder
LORAC Unzipped Palette, Unbridled
LORAC Pro PaletteEspresso


L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner, Black icon
LORAC Pro PaletteBlack
Sleek “Original” Palette, #6, #11, #12
Toyoepin Lashes, Natural Cute
LORAC Pro Palette, Garnet
LORAC Unzipped PaletteUnattainable
MAC Eyeshadow, Brown Script


MAC Lipstick, Twig
NYX Lipliner, Chestnut

Maybelline FitMe Setting Powder, Cappuccino


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*MAC Brown Script is very similar to the color used.