03/10/17

Elemis – Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm – Review

Hello my dear followers,

A few months back I attended the Elemis launch here in Malta and I was given a few samples to test out, including the Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. At first I was thinking of doing one post on all the products, but there is so much to say on each product that i would be boring you out.

If you are not familiar with Elemis, than you will be now. This Uk brand specializes in creating high-end skincare products for mature women, which combine the best of nature and science combined.

 

 

The Elemis Pro-collaged cleansing balm has an oil base creamy texture with a lavender, chamomile and a touch of mint aroma. It is used to dissolve make up and any dirt and oil you might have from your skin. Known for having a blend of precious starflower, elderberrry, optimega oils, and anti-ageing Padina pavonica which firms the skin but also smooths and hydrate your skin.  All of the ingredients are natural oils which are grown in the UK, and it is suitable for all skin types.

After trying this balm for a couple of times, I have to admit that it is an exceptional product. It is like having a facial in a jar. Once you open the jar you are greeted with a beautiful aroma, that is so relaxing and made me feel like I’m at the Spa. The cool thing about this product is that you can use it in 2 ways, you can smooth it over the face and neck and gently massage it into the skin and remove with a worm cleansing cloth, or (my favorite) leave it for 10 minutes as a relaxing mask.

Once I remove the balm, my skin is soft and glowing, and not one bit oily. The only downer for some women, it that it  costs 48 euros,but I have to say that it is worth every single penny. You can feel the difference from drugstore skincare products to the Elemis brand, it is really rich in quality.

I highly recommend this product, and if money permits I might purchase the actual big jar in the future.

What do you guys think? have you tried this product or any of Elemis range? feel free to comment down below. Do not forget to subscribe and show some love on my Facebook page or Instagram

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

03/9/17

Nike Plus Size Women’s Collection

Hello Dear Readers,

Since I usually write about Beauty most of the time, today I wan’t to talk about something different, which is Fashion. Nike did a bold move recently, and have finally launched a whole new clothing like for Plus-size women. My inner-self was singing “Halleluia” and thanking any spiritual being, for finally seeing this change.

“Athletes have a desire to get the best fit and function in their apparel. They also want to feel good. This is why Nike is delivering the most robust range of sizes for women in more colors and styles than ever before. From a 1X to 3X, Nike’s expanded Plus Size collection is crafted to ensure the perfect fit at every size.
Nike’s Plus Size Collection is available now on nike.com and in select retailers in North America and Western Europe.”

As some of you might know, I am a Plus Size and might still be till the day I die. But I am healthy and like to keep fit. I go to Zumba Classes every week, and do my best to eat healthy and have a few cheat days to keep myself sane. But I will not starve myself or go on crazy FAD diets to be the skinny person most people like me to be. Yet it is very hard to find workout clothes that fit me or many other women for that matter.

Nike has received a lot of praise buy also backlash from people, saying it is accepting obesity and that people should lose weight. So we encourage people to be healthy and workout but then we don’t offer workout clothes for them to wear. It’s like  gym instructors try to encourage people to workout but then they get ridiculed for doing so (fat person on a treadmill photos). THIS HAS TO STOP PEOPLE.

What you see on the outside doesn’t necessary reflect what’s on the inside. A person can be weighting more and be healthy and a skinny person can weight less but not be healthy at all. I know people which are supper skinny and have been eating junk all the time, and now have problems with cholesterol. Then I also know overweight women which eat the right food, and exercise and cannot lose weight or have extra fat which cannot be removed unless they go under the Knife.

Why being Skinny is accepted and seen as Normal, and being overweight is seen as such a bad thing? We need to
stop making assumptions and stop judging.

I am super Happy that Nike launched this line and I hope other Brands will follow. May we be lucky to have this collection in Malta soon, since I am sure many Women will buy them.

What are your opinions ?

Love

Sarah-Jane

xoxo

01/26/17

My Latvian Beauty Haul <3

Hello dear readers,

I hope you liked my previous post, where I mentioned the best places to shop should you visit Latvia or even the Baltic region. Since most shops are available in all of the Baltic countries, and not only in Latvia. I would suggest you read the post before you keep reading this one, so you get a sense of what the shops are about. But if you are looking to see some goodies keep on scowling down.

So let’s starts amd show you all of the products I bought from all of these Latvian shops. 😀

Drogas

Since Drogas have all the products you need, for hair, face and body at a cheap price, I did buy quite a lot of stuff. Here’s the list below:

  • 5 Lipstick shades from Fennel a cosmetic company from Thailand. They were discounted to 1 to 2 approx euros each.
  • Wellness & Beauty by Rossmann – Tea Extract and Olive – body oil. A Polish company which provide this range of body oils and much more.
  • Natura Siberica – Loves Latvija – Body scrub. It is a Russian Organic brand based in Siberia, which have a variety of skin and body care collections and one is dedicated to it’s neighbour of Latvia.
  • Amie Naturally kind- Skin care- Morning Clear Purifying Facial wash – Got it at discount for approx 3 euros 😀
  • L’Oreal Evital – Heat protector on coloured hair – Since the one I currently use by Tresemme is running out, I needed a replacement.
  • Body Butter and Body Scrub by Superdrug – These were on offer for just 1.30euros each, and they are just as good as the body butter from the Body shop.
  • L’Oreal Nutri Gold Face Oil and Moisturizer – Since my face was getting pretty dry I thought I should try these out.
  • L’Oreal Mascara and SkinPerfection Micellar Water- to clean my face from all the make-up I put on.
  • Golden Rose – Long-stay Matte Foundation… can’t wait to test it out 😀
  • Beauty FormulaCharcoal Clay Mask-I heard pretty good things about the mask and they were not lying. Review coming up.

Stenders

From this awesome shop I got the shower gel and creamy body scrub in cranberry. I also got a pieces of soap from their enormous collection, forgot the name but I simple love the smell. It also left the lovely aroma on all of my clothes, since it was in my luggage. Finally I was given a cute travel set to try their shampoo and conditioner, by my lovely Latvian friend. Even if im dieing to try them out, I want to wait a bit, since they contain such nice memeories.

Dzintars

From the Latvian skin care range of Dzintars I only got their lipbalms, the green one is the original while the orange one is a new range. It is all written in latvian so cannot say what is the difference between them. But I like the most the orange one since it has a nice fruity smell.

Rituals

The Dutch brand of Rituals recently launched the collection called the Ritual of Sakura, from which I got the body mist, body lotions and shower gel. The cool thing about the shower gel is that it comes out as foam, and you don’t need a large amount since its spreads.  Can’t wait to pamper myself with them.

Street Markets

In most cities of Latvia you will find street markets, especially in Christmas time. One day I went to Jurmala, a lovely city next to the Beach. There you can find shops and also cute street markets, where you can find anything from scarfs, mittens to local home-made soaps (as the ones you see in the photo). Even in the capital of Riga you can find pretty interesting stuff in these wooden housed markets. Next to the soaps (in the image above) you will see an odd but pretty  ring which was given to me as a present. The ring contains a nice big Amber stone, since Amber is very popular in those areas. Finally I got the Latvian scarf which is shown on the top of every picture. The pattern is pretty symbolic with Latvia and they are very much in fashion right now.

Duty Free

Last but not least, I got this lovely perfume by Moschino with some other yummy stuff at the Duty free. It was a real pity that I didn’t have more time in my hands, when I left Riga. Since there are some nice shops to see and at very decent prices. I simple love how you can find a variety of local brands but also Polish, Lithuanian, German and Russian brands. Pretty cool.

Well that is all for my pretty big Haul from my Holiday in Riga, I did stock up on everyday stuff that will last me for half if not the whole year. So thank you Riga for being so affordable and filled with beautiful things, I will definitely visit again.

I hope you like my post :D, please show some love by following my blog and liking my Facebook page

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

01/9/17

Beauty Brands in Latvia (Baltic Region)

Hello dear readers,

Welcome to my page once again and I would like to wish you all a lovely New Year :).

Like every year 2016 had it’s many ups and downs. Yet I am thankful for the new friends it brought me, new clients and great opportunities. I also conquered one of my fears of flying on my own, which I’ve done twice in a year. First to the lovely City of Amsterdam, and then recently to what I feels like my second home, in Riga, Latvia.

Riga is a beautiful city filled with culture, good food and lovely people. Latvians may not be as welcoming as Maltese can be. Yet once they get to know you, they will treat like their own.

Intentionally I was going to do a post about beauty brands in the Netherlands, but I didn’t get to discover any particular new brands while there. Since I was more interested in the art and history it provided, than looking for beauty products. Yet in Latvia there is quite a vast range of stores, both foreign and local, which have created a name for themselves in Latvia and even in the Baltic region.

So here is a list of  beauty shops and brands to looks for in this beautiful country:

Drogas

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Drogas is by far my favourite chain of beauty shops in Latvia. I was lucky enough to find one in every corner in Riga, since their shops are available throughout Latvia and Lithuania. They have anything you need from toiletries, hair products, skin care and of course Make-up.

One important think I forgot to mention, is that prices are ridiculously CHEAP compared to the Maltese market.  You can find from the cheapest make-up like Essence and Catrice, but also the most famous drugstore brands like L’Oreal, Max factor and Maybeline to Art Deco and Golden Rose.

It is really heaven for beauty lovers, and since it was during the holiday season many things were discounted even more. The only downer is that there are some products which are in German, Russian or Latvian. But you can always find a nice soul to translate everything for you. (Thank you my latvian good souls 😛 )

Dzintars

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Dzintars is a Local beauty shop which specialise in perfumery, skin care and Biocosmetic. They are known for using natural bio-active substances which help and protect the skin. Not only for skin care but also in the their make-up. It was a pity I didn’t get much time to try and test their products, but if I get to go again I will definitely check it out.

Stenders 

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Stenders has become one of my favourite shop for showering, bathing and body care. It has captured me with the enchanting aroma as I walked into the shop and has left me craving for more. This is another local brand that has opened out it wings and has now 220 shops in 27 countries.

It is a like a mixture of Lush and the Body shop, minus the make-up. They also have a variety of different delicious smelly soaps, which they can cut from just for you.The prices are very reasonable considering the quality of these soaps and shower gels, so do check them out. They also do deliveries in most countries including Malta 😀

Rituals

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Talking about the Netherlands (in the start of my post), Rituals is a dutch brand, very similar to Stenders since is focuses on baths and shower gels. However it is also targeted to create ambience with aromas for Spas, homes and even hotels. It is very new to the Latvian Market, but it is getting more known and loved for their special aromas using oils and herbs. Products include, skin and body care, make-up, and perfumes for body and interiors.

The products are slightly more expensive than Stenders, but still reasonable priced for the Maltese market. I would definitely check them out either in Riga Plaza , or in any of the other 28 countries.

Douglas

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Douglas is probably not new to many of you, this German chain of shops is available around Europe housing a variety of beauty products including their own. From make-up to perfumery and much more. However since Sephora is not available in Latvia, brands like Urban Decay and Benefit are found in most Douglas stores.

Stockmann – M.A.C

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Stockmann is a large shopping Mall in Latvia where you will find all of the high end luxury brands, like M.A.C, Yves Saint Laurent, Estee Lauder, Clarins, Bobbi Brown, and much more. I honestly didn’t get the chance to go trough the store, but it did me good.  Even if I love to stock up on some new M.A.C lipsticks, it’s time to take a break from buying for a little while. However if you are looking for some high quality beauty products, Stockmann is the place to be.

Something which I have missed was having a Kiko Milano Store, but it was probably for the best :D. Yet I was not disappointing at all with what Latvia offers, instead it left me wanting for more. It may not be one of the top destinations in the world, but it is definitely worth visiting. It might actually steal your heart 😀 <3

Well I hope you found this post helpful, let me know if you would like me to write about my travels. I will do another post and show you all of the products I got from Latvia.

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Lots of love

Sarah-Jane

XOXO

 

12/6/16

Festive Season Make-Up Look No1

Hello lovely followers,

Since these festive season is here I wanted to post a couple of looks which could help you out for the upcoming parties, dinners and various festive celebrations. As a Malteaser we do take the Christmas celebrations pretty seriously, we always have parties, dinners or various gathering to attend to and it is important we look great each time (I’m not joking, its tiring :P)

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So here is my first look for this December, it’s has some winter elements with a bit of gold highlight tones. As you can see from the image, I used brown and plum shades on the crease and inner corner. Then applied a nice metallic yellow creme shadow, which looks golden when applied in small amount. It creates the illusion of depth and contrasts in the eyes, which I absolutely love.

As for the lips I didn’t want to go for the usual red shade (which I love btw, but sometimes it’s nice to spice it up). I used this beautiful new lipstick I bought from M.A.C called Captive, its a lovely plum colour with some brown and red undertones.

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Products Used:

Foundation : M.A.C Matchmaster foundation + Vichy Dermablend in 15 + 3 INA Compact Powder

Eyes: Carli Bybel Eyeshadow Palette by BH Cosmetics –  Dark Plum a brown

Wet and Wild Palette E736 Petal Pusher  – Plum and Dark Voilet

3 INA  The creme eyeshadow in 301

Kiko Milano Precision eyliner in black

L’Oreal Mascara False Lash Wings

Blush: M.A.C Breath of Plum Blusher

BH Cosmetics countouring palette and highlighter

Lipstick: M.A.C Captive Satin Lipstick

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Well I hope you like this look, feel free to write comments down below and show some love both on here on Facebook. Keep posted for more looks,

Lots of Love

SJ

11/22/16

Soy Wax Melts at My Melts in Mosta

Hello my lovely readers,

I would like to apologize for my absence in the last few months, believe me they were not the easiest. I was performing with the lovely Choir of Voices for one last time in October and before that I was full with rehearsals. Apart from that I have been travelling a lot for work and getting sick on and off due to the changes in weather. So having time to blog or even pamper myself with make-up and beauty products was a rare thing. But I won’t complain since I loved doing most of the stuff I mentioned.

Something I want to talk about today, is about these soy wax melts I discovered thanks to this fairly new store in Mosta called my Melts. It a lovely store owned by the sweetest Australian-Maltese Anastasia Abela. I met her a while ago were she has explained the idea behind her store and also has made me quite a fan of her Melts.20160505_185801
Throughout her years, she has had an interest in ways to enhance one’s surrounding with the use of aromas and scents. Anastasia explained that a certain perfume or smell can tend to remind us of a certain time in life, mostly good times. Which is quite true, I do have certain perfumes that remind me of home or even a place I visited. On thing I recall was when I was 16, and I travelled to Germany for my first time and I used to wear this lipbalm which had the strong yet lovely smell. I recently found it in an old box and the moment I opened the lip balm container, it brought all the memories when I was there. 20160505_185820

Trough her melts she wants to create a relaxing environment for everyone. Especially with the hectic lives we have nowadays, its good to have such things that can help our mood and give us a calming feeling. All you need is a burner (also available in her shop), one of her lovely melts and you can sit and enjoy the lovely aroma it provides. I find them ideal to use now in Winter, cause in summer it can tend to be a bit to hot to have in Malta.  Anastasia was really nice to give me one to test out, and it smells delicious.20160505_190515

You shall find a huge variety of different scents and perfumes, and she has the cutest packing ideal to give as gifts. I really can’t wait to have some time and go back to her store and get me more melts, and maybe even purchase her cute burner with the same heart shaped size of her Melts. The melts are really affordable and they can last up to 3 days if you let it burn out.

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Hope you love this review, please keep posted for more. For more info about the store do visit her facebook page.

Show some love by liking my facebook page and following my blog and other social media,

Lots of love

SJ

XOXO

 

06/19/16

Green Liner -Summer Make-up Look

Are you feeling the Heat? If not move to Malta and you will feel it 😀

Since Summer is here I created this make-up look to get you in the mood. My main inspiration was making use of my new Pupa Milano Vamp Definition liner in 500 Emerald Green.  I wanted to create a simple but fun look for this season, were less is more. In Summer I feel it’s right time to experiment with colours but at the same time use medium coverage foundation and keep it simple and fresh. You don’t want to look like the Joker when it’s too hot. So avoid a lot of layers, and stand out be wearing colorful liners or bright lipstick, like I’m doing in this look.

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TIP: I am not going to bore you with the details but I will tell you the secret when using a coloured liner. Always match it up with a black liner,  cause it might not suit every skin or eye colour on its own. However the trick is to first apply a the thick coloured liner and then apply the black liner after. I one did it the other way round and the result wasn’t nice. Apart for applying on the eyelids you can apply it also under the lower lashes.

Since I wanted the liner to be the centre of attention, I used very natural eye-shadow.  But I still wanted to do something bold with my lips and I used my favorite Matte purple lipstick by Sleek called Exxxaggerate 792.

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Colourful eyeliners are very much in Vogue nowadays, especially on the catwalk. Which is why Pupa Milano always has the right products for anything that is in style. I really like this eyeliner and I might actually buy another one from their range, the electric blue 301 looks so cool. The Vamp Definition liner costs €10.90 and it is found in most beauty outlets and pharmacies around Malta and Gozo.

 

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I do hope you love this luck, do not forget to follow me or like my Facebook page. Keep updated for more looks and cool updated.

Lots of Love

Sarah-Jane

05/27/16

Elemis Skincare Launch Event

Hello Beauties,

Today I will talk about a nice event I was invited, for the New outlet that has opened of the UK skincare brand called Elemis. I honestly, didn’t know about the brand until now but it was definitely a nice discovery.

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Elemis is known to be a very high-end brand which focus combining the latest science, nature and aromatics. It has been known to sell mostly around crew-ships, spa’s and a beauty salons. Another fun fact that is that most of their products have Padina Pavonica which is a type of Algae found in the Mediterranean sea, very close to our lovely Island of Malta.  This Algea is found to have effective anti-ageing benefits, as it moisturizes and helps the elasticity and firmness of the skin.

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Yes that is me in the background wearing my fav Grey/green light jacket

At the Event we got to test out the products and even got a nice hand massage using their lovely Frangipani Manoi Salt exfoliator and the same range of body lotion. Getting that hand massage was the hype of my day, the scrub smelled delicious and the massage was utterly relaxing and it left my hands feeling very soft.

Me getting my scrub on by the lovely Ivy

Me getting my scrub on by the lovely Iva

The products have a really elegant packaging and the texture of each product felt amazing. Having tried a variety of skin care over the years, I could feel the richness of each product. The brand itself is clearly targeted towards older women, that want to take more care of their skin and are willing to spend a little more money to look and feel great.

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13233114_519000804968623_5302574761149459548_nSince I am in my late 20’s, and it is time to take more care of my skin, it is good to know that such products are now more available in Malta.

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Happy with my new goodies 😀

For more information on Elemis, you can visit their website and Facebook page or just head to The Point -1 in Sliema and try them out. Once I have tested the products out, I will do a review and give you my honest opinion on each product.

Hope you like this post, feel free to follow this blog and show some love my liking or giving a comment down below 😀

Lot of Love

Sarah-Jane

XOXO

 

05/18/16

Undressed – Coconut and Outmeal Scrub

Hello beauties,

In one of my previous posts I wrote about visiting the Artisan Market and I discovered this new beauty Brand in Malta called Undressed.

Undressed consists of a line of hand and body scrubs, that not only helps you remove dead skin from the body, but they can also help in to suit other factors that every person might need. Also all of the scrubs are made from Natural ingredients, so no chemicals are used, all of which can be found listed on the base of the jar.

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Since my skin tends to get pretty dry being that I wear jeans or trousers most of the time and I rarely give my skin any time to breathe, so I chose to try the Coconut and Oatmeal scrub. It is said, that these two ingredients help to hydrate the body and give it a soft feeling.

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I admit I was a bit skeptical about these scrubs in general, cause I have tried plenty in my lifetime and none of them really give me a soft feeling that remains for a day or 2. But when I tested it out on my hands the first time I was immediately impressed. My hands are not dry in general, but I never thought they could become this soft and I had this feeling for approx 2 days. The second time. I tried it all over my body and I had the same impressive result. My skin felt so soft and moisturized, I didn’t need to apply any lotion.Un3 Un4

 

The only downer that this product might have for some is that it makes you want to eat it, cause the coconut smells really good. Also that it does get a bit messy, but so does any other scrub I’ve tried.

Overall I love this scrub, it truly delivers. Not to forget to mention, how cute is the packaging Jar, having the tag with the logo and instruction. The prices of the scrub are vary in sizes, the small one cost €7.50 while the bigger Jar is €12.80. However you can refill your Jar and save 1 euro, sounds pretty good to me.

Feel free to Visit the undressed website and show some love, you can also see where it is available close by and you can also get it delivered to you at the comfort of your home.

I do hope you like this review, feel free to comment blow and follow my blog for me make-up look, reviews and much more

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

 

05/1/16

Purple and Pink Smokey _Make-Up Look

Hello guys,

I hope you are having a great weekend so far and getting pumped up for another week. I am very excited to finally cover a Make-up look I did yesterday, on my blog. It’s an ideal look for a date night or a special occasion, especially since now that the wedding season is here. You can wear this look if you are wearing a touch of purple or pink or even if you are wearing a simple black dress, it will pop up your whole look.

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Keep on reading if you want to know what products I used and how to create such a look 🙂 Please keep in mind that you can recreate this look with any similar product you might have:

Instructions:

Base

I always start my make-up look with a primer, this time I used the Pupa B.B cream powder which I also reviewed this week. It is a great product to help with any redness and it moisturizes as well. Then I move on to my foundation and I apply the Vichy Dermablend number 25 on all my face (do not forget your neck and cleavage area, if you are showing some 😛 ) then I use the Dermablend number 45 (or 2 tones darker than your skin colour) to contour my face.

When I contour I like to leave the bronzer or foundation untouched then I blend it in after a few minutes,. To finish up my base I apply the Dermablend number 15 which is the lightest shade on my T zone and under my eyes. Never forget to apply powder to set all of your foundation. I like to use a light powder for my t zone, than a translucent powder for the rest of my face. For which I used the NYX stay matte but not flat powder in 01 and Essence all about Matt translucent fixing powder.

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Eyes

I like to start my eye look with an eye-shadow primer, this is ideal for weddings since you are probably going to party the night away, and you definitely want your eye-shadow to remain intact. My favorite is the Urban Decay potion primer Eden it gives a nice tint to my shadows and it remains intact. Then I start by applying a mauve shade my the Body shop, it a nice light brown shade that helps to serve as a base for the whole smokey look. 

On the eyelid I used the Kiko Colour Fever eye-shadow palette 101, it has 2 beautiful dark purple colours which have a lovely frosty finish. Then on the outer corner and the crease I applied the Make Up Store Choco D’or, a beautiful dark brown shadow with gold tone. Make sure not to forget to apply a nice matte white shade ( Make up store- White and Satin) for under the brow bone and a nice shimmer white shade on to the inner corner of your eyes, for definition.

Last but not least a nice winged liner using Kiko Precision Eyeliner, for this look I also applied the liner under my eyes and onto the inner corner. Finally pump up my lashes with some mascara using the Essence Get big lashes. Feel free to apply some fake lashes for the occasion.

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Cheeks and Lips

For the cheeks I used a nice Pink tone blusher by Make Up Store called Glam Rose, and for a nice glow I applied the beautiful highlighter by Soap and Glory called Glow all out, on my cheeks, nose and forehead .For the lips I used 2 types of lipsticks, instead of using a lip liner, I applied the gorgeous Pink Make up Revolution Salvation Lip Lacquer called What I believe and then Make Up Store Mandy a beautiful Fuchsia Lipstick. Having these two together made my lipstick last longer and it looked bolder and brighter. Love it <3

Well that is all for now, I do hope you enjoyed this look. Feel free to comment and show some love by following my blog, here on facebook and blogloving. I love to get your feedback 🙂

Wish you all a great Sunday, lots of LOVE

xoxo

Sarah-Jane