09/30/13

London Cosmetics Haul

Hey guys,

Yes I am back 🙂 and I am so excited to show you all the gorgeous products I got from London. I shall admit I fell in love with the city, it is just beautiful and there is a lot to do and places to see. In the few days I’ve been there, I’ve seen some beautiful landscapes, tourist attractions and of course huge shopping places. What I bought mostly,were clothes, but I also go some shoes for the coming winter, and a couple of jewelry items. But of course I could not leave London without getting my hands on some make-up and skin care products.

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To be honest I didn’t have a lot of time to shop but I did my best with the time I got. When it comes to cosmetics I bought make-up from 4 places in particular, Primark, Boots, House of Fraser and Selfridges. As for skin care, I only bought products from L’Occitane.

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I will start with the cheapest which is Primark, I got these gorgeous 4 lipsticks for just a pound and a huge bronzer compact for about 1.50 pounds if I’m not mistaken. I will give you a review further on 🙂

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At boots I got products from various brands that we don’t find in Malta, like berryM, soap and glory, and even benefit. I really I can’t wait to try them and tell you about them on my posts.

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When I went to House of Fraser, I was actually looking for some MAC products, but found out that only Selfridges sell MAC at oxford street. As I was heading out I saw an Urban decay display and I was immediately drawn to it and of course, I ended up buying the Naked 2 palette and primer. Can’t wait to review these products, check more product out on their website here.

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From Selfridges, I bought a couple of Mac products some of which I own already and some other products which I cannot wait to try.

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Last but not least, I bought a gel cleanser,moisturizer  and hand cream from L’Occitane which I cannot wait to try out. I have heard a lot of good reviews about them and I finally has the opportunity to try these products out. I got these beauties on a discount, so do check them out if you are going to Oxford street in London.

I am very happy with my purchases, and can’t wait to review them for you guys :). I don’t think I will post some of the other things I bought like clothes and accessories but I might do some outfit posts in the future. However if you are interested do comment down below. Well, keep posted as some new exciting reviews and posts are coming up

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

09/23/13

Off We go :D

Hey guys,

As you know this week I will be in London, and I wanted to show you the Make-up I will be taking with me. I am super excited to go to London as I have been dreaming to go for a long time. Being that it’s a holiday I won’t be taking a lot of Make-up with me, all I care is for mostly to have fun and visit this beautiful city. For a holiday, I believe in taking one product for each use, also try to avoid taking expensive make-up with you because it might break with travelling and you don’t want that. So this is my list:

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Primer- MUA undress your skin primer – this is not my favorite primer but it is a good primer and it comes in a small packing and pump which is the best for travelling.

Foundation – Vicky Dermablend in no 35 – I love this foundation too much, little goes a long way and it gives a lovely finish.

ConcealerMake up store cover all concealer – Even-though I really don’t need it because the foundation is so good I thought of still getting this great concealer with me as it also stay on for a long time.

Eye-shadowThe MUA undressed palette and the white matte colour by Make-up store. The undressed palette is a small compact palette with all the colours you can possibly need to wear for day time or even a night out. I am also taking a large matte white eye-shadow because I used all of the ones in the Palette and you always need a white colour.

Eyeliner- NYX curve liner. I haven’t reviewed this liner yet but I will let you on a little secret, I love it and it is jsut perfect for travelling.

Contouring BronzerThe elf contouring bronzer. It is quite pigmented bronzer so I don’t need to use a lot of product and little goes a long way.

Blusher Mac breezy sheertone blusher. I love this blusher and it’s perfect for this season , it pigmented and buildable.

HighlighterMUA undress your skin highliter. I have to be honest I don’t need a highlighter but I just love this highlighter, it gives such a natural glow to the cheeks.

Mascara- Revlon Grow luscious lashes. I haven’t reviewed this mascara yet but it is surprising very good and have been loving it so far.

Lipstick- I am taking the

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That is pretty much it when it comes to make-up products now with regards to application, I couldn’t go without taking my beloved brushes.I have a mixture of foundation and concealer brushes, to apply the eye-shadow and also for contouring and to apply the blusher.  There are also a pair o scissors and tweezers for my brows.

Well that is all guys I do hope you have a great week, I will see you again next Sunday, in the mean time you can keep posted though Instagram and Twitter. 😀

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

09/22/13

Beyonce Inspired – Make-up look

Hey guys :),

I thought before leaving for a week, I will do a make-up look for you guys. I wish to thank you all for the support I’ve been having and so I will do my best to post something next week if I get some internet and let you know how I will be doing. But if not, you can still follow me on Instagram,  there is the link to it on the right.

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As you might have already noticed, this look is inspired by a true talented singer, performer and entrepreneur, Beyonce. I have been a fan of hers since Destiny’s child launched their first single No No No. Women at that time needed to see independent women in music industry that empowered us and made us feel able to achieve anything we want. This look was inspired by the early stages of Beyonce’s career, she used to wear this look many times both on stage and in photo shoots. It is a subtle smokey eye look that makes any woman feel like a diva.

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Here are my step by step instructions and products used:

  • Instead of a Usual primer I used the white Jumbo pencil by NYX, and applied it all over the lid. This will make your lid that perfect white canvas that every artists loves to have.
  • Then I started by applying a dark brown eye-shadow using the Fraulein Nude palette, on the crease and blended the color further down on the lid. This creates a nice gradient effect in which you can blend easily with a lighter shade of color, for which I used the nice shimmer white by the Make up store
  • I used the same color and applied it under the brows. To give a more depth to the eye I applied a tint of black onto the crease and blended it with the rest. Fraulein Nude Palette.
  • Finally to complete the eye look a nice winged eyeliner on top and even below the lashes. For this look I used the Maybelline gel liner, which I will try to post a review of after I get back :).
  • Please note that these aren’t the usual steps of applying the eye-shadow but for this look this is the best way for it to look good.
  • For the cheeks I used the E.l.f contouring bronzer and the Nars Deep Throat. As for the lips I used a Rimmel creme lip gloss. I forgot the name of it as I had it for a long time and the name rubbed off.

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Well guys that is all for today 🙂 I do hope you like this look, feel free to comment down below or like this post. I really do enjoy reading your lovely comments and thank you for following

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

09/20/13

Pupa Milano – Glossy Lips LipGloss 402

Hey guys,

Last Month I was given two products from Pupa Milano, the gorgeous pastel nail polish with you can view my review here, and this glossy lips lip-gloss.

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I have to admit that my glossy days are over (I am getting old :P), I don’t wear a lot of lip-glosses any more, but I do like to mix lip-glosses with other lipsticks. This name of this lip-gloss doesn’t lie, it is truly glossy and makes your lips pop and it even made my lips look bigger, which is  quite nice :).

The colour is bright and the texture is shiny and even though it says it’s not sticky, it is a little bit. However the stickiness it’s not annoying like some of the other lip-glosses I have tried, I find it to be quite moisturizing actually. My lips felt really hydrated and soft after removal and that is something which is rarely incorporated with a gloss.

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What I seriously love is the applicator, it is very soft but also flexible very unlike the usual hard wands. The packaging is also quite nice with a transparent tube and elegant metallic details. The colour which is number 402 is this nice light pink/peach colour which can be used either for everyday on it own or if you want to dress it up with a lipstick on night out with the girls. Also it is quite long lasting I wore it for work last Saturday and it was still on me after 4hrs. Some of the product faded away after a few hours but overall it stayed put.

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The price of this lip-gloss is of €11, which can be seen as a bit pricey for a lip-gloss but I think it’s actually worth the price, being that you have a lot of product  so it will last for a long time, and that is hydrates your lips at the same time. I do suggest they start naming their products rather them giving them just a number, it would make a lot more sense.

Check out some of the other colours they have available:

100GLOSS TRASPARENTE101GLOSS BIANCO PERLATO200GLOSS ROSA NUDO201GLOSS ROSA BABY202GLOSS ROSA PERLATO203GLOSS ROSA FIAMMA BLU204GLOSS FUCHSIA PERLATO300GLOSS NUDO301GLOSS NUDO PERLATO302GLOSS BEIGE DORATO400GLOSS ARANCIO PERLATO401GLOSS CORALLO PERLATO402GLOSS ROSSO PERLATO403GLOSS ROSSO PUPA404GLOSS ROSSO VINO405

I hope you like this review, have you tried this lip glosses out?

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

09/14/13

Event- The New Dean Gera HairCare in Collaboration with the Make-up Store

Hello guys,

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This beauty blogger has been quite busy these past 3 weeks, with events and new openings which means that great things are happening in Malta :). I was lucky enough to be invited to the gorgeous new Dean Gera hair salon. The Salon is actually connected to the beautiful Make-up store at the Point shopping complex in Sliema. I have been to the Make-up store a couple of times when it first opened. I have been in love the quality of their make-up and now you can get to have your hair looking good too.

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It was a lovely event and we were greeted with some tasteful Martini Royale Cocktails and nibbles. The salon is beautifully designed with the same sleek black and while design as the make-up store has. Me and some other bloggers tried the nice leather Salon chairs and we definitely liked the idea of getting our hair pampered in these comfortable chairs.

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Being the make-up addict that I am, I ended swatching most of the make-up store products and ended up buying some of their amazing products. We were given a goodie bag with some nice hair products sample which I can’t wait to try out and also a product from the Make-up store. I will do a  short separate post to show you all the goodies and products 🙂

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Price wise Make-up store is very similar to Inglot not too expensive but not cheap either, however in the end you are really paying for the quality you get. Dean Gera Hair Care treatments are quite similar to any other hairdressers I have been to as seen from the list of prices we were given, and they seem quite reasonable.

I hope you enjoyed this post, I highly recommend for you visit both Make up store and the Dean Gera Hair care as you will definitely will enjoy it.

Do check out these other Maltese bloggers that were at the event too:

Marija – All Things Lady Martina – All Things Fabulous Lorraine – Lola Loves Sparkles
Marija – Pocalocca Kylie – Passion to BeautyLara – Every Beauty Addict’s Bible Reb – Island of Make Believe Elle – Beauty She Wrote Stef- Think love Make up

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

09/13/13

NARS – Blusher – Deep Throat

Hey guys,

I guess it’s time to review my second product I got from Nars. If you haven’t seen my other review for the Nars bronzing powder Laguna go here.

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I have only tried these two products from NARS and yes I fell in love with them. NARS products are very expensive for me but they are completely worth the price, you are really buying a high quality product. Deep Throat is a beautiful middle tone between peach and pink, it has this slight shimmer which is like a more like a highlighter it gives this lovely natural glow to the cheeks. Being that at the moment I have this nice tan I have to apply a little more product so that the product is actually visible but I think in winter it would look amazing.

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The beauty of it that it’s so natural and you can wear it for every occasion if it’s for daytime or night time. It also doesn’t conflict with any other makeup, or wardrobe, it is very not distracting. NARS also have a popular blusher called Orgasm, which is this quite similar but more on a pink tone than Deep throat and much more shimmery, because of the shimmer Deep throat is somewhat preferred more by customers.

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The blush is very much buildable, but I don’t know if anyone darker than medium complexion would be able to enjoy this blush, because it is pretty sheer on the skin. I am quite light in general, so I actually prefer the sheerness because I don’t have to apply to carefully, or spend much time blending out the color. 

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I am slowly falling in love with this brand, and am so happy that I had the opportunity to have these babies :). Well that is all for now guys, keep posted for more as one of my family members might actually be on this blog 😀

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

09/9/13

20 Random Facts About me

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Hey guys,

So I have been tagged by the lovely Nicole to write 20 random facts about me. I have no idea what to write to be honest, so I will try to think of something. 🙂

  1. The first time I put make-up on was when I had 12years old. My sister applied some lip-gloss and eye-shadow on me and I felt I looked so pretty and I wore make up ever since.
  2. My older sister thought me a lot about make-up and application, she even did make-up for small fashion shows in Malta.I used to tell my sister to do my make-up all the time, now I do it to her because I keep myself updated a lot and have a lot more make-up than she does. 😀
  3. When I started this make up blog, I was in a bad place. I had lost my feminine side, but I found it back again thanks to this blog.
  4. Apart from Make-up I love to sing and have always dreamed to make it big since I was a little girl. Still dreaming 😀
  5. At the moment I sing in a lovely choir called Symphonik, they are the best.
  6. I have always loved the color blue but I am seriously loving the color red. Everyone complements me when I wear a red top or lipstick.
  7. I love Movies and have become an Tv show addict, I watch a lot of them everyday, from girly shows like girl code or 2 broke girls, to funny ones like big bang theory to action and thriller shows like Game of thrones, Dexter, Arrow and Much more.
  8.  I love tea, I must be half British or something because I have tea in all the seasons, yes even in Summer. I have from normal tea to green tea and I even had Moroccon.
  9. I must be the only person in the whole world that doesn’t like coffee. I tasted coffee once and I didn’t like it and never had coffee ever since.
  10. I am fluent in 3 languages, Maltese, English and Italian.
  11. Since I got my full time job, I have become a bit of a shopaholic but I am able to stop if I need to save up some money.
  12. I have 7 nieces, yes my brother and sisters have been getting busy. They all drive me crazy but love them a lot.
  13. Since last year I have become a health freak but I do have unhealthy stuff once in a while
  14. I am addicted to the scale, I weight myself once or twice everyday.
  15. If I could steel a woman’s body it would be Kelly Brook’s definitely, she has this beautiful curvy body that is to die for.
  16. I rarely go to a hairdresser, either to cut it, dye it, or if I have special occasion like a bday or wedding. I usually do it on my own.
  17. I would love to go to America especially New York
  18. I love dancing, I used to dance hiphop and I even won a few battles back in the days. Now I want to start having some lessons again.
  19. I hate old clocks that ring each hour. We have one at home and I had to stop it from working because it irritated the hell out of me.

  20. I am a mega Beyonce fan. I’ve been her fan since destiny’s child and I am quite obsessed with her, she is my idol and my inspiration. A true professional singer and entertainer. I have all of her albums, seen all her movies and most of her performances. Would be great if I saw her live someday.

Well those are some random facts about me. Would be interested to know more about you guys, so anyone that is interested just tag me in your post and mention your 20 random facts. 

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

09/7/13

Vamp – Make-Up look

Hey guys,

So I did this Make-up look this yesterday and I loved this look so much that I thought of showing it to you guys, before some of the other looks I have prepared already. Being that fall is here and even Halloween is soon to be, I thought of doing a sexy Vampire inspired look. I have been a fan of vampires since I was a teen and at that time there wasn’t such a hype about them. People used to be scared of vampires or find them ugly but now since Twilight came out, everything changed. The actual vampires are known to be very pale because they are dead and their eye lid is quite dark with a red tint. Also watch out for a more natural look for fall below.

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So here is my version with my step by step instructions and list of products that I used:

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  1. First thing I applied a the face primer by MAC on the lids and then I started the eye-shadow by applying a matte red colour all over the lid. The red colour on the lid, gives the impression that you are sick or even dead in this case and it makes the face look pale. Elf Palette
  2. Then I used a dark purple colour and blended it with the red colour. Elf palette
  3. For the crease I used a black and a dark brown from the Fraulen 38 palette.
  4. Finally I applied the eyeliner using the NYX curve liner (which I will review soon) and Revlon Mascara.
  5. For the cheeks I only used a contouring bronzer by E.l.f being that vampires are pale I didn’t apply any blusher.
  6. As for the lips I used this lovely dark purple colour lipstick which I bought at a flee market, so it doesn’t come from any particular brand.

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I also did a more natural look for you guys, basically all I did was remove the dark lipstick and applied a baby pink colour lipstick instead, from MUA. I also added a bit of peach blusher on the cheeks, and there you have a nice look for fall:

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I hope you like my version of female version of Vampire make-up.If you wish to wear this look for a night out leave it as it is but if you are interested in wearing this look for Halloween, do add some blood drops next to you mouth and of course some fangs. Also If I find a male model, I will actually do the male version make-up of a vampire.

That is all for now, keep posted for more and thank you for following and feel free to like my Facebook page. Also have any make-up suggestion or you want me to do a particular look for you with step by step pictures, do let me know in the comment below.

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

09/6/13

Pupa Milano – Lasting Color Gel

Pupa Milano haven’t been doing nail polishes for a long time, but I think after the success they had with the past limited edition polished they decided to launch more than 50 shades.

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The new colour range are called lasting color gel, claiming to be similar to the gels but you don’t have to use a UV-lamp for the nail polish to dry. It apparently has a gel-formula that makes the nail look super shiny and gloss but also give this nice finish that stay one for a long time. I have tried a normal polish by Pupa before from the 50’s theme and I was impressed by how long the polish stayed put on my nails for a whole week. This is by far as good as it claims as it stayed put for 5 whole days and after that I minor fallouts.

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I am in love with this pastel colour, and it is a color that you can wear in any season. The color is very pigmented and it doesn’t take a long time to dry. I am also loving this new brush, it is wide and thin, and makes the application easier and faster.

I thought of showing you the available colors:

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This product retails for 6euros which can be seen as pricey but being so long lasting I think it worth the money. Pupa Milano products are found in most outlets and pharmacy’s around Malta, so head on and buy one.

Well that is all for now guys, keep posted for more and feel free to like or comment down below 🙂

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

09/4/13

Nars – Bronzing Powder Laguna

Hey guys,

Before I start reviewing this amazing product, kindly notice that I have made a few changes on this blog. Not only design wise but even an easier way for you to follow me either on wordpress or by email and even to access my Facebook page. I hope you like it and would appreciate any further comments.

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Now back to my review, as you already know I won 2 products by Nars from the lovely blogger Flora, on her giveaway. I tried this bronzing powder and was simply impressed by how it applies and it’s silk-like pigmentation. It has a slightly yellow bronze undertone which looks devine. However the texture of this bronzer isn’t completely matte but it also doesn’t have shimmer or glitter. It has what I would call a natural finish and looks like skin when applied. I think some matte bronzers are overly matte and look more fake than anything. Laguna is perfect for most skin tones. I thing this will do for both Summer and fall, however if you get really darkly tanned in summer or have a deep skin tone, NARS has another bronzer called Casino which is also reviewed very well.

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Laguna blends nicely, it goes on a little sheer but I don’t mind as it allows more control of how dramatic of a look you are going for. Did I mention how gorgeous their packaging is? It is so sleek and black with a big NARS written on it, but at the same time it has this soft texture which make it fit nicely in my hands. Due it’s texture it can get quite dirty easily but it can be easily removed with a wipe. The only cons about this product is that it is quite pricey for a single bronzing, I checked on the website and it costs about €36. However you are paying for what you get, the quality is impeccable and the casing is quite big so you get a good amount of product.

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Well I hope you like my review, if you have any further questions about this product or if you tried this product and want to share your opinion, feel free  to share in the comment section below.

xoxo

Sarah-Jane