04/25/16

Pupa Milano- Professionals B.B Cream + Primer from Combination to Oily Skin

Hello guys,

So Today I want to talk about BB Creams and also the new BB cream I have been testing out by Pupa Milano. As you might have read these creams have made their European debut in 2011, after a huge success in the Asian market.

The reason behind BB creamed is to offer mosturisation, SPF protection and sheer coverage by also having a soothing and healing properties. Apart from that BB creams are designed to go one step further, by having properties to even regenerate your skin. A fun fact is that these were originally created by dermatologists for patients who had gone through laser skin surgery. The idea is that they actually provide genuine benefits for the skin, as well as providing enough coverage to be used as either a foundation or a primer, depending upon your preference.

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I am going to be very honest, I rarely use BB creams because I feel that they are used by people with really good skin and have a few areas to cover. Yet this product proved me wrong. I was lucky to get this Product thanks to Pupa Milano in Malta and since my skin is combination with an oily T zone, I chose to have the one for combination and oily skin in 001.

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After trying a couple of BB Creams in my lifetime, I have to say that this is the best I have ever tried so far. Even-though it should have a light coverage, it did cover most of my redness and dark circles which is pretty impressive. It feels very light on my skin and it is absorbed easily. Another thing I noticed is that my forehead it gets less oily throughout the day, and it stay on perfectly. What amazed me, is since I tend to sneeze a lot,  most foundations tend to vanish and I always need to powder  it out, but with this cream it remained intact and I didn’t need to retouch it.

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Overall I am really happy with this BB Cream, it moisturizes and protects my skin, it covers pretty well, it stays on for a good time, gives a nice healthy glow and it also has a soft perfume which I like a lot. Pupa never fails to impress me, they have a really high quality range and it only costs 15.95 euros, pretty decent right 😀

Thank you all for reading, keep posted for more and do not forget to like and share with your friends and family

Lots of Love

Sarah-Jane

XOXO

 

04/14/16

Makeup Revolution- Liquid Eyeliners

Hello guys,

Finally I am have my blogging muse once again and I will start doing reviews of some of my favorite and even least favorite beauty products.

Today I want to talk about 2 of my favorite liquid eyeliner by Make-up revolution, the “Amazing Eyeliner in black” and waterproof and the “Awesome Eyliner felt and Kohl”.

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I have to say that these are the best eyeliners that you shall find, at this ridiculous cheap price. There are definitely other good eyeliners in the market but I haven’t encountered good ones that are this cheap, cause for sure they all cost more than 6 euros minimum.  The “Amazing” liner costs 1.50 sterling (approx 2:50euros)while the “Awesome” liner is 3.50(approx 5 euros).

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From their names you can realize that they were not kidding when they named these liners “Awesome” and “Amazing“, cause they are indeed. My favorite is the waterproof version of amazing cause it doesn’t smudge and it stays put a whole day. I also love the thin brush, as it give you the ability to draw at any thickness you need. But it is also slightly firm, especially for those that find it tough to apply eyeliner. Another good factor is that it will last you for a good 3 months, if you apply eyeliner often, it might even last you longer.

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Then the Awesome liner is a perfect eyeliner for when you are on the go and you feel kinda lazy to be painting the Mona liza a winged liner.  It has 2 felt pens one is thin and the other is thicker for when you want to be a little bit more adventurous. The only downer is that it isn’t waterproof, so if by any chance you decide to touch it, it will transfer. But if it doesn’t rain and you are not watching the Notebook, you don’t have to worry about your eyeliner. It will remain intact.

Overall I am pretty pleased with these liners, I use them everyday for work. I love how easy I can create any shape and thicknesses with both liners, but my fav has to be the Amazing liner. Also that it is a very dark black colour, cause some liners to be a charcoal grey rather than an actual black. Of course you can find these beauties at their own website, and I suggest you to stock these as much as you can 😀

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Have you tried them out? if so let me know what you think 🙂 Please don’t forget to show some love and like my facebook page and you can also follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

 

04/12/16

Dot Collection – Miss Pupa Ultra Bright lipstick in 004

Hello guys,

As you must have seen in my Facebook page, Pupa Milano in Malta has given me some products to test out and one of the products was from their latest Sprint and Summer Collection called Dot shock. The collection is inspired from the 30’s polka dots, in which resembles summer back in the day. I remember seeing some Vintage 30’s dresses with red or blue with white polka dots. I always love me some polka dots 😀

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The item I got is the gorgeous lipstick called Miss Pupa -Ultra bright lipstick in the shade 004. Like all their other products the packaging is simply superb, very sleep and stylish. It gives me the impression to be a very high end product. The 004 is the darkest shade of the bunch, a coral shade with a red tone, called Fancy Coral. It is smooth and creamy, and it looks like wearing a lip gloss but thankfully it is not sticky as they usually are. Which means your boyfriend wouldn’t be so bothered kissing you 😀 now that’s a plus.

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After testing this beauty a few times, I say that it also make my lips look more pouty than most creamy lipsticks (Jolie, Watch out 😛 ). Apart form that, I can vouch that It made my lips softer. I do think it has a moisturizing effect on my lips, cause even when I removed it, it left my lips quite soft and it doesn’t crease.

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The only downer is that if you eat or drink (like normal person would, not Kardashian style) it wont last long, however Pupa never mentions or advertised that it is long lasting. Other than that I really love this lipstick and its wet look, it reminds me that summer is near, and a bunch of bbq’s and days by the beach are on the way :D.

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This beauty costs for 13.50 which is pretty decent for such a lipstick and you can find it available in most pharmacies and perfumeries. I do suggest you check their facebook page for more info.

P.S This lipstick is also dermatologist tested with an SPF15 and paraben free

I hope you all liked this review, and keep posted for more

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

03/28/16

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick – Review

Hello there,

It is finally Spring 😀 My fave time of they year and what better way to start spring than to try out new lipstick shades. As you all know, I have quite the MAC lipstick crush, I just love every lipstick from MAC. It partly their fault for making fabulous lipstick colours, that have the best quality pigmentation. Till now I have about 20 lispticks but I am pretty sure the collection will grow.

To make it worse they have finally opened their stores in Malta AHHHHHHHH 😀 That was my inside voice screaming with happiness. I still haven’t visited their stored yet, deep down I really really want to but I have other priorities at this moment that need me to save up some money. So I will be a good girl, till the right time come 0:)

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One of the latest addition to the MAC family is the Candy Yum Yum bright Pink lipstick. This might be the brightest and most shocking pink lipstick I own, which might scare a couple of people from actually wearing it. But if you have seen my make-up looks you know I am not scared of being bold and edgy with my make-up. I have to admit this shade is not ideal for Fall or winter, but since spring is here let’s rock some bright shades.Candy Yum Yum1
The packaging is sleek and bullet shaped as all of their other lipsticks. As for the texture even if its matte, it is on the creamier side especially next to my ruby woo.  The lipstick stays on, like forever, and applies like a dream. For some this might be a bit pricey to afford, but it’s worth all the money, once you try them you will agree.

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Pros:
• Beautiful sleek black packaging as all other MAC lipsticks
• Creamy texture
• Long lasting between 5-7 hours
• Worth every penny

Cons:
• Nada , nothing

Will I ever buy this product again? I probably will, I think it’s nice to have it in my collection, so if I ever run out, will purchase again

Do I recommend it? Definitely, it’s of the highest quality lipstick and the colour is yummy as candy 😀

Rating: 5/5

Would love to hear from your opinion, if you ever tried this product

XOXO

Sarah-Jane Vella

06/20/15

Do it yourself: Manicure

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Well today post is a little bit different than usual, however it still has a lot to do with beauty. Recently my nails are a bit of a mess, and I honestly feel ashamed to have them looking so bad. My nails have never been thick, mostly because of my years of nail biting. It’s been 2 years since I stopped biting them and they have improved a lot, yet unfortunately they are still very thin and break very easily. Before the manicure my nails where all in different lengths, and they didn’t look one bit pretty. So I decided to give myself a manicure, and show you how to do it yourself. It is very easy just follow my steps.

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1 First step is to remove any bits of nail polish you might have left with a Nail polish remover. The one I used is from Kiko.

2 Second step is to dab your fingers into warm water for about 10 minutes. This will make your nails will be softer, which is ideal for when you need to file them.

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3 Next step is to file your nails, make sure to file them in one direction. The was my biggest mistake when I was younger I used to file them in both directions, which is why my nails are a mess. Also try to give them the same length.

4 Use a cuticle oil and apply and massage it one each nail, so that the nails will absorb it well. I used the Mavala Cuticle oil, it is seriously one of the best. Also if you have a cuticle remover ( not sure what it is actually called), push the cuticle inwards. Unfortunately I couldn’t find one so I used my nails instead.

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5 Step five I applied some hand lotion, and let the hand absorb it well. I have quite a selection of hand creme but I decided to use the Dr.Organic hand and nail cream, because it is very moisturizing and ideal for nails.

6 Before applying any sort of nail polish, I made sure to remove and moisturizer that there might have been on the nails. As it might not help with the application.

7 Apply any base coat or hardener depends on the state of your nails. Being that I need a nail hardener I applied the Sally Hanson Miracle nail thickener. Not sure if I like the hardener over my usual OPI Nail envy but I will give it a shot. If you don’t need a hardener just apply a base coat, then any coloured nail polish you wish and finally a top coat.  This will make your nail polish last longer.

Well that is all for today DIY manicure, I hope you enjoyed this post and you found it helpful. If you need any help feel free to ask. Try to find time for yourself and make sure you take care of yourselves.

Make sure to like my facebook page and follow my blog for more beauty posts.

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

 

 

06/13/15

Pupa Milano- Spring Collection Sporty Chic -Vamp Creme Eyeshadow

Yay it’s spring, well it’s almost Summer now but let’s enjoy spring while we can 🙂 and Pupa already launched the Spring and even Summer collection. The spring collection is inspired by street-style and fashion catwalks. I guess they felt to combine both and create this sporty yet chic look with bright yet subtle colours.

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Pupa Milano in Malta gave me two testers of the Cream Eyeshadow, Velvet matte from their Sporty Chic collection. The 001 Sporty Apricot and 003 Sporty Lilac. I have tried these two shadows and have even done a look with them and I have to say, I’m simply in love. It’s time to be colorful with make up and this eyeshadow range is reminding us of that.

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The beautiful think about these shadows is that they are matte and they don’t crease or smudge. I haven’t encountered such creme shadows which do just that, there is always usually some sort of creasing. Also they are impressively long lasting. When I tried to rub it of with soap after I swatched the shadows, it took a while for the colour to completely come off.

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Pupa have more colours available other than these two, which are the pink and aqua green.As most of Pupa products they are paraben free, fragrance free and it causes barely any allergies at all. Perfect for anyone with sensitive skin, and anyone like me which suffers from allergies.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these shadows, you will find them available in most pharmacies all over Malta and Gozo. Pupa Milano is also available in 70 contries, check on their website to see where you can find close to you.

That is all for now guys, let me know what you think about these products on the comment section below,

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

 

06/7/15

Kim Kardashian – Vogue Brasil – Inspired Make-Up Look

Hello dear readers,

Sorry for the slight delay in my posts, however I had some technical issues in my pc. Yet thanks to a little help from my friend, my pc is fully functioning again :). Last week as I was browsing for inspiration, I saw Kim Kardashian cover for Vogue Brasil and I simply loved the make-up. Usually Kim wears heavy make-up, smokey eyes and a lot of contouring. But in this shoot she is wearing a much lighter make-up look. It looks very simple however the techniques used aren’t as simple as it might look.

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Inspired Look

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Instructions:

  • The foundation base has to be very light, do not however go for a lighter shade than your skin tone. Use a lighter shade for your T zone, which is from the middle of your forehead, your nose and under your eyes.
  • As for the eye-shadow I applied a matte while shadow on the brow bone and into the inner corner of the eyes. Then I chose a shimmery white shadow and applied it all over the lid, keep the shadow handy as you might need to apply more in the end.
  • The tricky part is the apply a light brown show onto the crease and try for it not to touch the white shimmer shadow. Blend it lightly and make top more white shadow if needs be.
  • Make sure apply a tick winged eyeliner and some mascara, ideally add some fake lashes. Also fill up those eyebrows with a matching eye shadow. Try not to use pencils.
  • Finally I used a bronzer and highlighted the cheek bone, around the edge of my face, and contoured my nose. I didn’t use any blusher as there is no trace of that in the shoot, but I did apply some skin toned powder for the make-up to set.
  • For the lips I used a nice pink toned natural lipliner and lipstick.

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Products:

  • Make Up Store- Microshadow -Satin & White
  • Make Up Revolution – I <3 Make Up – You-re Gorgouse Palette
  • Kiko – Matte Eyeliner
  • Make Up Revolution – Powder- Warm
  • It style – Extreme Volume Mascara
  • Make Up Store- Trip – lipstick

 

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Well I do home you liked this look, keep posted for more posts on my blog. Exciting new thing are happening. Show some love by liking my page and commenting down below

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

 

05/28/15

Lifestyle change: Healthy life

Hello guys,

So this post is going to be a bit different from my usual posts, as I don’t usually post anything which is related to healthy living or body image. When it comes to my body image I tend to be very reserved and shy out from conversations. This is something which surprises a lot of people, as I always look very confident and at ease. The truth I’ve never been very confident in my body and always felt weird next to everyone else because of my height and built. I am about 5,8 and that is pretty tall for a Maltese, here in Malta the average height for women is about 5,5, which makes me above the average. Apart from feeling huge around women, I felt huge around guys, so I used to wear little to no heels so I don’t look abnormal. Nowadays I am very happy in my height and love to wear heels and simply don’t care if anyone is shorter than me, no offence :P.

However something which has taken over my life has always been my weight. As a typical Maltese, we eat a lot, I remember my mum forcing me to eat everything that was on the plate, and if I didn’t I wouldn’t be rewarded because I was not a good girl, and apparently every child in Africa was dying of hunger because of me.

As a child, I was a pretty skinny, yet taller than more girls but still skinny.  Everything changed until the age of 16, that was when my weight was starting to show, I was never huge but I was overweight. Yet I could hide all the fat pretty well, I still do. Thanks to my sisters, I learned to always look the best, it was always a way to hide what was really going on.

You must be thinking why am I telling you all this? Well recently I’ve been complemented on my appearance and that it shows I have improved drastically from when I started the blog. I did loose weight and I’ve become more active in my life. I also want to show you my human side for once that in the end we all have our struggles, it how we face them that makes us the person we are now.

Recently we are blessed (and cursed) with the information we are being given for free though internet, tv and social media. We are finally getting the right information about being healthy and about taking care of our bodies. I learned throught my life how my family has no idea how to live a healthy lifestyle and unfortunately for my parents it is too late for them to understand now. But I am young and I can learn and make better choices for my future.

Me 2 years ago at the start of my blog

Me 2 years ago at the start of my blog

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I don’t want to give the wrong impression that I lost weight to look better or whatsoever. I believe everyone should love themselves in whatever shape or size they are. I know skinny women wishing they were fuller and fuller women wishing they were skinnier. Yet I believe everyone should be healthy and take care of their body. There are many out there, who are not healthy and are still skinny, it doesn’t show but it get’s them sick anyways. Then there are others like me who aren’t healthy and it shows directly by getting fat. I’ve seen first hand how obesity can cost your life and that is something which no junk food or chocolate is worth more than that.

My diet:

All my life I tried all the diets you can think of, bought product as well in the hope that they make miracles, however nothing can. The toughest thing is changing your frame of mind. Whatever you’ve been thought all your life, trow it away.

1 . Change your frame of Mind

Losing weight is not about eating little, or cut off completely the things you love, but it’s all about having a balanced diet and get rid of things which are simply not good for you. The first thing which scared me is that I would be hungry and that I wouldn’t find food I like to eat. It’s not true, there is so much healthy food out there which will leave you satisfied and not feeling hungry at all.

2. Get rid of all the Sugary stuff

The only thing I cut of completely is sugary stuff, chocolate, cookies, cupcakes or whatsoever. Sugar is as bad as any drugs, it gets you addicted and it makes you want more and more until you cannot stop. So the best thing is to just say bye to it and let it go, believe me if you truly believe you are in control and that you really don’t need it in your life, you will live without it.  I have been addicted to chocolate most of my life, and I decided I am better of without it.

3. Eat whatever you want in moderation

Eat whatever you want, you might think I’m crazy but yes. I believe in limiting yourself to what you eat you will end up wanting it and more. You know what’s good for you and you know what’s bad, try to eat healthy foods as much as possible and then if you crave a slice of pizza go ahead just make sure it doesn’t get consistent. It is all about moderation, little portions and frequent meals.

Many do the wrong thing to starve themselves or eat the same thing everyday. There will be a breaking point where you just want to eat all the junk you can possibly think of. Something I also suggest don’t eat at any franchise shop,

1 you have no idea what you are actually eating and 2 all they care if making money from you and not your actual health. Choose take aways that sells good healthy stuff that is cooked right then and there. Ideally cook yourself, nothing tastes better than a home cooked meal and the good think about it, is that you know what you are actually putting in your body.

3 Exercise

I always thought exercise is for people which were born into sports and were cabable of doing it. Well it’s not obviously, it is for everyone at every size. The truth is I used to hate any sort of fitness, I love to play and dance however but other than that I wasn’t interested. Now I love going to the gym and running, it is my stress relieve and mood booster . I feel stronger and healthier and even happier.

4 Have a good support system

Ideally you take this journey on your own because I feel that is the only way you can truly succeed. Sometimes when we depend on others we tend to give up when that support is gone. Yet sometimes it is helpful to have someone that support you especially when you feel like giving up. At the moment my support system is my boyfriend, he helps me out especially when we eat out and tries not to tempt me with bad food, and that is very important for me.

That is all as for my lifestyle change and healthy suggestions. I hope you liked this post and found it useful, I wanted to share with you a different side to me and maybe inspire women out there to take care of your health.

If you would like more posts about this subject, feel free and comment down below

Lots of Love

Sarah-Jane

XOXO

 

05/26/15

Dermalogica – Skin Care – Review

Something I have been lacking throughout my life is a good skin regimen. I always made sure to clean my face and never sleep with make-up on. Yet I never took too much care of my skin, I always forgot to put the moisturizer on, unless my skin felt dry or scrub my face for at least once a week. Also I never had treated myself to a good facial until recently. After the new year I decided to splurge a bit on myself and went for a nice facial at a local beautician, who’s shop is called Belle Image. The facial was amazing, my skin was shouting with joy as it became very soft and got rid of the dirt which must have been hidden inside my skin.

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Like most beauticians if they are linked to a particular product, they will do anything to sell it to you. If  your like me you cannot afford to buy expensive products, be strong and refuse. Yet if you want to spoil yourself with some good products, try dermalogica.  When I bought these products my heart sank, as they are ridiculously expensive from my point of view (yes I am aggressively honest) However I can say that from the few months I’ve been using their products, they are definitely worth it.  My skin has improved a lot I don’t have as much blackheads as I used to,  and it’s softer and healthier.

So far I’ve bought the Scrub, moisturizer, toner, eye cream, and Make up remover. Keep on reading for a further opinion on each product:

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Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover:  This is a pretty decent make-up remover, It is not as expensive as the other products but still pricier than other make-up removers. I got this for free with the moisturizer, I’ve tried it a couple of times, it is pretty good however if I had to buy it again, I don’t think I would repurchase. Not because it’s a bad make-up remover but because I can buy a cheaper make-up remover which does the same job just right.

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Age Smart Multivitamin Thermofoliant Scrub: Now this is one hell of a scrub, I simply love it. Usally with scrubs they either fall off my face or are not effective enough. The moisture is thick and once you apply it doesn’t fall off and it gives you the liberty to scrub the face very well. Then you get this warm feeling, which let’s you know that it is doing something to our skin. My face feel super soft right after and I could see that it took most of the dirt of my face. It is pretty pricey but it’s worth every penny.

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Multi Active Toner: I quite like this toner, it is not alcohol based and you can also spray it on your make-up apparently to keep it fresh. I’ve never applies it on my make-up but I always apply it after I cleanse my face. The only annoying part of this toner is the packaging, the nozzle is pretty annoying as you cannot spray multiple times you need to wait for the air to pump it back up.  Other than that it’s pretty good.

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Active Moist Moisturizer: I simply love this moisturizer not only it keeps my face hydrated it doesn’t leave my face oily one bit. Another good thing about it is that you don’t bee a ton of product to cover the whole face, it spreads heavenly. I always end up with more product out than I need as I am used to other products. It is a bit pricey yet as the scrub its worth every penny.

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Intensive Eye Repair : I am lazy hen it comes to eye cream which is why without any make up, I have the worst black eyes. Yet with this eye cream, miracles happened I don’t have black eyes as I used to. I don’t look like a panda without make-up anymore :P. 

Those are all of the product which I purchased from Dermalogica, if I do purchase more products I will let you know what my opinion is. I do have to say that they are pretty good they have improved my skin even if I am quite reckless.

If you have tried or use Dermalogica I would love your opinion, feel free to comment down below

lot’s of love

Sarah-Jane

XOXO

 

05/10/15

Rabbit Club Malta-Calender Photoshoot

Hello guys,

Last week I was begged to help as a Make-Up artists for the Rabbit Calendar photo-shoot. Of course I didn’t do any make-up on the Rabbits themselves 😛 but I did however do Make-Up on two beautiful women named Svetlana and Miriam. Being that today is mothers day I felt it appropriate to post the photos today being that they are mother and daughter. I was very pleased to do their make-up not only because I love what I do but because they appreciated my work and gave me a lot of positive remarks.

I wish to wish all the Mothers out there a Happy Mothers day, may your daily sacrificed be appreciated and celeberated :D.

Now as for the photo-shoot, the Rabbit Club do an annual Calender shoot were they exhibit their beautiful rabbits which natural gorgeous models. I was asked by the Rabbit club committee to do a very natural make-up look, however being that it’s spring and almost summer I wanted to give that vibe by adding a bit of colour onto the lips. The final photos with the rabbits will be posted at the end of this year however in the meantime I have some beauty shots for the Make-Up I did.

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Having beautiful facial feuturs and big eyes to work on I decided to make it a bit heavier than most common natural make-up because on camera it would barely show she has make-up on. I still used natural bronze colours on the eyes, using gold and brown shadows and a thin eyeliner. Then I applied a nice pink shade on the lips. This is not a natural look for an evening out but it is when it is for a photoshoot. I have tested make-up on camera and have learned a lot along the way.

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Miriam

Before I explain the look, Miriam is on her 50’s and she is simply stunning for her age. I truly wish I look as good as she does at her age.  Make up on a more mature women should be as lighter as possible, using lighter foundation and lighter colours. When you apply heavy a darker shade of foundation or eye-shadows on a mature women, it might make her look older than she is, and we definitely don’t want that. I used similar colours as Svetlana but made sure to use less product. Finally being that Miriam has beautiful pouty lips I applied a nice light pink shade and Voilaa.

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Products Used:

  • MAC Face Primer
  • Vichy Dermablend foundation 15 and 25
  • Urban Decay Eden Eyshadow primer
  • Urban Decay Naked 2 palette
  • Wjcon Duo Blush N Bronzer – Chicago Symphony
  • Make Up Revolution Eyeliner
  • Benefit Mascara
  • Wjcon lipstick Pure Colour 405
  • MAC Viva Glam by Nicky Minaj

Well I hope you like my work, if you do please like my facebook page, feel free to comment and follow me on social media,

Lots of Love and Happy Mothers day to all the Mothers and those women which have been mothers to people in need, may you feel beautiful and loved on this day 🙂

XOXO

Sarah-Jane