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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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