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.

Show some love by following my blog and liking my posts and my page on Facebook.

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

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

 

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

 

04/11/16

Fun times at the Artisan Market

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Hello Guys,

I do hope you had a fun weekend that made Monday less tough to wake-up to. Yesterday, after a lot of nagging from my boyfriend we went to the Artisan Market in Fort St.Elmo, and I enjoyed it. Not that I don’t usually like Markets, but most of time there are the same things I’ve already seen over and over again. However this time it was different as new entrepreneurs are coming with creative ideas.

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The first set-up which struck me the most is the Undressed brand, which consists of artisan sugar scrubs using natural ingredients for hand and body. I really liked their initiative of having people try their products right there and then. Cause when you get to try a product, and you test it out, if it’s right, it will win you over.

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Their products definitely won me over, especially their Oatmeal and Coconut Scrub which I shall review in another post. They have a variety of scrubs and all are used for different reasons. Some to treat certain issues and other to relax and stimulate your body. I do suggest that you visit and like their facebook and keep yourself updated with their products.

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Another set-up which I particularly loved, was the Patches and Bonnets Vintage inspired Jewelry. The style of Jewelry is a mixture of Victorian with a touch of modern patterns and cartoon imagery. I really loved the cute little books, and floral patterns and all the other tins trinkets she manages to come up with. All of which is handmade using both new and recycled material. I also got myself a cute necklace and some funky earrings which are ideal for a casual night out.

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You shall find more information on where to find these cute pieces of handmade jewelry on the her facebook page.

Show some love to Maltese talent and check them out. In the meantime here’s what this curvy blogger was wearing for a Saturday night out. 😀

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Hope you enjoyed this post,  lots of love

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

M1Hello guys,

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

 

 

05/31/15

Coccinelle Event Competition – Spring/Summer Collection2015

Since they opened their shop here in Malta two years ago, they have organized this fun event where their clientele get the chance to win 3 beautiful handbags from their Spring / Summer collection of 2015. Last year they made 3 boxes and if you had the lucky key you get to win a bag. This year they gave really cute metal details and whoever had the matching detail to the bag, get’s to win one of their gorgeous handbags.

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It is really nice of them to create such an event each year and I am grateful for being invited once again. Unfortunately I wasn’t lucky  and I didn’t win any of their bags, but it gave me an opportunity to drool at their lovely bags.  If you are not aware of this handbag brand, they are designed in Italy using the finest materials and real leather. Their bags are upscale even price wise, but if you feel like spending money on good quality bag Coccinelle is the choice for you.  I simply love the shape, style, colours and their attention to detail which is seen in all of their handbags.

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Go ahead and have a look at their new Spring Summer collection, you will find the shop in Tower Road, Sliema.

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hope you enjoyed this post, wish you all a Happy Sunday  and keep posted for more reviews, events and make-up looks

XOXO

Sarah-Jane