03/28/14

Pupa Milano – Shiny Lip Fluid in Nude Brown 003 – Pupa Princess Limited Collection

Hello guys,

This will be my last product review for the Limited Collection Pupa Princess. Due to my hectic life, I didn’t mange to review most of their amazing collection as it was being sold at that time. Yet the quality of this product is consistent with many of their other products, so this review will give you an idea what to expect from this brand.  When I chose this Shiny Lip Fluid in Nude Brown 003 at the Pupa Milano event last Christmas, I wasn’t too excited about it’s brownish colour but to this day it has become my go-to lip gloss to complete my natural make-up looks.  I really enjoy wearing this lip colour because it so soft and hydrating on the lips, which is ideal for winter cracked lips . Lip glosses are usually so sticky and not at all hydrating, which is why I simply love this gloss.

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The reflective gold packaging gives me a 1920’s vibe, and I like that it has a transparent window on the front so that you can easily see the colour and if the lipgloss is coming to an end. This gloss has a doe foot applicator unlike any others I’ve seen, makes the application go on very smoothly. The formula of the lipgloss has the intensity of a lipstick combined with the shine of a lipgloss, and the combination is felt once applied on the lips.  Brown colours do tend to look a bit dull on me, however this shade really complements my skin tone. When it comes to longevity it is quite average and it last for those 2 to 3 hours, but it leaved my lips soft and moisturized.  This beauty retails for about €11.23 euros, a pretty decent price for a good quality lipgloss.

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 Pros:

  • Beautiful gold 1920’s vibe packaging with transparent window.
  • Good applicator
  • Soft and hydrating formula
  • Lovely natural colour colour
  • Average longevityG4

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Cons:

  • The formula can be a bit sticky and first but while it sets it very soft. 

 

Will I ever buy this product again? Probably, even if I am not much of a lip-gloss person, I truly like wearing this lipgloss and I love it soft feeling.

Do I recommend it? Definitely, it’s a good quality product. If you manage to get this well lucky you but it not do check out some of their other lip glosses as the quality and formula is pretty similar.

Rating: 

That is all about this product, let me know if you tried this fabulous gloss by writing your opinion down below. I always love reading your feedback

XOXO

Sarah-Jane Vella

03/7/14

Bourjois – Healthy Mix Serum – Foundation

As I was in London last September, like the beauty addict that I am, I hit the boots store and as I was looking around I came across the Bourjois section. Even-though we do have Borjois in Malta, I rarely have time to go to drug stores and look out for new cosmetics. I have been reading a lot about their foundation for a while now and there is quite the hype going on. However for me it’s really not worth the hype, not that I regret buying it but I really don’t understand why it is so popular.

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The only colour that is somewhat close to my skin tone is 52 Vanilla and is it still a really weird shade. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it basically looks like a lemon tone cream colour, it matched my skin tone pretty well, even though I don’t like the yellow undertone.  This foundation gives a very light to medium coverage, I have to apply several layers in order to get the desired look and when I do that it can look be pretty cakey.

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The things I like about this foundation is the scent, it pretty pleasant and refreshing. Even the packaging is pretty nice, even-though I tend to lose the red lid, many times, but the pump is very functional. I also like how radiant my face looks when I apply this foundation, but I would have wished that it covered more and that it lasted longer. On the packaging it says that is last for 16hrs, which is of course a lie, it last for about 4-5 hours max, with a primer and powder there is a probability that it lasts a little bit longer.

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Pros:

  • The scent is pretty nice
  • The texture is not too runny not too dry
  • Leavs the skin looking pretty radiant and fresh
  • Packaging is pretty nice and functional

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Cons:

  • Gives a very light coverage, you need to apply two layers or else it’s barely visible. However if you apply to much it can also be cakey.
  • Not suitable for an evening out.
  • I simply don’t like the yellow undertone, it is not for me.
  • It retails for about €16 which is a pretty decent price but you can honestly find cheaper foundations that do a much better job than this.
  • Be careful were you store the this foundation, because the lid can be easily broken or lost as the plastic is very thin.

Will I ever buy this product again? I don’t think so, the colour, texture and formula really does nothing for me.

Do I recommend it? If you have a similar skin colour to mine I wouldn’t recommend it, however you can still use it as an everyday make-up. I do recommend it to those that are asian or anyone that has a yellow undertone skin, I think this would be very suitable, however remember it still gives a very light finish.

Rating: 

Have you ever tried this foundation, what do you honestly think about it ? I love to read your comments. Thanks for stopping by

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

02/4/14

Versace Spring Collection 2014 – Black, Lace and Rock and Roll

Recently I have become utterly obsessed with what’s new in the fashion world. I feel like a young kid again, looking at the beautiful gowns that I clearly couldn’t and still can’t afford, and steal some of the other designer idea and create outfits myself. Being an interior and product designer myself, I always looked at fashion as a beautiful way to express your inner self. One of my favourite designer has to be Versace, I simply love their elegant way of dressing, feminine but still edgy.

This spring their collection revolves around the black colour, laced fabric with a rock and roll attitude. There are also a bit of colour blocking with the use of flower patterns and even edgy designs. What I love about Versace also is how their designed are are form fitting, extenuating every womanly curve.

Blacks:

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Floral Patterns:

 

Rock and Roll:

Lace:

What is your impression for this collection? feel free to comment down below  :D. For more of their designed check them out here.

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

01/7/14

NYX – Trio Eyeshadow TS11-Orange/Copper/Peach

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A few months back, I was given this NYX Trio Eyeshadow palette to try out. These are pretty inexpensive and the colour selections they have are amazing.  I have the palette in Orange/Copper and Orange/Peach, which are basically copper selection of colours. These colours are perfect to use for everyday make up or even as a mid tone colour to use with other colours. The eyeshadow are housed in a slim black plastic casing and looks very similar to high brands packaging. It has also a small mirror and applicator, the applicator sponge looks pretty well, I still however prefer to use brushes but it’s still great to have when travelling.

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For the colours, most of the series runs from light (highlight), mid (crease), and dark (outer crease) however my palette seems to have oddly paired shades, because the darkest shade is a bit too light to apply on the crease.  The shadows are however very soft and powdery and have medium pigmentation, and looks better with a eyeshadow base underneath.

T4Pros:

  • Lovely sleek packaging with mirror and applicator
  • Good applicator
  • Good pigmentation, it will last for a good 4 to 5 hours.
  • Soft and powdery
  • Easy to apply and blendable
  • Not to shimmery, you can easily wear it for everyday to work
  • Inexpensive, it only retail for …

Cons:

  • This isn’t really a con but so you know, some trio are definitely better than other for colour payoff, so look up reviews or else check them out yourself at the NYX store at Sliema.

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Will I ever buy this product again? It is a probability however being that I love eye-shadows, I would go for bigger palettes but for someone that is a less make up geek than me, these would be perfect.

Do I recommend it? I do recommend these palettes, they are good quolity and perfect for travelling and also inexpensive

Rating:

Have you tried some of their trio eye-shadow palettes? let me know what you think

XOXO

 

01/5/14

Winter Tag

Hello guys,

It’s the New Year and yes I have been tagged this Winter by the lovely Steph from Think Love Makeup blog.  She is a lovely British born Maltese blogger, that has an undeniably passion for Make-up, just like me :D.  I will start by saying that I am not a winter person, I simply hate winter and Love Summer. Yet as the positive person I am, I try to look at the good in everything, and there are some things that winter is great for, so keep on reading.

So let’s start with the questions:

1) Favourite Winter Nail Polish?

This is a bit tough cause I have quite a couple that I like to wear nowadays.  In winter I love wearing dark nail polishes, and I’ve been wearing this lovely dark blue polish by the Make up store called Anders and also red Nail polish by Maybelline.

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2) Favourite Winter lip product?

I have been loving the Anatomicals Stop Cracking Lip balm, it’s perfect for this cold weather.

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3) Most worn Winter clothing piece? 

It has to be my leather jackets, I wear it everyday for work. It keeps me warm and it’s looks pretty good. I have an undeniable love for leather jackets, they can be worn with anything.

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4) Most worn Winter accessory? 

It has to be my scarves, being that I also love to sing, I need to take care of my voice and keep my necks covered when outside. So I make sure to always wear one even when I’m running.

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5) Favourite winter scent/candle?

I have been loving Beyonce’s perfume Heat and even Pulse but I find it more summer, but I recently smelled My secret by Antonio Banderas and I have to say it smells devine. Funnily enough I have never really took any particular notice to a perfume, I usually get them as presents so never really bothered buying some for my own. However I don’t have a particular favorite candle.

6) Favourite Winter beverage?

It has to be tea, I simple love tea from normal to herbal tea’s, they keep me warm and taste great.  Then to unwind, some lovely white or rose wine, or even some Vodka coke on the weekend.

7) All time favourite Christmas/Holiday movie?

To be honest I don’t have one in particular, I love movies in general and watch them all the time but none of them I watch because of a particular season.

8) Favourite Christmas/Holiday song?

I will let out a secret, I am not much of a Christmas person, I simple hate Christmas songs, they are so boring and all sound the same. Being that I also work in a showroom, I have to listen to same songs for a whole month and believe me it’s not fun hehe. Not to sound like the Grinch, there are two songs I don’t mind listening  is Shake up Christmas by Train and Christmas Light by Coldplay.

9) Favourite Holiday food/treat?

It has to be my sister Lasagna, she does  the best lasagna ever.love  I had plenty of it during the holidays and it was so good, I really didn’t mind having it over and over again.

10) What is your favourite Christmas Decoration this year?

I really don’t like Christmas decoration, I find them to be quite tacky (ok now i really sound like the Grinch hehe). My sister usually does the decorations, she is more of a winter person than I am.  However I do like simple decorations that give a nice touch here and here, like gold and silver candles or flowers.

11) What’s at the top of your Christmas list?

Well now Christmas is over I don’t have anything, and even though I love to give presents, I didn’t have any presents to give to aparts from my parents. Being that I am have a huge family (4br+sisters and 7 niece and nephews) we stopped giving gifts to each other because it will be to pricey. Me and my friends were going to do a secret santa but we barely met before the holidays because of their studies that we didn’t manage that one either, so I guess we have to leave it for next year.

12) What are your plans for the holidays this year?

Well my plans were to spend some fun time with my friends and family, and I did. Everything went pretty well even if we had some few setback, but overall I had an awesome time.

I tag you guys feel free and reply to these questions on your blog.

this post,  I will start posting some interesting reviews this week and maybe some new tutorials. I would love your suggestions in how to improve my blog or if you want me to post about something in particular.

Lots of Love

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

12/20/13

Vintage Christmas – Make-up Look

Hello guys,

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Christmas is just round the corner, can you believe it 😀 ? Time flies so fast. This week instead of doing reviews I wanted to show give you ideas of what products to look out for this Christmas (which you can check my post here), what make-up look you should go for and my seasonal nail styles. If I manage I might even show you how to get your hair curled for this holiday season. Also guys don’t forget to participate in my Giveaway 😀 you might be the lucky winner, more info here.

Last Christmas my holiday look was more focused on the eyes while this year I want to focus more on the lips, so the eyes are kept on the natural side. I was going or a Vintage look, being that Christmas is so traditional, we should go back in time were women were elegant and always looked fabulous. For the eyes I chose glitter and gold, as for the lips I went for some traditional vintage red lips.

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Eyes:

Instructions:

  1. Like always I start with an an eye-shadow primer, which is a must have for the holiday season. I always have long dinners and I am always out and about so a primer is fundamental to keep it all intact for long hours.
  2. Then I started to apply some shimmery white shadow under the brows and onto the inner lid.
  3. Following the white I used a lovely gold shimmer colour on the mid lid and a bronze colour onto the crease.
  4. To give this eye look a bit of a flair I added a silver glitter eye-liner which unfortunately isn’t so visible in the photos.
  5. Finally I applied some thin eyeliner and mascara.  I would also suggest some beautiful fake lashes.

Products:

  • Urban Decay – Potion Primer Eden
  • Urban Decay -Naked 2 Pallete
  • Pupa Diamond eyeliner
  • Nyx the curve eyeliner
  • Rimmel Scandalous Eyes Mascara

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Cheeks and Lips:

Instructions:

  1. As for the cheeks I love a little bit of bronzer under the cheeks for contouring , and a pinkish red blusher on top of it. Then I finished of with a nice highlighter on top of the cheeks, on my nose, middle of my forehead and chin.
  2. Last but not least for the lips I used a red lip-liner and filled all of my lips with it, then added a bit of matte red lipstick and finished off with some glossy red lipstick.

Products:

  • Nars Bronzing Powder – Deep throat
  • MAC – Dollymix
  • NYX lipliner in Plush Red
  • MAC -Ruby woo
  • Make up store- glossy lips – Cloe

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I hope you like this look, feel free to tag me on facebook or instagram if you choose to try this look. It is very simple but yet effective and I believe anyone can do it

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

12/17/13

Holiday must haves :D

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Hello guys, The Christmas Holidays are soon with us, and I am sure most of you have already started their Christmas shopping. Being that I don’t think I will manage to review these awesome products before the holidays, I still want to show you some products to be on the lookout for. These are some products which I got from various cosmetic brands, that truly Scream Christmas holidays for me. Mostly a lot of glitter, red, gold and silver colors.

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Mascara:

  • Scandaleyes retro glam Mascara by Rimmel – I am recently loving this mascara, it’s cheap and it gives some good volume ( retails about 7.50 euros)
  • Vamp Mascara by Pupa both in black and Rouge Noir –  Pupa really make the best mascaras ever, I love their Diva lashes but this one is great too. If you have blond lashes try their latest colored mascara in Rouge Noir colour from the Pupa princess collection, it’s just gorgeous. (Retails for 13.99 euros)

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Eyliner:

  • Diamond Eyliner by Pupa – From the usual black eyeliner why not also try these cool glitter eyeliner. I think it’s perfect for the festive season you can create some interesting looks with this liner. This is also a limited edition product from Pupa which you can find right now in most outlets (Retail for 10.90 euros)

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Lips:

  • NYX lip pencil in Plush red – I am simply loving this lip pencil and it goes perfectly with most of my red lipsticks and it so cheap.
  • Make up store – glossy lips in Cleo – I usually go for matte red lipsticks but when I was given this gorgeous red lipgloss I knew I had to wear it this Christmas.

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Nails:

  • Pupa Lasting Colour in 830 – There is so much you can do for the festive season and I believe a little glitter is perfect for this season. It has these silver/gold hues which would look great on their own or on top of some red polish. Also from the latest Pupa Princess collection, so go and get your hands on it before it goes. (Retails for 5.60euros)
  • Make up store Nail polish in Teresa – This is another beautiful glitter nail polish with various coloured hues from the usual gold and silver and some blue and purple hues. Not sure if you will find this at the Make-up store in Malta right now, because it has been recently launched in Sweden, but if they do just grab a hold of it.
  • Rimmel – Space Dust in Luna Love – This is a beautiful and cheap nail polish for this christmas. It’s like a glittery metallic magenta colour, which I absolutely love and look great for the holidays. (retail for about 4euros)

Well that is all guys, I do hope you find this helpful, if you need any further info do not hesitate to contact me. Also do not forget my Giveaway, one lucky winner will win some fabulous products :D. XOXO Sarah-Jane

12/14/13

Spanish Nights – Make-up Look

Hello guys,

I hope you are having a great week so far, and do not forget to enter for my awesome Giveaway by following some simple steps on my post here.

My latest look is inspired by the Spanish culture to which I absolutely adore. I was wearing this lovely dress to which it had these beautiful red and pink flowers on, to which it reminded me of the Spanish costumes, dancers usually wear. Unfortunately I didn’t take any proper eye detail photo but hopefully the instructions and rest of the photos will give you an idea of how to do it yourself.
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Eyes:

Instructions:

  1. The eye look is a very simple, and natural, however the only difference is that I did apply fake lashes with this look.
  2. I started with a eye primer and used a matte white shadow under the brows and a shimmer colour on the inner and mid lid.
  3. Then I blended out the white, with a matte brown colour on the crease and a tint of black shadow.
  4. Finished the eyes by applying fake lashes, eyeliner and then mascara.
  5. Last but not least I defined the brows with a black eye-shadow

Products:

  • Two faced eye-shadow primer
  • Naked 3 Palette –
  • NYX the curve eyeliner
  • Duo glue for the lashes
  • Rimmel – Scandalous eyes mascara
  • The fake lashes are of an unknown cheap brand

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Cheeks + Lips

Instructions:

  1. For the cheeks i used a lovely bronzer to contour, being that the spanish as well tanned and used a nice pinkish/red blusher for the cheeks.
  2. As for the lips, I wanted to go for a different colour rather that the usual Red, that they are mostly known for. Instead I went for a dark beautiful pink colour.

Products:

  • Nars Bronzing Powder – Deep throat
  • Make Up Store- blush- Glam rose
  • Make Up Store- Lipstick – Mandy

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Well I hope you like this look, if you choose to try it out tag me on Instagram or Facebook. Would love to read your comments down below and don’t forget the Giveaway 😀

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

12/11/13

Make Up store – Blush – Glam Rose

Hello guys,

Before I start my review, DO NOT Forget to enter for my International Giveaway, kindly follow these simple steps on my post here.

Now let’s move on to another great product by this Swedish brand Make up store, which is this blusher called Glam Rose. I simply love it’s colour, it’s like a peach-pink colour with a tint or purple. It comes in the same packaging and size and most of their michroshadows, and retails for about €14.

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Pros:

  • It is very pigmented and smooth
  • The packaging is very sleek in black with a transparent M logo.
  • The staying power for this blusher in Summer is about for 5hrs, and it winter it can stay on even up-to 8 hours which is pretty good considering the humidity we have in Malta.
  • Easy to apply and blend and it can also be buildable
  • Their products last forever I’ve used mine  almost every day for 3 months now and it hardly has a dent in it. Great value
  • I believe this colour would look great on all skin tones.
  • They also have quite a range to choose from,  from bright reds, peachy, pale pink, shimmery pinks to dark burgundy. I think everyone will find a couple of personal favorites from their collection.

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Cons:

  • The only minor con I have about this product,  is actually the packaging of the blushers. I would prefer if it has a clear lid like some of their other products (the michroshadows for ex.) Being that I have a lot of products, I like to see the colour of the blusher, it would make my life so much easier.

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Will I ever buy this product again? Definitely, If I will ever run out of this colour I will repurchase it again for sure, but I will probably add more to my collection and buy some of their other beautiful colours.

Do I recommend it? I recommend it to anyone, they are really great and worth every penny

Rating:

12/8/13

International Giveaway – 100 Facebook Likes XD

Hello Guys,

So here it is finally, my first GIVEAWAY :D. I am super happy to be hosting my first Giveaway, being that I have been given so much this past year thank to you guys and it’s time for me to give back .  It’s been over a year that I’ve been in the blogging scene and the response was awesome, and I am forever grateful for your support.

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I started blogging about beauty because it’s my way to remind myself, to truly take care of myself, so that I feel beautiful. When I feel beautiful I feel more confident in my own skin, I am more bubbly and a more positive person. Also blogging has been a way for me to show my make-up artistic skills and create new fun looks.

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So here is what the Lucky winner will get :

  • Anatomicals Stop Cracking Lip Balm
  • Anatomicals Headache Balm
  • NYX – The Curve Eyliner
  • Make Up Store– Satin White eyehshadow
  • Vichy Dermablend foundation in One of the 5 shades available
  • Surprise small gift

These are some of my favorite products and I thought the lucky winner should have them.  With regards to the foundation I have ordered 5 of their different shades, so that that the winner can choose one of their shades, that matches their skin color.

So these are the 3 simple RULES you have to do for you to enter this competition:

  1. Follow my blog through your e-mail. The image below explains where you find the follow button

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  1. Like my Facebook page, you can either like for the side button or by using this link here.
  2. Kind comment on this post what product you like best and write your first 3 digits of your e-mail so I know which e-mail is yours

The winner will be picked randomly and will be contacted after the Deadline which is on 30th of December.

So go ahead and enter this Giveaway :D,  will be looking forward to your comments

XOXO