11/9/13

NYX- The Ultimate Pearl Shadow – Bronze Pearl

Hello guys, Today I will review another product I got from NYX which is this Ultimate pearl shadow in Bronze Pearl . This eye-shadow is one from the vast selection of colours from this range. All seem to be very vibrant and have that pearl-like pigmentation that can make your eyes stand out. NYX  have been creating very good quality shadows for a while now and this pearl shadow definitely keeps up with the standard.
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Pros:

  • Very good Pigmentation, i love the texture of this shadow
  • I like the black sleek packaging with it’s transparent lid
  • It has a good amount of product so it will probably last me for long time
  • It is easy to blend and it is also buildable.
  • The price of this eye-shadow is about 5 euros which can be seen as a little pricey for some being that it’s a single eye-shadow, but as I said before it has a lot of product.

 

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Cons:

  • It is a little bit too glittery for my taste, some of you might like the glitter but for me it doesn’t do it.

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Will I ever buy this product again? Well I’m not sure if i’ll buy the same colour but might purchase another one in a different colour.
Do I recommend it? I do recommend them especially if you like shimmery glittery shadows, but if you don’t check out some other great shadows which NYX have, they are worth every penny. For the Maltese they are available at Tower Road, Sliema.

Rating:

Have you tried these shadows? give me your opinion down below 🙂 thank you for following, keep posted

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

09/22/13

Beyonce Inspired – Make-up look

Hey guys :),

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

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

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Here are my step by step instructions and products used:

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

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

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

08/24/13

Emerald Inceptions – Handmade Jewellery by Marcon

Things are certainly progressing both in fashion and in Jewelry design here in Malta. I am seeing a lot of entrepreneurial women out there that are starting to make a new of their own, one of them is Marcon Caruana. Me and Marcon have been knowing each other for a long time but little did I know she had such a talent for jewellery making.

 

I met this lovely lady last week, as she was exhibiting her work at the Gorygoth Malta shop. By spending a few hours with her, i could see how much passion she has for designing, and how much she loves doing it. They are a part of which is why she gives each item a story, that will someday be part of someone else.

I had to opportunity to ask her further about Emerald Inceptions, check them out:

1.How did Emerald Inceptions start?

Working on crafts has been my passion from when I was a tiny tot. I started with cards for different occasions, and even home accessories. My creativity comes from my parents. My mother was a seamstress, and my father was a carpenter.

Like most girls, I also like fashion, clothing, and shoes. Sometimes, because I did not find what I had in mind or wanted, I would look for things that I have at home (a broken necklace or pieces of watches) and then create a necklace or bracelet from them.The initiative to start my small business started when my fiancé and my family saw some of the things that I had done. So they encouraged me to try, and that’s what I did!

 2.What was the main reason you started designing jewellery?

 I have always had a passion for jewellery, especially earrings! My own collection of earrings from around the world is over 350 pairs, it was an obvious choice. Now I mainly focus on large statement couture necklaces.

3.Have you ever had any training to develop you skill?

If I see something I like, I need to understand how it’s done, first and foremost in my head, then once I understand the theory, I can work with tools and different materials, think outside the box and make what I see. I watch videos on the internet and have bought a lot of books that have helped me with what I do. What I know I learnt on my own, if there was a chance for me to take a course locally I would.

4.From where do you get your inspiration?

My main inspiration is derived from a beautiful time that has gone by – the Victoria Era. I mix the style of that age, with similar modern styles, namely Steampunk and Goth.I also get a lot of Inspiration from nature, especially the sea, classic literature, British Shabby Chic gusto and French Vintage glam.

5.Do you sketch your design before you start working on a piece or you are driven by the instant?

 Most of the time I see the design in my head, rather than sketch it, I grab as many wire or beads as I can and lay it out. This allows me to visualize it first.

6.What is your favorite piece of jewellery that you ever created?

Really depends on my mood. My favorite piece is called ‘Cronos Concubinus’ (yes most of my creations have names to explain the story). This two focal necklace, has the most antique clock part pieces I ever laid my hands on, plus a few more.

I created this haute couture necklace, using very rare trinkets, original antiques, such as the tip of a fountain pen from the 1900’s, two steam watch machines pre-WW1, brass and antiqued bronze charms. The chain work is all handmade, comprising of oval loops and the other strand is tiny propeller style links. The beads used for the center strand of the necklace are mostly light grey jade glass and the center bead is black diamond colour with AB colour Czech polished and multifaceted, super pretty when they catch the light.

The story behind it is that the God of Time (Cronos in Latin) had a lover (Concubinus in Latin) – that is why two focal – and the couple, even though two individuals, create a beautiful harmony together which is this couture one of a kind necklace.

7.It is common that most designers develop a certain bond with their designs; do you find it hard to sell a piece of jewellery that you have worked so hard on?

Yes!!! I cried and was shaking when I sold my previous favourite items. It is so emotional for me to find a buyer for my pieces, because we instantly connect. Knowing that there is another person out there that understands and loves your creation is a beautiful experience for which I am very thankful for and motivates me.

8.What is the future for Emerald Inceptions?

Keeping a constant progress to me is very important. Staying in touch with my current clients and understanding the potential for future ones takes time. I am now more determined to create more awareness about mixed media art jewellery and continue to spread the word about Steampunk locally.

However in the next few months a massive change will happen to EI which I cannot reveal for now 😉 But it will be amazing!

I can’t wait to hear the good news for Emerald Inceptions :). Btw watch this lovely braclet I got and some pictures of the display and work by Marcon:

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

03/18/13

E.L.F HAUL -Baked Bronzer

Hey guys,

Every month I look at my make up and see what I have missing that I really need. I realized that I didn’t have any bronzer compacts and the one I have are slowly coming to an end. I usually use the bronzers I have on my e.l.f complete the look palette which are quite good but unfortunately when you apply it once a lot of products comes off.  So recently with the 50% offer I got these two Baked Bronzers in 2 colors. I got St. Lucia and Los Cabos.

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Los cabos and St Lucia

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St.Lucia is a light bronzer color while the Los Cabos is a bit darker. I have to say I quite like these bronzers, they do not have any shimmer and give a nice bronze glow when applied. The pigmentation is OK but could be better because you need to apply it a couple of time to deliver the right pigmentation. These are perfect to either use them as a contouring blush for Winter or else as a nice bronzing color for Summer.

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The packaging is also nice as it has a nice transparent lid and  it only costs £3.75 which is incredibly cheap. I do recommend it to anyone, as who wouldn’t want a cheap nice looking bronzer?  🙂

That is all for now, keep posted for more reviews and make up looks

xoxo

Sarah-Jane