03/30/15

HAUL -Make Up Revolution – First Impressions :D

When Make-Up Revolution was buzzed about a while ago, and I gave in to temptation and bought myself some their products. There was quite a hype going on recently about their products, being that they are shockingly cheap and of great quality. When I browsed through their website, I really didn’t know what I should get. I have seen some reviews to which seemingly none had anything bad to say about them, which made my shopping list more difficult to narrow down.

I would also like the mention the shipping is pretty fast for Malta; I ordered the make-up on a Friday and received the next Tuesday here. Well done Make-up revolution :D.

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So here is the list of products I got:

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AMAZING LIPSTICK IN BLACK HEART |REBEL WITH CAUSE |DEPRAVED |LADY CRIME |FELONY | THE ONE| NUDE :

I simply love these lipsticks, they cost just £1 and are quite pigmented for such a ridiculous cheap price.  They come in a cute black packaging with the colour of the lipstick on top. I got quite a mixture of colours, from Nude to bright and shocking ones. The creamy lipsticks stay on for about 3 to 4hrs before having the need to reapply, while the matte ones always last longer.  As I’ve expected the packaging can be quite flimsy, however I am not bothered at all, it just £1 after all.

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EYE DUST PURE PIGMENTS IN LEVITY  | SHAMEFUL|  FROLIC| HYSTERIA | ANTIC | STARLESS

I had a photo-shoot where I needed to use some pigments and I was surprised to find a whole range of them. They are pretty small, you have about 1.5g but they cost only £1. Yet they are super pigmented and look divine once swatched. I do intend to buy more of them eventually.

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COLOUR CHAOS EYESHADOW PALETTE:

Being that bright and shocking colours are not usually found in a palette, I was craving for some colour chaos. I’m in love with this palette, not only does it contain some beautiful bright and bold shadows, but all of them look the same on the skin as it doesn in the palette. I love the sleek black packaging which is surprisingly very sturdy and does not look like a £6 palette would usually have.

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BLUSH & CONTOUR PALETTE IN HOT SPICE  AND SUGAR AND SPICE:

These palettes are a must have, they are very pigmented, little goes a long way and you have every thing you need to highlight and contour your cheek bones. Each palette contains two highlighers, a couple of medium shades and darker bronzing shades. The Hot spice palette is more on the peachy side, while the Sugar and Spic is more on the pink and red tones. The packaging is sleep as the Eyeshadow palettes and they only cost £6 each. Simply amazing.

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ULTRA FACE BASE PRIMER: 

This primer remind me of the Make Up Academy primer, it’s silicone based and it helps with the application of the foundation. I think it’s a pretty decent primer to use for everyday. I don’t think it lasts for 24hrs, it was to ambitious for Make up Revolution to say such a thing.

THE ONE FOUNDATION: 

This was a bit of disappointment, I mean you cannot expect much for  £4 foundation but it ridiculously small and it comes in a liquid form which feels more like oily water than a foundation. Not to mentions that the packaging is like a very bad dupe for MAC face and body foundation. I hope they come up with a better foundation, it doesn’t have to be £4 , £6  would be just fine and hopefully with a good medium coverage this time

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PRO HYGIENE ANTIBACTERIAL BRUSH CLEANER:

This is my absolute favorite brush cleaner so far , it contains a generous 200ml and it costs only £5. I use it to give a nice clean to my powder brushes and it does the job very well. The only misfortune is that it arrived with a broken cap, other than that I simply cannot complain.

LIQUID EYELINER IN WATERPROOF AND ULTRA BLACK:

The eyeliners are my fav of all the products, this might sound crazy but I have been on the lookout for a good eyeliner for a while  which is not The NYX curve liner. Even though I love my NYX liner, it’s not so cheap and it lasts me for about a month or so, being that I use it a lot on myself and clients. So I was in need of a cheaper and good option, and I finally did both the liquid and pen are amazing, they last for a long time and they only vost £1.50.

BRONZER – BRONZED:

This is a lovely dark bronzer, applies heavinly and it is very pigmented, so don’t be hero and brush a lot of product unless you want to look like a Oomp Loompa :D.

So is the whole lot, Phew that was tiring 😛 , I do have another haul from Make-Up revolution which I should probably start preparing for you guys. I got some really great products, which I highly recommend except the foundation. Let me know what you think about  Make Up Revolution, especially if you tried them yourself. I love reading your comments.

XOXO
Sarah-Jane

12/31/13

Giveaway Winner :D

Hello guys :D,

I am so excited today, a new Year is upon us and also it’s time for my Giveaway. There is not better way to start this New Year by giving back, especially to you guys, that have been so great support throughout the year. I feel simply blessed to have some awesome followers and to have reached a total of 119 likes on Facebook.

The lucky winner will win some fabulous Products as shown below in the Photo and a surprise small gift from me.

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Thank you again one again so now let me tell you our lucky winner. I have written all the names of whoever commented on my post, liked and follows my blog in this cute bowl. I made sure that all the names where there and no name was missing, and I picked out one random winner.

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So the Winner is (Drum rolls please) …………

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Congratulations Raylene 🙂 I will contact you be email to get your details. Finally thank you for all of you that have entered this Giveaway, this will definitely be the first of more to come.

I do wish you a Happy New Year to you and your families, always look fabulous and simply love yourselves. Have fun tonight and be careful

XOXOXOOXOX

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

12/11/13

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:

12/7/13

Hey Smokey – Make-up Look

Hey guys,

Here I am back with a new make-up look for you guys. The only thing I like about winter is that you can get away with smokey eyes any time. Even though I would still wear this look any time of the year, in winter I find it to be more suitable.  This look is definitely for the daring girls but I believe black smokey eyes look good on anyone if it’s done in the right way, you can have green, blue, brown or black eyes, it will still look good on you. Being that I have big eye lids, smokey eyes never wear me out, but someone with smaller features has to be more careful, but if you do not go above the crease one shouldn’t worry. 🙂

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Eyes:

Instructions:

  1. First things first, I always start with an eye-shadow primer, to which I apply it all over the lid and somethimes even on the brows (so that I can shape them the way I want). I started applying a black eye-shadow and applied it all over my lid and made sure to blend it onto the crease with a light brown colour.
  2. Then I use the shimmer white colour under the brow and on the inner corner of the eyes.
  3. Then move on to the eyeliner and to add a different touch to this look I applied the glitter black eyeliner, which unfortunately isn’t so visible in the images. 🙁
  4. Finally I curled my lashes  and applied some mascara and defined my lashes with some black eye-shadow

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Products:

  • Urban Decay Potion Primer – Eden
  • Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – Blackout – Tease
  • Make up store – Satin
  • NYX – The Curve Eyeliner
  • NYX – Eye Pensil -Black Glitter
  • Benefit They’re real Mascara

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Instructions:

  1. As to my cheeks, I made sure to contour my skin as much as I can, I find it to be very important when you do smokey eyes. Being that the eyes are so dark, you need to make up for it by contouring or else  your face will look flat. So I used a lot of bronzer around my face and under my cheek bone, then use a nice redish-pink blusher, which gave my skin a bit of life.
  2. For the lips I went for a very natural baby pink, nude colour

Products:

  • Primark – Sunkissed Bronzer
  • MAC- Breezy
  • MAC – Creme cup

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So that is all guys, I hope you like this look, I have a couple of interesting looks coming up, and do not forget the Giveaway which I will be hosting pretty soon 😀 So keep posted , thanks for following

XOXO

09/23/13

Off We go :D

Hey guys,

As you know this week I will be in London, and I wanted to show you the Make-up I will be taking with me. I am super excited to go to London as I have been dreaming to go for a long time. Being that it’s a holiday I won’t be taking a lot of Make-up with me, all I care is for mostly to have fun and visit this beautiful city. For a holiday, I believe in taking one product for each use, also try to avoid taking expensive make-up with you because it might break with travelling and you don’t want that. So this is my list:

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Primer- MUA undress your skin primer – this is not my favorite primer but it is a good primer and it comes in a small packing and pump which is the best for travelling.

Foundation – Vicky Dermablend in no 35 – I love this foundation too much, little goes a long way and it gives a lovely finish.

ConcealerMake up store cover all concealer – Even-though I really don’t need it because the foundation is so good I thought of still getting this great concealer with me as it also stay on for a long time.

Eye-shadowThe MUA undressed palette and the white matte colour by Make-up store. The undressed palette is a small compact palette with all the colours you can possibly need to wear for day time or even a night out. I am also taking a large matte white eye-shadow because I used all of the ones in the Palette and you always need a white colour.

Eyeliner- NYX curve liner. I haven’t reviewed this liner yet but I will let you on a little secret, I love it and it is jsut perfect for travelling.

Contouring BronzerThe elf contouring bronzer. It is quite pigmented bronzer so I don’t need to use a lot of product and little goes a long way.

Blusher Mac breezy sheertone blusher. I love this blusher and it’s perfect for this season , it pigmented and buildable.

HighlighterMUA undress your skin highliter. I have to be honest I don’t need a highlighter but I just love this highlighter, it gives such a natural glow to the cheeks.

Mascara- Revlon Grow luscious lashes. I haven’t reviewed this mascara yet but it is surprising very good and have been loving it so far.

Lipstick- I am taking the

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That is pretty much it when it comes to make-up products now with regards to application, I couldn’t go without taking my beloved brushes.I have a mixture of foundation and concealer brushes, to apply the eye-shadow and also for contouring and to apply the blusher.  There are also a pair o scissors and tweezers for my brows.

Well that is all guys I do hope you have a great week, I will see you again next Sunday, in the mean time you can keep posted though Instagram and Twitter. 😀

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

09/9/13

20 Random Facts About me

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Hey guys,

So I have been tagged by the lovely Nicole to write 20 random facts about me. I have no idea what to write to be honest, so I will try to think of something. 🙂

  1. The first time I put make-up on was when I had 12years old. My sister applied some lip-gloss and eye-shadow on me and I felt I looked so pretty and I wore make up ever since.
  2. My older sister thought me a lot about make-up and application, she even did make-up for small fashion shows in Malta.I used to tell my sister to do my make-up all the time, now I do it to her because I keep myself updated a lot and have a lot more make-up than she does. 😀
  3. When I started this make up blog, I was in a bad place. I had lost my feminine side, but I found it back again thanks to this blog.
  4. Apart from Make-up I love to sing and have always dreamed to make it big since I was a little girl. Still dreaming 😀
  5. At the moment I sing in a lovely choir called Symphonik, they are the best.
  6. I have always loved the color blue but I am seriously loving the color red. Everyone complements me when I wear a red top or lipstick.
  7. I love Movies and have become an Tv show addict, I watch a lot of them everyday, from girly shows like girl code or 2 broke girls, to funny ones like big bang theory to action and thriller shows like Game of thrones, Dexter, Arrow and Much more.
  8.  I love tea, I must be half British or something because I have tea in all the seasons, yes even in Summer. I have from normal tea to green tea and I even had Moroccon.
  9. I must be the only person in the whole world that doesn’t like coffee. I tasted coffee once and I didn’t like it and never had coffee ever since.
  10. I am fluent in 3 languages, Maltese, English and Italian.
  11. Since I got my full time job, I have become a bit of a shopaholic but I am able to stop if I need to save up some money.
  12. I have 7 nieces, yes my brother and sisters have been getting busy. They all drive me crazy but love them a lot.
  13. Since last year I have become a health freak but I do have unhealthy stuff once in a while
  14. I am addicted to the scale, I weight myself once or twice everyday.
  15. If I could steel a woman’s body it would be Kelly Brook’s definitely, she has this beautiful curvy body that is to die for.
  16. I rarely go to a hairdresser, either to cut it, dye it, or if I have special occasion like a bday or wedding. I usually do it on my own.
  17. I would love to go to America especially New York
  18. I love dancing, I used to dance hiphop and I even won a few battles back in the days. Now I want to start having some lessons again.
  19. I hate old clocks that ring each hour. We have one at home and I had to stop it from working because it irritated the hell out of me.

  20. I am a mega Beyonce fan. I’ve been her fan since destiny’s child and I am quite obsessed with her, she is my idol and my inspiration. A true professional singer and entertainer. I have all of her albums, seen all her movies and most of her performances. Would be great if I saw her live someday.

Well those are some random facts about me. Would be interested to know more about you guys, so anyone that is interested just tag me in your post and mention your 20 random facts. 

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

09/7/13

Vamp – Make-Up look

Hey guys,

So I did this Make-up look this yesterday and I loved this look so much that I thought of showing it to you guys, before some of the other looks I have prepared already. Being that fall is here and even Halloween is soon to be, I thought of doing a sexy Vampire inspired look. I have been a fan of vampires since I was a teen and at that time there wasn’t such a hype about them. People used to be scared of vampires or find them ugly but now since Twilight came out, everything changed. The actual vampires are known to be very pale because they are dead and their eye lid is quite dark with a red tint. Also watch out for a more natural look for fall below.

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So here is my version with my step by step instructions and list of products that I used:

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  1. First thing I applied a the face primer by MAC on the lids and then I started the eye-shadow by applying a matte red colour all over the lid. The red colour on the lid, gives the impression that you are sick or even dead in this case and it makes the face look pale. Elf Palette
  2. Then I used a dark purple colour and blended it with the red colour. Elf palette
  3. For the crease I used a black and a dark brown from the Fraulen 38 palette.
  4. Finally I applied the eyeliner using the NYX curve liner (which I will review soon) and Revlon Mascara.
  5. For the cheeks I only used a contouring bronzer by E.l.f being that vampires are pale I didn’t apply any blusher.
  6. As for the lips I used this lovely dark purple colour lipstick which I bought at a flee market, so it doesn’t come from any particular brand.

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I also did a more natural look for you guys, basically all I did was remove the dark lipstick and applied a baby pink colour lipstick instead, from MUA. I also added a bit of peach blusher on the cheeks, and there you have a nice look for fall:

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I hope you like my version of female version of Vampire make-up.If you wish to wear this look for a night out leave it as it is but if you are interested in wearing this look for Halloween, do add some blood drops next to you mouth and of course some fangs. Also If I find a male model, I will actually do the male version make-up of a vampire.

That is all for now, keep posted for more and thank you for following and feel free to like my Facebook page. Also have any make-up suggestion or you want me to do a particular look for you with step by step pictures, do let me know in the comment below.

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

09/4/13

Nars – Bronzing Powder Laguna

Hey guys,

Before I start reviewing this amazing product, kindly notice that I have made a few changes on this blog. Not only design wise but even an easier way for you to follow me either on wordpress or by email and even to access my Facebook page. I hope you like it and would appreciate any further comments.

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Now back to my review, as you already know I won 2 products by Nars from the lovely blogger Flora, on her giveaway. I tried this bronzing powder and was simply impressed by how it applies and it’s silk-like pigmentation. It has a slightly yellow bronze undertone which looks devine. However the texture of this bronzer isn’t completely matte but it also doesn’t have shimmer or glitter. It has what I would call a natural finish and looks like skin when applied. I think some matte bronzers are overly matte and look more fake than anything. Laguna is perfect for most skin tones. I thing this will do for both Summer and fall, however if you get really darkly tanned in summer or have a deep skin tone, NARS has another bronzer called Casino which is also reviewed very well.

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Laguna blends nicely, it goes on a little sheer but I don’t mind as it allows more control of how dramatic of a look you are going for. Did I mention how gorgeous their packaging is? It is so sleek and black with a big NARS written on it, but at the same time it has this soft texture which make it fit nicely in my hands. Due it’s texture it can get quite dirty easily but it can be easily removed with a wipe. The only cons about this product is that it is quite pricey for a single bronzing, I checked on the website and it costs about €36. However you are paying for what you get, the quality is impeccable and the casing is quite big so you get a good amount of product.

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Well I hope you like my review, if you have any further questions about this product or if you tried this product and want to share your opinion, feel free  to share in the comment section below.

xoxo

Sarah-Jane