01/26/17

My Latvian Beauty Haul <3

Hello dear readers,

I hope you liked my previous post, where I mentioned the best places to shop should you visit Latvia or even the Baltic region. Since most shops are available in all of the Baltic countries, and not only in Latvia. I would suggest you read the post before you keep reading this one, so you get a sense of what the shops are about. But if you are looking to see some goodies keep on scowling down.

So let’s starts amd show you all of the products I bought from all of these Latvian shops. 😀

Drogas

Since Drogas have all the products you need, for hair, face and body at a cheap price, I did buy quite a lot of stuff. Here’s the list below:

  • 5 Lipstick shades from Fennel a cosmetic company from Thailand. They were discounted to 1 to 2 approx euros each.
  • Wellness & Beauty by Rossmann – Tea Extract and Olive – body oil. A Polish company which provide this range of body oils and much more.
  • Natura Siberica – Loves Latvija – Body scrub. It is a Russian Organic brand based in Siberia, which have a variety of skin and body care collections and one is dedicated to it’s neighbour of Latvia.
  • Amie Naturally kind- Skin care- Morning Clear Purifying Facial wash – Got it at discount for approx 3 euros 😀
  • L’Oreal Evital – Heat protector on coloured hair – Since the one I currently use by Tresemme is running out, I needed a replacement.
  • Body Butter and Body Scrub by Superdrug – These were on offer for just 1.30euros each, and they are just as good as the body butter from the Body shop.
  • L’Oreal Nutri Gold Face Oil and Moisturizer – Since my face was getting pretty dry I thought I should try these out.
  • L’Oreal Mascara and SkinPerfection Micellar Water- to clean my face from all the make-up I put on.
  • Golden Rose – Long-stay Matte Foundation… can’t wait to test it out 😀
  • Beauty FormulaCharcoal Clay Mask-I heard pretty good things about the mask and they were not lying. Review coming up.

Stenders

From this awesome shop I got the shower gel and creamy body scrub in cranberry. I also got a pieces of soap from their enormous collection, forgot the name but I simple love the smell. It also left the lovely aroma on all of my clothes, since it was in my luggage. Finally I was given a cute travel set to try their shampoo and conditioner, by my lovely Latvian friend. Even if im dieing to try them out, I want to wait a bit, since they contain such nice memeories.

Dzintars

From the Latvian skin care range of Dzintars I only got their lipbalms, the green one is the original while the orange one is a new range. It is all written in latvian so cannot say what is the difference between them. But I like the most the orange one since it has a nice fruity smell.

Rituals

The Dutch brand of Rituals recently launched the collection called the Ritual of Sakura, from which I got the body mist, body lotions and shower gel. The cool thing about the shower gel is that it comes out as foam, and you don’t need a large amount since its spreads.  Can’t wait to pamper myself with them.

Street Markets

In most cities of Latvia you will find street markets, especially in Christmas time. One day I went to Jurmala, a lovely city next to the Beach. There you can find shops and also cute street markets, where you can find anything from scarfs, mittens to local home-made soaps (as the ones you see in the photo). Even in the capital of Riga you can find pretty interesting stuff in these wooden housed markets. Next to the soaps (in the image above) you will see an odd but pretty  ring which was given to me as a present. The ring contains a nice big Amber stone, since Amber is very popular in those areas. Finally I got the Latvian scarf which is shown on the top of every picture. The pattern is pretty symbolic with Latvia and they are very much in fashion right now.

Duty Free

Last but not least, I got this lovely perfume by Moschino with some other yummy stuff at the Duty free. It was a real pity that I didn’t have more time in my hands, when I left Riga. Since there are some nice shops to see and at very decent prices. I simple love how you can find a variety of local brands but also Polish, Lithuanian, German and Russian brands. Pretty cool.

Well that is all for my pretty big Haul from my Holiday in Riga, I did stock up on everyday stuff that will last me for half if not the whole year. So thank you Riga for being so affordable and filled with beautiful things, I will definitely visit again.

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XOXO

Sarah-Jane

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

11/18/14

NYX – Box of Eyeshadows 112 colours

Being a makeupholic, I am always interested in trying out new pigments and new products. If anyone would ask me what make-up product I like the most, it would probably be eye-shadows. I probably have more than 10 eye-shadow palettes and believe me they are not enough.  Why I like eye-shadows so much? It is probably because I am an artist, I used to paint using acrylics and without the different colours you wouldn’t create Art basically. The same goes to make-up, different eye-shadows can truly create some beautiful Art.

When NYX opened in Malta I truly wanted to test out some of their eye-shadows, and I was impressed by the few I got to try out that I went ahead and bought this extensive palette. Compared to the pricing, they have some good quality pigmentation. The packaging is very sleek in black; it also comes with an applicator and mirror which I rarely use. It has two compartments; the upper one has the natural colours from light to dark natural colours like white, black and brown. Then you can slide the bottom compartment and you will find a range of vibrant colours from Pink, yellow, blue and orange.

It is very useful to travel with, I basically take it to most photo-shoots, and it has become truly indispensable. This beauty retails, for about €34, which is a fairly good price for such a good quality palette.

Pros:

  • Nice sleek and sturdy packaging – great for travelling
  • Great pigmentation
  • Easy to use and blend
  • Decent pricing

Cons:

  • The only thing I’m not too fond of is that I do get some fallout. Being that its powder it’s pretty normal, but I do believe it should have less.
  • One thing that annoys me is that the highlights, medium tones and dark tones are scattered in the palette, I would have preferred if they were in order like the Elf Palettes for example.

Will I ever buy this product again? I probably will, it might not be the best eye-shadow palette but i find it very handy and the eye-shadows are pretty pigmented.

Do I recommend it? Definitely, if you like to have a variety of eye-shadow and don’t want to spend a lot of money, this is a good medium.

Rating: 4/5

Would love to hear from your opinion, if you ever tried this product

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

08/13/14

NYX Stay Matte but not Flat Powder Foundation

My intent to purchase this powder was based on the mixed reviews I have been reading about it, apart from the actual need of a powder myself. After using it for a couple of months I completely understand why some love it and some don’t. I have honestly loved this powder because it is perfect for my oily t-zone, it has a lovely finish and stays on for quite a while.

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The reason behind the bad reviews is because people try to use it as a foundation, which I completely understand being that it’s said to be a powder foundation. This is not a foundation but just a setting powder, and you need to apply a foundation underneath or else it won’t stay on your face for a long time. I bought it in the natural colour, which matches my skin colour perfectly, especially in winter. I still use it in summer especially under my eye over my concealer.

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I wish to excuse myself for not providing my own images for this product but being that I have used this powder a lot, it’s not in the best shape so here are some images taken from the net.

I am a huge fan of this powder, I carry it with me everywhere it’s probably the best powder the price it sells for which is similar to that of any drugstore brand. The texture is fine and silky, great for oily skin, but it you are super oily I would go for something different, because it has a medium coverage. However if you have a normal combination skin, this is perfect.
The packaging is lovely, durable, very sleek and MAC looking; the only think that is a bit annoying is the tiny little plastic tab that you have to use to get the sponge compartment. But other than it’s definitely a must have.
Pros:

  • Sleek, durable packaging
  • Formula with medium coverage, fine and silky
  • Long lasting
  • Good Pricing

Cons:

  • The lid for the sponge compartment to tiny to open

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Will I ever buy this product again? I will for sure, being that it’s soon coming to an end (because I use it every day), I need a couple more of these.
Do I recommend it? Definitely, it’s a good quality product, and perfect for anyone with a combination skin.
Rating: 4/5
Would love to hear from your opinion, if you ever tried this product
XOXO

07/8/14

MAC – Cremesheen – Creme cup lipstick

Being a make-up artist, it is vital to have the basic coloured lipstick. I was in the search for a beautiful nude colour to use on clients especially for brides, and as I saw the Creme cup lipstick by MAC I knew I had to have it. When it comes to lipstick, I think no one beats MAC they last for a long time and have simply beautiful pigmentation. I have to admit that the matte lipsticks last longer than the Cremesheen but then again the cremesheen aren’t so bad themselves.

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The only factor which makes the sheen ones better than the Matte lipsticks is that they are creamy and feel really nice on the lips. While the matte ones can be a bit to dry. The colour is a pinkish nude colour which is why looks pretty nice on anyone with light skin. If you have a medium or dark skin colour I would opt for other colours, however on most Mediterranean skin it worked just fine.

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Overall I think this is a must have, I used it mostly on myself if I am doing a Smokey eye look, or else if I’m wearing an overall natural make up look.

Pros:

  • Beautiful sleek black packaging as all other MAC lipsticks
  • Creamy texture
  • Long lasting between 4 to 5 hours
  • Worth every penny

Cons:

  • The only con I can think of is that it might be a bit pricy for some people but it’s truly worth every penny. So there isn’t any negative really.

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Well I hope you liked the review, let me know what you think about the products. Show some love by liking and sharing my page

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

06/21/14

Flawless – Make-Up Look

Hey guys,

A while ago I bought the “Flawless” tshirt from Beyonce’s new Album clothing line. As most you already know I am quite a huge Beyonce fan and as a Woman and quite a  feminist I am really in love with her song called Flawless.  The song Flawless is about us women believing in our true natural beauty and to always work to better ourself and not to please men but to please ourselves. With that motto in my head, I put the shirt on, wore some fancy jewellery and wore a fearless and “flawless” make up look. Some of you might have thought I would do a more natural look, because indeed we are all beautiful naturally. But nothing makes me feel more flawless than an edgy make-up look, cause in the end we should feel free to express our self the way we like. 🙂

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The look is very edgy, smoking but still feminine, check out my step by step instructions below:

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Instructions:

  • For the eyes I basically did a normal Smokey eye look with a twist underneath. I started off with the black eye shadow onto the crease and blended it out on the mid lid with a beige/white colour. Very easy and simple to do.
  • I also used a brown colour on the crease to blend the black with the white, which unfortunately isn’t that visible due to my low quality camera.
  • What makes the look stand out is the purple cream eye-shadow which I applied under the lower lashes moving further out, under the black eyeliner.
  • Of course you cannot finish the look without the usual eyeliner and mascara

Products:

  • NYX Palette
  • Wjon purple cream eye-shadow
  • MAC gel liner
  • Benefit They’re real Mascara

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Cheeks and Lips

  • For the cheeks I used a little bit of bronzer (but not as much as it looks in the photo hehe which reminds me, to but a good camera) and then applied a reddish tone blusher.
  • As for the lips I used the natural pinkish colour lipstick

Well I hope you liked this look, it is a very simple look so you can try it easily at home. If you love Smokey eyes but want to try something different use a pop or colour under the lower lashes, believe me you will look great. Remember if you have small eyes, it is better to use coloured eyeliner, and make it very thin.

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XOXO

Sarah-Jane

06/4/14

Make-Up Look – Malta Fashion Awards 2014

Hello guys,

As promised,  today I want to show you the make-up look and what I wore for the Malta Fashion Awards. Unfortunately I do not have a picture of the outfit, but let me describe it. The outfit consisted of a black body con type dress with white and coral flowers and on top a black blazer, being that it was quite a chilly night.

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To match the dress, I wore this beautiful gold chain necklace with coral shaped flower and matching earrings, ring and bracelet.  Pastel colours are very much in this summer, so definitely be on the lookout. As for my nails, I used the Pupa Milano gel nail polish in a very similar shade as the accessories.

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Now let’s move on to the most important part which is the make-up. Being that it is the most fashionable night in Malta, I had to go all out, so I took my time and tried my best to create something great. I basically was inspired by the outfit itself and used a mixture of corals, gold and black colours.  Apart from applying the eyeshadow on the upper lid I also applied the coral colour under my lower lashes.

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I finished the look with some winged liner, mascara and of course some individual fake lashes for more of a dramatic effect.  This look is perfect for this spring and summer to come; it’s very dressy but still vibrant for the hot summer days which are yet to come. Finally I chose a light pink shade for the lips and even for the cheeks.

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List of Products:

  • MAC Prep and Prime primer
  • Vichy Dermablend foundation
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion Eden
  • NYX Eyeshadow Palette
  • MAC Gel liner
  • Rimmel Scandalous eyes Mascara
  • Ardell individual fake lashes
  • NARS Laguna blusher
  • NARS Deep Thought bronzer
  • MAC Viva Glam by Nicky

Well I hope you enjoyed this look and my post, please show some love by liking my page or following my blog. I do appreciate if you share my blog with your friends and family

Lots of Love

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

 

06/1/14

Malta Fashion Awards 2014

This has been one of the best Malta Fashion Weeks in history. I am glad that even though I didn’t get to be involved as much as I should have (partly being my fault), I still got to enjoy some of the most beautiful Maltese designs in one night, at the Awards show.

I was really unsure if to apply for the media pass or not, and when I decided to give it a go, it was too late. However after a great show last night, I am truly excited for the year to come.

The show was professionally executed,  and it was nice seeing such a high level standard of models, make-up artists and hairstylist which did a great job throughout the whole show. Some of the designs I have seen are worth international recognition and in the end I felt proud of what Malta has to offer.  Throughout the show their were various shows from renowned designers like Caroline Hili, Charles and Ron and Gagliardi to new designers and various hair stylist.

Being and Art and Design student myself, I was so Happy to see a lot of new Designers and Photographers that were either my class mates or in the same institute as I was. One of which was Rosemarie Abela which won best new designer with her Japanese inspired collection.  I also loved seeing new names in the Make-up world to which the Award went to Mateja Camilleri.  Apart from that I was happy to see a blogger fashion award to whom it went for the fashionista Daniel Azzoppardi.  There were of course other important awards to various male and female models, however being  a Make-up artist, beauty blogger and fashion lover, those are the awards which have definitely struck a cord.

Here are some images of the designs which I particularly liked throughout the show. There were many beautiful designs so I will not fit them all, however here are some: Photography by Fritz Photography Malta.

Well I hope you enjoyed this post, later on today or tomorrow I will post the Make-up look I did for the Awards show and what I wore.

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

05/15/14

Fallen Angel – Make-up shoot

Hello lovely followers,

A month ago I had the opportunity to work with an amazing French Photographer Eva Ferriere. She wanted me to do a make-up for a “Fallen Angel” theme photo-shoot she had in mind. I was super excited to work on this shoot, being that I would let out my artistic skills.  The look I did was inspired by the gorgeous costume we had for the shoot, by Fabian Galea -PR for the Bugeja Costume Company in Gozo.

 

I did a couple of sketches as you can see below and let Eva decide which one she liked best. The final look is a bit dramatic but still has a certain elegance and flair to it. Basically it’s a mixture between dark and light, good and evil.

Sometimes in a fallen angel theme, it tends to be very dark and goth. I wanted something complete different, because even though she is fallen, there is an element of good in her.

The look consists of a golden brown mixture of eye-shadow which match the costume. Then I followed by applying the black liner creating a feather like effect, similar to the wings of an angel. Finally I applied some glitter liner in two colours gold and silver/green, these remind us of good element when combine with the dark black liner. Then added some final touches by adding small white rhinestones to  the edges of the feather-like-liner. The lips were left a little bit natural and a nice glow was given to the cheeks by using a pink blusher and highlighter.

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Check out some of the gorgeous photos by Eva  and the beautiful model Christine Zammit :

Overall I am really please with the final look, the images look great,and the make-up look really goes on well with the costume and backdrop.

Do feel free to contact me if you need me for a photo-shoot or any other special occasion. Let me know what you think about this look, would appreciate a thump up and like on facebook and do feel free to follow me through email.

XOXO

Sara-Jane

04/19/14

Bumble Bee – Artistic Make-Up look

Hello dears,

It has been a while since I posted a make-up look, and it’s not because I didn’t create anything new, it is because I have become lazy with taking photos and editing hehe. But I finally managed to get some work done in order to show you what I have been up to. Before I start talking about this look I would like to wish you all a Happy Easter :).

About a month ago or so in Malta we had the Carnival, it is widely celebrated here in Malta and everyone loves dressing up and be someone or something which they cannot actually be in real life. Even-though I love dressing up, I didn’t manage to do it this year however I loved helping my nieces look awesome on these celebrations.

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A look I wanted to show you is what I did on my niece Samira, she wore this cute bumble bee costume and she wanted me to do her make-up. (All this yellow remind me that it’s Easter hehe) Well being that she is just a child, I wanted to create something fun and artistic. I used mainly yellow eyeshadow then black liner and shadow to create a fur like effect.  This furr like effect I used it on her brows, on the crease and even on her cheeks.  Finally I applied a tiny bit of blusher and some glossy lips gloss.

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Overall I am really please with this look, I think she looked great and the make-up went on really well with her costume. This could be a great idea for you to try if you have costume party or on your next Halloween.

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I hope you enjoyed this post, and thank you for stopping by :). Show some love by liking my facebook page and following my blog trough e-mail, blog lovin or instagram

XOXO

Sarah-Jane