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

05/21/14

Pupa Milano – Vamp! Mascara in Extra Black

Hello drear friends,

Recently I am simply loving what fake lashes can obtain. Being that they can be a pain to apply on one selves, I am always on the lookout for good mascara’s that do a really good job in giving the Volume I always crave for.  A long time ago I fell in love with Pupa’s Diva’s Lashes Mascara which I still love to this day, but Pupa still find a way to create better and great products. Pupa’s new mascara called Vamp!, is quite a good competitor. I recently reviewed the same mascara but in a different colour and from the Pupa Princess Collection which you can view here. I got a small sample of the Vamp mascara in Extra Black and I really like it so far. Being that is was a sample it dried pretty easily and I felt that I might not actually get the full qualities of such a mascara, which is why I plan to buy the actual product,

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What amazes me about this product is the formula, I never in my life had a mascara which was so light weight, that it felt like I didn’t wear any. Not sure if this ever happened to you, but there were times were I go to work and seriously forget to wear mascara. I know it crazy but it happened, which is why I always leave a mascara in my handbag. Last time as I was working I touched my lashes, and I thought I did it again and forgot to apply it, but then I looked at the mirror I was surprised I had actually mascara on and it was the Vamp Mascara.

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It also has a beautiful hour-glass shape wand and that works wonderfully, it separates the lashes and gives them a nice volume. Due to it’s dense formula there are minor smudging or flaking and it lasts for a long time. The packaging is sleek and like the other Vamp mascara but this one in silver rather than gold.  I like this mascara overall even-though I would have wished it curled my lashes, to give the lashes a full out effect but I can’t really complain.

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Pros:

  • The creamy and dense formula that doesn’t weight the lashes down
  • Beautiful sleek silver packaging
  • hourglass-shaped brush, make application super easy
  • provides a nice amount of volume
  • wands separates lashes
  • Long-lasting, minor smudging or flaking

Cons:

  • Doesn’t curl my lashes or lenghten

Will I ever buy this product again? Probably, I find it very useful when I want a very light make-up look and my lashes not to feel to heavy with mascara.

Do I recommend it? Definitely, I think this is perfect especially for those that are a bit mature. My mum hates having the feel of a mascara because it can be very heavy on her eyes, which is why I used this mascara on her, she barely feels it on. 

Rating: I am giving it a 4 by 5 for it’s light formula 

Have you ever tried this mascara, if yes tell me know your opinion down below.

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

04/29/14

Urban Decay- Potion Primer Eden

It is not secret  that Urban decay has an amazing range of great quality products and their Potion Primer is no exception. I’ve heard so much about this primer that I had to have it. A long time ago I bought the Original Potion Primer from e-bay and the result wasn’t at all satisfying, but its a huge probability that they were either expired or just not right.  Then as I was in London apart from the Naked 2 palette I had to buy the primer of course, however this time I bought it in eden. I really like the yellow-toned colour  and that it’s matte(which reminds me to that of a concealer), I find it ideal as a base colour.

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The aim of the product is to prevent creasing and helps your eyeshadow stay all day long and also increase the color vibrancy of the eyeshadow.  It truly does what it says, it didn’t crease on me and it worked wonders on my skin tone and the eyeshadow truly does last all day long. I have used this primer for weddings and photoshoots and they all were impressed how their make-up stayed put all day long. It truly makes the eye-shadow more vibrant, even if it’s a cheap shadow. If your skin has pink undertones I do suggest Sin instead of Eden as this might be a bit too yellowish for your taste.

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Like the name Potion Primer, the packaging looks like a potion bottle which I find to be utterly cute. I have seen this primer in a tube like mine but there might be also available with a doe foot applicator.

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 Pros:

  • Good quality and cute packaging
  • Prevents creasing
  • Eye-shadow stays all day long thanks to this primer
  • This beauty costs £16  which is probably about 19 or 20 euros, this might be seen as pricey but seriously it’s worth every penny.

Cons:

  • The only con I can think of it that I might not be suitable for someone with pink undertones but other than that this is just perfect.

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Will I ever buy this product again? Definitely, if I ever run out of this primer I will have to figure a way to repurchase this beauty and probably the rest of the Urban Decay Primer Potion collection.

Do I recommend it? For sure, I personally think this is a must have especially for those special occasions where you need your make up to look great all day long like weddings or other celebrations.

Rating:

Have you tried this particular primer, let me know what you think about it down below 🙂

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

01/31/14

Primark – £1 Lipsticks

Hello guys 🙂
A while ago in London, as I was waiting after a long line to try some of the clothes I picked at Primark, there was this beauty section full of cute make-up products and pretty stuff. Being of course the beautyholic that I am, I had to pick a few items from there and I got these 3 beautiful lipsticks and a bronzing powder. There were some other products, like small nail polishes, and cute lipglosses into the shape of a cupcake and even mascaras and eyeliners but they didn’t impress me much.
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I chose 4 colours, not sure if they had more colours, but if they did’t take more because I either didn’t like colour or probably have something similar.  Unfortunately they have no names on them so I made names for them myself. 1 The ” Flirty Fushia” is another lovely pink colour more on the darker side, it transfer pretty well and it can be worn in any season. The “Orangy Red” is another lovely orange-red colour, reminds me of the NYX coral colour I have, but this one is shimmer and not matte. 3 The  “Barbie Pink” is a very bright pink, which unlike what it looks like in tube itself it’s a very light pink. I really like this color and would definitely prefer it on me in Summer rather than in Winter for some reason.  4 Last but not least the “Pinky Purple”, this colour is a mixture of pink and purple fused together into one gorgeous colour, I don’t have anything like this colour in my collection, it very pretty. A perfect colour for Winter and would look gorgeous in Summer too. The Flirty Fushia and Pinky Purple are very similar but the Pinky purple is lightly darker.

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Pros:

  • I am pretty impressed with the quality of these lipstick for it’s cheap price.
  • They are creamy and most of the transfer pretty well
  • The darker colours have some pretty staying power. They don’t have the staying power as great brands like MAC but they are as good as any other drugstore brands I have tried.
  • Did I mention they only cost for £1, that pretty ridiculous. They are as good as some of the lipsticks I have tried from some other drugstore and wayy cheaper.

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Cons:
  • I honestly would give this product any cons being that it’s ridiculously cheap, but I have to say the lid comes off very easily, so be careful how to you store them or how you put them if your handbag.

Will I ever buy this product again? Definitely, if I’m ever in London again for sure, I love the colors and they are so cheap.

Do I recommend it? I recommend it to anyone, they are very good for their inexpensive price, I used them all the time.

Rating:

Have you ever tried these lipsticks ? feel free to comment down below
XOXO
Sarah-Jane

12/13/13

Event | Pupa Milano – Pupa Princess Christmas Collection

Christmas came early thanks to Pupa Milano in Malta as we were showcased their gorgeous Christmas Collection called Pupa Princess.  I was invited for a lovely bloggers night by Stephanie from Medimports, at the at the Sensations Wine Bar in Birkirkara. It was a great night, filled with lots of Pupa fabulous products, wine and some delicious food.

Stephanie gave us a little presentation about the Pupa Milano brand and the new Christmas collection which I absolutely adore, and then were allowed to try out the products ourselves and even take some of them home to try.
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For those of you that never hear about Pupa Milano, it is 40 years Italian brand in Milan. They are synonymous with their beautiful and innovative designed palettes. Being that I have 3 older sisters, I remember this brand from a very young age, as they would get these cute Pupa dolls as a present. I would stare at them as they opened these dolls and applied their make-up on.
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Over the years they have evolved to more high quality make up and not just make-up dolls. They have been focusing a lot more on the formula so that the product not only looks good but also works wonders. I simple love their packaging it’s so sleek, simple, and  it shows in their products that they pay a lot of attention to detail, pretty much how they do in the fashion world.
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Now let’s talk about Pupa Princess Limited Edition Collection which is this year’s Christmas collection. The colours are soft hues of nudes, pinks, teil, brown and of course a little bit of glitter being that it’s the festive season. What I simple love about Pupa collections in general is that they are perfect for women of any age. To view the whole collection, do check their website here.
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I cannot wait to try out the products I got and review them for you guys. Last but not least Thank you Pupa Milano for such a wonderful night and for these products, I get to try 😀
I would also highly recommend the Sensations Wine bar at Bkara, the wine, food and service was excellent and the place is very nice and cosy. 
For more information about Pupa Milano products and stockists, like their Facebook page here.
Also guys do not forget to enter for my Giveaway :D, more infor here.
XOXO
Sarah-Jane
 

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

 

11/28/13

NYX – Girls Nail Polish – Forever 1989

Before I start with my review, I want to let you know, that I will be hosting an International Giveaway, only if I get 100 likes on Facebook. So please like my Facebook page on this Link :https://www.facebook.com/makeupbysj 🙂

Being that in Malta it’s currently freezing cold and raining, I thought of brightening your day with this lovely bright nail-polish colour by NYX. I simply love this nail polish not only for it’s gorgeous vibrant orange color but even for it’s own name Forever 1989, which is the year I was born in :D. On my first trial, the application went really smoothly and the color is just gorgeous, have I said that already? hehe probably.  Even if this colour would be more suitable in Summer, I really enjoyed wearing it, as not all oranges look good on my skin tone but this one does.

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Pros:

  • The quality of this polish is very consistent.
  • The brush is really good, I didn’t have any problems with the application.
  • I also love the formula because it’s not to thick that it will take ages to dry and not to runny.
  • It also doesn’t take more than a couple of minutes to fully dry
  • This polish retails for only 4 euros, very cheap

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Con’s:

  • The only negative thing I can think of, is that you need to apply 2 or 3 coats to have the full colour-effect but other than that there isn’t anything else which I don’t like.

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Will I ever buy this product again? Definitely, but might try some other colours from their Girls Nail polish range :).

Do I recommend this product? Hell yeah 😛 especially to those born in 1989 😀 you have to have this.

Rating:

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

11/19/13

NYX- Za Za Zu Mascara

Hello guys,

Since NYX opened in Malta I have been loving all of the products I bought and given. As I am always on the look for a new mascara to fall in love with and when I saw this mascara with its huge wand, I knew I had to have it  however it failed to impress :(. I really don’t like giving bad reviews about products but unfortunately this has to be one of them. I am always 100% honest in my reviews and if I don’t like a product I wouldn’t want others to waste their money on products that aren’t so good.

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Pros:

  • The mascara comes in a  nice black sleek packaging
  • I love the brush, it’s big and thick and I imagine with a good formula it will give gorgeous lashes.
  • A good way I found to use this mascara is as a primer, you apply it first to give it that slight thickness than apply another good mascara for the final result.

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Cons:

  • The formula just does nothing for me, it doesn’t give any me any sort of volume and it definitely doesn’t lengthen my lashes.
  • I have applied it with two coats and it like I didn’t apply any mascara at all, it just made my lashes a bit darker.
  • I also hate the nylon fibers in this formula it seems to be flaking off and it gets stuck in my eye.

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Will I ever buy this product? I am sorry but definitely not, it just didn’t do it for me.

Do I recommend this product? I don’t, but I do recommend you try some of their other mascaras from NYX because I’m sure they do a better job.

Rating:

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

 

10/17/13

NYX – Matte Lipstick – Indie Flick

Hey guys,

Since NYX opened in Malta, I have been trying quite a couple of products from this brand and another product I’ve been loving is their Matte lipsticks. One of them in particular is this lovely coral lipstick called Indie Flick, my lipstick collection was craving for a nice orange-red colour. They are also  ridiculously affordable which If i’m not mistaken retail for only €9, and have a really lovely selection of shades to choose from.

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It has a lovely texture and pigmentation, not too dry and not too creamy which is quite uncommon for a matte lipstick and it doesn’t dry out my lips either. This lipstick stays on for a long time and doesn’t smudge easily. Usually with matte lipsticks one must be careful and watch their lips throughout the day so they don’t over-dry, crease, feather, smudge, etc. But with this lipstick, I don’t quite find myself running into those problems.

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My only complaint about the lipstick itself, is that after about seven or so hours it does tend to flake just a bit and dry out your lips if you don’t apply a balm at least a couple of times during wear. Then again, that could be expected with a lot of matte lipsticks. I would recommend moisturizing your lips prior to application, following up with a good lip liner, then finally applying the lipstick with a brush, about three to five coats, blotting in between save for the last coat. This has been my process for the longest time, and my lipstick stays like you wouldn’t believe.

The other thing that bothered me was the packaging. It looks good, but it can be twisted while closed, which could make the lipstick smear on the inside of the cap (basically what actually happened to me). But I guess you just have to be careful.

Will I ever buy this product again? I will definitely buy this lipstick again, and if not in the same colour in some other gorgeous colour from the matte range.

Do I recommend it? I do highly recommend it, just be careful not to twist it while closed, like I did. Go to the NYX store at Sliema right now 🙂

Rating:

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

10/8/13

Revlon- Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara

Hey guys,

Before I start with my next review, you will notice a slight change in the way I will review products further on. I will be adding rating stars at the end of the review, and ask two main questions, if I will ever buy the product again? and if I do recommend it for you guys? This will give you an overall idea of what I think about the products. 🙂

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Today I will review the mascara which I have been using for about a month now. I bought the Grow luscious plumping by Revlon at a drug store and it retails for about €11 if i’m not mistaken, which is a good price for a drugstore brand. To be honest I am not really a big fan of this mascara however it’s not the worst either, it does give volume but it doesn’t lengthen my lashes. I do feel it makes lashes slightly heavy due to its dry formula, and because of it, the natural curl of the lashes is somewhat lost. So instead of the lashes to go upwards like they should they seem to remain at the same place.

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I am using this mascara for everyday make-up, because it is quite inexpensive and it’s not so bad, but for the weekend I do prefer using other mascaras. I do like the brush, as it starts quite thick which I like but it get thinner at the end. The idea behind it, is probably created to cover those small lashes at the inner corner of our eyes, which we rarely are able to apply mascara on.

Will I ever buy this mascara again? Probably not because I was expecting more volume and length, and I didn’t get it.

Do I recommend it? Maybe, it is inexpensive after all and not so bad, it just didn’t fulfill my expectations. 

Rating: 

xoxo

Sarah-Jane