05/26/15

Dermalogica – Skin Care – Review

Something I have been lacking throughout my life is a good skin regimen. I always made sure to clean my face and never sleep with make-up on. Yet I never took too much care of my skin, I always forgot to put the moisturizer on, unless my skin felt dry or scrub my face for at least once a week. Also I never had treated myself to a good facial until recently. After the new year I decided to splurge a bit on myself and went for a nice facial at a local beautician, who’s shop is called Belle Image. The facial was amazing, my skin was shouting with joy as it became very soft and got rid of the dirt which must have been hidden inside my skin.

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Like most beauticians if they are linked to a particular product, they will do anything to sell it to you. If  your like me you cannot afford to buy expensive products, be strong and refuse. Yet if you want to spoil yourself with some good products, try dermalogica.  When I bought these products my heart sank, as they are ridiculously expensive from my point of view (yes I am aggressively honest) However I can say that from the few months I’ve been using their products, they are definitely worth it.  My skin has improved a lot I don’t have as much blackheads as I used to,  and it’s softer and healthier.

So far I’ve bought the Scrub, moisturizer, toner, eye cream, and Make up remover. Keep on reading for a further opinion on each product:

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Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover:  This is a pretty decent make-up remover, It is not as expensive as the other products but still pricier than other make-up removers. I got this for free with the moisturizer, I’ve tried it a couple of times, it is pretty good however if I had to buy it again, I don’t think I would repurchase. Not because it’s a bad make-up remover but because I can buy a cheaper make-up remover which does the same job just right.

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Age Smart Multivitamin Thermofoliant Scrub: Now this is one hell of a scrub, I simply love it. Usally with scrubs they either fall off my face or are not effective enough. The moisture is thick and once you apply it doesn’t fall off and it gives you the liberty to scrub the face very well. Then you get this warm feeling, which let’s you know that it is doing something to our skin. My face feel super soft right after and I could see that it took most of the dirt of my face. It is pretty pricey but it’s worth every penny.

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Multi Active Toner: I quite like this toner, it is not alcohol based and you can also spray it on your make-up apparently to keep it fresh. I’ve never applies it on my make-up but I always apply it after I cleanse my face. The only annoying part of this toner is the packaging, the nozzle is pretty annoying as you cannot spray multiple times you need to wait for the air to pump it back up.  Other than that it’s pretty good.

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Active Moist Moisturizer: I simply love this moisturizer not only it keeps my face hydrated it doesn’t leave my face oily one bit. Another good thing about it is that you don’t bee a ton of product to cover the whole face, it spreads heavenly. I always end up with more product out than I need as I am used to other products. It is a bit pricey yet as the scrub its worth every penny.

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Intensive Eye Repair : I am lazy hen it comes to eye cream which is why without any make up, I have the worst black eyes. Yet with this eye cream, miracles happened I don’t have black eyes as I used to. I don’t look like a panda without make-up anymore :P. 

Those are all of the product which I purchased from Dermalogica, if I do purchase more products I will let you know what my opinion is. I do have to say that they are pretty good they have improved my skin even if I am quite reckless.

If you have tried or use Dermalogica I would love your opinion, feel free to comment down below

lot’s of love

Sarah-Jane

XOXO

 

06/19/14

Planter’s – Now in Malta – Young and Natural Aloe Vera Repairing Cream

Hello beauty readers,

Planter’s Cosmetica Naturale is now available in Malta. How great is that? If you don’t know about Planter’s you are about to be lectured. Planter’s is an Italian cosmetic company which works to create products that are eco-friendly, made only from natural ingredients, safe on skin and most importantly not tested on animals.

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Most of their product is made from Aloe Vera and Sweet almond. I have been familiar with Aloe Vera  for quite a while and I am very impressed by its healing nutrients.  On the other hand, sweet almond is also known and used to smoothen and soften the skin. I was lucky enough my get my hands on the Aloe Vera Repairing Cream, thanks to the Planter’s cosmetics in Malta. The packaging is really cool; I simple love the graphic design on each tin, which varies in different patterns and colours.

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Now as about the cream itself, it is instantly absorbed into the skin and little goes a long way. I have to confess something, I am really at taking care of my skin, I always forget to put lotions on, except for the weekend. However a great way for me to actually start using hand creams, was taking them at work with me. My hands and elbows for a fact are always very dry and flaky, and since I started applying this cream on me, it really worked wonders.  Apart from that my colleague recently had a sun burn and her face was very dry, she was asking if we had any lotion, and I saved the day with the Repairing cream.  She truly loved the lotion, it really helped her dry skin from one application, and it was smooth back again.  Apart from that the smell is very pleasant, it’s hard to recognize but it reminds me to that of a coconut.  It also can be used on all skin types including men and children.

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These beauties contain 75ml of product and it costs €6.50 only, and if you want a larger size you can opt for the 150ml but it has regular tube packaging.

Pros:

  • Beautiful packaging,
  • It truly repairs the skin from dry it makes it soft
  • Very good affordable price
  • Perfect for any season from winter cracks to summer burns

Cons:

  • There are none, honestly and truly

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Will I ever buy this product again? Probably, I have been relying a lot on this cream recently, so I will probably repurchase it.

Do I recommend it? For sure, this cream is a must have. I carry it around with me everywhere especially now in summer when my skin feels really dry, and it’s great as an after sun cream. I suggest you give their website a look by clicking here.  You can also check out their Local (Malta) facebook page by clicking here and you will find Planter’s at all leading pharmacies on the Maltese Islands and selected salons.

Rating:

Have you tried any from the Planter’s skin care line ? if you have give me your opinion on the comment section

Thank you for stopping by

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

06/6/14

Pupa Milano – Navy Chic Spring Collection – Matic Sylo Eyeshadow in 002

Hello dear readers,

Not sure if you follow the amazing brand Pupa Milano, but as Spring came about, they launched their Spring Collection called Navy Chic. The collection includes beautiful bright and bold colours from eyeshadows lipstick and nail polishes. I simply cannot get over the yellow nail polish or that beautiful red lipstick from this collection.  Even-though spring is almost over I am sure this collection will look great for this Summer aswell. Unfortunately I might be a little bit late with this review, but I always love to test a product as much as I can before giving a final review, so please bare with me.

Pupa Milano in Malta gave me the Matic Sylo eyeshadow stick in Taupe which is a lovely colour to use a medium tone. This Matic Stylo is available in 4 different colours the oo1 Golden rose, 002 Taupe, 003 Wisteria, 004 Silver. The eye shadow is very creamy and is applied like a dream. It feels very wet and refreshing on the eyes, the feeling is very similar to that once you get out of the shower. The awesome thing about this shadow is it doesn’t smudge nor crease. What is pretty impressive about all of the Pupa products is how long they last and this is not an exception.

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Pros:

  • Functional Packaging, easy to apply
  • creamy and refreshing formula
  • Does not smudge or crease
  • Long lasting for up to 5hrs

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Cons:

  • I have really nothing bad to say about this product.

 

Will I ever buy this product again? Probably, I love the texture of these shadows and them being so long lasting 

Do I recommend it? For sure, I personally think this is a great addition to anyone’s  make-up bag

Rating:

Have you bought any for these fabulous shadows from their spring collection?

03/11/14

Anatomicals -Help the paw- Vitamin Rich Hand Cream

Anatomicals have taken Malta by storm, and there are three simple reasons why this is happening. They have great quality products, which are cool and even cheap, what else could we want ? Today I will review their popular hand cream called Help the paw – Vitamin rich hand cream. I have been testing this product for a while now and it truly keeps my hands well hydrated and a tiny bit goes a long way.

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It comes in a 100ml tube, with a hilarious tagline like all of their other products. If you think about it, it is actually so true, they do want me for my body :P. I can’t quite put my finger on the scent, I think is a bit lemon-ish, but it could be something else. The important thing is that it smells nice and the scent its not too strong. It contains vitamin E and sweet almond oil, which is there to nourish and soften the skin.  Some creams tent to be too runny or take a long time to dry, but “help the paw” is very light and it is absorbed very easily. I do suggest that you don’t apply a huge amount as it can have a quick moment of stickiness, but if  you rub it in a bit further it will go away.

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Pros:

  • Fast absorbing
  • non-greasy
  • smells lush
  • packaging is really funky
  • A little goes a long way
  • Very cheap, it retails for €5.50

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Cons:

  • None really

Will I ever buy this product again? Definately, it truly keeps my hands hydrated and smooth.

Do I recommend it? Definitely, it good, cheap and it helps my paws 😛

Rating: 

Have you ever tried any of Anatomical Products? let me know what you think in the comment below 🙂 would love you read your opinion

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

10/26/13

Event : Phillip Kingsley London Launch in Malta

This week I was invited to this Exclusive Launch of the Phillip Kingley London hair care products. Being that they haven’t been selling in Malta before now, I didn’t know much about this brand, but I did hear about it on various Magazines and beauty blogs. It is widely known in the UK and in America, not only by hairdressers but even by celebrities like Kate Winslet, John Travolta, Lucy Liu and and much more.

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We had a quick presentation of the products for which we were explained the study being these products and what are the products for. It was really interesting to see how much study there is behind each product. Their particular aim is not only to have healthy hair but also to have a healthy scalp. Even-though the products are more targeted to hairstylist to use in their Salon but I think they can be great for anyone at home that want to pamper their hair with some quality product.

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Their products have won great awards by well know magazines like , Harper’s Bazaaar, GQ, and In style magazine for being the best hair treatments out there. I have to admit their Elastisizer has truly caught my eye, as it is highly reviewed.

After the presentation, she demonstrated how the products should be applied and even how to massage the clients during the treatment.  FWI All of us beauty bloggers were really jealous of the model, as we definitely wanted a massage ourselves :D. Then we were given some nice sample of the Phillip Kingley’s shampoo and conditioner, which I might add, they smell lovely.

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Then we ended the event with some nibbles and a drink with my other fellow bloggers. I truly enjoyed the event and it is truly nice to see new brands make it to our lovely small Island.

P.S At moment the Phillip Kingley products aren’t available in Malta yet as they are waiting on stock, however once they arrive you will be the first to know 🙂 Keep posted as I have some great events coming up and Halloween make up looks.

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

 

10/5/13

Anatomicals – Exclusive Pre-Launch in Malta

Listen up men and women, Anatomicals are available in Malta :).If you aren’t familiar with this brand, you are about to be. I honestly wasn’t familiar with them until last month but since I saw these products, I couldn’t wait to try them out. Anatomicals consist of a range of skin care products from soaps to facial creams for men and women. What struck me the most is their colorful packaging, and wicked sense of humor. Each product has a funny name and a tag-line which will definitely put a smile on your face.

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You can’t help but notice, that these products sell for a very cheap price. I haven’t seen any skin care products this cheap anywhere.They currently sell at Asos, Tesco and various drugstores in the UK and are also massive hit in Germany. But the best thing is, that now they are available to everyone in Malta and even internationally thanks to a new website called Anatomicals which you can check out here. This website is run by a friend of mine which also has another successful website with products for Men, called Men in Malta. So do check them out.

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I always make sure to research about every products brands, and from what I read people love these products because they are good and inexpensive. The words “Cheap” and “Good”, ring happy bells to us beauty addicts. The awesome thing is I get to try these products first hand :), and once I have truly tested them out, I will give you a more detailed review. All I can say for now is they smell very nice, and I can’t wait to pamper myself with these products. I think they are also a great Idea to give as a birthday present, or maybe stock up for Christmas gifts.

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I had a chat with the founder of Anatomicals website in Malta and got to know more about this cool brand. Check them out:

How where you introduced to the brand?

Well it was by chance really I came across their products while I was doing some research online for my other store Men in Malta. Their style of branding caught my eye immediately.  And I could not resist, the sometimes ‘rude’ wording on the backside of the product. I first bought some of their products as testers and I was impressed even more when they arrived. You might as well say it was love at first sight. Despite the fact that they were inexpensive they still delivered to my standards. From there onwards I decided to share these great products with all the cool people in Malta.

What drove you, to start selling them in Malta?

Apart from what I mentioned before, the main reason was that there are so many boring and unappealing products out there, that these are a breath of fresh Air in such a saturated market.  What makes these products unique from the other products in the market is that they are targeted to those that have a cool and wild attitude. So be part of our WILD team one and join our facebook page 🙂

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What product do you use a lot?

As a good honorable man that I am, I generally keep a very moderate grooming lifestyle. This consists of a face wash routine, a good scrubbing every 3-4 days and some very basic use of oil control moisturizer. Since these last 9 months I can say that i have constantly been using the memorable daily face wash which is a unisex kind. I made vast use of the man range funnily named manatomicals. In fact I have become quite addicted to their body wash products for men. So good and manly. Another main product was the headache balm which is surely my best friend on bad days. It reduces my ‘throbbing headaches’ to bits which is also great also for hangovers. I am also addicted to the peachy shampoo and most of the hand washes available.

What is the product that you would suggest women to buy?

Well limiting this to one is impossible.. as yet I have not received a negative remark from any woman as they represent a perfect price vs more than average quality for such product. I could easily recommend all the great lip balms and the hottle tottie range.

What is the product you would suggest men to buy?

If you’re a guy like me than I would highly recommend all of the manatomicals range.

So what are you waiting for, go and check these product out on www.anatomicals.com.mt. If you are spending over €20 you get free delivery in Malta and Gozo, so what are you waiting for? 😛

Have you tried any of their products yet ? If so would love to read your comments down below 🙂

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

07/9/13

Fraulein 38 – Revitalizing Natural Cover Foundation

Hey guys,

I hope you are having a great Summer so far. I am starting to enjoy this summer and I’m truly loving being able to experiment with vibrant colours and make-up looks. I did a couple of nice looks about a week ago, but I was in such a hurry I didn’t manage to take any photo’s, but will definitely do them again so I can show them to you guys. So keep posted and I promise you guys I will do my best to post as much as I can.

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As most of you already know from my previous posts, when I bought my favorite brushes from Fraulein, I thought I should try some of their other products, so I got the eye shadow palette and one of their foundations. The first thing I liked once I open the box is the nice bronze color packaging with the transparent tube. The pump is firm and easy to use and you can control how much product you want to use.

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With regards to the foundation itself it gives a nice good coverage which can also be build-able. When I saw the colour on the tube I thought  “danm I must have picked the wrong colour”, it looked so much darker than my skin, but I was wrong, It blended perfectly onto my olive Mediterranean skin. I do find it to be as good as any drugstore brands foundations, and the liquid is quite tick compared to other drugstore brands with makes me quite satisfied. This goes will actually work on all skin types as it dries a little after you apply it, it is more targeted to dry and normal skin but i think even someone with an oily skin can use it but then add some powder over it. I do like how it looks on my skin and it is good for everyday use even on some chillax weekends but wouldn’t use it for a wedding for example.

This is my before an after :

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If I remember well is retailed for about 16euros but I got it for 14euros, which is similar to the price of a drugstore brand. However at the moment they have a further reduction on these foundations, so do check it out on their website.

That is all for now guys, thank you for following

XOXO

Sarah-Jane