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.

I hope you like my post :D, please show some love by following my blog and liking my Facebook page

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

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

06/7/15

Kim Kardashian – Vogue Brasil – Inspired Make-Up Look

Hello dear readers,

Sorry for the slight delay in my posts, however I had some technical issues in my pc. Yet thanks to a little help from my friend, my pc is fully functioning again :). Last week as I was browsing for inspiration, I saw Kim Kardashian cover for Vogue Brasil and I simply loved the make-up. Usually Kim wears heavy make-up, smokey eyes and a lot of contouring. But in this shoot she is wearing a much lighter make-up look. It looks very simple however the techniques used aren’t as simple as it might look.

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Inspired Look

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Instructions:

  • The foundation base has to be very light, do not however go for a lighter shade than your skin tone. Use a lighter shade for your T zone, which is from the middle of your forehead, your nose and under your eyes.
  • As for the eye-shadow I applied a matte while shadow on the brow bone and into the inner corner of the eyes. Then I chose a shimmery white shadow and applied it all over the lid, keep the shadow handy as you might need to apply more in the end.
  • The tricky part is the apply a light brown show onto the crease and try for it not to touch the white shimmer shadow. Blend it lightly and make top more white shadow if needs be.
  • Make sure apply a tick winged eyeliner and some mascara, ideally add some fake lashes. Also fill up those eyebrows with a matching eye shadow. Try not to use pencils.
  • Finally I used a bronzer and highlighted the cheek bone, around the edge of my face, and contoured my nose. I didn’t use any blusher as there is no trace of that in the shoot, but I did apply some skin toned powder for the make-up to set.
  • For the lips I used a nice pink toned natural lipliner and lipstick.

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Products:

  • Make Up Store- Microshadow -Satin & White
  • Make Up Revolution – I <3 Make Up – You-re Gorgouse Palette
  • Kiko – Matte Eyeliner
  • Make Up Revolution – Powder- Warm
  • It style – Extreme Volume Mascara
  • Make Up Store- Trip – lipstick

 

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Well I do home you liked this look, keep posted for more posts on my blog. Exciting new thing are happening. Show some love by liking my page and commenting down below

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

 

04/19/15

Wedding Make-Up Look

Before I start explaining this look, I want to apologize for the low quality of the pictures taken. At the moment I am camera-less and I am using my phone, so the quality is not as good. I just ordered a decent digital camera to use in the meantime, as I honestly cannot afford to by a professional SLR camera at the moment.But I am hopeful the quality of the pictures will improve.

Let’s talk about the look, so yeah IT’S WEDDING SEASON. I really get excited during this time, as I get to see what brides get to wear on their wedding day. The look that I created, is what I think would look good on any bride. It’s a very simple make up look, suitable especially for that bride which is not use to wearing a lot of make-up, but would still like to look good for their wedding day.

Bridal Tips:

I see a lot of mistakes in make-up that many make-up artists do on a bride. 1 Never put have make-up on the bride, no matter who’s the client, you have to make them a better version of themselves not transform them into someone else.  2 Never follow the trends, red lips are very much in vogue right now, however they don’t look good on everyone especially on someone with small lips. Also what looks good now, might not look good 20 years from now, so make sure your make-up is timeless.

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Instuctions:

  • For this look always start with a very good eye primer, you want your make up to stay put as long as possible.
  • After that I start by applying a matte white colour on the brow bone and into the inner corner of the eye.
  • To add to the white I like to use a shimmery beige colour on the white and follow with a gold and peach tone on the middle of the lid.
  • I like to use a frosty brown colour on the outer lid and onto the crease, finishing of with a tint of black colour and blend it all out with a unused brush.
  • Apply a nice sleek eyeliner, make sure it’s not to thin and not to thick and build up the lashes with some mascara. I do suggest individual fake lashes to go with this look.
  • Finally I apply some pink/red blush to create healthy rosy cheeks and very natural lipstick.
  • If you want some color on the lips go for some pink shades. I find it ideal.

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Products:

  • Urban Decay Eye primer in eden
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette
  • Make Up Store – White and Satin
  • Make Up Revolution- Eyliner
  • Rimmel Wonderful Mascara
  • MAC Blusher in Breezy
  • Pupa Milano I’m Lipstick inR087

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Well I hope you like this look, thank you all for reading my posts, I will try to posts some reviews this week.

Show some love by liking and following my blog, it  feels great that all of the hard work I put in this blog is appreciated.

Feel free to comment down below

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

04/12/15

Smoking Yellow – Make-Up Look

Spring is not doubt with us and after Easter I was in the mood to lay with bright colours. About two months ago when I was in Italy, I bought this beautiful dress by H&M, and on the front it has these beautiful florals with bright colored jams. So I let the dress inspire me to create this make up look.

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 Instructions:

  • I always start the make up look by priming my eyes and then fill in my eyebrows with a mixture of brown and black eyeshadow. My eyebrows are a very dark brown colour, almost black so I like mixing both colours.
  • Then I applied a matte white colour on the brow bone and onto the inner corner of my eyes, this is a good trick which will make your eyes bigger and wider than they already are.
  • Following I applied a light brown on to the crease, this will serve as a base for the mixture of shadows, it will help with the blending of the colours. Then I apply a tiny amount of a very brown colour on the outer lid and blend it with the rest, still leaving an empty space on the middle of the lid.
  • Now it’s time to work our way on the middle lid, on which I applied a beautiful bright yellow shade and as usual, blend blend, blend :).
  • Finally I topped more shadow on the outer lid and onto the crease, this time in with a black colour. Finished off by applying eyeliner and mascara.
  • As for the cheeks I used a nice red toned blusher and I left the lips natural as possible using a baby pink neutral lipstick.

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 Products:

  • Two faced – eyeshadow primer
  • I <3 Make up- your gorgeous palette
  • Make Up Store – White shadow
  • Make Up Revolution – Colour Chaos Palette
  • Make Up Revolution-Eyeliner
  • It Syle – Extra Volume Mascara
  • MAC -Breeze blusher
  • MAC- Cremesheen Creme Cup lipstick

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Well I hope you like this look, please feel free to try this make up look and tag me in your photo. I love seeing people try my looks.

Also show some love by liking my work and follow my blog. Still learning and Improving.

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

04/4/15

Random Make-Up Look – Spring Plum

Hello Beautiful people,

I truly missed doing make-up looks for you guys, however like any artist I need my muse. Like any other muse it is not available on speed dial, and it comes and goes when it wishes. Yet I still wear make-up when I go out and I thought of showing you random make-up looks I wear now and then. Even if they don’t stand out as much as some other looks I do, I  still think you might like them :D.

This Make-Up look I named it Spring Plum, being that now we are finally in spring time and I used a beautiful Plum shadow for the eyes. I mixed the plum colour with a darker brown shade on the crease, some black liner and Pink lipstick and Voila.
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Products used:

  • I <3 Make-up You’re Gorgeous Palette by Make up Revolution
  • Make-Up Revolution Eyliner Waterproof
  • It Style Extra Volume Mascara
  • MAC Sheerblush in Breath of Plum
  • Make-Up Revolution – #LipHug Lipstick in She’s Up all Night

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Well I hope you like this Random Make-Up look, hope to post more in the future,

Lot of love

Sarah

XOXO

01/11/15

Christmas 2014 – Make-Up Look

Hello dear readers,

A while ago before Christmas I did this make- up look for you guys, but due to some technical issue, I couldn’t post it, neither on my blog nor on Facebook. Thankfully the issue is solved now, but unfortunately it made me post this look a bit later.

Before I start describing the look, I do hope you had a lovely Christmas with your loved ones and fabulous start to the New Year. I spent Xmas eve with my best friends, and Xmas day with my crazy family. While NYE was spent with friends once again but in another beautiful country, that of Italy. It was truly a lovely start to the New Year, even-though I wished there were a couple of people with me in Italy, which I truly love and care about, yet I carried them in my heart.

I want to take this moment, to thank all of you which have been following my blog and my work, and have believed in my talent, as a make-up artist and blogger. Always keep in mind, I am still learning and improving and would appreciate your feedback in everything I do.

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Instructions:

  • The look is quite simple because I haven’t used a variation of colours per se. The eyes are a mixture of light to dark brown colours while for the lips I chosea nice blood-red colour with a tint of purple. I felt that in 2014 we have truly evolved when it comes to wearing bright and bold lipsticks, from Lorde to Beyonce, this was the year where we pushed the extremes with make-up.
  • The blush is a soft red colour mixed with a bit of bronzer to highlight cheek bones.

 

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 Products:

  • NYX box of eyeshadows
  • Revlon eyeliner
  • Maybelline Mascara
  • Pupa Milano Autumn Collection -Paris Experience- 002
  • MAC Breeze blusher
  • Make Up Revolution – Bronzer

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Even-though Christmas has passed this look is pretty much wearable this winter, so feel free to have a try at this look and please tag me on instagram or facebook if you did so :).

Lost of love

XOXO

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

07/23/14

Make-Up Portfolio

Hello dear readers,

I wish to excuse myself for my absence lately but my life has been very hectic, apart from my full time work, I have been very lucky in make-up jobs and currently rehearsing for another Voices concert. If you follow my Facebook page I have uploaded a bunch of photos of my recent work, I still have more to upload but in the meantime you can have a look of what I have been up-to so far.

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MUA Portfolio page

I also uploaded most of the looks on my MUA Portfolio page, in which there are mentioned some of the amazing photographers I have worked with. I whish to thank especially two different photographers Fritz Von Weisberg and Eva Ferrier, for giving me the opportunity to work with them. They are both have very different artistic styles, but both of them believed in my artistic talent, for which I will be always grateful for.

As time goes by, I do hope I get to chance to work with other various photographer and apart from that have different clients, that will enable me to create whatever they and I want.

Once I organize myself a bit better, I will post more reviews, make-up looks and fashion segments. If you wish for me to post anything in particular, do not hesitate, by commenting down below. I always love to read your comments and get to know you guys.

XOXO

Sarah-Jane