06/20/15

Do it yourself: Manicure

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Well today post is a little bit different than usual, however it still has a lot to do with beauty. Recently my nails are a bit of a mess, and I honestly feel ashamed to have them looking so bad. My nails have never been thick, mostly because of my years of nail biting. It’s been 2 years since I stopped biting them and they have improved a lot, yet unfortunately they are still very thin and break very easily. Before the manicure my nails where all in different lengths, and they didn’t look one bit pretty. So I decided to give myself a manicure, and show you how to do it yourself. It is very easy just follow my steps.

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1 First step is to remove any bits of nail polish you might have left with a Nail polish remover. The one I used is from Kiko.

2 Second step is to dab your fingers into warm water for about 10 minutes. This will make your nails will be softer, which is ideal for when you need to file them.

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3 Next step is to file your nails, make sure to file them in one direction. The was my biggest mistake when I was younger I used to file them in both directions, which is why my nails are a mess. Also try to give them the same length.

4 Use a cuticle oil and apply and massage it one each nail, so that the nails will absorb it well. I used the Mavala Cuticle oil, it is seriously one of the best. Also if you have a cuticle remover ( not sure what it is actually called), push the cuticle inwards. Unfortunately I couldn’t find one so I used my nails instead.

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5 Step five I applied some hand lotion, and let the hand absorb it well. I have quite a selection of hand creme but I decided to use the Dr.Organic hand and nail cream, because it is very moisturizing and ideal for nails.

6 Before applying any sort of nail polish, I made sure to remove and moisturizer that there might have been on the nails. As it might not help with the application.

7 Apply any base coat or hardener depends on the state of your nails. Being that I need a nail hardener I applied the Sally Hanson Miracle nail thickener. Not sure if I like the hardener over my usual OPI Nail envy but I will give it a shot. If you don’t need a hardener just apply a base coat, then any coloured nail polish you wish and finally a top coat.  This will make your nail polish last longer.

Well that is all for today DIY manicure, I hope you enjoyed this post and you found it helpful. If you need any help feel free to ask. Try to find time for yourself and make sure you take care of yourselves.

Make sure to like my facebook page and follow my blog for more beauty posts.

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

 

 

02/24/14

Nails for a Good Cause

“YOUR NAILS LET ME PAINT AND MONEY FOR HOSPICE DONATE”

After a successful Marathon which was held yesterday in aid for various charities including for the Hospice Movement, I thought of writing another post that will also aid for this great foundation.  For those like me that unfortunately couldn’t run or walk the marathon, I decided to give back by getting my nails painted nicely.

Klara Grech created this fun event, were Klara herself will paint your lovely nails in some beautiful design and you get to donate the money for the Hospice Movement. I have known Klara for about a year now but little did I know that she also has a big heart. Being that she is quite obsessed with anything that has to do with nails (who can blame her?), she felt she should use her nail artistic talents to do anyone’s nails for 5 euros, which will be all donated to the Hospice Movement.

You can find all of the details of this event on Facebook on the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/184438545100591/

Klara did a lovely job on my nails, they are looking super pretty in this burgundy colour and some pretty hearts on my ring finger. I am sure you would be more than happy to you get your nails painted nicely while also giving back to charity.

I was pretty impressed that someone would actually spend their energy, time and money to raise money for charity. Nowadays we have become so lazy and would prefer to simply give the money. But for Klara the cause is close to her heart. Unfortunately her uncle was terminally ill, but as he was treated, he also resided in a hospice home in Australia, and the foundation made everything more comforting and peaceful for him. Now that her Uncle sadly passed away, she wanted to do something both in his memory and also to help this foundation, that will aid others in need. Apart from that even her Klara’s mother felt she should do something to aid this cause, which is why she ran the Vodafone Marathon yesterday.

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Also Hospice Malta is trying set up a 25 bed in patient hospice for terminally ill patients, whose scope is to enhance one’s comfort as much as possible in the last moments of life. The focus is on CARE not cure and all the money raised will go to this campaign, called Share the care step by step.

So what are you waiting for? call the lovely Klara get your nails painted pretty and give back 😀

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

 

02/20/14

Make Up Store – Nail Polish – Crackle black

Recently there has been a huge buzz bout these Crackle nail polishes, and I don’t blame them. In the last few years, nails have taken center stage, now women love to experiment and create various styles to wear everyday. New technologies are being created to this day one of which is the Crackle. Even-though the crackle has been existing for a long time, recently they are developing the same texture with new colours and even styles.

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A while ago I bought the Crackle black from the Make-up store and I am simple in love with it. It comes in a black sleep packaging as all of their nail polishes, however it can be easily mistaken to be a normal black nail polish (which is exactly what happened to me). I do highly suggest they create a different designed packaging for it.  What I love about this crackle is that you can create various styles of crackles depends how you apply the polish.  It is really simple to use this products, you first apply any normal nail polish colour you want, to wish I used the NYX forever 1989 and then when the polish is completely dry, I applied the crackle. After a few minutes it will start to crack and it will dry in a matte finish.  If you don’t like having the matte finish, I do suggest a final top coat at last.  This is one easy artistic way of creating some cool effects on your nails.

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Pros:

  • Very easy to apply
  • Dries pretty fast
  • It creates some pretty cool effects, depends how you apply
  • It lasts for a good week, it also depends on the quality of nail polish you apply underneath.

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Cons:

  • Even-though I simple love this crackle I do highly suggest that they create a different design for the Crackle packaging as it can be easily distinguished for a normal black polish.
  • This is not actually a con but I recommend applying a thin layer of the Crackle Overcoat for best results, don’t lay this stuff on thick; it just won’t work if you do. Also, don’t forget to apply a clear top coat. Those two steps combined really make all the difference.

Will I ever buy this product again? Probably I love creating new style and textures on my nails, and this is one easy way to do that :).

Do I recommend it? Definitely, just make sure not to apply a tick coat and a top coat is always suggested, and your nails have just been beautifully crackled.

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Have you ever tried any crackle nail polishes? let me know what you think by commenting down below and feel free to like or share this post

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

 

01/1/14

Its A New Year :D

Hello guys,

I really hope you all had a fabulous New Years Even and a great start to the New Year . Mine was was pretty good, I have a great New Year Eve with my best friends and a lovely relaxing New year day with my family.

Last year I made 3 beauty resolutions which were to take care more of skin, stop biting my nails and take care of my teeth.  Funnily enough I actually succeeded in all of my resolutions.  I stopped biting my nails and they are in their best shape ever, I also make it a point to clean my skin and take care of it as much as I can. Finally I also too care of my teeth and went to a dentist for about 3 times this year which was a huge improvement.

For this new year I will only do two resolutions which is to be healthier and more fit and also make sure to always look my best. Looking your best isn’t superficial or high maintenance, it’s a way to remind yourself how beautiful you truly are, which in the end will make you feel a lot better with yourself. When I look good, I feel great on the inside, no matter what things you might be going trough, it will make you feel better.  I think this is a resolution that every person should make and hopefully keep it. That is the thing that I truly love about make-up is that it can make you feel like your worth a million bucks, which will in the end give you more confidence and you will be able to go through anything.

I think I have mentioned a lot of times, how this blog has really helped me mentally and physically, and it’s true. I gave given so much to this blog and it has rewarded back. However this year I want to focus more on my health, I won’t be as active as much as I used to be on this blog. Being that I work full time and have a lot of commitments going on, it can be really hard for me to make time for everything. I will still post as much I can, but don’t worry if I will be a bit M.I.A here and there, I love this blog too much to let it go :D. Right now my number one priority is to get healthier, I have seen what being unhealthy can cause and it’s not pretty.

I think this new year has been really a gift for myself, to entirely focus on me. Being single will help me focus on myself and have more time to work hard on getting in better shape.  Last year I made the same resolution and I’ve gotten way healthier, I lost weight  but not enough to be at the healthiest weight, but I will get there this year. It was quite a tough year because as I was trying to have a healthy lifestyle a lot of things were going on in my life,  one of them which was my breakup with my then boyfriend.

With all of the bad, there was a lot of good happening last year. First of all my awesome friends, which have supported me trough anything, I don’t know what I would do without you guys. Also my blog getting its own domain and a lot of heart whelming support from you readers.

This post was a little different than my usual posts, and a little bit personal but I know it will get some good response. If you are really determined to get something done or changed in your life this is the time. I know they say,that the chances are you wont actually do what u u promised yourself to do, on the new year. But guess what, u can actually be the change  of that saying. I have actually succeeded in all of resolutions and so can you, you just have to believe in yourselves and be determined.:) Nothing comes easy you have to work for it, but nothing is impossible.

Lots of Love

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

12/21/13

Seasonal Nails – Have you been Good or Bad ?

Hello guys :D,

It about 4 days until Christmas, have you been Good or Bad? :D. I have created these two looks for this season one of which is on the lighter natural colours, while the other one is more on the vibrant side. These couple of days I wanted to give you ideas of how to look your best, which includes make-up, nails and even hair. So keep posted and don’t forget my Giveaway.

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I simply loved wearing both looks but I have to say I am in love with the red (bad) nail look. Both are very easy to do, so check out my photos and instructions, for you to do them yourself.

Will you be Good this Season?

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  1. The first nail polish I used is one of this 3 set nail Polished from Primark. I personally don’t like this polish because it stars cracking after a couple of days but the colour is lovely. So just find a baby pink nail polish and apply it on all of your nails.
  2. Then I used the lovely Long Lasting by Pupa, which I simply adore. It has silver and gold hues, which go perfectly with this (Good) look. Apply it all over your nails or else on the tip only but being that I used a very light colour underneath, it wouldn’t be too much.
  3. Finally apply a top coat to finish of the look, for which I used the NYX top coat.

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Will you be bad?

  1. First I applied this beautiful red colour by Maybelline, called Forever strong. What I love about this nail polish is that is stay on like forever but it takes a while to dry.
  2. Then I applied this gorgeous Make Up Store glitter polish called Teresa, on the tips of my nails. This glitter polish is really beautiful it has a mixture of colours and not just silver and gold .
  3. Last but not least I used the top coat by NYX to finish of the look.

 

So what do you choose to be Good or Bad ? 😀 Let me know by commenting down below

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

 

12/6/13

Nail Care

Hey guys,

So recently I read a post on the daily mail how gels and acrylics can be harming your nails constantly, which is true. They might look pretty on the surface, but underneath your nails are probably suffering.  My nails were a mess when I removed my acrylics, they were chipping all the time and they had become very sensitive. My nails were so thin, I could almost feel the skin underneath.  Then I started taking care of nails, once I removed the acrylics and did a lot of treatment and stopped biting them. I was always a nail biter so gels and acrylics were my only remedy for me to stop biting them, but all i was doing is harming them even more.

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After a lot of treatment my nails have gotten way better, they still need a lot of help and more treatment, but I am very happy with them right now. I never seen my natural nails this long and looking so healthy, so the treatment really payed off.

Tips to get healthier stronger nails:

  • If you are a nail biter, Stop biting your nails, if i did it, so can you.
  • My nails are way healthier thanks to the O.P.I nail envy, it is really a miracle worker. I apply several coats throughout the week.
  • Do not result to gels or acrylics, is it such a waste of money. Nowadays there are very good nail polishes or even gelish that last for a whole week, and not do any harm to the nails. If you have strong and hard nails, go ahead but still it will damage your nails on the long run. Or else get them done one in while
  • I do highly suggest you stop wear nail polish from time to time if you have thin nails, let them breathe for a while. I love wearing nail polishes but then I stop wearing any, for a week or two and give them a nice Nail Envy coat.
  • Make sure to give them a nice filing and buffing, at least once a week or 2 and use cuticle oil if u have.

If you follow these steps and be extremly patient you will have great results in about 2 or 3 weeks. It took me a while to see the results, but it was all worth it.

I hope this was of any help, if you have any further questions, comment down below 🙂

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

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

09/14/13

Event- The New Dean Gera HairCare in Collaboration with the Make-up Store

Hello guys,

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This beauty blogger has been quite busy these past 3 weeks, with events and new openings which means that great things are happening in Malta :). I was lucky enough to be invited to the gorgeous new Dean Gera hair salon. The Salon is actually connected to the beautiful Make-up store at the Point shopping complex in Sliema. I have been to the Make-up store a couple of times when it first opened. I have been in love the quality of their make-up and now you can get to have your hair looking good too.

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It was a lovely event and we were greeted with some tasteful Martini Royale Cocktails and nibbles. The salon is beautifully designed with the same sleek black and while design as the make-up store has. Me and some other bloggers tried the nice leather Salon chairs and we definitely liked the idea of getting our hair pampered in these comfortable chairs.

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Being the make-up addict that I am, I ended swatching most of the make-up store products and ended up buying some of their amazing products. We were given a goodie bag with some nice hair products sample which I can’t wait to try out and also a product from the Make-up store. I will do a  short separate post to show you all the goodies and products 🙂

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Price wise Make-up store is very similar to Inglot not too expensive but not cheap either, however in the end you are really paying for the quality you get. Dean Gera Hair Care treatments are quite similar to any other hairdressers I have been to as seen from the list of prices we were given, and they seem quite reasonable.

I hope you enjoyed this post, I highly recommend for you visit both Make up store and the Dean Gera Hair care as you will definitely will enjoy it.

Do check out these other Maltese bloggers that were at the event too:

Marija – All Things Lady Martina – All Things Fabulous Lorraine – Lola Loves Sparkles
Marija – Pocalocca Kylie – Passion to BeautyLara – Every Beauty Addict’s Bible Reb – Island of Make Believe Elle – Beauty She Wrote Stef- Think love Make up

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

09/6/13

Pupa Milano – Lasting Color Gel

Pupa Milano haven’t been doing nail polishes for a long time, but I think after the success they had with the past limited edition polished they decided to launch more than 50 shades.

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The new colour range are called lasting color gel, claiming to be similar to the gels but you don’t have to use a UV-lamp for the nail polish to dry. It apparently has a gel-formula that makes the nail look super shiny and gloss but also give this nice finish that stay one for a long time. I have tried a normal polish by Pupa before from the 50’s theme and I was impressed by how long the polish stayed put on my nails for a whole week. This is by far as good as it claims as it stayed put for 5 whole days and after that I minor fallouts.

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I am in love with this pastel colour, and it is a color that you can wear in any season. The color is very pigmented and it doesn’t take a long time to dry. I am also loving this new brush, it is wide and thin, and makes the application easier and faster.

I thought of showing you the available colors:

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This product retails for 6euros which can be seen as pricey but being so long lasting I think it worth the money. Pupa Milano products are found in most outlets and pharmacy’s around Malta, so head on and buy one.

Well that is all for now guys, keep posted for more and feel free to like or comment down below 🙂

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

07/13/13

My Mini OPI Haul

Hey guys :),

So I have a tendency to obsess on different objects at different times. I find something which I am lacking of at the moment and but a lot of options. Recently I had an OPI nail laquer obsession, and bought a couple of products from e-bay.

The first thing I bought was the OPI nail envy for me and my sister, my sister nails were needing some serious treatment and she used my nail envy and fell in love with it. My nail envy is almost finished (thanks to my sister :p), so I bought one for her and one for me. So now she doesn’t have to borrow mine anymore.

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I already reviewed this miracle worker before but as you can see I truly love it. At first I was skeptical because I tried many hardeners before and did nothing for my thin nails, and at first I wasn’t seeing any change. But then I saw miracles after a couple of weeks, my nails truly become harder and grew stronger. Unfortunately recently I went trough a stressful time and my nails become thinner and started chipping again. That means they need a dose of nail envy.20130711_224343

The second thing I bought is the cute Mini set of nail lacquers in neon colours. Being that nails aren’t in the best shape at the moment, I thought by buying this set will make me look more forward to get them in shape :). Also neon colors are very much in vogue nowadays, I personally don’t like them on clothes because I find neon can look a bit trashy. However I do like neon colors on my nails and some type of accessories, especially now in Summer. Can’t wait to try them out and review them for you :D.

That is all for now guys, keep posted for more reviews and interesting make-up looks coming up.

xoxo

Sarah-Jane