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

 

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

 

11/19/13

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

 

10/5/13

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

10/2/13

NYX – The Curve Eyeliner

Hey guys,

On my last visit to the NYX store I bought this new Curve eyeliner which I have been using for the last month. The eyeliner comes into this amazingly designed tool with a sponge pen applicator. If you have read my previous reviews on eyeliners, with this type of applicators, you would know how much I actually dislike them. However this product changed my mind completely.

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First of all let’s talk about the packaging of this eyeliner, what is there to say but “well done”. Finally design and make-up are coming together to create a comfortable way for us to apply make-up not only on ourselves but even on our clients. I love how the eyeliner is designed for the index finger to fit in perfectly, so that it makes the application way easier. The eyeliner can be a bit difficult for some to apply, so this definitely will help. “Design” does definitely “meet it’s function”.

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Now let’s talk about the eyeliner itself, finally an eyeliner that comes out of a sponge applicator that works properly. Usually eyeliners with this type of applicator do not transfer well, smudge and you cannot apply a thin liner because the product doesn’t come out well. However to my surprise this is the opposite, it transfers well and it is a very nice dark black. You can apply a thin layer if you don’t want a heavy liner and it doesn’t smudge. Did I mention that this eyeliner is also waterproof? yes it is and a very good one. It is great to take with you on holiday as it takes only a few minutes to apply.

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This lovely liner retails for about €14 which can be seen a bit pricey for an eyeliner but believe me it’s worth it. I am really loving the eyeliner and I will purchase this eyeliner again once it finishes. I really have nothing bad to say about this eyeliner, I am truly loving it :). For all the Maltesers you can find this gorgeous eyeliner at the NYX store in Sliema, do check it out.

Have you tried this gorgeous liner ? would love to read your comment down below. Thank you for following, keep posted for more

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

09/30/13

London Cosmetics Haul

Hey guys,

Yes I am back 🙂 and I am so excited to show you all the gorgeous products I got from London. I shall admit I fell in love with the city, it is just beautiful and there is a lot to do and places to see. In the few days I’ve been there, I’ve seen some beautiful landscapes, tourist attractions and of course huge shopping places. What I bought mostly,were clothes, but I also go some shoes for the coming winter, and a couple of jewelry items. But of course I could not leave London without getting my hands on some make-up and skin care products.

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To be honest I didn’t have a lot of time to shop but I did my best with the time I got. When it comes to cosmetics I bought make-up from 4 places in particular, Primark, Boots, House of Fraser and Selfridges. As for skin care, I only bought products from L’Occitane.

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I will start with the cheapest which is Primark, I got these gorgeous 4 lipsticks for just a pound and a huge bronzer compact for about 1.50 pounds if I’m not mistaken. I will give you a review further on 🙂

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At boots I got products from various brands that we don’t find in Malta, like berryM, soap and glory, and even benefit. I really I can’t wait to try them and tell you about them on my posts.

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When I went to House of Fraser, I was actually looking for some MAC products, but found out that only Selfridges sell MAC at oxford street. As I was heading out I saw an Urban decay display and I was immediately drawn to it and of course, I ended up buying the Naked 2 palette and primer. Can’t wait to review these products, check more product out on their website here.

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From Selfridges, I bought a couple of Mac products some of which I own already and some other products which I cannot wait to try.

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Last but not least, I bought a gel cleanser,moisturizer  and hand cream from L’Occitane which I cannot wait to try out. I have heard a lot of good reviews about them and I finally has the opportunity to try these products out. I got these beauties on a discount, so do check them out if you are going to Oxford street in London.

I am very happy with my purchases, and can’t wait to review them for you guys :). I don’t think I will post some of the other things I bought like clothes and accessories but I might do some outfit posts in the future. However if you are interested do comment down below. Well, keep posted as some new exciting reviews and posts are coming up

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

09/23/13

Off We go :D

Hey guys,

As you know this week I will be in London, and I wanted to show you the Make-up I will be taking with me. I am super excited to go to London as I have been dreaming to go for a long time. Being that it’s a holiday I won’t be taking a lot of Make-up with me, all I care is for mostly to have fun and visit this beautiful city. For a holiday, I believe in taking one product for each use, also try to avoid taking expensive make-up with you because it might break with travelling and you don’t want that. So this is my list:

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Primer- MUA undress your skin primer – this is not my favorite primer but it is a good primer and it comes in a small packing and pump which is the best for travelling.

Foundation – Vicky Dermablend in no 35 – I love this foundation too much, little goes a long way and it gives a lovely finish.

ConcealerMake up store cover all concealer – Even-though I really don’t need it because the foundation is so good I thought of still getting this great concealer with me as it also stay on for a long time.

Eye-shadowThe MUA undressed palette and the white matte colour by Make-up store. The undressed palette is a small compact palette with all the colours you can possibly need to wear for day time or even a night out. I am also taking a large matte white eye-shadow because I used all of the ones in the Palette and you always need a white colour.

Eyeliner- NYX curve liner. I haven’t reviewed this liner yet but I will let you on a little secret, I love it and it is jsut perfect for travelling.

Contouring BronzerThe elf contouring bronzer. It is quite pigmented bronzer so I don’t need to use a lot of product and little goes a long way.

Blusher Mac breezy sheertone blusher. I love this blusher and it’s perfect for this season , it pigmented and buildable.

HighlighterMUA undress your skin highliter. I have to be honest I don’t need a highlighter but I just love this highlighter, it gives such a natural glow to the cheeks.

Mascara- Revlon Grow luscious lashes. I haven’t reviewed this mascara yet but it is surprising very good and have been loving it so far.

Lipstick- I am taking the

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That is pretty much it when it comes to make-up products now with regards to application, I couldn’t go without taking my beloved brushes.I have a mixture of foundation and concealer brushes, to apply the eye-shadow and also for contouring and to apply the blusher.  There are also a pair o scissors and tweezers for my brows.

Well that is all guys I do hope you have a great week, I will see you again next Sunday, in the mean time you can keep posted though Instagram and Twitter. 😀

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

09/20/13

Pupa Milano – Glossy Lips LipGloss 402

Hey guys,

Last Month I was given two products from Pupa Milano, the gorgeous pastel nail polish with you can view my review here, and this glossy lips lip-gloss.

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I have to admit that my glossy days are over (I am getting old :P), I don’t wear a lot of lip-glosses any more, but I do like to mix lip-glosses with other lipsticks. This name of this lip-gloss doesn’t lie, it is truly glossy and makes your lips pop and it even made my lips look bigger, which is  quite nice :).

The colour is bright and the texture is shiny and even though it says it’s not sticky, it is a little bit. However the stickiness it’s not annoying like some of the other lip-glosses I have tried, I find it to be quite moisturizing actually. My lips felt really hydrated and soft after removal and that is something which is rarely incorporated with a gloss.

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What I seriously love is the applicator, it is very soft but also flexible very unlike the usual hard wands. The packaging is also quite nice with a transparent tube and elegant metallic details. The colour which is number 402 is this nice light pink/peach colour which can be used either for everyday on it own or if you want to dress it up with a lipstick on night out with the girls. Also it is quite long lasting I wore it for work last Saturday and it was still on me after 4hrs. Some of the product faded away after a few hours but overall it stayed put.

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The price of this lip-gloss is of €11, which can be seen as a bit pricey for a lip-gloss but I think it’s actually worth the price, being that you have a lot of product  so it will last for a long time, and that is hydrates your lips at the same time. I do suggest they start naming their products rather them giving them just a number, it would make a lot more sense.

Check out some of the other colours they have available:

100GLOSS TRASPARENTE101GLOSS BIANCO PERLATO200GLOSS ROSA NUDO201GLOSS ROSA BABY202GLOSS ROSA PERLATO203GLOSS ROSA FIAMMA BLU204GLOSS FUCHSIA PERLATO300GLOSS NUDO301GLOSS NUDO PERLATO302GLOSS BEIGE DORATO400GLOSS ARANCIO PERLATO401GLOSS CORALLO PERLATO402GLOSS ROSSO PERLATO403GLOSS ROSSO PUPA404GLOSS ROSSO VINO405

I hope you like this review, have you tried this lip glosses out?

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

06/21/13

Fraulein 38 – 28 Neutral Nude Eye-shadow Palette

hey guys,

Sorry for being M.I.A lately but it’s been quite a week but I am back.Today I am going review the palette I got from Fraulein a while ago. Being that now it is the wedding season, I needed a distinctive palette with neutral colours. I believe that make-up for a bride should be be as natural as possible. You don’t want to look back at the wedding photos and ask yourself “what the hell were you thinking?”. What I mean by natural make-up is not going on your wedding make-up free (not that I am against it) but you don’t want to look pale for the cameras and the photos but instead you should use natural colours that enhance your beautiful features. I might actually do a bridal make-up look sometime soon :).

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Now with regards to this gorgeous palette, it has 28 nude eye shadow palette, comes with an assortment of neutral tones in shimmer and matte effect. 28 colours includes 16 matte and 12 shimmer. Can be used as eye-shadow, bronzes, blush, eyeliners, and shimmer highlighters. The pigmentation of these eye-shadows vary, some are very good , some are okey the rest not so good, but overall I love this palette. I have created some lovely natural looks with this palette and it has some beautiful shades of colours. Sorry I didn’t swatch them all but being that they are plenty, so I swatched some of my favorite colours.

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It comes in a lovely sleek black packaging and I love that is has no mirror and no applicator in it, because it makes it very light to carry around and I don’t need them anyway. This lovely palette retails for only 10.99 euros and the shipping is only 2 euros from their website. It is a great price for such a palette, I definitely recommend this product to any make-up geek like me 🙂

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Have you ever tried any eye-shadows from Fraulein 38?

xoxo

Sarah-Jane