03/10/17

Elemis – Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm – Review

Hello my dear followers,

A few months back I attended the Elemis launch here in Malta and I was given a few samples to test out, including the Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. At first I was thinking of doing one post on all the products, but there is so much to say on each product that i would be boring you out.

If you are not familiar with Elemis, than you will be now. This Uk brand specializes in creating high-end skincare products for mature women, which combine the best of nature and science combined.

 

 

The Elemis Pro-collaged cleansing balm has an oil base creamy texture with a lavender, chamomile and a touch of mint aroma. It is used to dissolve make up and any dirt and oil you might have from your skin. Known for having a blend of precious starflower, elderberrry, optimega oils, and anti-ageing Padina pavonica which firms the skin but also smooths and hydrate your skin.  All of the ingredients are natural oils which are grown in the UK, and it is suitable for all skin types.

After trying this balm for a couple of times, I have to admit that it is an exceptional product. It is like having a facial in a jar. Once you open the jar you are greeted with a beautiful aroma, that is so relaxing and made me feel like I’m at the Spa. The cool thing about this product is that you can use it in 2 ways, you can smooth it over the face and neck and gently massage it into the skin and remove with a worm cleansing cloth, or (my favorite) leave it for 10 minutes as a relaxing mask.

Once I remove the balm, my skin is soft and glowing, and not one bit oily. The only downer for some women, it that it  costs 48 euros,but I have to say that it is worth every single penny. You can feel the difference from drugstore skincare products to the Elemis brand, it is really rich in quality.

I highly recommend this product, and if money permits I might purchase the actual big jar in the future.

What do you guys think? have you tried this product or any of Elemis range? feel free to comment down below. Do not forget to subscribe and show some love on my Facebook page or Instagram

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

05/18/16

Undressed – Coconut and Outmeal Scrub

Hello beauties,

In one of my previous posts I wrote about visiting the Artisan Market and I discovered this new beauty Brand in Malta called Undressed.

Undressed consists of a line of hand and body scrubs, that not only helps you remove dead skin from the body, but they can also help in to suit other factors that every person might need. Also all of the scrubs are made from Natural ingredients, so no chemicals are used, all of which can be found listed on the base of the jar.

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Since my skin tends to get pretty dry being that I wear jeans or trousers most of the time and I rarely give my skin any time to breathe, so I chose to try the Coconut and Oatmeal scrub. It is said, that these two ingredients help to hydrate the body and give it a soft feeling.

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I admit I was a bit skeptical about these scrubs in general, cause I have tried plenty in my lifetime and none of them really give me a soft feeling that remains for a day or 2. But when I tested it out on my hands the first time I was immediately impressed. My hands are not dry in general, but I never thought they could become this soft and I had this feeling for approx 2 days. The second time. I tried it all over my body and I had the same impressive result. My skin felt so soft and moisturized, I didn’t need to apply any lotion.Un3 Un4

 

The only downer that this product might have for some is that it makes you want to eat it, cause the coconut smells really good. Also that it does get a bit messy, but so does any other scrub I’ve tried.

Overall I love this scrub, it truly delivers. Not to forget to mention, how cute is the packaging Jar, having the tag with the logo and instruction. The prices of the scrub are vary in sizes, the small one cost €7.50 while the bigger Jar is €12.80. However you can refill your Jar and save 1 euro, sounds pretty good to me.

Feel free to Visit the undressed website and show some love, you can also see where it is available close by and you can also get it delivered to you at the comfort of your home.

I do hope you like this review, feel free to comment blow and follow my blog for me make-up look, reviews and much more

xoxo

Sarah-Jane

 

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

 

04/7/15

Bio Oil – Review

Today I want to talk about a product I’ve been using a lot and sincerely loving. Since I was a teenager I had problems with stretchmarks, the same way I had problems with my weight. I constatly gained and lost weight and stretch marks were the result of it all.  Recently I’ve been taking care of my body and trying to avoid having more stretchmarks than I already do, so I am using this Bio Oil.

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I bought Bio Oil from the Uk the first time and I they are way cheaper than here in Malta, however it depends where you get them from and how much product you have. I do know that Holland and Barret sell them however I am not sure about the pricing. I will check and update you guys.

“Bio‑Oil is a specialist skincare oil that helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone.
It is also effective for ageing and dehydrated skin. The Bio‑Oil formulation is a combination of plant extracts and vitamins suspended in an oil base. It contains the breakthrough ingredient PurCellin Oil?, which changes the formulation?s overall consistency, making it light and non-greasy, ensuring that the goodness contained in the vitamins and plant extracts is easily absorbed.”

Bio-Oil should be massaged in a circular motion into the scar and surrounding skin, twice daily, for a minimum of 3 months. Younger scars have a greater chance of improvement within a shorter time period, however, older scars will also benefit from the regular use of Bio-Oil.

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I have been using Bio Oil for the last 2 months or so and I’ve seen a huge improvement. The scars haven’t completely gone but more of the scars have faded away. I will keep on applying in the hopes of having other scars fade and be less visible especially in summer. The oil is transparent and it is absorbed quickly onto the skin.I highly recommend this product for stretch marks as it truly does the work and it’s not that expensive as some other products I’ve seen on the market.

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We all know that Pregnancy can cause stretchmarks, however if you are planning on losing weight and you have increased your fitness level try to apply this sort of oil to preserve the skin and prevent it from causing stretchmarks.

If you have any questions about this product do write in the comments below, show some love by liking my page and following this blog 😀

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

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

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 😛

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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

03/7/14

Bourjois – Healthy Mix Serum – Foundation

As I was in London last September, like the beauty addict that I am, I hit the boots store and as I was looking around I came across the Bourjois section. Even-though we do have Borjois in Malta, I rarely have time to go to drug stores and look out for new cosmetics. I have been reading a lot about their foundation for a while now and there is quite the hype going on. However for me it’s really not worth the hype, not that I regret buying it but I really don’t understand why it is so popular.

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The only colour that is somewhat close to my skin tone is 52 Vanilla and is it still a really weird shade. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it basically looks like a lemon tone cream colour, it matched my skin tone pretty well, even though I don’t like the yellow undertone.  This foundation gives a very light to medium coverage, I have to apply several layers in order to get the desired look and when I do that it can look be pretty cakey.

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The things I like about this foundation is the scent, it pretty pleasant and refreshing. Even the packaging is pretty nice, even-though I tend to lose the red lid, many times, but the pump is very functional. I also like how radiant my face looks when I apply this foundation, but I would have wished that it covered more and that it lasted longer. On the packaging it says that is last for 16hrs, which is of course a lie, it last for about 4-5 hours max, with a primer and powder there is a probability that it lasts a little bit longer.

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Pros:

  • The scent is pretty nice
  • The texture is not too runny not too dry
  • Leavs the skin looking pretty radiant and fresh
  • Packaging is pretty nice and functional

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Cons:

  • Gives a very light coverage, you need to apply two layers or else it’s barely visible. However if you apply to much it can also be cakey.
  • Not suitable for an evening out.
  • I simply don’t like the yellow undertone, it is not for me.
  • It retails for about €16 which is a pretty decent price but you can honestly find cheaper foundations that do a much better job than this.
  • Be careful were you store the this foundation, because the lid can be easily broken or lost as the plastic is very thin.

Will I ever buy this product again? I don’t think so, the colour, texture and formula really does nothing for me.

Do I recommend it? If you have a similar skin colour to mine I wouldn’t recommend it, however you can still use it as an everyday make-up. I do recommend it to those that are asian or anyone that has a yellow undertone skin, I think this would be very suitable, however remember it still gives a very light finish.

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Have you ever tried this foundation, what do you honestly think about it ? I love to read your comments. Thanks for stopping by

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

01/10/14

How to Get Healthy Skin

Hello guys :),

Today I want to talk about something that is very important to me and than unfortunately not many do know how, which is how to have a healthy skin. There is a huge misconception that to have a healthy looking skin, you need to spend a lot of cash on skin care but the truth is you don’t.

As I have mentioned in my New Year post (which you can view here),  I truly want to take care of myself and my health this year. I have been doing great so far, I am eating healthy, exercising  and doing my best to take care of myself. Apart from change in my weight, I have seen a huge difference in my skin, my pimples and redness has diminished and I have been loving applying make-up, cause I don’t need to use a lot of foundation nor concealer.  I think apart from taking care of your health it’s makes your skin look great and you will feel just as great.

Here are some great tips for you to get a healthy skin:

1 Decrease you sugar intake :

I would highly suggest you stop eating and sugary stuff, like Soda or candy. Contrary to popular belief, chocolate isn’t bad for you, it all the added sugars it has that harm your skin. So you can have a piece of dark chocolate once in a while but never exaggerate. It all about moderation.

2 Eat Healthy Food

People think healthy food is just salads, or you don’t eat much but that’s far from the truth. I eat plenty of food but I always spice it up with different recipes. There are so many healthy recipes you can try and believe me most of them taste better than all the junk there is out there. The change I have seen in my skin is simply amazing.  I also read that nuts and fish are really great for a healthy skin, because their oils clean out the bad oils you have in your skin.

3 Drink lots of water 

A person should drink 2lts of water everyday, however if you don’t like to drink water make sure you drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water. Don’t drink only when thirsty, you should drink water all the time even when not thirst because you might suffer from dehydration without even knowing. Apart from that water has a lot of benefits for your skin, I see a huge change in my skin and apart from that it gives me more energy too.

4 Exercise

Apparently sweating helps your skin, and the way you feel internally when you workout it will eventually show in your skin.  Make sure to wash you face after even if you just wipe it with a cloth. Choose something fun and stick to it, I love walking and running but I do love dancing once in a while too.

5 Experiment with Facial Cleansers

Find a cleanser that works for your particular skin type and stick with it. Also make sure you clean your face daily especially when you have make-up on.  Never sleep with your make-up on, if you are to tired to wash your face properly at lease use a facial wipe.

6 Stress less and workout more 

Your body has natural defenses against stress, and you need to flush it out of your body as if it were a toxin or it will become physically visible. For instance recently I was a bit stressed and it was very cold  and a cold sore appeared on my nose :(, so if your stress relex with some music or else let all the stress out by working out.

 

 7 Don’t over wash 

Once a day is more than enough, if you wash it too often it won’t help those natural good oils which we all have in our skin.

8 Avoid touching your face

I have a viscous habit to touch my face a lot , if i’m thinking, working or just bored and a lot of pimples occur. So avoid touching your face especially if your hands touches something else or they aren’t clean, there are germs everywhere.

I hope these tips were helpful, and if you follow these simple step, I do guarantee you will have a healthier looking skin and u will feel great. If you still have problems I do suggest you visit a dermatologist, especially if you have serious acne problems but these steps will definitely help.

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

10/25/13

Anatomicals – Headache Relief Balm

Hello there the weekend is here :),

Today I want to talk about this awesome product called Headache Relief Balm by Anatomicals. I have to warn you that you might be prepared to make a purchase after reading this review, because you are going to want it. I think we all have headaches at some point in time, if it’s after a long day at work or because of school stress, they are bound to happen. Little did I know that there is a simple, cheap cure for them, which is this balm by Anatomicals.

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Pros:

  • Funny and quirky packaging and it constantly put a smile on my face.
  • It does relieve the pain. It contains natural ingredients such as peppermint oil and is a clear balm. When I felt a headache coming on, I quickly popped a little amount of product onto each temple and hoped for the best. After roughly a minute I began to feel a very cooling sensation despite putting a very small amount of the balm on.
  • It’s not going to do a miracle and take all the pain away but it will definitely make you feel a lot better.
  • I also hear that the oily residue is great for the skin, even for after sun burns
  • It also retails for the cheap amount of €4.99, and it will last you for a good amount of time.

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Cons:

  • Even-though it’s isn’t much of a con, the balm has an oily resedue, which can leave a bit of an oily stain but being that it helps with the pain, I wouldn’t bother that much. Being that my forehead can be a bit oily, I prefer to remove it after the soothing feeling is over. But if you have a dry skin I would leave it, as it has a nice moisturizing texture and smell.

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Will I ever buy this product again? I think I will,

Do I recommend it? I do highly recommend it, so go ahead and buy it 🙂 www.anatomicals.com.mt and check their facebook page here. You can find it also in various pharmacies around Malta too.

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XOXO

Sarah-Jane