06/21/14

Flawless – Make-Up Look

Hey guys,

A while ago I bought the “Flawless” tshirt from Beyonce’s new Album clothing line. As most you already know I am quite a huge Beyonce fan and as a Woman and quite a  feminist I am really in love with her song called Flawless.  The song Flawless is about us women believing in our true natural beauty and to always work to better ourself and not to please men but to please ourselves. With that motto in my head, I put the shirt on, wore some fancy jewellery and wore a fearless and “flawless” make up look. Some of you might have thought I would do a more natural look, because indeed we are all beautiful naturally. But nothing makes me feel more flawless than an edgy make-up look, cause in the end we should feel free to express our self the way we like. 🙂

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The look is very edgy, smoking but still feminine, check out my step by step instructions below:

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Instructions:

  • For the eyes I basically did a normal Smokey eye look with a twist underneath. I started off with the black eye shadow onto the crease and blended it out on the mid lid with a beige/white colour. Very easy and simple to do.
  • I also used a brown colour on the crease to blend the black with the white, which unfortunately isn’t that visible due to my low quality camera.
  • What makes the look stand out is the purple cream eye-shadow which I applied under the lower lashes moving further out, under the black eyeliner.
  • Of course you cannot finish the look without the usual eyeliner and mascara

Products:

  • NYX Palette
  • Wjon purple cream eye-shadow
  • MAC gel liner
  • Benefit They’re real Mascara

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Cheeks and Lips

  • For the cheeks I used a little bit of bronzer (but not as much as it looks in the photo hehe which reminds me, to but a good camera) and then applied a reddish tone blusher.
  • As for the lips I used the natural pinkish colour lipstick

Well I hope you liked this look, it is a very simple look so you can try it easily at home. If you love Smokey eyes but want to try something different use a pop or colour under the lower lashes, believe me you will look great. Remember if you have small eyes, it is better to use coloured eyeliner, and make it very thin.

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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

06/4/14

Make-Up Look – Malta Fashion Awards 2014

Hello guys,

As promised,  today I want to show you the make-up look and what I wore for the Malta Fashion Awards. Unfortunately I do not have a picture of the outfit, but let me describe it. The outfit consisted of a black body con type dress with white and coral flowers and on top a black blazer, being that it was quite a chilly night.

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To match the dress, I wore this beautiful gold chain necklace with coral shaped flower and matching earrings, ring and bracelet.  Pastel colours are very much in this summer, so definitely be on the lookout. As for my nails, I used the Pupa Milano gel nail polish in a very similar shade as the accessories.

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Now let’s move on to the most important part which is the make-up. Being that it is the most fashionable night in Malta, I had to go all out, so I took my time and tried my best to create something great. I basically was inspired by the outfit itself and used a mixture of corals, gold and black colours.  Apart from applying the eyeshadow on the upper lid I also applied the coral colour under my lower lashes.

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I finished the look with some winged liner, mascara and of course some individual fake lashes for more of a dramatic effect.  This look is perfect for this spring and summer to come; it’s very dressy but still vibrant for the hot summer days which are yet to come. Finally I chose a light pink shade for the lips and even for the cheeks.

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List of Products:

  • MAC Prep and Prime primer
  • Vichy Dermablend foundation
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion Eden
  • NYX Eyeshadow Palette
  • MAC Gel liner
  • Rimmel Scandalous eyes Mascara
  • Ardell individual fake lashes
  • NARS Laguna blusher
  • NARS Deep Thought bronzer
  • MAC Viva Glam by Nicky

Well I hope you enjoyed this look and my post, please show some love by liking my page or following my blog. I do appreciate if you share my blog with your friends and family

Lots of Love

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

 

05/21/14

Pupa Milano – Vamp! Mascara in Extra Black

Hello drear friends,

Recently I am simply loving what fake lashes can obtain. Being that they can be a pain to apply on one selves, I am always on the lookout for good mascara’s that do a really good job in giving the Volume I always crave for.  A long time ago I fell in love with Pupa’s Diva’s Lashes Mascara which I still love to this day, but Pupa still find a way to create better and great products. Pupa’s new mascara called Vamp!, is quite a good competitor. I recently reviewed the same mascara but in a different colour and from the Pupa Princess Collection which you can view here. I got a small sample of the Vamp mascara in Extra Black and I really like it so far. Being that is was a sample it dried pretty easily and I felt that I might not actually get the full qualities of such a mascara, which is why I plan to buy the actual product,

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What amazes me about this product is the formula, I never in my life had a mascara which was so light weight, that it felt like I didn’t wear any. Not sure if this ever happened to you, but there were times were I go to work and seriously forget to wear mascara. I know it crazy but it happened, which is why I always leave a mascara in my handbag. Last time as I was working I touched my lashes, and I thought I did it again and forgot to apply it, but then I looked at the mirror I was surprised I had actually mascara on and it was the Vamp Mascara.

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It also has a beautiful hour-glass shape wand and that works wonderfully, it separates the lashes and gives them a nice volume. Due to it’s dense formula there are minor smudging or flaking and it lasts for a long time. The packaging is sleek and like the other Vamp mascara but this one in silver rather than gold.  I like this mascara overall even-though I would have wished it curled my lashes, to give the lashes a full out effect but I can’t really complain.

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Pros:

  • The creamy and dense formula that doesn’t weight the lashes down
  • Beautiful sleek silver packaging
  • hourglass-shaped brush, make application super easy
  • provides a nice amount of volume
  • wands separates lashes
  • Long-lasting, minor smudging or flaking

Cons:

  • Doesn’t curl my lashes or lenghten

Will I ever buy this product again? Probably, I find it very useful when I want a very light make-up look and my lashes not to feel to heavy with mascara.

Do I recommend it? Definitely, I think this is perfect especially for those that are a bit mature. My mum hates having the feel of a mascara because it can be very heavy on her eyes, which is why I used this mascara on her, she barely feels it on. 

Rating: I am giving it a 4 by 5 for it’s light formula 

Have you ever tried this mascara, if yes tell me know your opinion down below.

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

05/15/14

Fallen Angel – Make-up shoot

Hello lovely followers,

A month ago I had the opportunity to work with an amazing French Photographer Eva Ferriere. She wanted me to do a make-up for a “Fallen Angel” theme photo-shoot she had in mind. I was super excited to work on this shoot, being that I would let out my artistic skills.  The look I did was inspired by the gorgeous costume we had for the shoot, by Fabian Galea -PR for the Bugeja Costume Company in Gozo.

 

I did a couple of sketches as you can see below and let Eva decide which one she liked best. The final look is a bit dramatic but still has a certain elegance and flair to it. Basically it’s a mixture between dark and light, good and evil.

Sometimes in a fallen angel theme, it tends to be very dark and goth. I wanted something complete different, because even though she is fallen, there is an element of good in her.

The look consists of a golden brown mixture of eye-shadow which match the costume. Then I followed by applying the black liner creating a feather like effect, similar to the wings of an angel. Finally I applied some glitter liner in two colours gold and silver/green, these remind us of good element when combine with the dark black liner. Then added some final touches by adding small white rhinestones to  the edges of the feather-like-liner. The lips were left a little bit natural and a nice glow was given to the cheeks by using a pink blusher and highlighter.

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Check out some of the gorgeous photos by Eva  and the beautiful model Christine Zammit :

Overall I am really please with the final look, the images look great,and the make-up look really goes on well with the costume and backdrop.

Do feel free to contact me if you need me for a photo-shoot or any other special occasion. Let me know what you think about this look, would appreciate a thump up and like on facebook and do feel free to follow me through email.

XOXO

Sara-Jane

04/29/14

Urban Decay- Potion Primer Eden

It is not secret  that Urban decay has an amazing range of great quality products and their Potion Primer is no exception. I’ve heard so much about this primer that I had to have it. A long time ago I bought the Original Potion Primer from e-bay and the result wasn’t at all satisfying, but its a huge probability that they were either expired or just not right.  Then as I was in London apart from the Naked 2 palette I had to buy the primer of course, however this time I bought it in eden. I really like the yellow-toned colour  and that it’s matte(which reminds me to that of a concealer), I find it ideal as a base colour.

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The aim of the product is to prevent creasing and helps your eyeshadow stay all day long and also increase the color vibrancy of the eyeshadow.  It truly does what it says, it didn’t crease on me and it worked wonders on my skin tone and the eyeshadow truly does last all day long. I have used this primer for weddings and photoshoots and they all were impressed how their make-up stayed put all day long. It truly makes the eye-shadow more vibrant, even if it’s a cheap shadow. If your skin has pink undertones I do suggest Sin instead of Eden as this might be a bit too yellowish for your taste.

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Like the name Potion Primer, the packaging looks like a potion bottle which I find to be utterly cute. I have seen this primer in a tube like mine but there might be also available with a doe foot applicator.

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 Pros:

  • Good quality and cute packaging
  • Prevents creasing
  • Eye-shadow stays all day long thanks to this primer
  • This beauty costs £16  which is probably about 19 or 20 euros, this might be seen as pricey but seriously it’s worth every penny.

Cons:

  • The only con I can think of it that I might not be suitable for someone with pink undertones but other than that this is just perfect.

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Will I ever buy this product again? Definitely, if I ever run out of this primer I will have to figure a way to repurchase this beauty and probably the rest of the Urban Decay Primer Potion collection.

Do I recommend it? For sure, I personally think this is a must have especially for those special occasions where you need your make up to look great all day long like weddings or other celebrations.

Rating:

Have you tried this particular primer, let me know what you think about it down below 🙂

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

03/18/14

Pupa Milano – Vamp! Wet and Dry Eyeshadow – 305

In the recent months I have been testing and simply loving all of the Pupa products. Now I am finally taking the time to give you a detailed review about their latest new eye-shadow beauties. Recently Pupa launched a series of 24 gorgeous shades of Vamp! Wet and dry eyeshadows, and I was lucky to get my hands on one of them. I chose this gorgeous navy blue, that has this pearl-like kind of metallic texture.

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This eyeshadow can be used both wet and dry, however I have only used it when dry up till now.  I have used this particular colour in a recent make-up look called Winter blues, so do check it out. I am simply in love with this colour, the texture and pigmentation is simply impeccable. Many have asked me about this shadow whenever I wear it. It also has little fall out and it has such a lovely smooth and “creamy” texture, which is a pleasure to work with and blend.

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I also can’t express how cute is their packaging, which is very sleek and neat just how I like it .It also has a nice small applicator which can be handy for some, even though I still prefer to use my own eye-shadow brushes. This beauty retails for €11.70 which is a good reasonable price, for it great quality and it also has a good amount of product that will take a while for it to end.

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Pros:

  • Beautiful packaging, sleek and neat
  • Great quality and pigmentation
  • Minor fall outs
  • lasts all day
  • Worth every penny

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Cons:

  • NONE- I actually have nothing negative to say about this product is simply delivers.

Will I ever buy this product again? Definitely, I would buy it in an instant if I ever run out, the pigmentation is simply divine.

Do I recommend it? Of course, I urge your to visit their local Pupa stand which are available in various Pharmacies, Perfumeries and Beauty Salons, they are totally worth it.

Rating:

Have you tried these eye-shadows yet? let me know your opinion down below, and thank you for stopping by 🙂

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

 

02/18/14

Pupa Milano – Vamp Cream Eyeshadow 002

Today I will review another Pupa Milano product from the Pupa Princess Limited edition. This time it’s their creamy eyeshadow in 002 shiny green. It  comes in this elegant small round jar with a plastic lid. I am simply in love with it’s creamy texture, I don’t usually go for cream eye-shadow because they are usually a bit sticky and  tend to fade away after a while or else leave visible lines.  However the texture is very nice and not sticky, and it still looks pretty good after a few hours without any lines. This eyeshadow retails for €9.75 which is neither cheap nor expensive, however I do think is good value for money. I have been using it for a while now and it’s still as good as new.

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I simply love using my fingers to apply this eye-shadow, however it can still be used easily with a brush.  What I love doing with this shadow is apply it on the inner corner of the eyes or else on the middle of the lid, it creates such a nice effect. Do check my make-up look called Winter blues, for which I used this lovely shadow.

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Pros:

  • Great sturdy packaging
  • Beautiful pearl/metallic colour, very much in vogue nowadays
  • Creamy texture and doesn’t leave any visible lines
  • Long lasting
  • Good value for money

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Cons:

  • There is nothing in particular that I don’t like about this shadow, it simply delivers

If you are interested in buying this shadow, hurry up as this is a limited edition. However I am sure you will be able to find it in leading pharmacies around Malta, Italy and various other countries around Europe.  Let me know what you think about this product if you ever tried it, by commenting down below. Show some love my liking my Facebook or  following me through e-mail.

Will I ever buy this product again? Probably I love it’s metallic and pearl texture, you can create some interesting looks with it.

Do I recommend it? Definitely, what you see is exactly what you get with this shadow.

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XOXO

Sarah-Jane

02/17/14

Pupa Diamond Eyeliner – Pupa Princess Limited Collection

I hope I am not too late to review this gorgeous eye-liner by Pupa Milano. This is one of the two eye-liners from the Pupa Princess Limited collection which should still be available nowadays, but not for too long.  The 001 is Diamond Mauve, a red undertone glittery eye-liner, however I have the 002 Diamond Green which of course has a light green undertone. The liner itself has this gel consistency, and it comes with a brush applicator that glides quite nicely on the lid. This is one of the best glitter liner I’ve tried so far, however if applied by itself, the result can be a bit scattered, and it doesn’t give that full straight line which I would have preferred (it can be achieved if you reapply it several times). It is quite common for a glitter liner to be a bit tricky to apply, which is why in general I am not a biggest fan.

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Recently though I have been loving these recent double eye-liner looks, which consists of having a strong black liner then another glitter liner on top of it. Being that the result is a bit scattered this look isn’t possible with this liner. Yet I do like to apply it on top of a regular liner. It modified a bit the final colour but it looks really nice and it is more wearable.  What also impressed me about this liner is that lasting power, which is very good, it lasted me for over 5 hours. As to price, this liner retails for €13.50 in Malta, which is not pricey but neither cheap. Being that it’s long lasting and that it will probably last you for a long time, I think it is a reasonable price.

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 Pros:

  1. Beautiful coloured glitter, goes on with any coloured eye-shadow
  2. Cute and elegant packaging, good for travelling
  3. I love it’s pencil brush applicator
  4. Very Long lasting

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Cons:

  1. The only thing I would like, if the result would be more linear than scattered. I would create some interesting make-up looks if it wasn’t, but it’s still nice to have.

 

Will I ever buy this product again? Not sure I am not much of a glittery person, but it is pretty nice to have in my make-up collection.

Do I recommend it? Definitely, especially if you like to spice up you make-up looks. It is pretty long lasting and great to wear for a night out.

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Have you every tried any type of glitter eyeliners? would love to know youre opinion. Also show some love by liking my facebook page and following my blog, thank you

XOXO

Sarah-Jane