05/27/16

Elemis Skincare Launch Event

Hello Beauties,

Today I will talk about a nice event I was invited, for the New outlet that has opened of the UK skincare brand called Elemis. I honestly, didn’t know about the brand until now but it was definitely a nice discovery.

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Elemis is known to be a very high-end brand which focus combining the latest science, nature and aromatics. It has been known to sell mostly around crew-ships, spa’s and a beauty salons. Another fun fact that is that most of their products have Padina Pavonica which is a type of Algae found in the Mediterranean sea, very close to our lovely Island of Malta.  This Algea is found to have effective anti-ageing benefits, as it moisturizes and helps the elasticity and firmness of the skin.

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Yes that is me in the background wearing my fav Grey/green light jacket

At the Event we got to test out the products and even got a nice hand massage using their lovely Frangipani Manoi Salt exfoliator and the same range of body lotion. Getting that hand massage was the hype of my day, the scrub smelled delicious and the massage was utterly relaxing and it left my hands feeling very soft.

Me getting my scrub on by the lovely Ivy

Me getting my scrub on by the lovely Iva

The products have a really elegant packaging and the texture of each product felt amazing. Having tried a variety of skin care over the years, I could feel the richness of each product. The brand itself is clearly targeted towards older women, that want to take more care of their skin and are willing to spend a little more money to look and feel great.

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13233114_519000804968623_5302574761149459548_nSince I am in my late 20’s, and it is time to take more care of my skin, it is good to know that such products are now more available in Malta.

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Happy with my new goodies 😀

For more information on Elemis, you can visit their website and Facebook page or just head to The Point -1 in Sliema and try them out. Once I have tested the products out, I will do a review and give you my honest opinion on each product.

Hope you like this post, feel free to follow this blog and show some love my liking or giving a comment down below 😀

Lot of Love

Sarah-Jane

XOXO

 

04/14/16

Makeup Revolution- Liquid Eyeliners

Hello guys,

Finally I am have my blogging muse once again and I will start doing reviews of some of my favorite and even least favorite beauty products.

Today I want to talk about 2 of my favorite liquid eyeliner by Make-up revolution, the “Amazing Eyeliner in black” and waterproof and the “Awesome Eyliner felt and Kohl”.

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I have to say that these are the best eyeliners that you shall find, at this ridiculous cheap price. There are definitely other good eyeliners in the market but I haven’t encountered good ones that are this cheap, cause for sure they all cost more than 6 euros minimum.  The “Amazing” liner costs 1.50 sterling (approx 2:50euros)while the “Awesome” liner is 3.50(approx 5 euros).

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From their names you can realize that they were not kidding when they named these liners “Awesome” and “Amazing“, cause they are indeed. My favorite is the waterproof version of amazing cause it doesn’t smudge and it stays put a whole day. I also love the thin brush, as it give you the ability to draw at any thickness you need. But it is also slightly firm, especially for those that find it tough to apply eyeliner. Another good factor is that it will last you for a good 3 months, if you apply eyeliner often, it might even last you longer.

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Then the Awesome liner is a perfect eyeliner for when you are on the go and you feel kinda lazy to be painting the Mona liza a winged liner.  It has 2 felt pens one is thin and the other is thicker for when you want to be a little bit more adventurous. The only downer is that it isn’t waterproof, so if by any chance you decide to touch it, it will transfer. But if it doesn’t rain and you are not watching the Notebook, you don’t have to worry about your eyeliner. It will remain intact.

Overall I am pretty pleased with these liners, I use them everyday for work. I love how easy I can create any shape and thicknesses with both liners, but my fav has to be the Amazing liner. Also that it is a very dark black colour, cause some liners to be a charcoal grey rather than an actual black. Of course you can find these beauties at their own website, and I suggest you to stock these as much as you can 😀

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Have you tried them out? if so let me know what you think 🙂 Please don’t forget to show some love and like my facebook page and you can also follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin

XOXO

Sarah-Jane

 

08/11/14

Pupa Milano – Viva Carioca Summer Collection – Long Lasting Eyeliner

Pupa Milano always keep surprising me with their season collections and their summer collection is no exception. Being that world cup was held in Brazil, it had to be inspired by its traditions and tropical colours. The collection is called Viva Carioca and it consists of some colourful Vamp, Duo eye-shadow, chubby glosses, like a doll luminys blushers, lasting colour gel duo and long lasting eyeliner.

If I could have the entire collection, believe me I would be a happy girl. The colours are simply beautiful, tropical, bold but still very feminine. I’ve been lucky enough to get a sample of the Long lasting Eyeliner in 004 Electric Green. Now something I want to mention before I continue with my review is that even though I got this product for free, my opinions about the product is solely mine. I am very honest in my reviews, so if I don’t like a product I am not going to lie and say how much I love it.

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So back to the eyeliner, something which I loved instantly as I swatched it on my hand, is the high pigmentation of the colour. Other than that I was impressed by how long it lasted on me, it took me a while to remove as well. Something I am not too fond of is the shimmery particles, I would have preferred if it was just a strong simple colour without the shimmer.

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With regards to the packaging, being that I don’t have the actual one I truly cannot comment on that, however I do like the soft felt tip of the brush. These type of brushes are my favourite, because you can apply the liner pretty well and easily.

Apart from all that, all of their products are low risk of allergies, ophthalmologist tested, paraben and fragrance free.  If green is not your colour there a another 3 colours the 001 Flashes bronzer,002 Exotic Purple, and 003 Parrot blue

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Pros:

·         Great pigmentation

·         Long lasting

·         Nice brush, easy application

·         Low risk of allergies, ophthalmologist tested, paraben and fragrance free
Cons:

  • Not too fond of the shimmer particles, I could do without them

Will I ever buy this product again? I might, I always wanted to try coloured eyeliners and now that I have I am thinking of getting more.

Do I recommend it? For sure, It is very pigmented for a coloured eyeliner, and very long lasting, so give it a shot. But if you don’t like shimmer eyeliners then go for something else.

Rating:4/5

Let me know if you tried their new collection out, love to get your opinion. The Pupa Viva Carioca Collection is found in most Pharmacies around Malta and Gozo.

XOXO

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

06/6/14

Pupa Milano – Navy Chic Spring Collection – Matic Sylo Eyeshadow in 002

Hello dear readers,

Not sure if you follow the amazing brand Pupa Milano, but as Spring came about, they launched their Spring Collection called Navy Chic. The collection includes beautiful bright and bold colours from eyeshadows lipstick and nail polishes. I simply cannot get over the yellow nail polish or that beautiful red lipstick from this collection.  Even-though spring is almost over I am sure this collection will look great for this Summer aswell. Unfortunately I might be a little bit late with this review, but I always love to test a product as much as I can before giving a final review, so please bare with me.

Pupa Milano in Malta gave me the Matic Sylo eyeshadow stick in Taupe which is a lovely colour to use a medium tone. This Matic Stylo is available in 4 different colours the oo1 Golden rose, 002 Taupe, 003 Wisteria, 004 Silver. The eye shadow is very creamy and is applied like a dream. It feels very wet and refreshing on the eyes, the feeling is very similar to that once you get out of the shower. The awesome thing about this shadow is it doesn’t smudge nor crease. What is pretty impressive about all of the Pupa products is how long they last and this is not an exception.

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Pros:

  • Functional Packaging, easy to apply
  • creamy and refreshing formula
  • Does not smudge or crease
  • Long lasting for up to 5hrs

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Cons:

  • I have really nothing bad to say about this product.

 

Will I ever buy this product again? Probably, I love the texture of these shadows and them being so long lasting 

Do I recommend it? For sure, I personally think this is a great addition to anyone’s  make-up bag

Rating:

Have you bought any for these fabulous shadows from their spring collection?

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

 

06/1/14

Malta Fashion Awards 2014

This has been one of the best Malta Fashion Weeks in history. I am glad that even though I didn’t get to be involved as much as I should have (partly being my fault), I still got to enjoy some of the most beautiful Maltese designs in one night, at the Awards show.

I was really unsure if to apply for the media pass or not, and when I decided to give it a go, it was too late. However after a great show last night, I am truly excited for the year to come.

The show was professionally executed,  and it was nice seeing such a high level standard of models, make-up artists and hairstylist which did a great job throughout the whole show. Some of the designs I have seen are worth international recognition and in the end I felt proud of what Malta has to offer.  Throughout the show their were various shows from renowned designers like Caroline Hili, Charles and Ron and Gagliardi to new designers and various hair stylist.

Being and Art and Design student myself, I was so Happy to see a lot of new Designers and Photographers that were either my class mates or in the same institute as I was. One of which was Rosemarie Abela which won best new designer with her Japanese inspired collection.  I also loved seeing new names in the Make-up world to which the Award went to Mateja Camilleri.  Apart from that I was happy to see a blogger fashion award to whom it went for the fashionista Daniel Azzoppardi.  There were of course other important awards to various male and female models, however being  a Make-up artist, beauty blogger and fashion lover, those are the awards which have definitely struck a cord.

Here are some images of the designs which I particularly liked throughout the show. There were many beautiful designs so I will not fit them all, however here are some: Photography by Fritz Photography Malta.

Well I hope you enjoyed this post, later on today or tomorrow I will post the Make-up look I did for the Awards show and what I wore.

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

04/17/14

Make Up Store – Nail Deco Caviar

When I was a little kid, I loved painting my nails, even-though it would probably be just another red colour. Back then in the 90’s, there wasn’t much you could do with your nails, a simple french manicure was a hit back then. Now we all have all sorts of colours available and to top that there are further decor available for your nails, like these caviar beads Make Up Store Caviar nail deco.

As I was given these caviar beads, I couldn’t wait to try them on. My first trial was quite a mess, I applied a nice layer of nail polish and then spear some of these beads on my nails, the result was pretty cool even-though I didn’t know I had to press them a little bit so that they stayed longer. The messy part was when I decided to do a top coat on the beads, which I highly suggest for your not to do, because the colour of the beads will vanish and they become all silver.

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So then I decided to do some research and I realized my mistakes and wished for a better result this time. I have to say it looked pretty good but after a while they were a bit of annoying me and slowly slowly they the beads vanished. Not sure if it’s because I would constantly touch the feeling of having a bunch of beads on my nails or because they cannot possibly stay long on the nails.

Pros:

  • The packaging is ideal for application however a bit annoying when it comes to putting the extra beads back in place
  • I love the coloured caviar beads and also that they are pretty small which makes them wearable, if they were bigger I wouldn’t wear them.
  • I can assure you that these beads will last you for a good time, if you conserve the beads during application. I personally use a small bowl while applying them.
  • It retails for 8.99 euros which isn’t pretty bad

Cons:

  •  Well the negative thing about this caviar deco is that they won’t last more than a couple of days, and it has nothing to do with the brand, but with the Caviar deco in general.
  • A suggestion for the Make up store brand is to do a second opening so that it would be easier to insert the beads back in the transparent packaging.

Will I ever buy this product again? To be honest I don’t think so, even-though I think it is fun to have them.

Do I recommend it? Why not, overall I think it is a fun concept and I think everyone should give them a shot

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XOXO

Sarah-Jane