Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Empties Tag

Hey Beauties,

Hope all of you are doing fine :) 

So lately I have been reading quite a lot of Empties Tags, and I decided to do it myself. I try to use up as much of my products as possible before buying anything new. Let's start:

1) Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

I cannot rave enough about this foundation. Its the best foundation I have ever used; its takes care of my skin, doesn't clog my pores, really good coverage, and it has a natural finish. Of course, I repurchased this product and I pair it with Healthy Mix Concealer which is also a good product. 

2) ELF Blush 

This is the very first blush that I succeeded in using up.. :) Overall, I like ELF Blushes, they have the right pigmentation and there are a variety of finishes to suit everybody's tastes. 

3) Max Factor Powder

I wasn't that impressed with this product. Partly it was my fault because I did not choose the right shade for my skin. However, I didn't like the feel of it on my face and I found that it settles in fine lines. Its not a product that I am considering in repurchasing.

4) Essence Finishing Powder

Unlike the previous product, I liked this powder. Sets foundation perfectly and doesn't cake up during the day. Also, it is very inexpensive, would definitely repurchase this product.

5) Tresemme Hair Spray in Firm Hold

I have been repurchasing and using this product for about two years now, love it. However, I decided to try other hair sprays. I have been reading reviews and watching tutorials while using Elnette Hair Spray for ages, now I decided to try it out myself :)

6) Bioderma Sensibio H20

For those of you who unfortunately have oily and acne prone skin, this is a great product for you to try out. It can be used instead of a usual face wash. It cleanses the skin from makeup whilst at the same time reduces and prevents inflammation, and restores the natural Ph balance of the skin. This is the third bottle that I have been using, and I recommend it whole heatedly to anyone. 

Those are all the products that I have used up in the past month,

I tag everyone to do it, I would love to know your views on products that you tried out,

Until Next time,

Take Care,

Jessica xxx

Friday, 3 May 2013

Natural Green: Eye Makeup Tutorial

Hey Beauties,

Another weekend is upon us, during which we like to dress up and look our best. The following simple eye makeup tutorial would be perfect for flattering every eye color and for a relaxing night out with friends or loved ones. Hope you like it :)

Natural Green Eye Makeup
The following picture depicts all the products that I used:

Step 1:

I always like to start with a good base, and of course my ultimate favorite product is NYX Jumbo eye pencil in 'Milk' which I applied all over the lid.

Step 2:

Next I applied a generous amount of Catrice eye shadow in the Color 'Envy'.

Step 3:

I used my 78 eye shadow palette and chose a soft brown color which I applied in my crease and blended it with the green color.

Step 4:

Next, I applied a slightly darker brown color in the outer V of my lid and continued blending. I also applied the darker brown to my bottom lid.

Step 5:

Last but not least, I applied a black Essence eyeliner, curled my lashes and applied mascara.

That's all there is to it, very simple eye makeup which at the same time has a pop of color. I would pair this type of eye makeup with a slightly darker lip and warm pink blush.

Until next time,

Take Care,

Jessica :)

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Pop of Pink: Eye look

Hey Beauties,

I have been experimenting with different eye shadow colors lately, and this is what I came up with. Hope you enjoy.

Pop of Pink eye look
Step 1:

I applied NYX Jumbo eye pencil in ‘Milk’ as a base, so as the shadows stay on for longer and result in the color being more vibrant.
76 eye shadow palette

Step 2:

I chose a hot pink color and applied a number of layers all over the lid. 

Step 3:

Next, I applied a very dark blue color in the crease and blended it out. Make sure the blend this color with the pink so as not to have a harsh line between the two colors.

Step 4:

Subtly, I applied a black color in the outer ‘V’ of the lid and also on the lower lids, to create more depth to the eye look and blended it.

Step 5:

Next is eyeliner, I decided to wing it out for that cat eye look, after which I applied mascara to the eye lashes.

Step 6:

Applied quite dramatic false lashes and applied NYX Jumbo eye pencil to the inner tear duct and brow bone as highlight.

That is all for the eye look, one can adapt it to one’s own tastes and preferences, however in my case I really like dramatic and dark makeup.

Until next time,

Take Care,

Jessica xxx

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Saturday Night Outfit

Hey Beauties,

I just wanted to share what I wore yesterday night. Hope you like it :)

I wore a black shirt that I bought from Suite Blanco. This is one of my favorite shirts because of its studded detailing on the shoulder. I chose turquoise pants that I bought last Summer from Pull & Bear as a pop of color to my outfit. For shoes I wore, white Suite Blanco shoes.

For accessories, I chose a pair of dark green earrings that I bought from Accessorize, I think that they matched the outfit well, together with white Guess watch and Coach wrist-let.
Accessorize earrings
Guess watch
Coach wrist-let
Suite Blanco shoes
I wore quite a simple outfit yesterday since I only went to a wine bar with my closest friends. What were you up to last Saturday? Would love to know more about you all.

Until next time,

Take Care,

Jessica :)

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Review: Essence Color & Go 5 Day Testing.

Hello Beauties,

Hope you’re all doing great

Last week I tested out a new nail polish for about 5 days, that I bought a couple of weeks ago: the Essence Color & Go Nail polish in the color ‘Off to Miami’. I have been keeping notes on what I think about the product and how it lasted throughout these 5 days:

Day 1:

First off I really like this color. Spring is round the corner (even though at the moment its raining in Malta hehe), and bold and bright colors are back in style.

First impression as soon as I open the cap is that I was really impressed by the quality and size of the brush. I like how wide the brush is since it covers a larger surface area of the nail and I also found that I did fewer mistakes.

Till now, I like the quality of the product. The color is opaque, it’s not streaky, and it applies as can been seen in the bottle. I only applied 2 coats, and as one can notice from the photos the color is as bright as can be. The first picture depicts the 1st coat, and the 2nd picture depicts the 2nd coat.

Day 1
Day 2:

Nothing much changed today; however, the polish on the pointer finger has slightly chipped. I didn't think much of it since my work involves quite a lot of typing; therefore I think that that is the cause.

Day 3:

Quite a lot of chipping today. Also, I found that the color has not remained as vibrant as the previous two days. It does not hold up that much to the hardships of everyday life that our hands go through.

Day 4 & 5:

Chipping continued, to the extent that the 5th finger nail has no nail polish left on it.

As an overall opinion after these 5 days, I think that there are much better quality nail polishes in the market. However, for its inexpensive price (around 2- 2.50 euro), I didn't expect anything grand. Also, for those that like to switch their nail polish color every 2 to 3 days, I think this product would be ideal. Regarding the packaging, I like the fact that the cap is the same color as the actual nail polish. For these reasons, I would recommend this product; however keep in mind that it does not last as long as other nail polishes.

That’s all for today,

Until next time,

Take Care,

Jessica xxx

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Beauty Blogger Tag

Hello Beauties,  

I decided to do this Blogger Tag that I found on Sweetaholic Beauty Blog, for you to get to know me a bit better :)

So, let's start;

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
My hair is naturally straight and sometimes it is annoying since it doesn't hold curls, and after two hours I end up with wavy hair instead of curly hair.

2. What is your natural hair color?
Naturally, it is ash blonde. However, at the moment it is a redish kind of color. 

3. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?
I prefer to go to a salon instead of doing it myself even it entails paying more. I am somewhat wary of doing it myself. 

4. How often do you wash your hair?
I wash my hair approximately 3 times a week. 

5. Do you wear the same style every day or change it?
It depends on the occasion and were I am going that day. During the week I wear Office-Wear since I work full time. Then if I am going out in the evening I like to wear smart casual type of clothing. 

6. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?
I do my own mani/pedi, I never went to a salon. The reason for this being that I don't have the time to go to a nail salon every two weeks. 

7. How often to you change your nail polish?
I don't apply nail polish regularly. I like my nails natural and also it is not healthy for your nails to always apply nail polish. 

8. Do you polish your toes in the winter, too or just in the summer?
Hmm, I almost never polish my toes neither in Summer and much less in Winter. 

9. How long does it take to put on your makeup?
It depends on were I'm going. If I am going to work it takes about 15 minutes. If I am going out it takes about 30 minutes. 

10. What do you do first? Face or eyes?
I always start face first. First concealer, foundation, then I do my eyes, and last step I apply powder to set everything. 

11. Do you "collect" makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?
I loveeee makeup, I collect it. 

12. How often do you wear false eyelashes?
Only on special occasions, since they irritate my eyes. 

13. Do you do a full face of makeup every day?
No not everyday. I do a full face of makeup only when I am going out.

14. Do you wear makeup when you are home alone (or with family)?
No, I hate wearing makeup when I'm at home.  

15. Will you leave the house without makeup?
No, never. 

16. How many high end products do you have?
I think none. The most high end products that I own are MAC products. 

17. How often do you wash your makeup brushes?
Every 3 weeks. I know I should wash them more often, but sometimes I am too lazy to even bother lool. 

18. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you are getting dressed?
During the week, I just decide then and there. However, I plan every outfit for the weekend during the week. 

19. How often do you change your handbag?
Almost never. If I like a handbag, I stick to it till it falls apart hehe.

20. What time do you get up & go to sleep?
I get up at 6.00am and sleep at about 11.00pm

21. How often & when do you workout?
I workout 3 days a week, and also it depends how tired I am after work. 

22. Left-handed or Right-handed?
Right handed!

23. How tall are you?
Average height. 

24. Do you speak a foreign language?
My mother language is Maltese. Foreign languages that I speak fluently are, English and Italian. 

25. How many pets do you have?
Persian Cat called 'Carina' :)

26. How often are you on Blogger?
Lately it has been quite hard to keep track of my posts since I am busy with work, however I try to be on Blogger at least once a week.

27. Do you read the comments posted blogs?
Yes, of course. I love receiving and reading all the comments :) 

28. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
No I don't. If I watch a video pr read a post about a new product I prefer to research about it then and there. 

29. How did you come up with your blog name?
It wasn't very hard hehe. I just my feelings into a couple of words. 

30. What kind of camera do you use for photographs?
Fujifilm Finepix AX

31. How often do you clean your house? (Daily, weekly, other)
Twice a week. 

32. What is your favorite color?
Royal blue for sure. 

33. What is your favorite beauty/fashion magazine?
I don't have one, I don't read magazines. 

34. Do you swear?
Sometimes, when I'm really angry. 

35. What are you doing with the rest of your day?
Well, at the moment its 8.17pm, so with the rest of the evening, I am going to watch some episodes from the series 'Suits' and then go to sleep. 

That's all for the questions,

I tag everyone to do this tag, and leave your response in the comments section below,

Until next time,

Take Care,

Jessica :)

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Cheap E-Bay Finds

Hello Beauties,

I have been browsing e-bay quite frequently lately and I found inexpensive beauty items that otherwise would cost more, especially here in Malta.

I hate it when I put my hair up in a ponytail and the hair tie leaves my hair creased. I have been seeing these types of Crease less hair ties for quite some time; however they cost about 1 euro for only 1. On e-bay they only cost 2 euro including shipping for a packet of 5, which I think is a great deal. On the same lines of creased hair, I also found Fringe Grip Velcro Sheets. These are ideal for keeping your hair back whilst doing your makeup and also whilst cleansing your face, and the best part is they do not leave any crease in your hair. These cost 1.25 euro including shipping for a pack of two.

Wire Cord Hair Ties
Fringe Grip Velcro
Of course, I could not help it but search for false eyelashes. These normally cost between 5 to 10 euro for a pair or mostly two pairs. However, from e-bay I found a ten pair pack of false eyelashes for only 4 euro including shipping. Although they are cheap they are good quality and are hand-made. The only disadvantage is that they took quite some time to arrive because they were sent from China; however their quality and inexpensive price compensated for that.

What are you e-bay finds? And where you satisfied with your purchase?

Take Care,

Until next time

Jessica xxx