Saturday, 16 November 2013

Makeup Look: Blue and Yellow combination

Hey Beauties,

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Lierac Launch event and I created a blue yellow make up look that I'd like to share with you all :)

Step 1: Applied NYX Jumbo eye shadow pencil in 'Peacock'. I use it as a base for the eye shadow colour to be more vibrant and last longer.

Step 2: Applied Make Up Store eye shadow in 'Aquarius' on top of the previous product, only on half of the eye lid. I applied it in a patting motion so that the colour is as vibrant as can be.

Step 3: Next, applied Catrice eye shadow in the colour 'John Lemon' on the remaining half of the lid and blended the colour with the previous one so that the line in between the colour is reduced as much as possible.

Step 4: To create some depth to the look I applied another Make Up Store colour in 'Ghetto' in the crease. I've noticed that I use this particular product almost every time I do a makeup look. I consider it to be the perfect transition colour for a smoky look and also to match with bright colour, as is in this case.

Step 5: Applied Nee eye shadow in 'Black' in the outer V of the lid and slightly smoked it out.

Step 6: After eye shadow is complete, apply your favourite eye liner and mascara.

Step 7: For the lips: at the moment this is my favourite combination, XXXL Shine in the color 'Nude Kiss', and NYX soft matte lip cream in the colour 'Milan'.

That's all for this post,

Let me know if you try this make up look by sending me a picture on my facebook page, Ghamel link,

Until next time,

Take Care,

Jessica xxx

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Review: Good Things Total Wipe Out Cleansing Wipes

Hey Beauties,

A couple of weeks ago I decided to try out the make up cleansing wipes by Good Things. I thought, if the other products that I've tried have resulted to be so good, then these wipes will be as good. However, I did not like them as much:
Let's start with the things I liked:

Packaging: It's biodegradable which is always a positive aspect to safeguard the environment

Ingredients: this is common for all Good Things skin care products; free from SFSs, Mineral Oils, Parabens, Animal Ingredients and it contains super-fruits instead of all the chemicals which are found in the majority of skin care products.

The material the wipes are made of is sturdy and thick which compared to others that I've tried, are really good quality. They contain a lot of moisture therefore won't easily dry out. In fact if left upside down, some of their moisture may seep through them.

Things not impressed with:

Scent: its too powerful compared to the other Good Things products. It results in lingering too much on the skin which personally, I'm not a fan of.

Use: Can only be used on the face. The first time I used them, I also removed my eye make-up which resulted in a burning sensation. It was only after that I noticed the print "Avoid direct contact with eyes". However, I did not like how it left my skin red after using them. It was a sign that my skin didn't like them I guess.

Overall Opinion:

I think that these wipes would be better suite for normal to dry skin. They are definitely not targeted for sensitive skin. Overall, I think they are well made and they are relatively inexpensive.

That's all for this post,

Until next time,

Take Care,

Jessica xxx

Friday, 11 October 2013

Small Haul: Tally Weijl

Hey Beauties,

Today, after work, I decided to visit Tally Weijl Outlet in Sliema, since quite some time has passed since the last time that I shopped from there.
Whilst browsing through all the clothes, I found this gorgeous dress. The part that caught my eye the most is the fabric's texture and how the design is like embossed in the fabric itself. Also, I like the chiffon detail at the front and at the bank, together with an exposed zipper. This dress is perfect for a special occasion. I think I am going to save it for the holidays :)
The second piece that I found is this royal blue blouse. Of course, I had to purchase it because of its colour, which is my ultimate favourite colour. Another thing that I really like is the flowy, chiffon fabric, which may portray a laid back style. Also, I do not have anything similar to this.
It can be worn casually or even for a night out if paired with the right accessories. However, still not sure what to wear with it, a skirt or trousers, what do you think?

Would appreciate your suggestions :)

Until next time,

Take Care,

Jessica xxx

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Review: Essence Stay Natural Concealer

Hey Beauties,

About two weeks ago I decided to try out a new concealer from Essence: Stay Natural Concealer in the colour 'Soft Honey'.

Quality of product: It is a liquid type of concealer, creamy and easily blendable. The colour I chose matched my skin perfectly. It has light to medium coverage which may not be suitable to cover severe acne scars.

Amount of product: The fact that disappointed me the most about this product is that after a week and a half from when I bought it, it was already finished. Granted, for its price I was not expecting it lasting for a long time, however a week and half seems too little to me.

Packaging: it is a pen like product, that is, twisting the end and the product comes out from the brush. A defect this packaging has is that after you stop twisting the end, product still keeps on coming out. Therefore, there is excessive waste of the concealer.

Brush: this is the part that I liked most about this product. It is a synthetic bristle brush and it applies the product really well without any streaks.
Price: it is inexpensive, as all Essence products are.

Overall: I was disappointed with this particular concealer, it did not meet my expectations. It is ideal for those who do not use concealer frequently.However, for those who use concealer everyday, like me, may want to search for another concealer.

Have you used this concealer? What do you think about it?

Until next time,

Take Care,

Jessica xx

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Daily skin care routine

Hey Beauties,

Exams have finished, so I can direct my attention on writing some posts at last.

Hope you are all doing great :)

Last May I was browsing around the shelves at our local supermarket, and stumbled upon some products which I never heard of before: Good Things skin care. I have to admit that the main thing that caught my eye was the packaging. However, when examining the product further I noticed that these products were from:
  • Parabens: Research has shown that these chemicals have displayed estrogenic activity in several tests. In other words, these chemicals mimic the body's own hormones and can thus disrupt endocrine functions in virtually every system in the body. (1)
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate: This chemical has been found to breach the protective layers of the skin. When you use products with both SLS and other chemical toxins and preservatives, you are inviting these other toxins to more easily penetrate the skin and enter the blood stream.
    SLS has shown up in the tissues of the brain, liver, heart and other vital organs. This strongly suggests it is retained long term in several bodily tissues. (2)
  • Mineral Oils: this ingredient is more suited for dry skin. Therefore, it is ideal for oily skin to use products without mineral oils.
  • Animal Ingredients: means that these products are cruelty free.
So, I decided to test them out. After about a week, my skin felt healthier, more supple and moisturized and have been using them since.
Daily Routine:
1) Stay Clear Purifying cleanser
I use this anti- blemish cleanser in the morning and evening. I massage it into the skin for a minute (yes I count) and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. The active ingredients that prevent acne are mango (helps in moisturising the skin and keeping it supple), blueberry (acts as an antioxidant and has anti irritant properties), willow-bark (it is a source of beta-hydroxyl acids including salicylic acid) extracts.
2) Deep Pore anti- blemish Cleanser
I use this product as a toner after cleansing my face, therefore in the morning and evening. I pour it on a cotton pad and pat it on the skin. The active ingredients are fig (rich in Vitamin B6  and calcium) and wild strawberry (rich in Vitamin C and Potassium) extracts.
3) Miracle Mattifier Moisturiser
Usually I don't apply moisturiser because I feel like it sits on my skin and makes it oilier. However, this moisturiser moisturises my face whilst not increasing the production of oil. Active ingredients in this product are blackcurrant (have anti- inflammatory benefits) and goji berry (tonic for the skin since they calm the skin with its anti-inflammatory actions) extracts.
4) Spot that spot clearing gel
I use this only when I have a breakout, not everyday. After about 3 days spots almost disappear. Active ingredients are Papaya (Rich in enzymes therefore has an exfoliating action) and Acai (Rich in B-Vitamins and minerals and help sooth inflammation) extracts.
5) Bright eyes eye cream
Its purpose is anti puffiness and minimise dark circles, which I definitely needed during the recent exam session. Its moisturises the eye area and decreases puffiness. However, have not noticed a decrease in my dark circles. I need to test it out more. Active ingredients are Raspberry (used for its skin calming qualities) and Lychee (contains Vitamin- C and skin boosting mineral- potassium)  extracts.
I like the smell of all these products, it is a fresh and fruity type of smell which slightly lingers on the skin. Also, they are inexpensive products which is an added advantage. Good Things also offer an skin care line for normal, not acne prone skin. I recommend these products to any one.
That all for today,
Hope you liked this post,
Let me know your thoughts if you tried this skin care brand,
Until next time,
Take Care,
Jessica xxx
FYI: I have bought all these products with my own money. I have not been contacted to do this post. All opinions are my own.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Pin up Makeup Look: Makeup Tutorial

Hey Beauties,

So it has been a while since I purchased the Lime Crime Velvetines and I still had not worn it out (Read Review Here). Last Wednesday, my friend encouraged me to wear it and so I did :)
I paired it up with a very simple eye look:

Step 1:

Applied NYX Jumbo eye shadow pencil in 'Milk' and set it with a white eyeshadow.

Step 2:

I chose a very soft brown and applied it in the crease of the eye and blended it.

Step 3:

I applied a slightly darker brown in the outer 'V' of the eye and blended it with the soft brown colour I applied before.

Step 4:

Applied a black eyeliner and winged it out more then usual.

Step 5:

Loads of coats of mascara.

Then, of course, I applied the Lime Crime Velvetines. A downside that I noticed about this product is the applicator. It is a doe foot applicator, therefore extra care must be taken since it is much easier to not applying the product perfectly with this kind of wand, at least for me.

Last step, I applied a dark pink blush, contoured my face slightly and applied a highlighter on my cheek bones.

I think this is one of the easiest tutorials so far since the main focus are the lips.

That's all for the post,

Hope you liked the tutorial,

Until next time,

Take Care,

Jessica xxx

The Liebster Award

Hey Beauties,

I have just found out that I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by Styles of Summers. I am really grateful and honoured to be nominated for this award and thank you Jessica for nominating me.

The Liebster Award is an award for up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The award's aim is to raise awareness for nominated blogs, and enable the blogger to enhance its audience.
The nomination's rules consist of the following:
1) List ten facts about myself.
2) Answer the ten questions that Styles of Summers gave me. 
3) Nominate bloggers who have under 200 followers and link them in my post. 
4) Come up with ten new questions for the people I nominate for The Liebster Award. 
5) Tell the nominees that I have nominated them so that they can answer the questions
So let's start:
Ten facts about myself
1) I am from Malta which is a very small island in the middle of the Mediterranean. Our neighbours are Sicily and Italy.
2) I love travelling. I try to at least travel once a year, however it always depends on the situation of my finances ;)
3) My favourite places that I have visited so far are London, followed second by Paris.
4) My main aim in life is to work abroad for at least 2 years.
5) I have graduated last year with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) Degree in Insurance and Finance and currently I am reading an ICAEW ACA Degree in Accountancy.
6) The first You Tube guru that I followed was Panacea81. I didn't have any idea how to apply eye shadows and experiment with colours. She was my first inspiration.
7) My favourite eye look is a black smoky eye with subtle pink lips. I like how it makes my eyes stand out and it is ideal for a night out with friends.
8) My favourite outfit is a flowy dress with a high- low hem line.
9) Favourite colour: Royal Blue
10) The car I drive is a Blue Kia Piccanto 2004 Model.
Ten Questions asked by Styles of Summers:
1) If you could have dinner with any celebrity/designer, past or present, who would it be and why?
I would have dinner with Kate Hudson. She is my all time favourite actress, love her style and hair. 

2) Lipgloss or lipstick? 

Lipstick because it can be worn in any weather condition. If it is windy weather, then lip gloss would end up smeared all over your face.

3) Favourite holiday you've been on?

London and Paris :)

4) Bright or nude nail varnishes? 

Bright colours for sure.

5) Actual book or kindle? 

Actual hard copy book. I collect them and hope to have a personal library in the future.

6) What's your favourite song? 

At the moment: Runaway Baby by Bruno Mars

7) Satchel or backpack? 

Neither. I don't like the look of them.

8) If you could have a free subscription to any magazine, what magazine would you choose and why? 

Cosmopolitan. I used to purchase it in the past and I find it interesting.

9) What is your favourite film and why?

Something Borrowed: I have watched it more then 5 times I think, I love the story line.

10) What is your favourite item you own and why? 

MAC Lip stick: it is my favourite brand.

Nominated Blogs:

Island of Make Believe:
Poccaloca's Blog:
Passion to Beauty:

Ten New Questions:

1) What do you like doing in your free time?
2) Do you have any pets at home?
3) How was your interest in makeup/fashion sparked?
4) Do you have any favourite celebrity?
5) What is your current favourite trend?
6) Who is your favourite youtuber?
7) What is your favourite song?
8) If you could take part in any film, what would it be?
9) Did you know about this blog before I nominated your blog?
10) What posts would you like to read in the future?

I have followed all the rules, the last thing that I still need to do is tell the nominated blogs that I have nominated them.

Thank you again Jessica for nominating Beauty is our Passion blog.

Until Next time,

Take Care,

Jessica xxx