Sunday, December 27, 2015

Secret Garden

Remember my previous Makeup Geek post? Well now I have 10 more eyeshadows, and that means my 28 eyeshadow palette that I bought from ebay is officially full, and I think I'll end up having at least 2 more palettes full as time goes on!
I love Makeup Geek eyeshadows, they're pigmented and most of the eyeshadows are buttery smooth. The other reason why I love this brand is because there is a huge variety of products ranging from neutrals to colourful. Some eyeshadows are in pan form, and then there are pigments (which I haven't tried but really want to try!). I mainly got a lot of matte eyeshadows as that's what I'm really into, although I still like my shimmery eyeshadows.
[L-R: Secret Garden, Mai Tai, Goddess, Roulette, Cocoa Bear]
Secret Garden is one of the latest duo chromes released in September. I would describe this as a dark teal colour with a burgundy-purple warm undertone. This needed to be built up as at first all I was getting was the burgundy colour and then as I built it up, the green tone came out a lot more. The swatch on my hand does not do it justice. The green is a lot more brighter and prominent and as you move your hand the burgundy colour comes through. It did needed building up, so pigmentation is a 6/10 for me. 
Mai Tai is another duo chrome that has been released in September. This is what I would say is a peach-apricot colour and it's got orange-pink reflects. On the Makeup Geek website it says that it's an "apricot pink with orchid reflects" and I think that's quite accurate! It's quite powdery and it does leave a bit of a fall out. It's a bit more pigmented than Secret Garden, but still needs building up. This is a colour that would be great for what I would call a sandwich smoke, an all over the lid colour, inner corner highlight or just all over the lower lash line. Absolutely beautiful!
Goddess did not look like much in the pan, but I changed my mind after swatching it. This is such a beautiful muted copper shade, I couldn't even believe. It's meant to be a shimmer, but there was barely any shimmer to it. I would say this is more of a semi-matte eyeshadow. Full pigmentation with one swipe. I know that copper is meant to be more on the burnt orange side, but this has more of a pink tone to it. Colours like these actually make blue and green eyes pop, and this is one of those eyeshadows thare a must have Autumn.
Roulette is a reddish copper eyeshadow with a pink undertone to it and is a full blown shimmer. The pink undertone is more of a rose gold. I had a hard time trying to describe the colour, but the way I described it I think sums it up. On the Makeup Geek website it says that it's a "rosy, burnt sienna with a silky shimmer finish". If I said any of the previous eyeshadows were pigmented, this is a 100% more pigmented than of any of them. This applies as if I had just wet my brush. Really really opaque and is such a smooth eyeshadow. 
Cocoa Bear is a matte eyeshadow and seems to be a reddish-brown colour in the pan. One of the reasons that I really wanted this is because Jaclyn Hill uses this eyeshadow all the time in her tutorials especially in her outer corner and into the crease. It's a warm toned eyeshadow which I don't typically learn towards, but seeing as Jaclyn Hill uses this so much I wanted to try it out. I would say this is more of a muted orange-brown colour rather than a reddish-brown. Overall it is a really nice shade, and would go really well with a lot of my eyeshadows. 
[L-R: Vanilla Bean, Barcelona Beach, Cupcake, Wisteria, Pop Culture]
Vanilla Bean is as neutral as neutral gets. I have a shade similar to this in my Makeup Academy Undressed Me Too palette and I have used it all up. I've never used an eyeshadow all up before, so when I saw this colour and saw how similar it was, I knew I had to get it. It's actually a shimmery eyeshadow  and it is a light beige. This is a great eyeshadow to apply under your browbone, to use all over your lid, or my favourite way, to blend out the edges of your eyeshadow.
Barcelona Beach is a mid-toned brown with the slightest gray tone to it and it is a cool toned eyeshadow. I would say that this is a matte, with the slightest shimmer to it. This is a gorgeous shade to use in the crease and above the crease, at least that's how I'm mainly planning to use it! This can be used to give depth to your look by using it as a transition shade as well. Just a perfect all rounder eyeshadow, same as Vanilla Bean.
Cupcake is a matte medium pink and is a cool toned shadow. It also has a beige-red undertone to it, but it's more of a neutral undertone. Really weird but accurate description for it. I don't normally go for pink eyeshadows, but seeing how this swatched I knew it would go really well my eye colour and would be such a above the crease shade. I wanted this mainly as a transition colour, but I can see myself using this easily with purples, browns, golds (including coppery shades) even blues and's just an overall well rounder. 
Wisteria is a matte pale purple with a cool blue undertone. This is the reformulated version, as it got changed as of 2015. It's a lavender shade, and it is beautifully matte. I can see myself using this as a transition colour, in the inner corner, all over the lid, and I think this would go really well with Cupcake. It's also really pigmented and a bit neon. It didn't pick up very well on the camera, but it is actually a bit neon.
Pop Culture is a shimmer eyeshadow that is a darker lavendar purple with a prominent blue tone to it. It's iridescent, quite vibrant and cool toned which I really like. I'm not exactly sure how I would use this if I'm honest, but I think it would look quite nice with some blue eyeshadows, as a inner part of the lid colour or even as a lower lash line colour. It's also really pigmented!
And this is my final full palette. The palette is from e-bay and it isn't magnetic. It has space for 28 eyeshadows which is officially how much I've got now! Let me know if there are any colours that you would recommend x

Saturday, December 12, 2015

I wanna see you be Brave

 : MAC - Brave
I've been on the hunt for an everyday lipstick that I can wear to work or just about anywhere. I want something which was a my lips but better lipstick that would last a long time and would be flattering with my pale skin. See, my lipstick collection is mostly made up of a large variety of reds or blue toned pinks. I don't really go for anything too natural, and the only light colours I have are quite nude and not what I was looking for.
One of the rumoured Kylie Jenner lipsticks from MAC was Brave, and on Pinterest I kept seeing it all over the place! Since MAC is now open in Malta (meaning my faveeee lipstick brand was now available to me whenever), I decided to pop on over there and attempt to get Brave. It was but there were only 2 left so I was pretty much lucky. The best lip liner said to go with this is MAC Soar lip liner which I'll be getting some day very soon. Enough rambling, review time!
MAC's packaging is amazing, it's minimalistic, and extremely stylish (at least in my eyes..) All lipsticks by MAC smell like vanilla which is my favourite scent hands down. I actually keep all my lipsticks in their original box, and keep my MAC lipsticks separate from all my other lippies. MAC is my favourite lipstick brand girls, it really is.
So Brave is a satin lipstick meaning that it's somewhat of a semi-matte, is really pigmented and lasts for hours. The fact that it's semi-matte means that isn't drying. It's actually quite easy to apply and pretty much glides on. Currently my lips are really dry and peeling. No matter how much I try to scrub my lips, they're still like this. Brave doesn't accentuate my dry lips, it actually makes them look quite moisturized.
It's so opaque that with one swipe you pretty much get full pigmentation. I have really pigmented lips and it actually covers my natural lip colour quite well. I have to say though, this does transfer quite a bit (so if you're having a cuppa, be prepared to find lipstick all over the mug), but I wear this 6 hours + at a time and it's still there by the time I get round to removing it hours later.
Colour wise, this is a pinky brown shade. Not a completely classic 90's brown colour, but almost there which is exactly what I wanted. Twig on the other hand is definitely a 100% 90's which is why I'm probably getting that as my next's either Twig or Sin..or both! I think this has neutral undertones so it will pretty much suit any skin tone, including people with very pale skin such as mine. On darker skintones this will probably come off more as a nudey pink than a natural lip colour but would still look pretty nice.
MAC lipsticks (locally) retail for €19, and in the UK it's about £15.50. I remember a couple of years ago these were £14.50 and before that about £12.50. The prices have rised that's true, but I say this to everyone who asks. MAC lipstick quality is impeccable. I have a variety of lipsticks from different lipstick brands and nothing compares to my MAC lipsticks.

I think this is a lipstick that belongs in anyone's collection not because it's one of the Kylie Jenner lipsticks but because this is the perfect my lips shade.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Soft and Wild

When Pupa Milano contacted me asking whether I would like to try a couple of things from the Soft & Wild Limited Edition collection, I have to admit I did get quite excited. The colours and packaging were right up my alley.
The products in this collection range from soft nude shades to berry and darker shades to bring out the wild side in you, whilst at the same time showing a little softness. And to emphasize that wild side is a leopard print pattern over certain items in the packaging. One of the most exciting bits is their top coat in Black Leopard which is a transparent top coat with micro glitter and sequins in the shape of leopard spots! Perfect for those lazy days when you don't want to be bothered about nail art.
One of the products that I was sent is the Wet & Dry Eyeshadow in shade 001 Golden Mauve. This is a baked eyeshadow and honestly, it feels like silk. It's so smooth, and so soft to the touch. The eyeshadow itself looks textured so I wasn't expecting this type of silkiness. Golden Mauve looks like a brown at first glance, but it's actually a brown based purple. Applied dry it's definitely quite sheer, but very buildable. The more you build it up, the more the purple shows up and there's also very fine golden shimmer to this. It's also very, very easy to blend as it's really soft. I like the fact that it starts of as sheer as for people out there who don't feel that adventurous with eyeshadows can actually use this type of shade without feeling too blown out of their comfort zone.
The other product I was sent was one of their Pure-Color Lipstick Absolute Shine in 004 Wild Fuchsia. This colour is actually a little out of my comfort zone as I like reds and deep pinks. But I also like trying new shades, particularly lipsticks that smell just like vanilla which this does! This swatches beautifully, velvety smooth and very moisturizing. It didn't sink into any fine lines and didn't feather. It also felt very moisturizing on the lips.

A New Reign

Trousers: ASOS | Jumper: | ASOS | Necklace: New Look | Shoes: New Look | Hat: Tally Weijl
Last Wednesday was my birthday, and naturally I had to take the day off. I haven't had such a relaxed day in such a long time. Even when I was searching for a job, it wasn't me being relaxed I was just bored and needed something to do so I was never truly relaxed. Each year before now I was in school, and ALWAYS had something to do so I could never just be super relaxed, until now.
It was a really great day, I felt really spoiled, the weather was really nice and it wasn't humid! My birthday is always humid, but this year it was just lovely.
It's getting dark at around 4:30pm these days, so taking decent outfit pictures is becoming a little hard. But since I had the day off on a weekday, I took the opportunity to take outfit pictures. Also, this hat. I haven't worn this hat in about 2 or 3 years, but I thought this was such a good outfit to wear it with!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Remember to go slow

Top: H&M | Jeans: ASOS | Shoes: Ebay
H&M don't ship to Malta, which is a huge, huge bummer and they also don't ship to PO Boxes. They don't allow you to change your address on the website itself, but use an outdated way of having to send them a letter to request a change of address. Huge hassle in my opinion, and is just about the only thing that sucks about H&M. However!! I found out about a shipping company (Trotters Independent) in Malta that have a house in the UK and you can ship to them and have the products shipped over here. I had a list of H&M products that I wanted, contacted them and got my items within 2 weeks. The only thing is if you don't like something you can't exactly ship it back, but that's a risk I was willing to take. This jumper was just one of the few things that I wanted from H&M, and I love it. It's stripes AND it also has this gorgeous gray bit at the top. How could I not? I do need to have it taken in though as it's a little too wide from the sides.
Then there's the matter of these jeans. I never thought I'd end up being a jeans lover, but the ASOS Sculpt Me Jeans have won me over. The ones that I have are in a Maiden Wash. The fit is really nice, and it doesn't feel slouchy. ASOS also don't have a size 4, 6, 8 etc in their jeans but have jeans according to your waist size and length which is great. Another thing I like about these, is that they are high waisted and have a bit of an elasticity to them. Most bottoms (pants, shorts, jeans etc) leave me with extra material at the waist that then gapes.. I don't know if I'm explaining that right. It just doesn't look great. But these? These are my holy grail jeans, and I love the way they look!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Good Things Micellar Water

Good Things Acai Berry Micellar Water
You might have heard about Micellar water (and if you haven't, where have you been?). Micellar water is a cleanser used to cleanse your face gently. It's generally applied with a cotton pad and just a few drops of it can remove your make up for the day, as well as cleanse it.
Micellar water actually originated in France in the 1990's (at least according to Marie Clare UK) and were used to help women cleanse their faces gently as Paris actually has "notoriously harsh water". Micellar waters are supposed to be soap-free cleansers that don't need to be rinsed, and therefore are meant to be a lot more gentler on the skin.
There, you now know what Micellar Water is, so let's take a look at the particular one that I've been using for the past few months, have emptied and repurchased. When I saw the Good Things Micellar Water in my local supermarket, I knew I had to get it and at least try it out. If you've seen my previous review of the Good Things Products (which I've finished up, re-purchased, and use daily religiously), then you know that I love this brand quite a lot. 
I have highly sensitive skin, so certain products make my skin sting, give me a rash, or dry out my skin so badly, that it sometimes cracks. This means I really need to be careful which products I use on my skin and is one of the reasons I try to go for products that have natural ingredients in them. The Good Things Micellar water has Acai Berry, Mango and Blueberries and as always are not tested on animals, do not have animal ingredients in them, free from parabens, mineral oils and sulphates. I don't know about other Micellar waters, but this definitely needs to be rinsed off. It feels just slightly soapy.
For the first week that I've used this, it made my skin burn, but it didn't irritate me,  cause any flare ups or any sort of reactions. But make sure to not get into your eyes, as this burns. What I like to do is use it on the rest of my face, and then use the same cotton pad on my eyes. Not only does it mean that most of the product has gone onto the rest of your skin, but it also feels a lot more gentle on the eyes. I kept on using it, and gradually the burn feeling stopped. I've been using this morning and night, to remove my make up and cleanse my skin and it works perfectly. I used to use the Rimmel Eye Makeup Remove to remove my makeup before, but I haven't used that in months. I've just been using this before the rest of my skin care routine.
My skin feels quite refreshed and clean after using this, and after a couple of weeks my skin looks quite healthy looking. The fact that this has anti-oxidants in it as well being vitamin rich because of the superfruit in it, means your skin is kept hydrated, and doesn't need more vitamins in their skin?. Like all the Good Things products, this smells amazing and it's not an overly powerful scent either. It's also a quick way of cleansing your skin if you don't have time to do the rest of your make up. 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Icy Fairy

Essence - Icy Fairy | Catrice - Black to the Routes
I follow Essence and Catrice on Instagram and each morning, I always check Instagram. So when Essence posted this particular effect polish over a black nail polish, the effect was quite galaxy-like. In fact they said that it was the easiest galaxy nails ever and I thought, well alright then!
Icy Fairy doesn't look like much in the bottle, but when you actually swatch it and apply it on your nails, that's when the the wow factor comes through. It has different sized glitters in it and quite a bit of shimmer. The best thing about this is because it has a duo chrome based which is blue-purple and this is what gives it that galaxy effect. The different glitter particles give the illusion of different stars.
The polish I've tried this over is Catrice - Black to the Routes. This is the only plain black nail polish that I own and as the Essence Instagram picture featured this topper over a black polish I thought I'd try it over that. I haven't as of yet tried it over other nail polishes, but I think it would still look stunning, just not give the galaxy effect to the full.
Honestly you need to have this. It's not just a I recommend this, no you NEED to have this. Easy galaxy nails? Why not!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Moon and Stars

Top: New Look | Skirt: Missguided | Shoes: Peacocks | Necklace: New Look
The top and necklace are the ones that I featured in my previous haul. I absolutely love this top but there's one issue that I have with it. It's a size 6 and it fits big. Either the clothes are getting bigger in size or I don't know, but I remember thinking to myself that a size 6 is tiny. This one just wasn't. My arms are pretty slim so I don't expect tops to be quite fitted around my arms, but on the other hand I don't expect them to be this baggy either. It just gave the illusion that my arms are a lot bigger than they really are. Also, it was just a tiny bit baggy so it wrinkled up in various places. So maybe it was just this particular top that's like this?
The necklace though is my new love. I've been buying quite a few simple necklaces lately that are easy to wear whether it's for work, casually going out or for the weekends. But this particular necklace is one I'd consider as my everyday necklace. I remember myself always gravitating towards the chunky bold necklaces, and now whilst I do like wearing them, I feel like I want more simpler pieces. It's either me getting older, or just moving on from a trend. I've been wanting a simple necklace that I can just put on without a lot of thought to it, and this moon and stars piece seems to be just the one. 


Saturday, September 19, 2015

When we go shopping

I haven't ordered anything from anywhere in a couple of months which is a little crazy for me. I love shopping, I love browsing for clothes online and I love placing orders and waiting for my packages to arrive. Having no job for a while made me very self conscious about money so I tried to avoid buying anything. Now that I do have a full time job (YAAAAS), I can feel free to shop once again. First place I bought things from? New Look. This is an entire New Look haul and I am hoping to very soon place an order at H&M and on ASOS so keep an eye out for that. As always, links will be provided underneath each image!
I actually ordered the white version of the plain vest but unfortunately now it's out of stock. I got the plain vests just to go underneath jumpers and such in the Autumn/Winter time. I love layered outfits so hopefully I'll be layering my clothes up a bit more this coming Winter. Although I've got quite a few stripe-y tops in my wardrobe, I really couldn't resist this ribbed one, best part? Still in stock!