Storage Space for Everyday Makeup

Dearest Ladies,

My friend picked me up today and we ran some errands. She needed to buy some make up storage, you know the acrylic clear ones. I didn’t need any… But you know me, and organisation never hurt anyone, right? Consider this post as my Favourite of the Week. Some past posts of this kind are this and this which will be linked later on.

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And there it is! I cost €15.95 from Homemate and me and Sarah (from My Place in the Kitchen) discussed which one/s to get cause there were lots of different ones and different sizes too! We agreed this was the best one for our needs after some time and by the way, the top part can be separated from the little drawers, so it makes it a little bit more handy. Sarah got two, to fit most of her stuff in, and I got one to fit in my everyday make up (and a little big more!)

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I blurred the photo and it looks weird, but I had a creepy face which I will spare you all from seeing! Just look at how much it can actually hold! There are a number of brushes (Real Techniques) which I use every day, my eyebrow/lash brushes (from e.l.f), foundation (from Bourjois), primers (from Catrice and Wjcon), mascara (by Bourjois which I reviewed here) and a number of lipsticks on top, including my new favourite Lip Cream by NYX. In the first drawer I have my MUA Loose Powder (which I reviewed here), concealer which I do not use daily, and the Natural Glow by K Co which I got from London.IMAG0618The second drawer has some single eye shadows, a couple of blushers and the Jumbo Eyeshadow sticks from e.l.f, as well as a Wjcon one. All in all, it fits more than the essentials for every day make up. God forbid I needed all this every single day! I actually use less and less products every day, especially now that it is getting very hot in Malta. I might actually do a summer make up look soon, using, the bare minimum, so stay tuned for that! P.S. That red thing you see on the side is a beauty blender dupe, it’s working, but it is cracking and I only used it 3 times! I will review it and compare it with the original Beauty Blender which I got from London but haven’t used yet.

Earlier this year I showed you my LIDL make up storage space, which you can see and read all about here. That one holds the rest of my stuff, especially the things I only reach for sometimes, but definitely not everyday. Oh, and this is my nail polish collection right here. Let me warn you,  I am obsessed, but I haven’t broken the ban yet 😉

Do you like my new storage space? Quite handy and neat, right? Would you go for something similar?

I’ll be back tomorrow.

Love,
M.

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Mermaid Colours Eye Look Tutorial Post

Dearest Ladies,

Today I have for you an eye look which was quite popular with my Facebook fans and was also requested by the lovely Lexania.

So here we go…

1. Primer and Foundation

Start by using a primer on your face. This will help even out the skin tone and the texture of your skin. It will help you with dryness, flakiness and so on and will create a smooth canvas for the foundation to blend on. I used the Wjcon Primer Corrective in Perfect Face (this is the white one). Wjcon also have other colours like green and purple to counteract redness, bluish tones and so on. It would be best to ask staff at Wjcon to help you out if you are unsure which one is best for you.

Then, move on to foundation. It is completely up to you what coverage you want to go for. I have been really liking light to medium coverage foundations because as summer approaches, I want less product on my skin. In fact I don’t even use concealer that much any more, as my skin has also cleared over time. Since these photos were take a while ago and I did not write the products down, I am not sure whether I used the Catrice Ultimate Moisture Fresh Skin MakeUp (which I reviewed on beautyandfitnessmalta right here) or the Catrice Photo Finish 18hr Liquid Foundation. I did not use powder because at the time my skin was getting dry in certain areas and I did not want to make it worse. These foundations I mentioned however do not really need to be set anyway.

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Some people choose to do eyes first and then foundation. I do that sometimes but it depends on the colours and products I use. With these colours I knew I had control and that I would not mess it up. If you are using eye dusts, you have to be more careful especially because of fall out all over the cheek area. All in all it doesn’t make any difference if everything is blended out carefully and neatly. But if you are worried that you might ruin it, just do the eyes first, clean up any fall out eye shadow and move on to foundation and the rest.

2. Eyeshadow / Eyeshadow Stick

DSCF9026Also from Wjcon, I used the eye shadow stick in #08 turquoise. These sticks are very long-lasting and can be worn alone or with other shadows. I love to use them as a base to my actual eye shadow. This time I forgot to use eyelid primer. It didn’t really matter cause I wasn’t really leaving the house and I only applied make up for the purpose of this post. Eye primer however helps your eye shadow stay in place and makes sure it does not crease. After putting the shadow stick on my eyelids, I blended it out using a regular (flat) eye shadow brush.

Now onto the eye-shadow palette I used… This one is from E.L.F. but I am afraid that it is no longer available. As such, the brand doesn’t matter as long as the colours you choose are similar and are pigmented. I started my using the minty light colour… and then moved on to the purple shadow, next to it.

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E.L.F. Studio Smokey Palette

Starting with the light minty colour, cover you eyelid completely. This will set your eye shadow stick and make sure it stays there.  It will also give an even colour to your lids. The sticks sometimes do not as it is harder to blend the sticks than the powdered eye shadow. Moving on… Using an angled brush (I used this one here), dip the brush in the purple shadow, tip off the excess and starting at the outer part of your eyelid (the side closest to your ear), blend it inwards into the minty colour.

First you might want to focus on packing on colour rather than blending. This is what I do, I blend the colours together when I know that I have enough of both colours on my lids. Using a crease brush or a round domed brush, blend the colours together to achieve a soft blended effect. This is a very important step to remove excess eyeshadow and to blend colours well for a softer look.

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Left – UNblended – Right – BLENDED OUT

3. Eyeliners, Mascara and Brows

When I feel like having some fun with colours (like I did here), I opt for a coloured eyeliner at least on one of the lids (upper or lower). For this look I used, Turquoise, Gold and Black. Using a small brush like the e.l.f. Small Smudge Brush, I picked up some colour from the same Wjcon Eye Shadow stick I used before and applied it on the bottom lash line (not on the water line) like you would with a gel liner.

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Wjcon Shadow Stick on bottom lash line

Then, I lined the waterline with a black eyeliner for some definition. The last step was to line the upper lash line using a gold eyeliner. I used my favourite metallic one from Wjcon #14 Gold Leaf. For a more intense look, I sometimes line my upper lash line using a black liquid eyeliner and then go over it (when dry) with the gold liner, just on top of the black liner. This is optional and it depends on the sort of look you are going for. Add 1 coat of your favourite mascara to seal the deal.

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Added black eyeliner on the water line and gold on the upper lash line + Mascara

Next, I filled in my brows using the essence Eyebrow Stylist Set. I did not use a clear gel on top but you can do that if your brows tend to be naughty! Add another coat of mascara to build up the length and volume of your lashes. You might want to use false eyelashes too, but I didn’t.

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4. Blusher, Bronzer and Highlight

Using a matte bronzer, contour your face by blending bronzer below the cheek bones and on the temples (sides of your forehead) and on the sides of your nose if you need to. A little bit of blusher to give your face a pop of colour and you are good to go. Highlighter is optional but it really does make a difference. Blend in some highlighter on the brow bone and above the cheekbone to give your face a little bit more radiance. I use the essence (liquid) I ❤ Runway Highlighter. Don’t worry if you are not sure what to do, I will plan a post specifically on contouring and highlighting in the near future.

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Where I put Highlight (then, Blend it out!)

You’re done!

So this is the final eye look below…
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And this below is my first attempt of the look for one of the events from Malta Fashion Week this year… I used black eyeliner on the upper lid as well in this case, and I seemed to have a more purple concentrated look since my outfit was indeed purple.

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 Don’t forget to add some clear gloss or a nude lipstick to complete the look!

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I hope you like this look as much as I do and please do let me know if you try it out! As you can see, it’s not that hard to do and looks a bit different to your everyday make up. Feel free to comment if you have any questions or if something is till unclear 🙂
I’m more than happy to help!

P.S. You can see my London & IMATS Beauty Haul Video through this post here since there is a direct link there. I am also planning my clothes + accessories + other stuff haul soon 😉 It will probably be a video as well, so feel free to subscribe to my channel!

Do you think this is something  you would ever go for? Let me know 😉

Love,
M.

Makeup Choices I can’t stand!

Hey Ladies!

I hope you are doing alright! Basically, this is another tag post! When I saw this tag post by Marilyn from MammuLikes, I was relieved that it was different! This one is interesting and a bit of a change from the rest of the tag posts too.

I’m gonna go ahead and start and we’ll see how many things I’ll manage to mention!

  1. Lip liner

    I don’t hate lip liner. I think it’s good to use especially with red lips. But why do you have to line them and leave the house without filling them in? I never got the gist of it… Besides, I feel that if you do that… you look like, how do I put this mildly? A slut.

    Exactly… Image Source: http://bit.ly/145EH1p

     

  2. Orange, tinted brows

    Some middle-aged women in Malta seem to think that it is hip to wax/shave their brows completely and then tint  or line their skin (cause there are no brows left to line) in an orange colour. If they had orange hair, maybe it would be understandable, but no. I don’t know where they got this idea from. Seems like Irish brows is all the previous generation desires… It might be that they look orange because the tattoo has faded – Well I guess you need to keep up with the maintenance!

    They honestly have their brows done like the left brow… for everyday, not the carnival alone. Image source: eyeshadowlipstick.com

  3. Over-bronzed faces

    Yes, a healthy glow is something we all aspire to have. So a little bit of bronzer and a bit of highlight would usually do the trick. But why do you need to look like a carrot? Some people pick the wrong colour of bronzer and even worse, they put on too much… especially if it’s a shimmery one. Why? Just, Why?!

    Is this what you were going for? Image source: http://bit.ly/11GofY9

  4. Concealer Lips

    Believe me, I love my nudes. I have spoken endlessly on my Catrice Be Natural Lipstick in #010 which I wore herehere and here and so many other times! But Nude is one thing, no lips at all is another. Unless you are doing a photo shoot where part of the final look is that, no, your lips must be seen.

    Not her best moment. Image source: gocitygirl.com

  5. Too much on your eyelids

    I am one in favor of having fun with colours, like I did here, but a whole frikken rainbow is a bit over the top don’t you think? This is unless you know how to make it look good (see below)! You have time to test out colours… you don’t need to try out your 100pc palette all in one night! Pick 5 colours max and work with them. And if you’re using more, make sure you blend them VERY well! I shouldn’t be able to count them easily.

    This is cool… Image source: bargainhunterbyrne.com

    This is too! Image Source: http://bit.ly/14r5y7C

    This is not. I think it’s a bit much for everyday…

  6. Panda eyes

    I know some eyeliners seem to fade… some fade all over your under-eye area causing you to look like a panda. But I would invest in a gel one or the essence longlasting one which costs less than 3 euros. There! Problem solved. Otherwise, you can always set it with a little bit of black eyeshadow… or go for waterproof.

    This one is exaggerated, but you know what I mean. Image Source: http://bit.ly/YLahjR

    Not what you were going for…

  7. Eyeliner gone wrong

    Winged eyeliner can be sexy and it is something  I wish to perfect. But, does it really need to reach your ears? No… it’s called ‘eye’ liner not ‘all-over face’ liner… You only need to elongate your eyes a little bit. No need to line till you get to Spain! If it’s hard for you to line your eyes neatly, maybe try a felt tip liner next time?

    Oh Jenny!

    The model still looks great but don’t try this at home!

  8. Nails that look like claws

    I’m not gonna say much about this except for:

    Can you open my ice tea please? Image Source: http://bit.ly/10Z45RU

  9. Fake Beauty Spots

    Unless you are in a play or photo shoot, or doing an Spanish/Italian face inspired look, stick to you own freckles and beauty spots. Don’t make people wonder if your spot fell in your drink during the party…

    I couldn’t find an image for this one, but you all know what I mean!

  10. Disco Ball eyes

    Shimmer can give a nice finish but don’t go overboard. Work with your matte colours and then include shimmers if you want to. Use shimmers with moderation in general. You don’t wanna end up looking like a spotlight or a disco ball…

    Pretty colours, but use 1 or 2 shades max! Image source: http://bit.ly/12CQjal

    BE CAREFUL! Source: http://bit.ly/12CQjal

I am sorry if I offended you with my snide comments haha! I was just having fun and trying to help here 😉 But afterall, this is just one person’s opinion. No one ever said don’t experiment!

What make up choices would you eradicate if you could? Let me know with a comment below.

Love,
M

My April/May Favourites

Hey Ladies!

I hope you are doing alright.

So a while back I shared with you my March favourites here. I had promised myself I’d do this on a monthly basis… But with the fashion week, more time passed and I felt that April favourites should be done before mid-May! So this will be a post for both months and I got 10 items for you, in no particular order.

  • MUA Undress Your Skin Primer
  • Catrice Photo Finish 18 hour Foundation
  • Essence Limited Edition Vintage District Lipstick and Lip Gloss Duo in Vintage Peach
  • Sunburst Bronzer
  • Catrice Ultimate Lipstick in 020 Maroon
  • Wcjon Sublime Matte Lipstick in #601
  • Wjcon Long Lasting eyeshadow stick in #08 Turquoise
  • Catrice Single eyeshadow in #020 We Support Green Peas
  • e.l.f. Jumbo Eyeshadow stick in Bali Bound
  • e.l.f. Jumbo Eyeshadow stick in Like a Boss

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  • MUA Undress Your Skin Primer

I am loving this primer which I got in this haul here. It does not break me out like the Catrice one did. I like it because when I use it, my make up takes a lot longer to settle in my drier areas and look patchy. I heard that it doesn’t make any difference in terms of longevity  but I don’t know about that.

  • Catrice Photo Finish 18 hour Foundation

I have been really enjoying Catrice Foundations. I have stopped using my L’Oreal one, because since it is a mousse, it might dry up the skin and currently my skin needs constant hydration. This foundation is great, not cakey and makes you look almost flawless. P.S. I do not use concealer with it – it is that good. I do not feel the need to set this foundation… and I haven’t been setting it cause my face is not getting oily, it’s getting drier. Great, medium but buildable coverage and I just love to apply it with my hands.

  • Essence Limited Edition Vintage District Lipstick and Lip Gloss Duo in Vintage Peach

I haven’t been using the gloss side, I only used it a couple of times… But the lipstick is great, very moisturizing and a pretty colour for everyday use. I have given one of this away in my most recent competition.

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  • Sunburst Bronzer

This is probably one of the most surprising ones! I do not even know where I got this, but I got a hunch that it was free with a magazine or something. It is not too dark and it is matte which makes it the perfect bronzer for me.

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  • Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick in 020 Maroon

This is a very pretty colour. Up until today I thought the colour’s name was Macaroon which would have been sweet! But apparently it is called Maroon – which is nothing like what it is. It is a nude to brown shade which looks so great. Reminds me of e.l.f.’s essential lipstick in Fantasy. You can read a review for the Catrice lipstick here, written by my friend Olga from watercoloursilk.

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  • Wcjon Sublime Matte Lipstick in #601

This is a pretty colour and it’s a matte one too. I do not think it is fantastic but I have reached for it a lot because it has a nice colour and when I want a neutral lip but not a nude, I go for this one.


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  • Wjcon Long Lasting eyeshadow stick in #08 Turquoise

It’s a great addition to my collection. It is really longlasting and acts as the perfect base to my powder eye shadow. I also used a brush and turned it into an eye liner. I like the colour a lot and would probably be buying more.

  • Catrice Single eyeshadow in #020 We Support Green Peas

A pretty shadow which is very bright. I actually got this one for free cause they had an offer when I bought it. I love how bright it is and I have used it here in this fun with colour post: FUN WITH COLOURS look

  • e.l.f. Jumbo Eyeshadow stick in Bali Bound

  • e.l.f. Jumbo Eyeshadow stick in Like a Boss

Great as a base, powder products stick to it and make up doesn’t have fallout and lasts longer. I have used the blue one here and the green one here and the blue one here

Those are my 10 items for tonight! There are actually more, but these are my faves! I hope you enjoyed this post!
What products have you been reaching for this month?

Love,
M

What I wore to the New Designers’ Fashion Show

Hey Ladies!

I hope you are all doing great. I must admit, I am knackered! Malta Fashion Week has been fun but it has also been really hectic! Blogging till 3 am in the morning has its toll on you especially if you have to wake up early the next day. So yes, my sleeping pattern is a lot more than broken.

In fact I said I would post this OOTN earlier but I didn’t. I have abandoned the May Photo a Day Challenge, I am late again! But I will get everything back on track again soon! I have limited myself to the Malta Fashion Week posts alone just for this week which are all listed below:

So this is what I wore to the New Designers Show.

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Blue Tank Top – Zara

Dip Hem Skirt – River Island

Black with gold detail Stilettos – New Look

Neacklace – OASAP

Handbag – ASOS

Donut Bun – New Look

I’d like to thank fellow blogger Sarah from Sarina 515 for accompanying me to the event and for taking these photos for me.

 

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Me and Sarah – Photo by the Fotologist

On the Face

MUA Undress Your Skin Flawless Skin Primer (mentioned in this haul here)
Catrice Photo Finish 18hr Liquid Foundation in #010 Sand Beige
Catrice Defining Duo Blush in Peach Sorbet (not sure if this is the blusher I used.. :/)
Sunburst Bronzer (Matte)
essence I<3Runway Highlighter
e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set

On the Eyes…

e.l.f. Jumbo eye-shadow Stick in Like a Boss
Wjcon Long Lasting eye-shadow stick in #08 Turquoise
Catrice Single eye-shadow in #020 We Support Green Peas
essence single eye-shadow in #48 Forest Dump
e.l.f. Studio Smokey Eyeshadow Palette in Party (most colours, this is it here)
esssence longlasting eyeliner in #01 Black Fever (waterline)
Catrice Kohl Kajal eyeliner in #050 Jet Set Affair (lower lash line)
e.l.f Lash Kit in Natural (Using Royal Cosmetics eyelash glue)
Revlon Grow Luscious by Fabulash Mascara
Catrice Liquid Liner in #010 Dating Joe Black (upper lash line)
essence eyebrow stylist (in this haul here)

And on the Lips…

Catrice Ultimate Colour in #010 Be Natural (worn here)

Photo by Malcolm Laudi – http://www.mlaudiphotography.com

I hope you liked this look!

More tonight/tomorrow about the International Designers’ Show.

Love,
M