My First bh cosmetics Haul

Dear Ladies,

A few weeks back, right after my birthday, I was feeling the need to pamper myself and get something pretty. My birthday was not the happiest and most relaxing this year, but I won’t bore you with that. Because of this, I felt the need to buy something for myself as a feel-good present, so I thought “Why not makeup?”
Anyway, after having had the temptation to buy from bh cosmetics for a while, I finally gave in!

Having seen the Carli Bybel palette on various YouTube videos, I decided to go for it as I am a sucker for those warm shades. I haven’t touched it yet, except to swatch it out of curiosity. I noticed that two of the highlighter shades are identical to two of the eyeshadow shades but I don’t think this will bother me. Besides some of the highglighter shades are too dark for me to use as highlighters anyway. All in all, there are some really pretty shades and I look forward to creating soft looks with them.

Carli Bybel 01

Carli Bybel 02

Carli Bybel 03

I decided to go for the Nude Blush 10 Colour Blush Palette. I was very tempted to get a similar palette from eBay but I was not happy about getting a face product off eBay, from China. This one was reasonably priced and I know that it is from a trusted brand. I have only used one of the blushers so far and I must say, they are seriously pigmented and need to be used with a light hand.

Blush Palette 03

Blush Palette 02

Blush Palette 01

I always tend to go for similar shades of blush, so this was a purchase with the intention of having new radiant colours to play with. It will also be great for when I apply makeup on my friends and family with different skintones.

Out of all three, the Galaxy Chic palette was the product I was excited to get the most. After having seen swatches of the shades online and video tutorials using this palette, I couldn’t not get it! I also adore the fact that all the shades are named after planets and the like.

Galaxy Chic 02

Galaxy Chic 01

I was sick at home and could not resist not using it! I created a look using Saturn all over the lid, Venus and Jupiter in the center and Mars in the crease. I loved the colour pay off of these shades and I can’t wait to come up with different looks from this palette!

I look forward to using these products and swatching them for you. Also, a little review never hurt anyone, so I suggest you stay tuned if you are interested in this brand and these products.

That was my first purchase from bh cosmetics which broke quite a long makeup ban. I’m tempted to get some brushes next! Have you ever tried any products from bh cosmetics? What do you think of them?

Let me know in the comment section.

Love,
M.

Review for Garnier Fresh Essential Eye Makeup Remover

Dearest Ladies,

I am back! And I am going to ease my way back into the blogging world slowly. I must say though, I have recently been added to a number of beauty groups which really inspired me to pick up where I left off.

I’m starting off with review of a product I have found to be very useful and effective. I have tried a number of eye make up removers, a couple of them were by Nivea. This is a review of the Nivea Double Effect Eye Make-up Remover. Since then I tried more eye makeup removers and had then fallen in love with this one by Clinians:

Until very recently, I believed that the Clinians one was the best I’d find. And then came Garnier!

Ribbet

Out of all the eye makeup removers that I have tried, this is the only one that actually gives me a cooling feeling on the eyes. My eyes do not feel dry after using it but rather, refreshed! This make up remover is very gentle on the most sensitive of eyes (mine!) and does not leave the under eye area feeling ‘tight’.

I have not yet tried it on waterproof makeup as I am generally not a big fan of waterproof mascara but do let me know how it performed if you used it for waterproof makeup.

The only downside to this when compared to eye makeup removers from Nivea (as an example) is the price tag. This one cost me €8.00 and I’m pretty sure the ones by Nivea are much cheaper.

However, I still think this is a fantastic product and I am willing to pay more for a product like this one.

Have you ever used any products by Garnier? This is my first and I’m really loving it! Let me know what you think of this brand in the comment section.

Love,
M.

P.S. I’d love to hear what you’d like to see in future posts 🙂

Most used products in 2014

Dearest Ladies,

I hope January is being kind to you and I wish you luck if January means you have exams coming up!

Over the past year, I haven’t written many reviews so I thought I would list a number of products which I enjoyed last year and used religiously. I tried to include a bit of everything to get a general idea of what I liked. These were my go to products last year:

  •  NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation in 02 Soft Beige
  • Vivo Blush with Highlighter duo in Shade 3 Sweet Peach
  • MAC Frost lipstick in Jist A23
  • Pupa Milano I’m Lipstick in 308 Burgundy
  • Wjcon Lasting colour stick eyeshadow in tiger eye 04
  • Wjcon Lasting colour stick eyeshadow in rose quartz 03
  • Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara
  • Essence longlasting eye pencil in 01 black fever
  • e.l.f. Makeup Remover pen
  • e.l.f. Small Angled Brush (for eyebrows)
  • Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (+ most of their core collection and starter set)
  • Pupa Milano Lasting Colour Gel nail polish (I don’t have this one’s number)
  • Pupa Milano Lasting Colour Gel nail polish in 026 California Soul
  • Pupa Milano Gel Top Coat
  • K Co Brow Powder

And to start with Face products…

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation in 02 Soft Beige

I have been using this foundation for over a year. I like it because it matches my skin tone perfectly, is light weight but gives good coverage. Definitely worth a try!

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (+ most of their core collection and starter set)

While I love my e.l.f. brushes (I’ve written all about them here), I think I prefer the Real Techniques brushes as I have never had any shedding and I have had them for almost 2 years. I think out of all of them, my favourite is the Expert face brush (which is NOT in the core collection). From the eye set, my favourites have to be the Deluxe Crease Brush and the Base Shadow Brush which is really soft and fluffy.

Vivo Blush with Highlighter duo in Shade 3 Sweet Peach

I love this blush for everyday use and I have finally hit pan. I have nothing similar to this shade and I find that it is quite natural and fits my complexion. I must say that I have so gotten used to this blush, that when I wore a different one, I thought it looked strange on my face. While I love it, I look forward to finishing it so that I move on to other blushes that I haven’t used yet.

And now for Eye products…

Wjcon Lasting colour stick eyeshadow in tiger eye 04 and rose quartz 03

I must say that I really love these products. I use them when I am in a hurry but still want to look like I made an effort. With just these two shadow, I manage to create a simple smokey eye which is wearable day and night. If you want to read more about why I love eyeshadow sticks, click here.

Essence longlasting eye pencil in 01 black fever

This is my go to eyeliner. I have never tried an eyeliner that is better than this especially for applying on the waterline. This doesn’t smudge and I have rather teary eyes but I have never had any problems with this. It’s also really affordable.

e.l.f. Small Angled Brush and K Co Brow Powder

This is a combination of products which I use every single day. I love the brush because it is small enough to give me control over my very thin brows. I also love the brow powder and I have written about it here.

Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara

This is a fantastic mascara. I have very short and light lashes and this manages to give me length, volume and darkness with just a couple of coats. It has a big wand and has normal bristles (it is not made out of plastic or silicone). If you have tiny lashes but like them to show more and in a lovely volumized way, try this out.

e.l.f. Makeup Remover pen

This is a lifesaver when you ruin your liquid eyeliner. It solves the problem instantly and cleans your face up nicely! Definitely a must have! You can get it off the e.l.f. website and I have a hunch that it was actually cheaper on iherb.

And now, Lips…

MAC Frost lipstick in Jist A23

I love this lipstick. It is my first MAC lipstick and the colour is really one of a kind. It has an orange tinge to it which seems to look good with my skin tone. I wear this almost everytime I have a formal occasion as it is quite dressy.

Pupa Milano I’m Lipstick in 308 Burgundy

I had been looking for a dark red lipstick and then Pupa Milano Malta sent me three of their I’m lipsticks. Out of the three, this is my favourite and I have used it quite a bit over the holidays.

And finally, Nail polish…

Pupa Milano Lasting Colour Gel nail polish (Red)

This is a lovely red polish which I have used regularly this year. It was given to me by Pupa Milano Malta and I have really enjoyed it as to me it is the perfect red for a nail polish. I’ve always used this with the Pupa Milano Gel Top Coat as without it, it didn’t last as long.

Pupa Milano Lasting Colour Gel nail polish in 026 California Soul

I actually got this quite recently from Sicily. You can read more about what I got from Sicily here. I haven’t used it much in 2014 simply because I got it in December, but I will definitely use it up this year. This is how it looked on my nails after 9 days, thanks to the Pupa Milano Gel Top Coat. I was given the top coat by Pupa Milano Malta and have always used it with these polishes. It is incredible how long nail polish lasts using this combination of products.

That’s all from my 2014 favourites! Do we have any in common? What have you enjoyed using last year? Let me know in the comment section.

Until the next post…

Love,
M.

Happy New Year + Sicily Makeup Haul

Dearest Ladies,

First of all, I’d like to wish you a very Happy New Year! 🙂
I spent New Year’s Eve in a square near the duomo in Catania where a concert was being held. We had champagne and sparklers in our bags to celebrate after the countdown. At the countdown there were some amazing fireworks… As for the dress code, the idea was not to freeze to death!

Once again, it has been a while since I blogged but having just returned from Sicily for a holiday with my parents, I thought it would be the time to post a small haul for makeup and beauty products. Sicily was great fun and me and my mum did a lot of shopping but I didn’t get too many products. I must say that I regret not getting a gift pack from Bottega Verde, especially once they went on sale… but my luggage was quite full. I also regret not getting more Pupa Milano Lasting Colour Gel nail polishes as they were much cheaper than from Malta.

This is what I got…

 

From Pupa Milano…

I had already tried the Pupa Milano Lasting Colour Gel nail polish here and I also have the gel top coat, so when I saw them I picked up another colour.

Since I used to work with Pupa Milano, I know about the wonders of the Vamp! Mascara. I have it in purple as it was given to me as a gift but it was time to get it in black, so I did.

I also got this make up kit for my fiancé’s mother:

From Kiko I got a concealer (which I needed on the trip) and an eyeshadow stick for myself and a lipstick and an eyeliner for my sister. I love eyeshadow sticks and I find them very practical to create a quick look. I wrote about why you’ll like them here.

While in a shop for decorative items for homes, there was a small stand for a brand called Stillday. My nail polish was chipping so when I saw nail polish I picked up this blue colour and nail polish remover since I didn’t have with me and redid my nails when I was back at the hotel. The nail polish was so cheap… some 1 or 1.50 euros and the nail polish remover was around 2 euros.

Because of the cold weather, my lips started to get dry and chapped and while I did have lipbalms with me, they were not doing the job. I popped in Bottega Verde and chose this one with Argan oil. I must say it’s really effective and the burning sensation I had on my lips was gone in a few hours after a couple of applications.

That’s all! I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope I’ll be able to post again soon. I might be posting a few photos from the trip as there was quite some beautiful scenery.

Love,
M.

P.S.  If you would like the specific number (for colour) for any product, leave a comment down below.

my (mini) NYX Cosmetics collection to date

Dearest Ladies,

Yesterday night I posted about one of the first NYX items I got: the stay matte but not flat powder foundation – click (on the name) to see what I think about it, but I’ll give you a hint: I’ve hit pan.

A while ago I wrote about our own NYX store in Malta and we were also invited to a bloggers’ night. You can read more about the event here: NYX Cosmetics made it to Malta! – bloggers’ event. I bought the Curve eyeliner that night which I really love. We were also given a lovely goodie bag with a number of different products. I haven’t used all of them yet… as I said yesterday, I am now trying to finish a number of products. I will be getting to the rest of the NYX stash when I’ve cleared up a few other products. But these below are all of my NYX products to date:

My NYX loves 🙂

And here are a few photos of some of the products… (You can see more photos here)

Do you have and use any of the items I have? Have you been to NYX in Sliema yet? What are you waiting for? 🙂

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P.S. Just leave a comment if you’d like the name or shade number of any of these products 😉

Love,
M.