The Body Shop Haul

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So a few weeks back I had gone Sliema shopping with Liza and surprise surprise, I picked up some Body Shop items! I know, I can’t resist – they’re just so beautiful. I have tried most of the products out but I won’t be giving you any reviews for now because I haven’t being using them consistently enough to see any changes in my skin.

Vineyard Peach Body Scrub – €12.50

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I’ve never used a body scrub before so I was quite excited to get this. Initially, I had watched Fleur from Fleur de Force talk about the raspberry version of this but when I smelt it, I felt that it was a little too much for me. So I went with this one and I really like it.

Blue Corn 3-in-1 Deep Cleansing Scrub Mask – €9.50

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I definitely needed a deep cleansing mask that really gets all that gunk out of the skin. One thing I recommend is that you use this when you don’t have active breakouts. This is because since it has exfoliating particles in it, it may counteract and simply spread bacteria from your active breakouts around. So be careful.

Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil – €13.70

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The idea of washing a relatively oily face with oil isn’t too appealing, but so many youtubers raved about using cleansing oils and balms even on oily skin, that I caved in and got this beauty. It does have that floral scent to it (not too strong) so if you’re not into that, I’m afraid this isn’t for you. I have been using this for quite a while and so far I’ve got no complaints.

Coconut Body Mist – €10.50

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I could eat this up, it smells so good! The body mists where on offer at €7 each, so naturally, I HAD to get, not one, but two body mists! This scent I simply could not resist as it’s so divine. It layers really nicely so you don’t need to worry about putting to much or having an overpowering smell.

Vineyard Peach Body Mist – €10.50

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I was feeling a bit Spring/Summery when I got this. It is quite strong so unlike the coconut body mist, you don’t want to put too much since it’s so fruity. I still really enjoy the scent of this, but just a heads up.

Seaweed Day Cream – €10

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You know you’re a Body Shop shopaholic when you’re entitled to €10 free gift. Yep, that’s right. I could pick out anything from the store that was within the €10 mark, so I decided to give this a go.

Do you have any of the products I purchased? Did you find this interesting? Like the post! Share your thoughts and comments below!

Until next time,

Elaine xo

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OOTD: Wedding

So no, I’m not getting married just yet! Nic’s cousin got married last saturday and since I’ve technically been part of the family these past 2 years now, I got to attend! May I just share with you the level of excitement I had since I got to know that I’m going – cut me some slack guys, it was the first wedding I’ve ever been to. The ceremony was in the afternoon with the reception and dinner after so it was quite nice.

It goes without saying that it the event required formal attire, so I decided to share the outfit I wore.

Please excuse the poor quality of these photos – I had to take them with my iPhone. I hope you get a gist of the look I was going for though. I apologize once again.

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What I Wore:
Berry Wrap Dress – Boohoo
Black Cami Top – Zara
Black Heels – Dorothy Perkins
Black Clutch – New Look
Accessories – New Look

And that’s all for today!

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Until next time,

Elaine xo

e.l.f. Haul

Another parcel came through the mail! After all this time ordering online, I can’t help but get excited when something arrives at my door. As you might have noticed from the post’s title, this time it’s a parcel from e.l.f. Cosmetics. I love buying products from e.l.f. because they have ongoing offers at really affordable prices.

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This time round I decided to get some brushes and essentials rather than makeup itself. So let’s start off!

Total Face Brush – £1.95

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I already have another one of these brushes so I got an extra one just so I can alternate between the two. Also, if I needed to blend some harsh lines or whatnot, I prefer using a clean face brush rather than one with product on it. This brush is from their Essential line, and at the price – it’s great. It’s quite fluffy, light and soft so I find it works best with powder and also contouring your face.

Blending Eye Brush – £1.95

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This is also a brush that’s not new to my collection. I mainly bought it for the same reasons as the Total Face Brush – and you can never have enough blending tools. This is also from the Essential line and even though it may be slightly softer and fluffier, I find that it does the job.

Blending Wedges – £1.95

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This blending wheel comes in a pack of 8 blending wedges and for just £1.95, it’s a good deal. These are intended to blend any harsh lines, but can also be used to stipple on your makeup such as foundation or blusher – anything that has a liquid or cream consistency. By stippling on your makeup you’ll be able to achieve a more natural, even look and whether you’re travelling, a beginner or don’t want to spend money on brushes, these are an ideal essential in your makeup bag.

Eyeliner Brush – £1.95

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Lately, I’m really getting into using black eyeshadow as eyeliner – it’s easy and looks like you’ve put more work into it than you actually have. To apply the eyeshadow I was actually using e.l.f.’s Smudge Brush, and even though it works just fine, I wanted a flat eyeliner brush to see if it applies better. As you can see I’ve actually been using this with the colour ‘Ebony’ from Stila’s In the Light Palette. You can also use this brush for cream consistencies, not just powder and is great to get that sleek line when applying your liner.

Waterproof Eyeliner Crayon in Black – £3.95

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I originally had got this in brown and loved it, so I decided to get it in black aswell. This eyeliner crayon is from their Studio line (that’s why it’s slightly more expensive) and if it’s anything like the brown one I have, it works great. It glides on really easily and stays on for a long time without particularly smudging. The only problem I have with this product (and I have the same problem with the brown one) is that the crayon itself is not very secure in its packaging. With the brown one, the crayon had even fallen out of the tube! Therefore, the product isn’t 100% steady in its tube which is a bit disappointing since it’s actually good and from their Studio line. Nonetheless, I would still recommend trying these out as the product itself is very good.

Small Precision Brush – £3.95

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Also from the Studio line, this brush is ideal for eyeshadow application in the inner corner of the eyes. Since the bristles are short and packed together, but the handle is quite long, the brush provides good stability and densely packs the product onto the brush. It can also be used to apply concealer to blemishes.

Nail polish in Smoky Brown – £1

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Even though this nail polish is not currently in season, I’ve been wanting a brown nail polish for ages. I’ve quite a number of e.l.f. nail polishes and they all go on quite smooth. It might two or three coats, but for just £1 – so what?!

When I purchased this order, e.l.f. sent me two FREE gifts for spending over £15:

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Super Glossy Lip Shine in Pink Pop – £1.95

I must admit – I was quite happy with this gift. Even though I’m not really a fan of lip glosses, I own another three shades and I just love them. Firstly, they’re small and squeezable so they fit right into your handbag if you’re on the go. Secondly, I find that they give just the right amount of colour to your lips – I just love them!

Mineral Eyeshadow in Temptress – £3

This small loose pigment eyeshadow pot is from (as the name implies) the Mineral line and is a beautiful matte taupe colour. It will look gorgeous when blending into the crease as it gives just the right amount of depth and definition to your eyes. You do have to be careful with loose shadows as they can create a mess, but I’m excited to try it out.

Do you have any of the products I purchased? Did you find this interesting? Like the post! Share your thoughts and comments below!

Until next time,

Elaine xo

 

 

 

Mother’s Day DIY: Sugar Scrub

It’s soon that time of year where we go out of our way to splurge on a gift for our mothers. I’m not saying that this is necessarily a bad thing but it’s simply a marketing tool for us to keep on spending – Why not go out of your way to buy something special on any other day of the year?

With that being said, I too fall for this marketing scheme and most of the time find it difficult to get my mum something she will actually use. Not that she doesn’t appreciate sentimental gifts, but they always seem to end up in a drawer somewhere.

That’s why I’ll be sharing a simple DIY gift – one that can actually be used up without breaking bank.

This week, I’ll be sharing with you an easy way to create a Honey Brown Sugar Scrub. This works great on dry, crackled heels and elbows but can also be used as a regular body/foot scrub. It’s also a cheap alternative to expensive sugar scrubs, most probably having at least half of the ingredients in your pantry as we speak. No need to mention that this doesn’t necessarily have to be a gift – you can make this for yourself (cheeky, I know) !!

I would also like to mention that I actually got the idea for this scrub off Pinterest so all the credit goes to Tina from Sugar Bean Bakers. You can view her post here.

You will need:
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Cane Sugar (or Raw Sugar)
4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil (or melted & cooled Coconut Oil)
1 Tablespoon of Honey
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla

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All that you need to do is mix all these ingredients together. It’s that simple!

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After thoroughly mixing, you should have a dense, somewhat sticky consistency as seen above. Use this scrub the same way just as you would with any other sugar scrub.

Now, you will need to store in an airtight container of your preference. I chose a clean recycled mayo jar I found lying around. If you’re making this scrub as a gift, you might want to add a little tag or design to the container – I went with polka dot wrapping paper as I love the pattern.

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To cover the lid of your jar, all you need to do is measure and trace around it on the piece of material you will be using. Make sure to also mark a circle roughly 1 inch larger than the lid size. This is important so you will be able to wrap the material around the lid. After drawing the larger circle, start cutting out small strips (as pictured) for easier adhesion.

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It’s time to glue things together! If you think you are unable of doing this alone, please get someone to help you as I wouldn’t like to be responsible for having your hand stick to something it shouldn’t….and well, for your own safety. Anyway, apply a generous amount of the glue to the lid and gently press your material onto it, making sure that your material is centered. After doing so, flip the lid over, apply some glue to the inside of the lid and fold the flaps you created earlier. Then leave it to dry. If you would like a better demonstration on how to do these, you can check this video out.

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Then I just put the scrub I made into the jar – I used the same ingredient amounts and all of the scrub fit in the jar, so you roughly have an idea of how much this recipe yields.

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I finished everything off by adding a little ribbon and tag reading “Happy Mama’s Day!” – but you can write whatever you want.

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And that’s it!  You now have created a really simple yet sweet Mother’s Day pressie!

Disclaimer: If you’re applying this scrub to your feet, please be careful to wipe your feet well after use as they might be slippery due to the oil.

Did you enjoy this DIY? Like the post! Share your thoughts and comments below!

If you do actually try this out, please share your photos at @elainemuscat94 on twitter and Instagram or using the #blabberbeauty as I would love to seem them!

And Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo