July Favourites 2014

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I can’t believe that July has already gone by! That means that Summer is almost over and the saddest thing about that is that I live in a country surrounded by water, yet I’ve only been swimming once 😦 On a positive note, the end of the month means it’s time for a monthly favourites! I’ve gone through the things I’ve used the most and narrowed it down to those items that discovered or re-discovered this month, if that makes any sense.

e.l.f. Lipstick in Classy

This was actually one of the first lipsticks I ever owned and I’m really glad I’m using it again. I had shoved it away for the longest time because I’m always trying new lip products but I took it with me to Birmingham as I wanted an everyday lip, and I immediately remembered why I love it! Even though it’s not that long-lasting, the colour pay-off is just so pretty. The creamy texture together with the colour gives that ‘my lips but better’ look which I absolutely love, especially in Summer.

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Sanctuary Spa Deep Cleanse Facial 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask

As you probably realized, I mentioned this product not too long ago in my Birmingham Haul. The reason I’ve included this in this monthly favourites is because I just can’t get enough of this face mask! I use it about twice a week (even three if I feel like a pick-me-up) and use it only on my problematic areas in conjunction with other face masks.

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Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer in Dark (04)

Also from my Birmingham Haul is this concealer. It’s not something I particularly love, but I have been using it all month. I like using this mostly to cover up my dark circles and any redness (mostly around my nose). This concealer just makes my dark circles disappear – I actually have been using this together with the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer and it’s fantastic! I don’t use this on my blemishes only because I find it darkens them rather than conceals them. This might be because the shade is slightly dark. I still have to pick up a lighter shade, but other than that it works fine.

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Primark Black Bowling Bag

I’ve been looking for an everyday bowling bag for a while now so I was so happy when I stumbled on this baby at Primark! The thing I love most about it is that it’s just the right size – I am not a very ‘big-bag’ type of person so this was just right. Even though it looks small, believe me when I tell you that I can fit a ton of stuff in there! And this is what I mean by the right size – you can fit your umbrella, purse, makeup bag and even(I must admit, not that comfortably) foolscaps. It’s great for everyday but you can also dress it up, which I love. And for just £8 this bag is an absolute bargain!

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Primark Black Slip-on Shoes

I finally own a pair of slip-ons! Primark is full of these shoes so I went a bit overboard and bought 3 pairs (I know..), but in my defense they were only £3! I mean, how on earth would I pass on a bargain like that?! Anyway, not only do they go great with almost anything, but they’re also super comfortable. I’ve been living in these from the moment I got them and they didn’t tire me out or irritate my feet whatsoever. Definitely one of the best purchases I made on holiday!

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And that’s all for this month’s favourites!

What are your monthly favourites? If you enjoyed this post, like it! Share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

 

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Summer Lovin’ Tag

Hey guys, today I’ll be doing the Summer Lovin’ Tag which Fleur from FleurdeForce started. I saw this on Tati’s channel about a week ago and decided to give it a go!

1. Summer lipstick you’re loving?

Either the Bourjois Rouge Velvet in Hot Pepper or the KIKO Long-lasting Lipstick in 03 (I know, I’m kinda cheating). I must admit, I haven’t been wearing these all summer but they’re definitely two that I’ve been loving. Also, they both have a matte finish.

2. Summer nail polish you’re loving?

Essie Nail Polish in Mint Candy Apple

3. Bikini you’re loving this summer?

A cute black polka dot bikini from New Look

4. Favourite summer Frappuccino from Starbucks?

We don’t have Starbucks in Malta but I’ve had it while I was in the UK so I’ll have to go with the Cinnamon Roll Frappucino

5. Favourite fake tan?

I do not use fake tan as I tan naturally 🙂

6. Favourite summer song?

Liza, if you’re reading this, you should already know the answer to this question!  Hands down – Fancy by Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX …I honestly know all the lyrics to the entire intro before the chorus – that’s how addicting this track is.

7. Favourite summer accessory?

I would have to say rings are my favourite accessory this season.

8. Favourite summer fragrance/perfume?

I absolutely love the Coconut Body Mist by The Body Shop. It smells so good I can eat it.

 9. Summer book you’re loving?

I’m currently loving Looking for Alaska by John Green. As soon I finish that I’ll be starting Divergent which I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy too.

10. What are you most excited to do this summer?

Well the thing I was most excited about (going to Birmingham) already passed so some other things I’m excited about is starting my new job as well as hopefully trying to stay healthy and lose weight.

 

People I tag (in no particular order):

Maya from Blue Jeans and Red Lipstick
Elle from Beauty She Wrote
Lyndsey from Splashes of Looks
Martina from All Things Fabulous
Jasmine from BabaCroc’s
Mariel from Confessions of a Former Size 6
Davi from Lady with no Name
Steph from Think.Love.Makeup
Charlene from A Cosmetic Affair
Ally from Smashing Darling x
Dyna from Dyna’s Random Blog
Victoria and Tori from Pretty Lovely Girls
Maria & Maria from M&M’s Meeting Point

Apart from the beautiful ladies I tagged above, I tag all of you reading! If you do this tag, make sure to tag or tweet me @elainemuscat94 so I can check it out 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this week’s post! If you did, like it! Share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

 

Birmingham Haul

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Okay, so as I mentioned in my previous blog post, I very recently went to Birmingham on holiday. Let’s just say that I miiiight have gone a tad crazy when it comes to shopping. In this post I will only be showing you the beauty items I picked up but if you would like to also see the clothing items I purchased, I will gladly dedicate a blog post for that too.

Superfacialist by Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask

Starting off with skincare, this face mask had been on my “What-to-buy-from-Birmingham” list for ages, simply because it’s only sold at Boots. So needless to say, after searching the shelves thoroughly (I literally had to go to a different Boots stores to find it), I was really glad that I got hold of this product. I already tried this face mask and it is just so refreshing! I don’t have particularly dry skin (if you do, go pick it up!) but due to Malta’s heat I tend to be always either in the sun or in an air-conditioned room, leaving my skin drier than usual. If you live in the UK or simply can get hold of this easier than I did, I recommend the search as it’s a great pick-me-up.

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Sanctuary Spa Deep Cleanse Facial 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask

I can’t believe how much I love this mask already…and I only used it twice. As the name of the mask implies, this product heats up on application (which is already super awesome), giving your face a good clean. Since it heats up, it’s basically opening up those pores so as to really cleanse your skin and let the charcoal treatment work. Charcoal treatments are great for cleansing the skin and even better for reducing and/or getting rid of breakouts and blemishes. Personally, I have been struggling with breakouts around my chin and lower cheeks for some time now so I was super excited to get this. I desperately want the GlamGlow Super-Clearing Mud Mask Treatment but don’t afford the splurge, so this will have to do for now.

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Rimmel London Scandaleyez Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Black

There wasn’t really a reason why I got this from the UK, as they are very easily found in Malta – but it’s waterproof and now I can tightline!

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Bourjois Paris Rouge Edition Velvet in Hot Pepper (03)

I have a problem, I know. I definitely did not need another red lipstick. Excuse? – This has a matte finish! I’ve seen a couple of YouTubers talk about this product and how much they love it, so I decided to join the club – This lipstick does not budge! Not only is it matte (that means no hair getting stuck to your lips!), but it’s quite long lasting. I wore it the other night and after drinking two beverages and PizzaHut (guilty!), it was still on my lips. Now I have to admit, I did re-apply after dinner, but that’s just because I wanted to make sure the intensity would remain there.

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Essie Nail Laquer in Mint Candy Apple

I just had to – the colour was calling out to me. As you may know, when it comes to applying nail polish, I rank amongst the worst and as a result, my nail polish chips in roughly 2 days. Not this one! This colour has been on my nails for 3 days now and no chipping whatsoever. And did I say that I skipped the base and top coat (bad of me, I know) ?! It’s that good. Apart from that, the colour pay off is amazing. I literally just applied 1 coat of this and it went on totally opaque. I am still stunned. Love it!

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Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer in Dark (04)

I obviously stopped by the Collection stand in Superdrug purely for this product because I’ve heard so many people talk about it, yet I don’t know how I feel about this concealer. Yes, I must admit, I might have picked up a shade too dark (in my defense, there weren’t any testers for the shade lighter than this one) but what’s weird is that it conceals my under-eye circles beautifully, yet looks dark and gloopy on the rest of my face. As I said, I love it for my under eyes as it just blends so easily and the colour is perfect, making me look like I’ve got tons of sleep. On the other hand, when I tried to conceal my blemishes, I looked like I applied cream bronzer over my spots! The good thing about this is that (according to a friend) there are a couple of stores in Malta that stock this concealer so I’ll try and pop by to pick up a shade lighter.

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Bourjois Paris Healthy Mix Serum in Dark Beige (55)

Yes, I know there’s the word ‘Dark’, and yes I’ve swatched it before buying it, but this product is just a tad too dark for me. Unlike the concealer, this just makes me look slightly tan (which I don’t mind as I’m slightly tanned already) which means that I just have to make sure I blend really well. Apart from the colour, the consistency is great and stays on for ages. Unfortunately I couldn’t find this anywhere online (neither ASOS) so that’s why I was over the moon when I found it in Superdrug.

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Real Techniques Brushes/Tools: Complexion Sponge, Blush Brush, Powder Brush

Speaking of Superdrug, I went a little crazy when I saw that they had an offer on the Real Techniques line. Turns out, I got the sponge for free! I already had a couple of Real Techniques brushes so it was only suitable to add on to the collection. I’ve already used all 3 products (I’m still getting used to sponge application) and these brushes will most probably be my new staple brushes.

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M.A.C. : Face and Body Foundation in C4 and 217 Blending Brush

Okay, can we just take a minute to let this sink in – I AM FINALLY A M.A.C. OWNER! Literally, OMG! I still can’t believe it. I walked into Selfridges (and stood out like a sore thumb due to the expression of awe on my face) and BAM! – all the high-end names under one ceiling! You name it – Urban Decay, Benefit, Guerlain, Jo Malone, Bare Minerals, Stila, Esteé Lauder, Elizabeth Arden and so on. Needless to say, I was dying inside and could barely contain myself.

Rant aside, I decided to opt for these two products purely because I have been wanting these two so badly for so long…and because I don’t afford buying more than two M.A.C. products at one go without my bank account screeching at me. I literally got a glimpse of their lipsticks and sadly decided to ignore what I just saw. Nonetheless, I am super pleased with this purchase and can’t wait to get some use out of them! Next M.A.C. purchase: Paint Pot in Soft Ocre and (most probably) their red lipstick, Lady Danger.

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And those are all the beauty items I got on my trip to the UK!

What do you recommend me getting next? Did you like the post? Like it! Share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

 

Packing Essentials

By the time this post is published, I will be on holiday in Birmingham. So I thought it was only fit to share with you my go-to packing essentials.

Wet Wipes

Mostly for long haul flights, I find that wet wipes come in handy when travelling. From removing your makeup (if wearing any), to refreshing your face, or simply for hygiene’s sake, having a packet of wet wipes in your travelling bag won’t hurt anyone.

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Hand Sanitizer

Just in case you didn’t realize that I like to be clean, hand sanitizer is an absolute must for me. Keeping in mind that thousands of people use airports and planes everyday, and luggage passes through God know what, and I’m bound to touch my face at least once every half hour, the amount of bacteria freaks me out (sorry for the ramble).

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Moisturiser

If you don’t have any (or minimal) makeup on, you can always hydrate your face with a good moisturiser. Even though this is something I won’t normally do, I added this in especially for those with drier or sensitive skin. The air-condition on the plane really dries out all of the moisture on your face, so it’s good to re-hydrate your skin every now and again. If you’ve got makeup on, I suggest you opt for a face mist so as not to ruin your makeup.

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If you’re like me and don’t like to apply a full face of makeup when travelling – but at the same time not looking like you just woke up from hibernation – these next few makeup items will do just the trick.

CC Cream

When I’m on holiday (and because it’s Summer), I like to go for a light base so I opt for something like CC Cream or tinted moisturiser rather than foundation. Apart from feeling light on the skin, you can use your fingers to apply CC Cream for a natural flawfless finish. Bonus.

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Concealer

Need I explain? A definite must-have to cover those dark circles and blemishes.

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Powder

Even though a lot of people go for that dewy finish in the Summer, I prefer a matte finish all year round. Plus, it keeps my makeup in place (and from melting off).

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Tinted Lip Balm

The great thing about tinted lip balms is that they’re going to keep your lips moisturised AND give that pop of colour. Perfect. If you prefer a heavier moisturiser or just don’t want any colour, I’d go with a lip butter or lip cream.

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 Blusher

Ok, I must admit – I’m not one to apply makeup during a flight – I prefer having my face ready pre-flight and then just roll with it. Then again, it depends on the duration as well as the time of the flight. For those of you who like to touch up their face, having a blusher on hand will really liven up your complexion.

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Mascara

Skip the full face of makeup and go for a simple natural look. I switch out my eyeshadows for more and more mascara. It really brings the look together and makes your eyes pop!

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Makeup Bag

Ok, I know – this is pretty self-explanatory…it’s not like you’re going to carry your makeup in your hands or pockets. Nonetheless, I wanted to show you the makeup bag I use. I suggest you invest in a good medium sized makeup bag that roughly fits your go-to makeup – I got this Cath Kidston one off ASOS.makeup-bag

 

And those are my packing essentials!

What products do you take with you on holiday? Enjoyed this post? Like it! Share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

 

 

Top 5 Lipsticks for Summer

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Summer has finally started so I thought that’s it’s only fit to kickstart the season by sharing my top 5 Summer lippies.

Rimmel London New Moisture Renew Lipstick in In Love with Ginger – €8.44

I’ve been on the hunt for a beautiful orange-red lipstick for ages, and this Rimmel lipstick just fits that category perfectly. Smooth and creamy, this lipstick is one that suits most skin tones. Love it!

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Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Amped – €5.99

Talk about a statement lip! This beauty is one of the most pigmented, matte yet, not drying lip product I own. I must admit – not my go-to colour, but I do try to push myself sometimes. I wear it mostly when I don’t feel like playing around with eye-make up, but still want to look put together. If you’re feeling adventurous, give this one a go.

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Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Amethyst Shimmer – €6.49

For those who aren’t crazy over a super bold lip, I suggest you try this. I was drawn to this colour simply because I was venturing into more purple-based lipsticks. What I like most about this lipstick is that you can really build up the colour intensity, so that way you’re able to see what looks best on you.

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e.l.f. Studio Matte Lip Colour in True Red – €4.86

You might recognise this product from previous posts, and because I love it so much, it’s worth another mention. This product is matte, yet creamy and simply gorgeous. Apart from being super-pigmented, it’s wears for quite a long which I really like. And it’s only €4.86!!

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Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Macaroon – €6.61

Even though bold lips look beautiful in Summer, it’s good to take a break for those bright colours and go with something more natural. This lip butter applies beautifully and is great for on the go as you can get away with applying it without a mirror. Apart from that, it is very moisturising and gives your lips an effortless tint for Summer.

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Hopefully you’ll get a better idea of what I’m talking about from these swatches:

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And that’s all for today!

What lip products will you be sporting this Summer? Did you enjoy reading this? Like the post! Share your thoughts and comments below!

Until next time,

Elaine xo