Review: Stila Palette

I’ve been racking my brain all week long trying to find something to blog about. Since I’ve been trying to use products I already have rather than buying new ones, I looked through my collection to see if something inspires me enough to blog about it. And here we are!

Today, I’ll be talking about one of my favourite purchases – the Stila In the Light Palette. This product holds a special place in my heart simply because it’s the first high-end product I ever owned.

I purchased the palette off feelunique.com for €32.50 – at the time I didn’t know of any sites that ship this product other than feelunique, so maybe you should try a couple other sites that might sell it for slightly cheaper. The product comes in a sleek, rose gold coloured packaging which is so beautiful. Moreover, the palette opens/closes magnetically and therefore is secure and great for travelling.stila-palette

The palette is made up of 10 gorgeous shades; 4 matte and the other 6 shimmery. In addition, it also comes with one of Stila’s famous waterproof smudge stick liners.  The colours are all powder eye-shadows and all have a great consistency. In my opinion, they are really pigmented (the swatches below don’t do them justice) and even though they are a powder, none of them have a chalky application. On the contrary, these eye-shadows glide on really nice and smoothly, and are super-blendable. What I love about the colours in this palette is that you can really buff them out to your desired look, from subtle to smokey these colours will work effortlessly.

Additionally, the eye-shadows stay do stay on for a long period of time (and that’s saying something in Malta!) and rarely crease. Probably, them sometimes creasing has to do with the climate here in Malta (in fact, in Winter they don’t crease at all!) since it’s super hot and super humid. I have worn them on their own, with a primer and also with a cream shadow under and most of the time there is no creasing whatsoever, but I thought it was still worth a mention.

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The colours I would say I use the most are ebony, bliss and bare. I also use sandstone and kitten quite a lot too. I actually use ebony (a very dark-almost-black-blue) as an eyeliner, creating a soft yet smokey line which looks really put together and is actually faster to apply than actual eye liner. The first shade, bare, is perfect for washing out any redness or veins on your eyelids and is also the perfect colour for highlighting under your brows. Bliss, sunset and sandstone are the colours I use mostly for blending and buffing out those harsh corners. I sometimes use bliss on it’s own just in the crease for a subtle definition. I can’t review this palette without mentioning cult favourite, kitten – I use this in the corner of my eyes (and sometimes exactly in the centre of my lid) to make look bigger and more awake. I can’t even begin to describe your gorgeous this colour is. It’s the right amount of pinky-champagne and I just LOVE it!

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I do like the smudge stick but I haven’t used it that much since most of the time I either use a black liner or ebony (from this palette) as I find it suits me more.

Below you can find swatches of each colour but I apologise in advance for how they turned out – the swatches really don’t do the palette justice – it’s just that i had to swatch them on my arm AND take the photo so it was a bit awkward and uncomfortable. Also, the lighting is not the best, but hopefully you get the gist. The swatches are in the order they are in the palette (per row) so I didn’t label the swatches because otherwise you actually wouldn’t be able to see the swatch itself (I hope I’m making sense).

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Do you have this palette? Which shade is your favourite? If you enjoyed this post, like it! Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

 

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Products I’ve Used Up #1

Today I’ll be sharing with you a couple of products that I’ve completely used up these past months. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot to show you as I’ve only been collecting my empties since recently.

L’Oreal Professionnel Paris Intense Repair Nutrition Masque

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May I just point out how amazing this stuff is?! Believe me when I say that if you have curly, unruly hair, this baby is a lifesaver! My hair gets so dry and tangled that every now and then, I used to comb a small amount of this mask through my hair (emphasising mostly on the tips) and just rinse it out after 2 minutes. My hair would not only be shinier, but also sooo smooth and silky! I definitely recommend this product especially for people with tangled, frizzy, curly hair – and it lasts for ages! Love it!

Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Concealer

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Not a lot to say about this product since I’ve already mentioned my love for this concealer so many times before. I obviously had a backup for this but now I have to buy a backup for my backup! (if that makes sense) – Anyway, you can never have too much concealer in your collection.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream

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I’m not very fussy about moisturiser, I must admit, but I’ve really been enjoying this one. In fact I’m currently on my third tub of this! It’s not too heavy and leaves your skin feeling nice and fresh. It takes some time to be fully absorbed in the skin so I prefer using it at night rather in the morning before I start my makeup routine, but it’s good just the same.

Australian BodyCare TeaTree Oil Wet Wipes

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The reason I had got these wipes was because they were on offer and because they were TeaTree infused. I must admit, you can definitely feel the TeaTree working, but they left my face so dry! Plus, sometimes one wipe wouldn’t be enough to remove my makeup or else, I’ll be left with makeup residue the next day. I wouldn’t say they were disappointing because to a certain extent, they did get the job done, but I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing them for now.

The Body Shop Bath & Shower Gel in Spiced Pumpkin

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I had bought this round Christmas and only recently have I used up all of it! For those wondering, yes – I do shower everyday, but you only need the tiniest amount (especially if you’re using a loofa) as it really lathers up. The smell is so good, especially during the winter months. I absolutely love this and will definitely be re-purchasing another one in a different scent!

And that’s all for today!

What products have you used up recently? Did you enjoy reading this post? Like it! Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

Nail Polish Tutorial: A Hint of Mint

As you may know, I’m rubbish at nail polish application, but a few weeks ago I wanted to try something different. Therefore, I decided to share with you how I achieved this nail design!

You can use any nail polish colours you wish – I’m currently in love with mint so I decided to use bluish-green tones. As you can see from the picture below, any brand of polish will do. I decided to go for a gradient effect, but you can choose to go with whatever you prefer.

You will also need any type of sponge for the design. I used one of my makeup blending sponges as they’re just the right size of nail designs.

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After applying my base coat, I applied Essie’s Mint Candy Apple to all off my nails except my ring finger. Since I had never done it before, I tried the design only as an accent nail, but I’m pretty sure it would look even better on all of your nails!

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While your nails are drying, apply the nail polishes you decided on using on to the sponge. Since you’re aiming for a gradient effect, make sure you’re applying the colours from darkest to lightest. When applying the nail polish on to the sponge, make sure to slightly overlap the previous colour so that your gradient will be blended nicely.

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Once you’re done with applying the nail polish to the sponge, gently press the sponge onto your finger. You can do this until you’ve achieved your desired gradient. After taking photo below, I actually went back in with the sponge and added a bit more of teal and mint to make my design a bit lighter.

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When I was happy with how the design looked, I grabbed a cotton bud, dipped it into some nail polish remover, and carefully wiped off the excess nailpolish on the edges of my finger. After giving my new design some time to dry, I applied a clear top coat to all of my nails.

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And voila!

If you decide to try out this nail polish design, send me a photo on Instagram and Twitter @elainemuscat94 or on Facebook, as I would love to see them!

Did you like this tutorial? Like the post! Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

OOTD: Patches Market

About two weeks ago, Patches hosted another great Artisan Market at the Upper Barraka in Valletta. My friend Rebecca from Becky’s Treats was there so I decided to go say hi – and I’m so glad I did!

I also took this opportunity to convince my brother to take a couple shots of my outfit – and (just in case you didn’t realise by now) that’s what I’ll be sharing with you today.

As you can see, I decided to go for something simple – I didn’t feel like wearing a lot of makeup or dressing up too much – I just wanted to be comfortable.

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ootd-accessories

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What I Wore:
Crop Top: New Look
Maxi Skirt: New Look
Sandals: Boohoo
Handbag: Primark
Watch: New Look
Ring: H&M
Nail Polish: Essie Candy Mint Apple

And here are a couple of photos from Becky’s Treats‘ stand!

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Just in case you missed it, you can like her Facebook page so you’ll know where she’ll be next 🙂

And that’s all for today! Did you enjoy the post? Like it! Share your thoughts and comments below!

Until next time,

Elaine xo