September Favourites 2014

September Favourites

As I might have mentioned in previous posts, I am currently trying to make use of the products I currently own, rather than simply buying new ones. Therefore, I get to actually re-discover products I may have put aside or didn’t have the chance to really try.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation in Dark Beige (55)

Since I’ve been at work, I’ve been using the e.l.f. mineral foundation in Warm and had totally forgot about this product. It was only this past month that I actually got into using it. It applies nice and even. I must admit, even though it is quite pigmented, once you buff it in to the skin, it is much more sheer than I expected it to be. Therefore, I personally need a good two layers of it and then going in back with concealer (keep in mind my problematic skin). The shade I have is slightly dark for me and could have gone a shade lighter as it may show up slightly orange. Then again, thanks to my ‘tan’, I can get away with it for now. What I really like about this product is that it feels really light on the skin and really does last. When I’m wearing it, it feels like a barely have got anything on and especially in Malta’s humid weather, that’s a major plus.
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The Body Shop Hand Sanitizer in Coconut

You probably know by now that I love my hand sanitizers. In fact, I already have two new ones waiting to be used. The main reason I use hand sanitizers so much is that I have such a bad habit of constantly touching my face. Apart from that, I use public transport daily, and if you have ever used public transport yourself, you will understand that not everyone is hygienic, which quite frankly, disgusts me.
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Bourjois 123 CC Eye Cream in Light Beige

I had been eyeing this product for a while so I was quite excited to try it out. To be quite honest, I think I prefer my Maybelline Concealer more than I this one. What I really like about this product is that it does cover up those dark circles and also brightens my under eye area. Therefore, I like to use this most when I need to look like a had 10 hours of sleep. I also do like the consistency of it, but again, I prefer the Maybelline one. It did crease a couple of times on me, but when I took the time to set it really well, I didn’t as much creasing. We also have to keep in mind that during the month of September, it is still quite hot and humid in Malta. Therefore, some products that might be fantastic in other countries, may have varied results here due to the climate.

Bourjois Concealer

Real Techniques Stippling Brush

As you may know, I love the Real Techniques brushes quite a bit, so it’s no surprise that this ended up in my favourites. Even though I normally go for the Expert Face Brush for foundation application, I reached out for this brush more this month, especially when applying the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum. I prefer this buffed in finish with the particular base I use, giving off a very natural healthy-looking finish. Since it has short bristles, it gives you a controlled, even application, which I really like. This is definitely a brush a would recommend to anyone!
Real Techniques Stippling Brush

And those were all the things I was loving this month!

What were your September Favourites? Did you enjoy the post? Like it! Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

 

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My Makeup Story Tag

A few weeks ago, I got tagged by the sweet Charlene from A Cosmetic Affair and the beautiful Maya from Blue Jeans and Red Lipstick to do the ‘My Makeup Story Tag’. If you haven’t already, go check out her blog here.

1. How old were you when you started makeup?

I remember loving playing dress up as a kid – using my mum’s makeup just for fun and dressing up for Carnival and Halloween. With regards to when I properly started wearing makeup – I would say round age 11-12 when I legitimately used to apply this powder blue eyeshadow all over my lid, starting from my lash-line all the up to my brows. Ugh.

2. How did you get into makeup?

It started off as wanting to feel girly and mature (as a 12-year old) and then I kind of just wore eye-liner and the occasional foundation my mum had matched me with. It was actually around the age of 16 that I really started interesting myself in makeup by excessively watching (and nothing has changed) YouTube tutorials.

3. What are some of your favourite brands?

Since I don’t really afford high-end products, most of my favourites are drugstore. The Body Shop, Rimmel and Maybelline are my go-to brands as I tend to love most of their products. My current high-end favourites are Stila and M.A.C.

4. What does makeup mean to you?

Honestly, makeup to me means art. I know that might be cheesy to a lot of you, but that’s how I can best describe it. I was never good at drawing art or at being creative. For, me applying makeup is like painting on a blank canvas and finding out what works best.

5. If you could only wear 4 products on your face, what would they be?

Definitely concealer, mascara, brow pencil and bronzer. Don’t think I can go without them.

6. What is your favourite thing about makeup?

My favourite thing about makeup would have to be the fact that you can always try different things to suit your liking that day…and at the end of the day, you can remove and re-apply.

7. What do you think about drugstore vs. high-end makeup?

As I said, I don’t own many high-end products, but that’s simply because I can’t afford it. I’ve recently made a decision to buy 1 high-end product rather than many drugstore ones. Like that I can slowly start building up my high-end collection. Other than that, I do like both drugstore and high-end makeup.

8. What is one tip of advice you can give a beginner?

Less is best. As OK it is to experiment, the best way to do so is to take things step by step and don’t overdue it. You can love makeup all you want, but if you applied too much foundation, you will end up looking cakey – and that’s not a good look. Take one thing at a time to learn what best suits you.

9. What is one makeup trend you never understood?

I guess everybody applies makeup the way they like it so I try my best not to judge. I think my biggest makeup pet-peeve is a lip liner three shades darker than the actual lip colour being used. I know it’s meant to accentuate the lips, but three unblended shades darker??!! Really?! I just don’t get it.

10. What do you think about the beauty community on YouTube?

I love the beauty community on YouTube. I find it really handy to learn new tips and tricks as well as just watch them to get inspired. Hopefully, in the near future, I may be open to start my own little corner on Youtube 😉

And that’s all of the questions for this tag!

The people I tag are:

Victoria and Tori from Pretty Lovely Girls
Maria & Maria from M&M’s Meeting Point
Rhi from Moving On, Up & Away
Ellie from The Uniform

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

Review + Demo: GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment

Today, I’ll be discussing the one of the award-winning face masks from the GlamGlow range. In the last couple months or so, bloggers and YouTubers have been raving about these products non-stop, so I decided to give it a go.

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I decided to go with the GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment and ordered it online from lookfantastic.com. This product costs around €44.50 (depends where you get it from) –  I know, I know, it’s quite the splurge. I’ve had honestly been stalling to purchase this for months and the reason I did is that I had started experiencing breakouts mainly across my cheeks and chin around 6-7 months ago. I’ve seen great reviews and demos about this product and many beauty people said that this product helps with acne-prone skin, breakouts and blemishes. So that’s why I decided to give it a try.

The packaging is quite big and original as well as quite luxurious. As you will see later on, the product is quite small in comparison to the box and part of the price you’re paying is packaging which is a bit frustrating because it’s something one can do without. Once you open the box, there is a leaflet laying on top with the major ingredients and benefits this product is made up of. There are little notations on each of the major products which I quite like as you can actually know what’s in it rather than simply applying it to your face.

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You are then greeted with a “Hello Sexy” which in my opinion, would make anyway smile. This seems to be their trademark touch to  each product they release. Once you open the “Hello Sexy” flap, you’ve finally reached the product!

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The jar itself is quite small – personally I knew that before I purchased it, so I can’t really complain. After all, it is a luxury product. The jar contains approximately 30ml of product which you can either use as a face mask or else as a spot treatment.

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It claims to tighten skin texture and pores whilst fighting common skin problems such as blemishes, breakouts and even ingrown hair. You can use it 2-3 times a week or else as often as you need.

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As you can see, the product is quite messy and dark in colour. In the jar and upon application, it is a dark charcoal grey but dries to light grey.

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Once you applied the product, leave on for 5-20 minutes depending on length of desired treatment. What this product is basically doing is that it’s sucking out all of the gunk out of the applied area. Therefore it’s thoroughly cleaning your skin leaving it nice and smooth.

Moreover, it contains Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acids that work to heal damaged skin and smooth pigmentation. I have been using it for quite a while and found that it is quite effective. I wouldn’t say it was incredibly effective on my skin simply because I have recently learnt that my breakouts are actually acne since I suffer (also recently discovered) from PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). Therefore, the product is not going to work as well as it would on people who simply have breakouts.

On the other hand, I did notice that my breakouts reduced slightly and my blemishes did fade slightly (obviously with constant acne breakouts it’s a bit difficult to tell if they did in fact fade or not).

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Once it starts drying you will notice that it starts changing colour from a dark to a light grey which is both cool and disgusting (it does look like you’ve got mould on your face) at the same time. If you’ve got any blackheads you can also notice that the oil will and dirt from those blackheads will start surfacing. That means that they were trapped under your skin and are now extracted.

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This is what it looks like after leaving it for 20mins. Obviously, you can’t see any blackheads that have surfaced because I don’t have any where I applied the product. The reason I applied it in that area is purely to help my breakouts. Once the mask almost completley turns light grey is when you know you can take it off. To remove, use a damp wash cloth or simply remove with warm water.

This product is great if you’ve got a breakout the day before and important event. What you can do is simply apply it as a spot treatment on the area and leave it overnight. When you wake up, the breakout will be almost if not completely healed and flat by the morning.

If you’re going to use this all over your face so as to have nice skin before an event or for example, before going abroad, I suggest that you do this at least 2 days before. This is because if you’re applying it all over your face, you will pulling out a lot of oil and dirt from your skin at once and this may cause you to actually breakout. So just as a measure of caution, it’s best to apply it roughly 2 days before.

Moreover, I suggest that after using this product, you either go in with a moisturising mask or simply with a good moisturiser as it may slightly dry out your skin. I personally think this product is more suitable for oily skin rather than dry. If you have dry skin and would like to try something from the GlamGlow range, I suggest the Glam Glow Thirsty Mud Hydrating Treatment.

I personally think this product is amazing, especially if you don’t have the skin problems I have. If you’re suffering from acne and being medicated for it, please be careful and consult with your dermatologist before using this as it may not be the best choice for you to use with acne medication.

Did you find this review interesting? Like the post! Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

Review: ZOEVA Rose Golden Luxury Set

These past two weeks have been quite hectic for me as I’ve been sitting for a couple of exams, the last one being this Saturday. Therefore, I haven’t had much time to brainstorm about new things for the blog. I know, I’m sorry. Now most people who end up in a situation like this one, just skip the week’s blogpost – Well, I don’t want to!

Therefore, I’m re-blogging a post from one of my favourite bloggers/youtubers, EssieButton. She always brings a smile to my face and I thought – since I love her so much, why not share the love with you?!

May I stress that I DO NOT OWN any of the following content. All credit goes to EssieButton. You can find the original post, here.

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A couple of months ago I was browsing through my Bloglovin’ feed and came across a review of this brush set by From Roses. I wasn’t in the market for any new brushes, but I was completely blinded by her gorgeous photos. ….And let’s be honest, no one has ever won a fight against rose gold…it’s too good. Anyway, I decided to sleep on it, but the next morning they were still on my mind so I placed and order and waited for the postman.

Rose Golden Luxury Set-€65
The set includes 8 brushes and a matching travel bag. I honestly wasn’t expecting to love these as much as my Real Techniques brushes, but the quality of these brushes is fantastic! They remind me a lot of the Sigma Brushes (Flat top kabuki etc.) because of their soft bristles. The set comes with both natural and synthetic bristles brushes (synthetic brushes are typically my favourite because they work really well with both cream and powder products and dry super quickly after washing), but the natural brushes are excellent blenders.

My favourite brushes from the kit are the 102 Silk Finish Face Brush, 110 Face Shape Brush (great for contouring) and the 231 Petit Crease Brush. 

Have you tried Zoeva brushes before? Are you also a fan of the luscious rose gold handles?

August Favourites 2014

Just like that, in a blink of an eye, Summer is practically over! And that can only mean that it’s time for another monthly favourites!

Tangle Teezer Original Professional Detangling Hairbrush – Purple & Pink

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I have been using this for quite a while now and let me just say – my hair is thanking me! I have naturally curly hair, so combing it when dry is both painful and tedious, as well as leaving my hair super frizzy. Therefore, I use the Tangle Teezer on damp hair and comb in sections from the tips of my hair to the root (if that makes sense). It literally leaves my hair so soft! Life-saver, definitely!

e.l.f. Mineral Foundation in Warm

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I’ve had this product for ages, and can’t believe I had forgotten all about it! I had initially put it aside because I was always using liquid foundation, but recently, I re-kindled my love for it. Since it’s Summer, liquid foundation tends to slip off my face and look patchy due to the heat. Moreover, I am currently experiencing a lot of breakouts on my chin and cheeks so I opted for a lighter base. In my opinion, it is not full coverage but I conceal any blemishes I have anyway so this just sets everything in place and matches my skin tone perfectly.

Real Techniques Blush Brush

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These Real Technique brushes are just amazing, aren’t they?! Every brush I have of theirs, I love – this month it just happens to be the blush brush. No lie, I have been using this brush every single day this month! Since it is really light and fluffy, it gives you an almost airbrushed, beautifully blended finish. With that being said, don’t be too heavy handed with your blush or you’ll end up looking like someone smashes tomatoes on your cheeks 😉

New Look Sunglasses

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They’re giraffe-print. Enough said.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

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I must admit, I watched the movie before reading the book. I know, I know. I love the movie so I had quite high expectations for the book. It was intentionally written for children (which is ironic because the movie is not aimed towards kids!) so the diction is sometimes slightly childish for my liking, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I definitely recommend it 🙂

And those are all the things I’ve been loving this month!

What have you been loving this August? If you enjoyed reading this post, like it! Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo