Event: IT Style 1st Year Anniversary

Last Saturday, IT Style Malta celebrated their first year anniversary and were kind enough to invite me! IT Style, is an Italian brand of make-up and accessories available here in Malta.

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I was so excited to go to the event (mainly because I can buy more makeup!) but I must admit, I went in a bit rushed as I was quite tight with time so I couldn’t check out the products as much as I wanted to. Hopefully, next time I’m in Sliema (which will probably take a while as I’m so busy!), I’ll pop by the store again and purchase some items – the lipsticks and eyeliners did catch my eye…

They had offers going on all day through Friday and Saturday such as a 20% off discount on ALL items and a goodie bag with every purchase over €25. Apart from that, they had certain products that were on sale (pretty good deal, in my opinion!). Even though I didn’t have much time to look around, IT Style Malta were kind enough to set me off with a generous goodie bag.

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These are the products I found inside!

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  • Rossetto (Lipstick) 24h Luxury Kiss
  • Smalto (Nail Polish) in Deep Purple (93)
  • Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Black
  • Ombretto Cotto Sombra (Baked Eyeshadow) in Beige (22)
  • Fard Compatto (Compact Blush) in Sun (10)

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So far, I’ve tried the lipstick and blush – I really like them! I’m sorry, but I could not find the lipstick shade anywhere – they don’t have it listed on their website :/ It’s a pity, because it is a gorgeous vampy red and lasts for ages! I wouldn’t say 24h, but it did last me quite a while.

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The blusher is also very nice. It is a matte muted pinky-coral and suits most skin tones. Just to warn you, it is very pigmented so don’t be heavy-handed with this product – I actually prefer them to be very pigmented with little application rather than sheer where you have to spend a lot of time applying product. I will have to test out the other products but I’ve read that the baked eyeshadow can be used wet or dry and the eyeliner claims to be waterproof. I will try them out and report back 🙂

Thankyou, IT Style for these goodies – you will surely see me around! 😉

And go check out the IT Style outlet at The Point, Level -2, Tigné !!

Have you ever tried IT Style products? If you enjoyed this post, like it! Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

 

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Top 5 Autumn/Winter Lipsticks

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I don’t know about you, but Autumn is my favourite season. I love Autumn’s fashion (even though, I’m still learning how to layer outfits), makeup looks, change in weather, and everything else really. Even though in Malta, it still feels like Summer – it literally only rained once, and we’re sometimes having hotter days than in Summer – I still try to find any excuse to transition into the Autumn season.

Today, I’ll be sharing with you my favourite Autumn/Winter lipsticks. I must admit, the majority are red, but I can’t help it! In fact, that is why I merged the two seasons together because in Winter all I wear is either lip balm, or a red lip.

Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Laquer in Celestial – €7.79

These lip laquers from Rimmel are just amazing. They glide so smoothly, and their colour pay-off is ridiculous! Even though I like nude lips, I don’t find that it soothes me that much, so this (and another lipstick I’ll be showing you) is the next best thing. I absolutely love this!

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Rimmel London Kate Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick in 107 – €7.14

This lipstick is probably my most worn lipsticks of all time! I just love it! The 107 has been such a hit in the beauty community – the winter season would not go by without someone raving about it. Not only is it a deep red, but it applies as a matte satin finish which is just gorgeous – this means that it will last more than your regular lipstick (most mattes last longer) without drying your lips out. I currently have super dry lips because of the medication I’m taking, and this feels so good on my lips. Can’t recommend it enough!

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Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Moisturising Lipstick in Power Red – €22.10

This gorgeous baby is the only high-end lipstick I own – and I absolutely love it! Unlike the Rimmel 107, it’s a creamy true red colour and has a gorgeous shine to it. Apart from the gold packaging being so luxurious and classy, the colour pay-off is outstanding – I went out to eat and after stuffing myself with food, it was still there on my lips! A bit pricey, I know – but you can always wait for a feelunique.com offer! 😉

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The Body Shop ColourGlide Shine Lip Colour in 11 – Rare Coral

As I previously said, I’m not really a nude person as I feel that most nudes wash me out, but I don’t mind this one. It is actually the only nude I own and did get it as a gift – If I had to choose, I think I’d rather go for a nude with more pink-bluish undertones. This is mainly because I have yellow undertones to my warm-neutral skin, and therefore, products that have orange undertones can make me look even more yellow/orange. Nonetheless, I don’t mind this – it’s very creamy, smooth and hydrating. I only wore this a couple of times when I had heavier eye-makeup, and I liked the way it looked on me. This means I need to invest in some more nude lipsticks!

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NYX Round Lipstick in Black Cherry (LSS575) – €5

This creamy lipstick is in a class of it’s own. I just love the intensity and colour pay-off this lipstick gives! Even though it is a very dark vampy red, it has brown and purple undertones to it that make it so wintery. Just like the Rimmel 107, it does not dry your lips out, being it is matte. Another thing I love about this product is that you can determine how dark your lips are going to be based on preference – you can really build this product up. Love it!

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Here are the swatches for each lipstick mentioned 🙂 I apologise for the quality of some of the photos – Will try to get that sorted ASAP.

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And that’s all for today!

What are your favourite lipsticks for this season? Did you enjoy reading this? Like it! Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

LookFantastic October Beauty Box

As you may know, lookfantastic has recently launched a monthly subscription box known as their Beauty Box. This month’s is the second Beauty Box they issued – AND is the only beauty subscription box that ships to Malta!

I had actually pre-ordered their September Beauty Box, but never received it until I ordered the October Beauty Box – I then received the two boxes at one go! But since it had been a while since the majority of boxes were delivered, I figured I would simply skip that one and go straight to this month’s Beauty Box.

So, the Beauty Box comes in, well, a box, that looks quite neat and due to the black on white contrast, also sleek.

Look Fantastic Beauty Box

On opening the box,  you are greeted with a warm message “Discover something beautiful #LFBEAUTYBOX“. Moreover, there is also a leaflet with a short description on each product found in the Beauty Box.

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These are the products I found in this month’s installment (left to right)

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*I could not find the exact product on the site, but most of the KMS California line lookfantastic carries is around €15 – €20 per item.

Keeping in mind that the whole box only costs €19.50, these Beauty Boxes are totally value for money! I know, the products sent are only sample sizes (some of them), and the prices listed may be for 3 times the product, but still – when you think about it, these are items I wouldn’t generally reach for, so I’d rather spend €19.50 to test them out rather than an approximate total of €192!

I haven’t actually tried any of the products yet, as I just started testing out September’s Beauty Box – since they are mostly hair/skin products, it might take me a while.

With that being said, even though there are mostly hair and skin products, I hope that in the future lookfantastic introduce makeup products into their Beauty Boxes. I know that the reason they don’t do this already is probably due to personal preferences (skin tones, skin combinations), but it would be worth a shot.

I will keep you updated on the products I have been loving 🙂

Should I get the November Beauty Box?

Have you tried any of these products? Share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

Event: The Body Shop Malta

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you MUST have realized by now, how much I love The Body Shop. I must admit, I do fall for the products they put on the shelves and so far, I have loved almost every single product I have ever owned.

So last Tuesday, I got the opportunity to attend a bloggers’ event by The Body Shop (Malta)!! I had been contacted a few weeks back and was also asked to invite 6 other people to tag along. My good friends Liza and Fran were obviously two of the six, and the other four were these beautiful ladies:

Maya from Blue Jeans and Red Lipstick
Lyndsey from Splashes of Looks
Charlene from A Cosmetic Affair
Lorraine from Lola Loves Sparkles

The event took place at their Sliema outlet where we listened to a short presentation about the brand and their new products, mainly their Wild Argan Oil range. The presentation then transitioned into a makeup demo using The Body Shop products, and a mini pamper manicure session that we all could get.

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The most talked-about range during the event was of course their Wild Argan Oil range. This range is part of The Body Shop’s Community Fair Trade campaign and get Wild Argan Oil fr0m Morocco. The Body Shop currently have 25 Community Trade suppliers around the world and intend on featuring more.

The Wild Argan Oil Range consists of 9 products:

  • Wild Argan Oil Body Butter
  • Wild Argan Oil Radiant Oil
  • Wild Argan Oil Body Scrub
  • Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel
  • Wild Argan Oil Bubbling Bath
  • Wild Argan Oil Body Lotion
  • Wild Argan Oil Solid Oil Lip Balm
  • Wild Argan Oil Miracle Solid Oil
  • Wild Argan Oil Massage Soap

The range also comes with an ‘Argan Lily Blue’ Loofah, but doesn’t contain any Wild Argan Oil properties.

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During the makeup demo, their also was a short mention of the All in One Instablur Eye Primer. This product has been released for quite a few months but has been a hit since it first launched. This primer can be used all over the face like any other primer, with it’s main focus being for the eye area.

One of their latest releases, are the Colour Crush nail polish range. The 26 nail polish range is 100% vegan and is 5-free. The formula for these nail polishes is made without Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene or Camphor. Moreover, the formula is made with Community Trade Marula Oil.

The rest of the night consisted of a lovely chat with the ladies and the staff. The Body Shop were very generous by offering a free renewal of their Love Your Body Loyalty Card (which I had just renewed two weeks before :/ ) and on top of that, and additional 15% on all of their products! They also didn’t let us leave empty handed and gave us a very generous goodie bag to go along with our personal purchases.

I had happened to visit the shop two weeks prior to the event, so I didn’t purchase much. With that being said, I can’t help myself.

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I ended up getting the White Musk Smoky Rose Eau De Parfum and the Wild Argan Oil Massage Soap. May I first just point out that their entire White Musk range is divine – but, I can’t have it all (for now) and so decided to opt for this one. The Smoky Rose perfume has a (obviously) floral-musk scent which I find to be slightly mature and strong, yet not overpowering. It also has notes of tobacco flower which I personally find intriguing.

The Massage Soap is something that the salesgirl talked me into getting, I must admit. Not that I mind adding to my Wild Argan Oil collection (I have 4 out of the 9 + the loofah). I do actually like massage soaps and what really caught my attention is the shape. With the shape being as it is, it serves as a tension relieving massage as well as microcirculation – not that I suffer from lack of circulation but it can always help, especially in the Winter months (this is me justifying the reason for buying it).

On to the goodie bag! As I said, The Body Shop were very generous, and since I got a couple of friends with me, they dropped a few extra bits into my goodie bag!

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I know right! Quite the goodie bag! These are all the products I found in my goodie bag:

  • Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel
  • Dewberry Body Lotion
  • Chocomania Shower Cream [Sample Size]
  • 2 Chocomania Body Lotions [Sample Size]
  • Red Musk Eau De Parfum [Sample Size]
  • ColourGlide Shine Lip Colour in 11 – Rare Coral
  • Four Sample Pots of Body Lotions
  • Bath Soap Balls (couldn’t find there official name anywhere – If you know, please let me know)

Overall it was a lovely evening – great company, great products, great brand! Everyone from The Body Shop was so helpful and sweet – and they also offered us Oreos and a drink! Personally, I enjoyed every minute of it and can’t wait to try out all of the products!

What are your The Body Shop faves? Did you enjoy the post? Like it! Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo