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Event | Niumee Launch

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the launch of Niumee in Mriehel which is a totally new concept in the general aesthetic well-being department and something totally new for Malta. The premises are very large and decorated in a modern way that appeals to everyone I'm sure.

During the launch, we had the chance to wander around the premises and there were even some offers going on during the night. Apart from a nail and pedicure bar and hairdressing stations, Niumee also houses a gym, a nail academy and laser treatment rooms to mention a few.

During the event, attendees were also given a chance to participate in a lottery to win a beautiful set from Morellato, an Italian jewellery brand found at Sunlab and VIP outlets. Milu by Mimi also showcased some of their beautiful occasion dresses (I couldn't stay around for the whole evening so I don't have any pictures) and Teoxane and Uriage products were also given out to guests. As we were leaving, we were also given a bottle of J.P. Chenet Ice Edition and a little plant.

A selection of Morellato jewellery
L to R: hairdressing station, gym, waiting area, pedicure section and one of the laser treatment rooms
Nubea and Screen products for beauty and hair treatments respectively
Pearlsmile teeth-whitening station
Teoxane products
The cutest wine bottle ever! Thanks J.P. Chenet!

Thanks to the people behind Niumee for allowing me to be part of this night and I wish you all the best and good luck with this new venture!

Review | The Body Shop Drops of Light Pure Translucency Essence Lotion

Skin care is one of my favourite areas in the beauty world and I really like to keep abreast with what's new and right now, essences seem to be all the range.

What are these essences? I hear you ask. Not to be confused with cream moisturisers, they are somewhat watery fluids which help the skin maintain its moisture levels. Many skin care brands recommend you apply an essence right after cleansing to seal in moisture and prepare the skin for the treatments to follow.

One such product I am currently using in my skin care routine, is The Body Shop Drops of Light Pure Translucency Essence Lotion. It comes in a clean white bottle, which may I add, looks very nice in my bathroom. The lotion has a very watery consistency and is transparent in colour.

The Body Shop Drops of Light Pure Translucency essence lotion contains red algae extract which are known to be rich in Vitamin C as well as other nutrients and minerals that are beneficial for our skin's well being. These same extracts also help brighten the skin, giving it a more even tone.

I like to apply it with my fingertips, smooth it onto my skin, then gently pat to help it get absorbed and boost circulation. It is recommended to use this essence lotion day and night on cleansed skin, which is exactly the way I use it and I feel my skin looks much plumper ever since I started using this product. I have also noticed a decrease in sebum production as my skin is always thoroughly moisturised.

If you get one thing from The Body Shop's skin care range, make sure it's this essence lotion which is also suitable for sensitive skin.

The Body Shop outlets are located in Paola, Valletta, Bugibba, Sliema and Arkadia, Gozo.

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What's in my Travel Makeup Bag?

I'm already missing our agriturism trip to Sicily which came to an end Wednesday late at night. I really enjoyed a full 5 days of relaxation and just peaceful surroundings. I didn't have time to do this post before we left, so today, whilst I was unpacking, I thought it would be interesting to show you what I packed with me in terms of makeup, toiletries and skin care so here goes!

Let's start with skin care first. When I am packing for a trip away, my priority is to keep my skin hydrated all throughout, so moisturising products make up most of my bag. Apart from time on an airplane which can be very drying on the skin, I find my skin gets drier with the less humid air abroad so that's an added factor I like to take in consideration.
I stocked up on thermal water (Vichy and Uriage) to refresh my skin on the go, Polaar Ice Source moisturiser for night time and Eau Thermale Avene Clenance Mat for day time to keep my skin looking matte. As for treatments, I packed Declare Pro Youthing Detox Night Cream and Declare Anti-Irritation Serum.

Of course, cleansing is as important so I packed Declare Cleansing Milk and Eau Thermale Avene Clenance Micellar Water to fully remove makeup at the end of the day. To protect my skin against the sun, I took Eau Thermale Avene sunblock which is not sticky at all and does not leave any white residues. Finally, I have Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream as an anti-wrinkle day cream and Skinceuticals CE Ferulic anti-oxidant to protect against free radicals.

As for hair and body care, my picks were The Body Shop Olive Shower Gel and Rainforest Volume shampoo, Schwarzkopf Gliss Shampoo and Conditioner (they come in sachets so are easier to carry), Fa deodorant, The Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray (to cool my feet after a full day walking around), Juvena Sunsation and Valentino Valentina perfumes. Lastly, I packed a new found love, the Pupa Milano Multifunction Super After Sun Cream which doubles up as a shower gel and after sun in one!

As much as I love makeup, I really don't like fussy looks while on holiday so I tend to pack just some basic products. Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette in Midsummer's Dream and Pupa Milano BB Cream + Primer are always winners with me as they are everything I really need. I also like to pack with me Catrice Prime and Fine Translucent Powder and Brow Wax, Clinique Air Brush Concealer and Catrice Camouflage Cream concealer; as well as Flormar Rotating High Performance Volume Mascara. For lips I took Revlon nude lip pencil and MAC lipsticks in Velvet Teddy and Brave. I also took some Pupa Milano Vamp! coloured liquid liners and Essence Gel Eye Pencil waterproof in 01 Black Blaze. Just in case I got a tan, I packed a sample of La Prairie caviar foundation which is just a tad darker than my skin tone. 

And that's it! That is what I carried with me to Sicily (and Barcelona a month ago). What are your beauty must-haves on holiday?

Henry London watches now in Malta!

Henry London watches have just been launched in Malta thanks to VIP and Sunlab. Although I couldn't make it to the official launch during the Pink Fashion Show as I was abroad, I'm thrilled I was still able to discover the range, and here I am sharing it with you too :)

The Henry London brand has a sweet story behind it's origins; it all started with two successful, young designers on their hunt for inspiration from London's vintage markets on Portobello Road. There they saw a watch with the words Henry, August 1965 engraved on its back and that is when inspiration struck to give birth to a watch brand with a vintage touch that still appeals to today's generations.

In a tribute to vintage watches, Henry London timepieces have an elegant domed face and bracelets are crafted from high quality stainless steel Milanese mesh, whilst straps are made from the finest of soft leathers carefully coloured to a bespoke palette of heritage shades. The back of each Henry London watch comes with the original inscription seen on the watch which inspired it all and there is also space to personalize your watch with your own inscription!

To further enrich the range, Henry London have just launched their SS'16 collections at Baselworld last March. They unveiled the Piccadilly, Shoreditch and Moonphase collections, all of which offer a distinct and interesting detail to any outfit.

Here are my favourite pieces from Henry London - but which one shall I go for?

Henry London watches can be found in Malta at all Sunlab and VIP outlets., go check them out yourselves - and with a very affordable price range, you are bound to find what you are looking for!

Black & White

I love colourful outfits but sometimes, I just feel like nothing beats a good old monochrome outfit. This was definitely the case last week when I went for an all black and white outfit for dinner with my family for my brother's birthday. It was also an excuse to wear my new pair of heels from Asos an basically the whole outfit revolved around them and this light checked top which I got from Primark way back in December. I was actually surprised with the quality of this top and it really doesn't look cheap at all!

Top, Primark | Faux leather skirt, Jennyfer | Ankle strap heels, Asos
Earrings, Pimkie | Watch, DKNY | Bracelet, Morellato at Sunlab
Ring, Viventy at 202 Jewellery