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Un-boxing December Beauty Plait

After two months of debating whether I should or should not, I succumbed to temptation and ordered a one-time subscription of Malta's own monthly beauty subscription box, Plait which has been delivered to me last Thursday 😄

For those who are new to Plait(!), the concept first started out as a food, wine and beer subscription box service for Malta and Gozo with boxes ranging from organic veggies to traditional Maltese food, wine and beer. The last member to join the crew? You guessed it, the Beauty Plait!

The Beauty Plait was launched in October this year and while I was enthused with the idea that we now have a local beauty subscription box, I didn't think of subscribing to it right off the bat. I was never subscribed to any beauty boxes in fact for I am very picky about what products I use and to pay for products that will probably find themselves collecting dust at the back of one of my drawers, I think is a waste of money.

Until I saw the first October boxes from other local bloggers and girls who subscribed to Plait - the boxes contained 5 or 6 beautiful products that I would have actually used. Somehow, I still didn't subscribe to the November box but this time around, I threw in the towel.

I only subscribed to the December box though because I figured it would contain nice products for Christmas. You can opt for a six month subscription, a three month one or a one time subscription. I ordered my box as soon as the December ones became available (it's usually on the first day of every month that orders are open again for the next month). I had scheduled delivery for Tuesday morning but I had to head out to run some errands and I must have missed the courier. I contacted them via email and they sorted the matter out in a few minutes and re-scheduled my delivery for last Thursday afternoon. I really can't complain of their customer service!

I patiently waited for Thursday so I could finally open my first Plait Beauty Box! I already knew which products/brands to expect because I specifically scoured posts on a popular local beauty group on Facebook for pictures of what the boxes contain - yes I'm that curious. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed the thrill of opening the box to see the products I would get, and here they are! One thing to note is that none of the brands featured in this month's box test on animals.

Pupa Milano Glossy Lips 402 (€11.25)

I already own another shade of Pupa Glossy Lips and you know how much I love Pupa Milano so I was really excited to find a product from their range in my box :) The shade is a glittery coral which I will save for the summer months.

Tangle Teezer Rock Star Black Compact Styler (€14.86)

I have heard a lot of great things about Tangle Teezer and while I do own a couple of dupes, once I used the real thing, I could see why all the fuss about it - nothing compares to it! It leaves the hair feeling and looking oh so soft and shiny. I was delighted to see that I got a compact one so I can pack it with me wherever I go from now on ;) With these two products, I have already got my money's worth from the box :)

Payot Hydra 24+ Creme Glacee 

Payot is a new brand for me and with it being available at Franks, I already know it's a premium brand and I do have high expectations for it. The product I got is intended for normal to dry skin which is the opposite of what my skin type is but having said that, it does tend to get a little dry during winter so I am willing to give this product a shot.

Biotherm Blue Therapy Night 15ml

This was the first disappointment - Biotherm is a premium brand but this product is intended to correct visible signs of aging which I don't have any of. I will give this to my mum who can get better use out of it.

L'Occitaine Dry Skin Hand Cream 10ml

And this was the second disappointment. Seriously a 10ml hand cream? I love L'Occitaine and I adore their hand creams but I will go through this in less than a week.

Overall, I don't think the Plait Beauty Box is that bad and I understand that when you subscribe to these boxes you will always find something you don't like and will probably never use. Having said that, none of the products I received are going to waste, but I am not willing to fully commit to it. I will maybe only get the box a few times a year whenever I feel like treating myself because after all, getting over €40 worth of products when I only paid €21 for the subscription is a pretty good deal still.

Lastly, I do have a couple of suggestions to make to the Plait team :) Although this was my first box, I would love to see a different quote on the inside the next time I order the box - change is good more often than not :)

Also, while I seriously cannot complain on the delivery service, I think it would be nice if the service can be extended to work places as well and since you have to schedule delivery well in advance, sometimes things can crop up and you cannot stay indoors all day waiting for delivery so a re-schedule or 'leave with neighbour' function would be good to introduce in the coming months - maybe launch a Plait App next? ;)

The PINK Secret Garden at Sherries Estates

Secret gardens are what fairy tales are made of, and last Thursday I was lucky enough to be part of one - the ninth edition of the PINK Fashion Show which took place at Sherries Estates in Burmarrad. Come November, I always get excited about what I and many more like me deem to be the ultimate autumn/winter fashion show of the year locally.

Photos by Ron Kerr Imagery

I am amazed at how the team behind the Pink Fashion always surpass our expectations and manage to come up with something fresh, something new, every time, twice a year! Remember last summer's edition at Armier? You can re-live it all here. This time, the theme was 'secret garden' and where to better host such an event than a garden centre?

I drove to the newly renovated Sherries Estates in a comfy yet stylish ensemble right after work to witness the grandeur of yet another edition of the fashion show. I didn't opt for floral patterns because I wanted something different to what other guests at the event might be wearing so I wore my trusty Gianvito Rossi heels, camel trousers, white blouse with black piping details and my black leather jacket, all from Zara and accessorized with my camel Furla bag and monogrammed Burberry cashmere scarf to beat the cold and topped it with my new Ralph Lauren glasses from Optika Opticians.

I arrived just in time and found my seat next to Caroline from Diva Inside :) The models paraded down the runway wearing party wear which is ideal for the upcoming holiday season as well as elegant gowns and casual looks courtesy of the participating brands - Furla, Oltre, Rosita Silk, O’hea Opticians, Monsoon, DOR Boutique, Parfois, Marks & Spencer, Kipling, Radley, Aldo and Jennyfer. All the while tribal, of-the-moment was playing and putting everyone in a very good vibe.

Caroline & Me - photo by Caroline

 The hair and makeup deserve a mention for their own - the models' hair was styled in loose, flowing curls and braids in the form of a head chain. As for makeup, the focus was on the lips with bold, dark shades accentuating them and neutral eye makeup, all thanks to the very capable Chris Attard from Franks and his team using Guerlain makeup. Hair was styled with Screen products.

Afterwards, we joined the after-party sipping Negroni's, chatting and snapping selfies :) As always, I have really enjoyed the show and everything that was prepared for us guests, including the ever generous goodie bags thanks to the event sponsors - Pink, well done once again!

Gordon from GoRaw Photography, Ron from Ron Kerr Imagery, Caroline from Diva Inside and yours truly :)
Photo by Caroline

All photographs belong to the respective photographers - GoRaw Photography & Ron Kerr Imagery unless otherwise stated

Pearl Spas Launch at db Seabank Mellieha

I am a firm believer in my self-coined mantra that the way a physical invitation is presented, gives a pretty accurate picture of what to expect from an event regardless of what it is. After witnessing what the Pearl Spas launch at db Seabank Resort & Spa entailed last Wednesday evening, I confirm my position.

There were scented bath salts in the invite!

I excitedly drove to the db Seabank Hotel in Mellieha for this event and as soon as I arrived I got to meet some familiar faces aka my favourite bloggers and we chatted away over a glass of prosecco before a mini tour of the premises.

As soon as the door behind us closed shut, all we could hear was the relaxing music as we walked along the intimate setting of the spa while the services offered in the various rooms were explained to us - there's the meditation room, a hydrotherapy room and even a couples room to name a few. In its entirety, the spa conveys a feeling of relaxation for body, mind and spirit - it offers a world where for a brief moment, you can let go of the stresses of everyday life and just relax.

Post-treatment room ~ perfect for more time to relax

The spa offers a wide range of natural and holistic treatments designed to wave away tiredness and restore serenity and well-being. Of course there are the ubiquitous massages and facials with some of them even tailored for a revitalizing experience for tourists staying at the db Seabank Resort & Spa, there are also oriental treatments, maternity massages, slimming massages, baths, manicures and pedicures as well as waxing, tinting and makeup application.

Following the tour, we were then taken near the indoor pool for a party and a fashion show by one of my absolute favourite local designers, Ritienne Zammit and her I 💗 Valletta collection, from which I already own a dress so it goes without saying that I love this collection.

Models wearing Ritienne Zammit's latest collection

The indoor pool area is just as glorious as you would expect it to be in this 5-star setting - very cosy ambiance with glass doors all around so you can still peep at the outside world while relaxing; and the pool is huge! With blue mosaic tiles evoking a sense of calm all around.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself at this event which was just what I needed after a 12-hour shift at work and needless to say, I will most definitely be using the spa voucher given to each of us to treat myself and escape to a tranquil place even if just for a brief moment! Thank you Pearl Spas for having me :)

My outfit for the event - wearing my new Ralph Lauren glasses from Optika Opticians
(photo by A Blonde On The Go)

First Impressions | MAC Cosmetics Snowball Limited Edition Christmas 2017

MAC's most hyped Snowball Collection has finally hit their 3 local stores last Friday and it is almost sold out! Luckily I managed to get what I wanted out of the collection so here's a first impressions post.

Right off the bat, you can tell that MAC has really made an effort with the packaging - everything is so pretty with the shattered gold tubes, pots and compacts and let me tell you, this collection is very photogenic!

photo courtesy of The Beauty Club Malta Facebook page

None of the kits and eyeshadow palettes seen online are available locally which I admit is a bummer, but, this is what is available locally (until stocks last that is):
- Crystal Adornments for Face & Body
- Lash 36 Gold & Lash 64 Silver
- 5 Extra Dimension Eyeshadows: Starry Starry Night, Delicate Drift, It's Snowing, Stylishly Merry, Frostwinked
- 6 Lipsticks: Shimmer & Spice (Frost), Holiday Crush (Frost), I'm Glistening (Frost), Warm Ice (Frost), Rouge En Snow (Matte), Elle Belle (Amplified)
- 2 Impalpable Glare Powder: Here Comes Joy, Happy Go Dazzingly

I got two lipsticks and an eyeshadow. The lipsticks I picked out are Shimmer & Spice and Holiday Crush and the eyeshadow is It's Snowing. Again, how gorgeous is the packaging? 😍 I'm loving the transparent boxes they come in too! The printed gold snowflakes makes them even more Christmassy!

Shimmer & Spice has the most beautiful duochromatic shift from burgundy to gold with a frost finish while Holiday Crush is a muted nude with a frost finish. I have only worn Shimmer & Spice for now and there's nothing bad to say about it - the colour doesn't go on patchy, has excellent colour payoff and although you will need retouching, it still lasts long enough. The lipsticks cost €19.50 each.

The eyeshadow is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen and it's such a pity to use - my heart almost stopped when I had to swatch it for the first time because I really don't want to ruin the snowflake design. Again, colour payoff is always amazing with MAC so there are no issues with this product either. Price is €22.50.

The prices for the products in this collection are a little more expensive than the core products but I didn't mind that as I'm still getting a great quality product that looks pretty too!

The MAC Snowball Collection is available at MAC Valletta, MAC Sliema and MAC Tigne Point.