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From the Catwalk to the Street - Part 2

Remember my collaboration with Caroline from Diva Inside a couple of months ago? No? Go and read Part 1 here then come back to see today's post ;) If you do remember it, buckle up for Part 2!

Again we partnered up with another three local designers who have just showcased their latest collections last May during Malta Fashion Week & Awards. This time we chose Ritienne Zammit, Gabrielle Fenech and Maria Cutajar.

Ritienne Zammit - Atronymic

All three looks we chose for this shoot are right up my alley; they are all something I would actually wear but my absolute favourite was definitely this dress from Ritienne Zammit. Ritienne takes inspiration from our country's history and heritage and this collection was no exception. It aims at putting some Maltese surnames' history out there and being the history lover that I am, I always enjoy her collections. The dress I chose for this shoot has the 'Grandmaster print' and represents the surnames of Debattista, Vella, Mallia and Degabriele among others. Apart from the originality and edginess, the craftsmanship, high quality of materials and perfect stitching execution make Ritenne's collections very sought-after; and in fact, I already own a couple of pieces from her.

Catwalk Photography by Bernard Polidano

Back to the photoshoot, this dress ticks all the right boxes and I love the wavy shape of the skirt which gives it a playful look while the light blue details balance out the heaviness of the print. The exquisite print-matching of the different parts of the dress is so satisfying to look at and even though it is quite busy, it can easily go with so many shoe and bag options. In fact, I could pair it with over 5 pairs from my shoe collection alone (I only took 3 with me for the shoot). I kept the accessories to a bare minimum and only paired dark mustard tassel earrings and my Versace sunglasses which complemented the gold buttons at the front and the tonality of the main print.

Gabrielle Fenech - Ruby Carol

I had missed Gabrielle's presentation during Malta Fashion Week because I didn't attend on the night, but I remember seeing the pictures and I immediately liked her work. Of course, my favourite outfit from her Ruby Carol collection was the one I chose for this shoot. The off-white and dark red tones and the design at the front of the shirt instantly reminded me of the robes worn during the Roman era, thus I paired a chunky gold cuff and nude heels with it all. I love the open-back detail on the shirt but I have to say that the PVC skirt wasn't exactly comfortable to climb up stairs in. It is still something I wear though and to give it more of a modern edge rather than keeping with work-wear vibes, I opted for an ear cuff instead of traditional earrings.

Catwalk Photography by Steven Muliett

Maria Cutajar - Dejjem F'Qalbna

Lastly, another elegant look. This time courtesy of Maria Cutajar. I chose this gilet from her 'Dejjem F'Qalbna' collection on which the detailing and craftsmanship is exceptional. Maria has come a long way from the first collection she debuted in Malta and I only have words of praise for her latest works.

Catwalk Photography by Bernard Polidano

I styled the gilet with a pair of black shorts and a lace bodysuit, allowing the little eyelash lace details on the sleeves to peep through from under it. I also added a felt hat for that something extra and my favourite heels, the Gianvito Rossi Plexi pumps which have to power to take any look to the next level. The material on the gilet is perfect for the transitional autumn period - it's not too light, not too heavy and the colours are just something everyone can easily incorporate in their wardrobe.

Hair & Makeup

This time round, I left my hair in my hairdresser's hands - Francesco from Hair & Beauty by Cher. I have been a client of his for a veeeerrrryyyy long time now and I still amaze myself at how he always manages to come up with something new each and every time I visit! This time we went for a low bun since all of the outfits I was wearing featured a high neck. I love sleek, pulled back looks and this has got to be one of my favourites to date :) Thank you so much!

As for makeup, we chose Daniela from Melita Health & Beauty. We went for a natural look as the outfits were quite bold and she used Shiseido makeup which has just been re-branded and you can find most of the products at Melita too. My favourites were the foundation, where she used the Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation which offers medium to full coverage and doesn't oxidise, a neutral hued quad from the Essentialist Eye Palette range and the ModernMatte Powder Lipstick and  LacquerInk Lip Shin which helped the lip colour last for hours on end!

That's it for our collaborative shoots as regards this year's edition of Malta Fashion Week! Which look was your favourite out of the six we styled? Which local designer is your favourite? Oh and go check out some exclusive behind the scenes footage thanks to Taz and don't forget to subscribe to his channel.

Photography by Taz Gardner unless otherwise stated
Hair by Francesco Agius Risiott at Hair & Beauty by Cher
Makeup Daniela Ebejer at Melita Health & Beauty using Shiseido
Location Talbot & Bons Boutique Bed & Breakfast, Gudja

#IWillNotBeDeleted | Rimmel London's Anti-Beauty Cyber Bullying Campaign

Yesterday I posted a teaser picture on my Instastories about cyber bullying, and today's post is one that's hopefully going to strike a chord and encourage people to speak up against this ugly phenomenon, the impact it has on those affected and Rimmel London's #IWillNotBeDeleted Campaign against it.

The beauty world is a breeding ground for cyberbullies - I'm talking shaming bloggers, YouTubers and influencers for their appearance, their style and their creativity, etc just because they portray a look that's out of the norm for example. What's worse? These bullies hide behind a screen and judge people left, right and centre with one single aim; to push them to lose faith in themselves and worse, in some cases it can escalate to a far worse ending. This also applies to all social media users, not just bloggers.

Let's put some statistics into the equation to picture how grave the situation is in reality:
- 55 million people worldwide have experienced cyber bullying at some point or other
- 1 in 4 women have experienced cyber bullying
- In 2017, 115 million images have been deleted from social media because of cyber bullying

With these shocking numbers out there, I'm sure we all know someone who has been a victim of cyber bullying. I have, and while thankfully I haven't experienced it myself, I still go through a lot of thinking before posting pictures for fear of being shamed. 

When someone is taking pictures of me, I don't smile broadly because I don't like my teeth and I'm afraid people will criticise me for them. If I'm posing in a bikini or short skirt, I ask whoever is taking the picture to be careful not to let my cellulite show. In an ideal world, this will not happen but unfortunately, that's not the world we live in. Hence why Rimmel London are launching their #IWillNotBeDeleted campaign this month.

The #IWillNotBeDeleted campaign has three main objectives:

1. Spark a Global Discussion about Cyber bullying

Fronted by Rimmel Brand Ambassadors Rita Ora and Cara Delevigne, the campaign aims at encouraging all those individuals who have been affected by cyber bullying in one way or another with the ultimate goal being that of asserting that cyber bullying is NOT OK in any case.

2. Promote the Conept of Individual Beauty

Cyber bullying curbs self-expression and creativity. It's shocking that two thirds of those who experienced cyber bullying do not talk about it, thus Rimmel have recognized their brand's potential to reach out and allow people to speak up about the issue.

3. Partnering with The Cybersmile Foundation

Lastly, and most importantly, Rimmel has partnered with international non-profit organisation, The Cybersmile Foundation, a multi-award winning charity that is committed to tackling all types of digital abuse.

However, on the other end of the spectrum, I'm happy to see models such as Ashley Graham and Winnie Harlow rising above the challenge and being cast in high profile catwalk shows. This is what beauty is all about after all! We are all originals, we do we have to look like copies of each other?! You like someone's makeup/nails/outfit on a post? Compliment them! If you don't, just don't say anything and keep scrolling through your feed! Simple, no?

If you or someone you know has experienced cyber bullying, please do speak up! Only then will the battle be won, if we keep silent, bullies will triumph. No one should be afraid to share their style/looks with the world if they so desire! 



Images courtesy of Rimmel London

Tribe Beauty Box - October 2018 Edition

I'm not a big fan of beauty subscription boxes especially when they are mostly full of sample sized items you could have gotten free but when I see a box being hyped, my curiosity kind of peaks and I want to see what all the hype is about. Thus for my birthday last month, I ordered the October edition of Tribe Beauty Box after seeing it on a local beauty group on Facebook.

About Tribe Beauty Box

For those new to it, Tribe Beauty Box is a bi-monthly beauty subscription box. In it, you get 5 full-sized beauty products for $34.99 (approximately €40) every two months. The all-female-owned company promises you will get over $100 worth of products, thereby making it one of the best beauty boxes around at the moment as regards value for money in my opinion.

It's best if you join the waitlist on their website to make sure not to miss out on the box and you can cancel the subscription at any time.

Since the company is based in the US, it took a little over a month for the box to arrive which is honestly the only complaint I have on it. Each little box is pink and has makeup doodles all over it which I honestly think is cute!

What was in the October box?

Now for all the glitz! Each box comes with a small card with all the product details, including the prices.

First up, there's The Balm Meet Matt(e) Shmaker eyeshadow palette. I have been looking to try a couple of products from The Balm for a number of years but somehow, I never got round to it. I like their packaging and I have only heard good things about them. Pigmentation with all shades in this palette is jaw-dropping and now I only have to wear them out to see how long they last. It comes with six matte and six shimmer eyeshadows you can mix and match for endless eye looks.

Next, we have The Mini MakeUp Eraser. This is basically another version of the popular Glov - a cloth you use to remove your makeup with, using only water. I will definitely pack this from now on whenever I'm travelling to save up space and weight! Plus it will last for 3 to 5 years and is machine washable. Oh and bonus - it's super soft!

Speaking of cleansing, the next product is MaskerAide Let's Face It Purifying Cleansing Stick. As interesting as it looks, I'm not sure I'm willing to try this. My only concern is the bacteria transfer from skin to product and any potential breakouts as a result. Until I figure out a way how I can avoid this, I am going to refrain from using this so if you have any suggestions, please do let me know what you'd do :) The smell is intriguiging though, very fresh and I love the pink colour of the product too.

There's also a Moda Brushes Ezglam Duo Smoky Eyes brush set and a Crown Pro Blush Brush. I have never heard of Moda Brushes, to be honest, so I'm curious to see how they fare. I love the turquoise handles and look forward to using them. On the other hand, I'm disappointed in the way the Crown Pro brush is presented. It costs a few dollars than the Moda ones and they have better-looking packaging. It's not something directed at Tribe Beauty Box of course but I just wanted to get it out there. Nonetheless, it looks like it's a good quality brush and I'm looking forward to trying it.

Lastly, my favourite product out of the whole box - the Bellapierre Ombre Lip Kit. The kit includes two liquid lipsticks and a lip liner designed to be worn as an ombre lip look or on their own. I'm thrilled with the choice of colours as they are both something I wear a lot of and I look forward to creating an ombre look with them.

Bonus product - when I signed up for the October box, there was an offer going on where I entered a code and got three Makeup Geek Pressed Eyeshadow Pans - Shimma Shimma, Peach Smoothie and Aphrodite. I actually got the eyeshadows in a separate package about a week before the box and when I emailed the company they were super helpful in letting me know the whereabouts of the actual box as the original tracking link wasn't much help.

This box had a total value of $127.49 plus $18 for the Makeup Geek eyeshadows (around €112 + €15) so I really got way more than what I paid for. I'm pleased with the contents of the box and would consider getting it again, maybe in December for Christmas or as an occasional treat. Would you subscribe to this service? Let me know in the comments!

No To Fast Fashion - Vibrant African shoes handmade in the Kibera Slums

Moving away from the minimalist trends we have seen in the fashion world for the past couple of years, colourful looks seem to be taking centre stage once again. Today I am sharing with you a press release about a fun way to incorporate colour in your look - shoes, courtesy of Kitu Kali. Read through to learn more about the brand and what it represents.

Vibrant African shoes handmade in the Kibera Slums – Kitu Kali launches on Kickstarter

Kitu Kali is proud to announce that on 8th of November 2018, we will be officially launching our Kickstarter campaign. Kitu Kali has a truly African born product and it’s the people involved in the process that make Kitu Kali shoes special. Each skilled artisan from Kibera (one of the largest slums in Africa), plays a part in the creation of our shoes. Sourcing traditional fabrics that are inspired from all over Africa. Recycling Kenyan materials for lining and carefully crafting each fashionably unique shoe from scratch. Kitu Kali's designs are produced in limited batches due to the availability of our fabrics, ensuring that the shoes are always fresh. "Everyone gazes at my shoes or stops to ask me where I got my shoes from", says Co-founder Amal Nathwani.

Kitu Kali supports our local community, celebrates African culture and opposes the fast fashion culture. “Each pair is made here in Kibera and every pair you purchase empowers the talented craftsmen, the family and the entire community.” Julie Munyi, Co-founder of Kitu Kali. She goes on to say, “there is a lot of hardship here in Kibera Slums and a lot of talent”.

To grow Kitu Kali and get their shoes all over the world, employ more artisans, improve their living and working conditions and increase production capacity in a sustainable and ethical way they have launched a Kickstart campaign. By pledging to their campaign, you make the conscious choice that protects the planet and the talented people who make these shoes.

“Not only are you helping us, but you are also getting a really great pair of shoes in the bargain” Kushil Lakhani, Co-founder of Kitu Kali.

What's new at Essence Cosmetics? | Overview & First Impressions

Essence Cosmetics is everyone's favourite budget makeup brand and as they usually do at this time of year, they have released a whole new array of products for the colder months, think warm colours, chrome and holographic effects and you're there :)

In today's post I am going to show you some of the items from the new collections and my first impressions of some of them which I have already tried.

This is probably my favourite bunch of products. If I had to pick just one favourite from the ones in the picture below, albeit a hard decision, I'd go with the Go For the Glow Highlighter Palette. The incorporation of three different hues of highlight in one palette is genius especially for travelling and the pigmentation is insane; definitely one of my must-haves! Another must-have is the Prime+ Studio Primer which gives my face a nice, matte look ready for a smooth makeup application that will last all day.

Next we have the #instaperfect foundation. While I like the texture and finish of it, I'm not sure about the colour. It's a little too pale for me and you only need a little because it might end up looking cakey. The same applies for the concealer. While it is a great product, for me it is a bit too light and the formula is very thick. It does have a matte finish and offers great coverage though, but neither of these two products are must-haves for me.

Wearing all the above products

For the star of the package, the Too Glam To Give A Damn palette. I'm head over heels in love with the packaging of this palette and I feel that with their latest palette releases, Essence are really upping their packaging game! The eyeshadows do take a bit of work to achieve the desired intensity but they blend easily and once they're on, they will last for hours on end. I'd say defintely give this a shot.

Another two favourites are the Colour Boost Mad About Matte Liquid Lipstick and the Melted Chrome Liquid Lipstick. Both of these have excellent colour payoff and they last for a really long time without the need for touch-ups! The Melted Chrome eyeshadow is also highly pigmented and I like to use this one as an inner corner highlight mostly.

I'm going to have to dismiss the I Need A Miracle Mascara though. This doesn't do much for me and Essence have far better ones in my opinion. I haven't tried the lipstick yet so I cannot really comment on it.

Wearing the Colour Boost Mad About Matte Liquid Lipstick

Lastly, we have the Cosmic Lights and Glitter On Glitter Off nail polishes. While I love the colours and the concept behind the peeling glitter nail polish, I don't think these are something I would buy more of. The Cosmic Lights one chips off after a day and the chunky glitter and glue-like formula of the other one make for a somewhat tricky application.

I hope these first impressions have been helpful and I look forward to your feedback on any new products you try from Essence :)

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