Monday, April 21, 2014

Review | Pupa Milano Navy Chic Collection Spring Limited Edition Lipstick 001 Chic Pink

Pupa Milano have done it again! By now, we are all accustomed to the lavish limited edition collections the company releases every season and this spring was no exception. Probably this is my favourite collection from the brand to date because it revolves around the timeless nautical theme which is my ultimate go-to look fashion-wise. In fact, the collection is aptly named Navy Chic.
 
 
I am especially fond of the twist on the theme where bright yellows give an upbeat vibe to the traditional electric blues and true reds we usually associate with nautical themes. The packaging is lush and sophisticated... after all the collection is dubbed as 'chic' and you can expect this from Pupa Milano which always go the extra mile to make the products look as good as they perform.

The collection consists of:

3 Vamp Compact Eyeshadow Palettes - €16.90 each
4 Matic Stylo Pens - €10.20 each
2 Vamp Professional Liners - €9.90 each
3 Miss Pupa Velvet Matt Lipstick - €12.45 each
2 Like a Doll Blush - €14.40 each
3 Lasting Colour Gel Polishes - €5.80 each
3 Lasting Colour Matt Polishes - €6.00 each
 
I was delighted to receive one of the three Miss Pupa Velvet Matt Lipsticks in the mail a few weeks ago. I got the shade 001 Chic Pink which is a bright coral based pink - perfect for summer against a warm tan.

 
The packaging of this lipstick is exquisite, a real gem to have in your collection in my opinion! Pigmentation is amazing and opaqueness is achieved in just one application. The lipstick is totally matt but it still feels velvety and wears comfortably without drying out the lips. I'd say it lasts for a good 5 hours before it starts to fade uniformly away.

 
Miss Pupa Velvet Matt Lipstick retails for €12.45 which is quite affordable for such a good looking and delivering product such as this.
 
Pupa Milano Navy Chic Collection is available at authorised stockists which you can enquire about on the Pupa Milano in Malta Facebook page :) 

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Monday, April 14, 2014

NOTW | Pastels and Gold

Good morning lovelies :) With Spring in full bloom, I have finally got the chance to wear pastel nail polish again. I went for some subtle sponging nail art on my ring fingers and I feel this manicure has a vintage feel to it. Read on to see how it easy it is to re-create!
 
 
1. Prep nails with a base coat and allow to dry.
 
2. Start painting your nails in the colour palette of your choice. I have used E.L.F. Lilac on my pinky and index, Essence Colour & Go 110 Modern Romance on my middle, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear 300 White On on my ring fingers and China Glaze Midnight Kiss on my thumbs. Allow to dry completely and follow with a second coat.
 
3. Apply a little gold nail polish on a makeup sponge and gently dab it on the ring fingers. Repeat for as many times as you like to obtain the opacity you want. Repeat this step with the lilac and peach polishes in random places on the nail. The aim is to merge the colours together yet each of them would still be distinguished.
 
4. Once dry, apply a top coat to preserve your design.



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Event | Coccinelle Spring Summer 2014 Collection...Do You Have The Winning Key?

Yesterday afternoon saw me wondering in the handbag heaven that is the chic Coccinelle boutique in Sliema, hoping the little key that was included with my invite would open one of the three boxes and see me walking away with some new arm candy.
 
Did you have the winning key?
Sadly, none of us bloggers were lucky enough to win any bags but we did walk out the store with a lovely scarf the management gifted us :)
 

Anyhow, I still took my time to browse the fabulous Spring Summer 2014 collection the brand has to offer. I was instantly drawn to the royal blues, bright yellows and reds and I seriously wanted one of each item in the store!



 

The details on the bags are exquisite...tassels, cut-out designs, all drool-worthy basically! I also loved the wallets and the scarves and I think I will be going back soon to treat myself to a little something.
 





Friday, April 11, 2014

Review | Catrice Prime and Fine Mattifying Powder Waterproof

Catrice Cosmetics have recently added three new products to the Prime and Fine range, one of which is this Mattifying Powder Waterproof, which I will review today.
 
Packaging is very sleek with the compact being black and transparent and it even includes a good-sized mirror - perfect for on the go touch-ups. The compact holds 9g of product.
 
 
The powder is translucent, hence it will adapt to every skin tone. Furthermore, the texture is very fine and will not look cakey. I have used this powder both on its own when my skin is behaving and also to set my foundation (currently, Catrice All Matt Plus). I find that it lasts for a good number of hours and my skin looks as if I have just applied makeup all day.
 
 
As for claims of the powder being waterproof, I can confirm that because the only way I could remove it at the end of the day was by using a waterproof makeup remove, otherwise, water just rolled off my face! Catrice have also included vitamins A and E to benefit the skin as well.
 
I definitely recommend getting this product especially for the summer months. Catrice Prime and Fine Mattifying Powder Waterproof is available from authorised pharmacies across Malta & Gozo. You can check out a full list of stockists on their Facebook page.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Review | Planter's Natural & Young Aloe Vera Repairing Cream

When taken care of, the skin can belie our age. This holds especially true for the skin on our hands, hence the importance of adequate moisturizing can never be over emphasised.
 
Due to the nature of my work which requires handling of chemicals, wearing gloves for a long time and constant washing, my hands are very prone to getting dry and sometimes, there maybe signs of cracks and redness on my skin if I do not apply a hand cream each time I wash my hands. While I have a very good hand cream at work that suits my needs perfectly, I always appreciate a richer alternative which I can use at home.
 
Enter Planter's Natural & Young Aloe Vera Repairing Cream. For those who are new to Planter's, the Italian brand is specialised in the manufacture of a range of natural skin care products for the eco-conscious individual that seeks to take care of their skin the green way.
 
Planter's Natural & Young Aloe Vera Repairing Cream is an innovative cream that boasts a true concentration of Aloe Vera and active vegetable principles to moisturise repair and protect face, hands and body. The formula is free from parabens, silicone, PEG, alcohol, petrolatum, fragrance, lanolin and animal-derived raw materials. Other beneficial ingredients include karite butter, rice oil, linseed oil and sweet almond oil.
 
And how cute is the tin the cream comes in? I totally love the retro inspired design and there's a whole range of collectible designs! Each tin holds 75ml of product which is sure to last you a long time. The consistency can be deceiving because although it appears to be on the thick side, it is in fact quite light. The cream has a faint sweet vanilla scent.
 
 
Based on my personal experience, this cream provided my skin with immediate relief from the very first application. It is quickly absorbed in the skin and a little goes a long way and the light texture makes it suitable for use on the face and body as well. Personally, I prefer to use it on my hands where it protects them from dryness caused by sun, cold weather and constant use of latex gloves and harsh hand washes at work.
 
I definitely recommend this product to anyone who wants to take care of their skin in a natural way. Planter's Natural & Young Aloe Vera Repairing Cream can be found at authorised pharmacies and outlets across Malta and Gozo for the retail price of €6.50. For information about other Planter's products and stockists, check out the local Facebook page here.
 
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