Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Exit Interview Series | Volume #36

Once again, it's time for an empties post. This month it's mostly skin care as I am trying to use up some products before switching brands completely as is the case with this Michael Todd Honey & Oat Cleanser. The rest of the products are common appearances and I have already bought backups for each of them. The only product that I haven't bought is the Lierac Mesolift cream as I still have a few more samples to go through but it works exceptionally well with my Lierac Mesolift Serum so I might have to give in and buy it as well.

Next I have this Essence Multi Action Waterproof Mascara which is essentially good but I have replaced it with a Max Factor one. I have finished this NYX HD Foundation which I swear by and I have already repurchased a replacement for.

Moving on to hair care products, I have used up this sample size of Schwarzkopf BonaCure Light Finishing Treatment which is basically a hair oil that I used to apply to my hair after styling it and it made my hair look super shiny and soft without weighing it down or making it look greasy. I would buy this once I finish my other hair oil. The other product is John Frieda Frizz Ease which tames away frizz instantly but I won't be repurchasing it as my currrent Yves Rocher spray does the same thing. 

Lastly, I have some random products, namely, three perfume samples, nail polish remover and a The Body Shop Mango Shower Gel which smells good enough to eat and lathers up well.

Any products you used up this past month that are worth noting?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

THE Products That Always Make It In My Travel Make-up Bag

Last weekend I was away in a hotel for a short break with my boyfriend and his family and as this is becoming somewhat of a habit, I thought I'd share the makeup that I always make sure I have with me for these weekend getaways.


In order to try and make the most of the time I have on my hands, I tend to move away from a full face of makeup so even though I always carry the essentials for a flawless base with me, I skip foundation and opt for BB Cream instead. The slim packaging of the one from The Body Shop makes it the ideal one to carry around. The same can be said for their InstaBlur primer. Other staples are the Catrice Camouflage Cream and Essence Stay Natural as concealers and Catrice Prime and Fine Translucent Mattifying Powder Waterproof. As for blush, Milani Baked Blush 03 Berry Amore makes the cut every time because of its awesome pigmentation.


For eyes, the star product is Max Factor's False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara which carries me from day to night and doesn't budge even after hours in the pool playing with our nephews. I always make sure to pack Pupa Milano Made to Last Eyes 100 Automatic Eye Pencil because of its waterproof properties and pigmentation. As for eyeshadows, I switched from taking separates to this KIKO Cosmetics quad which sadly is limited edition. It has four neutral shades and since I only wear eyeshadow to dinner, it works just fine and the colours can be paired with any outfit.


Most of the space in my makeup bag is taken up by lip products as I like to match a lipgloss with my lipstick, My favourite picks are Pupa Milano Shiny Lip Fluid 001 Princes Nude (limited edition), Max Factor Glossfinity Lip Gloss 60 Polished Fuchsia and Marks & Spencer Limited Collection Lip Gloss Wine as lip glosses; Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipsticks 190 The Nuder The Better and 340 Berry Bradshaw, Givenchy Rouge Interdit 20 Illicit Raspberry and Max Factor Lipstick 655 Lilac Wine.

So those are my favourite travel makeup products :) What are yours?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Review | The Body Shop Coconut Eau de Toilette

Gloomy weather like today's reminds me how much I love summer and why it is my favourite season and if there is one scent that reminds me of it, that is coconut...and those who know me well enough know how much I love the coconut scented products from The Body Shop.

Consequently, I couldn't resist getting this little eau de toilette as a free gift when I reached the fourth stamp on my Love Your Body card. I wanted to try something new so I looked around for their perfumes. I was undecided between the coconut and vanilla scents but seeing I have a lot vanilla based scents in my collection, I figured I'd go for the coconut one to be able to go back to summer moments all year round.

The perfume is presented in a brown glass bottle that holds 30ml of perfume. It has a silver cap that fits tightly around the spray nozzle. The distinct coconut smell lingers on the skin for a very long time and I receive compliments every time I wear this perfume, probably because it is not overpowering. To help make the scent last longer, I like to use the corresponding body scrub and body butter, also from The Body Shop.

Currently, this is my everyday perfume and I will repurchase soon as it is already running a little lower than I'd like it to. I recommend you to get this scent if you are a fan of coconut and summery fresh scents.

The Body Shop Coconut Eau de Toilette sells for €12.00 and is found in all The Body Shop outlets across Malta & Gozo (Paola, Valletta, Sliema, Bugibba and Arkadia, Gozo). For mote information, check out The Body Shop Malta Facebook page.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review | Born Pretty Store Round Neon Paillettes for Nail Art

Neon hued clothes and accessories have been a huge hit lately but if you're not brave enough to wear a statement piece, you can still rock the trend on your nails thanks to Born Pretty Store's Round Neon Paillettes.

You get a small jar of round neon confetti where the sizes are mixed, hence you get endless nail art possibilities. The paillettes are big enough for so called placement nail designs where you pick the paillettes one by one and place them on your nails to create beautiful designs.

I opted for a simple half moon manicure to try them out and I really liked how the combination turned out. The paillettes retained the colour and they stayed put for a whole five days until I took off the manicure.

Check out Born Pretty Store to get your neon paillettes for just $4.36 or 10% off if you use the code EBABK31 and free shipping! 

PR Sample

Monday, October 20, 2014

Review | Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara in Black

Mascara is a staple product in my stash and I never ever leave the house without it. I tend to switch to waterproof versions in summer and on rainy days in winter so a good waterproof mascara is a must for me. 

When I was looking for a replacement for my old mascara in the beginning of summer, the choice of brand was obvious...Max Factor! I have never been disappointed with a Max Factor mascara and I have rekindled my love for their False Lash Effect mascara.

The False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara cannot go unnoticed with its chunky black packaging and metallic blue band at the top, indicating it is the waterproof version. The silicon wand is also on the chunky side but with its short bristles, it is guaranteed to reach even the shortest of lashes for an effortlessly fanned-out false lash effect. The pigmentation is excellent too! This is one of the blackest mascaras I have ever tried and once it's dry, it doesn't clump the lashes.

Left ~ wearing Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara
Right ~  bare lashes

Now for the waterproof part...if there is a mascara that claims to be waterproof under any circumstance and it stays on, it is definitely this one! The only way I can get it off is with waterproof makeup remover and I like to rest a soaked cotton disc for a few seconds on my eyes first then gently wipe the mascara away. 

I have never had issues with lashes falling off while taking off this mascara or throughout the time of wear. Moreover, I have never experienced irritation to my eyes even when wearing contact lenses.

Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara retails for €13.65 and can be found at various stockists around the island. For more information, check out Max Factor Malta on Facebook.