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Sheer Elegance

Last Saturday, one of my long-time friends got married to her beau in the very beautiful, marine themed wedding. Since it is scorching hot in July, I went for this gorgeous midnight blue floor-length gown that I had bought from Dorothy Perkins a couple of years ago. The blue and silver combination is what made me fall in love with this dress as well as the sheer pleated skirt. Barely there sandals are one of my preferred shoes styles primarily for their elegance (but not so much for comfort) so of course I paired my dress with this silver number from Aldo Shoes & Accessories.

For makeup, I went for a soft pink and grey combination and my hairdresser surpassed all expectations with a side French braid half up - half down look. Here are some photos we managed to capture in between the church service and the wedding reception. 

Dress, Dorothy Perkins | Sandals, Aldo
Clutch bag, mum's | Earrings, Sif Jakobs at 202 Jewellery
Ring, Viventy at 202 Jewellery
Bracelet, Morellato at Sunlab | Watch, DKNY at Sterling Jewellers

Event | Aussie Hair Care Launch Party

Last Thursday I was cordially invited to attend the launch of world famous Aussie Hair Care in Malta. First off I want to start by saying the event was a blast and it was very well organized, down the last detail. I would also like to thank VJ Salomone for finally bringing the brand to Malta so we can also have aussome hair ;)

I made my way to The Galley restaurant in Ta' Xbiex where the event was being hosted wearing the closest thing I could find to purple in my summer wardrobe (the dress code on the invite stated '...a touch of purple') since I couldn't find a more purple outfit, I went with purple nails and makeup ;) We were greeted by Marija, the brand manager for Aussie here in Malta and the evening kick-started with some Prosecco and blue potato chips while we got to know the brand better and chatted the night away over some very tasty barbecued food. Remi Hairdressing expertly did some very creative plaits on whoever wished to have their hair done.

Blogger Elaine getting her hair done by Remi Hairdressing

Now let's talk Aussie. The Australian brand has been around since 1979 when their 3 Minute Miracle was first launched but the brand's cult favourite status really cemented itself in 2009 when their market expanded to Europe following the UK and as far as Israel and Hong Kong. The brand is mostly about making natural hair feel and look great and in Malta we currently have 23 ranges available all across the island and they will also be available soon on the VJ Salomone online shop as well.

Yours truly and blogger Maya posing with the models for the night

I have already used the Miracle Moist Shampoo and Conditioner given to us during the event and my ends already feel a lot more moisturised and don't look like a haystack in this heat. Remember, there is more to life than hair, but it's a good place to start.

All photos by Daryl Cauchi Event Photographer

Brand Spotlight | 3ina

Last week, I had some free time and took the opportunity to visit the newly opened 3ina store in Qormi with my shopping partner in crime, Marija. For those who are not so familiar with the area, the shop is located right behind Pavi, next door to Kiabi and there are ample parking spaces available.

The store layout really made a good impression on me - all clean, white, bright and stands bursting with brightly coloured and more muted products alike - it is basically everything you would want a makeup store to look like. We had a thorough browse around the store and although there were a lot of products I wanted to buy, I resisted and bought only two items.

I would like to point out that the salesgirls there are very helpful and I was delighted to see that they are actually very knowledgeable about the brand. I asked if 3ina has been around for long and the salesgirl said that it is a relatively new brand with just a few stores in Italy, Germany, France and Australia and now Malta. For such a 'young' brand, I think it has very good potential from what I gathered from swatching the products at the store.

I look forward to visiting the store again soon!

High - Low

Yesterday afternoon we celebrated my Dad's birthday with lunch at one of our favourite restaurants in Marsascala, Sepia. I always take every opportunity to dress up and wear new clothes and accessories I would have bought not long before.
Yesterday was one such day where I wore a new H&M dress and accessories and paired them with my Diane von Furstenberg 440 Gallery Bitsy Cross Body Bag, hence, high-low dressing ;) I love the cut-out at the back of the dress which gives the illusion of a matching crop top and skirt. I also loved wearing two new lip products from Kiko which lasted all throughout lunch without the need of a touch-up, but more on them in another post ;)

Here are some pictures that my other half captured for me :)

Dress, H&M | Sandals, Aldo | Bag, Diane von Furstenberg
Sunglasses, Marks & Spencer | Watch, Michael Kors at Sunlab
Bangles and bow earrings, H&M 

First Impressions | H&M Beauty

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Swedish fashion giant H&M, have completely revamped their make up range and we're not just talking packaging-wise, they have come up with a bigger-and-better-than-before range of products.

Sadly, we still don't have an H&M store in Malta so I had to wait for my trip to Barcelona last month to get my hands on some of their products. I tried to get more products on my trip to Sicily last week but the store I went to didn't carry the new range of beauty products so I have to wait yet again till December for our visit to Munich. 

Although I can shop online, the reason why I'm resisting is because I want to experience the products first hand as for example, when I swatched one of the eyeshadow palettes in Barcelona, I didn't like the texture and pigmentation. However, I did settle on four items which I really wanted to try and I wanted to share my first impressions of with you here.

I picked up a Pure Radiance Powder Blusher, a Cream Lip Colour and two nail polishes so far. First off, a word about the packaging. I'm in love with the way the products look but not so much with the way they feel. At a glance, the black/white and gold packaging really gives the illusion of expensive makeup but when you take the products into your hands, you can immediately feel the packaging is made out of cheap, light-weight plastic. Then again, this is a sort of drugstore brand we are talking about so I can't really complain; and they do look nice at the end of the day!

Pure Radiance Powder Blusher in Golden Peach

H&M has two types of blushers in their beauty range, cream (white and gold packaging) and powder (black and gold packaging). I got one of the powder blushes simply because I tend to favour powder formulas more and the shade I chose complements my skin tone perfectly. I wouldn't describe Golden Peach as a true peachy shade as in my eyes, it leans more towards a rosy pink with gold reflects. I like that this lasts all day and for €7.99 (5g of product), this performs really well. I like the hexagonal shape of the compact but it doesn't come with a mirror. The shade name can be found on the bottom of the compact and on the side of the outer box which I think is a nice touch.

Cream Lip Colour in Kombucha

Next is a lipstick which I must say delivers more in terms of packaging as it does feel heavier and sturdier than the blush. As for performance and pigmentation, I should say that both products are on par with each other. However, you do need to carry the lipstick with you as after 4+ hours, it would have faded in the centre of your lips and you would need to re-apply. I would describe Kombucha as a rosy shade with warm undertones that's perfect for summer as it is a little on the bright side. Again you have the name of the shade on the bottom of the lipstick and side of the box it comes it. The price is €9.99 for 3.5g of product.

Here I am wearing H&M Pure Radiance Powder Blush in Golden Peach and H&M Cream Lip Colour in Kombucha

Nail polishes in Cashmere and Carnival

Lastly, I couldn't not pick up some nail polishes but I restrained myself to just two and settled on Cashmere and Carnival. I have already worn Cashmere and it lasted for a week before I could see some tip wear which I think is exceptional for a €4.99 nail polish. Cashmere is a beautiful taupe with fine gold shimmer running through, making it a universally flattering shade. On the other hand, Carnival lives up to it's name - it's a mix of diamond shaped glitter and micro-glitter in turquoise, bronze and purple floating in a clear base. I haven't worn it yet but I look forward to matching it with summer outfits!

Overall, I think that the new H&M beauty line has very good potential and prices are very affordable. I really look forward to expanding my collection, so do leave your recommended products from the line in the comments section :)