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Monthly Favourites: April 2011

Good morning my lovelies :) Time for April's favourites! This month was all about re-discovering some old favourites as well discovering some new products that I have really enjoyed :) Here goes!

e.l.f. Everyday Brights 32 Piece Eyeshadow Palette - the perfect palette for bright spring eyes!

Sigma F80 Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki - my new fave brush to apply foundation

No7 StayPerfect Eyeshadow in 50 Tender - I just love the corally-golden shimmery colour of this eyeshadow!

e.l.f. Studio Blush in Candid Coral - I have been reaching for this blush a lot this month... coral is really one of my fave colours!

With regards lip products, I have been really loving wearing these products on their own or create new combinations with them! From left to right, Maybelline Water Shine Lipstick in 02 Beige Glace, e.l.f. Mineral Lipstick in Rosy Tan, Napoleon Perdis Protege Lip Gloss, e.l.f. Super Glossy Lip Shine in Goddess, Primark Beauty pink lip gloss, Barry M Special Edition metallic pink lip gloss.

And finally, I have really been loving the perfume my aunt brought me from the US :) It's from Bath & Body Works and smells of Apricot and Vanilla yumm!! :P

As for fashion, I have really been wearing my New Look cardis a lot!! I have three (black, coral and navy blue) and I just love how you can pair them with both casual and going-out outfits! 

And finally, I just loved the fairy-tale of the Royal Wedding!!! I loved Kate's dress, her make-up (which she did all by herself), and the swoon-worthy Prince William :) Congrats to them and may they have a long and happy life together :)

ABC's of Me

I saw this tag on Gertrude's blog, Bows and Pearls a couple days ago and, here's my version of it!

Bed Size: Single. However, size doesn't matter as I manage to take up a whole bed no matter how big or small it is lol.
Chore you hate: Washing the dishes
Dogs: None yet
Essential start of your day: Wash my face and brush my teeth
Favorite Color: Anything pastel and teal/green
Gold or silver: Both, although I do prefer silver most days
Height: 5 feet!!
Instruments I play (or have played): I used to play acoustic guitar, but nowadays I only play my iPod hehe
Job Title: Medical Laboratory Science Student/Gel Nail Technician
Kids: none for now but I want to have two when time is right, a boy and a girl!
Live: Malta
Mom's Name: Grace
Nickname: Larina, iz-zghira (means little one in Maltese)
Overnight hospital stays: when I came into this world!
Pet Peeve: People putting on whatever came to hand first thing in the morning and looking like they haven't even looked in the mirror
Quote from a movie: None come to mind at the time
Right or left handed: Right
Siblings: One younger brother {19} 
Time you wake up: Not always the same.
Underwear: hmmm what's this supposed to mean?? I'm a big fan of underwear so I do wear it lol
Vegetables you dislike: pumpkin
What makes you run late: In the mornings - waking up late; When going out - doing my hair/choosing what to wear/doing my make-up :P
X-rays you've had done: Chest (as part of my admittance to the Uni course I'm taking) and back
Yummy food you make: I rarely cook as I still live with my parents but I can whip up some great-tasting sweet chili chicken
Zoo animal: Tigers!!!

Little gifts that brought a little sunshine in my day :)

Hello ladies, so today I want to thank my Mum's work colleague for giving me these three little make-up products :)

My favourite is the eyeshadow.  I like how small it is and also, the colour is very beautiful... it's a light coral with plenty of gold reflects.  It's from No7 and it is in the shade number 50 Tender from the Stay Perfect range.

The other two products are a lipgloss and a lip liner (swatches on the left).  As you can see, the gloss comes out clear with a little glitter.  The applicator is quite sturdy so I like that.  Recently, I also came across a blog post which said that blue tinged lipgloss makes teeth appear whiter, so now I can try that :)

The lipliner is actually a dark brown in person and I quite like the shade. I can foresee me wearing it with darker lipsticks come autumn/winter!

The brand of the lip products is Farmasi.  I have never heard of this brand let alone try any products from it but I'm looking forward to see how they perform.  You can check out the whole range here.

Mid-Week Beauty Masterclass: Taking Care of Your Make-Up Brushes and Tools

Good morning everyone!! Today we will be taking a look at how to care for your make-up brushes and tools to make the utmost of them.  I will be sharing with you how I store and care for mine including cleaning routine etc... I hope you find this post helpful!  For a general idea of brushes and what are their best uses, please click here.

Let's start with storage... I always store my clean brushes in their brush roll and with the dust cover on.  When dirty, I like to keep them in a little pot I have on my vanity shelf but I still like to keep their dust cover on to prevent dust from adhering to the bristles.  When travelling, I suggest you take your brushes with the dust covers and put them in a case so that they won't get damaged.

All my brushes in their brush roll (top) and the pot I keep them in when dirty


I thoroughly clean my brushes once a week with Brush Shampoo while in between uses, I keep them as clean as possible by wiping them on a cloth dampened with a little Brush Cleaner.  Here are a few tis to bear in mind when washing your brushes to avoid them shedding hairs and coming off:

1. Always wash your brushes in lukewarm water and keep the bristles facing down so that the soap solution won't go into the ferrule and dissolve the glue in there.

2. Gently squeeze the wet bristles in a clean towel to absorb as much water as possible and hence cut down on drying time.

3. Leave the brushes to dry in a horizontal position so as to protect the glue inside the ferrule.

4. Make sure you rinse all the soap thoroughly from the bristles so as to prevent bacteria from flourishing in your brushes.  Also, never store away your brushes while still damp as this also creates the perfect environment for bacteria to breed. 

5. Here's a little tip to save water and brush shampoo... clean your brushes with some brush cleaner first to remove as much product as possible.  This will in turn lead to less rinsing time (hence saving water) and less use of shampoo (saving on it and ensuring you remove it all!).

6. To clean brushes used for foundation, cream eyeliners, lipstick and other creamy products, if shampoo is not enough, simply pour a little baby oil in the palm of your dry hands and dip the brushes into it.  The oil will lift the product in no time and you can then wash your brushes like all others.  I use this method for lip brushes, cream eyeliner brushes and concealer brushes and I can confirm it totally works!

Taking Care of other tools

Some people prefer to use make-up sponges and puffs over brushes to apply certain products.  If you are one of these people, make sure you replace your sponges every so often as these tend to house a lot of bacteria. You can use the same cleaning routine as for brushes to clean them but always remember to replace them frequently.

Eyelash curlers and tweezers are also two of the most widely used tools in the make-up routine of many women.  May sure you clean yours thoroughly to avoid any nasty eye infections and always store them back in their pouches.

Finally, sharpeners have to be cleaned thoroughly with a little antiseptic spray to remove all left-over traces of other colours and prevent contaminating your pencils with bacteria.  For this reason, it is best if you clean your sharpeners both before and after use.

I hope you found this post useful ladies and if you have any more tips on how you take care of your brushes/tools, do post them in the comments below :)

NOTW: Riviera Chic

Good morning cupcakes! Here's the nail art design I paired with my Easter outfit:

As you can see it is very easy to do so if you want to know how I did it, just keep on reading!

1. Prep nails with a clear base coat and paint the tips with any colour of your choice (I used Golden Rose Prestige in no.71)

2. Select another two or three colours and dot them in a zig zag fashion along the line that separates the tip from the rest of the nail. I alternated the colours as well and I used e.l.f. Dark Navy, Max Factor Nailfinity Red Passion and a white nail polish.

3. Seal everything with a top coat and you're done!

I hope all of you had a great Easter and enjoyed some yummy chocolates and treats :P

Sigma F80 Giveaway Winner!!

Hello lovelies :) As promised, I just sorted all the entries for the Sigma giveaway to generate a winner.  In all there were 35 entries and the number 4 was drawn through

... And without further delay, the winner is Natalie Douka!!! Congrats Natalie, I will send you an email shortly :)

Good Friday make-up and pictures from procession

Here's another post for today lovelies (watch out for the Sigma Giveaway winner announcement in a few more minutes)...

Yesterday we attended the Good Friday procession in my home town.  The atmosphere was very reminiscent of a sad day and that's the way I like it! Good Friday and Easter are actually two of my favourite celebrations from the Christian calendar.  Here are some pictures of statues that men carry on their shoulders around the streets of Cospicua:

A street at night lit with candles

And here's the make-up look I wore:

I kept my outfit casual (sorry I do not have a picture of it) and chose to wear a pair of beige jeans and a patterned shirt with beige, cream, orange and khaki and topped it with a military army-green coat.

Here's a list of the products I used to create the look:

- Inglot Under Make-Up Base
- NYX HD Foundation in HDF02 Soft Beige
- essence stay natural concealer in 01 Soft Beige
- Max Factor Creme Puff in 85 Light 'n' Gay
- NYX Concealer in a Jar in CJ12 Green
- e.l.f. Studio Warm Bronzer as blush

- e.l.f. Eyelid Primer
- e.l.f. All Over Color Stick in Persimmon
- e.l.f. Duo Eyeshadow Cream in Eggplant (green shade)
- Technic taupe and light beige eyeshadows
- golden brown from e.l.f. Everyday Brights 32 Piece eyeshadow palette
- khaki eyeshadow from Deborah Stories large palette
- e.l.f. Lengthening & Defining mascara in Black
- e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner in Metallic Olive

- Vaseline
- e.l.f. Mineral Lipstick in Rosy Tan
- Napoleon Perdis Protege Lipgloss 

Gel Infills with Crushed Shells

Hey all! Here's the work I did on a client for Easter Sunday to match her top:

She opted for a sheer glittery turquoise tip and a crushed shells gradient on both the ring fingers and thumbs.

What do you think of this one?

A few updates :)

Good morning cupcakes! First of all, let me apologize for not posting yesterday but I had an uber busy day as I have in plan for today. I woke up at 6:30 which is very unusual to wake up this early for me these days! But as I said, I have quite a long day ahead as I have to amend my thesis a little (almost done now) and finish off a couple of assignments.  As today happens to be Maundy Thursday, I will visit a few Good Friday exhibitions and churches around Malta and later this evening.  

Lastly, a quick reminder about my Sigma Giveaway! It will end tomorrow so make sure you get your entries in lovelies :)

Top-Ten Tuesdays ~ Miscellaneous Beauty Products I have repurchased/Will definitely repurchase

Hello beautiful ladies :) Today has been quite a busy day for me and I only got home an hour ago! Anyways, as promised, last week, here are my top 10 miscellaneous beauty products that I just can't get enough of and always seem to repurchase them over and over again!

10. Tres Emme Conditioner
9. Tres Emme Shampoo
8. e.l.f. Zit Zapper
7. e.l.f. Mineral Blemish Kit
6. The Body Shop Born Lippy Lip Balm
5. Montagne Jeunesse Face Masques
4. Vaseline
3. La Roche Posay Lipikar Xerand Hand Repair Cream
2. The Body Shop Body Scrub
1. The Body Shop Body Butter

Have a good night's sleep everyone! :)

Review: e.l.f. Duo Eyeshadow Cream in Eggplant & Black Licorice

Hello cupcakes :) Another elf review for today! I cannot believe I haven't yet reviewed these cream eyeshadows so here we go!

As for packaging, they are packed in a blister-type pack and when you take them out, you get a nice black round container with a transparent top so you can see the colours:

I have seen these eyeshadows being trashed because they crease a lot on various YouTube videos and blog posts but I still wanted to try a few and ended discovering that if used as bases for your powder eyeshadows, they work brilliantly! 

My favourite out of the two is Eggplant because the colours are just so beautiful! They have a multi-tonal effect and look really good on.  Eggplant is also the most pigmented duo out of the two I have as both shades give a nice colour pay-off.  With regards Black Licorice, the black is much more pigmented than the grey, which requires more applications for some decent colour to show.

Green/Purple ~ Eggplant; Silver (heavy swatch)/Black ~ Black Licorice

The texture for these eyeshadows is quite creamy (duh!) and they apply and blend nicely onto my lids. One tip to avoid creasing is use a good primer underneath them and make sure you apply an adequate amount of powder eyeshadow to set them.  I wouldn't recommend you wear these eyeshadows alone but I like to use them as bases to enhance the colours of the powder eyeshadows I'm using.  So if like me, you like to match your eyeshadow base to the powder eyeshadow, I highly recommend these!

You can get yours from the elf website for only £1.50/€1.70 per duo! 

EOTN 16/04/11

Hello lovelies :) here's the eye make-up I wore yesterday night:

Products used:

Inglot Under Make-Up Base
Revlon ColorStay Foundation in 180 Sand Beige for Combination/Oily Skin
essence stay natural concealer in 01 Soft Beige
NYX Concealer in a Jar in CJ12 Green
Max Factor Creme Puff in 85 Light 'n' Gay
Rimmel Powder Blush in 004 Pink Rose
e.l.f. Studio Make-Up Mist & Set

e.l.f. Eyelid Primer
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
Teal eyeshadow cream from Revlon Warm and Toasty palette
Light, medium and dark turquoise from e.l.f. Everyday Brights 32 Piece Eyeshadow Palette
e.l.f. Shimmer Eyeliner Pencil in Twinkle Teal
e.l.f. Lengthening & Defining Mascara in Black
Technic black kohl eye pencil

Maybelline Water Shine Lipstick in 02 Beige Glace
light pink lipgloss from Primark Beauty (part of a set)

NOTW: Sunflowers

Hey guys here's the nail art tutorial for this week :)

I opted for something quite bright here with the yellowy-golden polish, but spring/summer is all about having fun isn't it? Keep on reading to see how you can do this design yourselves :)

1. Prep nails with a clear base coat and apply two coats of a golden yellow nail polish on all nails except for the ring fingers. I used Golden Rose Paris Lacquer in no.41.

2. At this stage, you can top coat the painted nails and when dry, proceed with the design on the ring fingers.

3. For the ring fingers, paint diagonally tow coats of a dark purple polish.  I used a Special Edition shade from Barry M.

4. When dry, get a detailing brush and with the golden polish, paint five pointy petals to form a flower.

5. While you still have the brush at hand, paint three leaves on both extremities of the flower. Start by drawing two in the shape of a 'V' and then put one in the middle of it.

6. By means of a medium sized dotting tool, place one dot in the centre of the flower and then proceed by placing dots at regular intervals along the purple polish line as shown in the pictures.

7. Add a top coat and you're done!

Tag: 11 Most Reached for Products

Hello my lovelies! It's been a long time since I did a tag post and since I have been seeing this one going on around a few blogs and YouTube and it looks fun so why not do it myself? Now these are the 11 products I currently reach for the most although there are some which I always end up going for time and time again (you can have a look at some of these products here). Let's dig into this tag post!

1. e.l.f. Tinted Moisturizer in Rosy Beige ~ offers me the right coverage for everyday wear and matches my skin tone perfectly. Since it is not as heavy as a foundation, it lets my skin breathe.

2. e.l.f. Mineral Lipstick in Rosy Tan ~ the perfect my lips but better shade and its also very hydrating.

3. Napoleon Perdis Proetege Lip Gloss ~ I'm loving the orangey/coral lip trend this spring and this has been my go to lipgloss to create it!

4. La Roche Posay Lipikar Xerand Hand Repair Cream ~ the most moisturizing hand cream ever and it doesn't leave me it with greasy hands!

5. e.l.f. Studio Complexion Perfection ~ I'm so glad I bought this! It is my favourite setting powder as it neutralizes my skin tone.

6. Maybelline Water Shine Lipstick in 02 Beige Glace ~ a sheen shade of pink perfect for both day and night looks.

7. Rimmel Powder Blush in 004 Pink Rose ~ for me, this is the perfect pink blush to use all year round for a healthy flush to your cheeks.

8. e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner in Metallic Olive ~ this is my fave eyeliner due to its creamy formula and also because it lasts so long.

9. e.l.f. Lengthening and Defining Mascara in Black ~ I love how this mascara makes me look like I'm wearing falsies and at €1.70 it isn't a big deal to replace when it dries out!

10. e.l.f. Eyelid Primer ~ makes my eye make-up stay put and also helps pop out the colours more!

11. essence stay natural concealer in 01 Soft Beige ~ my favourite under eye concealer as it hides my dark circles to perfection!

What are your 11 most reached for products ladies? I tag all of you to do this post! Can't wait to see your responses :)

Giveaway Time!!! {now closed}

Hello beautiful ladies! What better way to end the week than with a giveaway? That's right! I'm so excited to announce this blog's first giveaway in association with Sigma Beauty!

If you haven't noticed yet, I have joined the Sigma Beauty Affiliate Program and as part of the program, I was eligible to receive the Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki.  Here are some pictures:

That's not it! You can also win one too! Interested? Here's what you have to do!

1. Be a public follower of my blog (leave your GFC name in the comment please).

2. Comment on this post only, telling me what your favourite make-up brush from your collection is (does not have to me Sigma).  Please include an email address so I can contact you if you win.

3. Like Sigma's Facebook Page (include your facebook name as well in the comment).  This will give you ONE extra entry.

4. Include everything in one comment please.  Each participant can comment only once so everyone has a fair chance of winning.

5. Giveaway is open internationally.

This giveaway will run for a week and will end on 22nd April 2011 11:59 GMT+1.

A winner will be chosen via and will be announced on the 23rd of April 2011. I will contact the winner myself so that they can provide me with their shipping details which I will forward to Sigma and they will ship out the prize themselves.

Good luck cupcakes and feel free to let others know about this giveaway!