OVER THE RAINBOW BRIDGE

This is one of the hardest posts to write, and probably one of the most important. In order to heal I need to be able to tell this story. Each memory is relived heartbreak.

A little over a month ago we had to say goodbye to our beloved chihuahua Abby also known as Mousey.  

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Mousey was my husband & his friends nickname for her. She was his from a puppy. I was lucky to share a little more than 5 years with her. They were happy years.

Six months ago she was diagnosed as a diabetic, we started to give her insulin daily, increasing the amount and then the frequency.

Unfortunately the treatment didn’t seem to help. We tried everything changing the food, changing the insulin brands, I would buy the urine glucose strips and test her 4x a day. Towards the end I was testing her almost hourly. Her body just broke down the insulin and no matter the amount it wasn’t helping her. 

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She started to lose her hair, she had lost weight and in the end her liver just couldn’t cope. One day while I was at work our little one started to vomit blood and my husband rushed her to the clinic.

It was the hardest day having to say goodbye. My husband made the choice to put her to sleep. I rushed to the vets from work, she had started to have seizures. I am and always will be forever grateful to the person who gave me a lift, letting me make it in time.

To have prolonged her life would have been cruel, and selfish of us. The road to recovery is long. Our happy home sometimes feels so empty and lonely. It was a big shock to us and although we knew about her condition the liver failure was something we didn’t see coming. 

I have found it hard to concentrate, I lost my shadow. My most loyal companion. Tears are streaming down my face while I write. I have felt waves of grief this past month. One day I hope to look at photos and the pain turn into fond memories.

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This is my memorial to you my sweet little one.
Love you always.

 

L’ORÈAL ESSENTIALS HAUL

I picked up a few L’oreal make up items recently from Melita Health and Beauty in St Julians. I will be posting their in depth reviews soon. I have been using them for about two weeks now and gotta say these surprised me!

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Keep posted for swatches and my humble opinions…
Leave me a comment and let me know your L’oreal essentials ⇩ ⇩ ⇩
Love Steph x 

HOME INSPIRATION #2 SNEAK PEEK AT MATALAN

So many of you might have seen the Facebook announcement that Matalan is coming. I have known a couple of weeks now when I popped into BHS to check out the last few sale items. The shop was half open and they were renewing the sections.

In the Home section I spied Matalan brand products, and it was confirmed by staff that indeed the shop was changing. I am very excited to see whats new and here is a sneak peek of some photos of the collections which were arriving:

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The new items are definitely more fashion forward. The prices are brilliant I can see myself spending a lot of cash here. For example the bed sets start from about 25 euro, I think price wise are the best on the island. I love the cute animal candles, the signs an the pillows! I am looking forward to seeing the shop fully stocked.

I really enjoyed shopping in BHS so I am glad that they are not closing the brand completely and are keeping the Valletta shop so I can still get my fix. 

Bye bye BHS Sliema! Hello Matalan!
Love Steph x

PRODUCT REVIEW: ESTEE LAUDER ADVANCE NIGHT REPAIR AMPOULES

Turing another year older is a hard thing for many. I turned 31 this week, now securely in my 30’s age bracket, my skincare ritual needed some updating. Luckily for me this year Estee Lauder has launched many additions the Advance Night Repair range.

I have been using the serum on and off for the past ten years, and I still remember being given my first sample of the little brown bottle when I was about 16. It was part of a Christmas gift, and equaled instant love.

Over the years I have tried the eyecream’s both the gel and the serum, and I can safely say that this is one of my favourite skin care ranges. When I heard about the launch of the Intensive Recovery Ampoules I knew it was a must have. I also have the new night cleansing lotion from the range which I hope to review soon.

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Revolutionize how you repair at night. Help your skin recover the healthy, luminous look of youth.

Micro ampoules. Mega impact.
This powerful recovery concentrate calms and rapidly renews the look of over-stressed skin, helping to strengthen its resistance against future assaults.
Treatment oil includes ChronoluxAI technology to help reduce visible irritation and synchronize the look of skin.” – Estee Lauder

FORMULA

When opening a capsule, a lightweight oil is released. Gliding over the skin the treatment oil replenishes the outer layer of the skin. But what’s going on underneath?

To understand how it works we need to understand a little about how skin ages. As we age our cells start to produce less collagen, which we need to keep our skin supple. The antioxidant’s applied on the skins surface helps to prevent free radical damage, thus repair damage done by environmental aggressors.

Environmental factors such as the sun’s ultraviolet rays, pollution and smoking, which can trigger free radicals or unstable molecules that prematurely damage DNA (genetic material) in cells.” – Scientific American.

We also have a circadian cycle which co-ordinates the repair of our damaged cells while we sleep. Aka BeautySleepAs we age the genes that affect the circadian cycle get out of sync, slowing cellular repair. This is where the Chronolux technology comes into play. Chronolux technology is an amino acid sequence that helps to maintain a healthy cell repair schedule. It’s basically our skins personal assistant reminding the cells to repair at night.

Antioxidants & Chronolux Technology is already included in other Estee Lauder ranges so what makes the ampoules different?

With the new Intensive Recovery Ampoules Estee Lauder infused the current Chronolux with AI Technology, becoming a dual action, Anti-Irritation + Synchronization technology. This helps skin address all phases of irritation. Skin becomes stronger and is more resilient to future aggressors.

APPLICATION

Apply PM after your repair serum, before your moisturizer. Twist capsule open, dispense into palm and massage lightly over skin using fingertips. Use it especially when skin feels stressed from environmental damage, lack of sleep, travel, even changes of season or weather.”  – Estee Lauder

It can be applied alone, or ontop of the serum. I finished my serum and I am using it solo. I would love to see how they feel together. When opening a capsule you need to be a bit gentle, it’s very easy to accidentally apply to much pressure while twisting and shoot the oil all over the place.  

While being an oil I don’t feel this greasy or sticky. It glides onto my skin and feels comfortable, hydrated, and balanced. After using it for a few nights I am seeing a difference in my skin. I am feeling it a lot more supple. 

THE PRICE

There are 60 capsules in a jar, and in Malta retails for 75 euro. Each ampoule therefore costs 1.25 which is less than the cost of a coffee. So it’s definitely something that I want to keep in my routine. I love the glass jar the packaging is gorgeous. Although I hope in the future that Estee Lauder would consider refill packs. At least there is the option to recycle the packaging. 

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I feel like I am really giving my skin what it needs when I use this product. I wake up and feel my skin soft & hydrated. It’s almost a shame to have to cleanse my skin in the morning. I plan on buying my usual Advance night repair serum and using them together as a booster on the weekends, and when I feel my skin stressed. Although saying that I am an Advanced Night Repair addict. So don’t be surprised when I tell you I am using them both daily.

Love Steph x

PRODUCT REVIEW: DERMALOGICA DAILY SUPERFOLIANT

This is Dermalogica’s latest product, it’s been making waves abroad and I can’t wait to tell you why. I have been waiting for this product launch for months. A highly-active powder resurfacer that delivers your smoothest skin and helps fight skin aging caused by pollution.

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I think this is a game changer. I used the trial size product for the first time last night and I fell in love. I honestly don’t know how to live my life without this product and already ordered my full size. I have never felt my skin so clean and smooth. 

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FORMULA

Skin Resurfacing.
Lactic Acid: re textures the skin, stimulates skin turnover and cellular regeneration. Increases hydration. Malic Acid: Helps remove dead skin cells, reduces the appearance of aging, promotes the production of collagen. Papain: Improves the skins luminosity, making the skin softer and smoother. Lipase: Breaks down sebum, makes it possible to remove the build up of pollution without harming the skins protective barrier. Subtiliain: An enzyme that eats away at dead skin cells.

Anti Pollution Technology.
Activated Binchotan Charcoal: resurfaces the skin, draws out impurities & excess sebum and pollution from the skin. Tara Fruit & Red Algae Extract: Together they form a film over the skin preventing pollution from entering the skin, and preserving the skins barrier function. 

Anti Aging Ingredients.
Niacinaminde: Active vitamin B3 and an antoxidant. Reduces the production of sebum, and prevents pollution induced signs of aging. Rice Bran Extract: Antioxident rich, prevents skin ageing inflammation and improves collagen.

APPLICATION

After cleansing, dispense about a half-teaspoon into very wet hands and create a creamy paste by rubbing hands together. Apply to face in circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Massage gently for one minute, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Use daily. For more sensitive skin, apply on alternate days until skin acclimates.” – Dermalogica

While I was massaging it over my skin I could instantly feel it working, my skin was becoming smoother under my fingertips. I felt my skin my subtle and while it was clean it was comfortable. The texture of the powder when mixed with water becomes quite creamy. I found it a little hard to control how much I poured. So you need to be careful not to waste powder by spilling to much. 

THE PRICE

The retail price is 61 euro so its quite expensive but there is 57 grams, so it should last quite a long time since you need just half a teaspoon. Considering the types of enzymes and technology used I can understand the price tag. Remember that this isn’t just a scrub, it is an anti pollution and anti aging product.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I am so impressed with this product, much more than I ever expected to be. My skin can tolerate quite active chemical exfoliation but I like using a physiological scrub every so often too, so I don’t think I will stop using my other exfoliation products.

I can’t wait to start using this as part of my routine. It has been almost 24 hours and my skin is still feeling super smooth and comfortable. My pores look cleaner, my skin feels firmer more supple. I am even more excited to start using this on my clients. I just know that this will be a sensational product with high delivering results. 

Love Steph x