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 

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PRODUCT REVIEW: STEFANIA D’ALESSANDRO HIGH DEFINITION & VOLUME MASCARA

I find buying mascara is the eternal dilemma. I’m always looking for the next best thing… higher lengths, intense volume, more curl. Each time a new mascara is launched it peaks my curiosity and I am always willing to try the latest trend. 

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I have never used this brand before, yet it comes highly recommended by the staff at Melita Pharmacy in St Julians. I think this is the first time 4 different members of staff all told me to go for the same product. 

FORMULA

The aim of this product is high definition and volume. The colour is highly pigmented so its seriously black. I tried to take a before and after photo of my eye lashes but without mascara the camera couldn’t actually focus on my naked lashes. 

The wand is plastic and has separate bristles in order to lift and coat the lash with product without weighing it down and making it clumpy. The wand is also quite thin, which I like as some times the bigger the brush the more messy it is. The texture also isn’t very gloopy which is important.

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APPLICATION

The photo shows a couple of coats of the mascara. It coats well without being to clumpy. I did apply in a rush so I didn’t clean up where it hit the skin on my lash line. I felt like my lashes had been elongated, it didn’t help with the curl at all. The volume is decent. 

I think for me the big plus for this mascara is that it is incredibly long lasting. At no point did it flake or smudge. I find that unless I buy waterproof formulas they tend to melt under my eyes by the middle of the day. This really stayed in place.

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THE PRICE

The High Definition and Volume Mascara is well priced at 18 euros. There are definitely cheaper mascaras in the market, but then you will be compromising on the quality. The black is a nice rich black and the fact that it doesn’t budge all day, yet it isn’t a waterproof mascara is a big deal for me. I don’t want to do any damage to my lashes trying to remove at the end of each day.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I have used this mascara for the last few days, I think the more I wear it the more I like it. Will I repurchase? Perhaps. Do I love it? I think its still to early to tell. For the moment I am happy with my purchase, and I don’t regret it. 

Whats your favourite mascara? Leave me a comment. 
Love Steph x

3INA VALENTINES MAKEUP

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Today I stopped by the 3INA makeup store at Pama Shopping Mall, they have a really cool Valentines offer on two looks:

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Each look consists of a blush, a red lip colour and an eyeshadow. 

Left Valentines look: 

  • Red lipgloss
  • Pink powdered eyeshadow
  • Pink powdered blush

Right Valentines look: 

  • Red liquid lipstick
  • Nude cream eyeshadow
  • Peach powdered blush

Both looks are very easy to wear. I love the liquid lipstick and nude cream shadow, I have similar from another brand otherwise I would have bough this set. They say you can never have too much makeup but I am trying to not repeat similar purchases. So instead I bought some items that my kit was missing.

I took my time looking over the hundreds of colours they have on display:

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The lighting made it a little hard to take photos, but as you can see there are loads of colours and a ton of choices. All for a pretty good price. I could easily spend a fortune as everything looks amazing. The textures are pretty good too. I swatched a few items and they seemed quite pigmented. 

Will post a review of what I bought in another post soon.
Love Steph x

CLARINS CONTOURING PERFECTION SPRING 17 MAKEUP COLLECTION

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FACE

FACE CONTOURING PALETTE
Composed of three universal shades, this palette comes with a specially designed pro brush. In a few easy steps, the features are sculpted with a play of light and shade, and a final radiant touch of pink blush.

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Features a matte light beige highlighter, a contour bronzer shade and a pink blusher, I cant wait to get my hands on this. Isn’t that blush gorgeous? look at it, those little flecks of gold shimmer. The idea of a matte highlight is mind blowing. I need to try it out. I can’t wait to swatch this. Also it comes with with a really cool sculpting brush.

4-COLOUR ALL-IN-ONE PEN
An all-in-one pen with four coloured pencils – three for the eyes and one for the lip contour. A single product to accentuate the eyes and shape the lips, and also intensify eyebrows or draw freckles.

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I decided to put this under FACE as its such a multi purpose product. I think that the busy woman is going to enjoy having this in her makeup bag, just because its so simple. Where was this product while I was still dating my husband and spending weekends? I think also for ladies who travel often this is perfect! It reminds me of those colouring pens that were popular in the 90’s so def a little nostalgia here too. So this for me is a must have.

EYES

LIMITED EDITION – OMBRE IRIDESCENTE 
The fusion texture of the Shimmery Eye Shadow melts on the eyelid and has a cream-to-powder formula that is easily applied for a sparkling look. Finally, radiance is right at your fingertips! In 3 new limited edition shades:

08 Silver White – pearl, 09 Silver Rose – delicate pink, 10 Silver Grey – dark gray silver

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I like using a cream as a base some times just to add a touch of shimmer. I am very excited by the Silver White, I have something similar from max factor so I am looking forward to swatching this. 

LIMITED EDITION 4-COLOUR EYESHADOW PALETTE
A palette of charcoal shades enriched with mineral pigments to structure and intensify the eyes. The formula includes carnauba powder wax to provide comfort. Use wet or dry.

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This palette makes a refreshing change, both Chanel & Dior have quite a golden theme to their Spring 17 collections. I love using a mixture of greys, and would shake it up by adding a pop of pink. This quad’s shades really compliments eachother, usually there is always that odd shade that won’t be worn. I think that you can get a lot of use from all 4 shades.

LIPS

JOLI ROUGE BRILIANT
Colour your lips with an intense, long-wearing shade. Lips are comfortable and moisturized thanks to plant ingredients, organic marsh samphire, mango oil and pro-ceramides. Three new shades: 

31 Tender Nude – beige nude, 32 Pink Fuchsia – hot pink, 33 Soft Plum – plum

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Three new shades, plum is still high on trend for spring judging from this and the collections over at Dior this season. I am surprised by the hot pink as to me this is more a summer colour, yet it makes a nice change. The tender nude is a warm brown colour, which I think would be popular with ladies who are fed up of the pink nudes currently on the market.

Are you looking forward to seeing this collection hit the shops?
Love Steph x

NARS WILDFIRE SPRING 17 MAKEUP COLLECTION

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FACE

BLUSH

The ultimate authority in blush, NARS offers the industry’s most iconic shades for cheeks. Natural, healthy-looking color that immediately enlivens the complexion. A light application of even the highest-intensity hues delivers a natural-looking flush.

BUMPY RIDE

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A shimmering shade of saccharine pink. The blush only requires a small amount to create a youthful and healthy glow. This is a new edition to the collection and will form part of the permanent collection. Also part of my wishlist!

EYES

DUO EYESHADOW

Modern, unique, sometimes unexpected color combinations of eyeshadow shades. Worn alone or together, all Duo Eyeshadow shades feature micro-fine powders that are highly pigmented, longwearing and crease resistant. Color glides on smoothly, evenly and blends effortlessly. The effects can be subtle or smoldering. The options are endless.

CHIANG MAI & THESSALONIQUE

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CHAING MAI is a limited edition, turquoise and bronze eyeshadow. THESSALONIQUE is a new edition forming the permanent collection. Personally I love both of these duos, especially THESSALONIQUE which is a pale pink and lavender. 

NARS WILDFIRE VELVET SHADOW STICK

Easy on the eyes. Velvet Shadow Stick layers under, glides over. Effortlessly blends and sets the scene with a range of matte to multi-dimensional shades. Twists up on command and draws attention any place, any time. Pair with a powder shadow or wear alone.

4 new shades: Two of the shades are limited edition, two are new but expected to form part of the main collection. USBEK,  GRANDE-LARGE, BELLE LLE, SIROS

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USBEK –  limited edition bright shimmering shade of deep purple

GRANDE-LARGE –  limited edition metallic sky blue

BELLE LLE a shimmering orange

SIROS a bold bronze

I am in love with the purple! Wow. I also really like the bronze.

LIPS

NARS WILDFIRE SEMI MATTE LIPSTICK

A modern, semi-matte lipstick that provides full-bodied, velvety color.

Two limited edition shades: BREAKING FREE & KISS ME STUPID

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The names certainly made me laugh, I love “Kiss me stupid” which is the burnt orange on the right. I really love “Breaking free” which is a beautiful bright matte coral colour. 

NARS WILDFIRE LIP GLOSS

SOPHISTICATED SHINE & STUNNING COLOR, EVERY DAY EVERY WAY

NARS Lip Gloss lavishes lips in a full spectrum of shades. Enriched with nourishing ingredients for long-lasting smooth, comfortable wear. The doe-foot applicator smoothly glides across lips with comfort and precision.

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Two new shades: ASPHALT JUNGLE & ARAGON

Asphalt jungle is a limited edition, light brown nude with pink shimmer.

Aragon is part of the main collection an is a red brick colour that I am obsessed with.

Love Steph x