FIRST DATE TAG

Although it’s been a while since I have been on a first date, I was really happy when the lovely Caroline from Diva Inside Blog tagged me in this post as it was the same time that I was celebrating my anniversary of meeting my partner. So it brought up some happy memories!

Questions:

1. How long does it take you to get ready for a date? I never really take that long to get ready, full makeup & hair is roughly an hour, but if I stay chatting on facebook it might take longer.

2. What’s your idea of a perfect first date? a) Dinner b) Drinks c) Cinema d) Adventurous dates? Since I would be trying to get to know the person dinner perhaps leading to drinks so a mix of both a & b. In the cinema you just sit next to the person in the dark so you have no chance to talk, its something more suitable for teens or couples who already know each other pretty well. I wouldn’t mind an adventurous first date it would be fun and different and if it went well there would always be a cool story.

3. What would you gravitate more towards to wear on a date … a) Jeans b) Trousers c) Skirt d) Dress. This depends on the weather, and the venue, most likely a dress though as for a first date I would want to impress and I think I look pretty in a dress 🙂

4. On the date of your choice what makeup would you wear a) Girl next door b) Smokey and sexy c) Bold lip d) Brights? A cross between a & b I like to look as natural and fresh faced as possible (I want to feel myself) but I love a bit of a smokey cat eye. I would leave my lips nude since I wouldn’t want to have the hassle of topping up and should we kiss I wouldn’t want to leave lipstick marks.

5. Your date says you have an hour to be ready what do you do? No problem 🙂 after a super fast shower and washing my hair id have roughly 40 mins left to get ready. Luckily I am super fast with makeup, a full face takes me about 20 mins, leaving me the last 20 to fast dry my hair and get changed.

6. Your date asks for the bill, do you … a) Offer to pay – with actual meaning to pay b) Make a fake fuss – with no intention of paying c) Expect him to pay straight away. I have no problem paying my share, but since he asked me out I would expect him to pay for the dinner, and then I would put my imput by buying drinks.

When I met mark he asked me to meet him after work for drinks, we had just met a few days before and it was actually before our official date. We went to Ryans Bar and I asked him what he wanted to drink, he told me vodka so I bought a bottle & mixers. It saved us queuing up drink by drink and got the night started. I was so nervous I needed a few to loosen up… He really didn’t expect to see the barman bring over a bottle!

 7. It’s time to say goodbye you really like your date do you … a) Wave b) Hug c) Kiss on the cheek d) Peck e) Full on smooch. If the date went well a very good kissing session is on the cards, you need to test out the waters and see if you have a good chemistry. A guy can make you laugh and be the most interesting person but if the kiss doesn’t give you butterflies it probably wont last…

I tag:
Davi – Lady With No Name
Maria – Cat Eyes & Red Lips
Gillian Pretty Trippy
Annie – Annies Beauty

Cant wait to read your answers 🙂
Love Steph x

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MY MAKEUP STORY TAG

Hey beauties! I got tagged by Caroline from “Diva Inside“, shes a super sweet blogger who I first met at the C&R Fashion Show during Malta Fashion week. If you haven’t read her blog you should check her out!

Tag Questions:

1. How old were you when you started wearing makeup? This was such a hard question I actually needed to message my mother. Makeup has always been part of my life. I remember always having a huge nail polish collection too. I guess my love of cosmetics started young. By 5/6 I started painting my nails… I will always remember owning a tinker bell polish which I used to peel off. I had a toy phone and would paint my nails, remove and re apply constantly whilst chatting away on the phone (practise for my teen years). By age 9 I was a polish guru and my love for makeup followed a few years later. According to my mother I started to play around with colours aged 12/13 but was applying more properly by my early teens age 13/14.

2. How did you get into makeup? I think the love was always there, I am a very insecure person. I felt extremely ugly during my teen years and makeup did give me a confidence boost. As I grew up I saw the magic in helping other girls gain confidence by applying makeup on them and teaching tricks. Some may see my profession as a vanity but when my clients look in the mirror and you see them smile its such an amazing feeling. I am so proud to work in this industry.

3. What are some of your favourite brands? Clinique is my go to for foundation and has been for nearly 8 years, I love Guerlain especially for the terracotta bronzing line, Chanel has some really beautiful products. I adore Estee Lauder they have such luxurious casing and the quality is fantastic. I really like Urban Decay and I want to increase on my Mac collection. So many brands 🙂 oh did I mention Clarins and Givenchy they are lovely brands too!

4. What does makeup mean to you? Makeup means a lot of things, it’s a form of expression, it can be a form of gaining confidence… That swipe of bold colour lipstick when you want to be fierce. I no longer feel the need to hide behind makeup, I have taken a really long time to come to terms with that.

I think the fact that I have learned to express myself with my makeup means that I can also feel beautiful now without it. There are days that I will apply my skincare and just line my eyes with eyeliner and mascara and feel content. There are days when I can go out without a scrap on too. Last night I met my cousin to take her daughter to the swings and I already did my night time cleansing routine as I didnt plan on going out, my hair was tied back and I wore my glasses. We went for a bite to eat and I felt ok in my own skin. I think that’s a powerful thing.

5. If you could only wear 4 products on your face, what would they be? Clinique Foundation, Laura Mercier Gel Eyeliner, Loreal Mascara, Mac Blusher.

6. What is your favourite thing about makeup? It’s just fun and you create your own style, if you don’t like it no problem its not permanent, you can always remove and redo.

7. What do you think about drug-store makeup vs high end makeup? I am a big high end junky. I would much rather buy 1 item than a few cheaper ones. I love the quality of higher end brands and they really last me a long time so that does justify the price to me. Having said that I do own and love a few mass market drug store brands and I love Loreal for mascara.

8. What is one tip of advice you can give to a beginner? Feel free to experiment with colours and styles, some times it takes a while to get the trickier things right so don’t give up. Have fun with it. If one side of your winged liner isn’t 100 % don’t stress it get a little eyeshadow in the same colour and soften it into a more smokey line. No one will be the wiser 😉

9. What is one makeup trend you never understood? Well I guess there are things I don’t like. Angry looking eyebrows, lip liner 10 shades darker than the lipstick and unblended shadow are just a few. But who am I to judge. Dyna a local blogger recently posted a rant about the expression of makeup and I have to agree, if people want to look a certain way who am I to judge? If you want to apply tons of shimmer or bright colours go ahead. Just do what makes you feel good.

10. What do you think about the beauty community on YouTube? I have to be honest I don’t watch a lot of the videos. I tend to watch things when they come up on my facebook feed but I normally don’t go searching for much. So no comment on YouTube community but the bloggers who I have met who have video channels (Im sorry I dont watch you very often) are really nice girls who I love to chat with at the meet ups we organise and on facebook. Im looking at you girls Davi and Dyna

I Tag:

Cat Eyes Red Lips
Lady with No Name
All Things Lady
All Things Fabulous
Blue Jeans & Red Lipstick
 Cherry Lemon
Through The Looking Glass & Down The Rabbit Hole
ELW Essence

Love Steph x

Spring Fever Tag

Have you got that Friday feeling going on?
I am really happy to finishing early today (who hoo).
I also managed to wake up early enough to write up the Spring Fever Tag
(Go me).

I was tagged by Estonian beauty blogger Mammu Likes. Her blog is an awesome mix of cosmestics! From make up to nails and all sorts in between, so if you havent checked out her blog… Do it… Now…
(ok after you read this tag)…

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Rules:
Answer all ten questions and tag amazing bloggers.

Questions:

1. What eye palette will you use most this spring?
I have been using the Naked3 for the last few weeks, some times I mix up other things with it.

naked 3

2. What blusher in your collection is a Spring must? And what about lipstick too?
I recently bought a blusher from MAC (which I still have to review) and I am really loving the colour. I always found blush one of the hardest things to buy but this colour seems really natural. It gives me a flushed healthy glow and is called “Gleeful“.

I am not a lipstick fan but I have fallen in love with my new lipgloss “Daquiri” by Laura Mercier. It’s from thier latest collection of glosses and I promise to review soon! (I have so much to review for you guys seriously I am like an addict, a lazy addict)

3. What nail polish do you love to wear in Spring?
In Malta Spring turns very quickly into Summer so all colours go, give me bright’s, pastels, neons… I currently have a really pretty bright blue from Mavala.

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4. What is on your Spring break agenda?
Spring break? Oh I don’t get that I work honey! But I just come back from a good holiday last month so it’s kinda like a pre spring break? Spring / Summer is my busiest time of the year work wise so my next break will prob be about September.

5. What trends are you looking forward to- fashion nail polish make up etc?
I love to watch the trends although I dont tend to follow them as such, I like that spring means more lighter brighter colours and those vampy darks get stored away for later.

6. What is your signature Spring scent?
Jil Sandler Sun, I know it’s years old but I just adore it… I always buy a bottle or two when I am travelling.

sun

7. Do you have a Spring skincare regime?
My skincare routine is very strict all year long, and I am not the type who adds spf just because the sun is out, I wear my spf even on rainy days! But I do tend to opt for slightly lighter formulas since it gets so hot so fast.

8. What is Spring like where you live?
Most days are 20 degrees plus, although this week is a little windy. I am now on the stage of carrying a light jacket for the evening, and I wore a summer dress last night for the first time this year. I have already seen sunburnt tourist’s and the shops are starting to really stock up on spf and after sun.

The island is most pretty at this time of year because the flowers will be budding and the little scenery we have is green.
Beaches are beautiful all year long.

9. Florals, got to have them or make them stop?
I like florals, mainly on other people I don’t think they really suit me but if I found a nice pattern yes I would totally wear them.

10. Favourite activity to do in the Spring?
BBQ and picnic season has started, and it’s so nice walking to and from work. It’s lovely to be able to enjoy the heat before it reaches 45 degrees.

Hope you liked my answers!

I tag…

Lady With No Name
I Am Cherry Le Mon
Pretty Trippy
Michy
ELW Essence
Minty Milky
Olivia

Have great weekend!
Love Steph x

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The Versatile Blogger Award.

I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by A Pound Of Luck. If you havent checked out her blog you should do so! She has some fab beauty & fashion related posts.

photo-versatile-blogger11_webRules: List 7 facts about you, nominate and tag serveral other bloggers.

My Facts:

1. I just turned 28 and I am still getting used to the idea of being 2 short stops from 30!
2. I was born in London, and have been living in Malta for 8 years! Time is flying…
3. I am obsessed with all things cosmetic, as you would have noticed from this blog.
4. I love reading the fashion blogs, even though I dont think I am very fashionable.
5. I am currently eating pringles in my pj’s, relaxed is the word, perfect sat night in?
6. My bf is a hardcore gamer and I spent most of this morning “trying” to keep up with him in Guildwars2, I didnt do too badly either.
7. I never used to like gold coloured jewellery, but this year I have started to like it and even bought a few peices.

My Nominations:

All Things Lady
Lady With No Name
Amriaa
Mammu Likes
ELW Essence
Pretty Trippy

Sarah Jane Vella

Love Steph x

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SHINE ON AWARD

I got tagged in the SHINE ON AWARD by Mia Bella Beautopia.
She’s always posting great product reviews so if you haven’t seen her blog before you should check it out 🙂

shine on award

The Rules:

1. Display the award logo to your blog.
2. Show appreciation by acknowledging the blogger who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
3. Share 7 random, interesting things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and happily pass on this award, making sure to link their blog into your post.
5. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know.

7 Random Things:

1. Total travel addict! I wish I could travel all the time.
2. I love change, especially when it comes to my hair. I never leave my hairdresser exactly the same even if it’s so slight only I tell the difference… Even though I always keep it tied back for work.
3. I hate seeing chipped nails either don’t wear polish or make sure you remove it! Just please don’t leave it to chip away.
4. I some times think about living in a forest and growing my own food and being self-sufficient… but who am I kidding? life without the internet (and modern tech)  is unimaginable.
5. I am a foodie. I never thought I would but love to cook as well.
6. I am a quote junky.
7. Self confessed day dreamer.

15 Awesome Bloggers:

1. All Things Lady
2. Roxanainflight
3. Lady With No Name
4. Nail Luxxe
5. The Fashion Carousel
6. All Things Fabulous
7. Amriaa
8. Eeeek! Nail Polish
9. ThatFashionHaze
10. Mammu Likes
11. ELW Essence
12. NhieuBeauty
13.  Natzissash
14. Dupes Are A Gurls Bestfriend
15. Pretty Trippy

Love Steph x

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