MELITA BEAUTY NIGHT OUT

For Woman’s Day I was invited to an event held by Melita Health & Beauty. It was organised to showcase the many brands Melita have to offer, and introduce their team.

melita team

L-R: our hosts Alexia, Steph, Daniela, Tamsin, Jennifer & Janine.

Melita has a strong dedicated beauty team which will be there to help you with all your needs; from skincare to makeup, to the best nail polish brands.

The staff are well trained on products, friendly and most importantly are not pushy.
As a customer its refreshing to see the same familiar faces each day, and know that no matter my concern the girls have me covered.

It was also great to get to see all my fellow bloggers and have a good gossip! We were treated to canapes and a lovely light pink prosecco.

They boast an impressive range of cosmetics such as: Dermablend, Givenchy, Clarins, Clinique, Shiseido, Stefania d’alessandro, Sleek, L’oreal, Collistar, Makeup Studio, Max Factor, Revlon, Bourjouis & Rimmel. Incredibly luxurious skincare brands such as: La Prairie, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Dermalogica, Clarins, Shiseido, Elizabeth Arden, Dermastir, Lancome, & Decleor. And a range of cosmecutical brands like: Eucerin, Medik8, Uriage, Bioderma, Biotherm, La Roche Rosay & Vichy. There are way to many to list!

And to top it off we got a great goodie bag with lots of amazing products I cant wait to review!!

Love Steph x
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PERSONA SKINCEUTICALS 2015 CHARITY CAMPAIGN

Last week I had the pleasure of being invited to a red carpet event launching new SkinCeuticals products by Persona Med-Aesthetic Centre.

The SkinCeuticals Charity Campaign will last 1 year, with 5% of all 2015 SkinCeuticals Sales going to Hospice Malta. Hospice Malta is a fantastic local charity which does so much to help local people in need, providing palliative care.

The Malta Hospice Movement is today caring for over 900 patients and their families.Most of our patients have cancer while a small number have motor neurone disease and respiratory disease. They come from all over the Maltese Islands.” Hospice Malta. I am so happy to see local businesses helping the community and giving back.

I met up with fellow bloggers Elle and Lara, we were greeted and given a goodie bag from SkinCeuticals, and got the chance to pose…

The SkinCeuticals 2015 Charity Campaign was inaugurated by Her Excellency Madame President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, and special guest Lamia Natafgi the SkinCeuticals Education Manager from the Middle East who gave a wonderful presentation on skincare.

SkinCeuticals are a very interesting brand, which is dedicated to skin health. They have a huge range of professional treatments, and home care products to suit your skin concerns. I cant wait to try out some of the samples I was given in the goodie bag.

One simple promise – to provide advanced skincare backed by science.
Born from decades of skin cancer research that led to pivotal breakthroughs in antioxidants, our high potency formulas are concentrated in pure actives and proven to penetrate optimally into skin.
Made in the USA, our clinical skincare is used by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and medi-spas for daily homecare and to complement aesthetic procedures. We formulate to correct signs of aging, protect healthy skin, and prevent future damage.” – SkinCeuticals.

The venue was wonderfully decorated.

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With a dedicated team of professionals available for consultation.

The most exciting part for me was the Visia in-depth skin analysis. Since it was a popular part of the event, consultation times were limited. My skin analysis took about 10 minutes with the specialist, she explained normally they would take an hour to consult fully. I would love to book in for a full consultation, as a skincare professional I am obsessed with looking after my skin, and the Visia machine allows a deeper the diagnosis of what’s happening at a dermal level. The Visia takes photos of the skin and gives feedback…

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The Visia machine first took a photo of my skin, then broke down my problem areas. Which if left untreated could result in pigmentation issues in the future. It’s a fantastic reminder to people to use spf since it shows the damage really is skin deep. I have always wondered what my skin looks like underneath. I am feeling pretty good for almost 29 (1 month to go), my water levels need to be increased but otherwise I am doing a good job looking after my skin.

Persona Med-Aesthetic Centre also offers a huge range of treatments:

Botox : Dermal Fillers : Neck Lift : Tear Trough : Deep hydration Boost : Hand Rejuvenation : Lip augmentation : Cheek augmentation :  Laser rejuvenation : Fat Transfer : Sclerotherapy : Laser vein therapy : Blepharoplasty : Rhinoplasty : Lip Augmentation : Cheek Augmentation : Ear Surgery : Face Lift : Neck Lift : Brow lift : Hair Transplant : Breast Augmentation : Breast Reduction : Breast lift : Breast Reconstruction : Nipple Correction : Smart Lipo : Liposuction : Tummy Tuck : Thigh Lift : Buttock Lift : Arm Lift : Vein Surgery : Tattoo Removal : Dermatologist Consultation : In-depth Skin analysis : Skin Cancer Screening : Scar Reducing Injections : Spots, moles & wart removal : Freckle reduction : Chemical peels : Dermaroller : Nutritionist Consultation : Medical Massages : Relaxation Massages : Manicures & pedicures : Body Wraps : Facials.. and more.

Persona Med-Aesthetic Centre have a state of the art operating theatre which was launched last Spring. I was so impressed by the range of treatments offered and by the plastic surgery options.

You can find out more about Persona Med-Aesthetic Centre on Facebook & their Website.
SkinCeuticals can be bought on the persona website and you can find more info on their official Facebook page.

Love Steph x

Ps: Photo-credits go to the Persona Facebook page, since I was having way to much fun to take photos… 

RESTAURANT REVIEW: LUNCH AT THE GALLEY.

The Galley is a new restaurant on Ta’ Xbiex Seafront.

Situated underneath the Royal Malta Yacht Club, I found the nautical theme very charming. At the entrance there are sailing style ropes tied around the columns, the tables have been white washed to give a lovely rustic vibe.

The view is absolutely calming. The sound of the sea. Valletta in the distance, makes this a peaceful retreat away from the stress of traffic or noisy people.

Perfect for dates with a loved one, families & friends spending quality time together, or an impressive place for a business meeting. The atmosphere is welcoming, the staff are also extremely friendly and helpful.

The food is as amazing as the view.

view from the galley
Photo is taken from their Facebook page.

Since it was a beautiful day we asked to be seated outside, November and still 20 degrees. I am definitely living in the right country.

wine wine and glasses

We ordered a bottle of Chateau Peyruchet bordeaux blanc, which is a beautiful French white wine. Very easy to drink, smooth, and citrus flavoured. Perfectly complimenting our starter of Gravlax (which came highly recommended by the restaurant).

Gravlax

gravalax

Gravlax is a Norse salmon dish served with a dill/mustard dressing.

Plated beautifully, it looked almost too good to eat! I enjoyed the dressing as it gave the salmon an interesting zesty kick. Between us this was devoured pretty quickly. When you have a good appetiser it sets the tone and you can rest assured that the rest of the meal will be good. We were very excited to receive our mains.

Prawn Linguine & Smokey Ribs.

pasta ribs

Prawn Linguine 

I have been seeing photo’s of this dish on my facebook feed for the past couple of weeks, my expectation was placed rather high up on the proverbial pedestal.

This dish did not disappoint.

Even better than I imagined, the linguine was cooked just right… that sauce my oh my it was mouthwatering. Rich, creamy, not overpoweringly tomatoey. The king prawns are delicious, soft and tender and delightfully flavoured by the sauce. I had to love the slices of marrow (one of my favourite vegetables). The portion size was perfect generous but not overwhelming. I became blissfully sleepy from the wine, sun and great food! It’s been a while since I felt so relaxed.

Smokey Ribs

What really impressed me was how obviously tender the meat was before even tasting it. The meat literally fell off the bone, no need to cut at it. When I did take a bite I was surprised that the sauce wasn’t sticky like most ribs are. The chips were excellent, so fluffy inside whilst the outside was perfectly crispy. I have never seen my partner stop eating meat to eat the chips so that really says it all.

We ended the meal with a Cappuccino for me and a Frangelico for my partner. We skipped dessert since we were both full. Although now looking at some of the treats they have posted on their Facebook page I am tempted… It gives me a very good reason to go back soon…

It was an absolutely perfect afternoon, and the prices are very reasonable.
I didn’t see a website listed, to make a reservation you can call on +356 21318801.
Or find them on Facebook.

Love Steph x

RESTAURANT REVIEW: LUNCH AT SALVINO’S

Valletta is the capital city of Malta, also recently awarded the status of “European Capital of Culture 2018“. Not only is it full of beautiful baroque architecture it’s also a really great place to go for for scrumptious food.

Spoilt for choice it can be hard to choose a venue, so when a friend posted a photo to facebook of a beautifully presented plate of deliciousness I had to put it on my restaurant “To Do” list. Luckily for you readers that list is rather endless, so expect regular foodie features on this blog.

I am no food critic and this blog is not a place where I will share bad reviews, I am a self confessed food lover and I want to highlight some of the amazing establishments that I come across. Salvino’s is one of those jewels, currently under new management so if you have visited in the past be sure to visit it again.

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Situated next to St. Georges Square (in front of the police station) is this chic, charming & rustic restaurant. Typical Maltese stone walls and chalk board menus, small and bustling with Maltese families.

The waitress sat us down and asked if we would like to see the wine list. She brought over a little chalk board which had white on one side and red on the other, the prosecco caught my eye I have been favouring sparkling wine recently.

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The prosecco had a lovely subtle flavour, easy to drink with a citrus hint, which would compliment our meal beautifully. We skipped starters and ordered mains. I ordered the “Rack of Veal” and my partner the “Rack of Lamb“. Whilst we were waiting the waitress brought over a basket of fresh bread and olives.

fresh bread at salvinos

The bread was delicious, don’t you love it when bread is covered in sesame seeds? I am a fanatic for freshly baked bread although so not to fill up we shared one with a slathering of butter. I am so glad we stopped at one because when our mains arrived my jaw dropped. These are portions for hungry people!

THE MAINS

Rack of Veal & Rack of Lamb with roasted vegetables.

rack of veal at salvinos rack of lamb at salvinos

The presentation was aesthetically pleasing, with the roasted veg layered under the meat.

The veal was tender and cooked perfectly, delicate and succulent. The texture was soft and easy to cut. There was no over powering sauce or gravy to distract from the flavour. I very rarely order veal but I am so glad I did, it was one of the dishes recommended to me as their speciality and it was absolutely divine.

The Lamb was equally impressive, with a slightly peppery taste the meat was also soft, tender and easy to remove from the bone. Lamb is a meat that can often taste quite dry but this was truly mouthwatering, not over cooked and also with no sauces or gravies to distract from the taste.

The roasted vegetables were crisp, I really enjoyed the marrows where as my partner loved the aubergine. The waitress had forgotten to bring us roast potatoes, which actually was better for us, since the portion sizes were large they would have gone to waste.

When who I presume to be the manager (or owner) noticed that the potatoes were missing he apologised profusely and made sure to comment that we should have a discount added to our bill. It was a nice gesture and we told the gentleman that it really was ok, that we are extremely happy and not to worry about it, he insisted that it shouldn’t have happened and how sorry they are.

Customer service goes a long way and the manners and actions of the staff at Salvino’s are fantastic. 

When another gentleman came to take the plates I asked if I could keep the bone for my dog, he smiled and told me that I will have a very happy doggy and that it’s not a problem at all. Another point for Salvino’s customer service. He then asked if we would like to try something sweet.

We decided that we would get something small to share… After all Sunday lunch is the perfect excuse to go a little crazy, without feeling guilt for doing so, dessert yes please!

THE DESSERT

Custard Tart & Fruit Flan.

dessert at salvinos

Oooo and Ahhh

Yes this was a seriously impressive dessert to share. The pastry on the tart was firm, the custard sweet and the fruit delectable. I savoured every bite, then I tried the flan which was more savoury and had a slight almond taste to the base. It was scrumptious and something my partner devoured…

I love that when you want something to share they divide it. I then ordered a cappuccino and my partner an amaretto. We stayed talking for a while and then asked for the bill. We were not rushed at all and I really enjoyed my first dining experience at Salvino’s.

The prices for the quality of food was very affordable, I noticed from Facebook that they have an offer for December. Set menus are available upon request and start from €40 including premium wines.

You can find them on Facebook or their Website.
Phone: +356 99490456.

Love Steph x

POLAAR EVENT – DIY SCRUB LESSON

I was recently invited to a really “cool” event by Ta’ Xbiex Perfumery Ltd,
I could even go as far as saying the event was as cold as ice 😉 since it was an event for skincare brand Polaar.

Polaar is a brand created by Arctic explorer Daniel Kurbiel who was fascinated by the anti-oxidant properties found in the local plant life, and the brand has some great ethics:

1. Careful selection of principles natural active .
2. Design formulas environmentally .
3. Product purity : paraben, alcohol, mineral oil.
4. Products dermatologically tested .
5. Partnerships with leading academic centers and parastatal research to develop new active molecules .
6. Contribution to the protection of polar biodiversity .
7. At the industrial level, hunting waste by optimizing transport and waste.
8. Recovery of materials recycled , reducing the size of the cases, packaging.

What I really loved about this event was that it got us involved, we were given ingredients, weighing scales and gloves and told how to create our own scrubs!

launch polaar lab perfume me making a scrubPhotos are taken by  Monika Kasica – Spysessionz.com

I got a little crazy adding granules into the mixture, I think I may have made it a little to harsh for my face, but it will be great for my body. It’s so easy to get carried away when having fun, I wish I could do it all over again!
This is how my scrub turned out….

my scrub

 And if that wasnt enough we was also spoiled with food (and sweets) and given a lovely goodie bag too! 

I can’t wait to try and review some of the products, we were given so many!

The arctic cotton face scrub, moisturising gel, sun protection spf 30, their micellar water, eye cream (not shown in pic), eye patches and even a few samples for men!

polaar gifts 

bloggersPhotos are taken by  Monika Kasica – Spysessionz.com

One of the best things about these event’s is that I get to catch up with some of my fave bloggers. If you get the chance check out their blogs… Lady With No Name, Beauty She Wrote, Lara’s Beauty Bible.

For more information about Polaar you can find them on Facebook or check out their website.

Love Steph x