MUA Portfolio

I love working freelance with various stylists, models and photographers. I have been lucky enough to have work featured on PhotoVogue Italia, Pavlistyle Magazine and displayed in Valletta for Malta Fashion Week 2012. I love working in fashion photography because it allows me to be creative. I also specialise in make-up for special occasions such as weddings, graduations and social events. I should have something exciting coming up but ill keep the secret for now… 

Hope you like them!
Love Steph x

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If Barbie was an actual woman.

I read this article on another blog and felt it had a powerful message that needed to be shared…. and shared again just to remind all you amazing ladies exactly how beautiful you are, regardless of the industries expectations.

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If Barbie was an actual woman:

She would be 5’9” tall, have a 39” bust, an 18” waist, 33” hips and a size 3 shoe. Barbie calls this a “full figure” and likes her weight at 110 lbs. At 5’9” tall and weighing 110 lbs, Barbie would have a BMI of 16.24 and fit the weight criteria for anorexia. She likely would not menstruate. If Barbie was a real woman, she’d have to walk on all fours due to her proportions. Slumber Party Barbie was introduced in 1965 and came with a bathroom scale permanently set at 110 lbs with a book entitled “How to Lose Weight” with directions inside stating simply “Don’t eat.”

Source: Back on Pointe.

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself – Harvey Fierstein

Working in the beauty industry I see first hand every day the insecurities of not just women but men as well. I myself am a very insecure woman. Bullied while younger has left scares & doubt and I tend to comfort eat for security (I am not alone) I see some of the most beautiful women feeling less than they should because this industry puts pressure to be a certain standard.

As I grow older I try hard to accept what god has given me. I try to help my clients to feel beautiful because I know that beauty is very much from the inside. 

I want you to be able to look in the mirror and feel comfortable in your own skin. I am not perfect but I am beautiful in my own way. I want my readers to feel this as well.

Every day we see images which are made to make us want the unattainable…

I want to make people aware of  the work that goes behind the pictures you see in magazines. These are not real women, they are images which have been made to sell the idea of beauty. They have a team of stylists, hairdressers, make up artists, then you have the editing.

A few weeks ago I watched this video… And its something that I think a lot of people should watch.

I hope that this post will affect you positively and that when you next have a day when you look in the mirror and feel ugly that you remember this post. 

Love Steph x

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LE SOLEIL D’OR

A few weeks back I did a shoot with an amazing team for PavliMagazine issue 5. 

I am so happy that the issue was launched. You should definitely check it out on Magcloud.com .

There are some really interesting articles, one from fellow bloggers All Things Fabulous. There is an interview with an awesome new photographer, and of course a trend article written by me. Today I will share with you the pictures from one of the two shoots I have featured.

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Team:

Photography –  Lama Photography – Karl Cutajar
Makeup artist – Steph Lauri – Thinklovemakeup.com
Stylist – Pavli Medvedova – Pavli The Stylist
Hair Stylist – Clinton Chetcuti – Vigorous – power to your hair
Models – Francesca | Orsika | Marthese – SOMANAGEMENT.EU
Photography Assistant – David Mansfield

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I am in love with the pictures. There is more  “behind the scenes” and on the magazine. I want to say a big thank you to all the team, the models are so talented and a pleasure to work with. Clinton is a master hairstylist and of course the effort from photographer’s Karl and David. But the biggest thank you goes to Pavli for all the hard work organising the Magazine.

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30 Before Thirty

They say 3 is the magic number…

I saw this on another blog (RestoredStyle) and decided that with three years left until the big three-zero that is Thirty, this post would be a good motivator. They say to write down the things you want, so here goes…

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One – Buy a Property.

I think this is the biggest and most important goal for me. I want to be in the position to own a place to call my own before I reach 30. Sometimes I wonder if I made the right choices? I have worked hard to put myself through school (privately) and become a self employed beauty therapist. In the 7 years that I have been living in Malta (5 years spent studying) I have done 7 diplomas. Education is something so important to me and I will always want to always better myself…
Although, I cant help but have days when I think to myself “If I saved the money I spent on education on a place I would feel more secure”. Then again not many 23 year old’s start their own business. With a little careful planning I know I will have the place of my dreams.

Two – Travel More.

I was tempted to write down names of places however that would take most of my 30 goal’s up. I have the travel bug, last year I managed to go abroad four times (London, Sicily, Cyprus and Amsterdam) I know if I want to complete goal number ONE this is something that I will need to cut back on. I have agreed (with myself) that I am allowed working holidays. Next year is my lucky birthday and I know there are a few cities I would love to spend it in…

Three – Get my Citizenship.

I have a love/ hate relationship with regards to this goal. It is extremely difficult to acquire citizenship in Malta. It can be done but it is a tedious process (with lot’s of paper work) which for me has always been a little too much of a challenge. This is a country I live in, pay tax in and I want to be a citizen. I have decided I have to sort this goal out 🙂

Four – Walk the Marathon.

This goal I adopted in Jan of this year, the marathon was being held in Feb. I signed up with enthusiasm and started to train but quickly lost motivation. 21 kilometre’s is a daunting task to some one that isn’t exactly the most healthy… This bring’s me to Five.

Five – Get Healthy.

Well this is on almost all resolutions for most of human kind – This time I’m serious! Okay! Must buy a new gym kit, and join a new gym.  I just want to be the best possible me and that means the healthiest version.

Six – Learn to Drive.

Yes it’s shocking I know. This is a management issue. (When I had the money I haven’t had the time, and when I’ve had the time I haven’t had any money.) Team this with the idea that (in London) when I was 17 the cost of driving lesson’s was 25 sterling an hour and it was always a better idea to spend it on new items of clothing. Then when I moved to Malta I decided to work full time, study full time and cram in as much as a social life as possible… I never really needed to learn… I still don’t want to buy a car until after goal number ONE but I do want to get my licence sorted.

Seven – Learn a Language.

When I first moved to Malta I took a intensive course in Maltese (180 hours in two short months) it left me brain fried & most of the words that I was taught I forgot. Having said that I do understand quite a bit as well. I would really love to learn Italian. I think that would also hep me to understand Maltese better.

Eight – Read More…

I have always enjoyed reading, I am a book worm and I am proud of that. I like to read Jilly Cooper style book’s full of love, lust, cheating and back stabbing twists. I am also the type of person who start’s a book and will not stop until finished. I have been known to hang up phone conversations to finish chapters.
I am not the best writers. My grammar is bad and my spelling is worse (Thank god for spell check) reading and writing helps me to improve these skills. I always believed I am dyslexic but I never took the test’s to prove it.  I was always scared to blog because I thought that the things I write would come across badly… I didn’t want to be afraid of what people think anymore, this is for me.

Nine – Learn to Cook.

The past year I have dabbled in the kitchen a little, I have even made some meals for my bf and his mother from scratch! I still have a very long way to go…

Ten – Something ridiculously expensive that I bought for myself. Just because I deserve it.

Eleven – Ride a Horse.

I did this a couple of times in school when I was very young. It is on my to do list 100% I have two amazing friends Nicole and Gina who are the go to women about horses. I think once the weather is a little better I will make the effort to go. I might even ask my cousin and her daughter to join me.

Twelve – Go Diving.

I have friend’s who dive and one whose family own a diving school. This is something I would love to do. I have to over come the fear of looking like a whale in a wetsuit… She keeps telling me they are actually very slimming. I must do a lesson though!

Thirteen – Get completely Debt free.

Whilst studying I took out a small loan, it is due to finish automatically before I turn 30 but I want to try and pay it off quicker 🙂 A mortgage doesn’t count that’s an investment.

Fourteen – Try Skiing 

I have never gone skiing, my partner is quite adventurous, and he has never seen snow falling so this would be a great experience for us both. Last year when we was in Sicily we went up Mount Etna and he was able to feel the snow that was settled. I think it would be magical for him to see it falling.

Fifteen – Learn to pole dance. It’s fun and sexy.

Sixteen – Watch a Broadway Show.

I always wanted to take my cousin to London with me. Since she met her partner, got married had her baby, going away together hasn’t really been much on the plan. But I would like for us to go away together just us. For one long weekend and watch something on Broadway. We have 3 years to do this!!

Seventeen – Learn to make one wicked Cocktail!

So that when it comes to entertaining guest’s I would have the perfect signature cocktail. My older sister Natasha is really good at this one… I must get her to teach me something when I next visit her.

Eighteen – Ride in a hot air balloon.

Even though I am scared of height’s this has to be on my list. I never had a problem flying but I think that is because I felt secure. I am sure a big basket attached to a balloon is secure as well? Right… 🙂

Nineteen – Attend a fashion show.

This one I kind of did already… I went to all three Runway’s in Malta. I got to see beautiful collections (worn by some of my best friends – and the most amazing models) by Hasan Hejazi, William Wilde, and Eleanor Amoroso. I would like to see a fashion show in one of the major cities.

Twenty – Try Yoga.

When I was younger, I tried to teach myself yoga from a book whilst my best friend tried to learn from a dvd. It didn’t really help and I ended up hurting myself trying to do a head stand against  the door. I want to take a class with a real teacher!

 Twenty One – Donate Blood.

I have a big fear of hospitals. Needles don’t actually scare me, but when I give blood I faint. Happen’s every single time. I have never had problems with receiving vaccinations. I guess it is to do with my blood pressure (It was always low, but now seems to be normal). What ever the reason, I have seen the blood drive’s and I have always been alone when I saw them. I would like to find out my blood type as well.

Twenty Two – Become a better Photographer.

This is a goal I am working on. Mainly for the blog. I have decided that I want to buy a camera. The last one I owned was disposable and I was about 16? I use my phone for everything.

Twenty Three – Buy a better Phone

I have my eye on the Samsung S3. I know the S4 is soon going to be released… I dunno if it will be worth waiting or not. I need a new phone soon so I think it comes down to which is more affordable. I hope to know by next week. 🙂

Twenty Four – Go Wine Tasting.

This has been on my list the last few months… There is a great Maltese vineyard called Meridiana. They produce my favourite bottle of wine ISIS. I would love to organise a group for wine tasting.

Twenty Six – Learn to make Sushi

I had tried this once before. I need to perfect the rice but my rolling skill wasn’t so bad. Must try this again. Or better still take Sushi lessons ( I know I wrote cooking lessons for number NINE, This still deserves a spot because me and my partner are huge sushi fans)

Twenty Seven – Look after a Plant.

My mother would be proud. She is a keen gardener and in my life I only ever had a Cactus. It is still at my mother’s house 1,200 miles away from where I live. I used to water a friends plant’s while she travelled. I think I did a good job… 🙂 I want to have a pretty flowers.

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 Twenty Eight – Be Grateful. 

I saw this on Pinterest… I didn’t start one this year, but I will be preprepared for next…
I did start a Memory jar for 2013 which I need to add more memories too. I need to stop being so busy and have more time for the simple things.

Twenty Nine – Try Go Karting. I have never done this and I am sure it will be lot’s of fun.

Thirty – Celebrate the last day of my 20’s in style.

Im not sure exactly how yet… (and my 28th is my lucky birthday) So maybe this should be about Celebrating all birthdays in style… What ever I plan on, I know that I will be surrounded by the people who mean the most to me.

I might not accomplish them all, but maybe I will be able to look back on this list in 3 years and smile at the memory of a fabulous decade!

BTS: Malin & Rodrigo for PavliMagazine

On the 11th March whilst the island of Malta was celebrating a political change…

Myself, Pavli, Karl Cutajar, Clinton Chetcuti and two talented models from SO Management was shooting for Issue 05. We were unlucky with the weather as in the morning it was raining but we still managed to get some really amazing shots for the magazine.

These are some of the sneak peaks and behind the scenes.

TLM xXx