Here’s one product that I’ve been using for a while but never wrote about it. I guess one of the reasons for this is that although this is called a bronzer, I don’t use it to bronze or warm up my face because it’s quote cool toned. In fact, when I first started using it I wasn’t a big fan.
Here’s a swatch.
The Balm Bahama Mama Swatch
But few months after I got it, I picked it up again and thought it was a really nice powder to use as a contour. It’s not extremely cool toned, not a straight up grey, so it looks more like a natural contour colour on me (especially why I’m a bit tanned in the Summer).
This bronzer comes in cardboard packaging with a nice print and a mirror. I’m not a fan of the cardboard packaging but the print is cool.
As for its texture, it’s quite stiff and although it does blend, I do use a fluffy brush with a light hand with it.
Although this doesn’t wow me as a product or as a bronzer, it has been my powder of choice whenever I decide to add a little contour.
Here’s a photo of me one a day when I decided to contour with this 😀
So do I recommend it? Not as a bronzer… I’m sure there are better contour powders… But if you want to buy it for the packaging it is a usable product 🙂
Since I bought this and I’m down to the last few drops I thought I’d come on here and mention that I love this Vichy Auqalia Thermal Serum.
When I got this I was after a face serum because from what I understand, face serums have smaller molecules and they are able to penetrate deeper into the skin. My skin is quite strange, it’s sensitive, a bit dry but I also get an oily t-zone. I like my skin to get as much moisture as it can without breaking out.
This serum has thermal spring water that’s fantastic for soothing sensitive skin and it also contains hyaluronic acid that’s deeply moisturising and great at plumping the skin. This serum is very light in texture and feels like I have nothing on when I’m wearing it. I can say that this has improved my skin quite a lot since I’ve been using it. I suspect that my pores have been looking smaller because of the moisture and plumping that this provides.
I love that this product is very affordable yet very effective. This is one that I’ll be repurchasing!
I haven’t done a haul post in quite a while! So here’s what I recently ordered from Amazon.
In August/September time I’m always plagued with shedding hair. When I wash, brush, touch or even look at my hair, it sheds. I saw these Watermans Shampoo and Conditioner in a review and I thought they seem interesting. They seem to be advertised for growing fuller, longer hair but I’m just hoping that it will reduce the shedding. While I was on that Amazon page, Amazon also recommended that I get the hair stimulant oil that you can massage onto your scalp before shampooing. I’m also just interested in reducing the shedding with this.
Hair Growth Shampoo and Conditioner by Watermans and Hair Stimulant for Growth & Strength
Since it’s pedicure season and I give myself frequent pedicures during summer, I picked up this cute foot soak by The Foot Factory. This is a cheap and cheerful product with very cute packaging but I tried it last night in my foot bath and it doesn’t seem to do much 🤔
The Foot Factory Foot Soak Lavender and Chamomile
Finally, I couldn’t help myself with this pack of Tonymoly sheet masks. I love Korean skincare, I love using sheet masks because they’re so easy, and these sheet masks are usually about €5 each from anywhere I’ve seen them in Europe. So £10.58 for the full set of 11 of them sounds like a good price for me. Can’t wait to use these 🙂
Tonymoly I’m Real Skin Care Facial Mask Sheet Package (ALL – 11 Sheets)
If you’re interested in buying any of these, here are the links 🙂
Here’s the NYX San Juan Soft Matte Lip Cream. I love wearing orange lipsticks in summer and I’m currently on the hunt for the perfect orange lipstick with the perfect orange shade, pigmentation, lasting power and moisture.
Although I like orange lipstick, I don’t like my orange lipstick to be very bright and this NYX San Juan shade really does satisfy my shade expectations. My problem with this lipstick is that I don’t like its consistency. It’s quite difficult to get a smooth and even coverage with this, and as you can see in the photo, it’s settling in my lip lines.
The texture of these NYX soft matte lip creams is actually really nice. It’s like they are something in between a liquid lipstick and a bullet lipstick. Even though they are a liquid formula, on the lips they feel like a matte lipstick applied from a bullet. They don’t feel very matte, powdery and extremely drying. They’re not moisturising either.
As for longevity, this does stay on until I wipe it off and it doesn’t leave a lot of transfer onto my glass when I drink. I also really like that it’s easy to wipe off.
All in all, although I love the shade texture and longevity, I’m still on the hunt for an orange lipstick that applies more evenly and maybe moisturises my lips a bit more.
If you have any suggestions, please do let me know!
I’ve been a big fan of Rosita’s work since last year’s Malta Fashion Week. Before going to her show I first wanted to get to know her, so I interviewed her then I went to her show and I simply fell in love with her work. This year, she presented some equally breathtaking kaftans once again… So of course, when Rosita wanted to work with me to create my own custom hand painted silk kaftan, I couldn’t say no!
I met up with Rosita and I showed her pictures of colours and designs that I like. Rosita took the time to understand what I find appealing. She asked me a few questions, such as how long I want the kaftan to be, what sort of neckline I want, where I want most of the colour and pattern to be focussed on, and finally, she measured me.
Shortly after, I received some teaser photos from Rosita. Here’s a photo of her painting my kaftan! 😀
After Rosita was happy with her painting, she cured the silk and sewed it into a kaftan. She asked me to go back to her for a fitting to make sure that everything is ok so she can finish off the final details.
After a short time, I got my own custom hand painted silk kaftan and I couldn’t be happier with it! It’s so comfortable to wear, I think it’s very flattering for my figure and it’s one truly unique piece!
Check out the photos by Carmelo Establier below 🙂
If you love silk kaftans but you prefer buying a ready made one, you can also find some ready made silk kaftans hand painted by Rosita at Luxury Outlet in Sliema.