Tarte Lash Delights Eye Essentials Lash Curler

Tarte Lash Delights Eye Essentials Lash Curler

Tarte Lash Delights Eye Essentials Lash Curler

I recently got this Tarte Lash Delights Eye Essentials Lash Curler and honestly I got it just because it’s a very pretty lash curler. When I received it, my first impression was that it’s more well made and sturdy than I thought it was going to be. Those studs on the handle aren’t going anywhere. It looks good in the photos, and it looks great in real life as well.

Since it’s an actual functional took (not just a decorative piece), I obviously tried it out with very low expectations in mind. Then I was seriously blown away by the fact that this actually curls my lashes beautifully. The curling pad that comes with this is rigid yet soft, it produces a nice natural curl and it holds the curl.

Sometimes people find issues with lash curlers being too wide for their eyes, I would say that width-wise, this is a pretty standard size as a lash curler. It’s not specifically designed to be wider or narrower (I believe).

All in all I’m very positively surprised by this. I can highly recommend it if you’d like a pretty lash curler that’s also functional.

Besos

 

Clarena Marine Slim Salt

Clarena Marine Slim Salt Peeling

Clarena Marine Slim Salt Peeling

I got this Clarena Marine Slim Salt this weekend when it was recommended to me at a spa. It wasn’t recommended to me as a “here try this, your thighs will look like Heidi Klum’s tomorrow morning”, but more like “this is a good product to promote better circulation”. The lady explained to me that it might help with water retention and I thought I should give it a go.

I didn’t have any expectations or high hopes for this. Between the time this was recommended to me and the time I got it, I quickly made an Amazon price comparison to similar products, and this works out to be an average price per mL.

I tried this scrub as soon as I got home. The lady told me that I should apply it dry and be quite rough with rubbing it over my thighs, and anywhere else I wanted it. The salt in it is very dense and it feels very course when rubbing it in. Since it’s not my face, I’m ok with vigorous scrubbing so I went for it.

Then I rinsed it off with water and this is where the wow came in. When I rinsed this off, it left behind a beautiful moisturising and nourishing residue that hydrated my skin beautifully. I’ve never come across a product that comes close to being a scrub like this — Intense at scrubbing and intense at nourishing.

I’ve used it a couple of more times and I’m honestly blown away by this product. A little goes a long way. That said, I’m not sure what it’s doing for my circulation and water retention (the original reason I got it for). I can’t say that I’ve noticed any difference with anything but I do love it as a nourishing scrub.

I’m extremely happy with this product and I can see myself repurchasing this for life, however, since this is a review, I should mention that I’m not keen on the jar packaging. I don’t like digging my hands into the jar to get the product and I would prefer a squeeze tube, for example.

This is something I highly recommend.

Besos

 

 

Pupa Milano Made to Last Lip Duo in Opulent Red

Pupa Made To Last Red Lip Duo Glossy

Pupa Made To Last Red Lip Duo Glossy

With Christmas right around the corner I’m in the mood for a great red lipstick. Recently, Pupa Milano sent me this Made To Last lip duo in Opulent Red and today I thought I’d try it out. It has a matte red liquid lipstick on one side and a glossy top coat on the other side. You can wear it either matte or glossy, and from my experience it’s very comfortable to wear both ways. The matte lipstick isn’t too drying and it absolutely does not budge!

The glossy top coat makes the red much more vibrant. You can see the glossy lip on the top picture and the matte lip in the pictures below. I thought I liked the matte lip better but looking at these pictures, I’m loving the glossy lip more now. I’m definitely getting into gloss! It’s so vibrant and Christmassy.

If you’re into a glossy red lip, this is a really fantastic choice. If you wear red lipgloss, you risk getting it all over your face (even with simply having single strands of hair getting stuck to it with the wind). With this duo, the red pigment is adhered to your lips, and the gloss sits on top.

I was in a brave mood today and I wore the glossy version to go for a fenkata in Mgarr. I must say that this stayed put and did not budge. It looked good even after I devoured my Fenek bit-tewm but I was quite careful to not smudge it all over my face. When I got home, I wanted to remove it, so that I don’t have to think about smudging it everywhere, and it was quite difficult to remove with my micellar water. It eventually came off, but I am really impressed with its longevity.

Pupa Made To Last Matte

Pupa Made To Last Matte

Pupa Milano Made to Last

Pupa Milano Made to Last

I do wish that I took a close up photo of the glossy look as well. But I thought that this was my favourite version of the lipstick.

I’ll be wearing the glossy version of this lipstick all throughout December. This is yet another fantastic product from Pupa Milano.

Besos xx

December Plait Box Revealed!

December Plait Box

December Plait Box

This month’s Plait box contains 2 full size product, 1 travel size and 2 good sized sample products and a 10% off voucher from Chemimart. I calculated that the total value of all the products in this box come up to around €43.28 which is way more than the price of the subscription. If you’d like to subscribe to the Plait beauty box, you can do so here: plait.com.mt/beautyplait/?rf=?t46289d3

Let’s look at the products that I got in this month’s box!

Tangle Teezer Salon Professional Detangling Hair Brush Wet & Dry

Price: €13.75

If you’ve never owned a Tangle Teezer it’s about time you did! 😀
I own a couple of Tangle Teezers and they are really fantastic brushes. This one says that it is Wet & Dry, I don’t know whether this is any different to Tangle Teezers that I already own (it doesn’t look like it to me) but this is a very good brush to get out those difficult knots and a spare one is always welcome 🙂 I love the colour of this one, it’s a beautiful purple from the top and a bright pink from the other side.

PUPA Milano Nail Art Mania Messages

Price: €14

I absolutely love PUPA Milano as a brand but this isn’t something I would see in a shop and buy for myself. It’s a box that contains a nail polish (I got pink) and a few sheets of stickers that have letters, numbers and symbols on them. I got this photo from KosmetikaMilano.cz to show you an idea of how this works.

The nail polish by itself might look cute on my toes in summer. I think I would have preferred if I got a polish in a different colour (maybe black).

That said, this looks like it’s easy enough to use so if you’re into the idea of having little stickers on your nails, this might be for you. I’ll either give this away or try it out on an adventurous day 🙂

Biotherm Biosource Balm-to-Oil

Full size 125mL: €26.30 (according to nicebeauty.com)
Received 10mL: €2.10

This is a product I’m really excited about trying! It’s a deep cleanser and makeup remover that comes as a balm and when you rub it on your face, it becomes an oil. I’ve seen one of these from Clinique before and I’ve been meaning to try one out.

Payot  Lotion Tonique Revéil

Full size 200mL: €19.50 (according to beaute-test.com)
Received 30mL: €2.93

This is a toning lotion that seems like it would work nicely after removing makeup with the Biotherm Balm-to-Oil. I’m not quite sure what makes it stand out from other toning lotions but it is alcohol free (always a plus) and the active ingredients are raspberry and pineapple extracts. Everyone can use a good toning lotion.

L’Occitaine Dry Skin Hand Cream

Travel size 10mL: €10.50

L’Occitaine is a new brand to Malta and it’s a brand I’ve used before and like. This travel size hand cream is great for putting in your handbag in winter to keep your hands from getting dry and cracked.

Final Thoughts

This box is a nice mix of products that go over the value of the price of the box. There’s just one product that I don’t see myself using and unfortunately it’s one of the full size products. I’m excited about trying out the balm-to-oil as a cleanser & makeup remover and the rest of the items are all things I’ll use. If I’m honest, I do miss receiving a (face) makeup product. You all know that I love playing with makeup. Overall I’m happy with this box and looking forward to receiving January’s 🙂

 

Flormar Snap Star Collection

Flormar Snap Star Collection

Flormar Snap Star Collection

I just got some new Flormar launches from the new Snap Star Collection that just hit the shops in Malta. The packaging is very striking with a black and white stripe theme and a funky neon pink font. At first glance, the two items that I found to be really innovative are the Brow Crayon and the Double Effect Volume and Definition mascara.

I’m sceptical about how I can get my brows to look good using a brow crayon… If I apply it directly from the crayon that is. I’ll have to try this one out but it might be too thick to get precision. My plan is that if it is too thick to apply from the bullet, I will simply use a brow brush with it and try it out that way. The colour I got is a light ashy brown.

The eyeliner is something that didn’t get my attention until I swatched it. It’s called the Waterline Kajal Liner. When I swatched it it felt extremely creamy, and it looked like a liquid eyeliner. This sincerely blew my mind. It then dried down to a matte finish. I haven’t tried this on my eyes yet but it seems like it has potential to have some serious lasting power on my waterline since it dried down really nicely and it was difficult to wipe off. I’ll be trying these two out tomorrow morning and I’ll keep you posted.

Flormar Brow Crayon and Waterline Kajal Liner

Flormar Brow Crayon and Waterline Kajal Liner

I didn’t realize how cool this mascara was until after I was done taking photos so here’s a stock photo of this. This actually has two wands! A wand for the bit that has a step 1 and a wand for the bit that is step 2. What?! I’m not sure what this does but I want to try it 😀 The two wands from one tube of blew my mind a bit. Kind of like a Russian doll mascara 😀 How cool is that?

 

As for the palette, I was intrigued and thought I’d dig in to try it out. All these shadows seem to be really good quality and it swatched beautifully. It’s quite interesting that it contains a black and a glittery grey/black. I bet it can look really nice for a new year’s eve smokey eye. There are some really nice matte browns and mauves. And I’m really pleased to see a couple of shades that add colour while still being very wearable. The green and the blue would look good on quite a few different skin tones worn on the lower lash line for a pop of colour. That second shade from the left, a kind of old gold, is right up my alley as well. What I miss from this palette is a matte skin colour shade but there is a shimmery nude colour for highlighting. I guess if I use a powder on my lid I can get away with not using a matte skin colour all over my lid.

Flormar Snap Star Collection Palette

Flormar Snap Star Collection Palette

So far I’m really impressed with how well Flormar did with this line. Flormar prices are very affordable and the quality of their products seems to be very good. I love that they can innovate on things like the mascara packaging. And I am seriously impressed with that kajal liner, I never felt anything like it.

That’s it for now from me. I’ll keep you posted.

Besos