TMI Tag! Get to know me

I’ve been tagged!
Caroline from the blog Diva Inside tagged me to do this TMI tag. I must have done this some time ago but I’m pretty sure that my answers need updating. So here I’ll be answering 45 questions about me. Here goes..


1. What are you currently wearing?
Oh! Where is this going?
I’m at home in some comfy clothes… Grey trousers and a blue top.

2. Have you ever been in love?

3. Have you ever had a terrible breakup?

4. How old are you?
How old am I? Geez, what’s the next question? How much do I weigh?

5. How much do you weigh?
😮 yes it is! Rude!

6. How tall are you?

7. Do you have any piercings?

8. Do you have any tattoos?

9. What’s your favorite drink?
I like Kinnie (a Maltese drink)

10. What’s your favorite song?
Right now – Strangers by Sigrid ?

11. How long does it take you to shower?
If I take a shower it’s 10 mins max… But in winter I love hot baths and I always spend about an hour soaking.

12. What’s favorite show?
Definitely Grey’s Anatomy!
But right now I’m also watching Friends on Netflix.

13. What’s your favorite band?
I really like Boyce Avenue. They make acoustic covers of pop songs and most of the time I like their covers more than I like the original songs.

14. Something you really miss?
I miss my good friends in Swansea. I should visit more often.

15. Where do you go when you’re sad?
Youtube or Netflix

16. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
About 45 mins. Sometimes more if I decide to put on more makeup.

17. Have you ever been in a physical fight?
Only with my brother when we were kids. Then he became too strong.

18. What turns you on?
Seriously.. Where is this going?
I do like smart men

19. What turns you off?
Closed mindedness

20. Quality you look for in a partner?
Someone smart

21. What’s your favorite color?
A light blue-green

22. Loud music or soft?
Something in between.

23. Favorite Quote?
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale.

24. Favorite actor?
I don’t have favorite actors but I do have favorite actresses. Angelina Jolie & Jennifer Lawrence.

25. Do you have any fears? What they are?
My biggest fear is the fear of growing old and not having enjoyed my life. It’s important to me that I enjoy the most part of every single day. I always do my best to find out what I enjoy doing and trying to do more of that.

26. What’s the last thing that made you cry?
A boy probably.

27. Meaning behind your Blog Name?
As people we’re multidimensional.
I spent most of my adult life in pursuit of knowledge and the truth.
Zeza is my alter ego. She’s in pursuit of beauty.

Zeza is the Maltese shortened version of the name Tereza (Therese in English). The name reminds me of a very down to earth woman from a small Maltese village. Zeza doesn’t care about what people think when she goes all out on a makeup look, or wears a bright or strange coloured lipstick. In reality, I certainly don’t feel comfortable going to work wearing crazy makeup looks, but Zeza is the badass who can wear anything.

So yeah, this is a blog about Zeza’s pursuit of beauty, and the beautiful things she likes.

28. Last time you said you loved someone?
Ages ago.

29. Last book you read?
The last book I read is a book about business. The last book that Zeza read is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Amazing book!

30. The book you’re currently reading?
Into the Water, also by Paula Hawkins.

31. Last show you watched?

32. Last place you were?
In my bedroom.

33. Last sport you played?
The last sporty thing I did was jogging. The last team sport I played was ages ago! Probably basketball in school.
But if you count bowling as a sport… I’ve done that recently.

34. Who’s the last person you talked to?
I had a conversation with my mum about the Essence Tropical Hand Mousse that I posted about recently.
I got her to try it and she said that her hands feel silky smooth haha.

35. Last song you sang?
I only sing on special occasions. That said, I don’t remember the last time I sang.

36. Favorite chat up line?
How you doin’? (think Joey from Friends)

37. Do you have a crush?

38. The relationship between you and the person you last texted?

39. Favorite food?

40. Place you want to visit?
Bali in Indonesia. It’s been one of my dream places to visit for quite a while now.

41. What’s the last time you kissed someone?
Does my cat count?

42. Last time you were insulted?
I got some drama on Instagram recently from a girl who was telling me control my bf. The thing is that he’s not my bf anymore so um.. I had nothing.

But really, I don’t get insults thrown my way very much I guess.

43. Favorite flavor of sweet?

44. What instruments do you play?
Piano and flute.
I once tried playing the ukulele… I learnt a few songs and that was it.

45. Favorite piece of jewelry?
A pair of earrings that I got from Ponte Vecchio in Florence.
But I wear two necklaces all the time. They’re from the local brand MVintage.

Now here’s who I tag!

Stephanie from Style in Transit
Dorianne from Ask Dorianne
Caroline from Caroline Fashion Styling
And someone I never met, Claire Bonello

You can do the tag if you want, if not, you can totally decline it.
Mention the person who tagged you.
Answer the questions above.
Let the person you tagged know by commenting on their latest post.

Essence Tropical Hand Mousse Review

Essence Tropical Hand Mousse

Essence Tropical Hand Mousse

Last week Essence Malta sent me this dermatologist recommended tropical hand mousse and it quickly and unexpectedly became one of my favourite hand moisturisers!

When I saw it I was certainly intrigued by the fact that it’s a mousse for hand care. I’ve never seen a mousse hand moisturiser before so this certainly got my attention. I always think that a mousse is a fun product, you dispense it, you watch it expand… Is it just me? The packaging of this is really fun and this product has a tropical scent.

So I put some on the back of my hand, watched it expand (because I love watching that haha) and then rubbed it in. It immediately felt very nourishing like there is some nice oil in it.. that I later found out was manoi oil and aloe vera.

Aloe vera is well known as a healing ingredient but I had no idea what this manoi oil is so I went ahead and googled it for you.. here’s what comes up

“Monoï oil is an infused perfume-oil made from soaking the petals of Tahitian gardenias (best known as Tiaré flowers) in coconut oil. Monoï (pronounced Mah-noy) is a Tahitian word meaning “scented oil” in the Reo-Maohi language. Monoï is widely used among French Polynesians as a skin and hair softener.”

Ah sounds so nice… so it’s essentially coconut oil that’s scented with gardenias.

I don’t use a lot of this product and I find that it immediately softens my skin and makes it feel nourished. I like keeping this at my desk and every once in a while I put some on. My hands and cuticles are looking very moisturised.

Since this was sent to me I didn’t know how much it costs but now I’m looking at the Pavi supermarket website and it costs €2.49 for the 50mL can. This is a really good price for such a good quality hand product. Certainly a steal!

All in all, you can certainly tell that I love this product and can highly recommend it. Try it and let me know what you think!


Lidl SilverCrest Straightening Electric Brush Review

My mum has been wanting to try one of these electric straightening brushes for quite a while and finally she decided to get the Lidl SilverCrest Straightening Electric Brush. She was looking at the original Dafni brush and since it’s quite expensive, she decided to go for a cheaper alternative that has a ceramic coating and try that first to see how it goes. This Lidl straightening electric brush was just €14.99 but since its temperature goes up to 180°C and it has a ceramic coating, what could go wrong?

Like any good daughter would, I took one for the team and tried this brush before my mum did…You know, umm, in case it burns her hair or something 😀

My hair has a natural curl to it, you can see my natural hair from an old instagram photo I’ll embed here.

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The Lild electric brush has three buttons: a power button,  and up and down buttons to adjust the temperature. I switched it on and put it all the way up to 180°C and it took about 2-3 minutes to heat up to that temperature. This is quite a long time when I compare it to my CHI straightening iron that takes about 30 seconds.

The bits on the brush head that are rose gold coloured heat up. The nice thing about this brush design is that you can only burn yourself with it if you really try. The bit that heats up does not go all the way to the edge of the brush, and although it comes up along the centre bristles of the brush, it doesn’t come up all the way. You can see the black dots in the photo below — those are black bristle tips that don’t get hot. So if you accidentally hit your scalp with the brush, your scalp won’t burn.

Before putting the electric comb through my hair, I combed my own hair thoroughly so that the heated brush doesn’t get stuck in my knots and burn my hair. I put in some macadamia oil and sectioned my hair in roughly four big sections (front & back left & right) and did each section with the brush. I made sure that my hair was going through the bristles and touching the back of the comb. (In the photo below I didn’t get it quite right since my hair wasn’t pushed towards the back of the comb properly, but you get the idea.)

Lidl SilverCrest Straightening Electric Brush

Lidl SilverCrest Straightening Electric Brush

I was honestly quite surprised at the speed at which this was straightening my hair. It only took a few strokes to get very smooth, shiny and silky straight hair and my hair didn’t feel like it was getting damaged since the temperature is 180°C.

I took the photos for this post a couple of days after I did my hair with this brush and I’m quite happy by how straight it stayed. It might just be that the weather wasn’t very humid and my hair decided to behave.

Lidl SilverCrest Straightening Electric Brush

Lidl SilverCrest Straightening Electric Brush

I love how straight, shiny and silky smooth my hair turned out to be. One thing I will mention is that it’s quite difficult to get this brush to straighten the very root of your hair. If you have a curl that starts right up at the root, you might want to touch up your roots with a straightener. My curls seem to not start that high but what I noticed about this (and loved!) is that since I didn’t get the straightener to go right up to my roots, my hair didn’t lie flat when I first did it — it had some lift to it. After a couple of days it has gone down since I’ve been pulling my hair back, but I really loved that it wasn’t flat on my scalp from day 1.

All in all I’m really surprised by how well this works. It’s very cheap but it’s very good at quickly giving my hair a silky smooth texture. My only complaint about this is the time it takes for it to reach its max temperature but honestly, for that price I’m happy to factor in those 2-3 minutes into my getting ready time estimate 😀


The Dean Gera €52.50 Trim and Style – Is it worth it?

Yesterday I saw the picture below on Pinterest and I went in The Beauty Game Facebook group  to ask whether there is a salon in Malta where I can get curls like this. I currently have hair that depict something like short wigs short bob wigs, to say the least. These are the curls of my dreams and I can’t achieve them myself.

Big Curls

Big Curls

The Appointment

There were A LOT of responses on Facebook. I was in a rush to pick a hairdresser who had a 3:30pm appointment and who I can trust. I went through some of the very first suggestions, looked at the photos on the Facebook pages of the relevant hairdressers and picked one that looked like they can do it and contacted them on their Facebook page for an appointment.

I picked the Dean Gera salon, one I never tried but they have some very nice photos on their Facebook page. I asked for an appointment for a trim and curls at the Attard salon but they only had an availability at The Point. I asked for the price and I was quoted the price of a total of €52.50. €32.50 for the trim and €20 for the curls. I don’t get a hair cut often so I thought fine, if they actually do a good job, I’m happy. So I agreed to go to The Point.

The Salon Experience

I went to the salon, and I was attended to on time. I would have been annoyed if they kept me waiting because parking at The Point is actually quite expensive in itself. I got a good and thorough hair wash, with a relaxing head massage and I had a treatment put in my hair. All the time I was treated very professionally and politely, and I was offered a beverage.

After my treatment was rinsed, the stylist asked me what I’m after. I said I wanted a trim, I hadn’t cut my hair in 6 months, and I want curls like the ones in the photo. Qhim.

The stylist then explained to me that my hair is quite fine and if we put in curls that are that big, they will fall down very quickly. The hair in the photo is bleached and it’s more textured than mine so that’s why that hair can hold those curls.

The stylist cut my hair and did a great job at listening to what I wanted. She gave my hair some shape but suggested that we don’t cut short layers because since my hair is fine, it would look too thin at the ends.

My hair stylist was Giada, a lovely Sicilian lady. I must say that her passion for hair had me really impressed and it really made visiting this salon a worthwhile experience. I loved our discussions during my hair cut and how well she explained my hair to me — like the fact that I have a lot of hair but it’s quite fine. And another fun fact is that I have something called a “double crown”. I didn’t even know that that was a thing.

After the trim, Giada blow dried my hair, refined the cut and then started with the curls! I can tell that Giada is a perfectionist. She used a lot of hairspray to curl my hair and even put clips in my curls to let them cool in a curl so that they last longer. Check out the end result in the picture below (Giada is the one taking it 😀 )

Dean Gera Curls

Dean Gera Curls

The Verdict

Honestly, my hair never looked this good. It doesn’t look like the inspiration picture because I don’t have thick hair with short layers, but I love this! This isn’t a look that I’ve ever managed to achieve by myself so I’m very happy that I got something different. My hair feels very healthy and looks very shiny.

My hair looked gorgeous for the evening, however, the downside is that by this morning, most of the curls went down and my hair was mostly straight again 🙁

I guess this is something I expected because I know that my hair does this, but I had high hopes.

That said, for the whole experience, I think that the money I paid to get a good hair cut and a nice style for the evening was worth it. The overall salon experience was very professional and luxurious, and the stylist was very nice, friendly and very competent. I would definitely get my hair cut at this salon again (and I would ask for Giada) but next time I’ll tell her that my curls fell by the next day… Maybe she can make my curls a bit tighter or leave the clips in for longer so that they will last longer.

A final note

That’s it for my review of the Dean Gera €52.50 trim and style salon experience. Now on a completely different note… I noticed that on my Facebook post in the group, it seemed to have looked like this was some advertising for the salon. I’d like to clarify that this was NOT a sponsored post or experience and all views expressed here are my own. The original post kind of became an advertising ground for hairdressers, which is fine, but obviously when picking a hairdresser, I can only pick one at a time. There’s no need for anybody or any hairdressers to take any offence for not picking their suggestion.

That said, I am considering turning this into a series,”The hunt for the perfect curls in Maltese salons”. 😀 There seem to be quite a lot of very talented hairdressers who do beautiful curls and I should try them all! (And report, of course! haha)


Nuxe Reve De Miel

Nuxe Reve De Miel

Nuxe Reve De Miel

I bought this lip balm and hand cream Nuxe Reve de Miel set from Feelunique and I’ve been using them for a while now so it’s definitely time for a review.

Both of these products have a very similar gentle natural honey scent. The hand cream has been one of my favourite hand creams in a while because I feel like this moisturises my hands and it also kind of plumps up my skin. I use a small amount of this hand cream every night before going to sleep and it does a great job at keeping my hands from getting dry and cracked. I’ve repurchased a few tubes of these and still very happy with it. My only comment with this is that it does take a few minutes to absorb.

The lip balm  hasn’t impressed me much. It’s a very thick goopy balm that you scoop out of the jar and it’s great for keeping my lips protected, but it doesn’t do much for repairing and hydrating my lips. If I apply too much of it, it can give my lips a light hue and it doesn’t look good so I don’t like wearing it when I’m out. I also just apply this every once in a while before going to bed (other times I opt for different lip balms that do more). That said, the scent/flavour of it is quite nice and it doesn’t make my lips any dryer as some lip balms previously have (eg. the EOS balms).

From these two I’d certainly recommend the hand cream but I’d give the lip balm a miss.