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Monday, January 19, 2015

Mini Malta Beauty Haul & Where To Shop in Malta

Hello hello! 

I am finally back from my holiday, which I totally forgot to mention. I went to Malta for a week and had a lovely time, apart from the flight back, which was a complete nightmare - seriously, don't get me started! Despite being so small, Malta has a few lovely places to shop for beauty and fashion items, and I'll share them with you quickly in the end of this post. But let's see what I got first!

I was so excited to find a Rimmel stand in a drugstore nearby - it wasn't perfectly stocked, but I got a few things I really like. First of all, a foundation. Now do I need a new foundation? Usually I would say no since I have a bajillion of them, but Tilen kindly informed me I do, since my face is apparently quite orange. What a lovely boyfriend I have! So I got the lightest shade in Match Perfection, which is apparently more natural on me. Who knew I was so pale! This is in the shade 103 True Ivory.

I've been wearing my Rimmel Apocalips so much lately I just knew I'd have to get more. I got a very pretty color called Nova, which is a pretty muted-but-still-bright-if-that-makes-sense pink, as well as a Lip Velvet edition in Meteoric Matte (reminds me of MAC Rebel).

I also just had to try the Kate lipsticks, and I ended up with 104 Rosetto. This is a gorgeous, Kylie Jenner kind of dusky pink. And funny story, I was on Pinterest today and saw the prettiest lipstick swatch, made a mental note to get that lipstick, and realized it was this exact one! Cannot wait to wear it.

Finally, I was really impressed with the selection of pharmacy brands in Malta - awesome prices for La Roche Posay! After searching unsuccessfully for Serozinc (it shall be mine someday! *sobs*), I settled with two products from their Effaclar range, Effaclar K and Effaclar A.I. As you may know, I love their Duo, but Duo+ was absolutely awful. Now A.I. works lovely, but K seems to be breaking me out. Might be just an initial reaction - I'll definitely keep you posted.

Now for shopping in Malta!


If you're looking for beauty, you'll find brands like Rimmel (a bit hard to find), L'Oreal, Maybelline and Essie. I was more impressed with their skincare, they have some interesting brands and La Roche Posay and Bioderma were much cheaper than here in Slovenia. Definitely head to pharmacies, they have good deals. They also have Deborah, which is a brand I don't love really.


As far as fashion goes, it's like a mini Britain in Malta! You have Peacocks, Oasis, Warehouse, even Debenhams. I was so excited to find Mango in Sliema. If you want to shop, I'd recommend going there in January, there are incredible sales - I got a dress at Dorothy Perkins that was discounted from 100€ to 15€. Head to Sliema - there's a good shopping center with shops like River Island and New Look at Tigné Point, there's a shopping mall. In Valetta, I'd recommend Roseberry, a cosmetics store with brands like NYX, blinc and Sleek.


Finally, I loved their duty free. I didn't buy anything because I exclusively buy my fragrance online, and the best website to do that is salma.si. I just used the duty free shop to sniff every single fragrance I was interested in, and now I'll order online. By the way, I've linked all of my products to Salma, because they're really inexpensive and I just love that store in general.

Hope this was helpful! I really had a great time.
Have you ever been to Malta?


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Top 4 Budget Drugstore Concealers

I'm not a big concealer user to be honest - well, I wasn't until I found some serious gems at the drugstore. In the past year, I've managed to accumulate so many amazing concealers and today I thought I'd do a drugstore roundup for all of us that are on a budget. Here we go ...

Essence Stay All Day 16h Concealer

A very creamy, but not too thick concealer that is the perfect shade to blend in with my skin but still lighten my dark circles. Applies with a doe foot applicator and does indeed last for quite a while - it doesn't just disappear like others do. Great for under eye circles, but I don't like it as much for blemishes. I think it's one of the least expensive ones at around 2-3€.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

I really shouldn't even mention this one, as we all know it's all that ... I do have to say this is my least favourite out of the bunch though! It's very thick, almost to the point of being hard to use. But I decided to include it because it's inexpensive, has great coverage and is amazing for fair-skinned ladies - I have the lightest shade which is perfect for Snow Whites out there. It's about 5 pounds in the UK (available on Boots).

Catrice Velvet Finish Concealer

My absolute favourite. No other concealer gives me such a perfect, porcelain finish. It covers up dark circles with medium coverage and feels so hydrating and moisturizing on the skin, it smells nice and doesn't sting or dry my skin (I have quite sensitive eyes). Absolutely lovely and a bargain at around 4€.

Essence Pure Skin Anti Spot Cover Stick

Another bargain, around 2€. You surely think I'm crazy showing this stick which probably reminds us all of the concealers we used in primary school. But I find there is just no better for blemishes than a stick concealer! This one works well at drying as well, but I like to clean it and sanitize it every so often. While all of the others are more appropriate for under eye circles, this one is for you if you're battling blemishes.

There you have it, some amazing concealers for a fraction of the high-end price.
What is your favourite concealer?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Top 5 Perfumes Of 2014

This post is very late, but nonetheless I'd like to wish you a very happy New Year! I'm hoping 2015 treats us well and gives us brilliant ideas, amazing opportunities and 12 months filled with love and laughter.

We all know I'm a major perfume addict, so my year would not be complete without talking about my top 5 scents of this year. I chose a variety of different perfumes, so here's hoping you'll find something you love ... But if you love sweet scents you've definitely come to the right place! I don't mind a good fruity-floral or even a spicy perfume, but this year was all about the sweet smelling scents.

5. Marc Jacobs - Daisy Eau so Fresh

A lovely floral fragrance that I've been neglecting a little bit because I think it's more spring than winter appropriate. It has some green notes which are not too obvious (I hate them in general, but they're lovely in this concoction), but it also has fruits like lychee and pear - one of my favourite combos in fragrances. Jasmine and violet round up this soft perfume nicely. Read my full review here

4. Aquolina - Gold Sugar

Not for the faint hearted, Gold Sugar is seriously sweet! Almost overwhelmingly so, but if you love very sweet perfumes like Escada and Britney Spears, you'll love this. It smells like caramel and coconut with something baked and milky thrown in. Very potent and long lasting, too. My full review is here.

3. L'Erbolario Papavero Soave

Another sweet fragrance but not as in your face. It smells like poppies and jasmine, though the sweet notes are more apparent. It's not sickly sweet though as there's no fruit in this scent. I really love this one and it's such a bargain as well! You can read more about it in this post.

2. Givenchy - Ange ou Demon

This is a stunning fragrance with long lasting power and good sillage. You can just tell it's expensive, because it smells really ... classy? I sound so pretentious, but it's true. It has some vanilla and tonka beans as well as saffron, but it really isn't too sweet. Instead it's quite spicy, but has a velvet feel to it. I just adore it! Full review here.

1. Estée Lauder - Bronze Goddess Capri

I've wanted this for a couple of years and despite the fact that I'm writing this post in the dead of winter, this summery, coconut fragrance still calls to me. It's a delicious mix that reminds me of sandy beaches, cocktails and suntan lotion. You can get these every summer, but this one is limited edition from a year or so ago. My review is here.

I hope I'll find some more amazing perfumes this year! I have a feeling it's gonna be a good one.
What was your favourite scent of 2014?
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