my makeup story tag

I have been seeing this tag float around lately and I have been loving reading other people's makeup stories so I decided that it was time to share mine.

How old were you when you started wearing makeup?

I remember playing around with my mum's eyeshadows and red lipstick when I was about 10 but I don't think that it counts! The first time that wore makeup was for a Christmas concert when I was in the first year of secondary school. I was so excited at the thought of having someone do my makeup for me!

I am going to guess and say that I was about 13 when I actually started going out with makeup. The only things that I would do were probably black eyeliner on my waterline (the horrors), shimmery pink eyeshadow and some mascara. When I was 14 I began watching Youtubers and started to experiment a bit more.

How did you get into makeup?

As I previously said, I owe all of my makeup skills to beauty Youtubers. I would watch tutorial after tutorial and would try to recreate the looks (which is something that I usually failed to do)

What are some of your favourite brands?

My favourites have to be Essence Cosmetics, Rimmel and Kiko. I also love Makeup Revolution for their palettes and Sleek for the Matte Me lipsticks. 

What does makeup mean to you?

It's a fun way for me to be creative and if I could I would spend all day applying makeup and trying out new things. I always feel like I forget about everything when I am playing around with beauty products. I also use makeup as a way to cover my acne so I also see it as a confidence booster.

If you could only wear four products on your face, what would they be?

This is quite easy actually since my everyday makeup only includes four items. They are the Rimmel match perfection concealer, Soap & Glory Supercat eyeliner, Kiko tech curve mascara and Barry M eyebrow pencil.

What is your favourite thing about makeup?

I love that makeup allows people to be creative and I love how versatile it can be. You can even change your face to the point that you transform into a different person!

What do you think of drugstore vs high end makeup?

I have not yet made any high end purchases so I can't really say anything about this. But the only thing that I can say it that you don't have to spend all of your money to get some really amazing makeup products.

What is the one makeup trend you've never understood?

There aren't a lot that I don't like but I always found heavy contouring a bit too extreme. Apart from that trend I have also never understood why a few months back all of the beauty pages started saying that glossy eyelids were the next big thing! (Hint: they are not)

When did you first start wearing makeup?


My Makeup Story

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Halloween outfit with Rosegal, blood choker, pumpkin sweater, Rosegal review
Halloween outfit with Rosegal, blood choker, pumpkin sweater, Rosegal review
Halloween outfit with Rosegal, blood choker, pumpkin sweater, Rosegal review
Rosegal Top* // New Look Jeans // New Look Boots // Rosegal Choker* // Accessorize Rings // Rosegal Midi-ring* // Rosegal Earrings*

I know, I know. Halloween is still more than two weeks away! Obviously wearing a costume before Halloween is not really acceptable but this outfit will definitely get you in the festive spirit without going overboard.

When Rosegal got in contact with me I was immediately drawn to their Halloween items. They have a lot of lovely Halloween themed sweaters, dresses, lace masks, chokers, home decor and of course costumes to choose from. The sweater that I chose has a lot of pumpkins printed all over and rips all around the bottom and the sleeves for added spook effect. (Am I the only one who thinks that this sweater is the equivalent of the Christmas sweater?) To continue with the ripped up theme I wore my ripped jeans and chunky, strappy boots. I am currently a little bit obsessed with chokers so I couldn't miss the opportunity to add another one, especially when it was a Halloween themed choker. To finish the look I added some accessories. I wore this pair of circle earrings which I am so in love with and some rings. I'm not usually one to wear rings but I really like this geometric midi ring.

You may have noticed the lack of photos in this post but when I took them it was a very windy day and eventually it started to rain. I didn't have the time to take a lot and the ones that I did take had my hair flying all over the place!

Are you excited for Halloween?


Ps. There is a Halloween giveaway going on right now on my Instagram! Click here to find out how you can enter

Is it Halloween Yet?

Sunday, 16 October 2016

I have actually been blogging for more than two years now and during this time I have gathered a few tips that I try to follow. Obviously I am not an expert and these are just my own personal opinions which I have decided to share with you today.

1. Plan posts

Having a diary or planner is honestly a life saver when it comes to blogging and keeping up with your posting schedule. I find it much easier when I have a whole month's worth of planned posts. This also allows me to take photos in bulk so I can find them ready when their time comes.

2. Join twitter chats

I don't know how but up until a few weeks ago I had never discovered twitter chats let alone participated in them. I have met so many lovely bloggers through twitter chats and I have always had a lot of fun when I took part in one.

3.  Re-share old content

I only started doing this recently and I wish that I had started doing it before. After working hard on a post you shouldn't just leave it to thrive on it's own! I use Buffer to schedule tweets with post links that are posted every few weeks to make sure that the post is not forgotten.

4. Quality over quantity

You may get falsely led to believe that producing as much content as you can will help to get your blog noticed. It is true that your blog stats will sky rocket but you won't get as many loyal readers if the posts are written without much thought put into them.

5. Learn when to say no

It is very exciting when you see an email from a brand that wants to collaborate with you and as a newbie blogger you will probably accept immediately without a second thought. But it might not be the best idea to accept to review a site selling pool floaties when you are a beauty blogger! On the other hand do not limit yourself and accept challenges that are out of your comfort zones from time to time.

6. Consistency is the key

This may not be do-able for everyone but I find that being consistent with posting is always better. This could be every day, two days or even a week. As long as it works for you.

7. Don't focus on the numbers

This is one of the hardest things for me since I spend a lot of time looking at my stats and worrying every time I lose a follower on Instagram! But to be honest looking at the number won't do anything and it's better to focus on sharing your content.

8. Get inspiration but never copy

When I get stuck in a rut I always head over to my favourite blogs or to Bloglovin' for some post ideas. But I emphasize on the word inspiration as no one likes to see posts that have clearly been copied and pasted.

9. Share the love

Everyone likes to feel appreciated so if you happen to come across a post that you like, leave a comment to tell them how much you love it!

10. Never publish anything that you would not read yourself

I left this for last as it is my favourite tip from this list. If you are about to publish a post that you would not actually ever click on yourself, then why are you actually sharing it? I believe that blogging should be a way of expressing yourself and sharing what you love so if one of your posts does not bring you happiness than consider changing it.

What are some other blogging tips that you would like to share? Leave them in the comments as I'd love to know!


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Thursday, 13 October 2016

Autumn wishlist 2016

Autumn is a time when you can get all cozy in a knitted jumper while curled up in bed watching a movie...right? Well wrong (at least in my case). The warm weather in Malta has left me longing for a time when it actually feels like Autumn but to compensate for the lack of cold weather I have been doing a lot of scrolling through my favourite online shops to get some Autumn inspiration. In this wishlist I have put together some items that would be perfect for Autumn or in my country's case they would be more wearable in Winter.

I don't know if you can tell but I have been loving a lot of black, grey and blush pink coloured items lately. Cozy knits are a must for Autumn and this roll neck jumper would be perfect for chilly days. Recently I have been liking a lot of Adidas items and when I saw this sweatshirt I couldn't leave it out of  the list. I love the pattern and it would be perfect for school. All the jeans that I have are tight fitting so I would love to buy a loose fitting pair for a change.

The pinafore and skirt would be perfect to dress up an outfit and I can imagine myself pairing them with the ankle boots and the bag for a pop of colour. Coats are a staple in every wardrobe and this year I have been looking for a grey one since I don't have any in this colour. Since grey is a neutral colour it would be easy to throw on any outfit. The last thing in my wishlist is the Zoeva palette. As I said in my autumn makeup post, I don't have any warm toned shades suitable for this season. I fell in love with this palette when I first laid eyes on it and I will do anything to get it!

What is in your Autumn wishlist?


Autumn Wishlist

Sunday, 9 October 2016

skin care routine for oily and blemished skin using products from The Body Shop, Simple, Garnier and The Konjac Sponge Co

As a person that has frequent breakouts and has sensitive skin, my skin care routine is very important. I frequently change up the products that I use as part of my routine and as you can see from my old skin care routine back in the spring of last year, most of the products are different. Since it has been more than a year since that post, I decided that it was about time that I did an updated one.

I want to start off by saying that I don't follow the routine everyday. In the mornings I usually just use the face wash and apply some moisturizer but I try to follow all the steps in the evening. It is my way of relaxing and winding down before I go to sleep.

skin care routine, garnier micellar cleansing water

I start off by removing my makeup using the Garnier Micellar cleansing water. I pour a few drops of this to cotton pads and gently rub onto my skin in circular motions. It removes a lot of the tough makeup like eyeliner and mascara in one swipe.

skin care routine, the body shop tea tree toner, the body shop tea tree oil facial wash
The Konjac sponge Company, bamboo charcoal angel face cloth

Currently I'm using The Body Shop tea tree skin clearing facial wash and mattifying toner. I massage a blob of the face wash onto damp skin with upward circular motions. It leaves my skin feeling so refreshed and squeaky clean while also removing any makeup that had escaped the Micellar cleansing water. To wash it off I have been using The Konjac Sponge Co angel cloth* that I reviewed a few weeks ago. It gently exfoliates and leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth! To top it off I apply some of  toner all over my face. You have to give it a good shake to get everything nicely mixed together as it has a different oil at the bottom. The toner removes the last traces of makeup and also helps to reduce the appearance of pores.

skin care routine, simple anti-blemish moisturizer

To put some moisture back into my skin I squeeze out a dollop of the Simple spotless skin anti-blemish moisturiser. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and glowing without leaving any oils behind. Up until a few months ago I always skipped this step but nowadays I can never skip applying moisturiser before I leave the house in the morning. 

skin care routine, the body shop tea tree oil

The Body Shop tea tree oil comes to the rescue when I have a particularly bad breakout or a huge zit has decided to pop up in the middle of my forehead. I apply about two or three drops on to a cotton pad and apply it gently to the blemished areas.

Do you have a skin care routine?


Skin Care Routine for Oily/Blemished Skin

Thursday, 6 October 2016

September favourites 2016, autumn makeup favourites

I know that I say this in nearly every favourites post but how is it possible that another month is over? This year has flown by too quickly and it's really strange that we only have 3 months left of 2016! In this month's favourites I have some new things as I was a bit too spendy during the month of September but I'm also bringing back an old favourite.

September favourites 2016, autumn makeup favourites
September favourites 2016, autumn makeup favourites
September favourites 2016, autumn makeup favourites
September favourites 2016, autumn makeup favourites
September favourites 2016, autumn makeup favourites

Golden Rose terracotta stardust in 105 // First of all, this is is too gorgeous to look at! Second of all, I still don't know what is the actual purpose of this. It's a lovely shimmery golden shade which I currently use it as an eyeshadow or as a blush topper. I think that it's a perfect powder to add to an autumn makeup look.

Maybelline color tattoo in  Permanent Taupe // I'm quite late to this but I finally picked up a colour tattoo. I know, I know. I'm probably about three years late! The one that I went for is the taupe shade. It is very creamy and can be worn either alone or as an eyeshadow base.

Kiko smart lipstick in 925 //  I haven't actually been wearing this one a lot since I featured it in my top lipsticks back in June, but there is something about Autumn that makes me reach for darker shades. This one is a lovely light brown with a hint of orange although it came out looking more orange than brown in the pictures.

Rimmel longlasting finish lip liner in cappuccino // I have a beauty confession to make...I did not have any lip liners prior to purchasing this one! I always thought that they were unnecessary but I was definitely wrong about it. It has made lipstick application (especially liquid lipsticks) so much easier and it also looks lovely when combined with the Kiko lipstick.

Soap & Glory Supercat eyeliner // This has been my go to eyeliner since I bought it while in London. The colour is a very dark black and it also doesn't rub off easily. Another thing that I like is that it has a very precise tip that makes it easier and quicker to create a great winged liner look.

I used some of these items in my Autumn makeup so If you're interested go and have a look as I had a lot of fun creating it!

Have you tried any of these products?


September Favourites

Sunday, 2 October 2016

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