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For the last few weeks I have been watching a lot of drawing and painting YouTube videos as I have been trying to pick up this hobby again. Besides picking up tips and tricks, I also find them very calming so when I'm stressed or finding it hard to sleep, I usually watch a few of these. (Am I the only one haha?)

While watching these videos, I stumbled onto a "bullet journal" tutorial. I had heard about these but I had never really understood their point. After watching a few more to try and understand what they were exactly, I decided to start one myself and I headed to the shop!

So armed with a new notebook, a pen and a set of old watercolours, I started my own journal. I found that Pinterest and Instagram were great sources of inspiration for the layouts and beginning pages. Most of the bullet journals that I have seen look so perfectly organised with pretty details, drawings and designs. I love looking at them but to me that's completely unattainable so I decided to make mine a bit more casual and random. I didn't really follow any rules or instructions on how to do it. Till now I have mainly used it as a form of diary/photo journal but I will change it as time goes by. Since it's my first journal I'm still figuring out what I want to do with it.

I think that I got inspired from all the videos that I had watched as I decided to upload my own! Like I said, I'm new to this so it's quite simple but I think it's good starting point. You can watch the video at the bottom of the post or head over to my Youtube channel.

My top reasons to start a journal:
1. It's a great place to be creative. Be it writing, drawing or doodling.
2. It will help to organize your thoughts. If you're like me and quite forgetful, this is great for jotting down a to do list or shopping list.
3. To keep track of your life. Using it as a place to write down what you are feeling is always a good idea.
4. To remember events. Diary entries of a fun day out are so nice to look back onto, otherwise you may forget that it even happened!

I think that it's such a great thing to do and if you are thinking about starting one, do so now. Doesn't matter if it's the middle of February or if you're not that artistic. All you need is a notebook and pen!

Do you keep a journal?



 

Starting a Journal

Tuesday, 20 February 2018


Hello! How is your December going so far? In today's post, I will be reviewing all the products I recently got from the Essence OMG Makeup Buffet.

You might be thinking, what is this buffet you are talking about? Occasionally Essence Cosmetics Malta holds an event where one can take as many products as they can hold in their hands from a huge basin. You can either do this with one hand for €5 or with two hands for €10. You may remember that I took part in this event a few years back from the Essence cosmetics haul and review post.

Is the Essence OMG Makeup Buffet Worth It?

Saturday, 9 December 2017


If you have been reading my blog in the past month, you may know that I have moved out in order to be closer to university.

Now that I have been living in the new flat with my flatmates for a few months, I have picked up on a few things that normally I wouldn't have noticed.

11 things I realised when I moved out

Saturday, 2 December 2017

The Ultimate under $40 Coat Roundup
Wearing the coat featured in my festive season outfit staples post   

It's that time of year again when I can finally take out all of my coats and jackets from the back of the wardrobe. The weather is still a bit all over the place in Malta but that doesn't mean that I won't wear all the cosy wintery clothes.

The Ultimate under $40 Coat Roundup

Saturday, 25 November 2017


lipstick, liquid lipstick, lip liner and balms collection 2017, pink lipsticks, brown lipsticks, nude lipsticks, berry lipsticks, red lipsticks

Yesterday, over on Instagram I asked if anybody would be interested in seeing my lipstick collection and many said yes, so here it is. You should follow me on @whatsarahwrites if you haven’t already for updates, sneak peeks and other general stuff (shameless promotion right there I know).

This is quite a long post as I included all of my lipsticks, liquid lipsticks, lip liners and balms. Please bear in mind that some of the shades came out a different colour in the photos than real life. You may either think that this is too many to own or too little but to me it’s just right, ok maybe I have a few too many!

Pinks


lipstick, liquid lipstick, lip liner and balms collection 2017, pink lipsticks
lipstick, liquid lipstick, lip liner and balms collection 2017, pink lipsticks
Left to right: 

Essence Lipgloss Babydoll's Favourite // This was one of the first makeup items that I bought and I don't wear it as much today. It is a very sheer colour and perfect for someone who just want a hint of coral and shimmer on their lips.

Jelly Flower Lipstick 2 Cherry* // This beautiful lipstick has an actual flower encased in it that unfortunetly did not come out ion these photos but you can check it out in this review. It is a lovely sheer pink that is more of a stain.

Essence Matt Longlasting lipgloss 03 Girl of Today // I purchased this last summer and it has been one of my favourites. Although it states that it's matte I feel like it has a more of a satin finish as it never really dries down. This doesn't really bother me as I love the pink colour (that is much lighter than the photo suggests) and it also smells delicious.

Kiko Creamy Colour Comfort Lip Liner 303 // Another recent addition that you might have already seen on my instagram. It's nice and creamy and it makes it easier to fill in the lips within the line.

Kiko Smart Lipstick 903 // I used to wear this so much a long time ago but now I feel like it's a bit *too* pink for my liking.

Kiko Smooth Temptation Lipstick 04 // I reach for this quite a lot as it's very creamy, sits well on the lips and I love that the end is smaller as it makes application much easier. 


Nudes


lipstick, liquid lipstick, lip liner and balms collection 2017, nude lipsticks
lipstick, liquid lipstick, lip liner and balms collection 2017, nude lipsticks
Left to Right:

Essence Longlasting Lipstick 11 Nude Love //  I don't usually wear this on it's own as I'm not too fond of the barley there lips. On the other hand I love to blend it with darker shades or on top of other lipsticks to create that 3D effect.

Gosh Velvet Touch 122 Nougat // This one is unfortunately running out as it is a very loved lipstick in my collection. It's very creamy and has a glossy finish.

Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream 436 Birthday Suit // This is definitely my favourite out of all the lipsticks that I own. It's a gorgeous colour, easy to apply and most importantly it doesn't dry out my lips.

Mac Matte Lipstick Velvet Teddy // Another favourite of mine has to be this lipstick. Again it's matte without being drying and the perfect shade of my lips but better.

After 90 Charming Lipstick 19* // Not really something that I reach out for a lot but it's a lovely matte shade.

Browns



lipstick, liquid lipstick, lip liner and balms collection 2017, brown lipsticks
lipstick, liquid lipstick, lip liner and balms collection 2017, brown lipsticks
Left to right:

Kiko Smart Lipstick 925 // This is such a lovely warm shade that I love to wear during Autumn. I admit that it's not as long lasting but the affordability makes up for it.

Popfeel Lipstick B16* // This is a lovely matte brown lipstick that I reviewed in the Rosegal makeup haul last January.  

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lip Liner Capuccino // This lipstick doesn't look as good on it's own but it's great for using as a liner underneath darker lipsticks or to blend it in with other shades. It's very creamy and doesn't drag the lips.

Berries


lipstick, liquid lipstick, lip liner and balms collection 2017, berry lipsticks
lipstick, liquid lipstick, lip liner and balms collection 2017, berry lipsticks
Left to right:

Essence Sheer & Shine Lipstick 09 I Feel Pretty // This is a lovely build-able sheer lipstick that is great for when you want a toned down berry lip look.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick 084 Amethyst Shimmer // I used to reach out for this a lot more than I do now. It's a lovely berry shade with a hint of shimmer as the name suggests.

Makeup Revolution Lipstick Rebel with Cause // This has a more purple tone rather than a red one so it's a bit different to the other berry lipsticks that I own.

Kiko Milano Matte Liquid Lip Colour 05 Brick Red // I recently bought this while I was in Syracuse, Sicily. It's a gorgeous deep berry shade that I'm in love with, although it is a bit on the drying side.

Golden Rose Lipstick 124 // My go-to every festive season is this dark lipstick. I love the shade and it also smells like roses!


Reds


lipstick, liquid lipstick, lip liner and balms collection 2017, red lipsticks
lipstick, liquid lipstick, lip liner and balms collection 2017, red lipsticks
Left to right:

(I misplaced the Kiko lipstick so ignore it in the photo above)

Catrice Infinite Shine Lipgloss 120 Little Red Dress // I prefer to wear this on top of another lipstick like I did in this look as it's not as opaque on it's own.

Essence Longlasting Lipstick 02 All You Need is Red // As I mentioned in my previous post, I had forgotten this lipstick bu t I'm hoping to bring it back out this Christmas.

Revlon Creme Lipstick 225 Rosewine // I usually prefer this red lipstick as it is not as out there as the other one but still gives off the same vibe.


I hope that you enjoyed this post and now have a few suggestions for new lipsticks to pick up!



Lipstick Collection 2017

Sunday, 12 November 2017


While visiting home last weekend, I realised that I had left all of my makeup behind. So I decided to have a look at all the makeup that I had hiding in my room’s cupboards. There I found some makeup that I had totally forgotten about which deserve more love.

Makeup Products I Forgot About

Wednesday, 8 November 2017


As promised here are a few snaps from my holiday back in September. Apart from Croatia we also visited the neighbouring countries of Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro. Since I had never been to this area of Europe before I found the countries more interesting and I loved learning about their history.

Croatia Travel Diary

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Dream Matcha Ceremonial Grade Matcha Green Tea Powder
Dream Matcha Ceremonial Grade Matcha Green Tea Powder

As the weather gets cooler and the days become shorter, I find nothing better than pouring myself a cup of tea at the end of the day. Lately, I've been trying to be a bit more "adventurous" with my tea choices so I immediately was drawn to trying out Matcha Tea Powder.

Focus Supplements kindly me sent a packet of Dream Matcha Ceremonial Grade Matcha Green Tea Powder* to try out for myself. Matcha tea has been making quite a hit lately. If you have never heard of Matcha powder before, it is made from special green tea leaves that are then steamed, stemmed and de-vined before being turned into powder. Matcha powder has a vibrant green colour that tastes slightly grassy but is sweet yet mild. Matcha tea falls into two categories, ceremonial grade and culinary grade. Ceremonial is much finer and more expensive while culinary is used for most cooking and baking.

The Dream Matcha Ceremonial Grade Matcha Green Tea Powder* (£11.99) is the highest quality tea that is imported from Uji, Japan where it is ground through stone mills. It is infused with an array of vitamins, minerals and organic superfoods and is an extremely powerful antioxidant with nootropic qualities. It comes in packets containing 50 grams of powder that equates to roughly 30 cups of tea. Focus Supplements recommends mixing the powder with boiling water to enjoy its relaxing and tasty benefits. The more tea you drink, the more you will enjoy its benefits although one should not drink more than 3 to 4 cups a day.

Dream Matcha Ceremonial Grade Matcha Green Tea Powder

My favourite way to drink the Matcha Powder is to mix half a teaspoon of powder with boiling water to dissolve it and a bit of milk for a creamier taste. I love to drink this in the evening as I feel like it helps me to relax and unwind. It also tastes great as a latte mixed with a bit of honey as a sweetener or in a smoothie.

While looking for ways to use this powder, I came across a face mask which asks for a teaspoon of matcha, a few drops of boiling water and honey. I decided to give it a try and although I looked like a green monster, I quite liked it as my skin felt really clean and soft afterwards.

Focus Supplements have a wide range of different supplements that are specifically targeted for health, body, energy, mood, memory and focus among others. I recommend trying out this product if you are a tea lover like me, wanting to try out something new. 

Dream Matcha Tea | Review

Sunday, 22 October 2017


sunday catchup, university, moving

Hello! By this point, I'm pretty sure that you have all forgotten about me and my blog! I had even forgotten about my blog for the past month. It's been super hectic recently so let me rewind a bit.

During the past month, I have travelled twice, moved and started university. There have been many happy and stressful times. The last thing that I posted here was the first travel post. I planned to put up the second one a week later but then it got a bit too crazy. A few days after arriving back home, I received my exam results which determined if I would go to uni or not. I had been dreading this day as I was so sure that I had failed. After stressing too much about opening the results, I found out that I had actually passed and got better results than I had ever anticipated. I was so happy and I still can't believe it. 

Now I had to start preparing for the next step, packing. Mind you, university was starting a week later. Since I don't live on mainland Malta, it takes me more than a 2-hour trip to reach my destination which includes riding a ferry and catching a bus (which is basically a nightmare thing to do in Malta!). The only reasonable thing for us living in Gozo, is to move closer. If anybody has moved house you will know that it's a very stressful thing to do. So now I live in a flat with my roommates in a totally different place and life. It was strange at first but now I've settled in quite well. 

As for University in general, I think it's going quite well. I am following a degree in Communications and I'm loving it so far. It is all about studying the way people communicate and interact with each other, be it face to face or online. I still have no idea what I exactly want to do in the future so this course is perfect for me since it can lead to many different career paths. 

Now that everything seems to have calmed down and I'm getting used to the new routine, I felt like it was time to get back into blogging because I do miss just sitting down and writing whatever comes to my mind. So basically that's what has been happening in my life. I'm sure that a lot of you are in the same place as me or have recently been through this change so I hope that you understand the lack of activity on here.


Sunday Catch-up

Sunday, 15 October 2017

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