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Event | Dizz Group Autumn & Winter Fashion Show in Aid of Mental Health Awareness

Stunning views, a grand palace with tranquil surroundings, two parallel rows of white draped chairs, a runway, gorgeous models, fresh sartorial collections and fashionable guests - this is what Dizz Group's Autumn & Winter Fashion Show in Aid of Mental Health Awareness was made of!

Last Saturday afternoon, despite all the humidity October is throwing our way, I was excited to attend this grand fashion show and witness some of the latest collections from top fashion brands under Dizz Group's portfolio. All for a good cause - donations from attendees were collected in aid of the Mental Health Awareness Campaign run by the Marigold Foundation under the patronage of Mrs. Michelle Muscat, spouse to Malta's Prime Minister.

October is usually synonymous with breast cancer awareness, and while I commend all the initiatives that continue to push breast cancer awareness and research forward, it does not mean that other conditions such as mental health should remain in the shadows. With mental health, this is more evident because of the stigma that surrounds such conditions and more often than not, mentally challenged individuals tend so suffer in silence. Luckily, for these patients, who often end up conveniently forgotten by their own families, the Marigold Foundation is there to intervene to give them better quality of life and lend a listening ear and even a shoulder to cry on if need be. Of course, to do such projects and run campaigns, funds are often a hindrance; consequently, fund-raising activities such as this fashion show, are vital in fuelling the work put behind the Marigold Foundation. The donations were topped up by Dizz Group and the beautiful sum of €10,000 was presented to Mrs. Muscat at the end of the fashion show.

Now for the collections; casual and elegant looks from Terranova, Calliope, Guess, Guess by Marciano, Max&Co., Trussardi, Harmont & Blaine, Paul & Shark, Liu Jo, Michael Kors, and Elisabetta Franchi were paraded down the runway.

All brands have their own take on the key trends for the upcoming season - leather still remains strongly in fashion in different colours but with a matte look and the leather jacket remaining a staple, piece; backpacks aren't going anywhere and denim is also here to stay. Layering is always a key trend of the winter season and this year is no exception. I really enjoyed the way outfits were combined to give the trend a more modern feel - fur details, shimmery fabrics coordinated with more casual garments, and the classic coordinated suit.

Autumn/Winter 2016 is looking very chic and sophisticated at Michael Kors, where their iconic tote bags have been re-invented with warmer colours and a new design. Patterned cross-body bags and chic backpacks complete the collection.

Paul & Shark stayed true to their nautical roots with the typical colour palette of red, white and blue - a timeless combination that is always in fashion while Trussardi exudes Italian effortless glamour with every garment. My favourites from their collection were definitely the blue and mustard dresses.

The hottest colour of the season, khaki, which also happens to be one of my favourites was the predominant colour in my favourite collection - Elisabetta Franchi. I love how it was combined with blue, with my absolute favourite garments from the collection being the short, puffy jacket and the pussy bow blouse. Elisabetta Franchi also managed to re-invent black, resulting in a collection that is the epitome of sophistication. I have to admit that this was most definitely my favourite collection.

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Well done to Dizz Group on this initiative and very big well done to all behind the organisation of such a prestigious event!

Models were all from Supernova Modelling Agency.
Catwalk photos by Ronald Camilleri.

New In! | MAC Bangin' Brilliant Collection & Liptensity Lipsticks

I always get excited whenever MAC releases a new collection... or any new product for that matter! Thus, you can imagine my excitement when an email popped into my inbox inviting me to visit the MAC counter at Debenhams The Point to discover the new Bangin' Brilliant collection and the brand new Liptensity lipsticks!

Luckily, my dear friend Marija was invited as well so we both made our way together to one of our favourite makeup stores. We were assisted by MAC makeup artist Nadia and she guided us through the new collections and even applied some looks on us using them.  

MAC have expanded their permanent collection of lipsticks, eyeshadows and blushers with the introduction of the Bangin' Brilliant collection that consists of 29 bright and boldly coloured lipsticks, 24 eyeshadows and 5 powder blushes, all in various textures.

MAC Bangin' Brilliant Lipsticks - €19 each

The lipsticks are packaged in the iconic MAC packaging and vary from a straight up white to smurf blue, iridescent purples and blues to pinks, yellows and everything in between and come in matte, frost, amplified, cremesheen, satin and lustre finishes. The unique colours immediately caught my eyes and I had the pleasure of trying my two favourite shades from the collection - Model Behaviour and On and On (this was a hard choice but I preferred sticking to something I was more comfortable in). Here are some of the other shades I swatched on the back of my hand:

MAC Bangin' Brilliant Lipstick Swatches
Far Left: On and On | Top to Bottom: Time To Shine, Model Behaviour, No Interruptions, Wild Extract
Yours truly wearing Model Behaviour lipstick over Cyber World lip liner

MAC Bangin' Brilliant Dazzleshadow (€23 each) and Eyeshadow (€19 each)

The eyeshadows in the collection are divided into various finishes - dazzle, frost, veluxe pearl, matte and one satin shade. All of the dazzle shades are re-promoted whilst the others are all new shades. I already had Can't Stop, Don't Stop Dazzleshadow which was part of Le Disko limited edition from last year and I am happy to see it is now part of the permanent collection as it is one of the most beautiful MAC eyeshadows. Here are some swatches:

MAC Bangin' Brilliant Dazzleshadow swatches

Nadia applied some of the eyeshadows on Marija and I have to say my favourite look was the one with the blue and green shades. I really liked the combination of colours though both looks suit her well :) Oh and by the way, both the blue liner and the orange are eyeshadows from the Bangin' Brilliant collection with some Fix+!

MAC Liptensity Lipsticks - €24 each

The Liptensity Lipsticks, boast MAC's most pigmented formula to date and come in a spectrum of 24 colours, including a deep black shade! What's interesting about this collection is that MAC enlisted the help of tetrachromat (individuals who can see up to 100 million shades that most people can't) Maureen Seaberg to create a kaleidoscope of never- seen before colours, using the groundbreaking High-Frequency Tetrachromatic Pigments technology. My favourites from this collection are the nudes, reds, pinks and a beautiful lilac grey. The bad news is that the following 7 out of the Liptensity Lipsticks are limited edition: Stallion, Galaxy Grey, Life's Blood, Lobster, Fireworks and Double Fudge. MAC was kind enough to gift me the shade Gumball, a bright, creamy blush pink.

MAC Liptensity Swatches
Far Left: Life's Blood | Top to Bottom: Galaxy Grey, Hellebore, Blue Beat, Double Fudge
L to R: Liptensity Lipstick in Gumball | Dazzleshadow Can't Stop, Don't Stop | Model Behaviour Lipstick

Which products intrigue you the most?

All of these products are now available at the MAC Sliema store and the MAC Counter at Debenhams The Point. 

Event | Flormar Store Opening and New Limited Edition Collections Launch

These next few weeks are brimming with beauty and fashion events and I'm not in the least complaining! I love discovering new brands and products, all the while meeting fellow bloggers ;)

Last Wednesday evening, it was Flormar's turn to showcase three new collections as well as the new St.Julian's store which is where the event took place. This is the second store for the brand in Malta (the other store is located in Paola and opened it's doors in December 2015, while the St. Julain's store opened in August this year). New products are received from France every fortnight so you really don't have to wait that long for your favourite products to become available again!

The three new collections launched yesterday are the Super Brow, Matte Effect (limited edition) and Back To School (limited edition). The Super Brow collection has everything you need for perfect brows - powders, pencils, brushes, fixator mascara and even eyebrow design kits. Matte Effect consists of 8 blushes and 16 lipsticks, all with a matte finish. Lastly, Back To School is more focused on skin care with products ranging from a face wash and toner to BB Creams and lip balms.

Of course, we also had the opportunity to swatch everything we liked and nibble on exquisite food washed down with some wine or prosecco. What strikes me the most with Flormar is the price vis a vis the quality of the products - the brand is the definition of affordable, yet high quality.

Do pay Flormar a visit for some colourful, affordable makeup. My absolute recommendations are their nail polishes, the Rotating mascara and the Mat Touch Foundation. I'm sure my favourites from this brand will expand to many more products, I just need to figure out which to use first from the very generous goodie bag they gave us! Oh, and I'm absolutely head over heels in love with the I AM necklace too!

Flormar is located in Luqa Road Paola and St. Julian's opposite Baystreet.

Flormar and I AM are brought to Malta by Square Deal Ltd.

Event | Eau Thermale Avène & Lierac Paris New Launches

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending a bloggers' event which introduced us to some new product ranges from top French skin care brands Lierac Paris and Eau Thermale Avène, neither of which is new to this blog.

We had mini presentations about the brands delivered over sushi and strawberry prosecco and we also had the opportunity to sample the products as we talked about them. For more in-depth information, you can check out my posts about the respective brands here and here.

Lierac Paris is a high end skin care brand targeted at those who only want the best for their skin. The brand has various product ranges with specific skin 'aging problems' being targeted at all levels and for all ages. Yesterday, the main focus was on the Hydregenist line which will be replacing the Hydrachrono range. The Hydragenist range consists of two moisturisers (one for combination skin and one for dry skin) as well as a serum. This comprehensive range of products is inspired by tissue oxygenation and hence, the role of oxygen in relation to how plumped and fresh our skin looks.

We were also introduced to some new products from Lierac's top range, the Premium line which contains extracts of the rare black orchid, black poppy and black rose. The packaging with this range is as exquisite as the products themselves. Lierac also have more specific ranges, my favourite out of which has to be the Diopti range which consists of 5 different products that target different problems within the eye area such as puffiness, dark circles, wrinkles, etc.

Moving on to Eau Thermale Avène, this is a more medical brand so to speak, where all products are infused with thermal water from Avène, a small village in France and the products are packaged in a sterile atmosphere. Avène's product range has everything from cleansers to anti-wrinkle treatments and cater for the most sensitive of skins.

I'm very looking forward to try out the new products that were kindly given to me at the event. Look out for the reviews which will have a little surprise at the end ;)

To find out more about the brands and their respective products, kindly like their Facebook pages here and here.

Eau Thermale Avène and Lierac Paris are imported by Pharma.MT Ltd.