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Beauty Trend | Metallic Lips

A huge trend that we're seeing all over Instagram right now is metallic lip looks - be it ones dripping gold liquid lipstick, a subtle hint of metallic in the centre of the lips or a full-on metallic lip colour, this trend has taken the beauty world by storm! I personally like the full-on metallic lip look and have garnered a couple of products in my collection at different price points which I will be sharing with you today.

Strapped for cash

Essence Metal Shock Lip Paint 02 Hemlock - this is the cheapest out of all the products I own (I think I bought it for €2.49). It is more of a lipgloss with a metallic finish rather than a liquid lipstick and you have to be careful when applying it as it does tend to go on a bit patchy which is a bit of a surprise for a product with such good pigmentation. It doesn't dry and doesn't last long.


Catrice Liquid Lip Powder 030 Jenny From The Bronze & 050 Let's Mauve To San Francisco* - these are unique in my collection as they 'dry' to a matte metal finish. They are pigmented just enough but you'll need to reapply as they don't last more than a couple of hours. Nonetheless, they are a great buy if you're still unsure about the whole metallic lips trend and would like to ease yourself into it.

It's pay-day!

3INA The Longwear Lipstick 510 (€7.95)* - This is the best liquid lipstick out of the budget brands in my collection - goes on in a uniform colour, dries to a nice metallic finish and lasts ages! Definitely one to try!


The Body Shop Metal Lip Liquid Plum Titanium 018 & Pink Nickel 025* - These are hands down my favourite metallic lip products. Once dry, they don't budge. I particularly like the red one for it has awesome pigmentation and it is the perfect red.

Feeling flash

Urban Decay Vice Naked Heat Lipstick Scorched (€18.60) - I also own a couple of metallic finish lipsticks, and this one is my favourite. It doesn't last as long as a liquid lipstick but it certainly does perform exceptionally well.


MAC Cosmetics Lipsticks in Frost Finish (€19) - MAC's frost finish lipsticks can be classified as metallic lip products. I think they offer a soft alternative to the bolder looks. Of course they come at a price but I think they are well worth it for they last long on the lips and they come in a whole myriad of colours.

MAC Cosmetics Frost lipsticks L to R:
Model Behaviour*, Fabby, Odyssey, Ramblin' Rose

If I had to choose my favourite out of these, I would go for 3INA and The Body Shop for they come at a fair price point, offer a great selection of colours and have excellent pigmentation and staying power!

Are you a fan of the metallic lips trend? What are your favourite products to achieve the look?

Products marked with * were gifted to me for PR purposes

KIKO Milano Haul

Hey all! As promised, here are more detailed pictures of the KIKO Milano unboxing I posted on my InstaStories a couple of days ago.


I was looking for a replacement angled eyeliner brush and KIKO came to mind. I have other brushes from their collection and have always found them to be of good quality thus I went for it; plus, it's been ages since I last bought anything from them and they have some pretty good offers going on at the moment such as 2 + 1 on products from some 2017 limited edition collections. Here's what I got:

From one of their current limited editions, Metal Fusion I got the Highlighting Drops in 02 Sweet Dreams and the Water Eyeshadow 200. The Highlighting Drops can either be mixed with foundation to achieve a glowy look or else use them as a liquid highlighter which is my intended way of using them. The Water Eyeshadow can be used both wet and dry; wet making the colour more intense of course.


Left: Metal Fusion Highlighting Drops 02
Right: Metal Fusion Water Eyeshadow 200

Next up are more limited edition products, a Lip Liner in 01 Innovative Nude from the Fall 2.0 Collection, a Holographic Eyeshadow Palette in 01 Signature Brown from the Isa Arfen Asian Touch limited edition, a Metallic Lip Colour in 02 Desirable Burgundy from the Into The Dark collection and a makeup pouch from the Tropic Heat collection.



I also got some mascaras which are currently being sold at a discount. I got two Smart Colour Mascaras - 02 Electric Blue and 03 Emerald as well as the Standout Volume Waterproof Mascara to update my makeup bag for summer.




Lastly, I got a Dark Circle Concealer in 09 Light Beige which I have already tried and like and what this haul was intended for - an angled eyeliner brush Eyes 62. 

It's been a long time since I purchased makeup from KIKO or any makeup online for that matter and it felt like Christmas all over again opening the package :)

Customisable eyeshadow palette? Yes, Catrice! | Catrice Cosmetics Art Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Review

A while back I was invited to the launch of the Autumn/Winter collection by Catrice and well, I really liked their whole re-vamped approach to their single eyeshadows. They came out with the Art Couleurs concept where you can still purchase the eyeshadow singles and you can also get an empty 4-pan palette to store them in instead of having them all over the place. Let's have a look at this new system together in this post.


First things first - the empty palette has a glossy black lid with the new Catrice logo engraved on it and comes with four hollow spaces for the eyeshadows to click in. It also comes with a mirror on the backside of the lid. With the spaces being hollow, the names of the eyeshadows are visible at the back which I think is great to know which is which and it's easy to know which colours to pick up when they finish!


While the eyeshadows may look the same as before, because they kept the transparent casing, in reality, the pans are meant to be clicked out of the singles' casing and put into the palette spaces - genius right?! Me being an organisation freak, eyeshadow singles are not really favourites of mine and the idea of having eyeshadows from different brands in one palette is not appealing either so this new concept from Catrice is right up my alley. One suggestion though - I think the brand should consider introducing palettes with more empty slots to avoid clutter in makeup drawers and have all Catrice Art Couleurs eyeshadows in one place!  



I'm pleased to see that Catrice have greatly improved on the pigmentation of their eyeshadows. I have two matt and two shimmer shades in my Art Couleurs palette (swatches left to right):
040 - Wild Ginger (matt mauve)
050 - Taupe Addict (matt greige)
090 - Life On High Heels (shimmery burgundy)
110 - Chocolate Cake By The Ocean (shimmery golden brown)


My favourite is hands down 050 Taupe Addict for its versatility. I mainly use it as a transitional shade in my crease but it's equally great if you're using it as an all-over-the-lid colour for it complements all skin tones and provides a great base for a myriad of eye looks. Both matt shades have great pigmentation and I'm happy to say the shimmery ones do too. And the shimmer is all throughout the shadow not just the upper layer. I don't have issues with longevity as the eyeshadows last all throughout without the need for touch-ups.

I think Catrice have really outdone themselves with their new releases which I will be sharing with you over the coming days since I have now had a chance to try them all. Did you pick up your Art Couleurs palette and eyeshadows yet?

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New Skin Care Finds | Lierac Paris Double Cleansing & Hydragenist Product Ranges

As much as I enjoy planning and organizing events, I never though wedding planning will be as stressful. We have a little more than a year to go and with May being one of the peak months for weddings in Malta, we struggled to find a venue we liked which was available and the stress definitely took its toll on my skin - I was breaking out uncontrollably until we settled on a venue so of course I resorted to a skin care routine that helped my skin get better in a matter of days. Apart from Eau Thermale Avene's Cleanance range, I've been using a few new products from Lierac Paris too, namely, their new additions to the essential range, all of which offer double cleansing.


I was delving into double cleansing at the end of last year thereby I was delighted when the people behind Lierac reached out and offered me deluxe samples of their newest products which I will gladly share with you in this post. What exactly is double cleansing? Double cleansing usually involves layering two cleansing products during your skincare to make sure your skin is thoroughly cleansed and free from makeup and pollutants.

I will start with the Foaming Cream Double Cleanser which is meant for makeup removal, gentle scrubbing and anti-aging. I found this product a bit too rich for my skin but nonetheless, it does an excellent job at all it claims to do. The cleansers transforms to a gentle cleansing foam on contact with water and leaves the skin fresh and purified with floral notes of jasmin, lotus flower and gardenia.


The other two products in the range require no rinsing and they are the Double Toning Gel Lotion and  Double Cleanser Micellar Milk. These are more up my alley especially after a long day when all I want to do is just remove my makeup and go to bed. I don't like removing my makeup in the shower - I prefer taking it all off in front of my bathroom mirror so using products that require the use of a cotton disc are sometimes favoured over gel cleansers especially when I am not wearing any or too much makeup. I find that the cleansing milk is an effective makeup remover and leaves my skin feeling clean even though I don' rinse it off. The toner, on the other hand, has the perfect consistency which enables it to be easily absorbed and help keep my skin toned and hydrated. They both transform into water on contact with the skin and the milk also features the same floral notes as the Foaming Cream Double Cleanser.


The last two products that I want to talk about are from the Hydragenist range which is aimed at younger skins and targets their adequate hydration as the name suggests. I'm going to start with my favourite - the serum! During these last couple of years, I have been making it a point to include serums in my skincare routine and so far I have only used Lierac serums. I love the smooth, velvety texture and my skin feel re-energized immediately after application. The other product is a moisturiser. I like to use this mostly in the evening as during the day I prefer to use something with SPF in it. It is light enough not to make my oily skin feel oilier and it does a great job of keeping my skin hydrated.



Lierac is one of my favourite skincare brands but these two ranges have definitely got to be at the top of my favourite skin care products from the brand! Did you try them already?



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Event | QIVY Spa Opening

There's a new relaxing place in town, QIVY Spa at Yue Healthier Living Complex in Naxxar and I'm pleased to have been invited to the opening do.


Nestled under street level, the spa is one of the best escapes on the island. I was given a tour of the premises along with other guests where we were able to see the different rooms as well as some treatments which were being performed on models for the night. Products used are by Mary Cohr and Elemis, two premium skincare brands that need no introduction. As for nails, products by ProNails are used to ensure the best possible care for your nails.





There is also plenty of room to relax in the chill out area which is tastefully decorated in a minimalist style that further helps your senses to relax.



I look forward to experiencing the spa soon and see what they have to offer, watch this space!

Photography by Noel Fenech