Summer is just around the corner (FINALLY!) and I honestly can't wait. After the last couple of weeks spent at home studying for my university exams, there's nothing I'm craving more than a good day at the beach with a cocktail in my hand! So, today I thought I would let you in on some of my personal must haves for this time of the year. Adore Me have approached me and asked me to join in on their #BeachDayMusts project to hopefully give you some inspiration for the upcoming beach season.
First of all, I can't mention beach must haves, without mentioning bikinis. Personally, this is one of the things I struggle with the most when preparing for summer. Being a bit heavy-busted, it's not always the easiest thing to manage to find a bikini which sits in all the right places and doesn't reveal too much. BUT, after a lot of roaming around I managed to find the perfect one! With swimwear, my style tends to be very classy and simple so I decided to go with the black two-piece as shown in the picture above. It includes an underwired twist bandeau style top and tie-side bikini bottoms. I think it's going to look really nice with a tan! If you're still looking for yours, I would suggest heading over to Adore Me's Instagram for more inspiration and check out their site for a wide variety of pieces ranging from petite to plus sizes.
The next must have is sunscreen! Everyone knows how damaging the sun can be so as much as possible, I always try to protect against it. For my face my go to product is the Vichy Ideal Soleil Face BB Tinted Velvety Cream SPF50. This is a tinted water resistant sunscreen product which is perfect for enhancing and evening out my skin tone. For the rest of the body then I use the Vichy Ideal Soleil Invisible Hydrating Mist SPF50, a hydrating spray which dries in seconds, leaving an invisible finish on the skin.
If like me, you are a bit of a makeup fanatic and would like to use a little extra something on your face to make you look more awake, I would definitely suggest investing in a good waterproof mascara. Currently I'm trying out the Max Factor Masterpiece Waterproof Mascara and I'm loving it! It separates and gives great definition to my lashes. If you want to take a step further and use eyeliner as well, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner is still my favourite by far. This will stay put on for hours and it's so easy to use with its thin marker-like tip.
Sunglasses are another big requirement for me. I usually just chuck a pair in my bag and get out the door (got the ones shown in the picture from Polaroid about a month ago.) And of course, my phone battery extender to boost my phone's battery life when I'm not home. You never know when an Instagram worthy photo might me needed!
That's it! What are some of your must-have items for the summer? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time,
P.S. This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own.
Some people might think that wearing makeup everyday is too much, and I can understand that to a degree. Personally, I think you should do whatever makes you happy and more confident and if that means putting on some concealer and mascara, I say go for it! Talking about myself, I like to put on makeup only if I'm going somewhere where I think it'd be nice to look a bit more put together, so when I'm at home I don't bother doing anything. But to each, their own!
If I do feel like making an effort for everyday use, I tend to put a pump of the Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer on my hand and then spread that across my face using my fingers. After that, I reach for my beloved MaxFactor Face Finity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 Foundation. I've been using this foundation for more than a year now and it's definitely the best drugstore foundation that I have come across so far. So much so, that I own this in two shades: Golden and Bronze, depending on the season. Then I love to take my Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer and apply that right underneath my eyes, as well as on the bridge of my nose to highlight and give a bit more dimension to my face.
To make sure that my face is set and it will HOPEFULLY stay on all day, I like to set it using the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent. I then apply a tiny bit of bronzer to add some warmth to my face. I'm currently loving the Bourjouis Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder, for a more subtle and natural look. To finish off my face, if I have the time, I might even use my MAC blush in Margin, a peach toned blush with very subtle golden shimmer which gives you a very natural glow.
I usually never have time to put anything on my eyes except for mascara (at the moment I'm using L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara), but when I do, I like to use one of the Maybelline New York Color Tattoo 24hr Gel Cream Eyeshadows as they're so easy and quick to apply with your fingers. I then take a blending brush and just blend the edges. My most used ones are On and On Bronze and Pink Gold. To finish off, I put on NYX Butter Gloss in Angel Food Cake on my lips and I run out the door!
That's it! What about you? Do you wear makeup everyday? And if you do, what are some of your mostly used products? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time,
First of all, I apologize for not posting last week but I needed some time off for myself and to spend with family during the Easter break. But, today to make up for that, I thought I could talk to you about the latest eyeshadow palette to join my collection (as if I need anymore!) I do think I'm quite late with this one as I believe it was first released back in November of 2015, but I still thought I would share my opinion about it so far, just in case you're still interested in getting it.
Gwen Stefani collaborated with Urban Decay on this palette to design one that would have all of her must-have shadows. To be honest with you, when I first heard about this, I imagined that this would include a lot of vibrant colourful shadows which I'm too scared to experiment with. However, to my delight I saw that most of the shades were neutrals (definitely up my street!). I love all my Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes, in fact they're among my favourites! So, when I ordered this one from FeelUnique I hoped that it would not disappoint. And, it definitely didn't!
The shades include:
Personally, I love the choice of matte and shimmery neutrals (obviously!) but surprisingly I also love the two colourful shades (Danger and 1987) as they have urged me to experiment slightly more with vibrant colours. I have tried both on my lower lash line and they've added such a nice little touch of edge to my looks. The shades are all insanely pigmented, very soft and blendable and the amount of different looks that you can create with this is unbelievable. The detail on the packaging is also so beautiful and well thought out!
This has become one of my all time favourite eyeshadow palettes! It's great for everyday, yet it can still be used for more smokey looks for a good night out! Would I recommend it? Definitely! If I had to recommend only one palette from Urban Decay, it would probably be this one! I think that it is worth the money (and also the hype).
Until next time,
There has been a lot of hype recently about Kylie Cosmetics! If you don't know what I'm talking about (where have you been?!), it's Kylie Jenner's company which is taking the world by storm. I managed to order mine on her website on the 7th of March and believe me it wasn't the easiest thing to do. Knowing that hundreds of her fans would be refreshing her page like crazy when they launched gave me anxiety but somehow with trembling fingers I quickly put in my details and managed to get my hands on Posie K, the shade I had been wanting the most. At one point, I thought of refreshing the page myself because the processing took a while and I thought I had lost my chance but thank God I didn't because apparently anyone who did that was notified that the product was out of stock, missing their chances by just seconds.
Anyway, enough with the chit chat! Let's get to the actual product! So.... when you order a Lip Kit, you will get a matte liquid lipstick as well as a pencil lip liner. One retails for $29 USD, making the price quite reasonable in my opinion, considering you're getting 2 products. First things first, I loove the packaging! I had seen so many pictures on Instagram and Twitter that I knew what to expect, but I still loved it ... very sleek and neat.
Posie K is described as a dusty, mauve pink. The colour is absolutely stunning and I think that it would suit a wide variety of skin tones. It would also look good with pretty much every eye look imaginable, even though I do prefer to match it with a cooler-toned look personally. It would also look pretty. The lip liner has the best formula I've probably ever tried, it glided so smoothly on my lips and it was in no way drying. I would probably even consider wearing it on its own.
As for the liquid lipstick, initially the high pigmentation and comfortable feeling really won me over. When I first swatched it on my hand, I tried washing my hands three times and it still wasn't going anywhere. I had to use an oil based makeup remover which I guess really says something about its lasting power. The product dries to a matte finish in a matter of seconds. I tried it out for a full day to test it out and for the first 2 hours I was completely in love with it. However as more hours went by, it did get more drying, sucking the moisture out of my lips and making every last crack ever so visible. I do have VERY dry lips though so I guess that could have something to do with it. Since the lasting power is so good, I tried putting a lip balm directly over it and that seemed to help loads, making my lips look much better. Also, if you like vanilla scents you will love this! I'm a sucker for a good scented product.
Overall, I'm still super satisfied with my purchase and definitely think it's worth the price. Are they worth the hype? Definitely! The pigmentation and the staying power were enough to convince me. As for the dryness, I haven't yet found a matte liquid lipstick which didn't end up drying my lips by the end of the day, so make sure you're equipped with lip balm and you're good to go! Also, don't try getting these off ebay - they are sold at ridiculously high prices (so not worth it.) I would suggest just keeping your eyes out for a restock as they ship worldwide.
So, have you tried any Kylie Lip kits? What do you think of them? If not, are you interested in any of the shades?
Until next time,
P.S. Make sure you enter my giveaway! Post below 👇👇
Hey Guys! It's my birthday today :) I've been having some people reach out to me regarding my previous post on the giveaway as they were having problems entering with the Rafflecopter widget. So I decided to change the rules slightly and make it a bit easier for you to enter. This time I will be checking that you have followed the rules personally, and I will then add you manually in a random name picker website and the winner will be chosen randomly. The winner will then be contacted within 48 hours! Hopefully this will give everyone a fair chance of winning :)
Purpose of this giveaway
In the last month, the amount of views and unique visitors I had on my blog were a bit unbelievable and we've also reached 200 likes on Facebook in less than week! I honestly still can't quite comprehend how all this happened, and I'm not sure I even deserve the amount of support and love I have received from the blogging community. So, I thought I could thank you, by hosting my first giveaway!
Unfortunately, it is not a worldwide giveaway, so only enter if you reside in any of these countries in the EU or else another winner will have to be selected:
ALBANIA , ANDORRA, ARMENIA, AUSTRIA, AZERBAIJAN, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF BELARUS, BELGIUM, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA, BULGARIA, CROATIA, CYPRUS, CZECH REPUBLIC, DENMARK, ESTONIA, FINLAND, FRANCE, GEORGIA, GERMANY, GREECE, HUNGARY, ICELAND, IRELAND, ITALY, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, LUXEMBOURG, MACEDONIA, MALTA, MOLDOVA, MONACO, NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, POLAND, PORTUGAL, ROMANIA, SAN MARINO, SERBIA REPUBLIC, SLOVAKIA, SLOVENIA, SPAIN, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, TURKEY, UKRAINE, UNITED KINGDOM.
If you enter, you're still in the chance of winning a new MAC Mehr Matte Liptick! I chose this shade as I think that it can suit a wide variety of skin tones, and more importantly it's one of my favourites!
To participate, the NEW rules are:
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Competition ends on the 2nd of April 2016!
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When I first started experimenting with makeup, the only tools I used to apply it with were my fingers. But, I believe I've come a long way since then and although I've accumulated quite a few different brushes over the years, I always seem to gravitate towards some particular ones. I do think, that even if you have the world's best makeup products, you will not achieve good results unless you have the right tools. That being said, I don't think that you need to invest hundred of dollars to get some good quality brushes. Nowadays, at the drugstore you can easily come across brushes which are of the same quality as higher ended brands, if not better! So, today I thought I would share my absolute must-have brushes and the ones I use the most.
Foundation - Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge - OK, so I know that this is not technically a brush but I couldn't neglect it. Since I've discovered this, I haven't looked back and if you have followed my previous blog posts, you would have noticed that I have mentioned it a few times. I can't really compare it with the BeautyBlender as I have yet to try the latter, however I do believe that it gives a very flawless-looking streak-free finish. I love its shape! The flat edge makes the application so easy and the pointed end is great for getting right under the eyes (especially when applying concealer). Make sure to always use it when it's damp and be aware that it might soak up some foundation. I own 3 of these and I'm constantly wanting to buy more!
Powder - Real Techniques Powder Brush - Again, Real Techniques have really nailed it on the head with this brush. It is very dense, soft and fluffy. I love it for both pressed and loose powders. Some people may argue that it is slightly too big however I think that because of this feature, it makes it less likely to pack on a lot of product and therefore end up with cakiness all over your face. It distributes the product very evenly and it blends beautifully. Apart from powder, it's also great with bronzer to give a bit more warmth to the face.
Contour - Real Techniques Sculpting Brush - By now, I think you've realized that I love RealTechniques brushes as they are such good quality for a very affordable price. I've tried quite a few different brushes for contouring but this one makes it super easy. It has a very flat, wide head which is great when wanting to further add definition or depth to your face.
Blush - You guessed it! - Real Techniques Blush Brush (haha!) - This has got a very tapered cut while still being very soft and dense which makes it ideal for giving you control over the amount of blush you want to apply to your cheeks. It gives a very airbrushed finish as it blends amazingly well. You can also use this to highlight or else to bronze up the face, however personally I like to keep it specifically for blush.
All-over the lid brush - Sigma E54 Brush Medium Sweeper - This has a very dense wide head which makes it ideal for controlled lid application. The bristles are very soft which is a must for the delicate eye area. When I don't feel that I achieved the required intensity of a shadow, I find it best to apply with my fingers (more specifically, my index finger). Sometimes this provides you with a much better pigmentation result.
Blending brush - Sigma E25 Brush - I own 3 of these! No wonder this is one of Sigma's top seller products. My preferred use for this is for the application of transition shades in the crease, to buff out any harsh lines in the crease to make the look look further blended or else to further build up colour in the crease. It is basically a very good dupe for MAC's 217 brush which I use for basically the same reasons. I actually prefer the Sigma E25 brush over the MAC one in terms of durability.
Sigma E40 - This is another favourite. It is very soft and fluffy and I mostly make use of it by sweeping it back and forth through the crease for a very diffused look. This is a great brush for beginners and experts alike and I would recommend this to anyone who is on the hunt for a good quality eyeshadow blending brush.
Sigma E45 - I almost forget to mention this one (oops!) yet its still a must have in my collection. It's quite small and tapered with a pointed tip, making it absolutely perfect for application of more intense colours in the crease as it gives a lot of control in regards to product placement.
Have you ever tried any of these brushes? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time,
*This post is not sponsored.
I guess you're going to get two posts today from me as the sweet Jacqueline Gikow from Audacious-Aging.NYC® nominated my blog Beauty In Your Eyes for a Liebster Award. I would really like to thank her for her nomination! I'm so thankful for all that I have achieved with this blog, all the support that my readers have given me throughout this past year. I honestly never expected so much love from the blogging community.
So, what is the Liebster Award?
It’s an award given to new and up and coming bloggers with small followings (generally less than 200). It helps new bloggers connect with each other, and find each other. In German, Liebster means Dearest or loving! It honestly means so much to me to even be recognized by other bloggers.
The rules for the Liebster Award are:
I will now answer the questions which were asked by Jacqueline Gikow of Audacious-Aging.NYC®:
1. What do you splurge on?
Well, I think this one is pretty obvious! Makeup!
2. What gives you joy?
Seeing my closest family and friends happy.
3. What is the country that you live in?
Malta - small island just under Sicily.
4. What is your creative outlet?
I guess it's my blog!
5. What is your hobby?
Testing out new beauty products.
6. What is your favorite color?
7. What is your least favorite food?
8. What is your favorite song today?
Lukas Graham - 7 years.
9. What movie could you watch over and over?
The Theory of Everything.
10. What topic are you passionate about?
Beauty. My passion for it resulted in this blog!
11. Do you write your blog for fun or business?
Definitely for fun!
Another week... another blog post. Hope you've had a great one! I'm preparing a special something for you to thank you for your constant support... I'll tell you all about it in about two and a half week's time (so excited!) But, for today I thought I'd give you my top 4 favourite concealers of all time. Concealer is probably my most worn make up item, so I have went through quite a lot of different brands but somehow I managed to narrow it down...
1. Urban Decay Naked skin Weightless Complete Coverage concealer - €23.10 / £17.50. I had already mentioned this beloved product in my 2015 favourites so obviously I also had to include it in my top 4. It is definitely my most reached for concealer and I run out of it so fast. In my opinion, it only gives a light to medium coverage but Urban Decay did so well with the formula of it. Like the name says, it is weightless, it doesn't cake at all and it doesn't settle into any fine lines. I love to use this one mostly for highlighting my undereyes, bridge of the nose and cupid's bow. Just a tip: when you want to highlight these areas always go for a shade lighter than your actual skin tone.
2. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer - €19.20 / £17.50. Whenever I have really dark bad circles, this is my go to product. It's also great to cover any blemishes or scarring as it is very full coverage. The thing that annoys me slightly about this is that since it is so high coverage, you can easily overdo it, making it look very unnatural. The pump tends to dispense a bit too much product and I feel so bad wasting any of it, especially since it isn't very cheap. Lately however, I've found that placing some on my hand and then dabbing the RealTechniques Miracle Complexion Sponge in it and placing it on the desired areas is so much better than directly applying it on my face and then blending it with the sponge. It makes it look much less cakey and it doesn't crease.
3. Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer - €7.25 / £5.49. The formula of this is very thin and liquidy so if you have dark undereyes I would not say it's worth trying as it only gives light to medium coverage. But at the same time, it makes it very easy to blend. Because of its brightening effect, I would suggest to just use this for undereyes rather than blemishes. Its doe foot applicator is very good for applying product especially when considering that this is a drugstore brand. I would recommend setting it with a powder to make it last longer. I love to use this for days when I only feel like wearing very minimal makeup.
4. Make Up Studio Concealer - €11.90 / £10.95 - This is the concealer I use whenever I want to cover any scarring, blemishes, redness or discolouration as it's got medium to high coverage. It is very creamy and I find that it applies best with my fingertips. It has also got great lasting power. This brand is still not very widely known but I've always loved their products so far. It is a company based in Amsterdam however it does have various stores around the world. This is their UK website in case you're interested about this brand: https://www.make-upstudio.co.uk.
Do you have any other favourite concealers? I'd love to try them so please leave any suggestions down below!
Until next time,
*This blog post is not sponsored.
I've spent a few months deliberating on which MAC eyeshadows I should get and after a lot of research, watching youtube reviews and looking at different swatches I've finally completely filled up my large Pro Palette. I've been trying out the shadows for a few weeks and I honestly love every single one! To some people, it may look like a palette with very similar shadows mostly comprising of browns, neutrals and a hint of purple. But, these are the colours I tend to reach for most often and I wanted to invest in shadows I would actually use.
To round it all off, I would say that I'm very satisfied with the shades I chose and this palette is quickly becoming one of my favourites as it has got all of my go-to shades. There are numerous looks I can create with this customized palette and I'm sure it will get a lot of love during these next couple of weeks.
Do you own any MAC eyeshadows? What are your favourites? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time,
21 year old beauty blogger and University student. I've always loved makeup and anything beauty related so I've decided to share my passion through this blog.