Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub

Saturday 30 June 2012

Once or twice a week I like to give my lips a good exfoliate. To keep dry lips under control with all this air con at the moment and to keep them looking plump.

I had a friend pick this up for me on her recent trip to London. I picked it straight off the website so I wasn't too sure what to except.

This stuff is amazing. Not only is it edible, it really does work wonders. My lips look so plump after using this stuff, I can't get enough of it at the moment.

 Bubblegum lip scrub comes in a small 25g jar, as per the name its bubblegum scented/flavour.

I simply just pop a little bit on my finger and massage in circular motions on and around my lips.
Next you can either lick it off, but I prefer to wash my off.
Voila! super soft and plump lips.

This cost £4.95 and is available in store or online - here

What's your favourite lip scrub?

Clinique Chubby - Whole Lotta Honey

Tuesday 26 June 2012

(Chubby stick appears a lot darker in the 2nd photo for some reason, the 1st is more true.)

Since the Clinique Chubby sticks came out a while ago I've been dying to try them out.
Lucky for me my friend called at duty free and asked if I wanted anything? I couldn't say no.

So I got Whole Lotta Honey, there is a few other shades I want to try but I thought this was a safe bet.

Whole lotta honey is a browny-pink lip colour, yet still neutral.
It glides on like an extremely moisturising lipsticks and leaves your lips soft.

The pigmentation i'd give a 7/10, but I wouldn't expect it to be a full colour as Clinique do describe it as a lip balm.
It gives just the right amount of colour without making you too made up.

Overall I'm loving the chubby sticks, I think my next on will be Whoopin' Watermelon!

I bought this from Duty free for £13.50, but it's available online from for £15

What's your favourite shade?

Top 5 ebay beauty items for under £1

Monday 25 June 2012

I'm not sure if you're like me but I love looking for bargains on Ebay, some of it is ridiculous, some of it actually quite handy. Whenever I need something, but don't want to pay a lot of money my first port of call is always Ebay. Many of times have I bought items at 99p and it does the job just as well as more expensive items in shops.

So I've put together my top 5 Ebay beauty items for under £1!

1. Beauty Blender Sponge
2. Magic Tape (to hold you hair out your face)
3. False eyelash applicator tool
4. False eyelashes - Review here
5.Eyebrow stencils - for the perfect even shape

What's your favourite ebay beauty bargain?

She Said Beauty Box - June 2012 + Discount

I've been a loyal subscriber to Glossybox for over a year now, but I stumbled across a great discount for She Said Beauty box and I couldn't resist. I signed up for 3 months (3 boxes and Junes box was my first one to arrive).

I was pleasantly surprised by the contents and I'm more than happy with my box. I received 6 products:
1x Yardly, Royal Diamon Eau de toilette
1x Ginvera BB cream sample
1x Let's Go False eyelashes
1x Balance me Hand cream
1x Elemis Spa @ home - bath soak
1x St. Tropez Gradual tan

She Said Beauty, currently have a special offer on, up to 35% OFF that finishes on 30th of July.

3 Month subscription 15% off Code AFFSSB15OFF 
 6 Month subscription 25% off code AFFSSB25OFF
 12 Month subscription 35% off code AFFSSB35OFF


What's your favourite beauty box?

NB* Boxes are not shipped directly to Malta, I have someone post them over to me or I collect them when I'm in the UK.

Nars Turkish Delight Lipgloss Review

Sunday 24 June 2012

NARS Turkish delight is well known to be Kim Kardashians favourite lipgloss, so it can't be all bad, right?

The packaging is what you could expect from a higher end brands.
I personally love plain black packaging (similar to MAC).
The lipgloss itself comes in a frosted plastic tube, with a doe foot applicator.

Turkish delight a lovely marshmallow pink colour.
3/10 for pigmentation, but I expect this from a lipgloss.
It isn't overly glossy the finish but gives a lovely muted finish to the lips.

Light weight and creamy without being sticky

Like most lipglosses this won't stay put all day so you'll need to pop it in your handbag.
Expect to to top up every hour or so to keep looking you best.

Available from all NARS cosmetic counters or their online store - here

What's your favourite NARS lipgloss?

Becca Beach Tint - Water melon

Wednesday 20 June 2012

A few months ago I received this Becca Beach Tint in Water Melon in my glossybox, and have only now got round to trying it out. I can't believe I've waited this long. I love this stuff!

It's described as a water resistant colour for cheeks and lips. 

So I placed this in my must try pile on Sunday and I haven't used anything else since.
The bottle is only 7ml but you only need the tiniest bit, and I mean tiny. The swatch below would be more than enough to do both cheeks and my lips!
(This photo doesn't do it justice as I'd accidentally put too much on here!)

I love how this is a multi-product this is my new must have in my handbag and beach bag.
It gives you a lovely flush of colour on your lips and cheeks without looking too made up.

If you're looking for a multi-product this summer, I can't recommend this enough.
I'll definitely be trying out more shades.

Becca Beach Tint in Water Melon is available from Amazon for £15.60 - LINK (*ships to Malta also)

Have you tried an Becca products?

Nail Polish/Art Display Stand

Monday 18 June 2012

Unless you're super organised, you probably have a pile of nail polishes in either an old glossybox or stuffed in a drawer somewhere? As much as I'd love to have a wall rack I just don't have the space (plus our place is rented so we can't really put stuff on the walls)

Anyway, I bought this little Nail display stand a while ago from Ebay 

Now I need another one, as this only has space for 32 sticks!

It's not exactly what I had In mind, but it does the trick and I just look at this when I have a colour in mind before I buy a dupe! (I've just bought a small acrylic rack, which I'll do a post on when it arrives)

To be honest, this has to be the best £3.96 I have spent, because I had so much fun sitting watching tv and painting each of these.

I bought this for £2.96(+£1 p&p) from Ebay.

How do you organise your nail polish?

Versatile Blogger Award

Thursday 14 June 2012

A few days ago I was tagged by the lovely Sica over at PurelyEnvy for the versatile blogger award.
I know there is mixed feelings about doing these types of posts but it's my first and I thought it can't hurt to share a little bit more about myself.

For the award, you post 7 random facts about yourself, and then nominate 15 more people.
I'm going to nominate all of you, you can send me your links or posts in the comments. I'd love to more about the people who read my blog :)

Random fact #1 
I am an only child. So is my boyfriend, so if we ever have kids they won't have any aunties, uncles or cousins!

Random fact #2
I am a vegetarian. I have been for over a year and a half.

Random fact #3
I don't drink alcohol. This is the one that shocks people the most.
I used to, and quite a fair bit. But over the last 2 years I've had no desire.

Random fact #4
I've lived in 3 different countries.

Random fact #5
I'm still really good friends with the girl I met on my first day of primary school.
That's over 20 years!

Random fact #6
I'm an utter geek. I love everything to do with computers and the internet
I'll spend hours learning how to do things. I also keep buying domain names.

Random fact #7
I'd love to own my own business by the time i'm 30.

Zara Shopper bag dupe

A few weeks ago I posted about some Ebay Dupes I found and I mentioned I'd ordered the Zara Shopper Bag Dupe...well it finally arrived...

For a fraction of the price at only £13.99 (+ £5.99 P&P), I really can't complain.
I ordered this Shopper bag from this seller on ebay - link
and it arrived in Malta within 2 weeks, which I was surprised about as they normally take quite long from Hong Kong.

The bag is good quality and has a separate compartment inside which is detachable. The shoulder strap is also detachable. The inside and lining is nothing to rave about, but who's looking in there?

The seller has some really nice pieces and I'll more than likely be buying from them again as I was so impressed. The bag even came in a dust bag!

Happy Shopping!

How to spot fake cosmetics - MAC Lipsticks

Tuesday 12 June 2012

**Update** A few hours after writing this post stopped selling fake MAC cosmetics. A big thank you everyone for the support. 

Hi all. I wanted to write more of serious post today and that's about fake cosmetics. You'll find countless of fakes on ebay, some easy to spot - some not so much. The thing that annoys me the most is that by buying fake cosmetics not only are you funding these fraudsters, you don't know what you're putting on your skin. There's no way to know if these have been tested!

Anyway I recently came across a website here in Malta. , saying they are selling MAC cosmetics. While I never used the website before, I thought with over 5,000 facebook fans it can't be all bad (especially for a small island). So I ordered a lipstick to see for myself. This was priced at 13.50 Euros, and I received a 15% discount, so it was around 11 Euros I paid. My package arrived within 3 days. But when I got home, I checked the product against my others as I thought it was too good to be true to finally sell MAC in Malta.

So here is a comparison. (1 of them is fake)

They all look pretty much the same right? These fakes are good, the packaging it 100% double even down the logo.

But let's take a closer look.

Looking at the bottom, it's starting to become clearer. (1st on the left is fake). Notice the different size of text and how the label is a different colour?

Now onto the actual lipstick

On the left is the fake.  Notice the difference in height. (the lipstick on to right has only been use once or twice)
Also can you see how the surface on the fake is like a mirror! And for those with an extra keen eye, you'll notice the real (right) is slight thicker as well.

Last but not least, the thing that confirmed this for me was the smell. 
All Mac lipsticks have a subtle vanilla smell, right this lipstick smells like cheap plastic/plasticine!

So I emailed the company to make them aware these products were fake. And they denied that they were fake and assured me they were 100% real. I stood my ground and pointed out my reasons. Whether they knew or not I'm not sure.

They offered me a refund, but that's not what I was looking for - it was about right and wrong. What if someone has an allergic reaction! At the time of writing this  are STILL selling Mac cosmetics and people are getting excited because there's now "MAC in Malta".

I have contacted MAC and they will deliver to Malta. Yes it's expensive (£18), but you can't put a price on your face and having a bad reaction to this. If any Malta bloggers/and or readers would like to purchase Mac i'd be more than happy to split the shipping costs. The more the merrier...the cheaper the shipping.

Anyway, please because when ordering cosmetics that seem too good to be true and spread the word about this site. I'd hate see someone wasting their hard earned cash on fakes.

**Update** A few hours after writing this post stopped selling fake MAC cosmetics. A big thank you everyone for the support. 

False Eyelashes - under £1

Thursday 7 June 2012

In todays FOTD I was wearing my faithful Ebay Eyelashes. I've tried lots of brands, but I always have some ebay eyelashes on hand. And for 10 pairs under £1, I can't complain either. 
They aren't the best eyelashes in the world, but they do look good, espeically for less then 10p a set!

They come with little tabs at each side which you need to trim down, I trim a little more down to fit my eye. A good tip with these eyelashes is to bend them round your finger for a few seconds to give them more of curve, which helps them sit better on your eyes.

I bought them from this seller -link for just 99pm (Free shipping)

Face of the day

Guerlain Parure Extreme (review)
MAC mineralize skin finish
MAC matte Bronzer
Nars Hungry Heart
Nars Desire (See post)

NYX Jumbo eye pencils Milk/Pots & Pans/Black bean ( see previous post)
Bourjois Eyepencil
Ebay lashes (available here)
Body Shop Eyebrow pencil

MAC - Girl about town

Hope you all have a great day!

Guerlain Parure Extreme - beige clair 02 Review

Tuesday 5 June 2012

I have been looking for my perfect foundation for a long time, I've tried everything from MAC to E.L.F and everything else in between.

I mean how difficult is it to find a matte foundation with a full coverage? Nothing I've tried in the past quite covers everything up.
They say you shouldn't change what you have, but I don't like my freckles! People without them think they are "cute", but i'm in my mid twenties, I don't want to look "cute"! I could go on about this forever but long story short...I don't like my freckle face!

Anyway, a few weeks ago I went shopping and gave in and asked a shop assistant for a recommendation.  She suggested I try this new amazing "Guerlain Parure Extreme", it's matte/waterproof/full coverage and even makes your bed in the morning!

Sounds like a dream right? Until she told me it was 50 Euros!
At this point I was in the awkward position of sounding cheap and asked if she maybe had something a little less expensive (which there wasn't of course!). But I was just deflated, and gave in.

I haven't used anything from the Guerlain brand before, but had heard good things and the colour was a pretty good match.

I've been using this foundation everyday for almost 3 weeks now, and I do actually love it. I'm now glad I bought it.

Formula & coverage
The formula is really light weight yet gives loads of coverage. 1 pump (as above) covers the whole of my freckle face so this bottle will really last a long time.It's not camouflage, but you can barely notice my freckles now. (Also contains SPF 25)

It has a lovely matte finish, leaving me looking healthy and glowing.

After 10 hours in office and lots of face rubbing from excel stress, I don't look as good as I did when I left the house, but not far from it. I'd be happy to go out straight from work with a little blusher touch up!

£35/ 49 is expensive for a foundation in my eyes, but if you're looking for that all singing all dancing, I'd at least recommend trying it out.

So how does it actually look? Well here you go:

Guerlain Parure Liquid Extreme is available online from (Free worldwide delivery)