Monday, June 13, 2016

Elemis Launch and Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm Review

Elemis is : 

"A luxury British skincare and spa brand that delivers pioneering clinically trialed therapies and products for face and body"

A while back I was cordially invited to the newly launched brand - Elemis. Elemis is a combination of powerful natural ingredients and cutting-edge technology together with proven clinical trials to produce the most influential anti-aging skincare products.

(photos by Noel Fenech - Check out Elemis Facebook Page)

Whilst enjoying a really relaxing hand scrub and massage (and a glass of prosecco haha) I was talked through the vast array of products offered by Elemis.

One of the products which I got to take home with me is the Elemis Pro Collagen Balm. Here is my review on the product.

"This powerful, deep cleansing balm dissolves make-up, daily grime and pollutants. Luxurious Rose and Mimosa waxes are infused with nourishing Elderberry, Starflower and Optimega™ oils and supercharged with anti-ageing algae, Padina Pavonica.
Skin is intensely cleansed, nourished and renewed for a glowing complexion.


Warm into the palms and then massage over the face, neck and décolleté with light circular massage movements. Moisten fingertips and continue to massage.
Remove with a warm, damp cotton cleansing cloth. For an intensely nourishing treatment, you can also use this product as a facial mask.
Apply a teaspoon size amount to the face, neck and décolleté massaging gently with fingertips. Relax for 10 minutes, then hold a warm, damp cleansing cloth over the skin, practise abdominal breathing and inhale the sensorial aroma.
Gently wipe away. For maximum absorption and deep cleansing enjoy whilst in a warm bath.
Balm may melt when warm but re-sets perfectly when cooled. Avoid contact with eyes.


This is an exceptional, multi-functional product. Perfect to use on a daily basis as a deep cleansing balm or weekly as a nourishing facial mask."
To be honest with you this product scared me a bit as it is a balm made up with a bunch of oils and I have quite combination to oily skin so I wasn't thinking that this might actually work out for me.
And let me tell you, it just works perfectly! Not only it removes all the gunk that there is on the face but it does so without leaving the skin dry or anything. On the contrary, I find my skin more hydrated and more radiant. 
As mentioned the product is made up of an array of oils which give the balm quite a fragrance. It is not overwhelming by any means, it just smells of spas and spa products which I find quite relaxing.
I do not really use it for removing makeup as I use other products for that. But I have been using this day and night and if you have never tried anything from Elemis, try this one!
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

MAC Waterweight SPF30 Foundation

MAC is a great brand, I have lots of favourites from the brand and this foundation which is quite a new addition to my collection has started to be an everyday thing.
Summer is coming up and I am somewhat picky with foundations (well I am always picky with foundations). I don't look for full on coverage, unless I have blemishes or so. Because, it will melt nonetheless, and it will get messy. So, back to this foundation.
This foundation has SPF 30 in it, which is not something I look for in a foundation. 

It is a light to maybe medium coverage and it is perfect for those days where you just need a wash of colour to even out your skin tone. And this foundation is perfect! It is that perfect foundation for everyday use. It comes with a dropper kind of applicator which is fine in a way. I mean I prefer the pump applicator but I don't mind it. I would typically use 4 drops depending on the coverage you want as it is quite a buildable foundation. 

It has no fragrance to it and it sits very comfortable on the skin. It lasts a very longtime without looking cakey or too oily on the face. Having said that, this foundation is not a matte foundation and not a dewy foundation. However, it is oil free so it didn't get too shiny on me baring in mind that my skin type is somewhat on the oily side.
It is a very fuss free foundation which just needs to be shaken well before and can be used with a dampened Beauty Blender or with a foundation brush.
I really suggest you trying this foundation out, at one of our local MAC stores in Sliema (if you are from Malta) or any store around the world.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

DÉSIRÉE Exclusive Art on Shoes Exhibition - Malta Fashion Week 2016

The Malta Fashion Week has reached its end during the weekend, and I couldn't not write about the exhibitions happening during the same week. One of them was the collection by Desiree.
Apart from being an interior designer Desiree is also an artist. However, it is somewhat of a unique art in the sense that she does personalised shoes. She hand paints designs on shoes. Desiree takes each pair of shoe as a unique pair as she analyses the shape of the shoe, the style and most importantly the personality of the man or woman whom the shoes belong to. It's as if each shoe represents a new canvas. Having said that. all designs are unique and are designed using high quality paints.
Check out some of her work featured during Malta Fashion Week.
(Photos by Goro Photography)


Saturday, May 21, 2016

MFW 2016 Day 7 - Insomnia by Nilara

This year's collection from Nilara was entitled Insomnia. A name which suggested exciting and mysterious things. And this collection was just that. It portrays the realms of imagination and bears the hallmark of Nilay Camilleri's aspiration of a woman's sensuality through her extraordinary vision of the female form. She takes the cutting edge of avant garde fashion onto a whole new level by challenging the conventional and traditional idea of the evening gown.

This collection was d
efinitely not for the faint hearted. Using real leather, delicate French lace and feathery organza, each gown is a masterpiece in its own right, crafted to the highest of specifications while managing to provoke the imagination.

"While the undesirable state of insomnia invokes to mind sleepless nights, this collection does away with fragility and leads to a woman for whom strength is a way of life. With Nilara’s signature attention to detail, the sumptuous forms, the intricate beadwork and the artistry with which each creation is concocted, Insomnia represents what every woman would wear in her wildest dreams. Glamour comes in an array of shapes and forms, but Nilara’s Insomnia collection will remain unprecedented and unparalleled in the collective imagination of those with a discerning eye for avant-garde fashion." Malta Fashion Week and Fashion Awards


MFW 2016 Day 7 - Gagliardi Spring/Summer 16 Collection

The Last day of Malta Fashion Week commenced by the Gagliardi Spring Summer 2016 Collection.
I'll be frank with you. But this is one of the most anticipated shows (you will understand why). Jokes aside.
Gagliardi has a timeless appeal style with a distinctive Mediterranean flair also rich in colours. It is made up of on-trend cuts, seasonal shades and varied textures, with a somewhat of an old-fashioned approach when it comes to quality and craftsmanship and the use of luxurious fabrics. 
This collection is inspired by the Mediterranean summer and it also Maltese culture history with a distinct nautical taste. It is also inspired from the Maltese Baroque architecture through a mixture of blue, white, creams and reds with fabrics such as pure wool, cotton and linen which are reminiscent of the limestone typical of the Maltese islands.

'"The evening-wear range integrates new double breasted and lower front waistcoats, as well as the new notch peak lapel. The classic peak lapel, however, remains a mainstay as does the double breasted cut which features a one button shawl collar jacket. The latter is available in black linen silk for a luxurious, high summer formal look. Inner linings are rich and vibrant, in colours influenced by Mattia Preti’s timeless art pieces."

"Whether at work or play, the Gagliardi man is sure to exude charm and elegance to even the most mundane of his daily experiences this Spring / Summer"

(Photos by Neil Psaila)

Do not forget to check out Gagliardi