Sunday, 31 December 2017

6 Winter Outfits

Hi everyone! Today's post brings us to the end of the festive season and all the fun giveaways and blogposts we had going on during December! I know it's sad, but we'll get through it! For those of you who follow me on Facebook and Instagram you might have noticed that these past six days I posted six different outfits in collaboration with Maria from Style Syco where we shared with you different outfits that you can wear for different occasions. Thank you to our sponsors: River Island, New Look & Tally Weijl.

In this post, I will be going in a bit more detail on how I styled the outfits and you'll also find a compilation of all six outfits. My hairstyle was done by my talented hairdresser Alicia from Opulence whilst the makeup was done by Ruth from Makeup by Ruth! The photos are all taken by the oh so talented photographer Maria Christina from MCMifsud Photography.

Outfit 1: Christmas Sweaters

I feel that these sweaters can be worn all year round not just during Christmas time! I love how comfy and warm they are and in my opinion they are perfect for a cosy night in! My Panda sweater is from New Look.

Outfit 2 - Graphic Tee

I have been a fan of these types of t-shirts for quite a while now and in my opinion you can dress up or dress down in so many different ways these graphic tees. I decided to dress up mine and I did that by tucking in slightly the t-shirt and paired it with a pair of black jeans, threw on a black leather jacket and my black heels! Graphic Tee is from River Island, Black Jeans is from New Look and Leather Jacket is from Tally Weijl.

Outfit 3 - Warm Colours

As soon I saw these two pieces at River Island I knew I had to get them. To be quite honest with you, I don't usually go for leather skirts and bright & fancy crop tops but since this was a photoshoot I decided to step outside my comfort zone and try something new! And man did I love this combo! I now own the skirt and I love wearing it on a night out or for dinner. I thought that the pop of colour from the red crop top made the outfit stand out and I loved how the different materials looked together!

Outfit 4 - Pretty in Pink

This outfit is so cute in my opinion! It's so simple yet it's so fab and stylish. All I did was pair this button up denim skirt which I got from New Look and paired with this ADORABLE velvet t-shirt which I got from Tally Weijl. 

Outfit 5 - Girl Power

This outfit is from head to toe River Island. Despite the fact that you have already seen these two pieces in the previous outfits, I decided to pair them together i.e. the graphic tee with the leather skirt because I thought it was another way of showing how you can dress up these kind of tees; with the right material and skirt & a pair of heels you can bring this graphic tee to life!

Outfit 6 - Welcoming 2018 in Style!

What better way to welcome a new year than with a stylish sparkly dress! I got this from New Look and I love it so much! It's so girly!!

Once again thanks to MCMifsud Photography for these beautiful photos, Alicia for the hair and Ruth for the makeup! Hope you liked this collab! If you want to read all about Maria's outfits you can do so here.

Makeup by Ruth at Makeup by Ruth

Hair by Alicia at Opulence

That's it from my end! Wishing you all the best for this new year and I hope that you enjoy the last couple of days of 2017 with your family, friends and loved ones - stay safe & I'll see you all in 2018!

Deborah X

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

What's in My Makeup Bag?

Being a makeup and beauty lover, friends and family members that know me; know that I LOVE makeup! This meant that this year I got a lot of gifts consisting of a makeup bags with beauty goodies inside of them (not complaining!). I use these makeup bags to store brushes and other products. Recently I have been using this makeup bag which I got from one of my best friends (thank you Julia!) and I have been carrying it with me. Basically, inside this makeup bag I store any of my makeup essentials - makeup products that I use everyday so that if I'm in a rush and need to do my makeup in a different room or in my car or at a friend's house, I can simply grab this makeup bag and I'm good to go! Obviously, I don't have any palettes in here as they don't fit but other than that I try and fit everything in here! Let's start taking a look at what's in there, shall we?!

The first two items that I will talk about are my foundation, concealer & pressed powder. For concealer you know I have been using this Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Concealer for a while now and I wouldn't change it for anything! However, I would like to try out new products so if you have any recommendations, both drugstore and high-end let me know in the comments below! For foundation I have been trying different ones but I've been recently obsessed with the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation. It's very light weight and it gives me full coverage plus it smells so good! For pressed powder foundation I have been using the Artdeco Sun Protection Powder Foundation. You can read all about it in my recent review right here. You can purchase all of Artdeco Cosmetics products from any of Brown's Pharmacies.

In my makeup bag I like to keep also my 3ina Lash Primer as well as two of my current favourite mascaras which would be the Maybelline Rocket Volume Mascara as well as my 3ina Ultra Volume Mascara. When I want to look extra-presentable and do that extra effort I like to wear my L'Oreal Superstar Liquid Eyeliner. The eyeliner stays on all day and it doesn't smudge at all!

For my brows I like to use the Rimmel Brow This Way Pomade because it's quick and I don't need to carry a brush with me!

For blush I like to keep the Maybelline Blush in Peach Pop. It's very natural and I love it for an everyday makeup look!

For my lips I like to keep natural lip colours and lip balm to use for everyday and that is why I have my Artdeco Lip Brilliance Lipgloss and my Maybelline Baby Lips in Dr.Rescue. 

I hope you enjoyed today's post and I'll talk to you very soon!

Until then..

Deborah X

Monday, 18 December 2017

My 2017 Recap

2018 is finally here and I still cannot get over the fact that another year has come and gone! Nonetheless, that will not make time go by slower. I saw this 2017 recap blogpost on one of my favourite youtuber/blogger's blog Tara Michelle and I thought it would be a great idea to do one myself to look back on all the lovely memories I made in 2017 and be grateful for all that I experienced. 

Disclaimer: This is in no way a form of bragging for the 'amazing year' that I had because I believe that everyone has their ups and downs throughout the year but posts like these help us realize how blessed and lucky we all are (in different ways obviously!). Let's go through my 2017 together!

1 - Vienna and Bratislava - February

Every year, our faculty at university organizes a business trip and in 2017 we went to Vienna. They also organize a day trip to nearby city and the chosen city was Bratislava in Slovakia! I had been to Vienna twice before (both times were a one day trip, one in July and one in March) but I had never been to Bratislava. I got to go with some of my bestest friends and I also made so many new friends - some of which are now my closest friends!

2 - Started learning Contemporary - March

For those of you who know me, know that I LOVE dancing. It's seriously one of my passions and I love it so much. Apart from learning Hip Hop, this year I really wanted to try out Contemporary and I have been looking for so many classes and finally I had the opportunity! Although I am not perfect at it and I still have a long way to go, I'm still loving it so much and I am learning so much from it - not only techniques but so many other things such as how to address your emotions through a passionate form of dancing.

3 - Attending Malta Fashion Week 2017 as a blogger - May

This year I was lucky and blessed enough to be able to attend the Malta Fashion Week! Although I could only attend once due to having exams like five days after it was still such an amazing experience. I got to meet a lot of photographers, bloggers and designers and it was a learning experience too!

Photography by Neil Psaila

Dress from Chante
Blogposts related to Malta Fashion Week: Outfit of the Night, Day 5 Fashion Week Overview

4 - I turned 20! - May

Yep, teenage years are officially over haha! Although I seriously cannot accept the fact that I am now a 20 year old (I know I am over-reacting but I mean come on, I'm no longer a teen!), it's at times like these when I realize how truly blessed I am to be surrounded with such an amazing family and friends! I had celebrated my birthday twice; first by having a tea party and then later on after the exams I had a joined birthday party with my best friend Ilona!

5 - Wales and Coldplay Concert - July

2017 was truly the year of travel with four trips in a year. I'm hoping for an even better 2018 - I just love travelling so much! This trip was such a fun trip. I went to a Coldplay concert with my parents in Cardiff which was one of the best concerts I've ever been to plus I got to visit so many cities that I've never visited before (despite the fact that I visited U.K. multiple times) such as Llandudno, Cardiff, Bristol, Bath and Wells.

6 - Madrid and Maluma Concert - September

Madrid was another city that I visited for the first time and I visited this lovely city with one of my best friends - and thank god for her! She knows how to speak Spanish really well and if it wasn't for her I don't know how we could have communicated. We went to so many different places and we had a jam-packed four days full of fun activities. I had posted my Lookbook for this trip if you want to check it out here. Maluma concert was another amazing concert and he gave such an amazing show to all those that attended!

7 - Birmingham and James Arthur Concert - November

My latest trip was back in November with one of my oldest best friends. It was a super short trip from Friday to Sunday but we had such a blast! We happened to arrive on Black Friday so you can imagine the amount of makeup and clothes we bought from there! James Arthur concert was such an intimate concert and both of us are love his music so much. It was a simple show but such a beautiful one. We also visited the Cadbury Factory and ate so many chocolate!

There are so many other things I am grateful for during 2017 but otherwise this blogpost would end up being too long so I am going to stop here for the time being. Thank you to all those who were part of my 2017!

Deborah X