Friday, 12 October 2018

Trying out Golden Rose Cosmetics - Review, Swatches & Makeup Look

Hi beauties! It's finally Friday, time to relax and enjoy the weekend! A couple of days ago Beauty Cosmos sent me these product to try out and review. One of their brands is Golden Rose Cosmetics. Now if you have been following me for a while, you know that despite the fact that they sent me the products I will still give you my 100% honest opinion and review on ALL the products. If you'd like to check out the review I did with another set of products last year, you can check it out here.

We've got eight products in total to review so without further ado, let's get into it!

The first two products I got are the Liquid Matte Lipsticks, one is in the shade 28 and the other one is in number 29. The colours are very similar to each other and they are a very pigmented shade of dark fucshia - with number 29 being slightly more shimmery (despite the fact that it dries out as matte). They are not drying at all and they last a really long time - I wore number 28 last Saturday and it lasted all night. Plus when I got home and removed it, it didn't smudge or leave a pigmented undertone on my lips.

Now the next couple of products are from the new collection Diamond Breeze.  The first thing I tried out is the Shimmering Highlighter in the shade 02 Champagne which as you can see is in a liquid form. I applied this lightly on my cheek bones and I was IMPRESSED by the pigmentation. If you want your highlight game to be strong, then you have GOT to get this!

This next product is quite new to me in the sense that I do not own that many liquid eyeshadows so I was pleased to try out this Shimmering Liquid Eyeshadow in the shade 01 24K Gold. You can either apply this all over the lid and then build up the eyeshadow look with browns and yellows since this is a gold shade. What I love to do is first applying eyeshadow like normal with similar shades to gold, so again I would go for browns, yellows or maybe some burnt orange and then apply only a small amount of the liquid eyeshadow in the middle of my eyelid to create contrast within the eye look.

In the makeup look below I decided to try something new - so I went for a purple-burgundy eyeshadow look and then used this liquid eyeshadow as a contrast.

One of their lipsticks from this collection is the Shimmering Lipstick in the shade 04 Plum Sparkle. The lipstick shade is so gorgeous - I got lost just staring at it haha! You can clearly see sort of glitter specs on the lipstick itself and when you apply it on your lips it comes out looking so perfect! Obviously, this does not have a matte formula and it is not 100% opaque.

Next up is the Shimmering Lip Topper in the shade 03 Nude Sparkle. I love the nude-bronzy colour it has which compliments any type of lipstick you want to add some sparkle to! You simply apply this on top of your favourite lipstick!

The Matte Metallic Lipstick in the shade 58 Plum also has such a beautiful metallic shade which is long lasting, has a matte finish and gives full coverage. If you're looking for new products that can get you ready for fall time - this is the shade for you!

And finally onto our last product I tried out the Shimmering Body Glow in the shade 01 Dazzle Gold. This product is super easy to use - if you want to add that extra glow to your body, maybe you're going out for a night out or with Halloween coming up you want to create a makeup look which is super glistening and glittery or even just going out for dinner and just want to add some sparkle (which by the way looks extremely natural!), then I highly suggest this product.

That's it for today's post, have a lovely weekend everyone! 

Deborah X

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Uriage launches NEW Anti-Aging Range

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that yesterday evening I was invited to the launch of Uriage's Anti-Aging Range. The event was very well set up and planned and I loved how we had an informative session where we got a bit more familiar with the range. It was also so nice to catch up with my blogger friends.

Onto the new range..

The base of the products from this brand is thermal water which flows across the French Alps. This thermal water builds a barrier around your skin. 

80% of women's skin aging is due to exposome. This is the combination of environmental and lifestyle factors that impact skin aging.  This includes UV rays, pollution, stress, fatigue and cigarette smoke. Now recently, a new exposome has been found which is present in our lives (without even knowing!). This is the BLUE LIGHT. 

Blue light is produced by LED and digital screens generating a visible light intensity. Blue light in particular is up to 1000 times higher than the eye comfort threshold. We are exposed to an average of six hours of blue light EVERY DAY - that's three months in a whole year! We are exposed to this exposome mostly when we are on our phones or on our computers - which I'm pretty sure everybody uses!

There are a couple of steps that one can do to prevent your skin from aging such as removing your makeup and cleaning your face everyday, drinking at least 1.5 litres of water per day, using moisturizers to nourish our skins and use anti-aging products.

Uriage's new range contains seven products which target normal to dry skin and normal to combination skin including multi-action creams, eye contour, serums, night cream and peeling night cream.

I have been given an eye contour and night cream to try out and will definitely let you know my thoughts on them on both my Instagram and Facebook page in the coming weeks. 

I'd like to thank Uriage for the invite to this amazing event! I hope you liked today's post and I'll talk to you later on this week with the second blogpost for this week.

Deborah X

Saturday, 6 October 2018

5 minute makeup look! #BacktoSchool

It's finally the WEEKEND! How's school or university going?! I'm here today to help you out and make your life a tad easier. Today I will be showing you my five minute makeup look I have been wearing to work or university. This is suitable for anyone, whether you're a student or a full time employee!

I don't like wearing a lot of makeup to university but obviously feel free to alter this look to your liking!

1st step: Concealer

We have GOT to cover those under eye circles, any blemishes, redness or spots. I love using the Maybelline Instant Anti Age Corrector. I'm in the shade 01 Light. I apply that under my eyes and a bit on my forehead.

2nd step: Pressed Powder

I have been using the Artdeco Sun Protection Powder Foundation just to help with mattifying the concealer that we just applied.

3rd step: Blush

I normally look quite pale in the morning so I put on some blush to add a pop of colour to my cheeks. I have been using the Milani Baked Powder Blush in 03 Berry Amore.

4th step: Brows

I don't do much to my eyebrows as I am going for light makeup. I found the Catrice Eyebrow Stylist to work best because you don't need any brushes to apply it - you have one end that has the eyebrow pencil and the other end you have the spooly brush to fix everything in place. I just use light strokes to quickly fill in my sparse areas.

5th step: Lashes & Mascara

I don't like putting on heaps of mascara but I love when my eyes pop out so I apply quite a generous amount of mascara to my lashes. What I recently found really helpful is to use an empty mascara bottle and use the wand to go through my lashes to remove any excess mascara and with any product I would have on my wand, I use that to apply it to my lower lashes. For this I use the Catrice Little Black One Volume Mascara.

6th step: Lips

Finally, the lest step would be putting on lip balm on my lips. I LOVE the Uriage Moisturizing Lipstick. If you like adding some colour to your lips you can always opt for a coloured lip balm.

And that is it! In my opinion, the finished makeup look looks quick, easy and makes you look put together.

That's it for today, wishing you all a happy weekend!

Deborah X

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Tips for #BacktoSchool 2018

Hi everyone! Hope you're all doing okay. Another summer has come and gone and another scholastic year has begun too. Firstly, I'd like to wish everyone a big GOODLUCK for their upcoming scholastic year.

With the beginning of another term at university I usually feel motivated because I would be starting a new chapter & I would be a step closer towards achieving my goals. I was talking with a colleague of mine who is also a student and I was wondering on what I should write next on the blog. She gave me the idea of writing about tips on how to stay organized and motivated during this coming year. I decided to compile some tips that I thought would be useful to anyone who wants to ace this year! Truthfully, I haven't mastered ANY of these but I just feel that when I look for things I can do to stay on track, it actually motivates me to do them..does it make sense to you? Maybe!

Without further ado, let's get into these - let me know if you like these kind of posts and feel free to leave a comment below with any of your tips. Thank you Laura for your suggestion!

1. Wake up earlier

Waking up early is one thing, but waking up a couple of minutes before your alarm actually has a lot of benefits. When giving your body enough time to wake up, have a coffee, prepare yourself for school/university will help you with staying motivated. Imagine waking up 10 minutes before leaving the house or leaving at least 45 minutes before leaving the house, leaving enough time to have breakfast, do your hair, put on a nice outfit and just look presentable in general! I don't know about you but when I know I don't have to rush to get things done in the morning helps me 'believe' that I'm slacking from being on time on the first week of school!

2. Have a KILLER playlist 

Spend a couple of minutes choosing carefully a number of songs you would want to listen to in the morning - I would go for upbeat and fun songs. If you listen to these in the morning, take my word for it - you'll enter your classes like you OWN the place haha! Music in the morning will set the mood for you and you'll feel you can do anything! And let's face it - we all need that extra boost in the morning!

3. Plan your day

Even if you're not a planner type of person I feel that when you plan your week and seeing how everything will fit in your schedule helps you stay more organized. You'll start the week knowing what needs to get done every day.

4. Create a to-do list

If you have a lot of tasks that you need to complete, list them down on a piece of paper and plan them accordingly. It's proven that by ticking or marking the things that you get done will help you stay more motivated because knowing that you're getting things done and crossing them over from your list will get you hyped up to complete the next task!

5. Set aside ME time

We all need our 'me time' to unwind and relax. Find what relaxes you or what you enjoy doing whether it's taking a dance class, going to the gym, taking a nap or having a bath. Switch off your phone and just unwind for a bit - this will help especially when you have a thousand and one things to do and you're feeling stressed or overwhelmed.

6. Gratitude List & Using a Journal

Find time in your week to journal your day. Even if you don't like writing or you're not good at it, just find some time to jot everything down - what you loved about your day, what made you angry, what can be improved or any other thoughts that you might have on your mind. By creating a gratitude list, you'll feel better on days when you just don't know where to begin from. It will help with getting everything out of your brain and trust me - you'll feel SO much better!

That is all for today's post. I hope that these six tips will help you in some way or another to stay motivated and organized throughout this year.

As you answered in the polls on both Facebook and Instagram, you will be getting two posts EACH week! I will try my best to bring you great content each and every time but bear with me until I get used to the routine-thing again! I was thinking of posting a beauty/fashion post and a lifestyle/travel post every week - let me know what you think of that or if you have any other suggestions!

Wishing you all a great week ahead!

Deborah X

Monday, 17 September 2018

Review: New Essence Products!

Hey everyone! It's been AGES since I last talked to you. I was so busy with everything in my life and to be honest with you I wasn't feeling quite inspired to write blogposts & I really wanted to take my time to brainstorm for new content that is different and unique. Finally I am back & I couldn't be more excited about it! I'm going on a mini-trip this Wednesday which I am super excited about so make sure to follow me on Instagram to see where I am heading.

For today's post, I will be reviewing a couple of new products from Essence. If you follow me on Instagram you know that I received a surprise package from them & I couldn't wait to try out the products. I also filmed a quick video with the makeup look I created which you can check out on my Instagram in the BEAUTY highlights. Enough about that now, REVIEW TIME!

Mattifying + Pore Minimizing Primer

Okay, so I tried this out as a base for the makeup look I created in the video. I spent the whole day with my makeup on because I had to run some errands and had to prepare the luggage for my trip and didn't feel like removing it! Through it all my makeup lasted the whole day and didn't get oily at all so I highly recommend this!

#InstaPerfect Liquid Makeup

I have to admit, this shade was a bit too light for my skin tone but nonetheless I still tried working with it because I wanted to see whether it was actually good or not. Loved how easy it was to work with it as well as its consistency of it - I would say it's a medium coverage foundation.

Camouflage+ Concealer

Probably one of my favourite things from this collection. The coverage is amazing and it dries completely matte without creasing. HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

I Need A Miracle Volumizing & Straightening Mascara

This product serves its purpose as a mascara however it's definitely not my favourite mascaras from this brand. I tried so many other ones (by this same brand) that I feel truly gives you the volumizing effect better than this one does.

Too Glam to Give A Damn Eyeshadow Palette

This palette comes with nine different shades, four of which are shimmery. I must admit they were slightly harder to blend but the pigmentation makes up for it as these are SUPER pigmented and look really nice on the eyes!

Go For the Glow Highlighter Palette

This palette comes with three different shades of highlighters, a bronzy one, a pink-ish one and a peachy one. In the video I opted for the middle shade which is the more pinkish shade but didn't really like it as a highlighter as I ended up looking as if I have blush on my cheek bones so I would definitely opt for the other two shades as highlight.

Melted Chrome Eyeshadow

I have two words for this product: SUPER PIGMENTED!

Colour Boost Liquid Lipstick (in the shade 04 mad matters)

I only managed to try out this product from the lip products. All of the products swatch really really nicely. Mad Matters, which is the one I actually tried is the perfect shade of pinkish-nude and it dries so beautifully as a matte shade PLUS it doesn't leave the lips dry at all!

That's it for today! Make sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up to date with my upcoming trip!

Deborah X

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Blossom with self-confidence!

What is self-confidence? Being self confident means being secure in yourself and in your abilities. Self-confidence can mean different things to different people. Just like I did in Boss Lady I wanted to talk about another important topic on my blog and that is Self Confidence. 

I haven't mastered this in ANY way but I feel I have improved in many ways from my 16 year old self to now and although many people have helped and influenced, I mostly have only myself to thank. I was never a confident girl or someone who had any real faith in what I did. I used to question all of my decisions, leaving my mind blocked and unable to enjoy the day. Five years ago I couldn't even leave the house without a bit of makeup, at least some mascara. I was too self conscious, too worried about what others might think, 'is my hair looking decent?', 'are my pimples showing?'.

A couple of months ago, for the first time ever I started to believe that I was actually doing something right in my life. I started believing more in myself and in my abilities. I realized that after all it isn't really important how other people look at me or what they think of me. Like I said, I still have a long way to go but finally I feel like I'm heading in the right direction.

This blog was actually part of helping me gain confidence. Going to events, meeting and talking to new people I've never actually met just because we had one thing in common has actually lead me to new friendships and new memories. Believing that I'm confident has led me to such beautiful things. Being more confident had led me to be more comfortable in front of a camera and around other people.

Being proud of who you are is actually a good thing. In my case, something that took away my self confidence was the fact the I have a tendency to compare myself to others and ask why am I not good enough or why am I not like them? In reality, we go through life stages in our lives that are not in sync with those of others. When I stopped comparing myself to others and simply focused on my tasks, goals and achievements I noticed that I was happier, I was in a better mood and I was less self conscious.

  • Whatever the situation may be, keep your head held high and trust your instincts - they know best! 
  • Ignore other's actions
  • Trust yourself
  • Be yourself
  • Love yourself
I hope that this helped in some way or another! If you have any other topics you'd like me to talk about on the blog, feel free to message me and let me know. I want to use my platform to help, inspire & motivate others just like other bloggers & influencers do to me!

Have an amazing weekend!

Deborah X

P.S. This week was Distorted Priorities' 2 year anniversary so I decided to host a giveaway where you can win a Zoeva Palette. Don't forget to participate here!

Also, don't forget to follow me on Instagram to follow my latest updates & day-to-day adventures!

Photography: MCMifsud Photography

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Review: Kino Cosmetics - Peel Off Mask

Hi guys! New week so that only means that a new post is up. About a month ago I received some goodies from Kino Cosmetics & today I will be sharing with you my thoughts on one of their products. You can purchase any of their products off their website or you can even contact them on their Facebook Page.

Without further ado, let's get started!

Today I will be sharing with you my thoughts on the Peel Off Mask. As per instructions you are supposed to leave the tube in hot water for about three minutes and then you can apply it with a brush on your face; leave it for a good 20 minutes and then peel it off.

I tried this peel off mask several times just to make sure that I was doing it right. The first time I left the tube in the bathroom sink in hot water for three minutes. When I tried applying it on my face it literally crumbled into pieces. After a couple of tries I came to a conclusion that it is best to leave the tube for about half an hour in hot water just so that the consistency of the mask is a bit more creamy. However, do let it sit for a couple of seconds as it will be too hot to apply it directly to your face.

I used an old concealer brush to apply it on my face. I did have to apply about two layers to have an effective result. After I let it dry, I tried peeling it but found it a bit difficult to do so in certain areas. Where there were only thin layers of the mask, it couldn't really peel so I had to scrub it to remove it from my face. The good thing is that you can easily remove it with warm water.

What I REALLY liked about this mask was how it made my face feel afterwards. My nose was so smooth and it was free from any black heads!! My face and skin felt so fresh and moisturized so despite the fact that the 'peel off mask' aspect of it didn't completely work; I am still using this mask once or twice a week because the results on my face are too good to stop using it!

I will be reviewing the other products I got, I just want to make sure that I tried them out a couple of times before I talk to you about them.

Have you ever tried Kino Cosmetics? Let me know in the comments down below which products you have tried!

Until next time!

Deborah X

Monday, 6 August 2018

Hello August!

Hi guys! How are you? A fresh new week has started and I'm finally feeling a bit refreshed after a couple of busy non-stop couple of weeks. I want to be more active on the blog and to tell you the truth I thought I would just do that during summer BUT with work, meeting up with family and friends go on short trips to Gozo - I always end up so tired that I just go to sleep! Anyone else feels like me? Nonetheless, I'm here to kickstart this new week with a brand new blogpost.

I have been loving anything that is not denim haha for the simple reason that I feel more comfortable in my shorts or trousers that I am wearing and I don't have to worry about them during the night! You have already seen the halterneck top that goes with this culotte in the last blogpost. Today I decided to highlight the trousers. I bought this outfit as a dance costume but I ended up loving them, worn separately however!

I am loving having one piece of clothing that is the main piece and the ''centre of attention'' and then tone down everything else. That's what I did with this outfit. 

I know green culotte pants are not something that I usually wear but as I said in my previous blogpost, sometimes I LOVE to challenge myself and step outside of my comfort zone. To tone it down I simply wore it with this off-the-shoulder black crop top. I am LIVING in these, I got the black & the white at a super affordable price!! 

Put on some high heels and a clutch bag and you're good to go! 

That's it from my end today. Don't forget there are TWO ongoing giveaways at the moment, one on Facebook & the other one on Instagram PLUS stay tuned for another one really soon!

Thanks for all your support everyone!

Deborah X

Photography: MCMifsud Photography

Outfit details:
Crop Top - Terranova
Culotte - Boohoo
Heels - New Look
Bag - River Island

Friday, 27 July 2018

Stepping outside of your comfort zone

What is a comfort zone to you? To me a comfort zone is a place where I feel at ease and safe. It is a settled method of working that requires little effort and yields only barely acceptable results. Our comfort zones are beautiful places, but let's be honest - nothing ever happens in our comfort zones. 

Sometimes we get so caught up in doing the same thing over and over again, for the sake of playing it safe that we forget that are so many things, experiences and opportunities waiting to be discovered by us. 

This is what I decided to showcase in this outfit - stepping outside of our comfort zones, outside our norm.  I know it's a simple outfit but never would i have thought that I would be wearing a see-through leotard and not really care about what people are thinking about my outfit. Some may not like it and that's okay. But  I liked how it looked so I was excited to see how it looks on me. 

Since the focus of this outfit is obviously the leotard I wanted to keep it pretty simple with everything else and that is why I wore an all black outfit. What I found super comfortable is the bralette I wore underneath. Let's get into the outfit!

Starting with the see-through leotard I wore this black one I got online and I decided to wear a dark coloured bralette underneath, in my case I chose maroon. Little secret, that bralette is actually a bikini top - doesn't really show doesn't it? It's super comfy and I love how it looks underneath the leotard.

To pair it with something of the same shade I chose this black button up skirt that I got a while ago and decided to opt for my usual black heels instead of flats. To add that pop of colour, I chose this bright pink bag to complete this outfit.

I honestly loved how it all looked together and I'm really glad I actually had the guts to go out and wear this outfit without caring what other people might think of me! What are your comfort zones and would you wear this outfit? Let me know in the comments down below - I'd love to know!

I'll talk to you all real soon!

Deborah X

Photography: MCMifsud Photography

Outfit Details:

Leotard - Boohoo
Bikini Top - H&M
Skirt - Forever 21
Shoes - New Look
Bag - New Look